Rainbow Snippet for 1-16-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Picking up from last week. Taliya has been talked into having dinner with her friend Belyn.

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

She felt tears welling in her eyes. “Not yet, Bel. I know I need to, but just… not yet.”

“All right. Tonight, after dinner, at my place.”

“Your place?”

“You do need a place to stay, don’t you?”

“Belyn, no. I can’t.”

“Of course you can. I won’t take no for an answer. See you at Curtey’s.”

Belyn cut the connection before she could reply and she laughed, shaking her head. She had known Belyn Weaver her entire life and she never had been able to say no to him and make it stick.

 

 

 

 

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

I’ve been rereading the first couple books of the Academy of the Accord series to start working on its concordance again and…

Ugh.

Just… Ugh.

I’m not even to the end of Book One yet and I’m finding so many threads that I let drop that need to be picked up and woven into later books. (And possibly the prequel, too.)

And so many explanations that seem to have evaporated or been changed to something completely different.

And so much repetition of stuff! *sob* I think I’m going to have to get it printed and start all over with a paper edit again.

And then there are twelve more books that are probably in worse shape.

I’m starting to ask myself how badly do I want to actually finish this thing and have it see the light of day.

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Wednesday Words #316 (1/13/2021)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

setting: a kitchen
characters: a young man and an old man
situation: dinner prep and an overflowing trash can

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Hearts Repaired

Blurb:

Hearts Repaired (Professions of Love #1)

A confident doctor. A sexy mechanic. A May/December romance to fall in love with.

Lawrence Barnsdale was stunned when he woke up next to a much younger man. This wasn’t his style. This wasn’t him. He knew the relationship was doomed when he realized that Curtis was smart, funny and an accomplished doctor. Why would Curtis be interested in an over-the-hill mechanic?

Curtis knew from the night they first met that Lawrence was the kind of guy he could have a future with. If only he could convince Lawrence that the age difference didn’t matter.

Hearts Repaired is the first book in a May/December contemporary gay romance series. If you like second chances, real men, and finding a connection, then you’ll love this new series by Caraway Carter.

Buy Hearts Repaired to discover the men of Professions of Love today! This was originally published as The Doctor & The Mechanic, but has been rewritten and is now a 49k novel.

Book 2, Hearts Redesigned will be released April 13th and will be available for Pre-order soon. There is also a sneak peek at the end of Hearts Repaired.

Excerpt:

Curtis lay watching the other man in the room gather his clothing, admiring the shape of his shoulders, remembering feeling protected when he held on to them. Lawrence bent to pick up a pair of black socks and his shoes.

Curtis grinned as Lawrence stood in the room looking for one article that was missing.

“You don’t have to rush out the door,” Curtis said.

“Don’t I?” Lawrence brushed the clothes from the chair to the floor and took a seat. “Oh Lord, you are young.” He ran his hand through short salt-and-pepper hair.

“Come back up here.” Curtis patted the sheet beside him.

Lawrence shook his head. “I don’t know what I was thinking. I bet I’m old enough to be your grandfather.”

“Hardly,” Curtis chuckled and sat up against the headboard. “I’m not as young as you think.” He winked. “Besides, what does it matter? It wasn’t an issue last night. I don’t think either of us thought about age. I seem to remember us both passing out satiated.”

“Aha!” Lawrence lifted his boxer-briefs off the floor with his toe. “I had a heart attack when you began kissing down my neck. I’m not used to men being so forward.”

Curtis bent over and grabbed the underwear away.

“Hey!” Lawrence said, reaching for them and missing.

Curtis backed up, taunting him with the underwear. “Hey, what?”

“Give me those,” Lawrence said indignantly. “Come on.”

Curtis grinned. The handsome, older man was probably used to getting his way, but it wasn’t going to happen this time.

“Nope.” Curtis shook his head to match his word. “I’m being forward again. You’ll get these when you get back up here.” He patted the spot beside him again.

Lawrence rolled his eyes. “Aren’t you going to be late for class or something?” He leaned over Curtis and grabbed at the striped boxer-briefs, then sat down empty-handed on the edge of the bed.

“Ah-ah-ah,” said Curtis, wagging his finger with a grin. “I didn’t say when you’d get them, just that you would—eventually.” Curtis glanced at the phone on the nightstand. “I don’t have to be at work until noon.” He tucked Lawrence’s shorts under his pillow and went back to revisit the neck he’d enjoyed the night before. Lawrence shivered.

“But seriously, what time is it? I’ve got an early appointment today.”

“Then you can reschedule it.” Curtis continued kissing down his shoulder, looking for the spot that had made Lawrence moan last night.

“No, I really c-can’t,” Lawrence stammered, his eyes fluttering closed in spite of himself. “Oh, God, that feels nice.”

“Well, that’s good, because it’s supposed to,” Curtis said, as his lips got to the inside of Lawrence’s elbow.

Lawrence moaned just the way Curtis was hoping.

Curtis raised an eyebrow. “If I tell you, will you stop trying to get dressed?”

Lawrence considered. “Yes,” he allowed after a long, drawn-out pause.

“It’s just now quarter-to-seven. How early is that appointment?” God, why am I up so early?

“Not that early,” Lawrence said, giving in. He pulled his legs up and lay back, outstretched. “It’s a good thing I didn’t get a stitch of clothing on.”

“Yeah, it’ll make this a lot easier.” Curtis bent over Lawrence, kissing along his neck to his chest, and slipped between Lawrence’s legs. His tongue snaked around each nipple before continuing down to Lawrence’s flat stomach. Above and under him, Lawrence drew in breath between his teeth, a long, sensuous hiss.

Pressing against the lengthening cock beneath him, Curtis licked his lips. “I want some more, old man,” he said.

“I have to know how old you are,” Lawrence said unsteadily as Curtis picked up speed. “I—I might not have done the math right. What are you, twenty-five, twenty-eight?”

“Law, you’re hilarious. I’m out of school, trust me.”

Publisher: Never Too Late Books

Author: Caraway Carter

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Length: 212 Pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

Release Date: 1/12/21

Pairing: MM

Price: 3.99, 9.99

Series: Professions of Love (Book One)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay, May/December, Age Gap

Buy Links Etc:

book2read.com/HeartsRepaired

Author Bio:

Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble-rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men, and he writes relationship fiction that reminds you–it’s never too late for love. And he has lived his tagline. He married his husband on Halloween, at the age of forty-nine, and they are the loving parents of an adorable cat named Molly.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.carawaycarter.com

Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/carawaycarter

Facebook Readers Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/carawayseeds

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/carawaycarter

Instagram: http://www.Instagram.com/carawaycarter

Newsletter: http://www.carawaycarter.com/carried-away/

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Okay, Goal Time!

Yes, I am finally getting around to listing some goals for 2021 and putting them out there for the world to see. I hope that the ones for 2022 are ready to go by the end of this year instead of a third of the way through January.

So here we go.

My main writing goals for 2021 are:

  1. Publish Onyx Sun.
  2. Finish the first draft of Song and Shadow (the prequel to Song and Sword) and make a concordance for the Elven Bard books.
  3. Get the Academy of the Accord series under control (make a list of what needs to be done on each book) and get the series concordance in order.
  4. Organize my Plot Bunnies and Works in Progress.
  5. And, of course, keep up with blog posts and my weekend snippet blog hops.

I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but there are currently thirteen books (and a prequel) in the Academy of the Accord series and pretty much none of it is documented. (I did start a concordance once, years ago, and I’ve found it again (it was lost for a long time) but there’s not much in it.)

And the Elven Bard series currently has a total of four more books planned (counting Song and Shadow) and there’s no concordance of any kind set up for it and the world-building is starting to get a little messy. (Okay, a lot messy. Stupid Humans.)

And of course there will be NaNoWriMo in November, both Camp sessions (April and July), and NaPoWriMo (also in April) along the way. (Although three of them will help with my goals, so there is that.)

So, have I bitten off more writing goals than I can chew? Probably, but maybe not. Time will tell. (Time is lousy at keeping secrets.)

And then there is the Evil Day Job. It eats time, but fortunately my current assignments usually give me a fair amount of down time to work on side projects, such as writing, editing, crocheting, etc.

Which brings me to some of my non-writing goals for 2021.

Which brings me to some of my non-writing goals for 2021.

1. Get rid of at least one 90 quart tub of yarn by the end of the year. I plan to do this by:

A. making one crocheted scarf per week to donate to a drop in shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth who have been kicked out by their parents. If I get brave I’ll try hats and other warm things.)

B. making one crocheted prayer shawl a month for the Pagan Prayer Shawl Ministry I’m starting.

2. Make at least one homemade Yule gift for everyone on my list. (Looks at my yarn stash. People should probably be expecting afghans.)

3. Make some junk journals. (This involves organizing the mess in my craft area. Pray for me.)

But then, organizing the mess in my craft area is part of another goal for the year: conquering the clutter and getting the house to be “company ready” at all times.

I think that should be enough to keep me out of trouble for the year.

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Sunday Snippet, January 10, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet. “He” is Pashevel.

“Quiet in here tonight,” he remarked as the serving girl brought him another drink.

“Always is when they’re here,” she replied, nodding her head toward a group of men in uniform.

“Who are they?” He had noticed them – there was very little that he didn’t notice – but he was unfamiliar with the insignia they wore.

“Royal Guard.”

“Trouble?”

She shook her head. “Everyone’s just afraid of saying the wrong thing, that’s all. They make people uncomfortable – no one knows quite what to say to them or around them.”

“Maybe I should see if I can lighten the mood a bit,” he suggested, nodding toward the raised platform that served as a stage.

She smiled. “It would certainly brighten my mood.”

He laughed and raised his tankard in a toast to her before rising and making his way to the stage. 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-9-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Skipping ahead some from last week. Taliya and her mother have had words and Taliya has walked out of her home, with no plans other than to find Luzita, her lover who her mother sold into slavery. She’s also made plans to have her mother’s household staff hired out from under her, courtesy of a friend who owns the best placement agency on the planet. She has just finished telling him what happened.

“What are you going to do now?” Belyn asked, worry in his brown eyes.

“I don’t know yet, Bel, I just left the house.”

“Well the first thing you’re doing is meeting me at Curtey’s. You need a drink and food, and probably more drink than food.”

Taliya laughed in spite of everything; Belyn was hard to say no to and Curtey’s was one of her favorite restaurants, which he well knew.

“All right,” she agreed. “I’ll meet you for dinner. But no alcohol. I need to stay in control.”

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

 

 

 

 

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Goals, Migraines, and Reality

I know I said was I was going to post about my goals, especially my writing ones, today, but a sudden onset migraine has pretty much put all of my plans for the day on hold. I might accomplish a few more things from my To Do list but I’m pretty sure that most of the items will be moved to Saturday and Sunday. (I’m working this weekend which cuts deeply into time to do stuff.)

I will still get my 100 words written for today, and get my Rainbow Snippets post scheduled for tomorrow, but outside of that it’s anyone’s guess.

As usual, I was overly optimistic when I made my list, but in my own defense, when I made the list I was expecting the Excedrin to kick in and get rid of the migraine.

I seem to have a problem facing my limitations sometimes. I always seem to think I can do more than reality suggests. (If you read Monday’s post you may have figured out that I have a sort of uneasy truce with reality.)

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Wednesday Words #315 (1/6/2021)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

an epiphany
three lost men
a cave

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

 

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Goal-Editing

Are we really only four days into the new year? I’m already re-thinking some of my goals, mostly ones related to how much I can realistically get done on work days. (Imagine that! A fantasy writer falling back on reality!)

And since I just picked up three more shifts this week… (Yay for the checkbook; boo for everything else…) Yeah, some things are going to have to change a bit.

I’m pretty sure that the goals for the year (at least the writing ones) will stand as written (more on that on Friday) but the daily ones are going to have to be red-penned. So, it seems my goals are a work in progress as well.

Speaking of a work in progress, I have at least managed to write 100 words a day every day so far. I’m working on Song and Shadow, the prequel to Song and Sword. Some of the dialogue (most of the dialogue!) is pretty cringe-worthy, but it’s a first draft so I’ll forgive it. I’m posting from it in the Snippet Sunday group on FB to help keep me motivated, and I’m posting from Onyx Sun in the Rainbow Snippet group on Saturdays, to hopefully keep me motivated on finishing the current round of edits.

So, anyhow, the point (moral?) of this post (if there is one) is to not be afraid to “adopt, adapt, and improve.” (And can someone tell me if that’s from Monty Python? I’m thinking that it is but I’m not certain.)

I do know that it’s a lesson that I really need to learn to apply to my own life. I tend to have an “all or nothing” attitude toward some things, and a somewhat inflexible attitude toward my goals. That combination means that if I don’t reach a goal I say, “screw it” and go straight to “nothing” mode since “all” didn’t happen.

Something for me to work on…

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