Please Join us in welcoming Donna McIntosh to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of her new release Home.
A Word from Donna McIntosh
Thank you so much for inviting me. I appreciate the opportunity to say a few words about myself and my writing. My main character, Sean Hennessey is a detective with the LAPD. His work is pretty much all he has in life and he's grown to accept that. He's good at what he does and most always gets the man he's after. The culprit, I mean. But there is one guy who keeps eluding him. A guy he's attracted to, but would never admit it in a million years. Mitchel Yates is extremely handsome, devil-may-care, and skates around the edges of a lot of the criminal activity in L.A.
On his way home from work one evening, Hennessey waylaid in his parking garage. The shooting starts, he's hit, and who comes to his rescue but Mitchel Yates. Yates transports the two of them out of danger and exposes Hennessey to a way of life he thought possible only in sci-fi movies.
A relationship begins to develop between the two of them and Hennessey is invited to join the inter-galactic group called The Peace Keepers. This story follows their budding relationship, Hennessey's training, and the missions they are sent out on. Their stumbling blocks vary from a jealous ex-boyfriend, serious injuries, amnesia, getting caught up on the losing side of a war, abandonment, a trip to the Pleasure Planet, starvation, wild man-eating animals, and a precious six-year old girl that captures both of their hearts.
Here are a couple of excerpts:
“Where exactly is here, and how did we get from the front seat of your car to here?”
Yates stared for a few seconds and fingered his glass. “Come on. I need to show you something that will help you understand.” He stood, and Sean followed him.
They traveled up the ramps, level after level, until they reached the seventh floor; then they turned off down a long hallway. At the end stood a double doorway. They passed through it and walked into semi-darkness.
“This place doesn’t have any lights?” Sean blinked.
“In a minute.” Yates continued walking, leading the way.
Once around a partition in the large auditorium-like room, the world turned into a million pinpricks of starlight, reminding Sean of a long-ago visit to a planetarium. “It’s beautiful.” He gasped at the vista before them.
“Over here,” Yates called from a few steps away. Sean followed the voice around the curvature of the room and stopped dead in his tracks. Before them, over Yates’ shoulder, and amidst a field of stars, stood Earth.
“What the...? What is this? That’s not... it can’t be....” He stared open-mouthed.
“No, it’s not. Turn the lights on right now. I want this charade over with,” Sean snarled. “Hennessey, it is what it is. That’s Earth,” Yates insisted, jabbing a finger toward the beautiful blue planet in the starscape.
“A picture of Earth, maybe, or a replica, but not the real thing.” Sean adamantly refused to believe.
“Why would I bring you up here to show you a picture or a replica?”
“I don’t know. I don’t understand any of this. Why am I here? What do you want, Yates?” Sean stormed back out through the doors and into the hallway. He stopped and leaned against the wall, both hands covering his face. He didn’t believe it. He couldn’t. Things like this didn’t happen. Not in real life; and he was no fan of science fiction. “Am I lying on a table in a lab somewhere with electrodes strapped to my head? Is this some kind of brainwashing technique? What do you want from me?” he choked out.
Yates held Sean’s gaze a few moments, then walked on past him. He stopped at the railing and leaned on the barrier, looking down.
Sean joined him. “What’s this all about, Yates? Give me some kind of clue here, will you?”
“You think all this is something made up and implanted in your mind?”
“I don’t know. I just know that I’m not up on some kind of spaceship. This place is way too big for that. Where are we? Can’t you tell me that much? What state are we in? Are we still in LA?”
“We’re not in any state, Hennessey. What you saw back there is real. This is not some kind of experiment in mind control. I don’t know what else to tell you.”
Sean stared at Yates in disbelief. He couldn’t be telling the truth—could he? It was far too fantastic. Up in space in some kind of fancy space hotel? With Mitchell Yates, who all of a sudden had become some kind of peace-keeper—a good guy? This had to be a dream.
(Author's note. Mitchel Yates name in the Peace Keepers group is Yana.)
The animals, smelling the body, lumbered to where it lay in the snow. Sean hurled himself toward the shelter, unlatched the door with half-frozen hands, and turned to see Yana still some distance back. Sean ran out to him, grabbed him around the waist, and hauled him inside. No sooner had he shoved the cabinet in front of the door than the pounding began again. He dragged Yana into the inner hut and closed and latched the doors in between. They sat on the floor with their backs to the door when they heard the crash. The cabinet had tipped over.
“They’re inside,” Yana yelped “Where’s the spear?”
“I don’t know. Out there somewhere. What difference does it make? It wouldn’t stop them anyway.”
“Sean.” Yana’s plea of desperation made Sean decide. There was only one safe place. He dragged Yana to the mine entrance.
“It’s no use, Sean.” Yana sank to the floor. “I’m so sorry I got you into this.”
“Yana.” Sean knelt beside him. “There’s only one place they can’t get in, and that’s the mine.” “No, No,” Yana pleaded.
The screeching of metal sent a shiver of fear through them both as another door gave way to the beasts’ pounding.
“It’s our only chance.” He pulled Yana toward the elevator.
“I’m not going down there,” Yana insisted. “If my time is up, I’d rather die up here than be crushed again in a mine.”
“The decision is yours, Yana. We can stay here and be dinner for those animals, or we can go down into the mine and live a bit longer. Your choice. But you choose for both of us because we’re in this together.” The pounding and roars were closer now. The animals were in the next room. “Do we allow ourselves to be eaten alive in the next few minutes or die slowly below?” Sean posed the sad question.
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Gay Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he's repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.
Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.
But one night all of that changes.
Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.
Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.
Meet Donna McIntosh
DONNA McINTOSH was born in Elmira, New York, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, married a Texan and has lived all over Texas for the last thirty-plus years. Donna has four children, ran a Day Care Center for many years and has written fan fiction since she was thirteen.
Donna loves long walks so her mind can ramble. She loves reading and her tastes run from Historical novels, to Sci-Fi, Westerns, Classics, all the way to WWII and biographies. In short, anything that catches her eye.
Donna loves total quiet, very little TV, occasional movies, wildlife, beaches, birds, cats, newborn babies, flowers, and great big smiles. Oh, and hugs!
She hates flying, total darkness, people who talk endlessly about themselves, intolerance, and bigotry.
Donna’s biggest asset? Her wild and endless imagination.
Her biggest flaw? She’s a Libran and simply cannot make a decision!
DONNA McINTOSH can be found at her website: http://donnamcintosh.weebly.com/
Prize: $6.99 WIP Gift Card