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Antonello Brothers: Immortal Series

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Surrender Love - Antonello Brothers: Immortal

More than love. Surrender.

Luc is the most powerful man in the Empire, and he's immortal. When his mortal lover walks away, the smart thing is to move on and forget. But how can he bear this loneliness, life after life?

Until he meets Izzorah, an adorable Kin male, a sweet yet fierce youth with perky cat's ears and eyes, an intense curiosity about the world, and the almost superpower ability to smell every subtle change of emotion. This might be the soulmate Luc's hoped for. The one person to whom he can surrender his heart.

But to bring his beloved closer means revealing every damning secret, every twisted truth, and every hidden lie. And once he does, Luc might risk losing him forever...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/surrender-love-immortal

Ring of the Dragon - Antonello Brothers: Immortal

For millennia, Pietas and Cyken fight side by side, the immortal king and his general. Light and Shadow share every battle as well as a fierce and passionate love. But, torn apart by Pietas's rage, Cyken ends their relationship. Though the king seeks forgiveness and reunion, Cyken refuses.

When Cyken falls in love with another and wants to seal the relationship in an eternal bond, Pietas takes on a quest, traveling to a dangerous world where he has no power or significance, seeking an item Cyken desires.

If he succeeds, it might bring Cyken back. Or drive him even closer to his new love.

Pietas must try. One thing he knows: He cannot face eternity without a shadow to balance his light...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/ring-dragon-immortal

Forever Love - Antonello Brothers: Immortal

For their love, forever isn't long enough.

Izzorah is a Kin, a human-like race of fierce, rugged felines. When he learns the truth about his fiancé's immortality--and his own--the familiar world he knew vanishes.

He must pass a test designed by the immortal king to reveal gifts and weaknesses.

Pass and he's accepted into a warrior society he wants no part of. Fail and he's cast out, away from the man he loves.

As if that's not bad enough, his lover is also the king's ex, and the king refuses to part with anything--or anyone--he loves.

Fair test? Not in this immortal lifetime...

Preorder now https://books2read.com/forever-love-immortal

Coming May 13, 2021

Antonello Brothers Series

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A Stolen Heart - Antonello Brothers

When he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves' Guild he once led.

Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc's immortal ex--the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes. For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he'll put the toddler at risk.

At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he's coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path. Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves' Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child's training?

A hard choice for any man. For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible.

A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. He must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him. Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/ab-stolen-heart

Bro - Antonello Brothers

The Thieves' Guild tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him.

But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who's bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win his freedom -- even though Senth is a slave himself. After all, this is what he's always wanted. A family.

There's just one problem.

That brother holds him responsible for every bad thing that ever happened, and he can't wait to make Senth pay.

This tech might make him invisible, but it can't hide him from the truth...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/ab-bro

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure - Antonello Brothers

To free his enslaved brother from a cruel master, an all-party-fun-and-games thief, must take on the hardest assignment of his life: stealing from the Empress.

To make matters worse, he has no choice but to work with a by-the-book rebel captain whose addictive pheromones could jeopardize the mission and destroy his will.

When the unthinkable happens and the captain professes her love for him, he must decide if what he feels is real.

Can he trust this woman? If he loves her back, can he still save his brother?

Or will he end up at the mercy of her pleasure forever...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/ab-at-mercy

For Women Only - Antonello Brothers

Just as Khyff begins a new life safe from the anguish of his past, a threat against his brother forces Khyff back into a profession he vowed never to practice again.

Khyff must seduce and then betray an alien ambassador whose people devastated his family.

Hatred for the aliens burns within him, but unless Khyff can learn to embrace the past, face the demons he swore he'd forget, and find a way to forgive, his brother will die.

He didn't expect an alien to have such honor.

He didn't expect to trust her.

He didn't expect to fall in love.

And he didn't expect to reveal his betrayal...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/ab-women-only

The Bringer of Chaos Series

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Lights Out by Kayelle Allen

Origin of Pietas: Bringer of Chaos

Join the Ghost Corps, they said. You'll live forever, they said. You'll save mankind, they said. They didn't say that to do it, first he had to die.

When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line, he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps.

Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later, he's assigned duty on the space station Enderium Six.

He's facing his most dangerous mission yet, the very reason the corps exists.

Do they expect him to win? Fat chance. Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed "Lights Out." No, there's more to this than he can see.

To discover the truth, he must face an unbeatable, unkillable enemy, and this time--somehow--find a way to keep himself alive...

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Origin of Pietas - Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen

Origin of Pietas: Bringer of Chaos

When he's marooned on a rustic planet, an all-powerful immortal king must depend on the lowly mortal warrior who captured him.

That doesn't mean he'll humiliate himself by asking for help. He's already died a thousand times to save his people.

But when he realizes that without humbling himself before a mortal, he will never find his exiled people, he must decide how much more he's willing to sacrifice...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/origin-pietas

Forged in Fire - Bringer of Chaos by Kayelle Allen

Forged in Fire: Bringer of Chaos

When the immortal king Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that's the problem.

He's not.

Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped in their pods and it's up to him to rescue them.

Before he can save his people, he must recapture command from the ruthless enemy he has fought for centuries -- his brutal, merciless father.

Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/forged-pietas

Colonies of Man

These stories are in the same story universe as my other books -- but in the central part of the galaxy.
Some stories contains crossover characters.

The Last Vhalgenn by Kayelle Allen

The Last Vhalgenn

Duty.
Honor.
Ritual.

One of these things may kill her.

The Vhalgenn is the last of her kind, a companion bred to serve the king. Duty and honor burn in her blood. When the queen begs for a secret blessing to save the newborn prince, the Vhalgenn answers.

But when she takes the babe to the queen's homeland for the ritual, what she discovers could topple the king and overthrow the kingdom.

To save them, she must abandon every last thing she holds sacred, and do the one thing that will destroy her own heart...

Worldwide https://books2read.com/com-last-vhalgenn

Trailing Kaiwulf by Kayelle Allen

Trailing Kaiwulf

Find an invisible man in another dimension? All in a day's work at TRAIL.

Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check.

Hold intrusive military goons at bay. Check.

Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check.

Finish the vacation TRAIL jerked you back from to do it? Easier said than done.

Yanked back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League.

After this, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover. Until now. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? The archaeologist in charge can't afford this fee, and neither can the military.

So the real question is who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf?

Worldwide https://books2read.com/com-trailing-kaiwulf

Terran Crescent

These stories are in the same story universe as my other books -- but set on or near Earth in the far future.
Some stories contains crossover characters.

Human Perfect by Kayelle Allen

Human Perfect

In the android business, the best of the best are Human Perfect.

Doesn't matter. Christa hates all androids.

The texture of plastiflesh skin and the non-smell of animate machines jar her senses. Don't get her started on robots, or worse -- andys that look human.

When she runs into a Humancopy agent, she shares dinner with him and it soon becomes apparent he is not what he seems.

Now Christa must decide whether he's a trustworthy human, a Human Perfect android, or something she never, ever considered...

Worldwide https://books2read.com/tc-human-perfect

2021 SciFi Anthology - Kayelle Allen et. al

2021 SciFi Anthology - Kayelle Allen et. al

Twenty stories by science fiction authors who belong to the Facebook group Science Fiction Novelists.

The story Upgrade This is set in the same Terran Crescent universe as Human Perfect.

Worldwide https://books2read.com/sf-anth-sfnovelists-2021

Erotic Romance

Books in the Erotic section are all rated R for adult content, written for readers 18 and older.
No R-rated excerpts are available on this website.

Wulf - Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen

Wulf - Tales of the Chosen

With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must seek help from the one man he swore he would never trust again, Luc Saint-Cyr, a.k.a. the Harbinger. An enigmatic man whose legendary power makes him the most feared person in the empire.

For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a simple matter of asserting his will. Luc's ties to the Thieves' Guild grant him access anywhere. He can protect Wulf without difficulty.

Until Luc brings Wulf home for safekeeping, and discovers the real reason for the threats. Protecting Wulf has not only put his and Wulf's lives at risk, it's also risked the life of Luc's teenaged son. This is beyond protection, now. To the Harbinger, this is personal...

Permafree everywhere https://books2read.com/wulf-chosen

 

Alitus - Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen

Alitus - Tales of the Chosen

How is this ever going to work...

Ordered by the Empress to find out if Wulf, the lover of a friend, is having an affair, Alitus investigates. As the Minister of Imperial Intelligence, Alitus has access to every camera and remote in the empire. Which is a problem, because Wulf's affair is with Alitus.

As a Better, an enhanced human, Alitus can touch no one -- his pheromones are addictive. Isolated and under scrutiny, he keeps his affair with Wulf secret, because Wulf belongs to another, a powerful man allied with the empress. When the man asks the empress to investigate, Wulf's relationship with Alitus could be exposed. Complicating matters, the empress reveals her immortality, and requires Alitus to prove his loyalty. Her test will throw him straight into Wulf's arms, right in front of the empress and Wulf's lover. Hiding what he and Wulf are to each other has taken discipline and denial.

Now, it will take a miracle...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/alitus-chosen

Jawk - Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen

Jawk - Tales of the Chosen

Easy mission. All he has to do is seduce Luc, the most powerful man in the empire, and then betray him.

Jawk spies on the enigmatic man, known empire-wide as the Harbinger. Undercover as a waiter in Luc's favorite haunt, Jawk gets a break when Luc seeks to hire him for a one-night ménage with his current lover, Wulf.

Jawk agrees, and things go well until Wulf and Luc fight, and Jawk is dismissed. He must find a way get back in the man's good graces.

When Luc seeks to make Wulf jealous by taking Jawk on a long trip, the means to gather intel is too good to pass up.

But meanwhile, a forbidden dalliance between Wulf and Alitus tests the bounds of trust between immortals and their Chosen humans. Their elicit affair threatens to rupture the eons-old alliance forever, and subject every last immortal to risk...

Amazon worldwide https://books2read.com/jawk-chosen

Guidebooks

An Immortal's Guide to Tarth by Kayelle Allen

An Immortal's Guide to Tarth

A tongue-in-cheek look at what relocating to the Tarthian Empire would be like for the immortals in books by Kayelle Allen. A bit of fiction, written in a non-fiction way, the book offers guidance from Joss Avaton, one of the immortals.

Provides dire warnings about who not to cross, and what to do about pesky Mundanes (namely, those annoying humans), and who among the Chosen is not to be trusted.

The role playing game of Peril is spelled out, with downloads for character sheets and rules. Includes a who's who among the immortals, and stats of the players, with never before revealed secrets about Luc Saint-Cyr, Pietas, and others.

A must have for fans of the Tarthian Empire series. This handy guide will inform, entertain, and provide peeks behind the curtain.

Buy: https://books2read.com/u/3yZ8rn

Tarthian Empire Companion by Kayelle Allen

Tarthian Empire Companion

For the science fiction writer, this volume teaches you how to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. Novice or experienced, you will pick up tricks and tips here.

This award winning writer shares organizational tips, links to marketing sites, groups supporting writers, science fiction groups, and more.

For the science fiction fan, the Companion reveals the worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen's Tarthian Empire tick. She shares every character in every book, 10k years of future history, offers inside peeks at scenes and stories, lays out a quick tour of the Empire, and dishes up a surfeit of secrets, all in one illustrated volume.

Original art by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Buy: https://books2read.com/guide-tec

Contemporary

A Romance for Christmas

A sweet feel-good holiday romance that reaffirms all you love about Christmas.

It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost.

Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive.

When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

Worldwide https://books2read.com/sweet-christmas-romance

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The Ugly Christmas Sweater, T-shirt version

 

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...

Scott's parents adore one another, and he loves watching them banter. But this year, it's not just the chestnuts getting roasted.

Excerpt

In his old room, Scott stripped out of his police uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand.

Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, "Don we now our gay apparel..." and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn't stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he'd asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn't explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.

"The things we do for our mothers." Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.

He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She'd crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn't bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn't talk much. Maybe they didn't need words.

Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He'd worked nights, and she'd worked days. She'd had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.

Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He'd shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

"Well," his dad said, not looking up from his magazine, "Are you going to help your mother or stand there in that dumb elf shirt?"

His mother braced both hands on the counter. "That shirt cost more money than any three pairs of your pants."

"Did not. I paid a pretty penny for these pants."

"Pants were cheaper back in 1982."

His dad snorted, and went back to his reading.

A Romance for Christmas

On Amazon, when you purchase the paperback for a friend, you can get a Kindle version for yourself at no cost. Once you buy the paperback, go to the Kindle version of the book and refresh the page. It will tell you the book is available at no cost. Merry Christmas!

Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nBb37J

 

Image credits: In my honest opinion, this elf is the cutest thing ever!
Created by author/artist Janet E Jones
 

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A Romance for Christmas #Christmas #Romance

 

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

Christmas Memories

One of my favorite memories of Christmas happened at age eighteen. I convinced my parents to let me stay up and do the stuff for "Santa" and wrap goodies for my nieces and nephews, who stayed over Christmas Eve.

My sisters, who were quite a few years older, each had small children.

Having younger kids there meant for once, I was the "oldest kid". I figured taking part in the Santa stuff made me an adult.

So I stayed up, helped wrap and put out gifts, and signed things "from Santa" using a "fake" signature so no one would recognize my handwriting. I even ate the milk and cookies.

Next morning, I enjoyed seeing the happy and excited kids. I knew about the "conspiracy" of not telling who ate the cookies. But a little part of me missed the surprise of finding gifts from Santa, even though I had known for many years Mother and Daddy put them out.

I don't think we ever outgrow the wonder of surprise on Christmas morning, even when we know the truth.

Perhaps because we realize that someone thought about us, and for that moment, we feel not only surprised and special... but also loved.

I hope A Romance for Christmas gives you a warm glow and helps you remember the wonder of the season.


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In A Romance for Christmas, a Christmas Eve gift changes everything. This is a sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.

It's Christmas Eve and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive.

When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

This book has a rating of 4.2 Stars and over 30 reviews on Amazon.

An Inside Look at A Romance for Christmas takes you into the background of this sweet holiday story, including the history of the names, and excerpts from the book. A fun giveaway you can share: here's the link to download a free Christmas cookbook.

(Read how to send these samples to your Kindle)

Where to buy A Romance for Christmas

Universal book link - buy from your favorite store https://books2read.com/u/31MNPw

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(image credit: Elf by Janet E Jones)

 
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Welcome! Please join me and six other romance authors as we share our sweet Christmas reads during a Facebook Dessert Recipe Hop. Have fun and enter to win prizes.

Dessert Hop

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On each author’s page, look for a recipe ingredient. This will be your entry to win a prize. Each ingredient will get you extra entries to win one of three prizes:

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Grand Prize

Grand prize package includes:

Cookies for Santa Plate, Candy Sprinkles, Box of Sugar Cookie Tea, Gingerbread Spatula, Snowman Pin, Stuffed Gingerbread boy, Kitchen towel, Pot holder, Oven mitt, 2 packages of cookie cutters, All You magazine, Measuring cups, measuring spoons, scarf, socks, ornament, Kayelle Allen eBook, bottle top key chain, candy, and bookmarks.

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Runner-up #1

 

Prize package “A” includes:

Stuffed Gingerbread girl, kitchen towel, cookie cutters, scarf, socks, 2 ornaments, Kayelle Allen eBook, bottle top key chain, 2 packages of hot cocoa, candy canes, and bookmarks.

 

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Runner-up #2

 

Prize package “B” includes:

Kitchen towel, cookie cutters, scarf, socks, 2 ornaments, Kayelle Allen eBook, bottle top key chain, 2 packages of hot cocoa, candy canes, and bookmarks.

 

 

Here are the participating authors. You will be given the next author to visit when you reach the first page. There is also a link to use if you get lost, and each page has a link. Click on the author’s name to go to her Facebook page:

Kayelle Allen
Beate Boeker
Barbara Cool Lee
Pamela Kelly
Lee Strauss
Magan Vernon
Melissa McClone

Welcome to the Christmas Mistletoe Hop!

Mistletoe Hop Dec 19-22, 2014

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You’ll find two Christmas giveaways at the end of this post, a downloadable PDF with insights into the story of A Romance for Christmas, and a free, 22 page Christmas cookbook. No signing up for anything; no clicking; no entering a contest — just download and go. Merry Christmas!

Excerpt – Meet the Hero, Scott Gregori

In his old room, Scott stripped out of his uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand.

Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, “Don we now our gay apparel…” and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn’t stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he’d asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn’t explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.

“The things we do for our mothers.” Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.

He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She’d crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn’t bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn’t talk much. Maybe they didn’t need words.

Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He’d worked nights, and she’d worked days. She’d had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.

Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He’d shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

“Well,” his dad said, not looking up from his magazine, “Are you going to help your mother or stand there in that dumb elf shirt?”

His mother braced both hands on the counter. “That shirt cost more money than any three pairs of your pants.”

“Did not. I paid a pretty penny for these pants.”

“Pants were cheaper back in 1982.”

His dad snorted, and went back to his reading.


And doesn’t that sound just like a family at Christmas? Everyone has an opinion. Scott wears the shirt to pick up Dara for Christmas dinner, and is surprised by what she has to say. I won’t spoil it by telling you. I hope you enjoy the story.

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A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift. On Amazon’s best-seller list — A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

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The Ugly Christmas Sweater, T-shirt version

 

The Ugly Christmas Sweater... Shirt.

In this scene, the hero, Scott, finds the dreaded ugly Christmas sweater, his in shirt form, a gift from his mother.

The Christmas Sweater / Shirt

In his old room, Scott stripped out of his uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand. Some people got an ugly Christmas sweater. His mom gave him the T-shirt version he could wear all year. Yay. Lucky him.

Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, "Don we now our gay apparel..." and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn't stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he'd asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn't explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.

"The things we do for our mothers." Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.

He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She'd crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn't bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn't talk much. Maybe they didn't need words.

Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He'd worked nights, and she'd worked days. She'd had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.

Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He'd shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

A Romance for Christmas

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Image credits: In my honest opinion, this elf is the cutest thing ever!
Created by author/artist Janet E Jones

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