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How about a little Steve Grand? This video for Don’t Let The Light In shows footage from throughout his career.

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – Dra’Kaedan’s Coven by Jessamyn Kingley #gayromance #FriendlyFriday

This week I’m joined by Jessamyn Kingley with her new book, Dra’Kaedan’s Coven. Read on for a  Guest Post and an Exclusive excerpt PLUS details of a special offer to pick up the book for only 99c!

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GUEST POST:

I’m new to this and I tend to scurry away from any light shined one me so bear with me. It’s difficult for me to tell you all about me. First, I don’t think my life is all that interesting and I always want it to be about the books. I write fantasy and paranormal and for that I blame my penchant for video games. I’ve tried creating normal characters, but someone always decides they need magic or glowing daggers which is how my series started.

I built an entire world in D’Vaire where at the flick of a wrist a sorcerer can cast a spell, or a man can shift into a beast. They live alongside humans but so far, they have little to do with them. The humans don’t want them around which forced the Council of Sorcery and Shifters into treaty negotiations. No Council member can step foot into a human building without permission and most of them don’t want to anyway.

It’s impossible to say how many books the D’Vaire series will wind up with. Right now, the list is long, and I have no plans to venture outside their world anytime soon. I’ve always thought that for me to write well I need to choose stories that entertain me. And I can assure you I adore every one of these guys. I fall in love while I craft their stories and with some luck somewhere out there is someone who will do the same.

This book is more than a simple re-release of Book 1. It’s been given a complete overhaul and I am happy to present Dra’Kaedan and Brogan’s story to you as I believe it was meant to be. A crazy warlock turned familiar and a dragon shifter who is a bit wary of magic but drawn to his fated mate nonetheless. Originally it was titled Grand Redemption but when I began this project I knew I needed a new cover. The other seven books have a specific feel to them that the first one lacked, so it wasn’t a question about a new look. With that hurdle jumped, I thought about the title and realized it didn’t truly fit the story. So, after very little thought I came up with Dra’Kaedan’s Coven which I truly feel it should have been from the start.

I gleefully tore this book apart and reworked the story, so it suited this special couple who are so integral to the series. Dra’Kaedan also happens to be one of my favorite guys in the D’Vaire world. He’s a delight to write for and I can’t help but find a way to work him into all the D’Vaire books! I hope you enjoy this new version of the story and that you want to stay in the world of D’Vaire for a long time.

 Jessamyn Kingley

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

Brogan was stunned by Ayden’s invitation to move in together, but he recovered quickly. After all, it was exactly what he wanted. Ayden was the center of his world and the closer they grew the better. Unfortunately, they’d walked into his bedroom and quickly discovered that if they wanted to get this done efficiently, it was going to take more than two people.

“This room really is hideous,” Ayden muttered as he surveyed the space. He pulled open the door of the closet and sighed. “For Fate’s sake, how much shit do you have shoved in this closet?”

“I’ve just been tossing crap in there in between trips.”

Ayden turned and when their eyes met, the familiar’s were full of exasperation. “This is going to take forever.”

“No, it’s not,” Aleksander said as he appeared in the doorway with the other D’Vaires minus the witch who was probably parked in her spot on the sofa.

“Oh, thank goodness, the cavalry’s here,” Ayden replied. “We’re going to need to stage an intervention. I think Brogan’s a hoarder.”

“Wow, that closet is almost stacked to the ceiling,” Blodwen remarked as the necromancer walked over and stood next to Ayden.

“Brogan, have you thrown away anything in your life?” Noirin asked.

Brogan twisted his lips in annoyance. “I’ve been gone most of the last few years. I’d come home and toss my crap in there before heading out again.”

“If there’s any dead animals in here, I’m gone,” Blodwen said as she reached out to gingerly poke a small box.

“We’ll make one of these dragons eat it,” Ayden promised.

“Here’s the thing, Squirt. Dragons aren’t really big on eating vermin,” Aleksander commented. “Are we saving all this shit?”

Ayden whipped around to face Brogan. “Are we? I mean, you can’t want all of this, right?”

“No, not all of it. I need to go through it,” Brogan responded.

“Take a seat on the bed, Brogan,” Noirin directed. “I’ll grab some garbage bags. We’ll hand the stuff to you, and you can ditch or donate whatever you don’t want to keep.”

Brogan did what he was told without an argument because Noirin wasn’t a woman easily ignored, and he appreciated all their help. “Sure, let’s get started.”

Aleksander reached over the heads of the two magickind in front of the closet, grabbed a box and passed it to Brogan. After Brogan opened it, Aleksander leaned down so they were at eye level. “It’s also your responsibility to snack on any creepy crawlies we find.”

“Fuck off,” Brogan retorted with a glare at his best friend.

“We know the clothes are being moved, right? Ayden, let’s start emptying this dresser,” Blodwen suggested. As the pair moved to the tall highboy, Brogan cringed a little on the inside.

When Ayden exploded, Brogan wasn’t surprised. “I can’t even—” he yelled then toppled back onto his ass. He’d tried to open a drawer that was so stuffed it wouldn’t budge an inch.

“Oh dear,” Blodwen muttered as she helped Ayden up. “Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” Ayden snarled as he scowled at Brogan. “I’m considering accidentally setting this room on fire.”

“It’s not an accident if you announce it before you do it,” Brogan bravely pointed out.

Ayden’s eyes narrowed in irritation. “Perhaps I can distract you, and then you’ll believe it was an accident.”

“It’s possible,” Brogan responded as he waggled his brows. “There’s quite a few things you could do that would blow…my mind.”

The familiar smirked. “Maybe later.”

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BLURB:

Dra’Kaedan of Leolinnia was born with a mark of Fate proclaiming that someday he would be the Grand Warlock. Standing in his way is Carvallius of Mallent who is desperate to rule the warlocks. His granddaughter Latarian has little magic so Carvallius concocts a plan to kidnap Dra’Kaedan to steal his power. After carving spells into Dra’Kaedan’s back, he begins life anew as Latarian’s familiar whom she calls Ayden. With no memory of his past, the pair are shuffled off to a cottage while Carvallius enlists the help of a brutal elven tribe to rob Dra’Kaedan of his future title. The tactic backfires, and the Coven of Warlocks is destroyed.

Minutes after Brogan shifts into a dragon for the first time, his best friend is banished from their court. Loyal to the core, Brogan follows Aleksander through the castle gates of their old home. Fate turns Aleksander into a king and Court D’Vaire is established. Considered cursed by dragonkind the D’Vaire’s are ostracized. After six centuries of loneliness Brogan leaves his family desperate to find his mate. He has no idea Fate has intervened and sent his other half right to Aleksander’s doorstep.

As a familiar Ayden struggles between a voice inside him that insists he is something more and Latarian’s stringent set of rules. He finds himself torn as he and Brogan try to find common ground. Can the pair find love and will Dra’Kaedan find out his true destiny before it’s too late?

AUTHOR BIO:

Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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Another one where the video tells a story. The song is by Portuguese musician, Tiago Brago. The song is Ilusão (Illusion). It’s the song where he came out publicly (at least according to an article I translated – thanks Google Translate).

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This week there isn’t a video, just the song. Please listen to the lyrics – it has a lovely message. This is Calum Scott with If Our Love Is Wrong.💞💞💞

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Charlie’s Hero

Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

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Young mechanic Andrew Campbell’s life couldn’t be better. He is about to restore a Ford Mustang with his dad before heading off on the ultimate cross-country road trip with his best friend, Tanner McKenzie.

But tragedy strikes, and Andrew’s life is shattered. Worried his family will be torn apart if he doesn’t step in, Andrew makes a tough choice between following his heart and doing what he needs to do to protect his little brother.

When Andrew pushes Tanner away, Tanner heads off on the planned trip alone. Once Tanner leaves town, his life takes a different path and it’s ten years before he returns. Now a firefighter, he’s never forgotten his first love, and no one has ever taken Andrew’s place in his heart. He’s determined to see if Andrew feels the same way. He just hopes Andrew’s excited to see him, hopes that he’s available—and finally out—after all this time.

They might not have been ready to deal with emerging feelings years ago, but now might be the time for their second chance at love.

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Blurb

Sometimes finding your place in the world can lead to love. 

Kieran Walters is the illegitimate son of a successful businessman. Despite striving to win his father’s affection, a confrontation that has been years in the making leaves Kieran devastated to realize he will never be good enough. Jealous of the half brother he’s never met, and who most likely doesn’t know of his existence, Kieran vows to find out what makes his brother so special in their father’s eyes.

Darius Jensen manages a nightclub. He loves his job, but is reluctant to commit when given the opportunity to become a partner. His previous foray into business ownership with a boyfriend had disastrous results, and Darius is still paying the price, both financially and emotionally.

When Kieran starts working with Darius at Sparks, Darius shows him it’s not too late for Kieran to realize his dreams—the fulfilling career, a loving family, and someone who loves him for who he is. If only Kieran can convince Darius of the same thing. But before Kieran’s and Darius’s dreams can come true, Kieran needs to come clean with his brother and deal with the resulting fallout… which threatens his relationship with Darius.

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Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Original Release Date: 22nd June 2017

Re-release Date: 22 July 2018 (re-released due to the closing down of the Kindle Worlds program. There are no changes to the text.

 

Sexy Excerpt from LIES & DECEPTION

Sexy Excerpt from LIES & DECEPTION

Holy fuck!

If it weren’t for the flex of the muscles under his palms, Mitch would have thought he was dreaming. A nearly naked Finn was like the vision in his dream come true. A dream had woken him from a disturbed night’s sleep, where he’d been up periodically to check on Finn. A dream where Finn came to him. And now he was in Mitch’s arms. Nearly.

I should let go. I should push past.

He should follow through with his original plan to escape to the bathroom and take care of the raging hard-on he’d woken up with, but God help him, he could hardly bring himself to breathe, let alone move.

He was lost in the bright blue eyes that turned darker , the pupils swallowing the irises. Finn blinked, and Mitch’s gaze roamed from Finn’s eyes to his lips, his freshly shaved jaw, then to his throat. Finn swallowed heavily, and his Adam’s apple held Mitch’s attention. Mitch wanted to lean in and feel the movement with his mouth, to suck at Finn’s throat where he could see his pulse ticking. Mitch couldn’t help himself, not after so many weeks of longing and the couple of days spent in such close quarters. He took a step back but didn’t let go of Finn’s arms, wanting, needing to make sure Finn didn’t move.

The small amount of space allowed his gaze to wander farther down Finn’s body, taking in the smooth torso with golden skin and the tattoos that adorned his flesh. Angel wings stretched from shoulder to shoulder under his clavicles and took up most of his chest. His arms were inked from his biceps to his wrists. Finn was like a walking work of art, but that wasn’t what took the last of Mitch’s breath away. What sucked all the air from Mitch’s lungs was Finn’s obvious arousal, the towel wrapped tightly around his hips unable to hide his erection. Mitch’s gaze roamed slowly upward over Finn’s taut stomach, past his mouthwatering chest and that sexy-as-hell tattoo, past the lips he wanted to lean in and taste, until he finally met Finn’s eyes. What he saw there stunned him.

The desire being radiated back was undeniable.

Finn trembled under Mitch’s touch—or maybe that was his own hands shaking—as time stood still. Head full of jumbled thoughts—should I, shouldn’t I?—then the tiniest movement made up his mind. Finn leaned forward. The motion was hardly discernible but left no doubt and caused Mitch’s heart to race. Finn wanted him, and that was all Mitch needed to know. He wouldn’t have been able to hold back now, even if he wanted to.

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Lies & Deception by Nic StarrDetective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.

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Today’s music video is from Janelle Monáe. The song is Make Me Feel. Love it ❤

Interview link where she talks about her music and sexuality.

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Lies & Deception is live!

Lies & Deception is live!

It’s always such an exciting time when a new book comes out! I’m doing a little happy dance as I type this post. LOL

Lies & Deception has been released to some wonderful reviews. It’s a little different from my usual books. Here’s what one reviewer had to say.

“I’ve read half a dozen or so Nic Starr stories now, and I’d say that this is my favourite so far. While there is plenty of violence it’s definitely not a dark or angsty read. Instead, while it’s got a lot more grit than this author’s usual work, it still maintains the levels of more starry-eyed emotions that one would expect when opening a Nic Starr book.” ~ Donna, Love Bytes Reviews (you can read the full review here)

Blurb

Detective Mitch O’Neill is the ideal man to infiltrate the Soldiers of Fury Motorcycle Club. His ex-boyfriend, Peter, is pledged with the club, which provides Mitch with the perfect cover. Despite the relationship ending badly, he’s come to terms with Peter’s drug addiction and his inability to help. All Mitch wants now is to bring down the Soldiers and the club president, Rocky Cummings, once and for all.

Finn Cummings hates everything the motorcycle club stands for, but he’s unable to escape his brother’s clutches. When Mitch is assigned as Finn’s driver, they spend countless hours together, and the saying proves true—opposites do attract. Finn agonizes over his feelings for Mitch—the last thing he wants is to involve himself further with criminals, not when he wants to leave that world. Mitch tries to come to terms with falling for a member of the outlaw club he’s determined to destroy.

If they can survive the fallout from Rocky’s violence and the investigation, they might discover it’s not a case of opposites attract after all.

Lies & Deception by Nic Starr

Isn’t the cover wonderful? It’s by cover artist, Anna Sikorska.

I do hope you like the sound of the story and enjoy meeting Mitch and Finn.

Happy reading,

Nic xx

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Because we all adore a wonderful love story, here’s Tom Goss with More Than Temporary. Make sure you read the little stories at the end – so beautiful. 💞

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Given all the media coverage of the upcoming Bohemian Rhapsody movie, I’ve chosen a Queen song this week. This is Who Wants to Live Forever. Let’s hope the movie does justice to their story and doesn’t gloss over key elements of Freddie’s life including his sexuality and death.

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – The World Traveler by Claire Castle #gayromance #FriendlyFriday

This week my friend Claire Castle visits and brings with her an excerpt from her new novel, The World Traveler.

The World Traveler

Blurb

Charming Taylor Samuels doesn’t expect his sister’s video audition for the reality television show The World Traveler to result in anything. But when they’re chosen to compete, he can do nothing but hope for the best.
Adam Scott’s best friend wants them to try to get on The World Traveler, and so Adam reluctantly agrees to make him happy.
As the reality sets in that they’ll competing, Adam tries not to panic too much.
Little do they know that a twist in the show will see Taylor and Adam’s worlds collide in a way they never imagined.
Will everything go horribly wrong, or could this be the perfect beginning to a wonderful journey?

Excerpt

On the ground for the next part of the race, we got on an open-air bus to an outdoor market near the city of Islamabad. The traffic was like nothing I had ever experienced, and the streets flying by looked so different to what we were used to. There were people everywhere, many signs of poverty, and the areas all seemed dirty. It was almost unreal to really be here. The smells that lingered were revolting and made me want to retch. And the heat was stifling. Beads of sweat dripped off my forehead, and it was like my skin was melting.
From the bus, we saw the next luggage tag in a specially marked box, that would direct us to what was required next. Once we got off and found the clue, we stood off to the side to read the information.
Find the nine items on the list attached.
They will be located at different stands throughout the market.
You may work as a team. One or more teams may be eliminated.
The market looked to be huge, so this would be quite the feat. It was teeming with people and animals, and there were many aisles and corridors. The sights and sounds were surreal, and the prospect of what we had to accomplish was a bit daunting.
“Hey Adam, want some water?” I asked.
“I’m okay.” He looked a bit rough but I took him at his word. We saw some other teams arriving—that got us moving.
We were going to stay together for this task. Adam had the list of items we had to find. Our best plan would be to keep the list to show the vendors since a lot of the names were foreign to us and we had no idea what we were looking for or how to pronounce them properly.
I was sweating and wanted to take my shirt off. All my clothes, if I were honest, but that wouldn’t be appropriate. Making sure Adam looked normal, I pulled the water out of my backpack and poured it on each of our foreheads.
Running through all the vendors in the gigantic market was a bit hectic. I stopped someone and asked if they spoke English, but no luck. I kept asking and finally found someone to help. He translated the whole list for us, which was so helpful. It meant that if we recognized some stuff, even if not all, we would be ahead of the game. Things we were familiar with, like six apples or a bottle of oil, would be simpler to find with a visual and knowing the words in English.
I didn’t know what their rituals were here about hugging or not, so I didn’t, even though I wanted to. I could have kissed him though. As I jogged, I held Adam beside me.
He slowed down. “Ah Taylor, maybe I’m not feeling as well as I implied?” Smiling weakly at me, he put a sweaty palm on my arm. He had a bit more color in his cheeks, but didn’t look himself. I was planning to do most of the work this time without letting him know. I know he would hate to feel less than useful.
I tried to act positive and upbeat, even though I felt anything but that. We could do this. I gave myself an internal pep talk at that point. Pushing my hair back off my forehead, I studied the list.
The first item to find was a beaded necklace. I told Adam we would look for that first. The vendors were filled with almost anything you could think of: fish, fruit, jewelry, and instruments. It was crazy to think that this is where people who lived here shopped all the time. An entirely different world.
I zigzagged through the narrow aisles of the market, Adam trailing behind me. All of my skin had a layer of grime and dirt now, but I couldn’t stop to think about that. We hadn’t seen any other teams in awhile. We had no idea if they were far ahead of us or far behind us.
Adam squeezed my hand, and I turned around to see him pointing to a stall. The necklace.
“Excellent,” I said and kissed him on his sweaty cheek. “Still feeling decent?”
“Yes, of course,” he said. I wasn’t so sure, but we continued. I made him drink some water, and I had some myself.
I paid for the necklace using the local currency we had been provided with and draped it over his neck. Next was a certain type of flour. We had to get one pound of it. I kept running, but Adam seemed to be slowing down a bit. Hoping he was okay, I assumed he would tell me if he needed to stop.
“Keep going, I’ll catch up,” he said.
“No, I’m not leaving you.”
“I’ll be fine, I just need a break for a few moments.” He was bent over and breathing heavily. I lifted him up to me.
“Here, take some water.”
He shook his head, but I forced it into his mouth. Some of it dripped down the side of his lips, but some went in his mouth. Then he sat back down on the dusty dirt in a corner.
 “The race. Go. Need to. Not eliminated. Leave me. Go for us,” he stuttered, his words coming out in broken sentences.
I couldn’t believe he was thinking of the race first at a time like this.
“No, no, no I want to stay here with you. Be here for you.”
He took a huge gulp of water and then looked up at me. His hands came up to my cheeks, and he brought my forehead down to his.
“Taylor, I’m dehydrated, yes, and tired. But we want to continue to be… together… be on the race, I mean, right?”
I nodded reluctantly. Sweat was dripping off my nose and forehead, and it was so, so hot.
“So go. Please. For us. Leave your bag with me. We still have a chance. Get the show medic to come and watch over me while you go find all of the items.” His breathing seemed a bit better, but I didn’t want to leave him. On the other hand, I didn’t want this to be our last day together either.
“Okay. Wait here.”
He laughed and gasped, then said, “Yeah, I don’t plan on going anywhere.”
He couldn’t feel too bad if he was making jokes.

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About Claire Castle

Claire Castle grew up surrounded by books. She has loved reading for her whole life. Her true love is romance and HEAs. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found wearing comfortable leggings, drinking mocha and petting her west highland terrier. She loves collecting awesome mugs and paperbacks of her favorite stories.

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I’ve posted Shirtless Violinist before. I love this one because of the sweet story that goes along with the music of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. 💞💞💞

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – LOVER plus a GIVEAWAY #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @TTCBooksandmore

My friend TM Smith has a new release and is sharing an exclusive excerpt. Plus there’s a GIVEAWAY. All you need to do is comment on the blog post for your chance to win an ebook from TM Smith’s backlist.

Lover – A Survivor story

Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.

Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.

Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.

Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

Traffic in Dallas was a nightmare. Some asshat had come off the ramp and shot across three lanes on the Dallas Tollway, and Blair had to slam on the brakes right as Rory was taking a drink from his travel mug. The rich, dark liquid, now seeping through the white button-up shirt he wore, was scalding his chest. “Motherfucker!” he shouted, glaring at Blair when he started laughing.

Rory’s day didn’t get any better from there. He and Gonzales were each handed a file on an open investigation into a missing persons case in Tacoma, Washington that was possibly linked to an unsolved murder in Portland, Oregon. “You’ll still be on the NOLA flight, Agent Landers, but instead of spending two days in Louisiana, you’ll be flying out to Washington first thing tomorrow with Agent Gonzales. I can’t stress the importance of this case enough. We need to solve this one—and quickly. Am I clear, Agents?” The director eyed him and Connie over the wire rim of his glasses. The boss was in Dallas to attend the retirement ceremony for an agent that lived locally.

Joseph Stalling took his job as director of one of the most prestigious agencies in the country very seriously. Rory had only ever seen the man smile a handful of times; he often wondered if his boss had any family to speak of as there were no pictures in Stalling’s office back at Quantico. Hell, even the crankiest agents’ desks were adorned with images of beloved pets—if nothing else.

“Of course, sir.” Gonzales stood and tucked the file under her arm. Rory nodded, standing and following her out into the hall. The heels of her shoes clicked on the linoleum, the noise echoing down the length of the long corridor they traveled to the small office they shared with Agent Cummings.

Consuela Gonzales, Connie for short and if you valued your life, was a statuesque woman with dark skin, high cheekbones, and long, black, wavy hair. She was intense and stunning, a tall stick of dynamite, both skilled and determined. She reminded Rory of the actress that played Letty in the Fast and the Furious movies—full of piss and vinegar when challenged but fiercely loyal to those that earned her trust.

Her fingers were on the keyboard before her ass was completely in the chair. “Fantastic!” she exclaimed, snapping her fingers. “Okay, so the body of Mitchell Helms was found in a wooded area of Macleay Park in Portland, Oregon in 2007. He’d been reported missing by his parents in 2005 when he was…Jesus, Rory. He was just sixteen when he went missing. What the fuck is this world coming to?” Gonzales frowned, taking her frustration out on the keyboard in front of her.

LINKS

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2F2SZHd

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2HfXjEV

Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07CJ2ZV7P

Amazon AUhttps://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07CJ2ZV7P

Amazon CA: https://goo.gl/LnDeGV

B&N: https://goo.gl/TgEqh9

Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/817984

Payhiphttps://payhip.com/b/U3vO

Kobohttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lover-15

Playsterhttps://play.playster.com/books/10009781386784357/x

GIVEAWAY

** comment on the post below for your chance to win an ebook from my backlist (EXCLUDING Lover). Entries close 18th May 2018 and one lucky winner will be chosen.

TM Smith

Author bio and links:

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

Website: www.authortmsmith.com

Blog: www.ttcbooksandmore.com

Facebook Author: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTMSmith

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – Amending Plans #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @cmcorettauthor

FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – Amending Plans #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @cmcorettauthor

My guest this week is CM Corett who has a new release, Amending Plans, and joins with a guest post.

Hi, and thanks for hosting me today. My new release, Amending Plans, is my fourth book. However, if you count all my works in progress… well, let’s just say this is my fourth completed and published story. 5 years ago, if someone had predicted I would write one book, let alone four, I would have said they were crazy. But in Jan 2014, I had a whole week to myself. No work, no child, and no commitments. And I got BORED. So I picked up pen and paper and started writing… and I couldn’t stop.

One year later, I decided to take a crazy chance (not my usual style at all) and submit my Gay M/M romance novella to Dreamspinner Press. I expected a polite ‘no, thanks’ or possibly some writing/plot advice, but most likely no reply at all. Amazingly, they liked my story and wanted to publish it.

So now in 2018, I spend my nights, weekends, and holidays writing the many, many stories in my head, and during the day I am a cartographic draftsman—just like my main character, Luc Weston.

I really hope you like Luc and Rick’s story in Amending Plans.

Blurb

Can these two opposites work together to make a new plan?

Luc Weston is employed by his uncle as a cartographer. He’s an office dwelling creator of maps and plans, but as his uncle’s heir, he must learn all aspects of the company. Specifically, surveying. The upside—spending time with the gorgeous surveyor, Rick Masters, in a cozy cabin. The downside—the cabin is in the woods. Luc hates nature, and nature hates him. He’s got the injuries and bites to prove it. How can he impress Rick in such a foreign and hostile environment?

Rick Masters can’t believe he has to babysit the boss’s privileged nephew for two weeks. Come on, the man turned up for a mountain survey wearing skinny jeans and toting a suitcase on wheels. But Luc’s attitude and self-deprecating humor has surprised him. Perhaps he’s misjudged him? He’s nothing like the robust outdoorsmen Rick is usually attracted to, and yet…those skinny jeans sure hug him in all the right places. But Rick has a plan for his life, and a man like Luc Weston could never be part of it. No way!

Universal Buy Link

https://books2read.com/AmendingPlans

Author Bio

CM Corett is lucky enough to have two careers she loves—cartography and writing. She has lived in the USA and travelled the world gathering inspiration for her stories, but the beautiful beaches of Western Australia will always be her home. She is an avid reader and writer of love between men, and also loves movies, superheroes, and video games with awesome graphics. She hates housework and anyone who expects her to notice (or care about) the dust on top of the fridge. CM does not limit herself to one sub-genre. She writes contemporary, historical, sci-fi, and time travel… and she may have a few paranormal ideas awaiting her attention.

Social Media links

Subscribe to my Newsletter at www.cmcorett.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/CMCorett/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cmcorettauthor

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#MusicMonday #equality #loveislove

#MusicMonday #equality #loveislove

This week I’m sharing an audition song (from The Voice Australia). Sheldon Riley sings Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. Boy George is one of the judges.

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Nic xx