Male-male romance short story is submitted

I originally submitted a male-male romance In His Sights for an anthology project that got shelved. However, I just submitted the story to Breathless Press for its revived Flirt line. It’s a military story about a man harboring bitterness and needing the help of another to express his anger about a friend killed in the line of duty.

We’ll see how it goes. I made some revisions and sent it off. I look forward to sharing here in the near future.

Click here for my current reads on Amazon and my listing of titles on Breathless Press.

I was just on the Luscious Literaries blog today where author Lynn Chantale wrote a post about what she’s learned about being married.

Click here to read the post and my comment. And join in the conversation.

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Excerpt from Callan’s Pleasure, a male-male romance on My Sexy Saturday

Here is a 7 paragraph excerpt from my work-in-progress male-male romance Callan’s Pleasure. Callan is a young general manager at a resort in New Hampshire and he immerses himself in his world of work. When he meets a handsome guest who appears to be in a disgruntled relationship, Callan’s view of himself is challenged.

Would you like to be a Beta Reader? If so, email me at ddsymms@yahoo.com and I’ll send a draft at the end of January or early February. Rejoin the My Sexy Saturday blog hop Click here and view this Linky Tools list…or click here.

Excerpt

The thought of opening the door and seeing two men—why towels at this time of day? Damn. Wondering what could be on the other side of the door was captivating. “Oh, okay. I’ll be right back.” Callan did his best to sound disgruntled and took off quickly.

He stopped by housekeeping and grabbed the towels, moving as fast as he could so no one would have time to ask questions. He strode up the stairs, stretching his legs to take them two at a time and caught his breath on the fourth floor landing. There was something fun in all this. He was now a young veteran of the hospitality industry and typically dismissed the scenarios that could be happening on the other sides of the closed doors when he walked the hallways. Each guest deserved respect and privacy but Torrey apparently didn’t want either.

Room 424. Callan formed a fist and almost knocked. Should he announce housekeeping? No. “Front desk.” He deepened his voice to give an authoritative air and knocked twice. No answer. “Good morning.” He knocked again. Still nothing. It was against his propriety to leave the towels on the carpeting so he took his key and knocked one more time before opening the door and stepping inside.

The first thing that greeted him was a large piece of paper taped to the slim section of wall separating the bathroom to the right from the rest of the room. Thank you, Callan was scrawled in large red letters. He set the towels on the sink’s basin and trembled when he took the note. Excitement mixed with the feeling that he had been had in some sort of practical joke. On the other side of the paper was the comment, You’re a dear.

This was really stupid. A dear? There was no name written. Perhaps it was Torrey, but maybe it was the other guy and they were getting a good laugh at his expense. He grabbed the paper, scrunched it into a ball, and instead of throwing it in the trash can he stuffed it in his pocket. His imagination burst to life with the thought of Torrey in slacks and a dress shirt, partially unbuttoned, whispering you’re a dear while his lips and fingers traveled along Callan’s cheek and down his chest. Callan’s cock stiffened in response and he fought to eliminate the pretend sensual encounter.

He inspected the fire extinguisher and the ice machine on his way to the staircase to make it seem like there was something of importance and wash away the thought that he had possibly been used.

He got back in the lobby and went outside in the chill to grab a piece of wood and toss it on the fire. Suddenly, he felt vulnerable and was relieved that none of the guests walking in and out of the lobby were either of the two men.

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Seeking 4 Beta Readers for My Male-Male Romantic Comedy

Callan is one of the leading characters in my novel Boarding. I’ve had such fun with him and his partner Torrey that I’m writing a male-male romance on how they met. It’s currently titled Callan’s Pleasure.

Their personalities are quite different and there’s a bit of conflict and misunderstanding taking place.

I’m not sure what the total length will be but I expect about 15,000 words to 20,000 words.

If you’d like to be a Beta reader and give your feedback on the story then please email me at ddsymms@yahoo.com and put “Beta reader” in the subject line.

I’ll have a draft ready to go by the end of January and I’d love it if you could return any comments by mid-February.

Let me know and I’d love to connect.

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New Release: Not So Silent Night by Guest Author Kelly Ryan

Let’s welcome author Kelly Ryan who visits with us and shares a timely story with us — hers! It just came out today! Congratulations, Kelly.

Kelly Ryan imageThanks DD for letting me stop by today to talk about my new release, Not So Silent Night which comes out today! I know that you have a few questions for me, so let’s get started shall we?

What prompted you to write the story?

My hero, the sexy Russian Alexander, just popped into my mind at the very time that I was thinking about writing a holiday story. I thought, well it’s a sign that my Christmas story needs a hot Russian in it! Everything started to take off from there, with a paranormal flair of course, because what is Christmas without some sort of magic?

What do you want the readers to take away — like what emotion or thought?

Anna, my heroine in Not So Silent Night, has no family of her own anymore and is not looking forward to the holidays. However, her friends, with the help of a certain sexy Russian, make her realize that those who love you are your family whether they are your blood or not.

What’s a favorite scene?

One of my favorite scenes is when after sharing some pretty steamy moment and more than a few secrets, Anna freaks out when Alexander mentions meeting his family. I like this scene so much because I think that it’s a universal fear, meeting the parents! Eek! Know it scares me too. Here’s a little sneak peak.

Excerpt:

Alexander was nodding. “It makes perfect sense. My mother holds similar beliefs. She contends we are closer to nature than regular humans and that is why we can take the form of animals.”

“Exactly! I like your mom already.”

“Then you should meet her. Tomorrow. You can meet my entire family, as my father and brother are here as well.”

“You want me to meet your family?” Anna stammered a little bit.

“Of course. This is not going to be some one-night stand. I like you. A lot. We are here for a couple of weeks on vacation. Then, remember, I do not live in Russia as my family does; I am a train ride away in Washington, D.C.

Blurbs:

Another lonely Christmas approaches for Anna and her life of penance—until the otherworldly Alexander appears.

Anna is a lonely woman, running her dead grandmother’s flower shop. She hates Christmas and could not feel more lost when a handsome and mysterious Russian, Alexander, walks into her shop and her life. Each has secrets and magic they are harboring. Just as their passion erupts, the good old boys in town threaten to ruin everything. Getting to know each other is tough for most couples, but with a pack of werewolves out to destroy them, things become intense. They find themselves in a fight for their lives. Can their newfound love give them the strength to win against this threat and trust in the future?

Links:

Buy Links: Breathless Press, All Romance eBooks, Bookstrand

Social Links: Facebook: Sheri Velarde/Kelly Ryan Author Page, Website: sherivelarde.weebly.com, Blog: Musings of my Scattered Mind, Twitter: Sher_V

Thanks again to DD for letting me stop by today and for you all reading a little about my new release. I want to wish everyone a happy holidays! And remember, eBooks make great gifts and Breathless Press has some great ones!

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A Positive Review for Boarding and an Upbeat Interview

While I’ve been reworking my next novel Arrival and working on nonfiction projects, I’m thankful for a positive review from Tina on Riverina Romantics.

She calls tblak rayne blog shothe erotic novel, “a fast paced, erotic read that will hold your attention from the very first page.”

Click on the Riverina Romantics page to read the full review for Boarding.

Earlier this month, erotic romance author Blak Rayne interviewed me on her blog and it was a lot of fun.

She has a wonderfully artistic site and I recommend stopping there if you haven’t done so.

Click here for my interview on her site.

Now it’s on to finishing my rewrite of Chapter 3 of Arrival, the next installment in the Jessie Carter Fashion Series.

Btw, if you’re so inclined here are my pages on Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, and Bookstrand.

Riverina Romantics DD Symms review

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Welcome Guest Author Decadent Kane and her cover reveal

It’s nice to have author Decadent Kane stop by and reveal the cover of her upcoming book, a holiday tale with a twist. Welcome DK …

Thanks, DD :)

And thanks to eRibbon of Darkness600ach of you taking a peek here:

The color of Snow

The color of snow is clear-the appearance of the white color is an effect of the prism of the snowflake breaking up the light from the sun.

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Short book blurb for Ribbon of Darkness:

An old family secret draws Ribbon into an Elven world while Draven is forced to find a way to drag her back home to save Christmas magic.

Book information:

Ribbon of Darkness is set to release December 13th 2013

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Swaying to the Music

LynnSexySaturday_buttonHere’s my post for this edition of My Sexy Saturday and thanks to Lynn Crain as always and the many talented authors on the list. Click here or the image for the hop.

This excerpt is from my work-in-progress Arrival, Book 3 of The Jessie Carter Fashion Series. The story opens at a gala at the Museum of Art in New York and Jessie is in heaven with her friend Callan who befriended her and led her into some detailed sexual exploration in Book 1.

At the end of this excerpt, though, she realizes something and reality finds its way into the dreamy evening.

Oh, and if you’d like a copy of the 1st 3 chapters of Boarding, simply send me an email at ddsymms@yahoo.com.

EXCERPT

Sofie smiled as sweetly to Jessie as she did to Callan and seemed to think nothing of the appearance the two gave as a couple. “Have a lovely evening.” She had witnessed the occasional brush of the lips between the two men and had written about their relationship for the paper’s lifestyle edition.

“Thank you, Sofie.” Callan nodded.

“‘Night.” Jessie waved, her fingers wiggling. [how is Jessie dressed and Callan?]

There was no need for another encounter, thought Jessie. Time was ticking later into the night. She was talked out and whatever moisture had been in her throat was gone from the warm air, the wine, cheeses, and lack of simple drinking water. “Shall we go?”

“Yes.” Callan’s blue eyes were as soothing as a calm lake on a sunny day.

She passed a doorway to a patio with marble pillars supporting a railing. “I love the night here.” Jessie whisked Callan to the landing and lights shimmed through the trees in Central Park. The lively notes of the stringed instruments bringing Vivaldi’s Spring to life made their way outdoors and wrapped a bow of romance around her and Callan. What a perfect place to pause, hold each other, and—

Callan’s phone rang with a tone as soft as his personality. He scooped it from his pocket. “Torrey?” Callan turned his eyes from Jessie and looked over the landing. “Check my desk. On the right hand side.” He waited and kept his ear pressed against the phone. “Got it? Oh, good. Yes, we’ll be home soon. Yes, love you, too.” Callan puckered his lips and unrolled a light smacking sound before hanging up and pocketing his phone. “Ah, the man never stops preparing.” He placed a hand on Jessie’s shoulder. “It is lovely, isn’t it?”

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