Day 23: 30 Days of Christmas 2012

The winner of yesterday’s four MM holiday books is Jan! Congratulations!

The lineup for today is really awesome! Some MF steampunk, some vampire yumminess and oh baby, hockey player goodness! And at the end of this post I’ll have some links for freebies by me as well as freebies I enjoyed! Now, here’s what you can win today!

Jami Davenport – Love at First Snow

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Christmas is a time for family–if you have a family.

Four years ago on Christmas Eve, NHL hockey player Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a float plane crash. Every Christmas Eve he mourns his losses by returning to the family vacation home in Friday Harbor, Washington, his family’s destination that fateful night. Only this year he’s also mourning the loss of his hockey career and wondering what’s left to live for. When he finds a kitten starving and half frozen in a foot of snow, he rushes the tiny thing to the local animal hospital.

Still reeling from the unexpected loss of her father on Christmas Eve two years ago, Dr. Sarah Whitney opens the door to her clinic and finds a rough and tough professional athlete holding a minuscule kitten in his big hands. Only a miracle can save the frozen creature and only a miracle can heal the devastating losses suffered by both Sarah and Blake.

But Christmas is the time for healing and miracles if you only believe and give love a chance.

PG Forte – This Winter Heart

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Santa Fe, The Republic of New Texacali, 1870

Eight years ago, Ophelia Leonides’s husband cast her off when he discovered she was not the woman he thought she was. Now destitute after the death of her father, Ophelia is forced to turn to Dario for help raising the child she never told him about.

Dario is furious that Ophelia has returned, and refuses to believe Arthur is his son—after all, he thought his wife was barren. But to avoid gossip, he agrees to let them spend the holidays at his villa. While he cannot resist the desire he still feels for Ophelia, Dario despises himself for being hopelessly in love with a woman who can never love him back.

But Dario is wrong: Ophelia’s emotions are all too human, and she was brokenhearted when he rejected her. Unsure if she can trust the man she desperately loves, she fears for her life, her freedom and her son if anyone else learns of her true nature…

Olivia Waite -Generous Fire

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Everyone at the academy knows Latin instructress Caroline Tisdale for her plain gowns and severe demeanor. Her headmaster, however, is about to unravel a bit of her mystery. Mr. Topper has always been able to balance passion and propriety—but once a student prank brings Miss Tisdale to his attention, his desire begins to chip away at his resolve.

Miss Tisdale has spent years keeping her wayward tendencies firmly in check, despite the temptations posed by the dark-haired headmaster. She clings to her control even as the thought of submitting to him makes her pulse race and her imagination run rampant. But when she agrees to help Mr. Topper test a mysterious new medical device—a machine whose effects are more pleasurable than pharmaceutical—she comes to realize that self-control and sexual satisfaction are not mutually exclusive after all.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom – Holiday with a Vampire 4

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Don’t be afraid to snuggle up with these sexy, immortal heroes. They will weave their way into your fantasies and spice up your cold winter nights.

Bright Star by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Immortal Dylan McCay has vowed to protect the secret origins of his species at all costs—until he meets Savannah, a passionate astronomer on the brink of discovering the elusive Christmas Star….

Halfway to Dawn by Susan Krinard
Amid a supernatural war between the races, can Fiona, captain of the human special forces, and Kane, a compelling fugitive from the vampire army, risk working together to attain peace on earth?

The Gift by Theresa Meyers
All Cullen McCormack wants for Christmas is the missing locket that holds the key to his immortality. But will Angelica, the woman who now flaunts it about her exquisite neck, also claim his vampire heart?

For a chance to win these books comment on this post by midnight Pacific time. Now, here’s some links to my free books!

A Very Cougar Christmas – MF

Nikki Crawford’s Christmas Eve birthday was her worst ever. Turning forty without a single person to celebrate with has Nikki feeling like a loser at life. When UPS delivers a package for Nikki to her sexy younger next door neighbor, she gets a birthday present she never bargained for. Vincent Warfield delivers Nikki’s package and finds her crying. With his protective instincts in overdrive, Vince sets out to convince the shy beauty that she’s not a loser. When Nikki puts her pride on the line and asks Vince to stay, passion explodes between them. Can Vince prove to Nikki that life is wonderful if you just open your heart to the possibilities?

Finding Your Heart I and II – This story has two versions. One is MM. One is MF. It is not two different stories. It is basically the same story of love and loss but one version is for MF readers and one version is for MM readers.

Finding Your Hear I, A Contemporary Romance Happily Ever After

Finding Your Heart II, A Gay Romance Happily Ever After

After the worst Christmas Casey has had in years, the urge to go home overwhelms. Standing in front of the house he grew up in on a bleak New Year’s Eve, he acknowledges that what he once thought of as home is gone. Filled with despair, he sees that his life is a barren wasteland and he has no energy or hope left with which to change it.

When a man exits the rundown house, his long legged stride carries ghosts of the past right into Casey’s present. Never had he imagined that he’d run into the man he’d lost a lifetime before or that the man would own the house that had always been a symbol of home to Casey. But Paul is there and he’s never forgotten the love they shared so briefly. Casey’s New Year’s quest to find reasons for his existence becomes a homecoming he never expected when Paul opens his heart. It’s only then that Casey discovers the answers to life are as simple as finding your heart.

Entangled – MM

Daren has been in love with his best friend Taylor for five years. One rainy night, Taylor turns up soaking wet on Daren’s doorstep with a confession hovering on his lips. The confession changes both their lives.

Christmas Hookup – MF

A hot cowboy, a class reunion on Christmas Eve, a stumble in the parking lot… Elle literally falls into Riley’s hands in the country club parking lot. Sparks ignite and lead to a very hot hookup with a twist at the end! If you love hot erotica, but still want that Gift of the Magi warm, fuzzy feeling, this book is for you!

Holiday Hearts, an Antaeus Family Christmas – MF and MM

It’s Christmas at Sean Antaeus’s house and everyone is there. Siblings, cousins, mates, and even Mistress Christmas with her reindeer and elf! Emily is pregnant and so is Elysia. Holden discovers Garret’s secret fear. Colin and Eden play in the sauna. Declan hides behind the Christmas tree. Sean and Careen try to make a baby. And Marius faces his fears for the future. It’s a holiday filled with laughter and love, hot chocolate and hotter sex, and a little bit of magic from Magia Alfred Stone.

Note: This story is a free companion to the Tales of the Darkworld series and is not a standalone Christmas story. If you have not read any of the books, you may miss out on some excellent in-jokes and references.

Wishing On a Blue Star – MM anthology

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.

Here’s some links to freebies I loved:

The Naughty Ones – Shawn Lane – MM

When I Say When – Tia Fielding – MM

Friends With Benefits – Cat Johnson – MF

A White Cougar Christmas – Eliza Gayle – MF

What He Wants – Eden Cole – MM

Snaring the Huntress – Sylvia Day – MF

You Melted Me – Kari Gregg – MM

Be My Boy – Casey K. Cox – MM

Deliberately Bound – Ava March – MM

Devil’s Night – Meg Winston – MF

There’s lots more but I’ve no more room!

Happy Holidays!

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16 Responses to Day 23: 30 Days of Christmas 2012

  1. Karmella says:

    Oh count me in please. They all sound good : )

  2. Kelly A. says:

    So many new books to read and freebies to tide us over till the holiday bills are paid. Thia has been a good day.

  3. bn100 says:

    They sound good.

  4. flchen1 says:

    Ooh, thank you for the great line-up, Lex! And thanks too for the freebie list! Woot!

  5. Anne says:

    Great to see the Hockey book!

  6. Joanne B says:

    Great selection. Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway and the links to the freebies.

  7. Penumbra says:

    Count me in please 🙂

  8. Yowza, that’s an impressive selection & thanks for the heads up on new Free reads.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  9. Joder says:

    OMG!!!! That’s an awesome selection and since I’ve been a loser up to now, I’m REALLY hoping this is my day! You won me over when you mentioned hockey. I love hockey stories! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  10. Urb says:

    Thanks for introducing me to new books and authors. I always find good stuff here. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  11. Tracey D says:

    These sound great. I am interested in reading more steampunk.

  12. DebraG says:

    Thanks for the great links. I got as many as I wanted.

  13. Trix says:

    Hockey!! Oh, dear God, I feel like Cookie Monster jonesing at the Mrs. Fields factory…I’m *so* deprived thanks to the NHL lockout (can I have Commissioner Bettman’s head on a platter for Christmas? thanks!), and hockey m/m is my favorite subgenre of all. The other books look incredible, too, and I plan to check out the freebies. Bang-up job on ZA Maxfield’s Christmas video, too…just beautiful!

  14. Ilona says:

    Nice collection – too many books added to my wishlist lately thanks to you!

  15. Marie says:

    This all sound good. And thank you for the links, too! Please count me in. Thank you, and happy holidays!

  16. Lindsey E says:

    I will have to check out all these links when I have some time. I have to get some sleep before I am due back at work this afternoon.