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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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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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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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Rainbow Snippet for 1-2-2021

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Yes! I’m back to posting snippets! It’s been a few months, hasn’t it? (My last post was the end of August, I believe.)

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.

Anyhow, I’m here with snippets from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel. I’m trying to get it ready for a second round of beta readers (just have a section in the middle to sort out) and my goal is to release it sometime this year.

“We’ve reached an agreement on the contract.”

“When are you coming home?”

“Station morning, as soon as the freighters have set down.”

“When you get back I have another assignment for you. Oh, and your grandmother died yesterday.”

“Pendelia Four is now visible on the monitor.”

The automated voice snapped Taliya Swann back to the present long enough for her to silence it and turn off the view screen. She had neither the need nor the desire to see an image of the planet; not even the thought of being reunited with Luzita could kindle any enthusiasm for her return to her home world.

For the first time since she had received her license she turned control of the company ship over to the port’s computers. The ship had been on autopilot for the entire trip from the Roseeba Sector, and so had she.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Time to dust off the blog and get back to regular postings other than Wednesday Words. I have no idea how I got out of doing them, but it happened, and now I’m going to make it unhappen.

Hopefully.

I’m making it one of my goals for this year, so we shall see.

Ah, yes. New year. Time for the annual new goals list.

I have some (don’t I always?) but they aren’t really solidified yet with steps needed, etc, but I thought I’d list them anyhow.

 

Non-writing goals:

Improved health.
Which means losing weight and building strength and stamina.

Cleaning up this disaster area of a house.
I’d like it to be “company ready” at all times, but I’m a packrat and so is my roommate, so you can take a guess at what the house looks like. Add to that that I’m an expert avoider of housework (so is she, but at least I own up to it) and it can be a little overwhelming even deciding where to start. I can’t do it all on my own because at least half of the mess is hers so I have no control over it, but I can work on what I can control.

New Job?
I’m starting to get frustrated with working agency (I’m a nurse, for those new to the blog) so I’m starting to look for something permanent. I don’t want to go back to long term care so I’m watching for other options that look interesting.

Creative Pursuits
Other than writing, that is. I want to do more with crochet and counted cross stitch and paper crafts (Junk Journals). I’m just not sure how to fit those things into my schedule yet. I do know that I want to make a shawl a month for Mantle of Apollon, a Pagan Prayer Shawl Ministry. And a scarf a week to donate to a drop in shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth who have been turned out by their parents. Fortunately, most of my current assignments give me lots of free time during my work day and scarves are easily transportable and fairly fast to make.

Writing Goals:

Publish Something!
I mean, seriously! It’s been years since I released Sanguine. It’s more than time to get something else out there.
Onyx Sun is almost ready to go to beta readers again, so one goal is to release it this year.

Organizing
Then there’s the somewhat overwhelming task of organizing my WsIP (Works In Progress) and Plot Bunnies. I have that project started somewhere. Actually, I have that project started in a couple different somewheres, one online and one in a three ring binder. I just can’t seem to come up with the “perfect” method, but “perfect is the enemy of done” so I need to just dive in and do it. The other part of the problem is remembering to add to the lists when a new one pops its head up.

Write!
I also want to write at least 100 words (of a novel) every day. I’ll probably write more than that but 100 words is a manageable no-excuses number, even with my somewhat erratic work schedule.

The number of projects waiting in the wings is part of the problem with writing 100 words a day. What do I pick to focus on? The Academy of the Accord series, which is near and dear to my heart? The other books in the Elven Bard series, which a friend is trying so hard to be patient for? The Other Mages trilogy which grew out of my first ever NaNoWriMo?
Sometimes I think it would be easier to just put every project on little slips of paper and pull one out of a jar every day, except I’m pretty sure that that method would ensure that nothing would ever get finished.

 

So, I think that about sums up most of my goals (and dilemmas). Am I trying to take on too much? Probably, but when don’t I?

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-29-2020

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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.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” Picking up from last week, with Danny and James discussing Miss Victoria and her sister.

Skipping ahead a bit from last week (nothing major, just getting Danny unpacked).

I took my bag of tools out to the main warehouse, looking up again at the flying yacht I was here to help with.

James chuckled. “You have that look in your eye.”

“What look?”

“Dreaming of what could be. Miss Victoria gets that same look when she gazes up at it sometimes.”

“I’ve always wondered what it was like, being up in one of the flying ships,” I said. “I know I’m just here to help with the building of it, but it’s hard not to dream.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-22-2020

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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.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” Picking up from last week, with Danny and James discussing Miss Victoria and her sister.

“Did the two of them get along as children?”

“Not as I’ve heard. Cecily was older when Miss Victoria was born, and until then she was the only granddaughter and she didn’t like sharing the attention.”

“I have to admit, I’m relieved to hear that she won’t likely be around much. I only saw her for a minute or two but didn’t much care for her.”

“If she does come around, watch yourself. She’s not to be trusted, that one.”

“Thank you for the warning. I don’t suppose I could set the dogs on her?”

James laughed. “It wouldn’t take much encouragement for them to go after her. They aren’t exactly fond of her, nor she of them.”

“I’ve always found animals to have a good sense about people.”

“Very true. I take it the dogs took to you?”

“I never knew they were there until Miss Madison introduced me to them. Roger slobbered on me and Thomas nearly knocked me over leaning against me for ear scratches.”

“Good. You’ll get on fine, then. Normally they’re a bit standoffish with strangers.”

“Seeing as I’ll be sleeping there, it’s a good thing they didn’t take a dislike to me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-15-2020

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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.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Cecily… I believe I met her last evening. There was a lady leaving the warehouse when I got there and when I told Miss Madison that the lady leaving had told me to see myself in she referred to her as Cecily and seemed relieved she’d gone.”

James chuckled. “No doubt she was. Cecily doesn’t approve of Miss Victoria and doesn’t try to hide her disdain. Miss Victoria mostly ignores her, which only aggravates Cecily all the more.”

I shook my head. “How can you not approve of your own sister? It’s not like she’s a drunkard or a loose woman.”

“She’s not ‘ladylike’ enough. Cecily is all about appearances, all fluff and bubbles, whereas Miss Victoria is much more practical and down to earth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-8-2020

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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.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Family should be there for each other.”

“No argument there,” he agreed. “But what should be and what is aren’t always one and the same.”

“True.” I was beginning to wish that I was the prying kind. From what I understood both her mother and father were still alive but the mother’s side of the family wanted nothing to do with her. What could turn a mother against her own child?

“It’s a complicated family,” James said and for a moment I wondered if I’d spoken aloud.

“Does she have any brothers or sisters?”

“An older sister. But Cecily is about as different from Miss Victoria as you can get and neither one acknowledges the other unless forced.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-1-2020

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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.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“I got the impression that Anne* didn’t exactly approve,” I said cautiously and James laughed.

“Anne has her own definition of “lady” and Miss Victoria doesn’t fit it at all.” He sobered. “She came to us from Miss Victoria’s mother’s family, as neither her father nor grandfather saw the need for a governess or a lady’s maid. Her mother’s side, however, wanted to try to ‘make a proper lady of her’ which is odd considering they don’t want to have anything to do with her.”

“That’s sad,” I murmured. “Family should be there for each other.”

“No argument there,” he agreed. “But what should be and what is aren’t always one and the same.”

 

*Anne is the maid we met several installments back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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