Treadmill Challenge Day 14 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

I thought I was going to make it to the end, but the big climactic scene apparently wasn’t the final big scene. I imagine that’ll be tomorrow.

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • “Shh.” The heat of tears soaked through to my skin. “You’re speaking nonsense.” – Aww, the boys make up so sweetly. ❤️
  • “Christine held you back? Why? Did she wish to do away with him herself?” – *snort*
  • “He satisfied me as to his identity,” Griffin said, unlocking the cell. I felt my face heat, and hoped Christine didn’t inquire further. – Bwahahaha…this harkens back to yesterday’s final line.
  • I winced. “This could still go horribly wrong.” – Ya think?
  • He loved making me say things which would make a sailor blush. – Quit yer bitchin’, Whyborne, you love it too. 😊

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30.23 min:sec  1 mile
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:04 min:sec  1 mile
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
 30 min/mile  39:30 min:sec  1.3 miles
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.
 30 min/mile  46:30 min:sec  1.5 miles

#RainbowSnippets Dec. 3, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!

RainbowToday’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part, now available in both ebook and print formats.

I’ve jumped a little bit ahead again to a new scene. For a little context, Nash is recovering from an injury that also involved losing 4 months of memories. His last memory was of being happily engaged to Sam. In Nash’s new reality he’s engaged to Myles/Emmitt, whom he only remembers knowing professionally. In this scene Emmitt is at work, and Nash’s parents are visiting and helping him unpack a few boxes. Nash’s dad had arranged a visit from Sam, thinking it would help out Nash to get a little closure. Here are six lines told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

When the dreaded knock on the door finally arrived, the nausea he’d been fighting since the intercom buzzer alerted them to Sam’s imminent arrival came to a head. Nash dropped the photo he’d been clutching, clamped his good hand over his mouth, and stumbled for the small bathroom under the stairs.

Thankfully, pointedly leaving the toilet lid up was one of the ways Dad liked to stir the pot with Mom, and he’d been the last to use it. Nash bent over the bowl in the nick of time.

Needless to say, he hadn’t taken the time to close the bathroom door behind him. He had the presence of mind, once the contents of his stomach had emptied into the toilet, to feel bad for the trio who likely couldn’t help hearing it from the other room.

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Blurb

Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

Treadmill Challenge Day 13 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Note: The image doesn’t show it because I generally hit pause before snapping the picture, but I did have the incline up for the latter half of the walk today.

Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

Whew! This was an action-packed reading tonight!

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • “And as for naïve,” she went on, ignoring the question, “I’d rather call you an idealist. Too much classical literature has given you high-minded notions.” – I don’t know, Christine. Whyborne may indeed be an idealist, but I’m pretty sure he’s naïve, too. 🤔
  • But I’d managed to disappoint everyone among the living, so I might as well start adding the dead to the list. At least it would be familiar. – Poor Whyborne haz a sad.
  • Relief flooded through me, intense enough to make me light-headed. “Griffin!” I gasped, stumbling out to him. – Whew!
  • Then a horrible thought occurred. “And if Christine is with you, for God’s sake, just skewer me now and be done with it!” – Bwahahaha! You have to read the preceding lines to truly appreciate this one. 😉 (This was the last line I read for the night, BTW)

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30.23 min:sec  1 mile
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:04 min:sec  1 mile
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
 30 min/mile  39:30 min:sec  1.3 miles
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Random Prompt Words – Flash Fiction Friday Dec. 2, 2016

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For this week’s 15 random words I’m using:

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acceptance – reception – occasion – deficiency – date – Mars – chauvinist – fountain – suppress – nightmare – rage – sweep – fashionable – exotic

Below is the short-short I wrote using these words. Nell’s word (juxtaposition) got me thinking about my Adventures with Harrison and Mason scenes since the two are always portrayed as opposites. I figured I could work the word into another story for them, so that’s who I’m bringing back for today’s ficlet. They’ve previously only been featured in my image-inspired drabbles (precisely 100 word scenes), so this will be the longest story to include the pair.

Flash Fiction Friday

“Do you ever wish someone would sweep you off to some exotic location?” asked Mason.

He glanced at me as he drove us home from his cousin Amelia’s wedding reception. It had been a miserable occasion for us both. A fucking nightmare to be brutally honest.

Neither of us cared much for her new husband, Chad. He was a proud and unrepentant chauvinist, worse than ever since he now felt validated by the one whose name I still couldn’t bring myself to say without spitting in anger and frustration, but who’d somehow managed to become our new president-elect.

Apparently, Chad’s former acceptance (or perhaps tolerance) of us had also gone by the wayside if the way he’d totally ignored us when we’d approached to offer the obligatory congratulations was anything to go by. It had taken every ounce of self-control I could muster to suppress the rage I’d felt.

The only thing I was glad about was that we’d left Jaxon home with a babysitter, so he hadn’t been exposed to the blatant bigotry we’d been subjected to by someone who was now a member of our family. Amelia wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, but still, what was she thinking marrying someone like that?

“Earth to Harrison.” Mason’s hand waved in front of my face, bringing me out of my reverie.

“Sorry,” I replied. “It depends. Would that ‘someone’ be you?”

Mason laughed. “It better be!”

I forced a smile. Mason wasn’t letting our bad experience get him down, so I should try not to either. “So, how exotic were you thinking?”

“Heh, somewhere less exotic than Mars, where you’ve apparently been these past few minutes.” Mason peeked over at me and winked. “No, I was thinking about this at the reception ’cause…well…I needed to be thinking about anything but that prick Amelia married. Anyway, imagine if we won an all-expenses paid date—one day only to be whisked off to anywhere in the world—where would you want to go?”

Sometimes I felt like I had an imagination deficiency, but perhaps that was only when compared to Mason. He was so vibrant and fun and charming. I was more rooted in reality. I supposed we balanced each other. I knew we loved each other just the way we were. I sometimes wondered, though, what our son, Jaxon, thought of the juxtaposition.

“Hmm,” I muttered. “Perhaps we could visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona. Not that it would do any good, but I’d love to toss in a coin and wish for a do-over for 2016.”

Mason snorted. “November, anyway.”

I sighed again. “Sorry. I’m such a downer tonight. No…how about this? We could jet over to Paris and be all chic and fashionable. We could attend a ballet performance at the Palais Garnier.”

“Now you’re talking,” exclaimed Mason. “I haven’t seen you in a tux since our wedding. You looked so amazing.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.” Mason reached across the console to hold my hand. “I love you, Harrison. We’re going to make it. No matter what we have to do, or where we have to go.”

And in that moment I knew he was right. As long as our little family was together we’d be fine. I gave his hand a squeeze. “I love you, too.”

Once again, because I can’t resist a good challenge, I’ll take the first 15 prompt words given to me in the comments, below, for next week’s Flash Fiction Friday post. One word per commenter, please. I’ll make up the difference using the random word generator site if I don’t get 15 here.

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Treadmill Challenge Day 12 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Note: The image doesn’t show it because I generally hit pause before snapping the picture, but I did have the incline up for the latter half of the walk today.

Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Nobody’s life is currently in danger, but the romance is on the rocks at the moment. 💔

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Elliot eyed her warily, as if afraid she might reach over the desk and throttle him. – He darned well should be afraid. Don’t mess with Christine!
  • “Really?” Mrs. Orme said, her smile taking on a predatory edge. “Please, let me introduce my daughters, Philomena and Amelia.” – *snort* You’re barking up the wrong tree, ma’am.
  • “How Romantic!” Amelia gushed. Considering I had just called her grandfather a donkey in Hindi, I merely nodded like an idiot and hoped no one asked for a translation. – I’d rather hoped they would! 😇
  • “Oh!” he said, looking more shocked than an innocent man ought. “I thought you were dining with Mr. Orme tonight.” – Uh-oh. Trouble in paradise.
  • “I’m sorry, but we can’t all be born with a silver spoon in our mouth and a stick up or ass!” – Ouch!

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30.23 min:sec  1 mile
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:04 min:sec  1 mile
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Blog Tour and Review Roundup Nov. 30 – To Love and To Cherish

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Today’s stops on the To Love and To Cherish blog tour are at:

Be sure to stop by to check out the info and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback of To Love and To Cherish, a signed paperback of ’Til Death Do Us Part, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

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Review Roundup

Also, be sure to stop by these off-tour blogs that have posted reviews (on tour review links are in the chart at the bottom of the post):

Ana of The Romance Reviews gives the book 4 out of 5 stars and says “Overall it was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I think it would work fine as a stand-alone, but I recommend to read ‘Til Death Do Us Part first in order to have a better insight of what’s going on at the beginning of the book. I would recommend it to any reader who likes a well-made love story.

Camille of Joyfully Jay Reviews gives the book 4.75 out of 5 stars and says “All in all, this is an excellent read! It’s a quirky get-together that takes the common marriage-of-convenience trope and turns it into something infinitely sweeter by the clever use of the amnesia trope, culminating in a rather satisfying story.”

Bethany of Rainbow Gold Reviews gives the book 10 out of 10 pots of gold and says I highly recommend this one as well as book one.”

Natosha of Gay Book Reviews gives the book 5 out of 5 stars and says “I love that I was able to take Nash and Emmitt’s journey to finding each other and then finding so much more. This was a wonderful read.

Freya of Sinfully MM Book Reviews gives the book 4 out of 5 stars and says “On more than one occasion I was tempted to skip to an end that left me with a lump in my throat.”

Jeri of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words gives the book 3 out of 5 stars and says This was a sweet book.

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To Love and To Cherish

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Want to follow the blog tour?  Here’s a handy list. Note:  weekends and Thanksgiving (USA) are off as are the 22nd and 23rd when I was scheduled to be away becoming a grandmother again. Turns out that’s happened early on the 18th, instead.🙂

November 7 Hearts on Fire Reviews Guest Post – Character Behavior
Books Laid Bare Boys Review
November 8 The Purple Rose Tea House Exclusive Excerpt
Nerd Girl Official Spotlight
November 9 Joyfully Jay Guest Post – Character Voice Registers
November 10 Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews Exclusive Excerpt Spotlight
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author interview
November 11 The Novel Approach Guest Post – Which Comes First, the Characters/Personalities or the Plot?
November 12-13  x  
November 14/15 Drops of Ink Author Interview
November 15 Tharandian Thoughts Exclusive Excerpt
MM Book Escape Exclusive Excerpt
November 16 Socially Awkward Book Nerd Exclusive Excerpt
November 17 Velvet Panic Exclusive Excerpt
Slashsessed Review
Diverse Reader Review
November 18 Nell Iris Guest Post – Planner or Pantser?
My Fiction Nook Exclusive Excerpt
November 19-20  x
November 21 A.L. Boyd Spotlight
November 22-24  x
November 25 Making It Happen Review
November 26-27  x
November 28 Bonkers about Books Exclusive Excerpt
November 29 ?? Iyana Jenna Spotlight
December 1 All In One Place Spotlight
Bayou Book Junkie Review
Loving without Limits Author Interview
December 2 Alpha Book Club Review

Treadmill Challenge Day #11 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

Uh-oh! Not sure of the fate of two certain someones, yet. Hopefully I’ll find out tomorrow. Considering I’m only on book 2 of a 6-book series, I’m pretty sure it’ll end well for at least one of the two in question. 👍 I’m running behind today and had to cut it off at the minimum, unfortunately.

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

    • “…Dear lord, the man must have been a acrobat if she hoped to accomplish that!” – LOL. Poor Whyborne got an education.
    • And although I was perfectly aware many of my own race were unable to read, to have it actually be illegal to even attempt to learn seemed a monstrous injustice. – Indeed. We’ve a shameful history. 😔
    • Griffin’s steed responded to a light touch of his knee and headed away from the livery stable at a brisk walk. Mine followed, more or less by default, as I’d done nothing to encourage it I was aware of. – Yeah, that’d be me if I were in that situation.

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30.23 min:sec  1 mile
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Treadmill Challenge Day #10 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

More high drama at the other mine in today’s reading. 👍

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

    • I’m sure Whyborne didn’t mean to offend,” Griffin said quickly, cutting a sharp look at me.
      Actually, I rather did, but I kept my mouth shut.
      – LOL. Oh, Whyborne, I’m pretty sure they know you did whether you admit it or not. 😉
    • “Oh dear lord,” Christine muttered, rolling her eyes. “I beg you, spare us any melodrama, and focus on the task at hand...” – Much as I love the Whyborne and Griffin characters, if pressed to name my favorite character, at this point I’d have to say it was Christine.
    • This was why I preferred not to leave Widdershins. I was no good in this savage wilderness, full of bugs and caves and trees. I was meant for gambrel-roofed houses, and sidewalks, and omnibuses to take me where I needed to go. – I’m going to second Whyborne on this one.
    • It was probably just a bear. Dear heavens, let it just be a bear.” – Heh, I’m pretty sure it won’t be a bear.
    • “Er, should we…summon someone?” I suggested weakly. – I imagine that would be a good idea… 👀⚰‼️ (My final sentence of today’s reading)

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Treadmill Challenge Day 09 and What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

High drama at the mines in today’s reading. 👍

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Unless…unless Manning realized his mistake in treating Griffin badly. Did he want Griffin back? – 💋 Whyborne is still jealous. I’m sure it’s needlessly as far as Griffin is concerned. Not so sure about Manning.
  • Graffiti, barring the language it was written in, had changed little in the last four thousand years. Whether Egyptian, Roman, or modern American, it mainly consisted of names, boasts of sexual prowess, and crude depictions of penises. I could only imagine what Christine would have to say on the matter. – LOL. Here’s hoping we’ll get Christine’s take on it eventually. 😉
  • “Elliot, is it?” Griffin asked, an odd note in his voice. – Awesome…Griffin’s jealous, too!
  • The man had no manners whatsoever, if he thought such warm looks to a former lover were appropriate in front of a current one. – I’m enjoying the romance arc in this story!

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Cyber Monday Bargains!

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If you’re looking for ebook bargains today, you’ve got some great choices:

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’Til Death Do Us Part

When Henry and Sam face an accidental estrangement, and Henry is assumed dead, can their love endure the trials of one’s fight for survival, and the other’s new love interest?

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

’Til Death Do Us Part at JMS Books, LLC: http://bit.ly/1sgMxXl

’Til Death Do Us Part at All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/1VUppKm

Love Is Proud

Love Is Proud is a charity anthology to benefit the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. It includes short stories (2k-5k words) and poetry by JMS Books’ authors.

Okay, Then is a standalone short with its own HFN. It revisits the main characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, and takes place within the timeline of the flashback scenes from that novel, detailing Sam & Henry’s first date/encounter after Sam tells Henry “Okay, then” while they’re together on a research trip in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.

Love Is Proud at JMS Books, LLC: http://bit.ly/29z08oK

Love Is Proud at All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/2acy9to

From This Day Forward

Revisiting the characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are enjoying life in the summer after Henry’s rescue from a small South Pacific island, where Henry and three others were marooned.

Henry and Sam thought adopting Aiden—a child with whom Henry’d been stranded—would be smooth sailing. Matters are complicated by the public nature of their rescue that has turned the survivors into overnight celebrities. Anti-gay fueled animus rears its ugly head in the blogosphere, causing concerns over the impact libelous rumors might have on Aiden.

Their nightmare separation behind them, Henry and Sam are anxious to renew both the intensity of their former intimacies—now hampered by having a curious and still apprehensive child sharing their home—and their commitment to one another.

From This Day Forward at JMS Books, LLC: http://bit.ly/29ta2bA

From This Day Forward at All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/2aCPtdx

To Love and To Cherish

Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

To Love and To Cherish at JMS Books, LLC: http://bit.ly/2e6uReT

To Love and To Cherish at All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/2eQuq4l

Cultivating Love

Looking for an oldie but a goodie? This one’s at Loose ID so the 35% off price that was mentioned above is off the table, but it’s still available at All Romance eBooks with that 50% rebate deal!

A man of few words, Joe is a hard-working farmhand who likes his simple, uncomplicated life. Ed is satisfied with his existence as an auto mechanic, but thrilled when an unexpected development in his life allows him to help Joe realize a dream.

It forces them, however, to reevaluate the casual, undefined nature of their relationship. They’re too macho to speak of love, and neither would ever dream of acknowledging he doesn’t really mind when it’s his turn to bottom. When life throws them a curve ball, and the rules of their game get old, Ed makes an effort to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Will Joe be able to adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

Cultivating Love at All Romance eBooks: http://bit.ly/2gNzcUI

Blog Tour and Review Roundup – To Love and To Cherish – Nov. 28

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Today’s stop on the To Love and To Cherish blog tour is at:

Be sure to stop by to check out the info and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback of To Love and To Cherish, a signed paperback of ’Til Death Do Us Part, and a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

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Review Roundup

Also, be sure to stop by these off-tour blogs that have posted reviews (on tour review links are in the chart at the bottom of the post):

Ana of The Romance Reviews gives the book 4 out of 5 stars and says “Overall it was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I think it would work fine as a stand-alone, but I recommend to read ‘Til Death Do Us Part first in order to have a better insight of what’s going on at the beginning of the book. I would recommend it to any reader who likes a well-made love story.

Camille of Joyfully Jay Reviews gives the book 4.75 out of 5 stars and says “All in all, this is an excellent read! It’s a quirky get-together that takes the common marriage-of-convenience trope and turns it into something infinitely sweeter by the clever use of the amnesia trope, culminating in a rather satisfying story.”

Bethany of Rainbow Gold Reviews gives the book 10 out of 10 pots of gold and says I highly recommend this one as well as book one.”

Natosha of Gay Book Reviews gives the book 5 out of 5 stars and says “I love that I was able to take Nash and Emmitt’s journey to finding each other and then finding so much more. This was a wonderful read.

Freya of Sinfully MM Book Reviews gives the book 4 out of 5 stars and says “On more than one occasion I was tempted to skip to an end that left me with a lump in my throat.”

Jeri of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words gives the book 3 out of 5 stars and says This was a sweet book.

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Want to follow the blog tour?  Here’s a handy list. Note:  weekends and Thanksgiving (USA) are off as are the 22nd and 23rd when I was scheduled to be away becoming a grandmother again. Turns out that’s happened early on the 18th, instead.🙂

November 7 Hearts on Fire Reviews Guest Post – Character Behavior
Books Laid Bare Boys Review
November 8 The Purple Rose Tea House Exclusive Excerpt
Nerd Girl Official Spotlight
November 9 Joyfully Jay Guest Post – Character Voice Registers
November 10 Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews Exclusive Excerpt Spotlight
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author interview
November 11 The Novel Approach Guest Post – Which Comes First, the Characters/Personalities or the Plot?
November 12-13  x  
November 14/15 Drops of Ink Author Interview
November 15 Tharandian Thoughts Exclusive Excerpt
MM Book Escape Exclusive Excerpt
November 16 ?? Socially Awkward Book Nerd Exclusive Excerpt
November 17th Velvet Panic Exclusive Excerpt
Slashsessed Review
Diverse Reader Review
November 18 Nell Iris Guest Post – Planner or Pantser?
My Fiction Nook Exclusive Excerpt
November 19-20  x
November 21 A.L. Boyd Spotlight
November 22-24  x
November 25 Making It Happen Review
November 26-27  x
November 28 Bonkers about Books Exclusive Excerpt
November 29 Iyana Jenna Spotlight
November 30 All in One Place Spotlight
December 1 Bayou Book Junkie Review
Loving Without Limits Author Interview
December 2 Alpha Book Club Review

Treadmill Challenge Day 08 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I cut myself off after the bare minimum today because I was at a good stopping place in the story. The drama is starting to unfold, and Whyborne is about to visit the mine with Elliot.

Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Now they both looked at me pityingly. Apparently, I once again demonstrated I had no idea how the world actually worked. – I think prefer Whyborne’s naive vision of the world to reality.
  • The other two, however, I knew all too well. They were the thieves who had attacked me in Widdershins and stolen the black stone. – Ah, the plot thickens.
  • If I’d known this was whom I was no doubt being compared to, I would have insisted on making love only in the dark. Or never worked up the courage to take off my clothes in the first place. – Good thing Whyborne didn’t know in advance!

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Treadmill Challenge Day 07 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Ain’t you just a huckleberry above a persimmon! – I learned a new idiom today. I looked it up to be sure of the meaning (something slightly better than something else).
  • “Well bugger me blind,” Miss Dyhart said. Thank heavens I had been hardened by Christine’s frequent exclamations, although at least she kept most of hers in Arabic. “This is going call for more whiskey.” – LOL. Christine is awesome even when she’s not actually in the scene.
  • Actually, never mind. If he knew I’d spent the night surrounded by female prostitutes, he’s probably consider it a sign of improvement. – Poor Whyborne. This thought about his father is probably accurate.
  • “Finished reminiscing with Mr. Manning, are you?” – Jealous are we, Whyborne? Hahaha!
  • “Amazing how women react when you treat them as human beings, isn’t it?” – Word. Christine for the win…again.

Week 01:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 01
Sunday, 20-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33:06 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 02
Monday, 21-Nov.
 ? (mowing)  1:08:15.48
hr:min:sec
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Day 03
Tuesday, 22-Nov.
 30 min/mile  38:09 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 04
Wednesday, 23-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33:10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 05
Thursday, 24-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:44 min:sec  1 mile
Day 06
Friday, 25-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33:15 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 07
Saturday, 26-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33:11 min:sec  1.1 miles

#RainbowSnippets Nov. 26, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!

RainbowToday’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part, now available in ebook formats and coming in print on November 30th.

This week I’ve moved away from the thread of snippets I’ve been sharing the past few weeks. This is from a scene later in the story. Nash has moved in with his fiancé (Emmitt) and is unpacking some of Emmitt’s belongings. Here are six lines told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

Unpacking Emmitt’s things proved to be interesting. It was a good way to get to know his future husband—or at least a way to learn about his reading and movie preferences (mysteries and a well-rounded mix of action flicks, sci-fi, and rom-coms), and get a peek at his history.

There was an old family photo with a couple he assumed must be Emmitt’s parents, and three boys. Two of them were older, probably college or post-graduate aged, and a teenager who looked like a younger hippie-fied version of Emmitt. The kid’s hair was well past his shoulders, and he was sporting a carefree happy grin and making a peace sign with the fingers of his right hand. Nash never would have believed it if he hadn’t seen it for himself.

#RainbowSnippets

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Blurb

Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

Treadmill Challenge Day 06 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Yes, I know I haven’t made much in the way of progress toward increasing the amount of time I spend on the treadmill, but I have made it six days straight now, which is better than I had been doing.

Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Griffin hopped out, pausing to assist Christine, who glared at him for his trouble. – Because it illustrates why I love Christine so much. She’s such an unrepentant feminist.
  • I hoped my palm wasn’t too sweaty. – Bwahaha. I think I’m going to enjoy the little jealousy twist that appears to be happening here.
  • I decided the world would not end if we were a little late for dinner. – 💋
  • “I see. Will I, er, have to speak to anyone?” – Because I can so relate to poor Whyborne here.
  • I managed not to wrinkle my nose at the numerous spittoons… – Just because it’s a fun line.

Week 01:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 01
Sunday, 20-Nov.
30 min/mile 33:06 min:sec 1.1 miles
Day 02
Monday, 21-Nov.
 ? (mowing)  1:08:15.48 hr:min:sec  ? (mowing)
Day 03
Tuesday, 22-Nov.
 30 min/mile  38:09 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 04
Wednesday, 23-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33:10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 05
Thursday, 24-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:44 min:sec  1 mile
Day 06
Friday, 25-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.15 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 07
Saturday, 26-Nov.