A Gift for Santa by Deanna Wadsworth


Title: The Naughty North Pole Book 3: A Gift for Santa
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Pages: 86
Characters: Nick Claus, Jack Frost
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Romance
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

Since birth, demi-god Nick Claus has heard the demands, wishes and dreams of all humans. Unable to grant the wishes of adults because they want love, health, and peace on Earth—things he cannot provide—Nick has devoted his eternity to granting the wishes of children by bringing them toys on Christmas Eve.

But what about the things Nick wants? Will he ever find the love he craves? Or will he continue to pretend the North Pole has not become lonely and Christmas is all he needs?

Enter Jack Frost.

The winter sprite has been teasing Nick and flirting with him ever since the first kiss they shared, centuries ago. With a saucy proposition, Jack convinces Nick to take a few minutes out for himself despite the busy Christmas season. The catch is, Jack hates Christmas.

Will Nick be able to melt the heart of Jack Frost, or will he end up getting frostbite from this sexy, naughty sprite?

Review:

A Gift for Santa is the first book I’ve read by Deanna Wadsworth and it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing as well as her creative storytelling ability. This story was not only sexy, but it had some funny and heartfelt moments in it too.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story. Nick Clause doesn’t look like anything Mr. Rockwell or what contemporary artists have pictured him. Well built, tall and sexy, Nick can easily walk around without getting noticed. Like his well-known image, Nick is very generous and kind and graciously looks out for others. He loves Christmas and loves to grant wishes to both adults and children. Even though Nick often puts others before himself, there is one person whom he wishes he could be with above any others and that is Jack Frost. Nick has always liked and admired Jack and ever since they shared a kiss many, many years ago, Jack has become one of Nick’s favorite fantasies.

One day while Nick is working for the Salvation Army right outside a department store, Jack shows up and propositions Nick to see him after his shift. Anxious to see Jack and spend some quality time with him, Nick readily agrees and soon the two men fall into an easy banter and into each other’s arms. This has been a dream come true for Nick, but as much as he knows he loves Jack, and as much as he wants to spend time with him, Nick has responsibilities he cannot ignore. Since Jack has stated more than once that he hates Christmas and pretty much everything it stands for, Nick knows the love he feels for him is doomed. How can he be with someone who doesn’t appreciate what Nick loves to do the most?

I loved this book. Between the intense physical chemistry Jack and Nick have together and the strong emotional connection between them, I was immediately hooked on these two characters. I also enjoyed the unique storyline the author takes us on to the North Pole and the mystical beings (including Santa Claus himself) she created. She definitely has her own spin on a well-loved character, and I really enjoyed her naughty and well…nice world she created.

Both Jack and Nick are likeable heroes. Although the story is told through Nick’s eyes, the author did a really good job at having Nick being a descriptive narrator. Normally, I prefer romances told in 3rd person because I want to know what both heroes are thinking and going through, but in all honestly I didn’t miss Jack’s thoughts very much because Nick did such a great job.

A Gift for Santa is a creatively sexy story with two interesting and loveable heroes that lived and breathed off of the written page. If you are looking for something unique, naughty and fun to read, A Gift for Santa would definitely be a great choice for you! Highly Recommended!

A Gift for Santa is the third book in The Naughty North Pole series. Unfortunately, I’ve not read the other two books in the series, but had no trouble following along with this book. It could easily be a stand-alone book. I will say I enjoyed this story enough that I plan on going back and reading the previous two books in the series soon, so I know once you read this book, you’ll probably feel the same way.

The Naughty North Pole series in book order are:
Ms. Claus’s List
Pip’s Boxing Day Wish
A Gift for Santa

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Santa’s Gift by F. Gorden Scott


Title: Santa’s Gift
Author: F. Gorden Scott
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 20
Characters: Kris Kringle Jr. Brian Turner
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday Romance
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

Kris Kringle, Jr., son of Santa Claus, is new to the whole delivery of Christmas gifts thing and doesn’t want to mess up. However, his very first drop off proves to be a real challenge.

Former college diver Brian Turner is woken on Christmas Eve night by a noise. Thinking it’s the neighborhood kids up to no good, he grabs a baseball bat and, naked, goes downstairs to give them a piece of his mind. He’s shocked to come face to face with a young man in his living room wearing a soot-covered mauve jumpsuit.

Both men soon realize they have met before. Kris was a spectator at one of Brian’s diving competitions. There meeting was brief but each man felt a lingering connection.

The magic of Christmas has brought them together again, but will Brian be able to keep Santa’s gift, or will he lose Kris a second time?

Review:

I’m totally addicted to Mr. Scott’s books. I really enjoy his easy style of writing and his sexy and unique heroes are definitely some of my favorites that I’ve read this year. In Santa’s Gift, Mr. Scott once again writes a sexy story with a creative holiday storyline, and with two heroes whose sizzling chemistry practically steamed up my computer screen! Since the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t rehash it. I thought I’d write about why I enjoyed this book and why it’s one of my favorites I’ve read this year.

I loved the main hero, Kris. He’s got an utter sweetness that I really liked, and I adored his attempt at playing the part of Santa. (As well as his own unique Santa suit) Kris is an interesting, somewhat lonely hero who lives at the North Pole with his parents and an endless amount of elves. Both Santa and Ms. Claus accept his sexuality and they love Kris. They want nothing but the best for him, so when they send him down to Brian’s house to deliver Santa’s gift to Brian on Christmas Eve, Kris has no idea that he’s about to come face-to-face with a man who has invaded his dreams for a long time.

I also liked the strong chemistry between Kris and Brian. Not only do they have an immediate connection together, there is a witty banter between them that gave me several laugh out loud moments. I liked the lighter, sexier side of this story and quickly read it in one sitting. My one gripe is: I wish the story had been longer, but in all fairness, I wish for all of Mr. Scott’s books to be a full-length novel.

Santa’s Gift is a sweet and sexy holiday romance that left me with a huge smile on my face. It is definitely a feel good book, and is a great romantic read for the holiday season. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Santa’s Slay by Stephanie Burke


Title: Santa’s Slay
Author: Stephanie Burke
Publisher: Changeling Press
Pages: 60
Characters: Jack Frost, Peter Winston
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Fantasy, BDSM
Kisses: 3.5



Blurb:

Jack Frost doesn’t nip. He bites — and bites hard.
When reporter Peter Winston gets too close to the secrets of Chris Cringle and North Pole industries, he’s gifted to Chris’s bodyguard and ex-lover Jack Frost. Now it’s a matter of time before he gives into the delicious demands of the sadistic dominant, learning that being naughty can be so nice.


Review:

Santa’s Slay was a very addictive read. (Jack Frost as an S&M Dominant…now that is a sexy thought). I found the premise of this book very interesting and the characters were just HOT!! I will have the fantasy of Jack the Dom in my head in the weeks to come I am sure! And, Peter as the good little pain slut? Now that was a well written part! This guy could make the best Dom very, very proud. He takes it all without complaint and you can feel his pride through the words.

I really liked the storyline of Santa’s Slay and obviously I loved the characters! It was a little challenging getting over my “stereotypical” thoughts of holiday creatures. But, lord help me once I finally did, I think I may even have a little thing for Santa now! Recommended!

Reviewed By: Jerry

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Sock it to me Santa by Madison Parker


Title: Sock it to me Santa
Author: Madison Parker
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 59
Characters: Ryan, Jamie
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday Themed Romance
Kisses: 5

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?

Review:

I love holiday themed romances. It really puts me into the festive mood of the holiday season, and Sock it to me Santa gave me everything I love and look forward to when it comes to reading a fun, well-written romance.

Ryan is dealing with all of the social stresses of high school. He’s just starting to come to terms with his homosexuality, but has decided to stay silent about it because of the prejudices he knows he will face from his peers at school. Since it’s his senior year, he doesn’t think it will be any problem keeping his attraction a secret until he goes to college. But when his class decides to throw a secret Santa and Ryan draws the name of the very out and flamboyant, Jamie. Ryan is devastated because he’s afraid of being teased by his insensitive friends both for picking his name AND he’s petrified that somehow this will out him in some way.

One thing that Ryan is not prepared for is his sudden attraction and fascination for the sweet Jamie. In the past, Ryan has always avoided Jamie, but now that he’s drawn his name, he’s finds himself paying attention to him. As the days go by, Ryan becomes more and more interested in Jamie and is realizes there is something about him that really pulls at his heartstrings. But, allowing his attraction for Jamie will force Ryan out of the closet to his family and friends…will he be able to find the strength to follow his heart or will fear keep him deep in the closet?

I loved this book! This is the first holiday story I’ve read this year and it definitely raised the bar for future holiday themed books I’m going to read and review. There was something very special about Ryan and Jamie’s budding relationship that really lived with me long after I finished the book. Both Ryan and Jamie are interesting characters. Since the story is told through Ryan’s point of view, it was easy to like him and sympathize with his fear of being teased or bullied by his peers for being gay. He definitely has to face these fears head on if he wants to have anything lasting and special with Jamie, and I enjoyed watching him find the inner strength to stand up, be himself and do the right thing.

I also loved Jamie. He’s a sweet and strong hero that refuses to bow down to peer pressure. Instead, he is determined to be proud of who he is and I found myself really admiring these strong qualities about him. I loved these two characters and enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. My one gripe about the story is: I hated to see it come to an end. I wanted to read more of this couple and I hope Ms. Parker will write more about them in the future.

Sock it to me Santa is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Parker and it definitely won’t be my last! She really gets to the heart and soul of her characters and the story itself is both smoothly written and very addictive to read. If you are looking for a beautifully written holiday themed romance, Sock it to me Santa is the perfect choice for you. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Paulo’s Santa Kink by Lee Benoit

Title: Paulo’s Santa Kink
Author: Lee Benoit
Publisher: Torquere Books
Pages: 14
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: BDSM
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Paulo’s harbored an unusual fantasy for years. Working up the courage to tell Master Preston about it is only the first step. Preston has to figure out a way to fulfill his boy’s Christmas wish without losing his authority as a top. Flannel pajamas, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies join red velvet, black leather, and willow switches in this tale of nicely naughty gift-giving.

Review:

Another short about Master Preston and his sub Paulo, and Paulo’s urge to be topped by Santa. This is something he’s kept to himself since he was a teenager and he is trying to work up the courage to tell his Master what he dreams of is only the start to seeing his wish fulfilled.

Then we switch to Master Preston trying to figure out how to give his boy what he wants without losing his authority as Paulo’s Master in the process. No topping from the bottom with this man.

It’s a cute well written story and if you’re finding yourself needing a bit of Christmas in July, I’d say jump on this one. It’s well told, well fleshed out and very interesting to see Master Preston at his best.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Santa Vic by J.M. Snyder


Title: Santa Vic
Author: J.M. Snyder
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Pages: 42 (.pdf)
Characters: Matt di Lorenzo, Vic Braunson
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Holiday/Contemporary
Kisses: 4






Blurb:

Vic’s boss asks him to don the Santa suit for the company’s employee family Christmas dinner — again. Vic doesn’t want to do it, but the added incentive of double his usual yearly bonus changes his mind. He knows Matt’s begun looking to buy a house, and the money would go far toward a down payment.

At the dinner, the kids love Vic. One little boy in particular, Brucey Carlson, wants to make sure Vic — or rather, Santa Vic — doesn’t forget his sister, who’s in the hospital for the holiday.

Now Vic has one more stop to make before he can return the Santa suit.

Review:

Beneath Vic Braunson’s tattooed, pierced, and buff exterior lies a gooey marshmallowy middle. Vic might look tough, but the man has a heart of gold, and it beats only for Matt di Lorenzo.

It’s Christmastime in Richmond and Vic has been asked by his boss to play Santa again at the company party. Saying no isn’t exactly an option, and the deal is sweetened just a bit by the offer of a little extra bonus, which Vic knows will go a long way toward helping achieve Matt’s dream of owning a home of their own. So, Santa Vic it is, even if it’s not the most comfortable of options.

This is the story of a man who comes to realize some truths about himself; that he has been heroic for far longer than he has had superpowers. That the gift of love is something he’s given for many Christmases but hadn’t defined it until he had the opportunity to make the holiday special for a complete stranger, a little girl who would be spending the day in the hospital.

Whether you know Vic and Matt or not, this is a sweet and heartwarming holiday story that can be read as a standalone. J.M. Snyder added just the right amount of spice, as well, to make it a sexy, sexy treat. I have to say this one made me love Vic even more than I already did, and it made me even more anxious for the next installment in the Matt & Vic series.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Check out the New Releases from JMS Books!


TITLE: Between Lust and Love Box Set
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634863162
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance Box Set
LENGTH: 59,349 words
PRICE: $4.99
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In life, there’s a fine line between lust and love. One often leads to the other, but sometimes, it’s just about release. Follow the men in these best-selling stories by J.D. Walker as they ride a physical and emotional roller coaster to the heart. The experience changes their lives forever.

Contains the stories: Back at the Altar, Copy Me Unrequited, Dream Man, Heavy Metal Cowboy Blues, He’s the Boss, Ho Hum New Year, Run to You, and The Best Man for Me.

TITLE: Happy Merry Christmas
AUTHOR: Amy Tasukada
ISBN: 9781634862660
GENRE: Gay Holiday Romance
LENGTH: 16,917 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Aoi can’t wait for his first Christmas Eve with Sato. The erotic voice actor wants nothing more than to share the Japanese tradition of having a KFC chicken dinner with his boyfriend.

When Aoi is offered an incredible gig that would finally earn him enough money to move in with Sato, he takes it without thinking. He fails to realize that the job could cause him to miss spending Christmas Eve with Sato altogether.

Sato is counting down the seconds to his Christmas Eve with Aoi. He’s even planning a big surprise with a present from Santa Claus. There’s only one problem: he can’t find the perfect gift, and Christmas is fast approaching.

Just when everything seems to fall into place for Aoi and Sato, they must overcome their greatest challenge yet. Can they learn to be there for each other, even when countless obstacles keep them apart?

TITLE: Picture Perfect
AUTHOR: Nickie Jamison
ISBN: 9781634862776
GENRE: Gay Holiday Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 13,075 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Sequel to Photo Finish

Everything is going great for Alex and Corin. Last Christmas they finally connected, and they’ve been together for almost a year, but secretly. Alex wants to tell everyone he’s in love with Corin. For his entire life, Corin has kept his sexuality a secret, going even as far as letting people assume his friend Heather was his girlfriend.

Being away at college has changed things for Corin, and he’s finally ready to tell his family about himself and Alex. But when Alex’s sister Jen tries to use the secret relationship against him, it resurrects a ghost from Corin’s past.

Present in hand, Alex hopes he and Corin can find a future together. Will their young love survive a holiday season full of mean siblings, crazy uncles, and Black Friday doorbusters?

TITLE: The Wrong Kind of Angel
AUTHOR: Ruby Moone
ISBN: 9781634862950
GENRE: Gay Historical Holiday Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 22,280 words
PRICE: $3.99

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A reluctant angel, three not terribly wise men, two gorgeous men on a starlit chase to find a child … It can only be Christmas.

It’s Christmas 1817 and Captain Charles Farrington has accepted that he is destined to live alone. That is, until Christmas Eve, when a startlingly handsome man crashes into his home and his life.

Harry Valentine is a man on the run. A man with secrets. He hasn’t time to fall for the angel who rescued him and, in any case, he knows that once Charlie realises the truth about him, there will be no future for them.

Harry’s warmth makes Charles face up to the demons in his past and shows him that he can have a family. All he has to do is persuade Harry to stay. But Charlie knows that, despite whatever Harry says, he’s the wrong kind of angel for happy endings.

TITLE: Twelve Gifts
AUTHOR: Casper Graham
ISBN: 9781634862783
GENRE: Gay Holiday Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,465 words
PRICE: $2.99
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Dylan Hughes owns a small bakery. He’s doing what he loves and business is good, but he’s lonely. After a bad relationship, he’s been keeping to himself, and things are worse during the Christmas season. Then there is his unrequited crush on Aaron Tyler.

Aaron is a successful event planner. He and Dylan met more than two years earlier and, after tasting Dylan’s baking, Aaron proposed a collaboration. They’ve worked together ever since. Not willing to risk their friendship, Dylan has kept his feelings under wraps.

But a secret admirer begins to send Dylan thoughtful gifts twelve days before Christmas. The cute, clever gifts keep on coming and he’s flattered, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time. Aaron has finally asked him out.

What happens when the secret admirer’s identity is revealed on Christmas Day? Will Dylan’s blossoming relationship with Aaron survive?

Looking for some great holiday stories to read? Check out the latest from JMS Books!


TITLE: The Italian Word for Kisses
AUTHOR: Matthew J. Metzger
ISBN: 9781611528565
GENRE: Gay Young Adult Romance
LENGTH: 80,399 words
PRICE: $6.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528411
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 7,060 words
PRICE: $2.99
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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
ISBN: 9781611528985
GENRE: Gay Western Romance
LENGTH: 5,257 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528947
GENRE: Gay Paranormal Romance
LENGTH: 11,287 words
PRICE: $3.99

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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
ISBN: 9781634860055
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,048 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528978
GENRE: Gay Romance
LENGTH: 7,724 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528954
GENRE: Gay Interracial Romance
LENGTH: 7,382 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528572
GENRE: Gay Science Fiction Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 11,920 words
PRICE: $3.99

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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
ISBN: 9781634860062
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,506 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528640
GENRE: Lesbian Paranormal Mystery Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 7,823 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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
ISBN: 9781634860116
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 10,295 words
PRICE: $3.99

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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
ISBN: 9781611528527
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 8,496 words
PRICE: $2.99

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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?

Rufus and the Angel by Karly Maddison


Title: Rufus and the Angel
Author: Karly Maddison
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 44
Characters: Rufus, Thadeus
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday, Fantasy, Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Rufus the Christmas elf is grumpy over the festive season–none of the holiday angels will help him top Santa’s tree–he still hasn’t lived down using a starfish last year. The angels’ belligerent teasing sets Rufus’s nerves on edge until Thadeus asks Rufus to ice-dance on the frozen pond. Shortly after their magical interlude, a random kiss in the snow leaves Rufus hankering for the tangible affections of the angel he’s secretly admired for some time–one who’s as impossible to capture and hold as the thistledown riding the twilight breeze. While Rufus considers his options, Santa asks him to deliver a remarkable, old toy to a dying hospital patient. The toy has special significance, clouded in mystery, and only Thadeus can reveal its hidden secrets. With a little bit of time travel, Rufus is taken back to a day long past and shown why the gift is so important, and why Rufus has special relevance to his favorite Christmas angel.

Review:

Rufus and the Angel is a sweet and whimsical holiday story that will leave a smile on your face. I thought the author did a good job at creating the world in which, Rufus, the elf lives in. Santa’s village came to life and her descriptive storytelling ability kept this reader glued to her e-reader from start to finish.

This is definitely a sweet tale. I liked both Rufus and Thadeus and enjoyed the chemistry and banter the two had between them. I also thought the story itself was well-told and interesting and before I knew it, the story had come to an end. What kept me from giving this a higher ranking than I did was that I felt like their relationship was just a little too fast. I would have liked more of a back-story between them and would have loved it if they were able to have another scene or three together. Otherwise, this is a good, solid read and it definitely has a strong holiday spirit undertone to it in which I really liked. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it definitely won’t be my last.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Jessica Freely

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Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

 

Coffee, please. With almond milk. I assume you have virtual almond milk to go with the virtual coffee. 😉

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, though a little is harder than a lot. LOL. I’m a middle-aged woman from the Detroit area (born and raised) and I write gay romance and young adult fiction. I can’t resist a wounded hero. In fact, as a reader and a writer, my favorite stories are of soul mates finding redemption in each other’s arms. I’m married to the love of my life in a beautiful relationship based on mutual goofiness. We don’t have kids, we have a rat terrier named Ruthie and a cat name Hector who outweighs Ruthie by about ten pounds. In addition to writing, I’m an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program.

 

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

Ah. Well, the particular story we’re featuring today is self-published. But I can tell you what fun it was when I first wrote it for the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Stuff Your Stocking free fiction event. This was the first one they ever did, and it was all brand new. I was very taken with the image of an angel with black wings, kneeling in the nude, his hands bound in front of him. The story was one of those lovely ones that comes out all in one piece, and the feedback I got from readers was just wonderful. I’m very pleased to be offering it now as a standalone short story — my holiday gift to readers.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

Oh my goodness. You have no idea what a loaded question that is. Okay, here’s how it happened:

Around about 2000, 2001, things were rough for me. My mother passed away very suddenly and my father was dying. I was 36. By that time, I’d been writing for about fifteen years and I had three science fiction novels out with Tor. Every single one of them had been a bitter struggle to get words on the page. I realized I needed to something to help myself cope, so I gave myself permission to forget all about market considerations and just write something that made me happy.
I was as surprised as anyone else when that turned out to be a young adult gay romance. It poured out of me. It was like weights had been lifted from my fingers, and I was free. This wasn’t like any other writing I’d ever done. It was FUN. The whole thing may have started out as a lark, but I knew there was no going back for me. 

So I pitched the book to my editor and the first words out of his mouth were, do they have to be gay? Well, I said yes, they did, and then we both decided that he would not be the right editor for this book. Then, my agent refused to represent the book, and I fired him. Basically, over a period of several years where I finished up projects I was already contracted for, I walked away from my mainstream publishing career and threw myself into the gay romance genre, and that’s why I’m here today.

Oh, and that first book? Well, since it was a YA, I couldn’t place it for years, but it finally came out from Harmony Ink last September. It’s called All the Colors of Love, and I’m very proud of it.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Chocolate chip!

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How many hours a day do you spending writing?

3-4.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

Usually what happens is that I start writing and anything I’m not sure about I use little <brackets> for as a place-holder. So for example if the characters need to find a book but I’m not sure what that book is yet, I’ll write <book>. This works great until about halfway through the story, when all those <>s pile up and everything gets so vague I can’t continue. Then I start over from the beginning and do the second pass, which usually gets me about three quarters of the way through. That’s the point in the process where I realize I have something terribly out of whack and a lot of things need to be reorganized. The fourth pass is the hardest. That’s where I rework a lot of what I’ve already done and finally come up with my ending. And then I send it out to beta readers and more things change in revisions. LOL. I’m a revision junkie!

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I don’t outline much. I need a destination, but I like to let the story unfold of it’s own will, which may be why I rewrite so much, but I’ve just never been able to make myself write to an outline.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

I couldn’t possibly pick just one. I love them all. As you can see, we go through a lot together. 🙂

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I used to. Gay romance was the cure for that. 🙂

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I actually have an office in the house. It’s painted yellow and I have a huge bulleting board covered with all kinds of pictures I’ve found over the years, like a collage. I stare at it when I’m trying to figure things out.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Nothing that formal. Though I am known to wave my poor husband away if I’m really in the middle of something.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

Oh. Um. Naughty and peculiar, I think. I love absurdity, extremes, and transgression, but there also has to be an underlying kindness in it. I deplore cruelty of any kind. I love the work of Kevin Smith, the Marx Brothers, and Will Ferrell. I love it when a comedian adopts a completely absurd premise and commits to it 100%. For example, the holiday film Elf is one of my favorites. It’s ridiculous, but no matter how out there it gets, nobody ever breaks character or backs down from the central premise of a man raised as one of Santa’s elves.

What is the most frequently asked Jessica Freely question?

How tall are you? I’m 4′ 10,” just so you know. 😉

What are you working on now?

I’m currently drafting the ending of the sequel to my transgender class warfare science fiction romance, Amaranth & Ash. No title yet, but the hero in this one was the villain in the last, which is a lot of fun.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I find it important to get out of the writing mindset regularly. I take Ruthie to the dog park or for a walk, or I cook something. Doing physical things that have nothing to do with writing is healthy for me. Sometimes I play with music apps like Garage Band or Ocarina as a way to exercise other parts of my brain.

The other thing that I find important is to read as much of other people’s work as I can, especially writers who have better skills in some areas than I do. The stuff I mentioned about is for resting the writing mind, but the reading feeds it.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I like fantasy and science fiction. I’m a big Lois McMaster Bujold fan. And I read some mainstream fiction and classics too. I loved Life of Pi and I’m a bit Charles Dickens fan. I could go on and on: Alice Walker, Michael Chabon, Alexander McCall Smith…

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Horse Trainer. I love animals, and sometimes, when I’m frustrated with a project, I wish I’d gone into something like that or dog training. I actually did work at a doggy day care for a little while. I loved it.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I love being outdoors, particularly in nature. In fact I’m pretty sure this is my first incarnation as a human being. LOL. Being in the woods or out on a lake replenishes me in a way I can’t really put into words. So I like to take Ruthie to our local dog park, which has a wooded off-leash area, and I go kayaking when I can. I’m very fortunate to live in Michigan, which has so many beautiful lakes and forests to enjoy.

Of course I also enjoy other more civilized pursuits: reading, gay porn, old-school table-top RPGs…

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Yes. Look for Unbound, the third story in the Freedom Series, coming out around the end of January.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

 

Jessica Freely Online:

Website & Blog: http://jessicafreely.com

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/jessicafreely

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/FYXLf

Facebook: http://facebook.com/jfreely

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jessicafreely

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1690113.Jessica_Freely

 

It was a pleasure having you here with us today.