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Review: Welcome Home, Soldier (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: Deanna Wadsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Short Story

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.

Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride.

The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”

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Review: Ghostwriter of Christmas Past (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: TA Moore

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Type: Short Story

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Blurb:  Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.

Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.

It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”

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Review: Dear Ruth (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Type: Short Story

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb:  Dear Ruth,

I’m not in the mood for Christmas. After a romantic relationship went up in flames, I returned to my hometown in rural Kansas. Then my mother passed away. I’m really busy with my job as fire marshal—and now with my mother’s advice column, which I reluctantly took over. There’s a sexy newcomer down the street, a guy with a young daughter and an unfortunate disregard for fire safety. He seems to want to be friends, but that creates problems that may be too hot for me to handle. The last things I need right now are flammable holiday decorations and too much holiday food. How am I supposed to give good advice to others when I can’t seem to get my own life straight?

—Bah Humbug in Bailey Springs

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”

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Review: Peppermint Schnapps Predicament (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: Clare London

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

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Type: Short Story

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Blurb: Frankie Faraday is a promising young salesperson at Mason’s Emporium. Bill Mason is his boss, the son of the store’s founder, and the object of Frankie’s long-suffering, deeply devoted crush. Bill is steady and sober; Frankie is frivolous and flaky. Or so they seem to each other, until the night of the annual inventory, when they’re trapped together in the Seasonal Gifts storeroom, with nothing but candy and peppermint schnapps to sustain them until they’re rescued. And then the real truths—and something definitely more intimate—emerge!

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”

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Review: New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: C.S. Poe

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

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Type: Short Story

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Blurb:  Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

 

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”

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