FREE E-Books on ARe
I haven’t done any freebies since before Christmas and figured it was time. I did do a Valentine’s Day giveaway with Queertown Abbey, and Tammy Brewer Parker won a copy of Cowboy Christmas Miracle. The two freebies I’m doing now are from the Second Chance series. Both links are up to date and I’ve checked to make sure the books are there for free.
Once again, I wish I could put them up on Amazon for free, but Amazon has rules and I can’t change those rules. So the freebies will be up on Allromanceebooks.com, which is a very simple web site to navigate and downloads are explained well. (I think readers get the best book descriptions there, too.) I know many of my readers tell me they often prefer ARe over most retail web sites where e-books are sold. And most of the time the comments are about the excellent customer service they get at ARe. I can tell you from a publishing perspective, I love working with them.
Second Chance, the first book in the series.
Second Chance, His Only Choice, the third book in the series.
I will be releasing the fourth book in the series very soon…title yet to be determined.
Jonathan Groff Full Frontal
I’ve been going back and forth all week in e-mails with several good friends about how much we’re loving the HBO series, Looking. Last week’s episode was about as real as if gets when two gay men first meet and take a strong romantic interest in each other. It’s that first time getting to know you deal, with sex included. I don’t know how these things work in the straight community, but I do know how they work with gay men and I felt as if I’d gone back in time just watching Jonathan Groff last week. It also validates everything I’ve ever written in a gay romance.
And Groff, from what I found through a simple search, doesn’t follow the double standard rule where only women do full frontal nudity. He’s done some full frontal himself, and he looks adorable.
I can’t post the actual photos here for copyright reasons, but I love this web site I’m linking to now, and you can view several full frontal photos of Groff showing off there.
You can get there from here.
I think Groff is making TV history and might not even know it. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a TV series that depicts gay men and gay relationships without insulting them in those subtle ways most people don’t pick up on.
FREE Gay Excerpt
Pardon the titles of my free Friday excerpt posts, but I do that for search engines and it works. I’d rather not, but it is what it is and search engines rule all things Internet.
In any event, here’s a free excerpt from my novel, Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street. It’s probably one of the books I’ve loved writing the most, and one that I can actually go back and read myself, which doesn’t always happen for me.
You can find it here, on Amazon, for .99. And in other places where e-books are sold like Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.
Set Up: This is the part of the novel where Jonah and David are just becoming a couple and Jonah invites his parents to dinner at David’s loft.
Side Note: The book cover above is one that I had originally planned to use. I changed my mind at the last minute and went for the one you’ll see at the link above.
In mid-July, Jonah invited his mom and Dad to the home he now shared with David on Delancey Street. He’d been helping them pack since they’d returned from their quick trip to Florida. They’d purchased a condominium in an adult community not far from Fort Lauderdale and they had to be out of their house in Queens by the end of the month. The packing after work didn’t bother Jonah at all. It was the bickering over what they would take and what they wouldn’t take that caused a twitch in Jonah’s right eyelid.
When David suggested Jonah should invite his parents to dinner one night before they moved, Jonah glanced at him with wide eyes. “Are you certain you want to go through that? They aren’t easy people to deal with. I’m not joking. They’ve spent a lifetime arguing over things like whether or not green plastic trash bags are better than white plastic trash bags.”
They were in bed watching TV the night David suggested this. He threw his naked leg over Jonah’s and laughed. He pulled Jonah closer and put his arm around him. “I just think that now that we are in a relationship and we are officially a couple I should meet your parents formally. And they should see where you’ll be living. I want to do the right thing.”
Jonah set his palm on David’s abdomen and rested his head on his chest. This was the first time David had brought up the topic of them being an official couple. David didn’t talk about emotions or feelings or anything that caused him to think too hard. He thought like a man would think: no one could fault him for this. Jonah, who tended to be more sensitive, knew David well enough to know pushing him into anything would never work. So this announcement took Jonah by surprise. “I’ll invite them over on Friday night. But I warn you, expect anything.”
David spread his other leg and bucked his hips a little. “I’m sure it will be fine,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’ll tell Carson to have something special that night, but not too complicated.”
“My dad likes prime rib,” Jonah said. He wanted to keep the dinner simple. He knew that if they served something too extravagant with a complicated French name, his parents would frown and exchange confused glances.
“I’ll tell Carson to arrange the perfect English meal: prime rib with Yorkshire pudding,” David said. He bucked his hips again and the head of his dick poked up through the covers.
Jonah glanced down and smiled. “You’re horny, aren’t you?”
David grabbed the back of Jonah’s head and pushed him forward. “I thought maybe you’d like some prime beef tonight. I know how much you like it.”
When David was in a good mood, he often made cheesy jokes about his dick, referring to it as his “pork sword” or his “beef stick.” Sometimes he even laughed and called it his “ram rod.” These were not references anyone with an ounce common sense would ever take seriously. Jonah certainly didn’t; he had a sense of humor. Jonah laughed and said, “You know me too well, David.” Then he went under the covers and gave David a simple, unreciprocated blow job before they went to sleep. Although most of the time their sex consisted of role-playing and other games that involved Jonah being restrained and bound, it wasn’t always this way. Sometimes a simple blow job like the one Jonah gave him that night was all they needed. In a way, this made Jonah smile. He liked what they did in the playroom; nothing excited him more than being tied up and gagged. But he also liked knowing they didn’t have to go to such extremes all the time to be sexually satisfied.
On the night Jonah’s mom and dad came to dinner, David turned out to be the perfect host. Jonah’s mom and dad watched in awe while Carson served them, exchanging glances with each other when they thought Jonah wasn’t looking. He hadn’t told them much about David, his new life, or about his job. When he read their minds, he heard them thinking things like, “What does this David guy see in plain little Jonah,” and, “How lucky can you get?” But he didn’t read their minds too much that night. The things they thought about him, even though it was with love, often tended to depress him.
David played the part of gay son-in-law so well he started calling Jonah’s parents mom and dad without even asking for permission. When Jonah’s mom heard this for the first time, she clutched her necklace and tilted he head. Her eyes filled and she said, “I’m so thrilled to know my son has met someone so wonderful, David. You’re the miracle I’ve been praying for since Jonah graduated from college.” She turned to Jonah and smiled, and then glanced back at David. “I used to worry so much. Jonah’s a good boy, but he always seemed to scare gay men away. It wasn’t easy coming to terms with him being a gay, let me tell you. But when I finally did I realized I had to worry about him meeting the right man. For a while I thought the only hope for him was this nice gay boy from the neighborhood, Stanley Minford.”
“David knows all about Stanley, mom,” Jonah said. “Can we please not talk about him tonight?” Though he loved her, he always felt the uncontrollable urge to get as far away from her as possible. He hoped and prayed David wouldn’t read their minds.
David smiled. “I’ve never met anyone like Jonah. He’s changed my life.”
Jonah’s dad seemed uncomfortable. His face always turned red whenever Jonah’s mom talked about Jonah being with a man, even Stanley Minford. It was okay for Jonah to be gay as long as they kept everything on a surface level; just don’t mention Jonah sleeping with a man.
But Jonah’s mom just kept on talking in spite of her husband. She patted David’s hand and glanced in Jonah’s direction again. “Don’t do anything to screw this up, Jonah. You don’t find a man on the street every day like David.”
Jonah felt like stuffing a lump of Yorkshire pudding in her mouth. She made him sound defected, or second hand, as if men took one look at him and ran in the opposite direction. But he didn’t want to argue. They were leaving soon and he wanted to keep things positive. So he smiled and said, “I know how lucky I am, mom. Thanks for being so supportive.”
After dinner, David took Jonah’s parents on a tour of the penthouse conservatory. Jonah’s mom thought it was scandalous there weren’t any window treatments; his dad seemed as interested in this as he did when he went to church on Sunday. When David took them through the rest of the building and said he rarely used most of the rooms, Jonah’s mom gaped at him as if he’d lost his mind. Jonah continued to block out her thoughts. He had a feeling his mom was trying to choose which room she’d take when she came back to visit New York.
At the end of the evening, they walked Jonah’s parents down to the garage and David kissed them both goodbye. Jonah almost laughed when he saw the way his dad’s eyebrows arched. David promised he’d take Jonah to Florida as soon as they were settled, to his home in Palm Beach that he rarely ever used. Jonah listened without speaking. He didn’t know much about David’s home in Florida. He started to wonder about all the other things he didn’t know about David.
They went down to the playroom as soon as Jonah’s parents were gone and David removed all his clothes and put on a harness.