Sunday, April 29, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday #SixSentenceSunday

This is the last Sunday of April. Wow this year has gone by fast.
And it's getting hot out here in the Southwest... so hot, you could bake cookies!

And hot in my head. In less than two months I went from nothing to a novel. Amazing.
Here is a little bit of Downpour, the novel I'm currently querying:

“Your roommates don’t have doors on their bedrooms?” He raises an eyebrow at me as he asks.

“Yeah, but they’re loud. And that’s gross. Peter and Jesse have been together a pretty long time so they’re very comfortable.” His eyes go wide when I mention their names. Maybe Ella was wrong. 

I start formulating escape plans in my head when his eyes light up and he gives me a grin.

“Sounds like a fun house.” I blush when he says it and I am more than relieved at his smile.

“More like a zoo.”


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday: What are you reading?

So, I'm not reading any books at the moment.


I'm betaing my friend NR Walker's amazing poly book, and helping both Michelle Smith, Katherine Laurin, and Kerry Freeman with their new books, while organizing and working on my new bunny!

I'm looking forward to starting two books though that are staring at me; Divergent by Veronica Roth and Half to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

What are you reading?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rainbow Romance Writers Reader Survey, have you taken it?

Care to share you opinion about romance books? The more you talk, the more we can meet your needs!

Tell RRW all about what you like and don't like and what you buy in regards to romance books.

Please Repost: Missing Arizona Girl

Have you seen this girl?
Investigators still looking for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared away from their Tucson home.

Please keep your eyes open for this little one. Isabel was last seen in a blue tank top and black shorts. She was not in her home when her parents went to wake her up on Saturday morning. Her bedroom window was open and she was gone. Please repost.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Six Sexy Sentences... #SixSentenceSunday

Six Sexy Sentences...

A little nibble of my newest diddy:

He regards me for a moment then asks, “Can ya be quiet, boy?” 

I nod slightly, hope and excitement crushing the words in my throat and squeezing my chest and stomach.

“Come.” I hope this is a promise as I walk toward the chairs near the hearth. “You’re quite attractive. What do they call ya?”

“Uhh... J-Jack. Jackson Stuart.” My tongue is suddenly heavy in my mouth watching as he moves around the large, warm room.

“Fine to meet you, Jackson Stuart.”

What do you think?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Review: Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt @GallagherWitt

From Goodreads: Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin's mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won't be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who's everything his ex-wife wasn't: funny, caring, faithful... and male. Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin's way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he'll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he's trying not to love.

I truly loved this story. Dustin was a compelling character who kept me intrigued through the whole book. He tugged at my heartstrings the entire time. Brandon also made me swoon. He was the perfect man. Beautiful, kind, a little naughty, but lovely. Dustin was so confused, and rightly so, but he was brave and such a tough guy even though he was emotional as well. 
It's not every day you read such a compelling "coming out" story. Witt had a way of writing it so that I was interested in everything going on within the plot, not just Dustin's turmoil. And I truly cared about Brandon and Dustin throughout. At the end, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what their fate would hold. 
My only complaint was that it ended too soon. I wanted just a little more at the end to show me life after the climax. *snort* No pun intended, really.

LA Witt, I shall be looking for more books.
Thanks again to my girls NR Walker for recommending yet another awesome read. <3

Blog Hop: Hop Against Homophobia!

I've joined up with over 200 other m/m authors for the Blog Hop Against Homophobia!
Go check out more details here!

This is going to be such a wonderful experience and will hopefully raise a lot of awareness! Go check out all the amazing authors/bloggers taking part :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Are You Reading Wednesday, featuring @NR_Walker <3
I just finished this:

911 by Chris Owens. I have it three and a half stars on goodreads. It was a compelling read, but needed a beta desperately. The characters were complex and drove the story, but I was dragged out of the plot by poor grammar and weird punctuation choices. It's hard to turn off your inner beta sometimes. Overall, great poly book!

What I just started reading:

Rules of Engagement by L.A. Witt. So far so good, although a little improbable. Two guys meet during a pool game. One hot, straight man just out of a divorce and one cocky bisexual in a bomber jacket. Somehow they end up making out in the parking lot. It doesn't make sense, but it's hot! I'll let you know how it goes!

Both of these were recommended to me by my girls NR Walker. She's amazing at recommending just what I need to read and she has a book coming out in two weeks. Taxes and Tardis. You should check out her blog! It's about hot nerdy boys!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In Which @realjohngreen John Green Answers Questions About S-E-X.

And I die of the laughter:

This man is the man I would leave Mr. Leone for... and he knows this. So much love for all that is John Green.
Extra cool points for using my favorite teacher phrase: USE YOUR WORDS! And the Hunger Games reference!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

“We have dinner plans at seven at a local winery down the way. Other than dinner, everything’s open. This is your vacation, so all you have to do is ask.”
“I’ve never been here, so I don’t know what to ask,” he says as he sits up and moves toward me crawling across the bed.
“Well,” I tap my chin dramatically. “I brought a list of things.”
“You? You have a list?” Placing a hand on his heart, he tilts his head. “I do declare,” his southern coming on thick, “I am shocked to my very core, sir.”
“Mmmm...” I lean forward placing my lips a hair above his, “Your core could be shocked more.” With that, I run my hand up his inner thigh until I meet his groin.
Against my lips, he mumbles, “What time is it?”
Breaking away, I look at my watch and then reply, “Six o’two.”
“Plenty of time.” Then I find myself on my back and stripped from the waist down enjoying the best head I’ve gotten in quite a long time.
We finally make it to dinner, a little dishelved, but actually on time.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday's Fiver...

1. I am so very close to being done with my edits of Downpour.
If you'd like to read a little more, I posted something on Jesse over at my sister site, so please go take a look!

2. I'm doing the A to Z challenge over there at the book bunnies, so stop by and say hi. :)

3. My dear friend, Amelia, sold another book this week. She's amazing.

4. Trufax.
5. Ending on a Downpour note.
Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday a la Markus

At the desk, I ask the librarian if she can help me find the book I’d looked up online. Suck it, Professor Old School. She tells me how to get there and shows me on the map; apparently I’m going to Narnia to find my book on electro-shock therapies.

It’s a climb to get to the top of the stacks and I head back to the rear of the building. There’s no one up here, although I may have just seen a bat. The sun has long since set and the eerie fluorescent lights flicker as I follow the letters and numbers into the furthest recesses of the library. The smell of old books and wet shoes treks along with me through the shelves lining the walls.

I find my book and rather than hauling my ass back down to a carrel in the main area, I find a table against a wall near the back shelves. This part of the library is so desolate, it’s actually rather nice as long as I don’t focus on the alone thing. I pull out a pad and get to work writing down notes on the history and invention of electrocuting and shocking people with severe disabilities and behavioral disorders. Good times. After seeing some of the post-therapy pictures, I make a mental note not to ask Clinton to go for barbecue anytime soon.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Five

So today is Good Friday. It has been a hectic, but good week, so I am sharing with you some good stuff.

1- Downpour is all done but for the editing and people actually like reading it!

2- Super nerdy excited for The Raven!!! Have you seen this awesomeness?

3- This week, a friend showed me Chace Crawford and realized that his shaggy phase is my Clinton!
Right?! Add some scruffy curls and it's him!

4-  This is Tonka. He plays a role in Downpour and in the sequel, Sunshower. He's naughty and fun.

5- And here's a little snippet for you from Downpour:

The day I asked his name, so I could write it on his cup during a lunch rush, I practically melted into the kitchen floor.
“Clint- Clinton,” he stuttered out and my heart lurched.
“Such a unique, but totally southern name. It fits you perfectly.”
I remember how he blushed and looked away at my compliment. His light eyes sparkled as he looked down then back up at me fighting a smile. Everything about him seemed to fit; the accent, the name, his sandy hair, freckles across his nose, and the way the corner of his mouth drew up into an almost sly grin.
“Thank ya for the coffee,” he said with the hint of an accent at the end.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday Sad Stuff

From a later chapter in DOWNPOUR:

And deep down, I am so impressed that Clint still goes to court every day along with going to his classes, doing all of his work, and helping Jack with a new museum research piece. It gets harder and harder to keep my mouth closed when I see him slowly breaking down.

“I need to get going. Court is in session in thirty minutes.”

I look up at him in surprise. “You have a test today in chem.”

“I’m aware of that, Mark.” His voice is sharp, unlike his usual slow, calm cadence.

“Are you going to ditch class to go to court?” I ask trying to use my peace-not-war tone.

“I don’t know yet. I’ll see how I feel.”

“Don’t take this the wrong way,” I say as I tug him into my lap as he walks by the couch. “I know court is important, I know being there, in that room every day, is necessary.” He tries to look away, but I pull him in for a kiss, then mumble against his lips,

“Please make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. Don’t let this take over everything from you.”

He stands up quickly, and yells, “How can I not let it take over everything?” Pacing along my living room like a caged animal, he runs his hands over his face. “I’m doing the best that I can.”

Poor Clint :(