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Rainbow Snippets

Running behind again, in life in general. This week has been about a month long. I should be on my way to Pittsburgh but at this point it’ll be another day or two before I’m ready and that makes me sad. Things got out of control.

Here’s a little more from Purrfect Holiday (which is getting nice reviews so yay for that). We’ll drop in with Javier this time.

Stepping into the lobby, Javier spotted a smoking-hot man at the reception desk with a service dog. He wasn’t a client, because Javier wouldn’t have forgotten hair with such thick walnut waves, kept regrettably short. Hair like that should spill to the shoulders.

As he approached, Javier said, “Hello, I’m Dr. de Leon. Is there something wrong with your lovely dog?”

The man turned toward his voice, offering a smile. “No, Raven’s fine. I’m Tony Gatti. I’m here for the interview.”

“Oh, great. Pleased to meet you.” Javier stuck his hand out without thinking, but before he could get embarrassed, Tony took it and shook it. He must be able to see a little. That’s good.

“Same here, Dr. de Leon.”

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Blurb – Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.

Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?

You can order it here at DSP

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!

Sunday Small Talk

It’s been a long time. Nano will do that to you. I did ‘win.’ It’s nowhere near done but hey at least I have that much. It was a novel that fought me every inch of the way.

December is usually an off writing month for me. Oh I’m still writing but it’s the one time of year I really do a lot of fan fiction. I don’t visit my roots often any more. Who has the time? But SO many of my friends came to me via fan fic so I spend this month writing little gifts for them. It makes me happy.

I’m prepping for January. I have printed out the last 50 odd pages of These Haunted Hills so I can get back into writing that and ditto an old shifter novella I have sitting here that I think I can do stuff with if I just sit down and get to it. That’s where I’m at.

Also I DO have a new short story out for the holidays. If you’d like to check it out, here it is. I’ve been posting snippets of it and I think that I DO need to do a proper post for it since there is some things about Purrfect Holiday I want to say because it’s special in several ways to me.

But as a taste here: purrfect-holiday
Blurb – Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.

Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?

You can order it here at DSP

And it’s been almost a month since Blood Red came out.

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can find it on Amazon here or at my publisher here

And now the links, oh the links

Taking Character Relationships to the Next Level

Lyrics In Books: Your Questions Answered

10 Biggest Book Marketing Mistakes You Need to Stop Making

Organizing Your Writing Life With Trello

Joy Is Important To Success As An Author

Sarra Cannon of Heart Breathings ~ Tips For Success In 2019 As An Indie Author

Three Ways to Add Tension to a Scene During Revisions

Take Charge of Your Creative Life: The SWOT Analysis

The Writer’s Vision for 2019

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

Grand Finale: Two Strategies for Writing Great Story Endings

3 Good Reasons to Write a Sequel

How To Consistently Write 3500-4000 Words Per Hour

Getting Started With Worldbuilding I need to really sit down with this one.

How Do You Bring an Inexperienced Hero to a Fight?

What’s Your Writerly Unique Selling Point?

Authors Interviewing Their Characters: Patricia Harman I’ve done this one. It’s fun

How To Sell Books: My Marketing Journey

Angie Thomas on Code-Switching, Hip Hop & Her Book’s Namesake Tattoo

Why Is Writing So Difficult? Here Are 3 Reasons Why

How Mindfulness Can Help You Enjoy Your Book Release Day

Stagecraft and the Novel: Writing Advice From Leanna Renee Hieber I could use some of this (also I need to contact her about the upcoming steampunk thing

Form A Daily Writing Habit—It Will Improve Your Life I’ve been trying to do this with the write every day thing

Why I Write, Katie Kennedy

Chaos to Order When Writing A Novel

3 Common Plotting Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Novel

The Fear and Joy of Writing on Proposal

Vision Boards for Authors

Rainbow Snippets

I can almost breathe. Just two more papers to grade and I can put a lid on this semester. I raced around this afternoon and got caught up with everyone’s snippets.

Here’s more from my holiday short story Purrfect Holiday

Reality body-slammed Tony. Could he bear being back in a vet’s office? What would the man think when he saw Tony’s actual résumé? “What can I put? If I say I’m a vet, he’ll think I did something awful and lost my license.”

“Put the years you worked at your dad and uncle’s vet clinic and leave it at that. If it gets you in the door, you can explain your situation without looking shady.”

Tony rubbed Raven’s velvety ears while contemplating the suggestion. It would be nice to have some extra money to help Nonna out. He was still working through the insane levels of disability paperwork, complicated by going back to school.

“I’ll whip it up after coffee.”

“Make it so!” she replied in her best Picard voice, bless her geeky heart.

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Blurb – Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.

Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?

You can order it here at DSP

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 know I owe comments for last week. I’ll get right on that. Between Nano and the last week of the semester, I was swamped, sorry about that. I made nano by the skin of my teeth but there’s still plenty of story left to write there. I’m not sure I’ve survived the semester. I was in a bar where several former students work their way thru school. We were all lamenting how much finals week is going to suck.

I’m switching to my holiday short story Purrfect Holiday (OMG I can’t believe I went with a punny title!) for Dreamspinner’s Warmest Wishes advent calendar. A quick word of introduction since I’m dropping you in in media res, Tony was a veterinarian who can’t practice because of progressive (rapidly) blindness who is living in Saint Augustine Florida (my favorite town in FL) with his grandmother. He’s naturally a bit depressed over this derailing of his life’s dream and oh he and Grandma are HUGE Star Trek fans. Spock is one of his Nonna’s cats. (and ha, original Trek is airing as I post this!) It’s a tiny bit over so it’s not just random lines out of context.

A minute later Nonna, in a bright blue robe, collected Spock. “I have something that might interest you.”

“Oh?”

“Marisol told me our vet, Dr. de Leon, has a part-time position open.”

“Nonna!” Tony snapped. She knew he couldn’t practice anymore, how huge the hole in his heart was because of it. How could she bring it up?

“Let me finish, Antonio Michael.”

He winced. Other than the use of his two names, the only bigger warning sign that he was in trouble was the wooden spoon, which he hadn’t seen since he was a sarcastic teen.

“He’s looking to hire a cat cuddler.”

“I beg your pardon?”

“Cat cuddler. He helps with the local rescue, and there are so many kittens needing socialization that he wants someone to come in and play with them. You’d be excellent.”

It was a far cry from what he’d trained so hard for, but he loved helping animals. He’d take any scrap he could get. “I would love that!”

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Blurb – Tony Gatti had his life planned: get his veterinarian license and go to work with his dad and uncle. Soon after achieving his goals, he learned the shadows and blurriness in his vision went beyond needing glasses. Retinitis Pigmentosa is a genetic mutation with no cure. With his sight almost gone, he moves into his grandmother’s St. Augustine, Florida home with his guide dog, Raven, to start life over. Nonna Concetta thinks she knows the perfect job for him. Her vet is looking for someone to destress the cats at a local rescue.

Javier didn’t plan to hire a cute former veterinarian to fill the role of cat cuddler, but Tony couldn’t be more perfect. Worried his attraction is inappropriate and knowing the holiday season always depresses him, Javier wonders if he should ask Tony out, or if he’d just be spreading the gloom to someone who already has enough of his own. But if he takes the plunge, could it turn out to be the best holiday ever?

You can order it here at DSP

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 can’t believe November is nearly gone. I’m within 15K of finishing nano but this SUCH a busy time of year for me (and for many of us).

Blood Red Roulette came out last week and has gotten some nice reviews. Wish I could track sales a bit better but mostly I’m hoping people enjoy it. I think this will be the last snippet from Blood Red before I switch to the my holiday fic. This is from much later in the story after the villain of the piece has messed with Luc badly.

Luc lunged for her, hearing Arrigo warning him to be careful. All Luc cared about was that Arrigo let him deal with this bitch who had turned his life inside out. He grabbed her, trying to drag her down. Eleni twisted in his grip, her hand coming up. Luc stepped back thinking she had a Taser like George had.

He was completely unprepared for the loud bark of a pistol. Fire tore into his belly. Screaming, Luc hit the pavement. Michael kicked him as he tried to leap over Luc. Eleni fired again, and Michael dropped.

“Luc!” Arrigo cried.

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Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can order it on amazon or
DSPP

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!

Sunday Small Talk

I wish I had a lot to talk about but the truth is I’m so busy that I can’t even think. But of course the best news is Blood Red Roulette is out. No matter what happens now, that makes me so happy (even if there is a tinge of post-release blues hanging around my brain). I’ve had these characters in my head for more than two decades and it will be good to share them.

In the process I’ve seen a request for a sequel and another saying how much they like my writing. It makes you smile. I would love to do another story with these two. I had some in my head twenty years ago. I don’t think any of those would really work (which is why I didn’t try them). Also I got an encouraging ecard from the publisher to congratulate me on the release, another thing that made me smile.

Here’s is more of the blog tour. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone and I am very appreciative of those who hosted me and a big thanks to Other Worlds Ink for putting this all together for me!

<A href="ht Lou Sylvre’s blog

Bayou Book Junkie

Anne Barwell’s blog

Mirrigold’s blog

Matt Doyle’s Media

Jessie G’s Books

If you’re looking for Blood Red RouletteYou can order it on amazon or
DSPP

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And have a few writing links

on’t Be Too Smart or Clever in Your Book Descriptions

Writing Tips: The 4 Stages Of Writing A Book From First Draft To Publication

Five Common Storytelling Mistakes in the Pursuit of Social Justice

Five Common Storytelling Mistakes in the Pursuit of Social Justice

Should Your Sapient Aliens Be Bipedal?

Rainbow Snippets

Blood Red Roulette released this week so that’s pretty exciting. All of my research proposals are turned in. I can’t believe the semester is over in two weeks. I swear I just started back to work. As for Nano I’m falling behind.

More of Blood Red today. The Taabu’s referred to here is Arrigo’s friend’s house.

He wished he could have asked Luc to Taabu’s, but throwing someone into a group of unknown people would be a cruel first date. Sure Luc sparked a bit around him, but Arrigo couldn’t tell if the attraction was real or just his fevered imagination. Arrigo wondered about his budding obsession. Maybe because it had been a while since he had wanted something he couldn’t have. His money and power in the Supernatural world meant he usually could have just about anything, and Arrigo admittedly was selfish enough to use that.

Maybe staying away from Luc was for the best. Arrigo probably represented a complication Luc didn’t need. Arrigo wished he didn’t have a weakness for mortals. Life would be easier if he confined himself to other Supernaturals, Often he did, but the fleeting humanity of a mortal enticed him. Arrigo didn’t claim to understand it, but he didn’t fight it. He did his best within the confines of his nature.

Blurb Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

You can order it on amazon or
DSPP

blood-red-roulette

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!