A haunted house snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! The weather is getting cooler & the days shorter–at least where I live! As we inch toward the shortest day of the year, I’ve been doing a lot more reading and writing. My NaNo WIP is nearing the halfway point, and it’s a contemporary. I already can’t wait to share it with you. 🙂

This week I’m snipping from my last release, The Devil’s in the Details & other stories. This is from the last story, which takes place on winter solstice. It’s a Paranormal Dark Romance, which means it’s creepy and dark but also has a happy ending (depending on how you define “happy ending”). The Haunting of Elkins House definitely isn’t fluffy, but it’s my winter holiday story this year so I hope you enjoy it.

The shortest day of the year was no time to run past a haunted house, especially as shadows lengthened in the late afternoon sunlight. Dave shuddered when he passed the sprawling Gothic Revival by the lake. Even the lovely Christmas lights twinkling on the houses and reflected in the calm water couldn’t dispel the eerie feeling. As his mother would have said, he felt as though a goose had walked over his grave.

By purely aesthetic standards, the house was beautiful—from the wraparound porch with its turned railing to the decorative cornices and elaborate chimney.

But the stretch of path around the lake that wound closest to Elkins House was always colder than the rest of his route. Even on the brightest days the sun never seemed to penetrate the mature trees and the shadow of the imposing house itself.

 

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The Devil’s in the Details & Other Stories

by Charley Descoteaux

Read three Paranormal Dark Romances featuring characters with shaky moral compasses as they get their Happily Ever Afters!

Here’s what you get inside:

The Devil’s in the Details

James is on the run from the Key West Coven and the job he never wanted: enforcer. Portland, Oregon, is as far away as he could get and still be in the US, and since he doesn’t have a passport or a way to get one, that’s where he stopped. James knows his freedom is anything but secure, so he’s not surprised when his proximity alarm alerts him that he’s being followed. He’s jumped under the Burnside Bridge and wakes in iron shackles that prevent him from using magic.

Marshall knows too much about his father’s business dealings with the supernatural underworld. He never would have guessed that knowledge could get him kidnapped. When a witch in iron shackles is tossed into his cell, his life changes forever.

The pair will have to work together if they’re to escape with their lives.

Warnings / Temptations: violence, inappropriate flirting, tattoos of dead languages, and sexy spellwork.

Upwardly Mobile

Riley MacIntyre can’t write, and it’s driving him mad. A serious head injury silenced the voices of characters in his head, and nothing he’s done has helped. After 440 days of silence and insomnia, Riley receives an invitation from the proprietor of a local business, whose pitch is that he can fix anything. Riley needs to resume his career writing mystery novels, but having a man on a late-night commercial set an appointment is, to say the least, unexpected.

Don Cross is a fixer. He’s also a lonely crossroads demon. When Riley visits him hoping to have his writer’s block fixed, Don makes him an unusual deal.

Warnings / Temptations: off-page murders and violence, depictions of descent into both figurative and literal Hell, a dapper crossroads demon, and an asexual man who expresses his romantic feelings using baked goods.

The Haunting of Elkins House

Dave Lehman lost his partner to cancer seven years ago and is still grieving. He’s jogging with a neighbor’s dog on the winter solstice when he receives a life-changing invitation.

Elkins House has been abandoned for over a century. So who is inviting Dave inside?

Warnings / Temptations: suicidal ideation, a disobedient dog, and a few drops of blood.

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A spooky snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! I hope you’re well & staying safe out there!

I’ve been on a dark kick for a while now (quarantine will do that to a person!) and am snipping from my Dark Romance collection & new release, The Devil’s in the Details & Other Stories!

This is from the first story (which shares a title with the collection :)), and is from the love interest’s POV. Marshall has been sitting in a cell for a few days with only himself for company.

But Marshall had never had much of a head for business—especially not the kind of business his father ran. A high-level accounting firm by day, and money laundering by night.

His captors could be anyone. Or anything.

Yes, any-thing.

Marshall wasn’t supposed to know that witches and werewolves and vampires were real. And his father was involved in shady business dealings with some of them.

 

Thanks for reading!

You’re invited to the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group, to check out everyone else’s snippets!

If you liked this snip & want to read the whole story keep reading for the scoop on how to do that. ❤

 

The Devil’s in the Details & Other Stories

by Charley Descoteaux

Read three Paranormal Dark Romances featuring characters with shaky moral compasses as they get their Happily Ever Afters!

Here’s what you get inside:

The Devil’s in the Details

James is on the run from the Key West Coven and the job he never wanted: enforcer. Portland, Oregon, is as far away as he could get and still be in the US, and since he doesn’t have a passport or a way to get one, that’s where he stopped. James knows his freedom is anything but secure, so he’s not surprised when his proximity alarm alerts him that he’s being followed. He’s jumped under the Burnside Bridge and wakes in iron shackles that prevent him from using magic.

Marshall knows too much about his father’s business dealings with the supernatural underworld. He never would have guessed that knowledge could get him kidnapped. When a witch in iron shackles is tossed into his cell, his life changes forever.

The pair will have to work together if they’re to escape with their lives.

Warnings / Temptations: violence, inappropriate flirting, tattoos of dead languages, and irredeemable parents.🔥🔥🔥 & ☠️☠️

Upwardly Mobile

Riley MacIntyre can’t write, and it’s driving him mad. A serious head injury silenced the voices of characters in his head, and nothing he’s done has helped. After 440 days of silence and insomnia, Riley receives an invitation from the proprietor of a local business, whose pitch is that he can fix anything. Riley needs to resume his career writing mystery novels, but having a man on a late-night commercial set an appointment is, to say the least, unexpected.

Don Cross is a fixer. He’s also a lonely crossroads demon. When Riley visits him hoping to have his writer’s block fixed, Don makes him an unusual deal.

Warnings / Temptations: off-page murders and violence, depictions of descent into both figurative and literal Hell, a dapper crossroads demon, and an asexual man who expresses his romantic feelings using baked goods. ☠️☠️☠️

The Haunting of Elkins House

Dave Lehman lost his partner to cancer seven years ago and is still grieving. He’s jogging with a neighbor’s dog on the winter solstice when he receives a life-changing invitation.

Elkins House has been abandoned for over a century. So who is inviting Dave inside?

Warnings / Temptations: suicidal ideation, a disobedient dog, and a few drops of blood.🔥🔥🔥 & ☠️

Amazon Universal Link       Amazon US

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Release: The Devil’s in the Details & Other Stories!

I’ve been on a dark kick for a while now (quarantine will do that to a person!) and am thrilled to announce the release of my first Dark Romance collection! Read three Paranormal Dark Romances featuring characters with shaky moral compasses as they get their Happily Ever Afters!

Here’s what you get inside:

The Devil’s in the Details

James is on the run from the Key West Coven and the job he never wanted: enforcer. Portland, Oregon, is as far away as he could get and still be in the US, and since he doesn’t have a passport or a way to get one, that’s where he stopped. James knows his freedom is anything but secure, so he’s not surprised when his proximity alarm alerts him that he’s being followed. He’s jumped under the Burnside Bridge and wakes in iron shackles that prevent him from using magic.

Marshall knows too much about his father’s business dealings with the supernatural underworld. He never would have guessed that knowledge could get him kidnapped. When a witch in iron shackles is tossed into his cell, his life changes forever.

The pair will have to work together if they’re to escape with their lives.

Warnings / Temptations: violence, inappropriate flirting, tattoos of dead languages, and irredeemable parents.🔥🔥🔥 & ☠️☠️

 

Upwardly Mobile

Riley MacIntyre can’t write, and it’s driving him mad. A serious head injury silenced the voices of characters in his head, and nothing he’s done has helped. After 440 days of silence and insomnia, Riley receives an invitation from the proprietor of a local business, whose pitch is that he can fix anything. Riley needs to resume his career writing mystery novels, but having a man on a late-night commercial set an appointment is, to say the least, unexpected.

Don Cross is a fixer. He’s also a lonely crossroads demon. When Riley visits him hoping to have his writer’s block fixed, Don makes him an unusual deal.

Warnings / Temptations: off-page murders and violence, depictions of descent into both figurative and literal Hell, a dapper crossroads demon, and an asexual man who expresses his romantic feelings using baked goods. ☠️☠️☠️

 

The Haunting of Elkins House

Dave Lehman lost his partner to cancer seven years ago and is still grieving. He’s jogging with a neighbor’s dog on the winter solstice when he receives a life-changing invitation.

Elkins House has been abandoned for over a century. So who is inviting Dave inside?

Warnings / Temptations: suicidal ideation, a disobedient dog, and a few drops of blood.🔥🔥🔥 & ☠️

 

Amazon Universal Link       Amazon US

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Sale! Two Contemporary Novellas for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US! To everyone else, happy free fiction day! 😀

My budget book rec is a day late this week & there’s a good reason for that! Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29 only, two of my MM Romance Novellas are free! Buchanan House and Holiday Weekend~only on Amazon!

 

Holiday Weekend can be enjoyed as a standalone novella and features two holiday dinners, angst and a few awww moments, and some familiar faces for series readers.

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

 

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally

 

Grab your copy at Amazon US!

 

If you’ve been curious about my USA Today Must-Read Romance Buchanan House, now is the perfect time to give it a try!

Eric Allen and his bestie buy a neglected hotel on the scenic Oregon coast to fulfill their middle-school dreams of co-owning a B&B. The building is in decent shape but in order to turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams, it’s going to need work.

Tim Tate is a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents, and a body that could grace the pages of a fitness magazine. When he and Eric meet, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Despite the intense attraction, both men are hesitant to fully out themselves by acting on it. But when they give in, it’s obvious that they’ve found something special—and not only in bed.

Before Eric can be free to love the gorgeous handyman they have to make it through the July4th grand opening. With rain that won’t stop and a meddling brother intent on wreaking havoc, can the holiday still go off with a bang?

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A holiday snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet! I’m tempted to share from one of my NaNo WIPs, but they both take place in the summer and it’s the holidays! Since I’m feeling the holiday spirit today, I’ll share a few lines from Holiday Weekend instead.

This is from Ryan’s POV. It’s Christmas Eve and a group from the Elliott Foundation House is spending the holiday at Buchanan House. Ryan and Glenn are there as volunteers. Ryan gave Glenn his Christmas gift a little early. The first dialogue is Glenn’s.

 

“If I get cold, I’ll just get closer to you. That’ll warm me up.” His smile stretched into a grin, and he held out his left hand. I let him help me up, but not before I took a good long look at the bracelet on his wrist. Perfect.

We went downstairs to find the tree mostly decorated but not finished. Almost everyone had red and swollen eyes, so maybe it didn’t matter that Glenn and I looked emotional.

 

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Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Four

This novella can be read as a standalone and contains minimal spoilers for the rest of the series.

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

Available only on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!

 

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Have a lovely weekend!

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Free Book Rec: LGBT First Chapter!

Hello and Happy Wednesday! My budget book rec today is another Prolific Works giveaway. I’m getting a lot of new words written for NaNo, but that’s leaving me less time for finding, reading, and recommending books!

First Chapter is an LGBT only giveaway, organized by the lovely Elouise East. Read the first chapters of one book or all 29, including Buchanan House, my USA Today Must-Read Romance! If you’ve been wondering about the book it’s a good time to give it a try (hint, hint–it is the time of year for sales!)!

Prolific Works is the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter, but only for a limited time. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

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Cascades, An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance


 

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Free Book Rec: I Need Romance!

Hello and Happy Hump Day! My budget book rec today is another Prolific Works giveaway. I’m getting a lot of new words written for NaNo, but that’s leaving me less time for finding, reading, and recommending books!

I Need Romance! is an LGBT Romance only giveaway, organized by the lovely AJ Sherwood. Choose from 56 stories, or download them all & read for days on a budget! Look for my novella Directing Traffic among the other amazing reads.

 

Prolific Works is the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~An MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

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Free Book Rec: Every Day is Black Friday Sale!

I’m a little late getting a budget book rec up today because I’m doing NaNoWriMo! I’m so excited to be writing again! It’s been two and a half years since my car accident and I can finally write without every word being a literal pain in the head! That means I should have some new stories for you in 2020, along with the last couple of re-releases of previously published titles! I can’t wait to share them with you!

Today, though, I want to share a Prolific Works giveaway I’m hosting through the month of November: Every Day is Black Friday! I know, Black Friday isn’t cool anymore, but choosing from 41 free LGBTQIA+ books–or reading them all!–could never go out of style.

Prolific Works is also the only place you can get a copy of my novella Cascades~A MM Holiday Second-Chance Romance without subscribing to my newsletter. Sign up for my newsletter if you’d like so we can keep in touch, but it’s not mandatory.

Find the giveaway here.

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Free Book Rec: A Reluctant Santa by Roan Parrish!

This week my budget book rec is “A Reluctant Santa” by Roan Parrish. It’s a free short that you can grab on a (new-to-me) site called StoryOrigin. I chose it because I’ve read Roan Parrish before so I knew to expect a good portion of angst, or at least that the story wouldn’t be 100% sweet and fluffy. It’s just sweet enough for a Scrooge like me to enjoy. Before I finished the first sentence I knew I would be recommending this one!

 

Charlie Parkingham trudged down the hallway, his apartment door offering sanctuary after a day filled with the tortures of the damned that accompanied customer service before the holidays.

 

I love that the main character is a cranky retail worker and the love interest is collecting toys for kids. They seem like opposites, but this deftly crafted story shows that they have more in common than meets the eye. I don’t want to give too much away because this short has so many layers and I want you to enjoy peeling them back as you read just like I did.

 

The door was thrown open and Charlie only had a moment to register the wide eyes and gasp of the man in the doorway before he was hit full-force with a tumbleweed of brown fur.

 

Christmas stories are another sub-genre of MM Romance that I only read occasionally. Mainly because the holidays are a difficult time for me. Sometimes reading holiday stories gives me a jolt of the holiday spirit, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve written a couple of winter holiday stories and they are all fairly dark and angsty (even the one I tried to make as heartwarming as possible has a loaded backstory for both of the heroes 😊). Writing them is usually much easier than reading them because I do that in July. However, reading “A Reluctant Santa” was more than easy, it was a real pleasure.  If you haven’t yet, you should definitely grab your copy—read it now or save it for a day when you need some holiday cheer.

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Sometimes we fall in love by accident …

Charlie Parkingham hates the holidays. Working as a security guard for Macy’s, he sees the worst holiday shopping has to offer, so he’s glad he doesn’t have to worry about making Christmas for himself … or for anyone else. Until the day a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep.

Thomas Blake won’t stop until he’s made the holidays wonderful for every kid in Philadelphia. But when a grouchy neighbor returns a wrongly delivered package, Thomas knows there’s someone else who needs some holiday cheer.

Two men, one dog, and more presents than you can handle!

 

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Another inviting snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! It’s been getting chilly in my neighborhood this week–hope you’re staying warm!

This week’s snip picks up immediately where last week’s left off. You can find that one here.

We’re still in Ryan’s POV. He & Glenn are outside the restaurant where they work, & Glenn has just asked if Ryan wants to change his Halloween plans (from “nothing”). 😉

 

Glenn pushed off from the doorjamb and stepped out into the alley. “How do you feel about zombies?”

“What?” I laughed, and finally the tension I’d been holding on to since that night at Kel’s place broke. “Zombies?”

“Yeah. There’s a Zombie Walk, but first they’re going to dance in Pioneer Square.”

Oh, yeah. Glenn dancing is something I’m up for. Literally, it would seem.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Holiday Weekend, Buchanan House: Book Four

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

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Have a lovely weekend!

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