Night of the Living Manny by Julia Talbot
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Julia Talbot here today talkaing about her latest release, Night of the Livng Manny from the Dreamspun Beyond line at Dreamspinner Press. Welcome, Julia.
I’m Julia Talbot, and I’m here to blather at you today about Night of the Living Manny, my new paranormal category romance from Dreamspinner Press!
Manny is a mix of the many (or male nanny) trope and an homage to the zombie movie, especially Shaun of the Dead.
Here’s an exclusive excerpt, just for Scattered Thoughts!:
“Yeah. She had ovarian cancer. It went fast. Six weeks from start to finish.” Liam sighed and rubbed his forehead. “It was insane.”
“Oh God.” He reached out but stopped short of touching. “That’s awful. Do you need some Tylenol?”
“No. No, I’m okay, just a little tension.”
“Oh. Well, at the risk of sounding supercheesy, I have massage therapist certification.” Oh God, did he just offer? Way to get fired.
“Yeah? That’s not too weird, because…. It’s probably weird, huh?”
“Maybe, yeah.” He laughed roughly. “Seriously, though, your neck would be easy to unknot.”
“I promise not to come on to you,” Liam said drily.
“Oh. Okay. I mean, sure.” Damn, damn, damn.
“I told them at the service that I was out as bi. Is it a problem?”
“You did? They didn’t tell me.” Brenden shook his head. “That makes it way easier for me, actually. You won’t be worried because I’m gay.”
“Oh. No. No, I won’t be worried. Are people normally?” Liam was frowning again, but Brenden thought it was on his behalf this time.
“Some are.” He’d had one family the service just hadn’t matched well. It had ended badly, with lots of accusations no one could back up and a bonus and apology from the agency.
“I’m sorry. That sucks. I understand. I had a thing with a guy at work. It was bad.”
“Yeah.” Okay, that was…. Wow. Bi. Holy moly, a man should never have that kind of surge of hope. This was a client. There was no way he should be making eyes at the man. “How long were you married?” Did she know you were into men too?
“We got married right out of high school. She was pregnant with Susanna.”
“High school sweethearts.” He smiled, the romantic in him touched.
“Yes. We were together all through high school. She was amazing, fierce. A little wild.”
“Susanna looks just like her.”
“She does. At first it was hard to look at her, but now it makes me smile.” Oh, that was the sweetest grin.
“I’m glad.” This time he did touch Liam’s hand. “Did you get enough snack?”
“I did. You want another beer?”
“I think I’ll switch to Coke, but they’re in the fridge if you’re willing.” He needed to be able to wake up and help the kids if they needed him.
“I’ll grab it. I’m going to have one more, I think.” Liam stood up, and Brenden let himself admire the tiny, tight little ass as Liam was on the way out.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you’ll try Night of the Living Manny!
Night of the Living Manny
Something besides love is growing…
Manny Brenden Torrance is good at his job. He’s dealt with all sorts of children and parents, but he’s never met anyone as intriguing as Liam Whitehouse. Liam is a scientist with three kids, whose job is keeping him away from home more and more. That’s where Brenden steps in to help.
Liam has secrets, though. He’s working on a project for a pharmaceutical lab that could change disease management. Or destroy it. While he and Brenden start a romance they both want to continue, things at Liam’s job come to a head, and suddenly the whole family of Dad, manny, three kids, and a big drooly dog is on the run from the one thing that might keep Brenden and Liam apart. And infect the world.