Today I am so pleased to welcome Julie A. Richman to Joyfully Jay. Julie has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Henry’s End. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Julie a big welcome!
Henry wasn’t surprised the Marine was nowhere in sight when he descended the steep wooden staircase leading to The Hole’s patio. With every cell in his body humming on an elevated frequency, he wanted to jump out of his skin, feel the Marine’s hands on him, his body crushed up against his. Walking over to the bar, Ryan greeted him with a warm smile and a shot of Jack.
“I definitely need this,” Henry was shaking his head knowingly.
“Hard day?” Ryan awaited his response.
“No, but I’m hoping it gets hard soon,” and he gazed around the darkened inside space.
“Looking for someone to take on that task?” Ryan poured a second shot for Henry and a first one for himself.
Clinking glasses, they simultaneously threw back the shots, “We’ll see if he shows.” Henry’s expression was dubious. Leaning across the bar and talking in a hushed tone, “I can’t get this guy off my mind. I will be seriously bummed if he no-shows.”
With his face just inches from Henry’s, eyes locked, “Whoever he is, he’d be an ass to stand you up.”
Henry laughed, “You are so good for my ego.”
And out of nowhere, descending like an eagle whose position was being poached by foreign interlopers, the Marine was there, slinging an arm quickly and casually over Henry’s shoulder, staking his claim. Except there was nothing casual in his smooth and swift assertion. He was letting Ryan know, in no uncertain terms, “Back off, dude.” Henry was his.
I used to have them—before the nightmares started.
I dreamed of nice guys, love…normalcy.
Things like reading the Sunday paper in bed with my lover.
But who needs dreams when your reality is filled with a string of faceless dominating men in uniform? Men that pack a thick bulge and are only too happy to satisfy my deviant sexual cravings.
Me. That’s who.
And then HE walked through the door and shared with me, a total stranger, his intimate dream of love. Damn him for verbalizing every single detail of the dream I buried long ago.
And now I don’t know how I’m going to live without that dream.
USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.
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