Sunday, June 26, 2022

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Is Utahn surprised? Weekend Writing Warriors from GENJ #Romance #SciFiRomance #MMRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing one last snippet from GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS. Then I'm going full tilt on finishing and revising RET.

Set-up: Last weekend Genj landed on Orez and was standing outside of Utahn's bakery, ready to go in.

In this snippet, Genj goes inside. Enjoy!


I waited outside for the customer to leave then slid inside the bakery before the door closed, trying to be as quiet as possible. Utahn’s back was to me as he moved some jabkas from a storage container to the display case.

Clearing my throat, I anxiously awaited his reaction to me being there.

Releasing a yelp, he jumped then turned to face me. I expected him to be happy, excited, and run to give me a hug. But that was not what happened.

Utahn’s eyes went wide with surprise as the rest of his face fell, and he wrapped his hands around his stomach. His extended stomach, which I know wasn’t like that the last time I’d seen him.

“You… You’re…” This explained a lot. Why he barely talked to me. Why hadn’t he simply told me?
He nodded, biting his bottom lip. “Yes, I’m pregnant.”



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Are Genj and Utahn finally together again? Weekend Writing Warriors from GENJ #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Genj decided to take some unscheduled time off. He's heading back to Orez. And his brother is not happy. That didn't stop Genj.

In this snippet, Genj is now on Orez. Enjoy!


Regardless of my brother’s objection, I left the shuttle once it landed on Orez. Call it stubbornness, or my alpha instincts finally kicking in, but I refused to return to Eurebly without spending time with Utahn. There was something drawing me here, and I couldn’t shake it.

I didn’t have any bags to collect, all of my belongings I’d taken to Harasa either still in our weekend accommodations or with my team, heading to Eurebly. So, unencumbered, I dashed out through the sliding door of the small spaceport and caught one of the waiting hovercabs.

Ojokun’s training school was within walking distance. I probably should have stopped in to visit my former-teammate turned brother-in-law, and say some encouraging words to his future space racers, but I had time to do that another day.

The cab took me straight to my old neighborhood where Utahn’s bakery sat, along with several other shops selling locally made goods. After swiping my wrist over the scanner to pay, I stepped out and stood on the walkway. Through the window, I spotted the omega I wanted to be my mate. His hair, now dark brown again, was up in a net. His apron and his round cheeks were covered in rolef as he stepped up to the counter and greeted the customer there. I couldn’t wait to see his expression when I surprised him.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Taking some unscheduled time off ~ Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt from GENJ #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Genj was busy helping get everyone in the shed organized with the USRA for visitors to evacuate the planet. But, he also had some time to think....

In this snippet, we're getting closer to the moment you're all waiting for. Enjoy!


Since the race was now canceled for the weekend, I had no plans. If I returned to Eurebly, Ret would make us practice the thidemrev maneuver again, since we didn’t get to perform it here. But I had somewhere else I wanted to be.

As soon as we were given the signal, I ushered the rescued tourists to their designated space shuttle. Then I rushed over to the one heading to Quadrant One, with a stop on Orez.

Xac passed me, yanking on my flight suit. “You’re going in the wrong direction. Our shuttle’s over here.”

“No.” I shook their hand off. “Tell Ret I’ll be back in a couple of days.”

*And some more if you're interested...

They pursed their lips as their eyebrows lifted high into their forehead, but they didn’t say another word before walking away.

We both knew how my brother would react, and that was why I planned to be on my way to Orez before he learned I was taking some unscheduled time off.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Enter to WIN The Ultimate Writer's Toolkit Giveaway from Writers Helping Writers! #writing #amwriting #giveaway

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

The storm cancelled the race. But what does that mean for GENJ? Weekend Writing Warriors #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Genj got caught in a sandstorm and ended up in a shed. I hate to disappoint all of you, but it wasn't Utahn who he pulled in with him. It was a random stranger. But that doesn't mean Utahn and Genj won't be together soon....

In this snippet, I'm skipping ahead a little in this scene. Genj is still in the shed and had a helmet plopped on his head to clean his eyes. As soon as he could see, he asked one of the mechanics what he could do to help. She asked him to use the comm unit to try to contact the USRA or anyone else, as their personal communicators were all offline. Enjoy!


Static filled the screen, but I could hear a clicking sound. “Skyranked Laeu here. Please tell me your name and status.”

I let out a breath of relief. At least the storm hadn’t knocked out the comm system entirely. “Yes, this is Genj Kaddim of ORIXA. I’m in shed”—I glanced around for an identifying marker, and found the number next to the comm unit—“eighteen. All the crew are accounted for, and they rescued a few others caught in the storm. I should have names for you soon.”

“Got it.” The screen cleared, and I saw the skyranked for the first time. A Retemian, their gills pulsing in an odd manner. Had they been caught in the sandstorm, too?

*And some more if you're interested...

“The forecast shows the weather improving temporarily in an hour. We’re sending all racers to Eurebly, then, and the fans home while we can.”

“Okay. I’ll let everyone here know.”

The time passed slowly and quickly at the same time. I went back and forth between the shed and office, relaying information to both parties to arrange where everyone inside needed to go in order for all non-residents to evacuate the planet. No one had predicted such a bad storm, and the USRA could only estimate how long it would last, but they wanted to get everyone safely home while they could. Once all the details had been arranged, we still had to wait for the air to clear. Giving me plenty of time to think.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Caught in a sand storm ~ Read my Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt from GENJ #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Vawn guessed that Utahn was pregnant, but Utahn told him not to tell Genj. I'm skipping to the next chapter this week. Genj and Utahn are talking again, but Genj still doesn't know Utahn is pregnant.

In this snippet, Genj is on the planet Harasa for another race. He hasn't seen Utahn in person since their first weekend together, as he is always training or racing on other planets. Enjoy!


Grit scratched my eyes as I shielded my face with my forearm and clutched onto the closest body. I needed to get myself, and anyone else I could find along the way, indoors to escape the sudden sandstorm. Out on the tarmac with my team, I’d been watching the acrobatics show that often preceded the second round of preliminary races during race weekends. ORIXA had easily won the first round the day before, and we had nothing to do except wait until the final race the following day. Finally, we’d get a chance to perform a new maneuver where I was going to take the lead. It involved some rolls we’d just seen the smaller acrobatic jets perform. The sandstorm had come out of nowhere, not part of any weather forecast for Harasa that we’d seen before or since we’d arrived.

Knowing how difficult it was to land in such conditions, I’d remained outside to try and help the incoming pilots. The storm was now to the point where I couldn’t catch sight of anything beyond millions of particles of sand whipping past my face. I’d closed my eyes and reached out for anybody I could grasp, pulling them in the direction where I thought and hoped the closest hangar was.

*And some more if you're interested...

The being stumbled along at my side, perhaps with more sand in their eyes than me. We’d likely only been walking for a few minutes, but it had felt like hours when I couldn’t see, and I wasn’t familiar with this area. Eventually I heard someone shouting over the constant roar of the wind. A welcome sound. As long as it wasn’t my imagination playing tricks on me.

My ears popped as I was grabbed and yanked into a building.

“We got you. Both of you.”

I finally let go of the being I had dragged along with me and caught my balance, a surprising feat considering my usual ungraceful ways. I couldn’t see a thing, my eyes burning and watering from all the particles that had been whipped at my face. If I’d had my helmet, I could have avoided the feeling of tiny shards of glass tearing at my eyeballs, but it was sitting in the cockpit of my jet.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sharing secrets with his best friend ~ Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt from GENJ #Romance #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Vawn showed up to check on his best friend, Utahn, after Genj said he hadn't heard from him in a while. 

Enjoy!


When I finally stopped, there was a cold, damp cloth on the back of my neck. Vawn took the bowl away then held another cloth to my forehead as he guided me to the stairs at the back of the bakery that led up to my apartment.

“You’re going to lie down, and I will take care of the prep work tonight.”

“But I still have a lot to do.” I tried to halt myself, but I barely had enough energy to stand. “You have your own job. And a family. I can’t expect you to do anything for me.”

He ignored me, instead walking me up the stairs and setting me on my couch. “Ojo is home and is fully capable of taking care of the kids.” After disappearing for a moment, Vawn returned with a bucket, crackers, and a glass of water. “Now, wanna tell me why you’re sick? Should I quarantine from my family for the next few days, or is it not contagious?”

*And some more if you're interested...

I sighed, knowing I wouldn’t be able to hide anything from my best friend. But I couldn’t go through the same pain as the last time I’d been with child. “You can’t tell Genj.”

Vawn shook his head and sat beside me. “You’re pregnant, aren’t you?”

I nodded, sensing his disappointment. Why couldn’t I do anything right? Between relationships, running a bakery, and being pregnant, I always seemed to fuck everything up.

Wrapping his arms around me, Vawn rested his chin on my shoulder. “I’m happy for you. But I wish you’d told me sooner, so I didn’t have to walk in and find you like this.”



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

What is Utahn trying to hide? Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt from GENJ #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #Romance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend we saw Utahn struggling with a lot on his plate while refusing to ask for help. 

This weekend, I'm skipping a few sentences to bring in another character to help reveal what's going on with Utahn. Remember two weekends ago when Genj was going to call Vawn to find out how he'd messed things up with Utahn? Enjoy!


“Hey, Ut! Are you still working?”

I took a deep breath at the sound of my best friend’s voice. I couldn’t let him see me like this. “Yep. Just finishing up.”

Vawn came barreling around the corner but stopped immediately when he saw me leaning against the wall. “What’s wrong? What’s going on?”

“Nothing.” I pushed off the wall and hoped I could remain standing. “It’s been a long day. That’s all.”

*And some more if you're interested...

He darted in front of me and brushed something off my cheek. Likely some rolef I’d missed. “I don’t believe you. You’re pale and sweating. Are you sick?”

“No.” I shook my head. I couldn’t tell him the truth. Not yet. “Exhausted. I want to go up to bed, but I have to finish prepping for tomorrow.”

Vawn narrowed his eyes while holding my arms. “Where’s Toufan? I thought he helped with this.”

I glanced down so he wouldn’t see me wince when my stomach twisted once again. “He quit last week.” Unable to say more, I turned from his grasp to make another dash to the bathroom but failed to get there in time. I grabbed the closest bowl instead.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

What's wrong with Utahn? Weekend Writing Warriors from GENJ #MMRomance #SciFiRomance #Romance #KaddimBrothers


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Hello everyone! Thank you to all those who came to visit me last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from my new release, GENJ, the second book in my Sci-Fi MPreg MM Romance series, KADDIM BROTHERS.

Set-up: Last weekend Genj revealed to Ret what was going on (or not going on) between him and Utahn. FYI, Genj did talk to Vawn, but his younger brother knew as little as he did because he'd been busy with work. But, he vowed to check on Utahn.

This weekend, I'm skipping to the next chapter, so we can learn a little more from Utahn. This is in Utahn's point of view. Enjoy!


I wiped my mouth with a clean cloth but still managed to get rolef all over my face. It was the third time I’d had to run to the bathroom since I had closed the bakery for the day. I wanted to lie down on the floor and disappear into it. Though the likelihood of that happening was zilch. And it wouldn’t help me finish all the prep I had to do for tomorrow. It seemed like I had no time to relax since Gugait left to be with his mate and start a family, followed by Toufan quitting a week later. And now, I had another issue to deal with.

But I could handle it. I stood up straight and wiped my hands on my apron. This was my dream. I would make it work. All of it. I had to.



GENJ
Kaddim Brothers book two

Genj is a cinnamon roll alpha. Even as one of the circuit’s best space racers, he’s shy and rather clumsy. Not qualities anyone wants in a mate, especially the omega he’s crushed on for years. But when Genj invites Utahn on a whim to visit him for a weekend, the omega agrees.

Utahn never expected his best friend’s older brother to reciprocate his feelings. Genj is a space racer, and everyone in the universe knows they rarely commit. When the two get together, sparks fly. And what once seemed impossible becomes a dream come true.

But situations change. And past relationships have a way of interfering with new ones. Can Genj and Utahn work through past traumas, or were they never meant to be more than a childhood crush?

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