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Rainbow Snippets January 19th, 2020

Happy Sunday! I’m in the middle of my long weekend (have tomorrow off for MLK day). Work is fine, and family is too. I’ve been singeing on kitty time, gaming, Hulu, some hubby time, and drumming.

The weather was a little crazy Friday but we missed the big part of the worst of it. Whew! It could’ve been a very nasty ice storm. I’ve had enough of those for one lifetime!

In other news, I’ve started a new story and have a few others that just need a few more chapters until they’re ready for the red ink of the editor. Wish me luck!

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 older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

David cocked a brow. “Oh? Things a little stressful in your day job?”

“Just a little.”

“Let’s get those tendons soothed. I’ll be right back.” David left and Robert sighed. He kept his hand elevated and his lips sealed. His heart was broken and his mind was a muddled mess.

After a long couple of minutes, David returned with several sheets of paper and a small pack of colorful putty. It was bright green and looked like the dough he’d play with as a child. He had a memory of pushing Serena’s face into a large puddle of it and laughing his ass off.

“What’s this?” he asked.

David put the papers down. “These are your exercises, which I want you to do every night for a week.” He held up the container. “This is therapy putty. It starts out soft but as your hand gets stronger I’ll change it out for tougher putty.”

Robert eyed the green goo. “What do I do with it?”

“I’ll show you.” David took it out of the container and rolled it into a ball. “Here, put this in the palm of your hand and press each finger into it one at a time.”

His curiosity piqued, Robert did as instructed and he smushed the ball into his hand. It felt cool and soft but wasn’t gooey at all; for which he was very grateful. He bent his index finger into the putty and made a small indent.

“Good! Now the middle finger.”

He strained a little and found he had to grit his teeth and close his eyes to try to concentrate harder. He made a tiny indent. After he opened his eyes, Robert groaned. “Damn.”

David clapped Robert’s shoulder. “Hey, no worries. That’s good for the first time! You sprained your hand pretty bad; it’ll take a while to heal the damage.”

I should charge all of this to Phillip. Fucker. He pissed me off.

Trivia tidbit:

In 1998 I was in physical therapy for my knees. The PT was named David. He wasn’t nearly as hot as this David, but he was a very patient and nice guy.

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Rainbow Snippets January 12th, 2020

We are still fresh into the new year and now my job is kicking into higher gear. For those who don’t know, I work in the accounting field. I’m not a CPA, but there are other items that occur only at year-end (like 1099’s) that need to be done and are a big time commitment.

In other news, medically I’ve filled up about the first four months of the year with some sort of appointment or the other. Eyes, GP, ears…oy. The list could be huge given the gamut of specialists out there. Luckily, I don’t need that many. (yet).

Drumming is a workout for my arms and my recently-wounded shoulder. I take it a little easy when going after the floor tom or ride cymbal, but 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 I’m sticking with one of my older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

Robert smiled lightly. “See you then. Good night, David.”

“Night.”

Two days later, Robert showed up right on time. Again, it was quiet as a tomb. He rapped on the glass door. “David? I’m here. It’s Robert.”

“Oh, hey. How ya doing? How are the fingers?”

“They hurt pretty bad tonight. Had to do a fair share of typing today and it’s not easy one-handed.”

David directed him to a therapy bed; Robert sat down. “Let’s see what we can do for that.”

What a difference two days made. His therapist sounded more human already and he’d lay odds he felt a little better from whatever was eating at his soul the other night. Robert took in David’s appearance again. He looked far more attractive than he did that first night. His hair wasn’t mussed, he was clean-shaven, and he looked awake. David held Robert’s hands gently. He was a real pro. Robert found the smoothness of the therapist’s hands soothing. Robert opened his mouth and was about to ask a question, but David cut him off.

“So, how are you tonight?”

“I’m good. A little worn out from work. You?”

“Not bad, actually. Thanks.” He examined Robert’s fingers. “Can you do this?” He demonstrated flexing all five fingers.

Robert tried his best as he strained to make the injured fingers move like he wanted, but had no luck. “No. Not yet I guess.”

“It’s alright. We’ll get you fixed up.” He smiled a little and Robert felt more at ease.

“I hope so. At least one part of my life can be fixed up.” He didn’t want to spill his guts to a total stranger but he kinda saw David as a bartender at the moment. He was an ear anyway.

David cocked a brow. “Oh? Things a little stressful in your day job?”

“Just a little.”

“Let’s get those tendons soothed. I’ll be right back.” David left and Robert sighed. He kept his hand elevated and his lips sealed. His heart was broken and his mind was a muddled mess.

Trivia tidbit:

In 1998 I was in physical therapy for my knees. The PT was named David. He wasn’t nearly as hot as this David, but he was a very patient and nice guy.

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Rainbow Snippets January 5th, 2020

Wow, it’s still very strange to type ‘2020’. I’m still waiting on the flying cars, jetpacks, and Rosie the robot to do all the cooking and cleaning. LOL. How was your New Years? Ours was quiet…as neither my hubby or myself stayed up past 10 pm.

So now with this new year upon us, I’m filling up my calendar with all of the necessary medical items that a woman my age must do (groan). Work is fine, and the rest of my life is pretty stable; so let’s pray for another boring year (medically).

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 older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

“Well, I think we’ll be working together awhile. Maybe later?” Robert offered.

David shrugged. “Yeah. Later.”

The exam continued at a snail’s pace. Robert’s fingers on his left hand were badly sprained; he couldn’t make a fist at all. David recommended at least three to six weeks’ worth of therapy and to make at least two appointments per week. Robert smiled to himself and tried to keep the visit going; but David snapped up his clipboard and waved him down. The evaluation was over.

David walked to his computer to set up the next session. “This time good for you?”

“Yeah, I don’t work late. What day do you have open?”

David paged through a couple of screens and finally answered. “Two days from now, how’s that?”

“Fine with me.”

“Well, we’re done for tonight. Take it easy until then. See you in two days.”

Robert smiled lightly. “See you then. Good night, David.”“Night.”

Not the best table-side manner; but if you were David, can you blame him?

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Rainbow Snippets December 29th

2019 is finally coming to a close. For me and my family it was a mixed bag. Job-wise things were fine, I picked up a new hobby, and my little family unit is healthy. It had other notes in there though; frustrations and angst at times; but all par for the course in this play called ‘life;.

As for New Years, no plans to party down. Not a party family in the slightest to be honest. We’re lucky to make it to midnight 🙂

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 older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

This guy looked worse than he did. Honestly, Robert had an insatiable desire to hear someone else’s troubles other than his own. He tried humor. “Do you know any complete sentences?”

Cold, barren emerald green eyes stared at him for a painful moment. Robert could see the agony behind those eyes. There was absolutely no spark, no fire, no twinkle. Nothing. No life at all. 

“I have… issues”.

“Well I can see that. I have major ones myself. I’m a good listener….” he commented.

David raised a brow for a second, and he opened his mouth to speak, but closed it. “I… no. No, I don’t know you at all.”

“Well, I think we’ll be working together awhile. Maybe later?” Robert offered.

David shrugged. “Yeah. Later.”

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Rainbow Snippets December 22nd

We are down to the wire! All the gifts are wrapped, tree is up, lit, and decorated (despite 1/3 of the lights being out)…but it’s all good. Hope your holiday is shaping up too 🙂

Shoulder is much better, yay! Thank you to everyone who gave advice. I am still on a mild painkiller, but have almost full range back. Driving is a cinch and my neck is fine. Whew! Drumming isn’t an issue either thank goodness. The ride cymbal is a fair distance away, but doable.

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 older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

His shirt had the first two buttons open, which revealed his pale, muscular chest which Robert found inviting.Any good parts were overshadowed by the overwhelming aroma of coffee. It looked like he’d been sleeping at his desk.

Robert hopped up on the exam table and tried to look past the flaws. He knew there must be something very wrong in his life for him to look so slipshod. Using his job-earned diplomacy skills, he tried to engage the therapist in an actual conversation.

“Working the late shift?”

“Uh-huh,” David replied in a monotone.

“Must be boring as hell.”

David shrugged. “Sometimes.”

Robert rolled his eyes. This wasn’t going to be easy. “Been a therapist long?”

“A while.”Well this was going about as well as trying to cut down a tree with a cotton ball. Robert sighed and pursed his lips. He knew something was bothering the man, it was clear as day. This guy looked worse than he did. Honestly, Robert had an insatiable desire to hear someone else’s troubles other than his own. He tried humor. “Do you know any complete sentences?”

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Rainbow Snippets December 15th

Let it snow! As I type we are under a winter storm warning here in ye olde Midwest. Now…to keep the ice away or cross my fingers that work will wait until Tuesday 🙂

Shoulder is much better, yay! Thank you to everyone who gave advice. I am still on a mild painkiller, but have almost full range back. Driving is a cinch and my neck is fine. Whew!

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 older works again which was formerly “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”.

Available on Amazon

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

The patient smiled back. “Hi David, I’m Robert Marshall.”

“Nice to meet you. Well, just lemme know when you’re done.” David slapped the glass window shut.

Robert sighed, sat down, and filled out the forms. Luckily, he was ambidextrous.

About ten minutes later, David waved him back to an exam room. Robert took in the therapist’s appearance. He was a tall guy to his mere 5’10”. His blond hair was mussed, and he had at least three days’ growth of whiskers on his chiseled face.

His shirt had the first two buttons open, which revealed his pale, muscular chest which Robert found inviting.Any good parts were overshadowed by the overwhelming aroma of coffee. It looked like he’d been sleeping at his desk.

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Rainbow Snippets December 8th

Hooray for cortisone! I was petrified of the shot but thanks to some icy sensation of liquid ether (I think) I didn’t feel a thing except the cold. Ahhhh. So refreshing! Now to get full use of m y shoulder back. I’m juuuust about there.

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 changing it up…I’m diving into one of my older works again which was formery “Refugees” but was re-named “This Time Around”. I last posted about this on January 19th 2019 (wow almost a year ago)…here’s where things left off:

https://sldanielsoncom.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/rainbow-snippets-january-19th/

A much longer-than-normal snip for context.

Blurb:

Can two lonely souls finally get a second chance on getting it right?

Robert can’t believe this has happened again. His heart is in tatters, all because of his once-again ex. Out of pure frustration, he takes matters into his own hands and gives boxing a try. All he gains is an injured hand, which needs the attention of a physical therapist.

David is overwhelmed and his heart is in denial over the sudden departure of the man he was in love with. As he tries to piece his life back together, a patient needing therapy walks into his clinic and the attraction is immediate; but the desire is not.

Can these two finally find a good relationship that will last and work this time around?

On this night, he sat quietly in his office; it was 7 o’clock. Only one more hour to go. His emerald eyes stared off into the distance, completely barren. His face was unshaven for the past three days and he was surprised at how good a beard he grew in such a short time. He felt calm, very tired, yet oddly placid. It was like the calm before the storm.

He’d sent the daytime helper home so he was flying solo. The doorbell chimed and someone rapped on the receptionist window. David hurried over to and opened the glass door a mere two inches to peer at the customer.

“Can I help you”? David asked, his voice sounding tired.

The man cocked a brow and nodded. “Yeah, hi. Dr. Nathan Clark referred me here for some hand therapy.”

David frowned and looked down at the appointment screen on the computer but honestly didn’t see anything. “Do you have an appointment?”

The customer’s eyes widened. “Oh, I thought my doctor’s office made it for me. Can you see me as a walk-in right now?”

“I guess I could do that. I need to do an evaluation first. Here, fill this out if you can, and then come on back”. David handed him a clipboard with the generic paperwork attached.

“Okay. Got a pen?”

“Hmm? Oh, yeah. Here. Just knock on the window when you’re done.”

The man nodded. “Sure thing. Oh, hey, what’s your name?”

David paused for a moment and had to laugh at himself for forgetting his own name. He felt like he was asleep. “What? Oh yeah. David. David Griffin.”

The patient smiled back. “Hi David, I’m Robert Marshall.”

“Nice to meet you. Well, just lemme know when you’re done.” David slapped the glass window shut.

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Rainbow Snippets December 1st

Greetings to December! Here in the midwest the wind is fierce…gusts in the 30’s for sure. I’m very happy to not only be indoors, but to have the use of my arm back (about 75%).

Thanksgiving was wonderful as my close-knit kin and I gathered to devour a feast. Three hours together felt like five minutes 🙂

This is the last week I’m sticking with one of my first creations, “Love by the Numbers’. Originally printed in 2009, this has had a few covers, but the latest is below. The story is the same…about Scott the nerd and Jared the jock and how they find love while battling high school, hormones, and parental issues.

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.

Blurb: Jared Adams is the smokin’ hot darling of the school baseball team. Girls fawn all over him and the world is at his feet.

Except he can’t do math.

Enter Scott Williams: nerd and mathlete. He’s only supposed to help Jared with math, but the help – and friendship – go further than that.

Fate made them friends, but is friendship all they have?

Want more? Click here: Buy Link: Amazon

The teacher grinned and looked over at the class assistant. “Mr. Williams, would you be willing to tutor this young man? You’re my best pupil.”

Scott shyly grinned at the compliment. He’d watched Jared from the day school began and had been dying to talk to him or spend any amount of time with the hot blond. He glanced at Jared for a moment and lightly shrugged. “Uh, yeah. Sure,” he said quietly.

Mrs. O’Reilly bowed her head in thanks.“Thank you, Mr. Williams. Well, I suggest you two get going and become better acquainted. You both have much work ahead.” She gathered her books and left the room swiftly.

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Rainbow Snippets November 17th

Happy early morning on a Sunday! Last week at this time the weather was nearly 70, the next day we had 2″ of snow. Welcome to the Midwest roller coaster!

Today I have been on productivity mode. Kitty and hubby are otherwise occupied so now’s mommy’s time.

This week I’m sticking with one of my first creations, “Love by the Numbers’. Originally printed in 2009, this has had a few covers, but the latest is below. The story is the same…about Scott the nerd and Jared the jock and how they find love while battling high school, hormones, and parental issues.

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.

Blurb: Jared Adams is the smokin’ hot darling of the school baseball team. Girls fawn all over him and the world is at his feet.

Except he can’t do math.

Enter Scott Williams: nerd and mathlete. He’s only supposed to help Jared with math, but the help – and friendship – go further than that.

Fate made them friends, but is friendship all they have?

Want more? Click here: Buy Link: Amazon

If improvement isn’t seen very soon, you cannot be on the team next spring.”

At the sound of Jared’s groan, Scott looked up briefly. He noted the eye roll, and he saw the other teen run his hands through his curly hair in frustration. The teacher noticed as well and looked extremely satisfied.

Jared shifted his feet, before finally meeting the teacher’s eye.

“Fine. Whatever. Just who would this tutor be anyway?” he asked in an exasperated tone.

The teacher grinned and looked over at the class assistant. “Mr. Williams, would you be willing to tutor this young man? You’re my best pupil.”

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Rainbow Snippets November 10th

Happy early morning on a Sunday! The weather has been cold this week, but no precipitation (yet) beyond an early morning frost that makes hubby and I scramble to get cleared off before headed to work.

Today I plan to be a bit more active both indoors and out. Yesterday was a marathon of Dallas and coughing up a lung as I slowly get over a nasty sinus infection. Hubby has been wonderful, as has kitty, in keeping my spirits up and just being by my side when I nap.

This week I’m sticking with one of my first creations, “Love by the Numbers’. Originally printed in 2009, this has had a few covers, but the latest is below. The story is the same…about Scott the nerd and Jared the jock and how they find love while battling high school, hormones, and parental issues.

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.

Blurb: Jared Adams is the smokin’ hot darling of the school baseball team. Girls fawn all over him and the world is at his feet.

Except he can’t do math.

Enter Scott Williams: nerd and mathlete. He’s only supposed to help Jared with math, but the help – and friendship – go further than that.

Fate made them friends, but is friendship all they have?

Want more? Click here: Buy Link: Amazon

“The homework is too hard! No one but the real brains can even pass your tests. Ain’t there another way?”

Mrs. O’Reilly curled her lip and raised her brow. “First of all, the correct word is ‘isn’t,’ Mr. Adamson. English should be another focus of yours, I see.” She looked at Scott out of the corner of her eye and offered a crafty grin. “I think you could benefit greatly by getting a tutor.”

Jared laughed aloud, but he was the only one who found it amusing. His posture stiffened. “A tutor? Me? Come on! How would that look for me to have a freakin’ tutor?”

Mrs. O’Reilly scowled and gritted her teeth. “You’re not the first ’hot jock’ in this school to have a tutor, young man! It’s your only chance, Mr. Adamson. I’ve informed your parents of your difficulty. If improvement isn’t seen very soon, you cannot be on the team next spring.”