Apologies for being missing in action for a couple of weeks!
Today’s snippet is taken from the newly re-released Out!, the third of my Shamwell Tales, which is out today from Riptide Publishing (and will be on sale at all other vendors from Monday).
Our heroes, cover boy Mark and Patrick, have been caught short during a three-legged charity pub crawl:
There was no one else in there as they stood side by side at the urinals and unzipped. Patrick cast a glance over towards Mark’s face and nearly cracked up at the way he was resolutely staring dead ahead at the plain white tiles on the wall. “You can look if you want,” he said. “I won’t tell anyone.”
Mark’s face went as red as his shirt. “I wasn’t looking!”
“I know you weren’t. That’s why I’m telling you, you can.” Patrick grinned as Mark’s gaze darted over for about a millisecond, then nailed itself back to the wall.
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When love wars with principle, which one will win?
Mark Nugent has spent his life in the closet—at least, the small portion of it he hasn’t spent in the office. Determined to make amends to his neglected teenage daughter from a failed marriage, Mark swears off work—and love—so he can give her a stable home environment. But Mark’s resolve to keep his heart under wraps is tested when he meets an out and proud young man he’s instantly drawn to.
Patrick Owen is a charity worker with strong principles. He doesn’t trust easily, but he’s blown away by his attraction for the older man who’s so new to his own sexuality. Yet Mark is adamant he’s not coming out to his daughter—and Patrick refuses to live a lie.
What with Mark’s old-fashioned attitudes and his flirtatious ex-colleague who’s determined to come between them, Patrick begins to wonder if they’ll ever be on the same page. And when Mark’s career as a tax advisor clashes with Patrick’s social conscience, sparks really start to fly—in all the wrong ways.
Now available from Riptide Publishing
And from Amazon from Monday
Note: this book was previously published by Samhain Publishing. The second edition contains only minor revisions.
I love that exchange between Mark and Patrick (and I also love the new covers for this series). 🙂
Thanks! I’m really chuffed with my new Riptide covers. 😀
Fun snippet! I think I might have to pick this one up — the conflict sounds like a good one.
Hope you enjoy it! 😀
Ha! I can just picture him staring at that wall. A three-legged pub crawl. Because pub crawls are too easy with the requisite number of legs… 😀
Heh, absolutely! ;D
LOL! Oh, man. You’ve painted a vivid picture in just a few words. This looks like a really fun story.
I certainly had fun writing it. 😀
Heh, excellent comeback! 🙂
Hehehe cute snippet, J.L. 🙂
bahahaha – love the interaction here.
Snort. That’s fun.