Today I am so pleased to welcome Annabeth Albert to Joyfully Jay. Annabeth has come to share an exclusive first teaser from her upcoming release, Arctic Heat, out September 23rd. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!



Quill knew the kiss was coming, knew logically that two steps to the left would free him from this temptation, but he might as well have put down two-hundred-year-old fir tree roots for all he could move. Owen might be aggressive—in all the best ways possible—but he’d also given Quill ample time to object or pull away. And Quill hadn’t been lying when he’d said he had no bucket list, but right now, finding out what Owen tasted like rocketed up to the top of his previously nonexistent list.

So much so that when their mouths finally met, Quill was the one to gasp first, taken aback by how much he wanted this.

Owen took advantage of his gasp to deepen the kiss. He tasted sweet, like he’d popped a mint when Quill hadn’t noticed, and he kissed like a guy who knew exactly what he was doing, who wasn’t going to wait for Quill to figure himself out or take over. But he also didn’t rush like some might, no hurtling ahead, instead exploring slowly, like they weren’t in a doorway, blanketed by chilly air. He kissed like they might get to do this again, like learning what Quill liked and responded to was of vital importance. Despite being most definitely in charge, Owen wasn’t taking—he had a generous mouth and seemed intent on giving as much pleasure as he could.

And that turned out to be a hell of a lot of pleasure—the slide of warm lips, the rub of an agile tongue, the firm clasp of strong hands, the well-placed nip or suck that had Quill groaning. Seeming emboldened by Quill’s noises, Owen pressed him against the door, and Quill happily welcomed the pressure of his body. As surprise faded, Quill met Owen’s kisses more readily, giving as good as he got, gratified when Owen made a low moan that was half pain and half pleasure,


A lasting connection needs more than simply surviving a winter together—they’ll have to outsmart danger, let down their defenses and open their hearts.

Owen Han has a fresh lease on life—he’s kicked cancer’s ass and is roaring through his bucket list. The former investment banker hopes to find his next challenge in Alaska, volunteering alongside park rangers and fulfilling his childhood dreams of snowy winters and rustic life. Of course, those dreams did tend to feature big strapping mountain men in vivid detail…

Ranger Quilleran Ramsey would like to be anywhere other than dealing with newbie volunteers. And really, the only thing he needs less than a green volunteer “partner” is the flirty attentions of a buff city boy who doesn’t look ready to last a week, let alone an Alaskan winter. They’re all wrong for each other, even if Quill’s traitorous body enjoys the flirting more than it should.

As the weeks pass, the two snowbound men give in to temptation. But can their seasonal romance last until spring? For them to have a future together, each will have to trust the other…while hoping that the harsh elements and omnipresent dangers don’t destroy what happiness they’ve found in the moment.


Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #FrozenHearts, #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.