Come Whatever Storms

I found Come Whatever Storms by J.M. Snyder waaayyy down near the bottom of my kindle library. I don’t recall getting it but apparently, I have at some point. Since a post-apocalyptic adventure sounded just fine to me, I began reading.

Come Whatever Storms is about Court and Ronnie, but also about Bree and Adam. There is a virus, people died left and right, but a selected few, about 1% of the population, are immune.

While I do love post-apocalyptic stories I seldom read the pandemic kind, I don’t know why that is really. I’m not saying I don’t ever read them, I’ve read a few, but it’s not what I go looking for.

I really enjoyed this, though. Court has loved Ronnie all his life. They’ve been doing everything together since childhood so when Ronnie decided to marry a woman, Court married her best friend.  He loved his wife, but he was never in love with her. He mourned when the virus took her, and he misses her but had the virus taken Ronnie he might not have survived it.

Ronnie and Court hear about a place where there’s supposed to be both food and electricity and start walking across the U.S. Along the way more and more people join them, but the only one Court wants to spend time with is Ronnie – and Bree and Adam on occasion.

I loved the road trip theme, the searching for food and useful things, the looking out for each other and the aspect of what really is important once electricity is gone and money have no value. I wish this would’ve been a series because many questions were left unanswered and I so want to know where Court and Ronnie ended up. I would’ve loved to be part of their journey and see them build a new life for themselves.

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Come Whatever StormsIn the near future, a deadly flu-like virus decimates the Earth’s population. The few who remain struggle to survive without electricity, fresh food, or any other amenities they once took for granted.

John “Court” Courtland and his best friend Ronnie Densch are two such survivors. Court has never known a time when Ronnie wasn’t in his life. They grew up together. But it’s only as they begin to move forward in the post-apocalyptic chaos of Virginia that Court realizes he’s in love with Ronnie. Always has been, and always will be, even if he never lets himself admit it out loud.

Ronnie is a private, inscrutable man who lets no one close to him except Court. With winter coming on, Ronnie wants to move farther south to warmer weather, and Court follows without question. Along the way, they’re joined by other survivors, a ragtag bunch all looking for guidance. As they travel, they hear faint radio signals from Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where a rebuild effort is underway.

The world Court once knew has changed, leaving behind a dangerous and lawless landscape. But come whatever storms, he knows he can weather them with Ronnie by his side. Will Sumter turn out to be everything Court hopes for and more? And will he find the courage to tell Ronnie how he really feels before it’s too late?


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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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