STANDALONES

Daddy & Dante's Day Out

mPreg short story

Luca Markwell wasn’t in the habit of making plans. He was the kind of guy who took life as it came and rolled with the punches. It worked for him, right up until it didn’t—when his friend, Atticus, confessed that he was pregnant with Luca’s child.


Luca had been in love with Atticus for months, trying and failing to find the courage to admit to it without complicating their no-strings relationship. A baby, though… that changed everything. Luca realized he wanted a family. He wanted this family, with Atticus and their baby.


A year down the track, his life was perfect. He had his boyfriend and their son, and he couldn’t ask for anything more. With Atticus going back to work for the first time since Dante’s birth, Luca found himself left in charge of their little boy. Daddy and Dante were about to have a day out together for the first time!

Beckett Henry doesn’t believe in giving or receiving Christmas presents. Growing up in a poor family, he’s had to see the guilt on his parents faces every year when they couldn't provide him and his brother the fancy toys the other kids received. Not to mention the teasing from the other kids every January. The only bright spot of the holidays was when Asher Holden visited them and they all played together without any toys. 

Asher is his brother's best friend and they'd all grown up in the same neighborhood. He's had a crush on the other man since puberty, but he's never had the guts to say or do anything about it. Now, Asher is the owner and CEO of Holden Marketing, the company Beckett works for, and a relationship between them will never happen. Not only have they been friends for too many years, but there is a strict company policy against inter-office dating. He couldn’t imagine what they’d say if their CEO dated the creative manager’s P.A. 

With the Christmas season fast approaching, Beckett is getting ready to get the following weeks over and done with when he gets a surprise—a Secret Santa present arrives on his doorstep! As more presents start to arrive, Beckett struggles to figure out who could be sending them, or what to do with them. 

Will Beckett be ready when his Secret Santa is unveiled?

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This story is a republished novella from 2015. It has an added epilogue.

Christmas Story

My Secret Santa Billionaire

The Promise

Widowed Before Forty
Lawyer Caleb “West” Weston loses the man he loves, Carter, to cancer. When Carter dies, not only is West left hurting, but Carter’s younger brother, eighteen-year-old Shane, plummets deeply into grief. Both men bury themselves in their pain and forget to support one another. West feels hollow, and Shane’s life goes off the rails.

The Lost Boy
Shane’s parents reacted badly when he told them he was gay, but he had Carter and West to run to when things got tough. They gladly took him in. After Carter dies, Shane feels like he has no one to love him, until one tearful moment between Shane and West turns into something passionate. Afterward, consumed by guilt, both men become more isolated than before.

Second Chance at Love, First Chance to Be Himself
West has never fully embraced the darkest parts of his sexuality, but he knows one thing for certain—he wants Shane as his. Even if being with his dead lover’s younger brother is wrong, fighting his attraction to Shane is hurting them both. He decides to step up and become the daddy he has always wanted to be, one who helps guide his boy back into the land of the living. One large problem remains, during the months Shane was left to his own devices, he made a wreck of his life. West and Shane both need a lot of love to heal. Can they learn to live a new life together, free of shame and guilt?

© 2020 by Meg Bawden

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