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Way to start my Wednesday! Thanks to Rick R. Reed and his “Good Karma, Good Books” feature I’m tickled to see the cover of DRIVE ME HOME gracing the web once again.

One of the joys of writing is how both hindsight and craft development fill me with thoughts of what I wished I’d explored further in this novel. But I’m pleased with how the story stands the test of time and changing political climates. It’s also been far too long since I’ve been back to Nevada!

DRIVE ME HOME

Available in print and eBook at Dreamspinner Press

Also available Amazon, ARe, and other eRetailers

A December 2009 Top Pick at Dark Divas Reviews

5 Diva Review and a December 2009 Recommended Read at Dark Divas Reviews

Summary:

Las Vegas isn’t just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It’s also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren’t intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City’s sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart’s decision?

Excerpt:

“The come stains are the worst, you know.”

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Our holiday celebrations continue with an excerpt from Better with Sprinkles. We love having friends and family join us in our traditional cookie baking marathons and surprisingly, there’s still enough to give away when we’re done. We have several favorite recipes and I had a hard time picking which one to include at the end of this story for my readers to bake and enjoy. In the end, both Tom and I favor the soft frosted sugar cookie recipe adapted by my grandmother and I hope you actually try the recipe and decide for yourself. Do you and your family have a favorite cookie recipe you make each holiday?



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Better with Sprinkles

This and all the Dreamspinner Press holiday stories 30% off December 2-5!

College student Tom Molina isn’t too interested when his roommate Derek tries to convince him to leave his books and help out with the campus LGBTA Center’s annual Christmas cookie sale. But Derek has an ace in the hole to score the center Tom’s grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe: fellow volunteer Jeanette’s cousin just happens to be the organic chemistry T.A. Tom’s been dreaming about. Now Tom just has to hope Isaac is as interested in baking cookies as he is in chemistry and HIV awareness.


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It's beginning to smell a lot like chocolate a/k/a Halloween! The beautiful fall weather and the lure of the haunted holiday sent me in search of suitable excerpts to share. Including some of my older works and characters that don't get much play other than once a year. 

It also gave me a chance to post this beautiful image from DaniJace over at the Wana Flickr Commons. Thank you for allowing others to use your photos.


I'm starting off this month's round of special excerpts with a snip from my short story, A Halloween Tail,  available from Dreamspinner Press. I love the characters and the tone of this story. Where else have I written lines like these:

Dark, curly hair. A soft growth of beard. Lines of character, lines of pain. And the eyes… I sighed. The man was a god. Hands down. No questions asked. Genetics had conspired to put together this perfect package that was lit from within with a kind of incandescent electric charge. At least, I felt like I was getting zapped.

Oh, that was just the Snickers bar under my ass. I shifted a bit to get more comfortable.


But as much as those lines make me laugh (and some days, it's not hard to do), that's not the excerpt I'm posting today. Sorry. Let's get back to the point of this post which was to start out my October excepts. BTW, if you'd like to read a review, you can click here .

Summary: When Lionel gets strong-armed into baby sitting and taking his niece trick-or-treating, he suffers the humiliation of the big purple costume and follows through. Little did he know that the hideous purple tail would catch the attention of one black-dressed god!

Click on the cut to read the Excerpt:

Read more... )
chrissymunder: (Coffee)
It's beginning to smell a lot like chocolate a/k/a Halloween! The beautiful fall weather and the lure of the haunted holiday sent me in search of suitable excerpts to share. Including some of my older works and characters that don't get much play other than once a year. 

It also gave me a chance to post this beautiful image from DaniJace over at the Wana Flickr Commons. Thank you for allowing others to use your photos.


I'm starting off this month's round of special excerpts with a snip from my short story, A Halloween Tail,  available from Dreamspinner Press. I love the characters and the tone of this story. Where else have I written lines like these:

Dark, curly hair. A soft growth of beard. Lines of character, lines of pain. And the eyes… I sighed. The man was a god. Hands down. No questions asked. Genetics had conspired to put together this perfect package that was lit from within with a kind of incandescent electric charge. At least, I felt like I was getting zapped.

Oh, that was just the Snickers bar under my ass. I shifted a bit to get more comfortable.


But as much as those lines make me laugh (and some days, it's not hard to do), that's not the excerpt I'm posting today. Sorry. Let's get back to the point of this post which was to start out my October excepts. BTW, if you'd like to read a review, you can click here .

Summary: When Lionel gets strong-armed into baby sitting and taking his niece trick-or-treating, he suffers the humiliation of the big purple costume and follows through. Little did he know that the hideous purple tail would catch the attention of one black-dressed god!

Click on the cut to read the Excerpt:

Read more... )
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Another amazing image from Cryselle made me jump up and squeal "I have an excerpt for that!". Visit Cryselle's Bookshelf for an excerpt from my short story The One That Counts.


Summary: When Rob Gentner’s father dies, his partner David sees an opportunity to shed some light on a past Rob rarely talks about. Standing in front of the family-owned Laundromat that was a major part of his upbringing, Rob finally shares the story of the summer of his first year of college, the beginning of his self-acceptance and life as a gay man. Finally David can understand the circumstances that made Rob the man he loves today—and they both decide that while first times will always be remembered, the last times are the ones that count.
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Another amazing image from Cryselle made me jump up and squeal "I have an excerpt for that!". Visit Cryselle's Bookshelf for an excerpt from my short story The One That Counts.


Summary: When Rob Gentner’s father dies, his partner David sees an opportunity to shed some light on a past Rob rarely talks about. Standing in front of the family-owned Laundromat that was a major part of his upbringing, Rob finally shares the story of the summer of his first year of college, the beginning of his self-acceptance and life as a gay man. Finally David can understand the circumstances that made Rob the man he loves today—and they both decide that while first times will always be remembered, the last times are the ones that count.
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With no snow of our own, I borrowed some. Thanks to Cryselle and her Thousand Word Thursday image, I now have snow to spare. As well as an excerpt from The Reason for the Season. You can read it here.

While there you can click on the Thousand Word Thursday Tag to read other excerpts, drabbles, and free fic from a variety of fine authors.
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With no snow of our own, I borrowed some. Thanks to Cryselle and her Thousand Word Thursday image, I now have snow to spare. As well as an excerpt from The Reason for the Season. You can read it here.

While there you can click on the Thousand Word Thursday Tag to read other excerpts, drabbles, and free fic from a variety of fine authors.
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Another Thursday already? Let's continue the anthology excerpts - and remember to celebrate love all year round. Not just on Valentine's Day.


Milestones by Chrissy Munder. Available in the Reflections of Love Anthology from Dreamspinner Press.

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1014


Summary: Things started out great for Devon and Jeff, but as time passes and their work commitments grow, so does the distance between them. As Valentine’s Day approaches, it takes a stranger’s advances and a friend’s well-meaning interference to remind them that sometimes it’s more important to celebrate the little milestones in life than the big ones.

“I could be offering all kinds of things.” Hector’s voice had lowered and Devon blinked at the implications left hanging in the air. “The question is: are you interested?” )
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Another Thursday already? Let's continue the anthology excerpts - and remember to celebrate love all year round. Not just on Valentine's Day.


Milestones by Chrissy Munder. Available in the Reflections of Love Anthology from Dreamspinner Press.

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1014


Summary: Things started out great for Devon and Jeff, but as time passes and their work commitments grow, so does the distance between them. As Valentine’s Day approaches, it takes a stranger’s advances and a friend’s well-meaning interference to remind them that sometimes it’s more important to celebrate the little milestones in life than the big ones.

“I could be offering all kinds of things.” Hector’s voice had lowered and Devon blinked at the implications left hanging in the air. “The question is: are you interested?” )
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This week's burning question: Do you like to read anthologies, or do you usually run from them as fast as you can?
Brrrrrrr. Hello everyone! How warm is it in your part of the world? I'm running behind again, (still, as usual, etc.) but my frozen brain has decided that I should feature some excerpts this month from stories currently published in anthologies.

I read a lot of anthologies and enjoy the format, both as a reader and as an author. Imagine my surprise when a discussion among friends turned up that there are folks that don't care for them. We tossed the pros and cons around, and while I can understand a lot of the cons, I'm still firmly stuck on the pro side. How about you?

Odds Are available in the Mr. Right Now Anthology.
Buy Link:http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1009

Summary: Rick Page is renowned pulmonary specialist who normally would be pleased to be speaking at a yearly conference. But this year he’s getting over the end of a long term relationship, trying to cope with his non-phobic fear of elevators and regain his lost confidence. What are the odds he will run into the one man who can help him with all of these issues?

You'd want more. )
chrissymunder: (keyhole)
This week's burning question: Do you like to read anthologies, or do you usually run from them as fast as you can?
Brrrrrrr. Hello everyone! How warm is it in your part of the world? I'm running behind again, (still, as usual, etc.) but my frozen brain has decided that I should feature some excerpts this month from stories currently published in anthologies.

I read a lot of anthologies and enjoy the format, both as a reader and as an author. Imagine my surprise when a discussion among friends turned up that there are folks that don't care for them. We tossed the pros and cons around, and while I can understand a lot of the cons, I'm still firmly stuck on the pro side. How about you?

Odds Are available in the Mr. Right Now Anthology.
Buy Link:http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1009

Summary: Rick Page is renowned pulmonary specialist who normally would be pleased to be speaking at a yearly conference. But this year he’s getting over the end of a long term relationship, trying to cope with his non-phobic fear of elevators and regain his lost confidence. What are the odds he will run into the one man who can help him with all of these issues?

You'd want more. )
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What, you gasp? Didn't I just post one in the last few weeks? Yes, actually. Thank you for noticing. But whenever I'm faced with dune-sized snowdrifts my thoughts turn to warmer climes. In this case, my attempts to escape the winter chill send me back to Las Vegas for a new excerpt from the novel Drive Me Home by Chrissy Munder. Available in print and eBook from Dreamspinner Press.

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=993.

Like Reviews? Click here.

Summary:
Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers,Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very
different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?

Excerpt: )
chrissymunder: (keyhole)
What, you gasp? Didn't I just post one in the last few weeks? Yes, actually. Thank you for noticing. But whenever I'm faced with dune-sized snowdrifts my thoughts turn to warmer climes. In this case, my attempts to escape the winter chill send me back to Las Vegas for a new excerpt from the novel Drive Me Home by Chrissy Munder. Available in print and eBook from Dreamspinner Press.

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=993.

Like Reviews? Click here.

Summary:
Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers,Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very
different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?

Excerpt: )
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Imagine my surprise when deep in my new year, organizational fervor (slightly slowed down but still in progress) I realized I didn't have an excerpt up for After the Storm. What was I thinking?

Without further pause:

After the Storm by Chrissy Munder. Available from Dreamspinner Press.
Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1773

Like Reviews? Click here

Summary: Angry and frustrated with his chronic illness, Vincent Poulsen moves into an old lighthouse to live out the few days he has left. After a dangerous collapse, he meets the ghostly Captain Cason, who shares stories of his distant past. In the process, Vincent stumbles over the tragedy that binds the captain to the lighthouse and his haunted memories. Then fate offers them in death a chance to make right what they couldn't in life....

Reprint: This novella was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Desire Beyond Death.

Excerpt: )
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Imagine my surprise when deep in my new year, organizational fervor (slightly slowed down but still in progress) I realized I didn't have an excerpt up for After the Storm. What was I thinking?

Without further pause:

After the Storm by Chrissy Munder. Available from Dreamspinner Press.
Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=1773

Like Reviews? Click here

Summary: Angry and frustrated with his chronic illness, Vincent Poulsen moves into an old lighthouse to live out the few days he has left. After a dangerous collapse, he meets the ghostly Captain Cason, who shares stories of his distant past. In the process, Vincent stumbles over the tragedy that binds the captain to the lighthouse and his haunted memories. Then fate offers them in death a chance to make right what they couldn't in life....

Reprint: This novella was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Desire Beyond Death.

Excerpt: )
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I may have to declare January as Drive Me Home Month. A big and hearty thank-you to everyone who has read this novel in the last month and emailed me.

Drive Me Home by Chrissy Munder

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=993

Like Reviews? Click here


Summary: Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?

The come stains are the worst, you know. )
chrissymunder: (keyhole)
I may have to declare January as Drive Me Home Month. A big and hearty thank-you to everyone who has read this novel in the last month and emailed me.

Drive Me Home by Chrissy Munder

Buy Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55_128&products_id=993

Like Reviews? Click here


Summary: Las Vegas isn't just a glamorous, glitzy playground for high rollers, Elvis impersonators, and blushing newlyweds. It's also a seedy, worn-out dumping ground for the lonely, the broken, and the lost. Eric Moss is one of those drifters, just marking time, until he meets two very different men, both of whom could change his life.

Marc Evans is a rich casino owner. He offers Eric safety, security, and a chance to regain some of his ravaged past. Brad Torres is a garage mechanic. He offers Eric nothing at all.

The choice might have been easy, if Eric weren't intensely attracted to both men. He has to choose between Sin City's sparkling lights and a life in the shadows—will he be able to live with his heart's decision?

The come stains are the worst, you know. )
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My second entry in the Dreamspinner Press 2010 Advent Calendar is The Reason for the Season. Now available for individual sale: here

The Reason for the Season: All college student Adam Everett is trying to do is get to his sister’s house for holiday break. First his car breaks down, then his ride takes off to Vegas with his gas money, forcing Adam to come up with a Plan C. His last hope is a campus ride exchange, where he ends up with the reluctant Michael Brennan. When a “snowpocalypse” forces them to share a motel room, they soon find out there's more than one reason for the chance happenings of the season.

“Jim,” Adam had to shout over her voice. “Don’t you hang up on me. Jim?” )
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My second entry in the Dreamspinner Press 2010 Advent Calendar is The Reason for the Season. Now available for individual sale: here

The Reason for the Season: All college student Adam Everett is trying to do is get to his sister’s house for holiday break. First his car breaks down, then his ride takes off to Vegas with his gas money, forcing Adam to come up with a Plan C. His last hope is a campus ride exchange, where he ends up with the reluctant Michael Brennan. When a “snowpocalypse” forces them to share a motel room, they soon find out there's more than one reason for the chance happenings of the season.

“Jim,” Adam had to shout over her voice. “Don’t you hang up on me. Jim?” )