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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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?”

 

Thanks for reading!

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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.

Available only on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!

 

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Link to my snippet…

notes-723339_1920Hola Snippetteers!

I’m posting today as my alter-ego, Charli Coty. Visit me here for six sentences from a new story that should be hitting eReaders in late spring/early summer.

To find links to more snippets, visit the Rainbow Snippets FB Group. It’s a public group and everyone is welcome to join.

Have a wonderful weekend~stay warm!

onlytherose

 

#RainbowSnippets : 6 from the love interest…

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Welcome, lovers of LGBTQ+ books! Huge thank you hugs to everyone who has made it such a fun place to visit. I’ve been looking forward to the support and encouragement in your comments every week–and not only on my own posts!

Today’s snippet is from my WIP (that’s due Monday!), Book 3 in my Buchanan House series set at a queer retreat on the central Oregon coast. We’re in Brandon’s POV today (the love interest :)). Previous snippets can be found here.

Brandon sat at his desk  trying to get caught up on paperwork, but not having much luck in forcing his mind on task. His current interior monologue centered on why he’d hidden out at his mom’s on his days off instead of going back to the camp and pursuing Kyle. He and Minnie had both enjoyed the conversation and the cribbage and her garden had needed attention she wasn’t up to giving it anymore, so at the time it hadn’t seemed like hiding out. Hindsight forced him to question his motives.

Why? A hookup is a hookup and that’s all it was, all it was supposed to be, wrap your mind around that, Smith.

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the Rainbow Sinppets FB group for more links to great fiction. The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.

If you know of any readers who would be interested please feel free to link them to the group on Facebook–the more the merrier. You don’t have to post a snippet to be a part of the community!

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An inappropriate smile…

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Welcome, lovers of LGBTQ+ books! It’s that time again, when writers and bloggers share 6 sentences of fiction or a book rec.

It’s been a long week, i hope you’re enjoying the weekend (or whatever day you happen to read this :)).

I’ve been sharing from book three of my first-ever series, the Buchanan House Love Stories, and yesterday i learned the audio version of book #1 has finished production! It’s surreal to listen to my words in the hands of a professional voice actor! In about three weeks Buchanan House should hit Audible. Stay tuned for updates…if you like audio books.

Now for the reason you visited in the first place. We’re back with Kyle today; I’ll be snippeting from BH#3 until i make that deadline on Feb. 1 and maybe a bit longer. This is the third bit of BH#3; if you missed any and want to catch up you can find them all here.

Today’s follows directly after last week’s; Kyle’s just thought about how his friends are going to be setting him up with “someone nice” over the long weekend. Please squint while you read, so the creative punctuation and unedited prose won’t hurt your eyes.:)

 

A smile spread across Kyle’s features even as he tried to keep a handle on it; he was at a funeral, and the only non-white person in attendance so he already stuck out without an inappropriate smile on his face. The face that was a perfect replica of his father’s—Kenzou Shimoda—even though Kyle’s mother had been French Canadian and Irish.

A deep voice called out softly for Paulie, breaking into Kyle’s thoughts of his mother.

“Brandon?” Paulie sounded surprised as he extended a hand toward the Lincoln City police officer. Brandon Smith wasn’t in uniform, but even if Kyle hadn’t known what he did for a living Brandon’s posture spoke of strict discipline and hyper-alertness.

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the Rainbow Sinppets FB group for more links to great fiction. The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back whenever the mood strikes.

If you know of any readers who would be interested please feel free to link them to the group on Facebook–the more the merrier. You don’t have to post a snippet to be a part of the community!

onlytherose

BH#3, the snippetry continues…

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Welcome, lovers of LGBTQ+ books! It’s been overwhelmingly gratifying to see how fast interest in the #RainbowSnippets group has grown. Huge thank you hugs to everyone who’s participated! I’ve been looking forward to the support and encouragement in your comments every week.

If you know of any readers who would be interested please feel free to link them to the group on Facebook–the more the merrier. You don’t have to post a snippet to be a part of the community!

We’re back with Kyle today; I’ll be snippeting from BH#3 until mid-Feb at least. Last time i shared the opening, if you missed it you can find it here. For today’s i’ve skipped a few sentences to get closer to the fun part of Chapter One. The funeral is over but Kyle and Paulie haven’t left yet. Paulie’s just scanned the remaining faces, obviously looking for someone in particular.

 

Kyle had a moment to wonder if Paulie was disappointed or only preoccupied before a familiar form separated from the slow procession toward the parking lot. Kyle knew Paulie’s invitation to spend the weekend at Buchanan House was meant to hide a set-up, but he couldn’t bring himself to be upset about it. Ever since Paulie and Nathan’s wedding six weeks before, he’d been waiting for it. Three boutonnieres and a wedding bouquet hitting him square in the chest turned out to be a signal even he couldn’t fail to notice. It looked like all of Kyle’s friends knew he wanted to find someone nice.

Ha, someone nice. How many times have I heard that in the past year?

 

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to visit the Rainbow Sinppets FB group for more links to great fiction. The gang posts throughout the weekend, so check back a few times if you can.

onlytherose

A new WIP for #RainbowSnippets

511001645Hello and Happy Holidays, snippet lovers!

Welcome to my Rainbow Snippets post. In case you haven’t heard, RS is a group on Facebook where authors and bloggers get together on the weekends to share six sentences of fiction or a book recommendation. You’re officially invited to become a member of the group, to post or to read the weekly snippets, or both. It’s a laid-back group (it runs on West Coast US time, so it kind of has to be ;))–members leave links to their snippets on the pinned post and everyone hops around reading when they’re able.

This week i’m posting from a new story because it’s on deadline and i need the encouragement. 🙂 If accepted this will be the third book in my Buchanan House series (technically the 4th, but more on that later), in which Kyle Shimoda gets tortured for about 200 pages on his quest to find someone nice and settle down. These are the first six sentences, unedited and rife with creative punctuation, so please squint a little while you’re reading.

Kyle reminded himself for the tenth time (at least) that he stood graveside at a stranger’s funeral for Paulie. Even though the mere thought of a funeral made his skin crawl, if Paulie needed an escort Kyle would push his own feelings aside and be there for him.

Dwelling on that felt better than the knowledge that attending a funeral was better than what he would’ve been doing otherwise—playing second fiddle at Puddle Jumper or dancing with any man who didn’t say no and hoping he wouldn’t turn out to be another dead end. Not that Kyle would be dancing and drinking in the middle of the day. His life had been reduced to work and sleep, with increasingly smaller portions of fun sprinkled in.

Valentine’s Day was last weekend; get over it already.

 

Thanks for reading!

To find links to more snippets, visit the Rainbow Snippets FB Group. It’s a public group and everyone is welcome to join. Have a lovely weekend!

RSMMmed

 

A few more sentences won’t hurt…

Hola Snippetteers!

Here’s another bit from SB, it picks up right where last week’s left off. We’re still in Ezra’s POV, so the “he” is Red. The usual caveat to squint while reading (and ignore the creative punctuation :)) applies.

 

He always wore nice button-down shirts, in videos or going to the Mini Mart in Drop—jewel-tone red, purple, black—that looked like silk.

“Where are you headed?”

“Nowhere, just out driving.”

Even in the dark I could see his brilliant smile; he probably paid good money for that whiteness. I couldn’t see his long black hair or whether he was clean shaven or had that short patch of beard he sometimes wore on his chin, but the smile did me in on its own.

“Where are you headed out here on foot in the middle of the night?” Red asked.

“Home.” A few steps closer won’t hurt. Maybe.

 

Thanks for reading, and for the “on sub” luck! *fingers still crossed*

Let me know what you think in the comments, and then head over to the Snippet Sunday group on Facebook for links to more snippets!

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