Tuesday, June 9th is the official launch day for The Eagle and the Fox (A Snowy Range Mystery), but as usual Amazon has tripped the light fantastic and published the print version a day ahead. Not that I’m complaining. I received the print proof copy on Saturday and, I must admit, there was some swooning going on.
The cover is brilliant. Rebecca Poole of Dreams2Media did a fantastic job interpreting my vision and bringing it to life. I wanted something other than the usual models gracing most M/M romance and gay fiction nowadays. She delivered, in spades.
To celebrate the launch tomorrow, I am offering a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card, one signed print copy (US only) and two ebook copies of The Eagle and the Fox in a Rafflecopter #Giveaway to winners chosen at random.
Giveaway runs through June 12th.
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EXCERPT: It hasn’t taken long for Josh and Marcus to find a lot of common ground in their budding friendship, although each man has a wee tendency to put that proverbial boot in the mouth without meaning to. Marcus, worried he’d gotten it wrong yet again, tries backing away only to have Josh pull him away from the gathering…
Ignoring the tailgate that lay open in all its rusted glory, Josh yanked the passenger side door open and guided Marcus inside. When he’d settled himself behind the wheel, it occurred he’d maybe made things worse by hauling the poor man away from the festivities and sequestering him in the cab of his truck. As it was, he had no idea what he wanted to say, other than sorry, and it seemed stupid now… both of them saying the words, neither of them sure why the hell it needed saying in the first place, let alone knowing if the saying was going to help or hurt.
Marcus had glued himself against the door, putting as much distance between them as the bench seat would allow. It was tempting for Josh to sidle closer, to use his size to intimidate in order to make a pointless point, but the gear shift on the floor made that awkward. So instead, he laid his palm on the seat, extended just enough, like some sort of offering.
Marcus kept one hand on the door handle and one eye on the real estate protecting him from the tongue-tied madman behind the wheel. He croaked, “Is this an abduction?”
“Ab— What the fuck are you talking about?”
Visibly relaxing, Marcus said, “Well, you haul me away from the picnic, then stuff me into your vehicle without so much as a by-your-leave. What’s a person supposed to think?” The eyes that—for all the times he’d been around the man—seemed too often shadowed with sorrow now glinted with mischief. He was reminded once more of how the man could morph from stodgy storekeeper to naughty elf when whatever weight of sadness he carried eased up.
Maybe he wasn’t the only one with triggers lurking around every corner. It seemed like Marcus Colton and he were compatible opposites. He was on the okay side of things most days, getting by, doing what needed done. But then something would happen, and it wasn’t okay anymore. That made it tough, to go from tolerable to terrible and not have a way to stop it, let alone slow it down. So he managed it as best he could. It wasn’t a cure though.
But Marcus, he was on the other side of the spectrum. Though he didn’t know the man well, they’d had enough contact over the years for him to recognize a bone-weary soul who got by dogged with the kind of sorrow brought on by a profound loss. Josh wondered what it was like, to rise up out of that sorrow into the light, to sample the taste of joy, and then have it slip away because maybe you had no way to anchor it in place. To his mind, that might be far worse than the occasional downward spiral he had.
Was Marcus’ journey as unpredictable as his own? Was there ever a time when you earned the right to consciously choose how it would be? Or were they both forever chained to chance and forced to accept the bread crumbs fate liked to dish out?
One thing he did know, they both deserved the right to just be. And if that being who they were meant being friends, then he’d count himself damn lucky. He’d never planned on going through life with everyone his friend, but having Marcus as his friend? Yeah, that was good enough, better than good.
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THE EAGLE AND THE FOX (A Snowy Range Mystery)
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