Author: Emjay Haze
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: 1/26/18
Part of the States of Love Series by DreamSpinner Press
For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.
Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.
A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….
Phil jumped out of the tractor as quickly as he could and scooted over to his truck in the Bevingtons’ driveway. Having Eric sitting with his leg pressed against his all evening was pure torture. He knew the guy wasn’t purposely trying to flirt with him, but it was sexy as hell.
Instead of driving home, he headed to the Urban Cowboy for a drink. Maybe Donny would be there again, and he’d take him up on his offer to fuck. He could use the distraction.
When he arrived in the parking lot, he remembered it was club night. That usually kept most of the cowboys away and brought in the twinkier types and the lesbians. Not that there were that many in this town.
He walked inside and darted to the bar. “Hey, cowboy,” Darla called.
“Hi, Darla. Seen Donny around?”
She gave him a pointed look. “Donny, huh?” She shook her head and chuckled while she poured his usual lager. “You should check out the floor.”
Phil swept a glance around the room but didn’t see anyone interesting.
He downed his bottle and flagged Darla for another as the music slowed down and the gyrating couples changed to slow dancing, which opened the view to the other side of the bar. Phil put the bottle to his lips and took a long sip. Then he saw him.
Darla glanced in the same direction. “Cute, isn’t he? His name is Eric.”
“Yeah, I know.” Phil turned around to face his friend. “His parents own the farm where I work.” He picked up his drink again, sucking it down.
“That’s Bevington?” She looked intrigued.
“You heard of him?”
She shrugged. “People talk.”
“I’m not sure I want him to see me. He doesn’t know.”
“That you’re gay?” She cackled. “Honey, you need to tell him and then hit that. He’s hot, and coming from me, that’s saying something.”
“Darla!” he spat. He had no intention of hitting that. Eric wasn’t interested in him, anyway. Because he thinks you’re straight. “I’ve got an early day. I think I’ll take off.” Before he sees me.
“Alright, cowboy. See you tomorrow?”
He nodded but wondered if he should stay away, now that Eric knew the place. He only had himself to blame for that.
He headed out to the parking lot and noticed Eric’s black Prius. How had he missed that before? Looking back to make sure Eric hadn’t followed him, he walked to his car, relieved.
Emjay Haze is a Pennsylvania girl living in a Virginia world, growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moving to Northern Virginia to follow her now husband of twenty-plus years. She has two kids in college, a year-old puppy named Max, a black-and-white cat named Tux, a gecko named Rex, a yellow tang called Reggie, and we hear the eels are coming this week.
The family pastime is baseball, specifically the Nationals. She’s also a huge Redskins fans and loves classic rock. Emjay graduated with a degree in Creative Writing in 2015 after realizing it was the only thing she really wanted to do.
She has a wide and diverse work history in the fields of travel, hotel management, high-tech communications, web development, real estate, and the nonprofit health care industry where she has held positions such as travel agent, hotel concierge, web programmer, Realtor, account manager, and many, many others, giving her a varied and unique set of experiences that she draws upon in her stories and characters.
Emjay fell in love with the m/m romance genre after discovering the world of fanfiction several years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her family keeps asking when she’ll write something they can read, but she’s still having too much fun with her boys. Her goal is to broaden the minds of those who might not normally pick up a gay romance because it’s more about the person than the sexuality. She’ll take you on a roller-coaster journey, but you’ll always get a happy ending.