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Where's the Snow, Snow, Snow?

With Michigan's unseasonably warm and dry weather it seems as if everyone except us has snow this year. But that's okay, we can join the authors of Winter Warmers this week on our Toe-Tingling, Finger-unFrosting, Neck-Nuzzling, Sofa-Snuggling Blog Tour to find our Holiday Spirit!

Each day, one of us will chat about the why and how of our warming, heartfelt, romantic and amusing stories. Feel free to chat with any of us about your thoughts for the season – especially if you have equally good ideas to keep warm. And your comment will also enter you into a draw on Monday Dec 17 to win a FREE COPY.

Clare London started us out on Monday, Josephine Myles carried us through to Tuesday, and Lou Harper put us over the hump on Wednesday with an explaination of just what is a cockle, much less how to warm one. Stop by their blogs and say hello, then be sure to visit with J.L. Merrow on Friday.


It's December 13th, and as I look out my window there is not a single snowflake to be seen. The yard is still a vibrant shade of green and the squirrels are happily streaking through grass that needs a mow instead of bounding over drifts and sliding on the icy deck in search of the sunflower seeds our cat insists we put out for them. Is this really Michigan? Looks like we'll have to drive north to the 45th Parallel, that halfway point between the equator and the North Pole, if we want to have a white Christmas.

You might think we'd be glad not to have to deal with all the fluffy white stuff, wouldn't you? But without it, there's little call for Chez Munder to pull out our collection of wild and woolly knitwear and head to the nearest toboggan run. That's a shame as in my contribution to the anthology, Butterscotch Kisses, both Adam's occupation and assortment of character hats were inspired by some of our family's real life snow adventures. I had a lot of fun sharing our winter fun (and favorite warming drink) with Adam and Matthew, and it's no surprise to us the two of them ended up together. You try resisting a man in a moose-head hat.

(Psssst. I'll tell you a secret - it's all in the horns!)

It's a tradition to find a new hat each year and we are looking for our latest addition. So what design do you think would top a moose, a sock monkey, a lizard, and a Pikachu when it comes to headgear? Leave me a comment and share a link to the winter hat you think we should buy for 2012!


- a seasonal anthology

Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you...

Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.

One thing's for sure—it's going to be a red-hot Christmas!

Available here on Amazon UK, Amazon US, and All Romance Ebooks.

Lucky Dip by Clare London

Andy Jackson always knew that class 2C’s help in preparing for the annual Christmas Fair would be a mixed blessing. Then he’s paired up on the Lucky Dip with Greg, the man who dumped him but now can’t keep away, the pupils are either lecturing him on his lovelife or losing bladder control, and no one’s fixed the broken handle on the storage room. It may all be one whoopee cushion too far for him.

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder

Matthew Morrison is determined to conquer his fear of heights and achieve a winning outcome. At least, that's what the best-selling, self-help book he's listening to promises. Being stuck on a three-story tower in the middle of a snowstorm wasn't part of the plan. With no St. Bernard in sight, it's Cute Ticket Guy Adam to the rescue, and an outcome Matthew never anticipated.

Wintertide by Lou Harper

May meets December when Jem and Oscar chance on each other at the Santa Monica Pier, only weeks before Christmas. The two men are separated by age, social status, and their taste in candy, yet if they are both naughty and nice, they might just find holiday cheer together.

When in Amsterdam... by Josephine Myles

Brandon is on his first visit to new boyfriend Jos's home country, just in time for their Sinterklaas celebrations. But an unexpected detour into a sex shop leads Brandon to new discoveries about himself, and a whole new dynamic to their relationship. The weather may be cold and damp, but Brandon and Jos soon heat things up!

A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow

What's the best gift a young man could get for Christmas? Mohawked saxophonist Liam wouldn't have picked the hideous collection of knitwear he's presented with by his mum and his aunties. He'd rather have the gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King's Cross. But with a little Christmas magic in the air, maybe those garish garments are just the thing for attracting a silver fox...


mistletoeStop by my Holiday Page for more heart-warming Holiday Stories!


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 13th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh what a fabulous use of those baubles, to follow us on our merry way :).

I think this year *I* had snow before you! Bizarre.

I can't compete with headgear, but I do have a pair of outrageous reindeer slippers, does that count? Not that you can walk in them, but it's good to sit in front of the TV with your toes all toasty :).
Dec. 13th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Outrageous reindeer slippers *always* count. *g*
Dec. 13th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Knit hat
What about a cute penguin knit hat?


Your story sounds quite interesting being trapped in a 3 story tower during a snowstorm. I'm freezing just thinking about it.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com
Dec. 13th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Knit hat
Nice! and made out of New Zealand wool too. :) Thanks!
Dec. 13th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
A wool beret with a soft silk,lining looks good on every and anything! They come in a rainbow of colors to suit every skin or furtone. Super stylish, seasonal, sexy!
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Always stylish and sexy! Thanks.
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
I think you need to knit a fornicating deer hat. How could anyone not want one of these? http://www.sheetar.com/2009/02/25/naughty-deer/

(Don't count me in for the giveaway. I bought a copy of Winter Warmers last year, and loved it!)
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Hats
Oh my. LOL. We would be the hit on the toboggan run with that one! Hmmm, maybe that will be my winter project this year.

So glad you enjoyed the anthology!
Dec. 14th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
How 'bout this one? It even has mittens! Thanks, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

Dec. 14th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Keeping us warm and festive. Thanks.
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Awh, the little tiger and penguin are so cute! Thanks.
Tara Wojton
Dec. 14th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Gotta love those funny hats! I think the strangest I ever went with hats was a base ball cap/santa hat. Though one year I did put jingle bells into my hair and liked it so much I kept one in all year long!
Dec. 14th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
What fun! I like the jingle bell idea. :)
Dec. 14th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
There's a foot of snow on the ground here that you could have...
Dec. 15th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
I heard! I heard! And then immediately thought of you. Was it really 15-16" in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Area? We were just waiting for it to come over the lake, but pfffft - nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Kinda creepy for December 14th.
Dec. 15th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
There were some places that did have that much snow, but really, a foot was MORE than enough.
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
A Panda!!! I've seen an ADORABLE panda hat at a store near me called Sidecca. Their online store sucks but I found the exact one I've seen in stores on amazon. So cuute!!

Dec. 15th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, the panda hats are so cute! We may have this year's hat!! Thanks
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