Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for Netting Neptune (At the Southern Cross)


A to Z Blogging Challenge

It's All About the Books

April 16, 2012
Day 14

Yea! We’ve passed the halfway marker on this year’s A-Z Blogging Challenge and the finish line is in sight. Sort of. I know it’s out there waiting. But I can’t say it’s all downhill from here. I wouldn’t tempt fate that way - I know better.

Today is all about Netting Neptune, a story whose origins are a little fuzzy. I had a cousin go to St. Lucia on her honeymoon and it made me think about setting a story there. So couple that with watching too many nature shows and reading an article about mythology and how essentially the same being has different names, and I had a trilogy with Neptune, Triton and Poseidon.

No, the stories don’t have anything to do with mythology. All three are contemporary gay romance. But as Colby gets his first look at Theron as he rises out of the sea - yep. It was a short hop to “sea god” status for three lucky guys.

While Netting Neptune, Taming Triton and Poseidon’s Pleasure are individual stories, I think the reader will get maximum enjoyment if they’re read in that order. Netting Neptune starts the series, then Colby and Theron appear in Taming Triton although in “cameo” only roles. Then Colby, Theron, Steve and Austin appear in Poseidon’s Pleasure in cameo roles. So reading them in the order in which they were written helps add layers to all the characters. On a personal note, I really think the three stories came together well and I hope the reader finds it so, too.

Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea is book four of the Southern Cross series followed by the only direct sequel in the series Catching Fireflies. Both were featured previously in this year's A to Z Challenge for letters B and C.

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Netting Neptune
Contemporary gay romance
available at Amazon

Theron Bowman is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. It's time to make some serious decisions about his future. He splurges on a two-week vacation in the Caribbean, and like everything else in his life, things go horribly awry and he ends up working to pay for his room.

Colby Denton came to rest on St. Lucia, and opened an exclusive resort. To celebrate his tenth year on the island, and his birthday, Colby arranges for a series of festive beachside parties. When a sexy sea god swims out of the ocean in front of him, Colby has a brand new plan – netting Neptune.

EXCERPT

“Listen, Colby, I’ll pay you once I get home. You’re trying to run a business here.”

“And I can afford to do a nice thing for a stranded traveler. Now give me the name of whatever official you spoke with, and I’ll make a few calls. Maybe your luggage will turn up.”

Theron pulled an envelope from his canvas duffle bag and handed it to me. The business card was stuck in the fold and I recognized the name listed. The man liked to make sure everyone knew he was in charge, but I groveled like a pro, when necessary, to get what I wanted.

“Thanks, man. I really owe you.”

I shook my head. “You really don’t, so let’s just forget it, okay? If we don’t, we’ll sit here all day and not get anything done.” I slid the cold crab dip at him. “Tell me what you think about this.”

Theron scooped up a healthy helping on a wheat cracker and shoved the whole thing in his mouth. I watched his pink tongue flick bits of dip off his lower lip. His gaze locked with mine. Very slowly he licked his upper lip. I squirmed in my seat. He didn’t even try to stop from laughing at me as he went for another cracker. I held his gaze.

“If you tease me like that again, babe, I’m gonna lick the extra off for you.”

He broke the cracker in half and handed a portion to me. “I wouldn’t want you to go to any more trouble for me.”

I took the cracker. “You’re a slick one, Mr. Bowman, but I’m known for my persistence.”

He popped a melon ball into his mouth, and swallowed. “I sorta figured that out about you.”

Before I could reply, Josie tapped me on the shoulder. “Sorry to interrupt, but you’re needed at the front desk, Colby.”

“I’ll be right there.” I turned back to my guest. “Please. Finish your meal, then come inside and find either Josie or me. Josie, if you can’t find me, please take Mr. Bowman to my suite so he can get a shower and relax for a while.”

I didn’t linger. The sooner I took care of whatever problem had occurred, the quicker I could get Theron alone. After that, I was already too worked up over this guy and it wouldn’t be smart to speculate.

Right. I planned to cast a net over my Neptune and give him a Southern Cross night to remember.

The problem at the front desk was minor. The computer had pulled one of its usual tricks. I inputted my password, the software reset, and all was well. I slipped into my office and called the local airfield. Better to start with folks who were friendly. If they had off-loaded Theron’s suitcase, then I’d grovel.

They were certain Theron’s luggage had not been removed from the plane, and had no idea how it had been missed. It was likely back in Charlotte, North Carolina by now. I made another call, this one to the States to a travel agent friend of mine. He agreed to make a few stateside calls. The suitcase had to be somewhere, and I wanted to know where. Once I had the information, a decision based on my guest’s plans was possible.

Meanwhile, Theron could borrow some of my clothes for tonight. Maybe, just maybe, I’d manage to steal a kiss, or more, before the party started. I checked the patio and he was gone, so I headed for my suite with all due haste. The sound of the shower spray zinging against the tiles greeted me.

My knees quivered with the knowledge he was behind the door, naked. I had to let him know I was here. I couldn’t let him stroll out of the bathroom in his birthday suit, all clean, smelling fresh like soap, and dripping wet. Could I?

No, damn it.

I knocked on the bathroom door and told him I was in the living area. He called back to me, his voice muffled by running water and the wooden door between us.

“What?”

I raised my voice a few decibel levels. “I said I’m out here.”

“You could be in here, you know.”

Say…why the hell not?

Cock swelling, pulse skipping, I set a new “stripping world record” and opened the door. Through the clear glass enclosure, Theron’s gaze slammed into mine, wanting yet wary. I paused, shivering in the steam teasing my sweaty skin. His gaze flicked down to my erection, hanging heavy, and mine went to his.

“Are you coming…in?” 

NETTING NEPTUNE
Book One of the Southern Cross series
#6 Best Seller, Amber Allure, September 2009
Available at Amazon

Also available:

TAMING TRITON
Book Two of the Southern Cross series
Available at Amazon and other online booksellers.

POSEIDON'S PLEASURE
Book Three of the Southern Cross series
Available at Amazon and other online booksellers.

KC Kendricks
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2 comments:

Angelica French said...

An engaging read! Thanks for another peek into your work.

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by Between the Keys! I can't believe we've already rounded the corner on the 2013 A to Z Challenge. The days are flying past!