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Releasing: November 20th

Publisher: Fireborn Publishing

 

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Sammy has loved Micah from the first moment they’d met, but Micah is straight. Years later when he’s threatened and he seeks and receives Micah’s help, Sammy begins to think maybe Micah isn’t so straight after all.

 

Disaster brings people together in the most unexpected ways. Sammy Ranmore has just become the Steins brothers’ next target in their ongoing scam. Being robbed then shot at, his life is falling apart. Who is after him and why? He needs a friend.

 

Micah Ives was over the unrequited love he’d felt for Sammy. Two years later his life is finally on track–or so he thinks. One phone call in the early hours of the morning has Micah running to save the day–and Sammy.

 

Sammy moved to Gatton to be closer to the one person he’d never get over. When his life gets thrown a curve ball of epic proportions, he calls Micah for help. With the help of family, Micah and Sammy must find out if they’re strong enough to face evil–and see where newfound love can take them.

 

EXCERPT:

“Honey, why are you calling me so late?” Micah cringed at both the endearment slipping free and the tenderness of his own voice as he heard his ex-flatmate speaking. Actually, he was kind of surprised he even recognised Sammy’s voice when he’d answered the phone. Two years was a long time after the bittersweet end to their time sharing a flat. Now, to suddenly be woken up at–he looked across to the clock on his nightstand–shit! It was three a.m. A sniffle on the other end of the line had all sense of tiredness fleeing from his body, and Micah suddenly found himself wide awake. Once again the strong need to slay all of Sammy’s dragons was flooding Micah’s system. He wondered if he offered his help again, would he get the same reaction as last time. Still, he couldn’t stop himself from asking. “Why are you crying? Is everything okay?”

 

“I didn’t know who else to call. Bradley left me. He took everything and left. I’m…I–” A broken sob filled the line as Sammy shattered on the other end of the phone. Micah needed Sammy to tell him what the hell was going on.

 

“Sammy, where are you? I’m coming to get you. I need to know where I can find you.” Tossing back the sheet, Micah stood, went to his closet, and grabbed the first things his hand fell on as he coaxed Sammy’s location from him.

 

Sammy rattled off his address and shock slammed into him when Micah realised his old friend had been living in the same township and he hadn’t even known it. Why hadn’t they ever run into each other? It wasn’t like Gatton was some huge city. Surely if Sammy had been here for any length of time they would have crossed paths before now. There were so many questions he’d have to ask.

 

“I’ll be there in a couple of minutes, hon. Tomorrow you can decide what else you need to do.” Again he cringed at the term of endearment and couldn’t believe what a goober he was sounding like.

 

Micah’s hands shook as he grabbed his keys from the top of his dresser and left his house. By the time he’d gotten into his car and set out, he realised he hadn’t even locked his front door. Pulling out his phone, he dialled a number he knew well. The music died in the stereo when his Bluetooth kicked in. He also knew Kayne would just be getting up to get ready for work. Being in demolition, sometimes jobs required travel and an early start on the road.

 

“Hey, Micah, do you know what time it is?” Kayne yawned over the line.

 

Micah chuckled. “Of course I do, and I know you’re up since I just passed your house.”

 

“What the hell are you doing out at this time of the morning?” Kayne asked. “I thought you were coming in late today. If you’re going to work, why didn’t you pick me up?”

 

“I’ll be in later. I really need you to do me a favour. On your way to work, can you to stop and lock up my place? I had to leave in a bit of a hurry. Make sure I turned the lights off as well.”

 

“What’s happened? Is it Jacen or your dad? Do you need me to come with you?”

 

The worry in his friend’s voice was comforting in a weird way. Micah had always known that no matter what else life threw at them, Kayne would have his back. They had been best friends since high school. Nowadays they didn’t get to spend as much time together other than when they spoke at work. Ever since Teagan had given birth to Macen, she had curbed who her husband could hang out with. Micah had the feeling she was doing everything she could to separate Kayne from all of his friends. Mind you, whenever possible Kayne and Macen came to visit. Micah just wasn’t sure Teags knew about their visits. If she did, they would fall by the wayside. He’d never really understood why she’d always had such an intense dislike for both Ives brothers. Though, probably he got off a little lighter than Jacen did. Teags absolutely hated Jacen.

 

He responded. “The family’s fine. I’m going to help a friend. Do you remember Sammy?”

 

“The guy you shared a flat with in uni? Why’s he getting in touch now? I thought he told you to fuck off and leave him the hell alone.”

 

Micah sighed deeply. “Yeah he did, but he needs my help and I’m going to go get him. Apparently he lives on the other side of town. I didn’t even know he’d moved to Gatton.”

 

“Are you sure this is a good thing, Micah? I don’t want to see you go through what you did a couple of years ago.”

 

The lie forming on his lips made him feel guilty, as Kayne was practically the only person outside of his family he was completely truthful with. Well…almost. “This time I won’t try to be the guy’s protector. I’ve learnt my lesson. He asked, so I’m just helping him out of his tough spot.”

 

“Hmmm, I’ll believe it when I see it. You’ve always treated the guy the same way you do Jacen and look how that ended up. Your brother moved two states to get away from you.” Even though Kayne sounded like he was joking, Micah knew his friend missed Jacen probably as much as much as Micah did.

 

Micah blurted out before he could stop himself. “He didn’t leave because of me. He left because of you. You hovered over him just as much as I did, buddy.” Cursing inwardly, he was glad his friend wasn’t in the car with him and couldn’t see the truth on his face. Micah had always sucked at lying. Jacen had once told him his face was like an open book. Every emotion he’d ever felt was clearly written for all to see. He didn’t truly believe Kayne had anything to do with Jace leaving, but he did suspect Teags had a hand in it.

 

Laughter trickled over the line. “God, you’re an idiot. You keep thinking what you want, but we all know Jace ran from you. Go be your knight in shining armour and I’ll shut your place up like the good friend I am. I’ll even drop by tonight for a beer to find out what happened with you and golden boy.”

 

As the call ended Micah pulled up in front of a set of units on Woodlands Road. He didn’t even have to hazard a guess at which unit Sammy lived in because it was the only one with all the lights on and it had police both entering and leaving.

 

Holy shit! What the hell is going on?

 

ABOUT NJ

NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ arguing with Vlad, her muse, or writing about the wonderful men in her stories, you’ll find her reading work by other authors she greatly admires. NJ lives on five acres situated in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career (even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names), and her variety of pets. NJ thinks anyone who takes the time to read her stuff is totally awesome, and wants to thank you all.

 

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Guest Blog – Facing Demons by Lynley Wayne!

Facing Demons Blog Tour 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Lynley Wayne is visiting to talk with us about her new novel, Facing Demons. It’s an incredible and moving story, that is a must read.  First, we have the blurb and then an interview with Lynley! 🙂

LW_Facing_DemonsBlurb:

At the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.

Cameron Reyes was born on the wrong side of the tracks. He fell in love with Seth, but knew the only way to keep him safe was to leave, no matter how much it hurt. Eleven years later, when his life implodes, he knows the only person he can trust is the boy whose heart he broke all those years ago.

While they fight to stay one step ahead of everyone and clear Cam’s name, can they learn to work together in order to face down the demons of the past and find the happily ever after they have dreamed of?

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Interview:

Me: Welcome to my humble blog, Lynley, and thank you for taking the time to talk to me. How are you?

Lynley: I’m good. Thanks for having me.

Me: I’m so excited to have you stop by. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Lynley: There’s really not much to tell. I’m in my thirties, married, with no kids. I’ve always loved to read and write. I wrote my first story when I was in first or second grade. I’m a huge geek. I don’t have much time for reading since I became published, but when I do read I enjoy an eclectic list of genres. Same goes with music, although I don’t listen to music very often these days.

Me: I really enjoyed Facing Demons. And you know I love Seth and Cam. Can you tell us a little about Facing Demons?

Lynley: Seth and Cam have known one another since they were kids. When they hit their teens, the relationship between the two of them changes. In typical Cam fashion, he fights it at first. Seth stands firm and eventually wears Cam down. That basically sums up each of their personalities. Cam fights everything, even when it’s something he wants. Seth, he knows what he wants and he goes after it. Circumstances cause them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when Cam’s in trouble, he turns to the one person in the world he knows he can trust. Seth Dempsey.

Me: So, what inspired you to write the series? Are your characters inspired from real life? Why do you write what you do?

Actually, I never intended to write a series. When I started writing Scars it was meant to be a standalone. I was about two thirds of the way through it when I knew it was going to have to write Rocky and Landon’s story, which became Rocky’s Road.  Both of them were written in early 2010. After I finished Rocky’s Road I knew I was going to have to write Seth’s story. It took me a few years and more drafts than I want to admit, before I finally got it right. It wasn’t until I realized I was going to have to go back to the beginning and start there, rather than trying to tell it all from present day, that it finally clicked. Still it took me around six months to finally produce a first draft I was happy with.

The only character in the series that is based on a real person is, Nathaniel from Scars. He also happens to be the one character that people have told me is the most unrealistic. Something I always laugh about. Other than Nathaniel though, all of my characters are made up. Sure other people or characters or events inspire some, but none of them are based on people I know.

I write Gay Romance because I think love is beautiful in all its forms. I have people close to me who fall on the LGBTQI spectrum and this is my way of trying to make the world a better place for them.

Me: How does your writing process work? How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Lynley: I’m not sure I have a writing process, per se.  I try to write every day. It doesn’t always happen and on occasion I will take a day off. Sometimes even two. For the most part though, I will make myself a cup of chai tea, head into my office, light a scented candle, and get to work. I’m not a plotter, so I hardly ever know what I’m going to write or where I’m headed. I just sit down at the computer and listen to what my characters are telling me. I wish I was one of those writers who could have music playing in the background, but I’m not. I need quiet to work. Otherwise, I can’t hear my characters.

For me, a first draft can take anywhere from a week to six months. If the story is really flowing, then it’s nothing for me to write 20K or more a day. When it’s not… I’m lucky to get 20 words. With Facing Demons it took me around six months to write. A third of the way into it I realized it wasn’t working and ended up cutting over 16k words. Even after that I struggled with getting a first draft written. So it really depends on the story and how connected to it I am. If I can’t connect to my characters or the story then it is almost impossible for me to write.

Me: Do you have any favorites of the characters you’ve written?

Lynley: That’s a hard one. I love all my characters, even the difficult ones. However, I would have to say Nathaniel and Cam are my favorites to date. Nathaniel, because he’s based on a real person and Cam, because he’s a character that I’ve had in my head since I was in high school. I’ve carried him with me for years, watching him grow up.

Me: If one of your books became a movie, which celebrities would you like to star as your heroes?

Lynley: Wow, that’s a hard one. If A Life Interrupted was made into a movie, I think I’d want John Barrowman to play Travis. He has that laid back, yet goofy quality about him that I think would work well for Travis. For Dan… maybe Mark Ruffalo. He did an outstanding job in The Normal Heart and I think he would be able to bring the emotion to the story that it deserves.

(Me: I have to say, I love these choices! And could see both actors in those roles. 🙂 I totally want to see this as a movie now.)

Me: What are currently working on?       

Lynley: I’m working on the sequel to, A Life Interrupted. I’m also working to finish up a few of the several hundred WIPs I have at the moment.

Me: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Lynley: Sleep. LOL! Seriously, when I’m not writing or doing something writing related then I’m either cooking supper for my hubby, doing the housework that I can no longer ignore, or sleeping. For the past several years my life has revolved around writing. For the last year, I’ve been working toward getting published in another genre, under a different pen name. It’s slow going because so much of my time has been spent working on Facing Demons. So when I’m not being Lynley Wayne, I’m usually busy being my other alter ego. Which leaves very little time for anything else.

Me: Where can we find you on the net?

You can find me on my website www.lynleywayne.com

On Twitter at www.twitter.com/@LynleyWayne

On Facebook at www.facebook.com/lynley.wayne.1 and www.facebook.com/LynleyWayne

I’m also on google+  my email address is lynleywayne@gmail.com

Thanks for joining us, Lynley. 🙂

Thanks so much for having me. 🙂

Author Bio:

ATL_Lynley Wayne_BW copy (1)Lynley Wayne is the pen name of a thirty-something female living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When not writing, she can usually be found reading and thinking up creative ways to avoid housework. She is married to a very understanding man who doesn’t complain when she spends hours in front of the computer, or talks for hours about whatever story she’s working on, or asks random off the wall questions. He also keeps her fed on those occasions when her muse has taken over and she loses days at a time. Yeah, basically he’s vying for sainthood.

Lynley strongly believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness, no matter how it may differ from the norm. She writes characters she wants to read and hopes others like reading about them as much as she enjoyed writing them.

It is her hope that one day society will be able to look past the labels and see the person behind them. That they will realize we are all the same. Until that time comes, she will continue telling stories of a love others may believe is wrong, but she thinks is nothing short of beautiful.

Review, Guest Post, and Winner of Giveaway!

First a big congrats to Judy for being the winner of the giveaway for Indra Vaughn’s Hooked!

AL_TheBattleForGalerirI was recently a guest on Michael Rupured’s Blog and I talked about The Galerir Saga. You can check it out here!

The Battle for Galerir was also reviewed by Nephylim who said,
“For high fantasy the story was told in a very straightforward way that was easy to follow, although there were twists and turns aplenty. The characters are richly drawn with plenty of detail and the supporting cast coloured in nicely.” 

You can read the whole review here. 🙂

Indra Vaughn: Hooked! Plus a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! 🙂 I’d like to welcome author Indra Vaughn to my blog today!

MV_Hooked_2013Anna Lee, thank you for featuring me on your blog today. I’m very lucky to be here and talk about my novella HOOKED, published in august by MLR Press for their Average Joe series.

Hooked is about Robin Lloyd, a handsome self-made businessman who likes his freedom and his one night stands. He goes out to a club and hooks up with Tyler, not realizing until they are in his apartment that Tyler is in fact a prostitute. He’s embarrassed and a little ashamed, but still goes ahead with it, and has such an amazing time, he quickly becomes obsessed with Tyler.

Throughout the story, Tyler remains a little bit of a mystery. He’s fairly cruel to Robin, but underneath his cold exterior, there’s deep attraction too. He fights it, though, until something terrible happens and the two of them are thrown together under not so pleasant circumstances.

I’ll leave it up to the reader to discover if they manage to work things out between them ;-).

Here is a little excerpt!

As soon as they stepped into the elevator Robin had Tyler pinned against its cushioned wall. Tyler made a surprised sort of umph noise when Robin started kissing him wildly. “Easy,” Tyler breathed into Robin’s mouth. After hesitating for a beat he began to kiss back, hands sliding down Robin’s stomach, over his hips, pulling him closer.

Robin was breathless by the time they made it to his door. His shirt hung out of his jeans, and Tyler’s hands were drawing tingling paths over his skin. He barely had the presence of mind to locate his keys and push the door open. They stumbled through. Fumbling for the light on the wall, Robin bit his bottom lip to hold back a needy sound. Usually he felt more in control of the situation at this point.

Tyler’s breath puffed hot against his neck, lips murmuring on his skin. “Tell me what you want, baby.”

“Anything.”

Tyler reached for Robin’s shirt, and Robin’s breath caught in his throat as Tyler’s long fingers moved deftly down the row of buttons. He made a small noise of appreciation at Robin’s partly revealed abs. Robin was broader than him, and he guessed Tyler liked that. He shuddered when Tyler licked his earlobe. Whatever Tyler had in store for him, Robin wanted it desperately. The entryway led to an open-plan kitchen and living room, but Robin intended to bypass the couches and take Tyler straight to his bedroom.

“All right,” Tyler said, pushing away a little so he could look at Robin. “A hundred and fifty for a fuck, fifty more for anything extra. And we use condoms. I’ll top or bottom, whatever you prefer.”

Robin stared at Tyler, his heart beating out a sickening rhythm in his chest. His brain seemed to have slowed down because he couldn’t quite understand the meaning of Tyler’s words. “What?” he croaked, shaking his head, because this couldn’t be right. “You want money? You’re a hooker?” he demanded while Tyler stood there looking at him.

“Well, yes, what did you think?” Tyler said slowly. For a second he appeared confounded, but that expression was gone by the time he finished his sentence.

“That you were just –” Easy. Robin felt the blood drain from his face as he wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. He felt sick. Without another word he walked into the kitchen, pulled a bottle of vodka from the freezer, and took a swig, not bothering with a glass. He jumped a little when Tyler leaned against the counter next to him, holding out a hand for the bottle. He didn’t know why, but he handed it over.

“You seriously didn’t know?” Tyler asked a little doubtfully, bringing the bottle to his mouth. He drank, hissed, and put it down on the counter.

“No, I didn’t,” Robin admitted. Ignoring how his fingers shook, he ran the tap and splashed his face with cold water as if that would somehow wash him clean of this.

“Really?” Tyler laughed and it sounded a bit disbelieving. “Do you always score that easily?”

Robin glared, or tried to. The truth was he was still incredibly turned on, and Tyler was standing there, relaxed, like it was the most normal thing in the world. A prostitute. Fuck.

“As a matter of fact, I do,” Robin said. He managed, barely, not to flinch when Tyler reached out a hand and touched his jaw.

“Yeah,” Tyler said, his eyes roving over Robin like he was taking in all the details for the first time. “I bet you do.”

 

Hooked is available at MLR Press (http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=IR_HOOKD), Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EG46OQA/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=mp0def-20), and All Romance (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hooked-1267501-149.html).

For a chance to win a copy of HOOKED, tell me in the comments who you’d cast to play Robin and Tyler in a movie! One lucky reader will receive an ebook copy, I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, Sept. 17th!

You can find me online at:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/VaughnIndra)

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Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7132113.Indra_Vaughn)

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Thank you for stopping by!

Indra xox