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Book 1 - A New Family for Christmas: Anastasia has always loved to bake cookies. She has become an expert and now runs an exclusive cookie shop which holds real treasures. However, the one treasure she has always longed for which eludes her is a family of her own. When she loses a lazy employee, she finds herself faced with a princess and a fairytale king which seem to answer her prayers. Her happiness seems complete when Stasia finally has a daughter and a husband.

However, the marriage is arranged and although her husband loves his daughter Cara, Anastasia herself seems to leave him altogether cold. But then he returns home one day with a few bruises and tempers heat up by several degrees. In the end, Anastasia is willing to give up the reality of her entire life in order to save her fake family from utter destruction.

A move seems imminent, but her husband Duke is not so easily convinced.

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The Book's Creation


This romantic story found its way into existence in the summer. I think it was on Facebook where I first saw the link to this amazing young woman who made an art – and a living – out of decorating cookies. It was amazing to see her practice her craft. She was so skilled at doing this and the results were breathtaking.


This led me to think of my daughter Tarjani who had a phase in which she loved to bake cakes and cookies. And cookies reminded me of Christmas, Tarjani’s face in front of my inner eye reminded me of an angel, and this in turn of younger children. And thus, suddenly, the story took form in my mind. The lady who loved to bake and was a true artisan at her craft, the little girl who looked like a princess and the strong warrior who somehow found his way into the cookie shop with his little angel daughter.


The question of why they would not only enter the shop but stay there long enough for the adults to fall in love and the cookie lady and little girl to bond, I answered with nearly dropping my phone and somehow music went on because I must have touched the player button. Lenny Kravitz roared “Always on the run!” and thus, it was decided! The father and child were on the run and Miss Cookie Lady would take them in and protect them.


And when I looked at my mum who walked in at that moment, I had a reason why the two were on the run as well – and I have to admit that my mother never found out that she was the inspiration for the villains of the story – which were horrid grandparents who were trying to take the child away from her father and were not nice to the little girl at all. But as they were rich and influential, they had some leverage. And thus, the story unfolded in my head, while I was typing furiously to keep up with the inner cinematography that is my creative process.


So if you ever wonder, how Christmas can enter the mind of an author during a summer holiday, you now have the answer. This is what happened and why it was published on 21st July 2016.


A New Family for Christmas is one of the more romantic and less erotic ones, but it is heart-touching and has its own unique charm, as all my books have. I don’t like to write by one formula and use this repeatedly until it becomes generic. I like to try out new things, visit new places and incorporate new ideas. I develop as an author, as much as I develop as a person. Each of my books are unique and each one holds a special place in my heart, each has a unique story behind the story. This is the one for A NEW FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS.

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When Jett and Ace, two military men from different branches, meet one night before Christmas in a local bar in West Yellowstone, the two former friends who haven’t seen each other in 13 years thought they’d have a quiet drink before going home again. Then Sutani comes in, and her head is bleeding profusely.


While Ace looks after her wounds, Jett tries to pick her up. But the headstrong wolf woman has different plans.

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Arrow, a Marine SpecOps officer crashes his helicopter in a blizzard and is saved by an angel who is, in fact, a witch from New Orleans.


Angel is a single mother who stays at a cabin tucked away in the wilderness of the Wyoming Teton Range with her 16-year-old twin sons Ari and Bjarni. They are spending the winter holidays there to unwind from the hustle and bustle of busy New Orleans life, where Angel has a house and shop just off Bourbon Street on which her parents own a blues bar. She is the most powerful witch of the French Quarter and serves the local population with all things witchy.


When Arrow bursts into the hut in the middle of the blizzard it isn't mere concern for his health that drives Angel to take her clothes off to warm Arrow under the blankets. After a passionate encounter between the two adults, Angel, Arrow and the twins end up downstairs, mulling over the past while sipping Angel's famous holiday tea. All could be peaceful if it weren't for the Grizzly that decides to enter the house and take up residence by the warm fire. As there are no guns in the house, the four humans debate on how to lure the giant bear outside again. But oddly, Arrow seems loath to follow the plan.


Does he know more than he lets on and what kind of secret mission was he in the middle of when his helicopter crashed? And why does he think a Louisiana witch and her psychic twins could be the solution to his classified operation?

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Reviews for Tirza's Christmas Tales:

A New Family for Christmas

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A lovely little tale of second chances, trust and love.

Anastasia is an expert cookie baker and her little bakery is her pride and joy. Baking cookies makes Anastasia happy. As happy as she can be with no family of her own. That is the one thing that she can't seem to get.

Until a cold day before Christmas, when Anastasia finds herself faced with a 'princess' and a 'fairy-tale king'. More like a homeless father and his beautiful young daughter, who seem to be in dire need of a hot cup of chocolate and a cookie. But the little girl is so sweet that Anastasia calls her a princess and the game extends to her father too. And Anastasia can't help but notice how Cara and Duke, despite their grubby and rugged appearance, seem to be ... much more.
Duke reluctantly accepts the kind woman's invitation, one that leads to more than the ex-seal turned homeless runaway could have ever wished for. A second chance, if he dares to take it.

Anastasia had always longed for a family of her own and with little Cara being so sweet and gentle, she can't help but grasp at the chance with both hands. She offers father and daughter a home. For the benefit of the little girl as well as her own happiness. An arranged marriage would seal the deal and both man and woman pledge themselves to do their best for the other. Platonically of course, because it is an arranged marriage after all.

But hearts can't help and fall in love, especially when kindness, gentleness and respect are what a relationship is based on. And Anastasia starts to dream of a little more than just a platonic relationship with her new husband. Whether he has feelings for her though, is a completely different matter.

Short, sweet and endearing, this is a little tale of kindness, trust, second chances and love. It will set a smile on your lips and warmth in your heart.
So go ahead and give it a try.

Hugs and light everyone
and be kind.


The Magic Book Corner, International Book Blogger

I've read the author's Christmas books over the Christmas holidays but forgive me, I didn't get round to posting the reviews sooner. Life happens. Anyway, catching up now. And I loved this. I never had a family of my own, wife and children, I mean, but I've had many friends who did. They received Dear John letters, divorce papers, missed their children's graduation and some never returned home at all.


That this father is so concerned about his daughter that he takes off with her in this story is understandable for me. And I'd like to think that every veteran who is facing big challenges and adversities in life has the support of a kind soul like Anastasia in this book. And I won't even start on children. There is a whole other big topic that needs to be addressed not only in our country but worldwide. Children are our future and they should grow up safe, sound and protected. I may not have any myself but that doesn't blind me to the issues we face globally. To see how a single person can make such a difference in two people's lives who are at the end of their tether is deeply moving.


I very much hope that whoever reads this will be spurned on to commit more acts of kindness. Even little ones. It would make the world a better place if everyone just did one act each day. It doesn't have to be big. You never know how even a smile can change a person's life. And for homeless people, it is often the most uplifting thing to be seen and not ignored. They have human dignity as well. We shouldn't be so quick to judge strangers through their outward appearance. You never know what they've been through.


This book was a lovely little read for the Christmas season and possibly the sweetest of all the author's books. Didn't make it boring in the least, either, even without the steam level I have become accustomed to from this author. Definitely a great read.

Tuari Eagleswing, Reader


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Melts your heart and your bones!

I've just received this in the post three days ago and read it in one session. This story is so cute and it also is so tender and loving. The author's dedication is addressed to those who are unable to conceive a child of their own. She encourages others by sharing her own history of being adopted and having children she gave birth to herself, so she is familiar with both ways of building a family and says both are equally valid and strong. Schaefer doesn't merely write a love story, she shines her light, giving hope and spreading joy in the process. And still, the intimate scenes are really hot. And it all works! All of it! I love it! A great read, not only at Christmas time.

Amazon Customer, Reader

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A feelgood Christmas Tale.

A short pleasant read for the holiday season. What is not to love about a lonely Samaritan coming to the rescue of a homeless man and his daughter. 'Tis the season of goodwill after all. Well worth checking out.


Rose English, Author

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A New Family For Christmas and its great characters deserve a much larger novel!

I had never been one for romance novels, but A New Family For Christmas caught my attention from the start and kept it throughout. It was very relatable as it dealt with not just romance, but family also. A New Family For Christmas and its great characters deserve a much larger novel, for the journey was fun but left me wanting more.

Hershel Layne, Reader

Reviews for Tirza's Christmas Tales:

Christmas in Montana

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He-Seal & She-Wolf! OMG! Hilarious!

He-Seal & She-Wolf! OMG! Hilarious! This story is possibly the funniest of Tirza Schaefer's shorter novellas. The absolute highlight is the aged and demented she-wolf Vicky who plays a central part in the plot. I have literally been laughing tears! My bedroom is in the basement and there are not many authors who can make me feel hot down there, but Tirza Schaefer does it time and again. Overachiever, haha! Seriously? I was in a sweat each time Ace and Sutani get it going on! This book is a little gem and has a proud place on my shelf. I love the cover as well, as Wolf is one of my power animals I work closely with. So on so many levels, this book totally hit the spot for me, or maybe less seriously expressed, Vicky the wolf barfed all over my spot, haha! This is just great! I want more!

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Great fun!
Great story. I enjoy all these books, they provide enough story fantasy with a comedy.


Mr. 504, Reader

Which woman in her right mind cuddles a bear? A grown grizzly?


And I am not talking stupid city tourists but a caretaker at the sanctuary for wolves and bears? She is lucky she came out alive. Well, she would be if she were real but that's a character. A hot one at that. With guts, you have to give her that. And as to Ace, I have no idea who would still stay around when he gets puked at by a wolf but that man had the hots for Sutani, said crazy woman, so he does.


It's a short story but I love how fast-paced it is. You never get bored because there is always something else happening and all that in a day. And the steamy scenes are just as hot as the characters have their own kind of crazy. Loved it!

Tuari Eagleswing, Reader

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Christmas in Montana is the second book of Tirza's Christmas Tales, and it is hot hot hot! But it's not only that - it's also sweet, gentle, and respectful (including the steamy scenes).

And don't even get me started on the lead characters here! A hot military man is enough to catch my attention, but it also has a fiery female lead in Sutani. Working with bears and wolves obviously doesn't so much as make her flinch, and she is the perfect match for equally fierce Ace, who is currently on leave from his service as a Seal.

This novella is short, yes, but the plot is on point, with the right amount of heat, angst, and action to drive the story to its pinnacle (and that of the characters' *wink*). I especially loved the ending, which I obviously won't spoil, but it was definitely a fabulous read from cover to cover!

So, for anyone looking for a quick but flaming hot read with kinks, this is the one for you! I highly recommend it!

Catrin Russell, Author


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Reviews for Tirza's Christmas Tales:

A Beary Little Christmas

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Are you in the mood for a short, entertaining and steamy hot 🔥🔥🔥 shifter romance full of magic and heart?

Then you have got to give this a try!

A shifter romance novella, the third of the standalone series Tirza's Christmas Tales, A Beary Little Christmas is a little page-turner that manages to be both steamy hot and fun.

What is it about?

🐻A witch on a karmic mission
🐻A mostly naked SpecOps Marine
🐻Two 16-year-old twins who can't seem to stop teasing said SpecOps Marine.
🐻A grumpy bear shifter cursed by an evil jealous witch.
🐻And a lot of sexy hot scenes.❤

Angel is is the most powerful witch of the French Quarter who chose to spend the winter holidays with her 16-year-old twin sons Ari and Bjarni at a cabin tucked away in the wilderness of the Wyoming Teton Range. To unwind from all the hustle and bustle of her busy New Orleans life.

But their peaceful holiday is promptly interrupted by Arrow, an almost frozen SpecialOps Marine, who bursts through their door in the middle of a blizzard. Not that big of a problem as far as everyone's concerned, especially since passion instantly flares between the lonely witch and the lost marine. Except that a big grumpy bear follows on his heels, deciding to take up residence in the main hall, by the warm fire.

With no guns in the house, the twins instantly assign Arrow the job of getting the giant bear back out. With what? The knives from the kitchen of course. :D

"Are you out of your mind? You want to fight a bear with a kitchen knife?"
"No, not me. Him." Bjarni pointed at Arrow. "He's SpecOps right? So here's a SpecOp for him to sort out."

But oddly, Arrow seems loath to follow the plan.

The why and the how I will leave for you to find out. But here's what you should expect if you give their tale a try:

Marines, shifters, magic and folklore, alongside lots of fun banter, steamy hot scenes, and a general feeling of warmth and gentleness that leaps from the page.

If you like the sound of all of the above, A BEARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS would be the perfect pick at the end of a long day. Not just around Christmas if you ask me. It's steamy hot as well as sweet and fun.

The Magic Book Corner, International Book Blogger


Marines, Magic, and Folklore galore!!!

This was a fun book comprising a group of mysterious U.S. Marines, Shape Shifters, Witches, and other creatures of folklore embroiled in a steamy romantic theme. The author does an excellent job creating a story taking place during a blizzard in the backwoods of Wyoming with an interesting plot. Each of the characters work together to help out one of the shifters if crisis and ends on a happy celebratory note.

Rick Hardesty, Author

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Sexy, fun read.

What more could you ask for? I’m not sure which is best: being Tucked away in a cabin in the woods in the middle of a blizzard or finding two bear shifter marines. Never mind, it’s clearly finding two sexy marines who are crazy about you. This was a fun, sexy, holiday read and I loved every minute of it.

Lyndsay Whitlock, Author

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Good Goddess shifter book!

This was a great story. It was fast-paced with lots of steam and a great storyline. Angel was truly an angel. She is a white witch with seeing capabilities and has a gentle spirit. I would recommend this to fellow shifter readers.

Kim Kurtz, Reader

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So this is the last book Tirza Schaefer published (to date), for Christmas 2020. And it was great!


This woman took the entire crazy Covid year, totally ignored it and went out with a bang! Which means she didn't let the outer circumstances squash her pioneering spirit and wrote her first-ever shifter book.


Yes, bear shifters. Marines. Take your pick. Both apply. So the first snows into the cabin a witch has rented to spend Christmas with her teenage twin sons and he's naked most of the time, too. That's quite funny by itself. Then there are the witty twins who don't have a problem with winding up said Marine and expecting him to do a special operation on a grizzly bear that has decided to walk in and lie down in front of the open fireplace.


But, of course, the bear is no ordinary bear and to get the curse off him, Angel's witch's brew gets quite steamy if you know what I mean... Wink! The book takes the reader from cold and wintry Wyoming to the hot Bayou of the Southern swamps near New Orleans, the city where Angel and the boys live. And the way it ends leaves me hoping for some vampire action? That would be cool. Maybe next Christmas...


Hot, sweet, sweaty and downright magical, this book is a great Christmas read. Well, not only at Christmas. You'll enjoy it in the summer, too, I'm sure.


Tuari Eagleswing, Reader