#AtoZChallenge – O is for Older Couple

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


OO is for Older Couple

This scene takes us back to chapter one when Henry is on the airplane. The older couple mentioned here will get another small role in a later scene. Needless to say, if you’ve been following along, they won’t be among the four survivors of the upcoming plane crash. FYI, the young man next to the window in front of Henry is Devon, and the businessman sitting across the aisle from Henry is Garrett. Devon and Garrett will become two the survivors. This scene is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

No problem. I stood to let an older couple into my row, then turned my attention to people watching and concocting stories about why they were on this flight to Fiji.

I decided the businessman was a tropical produce importer and was meeting with suppliers on the islands. I imagined that the older couple who’d sat next to me was enjoying an anniversary trip to their original honeymoon spot. I could have asked them, but, like the businessman, I didn’t want to open the door to a conversation that might end up being more than I bargained for.

I pretended the two women in front of me, who were clearly traveling with each other since they had their heads together giggling, were celebrating their respective divorce settlements with the dream vacation their ex-husbands never took with them. Then I admonished myself for creating such a mean-spirited history and changed it to fancying them as a lesbian couple on their own honeymoon.

The young man next to the window sitting by the “lesbian couple” seemed to be traveling alone, although he glanced around the plane a few times like he was searching for certain people, so I concluded he was traveling with others who’d bought their tickets separately. His story, I originally decided, was that he was a rich kid traveling on a whim with his trust-fund buddies. He just didn’t give off that vibe, though, so I changed it to being a college kid on an athletic scholarship, still traveling with his buddies, but using money he’d saved over the years from part- time jobs, and maybe some birthday and graduation gift cash.

Blurb

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?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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Blog Tour! Falling for Him by CL Mustafic – #EXCLUSIVE #EXCERPT #GIVEAWAY

Title:  Falling for Him

Author: CL Mustafic

Publisher:  NineStar Press

Release Date: April 17

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male, Male/Female/Male (No Male/Male interaction)

Length: 116000

Genre: Romance, attempted murder, coming out, divorce, hate crime, law enforcement, medical profession, MFM, OFY

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#AtoZChallenge – N is for Nash

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


NN is for Nash

Poor Nash. He eventually becomes Sam’s new love interest after Henry is presumed dead in a plane crash. I say “poor Nash” because when a book’s blurb ends with the line, “Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?” we all know what the answer to the question is, right? But, it doesn’t matter that we already know in our hearts how it’ll turn out—it’s all about the journey getting there. 💕 This scene is Nash’s introduction to the story. It is told from Sam’s 3rd-person POV:

When Sam reopened his eyes, he saw a blond man with short spiky hair and wearing a nurse’s uniform two tables away, gazing straight at him.

The man jumped when he saw he’d been busted staring. “Sorry. Tough morning. It was cheering me up seeing you sit there with that smile.”

“No problem.” Sam made an uncharacteristic snap decision and kicked the chair opposite him out in invitation. “You’re welcome to join me if you want the company.”

The man cocked an eyebrow and watched him for another moment. Then he shrugged, stood, and walked over. “Okay. Company is good.”

“I’m Sam.”

“Hi Sam, my name is Nash.” He gestured to his name tag. “But I guess you can see that.”

“Nice to meet you, Nash.”

“Got called in early today. Been standing in the OR since four A.M. I’m beat.”

“I should think so.” Sam nodded toward Nash’s ice cream. “You earned your Chubby Hubby, today.”

“You’re not so chubby.” Nash blushed. “Sorry. Again. Sometimes my brain takes a while to catch up to my mouth.” Sam laughed. He found himself drawn to Nash’s lively

personality. He smiled and made a point of drawing out his eye contact, hoping to convey his interest. Nash took the bait.

“I take it you’re not totally commitment phobic since you haven’t taken off running after that crack.”

“Commitments are a good thing, although perhaps not so much on first sight. I like to at least disclose last names before pledging undying love and all.”

“Marino.” Nash’s grin had an element of challenge in it.

Sam paused a moment before replying. “Greene.” He’d already started going by that again at the university. His degrees were in that name, after all. Legally it was still Miller-Greene, but that wouldn’t change unless he remarried. It was a step he couldn’t bring himself to make, although he told himself it was just because changing one’s name was a paperwork pain in the ass.

“So, Sam Greene, are you busy tonight?”

“I think I have dinner plans with a nurse named Nash Marino.”

Nash’s grin widened. “I think you do, too.”

Blurb

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?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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Treadmill Week 21 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh one for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

RentedHeart_500x750_0 My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: He tore himself away and drifted to the kitchen, despite knowing the fridge was empty. Staring at its bare shelves, he imagined what he’d eat if he didn’t need the cash he’d made over the weekend for rent.
  • MONDAY: The line went dead. Zac lowered his phone, but something about the way Liam had said his name had him staring at the blank screen for a long time.
  • TUESDAY: Zac’s bemusement was too endearing. Liam covered the fond smile threatening to break out by opening the cutlery drawer, except it wasn’t the cutlery drawer, and it took him three tries to find the right one.
  • WEDNESDAY: Zac laughed, he couldn’t help it. Jamie’s way of thinking had always been an odd, sadistic poetry, even when his fierce intelligence was dulled by the junk. “Can you chuck me off a bridge instead? I’d rather fly than swim. I don’t like the cold.”
  • THURSDAY: I mowed today instead of treadmill, but I read afterward: Zac slumped back in his seat, his irrational anger all but gone. The beer he’d drunk sloshed around in his belly and he felt a little sick, and cold too. Hettie’s heaters were whirring, but they didn’t seem to kick out much warmth. He closed his eyes, shivered, and rested his head against the window, wishing it was Liam’s shoulder.
  • FRIDAY: “I don’t believe that.” Liam held out his hand and pulled Zac back to the door. “I recon you can do amazing things. You just don’t know it yet.”
  • SATURDAY: If the question had come from anyone else, Liam would’ve dodged it—changed the subject and moved on—but somehow he knew that whatever answer he gave, Zac would understand.

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Week 21: April 9, 2017 – April 15, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  31:46 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  30:35 min:sec  1 mile
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:29 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:07 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:00 min:sec  (Approx. I mowed front yard only and forgot to start stopwatch feature on phone.)
Friday  30 min/mile  33:56 min:sec  1.1 miles
Saturday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile

#RainbowSnippets April 15, 2017 – ’Til Death Do Us Part Anniversary Snip

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 continuing with snippets to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the release of ’Til Death Do Us PartThis one is from one of the flashback scenes, and those are all told from Henry’s 3rd-person POV:

“I was wondering what it would take to get a reaction out of you,” Sam said.

Henry groaned. “What? You mean all that jabbering was just to see what I’d do?”

“It worked.”

“You know, if you want me to kiss you, you can just ask.”

“Where’s the fun in that?”

There was really no point in arguing with “Sam logic.” And kissing him again was more fun anyway.

Blurb

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?

#RainbowSnippets


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#AtoZChallenge – M is for Missing

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


MM is for Missing

“Missing” is how the downed plane if first described in news reports. This scene takes place in chapter two, when Sam first discovers that Henry’s plane has disappeared. It is told from Sam’s 3rd-person POV:

The summer semester was beginning, and being relatively low on the food chain at the university meant Sam Miller-Greene was teaching an Introduction to Biology class. His alarm woke him bright and early, and the first thing he did after using the bathroom was look up the status of Henry’s flight on the airline’s website. Apparently it was delayed, otherwise Henry would have called already.

He expected to see a landing time, or possibly delay information. Instead he saw something he’d never seen before: instructions to call a given number for more information. Sam tried not to panic and assume the worst as he turned on the TV and switched to CNN, then reached for his iPhone and dialed the number from the website.

The line rang, then went into a holding pattern while a recorded voice assured him that his call would be handled in the order in which it had been received. He switched to his Bluetooth to free up his hands while he waited.

He was pacing when CNN came out of the commercial, and he felt his life spin out of control when the first thing he saw, before the anchor even began speaking, was an image of a TransOceanic airplane being shown in the background. The anchor began talking about flight 3012, saying it was missing. Missing. What the fuck did that even mean? Had it crashed? Apparently, the deadpan anchor intoned, that was assumed. The last signal received from the airplane’s transponder had been somewhere north of the Cook Islands, and south of the equator, and there’d been no sign or transmission from it since.

Blurb

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?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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Flash Fiction Friday – April 14, 2017 – Adventures with Harrison & Mason

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This week’s Flash Fiction Friday is a drabble (a precisely 100-word story scene) featuring my recurring characters, Harrison and Mason, and using the word left in last week’s post (penile), and an image I found on wiki commons (links with the picture, below).

For more flash fiction (including more Adventures with Harrison and Mason), and bonus scenes from many of my published stories, check out the tabs in the menu at the top of the page.

“Tossed Salad.”

Harrison turned his head and peered at Mason. The words had been muttered. The man lay on his stomach, his head to the side and eyes closed.

“Treasure trail.” Mason moved a little with the words. I mild kind of stretch one might make when half asleep.

Harrison nudged his husband. “You awake?”

“Wang.” The word was barely breathed.

“What?”

“Wank.”

Harrison snorted. “You’re a nut.”

Penile.”

“I’ll ‘penile’ you!” Harrison rolled and draped an arm across Mason’s back.”

One of Mason’s eyes cracked open as a grin spread across his face. “About time you figured it out.”

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Leave a prompt word in the comments, below, and I’ll use it in next week’s Flash Fiction Friday post. One word per commenter, please, up to 15 total.

#AtoZChallenge – L is for Life Vests

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


LL is for Life Vests

Life vests, as you might imagine, are an important detail in a story that involves an airplane crash landing in the South Pacific ocean. This scene takes place in chapter one and takes place after the plane has leveled out after a steep nosedive, but before it ditches in the ocean. It is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

The screams lessoned, then stopped, although several babies still howled. I held my hands together against my belly to stop their shaking. Whiny moans of various pitches and volumes still arose from all directions, punctuated occasionally by hysterical shouts to shut up. As grating as all of these reactions were—making an already stressful situation even more so—I wasn’t going to judge anyone’s natural response in such extraordinary circumstances.

No instructions came over the speaker system, but the flight attendants yelled from their seats, basically telling us to remain in our seats with our seatbelts fastened, and to put on— but not inflate yet—the inflatable life vests that were under the seats in front of us.

Blurb

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?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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#AtoZChallenge – K is for Kiss

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


KK is for Kiss

Yay for kisses! This scene takes place well into the story, after Henry and Sam have been reunited. As hinted at in the first line of this scene, our heroes have had a bit of a misunderstanding, but Henry’s worked through it. This scene is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

“Hi, Sam,” said Buddy, striding confidently into the house. “We came back now. Papa knows you love him and told everybody he didn’t die, but didn’t tell them ‘I told you so’ even though you could.”

Sam blinked, and I laughed. “Get used to it,” I said.

Sam grinned. “Happy to. Welcome home.”

We stepped into the house, and I stepped into my husband’s arms. He kissed my forehead, down the side of my face, my cheeks, and finally my lips. I tightened my arms around his neck and deepened the kiss. Finally, finally, the heartfelt kiss I’d been dreaming of for so long. We were both smiling like loons when we came up for air.

“What was that?” exclaimed Buddy.

“Oh.” Sam blushed and looked at me with concerned eyes. “Sorry.”

I was happy to see his sheepish grin didn’t appear particularly repentant. Of course I had no intention of participating in make-out sessions in front of the child, but he was for darned sure going to grow up knowing that his adoptive fathers loved each other and that there was nothing wrong with an adult couple expressing their love with the occasional—albeit, admittedly, less passionate than that one—kiss.

I turned to Buddy and ruffled his hair. “It’s just a grownup kiss.”

“Oh, good. I’m glad I’m not a grownup!”

Blurb

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?

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Info & Links: ’Til Death Do Us Part

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