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”

Need an M-M Read for the Weekend?

In a bit of shameless self-promotion, I’m offering a recommendation on two M-M ebook reads for the holiday weekend.

If you like stories with danger, adventure, the mountains, and hot men, please check out Mountain Memories by Avery Dawes.

Novella: 71 pages / 21700 words

Publisher: Torquere Press

Heat Rating: Chile Peppermountainmemories3_web

Description:

After a painful breakup, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain, pianist and composer, takes a solo trip to the mountains of Colorado for a refreshing change of scenery. Mason Lake, a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, volunteers to staff a secluded patrol cabin through an oncoming snowstorm, partly to escape his sometime lover’s demands for a more serious relationship. An ill-advised hike and an animal attack bring Jax and Mason together, allowing them to wait out the storm and explore a heated passion.

Their bliss ends, however, with the arrival of an unexpected stranger, a bullet, and Mason’s lover. Will the men recover from such devastating wounds to find each other again?

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The Howling Heart

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  • Title:  The Howling Heart
  • Author:  April Bostic
  • Published:  August 8th, 2013 by Eternal Press
  • Word Count:  approx. 89,500
  • Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance
  • Content Warning:  Explicit Sexual Content
  • Restricted Age: 18+

Synopsis

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when she’s given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv–wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but she never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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Fun Review

A big “thanks!” goes out to Gigi for her 4 star review of Mountain Memories, which she posted on Goodreads.

Check this out:

Packed with breakups, friends-with-benefits, broken hearts times two, mountain lion attacks, crazy-bearded-gun-welding-mountain-men, gunshot wounds, death bed declarations of love, snow storms that stop civilization and require a need to hole up in a secluded cabin for days, this book pretty much had it all. And it kinda fucking rocked. I can definitely recommend it. Fun ride. Enjoy!

This review brought a smile to my face! I’ve had a rough couple of days, all stressed about my surgery on Wednesday. I was trying to decide on a topic for this post, and after I read the review, I knew that I wanted to share it.

In case you missed you the earlier buy links:

– Amazon: http://goo.gl/dmmJg

– Smashwords: http://goo.gl/J59lI

Don’t forget about Denise and Avery’s website: www.deniselwyant.com.

Author Extra: Mountain Memories

mountainmemories3_webAs part of my release day with Torquere, I wrote a blurb about how Mountain Memories came to life – where I got some of my ideas. I wanted to share it with you as it gives insight into me and my characters. Hope you enjoy it!

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This story is near and dear to my heart. During a couple of my summers in college, I spent time working in Rocky Mountain National Park while living in the town of Estes Park, Colorado. The Fern Lake trail was one of my favorite hikes. Given the beauty at the end of the hike – the lake, mountains and pine trees – I daydreamed about being the damsel in distress, who is rescued by a sexy ranger staffing the nearby cabin. Although, I must confess, the cabin in this story is a bit upgraded from the one found in the park! Wild animals were always a concern when hiking, and on my last trip to the park, there were several notices about mountain lion attacks. With all this information, I felt the beginnings of a story, fighting to get out of my head.

When I pictured Jax’s character, I wanted someone more artsy than outdoorsy, someone with a big heart. Given my love for playing the piano, I decided to make Jax a pianist and composer. Sadly, Jax is a better musician than I am, and I wish I could have his confidence when playing in front of a crowd!

Mason’s character came together easily as well. I’ve always had a thing for Dominic Purcell after watching Prison Break. I wanted Mason’s character to be like Dominic’s – tough, strong, and savvy. I also envisioned Mason as fiercely independent and putting his job at the forefront. At least until he meets Jax.

Link to the excerpt on Torquere’s site: https://www.torquerepress.com/fiction/mountainmemories.html

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=78_91&products_id=3891

(Links for Amazon and Smashwords coming soon!)

Release Day: Mountain Memories

Amountainmemories3very is so excited (insert *happy dance*) that today is release day for her first novella, Mountain Memories. It seems like it has been a long time in the making, but the wait was totally worth it. Thanks to Torquere Press for being willing to take on the story – yay! I’m so happy that you will get to read about her favorite couple, Jax and Mason. (Shh, don’t tell Taylor and Bergen she said that!!)

So…without further ado, I’m sharing the cover art and other pertinent info. I will be sure to update the post with the buy links as well (stay tuned for those).

 

 

Genre: M-M Romance, contemporary with adventure

Length: approx. 22K words

Format: e-book

Heat rating: chili pepper (yes, there is a bit of spice to the story) *wink*

The blurb:

After a painful breakup, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain, pianist and composer, takes a solo trip to the mountains of Colorado for a refreshing change of scenery. Mason Lake, a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, volunteers to staff a secluded patrol cabin through an oncoming snowstorm, partly to escape his sometime lover’s demands for a more serious relationship. An ill-advised hike and an animal attack bring Jax and Mason together, allowing them to wait out the storm and explore a heated passion.

Their bliss ends, however, with the arrival of an unexpected stranger, a bullet, and Mason’s lover. Will the men recover from such devastating wounds to find each other again?

I hope you check back from more information – excerpts! – on Mountain Memories!

 

 

 

The Gamble

The_GambleSince I’ve been sick, I’ve been reading. A bunch! My head has been fuzzy so I wasn’t able to do any writing (sadly). One of the books I read was The Gamble (Colorado Mountains #1) by Kristen Ashley.

Let me start by saying that this book is long! L-O-N-G long. Goodreads has it listed at over 600 pages. Do NOT, I say again, do not let that discourage you from reading it. I downloaded the sample to my Kindle and was hooked. The book is written in first person from the perspective of Nina Sheridan. She’s an American who has been living in England and as such has adopted the British accent.

Nina heads to the Colorado mountains to an A-frame she has rented on a “timeout” from her fiancée back in England. Niles, who really isn’t much of a boyfriend let alone a fiancée, doesn’t check on Nina or even phone to see if she’s arrived safely, considering she left with a mild form of the flu and got very sick upon her arrival at Max’s home – the A-frame.

It would be very easy to get long-winded in reviewing this book. There were so many parts where I laughed out loud. Nina is the perfect match for the gruff mountain man named Max. Along the way there is murder and intrigue, shopping, fights, good eating . . . well, you get the point! Needless to say, it was enough to prevent me from putting my Kindle down (and cursing when I had to let the blasted thing charge).

I wanted to share some of my favorite lines from the story. I didn’t highlight a whole lot because there were just so many good passages that I didn’t want the screen of my Kindle to end up yellow!

At 25%, in typical Max fashion:

“Baby, wake up and look around, that path brought you straight to my fuckin’ house.”

At 31%, Max again describing Nina, whom he affectionately calls Duchess unless she’s Nina Zombie (first thing in the morning):

“Duchess, remind me never to get you that riled. You’re a handful when you’re angry but you’re hell on wheels when you’re seriously pissed.”

At 33%, Max is talking about Nina’s dead brother Charlie and pretty much making himself out to be the perfect man (hee hee). This is Nina’s reaction:

“Oh my God,” I breathed which was what, I suspected, if the moment was verbalized, any woman would breathe when she figured out she was falling in love with a Colorado Mountain Man she barely knew but that knowledge hit her with the certainty of a freight train.

At 57% (this whole scene is awesome), the confrontation between Max & Nina and her mom & stepdad with Nina’s father and Niles (who was pretty dense when she tried to break things off). This is midway through Max’s statement to Niles:

“We’ve gotten to know each other, we both like what we know and, bottom line, you didn’t take care of what was yours. Now, as Nina has explained, you’ve lost it, I’ve found it and it’s mine.”

Hopefully those short passages will give you an idea about why I liked the book so much. Enough that I rated it 5 out of 5 stars! Whoo hoo!

For more information on the author, Ms. Ashley can be found at http://www.kristenashley.net/