Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge: Book with something old. I found this camera in a thrift store in Kansas while visiting family. Looks like 60s or 70s. Don’t know if it works, but it looks cute on my shelf. Another series to be read very soon. <3
Hello all! And welcome to the QueerSciFi Holiday Blog Hop! The fab folks over at Queer Sci Fi are running their first ever holiday blog hop and sharing some of their holiday-themed LGBT titles.
My contribution is Loving Blitz, the 4th story in the North Pole City Tales series. It’s become my own sort of little holiday tradition to release a story from this series every December. In this sweet series, there’s a little twist to our stories of Christmas elves and Santa, including the dashing Rein Dear pilots, Jack Frost, the King of Frost, and a host of magical creatures who reside at the North Pole. Filled with mischief, mystery, adventure, and romance, I hope you’ll enjoy these tales of holiday cheer.
Although each story can be read on its own, characters do make appearances in other stories, so it’s always more fun if the books are read in order–or listened to, since books 1-3 are available on audio. Speaking of audio, down at the very bottom is a rafflecopter giveaway! Enter for a chance to win any audiobook from the North pole City Tales series!
Summary: From North Pole City to Winter Wonderland, preparations are underway after a royal announcement sweeps everyone into a frenzy of festivity. At the heart of the celebration are the city’s most beloved elf pilots, the Rein Dears. Once the Big Flight is behind them, the pilots prepare for the royal event. Assigned a special task of finding an Elska rose, Cupid and Blitzen are unaware of how their friendship is about to change forever.
Yet not all that glitters is gold. The sweet, angelic Cupid hides a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy his Rein Dear status, his friends, and the elf who’s captured his heart. It’s up to Blitzen to help Cupid see the light in the darkness and show him that together they can mend broken hearts.
Summary: 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. In the first story, Patrick receives a mysterious invitation to dine at the most exclusive restaurant for men. His server, Gio, encourages him to Savor the experience…
Summary: 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.
Summary: The year is 1930, and something is hunting infants and young couples in Economy Village, PA. When a local priest begins to suspect a demon may be the culprit, the sheriff calls in a team of Soldiers of the Sun. Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li specialize in demon hunting, but they can’t rule out an old religious sect as the true culprit. Prejudice, distraught parents, and angry townspeople don’t make the team’s job any easier. And if something goes wrong, their own their own, because by the time their backup arrives, it will be too late.
Summary: Losing your boyfriend because you see monsters…not good. Getting locked up in the local mental hospital because you accused your boss of being an actual ogre…also not good. Falling for your crazy roommate, who thinks he’s one of Santa’s elves…so not good! Or is it? Come along for a sexy ride as Donner and Bran try to escape the locked ward before Christmas Eve so Bran doesn’t lose the only job important to him. USA Today Bestselling author Renee George pens a laugh-out-loud MM Fairytale Christmas…Nuts included!
Summary: Aaron asks Rhys for some help with putting up the tree and finalizing their holiday plans, even though he knows Rhys will have something to say about all of Aaron’s geeky ornaments. Rhys puts his own special touches on the holiday decorating as only a fae could.
Summary: Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever.
Summary: Eight nights to fall in love.
Ari has a mission: meet and fall in love with a man chosen for him by God. The catch: he only has eight nights to complete it—the eight nights of Chanukah
Gabriel has a test of faith. Reaching out to a young man, he finds himself confronted with the unbelievable. Believe, and the Festival of Lights may herald a miracle.
Summary: Jared joins his four best friends on an early Christmas holiday in a beautiful winter wonderland. He’s been in love with the talented and extroverted Casey for years, but lacked the courage to say anything. Casey loves Jared, but despite his gregarious exterior, inside lurks someone shy and insecure and so he’s never spoken up. Both men are about to experience real Christmas magic.
Summary: Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas. As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?
No One to Greet the Season
Author: Elizabeth Barrette
Price: Free (poem)
Summary: Victor Frankenstein and Igor have a queerplatonic relationship and a constructed son. Igor’s deformed back causes him more trouble in cold weather, which makes Christmas more of a challenge. Victor helps him through it. Gothic fluff, holiday hurt/comfort.
Summary: A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave. When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next? What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.
Summary: When dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he’s the assassin’s ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn’t plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up. Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis’s fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he’d been so very long ago.
Summary: Scars and a tattoo may be the only physical reminders from his years as a slave, but when Jimenez suffers a setback in his medical treatment, the only option is a therapy that will wipe away his all memories of the past including his time with Teo. Teo, torn between supporting his lover’s decisions and the good intentions of his family, sets out to teach Jimenez about Spindrift Gifts and how memories are celebrated on Celos even when they are painful. Can Teo and Jimenez weather the storm to find their happily-ever-after on Celos?
Summary: With his blue eyes and heart-melting smile, Gavin could have been made-to-order to entice Tearlach, a lonely tree spirit. But the human is the one who’s been enticed—stolen from snow-buried Minneapolis to the Scottish Highlands by Tearlach’s darag, the ancient oak tree of which he is the living spirit. Tearlach is trapped within the darag by the terrible memory of his own death—hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, but as recent to him as his last heartbeat. And if desire for the handsome human fails to tempt him out, spirit and oak are both doomed.
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge: Book by a Featured Author. Dogwood Days by Poppy Dennison. So enjoyed this book! <3
Hello all! I’m super excited to be joining some fab folks over on Facebook Dec 10th from 6 – 11 pm (EST US time). There will be chatting, excerpts, giveaways, and general shenanigans. I’ll be taking over from 8 – 9 pm with some goodies, an excerpt from Loving Blitz, and more! So make sure you drop by and join the fun!
Lex Chase: 6-7PM
Felice Stevens: 7-8PM
Charlie Cochet: 8-9PM
C.S. Poe: 9-10PM
S.C. Wynne: 10-11PM
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge: Best Quote (with a book). This could possibly have meant best book quote but that would just take me ages to find because there are too many amazing books with too many awesome quotes. This may not be the best quote, but it’s certainly a favorite. <3
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge: Something New (with a book). While doing some Christmas shopping at my local HomeGoods, they had a selection of limited edition holiday snow globes. 50% of the purchase price goes to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, so I bought one for me and one for my mom. <3
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge, something that made me smile. My little fella always makes me smile. When I’m not in my fave book reading spot, it’s being occupied by Olly. If I am in my spot, then he sits at the top looking out the window with his butt on or next to my head. Oh, and there is a book in that picture. My Kindle’s under his butt.
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge: Friends with books!
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge, morning with a book. Every morning there’s coffee. Always coffee. Nothing happens before coffee.
Today’s photo for the Coastal Magic Convention December Photo Challenge. One of my favorite snacks Nutella and pretzels! Yum!