If Nick can get past his grief, he could honor her memory this holiday with more than trees and lights. He could also honor it with love.


Contemporary Holiday
20 pages – 12,000 words
Cover Artist: Jess Small
First Edition as In Her Honor Release date: December 7, 2012
Second Edition Release date: December 2019

Edited by Tricia Kristufek



Nick inherited a love for the holidays from his mother—a warm, wonderful woman who accepted him for who he is and loved him anyway. But this year, she was taken from him, and now he must find a way to keep the promises he made to her: to enjoy the holiday, to be true to himself and who he is and to not let his non-accepting father make him miserable. Nick is determined to honor those promises this year.

But the grief is hard to counter, despite the efforts of his wonderful roommate and best friend, Liam. It’s Christmas Eve before Nick can bring himself to put up the tree. However, with Liam’s support, they pull out the old ornaments from Nick’s mom and get it decorated.

Just as they turn on the colorful lights on the tree, the power goes out. As they sit in front of a fire, trying to make the best of a miserable holiday, Nick wonders if he really has been living like his mother would want—beyond celebrating the holiday. He also wonders if she would really want him to ignore the man next to him and the feelings he’s been harboring for that man. Perhaps it’s time for him to take a step further to honor her wishes and finally be true to himself and who he is.


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