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BLOG TOUR, GUEST POST, EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY: Ross Deere – Handy Man by Hans M Hirschi

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HansMHirschi_RossDeereTITLE: Ross Deere – Handy Man

AUTHOR: Hans M Hirschi

PUBLISHER: Beaten Track Publishing

COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow

LENGTH: 56000 words/172 Pages

GENRE: Gay Erotica, M/M Romance, Contemporary

RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2016

BLURB: Ross Deere – Handy Man is the story of a young man who stumbled into the escorting business by accident. Ten years later, about to date someone for real for the first time, he looks back at some of the clients he’s met over the years, decisions he’s made, and parallels to his current life.

Meet lawyers, professors, students, aspiring Hollywood actors, and many others who, at one point or another, have found themselves in need of Ross’s services.

Ross Deere – Handy Man is an erotic novel, funny and free of drama – a steamy read with plenty of fast-paced action that will leave you sweaty and satisfied!Join Ross on his many adventures in and out of bed, literally.

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“Jason undid the towel and grabbed my balls with his right hand, gently cupping them, rolling them in his hand. “Do you like that?” I asked, continuing to kiss him.

“I’ve never done this before.”

“Suck my dick, go ahead,” I said, gently pushing his head down toward my throbbing cock. Jason obliged and started to suck my dick, like he was sucking a Popsicle at first, but after a couple of pointers, he quickly adjusted his style and proceeded to work on my dick like a pro. Soon, I had to literally lift him off my cock or I would’ve exploded right into his mouth.

“Wow, hang in there, buster. Give me a break. I was about to bust a nut, and you’re still fully clothed. Let’s see if we can change some of that.”

I started to unbutton his shirt and slid it off, revealing a hairless, flat chest. Nerd, right. He’d never lifted anything heavier than a book in his life. Jason opened his slacks and slid them off. He was white Fruit of the Loom briefs underneath.

You can’t make this shit up, can you?

Guest Post:

Why Ross Deere has a plot…

First of all, thank you for hosting me on your blog. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about Ross Deere – Handy Man. Yes, believe it or not, the book has a plot, even though it is erotica. I’m not sure how you like your Erotica or porn, but as far as I’m concerned, I can’t just jump right into the sex, and when I watch porn (yeah, I do…) I often find the scenes leading up to the actual humping more enticing and stimulating than the actual intercourse. I often find myself fast-forwarding through the humping to the parts I like. It’s the same with books: I crave plot.

In Ross Deere, the plot is fairly simple and straight forward: after ten years in the escorting industry, Ross is finally dating a guy he thinks could be the one. That’s the arc, and in every chapter, as Ross reminisces a certain client, it is in conjunction with something that has come up in his dating experience. I’ll grant you, this isn’t very dramatic, and you won’t find much darkness or drama in this book, but that’s not the point either.

I seriously doubt that Shakespearean drama would’ve been a good precursor to sex… The other advantage of actually having a plot is that it allowed me to make Ross human. He’s your average kid next door, wondering about life in general and his clients and friends in particular. He has a very easygoing personality, which I’ve learned is a prerequisite in the industry he works in.

We follow Ross for about ten years of his life, in a first-person narrative, kind of like a personal journal, as he reminisces scenes from his life, from his very first client, the man who led him into the escorting business (which wasn’t planned by Ross in any way or fashion) to his thoughts and decisions as he and John begin to form a tentative relationship.

As easy as Ross is on the eyes, as easy you’ll see yourself growing attached to him, and when the story ends, I’m sure you’ll have taken him to heart, just as I did. Happy reading, and welcome to my world.

 

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I’m an author. I write books. I write about things that are important to me: family, parenting, children, our environment, our world. Contemporary, fresh fiction with happy endings. It’s what I like to read myself. I write because I don’t have a choice. There are so many stories in my head, constantly forming, constantly trying to get out. Feel free to have a look on the other pages to learn more, listen to me narrate from those stories, and – if you like what you see or hear – follow the links to buy the books. I’d greatly appreciate that, as this is how I try to make my living.

I’m an author. But I’m also a forty something male who clings to the illusion of still being twenty-seven, despite my body’s daily reminders to the contrary. I’m married to the most amazing man, and together we have a beautiful son, Sascha. I consider myself a citizen of the world, having lived on two continents and traveled extensively through another three. I have friends all over the world. When I’m not writing, I like to do public speaking or training (where I have my professional background) to actually earn some real bill-paying money. Not sure this author thing is ever going to get me there…

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BLOG TOUR AND EXCERPT: The Law of Attraction by Jay Northcote

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Release Date: February 5, 2016

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance

Blurb:

When a professional relationship turns personal, it’s impossible to resist the law of attraction.

Alec Rowland is a high-flying lawyer in a London firm whose career is his life. He doesn’t have time for relationships and his sexuality is a closely guarded secret. After picking up a cute guy on a Friday night, Alec’s world is rocked to its foundations when his one night stand shows up in the office on Monday morning—as the new temp on his team.

Ed Piper is desperate to prove himself in his new job. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a crush on his boss. It’s hard to ignore the attraction he feels, even though Alec’s a difficult bastard to work for.

Both men strive to maintain a professional relationship, but tempers fray, passions ignite, and soon they’re both falling hard and fast. If they’re ever going to find a way to be together, Alec needs to be honest about who he really is because Ed won’t go back in the closet for anyone.

 

Excerpt:

His companion was still watching him, seemingly waiting for him to make his move. Alec felt irrationally irritated. This wasn’t how it was supposed to go. Even though he only did it occasionally, picking up men was easy for Alec. Buying a drink was more than he usually bothered to do for the twinks he hooked up with when he was in the mood for a warm body to fuck. Alec was well aware of his own attractiveness and used it to his advantage. A crook of a finger, a tilt of his head, or even just a look was usually enough to make them come running.

But this guy didn’t seem to know the rules of the game.

“Strong, silent type, huh?” He suddenly grinned at Alec, all neat white teeth and dimples. “You could start by telling me your name. Mine’s Ed.”

“Alec.” He handed a note to the barman as he came back with their drinks. “Keep the change.”

“Cheers, mate.” The barman winked as he pocketed the tip.

Ed’s eyebrows lifted. “Change from a twenty? You must have money to burn.”

“Something like that.” Alec let his gaze rake deliberately down Ed, examining him from the front this time. His arms were still folded over his chest and his T-shirt had ridden up enough to expose a feathered line of hair on his belly, leading down to a nice-looking package in obscenely tight skinny jeans. “I hope you bottom?”

Ed blinked and choked on his mouthful of rum and Coke. Alec suppressed the urge to grin, enjoying the fact that Ed had momentarily lost his cool.

“I’ve been known to,” Ed replied, rallying. He licked his lips.

“Good.” Alec held his gaze, noting with satisfaction that Ed’s pupils had blown wide and his lips parted as Alec looked at them. God, he had a pretty mouth. Alec lifted his glass and downed his drink. The burn of the whisky tore through him and made his nerves tingle with anticipation. He needed a good fuck; it had been too long. “Drink up, then.”

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Meet the author:

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Where to find the author:

www.jaynorthcote.com

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28365986-the-law-of-attraction

Publisher: Jaybird Press

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh


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The Shining Ones by Dusk Peterson

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The Shining Ones

by Dusk Peterson

Series: The Eternal Dungeon

This is a side story to the series.

Blurb:

“He was skilled by now at making innocuous remarks in the presence of the Shining Ones. Nobody had even guessed that he knew what they were.”

The Eternal Dungeon is filled with prisoners who shine like the sun.

No one knows this except Barrett Boyd, a guard notorious for having survived a disciplinary punishment that should have killed him. He is also notorious for his rebellion against the authorities of the royal prison. At a pivotal time in the Eternal Dungeon’s history, when abusive practices of the past may finally be abolished, Barrett finds himself drawn to the mystery of a younger guard, Clifford Crofford, who claims that he and Barrett are love-mates.

Barrett has no memory of this. He has no memory of anything before his punishment. What does the past matter, compared to Barrett’s determination to protect the prisoners? But Barrett cannot ignore his bond with Clifford, and the closer that Barrett comes to Clifford, the more the danger arises that Clifford will question Barrett’s sanity. . . .

This novelette (miniature novel) of disability and love can be read on its own or as a side story in The Eternal Dungeon, an award-winning speculative fiction series set in a nineteenth-century prison where the psychologists wield whips.

The Eternal Dungeon series is part of Turn-of-the-Century Toughs, a cycle of alternate history series (Dark Light, Waterman, Life Prison, Commando, Michael’s House, and The Eternal Dungeon) about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men and women who care for them. Set between the 1880s and the 1910s, the novels and stories take place in an alternative version of America that was settled by inhabitants of the Old World in ancient times. One of the series in the cycle, Waterman, combines elements of the 1910s with retrofuturistic imagery from the 1960s.

Excerpt:

“I don’t want you to mistake why you’re here.”

Clifford quickly shook his head. “No, sir. I know you’re not inviting me into your bed. But we can be work partners, can’t we? To be able to work with you again – to help you fight to protect the prisoners against abuse . . .” He took a deep breath and said more steadily, “I want that more than anything else in my life.”

It would have been easier if he could have told Clifford the truth. If he could have said, “Everyone believes that my brain was changed, and it’s true. Ever since this dungeon’s High Seeker nearly beat me to death for shielding a prisoner against his cruelty, I’ve seen the prisoners here in a way that no one else sees them. I’ve seen the light that shines within them, as bright as a sun. I’ve seen how wondrous they are, and how fragile at the same time. I’ve dedicated my life to serving them in the only way I know how. . . . And I am dedicated to you as well. You are the only one, besides the prisoners, who shines with that deep, bold light. I am your servant, now and forever. I’ll give you anything that I can – anything that will please you. Anything but the love of a love-mate, for if I touched you for more than a few seconds, I would die of the exquisite pain.'”

He had always possessed enough sense not to say that to Clifford or anyone else. Always, from the first few weeks of his awakening.

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Honored in the Rainbow Awards, Dusk Peterson writes historical speculative fiction: alternate history, historical fantasy, and retrofuture science fiction, including lgbtq novels, original slash, and other types of diverse fiction. Suspense plays an important role in many of the tales; the conflict in those tales is both external and internal. Peterson’s stories are often placed in dark settings, such as prisons or wartime locations. The mood of the stories, however, is not one of unrelieved gloominess; romance, friendship, family affection, and faithful service are recurring themes. Visit duskpeterson.com for e-books and free fiction.

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GUEST POST: Love on the Jersey Shore by Richard Natale

Today we welcome Richard Natale who tells us a little about his latest book, Love on the Jersey Shore.
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Sexual chemistry and the search for real love can be a combustible mixture. When the hunky young Anthony Ragucci falls for his dream man, a handsome attorney named Hunter Reese, his happily ever after fantasies are threatened by the meddling of the dashing and haughty Robert Burke. His loyal cousin Frank quickly rushes to Anthony’s defense, only to find his efforts hampered by a growing attraction to the inscrutable Robert. Ultimately, the two cousins discover that Love on the Jersey Shore is a sink or swim proposition. Watch out for the undertow!

FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE ROUGH WATERS OF ROMANCE

As the song goes “it’s so easy to fall in love,” especially with Frank or Anthony Ragucci, the protagonists of “Love on the Jersey Shore.” The two cousins are virile, handsome and wildly popular. They have little trouble attracting men. But they’re looking for more–particularly Anthony, who envisions marriage and a family. And it takes a special kind of guy to meet his criteria.

Frank and Anthony have been best friends and confidants their whole lives. They helped each other come out and navigate the intricacies of same-sex dating. They love each other unconditionally and are fiercely loyal. And they will settle for nothing less in a potential partner. They are also very protective of one another, and anyone who falls in love them is in for serious scrutiny. For while Frank and Anthony realize they can’t completely shield each other from heartache, that doesn’t stop them from trying. The bond between the two cousins is so strong that it’s like an exclusive club. Many apply but few are granted admission beyond a quick roll in the hay.

Each man is, in his own way, possesses a special kind of magnetism; Frank with his easy, sexy demeanor, natural smarts and coy good looks; Anthony with his boyish Italian features and buoyant personality. Anthony is open and inviting and perhaps too trusting. Frank, on the other hand is warier. He’s the kind of person who makes a man work for it–and rewards him for his efforts.

When they do fall in love, however, they fall hard. Both their prospective partners are forced to prove themselves worthy, which is quite a challenge. And when they come up short, they must redeem themselves. In the process, Frank and Anthony also learn a valuable lesson: when to swallow their pride and set aside their preconceptions. Ultimately, all four main characters must adjust before they can enter the land of happily ever after.

But in the end loving Frank and Anthony is totally worth it and, after they endure some choppy waters, “Love on the Jersey Shore” proves to be smooth sailing indeed.

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Richard Natale is a Los Angeles-based writer whose numerous short stories have appeared in such publications as Gertrude, Wilde Oats, Chelsea Station Magazine, Hollywood Dementia and the anthologies Men in Love and Off the Rocks. His most recent novel, CAFE EISENHOWER, received an honorable mention from the 2015 Rainbow Awards. He also wrote the novella JUNIOR WILLIS and the YA adventure THE GOLDEN CITY OF DOUBLOON. Additionally, Natale wrote and directed the feature film GREEN PLAID SHIRT, a closing night selection at the Palm Springs Film Festival, which was shown at more than a dozen other film festivals around the world and is a bestselling DVD for Wolfe Video, and also available for streaming.
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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Innocent Auction by Victoria Sue

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Author Name: Victoria Sue

Book Name: The Innocent Auction

Release Date: December 28, 2015

Blurb:

London 1810.

Their love was a death sentence.

Deacon, Viscount Carlisle, was aware of the slums and gin-lanes of London. Just as he was aware of the underground traffic that furnished the brothels and bath houses with human innocents. He was also aware that the so-called justice system would hang the accused without much of an attempt at a defense, unless the unfortunate had deep pockets to pay for it.

He just hadn’t expected to be directly involved in any of it.
It started with a plea for help and ended with forbidden love, the love between a Viscount and a stable-boy. An impossible love and a guarantee of the hangman’s noose.

Will Deacon fight for Tom? Will he risk the death sentence and take that fight from the stately halls of his English mansion to the horrors of Newgate Prison and the slums of London?

Or will he realize that if he doesn’t, death will be a welcome end to the loneliness of the sentence he is already living?

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony

First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony

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Thank you, Because Two Men, for hosting the First Comes Marriage book tour! For those readers who may not already know, First Comes Marriage is the second book in the brand new Dreamspun Desires line of gay category romances from Dreamspinner Press. Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for an excerpt from the book, as well as the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a dozen red roses for your sweetheart or yourself!

First Comes Marriage is available from Dreamspinner Press! You can buy it alone, or you can subscribe to the Dreamspun Desires line and get two books a month at a significant discount (ebook and paperback). Read down for an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! –Shira

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Blurb:

Their marriage was supposed to be all business….

When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!

Jesse’s in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?

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Excerpt from Chapter Six:

Now, standing in the conference room of Windview Enterprises’ corporate headquarters near South Ferry in Manhattan, one of the matching platinum bands Jesse had bought for them in his pants pocket, Chris wondered if he’d wake up from the dream. The floor-to-ceiling windows looked out over Wall Street and the East River through the forest of high-rise buildings.

“Do you, Jesse Chase Donovan, take Christopher James Valentine to be your husband, in love and in friendship, until you are parted by death?” the judge asked.

“I do.” As Jesse slipped the ring on Chris’s finger, he met Chris’s gaze with such intensity that for an instant, Chris could almost forget the entire ceremony was a ruse to ensure the future of Windview remained firmly in Jesse’s control. Damn the man for being so attractive. Damn him for being a nice guy, because that was the worst part of it. And the part that had you agreeing.

“And do you, Christopher James Valentine, take Jesse Chase Donovan to be your husband, in love and in friendship, until you are parted by death?”

Chris swallowed hard and prayed he didn’t look as incredibly nervous as he felt. “I do.” His hand shook as he took Jesse’s hand and put the ring on his finger.

“Congratulations, Chris and Jesse,” the judge said.

Chris caught Val’s eye for a split second, and he half expected her to urge him to kiss Jesse. But it was Jesse who took charge and blindsided Chris with a kiss.

It started sweetly enough, just Jesse’s lips against his, but instead of releasing Chris, Jesse pulled him tighter against him and pressed his tongue into his mouth. Jesse tasted fucking amazing. Chris didn’t hesitate—their tongues tangled and danced. This close, Jesse smelled good and felt even better. Chris was barely aware of slipping his hands around Jesse’s back before resting them on lean hips. He didn’t think twice as his body and Jesse’s responded in kind.

Someone giggled—Chris recognized Val’s voice—and Jesse pulled abruptly away. Their eyes met for a split second, and Chris thought he saw a mixture of desire and surprise in Jesse’s deep blue eyes. The next thing Chris knew, Val had thrown her arms around him and only his racing heart and tingling lips told him he hadn’t imagined the entire thing.

“Oh, Chris,” Val cooed. “You really did it!”

“Yeah” was the only response Chris could manage. He was still thinking about Jesse’s mouth.

“I guess I was wrong about him being straight,” she whispered mischievously.

Chris was thrilled when Terry grabbed him in a bear hug, because he had no idea how to respond to Val’s comment. He also wasn’t sure if he should be pissed off with Jesse for the show. He supposed if this was going to work, Jesse needed to make the marriage look real. Still, how difficult would it have been to warn Chris that he had that up his sleeve?

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All about Shira

Shira Anthony is a complete sucker for a happily-ever-after, and rarely reads or writes a story without one. Never a fan of instalove, Shira likes to write stories about real men with real issues making real relationships work.

In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. Her Blue Notes Series is loosely based upon her own experiences as a professional musician.

Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.

Interested in hearing Shira sing? Here’s a link to a live performance of Shira singing an aria from Puccini’s “Tosca”: http://www.shiraanthony.com/wp-conten…

You can subscribe to Shira’s monthly newsletter for updates, free fiction, and subscriber-only contests here: http://www.shiraanthony.com/newsletter/

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First Comes Marriage is all above love and romance, and Shira’s grand prize is a dozen red roses for your sweetheart (or whoever you think deserves it!). First prize is a $10 Dreamspinner Gift Certificate.

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GUEST POST: Lily Harlem

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Guest Post: The Evolution of a Character by Lily Harlem

Inspiration for characters comes to me from a variety of different places. For example in Dark Warrior (an MM novel set in Kenya) I’d seen a gorgeous picture of a man from behind who grew in my imagination to become Malik, a strong tribal man who is full of passion, very brave and modern thinking. (Click here to see the photo.) In Who Dares Wins I’d been watching a series (Strike Back) full of sexy military men and that sparked off an MMM scene with characters who were secretive, brooding and liked to work had and play hard. My serial Caught on Camera (part one is FREE) came about because I’d seen a documentary about making an MM porn movie and the two actors had fallen in love while shooting. Those two men and their sweet romance stayed with me and soon I was penning my own story about porn actors falling in lust and love.

My latest release is Heat of the Day an MMF story set in beautiful Spain. It was a picture of beautiful Brock O’Hurn that sparked this story. (Click here to see the photo.) I’m very lucky and have a fabulous street team and I put the picture up so we could all have a happy drool first thing in the morning. Comments about him were very enthusiastic so I decided to write a story about a sexy guy with a man bun – one of the things Brock is famous for. I asked for ideas for names. I had many suggestions but one member of the team came up with Seraphim (Sera for short) he said it meant Angel. Another street team member suggested the character could be Portuguese. I loved both ideas, the name was so different and I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Portugal several times so felt I could work with this nationality for a character.

Sera grew into a big personality in my mind and as such became that way on paper. He’s a free spirit, loves the person not the gender – hence his threesome relationship with a man and a woman in Heat of the Day – and tries hard to do the right thing by everyone.

There’s lots of sexy times in Heat of the Day, with MM, MF and MFM scenes it ticks all the boxes. But what I enjoyed is the dynamics of the threesome, how they care for each other and how there is no jealousy and how devastated they are when torn apart. Of course making up is always fun and that’s when the temperature really heats up.

I hope you’ll check out Heat of the Day and my other MM works. Thank you for reading.

Lily

Heat of the Day

When three become two with no explanation, emotions run high, passions flare and hearts are ripped apart.

Everyone can remember a perfect summer—one with endless blue skies, a heart brimming with true love and nights full of hot, sweaty lust. Well, we’ve just had a summer like that, Piper and I, and it was spent in Spain with a man who had that certain je ne sais quoi that we couldn’t resist.

Seraphim came into our lives and blinded us with his beauty, his charisma and his exotic charm. His generosity with his mind, his affection and his body blew us away and the three of us became a joyously tangled trio who needed nothing more than to be together.

So when he left, when we had no way of tracing him, the despair was black, the pain raw and our only comfort was each other. But why did Sera leave? What would make a man walk away from his lovers? And if he showed up again on the doorstep, what the hell would happen after so much angst? One thing’s for sure, it would be an explosive reunion in many ways. Absence might make the heart grow fonder, but it can make the rest of the body highly volatile as need wars with hurt, and pain collides with desire.

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“On the way to Lisbon. It was late, I took a shortcut back to my parent’s home. I was tired. It was a mistake to go through submundo do crime.” He paused as the fear of that moment flooded back to him. “They kicked and slashed me, three of them, then took my phone, my money… That’s why I couldn’t call you and then—”

His words were cut short by Flynn’s mouth hitting down on his, hard.

Thoughts of the dark and the evil men, and the pain, vanished. Sera groaned and arched his back, bashing his chest into Flynn’s. He was trapped, held hostage by a furious lover, but he was being kissed, kissed senseless. Kissed in a way that made him starving for more and in a way that told him perhaps he’d be forgiven.

He pushed his tongue at Flynn’s in a crazy dance of need and struggled to catch his breath.

“I’m so fucking angry with you,” Flynn said, breaking the kiss and staring down at him.

“I know.”

“But you’re okay.” Flynn slid his eyes to the scar again.

“Yes, that was the worst they did.” He hesitated. “I’m sorry, really I am.”

“Sorry…isn’t enough… Not for what you’ve done to her.” Flynn’s voice was broken by his panting. “She’s been so sad.”

“Piper?”

“Of course Piper. You broke her heart.”

That knowledge thrilled Sera but he needed more. “And you?” He pulled at his arms but Flynn didn’t release them, he kept him in a pincer grip. “What about you? Have you been heartbroken?”

Flynn let out a low, rumbling sound that reminded Sera of a growl. He then swooped down for another kiss, one that was full of passion and fury. It had a dangerous edge to it that thrilled Sera, yet also made him wonder just what Flynn had in mind.

It was clear emotions had been running high while he’d been out of town. That calm domesticated scene he’d witnessed minutes before was the tip of an iceberg.

A long, thick wedge of flesh bumped up against Sera’s abdomen—Flynn’s cock, straining through his shorts.

God, he loved that cock. He wanted that cock. No, damn it, he needed that cock. It had been too long since he’d been up close and personal with it.

“I should kick your ass to kingdom come,” Flynn said, kissing Sera’s cheek then treating his earlobe to a sharp nip.

Sera flinched and bucked, wriggled away as far as he could. “Yes, you have every right to—

“I should blacken both your eyes, knock some of your fucking teeth out too.” Flynn stared down at him. A glisten of sweat sat on his brow.

“If it makes you feel better.” He’d do whatever it took to make it up to Flynn and Piper. “Do what you need to.” He braced, convinced another punch would head his way.

Flynn wrinkled his nose, his eyes darkened. “Maybe I will.” He straightened his legs so they were over Sera’s, curled his hips under and slid his cock, through their clothing, over Sera’s groin. “Maybe I won’t.”

Fuck, he’s so hard.

Sera felt blood rush to his shaft. A full-blown erection to match Flynn’s was growing rapidly. He moaned and hooked his leg around Flynn’s, pulling him nearer.

“You have no idea what you did to us,” Flynn said, gripping Sera’s jawline and holding his face steady.

“I…I missed you both too.” To prove it he tilted his hips, rutting against Flynn. “There’s been no one else. I only thought of you.”

Author Bio:

Lily Harlem lives in the UK with a workaholic hunk and a crazy cat. With a desk overlooking rolling hills her over active imagination has been allowed to run wild and free and she revels in using the written word as an outlet for her creativity.

Lily’s stories are made up of colourful characters exploring their sexuality and sensuality in a safe, consensual way. With the bedroom door left wide open the reader can hang on for the ride and Lily hopes by reading sensual romance people will be brave enough to try something new themselves? After all, life’s too short to be anything other than fully satisfied.

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Torquere Press Submission Calls

Attention all authors…

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OPEN CALLS FOR ANTHOLOGIES

Our anthology calls are a great place to get your feet wet with a short story, or to explore a theme without committing to a full novella or novel. For all anthology calls, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about the chosen monthly theme. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

Please send your submissions following the below specified word count to submissions@torquerepress.com with the title of the theme (ie: Torqued Tales) and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Each theme has a title and due date listed on the individual call.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book. Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

MAY ’16: THEORY OF LOVE – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15TH

From spaceships to pocket protectors, we want your hottest science fiction romances, your geekiest star-crossed lovers, your romances gone supernova! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Theory of Love” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

JUNE ’16: TIME OF YOUR LIFE – DEADLINE MARCH 15TH

Special occasions can add extra spice to even the hottest of relationships. From the new adult dipping his toe into love and freedom for the first time, to a pair of brides on a do-or-die mission at a wedding gown outlet sale, to a pair of lovebirds papering their newly empty nest with condoms, change can give us all a new lease on life. Whether zealous newbies or established couples rediscovering their love, we want stories where change fuels passion! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Time of Your Life” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

JULY ’16: SUMMER LOVIN’ – DEADLINE APRIL 15TH

From sock hops and soda shops to poodle skirts and leather jackets love in the 1950’s rocked around the clock!  Give us your greasers and pink ladies, your rock-a-billy lovers steaming up the windows on Lover’s Lane! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Summer Lovin’” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

AUGUST ’16: BEACH RENTAL – DEADLINE MAY 15TH

From the crashing waves, seashells, and sand castles, to the boardwalks and arcades, roller coasters and quarter pitches, nothing says “summer” like the beach, and nothing says “hot” like a sizzling summer romance.  Whether it’s a family taking a well earned vacation, or a couple stealing away for a little action under the boardwalk, we want your sexy, oceanfront stories!  We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Beach Rental” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

SEPTEMBER ’16: BACK TO SCHOOL: MAY-DECEMBER ROMANCES – DEADLINE JUNE 15TH

The allure of balmy spring breezes and the coziness of chilly winter nights combine to inflame passion in stories of May-December romances in a college setting. Give us stories of love that defies age, glories in differences marked by time, with love both rediscovered and newly experienced! Student and professors, sororities or fraternities, alumni and sports heroes…the possibilities are endless.  We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Back to School” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

OCTOBER ’16: HARVEST MOON – DEADLINE JULY 15TH

Under a glowing full moon in a velvet black sky, all manner of things are possible! Give us paranormal stories set under a full moon, seasoned with sexy characters and spiced with romance.  Whether it’s witches or warlocks, vampires or werewolves, goblins, ghouls, or  ghosts, we want supernatural stories that will warm up the chilliest autumn night! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Harvest Moon” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is July 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years

NOVEMBER ’16: HEART STOPPERS – DEADLINE AUGUST 15TH

Nothing is sexier than a man or woman in uniform. Add in a hot romance and a heaping helping of thrilling suspense, and you’ve got a heart-stopping read that can’t be put down! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Heart Stoppers” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years.

DECEMBER ’16: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15TH

There’s no better time to heal a broken heart than during the holidays. Give us your best broken characters finding redemption and love under the twinkling holiday lights! We are looking for fully realized stories highlighting GLBTQU characters with HEA or HFN ending.

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Home for the Holidays” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2016; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

If the completed anthology reaches a minimum word count of 60K, the book may go to print. In that case, payment is a $35 flat fee for first time electronic and print rights for three years, as well as an electronic and print copy of the book.  Print rights are reserved for six months. If the print rights are not optioned, all print rights revert to the author.

We’ll also be releasing the story on its own in ebook format. Royalties for the single title electronic version will be 45% net on books sold through Torquere Books and 35% net on books sold through our distributors, again for a period of three years

FORBIDDEN LOVE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Something so wrong never felt so right. Step-brother in love with his new step-sister? Step-son can’t keep his eyes (or his hands) off his step-father? Twins with a relationship beyond the norm? We want to read it. Please send your 5,000-60,000 word submissions tosubmissions@torquerepress.com with “Forbidden Love” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

THE RED LINE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Some stories need to be told, but they cross lines that are sometimes mottled and difficult to discern. Everyone has their own style, and we want to read your tales that cross typical societal lines. Those stories considered ‘taboo’ or ‘fetish’ may be exactly what we’re looking for. Do your characters have a kink that doesn’t fit elsewhere? This line can be any pairing het or GLBTQ. This might be the right home for them. Fully-realized plot required; happily-ever-after/happily-for-now not essential. *While we have no ‘hard limits’ at this time, some stories might be too much for us. Please send your 5,000-60,000-word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Red Line” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT – YEAR ROUND CALL

Torquere Press is actively seeking het (male/female) stories. Have a vivacious vixen and a nerdy scientist hooking up? Younger woman and older guy? Librarian and rockstar? Torquere Press wants to read your story. They don’t even need to really be opposites in nature—just opposite gender is cool with us. These parings MUST be M/F, but may include ménage (or more) if poignant to plot.
Fully-realized plot required; happily-ever-after or strong happily-for-now required with M/F couple. Please send your 10,000-80,000-word submissions (manuscripts shorter or longer will be considered but will have to be extraordinary) to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Opposites Attract” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting, and submission information.

TWISTED TALES OF HORROR – YEAR ROUND CALL

Romance can temper even the most horrifying tales, those that leave your stomach clenching with terror, and your mouth bitter with the metallic taste of fear. We’re looking for true horror stories, those that rise above the usual tropes of vampires, ghosts, and shifters, the ones that leave our knees knocking in fear of what lurks in the dark, but still manage to show an element of GLBT romance. Send us your most gripping psychological thrillers, your utterly horrific monster tales, and electrifying gothic horrors from 10K to 100K!

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Twisted Tales of Horror…” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY – YEAR ROUND CALL

Cozy, gothic, suspenseful, funny, we love mysteries with strong LGBTQ characters who solve puzzles and fall in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “The Case of…” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

GOTHIC MYSTERIES – YEAR ROUND CALL

We’re looking for mysteries set in darkly atmospheric locations, featuring resourceful LGBTQ characters and a strong romantic subplot.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Gothic mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

COZY MYSTERIES WITH A DASH OF ROMANCE – YEAR ROUND CALL

Exciting and so very comforting, there’s just something about cozy mysteries. Surprise us with idyllic settings, clue gathering, and resourceful LGBTQ characters. We want amateur sleuths, private eyes, and intrepid detectives, solving puzzles and falling in love.

Please send your 10,000-60,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Cozy mystery” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

COGS AND GEARS – YEAR ROUND CALL

There’s always something about stories involving steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, or any version of punk you enjoy that gets our cogs in a bunch. Bring us your corsets, body mods, goggles, clockwork, dystopias and bioengineered plots.

We’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT punk stories with HEA or HFN endings. Blow our minds while you build your worlds to show steamy romance lit by gaslight.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Cogs and Gears” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

RAINBOWS COME IN ALL COLORS – YEAR ROUND CALL

Love stories come in all flavors and all sexual orientations and/or all gender identities. We want to see you explore all colors of the rainbow that differ from the standard gay or lesbian romance.

Bring us your stories of trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous relationships.  Your characters sexual or gender identity should be central to the story but basic story genre can be varied.  Let’s take this opportunity to give everyone their happy ending. We’re looking for fully realized, romantic stories with HEA or HFN endings.

Stories should range from 10,000 to 60,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

  • 10,000 words and up
  • standard royalty rates apply
  • exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Rainbows Come in all Colors” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

TALES OF LEATHER – YEAR ROUND CALL

Like your short stories with a little bondage, dominance, spanking, or submission? So do we! In fact, we like BDSM play stories so much that we’re giving them their own category. Tales of Leather will be guaranteed to bring on all the hot BDSM action that readers crave. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 50,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:
– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact General Manager/Submissions Editor Kristi Boulware at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Tales of Leather” in the subject line of all emails.

Follow our general guidelines.

SPICE IT UP – YEAR ROUND CALL

Who doesn’t need a little spice in their life? The Spice it Up line has openings starting in January 2012. Stories need to be inspired by a spice or herb, or the spice must feature prominently in the story. To see what spices have already been used, see our bookstore at www.torquerebooks.com. Spices may be duplicated, but all stories must be original in theme and content. We’re looking for romance stories with happy endings, engaging characters, and a fresh point of view. Stories should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words. Longer stories may be considered, but please query first. Stories will be contracted for two years, at our standard royalty rates. Please see our writer’s guidelines page for royalty rates, formatting and submission information.

Guidelines:

– GLBT stories — f/f, m/m, m/m/f
– 10,000 words and up
– standard royalty rates apply
– exclusive electronic 2 year contract

For queries or submissions, contact senior editor Lorna Hinson at submissions@torquerepress.com

Please put “Spice It Up” in the subject line of all emails.

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COVER REVEAL: The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

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The Art of Hero Worship

 by Mia Kerick

Release Date: February 14, 2016

Blurb

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Excerpt

Pop-pop-pop….

No, I’m not even remotely safe. But thankfully I play dead far better than my dog did when I taught him that trick at the age of seven.

The shots are earsplitting and getting louder because the shooter’s heading our way. I’m so fucking scared I’m trembling violently, but I promised the guy lying on top of me that I’d stay still. I concentrate on taking short shallow breaths, one after another, in my effort to stop trembling. To stay frozen—like I’ve been since I pulled Ginny to the floor and promptly let go of her hand so I could curl up into a tight fetal ball.

Somebody near me sits up, scrambles to his knees, and impulsively crawls toward the far aisle.

Pop-pop-pop…

“Bang, bang… you’re dead.” The voice comes from directly above me; it’s blank and monotone and controlled. The weird snicker that follows is chilling. I want nothing more than to throw the big guy off my back and run like hell toward the double doors, but I just keep on going with the short breaths and stay as still as I’ve ever been in my life. Even in my terrified state, I know that the guy on top of me is totally exposed and I can’t move because I’ll cheat him out of his life, for sure. Which is so not cool when he’s trying to save mine.

I smell blood. Never noticed the smell of blood before. It reminds me of Grandma’s penny collection… if it got spilled onto the sticky floor of the theater. The scent of old copper is everywhere… like wet pennies strewn all around me on the floor.

Pop-pop-pop…

Shooter’s right above us now. Don’t move… don’t move… don’t move….

“Dear God, help us!”  This request seems to catch the shooter’s attention and he turns around and steps away from us. I curse myself for feeling as relieved, and maybe even glad, as I do.

Pop-pop-pop….

We wait and it seems like forever. We wait as voices beg and plead and pray and he shuts them up with bullets. We wait as the sound of shots moves to the front left near the exit, where I figure he’s shooting at anyone who tries to get out through the double doors.

And then, for a second, it’s quiet.

“Now….” The big guy’s voice is whispering but it seems to blast into my left ear. “We have to make our move now.” Before I agree, the heaviness of his body lifts and I feel cold and exposed. “This is our chance to get outta here….”

His hand is attached to the back of my wrist, clutching me so hard that I know I’ll have fingerprint bruises for a week… if I live so long.

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Meet the author

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mia.kerick

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Mia-KerickAuthor-231404220346244/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaKerick

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Website: www.miakerick.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6474518.Mia_Kerick

Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Kerick/e/B009KSTG9E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1410298098&sr=8-2

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Parker Williams, The Jena Wade, Boys on the Brink Reviews, Kimi-Chan, Bayou Book Junkie, BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Gay Book Reviews, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Kirsty Loves Books, V’s Reads, Alpha Book Club, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Happily Ever Chapter, Jessie G. Books, Velvet Panic, Book Lovers 4Ever, Caraway Carter, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Molly Lolly, Divine Magazine, Boy Meets Boy Reviews, Love Bytes

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BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY! Compromised by Bailey Queen

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Release Date: January 11, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tags: Erotic Romance, Gay, M/M

Length: Novel

 

 

Book Blurb

Murder in the country.

A one-night stand that refuses to end.

Ghosts from the past that return to haunt.

Special Agent Ben Diggs can’t stand what has become of his life, so much so that he hits the road one night, maybe to crash his bike, maybe to drive off into the night and never be heard from again. But he meets Tanner Bagley, a rancher from rural Pennsylvania in a hick dive bar, and sparks fly. For the first time since everything went to hell, he feels alive again.

Ben runs from his emotions as a rule, and he flees in the middle of the night, trudging back to his dreary life in Baltimore and his failing job as a FBI agent. But then his team is assigned to investigate a murder in that same backwater township in Pennsylvania where he met Tanner, and it’s a different set of sparks that fly when faces Tanner again.

As the bodies start to pile up, tensions flare, and Ben is stuck between teammates that question his every move and a devastatingly handsome rancher whose heart he bruised. The lies keep piling up, and Ben is forced to stake his career – and his very life – on the trembling hopes of his wounded heart.

Deep in the countryside, someone is hunting gay men in Middle Creek, Pennsylvania… Gay men all with ties to Special Agent Diggs’ one-night-stand…

Excerpt

Outside Gettysburg, on the highway halfway between the battlefield and nowhere, the tiny ranching township of Middle Creek boasted a one-stop diner and dive bar on its outskirts. Complete with an after-hours tack shop for all of your midnight ridin’ and ranchin’ needs, it was a neon oasis in an ocean of farmland. There was a mechanical bull in the back, and peanut shells and hay littered the split-wood floor. Wagon wheels and deer heads hung on the walls, as did Christmas lights. A rickety old karaoke machine belted tunes that were out of style the day they came out, decades ago. In one corner, a stage made up of leftover pallets bungee-corded together hosted the local talent—fiddlers, guitar strummers, and banjo killers—every Thursday evening.

On Fridays, it was “Prime Rib and Shrimp Special” night, and the diner was packed from four in the afternoon until eight in the evening. Afterward, only the drunks and the loners stayed, downing beers at the worn mahogany bar as bad Elvis covers droned amid twinkling Christmas lights and the buzzing glow of beer signs. Ben had been there once before, on another night when he just had to ride, to get away from everyone and everything. He hadn’t gotten drunk that night, but he’d been close. It was a modern miracle he’d made it home, and he’d stayed off the booze for a whole month after.

Tonight, he was going to get ripped. Look out, liver. Suit up, kidneys. Snorting, Ben tossed his keys into his helmet and cracked his neck. His eyes caught on his reflection in his mirrored visor. Messy dark hair, scruff that could only just be called a five o’clock shadow. Chapped lips turned down. And his eyes—God, when had he gotten so damn old? So damn worn down? His gray eyes were dead and dull, and he even bored himself. He spun his helmet around, banishing his reflection, and climbed off his bike. His jeans sighed, loosening around his balls and his thighs, and he unzipped his dark leather riding jacket as he strode into the bar.

Four other drunks tonight, two at the bar and two trading stories over mugs of beer at a back corner. They were old, at least one hundred and eighty four, and they had to be sharing memories of their time in the War of 1812. Were there Diggs dying in that war too? His pops had drilled him about their proud history, but for the life of him, he couldn’t remember which illustrious ancestor had sacrificed in that war.

Ben slid onto a barstool at the very end of the bar—a signal for leave me the fuck alone—and propped his helmet up so he couldn’t see himself. He clasped his hands together, leaning against the mahogany, and waited.

After a good fuck long of a while, the bartender stopped drying his glasses and wandered over. His gaze lingered on the helmet and then slid over to Ben’s raised eyebrows. He stopped just outside the edge of Ben’s “don’t fuck with me” bubble.

“What’ll it be?” Bored, the old man waited for Ben’s order with a sour twist to his lips.

“Yuengling. And keep them coming.”

The bartender nodded and wandered off, filling a pint glass with Ben’s beer before sliding it back down the bar to him. Ben flipped his credit card out to open the tab and cracked his neck again, rolling his head from side to side.

Three beers in, and more bad Elvis covers, the bells over the diner’s door jangled, announcing a newcomer to the fray. Ben shot a glance over his slumped shoulder.

Blond hair caught his eyes. He sat up straighter and tried to get a better look, all the while trying to appear like he wasn’t interested at all.

He had blond hair, cut short and trimmed neatly, and a long-sleeved, plaid flannel shirt stretched over a firm, muscled body. As he moved toward the bar, Ben noticed tight, faded, button fly jeans cupped a firm ass and hugged down tight legs—legs meant for gripping and riding, for wrapping around thick, powerful mounts and holding on. In scuffed work boots, he stopped before the bar and hooked one onto the leg of a barstool as he leaned forward, resting against the bar top.

Slowly, Ben’s gaze wandered up the newcomer’s body, and he came face-to-face with the man’s raised eyebrow and quiet smirk. “Hi,” the blond said, never dropping that damned smirk. “That your bike outside?” He jutted his chin toward Ben.

“Huh?” Ben frowned. He sat back, and his elbow jostled his helmet. Oh, right. His helmet. Dead giveaway and all, just like he was being. He straightened, tried for nonchalance. “Yeah. Just stopped in for a few.” He nodded to his beer and shut his damn mouth before he got into more trouble.

“You’re not from around here.” It wasn’t a question. Blondie pulled out the barstool next to Ben and plopped down, still smiling. His chocolate eyes laughed at Ben as he stuck out his hand. “M’name’s Tanner.”

Ben stared and then slowly took it. He shook once, but pulled back when he felt Tanner’s thumb stroke down the back his hand. “Ben.” He turned back to his beer.

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Author Bio

Bailey Queen is the pseudo name of a romance and erotica author. It’s my secret identity in the publishing world online. :)

Bailey Queen is a romance author who has been writing fiction since 2001. She’s recently started writing under this pseudo-name and is having a great time doing so! She writes adventure, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy, all with a LGBTQA angle. She likes to challenge conventions and provide readers with interesting characters and storylines. Bailey has lived around the world, and she loves to put places she’s lived/traveled into her stories!

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