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Archive for February 14th, 2024

Gabbi Grey: The Tropiest of Tropes (Contest)
Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Beckie!

Hello, Delilah, and thank you for inviting me here today!  Another month…another anthology!  I have to admit, this one had me stumped. I was terrible at real-life dating. I couldn’t fathom fake dating.  Of course, I knew I was going to write a gay romance for this anthology, but that was as far as I got.  I did what I do a lot these days – I turned to my good author friend who is also a plot whisperer.  I whispered gay romance, fake dating, and 15k into her ear.  And, like magic, she came up with something.  Now, we worked on this plot together, but I think it’s something a little special.

We started with Horatio – the buttoned-up executive who is extremely successful – just not in the love department.  His second in command is a great executive – whose husband loves to organize company functions.  Before the Valentine’s event, she commands Horatio to ‘find a date’ so that there’s an even number at the party.  She’s aware her boss is gay, so that’s not an issue.

About this time, Horatio’s nephew – who has been living with him – announces that he’s marrying an older woman and moving in with her and her three kids.  Horatio’s stunned.  First, because he didn’t know his nephew was dating.  Second, because the woman is as old as the nephew’s mom and her eldest son is just a few years younger than the man his mom is about to marry.  Finally, a little discombobulated because, to help him out, Horatio’s nephew asks him to take in that younger son as a roommate.

Horatio loves his nephew and wants only the best for him.  He’s housed the young man through his entire education.  If taking in a stranger would help his upcoming marriage, then, of course, Horatio will do it.

Cue Dade.  Sweet, loveable Dade.  The twenty-something guy who’s trying to break into the film business.  He moves in and…Horatio’s life changes forever.  Well, we’ll start with Horatio asking Dade to accompany him to the Valentine’s Day dinner as a date.  Here’s where my readers will find plenty of cameos from characters across a number of my pennames and series because…well, frankly, because I can.

In the end, age doesn’t matter.  Because when two people are meant to be together, even the fake can become real.  I think plot whisperer and I got this one right.  Even my editor remarked on how much the story stuck with her.

So I’ve joined together with a pile of other authors to offer this great anthology at a low price.  It’s also on Kindle Unlimited and only available for a short time.

Thanks, Delilah, for hosting me.  I would love to give one of your commenters a $5 Amazon gift card.  Have you ever been on a fake date?  Or known someone who has?  I attended prom with a friend as his date.  Kind of awkward when he asked me if I’d let him kiss me – I was dating someone else at the time.  The guy I was with turned out to be a weasel and I often wondered what would have happened if the date had been real…  Anyway!  Make a comment and random number generator might pick you!

Fake It ‘Til We Make It

Want to make your ex jealous? Do you have to attend an event? Need to stop your family matchmaking? Whatever the reason, a fake relationship may be for you! But what happens when what started out as fake starts feeling way too real? You were faking it, but is it time to make it real?

Find out in this spicy collection containing exciting stories from USA Today best-selling and award-winning romance authors curated by The New Romance Café. Faking it has never felt so real.

DL Gallie
Chelle Pimblott
Kathleen Ryder
Annee Jones
Keighley Bradford
Harper Michaels
Tracy Brody
Lily Kindall
CM Peters
Ebony Snow
Jo Bradley
Jamie Sands
Serafina Jax
Sofia Aves
K McEvern Lestrade
Gabbi Grey
Denise T Ford

The anthology will only be available for a limited time.

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About “Acting the Part” by Gabbi Grey inside Fake It ‘Til We Make It


My persuasive nephew convinces me to let his friend, Dade, move into my condo. Somehow I end up telling my coworkers that the young man’s my boyfriend, and I invite him to the Valentine’s Charity dinner. It’s all supposed to be a fake, but he’s not like anyone I’ve ever met, and the more time we spend together, the less I want this charade to end.


I’m busting my butt trying to land an acting gig, and my buddy offers me a room in his uncle’s luxurious condo. All I have to do is keep the old guy company. Only, the guy’s not that old. I’m happy to pretend to be his boyfriend for one event, but with every passing hour, I’m less and less eager to pull the plug on this act. Can we take fake to real, or will the magic end when the night’s over?

This is a 15k fake relationship, gay romance novella with a successful entrepreneur, an out-of-work actor, and a night to remember.

About Gabbi Grey

USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black and Gabbi Powell.