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May ’16 Recap

2016 #ROW80 Round 2: Check-In #17

May was a relaxing and fulfilling month. I submitted my first story to a publisher and got my acceptance message within twenty days. The contract is already signed and the release pre-scheduled for February/March of next year. I did a lot of reading, blogging, and flash fiction writing this month.

My original plans to edit  Graphic Exposure & Prescribed Discipline didn’t happen, but I got really good feedback from my beta readers. Also, I got once scene from Binding Jax’s Heart turn into audio/video, as well as, an interview. And, more feedback for its re-write.

Overall, a great month with a lot of happy and unexpected surprises. Plus, it was my fifteen-year Wedding Anniversary, too.

Month in Numbers:

  • 28 MM books read, reviewed, & posted/scheduled
  • 24 blog post written
  • 5 flash fiction pieces
  • 3,700 original words – Dating in Retrospect
  • 15,900 words written for reviews, posts, etc.

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Last Day to Win!

TransRaindropToday is the last day of the 2016 Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality. Please visit my original post for a chance to win.

The more we bring awareness and visibility to equality issues, the more we can do to stop violence, abuse, and senseless killings against members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Back in 2013,  Dwayne Jones’s story made the news. I wrote her name in my writing journal, and it had stayed with me since then. Someday soon, I’d write her the happy ending she was denied. I just hope these gruesome stories become less and less frequent in the years to come.

It does get better!

#RAINBOWSNIPPETS *~* MAY 21-22, 2016 *~*

Since I’m still on my writing downtime, I’m going to continue with the snippets from Eric’s and Wick’s story. The more time they get in the spotlight, the more they want to tell me about their story. Therefore, a win-win situation. The first woman talking is Eric’s grandmother Maricarmen “Tata”. Enjoy!

“Cuidamelo mucho, gringo. Eric merece que lo hagas feliz.”

“Okay?” Wick responded cluelessly.

“Ericsito, Tradúcele.”

“Hmm, she wants you to take care,” Eric said.

“Tata wants you to take care of Eric because he deserves to be happy,” Mari, Eric’s sister shouted.

Eric blushed and Wick smiled. Maricarmen patted Wick’s cheek before walking away.

PS. I’m taking part of the Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality 2016. There’s still time to comment and win. Please stop by and learn more about it. 

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Rainbow SnippetsRainbow 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.

Hop for Visibility, Awareness and Equality 2016

Umbrella No YearToday is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. A diverse group of authors, publishers, reviewers, cover designers, and allies have joined in to bring awareness to discrimination and to celebrate our diversity not only within the community at large but within our own genres and books*

There are two charities that are dear to my heart and I always try to talk about them as much as possible. The first one is The Trevor Project. They’re the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. And the second one is The National Coalition for the Homeless. They have a target program and understand that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless as well as when they are trying to avoid homelessness. Suicide and homelessness are two ever-present issues within our community.  We can all contribute in order to bring awareness and understanding. They need donations, volunteers, and all the help we can offer.

So what this has to do with the blog hop? Well, each participant is offering a small token of appreciation to our readers.Since all my books are currently free, I’d be raffling two items during the blog hop:

  1. One ebook copy of my favorite MM Romance book, Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Katie Porter, via Amazon or ARe, and a matching donation (total cost) in the winner’s name to The Trevor Project.
  2. One ebook copy of Dragons by Jaycee Edward, via Amazon or ARe, and a matching donation (total cost) in the winner’s name to The National Coalition for the Homeless. Jaycee also wrote a beautiful flash fiction story titled Homeless for the Holidays that it is worth of your reading time. You can find it free of cost at her website [click here].

The only thing you have to do to take part of the raffle is to leave a comment below with your name and be sure to leave a valid email as well. The winner will be selected via random.org and would be announced Friday, May 27th. You can earn an extra entry if you follow my website.

Be sure to visit all the participants below, and stop back here again on May 27th for the winners reveal.

Have a great day!

Blog Hop for Visibility, Awareness, and Equality Participants.

1. B. A. Brock (BI TR GAY LES) 23. Amelia Bishop (MULTI) 45. Remmy Duchene (MM)
2. Jamie Fessenden 24. Moonbeams over Atlanta – Eloreen Moon (MM, REV, MULTI) 46. Sharita Lira writing as BLMorticia M/M
3. Rory Ni Coileain 25. Helena Stone (M/M ) 47. Barbara Winkes (LES)
4. Erica Pike (M/M) 26. AM Leibowitz (M/M, F/F, BI, TR, NB, REV) 48. Bronwyn Heeley (m/m)
5. Andrew Jericho (GAY) 27. L.D. Blakeley (M/M, BI) 49. L. J. LaBarthe
6. Tempeste O\’Riley (M/M (Bi) (NB) 28. Lila Leigh Hunter [M/M, BI] 50. VJ Summers (m/m, m/m/f)
7. The Macaronis [various] 29. Sharon Bidwell 51. Nikka Michaels (M/M)
8. Elin Gregory [mm] 30. Nicole Dennis (M/M, ACE, M/M/F) 52. Caraway Carter (LGBT)
9. Alexa MIlne 31. Lexi Ander 53. L M Somerton (M/M)
10. Nic Starr (M/M) 32. Barbara G.Tarn (M/M, ACE) 54. Taylor Law (GAY)
11. Evelise Archer (MM) 33. Kaje Harper M/M, TR, BI 55. Anastasia Vitsky (F/F, TR, BI)
12. Sue Brown 34. JMS Books LLC 56. Draven St. James (M/M)
13. Elizabeth Varlet (M/M, BI, NB) 35. JM Snyder 57. A.V. Sanders (GAY, ACE, NB)
14. Raven J. Spencer 36. Dean Pace-Frech 58. Lynley Wayne
15. Sharing Links and Wisdom (REV) 37. Kimber Vale 59. DP Denman (GAY)
16. Lisa Horan (REV/Multi) 38. Jacintha Topaz (BI, F/F, M/M, TR) 60. M.A. Church M/M
17. Archer Kay Leah (M/M, F/F, TR, NB, BI, ACE) 39. Prism Book Alliance® (MULTI) 61. Andrew J. Peters GAY
18. Alexis Duran (M/M) 40. Eva Lefoy (M/M, F/F, F/M/F, BI, MULTI) 62. Dianne Hartsock MM
19. Jules Dixon 41. Lou Sylvre (M/M) 63. M. LeAnne Phoenix M/M F/F
20. R.M. Olivia 42. Anne Barwell 64. Cherie Noel (M/M)
21. Heloise West (M/M) 43. Viki Lyn (M/M) 65. Chris McHart (M/M, Trans*)
22. Angel Martinez (M/M GAY BI TR) 44. Sean Michael

* Part of the hop’s mission statement.

 

#ThrowbackThursday: X-Mas Edition

Last year, I had the opportunity to take part on a Flash Fiction Holiday blog hop. Yes, I’m aware of the controversy surrounding the hosting blog, but I don’t believe in drama. Therefore, I’m just going to say that I’m glad I had the opportunity to join other authors during this event.

My favorite story of the event and I need to clarify that I didn’t read them all, was Homeless for the Holidays by Jaycee Edward— it’s a sad, but beautiful story.

I wrote the Glass Ornament for the event and wanted to write a sequel this year, but life happened. I did have a chance to revised my original entry, and I hope you enjoy it. Perhaps next Christmas the boys will get more of their story. Who knows, maybe X-mas in July?

THE GLASS ORNAMENT

Ford thought he’d collapsed in the middle of a San Diego sidewalk, as chills run through his body and a jolt of nausea almost tipped his world. Placing a hand to his mouth, Ford closed his eyes praying for his body to calm down. He had left the recruitment office feeling numb and heartbroken, incredulous of what had happened. It had taken less than thirty minutes for his life to take a turn for the worse. Ford knew he was being selfish, that Daniel’s promise had been wishful thinking, but Ford had held that string of hope close to his heart. Realizing their future together was banishing with every step had Ford ready to bolt. Their well-planned future had been transferred to Uncle Sam when Daniel signed on the dotted line.

Noticing Ford’s predicament, Daniel rushed him inside the next store. The unexpected blast of cold air shook Ford, but Daniel’s warm chest pressed against his back held him still. Daniel feathering kisses on the back of his neck made Ford sight and he relaxed against Daniel as he cradled him tightly.

Without warning, Ford turned to face Daniel. His bottom lip trembled before he murmured, “Please, promise me you’re not going to abandon me. That you’re not going to do something stupid, like getting killed on your first day.” Ford tried to hold the tears back, but they came anyway.

“Don’t worry, love. I promise not to get killed on my first day,” Daniel said, rubbing Ford’s jaw with his thumb.

“I’m sorry. I just can’t believe you signed off our future away. We had so many plans—”

“We still have plans, I’m not leaving yet. We’ll finish school, have the summer to ourselves, and then, I’ll go to boot camp.”

“Yes, and shortly after you’ll forget all about me,” Ford added with a sob.

Embarrassed for being so weak, Ford pressed his face to Daniel’s chest, hiding from an older couple trying to walk down the aisle they were blocking. At least the Christmas store in the heart of Hillcrest gave them a little freedom; no one will care about two guys hugging.

“Listen to me. We talked about this before. You know how important it is for me to serve just like granddaddy, dad, and Jamie.”

“I know. I just hoped… you’ll change your mind and choose me instead. Oh my God. I’m so sorry, Danny!” Ford turned away, trying to leave the store, but Daniel grabbed his waist and pressed his chest against Ford’s back once again. Ford knew anyone looking at them would see the sorrow in his eyes and Daniel’s attempt to cheer him up.

“That was so insensible, Danny. I’m really sorry,” Ford whispered.

“You have nothing to be sorry about. I love you, baby.”

With a small smile, Ford moved away from the embrace and roamed the aisle. At the back of the store, he stopped to look at a display of delicate glass ornaments. Daniel reached around him grabbing one out of the display before holding Ford’s hand. Ford’s eyes widen when Daniel kneeled down.

“I had planned to do this on Christmas day, in front of our families, but I need you to know that I chose you,” taking a deep breath Daniel continued, “baby, I promise to do everything I can to come back to you, to not get kill during my time in the Navy, and to never abandon you. Please promise me you’ll follow me around the world, making my days brighter. Ford Cameron Jennings, would you make me the happiest man alive and become my husband?”

Ford grabbed the ornament from Daniel’s shaky hands and jumped to wrap his arms around his fiancé’s neck. His momentum pushed Daniel backwards, making him lose his balance. Lying on the store floor, they kissed softly, as several customers clapped and catcalls cheered them up. Daniel broke the kiss and stood up, bringing a red-faced Ford up with him.

“Well, was that a yes?” Daniel asked.

“Yes! I promise to follow you around the world, making you happy for the rest of our lives. Daniel Tristan Matthews, I’d be honored to become your husband,” Ford answered, placing a chaste kiss on Daniel’s lips. “I just have one question, how am I supposed to wear a glass ornament on my ring finger?” Ford asked, with a smirk.

Walking hand-in-hand with Daniel, Ford smiled until they arrived at the check-out counter; surprised when the clerk gave them the glass ornament free of charge— their first engagement present.

The End