There are lots of things I like about Christmas presents. My best gift is seeing other people open their presents, and that is no word of a lie. But after that, I have received some pretty awesome gifts over the years.
My Kindle was probably my most recent hugely exciting gift. Hubby wrapped the box in a towel and I never suspected. When I opened it I used my finger on the screen thinking it was like my phone… ROFL. It was one of the original Kindles and was replaced by my Paperwhite and my iPad. Still, that first Kindle will always hold a special place in my heart.
When i was around seventeen or so, mum and dad got me the two-sided cassette tape of Vienna/Rage In Eden by Ultravox. I can admit I cried. I wanted those albums SO much…
Books are always a good bet for me at Christmas. Before Kindle, to get a Nora Roberts book, or a Sharon Penman hardback, I was SO happy.
What is the best gift you ever received at Christmas?
Chapter One, an antique book shop, is the last tangible thing Josh and his mom have left of his dad. Nestled in a quiet square a few steps from London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, it is boarded up with whitewashed windows and no new stock. The place is a sad reminder of loss and it has to go, but destroying a business that has been in his family for generations is not a role Josh is looking forward to.
Michael is the owner of Arts Desire, the shop next door. With his rainbow pride mugs and his sunny positive outlook, he is the complete opposite to what Joshua thinks he needs in his life.
But, when Josh and Michael become friends, Josh learns that finding true love starts with making big decisions, and that everyone deserves their own Christmas miracle sometimes.
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Excerpt: “That’s a nice position to be in. So you’re selling the shop?”
Josh pushed away the guilt that threatened to derail this entire conversation and nodded. “I just need to inventory and get some of the books into sales.”
“Is that something you can do?” Michael sounded like he was surprised Josh could do something like that.
Hell, Josh would be surprised if he managed it, as well. Massaging his temples briefly, he put on his glasses again and marvelled, not for the first time, how the world came so sharply into focus.
Dark brown eyes. That was what Michael had. Gorgeous liquid chocolate brown eyes, and up close he could see that his dark hair really was as near to black as Josh had ever seen.
“Hmm… Sorry?” he asked, having completely lost track of the question.
“Do you have experience with books? Is that what you do for a career?”
“Me? No. Well, I used to help my dad when I was younger, but I work in the City. Worked, actually. Up until last summer.”
“That’s admirable, taking time off to look after your family.”
Josh didn’t correct him. He wasn’t going to tell a complete stranger what he’d done. Even if the stranger did have the most beautiful eyes and soft pink lips and had mugs with gay pride slogans on them.
Even if something in Michael’s eyes compelled him to confide it all.
Abruptly he moved, placing the mug in the sink and the sandwich container in the bin. “Thank you, it was nice to meet you.”
“And you,” Michael said. “It was nice to have company.”
Josh fled before he spilt everything in his head. He was back in Chapter One before he said a single word, but the curse he let out in the book shop was loud.
So loud Michael could probably hear it through the walls.
About RJ: RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.