Review and Giveaway: Maddy Christmas Anthology

Blurb:
Santa’s Naughty Elf by Harper Jewel
Playing Santa in the local department store should be an easy way to make a few extra bucks, shouldn’t it? That’s what Brock Daniels, a victim or corporate downsizing, thought when he took the job at Larson’s. Once he finds out a handsome ginger—his one weakness—will be playing Santa’s elf, easy becomes complicated, even if it’s an enjoyable snag.

When Paul Martens discovers who’ll be playing Santa to his elf, déjà vu of an unforgettable night that took place almost two years ago comes crashing down on him.

The attraction between Brock and Paul grows to fevered levels while a runaway teen pulls at both men’s heartstrings. Will they be able to put aside their ardent attraction and channel some holiday magic in order to grant everyone’s Christmas wish, or will their stockings be filled with nothing but coal?

Paint Your Balls by Chris McHart
The lives of the heavenly beings that have a one-day-a-year job can become a bit dull. But when Santa’s reindeer fall ill on Christmas Eve, his life becomes anything but, so he reluctantly turns to the Easter Bunny for help.

Bunny harbors a long-time, secret crush on Santa and decides to take advantage of the request for help by offering an exchange. He wants Santa in his bed. Little does he know, Santa has discreetly lusted after him, but the man in red decides to teach the attractive Bunny a lesson he won’t soon forget.

Who will make the next move, and how will both men play the game? Will they be naughty or nice? In the end, could both men finally get what they desire?

Catching Santa Claus in the Act by Meg Bawden
It’s Christmas Eve and Rowan Wayne has the task of babysitting his nieces. While he’d rather be out partying and having a one night stand with a sexy footballer, his nieces have always come first.

The last thing he expects is a thief entering his brother’s house in the middle of the night. Except the thief claims that he isn’t robbing the house, rather delivering the presents because he’s Santa Claus. Rowan thinks the reasoning is absurd, until he discovers this Santa Claus is the sexy guy from college, Christian Kringle.

Finding it hard to fight his attraction to the handsome Santa, Rowan isn’t sure what to believe. What will he do when he finds out Christian is equally attracted to him?

The Duke of Dickdom’s Desert Sojourn by S.A. Garcia
Porn star Jason Rapier, aka “The Duke of Dickdom,” is suffering a dreadful day. Romantic rejection, deer assault, and career chaos are topped by his Porsche dying in the desert on Christmas Eve. Happily a special present guaranteed to inject the ho-ho-ho back into Jason’s holiday season is a mere service station away.

Review:
This was a fun anthology that had something for everyone. There’s just four stories so it’s on the short side. But I enjoyed the heck out of it!
Overall Stars:
Four
Santa’s Naughty Elf by Harper Jewel
This was such a sweet little story. I loved how Paul and Brock meet. They are so good together. You can feel their emotions as they grow throughout the story. Jeremy was a nice addition to the story. You could tell Brock and Paul truly wanted to help and ensure he was safe and well taken care of. I loved how Brock used his Santa magic and believed things would work out. It had such a wonderful happy ending too. I would love to see more of these characters in the future.
Stars:
Four
The Duke of Dickdom’s Desert Sojourn by S.A. Garcia
Billy is adorable. I loved how sweet he was and how well he treated Jason. Jason was an odd mix of jerk and vulnerable. It made him hard to read and hard to like. But he was clearly at a rough point in his life so he has a bit of leeway. The final scene where Jason plays dress up is the best. Their laughter, bad holiday sex puns and crazy antics really ended the story on a high note. There’s a sweet happy for now at the end of this story. I’d love to see if they make it long term or if it’s just a holiday fling. I enjoyed the writing style and hope to read more by this author.
Stars:
Four
Catching Santa Claus in the Act by Meg Bawden
This story is sweet and a little bit cheeky. I loved Rowan and how he meets his crush Christian in the most unexpected ways. Poor Rowan didn’t believe Christian at first and you could tell it upset Christian. But these two are so perfect for each other. The very last line is absolutely the best in the story.There’s a great happy for now ending and a solid plan for these two to date and get to know each other better. I’d love to read a sequel to see more of them.
Stars:
Four an a half
Paint Your Balls by Chris McHart
I really enjoyed this story. It was cute how all of the holiday mascots were real, but not at all what you expect. Bunny, also known as The Easter Bunny, was so in love with Santa; he was just as enamored with Bunny. The events that brought these two together were kind of silly but well developed and so much fun to read. The ending is a little less than I like, but there’s definite hope for a future.
Stars:
Four

Excerpt:
Paint Your Balls by Chris McHart
“Please, you have to help me! I can’t do all the work alone. It’s not my fault the reindeer have such bad colds. They’ve always played in the snow, how was I supposed to know they were freezing? I’ve had them for years, and they were never sick.”

Bunny listened to Santa’s pleas, not really concerned. It wasn’t his problem the man had sick reindeer. Bunny would need to do his job again in a few months, and he’d have to do the work all alone. He also managed to look after his chickens without them getting sick.

It was stressful enough to deliver presents and Easter eggs to all the kids around the world once a year. He’d be nuts if he’d do it twice, especially when one of these events simply wasn’t his responsibility.

Besides, Santa usually ignored him, not even giving him the time of the day. But now that the man in seductive red velvet needed him, he suddenly showed up. Why should he help him? He didn’t see a reason. It was simple as that.

“Please, I’ll do anything,” Santa tried again as he paced nervously back and forth on the cloud they stood on. They were outside in the sun, close to the reindeer stables and next to the room belonging to one of the Archangels.

About The Authors:
Meg Bawden was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.

Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out, world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!

S.A. Garcia: Thirty-nine years ago, I started writing gay male romance. My writing remained a secret lest my friends thought me a freak. Writing about men inserting tab A into slot B didn’t seem the norm for a suburban female teenager. Reading Gordon Merrick, John Rechy, and Larry Kramer helped me fill in the informational gaps. No wonder I read those books in my bedroom.

As the years progressed, this lesbian still wrote gay male romance, although the stories moved from lurking in notebooks to hiding on the computer. I wrote fantasies, contemporaries, bodice rippers—I chugged along following Diva Faboo, my drunken, ornery muse.

Five published novels, assorted novellas, and spicy short stories have turned my life into a fun quandary of too many stories hindered by my slow typing skills. I accept the challenge and blunder onward into more trauma, drama, and humor. Once I train my wicked men to stop ruining my plots— face it, that will never happen. They refuse to listen!

Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

Harper Jewel lives in northeast New Jersey with her husband and 18-year-old daughter. She has three cats, enjoys reading, and taking trips to Walt Disney World. With her outgoing personality and vivid imagination, she is able to create characters and plots that are believable as well as memorable.

Although she began writing male/female romance/erotica, she has finally found her niche in Gay Romance. She thoroughly enjoys her male characters as they speak to her quite loudly while proving love is love. Being the first M/M author accepted at Lush Publishing is an honor she’s very proud of.

In addition to her writing, she uses her college education and background in English and Language Arts to work as an independent editor. She’s also expanded her skills to include formatting for Smashwords Premium Catalog, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, & All Romance Ebooks.

In September 2015, she created Slippery Fingers Press & Publishing Services and plans to use the company name for self-publishing as well as her editing and formatting jobs.

Author Contact:
Meg Bawden
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/meg.bawden/
Blog:
www.authormegbawden.com

S.A. Garcia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sagarcia/
Twitter: @SAGarcia_Writer
Blog: http://oscarsbruisedpetals.blogspot.com/

Chris McHart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008256641886
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/chrismchart
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chris_mchart
Blog: http://www.chrismchart.com
Facebook Author Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/882598865132498/

Harper Jewel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harper.jewel/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/HarperJewelAuthor/
Twitter: @harperjewel1
Blog: www.harperjewel.com

Where To Buy:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Maddy-Christmas-Meg-Bawden-ebook/dp/B017L5F6MI/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maddy-Christmas-Meg-Bawden-ebook/dp/B017L5F6MI/
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/Maddy-Christmas-Meg-Bawden-ebook/dp/B017L5F6MI/
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Maddy-Christmas-Meg-Bawden-ebook/dp/B017L5F6MI/
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-maddychristmasanthology-1936032-166.html

Tour Stops:
Parker Williams, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, A.M. Leibowitz, Bayou Book Junkie, Havan Fellows, BFD Book Blog, Book Lovers 4Ever, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, My Fiction Nook, Happily Ever Chapter, Jessie G. Books, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, EE Montgomery, Divine Magazine, Bonkers About Books, It’s Raining Men, MM Good Book Reviews, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, The Hat Party, Velvet Panic, Molly Lolly, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings

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