Someone to Kiss by Scotty Cade
Happy Holidays All! I like to thank Anders and Divine Magazine for allowing me to spend a little time with you before the New Year and chat a little about my latest release, Someone to Kiss.
Today you’re going to get to know Dane McCormick, one of the main characters up close and personal. He’s a great guy and I hope you’ll like him as much as I do. You can take it from here Dane.
Thanks Scotty. Hey y’all! My name is Dane as Scotty said. I’m the stocky green eyed guy on the cover above. You probably didn’t notice me right away because well…Carter’s on the cover with me and he’s a lot better looking than I am. Not down on myself or anything, just keeping it real.
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas on a cattle ranch along with my two older brothers. When Carter and I first met he asked me if the ranch and chores was like what people see on television. And although I never thought of it that way, it is just like that. The ranch was picturesque, but man, it was a lot of work. But hey. I’m proud that when I was a kid I carried my weight right along with my brothers…until I hit puberty that is. That’s about the time I started noticing the other ranch hands for other than their capabilities on the ranch. It was a difficult time for me and I didn’t handle it well. I was an emotional mess. I hated everyone, including myself, but I mostly fought my feelings for almost five years until just after my sixteenth birthday when my dad hired a new ranch hand named Timothy Sanders, who was hot as hell I might add. And soon after, I figured out, he was well…just like me.
How did an angry sixteen year old figure that out you may ask? Simple. I saw the way he looked at my older brother when they first met. Timmy had a twinkle in his eye that was unmistakable. Except to my thick headed heterosexual brother, who never ever had a clue. For months I watched them interact and when they were together, Timmy was almost giddy. So I just sat back and studied, day after day, week after week until I was sure and then I busted him. Timmy denied it of course. But I told him not to worry that his secret was safe with me. Because I was just like him. Soon after that I was the one who started acting giddy every time Timmy glanced my way. Looking back now, I’m pretty sure he was my first love.
One day it was just the two of us putting the horses away after a cattle drive and I was riding the last horse into the stable and he got spooked and threw me. Timmy caught me before I hit the ground and as if in slow motion, I wrapped my arms around his thick neck and kissed him. Right on the lips. It was almost like one of those Hallmark moments with the sun setting in the background, except between two men. And damn if at first he didn’t kiss me back, I could feel it, but then he stopped suddenly and put me down. I can remember his words like it was yesterday. “I can’t do this Dane. You’re just a kid.”
I was crushed to say the least and everything came crushing down on me. I didn’t know what to do so I just left. I packed my things and snuck out in the middle of the night. I ran until I had no more money and then I was living in my truck for a little while. My parents had no idea why I ran, where I went or how to get in touch with me. I was truly all alone. Until I met Bill Crocker, my now boss, who turned out to be my lifesaver.
I won’t get into the details but Bill, straight I might add, helped me come to terms with who I was. He gave me a place to live and was my friend. He eventually convinced me to go back home and tell my family why I ran and that’s when my life started to get better. They all handled it well, albeit my brothers teased me all the time, but I knew they loved me. I stayed in very close touch with Bill and he eventually gave me a job building out office space for his company, Omni Office Suites. Anyway Bill is my best friend and I could never let him down. So please go easy on me when it seems like I’m choosing Bill over Carter. I could never let Bill down. He saved my life.
Man do I digress. Anyway I traveled a lot with my job and never had the chance to connect with anyone, for more than a one-night stand. Until Greenville South Carolina. Bill gave me a whole year and a half in Greenville and for that I was forever grateful. That’s where I met Carter and well…you’ll have to read the story to find out how that turns out.
It was great sharing a little of me you won’t read about in the book and I hope you’ll drop a note below just to say hi. And if you do, you be entered into a drawing to wine an ebook of Someone to Kiss, costarring yours truly.
Thanks for spending the time with me and Scotty and I wish you and yours all the goodness the New Year has to offer.
Dane McCormick’s job negotiating leases and building out furnished office suites takes him all over the country. He stays until the job is done—and then he moves on. As satisfying as the job is, it leaves him no place to call home and no chance to build a personal life. After arriving in Greenville, South Carolina, for a job, a severe stomach virus knocks Dane for a loop. He finds a local urgent care clinic… and a tall, dark, and handsome doctor who goes well above and beyond his duties to treat Dane. The doctor’s bedside manner makes Dane forget all about his stomach flu.
Carter Baldridge has dedicated his life to caring for others. Since graduating from medical school, he has spent all his time and energy building his urgent care business. But the morning he steps into his examining room and sees Dane McCormick on the table, he realizes it might be time to devote some attention to a part of life he has neglected. The spark is there, but so is a major obstacle in the form of Dane’s peripatetic lifestyle and a bad experience in Carter’s past. Both have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.
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Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.
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