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    Default An excerpt of manloveliness :D

    Hi one and all, I'm Ally and I write manlove
    There's no reason for the little guy with the top hat, I just think it's cute LOL

    Today when I was driving home from work, it suddenly hit me that my next book, Oleander House, is being released from Samhain Publishing in ONE WEEK!!!


    So, because I'm super excited about it, here's an excerpt! And it's not to tempt everyone into buying Oleander House at all!


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    Blurb:

    Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he’s experienced things he can’t explain. Things that have colored his view of the world and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don’t have to know he’s gay.
    When Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams which plague his sleep. But the most unexpected thing is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group’s leader.

    From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn’t take Sam long to figure out that although Bo has led a heterosexual life, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him.

    As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever.


    Excerpt:

    After dinner, Sam, Andre and Amy headed for the little upstairs parlor. Amy flung open the French doors, letting in balmy evening air. The twilight buzzed with the songs of insects and bullfrogs. Somewhere not far off, an owl hooted. The faint scent of honeysuckle floated in on the humid breeze.

    It wasn’t long before the rest of the group wandered in one by one to join them. Conversation flowed easily, smoothed by the bottle of pinot noir Bo brought with him. Even Cecile let her haughty attitude drop enough to join in, laughing along with the rest of them. It was nice, friendly and relaxed. Sam couldn’t remember the last time he’d felt so peaceful.

    As evening deepened into night, Sam found himself drawn more and more to Bo. They ended up sitting close together on the cozy two-person sofa, talking animatedly. Sam liked Bo’s sharp, slightly twisted sense of humor, the way he used his whole body to tell a story, his intense focus when he listened to Sam. He liked everything about the man. In a way, it was nice to know he was capable of feeling something deeper than purely physical attraction; he’d wondered sometimes, during his brief, emotionless affairs. On the other hand, feeling anything beyond friendship for a married man could be dangerous.

    It was the frequent looks Bo gave him, a look Sam had seen in more than one bar and seedy motel, that seduced him into ignoring the peril to them both and letting it happen.

    By eleven-thirty, everyone else had gone to bed. Amy’s fierce frown when she and Andre left hadn’t made any more of an impression than the warning in her voice when she said good night, both registering in Sam’s consciousness for only a moment before blending into the background. Sam and Bo sat knee to knee on the sofa, taking turns telling stories of strange things they’d experienced.

    “So there I was,” Sam said, swilling the last of the wine straight from the bottle, “running through the graveyard at two in the morning, screaming bloody murder. The cops were not amused. Neither were my parents when they had to come to the station to get me.”

    “I bet.” Bo laughed. “I don’t blame you, though. Was it really your grandfather’s ghost you saw?”

    “Who knows? I’d convinced myself it was, anyhow. The old jackass scared the crap out of me when he was alive, and being a ghost didn’t improve his disposition any.” Sam set the empty wine bottle on the table and leaned back, stretching. “I could’ve sworn I heard him yelling at me, just like he used to when I was little. And I know I felt him hit me.”

    “What about your friends? Did they experience any of what you did?”

    “Nope.”

    “Maybe they were just too far away.”

    “Maybe. Or maybe it was all in my mind, huh?”

    Bo shrugged, his braid bunching against the couch cushions. “You were twelve. Imagination’s definitely a factor at that age. But hell, he hit you. You had bruises, for God’s sake. Your imagination can’t give you bruises.”

    Sam thought of the livid purple marks blossoming before his eyes on the pale skin of the first boy he’d kissed, and didn’t say anything.

    Bo’s hand on his knee shocked the painful image out of Sam’s mind. “Sam? What’re you thinking about?”

    “Nothing.” The word came out strained and clipped. It sounded rude, but Sam couldn’t help it. The heat of Bo’s palm on his skin stole his breath and scrambled his thoughts.

    “Doesn’t look like nothing.” Bo’s voice was soft and strangely husky. His hand slid up a little, fingers brushing the hem of Sam’s shorts. “You seem upset. I wish you’d tell me what it is that upset you.”

    Sam swallowed hard. He knew he had to stop whatever was happening before he lost control of his rising desire. In spite of Bo’s surprising actions, he didn’t think the man would thank him for taking it beyond this enticing but ultimately ambiguous touch.

    “I’m not upset. Just… I’m just…” Just unbelievably turned on, he thought as Bo’s hand gently squeezed. “Shit…”

    Bo didn’t say anything. His hand inched up Sam’s thigh. Sam could hear his own ragged breathing. He turned to look at Bo and their gazes locked. This time, the heat in Bo’s eyes was unmistakable. Without stopping to think about what he was doing, Sam leaned over and pressed his lips to Bo’s.
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    WOW! That is great! And the story line in that excerpt sounds great...and not just the hotties..but the house iteself.

    Like you...I love these little smilies!
    I smile because I have no idea what is going on.


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    Hi AllyBlue and welcome - love the excerpt and the top hat man, thanks for sharing, you will love it here

    hugs Linda
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    Hello Ally. It's me, Sharon from LI. Fancy seeing you here. That's a nice teaser but you know I love your work. Like the storyline. Shaz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shazzz View Post
    Hello Ally. It's me, Sharon from LI. Fancy seeing you here. That's a nice teaser but you know I love your work. Like the storyline. Shaz
    Hi Shaz, thanks! I'm hoping people like Oleander House, the emails have been positive so far LOL
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    Smile Hello

    (Thank you! They'll probably never know it, but the show Ghost Hunters was a BIG inspiration in the non-manlove aspects of this book :D)


    Ally, wow, now I will have to get your book and read it. I love the Ghost Hunters show and anything that has to do with paranormal or ghosts or anything, thanks for letting us know.


    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda L Lattimer View Post
    Hi AllyBlue and welcome - love the excerpt and the top hat man, thanks for sharing, you will love it here

    hugs Linda
    Hi Linda, thanks very much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenne View Post
    WOW! That is great! And the story line in that excerpt sounds great...and not just the hotties..but the house iteself.

    Like you...I love these little smilies!
    Thank you! They'll probably never know it, but the show Ghost Hunters was a BIG inspiration in the non-manlove aspects of this book :D
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    Ally, I enjoyed the excerpt very much. I think that could quite fall for Bo myself . Meg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meganrose33 View Post
    Ally, I enjoyed the excerpt very much. I think that could quite fall for Bo myself . Meg.
    Thanks Meg :D

    Bo is my wet dream of a man, thus his appearance in this book LOL

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