Taking a Chance
A. Catherine Noon here. Thank you to Delilah Devlin for inviting Rachel Wilder and me back for a guest spot. We have exciting news today! Our short story, “Taking a Chance,” re-released from Torquere Publishing yesterday. Originally part of the 2012 Charity Sips to benefit the NOH8 Campaign, we helped raise over $3,500 with Torquere and the other authors who participated. Woo-hoo! And now, “Taking a Chance” is back, just in time for the holidays.
What’s different for us with this story is that it’s a straight-up romance, no paranormal, no monsters, nothing exploding. Well, okay, maybe not quite true – at least for the sequel. We’ll probably have an explosion or two. After all, the hero is a wealthy oil baron – the scion of a rich family, he trades oil futures on the stock exchange and handles the international holdings for his family. Something has to blow up when money, oil, and a Texan are involved.
For Rachel, this story is a bit of a guilty pleasure. She grew up reading Harlequin “white covers,” and adores the traditional romance tropes. We decided to write one with a twist, and do a M/M romance in a traditional way. We plan to start work on the sequel, a novel-length story about Chance and Jay, which will come out mid-2014.
What about you? What’s your guilty pleasure? Is it mystery? Pot-boilers? Straight-up soap opera with the wicked stepmother and the oh-so-luscious men flocking around the heroine but not quite lighting her fire?
Doctor Jacob Davison has outgrown the hookups of his younger days and wants to settle down. When he’s abandoned by the side of the road, a leather-clad stranger stops and offers him a ride. Chance Renton is different from anyone Jay’s ever met. He’s caring and helpful, yet cynical and world-weary.
From the first moment of their shared motorcycle ride, an attraction begins to simmer between them. Between Jay’s ex-boyfriend showing up and the misconceptions they have about each other, does this relationship have a chance?