Teaser Tuesday~Simon Plus Two~Max #NaNoWriMo #MMMromance

Welcome back to Teaser Tuesday. NaNoWriMo is finally over and I can breathe.  I completed my 50k but the story needs lots of work. The end got a little rushed and I have some fluff to remove. But that’s what rewrites are for.  Last week we met Simon. the week before we met Topher. If you missed it click their names to see the post. This week I would like to introduce Max.  This will be standalone.  I made it so those that don’t care for MM romance can enjoy Baseball bats and Cowboy Hats and those that don’t care for M/F and read only M/M can enjoy this one without needing to read BaseBall Bats and Cowboy hats. It has been a challenge to write in real-time with the other book and not make it sound like the same book. This is entirely a different story.  This way those of us that like to read both genres can read both books and not get the same thing twice.  Another challenge for me is this one is a lot steamier than I usually write. Topher is the character and experimenting to find himself. Another Challenge is this is my first M/M/ M story.  Lots of firsts for me. I hope it you enjoy it as much as I have written it. I hope to have it out late next year after Baseball Bats and Cowboy hats debuts.

This will be standalone.  I made it so those that don’t care for MM romance can enjoy Baseball bats and Cowboy Hats and those that don’t care for M/F and read only M/M can enjoy this one without needing to read BaseBall Bats and Cowboy hats. It has been a challenge to write in real-time with the other book and not make it sound like the same book. This is entirely a different story.  This way those of us that like to read both genres can read both books and not get the same thing twice.  Another challenge for me is this one is a lot steamier than I usually write. Topher is the character and experimenting to find himself. Another Challenge is this is my first M/M/ M story.  Lots of firsts for me. I hope it you enjoy it as much as I have written it. I hope to have it out late next year after Baseball Bats and Cowboy Hats debuts.

I don’t know if I will continue posting from this story or what comes next. Stop by next Tuesday to see.

Let’s meet Max.

Simon Plus Two(working Title) copyright2016

A Dark Green Subaru pulls up next to the bus. A Tall man at least six-foot if not more, husky and built like a brick house, short-cropped brown hair, and the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen walks up, dressed in a paramedics uniform
“Hey, guys sorry I’m late. We had a call at the last-minute.I’m Max. I will be one of your medics on call” His smile rivals TJ’s. My legs nearly buckle, my heart flutters, my palms sweat.I can’t speak. So TJ does.
“Hi. I’m Tj and this is Simon.” He shakes TJ’s hand then mine, holding mine a little longer.

Holy Hotness! This is the man of my dreams!

I jump when TJ elbows me.
Max was asking about uniforms.
“Oh. Sorry. Daydreaming. Its been a long morning.”
“I can relate to that. I just got off a double shift.I usually work the mid shift. We had a call in at the last minute and I took the shift.” Max gives me a long appraising look.
I shift from foot to foot. He is the sexiest man I have ever seen. I hope I’m not drooling. I wish he would look at TJ instead of keeping his gaze on me.
“I am going to get uniforms for them. Our next meeting we will pick out a name and colors. TJ and I have a couple of names in mind but thought it would make them feel more involved if we let them choose. Their games won’t start until July.”
“That’s nice of you. I may be able to get the ambulance service to sponsor you guys and help with the costs.”
“That will be cool. We have two other teams that could use some help as well.” TJ interjected.
“I’ll see what I can do.” He turns back to me, “I am glad I decided to do this.” He winks at me.
I feel my face heat up. Darn. I feel like a kid in high-school with his first crush. I know this hunk of a man won’t be interested in a skinny boy with feminine features. At least I have some good fantasy material.
TJ nudges me again. “I think Simon’s been in the heat too long.” He chuckles.
I flip him the bird.
“Since I missed the meeting this morning I wondered if you guys would like to go get lunch and feel me in.” Max gives me a pointed look.
I know I’m reading more into this. He only wants to catch up on the meeting. This isn’t a date. He asked both of us.
“I can’t. I have something I need to do. Simon can though.” TJ gives me a wicked grin.
I’m going to kill him when we get home tonight.
“Maybe we should do it another day. We have practice today.” I try to hedge out of it.
“When is practice? I’m sure you need to eat lunch before.”
I let out an exhausted sigh. “Practice is at two.”
“That gives us an hour. The Java Cafe has the best soup and sandwiches. It’s right down the street too.”
“Ok.” I shoot TJ a death glare.
“Let me go get my keys. They are in the locker room.”
“How about we take my car. It’s right here and it will give us more time to talk.”
I turn to TJ hoping he will rescue me. No such luck.
“Have a good time. Simon, I’ll see ya at practice.” He waves and walks off.
“You ready?”
Not really. I sigh and follow him to his vehicle.
It only takes a couple of minutes to get to the Cafe. Max was right when he said they had a good choice of sandwiches and soup. I order a chicken salad and a peach smoothie. Max orders a chicken Panini and a bowl of fiesta soup.
“Go grab us a table. I will get the food.”
“Thats ok I can get my own.”
“I asked you to come with me. I got it.” His voice was deep and commanding. I found myself nodding.
I found a vacant table and sat down. I shot TJ a text. You owe me.
TJ: I think it’s the other way around. You owe me.
Me: Why do you think that?
TJ: I gave you a chance for the hottie go for it.
Me: Are you crazy? He is more than likely straight.”
TJ: if you had quit daydreaming you would have seen how he was looking at you. He is interested. Stay calm. Be you and all will go well.
Me: I text him the finger emoji.
Max comes with our food. It looks good. I realize I am hungry after all.
My Salad is a pile of chopped chicken with grapes, walnuts and cranberries on a bed of butternut lettuce. Its awesome. Max’s order looks good too.
The place is hopping with people. Some with food, others on plush couches or in comfortable looking armchairs using the internet. The aromas and noise of the chatter helps ease my nerves.
“You look a little nervous. I’m not gonna bite. At least not until I get to know you better.” He smiles.
“I’m sorry.’
“Nothing to apologize for. I think its cute.”
He thinks I’m cute?
“What did I miss in the meeting?”
“Not much. When they first got there it was pretty wild. Once we corralled them into the dugout we were able to calm them down. Today we only introduced ourselves.”
“I bet they were a handful. My sister has 4-year-old twins and a 6-year-old. I get them sometimes for the day to give her a break.”
“I imagine that is a handful.”
“Yeah. I love the little rascals to death.”
I could see the fondness in his eyes. Darn Sexy and kind too.
“Are they all boys?”
“No. The 6-year-old is, the twins are girls. It’s funny they look-alike but you can tell them apart by their actions. They are different as night and day. Lilly loves Disney princesses, pink, lacy and flowery stuff. Iris is a tomboy through and through. She hates dresses, likes cars, big trucks, and sports.
“I bet that makes it hard to choose what to do when you get them.”
“Yeah. I let each one choose or pick something neutral like the put-put golf, a Ride on the lake or the zoo.”
“Thats a good idea.”
“Do you have any siblings?’
“No. Just TJ.”
His eyes get wide. “TJ looks nothing like you.”
“Oh I’m sorry. He isn’t really my brother. He has lived with is for the last three years. He is like a brother to me.”
“I see. I’m glad.At first I thought he was your boyfriend.”
I almost choked on my chicken. Why does everyone assume I’m gay. I can’t help I was born with a small frame and sharp features.
“You look upset.”
“No I’m fine. Tj is my best friend. We are close. He is sort of seeing our hostess.”
“Sort of?”
“Yeah they talk a lot, spend a lot of time together. She is a lot older. I think that is stalling her from going out with him. That and her close friend Caleb.”
“Ah, You must mean Caleb Douglas. He’s pretty intense. He is a nice man though. I buy my feed from him.”
“Feed? You have animals?”
“Yeah I have two horses and a few chickens. I like fresh eggs.”
“Does everyone around here have chickens.” I laugh.
“Most people in the country do.”
“Do you live out in Bloomfield?”
“No I live on the other side of Edinburg. I have a small piece of land. About 5 acres. It’s peaceful there. Not to close to civilization yet not so far away I have to drive far to work. It’s about ten miles to town.
“That sounds nice.” My drink makes a slurpy sound as I get to the bottom. I look at my watch. Time has flown by.
“I guess I better get you back to practice. I have had a nice time. Would you like to get together again? Maybe dinner and a movie or a play. The college is doing Oliver this month.”
“Yeah. That would be nice. Since TJ spends so much time with Annie now. It gets a little lonely sitting in my room all the time.”
“Let me give you my number. You can call anytime you are bored or text.”
“What if you’re at work. I don’t know your schedule.”
“ Text me. If I’m not on a run I can call you back.”
I hand him my phone he puts in my number. He doesn’t give me his so I figure he was bullshitting me. It wont be the first time.
We pick up our trash and head to his car. He walks so close I can feel the heat as our hands brush together. The drive back to the field is quick. I’m confused. He sent signals that he was interested. Even asking me out. Why didn’t he give me his number. He probably is married or has a boyfriend and doesn’t want me to call. My phone buzzes in my pocket I look down and have a text.
Max: By the way I think you are hot. I didn’t want to tell you in public. Was afraid I may get slapped. He adds a blushing emoji.
I can’t image Max Blushing.
“Wow that must have been one heck of a date. You look like you are on cloud nine.” TJ slaps me on the back as I enter the locker room.
“It wasn”t a date.”
“Sure it wasn’t. Did he ask you out again.”
“Oh my God he did!” TJ acts happier about it than I do.
“Where are you going?”
“I don’t know. He asked me if I wanted to get dinner and see a movie or show. He asked for my number and that’s it.”
“Do you like him?”
“Gosh TJ I just met the man. We had sandwiches and smoothies. That’s it.”
“You should at least know if there was a spark or something.”
“Yeah. I like him. He is hot. He also likes kids and animals. He has a small property with two horses and chickens.”
“Does everyone around here have chickens”
I bust out laughing. “That’s what I asked him.”
My phone buzzes as I was about to put it in my locker. “Would you like to go out for breakfast in the morning? I can’t wait to see you again.”
My eyes nearly pop out of my head. I probably look like one of those silly cartoon characters.
TJ grabs my phone.
“Oh yeah he definitely has the hots for you.”
“He may just mean as friends. Maybe he is lonely.”
“I think he;s lonely alright.” TJ snickers.
Alright girls. Quit standing over there giggling let’s get to practice

Hopefully, I will get this out next year if nothing comes up. I have a plan for a minimum of three releases.  This will be the third. It will depend on how long the beta and editing takes. I want the books to shine. I also think I have decided to self-publish. This way I can bring the books to you at more affordable prices.

Now you’ve met all three men. Are you curious how the story will go? Is there anything  here you think needs to go or be expounded on?

Cat’s Meow~~#Reviews That Purr~~Dare to Hope~~An All Cocks Story By T.M. Smith

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Good morning everyone, and thanks for stopping by today to see what Cat thought of Dare to Hope. I decided to share a song from the playlist for the book. Lost Stars by Adam Levine of Maroon 5. I love this song so much – I’ve used it on more than 1 playlist. For this book I bet you are all thinking it’s for Micah; that would be wrong. This song just screams Gabe.

Gabe is still in mourning over the loss of his lover in a senseless act of violence. There are several verses in this song that really hit close to home for the situation for Gabe. He misses Gio something fierce, to the point of thinking he is betraying Gio’s memory if he moves on.

Reaching out for someone I can’t see – Cupid’s demanding back his arrow. Gabe feels like he got dealt the short straw, losing his lover just when they were starting a life together. Searching for meaning – this is why Gabe goes through the therapy with Tristan, he is trying to make sense of what happened, why it still guts him a year later when he thinks about Gio.

But don’t you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow – Take my hand, let’s see where we wake-up tomorrow. About mid-way through the book, Gabe has a dream brought on by his still fragile psyche and witnessing a kiss between Micah and Tristan. In the dream, Gio comes to him, tries to reassure him that he will always be with him, but it’s time to move in. Holy shit, I balled like a baby while I was writing that chapter. It’s very moving and real and heart breaking, yet, beautiful.

Ultimately, Gabe finally realizes that the only way he can move forward, is to let go of the past. For so long he didn’t think he could hold onto his memories of Gio if he moved on, it takes a while and whole lot of love, patience and devotion from Micah and Tristan for Gabe to finally close that door and open a new one.

Please don’t see

Just a boy caught up in dreams and fantasies

Please see me

Reaching out for someone I can’t see

 

Take my hand, let’s see where we wake up tomorrow

Best laid plans sometimes are just a one night stand

I’ll be damned, Cupid’s demanding back his arrow

So let’s get drunk on our tears

 

And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

 

Who are we?

Just a speck of dust within the galaxy?

Woe is me

If we’re not careful turns into reality

 

But don’t you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow

Yesterday I saw a lion kiss a deer

Turn the page, maybe we’ll find a brand new ending

Where we’re dancing in our tears

 

And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

 

And I thought I saw you out there crying

And I thought I heard you call my name

And I thought I heard you out there crying

Just the same

 

And God, give us the reason youth is wasted on the young

It’s hunting season and this lamb is on the run

Searching for meaning

But are we all lost stars trying to light … light up the dark?

 

And I thought I saw you out there crying

And I thought I heard you call my name

And I thought I heard you out there crying

But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

Are we all lost stars trying to light up the 

 

I’ll leave you with a little snippet from Dare to Hope. Remember to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a $25 giftcard. Thanks for hosting me today Cat!!

Excerpt from Dare to Hope, Chapter 12 Not Wanting to say Goodbye –

Warning, grab a tissue!

“I’m dreaming, aren’t I?” Gabe asked. 

“Yes. It was the only way I could talk to you, to tell you it was okay, to tell you it’s time to let me go.”  

“No.” Gabe choked on a sob.  

Gio, his angel, his ghost — whatever it was ignored Gabe’s choked out word. “Now you have to open your heart to them, you have to let them love you Gabriel, then you won’t be sad anymore.”  

Gabe spun around to face Gio. “Them? Baby, what… who are you talking about?”  

“The doctor and the soldier, don’t you feel it, Gabe? The three of you are already woven together, and yet, you all fight it so hard.”  

Gabe opened his mouth to protest, silenced by Gio’s lips as he bent and kissed him. It was gentle and full of warmth and love. Gabe stood still, eyes still closed as Gio pulled away from him. “I have to go now, just remember, I will always be with you Gabriel. I will always love you.”

OH Man T.M. That was a tear Jerker!  

Dare to Hope Play List

 

 


Dare to Hope
 an All Cocks Story book 4
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Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control. 
 
Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah t go with him. 
 


Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable — the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within. 


The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope? 

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*Warning* Micah’s PTSD is told in detail, including flashbacks to his time in Iraq. 

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myreview
 5 meows 5 purrs
Dare to Hope is a beautifully written story with just a touch of humor to balance to the angsty storyline. Gabe has been dealing with the loss of his lover Gabe after a fatal shooting. Gabe wasn’t doing well until he started therapy with Tristan and met Micah, a newer model at All Cocks. Micah is dealing with PTSD from a stint in Iraq that cost him his friends a lover and his leg. He still has brutal nightmares.  Tristan is quiet and laid back. He has built an outside friendship with both men as well as his therapy with them.  The more time they spend together, the more each man wants the other. Both others.
What I loved most about this story is the not only the dealing with the loss which was very well written but the slow build up of this threesome. They don’t just jump into bed. They don’t just look at one or the other and start having sex. No.T. M. takes each man on a solo trip with each of the others. Then Gabe and Micah’s friendship builds into more since they are roommates, Then they realize something is missing in their relationship. A binder to make them whole…Tristan.
There are some amazing scenes here, but This dream scene above is so heartwrenching you will need tissues.  Then later when they finally get together, there is another tear jerker.  Heck, this story is filled with some so be sure to have tissues on hand.
If you like stories that deal with PTSD, emotional loss, rebuilding your life, sexy ex-soldiers, cute porn stars, some hot sex scenes( they are porn stars) and a very heartfelt romance with a touch of humor this is for you!
Dare to Hope is book four, and you can read it alone but I suggest you read the series or at least book 3 to get a better grip on what is going on and the characters. I cannot wait for the next book!
Read the other books in the All Cocks Series…
Gay for Pay – Book 1

 

 Fame and Fortune – Book 2
How to Deal – Book 3
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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia;
TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now
calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or
ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and
decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is
passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people,
Love is Love!
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