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JMS Books, LLC is offering a fantastic discount for Halloween. Through October 31, all ebooks are 35% off!

All Romance eBooks is offering a great rebate as well. You pay full price now, but get 50% back in store credit for more purchases later! This deal also runs through Halloween.

Both specials include preorders so you can get To Love and To Cherish (coming November 12) for these bargain prices, too.

To Love and To Cherish spins off from ’Til Death Do Us Part (released this past April), featuring Nash as he stumbles toward his own happily-ever-after.

Click these links for more information on my Vows series of stories, including:

’Til Death Do Us Part
From This Day forward
Okay, Then
To Love and To Cherish

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#RainbowSnippets October 29, 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!

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For context, Nash is standing in front of his best friend Harley’s apartment door (where he’s been couch-surfing), trying to work up the courage to enter. Here are seven lines (sorry—one over the limit) told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

Nash’s brother Aaron’s favorite phrase came to mind. Gird your loins. Well, it had been Aaron’s favorite phrase back in grade school, anyway. He’d whisper it with a giggle-snort daily when their father arrived home.

A large and muscular man, their dad had one of those faces that seemed to be perpetually frowning. The brothers had been in awe of him growing up, but they’d eventually figured out what their mother had always known—he was just a big pussycat underneath it all.

So, Nash girded his loins, turned the key, and entered the apartment.

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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?

35% Off All eBooks at JMS Books Thru Oct. 31

halloween-1JMS Books, LLC is offering a fantastic discount for the Halloween season. From now through October 31, all ebooks are 35% off!

This deal includes preorders so you can get To Love and To Cherish (coming November 12) for this bargain price, too.

To Love and To Cherish spins off from ’Til Death Do Us Part (released this past April), featuring Nash as he stumbles toward his own happily-ever-after.

Scroll down (or click the links) for more information on my Vows series of stories, including:

’Til Death Do Us Part
From This Day forward
Okay, Then
To Love and To Cherish

All my books at JMS: http://jms.bz/2eUhjzZ

Remember: When you buy ebooks directly from JMS Books, LLC’s webpage, you will acquire the complete set of formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF, HTML), whereas purchases made from distributors involve a choice.

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To Love and to Cherish – A Novel

Coming to JMS Books on November 12 (ebook formats) and November 30 (trade paperback).

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?

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’Til Death Do Us Part – A Novel

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’Til Death Do Us Part has received Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

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?

NOTE: From This Day Forward is included at the back of the paperback version of ’Til Death Do Us Part.

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From This Day Forward – A Short Story

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.

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For more Henry and Sam, check out Okay, Then, my short contribution to the Love Is Proud charity anthology:

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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 49 JMS Books’ authors.

Okay, Then is a standalone short story 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.

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About Addison

Addison Albright is a writer/author living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

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Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #06 (Chap. 7)

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The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part 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 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.

This week’s scene is from the 6th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 7:

Sam came awake as Henry’s arm snaked across his body to silence the alarm on Sam’s bedside table. Once the noise was stopped, Henry flopped back on his pillow and moaned.

“Why on earth did you set the alarm for six A.M.?”

Sam turned onto his side and reached across Henry’s chest. He nuzzled Henry’s neck and whispered in his ear, “Maybe I have plans for you. I need to thank you properly for meeting my family last night.”

Henry stilled. He’d been so nervous about meeting Sam’s family. Needlessly, of course. Sam had always known they would accept Henry with open arms, but Henry’s experience with his own family had left him unreasonably worried.

Henry turned his face and captured Sam’s mouth with his own, and his arm encircled Sam. There was nothing subtle about Henry’s hand prodding Sam, encouraging him to slide his body on top of Henry’s. Sam didn’t need much coaxing. He shifted into place and gently rutted.

Henry’s movements were slow and sensual, grinding his hips upward, dragging his fingertips along Sam’s back, before firmly settling his hands on Sam’s cheeks, pulling him in tighter and gradually increasing both pace and intensity until they soared, gasping, in each other’s embrace.

An Interview with Nash

One of the things I’m doing in preparation for my upcoming blog tour for To Love and To Cherish is writing out the answers to a bunch of interview questions. That made me think. How would my characters answer if they were subjected to an interview? I figured I’d try out a few on Nash:

Q: What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?

Nash: Ha! The answer to that depends on when it’s asked of me. A few months ago I would have answered that question by saying that the breakup of my engagement to Sam was the worst thing that had ever happened to me. I was miserable and angry, and the worst part of it was there was no one I could justifiably direct that anger toward. Sure, I could be upset with Sam about the way he’d handled things, but in hindsight I have to accept part of the blame for that, too. My life was in shambles. I was couch surfing at my best friend’s on top of having to start over on my search for a life companion.

If I’m asked that question today, though, I’d have to come up with something else. What I’ve learned since then is that that incident is actually the best thing that’s ever happened to me because if it hadn’t, I never would have gotten together with the true love of my life!

Q: Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?

Nash: Sometimes I feel like I’ve turned out to be a disappointment to them, but usually that’s just when I’m feeling down. I’ve learned that I have self-esteem issues. I’m working on that. I know they love me, though, and they don’t actually give me any reason to think they’re unhappy with how I’ve turned out.

My brother, Aaron, and I have been very different from each other from the get-go. Aaron’s more of a manly-man like my dad. I’m very much not, but that’s okay. So, to answer the question, since I haven’t really changed who I am at my core since childhood, I suppose I’ve turned out exactly as they expected.

Q: What are you most afraid of?

Nash: That’s an easy one. I’m afraid of being all alone in my life.

Q: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Nash: The most important thing in my life is my family, especially my new husband. I value kindness and caring as character traits.

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Get to know Nash as he stumbles through major upheavals in his life. Coming in ebook formats to JMS Books, LLC (and all the usual distributors) on November 12, 2016, and in trade paperback on November 30, 2016.

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To Love and To Cherish – Nov. 12th

To Love and To Cherish will be out on November 12, 2016, but is available for pre-order now (20% off!) at JMS Books LLC: http://bit.ly/2e6uReT

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I’m keyed up about my upcoming release at JMS Books. I’ve been anxious for Nash to get his own HEA ever since he lost his fiancé only two weeks before their wedding in ’Til Death Do Us Part.

Poor guy. Even readers of ’Til Death who felt somewhat sorry for Nash were still rooting against him. But, he deserves happiness, too, darn it.

Nash’s journey isn’t a simple one. He’s disillusioned. He no longer believes in true love, at least not for himself. Love is fleeting. It’s bullshit. It hurts.

Still, he longs for the life that disappeared when he lost Sam. Homey companionship, a partner for going out and having fun, stability, and regular sex.

There’s a touch of all my favorite guilty pleasure tropes in To Love and To Cherish. My original intent was to make this a simple marriage of convenience story. Two guys marry for practical reasons but fall in love despite themselves. It didn’t turn out to be that easy for Nash.

As Nash’s dad tells him, he’s a “weird shit magnet.” A freak accident results in memory loss, complicating Nash’s understanding of his new relationship while adding hurt/comfort into the mixed bag of tropes along with a dash of doctor/nurse, gay virgin, and unrequited love.

This story is so much fun. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it!

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To Love and To Cherish (Vows series story #3)

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Related Stories in the Vows Series

’Til Death Do Us Part (Vows series story #1)

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Okay, Then (Vows series story #1.5 – very short story in the Love Is Proud charity anthology)

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From This Day Forward (Vows series story #2 – short story)

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Deleted Scene – ’Til Death Do Us Part

I thought I’d share a scene from ’Til Death Do Us Part that was deleted during the editing process. It was a nice little tying-up-loose-ends scene, but it didn’t advance the story.

Although it would have been a distraction from the storyline and was rightfully ditched, I think it’s a scene that might still be of interest to fans of the story. Here it is…

Second Lieutenant Gavin Faraday placed the headset he’d been wearing on the console and rubbed his hands over his eyes. It had been a tough shift. He’d had to follow some challenging orders, but he’d made it through without losing his drone. He stood and made his way to the exit, relieved to be finally off duty for the day.

“Mail room wants to make sure you stop by today, sir,” Sergeant Canton said as Gavin passed by.

Gavin nodded his acknowledgement and walked out the door. He expelled a deep breath and relaxed his shoulders, allowing the stress of the day to ebb. He turned left instead of the right he’d planned. When the mail room clerk saw him coming, she bent down and retrieved a large box from underneath a table.

Who the hell was sending him a huge box like that? He looked at the return address. Hawaii. It had shipped from the Coast Guard base in Hawaii.

Back in his quarters, Gavin carefully sliced open the top flaps and folded them back. Inside was a large, very worn, but still attractive basket. When he lifted the cover off the basket, he found an 8” x 10” color photograph of the four castaways he’d discovered that appeared to have been taken shortly after they’d disembarked from the Coast Guard cutter in Hawaii.

On the photograph were the words, “To Second Lieutenant Gavin Faraday: Thank you!” and it was signed by each of them, including the childish scrawl of one who’d only ever written on sand before, but he was able to make out the letters spelling “Buddy.”

Gavin was glad he’d remained anonymous and therefore able to avoid the media spectacle that had surrounded the event, but he’d be forever proud of the part he’d played. He smiled to himself, gently folded up the flaps on the package, and carefully stowed it out of the way.

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Upcoming Blog Tour

Embrace the Rainbow Productions is lining up a blog tour to promote my upcoming release, To Love and to Cherish. If you’re interested in signing up for a review, guest post, author interview, exclusive excerpt, spotlight, or other promotional post, please follow this link to the Google Docs signup form.

As indicated on the signup form it is not necessary for you to have read or reviewed ’Til Death Do Us Part, the first book in this series, to be able to understand and appreciate this one. Nash, one of the main characters in To Love and to Cherish, was a side character in the first book. The parts of Nash’s backstory that are important to this book are fully explained within it. That being said, potential reviewers who’ve not read the first book but would like to read/review both are welcome to do so.

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Cover Reveal! To Love and to Cherish

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I love my new cover! Aren’t the colors gorgeous? As you can see, I now have a more precise release date, too. The ebook will be out on Saturday, November 12, 2016, and the trade paperback format will be out on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Side note: about half-way between the ebook and print release dates my 2nd daughter and her wife will be giving birth to their first child. November is looking to be a wonderful as well as busy month for me!

Follow this link for more information about To Love and to Cherish.

Projects, projects, projects…

What have I been up to lately? I have not yet started on a brand new story, but I’ve been busy, nonetheless.

As previously mentioned, I’m working on overhauling my earliest stories with an eye toward putting them up on Kindle Unlimited (then eventually all the distributors). The old versions have all been taken down. So far I’ve made progress on Snapshots, a collection of all ten of my early short stories. Some of them have needed significant updating.

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It’s slow going, since I don’t think I’ll be able to concentrate on other writing projects until edits for To Love and to Cherish are done. That story is determined to dominate my thoughts until it’s completely in the can. Speaking of To Love and to Cherish, I expect to be able to show the cover and advertise a release date (beyond “sometime in November”) sometime early this coming week.

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But, as you can see, although I can’t seem to concentrate on words, I’ve been busy having fun making covers for the overhauled stories. The Dreams Do Come True series covers, below, are for the overhauled and renamed versions of A Dream Come TrueAnother Dream, and Dreaming of You. I feel like the extent of the updates justifies fresh names, although I’ll make sure it’s known in the listings that they are previously published stories so as not to mislead anyone.

I’ve purchased the rights for the royalty-free images, so those won’t change. Who knows, though…between now and when the stories are ready for release I may still fiddle with the effects and/or fonts. I’m pretty happy with them, though.

The images fit the stories well, I think. Wes is a doctor. Although it’s somewhat hidden behind the title, the model in the first cover has a stethoscope around his neck. Marty is a construction worker. Quinn is just a goofball.

How are these stories related? Why are they a series? Marty is Mike’s uncle, mentioned but not seen in the first book. The characters from the first story are revisited in the second. Trevor was Marty’s occasional boy-toy before he met Larry, but thought (or at least hoped) to be more. Needless to say, Trevor was a bit bitter when Marty ended up with Larry.

Since I’m reworking so many stories, I figured my website needed a little overhaul, too (restructuring under the “My Publications” tab in the menu, anyway). Hopefully you’ll find it logical and easy to navigate, since that was the goal.

What else? I’ve been thinking about ’Til Death Do Us Part lately, and how I’d love for it to be available as an audiobook. That option remains with the authors at my small publisher, so if it’s going to be done, it’s up to me. I don’t have the big bucks available to pay for producing it upfront, and–let’s face it–although the book was very well-received by most reviewers, it’s not popular enough sales-wise to attract a producer for a royalty split deal.

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Therefore, it’s author narrated or bust! I’ve been playing around with Apple’s Garageband app, and have completed a draft of the prologue. A few people are going to give me their valued opinions on that before I proceed. My voice isn’t particularly girly so I think it’ll be acceptable for an M/M story. I’m actually pretty happy with my narration voice, but I’m pretty sure one critique will be for me to work on better differentiating voices for the dialogue. I was hoping to distinguish them by playing with the effects on the tracks separated out for each character, but I don’t think that’s going to cut it. I’ve gotten comfortable with the app, though, and it’ll be a breeze to tweak passages here and there without having to redo entire sections.