#PictaBook | Elevator Pitch

Pictabook logoIt’s #PictaBook time! In the excerpt I’m sharing today, Jules is talking about a bat shifter story he’s read. Now, I’m very fond of that particular bat shifter, and if you’d like to hear a snippet from it, Angel Martinez is reading from it here.

We’re further into the story now. Nix has been fixing up his bedroom and has asked Jules to help him carry his furniture back in. They’re not dating – Jules doesn’t do dates – and they’re not a couple, but things are progressing in the romance department.

Elevator Pitch

Excerpt:

Nix threw the bedding on the couch, pulled out the bed from the wall, and grabbed the mattress to flip it off the frame. “If there are dust bunnies underneath, you are not allowed to judge me.”

He looked so serious Jules had to laugh. “Out loud.”

No, at all.”

But how will you know what’s going on in my head?” Jules gave him a wide-eyed look.

With a growl, Nix went to get the vacuum cleaner.

No.” Jules laughed, stopping him from plugging it in with a hand on his arm. “I was joking, Nix. I won’t judge. Booksy makes my windowsill all hairy.”

Yes, but he’s your pet and pets shed. I live on my own. All the filth is mine.”

Jules narrowed his eyes. “How long has it been since you vacuumed?”

You saw me vacuum.”

Underneath the bed? There won’t be a spider farm or mice having an extended family party, right?”

You don’t like spiders or mice?”

I prefer mice to not be indoors, and I guess the same goes for spiders. I’m more okay with spiders than mice.”

Nix nodded. “It’s been a week since I vacuumed underneath the bed, and I’ve never had a mouse indoors. Last fall, there was a bat, though.”

A bat?” Jules hadn’t meant to shout, but a bat was so much worse than a mouse. A bat had… wings.

Yeah.” Nix tilted his head to the side. “I don’t know how it got here, but I’d taken a few things down from the attic so I guess it must’ve been in there and gotten down.”

Jules shuddered. “What did you do with it?”

Nix widened his eyes. “Carried it outside. What should I have done?”

I don’t know!” Jules shuddered again, and Nix laughed.

Not a fan of bats?”

I read this adorable little short story about a bat shifter. I liked that bat a lot, but I think it’s my only bat-encounter I’ve enjoyed.”

Nix grinned and nodded at the foot end of the bed frame while he grabbed the headboard. “So a bat shifter?”

Yes, super cute. I don’t know if you would like it, though. It doesn’t have any sex.” He didn’t look at Nix. He was too occupied angling the bed frame through the door to the bedroom.

I don’t need sex.”

No?” Jules glanced at him.

I mean, I love sex. I’m a huge fan, but I don’t need it in everything I read.” Nix worked the headboard through the doorway, backing Jules into a corner so he could get closest to where the bed should be, and put it down.

Together, they pushed it into place, and Nix went to get the mattress, bedding, and fresh linens from the wardrobe. He made quick work of making the bed, and as Jules turned toward the door, thinking it was time for coffee, an arm snaked around his middle and pulled him down on the bed.

Hey!” Jules slapped the arm, but not hard. Nix chuckled and nuzzled his neck.

So tell me about the bat shifter.” Nix stretched out on his back, pulling Jules along with him. With a groan, Jules stretched out too. His muscles ached more than he’d realized.

It’s a short story, it wouldn’t take you more than an hour tops to listen to.”

And what’s it about.”

A bear and a bat walked into an elevator.” Jules widened his eyes, which had Nix laughing. This was great. Too bad Booksy was all alone at home.

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pictabook (small)Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.

Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?

When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love — with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?

#PictaBook | It Doesn’t Translate

Pictabook logoWe’re continuing the countdown toward release day! I’m so excited, #PictaBook is one of my favourite stories.

The snippet I planned to share today is rather long. Jules and Nix are having coffee, but Nix did something that has Jules ready to bolt. He does that a lot – both of them LOL. Nix says things he shouldn’t, and Jules hides from everything and everyone.

Anyway, Jules had told Nix he spent the night with a book and a glass of red, and to prevent Jules from scurrying off, Nix asks what he read.

It Doesn't Translate

Excerpt:

Nix sensed Jules withdrawing and muttered a mental curse. He’d promised himself he wouldn’t do anything. Everything with Jules would have to be at a glacial pace or he’d figure out Nix’s plan and bolt.

Come, have a seat.” He gestured at the same chair Jules had occupied when they’d had teathough Jules hadn’t taken more than a sip or two of his before running home to Booksy. He poured coffee into their cups and placed the bear claws on a plate in the middle of the table.

Thanks.” Jules was avoiding eye contact, and Nix cursed himself all over again. Why had he gone and kissed him? Jules was nothing like the guys he hooked up with in the night clubs or bars. He wasn’t like Kyle who had a phone book filled with booty-call contacts.

What did you read last night?”

Huh?” Jules’ eyes were wide and panicky.

You had a glass of wine and read.”

Oh, yes, this book about a wizard detective who accidentally calls a werewolf ghost to him.”

Nix blinked. “There are books with werewolf ghosts?”

You can find anything you want.” Jules grinned, some of the panic ebbing away. “Which is why I keep asking you what you want to read.”

I’m still reading the lumberjacks. I’m at the one with the Easter egg now.” It was the story Jules had dubbed boner worthy in the hashtags, and Nix had finally gotten through the two books in the series leading up to it.

Oh.” Jules’ grin had a wicked edge to it, and heat shot through Nix, making his cock harden despite him trying to halt it. “So is lingerie a fetish you like?”

Fetish?” Nix’s heart sped up. It was a fetish book? Jules read fetish books?

The chuckle had tingles dancing on Nix’s skin. “As far as kinks go, it’s innocent. But I read this medical fetish—”

No!” Nix shuddered, which had Jules laughing.

No? I’m not into it either, but the book was… interesting.”

Oh, God… Nix swallowed and reached for his coffee. “Do you read many… of those kinds of books?”

Jules’ grin was pure evil, and Nix didn’t know what to do. He was used to him being shy and uncertain, but books didn’t make him shy or uncertain. He knew books.

Nah…” He chuckled. “I have phases. Right now, I’m reading a lot of werewolf books, don’t ask me why. Big growly men with an urge to mate apparently do it for me.”

Nix couldn’t breathe. He was a big, growly man, and he had an urge to tackle Jules to the floor and have his way with him… though it probably wasn’t what Jules envisioned.

Werewolves, huh?”

Yes.” Jules curled his fingers around his cup. “I have phases of vampires, aliens, and whatever else you can think of too. I feel an alien coming on. The last few days I’ve been scrolling sci-fi books.”

I thought sci-fi was… boring space stuff.”

Jules wasn’t laughing, and yet Nix suspected he was laughing at him, not in a way to make him feel inferior, but he was having a laugh.

Babe, I can get you anything you want.” Jules wiggled his eyebrows, and Nix burst out laughing. God, how he wanted to kiss him again.

Is that so?”

Mhm.” Jules nodded, a grin tugging at his mouth.

Anything?”

Name it, and I’ll find you a book.”

He wished he could. “I don’t know what I like.”

Jules cracked his knuckles. “Oh, the possibilities. I get to deprave you through books. It’s a dream come true.”

Pervert.”

Jules laughed, a normal laugh with no wickedness. “Seriously, though. I’ll do my best to find anything you want. Do you want to try some sci-fi after you’ve read the lingerie kink?”

Lingerie kink? He was reading lingerie kink? His fingers itched to reach for his phone. He’d only bought the book and set it up, hadn’t listened to more than the first page. The main character had been into town and bought chocolate pralines for his boyfriend, but was eating them because he was nervous about something. Ah… now Nix understood why he was nervous.

I read a story a while back with a human having a restaurant in space, and there he met a cat alien.”

A cat alien?”

The options are limitless, Nix.”

I’m beginning to see that.”

Jules grabbed his phone, tapped on the screen a few times, and handed it over to Nix. The picture of his review showed a cat alien: a humanoid, muscled guy with a tail and whiskers. Under the picture, Nix read: #MMRomance #SciFi #AlienLove #OppositesAttract #DualPOV #ShortAndSweet #PurrForMeBabe #Soulmate

Not boner worthy?” Nix glanced up from the phone.

It’s pretty hot, some sexual tension, but they never hook up.”

They don’t? They’re soulmates, but don’t get it on?”

Jules shrugged. “There are some bad guys getting in the way. They kiss.”

Nix frowned. “But no lovemaking.”

No, but there’s ice cream.”

He smiled and shook his head. “You can’t compare ice cream to sex.”

No?” Jules gave him a confused look. “Are you sure? I mean, I’m more of a chocolate guy myself, but you can’t fault a man for wanting his ice cream.”

Nix smiled and shook his head as he brought the cup to his lips again. Booksit wasn’t news, but he had to remember it: whenever he did something to make Jules want to run away, he’d ask about books.

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pictabook (small)Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.

Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?

When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love — with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?

#PictaBook | Scary Gary

A picture says more than a thousand words. Recommend books using pictures and hashtags to tell us what you liked and didn’t like about it.

Pictabook logoA few days ago, Mind Scrambler was released, but I thought we would focus on #PictaBook today.

#Pictabook is part of the #Love series from JMS Books. It’s a series of nine books where the characters find love online. In the call, it was said that the characters should use a social media platform – real or made up.

I made one up.

PictaBook is like Goodreads, except you don’t write reviews. All you can do is post an image and describe the story with hashtags. All hashtags appear on your profile and are clickable (much like shelves on Goodreads).

The snippet I’m sharing today is from when Jules has managed to convince Nix to download an app that will read books to him, and they’ve picked a really short one – Scary Gary. And yet, Nix is reluctant to give it a try.

Scary Gary

Excerpt:

Steeling himself, he put in the earbuds and opened the reading app. Half an hour, he could endure half an hour of reading. Maybe.

Why had he agreed to do this? Why did he care if he disappointed Jules or not? He was doing this to impress Kyle, but he could do that with a few bogus reviews. He didn’t need to torture himself.

Fuck it. It was half an hour of his life. He could give Jules half an hour. The poor bastard was probably some old ogre who was all alone in the world. He opened PictaBook and went to Jules’ profile. It didn’t say where he lived, how old he was, or what he did for a living. He tapped the private message icon.

SexyDoornail69: How old are you?

He looked at his username and grinned. Sexy DoornailKyle would understand who he was. Once he had a review or two, he’d find Kyle and follow him. But first, he needed a review, so he closed PictaBook and opened the reading app.

The voicea male voice with a neutral accentread about a guy hiding in an alley to escape his own shadow. Nix snorted, but continued to listen as he reached for his tools. He slowed so he wouldn’t miss anything when the guy started to fight his shadow. He was losing, and soon he was dying. Nix held his breath as the voice read the paragraph.

Nix!”

Nix jumped as Logan waved his hand in his face.

What are you doing? I’ve called your name several times.” Logan looked around the bedroom. “Hey, it’s coming along nicely.”

Nix almost dropped the phone in his haste to pause the reading, and Logan frowned.

What are you listening to? Is it porn?” He laughed. “My God, you’re blushing.” His laugh grew louder. “Phoenix Ford is blushing. Can’t be porn then.” He shook his head. “Is it a Beethoven symphony or something?”

It’s nothing. A thing Jules wanted me to listen to.”

Logan crossed his arms over his chest. “And who is Jules? Last night’s hook up?”

I didn’t have a last night hook up.” Nix put a piece of the flooring next to the previous one and reached for the hammer to knock it into place. “I left with you, remember?”

I do, but you’ve been known to run away on booty calls before.”

Nix shrugged, pursed his lips, and grabbed the next plank. “True, but I didn’t.”

So you’re going out tonight?”

He’d told Jules he was going out, but in all honesty, he wasn’t in the mood. “Yeah.”

On a date?”

He shot Logan a glare. “No.”

So… not meeting up with Jules?”

No.” He didn’t know where Jules lived.

See, now you’re making me all curious. You’re never tight-lipped about anything, but here I’ve been talking to you for minutes, and I still have no idea who Jules is or what you were listening to.”

It’s a book, okay? I’m listening to a book.”

Logan turned serious and nodded. “Great. I’m glad.”

It’s nothing, and I’ve only listened for a couple of minutes, so I don’t know what it’s about.”

Doesn’t matter. You’re… reading. It’s awesome, Nix.”

I’m not reading, I’m listening. Jules helped me set up a reading app that reads books to me.”

Logan smiled, not his usual mischievous smile, but a softer one. “It’s still reading, Nix. And if this Jules guyit’s a guy righthelped you set it up, great.”

Nix had assumed he was a guy, but what if Jules was a girl? Nah, the boner worthy hashtag couldn’t be a woman. “I’m not sure. We’ve only talked online. I assumed he was a guy, but maybe not.” But he had to be.

Doesn’t matter. You reached out, and they helped you set up the app.” He shrugged. “Their job is done.”

Nix didn’t explain that Jules wasn’t some tech support for the app, or whatever Logan envisioned him to be. There was no reason to tell him they were both reading the same book. “It’s to show Kyle, I’m not stupid.”

Logan groaned. “Fuck Kyle—”

I already did, and I want to do it again.”

Logan rolled his eyes. “And here I thought you were developing as a human being.”

Nix snorted. “Clearly not.”

No, clearly not.” Logan crossed his arms over his chest. “I don’t get it, dude. The guy is making you question your self-worth, he’s mean, he laughs at you in public, and you still want to go back.”

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pictabook (small)Jules Rose leads a quiet life working as a librarian. He’s happy to spend his spare time reading books and talking to his homicidal cat. What more could he wish for? But when his cozy Friday night is shattered by a friend request on his book community app, politeness gives him little choice but to accept. Jules doesn’t want to talk to anyone, but he can’t be rude. Besides, if he had to talk about something, books is the topic he’d pick.

Phoenix Ford is dyslexic and avoids everything that has to do with the written word, but when the colleague he’s trying to impress calls him stupid, he decides to convince the other man, he’s mistaken. All he needs is the right book to make him look smart, a perfect balance between intelligent and short. And who better to ask for help than a guy who loves books so much, he labeled one boner-worthy on a book app?

When Jules finds out Phoenix never has read a book from start to finish, he’s on a mission. He will find the right book, the book that will make Phoenix fall in love — with reading. Phoenix’s plan might have been to listen to the book Jules picked for him to impress his colleague, but that was before he got to know him. Talking about books is a sure way to Jules’ heart, but is it enough for him to agree to go on a date?