Andy Holcomb, heir apparent to the Holcomb Oil Empire, is keeping a secret from his family. When his "good old boy" grandfather uncovers it, Andy is tossed out and disinherited. With nothing but forty bucks and some clothes, Andy leaves Texas and joins the Marines.
Bryan Moore grew up in the projects of Chicago, the oldest son of a mixed-race father and white mother. When tragedy strikes his family, Bryan does his best to help his hard-working mom raise his three siblings. After high school, Bryan joins the Marines so he can send money home to continue helping his family.
After proudly serving their country for eight years then spending six months unable to find employment, a chance meeting at the VA brings Bryan and Andy together when a stranger offers them a job on a cattle farm. Both Andy and Bryan eagerly jump at the opportunity.
A bond of friendship is immediately formed, and though Andy is gay and Bryan considers himself straight, their friendship holds no judgment. Spending all of their time living and working together tests their relationship on many levels. Andy knows what he wants even though he's not Bryan's type. Bryan is confused by his changing feelings for Andy though he can't deny the attraction. Neither one is willing to wreck the best friendship they’ve ever had.
Some gifts can’t be gift-wrapped. In this novella, more than one family member receives a surprise. On Christmas Eve, Jonas Montague, father of the half-blood Gargoyles, is surrounded by his family, but not all of them. Instead of telling a traditional holiday tale, he shares the story of meeting his mate, Caroline, and the years that followed. Why was Jonas ostracized? Where are his older children? Why did he clone his great-niece, an act that caused the near-apocalypse?
And what’s a holiday without a miracle?
Jonas is a Stone Society companion novella set ten years in the future. It is told from his point of view and from that of Tessa’s twins, Anthony and Tabitha.