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!
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:
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.
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?"
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.
We Three Kings
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 1st March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary gay Romance
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.
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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.
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
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