Holiday Spotlight – J.P. Bowie

J.P. Bowie
A Christmas Spirits: A Present Christmas
Publication Date: December 8, 2008

Christmas Spirits: A Present Christmas  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 Spirits: A Present Christmas

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Christmas Wishes (MLR Press Story A Day For the Holidays 2011)
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
Genre: historical

Christmas Wishes (MLR Press Story A Day For the Holidays 2011)  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.

Christmas Wishes (MLR Press Story A Day For the Holidays 2011)

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A Special Christmas
Publication Date: December 13, 2010

A Special Christmas  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 Special Christmas

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A Christmas Portrait (Portrait #6)
Publication Date: December 2, 2013

A Christmas Portrait 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.

A Christmas Portrait

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Goodreads link to Portrait series by J.P. Bowie

Holiday Spotlight – J.P. Barnaby

J.P. Barnaby

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree (Monsters Series #1.5)

The Perfect Tree (Monsters Series #1.5)

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Blurb: Master Ethan has decided that his boy Jayden should have a nice traditional Christmas for the first time in their relationship. What would Christmas be without the perfect tree?

I also am hearing that she has an anthology coming out from Wilde City Press December 3, 2014 called Butt Babes in Boyland - A Christmas Anthology.  Should be fun.  More details as I find them.  :-)

Happy Release Day! Chestnuts Roasting Anthology by Toni Griffin, Angel Martinez, Silvia Violet & Freddy MacKay

Chestnuts Banner Title:  Chestnuts Roasting Anthology
Authors: Toni Griffin, Angel Martinez, Silvia Violet &
Freddy MacKay
Release date:  November 27, 2014
Publisher:  Mischief Corner Books, LLC


Christmas means different things to everyone, but most often it’s all about pulling loved ones close and brightening the gloom. The fire’s crackling. The snow is piling up outside, even if it’s only in your dreams. Time to snuggle up with some cocoa and some stories carefully crafted by the Mischief Corner Crew to warm hearts and cockles.

Wreath of Fire: Smokey Mountains Bears 2 – Toni Griffin

Michael’s trying to start a new life away from his abusive father, but he’s drifting and not sure what he wants. When he accidentally starts a kitchen fire, the hot new fireman who comes to the rescue is not only another bear shifter. He’s Michael’s mate. Michael desperately needs to get his act together and figure out what he wants if he has any hope of claiming the bear fated to be his.

A Christmas Cactus for the General – Angel Martinez

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.

Holly Jolly – Silvia Violet

I’m not gay. I just notice men sometimes. Everybody does, right? I notice Dane a lot, like every time I’m near him, but just because I think he’s an attractive man that doesn’t mean I like him, does it?

I’m also not a fan of Christmas. Too many years “celebrating” with my Bible-thumping family ruined the holiday for me. So what if I envy all these cheerful souls dashing about with smiles on their faces? I don’t have to like Christmas, do I? If anyone could get me in the Christmas spirit, it would be Dane with his easy, relaxed manner and his gorgeous smile. If that were going to happen, though, I’d have to find the courage to talk to him and to admit that maybe I don’t know myself all that well after all.

Snow on Spirit Bridge – Freddy MacKay

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.

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While we are waiting for the Chestnuts Roasting Anthology to be released, Check out A Cabin For Two.  This anthology contains  “A Bear in the Woods: Smokey Mountain Bears 1 by Toni Griffin.  Although both “Smoky Mountain Bear” books can be read as stand alone why not ease into the holidays with this lovely anthology.  Doesn’t that cover just put you in the mood for snuggling up with a good book and cup of your favorite warm beverage. :-)

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By Toni Griffin, Freddy MacKay, Mathilde Watson, Silvia Violet and Angel Martinez
Mischief Corner Anthologies, #1
Release Date:
April 1, 2013
Word Count:
64,500Snow, storm, transportation woes, gravity well mishaps – the list of disasters that might strand someone in the wilderness is endless. But what happens when two men are marooned together? Close quarters and intimate situations strike sparks, whether the men are strangers or lovers on the emotional rocks.

A Bear in the Woods: Smokey Mountain Bears 1 by Toni Griffin
A bear shifter tries to convince his mate that he’s not crazy while fighting threats against his own life.

Dirty Little Secret by Freddy MacKay
A geocaching trip goes horribly wrong, but the hiker’s rescuer is the one person who may be able to save him in more ways than he can imagine.

Three Little Words by Mathilde Watson
Lifelong friends have returned from the Korean conflict and now need to fight their way through the feelings they’ve harbored for each other for so long.

Their Natural Habitat: The Forestry Series, Book 2 by Silvia Violet
A forest ranger and his lover just want a nice weekend away. The bear baiters have other ideas.

A Matter of Faces (An ESTO Universe Story) by Angel Martinez
A data privateer crash lands on a barely habitable moon where he’s found by a research scientist who refuses to show his face.

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About Mischief Corner Books

Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes… no, it’s a platinum-album techno-fusion group…no, hold on a sec here…

Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we’d settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.

In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics… we live to break molds.

MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.


Check back often for more M/M Holiday delights.


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Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving


I have fond memories of growing up with my grandparents.  All of the aunts, uncles and cousins would gather at my grandparents house. There would be a flurry of cooking, baking and visiting. Then everyone would enjoy a meal of roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, baked ham studded with cloves and garnished with pineapple and a sweet glaze, cranberry sauce,candied sweet potatoes, fresh from the oven yeast rolls, and any number of side dishes that relatives brought.  One of my aunts only had one recipe in her repertoire – a sour cream ambrosia, (very similar to this: ). It was my favorite.

Then the best part, (for me as a kid), were the cakes and pies. Pumpkin, pecan, cherry cream (made especially for my eldest Uncle) and chocolate pies. Also three layer German chocolate cake.  Heaven. Do you a sweets theme going here?

Yes, it was pretty food-centric.  It was a time we all gathered together and for the most part got along. (I think all the sugar helped me overlook the less than friendly moments). And.. we were thankful.  We may not have thought about what we had to be thankful for as often as maybe we should, but we did on that day. It was fun and chaotic, but the look on my grandmother’s face when every one was gathered around the tables enjoying her culinary offerings is something I will always have in my heart. She was so happy. It was one of her ways to show her family that she loved them.

I am so thankful to have those memories because they are some of the best from my childhood.  My grandparents have both passed away and the family has scattered and unfortunately, the glue that was my grandmother is no longer there to hold us together.  Still, on Thanksgiving, as I gather with my own family, I hope we are building some of the same memories that my children will look back on fondly.

So, I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with happy moments, good food and fond memories to carry with you always.

Thank you for stopping by.



Holiday Spotlight – Keira Andrews

Where the Love Light Gleams
Publication Date: December 2, 2013

Where the Lovelight Gleams 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?

Where the Lovelight Gleams

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Eight Nights
Publication Date: December 11, 2007

Eight Nights 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.

Sequel: Daybreak

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.

Eight Nights

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Holiday Spotlight – John Amory

A “new to me” author – John Amory – by way of Prism Book Alliances Holiday Reading Guide.



Check out John Amory’s :  A Christmas Caroler

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?

State of the Rhys… Or what’s coming in 2015 at Novel Approach


This is exciting news. Why? Because it is Rhys Ford of course! Rhys is one of my favorite authors and favorite people. Take a break from prepping the turkey and baking the pies, grab a coffee and enjoy the update.
(if you are not in the US and swept up in the turkey madness, then just set aside whatever you are doing and check it out. This is important stuff! )

Originally posted on Rhys Ford:

SO I’m rambling over at The Novel Approach today. Oh… and there’s a cover reveal for the upcoming re-release of Black Dog Blues from Dreamspinner Press :D

Official Cover Reveal: Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford.

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Holiday Spotlight – Shira Anthony

Shira Anthony’s  Blue Note Series is a lovely “series of interrelated, classical music themed standalone novels…” 

Take a look here:

Goodreads : Blue Note Series by Shira Anthony

Then read her holiday coda:
Symphony in Blue
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 24, 2013)
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”


Holiday Spotlight – Astrid Amara

Bellskis Series – Hanukkah storyline.
Carol of the Bellskis (Bellskis, #1)
Publication Date: December 15, 2009
Genre: LGBT Mystery/Suspense

Carol of the Bellskis  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.

Carol of the Bellskis

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

Miracle of the Bellskis (Holidays with the Bellskis Book 2) Blurb: 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 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, can Lars and Seth’s relationship survive the ultimate holiday challenge: too much family?

Miracle of the Bellskis (Holidays with the Bellskis Book 2)

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Sweet and Sour
Publication Date: November 25, 2013

Sweet and Sour  Blurb: Miles Piekus 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, and 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 come to an end, Miles discovers that Nic is not only good with pickling; he’s good at everything.

My 4.5 star review at Goodreads:

Sweet and Sour

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Holiday Outing
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Genre: LGBT Romantic Suspense

Holiday Outing  Blurb: Jonah hasn’t seen his family in twelve years. They don’t know he’s gay. Now he’s trapped with them in the storm of a century. A family heirloom has been stolen. And now, his childhood rival, Ethan, has arrived to steal his heart. Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.

Holiday Outing

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