Guest Author Brynn Stein!

Welcome to my blog tour for Waiting for Patrick. I’m offering giveaways of one signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from my backlist. Comment below and at any of my other blog stops (posted below) to be entered to win. One comment, one entry. Dreamspinner is offering my other paranormal titles (Haunted, Lifeline, and  What No One Else Can Hear ) for $0.99 during “Weekend Reads” on September 2, 3, and 4, in honor of Waiting for Patrick being my ninth published book. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.


Characters Based on Real People?

As a writer, I figure anything I experience will probably come out in some story somewhere. It’s no different for the people I’ve interacted with. Usually my characters come from bits and pieces of people I know (or know of), lightly tossed, and served with house dressing. Okay, there’s not any actual dressing, but none of the final characters are recognizable as anyone else.

Many of my characters are amalgams of numerous people. Ethan, from Living Again, is based on children I’ve worked with over the years. One student had the same medical problems, another had the amputations. Both had Ethan’s vibrant love of life and ‘wide open’ energy. CJ in Ray of Sunlight was also modeled on several students (all of whom died).

Stevie, from What No One Else Can Hear, was modeled on an Autistic boy by the same name who was a resident of the Autism Center on which the residential facility in the book was modeled. He was also almost my son, even though he’s only seven years my junior. (That’s another story altogether, and I can almost guarantee it’s nothing that you’re thinking. It wasn’t a matter of a blended family. <grin>) Of course, the Stevie I knew was not an empath. Also, he wasn’t on quite as high a level of functioning as the one in the book.

Then there are the people who inspire the ‘bad guys’ in my stories. I worked with severely homophobic people for several years (one worked in the same classroom as I did for three years). Many of my homophobic characters are based on them. I find I have to tone them down…a LOT…to be believable as characters, and even then some are still pretty extreme. Again, none of the characters are recognizable as anyone in particular, but usually the things they say are things I hear people around here say all the time.


Commenters: Writers, are your characters based on people you know? Readers, what is your opinion about basing characters on people authors know (as long as they are not recognizable as specific people)? Comment to win.


Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.

Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.

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About the Author

Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.

Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.

Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.

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Tour Stops

      Date Blog Name   Blog Owner Blog Address
September 1st Bike Book Reviews Becky
September 2nd Drops of Ink Anne Barwell
September 2nd Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings Snow Tigra
September 3rd Antonia Aquilante Antonia Acquilante
September 3rd The Story Struggle and Beyond Ki Brightly
September 4th Thianna Durston Thianna Durston Http://
September 4th Unconventional Love Stories Charley Descoteaux
September 4th Misadventures of the Heart Heloise West
September 5th Sandra Bard Sandra Bard
September 5th Tempest O’Riley Tempe O’Riley
September 6th Jackie Keswick Jackie Keswick
September 7th Chaos in the Moonlight K-lee Kline
September 8th Grace R. Duncan Grace Duncan
September 8th Brita Addams Brita Addams
September 8th Cryselle’s Bookshelf Chryselle
September 9th Emotion in Motion Elizabeth Noble
September 9th MM Good Books Review
September 10th Jacob Z Flores Jacob Flores
September 11th Andrew’s Blog Andrew Grey
September 12th Nicki J Marcus Nicki Marcus
September 12th Rainbow Gold Reviews Marc Fleischhauer
September 13th PD Singer PD Singer
September 14th Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction Christopher  Moss
September 15th Renee Stevens Renee Stevens
September 15th Purple Rose Tea House Charlie Cochet
September 15th Open Skye Book Reviews
September 15th The Novel Approach Reviews Lisa (Novel Approach)




Guest Author: Brynn Stein!

Today my guest is Brynn Stein–fellow Dreamspinner and Harmony Ink Press author! Welcome Brynn and thank you for visiting!

This is the ninth stop on my blog tour. I’m having such fun, as I always do on these tours, talking about various aspects of writing in general, and Ray of Sunlight in particular and getting to know all of you. Thanks so much for following the tour. If this is your first stop, feel free to go back and comment on the others, listed below, to be entered to win one of five prizes. More about that later.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Charley. I always love dropping by.

Characters inspired by real life people…sort of.

I’ve already mentioned that Russ was inspired by my students and the homophobes in the story by the people I work with. Now I’d like to talk about CJ’s inspiration. At least part of it.

Years ago, when I was a homebound instructor, raising my own two small children, I taught a little girl with the same kind of cancer CJ has. Let’s call her Jessica.

Jessica was twelve and a half years old and had been fighting cancer for six months when I first met her. Because she was in and out of the hospital and even when she wasn’t she was way too sick to go to school, she need homebound instruction. That means the county schools paid for me to go into her home and work with her so she wouldn’t get too far behind in her studies.

When she was in the Children’s Hospital, of course, she had an educator on staff there who worked with her, but I still visited and kept up to date with what was going on with her. So, by virtue of working so closely with her, I know the symptoms of that kind of cancer, the toll chemo takes on a young body, how education in a children’s hospital works, and unfortunately, how it feels to lose someone so young to cancer.

I worked with her for almost two years. She had just turned fourteen when she went into the hospital for the last time. I visited her, as I always had, but she told me that day that she wouldn’t be there tomorrow. She said that for the first time in two years, she didn’t hurt. (She was always in pain, even with the high powered pain killers she was on). The nurses explained to me that that sometimes happens. The patient’s body shuts down enough toward the end that it doesn’t carry pain impulses anymore.

She was right. She died that evening. Her dad called me the next morning. (I didn’t know him as well as I knew her mom, but mom was justifiably distraught and wasn’t making phone calls.) I think I cried for the rest of the day. She wasn’t the first student I lost to death. And she wasn’t the last. But each one is devastating.

So, now, it feels like a little part of her is immortalized in CJ. He’s really nothing like her, except maybe that indomitable twinkle in his eye. He’s a different age; he has a very different home life. But still…Jessica is sort of the inspiration.


What about all of you? Writers, do you find that your characters are inspired by real life people? Maybe they’re not really anything like them, but the fact that you knew this one real life person went a long way toward your development of this fictional character? Readers, I’m sure far too many of you have had experience with loved ones, or at least people you know, having cancer. I’d love to hear your stories, if you’d like to share short memories, or better yet triumphs, of the people in your life who have fought or are fighting cancer.

Comment below for a chance to win.

Here’s how the giveaway will work. Visit as many sites as you want, as often as you want. Each comment will enter you to win one of the following prizes: 1st) An autographed paperback copy of Ray of Sunlight, 2nd) An electronic copy of Ray of Sunlight, 3rd) Your choice of audio or electronic copy of Living Again, 4th) An electronic copy of Through the Years, and 5th) an electronic copy of Haunted. The takeovers for Harmony Ink’s blog and Facebook page will be part of the tour, so comments on there will count. I will draw the winners during the FB takeover and will announce them then, but will come back and announce it to all the sites too. So, you don’t have to leave your email address here if you don’t want to, just remember to check back. You’re also welcome to leave your email in the comments if you’d rather or email me at with the subject heading of “just in case”, so I can contact you if you win, if you don’t want to have to stop back by the blog sites. You don’t have to be present at the FB takeover to win.

Thanks for playing.


Blog Tour Stops
3/3/2015 Bike Books Review
3/4/2015 Grace Duncan
3/5/2015 Susan Laine
3/6/2015 Jo Ramsey
3/7/2015 Alicia Nordwell
3/8/2015 Jana Denardo
3/9/2015 Lex Chase
3/10/2015 Sean Michael
3/11/2015 Charley Descoteaux and Charli Green
3/12/2015 Anne Barwell
3/13/2015 Karenna Colcroft
3/14/2015 Anna Butler
3/15/2015 Nic Starr
3/16/2015 Shae Conner
3/17/2015 Jessica Davies
3/18/2015 Aidee Ladnier
3/19/2015 Emma Tett
3/20/2015 Harmony Ink Blog
3/21/2015 Harmony Ink Facebook Page


Ray of Sunlight

Brynn Stein


Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.

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Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who encourage her writing and provide a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:


Guest Author: Brynn Stein!

If the name Brynn Stein sounds familiar, it’s because she’s been here before. Oh, and her book Living Again is also a bestseller! She’s here talking about common themes in her stories, and there’s a giveaway!

Thanks for visiting, Brynn, and best of luck on the rest of your tour!


Living Again


Hi all,

I’m enjoying my blog tour so far, and have gotten a fair number of responses for my giveaway. If you haven’t seen any of my other stops on this tour, here’s how the giveaway will work. Comment below, and go to as many sites listed in the blog schedule as you’d like and comment there as well. Each blog you comment on will earn you one entry for my giveaway. Three prizes will be given. One signed paperback copy, and two electronic copies of Living Again.

Now to talk about other things.

Since I just got my promo pack for my next story, I thought I’d tell you a little about it. It’s called Through the Years and follows the two lead characters across almost fifty years. They met in the 1960s and instantly clicked, though one character, Gene, didn’t really think anything romantic could come of it and he was okay with that, as long as he could be with Edward. Edward, on the other hand, started having romantic feelings toward Gene, and was terrified by it, due to his homophobic upbringing. So much so that he left the state and stopped communicating with Gene altogether. They meet again a couple years later and the story goes on from there, but for the purpose of this blog stop, I’d like to focus on that early part.

I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts during this blog tour, that homophobia often plays a big part in my stories, largely because I see it so much, either blatantly or subtly in my daily life here in the Bible Belt. Not all churches are blatantly homophobic and I try to make sure that shows up in most of my stories too. There is very little mention of the church in general in either Haunted or Living Again but several churches appear across the decades in Through the Years, from Edward’s extremely homophobic church to much more accepting churches that actually welcome the gay couple later.

While my stories don’t have the church in common, they do all have extremely homophobic characters. A powerful man who all but owns the town that Jason lived in before he was killed, in Haunted. Daniel’s Uncle Lawrence, in Living Again; and numerous people in Through the Years. There’s Edward’s family, first and foremost, but there’s also his pastor, several people on the college campus where they met, and a small gang of people who encounter Gene years later and take exception to the fact that he was gay.

Another thing these three stories have in common is the theme of family. Some of the families are supportive like Jason’s in Haunted, but most aren’t. Neither Daniel’s nor Jonah’s family is supportive of their lifestyle in Living Again. In Through the Years Edward’s parents most certainly are not, though there are other family members across the decades who are, indeed, supportive.

These last two books both have children with disabilities in them as well. In Living Again, Ethan is a huge part of the story, where in Through the Years we don’t meet Luca until much later in the story and while I wouldn’t call him a minor character, he doesn’t have quite as much impact on the storyline as Ethan does.

I’m always surprised how my characters, who, of course, all draw from my experiences and research, can have such different stories to tell. Yes, there are similarities because I draw from a finite set of personal experiences and interests, but they all manage to retain their individuality anyway.

What about you, writers? Do you find similarities in some of the elements of various stories you have written? And readers, have you followed an author and found common threads here and there, even though the stories themselves were very different?

Comment below and let me know.


Below is my Blog Schedule. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please pay a visit to these other blog sites as well. Don’t forget, the more you comment, the greater your chance of winning a copy of Living Again.

Blog Schedule:

Blog Stop Date of blog Host Address of Blog
1 7/8/2014 Jessica Davies


2 7/10/2014 Grace Duncan
3 7/11/2014 Emma Tett
4 7/14/2014 Tara Lain
5 7/16/2014 Charlie Cochet’s Tea House
6 7/18/2014 Lex Chase
7 7/21/2014 Anne Barwell
8 7/22/2014 Suki
9 7/24/2014 JP Barnaby
10 7/28/2014 Tempest O’Riley
11 8/4/2014 Kit Moss
12 8/7/2014 Michael Rupured
13 8/11/2014 Shae Connor
14 8/14/2014 Charley Descoteaux
15 8/18/2014 Elizabeth Noble
16 8/21/2014 Grace Duncan



Blurb of Living Again:

Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.

Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel’s suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.

Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he’s hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.

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Brynn’s Bio:

Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.

Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:

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Guest Author: Brynn Stein!

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Today my guest is the very cool Brynn Stein (if you want proof just check out her blog!). She’s back for another visit and talking about one of my favorite subjects, research!

Hello all,

I’m honored to have been invited to appear here today. Charley suggested I blog about my research, since I’m between books right now. My specific recent research might not be of interest to most. I’ve been on a medical kick recently, apparently, and have researched life support equipment and procedures, care of amputated limbs, coma information, and a plethora of questions about prostate cancer. (In my opinion, I now know more than most women would wish to know about the subject).

But, I thought I’d talk about research in general.

We’ve all heard the advice to “Write what you know.” And I agree with that…sort of. But, I’m a teacher in my other life and I’m never content with what I currently know. So, in my mind, the advice becomes, “Research the heck out of anything you’re interested in, and then write what you know after that.” More “know what you write about” than “write what you already know”. (And I’ve talked to and read about authors who interpret the original advice in both of those ways. Writers who swear research is not enough…that you must have personal experience with everything you write, and writers who agree with me that you should start with what you know or what interests you, but never let a current lack of details about the subject keep you from writing about it…once you research the details.)

I’ve talked to, or read about, authors who absolutely hate research, and then others who love it. I’m in the latter group. My kids tell me I’m a ‘freak’ for loving to research things…not just things I plan to use in stories, either. Someone asks an off the wall question, and if I’m anywhere near my computer, I’m off to Google to see if I can find the answer.  I come across a word I don’t know (this doesn’t happen all that often anymore since I have a love affair with words anyway, and I read constantly…but it does still happen from time to time)…off I go to I hear something on TV or on a movie and wonder if it’s true…I research it until I know for sure. I want to buy a new car or a new appliance, I find out everything I can about various models or brands before I even step foot out the door.

So I actually welcome the chance to research for the stories I write. But, I find, I intersperse researching and falling back on the original advice of writing what I know. For my first book, Haunted, very little research was necessary. The story came to me pretty much already written in my head, and I just frantically tried to keep up with my muse as she (or would it be he?) nattered in my ear about what had happened to Lenard and Jason.

HauntedBut with my second book, while the actual storyline came to me pretty well developed, I needed to research details. Living Again, set to come out sometime this summer, is about a man who lost part of one leg years before during his involvement with the military, but we pick him up after a car wreck where he breaks the other leg and the opposite arm. (Yes, I love hurt/comfort stories, but that’s a completely different subject of another blog, some other time). Daniel obviously is going to need a lot of help during his convalescence…enter Jonah…a nurse with a private home care agency. I needed to research a little about care of amputated limbs, etc, but I knew a lot about the kind of general care Daniel would need until he could do everything himself again, since I’ve worked with children with severe handicaps off and on throughout my adult life (and volunteered some before that too, actually).

The most research with that story was to accurately portray the medical care required by Jonah’s son, Ethan, who was born with multiple handicaps and was in and out of the hospital throughout the story. Again, I could start with what I already knew, build on what I was interested in and needed for the story, and spent hours and hours of blissful research on everything from life support equipment to congenital heart conditions to possible lengths of hospital stays for various situations.

For my third book, Through the Years…which I recently submitted to Dreamspinner, but haven’t actually heard back about yet…I got to do a bunch of different research. It follows the two lead characters for fifty years, from their college days in the 1960s to current day. While I could draw from personal knowledge for more of that timespan than I’d like to admit, I haven’t really been around for all of that, so, off to Google. I researched slang in various time periods, colleges that offered what my characters studied, at the correct time in history. Songs and movies at various time periods, technological advances through the years, and events in the history of gay rights. This is also the book for which I ended up learning so much about prostate cancer.

For the book I’m currently working on, and hope to have submitted soon to Dreamspinner for their opinion, I’m focusing on research of comas and seizures, symptoms and treatment of depression, and a lot of Irish culture and slang.

Fortunately, as much as I love to research, these stories aren’t all about the subjects mentioned above. The research is necessary, in my opinion, or lend verisimilitude, but the majority of each story is about character growth, and developing relationships (and eventually sexy times)… and usually I don’t need a lot of research for that part…the characters are pretty good about telling me all of that.

I don’t usually set out to research a specific subject. The characters tell me their story, and in the course of writing that down for them, I find I need to research this or that. And I love both parts. I rejoice when words come so quickly that I have a hard time getting them all down fast enough. I delight in being included in the characters’ lives and watching them grow and fall in love, and fight and pull apart, and go through challenges either together or separately. But, when it comes time to research this odd detail, or that bit of knowledge that would make the story more real…I revel in that too.

I would love to know how all of you feel about research. Love it? Hate it? Necessary evil or something to look forward to?  Comment below and let me know what you think.

DsP logoAuthor’s Bio

Brynn Stein has always been a bibliophile and a closet writer. Many years ago, she found the joys of writing fanfiction, which provided an opportunity to “come out of the closet” with her writing. She enjoyed some success writing fiction for various fandoms—even winning several awards, but noticed that she liked writing “alternate universe” stories, meaning that, except for the names and vague situations in common with the fandom she was writing for, most of the story was original. When the opportunity came along to finally publish original fiction, she grabbed it with both hands.

Brynn lives in Virginia with her two two-legged children, and four four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs and edits other people’s manuscripts. In free time, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.

Thanks again Charley for letting me appear today. Stop by my page any time!

Guest Author, Brynn Stein!

HauntedToday my guest is fellow Dreamspinner Press author Brynn Stein! She’s a new friend so it was nice to get to know her a little—and get the scoop on her upcoming release, Haunted.  The novella Haunted is available for pre-order and will hit the streets on July 17th!

First, tell us a little about yourself, your writing, or anything you’d like to share.

I always wrote for fun but never shared anything with anyone but friends.  A real life friend got me involved in fan-fiction and the more I wrote, the more I wanted to write.  Another friend encouraged me to submit an original work to Dreamspinner and to my surprise, they offered me a contract.  It’s all been really exciting.


What draws you to romance? M/M romance?

Most of my fan-fiction was not romance but always included a very close relationship between the male leads.  It wasn’t that far a leap to tip into actual romance. I still like to focus on the emotions and the relationship more than the actual physical relationship, but there is some of that there now too.


Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little of both.  I always know (or at least think I know) where I’m going with my stories, but sometimes they take interesting turns along the way.


How do you decide where to set your books?

For Haunted, the setting idea of a haunted house came from a prompt in a fan-fiction challenge.  I set it in Virginia, mostly because I live in Virginia.  It could actually be set in any really rural area.


Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written?

If you include fan-fiction, I love writing from Blair Sandburg’s POV (from The Sentinel).  In original fiction, I’ve only written the one book so far, but I’d have to say Jason Miller is my favorite.


Why is he your favorite?

For Blair, I just love his confidence and intelligence.  In those ways, my character of Jason Miller, in Haunted, reminds me a little of him.  Jason is a little cockier, though.  Another thing I love about Jason is his playful innuendo.  Poor Len (the other male lead in Haunted) is constantly trying not to be embarrassed. Of course, he doesn’t mind acting on the innuendo at all, so…


What are your daily must-stop blogs and websites?

I’m new at this, so I don’t follow a whole lot of blogs yet, but the other blogs who are posting about Haunted are:

Andrew Gordon


Charlie Crochet

Jana Denardo:

Kim Fielding

Lex Chase


Speaking of online hangouts, where are yours? Where can your readers find you?

What are you working on now? Will you share a little with us?

I’m working on a story involving an amputee professor who is in a car accident.  He reluctantly falls in love with his private nursing attendant…and his little four year old, handicapped son.

Excerpt (unedited):

Jonah wandered into the kitchen but then just stopped, not quite knowing what to do.
Daniel noticed right away that something more was on Jonah’s mind besides just getting him set for bed.  He came up behind the slightly taller man, and gently grabbed his shoulders.  He turned the other man to face him and asked, “Are you okay?”
“Do you know how long it’s been since I had someone to help at all around the house? Let alone anyone willing to do anything with Ethan unless they were getting paid for it.”
“Too long, I’m sure,” Daniel pulled the other man into a gentle hug.

“Daniel,” he said seriously. “I don’t know what I did to deserve you in my life, but I am so glad you are.” Jonah ran his hand gently down Daniel’s cheek, just barely brushing his lips.
Daniel was stunned, but the caress had felt so good and had been so welcomed, he decided to test his luck. Now or never, he said to himself.
“Jonah,” he put his hand on the other man’s cheek and he leaned into the touch, so Daniel continued. “Would I get decked if I kissed you?”
Jonah smiled. “You might get decked if you don’t.”
Daniel’s lips bent up in a small smile and then met Jonah’s. He had longed to do this for so long, but he had been so afraid of losing the other man’s valued friendship if he pushed it. He felt like he was falling into the kiss. It wasn’t frantic or what anyone would call ‘passionate’, but that didn’t make it any less full of emotion.
When he finally pulled back and looked into Jonah’s eyes, he found a teasing spark there as the other man said. “It’s about time! I’ve been giving hints for weeks!”

Now for the scoop on the book you can buy this week!

HauntedHaunted, by Brynn Stein

When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well.

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.


LENARD BLAKE wrestled his few remaining possessions onto the wraparound porch as he muttered invectives aimed at his wife. “Ex-wife,” he reminded himself as he expounded on various physically impossible situations he wished would befall the woman. Because of her, he’d had to move practically clear across the county. It had been a particularly nasty divorce and Deborah, his ex, had gone out of her way to make sure everyone knew it was Lenard’s fault. The fact that it was Lenard who had found his spouse in bed with another person, and not the other way around, didn’t seem to deflect any of the blame. Deborah was from a wealthy Colorado family—the Helmsleys—and no one was going to call her on the lie, even though many people seemed to know she had been cheating on Lenard for years.

Her family had strong ties in the police department where he had worked as a detective for the last four years, and as a patrol officer before that, and it had become impossible to stay in Denver. Not only that, but he couldn’t even stay in Colorado. The Helmsley family had long arms, it appeared. Every major police department across the state had been warned off him. He had had to search for small towns on the other side of the country to be sure the senior Helmsley didn’t stand in his way yet again.

He had scoured the Internet for a place of his own that he could afford… far from everyone he knew—and especially away from the influence of Deborah’s family—where he could lick his wounds. He had found this house. A beautiful old farmhouse ten miles outside a small town in Virginia. Jessup was so small, in fact, that it wasn’t even on any map he could find. No neighbors for miles. It had seemed perfect. He’d contacted the agent and paid the ridiculously low price without even thinking about it.

Now that he was here, it was obvious that the picture on the Internet had been of the house in better times. “Maybe twenty or thirty years ago,” he mumbled unkindly, as the front screen door came off in his hand. “No wonder the real estate agent seemed surprised by my interest. Probably laughing his fool head off all the way to the bank, with the last of my money.”

There was nothing he could do about it now, though. It really had been the last of his money, and he had nowhere else to go. So, he wrestled the last suitcase into the foyer. He did have to admit the house had potential. Beautifully carved molding adorned the top and bottom of every wall… well, what hadn’t fallen down and was now lying in heaps on the floor. The staircase was made of sturdy wood and had obviously been beautiful once. Hardwood floors decked the foyer, living room, and study. They could use a coat of varnish or two but otherwise were in decent shape, for the most part.

The Internet ad had mentioned that the house was furnished. That was one of the features that had decided him on this particular dwelling. He had no money to go buy a bunch of furniture and had never really cared about interior decorating, so he was sure whatever was here would be fine.

He was wrong.


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