Today, I welcome one of my favorite morning writing buddies here on the blog, to celebrate her new release, Focus, Quinny! Everyone, please give a warm welcome to Ofelia Gränd, fellow Swede and JMS Books author, a very talented writer (you haven’t missed my recommendation here, have you?), and an all around lovely person.
I wish you the happiest of release days, Ofelia! ☕️🎉🎈💐
Thank you so much for having me here today! I thought I’d drop by and tell you a little about Focus, Quinny! my latest story, but mostly about candy.
I’m Swedish, and you might not know this, but Swedes are said to have the highest candy consumption per capita in the world. I admit that I do my share to keep us at the top. My favourite candy is Djungelvrål, and I know you’ve probably never heard of it, but you can find it on Amazon, and if you want to, you can search on YouTube and see people’s reactions to eating it. I’ve done that, checking YouTube that is, so I knew that when Will in Focus, Quinny! was yearning for some sweets, Djungelvrål wasn’t what he was after.
As a writer you Google a lot of things, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. So naturally, I Googled, and the most popular candy in the US according to USA Today, is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And luckily we had some at home! So, everyone in the household got one, and I told them that the characters in my story were having Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and that it’s the most popular candy in the USA—I teach my kids important stuff LOL
When I’d written the story and sent it to my beta readers, one of them got back to me and said Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was her favourite candy, and she’s German. I guess Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have conquered the world. But I dare you all, if you get the chance, try some Djungelvrål.
Quincy Dean is one lucky guy. After months of virtual flirting, he’s convinced the man of his dreams is living next door. True, they’ve never spoken face-to-face, and William Johnson has never posted a picture of himself, but how many William Johnson’s could there be?
Quincy is positive the two of them would be great together. But if he’s ever going to get the chance to convince Will of that fact, he’s going to need to do it before his perfect man figures out he’s too good for Quincy’s little corner of Whiteport and disappears from his real life forever.
But how do you woo someone when you have to stay six feet apart? Direct messages are great, but they aren’t very romantic. And when Quincy begins to notice that Will’s messages don’t always match up with what he’s seeing through his blinds, he worries that even online he and his dream guy are drifting apart. Six feet or not, it might be time to ask Will out on a date.
Tags: Gay Romance, M/M Romance, Dating During Social Distancing, Mistaken Identity
Length: 11.400 words
Release Date: September 5th
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Quincy was glaring at the woman in the grocery store who cut in right in front of him to grab some cheese. Their arms practically touched. He hoped his sugar skull face mask made him look scary when he scowled. The woman, however, ignored him.
Sometimes his boyish looks didn’t work in his favor.
Annoyed, he stopped in a corner and typed a quick message to Will, complaining about the idiots in the grocery store.
As he walked over to the milk, there was a buzz in his pocket. He grabbed a milk carton and some yogurt before picking up the phone.
Will: People are idiots. Stay as safe as you can. Oh, and would you get me some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? I’ve been craving them all day.
Quincy: Shop on your own time!
He added a smiley to show he was kidding. He’d buy some to leave with the clues for the picnic. Ty had suggested chocolate, but now he knew Will liked Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And he liked coffee since they had coffee together every morning and at three in the afternoon, and he liked nice clothes and fast cars. He wrote again.
Quincy: Casual clothing for tomorrow. We’re gonna be outdoors.
He hoped the weather would be warm. They hadn’t predicted any rain, but wind and gray skies could ruin the picnic.
About Ofelia Gränd:
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish, which often shines through in her stories. She likes to write about everyday people ending up in not-so-everyday situations, and hopefully also getting out of them. She writes romance, contemporary, paranormal, Sci-Fi and whatever else catches her fancy.
Her books are written for readers who want to take a break from their everyday life for an hour or two.
When Ofelia manages to tear herself from the screen and sneak away from her husband and children, she likes to take walks in the woods…if she’s lucky she finds her way back home again.