This is my last weekend of freedom, so in addition to writing my ass off on the PNR (henceforth to be known as The Color Story), I’m posting two snippets! This one is from the Contemporary Romance currently on sub to Dreamspinner, and over on my YA blog will be another bit from the YA.
This story is tentatively titled The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds—and yes, there are actual birds involved. The scene is near the beginning, it’s my MC Phil’s first “date” with Lee. You may remember these guys, but if not you can find snippets here and here.
Set-up: Phil just watched the last few songs played by the metal band Lee’s in. They’re walking to Lee’s car to stash his guitar so they can get coffee—’cuz they’re in Portland and that’s what we do. 🙂
Phil wanted to watch every muscle and memorize the way they moved but already felt out of his depth so he kept his eyes forward…mostly. They rounded the building and Lee gently bumped his arm against Phil’s shoulder.
“So, what’d you think of the music?”
Phil shivered with the effort to keep from laughing out loud. “It was horrible.”
Lee made a loud questioning sound and turned to walk sideways beside Phil. “You’d better be smiling when you say that.”
“Oh, I w-was.”
“It was pretty horrible, wasn’t it?” He sounded so proud.
Thanks for reading!
For more snippets head to the usual haunts: Seductive Studs and Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday!
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I love first dates! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for visiting! 😀
Oh i love that 😀 Grand snippet.
Thanks, Elin! 😀
Too first dates and new beginnings.
Thanks for reading! 😀
Love reading about characters in a band! Great job and love the Nesting Habits of Strange Birds title–thought maybe Strange Birds was the name of the band–LOL
That would be a cool name for a band! But no, actual birds. 🙂
Lee has to let Phil off the hook. 😀 I love that he’s making moves to show his interest and affection. Nicely done, Charley. I’ve been in both their positions and it read true to me. 🙂
Lee started trying to get Phil ON his hook the day they met. 😉
Thanks for visiting!
I like that it’s very early in their relationship and you’re already making the chemistry work. They can joke with each other. Nice 🙂
Thanks, Teresa! I’m glad it’s working. Sometimes it’s hard to tell…I mean, I already love these guys, so of course I see it. 🙂
Great snippet. I especially love the first sentence, and that he kept his gaze forward… “mostly.” Sneaking a peak, is he?
Very intriguing – makes me want to read more. Love the banner to your blog – Haystack rock – are we neighbors? I’m just up the highway from there! 😉
Thanks for visiting! Yep, sort of. I’m on Portland’s Westside. 🙂
I love a man who can laugh at himself—Lee seems like a great guy, so far. Phil seems a bit shy and uncertain—first date nerves or something else? 🙂
Thanks for commenting, Sarah! These guys are both more complicated than I thought when that pipe first burst in Phil’s basement. 😀
Love the motion and humour in this snippet.
wonderful 🙂 I loved “you better be smiling”
Made me chuckle – wonderful excerpt and I really like the characters! Well done!
I like the ‘mostly’ sentence.
I’m wondering what’s so good about the music being horrible…hum…