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!
This week I’m posting a snip from Photo Shoot (included in the upcoming box set, Snapshots). For context, Trent needs a nude model for a photography class project. Eddie has reluctantly agreed to help his buddy out by posing for the photo shoot. This is from Eddie’s 3rd-person POV, leading off with Eddie’s thoughts:
The bright bathroom lighting did nothing to help his faltering ego. Why hadn’t he thought to visit a tanning salon so he wouldn’t be so pale? The sparse dark hair centered on his chest and trailing down his stomach stood out starkly in the glow of the big round bulbs lining the large mirror over the vanity. The thick thatch between his legs contrasted so severely with his pale skin that it seemed almost obscene. His dick, barely peeking out in the center of it, was appallingly pallid. Christ. He’d been worried about embarrassing himself by springing a boner around Trent, but turtling instead seemed equally bad. No worse—far worse.
Blurb – Photo Shoot
Eddie’s a good guy who’d do anything for a friend, especially Trent, but that good-nature is sorely tested when Trent asks Eddie to be the model for a nude photo shoot. Trent’s grades depend on it, so of course Eddie agrees. It’s not easy being naked in front of the guy he wants. There are so many ways he could make a fool of himself. Why does Trent want to take pictures of him, and why does it seem that Eddie’s not the only one blushing?
The opening scene of Photo Shoot first saw the light of day as a ficlet written from a set of prompt words. I liked the potential in that story scene and fleshed it out into a more complete short story.
The first edition was published as a Torquere Sip on November 29, 2008, then a mildly reworked second edition reappeared as a self-published single on November 29, 2009. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.
Photos Shoot will be included in a box 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.
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Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.
Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!
Contains the stories:
* Cow Pie Bingo
* King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate
* Born to Be Wild
* The Straggler
* Now and Forever
* Moving On
* Moving Along
* Dropping Quarters
* Photo Shoot
* Okay, Then
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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 is 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 my full-length novel, ’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.
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Both Snapshots and the free single, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, are available for pre-order at the publisher’s website and at a number of distributor sites. As with all my books at JMS, they are in the KINDLE UNLIMITED program at Amazon: