Tuesday Teasers with guest author Lloyd Meeker

Welcome to Tuesday Teasers with ZA Maxfield! This week we have author Lloyd Meeker joining us!

Fans of Teaser Tuesdays know what’s going to happen here:

I’ll post a snippet from one of Lloyd Meeker’s books with the character names asterisked out.

Your mission is to guess which of Lloyd’s books the excerpt comes from! Email your answer to me,  zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com. Please be sure to put “Teaser Tuesday” in the subject line! I’ll draw a random winner each week. It’s that simple! Come play along… If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered to win a prize!

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Lloyd Meeker can’t help what he writes – stories arising from the between places, the mystical overlapping between the worlds of matter and spirit, and the eldritch beauty that dwells there. It’s his natural habitat.

He’s in love with the adventure and magic of living there, loves plunging into stories full of both, and wants to take you along. Mostly he’s in love with love, and believes deeply in the power of love to overcome any challenge. He’s known it in his own life, and seen it in the lives of others.

In addition to his written work, which includes novels, essays, poetry and short stories, he has served since 2008 as a judge in the Queer Foundation’s annual National High School Seniors Essay Contest, which promotes effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, and awards scholarships to the winners. Finalists are selected from schools across the United States by members of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Happily ensorcelled by music, subtle energy healing, and the wonders of nature, he lives with his very understanding husband in southern Florida, among friends and family, orchids, and giant hibiscus that take his breath away every morning.

You can find out more about Lloyd on Facebook, Twitter, his website, or email him.

HERE’s the snippet:

“Have you ever mated in spirit-body?”

A shudder of rising desire surprised ***. “No.” His voice was low, hungry. “Not yet.”

“I will show you. Come.” Together they floated to the grass. “We sit facing each other. Like this.” He sat cross-legged and beckoned to ***. “You sit close. Closer. Put your legs over mine. Yes. Put your feet behind my back. Yes. I put mine behind you. Put your arms on my shoulders. Yes.”

At first touch, ***’s breath caught. He whimpered, wild with excitement, and leaned forward for a long kiss.

******* broke the kiss with a smile, gazing into ***’s eyes. “I hold your waist, draw you closer so you sit on me, and our spirit- bodies unite.”

Their eyes held, unwavering, deep. *** gasped with pleasure. “Oh! It feels just like—”

“Yes. Exactly like. Closer than bone and flesh, than breathing. It is good. Now we embrace. Tighter. Yes.”

Only the fires of first touch, of joining were familiar to ***. Then nothing was at all like anything he had felt before. He couldn’t bear his own ecstasy, yet knew it without effort, just as he knew *******’s. They formed one being, one matrix of power, one undulating wave on the vastness that lifted them, drowning them.

He became vast, permeable, fluid, gas, solid, a tree’s memory, desire fierce as a hawk’s cry. His body/not-body was denser than stone, or quick and diaphanous, wild and mercurial. He sighed, and his breath blossomed into brilliantly feathered birds that soared away in a breath-taking flashing of wings, bringing the feast of his lover’s tongue back to him, sweet as ripe fruit dripping, *******’s breath becoming the same birds, nesting and mating in his throat.

The ***** itself gathered them up in their laughter and lunging play, binding them together with ropes of stars, firing their bodies into untraceable arcs, wheels of light and shadow, giving and receiving.

It stretched them glittering across the rough floor of scorching deserts, snaring them in cactus and brush, it calmed them in the icy violence of thunderheads, pressed them together into melting lava, a mountain, a valley, a well, into veins of glowing quartz, sharp fingers of clarity racing through crushing mass, triumphant and free.

******* was a volcano and *** an ocean meeting him, infinite welcome. He evaporated and condensed again around the heat of newborn rock, caressing him with his eternal waves.

Then, helpless and all-powerful, all his chakras flowered open, his body swelled, failing to contain his essence, bursting open into stars rising in a spiral fountain, twining together, together melting and falling—into spent ash, soil, stone, silent water, root, rest—complete.

In a long, slow return to himself, his senses reorganized into familiar patterns. He stared at *******, but couldn’t form words. He ran his hands up *******’s arms to his shoulders, gave up trying to speak, and buried his face in his neck.

“Now we are united not only by your action in my childhood, ***, but also by our loving,” ******* murmured, stroking ***’s hair. “*** and ******* have both chosen this—together now in a good way. Because of this our paths will cross often, and well.”

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Thanks for joining us, Lloyd!

If you think you know what book this excerpt came from, don’t forget to email ZAM at zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com with your guess!

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Sunday Brunch Blog – 7/27/2014

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Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have one awesome friend joining us! Please welcome Lloyd A. Meeker!

This week’s question is: “Do you remember the first movie you ever saw? What was it, and how did you feel?”

***BIG NEWS*** From now on, instead of the ebooks we’ve been awarding as prizes, I’ll be giving out a $5.00 Amazon gift card so readers can use it for the ebook (or other Amazon purchase) of their choice. All you have to do is comment below for your chance to win!

Now let’s hear from Lloyd A. Meeker!

Fantasia came to Loveland, the Colorado town closest to the farm where I was born, some time in the fifties and I was included in a carload of kids organized to go see it. While going to a movie was a big deal for us all in itself, Fantasia blew the doors off my imagination. Happily I don’t think I’ve ever recovered the doors! I’m very grateful. The movie changed the way I experience music, that’s for sure. Just the orchestra warm-up made me shiver.

The abstract shapes that rolled across the screen to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor somehow rewired all my circuits. Each of the episodes gave me something, including the perfect object lesson provided by Schubert’s Ave Maria, that of how dull being “holy” must be.

In contrast, Night on Bald Mountain was pretty hot, the harpies had red nipples. Rites of Spring was awesome with the doomed dinosaurs, Dance of the Hours was fun, as was Tchaikovsky’s Nutckracker. I loved Beethoven’s Sixth, even at my tender age I thought the muscular centaurs were mighty fine. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice scared the snot out of me. Another object lesson — this time about being a naughty boy!

There may have been other musical segments, but those are the ones I remember fifty some years later. Overall, I hit just about every color on the emotional spectrum that an eight year-old kid can experience, and I came away with a completely rearranged sense of what was possible in stories, and certainly a new feel for music and ideas coming together.

Buy Links for The Companion

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Thank you to Llyod for joining us this week!

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Sunday Brunch Spotlight with Jeff Adams

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Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have a special Sunday Brunch Spotlight with Jeff Adams. In addition to our weekly Sunday Brunch question, Jeff has kindly answered a few more questions for us! Jeff’s book, Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound releases today!

This week’s question is: “Go back in time and change one thing. What do you think will happen?

***BIG NEWS*** From now on, instead of the ebooks we’ve been awarding as prizes, I’ll be giving out a $5.00 Amazon gift card so readers can use it for the ebook (or other Amazon purchase) of their choice. All you have to do is comment below for your chance to win!

Here’s Jeff’s answer to the Sunday Brunch Question of the Week!

Hmmm. I’m not sure I can do this. I’ve watched way too much Star Trek in my life and have seen the ramifications of playing with time travel. Save Edith Keeler, the Nazis take over the world. Rarely does good come from time travel, even though bringing whales from the 80s into the future seemed to work out okay. I suppose if I could go back and change something and know that I wouldn’t wreck the universe, or lose the things I love about my life, I would make sure that humans took care not to cause global warming. The whacky weather of the past few years is not fun.

Now, on to the other questions!

Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. Tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks for letting me come to brunch, ZAM! I’m thrilled to be here. Here’s the quick rundown on me: husband, author, Detroit Red Wings / Pittsburgh Penguins follower, occasional hockey player, cyclist, musical theatre and dance fan and I’m an internet project manager to pay the bills. My husband and I relocated across the country just this month after fifteen years in New York City. We’ve escaped the big city and settled in Humboldt County California, back to where met in the late 90s.

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When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

With the sequels to Hat Trick, I find I now fall somewhere in between a plotter, figuring the whole thing out ahead of time, and a pantser, where I just make it up as I go. The major plot points of the two sequels were mapped out before I wrote too much, but how I got from point A to B was made up on the fly. Sometimes that meant some minor adjustments to point B, but overall Hat Trick 2 ended up where I thought it would. We’ll see if that holds true for three.

For stories outside the Hat Trick universe, however, I’m a pantser all the way becuase I really enjoy making it up as I go. It keeps it intereesting and I can always refine for timeline and continutinty in edting.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing a bit in middle school. It was in 10th grade that I really took off though becuase I had a wonderful English teacher, Janice Winokur, who turned me on to writing and Shakespeare. I eventually majored in journalism and worked in the field for a decade. Throughout that I dabbled on short stories, which few people ever saw, because I simply enjoyed creating. For a while in the early 2000s, I also co-edited and wrote for a literary magazine that I created with a good friend from college (that mag still exists at www.thefirstline.com). I finally started publishing my own stuff in 2009 with some shorts at Dreamspinner and JMS Books. In 2013, I moved to being a novelist with the young adult novel Hat Trick and today my new adult follow-up, Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound debuts, also from JMS.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Writing physical altercations is difficult. I can make characters verbally fight pretty easily, but if punches need to be thrown, or even more, it’s something that I have to consider carefully, and read over a lot, to make sure it visualizes well.

Do you have any advice for other writers?jeffAdams

Keep writing! And keep learning the ins and outs of publishing so you’re able to always professionally present yourself and your work. Also, find people, both other writers and readers, you can trust to beta read and give you truthful, constructive feedback. Lastly, research publishers so you know which ones publish the type of stories you write so you’ll know where to submit. Or, read up on self publishing and publish your own work.

What do you like to read?

Since I’m writing a lot of young adult and new adult these days, I’m tending to read those genres pretty heavily. I also pick up m/m books that feature hockey players since, besides covering the Red Wings, I’m the literary editor for PuckBuddys.com. I read a lot of other stuff too, but right now those are my most read categories. I have to admit, however, that when I’m in writing mode I tend to read less. It’s sad, but true.

Will you write more about these characters?

Yes. As I alluded to earlier, there will be a third novel in the Hat Trick series. I’m currently about half-way through the first draft.

There’ll also likely be a couple short stories likely to happen as well. Back in late December 2013 I did a short story that gave a brief glimpse of Simon and Alex, the lead characters, in their freshman year at University of Michigan. It served as a nice bridge between them being high school seniors in Hat Trick and college sophomores in Hat Trick 2. I see a similar story to give a glimpse of them as juniors since the third novel will have them as seniors. It’s possible there may be another short story after book three that catches up with them after college too.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are a couple of common themes in the Hat Trick novels: life is better when you’re able to be your true self and the importance of true friends. There may be strife, but knowing yourself, being yourself and finding good friends can help you get through to the other side.

Jeff and ZAMAbout Jeff Adams:

Jeff Adams caught the writing bug in middle school and finally became a novelist with the Hat Trick series. He’s also got short stories published with JMS Books and Dreamspinner Press. Jeff and his husband Will left the hustle and bustle of New York City to return to the more peaceful lifestyle of Humboldt County, California, during the summer of 2014, which should allow for more time to write. Extending his love of hockey beyond novels, Jeff covers the Detroit Red Wings, as well reviews LGBT books that feature hockey, for PuckBuddys.com. To know more about Jeff, visit jeffadamswrites.com and follow him on Twitter at @hockeyguynyc.

You can find out more about Jeff on  Twitter, his website, on Amazon, or on Goodreads! You can find out more about Hat Trick on the official website or Facebook page! Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound can be purchased now from JMS Books!

Thank you so much for joining us, Jeff!

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Sunday Brunch Blog – 7/13/2014

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Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have one awesome friend joining us! Please welcome A. Morell and JP Barnaby!

This week’s question is: “What’s the best invention ever and why?”

***BIG NEWS*** From now on, instead of the ebooks we’ve been awarding as prizes, I’ll be giving out a $5.00 Amazon gift card so readers can use it for the ebook (or other Amazon purchase) of their choice. All you have to do is comment below for your chance to win!

ahfrFirst up we have JP Barnaby!

The best invention ever traces back to 1450′s Germany with the printing press. An automated physical (arguably portable) representation of ideas to share across the civilized world. A forerunner to the the internet and the global sharing of information, innovation, and porn.

Buy Links for A Heart for Robbie

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I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’m gonna have to go with the waffle.

If you think about it, they’re a work of simple genius, and quite beneficial to our present society of environmental awareness. They’re basically edible plates—what’s better for the environment than edible food containers?

Of course, they’re more than just conveyors of butter and syrup. Some of them hold ice cream. Or chicken. Then there’s the waffle-cut french fry. What other form of potato can deliver maximum potential dipping sauce per bite? The waffle even inspired some intrepid soul to invent the Choco Taco. Tacos! For dessert! And you can’t forget about their delicious, indolent cousin, the funnel cake. What’s a carnival or amusement park without them? I’m also fairly certain that if there is a heaven, at least one small corner of it smells like freshly made waffle cones at all times.

So yeah, waffles. Other than that, maybe Scrivener.

Buy Links for Change of Fortune:

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Thank you to A. and JP for joining us this week!

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Tuesday Teaser with guest author Wade Kelly

Welcome to Tuesday Teasers with ZA Maxfield! This week we have author Wade Kelly joining us!

Fans of Teaser Tuesdays know what’s going to happen here:

I’ll post a snippet from one of Wade Kelly’s books with the character names asterisked out.

Your mission is to guess which of Zane’s books the excerpt comes from! Email your answer to me,  zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com. Please be sure to put “Teaser Tuesday” in the subject line! I’ll draw a random winner each week. It’s that simple! Come play along… If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered to win a prize! Wade has graciously offered an ebook copy of any book off her backlist!

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Here’s a little bit about Wade:

Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it is not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. She writes passionately about the controversial issues witnessed in real life and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her three children. She likes snakes, and has a tegu (lizard) living in her bathroom.

HERE’s the snippet:

“Here, hold this.” I handed my beer to **** and sat next to *****. The prospect of kissing this guy shot sparks of tingling desire through me, but I had to play it cool. No way was I getting hard and giving the girls the wrong impression. This was a game. I wasn’t gay.

I questioned ******* with a look. “Am I kissing him or is he kissing me?”

Before she could answer, ***** took hold of my chin and turned my head to face him. He planted his lips firmly on mine and lingered before pulling back with a sigh. “Nice. You willing to take it further?” ***** asked, teasing my lips with a swift flick of his tongue. His pale blue eyes were firebrands.

Helplessly, I nodded and leaned in. All my nervous energy from before transformed into a surge of adrenaline. I had to have more of that mouth.

The girls squealed in delight, but I ignored them as *****’s hot mouth connected with mine again. ***** curled his fingers into my neck and pulled me closer. He parted his lips, and I slipped my tongue inside his mouth, taking control of the kiss and causing ***** to moan. This was so fucking good. As our tongues clashed, I felt a deep need to fuck like I’d never felt before.

I turned him on the sofa and leaned in, pushing him against the back of the couch. He whimpered and moved his hand down my neck and onto my chest. His warm palm rested over my pectoral muscle, and it made me want to flex for him, but I didn’t. As soon as I thought about it, he pinched my nipple and those tingles I felt all over my skin intensified. My body was humming in ways I hadn’t expected, and I conjured up thoughts of doing things I didn’t expect. Instinctively, I moved my leg over *****’s knee and angled my hips a smidgeon. Oh God, I need friction. I gripped his shoulder with one hand as I held the side of his neck with the other, but man-oh-man did I want to touch myself or rub against his leg a little. Anything.

***** felt unbelievably good against me.

As if it was the most natural thing in the world, I slid my fingers into the short hair behind *****’s ear and that was when someone commented, “Jeez, you were right. ****’ll fuck anything.” The sound of an unfamiliar female voice behind me uttering such a toxic comment squelched my unexpected hunger, but I controlled my resentment. It was far better to ignore the comment and pretend it hadn’t happened than cause a scene and draw unwanted attention to the fact that I was hard as hell and seconds from dry-humping *****’s leg. If I was cool about it, maybe ***** and I could slip off somewhere.

I slowed my pace, kissing him gently, and pulled back as if nothing were amiss. The heady look in *****’s eyes stroked my ego, so I winked at him before facing the gathering throng of horny women.

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Thanks for joining us, Wade!

If you think you know what book this excerpt came from, don’t forget to email ZAM at zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com with your guess!

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Tuesday Teasers with guest author Zane Adams!

Welcome to Tuesday Teasers with ZA Maxfield! This week we have author Zane Adams joining us!

Fans of Teaser Tuesdays know what’s going to happen here:

I’ll post a snippet from one of Zane Adams’ books with the character names asterisked out.

Your mission is to guess which of Zane’s books the excerpt comes from! Email your answer to me,  zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com. Please be sure to put “Teaser Tuesday” in the subject line! I’ll draw a random winner each week. It’s that simple! Come play along… If you guess correctly, you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Here’s a little bit about Zane Adams:

Zane Adams lives in the United States and writes sexy stories that push the boundaries. You can connect with him on Facebook.

HERE’s the snippet:

“You can touch me,” he whispered.

Maybe it was because this was the first blond guy I’d seen in months, or his sweet smile, I was rendered dumb. He took my hand and placed it on his hip. I shivered at the soft slide of his skin against my fingers. He pushed me until I ran into a couch. I stopped, and when he put pressure on my shoulder, I dropped to the seat.

He moved between my legs and leaned in close. “I’m ****, by the way, but I dance as ^^^^.”

I heard the words he said, but they didn’t really register. **** smiled down at me like I was a pet. He had a look on his face that made me think he considered me too simple to be any type of threat. Really, I kind of was too simple. The beautifully smooth flesh stretched out above me was more magical than anything I’d ever seen. I’d dreamt of a guy like this, but not having anyone to touch had left me crazy with need.

**** started moving, grinding his hips, swaying, and dipping close, his dick rubbing against my jeans right where my stiff cock throbbed. At first he was soft with his moves, barely grazing my body as he danced. I watched the way his hips gyrated, memorizing the curves and hollows of his body with my fingers, but my gaze kept straying back to his main attraction, a gorgeously thick cock that I wanted in my hands. In less than a minute, he was rock hard, long, and magnificent. The head was flat and glistening with precum. A thick vein ran along the top then curved to the left. I imagined how my hand would feel around his dick, my fingers barely touching as I stroked him slowly. His balls were hairless, and I wondered what his taint looked like. I wanted to slide my tongue over his sac, searching for all of his sensitive spots.

I glanced up and caught his gaze. He gulped in air at the same time I did. I hadn’t expected to see heat reflected in his eyes. Sure, I’d been without a man for a long time, almost any guy would get me to this state. Well, not any, but I was a primed pump. We were both breathing hard, and my hands cupped his ass, pulling him close. There was no resistance. **** angled his head and brushed his lips over mine. That kiss was the beginning of the end.

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Thanks for joining us, Zane!

If you think you know what book this excerpt came from, don’t forget to email ZAM at zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com with your guess!

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Tuesday Teasers with guest author Sara York!

Welcome to Tuesday Teasers with ZA Maxfield! This week we have author Sara York  joining us!

Fans of Teaser Tuesdays know what’s going to happen here:

I’ll post a snippet from one of Sara York’s books with the character names asterisked out.

Your mission is to guess which of Sara’s books the excerpt comes from! Email your answer to me,  zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com. Please be sure to put “Teaser Tuesday” in the subject line! I’ll draw a random winner each week. It’s that simple! Come play along… This week, Sara has graciously offered a copy of any book off her backlist to one lucky winner!

1656024_10201690131311355_1805766286_nHere’s a little bit about Sara York:

Writing is Sara York’s life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can’t help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.

Visit Sara York at her Blog or Website.

HERE’s the snippet:

“I can’t help thinking sexual thoughts when I’m with you. I’ll try to behave, but honestly, you’re so fucking sexy. This morning, all I could think about was kissing you again.”

“Why don’t you?”

One side of XXX’s lips curved up and his eyes narrowed. “When you least expect it, I’m going to steal another kiss. I liked seeing you surprised.”

XXX stepped away, moving to the other side of the bar. YYY breathed in deep before handing XXX the cake top he’d cut off earlier when he’d leveled the rounds.

“Here’s a fork. Be honest. I need to know if people would like it enough to pay. It’s an older recipe and the ingredients today are just a bit different.”

“I’ll be honest.”

XXX cut off a bit with his fork and looked at the cake before putting it in his mouth. He closed his eyes and chewed slowly. Then he stopped moving his mouth and was still for a long time. The anticipation was killing YYY and he wanted to shake XXX, forcing him to talk. Finally, XXX opened his eyes and smiled.

“You look worried.”

“I am. I really need the cake to be special.”

“Babe, it’s magnificent. I haven’t tasted a cake this good in ages. It reminds me of the cakes my grandmother made.”

“Perfect.” YYY grabbed a fork and tried to get some off the plate in front of XXX, but he pulled the treat away and shook his head.

“Hey, can’t I have some?” YYY asked.

“There’s a piece over there on that plate. It’s smaller but you can make this again.”

“Fine, I’ll let you have that, but next time I get the bigger piece.”

They both laughed and XXX took another bite. YYY picked up his plate and sniffed before taking a bite. He moaned and let the delicious cake melt on his tongue.

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Thanks for joining us, Sara!

If you think you know what book this excerpt came from, don’t forget to email ZAM at zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com with your guess!

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A Heart For Robbie

ahfrJ.P. Barnaby’s book A Heart For Robbie will soon be available at Dreamspinner Press. I am very pleased to participate in a cover reveal for this very special story.

Blurb – Waiting for someone else’s child to die so yours can live is the worst kind of Hell.

Celebrated Young Adult author Julian Holmes pits the heroic characters in his Black Heart series against all different kinds of monsters. But when a critical heart defect threatens his son’s life, he finds he has no champion. No amount of books, classes, or practice can prepare Julian for the fight to save his beautiful son’s life.

Suddenly there are hospitals, transplant lists, and the nightmare of insurance red tape to navigate. In the midst of his trouble, Julian meets Simon Phelps, the insurance coordinator for Robbie’s case. Simon lives so deep in the closet he might never find his way out, but he dreams of exactly what Julian has. Then one night, drunken need and desperation brings them together, and a new fight begins.

Available 11 July, 2014 at Dreamspinner press: HERE

 

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Tuesday Teaser with guest author Cynnara Tregarth

Welcome to Tuesday Teasers with ZA Maxfield! This week we have author Cynnara Tregarth  joining us!

Fans of Teaser Tuesdays know what’s going to happen here:

I’ll post a snippet from one of Cynnara Tregarth’s books with the character names asterisked out.

Your mission is to guess which of Cynnara’s books the excerpt comes from! Email your answer to me,  zamaxfield (at) zamaxfield DOT com. Please be sure to put “Teaser Tuesday” in the subject line! I’ll draw a random winner each week. It’s that simple! Come play along… This week, Cynnara has graciously offered an ebook copy of her book, Pirate Queen’s Rebellion, and a $10 Amazon gift card!

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Here’s a little bit about Cynnara Tregarth:

Currently living in the state that resembles one of her favourite male body parts,(otherwise known as Florida), Cynnara Tregarth learned early how to read, write and entertain. Due to her mother, Cynnara spent way too much on books, but then again, it sent her on the quest for immortality. (She’s still looking for that.) Early in 2003, she found that route by getting her books published. Since then, she’s learned even more about love, life, sexuality, and how to annoy gods, goddesses, and siblings of all kinds. After her mom’s death in 2008, she spent time taking care of her health and relearning her craft. Now, in 2012, she’s expanding herself beyond romance into both nonfiction and mysteries. She’s not sure where it will lead, Cynnara is excited about turning the corner and allowing her life to be led to the fullest both professionally and personally.

HERE’s the snippet:

***** checked both her pirating and scientific schedules. If she notified ******* ahead of time, there shouldn’t be issues with food, rooms, or entertainment. In fact, entertainment might be one way to see into this overseer better. She typed a quick message into her console. A reply came almost instantly. “I see no problem. Master *******, let me officially extend an overnight invitation to the overseer. If we talk into the night, he won’t need to worry about leaving at a late hour. My staff will prepare a room for him.” ***** thought for a moment. “How many support staff will the overseer bring with him? Will he need a room for his fiancée as well?”

“He doesn’t like burdening a colonist such as you, Lady *****. He’ll bring a small support staff including the ship’s officers and myself.” Mr. ******* paused. A mechanical clicking could be heard over the open transmission. “I’m unsure about his fiancée, though I doubt she’ll want to travel after her ordeal. When I get a firm answer, I’ll notify your staff.”

“That’s fine, Master *******. I wouldn’t worry too much about inconveniencing us. We’re scientists; we’re used to unusual hours and people arriving in the dead of night.” She hesitated. “I’ve had some dealings with the pirate queen. Dealings that make me wonder if there might be a reason for her actions.”

“You’ve…you’ve spoken to the pirate queen? How come you haven’t reported this before?” His voice squeaked with shock.

***** smiled broadly. Score one for me! This was definitely going her way. Sometimes the gods of the universe were kind.

Adjusting her position in the chair, she answered, “I met the pirate queen on *******, which is not under FP jurisdiction. My home is my own territory, declared so by law.” She picked up the set of miniature gears, then grabbed a micro-screwdriver off her desk. As she spoke, she focused on taking apart the tiny pieces. “The pirate mistakenly landed at one of my space hubs. She willingly paid the docking fee. We spoke at some length about her adventures. If Overseer ********* wishes to know more, I’ll be glad to fill him in on the details, including some of her lesser-known haunts.”

Master ******* gasped. “You know—”

His surprise delighted her. It was playing out even better than she hoped. If the man was so easily shocked by this bit of information, then **** would be as well. The overseer was a different story. With him, she’d have to wait and see how he’d react.

“Yes, I’ve known for a while about a couple of her secret hideouts. I’m one of the top research scientists in our galaxy; finding a pirate is not hard. I’ve offered Sir **** help before and was rudely rejected, if you recall. Trust me, I have not forgotten.” Her hard tone emphasized how badly she’d been treated by ****, who still hadn’t followed up on her offer. Sir ********* should have responded before now—ten months after the fact.

“I apologize, Lady *****.” He cleared his throat. Scratching noises sounded over the transmission, letting her know this man wasn’t above using old-fashioned methods to take notes. “Mr. **** and the overseer will not let it happen again. Just after your conversation with Mr. ****, our office received orders to track down supplies stolen by pirates.” ******* cleared his throat again. “Perhaps if you allow us, we can make it up to you.”

She set the screwdriver down, then tapped the desk lightly in success. I like this guy already. ***** willed her voice to remain calm. “Indeed, we’ll talk about it further when you arrive. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. My duty calls now. ***********, out.” ***** cut the communications. “Reject me when I try to help—oh yeah, Mr. ****, you’re so going to pay.” ***** punched a few buttons on her console, then waited until her communications officer answered. “I need you to prepare the tapes made of Miss ***** for review. We need to understand Sir ********* a bit more. See that I’m not disturbed.”

“As you wish, Captain. ******** out.” The communications went silent as her computer acknowledged the arrival of the file.

***** sighed, then tapped the transparent vid screen in front of her. The room filled with ****’s melodic voice. ***** had enjoyed the beautiful woman. What did such an exquisite lover find in a bastard such as Sir *********?

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Thanks for joining us, Cynnara!

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Sunday Brunch Blog 5/25/2014

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Once again it’s time for the weekly Sunday Brunch with ZA Maxfield! This week, we have one awesome friend joining us! Please welcome Charlie Cochet!

This week’s question is: “If you could have any animal, real or mythical, as a pet, what would you choose?”

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The Auspicious Troubles of Chance Book Cover 300Without further ado, let’s hear from Charlie!

That’s a really tough question. I can almost hear people shouting “dragon!”, and yes, having a pet dragon would be pretty awesome. But let’s think about that for a moment. I live in the middle of a big city and have a tiny yard. If it were a large dragon— which would be preferable since it would cut down on some serious traffic time when flying me to the supermarket—where would he sleep? The shed is too small and let’s face it, palm trees make flimsy perches. The neighbor’s dogs are constantly yapping. I think we all know how well that would turn out. Then there are the vast quantities of meat he’d consume. Unless he was a vegetarian then there’s plenty of munchies around Miami, though I doubt the county would be too pleased to find patches of decimated fruit trees. At least the heat wouldn’t bother him.

I think for both our sakes, I’d need a pet I could keep indoors. Also this is Miami. There’s a chance if he’s not bolted to the floor, they’ll make off with him. Indoor pet it is. Providing it’s well-trained, won’t main or shred me to ribbons, I think I’ll go with a Kitsune—or Japanese fox. A Kitsune can have up to nine tails, depending on how old, wise, and powerful it is. Not only is it an adorable fox, but it’s magical and a shapeshifter. Though I’m going to go with the Zenko Kitsune which is a benevolent fox rather than the Yako foxes which are mischievous and sometimes malevolent. I’ve watched enough episodes of Supernatural to know to stay away from any malevolent creatures. Unless the Winchester brothers are going to come to my rescue. I might chance a Yako then. ;)

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Thank you to Charlie for joining us this week!

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