A BJ Review: Grateful by Kim Fielding


Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5

Sleigh Ride Advent StoryNate Roth’s latest dumb stunt has left him with a broken arm, black eye, and stitched chin—and extra trepidation about visiting his family for Hanukkah. He fears his relatives will put him through another round of criticism for his foolish choices and his nonexistent love life. Several mishaps during his short journey to his parents’ house don’t bode well. But along the way he meets impossibly gorgeous Gio DiPietro—and maybe it’s time for Nate’s risk-taking impulses to turn out well for a change.

This is a part of the 2015 Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar. Since it’s a short story, I’m going to try to avoid going into the plot more than the blurb already does. Don’t want to spoil it! But will say that from the first line, this little story made me smile.

Nate is a thirty-year old klutz who can’t say no to a dare but has a streak of bad luck a mile wide. And he names his house plants. He is absolutely freaking adorable. Then we get meet Gio, and I’m all in, because Gio shows dogs. Just like me! Add in that he’s resourceful, sweet, and has an adorable shaggy dog… and this book had me reeled in, hook, line and sinker.

Thoroughly adored Nate’s family and oh, how it made me I wish I had one like that! The gift-giving scene was perfectly beautiful and had me teary. Now that’s a tradition I’d love to be able to try.

For such a short story, the author does an exceptional job of character building. I feel like I know these guys, or that I want to! Low on the heat meter, but plenty of lovely emotional feels to make up for it!

This isn’t the type of fantasy/fairy tale Kim Fielding stories I’m usually drawn to… it’s a light contemporary, humorous and non-angsty. And there is absolutely no edge of dark here. In fact, this little holiday gem sparkles. A highly recommended light holiday read.

Very cute and whimsical cover.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | All Romance (ARe) | Amazon | Buy It Here

Book Details:  

Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published November 30th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
edition languageEnglish
seriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Turns 4 and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Happy 4th Anniversary to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words!

We’ve all been so busy that our 4th anniversary almost slipped by.  We turned 4 last Thursday and what an amazing 4 years its been. Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words started out as a place for my reviews and small essays, and yes, well, rants on writing.  Little by little it grew, then as we say in cliches, in leaps and bounds, especially in the last year, when we sort of exploded.

All sorts of amazing people joined as reviewers  from all over the place, bringing in a wide spectrum of perspectives born of different ages, gender identifications, race and even location.  Its been splendid and I hope to see it continue.

We’ve had new reviewer columns, author discoveries and interviews, even our own contests and more to come.    I’ll leave more of the reflections to the end of the year column, don’t make me get all weepy now.  Anyway,  Happy Anniversary to us!  We don’t look a day older and that should change in the new year!

More Announcements:

We need more reviewers.  Love to read?  And write reviews?  Send me an email and a link to some of your reviews.  Write me at melaniem54@msn.com and let’s talk.

Also from Jay Northcote a free book (today is the last day): From Jay:

Hi, everyone! Cold Feet – my Christmas novella from December 2014 – is going to be free to download at Amazon for three days this weekend. The offer runs from Friday 4th till Sunday 6th. EST:

Cold Feet by Jay Northcote is free from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December 2015


Cold FeetBest friends snowed in together. When the heat rises, will they get cold feet?

Getting snowed in at a remote cottage in Wales with someone he’d fancied for ages isn’t exactly how Sam expected to spend Christmas. His feelings for Ryan are pointless. Ryan’s straight—or so he thought.

Until now, Ryan’s kept his feelings for Sam buried. Why ruin a friendship over what might only be gay experimentation? Playing it cool seems safer, until a cold snap makes sharing body heat vital. In their Welsh safe haven, anything seems possible.

As Ryan’s reserve melts away, Sam wants more than stolen kisses under the mistletoe. But a sudden thaw means making decisions. They could face the New Year together—unless one of them gets cold feet.

Buy links:
Universal Amazon link: http://mybook.to/ColdFeet_JayN


This Week  At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


Sunday, December 6:

  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Turns 4 and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • A BJ Advent Story Review: Grateful by Kim Fielding

Monday, December 7:

  • Holiday Book Spotlight Continues with Home For the Holiday M/M Anthology (excerpts/contests)
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Annabeth Albert ‘Status Update’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Get A Roadmap to Your Heart with The Deepest Blue by Christina Lee (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A MelanieM Review: Status Update by Annabeth Albert
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Story Review: Elf on the Beach by TJ Nichols

Tuesday, December 8:

  • Cover Reveal for Lane Hayes ‘A Kind of Truth’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Our Science Fiction Focus is On Chris T. Kat ‘Against All Odds’  (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Holiday Hotel Hookup by Jeff Adams
  • A MelanieM Review: Dirty Laundry (Cole McGinnis, #3) by Rhys Ford
  • A Stella Review:  Prickly By Nature (Portland Pack Chronicles #2) by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade

Wednesday, December 9:

  • Book Spotlight is on Tivi’s Dagger by Alex Douglas (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Join in for an Exploration of Life’s Kinks with  J.A. Rock’s The Subs Club (contest)
  • Its Release Day for Professional Distance by Silvia Violet (excerpt and giveaway)
  • Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: A Trip to Remember by Meg Harding
  • A BJ Review: Y Negative by Kelly Haworth
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  The Subs Club by J.A. Rock
  • A PaulB Review: Believing in the Traitor by Charlie RIchards

Thursday, December 10:

  • Voss Foster’s  ‘A Fool’s War’ book blast and giveaway
  • Coffee Sip and Book Break with Indigo by RJ Jones‏ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • The Greatest Gift by Felice Stevens Release Day and contest
  • A MelanieM Advent Review: Kismet by Cassie Decker
  • A Paul B Review: Kenai (Watchers #1) by Caitlin Ricci, A.J. Marcus

Friday, December 11:

  • Jordan Hawk ‘s ‘Maelstorm’ Release Day and Giveaway
  • In the Book Spotlight: Laurie Terson ‘Rockin’ Around the Ranch’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • LB Gregg’s ‘With This Bling’ Riptide Tour and Giveaway (giveaway)
  • A Melanie Review Redux: With This Bling by L. B. Gregg
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Story Review: Home Is Where the Christmas Trees Are by CJane Elliott
  • A BJ Review: SPECTRE (#1-6) by Jordan L. Hawk

Saturday, December 12:

  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Menorahs and Mistletoe by Jess Roth