Monday, May 30, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 I'm kicking off a brand new LGBTQ romance this week and it's not about hockey! I know, I'm shocked as well. We're going to be having some zombie fun as I begin working on the fourth and final Two Guys Walk Into an Apocalypse novella. This one is titled Zombies, Zendra and Ziegfeld Follies. It's been some time since I got to hang out with Paul Cooke and Gordon Moretti, my leading men in this zom-rom-com series, and boy did I miss them!

To set things up, Paul and Gordon found themselves smack dab in the middle of a zombie breakout. The virus, a super rabies, manufactured by a company called Zendra, has now mutated and zombies have taken over. Paul and Gordon have headed north to the Northwest Territories to try to get away from the undead and they've picked up some interesting characters along the way. 

In the last book Paul, Gordon, and they friends stumbled across an abandoned lumberjack camp and took it over. Winter was long and hard but somehow our two ex-educators and their rag-tag group managed to survive. Spring has now crept into the Territories and our leading men are going to have to face things more frightening than the dead-the living and Zendra, the company who unwittingly unleashed the end of civilization on an unsuspecting world.

Now onto the warnings and such-

 This story contains crude language, gore because of the darn zombies, and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  This week we have a picture prompt and our excerpt must be less than 300 words and reflect the picture.

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"O were my love yon Lilac fair,
Wi' purple blossoms to the Spring,
And I, a bird to shelter there,
When wearied on my little wing!"

I lowered my hand from the air to glance down at my kneeling gardening partner. Tink, who was now free from her pink roots, ran the back of her hand over her brow and cocked a thin eyebrow at me.

"That was Robert Burns," I explained when she continued to look at me oddly.

"I know a poem about spring too, Paul. Want to hear it?"

"I would love to." I smiled at her. No one was more excited about the knowledge that winter was on its way out than I was. It had been a long - and Mister when I say long I mean L-O-N-G winter - up here in the glorious and beautiful Northwest Territories of Canada. Our little band of survivors had somehow managed to eke out an existence as the snow piled up outside our little lumberjack cabins. At one point, we were moving from one cabin to another through snowy lanes dug into several feet of snow. It was ghastly. Tortuous. Mind-numbingly boring. Did I mention how bad it had been?

"Spring has sprung; now get the fuck back to work. I want to get back to Dottie and help with the baby."

"Your poetic meter is sadly lacking." I frowned then knelt down beside the skinny little lesbian with mud streaked over her cheeks. "Also, just so you know, you are killing my spring buzz."

"Just work the damn dirt. Save your poetry for after-dinner entertainment."

"We're doing arts and crafts after dinner this evening," I informed her. Tink rolled her dark eyes and continued working the still cold ground with a small hand rake.




Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Remembering Those Who Gave All





Memorial Day 
2016



Sunday, May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

To Weigh or Not to Weigh





That really is the question, and a damn tough one to boot.

As many of you know, I started a new healthier living regime last July. I was sick and tired of my rump not fitting into the seats at public venues. I opted to use portion control and hatha/vinyasa yoga to help me slim down while I grew stronger and more flexible. Weighing myself once a week seemed like plenty to me. From July to the end of December, I lost 47 pounds. Go me!

Sounds darn good, right? I thought so too. I was stoked to see 2016 start so I could continue seeing great results. Well, so far, 2016 has been a real bitch, pardon my French. From January to now, I've lost 5 pounds. Yes, you read that right. 5 pounds. I have not changed what I was doing, I've even added walking (which I do every other day so that I can continue doing yoga which I love) thinking it might jump start my weight loss. Nope. Now I do understand that since I'm now walking around 8-10 miles a week I'm building muscle and losing fat. Muscle weighs more than fat, yep, I get that truly I do but man alive, getting on that scale every Saturday was getting to be depressing. And then I slowly started seeing where I was going wrong.

It was the scale. I was letting myself fixate on those numbers instead of seeing how much better I felt, how much stronger I had become, how much bigger my old clothes were (I even went down a full cup size which is AMAZINGLY GROOVY) and how proud I was of my achievements. A good friend of mine who goes to a personal trainer had been telling me all along not to weigh or measure. This is what her trainer tells her and I can now see the merit of that thinking.

But yet, how do we know if we're getting thinner if we don't step on that scale or use that measuring tape? Well, I have to think it comes back to how we feel in our own skin. Choosing healthy foods, fueling our bodies right, and exercising in whatever form we enjoy and are comfortable doing should guide us, not those numbers. Seeing that I can climb uphill in the morning to do chores and not gasp for breath, going from a 5 X down to a 2X, looking forward to the rush that walking gives me or the serenity of my yoga practice.

All of these things are what tells me that what I'm doing is working. Deep in my soul, I know I'm doing good things for my body by eating better, working my muscles by walking, and refreshing my soul with yoga. Do I really need those numbers? I don't know but I'm willing to find out.

I plan to cut down to monthly weigh-ins while I battle with my body and this damn set point my metabolism seems to be stuck in. I hope that with patience, continued healthy eating, and slowly walking further and further I can kick this mucky-magoo my healthy living plan (I don't like the word diet and try not to use it) has fallen into in the backside. We'll see how it goes but even if I don't lose another pound, I've started to change my eating habits, seen how enjoyable exercise can be, and have found peace through my yoga practices.

And, you know, that is pretty awesome all by itself.




What do you think about weekly/daily/monthly weigh-ins? Are they beneficial or detrimental to you? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday Tunes





I couldn't think of a more fitting song to end our month of flowery songs.




Monday, May 23, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Purple




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 Today we'll have the last excerpt from my LGBTQ hockey romance Snap Shot. I'm about to start on a new book so we'll be wrapping things up for Mario and Madame Lila. Since I don't wish to reveal all the twists and turns, we're jumping ahead a little in the story. I'm sorry to leave everyone hanging. If all goes well we'll be able to read the entire story next year some time! Fingers crossed. So, onto the warnings and such-

 This story contains crude language (they are hockey players after all) and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Purple".

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            I had barely stepped foot inside the Rader Arena when the new special teams coach strolled out of the dressing room carrying a can of Coke.

            "Yay, look who finally showed up, "Victor Kalinski said then popped the top on his can of soda."You know what sucks?"

            "You and Arou," I stated and tried to get around the redheaded Pole with the venomous tongue. He snapped out an arm to block my path. I was not in the mood for Vic's mouth this morning. The Langley news and the flat tire on the New York/Pennsylvania border had pushed my usual good humor off a cliff.

            "Har-de-har. Damn you are a riot. But no, what sucks is being on the job for two weeks and having to discipline a man who I think of as a sort-of friend."

            I gave the tall bearded Pole in the gray suit paired with a purple tie a long look. "You're going to discipline me?"

            "I got no choice. You blew off special teams' drills without even calling in. Dude, that is not cool. You know our penalty kill sucks balls." Vic lowered his arm. I glanced around him into the dressing room. "So, you planning on telling me why you pulled a no-show? I mean, give me something so that Dewey won't think I'm playing favorites. I'd be happy as a contented clam to just sit you down and give you a firm talking to and call it good."

            "I had shit to deal with." Vic gave me a sour look right before I shoved past him. Sometimes it irked the piss out of me that I had to take orders from someone eleven years younger than I was. Not that I begrudged Kalinski his new position, because I didn't. The man had been dealt a shit hand. He was too young and too talented to be behind the bench. Fucking concussions ruined so many careers.

            No, what twisted my nuts about it was the fact that I had clocked so many more years than Vic and had nothing but bloody piss to show for it. And yeah, it was not Vic's fault that he was more talented than I could ever hope to be. Let the pity party for Mario begin.

            "What kind of shit? Like literal shit because sitting on the can is not the most original excuse for missing mandatory drills that I've ever heard." He caught up to me with ease then sucked down what seemed to be half a can of soda at once.

            "Life shit, okay? Fuck sake, Kalinski, back off." I threw my bag into my cubicle. The chitchat among the guys around us ended.

            "What. Ever. I was just trying to help you out, buddy."

            Eyes closed I tried to get my shitty attitude under control. When I turned around to cough up an apology Kalinski was gone.



Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Silent Sunday





*May in the PA woodlands*



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Another Milestone for Good 'Ole Victor K




Who woulda thunk it?!

Not me, that is for darn sure. Never in a million years did I think that one of my books would reach 100 ratings on Goodreads. And the fact that it's Two Man Advantage just tickles my knickers to no end! Now I know 100 ratings may not be a big deal to some authors. To me, it's huge!




When I first sat down to write about Victor Kalinski, I honestly never thought he would even get a contract. I mean, this guy is a first class jerk. He's crude, venomous, misogynistic, self-centered, and volatile.  He was on a downward spiral with little chance of redemption. Not your typical romance novel hero. And then the Venomous Pole met Dan Arou and well, you know how it goes . . . those two fell hard for each other and finally got their happily ever after.


Out of all the books that I've written, this trilogy has been my best selling and most controversial. Oh my, do some readers hate Victor. I mean they loathe him and the horse he rode in on, as they say. Yet there are others who love the man and I am proud to say I'm one of Vic's biggest fans and not because he has sold the most books or gotten the most ratings. I adore his face because he is real, honest, and flawed. Man, is he flawed. Yet, even when he is trying his best to be his worst, we can see Victor clawing and scrabbling to find the light amid the darkness. And when he does discover his salvation in Dan Arou's arms, we get to see Victor grow into a man that we might like to actually spend time with.


In closing, I'd like to say thanks to Victor and Dan. They've been a pure joy to write. Thanks to them, and the scores of fans who have begged for it, I have just completed Snap Shot, book #1 in the Cayuga Cougars duology, which is Mario McGarrity and Madame Lila's book. After Lila and Mario there will be one more novella but I'm not saying who the book will be about. I'm terrible, I know. Kind of like a certain acidic redheaded Pole that we all know and love. 







If you've never read the trilogy, now is a great time to get to know Vic, Dan, and the Cayuga Cougars better! 

Two Man Advantage - Amazon



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Throwback Thursday Tunes




This weeks TBT is sung by one of my favorite performers, Tom Petty. I hope you enjoy this great song as much as I do!



Monday, May 16, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Save



Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 I'm still chugging away on an LGBTQ hockey romance titled Snap Shot. This story contains crude language (they are hockey players after all) and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Save". 

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            She leaped up and scurried off, her silky yellow robe and gown fluttering behind her. I sat back in my chair and stared out the window at the darkness. Sweet Mary Madonna, she had a kid. My ass felt numb so I shifted around a bit. Lila sailed back into the kitchen, a fancy quilted scrapbook held to her chest.

            "Here now, this is my Langley." She said after sitting down and flipping the scrapbook open. I looked down to see a young man who looked so much like Slash from Guns-N-Roses all he needed was a top hat and a smoke dangling from his lip to take the tribute band on the road.

            "His mother was white," I said and looked at Lila for confirmation. She nodded then turned another page. "He's how old now?" I enquired as she flipped page after page.

            "Fifteen. He'll be sixteen in November." Right. She had already mentioned that. Damn but I was rattled.

            "Well, he seems to be a good-looking kid if he didn't have all that hair in his face," I commented and she beamed with parental pride.

            "He is quite good-looking, and smart. Also, on the road to some trouble." The glow of pride left her eyes to be replaced with worry. "He's been getting into some misadventures."

            Our eyes met over the scrapbook. She was sitting on something big, something that she was worried about telling me. I could see the trepidation. Blessed Mother save me from what that something big might be.


            Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Talk of Paths & Decisions Made




Life can lead us down some interesting roads. We may start out on one path and follow that to the end, never swerving off to investigate any new trails we come across. Other times, we place our foot on a hidden pathway, one that seems to appear magically as we walk through the woodland, drawn to investigate the secrets of the forest on this new path. Once we have both feet on that trail we realize that this trail is the one we are now meant to tread.

After careful consideration over several months, I've come to realize that while I greatly enjoy penning M/F romances, my heart lies in the LGBTQ romance genre. Therefore, after I fulfill my contractual obligations for the Venom series and any contracted novellas, I'll be transitioning to exclusively writing LGBTQ romances.

This has been a difficult decision as M/F romance has been very good to me, and it will always have a treasured place in my memories. I love my Wildcats and Venom players! Leaving their genre behind will be terribly hard. However, since the first time I wrote an LGBTQ story, the love for the LGBTQ genre has slowly overtaken my heart.  

As many of you know, I am a staunch supporter and ally for LGBTQ rights. I've seen the joy on the faces of gay young adults when they hear I'm planning to write a lesbian romance, a bisexual romance or a transgender romance. These stories MUST be told.  These characters MUST be allowed to speak and be heard. By writing romances that cover the rainbow of humanity I, and my talented fellow LGBTQ authors, are striving to show the world that love truly knows no gender. This is a message that I feel deeply and carry in my soul.

So yes, I may be leaving a certain genre behind but I'll be stepping into one that holds my heart, soul, and creativity. I look forward to the future and the stories that I hope to bring to you, my friends, family, and fans.






Skate hard and love deeply,



V.L. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Throwback Thursday Tune




Another flowery song for us to enjoy and it's a groovy one! This time it's the Grateful Dead singing about Sugar Magnolia.




Monday, May 9, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Hug




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.



 I'm still chugging away on an LGBTQ hockey romance titled Snap Shot. This story contains crude language (they are hockey players after all) and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering.  Our word prompt for the week is "Hug". The final paragraph from last week will start things off.

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            "Well, as soon as Joseph mentioned this to his parents, they told him that he was stupid and weird to want boobies since he was a boy. Therefore, Joseph, who did not want to be stupid or weird, never told anyone about how badly he wanted to be a girl. He hid it deep inside and his parents thought he forgot about being weird and stupid. They were happy to see that phase pass. Joseph dated girls and went to college where he studied theater while his parents thought he was majoring in accounting."

            "You'd be a terrible accountant, baby. You can't even balance your checkbook."

            She smiled warmly and reached out to pat my cheek. "You do know me well, Seamus." I nodded. Her hand drifted back to her cup of coffee. "During Joseph's 'Lost Years' as I now call them, he dated a young woman. She was very nice and had a lovely smile. Joseph impregnated this young woman."

            Lila threw a quick glance in my direction. I stared openly at her. "So you have a kid?"

            "Yes, he's fifteen now. I know that you must think I'm a horrid person for not telling you about this sooner, but I have crossed that bridge too early in a relationship before and it sent the man running."

            My thoughts were whirling. Lila sat there waiting for me to say something so I forced something out.

            "I told you I'm not going anywhere. So, you have a kid who lives with his mom."

            "Well, yes, he did for a few years but she passed away when he was five from a congenital heart disease. Langley, that's his name," she said and I bobbed my head. "I had just begun to embrace who I was by the time Langley needed a parental figure. When I appeared at the funeral to ask for my son Marlene's father took one look at the big black man in a stunning aqua dress and decided that Langley should not be raised by a cross-dressing freak. His exact words, not mine."

            "Oh baby." Anger ignited in my gut.

            "It was very rude and hurtful of them, of course, but I acquiesced to their demands to raise my son. It was my worst failure as a woman but I was young and new to myself. My self-confidence was not where it is today." She looked like she needed a hug but when I moved to embrace her, she waved it off with a determined look settling on her face. 



Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Silent Sunday





*Happy Mother's Day*


Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's A Party!!







The effervescent Avon Gale and I have hockey new releases coming out within days of each other! We're celebrating this Monday over at Facebook with a release party, so drop by and say hi! We'll be having games, giveaways and a few images of hot hockey players if you're into that sort of thing. *wink-nudge*



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Release Party on Facebook

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shutdown Pair Release Day!




It's here at last! I hope everyone who picks up a copy of Shutdown Pair enjoys Heath and Wyatt and the story they have to tell. Thanks so much for all the wonderful support I've gotten from friends, fans, bloggers and my publishing houses for my LGBTQ hockey romances. There are plenty more to come and I hope you'll be along for the journey. *hugs*






BLURB:

Slinging burgers in Minnesota in the dead of winter isn’t exactly the Hemingway lifestyle aspiring writer Heath has dreamed of. About the only thing the quick-witted wordsmith has going for him is his pick-up hockey league games every Saturday. Now it looks like even that’s gone south, along with the team’s AWOL goalie.
That is until mysterious Wyatt Dickenson skates into town and announces that he can tend net. Heath isn’t the type to turn down such a generous offer from a Greek god with impressive equipment and all the right moves.
Heath offers to share his rented room with the enigmatic drifter, and soon begins to suspect that Wyatt is harboring a secret. Can Heath get Wyatt to open up about his dark past? Is there a dark past? Or is Heath’s writer’s mind just spinning sexy, shadowy scenarios about the mystery man who has him so infatuated?

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday Tune




It only seems fitting to follow up a month of songs about rain with a month of songs about flowers. After all, all those April flowers do make May flowers! Today's flowery song is a great one from one of the premiere hair metal bands of the decade, Poison. Enjoy Every Rose Has it's Thorn.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Tuesday Tales - Picture Prompt




Hello! It`s time for Tuesday Tales.




 I'm still chugging away on an LGBTQ hockey romance titled Snap Shot. We're doing a picture prompt this week so all entries must be 300 words or less. To accommodate the word limit I had to whittle on this excerpt but next week we'll see exactly what the secret is that has Lila so shaken. 

This story contains crude language (they are hockey players after all) and gay sexual situations. If that offends now would be the time to move onto another Tuesday Tales offering. These excerpts have not been professionally edited so please be kind about any flubs you may find. 

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          "I'd been hoping to keep this from you until we had more time invested into our relationship. I was scared of losing you when you found out, Seamus."A small tingle of unease crept up my spine. The kitchen still smelled of primavera sauce. Usually that was a calming aroma but not this morning.

            "Lila, I'm not going anywhere. Well, I mean I am in the physical sense but not in the emotional sense. Soon as I can get a day free I'll be right back here begging for more of your sweetness." This was so unlike her. Usually my Lila was so sure of herself and her lifestyle.

            A trembling smile played on her full lips. "You might change your mind when I tell you this." She blew out an unsteady breath over pursed lips, took another sip of her sickeningly sweet coffee, swallowed several times, and then began her tale. "Once upon a time there was a little black boy named Joseph Lewis Abernathy who was born in Detroit but spent his childhood in Flint. Little Joseph was not a happy child because as soon as he was old enough to understand the concept of boy and girl he knew that God had put him in the wrong body."

            She had never once spoken of how her past had shaped her. I had never asked because it was her story to tell when she was ready and I loved her as she was now. While her journey was important, it wouldn't make an impact on my feelings about her. She was my woman and I adored her. I wanted to say something but didn't know what so I sat there, mug resting between my big scarred hands and just let the woman talk.

           "Well, as soon as Joseph mentioned this to his parents, they told him that he was stupid and weird to want boobies since he was a boy. Therefore, Joseph, who did not want to be stupid or weird, never told anyone about how badly he wanted to be a girl. He hid it deep inside and his parents thought he forgot about being weird and stupid. They were happy to see that phase pass. Joseph dated girls and went to college where he studied theater while his parents thought he was majoring in accounting."


            Copyright 2016 ©by V.L. Locey
            

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Sunday, May 1, 2016