Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Christmas In His Heart by Lee Brazil and Havan Fellows

Christmastime brings joy to hearts everywhere. Between snow angels, festive clothing, holiday decorations, and of course, all the beautiful lights, it’s hard not to partake in the season.

Unless you no longer have Christmas in your heart.

Dermot Alasdair has never shared the horrific memories that keep him from celebrating the happiest time of the year, nor does he ever plan to. He’s fine being alone and shut off from everyone; he has his restaurant and that’s all he needs. He believes that, too…until the craft store next door from his eatery hires a perpetually smiling annoyance. Really, it isn’t normal for someone to be that happy all the time.

Xander Leahman didn’t know what he was getting into when he accepted an invitation to visit his best friend and help her interview people for the newly created position of manager at Craft Time. When a surly man bumps into him and then walks away with an enticing sway to his hips, Xander decides the position—and Dermot—are perfect for him. Now all he can think of is finding ways to get Dermot out of his clothes. Well that, and how to open this grinch’s heart to the Christmas season and, hopefully, love.

This is such a fun joyous holiday read. Dermot is such a grinch, but he has a good reason to be. I love how Xander loves him anyway, even if he loves Christmas the most. There are some great one liners in the book. My favorite is “He’s touching my mug.” I had a great giggle over that one. I really enjoyed watching how Dermot and Xander grew together and their relationship built from acquaintances to lovers. I wanted to thump Dermot for how he broke up with Xander. But I could also tell he was hurting too. The epilogue at the very end was so cute. I loved seeing how Dermot reacted after all of his demons were laid to rest. I hope these two authors (that I love separately) write more together in the future.
Four and a half

Guest Post:
I asked Lee Brazil and Havan Fellows to tell me all about their favorite holiday traditions. Their responses are so much fun. Read and enjoy!
Lee: Hello, and thank you for having us to visit. For those readers who don’t know us, I’m Lee Brazil and this is my best friend and co-author, Havan Fellows.

Havan: *waves* Hello. 🙂 It’s so nice to be here Molly Lolly.

My favorite holiday tradition is hard to pinpoint. When I was a child, my parents had a lot of traditions that we followed year to year. One of my favorites was putting up stockings on Christmas Eve and “Santa” would fill them over night with fruit, candy, and little treats. My SO had very different traditions growing up than we had in my family.

I was really surprised to find that not everyone hangs stockings as anything more than decorations. Our family tradition takes some of his, and some of mine and mixes them all together. This was one I wasn’t willing to give up. I have begged, whined and coerced until my SO adheres to this tradition as well. So every year, I steal a pair of his best socks, stuff the toe with an orange, bury a little wrapped gift or two…pencils, a tie, little things, then fill it all up with chocolate and candy.

He always whines about his socks being wrecked, but I know by the smile on his face that he appreciates the fun of it.

When I was a kiddo my parents used to let us open one gift on Christmas Eve. Over the years we wore them down and one gift became two, three, then four, and so on. Until one year we realized it was close to dawn and all the gifts were open. We were sneaky kiddos…lol. But that started a tradition we carried on to our own children. On Christmas Eve we all collide at sis’s house and open all our gifts while eating, enjoying egg nog and holiday movies – and then on Christmas Day it is for our individual families to spend quality time together…usually playing with the gifts we opened the night before.

It is a good time that we all cherish, and that is the most important thing. 🙂

Wow, just reminiscing with you all is making me wish the days by so that I can enjoy Christmas Eve…but that would be bad since I still have all my shopping to do! On that note…I think we might have to give you hugs and thanks, Molly, for having us here…but I’ve got to get some of these names crossed off my list…lmao.

“Hey! Good morning!”

The cheerful greeting broke through his concentration, and Dermot looked up to see the new manager of the Craft Time craft store sweeping the sidewalk in front of the shop. “Hey,” he muttered sourly. Xander Leahman made his head ache. Just one glance and he wanted to snap at the man to comb his hair, put on a heavier jacket, and for Christ sakes why wasn’t he wearing gloves outside in this weather?

Dermot wasn’t going to stop. He had no plans stop and talk to the smiling man. Xander bubbled more than a bottle of shaken soda water. Dermot didn’t have time for his chatter, and he didn’t have time for the strange, compelling not-quite-nausea he seemed prone to in Xander’s company.

Maybe he was allergic to the man’s cologne, or deodorant, or shampoo. Dermot leaned forward and sniffed surreptitiously, but he couldn’t smell anything other than cinnamon and vanilla. An overwhelming urge to bake overcame him, and he jerked himself upright.

He was an executive chef, not a pastry chef. He didn’t bake, and especially not something as…plebeian as oatmeal raisin cookies, which was what Xander smelled like.

“Excuse me.” He deliberately stepped around Xander, who put out a hand and caught his arm.

“I saw you coming down the street.” Xander set the broom aside and picked up a steaming mug from the windowsill. “It’s not as good as Prudence’s coffee, but I made it fresh this morning.”

Blinking in astonishment, Dermot stared from the mug to the hand on his arm. He could really… “Thanks.” He accepted the mug and inhaled the rich aroma of good coffee, scented with cinnamon and…yeah, vanilla. And he’d thought it was Xander who smelled so good? He didn’t know whether to be relieved or embarrassed. “I needed this. That walk feels longer every day that the temperature drops.” The first sip exploded on his tongue with soothing heat and delicious flavor and he bit back a moan of appreciation.

About The Authors:

Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.

Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.

Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?

Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.

I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.

If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.

If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.

I annoy, love, respect, scare, seduce, hurt, anger, infatuate, frustrate, flatter, envy, amuse and tolerate everyone. I just do it better in writing thanks to a little thing called…edits.

Okay no, seriously…I’m a simpleminded person who enjoys the escape from real life through a book. I write with the group Story Orgy and hope to continue doing so for a long time. I also am privileged to be with the Pulp Friction writers, creating intermingling books in a world all our own. And just like every other red-blooded human—I love hearing from people. So feel free to drop me a line—whether it’s a comment on my blog, an email, a tweet, or you track me down on FaceBook or Google +…it’s easy to catch someone who wants to be caught.

Author Contact:
Lee Brazil’s Facebook Group:
Lee Brazil on Twitter: @LeeBrazil
Havan Fellows on Twitter: @Havanfellows
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One response to “Review, Guest Post and Giveaway: Christmas In His Heart by Lee Brazil and Havan Fellows

  1. Thanks so much for having us over today, and for the wonderful review. I hope there are more books from Lee and me in the future also…lol 🙂


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