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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Racing Hearts Anthology Tour with Ethan Stone

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We’re so please to welcome author Ethan Stone to The Novel Approach today on this special blog tour for the Racing Hearts Anthology, a book of stories lovingly compiled in memory of the late Peter Laybourn, husband of Pride Publishing editor Sue Laybourn. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to further cancer research.

Join me in welcoming contributing author Ethan Stone, and be sure to check out Pride Publishing’s December Giveaway HERE.

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Story ideas come to me in all sorts of ways. Just My Luck had to feature horse racing in some way but there was one problem—I know nothing about that subject. So I did some research and learned that the mafia has often had a hand in the world of horse racing. And that connected to the type of story I usually write—action, mystery and thriller.

One of my main characters is Kieran Jones, a jockey. Part of Kieran’s back story is that he was a foster child adopted by a wealthy man, Andreas Ware. Though I don’t think it’s mentioned in the story, Andreas specifically adopted Kieran because of his small size. Kieran was trained from a young age to do the job, so it’s a good thing he liked it. Originally I envisioned Andreas as being cold and distant treating Kieran more like an employee than a son, but I later changed it so they had a good relationship.

Once I could picture Kieran, thanks to an extensive internet search, I start focusing on the other character. I wanted the two to be physically different so I could use that as a starting point in their relationship. It didn’t take long to find an image to use for him, it was one already in my collection. A man leaning against a truck, with an open jean jacket bearing his hairy chest, a cowboy hat topping off the ensemble. My label for the picture said cowboy cop. And that pretty much describes Sam Shaw.

Sam’s in Portland to do a job and doesn’t want distractions. He heads to a bar hoping to get lucky and while Sam and Kieran are first drawn to each other because of their height differences, it turns out they have a lot more than hot sex in common.

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Racing HeartsAbout Racing Hearts: Totally Entwined Group editor, Sue Laybourn, sadly lost her husband Peter earlier this year, after a brave battle against cancer. In tribute to Peter and to show their support for Sue, these six Pride Publishing authors got together to write this anthology of short stories called Racing Hearts. These stories surround the world of horseracing, a sport which Peter and Sue passionately followed together.

Pride Publishing will be donating its royalties to charity. Proceeds will be going to Cancer Research UK and Prospect Hospice, where Peter was a patient.

Find out more about these charities hereCancer Research UK || Prospect Hospice

Blurbs‘The Lonely Ones’ by Bailey Bradford

Marshall’s all city, and Rex is all cowboy, so it’s no wonder sparks fly when they meet.

Marshall Evans never wanted to inherit his grandfather’s Thoroughbred horse ranch. He doesn’t know much about raising and training racehorses, and he knows even less about the man who left him what he sees as a burden. His grandfather wasn’t a nice man at all, and he left the ranch to Marshall more as a fuck you to the one person who did want the ranch, who had tried to buy it, and had put up with years of verbal and at times, physical abuse, only to have his home yanked out from under his feet. Rex Martinez had only ever had one home, and that was the ranch. Now he was about to lose it.

Marshall arrives in the small town of Erring, NM, only to be confronted by this silently furious man, and together, they’re going to have to work out what to do. The will stipulates that Marshall can’t sell the ranch to Rex, because Allen found out Rex was gay. Rex didn’t know he knew, but the old man had no idea about Marshall since Marshall hadn’t been raised anywhere near him.

It’s not as simple as selling the ranch, either. Marshall thinks it will be, but no. He can’t put Rex out of a home so easily.

‘Racing for Home’ by Morticia Knight

Groom Charlie loves the Piedmont Farms horses—but not nearly as much as the man he can never have, Edward Piedmont.

At the age of twenty-two, Charlie has lived at Piedmont Farms—the largest race horse breeding facility on the east coast—for eight years. For five of those years, he’s been desperately in love with Albert Piedmont’s oldest son, Edward. At one time, he believed Edward’s declarations that they’d be together forever. It was a brutal slap in the face when Edward married a local heiress and moved away to live with her on her family estate. Only his love of the horses, including one in particular, has kept him from complete despair.

Edward knows that horse groom Charlie must hate him after being abandoned when Edward married Alice, but he’d thought he was doing the right thing at the time. After three years of a sham of a marriage, Alice has found someone who she really wants to marry, and Edward is free to divorce her. Edward moves back to Piedmont, desperate to get Charlie back, even if they would still have to hide their love.

Charlie wants to believe that Edward still loves him and that he can believe in him once again. But love between two men in 1912 America is even worse than love between someone of a higher and lower station. Charlie fears that it would never be possible for them to truly have a life together.

Edward’s father, Albert Piedmont, is also hiding. However, his secrets pertain to the possible loss of his once wildly successful horse breeding farm. When everything begins to rapidly crumble, Edward has to make a desperate move to secure a future for him and Charlie before it’s too late.

‘The Secret of Delville Wood’ by Helena Maeve

A handsome, naked man in his bed is the kind of surprise Silas lives for. The dead body hanging outside his window, not so much.

In the shadow of the Great War, three soldiers made a fortune on racetracks either side of the North Sea. Their families thrived with the clandestine passions of youth, wanting for nothing while whole nations suffered the scarcities of peace. By their grace and generosity, Axel, a young man once forced to sell his body, became a champion.

Yet the lure of fast money hides many dark deeds and Pia Eckdahl’s manor on Lake Sågträsk is no exception. Hired to cleanse the Swedish socialite’s house of evil spirits, Nigerian-born Silas doesn’t care much for horses, racing or the affectations of the nouveau-riche. But he does care for Axel. Caught between peddling his heritage for an extortionate sum and investigating a suspicious suicide, Silas soon finds himself delving into a decade-old family secret that could well destroy his lover’s racing future.

‘Keeping the Luck In’ by L.M. Somerton

Since when was a squirrel crossing your path bad luck?

Like his father before him, Rory Ironstone was born and bred to be a blacksmith. Standing six feet five in his socked feet, he’s built like a barn door. He loves his job at Camworth Racecourse forge, tending to the beautiful racehorses and creating ironwork art in his spare time.

Pip Ryder is a summer stable hand and newly qualified vet who longs for someone to love him as much as they do his four-legged charges. He admires Rory from afar, but is too shy to admit his interest goes beyond the anvil.

When the horseshoe above the forge door is knocked off, Rory believes his luck has fallen out. Pip comes to the rescue but when Rory shows more than a platonic interest, he bolts.

Rory is convinced that the only way to re-fill his horseshoe with luck is to get Pip back and keep him.

‘Just my Luck’ by Ethan Stone

Appearances can be deceiving.

Kieran Jones is as used to short jokes as Sam Shaw is to being teased for his height. When they meet at a nightclub there’s an instant attraction, and not just because of the stark difference in their bodies.

After a passionate night, Sam sneaks out, positive he won’t see the hot guy again. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he’s in town to do a job and he doesn’t need a distraction. He never imagined that growing up on a farm and knowing all about horses would help with his career, but it has and he can’t let anything get in the way.

However, jockey Kieran is connected to Sam’s mission and Sam has a tough choice to make—use Kieran to get it done or walk away. It could spell the end of the relationship before it’s even begun, but a life or death situation makes Sam realize just exactly how much he cares for Kieran and how much he wants a future with him.

‘Horses and Harleys’ by Molly Ann Wishlade

Life’s not just about horses and Harleys, but sometimes you have to get back in the saddle if you want to go along for the ride.

Henry Lockhart is a rich, successful businessman but life at the top can be lonely, especially as he vowed never to fall in love again after a painful bereavement.

Alex Castillo grew up in a small town where small minds made his life a misery. A disastrous love affair with a married man and the recent death of his mother led him to flee his hometown in search of a better life.

When their worlds collide after Alex takes a job as a groom at Henry’s stables, they both know that life will never be the same again.

But they’ve both been hurt, they’ve both suffered loss, shame and regret.

Can they find a way to be together, or will they both ride off into the sunset alone?

BUY LINKS: Pride Publishing || Amazon || Barnes & Noble || All Romance eBooks

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Excerpt – Just My Luck: I knew it the second I spotted him. He was a smaller man, couldn’t have been more than five foot tall. He moved with a smooth, graceful quality that entranced me instantly. At first he was dancing with a small group of women he was clearly friends with, then a guy with blond hair slid in behind my brunette stud. The object of my affection spun around, noticed the intruder, and glared at the guy so strongly it stopped the guy in his tracks. My guy waved him off. The other dude dropped his chin to his chest and sulked away.

The interaction made me laugh. The guy obviously knew what he wanted. The question was if I was his type. He peeled off his sweaty T-shirt and the disparities couldn’t have been more pronounced. In addition to the foot and a half difference between us, I was as hairy as he was smooth. I had wide shoulders and chest that tapered down to muscular abs. His upper body and torso were flat. The distinctions just made me want him more.

Gulping down the whiskey for a bit of liquid courage, I took a deep breath and pressed into the crowd. I kept an eye on my target but froze when another guy stepped up to him. I refused to let it stop me, so I pushed forward until I was right where I wanted to be.

I slid between the new guy and the man I’d targeted. The other guy objected but I faced him and stared him down until he slunk away. It took a minute before the short stud turned and realized he had a new dancing partner. His eyes were level with my chest and they widened as he took me in, scanning upward until meeting mine.

A smile formed on his lips and quickly became a wide grin. “Damn.” His eyes glazed over in what I hoped was attraction.

I shifted closer and he didn’t move away. We shifted in rhythm to the beat, our bodies coming closer until they touched. He turned and I put my hands on his hips, pulling him against me. I was hard as a rock in my tight blue jeans, there was no doubt he had to feel it. Apparently, he didn’t mind because he kept dancing. The skin contact was invigorating and thrilling. I craved more. Wanted to do stuff we couldn’t do on the dance floor.

He stopped moving and I tried to hide my disappointment. “Buy me a drink?”

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Ethan Stone 200x200About the Author: Ethan Stone has recently returned to Oregon and is working on re-growing his web feet. He has been obsessed with two things in his life: books and all things gay. After spending years trying to ignore the voices in his head, he finally decided to sit down and listen to them.

What he discovered was a perfect union of his two obsessions. Ethan used to have a day job that paid the bills. He wore a uniform to work and he looked damn sexy in it. Now he gets to wear sweatpants and watch movies all day.

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Review: Closing Ranks by Ethan Stone

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Title: Closing Ranks (Flesh: Book Four)

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

At a Glance: Closing Ranks is an extremely well written mystery/romance story.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.

Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp’s and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.

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Review: Suspense, danger, murder and so many suspects, Closing Ranks is another wild ride from Ethan Stone, fast paced and full of so much information that it keeps you turning the pages from beginning to end. Yes, Cristian Flesh is back and has teamed up with Jeremy Ranklin, of Internal Affairs, to investigate the suspicious suicide of a mentor, as well as corruption inside the Reno police force.

Besides the twists and turns of the suicide and corruption, we also get to know Jeremy. He has to deal with personal issues, with being gay and closeted, with a young man who has a crush on him, an ex’s return, and an uncontrollable attraction to Officer Kipp Moseley. I really felt bad for him. He carries guilt about being gay and over what would happen if he came out to his parents and sister-in-law. He believes it would kill his father if his secret were to be found out.  He also has a six-year-old nephew he loves dearly, and is afraid of never seeing him again.

Jeremy is trying hard to keep his mind on the case, but no matter what, he keeps coming in contact with Officer Moseley. Kipp is out and doesn’t hide his sexuality. He’s not sure if he’s willing to get involved with Jeremy because he’s not about to be anyone’s “dirty little secret”. There is no insta-love between Jeremy and Kipp. In fact, they have to work at it because neither one wants to have to change who they are. But when danger arises, Kipp has Jeremy’s back.

Flesh play’s a big part in this story, and he’s all business and snarky, as usual. Colby only has a brief part, and Reg, Flesh’s partner, is also back. There are also two newbies, Leif and Rafe…hmmm, very interesting!

I have to say, Closing Ranks is an extremely well written mystery/romance story. It’s hard to choose which book in the Flesh series I liked best, but this one is a favorite.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Closing Ranks Blog Tour with Ethan Stone

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Ethan Stone to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for the new novel in the Flesh series, Closing Ranks.

Giveaway Details: Ethan will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commenter on the tour. Be sure to leave a thoughtful comment on each stop on the tour for additional chances to win. The tour organizer will select a winner from entries received as of close of business 1 November 2015.

Good luck!

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My Ten favorite LGBTQ Films

1-Shelter: A tale of a young man fighting with his sexuality while also dealing with a great deal of responsibility. The chemistry between Trevor Wright as Zach and Brad Rowe as Shaun is simply incredible. A sweet story with a satisfying ending.

2-Latter Days: A classic tale of opposites attract, but the acting and plot takes it beyond the trope. Here it’s a Mormon out on his first mission, and a gay guy who sleeps around. The connection between Steve Sandvoss and Wes Ramsey blows me out of the water each and every time I’ve seen it. It’s also one of the few movies that brings me to tears every single time.

3-Boy Culture: The acting here is spotty, but the writing is solid. A hustler known only as X who is convinced he should keep his emotions hidden learns a lesson thanks to one of his customers, an elderly man. I especially liked Darryl Stephens as X’s friend and roommate.

4-Bear City: As a huge fan of bears, I loved seeing a movie where men of all sizes are represented. Here a young man gets shit from his friends for being attracted to bears. He follows his heart anyway and falls for an older, sexy man with plenty of body hair. Here I liked the subplot of an overweight man considering a dangerous surgery because he thinks it’s what his boyfriend wants.

5-Were the World Mine: A sad young gay man from an all-boys school used a magical flower to turn people in his school and the community gay. There’s lots of music and songs in this one and it’s got a sweet ending.

6-Mulligans: This one may not have a happy ending, but it felt realistic every step of the way. Starring Charlie David as Chase, a college man falls for his best friend’s married father. Solid performances from every cast member.

7-Eating Out series: The movies in this series are rather silly and totally unrealistic, but still total fun. The first is the best, but they can call be enjoyed provided you don’t expect Oscar-worthy acting or writing. My least favorite part of the series is Rebekah Kocah as Tiffani who’s shrill voice and over-the-top performances are completely cringeworthy.

8-All Over the Guy: The best example of how to do a gay romantic comedy. The acting here is top notch, and the plot is simple and realistic. The supporting characters are just the right amount of funny and annoying.

9-Birthday Cake: I just recently watched this one and was pleasantly surprised. The story is about a gay couple in LA throwing a birthday party for their daughter. They, of course, want it to be perfect and, of course, it’s anything but. Lots of things go wrong, including a clown having a heart attack and an appearance by a serial killer. It’s goofy fun with some true heart thrown in there as well. The mothers of both men play a part, and I dare you not to cry during the kitchen scene between estranged mother and son.

10-Bent: As you can tell by my list I prefer romance and comedies, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this one. A historically accurate tale of a gay man in a Nazi concentration camp. Clive Owen pulls off a deeply moving performance here as Max, a man who denies being gay while in captivity. He falls in love with Horst played by Lothaire Bluteau. There is an especially moving scene where the men stand together and whisper so their guards can’t hear. Believe it or not, the scene is both romantic and sexy, as much as it can be.

Honorable Mention: The movie Gerontophilia deals with a tough subject but is beautifully acted. I urge you to give it a chance.

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ClosingRanksCover200x300Blurb: Internal Affairs investigator Jeremy Ranklin is looking into corruption within the Reno Police Department when he’s ordered to examine the suspicious death of the Chief of Police. The assignment partners Jeremy with Detective Cristian Flesh. Though they spar at first, Jeremy earns Cristian’s trust, and they work well together.

Deeply closeted, Jeremy fights an attraction to fellow cop Kipp Mosely. The investigation brings Jeremy and Kipp together, but lies and secrets prevent things from going any further. Jeremy will need both Kipp’s and Cristian’s help to discover how deep the corruption runs—and to stay alive when the danger hits close to home.

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Ethan Stone 200x200Author Bio: Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.

Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.

Readers can find Ethan online: Facebook || Twitter: @ethanjstone || Google + || Ello: @ethanstone92 || Website || Email

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Tour Schedule: 

20 Oct – Prism Book Alliance
21 Oct – Love Bytes
22 Oct – Joyfully Jay
23 Oct – Novel Approach
24 Oct – Sinfully
25 Oct – GGR
26 Oct – Boys in Our Books
27 Oct – MM Good book Reviews
28 Oct – JP Barnaby
29 Oct – Ethan Stone
30 Oct – Hearts on Fire Reviews
31 Oct – Rainbow Gold Reviews

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Review: Blood & Tears by Ethan Stone

Title: Blood & Tears (Flesh: Book Three)

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

At a Glance: Ethan Stone gives us an in-depth and well deserved story about Gabriel Vargas and FBI Agent Andrew Bradley in Blood & Tears.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: The last thing Gabe Vargas wants to do after nearly dying is to leave his young son. But that’s exactly what FBI Agent Drew Bradley is asking him to do. According to Drew, the only way to protect Gabe and find his wife’s killer is to fake Gabe’s death.

With an already established adversarial relationship, protecting a hothead like Gabe isn’t exactly a picnic for Drew either. But Drew lets his guard down and a desire for Gabe leaves him confused. Before the crime can be solved, Drew will have to risk more than his life. He’ll also have to risk his heart.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2011.

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Review: Ethan Stone gives us an in-depth and well deserved story about Gabriel Vargas and FBI Agent Andrew Bradley in Blood & Tears. The murder mystery itself was tension filled, fast paced, suspenseful, and the investigation was skillfully written. I liked that it wasn’t obvious who the murderer was. Please keep in mind this is not a Cristian and Colby story, but for those of you who have withdrawal, Cristian and Colby do make some cameos throughout.

After Gabe almost dying, and several tragedies that take place in his life, he’s still not safe and is under the protection of the FBI, with none other than Drew. Drew and Gabe have a really rocky start, and we find them both going through various emotions about each other. Gabe is still struggling with the murder of both Violet and Casey, and leaving Victor behind. Drew still carries guilt from Casey’s death. As time passes we start to see changes in both Drew and Gabe.

Drew becomes very uncomfortable because he really hasn’t figured out the change in him and his feelings about Gabe. Even though I see Drew being the stability that Gabe needs in his life, he has his own issues to face. He’s not sure if he’s gay, but he knows he wants Gabe. It was interesting to watch Gabe push Drew’s buttons during the kinky scrabble game.

For me, this was a great story for Gabe and Drew, so many twists and turns in the plot to go along with the twisted suspect. You could actually feel the fear that Drew has for Gabe and Victor when they are in the hands of the suspect. It kept me on the edge, not knowing if Gabe would realize what was happening to him.

I liked that Mr. Stone gave Gabe his own story because we got to see him grow throughout the Flesh series, and become a great father and committed lover to Drew. It was a special treat to see how Drew, Gabe and Victor interacted with each other. I really liked how little Victor was a wonderful fit to this story. So loving, smart and really alert to things going on around him.

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Interview and Giveaway: The Blood & Tears Blog Tour with Ethan Stone

Even if you've read it before, you should read it again...
Even if you’ve read it before, you should read it again…

TNA: Hi, Ethan, welcome. It’s great to have you here with us today.

Since you’re here to chat a bit about the re-release of Blood & Tears, let’s start out with the series in general. What made you want to move it from Dreamspinner to DSP Publications? Or, in other words, what makes the series a better fit under that press?

Ethan: While all the books in the Flesh series have romance in them, I believe the mystery elements are somewhat stronger. The books under the DSP Publications umbrella are ones where romance isn’t the primary focus. I thought the dark tone of Flesh fit with the new imprint.

TNA: Did you revisit the books before they went in to publication at DSPP, do any revisions to them? How do you feel your writing style has changed, if at all, since you first published In the Flesh five years ago?

Ethan: All three books were re-edited. In the Flesh and Flesh & Blood, the first two in the series, had only minor changes. However, this book, Blood & Tears, was totally re-written from third person into first person. I consider it a brand new book, which is why I’m saying that even if you read the first version, you should read this edition. It’s a thousand times better, in my opinion.

My writing style has changed a great deal. I realized that when I started re-edits on In the Flesh. I tried not to change too much because it was my first published novel, and it has a unique voice. My voice is different now, and I wanted to keep my original voice intact.

TNA: If someone were considering reading the series but wanted to know a bit more about Cristian Flesh first, what are a few things you’d want that reader to know about him from your point of view?

Ethan: Cristian can be an asshole, a total douchebag, but he has a big heart. He’s afraid of getting hurt, especially when we first meet him in In the Flesh, so he uses a rough exterior to keep people away. A few people manage to see beyond his attitude and find the real man beneath. He’s a good cop, an excellent one, even if he is a bit unorthodox. If he doesn’t like you he will tell you, but if he likes you he will do whatever it takes to protect you.

TNA: Would you say there are any parts of you in Cristian? If so, how would you say he’s most like you?

Ethan: The Cristian we see in In the Flesh was very much like me at the time I wrote the book. I wasn’t very happy and had a dim view of the future. I was in an unhappy relationship, and many of the rules Cristian lives by were ones we had regarding our open relationship. As I’ve written more books in the series, where Cristian is a supporting character, I’ve written him as mellower and happier, which is how I am as well.

TNA: Was it difficult to switch gears in Blood & Tears, leaving Cristian and Colby in the background to focus on Gabe and Drew? How do Gabe and Drew’s “voices” differ from Cristian and Colby’s—are they grittier, or less so? More or less romantic?

Ethan: It was difficult at first, but once I got into it, I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve loved Gabe since I first wrote him in In the Flesh. He was originally meant to be a disposable character—and a bad guy—but he took over and I’d been looking forward to writing his book for a while. Both Gabe and Drew are less gritty than Cristian. Drew is a bit of a stuffed shirt in the beginning, and I had him relax and chill out as the book progressed. Gabe was rather damaged—mentally and physically—in the beginning of Blood & Tears, but he still had hope beneath the anger. The romance and sex between Gabe and Drew is different than with Cristian and Colby because Drew is a newbie to it all, so it’s not as rough but just as enjoyable.

TNA: Do you have any more books planned for this series, or was this always meant to be a trilogy?

Ethan: Excellent question! I’d planned on it just being a trilogy, but as I worked on the re-releases, I realized I wasn’t quite done with these characters. A fourth book—Closing Ranks—is due out in October. It introduces new characters, but has Cristian and the cops at Reno Police Department as supporting characters. Jeremy Ranklin, the main character, works alongside Cristian on a case and gets to know both Cristian and Colby. It also shakes things up in the police department, which opens up possibilities for new stories. I’m also working on a fifth book which will feature characters introduced in Closing Ranks.

TNA: What’s coming up next for you? Any new releases on the horizon you’d like to share some news about with us?

Ethan: In addition to Closing Ranks from DSP Publications in October, I have a release around the beginning of the year with Pride Publications. Hiding in Plain Sight is a sequel to Vegas Hustle. I’ve also written a couple of short stories for various anthologies.

TNA: Where can readers follow you on the internet?

Ethan: I’m a Facebook addict so you can usually find me there. I’m also on Twitter-@ethanjstone.

A huge thanks to The Novel Approach for having me and to the readers who support me. As a reward to the readers, I will give out an ebook copy of Blood and Tears to one lucky commenter.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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blood-tearsBlurb: 2nd Edition

The last thing Gabe Vargas wants to do after nearly dying is to leave his young son. But that’s exactly what FBI Agent Drew Bradley is asking him to do. According to Drew, the only way to protect Gabe and find his wife’s killer is to fake Gabe’s death.

With an already established adversarial relationship, protecting a hothead like Gabe isn’t exactly a picnic for Drew either. But Drew lets his guard down and a desire for Gabe leaves him confused. Before the crime can be solved, Drew will have to risk more than his life. He’ll also have to risk his heart.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, July 2011.

Buy Link: DSP Publications

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Ethan Stone 200x200About Ethan: Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.

Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.

Find Ethan at his Website or Email him at ethanstone.nv@gmail.com

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Review: Flesh & Blood by Ethan Stone

Title: Flesh & Blood (Flesh: Book Two)

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

At a Glance: I like the tone Ethan Stone in Flesh and Blood. It may have been a risk, but I think it turned out well.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Detective Cristian Flesh is about to find out that he can only run from his past for so long.

When a local man is attacked and the suspect is a hustler, Cristian knows there’s more to the case than meets the eye. His investigation will lead him into a maze of lies, deceit, and underage prostitution. But that’s only the beginning as people start disappearing and turning up dead. Cristian begins to realize that solving the case and stopping the murders won’t be enough. If he wants to make his new life with lawyer Colby Maddox work, he’ll need to face the demons of his past and put them to rest once and for all.

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Review: I always seem to look at Cristian “Bello” Flesh as the tough, snarky guy, but he has a lot of issues and demons that he’s dealt with all of his life. While he faces and fights his demons, we see him becoming a more emotional and caring person toward Victor, the homeless kids, and with the deaths of friends. We see him come face-to-face with his family, and confront his past. Most of all, I think he comes to realize how much he does love Colby.

Colby “Big Guy” Maddox is still very protective of Cristian, and little by little they work together and chip away at Cristian’s rules. Colby has so much love, patience and understanding for Cristian. Colby is in this relationship, no matter what. I couldn’t have been more in agreement when Colby left the law firm; he should have done it sooner. Cristian has always been supportive of Colby opening his own law firm.

There’s also some new characters, FBI agent Drew Bradley and Jed Harper, a homeless kid. I hope Jed Harper gets a story of his own to see how the ranch is working out.

I like the tone Ethan Stone in Flesh and Blood. It may have been a risk, but I think it turned out well. There was crime, court trials and justice prevailing, and humor, but more so, this was a story about Cristian and Colby’s decisions about their own personal lives and their life together. There also are two blurbs at the end of this story for books 3 and 4. I sort of wish they hadn’t been there because one of them surprised me. I hate spoilers, so I am not going to tell!

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Audio Review: Bartender, P.I. by Ethan Stone – Narrated by John Solo

Title: Bartender, P.I.

Author: Ethan Stone

Narrator:: John Solo

Publisher: Self-Published

Run Time: 2 Hours and 32 Minutes

At a Glance: What great P.I.s Linc and Brady made in solving the big mystery! Just be prepared to snicker!

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: When hockey star Linc Carpenter is banned from playing his beloved sport, he starts over, slinging drinks in Tampa. He’s inept as a bartender, so when the opportunity arises to train as a private investigator he takes it. He’s not very good at that either, but he still manages to get hired to follow fashion mogul Quentin Faulkner.

Linc’s incompetence is a hindrance, but Brady Williams, Faulkner’s studly bodyguard, may prove to be his undoing. Brady is drawn to Linc despite his bungling, and Linc’s stupidity may be just what’s needed to solve the case and save their lives.

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Review: Bartender, P.I. is a little different from the novels I have read by Ethan Stone. He created that difference with comedy and some mystery melded together. He also gave the two MCs a soft side, but nothing overly dramatic or serious.

Linc and Brady’s relationships with their fathers were different. Linc is more carefree with his lifestyle, and Brady more conservative, but they make a cute couple. It was nice to see Linc willing to change some of his preferences. And, what great P.I.s they made in solving the big mystery! Just be prepared to snicker!

Narration: I have heard other audios by John Solo. He did a fairly good job performing, and gave each character their own voice and personality. His portrayal of Linc as the comedic character was really good, though I did have a mental block with Linc’s voice. Because I’ve listened to this narrator before, I noticed Linc’s voice was very similar to a character from another story, which I struggled to get past because the other character was a businessman, smart, and didn’t lead a carefree life like Linc.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Flesh & Blood Blog Tour With Ethan Stone

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Ethan Stone today on the Flesh & Blood tour, book two in the newly re-released Flesh series from DSP Publications.

Ethan has written a serialized ficlet set in the Flesh-verse for the tour. TNA brings you Part Three, so just in case you’ve missed parts one and two, click HERE FOR ONE and HERE FOR TWO to catch up on the story.

Ethan’s also offering readers two ways to win prizes!

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Part Three:

I stood and spun just in time to view the main event. Colby screwed his face up and his legs straightened before he shot, three loads landing on his chest and stomach.

Watching him was an extreme turn-on and I began stroking my dick. His halted breathing evened out and he grinned when he finally opened his eyes.

“Why don’t you come here so I lick those big balls of yours?”

No need to ask me twice. I got rid of my underwear, climbed up on the couch, positioning myself over his face. Then I lowered until my sack was in his mouth. His incredible tongue made me shiver, the way he licked me exquisite.

Then life interrupted as it so often did. My phone rang. The joys of being a detective meant I was basically on-call 24/7.

“Fuck me!”

“I had planned on it,” Colby retorted.

I rolled away from Colby and dashed to my phone. “Yeah,” I snarled.

“Cris, I am so sorry for calling.”

It was my partner, Lex. She was also one of my best friends and someone I had a hard time being mad at. “What’s going on?”

“I’ve got a witness coming in to check out a line-up. The others are handling a gang fight; we’re all tied up. We just got a call regarding a robbery and Chief Brunson agreed to go on the call.”

It wasn’t usual for the chief to deal with robbery calls, but he had worked his way up from patrol and was more than capable. “So why are you calling me?”

“Well,” she paused. “It’s the location of the robbery. I’m thinking Brunson might be a little out of his element, it’s more your kind of thing.”

I furrowed my brow. “Who was robbed?”

“Suzie’s.”

“Yeah, I’ll head over there right now.”

Suzie’s Adult Super Store was the Wal-mart of sex toys. In addition to the sexual aids there were movies and magazines for every orientation. There were also eight private booths where customers could pay to watch porn and pleasure themselves as they saw fit. The last two booths on the left were the most popular because there was a glory hole. I’d gone there many times, all BC of course.

“Gotta go, big guy,” I said before dashing into the bedroom to find jeans and a shirt.

He followed me. “We can finish this later, right?”

I yanked him into a rough kiss, biting his lip for a moment. “Damn straight. I want those lips on my balls again.”

“Looking forward to it,” he replied.

I got dressed and kissed him again. “See you soon.”

“Love ya.”

I didn’t reply before I left. I did love him but it was hard for me to say the words. He understood I couldn’t say the words as often as he did and accepted it. Being with me meant he had to deal with a lot. I worried it wasn’t worth it, but he assured me it was.

I sped down Kietzke Lane and parked as near the front door of Suzie’s as possible. Inside, I spotted Brunson interviewing a short woman with multiple piercings and made my way over. When he finished with her, we stepped into away so we could talk in private.

“What happened?” I asked.

Brunson reviewed a notepad. “A guy wearing a black ski mask and carrying a gun went to the register and demanded the money. Tawanda, the clerk,” he motioned towards the pierced woman, “didn’t fight and handed over the cash. Approximately three thousand dollars.”

Sex really was the place to make money.

“There was that much cash?”

“She was getting ready to put most of it in the safe. They do it on a regular schedule.”

“So the crook either had perfect timing…”

“Or he knew their schedule.”

“I’d say he’s a frequent flier here and paid attention to when they do the drops,” I said.

Brunson nodded. “I agree.” He glanced up and blushed when he laid eyes on a twelve-inch black dildo.

I stifled a chuckle. Brunson had probably never been in a place like this. He’d been married since college—happily married, even, which is a rarity for career cops.

“Any other witnesses?”

“Yes, I’m hoping you can talk to him.”

I cocked an eyebrow. “Why?”

“Well…” Brunson replied. “I could do it. I mean, I’m a professional and all. You just might know the right questions to ask.”

“I don’t understand.”

Brunson sighed, his face was still a bright purple. “He was in the backroom at the time. He was using the…the hole.” He lowered his voice like he was cursing in church.

“The glory hole?” I asked.

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FleshandBloodFSBlurb: Detective Cristian Flesh is about to find out that he can only run from his past for so long.

When a local man is attacked and the suspect is a hustler, Cristian knows there’s more to the case than meets the eye. His investigation will lead him into a maze of lies, deceit, and underage prostitution. But that’s only the beginning as people start disappearing and turning up dead. Cristian begins to realize that solving the case and stopping the murders won’t be enough. If he wants to make his new life with lawyer Colby Maddox work, he’ll need to face the demons of his past and put them to rest once and for all.

Buy Links: DSP Publications | Amazon | ARe/OmniLit

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Avatar2_Ethan StoneAbout the Author: Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.

Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.

Readers can find Ethan online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Ello: @ethanstone92

Or Email Ethan at: ethanstone.nv@gmail.com

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Review: In the Flesh by Ethan Stone

Title: In the Flesh

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: DSP Publications

Pages/Word Count: 320 Pages

At a Glance: In The Flesh is a top notch cop story with enough heat and grit that you will not want to put it down until you reach the last page.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: 2nd Edition

Reno Detective Cristian Flesh is an out and unashamed cop, but his slutty ways might be his downfall. Christian lives by a strict set of personal rules, preferring hook-ups and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His guidelines work for him… until one of his tricks is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect.

Leave it to handsome lawyer Colby Maddox to save Christian’s life. He takes the case and the attraction between them is quick and undeniable. After several passion-filled encounters with Colby, Christian unexpectedly wants to break all his rules. However, before they can contemplate a future together, they’ll have to clear Christian’s name and find the real murderer.

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Review: Gritty, raw and explosive are all excellent adjectives to describe this second edition release of Ethan Stone’s novel In The Flesh. Everything about this book is so visceral and the man behind the action, the sex, the badge, all so very compelling and real. This novel strips away any pretense of polite interaction and instead, gives you an “in your face” story that holds you spellbound to the last page.

Cristian Flesh has rules. Rules he lives by that keep his heart intact and his emotions tightly coiled behind a wall he has carefully erected. From the simplest of things, like no kissing, to the raw and painful, no talking about his past, Cristian rolls through life never repeating a one night stand and never really standing still long enough to understand why he is so very alone at the end of each day. Much like his private life, his career as a cop speaks of no bullshit police work that nearly always ends in arrests. While he is out and proud in the police force, it will be his hidden affair with a prominent pastor that will eventually be his downfall. Framed for a murder he did not commit, surrounded by dirty cops on the dole, Flesh must rely on a deeply closeted lawyer to save his career. In the end, he will have to either begin to tear down the wall and break a few rules, or lose the one man who can actually penetrate years of loneliness and deeply ingrained feelings of no self worth.

Author Ethan Stone is a no-nonsense writer who drives home his point in every vignette he sets up. His plot is intricate and spellbinding. His characters are flesh and blood men who live hard, work hard and, at the end of the day, turn to each other for solace and release. If you are looking for a sweet romance, you are coming to the wrong novel. However, if you are looking for fast paced action and characters you can sink your teeth into, then you have come to the right place. In the Flesh sets one man on a collision course with every rule he has established to keep his head in the game and the demons that haunt his past at bay. Perhaps the only flaw I can find in this novel is that there are times when the dialogue seemed a bit stilted, forcing the characters to occasionally feel jerky and just a bit off center. However, I found that those moments were then replaced with such intense feelings and emotions, as well as non-stop action sequences, that I was immediately drawn right back into the story.

In The Flesh is a top notch cop story with enough heat and grit that you will not want to put it down until you reach the last page.

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Review: Small Claims by Ethan Stone

Title: Small Claims

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: Novella Length (22k Words)

At a Glance: This novella is a quick and easy read, offering a great variety of characters.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Judge Shawn Rosen is about to take on the toughest case of his life.

Small claims judge Shawn Rosen is comfortable in his career, but his personal life is another story. His twenty year relationship ended two years ago, but while he accepts the end, he hasn’t even started to move on. He lives a generic life.

Everything changes when Jody Jacobsen walks into his courtroom and Shawn is attracted to him. Following the case, they have a chance meeting which leads to a wild night. Waking up to cold sheets should have been a sign, but instead Shawn keeps coming back for more and eventually falls fast and hard—so hard he might be missing the clues that the commitment isn’t mutual.

There’s trouble when the case that brought them together could also tear them apart. Will Jody give in to his tendency to run, or will he finally be the man that Shawn deserves?

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Review: Judge Shawn Rosen is about to hear his last case on a Friday afternoon. He’s ready for the weekend and to be away from the court, but still isn’t sure what to do with himself. Shawn and his partner of twenty years parted ways two years before, and Shawn is still trying to adjust to the change.

The court hearing is an interesting one. Mrs. Gioberti is suing a young man for loud and strange noises and men coming from his duplex. Unfortunately, she is more than just a nosy neighbor. Jody Jacobsen is a young and energetic man. He finds himself somewhat embarrassed when he has to clarify the activities going on in his duplex. After Judge Rosen listens to this case with much interest, he declares the case closed but gives fair warning to Mrs. Gioberti.

Judge Rosen finds himself at home, and his thoughts keep drifting to Jody. He realizes he hasn’t been interested in anyone like this in a long time. He is restless and decides to venture out to the Speakeasy. Once he gets in the club, watching all the twenty-somethings, it puts doubt in his mind. He knows he’s middle-aged, though in fairly good shape, but maybe this is not for him.—one drink for him and he’d leave. Then he sees a familiar blonde head, green eyes, and a gorgeous smile heading from the restroom…Jody Jacobsen.

Shawn and Jody enjoy themselves at the club, dancing, drinking and conversation. Shawn feels so good with Jody he asks him to go home with him. Jody agrees and follows Shawn home, where things get hot and heavy between them. Shawn wakes with his bed empty and is disappointed that Jody didn’t say goodbye or leave a note.

Poor Shawn, he just has so much to deal with! He has a blind date from hell, his step daughter Gabrielle has her own ideas about his life, and Monday morning gives him a surprising new temporary assistant. To top it off, Mrs. Gioberti is back, filing another crazy lawsuit, but Shawn is looking for just one important answer: will Jody be there for him?

Small Claims is a part of Totally Bound’s Sexy Snax line, and it’s exactly that: a Sexy Snak from Ethan Stone. This novella is a quick and easy read, offering a great variety of characters. Not to mention, Jody and Shawn are hot together!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The In the Flesh Blog Tour With Ethan Stone

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Ethan Stone on the blog tour for the re-release of In the Flesh, with DSP Publications. Enjoy Ethan’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of a book from Ethan’s Backlist, winner’s choice.

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Mystery with Romance versus Romance with Mystery

There’s a fine line between a mystery novel with romance in it and a romance novel with a mystery. In fact, as a reader, it can be hard to figure out exactly which one a book is, especially if the elements are mixed evenly.

If you read an Agatha Christie book, there’s no doubt it’s a mystery. Hercule Poirot was out to solve crimes, not fall in love, same for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. These were detectives first and foremost. If anything romantic had happened in the stories, it was a subplot and definitely not the main point of the plot.

On the other hand, Harlequin romances are just that—romance. The primary goal is for the main characters to fall in love. If there was a mystery involved in the story, it was secondary to the love.

In MM, Josh Lanyon is the best example of books I’d call mystery with romance. In the Adrien English books, Adrien finds himself in the middle of some kind of crime—the death of a friend, a satanic cult, a 500 year old skeleton—while also navigating a tricky relationship with Detective Jake Riordan.

Yes, there’s a romance, a fabulous, sometimes angsty one. The scene where they have sex for the first time is one of the best I’ve ever read. But the focus is not on the relationship, it’s on the solution of the mystery. The romance could be removed and there would still be an awesome mystery. The relationship adds to the whodunit aspect of the series and, in fact, enhances it.

A good example of the other side of things, a romance with mystery, is the Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes. (BTW, it’s pronounced Call-May!) Jory finds himself in all sorts of trouble, more than I could actually list here, but the main focus is always on his relationship with Sam Kage. Even when he’s dating other men or fending off the advances of many, many guys, Jory only has eyes for Sam.

You couldn’t exactly take out the crime elements in the series, because Jory is a major trouble magnet, but the emphasis is on the romance. Not the whodunit.

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In-The-Flesh-Cover-800Blurb: 2nd Edition

Reno Detective Cristian Flesh is an out and unashamed cop, but his slutty ways might be his downfall. Christian lives by a strict set of personal rules, preferring hook-ups and anonymous encounters to committed relationships. His guidelines work for him… until one of his tricks is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect.

Leave it to handsome lawyer Colby Maddox to save Christian’s life. He takes the case and the attraction between them is quick and undeniable. After several passion-filled encounters with Colby, Christian unexpectedly wants to break all his rules. However, before they can contemplate a future together, they’ll have to clear Christian’s name and find the real murderer.

Buy Links: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK | OmniLit/ARe

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Avatar2_Ethan StoneAbout the Author: Ethan Stone is an out and proud gay man. Which is fairly new in his life, the out part, not the gay part. He’s been queer his whole life, though he tried to deny it for years with a wonderful woman. The years in denial weren’t all bad, he has two amazing kids out of it. His son is a teenager and his daughter has made him a grandfather, three times over. A way too young grandfather.

Ethan has returned to Oregon after almost a decade in Nevada. He no longer has a day job and is doing his best to make a living at this writing thing. If he can’t make a living, he at least wants to support his Mt. Dew and beef jerky addictions.

Readers can find Ethan online at: Facebook | Twitter: @ethanjstone | Google + | Ello: @ethanstone92 | Website | Email

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Tour Schedule:

7 Apr   Prism Book Alliance®

8 Apr   Joyfully Jay

9 Apr   The Novel Approach

10 Apr The Hat Party

11 Apr Hearts on Fire

12 Apr Love Bytes

13 Apr Andrew Q Gordon

14 Apr Fallen Angel Reviews

15 Apr Rainbow Gold Reviews

16 Apr MM Good Book Reviews

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Cover Reveal: Authors Gone Wild

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Where authors come together…

Sounds exciting right? Your favorite gay artists from the screen, canvas, and page all together in one convention. We even have guys whose bodies are works of art in themselves. Our events include art shows, book signings, nude modeling classes, demonstrations and panels galore. Anything you want to know in the realm of gay sexuality, you can find it here.

As amazing as our events are, however, they don’t compare to the juicy behind-the-scenes stories, the naughty liasons that happen on the other side of closed doors. This year, we’re fortunate to have a few authors open the curtains and give us a glimpse of HomoErotiCon under the covers: Continue reading

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Ethan Stone Delivers Some “Vegas Hustle” And A Great Story

Title: Vegas Hustle

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 66 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: A business trip to Las Vegas becomes a life or death situation for a comic book fan.

Comic book geek Adam Brand is young, good-looking and wealthy. He’s also a virgin because he’s not skilled at picking up guys. While in Vegas with his friend Dean to finalize a real estate deal, he throws caution to the wind and hires a professional. Hustler Javier Campos is just Adam’s type and his first time is perfect.
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What’s His Passion? Ethan Stone’s Is A Little “Vegas Hustle” And Insane Hookups

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To celebrate the launch of “What’s his Passion?” Totally Bound are giving away a bundle of prizes. Enter HERE for your chance to win!

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I’ve been dating my boyfriend around six months now but before that I was single for several years after a long-term relationship. In that time, I was far from a celibate saint and boy, did I have some weird encounters.

Presented here are the final five of top ten of my odd, crazy or otherwise insane hook-ups. Names have been changed to protect the creepy. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had another great week.

We’ve got some great blog tours, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, and speaking of reviews, we’re welcoming a new reviewer to the TNA team this week (watch for more soon). Chris comes to us with lots of blogging and social media experience, and I’m looking forward to her first official review. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about Chris in her own words.
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Indy Pride 2014 – Thanks, Pics, And A Wrap Up Of Our Day


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On Saturday, the 14th, I had the privilege of attending my first Pride event here in Indianapolis. It was such a positive and uplifting day, and I’m so glad Lynley Wayne and Jambrea Jo Jones let me tag along on their coattails as a reviewer representative of the genre we write, read and love. As days go, I’ll tell you it’s one I’m not likely ever to forget. Indiana is one of the remaining states in the union that’s not only stubbornly holding on to the man/woman/marriage definition but is a state that’s been working hard to make marriage unconstitutional for same gender couples. After attending Indy Pride and seeing the projected one-hundred-twenty-thousand men, women, and kids in attendance, Indiana is a state that seems poised to move forward and make equality a verb rather than a noun.

We have so many people to thank for their generosity, for without the donations we received, our booth wouldn’t have been such a huge success. The depth of our gratitude can’t be expressed in a few words, but suffice it to say it’s because of these donations that we helped to introduce and spread the word about the M/M romance community to Indianapolis.

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Many thanks go to:

Elizabeth North and Dreamspinner Press for your donation of books, pens, DSP discount coupons, and Chapstick.

MLR Press for your donation of Chapstick (Which, P.S. – people got a kick out of the fact we were giving away vanilla Chapstick in the booth next door to the Indianapolis Kink Society)

Ethan Stone for the donation of books and bookmarks

Jennifer Wright for your donation of books and discount coupons for the purchase of your books at Totally Bound

Sloan Parker for the donation of books

Rider Jacobs for the donation of magnets

Deanna Wadsworth for the donation of bookplates, bookmarks, stickers and discount coupons

EM Lynley for the donation of bookplates

Christopher Koehler for the donation of your books.

And finally, a special thank you to Lynley Wayne’s husband, Brian, for making the spinner wheel so we had a way for people to win all these great prizes.

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It was gratifying for us to introduce people who love to read to a genre of books some didn’t know existed, and it was even more gratifying when I found people here and there who’d read some of the authors I love, but celebrating books is nothing when compared to meeting people who’ve been marginalized, who’ve been made to feel less than because of who they love, who’ve ever had to hide a part of themselves because of fear of rejection by the people who are supposed to accept and love them unconditionally. When a pagan woman tells you their community is so often forced into hiding because of the misunderstanding of their beliefs, I think it proclaims in big bold letters that Pride events are necessary for anyone who has to put on a public face in order to avoid being judged and condemned. Pride is the day when people can shed the uniform of conformity and celebrate without fear of being ridiculed and harassed for it, and I think I can safely speak for the three of us when I say it was that atmosphere that made it such an amazing day.

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Indy Pride was twelve hours of chatting and pimping and people watching. It was a day filled with more than a few laughs and a lot of celebrating. And of Steve Grand, who is so beautiful and talented and I’m sorry I sucked so badly at videotaping him! But here, here’s a .gif of him that I was able to salvage from the wreckage of my Amishness. Enjoy!

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Ethan Stone’s “Recruited” Gives A Man A Second Chance At Life And Love – Reviewed by Jackie


“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” ― Nelson Mandela


Title: Recruited (Uniformity #3)

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 232 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Inmate Dylan Hoss never thought he’d fall for a man in prison. He also didn’t think life on the outside would be more dangerous than inside.
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Ethan Stone’s “Damaged” Is Danger, Corruption, And Love In Uniformity


“When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
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Title: Damaged: Uniformity, #2

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 164 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Correctional Officer Zane Davis didn’t think commitment was in the cards but when he meets Brett Emerson everything that once seemed impossible is now all he can think about.
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Ethan Stone’s Not “Damaged”, He Just Wants To Give Away A Book



TNA: Hi, Ethan, thanks so much for being here with us today. Let’s start right in with the questions.

Who would you say is your biggest influence as a writer? Do you have a favorite author(s) who inspired you to become a writer yourself?

ES: Marie Sexton is a good friend and I knew her before she was published. She urged me to write and publish and my first book wouldn’t be half as good without her advice.

TNA: What was your first published book? Did the idea for the story come to you slowly, or was it in a burst of inspiration?

ES: In the Flesh was my first full-length novel published. The idea started with a name—Cristian Flesh. After the name came his looks, then his attitude and so forth.

TNA: If you could go back in time, to the moment you sat down to begin writing that first book, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?

ES: I’d tell myself to dump the loser boyfriend I had at the time and maybe not waste the next several years of my life.

TNA: Let’s chat about your Uniformity series. Will you tell us a little bit about it and how you came up with the idea for the story?

ES: I worked at a maximum security prison for seven years and in that time met so many different people, staff and inmates, that I had lots of different ideas. Writing about the prison is easy in some aspects and difficult in others. I have lots of plot ideas, but writing about it realistically doesn’t always translate into good fiction. Most of the time the job was rather boring and repetitive.

TNA: How many books do you have the series planned out to?

ES: I don’t have a set number for the series. It depends on the characters, who speak to me and tell me what their story is.

TNA: Would you care to share an excerpt from one of the books with us?

ES: Sure. This is from Damaged.

The Blurb: Correctional Officer Zane Davis didn’t think commitment was in the cards but when he meets Brett Emerson everything that once seemed impossible is now all he can think about.

Correctional Officer Zane Davis thought being bi-sexual and afraid of commitment meant he was destined to be alone until he meets someone who changes everything.

There is an instant attraction when Zane meets Brett Emerson on the job. The fact that Brett is engaged to a woman doesn’t dampen Zane’s attraction. Brett and Zane become friends as they also work to uncover corruption at the prison. The friendship deepens and turns to romance, but will Zane survive the danger he puts himself in when he finds out how far up the corruption goes?

He turned to face me as he reached out and touched my hand. “I want to go home.”

The hope I’d told myself not to have floated away. “I’ll call a cab to take you home.” I reached for my cell phone.

“I meant your home, Zane. With you.”

I was speechless. Hell, I couldn’t move. He slowly edged forward until his lips were inches from mine. I was sure we were going to be interrupted again, but finally our lips met. The kiss was hesitant and quick and he pulled away. I was disappointed at first, but quickly realized a bar bathroom wasn’t the place for us to explore.

“You call a cab,” I said. “I’ll tell the girls goodbye and meet you outside.”

I stepped out of the club a few minutes later and found Brett leaning against the wall. I fought the urge to step up and kiss him. Damn it, I wanted him so much. I wanted to rub against him, feel every inch of his body.

“How’d the girls take it?”

“I didn’t have to say anything. They were already dancing with a couple other guys.”

He chuckled.

The cab pulled up a few minutes later and we climbed in. I told the driver my address and we took off. I rested my hand on the seat between myself and Brett. My heart soared and body shivered when his hand touched mine and squeezed.

It took all my strength not to grab him there in the cab. Instead, I gripped his hand. Our eyes met and we both smiled.

I gave the cabbie two twenties, not worrying about the fifteen-dollar tip because I didn’t want to wait for change. My hands trembled as I got my keys out and fumbled to get the door open.

The minute we were inside, I grabbed Brett and kissed him. Holding his body against mine, I rubbed his back. I was afraid I was being too forceful but I didn’t want to stop and give him a chance to change his mind. Praying he would tell me to stop if he wanted me to, I continued touching and kissing him. His mouth opened and we pushed our tongues together.

I wanted to get him to the bedroom but also didn’t want to break the contact so I pushed him to the couch and gently laid him down, resting my body on his. I dry-humped him, wishing we didn’t have two layers of jeans between us but loving what touch we did have.

After I reached up his shirt, I rubbed a nipple. He moaned and arched up against me. I kissed and bit his neck and he grabbed my head to urge me on.

“Oh, fuck, Zane, fuck, fuck, fuck.”

We kissed and rubbed and touched and suddenly Brett froze. A look of ecstasy, then shame and embarrassment crossed his face. I felt a warmth in his jeans and realized he’d come.

“Shit, I didn’t want that to happen.”

“Don’t worry about it, Brett. I’m glad you enjoyed it.”

I sat up and he did the same. It was that awkward, post-orgasm silence that occurred sometimes.

“You want to take a shower?” I asked.

“Umm, together or alone?” I felt and heard the tension in his voice.

“Whatever you’re comfortable with.”

“Thanks, I think separate is best. If you don’t mind.” He ran a hand through his hair.

I chuckled. “Have I ever pushed you for something you’re not ready for?”

“No, I guess you haven’t. I appreciate that. You want to shower first?” he asked.

“Nah, you go.”

He stood, smiled at me then walked past me and into the bathroom. I wondered what was going to happen next. Would Brett want to continue what we had started or would he want to wait? I hoped he would at least want to explore things, even if it wasn’t right then.

Brett showered and came out wearing just a towel. “You have any clothes I can borrow? My pants are kind of…messy.”

I laughed. “Help yourself to anything in my closet. Feel free to throw your clothes into the washer.”

I showered quickly, so I could be back in the living room as soon as possible. I didn’t want to give Brett too much time to have second thoughts. But as soon as I saw him I knew it was too late.

He was wearing a pair of my sweat pants and a baggy T-shirt and sat in the recliner.

“Hi.” I sat down on the couch.

He looked at me a little sadly. “I enjoyed what we did but…”

“You aren’t ready for anything else?”

He nodded. “Not right now. I wish I was, but my head isn’t there yet. It would be easy to push myself and give in, but I think that would cause more damage.”

TNA: Do you think you might revisit the Flesh series anytime soon? If not, what do you think Christian is doing today? Are he and Colby still together and happy?

ES: I definitely want to revisit Flesh at some point, but I don’t know when. I’m sure Cristian and Colby are still together, no doubt about it. Are they happy? Well, I’m not sure Cristian will ever allow himself to be happy all the time. I would bet the duo is still having smoking hot sex.

TNA: If you could bring one of your characters off the page and into the real world, who would you choose and why?

ES: Jason from Past Tense. He has some cool super powers that would be fun to play around with.

TNA: What would you say are the best and worst parts of the writing process for you?

ES: The worst is trying to find the motivation and inspiration. The best is when I find those things and start writing and it’s all I want to do.

TNA: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Whichever you are, why do you feel that method works best for you?

ES: Total pantser. I have a general outline in my head but it’s not detailed at all. When I have tried to plot it out I lose the inspiration. I enjoy being surprised by characters as I go along.

TNA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

ES: I’d totally love to have the ability to fly. I’m not sure why, but I often fly in my dreams. It would be sweet to be able to float above everyone else.

TNA: If time travel were possible, where would you go and why?

ES: Depends if I’m allowed to change things or not. If I can I’d go back a couple months and convince my brother to go see a doctor and get his heart checked. If I can’t change things, I’d either go back and spend time with my brother and tell him I love him or go back even further and spend some time with my mother.

TNA: Would you care to share a little bit of information on any of your current WIPs?

ES: Totally Bound just accepted the third Uniformity book, Recruited. It’s due out in March or April. It stars an inmate named Dylan Hoss, who was a supporting character in Compromised and Damaged, and gets his own story and love interest. I’m also working on a paranormal story about a serial killer.

TNA: And finally, would you kindly share with us all the places we can find you on the internet?

ES:

Email
Website
Facebook
Twitter
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Ethan Stone, Totally Bound

Ethan Stone Breaks The Rules In “Compromised”


“It’s not love or anything, but I think I like you, too.” ― Chuck Palahniuk


Title: Compromised: Uniformity, #1

Author: Ethan Stone

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 183 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Correctional Officer Daniel “Kash” Kashaveroff is single, gay and working at a maximum security prison in a small town in Nevada. Not the best job or town in which to meet men. He wants to fall in love again but isn’t actively looking.
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, A.J. Damian, CJane Elliott, Ethan Stone, Guest Contributor, J.P. Barnaby, John Goode, Julie Lynn Hayes, Kingett Reads, Leighton Rose, Nikka Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Happy Sunday, Everyone, I hope it was a great week for all of you. And if not, well, it’s almost over, so there’s that.

Speaking of great weeks, we’ve got another one of those coming up at The Novel Approach—more reviews, more guests, and more giveaways are on tap, so read on to see what’s coming up, and then stay tuned for more chances to win some great prizes!


MondayEthan Stone is with us today. He’s answered a few questions for us and is also offering a giveaway of his book Damaged to one lucky reader.

TuesdayCJane Elliott is our guest as she tours to promote her coming-of-age novel Serpentine Walls.

Wednesday – Author A.J. Damien is here today to introduce herself and tell us a little bit about the erotic fiction she writes.

ThursdayJulie Lynn Hayes is here with a guest article and giveaway of her newest release, When Will I See You Again.

FridayJP Barnaby drops in on her In the Absence of Monsters Blog Tour to talk about love, and she’s also offering a giveaway.

John Goode is also back today with his bi-weekly article in his popular Writing Series.

SaturdayLeighton Rose joins us today on the Back to You Blog Tour, and she’s also offering an e-copy of the book to a lucky winner

SundayNikka Michaels drops in on the Waking Up Wolf Blog Tour, with a guest article and a giveaway.

And Robert Kingett will be back with another installment of Kingett Reads

And that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Ethan Stone, Sara York

Let’s Welcome Sara York and Ethan Stone, Their Book “Transparency”, And A Giveaway


Transparency by Ethan Stone and Sara York

A few months ago a comic about the orientation police came out. It was an interesting look at the classifications we assign sexuality and the value people place on certain types of people. Some times those values interfere with seeing people as they are, instead focusing on the body parts or lack of body parts. The comic by Bill Roundy can be located here. Ethan Stone shared it on Facebook and I think it affected me about as much as it affected him. At the time the comic was shared, neither Ethan nor I had planned on writing together.

Sometimes writing in this genre can feel confining. Writing out of the box can be tricky. As an author, I want to push the envelope, especially with my own writing. I admit that over the last year I started holding back after a few reviews knocked me back, focusing on what they saw as negatives but were really just me throwing knives at the boundaries, seeing if I could slice a hole where none had been before. Taking a chance may lead to disappointing readers, which because of a few reviews I thought I had done so I squelched the desire to be different and started playing it safe.

Then the comic came out, Ethan and I started joking about Dino Porn and a partnership was born. We weren’t going to write about dinosaurs though, we wanted to write something inspiring or maybe a bit thought provoking. I don’t think either of us really expected to develop a transgender story when we first got together. We tossed a few story ideas around and after talking for a bit, he broached the subject of writing a trans character. Ethan told me that the idea of writing a transman came alive after a panel at the Gay Romance Northwest in Seattle. Readers said they wanted more trans characters and the idea came alive.

Writing Transparency forced me to open up and go deeper than I had in the last year. I found that place where I could dare to write outside of the box. It was refreshing to work on Taylor and how he interacted with Charlie. Taylor is troubled and wants to be accepted. Writing Taylor meant that I had to become vulnerable once again, exposing myself to harsh criticism because readers wouldn’t understand. Delving deep into this character brought emotions to light that I had repressed. The freedom of writing this character who broke barriers has allowed me to grow.

Transparency is more than just another hot romance with gay men who have great sex. It’s a journey into a dark and hurtful place that eventually brings freedom through love. Taylor is spunky and though he’s been knocked around, he always seems to have the energy to bounce back. I enjoyed exploring the sexuality of a transman. This side of the genre isn’t often delved into and is misunderstood. Giving voice to the T in LGBT was rewarding.

I enjoyed writing with Ethan. Of course, he says that the pleasure was all his. It was refreshing to work together on Transparency and take our characters to the edge, putting them into situations that challenge even those who think they already live outside the box.

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Blurb:

Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know.

Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?

Excerpt:

Taylor studied himself in the mirror, wondering not for the first time if he looked good enough. His dark hair was cropped close to his head, and his blue eyes didn’t give anything away, but his jaw could have been more defined. His friends always said he looked elfin, but that was before. Being short was a bit of an issue, and he had to remind himself that some guys preferred short dudes over towering giants. His muscles were more defined than they’d been a few months ago, and his shoulders looked great, but he’d never be big, not like the other men at the gym where he worked out.

He sighed and his shoulders sagged. The words his mother said the last time she saw him echoed in his head. He knew he’d made the right decision. She may not be able to accept the change, but he felt whole now, like he finally was who he was born to be. From what he saw when he looked in the mirror and when the sexy gym junkies stared at him, he really thought he looked believable enough—hopefully.

Thoughts that he’d never be enough still plagued him, and he feared that no one would accept him for who he really was, but he was working hard to press past the issues and be happy. That’s why he didn’t date anymore. A few months after the first operation, the one that gave him the flat chest he’d always known he was supposed to have, he’d met someone. At first, everything had been great until his boyfriend had figured out the truth. The words stung. Freak had been at the top of the list, then his ex went on from there, saying that Taylor was too weird and damaged. The bastard had actually said he didn’t deserve to live.

Taylor couldn’t live through that again, not yet. Maybe in a few years, after the newness had worn off and his confidence had strengthened, he would be able to survive the taunts and threats, but not today.

Taylor drew in a deep breath before walking out of the bathroom of the fast-food joint toward the street exit. Like usual, he avoided eye contact as he left the restaurant and made his way down the street to Pleasures Entertainment and Bookstore. His heart thumped wildly as he handed over the five dollar entry fee and headed to the back. The store wasn’t packed, but four guys and two girls were milling around, looking at products. A sexy bald man looked up, his piercing eyes drilling a hole straight through Taylor. His steps faltered and he stalled, his feet refusing to move as the man stared at him. He wanted that guy—not for long term because long term wouldn’t work, but a quick blow would feed his fantasies.

The man was freaking hot. That he had no hair on top wasn’t a problem. Even better, a tight beard clung to his sharp jaw, leaving Taylor wanting. The air in his lungs stilled, and he had to remind himself to breathe. If only a man like that could want him, but he usually didn’t have the best of luck with built studs. The intensity from the sexy stranger poured off him like a waterfall, leaving Taylor wondering if he’d drown in the guy’s allure.

He shook off the need, breaking eye contact as he made his way back to the booths. This was his reality for now. He may have wanted to be in that sexy bear’s arms, but he’d settle for a quick way to get off, sucking other guys and pretending it was more.

Taylor glanced over his shoulder one last time as he grabbed for the handle on the door. He was disappointed he couldn’t see the guy he’d eye fucked. His insides twisted thinking about that stranger who was one heck of a sexy bear.

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Backlist Book Bump, Cate Ashwood, Charlie Cochet, Erica Pike, Ethan Stone, John Goode, Liam Livings, Lori Toland, Mary Calmes, Sara York, Sneak Peek

And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Happy Sunday, and welcome to another look at what we’ve got on tap for you in the coming week. We’ll have more reviews, including stories in the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar anthology Heartwarming, as well as some other Christmas themed stories. We’ve also got interviews, guest articles, a Backlist Book Bump, and plenty of giveaways in store.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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MondayLiam Livings is our guest today on his Christmas Serendipity Blog Tour and he’ll also have a giveaway of the book

TuesdayMary Calmes will be here with Quade and Roman from Old Loyalty, New Love. They’re doing an interview and offering a giveaway of the book

WednesdayCharlie Cochet kicks off The Heart of Frost Blog Tour right here and, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway at the end of the tour

ThursdaySara York and Ethan Stone will be here on their Transparency Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader

FridayCate Ashwood stops by on her Wholehearted (Hope Cove, Book 2) Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

John Goode – Will be here today with “Where Are We Now?” – Part 4 in his guest writing series

SaturdayLori Toland stops in on her Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with an Interview and giveaway

SundayErica Pike is doing a little Backlist Book Bump of A Life Without You and is offering a giveaway of the book

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And that does it for the upcoming week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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All Romance Ebooks, Ethan Stone, Sara York

When Finding Love Means Living In A State Of “Transparency”



“And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter—they are so rusty … from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long.” ― Sylvia Plath


BLURB: Charlie is the quintessential bear. Big, muscular and hairy. But that isn’t the type of men he’s attracted to. He is drawn to men like Taylor—short, smooth, and sexy. Taylor is Charlie’s idea of the perfect twink. But there’s something about Taylor Charlie doesn’t know. Taylor is unsure about a lot of things, but when he sees Charlie, he instantly knows he wants him. The only issue standing in his way is how Taylor views his own masculinity. He’s afraid that Charlie will leave once he knows the secret Taylor wants to keep hidden. Can he be transparent with Charlie and allow him to look behind the image he’s so carefully constructed?
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