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Brandilyn extended me an invitation to write a blog about anything once a month here at Prism. Obviously, since you’re reading this, I took her up on the invitation.
Then the deadline loomed and it hit me: Anything?
Whoa, that opened up a whole new scope! Which part of anything should I write?
As I considered, I realized that my life pretty much breaks down into three parts: personal life, reading, and professional writing. So that’s what you’ll hear about in these blogs.
My hobby, quarter-inch miniatures, has been flourishing since the holidays. First, I should explain that quarter-inch means the structures and furnishings I make are small—one quarter inch equals one foot in real life. My first structure, built in 1999, was a mystery book store that I named “Clues.”
The project I’ve been working on lately is a French Quarter-style bakery which has been totally built but which needs furnishing. I’ve built the sales counter, bakery shelves, customer tables and chairs, and some of the baked goods. This fall I’ve started filling small containers with the other bakery offerings.
I got a Bundt cake mold from Stewart Dollhouse Creations and experimented with making both round and heart-shaped cakes. When they turned out so well, I got into the holiday spirit and bought the gingerbread clay mold, which was a little more difficult to work with, but ultimately do-able.
I’ll be posting more photos of small things in this blog peek into my life as the months go by. The goal this year: finish the bakery.
Another personal thing I do constantly is read. Today’s book of the day is Switched by N. R. Walker.I’d read Blindside, Red Dirt Heart, and The Weight of It All previously, so was excited to see a new title from her. My Kindle says I’m 33% into the book, and I’m enjoying this story about a man who finds out in his late twenties that he’d been switched at birth. It’s an unusual topic in the gay romance genre with an interesting twist as I’ve come to expect from Walker.
Where should I start?
For those who don’t know, I’m the author of the Foothills Pride gay romance series. Five novellas have released in eBook form from Dreamspinner Press: What’s in a Name?, Redesigning Max, Behr Facts, When Adam Fell, and Relative Best. In October 2016, the first print volume of the first four eBooks released in paperback: Foothills Pride Stories, Vol. 1. And as of now, the first three books in the series are available at Audible as audio books.
In addition to the Foothills Pride series, I also have published two holiday stories through Dreamspinner: Blame It on the Fruitcake and The Orpheum Miracle.
Currently, I’m in edits for the next Foothills Pride story, Frank at Heart, which should release sometime this summer. Frank, the owner of the Stone Acres’ hardware store, has spent his life tied to the old ways his father and grandfather did business when they were alive. Consequently, the twenty-first century has passed him by. But in Frank at Heart, steadfast, loyal, and universally loved Frank will be pulled out of his rut and into the new century toward the romance he’s longed for.
Concurrently, as I’m editing Frank and revising a city versus country Pride story, I’m writing another about a historical building restorer who comes into Stone Acres to be with a resident he’s fallen love with online.
More about the two newest stories and my ongoing French bakery next time.
Meanwhile, what are you doing in either your personal or professional life? Where do we start with your story?
Title: Behr Facts
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 01/05/2017
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Romance, Romance
Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone – possibly a family member – is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.
Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.
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