Sizzling Summer Blog Hop, brought to you by The Romance Troupe!

Welcome to my stop on the hop!

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 Grand Prize #2
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 Fabulous Swag Pack #2
+ $10 Amazon/B&N GC
+ Several surprise digital books
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Phew, that’s a lot of prizes! Not bad for the price of a comment, yeah? But that’s not all–there’s one more.

While you’re entering for the Grand Prizes, you’re also entering for my giveaway (US & INT)–a copy of my hot new M/M Erotic Romance from Dreamspinner Press, Directing Traffic!

Cover!
The theme of the hop is sizzling, sultry, smexy scenes so I’m going to share one from Directing Traffic. I hope you enjoy it!

Directing Traffic, by Charley Descoteaux

A new love was the last thing on his mind . . .

Neil Sedwick expects to spend his vacation in a sleepy tourist trap mourning his late partner’s death. Instead, he puts his recently acquired CPR certificate to use and saves an elderly resident’s life. But it’s the survivor’s nephew, sexy middle-school teacher Ty Bigelow, who causes Neil to reevaluate his routine and consider reopening his heart.

Excerpt:

Neil stood outside the little cafe and read the sign advertising burgers, beer, and fun. He thought that to be an overly optimistic—possibly even arrogant—claim, but went in anyway. Ty sat at a table in the far corner on the other side of a pool table. Two boys, who looked barely legal, did more laughing than shooting as Neil went to sit across from Ty.

“I didn’t know this place had a pool table,” said Neil after they’d said their hellos and thank-you-for-comings.

“Do you play?” Ty sat up a little straighter and smiled wider.

“Not for a while. And I never was very good.”

“Neither am I. We should play after lunch.”

The waitress came and took their orders. They chatted about the beach and how much the little town had changed over the past few years. It turned out they’d both taken their vacations there since well before the gentrification started and agreed the project had robbed the town of much of its charm.

“But we keep coming back anyway,” said Ty, dragging his last fry through the mixed ketchup and grease on his plate.

Neil wondered how he stayed so slender if he ate like that. He finished the last few bites of his Caesar salad and thought how unhappy Julius would be to see what this dive had done to his namesake entrée.

“Um, yeah, I guess. The beach is nice, though, and clears out pretty quickly once the kids go back to school.”

“How about a game?” Ty jumped up and started racking the table.

Neil wondered if he’d really seen a shadow pass across Ty’s face at the mention of kids and school. He was probably—straight, married, or both—worried about his uncle.

“I don’t want to keep you if—”

“You’d be doing me a favor. Once I leave here, I have no plans. Idle hands and all that.” Ty grinned and sauntered over to the rack on the wall.

Neil literally shook his head to remind himself where he was and that he really shouldn’t stare at this kid he’d just met, especially not his ass, and then forced himself across the little room to choose a cue. If that perfect round bottom had been created by burgers and fries, maybe he should reconsider his own eating habits. He was a little uncomfortable bending over the table with Ty standing right there watching, but his break probably wouldn’t have been any better had he been standing anywhere else.

Neil had felt a static tension in the room as soon as he reached the table, and as they played it only got worse. And all that bending over and thoughtful lining-up of shots that were missed by miles didn’t help.

They each had two balls left on the table, and Ty asked if Neil wanted to make it more interesting.

Neil laughed. “Not sure I can handle more interesting. But what do you have in mind?”

“Loser buys dinner.”

Ty bent over to line up his shot and his tank top draped over the table, giving Neil a prime view of Ty’s tanned chest and a tease of muscular stomach. Ty missed an easy bank shot.

“Or I can get it after I win.” Neil sank the two ball in the side, and then bumped a stripe in for Ty along with the six ball. As he lined up the eight ball, Neil realized what he’d done. He’d just asked this young guy out to dinner. He’d never asked anyone out before, not once, and this seemed as though he’d done it behind his own back. His hands shook enough to ensure the cue ball followed the eight straight into the pocket.

Ty laughed. His laugh made Neil grin, even through the burning blush he was sure encompassed his entire face, neck, and most of his chest.

“I warned you I wasn’t very good.”

Ty shook his head. “You weren’t kidding.” He replaced his cue in the rack, and maybe he was a little pale when he turned back around. “You don’t have to—”

“You’re suggesting I welch?”

Ty’s grin returned fast, forcing Neil to wonder again about his age. When he grinned like that, he looked almost as old as Neil himself, who wasn’t quite ready to admit he was pushing forty. But when he turned away from the cue rack, he seemed barely old enough to be in the bar. Ty raised an eyebrow, and Neil realized he’d been staring.

“Where would you like to eat?”

“You’re buying, so you decide.”

“My hotel has a restaurant next door. I’m not sure if it’s any good….”

“Sounds fine to me.”

Neil smiled and nodded, and they agreed on a time. When Neil left the cafe, Ty walked alongside him. They continued in a companionable silence to the end of the main drag. Neil expected him to drop away at any time, stunned by the realization he didn’t want that to happen. Ty kept walking with him, his flip-flops matching every step of Neil’s canvas deck shoes.

They reached the hotel, and Ty said softly, “Food’s good here.”

Neil glanced at Ty and then started up the weathered wood staircase to his room, holding his breath. He slowly let it out when he heard the slap of Ty’s flip-flops behind him. Neil’s hand shook the tiniest bit as he swiped his key card and opened the door. He hesitated, and Ty brushed past him into the room. Neil flinched away from the jolt he got when their arms touched.

Neil closed and locked the door and Ty was right there, his auburn curls shivering with his quiet laughter. Close up, his hazel-green eyes were even more beautiful than from across the table, and before Neil was able to think past them, Ty’s hands were on his chest and one snaked up into his hair.

Just before Ty’s mouth found Neil’s, he whispered one word that made Neil smile too. “Electricity.”

Now that you’re in a smexy mood, here’s what you have to do to enter my giveaway. Just leave a comment, include your e-mail address, and answer this question:

Which do you prefer, First Person or Third Person POV?

Yes, i’m doing a scientific study to see which POV readers enjoy the most. It’s not a trick question–“both” is a perfectly acceptable answer. Bonus points for telling us why you prefer that POV, and even more for following me at the usual places.

You don’t have to answer the question to be in the running for all the cool Grand Prizes, but I’d like to hear what you think!

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71 thoughts on “Sizzling Summer Blog Hop, brought to you by The Romance Troupe!

  1. It really depends upon the story, but I usually prefer 3rd person…although 1st person can work in some circumstances.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  2. I usually prefer 3rd person POV, but if the story’s good, it doesn’t matter.

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  3. For me it depends on the story. I usually like third, but some characters are so compelling that only first will do for them!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I like both. It usually depends on the story. I connect to both types. Thanks for being part of the hop.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I enjoy both POVs, depends on the story as to which I prefer at that point. Thank you for the excerpt & for the giveaway!

    JessieL62 AT comcast DOT net

  6. I enjoy either POV. When a book is in first person, I can experience what the main character experiences. Third person, the story is more objective. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  7. I used to be strictly 3rd person kind of gal until I read a really good 1st person and now I love it almost as much as 3rd person.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I usually prefer 3rd person, but it really depends on the story. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Have a Happy 4th of July!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. I like both… As long as it doesn’t get confusing… I hate when i have to reread a passage because there are to many people talking at once.

  10. I don’t mind 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. It really depends on what the stories about and any emotions the characters can inspire.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  11. I enjoy both 1st & 3rd, but usually first more because it puts me in the drivers seat with the character on feeling the emotions! But then I do miss some of what is going on the head of the other characters I get with 3rd person!

    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

  12. I usually prefer 3rd, but sometimes – specially if the character is a little funny, 1st works really well (I like when people make fun of themselves).
    When there’s too much drama involved, 1st POV may sound a little forced.
    And not too many books I’ve read that mix 1st and 3rd succeeded, sometimes it’s a little confusing.
    🙂
    Renata
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. I like 3rd person, if it is first person it has to catch me from page 1 or I don’t feel it

    ashlynnwiliams81 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I think I enjoy first person more but I do like third person on occasion. Sometimes getting inside of the right character’s head is hilarious–and I need all the laughs I can get!
    romanczukc@yahoo.com

  15. Wow, you guys are hopping like mad! Thanks so much for visiting my little stop & commenting! I’m thinking about tallying the results and writing my next story in the POV that wins–just to shake things up a little. Of course, that’s assuming I finish the three I’m working on now! *lol*

    Thanks for playing along everyone! 🙂

  16. generally I prefer 3rd person pov, but some stories really work with 1st person. I like how in 3rd you can get into everyone’s head instead of just the main character. However like I said earlier some stories just work better in 1st person.

    dorthyn @ hotmail . com

  17. Depends on the story itself but reading both POVs of the main characters in alternating chapters can be interesting …

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  18. I prefer third person. First person can be excellent when it’s done well, but I find that’s rare. It’s so easy to get pulled out of a story when a first person narrator knows something he shouldn’t or comes to a particular conclusion merely for the purposes of plot.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  19. Hi! Great sounding book! Nice excerpt! I like both. It honestly depends on how the story is written. I dont really have a preference. Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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