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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Flash Fiction Monday - Just a Chubby Kid from Brooklyn

I haven't done this in a while but I thought I'd try my hand at another Flash Fiction Monday. So here we go...enjoy.

Just a Chubby Kid From Brooklyn

When the sun moved lower in the sky, reflecting brilliantly on the water, Saul knew it was time to put-up or shut-up. Technically, he'd already put-out so how hard could putting-up be?

He snuck a glance at Jim. He was relaxed back on his elbows, the strong planes of his face turned to the weakening sun, and his legs splayed every which way. Saul often wondered if he'd ever be as comfortable with his own body as it seemed everyone else was with theirs. The memories of being teased and taunted as a teenager, the fat-shaming and gay cruelties, were still fresh in his mind even after more than ten years and a significant change in his body.

He wasn't that chubby kid anymore, but at times, he still saw only that guy in the mirror, could only feel the knots inside that bullied teenager when he was interested in someone. And he was really interested in Jim. In reality, he had nothing to lose by expressing himself, but fear tended to twist a vise around his heart when he was reaching deep for courage. Much as the way it was crushing him right then.

"You…um…" His voice trailed off while he flattened his palms in the sand, searching for a something to ground him so he could get through a few simple words. "I was thinking maybe we could…I don't know, grab something to eat after. You know if you're into that. Not that I'm pushing for another date—shit, that's not the right word either."

The sand sifted through his fingers as a thread of anxiety pressed against nerves, twining around his heart and sending heat to his cheeks.

"Saul?"

"Yeah." The reply was more automatic than realized. He didn't dare look at Jim, didn't want to see the pity or disgust playing on his face, foreshadowing what Jim had to say.

"You know I asked you out in the first place, right?" Jim's tone was even but light, yet Saul couldn't detect amusement in his voice. He struggled with an answer that wasn't awkward or silly, but Jim beat him to the punch. "Because I like you. I'm not sure what happened between last night and now but that hasn't changed for me."

Saul swallowed around the tension in his throat before peering up from under the brim of his hat. Jim hadn't changed positions, still long, lean, sun-kissed limbs and warm, brown eyes. "Really?"

He flinched when Jim suddenly shifted towards him, looping an arm around his shoulders and leaning in close. "Really," he said, licking his chapped lips. "And I kind of hoped you felt the same way."

"I do. Yeah. Definitely."

"Then how about kissing me to seal the deal?"


So Saul kissed him—once, twice, ten times before the sun set, then forty after a week, one hundred more after a month, ten-thousand more after a year. And if Jim ever saw that chubby kid rear his insecure head, he just held Saul tighter and kissed him more.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Rainbow Snippets. Moonstone - Stone Magic, book 1

Rainbow Snippets - November 5-6 

~~Writers and bloggers: please post 6 sentences of LGBTQ+ fiction or a book rec on your blog or website and link to it here in the comments. Don’t forget to include a link back to the group in your post so your regular readers can follow it back and enjoy the snippetry!~~

Find more here: Rainbow Snippets Facebook group

This is my first try at this. I'm hoping to keep it up every week.

This is from Moonstone - Stone Magic book 1

~~The decor had a strong resemblance to the magnificent door with the river, but on a much larger scale. It was bright but dark at the same time, the concrete walls enhanced and stimulated by the paintings and artwork scattered haphazardly throughout the room. When Ky finally stepped past Blue, he couldn’t keep himself from dragging a finger over the closest mural by the door.

It was painted directly onto the dark purple wall, a brilliant and almost fluorescent skull as the main focus. It was hard to miss since it had to be three feet across and five feet in height, but, as he inspected it closer, more intricate flourishes and detail came to the light, so to speak.

Within the confines of the amazing blue head were people - small but effervescent people.~~

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Moonstone - Stone Magic, book 1

Ky’s a fighter. Blue’s an artist. But together they are truly magical.
Ky’s fought his way to the boxing championship for the third time, but now the fight of his life isn’t against an opponent in the ring. He’s battling a darkness within himself that he can’t ignore and can’t control. If he fails, everything he’s spent his life working for will be gone, and he can’t see a path to victory. Only a hunch sends him looking for help in the most unusual places.
Blue’s a quiet guy, living for his family and the art of his tattoos. He’s created his shop, Blue’s Dungeon, to be a place for the celebration of art on skin—simple, friendly, and mostly uncomplicated—and Blue likes it that way.
But when Ky shows up in Blue’s tattoo studio, desperately searching for a lifeline, it’s the beginning of something magical for them both…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

GRL Dirty Dozen: Alexa Land is here

As part of the Dirty Dozen blog hop, I'm pleased to welcome my friend, Alexa Land, to Chaos in the Moonlight. I'm really looking forward to seeing her at GRL next week. So without further ado, here she is. PS - don't forget to enter the Rafflcopter giveaway at the end. The Dirty Dozen is giving away 12 eBooks to one lucky winner.

Dirty Dozen Blog Hop: Alexa Land

Hi K-Lee! Thank you for hosting me. I’m looking forward to seeing you at GRL!

If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which one would it be, and why? 

The obvious answer is Nana Dombruso, because that would be a damn good time!

What are you working on currently and what's its inspiration? 

I’m working on Worlds Away, the thirteenth book in my Firsts and Forever Series. It’s inspired by a couple of my characters, Sawyer and Alastair. We’ve met them in previous books in the series, and now we’ll get to know them a lot better!

If the lead character in your current novel were to read your other books, which one would be his/her favorite and why? 

I think Sawyer (who’s ex-military and a no-frills kind of guy) would enjoy my paranormal books. I could see him getting into The Tinder Chronicles, because they’re a little grittier.

If all of your MCs were thrown into a strange and dangerous world where survival relies on ingenuity, creativity, common sense who would come out on top? 

All of my boys are survivors, that’s an ongoing theme throughout my series. Since they’ve overcome a great deal in their lives, I think they’d all thrive in an environment like that.

What musician or album do you think people should listen to as they read your work because it fits the soul of your words (either a specific title or your writing in general)? 

Each book actually has its own theme song, and they vary a lot in tone and style. For example, The Distance was inspired by the Cake song with the same name, and Who I Used to Be is a line from a Nine Inch Nails song (Something I Can Never Have). The song Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper doesn’t influence my work-in-progress as directly, but it’s woven throughout the narrative.

If you could be one of your characters and live their life, who would it be and why? 

Tough choice! The easy answer would be Nana Dombruso, because she has so much fun and lives a fantastic life. But instead, I’m going to say Skye, who’s a free-spirited, wonderfully creative artist in a beautiful relationship. Plus, I’d love to rock his blue hair!

If you could be a fruit, any fruit, which would you be and why? 

A big, red, ripe tomato, because it’s an oddball! No one thinks of it as a fruit, it doesn’t fit in. But where would we be without pizza sauce, and all the other lovely things tomatoes can do? J

What is the thing you enjoy most about gatherings like GRL

Getting to meet and talk to people from all over the country and the world. The fact that we’re all readers or writers of gay romance creates such a wonderful sense of community!

What is the most vivid romantic moment from any film that has lingered the longest and meant the most to you…. and why

The kiss in Brokeback Mountain, when Jack visits Ennis at his apartment after four years apart. It’s so intense, so urgent, and says everything about those two characters. The movie’s ending shattered me, but that kiss!! (SAME, ALEXA. SAME.)

If you could take any fictional couple or character (television, movies, real-life, books) and add them to one of your books, who would it be and why? 

Brian Kinney from Queer as Folk U.S. God, I love that character! It’s so easy to write him off as an asshole, but the writers of that series did a fantastic job giving him layers and nuance, and really bringing him to life in a way you just don’t see very often in movies and television.

What kind of quirky habits do you have before or during the time you write? 

I become nocturnal when I’m writing. I’m not sure if that’s a quirk or a glitch! I do some of my best work between the hours of eight p.m. and four a.m., both because that’s my natural wake cycle, and because I work well in total silence. My readers joke that I keep vampire hours!

When you write, do your characters hijack the story, or do you keep a tight grip on the reins? 

They totally hijack the story, and I’m happy to let them! I love the exhilaration of letting my characters take the lead. They go off on the most surprising tangents!

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About Alexa

Alexa Land is an independent author of gay love stories. Her character-driven books include the best-selling Firsts and Forever Series, set in present-day San Francisco, which is currently at twelve volumes and counting. She was born in Southern California and has been on a gradual northern migration ever since, calling Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and now Oregon home. Her most recent book is Who I Used to Be, which was published in August.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Dirty Dozen blog hop - K-lee Klein

This is a repost from the Dirty Dozen blog hop only because I wanted to give people the chance to comment (I love comments) and AE Via's blog didn't have that option. I give her huge thanks for posting it though.
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Hello and welcome to my Dirty Dozen post. I'm K-lee and this year will mark my 5th GRL. I was lucky enough to be at the premier retreat in 2011 in New Orleans as a reader, then had my first book published in December of that year. Since then I've published with MLR, Less Than Three, and Amber Quill.

This year has been a difficult one for me since Amber – my main publisher – closed their doors. I was left with a number of books with no home and I'm still working on republishing them myself. In May, I managed to snag a great opportunity with Dreamspinner when they republished the book dearest to me, Unbreak My Heart. Additionally, I dipped my toes in self-publishing in 2016 with my new series, Welcome to Loveland. There are two books in the series so far – Lucky in Loveland (February, 2016) and Lost in Loveland (September, 2016 - my newest release.)

I'm part of the Indie publishing group so I will be selling books at GRL, both in the main sales room and at my author lounges. I also have a Q & A, and you'll probably see me wheeling around the retreat with my Walker-stalker. Hugs are some of my favorite things so if you see me, step on up and say hi!

OH! Don't forget to enter the Rafflcopter draw for the Dirty Dozen blog hop - one lucky winner will receive 12 ebooks. And now without further ado, I give you my answers to the questions asked by each of the 12 authors in the blog hop. Thanks for stopping by.

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TM Smith – If you could spend the day with one of your characters, which one would it be, and why?

- That would be Mr. Brett Taylor from Unbreak My Heart. It's probably not politically correct to say it but…he's my favorite—just don't tell the others. Brett is the character I inflicted the most emotional damage on so he's very close to my heart. He was also inspired by Christian Kane and I can totally see Brett singing me some of his sweet songs as we hang out by the river.

Jeff Adams - What are you working on currently and what's its inspiration?

- I'm just finishing Gimme Shelter and it was inspired by violinist David Garrett and the cellists from 2Cellos. It was originally a sub-call for Rolling Stones songs that, unfortunately, didn't pan out because my publisher closed its doors. Gimme Shelter is sweet but angsty story about breaking free from expectations and I hope to have it out this month.

Wade Kelly - If the lead character in your current novel were to read your other books, which one would be his/her favourite and why?

- I'm pretty sure Lucky Roberts from Lucky in Loveland and Lost in Loveland would love Unbreak My Heart because he's a hopeless romantic who believes in taking things slow. Unbreak My Heart is a very slow burn love story, just Lucky's style.

Jake C. Wallace - If all of your MCs were thrown into a strange and dangerous world where survival relies on ingenuity, creativity, common sense, who would come out on top?

- I'd have to say Chrys and Bryan from my Perfect Moments series that unfortunately is in limbo because I need to republish it. Both guys are street-smart and on the S.W.A.T. team so I think they'd kick some ass, but do it in a very creative way.

Brandon Witt - What musician or album do you think people should listen to as they read your work because it fits the soul of your words (either a specific title or your writing in general)?

- The book (series) that comes to mind first is Unbreak My Heart because the inspiration for the main character was actor/country singer Christian Kane. Christian's music was all I listened to when I wrote the book and some of his songs are theme songs for Brett & JT's relationship.

Morticia Knight - If you could be one of your characters and live their life, who would it be and why?

- Damn. I seem to keep giving the same answer—Brett Taylor. He's got issues, but he's also had success in a profession he loved (and who doesn't want to be a world renowned musician) then dug deep to build a new life after a lot of heartbreak. He's strong, beautiful, and has a heart the size of Texas. Plus, he has the love of JT Campbell—angel on earth.

Tempeste O'Riley - If you could be a fruit, any fruit, which would you be and why?

- Lol. My answer is strange—of course, that's not new for me. I would be a plum because it's canon that Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier from the Captain America universe) loves plums. And it's also canon that I love and am totally addicted to Bucky Barnes.

Jordan Hawk - What is the thing you enjoy most about gatherings like GRL?

- My main reason for going to GRL is the people. I'm very solitary person, more hermit than anything else. So despite my social anxiety, I look forward to the hugs and chats and just being around all that love. Did I mention the hugs?

LE Franks - What is the most vivid romantic moment from any film that has lingered the longest and meant the most to you...and why?

- The scenes between Ennis and Jack in Brokeback Mountain have always stuck with me and have been romantic plateaus I've tried to reach in my own writing, even as cliché as that sounds. There was just so much passion and pain behind every kiss and moment of intimacy that even thinking about it makes me emotional. Recently, I saw a film called Holding the Man. It's from a memoir and is tragically sad. There are scenes near the end where one of the characters is sick and the other tells him he's beautiful, but rather than tell him he's full of crap because he's bald and skinny and looks so much unlike himself, they look into each other's eyes and kiss. That kind of stuff is what I live for.

K-Lee Klein (answering my own question, yes) - If you could take any fictional couple or character (television, movies, real-life, books) and add them to one of your books, who would it be and why?

- I'm an open book when it comes to this question. My fictional heroes are Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Solider). They need to have a universe where they can be together as the soulmates they've always been. Maybe they could move to Loveland and Lucky could teach them to play hockey or they could hang out at Brett's ranch and chill. I'd gladly have them in any of my book universes.

AE Via - What kind of quirky habits do you have before or during the time you write?

- One of my favourite writing spots is the tub. It that quirky? My Bucky-Pad and I spend a lot of time in there. Apparently, my muse loves water. I also like to write with a favourite movie playing in the background...over and over and over again. And I often do both at the same time. Maybe that's more obsessive than quirky. I'm also very nocturnal in my writing and my muse excels at night.

Alexa Land - When you write, do your characters hijack the story, or do you keep a tight grip on the reins?

- I'm definitely more of a pantser than a plotter. My characters and my muse are very, very bossy men. I write for them and they keep a tight grip on my reins.

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Lost in Loveland by K-lee Klein
Welcome to Loveland, Book 2
Release date – September 26, 2016

Blurb

Loveland, Colorado is a special place, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. The city brought Lucky and Jack together, but staying that way will take more than cold-air kisses and sweet valentines. 

Jack Canon should be over-the-top happy. He has a job that makes him proud, students who make him laugh, a studio that brings out his creativity, and a man who treats him like he walks on water. But shadows from his past keep coming between him and the joy that should fill his heart. Jack needs to reconcile some bitter loose ends, before he can move forward.

Lucky Roberts is in love—hook, line, and kitchen sink. He wants to shout his feelings to the rooftops and scatter little handmade valentines all over the world. He thinks he's okay with not being perfect, and knows Jack isn't perfect either. But when his own past rears its ugly head, Lucky discovers that old habits die hard. Maybe opening his heart to Jack won't be enough— maybe he just isn't enough.

Jack and Lucky risk getting caught in limbo between the past and present if they don't have the strength to share the skeletons in their closets. To move forward together, they have to find the courage to look back…together.
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Bio

K-lee Klein loves guys with long hair and tattoos, and you’ll often find her front and center at her favorite rock concerts. She has bounced around Western Canada all her life, but will always consider the solitude and beauty of the British Columbian mountains home. Her life is blessed as the proud mother of three now-grown but still spoiled kids, the servant of two bossy felines, and the wife of a truly patient husband.

Her writing muse is terribly temperamental, so to keep him close by and in check, she had him inked on her left calf. The gorgeous, long-haired, mostly naked, kneeling angel that resulted is truly a work of art, although he’s still a handful and hopelessly uncontrollable. She writes on his schedule and inspiration.

K-lee tends to fall easily into obsessions. When something grabs her attention, she jumps into it headfirst with complete abandon. Actors, musicians, superheroes, fictional characters, and brainwashed assassins all hold spots on her cannot-get-enough list. She once followed Thirty Seconds to Mars around the United States and Canada and saw them perform fourteen times that year. Obsession sometimes leads to ideas for her kneeling angel to turn into stories.

Although an introvert in person, she’s extroverted online and has met many wonderful friends there, sometimes with the added fun of meeting them in person at gay romance conferences. She’s grateful for all the people in her life who accept her as she is and support her through her ups and downs as mom, wife, and joyfully obsessed writer.

Places to find K-lee.

K-lee's Krazies - author/reader group