Blurb: Brit Blaise – Storm Out
An Army Ranger suffering from PTSD finds coming out the biggest storm he’s ever faced…until he needs to save his grandfather’s life. A gay stranger in a deadly snowstorm brings suspense and danger. Can Cowboy Kale keep his family safe while coming to terms with his sexuality?
Question: What would you change about your life if you could?
Sam: I don’t know if I could have done it, but I wouldn’t have been the perpetual victim in my mother’s on-going drama.
Question: Who is a hero you admire and why?
Sam: Without a doubt that would be Army Ranger, John “Cowboy” Kale. He gave my life worth, not with words, but actions. In just a few short days, he changed my life forever. I’m not talking about sex…I’m talking about risking everything for what is right.
Question: What is one of the hardest things about being gay?
Sam: For me, it gave me another reason to devalue myself as a human being. If I hadn’t met Cowboy and his grandfather, Boss, I don’t know if or when I would have learned I can contribute to this world in a positive way…and being gay does not mean I have less value.
Excerpt: Cowboy’s cheeks warmed. That hadn’t happened in a very long time. Would it be creepy to be happy he’d found a gay guy in a storm? If Sam wasn’t interested too, it was creepy. “You don’t have to worry I’m offended by your sexual orientation. Why wouldn’t anyone care if you died?”
“Change the subject. Good tactic. My grandfather might care, I don’t know. He’s not an easy man to get along with. If he lost cigarette money from hunters using my services, he might miss having me around. It’s always worried me that he’d find out I was gay and that would put an end to any family I have. I don’t think he’d ever admit to anyone that he has a gay grandson.”
Sam fell silent, but it seemed like he had more to say. Cowboy didn’t break the stillness.
“My mother, on the other hand, tried to use what she called my special perversion. She supported her drug habit by offering me up to her friends when she discovered me in bed with my boyfriend at fifteen. She wasn’t good at it and people were always trying to rescue me from her. I’ve been sent to social services more times than I can count. She’d clean up and then fight to get me back, but it never lasted long. She didn’t learn from the past.”
Once again Sam went silent. This time for much longer.
This guy could be a drama queen. Hunters who left him to die…a mother who’d pimped him out, his grandfather used him for cigarette money…yeah, right. The guy was a nut job.
Then again, Cowboy had heard other snowmobiles and at least one gunshot when he’d stopped earlier. The motors sounded crisp and powerful, like the one Cowboy normally drove when visiting Alaska.
Why would someone lie? Sympathy? The chances he’d get any compassion once he’d said he was gay were almost none. No. Sam more than likely hadn’t made up all this family shit. Trouble had followed Cowboy to Alaska when he least needed it.
Author Bio: Writing has been an adventure, one I’ve enjoyed for over ten years now. Currently, I have a Best Selling Series, Cactus Creek Cowboys on Amazon. No longer in Arizona, I reside on the outskirts of a small Ohio town with my husband and son. The dream of restoring a Victorian has passed into someone else’s hands and the home my husband found (while our daughter and grandchildren were still living with us)is big enough to get lost inside…while writing my next story. I’m taking the drastic changes cancer has made in our lives one day at time! Keep in touch with my latest project at:
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