Monday Flash Fiction: End of the Line

It’s Monday so that means it’s time for a piece of flash fiction. Yay! Remember the rules…the piece is based on a picture prompt and the word count must be less than 500 words. Here’s a link to the group so you can see what other author’s have posted.

I was really happy with this week’s picture—lots of good ideas about this one!

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Avery was inspired to write a story on it. Hope you enjoy…

End of the Line

Bryce watched the tail end of the departing train fade from view, left alone on the platform with his backpack and Smartphone.

Eliot would come. He’d promised Bryce on the phone last night. Maybe he’d missed his train and had to take a later one? Maybe the train had a mechanical issue and he’d had to find alternate transportation. He’d arrive soon, surely.They’d only spent one night together, but it had been special. As goofy as it sounded, they’d made a soul-deep connection. This trip was to be the start of building a lasting friendship and a loving relationship. With any luck, Bryce would convince Eliot to transfer schools, move in with him, and finish his master’s. Continue reading “Monday Flash Fiction: End of the Line”

Welcome Author Stephen del Mar with a #SampleSunday

I’m so excited to have Stephen on my blog today. He’s here, talking about Return to Cooter Crossing (one of his Bennett Bay stories). I was lucky enough to interview Stephen about this story and life in general. Before we get into that, let’s get some info on his story.

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Aidan Quinn is having a good day, possibly the best day of his life, at least since moving to Dublin. He just received word that his degree committee approved his PhD and he’s on his way home, with lamb chops, chard, and a bottle of wine. Time to celebrate in the little cottage he shares with his mentor and lover, Dr. David Stokes. But, something is wrong when he gets home. Dr. Stokes has found a new student to “mentor.”

Like any good Irish-American lad, he gets drunk and heads home to his mother. He hopes to find himself and make plans for a new future in the quiet backwater town of Cooter Crossing. But, he forgot what it’s like being part of a large family in an extremely small town. He gets off the plane in Tampa and finds his little sister is pregnant and won’t tell anyone who the father is. His next two older brothers, Danny and Dillon, are keeping secrets, and the oldest, Rory, shows up with his son, Sean, expecting Aidan to help him navigate Sean’s coming out.

Just as Aidan thinks he’s finally getting ahead of the family drama, and settling back into life in a small Florida village, someone shoots him. And people start dying. Will he find a way to put all the pieces back together? Will he find a new direction for his life? And, what really happened to Mrs. DeWitt’s prize rooster?

“Return to Cooter Crossing” is a contemporary southern family drama with strong characterization and set in Stephen del Mar’s rich world of Bennett Bay and Big Cypress County, Florida. Although not a part of the paranormal series “The Live Oak Tales,” this story takes place after the events in “Hunter Moon and the Red Wolf” and includes a few familiar characters from that series, such as Innes Callahan and his sister Fi, Allen Clark, Deputy JJ Jackson, Max Crawford and Marcus Murphy, among others.

You can find it for sale as of July 31st on Amazon.

#SampleSunday…check out this excerpt!

“Son, we’re going to land soon.”

Oblivion dissolved around him. Aidan opened his eyes. His face was stuck to the small airline pillow by dried drool. The nun gently shook his arm. He pealed the pillow from his face and pulled his glasses out of his shirt pocket. Everything was still blurry even with his glasses on. His head throbbed and his stomach churned. He eyed the vomit-bag in the seat pouch. The nun pushed something at him. She was holding a little plastic bottle of orange juice in one hand and a few tablets in the other.

She said, “Take these.” Continue reading “Welcome Author Stephen del Mar with a #SampleSunday”

#TeaserTuesday from Perry’s Cherry

I wanted to share a #teaser from Avery’s upcoming release. It is one of several stories in Apple Bites, a Back-to-School romance anthology that will be released the end of August.

Perry’s Cherry is an M-M Romance with some heat! The stories in the anthology were limited to 3K words, and Perry’s Cherry comes in right under that limit.

Here’s the blurb:

As Perry Anderson prepares for his freshman year of college, word reaches him that an earthquake has rendered his dorm unlivable. Alternate arrangements have been made, and Perry finds himself sharing a room with senior Nick Freeland. Perry can’t help but think he’s going to cramp the senior’s style, if not ruin his reputation.

Nick is grumpy at Perry’s unwelcome intrusion. But Perry finds himself attracted to the sullen senior. Labor Day arrives, and neither guy has plans other than to stay on campus… until Nick suggests a trip to a private club called Marchello’s.
Continue reading “#TeaserTuesday from Perry’s Cherry”

A Sorceress of His Own

I just finished reading Dianne Duvall’s latest book, A Sorceress of His Own. It’s the first book in The Gifted Ones series. If you recall, Ms. Duvall writes the Immortal Guardians series—oh yes, the very yummy one with Seth and the other Immortals fighting bad vampires in North Carolina.

I must confess that I don’t normally like historical romances. I was hesitant buying this one; however, I was far from disappointed. This story is set in the 1100s (specifically 1198)—not in the society circles in London. Ah,the ton! Yuck (just not my kind of reading).

Before I get too far, let’s check out the blurb:A_Sorceress_of_his_Own

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.

I loved both Lord Dillon and Alyssa. They both had really big hearts and tried to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle in their path. We also had a Seth and Roland appearance in the story. Yay! I didn’t initially catch it, but Marcus is also in the story so there is a bit of crossover from the Immortal Guardians.  Continue reading “A Sorceress of His Own”

New Release: No More Hiding

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Blurb:

Phillip Jorgensen tried to live the straight life and ended up divorced. But he wouldn’t trade his two kids, Jacob and Samantha, for the world. His ex-wife has kidnapped them and he’s been searching for them for six long years. But he’s not giving up—never, not for anything. His twin brother has encouraged him to start living again, but how is he going to find romance with all his baggage?

When he meets Vance Pierce at the new gym, Phillip sees a chance to find some happiness.

Phillip has to explain the whole sordid mess to Vance and pray that he understands that he’ll never stop looking for his children. That’s easier said than done. Telling Vance might be risky. Is their connection strong enough to convince Vance to stay? Or will he think that Phillip is too damaged to love? This is Phillip’s chance at the life he never thought he could have. But is it possible?

Excerpt:

He was debating the merits of getting back in his truck and driving home when a movement drew his gaze. Phillip watched as a good-looking blond emerged from the doorway he assumed led to the locker room.

He looked his fill. He wasn’t quite sure if he was in the market, but even if he were, he wouldn’t approach the guy. His limited experience with men had shown him most guys who had a body that defined were more interested in looks than personality. If he ever settled down, he wanted someone who could hold a conversation—not just someone who looked good. Phillip cringed. He’d just judged the guy based solely on his looks. For all he knew, the guy was a professor or something similar. Just because someone looked good didn’t mean that was all there was to them. He knew better than that. A hand landing on his shoulder pulled him away from his self-recrimination and back to the present. Continue reading “New Release: No More Hiding”

Wednesday Briefs: Shipwreck, Part 4

It’s the time of the week again for flash fiction with the Wednesday Briefers. Yay! This week Avery is continuing Will and Foster’s story.

Just a reminder that these stories have to be 500-1000 words and based on a prompt. This week, Avery used the prompt: have a character have bedhead. Can you guess which of her characters is going to wake up with hair sticking in all directions??

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

Here we go…more of…

Shipwreck

Crack!

Foster bolted upright. He’d been having such a pleasant dream—what a rude and frightening awakening.

He heard a pounding noise, as if Napoleon’s army marched on the roof of wherever he was. Dear God, please let—

Crack!

He couldn’t help himself. A pathetic whimper escaped his mouth even as his body began to shake uncontrollably. His mind drifted to that horrible night—the night when he fought through darkened depths, trying to break through the surface and suck in a lungful of fresh air, not a mouthful of seawater.

“…you’re okay. I’ve got you.” A voice broke through his despair. “You and your cute bedhead.” The voice chuckled softly.

Where was he? His mind was too distracted by the thunderstorm. The mystery of his surroundings continued to elude Foster. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Shipwreck, Part 4”

Monday Flash Fiction: Pretty in Pink

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I stumbled upon a new Flash Fiction group on Facebook (well, new to me). Here’s a link to the group. Writers, please check it out!

It’s pretty simple. They post a picture prompt on Monday. Writers have a week to put a piece of flash fiction together (has to be under 500 words), and then they share their post the following Monday.

So last Monday’s picture is below:

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If you know Avery, you know that she had to take part in this flash. Here goes…

Pretty in Pink

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Avery Dawes

“Welcome parents and dancers! We’re so glad you could attend our Halloween party!” Her shrill voice carried across the parking lot as Miss Barnes’s greeted the youngsters entering the studio attired in everything from Frozen’s Elsa to witch costumes. Most parents had chosen to wear street clothes, but Michael noticed a couple in conservative costumes. He spied one dad dressed as Superman and a mom dressed as a maid—not the naughty French variety, either.

“C’mon, Daddy, hurry up!” Tori tugged at his hand, pulling him toward the door. “I don’t wanna miss out on any candy!”

Michael cringed. To be perfectly honest, he was worried about their reception. Tori had insisted they dress alike—as princesses. Perfect in pink. It hadn’t helped that Michael lost a bet to his husband. Otherwise, Thomas would have been the one in high heels and an off-the-shoulder-taffeta gown. And, of course, a glittery tiara. Continue reading “Monday Flash Fiction: Pretty in Pink”

The Shadows: Big Disappointment

On Friday night, I stayed up late to finish reading J.R. Ward’s 13th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, The Shadows. And yeah, I slept like crap after I finished it. You’ll find out why when you read below.

Before you read further, if you have not read The Shadows and plan to, know that SPOILERS ARE AHEAD.

Here’s the scoop on the Trez and iAm’s book:

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could functiThe_Shadowson in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

Now…to my disappointment. And the SPOILERS. Continue reading “The Shadows: Big Disappointment”