Guest Post at Joyfully Jay

Joyfully JayToday, I’ve got a guest post up over on the wonderful Joyfully Jay M/M Romance Reviews and More blog. In it, I talk about why I decided to update the story and publish a 2nd edition of Cultivating Love and discuss what those changes are. Go check it out:

http://joyfullyjay.com/2017/06/guest-post-cultivating-love-by-addison-albright/


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For more information (blurb, excerpt, links) visit my page for Cultivating Love, here:

https://authoraddisonalbright.com/my-publications/stand-alone-stories/cultivating-love-2nd-edition/

#FlashFictionFriday – Cultivating Love Alternate Universe Scene

Flash Fiction Friday

Today’s Flash Fiction Friday post uses the words left in last week’s post: queenqueerqueue

This is another “alternate universe” scene for Cultivating Love, and the action in this scene takes place prior to the published story. Note: The action in this scene is NOT consistent with the published story, and cannot be considered a true prequel. The action in this scene is also unrelated to that other “What if?” scene I posted about a month ago. Consider it to be yet another alternate universe.

Told from Fred’s 3rd-person POV:

Fred closed his eyes and fingered the envelope in his hands. It was his “Plan B” in the event Ed slammed the door in his face. Something he could wedge into the door jamb and hope Ed would read it later.

Or would that be considered stalking? Maybe he should just walk away if Ed refused to talk to him now. Or maybe he should mail the letter instead of showing up unexpectedly and uninvited. But what if his son threw it away without opening it? Surely it would be more difficult for Ed to reject him out-of-hand if he were confronted face-to-face rather than via an impersonal letter.

He opened his eyes and looked at the small house. Unless there was more than one Edward Michael Jamison in Omaha, this was it. This was where the boy—no, he was a man now—lived. Ed had been easy enough to find in online directories once Fred had steeled himself to look.

It had been eight years since Ed had written to Fred in reply to the letters Fred had sent regularly over the years. He’d never forget the words the sixteen-year-old had penned in that note, and how they’d mirrored the things Susan had said to him when they’d divorced. It had been littered with words like “faggot,” and had included words like “queen” and “queer,” which in another context wouldn’t have been pejorative, but as they’d been used in that unpleasant letter, he could pretty much picture the sneer that would have accompanied them in a verbal confrontation.

Fred had told himself ten years—he’d put it all out of his mind and wait that long to give Ed the chance to gain exposure to more diversity in the world than he’d likely had living under Susan’s rule. But, that had been an arbitrary number. Maybe he should listen to Bill and let Ed make the next move, but he was tired of waiting.

When he opened the car door, cheery voices—male voices—singing along to “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves drifted in the warm breeze. Fred looked at the houses on either side trying to determine where the sound originated. Unbelievably, it appeared to be coming from Ed’s house. Surely no one maintaining rigid prejudices would sing along to such a song.

He folded his envelope in two and smiled as he slipped it into his back pocket. Perhaps his internal debate regarding what he should do with it would be a moot point. He carefully stepped over a long queue of ants crossing the walkway leading to the entry. No point in messing with karma by stomping on them.

When he stood at the front door, the music emanating from within changed to Queen singing “I Want to Break Free,” and Fred’s smile broadened accordingly. If this was indeed his son’s house, surely homophobia wasn’t likely to be a concern. Either that, or he had no concept of song messaging or irony. But, if Ed had shed his prior bias, it begged the question—why hadn’t Ed contacted him? Was he now ashamed of the insults he’d hurled at Fred in that long-ago letter? Did he think Fred would hold a grudge?

Fred took a deep breath, straightened his shoulders, and knocked before he could talk himself out of it.

Yeah, that’s right…I’m ending it there, right before they meet (again). 😁 #SorryNotSorry

Leave as many prompt words as you like in the comments, but I’ll only promise to use one from each contributor in next week’s post (although I’ll try to use them all).

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Blurb

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 acknowledge 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 tries to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Can Joe adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

This is a previously published story that has been rewritten, expanded, and re-edited.


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Win a Signed Copy of Cultivating Love on TRR’s Sizzling Summer Reads Party

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My contest Q&A is up on The Romance Reviews’ Sizzling Summer Reads Party today, June 28, from 12:00am EST to 11:59pm EST. That’s the officially listed time range, but I’m gonna assume they mean “EDT” (Eastern Daylight Time—UTC-04:00) rather than “EST” (Eastern Standard Time—UTC-05:00) since we are currently following Daylight Savings Time here in the USA. Anyway, this post is scheduled to go live at the same time as the contest.

Enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Cultivating Love (open internationally): 

http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

Scroll down the page until you see the Q&As. You need to register and be logged in at TRR before you can play the game. They need people to register and log in to keep track of their points. Registration is free and easy.

My question is:

In Cultivating Love by Addison Albright, What does Ed think could be wrong with Fred’s truck?

The four multiple choice options are:

The tires might be flat.
The oil might be low.
The battery might need charging.
The oil might need changing.

Remember, do NOT post your answer here. To enter the contest follow the link, above.

You’ll find the answer to my Q&A in the excerpt posted on my website, here:

https://authoraddisonalbright.com/my-publications/stand-alone-stories/cultivating-love-2nd-edition/

♡ Good Luck ♡

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Cultivating Love – Review Roundup

Donna at Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews had some nice things to say about Cultivating Love, and rated it a 4.5 out of 5. Here are a couple excerpts from her review:

I first read this book years ago, when it was released through a different publisher. I continue to re-read it at least once a year, and I love it even more each time. Now that the author has expanded this edition (can you say…perfect epilogue) this was my favourite re-read yet.

I’m not normally a fan of books with already established couples, I usually feel as though I’ve missed part of the story, but I never get that feeling with Cultivating Love. I absolutely recommend this to anyone in the need for a slice of happy in their life.

Click here to read the full review.

Screenshot 2017-06-26 10.17.56Sue at Books Laid Bare Boys rated Cultivating Love 4 out of 5, and said it’s “A really nice read.”

Click here to read the full review.

Remember to follow the release blitz and review tour (stops are detailed at the bottom of this post) and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win a signed print copy of Cultivating Love.

 

Treadmill Fail this Week

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I can say that I spent an hour mowing the lawn last Sunday, but otherwise I totally blew off my exercise/treadmill goal this week. I do have an excuse: I’ve had company spending the week with me, and since they were using the fold-out couch in the room that houses the treadmill, it would have been awkward. Plus I’ve had my 2-year-old granddaughter pretty much around the clock for the week, which also made it difficult to make the time. On the plus side, I got plenty of exercise chasing her around!

It’s Release Day! – Cultivating Love, Expanded 2nd Edition

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Title: Cultivating Love

Author: Addison Albright

Publisher: JMS Books, LLC

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Cover Art: Written Ink Designs

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance

Pairing: M/M (Established Couple)

Length: 121 Pages (PDF) – 38,731 Words

Release Date: eBook June 24, 2017 & Print June 30, 2017

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Blurb

When life throws Ed and Joe a curve ball, can they handle the heat, or will everything they’ve worked for fall apart?

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 acknowledge 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 tries to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Can Joe adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

This is a previously published story that has been rewritten, expanded, and re-edited.

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Excerpt

Ed ended the call and set down his phone. He tapped his pencil on the table and swallowed as he reread his notes. It was all arranged. He would meet the lawyer in Mayfield early tomorrow morning, sign a bunch of papers, and get the keys. After that, he and Joe would be pretty much on their own to figure it all out. Keep it, sell it, the lawyer didn’t care; it would be out of his hands.

He smiled. Apparently, his earlier worries had all been for nothing. Joe was willing to give up city life—such as it was in Omaha—with all its inherent activities, to move to the boonies with him. That had to mean something, didn’t it?

He’d spent too much time simply staring at the lawyer’s cover letter, trembling with a fear he couldn’t quite place, until it had hit him like a runaway freight train. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal to sell the farm and invest the money. Or he could have hired some help while learning the ropes. But the idea of losing Joe had panicked him. He’d never spent time thinking about it before—had taken Joe for granted—but he’d do or give up anything to stay with the man.

The water turned off in the shower. He stood and walked toward the bedroom to strip for his own shower. He kicked off his work shoes and peeled off his greasy coveralls, then ambled into the bathroom.

Joe had already dried off and was combing his short summer-blond hair. Ed’s breath caught in his throat as he watched the flex of Joe’s back muscles. Back, ass, hamstrings, arms—hell—all of him. The potent effect of Joe’s nakedness on his libido never ceased to amaze him.

Ed picked up the nail brush and casually turned on the water at the sink. “Don’t bother getting dressed.”

Joe hooted. His hazel eyes gleamed at Ed in the mirror. “Not a problem. It’s my turn, by the way.”

“Is not.” Ed loaded the brush with grease-removing hand soap and started scrubbing. He yelped when Joe slapped his ass, and attempted a scowl—though it better resembled a leer— at Joe’s self-assured grin reflecting back at him.

“Is too.”

“You have to fix dinner then.” Ed’s stab at a hardline mien wasn’t any more successful than his glower.

Joe snickered again, turning away. “Whatever” came from over his shoulder as he walked toward their bedroom.

Ed smiled as he finished scrubbing his nails. He hurried through his shower and dried off to the beat of the Rolling Stones reverberating from the living room.

© 2017 Addison Albright

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Author Bio/Links

Addison Albright - Profile PicAddison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with two peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, French fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

eMail: addison.albright@gmail.com
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#RainbowSnippets June 24, 2017 – Cultivating Love

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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WooHoo! It’s release day for my rewritten and expanded 2nd edition of Cultivating Love at JMS Books, LLC, so of course I’m snipping from that 😀. Sorry, I’m slightly over on sentence count, but several of them are only two words long. No context needed. This is told from Ed’s 3rd-person POV:

Ed’s breath caught in his throat as he watched the flex of Joe’s back muscles. Back, ass, hamstrings, arms—hell—all of him. The potent effect of Joe’s nakedness on his libido never ceased to amaze him.

Ed picked up the nail brush and casually turned on the water at the sink. “Don’t bother getting dressed.”

Joe hooted. His hazel eyes gleamed at Ed in the mirror. “Not a problem. It’s my turn, by the way.”

“Is not.”


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Blurb

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 acknowledge 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 tries to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Can Joe adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

This is a previously published story that has been rewritten, expanded, and re-edited.

#RainbowSnippets


 

Kindle Unlimited

As with all my books at JMS Books, LLC, Cultivating Love is available for #FREE download with your #KindleUnlimited subscription (as well as available in other formats at all the usual distributors).

Buy Links

eBooks

JMS Books | Amazon Kindle (Unlimited) Universal Link |iBookstore

B&NKobo | BlioGoogle Play | BAM!—Books-a-Million

Print (Pre-order for June 30 Release)

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Rainbow Snippets