A #NaNo snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! It’s been a spectacular fall day in the Pacific Northwest, and is about to become a freezing fall night! I’m writing this from my desk in what some folx might call their dining room & I just made new NaNo words for the 2nd day in a row! I’m on fiah! *lol*

My NaNo project (the first one, I’m doing 2 or maybe 3 small projects this year) is a 5 year anniversary short in the Buchanan House world & so far I’m having a ton of fun with it! It’s almost drafted now & I think it’ll end up being about 11-12K. It’s almost 30 whole pages long so I’ll share a little bit.

This is cryptic (& also first draft material, so squint while you read so you won’t hurt your head :)) but how much can one honestly give away in 6 sentences? Even if they do go a bit over… This is a convo between Derek (he starts) and Tim.

 

“What did he say? Did he try to talk you out of it?”

“No. He said thank you.”

“That’s all he said? Thank you?” Derek’s eyes narrowed and he studied Tim for a short moment. “Does that sound like him?”

 

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The Buchanan House Love Stories

Buchanan House, a queer retreat on the Central Oregon coast, welcomes everyone under the rainbow. A diverse group of characters touch each other’s lives—sometimes to stay, sometimes just while they’re needed—enjoying good food, friendship, and the chance for love. In the Buchanan House Love Stories family doesn’t always mean blood and everyone deserves a happily ever after.

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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.

 

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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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An inviting snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! Today I’m feeling the season—I cleared all the dying plants from my deck & replaced them with some pretty chrysanthemums in purple and daisy-white!

In keeping with this Autumn kind of day, I’m snipping from Holiday Weekend. Over the next few weeks I’ll share Ryan & Glenn’s Halloween. This first bit is from Ryan’s POV, which is probably obvious. 😊

 

Two days before Halloween, Glenn cornered me in the alley at the end of our shift. I had taken out the trash, and when I turned to go inside, Glenn was leaning in the doorway.

“What are you doing for Halloween?”

Damn, even that sounded naughty. “Nothing.”

“You feel like changing those plans?”

 

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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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A Release Day Snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet!

Today is the official release day for The Pinch of the Game–or should I say re-release day! For the first time, it’s available in KU, in plenty of time for Halloween. If you like noir & fiction where the romance is the subplot, you might enjoy this novella.

Now for the snippet. This is almost right after the last one, which you can find here. Jeffrey is waking up the next day, still in the Motel6 & still with Mike, but everything else has changed.

I opened my eyes and they hurt. They didn’t work right either. Everything was blurry, and the colors seemed off somehow. Probably a concussion. Stretched out on my back on the floor was never a good way to wake up. All at once everything snapped into focus—what had happened, and to whom it had happened—and I hyperventilated until I was afraid of passing out again.

“Hey. You awake?”

“Michael?”

“No. It’s Santa Claus.”

He answered too fast for me to dwell on the strange voice that came out with my answer. Whoever’s mouth I was speaking out of. If I dared move, I might’ve kissed him.

 

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Cover art with buy linkBeing a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.

Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.

Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.

Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.

Have a lovely weekend!

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An autumn inspired snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet! Today’s snip is inspired by my favorite season, Autumn, which is almost here!

This is from Tiny House, Buchanan House: Book Two. Nathan has just brought Paulie to see the tiny house he’d had built and they’re going up into the bedroom loft.

 

He gave Paulie a few minutes to look around, and then Nathan gestured toward the ladder. He stood beside it and waited for Paulie to climb up first.

When Paulie made it within a few steps of the top, he stopped. “Oh. Oh, Nathan, this is….”

He let Paulie take in the view and then climbed up behind him as far as he could. “I’m hoping for a grander panorama after the leaves fall.”

Paulie continued to the top of the ladder and sat on the foot of the bed, still looking out the picture window. The trees were a mixture of fir and alder, and moonlight on the water glittered between them as they swayed in the breeze. Nathan had been worried Paulie would try to stand at the top and hit his head, but it hadn’t even been close.

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Tiny House, Buchanan House: Book Two

Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.

Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.

 

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A Friday the 13th inspired snippet…

Hello & welcome to my snippet!

This week I’m excerpting from my newly re-released story The Pinch of the Game. I was going to have a flash sale only on Friday the 13th, but I think I’ll extend it through the weekend, just because I can. It’s one of the perks of being 100% self-published—I get to decide when my books are on sale. 😊 I also get to decide where they’re on sale & this one is only on PayHip through September!

Pinch was written in 2015, after a conversation with two readers and a flash fiction contest. I was chatting with a couple of readers about books we’d read lately, and about our love for action and paranormal, and one of them said she really wanted books where the romance was a subplot. So that’s what this is. It’s an action noir with a little love and sex on the side.

In this snip, we’re in a Motel6 in Michael’s POV and our two heroes indulged in some sexy-times that ended with Michael handcuffed to the TV. Two baddies burst in and did some big magick on Jeffrey while Michael had to hang out and watch. The little girl referenced is the one who did the magick. “Sally” is Sal, the owner of the card club who’d sent Michael to bring Jeffrey to him for a “meeting” about his magickal winning streak and Bennie is one of his goombahs.

Sorry about all the names, and the length, I just really wanted to post this snip. 😊

 

I stopped trying to get loose. Benny froze too, and for no reason that made sense, he looked like he was waiting for a field goal to sail sixty yards and split the uprights. The smile that crawled across his face made me wish I could take a step back through the wall and disappear.

“You did it.”

“Of course I did it, dumbshit.” It was Jeff’s voice—his honeyed voice that I never should’ve listened to—but the little girl’s words. Not-Jeff stood and stretched, ran both hands over his chest and ass. He gave his dick a squeeze through his jeans and laughed. “Fuck yeah, I did it.”

Benny was on his way toward me, gun in hand, when not-Jeff stopped laughing.

“Leave him. A maid will find him in the morning, with his pecker hanging out, with her. He’ll get locked up, and Sally will take care of things when it suits him.”

 

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Cover art with buy linkBeing a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.

Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.

Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.

Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.

Have a lovely weekend!

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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.

 

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A tasty dish of a snippet…

Hello Snippetteers! I’m early this week, which is what a week off that includes some social time and a bunch of hermiting gets me.<3

The month of August has been a busy one and this weekend will continue that theme when I head out to celebrate Bookstore Romance Day in my old neighborhood! You could probably find an event near you by searching the hashtag. ❤

This snip is from the recently re-released Buchanan House (the first in the series 😊). It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and Eric and Nathan are watching Tim come out of the ocean after surfing. It’s more than six sentences, but I couldn’t find a good snip that fit the limit. I’ll go back to following the rules later. Maybe. 😉

 

Eric thought he should stop spying on Tim but couldn’t bring himself to lower the binoculars. Tim seemed more relaxed than he was at Buchanan House, his walk more athletic, graceful. On workdays, Tim wore comfortable, almost loose jeans, and T-shirts either under a flannel or over a thermal. He almost looked like a different man. Eric had tried to get a feel for what the body beneath the clothes looked like, without being caught staring, but hadn’t enjoyed the level of success he’d hoped for. After seeing Tim in a wetsuit, Eric knew his fumbling guesses hadn’t even been close. The suit clung to Tim’s broad shoulders and chest, tapering to trim hips, only to bulge again over his defined thigh muscles. He looked like a god.

“Mm-mm-mmm. That is a tasty dish.” Nathan bumped his shoulder into Eric’s.

Before Eric could respond to Nathan’s teasing, Tim unzipped the top of his wetsuit. Eric stood, transfixed, as Tim peeled the top half from his body and let it hang around his waist like the bib on a pair of overalls. It was like watching a live-action ad for Men’s Fitness. Tim’s upper body was sculpted to lean perfection—he looked strong and athletic, but not bulky. His hair sent drops of water sliding down his chest, and Eric thought about licking the salt water from his warm skin, peeling the rest of the wetsuit away, and—

Nathan’s soft laughter interrupted Eric’s fantasy.

 

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Buchanan House & Pride Weekend are available in a single volume (for less than the first edition of Buchanan House sold alone), only at Amazon!

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Every ending is a beginning…

Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie Nathan pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.

Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings and over the months leading to opening weekend Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach weren’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend. 

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Plan B?

Hello Snippetteers! I finally have a desk in my “new” home that’s set aside just for writing & related fun. The corner of my dining room is pretty spare at the moment, but hopefully that won’t last long & I’ll be able to decorate it in a way the cats will tolerate (one of my guys likes to pull things off shelves & walls! :)) AND get some writing done!

This snip is from the recently re-released Buchanan House (the first in the series 😊). It’s opening weekend and the weather isn’t cooperating for the outdoor activities they’d had planned. Eric has just asked what Nathan has in mind to entertain the guests.

 

The kitchen door opened, and a deep voice projected easily to where Eric stood. “Yes, what is Plan B?”

Nathan shivered, but when he turned to Shane St. Cloud, only the hostess with the mostest in him showed. “Shane. I thought we’d start off with a movie sing-along, and watch some fireworks on the big screen starting at Dark O’clock Eastern Time.”

“What movie are we singing?”

The pure delight on Shane’s face prompted Nathan to start the movie sing-along sooner rather than later.

 

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Every ending is a beginning…

Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie Nathan pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.

Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings and over the months leading to opening weekend Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach weren’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.

 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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A Happy Pride Snippet!

Hello and welcome to my snippet! It’s been a while but I think I remember how this is supposed to work. 😀

In honor of Pride Month, here’s a little snippet from Always Forward! Never Straight, in which Cay and Bry are making plans for after the Festival grounds have closed. We’re in Cay’s POV and the first line is his.

 

“I have Mac until six. After that, how about we go dancing?”

He laughed and rested both hands on my hips. “I’m not much of a dancer.”

“I don’t care.” I leaned in to whisper in his ear, and he shivered. “I want to rub against you for a couple of hours and then go somewhere and get naked.”

 

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Love isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Baxter Bryan is the nerdy half of BaxCo, a start-up in Portland’s Silicon Forest creating cutting-edge high-tech toys. He’s also a hermit. When BaxCo sponsors the Portland Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Bryan decides to break out of his comfort zone and do more than listen to the music with a beer in hand. The race has barely started when he bumps into a fit, handsome man, causing sparks to fly. But the long hours needed to make BaxCo a success aren’t the only reason Bryan spends most of his time alone in his apartment.

Cay Nissen runs every day to stay in shape. He would love to run away from his job in a Silicon Forest cube farm, but keeps returning to support his teenaged daughter. His true love is music. Cay writes songs for the band he helped form in high school but doesn’t see any way to turn music into a career. The half marathon seemed like a decent way to pass a Saturday, make his boss happy, and catch a performance of his old band all at the same time. When he meets a man who sparks his interest, the safety of his cubicle isn’t the only part of his life that’s in jeopardy of changing.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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