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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot by Jeff Adams

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Today we’re so please to welcome author Jeff Adams back to The Novel Approach for a visit on his HT3: Penalty Shot Blog Tour. Enjoy Jeff’s guest post, the excerpt he brought along to share with you, and then be sure to leave a comment right here for the chance to win an e-book in the Hat Trick series.

Read on for all the details, and good luck!

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It’s great to be back at The Novel Approach today! Many thanks to Lisa for hosting me so I can talk about my latest novel, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot.

Hat Trick 3 is the final novel in the Hat Trick trilogy. Simon and Alex are in the senior year at the University of Michigan, playing hockey and planning their future. They also pay it forward in this installment as they take on coaching a youth hockey team so that a talented goalie, along with some other players, can play on an LGBT friendly team.

What surprises them as they start working with the youth team is the level of harassment that’s still out there four years after they came out, even in the era of You Can Play and more athletes coming out all the time. In fact, the way they end up working with the team is because the goalie, a young man who is on the flamboyant side, isn’t picked up for a team. Scottie, therefore, decides to form his own team and recruits Simon and Alex to coach it. As Simon and Alex see how good Scottie is, they can’t believe a coach would pass up his talent.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing they come up against. Once they’re a team, the other teams that are already in their division aren’t very welcoming. Even having two Michigan players as coaches doesn’t shield them from a couple incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct.

This theme of homophobia and harassment has cropped up in each of the three Hat Trick novels in different ways. I’m hopeful that this theme one day makes the trilogy a bit dated and people will read in disbelief that such a thing could happen. Sadly, it doesn’t look like that will be the case any day soon. You Can Play came about as I was putting the finishing touches on the first novel back in 2012-13. Yet, even now you hear too many stories about student athletes getting harassed for their sexual orientation. In Hat Trick 3, Simon and Alex have to approach it differently because they aren’t the ones being harassed, instead they’ve got to help their team deal with it.

It’s not all confrontation for the youth team though, there’s a lot of fun times there too as the team goes from a bunch of teens brought together at the last minute to a team that finds its groove. There’s even a bit of deja vu for Simon and Alex as a romance starts to blossom on the team, too.

If you’ve read other books in the Hat Trick series, I hope you’ll pick this one up to see how things go for the team as well as checking out everything else going on with Simon and Alex as they work towards their happily ever after.

I do have a giveaway to celebrate this release. One lucky commenter will receive their choice of one ebook from the Hat Trick series. So leave a comment or a question by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, September 21, 2015. I’ll definitely come by to see what you’re saying and one of you will walk away with a free ebook.

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For this excerpt I’m offering up a little taste of what the youth team faces as they begin their season. I love how Scottie stands up to it, and how help comes in from an ally, too.

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Excerpt: The first Rainbow High game arrived way too fast. The team seemed ready, at least in spirit. There wasn’t nearly enough practice, but everyone said they were excited following yesterday’s session. Scottie looked great, and I looked forward to seeing him in a real game. We had some good shooters, especially Walt and Bryan. Based on the competition Walt told us to expect, we still needed work. The best practice in the world though was playing a real game.

Considering everything, Alex and I couldn’t have been happier with how the team had gelled in the past two weeks. They had a good time on ice and seemed to be bonding off ice, too, as much as their individual schedules would allow.

The parking lot of the rink was jammed as Alex, Hillary, Danny, Trent and I arrived, nearly an hour early. We wanted to recon some of the other teams in our division, and be here as our guys arrived. At least for this first game, all the coaches were present.

Two of our division’s games were already in progress, so Trent and Danny went to check those out as Hillary, Alex, and I took over a table to watch for our team to start trickling in.

“Excuse me,” said a guy in a Chargers jersey, as he came up to our group. I recognized the team name as one in our division. “I was wondering if I could get you guys’ autograph. It’s not every day you see the Wolverines’ captains just hanging out here.”

“Sure,” I said. Behind the autograph seeker I saw Scottie come in, rolling his huge gear bag behind him. “We’d be happy to.” The guy gave me a piece of paper, which looked torn from a spiral notebook, and a pen. “What’s your name?”

“Griffin,” he said. “What’s got you guys out here?”

“Hey, Simon, Alex, Hillary,” Scottie said, bumping fists with everyone. He sorta bounced between the three of us. “Great to see you.”

“Scottie, you’re here early,” Alex said.

“Yeah, I wanted to be here when the rest of the team showed. Be a good captain and all.”

“You guys know this sissy boy?” Griffin asked, his mouth hanging open.

I stood, and had a couple inches on the guy, even though he was in skates. Alex and Hillary circled around.

“We coach Scottie’s team,” I said. “That kind of talk isn’t very sportsmanlike. Not only have you insulted him, you’re not exactly making friends with us either.” I took Alex’s hand for extra emphasis. “Since you asked for our autograph, I assume you know that we’re a couple, right?”

“Well, yeah,” Griffin stumbled over his words, “but you guys don’t prance around. How’s he supposed to stop a puck? He’ll probably hide in the net when he sees what’s coming towards him.”

Scottie spoke up while remaining all smiles. “Do we get to play you today?”

“No. Unfortunately we don’t get the honor of wiping the rink with your…” Griffin stopped, considering his words further. Danny and Trent joined us as well. “…team. We see you in two weeks.”

“I can assure you I won’t be hiding in the net. I’ll be out front, waiting to knock down anything you send my way.”

“And I suggest your team take a good look at league rules,” I said, “which covers in detail that there’s no unsportsmanlike conduct tolerated.”

The guy looked dumbfounded. He searched the rink, maybe looking for some of his teammates to back him up, or for a way to get himself out of this situation. “You can’t tell me,” he said, finding a defiant streak, “that if you two acted like fairies that the Wolverines would’ve given you a look.”

“Given how good they play, I wouldn’t hesitate to recruit them.”

Whoa. Coach Rapp, decked out in his Wolverines jacket that clearly said who he was, managed to come in from nowhere. Griffin turned, seemingly ready to say something, but stopped when he saw who it was.

“And I’ve seen Scottie between the pipes,” Coach continued. “He’s good. Someone I’ll be keeping tabs on. Now, young man, who’s your coach?”

The guy turned white as a ghost. I thought he might pass out.

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Penalty_Shot_400x600Blurb: Life has a sneaky way of checking you into the boards.

The relationship that began when Simon Roberts and Alex Miller were in high school is about to cross another milestone as they begin their final year at the University of Michigan. It’s been four amazing years of love, friends and hockey.

Now it’s time to help pay it forward.

When a talented sixteen-year-old goalie is denied placement on a youth league roster, he asks Simon and Alex to coach a team of LGBT youth and allies. With the determination, hard work, and help of an amazing group of friends, they rally the team towards a winning season.

In the final installment of the best selling Hat Trick trilogy, Simon and Alex find everything they’ve worked so hard for is in jeopardy. When they’re thrown a devastating curve ball, the far-reaching implications put their entire future together on the line.

Buy Links: JMS Books || Amazon || Smashwords

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Jeff_headshot-400x600Author Bio: Jeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.

Learn more at jeffadamswrites.com

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for a preview of what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. There’s lots of activity to come as we welcome some very special guests and have lots of giveaways to offer along with our reviews and another Flashback Friday feature.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayNaomi MacKenzie kicks off our week as she makes the rounds on the Lodestones blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Larissa Ione to TNA today, on the tour for the newest addition to the popular Demonica series, Base Instincts

TuesdayDH Starr joins us as we continue the Countdown Celebration to GayRomLit 2015

Keira Andrews also stops by as she tours the interwebs to introduce readers to her newest novel Valor on the Move

Wednesday – Author Maggie Kavanagh joins us today to talk sequels and romance on her Inner Sanctum blog tour

Edmond Manning also drops by on his King John tour, the newest addition to the Lost and Founds series, so you won’t want to miss that as Mr. Manning always has something interesting to say

Thursday – Today we’ll look forward to having you help us welcome Brad Vance on his Werewolves of Brooklyn tour

Along with Jeff Adams, and he tours to chat about his latest release Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot

Friday – We’ll have author Nico Jaye with us in our next Countdown to GayRomLit guest spot

N.R. Walker will also be with us, as she tours the web in support of her newest novel, Cronin’s Key III

We’ll also be bringing you another edition of Flashback Friday today, and the chance to win an e-copy of one of the featured titles. This week’s category is Speculative Fiction, so stay tuned

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Hayden Thorne here with us to introduce The Romeo and Julian Effect

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Flipping for Him Audiobook Tour with Jeff Adams

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Today we’re pleased to welcome Jeff Adams back to chat with you about his new audiobook Flipping for Him, narrated by the super talented Jason Frazier.

Enjoy Jeff’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win an e-copy or audio-copy of the book, winner’s choice.

Good luck!

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A Different Kind of Coming Out

First off, thanks, Lisa, for allowing me stop by to chat today!

With the first book in my Hat Trick series, part of the story was a coming out. The main character, Simon, had to come out to his family and friends just as he was starting up his first relationship with a guy. In my young adult novella Flipping for Him, I wanted to go with a different sort of “coming out” story.

In this case sixteen-year-olds Shin and Kevin are both out to their friends and family. They’ve both had boyfriends, with some of those relationships ending good and some ending badly. The coming out in this story revolves around Shin’s revelation to his parents that he’s dating a white guy.

The product of an arranged marriage, Shin’s parents expected him to only date Japanese boys. Initially they thought he was, too, because of his first two boyfriends. Although, as is revealed, one of his boyfriends was Asian but not Japanese.

The multicultural aspect of the story actually came up because of The Big Bang Theory. There’s a set of episodes where Leonard is dating Raj’s sister, Priya. A sticking point for them was that Priya wouldn’t tell her parents they were a couple because they wanted her to date an Indian guy.

I decided on a Japanese guy for this story because I wanted to inject parkour/Ninja Warrior into the plot. Kevin is into the guys he’s seen on Ninja Warrior (the original Japanese version). So when Kevin discovers Shin in Central Park, Kevin quickly develops a crush.

As a writer, the multicultural aspect of the story was interesting to explore, and to decide how the parents could be okay with their son being gay, but still hold on tight to other traditions.

Going down this road, allowed me to put someone else in the story to mix things up for the couple. I’m not going to spoil that for you. You’ll have to pick up the book to see how it works out.

Flipping for Him is also my first book to get the audiobook treatment. While the ebook and paperback came out earlier this year, the audio version arrived at the end of July. I love Jason Frazier’s performance, especially Kevin and Shin. He gives such a sweet performance as these two sort out their feelings for each other amid the chaos going on around them.

If you’ve got any questions or comments about Flipping for Him or my other books (or just want to say hello), please do leave a comment. I’ll stop back by periodically and answer anything that may come up.

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Flippingforhimaudio_300x300Blurb: Finding a guy was easy. Keeping him might be harder than running up a tree.

Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend. The last one was eluding him until he noticed the “parkour guy”. After several days of Kevin pretending to study while watching the attractive teen jump on rocks, run up trees, and do flips, Shin finally comes over to introduce himself. As they start dating, Kevin should’ve known it wouldn’t be that easy.

Shin’s parents only want their son to date Japanese boys. When cultures clash and pressures mount, Kevin has no idea how to subvert traditions and Shin’s parents to keep the boy he cares about.
Kevin will need to clear some tricky obstacles to make his modern love story a reality.

Buy Links: Amazon (e-book, paperback, and audio) | Audible | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords

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Excerpt: Kevin arrived promptly at Shin’s brownstone. He’d been here a few days earlier to borrow some parkour DVDs, but Shin’s parents had been at work so he didn’t meet them. Kevin buzzed apartment three and checked his reflection in the glass door to make sure it was just right before anyone checked the camera to let him in.

The screen under the camera flickered to life. Shin’s sexy face filled the monitor.

“Kevin!” Shin shouted loud enough that most of the people on the sidewalk must’ve heard it. “Right on time, of course. Come on up.”

Shin’s face disappeared and a buzz sounded releasing the door. Kevin took a deep breath, went in, and bounded up the stairs.

Shin was waiting for him at the door and as soon as he was inside gave him a big hug.

“Good to see you,” Shin said, walking him towards the living room. “Aren’t you a tiny bit over dressed for where we’re going?”

Shin wore jeans and a black t-shirt that looked like it’d been splattered with red paint. Kevin, also in jeans, wore a more conservative dark green Polo shirt.

“Dude, I couldn’t wear this to meet your parents.” Kevin lifted up the Polo revealing a well-worn Idoltones t-shirt and a black studded belt. “Don’t worry, I’ll look right for the show.”

“You didn’t have to dress for them. Geez. They know we’re going to the concert.”

“Come on, you know me well enough that I’m going to dress up to meet your parents.”

“Just sayin’, I met your mom in a sweaty t-shirt and shorts.” Shin saw the look on Kevin’s face and knew he’d never win. He smiled, letting it go. “Right, right. It’s all part of what I’ve come to love about you,” Shin said as they entered the living room.

The room was comfortable, striking the right balance between formal and casual. Kevin found it tastefully decorated, the furnishings and artwork minimalist in nature. Shin’s parents were on a simple tan couch, facing away from the door. They stopped talking and stood as the boys entered.

“Mom, dad, this is Kevin.”

Their smiles faltered as they caught their first look at the couple. Kevin’s stomach immediately did a somersault. Something was definitely wrong. He worried he might have something to do with it.

“Kevin, this is my mom and dad.” Shin seemed oblivious to his parents’ reaction.

Kevin’s good manners kicked in and he went for it.

“Mr. and Mrs. Tanaka, it’s great to meet you both.”

He extended a hand to Shin’s dad. It was a quick, brusk two shakes and Mr. Tanaka released it. It felt like a brush off, but Kevin wasn’t sure. Maybe that was just how Shin’s dad shook hands. He extended his hand to Mrs. Tanaka who gave a brief, dainty shake.

“Nice to meet you Kevin,” she said, sounding strained.

“I need to make a call,” Mr. Tanaka said suddenly. “You’ll excuse me, please.”

“Of course,” Kevin said. He was really starting to freak out and was doing everything he could to stay calm.

“Dad?” Shin called out as his dad left the room. There was disappointment in his voice. He was clued in that something was amiss.

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Jeff_headshot-400x600About the Author: Jeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several more shorts and novels, including some in the young adult genre, and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.

Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.

For more about Jeff, and to see his complete book list, visit jeffadamswrites.com.

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks to all of you for stopping by to take a look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. I’ll give you a hint: It’s a busy one and I couldn’t be happier to share all the great guests, giveaways, and reviews we have coming up with you.

Here’s what’s on tap…

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’ll have Silvia Violet with us today, and a cover reveal for her new book Unexpected Engagement

We’ll also welcome author Jeff Adams today to celebrate the audiobook release of his book Flipping for Him, narrated by the talented Jason Frazier

Tuesday – Today we’ll have Pat Henshaw stopping by for a visit on her Redesigning Max blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Cardeno C. today, with a teaser or three from the re-release of the Mates series, Wake Me Up Inside, Until Forever Comes, and In Your Eyes

Wednesday – We’ll have another Countdown to GRL 2015 guest with us today, when we welcome author Laura Harner

And, we’ll also be hosting author Heather C. Leigh today on her Resist blog tour

Thursday – The authors of MLR Press’s Storming Love: Earthquake series will be stopping in today to chat about the stories and the series

We’ll also welcome Heidi Cullinan back today with an interview on her Lonely Hearts blog tour

FridayNic Starr is our guest today to chat a bit about her new book Andrew’s Promise, book two in her Heroes series

SaturdayEthan Stone drops by today for a weekend visit on his blog tour for the re-release of Blood and Tears, the next installment in his Flesh series

Sunday – Finally, easy like Sunday morning, we’ll have author Jacob Z. Flores with us today to chat a bit about his new book Blood Tied, the second installment in his Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series

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

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Jeff Adams, JMS Books LLC, Reviewed by Taz

Review: Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa by Jeff Adams

Title: Heat Wave – Tuscaloosa

Author: Jeff Adams

Publisher: JMS Books LLC

Pages/Word Count:  51 Pages

At a Glance: As a heart-warming love story, Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa hits the spot.

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Ethan is a grad student stuck in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the summer. Though he’s thrilled about his teaching assistant position at the university, he’s not at all excited about the record-breaking heat wave plaguing the area.

In the midst of an oppressively hot summer night, Ethan meets fellow grad student Marcus. While their initial encounters are scorching, can two busy students have more than a heated seasonal fling? Or could it be the beginning of something that will last beyond the stormy southern nights?

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Review: Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa definitely lived up to its name. Set in Alabama in the summer, we meet Ethan, a grad student who is teaching during the summer. Since he couldn’t cool down his apartment enough, he spent a few nights sleeping on his patio. On the first night, he spots a man he names Shadow Man (since that’s all he can make of the stranger) beating off on a neighboring balcony across from his own. Ethan joins in and this becomes a nightly event…until one night the power goes out, and all the people in the community of buildings are hanging around outside. That’s when he meets Marcus, aka Shadow Man, and the heatwave moves from the actual weather into the bedroom, a farm, a bathroom, and several other places as well.

As a light summer read, this hit the spot. There wasn’t a whole bunch of drama, misunderstandings, or obstacles to overcome. Like any exciting new relationship, this was fun and exciting and new. Along with hot sex, the two characters learn they have an easy time getting to know one another, and that there’s a real connection that runs deeper than the hormones rushing through their veins whenever they are together.

That said, I’d recommend this book when you want something that reads quick and is completely free of any angst or worry. There isn’t much of a plotline, other than the two characters getting to know one another and learning that they make a great pair. This book is free or internal and external pressures that can stand in the way of a developing relationship.

As a heart-warming love story, Heat Wave: Tuscaloosa hits the spot.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp by Jeff Adams

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Summer Time Inspiration for Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp

Thanks, Lisa, for having me over to talk about the latest in the Hat Trick series. I hope everyone takes a moment to say hello in the comments. I’ll stop back over periodically during the next couple days to answer any questions that may come up.

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Since the Hat Trick series involves hockey players, it’s probably not a surprise the stories are primarily set in the fall and winter months. Periodically readers have heard mention of things Simon and Alex either planned to do over the summer, or actually did over the summer. But until Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp, readers haven’t gotten the first hand look at the boys during summer. This new short story installment of the series takes place at the start of summer between their junior and senior years in college.

The initial inspiration to place a story in the summer came as I caught a bit of High School Musical 2 on Disney Channel late last summer, shortly after Hat Trick 2 came out. HSM aficionados know that part two sends the East High gang off to work for the summer at a country club, while the other two movies take place during the school year. I decided it would be fun to get Simon and Alex out of school and send them off for some summer fun. Previously, there’s been mention of them going camping and so a summer camp seemed a great place for them to spend time. Of course, I didn’t let them get too far away from hockey.

This camp, which I’ll admit right off doesn’t exist, was an ideal place for them. They love hockey. They like working with teens, which of course is Simon’s field of study as he pursues his social work degree. The time at camp also gives them the chance to hang out with each a lot since they’re working together the entire time. For this summer trip, they even got to invite best friend Leo along, which was a great bonus since they don’t get to see him very much.

Summer Camp was a super fun story to write since it took the boys somewhere new. To have them coaching the team as well as stealing a few moments with each other was a blast. Frankly, the whole camp setting was cool and made me wish a place like it actually existed. I know of plenty of hockey camps, but not one nestled in the woods like this one (I figure it doesn’t exist for good reason since it would likely cost a small fortune to operate the rinks in the setting I used.)

Simon and Alex also realize this is likely the last summer that will be like this. With graduation on the horizon, they know that soon enough life will be about jobs and grad school and an increasing amount of adult things. So they live it up here, working in the sport they love, helping teens get better at it… oh, and they do celebrate Alex’s birthday with a bit of fun. I suppose I should’ve thrown in a musical number since HSM2 was my initial inspiration for the story, but that might be over the top.

Next up in the world of Hat Trick is Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which will arrive this summer with a focus on senior year and what lies beyond. In the meantime, I’ve got an excerpt here that showcases the fun Simon and Alex have at summer camp.

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HT_SummerCamp_400x600BLURB: Simon and Alex, now between their junior and senior years at The University of Michigan, decide to put their jobs on hold for a month and take the opportunity to coach hockey at a summer camp for teenagers.

They’ve got a cabin full of good players to work with and the focus is to get them ready to win the camp championship. One camper, sixteen-year-old Dylan, requests extra help because he needs to get a scholarship and the guys make it their mission to help him succeed.

With their best friend Leo along for the trip, Simon and Alex are setup for a great time at camp, until another coach tries to seduce them. How they respond to the unwanted advances, while  balancing commitments to their campers, will test them both.

BUY LINKS: JMS BOOKS | Amazon

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EXCERPT: Everyone had voted to hang out, swim, relax and take in some early evening sun. I was in the water with a number of our guys playing Frisbee. It was a beautiful afternoon. The clear water cooled provided a nice contrast to the warmth in the air. It would’ve been nice just to float on the surface, but it was fun playing something besides hockey with the guys too.

Alex relaxed on shore talking with some other coaches and campers.  As I admired the evening sun shimmering on his bare chest, the Frisbee sailed right past me. It was a good thing we didn’t play hockey with any skin exposed, I’d never do anything right.

“Sorry,” I said, scooping the disc out of the water and throwing it back into play.

“You know, you’re always telling us to focus,” said Roger, one of our goalies, as he made a catch. “That wasn’t a very good example.”

“You see him undressed all the time, you know,” Ty chimed in. “You don’t have to stare right now.”

“Don’t give him a hard time,” Dylan said. “If my girlfriend were sitting up there with a bikini on, I’d sure be staring at her rather than playing some silly game.”

Just as Dylan finished talking, I made a sneaky interception off of one of his teammates. “How’s that for focus?” I raised the Frisbee in the air triumphantly before sending it soaring over everyone to someone on my team.

“Show off,” Ty said.

We played until the guys were worn out, which was still a couple hours before lights out. I was surprised they lasted that long after playing three intense games. Alex and I hung out behind the group as we made our way back to the cabin.

“You know, you need to not look so hot all the time. I got called out for a lack of focus because I was paying to much attention too you.”

“Ha,” he said, with a wicked grin. “You should be able to ignore me when you need to.”

I laughed. “Not possible.”

Most of the guys hit the showers after being in the lake, while others, including Dylan, used a ball to work on passing in front of the cabin. Alex headed for the showers, too, so that one of us would here the cabin started its evening rituals. Someone played music inside, but not so loud as to bother anyone.

I sat on the stairs watching the passing game, coaching and offering tips as needed. I fought the urge to join them. Alex and I played with them sometimes in our end-of-day scrimmages but mostly we wanted them to work with each other, and just take tips from us. I allowed myself to stretch out on the stairs, watch the game and enjoy watching evening desend on the camp.

Dylan was looking good passing with his cabinmates. His face would occasionally cloud over when he did something he knew wasn’t quite right. I saw it in the game earlier, too. He wasn’t verbalizing as much when he was frustrated with himself. It seemed more internal now.

The line at the shower cabin got shorter as most of our guys returned. Alex came back from the staff facility as well. The boys passing out front took their cue from the returning traffic that they needed to get a move on if they wanted to wash the lake off. Alex sat on the stairs next to me, fully dressed in t-shirt, shorts and sandals, but still running a towel through his hair. We sat quiet for a while, watching the traffic go by, often waving at people.

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Jeff_headshot-400x600BIO: Jeff Adams caught the writing bug in middle school and finally became a novelist with the Hat Trick series. He’s currently working on the final novel in the series, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which is due out this summer. He’s also written a number of m/m romance shorts, including the recent re-release of Rivals. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the peaceful, coastal beauty of Humboldt County, California. He also covers the Detroit Red Wings, as well reviews books that feature LGBT hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com. To learn more about Jeff, visit jeffadamswrites.com and follow him on Twitter at @hockeyguynyc. You can also sign up to receive email updates from Jeff (no more than two per month) at http://eepurl.com/7TJC9.

Find Jeff at: Website | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads

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Cheers, everyone! I hope you all are well and have been buying, reading, and loving all the books. We have a great week coming up, so without further ado, here’s what we have in store for you to enjoy.

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Monday – Kicking off the week, we have Jeff Adams here for a visit and a giveaway of his new book Hat Trick: Overtime

We’ll also have K.C. Wells with us on her A Bond of Three blog tour, with a giveaway

Tuesday – Author J.A. Rock is here today on her Take the Long Way Home blog tour

Brita Addams is also joining us to talk about promotion and to tell us what’s on the horizon for her in 2015

WednesdayDraven St. James is our guest today on the Wolf’s Sacrifice blog tour, with a giveaway

Thursday – Joining us today is author Mercy Celeste, with an exclusive interview and cover reveal

Friday – Authors Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae join us today on their Doves blog tour

And we also have J.A. Jaken joining us today on The Last Door blog tour

Saturday – Wrapping up our week we have Meredith Russell joining us on the Just Jack blog tour

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

 

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Rivals by Jeff Adams

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Fate Making Up For Lost Time

Thanks to Lisa for letting me drop by to talk about the re-release of my short story Rivals. I’m excited to be here discussing a story that’s set in the holiday season, starting at Thanksgiving and ending for Christmas. In the spirit of the season I’d like to give away a free copy of the ebook to some lucky commenter on this post.

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Hockey? Why Do I Write Books About Hockey Players? – Guest Post and Giveaway by Jeff Adams

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Thanks, Lisa, for letting me stop by today! I’m thrilled to be here to talk about the Hat Trick series, including the just released Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound. I’ll check in periodically through the day, so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Plus, I’m offering up a free e-book of Hat Trick 2 to one lucky commenter.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Charity Parkerson, Charlie Cochrane, EM Lynley, Erica Pike, GayRomLit, Jeff Adams, Johanna Parkhurst, LM Somerton, Lou Sylvre

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for coming by to see what we have on tap in the week ahead. As always, we’ve got great guests, awesome giveaways, and, of course, a lot of reviews coming up for you.

Have a lovely week!




Monday – Our lead off guest of the week is Jeff Adams and the Hat Trick Blog Tour, with a giveaway

And joining him today is our second guest, Charity Parkerson and the Unequaled Blog Tour and Giveaway

TuesdayCharlie Cochrane joins us today on the Second Helpings Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Wednesday – Today, EM Lynley is our guest on the Bound for Trouble Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

ThursdayJohanna Parkhurst drops by today on the Every Inferno Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayLou Sylvre brings the Vasquez & James series Blog Tour to TNA today, with a giveaway

Saturday – Totally Bound presents the “What’s His Passion?” Blog Tour featuring LM Somerton’s Picturing Lysander

Sunday – Finally, Erica Pike closes out the week with a Countdown to GRL giveaway of her book Black Hurricane

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Small Gems – Adventures of Jake #1 by Jeff Adams

There is no certainty; there is only adventure. – Roberto Assagioli

There was only one thing I wanted to know when I finished reading about Jake’s adventure with Michael Hammond in this teasing little morsel of a story: when is the next adventure coming?

Jake is a bit of an adorable geek who works at a park and dresses as a Fire Force character in the E-Force attraction. He also works at a comic book store, but that’s not where he first met Michael. No, Michael has been an unattainable fantasy ever since they were in Freshman Lit together. Or at least he thought Michael was out of his league until Michael comes into the store looking for the perfect gift for his little brother’s birthday.

Sometimes serendipity works a little magic into life and gives you all the chances you need to make an adventure out of something entirely unexpected. Sometimes that adventure leads you to someone who thinks you’re pretty amazing just the way you are. That’s the way it worked for Jake and Michael, and it worked for me too.

Jake reminded me just a wee bit of Michael Novotny of Queer as Folk fame, which made me love him all the more, and just like Michael once said, ”The thing you need to know is it’s all about sex,” which this story is, so if that’s not your cup of tea, you might not enjoy this one as much as I did.

I thought it was some sexy fun fiction, and I’ll be watching for Jake’s continuing adventures.

Buy Adventures of Jake #1 here:

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