Six Sentence Sunday: In Your Eyes

I missed the deadline to do the official six sentence Sunday (again!), but I thought I’d share another snippet from Swimming the Distance from the Going for Gold anthology which released on Friday from MLR. One of the things that I really love is figuring out how my characters see each other. This is how Bohdan sees Kyle:

That got a genuine smile from Kyle at last and some of the tightness in Bohdan’s chest eased. When he smiled, Kyle looked younger and mischievous — like a misplaced Weasley sibling from Harry Potter. The preppy, gay Weasley — his styled red hair, designer green pullover, and expensive loafers were a contrast to Bohdan’s decades-old jeans and sponsor-donated sneakers. Kyle embraced his preferences — from cashmere to Shaker furniture to subway tile. It was that enthusiasm, the absolute comfort Kyle had in his own skin that had first drawn Bohdan in.

Be sure to check out the other Six Sentence Sunday entries or follow along on twitter #sixsunday. I’m setting a reminder to join the official list next Sunday.

Waiting on Wednesday: Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

I buy books. A lot. Some (okay A LOT) are impulse purchases and some are from my long to-buy list or sales. (I get bonus points if it’s a sale on to-buy books!) But then there are the special books, the books from my auto-buy authors that I count down to like my almost-five year-old counts down to her birthday.

Second Hand

This week, I’m counting down to next week’s release from two of my auto-buy authors. Two! Heidi and Marie collaborated on this book, and I can’t wait. Like peanut butter and chocolate, the combo of both can only mean good things. (If you haven’t read either yet, I really reccomend starting with Marie’s Promises–it launches a great series of related books. For Cullinan, a great start is her Dance with Me.)

From the blurb:

Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he’s not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.

El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn’t apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself.

Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There’s no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El’s line of work, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn’t mean second best.

What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?