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Rainbow Advent Calendar 2018

Hi and welcome to the Rainbow Advent Calendar event 2018.

From the 1st – 24th of December authors of GLBT+ fiction will be opening a door to a selection of festive stories to while away the winter days and get you in the Christmas spirit.  Find stories from your favourite writers and discover some new ones along the way.
A small gift from us to you for all your support in 2018

This page contains the masterpost of links to the authors and their stories as they are revealed throughout the event.
You can also join our Facebook group here to get notifications and spread the festive fun.

I’ve written a short story called When Harry Met Sully which you can download at Bookfunnel – the link is above the cover.

Christmas is the season for making friends..and maybe more

When Harry goes to his local homeless shelter to help with the Christmas decorating, the last thing he expected to find was a sexy Christmas elf.

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12 Days of Giveaways Event

 I’m taking part in this wonderful Christmas event. There’s a little something to read, my post about this festive season, plus a giveaway and a special hot bonus scene I wrote a while ago for Saving Alexander.
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So – what’s your idea Christmas gift? I confess I was looking through a list of the most wanted gift ideas and I was a little taken aback. It’s everything from expensive tequila, to virtual reality glasses, a lot of techno geek gifts like Google Home and even a WonderWoof activity monitor for your pet. I must confess I’m a tech-geek myself so anything like this would do for me.

Of course, all I really want for Christmas are some Amazon Gift vouchers. I ask my family every year for these because I buy a lot of books there, and other bits and bobs as well. Yet every year, I get something else. The family don’t think the provision of gift vouchers is a ‘proper’ gift even it’s what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. This year I got a gorgeous Bluetooth radio for my car so I can play my Google and Amazon music library through my speakers. I love my music so this was a combined Christmas and Birthday present (the 28th December) from my lovely husband.

But why ask me what I want and then when I tell you, you buy something else? Sigh. Either way I’m grateful for what I get, even if it means I then spend my own money on buying books the One-Click way, because I simply can’t resist a good story. Yep, we all have the same problem no doubt. One-Click-Aholics indeed.

Hope you get what you want for Christmas and enjoy a fun filled seasonal time with the ones you love.

You can see the full report of the ‘must have’ gifts at the link below

http://nypost.com/2016/11/27/this-seasons-hottest-holiday-gifts/

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Leave a comment on this post, follow my blog and you’ll be in line to win a book charm, and a set of three e-books of your choice. I’ll ship the charm internationally, so don’t worry.

And here you can read the sizzling hot bonus scene for Saving Alexander

SAVING ALEXANDER BONUS SCENE

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Susan Mac Nicol is a self-confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self-confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…

She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.

In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never-Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Sue is also a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America and a member of their Rainbow chapter as well as a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.

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And why not keep following the blog tour for other great giveaways……http://www.ttcbooksandmore.com

 

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What Christmas Means to Me Blog Hop

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I’m taking part in the Christmas Blog Hop 2016 hosted by Divine Promotions & RAM PA Group

We were asked to write a bit about what Christmas means to us. And share a favourite recipe but as you all probably know, I don’t cook much so don’t have one…

To be honest, in the words of Natalie Imbruglia, I’m a little torn. There’s good and bad aspects and I’m going to tackle them both. Because I’m nothing if not a realist. I love the vibe and hype of the season, shopping for presents for people and seeing all those sparkly lights. I’m not religious so Christmas for me has never been about Jesus or anything remotely biblical. Especially as Jesus wasn’t born in December. But I digress.

Christmas for me is the shiny season. It’s the vibrancy of coloured lights and tinsel. It’s the silky sheen of wrapping paper and the twinkle of baubles on the tree, the smell of spruce, and orange chocolate, and mulled wine. It’s a sensual time when everything meshes together into a festive package of scents and sights that stirs the senses and brings families and friends together.

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It’s a time for kindness, when soup kitchens are manned by volunteers willing to give up their time to contribute to making someone’s else life a little bit happier for a while. It’s a time for smiling when kids open their gifts to see the thing they’ve always wanted right in front of them. It’s also the time you can get your own back on grumpy Aunt Mabel, who insists on giving you socks each year. The dildo you bought for her will go down a treat. She may even find a unique use for it, ‘stirring’ the Yorkshire pudding mix perhaps. *sniggers*

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It’s also the time of a high suicide rate, a plethora of homeless people on the streets, watching with jaundiced eyes as those more fortunate than them strolled past in laughter and merry cheer, while carting presents that would probably have bought a week’s shelter and food for one of these street people. The time for TV adverts of misty eyed children with sad faces, as charities lamented over the fact that for some children, there was no such thing as Christmas. This season is a time of extremes-—one parent buying their kid a Ferrari or a football team, another just managing to scrape together enough money to buy their child a football or a toy truck; of one-upping the Joneses, of making sure things are bigger and better than the other person’s offerings; of corporate companies growing rich and rubbing their hands in glee like Scrooge at the clinking of the money in the coffers. It’s time people abandon their pets because they have better things to do with the money and their time.

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So, like a piece of tinfoil, there’s a dull and shiny side to the season. It’s a pity we can’t find it within ourselves to bring the season of goodwill to all men to people the whole year around instead of just a few short-lived days. That as a species we can’t simply adopt an attitude of love and acceptance to all mankind as we work together to keep this world of ours from spiralling into decay.

Yes, this might depress you, and as blog posts go about Christmas, it’s not all glitter and glamour and I’m not going to apologise for that. Putting on the rose-coloured glasses and ensuring that your own Christmas bubble is untainted with the bad things of Christmas is not cool. In the true spirit of giving, buy a homeless person a cup of coffee. Drag out those old blankets you have in the cupboard, give them a wash and let the people suffering the cold have them. Donate to a deserving charity, like one that teaches people about respecting diversity. Show a starving pet some kindness. You don’t have to give much – just a little. It would mean the world to someone like this.

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http://www.akt.org.uk/2/spg357/albert-kennedy-trust-helping-young-lgbt-people/can-you-help/donating.aspx

https://give.thetrevorproject.org/checkout/donation?eid=63307

www.beingmecampaign.com

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It’s about making a difference to someone else, or something and that, to me, is the true essence of Christmas.

You can come out from under the blankets now. I’m finished with my sermon and the soapbox has been tucked back into the cupboard.

Merry Christmas everyone and may it bring everything you deserve.

Here’s a chance to win a little something for Christmas too.  There’s  a RAFFLECOPTER  and a Grand Prize.

 

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3D fun face Charms Bracelet

18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group

5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions

Dreamspinner Press Vouchers

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray

Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)

Ebook of your choice from Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)

Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena

$15 gift voucher from Susan Mac Nicol

Below you’ll find all the blogs taking part 

 

 🎅🏻 Alpha Book Club – http://alphabookclub.org/2016/12/08/divine-promotions-christmas-blog-hop-2016/

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Divine Magazine Christmas Blog Hop

Short but sweet….I’m taking part in the Divine 12 Days of Christmas soon with these other wonderful authors. We’re going to tell you a little something about Christmas as we know it. Ring in the Festive Season with words of wisdom, tra la la….

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I hope you pop down and see us between 8th and 19th December when we’ll have a multitude of giveaways, guest posts, fun and getting ready to celebrate the big fat guy with the button nose and white beard making an appearance.

In the true spirit of Christmas, I leave you with this. I used to have a really good friend called John who I adored. He unfortunately turned out to be not so adorable for reasons I won’t go into now. Suffice it to say, when we had good times, we used to write horrible things to each other in the spirit of fun. This was one of those fond memories from the year 2000. Yes, a very long time ago indeed.  I wrote him a letter, he replied. I hope you get a chuckle out of it.

 

My letter to Santa aka friend John

Dear Santa

Christmas, to me, is a time for giving, so I have put together a special list of things that I would like you to give me for Christmas.

  1. A 6 foot real Christmas tree complete with decorations and tree angel in your living room upon my arrival.
  2. Snow, snow and more snow. However, it must be kept white and clean and not turn to ugly grey sludge until I wish it away after Christmas.
  3. Plenty of cheerfully wrapped presents chosen especially for me by you, and catering to my rather indulgent needs. I leave this to your imagination.
  4. The best bedroom in the house, complete with fire place and down duvet. A fridge well stocked with goodies would be a optional extra but not absolutely necessary.
  5. A fox fur coat to keep me warm on those cold winter nights.
  6. A squirrel fur hat  to keep my cute little ears warm.
  7. A group of specially chosen  Carol Singers, all of the male variety, chosen for their obvious physical attributes and willing to wear very little in the cold night air as they serenade me outside your front door.
  8. A couple of spare reindeers, complete with sleigh, to take me on a  ride over the snow covered fields, whilst I sip hot mulled wine and cuddle up against one of those carol singers (or two – I am not limiting you in any way. Feel free to improvise!)

I do hope, Santa,  that this is not asking too much and if it is, well, I am sure that you will go out of your way to make me feel welcome. If you feel the need to substitute one item for another, I am sure (again) that you will not stray too much from my original request.

I hope you and Mrs. Santa have a lovely Christmas working your fingers to the bone for those people like me, and that you don’t forget a single item I have asked for, because, you know, I know where you live………….

Yours in Christmas spirit

Sue

 

John’s reply to me…

Dear Sue

Christmas, to me, has always been a time for giving, however, I would find it difficult in meeting every item exactly as you have requested. It is not usual for me to reply to Santa letters but I felt it prudent to reply to yours. I refer to your list in the same order as requested:

  1. A 6 foot real plastic Christmas tree complete with meagre decorations in your living room upon your arrival. Sorry, we’re out of angels already for this Christmas – only got 729483956 left.
  2. Snow, snow and more snow. A strong possibility and as long as you stay inside it won’t turn to ugly grey sludge.
  3. Plenty of cheerfully wrapped empty boxes especially chosen for you to mirror your imagination.
  4. The best bedroom in the house with a well stocked fridge (we will put in a 6”, 9” and 12” for your devilish kinky indulgencies). Sorry, the fire-place is out – you will be in a smoke free zone.
  5. No fox fur coats this year. There has been too much negative media coverage of The Hunt in recent months.
  6. Sorry no squirrels, the little buggers are too quick for me…I’m not as young as I used to be.
  7. I put a copy of your photo on the internet (supplied to me by one, Sir John himself I’ll have you know) and managed to get a group of specially chosen  Carol Singers, all of the male variety, as requested. I had to agree to let them sing in drag this year though.
  8. A couple of spare old dears, complete with most teeth/dentures, to take you on a  ride wherever their breathe would hold out. I agree, you probably will have to get totally pissed on hot mulled wine before you would cuddle up against either the old geezers or the transvestites. Thank you for allowing me to improvise as this was difficult to arrange once I mentioned for whom it was for.

Of course it wasn’t asking too much, you selfish, poor excuse for an intelligent species. With regards to the straying, feel free to take a long walk off a short plank. Mrs. Claus (not Mrs Santa, that’s my first name you dumb blonde) and I will have a lovely Christmas knowing that if you take the walk as suggested this will be our last Christmas plagued by someone such like yourself.

Yours in Christmas spirit

SANTA

  1. I don’t give a shit if you know where I live, I’ll set Mrs Claus on you if you manage to get past my polar bear pets.

 

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See you at the Divine Blog Hop….

 

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Christmas Close Down 2013

Good morning! Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and in the maelstrom that is Christmas shopping and preparations, I hope that you’re all staying safe and keeping tempers cool. I know exactly what it’s like when emotions flare, nerves get on end with the constant stream of cheesy Christmas carols burbling out of those tinny supermarket speaker, and children seem to need a firm hand when they act up in the aisle next to you.

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I’m still job hunting *sigh* after four months of being out of work. I’ve never been unemployed so long in my life, even when I was on maternity leave with my first born. I have been on interviews but a lot of them are waiting until January to make decisions. I am lucky that in the meantime I can focus on my writing, and keep myself busy doing something I love. All my book deadlines have been duly met PRIOR to deadline date ( how wonderful is that!) so there is a silver lining somewhere in that black unemployable cloud.

So I’m trying merrily to keep up that stiff upper lip and see the future in a positive way. I firmly believe that what will be will be and when the right thing happens, it will be all the more rewarding.

I want to say each one of you, stay safe, be happy and enjoy the family and friends over Christmas and New Year. Look back on the year past and take with you the good things you remember. Try and look forward to 2014 with optimism and of course, always learn from the lessons of the past.

I wish everyone of you a wonderful and prosperous 2014. May it bring everything you hope for it.

I’ll be busy managing my new Christmas release ‘Worth Keeping’ which is due out on the 23rd December. If you’d like any details about it, here’s the book trailer

and a pre order link.

http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/worth-keeping

I hope everyone out there is feeling happy and festive, and looking forward to the holidays. These are just a few of my favourite pictures of that time, most of them taken in Austria when we were there plus one my hearth at home filled with Christmas presents.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE !!

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Queer Town Abbey Christmas Blog Hop – Christmas and Family Ties

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The hop runs Dec 8th 12:00 am EST through 13th 11:59 pm EST and there are some fabulous prizes for the big Christmas giveaway!

This is the link to the full blog hop http://queertownabbey.com/qtas-christmas-blog-hop/

All you need to do is answer one simple question, (the answer to which can be found in this blog post) then head on over here
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and leave your details and enter your answer. It’s a rafflecopter giveaway and you’ll see there what you need to do to enter.

The question is- What’s the name of the man Nick Mathers finds washed up on the shore?

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This year I have to confess I’ve been a bit of a Grinch. For some reason I’m not just not into the whole spirit of it like I was before. But then I took a look at some old photos my family and I took when we went to Austria in 2009, to the Weismann Hotel in St Georgen. It was my husband, my son and daughter and my mother. We took a coach trip from the coast at Dover, onto the ferry and into the beautiful country of Austria. It was snowing as you can see from the picture of the hotel. The picture that looks like a gingerbread house was one I took of a house we could see from our hotel room. It was all geared up for Christmas and was absolutely charming. We went to the local Christmas market, drank gluhwein, ate warm muffins and wrapped up warm against the cold. We visited the beautiful Lake District, took a ride on a sleigh drawn by two ponies (no reindeer unfortunately) and simply enjoyed the best this country had to offer. It was one of my most remembered Christmases even if my mum did moan about the lack of decent gin in the hotel 🙂 Our dining room was festive, with a lovely tree in the middle and our hosts were gracious and welcoming.

We were all together, happy and fed, warm and in the Christmas spirit and it made me thankful for my family, the ones who have stuck me through me in thick and thin, supported me in my single minded quest to be a writer and forgiven me when I snarl at them for interrupting me when I’m in the process of having two men make out passionately in a number of places. So I guess that perhaps Christmas spirit is catching and maybe, just maybe, I might start getting it back soon.

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I have a new release coming out in December, date still to be announced. I can’t show you the cover yet as we have a big cover reveal planned, but it’s called ‘Worth Keeping’ and you can find out a little more about it here on my Pinterest board.

Nick Mathers rescues Owen Butler from the Norfolk shore, but Owen’s love brings Nick back from the edge of oblivion.

Abused horrifically when just a boy, Nick Mathers is a tortured soul. He’s mostly come to terms with it, but sometimes it all gets a little much. On those dark days, he tends to think about dying—a lot. Then, one stormy night on the Norfolk coast when he’s about to take the plunge, he finds a body, a beautiful stranger washed up on the beach and near death. Nick takes him home and slowly nurses him back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as that water was cold, his heart as big as the sea. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor and save Nick from himself, for Nick is indeed a man…

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Now we also needed to post our favourite Christmas Cookie recipe…so here’s mine

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Ingredients:
• 225g butter
• 1 cup castor sugar
• 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
• 3 cups plain flour
• 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
• 2 eggs (59g)

Method:
Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, sift in the flour, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. Mix until a smooth dough has formed.
Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until about 5mm thick. Cut out biscuits using Christmas shaped cutters and place on prepared baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Have fun with the icing and get creative!
VOILA!!

These are the other authors participating in the blog hop- why not pay them all a visit?