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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Romance... Romance

18++ The Pear Tree; The Prophet and the Snow Angel; Redemption; A Calling Bird; Ringing Her Neck, Frog Legs and Goose, Feathers, Christmas Swan, Bells and Whistles, Kissing Strangers, The Timeless Christmas


The Timeless Christmas by Renee Matthews 

Release Date: December 20th, 2019 
Genre: Fantasy Romance 

Prince Menion had never wanted for anything in his life minus Jacob Riker. Jacob and his twin brother Lucas arrived at the Kingdom of Miraennon every fall and always left before spring arrived. They would bring with them tales of magical worlds and brought wonder to his boring life. Then last year, Jacob Riker arrived alone and they grew closer than Menion should have allowed. Menion was expected to be married and be the next Lord of Miraennon by Christmas. None of those plans involved Jacob Riker.

Being a time traveler, Jacob Riker had never expected to be so stuck on one moment. After the months together, that had been Jacob's own personal Christmas miracle, Menion Astaulind standing in the snow breaking his heart and proclaimed love for another.

Now, Jacob stands ready to jump through the portal one last time to win over the only man he ever loved before Christmas comes again. 

About the author: 
Renee is often in her own little world. There is nothing that she loves more than writing down all the stories that make up her world. She can often be found curled up in front of her laptop with a cup of tea. 


Kissing Strangers by D.S. Dehel 

Release Date: December 20th, 2019 
Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance

A haunting Christmas tale. 

Christmas of 1899, the world looks forward to new discoveries, new inventions, and a new century. Wealthy heiress Viola Peery is looking forward to a new life and a husband, preferably one with a title, since her father has told her not to return from England without one.

A New Year’s weekend at Aescton Hall holds promise for Viola and eight other ladies of wealth. There, ten eligible bachelors will vie for their hearts and hands during dinners, skating parties, and—of course—balls. Both the charming Cedric Stanhope and the dashing Rhys Findlay catch Viola’s eye and pique her interest, and through flirty tea parties and nightly waltzes, she mulls her decision.

But one of the men holds a secret that will change her destiny and haunt her for the rest of her life. 

About the author: 
D.S. Dehel is a lover of photography, good food, and the Oxford comma. When she is not immersed in a book, she is mom to her kids and spoiling her rather pampered feline, Mr. Darcy. She can also be found at the gym training for her next Spartan race and generally avoiding all adult responsibility. She adores literary allusions, writing sex scenes, and British television. Her devoted husband is still convinced she writes children's books. Please don't enlighten him. 


Bells and Whistles by Liza Kay 

Published: December 13th, 2019 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Two men, a smart little girl, and a pet cow…

Ballet dancer Jamie has never fit in with his loud and brash blue-collar family. They grudgingly accepted him being gay, but when Jamie’s father finds him wearing one of his sister’s dresses, Jamie ends on his best friend’s sofa. An ad for a female live-in nanny position in rural Kansas seems like a Christmas gift from above and a solution to his homelessness. Never mind that Jamie knows nothing about farm life. Or cows. Or kids. At least he knows how to rock a dress.

Ben Franklin—yes, his parents are crazy like that—is a dairy farmer in desperate need of female assistance. At least that were his mother’s last words before she left for Florida with her new husband. All Ben knows is raising cattle. Now he’s tasked with raising his niece Charlie as well. The last thing Ben expected when he placed an ad for a nanny was to develop confusing feelings for the beautiful Janie.

With a little Christmas magic, the help of a pet cow, and a mischievous little girl, two men might find the true meaning of home, family, and love.

About the author:
Liza grew up in a tiny village in Germany, the kind where you know everybody and everybody knows you. She migrated to a bigger town to attend college, although her parents often wonder if she really moved out. Now, with a degree in her pocket, she's perfectly capable of working as a librarian. Never one to do what's expected of her, Liza currently browses different branches of employment.

She started writing in college when she found herself unable to ignore the guys living in her head any longer. And to distract herself from the stifling, non-fiction stuff taught in class. Liza is really fond of the dudes whispering in her mind—no matter if handsome or flawed, big or small, sulky or easy-going. They all deserve love and their HEAs.

When she's not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book and a cup of tea, a cat in her lap, or a camera at the ready. 


Christmas Swan by Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 13th, 2019 

Naked and unconscious probably isn’t the best way to meet your mate for the first time.

Curtis didn’t expect to meet his mate while he was face-first and naked in the snow. He supposed he hadn’t exactly met Manuel that way since he’d been unconscious, but that was probably not the best first impression.

Manuel wasn’t sure what to do with the naked, gorgeous man, but he took him home—and Curtis ran away.

But now small gifts have started appearing on Manuel’s doorstep, and he knows they’re from Curtis. With Christmas looming so close and Manuel’s mood being so dark because of his mother’s recent death, he’s not sure what to do about it—or about Curtis. Curtis seems to be intent on gently pushing his way into Manuel’s life, though, and Manuel doesn’t exactly mind.


About the author:
Catherine is the creator of several series, most of them paranormal, including the Whitedell Pride Series and the Gillham Pack Series. While she graduated in translation, she decided to go the writer’s way because it was more fun to create her own stories and characters.
She’s been living in Italy for more than twenty years, but she’s a daughter of the North—Belgium to be precise—and she misses it so much that she’s already planning to move back.
She loves pizza—probably too much —her pets, and of course, books. She sneaks some reading time in her schedule every time she has five minutes free from writing, demands from her various pets and son, and lastly, housework. 



Frog Legs and Goose Feathers by Charlie Richards 

Publication Date: December 13, 2019 
Genre: Holiday Romance 

When a young man’s wishes impact his partner’s plans, he must think creatively to find a compromise.

Devon Gateman has been in a partnership with his much younger lover, Jake Lewis, for almost three years. Christmas is approaching, and he wants to make it special. He brings home a live goose, intending to prepare an uber special Christmas Eve supper. Using a little spicy persuasion, Devon convinces his lover to accept the animal…for a few days, anyway.

At first, Jake is flattered that Devon brought home a goose. He knows his man has the best of intentions. Unfortunately, caring for the animal for a week falls on him. During that time, Jake actually comes to care for the honking, ankle-biting, guard-goose-terrier of a bird.

Then events happen that make Jake realize he can’t break the trust of his weird new friend. Can he come up with an alternative for dinner that will be just as special? 

About the author:
Charlie started writing fantasy when she was eight, and after stumbling onto her first erotic romance at age nineteen, she realized her true calling. She now focuses on writing gay erotic romance, normally of the paranormal variety, with heroes of all kinds. With the help and support of her husband, Charlie finally fulfilled one of her life-long goals... move to acreage with her horses. You can often find her curled up with her laptop and a cup of tea or glass of wine, creating her next adventure. Charlie enjoys exploring the mountains of her new Oregon home on horseback, 4-wheeler, or motorcycle. 


Ringing Her Neck by Taryn Jameson & Gabriella Bradley 

Release Date: December 13th, 2019 
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy Romance 

Christmas is just around the corner when Alex talks her crew into going on a daring mission…
Alex, ship’s captain, and historical artifact acquisitions expert enlists the help of her crew to go on an unsanctioned mission to steal a fabled dragon egg—an artifact worth a fortune. All they need to do is fly to Xagrar, a planet infested with beastly reptiles.

But Alex finds much more than the egg in the dragons’ treasure vault. She sets her sight on a beautiful ring—the perfect Christmas gift for her mother.

Caught red-handed, Alex must face the wrath of the sexiest hunk she has ever laid eyes on, but she sure as hell does not want anything to do with the bossy beast, nor their gods’ crazy prophecy. All she wants is to get rid of the infernal ring and return home to Shalanka… Before the holidays are over.

About the authors:
Taryn Jameson is a mother, artist, and avid reader who lives in an enchanted forest that sparks her imagination to create. Her latest outlet is the written word. She is the alter ego of cover artist Angela Waters.

She loved designing the covers for this series and thought it was a lot of fun bringing the Crimson Realm to life both with words and visually with the covers.


Gabriella Bradley lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, amidst rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons. 

She has been a writer all of her life, though only ventured into erotic works in 2003. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like Gone with the Wind, Spartacus etc. Favorite music is Abba. 


A Calling Bird by Jo Tannah

Published: December 6th, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Would serenading be enough to convince a mate they were meant to be?

Cole Burns doesn’t suffer the cold or feeling the holiday spirit, but dreams of having a family by thirty, preferably with two or three children, are slowly fading into the fog of winter. It's a sad, sad situation he cannot seem to escape.

For John Michael Diamond, being CEO of Diamond Corporation equates to never finding the perfect mate to share his nest. In fact, it’s next to impossible. Through a twist of fate, he discovers his mate not only lives nearby but also on his family’s estate.

Cole never thought he’d fall for such a crazy, insanely gorgeous rich guy, and yet here he was, wrapped in shifter eagle who serenades him with love songs. This was going to be an interesting Christmas.

About the author:
I grew up listening to folk tales my father and nannies told either to entertain us children or to send home a message. These narratives I kept with me and finally, I wrote them down in a journal way back when I kept one. Going through junk led to a long forgotten box and in it was the journal. Reading the stories of romance, science fiction and horror I had taken time to put to paper, brought to light that these were tales I never met in my readings.

The tales I write are fictional but all of them are based on what I grew up with and still dream about. That they have an M/M twist is simply for my pleasure. And I hope, yours as well.

Redemption Cafe by Kazy Reed 

Published: December 6th, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

A restaurant owner who can’t cook meets a chef who just happens to be a vampire. Can they each overcome their shameful past and find a recipe for redemption?

Doss Chambers always dreamed of owning a restaurant, but a car crash when he was seventeen put those plans on hold. He’s paid for his mistake, in legal terms, but the guilt he carries weighs heavily on his mind. Nevertheless, Doss is determined to fulfill his dream. He works hard at his family’s market to save whatever money he can and spends every spare minute learning the business of running a restaurant. If only he could cook…

Henri Courtan is the best pastry chef in Paris. Some say it’s an odd choice of profession for a vampire, but after years of self-imposed exile to atone for his violent past, Henri is finally happy to settle down and live his life in peace. When dark secrets come back to haunt him, however, he flees to New York. A progressive clan of vampires take him in, and Henri suddenly finds himself charge of feeding dozens of vampires accustomed to eating human food. He’s glad to be cooking again, keeping busy, until a man arrives with a delivery. When Henri opens the door, he quickly realizes that his man might offer much more than groceries.

Neither man is sure of the other’s feelings, until a shared culinary experience reveals a physical hunger that can no longer be ignored. The flames of passion are lit, but both men need to forgive themselves before they can share their hearts.

About the author:
Kazy Reed grew up on a small island off the Maine coast. At the age of sixteen, she announced to her parents that she was going to move to Denmark for six months as an exchange student. That trip changed her life, and sparked her love of travel, languages, and art history.

After graduating from college with a degree in Art History, she moved back to the island where she began to write short stories. When she was introduced to gay erotic fiction, the seed was planted and she never looked back. Kazy now lives near the coast of Maine, with her very understanding husband and two ridiculously precocious children.


The Prophet and the Snow Angel (The Twelve Days of Christmas # 2) by Amy Romine

Published: December 6th, 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Two Turtle Doves must save the throne of the most powerful church in the world before a terrorist act destroys it and all hope for Christmas.

When Navy Seal Team leader, Charlie Stein is paired with Operations Analyst Aria Lockett, he is annoyed. Having the burden of an Analyst on a field mission was not a headache he wanted to endure.

Operations Analyst Aria Lockett has been tracking The White Guard Terrorist cell for years. When they finally get a strong lead on an upcoming attack, she is ready to put an end to their terrorist reign once and for all.

With an imminent attack scheduled for Christmas Day in Rome, the pair must work together to thwart the threat. The unease between them quickly turns to trust and unexpected desire. When the terror cell is alerted to their plan, can they remain focused and save Christmas or will their growing feelings cloud their judgment and destroy the path of hope?

About the author:
Amy Romine has always wanted to be one of the good guys. From playing Charlie's Angels in the backyard of her Macungie, PA home as a child to the pages of her unending projects, Amy has always dreamed of adventure and romance. Her need to make the characters truly deserve their happiness takes us on many a twisted journey. From serial killers to demons, Amy holds nothing back in the name of true enduring love.

A mother of three, Amy has spent the past sixteen years working in Operations for Ricoh America's Corporation. She is an avid movie fan and enjoys books, television, theater, her dog Pip and all things romance. 


The Pear Tree (The Twelve Days of Christmas #1) by Lark Westerly

Release Date: December 6th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy Romance

A partridge, a pear tree…and a fairy in the bed. 

Nelis Winter and Xavier Partridge knew one another years ago. Now Frances le Fay has invited them both to a dinner party on Christmas Eve. Stopping at The Pear Tree pub on the way seems a good idea…until Nelis walks in on an orgy of naked elves. 

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About the author: 
Lark Westerly lives in the island state of Tasmania, a place of wind and rivers, wild places and hidden delights. She enjoys walking over the hills, gardening, collecting china dogs, listening to music and wallowing decadently in a hot bath. Lark has been married for some years, and has two grown children. She writes under a variety of names, and lives in many worlds- most of which don’t bear much resemblance to the 21st Century. 

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2 comments:

Nancy Payette said...

Sounds interesting

Robin A said...

The cover looks great. Sounds like a great read