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The last few weeks have been hectic around the Roberts’ household. My mother was here, but her trip was cut short and activities condensed when he got news of a tragic death in the family. My editing and formatting business is keeping me busier than ever, my GRL to-do list is never ending, my daughter started high school 😮, and I’ve been polishing Analog to Digital—my holiday story for the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar.
So rather than bore you (anymore) with a month in the life of a busy author who has barely had time to smell the fresh air, I decided to dig through my old files to find an outtake from Farm Fresh to share with you. Farm Fresh has been on my mind since I got the crazy idea to create a mug in a new Zazzle store, all because I wanted one to give away as a prize at GRL for the Daring Author Trivia Fun Fair and maybe have one at home for my morning coffee. So yeah, I made this!
Farm Fresh is now in all your fave bookstores in both ebook and paperback too. So if you’ve been waiting for it to come off KU and get into other bookstores beside Amazon, it’s available wide and far.
And now onto the scene. This was cut because I needed to get to Jude and Hudson talking at the farmers market quicker rather than allowing this little scene between Hudson and Charlie to slow the pacing. I still like it because it shows Hudson being a bit more playful than and more in his element before Jude moves to the commune and turns his world upside down. Oh, and it’s unedited, so forgive the errors.
Hudson headed down the three mile dirt-and-grass driveway toward the gravel road that would eventually take him to the paved highway. Soupy fog hovering near the thick forest made the evergreens look blue-black, but it eventually thinned, greening everything up. By the time he arrived on the Portland State University’s campus, the sun had burned nearly all the moisture away.
The next hour was filled with the well-practiced routine of unloading the truck, setting up tables, the canopies, and then making sure everything was weighted down before anything eye-pleasing could happen. He got busy making sure signage and produce were in the right spots, and Charlie arrived about thirty minutes before the market was to open. His arms were loaded down with all the extras that couldn’t fit in the first truck. They took care arranging everything so it was all easily seen by customers.
“Did the co-op take all the honey you brought?” Hudson asked.
“Most of it. I have a case in the van.”
“Let’s sell it.”
Once eight-thirty hit, the Kaleidoscope Gardens stand was packed. That’s why Charlie always came to help out on Saturday mornings after he’d done his early deliveries of goods to stores. Hudson was glad for the extra hand after part one of Charlie’s chores were done.
As usual, they were swamped, answering questions, juggling cash, and providing in-depth information about their produce. There were a lot of familiar faces but new ones as well. When the traffic slowed, Charlie and Hudson slumped on the opened tailgate of the truck, exhausted from all the people time.
“What do you think?” Charlie asked, pointing to a guy with a thick, bushy beard and hair pulled back into a man bun. “Vegan, vegetarian, or meat eater?” Hudson scrutinized the guy, from his flannel shirt down to his cream-colored canvas shoes with jute soles.
“We’ll see,” Charlie taunted.
The guy took a few steps closer to the Kaleidoscope Gardens stall, paused, and then walked over to the eggs. Charlie raised a brow as the guy asked, “Are your chicken’s free-range?”
“Yes,” Hudson said, standing to greet the man with a smile. “And we’ve got happy hens because of it.”
After the guy had paid and gone, Charlie turned to Hudson to say, “You owe me a blow job. I knew he wasn’t vegan.”
“Did you not notice the leather bracelet he wore?”
“You’re too good at this game.”
“Yep. I’m special, that way. Welp.” Charlie slapped his thickly muscled thighs with his meaty hands. “I’m gonna go. I promised I’d pick everyone up sooner rather than later today. They should be done with all their errands, I think.”
“Thanks for the help, brother.” Hudson embraced Charlie. They discreetly kissed each other on the neck, then stepped back. The look in Charlie’s eyes spoke of the same things Hudson was feeling: he wished they could openly kiss and touch in the way they did at home, but they knew they couldn’t. They had to keep up the professionalism for the image of the Gardens and not let the reality or their way of life to be openly advertised.
Few knew the full truth about Kaleidoscope Gardens. Only people who took the time to seek out more in-depth information discovered they were a commune where everyone belonged to the queer community. They didn’t hide that part. It was one of the ideals which had brought them together—to live in a place free from judgment over sexual identity or expression—but they didn’t advertise it on their business card or the back of their truck.
What they hid was that they celebrated sex openly. Living freely, screwing openly, and farming organically wasn’t a slogan that would sell more produce, so they all restrained themselves while out in public representing the Gardens.
Hudson contented himself by gently pressing their lips together before Charlie took off.
Title: Farm Fres
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication Date: 01/28/2016
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Gay Romance
Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.
And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.
About Posy RobertsPosy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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