Nell Iris


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#RainbowSnippets

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Weekends means Rainbow Snippets-time here on the blog, since I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. According to their description, “it’s a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction—a WIP or a finished work of even 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).”

Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I’d also be happy to become friends on Facebook if you’d like 😁

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Last time on Rainbow Snippets (a couple weeks back, I needed some time off) I posted lines from a current WIP about Benji and Mr. Grunge. After struggling with it for some time, I realized it wasn’t working and I scrapped the whole thing and started over. It’s so radically different, it’s not even the same characters. I kept Mr. Grunge (whose real name is Jude, btw), and he’s the narrator in this new WIP. Benji is playing a minor part, but he’s not the love interest like I’d originally planned. Nope, Jude had other plans for his life. That’s what happens sometimes when you’re a hardcore pantser like me 😁

So here’s the opening lines of the new WIP. Working title is Jude and Vee, but that’s subject to change. In a week I’ve written about 11K words. Now, that’s what I’m talking about! Almost makes me regret I didn’t sign up for NaNo 😁

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Three knocks on the door was all it took to demolish my carefully reconstructed world. Three raps, seemingly as innocent as rapid beats to a snare drum, but that turned out to be more like explosions.

It was Friday night and I lay sprawled on my couch after six long weeks of teaching the Rock Band Summer Program. I reveled in the blissful silence after forty-two days of constant noise, and enjoyed a glass of red wine as I read a well-loved paperback about punk music one of my kids at summer school had given me. He’d promised it would change my aversion to the genre. I’d tried to decline the gift, but found it in my guitar case after all classes were over and the kids had all left.

 

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Some shameless self-promo before I go: You in the mood for five FREE Holiday stories? Then I’ve got just the thing for you: 

Make the Yuletide Gay: a Collection of M/M Holiday Stories

Five FREE holiday short stories by me, Addison AlbrightStephen HoppaNicky Spencer, and Amy TasukadaRelease day: November 24. Add it to Goodreads now. Did I mention that it’s free?? Happy holidays from us!! 😁

(The blurb to my story The Christmas Day Date is below the image.)

Sleigh bells ring—are you listening?

It’s that time of year again, and we have the perfect way to get you in the mood: A free anthology! Five holiday stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart, heat up your cold nights, and most importantly: Make your yuletide gay.

 

The Christmas Day Date

Two men. Changed Christmas plans. A gazillion cookies.

Lenny Painter’s idea of the perfect Christmas is sleeping the holiday away. He’s got nowhere to be, and the only item on his Santa wish list is to catch a glimpse of his cute neighbor, JJ.

Julius Jones’s carefully organized Christmas is canceled at the last minute. In a fit of rage, he rids his apartment of all holiday cheer, including the rainbow-decorated tree.

But Lenny rescues the beautiful tree from a sad demise and end up spending the afternoon with JJ. When JJ asks Lenny to celebrate Christmas Day with him, Lenny accepts.

But it isn’t a date. Or is it?

 

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Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings

Dreamspinner Press’s advent calendar Stocking Stuffers—including my story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings—is now available for preorder. In October, the pre-order price is $39.99, which is a great price for thirty-one stories. From December 1st, the stories will be available individually, if you just want to read about Casey and Ellis and not the other guys 🙂

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Blurb:
Christmas is coming, and young couple Casey and Ellis are very much in love. Unfortunately, they’re also the definition of dirt poor, and they don’t have the money for nonessentials like decorations. Or a turkey. Or gifts. Between the recent death of Casey’s beloved momma and Ellis’s estrangement from his family, all they have is each other.

When Ellis finds the saddest-looking Christmas tree south of the Mason-Dixon Line thrown away outside his workplace and brings it home to Casey, things look up. Life is still a struggle, but wealth isn’t always measured in money, and what seems worthless to others is often invaluable to the people who love it.

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So hop on over and pre-order the advent calendar. Can you think of a better way to spend December, than reading 31 holiday-themed stories? I sure can’t 😁


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Christmas extravaganza

You remember I told you a while back that I’ve got two stories coming out this Christmas? It turns out that’s not exactly true…because yesterday I signed a contract for a third story. Yes, you read that right. This year, I will release three Christmas stories, starting November 24th. And before you ask: yes, I love Christmas 😁

So if you like my stories, this will be a great holiday season for you 😁

But since we’re not there yet, let’s look at a picture from my trip to Bali:

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Me and my GoPro and colorful hat (look, it’s got the pansexual colors!!) in our private pool. It was lovely.

Have a great weekend!


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Christmas x2 in Nell Iris-world

I don’t know if you remember that I told you back in the end of July that my Christmas story Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings was accepted to the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar? (still super excited about this!!)

But that’s not all the Christmas activity I’ve been up to. No, I’ve got another super fun project I want to tell you about involving another Christmas story.

Sexy SantaThe story is called The Christmas Day Date and will be featured in an anthology together with four other holiday stories, written by my friends Addison Albright, Stephen Hoppa, Nicky Spencer, and Amy Tasukada.

The anthology, Make the Yuletide Gay, will be released on November 24, 2017, so when you’re all still full from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey to move from the couch, you can one-click this book and spend your Friday reading about boys loving boys.

And best of all? The anthology is a freebie. Five great stories for absolutely nothing! Consider it our holiday gift to you. We’re the five Santas of the M/M romance genre! 😁

Blurb and more info like where to order it and other important stuff will follow shortly.

So what about The Christmas Day Date? Wanna read the blurb?

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Two men. Changed Christmas plans. A gazillion cookies.

Lenny Painter’s idea of the perfect Christmas is sleeping the holiday away. He’s got nowhere to be, and the only item on his Santa wish list is to catch a glimpse of his cute neighbor, JJ.

Julius Jones’s carefully organized Christmas is canceled at the last minute. In a fit of rage, he rids his apartment of all holiday cheer, including the rainbow-decorated tree.

But Lenny rescues the beautiful tree from a sad demise and end up spending the afternoon with JJ. When JJ asks Lenny to celebrate Christmas Day with him, Lenny accepts.

But it isn’t a date. Or is it?

Are you excited? I am!!