Victor Carter knows his grandfather only from a handful of black and white photographs, so his surprise when the man’s will is read is genuine. What’s he going to do with seventy acres on the side of a Kentucky mountain? More importantly, how’s he going to survive living there for a year to satisfy the conditions of the will so he can sell the property? Even worse, it’s not like the hills of Kentucky are teeming with gay companionship.
Boone Mosely is Kentucky born and bred with a proud family heritage he can trace back to his home state’s founding. Following in his uncle’s footsteps, Boone’s in his second term as sheriff of Four Points. He takes the job seriously and doesn’t suffer fools—or crime—in his town.
When city slicker Victor Carter arrives on Shepherd Mountain, Boone knows he’s got a whole new brand of trouble to deal with. And this time, the badge isn’t going to help him at all.
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Vic leaned his head back against the rim of the old claw foot tub and sighed with relief. The old bathtub was fab. He scrunched down just a little and the hot water covered his aching shoulders. Some people liked moving from place to place every year, but he wasn’t one of them. The thought he had to do all it all over again to get back to Pittsburgh made him tired. Already. He flicked a few water drops at Ranger and grinned as the dog snapped at them as he attempted to pluck them out of the air.
Ranger stopped and pricked his ears.
“Yes, you. Are you going to be a good boy here by yourself for a while?”
The dog woofed at him.
“I’ll take that as a yes and I’ll bring you a few bites of my steak. You’ll like that.”
Ranger padded out of the bathroom, toenails clicking softly on the oak floor. Vic pulled his knees to his chest, held his breath, and slid under the water. He could almost float in the tub. He sat up, wiped the water from his eyes, and glared up at the tall man leaning on the doorframe.
“You’re not ready.” Boone raised an eyebrow. “But since you’re naked, I don’t think I mind much.”
“The washcloth has me covered.”
“Damn. That must be disappointing.”
“It’s a big washcloth.”
Boone snorted. “Wouldn’t cover me.”
Vic flicked water drops at him. “You’re talking yourself into a corner, my friend. You gonna wash my back?” He grinned as the smirk faded from Boone’s face, replaced first by surprise, then a glittering interest in his smoky blue gaze. “Go make yourself useful and check the fire. And close the door.”
The muscles in Boone’s throat worked as he swallowed. “I’d rather climb in the tub with you.”
Vic stared up at him, trying to ignore the sudden pulse in his cock as it lengthened and swelled. Getting his hands on Boone Mosely trumped just about every other activity he could think of, including food. Who needed a steak dinner when the opportunity for a nice quiet evening at home presented itself? He had cereal and milk so they wouldn’t starve. He opened the drain to lower the water level.
“You can leave your hat on, but you’d better take your boots off first.”
Boone popped the snaps on his western-style shirt and turned away. “Be right back.”
About the author
KC Kendricks calls western Maryland home. Living in a rural region, KC enjoys most outdoor activities that do not require snow. In warm weather KC can be found walking the dog, biking on the C&O Canal towpath, planting delicacies for the deer, playing in the creek, or lazing on the patio with an e-reader or laptop
An administrative assistant by day, and a multi-published and award winning author by night, Kendricks is a 2008 Amber Heat Wave Winner and has had her work nominated for a CAPA from The Romance Studio, received an honorable mention award in the Elisa Rolle LGBT Rainbow Award, and nominated twice for Best GLBT Story at Love Romance Café. KC’s erotic gay romances, both contemporary and paranormal, are a mix of heat and humor that celebrate love and hope for mature readers.
Also by KC Kendricks
Bored, Stroked and Blueprinted
Doors of Time
Eye of the Beholder
Give Me One Night
Kentucky 98 Proof
No One But You
Tango in the Night
The Men of Marionville series:
A Hard Habit to Break
What You Don’t Confess
Your Whisper in the Dark
A Cat Named Hercules
Station to Station
The Southern Cross series:
Between the Moon & the Deep Blue Sea
The Amethyst Cove series:
Deuce of Diamonds
The Sundown shapeshifter series:
The Back Stairs
Beneath Dark Stars
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: KC, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Kentucky 98 Proof. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling tale?
KC: Thank you for the opportunity to talk about Kentucky 98 Proof here at The Romance Studio. Everyone at TRS does a wonderful job for the romance fiction industry and for writers everywhere.
Ideas for stories come from everywhere. With Kentucky 98 Proof, a couple of things converged. I saw a photograph by Peter Lik of an old cabin on a knoll that really appealed to me. I thought it would make a wonderful weekend getaway. The cabin looked like it belonged in the mountains of Kentucky. One summer evening, at dusk, my partner and I sipped Kentucky bourbon while watching the deer graze in our front yard and the title came to me, and once a title comes, so does the story.
HH: What do you like best about Victor and what will readers like about him?
KC: Victor’s a little unsure about who he really is. His father kept him away from his family so Vic doesn’t have a good grounding. When the grandfather he never knew leaves him the cabin, with stipulations, Vic has a lot of questions and only one way to get answers – walk away from his life and go to Kentucky, which is a brave thing to do.
HH: What do you like best about Boone and why will readers love him?
KC: Boone knows himself, who he is and what defines him as a man. He has an acceptance of self some people never achieve. He made his place in his community because he wanted to be there, not because he ever felt he was “stuck” in Kentucky. Boone knows Vic is going to rock his world, which he’s not sure is a good thing because he likes his life just the way it is. And while Boone has his path in life all worked out, he can bend enough to accept the inevitable and let Vic inside.
HH: What makes this work different than anything you’ve written so far?
KC: Different? I’m not so sure I strive for “different” except with the Sundown series, which is about a shapeshifter. I try to write a good, solid, character driven story that is true enough to life most readers will be able to relate to the leads. Kentucky 98 Proof was the number one best seller at Amber Allure in August 2013, and on the All Romance eBooks best seller list in September 2013, so I must have done something correctly.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KC: I’m shaking it up a bit this year and taking on a new publisher (no release dates yet so I’ll stay quiet about the particulars) and that’s been a bit of an adventure so far.
I have a new release titled, “Bored, Stroked and Blueprinted,” which is a ‘tales from a garage’ themed story. Our guys meet when one brings in his classic 1969 Camaro Z/28 to be restored.
The term “bored, stroked and blueprinted” actually refers to things that are done to an engine to make it perform better and crank out more horsepower, not some sex act, although there is sex in the story. (Did you just gasp?) My first car was a 1969 Camaro, which we restored, so it has some neat personal history in there. I’ve got pictures of my Camaro on my website.
The shapeshifter series has a new installment, “Moon Dances,” which should be out sometime in April, and I’m revisiting the Men of Marionville later this summer. I’m also working on another Ian Coulter detective story. It would be great if I can finish that one in 2014 but I need a little cooperation from the universe to make it happen.
HH: What inspires you in your writing?
KC: Everything I learn, read or see is idea fodder. A great song can inspire a story. Most frequently, with me, I see a photograph of a man or a place and the seed is planted. Sometimes it sprouts immediately and sometimes it has to rest a while before it comes into being.
HH: What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
KC: I’m a country girl at heart and I’m blessed to have three acres, two of which are still wooded, to call home. I enjoy getting outside to garden, or even just sit on the patio or porch with my partner and watching the birds and the deer.
Two years ago I began researching my genealogy and it’s been fascinating. I’ve actually met two living family members for the first time while in a cemetery. As strange as that was it gave me partners to work with which has reaped pages and pages of previously unknown information. I also enjoy bowling in the winter and riding my bike in the summer.
HH: What are you reading?
KC: I read a wide variety of books from romance to adventure to the spiritual. I enjoy the work of many authors and I’d hate to name one here for fear another will Skype me and ask why I didn’t name their work, too. It’s a little cowardly and I know it. I will say I read Brenda Williamson’s books. She’ll call me no matter what I say so I might as well be out with it.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself this year?
KC: Expanding to a second publisher is one goal I’ve already met, and that was the big one. Completing a fourth year in the A to Z Blogging Challenge is another. That’s well in hand, too. I’m hopeful a collaboration with Christiane France for supernatural ghost story will work out. It needs to since the powers that be at Amber Allure have a slot reserved for us the last of September. It’s not something either of us usually do, but it’s good to try new things. I’d like to get to the point where I can stabilize my release schedule, but so much of that isn’t within my control. I don’t like “stacking” new releases too closely together. The realistic thing is to set the goal of finishing a story every two months, but again, the universe needs to cooperate.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
KC: Website: http://www.kckendricks.com
Between the Keys blog: http://kckendricks.blogspot.com
Mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/betweenthekeys
Thanks, again, to everyone at The Romance Studio, and thanks for giving me the opportunity to give readers a glimpse into my world.