Category Archives: Rainbow Snippets

Saturday Snippet: Concierge Service

How about a Saturday Snippet from Concierge Service? The book will be available this coming week. Have a little taste, where Joshua has come up to the penthouse as a “rent-a-friend” with a deck of cards. Winner gets to ask a question.

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Joshua sorted his cards and the competition was on.

“Gin.” Craig parlayed a good starting hand into a quick victory. “Hockey or football?”

That took Joshua aback. “Neither,” he said after a moment’s pondering. “If I’m going to watch something, it would be skiing, or skating. Hockey’s just a problem to be solved for me, like can I get six rink-side tickets to a Rangers game. Football is all about ‘how early do I need to order cars to get out to the stadium?’”

“So, if you were at a Super Bowl party, you’d be the one making nachos?” Craig asked.

“Probably, but I’d watch large men falling on each other in public.” Joshua buried that statement in a flurry of shuffling.

Craig liked the pinkness growing in his cheeks, but wouldn’t stare. Too openly. “That’s the best part of football.”

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Joshua Hannes, the concierge of the Vivaldi Central Park Hotel prides himself on fulfilling every impossible request. Tickets to a sold-out show? A purple dye job for a purse dog? A last-minute table at a premier hotspot? No problem.

But the penthouse guest wants what?

Self-made billionaire Craig Ridley’s in New York on business, but at the end of the day, he wants to relax with someone interesting. The concierge should be able to supply an entertaining companion. Just for a little conversation. Dinner and a card game, not sex.

Craig didn’t expect the concierge to personally volunteer to be a rental friend, and he really didn’t expect to get attached. How can a paid service ever turn real?

A billion reasons why they shouldn’t be together. A billion and one reasons why they should.

Read the rest come September 19.

Rainbow Snippet Saturday – Fire on the Mountain

Been too long since I played the snippet game, so have a little piece of Fire on the Mountain. Here, Jake and Kurt just put out a small fire caused by lightning strike.

“Point the nozzle up,” Kurt suggested from behind me, “and hang on tight, I’m letting go.”

Warned, I was ready for the jolt in the hose when he let go. I wasn’t ready for him to sprint out into the private rainstorm I was making. Now he stood in dusty green utility pants and boots and nothing else, face up to the spray. The water came down on his upturned face, tilted to catch the arcing wetness, his mouth open and eyes closed, arms wide.

The droplets came down on him as he laughed and enjoyed the impromptu shower. The day was warm and the work had been hot, and now he turned from side to side to cool himself. Shallow rivers ran down his tightly muscled chest and arms and soaked his short, blond hair but couldn’t make it lie down. Instead, the drops caught the sun, flashing the light back at me, and my breath suddenly came short.

The fire in the woods was out. But now there was a fire in me, and it was already raging out of control.

Find the rest  (99 cents this weekend  only) at Apple, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

To see the Rainbow Snippets my fellow authors are sharing, check the Facebook group.

Rainbow Snippet–After the snowboarding

otter snow Hope all of you who are affected by the storm are staying warm and safe. It’s the weekend, so the snippetteers (find them all here on this Facebook group) have some reading material for you.

In Colorado, when we have snow, we slide on it, so this week’s six sentences (roughly, sometimes I can’t count) is from Tail Slide.  Lon and Corey have come down off the mountain where they’ve been snowboarding. There’s something Corey doesn’t know yet…

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TailSlide-Singer2“There’s an otter in my bathroom and my boyfriend is nowhere to be seen,” Corey mumbled.

That was silly, Lon was right here! He came to snuffle Corey’s fingers, dangling at a good height for sniffing. He whiskered Corey’s hand, which smelled of yummy things, and felt Corey tense through his vibrissae. Could learn so much stuff with vibrissae! He whiskered again and pushed his head into Corey’s palm.

“Therefore, my boyfriend is an otter.”

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Now, don’t think Corey’s over his disbelief: he’s pretty gobsmacked. Read the rest in Tail Slide, which you can get as a standalone or in a set  with Lon and Corey’s next story, Otter Chaos.

Fresh powder snow and running water in the Colorado back country call Lon like the moon calls the wolves. Belly-sliding to a good time on the weekends makes up for a workweek at a desk, and meeting Corey adds a whole new level of fun to snowboarding.

It’s easy to slip away for time alone in the the woods without raising suspicion, but how’s Lon to entertain himself when bad snow and a worse spill force them off the mountain too early?

Never give an otter a box of Cheerios.

Find Tail Slide at Rocky Ridge Books, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, All Romance eBooks, and  iTunes.

Rainbow Snippet — A New Man

rainbow snippet logo The Rainbow Snippets is a weekend challenge to post 6 sentences from one of my works or WIPs. Since A New Man placed so nicely at the Rainbow Awards (which I have been sadly remiss in mentioning, but Chad and Warren placed 4th in Contemporary and 10th overall) I decided to share a pivotal moment from their story. Chad has a difficult -to-admit issue that’s about to change both their lives, and at the moment, they’re in bed together for the first time.

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“Might need to get a little harder than that first.”

No shit. Rolling over and burying his face in the pillows wasn’t enough to smother him so he’d never have to explain. Warren let go and cuddled up close to Chad’s back, where he wouldn’t be for long. Should never have strayed out of the friend zone. Because this was way worse than anything Chad ever experienced with his more adventurous girlfriends. This was everything he wanted. Everything he couldn’t have. Might as well get it over with. Might as well cut out his heart, or cut off his useless balls.

“You don’t understand,” he growled into the ticking. “That’s the best it’s ever been.”

Find the rest of the story:  Dreamspinner or Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or at All Romance eBooks.

Find more Rainbow Snippets at the Facebook group. So many talented authors across all colors of the spectrum are sharing.