Beat Your Winter Blues Blog Tour: What I’ll Miss About Winter

OMG. Barely home from RT. Absolutely exhausted, but it was SO worth it. I met so many fabulous people – readers, authors, bloggers, RT staff. Each and every person was amazing. I can’t wait to do it again! I’ll post some pictures and updates later this week.

But first…

Sixteen authors are here to do their best to make your winter brighter in January, February, March, and April. (Unless you’re south of the equator, and then we’ll just be jealous of your summer.) Every Wednesday will be a new stop on the tour (see schedule below). Be sure to leave a comment at each stop for up to sixteen chances at the grand prize: a $200 USD gift certificate to the e-retailer of your choice. Also keep an eye out for links to individual authors’ sites on their release dates for a chance to win some free books.

The tour is winding down, but we still have prizes to give away!

Don’t forget to check out:

Legal Tender, by Andrew Grey

Five Star Review, by Lara Brukz

Handle With Care, by Josephine Miles

Also, don’t miss Josephine’s Giveaway here!

The Pirate’s Game, by Heidi Cullinan (available April 24th)

And the giveaway for Heidi’s book here.

Payback, by Clare London (available April 25th)

You can enter to win a copy of Clare’s book here.



I know the tour info says we’re doing a getaway today, but I messed things up by changing the theme at the last minute. What we’ll really be talking about today is, “What I Will Miss About Winter.”

Clare London: What I’ll miss about Winter is…. my boots! We don’t have hideously severe winters in London, but there’s a fine snap of cold in the air, and I get the chance to wear my fur-lined, comfy-soled, ankle-hugging boots. I don’t feel the cold very much otherwise, so I’m not a lover of huge padded coats or woolly hats or thick scarves, but there’s nothing like slipping my cold toes into winter boots. They never seem to go out of fashion, they cover all occasions, and I can throw them in the back of the car if I’m travelling somewhere. This is from a gal whose Nana always told her off for going out of the house with wet hair, “I’d catch my death of cold” LOL. And surely this gentleman agrees with me, that if I keep my feet warm, I can’t go wrong with anything else?

Lara Brukz: What I’ll miss about winter is the cooler temperatures.  Really so- not-ready for the heat and the humidity which has seemed to hit awful early this year.  Last year three months of above 100 degrees here in the south, air conditioners were worked overtime.  Heaters not so much.  Winter meant not having to work in the yard as well. Ah the good ole days. Now it’s back to trimming the weeds and sweating.  So winter will be missed here in the south we get so little of it.

Josephine Myles: Cosy socks, leather boots and winter woollens! Much as I enjoy wearing my summer linen and cottons, there’s something about snuggling up in soft, handknitted woollens that really appeals to me. Plus, when I’ve gone to all the trouble of knitting or crocheting something, I want to be able to wear it all year round. I do feel fabulous in my winter gear, and shall miss my Victorian-style black jacquard coat which always makes me feel a bit steampunk.

I’m also going to miss the convenient excuse that I NEED a “medicinal” glass of brandy because I got chilled outside. That just doesn’t wash in the summer months!

Heidi Cullinan: I’ll miss cuddling up by the fire and watching TV with the family under a million blankets. I like the free-feeling of summer where we’re all over the place, but I love how we all huddle together during the winter months.

Andrew Grey: What will I miss about winter? Nothing. The garden is blooming, I’m ready for warm weather and sunshine, and in a month I get to open the pool.

Kate McMurray: I’m not generally a big fan of winter, so once the warm weather arrives, my feelings are usually, “Good riddance!” But I had a fun and busy winter. A productive winter. A winter in which I wrote a lot and did a lot and had a lot of fun even though I didn’t sleep much. I won’t miss how insanely busy it got at times, but I’m really pleased with everything I accomplished, and I’m finding that laziness is setting in now that the flowers are blooming and I don’t need my wool coat anymore. I kind of just want to go lay in the grass and read a book. So I miss that productivity, I guess. And the good times—the photo is glitter and confetti on a New York City subway platform on New Year’s Eve.


Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy.  Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home. All the details of her books and free fiction are available at her website and blog.
Lara Brukz is a sassy, smart mouthed Southern redhead who thinks about sex all the time.  Lara didn’t dream of growing up to read mountains of books, let alone write.  Numbers were always her thing.  Then she needed some extreme excitement in her vanilla life.  She started reading m/m romance and couldn’t put them down.  Her best friend provided the motivation that brought her writing career to life. Now she writes romance beyond limits and loves every tap of the key. Still resides in the same small southern Arkansas town she grew up in.   By day she juggles with numbers and by night she fiddles with words and all things male.  That includes her luscious husband.   Find Lara at


Ethan Stone is a single father with a wonderful and aggravating teenage son. He’s  always loved to write and one point thought journalism was his dream career. He spent several years trying to make himself believe that until he realized he needed to write because he wanted too not because he had to. He just wishes he could’ve figured that out before he earned a sizable debt with school loans. He’s always had plenty of stories in his head and even published several purely erotica shorts on the web. He assumed the stories in his head starring gay men would have to be relegated to the web. And then he discovered the wonderful world of M/M publishing.

Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing America, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to M/M, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades. He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year. Get in touch with him at


English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes m/m erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it. Check out Jo’s website and blog at

When Kate McMurray is not writing, she works as an editor with a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She has a BA in English lit that she’s still amazed translated into an actual career. Among other things, Kate is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at

Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there.  When she isn’t writing, Heidi enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music.  She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats. Find Heidi on the Web: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and her website.

Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle,, Pennsylvania.  You can find out more at , on facebook, twitter, or email him at

It’s not too late to check out the previous stops!

January 11: How We Beat the Winter Blues (hosted by Coffee & Porn in the Morning)

January 18: Favorite Wintertime Activities (hosted by Josephine Myles)

January 25: Join us for a January getaway (hosted by Andrew Grey)

February 1: Winter in My Backyard (hosted by Lou Harper)

February 8: “If I could get away right now, I’d go to…” (hosted by Ellis Carrington)

February 15: Valentine’s Day (hosted by J.L. Merrow)

February 22: Authors by the Fireside (hosted by Kate McMurray)

February 29: Join us for a February getaway (hosted by Z.A. Maxfield)

March 7: Things to Do in a Blizzard (hosted by S.A. Meade)

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day (hosted by Clare London)

March 21: Spring Break (hosted by Blaine Arden)

March 28: Join us for a March Getaway (hosted by Tales from the Writing Cave)

April 4: Favorite Winter Movies (hosted byStumbling Over Chaos)

April 11: Signs of Spring (hosted by J.P. Barnaby)

April 18: Join us for an April Getaway (hosted by Marie Sexton)

April 25: Farewell (hosted by Joyfully Jay)

April 30: Grand Prize Announcement (hosted by Heidi Cullinan)

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26 Responses to Beat Your Winter Blues Blog Tour: What I’ll Miss About Winter

  1. Ann Roberts says:

    I think I miss the bulky materials that may hide the few extra “holiday” pounds that tend to accumulate! It’s not so easy to hide them once summer weather comes around, even though I tend to like that weather more!

  2. Yvonne B. says:

    What I will miss about winter is sweater/jacket weather as there is nothing I enjoy more.

  3. Joan says:

    I miss the wonder of first snow falling. The clean blanket that covers ugly and muddy world. The peace and calm that overcomes you once it finally stops snowing.

    It’s the best when the first snow comes in the night. You look through the window in the morning and your breath catches in your throat. It’s just so beautiful…

  4. Joan says:

    I miss the wonder of first snow falling. The clean blanket covering the ugly, muddy world. The peace and calm you just feel when it finally stops snowing.

    The feelings are strongest when the first snow comes in the night. You look through the window in the morning and your breath catches for a moment in your throat. Just.. WOW.

  5. I don’t think I’ll miss much about this winter. We didn’t even get proper snow. And I never miss the short days either.

  6. Panalopy says:

    I will miss wearing my cozy cashmere sweater. I love how soft and warm it is :)

  7. Jason says:

    I miss hot coffee all during the day. In the summer, it’s too hot in Texas for hot drinks all day long.

  8. Katherine Halle says:

    I’m with Andrew, I’m not going to miss anything about winter. Bring on the flowers and the sunshine and the warm weather!

  9. Nancy S says:

    I’m not missing anything about winter. It’s been over 2 months since we had any winterish weather, I took the first swim in the pool on the last day of March. Thank you Clare for the chuckles provided by your picture.

  10. Liam says:

    I love weather that lets me wear snuggly clothes. It’s also much easier to knit on a heavy sweater when it’s 60 degrees outside instead of 90. I also will miss weather and clouds. Our summers here are so hot and dry that there’s very little variation from day to day, and I miss that. My sinuses don’t always like the changing barometric pressure, but I love when one day is clear, one day has high wispy clouds, one day has heavy threatening clouds, etc. One of the reasons I want to move north.

  11. choccygrl says:

    Nice scarf. *blinks* wait was that all I really noticed. Nah, nice boxers too. Enticingly low.
    Sorry got distracted, what was the question?
    Miss about winter?
    Hmmm…Being able to huddle under the duvet until you’re warm and toasty and not having to sleep with one leg out of the covers (don’t ask, I’m just strange). Although the way the weather’s going I don’t think the words Winter or Summer are going to have much menaing this year.

  12. Christina says:

    I hope, I’ll soon miss the extra pounds I gained during winter… 😉

  13. Trix says:

    I’ll miss winter baking and cooking (I love heavy braises that are too filling for summer), unexpected visits from friends, and Christmas decorations.

  14. Andi Byassee says:

    Fall is my favorite season, but winter is a close second. I’m not a hot-weather girl, but I live in the South. We had almost no winter at all this year, and now we have months of not just hot, but steamy, weather to look forward to (that is, dread). Wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a cat on my lap and a fire in the fireplace while a chill wind blows outside–and with a good book in hand, of course–is my idea of heaven.

  15. Joanne B says:

    What will I miss about Winter? The cold. I love wearing fleece, sweaters, sitting in front of the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa.


  16. Nicci says:

    Our winter wasn’t much to talk about this year. I don’t miss winter time. Give me spring and summer, the blooming flowers, the freedom in the air, the sun, and I’m a happy person.

  17. Juliana says:

    I live in Florida so it is already hot as blazes. So what do I miss about winter? I miss not having to shave my legs… I know that seems stupid, but during “winter” it is jeans all the time, no need for smooth legs. But now jeans are too hot and it is shorts time meaning I need to shave all the time! Ew!

  18. Sarah says:

    The view out of my window is still fairly wintery – grey sky and the big Horse Chestnut outside is still mostly bare. But if it was winter there’d be a chance that instead of rain I’d see snowflakes. I do miss that.
    It’s still fairly cold here, but it’s getting warmer – and I don’t miss the winter cold. Or the short days.
    Now to drink more tea and work up to braving the rain…

  19. Lisa says:

    I think the main thing I will miss is falling asleep in front of the fire on a cold night (with my cat).


  20. tracykitn says:

    I moved south to get away from winter! But I do miss being cozy inside with a book, a blanket, a cat and a pot of tea while the snow gently falls outside. The only problem with that scene is that, eventually, one must go out in it… 😉

  21. Melora says:

    Given the rather lackluster winter we had this year I can’t say that I’ll really miss anything. However, I generally enjoy the cooler temps that encourage you to go out and play in the snow, but require warming up soon after by the fire or snugging under the blankets in bed. So not having many of those days this winter means I’ll miss them even more.

  22. Nithu says:

    I miss winter food! Rich stews with dumplings, casseroles and Lancashire Hotpot. Food that ‘sticks to your ribs’ :) As I’m in the UK, I often get to indulge myself in the summer too, which would be great if it wasn’t because our summer weather is often so dire.

  23. Savannah Miller says:

    Winter is my favorite season so I miss everything about it! I hate sweating, I hate bugs, I hate being over heated, I hate having to pretend to want to watch my hubby play baseball I hate summer!!! lol! The thing I miss most about winter though is the cold because I love putting on a really warmer sweater and curling up with a book to read. So yes I don’t have winter blues I have summer blues. The only things I really like about summer is my garden and cook outs because grilled hot dogs are the best :)

  24. Yvette says:

    What I will miss about winter…snow and cold. I love the cold weather which is sort of ironic. I am Hispanic and the only member of my family that loves the cold! Don’t get me wrong, the beach is nice especially since we are from tropical climates, but I will take the cold any day :-)

  25. Majken says:

    Miss? Eh, Christmas? Possibly, we do have a great time with the whole family gathering, the rest of winter can just bugger of, I’m ready for some heatwave NOOOOOOW :)

  26. Suze says:

    I live on an island and what i miss about winter is blustery days, where its sunny and you can walk on a cliff path with the spray in your face – hot chocolate at the end always helps. Now its getting warmer, off with son for some sea kayaking!