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

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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.

 

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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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Sand… in… places…

PrideWeekend_FBprofile_OptizimedForFeedHappy Caturday, Snippetteers!

It’s Rainbow Snippets time again, the day when writers and bloggers share 6 sentences of queer fiction for your (and our!) reading pleasure! You might find historical fiction, YA, something sweet or something spicy, but the common thread is that all main characters will identify as LGBTQ+.

This is the last snippet i’ll share from “Pride Weekend”–by this time next week it’ll be released and you can read the whole story free!

Last week Silas didn’t think he had any choice but to let Adam leave, and i think i’ll let you see for yourselves how that works out. 😉 Next week i’ll share from Tiny House, Book #3 in the series.

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You have sand… in… places.” Silas pulled my legs down so my feet touched the floor. He crossed his arms and leaned against my stomach, my poor aching dick touching neither his body nor his arms.

“So did you.” I moved my hips, trying for any contact with his skin and failing.

“Really?” He looked genuinely surprised. Silas stood, and in a single fluid motion, took my hands and pulled me to my feet. He kept my hands in his and lifted them out and away as he stepped so close our bodies touched from the sides of our feet to our chests. “Then you deserve a medal for what you just did to me. Come on. Let’s wash the beach away.”

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to head back to the Rainbow Snippets FB Group, where you’ll find links to more snippets of queer fiction from new and established authors. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours on a relaxing weekend. You (and your TBR list) have been warned! *lol*

 

PrideWeekendFS“Pride Weekend”, by Charley Descoteaux

Release Date: April 22, 2016

Overworked cubicle jockey Adam Byron wants to attend Oregon Coast Pride in style but the price of a room at Buchanan House, a popular gay retreat on the central coast, is beyond his budget. So he won’t miss out, he advertises online for someone to share expenses. Corporate drone Silas Grant responds to Adam’s ad, and the two get to know each other via texts before meeting at the coast. They agree on a no-pressure roommate arrangement, yet once they meet face-to-face their attraction is undeniable. Desire might simmer well beyond Pride weekend, no matter how hard Adam and Silas try to live up to their noncommitment pact.

 

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More than just a roll in the hay…

PrideWeekend_FBprofile_OptizimedForFeedHappy Caturday, Snippetteers!

It’s Rainbow Snippets time again, the day when writers and bloggers share 6 sentences of queer fiction for your (and our!) reading pleasure! You might find historical fiction, YA, something sweet or something spicy, but the common thread is that all main characters will identify as LGBTQ+.

I’ve been sharing from my upcoming release “Pride Weekend” the free short Dreamspinner generously allowed me to offer as a thank-you to readers of the first book in the Buchanan House series, and i think i’ll do it again. PW may be a free short, but there is conflict–here’s a snippet from Silas’ point of view with a little bit of that. Plus, now that the cover art is fully released, i get to scatter it shamelessly about the tubes!

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I’d never had so much sex in such a short time, but when Sunday came, my heart fluttered with panic. I didn’t want it to be over, for Adam to leave—to leave me. But we’d been clear on the “no strings” bit, and I had to live up to my end.

I lived up to it a little too well—leaping from bed at ten on Sunday to pack, locking him out of the bathroom while I showered, thanking him for arranging the fun weekend.

Adam must’ve packed while I was in the bathroom, because we barely said good-bye, and he left. He walked away from me, looking so dejected it broke my heart. I hadn’t wanted to let him go, but it didn’t seem like I had much choice.

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to head back to the Rainbow Snippets FB Group, where you’ll find links to more snippets of queer fiction from new and established authors. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours on a relaxing weekend. You (and your TBR list) have been warned! *lol*

 

PrideWeekendFS“Pride Weekend”, by Charley Descoteaux

Release Date: April 22, 2016

Overworked cubicle jockey Adam Byron wants to attend Oregon Coast Pride in style but the price of a room at Buchanan House, a popular gay retreat on the central coast, is beyond his budget. So he won’t miss out, he advertises online for someone to share expenses. Corporate drone Silas Grant responds to Adam’s ad, and the two get to know each other via texts before meeting at the coast. They agree on a no-pressure roommate arrangement, yet once they meet face-to-face their attraction is undeniable. Desire might simmer well beyond Pride weekend, no matter how hard Adam and Silas try to live up to their noncommitment pact.

 

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No delicate flowers here…

RSMMmedHappy Caturday, Snippetteers!

 

It’s that time again, when writers and bloggers share 6 sentences of queer fiction for your (and our!) reading pleasure!

Last week I shared from my upcoming release “Pride Weekend” the free short Dreamspinner generously allowed me to offer as a thank-you to readers of the first book in the Buchanan House series. I’d thought it would be book “1.5” because that’s how it seems to be done with the freebies, but since Amazon only likes whole numbers it’s ended up being Book #2.

 

This snippet is before last week’s and is from Adam’s point of view. I think that’s enough intro–it’s pretty obvious what they’re up to. 😉

 

My speculation about how wonderful it would feel to touch Silas fell far short of the reality. His compact body was covered with absurdly soft skin, but he was not a delicate flower. Silas held me down and brought me so close to orgasm so fast it made me dizzy.

I tried to pull back and make it last, to go slower, but he only rutted against me harder, faster. When I tried to get one hand between us, he laughed—not in a mocking way. It sounded like exultation, as though he were reveling in a hard-won accomplishment.

 

Thanks for reading!

My double cover reveal event concludes Saturday, April 2nd at 11:59 pm ET, but if you’re reading this before then and are interested, you can get there from here. The placeholder cover below is a link, if you’d like to reserve your free copy at the Dreamspinner store.

Don’t forget to head back to the Rainbow Snippets FB Group, where you’ll find links to more snippets of queer fiction from new and established authors. You might find historical fiction, YA, something sweet or something spicy, but the common thread is that all main characters will identify as LGBTQ+.

 

Pride Weekend, by Charley Descoteaux

Release Date: April 22, 2016

Overworked cubicle jockey Adam Byron wants to attend Oregon Coast Pride in style but the price of a room at Buchanan House, a popular gay retreat on the central coast, is beyond his budget. So he won’t miss out, he advertises online for someone to share expenses. Corporate drone Silas Grant responds to Adam’s ad, and the two get to know each other via texts before meeting at the coast. They agree on a no-pressure roommate arrangement, yet once they meet face-to-face their attraction is undeniable. Desire might simmer well beyond Pride weekend, no matter how hard Adam and Silas try to live up to their noncommitment pact.

 

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Pride is free…

RSMMmedHappy Caturday, Snippetteers!

This week I’m snippeting from a new story, it’s Book #1.5 in my Buchanan House series, “Pride Weekend”. In this story, two young Portlanders have made the trek to my fictional gay retreat on the Central Oregon Coast to enjoy Pride weekend. Maybe it goes without saying, but they enjoy it quite a bit. 😉

 

I eased Silas onto his back and only allowed myself a short moment to appreciate the sweet bow of his lips and the flutter of his dark eyelashes against his pale cheekbones, one tiny gesture of tenderness as I brushed his dark wavy hair from his face. The kiss I placed on those lovely lips was short, and he moaned in protest when I kissed a path down over his jaw. His hips bucked when I licked his neck and then sucked the salty skin into my mouth.

Intoxicating. Delicious.

Silas writhed in my arms, reduced to broken syllables in his pleasure.

Thanks for reading!

Join me next Wednesday when I’ll be visiting Joyfully Jay’s for an exclusive double cover reveal, in which I finally get to show off the amazing cover art for “Pride Weekend” and Book #2 in the Buchanan House series, Tiny House. I’ll also be giving away two codes for the audiobook version of Book #1, Buchanan House.

I’m especially excited about “Pride Weekend” because it’s a free short, a thank you to readers who made book #1 such a success. It’s available for pre-order now on the Dreamspinner store. Click the cover below to reserve your copy!

 

Pride Weekend, by Charley Descoteaux

Release Date: April 22, 2016

Overworked cubicle jockey Adam Byron wants to attend Oregon Coast Pride in style but the price of a room at Buchanan House, a popular gay retreat on the central coast, is beyond his budget. So he won’t miss out, he advertises online for someone to share expenses. Corporate drone Silas Grant responds to Adam’s ad, and the two get to know each other via texts before meeting at the coast. They agree on a no-pressure roommate arrangement, yet once they meet face-to-face their attraction is undeniable. Desire might simmer well beyond Pride weekend, no matter how hard Adam and Silas try to live up to their noncommitment pact.

 

Don’t forget to head back to the Rainbow Snippets FB Group, where you’ll find links to more snippets of queer fiction from new and established authors. You might find historical fiction, YA, something sweet or something spicy, but the common thread is that all main characters will identify as LGBTQ+.

 

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Better than nothing…

22401361I spent far too long trying to figure out a snippet for this week. Before I let myself be reduced to actual tears, I decided to go for another free read.

This snippet is from “Better Than New,” my contribution to the Goodreads MM Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event of 2014, Love’s Landscapes.

Theo is the “I.”

 

 

“Say, Red. What’s up with your leg?” The guy was in my math class. Bone-head geometry. If I was any good an angles and trajectories, a lot more than my class schedule would be different.

“Surfing accident. A shark bit off my foot.”

He looked me up and down, no doubt noting my pale and bony qualities, none of which screamed surfer dude.

“Seriously?”

“No. Someone pushed me off a MAX platform and the train rolled over my leg.”

He shot me a strange look and then ducked into the building faster than I could’ve kept up. Not that I wanted to.

Thanks for reading!

If you’d like to read all of Theo’s story, links to the three major formats are on this page. If you’re interested in the other 200 or so free stories, check out the MM Romance Group at Goodreads. It’s free to join, and some amazing authors donated their time and talent for our collective reading pleasure.

Check out more flashes of fiction at Snippet Sunday!

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Another cover!

22401361I’ve been talking about covers a lot lately, even this one, but I forgot to post it here!

So, viola!

The lovely and talented A.J.Corza created this cover for my Love’s Landscapes story, and I love it! The MM Romance Group on Goodreads and my fabulously creative prompter, Jenna Jones, provided the inspiration for Theo to start talking. I’m so grateful to everyone involved in this event. It took a mind-boggling amount of volunteer hours to make this year’s Don’t Read in the Closet event possible — and it’s not over yet!

“Better Than New” has gotten some wonderfully kind reviews, and very soon its big brother will be released. The jerky thing Theo talks about in the beginning of “Better Than New” is in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. Starting August 11, you can judge Theo’s ranking on the jerk-scale for yourself. 🙂

Click here to visit my page dedicated to “Better Than New” and grab a free copy in your preferred format!

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Better Than New — My Love’s Landscapes story is out!

Cover 22401361Today’s the day!

It was SO hard not to announce this ahead of time, because I’ve been itching to share this story. Thanks again to Jenna Jones for the amazing prompt, and to all the tireless volunteers at the Goodreads MM Romance Group who make Don’t Read in the Closet an event to look forward to. Thanks also to my betas, you guys rock!

So, the story. As soon as I saw the prompt–the amazing pic paired with a lovely bit of poetry (which I wildly misinterpreted!)–I heard a voice in my head. The narrator is Theo, and he has a walk-on part in my upcoming novel The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. I didn’t realize he had so much to say or I might’ve made plans to tell his story, but I was taken completely by surprise. So, after a quick check with my publisher to be sure she was okay with me giving away a part of the story she contracted–I was off.

“Better Than New” opens later in the same evening Theo appears in Strange Birds, and the jerky thing he does is in the book. After that, though, he’s completely on his own. I think he did an excellent job in carrying a story. I hope you agree.

Here’s the original prompt I had to work with–I hope you’ll check out the story. I’m so proud of it. You have to be a member of the group to read the stories, but with over 200 prompts this year it will probably be worth your while (besides, it’s free :)). Click the book cover above to go directly to my story or click here to get to the group’s home page.

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STORY LETTER:
Dear Author,

Please use this excerpt as a prompt:

O’ God it’s wonderful
to get out of bed
and drink too much coffee
and smoke too many cigarettes
and love you so much

― from Steps by Frank O’Hara

Any setting or time period. A slice-of-life story would suit me fine. No BSDM, violence, mpreg, or shifters, please.

Thank you,

Jenna

Stay tuned for updates about The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, scheduled for release in August by Dreamspinner Press.

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