June 25, 2015
As part of our ongoing #dreamer series, author Andrew Grey shares with us some insights on his traveling adventures each month.
A few years ago, Dominic and I went on our first cruise. We were both incredibly excited. The ship had everything, a full gym, sports court, pools, saunas, whirlpools, game area, even a rock climbing wall. As part of my first shipboard experience I was determined to try everything. I took part in a dodgeball tournament and let me tell you, for a gay guy that harkened back to high school terror, but I did it. I also in line skated and played miniature golf.
But let me tell you, I also decided that somehow I was going to climb to the top of the rock wall. So I signed what they asked me to sign and put on the climbing shoes and the harness. Then I waited my turn. The other guys went and I watched and then when it was my turn, they strapped the safety rope to me and I went down to the easiest climb.
What surprised me was how easy it was. I stepped and held my way up the rock wall, getting closer and closer to the bell. I could see it above me and kept my eye on the prize. Then I reached the bell and rang it. I could hear the guys I was with down below yelling and cheering. That was when I made my first mistake. I looked down. The guys weren’t too far away, but then I looked to the side and realized I was hundreds of feet off the water at the very top of a ship, rocking back and forth. I had to be completely crazy. But I had done it. The guys yelled for me to let go and they lowered me to the deck.
Bucket List Item
Climb to the top of a ship and find out what the view was like while it rocked back and forth. Oh yeah… and not puke. - DONE
June 15, 2015
The Answer Is by Dawn Kimberly Johnson
For their love to last, Lonnie and Jamison will have to be brutally honest not only with themselves, but with each other.
Two men from different worlds must realize they deserve to be loved and what they have together is real and worth fighting for.
Though Jamison Coburn and Lonnie Bellerose have been a couple for a month, each worries he’s not good enough for the other. Lonnie has always doubted his worth and right to be loved, despite a superb education and international upbringing. Jamison, an undereducated laborer, grew up in a loving family who never knew he was gay.
As Jamison struggles to find his way as an out gay man, he fears the occasional stumble will send Lonnie packing. Lonnie doesn’t trust that anyone would choose him and worries that Jamison will see better options.
When Lonnie’s abusive ex returns, he’s determined to reclaim Lonnie. He works to exacerbate the new couple’s differences and doubts in the hopes of splitting them up, which is proving too easy.
For their love to last, Lonnie and Jamison will have to be brutally honest, not only with themselves, but with each other.
Length: Novel (216p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: June 15, 2015
Saving Faithless Creek by Andrew Grey
The attraction between Blair and Royal is hard to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal Blair’s father wants is sealed.
Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.
Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.
Length: Novella (220p.) | Genre: Western | Release Date: June 15, 2015
May 25, 2015
Billy Goat Stats by John C. Houser
Between a relationship with Jonah and the basketball program at Hoosier State, Billy needs depth of character as much as physical endurance.
Back from summer basketball camp and starting at Hoosier State on an athletic scholarship, Billy is looking forward to playing basketball free of pressure from his overbearing, bigoted father. Too bad he’s trading one set of problems for another. His boyfriend Jonah dumps him, expecting he’ll want to spread his wings now that he’s away from home, and the basketball program at State proves harder to navigate than he imagined.
Despite his hurt at Jonah’s treatment, Billy is not ready to give up on a relationship with the out-and-proud musician. Their geographical distance isn’t Billy’s biggest problem, since it makes it easier for him to stay in the closet. In fact, when the press starts sniffing around the basketball team, it turns out he’s not the only one with a secret. Every member of the team must choose where, and with whom, they stand. The success of Billy’s season may depend as much on the depth of his character as his physical endurance.
Length: Novel (246p.) | Genre: Contemporary, New Adult | Release Date: May 25, 2015
Stranger at the Door by J.S. Cook
Calvin Amos always imagined himself in possession of some great love or other. He didn’t know he had to die to find it.
South Carolina lawyer Calvin Amos is confident he can gain Thomas Basinger his freedom on appeal. Thom was convicted of a murder during an armed robbery gone bad. But Basinger’s case proves more difficult than Cal anticipated, and the battle he assumed he’d win turns into a devastating failure. Remorseful over the personal defeat, after Basinger is executed, Cal throws himself out of his office window.
Bizarrely, the fall doesn’t kill him. Even stranger, Thom Basinger rings Cal’s doorbell looking for a job. Both men are drawn to each other. Before long, the two forge a unique, heartfelt connection that transcends the boundaries of life and death.
Calvin Amos always imagined himself in possession of some great love or other. He didn’t know he had to die to find it.
Length: Novella (87p.) | Genre: Historical: Americas, Paranormal: Ghosts/Spirits
Release Date: May 25, 2015
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Fire and Ice by Andrew Grey
Ex-lovers Donald and Carter reluctantly come together to care for orphaned Alex, and Alex’s secrets might be their key to happiness.
Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: May 25, 2015
April 17, 2015
Chasing the Swallows by John Inman
Longtime couple David and Arthur find turning fantasy into reality is the best way to remain in each other’s hearts.
Sometimes an entire lifetime can be spent in the arms and heart of one person. It is not so with imaginations, for they go anywhere they wish.
David Ayres and Arthur Smith are about to find that out. When they meet as young men within the garden walls of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano, one man from one continent, one from another, an uncontrollable attraction brings them together. But it is something stronger than attraction that holds them there. It is love. Pure and simple.
After forty years, when the fabric of their existence together finally begins to fray because of David’s imaginary infidelities, it is with humor and commitment that they strive to remain in each other’s heart.
And turning fantasy into reality, they find, is the best way to do it.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
Just the Way You Are by E E Montgomery
Jonathan must find the courage to confront his abusive ex before he can be free to start a new life with Ben.
After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.
He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap. For Ben, it’s love at first sight, and he doesn’t want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.
Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
The Price by Andrew Grey
For Las Vegas escort Hunter and elementary-school teacher Grant, the price of being together might be more than either can pay.
Hunter Wolf is a highly paid Las Vegas escort with a face and body that have men salivating and paying a great deal for him to fulfill their fantasies. He keeps his own fantasies to himself, not that they matter.
Grant is an elementary-school teacher who works miracles with his summer school students. He discovered his gift while in high school, tutoring Hunter, a fellow student. They meet again when Hunter rescues Grant in a club. Grant doesn’t know Hunter is an escort or that they share similarly painful pasts involving family members’ substance abuse.
After the meeting, Hunter invites Grant to one of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas. Hunter is charming, sexy, and gracious, and Grant is intrigued. With more in common than they realized, the two men decide to give a relationship a try. At first, Grant believes he can deal with Hunter’s profession and accepts that Hunter will be faithful with his heart if not his body. Both men find their feelings run deeper than either imagined. For Grant, it’s harder than he thought to accept Hunter’s occupation, and Hunter’s feelings for Grant now make work nearly impossible. But Hunter’s choice of profession comes with a price, which could involve Grant’s job and their hearts—a price that might be too high for either of them to pay.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: April 17, 2015
Threefold Love by Ki Brightly
Xavier’s hope of being more than friends with Andrew is dashed when he meets Andrew’s fiancé, Duncan. Or is it?
Captain Xavier Hobbs, a decommissioned combat engineer, was chronically lonely in the Army. But once he is back to being a civilian, with no family and nothing to ground him, he drifts. All he wants is a real home, a real life, and love—but that is easy to wish for and hard to make happen.
When he meets Andrew Landry, a high school English teacher, Xavier thinks he has found everything he has ever wanted, maybe even someone he can trust with his scars—the ones on his mind and body. Andrew’s quick wit and outgoing personality reel Xavier in slowly but surely. But he isn’t certain which way Andrew swings, and doesn’t dare to do more than hope the friendly man is actually flirting.
Then, on what Xavier idly wishes were their first date, disaster strikes in the form of Duncan McNeil, a fellow Wiccan and Andrew’s fiancé. Xavier’s hope is smashed to pieces, but Duncan and Andrew may have a different point of view. All they need is a little magic, some hope, and a lot of love to put everything back together.
Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: M/M/M, Paranormal, Ghosts/Spirits | Release Date: April 17, 2015
April 8, 2015
A big thank you to Andrew, who agreed to do this interview and answer the questions of his German readers. I also want to thank you, the readers, who came up with the questions and thus made this interview possible.
First of all, how would you describe yourself?
I like to think of myself as a fun guy with a real love of life, but I’m afraid I’m much more serious and careful than I ought to be.
What made you start writing M/M novels?
I started reading them a number of years ago when I was trying to lose weight and get fit. What better to make treadmill time pass than to read something sexy? After a while I decided to try writing a story. After that I couldn’t turn it off.
While being all busy with writing, do you even find the time to read?
I do love to read, but I don’t as much as I’d like. There are just too many demands on my time, so reading time is special.
I hope this question is not too personal; if yes you of course don’t have to answer it. How do you unite your writing with your private life (family, friends, partner, etc.) without neglecting anyone or anything?
Sometimes it isn’t easy. Dominic is very understanding and supportive. The rest of my family tries to understand, but its harder for them.
Do you work at several books at the same time or do you rather focus on one?
I only work on one book at a time. It seems to work well for me. I have tried working on more than one and it doesn’t work. Things get messed up in my head and characters tend to jump stories.
Where do you get your ideas from? What inspires you? Do certain events or people you met inspire you when writing?
I am inspired by life and I’m always looking for the next story idea. I have been inspired by works of art, news stories, and people I meet. The world is full of stories.
Are there any rituals you practice before you start writing?
No other than I always start my day with a Diet Coke.
When you write a book, do you plan it before you start writing or do you let things just develop themselves?Do you plan a book series in advance or do you take things as they come?
I tend to start with the idea and write the story. I don’t plan them or the series. Both just build as I work through them.
Do some protagonists grow dear to your heart more than others? If yes, which are the ones you like best?
Of course they do. Some characters wind their way into my heart and never let go. Geoff and Eli are characters like that.
Are you one of the authors that get kicked by their muse all of the time, especially when she wants something that doesn’t really fit into your writing timetable in that situation?
My muse is quite cooperative and his name is Oscar. He tends to keep the story ideas flowing. When I get more than what I need, I write them down for later so I can remember them.
How long does it take you on average to write a story and what does your daily writing routine look like?
I generally write a novel in three to four weeks. I write in the morning, break for lunch and to catch up in email and things. Then I write again in the afternoon. Evenings I try to spend with Dominic.
Have you ever got insulted because of your books? Or have you books ever got insulted? If yes, how did you react to it?
Sometimes people say things I don’t like. I’ve learned to let it run off. You can’t let criticism get to you or there is no way a writer can be productive.
Last week Dreamspinner Press published the German translation of Seven Days. How did you get the idea of the 7 days? Are there also 7 days in particular that have changed your life?
The idea for 7 days came to me as I was writing Accompanied by a Waltz. I believe every life has days which change everything. One for me was when I met Dominic.
Will there be more books in the series Seven Days?
There is another story. Its called Unconditional Love. I’m hoping that will be translated as well.
Last but not least: What are you currently working?
I just finished up Love Comes Unheard, the final story in the Senses series. I also just completed From Loathing to Love, a story where two enemies become friends and then something more.
Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2015
Ich bedanke mich herzlich bei Andrew, der sich bereit erklärt hat, an diesem Interview teilzunehmen und euch Lesern Frage und Antwort zu stehen. Auch ein großes Dankeschön an euch Leser, denn ohne euch wäre dieses wunderbare Interview nicht zustande gekommen.
Wie würdest du dich selbst beschreiben?
Ich sehe mich gerne als einen fröhlichen Mann, der sein Leben genießt, aber manchmal befürchte ich, dass ich doch ernster und vorsichtiger bin, als ich sein sollte.
Was hat dich dazu gebracht, M/M Romanzen zu schreiben?
Ich begann vor ein paar Jahren damit, sie zu lesen, als ich versuchte, abzunehmen und fitter zu werden. Was eignet sich besser, um die Zeit auf dem Laufband zu überbrücken, als währenddessen etwas Heißes zu lesen? Nach einiger Zeit entschied ich, mich selbst an einer Geschichte zu versuchen. Nachdem konnte ich nicht mehr damit aufhören.
Findest du neben dem Schreiben noch Zeit, um zu lesen?
Ich liebe es zu lesen, aber leider klappt es nicht so oft wie ich möchte. Es gibt so viele Dinge zu tun, dass solche Lesemomente eher selten sind.
Ich hoffe, die Frage ist nicht zu privat, wenn ja, musst du natürlich nicht darauf antworten: Wie vereinst du deine Liebe zum Schreiben mit deinem Real Life (Familie, Freunden, dem Partner etc.), ohne dass einer dabei zu kurz kommt?
Manchmal ist es nicht leicht. Dominic ist sehr verständnisvoll und unterstützend. Der Rest meiner Familie versucht Verständnis dafür zu haben, aber für sie ist es schwieriger.
Schreibst du an mehreren Büchern gleichzeitig oder konzentrierst du dich lieber nur auf eines? Planst du eine Serie im Vorhinein oder ‘passiert’ sie einfach?
Ich arbeite immer nur an einem Buch, denn so scheint es am besten für mich zu klappen. Ich habe auch versucht, an mehr als einem gleichzeitig zu arbeiten, aber das hat nicht funktioniert. Die Ideen vermischen sich in meinem Kopf und Charaktere springen von einer Geschichte zur anderen.
Woher nimmst du deine Ideen? Was inspiriert dich? Fließen private Erlebnisse oder Menschen, die du getroffen hast, in deine Geschichten mit ein?
Mich inspiriert das Leben und ich bin ständig auf der Suche nach neuen Ideen für meine nächste Geschichte. Ich werde von Kunstwerken, Zeitungsberichten und Menschen, die ich getroffen habe, inspiriert. Die Welt ist voller Geschichten.
Hast du bestimmte Rituale, wenn du dich an eine Geschichte setzt?
Kein anderes, als dass ich jeden Tag mit einer Diät Cola beginne.
Legst du dir schon einen Plot (mit vorgegebenen Situationen) zurecht bzw. weißt du schon zu Beginn wie deine Protagonisten gestrickt sind, oder agierst du während des Schreibens spontan?
Ich neige dazu, mit einer fixen Idee zu starten, und schreibe dann die Geschichte. Ich plane sie nicht, ebenso wenig die Buchserien. Beides entsteht erst, wenn ich daran arbeite.
Wachsen dir manche Protagonisten mehr ans Herz als andere? Wenn ja, welche magst du am liebsten?
Natürlich. Manche Charaktere schleichen sich in mein Herz und bleiben dort. Geoff und Eli gehören zu dieser Gruppe. (Anm.: Geoff und Eli sind die Hauptprotagonisten aus „Liebe gegen jede Regel“.)
Gehörst du auch zu den Autoren, die von der Muse ständig Arschtritte bekommen, vor allem, wenn sie etwas will, das dir aktuell so gar nicht in den Zeitplan passt?
Meine Muse ist ziemlich kooperativ und heißt Oscar. Er neigt dazu, die Ideen fließen zu lassen. Wenn ich mehr bekomme, als ich in diesem Moment benötige, schreibe ich sie nieder, damit ich mich später daran erinnere.
Wie lange schreibst du durchschnittlich an einer Geschichte und wie sieht dein Schreiballtag im Allgemeinen aus?
Normalerweise schreibe ich eine Geschichte innerhalb von drei bis vier Wochen. Ich schreibe morgens, mache mittags eine Pause um zu Essen und mich um E-Mails und andere Dinge zu kümmern. Dann schreibe ich nachmittags weiter. Die Abende versuche ich mit Dominic zu verbringen.
Hast du schon einmal abfällige / beleidigende Bemerkungen zu deinen Büchern erhalten? Wenn ja, wie hast du darauf reagiert?
Manchmal sagen Leute Dinge, die ich nicht mag. Ich habe gelernt, es an mir abprallen zu lassen. Man darf Kritik nicht zu nah an sich ranlassen, da man sonst als Autor nicht produktiv sein kann.
Letzte Woche veröffentliche DSP die deutsche Übersetzung von deinem Buch „7 Days“ (Sieben Tage). Wie bist du auf die Idee mit den 7 Tagen gekommen? Würdest du sagen, dass es bei dir auch 7 bestimmte Tage gab, die dein Leben veränderten?
Die Idee für die Geschichte „Sieben Tage“ kam mir, als ich an dem Buch „Accompanied by a Waltz“ arbeitete. Ich bin der Meinung, dass es in jedem Leben Tage gibt, die alles verändern. Ein solcher Tag war für mich, als ich Dominic kennenlernte.
Wird es noch weitere Bücher aus der Serie 7 Tage geben?
Es gibt noch eine weitere Geschichte. Sie heißt „Unconditional Love“. Ich hoffe, dass auch sie übersetzt wird.
Zu guter Letzt. Woran arbeitest du zur Zeit?
Ich habe gerade erst „Love Comes Unheard“ vollendet, die letzte Geschichte der Senses-Serie. Ich habe auch gerade „From Loathing to Love“ fertiggestellt, eine Geschichte, wo zwei Feinde zu Freunde und später zu mehr werden.
February 13, 2015
Backward by Andrew Grey
Club owner Harry will need help to protect his love interest, Tristan, from Tristan’s drug-dealing ex-boyfriend.
Club owner Harry Klinger has had his eye on Tristan Martin for months, but never had the nerve to approach him. He’s watched as Tristan dated Eddie and then reluctantly sat on the sidelines during the emotional breakup when Tristan discovered Eddie was dealing drugs. Now that Tristan seems to be healing, Harry hopes to get his chance.
When Eddie sends his men into Harry’s club to harass Tristan, Harry steps in to help. Tristan is reluctant at first since he admittedly has terrible taste in men, but Harry seems genuine, and Tristan can’t help but think Harry’s sexy as well and begins to hope for happiness for both of them.
Unfortunately, Eddie isn’t behaving rationally, sampling too much of his own product. With his determination to take Tristan back, it’ll take more than Harry’s help to keep Tristan safe as Eddie ratchets up his attempts to get what he wants.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 13, 2015
Illusions by S.A. Ozment
Hollywood actor Skylar and gay firefighter Aiden can’t get enough of each other, but an arsonist and a crazed fan threaten their happiness.
Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.
At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.
Length: Novel (210p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 13, 2015
Cherish & Blessed by Tere Michaels
Evan and Matt get a shock when Evan’s daughter starts talking marriage. Griffin yearns for fatherhood but thinks Jim won’t be interested.
After several years of happy coupledom, Matt and Evan can relax in the knowledge that their little family has survived the worst of it. The two older girls are away at college, the twins have yet to fully hit teen angst, Matt is doing well with his part time security consulting, and Evan is about to be promoted to captain—it seems like things are calm and bright.
Until they aren’t.
As the holidays approach, Evan and Matt get a shock no parent is ever prepared for: feisty Miranda, Evan’s eldest, has a new boyfriend, Kent, and they are talking marriage after just three months together. In fact, Miranda wants to bring him to Thanksgiving dinner—along with his parents, Blake and Cornelia.
Lives are in transition as everyone gathers at the stunning Hamptons beach home of Daisy and Bennett to celebrate the christening of their new baby. Griffin and Jim—secretly growing tired of their rootless lifestyle—are in a rocky spot in their relationship. And as the godfather, Griffin finds himself yearning for something he’s sure Jim won’t be interested in.
Matt and Evan are looking to reconnect during the long weekend, as their respective careers pull them in separate directions. With less time spent together, Evan grows concerned about what will happen when the last two kids leave the nest.
1st Edition of Cherish published as an eBook by Loose Id LLC, November 2012.
Length: Novel (200p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 13, 2015
January 23, 2015
Title: Wally’s Orphans
Author: Andrew Grey
Pairing: Wally and Dakota from A Chaotic Range
“Wally!” Dakota called at the top of his lungs.
He looked up toward the barn door where snow blew past, creating a curtain of white. Wally gently patted the goat he was examining. “Don’t worry. You’ll have your babies soon.” He stood and pulled his coat closed around him. The early spring snow storm had begun in the night and didn’t show any signs of letting up.
“What is it?” Wally asked as he reached the door. Dakota appeared out of the white and entered the barn, stamping off his boots. “I thought you were plowing the drive with the tractor.”
“I was, but I saw something in the snow.” Dakota opened his coat and Wally gasped. “There were two more, but they were already dead. The mother seems to have curled into a snowbank. She must have been injured because she was gone as well.”
Wally lifted two of the pups out of Dakota’s arms and let him keep the other two. “You poor things.” He whispered. “They’re cold, but warming up. Let’s get them in the house so I can look them over and then get the poor things something to eat.” He was already out the door and on his way to the house before he turned around. “What are you waiting for?”
“Shouldn’t we leave them in the barn?”
“No we shouldn’t. Now hurry up before you catch your death.” He turned and marched to the house. Inside, he waited for Dakota and got him to sit in one of the chairs. “Take these two and hold them all close. I’ll be right back.” Wally hurried to the back pantry and got a box. Then he raced upstairs and got two old towels and a heating pad. When he was back downstairs, he lined the box with the towels and heating pad, plugged it in, and turned it on. Then one by one, he placed the small brown puppies inside.
“I wonder how they got there. I nearly ran over all of them,” Dakota said softly. “The plow blade passed right next to them. If I’d been a foot to the right….”
Dakota was a huge man, but he had such a wonderful heart that he’d stolen Wally’s a number of years earlier. “I’m going to look each one over. Would you warm some milk? I have some droppers in the clinic that I can use to feed them. They’re going to need food quickly.”
“All right. I’ll run out to the barn and then I’ll be back to help you feed them.” Dakota took off and Wally picked up each of the puppies and gently looked them over. German Shepherds by the look of them, or at least in part, and they seemed about four weeks old. Their eyes were open and they seemed responsive. “Are they okay?” Dakota asked after stomping in and closing the door.
“Yes. What about the plowing?” Wally took the droppers and syringes that Dakota brought.
“It’s taken care of.” Dakota took off his coat and sat down on the floor next to Wally. “What do you need me to do?”
“Get me some milk to start with. I’ll make up a formula once we’re done that will be better for them longer term.”
Dakota nodded and got back up. He strode into the kitchen, and Wally heard the refrigerator open and close and then the microwave run for a few seconds. Dakota returned with a mug and sat back down. Wally got a dropper and picked up a puppy. He pulled some milk into the dropper and gently placed it on the puppy’s tongue. It licked it up and was ready for more. Dakota got another of the puppies and did the same.
“They’re hungry little guys aren’t they?”
“Yeah, that’s a really good sign. I’d say you got to these little ones just in time. I wonder why they survived.”
“They were in the middle and all curled together. The others were on the edges and more exposed to the snow. But you’re right. They wouldn’t have lasted much longer.” Dakota continued feeding the puppy. After five minutes, they switched puppies, placing the fed ones back in the box and picking up the others.
They switched back and forth until the puppies curled in a pile in the box and seemed ready to go to sleep. “We’re going to have to feed them often, but they’ll be okay.”
Dakota got up and stretched his back, then he pulled on his coat. “I’m going to bring in some wood and start a fire. We’ll all be warmer.”
“Thanks,” Wally said and sat next to the box, watching the pups. They snuggled in a little puppy pile. With the next round of feeding, he’d try bottles to see if that would work.
The back door opened and closed. Dakota trudged in with an armload of wood and began building a fire. It didn’t take his very capable partner very long to have a fire warming the room. Once he was done, Dakota hung everything up and made some hot chocolate for them both before settling on the sofa. Wally joined him, curling close. “You’re warm,” Dakota whispered.
“So are you,” Wally said as he wound his arms around Dakota’s middle.
“What are we going to do with them?”
Wally lifted his gaze. “They’ll make great ranch dogs. We can keep one or two. Milford will probably take one, and as soon as Phillips sees them, he’s going to want one.” Wally angled for a kiss. “Don’t worry. We’ll only keep two at the most, and I’ve already picked them out. See, I want the little boy with the honey coloring. He’s going to be Marzipan, and the one with the Black head and tawny ears is Sasha.”
“You’ve named them already?”
“Of course. How else do I get you to agree to add to our menagerie?” Wally chuckled and sipped from his mug before setting it on the coffee table.
“You know I’ll do whatever you want,” Dakota whispered.
Wally shifted closer. “And you know I love you for it.” Wally kissed Dakota hard, crawling on top of him and pressing Dakota back on the sofa.
“I love how you show your appreciation.” Dakota drew him down into a kiss, sliding his work-calloused hands under Wally’s shirt and up his back. “Lock the door and pull the curtains.” Wally jumped up and did just that before rejoining Dakota on the sofa. They showed each other their appreciation, deep and slow, not once, but twice, and ended up curled together as warm and comfortable as a pile of puppies in a box in front of the fire.
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January 14, 2015
Title: A Laughton Farm’s Wedding
Author: Andrew Grey
Pairing: Eli and Geoff from Love Means…Endurance
“Eli, sweetheart, if we don’t hurry, we’re going to be late,” Geoff said from the bedroom doorway and then stepped in. He stepped up to him and gently stroked his shoulder. “If you turn around I’ll help you.”
“I never wore one of these before,” Eli confessed. Not that it was a surprise to Geoff.
“Maybe, but you look really good in the tuxedo.” Geoff smiled and helped Eli adjust the cummerbund and straighten his tie.
“You look nice too. But I can’t believe Joey and Robbie insisted on these things for their wedding. They said they wanted to have it at the farm so I thought it would be simple and instead they went in for all this finery.”
“Hey, the farm is home and they want to make this day as memorable as possible. Besides, you are going to steal the show.” Eli looked amazing, although Geoff thought he looked amazing all the time. The man was made for formal wear. He was still trim and toned, possibly still a little too thin, but he’d filled out well over the past year after his fight with cancer. His eyes were bright and that spark, the light that Eli had that always seemed to warm every room he stepped in was back. That alone was enough to get Geoff down on his knees to say thank you to the powers that be. He smoothed the front of Eli’s shirt and stepped back. “You look so handsome.” Geoff handed Eli his jacket and shrugged his own on, making sure everything was straight before leaving the room and joining the others in the living room.
Jakey sat on the sofa in his tuxedo with Adelle in a buttercup yellow dress that was the epitome of spring. Robbie’s mother was also there looking pleased and proud, wiping her eyes. “By the time the ceremony starts my eyes are going to be cried closed.” Robbie’s father soothed her gently.
“We’re all ready for you,” Tyrone said with a grin and led them out onto the side lawn that everyone had worked on a few months earlier to ensure every bed was filled with flowers. Adelle and Robbie’s parents sat down in front while Jakey, Eli, and Geoff took their places in the back with Joey. There was no bride or groom. Instead Geoff, Eli, and Jakey were standing up for Joey, and Arie and Duane were acting as Robbie’s groomsmen.
Jakey shifted and looked around until the rest of the party joined then. Arie led Robbie to where the rest of them waited. A string quartet made up of some of Robbie’s former students began to play. “Okay,” Tyrone cued and Geoff took Eli and Jakey’s hand and led them down the aisle of white chairs while everyone turned to watch. They took their places at the left side and then Arie and Duane walked down the aisle, taking their places on the left.
The music died and then shifted to an excerpt of the Ode to Joy and Joey gently guided Robbie down the aisle. When they reached the front, all of them formed an arc as Len stepped forward. “I was overwhelmed and honored when Joey and Robbie asked me to perform their ceremony.” Sniffles were heard from behind them and Geoff had to swallow and blink to keep the lump and tears at bay. “Marriage is the joining of two hearts and spirits into one. I was blessed to be here when these two met and I’ve also been honored and truly inspired by their devotion to each other. I got to see them fall in love and watch that love grow and prosper over the years. Joey… Robbie… you help bring light and life to all our lives.” Len paused a few seconds. “They have written vows to each other. Robbie…”
Robbie turned to Joey who took his hands. “Joey, you see me for who I am and I always promise to do the same for you. I’ll love and cherish you for the wonderful man you are. You fill my life with joy each and every day. You have opened my life to more things than I could ever have imagined. I rode my first horse with you and I planted my first garden. I hope that our lives will be filled with many more firsts as we spend the rest of our lives together.” Robbie stopped speaking and Geoff took Eli’s hand and they shared a smile while they both tried not to cry. Jakey sniffed a little next to him and Geoff placed a hand on his shoulder.
“Joey…” Len prompted.
“Robbie, I promise never to stop loving you and I will care for you and nurture you forever. You filled my world with music and life. Your eyes may not work, but you sometimes see better than anyone I know. I hope that together we can continue to fill each other’s lives with joy and love forever.”
Len talked Joey and Robbie through the exchange of rings and then they turned toward everyone assembled. “It is my pleasure to pronounce you Joey and you Robbie as legally married husbands. You may kiss.”
Joey pulled Robbie into his arms and kissed him. Eli shifted closer and Geoff put one hand on Eli’s shoulder and another on Jakey’s. Everyone applauded and Joey and Robbie slowly made their way down the aisle with the rest of them following. Tents had been set up just down the lawn and the photographer Joey had hired wrangled everyone together for pictures of the wedding party. “I’d like to get a picture of the grooms with their families,” the photographer said and proceeded to take pictures of Joey and Robbie with Robbie’s parents and Joey’s mom.
“We need one more,” Joey said. “We need a picture of our farm family.” Joey hurried and whispered something to Jakey. He smiled and nodded and then ran to Adelle as fast as his legs would carry him. She shook her head but led Jakey away. Geoff wondered what was going on but then a few minutes later they both returned with Jakey leading his Great Dane and Adelle leading Robbie’s.
“I guess Joey wanted us all.” Geoff said and they all got into place with Jakey and the dogs in front, Robbie and Joey in the center, Geoff and Eli next to them and Len and Chris in the back. They all smiled and the photographer snapped the pictures.
As everyone moved away Geoff turned to Eli and drew him closer. “I love family pictures,” Geoff whispered.
“I know. The walls are full of them and I keep wondering what we’ll do when we eventually run out of space,” Eli whispered.
“That’s easy. We’ll get more walls.” Geoff smiled and tugged Eli in closer for a kiss.
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December 31, 2014
Fated by Indra Vaughn
Police Lieutenant Hart can’t ignore the myth of the Predator after a series of deaths. He finds the Predator is other than human.
Two towns flank the looming Shadow Mountain. A dark myth of the Predator drifts through the dense trees, a tale Police Lieutenant Hart never paid much attention to. When one unresolved death follows another—some people dying without discernible cause while others are clearly, and often brutally, murdered—he can’t ignore it any longer. Truth may lie in myth, but this one is spread to deceive everyone. The Predator exists, but he’s not entirely human. Hart will have to find the connection between the mysterious figure and victims with only one thing in common: a faint tattoo on the backs of their necks, a mark left when someone healed their incurable diseases.
Isaac Lasko has been in love with Hart since he moved in across the street seven years ago. He’s been helping Hart renovate his home, and their friendship grows more intense with the years, but Isaac can’t help wishing for a deeper bond. When he finally breaks through the lieutenant’s armor, the mystery surrounding the Predator threatens them both. Help will come, but at a price.
Length: Novel (284p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: December 31, 2014
Hawks & Rams by L. Blankenship
For magically gifted Ranger Adal and gentle shepherd Heathric, opposite sides of a border incursion is a rough way to fall in love.
Heathric Felahóf never wanted to be a thief, but his cousin’s scheme is the only option to keep the town’s children from being taken as slaves to cover the year’s taxes. So a few men slip over the border into the neighboring kingdom, steal a flock of sheep, and escape before the magically gifted Rangers learn of them. The second time, they’re not so lucky, and trouble follows the bandits home.
Adal Sperling has given up on finding a lover who truly wants him. One of the Rangers charged with protecting his people, he pursues the sheep thieves over the border and stumbles across Heathric, a gentle shepherd who only wants to take care of his family. But opposite sides of border incursions is a rough way to fall in love, and the laws of Adal’s kingdom are clear: the border must remain closed to Heathric’s people.
Length: Novella (156p.) | Genre: High Fantasy | Release Date: December 31, 2014
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Wild and Precious by CJane Elliott
Cody introduces Brent to the joys of gay sex, but Brent isn’t in love with him. Brent really wants Graham… his newly single boss.
Aspiring writer Brent Granger has good friends and a great job at an arts magazine in DC, but he’s batting zero in the arena of love. Brent begins to get a clue why things aren’t working with women from his strong attraction to his gorgeous, gay, and already attached boss, Graham Stoneford. When he sees a personal ad from a man that quotes his favorite poet, Brent decides to do something wild and answer.
Enter Cody Bellstrom, easygoing bisexual musician, who is happy to initiate Brent in the ways of gay sex. Brent now has a new problem: he realizes he’s gay and no one in his life knows it. Cody tires of hiding their relationship, but Brent finds it challenging to come out to family, friends, and especially to Graham. In the end, Brent must confront the truth of where—and with whom—his heart lies.
Length: Novella (80p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 31, 2014
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Stardust by Andrew Grey
With Georg’s life in Germany and Duncan’s in Boston, the chance for more than a holiday fling is as elusive as stardust.
Duncan is an ocean from home over the holidays and expects to spend them alone. To his pleasant surprise, one of his European co-workers, Georg, befriends him and includes Duncan in the holiday traditions of his homeland: cutting a Christmas tree under starry skies at Georg’s country estate, decorating it at the family’s city home, and shopping at the Christmas market in Munich. Both men are lonely and realize they have much in common. But Georg’s life is in Germany and Duncan’s is in Boston. With the project they’re working on nearing completion, any chance for more than a holiday fling seems as elusive as stardust.
Length: Novella (62p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014
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Second Bite of the Cherry by Louise Lyons
The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and for Daniel and James, it might be the time to give love another chance.
When Daniel Berrisford reluctantly agrees to accompany his best friend Kate to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in London, he doesn’t expect to enjoy himself. Daniel is pleasantly surprised to see his first boyfriend, James Allison, among the merrymakers. The pair haven’t seen each other for four years, but as they talk and midnight approaches, it becomes clear the spark between them is still there. The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and for Daniel and James, it might be the time to give love another chance.
Length: Day Dream (28p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: December 1, 2014
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