Day 24 – 30 Days of Christmas

This is the last day of my gay rom week although I will have gay rom for you on Christmas Eve too.  The book from my backlist is my first gay rom cowboy holiday story Christmas Catch. It’s just a hot little holiday tale perfect for warming you up quickly. Joining me today are my fellow MLR Press authors. MLR Press has been totally in the holiday spirit this year with lots of holiday releases. Their authors really know the spirit of giving. I have books for you from Kimberly Gardner, Barry Brennessel and AJ Rose. Here’s some info on the books and authors.

Christmas Catch

Christmas Cowboys Series #3

Pink Petal Books

M/M, Erotic Contemporary Holiday Story



Mitchell Caulfield’s soul is as wounded as his body once was. The former Air Force pilot, forced to retire after being shot down over Afghanistan suffers from PTSD. Working as a bodyguard to supermodel Riley Forbes, Mitch accompanies the model and his wife home to the ranch for Christmas. There he meets Riley’s cousin Grayson, a former rodeo star who now runs Forbes Ranch. Can the magic of Christmas bring two men from diverse backgrounds together? And will they open their hearts to the possibility of love?


Slave Master’s Choice

Loose Id

M/M fantasy romance



When Alejandro finds himself captured and taken into slavery in the hostile kingdom of Inemor, his first priority is getting free and going home. The last
thing he expects is to become His Majesty’s favorite plaything. But between his natural penchant for the touch of a man–a thing forbidden in his homeland–
and the sensual attentions of the charismatic slave master, he discovers captivity is far more liberating than freedom.

Once a pleasure slave himself, Kedmund is now master of the king’s elite cadre of playmates, a post which grants him sexual access to any slave at any time.
But no man has ever touched his heart until Alejandro. Though he fights his attraction to the beautiful slaveboy, he finds himself continually drawn in,
risking more with each encounter until desire becomes his greatest nemesis.

But when murder is done and Alejandro is accused, the ultimate question of loyalty or love threatens both their lives and all that matters is the Slave
Master’s Choice.

Kimberly Gardner has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. As early as the seventh grade, she was slashing her favorite rockstars for her own and her friends’ enjoyment. Around that same time she began a lifelong love affair with the romance genre, devouring category romances as fast as she could smuggle them into the house and past her mother’s watchful eye. So it’s not all that surprising that her two passions, romance and putting pretty boys with other pretty boys, should ultimately come together in her writing.

Kimberly’s fourth novel, Slave Master’s Choice, was published in November 2011 by Loose-ID. She is currently hard at work on her fourth novel, the third book in the Phoenix Rising series, a gay contemporary with the working title Consent To Pleasure which will be available in 2012.

Moliere says, “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, then for a few close friends, then for money.”

Kimberly is delighted at long last to be doing it for money. WEBSITE


MLR Press

M/M contemporary romance



Film student Micah Malone learns the hard way that when life sucks, you can’t just yell “Cut! Let’s do another take!”

His grades are a box-office bomb. His friends create more drama than a soap opera. And his love life needs a laughtrack. While there’s no script to dictate what happens next, can Micah find the direction he needs? Life, after all, is no film school project. But it is great source material. The only source material.

Let the cameras roll. Micah’s quirky story has begun filming.

When Barry Brennessel’s first collection of stories was read aloud by his second grade teacher, the author hid in the bathroom. As the years flew by, he wrote more, hid less (not really), and branched out to Super 8 films and cassette tape recorders. Barry’s audience—consisting solely of friends and family—were both amused and bemused.

Since those childhood days, Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Tinseltown is Barry’s first novel. His second novel The Sulphur Cure is forthcoming from L&L Dreamspell. Reunion, a collection of linked stories, is forthcoming from Lethe Press. His novella The Price of Silence recently debuted.

His work has appeared in SNReview, Perspectives, Time Pilot, Liquid Ohio, Nocturnal Lyric, Midnight Times, Gival Press’s ArLiJo, Polari Journal, and the Dreamspell Nightmares (I & II) and Dreamspell Revenge (I & II) anthologies from L&L Dreamspell. His stories, novels and teleplays have won awards, including a 2008 Pushcart Prize nomination; 3rd Place in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) literary contest and finalist status in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 PNWA contests; 3rd Place in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and finalist status in the Winter 2010 WILDSound Screenplay competition.

When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy. (Mmm…cheese!) WEBSITE

In Remembrance of Us

MLR Press

M/M contemporary romance



When epic friendship turns into epic romance, there’s no possible outcome besides Happily Ever After, right?

Tom Foster hopes so, but he can’t answer that. A traumatic brain injury during a mugging wiped out his memory. His love for Ryan Guthrie, the man he’s learned he’s married to, is strong and true, but as each memory returns, Tom discovers much discontent. Can they build a new foundation to stand on, or will epic be the word that describes their marital failure?

It began with a Halloween themed short story assignment from his second grade teacher, and from then on, AJ Rose fell head over heels in love with writing. Even an active social life through school, learning to play the piano in a passable imitation of proficient, and a daring move to New York City from the Midwest couldn’t stop him from telling tall tales about imaginary people. College experiences changed his perspective to romance and passion, and his propensity to slash favorite TV characters brought him to where he is today. But don’t be surprised if the occasional ghost still pops up in his stories. WEBSITE

And I thought  yesterday had some hot books! Yowza! Today looks amazing too! For a chance to win these books, leave a comment on this post by midnight Pacific time tonight. Happy Christmas!

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18 Responses to Day 24 – 30 Days of Christmas

  1. Lindsey E says:

    Happy Holiday and another good selection of books.
    linze_e at

  2. Renee' S says:

    Hello Lex,

    I hate to see Gay Rom Week Go 🙁 but what a way to end the last day, WOW what a selection of Authors to have with you, FANTASTIC!!!!!! I would very much appreciate to be entered into your contest.

    Take Care & Happy Holidays,
    Renee’ S.

  3. Sarah S says:

    What a great selection – Tinsel Town is a great book

    Sarah S


  4. Juliana says:

    Sounds like a good group of books! Count me in!

  5. Wow Lex today’s picks are quite eclectic and look to be great reads. I can see them on a TBR pile easily. Thanks again for the contest.

  6. Anne says:

    Former military man and cowboy heroes, yeah!

  7. Amber Hall says:

    Thanks so much! Awesome books!

  8. Joder says:

    Today’s books DO look good! Thanks for the awesome selection!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Joanne Balinski says:

    Great book choices again. Thanks for the giveaway.


  10. Midia says:

    Count me in.

  11. Marissa says:

    I would love to be entered for this. Please add me as well. Happy Holidays!

  12. Marin says:

    Oh, please pick me those are my favorite authors!
    *puppy dog eyes*

    Can I convince you with virtual cookies? 😉

    Since I’m a bit late for the celebration, I have a question when the winner will be announced?

    • Lex says:

      I haven’t been announcing the winners daily, but I will announce the whole list of winners on Christmas Day. Daily winners will be notified by email within 24 hours of the close of that day’s drawing (midnight Pacific time the following night.)

  13. Tracey D says:

    Thank you, Lex for the holiday celebration. I have many books on my must have list.

  14. JoAnna B says:

    Santa’s back may break under the weight of all the new books I’m adding to my wishlist.

    beckerjo at verizion dot net

  15. Rain says:

    Cool, count me in. 🙂

  16. eeper says:

    Hey, first comment! I almost never get that. I’d love to win any of these books. 🙂