So, recently I had a reader ask me which order the Snowflake Triplet books flow in. And while I've done my best to post the order on my affiliate sites, and here on my website, I thought it would be fun to go a little deeper into why the order is, well, the order.
Please enjoy the post, and don't forget to download your FREE copy of Clara Claus and The Christmas Wish! Happy Christmas!
Read #1: Clara Claus
Clara Claus is where the story really starts, and where you will be introduced into my world of Winter and Immortals.
Published originally in 2010 (paperback exclusive, at the time), Clara Claus was my first released book, and continues to be both a fan favorite, and an author favorite.
The cover was redesigned come 2012 (if I remember correctly), adding the hints of red and green.
Read #0.5 / #2: The Christmas Wish
A while back, I had a reader suggest the best way to begin the series is to read the first half of The Christmas Wish before Clara Claus, then the second half of TCW after.
While my favorite is reading CC first, I think this is also a good way to read the series, as the first half of TCW takes place before Clara Claus.
TCW was spawned from a mistake of mine: I forgot to tell Jack when Clara's birthday is! I knew I had to write about that.
Read #3: North of Perfect
North of Perfect is one of my favorite bits of the series, and it introduces the character Holly, who makes her first (official) appearance in The Tale of Wind and Winter.
This short was originally a paperback exclusive, contained in Clara Claus, but when I realized that Holly would become a big part of the last book in the series, Clara Frost, I knew I had to release it as an ebook, too, for my ebook-favoring readers to enjoy.
Read #4: Sugar Plum Dreams
Sugar Plum Dreams is a novella that tells the backstory of the Sugar Plum Fairy (and some other characters besides...like the "original" Jack Frost).
It also marks the first appearance of the series' villain, Eclipse.
SPD is an odd book, and not exactly what I was expecting to write, but I'm really happy to have penned it, especially since it introduced me to Eclipse. It mostly ties into the upcoming last book.
Read #5: Christmas In July
Christmas In July takes place before Clara Snow, and also includes Eclipse. It's a fun, sweet story, mostly centered on Jack and Clara.
This short was born from a happy accident. A friend of mine made a clay figurine of Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, and accidentally baked it too long...giving Jack a tan.
I thought it was awesome, and wanted to write a story where my Jack unwilling got a tan, too.
Read #6: Clara Snow
The second (technical) book in the series, Clara Snow is one of the major turning points in the series.
This book was so much fun to write. Not only was I able to introduce new characters -- like South and Gertrude -- but I was able to focus some on my villain, Eclipse, and give Clara the chance to discover who she really is.
Clara Snow is possibly the absolute fan-favorite so far.
Read #7: North of Trial
The second of the North-centered shorts, North of Trial takes place directly after Clara Snow.
Holly returns! (I absolutely love Holly.)
This short was fun to write as a continuation, and to see more of how North reacts to the events in Clara Snow. Plus, it was nice to write about Holly again, and have her...well, you'll see when you read.
Let's just say she's spunky, and I like it.
Read #8: The Christmas Compass
The Christmas Compass is another novella in the series, and the (technical) third book. Taking place after Clara Snow, this story is an interesting one.
I wanted to tell a different story here, and delve into the "what could have been" by flipping the story. My original inspiration was another short I had intended to write for the series, detailing some of Jack's past.
This is also the story where we, the audience, discover Eclipse's endgame and what he's wanted all along...or do we?
Read #9: North of Dreams
The third and final North short, I think this one may be my favorite.
What can I say? It's simply a fun short. Holly appears again, and makes a mess as usual.
It's a nice, fun, light short before the events that are to come, and it has a romantic ring to it.
In short (haha): I really love this one.
Read #10: The Tale of Wind and Winter
This year's release, The Tale of Wind and Winter takes place after North of Dreams, and prior to Clara Frost.
This short was actually completely rewritten, and is very different from its first draft. It includes some elements, but originally it was just a short about how Holly meets South.
Now it's a story about family, and I'm very proud of it. It also includes some important (and fun) backstory on North and South.
Read #11: Shadows of Christmas Yet To Come
This is actually a free short I posted here on my website a few years ago.
Inspired by "A Christmas Carol" (though it has little in common), this short takes us back years before Jack met Clara. It's mainly about giving, and was also inspired by some of my childhood experiences.
I put this short as a "read after Wind and Winter", because you might pick up on more subtle hints if you read it following. Really, it can be read anywhere in the series, but I feel this is the best spot.
Read #12: The Christmas Angel
This short is another jouney into the past -- but this time it's Clara's father's past, telling a bit about how Clara's parents met.
This is, to date, the only short that has very little to do with the overarching plot, though it's a fun short, and it gives a little more backstory on Sebastian, Clara's father.
I enjoyed writing this short because it's more romantic, and I was able to write more about Clara's mom, who we see the least of in the series.
The forgotten pieces.
The remembered past.
The fluctuating future.
What do you do when you can't fight destiny?
The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling series!
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