Authors: Keira Andrews, Joanna Chambers, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Suki Fleet, Kaje Harper, Anyta Sunday
Edited by Lenore DiTrani
Cover by KaNaXa
Genre: Holiday, New Adult, Contemporary
Length: approx. 100k words
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Amazon Kindle: Wish Come True
BLURB: First love. Young love. Holiday love...
Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!
A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?
Mr Perfect's Christmas by Joanna Chambers
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?
The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins
When a twink who's finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it's going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.
That Thing by Megan Erickson
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.
Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.
Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.
Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.
Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.
Not Your Grandfather's Magic by Kaje Harper
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.
Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?
Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.
Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…
Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.
What do you love about holiday stories?
Keira Andrews - I love it when an author captures the twinkling magic and emotional warmth of the holidays. Since I love the holidays so much, I like to wallow in holiday romances in December like a pig in poop. I'm a sucker for holiday stories that are sweet and sexy and leave me with a smile on my face
Joanna Chambers - It's the same thing I love about romance : happy endings, hope for the future. The glow from the cottage window set against the great bleakness of winter. It's a metaphor for everything that makes us what we are. A storyteller can set huge questions against that background.
Amy Jo Cousins - I love that we give ourselves permission at the holiday to be sentimental. To access that smushy, soft, emotional core. To take care of each other or let ourselves be taken care of. And I love that the holidays are all about family coming together, especially if your family is one you've made out of friends. It's the absolutely best.
Megan Erickson - I think holiday stories are fun because the really good ones capture the spirit of the season, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Hanukah or New Year’s.
Suki Fleet - I'm always looking for a bit of hurt/comfort, not too much hurt, but enough to make the feel-good, um, feel good, I guess.
Kaje Harper - The focus in holiday stories tends to be family, compassion, and hope. We may not always live that way in real life, as we rush around stores, and obsess over doing everything right, and cope with relatives, and worry about money, but these stories with their sweet endings give us a taste of what the holidays should be. I'm a romantic and an optimist. The affirmation of love and family and caring I find in holiday stories floats my boat. My favorite M/M rereads include Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton, Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane, and Comfort and Joy by Jim Grimsley.
Anyta Sunday - I’ve read heaps of Christmas stories and the reason they are such great reads for me is that they are fun. Romantic, light, happy, and full of a special kind of magic. I love the Secret Santa mystery romances and the Christmas Carols—I love stories that spark a happy, satisfied smile that keeps me warm during the winter.
Kanaxa (cover artist) – It seems the rhythm comes down a bit, and stories feel slower and more peaceful.
Lenore DiTrani (editor) - Their feel-good quality. How heart-warming and uplifting they can be. I'm a romantic at heart, I guess?
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