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Hudson’s Backstory

To celebrate Pride month, Naked Origins ~ Hudson will be available on InstaFreebie through the month of June. All you need to do is sign up for my newsletter and it’s yours. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into my Naked Organics series, this is a great place to start.

*Naked Organics #0.5, Gay Fiction, New Adult, Coming of Age, Runaway

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Naked Origins - HudsonHudson Oliva didn’t expect the world to end with the new millennium, but his life did change forever on that New Year’s Eve. After his religious parents walk in on him with Zac in his bed, Hudson is sent to conversion therapy. The parents he returns home to after being cured aren’t the same people he’s known his entire life. They’re cold and withdrawn.

In order to survive, Hudson becomes an expert at lying while working hard to be the perfect son, yet his parents remain emotionally distant. He’s sure the pray-away-the-gay camp broke something inside him along with tearing his family apart. When his parents discover Hudson has continued seeing Zac for years, they demand he go back to the camp. Hudson has no choice but to run. Somehow he has to find a safe place, but he has to get out of Florida first.

*This is not a romance. This is a character study looking deeper into who Hudson is, what shaped him, why he escaped home, and how he ended up at Kaleidoscope Gardens.


The story continues with Farm Fresh and Picked Fresh.

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Picked Fresh is ALIVE!

PickedFresh-fIt’s finally here! I can’t believe it. I’ve had this story in my head for a year and it took months to get down on paper, but today Picked Fresh is ready and waiting for your eyes.

It wants to be read.

Hudson needs you to read about his journey to face his past, to fight some demons, and to finally allow himself to be vulnerable.

Hudson needs to find a way to tell Jude how much he loves him.

*happy sigh*

Two reminders for you: If you haven’t read Farm Fresh, I highly suggest you start with that. It’s currently at a lower price right now on Amazon. Second, for a richer reading experience, consider reading Naked Origins—Hudson first. It’s free when you sign up for my newsletter, so you are out nothing, however, it is not classified as a romance. It is Hudson’s life before he moved to Kaleidoscope Gardens.

Here’s the book trailer for even more flavor!

 

Title: Picked Fresh
Author: Posy Roberts
Series: Naked Organics #2
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Genre: MM Romance
Length: 269 pages

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Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens, but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.


Jude shifted in his seat and stared at Hudson. Hudson couldn’t take his eyes off the road, but the desire to turn toward Jude and mirror him was overwhelming. “What was your first impression of me when I met you at the farmers market?”

“Should I be diplomatic or honest?”

“Honest.”

Hudson ran that day over in his mind. It was crystal clear, still, even though it had been more than nine months ago. Jude had meandered from stand to stand. He initially stood out from the crowd because of what he was wearing: a bright blue, almost turquoise wool coat over a black turtleneck and tight black jeans. In the blur of quilted plaid flannel and fleece hoodies in various shades of drab, olive, and Carhartt, Jude was all Hudson could see.

“I couldn’t keep my eyes off you. You were… stunning.” He shook his head. “I don’t know another word for it. I was talking to some customer about how we raised our chickens, and when I saw you, I stopped midsentence. I stared, felt like a dirty old man because you looked so young, and when I turned back to the woman to carry on our conversation, I had no idea what we’d been talking about. Literally none. It was like looking at you sucked the words out of my throat and the thoughts right out of my head.”

Jude chuckled. “Seriously? Was it the coat?”

“It made you stand out, but no, it wasn’t the coat. It was everything about you. Your broad shoulders and your hair and your eyes and your fucking lips.”

“You like my lips?” Jude pulled his rose-flavored lip stuff out of his front pocket and made a show of smearing it across the bottom one. Then he rubbed his lips together and licked them, all while staring at Hudson with soft bedroom eyes.

The bus vibrated, a jagged noise piercing Hudson’s ears as he drove too far to the right, edging his tires onto the rumble strip. “¡Coño!” He maneuvered back into the center of his lane.

Jude laughed. Hudson’s heart thundered against his rib cage.

“You’re evil,” Hudson said. “Evil, I tell you!”

“Maybe.” Jude bit at his bottom lip.

“Stop. Stop tempting me with your fucking gorgeous mouth. I can’t have you doing that shit while I’m driving.”

“Okay.” Jude smirked but kept his tongue and teeth from doing anything else. He put away those hazel sex-eyes too. “So, how did you see this trip going down?”

“Just like that?” Hudson was incredulous.

“What?”

“You can just turn it on and off like a switch?”

“With you, sure.”

“Well, I can’t.” Hudson gestured to his crotch, where his dick was obvious, thick, and quickly moving on its way to fully hard, even though Jude had stopped the licking and the biting.

“Want me to touch you?” Jude’s voice was breathy as he slid his warm palm up Hudson’s inner thigh. He thumbed over the head of Hudson’s cock, and Hudson got harder. Jude played with just the head, moving back and forth, his touch light and delicious.

“Want me to drive off the road?” Hudson managed not to sound choked off.

“No.” Jude pulled his hand away and smiled like the devil. “I want you to drive. And I want you to tell me about what you want to do on this trip besides the obvious. And for the record, turning it off doesn’t happen like a switch. Turning me on with one look, easy!”

“You’re dangerous.”

“Damn right I am.”

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Nervouscitment about Picked Fresh

Picked Fresh is days away from release and now up for preorder. I’m nervouscited, as my kid would say. I think this is one of my favorite books that I’ve written, but that’s what makes me nervous. My previous favorite was Fusion, and it didn’t sell as well as Spark. I know readership goes down after the first in a series, especially those that rely on the previous book to tell the entire story. But I guess I don’t do things small.

A list of what I like about Picked Fresh:

  • Road trip! I love long trips and being able to go off the beaten path on a whim, so when this story demanded a drive across America, I was excited. You never know what to expect and who you’ll meet along the way.
  • Jude and Hudson’s mode of volkswagen2.pngtransportation is a vintage VW camper, aka a Kombi (in the UK and AUS), a Splittie (because of the windshield style), a Microbus (in the U.S.), or a camper-bus, to name a few. There are a lot of names for this quintessential vehicle of yesteryear and a heck of a lot of nostalgia. Talk to anyone who’s ever had a vintage VW, and they smile, their eyes light up, and then they remember all the trouble they encountered on the road. How fun!
  •  Jude and Hudson both have a chance to face people who have wronged them, and they each handle the situations very differently.
  • Despite Jude and Hudson temporarily leaving the commune, Leo and Charlie still keep us grounded in the goings on of Kaleidoscope Gardens. I couldn’t leave Leo and Charlie behind because they are so interconnected with Jude and Hudson.
  • Hudson. 😀 I have a very soft spot for Hudson. I know readers connected with Jude and Charlie, in particular, but Hudson, despite his surliness in Farm Fresh, is my favorite character. He has major abandonment issues, so he’s fiercely independent and tends to push people away when he’s feeling most vulnerable. It’s easier to reject affection than it is to have love freely given and then ripped away. So I’m hoping by the end of the book, people will love Hudson as much as I have from the start.
  • I kept a lot of Hudson’s backstory hidden so I could show it in this book. This release feels very much like I’m finally presenting a gift I’ve been hiding in a closet for months. That’s where my excitement comes in.
  • Last but not least, Jude and Hudson get the time and opportunity to be together, to get to know each other deeper than they ever could’ve while on the commune, and they have the opportunities in this book to discover new things about themselves, their relationship, and how well they fit together.

Picked Fresh is the second book in the Naked Organics series. I hope you’ll give it a chance. If you want to fully experience the world of Kaleidoscope Gardens and the men who live in the yellow house, I would suggest starting with Farm Fresh. And then you’ll be ready for Picked Fresh on Thursday, June 23rd.

Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

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Hudson did his best to stay quiet as he walked toward the hens’ nesting boxes, where he knew Jude was working. Last night’s rain helped silence his steps, as did the fog now rolling along the ground. It gave the communal land a muted feel, soft and wispy. Romantic, though a tad chilly. It also allowed him to watch, unnoticed, as Jude worked with efficiency. His movements were practiced and natural as he reached in to gather the morning’s eggs.

An ache swirled in Hudson’s chest. He was going to miss out on this for the next week. He was going to miss Jude pressing his near-naked skin against his back each morning as he impatiently waited for Hudson to brew him a café Cubano. And the way he smiled across the kitchen table as they ate. The way Jude instinctively reached for Hudson’s fingers. It didn’t seem to matter how far they walked, five feet or five miles, they were hand in hand. He was going to miss all that. He needed to drink in every last second he had left with Jude before he hopped in the VW Microbus and drove across the country, away from all this. His home. The only place he’d ever belonged.

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Curiosity at the Farmers Market

Jude is a curious environmental engineering student fascinated by the man he knows as Farmers Market Hudson. He’s curious about the commune and living off the grid, he just didn’t realize Kaleidoscope Gardens’ slogan had a deeper meaning.

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“Kaleidoscope Gardens is a place where we celebrate our sexuality by practicing sex out in the open.”

“Sex? In the open?” Jude’s eyes grew comically wide, but someone stepped up to the table, so the conversation had to be momentarily put on hold. Jude stood off to the side and sorted through his basket of reserved items while Hudson helped fill a woman’s canvas bag with her carefully chosen produce. Then a man came to buy kale. He also wanted some new ideas on how to prepare it, so Hudson took time to find a few recipes he kept for situations like this.

When Hudson stepped back over to Jude, he looked filled with more questions than ever before, which was saying a lot. In all his years working the market, no one had been as inquisitive as Jude, and consistently so.

Jude took a deep breath, as though preparing for a speech, but then he bit down on his lower lip as his dark blond brows drew together. Hudson laughed. It was about to begin. “I see a thousand cartoon bubbles above your head.”

Jude flushed, which showed off his chiseled cheekbones even more. “Was the commune founded because of… sex?” He whispered the last word as though it was scandalous.

Hudson released a slow breath and crossed his arms over his chest, preparing himself for any sort of blowback. “It was set up as a… sanctuary, if you will. The Gardens has always been about freely expressing our sexuality without fear of harm, retribution, or inhibition.”

“From all your branding on the truck and labels, I thought it was about organic farming, but I guess it’s more.”

Hudson nodded. “You mean the naked part?”

“Yeah, I guess.”

Naked organics is a slogan that will sell more produce, unlike living freely, screwing openly, and farming organically would.”

This story is sex positive and views sex, in all its consensual forms, as a healthy part of life. Jude was raised in the “Purity Culture,” where sex was seen as something to be ashamed of unless it happened in the context of a marriage and with the intent of procreating. He knew he was gay from an early age but was able to keep that knowledge from his parents. Shame was burned into his very being, however.

Jude’s fight in this story is confronting his past. He thinks moving to Kaleidoscope Gardens will help him overcome his upbringing. Farmers Market Hudson is a huge bonus too. 😉


 

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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

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Less Stuff, More Living

I’m a consumer, and I buy things I don’t need. I spent my twenties accumulating because without doing so, I’d be sitting on cardboard boxes rather than furniture today. In my thirties, I was a new parent, and with kids comes more “necessary” equipment. Then the stuff took over. Now I’m in my forties, and I want less in my life.

Decluttering is a common theme in magazines, blogs, and TV shows and has been for the last decade or more. Watching one episode of Hoarders and you see how lives can be controlled by stuff. Right now my dining room is being held hostage by paperwork that needs to be sorted, filed, or tossed, but everyday there’s more mail. Argh!

Over the years my husband and I have made several sacrifices. Some have paid off. Others, not so much. As much as I dream of being a great gardener and feeding my family with fresh, organic produce, my poor body just doesn’t do digging and weeding.

But we’ve managed to live with only one car for the last sixteen years, and are happy to live without cable TV. We do have Internet, however. I won’t live without that. Same thing with Netflix, ereaders, computers, phones, and iPads. Those possessions all save me a ton of time while taking up minimal space.

I try to buy less than I used to, and I’m now very conscious of the packaging that ends up in a landfill somewhere. Now that we’re slowly going through our possessions, I’m passing some on to new homes so they can have a new life.

But it’s not enough. I’m still swallowed by that pile of paper on my table. I’m overwhelmed by the storage areas in my house. Why am I keeping fifty cardboard boxes? Do I really need the box my iPad came in? Could I use it for something else?

Since paring down is a slow process that overwhelms me, I’ve decided to live out my utopian vision through the fictional commune at Kaleidoscope Gardens instead. The men and women in my Naked Organics series conserve and reuse everything. That iPad box of mine might end up be filled with art supplies or a tools. It has a sturdy handle, after all. When it’s no longer useful, it could be shredded and composted, turned back into soil to feed the plants that eventually feed the people who live there.

When writing Farm Fresh, my research turned up fascinating tidbits. It’s made me even more aware of what I’m bringing into my home, ways I can reuse it, and rekindled my fascination with composting that I gave up after becoming a mom. I might get a compost pile started again, and I’m certainly going to be getting rid of more stuff. I’d rather spend my time living rather than sorting.

Who knew fictional characters living off the land could inspire me so? 😉


 

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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

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Farm Fresh – Naked Organics #1 

Getting down and dirty never felt as clean as it does at Kaleidoscope Gardens.*

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Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.

And one particular farmer.

Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.

Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.

*This is a sex positive story about living, loving, and working hard on a sexually free commune.