Blog Tour & Excerpt:
Dancing with Daddy by Susan Hawke
I love my daughter, but finding out she wasn’t biologically mine is the best news ever.I’m a widower who is too scared to have the stupid test that would tell me whether or not I even have the gene that would mean dealing with a horrible illness and certain death. A gene that could’ve also been passed to my child, had she been mine.
She’ll need her father, if something ever does happen to me…That’s why I search for Maddie’s biological father, and when I find him, ask him to become part of her life.
What I didn’t expect is for him to become my best friend. Shane is fun and easygoing, the exact opposite of me. He makes me laugh. He’s the perfect antidote for my neurotic existence. And he’s bi, like me.
But am I courageous enough to take the leap into falling in love with him?
Dancing with Daddy is a super sweet, full-length, standalone, feel good mm romance. There’s no angst, just two very opposite men who befriend each other super fast then slowly find their way to love…all while parenting the precocious five-year-old who belongs to both of them.
Audio coming soon.
Narrated by Michael Dean
Maddie leaned over the table, tilting her head to look closely at my eyes. “You do have gray eyes, Uncle Shane. Me too! We match!” She turned and rushed over to Brad, tugging on his arm with both hands as she bounced. “Daddy, we have to sing Uncle Shane our song.”
“Our song? I don’t know what you’re talking about, pipsqueak.” I had to give it to Brad, he tried to play dumb. Not that it worked.
She huffed impatiently. “You know, our song. The one about the eyes that rhymes.”
Brad quickly shook his head. “Oh, no. Your Uncle Shane doesn’t want to hear me sing.”
“Now, I’m gonna have to disagree with you on that one, Brad. Because I’m pretty sure that Uncle Shane definitely needs to hear this one.” When he narrowed his eyes, I grinned unrepentantly. Something told me this was going to be fantastic.
Maddie moved in front of him, holding her hands up like duck beaks on either side of her head, opening and closing them as she blinked as if to mimic her fluttering eyelashes. “Come on, Daddy. Do it with me. Let’s sing our song.”
I was charmed when Brad gave in and—with a surprisingly good voice—broke into a chorus of “Jeepers Creepers, Where’d You Get Those Peepers” while they danced, moving in sync from side to side while they made those duck-like hand signals at each other.
When they got to the end, they turned to face me and threw out jazz hands as they sang the final line. “…Where’d you get them eyes?” I clapped and cheered, blinking back tears the entire time.
I’d known that Brad was doing me an incredible favor by inviting me into their lives. But until this moment, I didn’t think it’d fully hit me just how amazing a gift it truly was. Not just Maddie, but Brad too. They were a family unit and regardless of his worries, they were just fine without me.
And yet, he’d brought me in.
For the first time in over six years, I knew in my gut that this friendship with Brad was one that would never have an expiration date. As for Maddie, there was no way I’d ever be able to move on to the next spot in the road and leave her behind.
For the first time in my twenty-nine years, I knew in the depths of my being that I’d finally found my home. Not necessarily in this house, but with these people.
As an avid reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it. This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I’d care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I’ve found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that’s what I try to bring to every tale I tell.
I’m a happily married mom with one snarky teenage boy, and three grown “kids of my heart.” I’m more widely known for my mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that. Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family I mentioned; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy. I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and to bringing more romance and laughter into this world that needs it so very badly.