Today I am so pleased to welcome Sean Michael to Joyfully Jay. Sean has come to talk to us about Winter Boys: Todd. Sean has also brought along an exclusive excerpt and a copy to give away. Please join me in giving Sean a big welcome!


So I had this idea. What if there were these triplets and they were all gay and they each got their own story?

Well, the Winter boys immediately presented themselves as needing to be the triplets in question and even gave me brief ideas for how each of their stories would go. It’s so nice when the characters co-operate (or go ahead and take over – LOL!)

So the stories are set in Canada – the family home is in Ottawa. Todd, who is the first up, actually lives in Northern Ontario, giving wilderness tours. He was eager to begin, so I let him.

I’ve put the book on KU, and you can also get it off Amazon – it’ll be up on other distributors in October. Come and discover the Winter Boys!


Simon wanted to die.

Not because of the cold or the conditions. He’d been camping his whole life. If he’d guessed for a second that Todd had been the guide, he would have contracted Ebola.

Smokey hated him. He had to work hard not to speak to Todd, look at Todd. Hell, he didn’t want to look at anyone. He was the youngest, the smallest, the gayest, and he didn’t fit in. The guys tried, but he was just…different.

He imagined they were shocked that he was able to keep up with the pace Todd had them moving on, pushing hard to get them to wherever they were stopping for the night.

He’d done this for a long time, pushing himself in extreme conditions. It was how they’d met. He’d been running an ultramarathon in June. Simon had fallen in love immediately.

Todd pushed them hard for about four hours before stopping. Simon knew setting up camp wasn’t going to be a picnic, but Kix’s team was so full of testosterone, he figured they’d cut the trees down with their teeth if that’s what Todd expected them to do.

He worked on pitching the tents. He didn’t need help, and he worked quickly and quietly.

“I see you’ve still got your skills,” Todd noted, having worked his way through each of them, lending a hand, encouraging all.

Simon nodded, head down, hidden in his hood. If he didn’t look, he wouldn’t cry.

“Well, if you need anything…”

“Thanks.” He put up four tents, then went to gather firewood, keeping the campsite in view. Mostly.

The guys laughing and shouting to each other. Every now and then Todd’s voice sounded, cutting through him.

Two weeks. Thirteen nights. He could do this. He could. He had three books, a notebook.

Hell, he thought the guys would give up in three days after the phones ran out of juice. Not that they could reach anyone out here.

It was after dark before they were all sitting around the campfire, a bunch of beans in the pot on the coals.

“So tell us your war stories,” Kix demanded.

“My war stories?” Todd shook his head. “There’s no war up here.”

“Oh, come on. Surely you’ve tangled with a bear or two.”

Simon hid his smile, because Todd had some amazing tall tales. The man was a triplet after all. Competition was in his veins.

“Or three. At the same time,” Todd said.

“Three?” Kix and the others leaned in, listening avidly.

He knew this one. He’d heard it for three years. He stole a look, admiring his lover—former lover—in the firelight. Todd’s hair looked almost red, though he knew it was a light brown being colored by the flames. His beard was bushier, but it suited the whole wild nature-man look. The heavy parka covered strong, wiry muscles. Todd was lean and mean, and he had a six-pack that made Simon drool. Not that he could see it right now. Not that he’d ever get to see it again.

Hell, he knew full well Todd was over it, over him, and had moved on. Still, he’d be jacking off to this vision tonight.

Todd was all lit up when he told stories like this, eyes shining, grin right there.

He closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Relax. You can do this. You survived leaving. You survived moving. You survived working in hell. You can do this.


Meet the Winter boys – Todd, Tommy and Troy. Can these triplets each find their happily ever after?

Todd lives in Northern Ontario and works as an adventure guide, aided by his best friend Smokey the malamute. It’s his dream job, and life is pretty good until a deep winter tour brings five executives, including Todd’s ex, to his neck of the woods.

Simon is working the job of a lifetime, but he’s living in a big city where he knows very few people and he’s lonely. On top of that, one of his co-workers has made his work environment less than comfortable. The last thing he wants to do is spend time in the northern wilderness with four of his fellow executives, including the man who clearly doesn’t like him. When he discovers that their guide for this ill-advised bonding exercise is his ex, it feels like the universe is playing a cruel joke.


Forced proximity helps both Todd and Simon remember why they were together in the first place, but the things that saw them ending their relationship are still factors. They’ll have to find a solution that works for both of them if they have any hope of getting their happy ending.


Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

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