Today I’m thrilled to have M/M erotic romance author Mae Hancock as my guest. Mae is here to talk about her newest release, Cotton Candy — check out Mae’s guest post below, as well as the blurb and excerpt from Cotton Candy, and a great giveaway!
Guest Post by Mae Hancock
The near death experience is one, which makes us stop in our tracks and take stock of our lives. If you’ve ever had a close call then you probably recall doing something different or thinking through your life. Sometimes the event can be as simple as being narrowly missed by a speeding truck. It could be a health scare or the death of someone in our circle of family and friends. I’ve often sat down and thought through my life after an event like that and pondered the issue: if I died tomorrow would I be satisfied with how I’d lived my life? If the answer was ‘no’ then it was about time I changed things. I have to say that now I write and study full time I feel safe to say that I wouldn’t feel cheated. I’ve lived a worthwhile life and do voluntary work as well as making sure all the people I love know that I love them, and all the things I wanted to do or be are on track.
When my characters from Cotton Candy, Bay and Cotton are on the road together and they’re involved in a landside and it shakes them both up, and causes a total reassessment of their lives. Cotton realizes he needs to support Bay through his difficulties and it’s also somewhat of a turning point for Bay. He makes a reassessment of things and clearly his thoughts are steering toward making adjustments in his life. There’s also other deeper feelings of loss which Bay experiences that day on the mountainside but these are emotions which will steer him long term on the road out of his struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and enable him to bond with his partner and family long term.
I guess my philosophy is, make your life worthwhile and never look back with the regret that you didn’t do or say something. Live to the full and change the things you’re not happy about.
Cotton Candy – Blurb
Cowboy, Cotton Reid is the laid back type of guy who accepts people as they are, no matter how flawed. He’s fun, honest and crazy about his boss and friend the sexy rancher Bay Redman.
Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is something that family man, Bay, has done his whole life. Bay can be like a bear with a sore head if the hay isn’t stored symmetrically or his fridge contains an odd number of jars.
When the two men begin a hot affair, Cotton keeps a secret from Bay, but will Cotton find the courage to tell the truth before someone else does?
Cotton Candy – Excerpt
The heat of the spring sunshine made the air thick and heavy like midsummer as Cotton and Bay rode back toward the ranch after a long day rounding up cattle for market. A faint breeze caught strands of Cotton’s hair, blowing it into his face beneath the tan Stetson. He lifted the hat off and ran his fingers through his damp mop of hair. Then, pulling a band from his wrist, he secured the locks into a familiar small bunch, leaving a fingerbreadth of tail hair at the nape of his neck.
Glad for the momentary relief from the heat, he placed the hat back on and took in Bay’s broad shoulders as he rode in front. For some reason today, Cotton had not been able to break away from studying each movement Bay made. Twice before, Cotton had stared at the man too long and noticed Bay’s brown eyes searching his own. Has he noticed me watching him? The man’s deep, smoky cedar scent carried to Cotton on the wind, the smell so rich and bountiful it made his senses stir with desire.
Starting to get darn near obsessed with the man who doesn’t even notice me—not in a carnal way anyhow.
Bay and he were boss and hired help. Bay didn’t chase, pursue, desire—or even demand anything of Cotton, which served to make the man more attractive. Bay’s sensual, deep-brown eyes tugged at Cotton with each glance, and Bay’s thick lashes fanned out, flattering his dark-bronze skin. A simple, meaningless smile had far-reaching and significant implications for Cotton. Put simply, it meant Bay approved of him and the things he did. The rancher’s soft, full lips framed milk-white teeth, and sent urgent ripples right through Cotton’s body, leaving his fingertips tingling and the reins slippery with his sweat.
Mae Hancock – Author Bio
I enjoy writing both academic and fiction material. My research interests include focus on people who experience marginalization, both in historical societies and modern. Themes include disability, neurosis, homosexuality, addiction, mental illness, slavery and prostitution. The most important part of my work is creating multi-dimensional, believable characters that are able to build lasting romantic relationships against the odds. I want all my readers to laugh, cry and enjoy the erotic journey towards a happy ending.
Link to my web site: http://www.maehancock.com/
Link to my blog: http://maehancockfiction.blogspot.co.uk/
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