July 01, 2015

Wednesday Briefs: At Full Speed, #16

Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used this prompt: “Pass me the …. please”

At Full Speed, #16

When Jake woke up, the room was dipped in shadows. For the first time in forever, that fact didn’t send him into a turmoil of emotions. Instead he listened to his body, the way it moved slightly up and down where it rested on Bruce’s chest.
“Hey, sunshine.”
Jake stretched his legs before he carefully rolled on his stomach. Strands of hair fell into his eyes as he propped himself up on Bruce’s solid rib cage. He couldn’t help the smile that tugged at his lips. Bruce was still here. From the look of it, he hadn’t moved a single bit for hell knows how long.
“Hey,” he replied, his voice raspy from sleep. “How long did I sleep?”
“About six hours.”
Jake’s eyes widened as he processed Bruce’s words. “Six hours? Six? Oh, my God. I’m so sorry!”
“For what are you sorry? That I got to hold you for hours and enjoy being close to you? Hmm, yeah, that’s a real hardship, however did I survive?” Even Jake couldn’t take Bruce’s words seriously, with the way he pressed his hands against his cheeks and stared at him in fake-shock.
“Ha-ha.” Jake’s lower lip slipped out in a pout, something he hadn’t dared to do for a long time because it would eventually get him slapped. A shiver crept up his spine as he thought about one of those instances. Would Bruce get pissed off as well? Hurriedly, he got a grip on himself and slanted his gaze to the side, not wanting to see a dangerous glint in Bruce’s eyes.
“Hey.” Bruce snatched his chin between his pointer and thumb and slowly pulled Jake’s face back. “I’m not going to hurt you because you’re pouting. I think it’s cute.”
Probably to punctuate the seriousness of his comment, Bruce lifted Jake’s head and smacked a light kiss on the tip of his nose. He laid his hands on Jake’s shoulders then trailed them up and down his spine. Jake closed his eyes, sighing in bliss. He exchanged his propped-up position in favor of resting his full weight on Bruce, soaking up Bruce’s tender ministrations.
A rumbling from Bruce’s belly alerted Jake that they both hadn’t eaten in a while. “Are you hungry?”
“Actually, yes.”
“I could cook something for us. Would that be okay?”
“Of course it would be. I’ll help you. Right after I’ve used the bathroom,” Bruce replied.
“So it was a hardship lying here with me, after all,” Jake teased. Where the hell did he take the courage from? None of the guys he’d been with had been fond of Jake’s quips. Shouldn’t he have better control over his mouth yet?
Bruce’s laughter rocked them both. “It was only a beginning hardship on my bladder.” Bruce gave Jake’s ass a light pat, and damn if that didn’t get him excited. “Now move, sunshine.”
Jake scooted backward, allowing Bruce to rise from the sofa. As he watched Bruce walk to the bathroom, he massaged his growing erection through the layers of clothes. It filled quickly, and when he transferred his gaze to his crotch, his cock’s outline was unmistakable.
“Don’t play without me, Jake.”
Jake’s head snapped up as heat surged into his cheeks. Bruce leaned against the doorframe, grinning. He pointed at Jake’s groin and shook his head. Before he went into the bathroom, he said over his shoulder, “That’s mine to play with, so leave it alone.”
Jake snatched his hands away, closed his eyes, and willed his traitorous cock to behave. He got up from the sofa and went into the kitchen, where he rummaged in the fridge. It wouldn’t be a gourmet meal, but he had enough ingredients to whip up some pasta with sauce and meat.
He busied himself lifting out a pan and a pot from the cupboards when Bruce walked up behind him. After he’d pressed a quick kiss on Jake’s neck, he asked, “What can I do?”
“Pass me the olive oil, please.”
It was surprisingly easy to prepare their meal together in Jake’s small kitchen. It was domestic, and an unknown warmth pooled in Jake’s gut. Never before had anyone treated him like Bruce did. After he threw the pasta into the boiling water, he turned toward Bruce. “Thank you.”
“For what? Passing you the spices?” Bruce’s lips quirked into a smile.
Jake took Bruce’s hands in his. “For everything.”


June 29, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Brick by Brick by Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

Author Name: Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe

Book Name: Brick by Brick

Release Date: June 29, 2015


They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.
Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay fiction, M/M Romance

ZACH FELT as if he was floating. He’d been planning this escape for weeks, but now that it was actually happening, it didn’t seem real. He chanced a quick look at Parley as they merged onto the highway. What could possibly be better than running away with his best friend?
He’d had his doubts that Parley would actually come with him. After being turned down the first time, Zach had prepared himself for disappointment, but now they were leaving together and Zach couldn’t have been happier.

“Where should we go?” Zach asked. He had some vague ideas in mind, but he wanted his friend’s input more than anything.

“I don’t know. Somewhere we can’t be found?” Zach was right on board with that.

“That’s a good idea. We’ll go for a bit on this highway, then we’ll exit and take some back roads, maybe head toward the interior.”

Parley dropped his head back against the seat. “Perfect.” After a time, he said, “I still can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“I still can’t believe you came with me,” Zach countered.

“I can’t either. I must be insane.”

“Or brilliant. It’s usually a fine line,” Zach teased.

“My parents are going to have an absolute meltdown once they’ve found out what I’ve done. They’re going to be so upset.”

Parley’s voice was quiet, barely above a whisper. Zach had seen him like this once before when he’d thought he’d lost his weird CTR ring with the spinner chain in the band.

“It’ll all be okay.” Zach tried to soothe him, to bring him back to the present, and rested a gentle hand on Parley’s knee. “Everyone flies from the nest sooner or later. We just did it in an unconventional way. I really do think this is what’s best, though, for both of us.”

Zach’s reassurance seemed to work. Parley blinked slowly a few times and then a somewhat disheartened smile crept onto his face. “I know, but my family is just… different.” 

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About L.J. LaBarthe:
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.

Where to find L.J LaBarthe:

Twitter: @brbsiberia

About Cate Ashwood:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her little boy, and their two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.
Where to find Cate Ashwood:
Twitter: @cateashwood

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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Rafflecopter Prize: An e-copy of ‘Brick by Brick’

June 27, 2015

Coming Soon / Cover Reveal: Breeding Stations (Alliances #1)

I can finally show the wonderful cover Anne Cain created for my upcoming novel Breeding Stations. This is the first book in a science fiction series consisting of two books. Release date is July 27th.

Spunky commander Berit Turner is known for two things: his huge libido and his lack of a filter—he says what he thinks. Berit sets his mind on being part of a mission to Ligador to make sure the planet is habitable for humans. He’s ecstatic when his team is assigned to the task force. A delegation of Nadisc, a humanoid alien race, accompanies them, and passion ignites between Berit and their commanding officer, Tom. But Berit is determined that Tom is just another notch on his bedpost, as he doesn’t do relationships.

The excursion to Ligador goes wrong from the beginning, when they discover Ligador has been established as a breeding station by their worst enemy: the Tash’Ba. Dinosaur-like creatures become the team’s worst nightmare, and staying alive is going to take everything they’ve got… and then some.

June 25, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Cover Reveal for Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade

Author Names: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Book Name: Prickly Business
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles
Number: One

Release Date: July 27, 2015 


Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.

Pages or Words: 97,000 words (approximately)

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance

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About the authors:

Piper Vaughn Bio
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

Kenzie Cade Bio

Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story. Contact Kenzie at kenziecade.author@gmail.com. You can also find her online at her blog: kenziecade.wordpress.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kenziecade.author; and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thekenziecade.

Where to find the authors:

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Tour Dates & Stops: June 25, 2015

Rafflecopter Prize: Copy of the ebook or paperback (when book is released) & $10 gift card to Amazon, ARe, or Barnes & Noble (Winner’s choice)