A Barb the Zany Old Lady Advent Release Day Review: The Peppermint Schnapps Predicament by Clare London


Rating: 4 stars out of 5

What happens when the flamboyant (and alliterative) Frankie Faraday finally finds his boss in the storeroom at the end of annual inventory?  Not much until both men freak out when the lights go out and the door accidentally locks behind them, leaving them alone in the building because Bill, the boss, had told the others they could leave. 

Frankie is ever resourceful, however, and fearing starvation twenty minutes or so into the forced captivity, he breaks out the chocolate Santas and starts eating.  It isn’t until he finds the excess Peppermint schnapps, however, that his mind and his mouth really act independently and he babbles his life story.  But Bill Mason, son of the owner, and manager of the store, finds Frankie cute, adorable, and remarkably funny and intelligent.  Frankie’s stories aren’t his usual airheaded tales, although he does tend to talk with his hands.  He’s quite insightful and pulls Bill into a conversation about what he’d really like to do with his life.  He then offers suggestions for improvement of the store and for how Bill can incorporate his love of floral design.

The next few hours before rescue go by rather quickly, but the time isn’t wasted as Frankie and Bill finally act on their attraction and find more to do in the storeroom than just simple inventory. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this short thirty-nine-page story.   Infused with humor and laugh-out-loud moments, I knew immediately I’d want to share this with others who enjoy a good holiday laugh.  Though there are serious moments, overall this is simply an enjoyable light-hearted MM holiday romance.  Those who enjoy a quick pick-me-up will definitely like this one. 

Cover art by Paul Richmond is the 2017 Stocking Stuffer Cover for most of the stories, full of humor and romance.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | Amazon 

Book Details:

ebook, 39 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffer

Holiday Cheer Continues with Meg Bawden ‘My Secret Billionaire Santa’ (excerpt and giveaway


Secret Santa

My Secret Santa Billionaire by Meg Bawden
Release Date: December 3, 2015

Goodreads Link
Publisher: Rawmance Publishing
Cover Artist: Bawd Designs


Beckett Henry doesn’t believe in giving or receiving Christmas presents. Growing up in a poor family, he’s had to see the guilt on his parents faces every year when they couldn’t provide him and his brother the fancy toys the other kids received. Not to mention the teasing from the other kids every January. The only bright spot of the holidays was when Asher Holden visited them and they all played together without any toys.

Asher is his brother’s best friend and they’d all grown up in the same neighborhood. He’s had a crush on the other man since puberty, but he’s never had the guts to say or do anything about it. Now, Asher is the owner and CEO of Holden Marketing, the company Beckett works for, and a relationship between them will never happen. Not only have they been friends for too many years, but there is a strict company policy against inter-office dating. He couldn’t imagine what they’d say if their CEO dated the creative manager’s P.A.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, Beckett is getting ready to get the following weeks over and done with when he gets a surprise—a Secret Santa present arrives on his doorstep! As more presents start to arrive, Beckett struggles to figure out who could be sending them, or what to do with them.

Will Beckett be ready when his Secret Santa is unveiled?


Pages or Words: 21,259 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Romance


Asher stood at over six feet tall and had broad shoulders. His Armani suit strained across his wide chest and his white dress shirt stretched over bulging muscles. His legs seemed to go on forever, his feet large, like the rest of him, were encased in expensive black dress shoes. A short, neat beard covered his sharp jaw, his dark hair long enough to curl over his collar. But like the rest of his appearance, it was tidy. His eyes gave me butterflies though. They were green and deep, and right at this moment, they were searching my own eyes.

Shock coursed through me and, moving on instinct, I slouched back down, feeling my cheeks heat at being caught checking him out.

“No, you can’t help me,” Asher said to Louise, his tone suggesting amusement.

I heard footsteps and then felt a breath on the top of my head. Willing away my blush, I tilted my head backward and stared into those profound jade eyes.

“Hi, Beck.” Asher smiled at me, and I’m pretty sure I began melting.

I swallowed, trying to find words. “Hi, Ash.”

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Meet the Author:

Meg Bawden was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.

Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out, world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!

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