Jay Northcote is here with her latest release, Nothing Special. She has brought along a contest to enter and an excerpt or two to read. For all the contest details, scroll down to the bottom of the post, Rafflecopter link included.
Book Name: Nothing Special
Author Name: Jay Northcote
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Title: Northing Special
Author: Jay Northcoate
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon
Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.
But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.
He must have slept for a little while, because he was awoken by a warm hand on his shoulder and the brush of lips on his forehead. “Hey, sleeping beauty. I’m done. Want to see?”
“Please.” Noah opened his eyes and moved over so that Sol could sit beside him. Sol handed him the sketch pad so Noah could admire his handiwork.
Noah traced the lines of the drawing with his fingertip while he tried to find the words. His body was lean and slender where he lay sprawled on the rumpled sheets. Sol had shaded every dip and shadow to show the curve of muscle and the angle of his bones under the skin.
“You made me look beautiful.” He heard the surprise in his own voice. Noah had never seen himself like this before. It was so different from a photo or looking in the mirror.
“You are beautiful.” Sol’s voice was matter of fact, as though stating that the sky was blue or grass was green.
“I’m not,” Noah protested. “I’m nothing special. I’m just… ordinary.”
Noah stopped by the door, waiting for Sol to open it. His heart was thudding fast now. He was nervous. It had been a while since he’d hooked up with anyone, but he was impatient too. He badly wanted to kiss Sol again. But Sol paused, looking at Noah. “Fuck, sorry. I just realized I completely forgot to offer you a drink. I know you don’t want coffee, but do you want anything else?”
Noah shook his head. “No,” he said. Then with a surge of frustration, he took control of the situation, grabbing Sol by the belt loops and hauling him in. He buried his nose in the crook of Sol’s neck and breathed him in before sucking a biting kiss that made Sol gasp and clutch at Noah’s shoulders. “No. I don’t want anything to drink… or eat… or smoke,” Noah muttered against Sol’s neck and cheek, punctuating his words with wet kisses. He pulled back and looked at Sol’s upturned face. “Can we just…?”
“Skip the pleasantries and get off?” Sol suggested. “Sounds good to me.”
Tour Dates: 8/11 – 8/22 & stops
8/11 – My Fiction Nook
8/12 – Emotion in Motion
8/13 – Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Love Bytes
8/14 – Velvet Panic
8/15 – The Novel Approach
8/18 – Prism Book Alliance, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
8/19 – MM Good Book Reviews, Smoocher’s Voice
8/20 – Parker Williams
8/21 – The Blogger Girls
8/22 – Amanda C. Stone, Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Contest: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Use the Rafflecopter link provided for the entry form and further contest details. Winner gets the Rafflecopter Prize: Winner’s choice – An e-copy of ‘Nothing Serious’, ‘The Little Things’ or ‘Not Just Friends’
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