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Please join me in welcoming author Nell Iris, the queen of romance-filled short stories, to Stories That Make You Smile! Nell is here today celebrating the release of They Met in the Library, a novelette kicking off her fun new series, Meet Cute Chronicles, a trio of sweet shorts that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. Nell has brought along a guest post sharing her inspiration for the story, an excerpt that ties to her guest post, and a generous giveaway. Pull up a chair and read all about it!
They Met in the Library by Nell Iris
Can two guys plus one meet-cute equal a happily ever after?
Series: Meet Cute Chronicles
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Release Date: January 16, 2021
Length: Novelette / 17,943 words / 67 pages
Pairing / Genre: M/M Contemporary
Adrian, book-lover extraordinaire, adores his job at the small community library. He gets to share his passion with other people and help them with all book-related questions and issues. When a big, hulking man walks into the library, looking terrified, Adrian’s skills are tested in a completely different way.
Manne’s relationship with books is uneasy, to say the least. He’s dyslexic and events in his past have made him fearful of books and turned libraries into his worst nightmare. But when the quirky, bowtie-wearing librarian steps in to help, the experience turns positive.
Their banter is easy and their chemistry instant. But can an accidental meeting turn into something more? Can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?
📚 Guest Post 📚
I’ve always been a bookworm. My mom has severe asthma and allergies and was too sick and fatigued to play with me when I was little at least physical games. So to keep me occupied and to stimulate me, she taught me how to read at a very young age (before four). It was love at first book; I still remember the pride I felt when I read my first book to her instead of the other way around. After that momentous occasion, me and books were inseparable.
I always had my nose buried in some book or other. As I grew older, my parents tried to make me do other things, too. They’d say things like “Go out and play!” or “Don’t sit in your room all day long!” or “Go hang out with your friends!”
But I was hanging out with my friends, didn’t they understand that? So when I grew older and found myself chased out of the house to “breathe in some fresh air,” I snuck away to the neighborhood library. I lived in a small town (population around 30K) so not even our main library was grand and fancy, and my neighborhood one wasn’t much. But it was enough for me.
I could hang out there for hours, browsing the books, picking one, and sitting down to read it. I was there so often I got friendly with the staff. So friendly that when I finally returned to the library after being home from school for two weeks because of illness, the staff came running and hugged me, welcoming me back. Saying they’d missed me, and that they thought the reason I wasn’t coming anymore was that I’d moved.
It was like coming home and I promised to tell them if we ever moved.
Adrian, the librarian in They Met in the Library works at a neighborhood library just like the one from my youth. He’s one of the staff members from “my” library, welcoming visitors with open arms, rejoicing in helping them. And people love him back…even the guy who’s dyslexic and has a difficult and fraught relationship with books, Manne.
Meet the Author
Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies room), loves music (and singing along at the top of her voice but she’s no Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (Make it so). She loves words, bullet journals, poetry, wine, coffee-flavored kisses, and fika (a Swedish cultural thing involving coffee and pastry!)
Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.
Nell is a bisexual Swedish woman married to the love of her life, a proud mama of a grown daughter, and is approaching 50 faster than she’d like. She lives in the south of Sweden where she spends her days thinking up stories about people falling in love. After dreaming about being a writer for most of her life, she finally was in a place where she could pursue her dream and released her first book in 2017.
Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angsty, short over long, and quirky characters over alpha males.
Also by Nell Iris
Nell is giving away signed paperbacks of Finding the One to TWO lucky winners! (open internationally!)
Finding the One (box set) contains the stories:
Unconditionally, Find His Way Home, Nobody Else’s, Unexpected Christmas
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