Rainbow Snippets September 10 All The Way To Shore
Ahoy there, Snippeteers! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is an awesome FB group of authors and bloggers who post snippets from LGBTQ works every weekend. Catch up with all the snippets here: Rainbow Snippets.
Remember that cruise ship novel I’ve talked about? It’s almost done and the official name is All The Way To Shore. Here is the official blurb:
Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, and Jonathan pretends to be someone else for the week—Jonah Rutledge—someone good enough to be loved.
Marco Pellegrini has always been driven. He rose from poverty to the pinnacle of business success, and he’ll do anything to protect his reputation—including hiding his bisexuality. Having saved Vallen Industries, he’s weary of the rat race and ready for a more meaningful life. When Marco meets his soul mate for that new life—Jonah Rutledge—on an LGBT cruise, he prepares to stop hiding and start living.
Back on land, the romance crashes when Marco discovers his perfect man is not only a lie but the son of his boss, Frederick Vallen. Jonathan resolves to win Marco back, but Frederick takes vengeful action. Jonathan and Marco must battle their own fears as well as Frederick’s challenge to get to the future that awaits them on the horizon.
SNIPPET: [This is right after Jonathan and Marco run into each other on the cruise. It’s been a year since they’ve seen each other and Jonathan has changed so much Marco doesn’t recognize him. Jonathan’s cousin Anthony introduces himself and Jonathan by different names, to have a little fun… ]
“Have we met before?” Marco frowned thoughtfully. “You seem familiar for some reason.”
Hell. The jig was up. Damn Anthony. As he opened his mouth to confess who he really was, however, something took hold—a rebellion against the old Jonathan Vallen. The old him would’ve mumbled an embarrassed apology and slunk away. But the novelty of standing on the deck of a cruise ship with Marco Pellegrini eyeing him like he was a sexy stud was too good to pass up. He wanted to be Jonah Rutledge, sexy stud—at least for today.
Jonathan straightened his shoulders, met Marco’s eyes, and raised an eyebrow. “I don’t think so. I would have remembered meeting you.” He felt his cheeks warm at his boldness. He was flirting! With Marco, of all people!