I’m on Kindle Unlimited ❤️💛💚💙💜

Fair warning, I had way too much fun with PhotoScape X preparing for this promotion:

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I’m thrilled to announce that my Vows Series books are all now available on KINDLE UNLIMITED!

Link to my Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2fzO7l5

Link to ’Til Death Do Us Part: Amazon Kindle
Link to From This Day Forward: Amazon Kindle
Link to To Love and To Cherish: Amazon Kindle

Website Info Pages:
’Til Death Do Us Part
From This Day Forward
To Love and To Cherish

With their new ebook aggregator, everything at JMS Books is now available (or will be shortly) on Kindle Unlimited, as well as at their own site, and all the usual distributors. Future releases will be as well.

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Book Tour – Adrift by Isabelle Adler – *Exclusive Excerpt*Giveaway*

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Title:  Adrift
Series: Staying Afloat, Book 1
Author: Isabelle Adler
Publisher:  NineStar Press
Release Date: January 30
Heat Level: 2 – Fade to Black Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 66000
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, NineStar Press, sci-fi, futuristic, aliens, military, smugglers, pirates, demisexual, pilots, action/adventure, space battle, age-gap, slow-burn

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33759717-adrift

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Treadmill Week 10 & 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

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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I’m starting a new book this week. This time it’s another re-read to refresh my mind on the details of the series in preparation for the release of book 3 in March. I will admit that I  broke the 5th rule, above, and finished book 1 Sunday morning before starting book 2 for use on the treadmill this week (sorry).

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 What I #amreading: All’s Fair Book 2: Fair Play by Josh Lanyon

My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: Tucker spoke away from the phone. His voice returned. “Okay. Gotta go. I’ll talk to you tonight. Take care.” Take care was Tucker’s on-the-job code for I love you. – Aww❣️
  • MONDAY: At two o’clock in the morning the raccoons launched a full-on assault of the trash bins behind the cabin. They were mostly thwarted by Elliot’s unexpected appearance. He restrained himself from shooting them in retaliation for scaring the hell out of him.
  • TUESDAY: That was Tucker’s code for sex. “You want to go upstairs and talk?” he’d say with perfect seriousness.
  • WEDNESDAY: Elliot leaned forward, knuckles pressing hard into the desk blotter. he felt weak with relief and embarrassed that he hadn’t been able to hide his fear. “Okay. Well. I don’t think I need any more caffeine today.”
  • THURSDAY: He leaned his forehead against Elliot’s. Elliot stroked his back, listening. Listening for what Tucker wasn’t saying as well as what he was. 💕
  • FRIDAY: Tucker squared his shoulders, as though readying for battle. “I didn’t lie. I won’t ever lie to you.” Even to make it easier on himself. Elliot acknowledged that truth wryly.
  • SATURDAY: For the second time that night, Tucker’s honesty startled him. Disarmed him.

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Week 10: January 22, 2017 – January 28, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:09 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:08 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:30 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  31:06 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  32:10 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  31:09 min:sec  1 mile

#RainbowSnippets Jan. 28, 2017 – Now and Forever

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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This week I’m snipping from another one of the short stories in my upcoming “boxed set” (Snapshots). This one’s from Now and Forever, in Warren’s POV:

(Warren) broke the kiss and sucked his way down Darryl’s neck, then up to his ear. “Tell me what you want, hon. You just want my hand? You want my mouth, or…” He trailed off, figuring Darryl knew how to fill in the blank.

Darryl growled and fumbled at the fastenings of Warren’s jeans. His actions spoke for him. He wanted what was behind door number three.

#RainbowSnippets

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Darryl and Warren have been together twelve years, when their home state of California legalizes same sex marriages. Darryl figures Warren should plan the wedding reception, but they disagree on how much party is too much. Darryl bites his tongue and gives Warren free rein, although he really wants something small and cozy. Will Warren be able to give Darryl what he needs?

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Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

Now and Forever first made its appearance as a Torquere Charity Wedding Sip on September 13, 2008, then reappeared as a self-published single on January 25, 2010. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Now and Forever will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25, 2017. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, will be released as a free single on February 18, 2017.

My Not-Flash-Fiction-Friday Post 2017-Jan.26

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Sorry, no Flash Fiction Friday post this week. I’m up to my armpits in edits for Snapshots, my boxed set of overhauled short stories (coming to JMS Books, LLC February 25).

I know my old stuff needed work, but sheesh. I’ve come to the conclusion that for the Dreams overhauls (barely started) I’m not (NOT!) going to go in and simply make changes to what’s currently written. I’m going to have a copy of the story open, but I’m going to treat it like a very detailed outline while I write fresh scenes into a new Word document.

Besides the fact that I think I’m going to convert the first two books to single POV (the third already is…I think (it’s been a while)), I’ve developed a fresh appreciation for editors (and beta readers). Recognizing what specifically needs to be changed in something is harder than writing it correctly in the first place.

Regarding the short stories in Snapshots—excepting Okay, Then, which was recently written and underwent only minor tweaks—the rest were all written back in 2008 and early 2009. They needed…shall we say…a bit of work.

First I made a lot of updates to them. Next, a trusted beta reader had a go at them and came up with fantastic advice. Pretty much nailed down what a few of them (the ones I agreed were weakest) needed and had spot-on comments throughout. I dealt with all of that before sending it in. Now my poor editor has bled all over them, and that’s why I’ve come to that conclusion about how I’m going to handle my Dream rewrites.

Here’s the (as yet unedited) preface I’ve added to the beginning of the collection:

I love short stories. Sometimes a brief “snapshot” taken from a couple’s larger story is all that’s wanted. The narrative of “how they met” is the focus of six of the shorts in this set—quirky tales ranging from meeting at a charity fundraiser, to college kids pranking each other, to a mishap at a XXX adult video arcade.

Also included are a story featuring a well-established couple’s wedding dilemma, a friends-to-lovers tale, a coming-out-of-the-closet drama, and a continuation short that follows one of those how-we-mets. Rounding out this collection is an account revisiting the main characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part.

All of these stories are contemporary, although one has a bit of paranormal flavor to it. Heat ratings range from “fairly sweet” to “rather steamy.” Excepting the final story, all were originally written in 2008 and early 2009. One (Photo Shoot) started out as a prompt word ficlet that I later fleshed out to a more complete story. Each has received a thorough overhaul, some more extensive than others. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

Click here for more information about Snapshots.


I’ll carry over the prompt word I got last week (sudoku) for my next Flash Fiction Friday post. If anyone wants to add to that in the comments here, that’s perfectly fine, because I haven’t even started it yet.

Getting a Little of Myles’ (Emmitt’s) POV – Jan. 25, 2017

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 rewritten all of Chapter 1 to show it from Myles’/Emmitt’s perspective. Last week I started a random scene from Chapter 3 that I thought would be interesting from Emmitt’s POV. Here is the rest of that scene:

Random Scene – Chapter 3 – Part 2

“Wait. What?” Nash stood, blurting out the words, his usual veneer of professionalism apparently forgotten. “You’re Emmitt? I thought your first name was Myles?”

Emmitt nodded. Nash’s informality sent a pleasant shiver zipping over his skin, raising the hair on his arms, but he schooled his features to remain neutral. “Myles Italus Burlingham. First initial is ‘M,’ middle name starts with ‘It.’ Em-It. Emmitt.”

“Italus?” An adorable blush crept up from Nash’s neck as if he instantly regretted his impulsive reply.

“It means ‘of Italy’ in Latin.”

Grampy added, with a sly grin, “He was conceived there on his parents’ ten-year wedding anniversary trip.”

Emmitt winced at Grampy’s overshare, and Nash nodded distractedly. What was Grampy thinking to say something like that? Obviously he was still in matchmaker mode, maybe trying to get Nash to see him in a more personal light. Grampy’s motives were pure, but he clearly didn’t understand how unprofessional it would be for Emmitt to ask Nash out on a date.

Still, Grampy and Nash got along well. Very well. And that was as important to Emmitt as he searched for an aide to care of his grandfather as the candidate’s professional skills. Nash’s education and expertise far exceeded what would be needed, but Emmitt was willing to pay the right person what they were worth even if it surpassed what was required.

Grampy said, “So you’ll speak to him then, Nash?”

“Speak to whom?” Emmitt squinted at his grandfather. He knew the answer, but had to ask.

“To you, of course!” Grampy replied.

Emmitt bit back a groan but couldn’t repress the sigh. If Nash had missed it earlier, surely he’d realize now what Grampy was up to. He nodded and made a snap decision. “I wanted to have a talk with you anyway, Nash.”

Grampy’s happiness and well-being were too important. Emmitt had managed to conceal his feelings toward Nash for years, and he could continue to do so—assuming he could convince Nash to accept the position, of course. After listening to Nash pour out his heart to Angela in the cafeteria yesterday, that likelihood wasn’t as completely out of the realm of possibilities as he’d once thought.

Nash’s eyebrows shot up. “Sure. Uh, this’ll be a rather personal conversation, so where do you think we should do this, and when’s convenient for you?”

Personal? What nonsense had Grampy been feeding him?

“You’re finishing up your three twelves, aren’t you? So you’ll be off on Saturday?”

Nash nodded.

“It’s Dr. Beltran’s weekend for on-call and rounds, so I’ll be free, too. Would you be willing to meet me at the coffee shop that’s in the lobby at my condo? It’s about ten or fifteen minutes from the hospital and has seating that’s well suited for confidential discussions.”

Emmitt ignored the widening grin on Grampy’s face. It was probably too much to hope that Nash didn’t notice it, too.

“Okay,” Nash replied. “I can do that.”

Emmitt pulled a business card out of his pocket and scribbled his cell phone number on the back before handing it to Nash. “I’ve got more patients to check on. Call me, and we’ll work out the details.”

He leaned down to kiss Grampy’s cheek. “I’ll check on you again later, once you’re settled in your new place.” Then he swept out of the room before Grampy could find some fresh comment to embarrass him in front of Nash.

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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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Links: To Love and To Cherish

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Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 12 – Chap. 13

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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 12th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 13. While I’ve come to agree that Sam’s POV might be preferable in most instances, this time I preferred Henry’s. The whole point of this scene was the buildup of Henry’s thoughts to his own statement at the end. Sam’s thoughts, while nice, don’t have the same effect since that closing comment is from Henry. If I was to switch to Henry’s POV for some future/potential 2nd edition, that last line would have to be changed to Sam’s dialogue of what he was thankful for (even so, I think I’d still prefer Henry’s for this one). But, for the purposes of this exercise, dialogue is remaining unchanged.

As they went around his family’s Thanksgiving table, each taking a turn to say what they were thankful for, Sam couldn’t help but think about how wonderfully his life had come together. He was happier than he’d ever imagined possible since Henry’d first asked him out during their joint research trip in the Solomons. His heart skipped a beat as he glanced at Henry. He was over the moon now that he and Henry were engaged to be married.

Sam was thankful his family had embraced his fiancé with open arms. They’d never questioned Sam’s sexuality, and they’d never done or said anything to make him feel less loved because of it. Henry’s family, sadly, was another story.

Henry’s expression was thoughtful as he listened with a studious concentration to each person’s thanks. When his turn came, Henry said, “I am thankful for Sam’s love. I’m thankful that I’ve gained not just a future husband but his whole wonderful family. Thank you all for making me feel so welcomed and loved.”

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’Til Death Do Us Part

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In the Spotlight! People Fish by Medella Kingston – *Exclusive Excerpt* #giveaway

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Title:  PeopleFish
Author: Medella Kingston
Publisher:  NineStar Press
Release Date: January 23rd
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Female/Female
Length: 118000
Genre: Romance, lesbian, bisexual, paranormal, Addiction, psychic ability, romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33546115

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Release Blitz! Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out by Joe Cosentino #giveaway

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Title:  Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out
Series: Cozzi Cove book 3
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 23rd
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 62600
Genre: Romance, contemporary, vacation resort, New Jersey, beach/shore, transgender, religion, Bhuddist, bartenders, doctors, college, humorous, weddings, off-page non-con

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