Welcome to our first week of celebrating the very prolific
aka Ann Gallagher
aka Lauren Gallagher
aka Lori A. Witt
In today's post, we'll talk about the four book Lori has written for the Tucker Springs series, Where Nerves End, Covet Thy Neighbor, After The Fall, and It's Complicated, and The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby, written as Lauren Gallagher (with excerpt), plus find out about Lori's favorite things. At the very bottom of the post, there'll also be a chance to win one of her books!
First up, Where Nerves End:
Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night thanks to a shoulder injury. But all of it at once? Not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, Jason takes a friend’s advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers Jason as a patient, and Jason suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
But Jason soon finds himself regretting it—he’s too damn attracted to Michael, and living with him is harder than he thought it’d be. In fact, the temptation to act on his feelings would almost be too much if not for the fact that Michael is straight. Or at least, that’s what their mutual friend claims.
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Next in the series by Lori, Covet Thy Neighbor:
Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.
Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.
But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smokescreen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.
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Next up, After The Fall:
After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.
Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.
Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?
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And the final book in the series, It's Complicated:
After their umpteenth breakup, Brad Sweeney and Jeff Hayden are living apart and starting over from scratch. The morning after a promising first date, they’re more optimistic than ever that they can make it work this time . . . until Jeff’s ex-wife and business partner calls to announce she’s pregnant with Jeff’s baby. Brad’s already competing with a demanding business for Jeff’s time. Now there’s a baby on the way, and worse, he’s afraid Jeff is still carrying a torch for the woman who’s carrying his child.
Jeff is desperately trying to keep his life together, but before he can even get his head around the news that he’s going to be a father, his ex announces that she wants to leave Tucker Springs. Now he either has to take over her role at the shop while ferrying the baby back and forth from Denver, or move the business—and himself—with her.
Brad and Jeff knew reconciliation wouldn’t be easy, but they’re rapidly running out of room for compromise. And sooner or later, something has to give.
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And now for something completely different....
The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby, written as Lauren Gallagher:
You can’t thaw a heart that was never frozen.
Retired at thirty-five, billionaire Matt Coolidge should be enjoying the fruits of his workaholic years. Instead, he’s got migraines from butting heads with his mother. If Matt doesn’t get a matrimonial move-on, she’s threatening to will the family farm to his brother, who’ll turn it into a strip mall.
Then Matt’s childhood best friend rolls back into town, bringing a complication that’s not entirely unexpected—or unwelcome.
Years ago, with Matt’s help, Dara Marley froze several embryos before cancer treatment stole her fertility—and before a stupid argument tore their friendship apart. Now alone, she’s taking the most logical step to ensure the child she’s carrying has a father. Returning to Matt—and hoping bygones will be bygones.
Baby and all, Matt’s on board. And when Dara finds out Matt’s career kept him too busy for a relationship—even sex—she’s more than happy to bring him up to speed.
But a decades-old grudge between their families means keeping quiet about their good news—and the feelings they never knew went far deeper than friendship.
Warning: Contains a virgin who’s been waiting a long time for this and a woman who’s happy to show him the way. And they’ve both had it up to here with narrow-minded gossips and small-town grudges.
“This is insane,” he whispered. “I… I don’t even… I’d still be using you.”
“It isn’t like I wouldn’t be getting anything out of it. I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. Because, look, I’m not even a little interested in dating right now. I’ve had two marriages go to shit, I’ve got a kid to think about, and I don’t want to think about starting a relationship with someone else.” With a wicked grin, she added, “And I can already tell I’m going to be one of those pregnant women who’s constantly horny.”
“Yeah. Trust me. So if you want to call it using me to learn to have sex, I’ll call it using you so I don’t clean out all the sex-toy shops in Goldmount.”
Matt chuckled nervously. “That dusty shop in Aspen Mill isn’t good enough for you?”
“Already raided it.”
He laughed. “Wow.”
She laughed too, but turned serious. “I mean it, Matt. The thing is, the dating scene is brutal. It’s fucking cruel. Just figuring out if someone is interested in you is a pain in the ass, and hooking up with someone…” She paused. “To be blunt, it’s not like when we were teenagers, and everybody involved was clueless. Most people now have, you know, experience.”
He winced. “Aside from the late bloomers like me, right?”
“That’s where I come in, sweetie.” Her voice was soft. “You trust me, right?”
“Absolutely. But we’ve… I mean, we were always friends. We never…” He swallowed. “Shit, you saw me tonight. I can’t tell if a woman is flirting with me. I don’t even know what chemistry feels like, let alone if we have it.”
“Well, there’s one way to find out.” Gravel crunched between her feet, and his heart went crazy as she came closer.
He fought the urge to draw back against his truck. “What do you have in mind?”
“I think you know exactly what I have in mind.” Dara paused. “You’ve been kissed before, haven’t you? I could swear I saw you kissing Shana Williams back in college.”
His face burned, and he nodded. “A few times, yeah. That’s as far as it’s ever gone.”
She came even closer, and his heart sped up, especially as she murmured, “Do you want to do this?”
Now that you mention it…
“I’m not sure.”
Dara put her arms around his neck, and a shiver went through him. “Just so you know,” she said, “none of this is a point of no return.”
She didn’t move any closer yet. They stood there, eyes locked and bodies closer than they’d been in years. Oh God, they had done this before, hadn’t they? The way they held each other in the spotlight beside the barn was exactly how they’d slow-danced at prom, and he caught himself wondering why he’d never thought to kiss her back then.
Because back then wasn’t this. Instead of disco lights, she gazed up at him in the still, pale glow from above, and instead of sappy music, the only sounds were horses sleeping and munching in the barn behind them.
Dara swallowed. Her eyes flicked toward his lips. Back up again. His heart pounded and his hands shook like they did when he was on the verge of a panic attack, but he didn’t have that out-of-control feeling. Oh, this was out of control, all right, but in the “shooting down a mountain on a snowboard” kind of way.
He reached for her face, but the warmth of her skin beneath his fingertips made him draw back. She jumped too, pulling in a sharp breath, and now they were looking at each other again, his hand hovering beside her cheek and her eyes gleaming in the white light. This wasn’t just flying down a mountain anymore—this was that split second to decide between turning down the safer trail and heading straight for the dangerous near-vertical with the sheer drop-off along the edge.
And Matt had never taken the safer trail.
He slid his hand into her hair, drew her the rest of the way in and kissed her.
Everything stopped. His heart. His breath. Even the horses and the crickets in the background seemed to have fallen silent.
Dara tilted her head, and her lips encouraged his to move, so he followed her lead. His heart was pounding now, his senses zeroing in on that soft point of contact. Arms were moving, and he didn’t bother trying to keep track of whose were going where, only that her body was closer to his now, and he liked it. A lot. His head spun, and he felt weightless, like when there was suddenly nothing but air beneath his snowboard.
So that’s what chemistry feels like.
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Lori's favorite things:Restaurant – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Food – Steak
Movie – The Shawshank Redemption, South Park, Walk the Line, Deadpool, The Force Awakens, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (to be fair on that last one, I was 100% tripping balls when I watched it, so I wasn’t being terribly critical or objective about, like, anything.).
Candy – Gummy bears
Accessory – My watch
Hobby – Photography
Band – 30 Seconds to Mars (duh)
Place to Travel – London
Music Video – Tie between The Kill (30 Seconds to Mars) and The Father Project (Tooji).
Drink – Dr Pepper
Subject in School – History, particularly World War II
Season – Summer
Thing about living in Spain – the fact that I’m not living in Nebraska anymore.
More about the author:
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn't lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.
She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don't tell Lauren. And definitely don't tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut...
Thanks for joining us today to read all about this fabulous author. Come back next week for more of Lori's books, five little-known things, plus another chance to win.
Until then, happy reading!