Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Cardeno C

Cardeno C

These stories were first published as individual titles but are now available as a combined book.

in-another-life-eight-days-cardeno-c-new-coverTitle: In Another Life / Eight Days
Author: Cardeno C.
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Length:  36,000 words; 110 pages
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: The Romance Authors
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Shiloh will find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for with the help of EMT Travis.

At age eighteen, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side.

Travis is handsome, smart, and funny—the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn’t the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis’s side, Shiloh will find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for.

Word Count: 18,388


Childhood friends start a long-distance romance but need a holiday miracle for a happy ending.

Childhood family friends, Maccabe Fried and Josh Segal have always gotten along despite having nothing in common. Maccabe is an athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball. Josh is an aspiring architect with dreams of being with Maccabe. Despite all odds, both dreams come true.

Maccabe and Josh fall into a long-distance romance, which is everything Josh thought he wanted. But after years of hiding from the world, Josh wants to bring their relationship into the open. When Maccabe refuses, Josh is faced with a tough decision: stay with the man he loves or live the life he deserves. No matter the choice, somebody’s bound to get hurt. Thankfully, in the season of miracles, there’s always hope for a happy ending.

Word Count: 18,001



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Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Heartwarming Stories. Strong Relationships. Forever Love.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Mary Calmes

Mary Calmes

Naughty or Nice coverIce Around The Edges
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing date: December 1st 2010



Blurb:  Evan Kano’s life is on an even keel until the night he’s shot at the homeless shelter where he works. The resulting turmoil is not caused by a bullet but by a blast from the past: Evan’s first lover has returned to visit him in the hospital and deliver some big news.

Ten years ago, Dixon Bain walked out of Evan’s life because he thought his family didn’t approve of him having a male lover. But Dixon has discovered that what he thought he knew could not be further from the truth, and now he’s returned to claim the only man he’s ever loved… if he can melt the ice around the edges of Evan’s still-wounded heart.

What can Be Mary CalmesWhat Can Be (I’ll be Home for Christmas)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing date: December 1st 2011


Blurb: Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.

Where You Lead by Mary CalmesWhere You Lead
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing Date: December 24, 2013
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Blurb:  ATF agent Peter Lomax isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.

Carver loves Peter, but he’s fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he’ll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.

Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver’s family to follow Carver home.

Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Kenzie Cade

Kenzie Cade

Reindeer Games by Kenzie CadeReindeer Games
Author: Kenzie 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 2016 – J.P. Bowie

0101J. 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 2016 – J.P. Barnaby

J.P. Barnaby

The Perfect Tree Monsters Series 1.5 JP BarnabyTitle:  The Perfect Tree
Series:  Monster Series Book 1.5
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Publisher: Self published
Publication date: November 9, 2014
Genre: LGBT, Gay Romance, Erotica
Length: 34 pages
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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 2016 – Shira Anthony

Shira Anthony

Symphony in Blue (Blue Notes) Shira AnthonyTitle:  Symphony in Blue (coda)
Series:  Blue Note Series
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publishing Date: December 24, 2013
Genre: LGBT, Romance
Length:  73 pages
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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

Holiday Spotlight 2016 —— C. J. Anthony

C.J. Anthony

falling-for-santa-c-j-anthonyTitle: Falling for Santa Claus
Series:  Stand alone
Author:  C.J. Anthony
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  July 24, 2016
Cover artist:  Paul Richmond
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 52 pages
Characters:  Jack Frost and Nick St. James
Summary:  When Jack Frost’s aunt dies and leaves him her house in the tiny town of Great Falls, Jack seizes the opportunity to escape the rat race of Chicago for the quaint village he loved as a child. On his first night he’s welcomed by a baseball bat and a trespassing warning from Nick St. James—longtime Great Falls resident and infamous curmudgeon. Jack wants to give Nick the benefit of the doubt—he can’t deny his attraction to the big man—but after several run-ins with Nick’s grumpiness and closed-off heart, he’s ready to give up. Only after discovering the secret Nick’s been covering up for years does he vow to break through Nick’s walls to find the loving man hiding behind them.

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Holiday Spotlight 2016 – Keira Andrews

Keira Andrews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]Title:  If Only In My Dreams
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books (November 19, 2015)
Publications Date: November 19, 2015
Genre: Holidays, Romance, LGBT
Length: 143 pages



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 AndrewsTitle:  Where the Love Light Gleams
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
Genre: LGBT, Gay Fiction
Length:  74 pages
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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 AndrewsTitle:  Eight Nights
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication Date: December 11, 2007
Genre: LGBT, Gay Fiction
Length: 53 pages
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Summary: 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