#RainbowSnippets – March 18, 2017 – WIP with Wes & Mike

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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Today I’m posting a snippet from an as-yet-unnamed WIP which will be a total from-the-ground-up overhaul of my old story A Dream Come True. The rewrite is told entirely from Mike’s 1st person POV (whereas the original was in both Mike and Wes’s 3rd person POV). While it will be essentially retelling the same basic story, this overhaul is significant enough I feel it deserves a fresh and shiny new title.

These are the opening 6 lines:

Chat up a telemarketer—that was one thing I’d rather do. Or engage in a conversation with someone handing out religious tracts on a street corner. Maybe ask that burly guy with the perpetual frown at the Express Lube to help me out with a little manscaping. I shuddered. No, maybe not that one.

Point being, there were plenty of things I’d rather do than face another roommate interviewee.

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#RainbowSnippets March 11, 2017 – Okay, Then

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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Today I’m giving another snippet from Okay, Then, a short story that’s in the timeline of the flashback scenes from ’Til Death Do Us Part, detailing Henry and Sam’s first date. This story is included in my collection, Snapshots.

The story is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV, and the first speaker (“he”) is Sam. For context, Henry and Sam are in the Solomon Islands on their first date. Sam has just tried Vegemite and coaxed Henry to do the same, prompting this discussion:

“I’m trying to expand my horizons. My New Year’s resolution was to try ten new foods this year. This makes five, so I guess I’m on target.”

“Any regrets among them?”

He winced. “Grasshoppers.”

“Gross. Apparently my resolution was to give up sex.”

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#RainbowSnippets – March 4, 2017 – Snapshots – Okay, Then

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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Today I’m giving another snippet from Snapshots, my collection/box set of 11 short stories. This one’s from Okay, Then, a short story that’s in the timeline of the flashback scenes from ’Til Death Do Us Part, detailing Henry and Sam’s first date. My apologies…many of my sentences here are very short, and I blew the sentence count out of the water to complete the mini-scene (word-count is on par with the average, I think). Further context isn’t needed.

This is from Henry’s 1st-person POV, and “he” is Sam:

He cocked his head to the side and stared curiously at me as I attempted a reassuring smile. His stance relaxed.

“You’re—” He cut off whatever he’d planned to say. His eyes widened and I got the distinct impression he’d been thinking aloud, and hadn’t meant to say anything.

“You’re what?” Because, really, it was better to find out now, before we fucked up our professional relationship beyond any hope of repair by, well…fucking…if there was something about me that bothered him. We’d been colleagues in the university’s biology department in Seattle for ten months, so we knew each other fairly well. I hoped to hell he wasn’t having second thoughts about dating me.

“You’re…you’re actually trying to impress me, just as much as I’m trying to do the same with you.”

I laughed and pressed a palm to my heart. I was so relieved to hear those words. “You’re damned right I am!”

His Henry-melting grin appeared, and I was lost.

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About Snapshots

Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories: Cow Pie Bingo,  King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate (also available as a FREE single), Born to Be Wild, The Straggler, Now and Forever, Moving On, Moving Along, Dropping Quarters, Nevermore, Photo Shoot, Okay, Then (Vows Series, 1.5)

Okay, Then

Revisiting the main characters from ’Til Death Do Us Part, this short story takes place within the timeline of the flashback scenes from that novel, detailing Sam & Henry’s first date/encounter after Sam tells Henry “Okay, then” while they’re together on a research trip in Honiara in the Solomon Islands. It a short story written to be able to stand alone, with its own HFN.

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

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eBook

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Print

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#RainbowSnippets Feb 25, 2017 – Snapshots – Dropping Quarters

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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Today is release day for Snapshots, my collection/box set of 11 short stories, so I’m going back to that for my snippet today. This one is from Dropping Quarters, from Luke’s 3rd-person POV:

Luke took a lengthy draw on his beer and followed his buddies to watch some pool. He saw a few Tigers uniforms among the players. He glanced around the room, but didn’t notice Cato among them.

Fuck him anyway. Luke had given him two openings and the man had shot them down. Fine, so he likely wasn’t Cato’s type—not the end of the fucking world. He wasn’t stupid, and he wasn’t going to make a third play for the man, either.

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About Snapshots

Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories: Cow Pie Bingo,  King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate (also available as a FREE single), Born to Be Wild, The Straggler, Now and Forever, Moving On, Moving Along, Dropping Quarters, Nevermore, Photo Shoot, Okay, Then (Vows Series, 1.5)

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Blurb – Dropping Quarters

Luke’s looking for love in all the wrong places. When he meets Cato at an adult video arcade, then again at his softball league game, Luke figures they might have something in common. Can Luke convince Cato that there’s more to him than meets the eye?

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

Purchase Links

eBook

JMS Books, LLC | Smashwords | Amazon Kindle – Universal Link
iBookStore | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BookStrand
Blio | Google Play | Scribd | BAM! – Books-a-Million

Print

JMS Books, LLC | Createspace | Amazon – Universal Link
Barnes & Noble – BAM! – Books-a-Million – Book Depository

#RainbowSnippets Feb. 18, 2017 – King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate

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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Today is release day for my FREE short storyKing Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, so I’m going back to that for my snippet today. I’ve shared the opening lines before, but not here on Rainbow Snippets, so here it is:

Blaine sat on an empty barstool between a likely prospect and King-fucking-Kong. He lifted his chin, summoning the bartender as he ran freshly manicured hands over the textured cashmere of his Kiton pinstripe suit, smoothing out imaginary wrinkles.

“A Skinny Pirate, please.”

The bartender quirked an eyebrow but otherwise kept his face expressionless. “Coming right up.”

Blaine’s peripheral vision picked up movement to his left. King Kong was looking him over. He turned his head to the right, ignoring the hairy behemoth, to check out his hopeful hookup for the evening.

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Blurb

Blaine is a well-dressed, high priced attorney, and George is a hairy mountain of an auto mechanic. This odd couple meets up one evening on a slow night at a bar. The pickings are slim. Slim enough for these opposites to eyeball each other and ask themselves just how bad they want to get laid.

Pleasantly surprised by the evening’s outcome, Blaine is faced with a dilemma. Should he throw caution to the wind and pursue George, or steer clear of that unexpected distraction to his carefully structured life.

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King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate first made its appearance in the Like Magnets We Attract anthology at eXcessica on April 13, 2009, then reappeared as a self-published single on October 8, 2009. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, releasing next Saturday. King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate is also now available as a FREE single, out today.

Click here for more information on King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate.

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

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#RainbowSnippets Feb. 11, 2017 – Photo Shoot

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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This week I’m posting a snip from Photo Shoot (included in the upcoming box set, Snapshots). For context, Trent needs a nude model for a photography class project. Eddie has reluctantly agreed to help his buddy out by posing for the photo shoot. This is from Eddie’s 3rd-person POV, leading off with Eddie’s thoughts:

The bright bathroom lighting did nothing to help his faltering ego. Why hadn’t he thought to visit a tanning salon so he wouldn’t be so pale? The sparse dark hair centered on his chest and trailing down his stomach stood out starkly in the glow of the big round bulbs lining the large mirror over the vanity. The thick thatch between his legs contrasted so severely with his pale skin that it seemed almost obscene. His dick, barely peeking out in the center of it, was appallingly pallid. Christ. He’d been worried about embarrassing himself by springing a boner around Trent, but turtling instead seemed equally bad. No worse—far worse.

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Blurb – Photo Shoot

Eddie’s a good guy who’d do anything for a friend, especially Trent, but that good-nature is sorely tested when Trent asks Eddie to be the model for a nude photo shoot. Trent’s grades depend on it, so of course Eddie agrees. It’s not easy being naked in front of the guy he wants. There are so many ways he could make a fool of himself. Why does Trent want to take pictures of him, and why does it seem that Eddie’s not the only one blushing?

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Click here for more information on the Snapshots box set.

The opening scene of Photo Shoot first saw the light of day as a ficlet written from a set of prompt words. I liked the potential in that story scene and fleshed it out into a more complete short story.

The first edition was published as a Torquere Sip on November 29, 2008, then a mildly reworked second edition reappeared as a self-published single on November 29, 2009. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Photos Shoot will be included in a box set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25, 2017. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, will be released as a free single on February 18, 2017.

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About Snapshots

Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories:

* Cow Pie Bingo
* King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate
* Born to Be Wild
* The Straggler
* Now and Forever
* Moving On
* Moving Along
* Dropping Quarters
* Nevermore
* Photo Shoot
* Okay, Then

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Snapshots Preface

I love short stories. Sometimes a brief “snapshot” taken from a couple’s larger story is all that’s wanted. The narrative of “how they met” is the focus of six of the shorts in this set—quirky tales ranging from meeting at a charity fundraiser, to college kids pranking each other, to a mishap at a XXX adult video arcade.

Also included is a story featuring a well-established couple’s wedding dilemma, a friends-to-lovers tale, a coming-out-of-the-closet drama, and a continuation short that follows one of those how-we-mets. Rounding out this collection is an account revisiting the main characters from my full-length novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part.

All of these stories are contemporary, although one has a bit of paranormal flavor to it. Heat ratings range from “fairly sweet” to “rather steamy.” Excepting the final story, all were originally written in 2008 and early 2009. One (“Photo Shoot”) started out as a prompt word ficlet that I later fleshed out to a more complete story. Each has received a thorough overhaul, some more extensive than others. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

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Both Snapshots and the free singleKing Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, are available for pre-order at the publisher’s website and at a number of distributor sites. As with all my books at JMS, they are in the KINDLE UNLIMITED program at Amazon:

Snapshots Pre-order Links

JMS Books, LLC – eBook Link | JMS Books, LLC – Print Link

Smashwords | Amazon Kindle Universal Link | iBookstore
B&N Nook | Kobo | Google Play

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate Pre-order Links

JMS Books, LLC – eBook Link

SmashwordsAmazon Kindle Universal Link
B&N Nook | Blio | Google Play

#RainbowSnippets Feb. 4, 2017 – Now and Forever

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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This week I’m posting another snip from Now and Forever (included in the upcoming box set, Snapshots), a little further along from last week’s post. No context needed, in Warren’s POV:

“More what, baby?” Darryl’s voice was husky as he pressed his hips against Warren’s backside. “You want this inside you?”

Warren wished he had the restraint to tease Darryl back, but his level of self-control seemed inversely proportional to the state of his arousal, and he was very aroused. “Jesus, Darryl…yes…fuck me, goddammit,” wasn’t much of a tease.

He got what he wanted, though. Darryl’s hands clamped down where Warren’s ass met his legs, lifting and separating in a way that would have made Playtex bra engineers proud.

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Blurb – Now and Forever

Darryl and Warren have been together twelve years when their home state of California legalizes same sex marriages. Darryl figures Warren should plan the wedding reception, but they disagree on how much party is too much. Darryl bites his tongue and gives Warren free rein, although he really wants something small and cozy. Will Warren be able to give Darryl what he needs?

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Click here for more information on the Snapshots box set.

Now and Forever first made its appearance as a Torquere Charity Wedding Sip on September 13, 2008, then reappeared as a self-published single on January 25, 2010. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Now and Forever will be included in a box set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25, 2017. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, will be released as a free single on February 18, 2017.

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊

About Snapshots

Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories:

* Cow Pie Bingo
* King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate
* Born to Be Wild
* The Straggler
* Now and Forever
* Moving On
* Moving Along
* Dropping Quarters
* Nevermore
* Photo Shoot
* Okay, Then

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊

Snapshots Preface

I love short stories. Sometimes a brief “snapshot” taken from a couple’s larger story is all that’s wanted. The narrative of “how they met” is the focus of six of the shorts in this set—quirky tales ranging from meeting at a charity fundraiser, to college kids pranking each other, to a mishap at a XXX adult video arcade.

Also included is a story featuring a well-established couple’s wedding dilemma, a friends-to-lovers tale, a coming-out-of-the-closet drama, and a continuation short that follows one of those how-we-mets. Rounding out this collection is an account revisiting the main characters from my full-length novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part.

All of these stories are contemporary, although one has a bit of paranormal flavor to it. Heat ratings range from “fairly sweet” to “rather steamy.” Excepting the final story, all were originally written in 2008 and early 2009. One (“Photo Shoot”) started out as a prompt word ficlet that I later fleshed out to a more complete story. Each has received a thorough overhaul, some more extensive than others. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

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Both Snapshots and the free single, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, are available for pre-order at JMS and Amazon:

Snapshots Pre-order Links

JMS Books, LLC – eBook Link | JMS Books, LLC – Print Link
Amazon Kindle Universal Link

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate Pre-order Links

JMS Books, LLC – eBook Link | Amazon Kindle Universal Link

#RainbowSnippets Jan. 28, 2017 – Now and Forever

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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This week I’m snipping from another one of the short stories in my upcoming “boxed set” (Snapshots). This one’s from Now and Forever, in Warren’s POV:

(Warren) broke the kiss and sucked his way down Darryl’s neck, then up to his ear. “Tell me what you want, hon. You just want my hand? You want my mouth, or…” He trailed off, figuring Darryl knew how to fill in the blank.

Darryl growled and fumbled at the fastenings of Warren’s jeans. His actions spoke for him. He wanted what was behind door number three.

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Darryl and Warren have been together twelve years, when their home state of California legalizes same sex marriages. Darryl figures Warren should plan the wedding reception, but they disagree on how much party is too much. Darryl bites his tongue and gives Warren free rein, although he really wants something small and cozy. Will Warren be able to give Darryl what he needs?

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Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

Now and Forever first made its appearance as a Torquere Charity Wedding Sip on September 13, 2008, then reappeared as a self-published single on January 25, 2010. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Now and Forever will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25, 2017. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, will be released as a free single on February 18, 2017.

#RainbowSnippets – Jan. 21, 2017 – Cow Pie Bingo

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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This week I’m going with 6 lines from another one of the short stories in my upcoming “boxed set” (Snapshots). This one’s from Cow Pie Bingo. The original version of this short story is the first thing I ever published.

In this snippet, Evan, who’s recently come to terms with accepting his sexuality (although he’s yet to act on it) has allowed himself to be talked into manning a kissing booth at a charity fundraiser:

He could do this. That was the mantra he kept repeating to himself. Maybe if he recited it enough, it would become true. After all, it was for only one hour.

The empty kissing booths loomed off to one side of the open meadow. He checked his watch.

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Evan lets a co-worker talk him into working a kissing booth at a charity fair. Not quite sure what to expect, he certainly doesn’t count on meeting Gary, or kissing a man, considering his past. Kissing is what he ends up doing, though, along with playing cow pie bingo for a good cause. Will Gary end up being more than a six-ticket ride?

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

Cow Pie Bingo first made its appearance as a Torquere Sip on April 10, 2008, then reappeared as a self-published single on April 10, 2010. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Cow Pie Bingo will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate (featured in my rainbow snippets the past 2 weeks), will be released as a free single on February 18.

#RainbowSnippets – Jan. 14, 2017 – King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate

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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I’m afraid I’m at 8 sentences this week, but darn it, look how short they are!

For context, this picks up immediately after last week’s post, which followed the longer excerpt I posted on the 4th in which Blaine (the POV character) has arrived at a bar in search of a hookup. The pickings are slim and he’s considering a man he’s thinking of as “King Kong.” The last lines leading into this snippet are: The man’s laughter reached his eyes. “That depends. You wanna be my Ann Darrow?”

“Blaine will do fine, thanks.”

“George. My name’s George.”

It fit him. Not as well as Harry, but it matched him. Blaine put out a hand. “Pleased to meet you, George.” What the hell, the man had “showered and everything.”

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Blaine is a well-dressed, high priced attorney, and George is a hairy mountain of an auto mechanic. This odd couple meets up one evening on a slow night at a bar. The pickings are slim. Slim enough for these opposites to eyeball each other and ask themselves just how bad they want to get laid.

Pleasantly surprised by the evening’s outcome, Blaine is faced with a dilemma. Should he throw caution to the wind and pursue George, or steer clear of that unexpected distraction to his carefully structured life.

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate first made its appearance in the Like Magnets We Attract anthology at eXcessica on April 13, 2009, then reappeared as a self-published single on October 8, 2009. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories tentatively titled Snapshots. King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate is also earmarked to be released as a freebie single a week or two ahead of the boxed set’s publication. Look for both the single and the boxed set in February.

#RainbowSnippets – January 7, 2017 – King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate

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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This week I’m going in a new direction, sharing from a short story that I expect to be re-released in February. King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate first made its appearance in the Like Magnets We Attract anthology at eXcessica on April 13, 2009, then reappeared as a self-published single on October 8, 2009. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories tentatively titled Snapshots. King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate is also earmarked to be released as a freebie single a week or two ahead of the boxed set’s publication.

I hit the sentence count perfectly last week, but I’m over this time. My apologies, but in my defense, most of them are really short.

For context, this picks up right after the longer excerpt I posted on Wednesday in which Blaine (the POV character) has arrived at a bar in search of a hookup. The pickings are slim and he’s considering a man he’s thinking of as “King Kong.” The last lines leading into this snippet are: King Kong grinned. “Feelin’ desperate, are ya?” 

Fucker. Maybe not that bad.

King Kong actually waggled his eyebrows. “I showered and everything.”

Blaine crossed his arms, and his jaw tightened. The man was laughing at him. Sure he was picky, but he had a right to be, goddammit. He sucked in a deep breath and slowly blew it out, then took a sip of his Skinny Pirate and cocked his head. “What’s your name? Or should I just call you King Kong?”

The man’s laughter reached his eyes. “That depends. You wanna be my Ann Darrow?”

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Blaine is a well-dressed, high priced attorney, and George is a hairy mountain of an auto mechanic. This odd couple meets up one evening on a slow night at a bar. The pickings are slim. Slim enough for these opposites to eyeball each other and ask themselves just how bad they want to get laid.

Pleasantly surprised by the evening’s outcome, Blaine is faced with a dilemma. Should he throw caution to the wind and pursue George, or steer clear of that unexpected distraction to his carefully structured life.

Click here for more information on the Snapshots boxed set.

#RainbowSnippets – December 31, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

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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I am closing out the year with a final snippet from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part. In the new year I  think I’ll start sharing snippets from my overhaul projects.

This week’s snippet takes place a little earlier in the story than the thread I’ve been posting from lately, and it ends with the phrase I’ve been sharing in the teaser image the past few weeks. For context, Nash is in the hospital after being involved in an accident. He’s lost a few months of his memory and is just getting used to the idea that he’s engaged to Emmitt and not Sam. Here are six lines from Nash’s 3rd person POV:

Nash eased his aching head to the side and peered into Emmitt’s eyes. He saw sincerity and concern and…genuine caring.

Emmitt continued. “I know I don’t have to tell you how important eating well is to your recovery.”

Nash smiled at him. “I can see why I fell in love with you.”

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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

#RainbowSnippets Dec 24, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

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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Today’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part.

Picking up where I left off last week. Nash is still in the bathroom where he’d rushed to vomit due to the emotional strain at the thought of meeting Sam (his former fiancé) again. His dad has now joined him. I’m over the limit again, but several lines are really short. This is told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

“Sorry,” Nash slurred. Dad must think his youngest son was the most pathetic sort of prissy loser. Nash’s brother Aaron had grown up to be much like their father—large, muscular, stoic—although with a more expressive face. Nash must be such a disappointment.

Dad shook his head. “You’ve got nothing to be sorry for,” he whispered. “I do. I shouldn’t have pushed you to do this yet. It’s too soon.”

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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

#RainbowSnippets Dec. 17, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

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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Today’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part.

Picking up where I left off last week. Nash is in the bathroom where he’d rushed to vomit due to the emotional strain at the thought of meeting Sam (his former fiancé) again. Here are eight lines (sorry…a couple are really short) told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

Nash loudly and erratically sniffed back the snot that had automatically formed during his emotional outburst, then allowed his body to slide down the wall until his ass landed on the floor. It wasn’t a hard landing, but enough to jar his arm again. “Ow, fuck, goddammit!”

He sensed someone standing in the doorway. That someone squatted next to him. Please don’t be Sam. Please don’t be Sam. Nash opened his eyes and had never been so happy to see his father’s frowning face.

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iBookStore | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BookStrand | Blio

Print Links

JMS Books, LLC | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?

#RainbowSnippets Dec. 10, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish

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!

RainbowToday’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherisha novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part, now available in both ebook and print formats.

Picking up where I left off last week when Nash had rushed to the bathroom to vomit under the emotional strain of the thought of meeting Sam (his former fiancé) again. Here are seven lines (sorry) told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:

Nash flushed, then found a washcloth in the cabinet under the sink. Thankfully there was a bottle of mouthwash there, too. He wet the cloth and wiped his face, then tried to open the bottle with one hand. His hand shook as he placed the bottle between his thighs, then he dropped it and whimpered, reflexively, before remembering his listening audience.

He took a deep breath, leaned against the wall, and closed his eyes. He needed to get a grip. Falling apart like this wasn’t going to help matters.

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JMS Books, LLC | Kindle US | Kindle UK | All Romance | OmniLit
iBookStore | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BookStrand | Blio

Print Links

JMS Books, LLC | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.

Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.

When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?