Thursday, December 31, 2015

THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2015



To paraphrase Charles Dickens in the opening lines of A Tale Of Two Cities, 2015 was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Yet when I look back and think of all that happened, I’m surprised to see how much I accomplished with my writing.
 
The year started off with the release in January of OH, WHAT A KNIGHT (Peninsula Heights series) Griff Walker is homeless, jobless and stranded miles from anywhere when motorist, Shane Walker, stops and offers him a ride, a job and the chance of a whole new life. http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2110-Oh-What-A-Knight.aspx
Also in the Peninsula Heights series was the release in April of FINDING THE TRUTH - http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2162-Finding-The-Truth.aspx in which P.I. Marcus D’Angelo continues the case he started at the request of the local police chief in Looking For Answers and finally discovers what’s behind the rumors of extortion and shakedowns that have plagued Little Italy for years.
A paperback collection of the first three Peninsula Heights stories is now available: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2250-Peninsula-Heights.aspx.
 
In April I completed my second year of the A-Z Blog Challenge - http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com. Blogging on a different subject every day except Sundays for the entire month of April is not the easiest thing I’ve done, but the sense of accomplishment when I hit the “send” button on that last post makes it well worth the effort. I also posted something most weeks for MySexySaturday - http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ which I’ve found to be a great way of finding new friends and promoting my books to a wider audience. 

In April my daughter suffered the reoccurrence of a health issue that almost took her life. She says hopefully it won’t happen again. I prefer to think positive and say it won’t.
 
In May I started a new series, Hennessey Falls. This series revolves around a group of bars, clubs and restaurants, owned by Noah Davidson and the Davidson Restaurant Group, and the employees who work there. The opening story came out in May - THE REPLACEMENT -  http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2181-The-Replacement.aspx Noah has just lost his lover to kidney failure and is having difficulty in moving on with his life until Gavin Murray applies for the job as the Group’s general manager. Noah’s attracted to Gavin, but he tells himself he’s not ready for someone new, he’s still mourning Brett. If he had any sense he’d turn down Gavin’s application. Instead, he agrees to give Gavin a three-month trial by convincing himself Gavin is his only option and business comes first.
In June, THE GHOST MAKES THREE http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2199-The-Ghost-Makes-Three.aspx the second book in a series I co-wrote with KC Kendricks was released. Michael Brooks’ life took an unexpected direction when he found the Taylor mansion, a two-story Colonial perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. An untenured college professor, he suddenly became a successful entrepreneur. And best of all, he met sexy deputy Colin Jefferson and they hit it off in a big way. He’s even made friends with the resident ghost. How the ghost came to live in the B&B is a mystery Michael and Colin need to solve. It’s the only way for their resident spirit to find eternal rest. But until then, the ghost makes three...
I joined the IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) blog hop in June - http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html. The writing life is full of insecurities from worrying about deadlines, to burnout, to convincing yourself you’ll never write another word, to a million other pesky problems both large and small. Just knowing there are other authors out there who experience the same thing, know exactly what you’re going through and are willing to offer their support means more than I can say. It’s comforting to know I’m not all alone, banging my head against a brick wall and crying in the dark for the inspiration that eludes me or the Muse that’s MIA.
The Hennessey Falls series continued in July with NO ONE’S PERFECT (a best seller at All Romance EBooks, btw) -http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2230-No-One-s-Perfect.aspx Thanks to an ill-timed joke and a thoughtless action, Terry Miller (who had a brief appearance in The Replacement) not only lost his job, he also lost Liam, the man he loved and expected to spend the rest of his life with. A year has passed and Terry knows he should either find it in his heart to forgive Liam for his part in what happened, or forget him and move on. But he can’t forgive and he can’t forget. As far as Terry is concerned, Liam’s the one who owes him the apology.
September and October were two of the hardest months I’ve known. In late September my eldest kitty, Toby Diamond, developed vertigo. I was terrified I would lose my baby, but I should have known better. Toby’s a fighter. He still has the head tilt and his balance is tricky, but otherwise he’s fine. But then two weeks later, at around 5:45a.m. on October 13, the phone rang. It was a nurse at the hospital to say my husband had taken a turn for the worse and to come immediately. He was actually gone when she called, but they don’t tell you that. He’d finally lost his battle with congestive heart failure and passed away in his sleep. We met as teenagers and were together a long time. He was my honey, my lover, and my best friend. I miss him terribly, but his strength was gone to the point where he kept falling and could no longer stand by himself. Family and friends have helped enormously, but this is something that takes time to accept even though I know he’s now in a much better place—he’s on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge with three of his brothers, his parents and mine, my sister, and the furkids we’ve lost over the years. I know for sure he won’t be lonely. I can hear them all now, trying to outshout one another in an effort to catch up on all the news.
As you can imagine, the rest of 2015 has passed in something of a blur. But in November STILL MISSING http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2286-Still-Missing.aspx made an appearance. This is part of the Amethyst Cove series and the sequel to Missing, But Not Dead. - Ever since Greg Stewartson, ex-cop, private investigator, and half-owner of Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, first met Ash Tyler, a handsome and very sexy nurse, he’s been trying to find Ash’s biological family—the one Ash says he had before he was taken into care and adopted by the Tylers more than twenty years ago. Greg and Ash are now a couple. Greg’s leads have all turned into dead ends, so Ash told him to let it go. Then one night a half-drowned man is brought into the urgent care clinic where Ash works. He says he’s looking for Jack Smith, the man Ash knew as grandpa. Suddenly Greg is up to his ears in new information and new leads. Will he finally get Ash the answers he so desperately wants or is he being conned by a pair of clever hustlers determined to conceal the truth? 
Chocolate Mix at Literary Nymphs gave STILL MISSING a 4-nymphs review.
 
The above books are also available at: ARE (www.allromanceebooks.com), Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
 
 
Only time will tell what 2016 holds for me. THE GHOST GETS EVEN, the third and final, at least for now, story in the series I co-wrote with KC Kendricks is due out in the early part of the year. And I have several stories in progress, including the follow-up to STILL MISSING and a couple more additions to the Hennessey Falls series.
 
 
All that’s left now is for me to wish everyone, family, friends, fans, readers, fellow authors and bloggers the very best of everything for the New Year. I hope we all have the health to enjoy the good, find the courage to deal with the bad, and to remember that whatever happens life still goes on.

Happy New Year and Blessings to us all.

 
Christiane
 
 
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Friday, December 18, 2015

MySexySaturday - A HAPPY CHRISTMAS ENDING



December 19, 2015: 

For this week’s edition of MySexySaturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ I have seven sentences from A HAPPY CHRISTMAS ENDING—an erotic contemporary m/m romance.

A HAPPY CHRISTMAS ENDING
by Christiane France


This is the sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Raindrops And Roses...

Blurb:
When Drew and Michael first met, they spent every minute of their free time together, making love, dreaming, planning and generally behaving like they lived on their own private planet. Now, almost three months later, they’re still together, but only just. Michael’s been gradually distancing himself from Drew and he’s not returning Drew’s calls. They’re supposed to be spending Christmas with Michael’s family, so Drew forces a meeting. If Michael has met someone else, he wants to know, and he wants to know now.
Will the holiday turn into a disaster, or will the men have a happy Christmas ending?

Excerpt:
“What is it? I thought we weren’t doing the gifts until tomorrow.”
          “We’re not. This is just between you and me. Something private and special. Open it.”
          I did as instructed and inside the box, nestled on a bed of white tissue was a gold name bracelet with the inscription “Michael+Drew=Forever”.
          ^^^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. And don’t forget to check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:  http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/

^^^

Cool mysteries and hot romance - http://www.chrisgrover.ca
Latest Release: STILL MISSING –
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jingle Bells


 
The Weather Channel was playing Christmas carols today and when Jingle Bells came on it reminded me of a trip my late husband and I took to Spain some years ago.

We were staying at a hotel in Torremolinos and one of the side trips being offered was a barbeque at a farm up in the hills. The passengers on our bus were a very international group--Canadian, British, German, Spanish, American, Italian, etc. On the way back, replete with BBQ and wine, one of them tried to initiate a singsong. Whichever song he tried there were never more than a couple of others who knew the words. Then he hit on Jingle Bells and the whole bus erupted into song.

Everyone on that rickety old bus knew the words, including the driver. I'll never forget speeding back down that narrow country road on a warm September night, hitting every pothole on the way with spine-jarring accuracy, with all the passengers singing Jingle Bells at the top of their voices.

Happy Holidays everyone. May your Christmas be merry and bright, and may 2016 be the best year ever.

Christiane


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Friday, December 11, 2015

MySexySaturday - CIAO, CIAO BAMBINA



December 12, 2015:

 

For this week’s edition of MySexySaturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ I have seven paragraphs from CIAO, CIAO BAMBINA—an erotic contemporary m/f romance in which childhood sweethearts meet again unexpectedly.

CIAO, CIAO BAMBINA
by Christiane France

http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/565-Ciao-Ciao-Bambina.aspx

Blurb:

Turning failing companies into winners doesn’t leave Dani Stevens with a lot of time for herself. It certainly doesn’t allow her time to find a man with whom she can indulge her sexual fantasies.

But then Dani goes to Las Vegas on business and is recognized by a man she hasn’t seen since they were both kids. Twenty years ago, Roberto Ventura was Dani’s first love, and she was his, and they were both devastated when circumstances forced them to part.

Can a teenage crush survive a twenty-year separation? Especially now when Roberto is Vegas’ latest heartthrob, a handsome, sexy, Italian singer who can have any woman he wants?

Excerpt:
          The sound of Roberto’s voice sent Dani’s temperature soaring and her feelings of guilt into overdrive. She tried to get a grip on her composure. So what if she was watching a dirty movie? She wasn’t hurting anyone, and she wasn’t doing anything wrong. And Roberto couldn’t possibly know what she had been doing. He couldn’t see her red face, or the rumpled bed, or what the couple were doing on TV, even so… She ran a shaky hand over her hair and nervously twisted a dark, silky strand around her forefinger. “Hi. This is a surprise,” she said in a weak voice she barely recognized as her own.

          Leaning back against the pillows, she pressed the ‘mute’ button on the remote. The couple were in the shower now, and the man was down on his knees, gently tugging the woman’s knees apart—
          “What are you doing?”

          The man succeeded in parting the woman’s legs, and Dani felt herself getting wet again. “Doing? Me? Nothing. Why?” As the man began to tease the woman with his tongue, Dani’s fingers started to creep under the edge of her panties. She quickly pulled them out and used them to smooth the rumpled sheet instead.
          “I was supposed to go over some new material today, but a couple of the people who were supposed to be there can’t make it, so rehearsals been cancelled. So, I was wondering…”

          The man’s tongue was delving deeper now, and the woman’s hands were locked in his hair. Dani’s fingers forgot about smoothing the sheet and took off down her belly with another goal in mind. But before it could get them both into trouble, she snatched it back and carefully scrutinized her nails. “Wondering what?”
          “I was wondering if you’d like to have lunch with me?”

          ^^^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. And don’t forget to check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:  http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/

^^^

Cool mysteries and hot romance - http://www.chrisgrover.ca
Latest Release: STILL MISSING –
http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2286-Still-Missing.aspx
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http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/ 


 

 

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review for STILL MISSING


 

STILL MISSING
By Christiane France

4 Nymphs from Chocolate Minx at Literary Nymphs.

...Because of all of the questions Still Missing instigates, I look forward to the next installment of this enjoyable saga. 

Check out the full review at: http://literarynymphsreviewsonly.blogspot.com/2015/12/still-missing.html

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IWSG Blog Hop - December 2, 2015



Christmas is special to me because my parents were married on Christmas Eve. They're both gone now, but around 10p.m. every December 24th, I open a window and listen. The stores are closed, the shoppers have gone home, the streets are empty, and there's nothing to hear but a wonderful silence. That's when my mind drifts back to the village church in England where the ceremony took place and I try to imagine what it must have been like...

The church is lit by candles and decorated with holly, ivy and pine branches. My Dad has on his best navy blue suit, and he's waiting near the altar while the choir sings It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. Then there's my mom, walking up the aisle, wearing a knee-length cream satin dress, a matching veil, pale yellow satin shoes and a bouquet of miniature bronze chrysanthemums. Not like the extravagant weddings of today, just a simple ceremony for two people who loved one another so much.

St. Mary-le-Moor, Cadmore End, Bucks





Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays, and  all the best for a wonderful 2016.

Christiane France

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Monday, November 9, 2015

New release - STILL MISSING - Amethyst Cove Series




STILL MISSING
(Amethyst Cove Series)
By Christiane France
 
This is the sequel to Missing, But Not Dead, and there’s a third book in the works.

Blurb:

Ever since Greg Stewartson, ex-cop, private investigator, and half-owner of Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, first met Ash Tyler, a handsome and very sexy nurse, he’s been trying to find Ash’s biological family—the one Ash says he had before he was taken into care and adopted by the Tylers more than twenty years ago. Greg and Ash are now a couple, but Greg’s leads have all turned into dead ends, so Ash told him to let it go.  

Then one night a half-drowned man is brought into the urgent care clinic where Ash works. He says he’s looking for Jack Smith, the man Ash knew as grandpa. Suddenly Greg is up to his ears in new information and new leads. Will he finally get Ash the answers he so desperately wants or is he being conned by a pair of clever hustlers determined to conceal the truth? 

Excerpt: 

“Did you get a chance to follow up on that guy who was brought into the clinic last night? The one who said he had to find Jack?”
            “I made a few inquiries. That waiter you said brought him into the clinic didn’t know anything about him, but he said his friend might. Today was the friend’s day off, but I’ll try to stop by the surf shop again tomorrow.”
            “You didn’t go down to the rocks?” Ash seemed a tad surprised.
            “Not yet. I figure I should wait and hear what the other guy has to say about him first.”
            He reached up and patted my cheek. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to push. I guess that’s how you PI’s have to do it, huh? One careful step at a time?”
            “It’s all I can do when I have nothing solid to go on.”
            Ash nodded. “Probably the best approach with this guy. He was pretty jumpy last night. I wouldn’t want him to take off before we know what he’s all about.”
            This was exactly why I’d decided not to say anything about my chat with Mary or the kid who’d shown up in The Riptide, at least for now. No point in raising Ash’s hopes for what could be yet another disappointment.
“We still going to Le Pastis for dinner?”
“That’s the plan. I just need a few minutes to change.”
            I chuckled at the way he managed to slide his body off the lounger without disturbing the cats more than absolutely necessary.
            “I see the boys already have you well trained.”
            “Trained? Me?” He shook his head. “No way. I was just trying to be considerate and not spoil their sleep.”
            “Right.” I wrapped my arms around Ash and gave him a hug. “They’re so good at what they do, you don’t even know they’ve done it. Now, scoot. I’m starving.” With that, I turned him toward the house and gave him a smack on the butt as incentive.
            He took a couple of steps, wiggled his ass and shot me a provocative look over his shoulder. “Before I change I need to wash off the sunblock. Sure you wouldn’t like to join me in the shower? Maybe wash my back, massage my shoulders a little…hmm? What do you say?”
            “No. Now, go.”
            “No?” 

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Friday, November 6, 2015

MySexySaturday - The Gallery On Main Street


November 7, 2015: 

For this week’s edition of MySexySaturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ I have seven paragraphs from The Gallery On Main Street—an erotic contemporary m/m romance in which our main character finds himself desperately wanting a man he doesn’t even like.
 
 

THE GALLERY ON MAIN STREET
by Christiane France


Blurb:

Martyn Cole doesn’t like his late uncle’s business partner, and he knows the feeling is mutual. Trouble is he wants Simon Deschamps as badly as he suspects Simon wants him, and when the terms of his uncle’s Will force them to work together, Martyn knows he must either figure a way to redirect his emotions elsewhere, or deal with them head on.

After deciding on the direct approach, he calls Simon, says they need to talk, and suggests they have dinner together. However, the restaurant Martyn had in mind is closed, so Simon takes him to a nearby club. Martyn isn’t sure what to expect, but just as he gives up hope of the evening developing beyond dinner and a drink, things take a definite and exciting turn as the lights dim, the music is turned up, and Simon draws Martyn into his arms and onto the dance floor.  

Excerpt:

          The lights dim even further until the room is dark as sin and it’s only the spotlights highlighting the walls. The volume of the music increases, and Simon takes my hand, urging me on to the tiny dance floor a few feet away.

          The room disappears as I close my eyes and give myself up to the moment, the music and the man. I’m caught up somewhere between wide awake and dreaming. I know my most outrageous desires are about to come true, and I relish the delicious sensation of Simon’s nearness as we slow dance our way around the cramped space.

          My arms encircle Simon’s waist, and he cups my ass in his hands, squeezing and kneading until I’m breathless with need. Our mouths meet and our tongues tangle. He’s as turned on as I am, and I smell his body-heat as his slips a hand between us and begins to caress my dick.

          I’m so content and so happy, I could stay like this forever. But the music changes to something a little more up-tempo, and we go back to our table.

          Without a word and without missing a beat, Simon picks up where he left off a moment ago. Wrapping an arm around me, I feel the warm, wet glide of his tongue along my lips while his free hand opens the zipper of my jeans and slips inside. I’m hot, I’m hard, and I hold my breath as I feel his cool hand touch my aroused cock. I tell myself to hold on, to keep my mind firmly focused. I’m a heartbeat from coming, and I want to enjoy this. I want to make it last for a minute or two at the very least.

          His fingers skim me lightly from root to tip, and I shiver with excitement. Then he rubs the tip with the pad of his thumb, and the slightly callused texture of his skin pushes me right to the edge.

          “Let it happen,” he murmurs as he wraps his hand around my shaft and begins to slide it up and down the entire length, gradually increasing the pressure and speed until I know I can’t hold back for even one more second, and then and only then do I push his hand away.
^^^
Don’t forget this is a blog hop. And don’t forget to check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:  http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ 

^^^

Cool mysteries and hot romance - http://www.chrisgrover.ca
Latest Release: No One’s Perfect –
http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2230-No-One-s-Perfect.aspx
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/ 

 

 

 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

IWSG Blog Hop - November 4, 2015


November 4, 2015

 

Moving On: 

Three weeks ago my husband passed away painlessly and peacefully in his sleep. He had congestive heart failure and he was so weak and so tired his enjoyment of life was long gone. I know he wanted to go, and I know he was more than ready, just as I know, too, what happened was for the best.

Everyone tells me to stay strong. That I need to accept it and move on. I’m trying, but saying goodbye is the hardest thing I’ve ever done—except I haven’t done it, not really. Maybe one day but not yet. We spent too many years together for me to just blow it all off with a kiss, a wave of my hand, and a whispered “Thanks for the memories.” He was my love, my whole life, my reason for being, what motivated me to get up each morning. I miss him so much and I’ve learned the hard way that we never truly realize what we have until it’s gone.

Love you, honey. Forever and always.
 

^ ^ ^ 

This is the IWSG blog hop and you can check out the other bloggers’ posts via this link: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html 

^ ^ ^

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Coming 8 November 2015 from Amber Allure: Still Missing – Amethyst Cove Series
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Friday, October 30, 2015

MySexySaturday - INDEPENDENCE DAY


October 31, 2015:

For this week’s edition of MySexySaturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ I have seven paragraphs from Independence Day—an erotic contemporary m/m romance in which Nick Gregorio tries to figure out if he should return to the past and Al, his former lover? Or should he keep moving forward and embrace whatever the future may hold?

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY
by Christiane France


Blurb:

The perfect plan for success, or a guaranteed recipe for disaster?

It sounded like such a simple, mutually beneficial arrangement when the idea was hatched over drinks in a bar late one night. A little short-term pain for long-term gain, or so Nick’s ambitious boyfriend, Al, believed. If Nick would take a back seat while Al played the doting husband to Missy, daughter of the town’s leading lawyer for a couple of months, Al’s lifelong dream of a partnership with Hilldale & Partners would finally be achieved. In return, Missy would be out from under her daddy’s thumb, free to follow her own alternative lifestyle. And then, after a short interval, Nick and Al could pick up where they left off, and everyone would live happily ever after.

As far as spur-of-the-moment plans went, this one sounded perfect.

What could possibly go wrong?

Don't miss the sequel, Independence Day II.

Excerpt:
Nick felt his face redden with embarrassment at the mind picture Al painted. “Don’t be ridiculous. Trip isn’t gay. He’s a widower with a young son. We’re casual friends and nothing more.”

Al gave Nick a narrow-eyed look. “You quite sure about that?”                   

“Sure about what?”

“All of it. Widower with a young son makes for perfect cover if you’re trying to present a nice family-man public image.”

Nick took another sip of beer, wondering if, just for once, he should let his temper rip and tell Al to take his insecurities and fuck off home to his wife, his precious job and his socially important lifestyle. “Trip doesn’t deal with the public. He’s director of personnel for the hotel’s food and beverage division. In other words, he works strictly behind the scenes.”

Al reached in the bag for another chip. “If there was no one else, why did you really leave?”

“Because…” Nick sighed. He’d rehearsed what he wanted to say a thousand times. He’d even thought about writing Al a long letter spelling it all out in infinite detail—how he was sick of being what amounted to an afterthought, to constantly taking a back seat. Except he’d realized there was no point.

^^^

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. And don’t forget to check out all the other contributors’ blogs by following this link:  http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/

^^^ 

Cool mysteries and hot romance - http://www.chrisgrover.ca
Latest Release: No One’s Perfect –
http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2230-No-One-s-Perfect.aspx
http://twitter.com/chrisgrover2
http://christianefrance.blogspot.ca/ 


 

 

 

Friday, October 23, 2015

MySexySaturday - CHANCE ENCOUNTER


October 24, 2015: 

For this week’s edition of MySexySaturday http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.ca/ I have seven paragraphs from CHANCE ENCOUNTER—an erotic m/m contemporary romance.
 
 

CHANCE ENCOUNTER
by Christiane France


Blurb:

In high school and through their first year of college, Jase Thoman and Matt Lester were best friends and lovers. But then Matt’s family moved across country, Matt transferred to another school, and the pair eventually drifted apart.

Now, ten years later, they meet again by chance. Jase is a private investigator, desperate to find his kid brother, Donny, who, in addition to two other teenage boys, has mysteriously disappeared after last being seen at a local gay bar. Matt is an undercover police officer brought in on the case by the local police department in the hope he can succeed where they have so far failed.

Matt is the only man Jase has ever really loved, but ten years is a long time. They’re not the same people they once were, and when Matt tries to pick up where they left off, Jase takes a step back. His first priority is finding his brother. As far as Matt is concerned, Jase feels how he imagines a deer would feel when caught in the headlights of a vehicle with little or no chance of escape—confused, unsure, and at the same time, positive whatever he does will be the wrong thing.

Can Matt help Jase solve the mystery of his brother’s whereabouts, while also convincing him to give their relationship a fresh start?
^^^

Jase narrowed his eyes and looked the dude over more carefully. The lighting in the club was lousy, but somewhere between the glitter, the cheap glamour and false eyelashes, one of which was rapidly becoming unglued, there was something vaguely familiar about the guy. He searched his memory and came up dry. “Sorry, man, I think you must be mistaking me for someone else.”

The man gave a soft, sexy chuckle, raising hairs on places Jase had always thought were hairless. He flipped through his memory banks for a second time. He still didn’t recognize the face, but he knew he’d heard that chuckle somewhere before. Where or when, he couldn’t remember…but something about it reminded him of his college days and March break—cheap motel rooms, heavy breathing, sweat-soaked sheets, and the overpowering smells of stale beer and sex.

“S’okay, Jase. It’s been one helluva long time,” the guy said quietly. “And I know I have you at a disadvantage in this getup. But you were looking me over pretty good, so I figured I should say something fast in case you recognized me and blew my cover.”

“Sorry, man. Like I said, I think you’re—” Before Jase could finish what he was about to say, he realized the guy had used his name. Then, something clicked in his brain and the memories came flooding back…along with a rush of pure sexual need he hadn’t felt in a very long time. “You’re— Oh, my God, it’s— But it can’t be. You’re—”

Matt Lester in the flesh?

Jase stared at the guy standing beside him in shock. He and Matt Lester had been lovers, best friends, and roommates through the last couple of years of high school and the first year of college. Then Matt’s family had moved to the west coast, and a scholarship had caused Matt to transfer to another school. They’d kept in touch for a while and still exchanged cards at Christmas, but between distance and everyday life, they hadn’t seen one another in years. Jase wanted to ask if Matt was back living here in town, or if he was just passing through. However, before Jase could say his name out loud, Matt had him in the kind of lip-lock Jase couldn’t have broken even on a good day.

He let his body go limp and waited for the one guy he’d never thought to see again do the same. At least the idiot wasn’t using force. No tongue, just a firm hold and the pressure of his mouth to keep Jase quiet. Jase felt the rasp of five o’clock shadow against his own freshly shaved skin. He was also conscious of the faint smell of stale, sweaty clothes, and he wondered if living on the street was also part of Matt’s cover. With anyone else, it would have been a total turn-off, but with Matt it was working on Jase like the most expensive aphrodisiac. He was up, he was hard, and he knew with just a little mouth-action on Matt’s part, they’d once again be flying to the moon.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IWSG Blog Hop - October 7, 2015


October 7, 2015


Continuity: 

I have several series in progress that readers seems to enjoy. Amethyst Cove is set on the coast of California and stars a former police officer turned private investigator. Another involves the residents of Peninsula Heights, a small town near Niagara Falls, and the third, Hennessey Falls, features a restaurant chain. 

In each one, the same as with any series, continuity is the key word. This means the physical descriptions and other important details that were set up in book one, both for the characters and the location, are important and must remain the same throughout any future adventures.

To keep the continuity going and also to save myself the trouble of referring back to earlier stories, I find it helps to keep these details in the form of a map for the location and as a personal profile for each character. For the major characters I also include a couple of other items which I update as the series progresses—What does this character want? How does he/she plan to get it? And what progress has he/she made to this point? Questions that come in very handy whenever you write yourself into a corner and begin to wonder: Where do we go from here? 

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