I’m the guest again!

christmas-retro26-01-111413-537Today I’m visiting Skylar M. Cates, talking about the inspiration for Ian Bowen from “Toy Run.”

If you stop by don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter–it’s ending on Friday! The ‘copter is loaded with five prizes: a hand knit hat, a $10 credit to the Dreamspinner store, one ebook copy of “Toy Run”, a signed paperback of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, and one winner’s choice of ebook from my backlist!

The post is here. Thanks for having me, Skylar! 🙂

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I’m flashing over on Kim Fielding’s blog!

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Check out a bit of flash fiction, featuring Ian from “Toy Run”, and enter my Rafflecopter!

http://www.kfieldingwrites.com/please-welcome-charley-descoteaux/

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Goin’ Indie… for free!

Not long ago I got the rights back to my first-ever (published) Male-Male romantic fiction. I wasn’t sure what to do with it… or if I would do anything with it. It’s a short story I originally wrote for an anthology call. It features two of my all-time favorite characters so I didn’t want to abandon it.

So I found a sweet cover, gave it a quick polish and a new title, and tried my hand at self-publishing. Since it’s the holidays, and I love giving presents, this week it’s free on ARe and Smashwords!

Comfort 1600X2400How much love does it take to heal the wounds of hate?

Sam and Charlie have been together over a decade, and their commitment to each other has only grown stronger through the years. But love isn’t always easy, and eighteen months after a violent assault, their relationship is struggling. Charlie can’t shake the lingering fear of attracting more violence by displaying affection, and he’s angry at himself for not getting past it. Sam would do anything to help Charlie feel better—if only he knew what to do.

The century-old farmhouse in Northwest Oregon is the perfect place to spend the holidays with Sam’s family, but it was their refuge after the attack, and it still holds painful memories of those difficult first months. Christmas should be a joyful time, but even being surrounded by people who love him isn’t enough to make Charlie feel safe. They agreed not to exchange gifts but Sam has a surprise planned that he hopes will make everything merry and bright. But he may end up more surprised than Charlie.

Get your FREE copy by December 7th!

          All Romance eBooks                   Smashwords

This is a Second Edition, previously published by Etopia Press as “Comfort and Joy,” 2012.

Cover Artist: Alchemy Book Covers and Design

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I’m the guest!

christmas-retro26-01-111413-537Today I’m visiting Tempeste O’Riley’s blog. Ian Bowen from “Toy Run” is with me, and he’s talking about a holiday memory and his favorite cookie recipe.

If you stop by don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter–it’s loaded with five prizes: a hand knit hat, a $10 credit to the Dreamspinner store, one ebook copy of “Toy Run”, a signed paperback of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, and one winner’s choice of ebook from my backlist!

The post is here. Thanks for having me, Tempe! 🙂

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Holiday #Giveaway and Backlist Book Bump!

christmas-retro26-01-111413-537Happy Black Friday!

If you’re reading this on Black Friday I’m sleeping… or writing, or maybe watching a movie… but I’m not shopping. I’m being lazy and saving my money for Shop Small Saturday, in which I will spend way too much money at a LYS (Local Yarn Shop, for you non-knitters out there :)).

Thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled blog posts I’m doing all of those things AND launching my holiday giveaway! I love tech. 😀

Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter:
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And here’s what you could score:

#1: Hand Knit Snowflake Hat

#2: $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press

#3: ebook copy of “Toy Run”

#4: signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

#5: ebook of choice from my catalog

The hat was a blast to knit–i made it a little large, which means you can wear it slouchy or pulled down over your ears for maximum coverage, with the cuff folded or flat! You could even give it to that special melon-head in your life (believe me, I know how difficult it can be to find a hat large enough to cover one’s overly-large noggin). 🙂

The Rafflecopter will make the rounds for three weeks. Winners will be announced December 20th on my blog.

While the Rafflecopter makes the rounds, it’ll come with bits and bobs from my holiday story “Toy Run”. I’ll be sharing excerpts, some flash fiction, backstory, and whatever else knocks loose along the way.

Where and When:

Nov. 29: Tempeste O’Riley

Dec. 1: Grace R. Duncan

Dec. 8: Jana Denardo

Dec. 10: Kim Fielding

Dec. 11: Amber Kell

Dec. 16: Anne Barwell

Dec. 18: Skylar Cates

 

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Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Toy Run is available to purchase from Dreamspinner Press.

 

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Things I’m Thankful For

  1. Decent health for both me and Kiddo.
  2. My new Evil[-ish] Day Job
  3. Editors and publishers who don’t hate my stories and my writing.
  4. My warm cat.
  5. I can afford decent food.

 

This year, I donated the money I would’ve used to buy a traditional holiday dinner to the Oregon Food Bank. Instead of turkey and all the trimmings (and all the work and all the clean up…) we’re only having our very favorite parts of the feast. Kiddo chose special French toast for breakfast, and pie; I chose whipped potatoes and gravy. With a side of Stove Top stuffing.

Yes, I said Stove Top. From a box. My gravy comes out of a jar.

I’m donating the time I would’ve spent cooking to my Kiddo.

And to the 49ers, but I’m sure Kiddo will appreciate it more. 🙂

Whatever you celebrate and however you do it, I hope you have a blast this weekend.

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Holiday #Giveaway and Backlist Book Bump!

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I won’t have a new holiday story out this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get into the holiday spirit! This year I’m going retro–as in a backlist book bump giveaway. Along with some new goodies.

Everybody likes to get presents, and since I can’t send fudge or Mexican Wedding Cakes through the tubes, I’ll have to settle for less tasty gifts.

 

#1: Hand Knit Snowflake Hat

#2: $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press

#3: ebook copy of “Toy Run”

#4: signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

#5: ebook of choice from my catalog

The hat was a blast to knit–i made it a little large, which means you can wear it slouchy or pulled down over your ears for maximum coverage, with the cuff folded or flat! You could even give it to that special melon-head in your life (believe me, I know how difficult it can be to find a hat large enough to cover one’s overly-large noggin). 🙂

The Rafflecopter will make the rounds for three weeks beginning on Black Friday. Winners will be announced December 20th on my blog.

While the Rafflecopter makes the rounds, it’ll come with bits and bobs from my holiday story “Toy Run”. I’ll be sharing excerpts, some flash fiction, and backstory, and whatever else knocks loose along the way.

Where and When:

Nov. 29: Tempeste O’Riley

Dec. 1: Grace R. Duncan

Dec. 8: Jana Denardo

Dec. 10: Kim Fielding

Dec. 11: Amber Kell

Dec. 16: Anne Barwell

Dec. 18: Skylar Cates

Rafflecopter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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“Toy Run” by Charley Descoteaux

Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Toy Run is available to purchase from Dreamspinner Press.

 

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Happy Halloween Eve!

I’m not sure what these guys are supposed to be, but whatever it is–I like it!

Happy Thursday, kids!

Play nice out there and don’t eat all the candy before Friday. 🙂

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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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