“All Snug” — A Review from Jessewave

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Presented here, a review of “All Snug” from the classic old MM website “Jessewave.” Not sure exactly what happned with them, and I am represnting here in case they take the site down. Hope you enjoy! I didn for the most part! *wink*

Title: All Snug
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (75 PDF pages)
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Original review can be found by Clicking Right Here.

A guest review by Lily

Review Summary

A sweet, fun story about two men wanting to buy the same present for their boyfriend. A friendly competition ensues with a lot more than an antique bed at stakes at the end.

BLURB

This title is part of the 2010 Advent Calendar: Naughty or Nice

Elliot and Shawn each want to buy the same one-of-a-kind item for Christmas—a very old and expensive antique bed—as a gift for their lovers. But when they both arrive at the store at the same moment, the proprietor tells them to figure out between themselves who gets the bed. Elliot and Shawn decide to hold a contest: winner buys bed.

And so the competitions begin, from selling charity tickets to cleaning out stables, and interpersonal tension and burgeoning attraction mount as the days until Christmas pass. But who deserves the gift more: Elliot, who can afford the expensive gift for his casual sex partner, or Shawn, who can barely cover rent, and the mysterious man he’s head-over-heels for?

REVIEW

Elliot and Shawn first meet when they arrive at the same time to buy a special Christmas present. Elliot is a successful businessman with money to spare who wants to surprise his sexy boyfriend with the antique bed he covets while Shawn, who is struggling to make ends meet, is also determined to buy the bed for his lover. When the shopkeeper says they have to figure out between them who’s going to buy the bed they decide to turn it into a competition and may the best man, and his boyfriend, win.

This is the first story I’ve read by B.G. Thomas and for the most part it was an easy, entertaining read. The storyline is reminiscent of one of my favorite holiday stories,”Gift of the Magi”, which is what first drew me to reading it. All Snug is told through Elliot’s point of view so he is the better developed character but enough insight was given into Shawn, through Elliot’s thoughts and impressions of him, that both men come across as likable and engaging. They are very different in terms of life experience and careers but they “fit” together well.

The competitions between the men were fun and entertaining to read and I liked that despite it being a contest there were no negative feelings involved. It was more of a lighthearted adventure as they look to divest someone of their girdle, sell some tickets and do a scavenger hunt of sorts based on the Labors of Heracles.

Even with the predictability of the storyline, it’s quite easy to figure out how the story will go from the very beginning, I was really enjoying it until the end. At this point one of my pet peeves occurred, and while it may not bother everyone, it did take away some of my enjoyment. Elliot and Shawn know each other just a handful of days so there is a bit of insta-love in the book but that really wasn’t the problem for me. What bothered me was that despite each being in a relationship with someone else for most of the story when they first have sex they do not use a condom, in fact it’s not mentioned at all. I actually went back and reread a few pages thinking I’d missed it somehow but no, it just was never talked about at all. This felt really wrong and out of character for both men.A wo

Despite that I did enjoy the story. The writing is solid, the characters engaging and the sex scene, aside from the lack of condom use, was well written and hot. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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A Word From the Author: A Word From the AuthorAnd now for a breif comment about comdoms. And I would love to here reader comments here! Am I responsible for having my chaacters use condoms or have safe sex? Some people say yes, other people say no. Me? Well obvioulsy from this story, my stance is “No.” Why?

Don’t most people read romance, MM or otherwise, for escape? To fall in love again? To be a part of the magick of falling in love? For laughter and feel good and happily ever after? We all know these stories aren’t real, right? As much as we want them to be and as much as we fall in love with the characters?

Well in my fantasies, we don’t have to wear condoms. I usually do find a way to explain why my characters don’t use always use them–usually the fact that they are virgins or know they are negative. I did learn in the writing of this story that many people want safe sex at least mentioned.

But for me it is as simple as this. Safe sex sucks. It really is like wearing a raincoat in the shower ladies, it cuts WAY bak on the sensation (for both partners), it ruins the mood and there is nothing sexy about safe sex. So in a fantasy world, I like to pretend they aren’t needed. Yes, now I address the issue far more often. But I do not beleive it is my duty to always have my characters performs safe sex. I am not responsible for two people being driven crazy with lust because they read this story and decided to have un-safe sex.

Un-safe sex is for fantasy. Safe sex is for reality! Always!

I welcome thoughts!

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My Christmas Stories Are Now Available!

I am very excited to announce that All Snug and Christmas Wish are now available for purchase! HURRAY!

I am so very, very proud of these stories. I hope you will love them!

You can find both stories by Clicking Right Here. They are only $3.99 a piece! Cheap at twice the price.

Here is a brief description of both stories:

All Snug

Elliot and Shawn each want to buy the same one-of-a-kind item for Christmas—a very old and expensive antique bed—as a gift for their lovers. But when they both arrive at the store at the same moment, the proprietor tells them to figure out between themselves who gets the bed. Elliot and Shawn decide to hold a contest: winner buys bed.

And so the competitions begin, from selling charity tickets to cleaning out stables, and interpersonal tension and burgeoning attraction mount as the days until Christmas pass. But who deserves the gift more: Elliot, who can afford the expensive gift for his casual sex partner, or Shawn, who can barely cover rent, and the mysterious man he’s head-over-heels for?

What makes me especially happy about this story is that Raymond came up with the original idea… Two guys wanting the same item for Christmas and the very ending. I had to figure it all out! *grin* It took forever to get started—I write my ideas—but when I did?—I wrote it in twenty-four hours. And it is a novella! I just had to write it once Raymond took an interest in what I was doing. I dedicated the story to him of course.

Christmas Wish

Harry is desperately unhappy with his life. He hates his job, his apartment, and most especially, he hates the way he looks. Despite this, once Harry hears that his fantasy man, Javier Torres, is playing Santa at the local gay bar, he can’t wait to get his picture taken sitting on Javier’s lap in hopes of finally catching the sexy man’s attention. But it all goes wrong, and Harry ends up telling a different “Santa” exactly how his life could be made better… but he doesn’t expect his Christmas wish to come true!

If you click on either title it should take you right to the title for sale; otherwise Just Click Here.

I hope you will find these stories to be filled with love, laughter, delight, and a moral for this Holiday Season!

More Cover Art!

I have my second cover! And yes, I am pretty excited about it too!

As well?

Hmmmm…

They sent me three covers for this story as well, and they and I liked this one best.

I love it.

Again, it is not exactly correct, but what cover is?

It is SO damned close and it sets the stage and hopefully makes you want to see what it is about. The two men are dressed completely different and appropriately and that is just right!

I am very happy. Are other authors as lucky as me? I hope so.

But I have heard horror stories, I can tell you.

Now I wonder what they will do with Desert Crossing? I am hoping to get a chance to start doing some of my own covers… Trying to get permission to at least have a shot at that in the future.

Got some edits back on Valentine’s Ball (and I still hate the name of that story…) and waiting for more.

Got some more insight on my vampire story and don’t have a CLUE what to call it! While transcribing it from the handwriting at work to my computer, I decided I wanted it a little bet scarier. Watched 30 Days of Night to chill me up (no pun intended) and it worked. I am going to love this one and I hope you will too.

More later!
BG

This Week In My Life

So I have finished second edits on both All Snug and Christmas Wish and I am very very happy with them.

LOTS of work, but I learnlearnlearn, and that is important.

Yesterday I finished my first draft of a story I am tentatively calling Valentine’s Ball (hate that title with its too porn implications). It is a sweet story, very romantic, and I hope it is well received. Sent it to my betas and hope to hear back soon so I can submit it.

Today I am working on my vampire apocalypse love story. Yup! All three in one story! These are nasty scary vampires, not rockstar-long-haired-googly-loving-eyed-sissy-boi-vampires. Nasty nasty nasty…

How can that bring romance? Stayed tuned to find out!

Work work work!

And a date with my husband today/tonight as well!

Namasté!
BG

PS: Anyone going to ConTraception this year? I know that better be there!!

Story Blurbs

So I got my story blurbs from Dreamspinner Press this morning. My job is to approve them or ask for changes. It is way too early in the morning… I pretty much like them but feel an itch to ad a word or three to one of them..!

All Snug
By B.G. Thomas
Elliot and Shawn each want to buy the same one-of-a-kind item for Christmas—a very old and expensive antique bed—as a gift for their lovers. But when they both arrive at the store at the same moment, the proprietor tells them to figure out between themselves who gets the bed. Elliot and Shawn decide to hold a contest: winner buys bed.

And so the competitions begin, from selling charity tickets to cleaning out stables, and interpersonal tension and burgeoning attraction mount as the days until Christmas pass. But who deserves the gift more: Elliot, who can afford the expensive gift for his casual sex partner, or Shawn, who can barely cover rent, and the mysterious man he’s head-over-heels for?

Christmas Wish
By B.G. Thomas
Harry is desperately unhappy with his life. He hates his job, his apartment, and most especially, he hates the way he looks. Despite this, once Harry hears that his fantasy man, Javier Torres, is playing Santa at the local gay bar, he can’t wait to get his picture taken sitting on Javier’s lap in hopes of finally catching the sexy man’s attention. But it all goes wrong, and Harry ends up telling a different “Santa” exactly how his life could be made better… but he doesn’t expect his Christmas wish to come true!

Incredible News! Two More Sales!

I have just received the most wonderful news. It makes me want to sing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

I sold BOTH my Christmas stories to Dreamspinner Press!!

Hello B.G.,

We have reviewed your submissions for the Naughty or Nice, the 2010 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar. I would like to offer you a contract to print All I Want for Christmas and All Snug as parts of the Advent Calendar package. Note: I do need to request up front that a new title be chosen for the story All I Want For Christmas. We already have a story by that title in our catalog. I have noted the story as a WORKING TITLE on the contract.

If you agree, please reply right away so I can get your story into the editing queue… …If you wish to decline, simply reply to this e-mail to let me know.

Thank you for supporting Dreamspinner Press.

Lynn West
Editor in Chief
Dreamspinner Press

I am so happy about these sales because Dreamspinner sells a lot of their holiday packages. That means many copies of both stories will sell for that reason and that reason alone. And what that means is exposure. If people like the stories, they will go looking to see what else I’ve written!

And what could be better than that?

Love and Namasté,
BG Thomas

Another Story Submission

So I just sent out yet another story submission.

This is another Christmas story for Dreamspinner Press’s annual Advent Calendar line.

My story is called All Snug. It is certainly the “nice” to the “naughty” of the preveious story I sent out a week or so ago.

This one is about 16,000 words, under the 18,000 limit! I did it for once! Went under the word count limit. Miracles do happen.

This story is a companion piece to All I Want for Christmas, and while there is no way you need to read both, people who have done so expressed their delight at the way they compliment each other.

Special thanks to the betas who kicked ass and read and edited the story while I was on vacation. I came back from camp with a cold and I feel crappy today so it took me all day to read through their edits and use them! So thank you SO much , and . What wonderful friends!

I love this story! Especially when it was my husband that gave me the original idea. I chewed on it for weeks and this story was born. I pretty much wrote it in 24 hours! I’ve never had anything like that happen to me. I wrote until four in the morning one day, slept for about five hours and then got up and worked until four that afternoon and it was esentially done! So here is hoping that I sell both holiday stories!

Namasté,
BG