The countdown to the showdown

The Great Santa Shown Glenn Quigley two men dressed as Santa, one holding a lantern

You can now pre-order my new short story, THE GREAT SANTA SHOWDOWN on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a few other places.

Here are the individual links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BNYB2JRL/

JMS Books: https://www.jms-books.com/glenn-quigley-c-224_559/the-great-santa-showdown-p-4550.html

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-santa-showdown-glenn-quigley/1142792635

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-great-santa-showdown

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-great-santa-showdown/9781685502843-item.html

The Great Santa Showdown

The Great Santa Shown Glenn Quigley two men dressed as Santa, one holding a lantern

Hi everyone, here is the cover to my next release, THE GREAT SANTA SHOWDOWN! It’s a festive, feel-good fable full of fuller-figured Father Christmases!

This gay short story is up for pre-order right now from JMB Books and will be released on 10th December!

It’s two weeks before Christmas and the official Santa Claus of the small town of Yuleboro is retiring. Bookstore owner Gregory has long dreamed of taking over the role. However, he’s not the only one, as tree farmer John has been waiting his whole life for this opportunity. Alongside a host of other competitors, they’ll battle their way through a tournament designed to test the skills of any would-be Kris Kringles, and find it takes more than a belly and a beard to wear the red suit. And as Gregory and John go head to head in the first-ever Great Santa Showdown, it’s not just the competition that heats up!

This festive, feel-good fable is full of fuller-figured Father Christmases and will be available from JMS Books website and Amazon in eBook format. Here is an excerpt:

At the rear of the store, two lamps lit two plush, plum-colored couches. The couches had seen better days, with worn cushions and more than a few little rips here and there, but nothing made Gregory happier than seeing readers ensconced in them for the afternoon with a good book.

He popped a hardback copy of A Christmas Carol and Other Stories into a paper bag and handed it to a customer. “A good choice,” he said. “Happy Holidays.”

At the door, Floyd stood aside to let the customer leave. He took off his red-and-white striped bobble hat and handed over a piece of paper. “Have you seen this?”

Gregory read it, mouth agape. Under a photo of John looking -- to be fair -- amazing, were the words, Vote John Fox for Santa. The wise man’s choice.

Gregory’s eyes narrowed. “Where did you get this?”

“Right outside,” Floyd said. “He’s handing them out to everyone.”

Gregory brushed past him and stormed out of the bookstore, waving the flyer over his head. Across the street, John was riding around on the back of a vintage pickup truck decked out to look like a sleigh.

“This is cheating!” Gregory said.

John smiled at him. “That’s a very serious accusation.”

“It’s cheating and you know it.”

John banged on the side of the truck, and the driver -- a man around John’s age wearing reindeer antlers -- slowed to a stop.

Gregory peered in and recognized Seamus Byrne, the owner of the Jolly Olde Lodge, so he smiled and waved. Then he remembered that he was angry.

John lowered the trunk flap and hopped out. “There’s nothing in the rules against canvassing for support.”

“It’s ... it’s ...”

“Yes?”

“It’s against the spirit of the competition,” Gregory said. “Which, I might add, doesn’t even start until tomorrow?”

John smiled and handed out a flyer to a passer-by. “The competition started the moment we signed our names on that form, and you know it.”

Gregory’s dander was up and that meant his tongue became untethered. “You’re too short to be Santa.”

John’s eyes flashed and his soft cheeks flushed. He pulled the Santa hat from his head and squared up to the much-taller Gregory. “I’m not too short,” he said. “I’m five-eight!”

“You’re five-five in heels,” Gregory said.

“Pah. If anything, you’re too tall! Santa Claus is an elf.”

Gregory bellowed out a laugh. “Santa’s not an elf!”

John held up one finger. “Come with me.” He beckoned Gregory to the bookshop. Floyd had been watching from the doorway and quickly stepped aside to let them in.

John looked along the holiday section -- an entire bookcase holding nothing but volumes with red or green covers -- pulled out a copy of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and opened it. “It says right there that Santa Claus arrives on, and I quote, a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. And, and, he was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf. It says it right there. Elf.” John slapped the book closed and put on what must surely have been his smuggest smile. “Santa Claus is an elf.”

“He’s got you there,” Floyd said.

Gregory crossed his arms and sniffed. “That’s not canon.”

John frowned. “I beg your pardon?”

“It’s not canon. It’s not official Santa Claus lore. It’s ... fanfiction.”

John rolled his eyes. “I’m leaving. You can keep the flyer. When I’m voted in, I’ll sign it for you. To Gregory, you’re getting a lump of coal this year. Love, Santa.”

He grinned and let the door slam close behind him, vigorously tinkling the little bell above.

Stockings stuffed with paperbacks hung from the store counter on which Gregory now leaned his forehead and groaned. “Maybe I should just let him have it. I can’t compete with this.” He crumpled up John’s flyer and threw it into the waste paper basket.

“Oh, please,” Floyd said. “One little flyer isn’t going to win the competition. All you need to do is get on his good side. Make friends with him, you’re good at that.”

Gregory lifted his head. “I am?”

“Of course! Making friends is what you do! So get on his good side, get his guard down, then when he least expects it, throw him under the bus. Or under the sleigh, I guess.”

Gregory’s cheeks puffed out, quite of their own accord. “I can’t do that!”

“Sure you can!” Floyd patted Gregory’s wide chest. “You can do anything you set your mind to, big guy.”

“I mean I won’t do it.” Gregory crossed his heavy arms.

“Give me one good reason why not.”

“Because it’s ... it’s ...”

“Yes?”

Gregory snorted. “It’s not what Santa Claus would do.”

BAQWA presents Two

I was pleased to work with BAQWA this year to create the artwork for the cover of their latest anthology.

This anthology features ten authors who share a mix a short stores and poetry all focused around the number two. As with last year’s anthology all proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Lavender Library and Archives in Sacramento, California. Find your copy on Amazon or anywhere you get your eBooks.

Release day!

Use as Wallpaper by Glenn Quigley, A NSP Romance short story, mmromance

My new mmromance short story, Use as Wallpaper is out now! This is a fun, gay, romantic story set in the beautiful country of Georgia.

Here is the blurb:

Stuart is a reporter for a seldom-watched history channel, forty-one years old, and recently single. His latest assignment has taken him to the beautiful country of Georgia to film a traditional polyphonic choir—one of the last of its kind. The choir is run by Otar, a gruff man of strong opinions who is used to getting his own way.

When it’s suggested that Stuart get involved with the choir’s latest performance, he will have to quickly learn how to sing in Georgian, perform a traditional dance, and avoid butting heads with Otar. He probably shouldn’t drink too much wine the night before the show, either.

As Otar struggles to keep the past alive, can he help Stuart to leave his behind?

Here are some links to places you can buy Use As Wallpaper, published by Ninestar Press.

Use as Wallpaper pre-order

You can now pre-order my new short story, Use as Wallpaper, and get it four days early!

The story will be released on 23rd August but if you order direct from the Ninestar Press you can get it right now!

This is my first contemporary story and my first published short story. It’s a fun, gay rom-com (mm romance) and I’m excited for you to read it. It’s had some great advance reviews over on Instagram already!

I sent out some advance review copies and I’ve gotten my some lovely reviews already:

This story is a great introduction to this author’s writing. His affectionately drawn, intensely human characters are relatable and likeable, the dialogue sparky…

Deliciously Dark Romance
https://deliciouslydarkromance.com/2022/08/11/review-use-as-wallpaper-by-glenn-quigley/

​Elegant and intelligent writing with hilarious dialog and lovable characters.

Jonathan Scott, Rainbow.ReaderJSW on Instagram

The writing itself was wonderful. The setting and premise of the story all fit, overall wonderful short story!

Bethany Levesque, PolishObsessedHoarder on Instagram

Here is the blurb:

Stuart is a reporter for a seldom-watched history channel, forty-one years old, and recently single. His latest assignment has taken him to the beautiful country of Georgia to film a traditional polyphonic choir—one of the last of its kind. The choir is run by Otar, a gruff man of strong opinions who is used to getting his own way.

When it’s suggested that Stuart get involved with the choir’s latest performance, he will have to quickly learn how to sing in Georgian, perform a traditional dance, and avoid butting heads with Otar. He probably shouldn’t drink too much wine the night before the show, either.

As Otar struggles to keep the past alive, can he help Stuart to leave his behind?

Use as Wallpaper cover reveal

I’m very pleased to present the cover to USE AS WALLPAPER. This is my first contemporary story and my first published short story. It’s a fun rom-com set in the beautiful country of Georgia.

Cover for a story named Use as Wallpaper by Glenn Quigley. Two deck chairs and two glasses of wine by a lake surrounded by trees.

Here is the blurb:

Stuart is a reporter for a seldom-watched history channel, forty-one years old, and recently single. His latest assignment has taken him to the beautiful country of Georgia to film a traditional polyphonic choir—one of the last of its kind. The choir is run by Otar, a gruff man of strong opinions who is used to getting his own way.

When it’s suggested that Stuart get involved with the choir’s latest performance, he will have to quickly learn how to sing in Georgian, perform a traditional dance, and avoid butting heads with Otar. He probably shouldn’t drink too much wine the night before the show, either.

As Otar struggles to keep the past alive, can he help Stuart to leave his behind?

USE AS WALLPAPER will be released on 23rd August by Ninestar Press and will be available on their website, Amazon, and most major e-book retailers. I’ll update this post as soon as the pre-order and buy links are available!

This story is totally stand-alone and unconnected to my novels. If you’ve been thinking about trying out my writing, here’s an easy and affordable way to do so. I’m very excited for people to read this story!

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