Flash Fiction Holiday Blog Hop: A Santa Named Mike


I love a challenge, especially a writing challenge!

The requirements of the Flash Fiction Holiday Blog Hop were:

All stories must include in the text:
* A winter holiday theme,
* A “bad boy” character, and
* A gift of some kind (author’s choice).

It also had to be inspired by this image:


So, without further adieu, I give you…

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In Our Author Spotlight: Zee Kensington and her latest release, Finally Home (contest)

A little late, but I wanted to share this fun Author Spotlight interview I did over at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

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Zee Kensington in the Author Spotlight!


Zee Kensington is here today to talk about her two releases at Dreamspinner Press, Krung Thep, City of Angels, and its sequel, Finally Home.  These stories are favorites of mine, combining international cuisine, travel, and romance.  I had a chance to ask Zee about the inspiration for these stories, her favorite food and much, much more.

To go along with this wonderful interview, there is a contest to enter as well.  To enter to win an eBook copy of Finally Home, leave  a comment, include maybe a favorite city you have traveled to or a favorite food you have discovered while you traveled (or just plain love to eat).  Make sure you have an email address included where you can be contacted if chosen.  Must be  over 18 years of age or older to enter.  Contest ends 10/22/2014.

Now on to…

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Interview at ARe Cafe

All Romance eBook Cafe

I’m a little late posting this, but I wanted to share this fun interview I did over at All Romance eBook’s Cafe. I talk about what drew me to M/M romance, my writing habits, and more. Check it out!

Read the Interview Here


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Finally Home receives Honorable Mention

Rainbow Award Honorable Mention

I’m so proud right now–Finally Home received an honorable mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards!

The judge had some wonderful things to say:

“Zee Kensington’s novel, “Finally Home” was a soft, subtle romance story that was well-written with interesting international food facts and cultures mixed in with interesting issues that happen between young and older love interests, with some universal contrasting elements between those in the LGBT community who are out and those who are not.  The most important was how these two main Characters – Chris & Marco – came together in spite of their opposing personal/family issues and backgrounds.  A very sweet/interesting story that would appeal to readers of gay romance.”

I’m in some very good company, too. You can see the other honorable mentions here.

The finalists will be announced later this month, but even if I don’t place, I’m just honored that one of the judges liked my book enough to score it above 36 (out of 40).

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FREE READ: Krung Thep, City of Angels


Dreamspinner Press has just released my short, Krung Thep, City of Angels as a free read! You can now read the prequel to Finally Home, either to go back after the novel and see where Chris and Marco’s relationship began, or to start the Traveler and the Tourist series in the proper order.


Marco finds himself in over his head when he chooses Bangkok—Krung Thep to the locals—as his first solo travel destination. Luckily, seasoned travel journalist Chris takes Marco under his wing. Over one whirlwind day, the two Americans realize they have more in common than their homeland. Chris’s role changes from tour guide to mentor as he encourages Marco to embrace his budding identity as a gay man, and their camaraderie blossoms into romance. However, their newly forged connection is threatened by Chris’s career obligations—and unwillingness to change his solitary ways.

Available for FREE from Dreamspinner Press!

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Monday Meet: Zee Kensington

I’m honored to be a guest on Brynn Stein’s blog today!

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My guest this week is Zee Kensington, talking about the characters from her new book, Finally Home.


you so much for having me here today, Brynn! I’ve talked a lot about my first novel, Finally Home, in the past few weeks. I’ve covered travel, food, and journalism, which means I’ve talked a great deal about my character Chris Springer, the culinary travel writer with the damaged past.

However, I haven’t talked much about my other character, Marco Mineo. Much like the characters in Finally Home, I’ve let Chris’s fascinating job and complicated history overshadow the shy, sexy guy with a bright spirit, and the deep, difficult journey that he is on.

At the age of 24, Marco is still living at home, and has been since he graduated college three years before. He did it primarily to save up money for the trip to Thailand…

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Dreamspinner Paperback Sale

Dreamspinner LogoWho doesn’t love a sale, especially a sale on books?

Dreamspinner Press is offering 35% off through Sunday, Sept. 21 on their entire collection of paperbacks.

Also, if you are attending GayRomLit, you can use the code GRL2014 and have the books shipped FREE to GRL for pickup. A nice bonus for those attending (but not necessary to take advantage of the sale)!