Guest Post and Giveaway: 2017 Advent Stories with T.A. Moore and C.S. Poe

Today I am so pleased to welcome T.A. Moore & C.S. Poe to Joyfully Jay. T.A. & C.S. have come to talk to us about their 2017 Advent stories, Ghostwriter of Christmas Past & New Game, Start. They have also brought along a great giveaway.  Please join me in giving them a big welcome!

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Welcome to TA Moore & C.S. Poe’s Irish/American Christmas Blog Tour! We thought it would be particularly amusing to answer some questions about Christmas and writing to the holidays, video-style! Do you enjoy writing seasonally themed stories and why? What is your favorite thing about Christmas?


  • December 4 – Joyfully Jay
  • December 5 – It’s About the Book
  • December 6 – Sinfully Gay Romance
  • December 7 – Boy Meets Boy
  • December 8 – The Novel Approach


Ghostwriter of Christmas Past & New Game, StartGhostwriter of Christmas Past – Ever since ghostwriter Jason Burke ended up in loco parentis for his orphaned niece, Mallory, he’s been trying. He goes to parent/teacher events, and he makes packed lunches, so he definitely didn’t mean to forget about Christmas. He just hasn’t celebrated it since he left home under a cloud years ago.

Put on the spot, Jason makes the snap decision to take Mallory to see where he and her father spent their Christmases as kids. The last thing he expects is to run into Tommy, his ex—ex-best friend, ex-boyfriend—who is still living in town… and working as a sheriff’s deputy.

It’s hard to avoid someone in a small town—and maybe Jason doesn’t want to. He got Mallory a Christmas, and maybe now it’s time to get himself a Christmas boyfriend. But first, he owes Tommy some explanations.


New Game, Start – Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.


TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing).

She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out. She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

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C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

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T.A. and C.S. have brought 1 Ebook of Liar, Liar by TA Moore and 1 Ebook of The Mystery of the Curiosities by C.S. Poe to award to one lucky winner on their tour.  Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. T.A. and C.S., thanks for the video interviews both of which I enjoyed. Congratulations on your new holiday stories.

    As for me, I do enjoy reading (not writing) holiday stories. What is my favorite thing about Christmas? I like the hope of the season for peace on earth and goodwill to men. I’ll admit I also like giving and receiving cards and gifts… and a chocolate Santa!

  2. Christmas is cultural, so I enjoy all the decorations and atmosphere. We actually celebrate Yule, or the Winter Solstice, so we have a tree and light a log (which is a log, drilled for candles, since we don’t have a fireplace.) I love English holiday cake because–mazipan! Congratulations on your new releases and best wishes for a fun Season.

  3. I love holiday stories! I like many things about Christmas: decorating the tree, decorating sugar cookies, finding just the right gift for people, Christmas dinner and chocolate.

  4. Sandra R. says:

    I’m not a religious person either but I Love, Love, Love decorating for the holidays and I mean, the entire house! I haven’t been able to decorate in the past few years, though. First, taking care of my dad who was in his deathbed and passed the day before christmas in 2015, then last year we moved on Dec 26, and now, I’m taking care of my dying mom. (I wonder if she’s holding on until close to or to the day my dad passed. They were together all their lives, being high school sweethearts. I’m not sure I want to fully decorate this year. I also like driving around town and see other people’s decorations. Oh, and baking! Can’t forget the baking. Every year I baked oatmeal cookies in different flavors for my dad. Haven’t done that in quite some time, either. I might have my daughter join me in that tradition this year.

  5. I like holiday stories; they help me get in the holiday mood. Making Christmas cookies and spending time with family are my favorite parts.

  6. Thank you for the videos. I do enjoy holiday stories, they give me a heartening feeling during the season (and out of the season). Favorite part of Christmas? It’s probably spending time with family cooking and eating. Then reading later in the night.

  7. I’m not a very Christmas-y person, but I enjoy seasonal stories because they help me get in the mood… Otherwise I would never be able to feel the joy 😉

  8. The traditions I have with my kid. Watching old Christmas cartoons and such

  9. Great start to the tour! Sorry I’m so late – work has been kicking my ass 😉 As for lights, you should see the light show and windows at Saks this year 🙂 AMAZING!!! The light show is all over the 5th avenue side of the building – all the way up. It’s the most spectacular lights/windows display I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended if you can tolerate the crowds 😀

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