Cup o’ Sugar

It’s release day!

Cup o’ Sugar is a short werewolf story in the Hot Flash series. The stories in the series aren’t related to each other, but it’s a series of really short stories, 2000-5000 words, written by JMS-Books authors.

I used to write a lot of short fiction, flash fiction was my go-to format, but when I write that short I most often write horror. It’s much easier for me to create something creepy in a couple of pages than it is to create something romantic, so I cheated. I made the main character a werewolf who finds his mate – insta-love is okay then, right? LOL

Roarak Halfhide of the Halfhide pack found his mate in a cafe called Cup o’ sugar, but his mate is both human and male, something he doesn’t think will go down well with his pack. So, he does what every sensible alpha would do and decides to pine from afar. It’s going well, in a couple of years time he thinks he’ll learn to like coffee and maybe Sam, his mate, won’t run into hiding every time Roarak enters the cafe. Maybe…

But even the best-laid plans…

Looking up the street, he sighed. He couldn’t see over the hedge, but he automatically turned in the direction of Cup o’ Sugar, his favorite cafe. The only cafe he’d ever consider entering. Huddling in a cramped space filled with humans wasn’t his idea of fun, but he’d push through any crowd to get a glimpse of Sammy. Sam—not listed anywhere, no last name to be found—was the most beautiful creature he’d ever laid eyes on. His scent had called Roarak in from the street and enslaved him on the spot. Not that it ever could be, but his heart and soul belonged to Sam.

They had never spoken to each other. Sam hid in the kitchen every time Roarak entered the cafe, his heavenly scent souring in fear every time he glanced in Roarak’s direction.

Someday he’d find the reason for Sam’s fear and he’d take care of it.

“I’m gonna grab a cup of coffee.”

“Coffee! Are you insane?” Zev frowned at him. “I’m serious, have you gone mad? I thought we were ditching work for a beer, a nice cold beer.”

Cup o’ Sugar didn’t serve beer.

“No, I want coffee.”

“Yeah? Well, I’ll see you at home then. And I’m taking the car.”

Roarak almost groaned. Walking home in this heat would be a nightmare. They’d manage to purchase a property right outside the city. It was in bad condition, but since they were carpenters, at least most of them, they’d fix it up.

As soon as they got some money everything would turn out great…as soon as they managed to scrape together a few bucks. This constant worry about money. He wiped his neck.

The good thing about the property was the acres of land—not nearly as much as his old pack had, but enough for the six of them to run on.

“Fine, take the car, but you’re cooking dinner.”

Zev gave him the finger—not very beta like. Had the beta in his old pack done that, Roarak’s father would have had him whipped. But Roarak wasn’t his father so he simply returned the gesture before walking out on the street and turning in direction of the cafe.

“Hey, asshole.” Zev rolled down the window as he cruised up next to him. “When are you gonna claim her?”

Roarak winced. Her.

“You’re fooling no one, you know. We can all scent the desire on you, and that desperation in your eyes—you’re not hiding it well. Plus you hate coffee and you never eat any of the stuff they have in cafes. Just snatch her up and bring her home. She’ll adjust.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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Cup o’ Sugar is on a 20% discount at JMS-Book shop till the 16th of August.


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Roarak Halfhide of the Halfhide pack understands his duty. He’s found his pack a home, now he just needs to keep them safe and fed. It doesn’t matter that Sam, one of the workers at Cup o’ Sugar, makes him want to shirk his duties and spend his time sipping coffee in one of the booths.

He doesn’t even like coffee.

But things don’t always go as planned, and when there is a threat to Sam, Roarak can’t pretend to be just another coffee-loving customer. He has to protect his mate.

 

Dirty Pirate

Dirty Pirate (Dirty Shorts) by Kyle Adams.

We’re having ourself a #freefictionFriday!

This story was so much fun! I was scrolling through my Goodreads feed and saw Dirty Pirates. I read Dirty Cop some time ago, probably a couple of years now. I’d written a filthy short about a cop and one of my beta readers read it and said ‘yeah, it’s good but it’s almost exactly the same as Kyle Adams’ cop story – so I had to read it, and sadly it was pretty much the same LOL.

But, I enjoyed Dirty Cop, so when I saw Dirty Pirate I figured I had to read it (and I’ve read Dirty in Drag too).  I realised there are many Dirty Shorts that I haven’t read –  yay!

Quinton’s sister blackmails him into getting a roommate so he writes a ridiculous ad, but Eric needs a place to stay so he tells Quinton he can live with the no inviting vampires rule and signs the contract.

When Quinton babysits his nephew he dresses up as a pirate and has a pink parrot, but none of that scares Eric off. Instead, he flirts with Quinton, but Quinton is convinced Eric is straight…until Eric decides it’s time show Quinton just how not straight he is.

It’s short, it’s hot, and it’s funny!

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Dirty PirateThis cute and quirky story requires suspension of all belief. It’s a silly little story written based off these prompts:

Story elements: Haunted shower curtain, a pink stuffed parrot, a magic wand, bucket of chicken, a burnt Pop-Tart, and Batman.

Main characters: One loves chicken, it is all he talks about. Other character wears an eyepatch because he thinks he’s a pirate.


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The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong #2) by Lane Hayes.

A few days ago, I did a post about The Right Words, the first book in the Right and Wrong series. In that story, we got to meet Brandon Good, Luke’s friend. Here he is the main character.

I enjoyed this more than I did the first book in the series, and the reason may or may not be a 13-year-old golden retriever.

Brandon lives in the present, he really really tries to convince himself and everyone around him that’s the case. Really tries. But when he comes face to face with the man who broke his heart many years ago it’s hard to stay convinced.

This is adorable. One slow step at a time Brandon finds himself by Jake’s side once again. It’s only to help out with Max, Jake’s dog, of course. Bran is not giving Jake a second chance, he isn’t…except…

A great reunited story!

Oh, and did I say Jake is a firefighter?? It seems like a point I should make LOL. It can be read as a standalone, no need to read the first one unless you want to.

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The Wrong ManSuccessful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.


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