24 February 2010

Party Day Three - Release Day!

Woo-hoo! Today's the day! Play Music, Play Magic is officially released. Oh yeah, and there are other fabulous stories in this magic-themed anthology, I Put a Spell on You. As a special release day bonus, I have a "missing scene". (I can't call it a "deleted scene" because, well, it wasn't deleted; it was written later. I know, I know. Semantics. Shut up and get on with it, Maia!)

Okay, here it is. Another little taste to get you excited for the whole story!

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Rhys awoke with a smile on his face. Perhaps he’d been dreaming of Isaac. Yawning, he reached out under the covers, knowing that his husband’s side of the bed would have long since gone cold. As early as Isaac rose, Rhys slept late. It was now well past dawn and the sheets were chilly to his touch.

He sat up and pushed back the covers, shivering at the change of temperature. Finding his soft-soled house shoes nearby, he slipped them over his bare feet and clambered over the bed to the edge of the sleeping loft, the soft cotton flannel of his loose pants tugging against the wool of the blankets. He climbed down the ladder to the main room of the little house.

Smile still on his face, whether from forgotten dreams or a sense of what the day would bring, he went into the kitchen. On the table was a note from Isaac. Every day, as regular and reliable as the bells in the cathedral tower, he left one there.

Rhys’s smile widened as he read the single scrawled sentence. Then he set the note back on the table, placed a clean mug for tea beside it, and went to heat water. He would wash, breakfast, and set to work—and spend the day in anticipation of the sweet promise in his husband’s love note.

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Don't forget, you have until midnight PST tonight to comment on any blog party post to be entered to win a copy of I Put a Spell on You including Play Music, Play Magic. I'll announce the winner here tomorrow, so remember to swing by and see if you've won!

6 comments:

WildePet said...

Yay! I just blipped Absolutely Fabulous for you on Twitter to celebrate your big day! ;)
(Why should we be the only ones to have it stuck in our heads?!)

"Darling, you are a fabulous, wonderful individual!"

Kate Davies said...

Congrats on the new release! Promo post up on my blog. ;)

Jane said...

Happy Release Day, Maia.

RedCouchAddict said...

YAY! The big day is here!!! Woot!! Woot!! (Don’t mind me…just came back from eye doctor, my eyes are dilated and I’m avoiding work by reading your awesome posts! Party Time! )

shellydkitty said...

Awww!! What a warm, sweet scene.

Happy release day! *Uploads cocktail of your choice* Here's to Play Music, Play Magic's success! Prost!

Maia Strong said...

Thanks, everyone! It's lovely to have you all at my party. :-D