Meet Cute Chronicles

Meet Cute Chronicles: They Met in the Library

Did you visit my friend Holly Day’s blog and check out the cover reveal I did for my upcoming story They Met in the Library? I hope you did; she’s a new writer and needs support and love!

If not, now’s the time to reveal it here on my own blog. It’s also available for preorder (not everywhere, but in a few shops. Amazon always takes a bit longer, so be patient if that’s your preferred store) so if you want something lighthearted and flirty and funny to read in January, I suggest you pre-order it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, let’s look at the delightful cover. Isn’t it pretty?? ๐Ÿ˜

Adrian, book-lover extraordinaire, adores his job at the small community library. He gets to share his passion with other people and help them with all book-related questions and issues. When a big, hulking man walks into the library, looking terrified, Adrianโ€™s skills are tested in a completely different way.

Manneโ€™s relationship with books is uneasy, to say the least. Heโ€™s dyslexic and events in his past have made him fearful of books and turned libraries into his worst nightmare. But when the quirky, bowtie-wearing librarian steps in to help, the experience turns positive.

Their banter is easy and their chemistry instant. But can an accidental meeting turn into something more? Can someone who has trouble reading ever fit into the life of a man whose passion is the written word?

M/M Contemporary / 17943 words

Release day: January 16, 2021

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Nell Iris' Christmas

Holidays at Nell’s: Day 29

Today’s holiday story celebrates the Lunar New Year, the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. The Lunar New Year isn’t until February 2021, but it’s still a wintery holiday so I’m including it. And it’s my blog and I do what I want to, to paraphrase Lesley Gore ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 29 of Holidays at Nell’s: Red Envelope by Atom Yang
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The Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time for family reunions, and for saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future. Clint, however, doesnโ€™t want to bid farewell to what happened after last yearโ€™s celebration, when he and his Cousin Maggieโ€™s handsome friend, Weaver, shared an unexpected but long-desired passionate encounter. East is East, and West is West, and Weaver seems to want to keep it that way, but maybe Clint can bridge that great divide this coming New Year and show Weaver what it means to be loved and accepted.

Re-reading this book (I read it for the first time back in 2016) made me miss Malaysia. Malaysia has a huge Chinese population, especially in Kuala Lumpur where I lived, and the Lunar New Year is a really big deal there. I loved watching the lion dance, I loved the tossing of the noodles, all the red envelopes, and the atmosphere in general. So in a way, reading this book was like coming home…and not.

Anyway. Enough about me, this is supposed to be book recommendations, not me being maudlin about not really knowing where my home is at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ Red Envelope is a short slice of life in the characters’ lives on the Lunar New Year, with a quick flashback to events previous year. Clint and Weaver are an interracial couple where Clint is Chinese and Weaver is American, and they’re both very likable. All the characters are, but maybe I love Clint’s mother the most, though. Is that wrong of me, considering it’s a romance story? ๐Ÿ˜€

I learned to cook from my mother, who believed that measurement in cooking what based on experience plus taste buds, not agreed upon standards.

Quote from Red Envelope

Yes, Clint’s mother! I totally agree!!

It’s a cute and humorous story. And if you’re in a holiday mood but have maybe overdosed a bit on Christmas and want something different, this is the perfect book for you.

I swear you’re going to be more Chinese than me. My mother’s going to adopt you and sell me into the foot massage industry.

Quote from Red Envelope

Foot massage industry? That’s weirdly specific ๐Ÿ˜€

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