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The Sparky by Marek Moran Guest Post & Exclusive Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we welcome debut author Marek Moran for a visit today with his upcoming debut release The Sparky, we have a brilliant guest post and a great exclusive excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Sparky

(Perchance to Dream 07)
by

Marek Moran

Aaron’s been living in what his friend Howie calls a sexual desert. But an oasis appears on the horizon when Paul, a divorced electrician with a five-year-old daughter named Sam, moves in next door. He’s a country boy from northern Australia, and although he’s never been with a guy before, he has an impression that anything goes in the city. They find that the ordinary things in life—books, footie in the park, looking after Sam—lead them into an unlikely relationship.

But as their relationship slowly deepens, with Aaron spending time on Paul’s family’s cattle station, it becomes clear that Paul might have a harder time leaving the country behind. To him, happiness means a conventional life—including a mother for Sam. Being with his old friends convinces him he’s on the wrong path with Aaron, and he starts a relationship with a girl from his hometown. If he cannot find the courage to go after what he truly needs, he and Aaron will become nothing more than awkward neighbours.

Release date: 3rd March 2017

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A Christmas for Oscar by Alex Whitehall

Alex Whitehall - A Christmas for Oscar CoverTitle: A Christmas for Oscar

Author: Alex Whitehall

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (46 Pages)

Publisher: NineStar Press (19th December 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Oscar has never liked the holidays and all the surrounding rigmarole, but that doesn’t stop his best friend from dragging him along for her Black Friday shopping spree. The only perk of the day is that he meets Nathan while he’s there.

With sparkling blue eyes, curly blond hair, and a smile that won’t stop, Nathan is a Christmas elf in the flesh. He even spends his days in a workshop! But Nathan is more than his bright smile, and he may be just the right person for Oscar. Assuming, of course, Oscar doesn’t drive him and his holiday spirit away first. 

ISBN: 9781945952326

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/a-christmas-for-oscar/

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Oscar hates the Holidays with a passion and especially hates it more that his best friend has dragged him along with her, so she can shop for her Black Friday sales. With instructions for him to find out if the store there’re in have an item in a smaller size, Oscar looks for a sales assistant, and that’s where he meets the handsome Nathan, dressed in an Elf hat. Talking with him made all the pushing and rude people bearable, if he can continue to look at the beauty in front of him.

Days later, he goes back looking for Nathan and they agreed on lunch together. Their conversation and lunch leads to more dates, and then a relationship. However, this relationship proceeds, Oscar is hiding the reason that he hates the holidays and hopes that it doesn’t scare Nathan away, because he has come to care deeply for Nathan. With Nathan loving the Holidays as they coincide with his work and business, and Oscar being s Scrooge about them.  It all falls apart when Nathan springs a surprise on Oscar, and he thinks that it’s the ultimate betrayal. Will Oscar open up to Nathan on the reason that he hates the Holidays and restore their relationship, before he loses the man that he loves.

This is a beautiful short story and I’m honored to have read this author’s work. He did a wonderful job creating these characters showing just how some people are around the Holiday seasons. People go crazy during the holiday sales, the crowds, and most of all the annoying traffic, where you can never find a decent parking space that are all taken up due to the shoppers.

Letters From Cupid by Ari McKay (2nd Edition)

Ari McKay - Letters From Cupid CoverTitle: Letters From Cupid (2nd Edition)

Author: Ari McKay

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Novella (94 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-455-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/letters-from-c

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Macon hadn’t meant to listen in, but when he heard Derek talk about his breakup, he felt that he should help the man.  Playing cupid, he started with a sweet letter of encouragement and it has taken on pretty well.  He just hadn’t expected for Derek to answer.  

This is a very enjoyable little story about two very sexy guys finding love, with cupid’s hep of course.  I think Ari has given us a pretty good book for this special holiday.  Valentine’s day is not far away so this little story just fit pretty good.  I haven’t read many stories around this day, so it was a nice surprise.  I loved how Macon is so damn shy, but he stepped out of his comfort zone to help another, and got exactly what he needed also.  It is a slow burn romance that ended perfectly.  

Although I do have to say these two and their language was a blast, but I am still not going to read Shakespeare any time soon.  It is a very sweet story and I got a kick out of our cutie pies.  It is a bit cheesy but perfect all in all.  I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to reading many more stories by this amazing author.

The Seventh Flower by Ingela Bohm Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Ingela Bohm popping in today with her upcoming release The Seventh Flower, we have a brilliant guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Seventh Flower

(World of Love 05: Sweden)
by

Ingela Bohm

Christer is too old to believe in fairy tales. He’s not the kind of guy to pick the proverbial seven flowers on Midsummer’s Eve so he can dream of who he will marry, and he certainly isn’t the type to fall for someone he’s just met. Especially not a womanizing blogger named Henrik.

Besides, Christer’s previous marriage didn’t end with a happily ever after. Therefore he has no interest in gifting his heart to someone who lives five hundred miles away and probably isn’t even gay. His family is right: it’s time he grew up and stopped dreaming.

But Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden is a magical night, and Henrik won’t stop flirting. As the midnight sun shines down on the misty woods, maybe there’s room for one last dream.

Release date: 8th February 2017
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Analog to Digital by Posy Roberts Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Analog to Digital

by

Posy Roberts

All Ethan wants for Christmas, and the rest of his life, is Toby.

For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless. 

In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.

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First New Year’s After the Apocalypse by Jessica Payseur (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug

Author: Jessica Payseur

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (49 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 31, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Wade Turner takes a drunk Jaxxon home after work hoping to get laid. What he gets instead is news that the world as they know it is ending—superbugs are sweeping the nation, leaving high death tolls in their wake, and the president has been assassinated. In this new storm of chaos everyone is referring to as the Apocalypse, Wade decides their chances are better if they stick together.

But when Jaxxon’s ex dies in a hurricane and his daughter goes missing, Wade watches the man he loves slip into despair. Desperate to save his relationship, Wade leaves in the middle of the night on a dangerous journey to save Jaxxon’s daughter—a child he’s not sure is even still alive. If he can put this family back together, maybe there will still be something worth celebrating in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-193-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/first-new-years-after-the-apocalypse-by-jessica-payseur-7987-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I first started reading this story, I wasn’t too sure if I was going to even like it a little. Jaxxon is not my idea of a good man let alone boyfriend.  His wife and daughter left for Florida to start over, and Jaxxon just gets drunk. Then a superbug hits and many die around them every single day.  Then the news comes that his wife and her family are dead, and he has no idea where his daughter is.  Wade however is a different matter; he is in love with Jaxxon but can see what is going to happen.  So he leaves in search of Jaxxon’s daughter, and if you want to know the rest you have to read the book.

I can’t say that I liked this book, but it was interesting.  It wasn’t a Christmas story but it does have a happy ending.  When I first started reading it, I was thinking that it was just thrown in because there really isn’t anything celebrating the holiday.  Even the cover was depressing. However the ending was better than I thought it would be.  I just hate to admit that this was not a story for me.

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Ranger Station Haven by S.A. Stovall (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug

Author:  S.A. Stovall

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (42 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 30, 2016)

Heat Level: None

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Federal park ranger Carter Williams dislikes kids almost as much as he dislikes Christmas. He chose his career to escape human contact, not embrace it. And no matter how much his husband Owen tries to sway his opinion, Carter is a grump who would rather ignore the holiday. Owen’s efforts are put on hold, however, when they get a call about six missing foster kids lost in the park.

Christmas Eve takes a turn for the worse when Owen injures himself rescuing the children. Stranded in a snowstorm until dawn, Carter has to keep Owen awake and healthy while simultaneously watching six runaways. What he thinks is a nightmare come to life is actually a beautiful gift in disguise—the kids transform the ranger station into a Christmas wonderland. And before it’s all said and done, they might transform Carter’s heart as well—if he can keep his bah humbug attitude in check. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-192-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ranger-station-haven-by-sa-stovall-7986-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This story is more cute and tender then funny as hell, although it is that also.  Carter and his husband are Federal park rangers.  Whereas his husband is into the holidays and kids, Carter hates them.  That is until this Christmas… and well you have just got to read it.

I was definitely not ready for this one, but damn it was cute.  I especially liked the kids and well you will see.  You cannot really go into detail about these stories without giving them away.  I got a kick out of it and definitely would read it next Christmas.  It is a very quirky and fun story. 

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Analog to Digital by Posy Roberts (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug

Author: Posy Roberts

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (39 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-191-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/analog-to-digital-by-posy-roberts-7985-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Ethan and Toby have been together for quite some time now.  The problem is every time they are asked when they are going to get married, well Toby says never.  Ethan always agrees but deep down, in his heart he wants it.  However it would seem while they are at his family’s home, that Toby might just want something different.  To find out what it is, you must read this story.

It is a really cute little story that will rock your world. I always did love surprises and little twist to my stories.  Posy worked it perfectly and I can say that this was one of my favorite Christmas stories to date.  It just goes to show that sometimes Christmas miracles do happen. 

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Teddy Bears by Brandon Witt (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (47 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Other than working the front desk of a gay bathhouse in Denver, Brian McKay is a bit of a recluse. At the best of times, his social life consists of work, role-playing games at a local toyshop, and making YouTube videos with his Teddy Bear hamsters. The arrival of the holidays—with the annoying music, Christmas shopping, and all the reminders of how he disappointed his father—just reinforces his reclusive nature.

When James Olsen, a gorgeous daddy bear who frequents the bathhouse, notices him, Brian is at a loss. He’s not proud of his own bear status or his struggle with weight. The idea that James has interest in him beyond an easy hookup is more than Brian can fathom. But with a little bit of holiday magic, James might help Brian learn to accept Christmas again—and himself.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-190-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/teddy-bears-by-brandon-witt-7984-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Brian had never had a Christmas he enjoyed until he met the man of his dreams.  James was the man Brian wanted, but never thought he could have.  It looks to me like he just might have received the perfect Christmas present ever.

I have to admit that I was not as happy about all the sex in this story, which is strange.  However I was just looking for something really cheesy I suppose.  I did however really like these characters.  They just came off perfect to me and I would love to read more about them.  This was a very cute little story that was a lot of fun to read.   I love how much humor is in these little stories, and how much story there actually is in them.

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Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Giveaway & Review!

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Holiday Weekend

(Buchanan House 05)
by

Charley Descoteaux

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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Santa for Hire by Asta Idonea (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Asta Idonea

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Humor

Length: Short Story (31 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 27, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Dumped by his ex on Christmas Eve two years ago, Oxford Street department store manager Richard Barrett now hates the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when the store’s usual Santa is too ill to reprise his role and the firm sends cocky but handsome Blaine Ryder to take his place. The attraction between the two is clear, but Blaine is an incorrigible player who reminds Richard of his ex. His idea of a relationship is a quick roll in the hay, and his advances have Richard running for the hills. It might take some special intervention for both of them to realize they can change enough to have a chance at a holiday romance. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-189-9

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press |ARe |Amazon US |Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Have you been naughty or nice, why not come sit on Santa’s lap and let him tell you a story.  Blaine a sexy and quirky actor, playing Santa has the hots for the store manager Richard.  Now let’s see if Richards will sit on Santa’s lap once and for all.

This was a very cute little story that was a lot of fun to read. I love how much humor is in these little stories, and how much story there actually is in them.  I got a kick out of reading this and can guarantee that this will be read many Christmas over.

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Hanukkah Gifts by Jacob Cheyenne Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hanukkah Gifts

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Jacob Cheyenne

Twenty-five year old TV producer Jared Greenfield loves his New York City life—his trendy neighborhood, high-profile job, and window-shopping for high fashion on Fifth Avenue—along with a whole city of available men. But even with all the fun of big city life, he feels a longing for something—or someone—more. Going through the motions takes him uptown on December night, where, on the first night of Hanukkah, he spots a handsome, sweaty, player on the basketball court of the Jewish Community Center. 

Tall, dark, and Orthodox, the young and athletic Shai Goodhart strikes up an easy friendship with Jared, only to discover that Jared has very little appreciation for his own Jewish heritage and religion. Determined to enlighten this “Bad Jew”, Shai invites him over for a family Hanukkah celebration to remember. But Jared’s easy fascination ends when he discovers that Shai has a house full of tangled secrets that threatens their romance before it even begins. Both young men feel they can help one another, but over the eight days of Hanukkah, deeper emotions propel them closer and closer. Can they ever reach across the divide of their shared culture and fall in love?

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Scrooged Over by David Connor (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar Bah Humbug

Author: David Connor

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday, Humor

Length: Novella (95 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 26, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: For dueling radio hosts Deke and Dudley, the battle over Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving. Deke hates the whole season. Dudley is a yuletide overachiever. They put their debate to a vote, inviting audience members to weigh in. The loser must go on a blind date of the winner’s choosing. Dudley decides he wouldn’t mind taking the loss, if his blind date, picked by Deke, turns out to be Deke himself. As Christmas gets closer, not only does that fantasy seem unlikely, but everything that can go wrong for Dudley does, including malfunctioning decorations, rancid cookies, and a lost pile of hundreds of handwritten Christmas cards. Just days before Santa’s arrival, Dudley’s about to throw in the red and green towel and join all the haters. It’ll take a miracle to change his mind….

ISBN: 978-1-63533-188-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/scrooged-over-by-david-connor-7982-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: When I first got this book, I wasn’t really sure about it.  Here you have two guys who have the hots for each other, but they are so different in many ways.  Deke hates the holidays and Dudley loves them.  However it works perfectly with their jobs. You guessed it, Deke plays the grump and Dudley loves the holidays.  However this year there is a bet going on, and the looser has to go on a blind date.  A blind date that the winner picks out.   Wouldn’t be so bad if it was with each other, but you will have to read the story to find out what happens next.

This is a cute and funny little story that will knock your socks off.  I had a blast reading this and wouldn’t mind doing so again.  These two are perfect for each other, however if I was Dudley, I would have kicked Deke’s butt around the corner.  I had a lot of fun reading this and would definitely be checking out the rest of this author’s books out.

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Don’t Let The Light Go Out by L.A. Merrill (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: L.A. Merrill

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (34 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 25, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Ray Fine would like to forget Hanukkah even exists. The holiday holds too many sad memories for the young widower. When he’s paired with new convert Josiah Wilson in a year-long welcoming program at his synagogue, he doesn’t know how he’ll get through eight days of celebration, let alone twelve months of guidance. 

Josiah has enough on his plate—school, conversion, the holiday concert season—without becoming someone’s shoulder to cry on. But when he discovers there’s more to his new synagogue buddy’s sadness than a case of the “Hanukkah Blues,” he sets out to show Ray how much there is to live for.

The first blizzard of the season has other plans, though, and Hanukkah might be a lost cause if Ray and Josiah can’t plow through the snow—and their differences. Determined not to lose Ray to his own darkness, Josiah plans to teach him a lesson about the real Miracle of Light—and love.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-187-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dont-let-the-light-go-out-by-la-merrill-7981-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Ray had lost his partner two years ago and seems to have lost his spirit along the way.  He was told by the Rabi that it was his turn to help a new convert.  It turns out that Josiah might just be the one to help him.

Now I hate to admit that this one didn’t rock for me.  I also hate to admit that anything religious very rarely does for me.  I don’t get into them like I should, however it is a really cute story that will brighten your day.

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How the Supervillain Stole Christmas by Charles Payseur (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

Bah Humbug MMGBR Giveaway gifCharles Payseur - How the Supervillian Stole Christmas CoverTitle: How the Supervillain Stole Christmas

Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Charles Payseur

Genre: Holiday, Science Fiction, Humor

Length: Short Story (30 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 24, 2016)

Heat Level: None

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Rex Devious (Dr. Devious to meddlesome do-gooders everywhere) can go toe-to-toe with superheroes without blinking an eye. So picking out a Christmas present for his new boyfriend should be no problem. After all, he and Sanjay seem perfect for each other. But with a terrible track record for finding gifts that won’t scare his potential partners away, Rex is paralyzed with insecurity. Until, of course, he decides to change tactics. Instead of having to pick out that perfect present, why not just destroy Christmas altogether? If his nemeses (or his conscience) can’t stop him first, he might just become the Supervillain who stole Christmas.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-186-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/how-the-supervillain-stole-christmas-by-charles-payseur-7980-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Rex is a strange character that is one thing I do know.  He has a sexy boyfriend who he wants to impress, but as a supervillain he is about to bark down a road he has not gone down.  If you want the details then you have got to read the story, trust me you will get a good laugh.

At first I wasn’t really sure about this story, but then I took the theme that the authors of this very strange calendar advent and went with it.  It was a quirky story that was an absolute blast to read.  I spent most of the time laughing my ass off.  For such a short story there is definitely a lot more to bite into. 

I got a big kick out of reading it and put it on my all-time Christmas reading list for future holidays. 
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Charles Payseur

“How the Supervillain Stole Christmas” is a tale of superheroes and villains, which has been something of a passion of mine for a long time. I just can’t help being charmed by the tropes of superheroing, and I love how over-the-top it can be, with giant death lasers and earthquake machines and alien menaces. My main disappointment has always been the lack of representation and, when present, how truly awful a lot of main stream superhero works have been about LGBTQ+ portrayals and storylines. So I decided to start writing my own (hopefully) cute stories that feature characters I could identify with and plots that are just as ridiculous as the best stories to come out of the 60s and 70s. In “How the Supervillain Stole Christmas” Rex Devious is a villain with no luck with relationships. Specifically, he sucks at picking out Christmas gifts. There is no quicker way to scare away a romantic partner than getting them something… inappropriate for Christmas. Like a gun that makes plants sentient. Or a Canadian province. Which is a shame, because Rex just got into a relationship he’s desperate not to screw up and Christmas is just around the corner. Which means, of course, that it’s time to stop Christmas from coming, somehow…

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Charles’s Questions!

My question is: Gorillord is a giant, talking gorilla who is also a supervillain (naturally), and he’s mentioned in my latest release, “How the Supervillain Stole Christmas.” In the story we learn that when planning a child’s birthday party, inviting a supervillain as a special guest is rarely a good idea, as Gorillord decides to unionize the household pets into demanding more pets and better food.. But which other of my published stories has featured this ecologically-minded menace? 

(Just leave a comment with the answers on this post)

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