Fortune Cookie #1: “We were naked, spent. I’d stopped kidding myself that this was only grief sex, two orgasms ago.”

Can You Identify These Quotes?



In celebration of my attendance at this year’s Gay Romance Literary Retreat outside of Chicago, IL -I’ve brought swag for everyone in the form of fortune cookies. Inside each cookie is a quote from one of my books. The trick is to identify which book of mine the quote belongs to. Once you have the answer you can come by my swag table, see me at the supporting author signing, or the Thursday edition of the author lounge and fill out your raffle ticket for a chance at walking away with an amazon gift card and some cool swag. 

If you’d like to play along at home comment below and tell me what your favorite fortune cookie moment is. I’ll randomly select one person from all the entries left here. 8 Quotes, 8 chances to win from the comfort of your bunny slippers.




 Quote No. 1 – Last First Kiss

We lay pressed together in the last fading hour before dawn, Henry holding me within the frame of his arms. We were naked, spent. I’d stopped kidding myself that this was only grief sex two orgasms ago. Having Henry spread across my bed as I moved slowly in him was burned into every fiber of my being. Having Henry do the same to me made the etching permanent.

We hadn’t spoken words. Not really, not once since he landed on my floor. Certainly there were the bare minimums required by necessity, but we hadn’t laid Danny’s ghost to rest yet, and I could feel him hovering over us. I couldn’t decide if he was a vengeful spirit or if he was granting us sanctity over this union—no matter how brief it was doomed to be. In another eight hours, I would be on a flight heading back to Seattle.

And feeling Henry’s fingertips slowly rake furrows through my brown hair, I wondered how I’d be able to take a single step away from him, even knowing he was probably counting the ticking seconds from the grandfather clock, waiting for the right moment to slip away along with the night. I closed my eyes and stepped once more into the abyss.


Grand Adventures a Dreamspinner Press anthology


On September 1, 2011, TJ Klune wrote, “…it’s not about the ending, it’s about the journey…” in a review of Eric Arvin’s Woke Up in a Strange Place.

With those words, two men began a journey of love and invited us to ride along. TJ and Eric have shared so much with us: their wonderful books, their smiles, their humor, their lives, and their inspiring devotion to each other. In December of 2013, their journey took a detour when Eric was taken to the emergency room. He survived the surgery to remove a cavernous hemangioma from his brain stem, but the challenges TJ and Eric face are far from over.

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eric’s continued recovery, to help bring strength to TJ, and to show both of them just how much love surrounds them. Grand Adventures is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love. We’re going on some grand adventures for a great cause. Thank you for joining us.

One hundred percent of the income from this volume goes directly to TJ and Eric.

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