Thursday, April 4, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge: D is for Double Deuce


April 4, 2013
It's All About the Books
Day 4 of the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge

D is for Double Deuce
This is my third year as an A to Z participant. It’s not easy - it takes a lot of organization - but it’s worth all the effort to reconnect with bloggers from last year’s challenge and to meet new people and make new friends. While I've resisted a major promo blowout during the past two years, this time It's All About the Books. It could be pure promo or it could be the story behind the story. There might even be an interview with a character, or with the author. Maybe a character has the same hobbies or something like that. I’m not sure just how it will shake out, but I think I’m going to have a lot fun this year. 

Welcome to Between the Keys and the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge! 

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One of the hazards of being a writer is falling just a little bit in love with a character. It’s easy to make big plans for them and then difficult to bring those plans to fruition.  And it’s not because of fading passion for them - oh no! It’s time, or rather no time.

Every writer I know is busy, so it’s not just me. Family, friends and day jobs all take a big chunk out of everyone’s day which is more proof writers are just regular folk. Add in the shopping, the laundry, cooking, making sure we step away from the keyboard to get enough exercise sucks even more minutes out of our day. So when I say it's taken a long time to get back to Ian and Rick and the Double Deuce, it’s the truth! Is that a teaser? You betcha! The next installment of Ian and Rick's story is coming out in May - finally!

 So to get you ready for Deuce of Diamonds (book 2), here's a look at their beginning - Double Deuce. Just perfect for our D-day of the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge. 

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DOUBLE DEUCE
Contemporary gay romance mystery
available now AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Free spirited Ian Coulter works hard and plays harder. An ex-cop turned private investigator, Ian enjoys meeting new men and making new friends. A night out ends up with one man on the floor at his feet, and another asking for his help. Big trouble’s brewing in little Amethyst Cove, and Ian’s a step behind. He’s quick to see Rick Mohr is the man holding the flare at the end a long, dark tunnel. 

Undercover agent Rick Mohr walks a fine line, serving two masters. Insider trading, counterfeit printing plates, and a blown-up yacht have Rick stuck between two Federal agencies, one of which has been compromised. Rick has to discover the mole before it’s too late. When Ian Coulter walks into his life, Rick grabs the chance to salvage his assignment with both hands. 

It doesn’t take Ian and Rick long to discover joining forces, and sharing resources, has definite perks - ones not found in any departmental manual. 

INTRO:

“And yet, here you sit across from me.”

“For one thing, this is the first time I’ve actually gotten a look at you. No one ever said you were so…” He paused and blinked at me.

I helped him out. “Hot?”

Rick grinned. “The very word I was searching for.”

“You’re full of shit, Rick Mohr. What do you really want?”

“I’ve heard you like to have fun—safe fun. Was I misinformed?”

And they called me a slut. Rick had me beat for moving in on a guy fast. “I love to have ‘fun—safe fun,’ but I don’t know you. I haven’t seen you around at any of the local haunts.”

“Well, you know how it is. Boy meets boy. Boy falls in love. Boy gets dumped after eleven years and has to work hard to get back into the swing of things.”

I tapped the wide silver band he wore on his left ring finger. “Hmm. I’ve heard of that. Some weird word that starts with an ‘R.’”

“Relationship?”

I snapped my fingers. “That’s the one! Can’t say as I have any first-hand experience with it.”

Rick sighed. “I actually liked it, although I thought it would have a longer shelf-life.”

I sipped the lemony drink I’d had such a craving for. That craving, and another stronger one, was about to land me in trouble, I just knew it.

“I’ll tell you something, Rick. I don’t like men who cheat on their partners.”

His level gaze met mine. “I don’t have a partner. I have an ex-partner.”

“Why not take off the ring?”

“Truth? I’m not quite ready to have guys hitting on me. Maybe you can help me get over the hump.”

Years of cruising men, of reading their body language and looking into lots of pretty eyes gave me a good read on him. He wasn’t being honest with me about something, but it had nothing to do with the ring, the ex-partner, or the fact he liked to have control of the situation. The little voice inside, the one that never steered me wrong when it was time to cut and run, was silent, and I wanted to learn more about him.

The bottom line was we both wanted to get laid, no strings attached. I could do that for him.
Call me Dr. Love or whatever. He wanted over the hump, and I was more than happy to help him out with that.

“So, Rick, why don’t we finish our drinks, then blow this joint and go find a more private place?”


DOUBLE DEUCE
Contemporary gay romance mystery
available now AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble, and Kobo.

KC Kendricks



4 comments:

Trisha F said...

Yeah, I totally admit I have a huge crush on one of my male leads. :)

I like the sound of Double Deuce!

Melissa Bradley said...

Love it! Your guys are so easy to fall in love with. I think that's why I love to reread your stories.

M Pax said...

Congrats on the new book coming out! Life does like to get in our ways, doesn't it?

KC Kendricks said...

Hi guys! I'm constantly annoyed at how long it takes to pull pure thought out of the air and translate it onto the page. I think it should be a snap and it's not LOL!!