Today I am so pleased to welcome Eli Easton to Joyfully Jay. Eli has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, How to Wish Upon a Star (Howl a the Moon #3), which I reviewed here and really enjoyed. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Eli a big welcome!
Of course, Milo was lovable. Everyone could see that. You couldn’t dislike giggling babies or daffodils in the spring or beautiful sunsets. Milo was definitely in that category of things that were spontaneously wonderful. Even so, it was ridiculous how easily he’d wrapped Jason around his little finger. He thought of himself as a tougher nut than that. As for Milo, Jason figured Milo merely tolerated him. Or rather, was good-natured with him simply because he was good-natured, period. Milo had admitted he touched Jason so much because he thought Jason needed the touch. But now Milo was really upset. Did that mean he cared about Jason particularly? At least a little?
Milo nosed along Jason’s jaw, a gesture of affection, of intimacy. And Jason’s inner dog prompted him to nose back, trailing along Milo’s jaw. And then Milo’s lips were right there. And then Jason kissed them.
He hadn’t meant to, for God’s sake. He hadn’t consciously intended a come-on. Sex was the furthest thing from his mind. Well, not the furthest, not with Milo in his arms, but he truly hadn’t had deliberate seduction in mind. His relationship with Milo wasn’t like that.
His body, however, had its own ideas about its relationship with Milo. He felt Milo’s lips, plump and hot and a bit salty from tears, and wanted more. He pushed against them, and Milo pushed back. Somehow their bodies became perfectly aligned, thigh to groin to chest, with Milo’s arms clinging around Jason’s neck and Jason’s hands on Milo’s waist. It was clear Milo had never kissed anyone before and wasn’t quite sure what it was all about at first. But Jason swept his tongue across Milo’s lips, sucking and tasting, and Milo went up like a pine forest soaked in gasoline. He made a growl-whimper in his throat, opened his mouth hungrily against Jason’s, and attempted to climb his body, one long leg coming up to hook over Jason’s hip.
With a shock, Jason realized what was happening. He disentangled them with a bit of a shove. Milo was intent on coming back in and doing that again, his eyes wide and dark, his mouth panting, his hands reaching. But Jason held him off with his palms on Milo’s shoulders.
Milo stopped. His mouth closed, and he blinked at Jason, aroused and confused. Damn it, he was beautiful. And aroused. Definitely aroused. Oh God, what have I done?
“That’s not… I’m sorry. I… I didn’t mean for that to happen,” Jason stammered, the words tripping out against the jackhammer of his heart.
“Why? I liked it. I liked it a lot.” Milo was enthusiastic. “Jason, I loved it.”
Inwardly, Jason growled. God, he was tempted. So tempted. He’d give anything if he was free to pull Milo back in and ravish him, just go with sensation for once. But. This was wrong.
“We can’t. I’m your guardian, Milo. I can’t take advantage of you like… well, that’s sex. And sex should only be undertaken between mates. Do you understand what a mate is?”
Milo stared at Jason, but his hands slowly fell to his side. “Home?” he suggested.
“Well, to a certain extent, yes. When you have a mate, you typically live with them and the two of you make a home together.”
“But not Jason and Milo?” Milo’s face was unreadable, guarded. Did he want that? Or was he merely confirming that it wasn’t going to happen? Even if Milo thought he wanted it, Jason knew how badly Milo longed for a home. And wanting a home, any home, wasn’t the same thing as falling in love or bonding with someone because they were your first choice.
Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.
Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.
When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.
This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eli has brought two tour wide prizes:
1st : INTERNATIONAL – $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd: DOMESTIC ONLY (US & Canada) – A signed paperback copy of “How to Walk Like a Man” and “How to Howl at the Moon” (books #1 and #2 in the Howl at the Moon series).
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