Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

Last week, the list of my Top Ten Books of 2016 was published at It’s About The Book. As always when attempting to create such a list, I was left in a quandary. How the heck was I supposed to narrow down the dozens of terrific reads from last year to a list consisting of merely ten? I decided to feature new-to-me authors, as well as debut authors. After decisively picking some books that fell into those categories, I actually closed my eyes and pointed to a panel of about 20 books to round out my ten. What I’m presenting today and over the next few months are some of those other “top ten” books. Today we have: The Arrangement, by Felice Stevens, and Beloved Unmasked, by Brita Addams. My reviews for both are linked in this post. I hope you’ll check out ALL of my picks! Until next time, happy reading!! 🙂

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Dianne’s Best of 2016

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dianne-tbtbs-1-19-2017-beloved-unmasked-britta-addamsSummary: Born in 1898 to a heartless prostitute in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans, David comes into the world as Picayune, a name meaning “of little value” or as his mother reminds him, “nothing.”

In the early 20th century brothels and clubs, his love of music sustains young Pic until a fortuitous meeting places him on the road to respectability, and Pic reinvents himself as David Reid.

As David realizes happiness for the first time, conscription forces his friend and first love, Spencer Webb, into the Great War. A telegram from the War Department deals a staggering blow and interrupts David’s pursuit of a law degree. He must gather his wits and move forward. While his future looks bright, specters from Storyville return.

The past holds both pain and love, and facing it head-on might destroy David or give him the freedom to live the life he has dreamed.

Here is my review on Goodreads

dianne-tbtbs-1-19-2017-the-arrangement-audioSummary:  Carter Haywood lives for the weekends – specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he’s not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.

Damaged goods. That’s all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it’s the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.

As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.

©2016 Felice Stevens (P)2016 Felice Stevens

You can find my review here: Audible Review

 

 

Dragon Thursday

I have been listening to a book titled Scrap Metal by Harper Fox.  One of the characters is a sculptor that creates using scrap metal.  When I went searching for ideas for this Dragon Thursday post and came upon these dragons, it felt like fate. 😉

I found this dragon sculpture on Pinterest which led me to this website  Recycle Art.

From their website:

We don’t throw anything away.

Car and motorcycle parts, screws and gears welded together to most original and unique sculptures. These expressive figures are produced according to hand made plans, polished and painted. Our strength lies in the detail. Up to 8 meter high sculptures are dismantled in up to 10 parts. Each object is unique.

We have a large selection of sculptures in our gallery which you can order directly.

With sketches, pictures or small models, you can customize your own Recycle Art Sculpture. Whether animals or vehicles, fantasy figures, furniture, or a company logo, Recycle Art is for you.

Imagine the effect in your front entrance, showroom or at your home. We guarantee the highest attention and enthusiasm of your clients, friends and acquaintances.

Get inspired in our gallery and visit Recycle Art Shop. You can also order by mail or telephone.

They have amazing sculptures. Check out their website for all of their Scrap Metal art.

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Now wouldn’t this be a fun coffee shop to go to?

 

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Dragon Thursday

I love Pinterest for finding ideas for Dragon Thursday.  This week I would like to share the Etsy site of Kerribeads.  They have some of the most beautiful beads I have seen.  In addition to having the dragon bead that caught my attention, she also offers tutorials on making the lampwork beads.  Here is more about the artist on her About section of the store:

Hello and welcome to my shop!

My name is Kerri Fuhr and I am a full-time glass bead artist, happily making beads for over 12 years here in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. My specialty is creating miniature glass “paintings”, which are ornate glass focal beads that feature landscapes, animals and dragonflies….and anything else that captures my fancy! My newest work also features bead sets with my intricate tapestry-inspired scrollwork.
While I enjoy creating jewelry collections from my beads my focus is to create beads for other jewelry designers for their own unique creations. I am happy to consider requests for certain colors and styles so please feel free to convo me with requests!
Thanks for taking the time to drop by and please check in at the end of March when I re-open the shop to see the new beads I’ll have in store for you!…

Now for the Dragons 🙂  (Click photos to go to the Etsy store)

This is the bead I found on Pinterest.  It has sold, but look at that beauty.  Gorgeous work. 

new-lampwork-dragon-focal-bead-by-kerribeadsDescription from the store:

…This sly character is rich in detail and perfect for anyone who loves the mystical, fantastical world of dragons! Set against a glossy black background, this detailed dragon strikes a dramatic pose and has a rather mischievous expression! This one of a kind focal would look great with a variety of gemstone accents – every dragon’s dream!…

This bead is handcrafted with Italian glass and wound on a 3/32″ mandrel. The dragon is made from thin glass “stringer” and is melted directly into the bead. All of my beads are made fresh daily and are annealed straight from the torch in a digitally – controlled kiln for lasting durability.

focal size: 42mm x 39mm

If you want to try your hand at creating these lampwork beads, the artist sells tutorials on how to make them.  The dragons shown are exquisite. (scroll through the photos on the link to the tutorial. )

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Please take a look at her Etsy store. She has some wonderful tutorials for sale.

News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of January 09, 2017

Good morning!

This is the first News, reviews and Giveaways post for the new year.  I have now added the MM Holiday Delights  Reading List 2016 to the menu on the main page.  It contains all of the links to the 2016 MM Holiday Spotlights and the anthologies.  You can also access it here: http://wp.me/P3GRKG-2yf

When I  finished the MM Holiday Delights event for 2016, I found that I was a little burnt out.  I decided it was time to step back and actually read for a while.  It has been relaxing and I have read some wonderful books.  Three of the books that I read and/or listened to have really stood out.

wolfsong by TJ Klune

Wolfsong by T.j. Klune is on my all time favorite and definite keeper list.  I read the book when it first released and then listened to it this week.  It is an amazing story and one that I did not want to put down. or stop listening too.  It is intense.  A friend strongly recommended this book even though I was pretty adamant that shifters were not my favorite sub-genre. Once again, I am glad that she was right and I was wrong.  This book pulled me in from the first page and I did not want to put it down. I love the style, the feel of the story and I adored Ox.  The narration by  Kirt Graves is outstanding. The book has the feel of a story told in the oral tradition of storytelling. It is captivating.

Blurb: Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

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The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker

I absolutely adored this book.

I had this book in my tbr for a while and when the new year rolled around, I knew it was time.
I laughed so much. It is a feel good story about some of lifes struggles. Relationships, self esteem, self confidence, body image and coping mechanisms (I definitely related to the cheesecake). Henry is lacking in self esteem. He is very competent in his job and friendship with his best friend Anika and his assistant Melinda, but keeps his distance from others partly due to suggestions made by his boyfriend, Grah… – Voldemort. Then his boyfriend leaves him and in a rather cruel manner, but it is Henry’s wakeup call.
It was painful yet entertaining watching Henry transform. There were times I wanted to thump Henry for his slow acceptance of the changes he had made and Reeds feelings for him, but I understood that fear. Reed is a beautiful character and the slow build up in their friendship and relationship is perfect.
I strongly suggest that you not eat or drink while reading this book. Unless you have someone on stand by in case you snort your coffee or inhale your cheesecake. Henry has a wicked sense of humor and my family side-eyed me many times when I burst out laughing while reading. I will never think of pasta the same way again.

Blurb:  After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of.
He joins a gym.
Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.
Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.

Buy link:

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Not Just Friends by Jay Northcote

Audiobook.  I have been on a Jay Northcote binge lately.  This is one of my favorites of the new years listening. 🙂
Great coming of age, self discovery, new adult story. I enjoyed the relationship development between Lewis and Max and the secondary characters were wonderful. Very much a feel good story even with the more serious issues explored by the characters. The author paints a vivid picture of uni life in a setting that I am not familiar with, but easily see through his words.
The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is excellent.

Blurb:  Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.

When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents, and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.

Buy links:

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The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs. (Just click the logo to go to their site)

 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 
Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

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The Novel Approach
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Joyfully Jay Reviews
m/m romance reviews and more.

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This Week at Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books

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  Bu sure to take a look at their unique features such as Sunday Spotlight, Five Thing Friday, Outside The Margins, as well as news, reviews and blog tours.

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Love Bytes Reviews came into existence as on 4th of April, 2014, being formerly known as The Blog of Sid Love.

The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

Founder: Sid Love

Owner & Manager: Danielle Maas

Reviewers Team:  Danielle , Taylor, Carissa, Cindy, Donna, Roberta, Irene, Vicki, Dan, Paul, Marieke, Kimberley, Tara, Dennis & Rhonda

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It’s All About Books (and maybe some other stuff) We’re experienced reviewers trying out our own blog! Basically anything book related can be found here!

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Welcome to Queer Sci Fi. We’re a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural fiction – whether it’s MM or FF romance with a sci fi bent or sci fi with LGBT characters. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

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In addition to hosting the above queer sci fi site, J. Scott Coatsworth has his own site with several weekly features: Author Spotlight, The Weekly Fix and Point of View

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Dragon Thursday

This week it is dragon puzzles all found on Etsy.

First up is a dragon puzzle box from Jelly Roll Box

Fire Breathing Dragon Tribal Art Puzzle Box

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From the website:  Dragon Puzzle Box

Measures 6.7 x 3.5 x 1.8

We make all our boxes from Beachwood, a grain neutral hardwood resistant to warping, cracking and remarkably sustainable due to its fast grow rate.
We are able to achieve a very high level of detail combining old school craftsmanship methods with modern woodworking techniques.

All our puzzle boxes are finished outside with a clear oil base and the Interior is coated (flocked) red. A clever hidden key is part of the design and needs to be removed to unlock these pieces.

Each piece also includes;

– “Felt Pads” on the bottom to prevent scratching on all surfaces.
– Rare earth magnets, this insures smooth opening and locking (larger pieces only)
– Gift box packaging option
– Everything is in stock and shipped in 1 business day USPS priority.
– 100% money back guarantee returned in 10 days

Next up is a fire breathing dragon puzzle that shows it’s fire from The Ramp Hatchery

Wooden Fire Breathing Dragon Puzzle

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From the website: The dragon is having an unpleasant day, since St. George is visiting.

Hand cut from maple or walnut wood and finished with clear danish oil.
This puzzle comes from an original design with 15 pieces measuring 6 inches tall x 10 inches wide. All puzzles are hand carved. As a result, each piece is unique so the color and wood-grain will vary from puzzle to puzzle.

Choking Hazard- Small Parts
Not for children under 3 yrs.

last but not least is this adorable dragon puzzle by  huebysscrollsawart

Dragon Wooden Scroll Saw Puzzle

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From the website: This handmade scrollsawn puzzle would make a great gift for a grown up or child. This puzzle is fully functional.

It is made out of 3/4″ oak.
It measures about 9″ wide and 6″ tall.
I used mineral oil to finish it so it will be kid safe.
It will stand upright on its own.
The 7 puzzle pieces spell out Dragon.

I also have several other different animal puzzles. Send me a message if you dont see what you want.

Holiday spotlight 2016 – Anthologies

The holidays were so busy that I did not get this post out during the MM Holiday Delights event.  Most were mentioned in other posts.  A short link will be added to the 2016 MM Holiday Delights reading list.  🙂

This list contains all of the holiday anthologies that I have found (so far).  Some are new for 2016, some are ones previously released. Enjoy.

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WishComeTrueAnthology_HighresWish Come True 
Authors: Keira Andrews, Joanna Chambers, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Suki Fleet, Kaje Harper, and Anyta Sunday
Publisher: Boys in our Books
Release Date: December 1, 2015
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Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.

“A Very English Christmas” by Keira Andrews
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?

“Mr. Perfect’s Christmas” by Joanna Chambers
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

“The Christmas Ship” by Amy Jo Cousins
When a twink who’s finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it’s going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.

“That Thing” by Megan Erickson
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.
Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.
Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.

“Just Like Heaven” by Suki Fleet
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.
Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.

“Not Your Grandfather’s Magic” by Kaje Harper
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.

“Bottle Boys” by Anyta Sunday
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?
Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.
Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…

Home For the Holidays Anthology 2015Home for the Holidays M/M Romance  Anthology
Authors: SJ Himes, Jenna Kendrick, Heather C Leigh, Liv Rancourt, Felice Stevens
Publication date:  November 29, 2015
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Blurb: Home can be a person as well as a place. Everyone deserves a home for the holidays, as the stories in this collection affirm.

The Eighth Night by Jenna Kendrick

Going home for the holiday only to find his parents have made other plans, Kai Meyers is thrilled to reunite with an old friend. Disowned by his religious family, Ari Fisher is used to being treated like a boy toy rather than a boyfriend, and now he only has eight days to reveal his secrets to Kai.

24-Hour Hold by Heather C. Leigh

Detectives Damon Porter and Anderson Malloy are now partners at Denver’s Major Case Unit. The problem is, they used to be boyfriends, and now they’re feeling anything but friendly towards each other.

Learning to Love by Felice Stevens

Returning home for the holiday, caterer Gideon Marks tried hard to push away his high school crush. But Rabbi Jonah Fine wouldn’t let him run again, or keep the secret Gideon’s tried so desperately to hide.

Saving Silas by SJ Himes

Paramedic Gael Dominic wasn’t expecting much from the holidays. Blood, death, and loneliness were constants. So when tragedy puts a wounded Silas in his path, Gael takes a chance on his alleyway angel and love.

Christmas in LaLa Land by Liv Rancourt

For a Danaan sidhe like Aron, touching a human has consequences, while Damian’s hiding some serious scars behind his smile. A holiday trip to LA forces them to choose between acting on their attraction or giving up on love because of the past.

Proceeds from Home for the Holidays are being donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York City to help homeless LGBTQ youth.

**Final word count estimated at 110K***

Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology (Combined Edition)

boughs-of-evergreen-combined-anthology-coverBoughs of Evergreen is a collection of 22 short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information, visit: http://www.thetrevorproject.org.  amazonBuyButton

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THE STORIES:

“A Friend for Christmas” – J P Walker
“A Midnight Clear” – Debbie McGowan
“From All of Us to All of You” – Ofelia Gränd
“Homme for the Holidays” – Jonathan Penn
“Kiss Me At Kwanzaa” – L.L. Bucknor
“Lion’s Hero” – Alexis Woods
“One Nightstand” – Rick Bettencourt
“Shiny Things” – Amy Spector
“The Bard and his Boyfriend” – Kathleen Hayes
“The Christmas Present” – Larry Benjamin
“X-Mas Cake: A Modern Fairytale” – Raine O’Tierney
“A Christmas Tale” – Hans M Hirschi
“A Family Christmas” – Terry Kerr
“A Little Christmas Magic” – K.C. Faelan
“Always Have, Always Will” – Amelia Mann
“An Angel in Eyeliner” – Hunter Frost
“Boyfriend Goes Home” – Laura Susan Johnson
“Christmas Commitment” – Shayla Mist
“Coming in from the Cold” – Ava Penn
“Holidays with Drum and Bell!” – Matthias Williamson
“Te Amo, You Mushrooms” – S.H. Allan
“The Invasion of Tork” – Claire Davis and Al Stewart

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Authors: Gabriel Belthir (Editor), William Holden, Dahlia K. Bloom, Erin Sheppard, Angelia Sparrow , J. Scott Coatsworth 
Publisher:Inkstained Succubus Press
Publication date: November 26, 2014
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Blurb: In almost all traditions, winter has been a time to huddle around the fire and be thankful for those the fire is shared with. The holidays grew out of a need to celebrate that time, from Christmas to Chanukah to Solstice. The longest night of the year has always held some special mystery, and we’re proud to present you with several stories of how those mysteries bear fruit.
Patrick receives a mysterious invitation to dine at the most exclusive restaurant for men. His server, Gio, encourages him to Savor the experience.
Lost in the woods, Lucas suffers injuries from a mistaken identity. Mark is all too happy to help the angel, though perhaps the lone shifter might have found something special on Winter Solstice.
Hevik decides to Welcome Winter on a foreign planet when he feels nostalgic for lost family. Finding a Snow Queen introduces him to some new experiences, and a new lover.
Kayden prepares for the yule celebration half-heartedly, missing his lover Colby who’s been a Long Time Gone. The village bands together to encourage him, settling them all off on the Mistletoe Hunt.
A mysterious stranger saves Heath, turning what would have been his last new year’s into the beginning of a strange tale. Every time Finn walks into Heath’s life…it’s going to be an interesting New Year.

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Authors: by Toni Griffin (Author), Angel Martinez (Author), Silvia Violet (Author), Freddy MacKay (Author), Catherine Dair (Illustrator), Erika O WIlliams (Editor)

Publisher:  Mischief Corner Books, LLC; First edition

Publication date: November 27, 2014

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Blurb:  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.

Christmas Delights Anthology RJ ScottChristmas Delights

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Love Lane Books is proud to present you with a collection of free Christmas stories to celebrate this special time of year.

With writing from a selection of new authors and some from authors you may already know.

 

The Book includes the following stories:-

  • RJ Scott – Deefur and the Great Mistletoe Incident
  • Amber Kell – Christmas Tree Magic
  • Meredith Russell – Spiced Apple and Cinnamon
  • Diane Adams – Christmas Lightning
  • Kay Berrisford – Gifts from the Tree
  • Nicole Dennis – Christmas Promise
  • Caitlin Ricci – A Jaguar for Christmas
  • John Wiley – Once you go Black Friday
  • SA Garcia – Paid with a Full Moon
  • A.T. Weaver – Josh’s Christmas Angel
  • Valynda King – Christmas in Hawaii
  • Christopher John – Two for Hooking
  • Francis Gideon – Mistletoe and YouTube
  • Allan Jay – Christmas Angel
  • Aisling Mancy – Joyeux Noel
  • Gary Hendrickson – Our Best Christmas
  • Hollis Shiloh – The Christmas Mansion
  • Tom Alexander – Ivy Park
  • AJ Henderson – Christmas Reunion
  • Abigail Winters – Love Delayed
  • JC Wallace – Waiting for Snow
Many of the titles above were first released in anthologies.  Several publishing companies release holiday anthologies every year.  One of those being Dreamspinner Press.  You can buy them as a set until November 25, 2015.  After that the titles will show under the anthology, but are also sold individually.  The best deals on these anthologies is to buy the set early – in October.  The price increases in November and December.

Dreamspinner Press  has their Advent Calendar anthologies (Click on the cover to go to the buy link):

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Genres:  Contemporary / Holiday / Mythology / Other Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Vampires /Werewolves/Shapeshifters / Western

Summary:  There’s always that one guy for whom the holiday season is anything but jolly. It’s a bother, a trial, or in a few cases, a downright misery, but in the end, the holidays bring hope, love, and cheer to even the darkest of days. What else but love would get Scrooge willingly under the mistletoe?

 

Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar SleighRideLGDescription:

The course of true love can be a bumpy, up-and-down, and sideways ride, but the end-of-the-year holidays are perfect for happy endings! Whether they’re finding a new romance or rekindling an old one, the men in these stories get some help from the magic of the season. Some of them might need a miracle to muddle through the conflicts and confusion that arise, but luckily for them, ‘tis the season. From naughty fun, to heartfelt and heart-wrenching reunions, to out-of-this-world adventures, these guys are in for quite a ride.

 

Dreamspinner Press Celebrate anthology 2014Description:

Buone Feste, Felices Fiestas, Frohe Feiertage, Joyeuses Fêtes, Happy Holidays! The end-of-the-year holidays bring celebrations of all kinds, and romance is at an all-time high. Take a trip around the world and enjoy these stories of life, love, and happiness. Your Christmas present to yourself!

 

 

 

 

Dreamspinner Press Advvent Calendar 2013 HeartwarmingLGDescription:

The holidays bring first dates, new love, reunions, and a renewal of devotion to a relationship. Romance can warm even the most cynical or sad of hearts, and these stories will get you in the mood for love. Your Christmas present to yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 Advent Calendar
Edited by Lynn West

When it comes to romance, ageless images are carried forever in your heart: A candle in the window burning bright. Warmth billowing from an old stone hearth. Snowflakes falling from the night sky under a full moon. Twinkle lights glinting in a lover’s eyes.

Romance during the winter holidays is evergreen, and these stories will get you in the mood for love.

 

Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar 2011 IllBeHomeforChristmasLGThis Anthology is no longer available as a set.  You can still buy the individual titles.

Description:

It’s the most fervent dream of the holidays: to have a life full of blooming romance and enduring devotion with love, joy, and even a touch of lust to warm the cold winter nights. No matter what holidays are celebrated, the idiom holds true: home is where the heart is.

 

 

 

Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar 2010 NaughtyorNiceLGThis Anthology is no longer available as a set.  You can still buy the individual titles.

Description:

Santa’s got a list, and he’s checking it twice. Will he tell if his lover’s been naughty or nice? In these stories, the holidays will shine brightly whether with sweetest love, cackling laughter, or blistering passion.

 

 

 

 

Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar 2009 MistletoeMadnessLGThis Anthology is no longer available as a set.  You can still buy the individual titles.

Description:

The winter holidays are full of holiday spirit, friends, and family. Step under the mistletoe for a kiss and enjoy these stories of love around the holidays—from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day—tales warm enough to melt snow, ice, and men’s hearts.

 

 

 

Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar 2008 ChristmasDreamsLGThis Anthology is no longer available as a set.  You can still buy the individual titles.

1st Annual Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar 

 

 

Riptide Publishing Holiday anthologies

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Home for the Holidays (A Holiday Charity Bundle)

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eBook Release:
Monday, November 18, 2013
eBook Formats:
pdf, mobi, html, epub
Print ISBN:
978-1-62649-083-3
Print release:
Monday, December 2, 2013
This collection contains:
How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg
Long the Mile by Ally Blue
Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield
Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane

 

Share the Love: A Holiday Charity Bundle

STL_BundleCover_0 Riptide PublishingeBook Release:
Monday, December 1, 2014
eBook Formats:
pdf, mobi, html, epub
This collection contains:
Three of Hearts by Kelly Jamieson
Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt
Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft

 


 


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: A Charity Bundle Benefiting the GLBT National Help Center

Release:  November 30, 2015

 This collection contains:

Rebound Remedy by Christine d’Abo (releasing November 9)

Stranded by Helen Kay Dimon (releasing November 23)

Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton (releasing November 30)

 

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Riptide’s 2016 Charity Bundle – Benefiting The Trevor Project.

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity.

Twenty percent of the proceeds of this title will be donated to The Trevor Project.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: thetrevorproject.org.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

 

MLR Press  

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Holiday 2012  HeartLogo-MLR