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Santa Breaks Bad













Santa Breaks Bad: An International Christmas Story Wrapped in Flash by Jodi Barnes

14 Words for Love
$5.99, paperback / $1.99, e-book
ISBN: 0615911471
October, 2013
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In 14 flash fiction chapters, Santa goes off on a reality TV celeb and is swiftly incarcerated while political, social and supernatural forces conspire to cancel Christmas. Two brilliant women—a Russian hacker and a Moroccan pastry chef—enlist The Legion of Doom to free Santa. But not before Joker and the KGB attempt one last deal. The world of mythic, graphic and human characters becomes strangely credible in this global romantic comedy. Santa's meltdown sets off a chain of events where everyone—Mrs. Claus, the Joker, Russian spies, and lovely Carmelita—is forced to face what they really want. As greed and jealousy infect humans and supervillains alike, only love can save them...and maybe Christmas.

Jodi Barnes’ flash fiction can be found on 100 Word Story, Prime Number, Wigleaf’s Top 50, Camroc Press Review (forthcoming) and Fictionaut Editor’s Eye. Her short-short stories have made finalist on Glimmer Train, Sixfold, and in Press 53’s Open Awards. Her chapbook, unsettled (Main Street Rag Publishing), was runner-up for the 2010 Oscar Arnold Young Award for best poetry book in North Carolina. Other poems are in Iodine Journal, Blue Collar Review, and in several anthologies. She teaches students how to connect social justice, identity and writing in NC schools. She founded 14 Words for Love, small literary acts for human kindness (

All proceeds will go toward 14 Words For Love's mission: to enlarge and strengthen diverse communities through writing.

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