Craving chocolate?

Hand drawing heart in sand on the beachHola Snippeteers!

This week I’m sharing from the Oregon Coast story, now simply titled Buchanan House. Edits are going well, and I should have a cover soon…then it’s on to a mid-August release!

Putting this snippet in context would be spoilery, so hopefully it’ll stand on its own well enough. The first dialogue is Tim’s.



“Nate’s always watching everything and everyone, figuring the angles. He lives very much aware of his surroundings.”

“And where do I live?”

“You live in the beautiful and creative space—” Tim took Eric’s face in both big, warm hands and leaned closer. “—right here. You think about flavors and textures and how to make people happy.” Tim softly touched his lips to Eric’s—reverently, like he was tasting the finest chocolate. He held Eric’s face in his hands, the hands that could tear down walls and lay bricks and, evidently, also be so gentle they wouldn’t dent the fuzz on a baby duck. Eric savored the warmth of Tim’s kiss, the feeling spreading from his lips throughout his body not unlike a rich Irish coffee. Tim pulled back, just a bit, and gazed deeply into Eric’s eyes. “I don’t want anything to happen to you.”


Okay, now i feel a little bad for being so cagey about the context, so here’s the blurb.

Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie Nathan pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.

Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings and over the months leading to opening weekend Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach weren’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.

Thanks for reading!

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 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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10 thoughts on “Craving chocolate?

  1. Baby duck fuzz! 😀

    This is a warm, sweet, affirming scene, Charley. It gives me hope that Eric will be able to overcome the challenges of the (terrific) premise.

  2. Delicious! Loved the visual of the kiss. Interesting premise. I do hope Eric can find his happily-ever-after. Doesn’t seem like it will be an easy journey.

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