Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts #2)-Release, Blog Tour, Giveaway, and New Excerpt!
Welcome to the release day for Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts: Book 2). It’s picking up where Empty Nests left off with James and Gabe developing their relationship but hitting some bumps along the way.
I’ll be starting off an extensive blog tour over at the official Dreamspinner Press Blog where I will be talking about the book, writing in general, and running a few giveaways. I’ll be there nearly all day starting at noon EST so pop around and say hi. I’ll also be checking my Facebook, At Twitter, and Google+ accounts.
Here’s the rest of the tour, all the information on where to get your own copy, and a fresh new excerpt.
26-Aug Prism Book Alliance
26-Aug Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
2-Sep Happily Ever Chapter
2-Sep Divine Magazine
2-Sep Jessie G. Books
9-Sep Multitasking Mommas
9-Sep Bike Book Reviews
16-Sep Love Bytes
16-Sep Molly Lolly
23-Sep Bayou Book Junkie
23-Sep Mikky’s World of Books
23-Sep Inked Rainbow Reads
30-Sep MM Good Book Reviews
30-Sep Foxylutely Book Reviews
7-Oct Carly’s Book Reviews
7-Oct BFD Book Blog
14-Oct My Fiction Nook
Bowerbirds (Nested Hearts: Book Two)–from Dreamspinner Press
Two very different men have a chance at happiness, but only if they can let go of their painful pasts and allow love to take precedence.
After spending his teens and twenties raising his son, James Maron is now dating Gabriel Juarez, the wealthy and sophisticated CFO of the TechPrim technology empire. But after a life of proudly holding his head above the poverty line with the ethos of work, priorities, responsibility, and thrift, he is not looking for a Sugar Daddy, he does not need to be rescued, and Gabe’s wealth is as terrifying as feeling love for the first time.
Gabe has never been good at balancing his high-pressure job with his relationships. Money usually clears most of the bumps, and when a boyfriend walks away, Gabe figures it’s for a good reason. But James isn’t like other boyfriends. He doesn’t want Gabe’s money for one, and if Gabe wants to keep his relationship together, he will have to finally face the ghosts of his own past and reconsider his priorities.
THE HEAVY fog of sleep was still ghosting around James’s mind, trying to lure him back down, when he opened his eyes to find that he was nose to nose with Gabe. He seemed to do that a lot around Gabe, just doze off. He had thought that it was because of Gabe’s stupidly comfortable bed, but now it seemed it might simply be Gabe. Or it might have been the ten miles he’d put on his feet that day.
Gabe opened his eyes as well. “Hi,” he whispered.
“I fell asleep again,” James said by way of apology.
“I don’t mind.”
“You should. It’s not like this is a short trip for you.”
Gabe brushed his fingers across his face. “I don’t mind. I’ll take all the time with you I can get. Even if you’re asleep. Time with you is time I’m not at work. I almost feel like I’m having a torrid affair. Cheating on TechPrim with you.”
“You shouldn’t neglect anything that’s important,” James said without a thought.
“It’s all important, and I don’t.” Gabe kissed him. He tasted like sweet coffee. Gabe rolled against him slowly. It didn’t feel sexual. More like sitting on the beach and letting the waves roll over your legs while the sun went down. Gabe’s lips slipped from his, and he pulled back. He looked into Gabe’s soft brown eyes. They seemed tired, and maybe even a hair sad, but James felt something change. Something in his head suddenly slid to the side and locked in with something else. Something in his chest squeezed and twisted in an odd way.
Gabe’s fingers trailed across James’s face, brushing aside a stray wisp of hair. James had plans for a haircut but hadn’t found the time. Gabe kissed him again, and James let himself go. It was all so easy to do around Gabe, just take his hands off the wheel. But that was how people crashed and burned. He kissed back and tried to press himself closer. Gabe suddenly grabbed onto him tight and let out a scared little squeak as he started to slide off the bed. James quickly scooted as close to the wall as he could get, pulling Gabe a few inches closer onto the bed.
“Let me guess, you’ve had this bed since you were ten?”
“Fourteen. Dylan used it too, but he got too tall.”
Gabe nodded and gave him a gentle kiss.
That funny squeeze was back, but it felt almost painful this time. He’d never thought about his bed before. Never thought about putting anyone else in it. It was a bed. It kept his body off the floor while he slept. He should get a new one, that was obvious, a larger one, but it was easier to ignore the fact that there was only one person in his bed when it barely fit him. He squeezed his eyes shut. Gabe kissed them.
“What’s wrong?” Gabe whispered.
“Nothing,” James whispered back. The lie must have been obvious, and he could only hope Gabe would ignore it. The more time he spent with Gabe, the harder it was to ignore all the things that were wrong with his life. All the places he’d never gone. Experiences he’d never had. All the wants buried deep and regularly beaten back down, and the knowledge that Gabe could give him so much of what he wanted. And what could Gabe possibly want in return? It was something James still hadn’t worked out. He had marginal skills in bed. His looks were the very definition of average. He thought that maybe Gabe was just looking for a distraction from his job, but that couldn’t last long. And what would all that leave him with? A bed too big for one.
Gabe squeezed him tight. “What’s wrong?” he asked again.
I hope you all give Bowerbirds a chance, I lot of work went into it and I want you all to really enjoy it.