What do we need? Some hugs and Winter Warming, of course! :)
Come and join the authors of Winter Warmers this week on our Toe-Tingling, Finger-unFrosting, Neck-Nuzzling, Sofa-Snuggling Blog Tour - all for the purpose of keeping you warm, you understand!
Each day, one of us will chat about the why and how of our warming, heartfelt, romantic and amusing stories. Feel free to chat with any of us about your thoughts for the season - especially if you have equally good ideas to keep warm :) And your comment will also enter you into a draw on Monday Dec 17 to win a FREE COPY.
So what's my story? It's called LUCKY DIP and it's set at a primary school Christmas Fair. Andy's a harrassed young teacher, struggling to keep control of his over-enthusiastic and sometimes downright devilish pupils in the school hall while they get the Fair ready for the parents over the weekend. And just when he thinks things can't get worse, they do! His ex-boyfriend Greg, an uncle of one of the pupils, has turned up to help ... and he's paired up with Andy.
There's no way Andy's going to get too close to Greg and embarrass himself - until fate takes a hand and Andy and Greg get stuck in a VERY tight spot. Thank heavens they're surrounded by the school's supply of mulled wine to warm the cockles of their hearts - and their feelings towards each other :)
I spent years of fun and support at Christmas Fairs. I've made Barbie ballgowns, decorated velvet hairbands, made tiger-skin-fabric-covered notebooks and velvet shoulder bags - and those were only my portfolio's finest! Hubby's helped to set up Lucky Dips, Santa's Grotto, catering urns full of mulled wine, firework displays, PA systems and that fabulous, tortuous game where you try to guide the looped stick around the twisted metal wire without touching - or the alarm goes off! Hmm ... I think it's still in the loft somewhere...
For me, there's nothing like buying homemade candleholders covered in tartan ribbon, or cheap red felt Santa hats, or more mincemeat and chutney than we can use in the next 5 years :). I love the glitter and the giggles and the smell of cinnamon, and Christingle church services where the mixing of small, tired children and slippery oranges with lighted candles in them always appeared an accident waiting to happen - but never was, in all the years I took the Sons along.
And so that inspired me to tell Andy's frantic story - but find him a happy ending. That's a vast improvement on the Fair I went to one year where a seven-year-old sat on a chair, it buckled under him, he grabbed out to hold steady - and brought the whole decorated Christmas tree down on to the Christmas Craft stall! I think I lost a few decorated hairbands in the melee that year :)
Nowadays, I might think I prefer to spend Christmas quietly in a corner, sipping a glass or two of Bailey's while picking the soft centres out of a tin of chocolates - but I'm still a sucker for Christmas Fairs and handmade, seasonal gifts!
Enjoy your season, whatever you do!
WINTER WARMERS - a seasonal anthology
Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you...
Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.
One thing's for sure—it's going to be a red-hot Christmas!
Here on Amazon UK, Amazon US, and All Romance Ebooks.
Lucky Dip by Clare London
Andy Jackson always knew that class 2C’s help in preparing for the annual Christmas Fair would be a mixed blessing. Then he’s paired up on the Lucky Dip with Greg, the man who dumped him but now can’t keep away, the pupils are either lecturing him on his lovelife or losing bladder control, and no one’s fixed the broken handle on the storage room. It may all be one whoopee cushion too far for him.
Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder
Matthew Morrison is determined to conquer his fear of heights and achieve a winning outcome. At least, that's what the best-selling, self-help book he's listening to promises. Being stuck on a three-story tower in the middle of a snowstorm wasn't part of the plan. With no St. Bernard in sight, it's Cute Ticket Guy Adam to the rescue, and an outcome Matthew never anticipated.
Wintertide by Lou Harper
May meets December when Jem and Oscar chance on each other at the Santa Monica Pier, only weeks before Christmas. The two men are separated by age, social status, and their taste in candy, yet if they are both naughty and nice, they might just find holiday cheer together.
When in Amsterdam... by Josephine Myles
Brandon is on his first visit to new boyfriend Jos's home country, just in time for their Sinterklaas celebrations. But an unexpected detour into a sex shop leads Brandon to new discoveries about himself, and a whole new dynamic to their relationship. The weather may be cold and damp, but Brandon and Jos soon heat things up!
A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow
What's the best gift a young man could get for Christmas? Mohawked saxophonist Liam wouldn't have picked the hideous collection of knitwear he's presented with by his mum and his aunties. He'd rather have the gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King's Cross. But with a little Christmas magic in the air, maybe those garish garments are just the thing for attracting a silver fox...
Please click below to visit my Christmas page, if you're in the mood for more seasonal stories :)