Desperately Seeking Santa
Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Release Date: 11/22/2017
Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
It’s that time of year again! I’m more than ready for a glut of Christmas romance reading this year. We all need some good, old-fashioned escapeism these days, as well as the optimism and hope that romance stories bring. This is my fifth year releasing a Christmas novella. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I hope it gives you some hope and good feels this Christmas season.
The protagonists in “Desperately Seeking Santa” are Gabe, a journalism student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Mack “the Mountain” McDonall, a 6’10”, 285 pound star college wrestler. Gabe first sees Mack when he attends a wrestling match with his friend, Jordan. And, after drooling in the stands, Jordan sets Gabe and Mack up. It doesn’t go too well at first, thanks to Gabe’s callous-sounding remarks about how he intends to “out” a mystery Santa who performs at a local charity dinner. But eventually Gabe managed to convince Mack to give him a chance.
As a reader, and a writer, my absolute favorite moment of any romance is the first kiss. That’s the moment when “maybe” becomes “yes”, when dreams become reality, and where the potentiality of a whole new future sparks to life. I prefer to wait for this moment, to build the characters and the tension first. But I’ll give you guys a sneak peek.
Below is Gabe and Mack’s first kiss.
About Eli Easton
Eli Easton has been at various times and under different names a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a long-distance walker. She began writing m/m romance in 2013 and has published 27 books since then. She hopes to write many more.
As an avid reader of such, she is tickled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, two bulldogs, several cows, and a cat. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.