Archive | August 2014

FREE READ – Darkness Falls

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next is Darkness Falls. Keep reading to get to know Matthew and Daniel….

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CHAPTER ONE

It was a night shoot like dozens of others before it. It was a special effects shot like dozens of others before it as well.

But in a heartbeat, everything can change.

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FREE READ – Memory’s Prisoner

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is Memory’s Prisoner. Keep reading to get to know Mitch and Joey…

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CHAPTER FIVE

An hour later Mitch was transferred to a gurney and wheeled downstairs to an exam room where Dr. Cohen was waiting. He was given a local anesthetic to reduce the pain as the rods holding the brace to his leg were disengaged.

“Now remember, Mr. Reid,” Dr. Cohen said. “This doesn’t mean you’ll be running a marathon tomorrow, as much as you might want to. I don’t even want you bending your leg until your physical therapist stops by to see you in your room a bit later. Understood?”

Mitch just nodded, not really hearing what she was saying, instead watching as first the metal contraption and then the bandages were removed and he got his first, unimpeded look at his leg.

Frankenstein.

That was the first thought that popped into Mitch’s mind. He knew he was overreacting, knew the doctors had done a miraculous job and had saved his leg, knew the scars wouldn’t be as noticeable with time. It was just a shock to see what kind of damage had been done.

Fine rows of stitches crisscrossed his leg, showcasing the areas where the shrapnel had done the most damage. He knew underneath the skin metal rods held together his shattered lower leg. His knee was by far the worst, as he’d known it would be. It was still a bit swollen, with a much larger, wider set of stitches that ran almost clear around his kneecap. Mitch tried to wrap his mind around the fact that there was plastic under his skin now, where bone used to be. He lay back against the pillows, tiredly running a hand over his face. Now that he’d seen with his own eyes, he no longer needed confirmation from Tim.

His days as a cop were over.

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FREE READ – Out of the Shadows

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is Out of the Shadows. Keep reading to get to know Shane and Tyler…

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CHAPTER ONE

A small smile played across the face of 28 year-old L.A.P.D. officer Shane Walker as he gazed out the open passenger side window of his squad car. Life is good, he thought as he breathed in the warm California air, the bright lights of Hollywood illuminating the night sky all around him. Shane let the small smile turn into a full fledged grin. Tonight marked the accomplishment of a goal it had taken him months to achieve – his last day of field training. Come Monday morning he’d be on his own as a K-9 patrol officer, this time for the Los Angeles Police Department.

It’d been a long road to get here, a long way from the Tulsa Police Department K-9 division where Shane had gotten his start in law enforcement three years ago. Shane was proud to wear the police uniform of his hometown, but it had always been his goal to work for the elite L.A.P.D. So when he heard about the opening in their canine unit, he had immediately put in for a transfer.

That was six months ago. During that time Shane had gone through a rigorous interview process and psychological screening before being accepted, along with his partner Chase, into the L.A.P.D. After that it was packing up and leaving home, leaving his family, and entering into the academy for 18 more weeks of training. Even though Shane was already a cop, he needed to learn the way the L.A.P.D. wanted things done. It was hard work, more like boot camp than anything, but Shane excelled, graduating at the top of his class.

But he wasn’t ready to hit the streets quite yet. For the next month he and Chase worked with the L.A.P.D. K-9 instructor, proving that the German Shepherd was just as good an officer as his master.

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FREE READ – Where There’s Smoke

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. Next up is the second of my firemen/paramedic novellas – Where There’s Smoke (Burnin’ for You Book #2). Keep reading to get to know Lucas and Evan even better….

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CHAPTER THREE

Daniel and Lucas had kitchen duty that afternoon, so while the rest of the crew scrubbed down the engine and truck from the fire that morning, the two men were up to their elbows in soap suds from the lunch dishes when the station alarm sounded. Lucas and Daniel stopped what they were doing and looked up at the P.A. speaker as the dispatcher’s voice came over it.

“Station 127 – vehicle in the water. 300 block of North 12th Street, cross street Wilshire. Time out – 13:25.”

“Ready to go swimming?” Daniel asked as they hurriedly dried off their hands.

Lucas shook his head at the sandy haired fireman, leading the way to the fire pole. “I told Evan today was gonna be batshit crazy.”

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Lucas’s heel tapped a staccato rhythm against the floor of the engine as Kyle expertly maneuvered the large vehicle through the congested New York streets. Water rescues were always difficult and dangerous and required instant action the moment they were on the scene. Time was their enemy when a car was filling with water with a person trapped inside. In preparation, the crew’s turnout gear was stored, saving precious seconds removing the bulky clothing if they were needed to enter the water.

And based on the yelling and screaming of the bystanders as Station 127 pulled up onto the scene, they were going to be.

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FREE READ – Burnin’ for You

For the next several days I’ll be doing a FREE READ of one chapter of each of my books. First up is the first of my firemen/paramedic novellas – Burnin’ for You. Keep reading to get to know Lucas and Evan….

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CHAPTER FIVE

Lucas’s next shift was two days later, following Station 127’s “24-hour-on / 48-hour-off” shift schedule. He’d thought being away from Evan for those two days would help, that he could get a handle on his feelings for the other man and push them away, bury them deep and get on with his life.

But his efforts were in vain, with Evan invading his thoughts more than once throughout those two days, at night especially as he lay in his bed, helpless to stop the dreams that replayed last Saturday and Sunday.

So instead of walking into the station for his next shift with a clear head, able to look Evan in the eye, confident in his decision to end things between them before they really had a chance to get started, he instead did his best to once again avoid the young medic.

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Fiction Friday with Lorraine Reguly

I’d like to welcome to my blog today author Lorraine Reguly. I’m grateful to be able to return the favor that Lorraine showed me last year when she gave me my first ever author interview to promote my new ebook Memory’s Prisoner. It was a wonderful experience for me and now I have the chance to interview Lorraine.

Lorraine is an interesting person who happens to be a rape survivor, a former prostitute, and an English teacher-turned-freelancer. She’s also the author of Risky Issues, which is a short book of stories (both fiction and non-fiction) prefaced by a touching poem.

Today, I’m going to talk to Lorraine about what’s going on in her world, her book, and her extremely important message that Risky Issues sets forth. You’ll want to listen in on our conversation, from beginning to end, too. Trust me!

 

Why I Have to Rave About Lorraine’s Short Book (and why EVERYONE should read it too)

Risky Issues      Lorraine

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Going Both Ways: Best Bi Short Stories Anthology (Review)

Congrats to my friend Gina Storm Grant for a fantastic review! I know I laughed my butt off at the excerpt that was quoted. 🙂

The Best Bi Antho got a great review from Heroes and Heartbreakers. Best Bi

The reviewer, Victoria Janssen, did a nice run down of some of the stories, including what worked for her and what didn’t. She, ahem, only quoted one story:

The anthology starts off with a hilarious interlude by Storm Grant, “Dual Citizenship.”

“So.The Mountie. Something queer about him?” I say finally, careful of my wording. It’s hard to ask when the rule is “don’t.” As in “Don’t ask. Don’t tell.”

Grandy harrumphs. Won’t meet my eyes directly either. He’s probably wondering about the two holes in my left earlobe. “Well, I think I can say for pretty sure that he’s…” Grandy pauses, searches for the right word, then does meet my eyes, “…Canadian. You don’t have a problem with… Canadians, do you?”

“No sir. Got a cousin who’s… Canadian. Not a problem.” I fail to mention I’ve…been…

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Now accepting pre-orders for GRL!

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Look below the form for the blurbs for each of my four books…

Darkness Falls

Matthew Tucker is a successful actor on a hit television show, his career on the rise. Life is good. What more could he want? Daniel Westman, that’s what – his co-star and close friend.

Matthew’s attraction to Daniel grows day by day, feeling there’s something between them, just under the surface. But months go by, with Matthew afraid to tell Daniel he was falling in love with him. Because if he was wrong and Matthew was looking too deeply into it…he’d lose his best friend. So instead Matthew longs for Daniel in silence, until an accident on set may leave Daniel permanently blind. With his friend hurt, scared and confused, his life possibly forever altered, Matthew never wavers from Daniel’s side, no matter how difficult it gets.

His dedication brings them closer than ever before, but is it possible to find happiness, and love, in the wake of a tragedy? Or has Matthew’s hesitation cost him that chance and he’ll lose Daniel to the darkness instead?

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Burnin’ for You

Lucas Taylor is a New York City fireman at Station 127, dedicated to his job, even though it has brought him heartrending tragedy – the loss of his lover, Ryan, in an explosion.

Evan Singer is the new guy in town, a paramedic transferred into Station 127 and he sets his eyes on Lucas from the get-go.

Neither knowing who the other is, their first meeting is a night of passion and desire that awakens something inside Lucas he never thought he’d feel again.

But when Lucas discovers that Evan is a paramedic, it all comes crashing down. For despite the feelings he has for Evan, Lucas has vowed to never again get involved with someone on the job, after losing Ryan to it.

Can Evan convince Lucas to open up his heart and take a chance on love again, despite who Evan is?

Includes the sequel – Where There’s Smoke!

Things turn explosive at the FDNY when a young man Lucas rescues from a fire becomes an obsessed stalker, and Evan’s altercation with a victim’s husband threatens to end his career.

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Out of the Shadows

For K-9 Officer Shane Walker, transferring from the Tulsa police department to the elite L.A.P.D. was a dream come true. He nearly forgets he’s in Hollywood until he responds to a 911 call that brings him to the home of actor Tyler Donovan.

It appears that Tyler has it all – a career that’s on fire and a loving, long-term relationship with his partner, Alex. But then Shane uncovers the truth that Tyler had been trying to hide, and the illusion comes crashing down.

Can Shane help Tyler break free of a life he’s convinced he deserves before it’s too late, and in the process help them both find love?

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An Endless Sea of Stars (NEW RELEASE FOR GRL!)

The year is 2121. While Earth has conquered exploration of the Milky Way, we have yet to develop an interstellar engine to take us beyond our own galaxy. Thus the Intergalactic Exploration Alliance and the Gemini Project were formed.

Lieutenant Tobias Dekker is fresh out of the IEA academy and determined to be assigned to the Gemini engineering team. Putting career above all else. He knows from experience that relationships have no place in the Alliance. Commander Caden Flynn is equally determined to see the Gemini prototype take flight to uncharted space. The engine is his late father’s design and he wants nothing more than to be the test pilot that breaks the next light speed barrier.

Two men dreaming of a sea of stars find that it’s instead an ocean here on Earth that brings them together. Can Cade convince Toby to open up his heart and take a chance on love and explore the universe with him, side by side?

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WANTED: Reviewers AND Bloggers–5 books!

My friend Storm Grant is looking to get the word out about her books! Who has space for her on your blog for a guest post?

I’m baaacccckkkk!

And I’m planning a MASSIVE MULTI-BOOK RELEASE for GBLT (male/male) novels, novellas and stories! A book a week for 5 weeks beginning September 1! Some you haven’t seen for a while and one you’ve never seen!

REVIEWERS AND BLOGGERS: Want to entertain your readers and followers? Give me some play on your blog or site! Interviews, guest posts, or reviews. Comment or email me at storm.grant@gmail.com to schedule. Let’s give away some books!

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll flinch!

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Help me choose a cover for my sci-fi novella!

With edits wrapping up on An Endless Sea of Stars, I’ve now moved into the cover design phase. I have four different choices down below along with a poll. I’d love for all of you to vote for your favorite. Please excuse the watermarks on a few of the photos. Since these are still rough drafts I haven’t decided if I should purchase the photos yet.

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