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IMG_1163 Hello again! Welcome to the tease! So the last few weeks I’ve been giving you a taste of the second book in the Southern Honor series…so I figured this week I’d get back to Jack and Dillon’s story (Homecoming, Southern Honor book one) just in case you’re still on the fence about these wounded soldiers.

Homecoming

This weeks tease:

Jack looked down at Dillon and felt his rage boil over. Dillon knew nothing about it. Nothing. He had no right to speak like he knew who Jack was. He didn’t remember moving closer. One minute a few yards separated them, and the next he was so close Jack could feel heated skin just inches away.

“You don’t know anything.”

“I know you, Jack. I know who you are in here.” Dillon moved closer and placed a hand over his racing heart. “And no amount of years, miles or experiences can change who you are at your core.”

He couldn’t take it. The one thing that had kept him grounded over the years of combat and killing was right in front of him, within his grasp. Not thinking about the consequences, focusing just on the need flooding his reason, Jack pulled Dillon closer and crushed his mouth to his.

This kiss wasn’t filled with the frenzied rage of the night before. It wasn’t violence that made him push passed the lips under his. It was a frantic need to finally lay claim. To mark him in a way that would leave his imprint on Dillon’s soul.

Dillon’s needy moan caused an answering growl to rumble in his chest as he pulled him closer, aligning their bodies from chest to knee. The feel of the hard plains of Dillon’s chest against his own drove his desire higher. He needed more. So much more.

He released Dillon’s mouth to learn the line of his jaw with teeth and tongue.

“Wait.”

The sighed word barely registered over the sound of his heartbeat rushing in his ears.

“Wait. Jack, wait.”

Suddenly, Dillon was out of his arms and panting a few feet away.

“What the hell?”

“Before this goes any further there’s something I need to know.”

Jack fought the urge to shift his weight under Dillon’s assessing gaze.

“What are we doing?” Dillon finally spoke.

“I thought that much was obvious.”

“Be serious.”

Jack watched the muscles in Dillon’s jaw tick.

“I need to know if this is just a reaction to what you’ve experienced or if this is real for you, Jack.”

Jack closed the distance between them, settling the evidence of his attraction snuggly against Dillon’s hip. “Does this feel real to you?”

“When you put it that way.” Dillon leaned into him. “But in all seriousness, I need to know if this is just an itch you’re scratching and I’m just the first warm body you’ve run into, or if this is something else.”

“I’m not sure what you’re asking, Dillon.” He leaned in and kissed the corner of Dillon’s mouth. “But this isn’t me looking to get off. If that were the case, I have two very capable hands. This is something I’ve fantasized about for years.”

Jack felt Dillon’s entire body freeze. “You what?”

Shit, maybe he had misread the signals. Maybe telling Dillon he had wanted him for so long was a huge mistake. But there was no turning back now. “I’ve wanted you since the beginning.”

You can find your copy of Homecoming here

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain Store


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Sorry for being so late this week guys, life has been a bit busy this week.

So last week I showed you a bit of Roc and Gabe at their worst….how about a little taste of them at their best?

This Weeks Tease:

“Don’t get me wrong, I love women. I love the way they smell. The way they walk. The way they’re soft where I’m hard.” Roc slid his rough hand along Gabe’s jaw, pushing slightly forcing Gabe to meet his eyes. “But don’t think for one goddamn second that the thing that gets me off the most is being buried so deep in your body I don’t know where you end and I begin.”

As far as romance in Roc’s book went, Gabe was pretty sure he just got promises He wasn’t sure Roc knew he was making.

“But–”

“Just shut up and let a guy tell you he loves you.”

“You never said anything about love.” Gabe’s lips twitched as Roc gave him a dark look. “You only said something about being balls deep in my hot ass.”

Roc growled, his kiss effectively killing off Gabe’s giggle. “Mouthy little shit.” Roc breathed across Gabe’s sensitive lips.

“I love you too Roc. I love you too.”

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midweekteaseHello, hello! It’s that time of the week again! Last week I gave you guys a taste of Jack and Dillon’s story. This week I thought I’d share with you a bit from the second book in the Southern Honor series, No Place Like Home. Meet Roc and Gabe. These two guys get off to a bit of a rocky start….

 

This weeks tease:

Roc wasn’t sure what made him turn around. But when he had looked in the rearview mirror and seen the slight man waving what he was sure was an indignant middle finger at him Roc couldn’t resist doing a one-eighty. Pulling his truck to a stop along the opposite side of the road, he watched the tense lines of that slight, yet strong looking back. The expensive looking get up the man was wearing sure wasn’t meant for kneeling in the mud.

Climbing from the cab of the truck Roc made sure to shut the door with a little more force than necessary. He chuckled softly when the other man started slightly but continued to ignore him. Cocky little bastard this one.

“Need any help there?”

“Perfectly fine, thanks.” The man turned his head slightly to reply but never raised his eyes from the tire in front of him.

“From the looks of it a few minutes ago I would say otherwise.” Roc crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the side of his truck. He was determined to wait this out and he wasn’t really sure why. It wasn’t like the guy was at all grateful he came back.

“Obviously you need glasses.”

“So you were just being neighborly when you were flagging me down like a mad man?”

In a flash the man rounded on Roc wielding a tire iron like he knew how to use the damn thing. The fire in the deep green eyes that met his had Roc thinking he would really try something.

“And was that you being neighborly when you drove you stupid ass beast of a truck right on by?”

“I turned around.”

“How manly of you.”

“Stop bein’ so stubborn.” Roc felt his lips try to tip up into the first smile in months. “Do you want help or would you rather keep kneeling in the mud until the sun sets and the critters come out?”

“What kind of critters?”

“Big ones. Lots of teeth.” Roc hid his laughter behind a cough as those green eyes darted around the treeline. He realized he hadn’t done such a good job masking his amusement when those eyes narrowed and his new friend mumbled something under his breath.

“There’s no way this is coming off.” He stood and faced the smaller man. “Grab your bags, you’re riding with me.”

“Funny, I don’t recall asking for a ride from a chest-beating, flannel-wearing backwoods neanderthal.”

“Good thing I didn’t make it a request.” Roc ground his teeth. Why was this man making such a big deal out of accepting a little help? “Get your stuff now or it stays here and I make you get into that truck.”

 

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I know…I know I’ve really got to get better at this blogging thing. I have no real excuse except: life. SO what a way to come back but with a teaser for you guys?
midweektease I was invited to join the Mid Week TEASE blog hop by the lovely Susanne Matthews. What’s this you ask? Well basically we’ll all be posting an excerpt from our work, be it published, a work in progress, or what have you. Exciting right?

So since this is my first week, I figured I’d share with you guys a bit from Homecoming my M/M romance novella with Samhain Publishing.

Homecoming

 

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Home is where his heart is…once he recognizes what’s in his heart.

Southern Honor, Book 1

Broken in body, mind and spirit after a botched mission in Kuwait, elite Special Forces operative Jack Dresden returns to Devotion, Georgia, both dreading and longing to face his past. He left town on the receiving end of a wicked right hook thrown by the only person who ever made him feel he was right where he belonged.

Dillon Bluff was never good at pretending. Coming out right after high school, it hasn’t been easy dealing with the stigma of being gay in a small, Southern town. When he stumbles across Jack in the throes of a panic attack, one touch reignites the smoldering, hidden torch he’s always carried for his former best friend.

Jack knows he’s messed up, and the last thing he wants to do is hurt Dillon again. But Dillon is determined to take control and show Jack’s heart the way back home.


Product Warnings

Contains a sexy, scarred Delta Force hero with the hots for his tattooed photojournalist prone-to-skinny-dipping ex-best friend. Threats of creative rope use and plenty of manly loving may leave the reader craving a cigarette—and a man in uniform.

 

 

 

Teaser:

Jack didn’t know what prompted him to reach across the table and take Dillon’s hand in his. It could have been the stark loss he saw in the brown depths of his eyes. More than likely, it was the overpowering need to feel the other man’s skin against his that had assaulted him almost as soon as he’d walked through the diner door.

Countless nights this man had haunted his dreams and countless nights Jack had to force himself to remember Dillon Bluff hated him. Would probably hate him even more if he gave in to the desire thrumming its way through his bloodstream to pull the smaller man over the table and take his mouth in a kiss that would wipe any memory of anyone but himself ever being there.

God, he was losing it. Edna’s return with their lunch gave him the space from his thoughts, he needed to breathe and get his thoughts in order. He tucked into the juicy burger in front of him, determined to ignore the heat still radiating from his palm.

Dillon had made his opinion of him very clear ten years ago. Conveyed rather nicely with his lethal right hook. He had surprised Jack saying he owed him an apology. If anyone needed to say they were sorry, it was Jack. He had led Stacy on for years. Left her thinking they had a future. He had tried to sneak out of town without saying goodbye to the man who made him feel alive. He was chicken shit and he knew it. All he had to do was get through this lunch and the party tomorrow night and he would probably never see Dillon again. Jack had survived the worst kinds of torture. Surely he could keep a handle on his lust for forty-eight hours?

He tried to pay attention to Stacy as she updated him on all the happenings around Devotion. He couldn’t stop himself from looking across the table at Dillon. He fought a smile as he watched the other man mop up burger juices with his fries. He followed the french fry’s journey to lips that had left him a quaking mess ten years ago. When Dillon’s pink tongue peeked out and dabbed at the corner of his mouth, he had to pinch his thigh to hold in the moan of longing.

“So what do you think?” Stacy’s question had him stuttering back to reality. Leaving behind the world where he traced the delicate lines of the colorful tattoos covering Dillon’s arms with sharp nips and soothing kisses.

He tried to hide his scowl at the direction his thoughts had wandered down and turned to the woman next to him. “I’m sorry?”

“I was saying that we need to get together after the party tomorrow.” She winked at him. “How long are you in town?”

“Six weeks.” He tried not to growl the answer but he could feel Dillon watching him. His entire body seemed to be in tune to Dillon’s and that was the last thing he needed. There was no way he was going to make it through another meal with the man without giving the whole restaurant a show he doubted any of them truly wanted to see.

“That settles it then.” Stacy grabbed his arm and squeezed. Across the table, Dillon tensed. “We can’t let you spend the whole time squirreled away in that house.”

“He’s supposed to be recovering, Stacy.” He watched her brows crinkle in confusion before she shot her brother a quick look. Dillon was now studying him like he was assessing his fitness. Like he just remembered that he was here on medical leave and not to stay.

“He looks fit enough to me.”

“That’s because Jack Dresden only lets people see what he wants them to.”

Surprised, Jack held his gaze. What did he mean by that? Did Dillon suspect his feelings for him? It was hard to say because the only thing he found in the other man’s eyes was a banked fire. He wasn’t sure if it was flames of anger or something else.

 

You can pick up your copy of Homecoming here:

| Amazon | Samhain Store | Barnes & Noble |

 

Don’t forget to stop by the other author’s teasers and pick up some good reads along the way! See you all next week!

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  6. S. J. Maylee
  7. Erin M. Leaf
  8. Living the Dream
  9. Siobhan Muir
  10. Flirty & Feisty Romance Blog
  11. Doris O’Connor
  12. Carlene Love Flores
  13. London’s Scribbles
  14. Meredith Daniels
  15. Raven McAllan
  16. Danielle Doolittle
  17. Lucy Felthouse

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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!!!!!THE WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY IS JULIANA!!!!!!

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and to help spread word and bring people into awareness of the issues the LGBTQ writing community, including authors, publishers, and cover artist, have banded together on this amazing blog hop. This list is impressive (see end of post for whole list)

So when I signed up for this blog hop I was really unsure what exactly I was going to do my post about. There are so many issues out there that in regards to homo/transphobia I was sort of left scratching my head.

Enter real life example.

As some of you know my EDJ (evil day job) deals directly with the public. I’m a supervisor of people who are supposed to provide customer service. Excellent customer service to anyone

Well one afternoon one of my associates, a man in his mid-forties, was gabbing to everyone who could hear when a customer approaches. She’s tall, broad- shouldered, made up, and obviously transgender. As soon as she walks away the cutting remarks started. I’m sure you’ve all heard something similar “did you see that?” “I don’t understand! You’re a dude that means you don’t put on make up and strut around in women’s panties”, etc, etc.

I was appalled.

For the first few comments I could only look at this person in shock. I mean really, how could someone be so insensitive?

After a few more comments he turned to me and asks, “am I right?”, looking for support for his views. I couldn’t believe it.

Really?

He’s fishing for me to pump my fist in the air and proclaim his opinion right?

Wrong.

I calmly looked at him and told him, “actually I think she looked great.” (And she did but that’s off topic)

He looked at me in shock before exclaiming “I’m sorry, she? That thing was born with the wrong plumbing to be called a she. I don’t care what they say.”

You’ve heard an argument like this before right? Purely based on the biology of a person? Heard someone referring to a transgendered person as a thing rather than a person?

I was stunned. Stunned but not enough so to not state my position. I calmly looked at him, told him I respected his personal beliefs but had to wholeheartedly disagree. It’s not about whether a person is born male or female. It’s not about the name, gender roles, and expectations our society gives them at birth. It’s about who they are. It’s about who they identify themselves with. I don’t care what their birth certificate says or what’s going on between their legs. What kind of human beings are we to deny recognizing a person as who and what they are in their very core?

Who was this man to ridicule not only the woman (yes there were words said over my referring to her as a woman) who came into the store, but a whole group of people? He justified himself by saying “Look, I don’t have anything agains gays, I’m not homophobic. I volunteered for things, worked security for their Pride parades. I don’t care what they do behind closed doors I just don’t want them rubbing my face in it.”

How, exactly, is a woman being comfortable with who she is rubbing his face in anything? I asked him this and his response was, again, how wrong it was. *shakes head* I knew nothing I could say would convince him to open his mind, even a little, on the subject.

I had so many arguments for his close minded view. Who’s to say she was “gay”? And even if she likes men it would, to her, most likely make her straight. Slippery slope with this guy and I could have spent the rest of they day trying to explain it to him. But it would have been like banging my head against a brick wall.

There is such a gap in understanding between the community and people like this man I work with. A gap that can’t be closed until a dialog is opened up and those who don’t understand, by choice or ignorance, are willing to hear what the LGBTQ community has to say. Sadly, until then scenes like this will continue to play out everywhere. Men and women will continue to get funny looks, be on the receiving end of cutting remarks, and bullied for trying to make their outside match what’s always been on the inside.

Now your reward for listening to me rant!

Every stop on the hop is offering a giveaway. I’m giving away an eBook copy (any format) of my novella Homecoming.

How do you win? Just leave a comment with your email (Sally at gmail dot com) and I’ll use random.com to pick a winner at the end of the hop.

As my son would say, easy peasy.

***additon***

I stumbled across this post this morning at the Bilerico Project and had to share it. It asks, and attempts to answer the bigger question here: why do people hate what they don’t understand. In this case it’s the transgender community but I think it can be applied to the issue of homo/trans/biphobia. Click here to read.

Side Projects and Springtime

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So guys…I’ve been a little distracted lately. I know…it’s shocking. But with the weather here in Ohio FINALLY cooperating, and the short people getting involved with team sports (gasp), and this little thing I’ve been working on I’ve really been a bad, bad author.

Okay maybe a bit overboard, but I’ve been devoting a lot of time to this wonderful side project for the M/M Romance Group. (You can find them here and here) Every year they do huge writing event where readers tell us what they want to get their hands on but just haven’t been able to find. Which really…how awesome is that, right? Well I picked up a fun prompt that’s put me outside my box a bit and I have to say I’m loving it. It’s a super fun NA (New Adult) Urban Fantasy road trip bonanza (with plenty of kissing and mushy gushy love stuff). Anywho, I’ve finalized the cover and I wanted to share it with you all!

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Writers Gotta Write (Writing Process Blog Hop)

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Hello! You’ve no doubt found your way here from the incomparable Susanne Matthews blog. If you’ve come here by other means or because you follow my blog welcome and please check out Susanne’s (and the authors before her) answers to how and why they write. Anyone out there who’s ever completed a work of fiction, be it 100 words or 1000 pages, knows that writing is like sharing a little piece of your soul with the world. Each story is like a baby we kick out into the world and hope that readers will give it a loving home. In honor of this process, and the heartbreak and joys it brings, writers all across the internet have been joining in to share with you how we do what we do.

So how does all this work? Well, each author on the hop answers the same four questions about their process, why they write, and what they’re working on. We then pass the torch to the four new authors. It’s a long thread and after you visit my tagged authors and learn a little about them feel free to take a trip down the rabbit hole and follow it back through the link to Susanne’s blog above.

 

The Questions:

*1) What are you working on?

It always seems like I’m working on a million projects at once. Luckily right now that’s not the case.

At the moment I’m finishing up the final touches on No Place Like Home the second book in the Southern Honor series. I can’t wait for you guys to get another peek into the lives of the men who are beginning to call Devotion, Georgia home. In NPLH we meet Philip ‘Roc’ Rockland, a fellow Delta and unit member of Jack Devlin from Homecoming. Roc had a hard time coming back from the mission to rescue Jack and has come to Devotion to figure out the next step in his life beyond Delta. Trust me when I say Roc’s in for a few surprises (namely a feisty attorney named Gabe) and more than his fair share of demons to face.

I’m also working on a really fun project for the M/M Romance group on Goodreads. Every year they do a big writing event called Don’t Read in the Closet where readers get to tell authors the story they want to read. My story for this project, Bastion, is a post-apocalyptic New Adult tale that finds two young men falling in love while running for their lives on the road trip from hell. I’m so excited for you guys to meet Luca and Sebastian. Keep an eye out this summer! (Psst! They compile an anthology and it’s FREE)

*2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I like to think my books are unique because like most authors writing is a personal journey for me. I put a little piece of myself in my stories and I hope that shows in the lives of the men I put on the page. The men in my books have some serious issues to get beyond in order to find the peace they need. This journey doesn’t always end with the book closes. Homecoming left a lot of questions unanswered and in the next book No Place Like Home you get to see Jack and Dillon navigating what their new relationship really means in terms of how they’re going to live their lives in Devotion and how they’re going to face the loose ends they still have yet to tie up. Though the story is primarily about Roc and Gabe, the two couple’s lives are very intertwined.

 

*3) Why do you write what you write?

Oy- what a question! I think every author out there would agree that we write what we do because he have to. The stories that pour onto the page are pounding on our brains to let them out. To show them to the world and hope readers fall in love.

Seriously though I’ve always been a sucker for a good love story. All the ups and downs in romance that ultimately leads to a HEA hook me every time. It’s funny, I stumbled into the world of M/M by accident (literally, my first M/M was supposed to be a hetero romance but my characters had different plans) and have fallen in love with the genre. The LGBQ world isn’t just now becoming a powerhouse in the world of publishing and I find it important to portray stories that go beyond the super steamy sexytimes (though there are plenty of those) and really give readers of the M/M genre a believable love story that isn’t necessarily centered on the physical relationship but the deeper connection that comes with loving a friend as well as a lover.

*4) How does your writing process work?

I’m 110% a pantser. I let the characters take me where they will. I’ll think the book is going to go one way when somehow I end up surprised by a character’s actions and they take it in a completely other direction I hadn’t thought of until that moment. It’s amazing to take that journey with my characters and let them tell me their story without what I think should happen getting in the way. To me the story feels more organic if it’s allowed to develop from the actions and words of the characters.

I won’t go back over the story until I’ve reached the end. Then I look for inconsistencies and basic errors before sending it off to my critique partner. Because of the way I write there’s a lot of extra scenes that function more as a getting to know my characters rather than moving the story forward. I don’t do elaborate character bios before starting on my manuscript but learn from my character’s choices in the book who they are. Sounds crazy, but any true pantser will understand. I try and get all these scenes out or tweak them if I’m in love with them before anyone’s eyes see the manuscript.

I’m also what I call in impromptu writer. I’ll get a visit from the plot bunnies at 1am and have to start the story right then. Not because I want to get out of my bed in the middle of the night, but because I need to or I’ll be up all night with scenes running thought my head. Or I’ll be sitting with my family or working on my WIP when inspiration strikes and I have to jot down a few notes (or start up yet another new WIP) and get back to what I was doing. My TBW (to be written) list is going to keep me busy for years to come.

 

Now it’s time for me to tag a few of my fellow author:

Lynne Connolly: Author of smokin’ paranormal, contemporary, and historical romance, Lynne has a little something for every reader.

Katriena Knights: She takes you to another world in her paranormal romances featuring everything from vampires to starship captions.

Raina James: Author of anything from contemporary romance to steamy ménage space exploration, Raina brings sexy back in a big way.