📚 From Monday: “He’s not hopeless. He’s an uptight git. Um, like in general. Not because he was bothered by me nonconsensually kissing him. Okay, let me rephrase: he’s an uptight git who, independent of his uptightness and gititude, isn’t into me.”
📚 From Sunday: “Are we watching another one?” he asks as he crosses in front of the TV with Bernard riding his shoulder. The screen has that obnoxious Are you still there? message on it. Fuck you, Netflix. Don’t judge my life choices.
🍸 Mix one bartender and one barista. Stir well for romance.
📚 From Sunday: The familiar, comforting, theatrical scents of aged wood, fabric, mothballs, and sewing-machine oil greeted Ellery as he walked into the costume room at the old theater on Wallace street Monday evening. It was clear, from the sudden cease fire, that everyone had been talking about him. Even the blank papier-mâché faces on the masks on the prop shelf looked vaguely guilty.
Princes Marcelo and Efren (from The Contingency Plan and The Best-Laid Plans) are among my favorite characters, so I suppose it’s no surprise that their story is the one I came back to first when my muse reappeared. I promised you this opening scene the other day on Facebook, so here it is.
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📚 From Tuesday: On the one hand, it was nice to experience a profitable day. On the other hand, Scene of the Crime was probably not a sustainable business model.
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This is a bonus scene for When Are You?, but it’ll stand alone as a fun little scene even if you haven’t read the novel it spins off from.
In the novel, Lucas Schmidt is a minor but fun side character. So minor, that beta readers who haven’t read the completed story are scratching their heads if they’re reading this and mumbling, “Who the heck is Lucas?” Still, Lucas added an interesting twist to the story, and a way to better show some pertinent information that happens late in Leo and Vinnie’s story.
However, since the novel is all from Vinnie and/or Leo’s POV, once Lucas gets shoved back through the portal, we are left with only our imaginations to wonder what happens next in his life. This scene is from Lucas’s POV and picks up immediately after he’s pushed through the portal, back to the present.
Originally posted in my June, 2020 newsletter using 20 prompt words provided by newsletter subscribers.
📚 From Tuesday:
I laughed and pulled out a seat next to him, then opened the first pizza box. “You’re meatlovers,” I said, sliding it closer to him. “And my chicken and pineapple.”
He stared at me, wide-eyed. “Okay, what the hell? Chicken and pineapple? How were we together?”
From Sunday: He pressed his forehead to mine, still loosely holding my chin. “I see someone who is kind and sho stops to see the beauty of the world. Someone who likes to watch the birds fly in the sky, wondering where they go… wondering what it’s like to soar amongst the clouds. I see an intelligent mind who ponders what makes the sky blue and where the sun goes at night. But mostly… I see my truest companion.”
📚 From Tuesday: He shrugged and popped the tater tot in his mouth. Talking around it, he said, “One of our friends is trans.” It came out so casually, like he’d just said someone’s dad had gotten orders or it was hot outside. Normal day. Nothing to see here.
Although Harrison and Mason are ongoing characters in one of my flash fiction series, each individual scene is written so the reader can understand and enjoy it even if they haven’t followed the couple’s journey so far.
Originally posted in my April, 2000 newsletter. Here’s the opening scene of “When Are You?” retold from Leo’s POV.
Guess what’s recently been released as a PAPERBACK? Yep, Legendary Loves, Volume 2, which includes In my Arms again by Nell Iris (Pegasus), The Murky Depths by Kassandra Lea (Loch Ness Monster), and my own novella, Weekend at Bigfoot’s
🐀 😸 I wrote this piece for my February, 2020 newsletter after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV. My humorous meet-cute short story, Of Rats and Cats, is set in Kansas City, so I figured that would be a good story to add onto with a tie-in to the game. ~ ~ ~ If you haven’t read the short story yet, no worries. This scene might mean a little more to those who have, but it’ll stand alone just fine.
💙 Love could break the rules and not follow a set plan or routine.
📚 From Sunday: I nodded slowly. “Whoa.” Wiping a hand over my face, I sighed. “I never thought there’d be a time when ‘you had temporary gills and then a merman tossed you onto a beach’ would be the most plausible explanation for… well, anything.”
❤️ Hearts Ablaze is a steamy, slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, opposites attract, bisexual awakening romance.
📚 From Friday:
My mouth goes dry, my heart thumps in my chest, and all my questions fall away except one.
“But…” I lick my lips—what was I going to say? His thumb, his thumb, his thumb “Loving me is one thing. What about…”
“…sex?” His voice is as husky as mine.
📚 From Tuesday: “You do that puddin’-pop, and I’ll be there with a PowerPoint presentation. It’ll consist of four words over and over. ‘Do your damn job.’ If pushed, I might throw in a ‘Don’t make me do it for you’ as a closing argument.”
💜 Best Friends. Roommates. And now, maybe…more?
☆ EXCERPT ☆ GIVEAWAY ☆
🩸 A killer. A traitor. A deadly war that could take their love and their lives…
☆ CHARACTER INTERVIEW ☆ EXCERPT ☆ GIVEAWAY ☆
📚 From Friday:
The words Mat heard the clearest were, “I’ll always come back.” they made his heart pound, and he forgot about his aches and pains.