The Twelve Stitches of Christmas Book Review @DebraParmley

The Twelve Stitches of Christmas

by Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow




A handsome knight and true love are the recipe for breaking the evil spell that enslaves Carolennea, all in time for Christmas.


Genre: Christmas Fairy Tale Romance


About the Book

Ensorcelled and enslaved by her evil uncle, Carolennea has lost her sweet voice and sews the impossibly beautiful clothing he sells in his tailor shop. But this yuletide season will bring a new customer: a handsome knight for whom she will brave her uncle’s wrath—and who in return will help break the spell. Sir Ardin will set free her fingers, her voice…and her heart.





Burning. Her throat was burning and raw with heat. Her breathing labored as she gasped for air, cooling air to ease her pain.

He moved off of her and stood scowling down at her, his hands on his hips.

Water, wine, anything to stop the burning. Please.

She reached out to him to implore him, trying to speak, to beg for something cool to drink. Her mouth and tongue moved as if normal, past the burning pain, yet not even the smallest, lowest whisper of a word floated past her lips.

Alarmed, she tried again. Then she screamed— a silent scream that raised not a sound in the forest. Carolennea, the girl with the sweetest songbird voice in the village, had lost the ability to sing.

Hot tears rolled down her face as she mouthed, “What have you done to me?”

Uncle Trad laughed and moved off, toward the village, throwing his words over his shoulder. “Get home and to bed, wench.”

From that day on, though she was but a child, not even a half-grown girl, he would only call her wench, never by her own name. The rest of the townsfolk would soon learn not to address her at all.



Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Twelve Stitches of Christmas by Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow in exchange for an honest review.

It was my pleasure to sit and read The Twelve Stitches of Christmas by Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow. It is a very short story that takes no time at all to read but contains all the best, and essential, elements of a fairy tale.

I was caught up in Carolennea’s story from the very beginning of the story. I hated Uncle Thad from his first appearance on the scene. She is the most sympathetic of “damsels in distress” and he is the most despicable “villain”. This story is one of years of abuse and neglect portrayed by Parmley and Arrow crafted in the most vivid terms.

The Twelve Stitches of Christmas by Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow is a delightful Christmas fairy tale and I applaud this writing duo as the twenty-first century’s Brothers Grimm.

I highly recommend The Twelve Stitches of Christmas by Debra Parmley and Robert Arrow and I give it five piping hot cups of Room With Books coffee.

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About the Authors

Debra Parmley

ccf12182014_00000Debra Parmley loves spreading love, one story at a time. Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was a young girl, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after.

Debra enjoys writing, reading, playing at being a medieval lady in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and her luggage often carried him folk tales from the countries she has visited.

Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each card, letter and email is a treasured gift, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.

For more about her work as well as interviews with cover models in Cover Model Corner, visit Debra’s website and sign up for her newsletter to be eligible for insider news and contests.

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Robert Arrow

Robert Arrow is an adventurer who has always preferred the bow over the sword, thought he carries both. “Protection is the responsibility of the individual.” While he does travel by horseback, he will always choose to float down a river whenever it is an option.

Known to wander between the great cities of Memphis, Little Rock, Hattisburg, and Shreveport, his home can be found on the western edge of the Parsonage, close to the lake from whence comes its name. Currently, he is in longing search of some fair damsel in distress to come to the rescue for, or a capable lady to share his adventures, and is actively accepting applications for the position.

Her Christmas Cowboy Highlight Tour


by Adele Downs

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GENRE – Contemporary Western Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – November 7, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 11,500 word Lunchbox Romance
PUBLISHER – Boroughs Publishing Group

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About the Book

Tragedy brought them together, but joy met them on the other side.

Daisy Phillips has a choice to make: return to Pennsylvania and the Christmases she once knew, or stay in Texas and find a new way to celebrate the holiday–with the handsome cowboy who brought joy back to her life.

The heartwarming sequel to the Amazon-bestselling Lunchbox Romance, Kissing Her Cowboy!


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Clearly, the man had no concept of his effect on her.

When Daisy pulled up to Trey’s house and saw him standing at the base of the steps to greet her in nothing but low slung denims and work boots, she’d found it hard to breathe. Suddenly, Jack Frost and his Pennsylvania winter lost their appeal. Who needed snow when a smokin’ hot cowboy waited for her? Welcomed her? Wanted her?

If she hadn’t come to Houston, she wouldn’t have met the handsome ranch hand who filled her dreams night after night. Trey had become her single compelling reason to work through her personal pain. That and the fact that she’d never give up police work. She’d find a way to succeed, one way or another. It was hard for a cop to be flexible, since theirs was a structured world, but she was trying her best to adapt to her new environment.

Daisy took a bite of her chicken salad while Trey munched his roast beef. They ate in companionable silence while Big Blue grazed beyond. Trey took a swallow of bottled ice tea and then spoke. “Would you like to spend Christmas Eve together, here? Maybe help me trim the tree?”

Daisy’s spirit lifted again with the invitation, though she tried to stay cool. She and her sister Rose had already been invited to Christmas dinner with Trey’s family, and she’d promised to bring homemade pumpkin pie and oven fresh bread. Rose was making apple pie and a side dish.

Daisy hadn’t expected to spend Christmas Eve with Trey too, but she was glad he asked. “Sure. I’d like that.” The heaviness around her heart broke free and her mood lifted. She imagined the two of them in an embrace, making love beneath the twinkling lights of Trey’s Christmas tree, and realized she was…happy.

It had been so long since she’d known the feeling it took seconds to realize what had come over her. She smiled and savored the moment. Trey made her happy. Spending Christmas with him was the best gift the season could bring.

There would be no snowfall in Texas. Or winter’s chill. No downhill sledding, hot cocoa, or ice covered boots. There might not be snippets of holly gracing the table, but there would undoubtedly be mistletoe. With that final thought, Daisy leaned over and gave Trey a deep, gotta’ get-back-to-work kiss.

He smiled at her, and just like that… Daisy found her Christmas spirit.

About the Author


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Adele Downs writes best-selling contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as a past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report) and has presented workshops for writers.

When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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