Helena Stone is here to tell us about her Christmas Surprises!
Thank you Lynn Michaels for inviting me to your blog and allowing me to tell you and your followers about my two new Christmas stories. Yes, you read that right: two! Let me tell you how that happened.
Writing a Christmas story was the last thing on my mind this November. After all, I’d written one this summer, submitted it to Dreamspinner Press and, much to my delight, had it accepted for the 2018 Advent Calendar. So, as far as I was concerned, that was Christmas done and dusted—thank you very much.
But, my muse being a temperamental creature, decided to show me another idea when I was about ten days into NaNoWriMo writing a completely different story. I know better than to ignore or annoy my muse, so I interrupted writing story #1 and dove, head first, into what would eventually be a 16k long Young Adult, Christmas, coming out tale.
And that’s why I’m here promoting not one, but two Christmas releases. I’ll start with the surprise story: A Miracle in the Library since that has been available for over two weeks by now.
Seventeen-year-old Mitch McCann has been trying to dodge his bullies for eighteen months. He isn’t out, but that hasn’t stopped the popular gang at school from tormenting him for being gay. Three weeks before Christmas, in a desperate attempt to shake his pursuers, Mitch flees into the abandoned community hall, only to discover the building is far from empty; inside he finds a fully stocked library as well as Mr. Nichols, the very welcoming librarian.
The library turns into Mitch’s refuge of choice, where he can read books that answer his endless questions, without fear of encountering abuse. His peace of mind is shattered when nineteen-year-old Cian Leavy enters his sanctuary. Cian is the boy who made Mitch realize he’s gay, and he’s more attractive now than he was eighteen months ago, when Mitch literally ran into him.
Will Cian unwittingly disrupt Mitch’s life again? Or has the scene been set for a miracle in the library?
My second story, Too Hot for Santa, is, as I mentioned, part of the DSP Advent Calendar. As such, I have no clear idea when exactly it will go out to those who subscribed to the whole anthology, but, I can tell you all about the book.
Jonah Walsh’s fledgling acting career in Dublin comes to an abrupt end when a video of him in a compromising position goes viral on social media. The offer of a part in a Christmas play in Sydney, Australia arrives at exactly the right time, although he isn’t sure about celebrating Christmas in the scorching heat. Nick Claseman isn’t happy that the actor he and his sister have hired will be occupying his granny flat. As for Jonah’s enthusiasm for Christmas, Nick doesn’t get it. He hasn’t decorated or celebrated in years.
When Jonah turns out to be anything but a stuck-up starlet with delusions of grandeur, and Nick proves he’s not usually grumpy and borderline hostile, the two men gravitate toward each other. Their attraction morphs into something more when Jonah reacquaints Nick with the pleasures of Christmas and Nick shows Jonah the beauty of Australia. But Jonah is only Down Under for a few months. It would take a Christmas miracle for them to have a future together.
At the time of writing this post, Too Hot for Christmas is only available on the Dreamspinner site. But, keep an eye out for social media posts from me. I’ll share the various other links as soon as they are available.
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realization that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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Don’t forget the giveaway….
For a signed paperback of Cupid’s Christmas Arrow, a $10 Amazon gift card, & an eBook of Frostbite Christmas to one winner!