Today I am so pleased to welcome Marie Sexton to Joyfully Jay. Marie has come to talk to us about her latest release, Winter Dreams. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

After dinner, we buy an overpriced six-pack of beer at the island’s grocery store and I follow Jason and Ben to their bungalow. The sun’s low on the horizon behind us, casting shadows of palm trees that reach toward the sea. I’m used to the beaches of Oregon and California, the surf pounding against the coast with a vengeance. Here, the water’s calm and soothing, the waves never more than an inch or two high. Their bungalow isn’t just near the sea. It’s on the sea. A long wooden walkway leads us out, over the water, then turns right onto a larger platform that serves as a front porch for their little cottage. There’s a gas grill, two chairs around a small table, and two deck loungers, which Jason and I claim.

“Isn’t it perfect?” Ben asks me.

“Yes, it is.”

“Settle an argument for us,” Jason says. I can tell by his smile this isn’t any kind of serious argument. Just one of those silly things couples debate for no good reason. “Is this a deck, or a dock?”

“It’s a dock,” Ben says.

I was ready to say it was a deck, but the opportunity to gang up on Jason is too good to pass up. “Definitely a dock.” I point to the peaceful Bahaman Sea. “It goes over the water. That makes it a dock.”

“Docks are for boats,” Jason answers. “There aren’t any boats. Therefore it’s a deck.”

I point again. “It has a swim ladder.”

“A swim ladder does not a dock make.”

“What?” Ben and I ask in unison.

“Don’t pretend you didn’t understand that. It’s a deck.”

“It’s a dock,” Ben says, grinning.

“Compromise and call it a dick,” I offer.

Ben rolls his eyes. “I’m not calling it that.”

He goes inside to change into his swimsuit. Jason and I each pop a beer and lie back side-by-side in the deck chairs.

Dock chairs.

Whatever they are.

The sky turns a deep shade of coral as the sun sinks lower.

“This is nice,” I say. “I almost wish I’d gone for the bungalow too.” Of course if I had, I probably wouldn’t have gotten laid right before dinner, but I don’t say that out loud.

“Ben loves it,” Jason says, and that’s all that matters. Hotel or bungalow, I doubt Jason cared much either way, but if it makes Ben happy, then Jason’s happy too.

“Guess what?” Ben asks as he emerges from the bungalow, towel in hand. “I read the safety info on the door, and they don’t call it a dock or a deck. They call it a swim platform.”

“That’s stupid,” Jason says. “It’s obviously a dock.”

He’s switching sides so they can gang up on me now. I’m good with that. “It’s definitely a deck,” I say.

We smile at each other, and the fondness in his eyes warms me from the inside. He touches my hand—not holding it, but letting me know he was thinking about it—and for a just a moment, it feels like the old days, when he was mine. My heart aches with love for him. I have to resist the urge to kiss him. I remember all too clearly the way we move together in bed.

I adore Ben. I hate to wish him gone, but right at that moment, I’d give anything to have Jason all to myself.

It’s going to be a long fucking month.


winter dreamsWinter Magic, Book 2

What happens when a player gets played?

Actor Dylan Frasier is known as one of the biggest playboys in Hollywood, infamous for seducing men and women alike. He’s also half in love with his two best friends. Unfortunately, Jason and Ben are madly in love with each other, leaving Dylan the odd man out. When Ben suggests an extended Christmas vacation at a resort modeled after his favorite 80s TV show, Dylan reluctantly agrees. Sure, his heart breaks a bit every time he sees them together, but it’s a vacation in the Bahamas. How bad can it be?

At first, the resort seems like any other. Dylan plans to work on his tan, get laid, and hunt for Hollywood’s most in-demand director – not necessarily in that order. Then he meets Connor, a tennis instructor still hurting from a bad breakup. Connor knows Dylan’s reputation and refuses to be seduced. Dylan sees Connor as just another conquest, but this tropical island isn’t as mundane as it appears. It has its own kind of magic, and it’s about to make things interesting.


Marie Sexton bio photoMarie Sexton’s first novel, Promises, was published in January 2010. Since then, she’s published nearly forty novels, novellas, and short stories, all featuring men who fall in love with other men. Her works include contemporary romance, science fiction, fantasy, historical romance, and a few odd genre mash-ups. Marie is the recipient of multiple Rainbow Awards, as well as the CRW Award of Excellence in 2012. Her books have been translated into six languages.

Marie lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves hockey and football, and enjoys attending games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Marie can be found on Twitter, where she mostly talks about football and hockey. She’s also on Instagram, but that’s mostly knitting and her pets. The absolute best way to stay up-to-date on Marie’s books is by joining her Facebook group.



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