I'm thrilled to have Gabbi Grey back for a return visit. She's here with another story in the Deerbourne Inn series from The Wild Rose Press, IF ONLY FOR TODAY. She's also generously supplied us with background info about the book, and some fun facts to get to know her better. Welcome Gabbi!
Favorite Scene – I was struggling to get my word count down (a problem many authors are familiar with) and I was debating which scenes to cut. An obvious choice was the animal shelter visit. Yes, I wove in character development and yes, it moved the book forward, but the novel would have been complete without it. My heart told me, though, that I needed to keep it. In order to do that, I was literally shaving words in the rest of the manuscript - questioning each sentence and paragraph to see if they were really necessary. In the end, I kept the scene. Recently I read that chapter to a writer’s group and my fellow romance lovers were aghast I almost cut the scene. I’m hoping readers love it as much as I do.
Quick 5 -
- Favorite author? I have to pick just one? Lucy Lennox and Annabel Joseph (Sorry, I’m terrible at making decisions)
- Water, pop or juice? Diet Coke
- E-book, paperback or audiobook? Audiobook. Always.
- I love pizza with green olives, mushrooms, onions, and pepperoni.
- When I'm alone, I sing Memory at the top of my lungs.
5 Things List - 5 things a reader needs to know about If Only for Today.
1. This book is part of the Deerbourne Inn series set in the fictional town of Willow Springs, Vermont.
2. Jared, one of the heroes, has appeared in almost all of the preceding twenty-five books. Readers think they know him, but he has a few dark secrets in his soul.
3. Xander, the other hero, comes off as a crankypants. And yeah, okay, he is one some of the time. But he also has hidden depths.
4. This is a sweet gay romance – no hanky panky, just some smoldering kisses.
5. The audiobook version will be in production this summer.
Talk about your pets -
Seventeen years ago, I adopted a lovely blue point Himalayan kitten whom I named Lady Arabella de Bergerac (her father was Cyrano – better know as Fluffy, and her mother was Sassafras – better known as Sassy). Bella has been my constant companion for all this time. A few years ago, I rescued a puppy. Her name is Ally and she’s a ChinPoo (a cross between a Japanese Chin and a poodle). Please note, she neither looks like a chin nor a poodle. She’s been in my life for five years and I’m not sure who rescued who.
Blurb, If Only for Today:
Jared Langford is a happy man. The desk clerk at the Deerbourne Inn knows everyone in his cozy town in Vermont. He is accepted and loved by the community, but he's missing someone special in his life.
Devastating news has brought journalist Xander Fortier to Willow Springs for some much-needed rest. He's photographed every major conflict in the world for the last ten years, but being stateside has forced him to reassess the solitary life he's been living.
Something in Xander's gruff demeanor calls to Jared's caring nature. Soon the men are spending time together, but Jared's kisses might not be enough to keep Xander from leaving. Can the men find a happily ever after if they only have today?
“We should bring in the cat tree.” Xander pivoted and did a complete circle of the room, a frown on his face.
“I was thinking…that corner.” Jared pointed to the wall next to the sliding glass door.
“Okay, but what are you doing to do about the plant?”
“I can move that into the second bedroom. I love the plant, but Marshmallow needs somewhere to play.”
“And so it begins.”
Jared scratched his elbow. “And so what begins?”
“Those two will take over your life. In a few days you won’t recognize yourself.”
“Is that a bad thing?” If Xander wasn’t going to be around anyway, what difference did it make?
As if sensing his unspoken thought, Xander waved his hand. “Yeah, it’s probably not a bad thing. I mean, if you had kids it’d be even more extreme.”
And there it was. The longing so visceral it almost brought him to his knees. There was nothing Jared wanted more than to be a father. He loved Liz’s kids, but longed for a couple of his own. Or one. He’d take one. He wouldn’t be greedy. As a single gay man, though, his chances were almost nonexistent. He’d gone so far as to investigate being a foster parent or adopting, but there were so many hurdles. Vermont was progressive, to be sure, but things were still slow to evolve. Whenever he heard about the children in the foster system, his heart broke. He could provide a good home. He could be a loving parent.
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Gabbi lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black.
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