Saturday, July 2, 2011

Goodreads Hot Summer Days Anthology

Hi guys. I'm sure a few of you remember the Goodreads Christmas anthology. It was so popular they've decided to do it again, only this time it's bigger and better.

Hot Summer Days will be a free anthology with over 100 stories for your reading pleasure. The plan is to release a two or three stories every day as from July 1, 2011 until mid August.

Goodreads members submitted photos and made suggestions, or in some cases made specific requests for stories based on the pictures.  I was inspired by the picture of a beautiful brown-eyed man with a tear at the corner of his eye. (I've posted the story request below.)

My contribution to the anthology is a short story called Dog Days of Summer.

The first stories were released yesterday and mine is one of the stories released today. So head over to Goodreads and enjoy some summer reading. 


Dear Author,

I'm a little late to the game but I'm really hoping you can help me out. I've seen this man a few times sitting hunched over outside a closed door at the hospital. He seems so sad but still always lifts his head and gives me a tiny smile of acknowledgment before continuing to clutch a dark piece of clothing that's always present in his hands.

I really wish you could somehow foresee a happy ending for this obviously emotional, loving man because I'd really love to see a real smile on his beautiful face.

Sincerely,

Karen


Here's the details and a bit of a teaser. The link will take you to the story.

Story info:
8300 words
Characters: Shea (that's Shea up there) and Levi
Genre: M/M
SubGenre: Contemporary
Tags: blue collar, hook-ups, first date, summer romance, bereavement

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/581814-pender-mackie-dog-days-of-summer-7-2

Excerpt

A dark-haired man was on his knees, his arms wrapped around the retriever and his face pressed into Whirlwind’s shoulder. Whirlwind’s tail waved to and fro as the man stroked him and murmured words Levi couldn’t hear.

Levi hesitated. It was one thing to pet someone else’s dog but to kneel and hug him? That was a little weird.


As he approached slowly, the man spoke. “Is he yours? He’s gorgeous.”


Levi stared into the prettiest eyes he’d ever seen. Maybe pretty was the wrong word. With his tousled black hair and five o’clock shadow, the man looked too rugged for any part of him to be described as pretty, but his eyes were beautiful, a deep, soulf
ul brown. Like melted chocolate.

Levi’s expression softened. “Yeah. He is.”

The man gave him a lopsided smile and Levi felt something move in his chest. He raised his hand and rubbed at his shirt, but the unsettling feeling had already passed. 



Hope you enjoy the anthology. I know I will.

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