We have Mickie B. Ashling stopping by today with her new release Through My Own Lens from NineStar Press
Thank you for hosting my blog tour and giving me an opportunity to talk about my latest release. Through My Own Lens is the fifth book in the Horizons Series, but catching up isn’t necessary. This new story can be enjoyed as a standalone.
As the blurb mentions, my main characters, Luca Dilorio and Chyna Davidson, have just graduated high school and are headed east to start a new chapter in their lives. Being away from home for the first time can be exhilarating, but it also presents challenges neither one anticipates.
To celebrate the release of Through My Own Lens I bring two gifts to make your holiday season a little brighter. One lucky winner will receive a $25.00 NineStar Press Gift Certificate and the other will get to choose one e-book (excluding Through My Own Lens) from the NineStar Press catalog. Before I go, I’d like to thank Lori at IndiGo Marketing for her excellent work in organizing this book tour.
Exclusive Excerpt – Chyna and Luca meet Alex Boulet for the first time.
I hesitated. “Actually, there’s one more person we haven’t met. He’s also with Elite and Mel thinks we might be a good fit.”
“What makes you think this one will be different?”
“He’s a trans guy so maybe he’d be more sympathetic to my old issues?”
“You don’t have issues,” Luca said adamantly.
“There’s the cross-dressing,” I reminded him. “A regular dude might balk if he sees me in pink panties.”
“Why in fuck would you let that happen?”
His tone set me off again, and I got right in his face and fucking snarled. “Shut it! There’s only one bathroom in this fricking apartment! I might forget something and have to go back and forth in my underwear.”
Luca’s eyes widened.
“Oh my God, will you stop imagining the worse?”
“Sorry,” Luca apologized. “I suck at this new normal.”
“That’s becoming more obvious by the minute. If it’s any consolation, Mel had nothing but nice things to say about this guy. I didn’t give him an appointment because I thought Xara had the spot.”
“What’s his name?”
“That’s not helpful,” Luca complained. “Do you have his number?”
“Yeah, Mel texted it last week.”
“See if he’d be willing to come over today.”
I reached for my phone and began scrolling through my texts until I located the number. After three rings, a sleepy voice answered.
“Is this Alex?”
“Uh-huh. Who are you?”
“Chyna Davidson. Melinda Watson from Elite gave me your number. Are you still looking for an apartment?”
“I sure am.”
“Do you have time to come over today and check out my place?”
I gave him the address, and Alex agreed to swing by an hour later. After disconnecting, I slumped on Luca’s chest and took a huge breath. “I hope he works out.”
“Me too,” Luca agreed.
When the downstairs entry buzzer rang, Luca and I were still cuddling on the sofa watching a rerun of The Big Bang Theory. Grabbing my phone, which had an app that allowed me to unlock the main entrance, I confirmed it was Alex Boulet and let him in.
We waited at the front door when a stunning biracial man stepped out of the elevator. He was taller than me, which meant he was at least six foot five inches, and he had a Burberry dog carrier slung on his right arm. The furry black face staring at us was adorable. I squealed in delight.
Alex’s facial expression was a combination of pride and panic. “Sorry I didn’t mention I have a pet. Is it okay, sugar?”
“Oh my God, yes,” I assured him. Luca and I were both animal lovers, and I didn’t even realize I wanted one until I saw my prospective roommate. “I’m not sure what the rules are with regards to our landlord, but we’ll work it out. You’ll have to pay any additional fees involved.”
“Absolutely,” Alex said. “Bacon is four years old, neutered, and crate trained. He won’t be any trouble at all.”
“Bacon?” I stared at the itty-bitty dog, bemused.
“It’s like this,” Alex said in a melodic tone that was soothing as well as pleasant. “I wanted a pot-bellied pig, and my parents got me a poodle instead. They said he’d be a better fit.”
I couldn’t help smiling. “In what sense would he be better?”
“Sugar, take a good look. Can you imagine a genderqueer teen walking down the streets of Baton Rouge with a pig? At the time, I didn’t have enough confidence to pull it off, and my father was convinced I was asking for trouble by drawing more attention to my gangly self. I cried for days. Ugly, fat tears that made me look positively hideous. Finally, they came home with this sweet thing, but I named him Bacon in protest. It took several days for me to realize they were right and I was dead wrong. By the time I fell in love with my little darling, he was answering to Bacon so it stuck.”
“May I hold him?”
Alex handed over the fluffy bundle, who wriggled and licked his way straight to my heart. Luca was beside me in a minute, adding his praise and trying to pry Bacon away. I passed him over so I could concentrate on Alex.
He appeared to be a little older than us, but not by much. He mentioned his Creole heritage in passing, which explained the accent, striking green eyes, and light skin. He was dressed in black with a red scarf providing the only color.
“Dang, you’re imposing,” I muttered. “It’s a good thing we’re polar opposites, or I’d never stand a chance in this business.”
Alex waved away my concerns with a flick of his wrist. “Aww, sugar, don’t sell yourself short. Gingers are all the rage these days.”
“Thanks.” The endearment was sweet and made me more comfortable for some reason. It seemed like I’d known Alex for ages instead of fifteen minutes. “Would you like to see the apartment?”
“I’d love to.”
After the brief tour, Luca and I talked in private for a few minutes.
“What do you think?” I asked.
“He seems nice and Bacon is a plus.”
“Right? I like him. Are you getting any of your weird vibes?”
“Then it’s a go.”
“How soon can you move in?” I asked Alex when we walked out of the bedroom.
“What about tomorrow?”
“That’s great,” Luca said. “Is there anything we can do to make this easy for you?”
“Nah, I’ve got this. But thank you for asking,” Alex added.
“You’re welcome,” Luca replied.
“Please don’t come before eleven,” I interjected.
Alex looked up at the ceiling in mock horror. “I wouldn’t dream of it.”
Title: Through My Own Lens
Series: Horizons, Book Five
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Contemporary, intersex, gay, family drama, romance, contemporary, addiction, coming of age, mental illness
Luca Dilorio begins his freshman year at Cornell, while his boyfriend, Chyna Davidson, embarks on a modeling career based out of Manhattan, New York. Although Luca is only a five-hour drive away, he may as well be on another planet. Having watched Chyna’s back for years, Luca struggles with the separation. His new roommate, Zeb Araneda, lends an ear, and a solid friendship is born, but it doesn’t keep Luca from worrying.
Chyna learns to navigate the ups and downs of the modeling industry on his own. However, this proves difficult with Luca micromanaging everything, from Chyna’s diet to his choice in a roommate. After rejecting several candidates, Chyna and Luca decide on fellow model, Alex Boulet, who turns out to be perfect in more ways than one.
An unexpected appearance raises a multitude of concerns, and the entire family-Lil, Grier, Clark, Jody, and Chip-descend upon the young couple to offer their help. Will Luca and Chyna weather the storm or succumb to pressure from multiple fronts?
One lucky winner will receive a $20.00 NineStar Press Gift Certificate, as well as one e-book from the NSP library (excluding Through My Own Lens).
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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