12 Dates of Christmas

Cover for 12 Dates of Christmas by Tanya Chris shows a young man in sun glasses in front of a wintery Christmas scene

Orion has devised a brilliant strategy for achieving internet fame—an Instagram campaign where he

goes on twelve dates over twelve days, culminating in a made-for-TV happy-ever-after with fellow influencer and hot Brazilian model Afonso. Their pre-arranged fake relationship is bound to capture hearts and dollars, skyrocketing Orion from mid-tier to top-tier. His plan couldn’t be more perfect.

And then he meets Gustav. Gustav isn’t famous or devilishly dark and handsome. He’s not even on Insta. And he has an annoying habit of calling Orion out on his dubious ethics.

Now Orion is torn between fake fame and true happiness as he tries to continue his campaign while dating Gustav on the sly. The world thinks it knows a lot about Orion, but none of what it knows is true, and as Christmas comes to a close, Orion is wishing he could start the new year in a whole new way.

This 20,000 word Christmas novella takes place in a non-COVID timeline.

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Gustav’s benevolent bulk and obvious interest were making Orion realize there were aspects of this fake boyfriend business he hadn’t given sufficient consideration to. Namely, how he was going to get laid. He and Afonso looked great on paper, but they were going to be duds in real life. They were both bottoms, for one thing, and both attention whores, for another. Attention whore wasn’t the nicest label Orion could stick on himself, but it was the most accurate.

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On top of that, Afonso came across as emotional, finicky, and high-strung, none of which were characteristics Orion appreciated in a partner. He wanted someone like this guy—the blond hulk standing steadily in a swaying train car looking at him with eager eyes. But if Orion was “dating” Afonso, he wouldn’t be free to date anyone else. Even hookups would be dangerous because if he got exposed as either a liar or a cheater, this campaign that was supposed to make his career would be the end of it instead. He was going to have to keep his dick in his pants for the next six months.

“Maybe you’d join me and my friends when you’re finished looking at the tree?” Gustav suggested. “Or I could look at the tree with you.”

“No! I mean, thanks. For the offer. Only—” Shit. He didn’t like seeing the enthusiasm wash out of Gustav’s eyes. The two of them had been making a real connection. Why did fate have to be such a bitch? Yesterday, Orion hadn’t had even a tingle of interest in anyone, and now he had to meet someone on the first day of his self-enforced celibacy? It wasn’t fair. But he’d put too much work into this campaign to bag it for a stranger on a train, as handsome and friendly as that stranger might be.

“I’m meeting someone,” he told Gustav, giving up on putting it any other way.

“Oh. Well. Good for you.” Gustav’s smile was a hollow echo of his earlier one. “Like you said, Christmas is about connection. I hope it works out for you.”

Orion considered backpedaling. He could say it was only a friend he was meeting, get Gustav’s phone number, track him down later. But he didn’t. He’d been planning this for months. Months.

The subway jerked to a halt and the doors slid open. People poured on and off. Gustav headed for the exit with a mumbled This is my stop that Orion could tell was a lie. He felt like the prince watching Cinderella escape. He should at least have a glass slipper to remember Gustav by, but what would be the point? This Cinderfella wasn’t his to catch.

The doors slid shut, the woman Orion had given his seat to rearranged her bags, and the train moved on.

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Reviews:Mirrigold on Mirrigold's Mutterings & Musings wrote:

So much fun. Tanya Chris pitched this book just perfectly.
It could have easily gone another way, with the reader finding it hard to sympathise with Orion, who really was a self-proclaimed attention whore but he was actually a sweetie at heart. I loved seeing how he slowly began to realise the fake persona he projected on his Instagram really wasn’t who he wanted to be.

loveQhuay on Reading under the rainbow wrote:

It was a fascinating story and so, so real, because this is what this generation is doing. Everyone is an influencer and live their life on Instagram - but that life is so fake, that they don't know how to live otherwise. The whole 12 date with 12 different people to find The ONE, and post all the perfect date photos on instagram, than all of a sudden fall in love with the last person - but keep it a secret that it's all fake. Yeah.

Susie Umphers on Amazon wrote:

This is such a fun Christmas romance. You have to feel sorry for poor Orion initially. He thinks he has the perfect plan to make himself a star and even lines up a fake boyfriend, model to make sure his story ends the way he wants it to. We of course, as the reader also expect the fake boyfriend to become a real one until Gustav shows up and changes everything. That's when the real fun starts as Orion tries to have his cake and eat it too. Unfortunately, Gustav is the adult Orion doesn't want to have to grow up to be just yet. Watching him mature and become a man worthy of Gustav makes for the perfect holiday romance.


Heat Race

an M/M/M/M Reverse Harem Story

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It’s been two hundred years since alphas could knot and omegas could get pregnant, since anyone has shifted. Today’s hybrids are more human than wolf, but there’s one tradition they’ve retained from their animal ancestry: the heat race. With omegas in short supply, the annual heat race is every alpha’s chance to catch and claim an omega.

Jack Henry stands at the starting line, undecided. He could conspire to be caught by his best friend and childhood sweetheart, Elias, but would Elias be alpha enough for him? Maybe he’d prefer to be claimed by Saul, the huge and handsome alpha he’s always had a crush on. Then Jasper shows up—a stranger dressed in leather who emits such strong alpha vibes Jack Henry is ready to give himself up before the race even begins. But Jasper’s an unknown entity, whose confidence might be indicative of a desire to control.

Jack Henry can’t decide, and so he runs, turning his fate over to fate itself as he’s pursued by all three of his suitors plus the one alpha he can’t abide—Lon, a violent and regressive man who won’t take no for an answer. Jack Henry is going to need more than one alpha to keep him safe. And to keep him satisfied.

During a long night of danger and triumph, the Treehouse Pack is formed. But beyond the heat race lies an uncertain future. Jack Henry, Elias, Saul, and Jasper might each face their own insecurities, fight their own fights, and find their place in the pack as they navigate uncharted waters together. Because it turns out that legendary abilities like knotting, shifting, and child bearing might be more than just relics of the past.

Heat Race is a full-length M/M/M/M reverse harem omegaverse story, separate from the Omega Reimagined world.

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“You really do have to make a choice,” Saul told Jack Henry as he got the rest of the way undressed. It felt good to be naked. The clothes had become too much—a civilized veneer covering something that was no longer civil. “If you don’t speak up, one of us is going to go too far. And I don’t want it to be me.”

“Me either,” Elias said. “I want to respect your right to choose, but it needs to be soon.”

Jasper rose to his feet so the three of them surrounded the omega. Jack Henry turned in the center of the triangle they made, surveying them. He looked pleased, neither scared or uncertain, the only one of them still dressed but as lost to the call of the moon as any of them.

“Make a choice,” Saul begged him. “Because this is getting…” Difficult, tense, uncomfortable. Hard. So hard. Saul massaged his cock, unable to resist its insistence any longer.

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Jack Henry kept rotating. Every time he faced Saul, Saul felt the heat of his eyes. Jack Henry wanted him, had always wanted him. Saul knew it, but Jack Henry didn’t say it. What he said instead was, “I don’t wanna.”

“Don’t wanna fuck?” Jasper asked doubtfully, his voice laced with humor.

“Don’t wanna choose. I like you all.”

“But who do you like best?” Elias insisted.

Jack Henry shook his head, still revolving slowly, his eyes and teeth gleaming. “There is no best. I couldn’t decide before the race, and I can’t decide now. Jasper’s my bad boy, so ruthless and feral. Saul’s my dreamboat, big but kind. And Elias is my best friend, the one I turn to, the one I tell my dreams to. I want it all. I want all of you.”

“Then what are we going to do?” Saul asked helplessly. If the only answer was to fight, he had the strength for it, but the three of them had banded together to protect Jack Henry. It seemed a shame to turn their cooperation into a competition—a bloody and perhaps lethal one. But if Jack Henry couldn’t choose for himself, how were they supposed to choose for him?

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Reviews:loveQuay on Reading Under the Rainbow wrote:

I LOVED this book. From the very start. It was perfect. And the ending was so sweet too, ahhh! P-E-R-F-E-C-T!

Becky on Momma Says To Read Or Not To Read wrote:

Each character brings something different to the relationship as well as each having their own issues as they adjust to the arrangement. I really hadn't thought about this trope set in omegaverse, but Tanya Chris makes it work, and it's thoroughly entertaining. The characters are lovable, the romance is sexy, and the story is fast-paced and engaging. All in all, another great omegaverse read by this author.

Jean on Amazon wrote:

Oh my goodness! This is such a good book! 💗💗 Once again, Tanya has outdone herself with this book. Her unique take on mpreg and omegaverse has to be the absolute best shifter story I have ever read. This book captured me and enraptured me from the very first line to the last.

Jay on Joyfully Jay wrote:

Overall, I found this a fun omegaverse story with some unique world building. Tanya Chris does a nice job creating four interesting and distinct characters and taking their story beyond the initial rush of mating to some thing more developed. I enjoyed this a lot and can definitely recommend it to omegaverse fans.


Impossibly Fond

Cover for Impossibly Fond by Tanya Crhis shows a man with shaggy blue hair in front of a full moon

When a hostile leprechaun forces an inept wizard to flub the spell he’s casting on a mini-giant, the result can only be… fondness? Waltham has accidentally spelled Ian into liking him, and now his hostage/windfall, aka Mindy, insists he fix it before she’ll turn over the pot of gold she rightfully owes him.

Waltham’s figure is as stringy as his hair and his words are as sharp as his nose. He’s a selfish, greedy fledgling wizard with a ratty hat and a worse attitude. There’s no way someone as handsome and kindhearted as Ian would like him without magic in play. But as the three reluctant companions set out on a quest to assemble the ingredients for an anti-spell, a different kind of magic happens. Ian’s unflagging belief that Waltham is worthy of love makes Waltham begin to wish it were true.

There are grasshopper gonads to be collected, moonbeam crystals to be harvested, kitten tears to be wrung, and somewhere, at the end of the rainbow, a pot of gold to be collected. But if Waltham can overcome his upbringing and mend his ways, then maybe—once the spell has been lifted—something real will remain.

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The galoot raised Waltham’s elbow to his mouth and pressed the lightest of kisses to the scrape. His lips were surprisingly soft, very full and tender but probably carrying a veritable army of germs. Waltham withdrew his arm, and the galoot’s pucker faded into a pout, as if Waltham’s elbow were a piece of candy that’d been taken from him.

“Aw,” Mindy said. “I think he likes you.”

“I do,” the galoot agreed immediately. “I like you a lot.”

Surprising. Ego-gratifying, but surprising. People didn’t often take to him right away, what with the sharpness of his features and most particularly the sharpness of his tongue, but it was true that if they were going to like him at all, they liked him the better for not knowing him.

“What’s your name, you big galoot?” Mindy asked.

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“Oh, I’m only a rather average-sized galoot," he demurred. "But I'm strong.” He flexed his biceps in illustration and Waltham nodded approvingly. Very strong.

“What’s your name?” Mindy repeated, as if she were talking to a small and stubborn child, and honestly the galoot wasn’t coming across as a creature of particular intelligence, considering how immediately he’d taken to Waltham who’d been trying steal his gold. Mindy’s gold. His gold.

“Ian.”

“A good name for a giant,” Mindy said.

“Do you think so?” Ian asked without taking his eyes off Waltham.

“It’s got giant right in it.”

“You mean that the other way around,” Waltham observed. “Ian is in giant. Giant’s not in Ian.”

“That’s so clever,” Ian said enthusiastically, as if Waltham had said something… clever. “I’ve had that name my whole life and never even noticed. Ian is in giant. You must be really smart.”

“But I’m the one who said it,” Mindy squealed. “I said it backwards, but you knew what I meant.”

“What’s your name?” Ian asked.

“Mindy,” Mindy answered, even though Ian had clearly directed the question to Waltham. “Hellooo, person talking down here. Look at me.” She fluttered her wings, raising herself up to eye level. Waltham put his hand on top of her head to push her back down. He was enjoying the attention. When you traveled with a green leprechaun in a pink tutu and matching wings, you got very little attention.

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Reviews:Mirrigold on Mirrigold wrote:

So much fun! This book is a hilarious take on the typical high fantasy adventure grouping off on a quest.

loveQhuay on Reading under the rainbow wrote:

The best scene was the grasshopper hunt, it was more then hilarious. I laughed so hard. Waltham and his ignorance of things was so cute, especially when Ian knew things he didn't. They completed each other perfectly. Really, really loved this story, I couldn't put it down and read it in one-go. It was so good to be in this world with Ian& Waltham. Highly recommend it.

Cheryl on Love Bytes Reviews wrote:

Overall, this is a surprisingly deep and emotional tale, whilst at the same time maintaining a funny, quirky nature. It is well written and sweeps the reader along with a real sense of direction. Although only one of the characters is human…basically, they all have a sense of solidity and realness that makes the book a satisfying read.


#20DaysToLA

Cover for #20DaysToLA shows two men in front of a campsite scene

Braxton has a plan. To fly out to LA where he has an apartment and a coveted entry level job waiting for him. To build a life filled with the security and stability he never had as a kid. To find a husband who’s a lot like him: steady, smart, responsible, and capable of making good choices. To leave Connecticut and everything in it behind him, including his mother, her revolving door of suitors, and his straight ex-stepbrother.

Craig has a plan. To convince Braxton to drive out to LA with him. To see every last sight along the way, no matter how weird or expensive or out of the way. To have one last hurrah before embarking on the adult life he’s in no way ready for. And maybe to act on the bisexuality he’s kept to himself so far.

Whose plan wins? Is twenty days enough to make it from Connecticut to LA and from ex-stepbrothers to friends to happily-ever-after? Will Braxton’s stuffed bear, Mr. Lovey, find a real-life bear friend? Find out in this slow burn, friends to lovers, opposites attract, bi awakening, road trip romance in which there’s ONLY ONE BED.

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“You don’t mind being short, do you? I mean, since you’re gay and all. You don’t have that thing where you have to be the taller than your partner in heels.”

“When have you ever not been taller than your partner in heels?”

“Not me, but…” He shrugs. “It shouldn’t be about size, should it?”

“Gay guys care about size too. I mean—” I backtrack quickly, realizing what I just implied. “Some guys would like how big you are. It’s a thing.”

“Is it your thing?”

“Most of the guys I’ve dated have been about my size.” That’s not answering his question, but it’s as close as I’m going to get. “Muscle-heads tend to stick together.”

“Yeah? Seems a little narcissistic going for someone who looks just like you. Not that I don’t appreciate the work that goes into a physique like mine. It just doesn’t do anything for me in a sex way.”

“You don’t like guys at all, though.”

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Craig reaches between us to grab a fresh beer. He spends a minute opening it, as though that takes concentration, then takes several swallows. I assume we’re going to drop that topic of conversation, but he surprises me by starting it again.

“I think I’d be more into a guy like you.”

If, you mean.”

“Sure. If. You’re cute.”

I don’t know whether to be flattered or insulted. Craig thinking I’m cute makes a little flutter of hope take wing inside me, but I can also guess he finds me more attractive than guys who look like him because, in his mind, I’m closer to being a woman.

I look nothing like a woman. I’m not a tall man, but I’d be on the tall side for a woman, and I’m not super built up top, but you can see the shape of my shoulders. I’m hairy where men tend to be hairy—not in copious quantities, but I’ve got a nice even coat on my forearms and calves and down my treasure trail. My features are male, and I dress like your average guy.

I’ve known guys who were campier or more femme, and I have no issue with them. I don’t like drawing rigid lines between male and female. But Craig saying he would prefer a guy like me feels like he’s putting me on one particular side of that line I don’t like to draw.

“Braxton?”

I realize I’ve gone silent and flash a smile at him, then hold out the marshmallow I’ve toasted to a perfect crispy brown. He takes this one with his fingers, though the way he licks them clean after is almost as distracting as his stick-fellatio technique.

“I didn’t mean to be inappropriate,” he says. “I wasn’t hitting on you or anything.”

“God, no. I didn’t take it that way.”

“Okay, well, good.”

He drinks his beer, and I roast my marshmallows. We gaze into the fire, listening to a chorus of crickets. Someone a few campsites over has music playing. The sound comes and goes with the wind, intruding sudden bursts of rap, like angry remarks thrown out by a passing stranger. The fire pops and crackles and Craig gets up to tend it, though there’s no need to build it higher. It’ll be burning for days already.

At some point we start talking again, about what we saw today and where we’ll go tomorrow, about anything except how attractive I find him and the subject of whether he finds me attractive in return, but later, in the dark of our tent, with three beers in me, I ask him, “Do you really think I’m cute.”

And he says, “Yeah, Braxton. I really do.”

 

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Reviews:Annie on Bayou Book Junkie wrote:

I’m not sure why I wasn’t expecting to be pulled in quite as quickly as I was, perhaps it’s because I haven’t read much from this author to date. I also wasn’t expecting to laugh so hard my eyes teared up at times. In short, #20DaysToLA ended up being a lot of fun and one I’d definitely recommend.

loveQhuay on Reading under the rainbow wrote:

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. It was so refreshing. Love road-trips, I don't know why aren't more books in this category. I love seeing the world through the books, so it was like I was there with Craig and Braxton - but like just a voyeur ghost LOL. Loved this book so much, and the ending was amazing.

Jean on Vine Voice wrote:

Oh my! What an adventure! This book was just simply marvellous. Tanya Chris is absolutely undoubtedly one of my favourite authors. Her work never disappoints. This slow burn road trip story is a most intriguing and fascinating account of the journey taken by two guys across the United States en route to Los Angeles.... and on their way to accepting one another and finally falling in love. The adventures and dramas along the way had me holding my breath at times and laughing out loud too. This author can be depended upon to keep your attention, no matter what the subject matter.


Aiming High

Cover for Aiming High by Tanya Chris shows a man climbing on a bouldering wall

What they want most may be the one thing out of their reach.

Canadian rock climber Spencer Woolery has been training for the Olympics since before climbing was an Olympic sport. Dedication, determination, and strict adherence to a rigorous training regimen have gotten him to the summer games, but are they enough to elevate him to the podium? He’ll do whatever it takes to give himself the best shot, unlike American Flynn Loren, a.k.a. Flyin’ Flynn, who seems to succeed without making any effort at all.

Flynn loves climbing, but he hates being a professional climber. He’d rather be climbing real rock—outside in the sun having fun with his friends—than stuck indoors sweating over times and points and strategies. And he’d rather win Spencer’s heart than a medal, but that prize continues to elude him.

Against the backdrop of Olympic Village in Tokyo, Flynn and Spencer compete against each other and eighteen other men to see who’ll take home a medal and who’ll win something even greater than gold.

Note: this book takes place in an alternative universe where the Tokyo Olympics happened in the summer of 2020 as planned.

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“JUST A LITTLE,” Flynn prompted. He’d gotten his horse to water, but he couldn’t make him drink. “One tiny taste of mine.” He held out one of his mochi ice cream balls in an effort to tempt Spencer into trying it. Everyone else had bought a treat, even Mika who weighed about ninety-four pounds. Flynn didn’t know how much Spencer weighed, but whatever it was, it was perfect. Shame that professional comps had a shirts-on rule.

“You make bad influence,” Mika said with a wag of her finger. “He eat what coach say eat.”

“But he promised.” Flynn tried making puppy dog eyes at Spencer, and it actually worked. Spencer reached across the table and took the entire mochi ball from him. Good thing he’d bought two. He took a bite of the one he had left. “Ahhh. Cold.” And hard. He’d practically snapped a tooth off.

Mika giggled. “Ice cream.”

“Yeah, ice cream. I get it. We like ours a little softer back home.”

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“The coating keeps it colder, probably.” Spencer had nibbled into his ball without breaking anything or screaming loudly enough to attract the attention of everyone in the store. “It’s good. The covering’s sort of… weird. Too chewy.”

“You’ve got some—” Flynn brushed at his own mouth to indicate where some of the starch from the coating had come off on Spencer, and Spencer licked around his lips in a circle that was about all Flynn could take without jumping him. He got out his phone and snapped a photo of Spencer with a mouth full of ice cream ball.

“Where are you posting that?”

“Instagram. Hashtag balls-are-amazing.”

Spencer rolled his eyes. “Then you’re answering the text I get from my coach in the middle of the night when he sees it.”

“Let’s make it worth it then.” He turned his phone around to get himself in the shot too and posted that picture with the hashtag breakfast-of-champions.

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Reviews:Adagio on Amazon wrote:

As always this author delivers incredibly realistic characters. I love that both Spencer and Flynn showed very different attitudes toward competition. The relationship between the two competitors had such depth to it. Having the backstory really helped draw that out and give the readers more perspective. Tanya Chris’ world-building was intricate and vivid. It felt very much like I was right there.

It was a captivating story that hit its mark. I fell in love with the characters and I enjoyed the unique take. I also appreciate how the author wrote rock climbing so that I could follow along with it, as I have no experience in that sport.

Joan on Amazon wrote:

Once again Tanya Chris has delivered a wonderful love story that takes place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is a love story between Spencer and Flynn that has been in the making since they first met years ago when Flynn was 17 years old and Spencer 19. Their chosen career path made them competitors and the opportunity to finally get together and express how they felt was the journey the reader was taken on in this story. The friendly competition and team sportsmanship were demonstrated between the individual climbers and you could tell it was a tight knit community. Add in the disapproving coach and snotty teammate and you have the impediments to their love story. But love is love and the Olympic competition must go on with surprising results. Spencer and Flynn get their HEA and I loved how the story ended. Definitely a must read!

Macbandit on Amazon wrote:

This author has to be one of the most versatile writers. This is the first I’ve read of her mostly vanilla contemporary mm romances. I love her dark sexy romances the best but I have to say she knows how to put plenty of emotion and lovable characters into this story. These two climbers, Spencer and Flynn, have had an attraction to each other since they met when they were teenagers. It isn’t until the Olympics that they act on that attraction. I really enjoyed that while there is competition between the climbers there is mostly respect and friendship. I like the way she also points out even the great athletes have doubts about what they are doing. I highly recommend this author. I have never read a book of hers that I didn’t enjoy.