Archive | August 2014

FREE READ – Darkness Falls

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next is Darkness Falls. Keep reading to get to know Matthew and Daniel….

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CHAPTER ONE

It was a night shoot like dozens of others before it. It was a special effects shot like dozens of others before it as well.

But in a heartbeat, everything can change.

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FREE READ – Memory’s Prisoner

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is Memory’s Prisoner. Keep reading to get to know Mitch and Joey…

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CHAPTER FIVE

An hour later Mitch was transferred to a gurney and wheeled downstairs to an exam room where Dr. Cohen was waiting. He was given a local anesthetic to reduce the pain as the rods holding the brace to his leg were disengaged.

“Now remember, Mr. Reid,” Dr. Cohen said. “This doesn’t mean you’ll be running a marathon tomorrow, as much as you might want to. I don’t even want you bending your leg until your physical therapist stops by to see you in your room a bit later. Understood?”

Mitch just nodded, not really hearing what she was saying, instead watching as first the metal contraption and then the bandages were removed and he got his first, unimpeded look at his leg.

Frankenstein.

That was the first thought that popped into Mitch’s mind. He knew he was overreacting, knew the doctors had done a miraculous job and had saved his leg, knew the scars wouldn’t be as noticeable with time. It was just a shock to see what kind of damage had been done.

Fine rows of stitches crisscrossed his leg, showcasing the areas where the shrapnel had done the most damage. He knew underneath the skin metal rods held together his shattered lower leg. His knee was by far the worst, as he’d known it would be. It was still a bit swollen, with a much larger, wider set of stitches that ran almost clear around his kneecap. Mitch tried to wrap his mind around the fact that there was plastic under his skin now, where bone used to be. He lay back against the pillows, tiredly running a hand over his face. Now that he’d seen with his own eyes, he no longer needed confirmation from Tim.

His days as a cop were over.

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FREE READ – Out of the Shadows

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is Out of the Shadows. Keep reading to get to know Shane and Tyler…

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CHAPTER ONE

A small smile played across the face of 28 year-old L.A.P.D. officer Shane Walker as he gazed out the open passenger side window of his squad car. Life is good, he thought as he breathed in the warm California air, the bright lights of Hollywood illuminating the night sky all around him. Shane let the small smile turn into a full fledged grin. Tonight marked the accomplishment of a goal it had taken him months to achieve – his last day of field training. Come Monday morning he’d be on his own as a K-9 patrol officer, this time for the Los Angeles Police Department.

It’d been a long road to get here, a long way from the Tulsa Police Department K-9 division where Shane had gotten his start in law enforcement three years ago. Shane was proud to wear the police uniform of his hometown, but it had always been his goal to work for the elite L.A.P.D. So when he heard about the opening in their canine unit, he had immediately put in for a transfer.

That was six months ago. During that time Shane had gone through a rigorous interview process and psychological screening before being accepted, along with his partner Chase, into the L.A.P.D. After that it was packing up and leaving home, leaving his family, and entering into the academy for 18 more weeks of training. Even though Shane was already a cop, he needed to learn the way the L.A.P.D. wanted things done. It was hard work, more like boot camp than anything, but Shane excelled, graduating at the top of his class.

But he wasn’t ready to hit the streets quite yet. For the next month he and Chase worked with the L.A.P.D. K-9 instructor, proving that the German Shepherd was just as good an officer as his master.

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FREE READ – Where There’s Smoke

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is the second of my firemen/paramedic novellas – Where There’s Smoke (Burnin’ for You Book #2). Keep reading to get to know Lucas and Evan even better….

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CHAPTER THREE

Daniel and Lucas had kitchen duty that afternoon, so while the rest of the crew scrubbed down the engine and truck from the fire that morning, the two men were up to their elbows in soap suds from the lunch dishes when the station alarm sounded. Lucas and Daniel stopped what they were doing and looked up at the P.A. speaker as the dispatcher’s voice came over it.

“Station 127 – vehicle in the water. 300 block of North 12th Street, cross street Wilshire. Time out – 13:25.”

“Ready to go swimming?” Daniel asked as they hurriedly dried off their hands.

Lucas shook his head at the sandy haired fireman, leading the way to the fire pole. “I told Evan today was gonna be batshit crazy.”

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Lucas’s heel tapped a staccato rhythm against the floor of the engine as Kyle expertly maneuvered the large vehicle through the congested New York streets. Water rescues were always difficult and dangerous and required instant action the moment they were on the scene. Time was their enemy when a car was filling with water with a person trapped inside. In preparation, the crew’s turnout gear was stored, saving precious seconds removing the bulky clothing if they were needed to enter the water.

And based on the yelling and screaming of the bystanders as Station 127 pulled up onto the scene, they were going to be.

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FREE READ – Burnin’ for You

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. First up is the first of my firemen/paramedic novellas – Burnin’ for You. Keep reading to get to know Lucas and Evan….

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CHAPTER FIVE

Lucas’s next shift was two days later, following Station 127’s “24-hour-on / 48-hour-off” shift schedule. He’d thought being away from Evan for those two days would help, that he could get a handle on his feelings for the other man and push them away, bury them deep and get on with his life.

But his efforts were in vain, with Evan invading his thoughts more than once throughout those two days, at night especially as he lay in his bed, helpless to stop the dreams that replayed last Saturday and Sunday.

So instead of walking into the station for his next shift with a clear head, able to look Evan in the eye, confident in his decision to end things between them before they really had a chance to get started, he instead did his best to once again avoid the young medic.

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Fiction Friday with Lorraine Reguly

I’d like to welcome to my blog today author Lorraine Reguly. I’m grateful to be able to return the favor that Lorraine showed me last year when she gave me my first ever author interview to promote my new ebook Memory’s Prisoner. It was a wonderful experience for me and now I have the chance to interview Lorraine.

Lorraine is an interesting person who happens to be a rape survivor, a former prostitute, and an English teacher-turned-freelancer. She’s also the author of Risky Issues, which is a short book of stories (both fiction and non-fiction) prefaced by a touching poem.

Today, I’m going to talk to Lorraine about what’s going on in her world, her book, and her extremely important message that Risky Issues sets forth. You’ll want to listen in on our conversation, from beginning to end, too. Trust me!

 

Why I Have to Rave About Lorraine’s Short Book (and why EVERYONE should read it too)

Risky Issues      Lorraine

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Going Both Ways: Best Bi Short Stories Anthology (Review)

Congrats to my friend Gina Storm Grant for a fantastic review! I know I laughed my butt off at the excerpt that was quoted. 🙂

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The Best Bi Antho got a great review from Heroes and Heartbreakers. Best Bi

The reviewer, Victoria Janssen, did a nice run down of some of the stories, including what worked for her and what didn’t. She, ahem, only quoted one story:

The anthology starts off with a hilarious interlude by Storm Grant, “Dual Citizenship.”

“So.The Mountie. Something queer about him?” I say finally, careful of my wording. It’s hard to ask when the rule is “don’t.” As in “Don’t ask. Don’t tell.”

Grandy harrumphs. Won’t meet my eyes directly either. He’s probably wondering about the two holes in my left earlobe. “Well, I think I can say for pretty sure that he’s…” Grandy pauses, searches for the right word, then does meet my eyes, “…Canadian. You don’t have a problem with… Canadians, do you?”

“No sir. Got a cousin who’s… Canadian. Not a problem.” I fail to mention I’ve…been…

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