Friday, March 03, 2017

Blog Tour: We Three Kings by A.F. Henley. Includes Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway.

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We are thrilled to welcome back A.F. Henley to Sinfully today as Henley celebrates the release of We Three Kings. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Hello! And welcome to the We Three Kings Mini Blog Tour and Giveaway. I am extremely pleased to be here at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, and thank them all so much for fitting me into their busy schedule!

Today I'll be sharing another exclusive excerpt from We Three Kings, and I've also got a great giveaway for the visitors here at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews. One winner is guaranteed! Be sure to read through to the end to get in on the Rafflecopter for a shot at today's giveaway: a $10 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market, and your very own eBook copy of We Three Kings.

I am thrilled you stopped in to join me on the tour, and I hope you enjoy:

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We Three Kings – Exclusive Excerpt

I stroll through the hallways of the lower offices until I hear a voice I identify as Stephan's, our Purchasing Manager, and I don't give him a chance to notice me. The last thing I want is a half-hour conversation about why I got Jimmy and he didn't when it was his requirement we'd been interviewing for. "Because I'm the boss," isn't something I want to say, but it is something I will say if I have to. Seems like I'm avoiding a lot of people since Jimmy showed up.

By the time I get tired of hiding and head back to my office, it's almost four o'clock, and I'm unreasonably proud of the fact I've almost made it through a day without any fallout. The second I walk into my office however, that hope is dashed to the ground harder than a wine glass at a Russian wedding.

Jimmy looks up at me from behind my desk, phone in hand. "There you are. I was just trying to figure out how to page you." He hands the phone to me as I walk forward, and I can't unknot my guts. "He insisted that I page you," Jimmy explains.

"Who is it?" I don't know why I ask. The foreboding weight of doom should be enough for me to figure it out.

"Mark."

My fingers flutter to a stop inches away from the handset. "Ah."

I have to make myself complete the move and accept the phone. "Thank you." I nod at the door to my office. "Why don't you take a break and give me a minute alone?"

"Of course, sir—"

We lock eyes. I glare.

He corrects himself. "Eric. Yes. Thank you." He starts to leave but stops at the door and turns back just as I'm releasing the hold button. "Seriously, thank you."

Mark hears the line reconnect so I don't have a chance to say anything first. "Just what in the hell does he mean by Executive Assistant?"

I keep my voice calm and low. "Odd. I didn't really think you'd need a definition for that title. It's one of those surprisingly self-explanatory ones."

"And when exactly did we start looking for an assistant?"

The annoyance in Mark's tone is enough to light fires of irritation in my own. "We've been talking about it for years now."

"Talking isn't deciding—"

"He came in on a job interview for the damn junior purchasing position. I couldn't see wasting his talents on a job like that when he seemed perfect for this one—"

"And let me guess, he looks as sweet as he sounds, right?"

"Drop the attitude, Mark." My tongue does more snapping against the back of my clenched teeth then it should in conversation with one's business partner.

The phone goes so silent that I start to believe Mark has disconnected. Then, finally: "Just seems kind of weird, is all."

A wash of relief pours through my blood, though if it's over the fact that Mark didn't hang up the phone or that he's fallen to a more respectful tone again, I'm not sure.

"I mean, you didn't even mention it. And suddenly I'm on the phone and I'm being introduced to my own damn assistant?"

It dawns on me that I'll be sharing Jimmy with the two of them. The thought makes me irrationally tense. "He's very amicable," I say.

"I bet." The words are said so low that I don't think Mark meant for me to hear them.

I put incredulity and wounded pride into my voice, laying it on as thick as cheap icing. "You're questioning my judgment on people now? Seriously?"

"No."

I can almost see Mark's face as he speaks the word. Questioning, no. Judging, yes. Confused. Nervous. He relies on me to be smart. He expects me to make good choices. What I've done is making him edgy, though he has no idea why. I know all these things without him having to say a word. After all, we've been having silent conversations for years. It's amazing the senses and abilities people develop when they live in survival mode for too long.

"It's fine," I tell him. "This is going to work out for the best, you'll see."

"Right. I know. Just..." Mark's words drop off and after a two-count he clears his throat and shuffles paper. "I've got good news and bad news," he tells me.

"Give me the bad news first," I say, as I always do.

And we both ignore the fact that not only does Mark think I'm lying to him completely, both in reason and outcome, but that I'm more than aware that Mark is right.

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We Three Kings

A.F. Henley

We Three Kings CoverPublisher ~ Less Than Three Press 

Published ~ 1st March 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary gay Romance

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Synopsis

Chicago 1982 is a goldmine for the construction industry, and Eric and his two business partners are thriving. Once nothing more than orphans in a Catholic boys' home, they've overcome poverty and abuse to obtain success. Now living the lives they once only dreamed of, they're sure of one thing: they will never look back.

Then the past returns, by way of a cheap polyester suit and a smile Eric has never forgotten—and all the dark memories come crashing back. Lucky for him, Jimmy has no idea who Eric is, or who Eric used to be...

Genre: Gay, Contemporary Romance

Notes: contains some explicit content and references past abuse. This story also includes brief flashbacks of graphic violence.

Purchase Links

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AMAZON GLOBAL LINK

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Connect with A.F. Henley

Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish. Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012.

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A great big thank you to Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews for having me as a guest today, and another to you for taking part in the tour. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

AF Henley <3

Giveaway

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Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market, and an eBook of We Three Kings in your preferred format.

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There will be one winner only. Contest ends March 6, 2017.

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39 comments:

  1. Hi AF I enjoyed the post and the excerpt. Oh things are very tense between Mark and Eric.

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    1. Thanks, Shirley! I'm glad to hear it! I absolutely agree with you. XD

      Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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  2. ITA! that except has me putting this book down in my wish list!

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    1. Now that's what I like to read! Thank you! :D

      Good luck with the giveaway and thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment. <3

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  3. Congratulations on the new release. Thanks for the excerpt.

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    1. Thanks for both your kind words and stopping in to read and comment, Tanja! I'm pretty excited about it. :D

      Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and I wish you tons of luck on the giveaway! <3

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  4. I do love the analogy with the wine glass and the Russian wedding!

    Poor Eric. This excerpt is giving me the feeling that he is that teenager in the orphanage again. Because of Jimmy, Eric although having friends, he is so much alone again. His past got a strong hold on him again and this time it even is bringing him at odds with his friends. Mark sounded so hurt and I really feel for him.

    And all that Eric is trying to do is to somehow make things right. Damn that awful past.

    Again a very powerful excerpt! ��

    ❤️

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    1. Thank you very much, my friend. I'm glad you're still enjoying it after all this time. :D <3

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  5. I nearly missed this stop. Forgot all about it. Came home from groceries and went straight to fixing myself lunch and reading the book. XD

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    1. *laughs* Well, reading is a good thing but almost missing out on the tour stop is definitely not! Four lashes! *laughs more*

      Thanks very much for remembering. ;)

      Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! I appreciate you stopping in to read and comment. It's always a pleasure to have you on the tour. :D

      Best of luck with the giveaway! <3

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  7. Great post - thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway :)

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    1. You're very welcome, thank YOU for stopping in to read and comment. Best of luck with the giveaway! <3

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  8. Congrats and thanks for the post. I know it's not a main part of your book, but I live in Chicago and love the architecture here. More to the point, I love stories about survivors of abuse and their later lives. - Purple Reader
    - TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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    1. That is awesome! I love how the culture of Chicago (like most cities, I guess) encompasses so many things at once, but still manages to have its own unique way that everybody carries with it. Love to hear that the story sounds like one you might be interested in. :D

      Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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  9. Congrats on your new book, AF and thank you for this post. I'm really intrigued and so... another addition to my wish list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Dee! Glad to have you hear and I wish you all kinds of luck with the giveaway. :D

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  10. It's an intriguing excerpt!

    --Trix

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    1. Thanks! This bunch of characters really means a lot to me so I'm very happy that you think so. :D

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  11. I love the cover with the coffee stains over the architectual drawings.

    'And we both ignore the fact that not only does Mark think I'm lying to him completely, both in reason and outcome, but that I'm more than aware that Mark is right.' Such an intriguing beginning to what is sure to be a wonderful book!

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you like it if you get a chance to get into it. I personally really liked the idea of the coffee staining an image that encompassed both their childhoods (the church) and their current lives (work). And the idea of an incomplete trinity ring just made me way too happy. :D

      Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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  12. Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to WTK

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    1. You're welcome, Laurel! Thank you very much for taking part in the tour! Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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  13. Thank you for the exclusive excerpt. Quite a tense moment between Mark and Eric, Mark concern and worry really shows.

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    1. My pleasure, H.B. Thank you for joining me! Eric should do more listening and less talking, I think. XD

      Good luck with the giveaway! <3

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  14. Congratulations on the release and best wishes for much success!

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    1. That is very kind of you, Ree Dee! Thanks so much. :D

      And my best wishes to you for lots of luck with the giveaway! <3

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  15. Thanks for the post and excerpt! Sounds like Jimmy got hired into some serious tension between his bossed.

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    1. You're very welcome, Jen! Thank you for being part of it. :D

      Can you imagine? What an awful way to start a new job. XD

      Best of luck with the giveaway! <3

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  16. Congrats on the new release and thanks for the excerpt! I've been curious about this new book, I would like to read it. =)

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that the novel is grabbing your interest. :D

      It's great to have you hear on the tour, and I wish you lots of luck with the giveaway. <3

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  17. I wish you all the best on your new book <3

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    1. Thank you for that, Loren! It's great to have you on the tour with me! <3

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    1. My pleasure! THank YOU for stopping in to read and comment. :D

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  19. Congrats on your new release! Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm really excited about it. :D

      Hope you're enjoying the tour! <3

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  20. Congratulations, Ree Dee! You’re the winner of the Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews giveaway at this stop of the We Three Kings mini blog tour! Please check your email. 😀

    Thank you so much to everyone else that played along. Please be sure to check afhenlely.com for the final blog stop on the mini tour. There is still a chance for the rest of you to win as well! <3

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