#RainbowSnippets – December 31, 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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I am closing out the year with a final snippet from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part. In the new year I  think I’ll start sharing snippets from my overhaul projects.

This week’s snippet takes place a little earlier in the story than the thread I’ve been posting from lately, and it ends with the phrase I’ve been sharing in the teaser image the past few weeks. For context, Nash is in the hospital after being involved in an accident. He’s lost a few months of his memory and is just getting used to the idea that he’s engaged to Emmitt and not Sam. Here are six lines from Nash’s 3rd person POV:

Nash eased his aching head to the side and peered into Emmitt’s eyes. He saw sincerity and concern and…genuine caring.

Emmitt continued. “I know I don’t have to tell you how important eating well is to your recovery.”

Nash smiled at him. “I can see why I fell in love with you.”

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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?

15 Random Prompt Words – Flash Fiction Friday – Dec. 30, 2016

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

peanut – mermaid

thaw – side – laughable – paint – forgetful – stare – zonked – five – furry – closed – farm – yawn – untidy

I switched random word sites because the one I’d been using was giving me duplicates. Above are screen prints of the words it gave me (I had to get them in 3 batches because otherwise they were covered by ads).

Below is the story scene I wrote using these words. It’s another Adventures with Harrison and Mason episode, flashing back slightly to add to their recent Hawaiian vacation.

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“What is that?” Harrison asked, pointing toward the ocean. He actually knew what it was but wondered what his son would come up with.

Jaxon turned to look, then stood to stare at the spot where Harrison was pointing. “I think it’s a mermaid. What do you think, Pop?”

The little boy turned to Mason, lying on a towel with his eyes closed. “Aw, Pop’s zonked.”

Mason rolled to his side then sat up and stretched, unleashing a wide yawn. “I’m awake. Where’s this mermaid Daddy spotted?”

“There!” Jaxon aimed a finger over the water.

“I don’t see it.” Mason shaded his eyes and craned his neck.

Harrison coughed. “It’s…uh…whale-sized, so it’s hard to miss.”

Mason laughed. “I see it, now. Kinda big for a mermaid. Maybe it’s a Kraken.”

“Yeah!” Jaxon bounced. “That’s even better.”

“Hmm, not for the people on that boat over there,” Harrison said.

“Think it’ll eat them?” Jaxon asked.

“Speaking of food…” Mason patted his belly. “Is it time to crack open that picnic basket yet? What did you pack?”

It was laughable how easily Jaxon was distracted. The “kraken” forgotten, he knelt at the basket and opened it. “Five peanut butter sandwiches and a bunch of furry lychees.” He turned to Harrison. “Are those from that farm we went to yesterday?”

“Orchard,” Harrison replied. “But yes, so they’re pretty fresh.”

“Did that jug of juice thaw?” Mason asked. He’d suggested they freeze it so it would keep the rest of their food chilled and still be cool to drink by the time they wanted it.

Jaxon hefted it up and swished it so they could see. There was still a frozen chunk in the middle, but plenty was drinkable. Rifling through the basket, Jaxon asked, “Where’s the cups?”

Harrison slapped a hand to his forehead. “Nuts, I’m so forgetful today.”

“No problem, hun,” Mason said. “We’ll just pass the container around.”

Just as well, as that would fit with their generally untidy and wrinkled appearance. It was their last day in Hawaii, and they’d misjudged how many outfits they’d go through. Harrison and Mason were both wearing shirts they’d had on the previous day so they’d have something clean to put on for the trip home tomorrow.

“Yeah! We can chug out of the jug,” Jaxon added.

Harrison laughed. “This has been a great vacation. I’m going to miss Hawaii.”

“It’s paradise,” Mason said. “What was your favorite part?”

“Volcanos!” Jaxon exclaimed.

“Beaches, beautiful blue water as far as the eye can see, fresh fruit, flip flops every day, palm trees, so many stars visible at night, snorkeling.” Harrison sighed happily. “I could go on and on.”

“You paint a pretty picture of it, that’s for sure.”

“How about you, Pop, what’s your favorite part?”

Mason grinned widely. “Everything you both said, of course, but I think seeing the huge smiles on your two faces was the best part for me.”

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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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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV No. 10 – Chap. 11

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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 10th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 11. I think I prefer this one from Sam’s POV:

“Do you think it would help if I made the phone call?” Sam’s dad offered.

Henry took a deep breath. His entire body was tense. It was obvious he didn’t want to do this, but it seemed to Sam that not attempting to include Henry’s parents in their wedding would be a slight that would cut off any hope of a reconciliation.

“No,” Henry replied. “I don’t think it would make a difference. I know you have a hard time understanding that parents could be so resolute in rejecting their own child, but they really don’t want anything to do with me. If it means that much to you guys that I try to extend an olive branch with a wedding invitation, I’ll make the call myself. Seriously, though, I don’t hold out any hope.”

Sam’s mom shook her head sadly. “No, I can’t understand it. You’re a wonderful young man. You’re smart and outgoing, you’re kind, you’re witty. I don’t understand a religion that could turn parents against their son simply because he’s attracted to other men—like-minded men—and not to women. It has no effect on how we feel about our son.”

“They’re not like you and Truman, Claire. Their lives revolve around their church. If their church says I’m evil, then to them I’m evil.”

“Is it possible they’ve done some research? Modified their thinking? Some churches have been updating their doctrines regarding homosexuality,” Simon added.

Closing his eyes, Henry’s fingers worked overtime fiddling with the spare button sewn onto the underside hem of his shirt. A sure sign he was stressed.

Henry’s eyes reopened. Maybe it would be better to let this go. Henry didn’t talk much about his family, but what little he’d shared did give the impression that they were unyielding in their convictions—or at least Henry believed they were.

Sam searched Henry’s eyes and resolved to give up the cause, but Henry spoke first. “I’ll give them a call.”

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’Til Death Do Us Part

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Treadmill Day 39 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • 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: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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29248968What I #amreading: The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • We finally reach the end of the customs line, where a man who seems incapable of smiling stares at each of us unnervingly while he quizzes us like we’re on an episode of Jeopardy!
  • With that said, street signs here leave a lot to be desired. They’re all hidden on the sides of buildings, as if the Londoners are vaguely hoping no tourist will ever be able to find them. And streetlights showing them off? Forget about it.
  • I take a bite of the sandwich. It’s fresh and crispy and far outweighs any expectations I had regarding what a cucumber sandwich would taste like. “Well. It was the worst bad thing that has ever happened in my life.”

This will be my last DAILY treadmill/#amreading post. I still plan to walk (and track it) daily, but I’m going to go with a WEEKLY post on Sunday mornings that’ll summarize the prior Sun-Sat week.

Week 06:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 36
Sunday, 25-Dec.
 🎄  🎁  😃
Day 37
Monday, 26-Dec.
 30 min/mile  91:06 min:sec  3.0 miles
Day 38
Tuesday, 27-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:37 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 39
Wednesday, 28-Dec.
 30 min/mile  32:14 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 40
Thursday, 29-Dec.
Day 41
Friday, 30-Dec.
Day 42
Saturday, 31-Dec.

Treadmill Day 38 & 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: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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29248968What I #amreading: The Worst Bad Thing by J.E. Birk

I’m going to cry before getting to the end of this, aren’t I? I can already tell it’s going to be emotional. Poor Tate.

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • The man next to me smiles, and one corner of his mouth turns up slightly. He’s what my ex-friend Davis would have called categorically gorgeous, with dark hair, a long muscular build, and hazel eyes  that seem almost at odds with his deep brown complexion. – Lovely description!
  • “I, myself, am a bit of an equal-opportunity shopper. Though if Kinsey were around, he’d probably throw down a score for me of 4 or 5. I like the cock a lot more than the pussy.” – LOL ‼️

Week 06:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 36
Sunday, 25-Dec.
 🎄  🎁  😃
Day 37
Monday, 26-Dec.
 30 min/mile  91:06 min:sec  3.0 miles
Day 38
Tuesday, 27-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:37 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 39
Wednesday, 28-Dec.
Day 40
Thursday, 29-Dec.
Day 41
Friday, 30-Dec.
Day 42
Saturday, 31-Dec.

Getting a Little of Myles’ (Emmitt’s) POV – Scene 4

To Love and To Cherish is told entirely from Nash’s point of view, and although I stand by that decision for various reasons, I thought it would be fun to pick some scenes to redo from Myles’ (Emmitt’s) point of view. Here’s a link to the category including all of these alternate POV scenes.

So far I’ve started at the beginning and gone in order from there. My plan is to show the first two chapters from this different perspective. Scene 4, below, completes chapter one, and follows the last post. In the book the corresponding scene had Nash at home, without Emmitt, so this is a fresh scene showing what Emmitt might have been up to at the same time:

Scene 04

It was later than Myles would have liked when he finally had the chance to walk into his grandfather’s hospital room for a visit before heading home.

“Emmitt!” Grampy’s voice was cheerful, as always. Nothing ever seemed to bring the man down.

Myles—or Emmitt, as Grampy always referred to him—leaned down to kiss the upturned weathered cheek. “How was your day, Grampy? I understand Dr. Beltran wants to get you up and walking the halls tomorrow.”

“Yeah, he told me. He had that new nurse I got get me up to start walking to the bathroom today, too.”

“Good, it’ll get you ready for physical therapy. Remember, you’ll be moving to a PT facility in a few more days. They’ll get you back into shape to come home again.”

Grampy nodded. “I know, I know.” Then he cocked his head to the side, grinned, and added, “My new nurse, he’s one of those funny boys, like you.”

Emmitt heaved a sigh. “Grampy, please don’t meddle.”

If Emmitt didn’t know his grandfather better, he might have found the man’s widened eyes and pearl clutching maneuver convincing. “Me? I don’t meddle!”

But the threat was real. Emmitt knew it, and he was sure Grampy knew that he knew it. “Seriously, Grampy. I work with Nash. It would be wrong of me to approach him.”

Grampy’s eyes lit up. “So you like him, then?”

“Grampy!”

“Oh, quit your worryin’, I’ll leave him be.”

“Thank you.” But Emmitt still wasn’t quite sure he could trust Grampy’s chagrined mien.

“Even though he is kinda good-lookin’ on top of being good company.”

“Grampy!”

“I didn’t say I’d leave you be!”

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Blurb: 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?

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Buy-Links: To Love and To Cherish

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Treadmill Day 37 & 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: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Shiny! by Amy Lane

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • “Sh!” Will hushed in spite of himself. “Mom!” – But we moms live to embarrass our children!
  • “Kenny, baby, you have never looked sleepy. I met you in your boxer shorts and we were picking dildos up from the middle of the road, and you were still all class.” – That’s an achievement if ever I heard one!

  • As they were talking, Kenny took the opportunity to move subtly but possessively into Will’s personal space. Will understood: This is mine. I know he was yours, but I’ve claimed him. Will spoke fluent Kenny by now. It was a language of many subtle nuances. – Aww! ❤️

Alas, I missed my first day (in fact, 2 days) since starting this challenge. My excuse is that it was Christmas Eve and Christmas, and that I had a house full of company including some sleeping in the room that houses my treadmill. Anyway, as you can see, I made up for it today by staying on the darned thing for an hour and a half instead of the usual half-hour I’ve been doing.

I finished the book (it was great…I loved the final scene!) and spent the last half-hour catching up on a missed Big Bang Theory episode. I’m not sure what I’ll start reading tomorrow. Any suggestions?

Week 06:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 36
Sunday, 25-Dec.
 🎄 🎁 😃
Day 37
Monday, 26-Dec.
 30 min/mile  91:06 min:sec  3.0 miles
Day 38
Tuesday, 27-Dec.
Day 39
Wednesday, 28-Dec.
Day 40
Thursday, 29-Dec.
Day 41
Friday, 30-Dec.
Day 42
Saturday, 31-Dec.

#RainbowSnippets Dec 24, 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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Today’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part.

Picking up where I left off last week. Nash is still in the bathroom where he’d rushed to vomit due to the emotional strain at the thought of meeting Sam (his former fiancé) again. His dad has now joined him. I’m over the limit again, but several lines are really short. This is told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

“Sorry,” Nash slurred. Dad must think his youngest son was the most pathetic sort of prissy loser. Nash’s brother Aaron had grown up to be much like their father—large, muscular, stoic—although with a more expressive face. Nash must be such a disappointment.

Dad shook his head. “You’ve got nothing to be sorry for,” he whispered. “I do. I shouldn’t have pushed you to do this yet. It’s too soon.”

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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 Day 34

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: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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vacuum-4-clipart-vacuum-4-clip-art-hnkbit-clipartAlas, no reading today. I’ve been housecleaning all day getting ready for a houseful of company to descend on me tomorrow noonish. I kinda think that at least qualifies as a workout, even though it’s not actual treadmill time.

With company here, I may or may not log treadmill time over the next couple days. Even if I do, I’ll probably hold off posting about it until Monday (don’t want to be rude to the guests!).

I do have some prescheduled posts that you’ll see here on the blog (also on my Facebook page), just not this daily one that can’t be configured in advance. 💕

Week 05:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 29
Sunday, 18-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 30
Monday, 19-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:14 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 31
Tuesday, 20-Dec.
 30 min/mile  43:47 min:sec  1.4 miles
Day 32
Wednesday, 21-Dec.
 30 min/mile  31:04 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 33
Thursday, 22-Dec.
 30 min/mile  33:52 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 34
Friday, 23-Dec.
 ??  much of the day  housecleaning
Day 35
Saturday, 24-Dec.

25% Off Holiday Sale at JMS Books, LLC

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Now through December 27th, all ebooks sold on the JMS Books, LLC website are 25% off! Note, my print books are also 10% when purchased at the JMS website.

Handy Buy-Links

My books at JMS Books, LLC: http://bit.ly/2bRA7lW

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15 Random Prompt Words – Flash Fiction Friday – Dec. 23, 2016

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

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trick – survivor – deck – robot – migration – define – fountain – essay – sugar – element – quality – cucumber – shallow – spontaneous

Below is the short-short I wrote using these words. This week I turned the words into a another scene in the Adventures with Harrison and Mason series, this time told from Mason’s 3rd-person POV.

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The Piano Guys awesome version of Carol of the Bells flowed through the house as Mason quietly closed the front door. Jaxon glanced up from where he sat, writing at the coffee table in the living room. Mason placed his index finger to his lips, silently imploring his son to keep his arrival home a secret from Harrison.

Mason knew darned well Harrison was awake even though he was stretched out in the recliner with a cucumber slice over each eye. Jaxon smiled his agreement, and Mason tiptoed to the kitchen.

He quickly rifled through the junk drawer and came up with a tack, then reached up to secure the mistletoe he’d purchased to the header of the doorway between the living room and kitchen.

“Are you going to trick Daddy?” Jaxon asked when Mason approached.

Harrison sat up, peeling the cucumber slices from his eyes. He grinned at Mason. “I wouldn’t be surprised. What are you up to now?”

“Moi? You’re imagining things, my lovely sugar plum. I’m not a planner. I’m Mr. Spontaneous.”

Harrison’s snort would’ve made a rhinoceros proud. “Depends how you define ‘spontaneous.’”

The holiday playlist switched over to some lame version of Deck the Halls, and Mason turned his attention to Jaxon. “Got another essay for homework today?”

Jaxon shook his head. “Nope. I’m writing a story, but Daddy wouldn’t let me use your new fountain pen.”

“That’s ’cause Daddy’s a wise man,” Mason replied. “What’s the story about?”

Jaxon’s eyes lit up. “I’m a survivor after aliens attack Earth. You and Daddy are, too, and I join a bunch of people to go get a really big robot that’s going to save the world, and a bunch of other people are walking and walking to go somewhere safe.”

“Cool!” Harrison said. “Are Pop and I part of the big migration or do we get to go on the hero adventure with you?”

“Well, you wanted us all to go to the safe place, but Pop and I convinced you that we needed to help fight the aliens.”

Mason grinned. “It’s a quality of life thing. No place would’ve been safe for long unless the aliens were defeated, right?”

“Right! I knew you’d understand, Pop.”

Harrison opened his mouth like he was going to say something, then shut it and stood. Mason opened his arms and Harrison kissed him. “I love you,” Harrison said.

“I love you, too.” Mason loved Harrison with all his heart. And he knew Jaxon loved them equally even though the little boy and Mason were the ones who more often clicked when it came to creativity. Harrison wasn’t shallow and understood that, too.

When Mason turned to ask Jaxon another question, the little boy was no longer sitting at the coffee table. Harrison laughed, and Mason spun to follow his husband’s gaze. Jaxon was leaning against the door jamb under the mistletoe, apparently trying (but failing) to look casual.

So much for the element of surprise, a tactic Jaxon had yet to master. Harrison had probably known what Mason was up to, and this was more priceless than what he’d planned anyway.

They joined Jaxon under the mistletoe and each planted a kiss on the little boy’s cheek as he giggled. That’s what Christmas was all about…love and laughter.

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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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Release Blitz! Seasonal Sentiments Anthology

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Title: Seasonal Sentiments
Author: Anthology
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: December 23rd
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 154000
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Science Fiction, 10 short stories, multiple holidays represented, gay, cisgender, ace, bi, pan

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33279428-seasonal-sentiments

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Treadmill Day 33 & 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: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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fan-loopCurrent book: Shiny! by Amy Lane

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Something must have been socially backward about that statement, because Kenny was getting a crafty look like Will had won this argument for him. – 😏
  • He was sitting in her air-conditioned living room while the fan blasted his cooling BO all over his mom’s house, and he didn’t care. – Well he did just mow her lawn for her.
  • Cam’s rolled eyes were almost an abomination in that sincere face. – Last line of the night.

Week 05:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 29
Sunday, 18-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 30
Monday, 19-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:14 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 31
Tuesday, 20-Dec.
 30 min/mile  43:47 min:sec  1.4 miles
Day 32
Wednesday, 21-Dec.
 30 min/mile  31:04 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 33
Thursday, 22-Dec.
 30 min/mile  33:52 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 34
Friday, 23-Dec.
Day 35
Saturday, 24-Dec.