A de-licious snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! I hope you’re well & happy on this lovely Caturday!

I’m starting to settle into my pandemic routine—it doesn’t feel quite so shocking to wipe down groceries or work with what’s available on (mostly-empty) store shelves instead of planning my usual meals. Shelter-in-place isn’t as difficult for me as it would be for an extrovert, but it’s still taken some getting used to.

Not only do I have a snippet this week, but I’m also working on a winter holiday story & finalizing my anniversary short in the Buchanan House series. It feels great to be having fun with my writing again!

This week’s snip is from Silken Ropes. For some strange reason, this will be my first time snippetting from it since its re-release! March was much busier than I’d planned!

This is the second time Ross has been to the club, and it has an extra sentence—it’s only one word, and I thought the snip would be incomplete without it. 😊

 

Ross emerged into another large room, this one decorated in emerald green with all the tassels and candles and richly gleaming metals he’d come to expect. A small group of people lounged on what looked like a sectional sofa covered in green velvet, watching something beyond Ross’s field of vision around a corner. He moved as quietly as he could to get a look at the scene. A slim young man stood in the center of a small stage that appeared to be surfaced in thick, hard rubber. What Ross could see of his bare chest shone in the spotlight that was trained on him, his hands were bound behind his back with a short bar between them, and he was blindfolded. All he wore was a black thong. De-licious.

 

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Silken Ropes

The best cure for a broken heart is a Shibari artist.

It took Ross Jensen ten months to lose 98 pounds, but the day he makes Lifetime in Weight Watchers he loses another 220 in an instant when his boyfriend dumps him. He’d never heard of a “chubby chaser,” but he’d been living with one for a year. Ross’s BFF offers him her guest room and drags him out to her favorite sex club. He’s hoping for a little action—or at least a distraction.

When Miles Shigihara is not busy designing meditation gardens, he practices Shibari. He’s looking forward to a relaxing evening at his club, but is captivated by first-timer Ross. Miles doesn’t hesitate to approach Ross and treat him—and a small audience—to a steamy scene.

Irresistible chemistry and a shared love of ropes draws them together, but Ross will need to leave his body issues behind and get comfortable discussing his boundaries if he’s to have a future with the man who’s managed to tie his heart in knots.

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A Valentine’s Day Snippet!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I don’t have many relevant passages in my books (because I’m not a huge fan of the holiday, to be honest), but I do have this one from Buchanan House. This is Eric and Nathan just moving in. It’s only 6 sentences too!

 

By horrible coincidence they arrived, Nathan’s car packed to the brim with their belongings and cleaning supplies in hand, on Valentine’s Day.

“I’m famished,” Nathan announced before he’d even turned off the car. “Our first project will be cleaning the kitchen and making lunch.”

“Okay. Once we’ve finished cleaning, I’ll call one of those handyman guys we found. Handymen?”

 

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Buchanan House

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 snippet with goose bumps…

Here’s another snip from Nesting Habits, my newly re-released New Adult MM Romance novel.

The guys are in Phil’s Jeep, going to a state park so he can take pictures of herons nesting. This is in Lee’s point of view and he’s…a little distracted by the view.

 

Phil made a quiet sound, like he was exasperated, but Lee was having a hard time concentrating. Every time Phil moved his hands or turned the wheel, Lee broke out in goose bumps. He wished Phil would take off his long-sleeved denim shirt so he could watch the muscles in his arms. The collar of a robin’s egg blue T-shirt peeked out at his neck, so he could take off the outer shirt and if he felt cold, there was always the heater…. Lee snapped out of his own head when Phil cut him a strange sideways look. Must’ve been caught staring. At least there wasn’t any drool on the front of his shirt.

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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A tension-filled snippet…

Hello snippetteers & Happy Caturday!

This week’s snip from Nesting Habits is after the one from last week (click here to read it). Phil & Lee have left the concert venue and gone to a little coffeehouse to hang out. Phil took photos at the show and he’s just turned on the view screen and handed the camera to Lee.

 

Lee took it with his empty hand and rested it on his thighs, the lens parting them just so. Phil felt the heat of being stuck in a long-sleeved shirt even though March didn’t seem to be going out like a lamb. Lee paged through the shots and made the half cookie disappear at the same time. When he licked cookie crumbs from his fingers, Phil had to work not to sigh out loud. Lee grinned and looked up, and Phil knew he wasn’t hiding that he wanted to be on the receiving end of that tongue. Those fingers weren’t turning him off either.

 

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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A “horrible” snippet…

Hello snippetteers & Happy New Year!

I’m snipping from Nesting Habits again this week. The snip is a little long because I couldn’t find a cool one that was shorter. Maybe next week I’ll search earlier, instead of after work when I’m hungry!

Last week Lee invited Phil to see his band play. You can read that snip here. This one is after the show on their way to grab some coffee.

 

They walked side by side. Phil wanted to watch every muscle and memorize the way they moved but already felt out of his depth, so he kept his eyes forward. Mostly. They rounded the building, and Lee gently bumped his arm against Phil’s shoulder.

“So, what’d you think of the music?”

Phil shivered with the effort to keep from laughing out loud. “It was horrible.”

Lee made a loud questioning sound and turned to walk sideways beside Phil. “You’d better be smiling when you say that.”

“Oh, I w-was.”

“It was pretty horrible, wasn’t it?” Lee sounded so proud.

“You’re a rock star. But yeah, h-horrible.”

 

 

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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A distracted snippet…

Hi all! Hope you had a great week last week–whether you celebrated a holiday, had some extra time off, or didn’t do anything special at all!

I’m snipping from my new [re-] release this week, Nesting Habits. It’s taken me about six months to get it back out into the world after getting my rights back from the previous publisher (that shall not be named but you know who it is). That seemed like a VERY long time, but also as though it was only a moment ago that I was a hybrid author. Being 100% indie has been challenging to say the least! I’m hoping it gets easier. 2020 will be a make-or-break year for my “writing career,” at least in MM Romance, so we’ll see what happens.

This snip is in Chapter One & starts with a note Lee leaves for Phil the 2nd time they meet.

Hey Phil,

Thanks for letting me see your pictures. You’re an amazing photographer.

My band’s playing Sunday night. It’s not as amazing as pictures of a hummingbird using spiderwebs to build a nest, but I hope you’ll come to Backspace around 8 anyway. I’ll leave your name at the door so you won’t have a cover.

See you!

Lee Redding

Phil tried to remember if Lee said what kind of band he played in, but he’d been too distracted by the way his T-shirt stretched across his shoulders and the skin peeking through holes in the knees of his jeans.

 

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Nesting Habits

 

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

 

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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Budget Book Rec: My top 5 places to find budget books!

This week, I thought I’d share some of the places I find the budget books that feed my reading habit. Some of these may be familiar, but hopefully at least one or two will be new!

Obviously, it’s a good idea to follow your favorite authors on social media, so you know when their books go on sale. Unfortunately, given the ever-changing world of social media, their posts might not always turn up on your timeline. It’s a good idea to have more options at the ready.

And what about new authors? Sure, everyone’s favorites put out a book a month or so, so you could subsist on a diet of those books alone. I’m sure many (many!) readers do just that. If they’re happy, then more power to them! I could never be happy doing that. For me, reading needs to have some surprises—even in Romance, where you know how it will end—I love it when the journey surprises me. Something about the story or the way it’s told, even in M/M Romance where tropes are king, has to be unexpected, or I might as well just re-read the same book over and over. And I do that sometimes—I’m a big re-reader. That strategy has the added bonus of being much cheaper than buying new books—even sale books!

Even with re-reading and following my favorites, I check out the resources below on the regular so I won’t miss out.

 

1.      Facebook Groups

If there’s a sub-genre, there’s a Facebook Group to talk about it & promote it! Find them using hashtags, by following your favorite authors (which will then lead you to new authors also posting in those groups), and letting Facebook recommend them to you. A good place to start is my group Rainbow Snippets. Many authors post from their books and WIPs, and you might get a recommendation to a new-to-you Facebook group when you visit! At the very least you’ll be able to read a few bite-sized snips of queer fiction–or maybe a few dozen, it’s different every week!

2.     Amazon Top 100 Lists

The next time you’re browsing on Amazon, check out the categories of the books you’re interested in. If you click on one of those, you’ll find two lists of Top 100 books—paid and free. I usually find something interesting on the free list, which leads me to new authors and their catalogs.

3.     Twitter hashtags

Search on sub-genre or trope or any part of the book you’re looking for! Someday I’ll put together a list of the hashtags I use. If you have any suggestions please drop them in the comments!

4.     Prolific Works

Check out their Group Giveaways on the landing page and also by genre. I have a ton of books I’ve claimed and it’s fun going through them. You never know what gems you’ll find! 😀

5.     Book Riot

Sign up for their newsletter and get deals in your inbox as often as you’d like! These are sales, usually not free books, but you’ll find any genre & sub-genre under the sun. It’s a great newsletter if you’re in the mood to break out of your comfort zone!

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Another non-holiday snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! I’m still holiday-ed out, so I’m snipping from the same story as last week. Now that it’s available again, I can tell you it’s “Better Than New.” It’s a short tie-in to my limited-release novel Nesting Habits. Loosely. Theo has a walk-on part in Nesting Habits but “Better Than New” is all his.

This picks up immediately from where last week’s left off. The first dialogue is Ben’s.

 

“No worries there. I don’t care what you did that you think was so stupid—I mean, it won’t change the way I feel about you, not that I don’t care. Besides, if you told me your stupidest moment, I’d have to tell you mine. And I don’t want to.”

“Now I’m curious. Forget to carry the one on a math test?”

 

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Better Than New

Theo, 20 year old community college student, is between two lives—his adulthood in which he’s lacking a firm career direction, and the childhood in which he wasn’t yet an amputee.

On his own in Portland, Oregon, in the past year he’s found friends, a home in the LGBT activism community, and a coffeehouse, The Broken Cup. He may have also found the man who can help him come to terms with one life so he can fully enjoy the other.

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A non-holiday snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! I’m about holiday-ed out already, so no Christmas story this weekend. Maybe by next week I’ll be back in the holiday spirit–it comes & goes! 😀

This snip is from the tie-in to my limited-release novel Nesting Habits. I don’t think it needs much intro.

 

“Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Tell the other person the worst thing you’ve ever done so you both know if they—” I realized what I was about to say and clamped my mouth shut. I think my whole body must’ve been blushing.

“Love you, even though you’re not perfect?” He ran his hand down my arm. When he reached my hand, he pulled it against his chest. His heart beat hard and fast.

 

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Another #NaNo snippet…

Hi all & Happy Holidays! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo I hope you’re meeting whatever goals you set for yourself. I set my personal goal at 25K & am happy to say I’m at about 33K over two WIPs! The first one is even completely drafted!

This snip is from my current WIP which is at 27K right now. I’m hoping to get it to 35-40 by the end of the year. I’m putting it on my calendar to release in the summer of 2020. It’s a second-chance MM Romance and if all goes as planned will be the first book in a new series.

This snip is first draft material so please squint while you read so you won’t hurt your eyes. 🙂

 

“It’s not your fault. And we do need to clear the air. Because I’m having a harder and harder time staying away from you.”

“Me too. I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like…” Quin slowly leaned forward and touched his lips to Jeremy’s. Only once and softly, just to see how it would feel, and it felt exactly as he would have expected—exactly as he had dreamed it would to have Jeremy back.

 

Thanks for reading!

I’m starting to plan the next book and am curious about what trope[s] you’re currently loving. Drop your favorite trope[s] in the comments!

 

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