Free Book Rec: A Reluctant Santa by Roan Parrish!

This week my budget book rec is “A Reluctant Santa” by Roan Parrish. It’s a free short that you can grab on a (new-to-me) site called StoryOrigin. I chose it because I’ve read Roan Parrish before so I knew to expect a good portion of angst, or at least that the story wouldn’t be 100% sweet and fluffy. It’s just sweet enough for a Scrooge like me to enjoy. Before I finished the first sentence I knew I would be recommending this one!

 

Charlie Parkingham trudged down the hallway, his apartment door offering sanctuary after a day filled with the tortures of the damned that accompanied customer service before the holidays.

 

I love that the main character is a cranky retail worker and the love interest is collecting toys for kids. They seem like opposites, but this deftly crafted story shows that they have more in common than meets the eye. I don’t want to give too much away because this short has so many layers and I want you to enjoy peeling them back as you read just like I did.

 

The door was thrown open and Charlie only had a moment to register the wide eyes and gasp of the man in the doorway before he was hit full-force with a tumbleweed of brown fur.

 

Christmas stories are another sub-genre of MM Romance that I only read occasionally. Mainly because the holidays are a difficult time for me. Sometimes reading holiday stories gives me a jolt of the holiday spirit, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve written a couple of winter holiday stories and they are all fairly dark and angsty (even the one I tried to make as heartwarming as possible has a loaded backstory for both of the heroes 😊). Writing them is usually much easier than reading them because I do that in July. However, reading “A Reluctant Santa” was more than easy, it was a real pleasure.  If you haven’t yet, you should definitely grab your copy—read it now or save it for a day when you need some holiday cheer.

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Sometimes we fall in love by accident …

Charlie Parkingham hates the holidays. Working as a security guard for Macy’s, he sees the worst holiday shopping has to offer, so he’s glad he doesn’t have to worry about making Christmas for himself … or for anyone else. Until the day a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep.

Thomas Blake won’t stop until he’s made the holidays wonderful for every kid in Philadelphia. But when a grouchy neighbor returns a wrongly delivered package, Thomas knows there’s someone else who needs some holiday cheer.

Two men, one dog, and more presents than you can handle!

 

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Another inviting snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! It’s been getting chilly in my neighborhood this week–hope you’re staying warm!

This week’s snip picks up immediately where last week’s left off. You can find that one here.

We’re still in Ryan’s POV. He & Glenn are outside the restaurant where they work, & Glenn has just asked if Ryan wants to change his Halloween plans (from “nothing”). 😉

 

Glenn pushed off from the doorjamb and stepped out into the alley. “How do you feel about zombies?”

“What?” I laughed, and finally the tension I’d been holding on to since that night at Kel’s place broke. “Zombies?”

“Yeah. There’s a Zombie Walk, but first they’re going to dance in Pioneer Square.”

Oh, yeah. Glenn dancing is something I’m up for. Literally, it would seem.

 

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Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Four

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

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Free Book Rec: Scrum by P.D. Singer!

If you’ve been following my budget book recs you know I hadn’t read Sports Romances before. Well, I enjoyed Synchronicity by Keira Andrews so much I went looking for another!

“Scrum” by P.D. Singer is the story of a runner who meets a rugby player…eventually. 😉 I really enjoyed the crash course in rubgy, and the action scenes (both on the field and off!) pulled me in.

“Not rugby league, none of that hoity-toity, stay-halfway-clean play, but scrums, mauls, and rucks!”

We only get to know three characters in this story—it is a shortie at 37 pages—but none of their interaction reads as rushed, flat, or stereotypical. I’m not familiar with rugby players, though, so my thoughts on Yves are based on the overall skill in the writing. By the end of Chapter One I had complete trust the story would take me somewhere I wanted to go. “Scrum” is another little gem that I missed when it first came out (2014), when I was just getting started in the M/M Romance genre, so I can only imagine how amazing Singer’s latest books are. I think she even has another Sports Romance…

Sebastian spoke with fond memory in his voice. “Nothing like responding to a war chant with big swinging dicks.”

I miss watching American football, a lot, (but refuse to support their racism, even if they’ll never know the difference) and have just made a plan to spend this fall and winter searching for a few more short Sports Romances. Heck, I might even go crazy and read an entire Sports Romance novel!

I’d love some recs—any sport, any length of work, as long as it’s free or $0.99. But mainly free because I don’t make enough to support my fiction habit and I’m sure I’m not alone on that score. So drop those recs in the comments here or on Facebook, or Tweet me a rec—they’re all good! TIA, folx!

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Scrum

One look at the Canadian rugby star now playing on his local team turns Robin Isley into a super-fan. He’ll attend practices, cheer every game, and bleed with every tackle, but he won’t come close enough to get an autograph or say a few words.

Yves Dubois’ team runs faster, passes better, and scrums harder when Robin watches: they’ve been winning steadily. Yves has a blinding smile for Robin after practices, but never stops to talk.

Robin needs to know if Yves’ grin is only joy in the game. Finding out will be Robin’s birthday milestone, but first he needs to give himself the gift of courage.

This short story also appears in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” anthology volume 10.

 

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An inviting snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! Today I’m feeling the season—I cleared all the dying plants from my deck & replaced them with some pretty chrysanthemums in purple and daisy-white!

In keeping with this Autumn kind of day, I’m snipping from Holiday Weekend. Over the next few weeks I’ll share Ryan & Glenn’s Halloween. This first bit is from Ryan’s POV, which is probably obvious. 😊

 

Two days before Halloween, Glenn cornered me in the alley at the end of our shift. I had taken out the trash, and when I turned to go inside, Glenn was leaning in the doorway.

“What are you doing for Halloween?”

Damn, even that sounded naughty. “Nothing.”

“You feel like changing those plans?”

 

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Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Four

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

Available only on Amazon & KU!

 

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Free Book Rec: New In Town by Annabeth Albert!

With these Wednesday budget fiction features I’ve had two goals: to highlight some great free fiction and to read outside of my comfort zone. So far, so good on both counts!

I don’t usually read military Romances, or stories that feature kids, but couldn’t pass up the chance to read New In Town by Annabeth Albert. I’ve read some of her work so I knew the writing would be excellent, and I wasn’t disappointed. As an added bonus, we get some kids at Halloween!

“I love princesses,” Ethan volunteered. “They’re not just for girls.”

 

I loved New In Town, the writing was tight, the characters very real, and the story pulled me in so that I almost felt like I was getting a warm welcome to a new home and town along with Alex & Marco & the kids. The blurb warns that the side characters are from her Out of Uniform series, so they weren’t as fleshed out as the main couple. I didn’t mind not knowing their backstory but I’m sure it would make this sweet story even more enjoyable if you have.

 

“Mattress on the floor. No sheets. I’m flashing back to college right now.” Alex laughed, but Marco growled.

 

New In Town isn’t Albert’s only Prolific Works Exclusive story, but it was the farthest from my comfort zone so I chose it. I’m glad I did. If you’ve read it & liked it too, let me know in the comments (please remember this is a rec blog, not a review blog 😊).

Annabeth Albert has more books on Prolific Works, including series tie-ins and holiday shorts & you can find them all here.

 

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New In Town

A sexy stand-alone short featuring married couple Alex and Marco, who are facing a cross-country move and all the challenges that poses for their little family. But with a little help from some fan-favorite Out of Uniform heroes, the couple will learn that good things can sprout from fresh starts. (New in Town is a steamy addition to the Out of Uniform universe, but stands-alone with a new couple for fans to meet and cameos from some existing favorites too! 10k words!)

 

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Book Blast: Stage Presents by Aidan Wayne!

It’s dislike at first sight—or first email—for two girls who are accepted into the Disney College Program and get assigned as roommates.

Dana has worked hard, and she sees this opportunity with a Fortune 500 company as her first step toward becoming a successful businesswoman. In contrast, Ashlee is a Georgia peach who’s led a sheltered life that has left her shallow, vapid, and ignorant—or so Dana thinks.

Ashlee’s dream of becoming a princess is about to come true! She’s been preparing all her life, dancing since she was three, and she plans to use this chance to boost her performing career. On the other hand, Dana is cynical, even if she is kind of pretty…. But what’s up with the whole trans thing?

Can enemies become friends and then more as each girl gradually sees what’s beneath the surface?

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YHM1DZW

Read an excerpt: http://aidanwayne.com/wp/index.php/stage-presents-excerpt/

About the Author

Aidan Wayne has been publishing LGBTQ+ fiction since 2016. While they usually stick with contemporary romance (both adult and YA), some soft sci-fi/fantasy has been known to sneak in as well. They primarily write character-driven stories with happy endings because, dammit, queer people deserve happy endings too.

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A Release Day Snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet!

Today is the official release day for The Pinch of the Game–or should I say re-release day! For the first time, it’s available in KU, in plenty of time for Halloween. If you like noir & fiction where the romance is the subplot, you might enjoy this novella.

Now for the snippet. This is almost right after the last one, which you can find here. Jeffrey is waking up the next day, still in the Motel6 & still with Mike, but everything else has changed.

I opened my eyes and they hurt. They didn’t work right either. Everything was blurry, and the colors seemed off somehow. Probably a concussion. Stretched out on my back on the floor was never a good way to wake up. All at once everything snapped into focus—what had happened, and to whom it had happened—and I hyperventilated until I was afraid of passing out again.

“Hey. You awake?”

“Michael?”

“No. It’s Santa Claus.”

He answered too fast for me to dwell on the strange voice that came out with my answer. Whoever’s mouth I was speaking out of. If I dared move, I might’ve kissed him.

 

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Cover art with buy linkBeing a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.

Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.

Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.

Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Free Book Rec: Synchronicity by Keira Andrews

Cover ArtI haven’t read many sports Romances and after reading Keira Andrews’s Synchronicity, set at the Olympic games in Canada, I’m not sure why that is! Romances with more going on than the romance itself are my favorites and Synchronicity has an exciting plot to go along with the love story. For only 46 pages both plots—the Olympic competition and the M/M Romance—are nicely fleshed out and don’t feel rushed at all. By the end, I felt like I knew both men and could guess what would happen later in their lives and relationship.

The story begins with both main characters performing a dive and that pace propels the reader along from one chapter to the next. More than once I consciously tried to slow down and savor the story, but found myself getting caught up and reading fast again anyway.

“When it was time, Aiden gave the command to walk and they turned to hang their heels  over the edge of the platform.”

This story is structured perfectly for maintaining the tension in both the personal and the public portions of the plot. Each chapter begins with one dive the pair make in the competition and also includes a scene off the Olympic stage, on their way to becoming a couple. Some of the personal scenes are funny and some are sweet and they all give insight into who each of the men are, and what they truly want.

“God how he wanted to wrap his arms around him and feel his powerful body from head to toe, press their lips together and…”

If you like the Olympics, stories with a lot of sexual tension but low angst, hot swimmers, and stories set in Canada, you might enjoy this sweet (and hot) short.

Keira Andrews also has historical and paranormal free reads in her catalog and I’m sure I’ll be checking those out too! You can find her Amazon Author Page here.

 

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Cover ArtSynchronicity by Keira Andrews

Perfect unison in the pool. Scorching desire in the locker room.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for young Tyler Bourne to compete in Olympic synchronized diving with veteran Aiden Oxford. The last thing Tyler expects is to fall head over heels for his gorgeous partner, and he struggles to keep his attraction under control.

Polite but undeniably distant, Aiden keeps him at arm’s length, and Tyler feels like a disappointment to Aiden, who’d been favored to win gold with his disgraced former partner. Tyler knows his feelings are hopelessly one-sided and that the podium is likely out of reach. Yet as the Games begin, he learns nothing is certain until the final dive…

This gay sports romance from Keira Andrews features Jane Austen levels of pining, an age difference, hot guys in Speedos, shower sex, and of course a happy ending.

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An autumn inspired snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet! Today’s snip is inspired by my favorite season, Autumn, which is almost here!

This is from Tiny House, Buchanan House: Book Two. Nathan has just brought Paulie to see the tiny house he’d had built and they’re going up into the bedroom loft.

 

He gave Paulie a few minutes to look around, and then Nathan gestured toward the ladder. He stood beside it and waited for Paulie to climb up first.

When Paulie made it within a few steps of the top, he stopped. “Oh. Oh, Nathan, this is….”

He let Paulie take in the view and then climbed up behind him as far as he could. “I’m hoping for a grander panorama after the leaves fall.”

Paulie continued to the top of the ladder and sat on the foot of the bed, still looking out the picture window. The trees were a mixture of fir and alder, and moonlight on the water glittered between them as they swayed in the breeze. Nathan had been worried Paulie would try to stand at the top and hit his head, but it hadn’t even been close.

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Tiny House, Buchanan House: Book Two

Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.

Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.

 

Check out the whole series on Amazon–in KU through September!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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Free Book Rec: Like & Subscribe by Jay Bell

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Like & Subscribe by Jay Bell has been around since 2013 and if you haven’t already read it (or even if you have :)) it’s worth your time to check it out. Maybe you weren’t reading MM Romance back then, or maybe (like me) you just didn’t hear about it when it was released. Many good books are released every week—every day—so it’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all.

 

“…Evan’s obsession had started the way it did for the other half-million subscribers. He’d discovered one of Tony’s videos on YouTube, lured in by the little thumbnail image of a searing hot guy without his shirt on.”

 

This free story is 54 pages of fun escapist Romance. I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched YouTube videos and wondered what the person behind the persona was really like. In Jay Bell’s book, his main character gets to find out—and doesn’t exactly get what he was expecting!

Of course, it’s more fun when things and people aren’t what they seem. If they were, there wouldn’t be any mystery, and very little conflict, in stories. I like to keep guessing how the characters are going to get their HEA until the very end—I know they’ll get it, but the journey is the fun part, the reason I read any kind of Romance, and M/M Romance in particular. I don’t read a lot of comedies, but this one had me chuckling (and groaning 😊) out loud a few times.

“I was fat, had no sense of style, and probably smelled like Doritos.”

 

If you like awkward main characters, brutally honest gal pals, great pacing and snappy but realistic dialogue, you might enjoy Like & Subscribe by Jay Bell.

 

Check out Jay Bell’s author page here.

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Book CoverRemember that hunky guy on YouTube who caught your eye? The one with the awesome pecs and killer smile? I bet you couldn’t stop watching his videos. Just imagine if you had a chance to meet him and all your fantasies started coming true. There’s only one catch: Between you and your dream guy is his less-than-pleased boyfriend. They say that love conquers all, but can love conquer love?

Like and Subscribe is a new short story by Jay Bell, the author of Something Like Summer.

 

This book is free as of the publication date of this article.