Callan’s Encounter

Hey, fans of My Sexy Saturday. This week is a Halloween theme and I wrote what came to mind. Callan is a sexy character but I guess not in this excerpt. He appears in the novel Boarding and I’ve been playing around with him in a few different stories. He’s actually quite a loving guy and on his way home to a Halloween party with his significant other, Torrey, he gets delayed by a Halloween prank.

Enjoy the excerpt below. And click here to return to this week’s blog hop.

A sudden hard crackle hit the car roof, almost like a sound of rain but only harder. The noise shook Callan and he hit the brakes, glanced in the rearview mirror and pulled safely to the side. The moon lit the cornfields to the right and he noticed several silhouettes scrambling from alongside the road. He hit the button and lowered the window and thought he could hear giggling fade into the distance.

What goes around, comes around. It seemed like just yesterday that he had done the same thing. Shucking ears of field corn and tossing it at the cars passing by was practically a Halloween tradition in the small towns dotting upstate New York. Dangerous as hell, really. He shuddered to think what could have happened if he had panicked and veered into the oncoming lane. Fortunately, the road was quiet.

The fear turned into an idea. He smiled. Why not get out, act like a voice of authority and scare the kids—and tell them what seems like fun could turn into tragedy and that next year they’d be better off trick or treating? He opened the door and stood outside the car and closed it, extra hard, so they could hear the sound. The field housed a decaying barn, scrawny apple trees, and what seemed like an extra large chicken coop. He strained to listen and heard nothing. He almost got in the car but felt compelled to take several steps into the field. He’d call Torrey and Jessie and let them know he was on his way. Callan walked through grass that was above his ankles and moist from dew. Maybe he should go. What if it wasn’t just a bunch of rowdy kids but someone setting up an ambush?

He took a few more steps. What sounded like the brushing of pants legs came from around one of the trees and then it quieted. Callan felt like he was playing chicken with a phantom. “Who’s there?” Silence. He took another step and summoned up a voice that was as stern as he could possibly make it. “Look. Whoever’s there, come out now.” Callan waited and the same sound seemed to appear and then disappear. “You might think it’s just a game. I did, too, once.” Callan walked ahead. “But you could have caused an accident. A serious accident.” There was a noise, from behind the tree and a shadowy figure huddled by the trunk of the tree in what was certainly a vain attempt to hide. “Get over here.” Damn. I sound tough. “Come on.”

The figure rose and seemed to shake. Moonlight splashed over a boy’s face. His hair was wild like the brambles in the fields nearby and his clothes were caked with dirt. He looked up once and then stared at the ground. “Don’t hurt me. It wasn’t my idea. Honestly.” He looked up and Callan had never witnessed such depth of pain. “Please don’t hurt me, mister.”

“Of course not.” The plea surprised Callan. “Why would I hurt you?”

 

This is currently a stand-alone excerpt. See DD Symms’ work on Amazon  Breathless Press and All Romance ebooks.

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Sexy M/m thrills with Dalton and Captain Shafter

Yea! I’ve taken the time to be involved with another My Sexy Saturday! Thanks, Lynn Crain for week 64! Wow! So many great authors. Click here to return to the blog hop.

Here’s an excerpt from my upcoming male male romance In His Sights that has more of an emotional dip and thrill where one man saves the other from personal destruction. It’s a Flirt from Breathless Press.

Excerpt

The twang of the acoustic got the song rolling, but the shock of his lover’s death and the turmoil overcame the music and this time Dalton wanted to flee the happiness, take his mug, and smash it against the mirror.

Instead, he pushed it away, leapt abruptly off his seat, and made his way around the crowded tables and past the laughing and hugging patrons. He pushed the door and the flimsy piece of wood flew open.

His eyes welled up. Fuck the tears. If he could do it over again, he would. He wanted to tell Jerry that he’d find a way if there was another chance, some type of reset. Shit. The tears broke through and clouded his vision so he couldn’t find his car. “Goddamn it.” All he had to do was jump behind the wheel, take off into the desert night, and fly off the first curve into oblivion and maybe, just maybe, he’d be reunited with his first love. He fumbled in his pocket and couldn’t even grab the keys.

“Dalton.”

Shafter again. Dalton made his way to the edge of the parking lot, away from the streetlamps and the angle of the headlights beaming in and out of the bar’s parking lot, gravel crunching beneath the cars’ tires. “Go back in and fuck with someone else’s mind.” This sure as hell was no way to get another guy in bed. Maybe Shafter was an emotionally sick and twisted pickup artist.

“Talk to me.”

“Why the hell should I?” Dalton wiped his eyes.

“Because you need to.” Shafter’s voice was calm.

In His Sights will be released Nov 21 on:

Amazon, Breathless Press, All Romance ebooks

 

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Finding Sexy after Tragedy — male-male romance In His Sights

good looking man under man showerThis week’s My Sexy Saturday addresses those who feel sexy thanks to their significant other. If you came from the blog hop, you can return by clicking here.

But what happens if tragedy strikes and how does one recover? That’s a topic I address in the male-male romance In His Sights. Dalton Blake is in the military and during an assignment in Afghanistan he suffers guilt and blame for a roadside explosion that took the life of his lover who served on the same base.

In the story, we see Dalton at the Twenty Nine Palms base about to leave military life behind. A captain tries to befriend Dalton at a bar where Dalton has gone to find escape from his loneliness and guilt.

“So what part of it is going well?” Shafter brought the conversation back to Dalton’s original answer.

Dalton turned his gaze back to the mirror. “You’re pretty damned persistent.”

Shafter circled his finger in the condensation on the mug. “I like knowing how people are really doing.” He moved his face close to Dalton’s and spoke in a low voice. “I just want to make sure you’re fine.”

A flatscreen television showed a baseball game in the bottom of the fifth inning and the closed captions scrolling along the bottom showed the play-by-play narrative. Someone pumped money in the jukebox and an Eric Church tune blared. Nature abhorred a vacuum, the saying went, and noise in a bar was proof of that. If the live band took a break, a recording had to jump in its place. Maybe Shafter knew it as well. There really was no such state as simply okay in the life of a warrior.

Dalton took another sip of beer and didn’t try to craft a response. “I’m not fine.” Lying wasn’t going to get him anywhere. He had invisible wounds, like so many others.

Does Shafter find a way to ease Dalton’s turmoil? In His Sights is entering the final editing stage and will be out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

 

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My Sexy Saturday. Check out a list of romantic authors.

My Sexy Saturday is a terrific way to connect with authors worth discovering and exploring. Each week, there’s a different “sexy” theme and the authors are allowed to make a post related to what they perceive as sexy whether it’s a kiss, the surrounding atmosphere, or much more.

I didn’t join the list this week since I was working hard on a non-fiction project and doing my edits for my new Male-male romance In His Sights.

Look for me next Saturday.

In the meantime, click here to see the author list for Saturday, September 20 and get acquainted with writers or become familiar once again with some past friends.

My Sexy Saturday takes place thanks to author Lynn Crain who writes extraordinary romance for extraordinary women and works hard for all of us to get seen and supported.

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Slipping Through the Crowd, excerpt from Arrival by DD Symms

It’s fun to be part of the Sexy Saturday blog hop. Thanks to Lynn Crain and all the authors who take part. Below is my excerpt from Work in Progress novel Arrival. It’s a follow-up to Boarding, available through Amazon, Breathless Press, and All Romance. We see Jessie Carter after she’s achieved a certain status in the design and fashion world, dancing at an awards dinner.

Enjoy. And click here for the blog hop.

The vintage wine might as well have been flat Seven Up. The four-piece string quartet could have been playing a funeral dirge and for all Jessie Carter cared she’d rather be stuck shivering in a crumbling European castle instead of a gala in New York celebrating her arrangement with retailer Toni B.

“Hey, Jessie. You’re missing something.” A chair scraped on the wooden floor and Callan DeLongpre squeezed himself along the wall and took a seat next to her.

“Oh, what’s that?”

“Your smile.”

Jessie raised an eyebrow. Her upturned lips looked like the grimace of someone who couldn’t digest the buttery Maine lobster or the cheesecake.

Callan touched her shoulder. His fingers were warm and light as a feather. “Let’s dance.”

“Oh.” She had played it safe sitting against the wall. Her bouquet of roses had already been presented and she was looking for a discrete exit, a quick ride to the hotel, and an early morning flight to Los Angeles.

Callan didn’t wait for her consent. Her chair tilted forward as he moved behind her and she couldn’t resist his grip on her hand. “No.” His momentum pulled her from her chair and almost cleared her lethargy. She wobbled on her heels and the hem of her dress seemed to tighten around her.

“Too late.” His tone had a happy lilt. Jessie found it annoying during those times of public scrutiny or deadlines that were impossible to meet. His positive nature was also endearing and by the time he had one arm supporting her back and the other leading her through the tune, the dour mood that engulfed her like a fog lifted. His touch was like magic. “You move quite nicely.”

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Happily Forever in the High Desert on My Sexy Saturday

rs-1I’m back to My Sexy Saturday with this imagining of a Happily Ever After from my story Riding Shotgun.

Enjoy reading below and click here to rejoin the My Sexy Saturday blog hop:

It wasn’t the lengthening shadows that turned Brianna bittersweet. The galloping horse carrying her daughter made her realize that time was passing. Maya was already eight and begging to compete in the local rodeo.

“Hey, you just going to stand there or are you going to give the cook a hand?” Andrew balanced a platter of chicken for the grill and a pitcher of iced tea.

“Hey, don’t break your back.” Brianna rushed to help.

“Twisting it is more likely.” He used a knee to save the chicken before it scattered on the dusty ground. Heat radiated from the grill.

What a simple routine and it was just the way Brianna liked it. Friday nights for the family to regroup after going their separate ways during the week. “Let me get Maya to come in and wash up.”

“I don’t think you need to.” Andrew winked. A car pulled up to the riding ring and a friend of Maya’s and the friend’s parents got out and walked to the ring.

“What are the Monroe’s doing here?” Brianna wondered but when Andrew walked behind her, and placed his arms around her waist, and pulled her close and nuzzled her ear the answer was clear enough. Maya had her friends to see so she and her husband could regroup. Brianna was pleased. “Thanks, babe.”

 

This is my imagined follow-up to Riding Shotgun, when Brianna’s car breaks down in California’s High Desert on her way to Tahoe for some R&R to escape the turmoil of her personal life. She meets Andrew, a handsome mechanic who has his own secrets.

Riding Shotgun is available through Breathless Press  Amazon and All Romance ebooks.

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Visit Dawn’s Reading Nook – I’m featured author for July

screenshot dawn's reading nookI’m thrilled to be the featured author of the month on Dawn Roberto’s Reading Nook.

Click here to read my blurbs and an abbreviated bio.

I will say, you can get some good pricing on my books as well if you visit her site and click through to the books on Breathless Press or Amazon.

 

Dawn does so many things to connect authors and readers:

Senior Reviewer/Publisher liaison for Love Romances & More Reviews

Owner/Moderator of LR Cafe Yahoo Group & LR Cafe Facebook Group

Check out my personal blog, Dawn’s Reading Nook and it’s also a facebook group

Find me on Facebook and Twitter

I’m also going to interview her for later this month. She’s one of the first in-the-know folks I came across when I began writing fiction.

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