I can’t say I’m very happy with how this story turned out, and I intend to redo it when I finish the other stories I have planned. I just wanted to share something with you. The goal of this piece is just to give readers an idea of how Dustin was feeling during the first book.
So here is the first version of Dustin’s Book 1.
Just a quick update for you tonight.
I will have another short free read for you all this weekend. I’ve been slowly working on the next installment.
Writing is, unfortunately, going very slowly for me in general. I’m pretty sure that part of the reason is the miserable New York winter. It just puts everyone in that blah, tired mood.
The other issue is that I recently started a new full time job that is rather exhausting. The stress of learning new things and dealing with new people makes me just want to go straight to bed or mindless TV when I get home – or both.
But my New Year’s resolution was to keep my self-imposed deadlines as strictly as my publisher-imposed ones, so I’m getting ready to give myself a kick in the butt this weekend. Days off from the “real” job will be marathon days for my eventual full time job. Won’t get there if I don’t work for it.
I hope you all have a great week!
Here’s probably the most important scene of Book 1 from Dustin’s point of view. Enjoy!
Here’s another free short story to prepare for the release of Book 3! This is Vince and Dustin’s “second first Christmas” (it makes sense, I promise!) told from Dustin’s point of view. It takes place between Book 2 (By Blood) and Book 3 (By Fault).
I promised to have some short stories ready for the release of Book 3, so here is the first installment. I actually wrote this back when I was working on Book 1. It’s a little rough, but, as I’m still working on the other stories I wanted to do, I decided to share it.
Here is the story behind Vince getting Xander.
The third book in the Anderson Stables series, By Fault, will be released on December 30th!
Over the last year, Vince Anderson and his retired racehorse, Xander, have been competing at the Grand Prix level of the equestrian sport of show jumping. He’s also been enjoying a comfortable relationship with his boyfriend, Dustin O’Brien, who’s there at every show to support Vince as Xander’s groom. Instead of taking the winter off as usual, Vince decides to travel to Florida for one of the biggest shows of the season: the twelve-week-long Winter Equestrian Festival.
While Vince expects the show to be a challenge for himself and Xander, it becomes so much more. As the wins add up, Vince discovers the highs and lows of gaining celebrity status. Demands on his time, his desire to hide his sexuality to protect Dustin, and incredibly tight living quarters all threaten his and Dustin’s relationship. Just when he thinks nothing more could be added to the impending pile of disaster, Vince learns the secrets of Dustin’s past.
Vince must decide what really matters in life and what he truly wants for his future before he loses everything.
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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post about this, but at this point I’m very frustrated and thought I could help someone by sharing this information.
Recently, I started to get e-mails and phone calls from some mysterious company called “Next Century Publishing.” This bothered me because they claimed I had requested information about publishing a book with them, and I’m sure I never did. Upon looking at their website I realized that they were a vanity press, a publisher who requires payment to publish someone’s work. These types of publishers are surrounded by author horror stories and I would never choose to use such a company.
A big red flag about this is the fact that the website does not list a single price range for any service. I find that extremely sketchy. Any company that can’t be honest about prices is concerning to me.
Then there’s the e-mail issue. I chose to respond to one of the e-mails (because it said I could “reply to schedule a consultation time”) and ask to no longer be contacted. The e-mail immediately bounced back. The error message claimed that the “user does not exist.” Another huge red flag.
Plus, I have no idea how these people got my phone number. E-mail I can understand, but not my phone number.
And, on top of everything, they are now sending me messages about “Next Century Speakers” or something like that about becoming a public speaker. What?
My suggestion? Avoid this company. Their methods are very concerning.