Not So Silent Night by Sheri Velarde


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Another lonely Christmas approaches for Anna and her life of penance—until an otherworldly

distraction appears and changes her life.

Anna is a lonely woman, running her dead grandmother’s flower shop. She hates Christmas and

could not feel more lost when a handsome and mysterious Russian, Alexander, walks into her shop

and her life. Each has secrets that they are harboring. Just as their passion erupts, the good old boys

in town threaten to ruin everything. Getting to know each other is tough for most couples, adding in

magic does not make it any easier. Now with a pack of werewolves out to destroy them, things

become intense. They find themselves in a fight for their lives. Can their newfound love give them

the strength to win against this threat and trust in the future?


She had almost finished cleaning up in back when she heard the bell on the door ring less than five

minutes before closing. “Seriously? Can’t people let me get out of here on time just one damn

night?” she muttered to herself as she stormed toward the front so she could wait on her customer

and then get the hell out of the store.

Anna whipped around the corner in a huff, not caring if she scared the latecomer away. She stopped

in her tracks and almost forgot what had pissed her off when she saw the customer in question. The

most breathtaking back view of a man she had ever seen stood just inside the doorway, and her

brain stopped working for the moment. Wow, who knew broad shoulders and a great rear could

stop a woman in her tracks? While she gawked like an idiot, the man turned around and proved to

be even more distracting from the front. This guy was like a wall of muscle, perfect body attached to

a very masculine and handsome face with the deepest blue eyes Anna had ever seen.

“Sorry, I know you are about to close, but I need a gift of flowers,” he said when he saw Anna. He

had a very thick eastern European accent that she thought might be Russian, which of course only

made him hotter. She noticed his eyes taking her in, and she couldn’t help but stand a little

straighter, showing her curves off to her advantage while she absentmindedly ran her fingers

through her long, wavy, raven hair, which most men seemed to love.

It took Anna’s brain a few moments to catch up before she could speak. Her previous anger and

frustration vanished, replaced by eagerness to help this particular customer. “No problem at all. Do

you have an idea of what kind of gift you are looking for? Is this for your girlfriend or wife?” Anna

held her breath as she waited for this mystery man to answer, a bit annoyed with herself that she

cared so much about what he might say.



Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her husband and their two dogs.

Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can

remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her

dream of writing for a living. She specializes in all things paranormal and that go bump in the night.

Her heart truly lies in exploring unknown worlds or adding the supernatural to our world. If it goes

bump in the night or has magical connotations, Sheri writes about it.

She is constantly putting out new material with various publishers, so it is best to keep up with her

on her website

In her spare time Sheri is an artist, jewelry designer, independent comic writer/artist and freelance

non-fiction writer. Hiking in the mountains, going to live concerts, art openings, museums, and

hosting intimate dinner parties.


I am often asked why I write so much paranormal and speculative fiction and the answer is simple, it

is something that I love to both read as a fan and write. I got into speculative fiction at a very early

age when I first read Bunnicula, a story of a “vampire” bunny that “drains” vegetables. Don’t laugh!

It was awesome and the older I got the more I read book about things that go bump in the night or

that might not be real. Personally I insist that some of them might! I have spent some time looking

for lake monsters and the like just for fun, I fancy myself an amateur cyrptozoolgist and ghost


Basically I write in the genre that I write in because that is what I read and have been reading since I

could first hold a book by myself. I hold a fascination with vampires, ghosts, shifter, monsters, magic,

elves and more and I think many others do as well. Many people read to escape reality and that is

also why I write. What better way to escape than through magic and the unknown. Every year I still

read Lord of the Rings just because I love the world so completely.

The important thing to remember when writing paranormal or speculative fiction, is that while you

can create the rules and magic of your own universe, once you create them you must stick to them.

That is how you can build believability into your magical realms. Yes magic is magic, but there will

always be rules that must be followed in a universe and that is something important to keep in mind

when writing a fantasy world. You can research many things in historical and contemporary fiction,

but with magic you can take your books anywhere your mind desires, as long as there are check and

balances to the world that you create.

In my latest release, Not So Silent Night, I have a world full of magic, both witches and shifters. I

have made my shifters about to shift a will, but there is a great need for secrecy amongst the shifter

population. There also appears to be a hierarchy, larger animals often becoming leaders and even

sometimes scary smaller shifters. There are rules to the shifter population that I followed, even if all

of them don’t make it into the story it is still good to know just how far you can push the limits in

your created reality. I also have witchcraft involved in Not So Silent Night and that needed a whole

other set of rules. What could my witch do? She certainly wasn’t all powerful since she still lives the

life of a normal human, so what powers did she have? Could she use them for evil as well as for

good? Again I had to make sure that I knew the rules of magic within the context of my story, even if

they are only alluded to in the actual book itself. That keeps the world consistent and believable.


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