Yeah, Yeah, I know! I go from almost never writing a post to bombarding you for more than a week straight, and here I am again. In my defense, it's Christmas!
Last year at about this time I shared Drawing Penises—a holiday flash followup to my freebie novella Almost But Not Quite. I had written it on my way to the in-laws. Something I rarely do because I have a tendency for motionsickness. But when inspiration hits, it hits.
Since, at the moment, I don't know if inspiration will hit again on my travels, I thought I would share the holiday reads that have kept me company this year.
A diverse group if there ever was one!
Claire Davis and Al Stewart write so beautifully. It's this mixture of poetry and social-consciousness, but it's so much more than that. Very few writers can invoke such emotion in me. I honestly envy the hell out of their talent.
Nobody's Butterfly is everything I love in a Christmas Story. It has the darkness of reality, but that darkness is illuminated by the magic and the hope and the beautiful language, and a perfect happy ending.
A magical, YA romance for the holiday. And it's for a wonderful cause!
With proceeds going to Children In Need.
Recommended for romance readers of all ages.
Eight Feet of Magic
This is my first actual steampunk world read and I was absolutely sucked in!
Ofelia Gränd is an author with a wonderful ability to create these dark realities. In these darker stories, she kind of disregards traditional expectations. Okay, she kind of flips traditional expectations off. LOL
Here we are given someting a little more traditional, but not.
Gränd does a wonderful job of creating a dirty, smog-filled world that is also weird and wonderful, woven together with traditional Norse mythology, piracy and magic.
Romantic, sentimental and sweet—I know! I'm gobsmacked!—and yet stressful, exciting and a bit shocking.
A great story that shows us there is still magic to be found in even the darkest places. You just need to know where to look. ♥
Recommended for readers who like unsual in their romance.
You can purchase it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble and other online retailers.
Christmas Can Kiss My Dickens
In the fine tradition, Hunter Frost gives us an MM retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Being a huge fan of the book—I reread it ever year—all the movies—yeah, even the one with Lionel Barrymore—I was completely on board!
This time with a fully grown, Tiny Tim—wheelchair bound and...well, bitter!
Much like Ebenezer, Tim's world has narrowed down to his work, and his own lonely existence.
But there’s someone that sees past his prickly—read: asshole—exterior. But it will take more than a pass to make Tim realize what he's missing and what could be his.
Life is more than the cards we're dealt, it's what we make of it.
Recommended for romance readers that like a little something sexy with their Christmas tinsel.
There you have it! A few reading ideas as we head into Christmas! I know I have a half dozen other Christmas stories just waiting for the long holiday weekend to begin!
Merry Christmas, safe travels and happy reading!
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