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Interview and Guest Post ~ Ashe Winters

 

Title: Never Apart (Captivated in New England Book One)

Author: Ashe Winters

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My heart throbbed a merciless, rhythmic beat as I accepted just how precious he was to me.

Nick tumbled hard for the waifish imp crying over a crushed pink donut. They were only little boys, but those big tears caused Nick’s protective instincts to flare and he was forever captivated.

Though the future beckoned, Nick felt conflicted. He had fallen in love, and his aching desire for Cameron had grown deeper than he ever imagined possible. While Nick had always offered Cam his unwavering support, Cameron’s downward spiral of self-doubt and battle for self-reliance nearly push Nick to the edge of letting go.

The thought of him with someone else, loving someone else, wrecked me.

Cam realized he was a little different. He was artistic, flamboyant, and adored sparkly, pretty things. Endlessly bullied for not being “masculine enough”, Cam strived to discover his place in the world. College was supposed to help, but things weren’t going as planned.

Cam gained strength in Nick’s friendship, his personal knight in shining armor. A lifetime of indecisions paired with a surprising hunger for the one man who’d always been his anchor, propels Cam to face reality. Change was happening, whether he was ready or not.

“I promise I won’t ever leave you again, Cam. We’ll never be apart.”

Two men battle their hearts amidst an uncertain future.

When he can no longer hide his feelings, will Nick break his sacred promise to never leave Cam’s side even though his heart and body desperately crave the only man he has ever loved?

Can Cameron find the strength to believe in himself enough to follow his own path, or will his stubbornness keep him from chasing his own dreams and risk losing the man who’s always stood by him?

 

INTERVIEW PROMPTS

The prized possession you value above all others…

It’s not a physical thing. The thing I prize more than anything is the gift of my imagination. It has carried me to places I may never go and places that don’t exist. It has helped me through sad times and lonely times. My imagination allows me to learn, to consider new things. And most of all, my imagination helps me to dream. I don’t even want to contemplate what my life would be like without it.

The regret you wish you could amend…

I wish I’d never listened to people tell me I couldn’t write when I hit my twenties and became serious about writing a novel. They told me no one wanted to read my stories. I let those words put up a block in my mind that kept me from writing for 16 years. It’s the biggest regret I have, because I let others take away my joy. Last year, I finally fought against it and here I am, proving them wrong. I just wish I’d done it much sooner.

The temptation you wish you could resist…

Dr. Pepper and Skittles. They are my obsession and they are so unhealthy. I’d love to cut them out of my life, but I can’t resist.

The film you can watch time and time again…

Howl’s Moving Castle

The poem that touches your soul…

This poem touches my soul in a slightly different way than people usually say about poems. “The Village Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one that my grandpa and I shared. It was a poem he loved and when he realized I had a passion for poetry at the age of eight, he told me about it. In a way, it was our special thing from the rest of the grandkids. The poem itself doesn’t have a lot of meaning to me personally, but it is what it represents. When Papa died a few years ago, us grandkids were given the option to put something in his casket. I typed up this poem and framed it so it would be with him always. There is never a moment I don’t think of him that this poem doesn’t come to mind.

The event that altered the course of your life…

March 22, 2017. I hit publish for the first time. I went from dreaming I’d be an author, to actually being one. My life, my path, has changed. And nothing will stop me from continuing down this course.

The happiest moment you will cherish forever…

The first time I rode a horse. I was 11 years old. My aunt had horses and she was taking private lessons. She knew of my love for them and talked my dad into letting me take lessons with her. That first moment I sat astride this beautiful horse named Sheena was the happiest moment in my entire life (yes, it even caps publishing my first book), because it was the first moment I felt free. I felt a peace and calmness come over me I’d never known before. The world disappeared and it was just me and this powerful animal beneath me that had enough trust to let me on her back. I’ll cherish that memory forever.

Your early recollections of writing fiction…

I was in 6th grade. I had written little things years before, but I consider this moment the first time I really wrote a fictional piece, not something dictated by your teacher asking you to tell a story that involves Santa Claus. For my English/Literature class, we had to write a story about whatever we wanted. It had to be twenty typed pages long. I had to use a typewriter because we didn’t have a computer. That was the first time I’d really let my imagination loose and the piece I wrote ended up winning a couple of awards at a local writing competition. The story was about a girl who saw herself on the outside of everyone, always looking in. It was fictional, but pieces of myself were written into it. I have always included bits of me in everything I write since that story.

The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it…

Destroy every coffee bean on the planet. So it could never exist again. I will probably get ostracized for saying that, but I cannot stand coffee. I still love all of you who like it, though. Just keep it far away from me. If I knew I’d be safe from the pitchfork wielding mob that would come after me, this would be my mission!

The philosophy that underpins your life…

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Dr. Seuss

I try to remember that even if a single person can benefit from something I say, something I write, something I do, then it is worth it. It just takes one person to make a difference in someone’s life. And you never know who needs you.

Ever since I picked up my first pencil, the voices began to chatter in my head. Those who know about the writing voices will understand! My stories might have been short and horribly misspelled, but I weaved my exceedingly overactive imagination into each one of them. And then insisted everyone read them once, twice, maybe thirty or more times. I might also admit to having used that talent to wiggle my way of out trouble as a kid…frequently.

An introvert to the core, I spend my days as far from large crowds as I can possibly get. Sitting at my desk with my shiny laptop in the quiet of my own home is my happy place. Add a bowl of Skittles and plenty of Dr. Pepper, and I’m ready to write.

Thanks to my degrees in psychology and sociology; I have this wicked little habit of digging around in my characters’ brains and dragging out all their complexities. Oh, and I like to torture them. Don’t ever expect those HEAs to come easily.

Romance is primary in every single one of my stories. To me, love is love. Gender, age, race, religion or any other factor has nothing to do with it. I enjoy exploring people falling in love, the twists and turns as they fight to come to terms with giving their heart away to another. I promise, I will always give my leading characters their happy endings. They might just have to struggle a whole lot before they get there.

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Tales from The Edge Series Blast

 Guest Post by L.M. Somerton

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New beginnings

There’s a line in a song by rock band The Editors, “Some things should be simple; even an end has a start”, which has resonated with me recently as I come to the end of a book series. Tales from The Edge consists of eight books and four free short stories and began almost four years ago with Reaching The Edge. The main characters, Olly and Joe, have inhabited my head ever since and letting go has proved anything but simple. I wish they were real – they’d make really good friends and I think a night out with them might be an adventure!

I didn’t want to write a never-ending series where readers forget what the whole premise was about and characters become formulaic caricatures. That’s boring for the reader and the writer. But, I never imagined how involved readers would become with the fictional lives of a group of kinky, loving men who overcome their problems with the help of friendship, perseverance and a healthy dose of snark.

Whilst writing Tales from The Edge, I frequently found myself accidentally creating characters with the potential for stories of their own, so I may have to indulge in a few more short freebies when the urge takes me! In the meantime, the final book in the series sows the seed for a new set of stories I’ll also be starting this year. So the end really is a start.

Thanks so much for hosting me. xx

 

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Driven to The Edge

“So, fans of the Tales from The Edge series, buckle up. Here is the next story that you’ve been waiting for. And those new to the series, it’s never too late to start. You won’t be sorry. This is one of my favorite m/m, BDSM series. Enjoy!”  Becky Condit for USA Today.

Scorched Edges

“The characters are intelligent, spirited, and needless to say smoking hot.  Between danger and drama Scorched Edges has it all.  This series consistently gives readers smoldering, sensual, and engaging stories to enjoy.  Scorched Edges is another must read.” Joyfully Reviewed.

Rough Around the Edges

“The sex…HOLY COW! I love how Harry takes charge – his Dom juju made my heart beat faster.”  Inked Rainbow Reads

A Double-Edged Sword

“This pair have love, respect and honesty to help them through and ‘contract’ their new relationship. The story was real, the secondary characters important and the sex was sizzling!”  Prism Book Alliance

Dancing on the Edge

“Sensual dominance rules the day in Dancing on the Edge where desire sets the standard in tasteful erotic love play.”  Joyfully Reviewed

Living on the Edge

“Living on the Edge is Yummy! This quick read is loaded with great characters, sizzling M/M sex, and engaging twists.”  Jeep Diva

Reaching the Edge

“Oh, and Olly? My favorite character. God he’s just a freaking dervish. He’s like a Gremlin. Don’t feed him sugar. EVER. You’ll see.”  Mrs Condit & Friends

 

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Series Blurb

The Edge is a training company with a difference. It’s weekend clients come for classes in bondage and domination, not team building and problem solving. The management, staff and customers of The Edge do not lead boring lives. In fact they have a habit of getting themselves into all kinds of trouble. Put dominant, possessive alpha males together with bratty, loveable submissives and sparks are bound to fly. Tales from The Edge are their stories.

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Blurb for Binding the Edges (Book #8 in the series)

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?

 

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Excerpt from Binding the Edges

Olly tilted his head back to get a proper look at Joe’s face. Joe’s expression gave no indication of remorse or guilt, just his usual serene certainty that everything was under control. His control. He pressed a finger against Olly’s lips preventing him from forming them into a pout.

“Who knows what’s best for you, sweetheart?”

Olly ducked his head, escaping Joe’s finger. “You do, Sir.” In Olly’s mind, nothing was more certain. Joe only ever acted in Olly’s best interest, even to his own detriment. “But you don’t have to worry about me.”

“That’s for me to decide, Oliver. After everything you’ve been through recently I didn’t want you to be on your own.”

“Because you’re a psychologist and you were analyzing me?” Olly asked.

“No, because you needed a friend. I know what you’d do if you had too much time on your own to think. You’d mull over every detail of what happened and start to blame yourself, wish you’d handled things differently. Then you’d start worrying about all the what ifs with that creative imagination of yours, and end up having nightmares for weeks.”

“You know me too well, Sir.” Olly nuzzled against Joe’s chest, absorbing his warmth.

“I have better things to do with you in bed than watch you toss and turn in your sleep.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“So no sulking with Aiden. He’s a good friend.”

“The best. Now I understand why he didn’t run away when I interrogated him about what he and Heath got up to last night. I think you did me a favor, Sir.”

“That grin is far too wicked. I suspect you need to be punished.” “Ooh, yes please!”

“But you have packing to finish because we need to get on the road if we’re going to make it to Hampshire in time for dinner.”

“You’re no fun, Sir.” Olly was torn between wanting to play with Joe and his curiosity about their destination. He would also get to see Carey and Alistair. Maybe some of his other friends, too. “What do you want me to take?”

Joe gave him a curious glance. The press of Joe’s fingers under his chin tilted Olly’s head back. “This isn’t like you. Usually you’d have two enormous suitcases stuffed to bursting by now. What’s going on?”

“Sorry, Sir.” Tears that seemed to come all too quickly stung Olly’s eyes.

“Hey, now. None of that.” Joe kissed away a tear. “Are you having a tough time making decisions at the moment?”

Olly nodded. He worried that if he spoke he’d have a full-on nuclear meltdown. “Well, it’s a good job you have me, isn’t it?”

Olly bobbed his head, feeling a bit like a nodding dog toy. His head felt too heavy for his neck and a wave of exhaustion washed over him. He wanted to grab a pillow, one that smelled of Joe, hug it tight and drift off to sleep.

 

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Buy Links for Binding the Edges

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LM lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

LM is winner of the National Leather Association’s Pauline Reage Award for best novel and the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM novel in the LGBT category. She has received multiple Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards and won the Action and Adventure category of Divine Magazine’s Book Awards in 2015. You can track her down online here:

 

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Guest Post ~ R. Phoenix

 

A warm welcome to R. Phoenix and congratulations on your latest release.

Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us.

 

The prized possession you value above all others…

My phone. That thing is my life and my security blanket. No matter where I am, I can talk to my friends, who are by and large scattered across the world. I have several hundred books so I always have something to read. I have several other apps so I can play games (though I don’t) and entertain myself.

The temptation you wish you could resist…

Buying new books when I already have a to be read list a mile long. It’s like a disease.

The book that holds everlasting resonance…

I will never, ever be able to get Nicola Haken’s Broken out of my head. I’ve been affected by books before, but James and Theo’s story impacted me on a deep level. There’s a terrible stigma surrounding mental illness, and sometimes it can be extremely isolating. It’s hard to know what it’s like on the other side. To read a book that explores the issue from both sides — afflicted and loved one — is a revelation.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity…

I am actually in the Master’s program for Cybersecurity Studies currently. When I left my job last year and we decided I’d go back to school, I was surprised to find out just how much it interested me. My homework sometimes takes me forever because I get sidetracked just reading about it.

The poem that touches your soul…

I write a series I’m currently in the process of (heavily) editing and re-releasing. It’s a paranormal dystopian series that I’m extremely invested in, emotionally. The poem I always go back to for it is ‘The Second Coming’ by William Butler Yeats. I can almost repeat it word for word.

The song that means the most to you…

“You Were Wrong” by Icon for Hire. It’s been my anthem for a while now as I work to do things I’ve never done before. Writing Too Close, my first contemporary romance about abuse, has been difficult for me, and sometimes I need the reminder that I’ll never get anywhere unless I try. I recently got a tattoo on the inside of my left wrist of one of the lyrics that says, “i never lost a war unless i didn’t fight it ;”

Your early recollections of writing fiction…

My mind has always been a very scary place. Just saying. Even the things I wrote when I was 11 or so had some dark themes and explored elements I probably shouldn’t have even been that aware of. *cough*

The unqualified regret you wish you could amend…

Letting people tell me that writing was pointless and that there was no future in it. I stopped writing for a long time, and I wish I hadn’t. You never get anywhere if you never try — like I said, I never lost a war unless I didn’t fight it.

The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child…

My son is four, and the thing I try to impress upon him the most is that people are people, and love is love. Decency and kindness always have a place in the world, even if it is sometimes difficult to remember.

 

Too Close by R. Phoenix

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Skylar Orion’s life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in — his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can’t give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

He will do anything for his sister, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn’t free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?

Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence that some may find triggering to read.

 

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My phone buzzes, and I glance down to see a text from Tate. I slide my finger across the screen to unlock it, but Evie gets up, snatching it from my hands. My heart starts to race.

“We’re having an intervention, remember?”

Damn it. If I don’t answer soon, Tate’s going to get pissed. “And I’m not the one on the receiving end,” I say, my voice sharper than I intended. “Phone.”

The look on her face is wounded, and she hands the phone back without a word. Guilt coalesces in my gut, making me feel a little sick.

“Yeah, okay,” she mutters. “Sorry I want a few minutes with my brother without Tate here with us.”

I want to argue that he isn’t really here, but she’s right. He’s always present, even when he’s not bodily nearby. I waver. I know better than to ignore the message for long, but this is my sister. Yet I’m doing all of this for her, and if I piss him off, we might end up back in the same situation I’d fought to get us out of.

I give a quick response, pretending I don’t notice her hurt.

“He’s doing a lot for us,” I say softly, and she makes a derisive sound. “Evie…”

“Yeah. I know. He’s a saint,” she snaps.

I hate this. I don’t want to fight with her. Not now, not ever. I know she doesn’t like Tate, but she can’t deny that he’s been more than generous. “I didn’t say that.”

“You don’t have to.”

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Things that go bump in the night… Guest Post by L.M. Somerton

A big thank you to Lily for giving me spooky space on her blog today to talk about my ghost story, The Portrait.

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Things that go bump in the night…

I recently read an article by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black, about what makes a good ghost story. It made me wonder if the same principles would apply to an erotic ghost story.  How do you create the atmosphere needed when the core of the tale is an MM romance?

It’s one thing to sit around a campfire spinning spooky yarns and controlling your audience with the drama of the moment. Unfortunately it’s not possible to issue atmosphere instructions in the preamble to the book:

  1.  Do not read unless you are situated in an appropriately spooky setting. E.g. graveyard, abandoned asylum, haunted house.
  2. Weather must be atmospheric – fog, heavy rain, thunder and lightening are all acceptable.
  3. Watch a really good horror film to get yourself in the right state of mind i.e. ready to jump out of your skin at the least provocation.
  4. Switch off all lights and read by candlelight.

I have to confess that when I wrote The Portrait and its sequel Black Dog I wasn’t consciously considering which elements would work when it came shivers of fear. I was more worried about shivers of desire between the two main characters. In either case there is a fine line between giving your readers a thrill and sending them into fits of laughter. How do you avoid the traps and pitfalls of stereotypes but still give your readers what they need to really feel the atmosphere you are trying to create? In this day and age we are exposed to every imaginable take on the supernatural. Films and computer games bring our worst fears to life at the touch of a button. Is it even possible to create that kind of atmosphere any more or are readers immune to anything that isn’t in 3D?

I think the same thing that makes a story erotic can make it scary. Imagination. It’s the author’s job to put the pieces in place, to lay the foundations for the reader to then build their own picture – to really see, hear and feel what the characters do.

By happy accident, many of the ‘required elements’ of a ghost story snuck their way into The Portrait, so all those 18th century gothic novels I’ve read must have been lurking in my sub-conscious. Hints of a spectral presence, unexplained noises and shadows, an old house where the memories of past horrors linger – they are all there, aided by the natural atmosphere provided by the wonderfully gloomy British weather.

It only takes the smallest hints and suggestions to capture an intelligent reader’s imagination and I think that works so much better than launching into a full-blown terror-ride from the first line. Shakespeare put it well in the Scottish play:

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.

My characters, Garrick and Tristan, know that something evil objects to them being together. Finding out why and working out what to do about it is intertwined with the story of their developing relationship. I wanted my characters to tingle in all the right places; the fear and anticipation of what might happen adds something unpredictable to their romance and turns the heat up just a little bit higher!

So if you like your erotica with a hint of the supernatural, I think you’ll enjoy The Portrait – here’s the blurb to tell you a bit more:

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And a short excerpt to tempt you:

Garrick was bent over a large drawing board, skimming over creamy paper with a soft-leaded pencil. His strokes were confident and he was utterly focused on what he was doing. Suddenly he looked up, his breath steaming in the unnaturally cold air. He cringed and swiped at his neck, rubbing away the sensation of clammy fingers exploring his skin.

“Leave me alone.” His voice was tight with a tension that was mirrored in the set of his jaw. After just a few seconds, the temperature reverted to its normal level and Garrick relaxed with a sigh.

He sat back and took a critical look at the drawing in front of him. A perfect likeness of Tristan stared back and Garrick licked his lips. The image captured the expression that appeared on Tristan’s face every time Garrick looked at him—a cross between fear and desire. A calculating smile curled Garrick’s lips as he pinned the picture to the wall. “You’re mine, Tristan Lindsay. You just don’t know it yet.”

 

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Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

LM is winner of the National Leather Association’s Pauline Reage Award for best novel and the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM novel in the LGBT category. She has received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards and won the Action and Adventure category of Divine Magazine’s Book Awards in 2015.

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GUEST POST – EILEEN GRIFFIN AND NIKKA MICHAELS

 In the Raw

By Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels

Genre: M/M, Foodie Romance

Length: 84,000 Words

Series: In the Kitchen

Release Date: October 6, 2014

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 9781426899119

Ebook ASIN: B00KV5ZHD4

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If you can’t take the heat…

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. Putting himself out there is hard, especially when under the thumb–and wallet–of his overbearing parents. Now that bad boy chef Ethan–who is always vying with Jamie for best in class–is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.

Ethan doesn’t mean to be an ass–okay, so mostly he does–but even though he’s secretly hot for Jamie, he sure as hell doesn’t want help with pastry. Ever since his dad walked out, Ethan has been the one to hold things together and he’s done fine on his own. Except that he can’t get his cake to rise.

Jamie could be the answer to what Ethan’s been missing his whole life–someone to depend on. But with the two competing for the same scholarship, things suddenly get too hot to handle. And if Jamie finds the strength to go for what he wants, he isn’t about to settle for what he needs.

EXCERPT:

I opened the door, shivering when a gust of wind swept through. I pulled my jacket tight around my body, sighing when I saw no cabs waiting at the curb. “Shit.” I could either call information or wait a few minutes for another to drive by. I leaned against the brick wall of the building to wait when I heard the bar’s door squeak open and shut again.

“You could have waited for me, you know?” Ethan’s annoyed voice as he approached had me wondering what I’d done now.

“No worries.” I shrugged, tired from the long day and the confusing mix of emotions hanging out with him seemed to bring. “I didn’t want to rush you because I was ready to leave.”

He stepped closer, his shoulders hunched as he reluctantly admitted, “I wanted to hang out with you. Not Summer or the guys. Just you.”

I stared at him. “What do you want from me, Ethan? Half the time I don’t know whether you hate me or want to be friends. Then you do something like defend me to my father, who incidentally thinks you’re the antichrist. Tell me what we’re doing here.”

Instead of launching into the verbal tirade I expected, a determined look crossed his face and he murmured, “Fuck it.”

He stepped closer and I tensed. As unpredictable as Ethan was, I wasn’t sure what he’d do. I let it out a surprised gasp when his mouth met mine. There was nothing gentle about it. Months of tension, fighting, flirting all igniting when he touched me. Not a romantic kiss by any means…it was bruising, rough, passionate, intense, all the same things I’d come to equate with Ethan Martin. My fingers curled in the fabric of his sweatshirt, tugging him closer as my eyes slammed shut.

Braced between the solidness of his body and the cold wall behind me, I felt my entire body heat. Ethan’s ravenous lips and desperate tongue claimed my mouth, tasting of beer and mint. He slid one hand up to cup the back of my neck, holding me captive as he braced himself against the wall. I kissed him back fiercely, our teeth knocking together with the force of it.

Sounds I didn’t even know I was capable of making left my mouth and I didn’t care we were in public where anyone could see us. I nipped his lip, sighing with pleasure when he moaned into my mouth. He might be an infuriatingly stubborn asshole at times but one thing was for certain: Ethan Martin could kiss. He broke away, breathing hard as he leaned his forehead against mine.

“Wow.” I fought for breath, a smile tugging at my lips. “For once we’re actually on the same page.” As soon as the words left my mouth, he pulled back. His expression changed from needy to terrified as he released me, his hands clenched into fists.

“Ethan?”

“I’m sorry.” He backed away, staring at my face like I’d punched him. “I’m really fucking sorry, Lassiter.”

I swallowed hard and took a deep breath, raising my hands as if I was soothing a spooked animal.

“Ethan?”

He yanked up his sweatshirt hood and took off, leaving me to stare after him in silence. What the hell had happened?

BUY/PRE-ORDER LINKS:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Nikka-Michaels-ebook/dp/B00KV5ZHD4

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EILEEN GRIFFIN BIO:

Eileen Griffin lives in the southwest, but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M romance. Her past published works include: Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Nikka Michaels, Dinner For Two, a M/F romance novella, “Claiming Ayden”, a M/M shifter romance that is part of Evenight’s Alpha’s Claim Anthology: M/M Edition, and “Lost and Found”, a short story written for the M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet: Love’s Landscapes Event. Eileen is currently working on a new M/M series set in a Bed and Breakfast with Nikka Michaels, as well as several other projects both individual and co-authored.

NIKKA MICHAELS BIO:

Nikka Michaels lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest where she spends her time cooking, laughing and crafting romantic tales to satisfy her craving for HEAs with heat. A voracious reader, novice knitter and music lover she’s been known to multitask without breaking a sweat. She loves to read and write M/M romance but believes everyone deserves a love story. She currently has several releases out including, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Eileen Griffin, Christmas with Caden, a M/F romance novella from Cobblestone Press, “Waking up Wolf”, a M/M shifter romance in Evernight Publishing’s Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition anthology, and the MM series which includes, Mile High Service, Room Service and Lip Service from Cobblestone Press’ Blue line. She also has a short story, “His Assistant” in Evernight Publishing’s best selling Executive Assistant: Manlove Edition anthology.

EILEEN GRIFFIN SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website and Blog: http://eileengriffin.wordpress.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/eileengriffin77

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/eileen.griffin

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/eileengriffinauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EileenGriffin

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/eileen-griffin/

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Eileen-Griffin/e/B00EOA3Z9A

All Romance eBooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Eileen+Griffin

NIKKA MICHAELS SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website: http://www.nikkamichaels.com

Blog: http://nikkamichaels.com/blog/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nikkamichaels

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/Nikka.Michaels

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/nikkamichaelsauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231273.Nikka_Michaels

Cobblestone Press: http://cobblestone-press.com/catalog/author/nikkamichaels.htm

Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/nikka-michaels/

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