Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tango in the Night by KC Kendricks



Tango in the Night
contemporary gay romance
available now at
Amber Allure


Jubal Graham is back on the job after a shooter took the life of his long-time partner, and sent him into a coma followed by months of rehab. Determined to have justice, Jubal is focused on finding a killer, not a new romantic entanglement. Ellis Banks, with his smoldering blue eyes and denim-clad swagger is a distraction Jubal can’t afford – or ignore.

Ellis Banks came to Philadelphia to bust a drug operation; one that connects to the same case agency legend Kentuckian Jubal Graham is working. Ellis finds himself drawn to Jubal, but Jubal holds him off. Sure that Jubal is interested, even though he wears his slain lover’s ring, Ellis mounts a determined siege.

Jubal’s surprise at having a suitor develops into a growing affection for Ellis, one clouded with old fears. Fate ripped one lover from his arms, and now Ellis is in the line of fire. Jubal’s courage can protect Ellis, but is it powerful enough to love him?


INTRO:

“I’ve got a lot of miles on me, Ellis. I feel old.”

Ellis’ gaze locked with mine. I knew that interested look, having been on the receiving end of it often enough in my life. It was nice to know I could still turn a head. He reached out and trailed his fingertips down my arm. “You want some help feeling young again, Jubal?”

I hated to disappoint him. He was a nice looking man, and I couldn’t deny my curiosity about him. But…I rebuffed him as gently as I knew how.

“Not with a co-worker, Ellis, even a handsome stud like you.”

Ellis didn’t blink. His chin lifted the slightest bit as those blue eyes saw straight through my act. A warm little glow sparked to life in my belly. I knew by the way he pressed his full, sexy lips together he knew. We stood there staring at each, the air between us sparking with a strange blue lightning. He tried, but he couldn’t keep the corner of his mouth from quirking up in a little smile.

“If you change your mind, Jubal, just say so.”

I nodded. Ellis pushed off from the counter and walked towards the door. I had one more thing I had to say to him.

“Ellis?”

He stopped and turned around.

“Yeah?”

“Nice ass.”

He laughed as the door closed behind him.


EXCERPT ONE:

Ellis sat behind his desk, chin anchored in his left palm while his right index finger idly tapped the page in front of him. Lucky for me, a member of the janitorial staff busily washed the windows in my new office and I had an excuse not to go in there yet.

I had two choices. I could hide my interest in him, be the gruff senior agent, or I could let him know how strongly he had things stirring inside me. If I chose the latter, we needed to hash a few things out, namely how not to allow a mutual sexual curiosity affect the job.

Standing in the doorway, looking at him, I didn’t know which would win today. Ellis glanced up and saw me. He straightened, his chest expanding as he drew in a deep breath. I nodded and stepped into the squad room.

“Ellis. Are you on call, or just catching up?”

“I’m puzzled, mostly.”

I snorted and let the southern drawl creep into my speech. “Ain’t we all, most days?”

He almost smiled, the corner of his mouth twitching, and mimicked my accent. “I heard you hailed from Ken-tuck.”

“Yep. With a name like ‘Jubal’, where the hell did you think I was from?” I snagged the nearest chair and rolled it a bit closer to him. “What are you puzzled about?”

His gaze drilled into mine, his warm blue eyes eloquently saying he meant me. I smiled to let him know I appreciated his interest, but was careful not to show encouragement. He must have gotten the message. He flipped a folder at me. “There’s a few missing pieces here.”

I opened the folder and kept my surprise out of my voice. “This is an old case. I worked it for a while, but it went cold.”

“It ties into a new one, I just know it.”

A cold fist seized my heart. This case was potentially dangerous. I looked up at him. Ellis was running on instinct and that gut feeling that settled over you when you know what you can’t yet prove. His earnest expression begged me to believe him. I did, and I wished to heaven I could warn him off this one, but it would tip my hand.

“Keep digging, then. Trust your gut.”

“Should I trust what my gut says about you, Agent Graham?”

I closed the file and laid it back on his desk, my gaze flicking to the window washer. He was finished, putting all his supplies back in his cart. I waited until he exited to reply.

“Ellis, you and I need to get a few things straight.”

He tapped the signet ring. “That’s not your initial. The guy you were with last night?”

“No. I was with a friend last night. You were on a date.”

“So, maybe I should take you out on a date.”

“Ellis…” I froze as his fingers closed around mine, a delighted little quiver pulsing through my penis. I was intensely curious about the man, but we were in too public a place for this to continue. I pulled away. “Don’t do that here.”

“Will you go out with me, Jubal?”

Persistence was a good thing for a drug enforcement agent to have, but I wasn’t sure I liked his directed at me. I wasn’t sure I didn’t like it, either. It was certainly different to be on this side of the pursuit.

“Why did you come to my house last night?”

Ellis looked away as a flush crept up his neck. “I needed to know if your boyfriend lived with you.”

I clamped down on my temper. He was out of line, and his eyes said he knew how far. I counted to five before I responded. “He’s not my boyfriend. Don’t do it again. If he sees you dogging me, it’ll scare him.”

“Like I’m scaring you, Jubal?”

“You’re not scaring me.”

“Oh, the hell I’m not.” Ellis leaned back in his chair. “Okay. We’ll do it the old southern way. Even straights say a year is enough to mourn. You can play the reluctant widower for another two months. I’ll let you. Then you go out with me.”

“Boy, you don’t know anything about me.”

“Wrong. You were all anyone talked about when I transferred in. I took notes.”
“You’re an arrogant fucker, aren’t you?”

Ellis grinned as he stood and stretched, treating me to an eye level display of the full, rounded bump at the base of his zipper. He looked down at me, his expression pure insolence.

“Takes one to know one, Agent Graham.”

EXCERPT TWO:

Once upon a time, I’d been as hot-headed and prone to temper as he was. The years
hadn’t burned it out of me, but I did manage it better. A fast-moving lone figure came into sight. I put the window down and slowed.

“Ellis, come get in the car.”

“What for? You don’t want me. You want Cliff.” He stopped and stepped in the street. “Well, guess what, Jubal? It’s too late for that. He’s gone. You don’t owe him a thing, and if you did, there’s no way to repay it.” He started walking again.

I hit the gas, pulled the Jeep across his path, and jumped out, wincing as needles shot up my leg.

“Stop right there. I told you Cliff isn’t your competition. I meant that, Ellis. Damn it! Don’t confuse me trying to…to…do what I need to do to get on with my life with clinging to a memory.” I fisted my hands in the soft leather of his jacket and shook him.

Ellis grabbed my jacket lapels and shook me back. “You put your life on the line for closure? Of what? Your coffin?” He pried my hands open and stepped back. “I want a lover, not a memory.”

“Why do you think I don’t want the same thing?” I reached for him again. He didn’t back up as I rested my hands on his hips. “Ellis, it’s been one helluva long day. I’m beat. Please come home.”

His dark eyes glittered, reflecting the streetlights. He almost—almost—reached for me, but he let his arms drop to his sides. It trickled into my consciousness I’d referred to my house as his home. I wanted it to be his home, but maybe he wasn’t ready to think in those terms.

Ellis looked away, shaking his head. “I don’t know what to do, man. I’m in this weird place with you.”

I took a half step closer. He didn’t move, so I slipped my hands inside his jacket, to his waist, where the heat of his body came through his thin shirt and traveled up my arms.

“Ellis. Love, look at me.”

He shook his head again as his breathing became ragged. “Where do I fit in, Jubal?”

“How do you want to fit it? You fill a lot of dark corners inside me. I want you in my life, if you want it, too. But for you, that means accepting everything about me, even my past.”

And for me, it meant taking a leap of faith with a man whose past I knew very little about. I thought he’d be worth it.

“I’m nothing but the rebound for you.”

“Give me a little more credit than that. There is no ‘rebound’ from the life I had. There’s only forward. With you if you’ll have me.”

“I don’t know.”

My heart fractured a bit, but I thought I understood. I pulled him to me, our chests pressed together. His head rested against mine as his arms held me tightly.

“Let me take you to your apartment, Ellis. We need to get some sleep. We’re both too worn out to stand here and make decisions. I have reports to finish tomorrow, and so do you.”

“No. I can get home on my own, Jubal. I’m a big boy.”

It hurt to release him, to lose his heat, his scent, and not know if I’d ever touch him again. I let him go. He finally looked at me, and I saw the uncertainty in him. I squeezed his hand.

“I know, Ellis. Me, too.”

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TANGO IN THE NIGHT
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-621-5
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TangoNight.html


Also available:
Netting Neptune
Taming Triton
Poseidon's Pleasure


KC Kendricks
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Song to Remember (Vol. II)



A Song to Remember II

A collection of song inspired gay erotica including:
Ticket to Ride by Shawn Lane
Dead Man’s Curve by Vivien Dean
Tango in the Night by KC Kendricks
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Pepper Espinoza
Your Cheatin’ Heart by Mimi Riser

Available now at
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/AP_SongToRemember2.html

Five great stories from five of today’s best GLBT authors available in one great PAX collection. Get all five in the PAX for a discount, or purchase separately at regular price.



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Ticket to Ride by Shawn Lane

Chad Storm's longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend has a ticket to ride on a plane to Maryland and out of Chad's life for good. But someone decides on a more permanent end to their relationship. Former lead singer of the rock band, Lightning, Chad is working on his comeback album when he finds the body of his murdered ex-lover floating in his swimming pool.

Lieutenant Jack Reeves, from the homicide division, has never heard of Lightning, but now he has a gruesome murder to solve. The more he learns of Chad, the more intrigued he becomes, and his protective instincts kick in when Chad begins to receive strange phone calls—from the dead man.

Jack doesn't believe in ghosts and knows someone is trying to mess with Chad, leading him to think someone close to the singer could have murderous intentions. But his attraction to Chad takes him off the investigation.

Drawn to each other, Chad and Jack begin a steamy affair, and that brings the ruthless killer out of hiding...

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Dead Man’s Curve by Vivien Dean

Playwright Spencer Szabo channeled his obsession with the mysterious death of C-list fifties actor, Kip Palmer, by writing a play about him, a show he’s been told over and over again is unmarketable. Then hotshot director Mick Darby returns to New York with the burning desire to put Dead Man’s Curve onstage where it belongs. Spencer’s never met anyone so driven or determined before, but it’s more than the level of professional respect they seem to share that compels him to agree. Something about Mick draws Spencer to him, something he can’t quite put his finger on. It might be the intense physical attraction. It might be the easy friendship that starts almost as soon as they meet.

Or it might be something entirely different.

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Tango in the Night by KC Kendricks

Jubal Graham is back on the job after a shooter took the life of his long-time partner, and sent him into a coma followed by months of rehab. Determined to have justice, Jubal is focused on finding a killer, not a new romantic entanglement. Ellis Banks, with his smoldering blue eyes and denim-clad swagger is a distraction Jubal can’t afford – or ignore.

Ellis Banks came to Philadelphia to bust a drug operation; one that connects to the same case agency legend Kentuckian Jubal Graham is working. Ellis finds himself drawn to Jubal, but Jubal holds him off. Sure that Jubal is interested, even though he wears his slain lover’s ring, Ellis mounts a determined siege.

Jubal’s surprise at having a suitor develops into a growing affection for Ellis, one clouded with old fears. Fate ripped one lover from his arms, and now Ellis is in the line of fire. Jubal’s courage can protect Ellis, but is it powerful enough to love him?

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Devil Went Down to Georgia by Pepper Espinoza

Simon Kidd can’t believe his ears when he learns that his former costar, Alan Ricks, is part of a traveling theater company in Georgia. Just a year before, he had been one of the hottest names in Hollywood. What was he doing performing Doctor Faustus in a tent? Simon decides to investigate, but when he finally tracks Alan down, he learns that hell’s broke loose in Georgia, and the Devil deals it hard.

What’t the true value of a soul? And how much is Simon willing to risk in order to win Alan’s freedom?

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Your Cheatin’ Heart by Mimi Riser

For Sylver Starr, it's not easy being a cross-dressing werewolf, a secret agent for Earth Guardians, Inc., and also being married to one of the richest men in the world, multi-billionaire Hunter Steele, who just happens to be a cat-shifter.

Yep, canine and feline, a match made in heaven. Not.

The problem is, wolves mate for life, and we all know about tomcats when it comes to fidelity, right? Add to Sylver's trouble a homophobic deputy sheriff and an alien invasion of Crocodoids from the satellite galaxy Draco Dwarf, and...

Well, let's just say werewolf extraordinaire Sylver Starr is about to have a very interesting night.
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A Song to Remember II PAX – inspired by the music of today. Get your collection at http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/AP_SongToRemember2.html

New! WINGS OF THUNDER (Book 3 of the "Thunder" Trilogy) by Linda Mooney


WINGS OF THUNDER
(Book 3 of the Thunder Trilogy)
Erotic Fantasy Romance
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
(ebook) ISBN# 978-1-60313-661-7
(print) ISBN# 978-1-60313-643-3
Word Count: 74.8K
http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=475

As the days flow into weeks, and weeks become months, Rion finds Annie slowly becoming more and more despondent with homesickness, melancholy, and the growing need to see her home world again. His own fears escalate, knowing that if she returns, he will never be able to follow her. If she is taken back, he will never see her again. But she is an "otherworlder", and their laws dictate she cannot be forced to remain. If her wish is to go back to Earth, he has no choice but to let her.

But when fate sends a messenger through the gap during a massive, destructive storm, Rion is forced to fight to keep what he cannot live without. Now it's a battle between saving their love and their marriage, or giving her up and relinquishing her to the arms of another man.

A man from Earth.

Warning! Contains a duel to the death, an itchy redness, suspected infidelity, massive storm destruction, artwork, unconventional use of an emergency flare gun, and a whole new interpretation to the term "bloody good show!".

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Right From the Start by Rayne Forrest



Right From the Start
Contemporary romance from Rayne Forrest
http://www.whiskeycreekpresstorrid.com/authors/Rayne_Forrest.shtml

Dana Myerly stops to aid a fellow driver on a rainy day.
Doing a good deed reaps unexpected rewards.
How do you know if it's love…right from the start?

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Right From the Start

This story is a temptingly seductive work of the written word. These two characters make getting to know each other a sensual delight and makes you believe in happily ever after. I loved this book, and give Ms. Forrest the thumbs up.
– Sheryl, reviewer


TEASER:

Randy stood with one hand on his zipper. Dana sat up and reached for him, but he gently stopped her hands.

“I’d better do this.”

“Are you shy?” She didn’t believe for a moment that he was.

“No. You’ll understand.” He grinned at her, carefully unzipping.

Oh, yes. She certainly did. He wore low-rise briefs that did little to cover him in his current state. All that was hidden from view was the base of his cock and his balls. The rest of him had fled the security of one hundred percent cotton. She bit her lip to keep from giggling.

“Zippers. The deadliest weapon known to man,” she quipped.

“You have no idea.” The jeans dropped off his hips.

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Right From the Start
ISBN 1-59374-330-0

Rayne Forrest
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Southern Cross series from KC Kendricks




When Fate and Lady Luck conspire to design the destiny of three sexy sea gods, they mix warm tropical breezes, white sands, and blue waters to create the perfect Caribbean retreat. Add one gorgeous partner for each and heat to sizzling.

NETTING NEPTUNE
Contemporary gay romance
#6 Best Seller, Amber Allure, September 2009
http://www.amberallure.com/NettingNeptune.html


Theron Bowman is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. At forty, he needs to make some serious decisions about his future. He splurges on a two-week vacation in the Caribbean, and like everything else in his life, things go horribly awry and he ends up working to pay for his room.

Forced by his father to break ties with his family, Colby Denton came to rest on St. Lucia, and opened an exclusive resort. To celebrate his tenth year on the island, and his birthday, Colby arranges for a series of festive beachside parties. When a sexy sea god swims out of the ocean in front of him, Colby has a brand new plan – netting Neptune.


To read an EXCERPT, please visit
http://www.amberallure.com/NettingNeptune.html
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-573-7


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TAMING TRITON
Contemporary gay romance
#2 Best Seller, Amber Allure, October 2009
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TamingTriton.html


Austin Michaels accepts his brother’s standing invitation for a Caribbean vacation at his island resort. Some time in the sun is just what he needs to map out a plan for his future. He gets lucky and meets a handsome teacher willing to have a little vacation fling with, as long as they can keep things fun.

Steve Guthrie’s secret longings have haunted him all his life. It’s time to face his questions and find the truth of who he really is beyond a staid college professor. His love of the sea prompts him to take a vacation at a Caribbean hide-a-way for relaxation and reflection. A sexy stranger with a tattoo tempts Steve to abandon his plans, enticing him to share a vacation romp.

Now Steve’s the student in a high stakes class of one, and to pass the course, he has to tame his very own Triton.


To read an EXCERPT, please visit
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TamingTriton.html
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-586-7


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POSEIDON'S PLEASURE
contemporary gay romance available at
#8 Best Seller, Amber Allure, November 2009
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/PoseidonsPleasure.html


Brett Houston triumphed over his life. Raised by an abusive father, Brett sacrificed his personal happiness to keep the ones he loved safe. Ready to make big changes in his life, Brett treats himself to a Caribbean vacation. To his surprise, he ends up at a seaside ball, wearing a G-string and presiding over the festivities as Poseidon, the God of the Sea.

Mark Matthews left behind his hometown, and his first love, to put down roots in California. With vacation time to use, or lose, Mark books a holiday on the island of St. Lucia, unaware of the surprise reunion Fate has waiting for him.

Brett cautiously examines the fractured bonds of the past, while questioning the possibility of a future with Mark. It’s simpler for Mark. He won’t settle for anything less than a future tending to Poseidon’s pleasure.

To read an EXCERPT, please visit
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/PoseidonsPleasure.html
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-599-7


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KC Kendricks
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