Twilight (Bay City Paranormal Investigations 3) available for pre-order

That’s right, y’all. Twilight (Bay City Paranormal Investigations book 3) is now available for pre-order from all the usual vendors. Release date will be Saturday Jan. 6th, 2018. Hopefully I’ll remember to update my own website on release day this time!

In the twilight shadows, nothing is what it seems. And not all the monsters have claws.

While leading an amateur ghost-hunting expedition in Asheville, NC, Bay City Paranormal is called to investigate Sunset Lodge, a rustic inn situated on a remote Smoky Mountain peak. In recent weeks, employees and guests alike have seen a weird, frightening creature in the forest near the Lodge. A creature which sounds all too familiar to the BCPI team.

Sam Raintree doesn’t want to deal with another interdimensional gateway. The last one they faced nearly took the life of Sam’s employer and lover, Dr. Bo Broussard. Sam can’t stand the thought of it happening again. Especially now that he and Bo are finally together and working through their problems. But Sam’s psychokinetic abilities give him the power to permanently close the gateways, and he can’t bring himself to ignore that. With the safety of the Sunset Lodge staff and guests at stake, Sam, Bo and their colleague, Dean Delapore, make the trip to the Lodge to determine if it indeed hosts a portal to another dimension.

At the beautiful and remote Sunset Lodge, a missing man, a grisly discovery, and a moment of carelessness converge to reveal secrets much different – and far uglier – than any the BCPI team expected. Secrets which not only put their lives in danger, but which might provide Sam with an escape from the portals. If he’s willing to take it.

Copyright 1st edition © 2007 Ally Blue

Copyright 2nd edition © 2017 Ally Blue

What Hides Inside available for purchase

Okay, I’m the worst. I COMPLETELY forgot to post on my website when What Hides Inside (Bay City Paranormal Investigations book 2) became available for download. Doh. Anyway, it’s here, ready to read. Hope y’all enjoy!

Facing an alternate-reality horror: potentially deadly. Facing their own secrets and lies? Much worse.

In his first fateful week with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, Sam Raintree learned he’s psychic and possesses the power to open interdimensional portals, and accidentally set loose an unimaginable horror. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, he also began a relationship with his boss, the firmly closeted Dr. Bo Broussard.

Three months later, Bo’s wedding ring is off, but he isn’t ready to come out. Sam, tired of hiding, can hear their fragile new relationship creaking under the burden of secrets. Cracks appear when Bo hires Dean, a new investigator who’s bisexual, out, and openly interested in Sam. During an intense investigation into the mysterious disappearance of three students from South Bay High School, Bo’s stubbornly cold shoulder leaves Sam hurt, confused, and questioning whether they have any real chance of a future together. Especially when Dean presents a tempting option.

As he wonders if he should continue the fight for Bo’s love, the team discovers disturbing parallels between South Bay High and Oleander House. Sam pushes his newfound psychic abilities to the limit—until an eruption of nightmarish proportions threatens to take the decision out of his hands. Permanently.

 

Copyright 1st edition © 2007 Ally Blue

Copyright 2nd edition © 2017 Ally Blue

What Hides Inside (BCPI book 2) up for pre-order

I’m very proud to announce that the new, self-published edition of What Hides Inside (Bay City Paranormal Investigations series book 2) is now available for pre-order. Release date is October 31st, 2017. Halloween, yay! Exciting 😀

I will update links on the book’s page as they go live. Right now the only one missing from my Big 5 list is Barnes & Noble. Not sure why they’re being so slow, but there you go.

Facing an alternate-reality horror: potentially deadly. Facing their own secrets and lies? Much worse.

In his first fateful week with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, Sam Raintree learned he’s psychic and possesses the power to open interdimensional portals, and accidentally set loose an unimaginable horror. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, he also began a relationship with his boss, the firmly closeted Dr. Bo Broussard.

Three months later, Bo’s wedding ring is off, but he isn’t ready to come out. Sam, tired of hiding, can hear their fragile new relationship creaking under the burden of secrets. Cracks appear when Bo hires Dean, a new investigator who’s bisexual, out, and openly interested in Sam. During an intense investigation into the mysterious disappearance of three students from South Bay High School, Bo’s stubbornly cold shoulder leaves Sam hurt, confused, and questioning whether they have any real chance of a future together. Especially when Dean presents a tempting option.

As he wonders if he should continue the fight for Bo’s love, the team discovers disturbing parallels between South Bay High and Oleander House. Sam pushes his newfound psychic abilities to the limit—until an eruption of nightmarish proportions threatens to take the decision out of his hands. Permanently.

 

Copyright 1st edition © 2007 Ally Blue

Copyright 2nd edition © 2017 Ally Blue

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Oleander House 2nd edition, now live

Oleander House (Bay City Paranormal Investations series book 1) is live! Yay! At the moment is’s only available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo. Other major channels should be up soon. I’ll update the links on the book’s page as they go live.

I wanted this book to be free on all channels, but Amazon won’t let me do that. So if you want a free Kindle-compatible copy, you can get one from Smashwords. Then if you don’t mind taking an extra minute, head over to Amazon and report a lower price on the book. A few reports ought to get them to make it free.

I’m super excited to get this horror-flavored romance back out in the world. Book 2 in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations seriesWhat Hides Inside, will be up for pre-order very soon, so stay tuned.

When Sam Raintree goes to work for Bay City Paranormal Investigations, he expects his quiet life to change. But he doesn’t expect to put his life and sanity on the line, or to fall for a man he can never have.

Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he’s experienced things he can’t explain. Things that have colored his view of the world, and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don’t have to know he’s gay.

From the moment Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams that plague his sleep. But the most unexpected part is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group’s leader. From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn’t take Sam long to figure out that although Bo is married to a woman, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him.

As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever.

Warning for graphic violence and disturbing dream images.

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© Copyright 1st edition 2006 Ally Blue

© Copyright 2nd edition 2017 Ally Blue

Bay City Paranormal Investigations rebooted!

Hey y’all! I have great news. Some of you may remember me saying I tentatively planned to self-publish my Bay City Paranormal Investigations series, which has been homeless since Samhain Publishing closed. Well, it’s happening! I’m releasing book one, Oleander House, back into the wild on Thursday, August 31st as a free title. That’s my plan, anyway. I discovered that I can’t load it early or put it up for pre-order if it’s free, so hopefully the major channels will get it out there timely. I’m probably going to upload the night before just to be sure. We’ll see what happens. It’s all a grand adventure, isn’t it? LOL. I plan to load book two, What Hides Inside, as a pre-order either simultaneously or soon after Oleander House is up, depending on how soon my live-in artist (aka husband) can get the cover done. I’m excited to get these books back out there!

By the way, if you’ve read Oleander House or What Hides Inside before, neither story had really changed. The changes I’ve made are very minor. Mostly just some word choices here and there, although I’ve changed one of the secondary characters in What Hides Inside a bit, and I expect her character to expand and develop more as I re-edit the series down the line, though again it doesn’t really change the main story at this point. Just wanted to let you know so you’d be informed when deciding whether or not to re-purchase 🙂

© Copyright 2nd edition, 2017 Ally Blue

When Sam Raintree goes to work for Bay City Paranormal Investigations, he expects his quiet life to change. But he doesn’t expect to put his life and sanity on the line, or to fall for a man he can never have.

Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he’s experienced things he can’t explain. Things that have colored his view of the world, and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don’t have to know he’s gay.

From the moment Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams that plague his sleep. But the most unexpected part is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group’s leader. From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn’t take Sam long to figure out that although Bo is married to a woman, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him.

As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever.

Warning for graphic violence and disturbing dream images.

New Facebook group: Love Is Blue

Quick update for y’all: my critique partners and I have pretty much decided to shut down the Fiction With Friction Facebook group, since most of us don’t use it much. That being the case, I’ve set up a Facebook group for myself: Love Is Blue. Because obviously I TOTALLY NEED another thing on social media…

My plan here is to basically post news, excerpts, pie-in-the-sky plans, etc. If you have suggestions regarding what you’d like to see, join the group and let me know 🙂

This entry was posted on August 3, 2017, in news.

The Happy Onion: Now Live!

Hey y’all! I’m thrilled to announce that my sexy romantic comedy The Happy Onion — previously published through Samhain Publishing and now re-released as a self-published title — is now available for purchase through all the usual channels. Blurb and links below. I love this book, I hope all of you will too!

Liberal vegan meets corporate carnivore. What could possibly go wrong?

Phil Sorrells is a liberal vegan with a popular restaurant and a thing for aggressive little blonds. Thom Stone is an aggressive little blond with corporate ambitions and a fierce temper. The attraction between them is immediate, and the sex is explosive. But when they climb out of bed long enough to talk, they learn how different they really are. So how do they navigate the ideological minefield separating them to find common ground? Very carefully.

This book has been previously released. It has undergone minor re-edits by the author, without substantial changes to the story.

© Copyright 1st edition 2008 Ally Blue

© Copyright 2nd edition 2017 Ally Blue

This entry was posted on July 30, 2017, in New Release.

The Happy Onion: now available for pre-order

That’s right, y’all. My hot & sexy romantic comedy The Happy Onion — previously published by Samhain Publishing and gently reworked for self-publication by yours truly — is now available for pre-order via all the usual channels. Scheduled release date is Sunday July 30th 2017.

This is a second edition and not substantially different from the original edition. Just fyi. Links to the major pre-order pages below. I’m excited to have this book back out there. Please tell your friends and neighbors!

Liberal vegan meets corporate carnivore. What could possibly go wrong?

Phil Sorrells is a liberal vegan with a popular restaurant and a thing for aggressive little blonds. Thom Stone is an aggressive little blond with corporate ambitions and a fierce temper. The attraction between them is immediate, and the sex is explosive. But when they climb out of bed long enough to talk, they learn how different they really are. So how do they navigate the ideological minefield separating them to find common ground? Very carefully.

© Copyright 1st edition 2008 Ally Blue

© Copyright 2nd edition 2017 Ally Blue

This entry was posted on May 31, 2017, in New Release.

Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, Spring 2017

It’s that time again, everyone: time for the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway! A whole bunch of gay romance authors — both exciting new voices, and some of the best authors in the genre — are giving away their novels, novellas, and short stories for FREE via InstaFreebie. I’ve gone and claimed my freebies, believe me *g*

This time around, I’m giving away my contemporary romantic comedy, The Happy Onion, previously published by Samhain Publishing. I’ve done a bit of re-editing, and it has a shiny new cover by my talented artist hubby Brent Brown, but the story’s basically the same. If you’ve never read it and you’d like to, now’s your chance to read for free. The giveaway lasts through May 29. After that, I’ll be self-publishing the book far and wide.

Stop by the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway this week to pick up as many free gay romances as you can handle. Then be sure to stay tuned to my website — or sign up for my newsletter — for news about my future titles.

Ally Jumps Into Self-Publishing

Yep, you heard right. I’ve taken my three homeless short stories (from the closing of Wilde City Press) and created an Ally-only anthology called Loose Stories. It’s already up on Amazon. I’ve loaded it on B&N and Kobo, though it’s not live yet, and am trying to work out how to get it on iTunes. I’m also planning to load it on Smashwords. So, hopefully it’ll be available on all the major channels soon. These little stories are nothing heavy, just fun, sexy romance with their own odd twists. Hope y’all enjoy!

 A demon, a cowboy, and a villain walk into a book. And live Happily Ever After.

 

A demon with a magic butt and a price on his head.

An interplanetary cowboy with the most valuable plot of land in the galaxy.

A designated Villain who only wants to make people happy, if he can get away with it.

Meet these characters—and the special men who learn to love them—in Loose Stories, a collection of three crazy, funny, surprisingly sweet tales of suspense, adventure, and romance.

 

These stories have been previously published in three separate multi-author short story anthologies. They are collected here together for the first time.

Buy on Amazon.

Read the excerpts!

Goodbye, Samhain books

For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, Samhain Publishing is closing its doors at the end of February. Which means that the majority of my books will no longer be available for sale. I’m a little freaked out about it, to be honest. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with those books. Most likely I’ll try to find homes for the majority of them at other publishers. A few, I might try to self publish, though that’s not my favorite option for a variety of reasons. We’ll see.

In any case, Samhain was the home of my second published novel, Willow Bend, they’ve been wonderful to work with all these years, and I’ll miss them. Thank you, Samhain, for everything. Much love.

Women in Horror Month Giveaway

February is Women in Horror Month. And in celebration of that, a bunch of female horror authors — including yours truly — are offering up a treasure trove of awesome free books and short stories. We have some amazing stuff up for grabs. I’m giving away my short story That Voodoo, including a bonus excerpt from my Lambda award finalist horror novel Down. The giveaway runs through the end of February. Go on over and get some fabulous, female-authored scary stuff!

No Small Parts – Now Available!

 No Small Parts, book #16 in the Bluewater Bay universe, is now available in ebook and print from Riptide Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your other favorite third party retailers. I love my boys, and I hope y’all enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂

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© Copyright 2016 Ally Blue

Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.

When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.

Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.

 

Be sure to comment on any (or all) of the posts on my blog tour for a chance to win a book from my backlist.

December 19, 2016  –  Joyfully Jay
December 19, 2016  –  Booklover Sue
December 19, 2016  –  Attention is Arbitrary
December 19, 2016  –  Diverse Reader
December 20, 2016  –  KT Book Reviews
December 20, 2016  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 20, 2016  –  The Jeep Diva
December 20, 2016  –  Prism Book Alliance
December 21, 2016  –  That’s What I’m Talking About
December 21, 2016  –  Bayou Book Junkie
December 21, 2016  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
December 21, 2016  –  Love Bytes Reviews
December 22, 2016  –  My Fiction Nook
December 22, 2016  –  Dog-Eared Daydreams
December 22, 2016  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
December 22, 2016  –  OMG Reads
December 22, 2016  –  MM Good Book Reviews
December 23, 2016  –  Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
December 23, 2016  –  Alpha Book Club
December 23, 2016  –  Creative Deeds
December 23, 2016  –  All I Want N More

Giving Tuesday, Gatlinburg, and a free book

Hey, y’all. As you might have heard, the beautiful town of Gatlinburg, TN has been devastated by one of the wildfires burning in the Great Smoky Mountains. I’m heartbroken about this. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, but I traveled to Gatlinburg with my family as a child, and I’ve been there many times as an adult since I got married and moved to the Asheville area as a young woman. It’s more than just a tourist attraction. It’s a lovely, iconic place. It’s special to so many people, tourists and locals alike. My thoughts and my heart are with all those who have lost homes and businesses, and all the brave men and women fighting the fires right now.

There’s not much I can do, other than donate my little bits of money, clothes, food, and water. But right now, since Gatlinburg is on my mind and since today is Giving Tuesday, I want to give away a copy of my novel The Mountain, because it’s set in Gatlinburg, and I’m hoping that this will make at least a few people think about this beautiful town, and maybe inspire them to help support the people of the town and the firefighters working to save lives there.

If you want to be entered into the drawing, email me at ally AT allyblue DOT com (I’m sure you know how to format that for email). I’ll draw a winner of an electronic book copy tomorrow night, 11/30/16. Thank you!

Big Gay Fiction Giveaway

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Who wants a free novel, short story, or sample chapter? That’s right, you do! For a limited time — November 20 through 27 — eighty plus authors of gay fiction (including yours truly) are giving away some awesome freebies. Go to the Big Gay Fiction Giveaway page and click on the cover for the story you want. The link will take you to the InstaFreebie page for the free book/story/chapter. Fill in your name and email, and InstaFreebie sends you your free story. That’s it. Get as many freebies as you want, there’s no limit. You’ll be signed up for the author’s newsletter when you give your email; it says so on InstaFreebie, but I wanted to put it out there just so we’re clear. For those of you already signed up for my newsletter, if you get my freebie (my short story That Voodoo) InstaFreebie will send you the story but you will NOT be signed up for my newsletter twice. You’ll only get it the one time. So no worries there 🙂

I’ve looked over the list of freebies, and there are some truly excellent books and stories on offer here. Don’t miss out, y’all! Believe me, I’m gonna be grabbing some freebies and newsletters myself!

No Small Parts cover!

nosmallparts_200x300 Isn’t it gorgeous? No Small Parts comes out in electronic and print versions December 19th, part of Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay universe. I’m super excited about it. You can pre-order from Riptide now. If you’d rather order from Amazon or other third party retailers, I’ll have those links for you on release day. I hope you’ll check it out!

No Small Parts available for pre-order

nosmallparts_teaser No Small Parts (Bluewater Bay #18) is now available for pre-order from Riptide Publishing. I’ll have an excerpt up once line edits are done. Be sure to check out the cover reveal on the Heroes & Heartbreakers blog on 9/27!

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© Copyright 2016 Ally Blue

Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.

When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.

Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog: now available

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog is now available in ebook and paperback on the Riptide Publishing website, Amazon, B&N, and all your favorite third party retailers. The blog tour also starts today and runs through this Friday. Stop by and comment on any of the tour stops for a chance to win a full set of my Mojo Mysteries series in the winner’s choice of electronic format.

TheSecretOfHuntersBog_400x600For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.

 

 

Secret of Hunter’s Bog blog tour

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The Secret of Hunter’s Bog is scheduled for release from Riptide Publishing on March 7th. Please join me for an awesome blog tour March 7-11! I have some cool posts planned. And you can comment at any of the stops for a chance to win a full set of my Mojo Mysteries series (Demon Dog, A Ghost Most Elusive, and Myth Adventures) in the winner’s choice of electronic format. Check out the schedule below, or click the banner above to go to the blog tour schedule on the Riptide website. Hope to see y’all on the tour!

Stops for this tour:

March 7, 2016  –  The Novel Approach
March 7, 2016  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
March 7, 2016  –  Booklover Sue
March 7, 2016  –  Fresh Fiction
March 8, 2016  –  Prism Book Alliance
March 8, 2016  –  Erotica for All
March 8, 2016  –  GGR-Review
March 8, 2016  –  The Jeep Diva
March 8, 2016  –  Cup o’ Porn
March 9, 2016  –  Love Bytes Reviews
March 9, 2016  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
March 9, 2016  –  Man2Mantastic
March 9, 2016  –  That’s What I’m Talking About
March 9, 2016  –  Wicked Faerie’s Tales
March 10, 2016  –  MM Good Book Reviews
March 10, 2016  –  The Day Before You Came
March 10, 2016  –  Just Love Romance
March 10, 2016  –  Sinfully MM Book Reviews
March 11, 2016  –  My Fiction Nook
March 11, 2016  –  All I Want and More
March 11, 2016  –  TTC Books and More
March 11, 2016  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

 

The Secret of Hunter’s Bog – Cover and pre-order!

Hello dear readers. Please excuse my lateness in posting this, but life’s been nuts lately. Anyhow, I want to show y’all the TOTALLY AWESOME cover for my upcoming novel The Secret of Hunter’s Bog, scheduled for release from Riptide Publishing in March. You can pre-order the book from Riptide for super cheap! And you can read the first two chapters on the website! So go check it out, it’s pretty sweet if I say so myself 😀

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for exclusive excerpts and other content when the book comes out. Sign-up form on the sidebar here on my website. Also, I’m planning a totally cool Christmas story exclusively for the newsletter, starring Greg and Adrian from the Mojo Mysteries series. Don’t miss out!

Read on for cover and blurb for The Secret of Hunter’s Bog.

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TheSecretOfHuntersBog_400x600For Koichi McNab, the shop he and his twin sister Kimmy are opening in Hunter’s Bog Mall is a fresh start after their old one burned down. A way to move on. Especially when he meets the hunky owner of the luxury camping goods store next door. Koichi’s never been an outdoorsy guy, but Will Hood just might change his mind.

Will came to Southern Alabama to establish his own life away from his big, intrusive family—and in hopes of finding Anthony, the lover who vanished two years ago. But meeting Koichi throws everything off-kilter. Anthony was a long time ago. Koichi’s right here, smart and funny and cute, and Will wants him.

As Koichi and Will become friends, then lovers, Will’s past and Koichi’s present tangle into a dangerous knot that brings them face-to-face with secrets, theft, treachery . . . maybe even murder. With their lives on the line, their only way to safety is together.