This is a blog hop from the Marketing for Romance Writers Book Hooks Blog Hop promotion that happens on Wednesdays. Since this weekly Blog Hop coincides with the last day that the Together eBook is free on Amazon, I thought I would participate. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free to borrow as well. There is also a paperback format if you would prefer to hold it in your hand. Below is an excerpt from the story. Enjoy!
I’d returned to Atlanta the month prior to meeting up with El and En again that sunny day a week ago. I needed to do the final touches on the youth center I’d helped create before the official opening the following week. Angela Carter, my best friend from college, followed me, helping with my new software creation business and the volunteer work I did including the LGBTQ+ youths the center focused on. I’d gone out on my own as a game designer consultant about a year ago when flexibility and opportunity landed in my lap. The financial aspect wasn’t too shabby either. The game I’d helped create then would release soon, and preorders were looking promising. I had other software projects in the works, but the game was the first where I was part of the full cycle. I was pleased with my stable finances, but my thoughts went back to El and En. I had kept my contact with them to the bare minimum since their marriage weekend. Enough contact that I hadn’t quite disappeared off the face of the planet, but not as much as I’d had when I’d gone away for college.
“You are such a coward, Vicky boy.” Angela startled me out of my musings.
Considering we were meeting up for the post mortem on the fundraiser for said youth center she partnered with me, it was a wonder I had forgotten where I was.
“I know,” I agreed with her.
Angela and I had briefly dated while at college. She in her tailored, tan skirt suit—a six-foot, blonde-haired Amazonian woman with legs for miles and a heart of gold—to my introverted, brooding, and muscled sport-jacket-and-slacks self. While I was attracted enough to go on a few dates, my heart belonged to my men, and our dating relationship never went further. She had wheedled the story out of me not too long after our second date over drinks at a bar, and we had been friends and business partners since.
She stepped away from the conference table in the office we rented in Midtown. Since that was where we’d opened the center, it was the best location to have it all. I had a place not two blocks from both the center and the office. The commute was great.
-waves- I should have posted this yesterday. Oh well. The life of living with a forgetful brain. I’ve been coping so far with likely undiagnosed ADHD.
Together is free on Amazon for a limited time: July 1st – 5th, 2023. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free to borrow as well.
I’ve been mulling in the back of my mind to re-edit and add the epilogue I wrote for a blog tour I did a few years later. It’s been a thing to get started. There are several stories that I would like to republish and some that I would like to finish. With the holiday weekend (ish, still have to work at the Day Job tomorrow, but I have the 4th of July off), perhaps I can start on something. Story of a writer’s life. -smile-
Sat down to home-made chili, a Mike’s hard lemonade (strawberry), and will finish beta reading a story tonight. I hope.
I’ve noodled a couple of my stories off and on over the last month or so in between working full-time. And now I start to see #nanowrimo preparation starting for some of my G+ friends. Holy crap! When did November get here?
It’s a bittersweet time for me as I started writing almost a year ago. So I wondered, what should I do to launch a year of writing? On November 9th, 2012, I started writing a single story that had clamored in my head previously, and with the encouragement of other authors. I now have that same story with several chapters, two short stories that are almost complete, and a few more that I have started notes on. I would like to finish a novel, or several shorter stories, as a salute to persevering despite a layoff, teenagers, a new job, and getting older. We will not discuss my age. Consider me 29. 🙂
I would like to celebrate my year of writing by giving away a copy of the story, or stories, I finish next month and when it publishes (not if, when) and a $10 gift card to your favorite online eBook store (All Romance eBooks, Totally Bound [formerly Total-E-Bound], Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Bookstrand) to buy your next book. I plan to update my progress on here Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. I like talking to new people and hopefully, this will get me off the ground and running to finally get off my duff and get published. Whether it will be with a publishing house, or I publish on my own, I don’t know. But, that is the fun as I now have a goal. My writings, so far, are in MM science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance genres. Others might be in menage, contemporary and probably will expand to GBLT. The sky is the limit. So, if you like those, leave a comment here and at the end of November, I will randomly pick with an online random number generator. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you for your $10 GC and send you the final version of the story that I finish in November. Be aware that my story may be awhile since I’m sure there will be several rounds of edits to finish, random distractions, and finding a way to publish it. You have my permission to repost this contest and/or otherwise spread across the internet. The more the merrier. Please make sure to link to this specific post so that all comments can be counted. I’m only going to count the ones made here. 🙂
Thank you for “listening” to me ramble and come help me celebrate. Teasers to follow!
Reposted from Patrick Donovan’s Facebook post with permission. Please pass this along.
So, I wanted to put this out there, and see if you folks would be kind enough to help me spread the word: I am going to give an ebook copy of my book, Demon Jack, to any serviceman or woman currently serving overseas absolutely free of charge. There’s no string attached, I don’t expect anything in return, or anything like that. The only thing you have to do is email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). That’s it. I will ask, however, that those of you that have friends or family that are in the military and overseas, that you pass this along to them, share it on your facebook, that sort of thing and help spread the word. I’ve included the back cover blurb for the book, just so folks have an idea of what it’s about, to see if it’s something that would interest them. This is, in my own small way, a way to say thank you.
Stay dead and go to Hell,
Or sell your soul to a demon and keep breathing.
Fifteen years ago, Jack died and chose the latter. Now, a few years out of prison and living on the streets of Boston, Jack is perfectly content to keep a low profile and avoid his turbulent past.
Being a faceless “nobody” suits Jack just fine.
It’s working out until the only person he considers a friend turns on him, possessed by something far worse than the demon holding the contract to Jack’s soul. Now, he’s been recruited (some might say blackmailed) by an ancient order with roots in the Inquisition to hunt down whatever malevolent force is responsible for turning Boston’s homeless into ravenous killers. At the same time, someone from his past with a massive vendetta and nothing in the way of conscience, is looking for Jack, hoping to issue a little payback of his own.
Paired with a centuries old witch and the only person to survive the rampage thus far, Jack is in a race to track down whatever’s responsible for killing his people, all while staying one step ahead of the skeletons in his closet.