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Rick heard Max before he saw him, even above the music. When Max poked his head into the lounge and did a quick scan, Rick expected him to leave or to speak to someone else, but after pausing for a moment, Max walked right up to him. His stomach was doing little flips, and Rick sighed, trying his best to ignore it.
“Having fun?” Max asked as he approached. His tequila bottle was half-empty already, and yet he didn’t appear to be affected by it.“Yeah, I don’t know where Pete got to.” Rick took a swig of his beer.“Best not to ask,” Max said. “Ready for something stronger?” He tried to hand him the tequila bottle again.

“No, I’m good. Thanks, though. I’m not a big drinker.”

Max huffed a laugh.

“Alien concept?”

“What gave you that idea?” Max took another gulp of his drink. Something seemed to catch his eye, and he waved. “Jade, over here.” As Rick looked toward the door to the kitchen, he groaned. This could not be happening. “Jade, this is—”

“Rick?” Jade looked at him in surprise. “What are you doing here?”

“You two know each other?”

“Um, yeah, kind of,” Rick said, recalling their occasional hookups. “Small world, huh?”

“Yeah, wow.” Jade snaked her slender arm around Max’s waist. “I guess you must’ve finished studying now?”

“Yeah, just finished. You?”

“Last year. I’m working here in Elfinbrook now.”

“How do you two know each other?” Max asked, frowning.

“College over in Leatherton when I was doing my hairdressing course,” Jade said. “Our classes were in the same building.”

“Right.”

“Oh, and we went out a couple of times.”

Rick cringed. Thanks, Jade.

Max’s expression froze for a second. “What?”

“Yeah, nothing serious, though, right, Rick? Don’t worry, sweetie, I think we got it out of our systems. I’m all yours when you decide to give me a chance.”

“I thought—”

“I’ve got a thing for blonds.” Jade laughed and ruffled her hand through Max’s hair. “Although this one keeps turning me down and pretending he’s not interested.”

“You’re my best friend’s sister. There’s no way I’m going there. Do you know how much stick Sian would give me?”

“One day you’ll give in to my charms,” Jade said and hugged him. “Make sure you drink plenty, sweetie. You deserve it after putting up with that lot on tour. See you around, Rick.”

“Yeah, bye, Jade.”

“You and Jade, huh?” Max said finally.

“She’s a sweet girl.”

“What happened to you liking guys?”

“I like guys too. I’m bi.”

“Right.”

Rick tried to hold back a smile and failed. “Is that a problem?”

“I have no reason to care who you sleep with.”

Rick took a swig of beer, giving him the courage he needed to push a little more. “Pete was right about you.”

“How’s that?” Max frowned.

Their eyes locked, and despite his effort to ignore it, a spark of desire rocketed through him. Rick grinned. “That you have a sexy ass.”

Max rolled his eyes and glanced around nervously. “He did not say that. That’s totally gross. Pete’s like family.”

Rick waited until Max looked at him again. “No, you’re right. Doesn’t make it any less true, though.”

“Are you always like this?”

“Like what?”

Max tugged at the label on his bottle. “Confident, I guess.”

“Life’s too short, right?”

“Right. Listen, I have to go see if my girlfriends are here yet.”

“Sure, I’ll see you later.”

Damn it, he should have known that was pushing too hard. And that Max would be in some sort of relationship. Flirting with Max was definitely out of the question; he knew that now. He just hoped he’d get a chance to see Max again later, that it hadn’t destroyed any chances of friendship with him.

Meet Max and Rick in a fun and entertaining summer read about a bunch of crazy-ass heavy metal musicians, a martial arts expert, and loads and loads of really delicious food. Purple Method is out on 9th July!Are you ready to join the party?

 
 
 
Length: 84,500 words 
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
 
Blurb
 

An up-and-coming heavy metal singer and a martial artist desperate to join a top MMA gym must decide how hard they’re willing to fight—for their dreams and each other.


Max Diaz is firmly in the closet, and as unbearable as that’s becoming, he can’t risk his only remaining family—his brother, Tony—or his band Purple Method’s chance to make it big.


Rick Bernstein dreams of rising in the ranks of the MMA circuit and securing a training career at a top gym, but with rejections coming thick and fast and his financial future in dire jeopardy, starting a relationship is the last thing on his mind—especially with someone who isn’t out.


But when Purple Method returns to Elfinbrook after a six-month tour, one kiss changes everything. Now Max and Rick face decisions that will change both of their lives forever.

 

Victoria Milne discovered fiction writing relatively late in life, back in 2012, and has loved every second of the journey. Her belief that life is one big adventure to be experienced to the max has stood her in good stead, but it has resulted in rather a lot of plot bunnies that don’t give her a minute’s peace!


A firm believer that consensual love should come without labels and without prejudice, these themes often appear in her stories, as do Victoria’s passions for martial arts, cooking, yoga, and loud music. It was no surprise when these subjects began to resonate in her writing, frequently taking center stage, and rather than fighting it she’s learned to accept and enjoy that these will always be indispensable elements in her work.


Although Victoria appreciates that stories don’t always have to have happy endings, hers always do—because everybody deserves to find their true love(s).


In 2016, Love Unlocked—the anthology in which her story “Writer’s Lock” was published—was a Rainbow Award finalist. The experience fueled her desire to learn as much about the mechanics of writing as she could. In 2017 Victoria completed her training with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and became a full-time freelance editor. Victoria has always loved reading, and still can’t quite believe she’s been lucky enough to not only create books of her own but also help other writers perfect theirs too!


Website: www.purplemethod.net
Facebook: fb.me/victoriamilneauthor
Twitter: @victoria_milne_

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Looking for Your Next Contemporary Romance? Check Out the New Release Blitz for Purple Method by Victoria Milne (excerpt and giveaway)

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Length: 84,500 words 
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
 
Blurb
 

An up-and-coming heavy metal singer and a martial artist desperate to join a top MMA gym must decide how hard they’re willing to fight—for their dreams and each other.


Max Diaz is firmly in the closet, and as unbearable as that’s becoming, he can’t risk his only remaining family—his brother, Tony—or his band Purple Method’s chance to make it big.


Rick Bernstein dreams of rising in the ranks of the MMA circuit and securing a training career at a top gym, but with rejections coming thick and fast and his financial future in dire jeopardy, starting a relationship is the last thing on his mind—especially with someone who isn’t out.


But when Purple Method returns to Elfinbrook after a six-month tour, one kiss changes everything. Now Max and Rick face decisions that will change both of their lives forever.

 
Excerpt



Max Diaz’s legs were trembling so hard, he was amazed they were still holding him up. As he waited at the edge of the stage, hidden out of sight, his throat grew tight, and he dreaded the moment he’d be expected to perform. He didn’t think he could speak right now, let alone sing the complicated vocals.


After years of Max pleading with his brother to let him join the band, Tony had finally relented. He suspected Tony had done it to ease the blow of their dad leaving them. It was just the two of them against the rest of the world.


But that didn’t change the fact that Max was now the lead singer of an actual band. He still couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t believe they’d trusted him with the responsibility of fronting them when they were all so talented.


The venue was small, but right now, the stage looked huge. There had to be at least twenty people watching them. Twenty people who would witness his epic failure if he didn’t pull his shit together.


Tony, Lee, and Kyle—his bandmates—were preparing the equipment, like Max had seen them do countless times before when he’d been to their gigs. Next time he’d help out, but right now he wasn’t complaining that they were leaving him alone. Kyle was testing the microphones, Tony was moving one of the drums, and Lee was tuning his bass guitar. It wouldn’t be long now.


Max’s legs were numb as the trembling crept through his body all the way to his fingertips, and his head swam as queasiness threatened.


“Max, breathe,” Tony said.


Opening his eyes, Max gasped a breath and tried to focus on his brother.


“You’ve got this.”


“But what if I don’t—”


“You do. Just pretend we’re back home in the garage. You’re ready. Do you think I’d let you onstage with us if you weren’t?”


Max scrubbed his hands over his eyes. That was true. “But what if I let you down? What if I screw up?”


Pulling him into a hug, Tony said, “Focus on the music and you’ll be fine. If you’re thinking about screwing up, then you will. Don’t think about that.”


“Ready?” Lee asked.


Tony patted Max on the back and released him.


“Yeah. Let’s do this,” Max said, and prayed Tony was right.


While the others took their places onstage, Max turned his thoughts to their chaotic band practices. Was it helping? He wasn’t sure. If anything, he was more nervous.


Oh God. The queasiness worsened, and Max knew he couldn’t hold it in this time. He made a dash for the restrooms out back, barely making it in time. When he returned to the stage, Tony and Lee were playing the intro on loop, and all three of them were glaring at him.


Max grabbed the microphone and gripped it as hard as he could, terrified it would slip through his fingers as he stepped onto the stage. He closed his eyes and focused on Tony’s deafening drumbeat, and then on Lee’s bass guitar, the deep notes thundering through his body, dissipating the tingling in his limbs. By the time Kyle’s guitar joined the mix, Max’s nerves were giving way—transforming into the familiar charged excitement music always brought him.


Bringing the microphone to his lips and taking a deep breath, Max opened his eyes. Their audience looked interested, but they weren’t leaping about yet. As Max sang the first lines of “Scream My Name,” a couple of people whistled and nodded their approval.


He could do this. He totally could. And if he had the chance to perform like this for the rest of his life, he’d die happy.


Grinning, Max raised his arms in the air, and he swore that by the end of their set he’d have them all screaming for Purple Method.

Victoria Milne discovered fiction writing relatively late in life, back in 2012, and has loved every second of the journey. Her belief that life is one big adventure to be experienced to the max has stood her in good stead, but it has resulted in rather a lot of plot bunnies that don’t give her a minute’s peace!


A firm believer that consensual love should come without labels and without prejudice, these themes often appear in her stories, as do Victoria’s passions for martial arts, cooking, yoga, and loud music. It was no surprise when these subjects began to resonate in her writing, frequently taking center stage, and rather than fighting it she’s learned to accept and enjoy that these will always be indispensable elements in her work.


Although Victoria appreciates that stories don’t always have to have happy endings, hers always do—because everybody deserves to find their true love(s).


In 2016, Love Unlocked—the anthology in which her story “Writer’s Lock” was published—was a Rainbow Award finalist. The experience fueled her desire to learn as much about the mechanics of writing as she could. In 2017 Victoria completed her training with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and became a full-time freelance editor. Victoria has always loved reading, and still can’t quite believe she’s been lucky enough to not only create books of her own but also help other writers perfect theirs too!


Website: www.purplemethod.net
Facebook: fb.me/victoriamilneauthor
Twitter: @victoria_milne_

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Victoria Milne on Ninja Lessons and her new release Purple Method (author guest blog)

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Purple Method by Victoria Milne

Dreamspinner Press
Publication: July 9th 2019

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Sales Links:

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Ninja Lessons

I always wanted to be a ninja, but it wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I actually started martial arts lessons. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I absolutely loved it. We worked hard, but we had such a lot of fun as well. I did it for about eight years in total, starting with kickboxing, moving into mixed martial arts, and then going back to kickboxing until I was forced to stop due to an injury.

Rick Bernstein in Purple Method is a martial arts instructor who takes it very seriously. In fact, he wants to get to the very top. I enjoyed writing his martial arts scenes so much. I guess a part of me wanted to explore, through him, what it might have been like if I’d started martial arts sooner and had competed. And perhaps what could have happened if I’d been able to continue with it.

It has been a few years since I stopped kickboxing, and it was interesting to see how much knowledge I had retained. Writing the technical aspects of the moves that Rick does and teaches to others had me up out of my writing chair and physically working through the moves again. It made me realize just how much I miss it—and how unfit I am in comparison these days!

Kicking was the most fun part of doing martial arts. That was why I went back to kickboxing. There’s nothing quite like jumping, spinning kicks. You feel like you’re flying through the air and then you connect with your target with so much power it makes you feel kinda like a superhero I guess! With mixed martial arts you learn a lot of grappling techniques and takedowns, and more focus is given to ring craft than perfecting kicks and punches. The more time I could spend doing the kicks, the happier I was back then!

One of the most fun scenes to write in Purple Method was where Max joins in one of Rick’s classes. Max is a complete beginner and not known for his coordination! He starts off being kind of bemused by the whole experience. Some of what happens to him is actually based on something that happened for real in one of my classes. It was a total Inspector Clouseau moment. And—admission time—I’m afraid to say that what Max does is actually based on what I did!

So, here’s what happened…

My instructor had come up with a game for us to play to enable us to practice the knife defense skills we’d just learned. The idea was that one of us (me, at the time) would stand facing the others. Our instructor stood behind me and would point at one of the students who would have to attack me and then I would defend. The way it was done meant that I wouldn’t know who was going to attack me next or when the attack would happen. That bit was all fine, but what he thought would be a good idea was for us to, once we’d defended an attack, run to the person at the far end of the hall and complete a punching combination on the pads before returning to our previous position ready for the next attack.

Simple. Right?

Apparently not! So, I successfully defended the attack and was feeling pleased with myself when I suddenly remembered I had forgotten the pad work. I dashed off to do that, not realizing that in the meantime my instructor (who it appeared had also forgotten about the pads!) had pointed at someone in my peripheral vision to attack me. The result was that just as my attacker was about to pretend stab me, I rushed off in the opposite direction and he ended up swiping at thin air! I was totally oblivious to what had happened and everyone was practically rolling around laughing. Our instructor was shaking his head and looking at us all in despair. He had started off the lesson with the intention of this being done seriously.

I just wished someone had filmed it!

It was great fun reliving some of those moments from when I was doing martial arts, and I’m glad that one made it to the final cut. It has certainly whetted my appetite for writing more martial arts scenes in the sequel to Purple Method.

Meet Rick and Max in a fun and entertaining summer read about a bunch of crazy-ass heavy metal musicians, a martial arts expert, and loads and loads of really good food. Purple Method is out on 9th July!

Are you ready to join the party?

Amazon: getbook.at/PurpleMethod

Dreamspinner Press :

BLURB—Purple Method

An up-and-coming heavy metal singer and a martial artist desperate to join a top MMA gym must decide how hard they’re willing to fight—for their dreams and each other.

Max Diaz is firmly in the closet, and as unbearable as that’s becoming, he can’t risk his only remaining family—his brother, Tony—or his band Purple Method’s chance to make it big.

Rick Bernstein dreams of rising in the ranks of the MMA circuit and securing a training career at a top gym, but with rejections coming thick and fast and his financial future in dire jeopardy, starting a relationship is the last thing on his mind—especially with someone who isn’t out.

But when Purple Method returns to Elfinbrook after a six-month tour, one kiss changes everything. Now Max and Rick face decisions that will change both of their lives forever.

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When one kiss changes everything, closeted heavy metal singer Max Diaz and MMA fighter Rick Bernstein must decide how hard they’re willing to fight—for their dreams and each other.

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/purple-method-by-victoria-milne-10624-b

 

About the Author


Victoria Milne discovered fiction writing relatively late in life, back in 2012, and has loved every second of the journey. Her belief that life is one big adventure to be experienced to the max has stood her in good stead, but it has resulted in rather a lot of plot bunnies that don’t give her a minute’s peace!


A firm believer that consensual love should come without labels and without prejudice, these themes often appear in her stories, as do Victoria’s passions for martial arts, cooking, yoga, and loud music. It was no surprise when these subjects began to resonate in her writing, frequently taking center stage, and rather than fighting it she’s learned to accept and enjoy that these will always be indispensable elements in her work.

Although Victoria appreciates that stories don’t always have to have happy endings, hers always do—because everybody deserves to find their true love(s).

In 2016, Love Unlocked—the anthology in which her story “Writer’s Lock” was published—was a Rainbow Award finalist. The experience fueled her desire to learn as much about the mechanics of writing as she could. In 2017 Victoria completed her training with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and became a full-time freelance editor. Victoria has always loved reading, and still can’t quite believe she’s been lucky enough to not only create books of her own but also help other writers perfect theirs too!

Website: http://www.purplemethod.net

Facebook: fb.me/victoriamilneauthor

Twitter: @victoria_milne_