Rainbow Snippets

I’m still being remiss and only getting thru half the snippets (blame computer and internet issues). This week is from something very rough and new, aiming it at one of the charity anthologies for the Pulse (or else a freebie down the road). It’s from the Kept Tears universe. It’s coming up on the anniversary of the day Aaron suffered the explosive amputation of his arm (and nearly his leg). Rhys (and Corrine) are trying hard to keep his spirits up and love him through the hard times.

Rhys widened his eyes after finding Corrine on his doorstep. He stepped back, letting her in, his stomach flipping. Her somber expression made him shiver. Had something happened to Aaron?

“You haven’t been answer your phone,” she said, brushing past him into the foyer.

The gut-twist worsened. “Is Aaron okay?”

“Not as such.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Book Blast: Love is Love Anthology

As I type it, I see once again violence has played its hand in France, following on the heels of the shooting in Dallas. It’s easy to lose hope in humanity, to give up.

It’s the one thing we must not do. There is a lot of good in this world but good is quiet, harder to see sometimes than the bad. None the less, good is everywhere and this anthology is a shining example of that. More than fifty authors pooled together to create something to be sold to aid the victims. Some of of us wouldn’t necessarily call ourselves poets, myself included but strong emotion is a fantastic motivator and muse.

I am honored to be part of this project. I’m put in mind of Martin Luther King Jr’s words, “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” As true today as it was then.

So if you want to aid a great cause, pick up a copy. It’s now available in ebook and paperback versions.

And there is a rafflecopter giveaway. Check it out here

(shared with permission of Betti Gefecht)

A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors

in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.

 

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On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.

In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.

The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

Contributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.

 

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Ebook version: Amazon Universal Link

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

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| Kobo iTunes

Paperback version: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.

Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art,

Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork,

and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.

 

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Many thanks to Kelly O’Brien for contributing the

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Sunday Small Talk

I missed last week’s small talk because it was the Fourth of July weekend and I was at my uncle’s lake house. It was very nice. If my aunt isn’t acting up (and she was mostly good this time) I love being on the lake. If I had a dream house, it would be on a lake.

Also I didn’t have much to report last week. I don’t have terribly much to say this week either but the most important of which is that the Love is Love anthology is out, click here for more info. All sales go to support the victims of the Pulse shooting. I’ll be back later to put up the paperback links too.

I’ve been working very slowly on fixing Cassadaga Nights (novella) and my charity story featuring Aaron and Rhys. It’s hard to write being at the parents’ house and I’m also working on a scientific paper. The hardest part of that is nearly done. Thank god. It’s not fun to write, important yes, but not fun. Doing the research was much more enjoyable but this is necessary stuff to write.

I would like to get one more scene to flesh out Ryan in Cassadaga Nights. Hopefully it will be decent. I had to cut too much out of it when I submitted it as a short story.

I’m trying to keep Aaron’s story relatively short. I am setting part of it at Kennywood Park (a must see historic amusement park if you’re in the Pittsburgh area) but I haven’t been there in years (and no one wants to go with me now). Sadly the rides on the website might not be accurate. Bah.

I also got some clarification for Blood Red as well. Once I get back to OH, I’ll dig into that. I don’t know if I can finish it by the end of the year or not but I really hope so. Wish me luck.

As for camp nano, I’m at 5K so halfway to my very low goal (it’s hard to set higher ones when I’m traveling).

Rainbow Snippets

I’m continuing with Kept Tears again. This takes place right after last week’s. Corrine and Aaron are at lunch and Rhys has just called to make a date with Aaron leaving him flummoxed.

“You made a date with a handsome guy with a sexy accent. Now, man up, put your phone away, and let’s talk about where you’re going and what you’re wearing.” She patted his hand, nearly bouncing on her seat.

He slipped the device into his pocket. “What makes you think you have a say in this, woman?”

“Because if someone doesn’t stop you, the date will be to the comic book store, and you’ll be wearing your Batman T-shirt.”

Blurb Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he’s ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.

What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.

You can find Kept Tears here

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Rainbow Snippets

I’m continuing with Kept Tears for now. This is the day after Aaron meets Rhys at the steampunk party. Corrine is Aaron’s classmate, best friend and fellow steampunk enthusiast. She sees it as her job to help Aaron to get back to a normal life as part of his post-war injury recovery. (it’s six lines but slightly more than six sentences since they were super short. I’m playing fast and loose with the rules this week).

As they waited for the rest of their lunch, Corrine leaned on the table, her eyes glinting. “Did you get Hottie’s number?”

A blush leapt up his face. “Yes.”

A wide grin bloomed. “Did you call him?”

“No.”

She tapped his toe with hers. “Why the hell not?”

“Because what man wants to go out with someone like me?” Aaron flexed his mechanical fingers. “One who wakes up screaming in the night and has a body that makes people flinch?”

Blurb Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he’s ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.

What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.

You can find Kept Tears here

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!