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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Two giveaways!

ToyRun_FBThumbToday I’ve brought Ian and Ed to visit Brita Addams’ blog. I’m talking about long bike rides and how life and fiction differ on what that means. Stop by and tell me about the craziest thing you ever did just for fun, and maybe win a copy of “Toy Run.” You know what to do…http://britaaddams.wix.com/britaaddams#!charley-descoteaux/ci1r

IMG_7080[1]Tomorrow stop by Cup O Porn for my last pre-Christmas giveaway. Up for grabs are a copy of “Toy Run” and a cute motorcycle jacket key chain.  The zipper even works!

 

 

 

Happy Friday the 13th!

ToyRun_FBThumbToday I’m over at the ARe Cafe, talking about biker superstitions! I’ve been in & out of a few sub-groups notorious for being superstitious:  bikers, musicians, sports fans, French Canadians… 😉

It’s Friday the 13th, what’s your favorite superstition?

rainbow roseThere’s still one more day to enter the QTA Christmas Blog Hop and maybe grab one of their fabulous prizes (or one of mine!).  Check out my post here and then head over to QTA & enter the Rafflecopter.

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QTA Christmas Blog Hop!

If you’re looking for a snippet, I’m taking this weekend off.  The good news is you’re getting two excerpts for the price of 8 sentences!  Or something like that.

If you’re looking for my BTS Christmas Paws Blog Hop post, scroll down one or click here.

If you’re looking for my QTA Christmas Blog Hop post, you’re in the right place! This hop runs from Dec 8th through the 13th (EST), and the list of prizes is too large to mention!   At the end of my post is a question–follow the Rafflecopter link & you’ll find the place to enter your answer.  It’s a one-word answer, and should be an easy entry!

 The list of prizes on the QTA site is impressive, and I’m adding to it with a tiny leather saddlebag key chain for US entries (okay, the whole thing is 4″ x 2.5″) and a $5 Amazon GC for the INT crowd.

2013-12-08180328_zpsd6c2e66fHappy Holidays Hoppers!

Ian Bowen, the main character in my Dreamspinner Advent Calendar story “Toy Run” is a man of few words. So few it’s not easy to get to know the guy, so I’ve pushed him to center stage for this hop and he will share a holiday memory or the spotlight stays on. And quit that grumbling…

Okay.

*sigh* Granddad wasn’t big on holidays, except Christmas. He and his buddies always collected toys to drop off at the firehouse or went on toy runs—they’d hit two or three in the state if everyone could get the time off work.

When I was a kid, he’d cook for days—cookies and cinnamon rolls and a huge breakfast that morning. He wouldn’t let me open one present until after I ate, either, the hardass.

My favorite Christmas cookie is still pfeffernüsse—dipped in chocolate or dusted with powdered sugar…not that Granddad approved of fancying them up. Before I learned how fast he’d cave and break out the chocolate I ate a shitload of those spicy Scrabble tiles plain.

Charley wants me to share the recipe, so here it is. This recipe makes about 120 little cookies. I’m not the cook Granddad was so I can’t guarantee your results. Just don’t skimp on the chocolate or powdered sugar. The kids will thank you.

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup candied ginger or candied fruit, finely chopped

1-1/2 tsp grated lemon rind

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 pinch ground cloves

1 pinch allspice

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup icing sugar

Preparation

In large bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed until slightly thickened and light in color, about 6 minutes. Fold in candied ginger and lemon rind.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, almonds, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, ginger, cloves, allspice and salt ; stir into egg mixture with wooden spoon. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until combined.

Divide into 12 portions. Roll each portion into 10-inch rope; cut into 1-inch pieces (be careful if you want them to stay round, but they taste just as good square). Place, 1/2 inch apart, on 2 parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in center of 325°F oven for 15 minutes or until light brown. Let cool in pans for 15 minutes.

Into bowl, sift icing sugar. Roll cookies in sugar, a few at a time, to coat. Let cool on rack. (The recipe card says they’ll last for up to a month, but you’ll have to take their word on that.)

Thanks, Ian!  I know that wasn’t easy for you. 🙂

Here’s a little excerpt, and then I’ll share the links.

SUNSHINE STREAMED through the open curtains about five minutes later. At least that’s what it felt like. Ed was still dead to the world, so I helped myself to a shower and then prowled his refrigerator. That kitchen belonged to a man who was happy to stay on his property. Even with my relatively limited skills, I had a half-dozen choices of breakfast. He peeked in as I poured eggs into a skittering-hot frying pan.

He just looked at me for a long time, then walked behind me and sat in a kitchen chair. His appliances were all new, state-of-the-art, but his round oak table and the four chairs around it were as old as the house. Maybe older.

“Sleep okay?”

When he didn’t answer, I looked to make sure he wasn’t coming at me with a knife, and his face looked like Granddad’s after I fixed his bum leg for him. Only not like that at all.

Thanks for reading!

To enter the grand prize giveaway, take the answer to this question and enter it in the Rafflecopter:

Who baked Christmas cookies for Ian when he was a kid?

Don’t forget to click back to QTA and keep hopping! Each blog has a question for the Rafflecopter and a recipe to share!

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A chilly snippet!

Hello and welcome!

If you’re looking for my Black Friday giveaway either scroll down one post or click here.

A few weeks ago I said that would be the last snippet from “Toy Run,” but tonight while I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and then Shrek the Halls, the holiday spirit snuck up and smacked me upside the head. Plus, I’m cold and refuse to turn on my heater before January unless there’s snow on the ground (which there isn’t).

So welcome to another snippet featuring my holiday bikers, Ian and Ed. Actually, Ed’s not on-screen for this one but I still like it. I hope you do too.

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I think this snippet is self-explanatory, but I will say it’s in Ian’s POV. The rest of the “Toy Run” snippets are here if you’d like to read them.

THE RUN went longer than those things usually do. Went to a couple in San Francisco and from the staging area to cruising past the hospital to wave at the kids only took about three hours, give or take. Thirty miles of pavement was all there was to it.

They do things differently in Oregon. We loaded the toys onto two school buses and followed the one going to the hospital. The rest of the toys headed in the other direction to be wrapped and delivered to the kids of deployed soldiers.

Once we passed the hospital, the route felt more like a Poker Run—roughly two hundred miles through four counties. The scenery changed from woods to farmland and back again, the ice glittering in shady patches alongside the road the only constant.

snip sundayThanks for reading!

For more snippets head to the usual haunts: Seductive Studs and Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday!

If you’d like to read “Toy Run”, it’s available for pre-order now, and as a standalone beginning December 1st.

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One more and they’re in the wind!

Hello and welcome! This week I’m posting the last snippet from “Toy Run”.

Why the last? Because next weekend it’ll be November, and that means it’s Kink Month around here! Ian and Ed are cool guys, and I love them both to deathbut they’re not exactly kinky. More on that next week. Now, it’s snippet time.

6ad08-wewriwa_buttonLast week, Ian went back to Ed’s for homebrew. (Read it here if you missed it.) I’ve skipped ahead to the next morning (yeah, I’m mean that way), and Ed has just introduced Ian to his dogs. In case it’s not clear, the first dialogue is Ed’s.

They came over and checked me out, and Ed introduced them as Perry, Paul, and Della. I grinned, and he shrugged.

“The week after I moved in here, someone dumped a sack in the ditch along the main road. I watched a lot of daytime television back then.”

“Take in a lot of strays, do you?”

The dog wearing a pink tag slipped her head under my hand and leaned against my leg. I scratched her behind the ears while I avoided eye contact with Ed.

“When something good comes along, I try not to let it pass me by.”

snip sundayThanks for reading!

For more snippets head to the usual haunts: Seductive Studs and Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday!

If you’d like to read “Toy Run”, it’s available for pre-order in the Dreamspinner 2013 Advent Calendar. You can get it for a crazy sale price through October 31st, or you can pick & choose which stories you want beginning December 1st.

 

A Heartwarming snippet

Welcome to my snippet! Ian and Ed from “Toy Run” are back.

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“You expect your friend to pull in with a few of his buddies for homebrew?”

For a moment I thought Ed would laugh out loud. Instead, he slipped his jacket off and tossed it at the squat leather chair closest to him.

“Nah, in the morning he’ll bring my bike over and trade it for the truck. He knows what I’m up to tonight.”

“And what, exactly, would that be?”

He looked me over, slowly, from the wild red hair in my eyes to the scuffed toes of my boots and back up again.

“I like to set the ball rolling and see how things shake out—exactly takes all the fun out of it.”

6ad08-wewriwa_buttonOkay, I may’ve overstated things a little. I also took a couple of liberties with punctuation, so if something reads a little off that’s why.

The snippet above takes place shortly after the last one I posted, which you can find here. We last saw our heroes at the after-the-run party. I left out the part where Ed invites Ian (literally the “I” above) to his place. Thanks for reading!

For more snippets head to the usual haunts: Seductive Studs and Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday!

If you’d like to read “Toy Run”, it’s available for pre-order in the Dreamspinner 2013 Advent Calendar. Right now it’s on a crazy sale price for what you get–or you can pick & choose which stories you want starting December 1st.

A short, happy note!

Pre-ordering starts today for Dreamspinner’s 2013 Advent Calendar! It’s a little overwhelming that “Toy Run” is a part of this collection — I’m amazed to be listed alongside so many awesome authors!

My guys are older and tougher than these two, but I love this cover anyway. Especially the fire . . . now THAT reminds me of Ian and Ed. 🙂

If you’re interested in getting a story a day delivered to your DsP boookshelf throughout December, you should consider taking advantage of the pre-order price (through 10/31). This is the biggest package yet so you’ll get a fuckton of heartwarming holiday reading for your money!

Entering the home stretch!

Howdy all! Hope everyone had a fantabulous week! Mine was busybusybusy (mostly in a good way) with much writing, and thinking about writing, and talking about writing.

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This week’s snippet will be the last one from Toy Run until I find out its fate. That’ll be sometime between now and August 20th, so I’ll try to have something extra shiny next week.

This snippet is after the run, Ian’s at the end-of-run party in a hotel bar. For anyone who doesn’t know, a toy run is when a bunch of folks on bikes get together to give toys to a children’s hospital or other worthy charity. Ed is the owner of the promising dark eyes from last week.

We drank in silence until our beers were almost empty. Ed set his bottle on the bar with purpose and turned to me.

“We should head out for some of my homebrew. Better than this mass-produced shit.”

I pushed off from the bar and faced him, shrugged, and then nodded as I pushed my almost empty bottle into the track.

When he headed toward the exit I followed, a half-step behind. We were almost out the door when a tall, dark, and leather-clad man stopped Ed with a hand in the center of his chest. They just looked at each other for a long moment, and then the other guy nodded.

 Thanks for reading!

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Only seven more days to enter my Christmas in July contest and a chance at seven prizes, including six ebooks, one-of-a kind swag X 2, and two gift cards! Don’t miss out on the goodies. Check out the details here and then click one of the pix for more snippets!

Click ’em all, they’re small!

Variation on a theme

Hey gang! It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for a snippet. Welcome to everyone who followed the links to get here, from the Seductive Studs & Sirens, Weekend Writing Warriors, and Snippet Sunday groups!

After you’ve finished reading, check out my Christmas in July contest here. It’s a mini scavenger hunt with 7 prizes including ebooks, swag and gift cards. And then click on over to the lists to read more great fiction.

wewriwa_buttonSince it is Christmas in July time, these sentences are from the opening of my holiday story, Toy Run. It’s on submission right now so hopefully posting a little something from it will be lucky and it’ll be accepted for this year’s Dreamspinner Advent Calendar.

Here’s something like a blurb—both it and the snippet are unedited, but hopefully that’s only temporary.

IAN BOWEN, former physical therapist and reluctant loner, has mastered the art of bad ideas that end in quick getaways. He’s good with people too, as long as the person in question isn’t a man with an invitation in his eyes. Ian’s looking for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while, but doesn’t have much hope of finding him. Ian took to the road after the death of his grandfather who raised him, and from his base in Northern California has been through most of the western states. He rides into Oregon for a Toy Run collecting donations for the local children’s hospital and the kids of deployed soldiers and finds more than a group of charitable bikers out for a good time.

Ian stops at a diner the morning of the run and meets ED GONZALEZ, another involuntary loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. Ian’s not sure whether Ed wants to fuck him or kick his ass, but he’s sure which he’d prefer.

It was a terrible idea, riding north. For the same five hundred miles I could be in Vegas or San Diego—but terrible ideas were sort of my specialty. Besides, if it all goes to hell I’ll just keep moving. Another specialty.

I backed-up to the curb, killed the engine and sat leaning against my pack. Hours early, again. It’s not easy to arrive fashionably late when you have nowhere else to be. I flipped the helmet visor up and glare from the fog and mist made me want to flip it back down.

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to check out my contest and all the snippets!

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