Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Guest post: No More Hiding by Renee Stevens

Phillip Jorgensen tried to live the straight life and ended up divorced. But he wouldn’t trade his two kids, Jacob and Samantha, for the world. His ex-wife has kidnapped them and he's been searching for them for six long years. But he’s not giving up—never, not for anything. His twin brother has encouraged him to start living again, but how is he going to find romance with all his baggage?
When he meets Vance Pierce at the new gym, Phillip sees a chance to find some happiness.
Phillip has to explain the whole sordid mess to Vance and pray that he understands that he’ll never stop looking for his children. That’s easier said than done. Telling Vance might be risky. Is their connection strong enough to convince Vance to stay? Or will he think that Phillip is too damaged to love? This is Phillip's chance at the life he never thought he could have. But is it possible?

Phillip was still trying to figure out where to start when Vance leaned forward, one hand resting on the driver’s headrest, and closed the distance between them. He paused, just inches away, but must have seen what he was looking for.
He pressed his lips to Phillip’s.
Phillip groaned. He wanted more and tried to turn in his seat to reach for Vance. But he growled in frustration as the damn steering wheel dug into his side and prevented him from moving closer.
The kiss was brief and left Phillip wanting more when Vance pulled back.
“I’ve wanted to do that since the day I met you.”
“Why didn’t you?” Phillip didn’t know what else to say. He’d thought about it, more than once, and wouldn’t have pushed Vance away.
Vance shrugged and moved back to his side of the truck. “Didn’t want to spook you. Something about you told me to proceed with caution. Nothing specific, just a lot of little things.”
“Like what?”
“Mainly, you’d never really talk about yourself. I tried a couple of times to steer the conversation into more personal territory.” Vance stared out the front window. “You’d always change the subject or move on to the next machine, yet you were fine as long as it was just light flirting.”
“Yeah, about that.” Phillip cleared his throat. “I’d like to give it a shot.” He glanced at Vance, surprised to see his pale eyes focused on him. “If you’re still interested.”

Author Bio
Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties.  Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal.  When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can usually be found working on in her capacity of admin and Anthology Coordinator.
Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters.  Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works. When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts.
When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors.  She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby.  Once back at home, it’s back to writing.

And now... 
Question 1: If you were a candy bar what kind would you be and why? I don’t eat many candy bars, and not even sure what all is out there anymore, lol. I guess maybe a 3 Musketeers, but I’m not really sure why. That’s just what immediately popped into my head when I read the question.

Question 2: Who would you want to have as a stripper at your birthday party? David Boreanaz, as he was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Question 3: How many stories do you work on at any one time? It varies. Sometimes I’ll go back and forth between two or three. I try to limit it because it’s too easy to have crossovers. It’s also too easy to neglect one of the stories. Lately, I’m trying to stick with working on no more than two at a time. I always have to have at least one backup in case the story I’m working on doesn’t want to cooperate.

Question 4: If you could snap your fingers and have an invention to do anything you want, what would you want it to do? This is difficult to answer. A part of me wants to say I’d want it to take me back in time. I don’t care about going to the future, but there are some mistakes that have eaten at me and I’ll love to change them. However, it’s those experiences that have made me the person I am. The other part of me would say that I would want to be able to talk to those I love that I’ve lost. It would give me a chance to apologize for things said in anger or actions that I wish I had never done.

Question 5: What part of the writing process do you dread? Revising, definitely! I have a couple stories that are in need of revision and I’m working on one of them right now, but I’ve kept putting off another one. I sometimes let a story sit for years before I finally get to revising it. Nothing like procrastinating!