Today I am so pleased to welcome our very own Kris T. Bethke! Kris is wearing her author hat today and has come to talk to us about her latest release, Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love. Please join me in giving her lots of love!
Hey guys! I’m super excited to be here this morning, and thrilled Jay let me have the spot so I could share my latest release with you. This one is inspired by real life events and it has a really special place in my heart.
And it all started when I nearly fell down the stairs and broke my head.
Okay, well it probably started before that. With a story I’d started writing and shelved because the plotline wasn’t working at all like I wanted it to, so I put it away until I could revisit it and figure out where I was going wrong. Several months after that, I saw the submission call for the June Daily Dose: Never Too Late and I realized that I had those characters already with Ben being in his upper forties and Zack wanting to show Ben what love could be, though I didn’t yet know what their story should actually be. And then, not too long after that, is when I almost broke my head.
The remaining piece of the puzzle was the conversation I had. My very dear friend and trusted beta just so happens to live on the other side of the country from me, and when I was telling him about my near miss with the stairs (which was making him cranky because he doesn’t like the frequency with which I almost injure myself) suddenly I remembered Ben and Zack and the sub call, and that together with the story I was relating, coalesced into a plot. When I shared that with him, he was enthusiastically onboard with me writing that story. So I did.
Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love was born out of reality and while there are some elements that speak to my life inside it, it is complete fiction. Once I had the rough idea for the plot, once I started writing, it became Ben’s story. I loved getting into Ben’s head and trying to figure out how he would react to the situations I was putting him in. It was a great deal of fun to write, and I worked hard to figure out how I was going to get these men—who lived on opposite sides of the country—together for the HEA. Ben and Zack have a special place in my heart, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
My story (as well as all the others in the anthology) is available as a standalone today. If you’ve already bought the entire bundle, sit back, relax, and enjoy getting a story a day for the entire month. It’s Never Too Late to find love, and each story in the anthology showcases that
“Zack, come on,” I all but whispered. I started to slide sideways to put some distance between us, but he stopped me with a hand on my stomach.
“Why not?” He licked his lips.
I bit back a moan. “A lot of reasons,” I responded, trying again to move away. Zack made a disgruntled noise and scrambled into my lap in order to keep me in place. Christ, he had no idea what he was doing to me. He was a temptation that was very hard to resist, and I wasn’t a saint. I had to swallow hard before I could answer. “I’m too old for you, for one thing.”
Zack scoffed, and his lips turned up in a grin. “Sixteen years is nothing. Not now. Try again.”
I tipped my head to the side, acknowledging his point. He was thirty, not eighteen. Our age difference wasn’t a big deal. If this had been a hookup in a club, then it wouldn’t have made me blink. He seemed to take my silence as permission, and I caught his shoulders as he leaned in.
“It’s still not a good idea,” I said softly, letting my regret come through in my voice. “We don’t know each other that well. Just through your sister.”
Zack’s frown was rather adorable. “Why does it have to be more than just two guys who find each other attractive getting off together?”
I sighed and then told him the absolute truth. “If that was all this was, I’d be bent over this couch for you. But it’s already more than that. We are friends, or getting to be, at any rate. We’re more than casual acquaintances, but we don’t know each other very well, and throwing sex into the mix would just muck things up.”
Zack was quiet for a long time. I could practically see him processing what I said. Then a bright smile broke out on his face and he leaned his weight against me. “I know the important things. The stuff I know for myself and not just through Josie. I know you’re a good man. You dropped everything to fly across the country just to be there for a friend. You’ve been supporting me, taking care of me, just because you saw me in need. You’re a nice guy. And you’re fucking hot too. I know all I need to know.”
I couldn’t help but grin at his statement, and the lust in his eyes fueled a response in my blood. I let my arms drop and pulled Zack against my chest, hugging him tightly to me. I placed a kiss on his forehead. “Maybe so. But what I know is that you’re beyond tired, and right now is not the time for any decisions.”
Zack kept his body stiff against mine, but he didn’t pull away. “I’m perfectly capable of making decisions.” His voice was a little muffled by my chest.
God, but I wanted to take him up on his offer. I really did. My dick was vehemently protesting my logic. But I couldn’t do anything to take advantage of him. I was old enough that I could rein in my body’s reactions. I took a couple deep breaths in an effort to calm myself and started rubbing up and down Zack’s back. Fraction by fraction, he relaxed, his muscles releasing their tension as he melted into my body.
“Yeah, I know,” I said and dropped another kiss on the top of his head. “But not tonight.”
As it often does, the bad news comes in the middle of the night.
When attorney Ben Winters’s close friend takes a bad spill and ends up in the hospital, he flies across the country to be there for her. His instant attraction to her brother takes him by surprise. Wanting Zack Anderson is easy; actually having him is a bad idea. While the two connect over concern for Zack’s sister, there are many reason to fight the attraction brewing between them. Things heat up as Ben’s friend begins to show improvement, but the reasons not to get involved with the younger man remain the same–long distance relationships never work and Ben doesn’t do one-night stands. But there’s one powerful reason to give in: Ben has never wanted anyone more.
Kris T Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with an aquarium full of tropical fish and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved and that all love deserves to be celebrated.