A big welcome and thanks to author Meg Harding for stopping by today to help us celebrate our blogiversary. Meg’s sharing an exclusive excerpt from her holiday novella, Cursed Miracles, A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug”, as well as as offering a great giveaway to one lucky reader, so be sure to check out those details below.
About the Book
Two hundred years ago on Christmas Eve, William Mashinter was frozen in time, cursed by his wife to roam the world on his own, waiting for the love of his life to find him. The love of his life, whom she killed. Time hasn’t healed this wound, and William is tired of the happy holiday and the constant reminders of a love that’s been taken from him. But then the impossible happens, and maybe… maybe he can get a new Christmas perspective.
Brady Gallagher has lived three different lives, always aware of the first and most important, yet unable to find the man who will fill in the missing pieces and let him know he’s not crazy. He encounters him at a work event, of all places, but is he willing to throw everything else to the wind and embrace the miracle laid out before him?
He collapses on a bench in the garden, staring blankly at the fountain in the center of the small clearing he’s seated in. It’s a bulbous fish with water pouring from its mouth into the pond beneath. He’s far enough into the garden that the lights from the house are distant, and so is the noise. He takes in an icy breath, his chest expanding.
He’s not surprised when Brady joins him.
Brady kisses him, not nearly as deep and lengthy as William would like. They can’t do that here. “Merry Christmas,” Brady whispers. He’s hot against William, stirring warmth inside of him and chasing away the chill.
William nuzzles the side of Brady’s face, confident no one can see them over the high hedges and this far out. “Merry Christmas.”
Neither of them sound very merry, but they haven’t in over a year.
William ducks his head against Brady’s shoulder. “Run away with me,” he says, and it’s not pleading this time. Like all the other times. He’s completely serious—now or never. “I can’t live like this anymore. We’ll tell everyone we’re going on a hunting trip, and we’ll disappear. We’ll go north. Live in the country.”
Brady curls an arm around his waist. And for the first time, he says, “Let’s do it.”
About the Author
Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin University. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
About the Books
A Carlisles novel
Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.
James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.
A Carlisles novel
Jackson Carlisle has rotten luck with men and women, and after an especially bad situation, he takes a step back from romance. But with a two-week family reunion in Hawaii looming, his mom is determined to set him up with one of the sweet singles she knows would be perfect for him. A normal person would tell her no and be done with it. Instead, Jackson tells her he has a boyfriend. The only problem? He doesn’t.
Aaron Wilkes is an escort. He’s a little surprised when a friend’s girlfriend hires him to date her brother, but he’s had stranger jobs. Jackson is cute, and he thinks a fling with Aaron might be just the kind of no-strings-attached fun he needs to get over his dry spell. As they explore the islands together, their carefully laid plans begin to get away from them. Feelings aren’t supposed to come into play, but that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, you can’t fall in love in two weeks….