Two Guys From Vancouver #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, I want to share the opening lines to Two Guys from Vancouver, my story for the Shakespeare Anthology, A Summer’s Day, coming later this year.

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Val took a long drink from the thermos, enjoying the cool bite of lemon and vodka on his tongue, the alcohol content just enough to send a pleasant tingle along limbs already lethargic from hours in the sun and sea air.

“Hey, share.”

“Sure.” Val handed over the bottle, his gaze lingering on his best friend, his heart rushing. Preston’s skin was bronzed from months in the summer sun, his board shorts hugging muscular calves and the (junk) Val knew lay hidden under the bright fabric. He wanted to lick a path down Preston’s glistening chest, knowing he’d taste of sweat and sea salt.

Preston swallowed a mouthful of the Lemon Drop and sputtered, laughing as he licked the stray drops from his lips. “Shit! That stuff’s potent.”

1598641_1577022489237896_1850253503_nBlurb:

Valentine has been watching Preston date man after man with never more than a brotherly hug for him. Finally, despairing that Preston will ever love him in return, Val moves from Vancouver, WA to Portland, OR to finish college, hoping the distance will take him out of Preston’s orbit. He ends up renting a room in a house near Portland State, and meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.

Unexpectedly, Preston follows him to Portland, leaving his lover Julian behind. Heartbroken, Julian and a friend hit the night clubs in Portland, hoping for distraction. Dressed as a woman, Julian turns lots of heads, but when Preston shows up at the same club and steals his heart yet again, Julian wonders if he should give Preston a second chance.

Silver and Valentine are at the same club, where it finally comes home to Val that Preston will never return his love. And the enigmatic Silver has disappeared onto the dancefloor. Alone and hurting, Val meets a group of men, who, after hearing his story, declare him the king of their broken hearts club. As Val toasts with them, he wonders if he’ll ever find a love of his own, or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.

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Callum’s Fate 40% off! #sale #fantasy #fae

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Wayward Ink Publishing has a huge sale this week on their fantasy-supernatural-paranormal titles, including my Callum’s Fate!

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WIP 40%   AMAZON almost 35%   ARe Books 35%

In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work.

But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.

Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae.

Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.

Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest….

Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight.

Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?

 

EXCERPT

“Hello?” he called, heart quickening. This wasn’t the deathly stillness of the bodach. It had sounded like a young woman, as lost and alone as he. He hurried forward, stumbling on the undergrowth in his haste. He skirted a particularly large rowan tree growing over the water, and spotted her when he came around the other side.

Callum’s heart jumped, then beat sluggishly with fear. A bean-nighe! Another terrible messenger of doom. The woman’s green dress blended with the forest, making her hard to see in the dim light. Flowing hair obscured her face as she bent over the creek and washed a bloodstained coat in the cold water. He didn’t have to move closer to see it was the cloak he’d lost on the moors.

Sweet Lord, she foretells my death. Callum rubbed his eyes and ran a hand through his hair, fighting the manic laughter bubbling in his chest. He had barely reached his twentieth year and his life was already forfeit.

Tears burned his eyes. “Liam?” he whispered, longing see the gruagach one more time. If he had the brave lovely man with him, he wouldn’t be so afraid to meet his fate. He whimpered when a hand touched his hip, terrified to look and see the gray form of the bodach there, come to claim his soul.

Warm, plump lips nibbled his ear. “She hasn’t seen you yet. Come away, my love.”

Callum sagged as strong arms clasped him close. He heard the beat of his lover’s heart under his ear, and Liam brushed the hair off his face and murmured words of comfort. “There, my sweet. I won’t let them hurt you.”

“I’ve been so afraid.”

“I know, my heart. I was on the moors or I would have been here sooner. Come away.”

Callum held the gruagach’s hand like a child as Liam led him from the creek. He shuddered as the woman sent up a piercing wail as if he’d already died. His lover slid an arm around his waist and his breath was warm on Callum’s cheek. “Pay her no mind. She must be confused. You seem very much alive to me.”

He glanced up to meet Liam’s descending lips. They kissed long and passionately, his darling’s tongue tasting of honey and warmth and life. His blood heated and he felt the satisfying weight as his cock responded to his lover’s firm touch through his trousers. He pulled back slightly to catch his breath and gasped in surprise, bewildered to find they stood on the edge of the forest. The muffled gurgle of the creek carried on the warm air as it passed the foot of a gnarled rowan tree into the grassland beyond.

Liam chuckled and tugged on his hand. “Only a few steps, darling.”

Callum hesitated. The moors spread outside the wall of trees, the barrows so close a chill of foreboding ran up his spine. “Why did you bring me here?” he asked, aching to be reassured. The sly glance the gruagach sent him frightened him more than anything that had come before.

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Hop for Visibility, Awareness & Equality!

hoppWelcome to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia!

With everything that’s been going on in North Carolina and Georgia lately, the issues facing our transgender community are finally being brought to light. I could go on and on about the long fight ahead for equality and healthcare, etc. But that’s not what this hop is about.

IDAHOTI’ve witnessed something recently that really gives me hope. I’ve known a certain young person for years, and since this person is still struggling and discovering their gender identity, I’ll use the name Jackie to avoid pronouns, which is a whole other topic. I’ve known Jackie long before Jackie threw off the female persona forced by society because Jackie happened to be born with a vagina and breasts. To say the least, these last two years have been difficult while Jackie struggles with depression and anxiety, but Jackie is receiving the medical aide and counseling needed.

Thank God we live in a state that already has legal rights and protection in place for our transgender youth. While this young person has been struggling with gender identity, Jackie’s been supported one hundred percent by parents and friends. They listen with concern and love to everything Jackie shares, and when they don’t have the answers for Jackie, they speak with doctors and counselors to get the help Jackie needs. Even Jackie’s school stands behind Jackie, going so far as to use the name Jackie asked to be called by, even though it’s not Jackie’s ‘real’ name, with a supportive staff and counselors on hand for whenever Jackie needs the added help.

I realize not every young person has this kind of support, but they should. Jackie’s experience shows that this is possible and is something we can work towards making a reality for everyone.

 

Thank you for joining us in this very important hop. Please comment below with your contact information. I’ll choose one winner through Random.org to have a $25 donation made in your name to a charity of your choice, whether it be The Trevor Project, Matthew Sheppard Foundation, It Get’s Better, or any charity close to your heart that supports our youth. Oh, and a $5 ARe Books Gift Card to keep for yourself.

Hugs! Please keep hopping HERE!

 

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WITHOUT AIDEN #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! So, I’m juggling several projects, none of which are fit to be seen at this point, so I’m going retro and posting from an oldie. Today, Tris is visiting Aiden on his Birthday, and wonders if he’s alone or not…

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Paling at the thought, Tris slung his pack on his shoulder and walked to the door. He had nothing to lose at this point. He didn’t expect much, but maybe they could talk. Clear the air. Tris missed him. God, he’d suffered hell. Months of empty days and long, achy nights without his lover.

He rapped on the door and his heart sank when he heard voices and a soft laugh inside.

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Is a gift of love enough to open Aiden’s heart and let Tris back in?

After the car accident that killed his parents and left his sister paralyzed, Tris is left with nothing. His family is destroyed. His reputation is shot. And all he has is the guilt of knowing it was all his fault. People in town know he’d been drinking that night, and know he should never have gotten behind the wheel. And even Aiden, the man he thought he’d be with forever, blames him too much to stay.

But Tris can’t let him just disappear. After months of loneliness and isolation, Tris brings Aiden a gift on his birthday, a hawk he’s carved from a chunk of wood they’d found in the forest during an afternoon of love. A small chink seems to open in Aiden’s heart, the first sign of forgiveness. With renewed hope, Tris takes a job renovating one of the older homes in town and tries to rebuild his life. But the townspeople have long memories, and when his sister’s condition worsens, forgiveness—and Aiden—seem to slip even further out of reach…

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Book Tour -SWEET WILLIAM!

 

 

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BLOG TOUR

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Date Blog Name Blog Post Type
2-May Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents Book Promo
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Bike Book Reviews Review
Frosty’s Book Corner Review
Book Promo, Excerpt
3-May Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Guest post
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Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy Review, Guest post
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Thoughts of a Mannequin Fashionista Book Promo, Excerpt
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Joyfully Jay Guest post
Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews Book Promo, Excerpt
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Louise Lyons Author Book Promo, Excerpt
MM Good Book Reviews Review, Excerpt, Guest post
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5-May Rian’s Randomness Book Promo, Review,
Diverse Reader Book Promo, Excerpt, Guest post
Dale Cameron Lowry Book Promo, Review
The Naughty Librarians Playground Book Promo, Excerpt
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Carol Pedroso – Author Book Promo, Review, Excerpt

Sweet William_600x956William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?

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SWEET WILLIAM #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, William tells Tiggy about seeing Fredrick again.

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“Not the gorgeous tutor you had a few years back?” Theodore snorted in disbelief at his nod. “I want to see him.”

He started up the street, but William drew him back to his side. “He’s gone by now, idiot. Besides, I’m not sure I want him to see you.”

“Whyever not?”

William remained silent, and with unexpected insight, Theodore asked, “Do you think he’d be jealous of a bit of fluff like me, Sweet William? I think not.”

“Don’t call me that.” William fumed at the hated nickname.

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William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?

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Simply Shakespeare Blog Hop!

shakespeareHello! Welcome to my little corner of the Simply Shakespeare Blog Hop! It’s always surprising to me how often I hear Shakespeare being quoted in everyday life. It’s so fun! And he has so many great quotes. Here’s a few of my favorites:

  1. To be, or not to be: that is the question. (Hamlet)
  1. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)
  1. I am one who loved not wisely but too well. (Othello)
  1. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. (The Tempest)
  1. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Okay! I could go on forever. I first met Shakespeare in fifth grade, hearing aloud for the first time those epic words, “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” (Romeo and Juliet) I didn’t know any better at the time and envisioned Juliet on her balcony calling into the night for her lover. Yes! I know it’s the wrong interpretation, but I was only ten. And, oh sigh! The romance of it! I pictured myself on the balcony calling out for Billy, my curly haired crush at the time.

Since then, I’ve considered Shakespeare to be the height of romance, even when some of his characters make me laugh out loud, cry with them, or sometimes infuriate me.

For my contribution to the Summer’s Day Anthology, I’m writing a contemporary story loosely based on The Two Gentlemen of Verona. If you haven’t read that one yet, you should! Valentine is a dear. Proteus will irritate you more than once. And Speed’s humor made me laugh out loud in almost every scene with him, which is always a plus for me.

Okay, I’m sure you want to get on with the hop HERE so I’ll leave you with a smile:

 

Thanks for stopping in! And just because, here’s links to my two FREE stories, which have absolutely nothing to do with Shakespeare, but might be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.  Happy reading!

Damon’sTouchDamon’s Touch

Damon is used to taking what he wants, whether it’s men to bed or feed upon. He is careful with his conquests, knowing the danger that the village poses to him. It has been a while since he’s fed, and hunger gnaws at him. He needs to feed soon before desire overrides caution and he enters the village, but he comes upon Lacey and his brother Caleb tending to sheep.

For Lacey, the sight of Damon drinking from his brother’s throat should repulse him. Instead, he finds himself oddly aroused; Damon is all his fantasies come true, lovely yet dangerous. When Damon sees Lacey for the first time, he is immediately attracted to him. Taking Lacey as a lover, he blackmails him into acceptance by threatening to kill Caleb.

As Damon’s prisoner, Lacey’s love for his beautiful captor grows. He is confused and ashamed, then angry at Damon for threatening his brother. When Damon sets Caleb free, Lacey is surprised, but relieved, yet, he still wants to be free himself. Damon releases him, but Lacey quickly realizes he still wants his vampire. Lacey has come to love him, but will love be enough to set them both free?

off sidesOff Sides -love has no bounderies

Dear Author,

Austin and Riley have been together since high school. They’ve always loved each other and knew they’d spend the rest of their lives together. But when they started playing soccer in college they met a sexy blond named Luke who, as far as they know, is the stereotypical conservative rich kid with the perfect GPA (aka the stuck-up straight guy).

Please tell us their story and how this perfect couple became three.

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SWEET WILLIAM #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today, William tells a friend about Fredrick…

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“Hello, beautiful.”

“Tiggy,” he said in relief and removed the straying fingers. “Are you trying to get us arrested?”

“Oh, pooh. Boston’s a bunch of fussy old women. When are you taking me home?”

William bit his lip at a twinge of guilt. Theodore was his best friend and sometimes lover. He’d promised him a good time in Boston but hadn’t given him so much as a passing thought this morning. First, there had been that tempting redhead for brunch and then Freddie….

He blinked when Theodore laughed. “Who is he?”

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SWEET WILLIAM

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William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?

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SWEET WILLIAM is Released!

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SWEET WILLIAM

William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?

Wayward Ink Publishing   ARe Books  Amazon US

 Amazon UK      Amazon AU      Amazon DE

WIP: Discounted to $1.99 until April 25th

ARe: 30% off until April 25th

All Amazon Sites: $1.99 (or equiv currency) until April 25th

All other third party sites: $1.99 (or equiv currency) until April 25th

EXCERPT

Fredrick held up his glass and stared at the candle’s flame through the amber liquid. He took a sip and savored the rich, biting taste on his tongue, welcoming the burn down his throat. This was the very last drink he could afford and he had to make it last.

A giggle erupted from someone out of sight on the back staircase and a smile tugged his lips despite the dire state of his wallet. The laugh had been carefree, joyous, naughty. Fredrick shifted on the cushioned bench. The lunch hour had passed and he was the only customer in the dining room. He wondered if the innkeeper up front would notice if he adjusted his cramped cock as it throbbed in sympathy with the bright laughter.

Rather than risk it, he watched the fruit vender outside the window beguile a customer. Another giggle and stifled moan floated down to him and he grinned, even though the laughter emphasized his own loneliness. It had been far too long since he’d had someone in his bed.

Fredrick looked up at the clatter of footsteps, distracted from his memory of lush lips, white skin, and wide, hazel eyes. He caught a glimpse of red hair and an embarrassed cheek before the gentleman crammed a hat on his head.

“Damned Wilkerson,” the man muttered as he passed him, face averted.

With conscious effort, Fredrick loosened his hold on his glass, but he had no way to stop the wild hammering of his heart. Wilkerson? Could it really be…? Perhaps not, but he had to know. Before he lost his courage, he stood and swallowed the last of the brandy, then crossed the room to the staircase.

He shook his head at his eagerness. It had been three years, after all, and they’d parted in anger. Would William acknowledge him? A man stepped onto the landing and Fredrick allowed his gaze to travel up the white spats and checkered trousers. Blood heated his face when he found the silk vest and shirt open at the throat to expose soft white skin.

A sigh brought his gaze up to the attractive face that stirred his dreams. Rich brown curls surrounded lovely hazel eyes and full, pouting lips. Panic swept the pretty face, then a delighted smile revealed the even white teeth that had nipped his collarbone on more than one glorious occasion.

“Freddie, is it you?”

He hasn’t forgotten! Fredrick stored away the joy to visit later. God knew his pleasures were few and far between these days. “How are you, William? I had no idea you came to Boston.”

“On occasion.” William stepped off the landing, only a slight sway in his lean body betraying his inebriation. Fredrick’s heart skipped. The top of William’s head barely reached his shoulders; perfect for Fredrick to rest his chin on if he gathered him in his arms.

He glanced over his shoulder at the innkeeper watching them. “William, what are you about? Anyone could have heard you. This is dangerous—”

“It was only a few kisses, but perhaps you’re right.” A scowl darkened William’s face. “The proprietor is paid handsomely for his discretion, but it’s possible I’m growing careless.”

Distracted by William’s open shirt, Fredrick closed his hands into fists to resist the urge to embrace him. Memories stirred of the slide of fabric under his fingers: images of cool sheets and creamy skin. He longed to run his tongue down the exposed flesh of William’s neck and revisit the delights he’d enjoyed, once upon a time.

“How is the Lord Wilkerson these days?” he asked instead, throwing that barrier between them. A shutter seemed to close on William’s eyes, his gaze becoming less warm. In sudden panic, Fredrick touched his arm, afraid William would walk away. “Forgive me. This is hard for me.”

He trembled when William put a hand over his. “For me as well, darling. I had no idea you lived in Boston.”

“Or you would have stayed away?” Fredrick regretted the jealous words the instant they left his lips and looked aside to hide the blush he knew reddened his face. He always played the fool with William.

 

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SWEET WILLIAM #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! The first chapter of SWEET WILLIAM can be found HERE. Today, I’ll start with chapter two, from William’s point of view.

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“Fetch my sidepiece,” he demanded and rocked on his heels while he waited. His gaze strayed to the man at the end of the dining hall and warmth crept from his heart and eased his anger. He’d despaired of seeing Fredrick again. His father had been cruel in his dismissal of his tutor and lover. He put fingers to his lips where the memory of Freddie’s kisses still burned after all these years. Funny, he thought he’d gotten over him.

 

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William Wilkerson leads the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, he indulges to his heart’s content in the pleasures of the flesh with Boston’s finest young men.
That is, until he reunites with Fredrick: his former tutor and the one man who captured his heart.
But William’s father has declared Fredrick off limits. And Fredrick, himself, believes he’s beneath the attention of the Wilkerson heir.
After having lost his current pupil to graduation, and with no prospects of a replacement, Frederick is homeless, hungry, and easy pickings for the men on the docks.
When Frederick is shanghaied into service on William’s own merchant ship, will William discover his plight in time to rescue him?

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