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.
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.