About Charley Descoteaux

I write LGBTQ+ Erotic Romance because watching two (or more!) people figure out how to be happy makes me happy too. Every one of them deserves a beautiful love story, and as long as they keep telling them to me, I’ll keep writing them down. It's the only way I've found to convince them to let me sleep.

A Friday the 13th inspired snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet!

This week I’m excerpting from my newly re-released story The Pinch of the Game. I was going to have a flash sale only on Friday the 13th, but I think I’ll extend it through the weekend, just because I can. It’s one of the perks of being 100% self-published—I get to decide when my books are on sale. 😊 I also get to decide where they’re on sale & this one is only on PayHip through September!

Pinch was written in 2015, after a conversation with two readers and a flash fiction contest. I was chatting with a couple of readers about books we’d read lately, and about our love for action and paranormal, and one of them said she really wanted books where the romance was a subplot. So that’s what this is. It’s an action noir with a little love and sex on the side.

In this snip, we’re in a Motel6 in Michael’s POV and our two heroes indulged in some sexy-times that ended with Michael handcuffed to the TV. Two baddies burst in and did some big magick on Jeffrey while Michael had to hang out and watch. The little girl referenced is the one who did the magick. “Sally” is Sal, the owner of the card club who’d sent Michael to bring Jeffrey to him for a “meeting” about his magickal winning streak and Bennie is one of his goombahs.

Sorry about all the names, and the length, I just really wanted to post this snip. 😊

 

I stopped trying to get loose. Benny froze too, and for no reason that made sense, he looked like he was waiting for a field goal to sail sixty yards and split the uprights. The smile that crawled across his face made me wish I could take a step back through the wall and disappear.

“You did it.”

“Of course I did it, dumbshit.” It was Jeff’s voice—his honeyed voice that I never should’ve listened to—but the little girl’s words. Not-Jeff stood and stretched, ran both hands over his chest and ass. He gave his dick a squeeze through his jeans and laughed. “Fuck yeah, I did it.”

Benny was on his way toward me, gun in hand, when not-Jeff stopped laughing.

“Leave him. A maid will find him in the morning, with his pecker hanging out, with her. He’ll get locked up, and Sally will take care of things when it suits him.”

 

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Cover art with buy linkBeing a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.

Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.

Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.

Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Flash Sale! Re-released witches for Friday the 13th!

It’s Friday the 13th & I’m in a mood to celebrate! So I’m reducing the price of my witches on PayHip only for today! If you’re in the mood for witches, action, mayhem, and romance, you might like this story!

Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

 

Usually I stayed clear of Sal’s club, but slim pickings in the smaller establishments of late had left me dangerously close to dipping into my emergency stash. And, to be a little too honest, close to broke and closer to stupid. Hindsight. If I’d listened to my gut, I wouldn’t have had to try sneaking out the back of my own crappy apartment, hoping to beat a mountain on legs to the back fence. It had to be Sal’s muscle picking the lock on the front door, because I couldn’t change the configuration of the lock to keep him out no matter how many times I tried to magick the damned door.

Everyone has to make a living somehow. It’s not like Sal couldn’t afford a few hundred, but no, nobody got to use magick inside his club except him.

The guy stopped trying to get in, for the moment, so I guessed I was going on the lam in jeans and old Doc Martens. Great. Never thought I’d be running for my life in the clothes I wear to take out the trash. With a few minutes to change and secure my usual glamour, I could hit a poker game in Southwest after ditching the goon, but maybe an indulgence was in order. If Sal had sent someone after me, a short trip up to Seattle might be a good idea, maybe even BC. That called for some new clothes, so I grabbed my battered gym bag—my quick escape kit—and was almost home free when the kitchen door burst open. It would’ve been dumb to turn off the light when the goomba first went to work on the lock—I can’t see any better in the dark than your average Daisy, not when I’m blocked. Once that massive body filled the doorway, I wished I had. Wished I’d done something.

He hesitated, barely a moment, and I bolted for the front door. He grabbed me before I made it out of the kitchen and pinned both of my arms to my sides. It wouldn’t work, I knew that, but I still tried to burn his hands. All I needed was enough time to—fuck, is he laughing?

“Give it up, pretty boy. You’re blocked.”

The big man pushed me against the wall face-first and pulled both hands behind my back.

“Hey, wait a sec, big guy. Let’s talk about this. I can—”

He pushed me flat against the wall, and the rest of that sentence disappeared in the rush of air he squeezed from my lungs. I couldn’t help being turned on, even though pain and domination usually aren’t my thing. Neither are bears, but underneath the padding he felt nice and solid, leaning full against me. He tightened a plastic zip tie around my wrists with shaking hands. And then he held me there.

 

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Free Book Rec: Best of Both Worlds by N.R. Walker

Best of Both Worlds cover

Most MM Romance books are similar—in focus, in plot, in theme—but this little gem is different. I’m always happy to find a book that breaks the mold, that challenges the way a good story can be told. Best of Both Worlds is that kind of story.

The bulk of Best of Both Worlds is told in a single first-person point of view. We do hear from the love interest late in the book, and he has his own fully-realized character arc, but the story belongs to Sebastian. Boy meets boy in a club, they cross paths in their workday life, become friendly, and go on from there. The difference is the minimal style—each chapter is only 100 words long. The prose isn’t bogged down with descriptions or long passages about how Sebastian is feeling or the details of his everyday life. Only the most important bits make it onto the page. The best possible news is that Walker manages to convey what Sebastian is feeling with a few choice words, so the reader can follow along easily.

“I see him and he looks at me with those blue eyes that have owned me every Friday night for the last four weeks.”

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading well-written descriptions and the sense of place they evoke. This book inspires the reader to fill in the blanks, to create the appearances of people and locations in their imagination. And you might not even realize you’re doing it because the story will pull you along from one short chapter to the next.

“I lead the way to my bedroom and he has a lazy smirk—a post-orgasm smirk—and he’s beautiful.”

A lot of Romance readers like it that books are similar, and I get that. When I pick up a book I only want to be surprised in a good way. If you’re in the mood for something different, maybe outside your comfort zone, that still delivers a lovely Romance, you might like Walker’s book Best of Both Worlds. This was my first N.R. Walker read, but definitely won’t be my last!

 

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Best of Both Worlds cover**This 20,000-word story is told in drabbles: each chapter consisting of only 100 words.**

Sebastian Gilman meets a guy on a dance floor every Friday night. He knows nothing about him, not even his name, only to find one day this familiar stranger turns up on his building site and they need to work together.

Ryland Keller knows better than to get involved. Alone and half a country away from home, he revels in isolation until a handsome man in a gay bar turns his world upside down.

Sebastian wants to help Ryland recover from a horrible past, but only if Ryland can let his guard down long enough to see that he can have the best of both worlds.

This book is free as of the publication date of this article.

 

A sweet little snippet…

Hello & thanks for visiting my snippet! I spent last weekend working so this is my long weekend—four days of, well, so far mostly of doing errands and trying to get my vehicle diagnosed. But I’m done with that for now & am going to do my best to relax a little bit over the next couple of days.

I decided to snip from my MM Romance Directing Traffic today mainly because I got some good news from my bloodwork—quitting diet soda & cutting WAY back on red meat has resulted in a significant reduction in all of my cholesterol levels! I’m super stoked, because after six months I still really miss Diet Dew. But it’s working, so I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing. If I’m really lucky I won’t have any more injuries for a while & will be able to start exercising again too!

The point is that hopefully I won’t be having a heart attack anytime soon—like one of the characters in the story.

But, none of that is what you came here for. This snippet takes place right outside the main character’s hotel room. Neil is visiting the coast to complete a ritual that he and his deceased lover used to do on their yearly vacations. Ben is Neil’s best friend, and maybe it’s obvious but Ty is the love interest. The first line is Ben’s.

 

“I know what you’re doing out here, you’re wallowing and—”

Ty poked his head out the door, gave Ben an appraising look, and then disappeared back inside. The door didn’t close.

“It’s not what it looks like.”

“I hope for your sake that it’s exactly what it looks like.” Ben grabbed Neil’s shoulders in his hands and squeezed gently; his dark eyes, that had been full of alarm moments ago, showed only encouragement and love. Ben sighed and then clapped Neil’s shoulders and wiggled his eyebrows. “You enjoy that sweet little cupcake and call me tomorrow.”

 

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Directing Traffic CoverA new love was the last thing on his mind . . .

Neil Sedwick expects to spend his vacation in a sleepy tourist trap mourning his late partner’s death. Instead, he puts his recently acquired CPR certificate to use and saves an elderly resident’s life. But it’s the survivor’s nephew, sexy middle-school teacher Ty Bigelow, who causes Neil to reevaluate his routine and consider reopening his heart.

Though the electricity between them is undeniable, Ty is struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy, and Neil is moored to the past. Even the healing peace of an old man’s garden and the ever-changing waters of the Oregon coast may not be enough to prepare Neil to overcome a crisis of the heart.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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Book Rec: L.O.V.E. and The Truth About Everything by Suki Fleet

This past weekend I re-read a book I’d loved the first time around. L.O.V.E. and The Truth About Everything by Suki Fleet is another of her trademark angsty Gay Romances. The story is about a young man at uni, on the cusp of his adult life. Of course, he has more than one question to answer, the story is delightfully complex for a novella of 127 pages.

Full disclosure: I was fortunate enough to beta read this story before it was published. I’m not a huge re-reader, but when I was searching Amazon for a free or $0.99 read to last me a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday and saw it, I clicked it immediately.

 

“The Black Sheep was a dark little building in the center of the village, so old and listing, it looked as if it had been formed from the landscape or had perhaps grown out of the rocks beneath.” –Jamie

 

The story is very well-written. The loving descriptions of “the Valleys” in Wales made me feel as though I were there.

Like many MM Romances, the story begins before the main character is out. In Oscar’s case, before he’s out to anyone at all. He feels isolated in his small village and afraid of his overbearing and critical father. He has a great friend at uni, Leah, who helps him get comfortable with himself. I just love her.

 

“At some point you’ve got to start driving the car instead of sitting in the passenger seat.” –Leah

 

This is Oscar’s story but we come to know Jamie well by the end too. He’s also coming into his own and finding out who he is and who he wants to be. Jamie has had some setbacks in his young life, but also is more privileged than Oscar. It’s mainly his privilege that makes me glad Jamie is the love interest and not the main character, because both Jamie and Oscar are likeable and relatable guys and either one of them could have carried the story. It’s refreshing to focus on the character who’s not from the more affluent family. To me, that makes for more interesting stories and deeper conflict. If the main problem can be solved by simply aiming some money at it it’s just less interesting to me, and not only because that happens a lot in stories about folx who are on the upper end of the socio-economic spectrum.

 

“The stuff that scared you wasn’t ever as terrifying in reality as it was in your head.” –Oscar

 

As with all Suki Fleet stories there are many quotes I could share, lines that resonated with me and made me glad I read (and re-read) this book. But a lot of those would be spoilery so I’ll leave you to find them on your own. I know, in a Romance you know how it will end, but getting there is the fun part. Doubly so with this novella.

L.O.V.E. and The Truth About Everything by Suki Fleet is a five star read for me, and at the time of this posting it’s also free on Amazon. So what are you waiting for? If you’ve never read anything by Suki Fleet it’s a great place to start, and if you have, then you don’t want to miss it.

He’s hidden his heart from everyone, but most of all from his best friend, Jamie–who also happens to be the boy he’s in love with.

But when a film Oscar makes about love and acceptance is chosen to be in the finals of a national competition, everything he’s hidden about himself threatens to be revealed.

Now Oscar thinks he must make the choice between the life he knows and the people he loves, and the life he wishes he had.

But life holds far more secrets and promises than Oscar expects.

 

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End of Summer Sale!

Buchanan House Series graphicBeach season is almost over here in the Pacific Northwest & that’s a great reason to have a sale. I don’t really need a reason, but that’s a good one!

I’m also celebrating getting my Buchanan House series back out into the world. For a few years I’ve been a hybrid author but now I’m 100% Indie. While that’s been challenging, it’s also been kind of fun.

But back to the sale! The Buchanan House series will be on a Kindle Countdown Sale through September 2nd. Prices will be the best for the first two days–Aug. 27-28. If you’re looking for a nice long read over the lovely long weekend, this might be the one for you!

Visit the Buchanan House Series Page on Amazon!

One thing, though. Because of a glitch (haha, read: user error) Art House won’t join in the sale until  Thursday, Aug. 29. I’ve learned a lot over the past two months, mainly that it’s all up to me now. So I want to thank all of the readers who have tried one of my books–I appreciate you all!

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One more thing–I’ve just re-released my noir with witches, The Pinch of the Game, only on PayHip, for those of you who would like an epub version, or if you’d just rather not buy from Amazon. Pinch will be available on PayHip through September 29th, at a savings from first edition prices. On October 1 this book will go into Kindle Unlimited, in time for Halloween. I can’t believe I’m already talking about Halloween!

Learn more about The Pinch of the Game here.

 

Thanks for reading & have a great day!

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Book Rec: Little Gay Romances: Vol. 1 by Dev Bentham


Dev Bentham’s Little Gay Romances: Vol. 1 is a collection of the flash fiction she sends out every month in her newsletter, Dev’s News Flash.

As a long-time newsletter subscriber, I encourage you to grab this book and also sign up for Dev’s News Flash. I look forward to seeing Dev Bentham’s email every month, with a dose of her wonderful writing. The stories are short, some shorter than others, but they don’t skimp on the substance we all read Romances for. Every one I’ve read has made me feel the tension and spark of a first meeting or the delicious anticipation while I wait to see how the story will play out, and the satisfaction of a complete story by the end.

These are perfect stories to read anywhere—because they’re all low on the heat scale you won’t have to worry about getting too worked-up while reading. 😉 This book would also be good to rec to that friend who’s curious about reading some Gay Romance but not sure where to start, or even whether they would be interested in the genre. By the time they reach the sexy short at the end, they’ll be ready for it!

But, in the immortal words of LeVar Burton—you don’t have to take my word for it! Check out the blurb below. Buy the book and sign up for Dev’s newsletter, and get ready for some lovely Romances!

Blurb:

Sometimes a little romance can leave a big smile on your face. A little love, a little sweetness, a little magic to brighten the day.

This collection of flash fiction from Dev’s monthly newsletter can be read around and between your busy schedule. Plus, it features two longer pieces for when you have time for just a little bit more. Meet sailors and waiters and farmers and tattoo artists—each one searching for that special man who will make his dreams come true. And finding him where they least expect it.

Jordan Castillo Price has said of Dev Bentham’s newsletter flashes, “I love my monthly Dev flash fic!”

Readers looking for low-angst stories with happy endings—who love meet-cutes and chance encounters—will adore this collection of bite-sized sweet gay romances.

 

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A tasty dish of a snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! I’m early this week, which is what a week off that includes some social time and a bunch of hermiting gets me.<3

The month of August has been a busy one and this weekend will continue that theme when I head out to celebrate Bookstore Romance Day in my old neighborhood! You could probably find an event near you by searching the hashtag. ❤

This snip is from the recently re-released Buchanan House (the first in the series 😊). It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and Eric and Nathan are watching Tim come out of the ocean after surfing. It’s more than six sentences, but I couldn’t find a good snip that fit the limit. I’ll go back to following the rules later. Maybe. 😉

 

Eric thought he should stop spying on Tim but couldn’t bring himself to lower the binoculars. Tim seemed more relaxed than he was at Buchanan House, his walk more athletic, graceful. On workdays, Tim wore comfortable, almost loose jeans, and T-shirts either under a flannel or over a thermal. He almost looked like a different man. Eric had tried to get a feel for what the body beneath the clothes looked like, without being caught staring, but hadn’t enjoyed the level of success he’d hoped for. After seeing Tim in a wetsuit, Eric knew his fumbling guesses hadn’t even been close. The suit clung to Tim’s broad shoulders and chest, tapering to trim hips, only to bulge again over his defined thigh muscles. He looked like a god.

“Mm-mm-mmm. That is a tasty dish.” Nathan bumped his shoulder into Eric’s.

Before Eric could respond to Nathan’s teasing, Tim unzipped the top of his wetsuit. Eric stood, transfixed, as Tim peeled the top half from his body and let it hang around his waist like the bib on a pair of overalls. It was like watching a live-action ad for Men’s Fitness. Tim’s upper body was sculpted to lean perfection—he looked strong and athletic, but not bulky. His hair sent drops of water sliding down his chest, and Eric thought about licking the salt water from his warm skin, peeling the rest of the wetsuit away, and—

Nathan’s soft laughter interrupted Eric’s fantasy.

 

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Buchanan House & Pride Weekend are available in a single volume (for less than the first edition of Buchanan House sold alone), only at Amazon!

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Every ending is a beginning…

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. 

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Refreshing and Focusing

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I started this blog in 2012, in anticipation of my first publication in the e-first Romance market. I thought it would be used to promote my books, maybe to find a group of people who would become my community. That’s not what happened.

This blog has primarily been used to promote other authors and their work.

I looked back at the content I’ve published here and was a little surprised to see this. With one exception, all of my high-traffic posts have been about books I didn’t write. This is something I’m proud of and want to continue.

This space hasn’t been very well-used for the past three or so years, mainly because I was involved in a serious car accident early in 2017. My recovery from those injuries is an ongoing process. To be honest, I haven’t been able to devote much time to writing or blogging simply because the work of coming back from those injuries combined with making a living has required so much time and energy that there was nothing left over for creativity.

And that’s okay.

Realizing that is also something I’m proud of.

My goal is to refresh this space and start posting again on a regular basis—weekly at first and we’ll see how it goes.

This blog will still be about promoting the work of artists and writers. My primary focus will be queer representation in entertainment, especially the flavors we don’t see as often as white cis gay men / lesbians. Mostly books, but also television and movies and wherever I find queer rep I want to talk about. Some of my opinions might be agreeable and some will probably not be socially acceptable. And I don’t promise to keep as tight a rein on my language as I have in the past so be prepared to see the word fuck (and portmanteaus using it) more often.

I hope you’ll find something cool and want to keep coming back to join the conversation.

Thanks for reading! ❤

 

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Plan B?

Hello Snippetteers! I finally have a desk in my “new” home that’s set aside just for writing & related fun. The corner of my dining room is pretty spare at the moment, but hopefully that won’t last long & I’ll be able to decorate it in a way the cats will tolerate (one of my guys likes to pull things off shelves & walls! :)) AND get some writing done!

This snip is from the recently re-released Buchanan House (the first in the series 😊). It’s opening weekend and the weather isn’t cooperating for the outdoor activities they’d had planned. Eric has just asked what Nathan has in mind to entertain the guests.

 

The kitchen door opened, and a deep voice projected easily to where Eric stood. “Yes, what is Plan B?”

Nathan shivered, but when he turned to Shane St. Cloud, only the hostess with the mostest in him showed. “Shane. I thought we’d start off with a movie sing-along, and watch some fireworks on the big screen starting at Dark O’clock Eastern Time.”

“What movie are we singing?”

The pure delight on Shane’s face prompted Nathan to start the movie sing-along sooner rather than later.

 

Thanks for reading!

To find links to more snippets, visit the Rainbow Snippets FB Group. It’s a public group and everyone is welcome to join.

 

Buchanan House & Pride Weekend are available in a single volume (for less than the first edition of Buchanan House sold alone), only at Amazon!

Amazon Universal Link

Every ending is a beginning…

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.

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

onlytherose