Day 30 – 30 Days of Christmas

It’s the last day and I have a really special line up for you. First, I have a copy of Christmas Cowboys which is the ENTIRE Christmas Cowboys of Forbes Ranch series, all five stories. Next, I have a copy of Wishing on a Blue Star which features my story In the Light starring my horndog werewolf Weylyn Randall in a serious tale of friendship and loss. Wishing on a Blue Star was edited by my MLR Press editor Kris Jacen and today is Kris’s birthday so she is giving away an ARC of The Dark Angels-Tied Together.  And last but never least is my good friend and favorite lunch companion, Z.A. Maxfield. ZAM, who is also in Wishing on a Blue Star, has two wonderful holiday stories out this Christmas. I did the cover for A Picture Perfect Holiday and I did the video for Secret Light. Both stories are really great reads, but I simply fell in love with Secret Light and the video is the most poignant, beautiful thing I’ve ever done.

So let’s celebrate Kris’s birthday and take a look at all these luscious books!

Christmas Cowboys

Pink Petal Books

Anthology – M/F and M/M erotic holiday romances



Christmas at Forbes Ranch is always special. It’s a place where dreams come true when you wish on the Christmas star and Happily Ever Afters always happen on Christmas Eve. The magic of Christmas weaves itself through five stories of love with five amazing couples. A supermodel cowboy and an older woman bring a twisted version of the Gift of the Magi to life. A former military pilot and a rancher turn a lonely holiday into the promise of a future. A city girl and a former rodeo star realize that they’ve been both been wanting the same thing. A cowgirl and a computer geek put their faith in the power of the Christmas star. And two rodeo cowboys heal a decade old wound with forgiveness and a love that never died. Come to Forbes Ranch this Christmas and experience the joy of a holiday happily ever after.


Wishing on a Blue Star, featuring In the Light, A Five Dark Realms Tale

Dreamspinner Press

Anthology – M/M short stories and dark tales



A Special Project by Dreamspinner Press & ManLoveRomance Press. Edited by Kris Jacen.

How much impact can someone have on your life if you’ve never met them face to face?

In this electronic age of E-mails, electronic publishing, and social networks, quite a lot.

Through his emails, stories and blog, author Patric Michael has touched numerous hearts, minds and lives from the start of his career and further as he now takes us along on his journey to battle cancer.  Along the way, Patric shows us a side of life that not many truly see– how we are all a part of something larger than just ourselves, and how we are each touched by others for the betterment of all.

Now, those that have been touched by Patric and his words have joined together to give something back, to him and to us all through something he values highly – words. In this compilation, gay short stories, poems, and anecdotes combined with excerpts from Patric’s blog and a few entertaining, educational group posts reveal, and celebrate, the man who has touched so many hearts and minds.

This collection, sometimes erotic, sometimes irreverent, and always poignant, is a gift from all our hearts to celebrate Patric and give strength (and a little levity) to others. The price reflects this; no one is receiving royalties or payment from the sales. Use it to celebrate life, celebrate words, and possibly inspire someone who needs it.

The Dark Angels – Tied Together

By Z. Allora, Edited by Kris Jacen

MLR Press (This book is not yet released.)

M/M erotic contemporary romance


As part of the rock sensation, The Dark Angels, Josh and Robin Strider have the fans calling them “The Twins”. Although they’re not blood brothers, growing up together has given them a special bond that was challenged when they were thrown out of their home. Surviving and being saved from life on the streets makes Robin cling to brotherly ties that don’t exist.

One night with friends opens the doors to what Josh has always wanted – Robin’s body and heart. If Josh learns to master Robin’s inner submissive, he’ll be able to give Robin the security he craves. But can rumors from Josh’s father unravel the ties between Robin and Josh or will a collar and love be enough to tie them together?

 Z. Allora has always loved to write. In the last fifteen years, Z. has lived in Singapore, Israel, NY, PA, AZ, CA, and now China. While it is hard to leave family and friends, Z.’s boys follow where ever. WEBSITE

Kris Jacen is the Executive Editor and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints. She was invited to join the MLR staff in 2008 and has never looked back. Working with over thirty-five phenomenal authors such as Rick R. Reed, JP Bowie, James Buchanan, J.L. Langley, Ally Blue, Jet Mykles, William Maltese and has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. Kris also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers including Kimberly Gardner, Lex Valentine, S.J. Frost, Patric Michael and Z. Allora. With this stable of talent under her guidance, Kris is quick to tell anyone who will listen that she loves her job. And her authors are just as quick to say that they love their editor.

A Picture Perfect Holiday

MLR Press

M/M, YA sweet contemporary romance




Photography club president Caleb loves football standout Christian Munez. He knows it’s an old high school chestnut, but if being a cliche is wrong, he doesn’t want to be right. They’ve been in school together since the fifth grade but having brothers on the same soccer team provides Caleb with a great opportunity to get to know Christian better. What he finds out – about Christian’s home life and his future plans – could end his hopes forever. Or they might be the beginning of something wonderful.



Secret Light

Loose Id

M/M, WWII-era historical romance




Rafe Colman likes his life. He has a nice home, a good job, and a wonderful dog. But he’s exhausted by living a lie. When his home is vandalized because of his perceived German ancestry, he can’t even share the irony with friends.

Officer Ben Morgan falls for Rafe’s dog first, but it isn’t long before he’s giving her owner the eye. He thinks they have more in common than the search for Rafe’s vandals, and he’s willing to take a chance and find out.

If life in 1955 is tough on a cop in the closet, it’s even tougher on a refugee who’s desperate to hide his roots and fit in. Rafe knows from tragic experience how vicious prejudice can be. Every second with Ben is stolen, every kiss fraught with danger.

When Ben’s partner threatens to ruin everything, Rafe and Ben have to fight to protect what they have but they’re tired of hiding their secret light.

Z. A. Maxfield is a fifth generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2006 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.” WEBSITE

WOW doesn’t even cover it today. That is an amazing collection of books for the lucky winner. I’m definitely ending this event on a high note. Tomorrow I’ll post a list of all the winners, how many authors participated and how many books were given away. Maybe next year I can top it!

Thank you all for your support throughout the year. I most sincerely appreciate all the fan mail, comments and good wishes on my blogs and on Facebook and Twitter. I would be nowhere without my readers and fans and my very good author, editor and publisher friends. You all make my Christmas – and every day – worthwhile.

Wishing you all the most wonderful holiday ever! Merry Christmas!

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26 Responses to Day 30 – 30 Days of Christmas

  1. eeper says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for a great season and all the wonderful giveaways. 🙂


  2. Emily Tardy says:

    Thank you so much Lex, for this awesome giveaway! I’ve found so many new to me authors here and have had such fun =D

    Merry Christmas
    Emily T

  3. Lex says:

    I will be posting at Castles and Guns on Christmas Day and I’ll be giving away a copy of Christmas Cowboys. So if you don’t win this last day drawing, you have a shot at one of the books over at

  4. Renee' S. says:

    Merry Christmas Eve Lex,
    OMG You Totally out did yourself this one last time for Us. WOW what a way to go out with the last day of your Holiday Giveaway, WooHoo My Veryyyyy Favorite Genre, M/M Books by Fantastic Authors…& Lex, thank you, thank you, thank you for being sooooooo generous to Us, a copy of Christmas Cowboys which is the ENTIRE Christmas Cowboys of Forbes Ranch Series. Also a a copy of “Wishing on a Blue Wishing on a Blue Star”, featuring “In the Light, A Five Dark Realms Tale” edited by Kris Jacen. WOW this is M/M Book Readers Heaven!!!!! & it doesn’t stop there…”The Dark Angels – Tied Together” By Z. Allora,
    “A Picture Perfect Holiday” By Z.A. Maxfield & “Secret Light” By Z.A. Maxfield.
    I would appreicate the opportunity to enter your giveaway in my all time favorite Genre. Thank you!
    Have a Wonderful Christmas,
    Renee’ S.

  5. Susie B. says:


    Thank you for the wonderful blog give aways and the blurbs from all of the wonderful books. I enjoy seeing what your reading and adding to my wish list.

    Have the Merriest of Christmases and the Happiest of New Years. Hugs and Love.

    Good luck everyone!

  6. tiran says:

    I am getting a kindle for Christmas, this would be a great start to filling it up.

  7. elaing8 says:

    These books sounds really good.
    Thanks for the great giveaways.I have found some new authors.
    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!

  8. Tracey D says:

    Thank you for this great giveaway. My must have list is busting at the seams.

    Thanks and have a great holiday.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  9. Cyn says:

    Please!! Love ya all!!

  10. Dani says:

    Thank You Lex!!

    Happy B-Day, Kris!!

    I have a lot of reading to catch up with since I have been back home and these titles/authors on the list look like a great place to start.

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!



  11. Shelly says:

    Goodness this has been an awesome 30 days! I have added so many new authors to my to buy list. Today’s selections look like they will be good reads. Thank you to all of the generous authors. Happy Holidays, everyone. 🙂

  12. Margaret says:

    Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!!!!!!

  13. NJ Nielsen says:

    Lex you are the gretest and I am so happy that I have gotten to know you over the past year. I look forward to more of your excellent work.

  14. That is a fantastic early gift for someone lucky Lex. What a great collection.

  15. Rhonda Wolf says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Happy Birthday Kris!

    Awesome line-up.


  16. Joder says:

    These are an awesome selection of books and I can’t thank you enough for giving them away! Happy Holidays to you and everyone who’s visited throughout the giveaway extravaganza!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  17. Midia says:

    Merry Christmas !!!

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. 🙂


  18. Fedora says:

    Wow–an incredible line-up, Lex! I would love to be included for your Christmas Cowboys, but no need to include me for the others! Thank you again for an incredible month of adding to my TBB and TBR!

  19. Juliana says:

    This is a great group of books! I hope I win! Merry Christmas!

  20. Danielle says:

    Thanks for hosting such a great contest Lex! It’s very much appreciated! 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you & your family and Happy Birthday Kris!

  21. Regina Ross says:

    Great giveaways =) Merry Christmas !!

  22. Joanne Balinski says:

    Thank you so much for having this giveaway for the past 30 days. I have so many new books and authors on my wishlist now. Happy Holidays everyone!


  23. Amber Hall says:

    Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway! They are all amazing books! Happy Holidays!

  24. JoAnna B says:

    Happy Christmas eve!
    What a wondeful giveaway! I have already hopped over and grabbed the free download. Ok I have everything crossed for this one, the whole Christmas Cowboys of Forbes Ranch series. Amazing!
    Thanks for doing this everyday. It has been fun!

    Beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  25. Ute Heikaemper says:

    You know how to celebrate Christmas 🙂

    What a great choice of books.

    I wish you and your families a wonderful christmas

  26. Lindsey E says:

    I will miss coming to see what is new. Even if your book list goes past 30 you should still invite all your friends to participate next year because seeing all the potential reads is too much fun. Thanks and Happy Holidays.
    linze_e at