Release Date: December 5, 2014
One thing I miss living in New Zealand is a winter Christmas. Down here, December is the first month of summer. The days are lengthening, the temperature is rising, and it's time to dust off the barbeque. As much as I'm adapting to all of that, I miss being able to put my Christmas lights on early to appreciate them. I love Christmas lights and decorating the tree.
To get the best of both worlds for my book "The Magic of Christmas" I've actually set it in mid-September. At this time of year down on the South Island there would still be snow, skiers, and sledding. Having a mid-winter Christmas, where there is a tree and full dinner done in June, is also growing in popularity.
Despite the summer sun, at least we hope we get a sunny day, a lot of people still hold out for the full blown turkey or a glazed ham dinner, with all the usual accompaniments. This year I'm opting for ham, with some baby potatoes made into a salad, as well as a watermelon and feta cheese salad. For dessert, pavlova decorated with strawberries and blueberries I'll have picked myself. YUM!!
I don't want to give too much away about my book, but I enjoyed focusing on the magical elements of Christmas as you might guess from the title. My main characters have loved each other for years, but naturally-shy Jared has never had the courage to speak out, and although Casey appears to be a natural extrovert, behind the gregarious mask, there hides an insecure and needy Casey.
All that changes and Casey is forced to find his inner courage when Jared mysteriously vanishes after going to get more firewood for the cabin. In his search for Jared, Casey discovers that something very dark has entered our world. He gets help from some very familiar characters, but in very unfamiliar ways.
On a friends' getaway in a winter wonderland, Jared and Casey discover real Christmas magic.
Jared joins his four best friends on an early Christmas holiday in a beautiful winter wonderland. He's been in love with the talented and extroverted Casey for years, but lacked the courage to say anything.
Casey loves Jared, but despite his gregarious exterior, inside lurks someone shy and insecure and so he's never spoken up.
Both men are about to experience real Christmas magic.
The sounds of his friends chatter and laughter made him smile, and there was a steady stream of visitors into the kitchen area as he prepared the fondue. He loved to cook, so he was more than happy to do this for them.
He snuck a quick look over at Casey. His friend was wearing a T-shirt, and boxers, and Jared's cock reacted. He quickly looked away. Sarah and Amber were in flannel pyjamas, and Chase wore just pyjama bottoms. He glanced down at his sweat shorts. They didn't leave much to the imagination if his dick misbehaved. His T-shirt wasn't long enough to hide a give-away erection.
They didn't need to wear anything more. The cabin was gloriously warm, and Casey kept the real fire burning merrily away. Jared looked over at the wood pile and pursed his lips. The supply was running low, so he'd need to get some from the pile at the back of the cabin in the morning before starting breakfast.
His gaze shifted to the merrily-twinkling tree standing next to the fire. That had been Amber and Sarah's idea. Since Casey never seemed to be home at Christmas, and they knew he never bothered for just himself, they'd decided to make sure that even though it was mid-September, they would have their own Christmas while in the cabin. It was a very sweet idea.
He tasted the fondue, and grinned widely. Perfect. Pouring it into his serving bowl, he carried it through to the table to an impromptu fanfare from his friends. Laughing he headed back to the kitchen to collect the basket of bread, and the bottle of wine.
"Right." Jared picked up a fondue fork, and waved it like a conductor's baton. "You all know the drill, grab yourself some bread, and dig in. There's salad if you want. Just yell out."
He sat down, and caught Casey's eye. Something made him cock his head quizzically. "What?"
"Nothing." Casey shook his head. "You're just…amazing. This is incredible. I'd pile on so much weight if we— Well, I'd pile on the weight. Thank you."
"You're welcome." Jared stared at Casey for a moment, but his friend just smiled and began to dig into the fondue with abandonment. Jared speared his own piece of bread, and dipped it in the fondue. He'd been so sure Casey had been about to say something else.
Living in clean, green New Zealand, Pelaam is a best-selling, multi-published author of gay romance and erotic books. When not busy writing she can be found indulging in her other passions of cookery and wine appreciation.
Pelaam’s book "Breath of the Feathered Serpent" is a finalist for the 2014 Rainbow Awards in Gay futuristic/sci-fi .“Bedazzled” and “Firebird” were a combined finalist for the Rainbow Awards in Gay futuristic/sci-fi 2013.
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