Welcome to our second week of celebrating the amazing
In today's post, we'll talk about the Perspectives series, and the Belonging series, plus five little-known facts about the author. And of course, all the way at the bottom, will be another chance to win!!
First up, The Truth As He Knows It
Lies are the chains that keep you weighed down at rock bottom.
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
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Second in the series, The World As He Sees It
Love knows no limits…but fear could keep them from seeing it.
Gabe lives a double life. As Gabriel Henson, he works multiple jobs to support his remorseless, alcoholic mother. As Tony Ryder, he does internet porn for extra cash and regular safe sex without complications.
Yet when he encounters a scared young man freaking out in a night club, he’s compelled to reach out. Ever since then, the memory of that young man has haunted him.
Tristan Lavelle lives his life thirty minutes at a time. After a traumatic brain injury three years ago, he gets through his day recording his life in spiral notebooks and sticky note reminders.
A month after Tristan’s embarrassingly public meltdown, another chance meeting with Gabe sparks a warm, emotionally fulfilling email relationship. Both men crave more, but fear of the next step stands between them.
Until Tristan gets the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial that could improve his memory—if the side effects don’t kill him. But for Tristan, the possibility of a real life with Gabe is worth any risk…
“How’s the sausage?” Tristan asked.
For some reason, that made Shane choke on his mouthful of food.
“It’s good,” Gabe replied. “I’ve always loved Polish sausage, but this is so much better than what you buy in the store. Want to try some?”
Jesus, that sounds like a come-on.
Gabe speared a disc of the meat with his own fork, then held it out. Tristan made the most of the moment by very slowly closing his lips around the fork and sliding back to capture the sausage. He watched Gabe closely, noting the way his eyes widened a fraction and his breathing seemed to quicken. Flavor and texture exploded on his tongue as he chewed. Swallowed.
“Delicious,” Tristan said.
The corner of Gabe’s mouth pulled up. “I know. You mind if I taste your meat?”
Shane choked again, this time on his soda.
Tristan forked a piece of his chicken and held it out for Gabe. Gabe wrapped his lips around the tines and slid back slowly, just like Tristan had, and dear God Tristan wanted that fork to be his cock.
“I’m never eating sausage again after this,” Noel said.
“Say that when I get you alone later,” Shane replied.
Noel kissed his cheek. “Okay, one exception.”
“Taste good?” Tristan asked.
Gabe grinned. “Very good.”
Tristan winked at Gabe, then glanced over at Noel. Noel’s expression was hard to read, caught somewhere between amusement and…annoyance? That couldn’t be right. Tristan was usually able to read Noel’s moods—at least he always used to be—so the look didn’t make a lot of sense. And it seemed to be directed at Gabe.
Noel’s attention returned to his food.
Tristan mentally shrugged it off. He was having too much fun flirting with Gabe to pay too close attention to Noel. He could hash it out with his own boyfriend later. “I really like your sausage,” he whispered to Gabe. “Can I try it again?”
Gabe’s grin shifted into something downright sexy. “Of course.” The intensity in his eyes when Gabe fed him a second piece of sausage made Tristan’s heart flutter. He held eye contact while he chewed and swallowed, too entranced to look away.
Until someone jostled his chair hard from behind. “Dude.” Tristan twisted around.
A guy his age, and with plenty of room to maneuver, paused to deliver a sneering, “Sorry.”
Oh yeah, he’s sorry. Not.
Gabe stood, all six-foot-plus of muscles. “You got a problem walking?”
The other guy scurried away.
“Sorry,” Tristan said as Gabe sat back down.
“What are you sorry for?” Gabe asked.
“I probably shouldn’t be so obvious in public.” He glanced at Noel, who was watching him intently. “I keep forgetting that already got us hurt once.”
“Hey, don’t do that.” Gabe grabbed his hand and squeezed, a comforting warmth that sent tingles up Tristan’s arm. “It’s not your fault that guy was an asshole. And it’s not your fault that you and Noel got bashed.”
Tristan wasn’t entirely sure the second part was true.
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And third, The Heart As He Hears It
Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.
While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.
And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.
Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.
Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.
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Next, from Belonging, we have No Such Thing
Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent's reputation, he's lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he's back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss's hot brother.
Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he's still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister's diner awakens desires he'd long ago given up on.
The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he's scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro's past forces them to confront their feelings in the present...
Jaime seemed nervous when they climbed into the backseat, even though they were very much alone. No homes were within eyesight of the empty cul-de-sac, and headlights would give away anyone approaching before they got close enough to see their activities. Alessandro studied him, curious at the change in body language. Jaime sat stiff-shouldered, hands in his lap, nothing like the man he’d seen fly apart less than five minutes ago.
“Hey,” Alessandro said softly. “What are you thinking?”
Jaime stared at him wide-eyed, like he’d been caught doing something illegal, and Alessandro’s heart sank. He’d screwed this up already.
“Shit, I went too fast, didn’t I?” he asked.
“What? No!” Jaime twisted around to face him, hands coming up in a placating gesture. Even in the dim light from the half-moon overhead, he looked panicked. “God no, I loved that.”
“Then what?” An idea struck him. “You don’t have to reciprocate, you know. I mean, I’d get it if you didn’t want to.” Okay, so that was kind of a lie. He wouldn’t get it, exactly, but he wouldn’t complain.
“No, I do. You have no idea how much.”
Alessandro was stumped. Jaime hadn’t dated much, but surely he wasn’t…oh shit. Ice settled in his stomach. “Jaime, just so we’re on the same page here, how far exactly have you gone with a guy?”
Jaime’s face darkened with embarrassment, and he turned to look out the window. He kept staring away when he finally answered, “Exactly as far as we’ve gone. I’ve never…you’re kind of my…first. With everything.”
An unfamiliar sense of confusion and awe came over him—contradictions that messed up his ability to think clearly. He was Jaime’s first everything? How was it possible for him to reach the age of twenty-two and still be so—hell. Alessandro’s ungracious thoughts skidded to a halt as he remembered Jaime’s long illness. It made perfect sense.
It also scared him to death.
He fumbled for something to ease Jaime’s obvious case of nerves. “Sex isn’t rocket science. Mostly it’s doing what feels good.”
“I know that,” Jaime said with a bitter sharpness in his voice. “I just hate that I don’t know all of this already. I feel like a fucking child.”
“You are far from a child, and from what I saw back in the woods, once you figure out what you like, you’re going to be a hell of a sexy lover for someone.” Adding for someone to the end of his statement sounded wrong, but he didn’t want Jaime to expect a future together that they hadn’t discussed. Jaime needed to get out and experience other partners before he even thought about settling into a relationship. And as much as the idea of Jaime with someone else got his hackles up, it was what was best for Jaime. Alessandro couldn’t get attached, and he couldn’t be selfish.
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Secondly, we have Maybe This Time
As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can't remember the last time someone was...nice. It's more than he deserves.
Witnessing his lover's death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern--living in his sister's basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He's not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That's more than he's ready for.
A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra's been running from himself so long he doesn't know how to live any other way. And Donner can't risk his heart just to lose everything again. They'll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.
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And third, there is Stand By You
Three months after his rescue from an abusive boyfriend, twenty-two-year-old Romy Myers has landed his first legitimate job—bussing tables at his friend's new coffee shop. The job has brought him some stability after years of abuse have left him feeling damaged and broken. He's working hard on his panic and social anxiety, and those things are often tempered by the big, burly presence of Brendan Walker.
From the moment ex-football player Brendan helped rescue Romy from his ex's abuse, he's wanted to protect him. And he does, from a distance, with joking text messages, a new gym routine to toughen him up and a genuine friendship. So far it's been easy—but Brendan's feelings aren't just friendly anymore…
When an argument spirals out of control, a hot and heavy make-out session causes Romy's friendship with supposedly straight Brendan to reach a new level. The last thing Romy wants is to fall for another guy who could potentially shatter him, but Brendan also wakes up a part of him he thought had been destroyed by violence—his heart.
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Five little-known facts:
1. I love going to yard sales, estate sales, auctions and antique stores. I really love the past and preserving old things, and I have a nice, eclectic collection of antiques and primitives.
2.My favorite of all of the Star Trek TV shows is Enterprise. It’s all about Trip Tucker.
3. I collect Funk POP! Vinyl figures and I own over 100 of them right now, plus two of the oversized sets. I like to buy the collections that mean something to me, whether it’s a favorite childhood movie or current favorite TV character.
4. I have a big collection of adult coloring books and Sharpie markers for coloring. It’s better than watching commercials during breaks, right?
More about the author:
No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships and "bromance" (and "The Young Riders") with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments. You can contact her at AM_Arthur(at)yahoo(dot)com.
Thanks for celebrating with us. Come back next week for more of A.M. Arthur's books, a personal story she's chosen to share, plus another chance to win.
Until then, happy reading!!