We have Mickie B. Ashling stopping by today with her new release Third Son from NineStar Press
Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to share an exclusive excerpt from my latest release, Third Son. The idea for this novel appeared out of the blue like all my other stories, and I jumped on the chance to explore the mind of a character whose outward appearance and psyche are completely at odds. Having grown up in a country where I was a minority—the Philippines—it was easy to relate to Niall. Although he speaks the language, and understands the prevailing mindset, a blue-eyed ginger in China sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. This story is a departure from most of the romances I’ve written in the past and I’m happy it found a home at NineStar Press.
James finds out about Niall’s one night stand in Las Vegas. He presses for more information and Niall can’t figure out why he’s so interested.
Dinner was peaceful, in part because of the delicious food but mostly because the subject of Peter was dropped. Plus, James ordered wine, which was also excellent. Conversation steered around the new house he was building up at Victoria’s Peak. His wife, Ling, formerly in broadcasting and since retired, was working with the architect to design a home worthy of its address. She was also trying desperately to get pregnant. So far, no luck, but the doctors had assured the couple they were perfectly healthy, and it was just a question of time.
“So what happened at the club last Friday?” James asked. “Did Peter reject you?”
“Why are we back on that topic?” I asked. “You know it’ll put you in a bad mood again.”
“I’m curious. You haven’t seen him in what…six months? A year?”
“It’s been over a year,” I said morosely. “Our travels never coincided.”
“Okay, I get that, but what happened on Friday?”
“I walked in on him boning some guy and I got pissed. He wanted to hook up after that, but I wasn’t in the mood. And then the craziest thing happened.”
“What?” James asked.
“This guy I met in Vegas showed up out of the blue.”
“I thought you were monogamous.”
“What the hell does that mean? Did you hook up with this guy or not?”
“I did but left my emotions off the table. My heart will always belong to your brother.”
“I’ll remember that definition if I’m ever tempted to cheat.”
“It’s not cheating when you aren’t in a committed relationship.”
“Peter’s mastered the ish principle.”
“Don’t be a dick, James. It doesn’t suit you.”
“So you and this guy had a fling?” James asked unapologetically.
“Yeah, we had fun. Apparently, I made an impression.”
“Aww,” James said mockingly. “Bambi has a new admirer.”
Glaring at him, I asked, “What’s your problem?”
“Nothing.” James looked surprised by my outrage. “I was just joking.”
“You know how much that nickname irritates me.”
“Yeah. Enough to make you do something drastic. You looked like a Goth freak that time you dyed your hair black.”
“I was fourteen for Christ’s sake,” I defended. “I wanted to blend in with everyone else around here.”
“Niall, when will you get it through your thick skull? You’ll never look like the rest of us, but you’re an attractive man, despite the hair.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “My color isn’t that garish, and thirty minutes ago, you said I was as sexy as the spare.”
James grinned. “You’re way hotter than him.”
“Tell me about your Vegas hookup, or is it a big secret?”
“Way to change the subject,” I teased.
“Of course he is,” James said, laughing. “You’re a slut for us local boys.”
“Not all of you,” I corrected.
“What’s his name?”
“You’ve heard of him?”
“Dude, he’s famous. My father is thinking of commissioning him for a portrait.”
“Really? I don’t think he does portraits, though. He’s into massive murals.”
“What’s he like in bed?”
“James, are you switching sides at this late date?”
We ended up laughing at the absurd notion, but I was starting to worry. What in heck was going on? James had never been this interested in my sex life. When I came out to him back in the day, he skirted around the issue, pretending I’d never mentioned my orientation. Until Peter came home from college. When I confessed I was hot for his brother, James and I had a huge fight. We stopped talking for several weeks. In the end, he reached out to me and apologized, but Peter continued to remain a sore subject.
Title: Third Son
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Contemporary, LGBT, mystery, action, family-drama, gay, crime, suspense, explicit, criminals, bodyguard
American Niall Monroe returns to Hong Kong-a city he calls home-after being away for eight years. He hopes to finally find happiness with Peter Wei, his closeted lover of fourteen years, but is disappointed to find Peter has been put in an untenable position. He must marry and produce the long-awaited grandchild or get cut off by his millionaire father.
Gerard Sun, a talented artist, bursts back into Niall’s life after a one-night stand in Las Vegas. Circumstances force the men to deal with their attraction, especially when Niall’s firm considers Gerard to help promote tourism in the People’s Republic of China.
James, Peter’s younger brother, has been Niall’s best friend since they were schoolmates. He encourages Niall to ditch his brother and move on. He encourages Niall to ditch his brother until he finds out Niall is thinking of dating Gerard Sun, a talented artist.
Coming home seemed like a great idea until it wasn’t. Niall finds himself a stranger in a familiar landscape, slammed on multiple fronts by broken promises, jealousy, intrigue, unimaginable deceit, and undercurrents of evil. As his dreams quickly turn into nightmares, Niall reaches out to new allies for support.
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Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.
By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing-and the inevitable emptying nest-dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
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