I came up with my story Center Stage in the Limelight bundle around the time that Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out. I’m glad that both men are out, but country music is still very homophobic. Girl Crush, a song by Little Big Town, has been pulled from radio stations. In my story Slade Pepper finds his man, but coming out is scary. What’s a guy to do?
Slade takes a break from touring and ends up hiding out on a small island. He runs into Corbin, a bar owner who doesn’t recognize him. Slade offers to cook burgers for Corbin when his kitchen worker calls in sick. Slade doesn’t tell Corbin who he is which might come back to bight him in the end.
Here’s a sexy excerpt:
Slade cleaned the right side of the grill, leaving a small section on the left ready for burgers if they had a late customer. He put away all of the prep material and washed the utensils that he’d used. Thirty minutes later, when Corbin stepped into the kitchen, he had maybe ten minutes of work left to accomplish.
“A storm blew in and it looks nasty out. I locked the front door. We won’t get any more customers. I’d like a burger; I didn’t get anything for dinner.”
“Sure, let me heat up a patty.”
“Could you toss two more on just in case we have someone pound on the door. If no one shows up we can put them in the fridge. I’d hate to have to open the grill up if someone stops by.”
“You’re fairly loose on the rules around here,” Slade said.
“It’s the island way. We aren’t as relaxed as the Bahamas, but we take things as they go.”
Slade cooked four patties, deciding that a burger sounded a lot better than walking home in the rain. Corbin cleaned the rest of the kitchen, and by the time Slade had the burgers done and the grill cleaned, all they had left to do was eat and then head home.
He placed two of the burgers in a storage container and slid them into the refrigerator. Corbin had prepared their plates and moved them to a small table at the back of the kitchen. Slade made sure the oven was off and turned to move toward the table when he ran right into Corbin. They both clutched at each other, searching for a steady spot to hold on so they didn’t fall.
Slade sobered first, his body reacting to having Corbin so close. It had been so long since he’d held another man. On tour, he played it safe, never hooking up with anyone. Right now, no one, including Corbin, knew who he was. It was the freedom he wanted and needed to take the next step.
In writing Center Stage I also wrote a song. Writing the song was actually fun. I hope you enjoy Life. Hopefully, Life will be recorded and then you’ll get to hear Slade’s new song too.
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By H.L. Holston, Sara York, Eleanor Bruce, and E.M. Leya
Some dream of fame and fortune, but it isn't always everything one might think it will be. It doesn't matter what entertainment industry you're in, you have to sacrifice, and when it comes to love, well that brings on a million other issues.
Inside you'll find three stories about men in the limelight. They worked hard to gain the fame they've found, but in doing so, they all have longed for one thing — Love. Some things might come easy for these men, but when it comes to sharing their hearts, things are never simple and either are the men they desire.
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Time Gone By by E.M. Leya
Jon is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. The fame and fortune he has is like nothing he ever imagined, but he left behind the only man he'd ever loved to achieve it.
Wyatt thought he'd put the past behind him and moved on, focusing on his career as he hides the truth about himself from those who are closest to him. Why should he risk his family and friends with being honest when his only reason left town six years ago?
When fate throws the two men together again, they are forced to confront things from the past that they both don't want to admit, but the passion and desire for each other is stronger than ever, proving that no matter how much time has gone by, the heart knows what it wants.
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston & Eleanor Bruce
Dante Moretti has a big problem. His acting career has hit the skids and he's desperate to land the lead role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. It’s his last chance to get back on the superstar track.
But, his personal life is a train wreck. No sane director will work with him any longer. Solution? Bribe his best friend and former co-star, Chris Parker to play the role of his long-term boyfriend. Showing the world he’s in a committed relationship will hopefully convince casting agents he’s reformed, stable and trustworthy.
Even if it’s a lie.
What Dante doesn't count on is the public’s reaction to the announcement that Chris and he are a couple…and his own feelings for Chris spiraling out of control.
Under the merciless cameras of the paparazzi, Dante is forced to choose--his leading man status or the man he thought was just his best friend. Who ever thought that pretending to be in love would be this hard?
Center Stage by Sara York
Country music is Slade Pepper’s first love and he can’t walk away from the stage, but being gay and in country music doesn’t allow him to have a personal life. Slade takes the month off to decompress and search his soul. He meets Corbin Branford and can’t say no to a passion filled night. One night turns into more, but Corbin has no idea who Slade is, and Slade tries to keep it that way...until a fan blows his cover. Corbin is angry enough to leave, but Slade Pepper won’t give up without a fight.
About The Authors
Emma Marie Leya, aka E.M Leya lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her daughter, two dogs, a cat, and two birds. When she isn't writing, she is an avid swimmer with a passion for the mountains. She's often found playing outdoors.
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Writing is Sara York's life. The stories fight to get out, often leaving her working on four or five books at once. She can't help but write. Along with her writing addiction she has a coffee addiction. Some nights, the only reason she stops writing and goes to sleep is for the fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Sara enjoys writing twisted tales of passion, anger, and love with a good healthy dose of lust thrown in for fun.
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H.L. Holston & Eleanor Bruce met when a friend put them in charge of the writing awards at a local sci-fi convention, but bonded over their mutual love of Bruce Springsteen. In real life, after many years of teaching social studies at the high school level, Holly has now semi-retired to Florida where she tutors reading and writing in between scrapbooking and reading romance novels.
Eleanor has been a professional business writer since 1989 and an amateur fiction writer for over fifteen years and dreams of following the E Street Band around once she retires, unless Holly talks her into buying a condo on the beach in Costa Rica.
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