Join Prism Book Alliance® as Kelly Jensen goes Outside the Margins today.
I’m a silver lining kind of person. That whole thing about one door closing? Put in me in a windowless room with only one door (closed) and I’ll take a nap. It’d be an effective use of my time, right? Then I might look for another exit. Test the thickness of the walls, measure the vent on the AC system. There will be another answer. There is always another answer! But I am so done with 2016.
I don’t need to recap what went wrong. We all lived through it—though some of the best of us didn’t. As for me… I don’t even know where to begin, so I won’t. Suffice to say, I faced challenges I never met before, and I had to dig so deep I wasn’t sure I’d find my way back to the surface. When I did get back? Well, let’s just say that on more than one occasion I fantasized about having a car accident. Nothing too major, but spending some time in a body cast seemed like a good way to put a buffer between me and the world for a while.
I didn’t give up, though. If I can be proud of anything this year, it will be the fact that somehow I kept going. Every time someone closed a door, I found another exit. Sometimes one found me. Friends reached out and good things happened.
So, I made it this far and there’s only one month left of this awful year. Pity it has to be December. Yep, despite looking for the sparkle of opportunity in all things, I’m actually a bit of a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. I hate decorating. I hate spending money. The kitchen is still recovering from Thanksgiving (as is my belly) and I don’t need any more stuff.
(Better be something for me under the tree, though. My pout is epic.)
I try. For the sake of my daughter and husband, I try. Mostly, I dream of body casts while they’re trimming the tree and flinging tinsel all over the house. I have examined my aversion to Christmas from several angles—while making myself bake and decorate cookies for Santa. I love giving gifts (even if this requires spending money). I like making other people feel special. I just don’t want to wear a silly sweater and listen to Christmas music while doing so.
This year? I need it. All of it, wrapped up with bows. I want sugar plum fairies and blankets of indoor snow. Let’s burn a yule log for all thirty one days of December! I’m changing my ring tone to something seasonal, and I’m going to download holiday mods for all my games. I NEED TO SEE GERALT OF RIVIA IN A SANTA HAT.
What I do not need is to see the impression my husband left in the dirt when he fell off the ladder this past Saturday, leaving the lights on the outside of our house half-strung.
Why, 2016? WHY?
He’s fine, by the way. Shaken, bruised, not able to finish the lights. I did that. Well, most of it. Once we had the extension ladder fully extended, my body cast fantasy became a little too real. I decided we can leave the decorating at the lower eaves this year. One call to 911 wasn’t how I planned to start this year’s holiday season. A second call would be too much—even if it would make a great story. Oh…
makes some quick notes
Anyway, now that the ladder is away, I’m diving back into HOLIDAY JOY. I’ve written a fluffy short story for Henry and Marc (Counting Fence Posts), which you can read here. I’ve queued up holiday movies on Netflix. I bought the stuff to make a gingerbread house. My Kindle is stocked with sparkly seasonal romances.
Now it’s your turn. I want to give away $20 in Dreamspinner store credit a couple copies of my holiday novella, Counting Fence Posts. I wrote this, okay? So it’s not tinselly. In fact, it’s, um, sort of a disaster scenario set to holiday music. But it all happens on Christmas Eve! And Henry and Marc are stuck in a blizzard. That means sharing body heat. 😉
To enter, leave a comment below recommending your favourite holiday movie(s) or book(s). Don’t forget to include your email address so I can contact you. Next Friday (12/9/16) I’ll pick two winners, who will each receive $10 to spend as they wish at the Dreamspinner store and a copy of Counting Fence Posts in their preferred format.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy December and that 2017 treats us all a little more kindly. <3
Title: Counting Fence Posts
Author: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 07/23/2016
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance, Winter Holiday
There are over two hundred thousand fence posts between Syracuse and Boston. Henry Auttenberg likes numbers—it’s his job—but he isn’t going to count them all, even if the view outside the rental car is less confounding than the driver, his attractive but oh so obnoxious colleague, Marcus Winnamore. It’s Christmas Eve, and Henry would much rather be home with his family. When the blizzard that grounded their flight forces them off the road, however, he’s stuck with Marc until the storm passes—or a plow digs them out.
As the temperature outside plummets, the atmosphere inside the car slowly heats up. Henry learns the true reason for Marc’s chilly distance—he’s not exactly straight… maybe… and he’s been fantasizing about Henry’s mouth, among other things. Confession laid out, Marc is all for sharing body heat… and more. Henry isn’t interested in being an experiment, but as the night and cold deepen, he could be convinced to balance certain risk against uncertain reward.
About Kelly Jensen
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. At lot of what she writes is speculative in nature, but sometimes it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.
You can chat with Kelly on Twitter @kmkjensen or visit her blog at http://kellyjensenwrites.com where she rambles on about anything and everything.
One random commenter with thoughtful, relevant comments will win a $25 gift certificate each month in 2016.
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