Josh Lanyon on Christmas

Hello Manic Readers!

It’s the holidays again — I know that for a fact because I’ve been reading an article on how the TV Yule Log got to be such a sensation with viewers across the nation.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Yule Log, the, er, history is right here. I find the idea of a televised Yule log touching. I think it speaks to our desire, sometimes unacknowledged, for tradition. Or maybe it’s just nostalgia. If so, it’s nostalgia for a past most of us never experienced first hand.

(Did people in the 1920s privately long for the traditions and holidays rituals of the 1800s?)

Anyway, in my opinion, the best Christmas stories capture that longing. It’s a longing for what could have been. Or what was once, but is no more.

That sounds so sad! And not entirely true because part of that nostalgia is simply a longing — or just appreciation — for home and hearth — for someone of our own on Christmas morning.

Christmas is a magical time and all things seem possible. All season long we review the past year, and it is often during the holidays that we reach out to estranged family and friends. It’s a good time of year to make peace with the past — and to plan for the future.

It’s also a good time for extravagant wishes to come true — engagement rings are often exchanged. We run into old lovers at holiday parties and under the influence of alcohol and mistletoe we say the things we should have said before.

Admittedly, this is not always a good thing.

Then again, sometimes it is a very good thing.

Which brings us to Lone Star and the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology. Men Under the Mistletoe is this year’s male-male romance holiday anthology from Carina Press, and the theme of all the stories is second chances.



Mitchell Evans is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. Though naturally gifted, he’s worked hard for his success, and most people — including Mitch — would say he’s achieved everything he ever wanted. But success doesn’t automatically bring happiness, and when things go very wrong for Mitchell in New York, he heads back to the little town in Texas where he grew up. And, inadvertently, into the arms of his first — and perhaps only true — love, Web Eisley. Web is now a Texas Ranger — and it’s hard to imagine a more unlikely pairing than a famous ballet dancer and a Texas Ranger.


But that’s the magic of Christmas. Sometimes you can go home again.


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