Happy weekend, Snippetteers! It’s been an extremely long week for me as I’ve been battling the worst cold ever for 10 days now. Still not completely got rid of it and I must have got through about 4 boxes of tissues *sniffle*. I did have some excitement on Tuesday though, as I went on a trip to London to a seminar about mountain expeditions and booked my next adventure – to the Caucasus mountains in Russia for next year! Some of you will know my last adventure was up Kilimanjaro in October, which is the subject of my next novel, hopefully out in a couple of months.
In the meantime, it’s only 4 more sleeps until release day for The Short Stories Collection, so I have another snippet from story number 2, One Snowy Night, this week.
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After yet another failed date, Keith Brambles’ luck turns from bad to worse, as he tries to drive home in heavy snow and crashes his car. With no phone signal, no warm clothes, and the weather worsening, he fears freezing to death overnight.
But help is at hand in the form of a knight in a white van. Mike Talbot stops to help Keith, and takes him home to warm up—in more ways than one, when the pair’s mutual attraction kicks in.
Mike is everything Keith has ever dreamed of when he thinks of his ideal man. But can Mike really be Keith’s dream come true, or is their night together just another bit of fun?
Snippet – Mike surprises Keith again with his admission.
“Thanks. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t turned up. I thought I’d be stranded there all night. I considered walking back to Wragby, but I probably would have frozen to death on the way. I’m not really dressed for it.” I laughed self-consciously.
“Do you always go out looking like that?”
“Most of the time.” My cheeks warmed. “I suppose it’s not your cup of tea. The same as my music.”
“I didn’t say that. You look sort of hot. I just wondered if it was an act for the stage, that’s all.”
My eyebrows rose again. Sort of hot?
“I’m gay,” Mike added. “In case you hadn’t cottoned onto that before now.” He laughed loudly. “Most people don’t know, except for my family and close friends. Some of them still have trouble believing it, but it doesn’t bother them.”
“I have to admit, you don’t look, um—” I stopped and smiled as Mike interrupted with another guffaw. “My parents avoid the issue as much as they can,” I added. “I think I’m an embarrassment to them. They don’t like that I chose to put myself in the limelight.”
The Short Stories Collection is out on 31 January 2018, available from all the usual online retailers.