Welcome to the second volume of A Year of Holidays with Nick & Carter!
This compilation includes ten short stories and novellas all involving Nick Williams and Carter Jones along with their friends and family and centered around specific holidays.
St. Patrick's Day, 1945
Nick Williams is in the U.S. Navy and working at a base in New Guinea as a hospital corpsman.
Meanwhile, back home, Carter Jones is working as a fireman at Station 3 on Polk Street in San Francisco.
The two have yet to meet and are thousands of miles away.
Mrs. Wilson Jones (Louise) of Albany, Georgia, wakes up on yet another Sunday morning to discover her husband didn't come home after carousing down at Louray's by the river.
But she doesn't have time to worry. Mrs. Jones has biscuits to bake. There's work to be done and Mrs. Jones is a good cook, keeps a clean house, and always delivers on her promises.
May Day, 1970
Sam Halversen is still on the run and is just fine with that.
But, when a friend from the past has a job for him to do, does that mean Sam's finally ready to come in from the cold?
Cinco de Mayo, 1963
It's a chilly Sunday morning and Nick and Carter have been invited by their cook, Doris, to join her family down in Mountain View for a big party celebrating a holiday they've never heard of: Cinco de Mayo.
Mother's Day, 1978
It's 3 in the morning and Carter is dancing the night away at the Trocadero Transfer.
As time drags on, however, Nick decides to have a seat and maybe rest his eyes for just a moment...
This Mother's Day will be one Nick will remember for a long, long time.
Decoration Day, 1933
It's Decoration Day and Nick has decided to skip school because he doesn't want to take his history test.
With a fistful of money, he tries to convince his sister, Janet to join in the fun.
Will they have the time of their lives or will someone snitch and turn them over to the police for truancy?
Father's Day, 2005
It's Father's Day and Nick and Carter are having breakfast later that morning with the two kids who've become like sons over the past couple of years.
Both their fathers have been long gone, but that doesn't mean that Father's Day won't be a meaningful one.
Gay Freedom Day, 1977
It's the 70s and, as the day unfolds, it becomes more and more obvious to Nick that nothing is like it used to be...
But love is still love and, by the end of the day, Nick is in Carter's strong arms, and all is as it should be.
Independence Day, 1976
It's America's Bicentennial! And it's a day the whole country has been anticipating for a while.
But on Sacramento Street... between breakfast with a famous French director and actress, a Soviet defector who really doesn't like Nick, and a completely unexpected visitor from the past...
There might be a few metaphorical fireworks before the sun finally sets on the Golden Gate.
Bastille Day, 1957
It's Bastille Day in France and Nick and Carter are hosting a party at their house overlooking the Mediterranean just outside of Nice.
What happens when the only man to have abdicated the throne meets the richest homosexual in the world?
This compilation contains about 110,000 words.