Cabaret Rollo Rouge continues to look for a home after six months with Carina. Their rejection was very nice, though, along the lines of it not being what they're looking for but being certain another publisher would like it. Testing that theory...
MEANWHILE, I sold another short story for another anthology, and the publisher/editor asked to see more of my work, so I sent them The Lure of Port Stephen. Waiting, naturally. Writing is waiting.
ALSO I am writing an mpreg story that at least attempts to be plausible, because reasons. You all likely know by now how little patience I have for writers who wave their hand and say, "It doesn't have to make sense, IT'S FANTASY!" or worse, "IT'S FICTION!" No, my dears, that's what we call "lazy writing."
I want to mention some works-in-progress, mostly as impetus to finish them -- Fair Hearts, a m/m fairytale story drawing loosely on Snow White, and Morning Star, same only the inspiration is Aladdin. Once I finish Diplomacy Squared, I will be working on these with imaginary deadlines-for-submission, as that seems to be a motivator for me. Let's see how much I can get done before the end of 2016!
Save of the Game by Avon Gale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars, because I would have liked to see the relationship/exploration between the the m/c's happen less in a bubble--they seemed very much apart from the rest of their world and then when they emerged it was "Oh, by the way, the whole team knows you're together".
And I would have liked more scenes to show how much Ethan loved the hockey camp stuff that turns out to be the final solution, because it felt a little contrived.
But mostly, the story made me smiley happy, and that means this is another Avon Gale story that I will read again and again, and that's definitely worth 4 stars.
Also, this line -- “I’m sleeping with a man I barely know. Hurry. Tell me shit before we turn into an independent film.”
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*NOTE* This is book two of a series, but it totally stands alone. Best kind of series, imo.