#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.
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Wednesday Briefs: Shipwreck

Avery finally found the time to write a piece of flash fiction. This one was based on a boat prompt (see the below pic). Remember, the Wednesday Briefers have to keep their stories between 500 and 1000 words.

Hopefully you’re ready to meet Will and his “fresh catch.” Enjoy the read!

sailboat

Shipwreck 

by

Avery Dawes

Despite the throbbing in his leg, Will shambled down to the shore, a towel slung over his left shoulder, a cup of coffee gripped in his right hand. His newly constructed bungalow had weathered last night’s wicked storms well, taking the abuse of high winds and torrential rain with all the ease of a conditioned submissive—bowed, but not broken.

Will dried off the Adirondack chair and slid into the seat, sipping his steaming cup of java. A thin layer of fog shrouded the bay, muffling everything but the sound of the water lapping against the shore. He’d only lived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for two months, but this had been the most peaceful time of his life. He kept waiting to miss the camaraderie of his SEAL Team brothers, but after his last tour in the sandbox, he’d had enough. The medical discharge only cemented the fact his military career was over. Nothing like having a semi-bionic leg. Grateful the doctors had saved his limb, he now wondered if having a prosthetic would be less painful than having one filled with an assortment of titanium plates and rods. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Shipwreck”

Wednesday Briefs: A River Rendezvous

Avery is back with another standalone flash fiction piece. Are you excited? This one is an historical M-M romance (hopefully there is such a thing!). I’ve been slacking on writing a bit, but it was fun working on this piece. It actually came together very quickly. Yay!

For a quick refresher, Wednesday Briefs have to be 500-1000 words in length and include a prompt. Avery used two prompts this week: a thunderstorm and a waterfall. Hope you enjoy the soldiers!

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

A River Rendezvous

by Avery Dawes

Marching was vastly overrated, Henry decided, especially beneath a blistering sun. And they’d been at it all day. Dinner—whatever they managed to scrounge—and then into his bedroll. Well, he amended, after he took a bath. At this rate, the Union soldiers would smell him before they ever caught sight of him. Henry hadn’t bathed in two days. Not since the thunderstorm that drenched his clothes and made his socks squish in his shoes.

“Keep up, Henry, we’re almost there.” Lt. Robertson, his commanding officer and former neighbor, gave him a friendly shove. “I know it’s been a long day.”

“Sorry, sir…” His voice drifted off. The past week had been particularly difficult for him. His younger brother passed after taking a round in the shoulder. The doctors tried to save him, but infection had overtaken his body. There was nothing that could be done. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: A River Rendezvous”

Wednesday Briefs Sci-Fi MM Flash

My muse has been all over the place of late. Usually it goes on vacations for extended periods of times without asking. Now, it’s just jumping around—ooh, look at that shiny, sparkly thing…let’s try that!!

I really appreciate those of you who stop by and check out my Wednesday Briefs stories. This week I decided I want to focus on flash fiction. I had a lot of fun in Lisa Kessler’s class, and I really want to hone writing a complete story in less than 1000 words.

The below story is sort of a sci-fi m-m story. My hope is to keep the same characters and write short pieces about snippets of their lives. I hope you like them or at least keep reading to see how they grow.

I’m getting to the story, I promise!! This week’s story is based on the prompt, “Huh, that’s smaller than I thought.” Come on, get your mind out of the gutter…well, temporarily!!! *wink*

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

Mission Interrupted

by

Avery Dawes

Blaster fire sounded from behind Sid. One lucky shot caught his thigh as it streaked by. “Damn-it!” He keyed the small comm in his ear. “Gareth, where in the universe are you? I’m hit!” Sid pulled the lone stun grenade from his pocket and launched it. He wasn’t a weapons guy. Blasters were foreign to him. Besides, even if he had one, he couldn’t hit the broad side of a space cruiser in broad daylight.

A bass voice sounded in his ear. “What in the Meridan Galaxy do you expect? You tripped the Clanadies’ security on entry.” The dumbass that belonged at the end of the sentence went unsaid.

Gareth sounded really pissed. Well, Sid was just as pissed, and his leg throbbed like the techno beat in Club Paragon. He quickly typed the last of the code into the cantankerous older model Xlite processer, starting the final download to his microdrive.

His comm blared to life with Gareth’s commanding voice. “Sid, you’ve got fifteen seconds to get your ass out of there. Otherwise, I won’t be responsible for what happens.”

“Gareth, you big lunk! You’re supposed to be keeping them off of me. One more minute. Then, I’ll be done.” Sid cursed under his breath. The download was taking its sweet time. Babying the ancient machine didn’t work either. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs Sci-Fi MM Flash”

Wednesday Briefs: New Story Beginning

Avery’s back! She’s got a new m-m story to start this week. I hope you’re excited. It includes murder in a small town and an ex who’s also the Assistant Police Chief. Juicy, right? Well, Avery sure hopes so *grins*

Remember, the flash fiction stories have to be 500-1000 words in length and be based on a writing prompt. Avery’s prompt for this week was a picture:

canoeNow, I realize this is a just a canoe, but give the story a chance *wink* To give a little background, this story was part of a flash fiction class. Unfortunately, the story is more a scene from a larger work, rather than a standalone piece, but I’m excited about the characters and the prospects for the story. Be sure to let me know what you think!

Here we go…….

Murder, Myles, and Me

by

Avery Dawes

I expected the small community center in Pine Creek, Colorado, to be abuzz with activity. After all, this was search headquarters for town resident and bar owner, Adrian Sommers, who was missing and presumed dead. Rumors circulated that Adrian had been murdered, but why?

This was my first trip back to the hill-billy town since I graduated high school eight years ago. I didn’t want to be here, but Adrian—Ad to me—was the big brother I never had. He looked after me whenever my dad went on a bender. Or when my old man decided my only purpose in life was to be his punching bag.

Most of my memories of high school were bad. Ad was the one person who made my life bearable. Well, next to my bestie, Kelsey. We’d played in the band and were the only two gay kids in school. Yeah, life held some big challenges back then. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: New Story Beginning”

New Year’s Eve Wednesday Briefs

I hope that everyone had a great holiday! Now, we are on the verge of 2015. Where has time gone?!

Avery wanted this edition of Wednesday Briefs to be special. She’s decided to give you a glimpse into what’s happening with Carson and Tyler, her characters from Fall Break Fright. The prompt she picked for this week was to have her characters slow dance (this actually shows up in Part II of the flash since Carson and Tyler got carried away with the word count). In case you aren’t familiar, here is a link for Fall Break Fright.

Remember, Wednesday Briefs are flash fiction pieces so they are limited in word count. They also have to include a prompt.

Avery hopes you enjoy this flash!

Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak
Photo courtesy of Kevin Mitnak

New Year’s Decadence

by

Avery Dawes

Carson rolled over, reaching for Tyler, only to find his side of the bed empty, the sheets cool. Groaning, Carson sat up enough so he could scan the room before checking the time. Maybe he’d slept later than he thought? He struggled to remember if Tyler had mentioned something about going out first thing this morning.

When he didn’t spy Tyler or hear him banging around the kitchen, he glanced at the clock; however, something blocked the normally bright blue numbers on the face. Carson fumbled, finally grabbing the object. After he adjusted the bed pillows, he examined what was a crisp, white envelope made from a heavy-weight paper. Puzzled, he turned it over in his hands, looking for clues. The engraved “C” on the front didn’t offer anything, other than it had to be expensive. Good thing he didn’t make a living as a detective; he’d have been fired a long time ago! Continue reading “New Year’s Eve Wednesday Briefs”