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Rainbow Snippet

Survived week one of work but still no signs of whether or not I have my sabbatical for next year.

Here’s a little more of my WIP These Haunted Hills It’s more of Brendan’s conversation with his ex, Kristen.

In spite of his protestations about being good, he could still hear the worry and pain in her tone. “I can do that. Besides we might be going ghost hunting at night soon anyhow.”

“I can almost picture you bouncing around like a little boy.”

At that his heart clenched. Kristen went silent, no doubt feeling the same pain. If it was this bad for him he could only guess at the pain she felt losing the son she had sheltered inside her body.

He forced a smile into his voice. “I am. Joshua and I even went looking for foxes in the woods around my cabin.”

She laughed. “You in the woods? I still can’t picture it. What brought that on?”

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!

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Now that the holidays are over maybe I won’t be rushing at the last minute to read everyone’s stuff.

Cross your fingers for me. I might get the chance to be on the author panels at the Steampunk Symposium this year. It would be such fun.

I’m picking back up with my WIP because I need to get inspired to finish it. It’s These Haunted Hills which I haven’t shared from since Sept. It’s a paranormal story set near where I live in Ohio. Josh is a professor at a local college studying foxes and is a ghost hunter in his spare time. Brendan is a world famous author who lose his son to cancer and is just now tiptoeing back out into the world and is researching ghost hunting for his new novel.

This is set the evening of Brendan’s first big ghost hunt and he’s checking in with his ex, Kirsten. She’s worried about his mental state (i.e. running off to a cabin in the deep woods). In spite of their break up they remain close friends (they couldn’t make it work after losing their son).

“Brendan, how are you?”

“Pretty fantastic. Josh took me to a haunted hotel, the abandoned one I’m using as the inspiration for the book.”

“You went crawling through an abandoned building? Is that safe?”

“No, I’m sure it’s not but it was a wild ride!” He mixed a load of garlic into his ground meat along with cheddar. “A ghost threw a board at us.”

“Are you high?”

“No, well we shared a bottle of wine but I’m dead serious. We have it on recording, Kristen. It was like the best episode of Ghost Hunter ever!”

The pause on her end stretched a bit too long. “You can’t be serious. Brendan, do we need to set you up to see Dr. Potter again.”

“I don’t need the psychiatrist,” he replied, more crossly than necessary.

“It’s just that you never believed in that sort of thing and now you sound…well over the moon. Really it’s good to hear you this excited but ghosts?”

Brendan could picture her face as she said that. Her face crinkled up in such a cute way. She meant it to be stern but Kristen’s fine features just couldn’t pull it off. “I know, I know but seriously it was such an adrenaline rush. Swear to God, I thought I was going to crap myself when the door slammed shut and wouldn’t open!” He could almost taste his terror again remembering it, shocked that he wanted more of the same, so much more of it.

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 have to catch up with last week. I haven’t had a minute to myself. Sorry.

Here’s to a creative new year in 2019!

One last snippet from Purrfect Holiday. Tony and Javier are out at the Saint Augustine distillery and Javier is explaining what’s on offer.

They have tours and tastings, but I’d rather go to the bar for cocktails and a little food if you don’t mind.”

“Not at all. Lead the way.”

Trusting Raven to keep him safe, Tony spared a glance to watch Javier’s lean back and narrow hips. He’d been doing that from time to time at work too. The man moved like he had music in his muscle fibers. He couldn’t concentrate on how well Javier moved or things at work would get quickly awkward.

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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

Running a bit behind because my brother and his wife were here for Mom’s birthday. Happy Yule to those who celebrate (a day behind) and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate that (a little early).

I’m continuing with Purrfect Holiday. This is a bit rougher because I managed to destroy my flashdrive (with new stuff and work stuff on) before I could transfer it to this computer and only had the earlier draft of this story on this laptop. Sigh.

This picks up after Tony has concluded his cat cuddler job interview with Javier. Aracelli is Javier’s office manager.

“You’re hiring him.”

“We haven’t even talked about it,” he replied, his cheeks pinking up.

“He might not be able to see how you were undressing him with your eyes, but I did.” She smiled, patting his arm.

“Aracelli!” His blush burned all the way to his hairline.

“He is quite adorable.”

Javier sighed. “Yes, he most definitely is. All right, let’s go discuss the candidates logically.”

“And hire the overqualified cutie with the tragic backstory.”

He shook his head but, in his heart, he knew Aracelli was right.

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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

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!

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!