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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Pat Henshaw to Stories That Make You Smile! Pat is here today celebrating the re-release of the first book in her fabulous Foothills Pride series. Pat has brought along a lovely excerpt, a generous giveaway. Pull up a chair and join us as Pat discusses her recent reads! 🌟
What’s in a Name? by Pat Henshaw
Mix one bartender and one barista. Stir well for romance.
Series: Foothills Pride (book #1 of 8)
Publisher: JMS Books, LLC
Cover Art: Written Ink Designs
Release Date: July 15, 2020
Length: Novella / 31,500 words / 106 pages
Pairing / Genre: M/M Contemporary Gay Romance, bartender romance, biker romance, barista romance, alpha hero romance, friends to lovers, opposites attract, city mouse/country mouse
This book was originally published by Dreamspinner Press in 2015. An extensive re-edit was done for this reissue.
About the Series
After housing prices rose to unbelievable heights in the San Francisco metropolitan area at the turn of the current century, gay men headed for the Sierra Nevada foothills. The historic former mining town of Stone Acres with its gay sheriff seemed like the perfect place to settle. But the conservative white descendants of the early town fathers seem ready to fight back. Is a move East the solution the gay men are looking for?
1 – What’s in a Name?
2 – Redesigning Max
3 – Behr Facts
4 – When Adam Fell
5 – Relative Best
6 – Frank at Heart
7 – Waking the Behr
8 – Short Order
On his 30th birthday, barista Jimmy Patterson decides to get rip-roaring drunk after his roommate-boyfriend abandons him at a bar in the tiny California foothills town of Stone Acres where they have relocated from San Francisco. Jimmy is immediately rescued by the burly owner of Stonewall Saloon, who has had his eye on Jimmy since the first time he came in months before.
Jimmy’s fine with being saved but wants to know the bartender’s real name since the guy has worn name tags with an assortment of names every time Jimmy has spoken to him. After Jimmy nicknames him Guy, the bartender decides to turn guessing his first name into a game, giving Jimmy a guess a day for a week and promising to wine and dine him during that time. If Jimmy’s guess is wrong, he owes Guy a zing-zow, knock-your-socks-off kiss. Jimmy agrees since this sounds like a slam-dunk, win-win deal.
While he searches for cringe-worthy given names, Jimmy is distracted by the destruction of his shopping mall coffee shop. He is also beset by the town council that doesn’t want him to buy an historic bank building in Old Town Stone Acres to set up another coffee shop. The celestial high of being romanced by Guy and the abyss of business worries don’t seem like the road to happily ever after. However, Jimmy and Guy might be in for a big surprise.
☆ Guest Post ☆
Q: What have you been reading during the pandemic?
With thousands of books at my fingertips thanks to my Kindle, like a lot of readers, I was at first overwhelmed with my reading choices. Where to start?
Sure, I’d socked away a number of Amazon samples, mostly from authors I’d heard about. I wanted to read at least one of their books.
But I also had a group of comfort reads, books I took out and read when I needed something familiar and I could count on to make me feel better.
I decided to start with the comfort reads, mainly because instead of the pandemic getting better, it seemed to be getting worse by the second. I needed the guaranteed winners like Linus needed his blanket in the Charley Brown cartoons.
So here’s what I’ve been reading with a little commentary after each:
- Sean Kennedy’s Tigers and Devils series: Kennedy’s sense of humor jibes with mine, so I end up laughing as I read Simon’s narration. I absolutely love how he often calls his football lover Declan Tyler TM. What a hoot!
- Renae Kaye’s Tav series: I especially love Blinding Light and its charming narrator Jake Manning. In the end, I get the warm fuzzies that tell me everything will turn out okay. And that’s what Comfort Reads are all about, right?
- Parker William’s Runner: The power and resilience of the protagonist Matt always makes me realize how easy things in my life are, even in a pandemic. Instead of wallowing in how bad things were, Matt pulls himself up and creates a life he can successfully exist in. I feel renewed and eager to plow on after I read this book.
- N. R. Walker’s Imago books: Just the idea of saving a small dying butterfly species in the outback of Tasmania inspires me to recycle and do my urban part to save the planet and the creatures on it. (My urge to save small things does NOT extend to the coronavirus. It can go extinct as far as I’m concerned. It probably doesn’t appreciate me either.)
- Kim Fielding’s books: Here I’m divided between Rattlesnake and the Love Has No… series. Both make me laugh, cry, and in the end make me feel better about myself and my place in the world. But the tone and voice are completely different and well worth reading.
Needless to say, there are many, many more books on my Comfort Reads list. And since the pandemic seems to be on a non-stop roll, I will probably be able to get through them all. In the meantime, I’d appreciate suggestions to add to my TBR pile.
What is your favorite comfort read for these trying times?
Join Pat and members of the Queer Sacramento Authors Collective (QSac) as they read excerpts from their books on Friday, August 7, at 7 p.m. See a link on my Facebook page to the event. Also, look for the rest of the Foothills Pride series releasing from JMS books throughout this fall.
Meet the Author
Pat Henshaw, born and raised in Nebraska, has lived on the U. S.’s three coasts, in Texas, Virginia, and now California. Before she retired, she held a number of jobs, including theatrical costumer, newspaper features reporter and movie reviewer, librarian, junior college English instructor, and publicist. She also loves to travel and has visited Canada, Mexico, Europe, Egypt, and Central America as well as almost all fifty U. S. states.
Now retired, she enjoys reading and writing as well as visiting her older daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren on the East Coast and playing havoc with her younger daughter’s life in NorCal.
She thanks you for reading her books and wants you to remember that Every day is a good day for romance.
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