Guest Post from K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn, Authors of Behind the Stick

Interracial Romance

As a writer of interracial romance, I seek out books similar to those I write. When Behind the Stick crossed my path, I had to read it… immediately drawn in by the cover and the two guys who just looked so pleased with themselves, confident, and playful. I wanted to find out why Coles and Vaughn were drawn to write interracial romance and what it means to them, so I asked, and they delivered with an amazingly insightful blog post.

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Book Title: Behind the Stick, The Speakeasy #3
Author: K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn

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Resetting Our Default

by K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn

Fifty-two years ago, on June 17, 1967, the Supreme Court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage in the United States.

Hard to believe that happened so recently, right? But Mildred and Richard Loving were indeed jailed for a year because their marriage crossed racial lines, something most people today find impossible to imagine.

We certainly have trouble imagining such a thing. Both our families include mixed-race families. In fact, one of us is the child of an interracial marriage made legal by Loving v. Virginia. So you’d think that if interracial relationships aren’t unusual in our real lives, it stands to reason they wouldn’t be unusual in our writing, too. Right?

The answer, like this topic, is complicated. We’ve been writing together for several years and all our early projects–including our first published books, Wake and Calm– centered around main characters who were Caucasian. Did we set out specifically to write romances between white men? No. We defaulted that way—literally made selections on automatic pilot—perhaps because we’d been reading characters like them for longer than we could remember. We didn’t entirely match up with our characters, but we’d had plenty of practice getting into their mindset.

Some of our secondary characters in Wake and Calm were not white, however, and we started talking about why they weren’t our mains. Those characters were just as interesting as our mains, not to mention basically waving at us in hopes we’d pick them up and do something with them. So, it wasn’t long before we knew we wanted to make a change.

After publishing Wake and Calm, we plotted out The Speakeasy, a new series featuring a cast of friends with a wide variety of personal histories and worldviews. And we decided before writing even one word that we wanted diversity in our books. We wanted to create romance among characters who better represented our families and ourselves, and the world around us. To reset our default where we could.

While we found plotting interracial romance easy, the writing was sometimes less so. That’s because we really wanted to get the characters and the ways they loved each other right. Behind the Stick, our third Speakeasy book, features Kyle and Luka, a mixed-race couple who don’t give a damn that their skin tones don’t match. Some members of Luka’s boisterous interracial family want him to steer clear of white boys like Kyle, though, which casts an unwanted shadow on Kyle and Luka’s growing feelings for one another. And it was twists like those that sometimes made writing Behind the Stick a daunting prospect.

We researched and talked as we wrote—endlessly so, at times—then crossed our fingers when we passed things off to our beta readers.

But despite the fretting, we’ve always been aware that the characters we’re writing are people, plain and simple. They deserve all the love and respect in the world and when we give it to them, they flourish. Watching them do so makes whatever complexities we encounter while writing more than worthwhile.

 

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K. Evan Coles

K. Evan Coles is a mother and tech pirate by day and a writer by night. She is a dreamer who, with a little hard work and a lot of good coffee, coaxes words out of her head and onto paper.

K. lives in the northeast United States, where she complains bitterly about the winters, but truly loves the region and its diverse, tenacious and deceptively compassionate people. You’ll usually find K. nerding out over books, movies and television with friends and family. She’s especially proud to be raising her son as part of a new generation of unabashed geeks.

K.’s books explore LGBTQ+ romance in contemporary settings.

 

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Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Her books range from short stories to novellas. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings.

 

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Release Blitz : Eminently Elf (D’Vaire, Book 13) by Jessamyn Kingley

You’ve seen the cover (amazing that it is), now it’s your chance to get the book. Finally, D’Vaire #13 is out!

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Book Title: Eminently Elf (D’Vaire, Book 13)

Author: Jessamyn Kingley

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: LJ Anderson of Mayhem Cover Creations

Release Date: July 25, 2019

Genre/s: M/M Urban Fantasy Romance

Trope/s: Fated Mates

Themes: Love, Courage

Heat Rating: 3 flames

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Even for a legend, victory has a price.

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Emperors Chrysander and Ellery Draconis are in love and looking toward the future. Ellery is the first hybrid to survive a dragon shift, becoming a legend. Chrysander couldn’t be happier with his elf dragon, and for the first time he is truly savoring life. Despite the demands of their schedules as the leaders of the Council of Sorcery and Shifters, the pair have also managed to find balance. But not everyone is happy to see the leader of the dragons with a half-elven mate.

As the two go about their daily business, those sworn to protect them work tirelessly each day to ensure the safety of their emperors. They lived through the horror of the previous rulers being murdered and are all too aware of the dangers that lie in wait. Nothing is left to chance, but regardless of their dedication, not even they can prevent evil from rising from the mists.

On a seemingly ordinary day, an unexpected attack shocks everyone. A matebond is taken to the brink and the limits of magic are tested as the strongest forces unite to try to repair the damage. It will take time, patience, and perseverance for good to prevail. Chrysander and Ellery will once again overcome the odds and emerge victorious, but in the end, nothing will ever be the same.

 

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Ellery tugged the linen top of his pajamas over his head and crawled into bed. There was noise from the sitting room that told him Chrysander wasn’t ready to join him yet. With a shrug, Ellery picked up the tablet on the nightstand and went through the notes Zane sent him regarding the next vote in the Main Assembly Hall. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Chrysander stalk into the room and keep going until he’d shut himself into the bathroom.

When he emerged several minutes later, he still had a loose pair of black pants on that he’d donned when they got upstairs.

“Are you all packed?” Chrysander asked as he climbed up onto the mattress and crawled over Ellery.

Setting his tablet aside, Ellery smiled at the handsome dragon as he got closer to him. “Yes, I think so. It is so strange to think of moving into a hotel tomorrow.”

Chrysander kissed him and settled his weight comfortably over Ellery. “Damian’s probably going to stay up all night memorizing the floor plans. He’s not going to be happy until we get back here and the condo is finished.”

“He has been very pleased that he and your brothers are in charge of the security features in this place.”

“And that we gave them carte blanche. It kind of scares me how much technology Damian is going to put in this place. I don’t want to have to do a retinal scan to use the bathroom.”

Ellery slid his hands into Chrysander’s thick hair. “That would be inconvenient.”

“We’re going to have to wrestle more control from Wesley. He can’t skip informing our security about things like having a giant-ass buffet at the back of an enormous throne room, blocking the main doors.”

Ellery didn’t want to talk about Wesley. The truth was, he could hardly stand the office assistant, and he would bet all Tiri’s swear word money that the feeling was mutual. “He has been too comfortable in his role, perhaps.”

“He does a good job. He just needs to be reminded of the rules. I was so damn busy before that I truly had no choice but to pass a lot of things off to him. Our schedule’s lighter now, and the royal family should be making these decisions.”

“Other than the food fiasco, I thought the ceremony went well.”

“Poor Tiri looked terrified.”

“He gets nervous that he will disrespect Zane in some way.”

Chrysander lifted an incredulous brow. “How could he ever do that?”

“I have no clue. He is amazing, and he loves Zane very much.”

“I should tell you something.”

“What’s that?”

“I love someone very much as well.”

Ellery eagerly accepted Chrysander’s kiss. “That is interesting. Is it anyone I know?”

“You might’ve heard of him.”

Lifting his chin so Chrysander could better nibble Ellery’s neck, he tried to keep the thread of their conversation going while his body hummed with the desire that always rested just below his skin for his other half. “Can you be more specific?”

After leaving a trail of soft kisses over his jaw, Chrysander tongued the two earrings Fate left in Ellery’s ear after they were mated, which always drove him wild inside. “He’s an elf.”

Ellery wasn’t sure why everyone insisted on focusing on that part of him first, but his dick was hard, and he wasn’t going to get into a disagreement with Chrysander over it. “Just an elf?”

Pushing his hands under Ellery’s tunic, Chrysander slid his palm over the muscles of his belly. “No, he’s a hybrid.”

“That is certainly interesting,” Ellery managed as Chrysander toyed with one nipple.

“They say dragon mixes die at their first shift, but not my mate.”

Ellery spread his legs and bent his knees, cradling Chrysander’s hips between them. The thick length of Chrysander’s cock bumped into his and caused him to let out a moan. “I may have heard of him.”

“He’s the most beautiful dragon in the world.”

Clutching Chrysander’s short locks tighter, the dragon brought his lips close enough to taste. Ellery dipped his tongue in, and their mouths were way too busy for words as he undulated against Chrysander, suddenly desperate for any kind of friction.

 

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Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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Blog Tour : Treasure Trail by Morgan Brice – Author Interview and Giveaway

I’d like to introduce you to Morgan Brice, who is joining me today to talk about her new book, Treasure Trail, as well as inspiration, marketing, and the fact that writer’s block only has the power you let it.

 

<Morgan Brice>: Hi everyone! I’m Morgan Brice. I write urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, so plenty of sexy thrills and spooky chills. My books all involve magic, supernatural creatures, and hot sexy men finding their HEA.

<Nat Kennedy>: Sounds perfect.  Right up my alley all around!

<Morgan Brice>: My bestselling Badlands series is set in Myrtle Beach, SC with a sexy psychic medium who pairs up with a hot homicide cop to catch a killer. There are three books in the series (Badlands, Loose Ends, and The Rising) so far, with more to come.

In my Witchbane series (Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers so far), Seth and Evan team up to stop a group of dark warlocks who have been carrying out a century-long killing spree. If you like shows like Supernatural, Vampire Diaries or Buffy, this is your kind of story!

I also write urban fantasy and epic fantasy as Gail Z. Martin. All of my urban fantasy worlds as both Gail and Morgan overlap and crossover, so the characters all know each other and interact in one big, haunted universe!

<Nat Kennedy>: So, Morgan, you’ve a new book coming out!  It looks very exciting with your signature thrills and chills.  Tell us more about it.

<Morgan Brice>: I’ve got a brand new series that just launched: Treasure Trail! It’s set in another beach town, Cape May, NJ. Erik used to track art fraud and bust up forgery rings, but after a close call, he moves to Cape May to make a fresh start. Ex-cop Ben is also starting over, and sparks fly when the two men meet. But when old scandals and murders come to light, they’re going to need each other and every bit of luck to get their happy ending!

I ‘found’ Cape May when we visited to plan our daughter’s wedding, and totally fell in love with all the big Victorian houses, the beach, the food (OMG!) and all of the history. So many plot bunnies! I always try to match main characters to the the location. So in this case, Erik’s background in art preservation and stopping art fraud and relic theft was perfect for a town that is so into art and antiques. Ben’s background as a former undercover cop in Newark who needs a fresh start also seemed like a great fit—both for Erik and for Cape May!

<Nat Kennedy>: That sounds like a good way to find a new location. I’ve never been there myself, so I will have to read your book to get a good sense of the place!  I also love the combination of art expert and ex-cop.  I can’t wait to see their chemistry.

So, you’ve got quite a few books out there.  What writing rituals work for you?

<Morgan Brice>:  Coffee! I drink a lot of coffee when I write. I’m also usually an afternoon writer, because I’m not really a morning person.

<Nat Kennedy>: I’m a tea drinker myself, but yes, the fuel of the writer! Caffeine!

Tell us, what was your ‘ah ha’ moment when you realized you wanted to be a writer and would require all that coffee to keep you fueled?

<Morgan Brice>: I’ve always written stories from the time I was a kid. I loved being able to entertain my friends. I’d write a story, or a fan fiction of one of our favorite series, and they’d read it, and then bug me to write something new. I loved telling stories and knowing other people enjoyed them. When I was 14, I realized that the writers who were writing then wouldn’t always be around, so there had to be new writers or there wouldn’t be any more books! That’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer, too.

<Nat Kennedy>:  Okay, now for the tough question.  Give us your wisdom!  What do you do for writer’s block?

<Morgan Brice>: I don’t really believe in writer’s block. As my friend John Hartness says, there’s no such thing as ‘plumber’s block’ or ‘electrician’s block’. If it’s your job, and how you make your living, you get up in the morning and do it. Writing is how I make my living. But sometimes, if I’m having trouble with a scene or a chapter, I have to pull back, research and write a better outline. Being stuck comes from not having a clear idea of where I’m going. It means I’m missing a piece. Doing some research and revising the outline has always worked so far to get me going again!

<Nat Kennedy>: I’ve heard other professional writers say exactly the same thing.  It’s a job, you sit down and do it.  But thanks for the hint.  I sometimes feel uninspired and stuck.  But then, don’t fall down the research hole, either!  It’s can be a hard balance.

Now, what all your fans want to know. Once we’ve read Treasure Trail, what’s next? What are you working on right now?

<Morgan Brice>: I’m editing Flame and Ash, which will be the next book in my Witchbane series. I’m also working on two more of my Gail books that will come out later this summer. Then back to more Morgan books!

<Nat Kennedy>: I’m inspired by your productivity!

Writing new things, polishing, editing, and also taking the time to get your books out there.  What have you found to be the best ways to market your books?

<Morgan Brice>: I love going to conventions like GRL (GayRomLit) and Coastal Magic and meeting readers and being on panels. I also love chatting with folks on Facebook and Twitter. It’s also fun to be a guest blogger and to take part in Facebook parties and takeovers with other authors. And I also really enjoy doing cross-promotions with other authors. Getting out there and meeting people, in person or online, works for me!

<Nat Kennedy>: You make it sound fun!  An extrovert! I love your energy.

You’ve got some great and varied worlds.  What writing has inspired you?  And where do you get your ideas from?

<Morgan Brice>: I have learned so much from reading other authors in the genre. I love the stories, and I also find motivation.

I get my ideas everywhere! News articles, history, documentaries, ghost books, mythology, books about legends and lore, traveling to new places, going on tours—truly everywhere!

<Nat Kennedy>: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

<Morgan Brice>: Hang in there. Don’t get discouraged. It takes longer than you think it will, but you’ll get there eventually!

<Nat Kennedy>: And last, but definitely not least.  The most important question in this interview…. What would you choose as your writing mascot/animal spirit/totem?

<Morgan Brice>: I have two dogs, a Maltese and a Golden Retriever, so I already have my mascots!

<Nat Kennedy>: Ah, lucky!  Thank you so much, Morgan, for joining me today.  Treasure Trail is available now at these locations (and there’s a Giveaway too, go to the bottom of this page):

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About the Author

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

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Release Blitz : TREASURE TRAIL by Morgan Brice

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Book Title: Treasure Trail

Author: Morgan Brice

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Genre/s: Urban Fantasy MM paranormal romance

Trope/s: Second chance, friends to lovers, starting over, psychic/medium and a cop, mystery, action/adventure,

Themes: Taking a chance on love, running from your past, trust, friendship, found family

Heat Rating: 4 flames

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When a missing antique shows up under mysterious circumstances, Ben and Erik are plunged into danger as a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface. Someone wants those secrets to stay buried—and is willing to add Ben and Erik to the death toll to keep the past hidden.

 

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Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the US and Europe, but a sting goes wrong and Erik ends up injured, then returns to find his partner cheating. Erik decides to stop globe trotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, NJ, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.

Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. After he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.

When a missing antique shows up under mysterious circumstances, Ben and Erik are plunged into danger as a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface. Someone wants those secrets to stay buried—and is willing to add Ben and Erik to the death toll to keep the past hidden.

 

 

Excerpt

“If the show proposal goes through, it will really put Treasure Trail and Trinkets on the map!” Corinne Scott had the bouncy enthusiasm required of an agent, and it came across as clear over the phone as it did in person.

“It’s exciting, but let’s wait before we break out the champagne,” Erik Mitchell protested. He had been dealing with the chaos of unpacking boxes and living out of a suitcase for two weeks, since his move to Cape May, New Jersey, and the complete uprooting of his life. “If they’re counting on using my supposed notoriety to sell the show, they might be disappointed. There’s a lot I can’t talk about—and it’s mostly the exciting parts.”

“You traveled the world stopping art and antiquities fraud,” Corinne continued, undeterred. “It’s like something out of Indiana Jones.”

Erik winced. Much as he loved those movies, Indy was more like the kind of guy he helped bust for swiping relics. “Um…not really. I spent a lot of time in the back rooms of museums going over old stuff with a magnifying glass. And I only got shot at a few times.”

That was enough. A collector with a very rare Fabergé egg music box wanted Erik to authenticate the egg for the buyer. Unfortunately, there were other interested parties, and they all brought more muscle than brains. The deal went sideways when they decided to negotiate with guns; all hell broke loose, and Erik nearly died. He ended up with a concussion, a bullet wound in his shoulder, and nightmares verging on PTSD.

“This wouldn’t be anything so dangerous!” Corinne was in full sales mode now. “It’s only six episodes, and it’s the local PBS station. All the crimes have already been solved. You’re just on camera for the expert cameos, and to toss out some advice on how to avoid buying fake art or accidentally stealing priceless relics.”

The longer Corinne talked, the more Erik became convinced the whole TV show was a colossal mistake. He had relocated to Cape May from Atlanta to get away from the sensational—and dangerous—aspects of his old life. Sure, chasing down art fraud had been his dream job, like something out of a thriller novel. His younger self had relished the constant travel and intermittent danger, and the work paid well—in headlines and in a very healthy salary.

Then there was the clusterfuck bust and Erik’s injury. He realized that he was ready to move on, settle down, and step out of the spotlight. He’d thought his boyfriend, Josh, would be happy about the change. Then he got home a few days earlier than expected and found Josh banging Erik’s personal assistant on the dining room table.

After all the shouting and tears were over, Erik found himself single and lacking an assistant. He’d decided right then to leave his old world behind. That meant getting out of Atlanta, out of the apartment he’d shared with Josh, and going somewhere he could get a fresh start.

 

 

About the Author

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

Join my Worlds of Morgan Brice Facebook Group! Get the early scoop on upcoming books and new series, see new covers first, enjoy insider news and special contests and giveaways! Plus it’s where I get my beta readers and launch team!

 

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Release Blitz : MATED by Tricia Owens

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Book Title: Mated

Author: Tricia Owens

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Tricia Owens

Genre/s: Paranormal MM Romance, wolf shifters

Heat Rating: 5 flames

Length: 84 000 words

Release Date: July 2, 2019

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As the brother of the pack alpha, Wren knows his place, even if that place occasionally brings him to harm. But when a handsome new alpha and his pack come to town, challenging the status quo, Wren finds himself torn between the old wolf shifter attitude and a new one.

Gideon is the alpha of the Corwin pack. Though he moved into the territory to take advantage of business opportunities, the moment he encounters the young black wolf with the blue eyes, he finds his priorities changing. Wren is obedient as a good beta should be, but Gideon is banking on him having a rebellious streak. The only way to find out is to gamble: by forcing a marriage between their packs. But it’s a step that unleashes homophobia, deadly danger, and the discovery of a dark secret that was never meant to surface.

 

Excerpt

Gideon slowly lowered himself to one knee.

Wren sucked in a breath. “You shouldn’t—”

“I believe you when you say you don’t follow True Call.” Gideon’s voice was low and rich. “But I also believe that a part of you has grown used to it and is struggling with the concept of an alpha who doesn’t need to hurt you to command you.”

“Get up,” Wren gritted out. He was beginning to sweat. Even though he knew his reaction was disproportionate to what was occurring, his body refused to listen. “You shouldn’t be on your knees in front of me.”

“This bothers you, doesn’t it? Me in a classically subservient position.”

“It’s not right.”

Wren went taut as Gideon raised a hand and stroked the tips of his fingers down Wren’s throat. His forefinger paused, resting atop his pulse.

“What if I’m on my knees for you?” Gideon stroked across his pulse point. “Seems you like that better, hmm?”

“Please stand up.” Wren dug his fingers into his thighs.

“No.” Gideon dropped his gaze. “I like the view here.”

He eyed the bulge in Wren’s jeans as though considering whether it would fit in his mouth. Though the thought of Gideon giving him a blowjob was mind-blowing, Wren wasn’t sure he wanted it to happen.

As if he could read Wren’s mind, Gideon glanced up at him. “You’d tell me no, wouldn’t you? If I offered to.”

Wren wished he could close his legs, but with Gideon kneeling between them he was stuck. Vulnerable.

“What if I didn’t offer?” Gideon dropped the hand that had been touching Wren’s pulse. He placed it high on Wren’s thigh, a mere inch from where all the blood in Wren’s body was gathering. “What if I told you I’m going to do it and I want you to sit here like a good little pup and enjoy your alpha’s attention?”

A moan crawled up Wren’s throat, but he caught it at the last minute, releasing a strangled sound instead. Gideon’s eyes darkened and the wry amusement that had been lingering on his features fell away.

“Should I test you?”

 

 

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Tricia Owens has been writing m/m fiction since 2000, after stumbling onto the term ‘slash’ and thinking it referred to horror stories. She is the author of Sin City, A Pirate’s Life for Me, and Juxtapose City series, among several others. She lives in Las Vegas.

 

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