Monday, October 27, 2014

Gaslamp Fortnight Tour: Precious Metals and Author interviw with LA Witt)

We are very happy to welcome L.A. Witt to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. L.A.’s latest novel Precious Metals is available on Riptide Publishing. Precious Metals is the second book in the Metals universe.

L.A. Witt is an author of gay erotic romances, and has been recently exiled from Okinawa, Japan, to Omaha, Nebraska. She resides there with her husband, a telekinetic goldfish, and two incredibly spoiled cats. It’s unclear if the exile was the result of the mostly classified “Aquarium Incident,” or if she’s actually being hidden, for her protection, from the Polynesian Mafia and her arch nemesis, erotic romance author Lauren Gallagher.

Connect with L.A.:
·       Website
·       Author Blog
·       Personal Blog
·       Twitter
·       Facebook
·       Goodreads

Jodi: Thank you L.A. for joining us on the blog. You are a very prolific writer delving into various universes and worlds. Precious Metals and Noble Metals both take place during the late 1800s or turn of the century. What type of research did you have to do regarding the setting (Alaska) and time period?

L.A.: I knew a fair amount about the Klondike Gold Rush already, but had to brush up (it had been a while!), and also just do some general research about details like clothing, food, etc. And of course, for both books, I had to research transportation and mining—mostly so that I could change them via steampunk.

Jodi: Why did you choose to focus the action of the story on the Klondike Gold Rush?

L.A.: I’ve always wanted to write something in the Klondike Gold Rush, and when the idea of winter-themed steampunk came up, it fit perfectly.

Jodi: It is interesting that Paul and Joseph know they are attracted to men, but they also know they should not talk about. Joseph even mentions that he took this adventure before he decided to get married. Did you do research regarding homosexuality during this time period? Is there a lot of research available on this subject?

L.A.: There isn’t a whole lot available regarding homosexuality in that time/place, but I found whatever I could. The consensus was that homosexuality existed (obviously), but wasn’t widely accepted. Particularly in communities where it wasn’t accepted, I don’t imagine it would take much for a young man to figure out that looking at other young men was a bad idea.

Jodi: Constable Paul Benson is an intriguing character. He flees his home to avoid a scandal, and although he seems to keep his sexuality quiet, the men he works with seem to know the truth. How do they know?

L.A.: I think when you work in close quarters with people, you tend to figure it out. I know a lot of guys in the military who haven’t been open about their sexuality, but the others catch on when a man doesn’t notice women, etc. So in Paul’s case, I think that to varying degrees, the other guys know there’s something different about him, but don’t all necessarily know he’s gay. Some have certainly figured it out, though, or at least strongly suspect.

Jodi: Joseph is a very passionate and determined young man. Tell us a little about his character and motivation to keep going on his journey.

L.A.: Joseph is kind of your typical wild-eyed kid who wants to see and do everything, gets bored easily, and thinks danger is a small price to pay for adventure. But he’s also very devoted to his family, and he’ll gladly put himself into real danger for the sake of one of his brothers. When he goes to the Klondike, he’s mostly in search of adventure, and to see if the machine they’ve built will really work and dig up the gold more efficiently. His second journey to the Klondike, though, is solely to save his younger brother. By that point, he’s realized that adventure is not worth it — particularly after losing his eldest brother — but he refuses to give up until he’s saved his brother or he’s dead himself.

Jodi: Although Paul and Joseph are only together a short period of time, they both risk their lives for each other. Is it the harsh conditions that accelerate their emotional bond or simply finding someone who accepts them for who they are?

L.A.: I think it’s a little of both. When you’re in a those harsh conditions with someone, and you’re relying on them and nobody else in a situation where either of you could be dead without warning, it does create a bond fairly quickly. I’ve met people who’ve fallen in love on the battlefield, and it’s the same thing. There’s a good chance one or both of you is going to die, so when you form a connection with someone, there’s a sense of urgency that isn’t there under normal circumstances, and emotions do crazy things. Plus when you’re relying on that person to keep you alive, it creates a bond of sorts. Throw in the sexual attraction and the realization that this person is okay with who you really are (when most people are not), and you’ve got a recipe for people falling very fast, very hard.

Jodi: Although this is the second book in the metals universe, the book can be read as a standalone. As an author, do you prefer that people read your books in order, or does it not make a difference?

L.A.: It doesn’t make a difference. They’re meant to be completely separate stories, just set in the same world. If it’s an actual series, like the Tooth & Claw trilogy or the Cover Me trilogy, then you’d definitely want to read them in order. But books like this where they’re just in the same world, it really doesn’t matter.

Jodi: Is the difference in generations the reason the two men view being openly gay differently?

L.A.: Difference in generations, different regional upbringing, different personality types… I think there’s a number of reasons why the boys feel differently about it. Plus in Joseph’s case, he’s confident that his family will be happy he’s alive at all, especially after losing their eldest son, so they won’t split hairs over who he’s sleeping with.

Jodi: What is the most challenging aspect of writing a historical novel?

L.A.: Getting the facts straight. I second guess myself at every turn, particularly since there are so many little details that seem trivial, but can pull someone right out of a story. Would someone in this era/setting have lace-up boots or pull-on? What would his gloves be made out of? Things like that.

Jodi: Was it a challenge to intermingle the violence and romance in this book?

L.A.: I’m sure this makes me a terrible person, but…no. LOL. I’ve been putting those two together for quite some time—A Chip In His Shoulder, The Left Hand of Calvus, etc. And of course, when I join forces with Aleksandr Voinov, stuff like Hostile Ground and Unhinge the Universe. I guess it’s just fun to make people fall in love in the middle of chaos.

Jodi: What inspired you to make Joseph a differently abled character?

L.A.: Getting from Seattle to the Klondike is a grueling, hellish journey to begin with. I wanted to make it extra difficult for Joseph, in part because I like making my characters work for everything, and in part because I think it really underscores what kind of person Joseph is. He’s not going to let anything—weather, terrain, an artificial leg, bandits, lack of provisions—keep him from having an adventure, and he’s damn sure not going to let them keep him from saving his brother.

Precious Metals
For Constable Paul Benson of the North-West Mounted Police, monotony is a blessing. As a provision inspector below the Chilkoot Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, he’s seen miserable conditions and gold fever turn civilized prospectors into madmen.

Joseph Starling is on his way to the Klondike to find the men who savagely beat him, murdered his eldest brother, and stole their mining machine. They’ll kill his youngest brother if Joseph doesn’t operate the machine for them—it won’t work without him. With time running out, Joseph must purchase an expensive ticket aboard a crash-prone airship. But the station is miles away through dangerous terrain.

Under orders, Paul grudgingly escorts Joseph, but quickly finds himself intrigued by the young man. As they make their way toward Juneau, it’s not just the need for warmth that drives them closer together. But neither man can draw an easy breath until they make it to the gold fields . . . and there’s no guarantee that Joseph’s brother will still be alive when they do.

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Gaslamp Fortnight: A Steampunk Book Tour – October 27th – November 7th

Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned.

Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide's Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt.

And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear. Each new post you comment on earns you an entry into the drawing, so be sure to check out the rest of the tour schedule, too!

Harlots and Angels Bio

Hello I’m Sharon Ince and I own Harlots and Angels.  We are a UK based company that creates unusual sewing and crafting patterns, clothing, corsetry, props and accessories with a wide range of themes from Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Victorian, Gothic and Burlesque.

We have produced work for a large diversity of clients, including The Disney Corporation, the BBC costuming department, Sky TV, Working Title films as well as several Hollywood production companies and local theatre and film productions.

I have always loved to design and I’m self-taught. In fact I started at the early age of about 5 years old and have never stopped. I love to work with leather, sew natural fabrics, sculpt, and build my house with stone and wood; though my real passion is to design.

When I am starting out on a new design the hours fly by and I’m lost in the perfect bliss of experimenting, mathematical calculation, followed by the thrill of seeing the idea become reality.

My love of Gothic literature, mad inventors and scientists and all things Victorian has always filtered through my thoughts and designs, so when I first discovered the emerging Steampunk community some years ago many of my creations found their family niche.

Author Interview: CJane Elliot talks about Aidan's Journey with Jodi (with GiveAway)

We are very happy to welcome CJane Elliott to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Elliott’s latest novel Aidan’s Journey is available on Dreamspinner Press.

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.

In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

You can read more about CJane on her website.
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Jodi:          Thank you, CJane, for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. I recently enjoyed read Serpentine Walls and Aidan’s Journey. What was your inspiration for this series?

CJane:      Hi there! I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I actually started out with a short story version of Serpentine Walls, which I submitted to a Dreamspinner Press anthology of college stories. It was not accepted in that form, for which I’m now grateful because I ended up making a novel out of it.

For Serpentine Walls, I drew on my experience of attending University of Virginia. Some of the things going on in the MC Pete’s life in Serpentine Walls, like his parents’ divorce, are similar to what was happening to me when I was in college.

Aidan’s Journey happened because I and many of the readers of Serpentine Walls wanted to know more about Aidan, and why he ended up being a seemingly shallow cad with some hints of a nice guy peeking through.

Jodi:          I was enthralled with your psychological treatment of Aidan in Aidan’s Journey. What were some of the challenges you encountered in developing his character?

CJane:      I fell in love with Aidan as I wrote his early years and realized what a tender guy he was underneath all that razzle dazzle. There’s something despicable he does which is told in Serpentine Walls and I struggled with figuring out why he went so far, given he’s actually a decent guy. The other challenge was simply to be with Aidan’s journey and all the hurt and pain he goes through. It was like giving birth – it hurt a lot in the middle but there was no going back. I had to keep writing until it was done.

Jodi:          Your bio notes that you are a psychotherapist by training. What type of research did you do for both Aidan and Rodney’s characters?

CJane:      I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have had a therapy practice. I also have led courses that delve into the human psyche. So I’ve spent years studying human nature. I didn’t do specific research on the psychology of Aidan and Rodney, but their characters are informed by my interest in what drives people and how they sabotage themselves.

Jodi:           Are these characters based on real cases or people?

CJane:      Aidan is not based on a real person. Professor R is loosely based on a professor I had in college who did sleep with his students and was handsome and charismatic.

Jodi:          Aidan’s Journey could be classified as a coming of age story. Was it a challenge to get into Aidan’s head and write in first person point of view for this story?

CJane:      The challenge was to start the story because I’d never written anything in first person POV before. But once I got started, I found that Aidan’s voice flowed easily. It’s like being taken over. In fact, I was just looking at a journal entry when I was in the middle of writing the book and I wrote, “I just told Aidan to ‘shut up’. He keeps talking in my head.”

Jodi:          Readers meet Aidan in Serpentine Walls, which is the first book in the series. Although Pete seems to feel bad for Aidan, Aidan is not a very sympathetic character. Did you plan to write the second book as you were writing the first one?

CJane:      No, I had no plans at first to write a second book. But as I continued to write Serpentine Walls, Aidan’s character got more and more dimensional and I could see he had a heart and a lot of pain under that gleaming surface. I started to wonder why he was the way he was and what had led him to be involved with Professor R. I also wanted to see him get free of that relationship. That’s what led me to write Aidan’s Journey.

Jodi:          Serpentine Walls is told from Pete’s perspective, but it is written in third person point of view, so the reader does not really have the opportunity to delve into the minds of Pete and Matthew as we do with Aidan in Aidan’s Journey. Why did you decide to make this change in writing style?

CJane:      Aidan was talking to me. I could hear his voice so clearly and something told me that I needed to write the second book in first person. I was intimidated by that idea but went with it.

Jodi:          Rodney Montgomery is suave and sophisticated. He is a professor at the University of Virginia, and a bit of a predator. Without giving any plot secrets away, can you give some insights into why he is able to get away with seducing students for so long without getting in trouble?

CJane:      I’ve seen it happen in real life. It shouldn’t happen, but it does. Rodney is good at manipulating situations so he ends up on top (literally and figuratively). I would hope colleges today would respond more quickly to reports of abusive teachers, but Rodney gets away with it for far too long. From the students’ perspective, many of them would not see consensual sex with a teacher as a form of abuse. They might feel very cool and adult about the whole situation until looking back on it later, when they might realize that the teacher took advantage of them.

Jodi:          Was it difficult for you as a writer to develop the multiple sides of Aidan’s character: the naive, romantic, compassionate man combined with the psychologically abused sex god who uses people?

CJane:      No, because that’s why I wrote the story – in order to understand how Aidan got to being a callous ‘fuck ‘em and leave ‘em’ guy. And because I started at the beginning of his life and went from there, it was easy for me to add the layers of his character as I went along.
Jodi:           Tell us a little about Patrick Jaymes.

CJane:      Patrick is a fellow actor who Aidan met in New York in an Actors Workshop. He is from Seattle and his parents kicked him out of his home when he was seventeen for being gay. Patrick is a self-made man and has made a life despite having no family support. He’s handsome and sweet and a great guy. Patrick is interested in Aidan right away, and wants to get to know the “real” Aidan underneath the glamorous exterior. He is there for Aidan even when Aidan is too messed up to handle a relationship, and stays his friend until Aidan is emotionally able to become his lover. Patrick ends up getting a role as a leading man on a soap opera by the end of Aidan’s Journey and he and Aidan are making plans to move into their own place.

Jodi:          Why does Patrick think Aidan can be redeemed, even when it looks like he cannot?

CJane:      Patrick sees beyond Aidan’s surface personality to the man inside. The first time they sit and have a real talk, Aidan tells him about what he’s been through with his father and with Rodney, and Patrick is moved by Aidan’s courage. So when things get dicey later on in the story, even though Patrick is hurt by being temporarily shut out of Aidan’s life, he still believes in him and loves him.

Jodi:          One of the most intriguing ideas in Aidan’s Journey is the relationship pattern that has been ingrained into Aidan by his parents. Aidan hates what he sees in his parents, and yet, he repeats it in grand fashion. So, how does Pete escape this same fate?

CJane:      The difference between Pete in Serpentine Walls and Aidan is that Pete’s upbringing is relatively normal. Both of his parents love him and express their love for him and his siblings. While his parents do divorce, their relationship isn’t terrible and Pete’s father isn’t a serial philanderer like Aidan’s is. Yes, his father does leave the marriage for another woman, and Pete is hurt and cynical because of it. But because Pete’s father is proud of Pete and has given Pete love through the years, Pete doesn’t have that yawning emptiness inside that Aidan does, and his process of letting love in proves much less arduous than Aidan’s.

Jodi:           Will there be more books in this series?

CJane:      Yes, I have at least two more books planned and a possible fifth book. My next novel in The Serpentine Series will be about Jed, the nice guy that Pete has a friends-with-benefits relationship with in Serpentine Walls. I wanted to give Jed a chance to shine and have his own happy ending, because he ends up being crushed by Pete’s indifference. Jed has an older brother, Kent, and Kent has an intriguing roommate, Tucker, and there will be a book featuring them after the Jed novel is done.

Jodi:           What is your next project?

CJane:      Besides writing the Jed novel for The Serpentine Series, I have a novella coming out from Dreamspinner Press at the end of December. It’s called Wild and Precious and is set in Washington, DC. It has the requisite tall and handsome man, Graham, who is the editor of an arts magazine, his cute employee Brent, who is an aspiring writer trying to figure out his sexuality, and a sexy bisexual musician guy, Cody, who’s helping Brent with his explorations. Although there are three main characters, it isn’t a ménage story, but a coming of age and happily ever after romance.

Aidan’s Journey

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Serpentine Walls
Reeling from the news that his parents are divorcing, Pete Morgan starts his junior year at college cynical about love and commitment. Although his new openness to one-night stands does wonders for his sex life, fighting his romantic nature proves harder than he’d anticipated. He soon finds himself pining for a glamorous senior, Aidan, who doesn’t mind taking Pete to bed but shows no interest in commitment—at least not with Pete. And Pete’s attempt at a “friends-with-benefits” relationship with sophomore Jed leaves Pete feeling empty.

One bright spot in Pete’s year is Matthew, an easygoing graduate student who assists Pete in making his first film. Matthew has some baggage too, and has sworn off relationships and sex altogether, so Pete feels safe to enjoy their friendship. But he falls for Matthew anyway, not able to fight his growing conviction that Matthew is the perfect guy for him. Even if Pete can accept that he made a mistake when he turned his back on relationships, that doesn't mean Matthew will feel the same. With a few life lessons under his belt, Pete’s ready to take a chance on love. As he finds the courage to bare his heart to Matthew, he can only hope that Matthew will take a chance with him.

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Tour Dates/Stops:
October 14: Love Bytes
October 15: Amanda C. Stone
 October 17: Wicked Faeries Reviews
October 22: Cate Ashwood

Rafflecopter Prize: eBook of one of my previous titles, including novel Serpentine Walls, or novellas

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author Interview: Garrett Leigh talks about the Slide in honor of the Audio Release.

We are very happy to welcome Garrett Leigh to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Leigh’s novel Slide is now available in audiobook from Dreamspinner Press. Slide is the first book of the Roads series.

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit

You can learn more about Garrett on her website.
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Jodi:          Thank you, Garrett for taking the time to visit the Smoocher’s Voice blog again. It was a pleasure chatting with you about Bold earlier in the month. Slide is one of my favorite books. The plot and characters kept me enthralled since page one. What was the inspiration for this book?

Garrett:    Slide began with seven little words: “He didn’t often let me fuck him.” I can’t remember now if the phrase survived the editing process and ever ended up in the book, but the phrase came first, then Ash, then Pete. Ash’s story is the backbone of Slide, and it came from many places — myself, friends, lovers, and my twisted imagination.

Jodi:          One of the most intriguing parts of this book is the switching back and forth between Ash’s and Pete’s perspectives, from the prologue, parts one and two, and the epilogue. As a reader, I enjoy reading books written in first person point of view. As I writer, do you find it challenging to write in first person, especially from two different characters’ perspectives?

Garrett:    Yes. Using first person POV is challenging because it’s vital that each character has a distinctive voice, and that the format of the book makes it clear who has the floor. For example, I think it would be difficult to switch back and forth with each chapter, even if you’d nailed the voice aspect. From time to time, it did worry me that I’d fucked it up, but now, reading what people have written about Ash and Pete since, I think it was clear they were very different young men.

Jodi:          Ash is such an intriguing, in-depth character. He has a lot of layers, and he doesn’t always understand why he acts the way he does. Was it difficult getting into his head space?

Garrett:    Sometimes. He’s not very good at expressing himself, but as the series progressed, he kinda grew, and I realized that it was actually Pete who had more trouble getting to grips with his emotions. There was something almost childlike about Ash, but Pete was a tough nut to crack. Dude was just too damn strong.

Jodi:          Tell us a little about Ash and his background.

Garrett:    Ash was born in Texas to his young, drug addict mother. He lived with her until she died when he was three. After that, he became a ward of the state and spent twelve years in foster care and boy’s homes until he ran away to Philadelphia at the age of fifteen. After that, he lived on the streets and developed a drug habit of his own until Ellie found him. She straightened him out a little, got him into a shelter, and encouraged him to take his tattoo apprenticeship. A year or so later, she moved to Chicago, and he went with her.

Jodi:          Despite his solitary nature, Ash does have a lot of good friends who want to help him. Ash trusts Joe, Pete and Ellie, but he does not trust David, Ellie’s father. Why is that?

Garrett:    I don’t think Ash actually is that solitary; it’s more he doesn’t know any better. He’s spent his whole live alone — or alone in a crowd — and it doesn’t occur to him to change that. Even when he moves in with Pete, it doesn’t change much, because Pete really is a solitary creature. Rare is the book where we really see Ash grow out of this habit. As for David, without giving too much away to those who haven’t read Slide, Ash has secrets he doesn’t even know himself, but subconsciously, I think he senses David’s suspicions about his past, and he doesn’t want to confront them. It’s always uncomfortable when someone sees straight through you, isn’t it?

Jodi:          Pete is a caregiver. He is a paramedic and has a big heart, although he does seem to act without thinking sometimes. He also seems deeply affected by tragedies that he sees as a paramedic. What motivates Pete?

Garrett:    I think it’s important to remember that Pete is only 24 at the beginning of Slide. He is a natural caregiver, and loves his job far more than he likes to let on, but he’s young, and he doesn’t always get it right. Pete has already experienced deep personal tragedy. His father was killed when he was just fourteen. He is his mother’s (Maggie) sole caretaker — though he never admits she needs such a thing. Add Ash on top of that, it’s no wonder he loses his shit from time to time. Motivation wise? Pete keeps most people at arm’s length, but there’s nothing he won’t do for those lucky enough to be loved by him.

Jodi:          Pete seems to have feelings for Ash from the beginning. One of my favorite lines of the book is when he tells Ash, “I like you, and I want you to feel better.” Is it difficult for Pete to keep his feelings in check and be patient with Ash?

Garrett:    Very. Though we aren’t in his POV for this section of the book, it’s clear he knows that pushing Ash too far, too fast, will send him running. For anyone who wants to get inside Pete’s head at the beginning of the book, Marked is available for free download from Dreamspinner Press and ARe.

Jodi:          Ellie and her family are minor characters in this book, but they play a huge role in both Pete’s and Ash’s life. Why does Ellie have such a strong attachment to both men?

Garrett:    Gonna answer this one short and sweet …wouldn’t you?

Jodi:          Excellent point, yes I would. Did you do research on foster care or PTSD for this book?

Garrett:    A little. The foster care system in the U.S. is very different to what we have in the U.K:, the terminology, the processes, I wanted to be sure I got it right. As for PTSD, I’ve written about it a lot and dealt with the various sides of mental illness in my personal life, so I felt I had that pretty much covered.

Jodi:          Is Daryl Hunter based on a real person?

Garrett:    No. He was an amalgamation of several monsters.

Jodi:          The second book in the series, Rare, is equally as intense and captivating. Will there be more books in this series?

Garrett:    I don’t think so. I’ve been back and forth on this many times, but at the moment, Ash and Pete are content where they are. It’s more likely they’ll make a cameo appearance in another series. I do miss them, though. Especially Ash. And Pete. And Joe. Hmm.

Slide (audiobook)
Book 1, Roads series
Roads: Book One

Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

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