Oh My Shelves welcomes one of Mika’s favorite authors, Posy Roberts to the blog. She has a new release Stroke of Luck that came out October 27, 2016. She brings us an exclusive excerpt and her inspiration for Stroke of Luck! She’s also giving away an e-book of winner’s choice from her backlist! Comment below for a chance to win. Please welcome Posy to the blog!!
Scene setup: Marc is shopping for kitchen items and clothes at Goodwill to replace what burned in a fire a week ago. He runs into Cas and Maisie looking for Halloween costumes.
“Oh. My. Gawd!” the blonde woman said, voice rising in pitch with each word.
“What do you think?” A built guy with jacked-up shoulders and an amazing ass that had been poured into tight, red jeans walked in front of Marc and over to his previous dance partner. The guy wiggled his hips in a mesmerizing way.
“Cas… oh my God. Turn around! Let me see that ass.”
Marc watched as… Cas turned. The woman spanked him, and Cas stuck his ass out as if asking for “another, please.”
“They look amazing. What do you think?”
“Hmmm.” Cas looked over his shoulder at his reflection in the mirror, and Marc noticed a white streak in his dark hair, about two inches wide. “Well, Maisie, I think these are it. Now, if I can find a red leather jacket, that would be great. You still have those leather pieces at home from the vest you made last year, right?”
“Yeah. You gonna embellish?”
“Mhmm.” Cas marched over to the jackets and stood right across from Marc. Maisie went back to picking through the racks a few rows away.
Marc found himself staring outright at the hot guy and studying that streak in his hair. He tore his attention back to the coats, hunting for something that could serve for both work and casual. A peacoat would be nice, if he could afford it.
“Look at this!” Cas was enthusiastic as he slipped on a hideous red jacket, but Maisie ignored him.
Marc couldn’t keep his snort of laughter in. The coat was that bad.
“Something funny?” Cas asked with a bitch brow.
Marc bit his lip and shook his head before double-checking the size on the coat he’d just found. He slipped it over his shoulders. It felt comfortable.
“What? What’s so funny?”
“Nothing. I’m sorry. It’s just….”
“Laughing at the queer guy willing to try something besides black or navy, huh?” Cas gestured to the navy wool coat Marc wore.
“No. It’s not that. It’s just that… you look… you look like….”
Maisie came to the rescue. “Get that off, Cas! You look like Michael Jackson. All it’s missing is silver zippers and spangles on the shoulders. Off!”
Marc slipped the navy coat in his cart and had started to make his escape when he was stopped by Cas’s apology. “Sorry, man.” When Marc turned back, he was glad to see the hideous coat was no longer on Cas, and Maisie was tucking it deep between other clothes so no one else needed to be accosted by it. “I didn’t mean to imply you were homophobic or anything.” Cas shrugged.
“I’d be a hypocrite if I were.” Marc gave Cas what he hoped was his warmest smile, and then he winked.
Posy’s inspiration for this novella!
When I was looking for a photo for the cover of Stroke of Luck, I had to search to find a guy that worked for the story, and that meant I needed a profile shot. Cas has two birthmarks on one side where sections of his hair have no pigment. They appear white, and I didn’t want to be messing with recoloring small sections of hair in the photo. When I found this man covering half his face with a devilish, come-hither smile, I just had to have him!
Cas’s birthmarks come into play in the story. For most of his life, people have randomly come up to him to touch his hair without consent. They just reached out and touched. He’s gone so far as to cover one of the sections with color so nobody notices it.
From the time he was a young child all the way up until his late twenties, people have disregarded his personal space bubble because of their own curiosity, but Marc is different. Marc is curious as hell, don’t get me wrong. He finds the white hair stunning, but he doesn’t disrespect Cas. He nearly does, but he catches himself, which I love about Marc. He recognizes what he’s about to do and pulls up short.
As a woman who didn’t always have her “noes” and “stops” heeded, I know how having consent disregarded feels. And as a mother, I wanted my daughter to know her words should be respected the first time. From when she was a toddler, if my daughter said “Stop” during tickle time or even a hug, I stopped. Sometimes she would get upset that I’d stopped, but that was part of the lesson for her as well. I gave her alternative words to use if she really wanted the fun to continue, because I wanted stop to mean stop and no to mean no. I wanted her to know that those words should be respected and heeded at all times. So teaching my kid about consent became a natural part of parenting at an early age. Now that she’s in high school, those lessons have served her well.
When I set out writing Stroke of Luck, I had no clue this consent theme was going to come out, but it did. And more than once. I wrote about consent in at least three different ways: between close friends, between Cas and Marc with the hair thing, and once more. I was going to write a sweet story with no mention of any serious content whatsoever. But I guess I can’t do that even in something this fluffy. 😉 I’m an educator to my very soul, I guess.
But to me, consent is part of everyday life. It’s something we do to show respect. Oh, and does Marc respect Cas. Oh my! That shock of white hair may have been the thing that initially captured Marc’s attention. Well, actually it was Cas’s ass poured into a pair of tight, red jeans, but then he noticed the hair. That was the thing that Marc spotted first as fate kept bringing these two men together to get it right and get together already! This is a sweet, meet-cute, contemporary MM Romance between two bisexual men who are ready to fall in love. Enjoy!
After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.
Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon as they discover how close he is to his best friend, Maisie. Then he meets Marc. The attraction between the two men can’t be denied, but Cas isn’t sure he can risk his friendship for a guy who will only end up leaving when he sees how close he and Maisie are.
When Marc and Cas discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Marc has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to risk it all.
Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.