Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Madison Parker

Madison Parker

Sock it to Me, Santa!
Author: Madison Parker
Publication Date: November 12, 2012
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb: Ryan is assigned to Jamie Peterson for his class’s secret gift exchange. If word gets out that he has to make a handcrafted gift for flamboyant and openly gay Jamie, Ryan will be the laughing stock of the school. It’s a good thing no self-respecting boy would be caught dead in a craft store, because otherwise he’d be at risk of being spotted when his mom drags him to her weekly craft workshops. He hopes Jamie will appreciate all the trouble he’s going to for this assignment. Finding the perfect gift is gonna be tricky. Jamie deserves something good, though, after all the crap he has to put up with at school. At least, Ryan tells himself that’s the reason he’s putting so much thought into the gift. It couldn’t be that he has feelings for Jamie, could it?

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Stephen Osborne

Stephen Osborne

Speaking of Dreams
Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: October 23, 2015
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:  When it’s meant to be, it’s useless to fight it.

Four years ago a drowning accident brutally ripped Jason out of artist Frank Hunter’s life. As he celebrates his forty-fifth birthday with his friends, Frank knows his dating life is over. A chance meeting with Donny Rodriquez, however, shakes Frank’s world to its core. Donny is twenty years Frank’s junior, but so full of life and vitality that Frank knows he has to paint the young man. Donny agrees, although he makes his romantic interest in Frank plain. Frank does his best to put Jason and the past behind him, but the memory of his late lover won’t let him go.

Yet Donny sparks something in Frank, and after several disastrous dates with men his own age, Frank ends up back with Donny. Donny soon learns that to win Frank’s heart, he must not only bridge the age gap but find a way to enable Frank to let go of the past.

 

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Jay Northcote

Jay Northcote

New for 2017

Title:  Secret Santa

Series:  n/a

Author:  Jay Northcote

Publisher:  Jaybird Press

Publication date: 11/24/2017

Cover artist: Garrett Leigh

Genre:
Christmas, holidays, contemporary

Length: Novella

Characters:  Theo & Luke

Summary:  Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.

38,000 words approx (less)

Buy Links:

AmazonUK

 

Title: A Family for Christmas
Series:  Standalone
Author:  Jay Northcote
Publisher:  Jaybird Press
Publication date:  Nov 18th 2016
Cover artist:  Garrett Leigh
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Length: 45,000 words
Characters:  Rudy and Zac
Summary:  Zac never had a family of his own, but Rudy has enough to share. Shy, inexperienced Rudy has a crush on Zac from the moment his new colleague walks through the door. On an office night out before Christmas, Rudy finds the courage to make a move, and they form a tentative bond. When he discovers Zac will be alone at Christmas, he invites Zac to come home with him. Zac prefers to keep people at arm’s length. Yet when Rudy offers him a family Christmas it’s impossible to resist. With no parents of his own, Zac is pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by Rudy’s. The only drawback is that everyone assumes they’re a couple. Unwilling to disappoint Rudy’s mum and make Christmas awkward, they decide not to deny it. It’s not a chore for Zac to pose as Rudy’s boyfriend, but the pretence makes him want things that scare him—things like a real relationship with Rudy. Zac’s suffered enough rejection in his life already and is afraid to risk his heart. If he can get over his past rejection and let Rudy inside his armour, he might get more for Christmas than he ever imagined.

Buy Links:  AMAZON

What Happens At Christmas
Author: Jay Northcote     
Publisher:  Jaybird Press
Publication date:  November 19, 2015
amazonBuyButton

Blurb: When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Mark—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Mark has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Mark’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

Cold Feet  (Winter themed story)
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher:  Jaybird Press
Publication date:  December 8, 2014
amazonBuyButton

 

 

Blurb:  Best friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?

Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought.

Until now, Ryan’s kept his feelings for Sam buried. Why ruin a friendship over what might only be gay experimentation? Playing it cool seems safer, until a cold snap makes sharing body heat vital. In their Welsh safe haven, anything seems possible.

As Ryan’s reserve melts away, Sam wants more than stolen kisses under the mistletoe. But a sudden thaw means making decisions. They could face the New Year together—unless one of them gets cold feet.

Author Contact:

www.jaynorthcote.com
https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7302303.Jay_Northcote https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Josephine Myles

Josephine Myles

Merry Gentlemen
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Self
Published November 2, 2017 (re-release)
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:

’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you. Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

Holiday spotlight 2017 – K.A. Mitchell

K.A. Mitchell

An Improper Holiday
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: December 1, 2009
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:
He followed all the rules…until one man showed him a dozen ways to break them.

As second son to an earl, Ian Stanton has always done the proper thing. Obeyed his elders, studied diligently, and dutifully accepted the commission his father purchased for him in the Fifty-Second Infantry Division. The one glaring, shameful, marvelous exception: Nicholas Chatham, heir to the Marquess of Carleigh.

Before Ian took his position in His Majesty’s army, he and Nicky consummated two years of physical and emotional discovery. Their inexperience created painful consequences that led Ian to the conviction that their unnatural desires were never meant to be indulged.

Five years later, wounded in body and plagued by memories of what happened between them, Ian is sent to carry out his older brother’s plans for a political alliance with Nicky’s father. Their sister Charlotte is the bargaining piece.

Nicky never believed that what he and Ian felt for each other was wrong and he has a plan to make things right. Getting Ian to Carleigh is but the first step. Now Nicky has only twelve nights to convince Ian that happiness is not the price of honor and duty, but its reward.

The Christmas Proposition
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: December 5, 2011
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:

It’s Christmas in Epiphany, Pennsylvania—the busiest time of year for Mel Halner. But running the family Christmas tree farm has worn down his love for the happiest season of all, and lately Mel’s been wondering what if he’d said yes to a ticket out of town with millionaire Bryce Campion three years ago.

Bryce isn’t used to people saying no to him, and he can’t forget Mel or their brief but sizzling affair. He might not have been offering forever, but Bryce can’t understand a guy as sexy and smart as Mel choosing to stay rooted on the family farm over enjoying the high life with him. He’s determined to make Mel see what he’s missed out on the first chance he gets.

27,000 words

 
Wish List
Author: K.A. Mitchell
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: December 3, 2012
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb: 

Blindfolds. Handcuffs. Submission.

There’s so much Jonah Kendrick hasn’t tried, and so much he wants to explore. But just before Christmas he finds a ring box in his boyfriend’s desk. Jonah panics. He loves Evan and their sex is hot, but how can Jonah be ready for forever, when there are so many items on his Naughty Bucket List? Desires that might drive Evan away.

Evan’s noticed Jonah has been distant. His usually talkative and cheerful boyfriend is preoccupied. The seemingly straitlaced Evan stumbles across Jonah’s wish list of sexual kinks, and Evan realizes he may not have to hide his true nature from Jonah after all. The Dom in him wants to see Jonah on his knees, begging, submitting, but Evan isn’t sure Jonah’s ready to accept what being Evan’s sub would mean.

The two lovers must figure out how to share their hidden desires with each other before their secrets permanently damage their love.

26,000 words

A Collision Course Christmas and Custom Christmas, which are codas from the series
Florida Book Series – https://www.goodreads.com/series/46404-florida-books
And the
Custom Ride Series – https://www.goodreads.com/series/65136-custom-ride
Are Free on the website: http://www.kamitchell.com/freereads.html

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Freddy MacKay

Freddy MacKay

New for 2017

Title:  Watermelon Kisses

Series:
A Holiday To Remember 2017

Author:  Freddy MacKay

Publisher:  
Mischief Corner Books

Publication date: 11/29/17

Cover artist: Freddy MacKay

Genre: Contemporary Holiday

Length: Short story

Characters:  Amir and Esmail

Summary:  Life hasn’t been easy for Amir since he fled Iran after a brutal imprisonment. The trauma experienced at the hands of the guards left a dark spot on his soul. The one constant in his life since relocating to Chicago has been his lover—now husband—Esmail, whose steadfast love and support has soothed his wounded heart. ​But this Shab-e Yalda, Amir wants to be the one giving his husband something special, because even after the darkest nights, the sun will rise again.

Buy Links:


 

 

 

snow-on-spirit-bridge-by-freddy-mckay-2Snow on Spirit Bridge
Author: Freddy MacKay
From the Chestnuts Roasting Anthology
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Publication Date: November 27, 2014
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:  Alone in Japan, Finni is struggling against the constant distrust, avoidance, and xenophobia he experiences every day. He misses home. He misses his family. Nightmares come all too frequently because of the stress, and well, Christmas is just not Christmas in Japan. Not how he understands it.

Distressed by how miserable Finni is, his roommate, Mamoru, offers to be Finni’s family for Christmas. Little does he know how much one agreement would change everything between them, because both of them kept secrets neither ever dreamed were true.

Author information:

Website:   http://freddysstereograph.weebly.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/FreddyMacKay

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/freddy.m.mackay

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Z.A. Maxfield

Z.A. Maxfield

Lost and Found
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date November 30, 2013
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:  A Home for the Holidays Charity Novella
Lost: one dog and two men in need of each other. Found: love.

RV resort security chief Ringo never believed in love at first sight . . . until he saw Gavin playing his sax on the beach for the tourists. But their on-again, off-again affair — even counting all the great makeup sex — doesn’t come close to the relationship he wants. All he really wants for Christmas is a commitment from Gavin.

Instead he discovers that Gavin has had surgery without telling him, so he lays down a relationship ultimatum while Gavin recuperates. Complicating matters even more, Gavin’s beloved dog Bird runs away, and Gavin blames Ringo for the disappearance.

While Ringo throws every resource he has into finding Bird, he learns deeper truths about Gavin—how hard it is for him to trust and how little faith he has in love. Maybe if Ringo can find Bird, he can salvage Gavin’s faith. Maybe this Christmas, they can all find each other.
Word count: 37,300; page count: 148

 

Secret Light

Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Maxfield Publishing
Publication Date: April 5, 2014
amazonBuyButton

Blurb: Re-release of title previously published in 2011: Secret Light.

Rafe Colman’s likes his life. He has a nice home, a good job, and a wonderful dog. But he’s exhausted by living a lie. When his home is vandalized because of his perceived German ancestry, he can’t even share the irony with friends.

Officer Ben Morgan falls for Rafe’s dog first, but it isn’t long before he’s giving her owner the eye. He thinks they have more in common than the search for Rafe’s vandals, and he’s willing to take a chance and find out.

If life in 1955 is tough on a cop in the closet, it’s even tougher on a refugee who’s desperate to hide his roots and fit in. Rafe knows from tragic experience how vicious prejudice can be. Every second with Ben is stolen, every kiss fraught with danger.

 

What Child is This?: A Crossing Borders Christmas Story
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Maxfield Publishing
Publication Date: April 5, 2014

amazonBuyButton

 

 

Blurb:  Re-release of 2010 title: What Child is This? A Crossing Borders Christmas Story.

Michael and Tristan are finally taking that much needed weekend away for Christmas. They’ve been working so hard at their respective careers there hasn’t been time for a breather, much less a chance to reconnect and see if they’ve been working toward what they both want.

Like always, Michael’s well-laid plan is derailed by a phone call from Apple House. Three of their charges have gone missing and while Michael is worried, it’s not unusual for the young adults who stay at the shelter for homeless LGBT teens to come and go.

But when one of them calls Michael and asks if – hypothetically speaking – it’s considered kidnapping to keep a baby who’s been abandoned, Michael and Tristan head home with all speed to sort things out.

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Angel Martinez

Angel Martinez

New for 2017

Title: 
Safety Protocols For Human Holidays

Series:  Standalone

Author:  Angel Martinez

Publisher:  
Mischief Corner Books

Publication date:
December 09, 2017

Cover artist : Freddy MacKay

Genre: F/F Science Fiction Humor

Length: Short Story

Characters:  Growlan Raskli and Human Jen

Summary:  As a security officer on an interspecies ship, Growlan Raskli’s experienced in heading off species-specific aberrant behaviors in order to keep the peace. But when her captain asks her to find out what’s bothering their sole human crew member, Raskli’s out of her depths. She hardly knows anything about humans and she’s not a psych doctor. Something’s definitely upset Human Jen, something to do with human holidays. The more time Raskli spends studying humans and interacting with the intriguing Human Jen, the more personal the assignment becomes. Determined to lift the dark cloud from Human Jen, Raskli will do whatever it takes—within safe parameters, of course.
Buy Links:  

Mischief Corner Books

 

the-brimstone-journals-collection-one-angel-martinezTitle:  The Brimstone Journals: Collection One
Series:  Brimstone (Brimstone #5)
Author:  Angel Martinez
Publisher:  Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Publication Date: December 24, 2016
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Genre: Scifi
Length: 284 pages
Characters: Shax Goldner, Ness Angelus, Verin Hammer, Cornelius (Corny) DeGroot, Leopold Goldner-Angelus
Mac (who will be very ticked off if you call him by his full name, Pepper MacDougal 😉 )< /span>Heckle, Julian Parallax, ISE agent Summary: The Brimstone. Cargo ship, hive of thievery and profiteering. Captained by a demon prince and manned by a crew that puts any batch of misfits to shame. You’ve come along with a cargo of anti-gravity cows and one of jeweled-toned potatoes. You’ve shared the horrors of frogs and nightmares. Now share some, more or less, quieter moments with the Brimstone crew—small snippets plucked from various spots in each personal timeline, from Shax and Verin’s childhood in Hell to after the events of Beside a Black Tarn.

The Brimstone Journals, Collection One also includes an exclusive holiday short story, never published as part of the blog series. Shax would probably like to keep it that way, but too bad.

Amazon

 

a Christmas Cactus for the General by Angel MartinezTitle: A Christmas Cactus for the General Series: IMP UniverseFrom the Chestnuts Roasting Anthology

Author: Angel Martinez

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books, LLC

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Cover Artist: Catherine Dair

Genre: Holiday, Science Fiction

Length: Novella, 25 thousand words

Characters:  General Teer – an exiled Irasolan war hero,  Bruce Bering – seaplane pilot, grieving over his partner who died in a plane crash

Summary: Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can’t imitate successfully. When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought.

Amazon

Author contact:

http://angelmartinezauthor.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/amartinez2

https://twitter.com/AngelMartinezrr 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1010469.Angel_Martinez

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – EM Lynley

EM Lynley

Gingerbread PalaceGingerbread Palace (Delectable Book 4)
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date December 10, 2013
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:  A Novella in the Delectable Series

A week before Christmas, Alex Bancroft’s bakery goes up in flames. When he runs back inside after a dog, firefighter Kevin Flint has to rescue Alex—and Quincy—from the smoldering building, endangering them and inflaming Kevin’s resentment.

Now Alex can’t create the elaborate gingerbread house he donates to a foster-kids charity each year. Fire Station 7 again comes to his rescue, offering their kitchen and their manpower.

Everyone but Kevin Flint, that is. A third-generation firefighter, he’s fearful of stepping too far out of the closet. So when his powerful physical attraction for Alex ends in a sizzling secret encounter in the firehouse, Kevin can’t push Alex far enough away, and Alex returns the cold shoulder.

After a change of heart, Kevin risks his life to prove he’s worthy of Alex’s affection, but without a Christmas miracle, their chances at sweet romance might go up in smoke.

Like all Delectable stories, Gingerbread Palace includes recipes used in the book.

Snow Job EM LynleySnow Job
Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication date: December 15,2013
amazonBuyButton

 

Blurb:  Named 2013 Best New Adult Book by Love Romances Cafe

Two weeks in a remote mountain cabin with his hunk of a jock college roommate Monty Jameson has Zack Gregory hot under the collar in all the wrong ways. Truth is, Zack would rather be almost anywhere else, but it’s his only option if he’s to finish a project he needs to graduate from the University of Washington. Even worse, the nearest town is a faux-Bavarian village that looks like someone poured a snowglobe out on the eastern Cascades. Late-night fantasies aside, Zack’s no fan of manslut Monty, preferring his men with virtues that are more than skin-deep.

A few days into their retreat, Monty’s raw sexuality and flirtatiousness has Zack questioning his resolve. The idyllic setting is Zack’s Christmas fantasy come true, and even the splashy village eventually works its charm on him. Then when the cabin’s power goes out and Monty lays himself bare–in every way imaginable and then some–Zack sees a whole new set of possibilities. But will falling for Monty make the best Christmas ever, or is Zack just getting snowed?

Holiday Spotlight 2017 – Kate Lowell

Kate Lowell

Christmas Goes Analog
Author: Kate Lowell
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Publication Date: December 21, 2016

Amazon

Blurb:  When Rob’s dad was injured by an uninsured driver, it spelled the end of Rob’s carefree childhood and, more important to Rob, the idyllic Christmases they used to have. Hard work and sacrifice nets him a degree in computer programming and then a contract at a rapidly-growing video game company. Things are looking up, especially when he meets his new System Administrator, Shawn. But the closer it gets to Christmas, the more bugs there are in the system.

 

Shawn’s found him. The Guy. But Rob’s had it rough and it’s been years since he’s been anything but responsible. It all comes boiling to the surface when a family financial crisis is followed by a work emergency that ruin Rob’s plans to bring Shawn home to meet the family over Christmas holidays.

With Rob’s mood growing darker the closer it gets to Christmas, Shawn needs to find some way to give Rob the Christmas he’s so desperate for. And he just might have the plan…