Christmas is coming to Nortown

Have you started reading your holiday stories? I haven’t read any yet but looks what’s up for pre-order, yay!

Christmas has arrived to Nortown, and someone has to be Santa during a Christmas party at Jen’s café. That someone is no other than Zachary Fane from Once in May.

John isn’t thrilled. He might like to go Jen’s from some pre-opening-hours breakfast, but a café packed with people is not his idea of fun. But no matter how much he wished he could stay at home in his safe, peaceful home, he finds himself at Jen’s watching from afar as Zachary plays the part of Santa.

Luckily the party comes to an end, and one after another people are leaving until John and Santa are the only two remaining. Now, for some reason you are supposed to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you wish for, so John does just that…

Honey Baked (Nortown #5.5) will be published on November 30th, but it’s up for pre-order in some of the shops and will appear in others in just a couple of days.

Honey Baked

All John wants is to stay at home in peace and quiet, but when the Santa booked for the town’s Christmas party at Jen’s cafe catches a fever, Zachary decides to take his place. It’s just for a few hours, John should be able to take part in the celebrations like any normal person, but instead, he finds himself hiding in the kitchen, eating loads of the delicious honey baked Brie cheese Jen has made.

Zachary loved the town’s Christmas party as a child, and he wants to spread some holiday cheer both to the kids in Nortown and to John. Being Santa is not as easy as he thought it would be, though. And how he’s gonna be able to lure John out of the kitchen and get him to sit on Santa’s lap, he doesn’t know.


In the mood for some werewolves?

Today, I know what I’ve read, and that’s Lonewolf by J.L Merrow. I’ve read a few Merrow books before, but it was a long time ago now. I’ve liked all of them so why it’s gone so long I don’t know, but it’s been a couple of years, at least, since I read one.

I saw Lonewolf on Amazon on a list over short reads and picked it up. It wasn’t until I went on GR after I’d read it I realised this story has upset several readers. I’ve only read the revised version, but I understand some things have been removed or at least reworded.

Carl is in Stuttgart, and there he hooks up with a guy. It turns bloody, and Carl turns furry LOL. He sees himself as a monster and isolates himself in fear of hurting the people around him.

Years later he’s going back to search for the man who turned him, but he’s coming up empty. He finds something else…or perhaps I should say someone else, though.

I really liked the ending, it left me grinning.

This is just a short little story written to give a background story to one of the characters in Merrow’s Camwolf series. I don’t think you have to have read it to be able to enjoy Lonewolf, though – I haven’t.


Sex with a stranger can be riskier than you know… particularly if that stranger turns out to be a werewolf. A companion to — or appetiser for — my novel Camwolf.

Two years ago a casual encounter in Stuttgart left Carl changed forever. He thought he could handle being a werewolf—until he passed the curse on to his English lover, Nick Sewell.

Now Carl’s come back to Germany to look for answers from the man who made him a monster. But Stefan’s disappeared, and in his place Carl finds Christian, who may have as much to hide as Carl does—or even more.

This is a short story in the same universe as Camwolf, but with different main characters. If you’ve read the novel you may recall that Nick Sewell was turned into a werewolf three years before the start of Camwolf by his then lover, Carl Fisher. This is Carl’s story, and it’s a dark little tale.

Looking for more werewolf books? Check these out.


Slow Burn Friday

I made myself laugh today. I joined on another Instagram challenge, #DiscoverMMRomance – check it out if you’re on Instagram. Today we should post Slow Burn MM. I panicked. I read short fiction, there’s no room for slow burn.

So, I hopped onto Goodreads, naturally, and went the M/M Romance Group and onto their shelves where I looked at the Theme-Slow-Burn-Ust. I spent a good amount of time oh-ing and ah-ing over books forgotten.

But which one to post on Instagram?

The first one I picked was Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan, but then I thought it’s not that long ago I re-read it, and most M/M fans probably know of it already. Then I paused by Nowhere Ranch, but that’s equally known.

Next book I almost picked was Houseboat on the Nile by Tiennan, then Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk, and then Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton came up…

Turns out I’ve read quite a few slow burn stories and that I’ve like most of them…a lot. Check them out here.

In the end, I went with  Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis because when I read it, which is a very long time ago, I loved it. It’s one of those books I don’t dare to re-read because I fear I wouldn’t like it as much now as I did then. If I remember correctly there were tears, coming from me that is.

You have artists, you have misunderstandings, you have the building a life together without them realising they’re building a life together, and then one decision ruins it all. Tears.

This isn’t an unknown book, but perhaps not as known as the others I mentioned above. If you haven’t read it and are one of those people who can stand communication breakdowns, check it out.

7823352 Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.

It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.

Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.