Showstring Blog Tour – Tali Spencer

Today is stop three of the Showstring tour. Ben’s visiting with Tali Spencer and telling about showing cattle. You can find the entire story on Tali’s website.

Showstring is part of the Rode Hard anthology from Torquere Press. Friday, August 8th Ben is visiting with Larry Benjamin.

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Showstring Blog Tour – JC Wallace

Today is stop two of the Showstring tour. Ben’s visiting with JC Wallace and giving his version of the first time he and Jayden met.http://tinyurl.com/ohsfs8z

Showstring is part of the Rode Hard anthology from Torquere Press. Monday, Ben is visiting with Tali Spencer.

New Release – Showstring

My new short story, Showspring, has been released from Torquere Press!

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Jayden Laine has spent his life in the city, dreaming of cowboys and cattle ranches. He looks forward to each fall when his life is exchanged for his dreams when the state fair opens.

This year when he steps into the barns he’s greeted by the sights he’s come to see, and one additional sight of Ben Ramos fighting to move a two-thousand pound bull that’s decided he doesn’t want to move. What happens next starts a juggernaut of emotions in Jayden that turn his world upside down. Now all he has to do is reevaluate his entire life and decide who to believe. And he has only a few days to do it.

 

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Sample!

Stepping into the barns from the bright sunshine, I paused for a moment to let my eyes adjust. The earthy scent of cattle merged with the sweet odor of hay and the sharp bite of pine shavings to play across my senses while I waited. I lost myself in this world each fall during the state fair. It always took a little sneaking around so my father didn’t know how I was spending my time. If he figured out my desire for cowboys hadn’t changed, he’d send me off for treatment again, or worse. But this was my time to dream I was normal, to pretend I didn’t know I was damaged.

Locking my guilt away, I moved down the aisle, determined to allow myself a few moments of peace. The neat rows of cattle lying contentedly on immaculately groomed beds of wood chips revived the world I lost myself in each time I could. While forming an important part of my fantasy life, the cattle intimidated me. They were huge, but I still dreamed of working with them.

“Sorry, excuse me.”

Startled I glanced up to find myself in the way of a guy who looked only a few years older than me, leading a massive black animal. Scrambling out of the, the heat of my clumsy embarrassment burned across my face. “Sorry. I wasn’t paying attention.”

The tanned cowboy gave me a bright smile. “If it wasn’t for old fat ass Norman here, it wouldn’t be a problem. But he doesn’t like to be led. So taking him out is a chore.”

He planted his worn boots against the walkway and heaved at the lead rope. The animal took one slow step and stopped again. Exasperation filled the guy’s face. “Holy crap! I’d so make you into hamburger if you weren’t the best bull we’ve had in a while.”

Cover reveal for Drawing the Devil

A heart can live a lifetime in eight seconds.

I got the news I could share the cover for Drawing the Devil! It’s my first novel and I’m excited about it’s release with Samhain Publishing. Now the bad news, the release date is Feb 3rd of next year. I know, I know…the anticipation is killing me too. But I’ll be sure and tease you mercilessly and keep you on the edge of your seats.

But for now, here is the first viewing of the cover

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and the blurb for the novel:

Ever since his father caught him with another boy and threw him out at the tender age of sixteen, Dustin Lewis has been fighting his way up the national bull-riding rankings. He’s on the brink of qualifying for the National Finals when he draws Diablo, a notoriously rank bull—and the ride goes bad.

When bullfighter Shane Rees frees Dustin from the rigging of the same bull that nearly destroyed his face, he comes dangerously close to dropping his guard. Shane knows the potential consequences of being gay in a sport loaded with testosterone-overdosed cowboys, and the resulting scars of mind and body have left him with little self-worth.

Their near-death-by-bull first meeting sparks an attraction that awakens every last one of their personal demons. Yet as the National Finals draws closer, so do they. But they’ll have to overcome emotional highs, near-tragic lows, and bone-crushing danger before love can bust out of the chute.