I'm bursting with excitement to have a wonderful person and one of my favourite authors, E. Ayers as my very special Sunday guest. And she comes armed with gifts - a FREE download for your Kindle of her excellent and rather daring latest novel Coming Out of Hiding. You really should download this book - I've started reading it and think I'll be in for a few very late nights until I finish it. Here's Elizabeth to tell us a little bit more about it and also her forthcoming release, A Son - which, for River City series fans, is an absolute must.
Author E. Ayers
Hi, Lynette. Thanks so much for having me. I love visiting with you and your blog followers. With Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, it's a perfect time to read a romance.
There's been so much going on since the last time I was here that I almost don't know where to start. But I think I'll start with Coming Out of Hiding. It's not my usual romance as there's a touch of unusual heat to this book. Max was the good son. He attended to the best schools, was a fine athlete, and went into the military just as all the men in his family had done for generations. But he was wounded while serving his country. And before he had chance to learn the family business from his father, his parents died. Scarred on over forty percent of his body, he hides from the world while he attempts to run a small aeronautical company from his home. That is until Tae comes into his life and slowly drags him out of hiding.
Does it sound like the typical wounded hero of a romance novel? It's not. Under the story, is a deeper one of two people who not only love each other, they must learn to cope with Max's erectile dysfunction as a result of scarring. Yes, it's a male problem, but it affects the intimate relationship for both.
I wasn't expecting it to create such a stir, but it has. Maybe if more people are aware of erectile dysfunction, they will be better prepared. As men age, their chances of facing ED increases. But it can happen to any man at any age for any number of reasons. It's not a how-to manual. It's a love story of two people who are willing to try to express their love.
My second bit of news is that my fifth River City novel A Son should be available the first week of February so watch for it. Drop me a note and I'll be sure to add you to my list, so I can let you know exactly when it will be available. It's in its final stages prior to being released. And the fun part about River City novels is they don't need to be read in order. The city is the glue that holds them together.
In A Son, Katie has a big problem. She wanted to spend her life with Joey and have a nice house in the suburbs, but that's not what he wanted. She figured if she were pregnant that he would marry her. Instead, he denied paternity and tossed her out. Dallas and Rick take her in.
Katie has been pulled by her divorced parents her entire life. She's tired of it, and wants to stand on her own two feet to raise her son. She also realizes that being pregnant has given another responsibility, her health and the health of the baby. She needs to learn to eat right, and get more exercise. Both her parents are headed for a heart attack at an early age, and they have passed their lousy eating habits onto her. She has to make some major changes.
Falling in love with Gerald isn't an option when she's carrying another man's baby, but that's not stopping Gerald from falling in love with her. To make matters worse, she likes him more than she should. Especially, after she accepts his offer of being a gym partner for three months.
Gerald is the perfect Mr. Right, tall, blond, and blue-eyed, with plenty of money. But this is her mistake, and her child that she'll raise. Besides, she isn't about to let Gerald ruin his reputation by being seen with a pregnant female.
Joey's intelligent and very handsome. He has his life planned out, and it didn't include Katie or a baby. Yet he refuses to sign the paperwork releasing him from all rights to the child. Plus, there is one more piece to this story. Joey's mom is half Black.
So as you can see, I've been busy this month. I'm also working on a sweet historical western, The Diary of Clare Coleman that is mentioned in A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming. It's not exactly a glamorous life I'm leading when most of the day is spent at the keyboard.
Coming Out of Hiding is FREE through Jan 27 at Amazon.
US store http://amzn.com/B00AB68SEI
Excerpt from Coming Out of Hiding:
"No," he said with sadness in his voice. "I’m sorry you had to see it."
"Don’t be that way. Please. I really didn’t see it."
"You don’t need to see it." His eyes narrowed and he shook his head.
"Yes, I do, because if I see it then you won’t have to hide it anymore."
"Ms. Harris, it was badly burned, I try to keep it hidden."
"Please, give me your hand," she said calmly, her eyes now focused on his pocket.
"Sir, I know all about disgusting. I’ve lived with it all my life. Your hand," she demanded. Slowly, his hand slid out of his pocket. Her heart thumped. Eww! Timidly, she took what was left of the disfigured and color-mottled hand in hers. She studied it for a moment and then gazed into his pretty golden brown eyes. "Does it still hurt?"
"Only the pinky finger on occasion," he countered with a crooked smile.
She glanced at his hand, caught his joke, and giggled. She could see the wide smile spread across his face. Turning his hand over in hers, she asked, "What remains still works?"
"Yes," he said and flexed his remaining fingers.
"Good, so stop hiding it. I really don’t mind that it’s scarred and missing fingers." She ran her other hand over the disfigured one. "It’s amazingly soft." She gave him back his hand. "Is that why you’re a recluse?"
"It plays a part," he said.
"And the limp? Does that have anything to do with what happened to your hand?"
Excerpt from A Son:
“He’s so nice to me. I’m going to really miss him.”
“What are you talking about?”
“He’s not going to want to be my friend in a couple of months. Guys like that don’t want to hang around with someone who is pregnant.”
“You still haven’t told him?” Dallas loaded the grocery items onto the conveyer belt.
“No. We’re just friends. Don’t try to read something into the relationship. I promised him I’d be his gym partner for three months. I figure by then I’ll probably be showing, so that will end whatever we have in the way of a relationship.”
Dallas shook her head. “Gerald doesn’t sound as though he just wants a gym partner. Gym partners don’t panic when they can’t reach one another. I think he really likes you.”
Katie nodded. “I like him, maybe too much.”
Dallas frowned and said, “Then don’t keep this pregnancy from him. Secrets and half-truths will do more to ruin a relationship than anything else.”
“It’s not like it’s his baby. My relationship with Joey might have been a big mistake, but I can’t dismiss this baby as one. Selena raised her son, and I’m going to raise this child. There’s a daycare on campus, and I’ve already registered. Now really, what do you think is going to happen when Gerald finds out I’m having another guy’s baby?”
“I don’t know, but you do need to tell him before it becomes obvious. If he really is your friend, he’s going to stick by you. If he’s not, then it isn’t worth wasting the time to be with him.”
About the Author:
Born and raised with wealth, E. Ayers turned her back on all of it and married her prince charming a few days after her eighteenth birthday. Her family disowned her, and her friends were shocked. A firm believer in love conquering everything, she never looked back. The love she and her husband shared became the springboard for her novels.
Fascinated with the way people deal with everyday problems, E Ayers has always been an observer and a listener. A simple problem for one person is a mountain for another. She utilizes those common predicaments, which is why her books touch so many lives.
Today, she spends most of her free time writing while living in a pre-Civil War home with her two dogs and a cat. Rattling around in an old money pit gives her muse plenty of freedom. Her idea of a perfect day is to spend it at the keyboard of her computer, coffee in hand, and everything in the house actually working as it should. She's the official matchmaker for all the characters who wander through her brain, and she likes finding just the right ones to create a story.
She adores hearing from her fans and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website.
Thanks, Elizabeth. It's always a huge pleasure to welcome you to my blog and to hear about your excellent books.