Series: Coffee Cake
Author: Michaela Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.
Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.
As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.
Exclusive to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words excerpt:
Malachi lifted an eyebrow. Okay?
Bran nodded, lips quirking.
Malachi smiled back. I love you.
Bran’s smile widened. I love you too.
Malachi glanced toward the exit to the zoo. Ready to go?
Bran shook his head. I’m okay.
“Okay, how are you doing that?” Sabrina interrupted. Malachi jumped and turned to look at her. She’d propped her elbows on the table and was staring at them with fascination on her face.
“Doing what?” Malachi asked.
“Talking to each other,” Sabrina said, “without saying a word. You just held an entire conversation with nothing but facial movements!”
“Oh,” Malachi said. He glanced at Bran, who just lifted an eyebrow, offering no help. “Gee, thanks,” Malachi said, and Bran grinned.
“You’re doing it again,” Sabrina pointed out.
He’d covered Bran’s back with a pale gray first, from shoulders to hips. It was the exact color of the Vermont sky outside his window: the pearlescent hint of winter, cold and serene.
The trees were next, bare limbs black against the gray sky. The green stretched out under the trees, a wide expanse of withered brown that defied its commonly used name. On the other side of the green, the library rose above the branches, glass and stone and modern architecture. Two figures sat on a bench in front of the library. The smaller one had his head in the other’s lap, knees bent to brace his sketchpad. The taller figure was absorbed in his book, brown hair falling in a haphazard manner over his forehead.
And in the distance under the farthest tree, a tiny, malevolent, brown spotted llama lurked, biding its time.
Michaela Grey told stories to put herself to sleep since she was old enough to hold a conversation in her head. When she learned to write, she began putting those stories down on paper. She and her family reside in the Texas hill country with their cats, and she is perpetually on the hunt for peaceful writing time, which her four children make difficult to find.
Michaela started her career with Dreamspinner Press. Her first book is called Coffee Cake, published in May of 2015, and its sequel is Beignets, coming in October of 2015. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Queer romance is her happy place, and she delights in pushing her limits, testing her abilities and forcing herself to write scenarios she’s not familiar with. Angst is her lifeblood, and she wants you to know that your tears are delicious. (But don’t worry, she’ll always give you a happy ending.)
When she’s not writing, she’s knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.
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