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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6 more from BC

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Welcome to my Rainbow Snippets post. In case you haven’t heard, RS is a group on Facebook where authors and bloggers get together on the weekends to share 6 sentences of fiction or a book recommendation. You’re officially invited to become a member of the group, to post or to read the weekly snippets. It’s a laid back group (it runs on West Coast US time, so it kind of has to be ;))–members leave links to their snippets when they can and everyone hops around reading when they’re able.

I’m sharing another bit from Cascades, my holiday novella from Dreamspinner Press. This snippet picks up where we left off last week, but from JB’s point of view.

When Doug said we were headed to Chinatown, I almost turned around and went back inside the hostel. I hadn’t come all the way to Canada to hunt snipes with a smartass. But he looked so happy about it I couldn’t say no, couldn’t walk away. I thought we’d take the SkyTrain, but he kept walking, even though it was misting and he didn’t have a decent coat.

A few minutes later, as soon as I saw the gate at the entrance, I knew it wasn’t a snipe hunt. Vancouver, Canada, did Chinatown up big, like San Francisco.

 

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. Have a lovely weekend!

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Hola Snippetteers!

Welcome back to another week of Rainbow Snippets, where writers and bloggers post 6 sentences of LGBTQ+ fiction from a WIP, new release, or a book rec.

My holiday story Cascades released on Wednesday, so i’m going to share a snippet from it today. The guys are in Vancouver, BC, spending the day taking in the sights. The “I” is Doug.

I took JB to Chinatown, and he was like a little kid. Granted, all he knew of Chinatowns was the one in Portland. Two statues of temple dogs supporting an arch over one street corner, and a single garden made up Portland’s Chinatown, so I ignored his skepticism. When we got in sight of the entrance gate, his mumbled “Fuckin’ A” said it all.

We walked slowly, looking in windows and gawking at passersby like the shameless tourists we were. It was glorious.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Holiday Blog Series

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The holidays mean decorating and entertaining, enjoying traditions. One tradition i’ve always enjoyed is the Advent Calendar. Some years when i was a kid we had one with chocolate kisses behind the doors, but mostly we used a construction paper chain to count the days until Christmas.

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese have a different kind of advent event–theirs is populated with unlikable fictional characters. Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised to hear that i hadn’t even finished reading the announcement before i started an email to say i wanted to be a part of that! They were kind enough to sign me up, and today is my turn to show off my unlikable characters from my holiday novella, Cascades. If you’re curious about what makes them unlikable (and would like to read an exclusive excerpt), here’s the link to my post: http://avian30.com/2015/12/10/unlikable-advent-day-6-charley-descoteaux/

I hope you’ll visit, and return to enjoy a whole month of unlikable heroes!

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Cascades Release Day!

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Cascades is out today! Not only that, it’s 25% off at the Dreamspinner store!

I’m over at the Dreamspinner Blog, giving away a backlist book and talking about unpopular tropes. Hope to see you there!

Before you leave, see if you can find the photo hidden somewhere on my blog for the 25 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt from A Writer’s Odyssey. You could win a prize, and your TBR list will probably get a little bigger too. 🙂

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Justice “JB” Bishop tells himself he’s satisfied with life in the small town of Upright, Oregon. He was born and raised there, and has settled into a comfortable, if lonely, routine working at his uncle’s bar. JB doesn’t expect anything to change after he turns fifty, until an old friend drops in. She suggests he get out of town for the holidays, and soon JB finds himself on an Amtrak to Canada. JB expected to feel different in Canada, to see things he couldn’t see at home. He never expected to find the one who got away.

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Two guest spots and a sale!

Cascades_headerbannerYesterday was Thanksgiving so i wasn’t around much. I watched the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon with the kiddo and ate too much turkey. Hope you had a great holiday if you celebrate, or just a fabulous Thursday!

Brynn Stein was kind enough to interview me for her blog and she posted it yesterday while i was busy gorging on whipped potatoes and gravy. If you’re interested in learning a little about my upcoming release Cascades, the interview is here: https://brynnstein2.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/monday-meets-charley-descoteaux-3/

Today i’m in the spotlight over at Nautical Star Books, talking a little about my writing process and (one of) my guilty food pleasures. You can find the interview here: http://nauticalstarbooks.com/cascades-by-charley-descoteaux/

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Dreamspinner is having a sale–35% off the whole store through Nov. 30! This includes pre-orders, so if you’d like to you can grab a copy of Cascades on the cheap here!

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I’m the guest!

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Today i’m visiting the lovelies at Cup O’ Porn, talking about my upcoming holiday release, Cascades, and giving away an Amazon gift card: http://cupoporn.blogspot.ca/2015/11/thursday-thoughts-with-charley.html

Drop in and join the conversation about older heroes!

 

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Cover Reveal: Cascades by Charley Descoteaux!

Hi all! I have a shiny new cover to reveal. Cascades has just hit the Coming Soon page at Dreamspinner so now I can show off the amazing cover Bree Archer designed for me. But first a little something about the story.

This year my holiday story is a standalone—not part of the Advent Calendar (and not a 2nd edition). Not sure what that means for this strange little story. It’s great because Cascades has its own cover and it’s a little longer than it would’ve been had it been included in the anthology, but I’m a little worried about it. The Advent Calendar is cool, which is why readers love it. Hopefully Cascades won’t get lost between the Advent stories and the standalones by everyone’s favorite authors (I know who they are, because many of them are my favorites too :)).

Good, bad, or ugly Cascades will be my last angsty story for Dreamspinner. The Buchanan House series is angst-lite and I’m happy to play in that sandbox for a while. In fact, I’ve started Book 3 for NaNo. For fans of the angst, Torque, will be released by Samhain on Feb. 23rd. More on that later because now it’s all about JB and Doug and Cascades!

Okay, I know you’ve probably peeked already, but here’s the cover. It was so hard to choose a cover for this story—everything Bree created was gorgeous and I wanted to use them all! What do you think?!

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Justice “JB” Bishop tells himself he’s satisfied with life in the small town of Upright, Oregon. He was born and raised there, and has settled into a comfortable, if lonely, routine working at his uncle’s bar. JB doesn’t expect anything to change after he turns fifty, until an old friend drops in. She suggests he get out of town for the holidays, and soon JB finds himself on an Amtrak to Canada. JB expected to feel different in Canada, to see things he couldn’t see at home. He never expected to find the one who got away.

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Not quite a cliffhanger…

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This week I’m sharing the last snippet from my holiday story. Next week is the cover reveal for my upcoming novel so I’ll switch to that story. 🙂

This snippet is after JB’s encounter with Mr. Welcome-to-Canada, a.k.a. Cal. It skips ahead a little in the same evening.

 

When I made it back to the hostel, the homeless man wasn’t leaned up against the tree anymore. I’d stopped along the way and picked up a foot-long sandwich and a twenty-ounce bottle of water for him. The weather had taken a turn, though, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise; of course he’d get out of the mist if he could. The ground floor of the hostel housed a restaurant and bar, and there he was, leaning against the building under the awning.

I couldn’t tell if he was sleeping or awake, so I approached slowly and quietly. When I stopped in front of him he turned his face up. Slowly, his expression became that of a man who’s just seen a ghost, and then he smiled.

“JB, I knew you’d come.”

 Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to check out the other snippets. If LGBT fiction is your thing, visit Seductive Studs & Sirens, for a grab-bag of great fiction visit Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

If you’re into BDSM, a few folks I know are having a sex-positive blog hop. You can find the list of participating blogs here.

Come back next week for a special announcement about my forthcoming novel, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. 🙂

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Just a little greedy…

Hello and welcome to the weekend!

This week I did not forget what day it was, so I’ll be sharing a snippet from my holiday story. One more after this, and then I’ll switch it up. 🙂

In this snippet, JB gets a proper (ish) welcome to Canada, in the unisex washroom of a restaurant/bar. I’ve never had a pot pie like the one the gal served me at The Greedy Pig, so I set this scene there. Sort of. Haven’t decided how much to change the place in my story, especially since I love the name.

What do you guys think of The Greedy Cock? Too much?

Anyway, here it is.  🙂

Cal’s jeans were halfway to the floor by the time I locked the door behind me. The shock of seeing his large uncut cock bobbing—glistening in the harsh light of the bathroom—well, it about blinded me. It had been a long time since I’d seen anything like that… so well-illuminated.

But I remembered what to do with it soon enough and crossed the floor to where he stood, his back leaning against the clean, cream-colored wall. Cal was older than I’d guessed, if his gray bush was telling the truth, and I believed it a lot more than the dyed hair on his head.

Once he came, I was in unfamiliar territory. His posture and expression before I’d dropped to the floor in front of him suggested little desire for intimacy like kissing or making out. Which was fine with me, but that left…what?

 Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to check out the other snippets. If LGBT fiction is your thing, visit Seductive Studs & Sirens, for a grab-bag of great fiction visit Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday.

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