Stevie Woods:author of gay romantic fiction

December 9, 2012

Festivities 25% – and a Giveaway!

Today’s 25% excerpt is from my Christmas Contemporary short story, FESTIVITIES – and to help celebrate Christmas I’m giving a copy away to one lucky reader – send me an email to and tell me one of the silly gifts Joel gives Graham.

Festivities200x300“You don’t need to buy me things, Joel. All I need is your friendship.” Graham gave Joel a slow smile.

“You always have that, but I like giving you stuff. Don’t think enough people in your life have showed you how much you’re appreciated.”

Graham didn’t know what to say to that. It was true his childhood had been somewhat deprived, losing his parents at a young age as he had. He had no other family to take him in and he’d ended up in a variety of foster homes where he’d never really felt he belonged. He’d never had a real home growing up. He wasn’t as comfortable around people as someone like Joel was. In fact, most of his present friends were people he’d met through Joel. Breaking down barriers seemed to come easy to Joel and Graham sometimes envied him for that.

As soon as they arrived back at Joel’s place, Joel made them both some hot chocolate and they settled in front of the roaring fire as Joel handed out parcel after parcel to Graham. There were gifts from his friends and work colleagues, and then Graham began to open the gifts from Joel.

At first there were only a couple, practical stuff like a new sweater and an intricately carved bone letter opener, then more and more parcels landed on the floor at his side. Silly stuff like a trio of stuffed toys singing a Christmas song, a Mickey Mouse watch, because Joel was convinced Graham had never had one as a child. A pair of blue socks decorated with red Santas that Joel insisted he should put on right away. A small remote control car.

“You sure this is meant for me?” Graham asked as the car was revealed. “Seems it’s the sort of thing you’d want to play with, Joel.” Joel grinned but he didn’t deny it.

There was a DVD set of a children’s TV cartoon series and when Graham raised his eyebrows, Joel just said his education needed completing. Then there was one of those toys that buzzed if you touched the wire as you tried to get the ring around it, though this was shaped like the bust of Julius Caesar.

“How about this,” Joel suggested, “if you can’t get around successfully in, say, three tries then I get a go with the car.” Graham tried but failed each time and Joel gleefully grabbed the car.

Graham was still laughing over that when Joel finally handed him his special gift. As Graham tore the paper away, he said, “I know this is a book but it better be a decent one.”

The laughter died as soon as he saw what was inside the fancy Christmas wrapping paper. His eyes went wide as he carefully ran his fingers over his father’s name printed on the cover and then he lifted his eyes, lined with unshed tears, at his friend.

“How?” was all Graham could say, his voice little more than a whisper.

“You made it pretty clear on your last birthday just how much it would mean to you to have this book. I was determined to find you a copy.

<end excerpt>

If you don’t win but still want to read the book you can purchase it from the following sources:

Amazon Kindle     All Romance eBooks     Smashwords

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  1. Thanks for this 25% count me in, please, thanks.

    Comment by Urb — December 10, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  2. The excerpt was sweet. Want to read more of the story. 🙂

    Comment by Elle — December 10, 2012 @ 7:29 am

  3. Please count me in. Thanks!

    Comment by Giselle — December 9, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

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