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SHADES RELEASE DAY BLITZ POST AND REVIEW!


Title: Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Reese Dante


Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.

Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.

For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.

Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.



HERE IS MY REVIEW: YOU GUYS WILL FIND THIS BOOK AS AMAZING AS I DID! 


I CAN SO SEE KILLIAN SAYING THIS TO NICK! HERE IS WHAT I THOUGHT OF SHADES! 

I am  always excited to read a Jaime Reese book for two reasons: 1: I know it will be amazing, and 2: I know there will be a twist that blows me away! Both apply to this book and you will agree when you read it! 

Killian is a hitman, it is a family profession you could say, and with just his business partner (whom you will adore) by his side, his world is very small, that is until he walks into a restaurant one night.

Nick has to keep a low profile because he doesn't want his past to rear it's ugly head, but when he meets Killian he can't help but wish for ties that he can't afford to have.

What will happen when Nick's past meet his present in more ways than one? Will he be able to outrun it, or will he even have to with Killian around?

Oh my do you guys have to read this book! It is amazing and you will love every single jawdropping second! 

the 5 animal pancake rating :P

I DID THIS RATING FOR THE CUTEST REASON, TRUST ME! GRAB THIS BOOK TODAY GUYS! 









Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.




THANKS FOR STOPPING BY FOR MY RELEASE DAY BLITZ AND REVIEW OF SHADES! I LOVE THIS AUTHOR AND ALL HER WORK (AND COVERS) AND YOU WILL TOO! 

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RETURNING TO THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM RELEASE DAY REVIEW!


HELLO FRIENDS, I AM SO EXCITED TO BRING YOU MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW OF RETURNING TO THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM BY HANS M HIRSCHI, I KNOW YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS I DO! LET'S HAVE A LOOK!


OH BOY DOES THIS QUOTE APPLY! HERE IS MY REVIEW: 


Returning to the Land of the Morning Calm
by: Hans M Hirschi
reviewed by: Becky

Martin is eighty-four years old, a Korean War veteran, living quietly in a retirement home in upstate New York. His days are ruled by the routine of the staff, but in his thoughts and dreams, Martin often returns to the Seoul of his youth, and the lost true love of his life. Two close friends urge him to travel back to search for his love. What awaits Martin in Korea, more than six decades after he left the country on a troop transport back to the U.S.?

Returning to the Land of the Morning Calm is a story of friendship, love and family, in all its many shapes, across time, generations and cultures.




I am always drawn into a Hans Hirschi story, and the reason is that it doesn't feel like a story at all. The way this author writes makes you feel that you are living in the book with the characters, and you feel what they feel. I love this and only a select few writers can make you feel this way. 

We meet Martin when he is in his 80s and he has given up his small house for a retirement home. When one of his friends who is a nurse retires, Martin has no way of knowing how his life will change when he meets her replacement, Kevin. 

What follows is a journey down a path of love forged many years ago, Martin was in the service and found love in Korea during the War, yet they knew it wasn't to be and Martin went home. 

What became of the man Martin has never forgotten? How will Martin ever know? With the help of Kevin and another friend, he may just get more than he bargained for! 

This is a sweet, engaging story of a man who never forgot his true love, or the feeling that it brought to be in love, and you will be rooting for his happiness just like I was! 

                                                       the 5 Kimchi- Jjigae rating :)

I REALLY HAD TO DO THIS RATING! YOU WILL SEE WHY! HERE ARE THE BUY LINKS FOR RETURNING TO THE LAND OF THE MORNING CALM, GRAB YOUR COPY NOW, IT IS A STORY YOU WON'T SOON FORGET! 

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THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW OF THIS AMAZING STORY! YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH IT AND THE CHARACTERS AS MUCH AS I DID! HAPPY RELEASE DAY HANS, AND HAPPY READING FRIENDS! 



BEN'S RAINBOW RELEASE DAY REVIEW!!


HEY THERE FRIENDS, I AM SO GLAD I GET TO BRING YOU MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW OF BEN'S RAINBOW: RAINBOW KEY 3,  BY VICTORIA SUE!! LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AMAZING BOOK!



I CAN SO SEE BEN SAYING SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO ZACH! HERE IS MY REVIEW:

Ben's Rainbow
Rainbow Key 3
by: Victoria Sue
reviewed by Becky


Benedict Keeler was one of America’s most popular models. Hot body, hot career, and super-hot boyfriend, until a devastating house fire destroyed his face and his dreams. After being told all his life that a pretty face is the measure of his worth, he can’t face another rejection and runs from his lover, eventually hiding out on Rainbow Key.
Zachary Jones, a highly sought after photographer—even if he would rather shoot the homeless in Manhattan than a fashion spread—is now facing the real possibility that a genetic disease will render him blind and his days behind a camera may be over.
Two devastated men, one haunted by his past and one convinced he has no future. Will they both hide from the world, or will they give love, and each other, a second chance?




I love love love a story with two characters that help each other see their value and strength, and that is exactly what you get with Ben's Rainbow! 

Victoria Sue is so good at taking characters at their lowest point and giving them something to cherish and give them strength, and that is one of the many reasons I love her writing so much! 

Ben was a model who was badly burned and left the life he lived, and a man who was very special to him, behind. 

Zach comes to Rainbow Key after having surgery and he finds so much more than he was expecting to! Ben and Zach's is a story that you will dive into head first and never want to come up for air! 

One man can't put his past to rest, and one man thinks he doesn't deserves a future, how will these two men put their issues to rest and see that all they need is each other? 

Man this is one great read guys, don't miss it! 

                                            the five Mango rating!!


I DID THE MANGO RATING IN HONOR OF JUST ONE OF THE MANY TIMES WE SEE THAT BEN IS SO MUCH MORE THAN HE THINKS HE IS! HERE IS THE BUY LINK GUYS, YOU GOTTA GRAB THIS BOOK! 


AMAZON LINK

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW OF BEN'S RAINBOW! SEE YOU NEXT TIME GUYS, AND READ THIS BOOK AND THE OTHER TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES!!





BEN'S RAINBOW PROMO POST!!


HELLO THERE FRIENDS, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR THIS PROMO POST OF BEN'S RAINBOW; RAINBOW KEY 3 BY VICTORIA SUE! I HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE AMAZING COVER, THE BLURB, AND EVEN AN EXCERPT FOR YOU! THIS BOOK COMES OUT TUESDAY, MAY 1st SO YOU DON'T HAVE LONG TO WAIT FOR IT! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOKS 1 AND 2 IN THE SERIES YOU ARE IN LUCK, THERE IS INFO ABOUT A SALE ON THEM AT THE END OF THE POST! 


COVER AND BLURB: 


Benedict Keeler was one of America’s most popular models. Hot body, hot career, and super-hot boyfriend, until a devastating house fire destroyed his face and his dreams. After being told all his life that a pretty face is the measure of his worth, he can’t face another rejection and runs from his lover, eventually hiding out on Rainbow Key.
Zachary Quinn, a highly sought after photographer—even if he would rather shoot the homeless in Manhattan than a fashion spread—is now facing the real possibility that a genetic disease will render him blind and his days behind a camera may be over.
Two devastated men, one haunted by his past and one convinced he has no future. Will they both hide from the world, or will they give love, and each other, a second chance?


VICTORIA SUE IS ONE OF MY FAVES, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! ISN'T THE COVER AMAZING? JAY AHEER HAS DONE IT AGAIN FOR SURE, EVERY COVER SHE DESIGNS IS WONDERFUL! NOW FOR AN EXCERPT: 

Ben focused on Zach. His eyes were open, and he turned, but Ben could see right away that neither of them was focused on him. The left one was still blue but looked cloudy, like the blue and the white had bled together. The right still looked the same, but they were both red and swollen underneath.

“I’m here.” He stood and took a step to the bed, catching Zach’s hand as he raised it. “What do you need? A drink? Do you need your sunglasses—”
“You.” The cracked, broken answer seemed to split something in Ben, and he sank onto the bed as Zach reached for him, sitting up and wrapping his arms around him. “I can’t believe you’re here. Do you know how long I tried to find you?” Ben felt Zach stiffen as his own words sank in.
“What happened? I mean, I know about the fire, but—”
Ben shook his head then realized Zach couldn’t see him. Where did he start? “I—”
“You didn’t trust me,” Zach said flatly, answering his own question and let his arms fall.
“I—”
“You thought because your skin was damaged, I was shallow enough to have that matter to me.”
Yes. Ben closed his burning eyes. He did, and he couldn’t explain it. He certainly couldn’t justify it. Zach was right to feel the bitterness that was now loud in his voice.
“All the papers accused me of it, especially that fucking reporter that was so obsessed, but I thought you would have known better. You should have known better.”
Ben lurched to his feet. The recriminations that screamed through the wretched whispered words was deafening. How could Zach possibly love him? How could someone else love Ben when Ben didn’t love himself?
“How long have you been here?” the flat wooden voice sounded so wrong coming from Zach’s throat. Zach’s words were always full and warm. Even when he was angry.
“About a year and a half.”
Zach’s head shot up in shock. “All this time? You’ve been here all this time?” The disbelief, the distress, and the frustration. “I thought you had come here on vacation,” he said in complete bewilderment.
“I couldn’t risk—”
“Me finding you?” Zach accused.
“Anyone seeing me,” Ben whispered.
“A girl died. And you ran because you didn’t think you were beautiful enough for people to take pictures of you anymore?”
Zach was right. It sounded a hundred times worse when he said it, but the plain truth was ugly. Far uglier than he was now.
Ben couldn’t speak. Didn’t have anything worth choking out. Sorry, regret was a useless emotion that helped no one. It hadn’t helped Maegan. It wouldn’t help Zach. It had never helped him.
Ben spun around. He needed to go. Now Zach was awake and safe, he could leave. Matt was looking after Kai, but he needed to get him because Matt had work to do. He opened the door, but this time, Zach didn’t ask him to stay. And that, more than anything, told him they were done.



 BOY OH BOY DOESN'T THIS SOUND AMAZING? I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT! LOOK FOR MY REVIEW ON RELEASE DAY! BELOW ARE THE LINKS TO BOOKS 1 AND 2 OF THE SERIES, THEY ARE ON KU AND YOU CAN BUY THEM  FOR JUST $2.99 EACH ON SALE! YAY! 



THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT BEN'S RAINBOW, AND I WILL SEE YOU TUESDAY FOR MY RELEASE DAY REVIEW! 



COVER & TITLE REVEAL: FIRSTS & FOREVER BOOK 16!!


HELLO FRIENDS, THE TIME HAS COME TO BRING YOU THE COVER AND TITLE REVEAL FOR BOOK 16 IN ALEXA LAND'S AMAZING FIRSTS & FOREVER SERIES! I WANT TO THANK ALEXA FOR LETTING ME BE A PART OF THIS, I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO SEE THE COVER, BELOW IS THAT AND MUCH MORE! LET'S START WITH A WORD FROM ALEXA: 



A Message from Alexa Land:

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me for the cover and title reveal for book 16 in the Firsts and Forever Series! This is Mike Dombruso’s long-anticipated story. As you may recall, he’s the youngest of the four Dombruso brothers, and he’s also a widower with three kids. His love interest is Yoshi Miyazaki, and I know many of you have been looking forward to Yoshi’s happily ever after as well. Both men have been a part of the series for years. Mike dates back all the way to book 2 in the series, All In. Their upcoming book is both a friends to lovers and opposites attract love story, and I can’t wait to get it in your hands! The anticipated release date is May 28th.

When it was time to pick a title, I decided to put out a call to the members of my Firsts and Forever group on Facebook, and I got so many fantastic responses! Thank you to everyone who participated and made this a very tough choice. The title I finally decided on was The Rest of Forever, submitted by Terri Hawk. I thought it was beautiful and romantic, and perfect for this couple. Yoshi wasn’t Mike’s first love, but if they can overcome a few obstacles in their path, they have the rest of forever to spend with each other. Thank you Terri! Be sure to check out the dedication page when the book goes live. 

As a thank you for stopping by today, I’m gifting a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner, drawn at random from those leaving comments on this post (if you have any problems posting, just let me know and I’ll post for you). The giveaway is open to readers 18+ worldwide (giveaway not affiliated with Facebook or Amazon) and will run until noon PST May 5, 2018.
Following is a first look at a scene from the upcoming book. This is told from Mike’s perspective, and it takes place right after they finally cross the line from friends to lovers. I hope you enjoy it!

Exclusive Excerpt: The Rest of Forever:


The day was bright and sunny, the sky impossibly blue. Several people were in the courtyard, just a few yards away. Their voices carried over to us. It felt like an intrusion, all of it.
I tried to shut out the light and sound and motion, the rest of the world, just for one more minute. I focused on Yoshi, concentrating on him intently. There was so much longing in his eyes as he looked into mine. He probably saw the same thing reflected back at him.
Everything had changed. I’d changed. My whole world had realigned in that quiet refuge. The unspoken thing between Yoshi and me, the thing that had been there, waiting, such a long time, had been transformed from fantasy to reality. We went in there as two individuals, as friends on the cusp of becoming so much more. We left as a couple, all that potential fully and finally realized.
I almost didn’t know what to do now. I didn’t know how to go back to the same world when I’d been completely remade. We’d been remade, he and I.
I wanted to tell him all of that, but I didn’t know how. Somehow though, it seemed like he understood. Yoshi took my hand, and when he smiled at me, I felt this crazy surge of optimism.
Then we went to rejoin our family and friends, together.

WOO HOO, AMAZING RIGHT? I BET YOU WANNA SEE THE COVER HUH? HERE IT IS FRIENDS: FOLLOWED BY THE BLURB! 


Does love stand a chance between two very different long-time friends?

Mike Dombruso’s life is anything but glamorous. He’s a shy, nerdy accountant and a widower with three young sons, whose world revolves around his kids.

In many ways, Yoshiro Miyazaki is Mike’s polar opposite. Yoshi’s a confident, sophisticated tattoo artist who seems to have it all, from his successful business to his stylish loft apartment and rock star boyfriend.

Their unlikely friendship has spanned more than a decade, and Mike is surprised when he realizes he’s fallen for the best friend he’s ever had. After Yoshi breaks up with his boyfriend, Mike sees a window of opportunity. But he has some decisions to make.

Should he risk their friendship for a shot at something more, and is he really ready to explore his bisexuality for the first time? Most of all, can the young widower let go of the past and take a chance on love again?

And even if Mike decides to give it a try, will Yoshi really be willing to trade life in the fast lane for kids and carpools?

OMG RIGHT? ALEXA NEVER FAILS TO WOW ME WITH HER COVERS, NOT TO MENTION HER BOOKS IN GENERAL! BELOW IS A BIO AND SOCIAL LINKS FOR ALEXA, BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT! 

Alexa Land Bio
I'm a true believer in happily ever after, and writing is my passion. My character-driven books include the best-selling Firsts and Forever Series, which is set in San Francisco. I grew up in Southern California, spent over a decade in the Bay Area, and now call a small town in Oregon home. My son and I share a vintage cottage with an indifferent cat and a hyper dog, and I spend my days writing about men falling in love. My books will make you laugh and shed an occasional tear, and they always deliver a satisfying HEA.


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On twitter: @AlexaLandWrites



THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY, AND DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER TO WIN THE GIVEAWAY! THANKS AGAIN ALEXA, FOR THE CHANCE TO REVEAL THE COVER, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS! 




THERE IS A NEW PUBLISHER IN TOWN!!


HEY GUYS, MY FRIEND TOBY ADEN HAS HELPED START A NEW PUBLISHING COMPANY, AVID PUBLISHING LLC, AND I AM GONNA LET HER TELL YOU ABOUT IT AND GIVE YOU SOME LINKS TO CHECK IT OUT!!

AUTHORS & READERS

We warmly welcome you all to our new publishing house; Avid Publishing LLC which launched on April 16, 2018 on our Facebook page. As a new publishing company, we welcome all authors to submit their manuscripts to us and we welcome all readers to take an interest in out upcoming Authors and book list.

We bring to you quality work and an escape into literary pleasure!!!

🌫🌫CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!!🌫🌫
Avid Publishing LLC is now accepting Submissions from Authors all over the world. We are accepting across all genre books in the Male/Male (MM), Male/Female (MF), Female/Female (FF), MMM, MFM, and all Ménage category. We are accepting books of all genre of fiction including but not limited to Sci-fi, Contemporary Romance, Historical/Time Piece Romance, Paranormal Romance, Western, May/December Romance, and all other genres. We invite Writers of Color to submit to us and look forward to your manuscript.

To find out more about how to submit Manuscript and get signed with our publishing house, visit our website at

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SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT? FOLLOW AVID ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SEE WHAT IS NEW, AND I WILL BE SURE TO GRAB SOME OF THEIR BOOKS FOR REVIEW! THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, AND BE SURE TO CHECK OUT AVID TO SUBMIT WORK OR TO BROWSE! 


THE LATEST FIVE: V.L. LOCEY!!


HELLO FRIENDS! I HAVE MY LATEST FIVE POST TODAY AND I HAVE FEATURED ONE OF MY FAVES, V.L. LOCEY! I HAVE HER (AND SOMETIMES THE AMAZING R.J. SCOTT WRITING WITH HER) LATEST 5 BOOKS WITH COVERS AND LINKS, AND EVEN EXCERPTS OF HER TWO BOOKS THAT ARE UPCOMING! LET'S GET TO IT! 


FIRST SEASON: 
HARRISBURG RAILERS 2
with RJ SCOTT
PUBLISHED SEPT. 2017
AMAZON LINK


Layton wants success, Adler wants family, how can love make both these things possible?
Layton Foxx works hard for what he has. The condo, the career, the chance to make his mark, is all down to the sacrifices he has made. With tragedy in his past, he doesn’t want or need love. Then he meets Adler Lockhart, the extroverted, sexy winger for the Harrisburg Railers and abruptly he can’t avoid love even if he wanted to.
Adler Lockhart has had everything handed to him his whole life. Cars, villas, cash, college tuition at the finest Ivy League schools. The only things he doesn’t have are parents who care or the love of a good man. Then Layton walks into his privileged life and shows him what real love can be like.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK, AND YOU WILL TOO! 


IMPROPER FRACTION
PUBLISHED OCT. 2017
AMAZON LINK


O’Malley Ramsey, math aficionado, grew up next door to Garrison Rook, All-American athlete. While O’Malley dreamed of numbers and kissing Garrison, Garrison’s tastes ran to home runs and hot chicks. During a family celebration the night before both young men were heading off for college, O’Malley joyously discovers that Garrison isn’t quite as straight as the star athlete had been pretending to be. Vows to return to each other quickly followed a few clumsy kisses in the old treehouse in the Rook’s backyard.

O’Malley came home to Garrison. Garrison never returned to O’Malley.

Four years later, the two ex-friends meet up at a summer camp where O’Malley is serving as a counselor. Garrison is desperate to make things right with his childhood friend, but can O’Malley, still nursing the pain and mistrust of Garrison’s betrayal, ever forgive or love Garrison again?


OF COURSE THIS BOOK IS AMAZING, LOOK WHO WROTE IT!!! 


DEEP EDGE
HARRISBURG RAILERS 3
with RJ SCOTT
PUBLISHED DEC 2017
AMAZON LINK

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?
Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport - and his own family - have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.
Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors, and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him, and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL, and he realizes that a place on the Railers’ roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR GUYS, THIS SERIES IS WONDERFUL! 


COACHES CHALLENGE
CAYUGA COUGARS 3
PUBLISHED JAN 2018

Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.

The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds.

As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down. Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?


EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE SERIES EVER, SO THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING TO ME!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT, AND I MIGHT CRY IF YOU GUYS DON'T READ THIS SERIES! 

POKE CHECK
HARRISBURG RAILERS 4
with RJ SCOTT
PUBLISHED JAN 2018
AMAZON LINK

One scorching summer in each other’s arms could never be enough.
Stanislav “Stan” Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way.
He’d given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan’s heart as before. This time it’s not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there’s a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby.
Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he’s now finding it harder and harder to turn away.
Erik Gunnarsson’s dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he’d land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he’d callously broken?
Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan’s life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him.
Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance? 

I AM SO EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE V.L.'S LATEST FIVE WITH YOU, BUT NOW I HAVE NOT ONE BUT TWO EXCERPTS FROM HER WORKS IN PROGRESS! YAY!!

Excerpt from Goal Line, Harrisburg Railers #6, coauthored with RJ Scott

What the ever-loving fuck?
Our server arrived with our dinners. She stood there with two platters of food, looking a great deal as I did, I imagined.
I threw her a quick look, smiled despite the surge of anger I was feeling, and pushed to my feet.
“Tina, can you take those back to the kitchen and keep them warm?”
She nodded as I went off in pursuit of the hockey player with the bad manners. I found him heading west and jogged to catch up.
“Hey, pretty boy!” I shouted. He never looked up or paused. He just hurried along, his head down as if he were expecting a piano to drop on him. I ran a bit faster and caught up with him in front of a mattress store that had recently closed its doors. “Hey!”
I grabbed at his arm. He spun around, his eyes round, his arm coming up in a defensive manner. My fingers slid from his sleeve.
Bryan blinked at me as if he were shocked to see me glowering at him.
“I have to go,” he said then made to leave, his head craning around to find the most direct path to somewhere, his car probably. I kind of put myself between him and his escape route. Sure, he was taller by a few inches, and had about fifty pounds on me. Also, he was much younger and an athlete, so he could easily toss me aside if he wanted to, but something deep inside told me that he wasn’t prone to violence. He had experienced it though if that knee-jerk reaction to my touch on his arm was any indication.
“You can go after I have my say,” I stated, folding my arms over my favorite Emerson, Lake, and Palmer t-shirt. Thank goodness it was a warm fall night as I’d left my jacket back at the bar. He kind of folded in on himself, like a morning glory closing its petals at dusk. “That was about the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever seen. You do realize that I took an hour out of my work schedule to sit down and talk with you, right?”
“Yes. I’m sorry.” I stared at him, startled a bit at how automated his words sounded.
“Well, yeah, you should be. I could have been making money.”
“I’ll pay you for your wasted time.” He reached back to find his wallet.
“No, that’s not what I’m after here. You just can’t walk out on a business meeting. It’s amateurish and frankly below what I’ve come to think of as the standards of the Railers players and organization.”
A car drove by, an old Blink 182 song rolling down the street as the car passed. Bryan shifted his weight from one foot to the other. I waited. He lifted his gaze from my boots to my face for just a moment.
“I’m sorry to have acted in any way that makes the Railers look bad.” His expression was sorrowful. I’d seen dogs being scolded that didn’t look this pitiful. Shit, okay, so now I felt like a dick.


Excerpt from Shake the Stars

“Is this lodge filled with nothing but middle-class, white, suburban Catholics who are trying to appear to be upper-class, Manhattan Jews?” I asked my father as we sat down. His eyes nearly bugged out of his head. My mother’s lips tightened into a tight angry pucker.
“Dane! By all that is holy!” Dad gasped, pushing Mom’s chair in with a little too much gusto. “Sorry honey.” He walked to his chair next to me and sat down. “I’m not sure where you get your radical thoughts.”
“He gets them from your side of the family,” Mom sniffed as she shook out her napkin and laid it over her lap. “Your father’s cousin Jeff in particular. Writing all those articles for Rolling Stone magazine about legalizing marijuana. I told you not to let him read those when he was young.”
“I was sixteen, Mom, hardly young,” I argued as the argument about Uncle Jeff the racial liberal loomed on the horizon. “And it’s the truth. Legalizing pot would—”
“Dane, that is more than enough. We’re not going to stir up a hornet’s nest here the first day.” Mom said through tightly clenched teeth.
“Don’t you mean a wasp’s nest? Seems more fitting.”
Dad’s look was scorching. Mom ignored. James sniggered and got a sour look. “Maybe you should take a walk. When you come back, you can apologize to your mother for being flip.”
I stood up and stalked out of the dining room. Bonnie waved but I blew past her, intent on the double doors that would get me outside. Why was it such a crime to speak the truth? I shoved on the heavy doors and blew through them, eager to walk off some of this anger. This was a familiar scenario.  Dad always made us walk off our anger before he would discuss things with us. Which, I guess, makes sense, but sometimes I wanted to argue. I wanted to shout and wave my finger in the air like an orchestra conductor does his wand. I wanted to debate vital themes and ideas. Discuss new ways to live and act, talk about social injustice and how disillusioned my generation was. Sometimes I wanted to stand on the table, feet planted on both sides of the pot roast, and bellow down at my family that I was gay.
But I never did.
I simply stormed off and swallowed it all down. Which was why I longed to be in Europe with the enlightened people. Sipping hot chocolate with Swedes, talking about sex with Danes, and dancing until dawn with Berliners. Being who I was without fear of censure or rebuke or dismay from everyone around me.
Gray gravel crunching under my sneakers which were from a strip mall that sold knockoffs of the expensive ones, I paused where the path branched off. One thin lane led to a bridge that arched over the river. There was a weathered sign post with wooden slabs stating which way to the pool or the lodge or the golf course.
On the other side of the bridge was the pool and tennis courts. Knowing I could only go as far as the edge of the river, I slowly walked toward the bridge. It was a sturdy way across, all tight wood planks with a wooden rail. Yet as soon as I placed a foot to the end of the bridge, the ground seemed to fall away. A steel band began to slither around my middle as I looked down and saw water. Yes, only a few inches but it was enough to ramp up my fear of not being on solid ground. Even a foot off the earth made me 

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