Guest author Dianne Hartsock

Charlie Cochrane - Mysteries with a dash of slash, romances with just a pinch of spice

Great to have my fellows ‘Summer’s dayer’ Dianne popping in today.

What inspired you to join The Summer’s Day project?

I was super excited to be asked to join The Summer’s Day project. It sounded like such an intriguing idea. Take a Shakespearean play and turn it into my own story? I could do that. Shakespeare has such terrific plays to choose from. And the fact that it’s for charity just makes it that much more fun.

How did your story take form in your mind?

That was easy! The Two Gentlemen of Verona is about Valentine, half in love with his best friend Proteus, who in turn loves the beautiful Julia. Val travels to Milan to seek his fortune. Proteus follows. They both fall in love with the lovely Silvia. Proteus betrays Valentine to Silvia’s father and Valentine flees into the forest where he is made the king of…

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A Summer’s Day #booktour #rafflecopter

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Title: A Summer’s Day: Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist

Authors: Nephy Heart, Louise Lyons, Rebecca Cohen, JL Merrow, Charlie Cochrane, Asta Idonea, Dianne Hartsock, Rory Ni Coileain, Kathy Griffith, M LeAnne Phoenix, Phetra H Novak, Rian Durant

Genre: Gay Romance/Fiction

Length: Anthology, 115 K

Cover Art: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

 

A collection of 12 stories celebrating the Bard’s legacy with modern retelling of some of his works and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS

Smashwords

 

Blurbs

Find the blurbs at the end of the post or

on the books’s Facebook Page, where you can also some pictures the authors thought will go well with their stories.🙂

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hello! Welcome to my little corner of A Summer’s Day Book Tour! 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.

A-Summers-Day-CTWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER

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 away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

EXCERT

Val took a long drink from the thermos, enjoying the cool bite of lemon and vodka on his tongue, the alcohol content exactly 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 and the large cock 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.”

A shiver ran through Val. If he moved only a few inches he could be kissing the mouth that had been driving him wild all summer. And by the gleam in Preston’s brown eyes, he wouldn’t object, either. A shout on the still air shattered Val’s dream and he pulled away, scowling at the bottle Preston handed back to him. Julian approached them up the beach; Preston’s latest boyfriend, lithesome, lightly tanned, with gorgeous blond hair cascading to his shoulders.

Val hated him. Problem was, Julian was great, always laughing, genuinely kind. If it wasn’t for the fact he was fucking Preston, they would most likely be good friends. Julian plopped down beside Preston and Val sighed. Probably for the best he was moving from Vancouver to Portland in the morning. The two cities were only nine miles apart, but it would take him out of Preston’s orbit.

A wave crashed with force on the shore and Val turned his attention to the ocean, shining golden with the setting sun. A hot guy jogged by, seagulls cried on the still air. Still not enough to distract him from the couple chatting beside him. When they began to kiss, he’d had enough. Climbing to his feet, he strolled down to the water’s edge. A wave broke and he watched the foaming water climb the beach, shivered when it reached his toes. It had been a fantastic day; warm and lazy, hours spend in idle conversation or contented silence with his best friend while the sun crossed the sky. Now he felt tired and achy, with a two hour drive home ahead of him.

“They do not love that do not show their love,” he murmured, and scowled at the lowering sun. He and a group of friends, including Preston and Julian, had studied Shakespeare last term and he found himself frequently quoting the bard.

He cursed under his breath when footsteps sounded behind him and Julian clapped him on the back. “Didn’t mean to drive you off, but you know how Preston is.” He shrugged, face rueful. “Come back. We’re going to get a fire started and cook up some hamburgers.”

“Thanks, but I think I’ll go. I still have some packing to do and want to get a good night’s sleep as well. It’ll be a stressful day tomorrow.”

Julian lifted a brow, knowing he was lying. “I’ve ruined your last day with Preston. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t have come at all, except he insisted. I should be the one to go.”

Val had to bite hard on his tongue to keep from agreeing with him. “Don’t worry about it. The house I’m moving to is only about a twenty minute drive from Vancouver. You guys will have to come see me once I’m settled in.”

Blurbs

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

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 away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.
But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Theatre)

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Two Guys From Vancouver #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today Val realizes that three is a crowd in Two Guys from Vancouver, my story for the Shakespeare anthology, A Summer’s Day

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He cursed under his breath when footsteps sounded behind him and Julian clapped him on the back. “Didn’t mean to drive you off, but you know how Preston is.” He shrugged, face rueful. “Come back. We’re going to get a fire started and cook up some hamburgers.”

“Thanks, but I think I’ll go. I still have some packing to do and want to get a good night’s sleep as well. It’ll be a stressful day tomorrow.”

Julian lifted a brow, knowing he was lying. “I’ve ruined your last day with Preston. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t have come at all, except he insisted. I should be the one to go.”

Val had to bite hard on his tongue to keep from agreeing with him.

summer's day thumbnailA Summer’s Day

A collection of 12 stories celebrating the Bard’s legacy with modern retelling of some of his works and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™

Buy Links:

Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS   Smashwords

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A Summer’s Day is OUT! #booktour #giveaway

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Title: A Summer’s Day: Shakespearean Anthology with a Twist

Authors: Nephy Heart, Louise Lyons, Rebecca Cohen, JL Merrow, Charlie Cochrane, Asta Idonea, Dianne Hartsock, Rory Ni Coileain, Kathy Griffith, M LeAnne Phoenix, Phetra H Novak, Rian Durant

Genre: Gay Romance/Fiction

Length: Anthology, 115 K

Cover Art: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

 

A collection of 12 stories celebrating the Bard’s legacy with modern retelling of some of his works and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to hot sexy stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS

Smashwords

 

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Blurbs

Find the blurbs at the end of the post or

on the books’s Facebook Page, where you can also some pictures the authors thought will go well with their stories.🙂

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the tour to win!

August 12           Rian’s Randomness        Book Promo, Excerpt

 

August 13 –  Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea and  frosty’s Book Corner

August 14 – Diverse Reader and Louise Lyons author

August 16 – The Way She Reads and Nephy’s World

August 17 – Fantastical worlds, Fiery Love

August 18 – Dianne Hartsock-Stories From the Heart

August 19 – Rebecca Cohen Writes

August 20 – Carol Pedroso – Author and Making it Happen

August 21 – Author Susan Mac Nicol

August 22 – The Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked

August 23 – A.V. Sanders’ Author Share

August 24 – Charlie Cochrane – writing the beauty of his eyes

August 25 – Lily G Blunt/Gay Book Reviews

August 26 – Mann’s Ramblings

Blurbs

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

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 away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.
But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Theatre)

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Cover Reveal! A Summer’s Day

 

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Release Date: 12th of August

Cover Art: Jay Aheer Simply Defined Art

Genre: MM Mixed*

We have modern retelling of some plays, interpretations of others and one of the sonnets, and delightful referencing of anything Shakespeare.

There is gentle YA romance next to very hot 18+ stories and all kinds of relationships – first love, May/December, interracial, second chances, happy endings and even a tragic one.

We’re travelling from Ancient Rome through Renaissance England to modern day UK, Venice Beach and other places in USA, Vancouver and Havana.

There’s fun, drama, tears, angst, joy and, above all, lots of true love.

Note: All proceeds of this collection go to the It Gets Better Project™.

A-Summers-Day-Customdesign-JayAheer2016-banner2

Pre-Order links:

Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS

Smashwords

Blurbs

DEEPER THAN DID EVER PLUMMET SOUND

Rory Ni Coileain

Clarence Limont is a slowly fading star of the London stage; convinced his great performances are all behind him, he nevertheless agrees to play Prospero in an off-off-Broadway production of The Tempest helmed by an old friend.
Jaymes Stafford is the production’s starry-eyed Ariel, waking feelings Clarence had thought long dead and buried.
But the poisonous jealousy of other members of the cast may steal the stars from Jaymes’ eyes, and even put paid to Clarence’s illustrious career.

(“The Tempest”)

A FINE LINE BETWEEN
Louise Lyons

When Romeo runs into Julian on the beach, he’s the last person he wants to see as he’s grown up hating him due to his parents’ aversion to Julian’s dad.
Forced to rescue Julian from the sea, Romeo is surprised by his grudging attraction to the other young man.
When simple lust becomes something more, the pair ignore their parents’ anger, but family fights drive the lovers away from home – into a horrifying incident. Will it make the Montgomerys and the Caplins rethink their feud?
(“Romeo and Juliet”)

TWO GUYS FROM VANCOUVER
Dianne Hartsock

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 away to college, where he meets the glorious Silver, a man with problems of his own, who just might be his answer.
Torn between his attraction to Preston and his growing desire for Silver, Val wonders if he’ll ever find love or will his life become as tragic as any of the Shakespearean plays he loves so well.
(“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”)

KISS ME, KADE
Nephy Heart

Kade is in trouble, negotiating a dangerous path between an authoritarian father and wayward sister.
Then Pete storms into his life and tries to take over.
It can only end in disaster.
(“Taming of The Shrew”)

WHEN I LOVE THEE NOT
Rian Durant

Desmond, the heir of a business owner is outed in the media after a hot night with his lover, Olvin, who also happens to be the company’s best negotiation expert.
This is only the first step in Ian’s plan to get back at Olvin for choosing Michel Caswell as a main assistant for the latest merger instead of him, a plan in which he’s moving everybody around like pawns on a chessboard, bending the rules.
Will Ian drive a wedge between Desmond and Olvin and get the position he wants or will he realize that there’s something more important that stops the world from turning into chaos?
(“Othello”)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH
Kathy Griffith

Tony and Bartholomew have been friends for years, but his latest request is a little much.
Bart needs a loan to impress Porsche Keller, a personable billionaire, but the only cash available is from banker and raging homophobe Sherlock Palmer, who has a devious plan for them.
Will our heroes find love and get their happy ending?
(“The Merchant of Venice”)

THE DEVIL AND THE LION
Asta Idonea

Caius Martius and Tullus Aufidius have long been enemies.
Then Martius arrives on Aufidius’ doorstep, seeking a military alliance. Aufidius accepts; however, he wishes their partnership to extend from the battlefield to the bedchamber.
His lust for Martius is one of the reasons he spares his life, but his jealousy will soon have terrible consequences.
(“Coriolanus”)

IF MUSIC BE…
Charlie Cochrane

Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner.
He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have reveled in.
Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?
(“Twelfth Night”)

A HERO’S LAST BATTLE
Phetra H Novak

Claudio is happy to be home after serving his country as a soldier for over fifteen years being stationed mostly abroad ready to settle down.
Hero is still living at home, together with his father, trying to do what is expected a young man his age is supposed to do, work and live every day like it is your last.
The two men meet at a family wedding, realizing they share a mutual dream of finding love and starting a family but evil lurks amongst them. Will these two lovers find a way to be together?
(“Much Ado About Nothing”)

NOTHING LIKE THE SUN
JL Merrow

Hollywood darling Jerome Winter always defined himself by his looks—until a fire destroyed them.
His oldest friend and still-loyal manager, Sam, has long carried a torch for him, but with his looks—and earning power—gone, what does Jerome have left to offer?
(Sonnet 130)

THE SUN OF TOMORROW
M LeAnne Phoenix

When actor Koray Shepherd rescues writer Winter Sirois from the brutal hands of his supervisor, Winter never would have believed the beautiful Turk would share his love of The Bard.
When Koray asks Winter out on a date, Winter takes center stage in his very own tragedy, determined to end his play for today with a happily ever after.
Screwing his courage to the sticking place, Winter sets his sights on the future and Koray… but when the horrors of yesterday resurface, will he crest the waves of fear and despair, or will he be heard no more?
(“Macbeth”)

MUCH ADO ABOUT LADY MACBETH
Rebecca Cohen

Competition for roles is always high when the King’s Men put on a play, but David seems to come up against Jacob time and time again, no matter what part he is auditioning for.
But now they both want to be Lady Macbeth and it’s more than simple rivalry that causes the sparks to fly.
(Shakespeare’s Theatre)

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Two Guys From Vancouver #rainbowsnippets

RAINBOW SNIPPETS (1)Welcome to Rainbow Snippets! Today Val realizes that three is a crowd in Two Guys from Vancouver, my story for the Shakespeare Anthology, A Summer’s Day, coming later this year.

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A wave crashed with force on the shore and Val turned his attention to the ocean shining golden with the setting sun. A hot guy jogged by, seagulls cried on the still air. Still not enough to distract him from the couple chatting beside him. When they began to kiss, he’d had enough. Climbing to his feet, he strolled down to the water’s edge. A wave broke and he watched the foaming water climb the beach, shivered when it reached his toes. It had been a fantastic day, warm and lazy, hours spend in idle conversation or contented silence with his best friend while the sun crossed the sky. Now he felt tired and achy, with a two hour drive home ahead of him.

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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Two Guys From Vancouver #rainbowsnippets

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

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A shiver ran through Val. If he moved only a few inches he could be kissing that mouth that had been driving him wild all summer. And by the gleam in Preston’s brown eyes, he wouldn’t object, either. A shout on the still air shattered Val’s dream and he pulled away, scowling at the bottle Preston handed back to him. Julian approached them up the beach, Preston’s latest boyfriend, lithesome, lightly tanned, with gorgeous blond hair cascading to his shoulders.

Val hated him. Problem was, Julian was great, always laughing, genuinely kind.

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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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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