Good news. Raising the Bar, Dylan Warren's story, is with my editor at Samhain. Not sure on a release date yet, but as soon as I know more, I'll share, gladly. :)
The Warrens are a special family, three brothers who love each other and care deeply for their mother. Not a lot of dysfunction, just four people trying to find happiness and love in their lives.
Here's a small peek at Raising the Bar (before edits, mind you)
EXCERPTDr. Dylan Warren is too old to be swapping places with his twin, but to save a career-making deal, he’ll play his part. He hadn’t counted on a sexy, nosy contractor being able to tell the difference between them. In order to protect his brother’s reputation and explain his side of things, Dylan agrees to meet with Harper for dinner—in an upscale Victorian which turns out to be high a class club catering to their patrons' every need.
Dylan has never made any bones about being bi, but he’s never experienced two lovers in his bed before. Suddenly, he’s in lust with not only Harper, but the hot bartender serving him more than drinks. Between Freddy, a beautiful woman who seems to know him better than he knows himself, and Harper, a man who won’t take no for an answer, Dylan finds himself in that most uncomfortable of places—falling in love and not sure what to do about it...with two people.
Dylan Warren paced outside the government complex and shivered in the cold December wind. Even in Augusta, Georgia, winters could get a bit chilly.
I can do this. It’s nothing but a thing. No one has to know.
After taking a deep breath, he let it out and entered the building, all the while cursing himself for letting Derrick take advantage of his generosity. How could he have forgotten, for even a second, that his twin was the Warren brother who never lost a bet?
Because of Derrick, the freakin’ Bears who couldn’t seem to win a game, and his own stupidity in betting a favor, of all things, Dylan found himself doing something he hadn’t done in twenty years. God, I am too old for this shit. As he entered the narrow corridor leading to professional suicide, he tugged at the raggedy sweater that passed for Derrick’s Sunday best and swore again, clutching the handful of papers he’d memorized last night.
A gift for total recall was the only thing going in his favor today. He had a meeting with his mother later that he’d been dreading. As he waited in the quiet lobby of the planner’s office, he tried not to dwell on what might go wrong with Derrick’s stupid scheme. Except this fiasco was keeping his mind from his mother. He had a hard enough time living up to her estimable reputation without playing dress-up. Christ, if Dr. Barbara Ann Warren got wind of this, he’d never hear the end of it. But then, that might be preferable to hearing about—
“Derrick Warren?” a prim older woman who looked like she walked with a stick up her ass stood in the doorway to his left and stared down her nose at him. The dreaded secretary, Marly Bennett. Derrick had warned him that the woman ate contractors like candy.
“Yes, ma’am?” He gave her his best grin, and her frown turned into a tight-lipped line.
“Ms. Wielder will see you now.”
“Thank you.” As he drew closer, he stopped and sniffed. “I hope you don’t think this too forward, but you smell wonderful. You’re wearing Vintage, aren’t you?”
She blinked at him. “Why yes, I am.” The woman looked old enough to be his grandmother, but the warm smile she gave him told him she appreciated him noticing. At least the old Warren charm hadn’t disappeared along with his good sense.
He entered the office and found the city planner, Natalie Wielder, waiting impatiently at her desk. He stepped forward and held out a hand. “Ms. Wielder.”
She shook it and gestured for him to sit. “Mr. Warren.” She blew out a breath. “Cut the crap, Derrick. You’re late.” Apparently she and Derrick were on a first name basis. One more thing his idiot brother hadn’t told him about today.
He frowned. “I was told the appointment was for noon.”
“Try eleven forty-five. You’re lucky you’re good looking or Marly would have tossed you out on your ass. She has a thing for younger men, you know,” Natalie added with a smirk.
Friggin’ Derrick and his suck-ass ability to tell time. “Sorry. I must have written it down wrong.”
“Whatever.” Natalie waved aside his protest. “You know Harper.”
No, he didn’t. Dylan forced himself to hold it together as he glanced over his shoulder at a man leaning against the wall, his thick forearms crossed over a broad chest. He had sandy hair and dark brown eyes and dressed in a flannel shirt, jeans and work boots. A faint reference to Harper somebody came to mind. Derrick had been bitching about something…blah, blah, blah, and Harper fixed it.
Dylan nodded to the man. “Harper.” The guy had long eye lashes, a tanned complexion, and really thick forearms. He was handsome, ruggedly so. And not someone Derrick would ever find sexually attractive. Dylan, on the other hand…
“Derrick.” Harper’s eyes narrowed as he looked Dylan over, but he said nothing more.
“Give me the papers, Derrick. Derrick?” Natalie raised her voice.
Dylan turned away from Harper and his chocolaty brown eyes and handed her the report he’d been carrying. “Sorry. Been a long day.”
“And it’s only noon,” Natalie jeered. She studied the notes, reading though Derrick’s presentation, giving him a moment to compose himself.
A good thing, because Dylan found himself rattled. Derrick had given him the bare bones about today’s meeting. A necessary evil to clinch the new city development deal. Derrick had already been given the green light. He saw today as a mere formality. Yet Dylan considered the meeting anything but.
Natalie Wielder treated him with barely concealed disdain. He’d already been late. And holy shit, but this Harper guy stunned him. Dylan had particular tastes in his sexual partners. He was a professional, dated professionals, and liked men and women equally. He cared less about pedigree and looks than about a person’s inner character, probably because he’d grown up trying to figure out what made people tick.
But his reaction to Harper alarmed him, because he didn’t normally grow breathless around…well, anyone. He chalked up his nerves to being exposed as a fraud and did his best to focus.
Natalie asked Dylan questions about the bid, and he answered them easily enough. He concentrated on being Derrick, aware his brother was counting on him. Sydney had finally put his brother out of his misery and moved in with him, and Derrick planned to capitalize on his good fortune with a weekend of unbridled sex. The lucky bastard.
If only the Bears had made that final field goal, Dylan wouldn’t have lost that stupid bet. Then Derrick would have had to postpone his trip to Charleston. Derrick would have answered all of Natalie’s questions. And Derrick wouldn’t have to ignore an unwelcome attraction to the tall, brooding Harper.
Natalie asked Dylan a few more questions before turning her attention to the hunky guy in flannel.
She said his name twice, and Dylan belatedly realized Harper had been watching him instead of paying attention to her. Hell.