Hi guys, we have Shae Connor stopping by today with her upcoming re-release Accidental Fall, we have a brilliant guest post and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~
When it comes to relationships, college roommates Greg and Keith are polar opposites. A recovering addict, Greg avoids sex because it’s too closely tied in his mind with the alcohol and drugs he gave up. In contrast, Keith protects his heart by limiting sex to one-night stands and weekend flings.
As the two get to know each other better, they feel drawn together, and slowly they take tentative steps toward something real. Their attraction soon flares hot, but Greg’s fears overwhelm him, sending him running. It’s up to Keith to help Greg learn to trust in himself—and in the way they feel about each other.
First, thanks to Pixie for working me in after a snafu with my original posting date!
It’s been almost six years since my first novella was published, and like a lot of authors, I’ve started getting back publication rights to some of my older stories. Contracts for novellas and short stories tend to be shorter than those for novels, so I have a few short stories back, and a while back, before Amber Allure closed, I got back the rights to a novella they’d published. After a conversation with Lynn West at Dreamspinner Press in which she wished for more novella submissions, I sent the story in.
That story, now titled Accidental Fall, will be re-released on September 21. Other than the title, it hasn’t undergone many changes—just some small edits—and it’s got a gorgeous new cover by the always amazing Paul Richmond.
Accidental Fall is a college-roommates-to-lovers story, featuring two young men on opposites side of a divide: Greg avoids partying and sex after a bad experience his freshman year, while Keith spends his weekends indulging himself in both. Once they discover each of them is gay, Keith decides to try seducing Greg, but his efforts soon shift from the sexual to something more.
Revisiting this story was a lot of fun for me. I found myself imagining how their relationship progressed after their happily-for-now ending. No, there are no plans for a sequel—too much else on my plate! But it’s interesting to think about their eventual happily-ever-after.
I hope you’ll enjoy catching up with the boys like I did! Accidental Fall is available for preorder now and releases on Wednesday.
AFTER MIDNIGHT Sunday, and still no sign of Keith.
Greg sighed and flopped over onto his back in the narrow bed. He reminded himself it was none of his business what his roommate did. He had more than enough to worry about with his own life. He didn’t need to start freaking out over Keith’s weekend activities.
But Keith had never been this late getting in on Sunday night.
During the week, Greg’s roommate was as squeaky-clean as they came. In bed by eleven, never missed a class, studied… studiously. (Greg rolled his eyes at himself, but his vocabulary always deteriorated as the night wore on.) Keith was friendly, neat, and cheerful.
But every weekend since the term started, he’d disappear, and every time, he came back with his clothes wrinkled, smelling of smoke, alcohol, and sex, and headed straight for the showers. A half hour later he emerged as the Keith that Greg knew the rest of the week, clean and smiling.
It wasn’t Keith’s fault that it was killing Greg not to know the weekend version of Keith. Or that he couldn’t sleep now, waiting for Keith to get home, trying not to think the worst.
The University of Illinois at Chicago hadn’t been Greg’s first choice. Not by a long shot. He started college in St. Louis, just an hour from his Missouri hometown, but after a year of wild parties, too much casual sex, and not nearly enough studying, his mother had sat him down and told him to leave.
“I love you too much to watch you throw yourself away like this,” she said, and for maybe the first time since he came out at fifteen, he believed her.
Greg sobered up, literally and figuratively, turned over several new leaves, and went off to Chicago the next fall, taking the first acceptance he received. Now he found himself sharing a room with one of the most gorgeous men he’d ever seen, but over a month had passed, and he still knew next to nothing about Keith’s private life.
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer as director of the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time or Facebook, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.