We’re so pleased to be kicking off author C.S. Poe’s The Mystery of the Curiosities blog tour today, the second book in the Snow & Winter series. This is a progressive tour, friends, so be sure to check out the participating blogs below, and enjoy!
Hi, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe, and I’m very excited to start the blog tour for The Mystery of the Curiosities, here at The Novel Approach! I come with the gift of a short story that has been broken into six parts, which you can follow at each stop.
By the end of Nevermore, it’s heavily implied that Sebastian and Calvin are getting together. Curiosities begins nearly two months after they met, and they’re already dating. So I decided to write about the exact day they made it ‘official’ in between Books One and Two. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end!
“How many times have you barfed?”
“Max—“ I croaked.
“How many?” he insisted.
“This morning? Or in my lifetime? Because that’ll take some thinking….“
“Dude, I’m calling your dad.”
“Don’t call my dad.”
“You sound like garbage.”
“I look like garbage,” I clarified.
It wasn’t the flu, but still. One hell of a stomach bug had me down for the count on New Year’s Eve, face buried into my mattress with an empty tissue box on the floor, cold medicines all over the nightstand like I was opening my own pharmacy, and I’d vomited two—no, three times since last night.
“Don’t come to work,” Max stated, voice shrill and sharp from the speaker.
“Wouldn’t dream of it,” I said, talking in the general direction of my cell laying beside me.
“I still have to call your dad,” he said. “You know, for the security alarm at—“
“Just stay closed.”
“You’ll lose money.”
“No one’s shopping for curiosities today. Have a safe holiday.”
“Are you sure, Seb? Want me to bring you anything?” Max tried, and damn if he couldn’t just be as sweet as they came now and then.
“I’ll survive. Thanks, though.”
“All right. Well, don’t forget you’ve got Sexy Ginger at your beck and call now.”
Sure, Calvin had taken a bullet for me about two weeks back, and he’d come out to his family, essentially choosing an uncertain future with me over them, and he had joined me and Pop for Christmas. It all sounded pretty official to me. I wasn’t by any means a scholar in Boyfriend Etiquette, or the proud owner of Rules & Regulations for Boyfriends, but I was pretty sure meeting the parent qualified as keeping your man around for an extended period of time.
It’s only… Calvin still hadn’t talked about dating, used the term boyfriend, or anything like that. I just didn’t want to make assumptions about him or us, especially after all the shit I’d put him through.
“You still there, or did you die?” Max asked.
“I’m here. Sorry. Yeah. I’m going now.”
Max made a sound under his breath. “Seriously man, call your dad or Calvin if you get worse. It’s hard to pick up my paycheck when you’re dead.”
“You’re so sweet.”
“I know.” Max hung up.
I laid there for a few minutes, listening to the heaters clank and general sounds of the city filter in through the closed window.
Even if me and Calvin were so official we called one another sugarpie and lovemuffin, (‘baby’ would suffice, thanks) I’d have felt bad calling him. He was already on leave from work and mending a shoulder wound. The last thing he needed was catching my nasty.
A romantic night welcoming in the New Year together would have been nice.
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About the Book
Blurb: Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.
Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.
It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.
About the Author
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
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