Keeping Him Safe Is Released Today

Keeping Him Safe, my MM contemporary novella that mixes suspense with just a hint of the paranormal, goes on general release today. This is, of course, an excuse to show off the ab-tastic cover once more, and share an excerpt from the book.

Here’s the blurb:  Jon is the man of his dreams, but can he prevent those dreams from becoming a nightmare?

Every night, Xander Craig has the same dream. He’s in the shower with a gorgeous stranger, who is shot by a mystery assassin and dies in Xander’s arms. Xander believes this dream is tied to his guilt over failing to prevent the death of his husband, Gary, but his latest assignment as a top-level bodyguard causes him to reassess that belief. He’s charged with looking after wealthy and successful entrepreneur, Jon Kovacs, who’s being stalked by an obsessive, dangerous ex-boyfriend. As soon as Xander sees Jon’s photo, he knows this is the man in his dream.

Xander escorts Jon to a remote safe house on the cliffs, as a police manhunt for Jon’s ex, Cody, takes place. He and Jon start to fall for each other. Xander knows he’s crossing a line, but he can’t help acting on that attraction. While he and Jon are sharing intimate moments, is Xander’s dream about to become violent reality?

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to stalking, one scene of violence with some gore.

And here is the opening of the book –  and this excerpt is hot!

He woke to the aroma of fresh coffee. It had a been a while—long enough for him to almost forget how good it smelled. Almost, but not quite.

Xander hauled himself into a sitting position. Beside him, the sheets were rumpled but still warm. Gary could only have been out of bed long enough to make the coffee, and maybe put some pastries in the oven to heat.

The clock on the nightstand showed that it had gone eight. Xander never slept so late when he was alone. He swung his feet out of the bed. Sunlight slanted in through a crack in the curtain and the polished floorboards were warm beneath his bare feet. Looks like it’s shaping up to be a beautiful day.

Had Gary told him he would be arriving back from Portland last night? He couldn’t remember. Given that he’d been asleep when Gary had arrived, he doubted it. If he’d known, he’d have waited up for the moment his lover had come through the door, so he could have made up for all the time they’d spent apart. And Gary had slipped between the sheets without waking him, even managing to avoid the creaky board on his side of the bed. Xander often joked that Gary would make the perfect ninja assassin.

He drank deeply from the mug that had been left for him, savoring the strong, rich taste of the coffee. The beans were some crazily expensive mountain blend Gary bought from a high-end deli in the East Village. Xander would have called him a fool for spending that much if it hadn’t tasted so damn good.

The sound of running water came from the adjoining bathroom. Xander’s cock, already swollen in his usual morning hard-on, stirred further at the thought of Gary in the shower. Something else he hadn’t been able to enjoy in far too long. Leaving his coffee half drunk, Xander went to join him.

Even through the steamed-up door of the shower stall, the outline of Gary’s wet, naked body was visible. He had his face turned to the wall, giving Xander a mouthwatering view of his muscled back and rounded ass. Xander ached to bury his length in the crack between those full, firm butt cheeks.

“You got room for one more in here?” he asked, pulling open the shower door.

Gary didn’t turn around, but he gave a murmur of assent. The spray had plastered his dark curls to his scalp and Xander pushed the wet hair aside so he could nip at Gary’s neck.

“Fuck, I’ve missed you.” He sighed. “You smell so good, you know. And you taste…” To emphasize his words, he licked along Gary’s shoulder blade. “I was thinking we should go somewhere, just the two of us. I can’t remember the last time we took a vacation together. And God knows I need to take some time away from work. I mean, I love working for the agency, but…”

Gary said nothing. One of the many things Xander loved about him was that he was content to listen, only offering his advice if Xander needed it. It made him a great personal counselor to his students.

“Though next semester you’ll be back in New York, right? No more of that visiting professor nonsense. And maybe I’ll get an assignment that keeps me here for a while.”

Xander trailed his fingertip down Gary’s arm. He brought it to an abrupt halt as he noticed the tattoo adorning his lover’s biceps. A swirling, vaguely Chinese pattern in black and red which Xander had never seen before. When the hell did you get that done? He bit back the comment, though he couldn’t help wondering if Gary had been living a secret life in Portland. A life that involved getting ink done. Maybe it’s not a joke. Maybe he is some kind of ninja…

That was ridiculous. Gary had obviously wanted to surprise him. Hadn’t Xander mentioned a number of times how sexy he found tattooed skin? Still, he couldn’t help thinking something wasn’t quite right.

You need that vacation, he told himself. You spend too much time around paranoid people and you’re getting as crazy as they are.

Reaching around their pressed-together bodies, he took hold of Gary’s cock. Some things, at least, didn’t change. It was already half hard, growing even bigger as Xander ran his hand along it. For a moment, he wondered if he might find a ring piercing its tip—more evidence that Gary had gotten in touch with his wild side while he’d been out of town. The thought was oddly sexy and Xander tugged harder, caressing Gary from root to crown, almost causing him to rise on his toes with every stroke.

“I’m gonna make you come so hard,” he growled in Gary’s ear. “Gonna have you screaming my name as I fuck you. You like the sound of that, huh?”

Keeping Him Safe is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK and Pride Publishing.

 

Cover Reveal – Behind The Mask

As promised, here’s the dark and brooding cover for Behind The Mask, my story from the Pride Publishing anthology, I Need A Hero.

Here’s the blurb for the story, to give you a flavour of what to expect:

Twenty years ago, superheroes were outlawed by the mayor of Mokum City. Christopher Chase has grown up knowing that he has all the strength and speed of Sprint, his superhero father, who died attempting to save the mayor’s niece from being kidnapped. But, unlike his father, he is unable to fulfil his destiny and become a masked crimefighter. Even Christopher’s boyfriend, bar owner Johnny Brennan, doesn’t know Christopher’s true identity.

A chance encounter with a purse snatcher in the city cemetery gives Christopher a taste of what it’s like to use his powers for good. And when Johnny becomes caught up in a hostage situation, Christopher can no longer stand by. Even if it means losing his own life, he must pull on the costume of Sprint to save the man he loves.

And if you want to know more, I’ll be sharing an extract from the story and filling in a little of the background behind it nearer the time – so watch this space!

Cover Reveal – I Need A Hero anthology

I’m thrilled to announce I have a story in the upcoming gay superhero anthology from Pride Publishing, I Need A Hero. The story, Behind The Mask, imagines what might happen if a man born with superpowers has been prevented from using them, and is then faced with a situation where saving the life of the man he loves will mean revealing his true identity.

Here’s the fabulous cover for the anthology, which also features stories by Helena Maeve, Jambrea Jo Jones, Sarah Masters, Lucy Felthouse, and Catherine Curzon.

I Need A Hero will be available to pre-order from Pride Publishing from May 2nd.

Behind The Mask will also be released as a standalone story, and as soon as I have the cover for, I’ll be sharing that, too.

Cover Reveal – Keeping Him Safe

Here’s the gorgeous cover for Keeping Him Safe, my new m/m novella which is released by Pride Publishing later in the year.

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Keeping Him Safe is the story of Xander, a bodyguard tasked with protecting a man who’s being stalked by an obsessive ex-boyfriend, and the lines he crosses when duty and desire become entangled. Thanks to the lovely Posh Gosh at Pride for her superb work on the cover design (including finding a model with super-crunchy abs!), and more information about the story nearer the time of release…

I’m At The ARE Cafe Today…

…talking about the dreaded writers’ block. I’m sharing some tips on getting past that barrier, as well as revealing how writers’ block affects the two hot rock stars in my Pride Publishing MM novella, Power Chords.

Click on the cover image below to go to the article, and don’t forget to leave your own tips on dealing with the block.

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Dreamspinner Family and Friends Sale

Dreamspinner Press are throwing a sale to celebrate the F-words – Fun and Friends – and everything in their bookstore is 30% off. So now might be a good time to pick up the Starstruck anthology, a collection of tales about celebrities and their efforts to find love in a world where they’re wanted for how famous they are and not what they do. The book features my story, Out on Stage, set in a provincial English theatre. Here’s the blurb for the story.

Stewart has never let his multiple sclerosis stand in the way of his passion. As the artistic director of the Harlequin Theater, Stewart has doubts when soap star Bradley East is hired for their latest production. He’s impressed by Bradley’s talent, and stunned by the attraction developing between them. Not that there’s much chance of a relationship, with Bradley firmly in the closet and planning to stay there. But Bradley is full of surprises….

The book also contains stories by a fantastic selection of authors including L.A. Merrill, M.T. Aspen, Bell Ellis, Rob Rosen and Jay Starre, and if you like stories about rock musicians, rodeo riders, superheroes and movie stars, you’ll find something to enjoy.

The sale runs until November 13th and, of course, there are plenty of other great MM romance books available from Dreamspinner, so click on the banner below to go straight to the Dreamspinner bookstore and start browsing.

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Have A Hot Halloween With Pride Publishing

To celebrate Halloween, Pride Publishing is running a special offer on all horror, paranormal, wereshifter, vampire and shapechanger books. You can get 30% on ebook titles with those themes between now and November 1st, and the list includes my Lionhearts MF lion shifter books. You can find out more about the Lionhearts series here, or to browse the Pride Publishing books store, just click on the cover below.

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