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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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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Excerpt/Info | Goodreads

eBook Links

JMS Books, LLC | Kindle | All Romance | OmniLit | iBookStore
Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo | Blio | BookStrand

Print Links

JMS Books, LLC

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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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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
 ? (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.
 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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Print Links

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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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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.

Blog Tour & Review Roundup – To Love and To Cherish – Nov. 25

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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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Also, be sure to stop by these off-tour blogs that have posted reviews:

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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Excerpt/Info | Goodreads

eBook Links

JMS Books, LLC | Kindle | All Romance | OmniLit | iBookStore
Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo | Blio | BookStrand

Print Links

JMS Books, LLC

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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 Post
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

Random Prompt Words – Flash Fiction Friday Nov. 25, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

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

avocado

large – vegetable – rich – quantity – flash – bulb – second – position – tax – scratch – money – ranch – define – grow

Below is the short-short I wrote using these words creating a scene using the characters from To Love and To Cherish. Unlike the book, which was written entirely from Nash’s POV, this scene is from “Grampy’s” POV. Like today, this scene takes place the day after Thanksgiving (USA), which is also the day after the book ends.

Flash Fiction Friday

“What are you two up to?” I startled a bit at Emmitt’s words. I hadn’t heard him enter the condo.

His practice wasn’t holding office hours today, since it was the day after Thanksgiving, but he’d been on call and had rushed out to take care of an emergency this morning. I laughed, because it was wonderful to see my grandson smiling so widely. He and Nash grinned at each other like a couple of loons. Ha!

Emmitt kissed my cheek while Nash replied. “We’re making a vegetable guacamole.”

Nash’s kiss lasted longer than the chaste one I’d received. I chuckled again, thinking about the role I’d played in bringing those two dunderheads together. Not that they weren’t both plenty book-smart. You just wouldn’t know it judging by how they’d run their personal lives before I’d stepped in to sort things out for them. I sure wouldn’t have bet good money on their chances without my so-called interference.

When they came up for air, Emmitt glanced over my shoulder at the TV. The second half of the Washington, Washington State matchup was on. The Oregon game would be starting at four.

Nash held out his hand, and I plopped the final avocado into it. Emmitt nodded toward it and said, “Those are rich in fiber, Grampy.”

My grandson never missed an opportunity to push anything high in fiber on me. Just to be contrary I replied, “I’m kinda in the mood to dunk my chips in a ranch dip. Do you think we could make some of that, too, Nash?”

Emmitt snorted. He knew I was messing with him. Nash grimaced at first, but I knew the moment the figurative light bulb lit up over his head as he realized I was just having a little fun with them. The eye roll was a dead giveaway. It only took about three seconds, so it didn’t tax his brain too much.

“I’ll be back in a flash,” Emmitt said. He darted toward the stairway leading to the master bedroom.

He’d said the same thing this morning. Maybe he needed to define “flash” for us.

“Since Emmitt’s home,” Nash said, “let’s get these tortillas fried up.”

We had a large quantity of corn tortillas already cut up into chip-sized wedges. Nash spread a little grapeseed oil on the preheated griddle then began to position the tortilla wedges, carefully spacing them out.

“I’ll get out the sandwich fixin’s,” I said. I wasn’t overly steady on my feet yet and still used a cane. Probably would for the rest of my life, for the added stability. But the refrigerator was just across from the island where we would set up our little buffet line, so I could handle transporting the bit of leftover turkey Gil and Julia had so kindly sent home with us, along with some lettuce, onion, sliced tomatoes, and mayo to the countertop.

In no time at all, the buffet line was ready to go, and a freshly showered Emmitt rejoined us, passing out another round of kisses. A collateral benefit of Emmitt wanting to smooch on Nash all the time was that I got bonus kisses to my upturned cheek. Not that Emmitt had ever neglected me in the past—on the contrary, he’d always been very attentive and loving toward me—but I wallowed in the extra attention I was reaping now. From Nash, too. I couldn’t have asked for a better grandson-in-law if I’d picked him out myself. Which, of course, I had done.

We settled in the living room so we could watch the football games while we ate. Emmitt sat next to Nash on the sofa. I kept my eyes on the TV to give them a little privacy (or at least the appearance thereof). Couldn’t close my ears, though. I let my imagination have a little fun trying to figure out what was causing the scritchy-scratch noise coming from their direction.

Nash had announced this morning that he might try to grow a beard, so he had a face full of stubble. It wasn’t too much of a stretch to picture Emmitt running his fingernails across it. The added unmistakable sound of lips smacking confirmed that to my satisfaction.

“Are you two going to make another attempt to go see The Little Mermaid?” I asked, partly to save them from getting too worked up over there, but mostly because it would be fun to see if I could make them squirm. They’d never given me a complete explanation for whatever had happened when their recent date night at the 5th Avenue Theater dissolved with a bit of drama.

I turned around at the sound of Nash falling into a coughing fit. Emmitt raised a feigned censorious eyebrow at me, but I knew he was enjoying Nash’s equally affected discomfort. When Nash caught his breath, he bit his lip and turned cow eyes toward Emmitt.

Emmitt grinned and snickered. “Of course we can still go see it.”

Yeah, Nash already had Emmitt wrapped around his little finger. After all, he was learning from a master, so I expected no less.

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 Self-Challenge Day 05 & 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 it off as early as possible to still make the minimum goal today. It’s Thanksgiving here, and I’m expecting company later. I still have to do some house cleaning (it’s been a busy week with a new granddaughter and two associated out-of-town visits) and meal prep!

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

I love how Griffin stood up to Papa Whyborne in today’s reading. The story’s action is moving along. Our heroes and Christine have just arrived in Threshold, but I stopped shortly after they were greeted after alighting from the train.

I was good today and only consumed water during my treadmill time. 😊

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.
Day 07
Saturday, 26-Nov.

Happy Thanksgiving! (in the USA)🍗

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’Til Death Do Us Part has a “what am I thankful for?” Thanksgiving scene in one of the flashbacks, and To Love and To Cherish culminates on Thanksgiving Day, likewise including one of those scenes. Oddly enough, it’s never been a part of my own family’s tradition, but I’d like to post one here.

What Addison is Thankful For

  • My wonderful editor at JMS Books, LLC who will stop cringing when I rewrite the above as something more like “Things for which Addison is Thankful” so as to avoid that preposition-ending sentence. ❤️
  • My fantastic publisher, JMS Books, LLC, for giving ’Til Death Do Us Part a chance, even though it was quite untraditional and more of a love story than a straight up romance.
  • All of my fabulous critique partners/beta readers. I’ve learned a lot from them, and they are able to offer opinions based on their fresh perspectives which is something an author loses early on.
  • All the readers who have purchased and enjoyed my stories, and those who have supported me on social media! 💕🍁🍸
  • All of the reviewers (whether they liked my books or not) for taking the time to read my stories and write a thoughtful review.
  • My family:

I love that I am in a position to be able to babysit my 19-month-old granddaughter while her parents (my oldest daughter and her husband) work. She’s a total sweetheart and a joy to watch. I am thankful for all the time I get to spend with her.

I love that I got to be with my younger daughter and her wife last week for the birth of their first child, a beautiful little girl. I wish that they lived closer, and weren’t planning to likely move even farther away after my daughter completes her dissertation in the spring, but I’m thankful that for now they are close enough that I (or they) can drive for visits with relative frequency.

I love that my youngest–my son–lives close enough that I’m able to see him a couple times each month. I’m thankful that he’s happy in his life and that he’s found a wonderful girlfriend who seems to be a perfect match for him.

I love that my step-daughters have stayed in touch after my husband, their father, passed away a few years ago. They were already adults when we married, so it’s not as if I’d raised them. I’ve been a part of my step-grandchildren’s lives since they were born, though, so I’m thankful that I’m able to continue to spend time with them for weekend visits every month or so.

  • My health, which appears to be good.

I’m sure there’s more, but those are the highlights. I hope all of you are enjoying your day, just as I am! 😀

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Treadmill Self-Challenge Day 04 & 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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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold

I started this book today. I loved book 1 (Widdershins) and have been looking forward to this next installment. So far, so good. I enjoyed the playful opening scene…one of two spots in today’s reading where the reader was briefly tempted to believe something more dramatic was going on than what was truly happening at that point in the story.

I skimmed the smexin’ scene. I have to admit,  I often do that when I’m reading. Nothing against this one in particular. I ended shortly after the dinner gong rang. I suspect I’ll be finding out what the drama of the story will be in tomorrow’s reading since that’s probably tied to whatever Papa Whyborne is about to propose.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that “wind” is going to be a factor in how our heroes save the day this time around. 😉

(Full disclosure: I might have consumed some potato chips while doing my walking today. *sigh*)

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.
Day 06
Friday, 25-Nov.
Day 07
Saturday, 26-Nov.

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #07 – Chap. 8

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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://authoraddisonalbright.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 7th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 8:

“Not tonight,” Henry muttered. Something was wrong. Not that it wasn’t perfectly fine for Henry to decline sex, but there was something in his tone. Sam turned to look at his boyfriend. It was too dark in the room to tell if Henry was blushing, but the tension in his facial muscles indicated discomfort.

“Everything okay?” Sam asked. His eyebrows came together in concern, and he pulled back his roaming hand.

“Yeah, no biggie.”

“Something’s wrong. Tell me, please.”

“Nothing’s wrong!”

“Is it something I did? Something I said?” Sam searched his memory, but could think of nothing.

“No. You’re fine. I love you.”

Henry’s body stilled as soon as the words were out. Sam stiffened as well. Neither of them had said those words before. Henry was dropping them now when something was clearly wrong between them, whether or not he wanted to admit it?

“You love me?” Sam replied.

Henry turned his face toward Sam and gazed into his eyes. “Yes,” he whispered.

A smile inched across Sam’s mouth. “I love you, too, Henry.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah. So tell me what’s wrong.”

Henry puffed out a loud sigh. “Fine. My stomach hurts. I’m constipated, okay? Are you happy now, making me say that?”

“Oh. Sorry you’re not feeling well, hon. Have you taken anything?” Sam relaxed with relief that Henry’s problem was nothing more than temporary minor digestive discomfort.

“Yes. I’ll try not to disturb you in the night.”

“You could never disturb me,” replied Sam. He pulled Henry into his arms and landed a smiling kiss on his lover’s brow. Henry loved him.

Henry’s limbs softened as he rested his head on Sam’s shoulder, snuggling into Sam’s chest. Sam briefly tightened his arms around Henry, giving a light squeeze, then he closed his eyes and reveled in pleasant thoughts of the future, sharing his life with this wonderful man.