Flashus Interruptus

What’s the old saSpooktacular_Hopying? “Don’t shoot the messenger?” I’m asking you to show mercy on Avery since she didn’t post the next installment of Edge of Fury. Running trumped writing this weekend.

To be perfectly honest, Zane and Steele were going to be put on the back burner anyway as Avery wanted to write a stand alone Halloween piece…that didn’t happen either. Although, the Halloween piece is in progress and will be featured as part of the Spooktacular Blog Hop.

Do you remember Jax and Mason from Mountain Memories?? Well, they are featured in the Halloween story. Yay!! So you know what that means, right? You need to stop back and visit the blog sometime between Friday, which is Halloween, and November 2nd. You’ll want to enter the contest, right?? *wink*

Okay, there is a lot of craziness in my life tonight. The gym, grocery shopping, making dinner, doing laundry and dishes, and well, the list goes on and on (sadly).

Feel free to check out the Wednesday Briefers. There’s always time for some free flash fiction, right? Oh, and don’t worry…Zane and Steele will be back soon! Stay tuned!

Tease Me Thursday #19

Are you ready to be teased all the way into the weekend?? I sure hope so! And please note: this is an ADULT teaser only!


Avery will be sharing 7 sentences from Mountain Memories. These sentences are when the boys are playing poker in the cabin. If you aren’t familiar with the story, Ranger Mason Lake rescued Pianist Jax Chamberlain from an attack (not spoiling by what) and nursed him back to health while a blizzard raged outside the cabin in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.  Continue reading “Tease Me Thursday #19”

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


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?

Amazon     Torquere Continue reading “Need an M-M Read for the Weekend?”

Warm Holiday Greetings

I hope that this post finds you in the company of family and friends. From me and my characters to you, Merry Christmas! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read about my adventures, books, and all things Denise. I hope that the holidays find you well and you have a happy and blessed 2014. Continue reading “Warm Holiday Greetings”

Torquere Charity Sip Blitz Release

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere Press

Happy happy, joy joy! It’s release day! Hope you all pick up a copy of the anthology!

My story, written under my pen name Avery Dawes, is titled Drama on Skyline Drive and features Ranger Mason Lake and his boyfriend Jax Chamberlain. This story is a follow-up to Mountain Memories but can be read as a stand-alone.

Does this bit get you interested??

A heated argument is interrupted by news of a badly
injured hiker. Can Jax and Mason set aside their differences long enough torescue the wounded teen before the storm really breaks?

If not, perhaps I can tempt you with an excerpt:

Mason got into the driver’s seat, grabbed the maps and paperwork on his passenger seat and tossed them onto his back seat, and then waited for Jax to get in. He started the SUV and rolled down the window. He yelled, “Nita, I’m going to be running lights and sirens. I don’t want you to try and keep up. Just head for the trailhead.”

She gave a thumbs-up as Mason gunned the engine, roaring out of the lot.

The strobe lights on his SUV flashed red and blue and his siren screamed as they sped south along Skyline Drive to the trailhead. Safely navigating the curvy road demanded Mason’s full attention; thankfully Jax didn’t try to make small talk. The ranger had already shelved the frustration he felt with his lover about their argument. Nate and the upcoming rescue were at the forefront of his mind. He and Jax would have to talk later and hopefully smooth things out between them.

Mason pulled into the lot and parked before he radioed the dispatcher to let her know that he had arrived and would be starting down the trail. He provided Nita’s description and indicated she would be waiting to guide the others to the injured male. A quick check of the sky showed the storm moving in their direction, but it seemed to be taking its time. They might just be able to do this without getting soaked or struck by lightning. Considering the morning he’d had, Mason felt grateful for the little things.

Jax had donned his hiking boots while Mason drove. The ranger knew Jax would have water and extra supplies in his pack; after all, he had been taught by the best. Nice, Lake, way to pat yourself on the back! Mason enjoyed the outdoors and wanted to share those experiences with Jax. His lover didn’t mind; in fact, he said the scenery provided good inspiration for composing new music.

Check out www.torquerepress.com for more details. I will post buy links once I have them.

Writing Update

I got good news from Torquere Press the other day, and I wanted to share!

Drama on Skyline Drivehas been accepted into their Charity Sips anthology (this is an m-m anthology where royalties are donated to charity). I’m excited about this story as it gives the reader more insight into Mason’s personality. It also set-ups a sequel novella (that is laid out but not written) to Mountain Memories. Hopefully that has your interest peaked!

For a “Friday Feature” I’m going to share the first line of the story with you…Ready??

As he patrolled the Southern District of Shenandoah National Park, Ranger Mason Lake’s thoughts strayed to his lover, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain.

So that didn’t quench your thirst, you say? How about a random sentence…

Jax shook his head, a sad smile gracing his lips. “Please, Mason, of course I’ll help. Do you need me to carry anything?”

That’s all for Drama – at least for now. When I get more information on the anthology, I will be sure to share it.

My other writing project that is really going to town (so to speak), is Manny and Chad’s story. I wrote 4K words on it yesterday so it is now at 14K words. I’m thinking it’s about half done. I love the chemistry that has developed between the two guys. It has been so much fun to write!

I’m going to end with a photo of Skyline Drive. I’ve done a lot of hiking in Shenandoah National Park, mostly in the fall. Even though the story is set in the summer, this pic will give you an idea of the road. Come to think of it, I may share future hiking pics, too. Enjoy!


Jax & Mason on DOMA

HRC_Red_LogoIt is truly an historic day! The U.S. Supreme Court struck down #DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. For more information, check out this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/supreme-court-doma-decision_n_3454811.html?ref=topbar

In trying to figure out how I wished to talk about DOMA, I decided I’m going to let my characters do the talking – Jax & Mason are the main characters in my (well Avery’s) novella, Mountain Memories. If you haven’t read the story yet, Jackson “Jax” Chamberlain is a  composer/ pianist who lives in northern Virginia. Mason Lake is a park ranger, working for the National Park Service. Continue reading “Jax & Mason on DOMA”