Many thanks to Sinfully for hosting my Enforcing Emory blog tour. This novel in the set in the exciting world of figure skating and hockey. It’s a brand new universe so no catching up on back stories required. There are several prizes listed in the Rafflecopter which your readers can possibly win by throwing their names in the widget. Here’s a short glimpse of Nik and Emory.
Enforcing Emory by Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 27th May 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.
Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.
While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.
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On the rare evenings off, Emory would disturb his peace, chatting him up like a magpie on crack. He’d called back the day after Nik had hung up on him, pretending he hadn’t been left in the lurch, giving him an update on his training. He left sex out of their conversation—and a good thing too, or Nik would have ended the call. Instead, Emory talked about his daily schedule: the high-protein, high-carb diet; his new outfits; a daring jump Yuri wanted to add to his long program, and Em’s concern it might be too much after the combination triple lutz-triple toe loop, then dismissal of his own fears with his usual bravado.
“It is a dangerous jump?” Nik wondered. He couldn’t imagine there was anything Emory couldn’t undertake if he set his mind to it.
“It’s another quad, but since I’ve already got two in the program, ending with a third is pushing it. I’ll be exhausted by then and might flub it.”
“Nah,” Nik said encouragingly. “You’ll nail it.”
“Yuri feels this could be my ticket to the gold.”
“He’s probably right.”
The sporadic phone calls didn’t give Nik a chance to get the figure skater out of his mind, no matter how hard he tried. He’d even let the guys talk him into a lap dance at a titty bar known to turn a blind eye to birthdates, so long as he was an active player on the team, and he was dismayed when he couldn’t get into it. Again, he questioned his orientation. He didn’t think he’d turned queer overnight, so had he been gay all along and too scared to admit it? Why would a girl leave him cold while thoughts of Emory made him squirm? Imagining the two of them in any kind of sexual position was an instant turn-on.
Meet Mickie B. Ashling
Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.
By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called "gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking." She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
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