Jigs and Reels – Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Who here loves free stuff?

Jigs and Reels has been out for a whole week already! Woohoo! To celebrate, I’m giving away two ebook copies of my story through Rafflecopter. Participate in any of the three entry options for a chance to win!

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Jigs and Reels pre-order available!

Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been kind of quiet on the blog front lately. I’m working on getting back in the swing of things. I just wanted to pop in and give another publication update!!! Jigs and Reels is up for pre-order! The release date is September 16. I am absolutely in love with this cover. Check out the blurb below and click the link under the image to pre-order!!

 

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BLURB:

Elijah works in a cubicle, lives with his parents, and never goes on dates. It isn’t an exciting life, but it’s safe and easy and that’s good enough.

Then he meets Peter, a whirlwind of a man who leads a traveling renaissance band. Peter represents everything Eli usually avoids, but his boisterous enthusiasm is infectious… and his band needs a fiddle player.

When Eli agrees to fill in for a weekend, he awakens a part of himself he thought long gone. With Peter’s help, he shakes off the dust that has settled on his soul and remembers how to have fun.

But when the band asks him to join them permanently, is Eli’s newborn sense of adventure — and insane crush on a man he barely knows — enough to make him leave the safety of a life he’s clung to for years?

Click here to pre-order!!

I’m going to be arranging some sort of release party on September 16, so stay tuned!

Publication Update – Jigs and Reels

Holy crap, guys, this is insanity!

A couple weeks ago, I submitted a short story to JMS Books, and within three days (THREE DAYS), they got back to me and offered me a contract for it. I’ve heard good things about JMS Books, so I accepted! My short story, Jigs and Reels, will be released in September! It features an anxious fiddle player, a rambunctious singer/flutist, and is set at/around a Renaissance fair.

awesome

You may remember a few months ago, I found out my flash fiction entry for the Queer Sci-fi contest, “Renewal,” was selected for inclusion in the anthology. Since then, I’ve been notified that it has received an Honorable Mention, meaning it scored in the top 25 of all entries! This is also awesome!

Jigs and Reels will be my first standalone piece, and I believe it’s going to be published before the QSF anthology, so it’s technically my first publication. My debut!

This is SO EXCITING, GUYS.

I’ve also been paying attention to submission calls for various publishers and I think I might submit something for one of NineStar press’s calls. Short stories seem to be doing well for me.

I may eventually self-publish a short story collection. I’ve written several recently which are less than 10k, which means virtually no publisher wants them except for anthologies, which generally have a theme, which my stories probably don’t fit into. We’ll see about that.

For now, I am QUITE content with what I’ve accomplished this year. I will announce a publication date for Jigs and Reels as soon as I know it. For now, it’s “September.” Stay tuned for more updates in the future!

Rainbow Snippets – 3/4/17 – Jigs and Reels

Good morning, snippet friends, and happy March! Spring is on its way~! I’m starting to clean up my flower beds and get ready to sow seeds towards the end of the month. Right now all my story ideas are based around music, because that’s my current obsession, but as we start to move into spring and summer I’ll likely find myself writing about men who love flowers and keep gardens. There is a distinct lack of flower-loving men in the books I read, so I think I need to write some. I was doing a bit of cleanup a couple weeks ago during a freakish warm spell and got a scene in my head that won’t go away, which involves raking leaves shirtless (and perhaps a nosy neighbor), but I don’t really know where it goes. It’ll have to gestate for a while.

Anyhoo, a few more lines from Jigs and Reels. After agreeing to fill in with the band for the festival weekend, Eli has to go back to work the next day. This is glimpse of his day job and his boss, MaryAnn, talking to his cubicle neighbor Ellen. I went over six lines, I know, but they’re mostly short lines.




MaryAnn waltzed out of her office. She looked like the kind of woman who could be knocked over in a strong wind—“waifish” is the word, I think. Tall, toothpick-thin, with an expression like she’d just popped a handful of extreme sour Warheads into her mouth.

“Ellen, you were six minutes late today. You know the acceptable cut-off is five minutes, right?”

“Yeah, I know,” Ellen sighed. “There was an accident. I had to go around.”

“Oh, that’s fine. Life happens.” MaryAnn smiled brightly. “Just don’t let it happen too much!” And she returned to her office.

“Yeah,” Ellen muttered. “Heaven forbid we let life happen outside this hell hole.”




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Rainbow Snippets 2/25/17 – Jigs and Reels

Hi everyone, and happy Rainbow Snippet day!

Just to recap so far, Elijah has been dragged out by his friend Katie to audition as a fiddle player for an Irish band. He played a few tunes with Peter, the band’s flutist, and they played together like they’d been doing it for years. Peter was so excited he kissed Eli’s cheek and hugged him, and asked his band mates “Can we keep him?” This snip immediately follows that.




“He’s a little stiff,” Hitomi noted, but she was smiling, and I thought if Peter didn’t step back, I would be a little stiff. It had been a long time since I played music for an audience, and it had been a long time since I’d had another man’s arms around me. Approximately the exact same amount of time, actually.

“We can work on that,” Peter said, stepping back. He looked me up and down. “We’ll have to get you a costume, too. Unless you have something?”




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Rainbow Snippets 2/18/17 – Jigs and Reels

Hi everyone, and happy Rainbow Snippet day!

I’ve always been a big music-lover, but for some reason over the past year, I’ve developed an obsession with Irish music. It’s been popping up in my writing more and more. This entire short story is based around Irish musicians. By an odd happy coincidence, one of my co-workers plays fiddle in a local Irish band, and this past week she invited me to go to one of their practice sessions. I went, drank whiskey, and listened to them play. It was really fun. I used to play flute in concert band in grade school and that’s a very, VERY different environment from a casual group of talented people who enjoy making music.

Irish music is a very organic species, big on embellishments and improvisation. As with anything done in a group, the more you practice together, the better you sync up as a band/team and the more fun you can have. You sort of just know what the other people are going to do. One of the members at the practice session I went to was a less frequent attendee, so I watched her struggle to follow along with the members who have practiced together for years. My two characters in this story, Elijah and Peter, sync up almost immediately the first time they play together, and to them it’s like magic. Drop me a comment and let me know what you think! 🙂




I watched Peter as he played, long fingers dancing over the open holes on his instrument, and we began to speed up together, galloping towards the end of the tune full-tilt, my bow flying over the strings, fingers moving without thought until we both ended with a flourish, perfectly in sync. Our small audience cheered and applauded. Peter jumped up and crossed the room. I had just enough time to hold my fiddle out of the way before he crashed into me with a hug and planted a kiss on my cheek.

“You’re great.” He turned back to his bandmates, brimming over with enthusiasm. “He’s great. I like him. Can we keep him?”




Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!). Visit the group for links to more snippets from LGBT works! While you’re over there, shoot me a friend request!

Rainbow Snippet 2/11/17 – Jigs & Reels

Hi everyone, and happy Rainbow Snippet day!

I wanted to thank everyone who has read my snippets over the past few weeks. On Wednesday this week, I got my first rejection back on Stray (the Andy & Trystin novel I’ve been posting from). Everyone’s positive comments on snippets from that book have helped keep me from getting discouraged, and I’m working on sending it out to the next publisher on the list. Thank you so much everyone! Hopefully I’ll be able to deliver better news in a few months!

For now, here are six more lines from Jigs and Reels. It turns out Katie (from last week’s snip) volunteered our POV character, Elijah, to audition for an Irish band without his knowledge. One of his potential band mates is Peter, a flutist. Double entendres abound.



“You play flute?” I asked him, trying to sound casual.

“Sure do.” He winked again and grinned. He was a very winky guy. And cute. “Do you play flute?”

I tried to keep a straight face. “I’ve been known to play a flute or two in my day.”



Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!). Visit the group for links to more snippets from LGBT works! While you’re over there, shoot me a friend request!