Monday Meets: Sarah Madison

Hey all,

Welcome Sarah Madison to my blog!

Guest Author: Sarah Madison

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Available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited! The bestselling M/M contemporary romance about second chances and lost loves, set in the exciting world of competitive sport horses. If you can’t get enough of the Olympics and you love horses, this book is for you!

Fool’s Gold by Sarah Madison

 

Blurb:

Eight years ago, Jake Stanford had it all: a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team and the love of his life, Rich Evans. A tragic accident wipes out everything in the blink of an eye. Hard work and sacrifice get him another shot at Olympic Gold, but only if he puts his past behind him and agrees to work with Rich again.

Bound by secrets he cannot share, Rich was forced to give up Jake eight years ago. Now he has a second chance to help Jake realize his dreams. But the secrets that drove them apart haven’t changed, and Rich must face them or risk losing Jake forever.

Excerpt:

As though sensing Rich’s intense perusal, Jake shifted with a stifled groan as he tried to move and was pulled up short by unexpected pain. Repressing an urge to poke Jake with his cane like some grumpy old man, Rich decided that as Jake’s coach, he had every right to approach the bed. He leaned down so he could speak without startling Jake into moving suddenly.

“Hey,” he said quietly. “Go slow, and stop if you feel any sharp pain.” He stretched out his hand to touch Jake but thought better of it mid-action. His hand flapped awkwardly like a bird trying to decide where to land, and he withdrew it abruptly.

“Did someone get the number of the bus that hit me?” Jake grunted as he inched himself up in stages onto his elbows, and Rich tried not to think about how similar it sounded to the noises Jake had made during sex. Too similar. That was a memory he’d have to shake from his head now.

Jake hissed when he put his right elbow down, and he turned within the covers, winding them around him in a tangle as he rolled onto his back to avoid putting more weight on his arm.

“It was the 4:10 from Kryptonite,” Rich said. “Nonstop express.”

When Jake rolled over, Rich retreated to a safer distance. No matter what he did, he had to maintain some degree of propriety, even if that meant not acting completely naturally around Jake for now. In another lifetime, he would have sat on the bed until he made sure Jake was okay and could shift himself without help. Now it was too much like fondling an open bottle of whiskey when he’d sworn off all hard liquor.

Jake chuckled and then winced as he tried to sit up. He let himself fall back to the bed. “You’re going to have to go on without me. See that the mail gets through. Warn the sheriff. Tell Annabelle….” His message to “Annabelle” went undelivered. Jake covered his eyes with one hand, while letting the other fall dramatically to his chest.

His lightly furred chest. The one Rich wanted to lean down and map every inch of with his lips, committing the taste of skin, the firmness of muscle, and the scent of him to memory once more.

“If you can joke about your imminent demise in the desert, then you can’t be as bad as all that.” Rich’s voice was crisp. How like Jake not to have the slightest inkling how very tempting he was, sprawled out on the bed like some sort of centerfold model. “Pizza’s on the table. I’m headed to the drink machine for some soda. Want anything?”

When he didn’t answer, Rich glanced back. The light of amusement had gone out of Jake’s eyes, leaving them with that bleak, feral-cat expression Rich knew all too well. The one that said he didn’t expect anyone to fill his empty dish anyway and that was fine by him. Rich held his ground, his hand on the doorknob. He wouldn’t give in. He couldn’t. This was what was best for both of them.

“Nothing for me, thanks.” Jake made to sit up, pulling back the covers to free himself from the bedclothes.

Remembering Jake’s naked state, Rich ducked his head and hurried out the door.

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AUTHOR BIO 

Sarah Madison is a writer with a little dog, a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she’s not out hiking with the dogs or down at the stables, she’s at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.

Sarah enjoys placing hot men in hot water to see how strong they are—like teabags, only sexier. This motto allows her to play in a wide variety of genres, from FBI guys to shifters, with some WW2 fighter pilots and and space adventurers tossed in for good measure.

Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. The Boys of Summer won Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards. The Sixth Sense series was voted 2nd place in the 2014 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Mystery series, and 3rd place in the 2105 PGR Reviewer’s Choice Awards for Best M/M Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series.

If you want to make her day, e-mail her and tell you how much you like her stories.

You can find Sarah around the web on

Website: www.SarahMadisonFiction.com

E-mail: akasarahmadison@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahMadisonAuthor

Twitter: @SarahMadisonFic

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for Patrick Blog Tour: Wrapping up

Hey there.

So, today is the last official day of the tour. Waiting for Patrick will go on sale tomorrow. But, you still have until tomorrow at 5PM to comment on any of the blogs listed below. I’ll check everything one more time at 5PM tomorrow and then draw and post the winners on all of the blogs. Here are the updated links that take you directly to my article on each blog.

      Date Blog Name   Blog Owner Blog Address
September 1st Bike Book Reviews Becky http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/09/waiting-for-patrick-blog-tour-stop-and.html
September 2nd Drops of Ink Anne Barwell http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/197156.html
September 2nd Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings Snow Tigra http://snowtigra.blogspot.com/2016/09/blog-tour-waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn.html
September 3rd Antonia Aquilante Antonia Acquilante  http://www.antoniaaquilante.com/blog/guest-post-and-giveaway-waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein
September 3rd The Story Struggle and Beyond Ki Brightly https://brightlybooks.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/waiting-for-patrick-blog-tour/
September 4th Thianna Durston Thianna Durston http://blog.thiannad.com/2016/09/cssundays-9-4.html
September 4th Unconventional Love Stories Charley Descoteaux https://cdescoteauxwrites.com/2016/09/04/guest-author-brynn-stein-5/
September 4th Misadventures of the Heart Heloise West https://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/blog-tour-waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein/
September 5th Sandra Bard Sandra Bard http://sandrabard.tumblr.com/post/149966224484/waiting-for-patrick-blog-tour
September 5th Tempest O’Riley Tempe O’Riley http://tempesteoriley.com/
September 6th Jackie Keswick Jackie Keswick http://www.jackiekeswick.co.uk/book-chat-with-brynn-stein/
September 7th Chaos in the Moonlight K-lee Kline http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/?m=1&zx=8a3ea5613ebace1d
September 8th Grace R. Duncan Grace Duncan http://www.grace-duncan.com/waiting-for-patrick-blog-tour-with-brynn-stein
September 8th Brita Addams Brita Addams http://www.britaaddams.net/single-post/2016/09/08/Waiting-for-Patrick-by-Brynn-Stein
September 8th Cryselle’s Bookshelf Chryselle http://www.crysellesbookshelf.com/2016/09/a-thousand-word-thursday-snippet-and.html
September 9th Emotion in Motion Elizabeth Noble http://www.elizabeth-noble.com/my-blog/september-09th-2016
September 9th MM Good Books Review   https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein-blog-tour-guest-post-excerpt-giveaway/
September 10th Jacob Z Flores Jacob Flores http://www.jacobzflores.com/2016/09/10/welcome-brynn-stein/
September 11th Andrew’s Blog Andrew Grey http://andrewgreybooks.com/guest-brynn-stein/
September 12th Nicki J Marcus Nicki Marcus http://www.nickijmarkus.com/2016/09/book-promo-and-giveaway-waiting-for.html?showComment=1473713708798#c7699310259855792619
September 12th Rainbow Gold Reviews Marc Fleischhauer rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com
September 13th PD Singer PD Singer https://pdsinger.com/2016/09/14/guest-brynn-stein-with-waiting-for-patrick/
September 14th Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction Christopher  Moss https://ourstoryglbtqhistoricalfiction.com
September 15th Renee Stevens Renee Stevens http://reneestevens.net/blog-tour-waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein/
September 15th Purple Rose Tea House Charlie Cochet http://purpleroseteahouse.com
September 15th Open Skye Book Reviews   http://openskyebookreviews.com/waiting-for-patrick-by-brynn-stein-book-tour-and-giveaway/
September 15th The Novel Approach Reviews Lisa (Novel Approach) http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/waiting-for-patrick-a-guest-post-and-giveaway-with-author-brynn-stein/
Throughout the tour Book Trailer on You Tube Lex Valentine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCOua40uCJM

Monday Meets, Special Edition: Charley Descoteaux

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Welcome Charley Descoteaux for a special edition of Monday Meets (Monday was full and she needed a spot between September 12 and 19 <g>).

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The release date for Safe House, Buchanan House: Book Four, is coming soon! To celebrate, Dreamspinner has created a bundle sale—Pre-order Safe House and get Tiny House (Buchanan House: Book Three) for $0.99! The sale runs September 12 until release day—September 19!

This is a true series so to get the most out of it I recommend to read the books in order. With that in mind I’ve stocked a Rafflecopter with two chances to win the first book in the series, Buchanan House. Visit any stop on my tour between September 12th and October 1st to enter!

 

SafeHouseFS_v1Safe House (Buchanan House: Book Four) by Charley Descoteaux

It’s never too late for a new beginning…

Kyle Shimoda is an asshole magnet, has been for as long as he can remember. At forty-seven, he doesn’t see much chance for improving his luck in love. His friends who run Buchanan House, a gay retreat on the central Oregon coast, know he wants to find “someone nice” to settle down with, and they set him up with Officer Brandon Smith. Kyle has a turbulent history with law enforcement, but he can’t deny his attraction to the buff cop.

Brandon has been a police officer in Lincoln City almost since the day he graduated from high school over thirty years ago. He’s cultivated the facade of a serious, disciplined law enforcement officer, but beneath his overdeveloped chest beats the soft heart of a drama queen. A cancer scare shifts Bran’s focus from finding a serious relationship to having as much sex as he can—putting his goals squarely at odds with Kyle’s. If he can’t find the courage to be honest about his feelings for Kyle, the happiness they’ve both been searching for could slip through their fingers.

 

Read Chapter One at the Dreamspinner store to meet Kyle. Meet Brandon in the excerpt below.

 

Chapter Two

Brandon barely paid attention as he drove between the cemetery and the apartment he shared with two roommates. He’d hoped to find a voice mail from the doctor after the funeral, but no such luck. He did find one saying the new guy, Dylan, had called in sick, and Brandon was expected at work within the hour. He would have been happier to stay at the cemetery and talk with Paulie a little longer. And Kyle. Bran had met Kyle before, but they hadn’t spoken. He had noticed then how handsome Kyle was, and he was even more striking with his hair longer, framing his high cheekbones and full, sensuous mouth. His silky black hair looked so touchable.

This isn’t getting me to work any faster.

At least work will be a distraction.

He hurried home and changed into his uniform. His quick spot check in the bathroom mirror turned into a lingering appraisal. Brandon ran an open hand over his chest, not to smooth the impeccable fabric of his uniform shirt, but to reassure himself that nothing had changed. He grimaced at his reflection, thinking a little less gray and a little more brown in his hair might be a nice change.

Brandon shivered as he recalled the MRI he’d endured three days prior, which had revealed a suspicious lump in his chest. Forty-seven minutes in a tiny tube while the machine hummed and took pictures of his breast and lymph tissue. Just thinking about the way it had felt to lie there made him shiver—it was worse than the needle biopsy he’d had the following day. With every inhale his shoulders had brushed the walls of the tube on both sides, and less than halfway through he’d had to talk himself out of fleeing. He wasn’t a tall man—something that had bothered him throughout his life—but until that day he had taken pride in his body, in the bulk he’d cultivated without sacrificing speed or agility.

During that forty-seven minutes, he would have been happy to trade his broad shoulders for a smaller frame.

Since I’m making empty wishes, I might as well make one for a better-looking face. A face that could attract a handsome young guy like Kyle instead of scaring him half to death.

Bran’s stomach roiled at his own thoughts, and he resolved to not even think the word death again until—unless—he had to. He was tempted to forgo shaving the sandy brown stubble from his face but fell back on the habit, hoping for the comfort a routine could provide, and reached for his electric razor.

Everything seemed to be happening so fast. Less than a week ago he’d gone in for his yearly physical, and now he was waiting for the call that would tell him whether he needed to make another appointment for that week or next year. In the interim he’d been squeezed into a tube and had a biopsy. And relived the worst time in his life over and over, the time when he’d learned about his father’s diagnosis.

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Pre-0rder Safe House at the Dreamspinner store and get Tiny House for $0.99! Sept. 12-19: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/safe-house-by-charley-descoteaux-7536-b

 

Enter Sept 12 – Oct 1!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Three winners! Prizes: One signed paperback of Safe House (US Only); one ebook copy of book one of the series, Buchanan House; one backlist book (any ebook except Safe House)

 

BIO

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

 

Rattle Charley’s cages:

Blog: http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charley.descoteaux.3
Dreamspinner Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=879
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote
Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/aqe7g7r
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charleydescote/

 

Series: Buchanan House
Book Number: 4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Pages: 200
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

 

 

Monday Meets: J Leigh Bailey

Welcome J Leigh Bailey to my blog today.

Monday Meets Guest: J Leigh Bailey

Thank you, Brynn, for letting me stop by today to help celebrate the release of my upcoming LQBT Young Adult book DO-GOODER (releases September15!).

 

So, every author gets asked at one time or another, “Where do you get your inspiration?” Answers vary. Partly, most writers are observers, so by watching human interaction, we get a feel for people, and we ask ourselves, “I wonder why they…?” But I’m going to tell you a secret—a lot of writers, me included, get our inspiration from our own lives. Now, you might be asking yourself, what in the world does a thirty-something woman know about being a gay teenage boy who is kidnapped by mercenaries in an African country. Truthfully, not much.

But, I, along with many other authors I know, channel our own experiences and emotions into our books. Sometimes it’s a very subtle thing (Isaiah shares my random phobia about not wanted to walk in grass or water if I can’t see my feet). Sometimes it’s a bigger characteristic. In my New Adult book FIGHT TO FORGIVE (Carina Press, April 2016), one of the characters shares my almost debilitating fear of confrontations. Granted, for that character, I make it a little worse, and make it cause a lot more trouble as a result, but by making him overcome his panic at confrontations, it helped me develop strategies for myself in dealing with conflict. By getting to know him, I was able to step back and address the issue almost clinically. It was about him, after all, and not me. I could be rational about him, while at the same time giving myself an outlet for the anxiety I carried around with me.

I did the same thing with DO-GOODER. Not the external plot. I’ve never been to Cameroon, let alone been kidnapped by mercenaries determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction. But I do have a father I have felt estranged from periodically.   And his abandonment (which is what it felt like when I was a teenager) left me with a lot of resentment and anger, things I had trouble expressing. But I was able to make Isaiah face what he saw as his father’s abandonment, and he was able to express his frustration and rage. Writing him was cathartic in ways I didn’t even consider as I wrote the story.

Here’s the thing, though. I didn’t start out writing a book so that I could explore my daddy issues. I was writing an adventure story with romantic elements. It was fun and exciting. It wasn’t meant to be therapy. But in the end, it sort of was. Because I was able to distance myself from my feelings, I could look at the situation objectively. I was able to also get an understanding of Isaiah’s father’s actions (and, in turn, my own father’s actions).

In the end, I suspect an author’s inspiration is 1 part observation, 1 part questioning, 2 parts author emotions and experiences, and 3 parts pure imagination.  And, maybe best of all, writing is cheaper than therapy (equally painful, though)!

Do you every pick a book because something about it resonates with your life experiences or emotions? Or do you avoid storylines and characters that hit too close to home?  *Commenters will be entered to win a grand prize basket that includes the cookbook The Soul of New Cuisine: A Discover of the Foods and Flavors of Africa by Marcus Samuelsson; National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife; Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti; Fun Swag!

 

Excerpt:

I admired Henry’s Zen calm. Sometimes he stood, sometimes he sat, but always he was still. He didn’t fidget or pace or rock in place (all the things I did). He didn’t stare at the water jug, but I’d bet big bucks that he knew exactly how much liquid remained. I looked away from the jug. One glance and my parched mouth and throat tingled with thirst.

“MacGyver.” The name popped out.

Henry looked up, asking his question with the motion of his eyebrows.

“You know, that old eighties TV show?”

“Sorry.” Henry shrugged. “I didn’t watch much television, especially shows that aired more than a decade before I was born.”

I waved that aside. “The show’s about this guy—”

“Let me guess. A guy named MacGyver?”

I rolled my eyes. “Ha-ha. Yes, a guy named MacGyver. He always seemed to be in these crazy situations—I have no idea why—and always managed to get out of them by some clever invention he made out of random stuff on hand. Like, you know, a watch, a fart, and a paper bag, and he creates this explosive device that takes out an entire military bunker, giving him barely enough time to save the girl or the hostages and derail the evil plot or whatever.”

“So you think MacGyver will come and save the day?”

“Don’t be an ass. But we should totally MacGyver this situation.”

“How? We have, literally, the clothes on our backs and a jug of water. I’m not sure even MacGyver could rescue himself or anyone else with so little.”

“That’s not the point. He… he was smart. We may not be able to use our wits”—my wits were well on their way to being scrambled eggs—“to rescue ourselves, but maybe we can figure out what’s going on. What’s in the canisters? Who are these guys? What side are they on? Does it matter what side they’re on? You know, information that might come in handy down the line.”

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BLURB:

No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it, though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.

However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.

 

Get your copy at:

Harmony Ink–ebook

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Dreamspinner Press–ebook

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Amazon–ebook

Amazon–hardcover

Barnes and Noble–ebook

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Kobo–ebook

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BIO:

j leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

You can find her at:

www.jleighbailey.net

http://twitter.com/JenniWrites

http://www.facebook.com/JLeighBailey

 

HTML Link to DO-GOODER book trailer: 

 

Blog Tour: Waiting for Patrick

Hey, don’t forget to comment at any of the stops on my blog tour (or on this post) for a chance to win one of three prizes (a signed copy of Waiting for Patrick, an electronic copy of the same title, or your choice of a back list title).

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September 1st: Bike’s Book Reviews
September 2nd: Drops of Ink, Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings
September 3rd: Antonia Aquilante, The Story Struggle and Beyond
September 4th: Thianna Durston, Unconventional Love Stories, Misadventures of the Heart
September 5th: Sandra Bard, Tempeste O’Riley
September 6th: Jackie Keswick
September 7th: Chaos in the Moonlight
September 8th: Grace R Duncan, Brita Addams, Cryselle’s Bookshelf 
September 9th: Emotion in Motion, MM Good Book Reviews
September 10th: Jacob Z Flores
September 11th: Andrew’s Blog
September 12th: Nicki J Markus, Rainbow Gold Reviews
September 13th: PD Singer
September 14th: Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction
September 15th: Renee Stevens, Purple Rose Tea House, Open Skye Book Reviews, The Novel Approach Reviews
Throughout the Tour: Book Trailer on YouTube – Lex Valentine

Monday Meets: Renee Stevens

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Interview with Renee

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

For the most part, I like to spend time with my husband. I also like to go hunting, camping, or fishing. During the winter months, I design quilts and do some sewing. If I’m not doing any of that, I’m spending time with family or reading.

What does your family think of your writing?

At first I was a bit uncomfortable telling everyone what I write, but that made it seem like I was ashamed of it and I’m not. Now, I’ll tell just about anyone that asks. My entire family knows what I write and they’ve been nothing but supportive.

Do you have any suggestions for people who want to become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Always learn from your mistakes. If an editor points out something that you’re doing wrong, learn from it so that you can keep from doing it in future stories. Another thing I’d suggest for everyone is to get a beta reader. They are so helpful and can point out things that, as the author, you might be too close to the story to see. Overall, just be willing to learn and be open to constructive criticism.

What do you think makes a good story?

It depends on the type of the story. Overall, things need to be believable and the reader needs to be invested in the characters and care about what happens to them.

What are your current projects? Would you be willing to share a small excerpt?

The one I’m working on the most right now is currently called Rough Stock Wranglers (or Studly Ranch Hands depending on who you ask). The title will need to change as it’s a revision and as much as I love the original title, it no longer fits.

Excerpt:

Shelving his feelings of remorse to study later, Marc shoved the other man hard enough to send Casey careening into a nearby chair. His brain realizing he’d gained the upper hand, he pressed on and within moments Marc was rolling on the floor with Casey as they each tried to gain domination over the other. Marc managed to land a few more punches, but then hands were grabbing him and pulling away. His entire body hurt but he ignored the pain and struggled to get free.

“Fuckers. Let me go.” The more he fought, the tighter he was held. Despite his attempts, Marc was no match for the men trying to drag him away. Through the haze of anger he saw two men pull Casey out of the fray and resumed his struggles, determined to make the other man admit that what he’d muttered had been a lie.

Marc’s vision began to clear, the adrenaline draining out of him, and he recognized the two men holding Casey back as being the two hired hands from the Del Rio Ranch. He turned his head to see who had him and met Rick’s gaze. A groan slithered from his throat as he looked on his other side and found Jason regarding him as if he was a snake about to strike.

“You can let me go now.” Marc tried to jerk his arms free.

“Sorry, boss man, can’t do that.” Rick’s grip tightened to the point Marc was sure he’d have bruises. Other than the ones he’d have from Casey.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?

I always feel like I could have done something different, and that’s something I keep in mind for if and when I decide to revise something.  I try to put the best I can out there for the readers, but there’s always something I realize later that I should have added.

Who designed the covers?

The covers for both of my stories through Dreamspinner Press (No More Hiding & Wide Open Spaces) were designed by Maria Fanning, and she did an awesome job! The cover for my self-published book (Challenging Fate) was designed by my good friend, and fellow author, Alicia Nordwell.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Sleeping. Seriously, I was so into writing Wide Open Spaces that I’d stay up late to work on it, and I’d start on it again as soon as I woke up. I don’t think I’ve ever had that good of focus when I’m writing, but I wish I could do it more.

 


AVAILABLE NOW

WIDE OPEN SPACES
States of Love – Wyoming

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Genre:
Contemporary
Length: 35,659 Words
Rating: Adult/Mature

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Blurb

Devon fled Wyoming as soon as he turned eighteen, leaving behind his high school love, Levi. After six years in the big city, Devon returns to his hometown. Not much has changed, except that Levi is no longer in the closet. He’s also single and living his dream—managing the local wild horse population. Both of them are very interested in picking up where they left off, but Devon is no more ready to reveal his orientation than he was as a teenager.

No one is going to shove Levi back in the closet—not even Devon. For a relationship to work, they’ll have to put the past behind them and find the courage to face the future as who they really are—a couple in love. But Devon doesn’t know if he’s strong enough. Maybe Levi would be better off without him—and his hang-ups.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Excerpt

Devon sank down on his couch as exhaustion swamped him. Most of it was from moving in, but the change in elevation didn’t help. He’d gotten used to being closer to sea level, so going back to the dry air at over six thousand feet was going to take some getting used to.

Bloody noses had become the norm while he stayed with Blake. Devon didn’t want to deal with them repeatedly and considered getting a humidifier until he managed to acclimate.

He looked around his living room. Boxes were scattered everywhere, and he should be unpacking, but he was too tired. At least he hadn’t had to carry everything in himself. Blake, Travis, and Seth were waiting for him when he pulled into the apartment complex. They shrugged off his objections and insisted they had nothing better to do. Devon appreciated it, but he wasn’t comfortable around them anymore. He managed to be a proper host, but damn, he was glad they left after a couple beers each. They made noise about getting together again soon, but Devon had used getting settled in as an excuse to keep from committing to anything.

He stood and wandered into his small kitchen. He didn’t bother opening the fridge or any of the cupboards. He knew they were empty. His stomach growled, reminding him he hadn’t eaten for a while. Devon dug his keys out of his pocket and headed for the door. He’d get something to eat and then maybe stop at the store to pick up a few staples. Paper plates, sandwich fixings, some chips, and he’d be good for a couple of days. At least it would give him time to get a few things—like pots and pans—unpacked. Then he could do a full grocery shop.

An hour later he was comfortably full from a greasy burger, fries, and a shake. He’d never eaten a lot of fast food, but he had few other options. He headed to Walmart, determined to stick to his list of sandwich stuff and maybe some eggs. Surely he could dig out some pans before the food expired. He headed to the chips first and scanned for the familiar bag of Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles. They were his all-time favorite, though he also knew he’d want something else after a day or two. So he grabbed a couple of other bags and headed for the eggs and then the freezer aisle.

Sandwiches and chips would get old fast. He found some frozen breakfast sandwiches he could microwave, tossed them in the cart, and moved on. Frozen lasagna quickly joined the few other items in his cart, followed by some potpies, a few TV dinners, and a bag of chimichangas. So what if he wasn’t sticking to his mental list?

He was more focused on getting groceries for the next few days than on the people around him.

“Devon.”

He froze when a familiar voice spoke his name. He closed his eyes briefly, ducked his head, and steeled himself. He knew it would happen eventually, when he found out Levi still lived there. He thought he’d have more time to prepare. He swallowed—hard—and turned to face the man who had at one time meant everything to him. The man he’d risked being found out for. He lifted his head and gazed into the moss-colored eyes.

“Levi.”

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About the Author

Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties. Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal. When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can usually be found working on GayAuthors.org in her capacity of Admin, Blog Coordinator, and Anthology Coordinator.

Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters. Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works.

When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts. When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors. She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby. Once back at home, it’s back to writing.

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August 28th: Alicia Nordwell
August 29th: Anne Barwell
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Blog Tour: Waiting for Patrick

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Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. One comment, one entry. Dreamspinner is offering my other paranormal titles (Haunted, Lifeline, and  What No One Else Can Hear ) for $0.99 during “Weekend Reads” on September 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Waiting for Patrick being my ninth published book. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
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      Date Blog Name   Blog Owner Blog Address
September 1st Bike Book Reviews Becky http://bikebookreviews.blogspot.com/
September 2nd Drops of Ink Anne Barwell http://anne-barwell.livejournal.com/
September 2nd Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings Snow Tigra http://snowtigra.blogspot.com/
September 3rd Antonia Aquilante Antonia Acquilante  www.antoniaaquilante.com/blog
September 3rd The Story Struggle and Beyond Ki Brightly www.brightlybooks.wordpress.com
September 4th Thianna Durston Thianna Durston Http://mm.thiannad.com
September 4th Unconventional Love Stories Charley Descoteaux http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/2016/09/04/guest-author-brynn-stein-5/  ‎
September 4th Misadventures of the Heart Heloise West https://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/
September 5th Sandra Bard Sandra Bard http://sandrabard.tumblr.com
September 5th Tempest O’Riley Tempe O’Riley http://tempesteoriley.com/
September 6th Jackie Keswick Jackie Keswick http://www.jackiekeswick.co.uk
September 7th Chaos in the Moonlight K-lee Kline http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca/?m=1&zx=8a3ea5613ebace1d
September 8th Grace R. Duncan Grace Duncan http://www.grace-duncan.com/graces-blog
September 8th Brita Addams Brita Addams http://www.britaaddams.net/#!blog/c1zoe
September 8th Cryselle’s Bookshelf Chryselle www.crysellesbookshelf.com
September 9th Emotion in Motion Elizabeth Noble http://www.elizabeth-noble.com/my-blog
September 9th MM Good Books Review https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com/
September 10th Jacob Z Flores Jacob Flores http://www.jacobzflores.com/
September 11th Andrew’s Blog Andrew Grey http://andrewgreybooks.com/blog/
September 12th Nicki J Marcus Nicki Marcus http://www.nickijmarkus.com
September 12th Rainbow Gold Reviews Marc Fleischhauer rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com
September 13th PD Singer PD Singer http://wp.me/puLP9-1bg
September 14th Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction Christopher  Moss https://ourstoryglbtqhistoricalfiction.com
September 15th Renee Stevens Renee Stevens http://reneestevens.net/blog-2/
September 15th Purple Rose Tea House Charlie Cochet http://purpleroseteahouse.com
September 15th Open Skye Book Reviews http://openskyebookreviews.com/
September 15th The Novel Approach Reviews Lisa (Novel Approach) http://www.thenovelapproachreviews.com/
Throughout the Tour Book Trailer on YouTube Lex Valentine  https://youtu.be/pCOua40uCJM