Budget Book Rec: Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance by Leta Blake!

I loved this holiday second chance romance! It had just the right amount of pining, and enough heat to make Christmas warm and toasty! I grabbed my copy when it was on sale for $0.99, but it might not be that price when you read this. If it’s not, I highly recommend perusing Blake’s catalog for another budget book & following to get notice of her next sale!

If Second-Chance Romance isn’t for you, you still might like this book—it’s full of tropey goodness! Here’s what I mean, from the blurb:

 

Mr. Frosty Pants is a Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends-to-lovers, second chances, and romantically steamy scenes.

 

Whoa, that’s a lot for one story! And the thing is, none of those tropes felt rushed or cast-aside in favor of another. This is a full novel, but even so, not all novels I’ve read have been so well-balanced.

You might have heard me going on about a trope I don’t like, Rich Hero Saves Poor Hero, a.k.a. Money Solves Everything. Mr. Frosty Pants looked like it might have that—one hero is rich & the other is working-class—but Blake left me feeling as though the men were on equal footing and had both “saved” the other in an important way.

Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance is showing as part of the Home for the Holidays series. Hopefully we can look forward to more lovely standalone holiday Romances from Leta Blake!

Find Leta Blake’s Amazon Author page here.

 

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Mr. Frosty Pants: A Gay Christmas Romance

Frosty former friends get a steamy second chance in this Christmas gay romance!

Can true love warm his frozen heart?

When Casey Stevens went away to college four years ago, he ghosted on his straight best friend, Joel Vreeland. He hoped time and distance would lessen the unrequited affection he felt, but all it did was make him miss Joel more. Home for the holidays, Casey hopes they might find a way to be friends again. But Joel’s frosty reception reminds Casey of just how hard he had to fight to be Joel’s friend in the first place. It’s going to take a Christmas miracle to get past that cool façade again.

Joel isn’t as straight as Casey believes, and his years of pining for Casey have left him hurting and alone, caring for his abusive father and struggling to get by. Unable to trust anyone except his rescue dog—and with no reason to believe Casey is interested in him for more than a holiday fling—Joel’s icy heart might shatter before it can thaw.

Can Casey and Joel’s love overcome mistrust, parental rejection, class differences, and four long years apart? Mr. Frosty Pants is a stand-alone, Christmas gay romance by Leta Blake featuring a virgin hero, childhood friends-to-lovers, second chance romance, and steamy mm first times.

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A “horrible” snippet…

Hello snippetteers & Happy New Year!

I’m snipping from Nesting Habits again this week. The snip is a little long because I couldn’t find a cool one that was shorter. Maybe next week I’ll search earlier, instead of after work when I’m hungry!

Last week Lee invited Phil to see his band play. You can read that snip here. This one is after the show on their way to grab some coffee.

 

They walked side by side. Phil wanted to watch every muscle and memorize the way they moved but already felt out of his depth, so he kept his eyes forward. Mostly. They rounded the building, and Lee gently bumped his arm against Phil’s shoulder.

“So, what’d you think of the music?”

Phil shivered with the effort to keep from laughing out loud. “It was horrible.”

Lee made a loud questioning sound and turned to walk sideways beside Phil. “You’d better be smiling when you say that.”

“Oh, I w-was.”

“It was pretty horrible, wasn’t it?” Lee sounded so proud.

“You’re a rock star. But yeah, h-horrible.”

 

 

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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A distracted snippet…

Hi all! Hope you had a great week last week–whether you celebrated a holiday, had some extra time off, or didn’t do anything special at all!

I’m snipping from my new [re-] release this week, Nesting Habits. It’s taken me about six months to get it back out into the world after getting my rights back from the previous publisher (that shall not be named but you know who it is). That seemed like a VERY long time, but also as though it was only a moment ago that I was a hybrid author. Being 100% indie has been challenging to say the least! I’m hoping it gets easier. 2020 will be a make-or-break year for my “writing career,” at least in MM Romance, so we’ll see what happens.

This snip is in Chapter One & starts with a note Lee leaves for Phil the 2nd time they meet.

Hey Phil,

Thanks for letting me see your pictures. You’re an amazing photographer.

My band’s playing Sunday night. It’s not as amazing as pictures of a hummingbird using spiderwebs to build a nest, but I hope you’ll come to Backspace around 8 anyway. I’ll leave your name at the door so you won’t have a cover.

See you!

Lee Redding

Phil tried to remember if Lee said what kind of band he played in, but he’d been too distracted by the way his T-shirt stretched across his shoulders and the skin peeking through holes in the knees of his jeans.

 

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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Release Day: Nesting Habits!

It’s release day! Nesting Habits is now available on Amazon & for the first time you can read free on KU! If you’re in the mood for angst & some heat, you might like this story.

 

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

Saturday. He should be finishing cleanup on his apartment. It comprised half of the basement, and the water had invaded enough to soak the rugs and just about everything within four inches of the floor. Instead, he was stretched out on his stomach in the damp grass behind his tripod, staring through his Canon EOS 5D Mark III with the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III telephoto zoom lens. A hummingbird zipped back and forth across the yard on a different trajectory each time, gathering materials for her nest, and Phil shot her construction work. He didn’t have to lie in the grass—the bird probably wouldn’t have cared if he walked around searching for a better angle—but he wanted to see how far away he could get and still freeze her wings. It wouldn’t be easy, but he had the time.

She zipped away and over the fence seconds before he heard someone coming up behind him. Jerry would have called first, but Phil’s pocket hadn’t vibrated. His chest tightened, and he knew he should start employing strategies to avoid a full-on panic attack, but then two things happened at once.

Lee’s voice said, “Hey, Phil,” and a jeans-clad bottom dropped onto the grass beside his head. “What’re you up to? Or maybe I should ask what you’re doing down here.”

He turned his head just enough to see Lee’s knee peeking through a hole in his jeans, and then he dropped his face into the crook of his elbow. After a few slow deep breaths, he lifted his head, and Lee was still there. Phil looked up farther, and there was that smile again, making him sweat.

“Geez, did I mess up your shot? Sorry about that. I don’t see what you’re shooting, though.”

Steady; breathe; rehearse. “It’s o-okay. Sh-she’ll come back. Lee.”

“Who? It’s an animal, right? Not some girl next door, right?” Lee laughed, but it wasn’t the same one he used before. He wasn’t breathing through it.

Phil rose onto his elbows and turned on the view screen. He felt Lee’s eyes on his fingers as he scrolled back to a shot worthy of sharing. Close enough, anyway.

“Her.”

He pointed at the screen, and before he could move out of the way, Lee stretched out beside him and zeroed in on the screen. Phil gasped when Lee leaned so their shoulders and upper arms touched. He was busy processing the sensation of having someone touch him casually—even through the fabric of his shirt, he was reduced to staving off the hyperventilation he feared was inevitable—so he missed what Lee was saying. Lee was close, so close, but his voice was far away.

“Hey, Phil? You okay?”

Lee moved away, just far enough so their bodies weren’t touching anymore.

Phil nodded but couldn’t make himself turn to look at Lee.

“Your pictures, they’re amazing.” Lee said, his voice calm and steady and filled with sincere awe. “What’s this in her beak?”

Lee carefully scrolled forward, and Phil realized Lee had thumbed through all the pictures from that morning and some from last evening as well. He’d been out of it longer than he thought.

“It’s a spiderweb. Hummingbirds use them to build their nests.”

Two sentences. Phil couldn’t remember when he’d last gotten two sentences out just the way he’d intended. He smiled and raised his eyes to Lee’s. They seemed to mirror what he was feeling. Relief; happiness; desire. The next thing he knew, Lee’s lips brushed his lightly. Phil trembled but didn’t pull away. Pride in his perfect speech along with the giddy feeling inspired by Lee’s smile allowed Phil to give in to desire, just for a moment, to take a chance it would end well. Lee leaned toward him, but not so their shoulders touched, and kissed him just a few seconds longer. He kept his mouth almost completely closed, but Phil tasted a hint of hot chocolate. Or maybe the heat came from Lee.

“Whoa,” Lee sighed as much as said.

For a moment they just breathed. Lee sounded like he’d just run up the stairs. He crossed his arms on the grass and rested his cheek on them. His arm strained the sleeve of his T-shirt. That smile was back.

 

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This book was previously released as The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds; content has not been significantly altered.

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Another non-holiday snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! I’m still holiday-ed out, so I’m snipping from the same story as last week. Now that it’s available again, I can tell you it’s “Better Than New.” It’s a short tie-in to my limited-release novel Nesting Habits. Loosely. Theo has a walk-on part in Nesting Habits but “Better Than New” is all his.

This picks up immediately from where last week’s left off. The first dialogue is Ben’s.

 

“No worries there. I don’t care what you did that you think was so stupid—I mean, it won’t change the way I feel about you, not that I don’t care. Besides, if you told me your stupidest moment, I’d have to tell you mine. And I don’t want to.”

“Now I’m curious. Forget to carry the one on a math test?”

 

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Better Than New

Theo, 20 year old community college student, is between two lives—his adulthood in which he’s lacking a firm career direction, and the childhood in which he wasn’t yet an amputee.

On his own in Portland, Oregon, in the past year he’s found friends, a home in the LGBT activism community, and a coffeehouse, The Broken Cup. He may have also found the man who can help him come to terms with one life so he can fully enjoy the other.

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Flash Sale! Two Paranormals for Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th! I’ve always thought Friday the 13th was a lucky day (it is Friday, after all! ;)) & today readers are the ones getting lucky!

If you’re in the UK and like witches and action alongside your MM Romance, you might like The Pinch of the Game! Click the pic above to go right to Amazon UK!

I have two flash sales going–today only!–and the other is across all Amazon marketplaces.

If you’re looking for something different and don’t mind a little sex magic and mystery in your Romance, you might like The Visionary!

Colin Page, eighteen-year-old community college student, apple polisher, and all-around goody-goody, has a secret. He sees things that aren’t there. Unfortunately, the Doc Martens on the floor of the mail vestibule in his apartment building really are there and attached to a dead body. Hunkered over the body is someone Colin had barely noticed before, Private Investigator Al Green. Most people scare Colin, but for some reason, Al doesn’t, even after he reveals that he knows about the hidden reality of their world.

Alonzo Green, despite his low-power mind, is determined to help right the wrongs he unknowingly contributed to. He’s also hopelessly smitten. He knows it’s wrong—probably even dangerous—to enlist Colin’s help with the investigation. And that’s before considering all Al has to fear from Colin’s fiercely protective and powerful mother.

Colin and Al put some of the pieces together, but as soon as one thing becomes clear, the picture changes. The search for the Big Bad takes them from Portland to Tacoma and Seattle, and eventually to San Francisco, but their journey into each other’s arms is much shorter.

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Trigger Warnings: on-page violence & dubcon.

 

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A non-holiday snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! I’m about holiday-ed out already, so no Christmas story this weekend. Maybe by next week I’ll be back in the holiday spirit–it comes & goes! 😀

This snip is from the tie-in to my limited-release novel Nesting Habits. I don’t think it needs much intro.

 

“Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Tell the other person the worst thing you’ve ever done so you both know if they—” I realized what I was about to say and clamped my mouth shut. I think my whole body must’ve been blushing.

“Love you, even though you’re not perfect?” He ran his hand down my arm. When he reached my hand, he pulled it against his chest. His heart beat hard and fast.

 

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Another #NaNo snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo I hope you’re meeting whatever goals you set for yourself. I set my personal goal at 25K & am happy to say I’m at about 33K over two WIPs! The first one is even completely drafted!

This snip is from my current WIP which is at 27K right now. I’m hoping to get it to 35-40 by the end of the year. I’m putting it on my calendar to release in the summer of 2020. It’s a second-chance MM Romance and if all goes as planned will be the first book in a new series.

This snip is first draft material so please squint while you read so you won’t hurt your eyes. 🙂

 

“It’s not your fault. And we do need to clear the air. Because I’m having a harder and harder time staying away from you.”

“Me too. I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like…” Quin slowly leaned forward and touched his lips to Jeremy’s. Only once and softly, just to see how it would feel, and it felt exactly as he would have expected—exactly as he had dreamed it would to have Jeremy back.

 

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I’m starting to plan the next book and am curious about what trope[s] you’re currently loving. Drop your favorite trope[s] in the comments!

 

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Flash Sale! Two Contemporary Novellas for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US! To everyone else, happy free fiction day! 😀

My budget book rec is a day late this week & there’s a good reason for that! Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29 only, two of my MM Romance Novellas are free! Buchanan House and Holiday Weekend~only on Amazon!

 

Holiday Weekend can be enjoyed as a standalone novella and features two holiday dinners, angst and a few awww moments, and some familiar faces for series readers.

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

 

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If you’ve been curious about my USA Today Must-Read Romance Buchanan House, now is the perfect time to give it a try!

Eric Allen and his bestie buy a neglected hotel on the scenic Oregon coast to fulfill their middle-school dreams of co-owning a B&B. The building is in decent shape but in order to turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams, it’s going to need work.

Tim Tate is a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents, and a body that could grace the pages of a fitness magazine. When he and Eric meet, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Despite the intense attraction, both men are hesitant to fully out themselves by acting on it. But when they give in, it’s obvious that they’ve found something special—and not only in bed.

Before Eric can be free to love the gorgeous handyman they have to make it through the July4th grand opening. With rain that won’t stop and a meddling brother intent on wreaking havoc, can the holiday still go off with a bang?

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A holiday snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet! I’m tempted to share from one of my NaNo WIPs, but they both take place in the summer and it’s the holidays! Since I’m feeling the holiday spirit today, I’ll share a few lines from Holiday Weekend instead.

This is from Ryan’s POV. It’s Christmas Eve and a group from the Elliott Foundation House is spending the holiday at Buchanan House. Ryan and Glenn are there as volunteers. Ryan gave Glenn his Christmas gift a little early. The first dialogue is Glenn’s.

 

“If I get cold, I’ll just get closer to you. That’ll warm me up.” His smile stretched into a grin, and he held out his left hand. I let him help me up, but not before I took a good long look at the bracelet on his wrist. Perfect.

We went downstairs to find the tree mostly decorated but not finished. Almost everyone had red and swollen eyes, so maybe it didn’t matter that Glenn and I looked emotional.

 

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Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Four

This novella can be read as a standalone and contains minimal spoilers for the rest of the series.

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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