For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Anna Martin (Anna Martin will also attend Euro Pride Con in Munich). Moreover I'm hosting the Blog Tour for Devil's Food At Dusk:
Devil’s Food At Dusk by M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2015)
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Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he's their best chance for survival.
Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.
Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.
Dawson’s was packed by the time Remy and Andre got there. They’d had dinner with the family and showered before they left to meet Shawn and Bryce. Remy’s friends had sort of adopted Andre as one of their own. His friends from school hadn’t been… the best influence on him. He didn’t see them much after he’d graduated by the skin of his teeth. It was better that he stick with Remy’s.
“Hey, boys,” Shawn called. “We bought the first round.”
“Sweet.” Andre fist-bumped Bryce and Shawn and took a seat.
“How’s life for the Babineaux boys?” Bryce asked.
Remy made a face. “Same ol’. Trying to keep the corporate world off our junk.”
“Your dad hasn’t dispatched that tool yet?” Shawn snorted into his beer.
“No, and our douchebag brother is on the side of the man. He thinks it’s an awesome idea to have Copacabana move right in on our territory.” Andre looked as though he was about to tear something apart with his teeth.
“I thought it was a Pineapple Joe’s,” Bryce said. “I was in one of those in Miami last spring. Not bad,” he added with a shrug.
“We’re officially no longer friends.” Remy flicked a peanut at Bryce’s face.
“Ow! That could’ve been my eye.”
“Serves you right for consorting with the enemy,” Remy said. “I’d do it again if I thought my aim would be that good twice in a row.”
They were into their third round when Remy noticed his least favorite unsavory character sitting at the bar with a screwdriver.
“What’s up, bro?” Andre asked.
“Pineapple Joe himself is right at the bar,” Remy muttered. He must’ve said it loud enough that Shawn heard, and he craned his neck to look.
“Hey, isn’t that the guy you banged the la—”
He clapped a hand over Shawn’s mouth. “Shut up.”
“I’m gonna go kill that jerk,” Andre muttered. “I didn’t do anything at the meeting in front of Dad, but I can now.”
Again, there was a reason they kept Andre out of the serious stuff most of the time. “Be cool, man. Just… leave him alone.”
“Right.” Andre stood. Not a good sign. Andre pushed his stool away and started stalking across the bar. Remy knew he had to do something.
“Andre. I’m really not in the mood to get into a fight. You guys?”
Shawn chuckled. “Not particularly.”
He and Bryce stood along with Remy and followed Andre over to where a still-clueless Joe Fitzgerald sat sipping on his drink. Andre was about to reach out and shove the bastard when Remy caught his arm.
“Stop, man. Not worth it.”
Joe looked up. “Remy. Andre. Hello. Fancy meeting you here again.”
“Seriously.” He wasn’t about to punch the dickhead like Andre, but he wasn’t going to be friendly, either. Joe had nerve, acting like they were on good terms.
“Can I buy you a drink?” he asked.
“I don’t know, does it come in a cheesy plastic pineapple with a bobble-head hula girl on it?”
Joe cringed. “That wasn’t very polite. It’s just business, Remy. Nothing personal.”
“That’s what you don’t get, and you never will. It is personal to me. That restaurant is part of my family. It’s our living, our history. It’s very personal.”
“And we’re prepared to give you a very good price for it. But not right now. Let’s sit down and have drinks like two friends.”
Remy made a face. He felt Andre pulling at his arm, as though he was about to try to punch Joe again. Remy was half tempted to let go. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. I’m just going to go home now. The clientele in this bar has… gone downhill.”
Remy tugged Andre to the door of the bar and out onto the street. “Don’t start anything with him. We don’t want him or Sal or even Dad to have any ammunition against us.”
Andre growled and spit on the ground. “You weren’t exactly nice.”
“Not nice and punching the asshole are two different things. Just stay away.”
“Not going to be a problem.” Andre looked up at him. “What was it that Shawn was about to say?”
Oh God. Not exactly Remy’s shining moment. Andre raised his eyebrow curiously. And he was far from drunk. Shit. “Have you ever had a one-night stand that turned out to be a really bad idea?” Probably better just to spit it out.
“You’re kidding me.” Andre looked halfway between anger and laughter.
“You have no idea how much I wish I was kidding. No idea.”
About the Author: "I’m Mj O’Shea :) I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/M.J.-OShea/e/B003XERT7M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1427433101&sr=8-2-ent
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee and 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood." She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
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June 23: Drops of Ink
June 24: Love Bytes Reviews
June 25: Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews, Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words
June 26: Because Two Men Are Better Than One
June 29: Diverse Reader, Sid Love Writes
June 30: Gay.Guy.Reading And Friends, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
July 1: Man2ManTastic, JP Barnaby
July 2: Bayou Book Junkie
July 3: Nessa’s Book Reviews, Elisa - My reviews and Ramblings
July 6: BFD Book Blog, Evelyn Shepherd
July 7: MM Good Book Reviews
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July 9: Rainbow Gold Reviews, Foxylutely Books
July 10: A Celebration of Books, Prism Book Alliance
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2 Runners up win: An e-copy from either MJ O’Shea’s or Anna Martin’s Backlist.
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