A MelanieM Release Day Review: Beneath These Fields ( World of Love) by Ward Maia

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Sometimes true worth is well hidden.

Ellis Campos is a successful divorce lawyer with little to no time for a personal life. His predictable routine is disrupted when he inherits a coffee farm from an estranged aunt. There’s no room in his life for all the complications that come with managing a farm in another state. But his plans to quickly sell it and go back to the big city fall apart when he’s manipulated into spending a week on the estate.

Adding to the unexpected surprises, he meets Rudá, a native Brazilian who works on the farm, and while teaching him about his aunt’s home and family, also tempts Ellis like no one ever has.

He doesn’t expect his life to change in such a short time, but as he finds value and comfort in the farm’s routine, Ellis quickly realizes that, like the land itself, Rudá has secrets that could send him running back to Rio.

Beneath These Fields by Ward Maia is another story from the World of Love line at Dreamspinner Press.   This time the location is Brazil , specifically a coffee farm far away from the comforts of Rio.  That the author himself is from Brazil and loves his country from the city to the rolling hills of farmland gives Beneath These Fields a warmth and depth lacking in other stories.  Familiarity will do that as will fondness when you write what you know.

When he writes of the heat, the character sweating so badly that the clothes are sticking to his back, or the little used air conditioning of an older truck spraying dust and insect wings over Ellis, it feels authentic …and funny.  Or of a man smelling like the very coffee he raises.  That too feels real, believable, and incredibly sexy.

For me there was so much I really connected with and enjoyed.  The coffee farm, its employees and inhabitants itself,right down to the dog Duke.  The  daily natural feel of the place, including the harvest of the beans and the way Ellis was learning to love the place his aunt built as he learned about her from her books and the people around her.  It was charming, fluid, and easy.  Maia made us see this place as though it was real, he gave it charm, a solidity, and heart.

Less satisfactory was some of the mystery surrounding his aunt, her lost connection to one side of the family which to my mind was never really explained.  It was made a big element and then sort of left there.  Also the ending felt rushed after all the marvelous story that came before.  It was nice. mind you, but, left you with too many questions.

Overall, I enjoyed this story.  It had a wonderful framework, some outstanding elements and characters, and I found myself many times wanting to know more about Ruda’ tribe or the region. I wanted to go exploring because this story pulled me there and made me love the people and place.  That includes the couple.

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht.  Not my idea of Ellis in dress or age, or background.  Doesn’t really work for me.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner PressAmazon

Book Details:

ebook, 144 pages
Expected publication: January 25th 2019
Original Title Beneath These Fields
ISBN 139781640809758
Edition Language English

A Jeri Review: Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers #1) by Anyta Sunday

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Rating: 2.5  stars out of 5

Sorry, this was just a weak story. Boy falls for his sister’s boyfriend. I’ve read that, it’s a decent trope. Sister’s boyfriend turns out to be gay. Ok, I’ll go with it. They are paired up as roommates in college and almost immediately fall into a relationship. Blah.
First, the book started out with Shane and his twin sister June being best friends who would do anything for each other. Guess what, even though they broke up, he shouldn’t have hooked up with her ex.
Second, June is upset but “understands”? Nope.
After they got together, it just turned so sappy. There was a whole spin off story with one of Shane’s friends and his boyfriend and then his father. Trey has some big family secret (although, pretty easy to suss out), and they are “away” at college in dorm rooms but are only 30 minutes from home?
. They were so cutesy. And they seemed to know exactly what to do with each other even though neither had any experience. Where was the awkward? It was all just kind of a mess for me
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 (first published January 2nd 2012)
Original Title Shane and Trey
ASIN B0070FDJPG
Edition Language English
Series Enemies to Lovers #1

A Stella Review: Living on the Inside by Londra Laine

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RATING 3,5 out of 5 stars

Micah Grayson lives in his baby mama’s guesthouse. It’s unconventional and awkward, but he’s happy for a chance to reconnect with his teenage son. He doesn’t have time for other distractions—no matter how sexy, independent, and compassionate that distraction might be. Besides, he’s not good enough for more than a fling—no one would ever take him home to meet their parents.

Adrien Darling has book smarts, but no street savvy—at least that’s what his family says. And after a heart-breaking betrayal by the man meant to love and protect him, Adrien believes them. But then a gorgeous guy with a defeated look in his eyes walks into Adrien’s coffee shop and makes him want to take a chance.

After years of living on the outside as two misfits looking in, both men are afraid to reach for more. But in each other’s arms, Micah and Adrien find out what it’s like to live on the inside. As their tender bond grows and blossoms, old insecurities bubble to the surface. Will their commitment crumble under the pressure? Or will the two find the strength to fight for each other.

***Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to domestic abuse that may be triggering to some readers.***

This is the first book I read by Londra Laine. I have to say I particularly liked the writing style, I found it really easy to read, quick, no once I had to come back and reread a sentence. For my still WIP English, this fluency was a huge bonus.

I appreciated  the MCs took their time to know each otehr, they became friends first, although the strong attraction, Adrien and Micah waited to act on it. Cause their pasts were too bulky to be easily ignored. But the connection between them was real and clear, it was in their eyes, words and touches from the first time they met. I felt their feelings and I saw the hurts in their souls.

I loved all the secondary characters, they were well defined as the MCs, each of them was neat and passionate. Especially their families were supportive and protective, caring and hospitable.

The only reason why I didn’t give the book an higher rating was due to the last part, I think it could have been avoided and something more special and different could have been created. It was really too boring and already seen to break the MCs relationship in nothing. 

Still Living on the Inside was a lovely surprise and I will definitely read more by this author.

The cover art by Resplendent Media is very well done and most of all fitting, I like it a lot.

Sales Links:   Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 1st edition

Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Independent

ASIN B07MJ3V2Y8

Edition Language English

An Alisa Review: Gargoyle’s Embrace (Polar Nights #3) by Siryn Sueng

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

The mysteries that are building in the deep snows of Tromsø seem to never end—including how Auren knows a certain incubus, and perhaps the reason why the fae have come so far north…

 

As the owner of a high-profile exotics bar for the supernatural, Krystalf is used to attention. Being the son of wealthy and powerful parents and a formidable second-tier mage himself, Krystalf is also used to being the target of petty humans looking for a healthy ransom. Luckily, his life in Tromsø, Norway is usually quite peaceful.

Then…the fae arrived. After a brutal attack, Krystalf is left shaken as he witnesses for the first time how powerful they are. And at how helpless he truly is against them.

For the devilishly-handsome Auren, a gargoyle from Cara, Egypt, finding his mate was the last thing on his mind.  He’s been painstakingly hunting the host of fae who attacked his home. That hunt leads him straight to the arms—and heart—of the mysterious mage, Krystalf. Yet, more questions than answers arise once Auren sets foot in Tromsø.  Questions regarding how Auren knows a certain incubus—and perhaps the reason why the fae have come so far north…

This is still an interesting world though I continue to have trouble understanding how mating works.  Krystalf is lucky that Auren had been tracking the fae that attacked him.

I am having trouble remembering parts of the last books but I don’t think it affected my understanding of this book but as I said before I am still having trouble understanding how the mating really works.  The main focus of this book was the fae and they brought in the others from the previous books.  It is extremely hard to connect with the characters because they all seem to keep everything to themselves unless it’s necessary to divulge it.

The cover art is great and follows the style for the series.

Sales Links: Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 75 pages

Published: November 20, 2018 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

Series: Polar Nights #3

Ward Maia on Writing, Research, and his new release Beneath These Fields (author interview)

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Beneath These Fields ( World of Love) by Ward Maia
Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner PressAmazon

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Ward Maia here today on tour for his latest novel Beneath These Fields.  Welcome, Ward.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Ward Maia

  • How much of yourself goes into a character?

I try to pour as much of my experiences into my characters, but not a lot of myself.

  • Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?

I don’t understand the question, sorry.

  • Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?

Yes, I like to read a lot of History and Mythology books, so research definitely plays an important role. But I enjoy doing both. Research is always fun and finding out about different cultures is always interesting. But making up new worlds, creating different sets of rules and tossing your characters into that mix also makes for interesting stories.

  • Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?

Not really, I grew up reading the classics and science fiction, but I prefer to write contemporary and fantasy novels.

  • Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

Yes, that has happened. Coming to terms with being transgender was very difficult for me, so some of the stories I was writing I didn’t really know how to process or how to properly finish because it was difficult to unpack all the emotions tied to the characters and the story I was trying to tell.

  • Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

I think HFNs are valid, but I’d much rather read a book with a HEA. It might sound a little cliché, but I think real life is difficult enough, so I like my fiction to make me happy. Also, I’m a helpless romantic, so it’s HEA for me all the way.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

I read a lot of classical books as a teenager and now, as an adult, I read a lot more romance, especially contemporary.

  • Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?

Growing up, Herman Melville. Moby Dick is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. Also The Lord of The Rings Trilogy; the first time I saw a map of Middle Earth, was the first time I realized creating an entire different world with an entirely different set of rules for your characters was possible.

  • How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?

At one point in my life, I was the proud owner of over three hundred books, so printed books will always have a special place in my heart. Having said that, I love ebooks because they completely changed how I accessed books and even the books I had access to. There’s not a lot of printed transgender representation where I’m from and ebooks are easier to access than physical ones.

  • How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part)

I like covers to reflect some essential aspect of the story, whether it’s explicit or not. In my case, the farm played a very important part in Ellis’s journey so I chose a cover I felt reflected the dichotomy between Ellis-the-city-boy and Ellis-who-inherited-a-coffee-farm.

  • Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why?

I don’t like to play favorites, but there are always characters that stay with me for longer than others. Ellis was one of those characters. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about him and his journey of self-discovery.

  • What’s next for you as an author?

I want to write epic stories with unapologetically-queer trans masc main characters because I feel it’s an important representation that’s lacking in fiction. Especially in Brazil.

  • If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”?  Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest?

I think the concept of flaw varies greatly depending on which character you ask. What one might perceive as a flaw, another sees only as a personality trait. Having said that, I don’t think there’s such a thing as making a character too “real”. I enjoy reading about all-powerful characters with world-changing destinies just as much as the next person, but I also enjoy seeing just your average trans guy, doing average things and navigating the ins and outs of a romantic relationship like everyone else.

 

  • What traits do you find the most interesting in someone? Do you write them into your characters?

The traits I find most interesting in people are the ones they sometimes don’t even realize they have. For instance, how someone reacts to shocking news, if their eyes go wide, or they bite their nails, bounce their knees or even laugh. I do actually write them into my characters, because I feel it makes them more “believable’, so to speak, seeing as they can be traced to a real trait of a real person.

 

  • Have you ever put a story away, thinking it just didn’t work?  Then years/months/whatever later inspiration struck and you loved it?  Is there a title we would recognize if that happened?

Yes! The first serious story I sat down to write was a contemporary romance with a best friends-to-lovers trope I started writing when I was seventeen. Recently, almost a decade later, I’ve picked the story back up and decided to develop it. It ended up turning into a duology and I have just finished writing the first Book. But who knows if it will ever see the light of day?

 

  • Have you ever had an issue in RL and worked it through by writing it out in a story?  Maybe how you thought you’d feel in a situation?

Yes, I have. Writing helps me deal with my anxiety – it’s kind of like therapy. So whenever I have a serious issue to work through, I usually try to write it out. Maybe I’ll write a scene similar to what I’m going thorough, to try and see how I’d feel or react in a given situation.

 

  • What’s  the wildest scene you’ve imagined and did it make it into a story?

I once imagined a scene where the main characters are breaking up and one of them is sneaking out of the house when his partner wakes up and ends up running behind his car, shouting for him to come back and not leave. It hasn’t made it into any of my stories yet, but who knows? Maybe I’ll write a second chance romance and include that scene.

 

  • Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know.

I’m a very boring guy, meaning I don’t drink anything remotely alcoholic. So no, I’ve never written a drunk chapter, but anything is possible. I tend not to pull back my punches when it comes to my characters, so writing drunk could end up being an interesting experience.

 

  • If you could imagine the best possible place for you to write, where would that be and why?

I love writing in my back yard, or just by the seaside. But maybe one day I’ll have a private writing room, overlooking snowy mountains and quite possibly the sea or a lake.

 

  • With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To widen our knowledge?  Why do you write?

I write because my words demand to be given life and space to breathe. But also, because most people have severe misconceptions about transgender folks and how being transgender varies from person to person. And if I can clarify some of that while maybe entertaining a couple of people, why not?

And of course, I write because it’s something I love doing.

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

Like I said, I want to write about everyday trans masc individuals accomplishing both extraordinary and everyday feats. I don’t want to change the world, I just want to share my words with it.

Blurb:

Sometimes true worth is well hidden.

Ellis Campos is a successful divorce lawyer with little to no time for a personal life. His predictable routine is disrupted when he inherits a coffee farm from an estranged aunt. There’s no room in his life for all the complications that come with managing a farm in another state. But his plans to quickly sell it and go back to the big city fall apart when he’s manipulated into spending a week on the estate.

Adding to the unexpected surprises, he meets Rudá, a native Brazilian who works on the farm, and while teaching him about his aunt’s home and family, also tempts Ellis like no one ever has.

He doesn’t expect his life to change in such a short time, but as he finds value and comfort in the farm’s routine, Ellis quickly realizes that, like the land itself, Rudá has secrets that could send him running back to Rio.

About the Author :

Ward Maia was born and raised in Brazil and has seen almost every corner of that great and beautiful country. With a M. in Geology and Metamorphic Petrology, spending time in underground labs was more commonplace than interacting with real humans, which lead to the creation of entire fictional universes. The heroes that populate those universes are usually flawed and find love in unexpected places.

Having travelled throughout the country, from North to South, Ward now calls the Northwest of Brazil home. Alongside a grumpy sixteen-year old poodle (that insists on always having the last word) and hundreds of paperback novels, Ward lives five minutes from the beach and enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and feeling the ocean breeze while writing about unexpected places and people.

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Twitter: @_WardMaia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ward.maia.583

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Blog Tour for A World Apart(Loving Again #1) by Mel Gough (excerpt)

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LOVING AGAIN SERIES BLOG TOUR

January 25, 2019 – A World Apart

February 22, 2019 – A New Life

March 22, 2019 – A Broken Promise

NEW RELEASE

Book Title: A World Apart (Loving Again Series, Book 1)

Author: Mel Gough

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Black Jazz Design

Genre/s: Contemporary romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 51 000 words/197 pages

Release Date: January 25, 2019

The first book in a series of three, but can be read as standalone.

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Blurb

Ben’s life appears perfect. He has a career to shine in and a beautiful family. But his marriage has broken down, and being a small-town cop is turning into a dead-end job.

Hot-headed troublemaker Donnie is used to being side-eyed by the fuzz. Getting dragged into the station for a crime he didn’t commit is no big surprise – but a cop who gives a damn sure is.

Ben has no clue how much a second encounter with the secretive redneck will shake up his life. Donnie’s sullen vulnerability arouses a passion Ben hasn’t felt for a long time. Soon, nothing matters but helping Donnie fight his demons. Can they carve a new life together out of the ashes?

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Excerpt 

From Chapter One

“WHAT HAVE WE got, Lou?” Ben asked the gray-haired desk clerk at Corinth Police Department. He glanced at a handcuffed man who sat on a nearby bench, staring down at the scuffed linoleum floor. The man’s dark hair was disheveled, falling low over his forehead and brushing his long eyelashes as his eyes flicked up at Ben. He looked to be in his mid-twenties. One knee jiggled with nerves, and his jaw worked as if he was biting the inside of his mouth over and over. His dark blue eyes were mistrustful, almost pained.

“That guy was driving the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run yesterday,” Lou said. “Browne and O’Donnell brought him in. They’re with the captain.”

Just that moment, the door to the inner sanctum of the station opened, and Jason Browne strode out of Captain Buckley’s office. The sleeves of his uniform were rolled up as usual, to show off his muscular, tanned arms.

“How was court, brother?” Jason sounded cheerful, but his gray eyes were cold. In Ben’s partner and best friend since high school, that was never a good combination. Ben gave Jason a long look, then shrugged.

“As expected.” He didn’t want to think about the peculiar effect Mr. Abbott’s words had had on him, and he sure as hell wasn’t going to discuss it in front of a suspect, or Lou.

“You missed all the excitement.” Jason gestured toward the handcuffed man, who had his gazed directed at the floor again. “Saunders here knows some pretty colorful language, and he was none too happy to accompany us, neither.”

“Hence the handcuffs?” Ben asked, his tone dry.

Jason nodded, smirking.

“Wasn’t me that hit that kid,” Saunders muttered, his dark voice shaking with suppressed anger. “Told y’all I wasn’t in town.”

Jason sighed, folding his arms across his chest with exaggerated impatience. “And I told you this: We got witnesses placing you at the scene, smart-ass. It’s your word against theirs. Who’re we gonna believe, some deadbeat, or the boy’s mother?”

Ben frowned at his partner. They had been in the radio car on their usual route the day before when the call about a hit-and-run near Corinth High had come over dispatch. O’Donnell and Myers, the department’s other two sergeants, had been closest and responded to the call. Last night, back at the station, O’Donnell had told them that the boy had a broken leg from being flung off his bike, but that he would undoubtedly survive. There really was no need for Jason to be so aggressive about the issue.

Saunders sat up straight on the bench, glaring at Jason. “It wasn’t me! Why’re you not listening?” His eyes were wide with fury.

Ben, knowing Jason’s thought processes and impulses almost as well as his own, stepped in his partner’s way. Gaze fixed on his friend, he said loud enough for Lou and any bystanders to hear, “Why don’t you and I take Mr. Saunders through to the interrogation room for a statement?” He put special emphasis on the last words, hoping Jason would get his meaning: Anything other than a polite request for an official statement from the suspect would be out of order at this point.

Taking Jason’s reluctant jerk of the head as assent, Ben turned around, intending to escort Saunders to the interrogation room. But as soon as his back was turned, Jason stepped nimbly around him and grabbed the man hard by the upper arm.

Saunders flinched, but Jason’s grip on him was like a vise. Saunders’s eyes met Ben’s, and there was pure animal fear in them, as well as something Ben couldn’t quite place. Anguish, perhaps?

He stepped up close behind Jason. “If you dislocate his shoulder there’ll be an awful lot of paperwork to fill in for both of us, brother.” Ben kept his voice quiet and even, but Jason knew him well enough to detect the steely undertone. After a moment, Jason huffed, then let go of Saunders and took a step back. There were finger-shaped marks on Saunders’s bicep, just below the rolled-up sleeve.

Now Ben stepped forward, and Saunders looked at him. His breath still came fast, but the fear began to fade from the indigo blue eyes.

Ben motioned at Saunders to stand, then pointed down the corridor. “Would you come this way, please?”

Good cop, bad cop. Ben hated playing this game, but Jason had left him no choice. Saunders got up. He was no taller than Ben, who just about scraped five foot nine. Jason towered over them both, still glowering. Saunders gave him a quick, disgusted look, then preceded Ben down the dreary-gray hallway, handcuffed arms held stiffly behind him. His narrow back was tense, the shoulders hunched.

At the door to the interrogation room, Ben let Jason draw ahead. He followed the two men inside and closed the door. Jason approached Saunders, who had backed up against the one-way mirror.

“Turn around,” Jason growled.

Saunders ignored him and stared straight at the bottle-green linoleum floor. Ben spoke before Jason could get angry again. “Sir, the sergeant will move the handcuffs to the front so you can sit down more comfortably.” The eyes that met Ben’s were still full of mistrust, but after a moment, they softened and Saunders turned around.

“Sit,” Jason said when he had shackled Saunders’s arms again in the front. Saunders flopped into the single chair on one side of the square floor-bolted table. Ben and Jason took the two chairs opposite.

Leaning forward, Ben waited until he had the suspect’s attention. “Do you mind if we record this conversation?”

“You’re arresting me?” The narrow blue eyes were suspicious again, but Saunders sounded more wary than belligerent. And he ignored Jason, his gaze never wavering from Ben.

“No, we’re not,” Ben said in an even tone. “But having a record of what we talk about will aid your cause.”

Saunders chewed this over, trying to decide whether Ben told the truth. Eventually he gave a small shrug.

“Sir,” Ben said. “Please state for the protocol: Do you mind if we record this conversation?” Forcing the police procedural on this man was distressing. The tension vibrating off him made Ben wince. Saunders gave him a pained look.

“Go ahead.”

Jason pressed the digital recorder button on the small panel in the tabletop to his right. But it was Ben who spoke again. When they interrogated a suspect together, Ben usually started off the interview. His milder, calmer demeanor tended to relax the atmosphere better than Jason’s hot temper. For now, Jason seemed to have gotten all his anger out by playing scary cop in front of Lou and sat back in his chair without interrupting.

“Statement protocol, September twenty-second, eleven forty-five a.m. Officers present: Sergeant Ben Griers and Sergeant Jason Browne.” Ben nodded at the suspect. “Please state your full name for the record, sir.”

“Donnie Saunders.” The man’s voice was quiet, and he sounded tired.

Ben waited for Saunders to look at him again, and nodded his thanks. Then he glanced at Jason, eyebrows raised, reminding his partner with his most level stare to act appropriately. “Officer Browne will now ask you a few questions.”

“All right,” Jason said. Ben took this as the opening of the interview and an affirmation that he would stay calm. “Mr. Saunders, your pickup truck was seen driving away after hitting Dennis Mallory on his bike while he was riding home after school yesterday afternoon at about three thirty p.m.”

“I told y’all three times now, it wasn’t me. Why is it that you can’t hear me?” Saunders’s voice had risen again in volume, but there was a strange quiver in it, too. He leaned back in his chair as far as he could, regarding Jason from eyes narrowed in anger.

Before Jason, who looked ready to explode again, could respond, Ben said, “Let’s rephrase the question: Sir, where were you yesterday at three thirty p.m.?”

Saunders didn’t immediately reply. His eyes darted around the room, never meeting Ben’s, and still ignoring Jason. Then they settled on the shackled, tightly folded hands in his lap. Is he trying to come up with a lie?

At last, Saunders said, “Was in Atlanta. Had an appointment at the DFCS.” His voice was very quiet, and he didn’t look up. It didn’t sound like a lie, but a truth the man was reluctant to share.

Ben decided not to press for details. It was none of his business why the guy had been summoned to the Division of Family and Children Services. As long as he could determine that Saunders had been forty miles away from the scene of the hit-and-run, he had done his job.

“I need to know who you were there to see,” Ben said just as quietly, and wasn’t surprised when his gaze was met with one of suspicion again. He added in explanation, “A phone call to the person you had the appointment with will clear you.”

Saunders gave a small jerk of the head in understanding. “Stacy Miller.”

“Thank you.” Ben looked at Jason, considering his options. Could he leave these two alone for a few minutes? His partner’s steel gaze never wavered from Saunders, and Ben could feel Jason’s tension. But if he told Jason to make the phone call, would he try very hard to get at the truth? No, Ben would have to call the DFCS himself. He’d just had to be quick.

“Jason, stay with Mr. Saunders. I’m going to call Ms. Miller.”

Not waiting for Jason’s acknowledgment, or asking permission from Saunders to make the call on his behalf, Ben got up and left the room. He went back to the front desk. “Lou, find me the number for Atlanta DFCS.”

The desk clerk looked grumpy for a moment but then started hacking away at his keyboard without a word. Finally he picked up the phone, dialed a number, and held the receiver out to Ben.

“DFCS switchboard,” a tinny voice announced in Ben’s ear. “How can I help?”

“Stacy Miller, please,” Ben said, ignoring Lou, who tried hard to look like he wasn’t listening in.

“Hold the line.”

Ben half turned away while he listened to the annoying phone queue music. After a few moments, there was a click and a crisp voice said, “Medicaid assessment team. How can I help you?”

About the Author

Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.

If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two.

Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember.

In her day job, Mel works as PA and office manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.

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Love Contemporary Romance with a Kink? Check out the Blog Tour for Stay by KM Neuhold (excerpt)

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M/M PUPPY PLAY ROMANCE

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What happens to a couple when one of them discovers a new kink that he’s not sure his partner will be into?

Dear Art,

I’m sure you get messages like this all the time, but I feel like I don’t even know who I am anymore. I suppose I should start from the beginning… Three weeks ago, I saw puppy play for the first time, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Wait, no, that’s not really the beginning… Ten years ago, my best friend who I’d been in love with my entire life told me he loved me too.

For ten years, I’ve been living in complete bliss with Lars, the man of my dreams. Don’t get me wrong, we have our fights and disagreements (mostly because I do irritating shit, and every once in a while, he reaches the end of his patience), but he is my other half in every way. I didn’t know I could love someone the way I love him.

Then, the puppy thing happened. It’s not so different from when I realized I was gay; there was a moment where everything sort of clicked into place, and my whole body was like “Yes, that’s what we’ve been trying to figure out all this time.” At first, I thought maybe I should just let it go because it’s not the kind of thing I can imagine my partner being into. But last week I went into a kink shop and ended up walking out with a puppy hood. I stashed it in our guest bedroom closet and haven’t even had the courage to take it out and try it on again, let alone show it to Lars. I don’t know what to do. How do I bring this up to him? And what if he isn’t into it? I feel like I don’t recognize myself anymore, and I don’t know where to turn. Please help.

Sincerely,

One Lost Puppy

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EXCERPT

Jonah stumbles a little on the way to our bedroom, letting me know he had too much to drink as well. When we reach the bedroom, he struggles to get his pants undone, so I bat his hands away and do it for him, carefully unzipping them and then lowering them, along with his underwear.

“Step out,” I instruct, kneeling at his feet to get his pants off without letting him trip over himself, his half hard cock swaying near my face.

“Mmm,” he hums, running his hands through my hair, his hazy, drunk eyes fixed on me.

“Hey, JJ?”

“Yeah?”

“Why haven’t you been sleeping well this week?”

As soon as the words are out, his warm, happy expression shutters, and he frowns at me. I can see the wheels turning behind his eyes, see him trying to come up with an answer. My stomach lurches with the realization that he’s planning on lying to me, again. Is this related to the porn thing earlier in the week or has he decided, after all these years, to make a habit out of lying to me?

“Come on, JJ, step out of your pants,” I repeat soberly when I realize he’s not going to answer. This time he does as I say with my help. By the time I stand up, he’s tugging his shirt off and tossing it in the pile of dirty clothes, and I follow suit, the two of us climbing into bed silently.

For the first time in our lives, there’s something Jonah isn’t telling me.

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Author K.M. Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together.

She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series.

When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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