Thursday, December 5, 2019

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Santa's Last Gift by Sandine Tomas

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 60,475 words 
Cover Design: Alexandria Corza

The greatest gift might be what they already have.

After years away building his career, event planner Sebastian Chesnut returns to his small hometown of Fir Falls to reconnect with his mother, sister, and young nieces before his job takes him to London.

He doesn't expect to find his high school boyfriend, Matty, has become a virtual member of Seb's family. Back then, Matty only offered a casual relationship, but Seb fell hard, and history is soon repeating itself. Seb’s afraid to hope for a second chance, no matter how much they’ve grown and despite the family they share. Instead, he focuses on creating a last perfect holiday, which won’t be easy with his sister’s ex planning to take the girls over Christmas.

Seb and Matty might not know what to do about their feelings for each other, but one thing’s for sure—it won’t be Christmas without the kids. Can these star-crossed lovers pull off a holiday miracle?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Blog Tour: Homemade for the Holidays by Liv Rancourt

Length: 18,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Design: Kanaxa


Ten years ago, Jon’s passion for the piano took him across country to New York, where a demanding concert career consumed his life and left him no time to look back. His father’s stroke is the only thing that brings him home to Seattle. The sick room makes for a dreary holiday until Jon runs into Bo, whose inner light can make anything sparkle.

Bo loves the holidays; the food, the crafts, the glitter! A fling with an old school friend – who grew up to be his celebrity crush – makes a good thing better. The season turns sour, though, when Jon is offered a gig he can’t refuse. He wants Bo to share the moment, but Bo doesn’t fly. Anywhere. Ever. Is this good-bye, or will a handmade ornament bring Jon home to Bo?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I'll Let You Lick the Lollipop by absof*ckinlutely

I'll Let You Lick the Lollipop by absof*ckinlutely

When Alec and his son, Max, happen upon a new candy shop in the area, they're both enamored - Max with the huge assortment of sweet treats and Alec with the gorgeous candy shop owner, Magnus. Will Alec be able to drum up enough courage to talk to Magnus or will Max have to step in and play cupid for his hopeless dad?

This is an adorable story! Max is a total sweetheart and your heart will melt watching Magnus and Alec's shy interactions. Highly recommended!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

p.s. I'd also like to take a moment to say rest in peace to Godfrey Gao, who passed away earlier today. He played Magnus in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and will be missed (1984-2019). 💔😢

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Blog Tour: A Boyfriend for Christmas by Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Archie's posh parents want him to meet a nice girl--how can he tell them he's fallen for a bad boy instead?

Closeted, innocent and lonely, Archie Arandale longs for someone special in his life. A Christmas party organised by his wealth management company is the last place he expects to meet the man of his dreams.

With his leather jacket, tattoos, and piercings, Cal Turner turns heads the moment he walks through the door. He definitely isn't looking for a boyfriend, but Archie's hesitant charm captures his attention, and sneaking off during the party to have a little fun can only make a dull evening more interesting.

After their reckless and thrilling encounter, Archie is keen for more experience and Cal is happy to oblige. The need for secrecy means this can only be a casual fling, yet as they spend time together in the run up to Christmas, their feelings become more intense than either of them had bargained for. How can Archie find the courage to tell his family about Cal, when Cal's the exact opposite of the 'nice girl' they've been hoping for?

Contains: A closeted virgin, a tattooed biker, class differences, a dramatic coming out, a very inappropriate Christmas gift, and a happy ending (of course).

Friday, November 22, 2019

A Father’s Love by KeiranNight

A Father’s Love by KeiranNight

After years of estrangement, Asmodeus would love nothing more than to build a real relationship with his son, who can barely stand the sight of him, his son-in-law and his two rambunctious grandsons. There are a lot of obstacles in his way, but Asmodeus is willing to do anything to gain favor with this son and his family.

This is a great story about redemption. We all know that Asmodeus was not at all a great father to Magnus, but he has seen the error of his ways and wants a fresh start. Will Magnus be able to let go of their painful past and move forward? And how will Alec play into all of this? If you're in the mood for a captivating read, this is the story for you!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Book Review: Peter Cratchit's Christmas Carol by Drew Marvin Frayne

Peter Cratchit, a young lad preparing to make his way in the world, is the eldest son of Scrooge’s lowly clerk Bob Cratchit. Peter flourishes under the tutelage of his “Uncle” Scrooge and seeks to make his mark as a man of business, like his uncle before him.

One Christmas Eve, as Scrooge lays dying, Peter embarks on a risky ocean voyage that he believes will secure the future for his family. Onboard, Peter finds love, happiness, and success, only to lose it all by the voyage’s end.

Returning to London, Peter shuns his family and instead finds himself living on the streets, haunted by his failures and his dead lover, selling his body just to survive while he waits for the winter cold to claim him once and for all. But winter snows also mean Christmas is coming, and for the Cratchit family, Christmas is a time of miracles. Can a visit from three familiar spirits change Peter’s life again? Is there one more miracle in store for the lost son of one of Dickens’ most enduring families? 

I thought this was a delightful and fresh take on the classic Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol. I enjoyed reading a continuation of the story from Peter's point of view and how he navigates through life and love. If you're looking for a quick and interesting Christmas read, this is the one for you!

I received a copy of this book from the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design and voluntarily provided my honest review. 
~ M

Thursday, November 7, 2019

now, but then too by Bagell

Alec finds himself watching over Magnus much like he did many years ago when Magnus pretty much died in his arms at the Institute. Fortunately, his husband is only suffering from a common cold and will be back to his old self very soon. While resting, Magnus remembers his time in the Institute's infirmary and what he noticed around him.

This is a really heartwarming story. I don't want to give too much away, but your heart will melt at Alec's sweet reassurances and declarations of his unwavering love. Definitely give this story a try!

If you need a refresher for the scene Magnus mentions in the story.
Just remember, Magnus is perfectly okay and living happily with his husband. 😃💜🖤

~ M

Photo & video credit: Freeform