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I thought I had posted this here awhile ago, but I can't find it. So as a little warm up for No Souvenirs, here's a little deleted scene introducing Shane not appearing anywhere else. (Oooo. Director's cut. Bonus content.) Come to think of it, Kim's description of him in Joey and Aaron's Valentine short wasn't far off. He does seem a bit lost and unwilling to ask for directions.

Finding a decent blow job was tricky. Finding one in Belize City, where the police took exception to the fact that a guy might want the mouth on his dick to belong to another guy, was even trickier. Finding one in the eighteen hours before he was due back on the goddamned boat for another week was downright difficult.

All of that was why Shane McCormack found himself forking over a huge cover charge to get into the private club that operated out of some hotel’s basement. He glanced in his almost empty wallet as he tucked it away. At least the pathetic scrap of hide would disgrace any pickpocket who lifted it.

This week’s passengers on the live-aboard dive boat had better be good tippers. Not like last week’s bunch of sixty-something college frat buddies trying to recapture their lost youth, spending more time passed out drunk than diving, and hitting on the two women who were serious divers and not exactly sharing the honeymoon cabin because they both liked the wallpaper.

Even at this private club you had to make it clear up front you weren’t paying for it. Half the guys in the place were hustlers. Dragging his hair back off his face, Shane scanned the crowd and frowned. Damn, he wished he was back in the States.

A cute little guy danced up to him. At Shane’s height, lots of guys were little.

“No money,” Shane said in English, then in Spanish. When he hit Portuguese, the guy gave a pout and danced away. Good thing too, Shane was running out of languages. He couldn’t quite get a handle on Dutch and his Kriol made people either laugh or take a swing at him.

He spent the last ten in his wallet on a Dos Equis long-neck and thought about asking his folks to wire him enough cash to get home and—what? Start his academic career over? Get another useless degree? Write a few more desperate grant applications to keep working on the Taino site?

As he leaned back against the bar, he caught a long-lashed stare from a tall, pretty thing across the room. The guy blinked and then looked away, waiting for Shane to step up. So maybe the cover charge wasn’t going to be a complete waste. He pushed himself away from the bar and went to see about getting his dick sucked.


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Feb. 19th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
i <3 this scene. <3 it a gazillion times over.
Feb. 19th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I love Shane!
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Read the book in one sitting. Loved it! I am ready for more.
Mar. 9th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Loving No Souvenirs
I bought the book as soon as I saw Sarah's review at Dearauthor. Despite my initial concerns about Jae Sun's Korean heritage and how you'd have incorporated it, I just fell in love with the story. I am loving it to bits. You create great characters period. I am smiling as I am reading.
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Loving No Souvenirs
You'll have to let me know how I did. I talked with some Korean Americans about it and to an American living in Korea. Of course one person's experience can't represent everyone's. I wanted it to be part of who Kim is.
Mar. 10th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: Loving No Souvenirs
I thought you did a wonderful job of it. I even thought to myself that you must have a close Korean American friend! I esp. loved part with his name: how he did not change his name to "Jay Kim" or something like that but ask people to call him "Kim". He does not deny his heritage but his identity is more than his heritage. I love how you made both Shane and him rich compelling characters.
Mar. 11th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Read it all in one go. Great story!

I love the way Jae Sun stick with his name too. But what I love more is the way you didn't make him overly Asian since I really had no idea why one who brought up in USA can be that Asian. LOL.

Anyway, I'm wishing for more of this couple in the future. ^^
Mar. 13th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Just finished the book after reading several of yours. LOVED it like the others!

Aug. 14th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, I love a man who can speak multiple languages. I really enjoyed watching Shane work his Thang on Kim in the book.
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Scuba Cowboy and Kim
I know this story has been out for a while. But just got a Kindle and have been reading like mad. Really loved this story and just read it for the second time yesterday in one go. I love these two characters. I think of all KAs characters these two are my favs. Kim is such an arrogant bastard but I still love him just the way he is. Shane is just a big lovable guy and reminds me a LOT of my partner. Story is classic and of course the sex is HOT. I truly hope there is another story about Kim and his Scuba Cowboy coming soon.
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