Today I am so pleased to welcome Thianna Durston to Joyfully Jay. Thianna has come to share an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming release, His Right Choice. She has also brought along an exclusive excerpt. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Thanks, Joyfully Jay for revealing the cover for book 4 of my Men of Falcon Pointe series. I love the cover for each one of these books, but this one has to be my favorite. Catt Ford outdid herself.
The book is currently available for PreOrder from Dreamspinner Press
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Hope you enjoy this exclusive look at the cover and exclusive excerpt from His Right Choice.
The next day he had two classes—Ufology 215 and the accompanying lab. Nick thought Tuesdays and Thursdays would be laid-back days, and that was perfect. But he wasn’t particularly relaxed. He had been unable to sleep the previous night because he wondered why Finn thought he was gay, so he decided he would challenge him on it.
Equipped with all the scriptural references he could imagine for any argument the guy might make, Nick headed to campus early. Class didn’t start until eleven. He would argue it out with the guy, and that would be that.
Only, Finn wasn’t manning the UFO booth. Instead there was a man with black hair and naturally tan skin with a huge grin on his face. He was on the short side, but he looked like he lifted weights. His geek-chic glasses brought out his dark brown eyes. Nick glanced quickly down to the man’s groin and back up. The guy was packing too. “Hi!” he said, and while Nick hadn’t recognized him right off, he knew his voice—which angered him. He’d only heard it once. How could he know it so well? “I’m Santi. Well, my full name’s Santiago, but I prefer Santi. Welcome to the world of looking for aliens.”
It was hard to stay annoyed in the face of such a happy person. “Uh, hi. I’m Nick. Uh, the guy who was here yesterday, a Finn somebody-or-other. Will he be back today?”
“Not today. He’ll man the booth tomorrow, I think. Want me to let him know you said hi?”
“No,” Nick said quickly and shook his head as he realized how rude he sounded. “No, thank you. I just wanted to talk to him about something.” He started to turn away, figuring he would get something to eat before class, but suddenly he turned back. “What do you see when you look at me?”
Santi frowned, but he cocked his head to the side and looked at Nick. “You’re a good-looking guy. A little uptight maybe, or at least that’s the vibe you put off.” Nick frowned, but didn’t interrupt. He wanted to see if this Santi guy saw whatever Finn saw. “Clean cut,” Santi went on. “Almost too clean cut. As though you’re trying to prove something.” He straightened up, and his dark brown eyes twinkled. “Trying to hide a secret life?”
Tension filled Nick’s stomach. “N-no,” he said, backing up. “No.”
“All right. Probably me,” Santi said with a laugh. “I like to imagine all the things people do when nobody’s looking. After all, I never get away with it.”
“What did you expect, moving in with Frank?” Oh, no. Nick knew that voice too. Geez. Did these happy guys ever hang out with anyone else but each other? Did they have huge gay orgies—? At that thought, Nick’s groin showed far too much interest, so he instantly quoted scriptures to himself to calm his hormones. He must have missed part of the conversation because Santi waved his hand in front of Nick’s face.
“What?” he asked, startled.
“I was just telling Bastien that you were looking for Finn.”
A guy with short brown hair with auburn highlights, light brown eyes, and a little dimple in his chin had just walked up. He gave Nick a nice smile. Dang. He seemed to be overgifted in the groin department too. “Nice to meet you, Nick.”
“You too.” Nick really needed to leave. Like immediately. And yet instead he stepped forward and asked Bastien the same question he asked Santi. “What do you see when you look at me?”
Santi and Bastien shared a strange look, and then Bastien turned back to him. “Straightlaced, harried, trying to be someone you’re not. Possibly a recent RM?”
Holy shit. They know. Nick glanced from one to the other, panic blooming in his chest.
“Whoa,” Bastien said quietly. He reached out as though to pat Nick’s arm, but pulled his hand away when Nick flinched. “We’re not gonna tell anyone, Nick. That’s up to you.”
They know. They know. The phrase kept repeating itself in his brain. “How—?” Nick gulped to get air into his lungs. “How did you know?” Finn knew. They knew. Gaydar must be real. Shit.
“It’s a gay thing,” Santi said with a shrug. “You checked out our cojones, bro. Straight guys don’t do that.”
Heat flooded into his face. Shit. He had. It was one of the things Nick just did when he found guys attractive. He had no idea straight guys didn’t do that. Fuck. Just another thing that separated him. Nick crossed his arms over his chest. He didn’t know what to do. His head pounded, and he still struggled with getting enough air.
“Look,” Bastien said, lowering his voice to where only Nick and Santi could hear it. “You’re Mormon and just back from a mission. Right?” Nick nodded. “I’ve been there. So has Trent. Santi and Rafe came out early and never had to deal with the mission and temple rules on top of everything. But, Nick. Have you even explored it?”
Nicholas Layton, fresh off his mission for the Mormon Church, attends Falcon Pointe University with plans to enjoy his final year of freedom before he gives in and marries his long-term girlfriend. But when he meets a group of gay men, some of whom are ex-Mormons and some who practice loving discipline, he finds he’s more comfortable with them than anywhere else. Suddenly he’s straddling the line between good Mormon and gay man.
As an added bonus—or problem, depending—he meets Ethan Kierk, who is good-looking, fun to be around, and who wants to be with him. Nick tries not to think about dating a man, but he can’t help it. He wants Ethan, and that terrifies him.
To avoid his feelings, Nick steels himself to propose to his girlfriend but breaks things off at the last moment. Instead he jumps headlong into a relationship with Ethan, and it feels so right—until he has to tell his family. When they reject him, he shares his darkest secret with Ethan, and hopes Ethan won’t reject him too.
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
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