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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Pandora Pine to Stories That Make You Smile! Pandora is here today celebrating the recent release of her popular, exciting new book, Finding Alexander. She’s kindly brought along both an excerpt and a giveaway. Pull up a chair and read on to learn about Pandora’s writing method…planner or pantser? 🌟

Finding Alexander by Pandora Pine

Indiana Jones meets Clark Kent in this modern-day treasure hunt.

Release Date: June 11, 2019
Length: 264 pages
Pairing / Genre(s): M/M Gay Romance, Action/Adventure

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Indiana Jones meets Clark Kent in this modern-day treasure hunt.

Archaeologist Cairo Vanderbilt was born to be a treasure hunter, whether he liked it or not. When his famous father dies in search of the tomb of Alexander the Great, Cairo picks up the trail to find the world’s most famous lost treasure. Having failed once before, he’s determined to find Alexander’s remains and fulfill his family’s legacy.

History blogger Dillinger DeCosta has only written about the past from the safety of his South Boston office. After hearing Cairo speak about the coming expedition on the evening news, he wants to join the hunt for Alexander and finally be on the front lines of history-in-the-making. By offering to come along, Dillinger is taking a huge risk, but he’s banking on an even bigger reward.

Hot on Alexander’s trail, Cairo and Dillinger discover sparks between them that ignite unexpectedly. One of the men has a secret that may threaten not only the success of the expedition, but their new relationship as well. If they can’t find a way past the challenge that lies between them, they might just lose the greatest treasure of all.

Each other.


When we’d gotten back to the hotel, I’d stomped up to my room like a spoiled child. This is where I’d been for the last two hours. Alone and trying to figure a way out of this mess.

A knock at the connecting door between my room and Dillinger’s startled me out of my pity-party for one. Sighing, I headed to the door, pulling it open. What I saw was a bit of a surprise.

“You missed dinner.” Dillinger breezed past me and into my room, setting the dinner tray he was holding on my table.

I watched in awe as he started pulling lids off the plates. There was no way in hell I deserved this kind of treatment. He’d even brought me dessert.

“I didn’t know what you’d like, so I grabbed a bit of everything.” Dillinger’s intense green stare was boring into me.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. No one had ever done anything like this for me, not even Memphis when I was sick and miserable.

“You could have at least said thank you.” Dillinger strode back toward the doors connecting our rooms.

Shit… “No, wait.” I took off after him, grabbing his left elbow with more force than I intended. I yanked so hard that Dillinger crashed against my chest. My left arm reached out to steady him, pulling him closer to me in the process. He was warm and solid. It could have been my raging hormones, but holding him felt good, like I was home.

I knew my wistful thoughts were on the money when my body responded to his instantly. My cock was hardening and unless I missed my guess, so was Dillinger’s. This was wrong on so many levels. There was so much I needed to say to the man I was holding in my arms, but the only thought running through my head, on a loop, was. “Kiss him!”

☆ Guest Post ☆

Planner or Pantser

Pandora Pine

Am I a planner or a pantser? Hmm, good question. Can I be both? Is that allowed? I guess that would make me a plantser.

My books go one of two ways. Either I write out the entire chapter list for a book, giving me a roadmap to follow or the characters, i.e., the voices in my head, give me the book one chapter at a time.

The books where I start with a full outline are the ones that I write like wildfire. All I have to do is set my hands on the keyboard and the words flow like water from a faucet. Life is good in Casa de Pine when I’m writing one of those books.

Things are a little more difficult when it’s option B, as in, be on your toes. Books that I thought were going in one direction, took sharp left turns out of the blue. I think those books are more fun to write. Dead Weight is an example of this. I knew where I was starting and where I was going to end. The middle was a mystery until I started to write.

Finding Alexander was a bit of both. I had the first fifteen chapters planned out and then it was like base jumping off a cliff on a windy day. All I could do was hold on and enjoy the ride.

It used to upset me when I couldn’t sit down and plan out all thirty chapters on day one. What I’ve learned is to go with the flow. It’s absolutely fine to work outside Pandora’s Box. See what I did there?

Meet the Author

Sick of the slogging rat-race of her 9-5 job, Pandora Pine put pen to paper (literally!) to make her ambition of becoming a romance novelist a reality. She cut her teeth in the dog-eat-dog world of fan fiction, still dreaming of the day when she would be a published author.

In her spare time, Pandora fancies herself an amateur nature photographer. She enjoys mucking around in swamps, hiking through the woods and crawling around on her hands and knees in her backyard seeking out the perfect shot. Pandora is a fan of roadside seafood shacks and always thinks Mexican food is a good idea at the time.

Some of Pandora’s favorite things are chocolate, writing longhand with purple pens, and handsome men falling in love with each other.

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