Today I am so pleased to welcome Mal Trevino to Joyfully Jay. Mal has come to talk to us about a new release, Chasing the Light. Mal has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

The pillow still smells like him. I shouldn’t know what he smells like.

Russell isn’t outside the camper at the fire ring. He’s not at the picnic table, sorting gear. Abandonment claws at my throat, but I hiss it back down.

But the morning is clear and bright and warm after yesterday’s rainstorm. My canvas jacket is enough for once, and I slip it on. Then I head down toward the lake.

That’s when I see Russell.

Surrounded by the sparkling black of Lake Superior, he’s out at the end of the dock that juts out into the water. He’s sitting, his back to me.


The light hits him as if the clouds parted just so the sun could sneak a peek. He’s all low-slung jeans, a tanned, muscular back, his hands palm-up and relaxed against his knees. I’m staring so hard that even from this distance I can see the way rhythmic breath lifts and lowers his shoulders. Disastrously, I wonder what all of that exposed skin would taste like against my tongue.

In a flustered daze, I do the only thing that makes sense. I call Jonah.

“Help. He’s meditating. Shirtless.”

Jonah laughs. “I don’t believe you.”

I snap a picture with my phone—for Jonah, just for Jonah, with absolutely no ulterior motive at all—and text it.

“Bro,” Jonah says, “he looks like a stock photo for, like, fancy kombucha or minimalist shoes.”

“Also we slept together.”


“Just slept,” I rush to clarify, “the roof of the camper leaked onto my mattress, so we had to share a bed.”

“Sure,” Jonah says, “makes sense. Nothing weird.”

I glare even though he can’t see me. Out at the end of the dock, Russell’s shifts his position minutely, and shadows play across his back. He’s beautiful. On TV, on my laptop screen, Russell has been handsome. Square-jawed with those twinkling hazel eyes. I’ve known that. It’s not news. But I’ve been getting to know a different side of him these last few days, and not just the shirtless-meditation side of him either, though that’s part of it.

The Russell Merritt whom I’ve been getting to know is beautiful. Calm and assertive with smile lines and crow’s-feet, strong hands and silver streaks in black hair. He’s made me coffee over the campfire in the morning and taken me out for greasy diner food. He’s got a keen eye for his craft and a patient enthusiasm for mine.

Russell is something precious, and I want to hold him with the tips of my fingers so I don’t break anything.


chasing the light coverGranite-Glacier, Book 1

Aiden Marsh is nobody. After his long-ill mother dies, he’s left longing for an escape from the bills, the end of their apartment lease, and the loneliness of the city. When the internet friend he’s been crushing invites him on a trip to photograph the northern lights, how is he supposed to say no? There’s just the tiny little fact that he’s been lying about his life for the last year. But everyone lies on the internet, right?

Russell Merritt had it all. Had. Past tense. A meteoric rise to photographer fame: a storied freelance career and his own show on World Wild. What else could he want? Then it all came crashing down, and that’s exactly the question he has to answer. What else could he want?

Now, Russell and Aiden are taking on the wilds of Granite-Glacier–Russell’s old, forsaken hometown–on a photo excursion that lets them both forget the mess of their lives. But even their growing attraction can only keep reality at bay for so long. They’re going to have to drag all their secrets out into the light.

Chasing the Light is a sweet, all-vibes MM romance set in a small town. For fans of secret identities, forced proximity, the wild outdoors, and internet-friends-to-lovers.


Mal Trevino writes small-town romances about guys who really like to work with their hands. The Romance in Iron Range series follows the love stories of members of a local rallycross team based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Friends-to-lovers, class differences, and second-chance romances abound–along with sweet laughter and high-heat couplings.

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To celebrate the release of Chasing the Light, Mal’s giving away an e-set of the Romance in Iron Range Series (5 eBooks). This series is the previous series to this new release and is set in the same world! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win!

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