Oh, and would you get me some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? I’ve been craving them all day.
I’m Swedish, and you might not know this, but Swedes are said to have the highest candy consumption per capita in the world. I admit that I do my share to keep us at the top. My favourite candy is Djungelvrål, and I know you’ve probably never heard of it, but you can find it on Amazon, and if you want to, you can search on YouTube and see people’s reactions to eating it. I’ve done that, checking YouTube that is, so I knew that when Will in Focus, Quinny! was yearning for some sweets, Djungelvrål wasn’t what he was after.
As a writer you Google a lot of things, and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. So naturally, I Googled, and the most popular candy in the US according to USA Today, is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And luckily we had some at home! So, everyone in the household got one, and I told them that the characters in my story were having Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and that it’s the most popular candy in the USA—I teach my kids important stuff LOL
When I’d written the story and sent it to my beta readers, one of them got back to me and said Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was her favourite candy, and she’s German. I guess Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have conquered the world. But I dare you all, if you get the chance, try some Djungelvrål.
Quinny, Focus! is my first read involving the pandemic. This is another wonderful short story by Ofelia Gränd. Quincy is trying to stay connected to people by communicating with his neighbor online. His best friend Ty isn’t so sure it’s his neighbor, Will, he’s been talking to. When Quincy invites Will on a date, something they can do safely, the true is revealed. This book is very enjoyable with wonderful characters. Definitely recommend
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Quincy Dean has spent lockdown in his apartment, stalking William Johnson – his neighbour. Though, he wouldn’t call it stalking, exactly. He’s just keeping an eye on him.
They’re talking online several times a day, and Will has become one of the most important persons in Quincy’s life. He’s sure they’d be great together, but how do you date when you have to stay six feet apart?
Soon, Quincy notices things don’t add up. What Will writes and what he can see when looking out the window doesn’t fit.
“There aren’t many people named Quincy Dean in the world, he has to know it’s me.” He frowned for a second then shook his head. Of course, Will knew it was him he was talking to. “Who flirts with strangers online?”
Ty laughed. It started like a surprised chuckle, but it grew and grew until Quincy wanted to tell him to shut up.
“Oh, dear. You are priceless.”
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All stories in the Up North series are standalone and contemporary, and so is Quinny, Focus!
It’s an 11.4k long story about dating during social distancing and the problems that might occur when you do so.
Release day is September 5th!
Quincy Dean is one lucky guy. After months of virtual flirting, he’s convinced the man of his dreams is living next door. True, they’ve never spoken face-to-face, and William Johnson has never posted a picture of himself, but how many William Johnson’s could there be?
Quincy is positive the two of them would be great together. But if he’s ever going to get the chance to convince Will of that fact, he’s going to need to do it before his perfect man figures out he’s too good for Quincy’s little corner of Whiteport and disappears from his real life forever.
But how do you woo someone when you have to stay six feet apart? Direct messages are great, but they aren’t very romantic. And when Quincy begins to notice that Will’s messages don’t always match up with what he’s seeing through his blinds, he worries that even online he and his dream guy are drifting apart. Six feet or not, it might be time to ask Will out on a date.
Coming September 5th
Standalone, Contemporary, Christmas Story
Standalone, Contemporary, hurt-Comfort Story
Standalone, Contemporary, Reunited Story
Standalone, Contemporary, Road Trip Story