Cover Reveal: Stripped Away


Coming in August: the sequel to Stripped Clean! Stripped Away is Dave and Ricky’s story. I’m really excited about this one. It’s written to work as a standalone, but if you enjoyed Stripped Clean I do believe you’ll love Stripped Away too.

Stripped Away Cover

Cover Art by Pickyme

About Stripped Away:

HE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HIMSELF

 

David Moorehouse has spent his life hiding behind masks. Nice guy. Best friend. Reverend’s kid. After finding his father dead on the floor, he’s stripped of his job at the family church and his identity as the quiet, nice guy. The life he knew is over, and he doesn’t know what to do next.

 

HE KNOWS ANGER BETTER THAN ANYONE

 

Ricky Slade is itching for a fight. By the time he meets David, he’s struggling to save his business, his best friend, his drug-addict brother, and his own sanity. He’s got no patience for his business partner’s judgmental brother showing up and getting in his face.

Their angry heat turns into a fiery inferno, but Ricky’s fresh off a bad breakup, and David is getting guilt-tripped by his family and his ex. Every time they fight, they fall into bed, but will that be enough when things around them come apart?

 

Excerpt:

 

“You know—” Dave made a disgusted noise in the back of his throat. “Never mind. I don’t know what you’re talking about and I don’t want to know.” He threw his stuff in the rear of Ricky’s cab, then turned to jab a stiff four fingers into the center of Ricky’s chest. “Least we can agree on the dickhead thing. I mean, who shows up to a funeral with a firearm?”

Ricky didn’t show up to funerals at all when he could help it. Easier to avoid acknowledging death that way. “Need I remind, you tried to turn away your own brother? That sort of potential was exactly why I brought the thing.”

Ooh. Jumping jaw muscles and gritting teeth and everything now. “He’s only my brother by blood. I hardly know him.”

Ungrateful punk. “He’s the closest thing you got. He deserved to be at that funeral much as you did. ‘Sides, he was born first.”

Dave advanced on Ricky again, hot breath puffing and panting. “My mama’s heart can’t take that kind of shock. I was trying to keep the peace.”

Ricky matched the threat in Dave’s posture. “The person whose behavior was shocking, Church Boy, was yours.” He licked his lips slowly, grinning at the way Dave’s pupils got smaller and larger and smaller again, like he couldn’t decide whether lust or pissed-as-hell was winning in this fight of theirs.

Ricky himself had adrenaline swirling through his veins and a tornado in his belly. Man, this shit was better than a third ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl “I mean damn, any more heated and you and I coulda wound up going to the dirt right there in front of everybody. Bet that woulda really given your poor mama something to— fuck.”

David growled and gripped Ricky’s shoulders, hauling him front-first against the side of the truck. “Shut up. Shut the fuck up!” His breath beat harsh and ragged against Ricky’s ear.

With what air hadn’t been squeezed outta Ricky’s lungs, he laughed at Dave again. Was that the intelligent option? Hell no. This dude had the markers for being at least three colors of crazy. Ricky didn’t back down though, so he’d push until the other guy did.

Or until someone got hurt.

He’d have said no way could this guy kick his ass, not with his glasses and wiry frame, but Dave handled Ricky’s body with a reasonable amount of strength and know-how. Not enough for a total ass-kicking, maybe, but enough to impress. Speaking of impressive…. “If you think I’m gonna be intimidated by the anaconda you’re rubbin’ against my backside, Church Boy, you got another thing coming.” He sucked in a breath. “Gotta tell you though. If fucking in the parking lot is your thing, you really gotta give a guy some advance warning. I would’ve parked in an unlit area.”

Ricky’s most-likely unexpected response must’ve startled Dave into loosening his hands. Ricky twisted Dave’s arm and turned them both, pushing Dave’s back into the truck and Ricky’s fists into Dave’s chest. “See, that’s what I figured,” Ricky murmured with his lips a hair from one mother of a betrayed sneer. “Damn shame, too.”

Dave narrowed his eyes. “What’s a shame?”

Ricky smiled slightly, shaking his head. “You’re all bark, Church Boy.”

 

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Coming Soon: Total Immersion


So I wrote this lighthearted little New Adult novella, Total Immersion, which will be coming out in June. I absolutely love this story. This novella is part of Dreamspinner Press’s “Mended” anthology, where you can buy a discounted package of short stories and novellas (all with a “hurt/comfort” theme) in bulk at a discounted price, and you’ll get one a day for the entire month of June. Pre-order before May 1 to get the entire package at a an even cheaper price. Seriously. Do it. Alternately, Total Immersion will be available as a standalone novella I think on June 2, or roughly thereabouts. June sometime, for sure. 😉 Total Immersion-rev3 About Total Immersion:

Evan Stanton is in over his head. Injured from a fall on campus, he’s let his boyfriend talk him into a senior year total immersion trip—two weeks abroad—only his boyfriend ends up dumping him shortly before takeoff. Evan gets on the plane anyway, but he’s lost his hope and added to his pain.

Chris Bale decided to spend his senior year of college clearing his head after breaking up with the girl he’s dated since high school. He finds himself on a flight to Istanbul next to a surly kid with piercings and guyliner who couldn’t be more his opposite. They strike up a friendship anyway, and as they make their way across a foreign land, Bale realizes he’s too immersed in Evan to let go.

Pre-order Mended from DreamspinnerAdd Total Immersion to your Goodreads TBRAdd the Mended bundle to your TBR 

Quickie: Earth Day Sale at ARe


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Happy earth day! Just thought I’d mention that All Romance eBooks is having an Earth Day special today, all books with the little crown logo that you purchase today will come with a 50% rebate good toward the future purchase of yes … more ebooks. What better way to celebrate earth day than with paperless books, eh? And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that all Ellis Carrington titles are included in this sale. 😉

Stripped Clean by Ellis Carrington

Happy Earth Day, and happy reading! 😉

Out Now: Immortal Valentine


 

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Cover photo by Jackson Photografix ~ Cover design by Babski Creative Studios

I released Immortal Valentine with Amber Allure press for Valentine’s Day in 2012. It remains one of my favorite stories–who doesn’t love vampires, right? And Caleb and Angelo were a truly special pairing to me. But deep down I always felt the execution could have been something more. I’m grateful to the folks at Amber Allure for helping me to put a story into the world that I loved so much. I’m also grateful to them for returning the rights on this book that meant so much to me, so that I could polish it both inside and out, and make the whole thing shine brighter. I’m also grateful to Tere Michaels for helping me to re-edit Immortal Valentine, for pointing out the places where she thought it was good, but it could be even better. 🙂

If you’ve read the original version of Valentine, I thank you. Not a whole lot has changed from the original version. A couple of extended scenes, a little extra dialogue. And of course, a new cover and a lower price. And if you enjoyed it enough that you’d want to go and leave an Amazon review I’d be grateful, since all the old reviews went away when the original edition was taken off sale.

If you haven’t read Valentine yet, now’s the time to check it out – for the next few days it’ll be on sale for only .99 at Amazon and All Romance ebooks in ebook, and thanks to the badassery of Babski Creative studios, it is now also available in paperback.

About Immortal Valentine:

After a heart-pounding brush with danger on Valentine’s Day, Caleb runs into a handsome stranger and decides to roll the dice on a one-night-stand. Things don’t work out the way anyone intended when Caleb gets sick. He wakes up alone the next day, extremely confused and utterly embarrassed.

Angelo is an insomniac vampire who leads a solitary existence. Once a year he comes out of hiding—each Valentine’s Day—to soothe one lonely human soul while drinking the blood he needs to survive.

When Caleb falls ill, Angelo winds up connecting with a human as never before. But helping this human puts Angelo’s own life at risk.

Thanks again for spending time with my vampire and his human–I hope you enjoy.

Also, just a reminder that the Grand Adventures anthology will be out soon, and all proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune – do consider checking that out.

Free Fiction, Yo


Yes_Sir_Final_1600x2600They’re predicting thunderstorms here in the Washington D.C. area for the evening. I can’t fricking wait. Thunder, and the heavy pound of rain on the roof make the best music in the world for writing and reading. I hope everybody is having a lovely Sunday. 

In case you haven’t heard the good word, I’ve managed to get Yes, Sir up for free on Amazon, Kobo, and B&N. Many thanks to those who have downloaded, read, and left reviews. Yes, Sir is currently ranked the #1 free gay romance on Amazon, and has been since the day it went free. I’m so honored.

If you haven’t yet tried it out, I’d be grateful if you do. Here’s the info:

About Yes, Sir:

A New Orleans vacation takes an interesting turn when Grayson Harper lets a friend drag him along to see a voodoo priestess for a love spell. Suddenly he’s having very vivid dreams about a mystery man that seem all too real, and doing things in them he never thought possible. But what will become of the man of his dreams once he leaves the magic of the French quarter?

Free at: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Yes, Sir


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I wrote Yes, Sir in 2011 in celebration of the original GayRomLit retreat. Finally, it has sexy new cover art created by the awesomesauce Pickyme, and it has been professionally edited and extended in length.  It’s a little different than my other stuff. Kinkier, and more about a man’s sexual journey, with a paranormal twist (okay that part isn’t different). In the end I still call this one a romance, because there’s a relationship and a happy ending but it’s definitely the smexiest of all my stories.  It’s on sale for the sexy low price of only .99 cents.

I hope you enjoy:

 “Don’t worry. I won’t restrain you for your first time.” The man, who hadn’t yet given his name, stood. Like he expected Gray to grab hold and follow.

Like that, Gray’s pulse took a pause and his mouth went barren. Desert dry.

“Wait.” Gray’s fingers hovered just shy of grasping the man’s hand. What were they talking about? They had sat politely across the table discussing rules of play over the griddle-seared gulf fish and fresh berries like it was one of Gray’s installation projects.

Only this was Gray’s body they were discussing. He didn’t have a single submissive bone in him.

“We’ll stop,” the man said. “The second I do anything you don’t like.”

A thousand doubts tumbled in Gray’s gut as they linked fingers and walked through darkened streets to an even darker basement.

 

About Yes, Sir:

A New Orleans vacation takes an interesting turn when Grayson Harper lets a friend drag him along to see a voodoo priestess for a love spell. Suddenly he’s having very vivid dreams about a mystery man that seem all too real, and doing things in them he never thought possible. But what will become of the man of his dreams once he leaves the magic of the French quarter?

Buy now from Amazon | Add to Goodreads TBR

Win Swag from Ellis Carrington and Damon Suede


Sharon over at the paranormal / UF blog I Smell Sheep does some awesome giveaways. If you’re not following her, you should be. This week she’s offering up a bundle of Ellis Carrington and Damon Suede swag, including THREE free ebooks! One of those ebooks is an original copy of my erotic short story, Yes, Sir. Now, Yes, Sir is in the middle of getting a makeover. It’s being re-edited and getting new cover art so that I can put it up on Amazon. As far as I know this is the last available copy of that original version.

Many thanks to Sharon and I Smell Sheep for offering the giveaway! Go here to enter.