Hello, Internet! It’s been a crazy week over here. I have not only one but two stories available for pre-order and will be released next month within a week of each other. Nuts, I say! Nuts!
The first is my States of Love novella The Unlikely Prospect will be available on December 7th! The story takes place in my lovely home state of Maine. I can’t wait for readers to meet my boys Harper and Sean and experience my great pride for being a Yankee. Let’s just step back for a minute and acknowledge I wrote a contemporary. OMG!
In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.
When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.
Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Next up I was lucky to be in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West Anthology coming hot on the heels of The Unlikely Prospect a week later on December 16th! It’s a speculative fiction anthology telling twisted tales of the Old West. It’s got it all! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, and possums on the half-shell! (Those would be armadillos.) Frequent Flash Fiction Friday visitor, Kim Fielding was lovely to put this together. My tale is Dr. Ezekiel Crumb’s Heavenly Soul Purifying Elixir and have the blurb!
Dr. Ezekiel Crumb’s Heavenly Soul Purifying Elixir by Lex Chase
Dr. Ezekiel Crumb’s Medicine Show runs a booming business conning homesteaders with his Heavenly Soul Purifying Elixir. He takes advantage of the gullible, who believe the only way to be purged of their sins is with his moonshine—strong enough to strip paint at forty paces.
When a sandstorm buries his caravan, Ezekiel is hauled to safety and trapped in his wagon. His savior is none other than Levi Everett, his lost love. But Ezekiel put him in the ground years ago, and he fears Levi is the Devil, come to demand atonement for his sins. The tale Levi spins leaves Ezekiel wondering if he’s lost his own soul—or maybe his mind. All he knows is that not even his elixir can heal his broken heart.
Once Upon a Time in the Weird West includes: Astrid Amara, Shira Anthony, Jana Denardo, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Andrew Q. Gordon, Ginn Hale, Langley Hyde, Venona Keyes, Nicole Kimberling, C.S. Poe, Tali Spencer, and yours truly!