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Doing this on the fly today, just back from the Ohio Academy of Science: Science Fair (as a judge) and zooming off to a friend's play.

I'm sticking with These Haunted Hills This takes place directly after Brendan got a little uptight about being fan boyed over and Joshua assured him there would be no overt fanboying.


Tension relaxed in Brendan’s bearded jaw. “Thanks. I would love to go on a ghost hunt if you can arrange that.”

“Definitely. We can take you to a couple of places, the Moonville tunnel and of course the Crooked Pine hotel because that’s where we’ll be concentrating our efforts. I think it’s perfect for what you’re describing as the plot of your novel.”

“Excellent. So tell me more about Ash Cave.”


And here is inside the Moonville tunnel, some 'street art' of one of the ghosts that supposedly haunts the tunnel (she was killed by the train that ran thru the tunnel. I took this one on my own ghost hunt here. BTW, the hotel which will end up the haunted focus of the story, however, doesn't exist in the real world).

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I'm continuing with These Haunted Hills. This is picking up where last week left off with the bit of tension as Brendan realizes Josh is one of his fan boys. Also Josh's ghost hunting partner is in need of a name which is why she's still just () in the text!




"I was thinking that after this we can go somewhere, maybe grab something to eat or drink and go over possible places and the best way to go about viewing them. Also if you want to go on a ghost hunt with me and my team mate, that can be arranged but I warn you, () is a fan girl too. She’ll behave herself though.”

“I’ll hold you to that.”

The mirthless quality to those words created a shiver along Joshua’s skin


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I'm continuing with These Haunted Hills. I skipped a little bit here where Brendan realizes Joshua has recognized him and Joshua was telling him his students were around (Mostly because I need to ask my friend who is the naturalist there if students are allowed to do research in this area. I might have to change that part). It's slightly over 6 sentences but they're short and I wanted it to make sense. It begins just after Joshua being nervous that he's upset Brendan because he's recognized him.


“I’m used to being recognized. You haven’t acted like an obnoxious fan boy who thinks he owns me so we’re good.” Brendan’s gaze swept over Josh, lines tightening around his eyes. “Are you though?”

“What? A fan boy? Yes actually.” Josh smiled. He wasn’t going to lie to his man. “I love your books but you hired me and I owe it to you be professional.


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As I'm rushing about to leave on Spring Break (Really? ALREADY?) I won't be putting up any pictures of the Haunted Hocking Hills this time and I probably won't get to anyone's post until much later (heck this might be late depending on when the thread goes up). I'm continuing this right from where it left off last time with Brendan and Joshua getting introduced to each other.




“Dr. Zimmerman?”

Joshua already knew Halloran had one of those deep James Earl Jones voices but hearing it here when it was just them and not a crowd of fans made Josh’s knees go wobbly. Joshua held out his hand. “Mr. Halloran. I’m glad you found your way out here.”

His lips twitched slightly, almost smiling as he shook hands. “The trail is paved the whole way so even a city dweller like me won’t get lost.” He turned to look at the water rushing over the lip of the fall. “It’s quite beautiful. It’s hard to believe this much wilderness exists to close to Columbus. It’s little more than an hour from where I live, and yet I was barely aware this was here.”


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Since it was freakishly hot yesterday, I hiked out to Ash Cave myself where chapter two of These Haunted Hills is set. So did everyone else in SE Ohio apparently. Still a nice time to decompression and get in touch with nature. I'm picking right up from where I left off last week where Joshua's inner monologue clued us in as to why Halloran is so depressed and is hoping that Halloran's son's death isn't the reason the man is reaching out to ghost hunters. (also I'm going to have to change Christian's name as it's too close to Kristen, his mother. Granted people do that in life all the time but I wonder if it'll be confusing in print).

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And if you want to see even more pictures from yesterday head here.

And oh, the snippet ran a couple sentences long just to finish out the thought...


Joshua knew psychic mediums. One ran across them in the ghost hunting business but he wasn’t one and definitely didn’t want to have to get into that with one of his idols. Still, Halloran had asked to see the haunts of the hills rather than invite Joshua to ghost hunt in his Dublin home. It had to be for a new series, right?

As Halloran closed the distance between him, he took off his sunglasses acknowledging the shade the evergreens provided the area. His eyes were blue, a blue Joshua had wondered if they were contact-enhanced when he first seen it on B.A. Halloran’s various online hangouts. Now, up close, they looked real. Sure they could still be contacts but somehow he didn’t think that a man in Halloran’s position would bother. Joshua’s mind flashed to the Abney Park song Rosie and Max. Max’s description worked for Halloran.




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I'll be in and out this weekend so I might be slow to comment. I'm trying to get some of the jewelry making I have waiting on me done. It's insane the sheer amount of beads and crap I have so I'm going to a crafting party because I obviously need supervision in order for me to finish things.

I'm continuing with Joshua's point of view where we learn key things about Brendan I didn't have in Brendan's point of view (but explain why Brendan is so depressed). I'm ahead of myself with the picture. They'll be heading here, the Ridges, the Athens Lunatic Asylum (the original name). It's a beautiful, very haunted asylum that originally wanted to be a a nurturing place to help the mentally ill (but you can guess that's not what ended up happening). It's now the art gallery for Ohio University. There's a crap ton on the hauntings online if you're curious. I head over here often.

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We're picking up immediately after Joshua sees Brendan waiting on him to finish with the Girl Scouts at Ash Cave.


Now that Halloran was here, Joshua found he couldn’t close the distance between them. After several emails setting up times and places to go ghost hunting, Joshua had enough clues to suspect Brendan Halloran was B. A. Halloran, author of one of his favorite YA fantasy series. An unrepentant geek, he would be lying if he said that realization played no role in accepting this job. He had spent more hours drawing fan art of Kiyomi Fujita and John Archer than he wanted to think about, no regrets though.

However, knowing what Halloran had been through in the last few years made him nervous about meeting the man and even more nervous about why he wanted to go ghost hunting. Was it really for a new series or was he trying to contact little Christian. Joshua had no idea what losing a child would do to the soul, didn’t even want to imagine it.



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I'm sitting here moving slow as the weather keeps bouncing from 60 to 20 degrees and the arthritis isn't impressed. It's supposed to be 60 today so I might haul myself out of here and go hiking in the area I've been posting about for the last few weeks. This week we're still in These Haunted Hills but I've moved ahead to ch 2 so we can meet Dr. Joshua Zimmerman (whose doctorate is in ecology), ghost hunter, steampunker, geek. We meet him just after he finishes a talk to a bunch of girl scouts as a favor to the naturalist who works in the park. As it so happens the unnamed (in the story) naturalist is my friend and partial inspiration for Josh. I've borrowed his website for Josh. If you'd like to see the real website, head here. Haunted Hocking Most of the action will be set in Jackson, Vinton, Meigs and Athens county. I live in Jackson. And if you're poking around the site thinking hmmmm that's a lot of dirt roads, you're right. I live where pavement isn't really a thing.

And oh this area Stroud's Run State Park is what got me thinking about this story originally. There is a haunted cabin in the park (Athens county if you want to look up the story).

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So let's meet Josh.



As the girls were herded down the trail, Joshua spotted a couple other hikers inspecting Ash cave. One man watched the water splashing down over the lip of the shelter cave. A Star Trek ball cap in science blue shielded much of his face. Sunglasses and well-kempt beard in deep walnut completed the obfuscation of his features, and yet Joshua knew who he was but only because he was expecting Brendan Halloran. He’d asked the author to meet him here because he thought that if Halloran was going to write a book set in the area he should see some of its most beautiful parts. Halloran wanted ghosts, and Ash Cave could provide those.



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It's been another long week of not getting nearly enough writing done but at least I made a wee bit of progress but not much on These Haunted Hills. I'll be picking up right where I left off last week but I think next week I'll jump a little ahead to Joshua.

But first another picture of Brendan's first destination in the Hocking Hills, Ash Cave.
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We're picking up with Brendan going to the titular website to check out local haunted locales and the man who runs the ghost hunting site. I went a couple lines over this time because it helped firm up who Brendan is and why he's in a lonely cabin in the woods.

Brendan brought up the These Haunted Hills website to see what he should look at first. Dr. Joshua Zimmerman’s picture was in the upper corner. One sign that Brendan wasn’t completely dead inside was how cute he thought Joshua was. Almost too boyish to be believable as an accomplished PhD. teaching ecology at a local university, his picture looked more like he was an undergrad. It could be an old one or that bright smile belied the amount of years behind it.

What Brendan wanted to see most was Crooked Pines, a former lodge that was now abandoned and theoretically too haunted to be reclaimed. There was a story in that, Brendan needed to dig it out. His agent still wasn’t sold on him writing a more adult ghost story but it had been three years since the end of his young adult series. He’d written nothing, though the adventures of Selena and Will had generated more than enough money to live his life out a couple times over.







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I'm still sharing from There Haunted Hills. I'd better get back to writing it! I'm struggling to write anything right now. I have a rough semester this time out and by the time I get home and do all the work I have to do, I'm too tired to write. Sigh.

This picture is jumping ahead a little to where Brendan will first meet Joshua. This is Ash cave in the Hocking Hills, near Logan, Ohio.

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The snippet continues directly from when he got his coffee and has sat down on the futon to try and settle in (and it finally hints as to why he's in this cabin in the woods, other than as a potential site to commit suicide in).

Flipping on the TV, he reassured himself there was actually a functioning satellite and ditto the wifi for the computer so there wouldn’t be some Overlook-The Shining isolation driven craziness going on. Brendan powered up his computer, wondering if he should remove the paperweight of a galaxy he had as a wallpaper. Kristen had shared her opinions on it the last time she had seen him, and they had been as negative as they had been loud. He pushed it from his mind. He checked his emails, let Kristen know he’d made it safety. He saw no emails from his agent, his best friend Jonathan nor the man who he’d hired to show him around to the haunted sites in the Hocking Hills and the surrounding towns.


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I'm continuing with These Haunted Hills even though the work on it is STILL very slow.

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This is Queer Creek (no, really) that wends its way around the Hocking Hills and is part of the various small waterfalls.

We're still with Brendan this week (Maybe next week I'll fast forward to Joshua's pov). This snippet is directly after last week's and it showcases Brendan's mental state at the start of the story.


Brendan could see giving in to the grief in a quiet place like this. They wouldn’t know until his month’s worth of rent was up. He shuddered and forced himself away from the window. He busied himself with unpacking. He braved the lashing rain to grab his computer bag and three canvas bags of groceries out of the car. His mood lifted to an inch above the floor once he filled the cabin with the scent of coffee.



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I'm continuing with These Haunted Hills even though the work on it has been very slow (as I've been working on edits for a vampire thing which I might start sharing again as I really need fresh eyes on it).

Brendan is bisexual which will be known by the second chapter. I'm using Tom Mison (from Sleepy Hollow) as body/face inspiration for Brendan though I'm not sure yet if his hair is shorter or longer.

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This takes place directly after last week's snippet and I ran over 2 sentences so the thought is completed (as a reminder, Brendan has come to the Hocking Hills and is renting a cabin for a month).


He peered out one rain streaked window. All he could see were trees, mostly pines with something that was covered in blooms, dogwood maybe. The green isolation he’d chased after surrounded him. Those second thoughts skyrocketed. Kristen hadn’t wanted him to come. She didn’t trust him alone. Brendan knew his ex had reason to worry. Both of them were mired in grief and three years hadn’t moved them past it.

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For the first snippet of the new year I'm doing something I've never done: sharing something brand new in its raw form. Literally I have only about six paragraphs of this one but its one of the projects I want to finish this year, something close to contemporary. Okay there are ghost hunters in it but done in a realistic way (okay, one of the leads (not in this snippet) is based very loosely on a friend here who is in fact a ghost hunter). It's called at the moment These Haunted Hills and is set where I live in Appalachian Ohio, the Hocking Hills (technically I live a bit south west of here but I can be here within the hour). Brendan is a man whose been through a lot and is an author of a popular middle grade/YA series whose come to the hills to investigate ghosts for his next, more adult novel but more important, he's running from his problems.

This is what I had in mind for the cabin in the snippet. This is from Crooked Creek Cabin rentals which is in the area.

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Brendan second guessed his decision the moment he walked through the cabin’s front door even though it was exactly what he wanted: a cabin in the woods. The cold spring deluge that lashed him from car to porch hadn’t helped matters much. To Brendan the shower embodied perfectly the condition of his mind and soul.

Leaving his bag on the doorstep, Brendan took in his home for the next month. It could almost be called cute in a rustic sort of way. The loft bedroom perched above the open concept living area and kitchen.


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Happy new year's everyone. I'm trying to be hopeful that 2017 will be a better year but the logical side of me says, fat chance.

I found a little bit of the New Year's celebration from Soldiers of the Sun for today (and it gives me a little leeway as I've been doing a lot of my holiday writing for friends and not working on anything new per se).

It's the first mission for the demon hunters, Caleb Agni and Temple (all three are lovers) and Temple's newest partners in the Soldiers of the Sun, Jo. They're protecting a New Year's eve party (in the 1930s) from demons.

Caleb pulled out his pocket watch. “If nothing else there’s only an hour until the New Year. The party probably won’t last much longer than that.”

“I hate dress shoes,” Agni said, wriggling his foot at Caleb in emphasis. “The party has already lasted too long.”

“This is why Temple calls you grumpy.”

“He does that to irritate me because he enjoys it. I could have thought of many far more enjoyable ways to ring in the New Year than this.” Agni’s expression clued Caleb in to what he had in mind. Given his partner’s extensive knowledge of certain sexual texts from India, Caleb felt very sad to be on duty at this moment.

BlurbCaleb Davies and Agni Pradesh are worried about their teammate and lover, Temple Chevalier. Not only has he lost his long-time partner, Fu Li, but he nearly died fighting a demon himself. Also, Temple isn’t sure he’s ready for a new teammate after Li. Caleb and Agni are even more concerned that their three-way relationship with Temple exists less because he loves them and more because he’s hiding from the pain of Li’s loss.
1932 shapes up to be a terrible year for the Soldiers as they welcome the New Year fighting demons and then end up investigating a case that pairs them up with the Knights Templar. This would normally be a good thing, but it forces Temple to face his painful past. Worse yet, the case leads right to Astaroth, a Prince of Hell, who might prove to be an unbeatable foe.

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Happy Holidays to those who celebrate. For Christmas have a little of my 1930s demon hunters, Li & Temple (and their partners Caleb & Agni) from The Darkest Midnight in December. Two sets of partners and lovers, they've been called to Economy Village outside of Pittsburgh to investigate two different demon appearances and the one in the snippet is sort of the French version of Krampus. All they want to do is make it home for the Christmas, provided they live that long.

Standing over a bed, a tall man in black robes with a huge basket on his back tried to wrestle a toddler out of his bed. A brave boy pummeled him with whatever was on hand.
“Le Père Fouettard, let the boy go.” Temple benched his Tommy gun against his body, taking aim. At the moment, he couldn’t take a shot without hurting the boys. As Li took out his kunai and tried to shoo the older boy out of the way, he kept the gun on the demon.

Blurb: The year is 1930, and something is hunting infants and young couples in Economy Village, PA. When a local priest begins to suspect a demon may be the culprit, the sheriff calls in a team of Soldiers from the Sun.
Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li specialize in demon hunting, but they can’t rule out an old religious sect as the true culprit. Prejudice, distraught parents, and angry townspeople don’t make the team’s job any easier. And if something goes wrong, they’re on their own, because by the time their backup arrives, it will be too late.

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Something a little different today (because I'm probably running the ragged edge of what you can share of from a short story, and Once Upon a Time in the Weird West released yesterday, so exciting). Since we're nearing the holidays, I thought I'd share a little of my holiday stuff. This is a snippet from The Light in Winter which was part of one of Dreamspinner's advent calendars. I drew from my time in Wales doing a research fellowship on Neolithic sites for this (that and I sort of follow a druidic path). Gareth is a professor at the University of Aberystwyth and a Druid. Warun is a Christian doctor. Their schedules have put a huge strain on their relationship so for the holidays Gareth surprised Warun with a romantic trip to some of the historic sites he loves so much and the story ends with him sharing the Druid ritual of Alban Arthan (The Light of Arthur), the Solstice, with Warun for the first time. So we get to see a lot of this place, Bryn Celi Ddu, one of my favorite Neolithic sites in Wales  photo 100_1750_zpshsjkerxw.jpg (Granted, I'm pretty sure the powers that be wouldn't be too happy if people spent the longest night of the year inside this passage grave,vbut I could be wrong).



They had traveled to Beaumaris Castle next, which had been a good choice. He pulled Gareth over to the moat, ticking a finger against his camera. “Selfie time.”
“You are so silly.” Gareth posed with him regardless. “It’s really a perfect castle.”

“Moats, turrets, concentric wall-in-wall construction:, you’re right.” Warun slipped his hand into Gareth’s as they headed inside. Aberystwyth Castle was only ruins, like so many others in Wales, but Beaumaris was perfect. Maybe he should plan a castle hop as a gift for Gareth next time, or a tour of holy wells. He was beginning to understand the importance of being in nature to the druids, why his lover went into ecology as a career. The look of peace on Gareth’s face as they had trekked to the holy well made it clear.


BlurbDr. Gareth Evans and his medical doctor partner, Warun Jones, are having trouble making time for each other between end of term craziness for Gareth and holiday-related injuries pouring into the hospital for Warun. Gareth has planned what he hopes will be the perfect recipe for relieving the tension and bringing them back together. While Warun wants Gareth to partake in Plygain, a traditional dawn service of hymn singing for Christmas, Gareth plans to take Warun to Bryn Celli Ddu and introduce him to the Druid ritual of Alban Arthan, the celebration of the winter solstice.

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Running late again but for good reason. I was at a friend's 25th anniversary party.

I'm back with Corpse Powder again. We're in Tsela's pov. He's just asked Isaac to be the ship's doctor only to learn Isaac is terrified of flying.

And here's the wonderful picture of Tsela Lex Chase did as part of a 'trading card' set for the anthology.

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Tsela licked his lips. He had been afraid when he first entered the air. It was so outside his people’s beliefs that he didn’t know to adjust to it at first. He had been sure Estanatlehi wouldn’t approve, but when the goddess didn’t swat the ship out of the sky, he slowly relaxed and learned to love it. “You’re afraid of flying?”

“Who wouldn’t be? One misstep and you’re over the sides, plunging to your death.” Shuddering, Isaac rubbed his arms.



Corpse Powder which can be found in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology by Dreamspinner. blurb for my story: Doctor Isaac Adler came to Virginia City, Nevada, to escape the horrors he witnessed during the War between the States. Despite a living in a thriving Jewish community, Isaac’s having trouble finding his faith… and finding work. Just when he’s contemplating leaving the desert, life takes an unexpected turn when the airship Aurora is attacked by pirates and Isaac is called upon to help the wounded.

The ship’s first mate, Tsela “Alexander” Zhani, is also trying to outrun a nightmare, his in the form of the powerful skinwalker who drove him from his Navajo village. Tsela’s friendship with the handsome doctor responsible for saving the lives of his friends gives both men a fragile hope for a better future. But their demons aren’t as far behind them as they thought.

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I've been so immersed in writing final exams, I forgot it was Saturday! I'm still working on commenting to last week's round. Happy anniversary to Rainbow Snippets! It's been a lot of fun.

Here's something new and coming out soon in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology by Dreamspinner. It's from my story Corpse Powder which was a ton of fun to write. Here's the blurb for my story: Doctor Isaac Adler came to Virginia City, Nevada, to escape the horrors he witnessed during the War between the States. Despite a living in a thriving Jewish community, Isaac’s having trouble finding his faith… and finding work. Just when he’s contemplating leaving the desert, life takes an unexpected turn when the airship Aurora is attacked by pirates and Isaac is called upon to help the wounded.

The ship’s first mate, Tsela “Alexander” Zhani, is also trying to outrun a nightmare, his in the form of the powerful skinwalker who drove him from his Navajo village. Tsela’s friendship with the handsome doctor responsible for saving the lives of his friends gives both men a fragile hope for a better future. But their demons aren’t as far behind them as they thought.

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So let's meet Isaac as he's trying to board the airship Aurora after she was attacked leaving the doctor many patients to try and save.




Isaac swallowed back a wave of fear as he climbed. He reminded himself the ship was docked and he wouldn’t be flying off anywhere. He couldn’t handle flying. Isaac struggled his way onto the deck, followed by the airman. Waiting for them was one of the most handsome men Isaac had ever seen, in spite of the goose egg forming on his chin. His raven hair swept back into the intricate knot Isaac had noticed on a few of the other Navajo men in town.


Anthology's Blurb: This isn’t the same old Wild West. The usual suspects are all present: cowboys, outlaws, and sheriffs. There’s plenty of dust, tumbleweeds, horses, and cattle on the range, but there are also magical gems, automatons, elementals, airships… even dinosaurs and genetically modified insects. Roaming among the buffalo and coyotes, you’ll encounter skinwalkers, mad engineers, mythical beings cloaked in darkness, and lovers who stay true to their oaths… even beyond the grave. On this frontier are those at the mercy of their own elaborate devices as well as men whose control of time and space provides a present-day vision of the West. There might even be a dragon hidden amongst the ghost towns and wagon trains.

If you like your Westerns with a splash of magic, a touch of steampunk, and plenty of passionate romance between men, these genre-bending tales will exceed expectations.

Hold on to your hats, cowboys and cowgirls. The West is about to get weird, and you’re in for a hell of a ride.

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I've been out visiting the relatives since I came home for the holiday (heading back to OH tomorrow) so I'm late with this and probably can't read til Monday.)

In December I'll be in two anthologies and since Love Wins from DSP drops first I thought I'd do the next couple of snippets from that one first. This is from my Kept Tears universe (You can find the novel here.).



This snippet is on the Exterminator, a dark coaster in Kennywood park where they've taken Aaron to help boost his spirits.


He shrieked as Aaron whooped. The royal prince of fairies sure can scream like a little girl, Aaron thought, almost feeling bad for Rhys.

The ride ended all too quickly, and Rhys staggered out onto the platform before extending a hand to help Aaron out of the car. “That was terrifying.”

“The word you’re looking for is fun,” Aaron countered.

“Crazy person. I’m in love with a crazy person,” Rhys panted.



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Running like mad as I'm presenting at a seminar today. I'll be reading tonight. In December I'll be in two anthologies and since Love Wins from DSP drops first I thought I'd do the next couple of snippets from that one first. This is from my Kept Tears universe (You can find the novel here.). Actually the snippet summarizes the plot. Aaron is having a rough time and Rhys and Corrine are there to support him. And for any Pittsburghers in the group, this is set there and highlights one of my favorite things in the area, the historic Kennywood Park.


“Next week, it’ll be the anniversary of the day he lost his arm. Aaron withdraws. His mom usually is here to help, but her sister broke her leg and needs help. She wants us to keep him safe.” Corrine’s voice shook. She paused to take a deep breath. “Rhys, Aaron is one of my best friends, but it’s you he loves. Tell me you’re going to be around this week.”

If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It's been a great supportive group!

And if you're interested in the anthology (the money goes to LGBT charities to help the Orlando Pulse victims) you can find the pre-order link here.
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
I was half wondering if I would even participate this week between my health issues and the whole depressing events of this week then decided, no I probably need this more than ever. I know I keep ping ponging around story wise but maybe for the next few times I'll pull from Kept Tears as I'll have a short story in this verse coming out soon in the Love Wins anthology. Aaron is an injured war vet (and a good choice since it was veterans day yesterday and he's big on vet's rights) who lost his arm in the war. Rhys is not what he seems to be: a fantasy author. This is their first real date.




“I have to admit, this is a bit of a surprise,” Rhys said, walking up the marble steps of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with Aaron. “It’s not your normal first date.”

“I guess we could consider the club a first date of sorts. And I’ve already told you I’m a science nerd.” Aaron smiled, steering Rhys toward one of his favorite areas of the museum.

“Yes, that’s the sort of thing you don’t want to find out months later and wonder, ‘Just who the hell have I been dating?’” Rhys’s blue eyes gleamed with mischief.


Blurb: Having left most of his arm and his self-confidence behind in the Afghanistan desert, young veteran Aaron Santori has enough on his plate learning to use his prosthetic arm. Attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh makes life both interesting and challenging. Mentally, he's ill prepared for meeting Rhys Edwards, a young-adult novelist from Wales and everything Aaron could want in a man. Between the scars from the explosion and his PTSD, he’s reluctant to date. Ready or not, though, Aaron finds himself jumping into the deep end of the relationship waters.

What Aaron couldn’t possibly know is that Rhys isn’t human at all. As a prince of the Tylwyth Teg, Rhys is fae, with a list of enemies he’s accumulated over the past few centuries—among them a former lover, Morcant, who is back to make Rhys’s life miserable. An unwitting pawn in their Machiavellian fae politics, Aaron only knows he’s falling in love, never suspecting love might be his death sentence.

Buy Link here.



If you'd like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It's been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It's been a great supportive group!

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