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Rainbow Snippets July 5th, 2020

So, did everyone sleep well after the assaults on our ear drums last night? Ha ha. My neighborhood had plenty of fun with fireworks next door! They were setting them off like mad and wow were they loud! I should’ve hopped on the kit and joined them with a cymbal crash to join them each time!

This week’s post is different for me; it’s time to divulge why I took up the drum kit. First and foremost…I wanted to take up an instrument. Why not? Secondly, and this is author life crosses into her character world…my boy Billy…the drummer. I adore him. Completely. However, I realized I knew nada about music and drums and the whole world of rock music in general or bands…so as a researcher I dove into the learning of his instrument and fell in love with it myself. Art imitates life and inspires the author herself!

Now if only my adoration of Vince could inspire me to cook better….ah well.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

I”m changing gears completely and going to a beloved co-authored work and a series of Upstaged. Written by myself and Cheryl Headford (Nephy to some) in 2012! Over the course of two years we wrote 12 books together! It was the most insane, wonderful time of my writing life! We hope you love the result. The first four books are published and up for sale at Extasy Press and on Amazon. Here is book #1. Upstaged: Opening Act

Blurb:

Wannabe singer and band front man Erik Von Nordgren hates snarky brit Asher Berkley with a passion. From the moment he turns up at practice with his twin sister Daisy, who is one of the band the two have hated each other.
Through a series of ‘tit for tat’ incidents they annoy, frustrate and exasperated each other. The die hard goth with purple eyes and the hard core rocker with dreams of the big time have nothing in common and no need to cross paths. Except to wind each other up.
Until the day that Erik throws Asher in the school pool, when everything begins to change. Erik is so far in closet he’s in Narnia and Asher has a dark past and trust issues that stand in the way of any relationship, let alone one with the brash American who hurts him every time they try to get together.
A relationship doomed from the start, or so you’d think. 

Upstaged Opening Act

Available At: AMAZON

The April weather was perfect. A beautiful Saturday afternoon, with white clouds streaked across a pale-blue sky, washed clean by the spring showers of the night before. Erik Von Nordgren paused to take a deep breath, fresh with ozone, before heading toward his parents’ three-car garage. Since the weather had improved, his band had been consigned to the garage on the basis that now they wouldn’t freeze there was no reason for his parents to suffer the falling plaster in the basement when the band could be as loud as they wanted outside.

Erik was proud of his home. The house itself was two stories high and freshly sided. The quiet cul-de-sac made it the ideal location for their practice. That was one thing about living in the St. Louis ‘burbs. There were plenty of spots with woods in the back where only the random squirrel could bother them.

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Rainbow Snippets Jun 28th, 2020

Happy Sunday to one and all! We are having fun with storms in our area…not so much rain, but the humidity is stifling. I wear glasses and when I go outside I instantly become enshrouded in a fog…

Work blew by once again, but it gave me enough down time to write out my to-do list for the weekend. Bless dear hubby. I’m so impulsive and he’s so planned. I literally put my hands up in defeat when it came to reorganizing the back room once more and let his ideas be first in line. So far so good.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week is my final with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

Available At: Amazon and Smashwords

Greg scooted away and licked his lip. He tasted blood. He faced his attacker and scowled. “You bastard! You know what you can do? Go fuck yourself because I hate you too! Piss off!”

“Fuck you too!” Josh refocused his anger. He dove towards the man and straddled him angrily.  The former best friends wrestled fiercely on the rocky shoreline.

Greg managed to push Josh away and returned a punch to Josh’s eye.

“Get off me! Get away from me and stay the fuck away from my family!”

Josh was about to strike him again but his emotions caught up with him as he watched blood trickle down Greg’s handsome face.  Shit, what the hell was he doing?  No matter how hurt he was himself, he couldn’t hurt Greg like that anymore.  He was being a selfish bastard. Damn it.  He released the grip on Greg’s hands and walked off into the bushes.

Free for the moment, Greg quickly gathered up the car keys. After a half-hour, Josh reappeared. His blood was dried but his sleeve had a streak of vomit on it from where he’d wiped his mouth. Josh wordlessly climbed into the back seat of the car as Greg slipped into the driver’s seat and drove them home in complete silence.

Eeeek! Where do they go from here? This is my last post for this book (for now)…what do you think will happen?

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Rainbow Snippets Jun 21st, 2020

Happy Fathers Day to you and yours if it applies. For me, I have my dad whom I adore and worry about even more since his hospital visit earlier this year. Also, my husband, whom I share no biological human children with, but our kitty, Jack, is our baby and so of course, he’s a dad!

This past week blew by fast! I told my drum teacher didn’t I just see you five minutes ago? He smirked and we went about the lesson of getting me to all four limbs doing their own, proper things. That’s much, much harder than it sounds.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

“This is how I feel about your say!” Josh punched him squarely in the face, knocking him down.  His hurt and anger about everything boiling up in him–the loss of his wife and family, the loss of Greg.  His life was in turmoil now, and Greg’s rejection threw him over the edge.  The loss of everything, everyone he cared for in his life was devastating. “That’s how I feel! I hate you!”

The words shocked even him as they caught their breath and felt the words on their lips. Josh fell to a whisper as he sobbed into his hands. “I hate you! I hate you for being my friend all these years, and I even hate you for turning down the chance to work with me!”

Greg scooted away and licked his lip. He tasted blood. He faced his attacker and scowled. “You bastard! You know what you can do? Go fuck yourself because I hate you too! Piss off!”

Available At: Amazon and Smashwords

Eeeek!

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Rainbow Snippets Jun 14th, 2020

Happy Flag Day to all and of course, happy Pride Month! June is one of those months that can be hot, cold, wet, dry, or all of the above in the same week. Here in the Midwest it’s hot. Not super hot, but hot enough to keep me indoors, but the wasps find me there too. 😦

Now to figure out Father’s Day gifts for next week….ah, but that’s another post. 🙂 Right now I’m back to work (cue the canned applause) and the days are so long I think Friday was three days in one. Naturally the weekends go by in the blink of an eye…

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

“Hey, help me out here. What am I supposed to do? Just give in or give up? Is it that cut n’ dry?”

“It’s not that simple. I want you, or I did. You hurt me too! I never should’ve taken you out for that damn drink. Never!”

Greg caught his friend’s arm, but it was quickly thrown off. “Look, I can’t help this! It’s not part of who I am! I’m not gay or bi, and I’m not in love with you! I love my wife!”

Josh handed the keys over. “Just get us outta here.”

Greg tossed them on the ground. “No! Not until I have my say!”

“This is how I feel about your say!” Josh punched him squarely in the face, knocking him down.  His hurt and anger about everything boiling up in him–the loss of his wife and family, the loss of Greg.  His life was in turmoil now, and Greg’s rejection threw him over the edge.  The loss of everything, everyone he cared for in his life was devastating. “That’s how I feel! I hate you!”

Available At: Amazon and Smashwords

There’s a fine line between love and hate and Josh and Greg have crossed it. It could go either way now.

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Rainbow Snippets Jun 7th, 2020

Tis June at last…we are nearly halfway through this oddball year. Whew!

The new plants are doing nicely so far and the colors are a welcome change to just greenery. Now to wait out the heat and the inundation of bugs. Blegh. I dislike both intensely.

As a final note, I would like to pass along my thoughts and condolences to the victims and their families. I don’t know what the answer is but I hope we wake up and find it.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

Greg watched his friend pack up their gear and put it in the trunk. “So this is all my fucking fault? Just because I can’t sleep with you?”

Josh shook his head. “Just leave me alone, Greg.”

Greg wasn’t going to get anywhere with him like this right now. He wanted to back off, but he couldn’t bring himself to leave certain things unsaid.

“No I won’t leave you alone, not like this. Not after this huge elephant in the room is between us. Let me just sum this up so we’re speaking the same language. You took our friendship, which has been great for over a decade and stirred it up because you finally got the balls to tell me that you’re gay!  Not to mention the bonus of you being in love with me.” He shook his head and held up his hands. “Hey, help me out here. What am I supposed to do? Just give in or give up? Is it that cut n’ dry?” “It’s not that simple. I want you, or I did. You hurt me too! I never should’ve taken you out for that damn drink. Never!”

Available At: Amazon and Smashwords

This is running in viscous circles to be sure. Their friendship has been altered at least; and put in jeopardy. All because of the admission of love.

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Rainbow Snippets May 31st, 2020

Raise your hand if you think May flew by…zoooooooooooom!

From face masks and quarantines to now more unrest and craziness with violence in the world. Sighhh. Everybody please just stay safe, ok?

We stayed at home this weekend (I did ) for the most part save for a couple of short errands. Some much overdue yard work was done and finally some flowers added! I’m so excited 🙂 Now to see if they live.

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

“And I can’t stop!” Josh retorted. He turned away again and buried his face in his hands.

Josh took a deep breath and took a drink of his beer. “Look, my path is set. I’m single, and still hung up on my best friend. How can I fight this?”

Greg reached for his hand, and to his surprise, Josh allowed it. “You’ll find a way.”

“Yeah. Sure I will. Single and very alone,” he scoffed.

Greg had no idea what to do right now except to leave. That’s all he wanted to do. But he couldn’t just bolt without having his say.

”How dare you make me feel like any of this is my fault?” Greg shouted.

“What?”

“You heard me! How dare you say such hurtful things to me! What the fuck right do you have?”

Josh poked his chest. “I’m in love with you! That gives me the right!”

“No it doesn’t!” Greg fired back.

“Look, I’m not apologizing for how I feel. I’ve laid my heart out to you, and you just chucked it aside. Do you have any idea how I’m feeling right now?” Josh turned in frustration.

Greg watched his friend pack up their gear and put it in the trunk. “So this is all my fucking fault? Just because I can’t sleep with you?”

Josh shook his head. “Just leave me alone, Greg.”

Available At: Smashwords

Too late. Pandora’s box is open wide. Josh wishes he could take it all back, but it’s too late. Greg is losing his mind and has no idea what to say anymore that won’t set off his best friend. Oyyyy

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Rainbow Snippets May 24th, 2020

I’m beginning to think my job title is the Pro of Procrastination. I keep putting off everything…to play my games, be with my cat, and my husband. Sigh.

Luck be upon me! Twas granted a reprieve of going back to work in the ancient workplace I call ‘home’ during those 40 odd hours per week. I don’t want this quarantine to end; I like being here. All the time. Truthfully! Now, to find a remote gig after this is finished and maybe a different house so I can have a separate office too. 🙂

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

Josh is in love with his bff Greg, but Greg doesn’t feel the same way. The problem? They’re both married…to women…with kids. Now the wives know too.

“I agree with that, but just know that I’ll miss you.”

Josh blubbed. “Please stop.”

Greg felt a knife in his heart. “Stop it, please.”

“Why should I? You broke my damn heart, you shit!” Josh’s temper was coming to bear.

Aghast at Josh’s outburst, Greg knew he had to stand his ground. “How did I break your heart? I do love you! I’m just not in love with you. I can’t make myself be in love with someone!”

“And I can’t stop!” Josh retorted. He turned away again and buried his face in his hands.

Available At: Smashwords

Too late. Pandora’s box is open wide. Josh wishes he could take it all back, but it’s too late. Greg is losing his mind and has no idea what to say anymore that won’t set off his best friend. Oyyyy

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Rainbow Snippets May 17th, 2020

Tis the merry month of May…the middle of it already? It’s going quickly. Between work, gaming, schooling, and home life; not even quarantine life has slowed much.

I go back to work (in a physical building besides my home) just after Memorial Day. I’m not looking forward to it, at least on most counts…but some I am. Being with kitty all day is great, until he’s ill or whiny or I want someone else to talk to who’ll talk back at my level. Social media is OK for some of that; but I’ve noticed a marked drop in my ability to hold and carry a conversation in real life due to isolation to one person that I speak to on a regular basis. Ah well…just biding my time until I’m moved to my next job anyway. 🙂

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This week I’m sticking with one of my more dramatic works…Complications. First written in longhand in 1999.

Blurb:

Josh is a family man, a good doctor and a man in love… with his best friend. All is well until Greg discovers how he feels. Sadly, he doesn’t feel the same way.

Heartbroken, Josh finds love elsewhere, with Glenn, a much younger man. They have a whirlwind romance, until one flawed decision threatens to tear them apart forever.

With all the complications in his love life, will this doctor find a cure to mend his broken heart?

Complications

Josh is in love with his bff Greg, but Greg doesn’t feel the same way. The problem? They’re both married…to women…with kids. Now the wives know too.

Finally, after a few minutes, Josh joined him again.

“I’m sorry…” Greg whispered.

Josh ate slowly and kept stopping to wipe his eyes. “Shhh. I know. I….just didn’t know what else to say right now. Listen, I don’t think we should hang around each other anymore after today, at least not for a while. A really long while until my broken heart mends a little.”

Greg fought tears.  He’d been thinking the same thing.  He knew it would be hard for Josh to be around him feeling the way he did. “I agree with that, but just know that I’ll miss you.”

Available At: Smashwords

Josh’s anguish is palpable…but Greg has a case. He doesn’t feel the same way. What would you do/say in this situation?