New Release – The Midwest Series #4: Advance & Retreat

 

I am so, so excited to announce the release of Advance & Retreat. After I finished Touch & Go last year, I was sure I was done with the series.

Then Ian Harrington, a college swimmer, strolled in and demanded his story. Ricky, the hotel manager/drag queen Rosie Riveting who we met in Push & Pull and Touch & Go, took one look at Ian, perked up, and said, “he’s mine”. 

So here we are with the final book for my Midwest boys. I hope you love Ian & Ricky as much as I do. 

Buy Advance & Retreat now on Amazon!
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Olympic-size dreams come at a price.
 

Openly gay college swimmer Ian Harrington feels like he’s fighting against a current of tragedy. He’s grieving the loss of his parents and best friend, and now he’s dealing with a toxic coach and judgmental brother. But he won’t let that stop him from chasing his dream: Olympic gold. 

Ricky Chavez has just about everything he wants in life: a great career, a supportive family, and a side gig as drag queen Rosie Riveting. The only thing he’s missing is a partner to share it all with. 

When the two men connect after Rosie’s performance, they’re immediately drawn to one another. But it’s never that simple. Ricky isn’t the type of man to hide, and with Ian’s coach breathing down his neck, he can’t openly love a drag queen without making waves. 

They’ll have to brave deep waters to make it to the finish line.

 
 
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Excerpt: 
 

“You got a delivery while you were on lunch. It looks like you have an admirer,” Cecilia teased.

He blinked at her. “What on earth are you talking about?”

“It’s in your office. Come on.” She led him down the hall, and Ricky followed, feeling very puzzled. He stopped dead in his tracks at the bouquet of flowers on his desk. A bronze ceramic pot held sprays of deep orange, rust, and coppery-colored orchids, birds of paradise, and other exotic flowers and greenery.

“Oh my. Are you sure they’re for me?” Ricky asked faintly.

“They have your name on it.”

“Ricky or Rosie?” He felt a trickle of disquiet run through him. Very few people knew that he worked here. He’d had one overly friendly fan who’d crossed a line once and showed up at the hotel. He’d been very careful since then to keep it as separate as possible.

“Ricky. Why, were you expecting something for Rosie?”

“No, I was just wondering.” He plucked the envelope from where it was nestled between the blooms, ripped it open, and read the card.

Ricky,

I’m sorry for the way I behaved the other morning. My head was kind of a mess, but I shouldn’t have treated you badly. If you’ll give me a second chance, I’d love to apologize and make it up to you.

Ian

He’d included his phone number below his name.

Ricky blinked at it as if expecting the whole thing to disappear in a puff of smoke.

“Is it from a guy you’re dating? What’s his name?” Cecelia said, trying to peer over his shoulder.

Ricky clapped the card against his chest, not wanting to share, though there was nothing particularly personal on it. “Ian. His name is Ian.”

Grab your copy of Advance & Retreat now!

 
And if you haven’t started the series yet, be sure to check out Bully & Exit.

 

Re-Release – The Midwest Series #1: Bully & Exit

Bully & Exit, Book 1 in The Midwest Series, has been re-released!

 
Five years ago, when I began writing Bully & Exit, I had no intention of it becoming a series. But then Lowell demanded his story be told. And well, there’s no arguing with Lowell.
 
The fourth book in the series, Advance & Retreat will be out on July 14th. As I created new covers and polished Push & Pull and Touch & Go, I realized Bully & Exit needed a little more work. It was a good story but the end had always felt a little abrupt and the characters really needed that additional time on page together so it felt like a solid HEA. 
 
I’ve added an additional 18k words of content and it’s had a fresh edit. I have always loved Nathan and Caleb’s story but I love it even more now.
 
If you read Bully & Exit before, I hope you enjoy the new content. If you haven’t, now is the perfect time to start!
 
It’s free through July 4th, when it will go up to its regular price of $3.99.
 
 
Blurb:

It’s time to leave college and the closet behind.

Nathan Rhodes has put hockey first for most of his life, but as graduation looms, he has a different goal in mind. He needs to come out and reclaim his first love. If only Caleb will believe him…

Theater geek Caleb Stockwell gave up on love when his boyfriend chose the closet over being with an openly bisexual guy. Now, he hides his heartbreak behind a string of casual hookups. He loves the drama on stage, but he’s done with the drama of Nathan Rhodes. For good.

Nathan is determined to right the wrongs of four years ago, but the clock is ticking.

One month until he and Caleb go their separate ways. One month to take a final shot at winning Caleb’s heart back.

Win or lose, everything is on the line.

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Meet the Author – June 2019 Events

Tomorrow is the first day of June, which means it’s the official start of Pride Month!

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That also means it’s my busiest time of year. This year, I’ll be taking part in five different in-person author events! I am incredibly excited about all of them.

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Here’s a little information about what each one will entail. Click on the event name for a link to the organization’s page.


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June 1 (1:00 – 8:00 pm) – Ferndale Pride:

This is the fourth year I’ve taken part in the Pride event in Ferndale, Michigan.  I’ll have a table set up at the street fair and be selling and signing paperbacks and giving away prizes.  Just look for the Michigan LGBTQ Authors Sign!

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June 8 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) – Everybody Reads Bookstore Reading and Signing:

This will be the first bookstore reading/signing event I’ve taken part in and I am super excited about it! They’re holding an LGBT Author Day and fellow Michigan authors David Pratt, Nick Poff, and Stephen Schmidt will be attending. We’ll each do a short reading from our books. I’m going to read an excerpt from “The Ghosts Between Us” and I am really looking forward to it. We will also have our books available for sale and we’ll be happy to sign them!

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June 15 (1:00 – 10:00 pm) – Michigan Pride:

This will be my second year at Michigan Pride in Lansing, Michigan. I had a wonderful time last year and will be joined by fellow Michigan LGBTQ Authors Hank Edwards and David Pratt. Like at Ferndale Pride, I’ll have a table set up at the street fair and be selling and signing paperbacks and giving away prizes.  Just look for the Michigan LGBTQ Authors Sign!

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June 22 (2:00 – 3:30 pm AND 5:00 – 6:30 pm) Barnes & Noble Book Pride Discussion Panel & Signing:

I am so thrilled to take part in this event. There will be two opportunities for you to join me. I’ll be at the Battle Creek, Michigan Barnes & Noble from 2:00 – 3:30 pm and at the Portage, Michigan location from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Each event will include a book pride discussion panel with authors, librarians, and community leaders on diversity and inclusivity in books, the media, and our communities, followed by a Q & A, and book signing. Those Barnes & Noble locations will have my paperbacks available for purchase.

The content will be the same at both the Battle Creek and Portage locations, so feel free to attend whichever is more convenient for you!

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June 29 (12:00 – 5:00 pm) Great Lakes Bay Pride:

This will be the first year I’ll attend Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival in Bay City, Michigan, but I am very excited about it. Hank Edwards and Marshall Thornton will be attending as well. We will have a table set up in Wenoah Park and will be selling and signing paperbacks and giving away prizes.  Just look for the Michigan LGBTQ Authors Sign!


I really hope you will be able to make it to at least one of these events! Please comment below or send me a message my social media sites or email me at brighamvaughn@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Happy Pride!

 

 

Corked is Live (Almost Everywhere)!

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Unfortunately, I had a few hiccups with my book release yesterday. WordPress didn’t seem to want to let me create a new blog post (grr). The books didn’t go live in time on Barnes & Noble and Kobo (still waiting on Kobo). But I’m still very excited to announce that “Corked” is available for sale!

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In my previous post, I talked a bit about how the three books in “The Wine Tasting Series” became “Corked” but I should also talk about how the “Corked” cover came to be. I live in Michigan and I’ve made several trips to the Traverse City area for wine tastings with friends, so this is an area (and subject!) near and dear to my heart.

As I usually do, I took oodles of photos when I was there. I unearthed those photos when I planned the cover of “Corked” and was delighted to find the perfect image for it. Can’t you just picture Sean and Lucas strolling through the vines and admiring the view?

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Summary:

Sean Powell is having a terrible day. When he walks into Bistro Argent, ready to unwind over a glass of wine with the sommelier, he’s stunned to discover his friend has been replaced by a hot young guy with big ideas. Lucas Spencer is determined to liven up the staid and stodgy wine list, but his brash approach alienates the wine distributor during their first meeting.

There’s no avoiding each other though and the more they butt heads, the hotter the tension between them gets. As they work together and their relationship progresses, they have to figure out how to blend their professional frustration and personal attraction without risking their careers.

Lucas is eleven years younger than Sean, and despite their sizzling chemistry and compatibility, Sean can’t quite believe the feelings are mutual. A wine tasting trip to Traverse City, Michigan threatens their fledgling relationship. Sean’s insecurities rise to the surface as Lucas’s fears of losing Sean lead to jealousy.

Does the relationship have legs or will they find out it’s corked?

Excerpt:

“I want to talk to Richard about setting up some classes at the restaurant, maybe on Sundays after brunch, kind of an ‘intro to wine’ type of thing explaining the different types of wine and how to properly taste them.”

“Sounds great,” Sean said and then added, “Hey, I meant to ask, did Richard respond to your earlier text?”

“Oh, I’m not sure,” Lucas replied, handing Sean the box containing the half case of wine they’d purchased. He fished in his pocket for the phone. He pulled it out, smiling at the photo of Sean in the vintage truck he’d set as his background before he noticed the text notification. “Looks like he did.”

“Oh, yeah? What did he say?” Sean asked.

Lucas nearly tripped getting on the trolley as he read Richard’s response.

What is wrong with you two? You think about fucking at work and work during your vacation instead of fucking. Stop thinking about my goddamn restaurant and go screw.

He was still laughing as they took their seats, and Sean had to wrestle the phone away from him to see the message. “Richard!” he exclaimed, his hand going to his forehead to rub at his temples. “Jesus, that man is incorrigible.”

“He’s your friend,” Lucas pointed out, still laughing as he took his phone back and replied to Richard.

“I don’t claim him!” Sean protested. “Besides, he’s your friend now, too.”

“Damn it,” Lucas muttered jokingly. “That’s what I get for dating you. Couldn’t you have brought something better to the relationship than Richard Brayden?”

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