Coming Feb. 3: Think Outside the Box

I’m very pleased and proud to announce the upcoming release of my second novel, Think Outside the Box.

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Political radio host Ryan Ryder’s motto is “What I do is none of your business.” He refuses to label himself as liberal, conservative, rich, poor, straight, or gay. Ryan is a great on-air personality, but in daily life he has trouble making connections and feels no attraction to a rising pop star when she comes onto him after a benefit. Reporter Craig Ducey is a fan of Ryan’s who calls Ryan’s radio show to accuse him of being gay. Ryan blows him off on-air, but not before Craig hints at where he’ll be later. Ryan meets him, and their intense one-night stand blows Ryan’s mind.

As their relationship intensifies, Ryan starts to understand why people let society put them in a box. When he finally accepts who he is, he has a big decision to make. He can continue to hide from the truth and risk losing Craig, or learn to think outside the box of his own prejudices, and accept that placing himself into a category may not be the death sentence for individuality he’d once thought.

Buy Think Outside the Box: Paperback | E-Book

Stay tuned to my blog for excerpts, giveaways, and more info!

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Brandon’s Laughter – now available for free downlaod

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Brandon’s Laughter – now available for free downlaod

I’m pleased to bring you “Brandon’s Laughter,” my story for this year’s Goodreads M/M Romance Group annual event. “Brandon’s Laughter” is the story of Richie and Brandon, two friends growing up in the South in the Vietnam era; they grow together, then apart, as one goes into the army and the other pursues a musical career in Nashville. But in the end, Richie finds, Brandon’s laughter has become a part of his soul for which there is no replacement.

I hope you enjoy the story! It can be read on goodreads or downloaded in a number of formats at the link provided.

Small Miracles is now available for purchase & download!

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“A beautiful story about two men from different worlds who find each other.”  — On Top Down Under Book Reviews

“The author’s ability to evoke emotions and deliver sentiments is great. The pair’s lovemaking was exquisite and quite romantic as well. It felt almost like poetry when those two came together.

In the end this is a book I wouldn’t hesitate recommend to people who love a good happily ever after and romance.” — MM Good Book Reviews

Go download it here on dreamspinnerpress.com! Only $3.99!

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Coming Soon: “Small Miracles”

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When runaway Cal Harrison steps into a bar to escape the freezing rain, he meets Matt Kirkland, who buys him a meal and eventually takes him home for the night. But Cal’s been on hard times, and he doesn’t believe something as good as Matt could possibly happen to him. Not without setting him up for disaster. So Cal leaves—only to discover Matt’s not just a rich kid but a well-known millionaire. Soon Cal begins to question whether he should have swallowed his pride and left his difficult life behind.

A novella by Ellen Holiday
Coming this spring from Dreamspinner Press

Backstage Friday

I’m backstage waiting for a show to start so my mind wanders….

Powdered makeup, like chalk dust, scatters over the countertop. The mike is a wiggling snake down his back, curled around his ear to poise at his mouth, ready to strike. Five to mike check? Thank you, five. Footsteps echo down the halls. The house will open in ten minutes.

Bobby comes up behind him, caked hands white with makeup staining his torso. “Can they hear us now?”

“No, they only turn the mike on when I’m on stage. Jesus, you’re leaving prints on me.” He scowls at the Bobby in the mirror, who grins and drags a palm across his stomach. “Bobby, I said stop it.”

A grin, a shake of shaggy hair. “Better than feeling you up while you’re in costume. Can I at least give you a kiss for good luck?”

“A kiss, yes. But not for good luck.” Bobby’s lips touch his, and he grins. “Someday I’ll learn the ins and outs of you theater people.”

“Stick around long enough and you bet you will. And Bobby, babe…. You’re wearing my lipstick now.”

A Dental Daydream

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“As much as fingers in mouth is a knk,” Kirk says as he settles down into the chair, “I’m not so sure I’m gonna enjoy this.”

There are titters in the room from the staff, lady hygienists all, and Kirk can tell in an instant who there gets it and who doesn’t.  He sas it for the benefit of the latter group, mostly — exposure to shocking stuff is, he turly believes, one of the musts of life. You’ve gotta have an idea what’s out there to be done or not to be done, because they don’t teach you that in school, and besides, he’s got to cultivate his audiences. Today’s wilting-flower housewives are tomorrow’s customers, and he rather likes planting the seeds, at least metaphorically.

The real seeds he’d like to plant go rather emphatically in a different direction, but that’s another story.
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