I'm offering snippets of STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, Book 2 in the Triple Star Ranch series of the #CheyenneCowboys. This tale is a May-December m/m romantic suspense. It hasn't been fully edited yet so typos happen. Trip Colton owns the Triple Star Therapy Ranch with his son Tom. They built it for therapy for folks suffering PTSD, including Trip himself. But the ghost of his wife is never far.
Thank God for Tom and the horses. Trip hung up his dripping coat and set his hat on the hat tree. They’d pulled him back from the brink of despair and loss, but he still had his dark moments. And that’s when Livvy had been closest to him and loudest. She’d always known when he was in trouble, and even after her death she’d been there, shining a little bit of light down into his darkness.
“You’ve always pulled my ass out of the fire, even in Vietnam, Livvy.”
What else was I going to do, let you flounder around like a calf caught in the mud?
Trip snorted at her dry response. No, she’d never left him to his own devices. She’d been the strongest person he knew, even right up to the end when the cancer ate away at her body. The spirit had been far stronger than the flesh holding it. She’d smiled at him right up to the moment her heart failed.
Now, stop gettin’ all maudlin, Trip. That ain’t gonna help you or Tom and Amber. He could see Livvy’s dry grimace. Besides, there are plenty of good things comin’. You just wait and see.
He couldn’t stop the tears sliding down his face despite her words of admonishment. Rainy days had been her favorites and he’d loved sharing tea and books with her on them.
“I’m sorry, Livvy. Can’t stop cryin’ when I think of you. I know it’s been a long time, but some hurts just don’t disappear, even after nearly three decades.”
I know, Trip. But I promise, good things are comin’. Wait and see.
Sounds like the ghost knows more than he does. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb to STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT:
Sometimes the brightest stars need to come home…
Henry Bright has a picture-perfect life as a rising star in the country rock scene—fortune, fame, and more lovers than he can shake a stick at. But something is missing. The glitz of Nashville is nothing more than glitter and tinfoil. Searching for authenticity in his life, he completes his DVM in veterinary medicine and returns to Wyoming. He takes a job as a vet at the Triple Star Ranch, hoping to find meaning and connection. He just didn’t expect to find love.
Trip Colton’s wife died over thirty years ago and he figured that was it for love. But the moment he meets Henry, he can’t get the younger man off his mind. The problem is, he’s never been attracted to a man before and the realization throws him for a loop. Dating is hard at any age, but Trip’s out of practice and wooing a man is completely different than wooing a woman.
When Henry’s former manager, Jordie, tracks him to Wyoming and begs the star to come back to the music biz, tensions damage the fragile connection between Henry and Trip. Jordie will do anything to convince Henry to return, even playing on his prejudices and hinting at Trip’s infidelity. But when the bank keeps calling with alerts on Henry’s accounts, he suspects there’s more going on with Jordie than a simple comeback music tour. Ultimately, Henry must choose where his heart lies, and who to trust, before he loses more than his chance at love.
This title is expected to be release in May 2017 from Three Lakes Books.