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Blog Tour: All the Right Places by Wayne Goodman

All the Right Places | Wayne Goodman

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Release Date: March 1st, 2020

Length: 46,000

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Blurb

All the Right Places is a collection of short stories, most written for submission to anthologies or collections. Starting in the near future and proceeding to the near past, men interact with other men in the pursuit of love and companionship.

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Excerpt

Gary had never seen the likes of the boy who just walked into Mixer, one of the more recent bars to open in Chelsea. He had a farm-hewn look, like he just stepped down from a tractor clench­ing a dried stalk of wheat grass between his teeth.

Something about this stranger seemed intriguing, invit­ing, al­luring. So out-of-place in this ultra-modern wash of dark walls, neon strip lights and fake smoke. The designer had set up the en­trance so that each person walk­ing in would emerge into the main room from a cloud of fog, like walking out of a dream.

And this seemed much like a dream to Gary. A hayseed hick in a flashy lower Manhattan gay bar. The kind of thing he used to watch at home on video late at night when he couldn’t make a good connection at the bar. Just like in the dream, or video, the bucolic lad walked up to him.

“Hello, I’m Elmo,” the farm boy thrust out his rough-looking right hand, presumably to shake with Gary. Unfor­tunately, the surprisingly-different name sent him into a giggle fit. “Did I say something wrong? I’m awfully sorry if I did. Perhaps I should just leave now.” Elmo turned to go.

“No, wait, Elmo,” Gary managed to blurt out before he started laughing again, almost spilling the pricey drink he had fought the jaded crowd to purchase. The liquid in the glass glowed blue in the light of the plexiglass bartop. “Can I buy you a drink? Are you even old enough to be in here?”

The farm boy had a very fresh and youthful appearance, except for the roughness of his palms. Elmo gazed down into those work-worn hands before responding, “I am not in the habit of accepting charity from strangers, but,” and he glanced up at Gary’s shirt and then his face, “I believe I am prepared to try something new to­night. Oh, and yes, I just turned 21 last week. What are you drinking, sir?”

“A Blue Moon,” Gary responded as he pointed his free hand at the glass. “Two things”–he held up two fingers–“First off, this is not a drink for rank beginners, and two, if you call me ‘sir’ again, the deal’s off.” Elmo looked down. “Hey, up here, man. My name is Gary.”

Elmo looked up and smiled. “Thank you… Gary.”

And Gary returned the smile. Possible fantasy scenarios began to form in his overcharged imagination. “Do you like beer?”

“Of course!” Elmo’s smile widened. “We have all kinds of beer at home: Apple Beer, Ginger Beer, Root Beer –”

“Do any of them have alcohol?” Gary interrupted.

“Oh, no,” his moppy head shook side to side, “we’re not sup­posed to drink alcohol.”

“But you do, Elmo, don’t you?”

A wicked smile spread across his face, “Oh, yeah, sure, but please don’t tell my pa.”

Gary gently grasped Elmo’s arm. “Don’t you worry your­self none, Elmo, your secret is safe with me.” He then turned to the bartender and ordered a lite beer. Once he had fin­ished settling, he took the bottle in his free hand and turned back to Elmo. “I wish we could find a place to sit and chat, but this bar is so crowded.”

“What about there?” Elmo pointed to a café table where two nattily-dressed men had just stood up.

“Well, aren’t you my little lucky charm, Elmo.” He guided them to the recently-abandoned seats. “So… what brings a nice young boy like you into a filthy old place like this?” Once he had set the two drinks on the table, he waved his arms around to indi­cate the space.

“Oh, no. This is far from filthy. If you want filthy, I can show you the cow stalls.” Elmo’s head rotated around as he took in the new surroundings. “And why did you start laugh­ing when I told you my name?” He confronted Gary directly.

“Oh”–he smiled–“it’s not a name you hear very often. The only Elmo I ever knew was the one on Sesame Street.”

“Is that far from here? Is it in Manhattan?”

Gary burst out laughing. “Are you for reals? Or are you just pranking me?”

“I’m not sure I understand what you are asking me, sir–Gary.” His wide eyes suggested his innocence to be sincere. “Where I live, there are quite a few of us–Elmos, that is. In fact, folks usually call me Elmo Number 2, or just Number 2 for short.”

“You are just full of surprises, Elmo Number 2.” Gary grinned. “At first I had to suppress the urge to tickle you all over.” He wig­gled his fingers and moved his hands up and down.

“Why would you want to do that?” Elmo sipped at the beer.

“Well, a few years back there was this toy that… oh, never mind.” Elmo seemed focused on Gary’s shirt. “Is there some­thing wrong with my shirt? You keep looking at it.”

“Oh, no.” He blushed. “It’s the color. It’s what drew me to you.”

“Blue. Blue is what made you bee line from the door up to me and tell me your name?” Elmo nodded his head. “Think you could you help me out with a bit of an explanation?”

“Oh, sure,” he took another sip of the beer, “And thank you for this. It’s not bad. You see, at home, that shade of blue has a special significance for us.”

“Home?” Gary gave him the once over once again. “And where might that be, Elmo?”

“Lancaster, of course!”

“Of course. I should have known. And you pronounce it way different from what I am used to. We say Lan-caster, but you call it ‘Lank-a-ster.’”

“Really? I’ve never heard it pronounced any other way.”

“Uhn huhn,” Gary started searching out other faces, just in case this cute little fantasy disappeared into a dust cloud. “So… what brings you to New York, Elmo Number 2?”

The farm boy giggled, “Number 2. It sounds so different when you say it.” He giggled again. Perhaps it was the beer kicking in. “I’m on Rumspringa. Are you familiar with that?”

“Is it some new drug?” Gary stared down into his drink.

“Oh, no, silly. It’s my time to discover what the outside world has to offer before I commit to my adult life.”

“I think I saw a movie about that. Are you Amish or something?”

“Sort of. We like to call ourselves Pennsylvania Dutch, but it’s very similar. My folks are more modern than some of the other groups.”

“Obviously.”

“Obviously?”

“Don’t you people ride around in horse buggies? No elec­tric­ity, no cell phones.”

“Oh, that’s the older ones. We’re not so strict like that anymore.”

“I see,” Gary’s eyes wandered over Elmo’s body anew as fantasies began to redevelop. “So… you’re in New York to see the sights?”

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About The Author

Wayne Goodman has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of his life (with too many cats). He hosts Queer Words Podcast, conversations with queer-identified authors about their works and lives.

When not writing, Goodman enjoys playing Gilded Age parlor music on the piano, with an emphasis on women, gay, and Black composers.

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Release Blitz: The Nothing Collection by Jay Northcote

The Nothing Collection | Jay Northcote

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Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Release Date: June 15th, 2020

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2AIC80i

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3da5rGn

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/NothingCollectionJN

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Blurb

Three feel-good MM romance bestsellers in one box set

Nothing Serious

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Friends with benefits, gay first times romance

What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point.

Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Nothing Special

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Meet cute, MM romance

When Noah’s insecurity threatens their fledgling relationship, can Sol convince Noah that he’s enough?

Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah usually sees on his commute home.

When a friend persuades Noah to take a big risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. But Noah doesn’t believe he’s interesting or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention.

As Sol tries to get closer, Noah tries to protect his heart by pulling away. If their relationship is going to survive, Noah needs to accept that Sol sees him very differently to how Noah sees himself.

Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

Nothing Ventured

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Enemies to lovers, sports, out for you, bisexual romance

Mud, sweat, and reluctant romance. Can Aiden and Matt sort out their feelings before race day?

When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer.

As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

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About The Author

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press.

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Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/

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Aaron loves Matty loves Aaron and I love this collection

Better than BeginningsBetter Than Beginnings: A Better Than Good Short Story Collection by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an absolutely fabulous collection of Aaron and Matty short stories, a few of which I’ve already read in various places as Lane’s released them in her Facebook group or via her newsletter.

Having them all in one easily accessible book is a real joy though, as you get a further sense of the absolute devotion and true love this pair of unlikely partners have for each other.

There’re times you’ll be laughing out loud. There’re times you’ll want to cry, there’re times you’ll be so angry the Kindle’s in danger of getting chucked out the window.

But at all times you will know that Aaron loves Matty and Matty loves Aaron.

Just wonderful. I’d read about these two until the end of time.

One thing though, I’ve never understood how Matty’s family could think that Aaron sounded anything like Erin. It must be a US thing.

Here in the UK Aaron is pronounced Aar-on while Erin is almost like Eh-rin. Just an odd thought I had!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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