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Bets/Dares

Bets/Dares

I’m doing a prompt bingo, and one of the squares is “bets/dares” so here is a little tidbit that fulfills the requirements! For the enjoyment of my FB group.

Bets/Dares

“Admit it,” Mark drawls, practically sneering at me behind his glasses. “You, sir, are a prude.” He takes a huge gulp of his drink, snorting with laughter. “Or a virgin. Oh, my god, Casey. Are you a virgin?”

Okay, so I know how Mark can get when he’s drunk. No filter, that guy. I know he’s going to feel like shit about this tomorrow when he’s sober, too. I still kind of want to snatch the glasses off his stupid smirking face and crush them under my feet. But seeing as they’re those plastic hipster ones and knowing my luck, they probably wouldn’t even break.

“Am not.” Not really. I’ve given a blowjobs and handjobs before. Doesn’t matter if it’s never evolved into more. That still counts as sex, right? “Just because I don’t want to proposition a stranger at a Christmas party doesn’t mean I’m a…”

Christ, I can’t even say it.

“It’s not propositioning, Case. Just a kiss. Under the mistletoe. I’ve had a handful tonight already. You can snag one, okay? I guarantee you, no one’s gonna punch you in the face for it or anything. Not when you tell them it’s a dare.” He’s right, of course. The party has been in full swing for a couple of hours, and during that time the sound of cheers and applause has rung out each time someone’s grabbed a kiss under one of the many mistletoe branches that have been strategically placed throughout the house. No one’s gonna bat an eyelash at another mistletoe kiss. It won’t mean anything.

I still don’t want to do it. The thought of going up to a perfect stranger–because this is Mark’s crowd, not mine–makes my pulse race fast in a way that isn’t altogether pleasant. But it’s a dare. Because I’m the antisocial idiot who plays Truth or Dare with my drunk friend instead of talking to people at a party. And damn if I don’t know the exact question he’s gonna ask me if I try to change my answer to Truth.

Shit shit shit.

“Fine. But I’m gonna pick the guy.”

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Brave For You Paperback & Pre-Orders out

Brave For You Paperback & Pre-Orders out

My debut book is available on paperback now, with pre-orders up for the ebook (release date July 27, 2018). I’m SO excited. Thank you to everyone who played a part. I couldn’t have gotten all the way here without you <3

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A Season for Change begins serialization on Radish

A Season for Change begins serialization on Radish

I posted the first 7 episodes of A Season for Change on Radish yesterday. Another episode is going up tomorrow, with three episodes scheduled to release each week. Once you’ve downloaded the free app, you can take a look at the story by clicking here.

Want to preview it before downloading the app? Scroll down a couple of posts or click here for a sneak preview of a later chapter ;P (warning, it’s not very safe for work!)

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Lesbian Short Story: Dreams in Color

Lesbian Short Story: Dreams in Color

A May/December Erotic Romance Short

Did I mention I have a short story out on Kindle Unlimited right now? Dreams in Color (link to Amazon) is a short erotic romance about undergrad student Ruth who becomes enamored with an older English professor, Dr. Mie Kamigawa.

To quote a lovely, lovely review:

The imagery and deep feeling of want and fulfillment are beautiful in this. It feels like a dream. The words are soft and contemplative. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something bright and aching to escape into for a quiet moment.

If you don’t have KU it is available to purchase for the cool price of $0.99!

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“Brave For You” released on Radish!

“Brave For You” released on Radish!

My first gay romance, Brave For You, is finally pre-releasing on Radish before the wide release in summer 2018! I uploaded the first 7 episodes today, and can’t wait for everyone to read them!

For those who are unfamiliar, Radish is a serial fiction app that allows its users to preview and read books from a range of genres on their phone or mobile device. What’s really neat about this is that it allows authors to monetize their serial fiction with a freemium model, under which “episodes” are released one week at a time for free–although the first 3 episodes of a serial are always completely free and unlocked–and anyone who can’t wait for the episode to unlock can purchase coins (such as one would purchase to play games like Candy Crush, Puzzle and Dragons, etc.) that can be used to unlock each episode.

“Brave For You” is on the freemium model, which means that you can tune in every week for a new episode to unlock and read the entire book completely free! So please, if you’re interested in reading more of my writing, check out Radish in your app store =)

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A new place to call home

A new place to call home

I was going to write a long-winded post about how I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old, how I got into writing Sailor Moon fan fiction when I was 12, then was introduced to Harry Potter fandom by a friend just before the end of high school. It would have been a very comprehensive post, but I think I’d rather just use that time to write more of the m/m story I’m working on, about a hot Asian pediatrician and the single dad he’s crushing on.

So let me sum it up succinctly: Hello, my name is Crystal, and this is where I share my thoughts and feelings about writing romance. I will also be sharing short stories, chapter excerpts of my romance novels, and some fan fiction–because let’s face it, there is no way I’m giving up Severus Snape. Thank you for stopping by, and happy reading!

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