Homemade for the Holidays Book Cover Homemade for the Holidays
Advent 2019
Sam Burns, Emy Calirel, Daniel de Lorne, Cassie Decker, Jana Denardo, Jayce Ellis, Kim Fielding, Elinor Gray, Crystel Greene, Andrew Grey, Dirk Greyson, Pat Henshaw, Ren Holly, Asta Idonea, Morgan James, Kim Katil, Jon Keys, Tara Lain, Kassandra Lea, L.A. Merrill, R.L. Merrill, Jenn Moffatt, Chrissy Munder, TJ Nichols, A. Nybo, Carol Pedroso, C.S. Poe, Liv Rancourt, E.J. Russell, B.G. Thomas
Holiday MM Romance
Dreamspinner Press
December 1, 2019

Choosing the right gift for that special someone can be the most daunting part of the holidays. In a sea of mass-produced items, why buy when you can DIY? The end-of-the-year festivities are the best time for crafts, whether they’re made from yarn, paper, flour, or even code. And with some love and luck, these special presents might inspire a romance that lasts an evening… or a lifetime. Nothing makes the season merry and bright like a gift handmade from the heart, and to bring smiles to the faces of the ones they care about, these guys are willing to get creative.

Review by Linda Tonis Reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild

These are short Christmas stories filled with love and guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Gifts made by hand and given with love and stories to warm your heart. This is an anthology that has something for everyone and will not disappoint. Each of these stories will be available individually as of 12/1/19 but nothing could be better than to have them all at once in an Anthology.

Piecing Together His Life: Jon Keys: 4****Stars
When Colin’s mother died he was left a quilt she was working on leaving it to him to find someone to finish it. Heading to his cottage in Finger Lakes he runs into a blizzard that sends his car careening into an embankment only he was lucky since the car behind him was an EMT. Mason takes Colin to his home until it is safe to return to his car and then they separate. Colin still searches for someone to finish his mother’s work and the search leads him right back to his rescuer Mason. Mason does incredible quilts only he has no confidence in them and refuses to sell them or exhibit them. He also flatly refuses to finish Colin’s quilt for fear he would not do it justice. As the men spend more time together Colin has to fight to get Mason to see what everyone else sees when they look at his work, that his work is exceptional. It would be the greatest gift if Mason would finish Colin’s quilt but does he.

A Peace Offering: R.L. Merrill: 4****Stars
Dover Billings was wiped out after five weekends at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party working his both selling his handmade acrylic and wood pen sets and other implements. Financially his time was successful but his neighbor was selling corsets and there was constant noise which drove Dover crazy. Landry Malcolm is a successful tailor and costumer who tries to befriend Dover only to get the cold shoulder. Landry is very attracted to Dover but it is a drunken kiss in a men’s bathroom that sets the stage for better times between the two men and a special gift from Landry may just close the deal.

The Music Box: Kassandra Lea: 5*****Stars
This was a beautiful story about taking something loved and lost and giving it a new life. Alvin Griffin and his partner Milo Abernathy love each other and December 6th, St. Nick’s Day is their favorite day of the year. This year Milo has made a very special gift for the man he loves a gift made from an old oak tree. When they bought their home there was an old oak tree which Milo carved their initials in, an oak tree that would not survive a bitter storm. What made the music box so very special was so heart warming and I am sure you will love it as much as I did.

Riding the Hammer: Cassie Decker: 4****Stars
It is Christmas Eve and Eddie Brooks has three weeks before he gets home. Eddie is an over-the-road trucker and this is the first Christmas he won’t be with his family so for the first time in a long time he decides to use his CB and try to connect with someone else who is out on the road. When he finally connects it is with his instructor Colton a man he had a two week fling with and even after ten months is always on his mind. Reconnecting over coffee and a scarf that Eddie had been knitting they both hoped to have a second chance.

A Stitch in Time: Asta Idonea: 5*****Stars
Connor Matthews has decided to take up crocheting and needs help desperately so he takes a class at the local community center. His first day he meets a handsome man named Finn who assumes that Connor is there to take boxing, I am sure you are well aware of what it means when you assume. How could Connor reveal he is there for crocheting to a very manly man? This is a tale of never judging a book by it’s cover and it
also involves scarves.

Santa’s Little Library: Jena Denardo: 5*****Stars
Caleb and Quinn are celebrating their first Christmas together as a married couple and Caleb is racking his brain as to what the perfect gift for his husband should be. It will take a wind storm and a broken tree to make this Christmas one to remember. A beautiful story about love and again a gift from the
heart

The Santa Project: Elinor Gray: 4****Stars
Adam Martinez works at Whitesprings Craft Emporium while he tries to get his writing career off the ground. The only bright spot at work is David Okoye a customer who keeps coming to the store for craft items. David is a school teacher and he makes the holidays as special as he can for his students trying to give them a fun time. The school even hosts The Santa Project a craft fair with letters from children all over with their wishes and The Santa Project tries to fulfill them all. Adam hates Christmas especially since his birthday falls on Christmas Day making his birthday seem unimportant. David asks Adam for help in learning to knit and promises to help Adam learn to love Christmas.

I loved every story and wish you all a very Happy Holiday season and a very happy time reading these wonderful stories filled with love.

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