Monday, September 04, 2017

Featured Guest Author: The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) by Rosalind Abel. Includes Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway.

tvWe are happy to welcome Rosalind Abel to Sinfully today to celebrate the release of The Veranda, book three in the Lavender Shores series.


I’m so thrilled to be here at Sinfully! Thank you for stopping by for an exclusive excerpt from The Veranda.

The Veranda is the third book of the Lavender Shores series. Each of the novels can be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series. I’m going to let the excerpt and blurb speak themselves, but I will promise you romance, steamy sex, laughter, all the feels, and a happily ever after. Whether you read The Palisade and The Garden (the first two books in the series) or not, you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy this visit to Lavender Shores.

The Veranda is available from Amazon and is also free on Kindle Unlimited. Donovan and Spencer have quite the journey to love to share with you. One that’s been a long time coming for them.

For our third stop on the blog tour, I’m giving you a hint at the steam that lies within the pages of The Veranda. Here’s the back-story, really quick… Spencer and Donovan have had feelings for each other for a decade. Feelings they’ve never admitted to anyone, even each other because Spencer was married to Donovan’s half-sister. Now, because of a divorce, they’re no longer brother-in-laws.  They were both recently at a sex-party masquerade, and hooked up, but neither of them thinks the other realized who they slept with.  In this scene, they were recently at Spencer’s son’s birthday party, where they had a moment alone, admitted they both know about the sex party, and shared a kiss. Donovan has been freaking out about all that’s building with Spencer.  He’s just returning home from a run to clear his mind.  (You can check out the sex party chapter for free on Amazon.)



I didn’t stop running until I came to the walk leading up to my house. I paused, sucking in deep breaths, relishing the magic of endorphins. I was going to hurt later. Probably not all that much later. My muscles would burn and my joints would ache, but it would be worth it. I’d take a bath with Epsom salts, turn my audiobook back on, and refuse to let one bit of my reality into my head.

I didn’t see Spencer until I was at the foot of my steps. The motion of the swing from the far side of the porch caught my eye. He gave a little wave. “Hi.”

My heart tested its ability to increase its rate without exploding at the sight of him.

“I’m sorry. I probably shouldn’t have come.” Spencer stood and walked across the porch.

I realized I hadn’t responded to his greeting. I hurried up the steps and stopped him before he began his way down. “No, it’s totally fine that you’re here, of course. Sorry, I was just a little caught off guard.” Another thought hit me, and I glanced down at my sweat-soaked tank top and running shorts. “Shit, I probably smell like a locker room. I just went on the longest run of my life.”

When I glanced back up, I noticed Spencer’s gaze travel over my body. His tongue darted out over his lower lip before he looked at me again. There was desire and heat in his gaze. I could see him try to wall it off, but he didn’t succeed.

“I didn’t want to bother you or interrupt your night. I just thought maybe we should chat. I think I might’ve gotten five minutes of sleep last night. And I kinda had a feeling tonight would be the same unless I was a little bit more proactive.”

I couldn’t help but laugh, although darkly. “And I thought I was the therapist.” He gave me a puzzled expression, and I elaborated. “I didn’t sleep well myself last night. I chose about every option available besides being proactive.” I motioned to my body. “And as you can see, I chose running as one more distraction.”

“So….” He glanced around the porch, his gaze lighting everywhere, darting to mine, then away again. “Should we talk?”

It was a good thing that I was already drenched, otherwise I probably would’ve sweated through my clothes in that instant. For once, with Spencer at least, I chose to be honest. “We should definitely talk, although, the thought of that scares me to death.”

This time Spencer laughed. “Yeah, me too. Believe me.”

“Sorry. I’m not really sure how to handle this.”

“Really?” He raised an eyebrow. “I don’t either, but, like you said, you’re the therapist. I thought you might have some ideas.”

“You know, I would’ve thought the same thing. Turns out, we’re both wrong. I have no fucking clue.”

Spencer let out a long shaky breath. “That makes me feel a little bit better, strangely.”

I motioned toward the front door. “Why don’t you come in?”

“Worried about someone seeing us?”

Was I? “No, you can stay right here if you want. Just relax, let me shower and change clothes. I’ll be back in a few minutes. Help yourself to some wine or tea or something if you’d like.”

“Okay. Thanks.” Spencer looked nervous, hesitated again, then walked back toward the swing while I unlocked the front door and went inside.

I paused after I shut the door, simply trying to breathe. This was happening. This was real. Spencer was right there on my porch. I’d wanted him for a decade, and now we were going to talk. No time for lists and weighing the pros and cons.

It was time to act. To go after what I wanted. Wasn’t it?

I hurried to my bedroom, stripped, snagged a fresh change of clothes, and got into the shower.

Though the water didn’t solve anything, it cleared my mind a little bit. This was going to be okay. We were two adult men. Two intelligent, kind, professional adult men. We could figure this out. The world wouldn’t end. Lavender Shores wouldn’t crumble. And more than that, Spencer and I could handle whichever way this thing went. But what if it went well? Really, really well? What if all these years of longing were more than just longing?

I stayed under the warm spray a little bit more than I normally would’ve, both taking comfort from the heat and still trying to hash through what needed to be said and what possible plan we would come up with to try to make better choices.

The scrape of metal caused me to jump, and I looked over to see the shower curtain being pulled away. Spencer stood there, naked. I gaped at him and couldn’t keep my gaze from roaming over his body. I’d almost forgotten what his chest and stomach had looked like revealed from his costume the few days before. He’d lost weight since his divorce. Part of why I hadn’t recognized him instantly. His new body was sculpted and smooth. And still waxed clean of hair. I’d always been attracted to his body, even when it had been in its dad form. He definitely didn’t have a dad’s body now. However, the lower portion of him I’d never seen. I stared, probably open-jawed, at his cock. It was long, thick, veiny, and cut. And it was fully erect, and already leaking a trail of precome. Finally, I forced my gaze up to his.

Despite the heat in his eyes, his voice was nervous. “Sorry, I couldn’t wait on the porch any longer.”

Sorry, you've always looked crazy hot in a suit.

Trust me, you do not want to miss what happens in the next chapter.  Shower time! Pick up the book on Amazon and visit the town of Lavender Shores.

Thank you so, so much!



The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

Rosalind Abel


Published ~ 29th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

Cover Artist ~ AngstyG





Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside of himself. Donovan truly loves his life, but isn’t able to find a relationship that satisfies his heart’s craving. Maybe the problem is that the only man he wants is off-limits.
Spencer Epstein came to Lavender Shores to find himself. Instead, he married one of the local town beauties. He’d thought his prayers had finally been answered. Then, he met his pregnant fiancĂ©e’s brother. It turned out those answered prayers were just cruel twists of fate.
A decade later, after a divorce and crumbling of all Spencer thought was set in stone, he sees his brother-in-law at a masquerade sex party. He takes full advantage of the anonymity and acts on the desires he’s held at bay all those years. The problem is, those silent and frenzied moments didn’t satiate anything. The fire and heat between the two men only grows as secrets are uncovered and they must determine if the cost of their passion is too high.


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Meet Rosalind Abel

Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens along side her sweet rosalind abeland faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.
In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mate, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).
She adores MM Romance and the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies, and welcomes new fuzzy ones in her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.




Rosalind has brought along a giveaway of a $5 Amazon Gift Card for one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post, along with your email address, by September 10, 2017 for your chance to win. Good luck!

VerandaBlog Tour

September 1—The Novel Approach

September 2—Scattered Thoughts

September 4—Sinfully

September 7—Love Bytes


  1. This series sounds great, thanks for the excerpt!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for the excerpt, and congratulations on the release. Another must read series!

  3. I love that cover! Congrats on the new release!
    MidniteWolf07 [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Congratulations on another release in this series! Good luck with the rest of the blog tour...


  5. Congrats on the release! And thanks for the review.


  6. It sounds so interesting. I really want to read more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  7. congrats and sounds great
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  8. I read it and loved it. I particularly liked Donovan. He was a really cool uncle and doctor. carryback at lycos dot com.

  9. Congrats on the book and thank you for the excerpt. You got me with the excerpt because shower sex is so hot.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  10. I agree with all of the above. Going to love this.


  11. Congrats on the new releases. Love the cover. Sounds like a great book.

  12. Great excerpt. Loved this story & whole series. Loving the blog tour.

    oorjanie at yahoo dot com

  13. Ahh! I want this book! It looks so exciting! My email is shard_emerald at hotmail dot com

  14. Congrats, Rosalind, and thanks for the excerpt. I like that these guys are a little older, and since I have a psych background, Donovan's being a therapist is of interest as well. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  15. Hi Purple Reader, Congratulations! You are our lucky winner of this post by Rosalind Able. An email is on its way to you. Mark :-)

    1. Yay, I guess October is starting out well. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks to Rosalind for the giveaway. This book does indeed sound interesting. - Purple Reader