Today I am so pleased to welcome Dann Hazel to Joyfully Jay. Dann has come to talk to us about his latest release, My Own Private Biscuit. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Dann a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

“Toby, can you give me a second? Demon wants to go outside.”

“Be sure to give that gorgeous fellow a hug for me.”

Biscuit opened the door leading to their eight hundred square foot deck. Demon scurried down the deck stairs into his favored spot to take care of his elimination duties. Biscuit sat in an Adirondack chair to keep an eye on Demon, whose routine always included exploration of a yard that continued to fascinate him daily.

With no transition whatsoever, but with a purpose he hoped Toby could easily discern, Biscuit launched into a nostalgic recollection of the high school band trip they took to the Mardi Gras many years ago. “Remember how all of us were required to sleep on air mattresses at the New Orleans National Guard Armory? Boys on one side of the huge room—might have been a gym; I don’t recall for sure—and girls on the other. We slept so close to one another, you and I, it was hard as hell for me to keep my hands off you. Especially after the cock play we’d enjoyed just two months prior at the chicken barbecue and my fantasies that followed.”

“Sure wish I’d known about the torment you were experiencing. I know we were surrounded by assloads of other guys, but we had blankets. And hands are pretty easy to hide beneath them.”

“Okay, Toby. Stop. I’m getting all hot and bothered.”

A short lull in the conversation while Biscuit opened the door for Demon, who trotted to his water bowl. Biscuit tossed him a pizzle stick, which he caught in mid-air, then poured himself a glass of cabernet sauvignon.

“And then, several months later, just like that, we went our separate ways. It was the saddest day of my life.”

Biscuit clicked his tongue against the back of his incisors as he recalled how hurt and even resentful he felt when he’d first heard the news of his friend’s imminent departure. “Well, Toby, your separate way was more extreme than mine. Still, even with you in New York, fraternizing with who knows how many hot boys at Columbia, I still carried the torch. The spell you cast on me wasn’t broken, even after you boarded that fucking Delta.”


my own private biscuit coverToby enjoys a success beyond his wildest dreams: The first chair trumpeter with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In New York, he earns a good living doing what he loves the most. Yet, he suffers from a nagging feeling that something is missing. The Manhattan lifestyle is great, but his romantic life consists mostly of Grindr hookups. A summer tour of the South finds Toby in Asheville, North Carolina—his childhood home and still the home of a certain high school crush. Abruptly, he stumbles on the news that this high-school crush is married to someone else. Then, yet another discovery: There just might be a glimmer of hope. But even if things work out between them, how can they blend two lives separated by a dozen years and seven hundred miles? Can Toby ever hope to claim his own private Biscuit?

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Dann Hazel has been writing both fiction and nonfiction for more than twenty years. Besides writing, he has taught English on the high school level and psychology and human sexuality on the college level. His fiction genre interests include thrillers, literary, horror and gay romance.

Personal interests include snuggling up with a good book, writing, cinema, running, Broadway, current events and travel.

Dann lives in Central Florida with his husband, Josh, and their American Eskimo dog, Flurry.

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