An Amy Lane Christmas Anthology

by Amy Lane

So, a few thousand years ago (eight!) DSP published their first Amy Lane story– it featured an adorable kitten on the cover and it was called If I Must. And after that? Christmas stories just seemed to be my thing.

Now some of the stories– Candy Man, Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters, Winter Ball–went on to have more stories attached to them, and all of them ended up in print in one way or another. (With Candy Man, you can find the print version in the same volume as Bitter Taffy.)  But some of the stories just sort of floated around a little– they were completely stand alone, very adorable, and totally holiday, even if the holiday wasn’t the focus. 

Those are the stories gathered in this anthology. 
I’ve loved writing each story–they’ve been proof, in a way, that I can do adorable and light (and so have the Dreamspun Desires, for that matter) and still have moments of poignance. I’ve got the synopsis of each of the stories here, and if you haven’t read them–or even read just one–the bundle price is a really good deal.
And some folks have told me that the shorts totally made their keeper shelf, and that’s why the print story.
So, thank you all so much for reading my Christmas stories, for making a big deal out of them, for loving the adorable and fluffy as well as the angsty–and I hope your Christmas was as awesome as mine.  (I have some pictures at the end of the post–crappy, as is my signature photo style, but these are some very happy kids here.)
Anyway– here are the story blurbs, and I hope your holiday was as adorable and fluffy as possible! And I’m leaving the DSP link because the store is on sale, but also available at Amazon!
If I Must
Joel Martinez, a practical and organized computer programmer, is roommates with Ian Cooper, a certified IQ-in-the- stratosphere mathematical genius who literally can’t find his own underwear in the mess of his day-to-day life. When Joel uneasily leaves Ian for the holidays, he ends up telling stories to his sister and discovers he feels much more for Ian than he thought. So when Ian calls, distraught because the only other thing in his life that loves him (a half-feral cat named Manky Bastard) is going to have to be put down, Joel hurries back home hoping that opposites really do attract.
Christmas with Danny Fit
In a perfect moment of cold November sunshine, pudgy accountant Kit Allen realizes Jesse, his new office assistant, is everything he’s ever dreamed about in a man. Feeling supremely unworthy and desperate to get a life—even an imaginary one—Kit embarks on a self-improvement campaign featuring DVD fitness guru, Danny Fit.  
In the meantime, Jesse has begun a subtle campaign of his own, one designed to bring Kit out of his DVD dream world and into Jesse’s arms. Jesse isn’t perfect—he’s no Danny Fit—but he hopes that the kind, funny man who has been looking at him so soulfully since his first day at work has what it takes to be everything Jesse has always wanted.
Puppy, Car, and Snow
Ryan’s entire life changed the night Scott surprised him in a bathroom at a party.  Now Ryan’s soulless climb up the corporate ladder has stalled—but his quality life has become a whirlwind of laughter, joy and surprises, thanks to Scotty’s playful, gentle heart.  
After three years together, they’re going to Ryan’s parents’ cabin to spend Christmas.  Snowed in by the weather and locked under the icy glare of his mother’s disapproval, can Ryan show he has found the most profound happiness in the simplest of things?
Turkey in the Snow
Since Hank Calder’s four-year-old niece, Josie, came to live with him, his life has been plenty dramatic, thank you, and the last thing he needs is a swishy, flaming twinkie to complicate things. But when Justin, the daycare worker at his gym, offers to do something incredibly nice for Hank—and for Josie—Hank is forced to reconsider. Justin may be flamboyant in his speech and gestures, but his heart and kindness are as rock steady and dependable as anyone, even Hank, could ask for. Can Hank trust in his dramatic “turkey in the snow” to offer his heart the joy he and Josie have never known?
Going Up!
Every dreary day, Zach Driscoll takes the elevator from the penthouse apartment of his father’s building to his coldly charmed life where being a union lawyer instead of a corporate lawyer is an act of rebellion. Every day, that is, until the day the elevator breaks and Sean Mallory practically runs into his arms.
Substitute teacher Sean Mallory is everything Zach is not—poor, happy, and goofily charming. With a disarming smile and a penchant for drama, Sean laughs his way into Zach’s heart one elevator ride at a time. Zach would love to get to know Sean better, but first he needs the courage to leave his ivory tower and face a relationship that doesn’t end at the “Ding!”
ZoomBoy got three or four different models, including this one of BB-8 built of Legos. It took him Christmas Day–and no, we weren’t home all day. Let’s hear it for ZoomBoy!
Yes, the dogs got walked on Christmas Eve, and yes, Mate came with me. Because. 
ZoomBoy, spending his Christmas Eve the way God intended–wearing fluffy Jedi pajamas and his Jedi robe, to celebrate the birth of the New Hope and the existence of the Force. Don’t tell him that’s not what Christmas is all about–we’ve got him convinced!
The beginning of the great BB-8 assemble, while his sister looks on in amusement.
Squish asked for very little– a phone, because most of her friends go to different schools, a long-sleeved shirt, and those pink boots. The hat was mom’s idea, and the fuzzy kitten mitts were her brother’s. In all, she’s a vision of savoir faire. 
And everybody got fuzzy pajamas for Christmas. Because. 

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