We are thrilled to welcome Mickie B. Ashling to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of Open House, the sequel to Open Seating. We have an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway so go check it out!
Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by to help me celebrate the release of Open House. I’m here to share an exclusive excerpt and give you a chance to win a few giveaways. Open House is the direct sequel to Open Seating. These books should be read in order to be fully enjoyed.
As always, I’d like to thank Sinfully for hosting today’s visit, and my wonderful publicist J for her excellent help in organizing my blog tour.
Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Series ~ Open Trilogy #2
Published ~ 24th October 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
By the time Seth and Bryce return to Chicago, they’re halfway in love. They decide to move in together to see if their feelings can survive in the real world.
Seth receives word that a mandatory autopsy was performed on his late partner because his death was a suicide. The medical examiner’s findings are disturbing and leave some doubt as to the underlying cause of death.
Because of the suicide clause, life insurance benefits had been denied, but in light of these new findings, Seth’s lawyer advises him to appeal. The insurance investigator turns out to be the man who broke Bryce’s heart twenty-five years ago. The guy has fallen on hard times, and when he sees how successful Bryce has become—and how large Seth’s potential payout might be—he decides he wants a piece of the pie. Bryce and Seth’s new relationship is severely tested in this second novel in the Open Series.
Bryce adjusted slightly, trying to get comfortable without waking Seth. Soft puffs of air escaped from Seth’s slightly parted lips, tickling the sensitive skin underneath Bryce’s pits, where Seth tucked in peacefully. Bryce tried to recall the last time he’d been so completely at ease with postcoital cuddling. Until Seth came along, he’d be out the door as soon as the act was over, never lingering long enough to invite pillow talk, a clichéd exchange usually filled with empty promises.
He brushed his lips against the soft blond curls, which smelled of almond extract. The appealing aroma, so much a part of Seth, had first come to his notice in London at the start of their trip. He’d liked it then, and now he’d never be able to smell it without thinking of this man.
Not that he needed reminders. Seth had turned his life upside-down in a relatively short time and was constantly on his mind. Unfortunately, with this new development, Bryce was certain their recent harmony was about to be disrupted by an insurance investigation that would comb through every aspect of their lives, hoping to unearth something suspicious that might give them an excuse to deny Mark’s death benefits. Well, fuck them. He wasn’t about to be intimidated by the creeps. If they were anything like the government assholes who inspected job sites, he was more than capable of dealing with them. They could dig until they hit China and would come up short. He and Seth had nothing to hide.
His gaze shifted upward to the ceiling mirror, relishing the erotic tableau. Seth had one long leg draped over Bryce’s right thigh, using him like a body pillow. Physically, they were quite different. In spite of the excessive amounts of food on the cruise ship, Seth was still lean, genetically blessed with the body of a runner despite his aversion to treadmills. Now an attractive shade of gold from lazing around on deck, he was relatively hairless compared to Bryce, who’d been described as swarthy and “bearish” by his stable of Grindr boy toys. Bryce was proud of his physique and worked hard to maintain his muscle mass, which was supposed to melt away with age. Looking younger than his years was important to him, and he’d been doing a great job, judging by all the past hits he’d received on dating sites. They must have been surprised to find he’d deleted his profile. He’d given in to Seth’s request to stop online hookups if he wanted to pursue a relationship.
Not surprisingly, he didn’t miss them at all. Bryce was more than satisfied with Seth, in and out of bed. The only thing that could ruin their fledgling romance would be outside interference, and he was hoping to maintain their status quo throughout the investigative process. However, everything hinged on Seth’s state of mind. He hadn’t written a thing since that first morning in London. Bryce could understand being distracted on their trip, but eventually Seth had to hunker down and start working on a novel. If his muse could produce quality work in the office Bryce had set up, didn’t it stand to reason that every other decision they’d made so far had been right? He didn’t want Seth having second thoughts due to some stupid notion that Mark was sending bad juju from beyond. Seth told him often enough that writers were a superstitious lot, and any little thing could switch them from positive to negative. Bryce worried that might happen if the insurance company or the lawyer made their lives a living hell.
Meet Mickie B. Ashling
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.
By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.
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 currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
Win a $20 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate or an ecopy of Open Seating by Mickie B. Ashling. Two winners! Contest open internationally. Must be 18 or older to enter.
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