Good morning! I’m on Easter Island today (hopefully) and according to my itinerary I’m supposed to be visiting the Rano Kao Volcano, where there is a freshwater lake within the volcano crater. Coolness. I should be seeing petroglyphs and cave paintings, if all goes well :) In the afternoon I’ll (supposedly) be visiting the Ahu Akivi platform where the only Moais facing the sea are found.
I’ll be gone for another week, so here’s another excerpt :)
Broken Boughs by Jade Buchanan
There’s only one thing Neil Brogan wants for Christmas, and that’s for his lover, Jonah Chevalier, to accept his proposal. They’ve been together for over a year, and Neil wants to make this a night to remember. Will Jonah accept and make an honest man out of Neil? Or will his carefully crafted night go to the dogs when their puppy interferes with his romantic setting?
Neil carefully placed his three presents under the tree beside the pile that Jonah had brought down earlier, then he sat back and surveyed the stash. Jonah had gone all out this year, and his packages rivaled those that had been mailed from their family in Ontario. Neil felt a little stingy that he only had two gifts for Jonah. Especially since one technically wasn’t a Christmas present.
This was going to be an exciting holiday. It was the first that Neil and Jonah would spend together, just the two of them. Last year had been their first Christmas as a couple, although growing up as best friends had given them a shitload of holiday memories.
He still had trouble believing they’d found love the way they had. They’d been a couple for well over a year now. It seemed like yesterday that Neil had gone back home on the off chance Jonah would be coming back for his mother’s funeral. He didn’t want to consider what would have happened if he’d stayed in Southern Ontario instead. He wouldn’t have reconnected with Jonah as a friend, and he wouldn’t have found the love of his life.
It didn’t bear thinking about.
They hadn’t decorated much last year, considering they had returned to Northern Ontario for the holidays. They hadn’t even put up a tree. This year, they’d gone out and gotten the biggest one they could find. It was a gorgeous beauty, lush and green. Nearly overflowing with ornaments, lights and garland, the tree branches were all pulled down with the weight of what they were bearing.
The weather in Calgary had obligingly provided the white Christmas atmosphere. Pain in the ass to wade through to get to work, but kind of nice when they were inside looking out. And he’d never complain about an Alberta winter after growing up in Northern Ontario. Hell, at least they got the odd Chinook out here that melted away the snow and had them all wearing sweaters instead of parkas. You had to love the mountains for that, at the very least.
The smell of pine filled the room, competing with the vanilla candles Jonah had lit earlier and the spinach and feta appetizers Neil had pulled out of the oven before bringing his presents down. They had a bottle of wine breathing on the counter, and now that the last of the presents had been brought down, Neil was more than ready to sit on the couch and celebrate the holidays with his man.
Neil’s mom had been giving them grief about staying in Calgary this year, but Neil hadn’t been able to get time off and they didn’t want to pay a whole bunch of money on plane tickets only to go home for a weekend. So, they’d driven his younger brother, David, to the airport yesterday and finally had the house to themselves.
David had been living with them nearly as long as Neil had been here. He was currently in University studying something stupid. Jonah knew more about it than Neil did, funny enough. All Neil knew was that it had something to do with the Social Sciences, aka one of those degrees that looked great on paper but was useless in the real world. David still didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. He was just lucky he was getting practically free room and board in the process. Neil was getting close to forcing him to do something practical, while Jonah was playing nice and letting him find his own way. The brat had six months to smarten up, in Neil’s books. Ah, who was he kidding? He was a sucker for his baby brothers. Hence, David was living with Neil and his boyfriend.
Last year Neil was one of the lucky few to be on the Ontario Provincial Police dive team. The Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. Only, it hadn’t been the best job considering the man he wanted to spend more time with lived halfway across the country in Alberta. Between the two of them, Neil knew he was the better equipped to move. Jonah had all sorts of hang ups about living in Ontario after what his family had put him through. Kicking their son out of the family for being gay was the least of what they’d done. They’d practically stricken his name from the family bible. So, Neil had put his big boy pants on and decided to make his move. Jonah was more important than any career.
When he’d transferred to Calgary and become a retread in the Calgary Police Service he’d gone back to working in a district. Calgary’s water search and recovery was taken care of by the fire department, so that hadn’t been an option. But, it wasn’t all bad, since Jonah’s work just happened to fall inside Neil’s newly appointed district. Neil was a frequent visitor to the club where Jonah was a social worker, both as a friendly face and a not-so-friendly face to a few juvenile delinquents Jonah worked with. Sorry, young offenders.Jonah got pretty touchy about labels some times.
The fact that they got to see each other on a regular basis was one of the major perks to living here now. Neil loved spending time with Jonah. And, at the start of their future, Neil wanted nothing more than to spend Christmas with just the two of them.
Broken Boughs, Book 2.5 of the Broken Series: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=JBBOUGHS
Written by Jade Buchanan
Jade’s writing is as eclectic as her reading tastes, with over thirty erotic romance tales currently published. She’s also been known to accept writing challenges from friends and family just to see their reactions. She’s a firm believer that love and romance are universal concepts, no matter a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Originally from Northern Ontario, Jade has lived in British Columbia and the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East. Jade currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she’s hard at work on her next story. Jade loves to hear from readers! Send her an email at email@example.com.
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