Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: Braving The Deep End By Deanna Wadsworth
Destiny Ink Romance, Book 12
State Trooper Mike Martin considers himself straight. Until the day he met the sexy southern charmer Beau Abernathy. Mike’s world froze the first time he saw Beau climb from the pool at his local gym, leaving him thunderstruck. He’s never experienced such lucid thoughts, or the chill of desire for another man—did this mean he was gay?
As their friendship grows, so does Mike’s concern. What if Beau kisses him and he doesn’t like it? Beau is too important to Mike to just be a sexual experiment. Worried if he’s even physically able to be intimate with a man—it’s one thing to imagine, but another to act on it—Mike enlists the help of Lady Phoebe a no-strings gay sex-ed lesson.
But Mike gets far more than he bargained for with his romantic weekend getaway. Will Mike be brave enough to face his desires and dive in the deep end, or will Beau’s dark secret destroy what they could become?
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Excerpt:“You have a nice day and drive safe,” Trooper Mike Martin said. With a tip of his regulation Stetson, he stepped away from the minivan, but not before the woman grumbled about her speeding ticket “helping your quota.” She was lucky, had she been going three miles an hour faster she’d be facing a mandatory court appearance and the very real possibility of having her license yanked for at least a month. And troopers didn’t have quotas, regardless of what errant drivers liked to think. In his patrol car, Mike waited until the minivan pulled away before he merged into traffic. The stretch of highway through Birch County, Ohio, was wide open, and if somebody drove five or six miles over the speed limit, he let them go. Not one of those troopers who got a thrill out of giving people speeding tickets, he always pulled over the fifteen-plus crowd. That woman shouldn’t have been driving nearly ninety miles an hour especially with children in the backseat. If speeders came upon a scene where they had to scrape a ten-year-old off the pavement, they might tuck their cell phones away and stop putting on lipstick while they drove. A terrible shudder went down his spine as images of the accident struck him—the amber glow of the streetlights in the snow, the screams of anguish from the father, blood spreading across the snow like raspberry syrup on a snow cone. No! He pushed the images away before they could take hold again. He took a deep breath, filling his diaphragm then exhaling slowly, repeating the move until his heart rate calmed, and visions of the crash faded away. The images were never really gone, always lingering in the corners of his mind, waiting for inopportune moments to surface and affect his hard-fought-for peace and calm. Checking his rearview mirrors, he pulled into the median crossover and put his cruiser in park, trying to ignore his shaking hands. After a few more cleansing breaths, he felt more in control. He hated feeling like this, anxious and off-kilter. He’d suffered from bouts of anxiety after Mom died when he was fourteen, but as a man, he thought he’d conquered it, left it in his youth. Since that horrific accident, it had become difficult to predict when an unexpected wave of anxiety would sweep over him. Long hard swims helped, but his boss had called him in early this morning, and he hadn’t made it to the pool. His personal cell phone buzzed on the passenger seat, and he picked it up. The moment the image of a smiling dark-haired man appeared on his screen, all the darkness melted away like snow on a warm spring day. Beau Abernathy.
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About the Author: Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. She has served multiple board positions for different RWA chapters, including President of the Rainbow Romance Writers in 2017. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. An avid reader, she also loves gardening, cooking, music, and dancing. Often she can be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.
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