Interview with ‘Nathan Burgoine

Yesterday, an interview with Corey Alexander went up on Corey’s Book Blog. It was a brilliant experience, and in case you missed it, here’s the link…

Corey's Book Corner

I am excited to have ‘Nathan Burgoine here today talking about his upcoming m/m romance release, Saving the Date which is out this Friday! This story, which he co-wrote with Angela S. Stone, centers a gay trauma survivor who wants to give himself a new memory, a positive memory, to associate with the anniversary of his queer bashing. It’s a short meet-cute erotic romance with a matchmaking theme, and it centers a one night stand.

NathanBurgoineA Bit About ‘Nathan

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had dozens of short stories published. He has also released two gay romance novellas, In Memoriam, and Handmade Holidays. ’Nathan’s first novel, Light, was a finalist for a…

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Attending Authors Announced!


Bold Strokes Books, UK

We do love a good bit of alliteration here at BSB… and now we’re happy to put it to good use.

Announcing the Attending Authors at the Bold Strokes Book Festival:

BSB ID Attending Grid

Join us on May 5th-6th, 2018 for what is going to be an AMAZING, ASTOUNDING weekend of literary FUN and FROLIC. Tickets are only £3 and the link for tickets will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Come along for the panels, the signings, the readings, the conversation, and of course, the after parties.

Questions? Get in touch!

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February Flash Fiction Draw

And we’re back!

Last month I started a year-long monthly Flash Fiction Draw Challenge, and we had our first draw (which was a Fairy Tale involving a Tattoo Machine set in a Prison!) and the results were fantastic. Well, it’s the first Monday of the month, so I’m back and I’ve made the second round of draws.

I made a video of it (you can go check that out on my Facebook page if you want).

The chart from which the draws were made was this (minus the cards from last month):

Flash Fiction Draw Chart

And the result for February? Jack of clubs, queen of diamonds, and nine of hearts. Which means anyone who wants to play along is going to write a flash fiction piece of 1,000 words within the following guidelines: a crime caper, involving a compass, set in a soup kitchen.

Last month we had a dozen participants, and that was awesome! If you do participate, please pop a link to this post, or to the Facebook video above so I can gather all the stories again for a round-up post next week.

But the most important thing? This is supposed to be fun and inspiring. If it’s not working for you, take a pass. There’ll be another challenge on the first Monday of March (that’s March 5th), from the remaining eleven items on the list. The “rules” such as they are are pretty limited: You have to use the genre, the item, and the setting (though you can play a bit fast and loose within those guidelines), no more than 1,000 words, and the piece needs to be finished by next Monday (February 12th). That’s it.


Flash Fiction Draw

“Handmade Holidays,” ‘Nathan Burgoine’s new Christmas story. Review by Jeff Baker.

I should probably stop re-blogging these reviews, but I swear I’m basically floating around in a happy daze because of them.


23659437_881198595393488_2878316292990376683_n                      ‘Nathan Burgoine’s new Christmas story “Handmade Holidays” may well be an instant classic. Drawing on some of Burgoine’s own personal experiences as well as a tradition involving Christmas ornaments, it tells the story of Nick Wilson; on his own for the first time after his homophobic parents throw him out of the house. With the holidays approaching, Nick buys a cheap tree and decorates it with a friend’s improvised ornament. Thus starts a tradition which the story follows through fifteen years as Nick’s life and the lives of his chosen family of assorted friends change and grow through successes, tragedies, births and deaths, all the while adding ornaments, each with a special significance to their lives at the time.

Telling the story in the form of the story of successive years (skipping over a few) is a masterstroke, offering readers…

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Book Review – Handmade Holidays by ‘Nathan Burgoine

And I’m just going to bask in the glow of this lovely, lovely review from Elizabeth Lister for a while.


36492203Before I begin, I want to give a huge shout-out to NineStar Press for the beautiful cover they had designed for their holiday shorts this year. For me, the beauty of winter is about the blue and white of the sky and snow on a winter’s day or at night lit by street lamps, so I think this is just lovely!

Now to the story. I’ve only read ‘Nathan’s paranormal stories (which is a bit of a departure for me) so I was eager to read a good old-fashioned contemporary short by my friend and fellow-author. Knowing a bit about ‘Nathan’s past and his strong belief in the power/importance of chosen families, I wanted to see how he managed to convey this in his story.

Well, he did it beautifully and, presented in such an original way, the lives of his characters became a yearly check-in to see what had…

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Handmade Holidays by ‘Nathan Burgoine – A Book Review

As first reviews of “Homemade Holidays” go, I couldn’t have asked for more.

Jamieson Wolf


When we meet Nick, he is nineteen and is alone for Christmas for the first time.

After being forced to leave his parents house, he has gotten himself a cheap bachelor apartment and, because it’s Christmas, a tree of his own. His whole apartment is filled with cast off furniture and rescued accessories.

The only problem is that he doesn’t have any ornaments. He doesn’t have anything. Nick has had to start over and quickly find his footing, leaving almost everything behind. When Nick’s friend Haruto drops by on Christmas Eve, he helps Nick with his tree and gives Nick a gift, a box of candy canes.

When they go to decorate the tree, Nick is crushed to realise he doesn’t have any ornaments to decorate the tree with…until he thinks of the box of candy canes. Haruto asks Nick for a piece of blue paper and folds him a…

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