In the story Dear Santa, Dear Dad, One of the scenes takes place in the village church on Christmas Eve. Steven goes along to carol service where he is amazed at how welcoming everyone is towards him and how much his son and the boy’s lover have been welcomed into the community. Part way through the evening he is amazed when his son’s lover gets up to sing an emotional solo performance of the much loved Christmas song O Holy Night. As one of my all time favourites it was an easy choice to include in the story.
Another video treat today but this time I want to share the first YouTube Review I’ve ever had. This is a lovely American reader/reviewer Christina from Bookshelf Reviews. I think she really liked Dear Santa, Dear Dad.
December 14th is the release day for my Christmas story. If it looks familiar then that is because I originally self published it back in 2013. My wonderful publishers Dreamspinner Press have kindly agreed to release this 2nd edition in time for the festive season this year.
Two days before Christmas, widower Steven drives to the North of England to meet his estranged son, Andy, hoping for a reconciliation. Steven rejected his son when, as a nineteen-year-old student, Andy came out to his parents. Andy now enjoys a happy and fulfilling relationship with Peter, who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding an almost childlike letter to Santa, in which Andy asks for a father who loves him.
I hope you’ve stayed fit and healthy since last year. Are all the reindeer looking forward to their long night out again? I’ve tried to be good all year, so I hope you don’t mind if I ask for just a few special things this Christmas.
First I would like my amazing man, Peter, to have everything he wants at Christmas and throughout the year. He deserves so much for being so kind and loving and for being the greatest thing that’s ever happened in my life.
Second I would love to have a black Labrador puppy to love and care for.
I know my last request is the hardest one of all, and I am sorry for asking, but I wish I had a dad who loved me.
Thank you for reading this, as always. Please say hello to all the elves for me!
Andy isn’t quick to forgive his father, but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the holidays. Father and son experience a steep learning curve, not helped by Steven’s realization that his son’s lover is older than he is. But proximity and familiarity have a way of breaking down barriers, and if all three men can work together in the spirit of cooperation, this Christmas might be one that changes their lives forever.