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Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsCheck me out at Brynn Stein’s for her Monday Meets feature! I’m talking about the real birds in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, and brought an exclusive excerpt too!

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An inviting little snippet…

Gold gay sex symbol linked with rainbow heart.Happy Caturday!

I hope you had a fabulous week. I love summertime in the Pacific Northwest—we had a little rain, a little sunshine, and it hasn’t been over 80 degrees once. 🙂 It won’t last, but that’s okay too.

Last week’s snippet was pretty intense, so I thought I’d lighten things up a little this week. A few hours after Phil cut his hang-out time with Lee short, he goes out into the backyard and sees a sheet of paper flapping in the breeze. Technically, this is only 8 sentences because there’s no period after Lee signed his name…

 

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.

 

Thanks for reading!

 I’m back in full-on snippet mode this weekend. Check out all the amazing authors who participate, via Seductive Studs & Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and 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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No birds were harmed in the writing of this snippet

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Here’s another snippet from my upcoming novel, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. I’ve skipped a couple sentences ahead from last time, and the kiss that tasted of hot chocolate. We’re still in Phil’s POV, but the first dialogue is Lee’s.

 

“You really had me going there for a minute; I was afraid you were snapping pictures of your neighbor girls in various stages of undress. Wouldn’t that be a drag? I mean, I’d probably have a black eye right now, right?” Lee laughed.

Phil cut Lee’s melodious laughter short when he jumped up and grabbed his camera and tripod, then cradling them in his arms, he stumbled backward, toward the house. “I-I g-gotta g-go.”

He heard Lee behind him—calling out but not getting any closer—and then he was inside, his feet pounding down the concrete steps. He barely made it to the safety behind his door before the panic gripped him so hard he could barely breathe through the terror.

 

 Thanks for reading!

This week I’m only participating in two of my usual snippet groups—Seductive Studs & Sirens, and Snippet Sunday.

I’ll have a hop winner to announce sometime on Saturday which cuts me out of Weekend Writing Warriors (the snippet post has to be on top), but you can still visit and soak up the snippetry!

NestingHabitsofStrangeBirds[The]_headerbanner$1 for every pre-order of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds will go to The Trevor Project, in support of their work protecting LGBTQ youth in crisis.

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And the winner is…

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The winner of my Cover Reveal giveaway is Serena! If the email you gave to Pride Promotions is also your Dreamspinner store email, you should see a pre-order on your shelf soon. (If DsP tells me it’s not, I’ll be in touch.)

Thanks to Pride Promotions for arranging the event, all the bloggers who hosted me, and everyone who checked out my gorgeous cover! Pre-orders are slowly trickling in, which is so cool! Don’t forget, every pre-order is a donation to The Trevor Project, to support their crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Oh, one more thing, until the 20th, everything in the Dreamspinner store is 20% off… even pre-orders. 🙂

 

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Double Digits!

Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsThe pre-order tally for The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds hit double digits today! Thanks bunches — from me and The Trevor Project. 🙂

Milestones should be celebrated, and how better to celebrate than with pretty pictures? I thought this one fit today’s theme nicely.

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Feel the heat…

Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsWelcome to the weekend, snippetteers!

This is my first weekend after starting my new day job (which is not at all evil!), and it’s the first weekend my debut novel is available for pre-order! Some of you may remember Phil and Lee—The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds is their story. Until its release on August 11 I’ll be sharing snippets from SB.

This is from the first chapter, the second time the guys meet. It’s a little over the sentence limit, but I promise to return to my conforming ways next week.

 

Two sentences. Phil couldn’t remember when he’d last gotten two sentences out just the way he’d intended. He smiled and raised his eyes to Lee’s. They seemed to mirror what he was feeling. Relief; happiness; desire. The next thing he knew, Lee’s lips brushed his lightly. Phil trembled but didn’t pull away.  Pride in his perfect speech along with the giddy feeling inspired by Lee’s smile allowed Phil to give in to desire, just for a moment, to take a chance it would end well. Lee leaned toward him, but not so their shoulders touched, and kissed him just a few seconds longer. He kept his mouth almost completely closed, but Phil tasted a hint of hot chocolate. Or maybe the heat came from Lee.

 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’d like to read more about The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, click here. I’ll donate $1 to The Trevor Project for every pre-order, to support their crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth!

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Cover Reveal!

BirdsBadgeOrangeQToday Pride Promotions and a bunch of wonderful bloggers hosted my new cover on their sites. I was at the day job, which is not evil except in the sense that I’m out of touch with the tubes all day, so it’ll take me a while to make it to every stop. If you want to check it out, click the pic, or follow one of the many links below.

Through August 10th, I’ll donate $1 to The Trevor Project for every pre-order through the Dreamspinner store. If you check out a tour stop, you’ll find out why. 🙂

I’m so in love with this cover–the amazing DW Skinner took the photograph, the fabulous Paul Richmond did the layout, and the gorgeous models (MJ and Ian) looked extra-fine in this shoot.

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Tour Stops:

Parker Williams, Hearts on Fire, Emotion in Motion, Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Jade Crystal, Smoocher’s Voice, Full Moon Dreaming, Lee Brazil, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Iyana Jenna, Amanda C. Stone, Tara Lain, Redz World, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Fallen Angel Reviews, Romance the Night, Velvet Panic, Kimi-Chan, The Hat Party, MM Good Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Lee Brazil, Decadent Delights, Havan Fellows, Kimber Vale, EE Montgomery, Michael Mandrake, Cate Ashwood, Dawn’s Reading Nook

 

Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

“Your pictures, they’re amazing.” Lee said, his voice calm and steady and filled with sincere awe. “What’s this in her beak?”

Lee carefully scrolled forward, and Phil realized Lee had thumbed through all the pictures from that morning and some from last evening as well. He’d been out of it longer than he thought.

“It’s a spiderweb. Hummingbirds use them to build their nests.”

Two sentences. Phil couldn’t remember when he’d last gotten two sentences out just the way he’d intended. He smiled and raised his eyes to Lee’s. They seemed to mirror what he was feeling. Relief; happiness; desire. The next thing he knew, Lee’s lips brushed his lightly. Phil trembled but didn’t pull away.  Pride in his perfect speech along with the giddy feeling inspired by Lee’s smile allowed Phil to give in to desire, just for a moment, to take a chance it would end well. Lee leaned toward him, but not so their shoulders touched, and kissed him just a few seconds longer. He kept his mouth almost completely closed, but Phil tasted a hint of hot chocolate. Or maybe the heat came from Lee.

“Whoa,” Lee sighed as much as said.

Pre-order The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5271

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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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A gloriously horrible snippet!

hummingbird medium_7952552148This is my last weekend of freedom, so in addition to writing my ass off on the PNR (henceforth to be known as The Color Story), I’m posting two snippets! This one is from the Contemporary Romance currently on sub to Dreamspinner, and over on my YA blog will be another bit from the YA.

This story is tentatively titled The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds—and yes, there are actual birds involved. The scene is near the beginning, it’s my MC Phil’s first “date” with Lee. You may remember these guys, but if not you can find snippets here and here.

Set-up:  Phil just watched the last few songs played by the metal band Lee’s in. They’re walking to Lee’s car to stash his guitar so they can get coffee—’cuz they’re in Portland and that’s what we do. 🙂

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?” He sounded so proud.

 Thanks for reading!

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6ad08-wewriwa_buttonFor more snippets head to the usual haunts: Seductive Studs and Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday!

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