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Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to at GRL
This a list of things I’m looking forward to at this year’s GRL. I know some of you don’t know me, or my books, but I hope you’ll at least come visit with me and chat.
10. Road trip! I love to drive and see the country side, cruise through big and small cities, and even try a few of those diners and dives I spot along the way.
- Seeing a new city, tasting the culture and the food. BBQ is king in KC, so I’ll be checking it out, for sure. I’m looking for good smoked bbq, and sides. Sides make the meal. If the sides suck, no matter how good the bbq, the meal is a disappointment.
Get to watch cable TV in my hotel room. All the shows I don’t see, but love, like the entire HGTV channel, are mine, and no one has control of the remote but me!
7. Room service!! I love ordering desert late at night! It’s sort of decadent, something I can’t do at home, have it delivered on a tray. Talk about spoiled!
6. Valet parking! I love to valet park! I know it sounds weird, but I can’t really do a lot of walking, so being able to drop off the car at the front and go in, not worrying about getting a parking space close to the entrance, is sort of a load off. When you’re partially handicapped, you spend a lot of time worrying about negotiating spaces and places.
- Staying in a hotel room – alone. I don’t do roommates anymore. I’ve grown to enjoy being alone, having down time and getting sleep. Before, when I had a roomie, we’d stay up half the night talking writing, and that’s cool, but it’s hard to catch up on the sleep you miss.
Having meals with friends! If you see me, invite me along. I’ll invite you. I believe the more the merrier! I love being inclusive. I’ve been on the receiving end of being ignored or not invited. It sucks. I don’t want anyone to feel that way around me.
Meeting old friends! If I’ve met you whether you’re a reader or an author, I like to think of you as a friend. And I love seeing everyone again.
Meeting new author friends! I think sitting down with writers and talking stories, plots, characters, the things no one but writers talk about is one of the best ways to spend my time. And if we can do it over drinks or food, even better!
And my number one reason I’m excited about GRL????
- Meeting new readers! And readers are why I’m even here. Why I write. Why I go to the GRL every years. To give back the love readers have shown me since my first book came out in 2008. Thank you, to readers!!
Title: On The Streets of New Orleans
Author: Lynn Lorenz
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 09/22/2016
On the Streets of New Orleans by Lynn Lorenz
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Waffles and Wings
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Scott is back in the city he loves, the city that offered him sanctuary from rural Louisiana and its prejudices, but living in a homeless shelter can be almost as dangerous as the streets.
The storm cost Tony his family, his home, and his direction in life. Now he’s squatting and stealing to make ends meet, and he’s lost all hope of things getting better.
When Scott and Tony meet, they realize it’s time to stop merely surviving. It’s time to start living again. Together.
Charlie is an ex-addict plagued by memories of the past. He’s doing penance working at a homeless shelter, staying away from men, drugs, and anything resembling happiness. He’s convinced he doesn’t deserve more.
Devon is determined to keep the dealers out of his neighborhood. No one operates there without his permission. When he brings a sick young man, who was selling drugs, to the mission he meets Charlie and can’t stop thinking of the man with the haunted eyes. He’s determined to give Charlie a taste of pleasure, despite Charlie’s claims that he’s not worthy of it.
This is from Charlie’s Mission…
Charlie figured he’d never see the guy again, so it was a shock when, two days later, the man, still dressed in black, showed up just as Charlie was getting ready to lock up for the night. The last of the men were hovering outside the building, getting their smoke fixes and chatting among themselves, and Charlie sat on the half wall surrounding the wide front steps. “How’s Billy?” The man buried his hands in the pockets of the black leather jacket as he looked down at his booted feet. “Doing better. Fever broke. Good thing you brought him here.” Charlie patted the concrete next to him. The guy looked up, glanced to each side of the street, and then slowly climbed the stairs. He sat next to Charlie with a soft grunt. “Good. That’s good.” “What’s your name?” “You don’t need to know.” The man still hadn’t looked Charlie in the eyes, and that worried Charlie. You couldn’t trust someone who couldn’t look you in the eyes, and this guy had all the hallmarks of someone Charlie shouldn’t trust. “No, I don’t need to know. I want to know.” Charlie had no idea if the guy was gay or not. There’d been no telltale signs, but he’d been wrong before, and he wasn’t willing to take another beating over that mistake. Besides, he was so out of practice it wasn’t funny. “Well, I just came by to check on Billy.” The man stood and headed down the steps. Damn, he was as flighty as a bird, and obviously Charlie had pushed too hard. “Thanks, Father, for your help.” Father? Oh, he thought Charlie was one of the priests that ran the place. “I’m not a priest,” Charlie called out. The man halted on the last step but didn’t turn around. Waiting. “My name is Charlie MacAfee. I work here.” He figured if he gave a little info, he might get a little in return.
“Good to know.” He shook himself, as if settling into his jacket, but Charlie couldn’t shake the feeling this guy was going to bolt at any moment. “Hey, maybe we could get a bite to eat?” Charlie seized on what he thought might be his only chance to make a further connection with the man who had him wondering. “That isn’t a good idea, Charlie.” But he hadn’t bolted, not yet. “I’ll be at Comeaux’s tomorrow night, around eight. It’s my night off.” He knew he shouldn’t have said it, but tonight he felt weak. The man nodded. “Night, Charlie.” “Night.” The guy took off down the block, striding as if he had someplace to be and he was late. Charlie sighed as he watched the man’s tight jeanscovered ass flex all the way down the block until he turned the corner and disappeared. It was a fine ass. Damn fine. Charlie’s cock stiffened at the thought of plowing into it, but he knew that wasn’t going to happen, even if the guy was gay. Just once, Charlie wished he could touch someone without being reminded he didn’t deserve anyone. Even for a nameless fuck. He’d never allowed himself the pleasure, not in six long years. Charlie’s cell phone beeped, letting him know time was up. “Ten o’clock, guys!” He clapped his hands together. “Closing time. Everybody in!” Charlie stood aside as the men, bundled against the cold, muttering, and sucking down the last of their cigarettes’ nicotine kick, climbed the stairs and headed inside. When the street was empty, save cars passing by, Charlie waited a few more minutes for stragglers, then closed the door and locked it for the night.
About the Author
Lynn Lorenz is an award-winning and best-selling author who grew up in New Orleans but currently lives in Texas, where she’s a fan of all things Texan, like Longhorns, big hair, and cowboys in tight jeans. She’s never met a comma she didn’t like, and enjoys editing and brainstorming with other writers. Lynn spends most of her time writing about hot sex with even hotter heroes, plot twists, werewolves, and medieval swashbucklers. She’s currently at work on her latest book, making herself giggle and blush, and avoiding all the housework.
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