#RainbowSnippets – January 19, 2019 – ’Til Death Do Us Part

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 snipping from ’Til Death Do Us Part.

My “Hot Flash” short story, Okay, Then will be coming out on February 9, and it’s essentially a prequel to ’Til Death. Technically, the action in Okay, Then takes place toward the beginning of the timeline of the flashback scenes in ’Til Death, detailing Sam & Henry’s first date. So this thread of snippets is from the flashback scenes leading up to the action in Okay, Then.

For a little extra context, Henry and his colleague, Sam, are together on a research trip in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. Henry has a crush on Sam, and the evening before he’d asked Sam back to his rooms for drinks, and Sam had politely declined the drink…and what had been implicitly implied in that invitation.

From Henry’s 3rd-person POV:

(Expand the spoiler for a quick and easy review of last week’s snippet from this thread.)

’Til Death Do Us Part - January 12, 2019

Henry made his way down the breakfast buffet line and filled his plate. He didn’t see Sam in the room yet and hoped his colleague wasn’t going to avoid him now. Henry didn’t want things to be awkward between them. They still had a few more days to spend together in Honiara, then weeks in close proximity on some of the smaller islands. Then they’d be back to rubbing elbows in the biology department at the university.

He decided it would be best to just prattle on as if nothing had been said next time he saw Sam. Simply ignore the incident and hopefully Sam would forget all about it, and things would get back to the way they were. Except for Henry; Henry would always know that the man who occupied his dreams didn’t want him.

This week’s snippet:

’Til Death Do Us Part - January 19, 2019

Sam joined Henry at his breakfast table about five minutes after Henry sat down. Henry proceeded with his misdirect efforts by launching immediately into a discussion about the relative nutritional benefits of the different varieties of seaweed found in the waters around the Solomons. He followed it up with a question for Sam about the fruits he’d been studying the previous week.

Sam gaped at him with wide eyes as he nattered on, but when Henry finally gave Sam a chance to talk in reply to his kumquat inquiry, Sam ignored the question and undid all of Henry’s efforts with a single statement.

“I feel like I should explain…about last night.”

Blurbs & Links

’Til Death Do Us Part

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers—which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations—they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage… ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people—Henry, two other men, and a child—survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

Out Now!
Available on Kindle Unlimited and in the Audible Romance Package!

Publisher | Amazon | Books2Read | Audible

Okay, Then

Okay, then…that’s what Sam said after Henry convinced him he was interested in dating, not merely a fling while together on a research trip to the Solomon Islands. And so they embark on their first date, but the conditions are not ideal.

Henry is desperate to convince his crush of his sincerity but second guesses his every move. He’s thrilled to discover Sam is just as anxious to impress him. Can these two work through their first-date jitters or are they destined to drift apart?

Coming to JMS Books on February 9!

Publisher | Amazon | Books2Read

Note: Okay, Then has long been available to readers in several anthologies and collections (Love Is Proud, Snapshots, and Vows Box Set), but this upcoming release is the first time it’s been available as a single story.

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