#RainbowSnippets 3-March-2018 – Closets Are for Clothes

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!

Here’s a random snippet from Closets Are for Clothes featuring Mike & Wes. For general context, this is going back to their first meeting. Mike has been interviewing potential roommates, and it looks like Wes is going to accept the offer.

Told from Mike’s 1st-person POV. Mike is the first speaker.

This Week’s Snippet:

Closets Are for Clothes - Roommates? – 3-March-2018

“I’ve got papers for you, though, if you want to move forward with an agreement.”
 My only concerns beyond personality and character compatibility were drug use or smoking—it gave me a headache—and ability to pay. His eyes were clear, his answers coherent, and let’s face it, I’d be able to smell it on him if he were a smoker. I knew he had a good job starting, so I had no issues.

The music changed again, and the Soggy Bottom Boys started singing “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.” Wes’s lips parted and his eyes glazed over. He blinked a few times and said, “Great, yeah, I’d like that.” So apparently, it wasn’t a deal-breaker.

Title: Closets Are for Clothes

Series: Dream On (book 1)

Author: Addison Albright

Publisher: JMS Books, LLC

Cover: Written Ink Designs

Length: Short Novel / 42,719 words

Heat Level: 3 flames – Moderate – While physical details are described, they are not graphically depicted.

Genres/Tags: Contemporary Gay Romance, M/M Pairing, Coming Out, Roommates to Lovers

Mike’s life is carefully compartmentalized. He’s deep in the closet to his family back in Kansas, but lives life honestly and openly in Austin. He’s unnerved when Wes, his old university crush, turns up at his door in answer to a roommate advertisement, but quickly sees the potential…benefits of the arrangement. Wes has never doubted nor denied his sexuality. With the support of his family he’s an out and proud LGBT activist.

On the scale balancing his self-esteem on one side, and the love of his family on the other, Mike has to decide which weighs more. Is Mike being fair to his parents by not giving them the chance to know his real self? When the delicate balance of his life is disrupted, he decides he’s tired of living a lie. Will Wes understand his concerns, or will their fledgling relationship crumble under the strain of Mike’s uncertainty?

NOTE: Closets Are for Clothes  is a from-the-ground-up comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of A Dream Come True (published by Addison at Torquere Press in February, 2009). While the theme of the original story is the same, and many important scenes will be recognizable, the way the characters deal with important events is handled differently than in the original story and much of the story’s backdrop and side characters have changed. Beyond converting the story from an alternating 3rd-person POV to being told entirely from Mike’s 1st-person POV, this is a significantly changed retelling of the story.

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14 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets 3-March-2018 – Closets Are for Clothes

  1. Ah, Soggy Bottom Boys. I like their name almost as much as your book title. ~grin~ Funny thing is, I didn’t know where they originated until looking them up today, so thanks for that. Makes me want to see the movie after watching video of this song, actually, and the banjo work is amazing.

    And great snippet, too! The scene is so real. Well done. Happy Writing, my dear.

    1. Thank you! 💕

      I adore that movie. It’s absolutely hilarious. It’s been a long time, but I’ve watched it at least a dozen times in the past and bought the soundtrack.

      Thanks for commenting on the video. Made me realize I should add it to the post! 😄

  2. Love the movie, love the song, so I completely love the reference here. It works so well. But then again, I’m Appalachian, so…

    Nice Snippet! Can’t wait to read more.

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