Gay Book Promotions and I are revealing the cover of Waking the Behr, the forthcoming addition to the Foothills Pride stories, today. Waking the Behr is the seventh standalone book in the series, and it revolves around Ben Behr, the second of the Behr brothers who head up Behr Construction in fictional Stone Acres, California, and the company’s newest client, Mitch O’Shea, a San Francisco entrepreneur. Here’s what the story’s about:
Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.
Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.
As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.
NPR posted a list of Top 100 Romances which is also something I used to keep. Congratulations to all the MM authors who made the NPR list!
And for those who are curious, here’s my 2013 Top 100 Romances. You’ll notice that I’ve included a lot more MM titles than NPR did. Not much of a surprise, huh?
- Slightly Dangerous, Mary Balogh
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
- The Temporary Wife, Mary Balogh
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- Dance with Me, Heidi Cullinan
- Suddenly You, Lisa Kleypas
- Something Like Autumn, Jay Bell
- Marriage of Mercy, Carla Kelly
- Love Lessons, Heidi Cullinan
- The More I See You, Lynn Kurland
- The Older Woman, Cheryl Reavis
- Covet Thy Neighbor, L. A. Witt
- She’s Got It Bad, Sarah Mayberry
- Beyond Duty, SJD Peterson
- A Reason to Live, Maureen McKade
- Tigers and Devils, Sean Kennedy
- About Last Night, Ruthie Marx
- Black Hawk Tattoo, Aundrea Singer
- Nothingness of Ben, Brad Boney
- Plan B, SJD Peterson
- Weekend with Mr. Darcy, Victoria Connelly
- After the End, Alex Kidwell
- A Different Kind of Forever, Dee Ernst
- It’s Not Shakespeare, Amy Lane
- After Ben, Con Riley
- The Raven Prince, Elizabeth Hoyt
- Logan’s Outlaw, Elaine Levine
- Silver Lining, Maggie Osborne
- Dex in Blue, Amy Lane
- Raining Men, Rick R. Reed
- Heartless, Mary Balogh
- End of the Innocence, John Goode
- Aria, Shira Anthony
- Taboo for You, Anyta Sunday
- With or Without You, Brian Farrey
- The Promise of Jenny Jones, Maggie Osborne
- Frederica, Georgette Heyer
- Aria, Shira Anthony
- What the Librarian Did, Karina Bliss
- Flowers from the Storm, Laura Kinsale
- Almost Like Being in Love, Steve Kluger
- Chase in Shadow, Amy Lane
- The Night Remembers, Kathleen Eagle
- Aaron, J. P. Barnaby
- Second Hand, Heidi Cullinan/Marie Sexton
- Out of the Blackness, Carter Quinn
- Tigerland by Sean Kennedy
- From Father to Son, Janice Kay Johnson
- Book of Daniel, Z. A. Maxfield
- Dreaming of You, Lisa Kleypas
- Someone Else’s Fairytale, E. M. Tippetts
- Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
- Arrangement, Madeline Hunter
- Archangel, Sharon Shinn
- Other Guy, Cary Attwell
- Motorcycle Man, Kristen Ashley
- Bad Man’s Bride, Susan Kay Law
- Because of You, Jessica Scott
- The Way Back, Carter Quinn
- Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire
- Nacho’s, Z. A. Maxfield
- Lady Sophia’s Lover, Lisa Kleypas
- To Beguile a Beast, Elizabeth Hoyt
- Secret Pearl, Mary Balogh
- Cowboys: Matt, Leigh Greenwood
- The Spinster and the Rake, Anne Stuart
- Open Country, Kaki Warner
- Montana Blue, Genell Dellin
- Fantasy Lover, Sherrlynn Kenyon
- Ruthless, Anne Stuart
- Lady’s Companion, Carla Kelly
- Marrying the Captain, Carla Kelly
- After the End by Alex Kidwell
- Dream a Little Dream, Susan Elizabeth Phillips
- A Summer to Remember, Mary Balogh
- The Lady’s Tutor, Robin Schone
- A Texan’s Wager, Jodi Thomas
- Lady Sarah’s Son, Gayle Wilson
- Beau Crusoe, Carla Kelly
- Something Like Summer, Jay Bell
- Choices and Changes by K. L. Belanger
- Summer Moon, Jill Marie Landis
- Marry Me, Susan Kay Law
- The Notorious Rake, Mary Balogh
- Something Like Winter, Jay Bell
- A Match for Sister Maggie, Betty Neels
- A Reason to Believe, Maureen McKade
- Annie’s Song, Catherine Anderson
- Austenland, Shannon Hale
- Quinn’s Need, SJD Peterson
- Possession, Madeline Hunter
- Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold, Ellen O’Connell
- Hard Lovin’ Man, Lorraine Heath
- Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn
- The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook
- The Quiet Gentleman, Georgette Heyer
- Chaser, Rick R. Reed
- Shane & Trey by Anyta Sunday
- Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs
- Virgin River, Robyn Carr
I wrote this book for those whose biological families have abused or abandoned them in order to give them hope. There is a family out there looking for you or even better you can gather other people who are in a similar situation and make your own family.
The bottom line in this novella is that no one has to be alone in life, but it’s up to us to find a caring, loving circle of people who support us in our endeavors.
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Here‘s how viewpoint character Frank McCord describes himself in Frank at Heart:
The men in my family were clones of my grandfather as far as appearance went. We’re all tall, thin, and geeky, with prominent Adam’s apples, pale blue eyes, and dirt brown hair. The only differences began internally and seeped out externally as people got to know us. My grandfather was addicted to Stoker’s chewing tobacco and Jim Beam, but only indulged outside work hours. Dad, on the other hand, at least early in my life, found religion and shunned all things mind-altering, except the Good Book.
I’d strayed from the straight and narrow after my preteen years. But I didn’t advertise it. My persona as helpful Frank McCord had long ago marked and unsexed me around here. Coming out wouldn’t serve any purpose now.
So I had spent years watching men come and go without a problem. Not this time. This stranger I wanted to meet and get to know. But how did other men do that?
I was still working on the answer.
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Cover artist AngstyG took that description and came up with the cover. I think she did a terrific job, don’t you?
Open Skye Book Reviews is hosting a cover reveal today, so you can go see all about the book including an excerpt and a handyman gift card giveaway. So be sure to visit their site and enter the drawing.
Frank at Heart, about Stone Acres, California, hardware store owner Frank McCord and electronic game developer Christopher Darling, releases on May 31, so a cover reveal is right around the corner. The cover’s been finished for a few weeks ago, and sitting on it has been difficult for me. I want to show it off since my designer, AngstyG, has nailed the two protagonists. I couldn’t be happier. But I’m waiting–on the advice of more established authors, who really do know better–until the book goes up for preorder at Dreamspinner Press and Amazon and all the other bookselling sites.
So hold tight, please! I know I am. I will show you and tell you how great this book is when I can. Until then, know that I’m in edits for Waking the Behr, which releases in September or October. More about that book later.
I read from BEHR FACTS tonight while we had an evening of milk and cookies at Sacramento’s Lavender Library. Want to see my small portion of the evening? Well, here’s the video on Scott’s Facebook site.
Also reading from their books tonight were Kim Fielding, Amy Lane, D. L. Kent, LE Frank, Genevieve Wolfe, and Scott. It was a great evening with a small but attentive audience. We’ve consequently been asked back for a fall event and to share the Library’s booth for upcoming Pride events. So this should be a really interesting year!
By the way, the audio book version of BEHR FACTS is on sale at Amazon for $1.99, down from its usual price of $14.59. Quite a savings if you like audio books. (And the narrator, David Ross, reads it much better than I do!)
On this fine ST. PAT’s Day, my last Outside the Margins column for Prism Book Alliance runs. I natter on about a variety of subjects and recommend two books, Imago by N. R. Walker and Clean Slate by Heidi Champa. Both are unique and imaginative–or quirky, if you will. Since I’ll be abandoning the format I established at Prism when it closes at the end of the month, I thought I’d adapt it here.
How do I get involved in these things? That question has been a mantra my entire life, espeially as I stand poised to do something outside my comfort zone. What’s going on? Well, my friend and fellow author J. Scott Coatsworth created a group for Sacramento writers of gay fiction called QSac. He and I approached Sacramento’s Lavender Library and suggested an evening of milk and cookies for library patrons to meet the QSac group. It all sounds great, right? But, but, what are we going to do? Good question. Fortunately, we’re meeting at Dantorel’s Cafe today to discuss this, and with any luck (it’s St. Patrick’s Day, right?) we’ll come away with a plan.
However, if you’re in Sacramento on Sunday, March 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., do drop by the Lavender Library to talk to us. While you’re at it, have a cookie and some milk, too!
Following the Dreamspinner Press author retreat, I’ve come away excited about a new project as well as this year’s Foothills Pride releases. I’m working on a new possibly 3-book series set here in Sacramento in the Land Park area. I can’t tell you more because this is all on spec at this point. But suffice it to say that I’m really pumped up about it and will be working away at getting the first few chapters done and plot points list readied to send in soon.
This summer FRANK AT HEART (#6 of the Foothills Pride series) releases. I asked my husband to take some photos of foothills hardware stores when he went with his photo group to Placerville last week because FRANK begins in a hardware store. He came back with some terrific photos including the one you see in this blog post. Hopefully, cover artwork will begin soon so that I can post a release date. Until then, I’ll post a preview of it next week on this site. Until then, have a great St. Paddy’s Day and drink all the green beer you can hold.
I’m being spotlighted at J. Scott Coatsworth‘s blog today and am talking about writing and miniatures and cabbages and kings. Scott’s a fellow Sacramentan and probably the hardest working author I know.
Check out his book as well as my spotlight on his blog. You could win a $10 coffee card by leaving a comment there. Easy-peasy, right?