Today I am so pleased to welcome Mickie B. Ashling to Joyfully Jay. Mickie has come to share an excerpt from her latest release, Cutting Out. She has also brought along a copy to give away.  Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Many thanks to Joyfully Jay for hosting the first stop on my Cutting Out blog tour. This is the fourth novel in the Cutting Cords series and a direct sequel to Cleave. I’m going to be sharing excerpts in a serial fashion. You can expect to read something different at each stop as I move forward in the novel. An e-book copy of Cutting Out will be offered to one lucky commenter as part of the deal so make sure to leave your contact information when you comment. Jay will pick the winner.

Excerpt #1

The sound of the shower was reassuring. It gave me more time to put my game face in order. Not that I had one—I was a model, not a Broadway star. Still, a good performance was called for tonight so I had to get into the zone. God, I hated being put in this position again. The last time I’d comforted Cole had cost me big-time. This current situation was entirely different, but Trent would assume the worst if I zoomed off to Japan without a good explanation. What in hell was I going to say?

All thoughts evaporated when Trent walked into the bedroom stark naked. He was towel-drying his hair and had drops of water dotting his shoulders, cascading down his chest and six-pack toward the thick cock, which was already showing signs that he was happy to see me. The sight never grew old, and the knowledge that he was mine for the taking was always a bit of a shock. He was built like a fucking god.

“Hey,” he said, sounding a lot more subdued than when he’d stormed out earlier.

“Back at’cha.”

The blue eyes zeroed in on my groin, and he smirked, knowing I was reacting. “Wanna mess around?”

I nodded and walked toward him.

“Strip,” he said, helping by yanking my T-shirt over my head.

By the time I was down to my boxers, we were both rock hard. He thumbed my slit through the gap in the silk and smiled when a big spot appeared like magic. “Do you want instant relief or a long and drawn out session?”

“Can we pass on the knives tonight and move on to the plowing?” I had this sudden need to possess Trent. He’d refused to bottom from the very beginning of our relationship, and after learning why, I’d understood and stopped pushing. But he’d surprised me that magical night on the yacht by allowing me to top, and I wanted another shot at him to feel grounded. So much had shifted in the last couple of hours, and I was having a mini meltdown. Neither one of us had mentioned the Regency Wear or Trent’s final decision. We were both avoiding the issue because, sure as shit, it would lead to another fight. It was better to fuck our way to some kind of compromise.

I pushed my boxers down and kicked them away with my foot. Scrambling onto the bed, I looked over my shoulder and noticed Trent hadn’t budged. “How do you want me?”

“Trussed up like a Christmas goose.”

“Come on, Trent. Forget the scenes and get on with the main event.”

“Have I ever mentioned you’re a bossy little submissive?”

“About a thousand times.”

“Do you ever plan to change?”

“Not likely.”

A special thank you to PAS Promotions for their expert handling of my blog tour.


Cutting Out Book CoverHours after stepping off the yacht where they had their mock wedding, real life intrudes, and arguments arise between Sloan Driscoll and Trent Hamilton. Seeking relief at his BDSM club, Trent bumps into an old army buddy who tells him things are different now that DADT has been repealed. Meanwhile, Sloan receives a frantic call from ex-lover, Cole Fujiwara, who tells him that his twins and ex-wife have been kidnapped. Cole asks Sloan for help but makes him promise not to include Trent in the rescue attempt.

Trent considers the opportunity to resume a career cut short, and despite Sloan’s threat to postpone the wedding, he leaves for the Middle East as an independent mercenary while Sloan rushes to aid Cole.

In Tokyo, disturbing revelations draw the former couple together, and old feelings are rekindled. Despite this new understanding, neither man makes a move. Sloan is focused on rescuing Cole’s family without jeopardizing his relationship with Trent, while Cole must prepare himself to survive disappointment if Sloan chooses to segue into married life as a military spouse.


Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.

By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.

Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.


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Mickie has brought a copy of Cutting Out to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Friday, November 7th at 11:59 pm EST.

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