Holiday Spotlight 2015 – Kenzie Cade

Kenzie Cade

Reindeer Games by Kenzie CadeReindeer Games
Author: Kenzi Cade
Publisher: Less Than Three press
Publication Date: December 08, 2015  (Pre-order link below)


Blurb:  Dashing von Stride has one thing on his mind: winning the window display contest for the Miracle on Main Christmas Contest. His plans are set and ready—and then he walks into his toy store, Reindeer Games, to find a sleigh that shouldn’t be there. The mystery sleigh sparks a new plan, however, and now all Dash needs is the perfect Santa to model his display after. This year, the pranks with his reindeer have gotten out of hand. Instead of preparing for the Big Day, Niklaus Kringle is hunting for his missing sleigh. Locating it should have been easy, but games easily won are seldom worth playing…

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – J.P. Bowie

J. P Bowie

A Present Christmas JP BowieA Christmas Spirits: A Present Christmas
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publication Date: December 8, 2008
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Blurb: The ghost of Christmas Present… A Christmas spirit meddles in the lives of two young men in the hope that she can bring them more than just holiday cheer. Bill Calder, out of a relationship, out of a job, and just plain out of luck becomes the object of attention and affection for Agnes – the spirit of Christmas present – and a little old lady with a mission. Together, she and Bill apply for a Christnas job in a New York department store where a desperate manager hires Bill as Santa – and Agnes as his helper. It’s not long beofre Bill catches the eye of Tom Davenport, a store ’employee’, but Bill’s low self-esteem after the dismal turns his life has taken, won’t allow him to hope for too much from Tom. Agnes however has other ideas, and with a little magic at her fingertips, manages to manoeuvre the two young men into each other’s arms. Thinking her job done, Agnes’ satisfaction is ruffled when Tom reveals to Bill who he really is, and Bill’s pride won’t allow him to take their relationship further. So, a little more magic is needed…

Christmas Wishes by J.P. BowieChristmas Wishes (MLR Press Story A Day For the Holidays 2011)
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Genre: historical
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Blurb: Christopher Fielding has no choice but to spend Christmas with his family in York, away from William MacPherson, the biology professor with whom he has fallen in love. Finding his sister Nan in some distress over her pregnancy, Christopher makes a wish that all will be well with her and the baby, and another that William, traveling by train to his family in Scotland will be safe from the blizzard raging over the countryside.

As Christmas Eve approaches, William’s train is stranded in snow drifts and Nan’s baby is about to arrive prematurely. Cut off by the weather from a doctor’s help, the family is in despair, and Christopher feels that his wishes may not be enough. Perhaps what they now need is nothing short of a miracle.

A Special Christmas J.P. BowieA Special Christmas
Author: J.P. Bowie
Pubisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publication Date: December 13, 2010
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Blurb:  A romantic hideaway on a snow-covered mountain – what better place to meet the man who could heal a broken heart?

Question: What’s Brett Masters to do when his best laid plans for a special Christmas alone with his lover in a mountain cabin resort get axed because the lover up and leaves? Brett’s first instinct is to just suck it up, go home early and spend the Yuletide with his family – but it might have been a good idea if he’d called the airline and changed his flight to an earlier one.

Thwarted, he decides to use the cabin he’s paid for, all the while wondering if this form of self punishment is such a good idea. A romantic hideaway without the romantic partner – what’s that about? But fate steps in and takes him for a spin in the arms of Devyn Weston, the resort manager’s hunky brother.

What’s Brett to do when he and Devyn get stranded by a snowstorm?

A Christmas Portrait by J.P. BowieA Christmas Portrait (Portrait #6)
Author: J.P. Bowie
Publisher: MLR Press
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
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Blurb:  When Peter and Jeff accept an invitation from their longtime friends Rod and ‘A’ to spend Christmas in London, they don’t expect murder and mayhem to be part of the festivities!

A Christmas pantomime a British tradition, when families flock to the theatre for ribald entertainment, gender bending roles and thinly veiled innuendo. But jealousy, hate, murder? Surely that’s not part of the entertainment? Or so Peter and Jeff think when they accept an invitation to spend Christmas in London from their longtime friends Rod and ‘A’ (short for Arthur). ‘A’ is making his return to the stage in Cinderella, playing one of the ugly sisters.

Things get really ugly when Ken Blackwell, the other sister, tries to shake up Arthur’s self-esteem by calling him a washed up old has-been, then goes on a rampage when the show’s director falls ill and Rod is asked to replace him.

Peter’s psychic intuition helps him see past the pantomime’s gaudy glitter and into the dark secrets some people are desperate to conceal.

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – J.P. Barnaby

J.P. Barnaby

The Perfect Tree Monsters Series 1.5 JP BarnabyThe Perfect Tree
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Publishing date: November 9, 2014
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Blurb: Master Ethan Bryant has decided to start a few new Christmas traditions with his boy Jayden Carter. One of those traditions includes trimming his hot little submissive tree with all sorts of interesting decorations. Will a knock on the door throw them out of the headspace, or invite harsher entertainment? Climb onto the leather couch, grab a few ornaments, and help Ethan and Jayden ring in the holidays with style.

The Perfect Tree is a short story from the Monsters series.
Book 1: In the Absence of Monsters

ButtBabesInBoyland_100dpi_cvrButt Babes in Boyland – A Christmas Anthology.
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release date: December 3, 2014
Category: Gay Erotica
Sub-Genre: Comedy, Erotic, Holiday, Romantic
Number of words: 88,343
Formats available: ebook only

Blurb:  The holidays are a time for visiting with family and friends, and sharing tales of peace, childlike innocence, and good will towards all mankind. These are not those stories. Instead, sit back and allow yourself to be regaled with the colorful adventures of toy-themed parties with a twist, the future of Elf Enforcement, misfit sex toys at the North Pole, the mysterious Workshop 69, special delivery packages, and a serious case of potentially mistaken identity. This year, the Butt-thology authors cordially invite you to join them in creating a new tradition.

This holiday season, it’s not just turkeys getting stuffed!

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – Keira Andrews

Keira Andrews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]If Only In My Dreams
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books (November 19, 2015)
Publications Date: November 19, 2015
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To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

This is a gay holiday romance featuring new adult angst, enemies to lovers, and steamy first times.

Where the Love Light Gleams Keira AndrewsWhere the Love Light Gleams
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
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Blurb: This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.

Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires, and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?
Eight Nights Keira AndrewsEight Nights
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication Date: December 11, 2007
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Blurb: Lucas McKenzie figures spending the holidays with his annoying roommate’s family is better than being alone on campus. The last thing he expects is to lust over Sam’s brother — or for Nate to actually want him back.

They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill.

Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.

Next book: Daybreak

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – Shira Anthony

Shira Anthony

Symphony in Blue (Blue Notes) Shira AnthonySymphony in Blue
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing Date: December 24, 2013
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From the Author
“This novella is a coda of sorts to the first four Blue Notes Series books. It’s a bit lighter on the angst than the novels, and focuses on where the couples are now (their continuing happily-ever-afters). Did Cary and Antonio ever have that second child? Do Aiden and Sam finally get married? Does Jason ever decide to try playing in public again? What are David and Alex up to?

Other, secondary characters from the series make an appearance in this story, including David’s sister, Rachel Somers, Cary and Antonio’s son, Massimo, as well as Massimo’s mothers.

I had a lot of fun reconnecting with the Blue Notes boys, and I hope you will too! -Shira”
Goodreads : Blue Note Series by Shira Anthony

Dragon Thursday (a day late)

Good morning!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday morning.  We celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday.  It was pretty busy and I missed Dragon Thursday.

I have been asking my teenager to please put their clothes in the laundry, for several days, which he did not, which then led to a grumpy laundry dragon.  I ended up surfing around the internet for a grumpy laundry dragon. Not much luck, but look at the beauty I did find:

A coal fueled iron : Dragon / Monster German Charcoal Iron 

Coal iron


____401.	Charcoal Iron, aka “The Monster”, has right turned dragon head on chimney, wood hndl., rare

As cool as these are, it is not enough to entice me to use one.  ;-)

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – John Amory

John Amory

A Christmas Caroler by John AmoryA Christmas Caroler
Author: John Amory
Publisher: Prizm
Publishing date: December 3, 2013
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Blurb:  Jeremy Walsh is a high school senior who’s got big plans for his future — namely, to perform at Carnegie Hall. But before he can get there, he needs to secure the solo in his renowned high school choir’s Christmas concert and get into college. Everything seems to be on track until a cute new student, Zach Brooks, shows up and ruins all of Jeremy’s plans by snatching the solo out from under him. With his college auditions looming and the Christmas concert fast approaching, Jeremy has more on his plate than he can handle. Can the magic of the Christmas season bring Jeremy and Zach together?

Holiday Spotlight 2015 – Astrid Amara

Astrid Amara

Crash Plus Expenses by Astrid AmaraCrash Plus Expenses  ( Not holiday but the sequel is. )New Icon for 2015
Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication date: November 2, 2015

Blurb:  Dan Lewinski would follow his subject Connor Katz to the ends of the earth. It’s what he’s paid to do. Apparently this also includes following his subject Connor Katz as they plummet to earth, because their plane is going down. And Dan likes living so that’s a problem.

It’s also a problem because he knows there’s a secret behind Connor Katz’s past, a reason the man’s sister is paying beaucoup bucks to have him followed, a reason Connor appears so quiet on the outside, yet seems lit like a fire from within. Dan needs to know Connor’s secret.

But if they survive the crash, how on earth can Dan get to know the mysteries of a man he’s been in love with from afar without admitting he’s a private eye who’s watched his every move?

aa_hanukkahonretainerHanukkah On Retainer
Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id
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Ever since their plane went down in the Alaskan wilderness and they survived the crash, starvation, and a bear attack, Dan Lewinski and Connor Katz have been inseparable. Now they’re preparing for their first Hanukkah together. Connor is finally hoping for some normalcy in his life. And things between them are good. Really good.

In fact the only conflict between them is the evidence Connor stole from the cult of the Conscripted Army of God. Dan wants Connor to testify and use the documents to bring down the cult before it shatters any more lives. Connor wants to put the past in the past and not embroil himself in the cult’s business any more than he already has.

But then Connor’s little sister Kyrie shows up on the first night of Hanukkah. She’s finished her de-programming and wants to get closer to Connor, despite the fact that she still has ties to the cult, especially her boyfriend. But when the cult that made Connor’s young life a nightmare lures Kyrie back, he has no choice but to fight with everything he’s got.

Bellskis Series – Hanukkah storyline.
Carol of the Bellskis Astrid AmaraCarol of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #1)
Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication Date: December 15, 2009
Genre: LGBT Mystery/Suspense

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Blurb:  Paralegal Seth Bellski is tired of being the secret lover of his boss, Lars Varga, founding partner of Finch & Varga Law. So when he asks Lars to spend Hanukkah with Seth’s family at their kosher B and B in Whistler, B.C., and Lars refuses, Seth realizes he will never get his self-conscious boss out of the closet.

So Seth prepares to spend his Hanukkah holiday alone in the B and B. Instead he finds himself running the place, as his aunt and uncle are missing, and seven demanding, peculiar, and danger-prone guests have arrived. To make matters worse, Lars shows up, begging forgiveness. Lars’s touches remind Seth of why he put up with his boss’s behavior in the first place. If only the words that came out of that beautiful mouth were as sweet as his kisses.

But how can Seth find time to fix his broken relationship when the guests are demanding kosher, gluten-free diets, losing their pet terriers, and hitting their heads on the ice? Seth and Lars find themselves put through the paces of being a married couple, all while still broken up. But then again, if they can survive this Hanukah, maybe they’ll be singing a carol of the Bellskis.

Miracle of the Bellskis Astrid AmaraMiracle of the Bellskis (Bellskis #2)
Author: Astrid Amara
Publication Date: December 13, 2011
Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Series: Holidays with the Bellskis; Previous Book: Carol of the Bellskis


Too much family…too little Egg Nog.

It’s been three years since Seth Bellski forced his boyfriend and ex-boss Lars Varga out of the closet. Since then, Seth has passed the bar and become an attorney, and Lars has started his own firm. Their sex life has gotten steamier, and everything seems perfect between them. Until the holidays arrive.

It’s bad enough that Seth’s mother and father want them over every single night of Hanukkah. And that Lars’s less-than-tolerant parents are sleeping in the room next door for the duration of Christmas, putting the kibosh on their kink. They also end up as the attorneys representing opposing sides in a divorce case, one which quickly proves to be much more than it seems.

Amidst Hanukkah candles, Christmas lights, burned dinners and delayed court appointments, Lars and Seth’s relationship is going to need a miracle to survive the ultimate holiday challenge of too much family.

Sweet and Sour Astrid AmaraSweet and Sour
Author: Astrid Amara
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication Date: November 25, 2013

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Blurb: Miles thought he and Itai would make a great team, despite the infidelities haunting their past. After all, Itai is smoking hot, they’re both driven entrepreneurs, and they love each other. What else did a person need? Well, a lot more, apparently, because not only are they no longer passionate, they don’t even share the same passions. Like people, affections change, but Miles wonders if a relationship this broken is truly worth repairing.

Itai’s business launch with his ex-boyfriend isn’t helping. And Miles himself has a new business to grow over a busy few weeks where Thanksgiving and Hanukkah collide to form either the best holiday season ever, or a kosher caterer’s worst nightmare. But help comes in the unexpected, ruggedly handsome form of Detective Dominic Delbene, a pickle aficionado with his own ghosts, who stakes out the deli to capture a dangerous drug dealer.

As Hanukkah’s eight days and Miles and Itai’s relationship comes to an end, Miles discovers that Nic is not only good with pickling; he’s good at everything.

Holiday Outing Astrid AmaraHoliday Outing
Author: Astrid Amara
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Genre: LGBT Romantic Suspense

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It’s been years since Jonah Levinson has seen his parents. But now he is going to spend Hanukkah with them in order to finally tell them the truth: not only is he gay, but he is a successful author of gay novels and not the struggling (and straight) writer they imagine him to be.

The holiday starts poorly. A record blizzard delays his flight. The snowstorm locks him and his loud, argumentative relatives in the house. The power fails. And, worst of all, Jonah has to share his room with his childhood rival, the perfect Jewish son, the one he spent his entire life unfavorably compared to: Dr. Ethan Rosenberg, son of his mother’s mahjong partner, and apparently God’s gift to the Chosen People.

If this isn’t bad enough, Jonah has to interpret Ethan’s strange new fascination with him. Is Ethan flirting? Or is this just another trick to break Jonah’s heart?

But when a valuable family heirloom is stolen during the festivities and suspicion falls on Jonah, Ethan agrees to help prove Jonah’s innocence. They have eight days to do it. But will they solve the crime before the cooking oil — and everyone’s civility — runs out?

Guest Post and Giveaway: Fish Stick Fridays by Rhys Ford


Rhys Ford always has fun blog tours. This one has recipes and giveaways. I am looking forward to reading Fish Stick Fridays. <3

Originally posted on It's About The Book:


When I first thought about writing Fish Stick Fridays, it was a lot darker than it turned out. I know. I’ll let you have a moment to be shocked and amazed. But then I wrote it and its innards changed, softening a bit. A lot of that change had to do with building a relationship between Deacon and his niece, Zig and then adding Lang into the mix.

I went round and round on the title. Nothing was working. They were decent titles. Hell, Mary Calmes even stole one of them for her own book but nothing was fitting the story. Then I said… why the hell aren’t I calling it what it is? Fish Stick Fridays.

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