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Because we all adore a wonderful love story, here’s Tom Goss with More Than Temporary. Make sure you read the little stories at the end – so beautiful. 💞

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#MusicMonday #equality #loveislove

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Given all the media coverage of the upcoming Bohemian Rhapsody movie, I’ve chosen a Queen song this week. This is Who Wants to Live Forever. Let’s hope the movie does justice to their story and doesn’t gloss over key elements of Freddie’s life including his sexuality and death.

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – The World Traveler by Claire Castle #gayromance #FriendlyFriday

This week my friend Claire Castle visits and brings with her an excerpt from her new novel, The World Traveler.

The World Traveler

Blurb

Charming Taylor Samuels doesn’t expect his sister’s video audition for the reality television show The World Traveler to result in anything. But when they’re chosen to compete, he can do nothing but hope for the best.
Adam Scott’s best friend wants them to try to get on The World Traveler, and so Adam reluctantly agrees to make him happy.
As the reality sets in that they’ll competing, Adam tries not to panic too much.
Little do they know that a twist in the show will see Taylor and Adam’s worlds collide in a way they never imagined.
Will everything go horribly wrong, or could this be the perfect beginning to a wonderful journey?

Excerpt

On the ground for the next part of the race, we got on an open-air bus to an outdoor market near the city of Islamabad. The traffic was like nothing I had ever experienced, and the streets flying by looked so different to what we were used to. There were people everywhere, many signs of poverty, and the areas all seemed dirty. It was almost unreal to really be here. The smells that lingered were revolting and made me want to retch. And the heat was stifling. Beads of sweat dripped off my forehead, and it was like my skin was melting.
From the bus, we saw the next luggage tag in a specially marked box, that would direct us to what was required next. Once we got off and found the clue, we stood off to the side to read the information.
Find the nine items on the list attached.
They will be located at different stands throughout the market.
You may work as a team. One or more teams may be eliminated.
The market looked to be huge, so this would be quite the feat. It was teeming with people and animals, and there were many aisles and corridors. The sights and sounds were surreal, and the prospect of what we had to accomplish was a bit daunting.
“Hey Adam, want some water?” I asked.
“I’m okay.” He looked a bit rough but I took him at his word. We saw some other teams arriving—that got us moving.
We were going to stay together for this task. Adam had the list of items we had to find. Our best plan would be to keep the list to show the vendors since a lot of the names were foreign to us and we had no idea what we were looking for or how to pronounce them properly.
I was sweating and wanted to take my shirt off. All my clothes, if I were honest, but that wouldn’t be appropriate. Making sure Adam looked normal, I pulled the water out of my backpack and poured it on each of our foreheads.
Running through all the vendors in the gigantic market was a bit hectic. I stopped someone and asked if they spoke English, but no luck. I kept asking and finally found someone to help. He translated the whole list for us, which was so helpful. It meant that if we recognized some stuff, even if not all, we would be ahead of the game. Things we were familiar with, like six apples or a bottle of oil, would be simpler to find with a visual and knowing the words in English.
I didn’t know what their rituals were here about hugging or not, so I didn’t, even though I wanted to. I could have kissed him though. As I jogged, I held Adam beside me.
He slowed down. “Ah Taylor, maybe I’m not feeling as well as I implied?” Smiling weakly at me, he put a sweaty palm on my arm. He had a bit more color in his cheeks, but didn’t look himself. I was planning to do most of the work this time without letting him know. I know he would hate to feel less than useful.
I tried to act positive and upbeat, even though I felt anything but that. We could do this. I gave myself an internal pep talk at that point. Pushing my hair back off my forehead, I studied the list.
The first item to find was a beaded necklace. I told Adam we would look for that first. The vendors were filled with almost anything you could think of: fish, fruit, jewelry, and instruments. It was crazy to think that this is where people who lived here shopped all the time. An entirely different world.
I zigzagged through the narrow aisles of the market, Adam trailing behind me. All of my skin had a layer of grime and dirt now, but I couldn’t stop to think about that. We hadn’t seen any other teams in awhile. We had no idea if they were far ahead of us or far behind us.
Adam squeezed my hand, and I turned around to see him pointing to a stall. The necklace.
“Excellent,” I said and kissed him on his sweaty cheek. “Still feeling decent?”
“Yes, of course,” he said. I wasn’t so sure, but we continued. I made him drink some water, and I had some myself.
I paid for the necklace using the local currency we had been provided with and draped it over his neck. Next was a certain type of flour. We had to get one pound of it. I kept running, but Adam seemed to be slowing down a bit. Hoping he was okay, I assumed he would tell me if he needed to stop.
“Keep going, I’ll catch up,” he said.
“No, I’m not leaving you.”
“I’ll be fine, I just need a break for a few moments.” He was bent over and breathing heavily. I lifted him up to me.
“Here, take some water.”
He shook his head, but I forced it into his mouth. Some of it dripped down the side of his lips, but some went in his mouth. Then he sat back down on the dusty dirt in a corner.
 “The race. Go. Need to. Not eliminated. Leave me. Go for us,” he stuttered, his words coming out in broken sentences.
I couldn’t believe he was thinking of the race first at a time like this.
“No, no, no I want to stay here with you. Be here for you.”
He took a huge gulp of water and then looked up at me. His hands came up to my cheeks, and he brought my forehead down to his.
“Taylor, I’m dehydrated, yes, and tired. But we want to continue to be… together… be on the race, I mean, right?”
I nodded reluctantly. Sweat was dripping off my nose and forehead, and it was so, so hot.
“So go. Please. For us. Leave your bag with me. We still have a chance. Get the show medic to come and watch over me while you go find all of the items.” His breathing seemed a bit better, but I didn’t want to leave him. On the other hand, I didn’t want this to be our last day together either.
“Okay. Wait here.”
He laughed and gasped, then said, “Yeah, I don’t plan on going anywhere.”
He couldn’t feel too bad if he was making jokes.

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About Claire Castle

Claire Castle grew up surrounded by books. She has loved reading for her whole life. Her true love is romance and HEAs. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found wearing comfortable leggings, drinking mocha and petting her west highland terrier. She loves collecting awesome mugs and paperbacks of her favorite stories.

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#MusicMonday #equality #loveislove

#MusicMonday #equality #loveislove

I’ve posted Shirtless Violinist before. I love this one because of the sweet story that goes along with the music of Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. 💞💞💞

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FRIEND FRIDAY: Guest Post – LOVER plus a GIVEAWAY #gayromance #FriendlyFriday @TTCBooksandmore

My friend TM Smith has a new release and is sharing an exclusive excerpt. Plus there’s a GIVEAWAY. All you need to do is comment on the blog post for your chance to win an ebook from TM Smith’s backlist.

Lover – A Survivor story

Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.

Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.

Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.

Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

Traffic in Dallas was a nightmare. Some asshat had come off the ramp and shot across three lanes on the Dallas Tollway, and Blair had to slam on the brakes right as Rory was taking a drink from his travel mug. The rich, dark liquid, now seeping through the white button-up shirt he wore, was scalding his chest. “Motherfucker!” he shouted, glaring at Blair when he started laughing.

Rory’s day didn’t get any better from there. He and Gonzales were each handed a file on an open investigation into a missing persons case in Tacoma, Washington that was possibly linked to an unsolved murder in Portland, Oregon. “You’ll still be on the NOLA flight, Agent Landers, but instead of spending two days in Louisiana, you’ll be flying out to Washington first thing tomorrow with Agent Gonzales. I can’t stress the importance of this case enough. We need to solve this one—and quickly. Am I clear, Agents?” The director eyed him and Connie over the wire rim of his glasses. The boss was in Dallas to attend the retirement ceremony for an agent that lived locally.

Joseph Stalling took his job as director of one of the most prestigious agencies in the country very seriously. Rory had only ever seen the man smile a handful of times; he often wondered if his boss had any family to speak of as there were no pictures in Stalling’s office back at Quantico. Hell, even the crankiest agents’ desks were adorned with images of beloved pets—if nothing else.

“Of course, sir.” Gonzales stood and tucked the file under her arm. Rory nodded, standing and following her out into the hall. The heels of her shoes clicked on the linoleum, the noise echoing down the length of the long corridor they traveled to the small office they shared with Agent Cummings.

Consuela Gonzales, Connie for short and if you valued your life, was a statuesque woman with dark skin, high cheekbones, and long, black, wavy hair. She was intense and stunning, a tall stick of dynamite, both skilled and determined. She reminded Rory of the actress that played Letty in the Fast and the Furious movies—full of piss and vinegar when challenged but fiercely loyal to those that earned her trust.

Her fingers were on the keyboard before her ass was completely in the chair. “Fantastic!” she exclaimed, snapping her fingers. “Okay, so the body of Mitchell Helms was found in a wooded area of Macleay Park in Portland, Oregon in 2007. He’d been reported missing by his parents in 2005 when he was…Jesus, Rory. He was just sixteen when he went missing. What the fuck is this world coming to?” Gonzales frowned, taking her frustration out on the keyboard in front of her.

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** comment on the post below for your chance to win an ebook from my backlist (EXCLUDING Lover). Entries close 18th May 2018 and one lucky winner will be chosen.

TM Smith

Author bio and links:

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

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