Thursday, February 5, 2015

Author Of The Month - Jacob Flores - Week One



This month, we are celebrating the amazing






Today's post will be all about the Provincetown series, with excerpts from the books and a list of little known facts about Jacob, plus a chance to win one of the books from the series!!



Have you been to Provincetown? 




Book 1, When Love Takes Over



Blurb:

Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.

Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.


Excerpt:

The poor employee, who knelt before the sweating crotch from which hung a tiny Vienna sausage, attempted to hike the suit farther up the man’s meaty thighs. When that failed, he stood and yanked with all his might as the rotund fellow lifted his left leg in a vain attempt at assistance. The slick material, made even slicker by the man’s perspiration, caused the employee to lose his grip.
The rubber snapped back quite unexpectedly for the big guy who already teetered precariously on one bulky limb. Unbalanced, he toppled backward onto the dressing room floor, causing the layer of powder to explode upward and resulting in a momentary whiteout in the small room.
Before he could help himself, Zach broke out into laughter.
The customer didn’t appreciate Zach’s sense of humor and called him a fuckwad.
“I’m sorry,” he said as he backed up.
Zach needed to get out of there before he embarrassed himself further, so he turned around and bolted forward, completely forgetting about the display behind him. He struck the lube bin, which began a rather horrifying chain of events.
The display fell over, causing bottles of lube to roll throughout the store, some of which he squashed open with his large, blundering feet. When Zach backed up in surprise, he collided with the wall, which contained the aprons and rubber wrestling suits. The force of the impact caused the top row of hanging garments to fall from their perch and rain upon his head.
“Need some help?”
Zach looked up from amongst the aprons and crushed bottles of lube to find Mr. Tanned Body standing before him with a humorous twinkle in his steely eyes.
The roiling passion within Zach reluctantly surged forward once again.



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Second in the series, Chasing The Sun


Blurb:

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.


Excerpt:


Over the past few years, Tommy had returned to town a few times, and Gil hadn’t been surprised that the respectful boy, who had always smiled underneath a full head of messy jet-black hair as a child, had matured into a striking man.
His hair, still as black as the night, had finally been tamed. Cut short along the sides, it descended into sideburns that dipped just below his ears. The top was a little longer than the sides, just enough to get a good handful of in more intimate situations, and his caramel-colored eyes that were three shades lighter than his tanned flesh made Gil feel drunk.
“You okay, Dr. Kelly?”

“Yes,” he answered quickly. “How come?” He couldn’t stop staring into Tommy’s eyes. What a lecherous fool he’d become! That was why Gil did his best to avoid him whenever Tommy returned to visit family. Gil had known him as a child, yet all he could ever envision was licking a trail across the stubble that hugged Tommy’s jaw line.



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Third in line, When Love Gets Hairy


Blurb:

As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he's shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.

Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with.

When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.


Excerpt:


“Well, for that, Curly, I’m gonna buy you a slice of pizza, and you’re going to eat it.”
“No, I’m not,” he said with a shake of his head. “And don’t call me Curly.”
“Oh, yes you are,” Teddy sang as he grabbed Nino’s hand and tugged him toward Spiritus, which apparently had been mobbed by bears. The big guys were everywhere. Some sat on the curb out front with pizza dripping grease onto their paper plates. Others didn’t even bother with the plates. They folded the pizza long-ways and chomped down half the slice in one bite. He could hear their arteries clogging from here.
“You wait here,” Teddy said as he stood Nino by the tree to the left of the building. “I’m going to wade through the crowd and get us a couple of slices.”
“I’ll wait here,” he agreed. “But I won’t eat the pizza.”
“You’ll eat what I give you,” Teddy said, his words made even more suggestive by the sudden twinkle in his eyes. “And you’ll like it.”
The bears in their immediate vicinity echoed their appreciation of Teddy’s comment by growling. Ordinarily, their bearspeak irritated him. Tonight, though, he just laughed and shrugged at them.
“All right, boys,” Teddy told the bears sitting on the bench by the tree. “Watch Curly here. Make sure he doesn’t get away, because this bitch needs to eat.”
“We’ll watch him for you, daddy,” one of the younger bears replied. “You go get your pup some chow.”

His pup? When did he become Teddy’s pup? He opened his mouth to correct the man, but when Teddy nodded and told them thank you, he couldn’t speak. Did Teddy not hear what the man said? If he did, did he not care that these guys obviously thought they were together?


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And, so far, the final book in the series, When Loves Comes To Town





Blurb:

Brody O Shea isn't looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn't want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right now!

The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams.

When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.

Excerpt:


“What’s wrong?”
Eric’s question pulled him out of his thoughts. When he met Eric’s gaze, he noticed that Eric had placed his daughter back on the stairway, and the two of them were staring at him. Oh God. Had he been caught ogling Eric?
“Nothing,” he said. His cheeks were on fire. They couldn’t be as red as they felt, could they? “I was just watching the two of you be silly.”
“Yeah, right,” Maddie teased. The mischievous glint in her eyes revealed she didn’t believe him. But if she’d caught him staring at her father, then why wasn’t she upset with him? If the grin that spread across her face was any indication, she was pleased. What was up with that?
“Shall we continue to the top?” he asked, needing to distract them both from the uncomfortable silence that settled into the stairwell.
“Sure,” Eric answered. He pulled his shirt back down, covering up the chiseled abs Brody desperately wanted to lick. “We’ve come this far.” He started up the stairs with Maddie following him. After a few steps, she peeked over her shoulder and winked at him.

What the hell did that mean?



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Five little known facts about Jacob:

  1. I wanted to be Wonder Woman when I was a kid. I can’t tell you how many times I twirled in my bedroom, pretending to turn into Wonder Woman, when I was a kid. I even used to steal some yarn from my grandmother and make my own Lasso of Truth to hogtie my stuffed animals.
  2. I hate driving trips. I love to travel, but I hate to get there by car. It just takes too darn long, and I can be quite impatient. Recently, my boyfriend and I drove back and forth from Texas to California. While the trip was fun and not as bad as I thought it would be, I’d still rather fly.
  3. I’m actually very shy and often feel socially awkward. Most people don’t believe this when I tell them, but I’m actually painfully shy. When I’m at conferences or meeting new people for the first time, I get extremely anxious. But when I get to know people, I turn into the biggest goofball ever.
  4. I wanted to be a lawyer. When I first started college, I wanted to be a lawyer and had planned my life accordingly. Working as a work/study in the law school at my university cured me of that. I quickly changed to being an English major and never looked back.
  5. I am terribly afraid of the ocean. This fear originated shortly after I saw the movie Jaws. My uncle thought it would be a good idea to swim underneath me when I was swimming and pull me under. Since then, I don’t go in the ocean any further than waist high.



More about Jacob:

Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

    




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Thanks for joining us today. Be sure to come back next week for more info on Jacob's book, his favorite things, and another chance to win!

Until then, happy reading!!










8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I used to scare my brother in the pool with the Jaws thing when I was a kid. Thinking back on it, I guess that was kind of mean (though he sure deserved the payback ;-).

    I have been to Provincetown. It was in October, so wasn't too lively but still quite a lovely visit.

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  2. Great post! I loved the video's of the road trip to California! I would laugh at the restroom breaks because my daughter and I were going from Houston to Oklahoma at the same time. I can relate to Mike with the restroom breaks!

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  3. Thank you for the the fabulous post and giveaway! I think most of us had that problem to a certain extent after watching Jaws. I still have a problem swimming in water where I can't see very well. On the other hand, sharks fascinate me and I've learned a lot about them...so much so, that I really want to go scuba diving with them someday.

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  4. Great post. This is a new-to-me series, but I'm already intrigued by the blurbs and excerpts. Also loved the author facts. I used to avoid the deep end of the pool because I thought there could be sharks. The shallow end was fine, though. ;)

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  5. Loved the first book in the Provincetown series so I am looking forward to Chasing The Sun!!

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  6. I always enjoy Jacob's books and I haven't read all of his Provincetown series yet, so thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  7. Thank you for an interesting post, as I enjoy learning a bit more about an author and the books they write and his uncle was so mean and it was lucky that Jacob felt safe enough to go back into the water - hold on - duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun... duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn!

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