Wednesday Briefs: December 23, 2015

Here is a list of all the authors flashing this week, along with a brief snippet from their latest free work. Click the link after the snippet to be taken to the complete story on the author’s home page.

Louis and Cade: Christmas Special By Carol Pedroso

“Calm down love she’ll be here soon,” Cade says, grinning at the way his mate is pacing around the living room, straightening the cushions for the umpteenth time.

The adoption had taken months to sort out. They had had to make completely sure that there was no family willing to take in the little girl and then they had to prove they were capable of caring for her with their job commitments. Cade being the senior elder didn’t mean they didn’t have to follow the rules.

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Double Trouble: Chapter 54 by Jon Keys
 
Danny looked over the huge pile of cheese fries on the plate between him and Brandon. The burger was juicy, hot and running down his hand. He had to be careful to keep it from splattering onto the fast-food table and onto his white shirt. But when he looked down, a splotch of grease right above one of the snaps on his new western shirt.
“Damn it.”
Brandon glanced at Danny. “What’s wrong?”
“I got grease on my new shirt. Mitch is going to kill me. He said I’d never keep a white shirt clean. And I’ll be damned if the first time I wear it, I get stuff on it.”

No Flash: Chapter Nine by Cia Nordwell 

Evin had avoided the whole conversation with Gianna by not getting in touch with Ben until after she left. He knew what she’d say… and she was probably right, and he could admit it.

But he’d never forgotten Ben.

More than the loss of their relationship, he’d missed their friendship. They’d clicked back in college, and Evin could use as many friends as he could get. He’d pushed so many away when he grieved for Daniel, and Micah had consumed him. Not very many of their friends were the family type anyway. He could so do coffee.

 

“Can’t we, Micah?”

Innocence & Carnality: Part 24 by Mann Ramblings

The hand on my arm spun me, facing me with a stranger. Towering over me, the man was unshaven with the clothing of a local businessman—less than a lord, but more than a peasant.

“Aren’t you a pretty one.”

Without releasing me, he took a step forward, which I matched, shifting away. I was already unsettled from being slapped with the reality of Rother’s business, but now a new kind of wariness began to take hold. His lidded stare raked me from top to bottom as he licked his lower lip.

His coarse chuckle made my spine shiver. “No one said Delaga House had acquired new stock.”

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Vinnie and Ethan: The First Noel, Part I by Julie Lynn Hayes

Every day, I found myself falling in love with Ethan Thorne a little more.

Things had changed between us at Thanksgiving. We’d  had the big talk—the one I’d been avoiding what felt like forever—and we’d admitted to having feelings for one another. Strong feelings. Ethan took my breath away when told me he loved me, and had since the moment he first set eyes on me, back when we first met during training and were assigned as partners.

I’d never repeated those same words back to him. I was afraid to think them, much less speak them. I’d never said that to anyone but my mother, and maybe that was the problem. I’d told her I loved her and she’d died, leaving me alone. I know that sounded silly, but I couldn’t help myself. I was afraid to voice my love for Ethan Thorne. Luckily for me, he was a patient man, and he never pushed me. In any way.

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Stormlords: Part 17 by Ravon Silvius

Kristoff knocked on the door as the sky was pinking, hopeful at what he would find. Rowen had seemed eager to begin his lessons, and while it was early, he hoped to get the young man in the habit of starting work at dawn. Talia had forced him to do the same, and his progress had been quick, not to mention that Rowen needed all the extra time and help he could get.

             A sleepy looking blond answered. Volkes, he figured, as he was the only other male living here. “I’m looking for Rowen,” Kristoff said briskly. “Is he awake?”

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Silver’s First Christmas by Nephy Hart

The tree is very pretty, much prettier than the one in the shop, and we have other decorations, too. Red and white stockings hang on the fireplace, big garlands of tree branches hang on the shelves, and there are table cloths, coasters and all kind of bits and pieces in red, green and gold, and mostly covered with tiny lights.

Not everything is decorated, though. River has left the windowsill for me. I think I might have bought too much of the little houses and trees that the art shop where I work, have set up in their window. I forgot it was so much bigger than ours. Besides, I got excited and couldn’t choose.

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