Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Hey all!

It's been quiet round these parts, so I figured I'd post a little
something something from Heavy Hitters now that the 
release date is (FINALLY!) getting close. ;-)

This is an excerpt from Chapter Fourteen in Round Three:
The Conflicted Years. Santi and Luca are new adults at this
point, becoming successful in their respective careers, and
realizing they can't lie to themselves about who they really are.

Enjoy!   




“Ladies and gentlemen, the official time this fight comes to an end is at 49 seconds of round number eight. The winner by technical knockout and new WBC welterweight champion of the world, Santinooo Malavééé…”

The green title belt was firmly secured around Santi’s waist when Julito and Héctor picked him up on their shoulders. His discipline and drive had paid off, and hopefully his life would be better because of it. Luca couldn’t be happier for him.

Santi approached Hacine and gave him a quick hug. Hacine was gracious in his defeat. He patted Santi’s back and congratulated him. Luca decided Hacine was a classy guy even if he’d been a jerk while promoting the fight.

There were two dozen people crammed into the ring by that point, but Santi sidestepped officials, camera crews, and interviewers until he reached the side of the ring that was closest to his family. He stood on the ropes with a huge grin and blew them a kiss, then his gaze locked on Luca’s, and his exhilarated expression morphed into what could only be described as sinful intent.

That was want gleaming in Santi’s eyes. It was physical attraction and carnal desire—his true nature peeking from beneath the surface and taking control. It was the same thing Luca had seen in his eyes that time Santi jumped him in the back of his truck, and Luca’s entire body reacted in response.

The usual conflictive emotions warred in his chest, but his throat got hot and tight, and his cock rose to full mast. They stared at each other for hours… maybe seconds… Luca couldn’t tell. It was impossible to be certain of anything when he was flaming inside and shivering from head to toe at the same time. Years of suppressed desire were raging through his system, burning up his veins and melting his brain and religious restrictions. If he didn’t get out of there fast, he’d jump over the ropes and throw Santi to the mat.

You’re mine, pai… No matter what you say or don’t say, you’re mine.

Up in the ring, Santi gulped. He must’ve guessed Luca’s thoughts.

The pay-per-view commentator shoved a microphone under Santi’s nose. Before shifting his attention to him, Santi made a quick gesture with his head that Luca knew from all the times they’d used it in the past. Santi wanted to be somewhere else, and he was asking Luca to come along.

Was it to talk? Did Santi want to go have dinner together like they always did or did he want to blow his wad and wanted Luca to give him a hand?

Santi’s words from earlier slammed into his chest.

Ejaculating before a fight weakens energy levels and decreases aggression, so… you know… It has to be after.

The commentator wrapped up his interview. Santi walked to his corner and stepped out of the ring.

Luca didn’t hesitate.

He ignored the voices in his head warning him against acting on impulse and sneaked away.

His decision wasn’t impulsive—it was instinctual. In that moment Luca was more than willing to go against catholic rules, not because he had a sudden urge to jerk off another man, but because he’d been thinking about it his entire life.

He was born liking men. Wanting to touch them and kiss them came naturally to him. Besides, this was Santi he was talking about—the guy whose presence set Luca on fire until he felt like he was burning alive. He had no idea what was about to happen between him and Santi, but not even the ten plagues of Egypt descending upon him could’ve stopped him from finding out.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Music Monday

Years and Years is a fairly new band hailing from the UK. I adore these boys and can't wait to see them live! Their first album hasn't even dropped yet, but I've listened to the few songs they have released so far way more times than I care to admit. :-D

"Shine" is my current second favorite song of theirs, probably because it fits Luca and Santi from Heavy Hitters so well, I've been playing it on a loop for days. You should take a listen. I'm sure once you start reading this story you'll be able to see why "Shine" made it to the Top Five Heavy Hitters Tracks. :-)   


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Six Degrees of Separation... Second Edition

Hey, guys!

Just wanted to let you all know that I have a spiffy new cover and a release date for the second edition of  Six Degrees of Separation. It's been edited and fleshed out a bit. The scenes remain the same, but there's definitely more information in some of them. Wouldn't hurt to read this one in preparation for Six Degrees of Agony, later this year. ;-)

For those of you who are new to "By Degrees" and have e-mailed me asking where to purchase Six Degrees of Separation, please know the first edition has been retired, but you can pre-order the second edition at Dreamspinner Press. May 22 will be here before you know it!

And for those of you who are old fans of Tean Yum, the wait for the third installment is almost over, you guys. Thanks for being so patient with me. I really appreciate it.

<3

Taylor

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Amazon Made a Mistake with Heavy Hitters


In case you guys didn't get to see this, here's part of a massage I posted yesterday.

I can't dedicate time to my writerly persona right now. For the longest time I've been engaged in a race against time, but I need to stop. My day job is my priority at the moment, plus I need to think about my health, and guys, I can't deal with the stress anymore. One mental breakdown was enough. :-(

Many of you know I don't like doing things half-assed, so I'm going to concentrate on my job and take a brief break from the gay romance world. Just a few weeks, but nothing TVD related will happen until I come back. This means the release of Heavy Hitters (December 12th) will be postponed until then. I'm sorry for disappointing all of you who were looking forward to it, but I hope you'll understand that I wouldn't do this if I absolutely didn't think I had to. Like I said before, it won't be for too long, and you can be sure I will give you quality stuff upon my return.

Amazon was supposed to un-publish the book, yet I got an email saying it was delivered to everyone who pre-ordered it. I hate to tell you all this, but you got Six Chapters. That's not even a third of the book. I never uploaded the entire story.

And I'm fuming.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Life Happens, so Bad News

Hey all! Hope you're having a great holiday season. All shopping done? Good for you! I haven't even started mine yet, but what else is new? I don't have time for much these days. I don't do much other than work. :-(

So, I'm going to keep this post quick and simple. 

In the past few months I've been feeling like this...




and at some point in the past couple of weeks I realized I was like this...




then I became this...





 and had no choice but to do this...



I can't dedicate time to my writerly persona right now. For the longest time I've been engaged in a race against time, but I need to stop. My day job is my priority at the moment, plus I need to think about my health, and guys, I can't deal with the stress anymore. One mental breakdown was enough. :-(

Many of you know I don't like doing things half-assed, so I'm going to concentrate on my job and take a brief break from the gay romance world. Just a few weeks, but nothing TVD related will happen until I come back. This means the release of Heavy Hitters (December 12th) will be postponed until then. I'm sorry for disappointing all of you who were looking forward to it, but I hope you'll understand that I wouldn't do this if I absolutely didn't think I had to. Like I said before, it won't be for too long, and you can be sure I will give you quality stuff upon my return.

I love you all!

xoxo

Taylor

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Heavy Hitters: Cover and Blurb

Hey all!

So yesterday I had my seventh cover reveal since I started writing in 2011, this time for the first story in my Caribbean Tales, a series of standalone books set in my hometown of Puerto Rico. And yes, you read that right. All stories will be standlones. No cliffies this time around, so check it out!. ;-)










His toughest opponent is himself.





World Boxing Champion Santino Malavé has been fighting since he was a kid. Poverty, domestic violence, and emotional abuse were early contenders. Guilt and self-loathing were beaten into him by his homophobic dad at an impressionable age and now machismo, an integral part of the Latino culture, rules his life. In the ring he’s undefeated. Outside the ropes life constantly hits him below the belt. It takes a sucker punch from his best friend to finally knock the denial out of him and force him to face his true nature like a real man.



A natural born entertainer, Luca Betancur has grown up laughing, performing, and celebrating life among his tight-knit family under the scorching Puerto Rican sun. He has also dedicated years to deny his sexuality, study what the Bible really says, and pursue fame. Singing the wrong note on stage is not a mistake the multi-platinum award-winning singer would ever allow. Falling in love with a man is not a transgression his devout family would ever accept. The ties that bind him are strong, but the pull toward his childhood best friend may just be enough to tear it all to shreds.



Anger, mistakes, bigotry, and the need to conform put up a good fight. Can they break down the walls erected by Catholic teachings and a chauvinistic society, or will their relationship lose by technical knockout?


Available December, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Music Monday... With a Punch

Music is super important in my life, so I wasn't surprised when I caught myself creating playlists for my stories before I even started writing the books. I'm currently working on "Heavy Hitters" a story set in my hometown of Puerto Rico featuring a reggaeton singer and a professional boxer, and, of course, I've been listening to lots of reggaeton. But the lively beat is not suitable for every scene. Sometimes I require a slow song with lots of emotions and meaning, and I was delighted to find this one when I was working on the first part of "Heavy Hitters". You'll see why parts of it got to me when you read the book.

P.S. "Heavy Hitters" doesn't end on a sad note. :-)