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Title: Curl Around My Heart

Author: Londra Laine

Editor: Jae Ashley

Cover Art: Aria Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: July 24, 2018

Rating: 18+

Page Count: 168

Word Count: 61,923

Themes: California, single dad, beauty shop, contemporary, neighbor romance, African-American, drug addiction

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Blurb

At Pearl’s Hair and Nails, no one questions Tate Robinson about his high heels, crop tops, and lipstick, because he’s the boss and he can wear what he damn well pleases. The shop is his life, and he doesn’t need anything more. Until a man walks in with his adorable daughter, and Tate has to untangle her helmet-hair…and his growing feelings for the single dad.

Reece Evans has been on his job for years, has his own place, and now has custody of his eight-year-old daughter. But he doesn’t trust himself to avoid screwing up. Adulting is not his strong suit—or so he’s been told.And now a sexy beautician, who also happens to be his new downstairs neighbor, has Reece wanting and reaching for more than he thinks he’s capable of.

As Tate and Reece move past their own fears about relationships, Reece’s ex issues a threat that could destroy everything. Will Reece’s worries about other people judging him undermine his budding romance? And will Tate’s fear of rejection make him push Reece away? Or have the sweet single dad and his precocious daughter curled too tightly around his heart to give them up?

***Please be aware that this book contains references to drug addiction.***

Excerpt 

Eventually they eased away from each other, their lips pressing briefly against a cheek, an eyelid, the corner of a mouth, until their foreheads were touching as they shared slightly labored breaths.

“I like you, Tate.” The words spilled from Reece as though Tate had wrung them from him. Tate pulled back, forcing Reece to disentangle their legs. Tate was in profile to Reece now, his head dropped against the back of the couch. His stomach seized and his confidence drained, waiting to hear Tate’s response.

“I like you too, Reece,” the other man mumbled.

Oh, thank fuck.

Reece sighed in relief as Tate shifted to meet his gaze.

“I’m crazy attracted to you. Obviously. But, I’m just nervous because guys like you⎯”

Reece’s hackles rose. “Guys like me?”

Tate closed his eyes briefly then opened them. “Yeah. Guys like you. Stereotypically male. Not so obviously queer. Well, they’ve been attracted to me, dated me. But inevitably break things off, because they think I’m too femme. Too flamboyant.” Tate’s shine flickered, and a well of heat raced up Reece’s chest.

“Well, fuck those dudes,” Reece said, throwing himself back on the couch. “And don’t ever compare me to them. I see you, Tate.” He turned his head and waited until Tate met his gaze. “I like what I see. All of it. All of you. You look good to me in heels,kicks, tight-ass ladies’ jeans, and sweats too. I just like you, man.” He ended his little tirade on a shaky breath and then leaned over to brush his lips against Tate’s.

As he went to pull back, Tate trapped Reece against him, gliding his tongue across the seam of Reece’s lips, coaxing Reece to open then luring him into an urgent kiss. Their lips and noses smashed, teeth bit and clacked as they clutched at each other before Tate pulled back abruptly.

“What am I doing?” Tate whispered, resting his head against Reece’s. “You have a kid. You’re my client. My neighbor.” He pulled back, his face serious, eyes searching Reece’s. “And I like to top. Mostly. Like seventy-thirty.” Tate lifted his chin as though waiting for Reece to object.

Reece just smiled, his dick twitching at the thought of Tate topping him, bending him over the couch and making him wail. He brushed his lips against Tate’s. “Well, lucky for both of us then that I like to bottom, mostly. I’d say about sixty-forty. I figure we can meet somewhere in the middle. As far as the other stuff goes… What? You discriminating against me?”

Tate shook his head. “No, it’s just that I’ve been here before, okay. With the straight guys, the bi guys, even the gay ones, and most of them just wanted to fuck and didn’t even want to take me out on a date because I was too effeminate for them.” Tate waved his hand. “Too whatever, too…me, and I just…” He trailed off.

“You expect me to be like them,” Reece finished.

Tate groaned then covered his face briefly. “No, okay? Maybe. Ugh. It’s hard not to expect this to be the same, you know?” Tate grimaced.

Disappointment surged through Reece but then quickly dissipated. Tate didn’tthink Reece would personally fuckup whatever this was that was starting between them. No, this had nothing to do with Reece. Tate had been burned, and Reece could relate.He couldn’t make any promises about the outcome of their budding whatever it was, but he damn sure wanted to try. He didn’t want to be to Tate what all the other men who’d come before had been.

Reece grabbed Tate’s hand, turning to face the man. “Well, how about we do the unexpected? Can I take you out next Friday after work?” Reece held his breath.

 

About the Author 

Londra Laine

A forever-man for every man

Londra has loved to read since she discovered The Baby-Sitters Club. As a child, her parents would ground her by taking all the books out of her room for several days. Londra began reading romance in 2008 and fell in love with the M/M romance genre after purchasing a book by accident several years later.

After decades of daydreaming, and jotting down story ideas, Londra decided to give life to the characters in her head. She writes to give her guys the happy ending she wishes everyone––no matter their race, religion, gender, or orientation––could experience in real life.

During the day, Londra is a communications manager for a consulting firm. She is a recovering journalist. Londra loves the New York Yankees, Seinfeld reruns, tacos, and Friday nights on the couch with wine and a new book.

In 2010, she moved from her native California to New York City where she lived in Harlem for nearly eight years. In early 2018 she relocated to Seattle with her husband.

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Cover Reveal – Curl Around My Heart by Londra Laine #CoverReveal #gay #contemporary #romance

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Title: Curl Around My Heart

Author: Londra Laine

Editor: Jae Ashley

Cover Art: Aria Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: July 24, 2018

Rating: 18+

Page Count: 168

Word Count: 61,923

Themes: California, single dad, beauty shop, contemporary, neighbor romance, African-American, drug addiction

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Blurb

At Pearl’s Hair and Nails, no one questions Tate Robinson about his high heels, crop tops, and lipstick,because he’s the boss and he can wear what he damn well pleases. The shop is his life, and he doesn’t need anything more. Until a man walks in with his adorable daughter, and Tate has to untangle her helmet-hair…and his growing feelings for the single dad.

Reece Evans has been on his job for years, has his own place, and now has custody of his eight-year-old daughter. But he doesn’t trust himself to avoid screwing up. Adulting is not his strong suit—or so he’s been told.And now a sexy beautician, who also happens to be his new downstairs neighbor, has Reece wanting and reaching for more than he thinks he’s capable of.

As Tate and Reece move past their own fears about relationships, Reece’s ex issues a threat that could destroy everything. Will Reece’s worries about other people judging him undermine his budding romance? And will Tate’s fear of rejection make him push Reece away? Or have the sweet single dad and his precocious daughter curled too tightly around his heart to give them up?

***Please be aware that this book contains references to drug addiction.***

Excerpt

The little knucklehead gave him a sly grin. “Maybe if you ask Mr. Tate on a date, he won’t be so cranky and he’ll do my hair?”

Reece snapped, “And what makes you think he’d even want a date with me anyway?”

“’Cause he looked at you the same way you looked at him,” LJ said matter-of- factly.

“And how is that exactly?”

LJ did what he assumed was an impression of the way he and Tate had allegedly checked each other out. She pursed her lips, looked at Reece, then turned her head away quickly, then snapped her head back toward Reece again from head to toe.

“That’s how you both looked at each other,” she said, shrugging, stuffing her mouth with the last of her roast.

Well. Damn.

He pushed away from the table, rising to his feet. “Well, I’m not doing this alone. Put your shoes on. We’re going downstairs.”

About the Author 

Londra Laine

A forever-man for every man

Londra has loved to read since she discovered The Baby-Sitters Club. As a child, her parents would ground her by taking all the books out of her room for several days. Londra began reading romance in 2008 and fell in love with the M/M romance genre after purchasing a book by accident several years later.

After decades of daydreaming, and jotting down story ideas, Londra decided to give life to the characters in her head. She writes to give her guys the happy ending she wishes everyone––no matter their race, religion, gender, or orientation––could experience in real life.

During the day, Londra is a communications manager for a consulting firm. She is a recovering journalist. Londra loves the New York Yankees, Seinfeld reruns, tacos, and Friday nights on the couch with wine and a new book.

In 2010, she moved from her native California to New York City where she lived in Harlem for nearly eight years. In early 2018 she relocated to Seattle with her husband

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Author Spotlight ~ Londra Laine

A warm welcome to today’s Spotlight Author, Londra Laine.

Thank you for joining us and sharing more about yourself.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT BACKGROUND

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • I’m a native Californian and am from the Central Valley (Fresno, Raisin Capital of the World)
  • I lived in NYC for 7 years and the city is the setting of my debut novel Forever With You
  • I moved to Seattle at the end of January and the daughter of one of my MCs LOVES the Seahawks. They’re her favorite football team and her favorite colors are green and blue. I don’t know if be rooting for them, I have bad blood with Pete Carroll.
  • I’ve worked in the communications field in some way for the last decade
  • I have 11.5 nieces and nephews between five sisters and two brothers. My family is blended, both of my parents remarried. I think that Jaylen, Kelly’s little brother in Forever With You, is an amalgam of a couple of my nieces and nephews.
  • I just got married last year.
  • My favorite job was working as a barista at Starbucks and sometimes I regret not sticking with that job. Something super satisfying about making coffee for people.
  • I love American football. My father played college football, my little brother did as well and he’s now a college football coach. Football will be an important part of my WIP which I hope to publish in May of this year.
  • I love the NY Yankees. I applied for grad school in NYC after visiting there. I said that if the Yankees won the World Series that year, I’d apply for the journalism school I stumbled across. They won, so I did.

What would people be most surprised to know about you?

  • I was a cheerleader in HS
  • I attended a performing arts high school – the very same as Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald. Performing was an outlet for me after a traumatic experience as a child and kind of allowed me to be someone else when living my life was tough. This was my inspiration for Kelly being a dancer in Forever With You. Dancing gave Kelly an outlet as a teenager and later as an adult.
  • I used to get grounded from reading when I was a kid. My mom would send me outside to play and refuse to let me read or just take all the books out of my room. #NerdLife.

How do you relax?

  • Reading
  • Doing guided meditation on headspace
  • Midday naps. Even 20 minutes can change the course of the day for me. I don’t understand why corporate America won’t institute nap time they could get SO much more out of the masses.
  • Taking long walks along waterfronts

Do you have a favorite quote (either from your own books or one’s you’ve read)?

  • This quote from The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood stuck with me for years (and I hate that it is true):

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?

  • I’m a writing newb. Started writing in 2016 and published my first book in 2018. What I love about writing is that you can create the world you want to see around you.

Did you always want to be a writer?

  • Not necessarily a writer but I always wanted to be a communicator. I love engaging other humans.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

  • Most importantly I want people to see themselves in the stories I write. As a kid, I was always looking for myself in all forms of media. The pickings were slim and that made me feel isolated and invisible. I think seeing yourself reflected in media and art is humanizing. Second, I’d like to do it for a long time so that I can grow and learn and improve. Finally, I want to leave something of myself behind. Selfish, I know. Some people think of having children as their little piece of immortality. I think that’s true but I believe the same can be said about words.

What’s your favorite part of writing?

  • This is going to sound nuts maybe, but editing. I actually love to have my work dissected and taken apart and put back together. I get the same satisfied feelings from a good edit as I do when I dump out my purse or backpack and reorganize it. It just feels really

Share a few words about your latest book/WIP, other than the usual blurb.

  • A lot of the action revolves around a beauty shop. One of the MCs owns his own salon and the other has a daughter and doesn’t know how to do her hair. I spent a lot of time in beauty shops as a kid, first with my mom when she would get her hair washed and styled and then as a pre-teen when I started getting my hair flat-ironed instead of pressed at home. In my culture at least beauty shops and barber shops are community hubs. For a lot of people they’ll share some of their deepest worries, their successes and failures with their beautician or barber. So that dynamic is present in my WIP.

Tell us a little bit about your writing style.

  • Ha – I think it’s still evolving. I will say that I love stories about single dads and creating nontraditional families. I also love to include kids in my stories. I love the way they think, their honestly and their typically straight-forward perspective about things that adults overcomplicate.

What does your writing process look like?

  • This is also evolving but I must say that I’m a big fan of outlining and filling in the blanks if that makes any sense.

When/where is your favorite time/place to write?

  • I think I prefer to write at home, fewer distractions. I’m also much more prolific writer at night though I can bang out 1500 words on my lunch break if I sit down with a specific scene in mind. My first book was written mainly at my kitchen island and in a sitting chair in my bedroom, and sometimes at the coffee shop across the street from my old job on Park Avenue. After I published the first book and finished writing my second one (I’m sitting on that manuscript and probably won’t put it out till next year) I bought myself a writing desk and chair. It was awesome, my own little corner in the house. Unfortunately, I had to break it down and sell off the furniture because I moved cross country but I plan to get the exact same furniture for my home work area here in Seattle.

What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?

  • I’m REALLY into Mpreg romance right now, specifically non-shifter.

What was the last book you read? What did you like about it?

  • Hillbilly Elegy. I thought it was very accessible and I liked the discussion that it stimulated among my peer group. I gifted it to a few people even though I didn’t totally agree with all the books arguments.

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Release Blitz – Forever With You by Londra Laine

Title: Forever with You

Author: Londra Laine

Publisher: Self-Published 

Cover Art: Aria Tan

Length: 230 pages/77,000 words

Release Date: January 9, 2018

Rating: 18+

Themes: New York City, office romance, contemporary, single-parent, multiracial, sexual trauma

TRIGGER WARNING:

Please be aware that this book contains a flashback of and several references to sexual assault.

Blurb

Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn’t.

Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly’s hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he’d made his peace with the fact that he’d never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can’t stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won’t let anything tear his fledgling family apart.

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Excerpt #2

“Kelly?”

No. Fucking. Way.

It felt like the breath had been knocked out of him. He looked up.

“Andrew? What are you doing here?”

In black-on-black, eyes blazing and narrowed, Andrew was even more imposing than he was in the office. It didn’t help that Kelly was practically naked.

“I should be asking you what you’re doing here. I assume HR doesn’t know about this?”

Kelly was screwed.

“Captain Douchebag, might I presume?” Taylor piped up.

Worst timing ever.

“Excuse me?” Andrew looked over at Taylor.

By that point, they were drawing attention from one of the bouncers who roamed the floor. Kelly had to defuse the situation.

“Not now, Taylor!” The blond put his hands up in a sign of surrender and headed to the dressing room.

Andrew maneuvered Kelly into the low-lit deserted hallway that led to the dressing room, showers, and staff offices, pinning him against the wall with his body. Kelly could smell Andrew’s spicy scent, feel the contours of his body through his thin shirt. Despite his wariness, Kelly’s body reflexively leaned into Andrew who placed one hand on Kelly’s hip and the other under his chin, tipping Kelly’s face up.

“Look, Andrew. I can explain.”

“Oh, I just bet you can.” Kelly’s belly warmed with arousal at their close proximity and he had to ball his fists to keep from placing his hands on his boss’ chest. He had to end this.

“Let’s talk. Monday.”

“No, tonight. What time are you done here?”

The look on Andrew’s face told Kelly there was no getting out of this. “Two.”

The two just stared at each other before Andrew took Kelly’s face in his big hands. Kelly sighed and closed his eyes, letting his head rest against the wall and Andrew pressed even closer, wrapping a forearm around Kelly’s waist while his other hand rubbed the back of Kelly’s neck. God, Kelly hadn’t realized how much he needed the touch of a man. This man. And he wanted more.

“No glasses.”

What?

“You aren’t wearing your glasses,” Andrew answered as though he’d heard Kelly’s thought.

Kelly opened his eyes taking in Andrew’s strong jaw, the curl of his hair against his thick neck, the way his body surrounded Kelly’s.

“I wear contacts when I dance.”

Andrew’s thumb traced Kelly’s lips and Kelly fought not to stick out his tongue and lick the man.

“Is that what you call what you were doing up there? Dancing? I’ll wait for you at the bar, and we can talk after.”

“No. Meet me at the Greek diner, one avenue east, two blocks down. It’s open twenty-four seven.” His boss didn’t like when the dancers left with customers directly from the club.

Andrew searched Kelly’s face, that thumb now grazing Kelly’s chin. Kelly held his breath.

“Fine. I’ll see you there at two fifteen.”

Taylor returned to the hallway as Andrew walked out, yanking Kelly into the dressing room.

“Jesus you two are hot together! I thought the hallway was going to combust!” Kelly could barely process his friend’s words as he slumped into a chair, dazed. Good Lord. Now, what am I going to do?

“So, have you fucked him yet?”

Taylor was salivating, eyes glowing, bursting with the need for details.

“No! Jesus, Taylor! He’s my boss!”

“So?” Typical Taylor. Trample all over social rules.

“He sure as hell didn’t touch you like he was your boss. He touched you like he was your man.”

Kelly dipped his head to hide the tilt of his lips.

“Holy shit, you loved it! Loved him manhandling you in the hallway!” Taylor was gleeful.

 

 

About the Author

Londra has loved reading since she discovered The Baby-Sitters Club, which remains her favorite book series. As a child, her parents would ground her by taking all the books out of her room for several days. Little did they know that when she couldn’t read other peoples’ stories, she’d make up her own.

Londra began reading romance in 2008. She fell in love with the M/M romance genre after purchasing a book by accident several years later. After decades of daydreaming, and jotting down storylines in various notebooks, Londra decided to give life to the characters in her head. She writes to give her guys the happy ending she wishes everyone––no matter their race, religion, gender, or orientation––could experience in real life.

To pay the bills, Londra helps IT engineers communicate with the people using their products. She is a recovering journalist and a former political staffer. Londra loves to watch American football, baseball, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, and almost any show on HGTV. In 2010, she moved from her native California to New York City where she lives with her partner in Harlem. Forever With You is her first book.

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