Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway – Long Haul by Michael P. Thomas

Not everything I write is about flight attendants. I’ve written porn about a merman, a novel about a garbage man drag queen, and short stories about a television star, a pregnant politician dude, and Hansel of …and Gretel fame, to name but a few recent departures from the theme. But the flying public is a rich source of stories that will insist on being mined.

I strive to write original characters into engaging stories—the flight attendants in this Mile High Club are not based on me or meant to represent any particular friends, and the airline they work for is imaginary, and different from mine in size and style. But flying for a living is unlike anything else I’ve done, and certain real-life experiences illustrate how in ways that stories I might make up never could. Many of the glimpses of airline life in my stories are true, or real close to it.

The passenger who rang his call light and asked a flight attendant for morphine? Real. (The hunky doctor helping out? Very real. Hubba hubba.) The new-hire flight attendant who had to give a dead guy CPR on his very first flight? Happened. (Although, thankfully, not to me.) In my first book, Kiss Me, Straight, a flight attendant describes a passenger’s attempt to make a mid-air escape from a flight by using her head to put a hole in the side of the fuselage. One hundred percent true, and I’m here to tell you, San Francisco and Sydney have never felt so far apart. The daytime soap opera star whose hunky fiancé propositioned me during a comically lengthy thunderstorm diversion made a brief appearance in the first draft of this story, but we’re saving her fiction debut for a later installment.

My own airline has endured a few high-profile on-the-job deaths, and at least one flight attendant rather famously gave birth to her son on a layover. Two flight attendants who barely know each other getting married on a layover is a new one, I think, but it’s totally the kind of thing that would happen. Were a flight attendant reading this to inform me that real life beat me to the punch, I’d believe it.

As for the middle-of-the-night fire at Tanner’s house: for real my dad once almost burned our house down trying to drive away an ant infestation. Proving that you don’t have to be an airplane passenger to act like a crazy person. As much as it seems to help…

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Title: Long Haul
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Series: The Mile High Club, book two
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novella (62 pages)
Publisher: JMS Books
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Flight attendant Tanner Bradac and his occasional make-out buddy Clark Arnold find themselves on a layover in San Francisco on the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. Tanner is as happy about the ruling as any of his Facebook friends rainbowing up their profile pictures, it just doesn’t affect him personally—he doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Color him surprised, then, when he and Clark get caught up in the celebratory spirit of the day and return home as lawfully wedded husbands.

The wedding may have been a last-minute light-hearted lark, but Tanner and Clark are willing to give marriage a go. Tanner loves Clark—at least, he really wants to love Clark—and he figures the rest should just fall into place. How hard can being married to a guy you barely know really be?

Long Haul by Michael P Thomas

Short Blurb: On the day the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, Tanner Bradac doesn’t even have a boyfriend, so you can imagine his surprise when he and his buddy Clark get carried away by the celebratory spirit of the day and wind up lawfully wedded husbands. The wedding may have been a light-hearted lark, but Tanner and Clark are willing to give marriage a go. After all, how hard can it be?

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The convivial, conspiratorial atmosphere in the office was rather infectious. While Tanner figured it might not be quite the same in backwoods Minnesota or county-seat Kentucky—and what did he know? Maybe it was—the clerks at San Francisco’s City Hall understood that they were playing hosts to the biggest party some of their guests would ever live to see. Couples who had waited years, many of them decades, for legal recognition of their relationships waited alongside eager young queer couples who’d come of age at a time when civil equality for gays and lesbians seemed rather a foregone conclusion. The line whipped along, and when Tess and Cecilia were called to a clerk’s window, Tanner and Clark strode to it behind them. The clerk looked at four smiling faces and produced two forms. “Okay,” she said, “Who’s who?” She slid the forms across the counter.

“Us,” Tess said, placing a hand on Cecilia’s shoulder. “And them.” She jerked her thumb at Tanner and Clark.

Oh, we’re not getting married. Why wouldn’t it come out of Tanner’s mouth? It was true. Wasn’t it? It’s not like making out in the Packers parking lot when they were both three sheets to the wind made two people life partners. He looked at Clark, who would obviously chime in at any second—Tanner would feel foolish when they got back to the hotel pool and Clark asked him, What was with the hesitation?

So say it, already, Tanner willed Clark, but he just smiled up at Tanner like a goof. Suddenly they were standing before a county clerk with an application for a marriage license on the counter between them—now they were going to forget how to talk? Imagine Tanner’s relief when at last Clark opened his mouth.

“Want to?”

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First Flight Out

First Flight Out CoverJesse Cisneros and his best buddy Tanner fly for Mile High Airlines, which is every bit as classy as it sounds. When Dr. Willis rings his call light on a flight from New York to Denver, Jesse is so taken with the good doctor’s looks and charm, he forgets all about the inflight medical crisis that prompted him to call for a flight attendant in the first place. Willis is handsome. Willis is helpful. And wouldn’t you know it? Willis is someone else’s husband.

Jesse can hardly believe his luck when their paths cross again on the patio of a popular gay bar. It’s been nine months, and Willis has been busy: now he’s single, he’s out, and he’s very interested in getting to know Jesse better. It all seems too good to be true! And you know what they say about that …

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Michael P. Thomas is a flight attendant whose writing is continually inspired by his work with the flying public, who flatly refuse to be boring. The author of three novel-length gay romances and a number of romantic and erotic shorts, he writes gay fiction because when he was coming out he sure was glad to have it to read. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives in his native Colorado with his husband.

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt – Signs of Desire by Tempeste O’RIley

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When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after….

 

Signs of Desire
by Tempeste O’Riley
Desires Entwined, #4
M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Release Date: November 30, 2014 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 200 pages
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Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.

The darkness of the parking lot stretched out in front of Adrian Keys, and the door to the Mexican restaurant spilled light onto the pavement every time someone opened it to exit or enter. Stupid. He regretted letting his friend talk him into going out with “the guys.” By the time he reached the door, he had almost talked himself out of going in, but no such luck. A gentle tap to his shoulder broke him out of his paralysis. When he turned, he was face-to-face with Chase, his one-time date turned friend.

Distracted by his concerns, he barely noticed Chase was dressed in a light blue button-down shirt that conformed to his lean and lithe chest. He wore low-rise black jeans that were faded on the thighs, chunky biker boots, and a platinum wrist cuff on one wrist—Adrian knew the cuff was new. When they’d met, Chase had worn a double-buckle black leather one instead. The thing that caught his attention, as it always did, was Chase’s eyes. They were one part amber, one part blue, and another part green, with the most beautiful flecks of gold in them.

Shaking off his inappropriate distraction, he tried to smile, and said and signed, “Hi.”

“Hi, Adrian. You’re not leaving already, are you?” Chase signed. Adrian loved how hard Chase worked to improve his ASL and how he always used it with him now. Even though he could read lips quite well, communicating  in  his  native  language  and  style  was  more  fluid  and comfortable for him.

“No.” Adrian bit his bottom lip, looking away from Chase. He glanced at the restaurant a moment, not sure his worries would make sense to anyone Hearing before returning his gaze to his friend. “I’m worried your friends will be uncomfortable with me or that I won’t be able to keep up with the conversation.”

The grin that spread across Chase’s face was both endearing and unnerving. “There’s only a few of us, and it’s really good food. Promise.” He winked. “Tonight is a night for fun!” Before Adrian realized what was happening, Chase draped his arm around Adrian’s shoulders and pulled him in for a hug.

Adrian allowed Chase to drag him inside, and before he knew it, he sat at a long, curved booth with six others, including Chase. Warmth blanketed him on all sides thanks both to the warm bodies and the heater that valiantly fought off the frigid temperatures outside. Milwaukee in the early spring was cold, icy, and just plain miserable to be out in, though he would take cold over heat any day of the week—you can always put more on, after all.

“Adrian, you know Rhys, and these guys are Dale, Simon, Jamie, and Grayson,” Chase explained, signing as he spoke, making sure to gesture to each man in turn. “We’re only missing Vaughn, but he’s still overseas doing his teacher-swap thing. Boys, this is Adrian.”

He worked hard to smile and waved. “Hello.”

They all replied with heys and his as he looked between the men.

   

 

 

“I found it a beautiful tale of unhappiness changed to romance and then love with a happy ending.”

—Rainbow Book Reviews, on “Designs of Desire”

Designs of Desire is a tough realistic book that is touched by violence countered by the growing love between the two heroes.”

—Sensual Reads, on “Designs of Desire”

“It’s a great book to fall into and enjoy some really good characters.”

—Love Bytes, on “Desires’ Guardian”

“This is my favorite in this series so far. I love seeing how these characters are growing, all of them. As individuals, as couples, as friends, and as a family.”

—MM Good Book Reviews, on “Desires’ Guardian”

“The writer did an excellent job with the characters, they are likable and perfect. Not perfect in the way that they have no flaws, but in a way that they grab you and complement each other.”

—Love Bytes Reviews, on “Temptations of Desire”

 

 

Designs of DesireSimple Desires*+Bound by Desire*Desires’ GuardianTemptations of DesireTruth in Lace*Desires’ Pride*

Micah’s Medicine+Caged SanctuaryWhiskers of a Chance

*shorts in series +shorts in anthologies

 

Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, they has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit http://tempesteoriley.com.

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A Note from Joe Cosentino on Drama Queen eBook

Due to a technical error, for a short period of time some people who purchased from Amazon the Kindle version of DRAMA QUEEN, the first Nicky and Noah mystery by Joe Cosentino published by Lethe Press, did not receive the entire ebook. If this happened to you, our sincere apologies. The problem has been corrected. Please update your Kindle file and you will have the entire book. If you have a problem, please contact me at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. If you purchased it on Amazon and returned it for refund, please purchase it again and enjoy the full book! The paperback and audiobook were not affected by this technical error.

Thank you! Joe Cosentino

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