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MochacoverAnd an excerpt from Mocha Kisses!

Overall Blurb:

Love sees through all differences and no matter what the situation it can strike the heart of any soul at any given time.

Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences and when love comes into play, it can make for a very satisfying experience.

In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.

Smooth Like Latte

Blurb:

Brendan Walsh likes money and because of this, he is willing to deal with his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.

Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.

When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra and because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations silent. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.

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Excerpt

“You have a good one.” Latte placed another coffee on the top and smiled at the next. “Miss Laura, is it? Tall caramel latte, extra sugar, no cream.”

“You got it.” She laughed. “How the hell do you memorize all these orders?”

Latte shrugged. “Just doing my job, ma’am.” He wrote her name on the cup and filled it with hot water. While he grabbed the milk, he looked over at Brendan Walsh, still giving him the side eye.

Baby.

“Where have you been all my life,” he mouthed to himself and clapped his hands. “Mr. Owens, having the same today? Tall hazelnut, no sugar, three creams?”

“I sure am.”

Pleased his memory still worked through distractions, Latte moved to the back and finished the other customer’s drink.

Derrick came up beside him and nudged his side. “Well, Latte, looks like you got an admirer. I still don’t get how you’re into hairy chests and balls with all this good-looking women practically giving you their panties, but what do I know?”

“Exactly. Nothing.” He chuckled and finished grabbing cream from the fridge. “Come on, Derrick, you gotta admit he’s gorgeous. Look at him. Tall, reddish brown hair, beautiful hazel eyes, and I can tell even from under that coat, the man takes good care of himself.”

“Yuck, just go after him already.” Derrick made a face and turned away.

Latte laughed. “I wish I could.” He headed back up to the counter, finishing Mr. Owens’s coffee. “Here you go, Mr. Owens. You have a nice one.” Latte placed it in front of him and shifted his focus back to Brendan who was still talking with Cathy but eyeing Latte, too.

Much to his delight, Latte noticed the line was a lot shorter now, but a few of his regulars still needed their beverages. “Um, Miss Lisa, give me a sec, alright?” Latte wiped his apron and headed over to where Cathy and Brendan were standing. “Everything good with the drink?”

“Oh yeah, he was just…” Cathy blushed.

“It’s excellent, Latte. The best macchiato I’ve had in a long time, thank you.” Brendan’s slim lips curled into a smile.

Latte wished they were alone because he could tell Brendan didn’t like flirting in public. “Um, good. Thanks for the tip, too. Perhaps you should come down and see us more often.”

“I should and I will. Promise me you’ll be here to make it every morning, and I’ll make a regular appearance.” Brendan held up his cup in toast. “Come visit me,” Brendan mouthed and handed him a card.

“I hope so and I’ll see you around then.” Latte backed away and went back to his customers, trying to forget the hot man standing there staring him down.

Regardless, he got the message. Brendan was indeed interested in talking to him, but wasn’t keen on making his personal business public. Latte could certainly understand, being from the South where he had to hide in the shadows almost every day of his life.

Now that he moved up to Chicago, he expected to live life outside of the closet and wanted a partner willing to do the same thing.

Mochacover My flashback for this week is my first release with Thirteen Below Press. Mocha Kisses and Coffee. The redos of Time to Make the Donuts and Smooth Like Latte! I’ll share an excerpt from both tomorrow!

Overall Blurb:

Love sees through all differences and no matter what the situation it can strike the heart of any soul at any given time.

Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences and when love comes into play, it can make for a very satisfying experience.

In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.

Time to Make the Donuts

Blurb: Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to Go shop. He’s young, degreed, pretty well off, but still there is something missing from his life.

Enter Andre Bentley who seems to have everything going for him and Chris notices this right away. The two exchange smiles when Andre walks into his shop, but little does Christopher know Andre is out for more than his fresh, strawberry creams.

The two men are getting along well until Chris confronts Andre about his job, but instead of getting overly upset, Christopher makes his new man “work” to gain back his trust.

 Smooth Like Latte

Blurb:

Brendan Walsh likes money and because of this, he is willing to deal with his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.

Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.

When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra and because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations silent. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.

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Mochacover

Thanks to everyone who has purchased Mocha Kisses!

It received a Silver Star on All Romance!

If You haven’t picked it up yet, here are the links.

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All Romance

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Mochacover  Blurb: Simple delicacies like donuts and coffee can bring two people together no matter what their differences; it can make for a very satisfying experience. But deceit can turn those experiences sour.

In these two stories, Cupid shoots his arrows at four men, drawing them to one another through chance encounters that instantly grow into something more.

Time To Make The Donuts

Christopher Wettlon has inherited his grandfather’s Donuts to Go shop. He’s young, educated, and pretty well off, but still something is missing from his life.

Enter Andre Bentley, who seems to have everything going for him. Little does Christopher know Andre is out for more than his fresh, strawberry creams.

The two men are getting along well until Chris confronts Andre about his job. Can Andre ‘work’ himself back into Chris’s good graces?

Smooth Like Latte

Brendan Walsh is committed to working for his irrational, homophobic dad who has threatened to disown him if he comes out gay to the world. Pretending to be someone he isn’t weighs him down. This puts Brendan on edge and alert at all times, leaving little to no time for him to build a steady relationship with anyone.

Davori “Latte” Jenkins is a happy go lucky barista working in the Walsh building. Born and raised in North Carolina, Latte possesses extremely good looks and charms the pants off anyone in his path using his Southern boy attitude.

When Brendan visits the shop Latte works in, they’re immediately drawn to one another. Latte makes him a caramel latte with something extra.

Because Brendan isn’t out of the closet, they keep their thoughts and flirtations private. Once they start dating, Brendan gets the courage to come out publicly and the relationship goes into overdrive. Still, Latte desires something more to define their relationship.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mocha-Kisses-Coffee-Rawiya-ebook/dp/B01DPRZ266/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1459551202&sr=8-1&keywords=Mocha+kisses+and+coffee&linkCode=sl1&tag=gayandlesbire-20&linkId=f4be16f0f0a48b137af1fe6835b90294

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-mochakissesandcoffee-2004429-149.html

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Mochacover Greetings peeps. I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I am excited about my new release. *squee* This is Time to Make the Donuts and Smooth Like Latte in one book. Both stories are novella size and will be released in one book on April 1st.

Yes, really. No JOKE! Lol

Because I’m the third muse it gets hard to get a word in edgewise with BL and Michael, but Shar lets me have my turn eventually and I’m totally okay with that.

This won’t be my only release this year. I’m looking to redo Sugar Daddy, I’ll be writing the final book in the N’awlins Exotica Series, See No Evil, and I’ll be working on a full book for the small story I write for the IRM Anthology a couple of years ago.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll go pick up Mocha Kisses when it releases April 1st.

Check in with the other muses to see what they have going on!

Michael https://michaelmandrake.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/updates-and-a-big-thank-you/

BL https://blmorticia.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/hello-and-news/

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Greetings folks.

I post so rarely on this blog, but I did want to share great news.

Smooth Like Latte and Time to Make the Donuts have both been picked by Thirteen Below press.

I re-did both books so they’ll be totally different than the first

I’m very excited and will keep you posted about the release dates for next year.

Also, wicked gal is hard at work. She just finished Living in Sin, N’awlins Exotica 3.1 and is moving right along into book 4, Hell Hath No Fury with Michael. She’s also working on Wounded Paths, the third book in the Wounded series with Remmy Duchene as well as edits on Wounded Pride.

Not to mention edits on Under the Gun 2.

Lordy is she busy!

Michael will be working on Hell Hath with her and then switching gears to his own series, PROTEKT Book 2 Closely Guarded.

Is there room for me to write?

*laughs*

Yes, I’ll be starting rewrites on Living in the Now.

That’s a lot to go, right?

Shar is running ragged

Portrait of a stylish young fashion male model.

Morning.

Usually on Wind Down I have some music that inspired me to write a book. Well, I can link to the post what I wrote when I did Latte the first time, but instead I wanted to blog about doing rewrites.

*collective sighs from all 3 muses and Shar*

Yes, rewrites, revisions, do-overs. Whatever you want to call them, they aren’t all that fun. I mean, I do love visiting old characters, kind of like being reunited with old friends you haven’t seen in years, but then comes the work.

Oh the AGONY!

When you read through old stories and hate that you didn’t give your characters a chance to really shine. When, even you, the grammar hack can catch certain errors that the previous editor didn’t catch. And then, you notice how much narration you did, meaning not showing, TELLING!

Ergh

Yeah, betas would’ve been beneficial when Latte was out that first time. Well, now I have several and though I sent TTMTD (Donuts) off without one, I look forward to getting it back to tear it up again.

With Latte, I changed Brendan Walsh’s character. I gave him a little more balls, if you will, and I changed the story, even deleting scenes, just so I could make the book more interesting. And, the so called conflict will be different this time around, but the HEA will be there in the end.

I think about why I’m redoing Latte as well as Donuts and other stories that have been sitting on the hard drive. Why? Because I loved the characters, the story, and the premise of the book. If I didn’t care to re-release the book, I’d leave it alone. Latte and Brendan were a dynamic couple and I’m glad I’m giving them another story.

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Small excerpt (UNEDITED)

After staying at Cathy’s for about another half hour, Brendan reluctantly got on the elevator up to fifteen to go to work. He fully enjoyed being in the coffee shop, watching Latte work and admiring his body from afar. If only they could’ve talked more, but obviously the guy was really busy.

Sighing, Brendan stepped off the lift and walked straight through the double wooden doors to the long desk where his main secretary answered calls and greeted visitors. “Morning, Mr. Walsh. Your father −”

“Yes, I know, Delia. Anything else I missed?”

Delia shrugged and looked away in embarrassment. “Um, no. Just him, quite upset that you missed the conference call.”

“Thanks.”

Brendan strolled to the right, walking past the conference room where he heard the call still going on. He nodded and continued on to his office to enjoy the rest of his macchiato in silence. Brendan was quite grateful to have missed the meeting this morning because he already knew what it entailed; possibly another takeover which meant a lot more work for him.

When he arrived at his office, he turned the golden handle to the right and opened it wide. He stepped in and closed the door behind him, eyeing the space he liked to call his sanctuary. Brendan leaned against it and took a sip from the large cup in his hand. He dreaded the upcoming conversation with Alexander, so he decided to savor his latte a little longer than usual.

“You make a tasty macchiato. I wonder what else you’re good at doing?”

Brendan walked slowly to his desk and set the drink down. Immediately, he plopped in his executive chair and like a kid on the playground, he used his feet to spin the contraption around, making himself laugh.

No man he’d brought home left an impression on him like the barista downstairs. They hadn’t had the chance to discuss anything, but something about Latte drew Brendan in.

Despite this, Brendan hoped to get to know the man a lot sooner than later.

Now, it was up to Latte to take the hint and come up to Brendan’s floor as he had asked.

“Brendan?” Alexander’s terse tone broke the silence. He knocked once and walked in without asking. His steely blue eyes caught Brendan’s gaze.

“Yes, father?”

“Why weren’t you at the meeting? We had some very important business to discuss regarding the Buttersfield Merger.”

“I already have all those details, dad. I’ve been studying them since before we made the proposition to buy them out.”

“I’m sure, but you, as the President of this company, should be present to offer your expertise.”

“Why? So you can shoot down everything I say?” Brendan wouldn’t allow his dad to ruin his high right now.

“I don’t shoot down everything, only ideas I see aren’t a good fit for the company. The Butterfield’s wondered where you were and I had to lie and say you were on another urgent call. Why did you fail to show up on time?”

“I needed coffee. I stopped down at Cathy’s and we ran a little over in our conversation, that’s all. Did you know Bill passed away?”

“No.” Alexander shoved his hands in his pockets and shook his head. “I’m sorry to hear that, but, regardless, you should’ve been here as I asked. Make sure you’re not late for our dinner tonight.”

“Dad, I told you I’m not going. I have too much work to.”

Working on getting Latte into my bed.

Brendan smiled to himself. “I need to do those projections so I can have them in time for the next monthly directors meeting.”

“Why can’t your financial manager do it?”

“Because he’s on leave with his partner. They’re having a baby.”

“A baby? Fags aren’t supposed to have children! What on earth is this country coming to? Gays should not be allowed to have kids, period,” he snapped. “Just another reason why I need to get you married to a woman so you can bring me an heir.”

Brendan shook his head and clawed the arms of his chair. “For god sakes, I wonder how on earth mother put up with all your bigoted ideas after all these years. Gay men …” Brendan exhaled, stopping himself for getting into an argument with his father. “Ugh, nevermind. Like I said, don’t bother having Gilbert come by and pick me up. I’ll be too busy.”

“Brendan. This is not a choice, it is an order. I need to get you married before I head back to Los Angeles. You are almost thirty. A handsome man like you shouldn’t be alone. You can work on those figures right now and leave the night for our dinner. We must make a good impression on the Harrisford’s if we intend to make them part of the Walsh umbrella. What better way to do that then by getting our lovely children married in the process?”

Brendan dropped his head in defeat, knowing this was a fight he wouldn’t win. If he let this go on, he’d have a migraine that would leave him pretty much worthless the rest of the day. “Whatever. Just leave me be so I can get to work.”

“That’s my boy,” Alexander clapped and turned on his heel. “And wear your best tonight please. We’ll be going to that fancy French place in River North. Bring her some flowers.” His father closed the door behind him.

Thoroughly annoyed, Brendan finished his drink and tossed the cup in the nearby trashcan. He slid downward, sinking in his chair wishing he could make himself smaller to disappear into the seat, never to be heard from again.


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