If you could ask Santa for one thing, what would it be and why? A Basset Hound because I really want a puppy and a Basset Hound is kind like a laid back authors dog. If not a puppy, then a new laptop because my old one isn’t working right anymore – and what’s a writer without a working laptop?
What is your favorite holiday candy? It’s not the holidays in my home until I purchase a ton of boxes of Chocolate covered cherries. It was a special holiday treat when I grew up.
It’s the season of Egg Nog. Do you prefer it with rum, without alcohol or can’t stand the stuff? I freakin love it – I prefer it with Captain Morgan, but I will take the Egg Nog coffee creamer, the Egg Nog ice cream and the McDonalds Egg Nog shake. Sprinkle it with cinnamon and I’m good to go.
What is one of your holiday traditions to do each year? Every Christmas Eve, the first one to wake up and shout ‘Christmas Eve Present!” gets to open one of their gifts that day.
If you could kiss any character under the mistletoe, who would it be? Carol from The Walking Dead. She does something for me!
Holiday cookies are my favorite to bake each year. Do you have a favorite holiday cookie that you enjoy each year? My mother used to make a no bake peanut butter fudge. She passed away at a young age in 1989 and took all her recipes to the grave. I’ve tried to recreate it, but to no avail. Every Christmas I think of that fudge and I would KILL to taste that childhood favorite again.
A small town explodes when secret gay lovers must unite for a church event
Genre = M/M contemporary romance
Publisher = Loose Id Publishing
Available at Publisher
An old secret. A new secret. A surprising secret. A dirty secret.
Coming to terms with his sexuality, Pete Stubbs has found his ‘Mr. Wonderful’ and wants to celebrate his happiness by coming out. Yet admitting he is gay to his family is taking a bit more courage than he originally thought, especially when his mother stuns him with her unexpected homophobic hatred. He starts to wonder if his coming out will be more selfish than freeing.
Out and proud Asher Gilford is tired of always being the ‘throw away boy’ in past hush-hush liaisons. He feels he deserves to be loved by a man who is not ashamed to be with him. Though his current lover reassures him ‘a little more time is needed’ before they can go public, Asher is beginning to fear he is becoming someone’s ‘dirty little secret’ and vows it will not happen to him again.
When a church sponsors Pete and Asher for a charity event, it becomes the catalyst for a series of startling secrets to explode within the community. In his silent confusion, Pete watches life crumble and realizes that by remaining in the closet, he could lose his nephew, his best friend and most important, Asher.
Pete’s thoughts drifted, and he became uncomfortably warm. Yes, it was an honor to represent the church in the cowboy games, but to do it with Asher Gilford? Did he really want to chance an association between them, no matter how benign? The two of them together in public could draw too many questions he did not want to think about, let alone answer.
Brother Billy thumped Pete’s back, “We are pleased both young men agreed.”
“Peter hasn’t signed the contract yet.” His mother sipped at her coffee. “And I doubt he’s going to now. Too much of his valuable time will be spent in training a novice, and as for Mr. Gilford? My son has a reputation to think about.”
“Sister Stubbs.” Brother Billy frowned, his manner noticeably more formal in tone and gesture. “The events require teamwork, and all the participants who enter the games take the time to train together, regardless if they grew up with the skills or not. And as far as Asher is concerned, he’s a virtuous congregational member of good moral standing.”
“And you can’t get any more of a straight moral compass than Pete and Asher.” Agnes leaned back in her chair. “Oh, they’ll make a wonderful pair, those two.”
Pete winced, wishing Sister Agnes had kept her opinion to herself.
“Agnes Klotz! Don’t you understand?” his mother shot through pursed lips. “Asher Gilford is an outright, unrepentant homosexual.”
“Judge not lest ye be judged, Sister Stubbs.” The quiet comment flowed from Brother Billy’s lips.
At Brother Billy’s words, his mother simmered down and regained her composure. “I’m not judging here. I’m full of love and compassion and concern for the church.”
“Hey, you.” Lucy nudged Pete with her elbow. “You’re being awful quiet about this. How do you feel?”
Pete jumped and sought out the cell phone in his pocket.
Brother Billy rose from his chair. “Yes, what do you have to say? Are we still in agreement that you’ll represent the church for the cowboy games, even with Asher Gilford?”
Pete hesitated. He loathed being in positions like this. Yes, he wanted to be a part of the team. Yes, he waffled at the thought of being with Asher in public. Yes, it bothered him that his mother was expecting him to do what she believed was right. But what was right for Peter Stubbs?