Nell Iris


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#RainbowSnippets and cover reveal

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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!).”

I continue snippeting from my upcoming book Cinnamon Eyes this week. I’ve got a release date now: August 12. I’ve also got a cover, and I thought you guys might want to be the first to see it?

Ready?

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Isn’t it pretty? I love it!!

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This snippet follows directly after the one I posted last week, when old friends Cory and Asher meet for the first time in sixteen years.

First the blurb as a reminder:

A long-awaited reunion.

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and to break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend he ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

Cinnamon Eyes is an emotional story of what happens when two people who never wanted to be separated, finally reunite.

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That was all it took for him to explode in movement. With two quick steps he was close enough to grab my hand. His strong fingers enveloped mine, and for a second I reveled in the feeling of calloused fingertips against my palm. Then he pulled, careful not to make me topple over, but forceful enough for me to understand he wanted me to follow.

I jumped off my stool, and he nodded before he turned around and strode towards the bar. I scrambled after him, having a hard time keeping up with his long legs.

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You can find me on FacebookTwitter, or Goodreads. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!

I’ve also gotten a Facebook profile for my pen name, so if you feel like it, I would love to be your friend 🙂


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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!).”

I haven’t posted a Rainbow Snippet for ages, but I thought it was time to amend that. This week I’m snippeting from my upcoming book Cinnamon Eyes, that will be released some time in August. Stay tuned for details.

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A long-awaited reunion.

Cory’s had a rough year struggling with severe depression. He’s desperate to rebuild his shattered life and to break away from his demanding family. When his therapist encourages him to do something for himself, he knows exactly what he needs. I want to see Asher again. The best friend he ever had who, at fifteen, held Cory’s heart in his hands without knowing it.

Asher’s had a troubled relationship with his father since he came out. Now that Pops is sick, he’s fighting for his right to help or even find out about his father’s health. Then there’s the complication of an ex-boyfriend unwilling to let go.

When they meet after sixteen years, Cory’s feelings are as strong as ever. But does Asher feel the same?

Cinnamon Eyes is an emotional story of what happens when two people who never wanted to be separated, finally reunite.

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At first, he didn’t seem to recognize me. He searched my face for clues, but it only took a few moments for the spark of realization to light up his eyes.

“Cory?” His voice was gravellier than ever. “Cory, is that you?”

Strands of hair were plastered to his face, and his forehead shone with sweat. His countenance was serious and he was completely still as if he didn’t dare to breathe before he heard my answer.

“Yes,” I whispered.

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You can find me on FacebookTwitter, or Goodreads. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!

I’ve also gotten a Facebook profile for my pen name, so if you feel like it, I would love to be your friend 🙂


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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!).”

This week I’m snippeting from my upcoming book Find His Way Home. It will be released on May 27th and I’m super excited about it.

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Blurb:

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, he slowly regains peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past comes for a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision: stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?

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Told from Elliot’s POV, it’s after the “dramatic event” that happens in Elliot’s class:

(And as usual I can’t keep to the stipulated six sentences)

Elliot held his breath for a moment before whispering, “I could go back home.” Mick stiffened. “I hate it here.”

“I know.” The thickness of Mick’s voice hit Elliot like a freight train, but he didn’t take back his words. He couldn’t.

“I have to go home. At least for a while. I need silence.” He caught his lower lip between his teeth to stop it from quivering. “This was the last drop, you know?”

Mick nodded and tightened his arms around Elliot until they felt like bands of steel surrounding him. “What about us?”

“I don’t know.” He hesitated. “You could come,” he whispered, knowing what the answer would be.

He heard Mick inhale a shuddering breath, and a drop of wetness landed on Elliot’s cheek. “I wish I could.” Mick voice trembled.

“I can’t stay. Even for you, honey.” Elliot was crying now too, big hot tears wetting Mick’s expensive wool suit jacket.

“I know.”

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Pre-order links are available here: JMS Books | Amazon

You can find me on FacebookTwitter, or Goodreads. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!


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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!).”

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The snippet this week is from my upcoming short story Find His Way Home, that will be released some time in May. Stay tuned for more information

Blurb:

Shakespeare-loving teacher Elliot Dunn has been unhappy living in the big city for a long time. He yearns for fresh air, visible stars and stillness, but his relationship with divorce lawyer Mick Hudson keeps him from moving away.

When a dramatic event occurs in Elliot’s class, he’s shaken to his core and suddenly can’t stay anymore. He leaves his partner of two years behind and returns to the tiny town in the mountains where he grew up.

Living in a rented cabin in the woods, with only an owl for company, he slowly regains peace of mind. But being away from Mick is agonizing, and when a ghost from Elliot’s past comes for a visit, everything comes to a head.

Elliot is faced with a hard decision: stay on the stress-free mountainside alone, or return to the hustle of the city and try to make a life with Mick?

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Now for the snippet. And as usual I went over the six line rule, but not by much 🙂

He missed Mick and his quirky smile so much his heart ached. Especially in cold times like these. Mick was hot-blooded, despite being so slender, and Elliot always used to call him his own furnace. There was nothing better on a cold winter night than having Mick cuddled up against his back. More than once he’d slept without a blanket to avoid waking up gross and sweaty.

If his lover had been there, he would’ve pulled Elliot into his arms and plastered himself against him, warming Elliot up from the inside and out. He bet he wouldn’t even be cold if the fire went out.

Come back next week for more.

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Don’t forget that Unconditionally is still available on Kindle Unlimited or for purchase on any of the links below. It’s also 30% off for a few more hours in JMS Books Saint Patrick’s Day sale.

Buy Links:
JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play | B&N

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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!).”

I’m still snippeting (it’s a word! 🙂 ) from my short story Unconditionally, that was released last week. This week’s snippet follows directly after last week’s. If you need a reminder of what happened, you can find it here 🙂

The snippet is from Gus’s POV, and he hasn’t learned Luca’s name yet. 

Gus shivered. When he registered the words, he sighed and shook his head.

“You do!” the guy insisted. “But shorter and less hipstery.” He took a step closer, leaned in, and put his fabulous mouth next to Gus’s ear again.

Gus quivered, and his stomach jumped in anticipation for whatever came next.

“And you’re way hotter,” the guy rasped and pressed a butterfly-light kiss on Gus’s earlobe.

Gus moaned at the touch of luscious lips on his skin.

I’m never going to wash my ear again.

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If you’re interested in reading Luca and Gus’s story, here’s where you can buy it:

JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play |B&N

It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited if you’re not sure you want to spend your heard earned money on a newbie author. I totally understand 🙂

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You can find me on FacebookTwitter, or Goodreads. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!


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#RainbowSnippets

rainbow-snippets

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!).”

Last week I posted a snippet from when Luca and Gus met, and some of you were curious about the Mr. Spock-reference. So I thought I’d give you another snippet about the subject this week 🙂

(The snippet is told from Gus’s point-of-view and he hasn’t learned Luca’s name yet)

“What do you mean by the Mr. Spock comment?” he asked, unable to keep his eyes off the guy’s lips. He longed to see them quirk up in a smile, and he wanted to know what made them look so shiny. Had the guy put on gloss or something?

“You look exactly like the new Mr. Spock.” The guy smiled, and Gus almost swooned at the sight of the corners of his lush mouth curling up. “I think it’s the eyebrows,” the guy continued and traced his finger along Gus’s right eyebrow. “Or the nose.” The finger changed direction and continued down the bridge of his nose.

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And this weekend is extra great, because yesterday was the release day of my story!! *doing the happy dance*

If you’re interested in reading Luca and Gus’s story, here’s where you can buy it:

JMS Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | iBooks | Google Play |B&N

It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited. And I’ve signed up for a release blitz, with the chance of winning an Amazon gift card. Maybe you’re the one who will win it? 🙂

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You can find me on Facebook and Twitter.  I’m also on Goodreads, finally. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!


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#RainbowSnippets

rainbow-snippets

Weekend means Rainbow Snippet time here on the blog. 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!).”

My snippet this week is from my upcoming short story Unconditionally, but this week I thought I’d show you how Luca and Gus met. And, um, I apparently can’t count to six this week either 🙂

“Live long and prosper, sir. But aren’t you a little short to be Mr. Spock?”

The low, breathy voice in Gus’s ear startled him. “What?”

He furrowed his eyebrows and turned to look at the speaker. How was it possible he’d been so deep in thought he’d missed a guy coming up to him, standing so close, he could practically whisper in Gus’s ear?

But Gus took a closer look and forgot about everything else. The guy was thin and tall and had to hunch over to get his mouth next to Gus’s ear. He wore a figure-hugging pink sweater, so short it left a strip of skin visible over the waistband of his jeans. His dark brown hair reached his chin and had the slightest curl at the ends. Long bangs covered one of his eyes, leaving only one dark, glittering eye visible and trained on Gus. But his lips stole all Gus’s attention. Full, pouty lips, curved up in an amused smile. Lips that glistened in the dim light at the bar like he’d just licked them or put something on them.

“Um…what?” Gus asked again.

It’s always a good sign when you meet someone who renders you speechless, right? 🙂

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Preorder links: JMS Books | Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords

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You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to stop by and say Hi! I love new friends!