Paperbacks are Available!

*throws confetti*

I dragged my heels on getting the paperback out for “Between the Studs” *hangs head* but I got it done along with “Corked” so they are both available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Just in time for Pride events!

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Anyone interested in signed copies, please contact me directly at brighamvaughn@gmail.com or send me a PM on Facebook or Twitter.

I would be delighted to sign a copy (of any of my books) and send it your way!

 

 

 

 

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into Bistro Argent, ready to unwind over a glass of wine with the sommelier, he’s stunned to discover his friend has been replaced by a hot young guy with big ideas.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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Coming Soon – Corked (Wine Tasting Series Re-Release)

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Four years ago, very early on in my publishing journey, I wrote Spit or Swallow. It was a funny and hot little short story about a wine distributor and a sommelier butting heads over wine.

I hadn’t originally planned to write Aftertaste, but readers clamored for more of Sean and Lucas’s story, and I eventually wrapped up their happily-ever-after with Finish. 

Because they were short stories, I didn’t get an overwhelming amount of sales. I thought bundling them into a single file as The Wine Tasting Series might help, but the sales were even lower for that. Some of it, I think, was a lackluster cover and lack of promotion. I had other projects to work on though that needed to take priority, so I let it languish in my backlist.

A few months ago, I pulled it out and dusted it off and realized that while the plot itself was solid, my writing had drastically improved over the years. I began to ponder the idea of a re-release. Three short stories together came in at about 34,000 words, which was novella length. Could I fix it up so that I could bring new readers in?

As I polished the writing and tweaked the pacing so it flowed as a novella, I began to realize there were scenes that I could expand by showing, not telling. (My middle school English teacher would be so proud!)

And as the story came together, I realized it needed a new title. It didn’t take long before Corked popped into my head.  Once I had the title, a cover came together. And as I began the final editing process, I realized an epilogue would really add to the story. There was definitely more of Lucas and Sean’s story to tell. When it was all done, it came together with a grand total of 42,000 words. New readers will get to discover the story for the first time as a long novella and previous readers will enjoy almost 8,000 words of additional content!

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Title: Corked

Release Date: April 28, 2018

Length: 42,031 words (Novella)

Blurb:

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?


There’s no pre-order for this book, but if you want to get your hands on Corked as soon as it’s available there are two options!

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New Story – “The Wine Tasting Series (3 Story Bundle)”

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The Wine Tasting Series (3 Story Bundle) is a single book containing all three of the short stories in the Wine Tasting Series.  Spit or Swallow, Aftertaste, and Finish are all included!

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Spit or Swallow – Sean Powell, a wine distributor in his early forties, is having a terrible day. To top things off, his longtime friend, the sommelier at his favorite restaurant, has been replaced by a hot young sommelier with big ideas. Lucas Spencer is determined to liven up the staid and stodgy wine list, but manages to alienate the distributor during their first meeting. Can the two blend their professional frustration and personal attraction without risking their careers?

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Aftertaste – Despite sizzling chemistry when they first met, Sean Powell can’t quite believe that the gorgeous young sommelier at Bistro Argent wants him. Anxious about risking his job, Lucas Spencer must decide if the handsome, red-headed wine distributor is worth the risk. Balancing a professional relationship with a more personal one is tricky, but it just might be worth the effort.

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Finish – After four months together, Sean and Lucas have never been happier, but a wine tasting trip to Traverse City, Michigan threatens that stability. Sean’s insecurities rise to the surface as Lucas’ fears of losing Sean lead to jealousy. Can they repair their relationship before it turns sour?

 

It’s a great deal; if you buy the three stories individually, they would cost $8.97, but the bundle is available for $5.99! Altogether, they’re over 35,000 words, so roughly the length of a novella. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, now is the perfect time!

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New Story – “Finish”

If you haven’t read Spit or Swallow and Aftertaste yet, what are you waiting for?  If it’s the final part of the Wine Tasting Series, your wait is over.  Finish is available!

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 Summary:  

After four months together, Sean and Lucas have never been happier, but a wine tasting trip to Traverse City, Michigan threatens that stability.  Sean’s insecurities rise to the surface as Lucas’ fears of losing Sean lead to jealousy.  Can they repair their relationship before it turns sour?

Excerpt:

Lucas didn’t wake until they were well into Michigan. He stirred with a quiet sigh and shifted, his knee nudging Sean’s hand where it rested on the gearshift. “Sorry,” he muttered, his voice a low, sleepy rumble. “Didn’t mean to fall asleep on you.”

“It’s fine, I like driving.”

“I was like this as a kid; get me in a car with a little bit of sunshine, and I’m out.” He stretched for a moment, then his hand came to rest on Sean’s thigh. Through the denim, it was scorching hot and the heat seemed to travel everywhere before settling in Sean’s groin. That was the way it always was with Lucas though. No matter how many times the man fucked him, he could never get enough. They’d switched it up a little, once Sean felt comfortable with the idea. That had been enjoyable too, but when it came right down to it, Lucas topping was what they both preferred.

“Where are we?” Lucas asked, his hand leaving Sean’s thigh as he reached for a water bottle.

“North of South Haven. We have a little less than three hours to go.”

“It’s gorgeous,” Lucas murmured, cracking the bottle open and taking a long drink. Blue Star Highway ran along Lake Michigan’s coast, and although it was impossible to see the lake at the moment, the green, leafy trees and occasional rolling fields were picturesque. “I’m glad we did this” —he squeezed Sean’s knee— “work has been so busy, and I’ve been looking forward to spending some time alone with my handsome boyfriend.”

A thrill still ran through Sean every time he was referred to as Lucas’ boyfriend, but he couldn’t resist teasing him. “Too bad you brought me instead.”

Sean didn’t have to turn his head to know Lucas was scowling. “Sean,” Lucas said, the note of warning clear in his voice.

Chuckling, Sean reached over and grabbed Lucas’ hand, threading their fingers together. “I’m kidding; you know that.”

“You better be,” Lucas grumbled. Hands down, Lucas was Sean’s biggest champion. For every moment of doubt he had, Lucas was there to gently coax him out of it.

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Sean and Lucas are very dear to my heart and although the writing for it went slowly, I really enjoyed the final part of their story.   It gave me a chance to explore more of Sean’s insecurities and get a glimpse of the fears Lucas has.  The story is available in the following places.

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New Book – Aftertaste

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I had a lot of great feedback about “Spit or Swallow” and some interest in hearing more of Sean and Lucas’ story.  So the wine boys are back in the follow up, “Aftertaste.”

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Summary: 

Despite sizzling chemistry when they first met, Sean Powell can’t quite believe that the gorgeous young sommelier at Bistro Argent wants him. Anxious about risking his job, Lucas Spencer must decide if the handsome, red-headed wine distributor is worth the risk. Balancing a professional relationship with a more personal one is tricky, but it just might be worth the effort. 

Excerpt:

“Look, I’m sorry about the way I acted last week. Hearing you talk about wine today … I know I was completely off base. You have a good nose for this and it’s clear you’re an accomplished sommelier. I had a shitty day and I took it out on you. You didn’t deserve it.” 

Lucas nodded and licked his lips. “Thank you. I’m sorry I was so out of line with the way I acted as well.” 

Sean raised an eyebrow at him. “If you’re referring to things getting … physical between us, I can’t say I’m sorry. Although, I don’t want you to feel awkward with Richard about it.” 

Lucas splashed a bit more of one of the wines in his glass, swirling it around the bowl as he stared down at it. “Obviously, on one level I enjoyed it, but acting like that isn’t me.” 

“And you think it’s me?” Sean laughed softly. 

Lucas smiled into his wine glass. “I don’t know if it’s the arguing or what, but I’ve never been like that with anyone.” 

“Well, I can assure you, I don’t usually get blowjobs from all of the sommeliers at the restaurants I distribute to.” 

“That’s good to know.” Lucas raised an eyebrow at Sean. “Although, you said not all of them but does that mean …” his voice trailed off. 

“I should have said none of them. Trust me, Lucas, it’s been a long time since I’ve been … involved with anyone, and never someone from work.” 

“You have no idea how glad I am to hear that.” Lucas’ cheeks flushed faintly pink, and he rubbed at the back of his neck as he muttered under his breath. “Christ, I think I’m drunk. I wouldn’t be this frank otherwise.” 

“I kind of like it,” Sean said, feeling bold and then realizing it was the wine talking. “Ugh, you know, maybe I’m drunk, too.” 

They laughed, and Sean felt a warm sensation in his belly that had nothing at all to do with the wine.

 

Come check it out!  It’s available in several places right now

Amazon: Aftertaste

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and on several other sites in the near future (B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Google Play).

And please, I’d love your feedback on Goodreads and/or the site you bought it from!