Six Anniversary Sentences!

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of Rainbow Snippets I’m going to share from last year’s Christmas story, Cascades.

This snippet doesn’t really need an intro, and it really is only six sentences~no creative punctuation for a change.🙂

 

Why is it that when we hear the words we hope for, we don’t believe them? I wanted to believe them, to believe him. I wanted to take him by the arm and march us upstairs and show him how much I wanted him. But I couldn’t. Couldn’t move, couldn’t speak. I just sat there and stared.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt: The Sorcerer’s Guardian by Antonia Aquilante!

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Loriot hadn’t expected the summons to the princes’ study to go as it had. Or anything close to how it had. And from the expression on Savarin’s face, he hadn’t expected Prince Philip’s edict either.

“I don’t need you to come with me.” Savarin waited to speak until they were out of the study and far enough down the corridor to be out of earshot of the guards stationed near it.

“And nevertheless, I have to go with you.” Loriot couldn’t ignore an order from Prince Philip, even if he thought the action to be an ill-advised use of his time. Any of his guards could accompany Savarin and make sure no one snuck up on him. Loriot was needed in the palace in Jumelle, not haring off after Savarin on whatever his mission was. Loriot’s mission, every day, was to keep the princes and their family safe.

“I don’t need a minder or a protector.” Savarin didn’t raise his voice, but his tone was firm, one that probably intimidated all the lesser mortals the great sorcerer dealt with. Loriot wouldn’t be intimidated.

“Prince Philip believes otherwise, and though I believe I’m needed here to ensure the safety of the royal family, I cannot disobey his order.” Even if he wanted to. He would do his duty to the prince. “The prince has made up his mind. There’s little sense in arguing with him about it.”

He didn’t add that Savarin had tried and hadn’t gotten far. He didn’t need to—the disgruntled look in Savarin’s eye told Loriot he realized that quite well.

“It’ll be a waste of your time. I can protect myself quite well should I need to. But I doubt I’ll need to, I’ve traveled in Tournai for years and never had trouble.”

“Prince Philip wasn’t downplaying the danger of bandits. There have been several attacks and sightings recently. The army is searching for them, but they can’t be everywhere at once.”

“And I can take care of myself, as I said. I don’t need you along to protect me.”

As Savarin spoke, Loriot found himself being pushed inexorably backward. But Savarin wasn’t touching him; no one was touching him. And still the unseen force pushed. Panic scraped along his nerves, and his hand twitched toward his sword, but a twitch was all he could manage. His arms were bound tight to his sides, his legs tied as well. He forced his breathing to remain even, ignored his pounding heart. He knew what this was—Savarin proving a point—and he wasn’t going to allow himself to react to it. His back collided with the wall, the force of the magic holding him against the plaster. He could think of more appealing situations in which to be pushed up against a wall, but he didn’t say that either, not to Savarin.

“Yes, fine. I see your point. You can take care of yourself, but if someone takes you unaware while you’re involved in one of your spells or not paying attention to your surroundings, they could slit your throat before you realize anyone is there. All the power in the world won’t help you then.” Loriot stared hard at Savarin, both because he wanted to get his message across clearly and because he refused to show the instinctive fear that shot through him at the magic being used against him. Even if that magic was only being used to make a point.

 

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Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

 

About the Author:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.

 

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M/M Fantasy Romance

Series: Chronicles of Tournai

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Release Date: November 28, 2016

 

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#RainbowSnippets anniversary & an invitation!

RS5medThe one year anniversary of the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group is (loosely) next week. Yay for a year of queer snippetting!

First, I want to thank everyone for joining, participating, and telling your friends about the group. I didn’t think it would take off like it has and am grateful and a little verklempt by the turnout. You guys rock.❤

I’ve been thinking about plans and goals for 2017 lately, and how to grow our networks and careers while deepening our feeling of community. Along with that, I’ve been trying to figure out how to use my blogs more (plural because I’m starting the pseudonym Charli Coty to, eventually, replace this one). Over the past couple of weeks I’ve tried to blog something (anything!) other than promo once per week. Even that much has been difficult. Maybe a little friendly motivation will help.

When I started this pen name in 2012 I was fairly active on @MondayBlogs. For those of you not familiar, it’s another no-pressure group that RTs blog links. I dipped a toe back into those waters last week and felt like I was the only queer at the party. It wasn’t a horrible experience, but it made me wish for a similar space for people like me. So, I’m thinking of starting something like that for queer content and contributors.

To that end, I’ve set up the Twitter account @QueerBlogWed and the hashtag #QueerBlogWed

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Why Wednesday? Because I’m bisexual and Wednesday is the middle of the week just like my 3 is in the middle of the Kinsey scale. I’m not saying I’m a perfect 3, but I had to choose a day and this felt right. To be honest, no matter what day I chose it would still be a challenge to come up with something to talk about every week.

Every group needs rules, so this is what I came up with: post to your blog on Wednesday and share on Twitter using the #QueerBlogWed hashtag and/or @QueerBlogWed. No promo, just like here in #RainbowSnippets. Your posts don’t have to be long, just a few paragraphs that aren’t BUY MY BOOK. All the social media experts say to engage on a personal level and grow your network through genuine interactions—that’s my vision for @QueerBlogWed, a space that’s by, for, and about everyone under the rainbow.

Just like in the Rainbow Snippets group no sign-up is necessary and we’re all free to participate when it works for us, and take weeks off when it doesn’t.

Who knows, maybe it’ll take off and we can all meet new bloggers and Tweeps, and have a little fun. Maybe queers outside the genres we write in will join us–everyone under the rainbow is welcome, not only authors.

Maybe the best part is you won’t have to wait for me to get started in the morning! Whenever Wednesday starts in your time zone, that’s when you can startblogging and tweeting about queer lit, queer politics, writing, cooking, your vacation, or anything else your heart desires to blog about.

Consider this your invitation to join #QueerBlogWed on November 30th.

What do you think? Any comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

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A “wonderful” little snippet…

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Hello Snippetteers! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

Today’s snippet is from Holiday Weekend, which will be released in three weeks! It’s from Glenn’s point of view and is pretty racy. I think it speaks for itself pretty well. It’s seven sentences, but you can stop at six if you’d like.😉

 

Before he could draw things out any longer—maybe long enough for me to lose my nerve and quit—I dove forward and crushed my mouth onto his. His soft, warm mouth felt even better than I expected. Every time, the feelings that came with kissing Ryan seemed to grow, to magnify exponentially. If anyone had asked me to, I don’t think I could have fully described it.

Bone-meltingly wonderful.

Our height difference didn’t make it any easier, but I rocked my body lower along Ryan’s until I was straddling his dick. I couldn’t bring myself to stop kissing him long enough to suck him off after all.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your holiday was wonderful. And if it wasn’t, I hope you’ll have a lovely weekend to make up for it. Thank you for making my long weekend brighter. My online extended family is a…

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#ReleaseDay Heartifact by Aisling Mancy is out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re looking for a good weekend read, check out Aisling Mancy’s new release Heartifact. Net proceeds benefit The Trevor Project!

HEARTIFACT IS OUT!

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About Heartifact

Harper Kidd is a highly respected marine archaeologist. Yet, with the economy in a slump, he’s trapped working in an oil company’s exploration division. Now, at the ripe age of thirty, Harp is disgusted with his employer’s damage to the undersea world he loves, tired of his ATM-card-filching ex, and tormented by beautiful dreams of an undersea lover. It’s time for a change and when his best friend, Stick, pleads with him to assist on a deep-sea dig in the Mediterranean, he jumps at the chance.

Harper’s sprits are high when they discover the ruins of an ancient civilization, and soar to the heavens when they discover a statue of an ancient pelora, a mysterious hybrid creature said to mediate between the worlds of reality and fantasy—and the very lover who holds the starring role in his dreams.

When the crew discovers the site is teeming with unexploded ordnance from the conflicts in the Middle East, and the excavation turns deadly, Harper must choose between saving his best friend and saving the pelora he’s fallen in love with.

Read an excerpt on Love Bytes Reviews!

 

About Aisling Mancy

Ash is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Ash writes mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and fiction for gay young adults as C. Kennedy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Ash doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Ash contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Ash can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

 

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A fragrant little snippet…

holidayweekend_fbprofile_optizimedforfeedHello and welcome to my snippet!

Holiday Weekend has hit the Coming Soon page so now I get to share all the pretties L.C. Chase made for the story!

 

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the US so today’s snippet takes place very early on Thanksgiving morning. It’s from Ryan’s POV; he and Glenn are volunteering. Larry is coordinating the meal prep, and has just asked Ryan to make the pies. I think that’s all you really need to know for this one.

 

Larry dumped most of the contents of a large bag of flour into the bowl of a mixer with a fragrant yeast mixture in it. “All four or one at a time. It’s your show, kid.”

“Why do you think I can—”

“Because you didn’t say you can’t.” Larry winked and pulled the bowl off the stand and into his arms. He started stirring with a thick wooden spoon, muscles bulging as he worked.

 

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MM Good Book Reviews kindly hosted a cover reveal for me on Friday, if you’d like to get in on the giveaway it’s running for the next week. I’m giving away a paperback of Tiny House or Safe House (winner’s choice) and a bunch of swag (US only; for international winners a choice of a backlist book—any ebook except Holiday Weekend). Check it out here.

Pre-order Holiday Weekend at the Dreamspinner Store.

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Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

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Two reveals…

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Hello and Happy Friday!

Today Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Five hit the Coming Soon page at Dreamspinner. My cover reveal is over at MM Good Book Reviews~check it out here and enter the giveaway!

Also, I have an announcement. You may already know this if you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, but I’m changing my name. Holiday Weekend will probably be the last book published under the name Charley Descoteaux.

jpg-logoI’ll still be around, still writing LGBTQIA+ fiction, under the name Charli Coty.

In December I’ll kick things off with the second edition of one of my favorite short stories—Toy Run—under the new name. My first original work as Mx. Coty will be out early next year from NineStar Press.

The Descoteaux pen name will be around until at least 2021 due to existing contracts so the phasing-out will be gradual, but it’s time for a change. Hopefully the change will be easy—Coty is much easier to spell, so there’s that!🙂

I plan to send out my newsletter at least once per quarter, but hopefully I’ll have fun things to share and give away a little more often than that. If you’d like to subscribe, please sign up here.

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Book Blast & Interview: Truly a Miracle by Derrick Knight

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Derrick Knight author of Truly A Miracle (Innkeepers #2)

Hi Derrick, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m a middle-aged gay male and I turned 50 years old at the end of August 2016.  I’m originally from Janesville, WI.  Even though I’ve lived in Peoria, Illinois for the past 19 years, I still consider myself a Cheesehead or a Badger. My patronus charm, from the Pottormore site, is a Badger.  Ironic right?

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.  I’ve been a Registered Dietitian for almost 24 years and for the past nineteen years I’ve worked in the neonatal intensive care unit at the largest children’s hospital outside of Chicago.  Over nearly two decades I helped nourish babies born less than two pounds or complex infants with heart, kidney, or gastrointestinal defects.

 

Give us an insight into your book and your main characters.

Truly a Miracle is the second book in my Innkeeper Series.  The main characters are Dustin Hurst and Nathaniel Schmitt.  Both men are in their middle thirties and have been in a relationship since meeting in college.  They reside in Nathaniel’s small quaint hometown of Glasburg, Illinois.

Dustin is a biology professor at the local College.  Dustin is the classic introvert with a dry sense of humor.  Nathaniel owns and operates The Local Harvest Grocery Store and Aunt Millie’s Bakery.   Nathaniel suffers from an extreme case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, which tends to mask his kind heart.

Truly is a story about Dustin and Nathaniel’s journey towards parenthood after Nathaniel’s twin sister Natalie agreed to be their surrogate.  Everything seems to be going great until Natalie delivers the twins two months premature.  Dustin and Nathaniel begin on a turbulent journey they never expected to go on.  Their emotions and faith in themselves, each other, and their children will be tested to extreme limits.  Several times, throughout the story, Dustin and Nathaniel think they may not get the happy ending they’re hoping for.

What draws you to the M/M genre?

As I gay man I enjoy reading and creating stories about my community.  Reading M/M themed books reaffirms to me that there is an audience, both gay and straight, wanting to enjoy and be entertained by LBGT characters and storylines.

 

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

After publishing my third novel, I can honestly say I’ve learned so much about the creative process.  In my book Truly, I’ve gotten much better at the concept of showing emotions and events instead of telling the situation.  Also, mastering the art of not having too many POV or head swapping greatly improves the quality of your story.

For self-publishing authors it’s imperative for you to research and hire a talented editor(s).  A good content editor and a proficient line editor will transform your manuscript into a well-received bestseller.

 

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

Personally, I like writing series.  Its fun authoring characters who grow as they mature and learn from their life experiences.   Also, a series allows for more characters to enter that world and share their tales with readers.

When readers are engaged with a series it’s i because they feel they are part of that fictional family and are invested in making sure the main characters in each book get their happily ever after ending.

 

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I think with the results of the recent USA Presidential election and its capability to hinder and overturn LBGT laws, we as M/M writers need to publish novels, plays, and screenplays focusing on the affirmative qualities of gay people.  By creating positive role models and stories in the m/m genre will help us educate the American public as a whole of the wonderful attributes LBGT individuals can contribute to this nation.

 

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trulyamiracle_fsTITLE: Truly A Miracle

SERIES: The Innkeeper Series

AUTHOR: Derrick Knight

COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante

LENGTH: 251 Pages

RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2016

BLURB: Dustin Hurst and Nathaniel Schmitt were happy when Nathaniel’s sister Natalie agreed to be their surrogate. Both men were elated finding out that she was pregnant with twins. Their dreams of becoming parents finally coming true, until one day, Natalie goes into preterm labor.

Diana and Niles Hurst-Schmitt enter the world over two months premature. Immediately they’re transported to a nearby children’s hospital where doctors soon discover both twins have life threatening complications requiring surgical intervention.

During their children’s hospitalization, Dustin and Nathaniel grow fond of the many talented healthcare professionals working to heal their newborns, including the attractive dietitian Matt Bachmeier. They think it’s only a matter of time before their babies are well enough to come home. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for the tiny infants resulting in Dustin and Nathaniel unexpectedly embarking on a terrifying journey witnessing their children fighting for their lives.

As their medical crisis continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so desperately needs.
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“I don’t have a baker for tomorrow morning.” Nathaniel reached inside his coat pocket for his cellphone. “I’m going to ask Mama if she could help.”

Dustin glanced at Nathaniel.

“It’s 1:30 in the morning. I’m sure Marie is asleep.”

Nathaniel shook his head, his trembling hands making it difficult for him to punch the speed dial button.

“Who else can I ask?” Nathaniel put the receiver to his ear. “My other staff is just part-time assistants, not trained professionals. They couldn’t decipher the recipes or handle the volume of pastries needed for the morning rush. Mama is the only person who could step into Natalie’s shoes without any problems.” After several rings, his mother answered. “Mama, it’s Nathaniel.” Nathaniel fidgeted. “I’m sorry for calling so late, but I have a dilemma. Natalie was admitted to the hospital earlier and gave birth to the twins. Don’t worry, she’s fine, but they were transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Oakhill. Dustin and I are heading there now.” Nathaniel felt a sharp pain in his stomach. His hands were shaking. “Mama, I’m sorry I woke you up, but I’m in such a predicament. You’re the first person I—”

“Breathe, Nathaniel. Everything is going to be fine.” Marie sounded so clear and coherent, not at all sleepy. Nathaniel wondered if his mama had been up waiting for his call. She continued. “Ray called Papa and me after he got her to the Emergency Room. I thought you might be calling me asking for my help. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of the bakery. Remember, I taught Natalie Marie everything she knows. I come from a long line of accomplished bakers. When I go in tomorrow, customers and staff will think it’s just another routine morning at Aunt Millie’s Bakery, I promise.”

Nathaniel sighed, collapsing back in his seat. “Thank you, Mama. You’ve really helped me out of a horrible predicament.”

“This is what mothers do for their children.” She paused. “I’d do anything for you. Just like I would for any of your brothers and sisters. You kids are my greatest contributions to this world.” Then her tone changed to one containing a hint of humor. “I’m going to let you go. After all, I’ve got to get up in a couple hours to get to my new job. And don’t worry, Mama Schmitt is coming out of retirement.”

Nathaniel laughed, surprising himself.

“Thank you, Mama. You’re the best!”

“No problem. Tell Dustin to drive carefully. I don’t want to visit your whole family in the hospital.”

Nathaniel chuckled.

“Papa and my prayers are with all of you. I love you, son. Take care.” Then Marie ended their call.

Nathaniel turned to Dustin.

“Please hurry. Our babies need us.”

“I’m already driving ten miles over the speed limit.” Dustin placed one hand on Nathaniel’s thigh. “We want to get to the hospital in one piece.

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Derrick Knight was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. His grandmother got him hooked on reading mystery novels. It was in December 2011 that he purchased his first M/M romance novel. Instantly, he became hooked on the genre. After reading his first gay romance novel, he knew what type of books he wanted to write.

Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin- Stout, and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked in the healthcare field as a dietitian for over twenty-three years. For the past nineteen years, he has functioned as a neonatal nutritionist for a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Central Illinois. Currently, he lives in Peoria, Illinois.

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Another Happy Trans Awareness Week Post

genderqueer_flag-prideI’m going to link to another blog post today. Words are very important to me, as I’m sure they are to many of you out there. The post I’m sharing is about how we can use those words better, to contribute to safe spaces in online reading and writing communities.

 

 

How To Review a Trans Book as a Cis Person

I’m not interested in sparking a debate about reviews or who they are for or who gets to write them or…anything in that neighborhood. Just warning that I’ll turn off comments if they go in that direction. It’s only fair to warn, because I really dislike deleting comments.

Take care of each other out there!

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