Release Blitz: Cocktales by The Cocky Collective

Cocktales | The Cocky Collective

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A limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

 

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Get your copy today:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2InBckG

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/Cocktales

Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2rUn33i

iBooks: https://apple.co/2IoO7CM

Nook: https://bit.ly/2k0i25J

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2IIixiH

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ImisBR

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/CockTalesGR

Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’

Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’

Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’

Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’

Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

Cover Reveal: Cocktales Anthology

Cocktales Anthology

A limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th!

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Publishing Date: May 26th

Cover Designer: CD Reiss

Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

Pre-order your copy today

iBooks: https://apple.co/2IoO7CM

Nook: https://bit.ly/2k0i25J

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2IIixiH

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ImisBR

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/CockTalesGR

Contributing Authors Include

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword 

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’

Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’

Julie Johnson, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’

Katyi McGeeUSA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’

Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

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*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

 

Have you picked up your copy of Heart 2 Heart yet?

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HEART 2 HEART ANTHOLOGY

May Archer * Charlie Cochet * Alison Hendricks * Sloane Kennedy *

Lucy Lennox * Ruthie Luhnow * Lily Morton * Chris Owen *

Poppy Dennison * Hailey Turner * A.E. Wasp

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M/M ROMANCE/RELEASE DATE: 07.02.18 | COVER DESIGN:  AngstyG/www.angstyg.com |ANTHOLOGY EDITOR:  Leslie Copeland

 BUY LINK:  http://getBook.at/Heart2Heart 

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Once upon a time, a bunch of authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day? What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions! Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities, to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

It will only be available for 90 days, so Tuesday, May 8th will be the last time you can purchase this anthology.

Lucy Lennox | Title: The Uber Driver and The Phone Sex Operator

 Can you tell us a little bit about your characters?

Azrael is a young dance instructor who also has a side job as a phone sex operator to make ends meet. His two jobs are a complete secret from his conservative politician father who thinks Az is in law school. Travis is temporarily taking his brother’s place as an Uber driver. Since the brother is deaf, Travis pretends to be deaf. He’s not. Hijinks ensue.

Was writing this story easy for you to do? Or was it a little bit outside of your normal writing zone?

 It was VERY difficult for me for some reason. I wrote many, many iterations of this story, but they kept leaning toward dark and serious. If there was one thing I knew, it was that a phone sex operator and Uber driver together was the recipe for fun, not darkness.

 The characters you had to choose from were reader’s submissions, correct? Were there any other characters you considered writing about before you chose this couple?

 Tons. But I have a terrible memory. So… nope!

What were some of the reader submissions that stood out to you, and why?

 Um… ahem. Can’t remember. For sure the Uber driver and phone sex operator…

How did you come to be involved in the Heart2Heart Anthology?

 Leslie was the brain child of this project and she is my Beloved Beta Reader and trusty assistant. She invited me to participate.

Since the anthology is only available for a limited time, (90 days) do you have any plans for your story after that?

 I will offer it to readers either on Amazon or through my website.

Have you ever been involved in a group project like this before? What were some of the challenges you had to face?

No. But everyone has been wonderful and Leslie has done a tremendous job.

What do you think of the line-up of authors? How does it feel to be in such great company?

It’s a great group of authors! I think there will be a little something in this collection for everyone.

Is this something you’d like to be a part of again in the future?

Absolutely. The set-up was super fun, and I can’t wait to see what we come up with next.

Other than your own, do you have a favorite story (or two) in the anthology?

I haven’t had a chance to read them all yet! Ask me again in a week.

You’re donating the entire proceeds to charity – can you tell us more about where the money is going?

 I adore The Trevor Project as it is specifically geared toward protecting LGBTQ youth. My book Delivering Dante discusses conversion therapy and the dangers LGBTQ youth face when they come out to an unsupportive community.

Thankfully programs like The Trevor Project are specifically working to reduce youth suicide by offering support to young people who don’t have it in their own communities.

The anthology also benefits the Bisexual Resource Center which helps create a community of inclusion as well as raising public awareness of bisexuality.

Finally, the anthology benefits one-n-ten which is also geared toward helping youth with education and employment, health and wellness, homelessness and housing, and social support and leadership. We are thrilled to help all three of these organizations in their missions.

Have you ever been set up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

No, never.

Have you ever set someone else up on a blind date? If yes, how did it turn out?

 Nope

If Heart2Heart were to match you with someone, who do you think you’d get paired with?

Someone who loved to party and go out all the time. The kind of person who’d want to ring in the New Year at Times Square. Yikes!

Is there anything else that you think would be fun to talk about?

Politics. I hear that’s always a good topic of conversation to get a party started. No?

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The kiss was full of teasing exploration. My hands stayed on his face as his landed on my chest and clutched at my clothes. Az’s skin was smooth as though he’d just shaved, and I ran my fingers down his slender throat and across to his shoulders. Little hums and sighs escaped him as I began to press into his mouth with my tongue.

I moved my kisses to his neck and down into his collar. Az’s fingers looped into my jeans and pulled our hips closer together until I felt how hard he was against my own stiff length. The feel of him, the sweet taste of him, the faded smell of soap on his skin and the moans coming from his throat were enough to drive me out of my damned mind.

“Good?” I mumbled against his collarbone as I ran my hands under his shirt to his back. His skin was warm and soft, the muscles shifting under the pads of my fingers.

“Mm-hm,” he said, not moving from the spot where he stood.

I pulled back and looked at him with a grin. He was kiss-drunk and glassy-eyed. Red lips shined plumply from my nibbles and his chest heaved with rapid breaths. “Can I come in, Azrael?”

His gaze fluttered to the still-open door behind me. “Uh-huh.”

I bit the tip of my tongue to keep from smiling wildly. I felt euphoric. Kissing him and putting my hands on his body were already ten times better than I’d imagined.

And I’d imagined.

I’d abused my body all night long with thoughts of a naked Azrael writhing underneath me as I pressed into his virginal body. Every time I’d thought about it, my cock had filled to painful, pulsing need until I’d taken matters into my own hands. I’d finally had to force myself to stop for fear I’d hurt my dick and be unable to perform if and when Azrael actually contacted me.

After nudging the door closed with my foot, I kicked off my shoes and began moving us toward the bed, all without taking my arms from around his waist. We resumed kissing for the few steps it took us to get there before I felt him stop as the back of his legs hit the bed.

I ran my hands down his back to his muscular dancer’s ass and squeezed.

“Fuck, you have a nice ass,” I murmured against his temple before I pulled back to look at him. “Can I take off your clothes, Az?”

Charities

CHARITIES 

We are pleased to be donating 100% of our proceeds to 3 wonderful charities:

The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Bisexual Resource Centre: http://biresource.org/

One n Ten: http://onenten.org/

We encourage all readers to learn more about these groups and consider making a donation of your own. Every little bit helps.

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New author Deven Balsam hoping for new publishing successes

With a first published short story – Sindali – in the Brave Boy World anthology, club DJ, producer, author, event organiser and occasional crafter/upcycler of clothes and jewelry, Deven Balsam stepped foot onto the writing ladder.

A single dad of three, he lives on a mountain at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest and has also published Deadname and Bread, Milk and Seahorse Eggs for FTM Magazine, and published Horseweed, Honeysuckle for Issue 11 of the online collection Birds Piled Loosely.

In 2018 his story Snow will be published in Carnation Books’ anthology to benefit Trans Lifeline.

He is also in the process of completing work on the novel Mekanika, a continuation of the story begun in Sindali.

Brave Boy World: A Transman Anthology

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From the moon to Pluto, from the back of a giant turtle at the center of the universe to the edge where everything ends, these 20 thrilling tales explore what it means to be a man, even when one was born female.

Join our trans masculine protagonists in this first-of-its-kind collection as they navigate their journeys through the future to manhood, with all of their tribulations and triumphs, their joys and regrets, and love that defies all boundaries of gender.

Buy links: Pink Narcissus Press| Amazon UK | Amazon US

Heart 2 Heart Anthology: Charity fundraiser available now

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Once upon a time, a bunch of M/M authors wondered… What if a dating app that guaranteed you a love match broke down just in time for Valentine’s Day?

What if you found yourself on a blind date with a random guy who might be your opposite in every single way? It could be a disaster. Or… When the code breaks down, fate just might take over.

Eleven of your favorite gay romance authors have joined forces to light up your Valentine’s Day with a collection of sweet, sexy, silly, and hot short stories, featuring a wacky cast of characters chosen from your reader suggestions!

Morticians and magicians, superheroes and spies, lawyers and lobstermen, will all learn that love has nothing to do with algorithms… and sometimes you find it in the least-likely places.

And the best part? All proceeds from this collection will go to the authors’ favorite LGBTQ charities (The Trevor Project, Bisexual Resource Center, and One-N-Ten), to ensure that love in all its incarnations will be celebrated and protected every single day of the year!

Get it here: myBook.to/heart2heart

Release Blitz: Foothills Pride Vol 2 by Pat Henshaw

Foothills Pride V2

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The second half of Pat Henshaw’s Foothills Pride series is finally coming out in print – four of her stories in one volume:

During the recession at the beginning of the 21st century, many gays and lesbians moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento to the Sierra Foothills. FLAG (Foothills Lesbians and Gays) was formed. This series was written for them.

The influx of San Francisco Bay Area gays is now commonplace in Stone Acres, California. But that means big city problems—much to the dismay of long-time residents of the small community.

In Relative Best, Zeke Bandy’s hotel becomes a haven for a battered youth. Native American Vic Longbow, who escaped a similarly brutal upbringing, comes face-to-face with it at Zeke’s place. With trouble surrounding them, can Zeke and Vic find their own peace and love?

On the outside, hardware store owner Frank McCord is the town’s bachelor handyman in Frank at Heart. Inside, he’s pining for true love, particularly the regard of software designer Christopher Darling. But recently divorced Christopher isn’t looking for another husband.

Country contractor Ben in Waking the Behr has always believed he’s heterosexual…until he meets city entrepreneur Mitch O’Shea. Mitch never thought he’d settle down with a guy from the country. Can a gay city mouse and a sexually confused country mouse find love?

When UC Davis horticulture grad Fen Miller agrees to help out in his cousin’s nursery over Christmas, he rents a room in sous chef John Barton’s Victorian house. John, another shorter than average man, catches Fen’s interest. But John’s past comes back to threaten them both in Short Order.

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From Relative Best:

“I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight. You’ve been a great audience.” The couple at the center table looked up at me with almost identical grins. Despite this being an extra gig in a very busy week, I’d enjoyed playing for their bachelor party—even if it made me feel my loneliness more sharply.

“I’ll leave the happy couple with these words from an old Native American chief who, if he was smart, said them to his other half: ‘I will fight no more forever.’” I raised my glass of water and shouted over the noisy crowd, “To Sammy and Ned—may they have a long, happy, peaceful life together!”

The raucous audience at Stonewall Saloon whooped and hollered through my words and got even louder after my last sentence. Rising from their seats, Sammy and Ned raised their clasped hands like boxers who’d won a particularly hard bout but now were on their way to a great wedding.

As they gushed about how happy they were that everybody could make it to their wedding, I started to pack up my banjo and guitars. Tonight I’d left the fiddle backstage because I was so tired. I’d been burning too many candles from both ends. After locking away the instruments in the storeroom and breaking down the mic and the amps, I caught the end of Sammy’s speech.

“If you enjoyed Zeke Bandy’s guitar and banjo playing, remember he’s here at Stonewall Thursday and Friday nights. We’re honored to have him play at our wedding.”

When the crowd cheered, I stood, turned, and waved to the fifty or sixty bobbing heads on the other side of the stage. Whistles and catcalls joined the shouts and cheers. I had my fans and a lot of regulars in the audience.

“See ya tomorrow, Red! I love you!” some drunk yelled, and the crowd cheered louder.

“Oh, cut it out, guys! You’re making me blush.” And they were, with all their yells and waves and hoots and hollers.

A cry went up about more beer from one side of the room, and the night proceeded like all the others when I played. Attention spans flew out the window as the beer and hard drinks flowed.

Completely sober, I put away the rest of the equipment and shut off the power on the platform that bar owner Guy Stone had designated as a stage.

Jimmy Patterson, Stone’s significant other and owner of Penny’s coffee shops here in Stone Acres, California, waved at me as I returned to the barroom from the storage area in the back.

“I got a table!” He was trying to shout over the noise.

As I limped toward him, men slapped me on the back and told me how much they enjoyed my playing. I kept moving, even though guys tried to stop me and give me requests for Thursday night. One guy even grabbed my face and kissed me, which would have been really flattering, even hot, if he hadn’t stopped, stared at me, and said, “You’re not Tom.”

I turned to walk away, only to hear him shout, “Red, you’re cuter than Tom.” I didn’t turn back but heard him yelp like he’d been hit.

I ended up sitting at a big table in the corner of the drinking area with a decent view of the tiny new dance floor. At the table with Jimmy sat four guys—flamboyant designer Fredi Zimmer and his husband, staid, reliable Max Greene, both of whom I knew fairly well, and two guys I didn’t know.

My eyes were drawn to the one who had strong cheekbones, long blue-black hair, and vibrant adobe-colored skin. He could easily have been a poster boy for the California Native American Heritage Commission. If I could pick a guy to kiss me unexpectedly, he’d be my choice. The libido I thought dead from overwork rose from its grave.

While the guys wrangled over who was paying for the next round, I took in the other man to the left of my preferred eye candy. This guy flaunted nearly white-blond hair, startling blue eyes, and a California tan, like the ultimate surfer dude. He did nothing for me, but I appreciated the effect he’d probably have on a lot of other guys here tonight.

I could easily see the humor in the three of us sitting at the same table, though. Considering I’ve got bright red hair, porcelain white skin with a thick spattering of freckles, and cornflower blue eyes, this table covered a large portion of the rainbow.

Jimmy introduced us while he partially stood to get Stone’s attention. “Zeke, these are two of the groomsmen, Vic Longbow and Hayden Weller. Zeke Bandy.”

Both of them nodded, a nod I returned.

“Hey, man. Nice pickin’ up there.” Hayden, the beach god, waved his nearly empty glass of beer at me.

“Thanks.” I never knew what to say when someone complimented me after a performance. While part of me was floating on the post-performance high, the rest of me was critiquing what I’d done and what I’d like to do over.

“Are you recorded?” Vic’s voice was low and soothing, the kind of sound that oddly created a center of calm in the middle of the barroom noise. I gladly stepped into the peace and took a deep breath.

I looked down, fleetingly taking in the scarred tabletop, and balanced momentarily on the pinpoint of serenity Vic had presented me.

“No, no recordings. I haven’t ever had the time or energy.” I shrugged. I owned and ran the historical hotel in downtown Stone Acres. When was there time to record?

“Where do you get the songs? Are they yours?” Vic was focused on me so much that the rest of the table dimmed.

“No. God, no. They’re all old tunes that have been knocking around forever, mostly by bluegrass and folk groups. I take it you don’t listen to this kind of sound?”

He smiled. “You’ve opened up a whole new door for me, and I can’t wait to explore what’s inside this new music room.”

His look caressed me enough that my dick perked, and suddenly I dared to believe my dream of finding a boyfriend and possibly a husband wasn’t as nebulous as I’d always thought. If someone this fine could look at my skinny ginger self and respond even half as much as he was, I was on the right path. I grinned at him and he at me.

Yeah, he was too hot for me with his high cheekbones and exotic hair, but I could practice on him and dream, right?


Author Bio

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

Author Website: http://patbooked.blogspot.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/pat.henshaw.10

Author Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/foothillspride/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/phenshaw

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998437.Pat_Henshaw

Author QueeRomance Ink: https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/pat-henshaw/

Author Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pat-Henshaw/e/B00BPDEDEA/

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Smashing Christmas series of short romances

Merry & BrightMerry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three delightful festive treats make up this short story anthology from Joanna Chambers.

I’d read one of them before in the fund raising Wish Come True Mr Perfect’s Christmas, and I enjoyed it as much now as I did then. It’s a sweet twist on what you think is going to happen between Sam and Nick.

Speaking of twists, I’d have loved to read more of book one, Humbug, with its take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Quin was an utter arse, fairly unsympathetic for a fair chunk of this narrative.

But in true festive spirit, Rob managed to pierce the driven and less than pleasant surface and discover Quin’s inner nice guy. There were some painful truths to be had as Quinn took his unexpected second chance.

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