Review “Roundup” – ’Til Death Do Us Part

I put the dreaded scare quotes around “Roundup” in the title since there’s only one more that’s trickled in since my last Review Roundup post (not counting a repost of the only negative one I’ve seen on a blog, a full month after the first time they posted it… not sure why they did that).

Anyway, I’m still expecting three more review sites to post something. Two blogs that requested copies, saying they had an interested reviewer (not a guarantee, I suppose), and Inked Rainbow Reads, which I’m pretty sure will be posting one at some point since they’ve already had three reviewers upload their reviews to Amazon–nice ones, so I’m looking forward to the eventual post on their blog. Maybe a fourth is going to chime in, too, thus the delay?

MM Book Escape posted a review not too long ago. Here are the highlights and links:

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Excerpts from a Review by Ida of “MM Book Escape”

5 out of 5 stars

MMBookEscape5StarsOh my. Ms. Albright sure knows how to tell a story. I was a goner from the first page and had so much trouble putting this book down.

I work night shift. After work I worked the night before starting this book. I read the book on my break at work. I read the book during my sleep time because I could not stop reading the book. I had to know what happened next. I hardly had any sleep that day, not good.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I really enjoyed this author’s writing style. I will be looking for other books from this author. I love an author who keeps me so enthralled in a story-line that I can’t bear to part with the book.

Seductive Studs #03

The Seductive Studs Blog Hop is a weekly #bloghop for authors, readers, and bloggers of M/M Romance. Click on the blue froggy button located right below the snippet to hop around to this week’s other #SedStud posts. The posts should each include either: 100-150 word excerpt, review, or post about an M/M Romance in the works or already published.

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This week I’m going to give you 188 words (slightly over the preferred range) from a short story I just finished (it’s currently in the hands of beta readers) titled, From This Day Forward. This snippet is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

When I awoke, my legs were warmer than the rest of my body due to a sunbeam spreading across the bottom half of the double bed we’d shared. Sam no longer lay beside me, and I heard the soft thunk of a coffee mug landing on the table from the other room.

I closed my eyes again and pulled Sam’s pillow to my chest, breathing in the lingering scent. Last night had been perfect. Relaxed, uninhibited, and wanton, followed by a restful picnic supper by the creek, and the most peaceful night of sleep I’d had in a long, long, time. I rolled out of bed and hurried through my morning necessaries, then walked out to join him.

Sam’s face was tight as he glanced back and forth between his iPad, lying on the table, and his iPhone, which he held in his hands, furiously texting away. Fuck, I was so tired of all the bullshit that came with being a pseudo-celebrity. It seemed as if nothing was our private business anymore. I assumed whatever Sam was dealing with was related to that—it usually was these days.

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From This Day Forward is a short story (approx. 10k words) targeted for JMS Books’ Summer Lovin’ submissions call. It is a direct sequel to ’Til Death Do Us Part, but it will also stand on its own.

What are Sam and Henry up to during the summer after Henry’s rescue? They’d thought adopting Buddy/Aiden was going to be smooth sailing, but will it be?

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Rainbow Snippets #13

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!

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Today I’m giving a snippet from my recently completed short story, titled From This Day Forward, which is direct sequel to ’Til Death Do Us Part (now available at JMS Books). I’m planning to submit it for JMS’s Summer Lovin’ submissions call.

A little background leading into this week’s snippet: This picks up immediately after the snippet I gave you a couple weeks ago, in which Aiden had been playing with a group of children, and had just run up to Henry and his husband, Sam, so he could ask Sam two questions: “What’s a doofus,” followed by “What’s a doody-head.”

This is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

Was it wrong that I was relieved Aiden was directing these questions at Sam, and not me? How do children somehow know which parent to go to for different issues? Sam handled it without losing any of his composure, as if it was the kind of question he was used to handling every day—although considering some of the students that went through the intro classes at the university, that might not be too far-fetched of a supposition.

“It’s essentially the same thing as doofus. Silly words kids say when they want to insult someone.”

“So it’s not nice, right?”

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From This Day Forward is a short story (approx. 10k words) targeted for JMS Books’ Summer Lovin’ submissions call. It is a direct sequel to ’Til Death Do Us Part, but it will also stand on its own.

What are Sam and Henry up to during the summer after Henry’s rescue? They’d thought adopting Buddy/Aiden was going to be smooth sailing, but will it be?

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eBook @ JMS Books, LLC

Print @ JMS Books, LLC

Amazon Kindle

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Click here for the blurb, excerpt, and all the buy & review links

Flash Fiction Friday #09

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

Here’s another installment for Adventures with Harrison and Mason (Click the corresponding category for more of their stories).

Scritch, scritch, scritch. The muted and unsettling noise came from behind Harrison and sent a shiver down his spine. Mason leaned to the side to look around his husband.

“I’m afraid to ask,” Harrison said.

Mason grinned. “I have no idea what Jaxon is doing.”

Harrison turned around and saw a fork being manipulated underneath the door by a small set of fingers.

“What are you doing?” Harrison asked.

“I’m going to catch a mouse,” was Jaxon’s muffled reply.

Harrison would have asked why, but Mason spoke first.

“What are you going to do with it when you catch it?”

If anyone would like to join me in a Flash Fiction Friday link-around, please get in touch. My email address is near the bottom of the “Find Me on the Web” page (see tabs at top of this post).

From This Day Forward

Last night I finished up a short story that is a direct sequel to ’Til Death Do Us Part. Beta readers are currently working it over, then I’ll give it a final polish before submitting it.

In ’Til Death, there’s a scene near the end where Sam tells Henry that they’ve been invited to a picnic to be hosted by Bill, the biology department chairman at the university where Sam teaches (and Henry used to teach). The opening scene in From This Day Forward takes place at that picnic.

For those who haven’t read ’Til Death, this is the first time since being rescued that Henry will meet with his former colleagues. Henry is the 1st person POV character in this excerpt:

I hoped my gamble with humor would defuse any potential repeats of the mini-scene upstairs. I smiled at Bill, lifted my arms out and to the side, palms up, as if to imply a “what the fuck?” attitude, and blustered, “‘Go to Fiji,’ he said. ‘It’ll be great there in June. The dry season will be in full swing. It’ll be like a working vacation. You deserve a nice research trip like this after that stint in Greenland.’ Seriously, Bill?”

Bill chortled and replied in kind. “I authorized six weeks, dammit, Miller-Greene, not five years. That’s just taking advantage of my good nature. I hope you understand I had to replace your lazy ass. I doubt you even collected any data on your extended holiday.”

I cracked up and several of my former colleagues moved in to pat me on the back. “Well to be fair, I had a decided lack of instrumentation, or even a damned pencil or paper for the records.”

“Okay, okay. Well, I might see fit to let you take on that night class you inquired about, seeing as there was a slight travel and communications mishap. I guess I can’t put all the blame on you.”

 

Seductive Studs #02

The Seductive Studs Blog Hop is a weekly #bloghop for authors, readers, and bloggers of M/M Romance. Click on the blue froggy button located right below the snippet to hop around to this week’s other #SedStud posts. The posts should each include either: 100-150 word excerpt, review, or post about a M/M Romance in the works or already published.

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This week I’m going to give you a snippet from my recent release at JMS Books, ’Til Death Do Us Part.

“Sam knocked lightly on the jamb of the open doorway to Henry’s office. Henry looked up and grinned.

“Hey, come on in. What’s up?”

“My family wants to meet you.”

Henry put down the red pen he’d been holding and set aside the stack of homework papers he’d been grading. Family? Unlike his own family, Henry knew Sam’s parents were accepting of their son’s sexuality, but would that really extend to acceptance of his boyfriend?

“Yikes.”

“Yikes?”

“I figured that would go over better than ‘oh, shit.’”
Sam coughed nervously as he looked out the open window, avoiding Henry’s eye. “So, you don’t want to?”

“I didn’t say that,” he said quickly. “Look at me, Sam. Please?”
Sam turned his gaze back to Henry. “So you will?”

“I’m just nervous. You know how things are with my family, right?”

“Sure, but I’ve told you mine isn’t like that.”

“I know. Maybe it’s one of those irrational fears. Me and meeting families is like you and flying on airplanes.”

Sam snickered. “Okay, okay. I get it. Remember, though, I don’t let it actually keep me from flying.”

Henry sighed with faux drama, bringing up a hand to clutch his nonexistent pearls. “Just say when, and I’ll be there.”

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Rainbow Snippets #12

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!

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It’s time to give a little love to my backlist, so today’s snippet is coming from the novella I published at Loose ID back in June of 2009, Cultivating Love.

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Context isn’t really needed for this one:

“Ed picked up the nail brush and casually turned on the water at the sink. “Don’t bother getting dressed.”

Joe laughed. His hazel eyes twinkled at Ed in the mirror. “Not a problem. It’s my turn, by the way.”

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Flash Fiction Friday #08

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene written from a photo prompt.

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This week got my photo inspiration image from the good folks at Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. FFfAW is a weekly blog hop, and you can check out the other posts for the week of 5/17-5/23/2016 by clicking on the blue froggy button.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, and are assumed to be in public domain and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt. This week’s image at FFfAW was provided by Yinglan.

This image worked well for another installment in Adventures with Harrison and Mason (Click the corresponding category for more of their stories).

“Hey, Harrison. Do you suppose they’re taking that dinosaur to Jurassic World?” Mason asked.

Harrison did a double take at the uHaul trailer and rolled his eyes. Jaxon, the true target of Mason’s comment perked up in the backseat.

“There’s a dinosaur in there?” Jaxon’s narrowed eyes turned toward Harrison. “Daddy, is Pop making that up?”

Mason cast a glance at Harrison, silently imploring his husband to play along.

Harrison grimaced. “Uh, what do you think, Jaxon?”

“Well, we can pretend, anyway,” Jaxon replied. “So, do you think Owen caught it himself, Daddy?”

Harrison grinned. “I’ll bet he probably did.”

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #03 (Chap. 4)

’Til Death Do Us Part is now out in eBook formats through JMS Books, LLC (and all the usual distributors), and will be available in print format on June 30, 2016.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

The flashback scenes chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This week’s scene is from the 3rd flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 4:

Sam finished filling his plate at the buffet, then took a deep breath before crossing the room to join Henry at his breakfast table. He dreaded the upcoming conversation.

He sat down, and before he could bring up the subject of Henry’s “offer” from last night, Henry launched into a nervous sounding speech about the relative nutritional benefits of the different varieties of seaweed found in the waters around the Solomons. Henry finally paused for air after asking Sam something about kumquats.

Sam ignored the question. Hell, he hadn’t been paying attention and wasn’t even sure what Henry had asked. He’d been too busy watching Henry’s strikingly beautiful brown eyes dance nervously around the room. Obviously Sam had been correct in thinking things would be awkward between them if they tried to simply dance around the elephant in the room.

Sam swallowed, then blurted, “I feel like I should explain… about last night.”

Henry paled, then blushed. He didn’t say anything but his lips thinned out, and he started picking at a loose thread at the seam of his shorts.

Fuck. He needed to just get this over with. “Uh, it’s not that I wouldn’t be interested. It’s just that I don’t want to jeopardize our working relationship. I don’t think it’s a good idea to hook up with someone I work with and see almost every day.”

Sam cleared his throat and bounced his leg. He stared at his plate, occasionally peeking up at Henry, who remained silent, but now also looked embarrassed and… wounded. Shit. He didn’t want to hurt the man’s feelings.

Sam continued, “I guess I should confess that I’ve had a bit of a crush on you, otherwise I could probably just be an adult about it and not think anything of a little fling with you while we’re here. I just don’t think I’ll be able to go about business as usual once we get back to reality and this little affair you’re offering is over.”

Goddammit. He had a bad habit of oversharing when he was nervous. He didn’t think Henry was the type to tease him about what he’d just said, going forward, but it would probably add to the awkwardness between them rather than alleviate it.

“Is that what you think? That I’m just interested in a couple rolls in the hay while we’re here, then go back to innocuous conversations about curriculum and lab results as if this summer never happened?”

Sam lifted his gaze from the table to stare inquiringly into Henry’s eyes. It wasn’t? “Um…”

“It’s not. I’ve been drawn to you all year, too, Sam. I like you. I want to get to know you on a more personal level. I’d absolutely love to date you, now and continuing when we return to Seattle.”

Sam’s jaw dropped. “Oh.”

His jumpy leg shifted into overdrive, and he couldn’t stop his reflexive grin. Gorgeous, personable, and highly intelligent Henry Miller wanted to date him. “Okay, then.”

I think this one might be another point for Bethany. Darn it.

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order! — Halls Without Shame

now available for pre-order I’m very excited to announce that my first full length novel, Murder Once Seen (Oddities Book 1), is now available for pre-order on Riptide’s site! In addition, I can finally share the cover, created by Kanaxa. This paranormal mmromance will be coming out September 26. Blurb: In the city of Nis, […]

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Seductive Studs #01

The Seductive Studs Blog Hop is a weekly #bloghop for authors, readers, and bloggers of M/M Romance. Click on the blue froggy button at the bottom to hop around to this week’s other #SedStud posts. The posts should each include either: 100-150 word excerpt, review, or post about a M/M Romance in the works or already published.

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For my bright and shiny very first Seductive Studs post, I’ll post an excerpt from a WIP that’s tentatively titled To Love and To Cherish. It’s a spin-off story for Nash, the jilted fiancé from my recent release at JMS Books, ’Til Death Do Us Part.

A little background to give this excerpt some context: Nash has been sleeping on a couch in the apartment of his best friend Harley (and Harley’s boyfriend, Oliver) since the breakup with his fiancé. Harley set up a blind date for Nash, and Nash is arriving home after the date has ended.

Nash turned the key in the door and edged it open carefully. He heard the TV going, but that didn’t necessarily rule out the possibility he’d be interrupting something he didn’t want to see.

“It’s safe,” Harley called out, and Nash pushed the door open the rest of the way and entered the apartment.

Harley and Oliver looked innocent enough lounging on the couch with their feet up on the coffee table, but eau de “Mediterranean Lavender” still lingered, and he could hear the washing machine churning away down the hallway, adding a hint of bleach to the atmosphere.

“Towel load?” he asked, since they didn’t actually own a tarp.

Oliver’s face turned a becoming rosy shade, and Harley snickered. “Shut up. Sit down and tell us about the date.”

“There won’t be a second one. ’Nuff said.”

Oh, dear. It doesn’t appear that Nash’s luck has changed for the better yet.

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Newsletter & Contest

newsletter_button.jpgI’ve just created an announcement only group over on groups.io for the purpos of sending out a monthly newsletter. The May, 2016 newsletter is now posted, and the next one will come out sometime in June.

The newsletter will summarize what’s been happening with my writing lately, and what’s upcoming. It’s so easy to miss a blog/Facebook/Twitter post, and many people don’t want that much info coming at them, anyway. A single newsletter post each month will keep you up-to-date on the important highlights.

Contest Word Raffle Drawing Jackpot Prize

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The prize: An autographed paperback copy of ’Til Death Do Us Part.

To enter the contest, simply sign up for my newsletter by June 30, 2016. On July 1st I’ll have a random number picker choose the winner from the current membership and contact the winner via email.

Follow this link: https://groups.io/g/AddisonAlbright, then look for and click the green button that says “+join group” (you might have to create a groups.io account first).

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Rainbow Snippets #11

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!

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I’ve been giving snippets from my WIPs lately, both of which are related to ’Til Death Do Us Part (a spin-off and a short direct sequel). Today, I’m back to give another snippet from the the book that inspired my two WIPs.

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A little context for this snippet: Henry (the 1st-person POV character) and his husband, Sam, are at the airport. Henry is about to leave for a six-week research trip (at least that’s all they think is about to happen).

“Call me when you land, okay, Henry?”

“It’ll be something like six-forty tomorrow morning, your time,” I replied. The summer class Sam would be teaching started tomorrow, but he still wouldn’t need to get up that early.

“Humor me. Please?”

I’d been infected with the travel bug years ago when I’d taken my first research trip as a graduate student. If there was an antidote, I didn’t want to take it. Now that I was married, I admitted that the weeks-long separation from my husband put a damper on my spirits for work-related travels, but it wasn’t strong enough to make me want to stop. It was just a few weeks, after all.

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For a chance to win an autographed print copy of ’Til Death Do Us Part, follow the instructions on this post: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/newsletter-contest/

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