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Title: This Wish Tonight
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Winter Holiday
Release Date: 12/14/2016
Warmth, family, good cheer? Not everyone associates these things with the winter holidays. For some, it’s a time of longing and reflection. Mischief Corner Books invites authors to create stories set during the holiday season and centered on the fulfillment of a wish or desire.
Fear of Fire by Gregory L. Norris
Glass Artist Lucius Price works desperately to create a holiday symbol intended to help the town of Villatopia heal from a rash of unsolved hate crimes against gay men. When he is targeted next and his studio set ablaze, handsome firefighter Oscar Ramos rescues Lucius from the flames, creating a different kind of fire during an unforgettable Christmas.
Wonderland by J. Scott Coatsworth
Zeke is a loner his late forties, living in a small cabin in rural Montana. Nathan has been traveling across country on foot since the zombie apocalypse, dealing with his OCD in an empty world. Zeke just wants someone to love. Nathan just wants to be home again.
Fate brings them together in a winter wonderland, but their own fears and baggage may tear them apart.
Is there still hope for love at Christmas, at the end of the world?
Eve of the Great Frost by Wendy Rathbone
Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. Twelve men, taught under the tutelage of the Pleasure Master, hope to be the one (or one of several) chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. But when Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget.
How Not to Write Christmas Story
I’ve wanted to write a Christmas story for quite a while, but the timing never seemed right. The submission dates get earlier and earlier every year (one publisher even wants their holiday stories in July!) and I’ve had so much on my writer plate.
So when Mischief Corner Books put out their call for “This Wish Tonight,” looking for end-of-the-year holiday stories with a realistic deadline, I thought “That’s the one!”
Then I got snowed under.
The date was approaching quickly, and I had two novels and a novella due to one of my publishers, back to back. There was just no… fricking… way in hell that I was going to be able to pull it off.
Then the publisher moved the date back, and at the same time, there was a break in my schedule—like a ray of sunshine on a dark and cloudy day.
So I decided I was in. I planned to write a nice, sweet, vanilla contemporary tale of two love-struck guys at Christmas, but my writer brain had other ideas.
A tip for new writers. When your brain looks at the Christmas holiday and starts thinking “Zombies! Post apocalyptic starving dog packs! Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Rednecks! And middle-aged men!”, you should probably pass and move onto something else more suited to your particular talents. Or run.
But I’m stubborn.
So I soldiered on, and turned in a tale that was nothing like what I had originally planned. It is a love story, though, and in its own weird, beautiful little way, it celebrates the spirit of the season.
I hope you like it, and the other great stories in “This Wish Tonight”!
About the Author
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before. He is currenty working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.
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