TITLE: The Italian Word for Kisses
AUTHOR: Matthew J. Metzger
GENRE: Gay Young Adult Romance
LENGTH: 80,399 words
It’s no secret Tav and Luca are going out. After the accident, it’s also no secret that new kid Jack Collins has a raging case of homophobia, and is not best pleased about having given the kiss of life to a gay guy. Either Luca quits swimming, or Jack is going to make him.
Tav favours the tried-and-true method of knocking Jack’s teeth down his neck, only he can’t really afford another school suspension. Luca favours just ignoring him, only ignoring a penknife being held to your throat at New Year’s Eve is downright stupid.
Thing is, Luca suspects Jack is a victim of something himself. And time is running out for Luca to get through to Jack, before Jack gets rid of him.
TITLE: Realm of the Polar Bear
AUTHOR: Alex Morgan
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 7,060 words
Stranded by a blizzard on his way home for Christmas, Jarrod waits for death by freezing in his pickup, until a large, white-haired, bearded man steps out of the forest to rescue him. Jarrod is reluctant to follow the handsome man but decides his chances of survival aren’t good if he stays in his truck.
Caleb takes Jarrod to a warm, inviting cabin in the middle of the forest and offers him food and drink to warm him up. Jarrod’s apprehensions begin to dissipate as his attraction for the mysterious man increases.
Jarrod wonders what it would be like to live in the wild with the handsome Caleb, but he soon finds out the white bear is not what he appears to be.
TITLE: The Perfect Tree
AUTHOR: Kassandra Lea
GENRE: Gay Western Romance
LENGTH: 5,257 words
The men from Wild Ride are back!
The holiday season has rolled around and, with fond memories, Mica Kettrick retrieves his little fake tree from the attic. But his husband of only a few months, Forrest, refuses to have such an unnatural thing decorating their house, insisting their tree be real.
With a little outside help, the boys soon discover love is about more than the branches of a tree.
TITLE: Angel Wings and Bullets
AUTHOR: E.F. Mulder
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 11,287 words
A seemingly lost little girl leads Bart to the scene of a horrible accident. As he consoles Sawyer, who crashed his bike into a New York City bus, he finds himself comforted instead when Sawyer offers him a pendant to keep him safe as he heads off to boot camp and eventually war.
More than a decade later, the pair are reunited on Thanksgiving Day, one on one side of a soup kitchen serving table, one on the other. They nearly miss each other, but fate — or something else — seems to want to bring them together.
It isn’t only on that day, either, but throughout the holiday season, during which Bart discovers the significance of the pendant and both men learn to believe in angels and second chances.
TITLE: Christmas Promises
AUTHOR: Drew Hunt
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,048 words
Six months on from meeting in Heat Wave: Newark, Ben Knight and Aaron Jones face a totally different type of weather as they prepare for their first Christmas together in small town Maine.
All Aaron wants for Christmas is Ben home safe and sound from a long haul ride along I-95, as well as to hear the words “I love you” from his man’s lips. But when the snow starts to fall and Ben is still one day away from home, Aaron’s hopes begin to fade.
Can Ben make it home safely? And what’s with the gifts under the tree, each with a different hand-drawn image?
It promises to be a Christmas neither man will soon forget.
TITLE: Santa? Seriously?
AUTHOR: Terry O’Reilly
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 7,724 words
Ivan Tykovsky is a security guard at Hinkleman’s Department store and has come to despise the shopping element of Christmas. The holiday season means his workload of apprehending shoplifters and breaking up fights over merchandise increases.
When the Santa the store has booked shows up drunk, the six foot six, 240 pound, red-bearded Jewish giant is forced to stand in. Ivan isn’t happy about the idea, but there’s one compensation — the diminutive Skip Mueller, an out-of-work actor who’s been hired as one of Santa’s elves. Skip comes to Ivan’s rescue, coaching the big man through his dealings with the children.
Ivan becomes an instant celebrity, and when a permanent replacement Santa is found, the store’s customers demand Ivan’s return. Will there be a special Christmas gift this year for a certain Jewish Santa and his special elf?
TITLE: Santa’s Secret
AUTHOR: Michael P. Thomas
GENRE: Gay Interracial Romance
LENGTH: 7,382 words
Samir is a lot closer to forty than he is to fourteen. For all the good it does him — when he’s around cutie-pie Kerry, a waiter at his favorite happy hour hotspot, he feels more like a tween girl backstage with a boyband than any kind of upstanding professional.
Especially when he’s drunkenly inspired to write a letter to Santa Claus, in which he asks to find Kerry under his tree on Christmas morning. A wish that verges on coming true, even, until Kerry breaks their Christmas Eve date for the worst reason Samir has ever been called upon to pretend to believe. But Santa works in mysterious ways …
TITLE: The Devil Who Cared
AUTHOR: Leska Beikircher
GENRE: Gay Science Fiction Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 11,920 words
Deep inside the earth lies a special place called Hell. The devils who work there have no corporeal existence, few memories, and count the passing time in aeons.
It’s three days before the New Year, a new millennium even, when Number Three gets stuck with the assignment to conquer the soul of a fallen angel, an angel dismissed from Heavenly services who now lives as a mortal among humans.
Number Three, in a brand-new male body, is surprised to find the fallen angel is no other than his old nemesis, Number Sixteen. To make matters even more fantastic, the angel asks for Three’s help in rescuing his ice cream parlour.
But while doing so, Number Three encounters strange new sensations, among them a genuine desire to actually help Angel and find out why he fell from Heaven. Angel is a very distracting assignment, and Three’s emotions as well as his human body respond to the closeness between them. When it’s time to wrap up his task, will Three be able to return to Hell and put Angel behind him?
TITLE: Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
AUTHOR: J.M. Snyder
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,506 words
A Vic and Matt Story
J.M. Snyder’s popular couple Vic and Matt are back in this short and sexy holiday tale. The guys have a tradition — one Matt finds frustrating, to say the least — to abstain from sex for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. So what if Matt was the one to come up with the stupid rule in the first place? Can’t he create a new tradition, one where they love on each other as much as possible during the holidays?
When he’s home with nothing to do because the gym where he works is closed for renovations, Matt has plenty of time to turn Vic around to his way of thinking. But Vic seems determined to frustrate Matt at every turn. Will Matt finally get his way, or will Vic insist on waiting until midnight rings in the new year before either of them find release?
TITLE: Ghostly Vibrations
AUTHOR: Maya Anders
GENRE: Lesbian Paranormal Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 7,823 words
This New Year’s Eve, parapsychology student Roxy Silverstein has signed up for a ghostwatch in an old gothic church. It’s supposed to be haunted by the restless spirit of Veronica Parker, a young socialite who died in mysterious circumstances at a millennium party sixteen years earlier.
But soon after she arrives, Roxy is swept off her feet by a leather-clad adventuress named Eris King, a psychic detective who’s convinced Veronica’s death was murder, not the accident everyone believes it to be. There’s a problem, though. Eris only has psychic visions when she’s in the throes of orgasm, and she needs an assistant to help her with that.
Scarcely believing her luck, Roxy jumps at the job. The pair make a great team, and soon discover the sinister truth behind Veronica’s death. Will they live to tell anyone about it … or end up victims of the same cold-hearted killer?
TITLE: Boyfriend Countdown
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 10,295 words
Milo Slowiak is perfectly happy to sleep with a different guy, most nights. Nelson Agnew — a frequent buddy in Milo’s bed — has been fine with that, too, until Christmas Day, when he changes the rules. Now Nelson wants a relationship, and Milo has until New Year’s Day to make his decision.
At first, Milo is upset and decides he doesn’t need Nelson. After all, he has all those names in his little black book to choose from. Yet sex with others doesn’t erase the lingering feeling that Milo could be missing out on something wonderful, whether or not he’s ready for it or can trust his feelings on the matter.
After a heated confrontation, Milo realizes two things: he wants Nelson for more than a notch on his bed post, and Nelson has been in love with him from the beginning. Can Milo change for the better?
TITLE: Aloha Party
AUTHOR: H.D. Nels
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,496 words
When Jake’s sister arranges for him to attend her aloha party, a kind of Christmas in October, he is sad and concerned. Lynn has cancer and this may be the last time he will see his beloved older sister. In an effort to heal some of the rifts in their family, he calls his estranged brother Ron and tells him about Lynn’s condition.
Lynn asks Jake to keep her brother-in-law Mitchell company for the duration of the visit. When he arrives, Jake is first stunned to discover Ron there, he and Lynn having made up their differences. As an extra bonus, Jake is absolutely smitten by the gorgeous Mitchell.
A few weeks later, Mitchell flies out to visit Jake. Although their mutual attraction can’t be denied, Mitchell is several years older than Jake, which may be a problem. By the time Christmas rolls around, Lynn is very weak and Jake and Mitchell rush to her side. Will there be good news to share with Lynn? And does she have one more surprise for Jake, too?