On day 5 of The 12 Days of Christmas we have Amy Jo Cousins stopping by, welcome Amy…
Can a Grinch show an orphan the importance of family during the holidays? In Glass Tidings, two deeply lonely men in denial of their desire for connection come together at home and at work for one holiday season, and find themselves hesitantly bonding not only with each other but with friends both old and new. (Geekery also abounds, with Renaissance faires and old school science fiction all playing a part.) I have an abiding fondness for holiday crankypants, from Scrooge to the Grinch to Doris Walker from Miracle on 34th Street.
Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.
Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series again.