Oh My Gosh!!! I Just Found Out I Am Up For Writing Awards at Goodreads! OMG! This is BIG!!!

I am so stunned! I can’t believe it! I am up for several awards at Goodreads! This is too good to believe! Goodreads! WOW!

You might need join the MM Group then CLICK RIGHT HERE, type in “M/M Romance”. You will then need to click “Join Group” and wait for approval.!!

First I am up for Favorite M/M Author! I can’t believe it! OMGosh! You can find the nominees for best M/M Author by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!

Then I am up for Best Hurt/Comfort for my novel Hound Dog & Bean! WOW! I sooooo love that book! Find the nominees for Best Hurt Comfort by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!

My Christmas Story “Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf” is Nominated for Best Humorous MM Story at Goodreads! OMG!

Please check it out! You might have to join the group first, but hey! I totally missed that I was up for something! I am so happy I am in tears! OMGosh!!! A Goodreads Award! OMGosh!

You can find the nominees by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!

I am SOOOO excited!

AND NOT ONLY THAT! But “A Taste of Honey” is up for Best Anthology!

Please check it out!

You can find the nominees for Best Anthology by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!!

Soooooooooo happy!

BG Thomas

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Two Awesome Reviews of Two Of My Audio Books!

So I am home from work sick today and was feeling mopey and yucky and then I get notifications for two of my audio books. And both of them are fantastic! What a great turn of events. They sure put a smile on my face! Just check these out….

Smoocher's Voice

The first review is for the audio of “Bianca’s Plan.” It was done by Stacia Aurore Rose at Smoocher’s Voice. Thank you, Stacia! You can find the original review by clicking Right Here or check out Smoocher’s Voice review blog by clicking Right Here.

Blurb:

Bianca worries that her daddy, Gavin, is lonely and decides he needs a boyfriend for Christmas. So she enlists her father’s best friend, the straight and unattached Curtis. Gavin has a Christmas wish, too, and Curtis setting him up on disastrous dates isn’t part of it! Meanwhile, Curtis finds life becoming complicated as he tries to please Bianca, make Gavin happy, and fend off his own unexpected mixed feelings. Will anyone’s wish come true?

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2012 Advent Calendar package “Evergreen”.

Review:

Paul Morey is one of my favorite narrators. His deep rich voice makes the book a pleasant listen. He does very well with the different voices and styles. Paul reads clearly and at a comfortable pace.

Now on to the story of “Bianca’s Plan.” It was a sweet little story. Bianca is a ten year old girl whose plan was to get her daddy a boyfriend for Christmas. She had asked Santa for help but Santa cannot grant wishes that deal with matters of the heart. I’m not sure what I think about that part. It’s part of the story of why she had to do it herself, but my question is why does a ten year old still believe in Santa? On the other hand I still believe in the magic of Christmas. Anyway, Bianca’s character is written very well. She’d make a great Yenta which is a Jewish matchmaker. The girl is sneaky though, she has something up her sleeve and in the end no one knows what hit them while she looks smug.

Bianca cons her daddy’s best friend, Curtis into helping her. Curtis loves that little girl as she was his own so he really couldn’t tell her no. He half-heartedly helps Bianca with what he thinks is her plan. Curtis knows it will lead to disaster or reveal something he himself doesn’t even know or want to acknowledge. I loved Curtis’ character, between trying to do the right thing for his best friend and Bianca and himself, half the time he doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going.

The heart of the story is Gavin, it is he who needs the boyfriend according to his daughter. Gavin doesn’t want to be set up on blind dates but when situations present themselves he is given a little push. Thinking he might as well, since the one Gavin does want, is straight. He has to try and get over him at some point. “The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Overall this is a terrific listen. Paul Morey did a fantastic job telling the sweet story that B.g. Thomas so wonderfully wrote.

Rating: Five Smooches

Stacia
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The Novel Approach

The second review was for “Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf” by Kim over at The Novel Approach. You can find the original review by clicking Right Here or check out The Novel Approach review blog by clicking Right Here.

Blurb:

Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package “Heartwarming”.

Review:

While driving to his destination through a sleet storm, Nick St. George is about to come to a crossroad in his life, Kit Jefferies. Kit is everything Nick isn’t, they’re complete opposites, but the good news is Kit’s enthusiasm for life is rubbing off on Nick—whether he likes it or not.

For me, there are way too many people who are contemplating what Nick is considering a permanent solution to a temporary problem during the holiday season, or any other time of his life. It does get better, though, if one is willing to give it a chance.

I fell in love with this story about a year ago when I first read it, so naturally, being an audible lover, I just had to have it in my collection. Donald Tursman did a great job narrating Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf, and I loved how he brought the story to life. It’s cute, funny, and well worth the time to give it a try. This book earns a 5 Star rating, as either a read or listen!

Rating: Five Stars

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Thanks to Smoocher’s Voice and The Novel Approach for such wonderful reviews. You support means the world to me!

Josie Reviews Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by BG Thomas

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“You’re not selfish!” Kit shook his head vehemently. Oh, but I am, little department store elf. “You helped me,” said Kit
GENRE: M/M, holiday
RATING: 5 Sweet Peas! Highly Recommended

BLURB: Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

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Title: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Author: BG Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publication Date: December 1, 2013
Series: Dreamspinner Advent Calendar 2013
Cover Art: Paul Richmond
Length: 90 pages

JOSIE’S OPINION: Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf by BG Thomas, part of the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar Heartwarming, is the perfect Christmas Story.

Nick St. George is an unhappy man, he may have money and success but he is lonely and bitter, his life pretty much a mess. Thrown out by his parents years before when they found out he was gay Nick lives his life conservatively, he doesn’t hide his sexuality it’s more that he doesn’t advertise it, no Rainbow Parades in Nick’s life, a decision that’s cost him at least one relationship.

Driving to San Francisco on Christmas Eve Nick is caught in a blizzard and seeks shelter at a rest stop, there he encounters obviously gay, out and proud artist Kit ‘Kitten’ Jefferies who’s trying to get home, which just happens to be in the same direction Nick is traveling. Nick very reluctantly agrees to take Kit home, at first Nick finds Kit annoying, he won’t stop talking, he’s bubbly and happy, but as they travel Nick warms to Kit. Kit is also attracted to Nick but finds him difficult initially, calling him Grumble Monkey in reference to all the moaning he does, but as they get closer to Kit’s home the men draw closer.

What happens when they get to Kit’s destination? Will Nick just wave goodbye and carry on to San Francisco?

I loved this story, it reminded me of films I’ve watched of strangers forced into road trips across America. Kit is sociable, he talks a mile to the dozen, he’s jolly, bubbly and he loves Christmas, exactly the opposite of Nick. Nick is tired and jaded. Tired of trying to prove himself to parents who don’t care, tired of trying to fit into a world that doesn’t want him, at least not as he is. Travelling with Kit forces Nick to revaluate his life, in fact Kit brings out the best in Nick, something the reader realises long before Nick does.

And the ending, It was unexpected and left me with tears in my eyes. I urge you to read Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf, it’s beautiful and sad, joyful and uplifting, it will touch your heart. I also have to mention the adorable cover and wonderful title, which rolls off the tongue so sweetly, Grumble Monkey is everything a Christmas story should be. If you only read one story this Christmas make sure it’s this one, you won’t be disappointed. Highly Recommended

Humbled by This Review of My Story; Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf

Review of Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf
Review by Carrigan Chantz

I just finished reading Thomas’ Grumble Monkey & The Department Store Elf. I almost didn’t download this book based on the title alone, but hey, it’s Thomas’ new work, so it was inevitable that I’d give in. The Universe wouldn’t have it any other way, by God. Once again, I was completely drawn into his book; once again, there was this ethereal aura of Universal coincidence; once again, it was an excellent book. Thomas is an excellent writer, but more akin to the truth is that Thomas is an exquisite storyteller.

Joyfully Jay Blog Reviews “Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf” 4.75 Stars!

Joyfully Jay Blog Reviews “Grumble Monkey and the Dept Store Elf” 4.75 Stars!
Review by Crissy

I love the holiday season and the stories it brings. There is something so promising and romantic about this time of year. Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf (what a title) is my first holiday read of the season. And what a strong start it is. From the beginning, Thomas held my attention and made me fall in love with Nick and Kit. So, please let me introduce you to the first advent story I’ve read this season.

Kit Jeffries would have gotten on the road earlier if he would have been able to say no to his boss, but he loves his job as a department store elf, loves to see the children’s smiling faces when they first see Santa. When Kit’s Jeep breaks down in the middle of a winter storm on his way home for the holidays, he thinks all hope is lost until he runs into the handsome man at the rest stop.

Nick St. George has it all: money, success, and focus. Too bad those things can’t make him happy. His life has been spent trying to prove himself, and now he’s proven what a mess he actually is. When he encounters a Midwestern winter storm on his trek across the country, Nick is forced to seek shelter at a rest stop. That’s where he meets the obviously gay man in a ridiculous elf hat. He never understood why men have to advertise the sexuality so blatantly, never cared for it either. In fact, he hates it. But when young man tells Nick his sob story about breaking down on his way to see his family and asks for a ride home, Nick reluctantly agrees to give the man a lift. Continue reading

Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf Has Been Released and Already Has A Five Star Review!

Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf Has Been Released and Already Has A Five Star Review!

Book Review from Rainbow Book Reviews

If ‘Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf’ is a typical example of the writing style of B.G. Thomas, then I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work. He has incorporated two of my favorite types of characters, the grumpy curmudgeon, and the young, flamboyantly gay man. He has mixed them together on Christmas Eve, stuck driving together in horrible snow and sleet conditions, and shaken them up a bit to see what comes of the mixing. Ahhhh, such fun! Continue reading

Cover Reveal! My Christmas Story, “Grumble Monkey & the Dept. Store Elf” – Paul Richmond Artist!

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Cover Reveal! My Christmas Story, “Grumble Monkey & the Dept. Store Elf”

Is there anyway I could be happier with my new cover? I don’t think so! OMG!

It was created by the loverly and talented Paul Richmond and it in now way could convey my story any more than it already does. I am SO happy! Soo soooooo soooooooo happy!

Life is good!

And just wait to you read this story! You are going to love it!

Here is the blurb: Kit Jefferies, a part-time department store Christmas elf, is an artist who loves life and his family. Unfortunately, his car dies at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere as he is heading home for Christmas. Enter Nick St. George.

Nick is a very unhappy man—he’s achieved his professional goals only to find the rest of his life bleak and empty. Deciding there was only one way to make everything right, he is on his way to San Francisco on a dark mission, and even the horrible sleet storm that blocked his path won’t deter him. That’s when he found Kit.

At first, Nick is pretty sure rescuing Kit was a big mistake. Kit’s personality is just too, well, effervescent. But as the miles go by, Kit begins to bring light to his dark heart. It might even be bright enough to illuminate a Christmas miracle.

I hope you will enjoy it and I will let you know when it is available!

Namaste,
BG