10/16/2014

Goddess Fish Promotions: The Shed by Dianne Hartsock (REVIEW)


The Shed
by Dianne Hartsock

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BLURB:

As a Certified Mental Health Therapist, Scott Reid has his share of interesting experiences, though nothing compares with the time he spends with the psychic, Alex Elson. Plagued by terrifying images and dreams, Alex turns to Doctor Reid in the hopes of learning to control his visions. Instead, Scott is pulled into Alex’s world, where dreams and reality mix and nightmares are real.

Two young men, brothers, have been abducted from the lake outside of Oakton without a trace of who took them. That is, until Alex receives a silver pocket watch in the mail belonging to the elder brother, a taunt from the kidnapper for Alex to come find them. Alex’s visions turn at once into nightmares. Images flash in his mind of an abandoned well and a terrified, lonely boy slowly dying at the bottom. The shed looms close by, holding a horrifying secret, a dark place Alex’s frightened mind refuses to go.

With the help of Scott Reid, Alex endeavors to control his visions and find the brutalized victims before death claims them. But the watch is ticking away and time’s running out.


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Excerpt:

Hey Alex…” Justin’s voice trailed off, and he put the coffee pot on the warmer and went over to him when the man didn’t respond. Scott joined them, leaving his computer on the table as he passed. Alex’s eyes were wide, unfocused as he stared out the window. His breath came quickly and sweat beaded his forehead.

What do you see?” Scott asked, voice mild, placid.

It’s hot here. Grass is dry.” Alex’s whispered words sent a shiver through Scott. He sounded…detached. “The forest is dark across the way. Crows circle above the trees.”

Alex, where are you right now?” Scott made the question a demand.

A shudder ran Alex’s lean frame. “I’m in your office, Dr. Reid. I see the garden through the window. But I’m also here, in this empty field. Talk to me! I want to come away from here.”

Scott touched his hand. “Come home, Alex.”

It’s hard. Something’s drawing me to the forest. God! I don’t want to go in there.”

Jane would want you to come home,” Scott said firmly, using the ace up his sleeve. For a second he didn’t think even the deep love Alex had for his wife could draw
him back, but then he blinked his eyes into focus, and gave Scott a slight smile.

Thank you. That’s a terrible place.”

Is it a real place, do you think?”

Alex’s expression turned bleak. “Yes,” he whispered.

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REVIEW

The blurb for The Shed intrigued me, and I can tell you right away that I loved the book! It was creepy in parts, but so very lovely in others.

The Shed is told from various POV's—mostly from Alex, the young man with visions, and his therapist Scott Reid. We're also privy to other people's emotions, the harsh reality and abuse they suffer throughout the story when Alex has one of his visions.

The Shed is a thriller with a light paranormal touch and heavy on the psychological aspect, which I really enjoyed. Lots of interesting characters, lovely relationships, and lots of suspense had me glued to the book.

There's also a light m/m romance subplot since Scott Reid falls in love with Art Peters, another friend of Alex. While the guys fell in love almost instantly, that fact didn't detract from my enjoyment. I also loved the relationship between Alex and his wife Jane, especially the way she grounded him, kept him sane during and/or after a vision.

I'd recommend The Shed to anyone who loves a good thriller and lots of memorable characters. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Strongly recommended!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dianne grew up in one of the older houses in the middle of Los Angeles, a place of hardwood floors and secret closets and back staircases. It’s where her love of the mysterious and wonderful came from. Dianne now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.







THE SHED





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Dianne will be awarding a A $25 Gift Card from Amazon plus an e-copy of ALEX, the first book in the series to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
 

Follow the tour and comment to increase your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 

10/14/2014

Anne Barwell: Winter Duet

Choosing Titles


Thanks, Chris, for hosting me today (You're very welcome, Anne!)


One of the first things on my ‘to do’ list with a new story is to find a title for it. I can’t write without a title, even if it’s a working title that changes later. It’s like the story isn’t real until it’s named. Legends say that names have power so perhaps that’s the reason? I’m not sure.


Some stories turn up with titles; others make me work for them. Winter Duet, my new release with Dreamspinner Press, was one of the latter.


I blame it on the fact it’s a middle book. The first in the Echoes series—Shadowboxing—turned up with its name, as did the third book, Comes a Horseman. So did the series name.


So here I was with a book plotted out and no name for it. Because the series is really one story split into three rather than a series where each story just takes place in a particular universe, I had to plan out the whole series, rather than just book by book. Foreshadowing is important, after all, and I had to set things up so stuff that happens in book 2 and 3 doesn’t come out of left field.


I knew I wanted ‘winter’ in the title somewhere, because of the setting, and the other part of the title needed to have something to do with music, as that plays a part in the story too. I did toy with ‘Shades of Winter’ as one choice, but then a certain vampire came along and Shades of Sepia worked so well for his and Ben’s story that I couldn’t use it for this one. Even so, ‘Shades of Winter’ wasn’t quite right for the 2nd part of Kit and Michel’s story. I’m one of those people who knows it’s right when I see it, which isn’t always very helpful when trying to decide on a title.


Finally, I went back to the music idea, and thought more about the plot. I like titles to have something to do with the point of the book if I can. Eureka! ‘Duet’ came to mind. Kristopher (Kit) and Michel are both musicians and Michel promises Kit a duet in Shadowboxing—it’s still a promise he intends to keep. Although their story is at the heart of the plot, it’s not just about them, but also Matt, Ken and Liang, and the two storylines also form a duet of sorts.


And so the title Winter Duet was born.




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Blurb:
Echoes book 2 - Sequel to Shadowboxing

Germany 1944

With Kristopher finally fit enough to travel, he and Michel leave the security of their safe house and continue their journey across Germany toward Switzerland. Caught in a series of Allied bombings, they stop to help civilians and narrowly escape capture by German forces.

While investigating a downed aircraft in the Black Forest, the two men discover an injured RAF pilot. After they are separated, Kristopher and the pilot are discovered by a German officer who claims he is not who he appears to be. Determined to find Michel again, Kristopher has to trust the stranger and hope he is not connected to those searching for him and the information he carries. Meanwhile Michel is intercepted by one of the Allied soldiers he met in Berlin. His help is needed to save one of their own.

Time quickly runs out. Loyalties are tested and betrayed as the Gestapo closes in. Michel can only hope that they can reach safety before information is revealed that could compromise not only his and Kristopher’s lives, but those of the remaining members of their team—if it is not already too late.

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Excerpt:

Oh.” Kristopher paused, his spoon halfway to his mouth. “I’m sorry. I never thought. I didn’t mean to….” The words trailed off. Telling them he hadn’t meant to embarrass them would only serve to do just that.

I’d never heard the poems before either,” Michel said. He glanced toward the door, as though suddenly nervous.

That’s the thing with wars,” Karolina said. “They draw all sorts of different people together, don’t they? It doesn’t matter who you are. Out there on the battlefield everyone’s the same, aren’t they?”

Yes, they are.” Kristopher swallowed a mouthful of beans while he collected his thoughts. “I was a musician,” he said at last. “It was a long time ago. Sometimes it feels as though it was in another lifetime. I’ve been trying to work out why the code phrase sounded so familiar. I’m sorry. I guess I should have kept it to myself.”

Nonsense,” Georg said briskly. “Don’t apologize for having a good education, and if it gives you some distraction to get through this terrible time, you should use it.” Karolina placed a hand on his shoulder. He reached up and placed his hand over hers. A sad look crossed her face, and she suddenly appeared a lot older.

Kristopher bit his lip. He lowered his gaze and concentrated on eating. He hadn’t meant to upset either of them. Michel had warned him to keep any conversation brief and focus on very general topics.

Damn it. He wasn’t very good at this at all. For a short time he’d forgotten their situation and been caught up in the moment, remembering his passion for his music and wanting to share it.

Paul….” Michel spoke Kristopher’s assumed name, and he looked up. “Karolina’s right. This war has drawn people together who normally wouldn’t have even met. Perhaps we should take it as an opportunity to learn new things, hmm? We all have something to offer.”

Well said, Gabriel.” Karolina squeezed her husband’s hand. “It’s been too long since Georg and I had the company of young people. You said you were a musician, Paul. What instrument did you play?”

I play the violin, although I haven’t picked it up in years.” Kristopher watched the couple, noticing the way in which they took comfort from each other’s touch. He wanted so badly to be able to just lean over and take Michel’s hand in his and be open in front of others as to how they felt about each other. During the months spent in the attic at St. Gertrud’s, they’d still had to be careful, but they’d been left alone for much of the time. He hadn’t realized just how difficult having to hide their relationship was going to be.

We’re not that young,” Michel said when Kristopher lapsed into silence again. He’d told Kristopher he’d turned thirty on his last birthday. Kristopher was almost a year younger and had wondered at the time where both of them would be by his next birthday, which was only a few months away.

Georg chuckled. “You’re about the same age as our boy, so to us, that makes you young.” He got out of his chair. “I’m going to make some tea. Do you want some? Here, Karolina, have my chair. You’re not getting any younger.”

My husband, he thinks he’s funny,” Karolina said. She gave him a light peck on the cheek and went to clip his ear again, but he ducked out of the way and headed toward the kitchen.
He’s only offering me his chair to keep me away from my knitting. He knows full well I’ll poke him with one of my needles if he gives me too much cheek.”

How long have you been married?” Michel asked. He seemed amused by their banter. Kristopher wondered if it reminded him of his parents.

Since just before the last war.” Karolina picked up the cloth bag Kristopher had noticed earlier and settled into the other armchair. She opened the bag and took out yarn and what appeared to be a large knitted square on needles. “We’d met the year before, and I waited for him to come home to me and our newborn son. I didn’t allow myself to think he might not. Tell me, do you have someone waiting for you?”

Kristopher glanced at Michel. Karolina wasn’t exactly following what he’d been told about keeping to safe subjects either.

I have someone, yes,” Michel said finally. “I want nothing more than this war to finish so we can have a life together, but sometimes I doubt that will ever happen.”

It will,” Kristopher said firmly. He placed his bowl on his knee, feeling the warmth of it through his trousers. “When you love someone, you wait for however long it takes.”

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Bio:
Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing "discussion," and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.

She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as "too many." These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of "spare time" is really just a myth.

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10/13/2014

Andrew Q. Gordon: A Closed Door



A Closed Door, by Andrew Q. Gordon

Book Blurb:
Outted at thirteen, Orin Merritt left home after high school hoping to escape the hell his life had become. Ten years later when a tornado destroys his childhood home and kills his parents, Orin finds himself in an entirely new nightmare. One he can't run away from.
Blaming himself for failing the two people who always loved and supported him, he returns home and confronts his past in the person of his one-time best friend, Thomas Kennett.  Thomas not only rejected him when Orin came out, he led the group that tormented Orin into leaving.  
As he struggles to deal with his grief, Orin also labors to fulfill the pledge he made to his parents before their death.  In the process, Orin learns that sometimes when you go away to find yourself, you leave the answers you're looking for behind.
Cover Artist: Lily Velden and Jay Aheer
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing.

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Book Excerpt:
"Orin, I won't." Thomas stood a bit straighter and his eyes lost the sad, pleading shine. "I won't hurt you again."
"You can't promise that. Things happen." Orin watched as his words dragged Thomas back from the brink of hope.
"If you truly believe that, then there's nothing I can do. You have to believe there's a chance or else I can't prove it."
"That's not what I'm telling you." He locked his gaze on Thomas's. "If I say yes, I'll have to take down the walls I surrounded my heart with to keep it safe. Once it's gone, I won't be able bring it back if I get hurt. Not now.
"So what I'm saying is, think about what you’re asking me to risk. If you really love me, ask yourself if are you willing to risk what will happen to me if you can't keep your promise."
He knew how unfair he'd been, but self-preservation had been a skill he'd honed over the past fifteen years. He needed Thomas to know just how serious the repercussion could be for his actions.
"Orin, I . . . I . . . how . . .?" Their faces were inches apart, and Thomas moved in for another kiss.
This felt different than the first—less urgent, but no less intense. Orin trembled at the leap he was about to take. When they stepped back, Thomas rubbed his thumb across Orin's cheek.
"I do love you, Orin. More than I can say. So much, that I'm not willing to risk what will happen if I fail you again. I don't have that right."
Thomas's lips quivered and the tears welled at the bottom of his eyes. He kissed Orin's forehead gently.
"Good-bye, Orin. Please be happy." Without looking back, Thomas walked to the front door, opened it, and walked away.

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Author Bio:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

Author Contacts:
Twitter: @andrewqgordon,

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10/12/2014

"Seizing It" and "Too Good to be True?" will be translated into German!

Yes, it's true! Cursed Verlag is going to translate Seizing It and the sequel Too Good to be True? into German. They'll publish both titles in 2015. I'm so very excited about this! Another plus is that my parents will be able to read two more of my books. :)

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Blurb
Veterinary receptionist Kit Hall doesn’t get close to people, and for good reasons: his epilepsy makes him feel like a freak, and his ex was an abusive jerk. But that doesn’t always deter people from wanting to get close to Kit. When a Good Samaritan saves him from his wannabe boyfriend in a parking lot, he doesn’t expect to find the guy so attractive. He definitely doesn’t expect his savior to turn out to be his new boss.

Dale Miller, veterinarian and old-fashioned guy, sees right through Kit’s prickly facade. He likes what he sees, but convincing Kit to give a relationship a shot isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Of course, for Kit, resisting Dale isn’t going to be easy either.



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Blurb


Sequel to Seizing It

Three months after Kit falls in love with Dale, his epilepsy takes a turn for the worse and his nightmares and flashbacks about his abusive ex intensify. His work at the veterinary clinic and as a freelance translator only add to the stress. As Kit’s life flies out of his control, his last tether of sanity frays as Dale grows frustrated with Kit’s stubborn independence.

Dale wants to be Kit’s rock—to step in to help—but the walls Kit builds may be too hard to break through.

10/08/2014

Wednesday Briefs: Hope #46

Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used: "Is it just me or..."


Hope #46

Had I really said that aloud? Oh. My. God. What if they wanted to try, and I couldn't go through with it? Shane had always filled me up pretty good. Not that I couldn't have taken more. He had a beautiful cock, long and smooth, but it wasn't thick. I eyed Silvion's heavy dick that rested on my thigh. Now that was a cock that should fill me up to the brim. How would there be any space for Shane?
“Relax, baby,” Silvion murmured. “We'll do whatever makes you feel good.”
I want to try,” I heard myself say. Was that even my voice? It sounded faint, but hungry at the same time.
Is it just me, or did it get hot in here?” Shane sounded breathless.
I laughed because what else was there to do? It was hot, suffocatingly hot, really.
Silvion pushed the blanket aside, leaving all of us exposed to the air that raised goose bumps on my skin. Or maybe that was because of Silvion and Shane's hands exploring my body, roaming along and sending tingles through my entire being. I closed my eyes and concentrated on feeling, just feeling.
Shane sucked my cock into his mouth again, twirled his tongue around my cockhead and pressed his wicked tongue into my slit. With his hands, he fondled my balls and rubbed along my perineum, causing me to leak precome into his mouth.
Somehow they'd manhandled me onto my side. Shane lay in front of me, playing with my cock and balls and driving me insane. Silvion slid up behind me, his large frame curling around me. I leaned back against his chest and opened my mouth, inviting him in. He lost no time and licked any part of my mouth he could reach. I melted against him, sometimes mewling and clutching Shane's hair to show him how much I loved what he was doing.
Silvion slid one hand to my buttocks, spread them open and nudged his thick cock against my entrance. My belly clenched in anticipation when a tiny voice piped up inside me. How could I be so hot for Silvion when a few days ago I was ready to throw my life away because I couldn't get Shane back?
As if he could read my mind, Shane unlocked his lips from my swollen member and glanced up at me through his long lashes. “Gil, no guilt-trip. I love you, and it's fine for you to want us both.”
“It's not weird?” I whispered back.
“You'll love it when he breaches you, buries himself balls-deep into you—”
Silvion and I groaned. I grabbed the base of my cock and squeezed hard to prevent myself from coming.
“Enough talking already,” Silvion grumbled, his breath gusting along my neck.
He rolled onto his back, then lifted me onto his body. I stretched out on his broadly-muscled frame, shivering at the power underneath me. Shane helped me position myself on all fours before he massaged my buttocks. A moment later he pressed kisses on my fluttering hole, wetting it thoroughly.
His tongue made way for Silvion's thick fingers, covered in lube or whatever gooey stuff. When they both deemed me ready, Shane steadied my hips and Silvion pushed into me in one excruciatingly slow stroke. My eyes widened as he slid deeper and deeper into me, stretching me.
“Full,” I gasped when he was fully sheathed inside me.
Silvion grinned and rocked his hips back and forth, helping me to adjust to his girth. Sometimes he brushed over my prostate, which forced me to whimper and writhe on top of him. Shane kissed me, pinched my nipples, stroked my hair, did everything he knew I liked. Then he slid behind me and rubbed his cockhead against my hole. I squeezed around Silvion, causing him to let go of a guttural moan.
“Ready to try, sweetheart?” Shane asked.
My heart hammered against my ribs, and I wasn't at all sure if I wanted to try, but I heard myself clearly say, “Yes.”


10/07/2014

Sacrifices is a Rainbow Awards Finalist



I'm still stunned but Sacrifices, the sequel to Attachment Strings, made it into the final round of the Rainbow Awards 2014 (Category: Gay Contemporary Romance). It's an honor. :)




10/06/2014

Cover Reveal for Charlie Cochet's Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3)

I'm so excited to have Charlie Cochet on the blog! I'm eagerly waiting to get my hands on her new book!

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Hello all! Welcome to the Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3) cover reveal & giveaway! I'm super excited to share with you the cover to for the latest THIRDS book by the fabulous L.C. Chase! There's also a giveaway, and Rack & Ruin is now available for preorder!

When the walls come tumblin' down....

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Blurb

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

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Release Day November 7th

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Excerpt

Dex had never been so eager to start his daily training session. Down in Sparta, he changed in the male locker room, swapping his uniform for his black Led Zeppelin T-shirt, loose jogging pants, and sneakers. He grabbed his boxing gloves from his locker and slammed it shut.
The bays were pretty busy at this time of day, but there was plenty of free boxing equipment in the boxing bays. He chose one of the emptier ones, and as he got ready, all he could think about was Sloane. The moment Dex had seen his face, he’d known. Sloane was going to run. I’m so stupid. He finished wrapping his hands and made straight for the punching bag.
After some quick stretches and warm ups, he started pummeling the red leather bag, hoping to release some of his frustration, but the more he punched the bag, the angrier he became. He’d told himself not to get so close. His head had known far longer than his heart what would happen, tried to warn him. But Dex hadn’t listened. He’d been a lovesick idiot, trailing after Sloane, getting on his knees, content to let Sloane bleed him. Maybe a part of Dex enjoyed it. Enjoyed being stripped, his vulnerability exposed. Why else would he continue to put himself through this? Why did he keep waiting? Because he’d promised Sloane he would. And what had Sloane promised in return? Dex remembered the words as if they’d been said yesterday. I can’t make any promises. Sloane had made it clear. Dex had no one to blame for his heartache but himself.
“Well isn’t that cute.”
Dex froze. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Someone up there was conspiring against him. Was this a test to see how much he could take before he lost his shit? Any other day, Dex would have walked away. But not today. He turned and faced Ash who was dressed similarly in a T-shirt and loose jogging pants. Letty was beside him looking worried.
“Come on. You and me,” Dex said through his teeth.
Ash let out a laugh. “Are you fucking kidding?”
“Does it look like I’m kidding?”
“Sloane wouldn’t be happy about that.”
“Well Sloane’s not fucking here, is he?” Dex snapped. He expected a smart-ass remark, but instead Ash seemed to be thinking it over so he pushed on. “You’ve wanted this since I joined. Now’s your chance. No one here’s going to stop you. You want to beat the shit out of me, now’s your fucking chance.”
“Okay.”
Dex nodded and swiped his boxing gloves off the side of the mat. He held them out to Letty. “Help me out here.”
Letty took one glove from him and helped secure the strap before taking the next one. “Dex, are you sure you want to do this? You know he won’t hold back.”
“I’m counting on it.”
Letty cursed under her breath, saying something in Spanish Dex didn’t understand. He tapped his hip where his pocket was, and Letty reached in. She pulled out the small box containing his mouth guard and opened it, looking as if she was going to try again to convince him not to do this, but instead, she held the mouth guard up to him. He leaned over and closed his mouth around the rubbery piece. He could tell she wasn’t happy, but he needed this.
He hopped on his toes, rolled his shoulders, and waited while Letty helped Ash with his gloves and mouth guard. As soon as Ash was ready, they both stepped onto one of the larger empty blue mats. Looking at Ash, all the anger came flooding back, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t stop thinking about Sloane.
You really thought he wouldn’t run? He’ll always run. From you.
“Come on,” Dex said around his mouthpiece.
Ash shook his head, but there was no way Dex was letting him back out now.
Come on!”
Ash gave him exactly what he asked for. The first punch landed across Dex’s jaw and sent him reeling. He fell hard against the mat, his face in a world of pain and stars in his eyes. How the hell Dex hadn’t been knocked out by that one hit was beyond him. Fuck. That hurt. Okay, maybe this wasn’t your brightest idea.
“That all you got, Daley? One hit? That’s pretty fucking pathetic.”
Bastard. Dex pushed himself to his feet and shook himself off. Would Sloane come back this time? He had to. They worked together. What if that’s all he came back for? You fucked up. The first guy you could see yourself spending your life with, and you fuck it up within months. A new record. Ash grinned at him, and Dex lost it.
He came at Ash with everything he had, mindful of Ash’s fierce hooks. He maneuvered around him, ducking under hooks and jumping out of the way when Ash swiped at him. Ash threw both arms out to grab him, and Dex dropped down to the mat and rolled. He popped back up and took a swing, catching Ash on his shoulder. Then Dex remembered what Ash’s proficiency was. Close Quarter Combat. The guy had been toying with him. Letting him land blows, waiting for Dex to realize the mistake he’d made.

About the Author

CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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