Keira Andrews – Definitely the former. I love being home for the holidays as opposed to on a beach.
Joanna Chambers – Definitely the former. We always end up being the hosts in my family, but I don’t mind. My husband tends to take on the brunt of the cooking and I do the organising and clearing up.
Amy Jo Cousins – I’m an in between kind of girl. My immediate family is pretty small, so our celebrations are more intimate than massive. But being together for the holidays is my favorite part of the season. I can’t imagine being away from them at the holidays. I would miss them so much!
Megan Erickson – I do like to celebrate the holidays but I love doing it with close family. A huge crowd is too much!
Suki Fleet – Ah I think I’m probably a bit of both. I do like to be with all the people I love, but a big part of me would also love to escape to a cottage on the Outer Hebrides (little Scottish islands) too.
Kaje Harper – Neither. I dislike the bustle of holiday travel and I’m not much of a getaway-vacation person. Quiet time with family is best, in a small celebration. A Thanksgiving potluck with friends. Easter with a loved ones, watching the kids hunt for eggs. Fourth of July a long, quiet way off from the crowd, watching the fireworks in the distant sky. Christmas especially, singing carols around the newly decorated tree, while my oldest played the piano and my Dad reached for his deep pure tones in “Oh come, Oh come, Emmanuel”.
Anyta Sunday – I like to spend the time with my close family—I’m not into having a huge celebration, rather a quiet evening with my hubby and son, and maybe a close friend or two. Food is, of course, very important, but every year we like to vary up what we have. A couple of years ago, we had an Indonesian flavored Christmas dinner with expat friends of mine. It was delicious. Last year we spent the holidays at my hubby’s childhood home and had all the traditional German feasts. This year, with my baby belly growing, we’ll stay in Berlin and probably cook up a Tofurky and some non-alcoholic mulled wine.
Kanaxa (cover artist) – Escape. Absolutely. I don’t like big gatherings.
Lenore DiTrani (editor) – Both, depending on the mood. We like to spend the holidays with family, but my husband and I always save some extra time for ourselves, be it for a short trip or a staycation.
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…
Edited by Lenore DiTrani
Cover by KaNaXa
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