Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Not a Boy. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

After a last look out over the bay his parents had loved so much, Henry turned and splashed his way to the shore. Spreading their ashes had been the final act, he no longer had any ties to the place where he’d grown up. It felt weird, but also freeing, since he hadn’t lived in Maine for years. As the only child of much older parents, he’d always been aware they would go sooner than he wanted, and now he was an orphan at forty-two. A maudlin orphan at that.

Behind him, the vroom of Guy’s engine reverberated off the shore as he navigated toward his dock across the bay. It meant a lot to Henry that his friend had been willing to help put his parents to rest.

Now what?

His phone buzzed in his pocket—Henry had forgotten it was there. Luckily, or not, the water hadn’t reached it. Glancing at the infernal thing, he saw a message from his assistant Kai.

Saunders set to go before the judge, 8/2 8am.

Ugh. Henry sighed. Saunders was a nasty divorce situation he’d only taken because one of the other partners in his firm couldn’t. He should’ve listened to his gut and turned it down but there’d been begging and wine, so he’d said yes. Family law sucked most of the time, and Henry often had a bird’s eye view of the shitty way humans treated each other. This case was worse than most and involved an actual bird. He’d gone to law school for this, mediating between soon-to-be ex-spouses setting guidelines for which words either one might teach their co-owned African gray parrot.


not a boy coverAll American Boy Series, Book 9

Henry should have kept on walking by when he spotted the younger man sitting alone on the beach. He should never have stopped, never sat down, and certainly never kissed him. Because now Henry is experiencing feelings. And he doesn’t like it one bit.

Things happen for a reason, even random hook-ups. Ben was supposed to get off work early that night. It was no accident the sexy stranger stumbled on his beach hiding spot. The Kiss was destined, as well as what happened afterward. It wasn’t as if Ben believed in love at first sight, but this was damn close.

It’s a good thing Henry lives three-thousand miles away or he might do something stupid, like ask for Ben’s phone number.

Ben’s hometown boss begs him to return and he agrees, only regretting not being able to say goodbye to his snarky divorce lawyer. But all the wanting in the universe isn’t going to bring them together again, he doesn’t even know Henry’s last name. Besides, home is on the west coast, not Maine.

Sometimes the universe is a funny place.

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elle keaton bio photoElle Keaton writes contemporary gay romance and MM romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest. Elle’s books are known for their hot mm romance, complex characters, and unique sense of place. The men start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

Elle published first in 2017, now she has over seventeen books available for you to read or listen to.

She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and is known to start crossword puzzles with ballpoint pen.

Love always wins, thank you for supporting this indie author!

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