Have I told you all how much I love Christmas Novellas?
I mean, you might have figured it out by now.
The first thing DSP ever published of mine was If I Must, in their 2009 Advent Calendar, and from that moment on, I was hooked.
I’ve written either a novella or a short novel every year since–sometimes two! And every year when that story releases I think, “Writing happy is so much fun! It’s one of my most joyous things, and I love how much readers love the happy too!”
So between the Christmas Novellas and the Dreamspun Desires/Dreamspun Beyond novels on this Kermit Flail I am SO HAPPY–I have a novel waiting on my Kindle for me that’s waiting to take me away, make me stop thinking, give me some respite and help me remember my taste for joy and adventure and I’m so excited to provide the same for you!
To start with, the Christmas shorts! Louisa Masters and E.J. Russell (and myself!) all offer you Christmas joy this month! Louisa and E.J. are published in my sentimental favorite–the Advent Calendar–and I have Regret Me Not, which is released December 4th! I also have an e-book bundle/print anthology of five of my earlier Christmas shorts posted down at the bottom–it’s available Christmas Day! So yes– you can find yuletide cheer here at the Kermit Flail– even if I personally don’t get to decorate my house until next Saturday!
And in the Dreamspun area, we’ve got Anne Barwell with a Dreamspun Desire and Jenn Burke with a Dreamspun Beyond– both these imprints are written like the old Harlequin lines, so they should be fun and exciting and pulse pounding–and safe. They should give you all the happy safe you need this holiday, so enjoy. As will Alexa Milne’s sweet short, The Matchmaker–romance happy, y’all, we has it!
And for those of you who like things a little edgier? We have Deja Black with some urban fantasy and David C. Dawson with a gritty detective story. Because we can’t have sweet all the time, right?
So here we go folks– Merry Kermit Flail and a Happy Reading Year! I hope you have all the joy and excitement you can stand!
O Hell, All Ye Shoppers
by Louisa Masters
Ethan Hall plans to fill Saturday, December 23, with junk food and bad
TV, a day just for him amid the holiday chaos… until his baby sister
calls and begs him to go collect a present for her. At the biggest
shopping center in Australia. On the busiest shopping day of the year.
Hell no. Right?
Ethan’s soft heart gets the best of him. He battles through the
parking lot, and in the main shopping concourse, he’s trampled,
elbowed, and bombarded with terrible holiday music. Then he enters
hell itself, a specialty store aimed at women… where he meets Ty. They
bond in a sea of estrogen and manic shoppers, fighting together to
attain freedom, only to find they’re not quite ready go their separate
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A detective and the future leader of a deadly coven. What
can go wrong?
Remi Devereaux is a Louisiana born detective working murder
cases in Louisville, Kentucky. While shopping for game-day with the guys, he
spots the most amazing person he has ever seen. Peter is a man Remi wants with
his whole being, a man he just can’t let go.
Peter Romanoff is a photographer who possesses the spirit of two creatures. Two
beings that are slowly tearing him apart. He needs a Supruga, a mate, to help
give him balance. When he meets Remi, there is a magnetic pull he can’t deny.
The next in line to lead a powerful coven, Peter is hunted, and the people he
knows and loves are being killed. It will take Remi’s love and Peter’s skills
to combat the enemy after them. Can Remi be the balance Peter needs before the
coven destroys them both?
The Deadly Lies
by David C. Dawson
The Deadly Lies is the second in the Dominic Delingpole
Mysteries series. The first The Necessary Deaths was published a year ago, and
won an FAPA award for mystery and suspense.
Dominic and Jonathan are on their romantic Spanish honeymoon,
and things are perfect… except Dominic has kept a secret from his husband. He’s
failed to tell Jonathan that he plans to meet his former lover, Bernhardt, who
is speeding on his way from Germany to present Dominic with a mysterious
But Bernhardt is killed in a suspicious car accident. Shortly
before he dies, he sends Dominic a bizarre text message that will take the
newlyweds on a hair-raising adventure.
Lies upon lies
plunge Dominic and Jonathan into an internet crime that could destroy the lives
of millions of people. What is the mysterious Charter Ninety-Nine group? And
will their planned internet assault force Dominic to choose between the fate of
the world and the life of his lover?
by Alexa Milne
Sometimes you need a little push.
Josh is a carer and Simon is his employer. Each has a secret they keep from each other, but not from the other person in their lives.
Tom may only be a teenager, but he can see the attraction between his father and Josh. Can he bring them together and create a happy ever after for all three of them?
The Gryphon King’s Consort
by Jenn Burke
Love takes flight.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
The Probability of Mistletoe
by E.J. Russell
(Part of the Dreamspinner 2017 Advent Calendar)
When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it’s all Keith’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn’t have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.
Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he’ll be attending, the evening doesn’t look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and a whole lot of mistletoe culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?
Music speaks directly to the heart.
Two very different men face turning points in their
lives after the collapse of long-term relationships….
Joel is a music teacher who knows it’s time to forget
his ex and move on, while Marcus runs a lawn-mowing business and has come to
Wellington to escape the reminders of a recent breakup. Although they’re
opposites, when Joel and Marcus connect, their romance has the potential to hit
all the right notes.
Too bad neither of them feels
ready for new love.
With family and
friends in common, dating is risky—things could get messy if it doesn’t work
out. The sweet song of possibility draws them to each other, though, and they
share a kiss following a Chopin prelude.
But it will take some practice and perseverance to find their perfect
Regret Me Not
by Amy Lane
Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full of self-pity he can’t even be decent to the one family member he’s still speaking to. He heads for Florida, where he’s got a month to pull his head out of his ass before he ruins his little sister’s Christmas.
Harold Justice Lombard the Fifth is at his own crossroads—he can keep being Hal, massage therapist in training, flamboyant and irrepressible to the bones, or he can let his parents rule his life. Hal takes one look at Pierce and decides they’re fellow unicorns out to make the world a better place. Pierce can’t reject Hal’s overtures of friendship, in spite of his misgivings about being too old and too pissed off to make a good friend.
As they experience everything from existential Looney Tunes to eternal trips to Target, Pierce becomes more dependent on Hal’s optimism to get him through the day. When Hal starts getting him through the nights too, Pierce must look inside for the knight he used to be—before Christmas becomes a doomsday deadline of heartbreak instead of a celebration of love.
Contains the following five Christmas novellas:
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?
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!”