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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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – The One That I Want & Hopelessly Devoted by RJ Jones

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Title: The One That I Want; Hopelessly Devoted
Author: RJ Jones
Genre: Gay Romance, Musical
Length: Short Stories
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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The One That I Want

Jason escapes into the magic of a Broadway play every weekend. Musicals always have a happy ending and for a few hours he can believe there’s a happy ending waiting for him, too. When the tall drink of water who works on the top floor of Jason’s building, wants to take him on a date, Jason is surprised. After all, Jason is awkward and skinny, and sees himself as a boring accountant, while Paul is tall, dark, and incredibly hot.

Despite Jason’s reservations, Paul and Jason start dating and attending the shows Jason adores. But if Paul likes musicals as much as Jason, why does he always doze off? Is Paul leading a double life? Does he have a wife tucked away somewhere?

Jason knows Paul is hiding something and when the secrets come out, Jason finds his fantasy comes to life, right there on the stage.

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Hopelessly Devoted

One year on from Paul’s proposal, Jason is living a life he never dreamed of. As he fusses with his tie and readies to walk down the aisle, he reminisces about the previous twelve months. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the happy couple in the lead up to their wedding, with obstacles big and small thrown in their way.

Marrying one of New York’s most eligible bachelors has Jason’s stomach in knots. Expectations of their society wedding are high, but out of love for Paul, Jason goes along with the grand plans because he understands Paul’s family has a reputation to maintain. But Paul has a surprise up his sleeve that just may see Jason getting the wedding of his dreams.

Follow Jason on his journey as he prepares to marry one of the most eligible bachelors in New York and find out just how Dave got his name.

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Hopelessly Devoted

NOT LONG after I moved in, we had a problem with Dave. It seemed my cat had taken quite a liking to Paul’s shoes and peed in them whenever we left the closet door open, whether he’d been fed or not. Paul had been at his wits end trying to scrub the smell of cat urine out of his expensive loafers and it had caused more than a few fights between us.

It all came to a head when Paul was working from home one Thursday afternoon. I had stopped by our local Chinese after work to pick up dinner, and as I entered the apartment, I was assaulted by the smell of disinfectant and Paul’s yells.

“Get back here you little pissing machine!”

Dave darted past me, around the kitchen, and up the stairs, heading to his cat-flap that led to the small terrace garden on the roof. Paul was hot on his heels, naked apart from his boxer briefs, his hair wet from a recent shower, clutching the water spray bottle we used to squirt Dave when he’d done something wrong.

“Your fucking cat!” Paul yelled at me as he ran past, taking the steps two at a time after Dave.

Yes, it was my fucking cat when Dave peed in Paul’s shoes, but when Dave wanted a cuddle he was all Paul’s. I rolled my eyes at Paul’s retreating back.

I placed the takeout boxes on the counter and gathered plates and cutlery from the drawer as I waited for Paul to return. I knew Dave would be fine. There’s a hidey-hole in amongst the garden planters where he hides from the spray bottle, big enough for him to fit but too small for a human to get to him. My cat wasn’t stupid. He wouldn’t come out until Paul had left or Dave thought sufficient time had passed for Paul to calm down.

Paul came down the stairs with a scowl on his face and a full squirt bottle in his hand as I finished dishing up dinner.

“I’m tearing out the planters this weekend. The fucker won’t be able to hide so easily then.”

I almost laughed, but the look on Paul’s face said I better not. I remembered what it was like to have your shoes smell like piss.

“How many this time?” I asked instead. “Three.”
“Shoes or pairs?”
“Pairs.”

“Damn.” That was a lot of pee for a small cat. “What were they doing on the floor anyway? You’re supposed to put them on the shelves. That’s why you had that fancy-ass closet built to begin with.”

So not the right thing to say.

 

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R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.

It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…

R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work.  And still, they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.

Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Brass & Keys by Russell Soots

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Brass_Keys_FS_600x900Title: Brass & Keys

Series: Freshman Beginning

Author: Russell Soots

Cover Artist: Creative Minds/Sid Love

Length: 266 Pages

Release Date: October 15, 2015

Blurb: Having recently broken up with his sleazeball of an ex, recent high school grad Keldon Stonebridge is a handsome guy who’s optimistic about the possibilities of the summer ahead in his beautiful hometown of Asheville, NC. He intends to fill his days working, playing his saxophone whom he calls his baby, sipping green iced tea and hanging out with friends. He’s far less optimistic about a summer romance. But then he meets the very handsome Tyler Lawrence. A fellow musician and recent high school grad himself, Tyler also enjoys losing himself in his music and conspicuously avoids speaking about his own ex at all costs. The two quickly fall in love and achieve a bond that truly transcends love and music. It’s a bond that will be greatly tested by loyalty, tragedy and more.

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Just as he was about to get up and make his way to the small private bathroom that was conveniently connected to his bedroom, he spotted something that made him stop.  A black metal framed picture sat on the corner of his cluttered, mahogany nightstand by his bed.  He promptly ceased his stroking.  His breathing quickly resumed a normal pace.  He picked up the picture and held it tenderly in his hands.  It was a photo of him and a guy of Asian descent holding each other close as they both grinned wildly.  A perfect picture that captured one of the many perfect moments during that time.  A sad smile spread across his face and replaced the lust induced one of just a few moments before.  His fingers made slow, caressing and sweeping circles across the image.  “I still miss you.”, he gently whispered.  His eyes watered up.  Several quiet, reflective moments went by before he finally snapped out of it.  He forced a deep exhale and wiped his eyes. Alright Tyler ​ , he lectured to himself, ​ it’s time to stop indulging in the past and embrace the ​ ​ present ​ .  Take things nice and slow just like his old man had said.  With one last nostalgic glance at the picture, he gently set it down.

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Living in central North Carolina, Russell thoroughly enjoys all of the great amenities of the state he’s called home his entire life. He can typically be found assisting a friend with their small business, writing in coffeehouses, enjoying meals, movies, museums and more with friends as well as fully enjoying the great wonder of life itself.

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