Coles & Vaughn Halloween Derby

kevancoles:

Halloween is my favorite holiday and it ranks high on my co-writer Brigham Vaughn’s faves as well. We’ve talked on and off about writing a Halloween tale and decided to host a Halloween Derby and invite everyone. We’re super excited!

We’re calling LGBTQA+ authors, poets, artists, podcasters–whatever you like to create–to share your Halloween-themed works with us. Creators may submit as many pieces as they’d like. The possibilities are endless!

Use our sign-up form or email us directly for information at: coles.and.vaughn@gmail.com.

Sign Up:
https://goo.gl/forms/kVo2lKZ6euIALbn13

Works may be shared by creators with the public from October 26 through 30, as blog posts or downloadable files. Like trick or treat candy, all content must be provided free of charge until after the derby ends.

Questions? Contact us at coles.and.vaughn@gmail.com. Happy creating!

I decided to dust off an old Halloween story and tinker with it, maybe make it shorter.

It’s already 3500 words longer.

Oops.

With A Twist is live!

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Love, Served With a Twist

Brigham Vaughn and I are so excited to share “With a Twist”!

As we wrote Wake and Calm, we fell in love with many of the supporting characters. “The Speakeasy” series brings us Will, Jesse, Kyle, and Malcolm, plus Riley and Carter, and a whole new cast of guys to fall in love with.

With a Twist

Blurb:

Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

Excerpt:

David did his best not to stare at William Jr. as they shook hands, but he nearly flinched away from the odd tingling sensation he felt where their skins met.

He’d seen photos of William Jr.—no, Will—around the Martin’s home, but they depicted a sweet-faced boy growing from toddlerhood into his late teens. Fully adult Will was, as David’s sister would say, stupidly attractive. He’d inherited both parents’ good looks, including Bill’s athletic physique and Agnes’ regal bone structure.

Tall and rangy, Will appeared lean beneath his gray Henley and dark jeans. He had a square jaw and the artfully styled brown hair his mother had spoken of so fondly. His large blue-grey eyes were almost dazed. He was checking David out—ogling him, really—and to say this surprised David was an almost comic understatement.

Where the hell is this coming from?

Bill and Agnes had talked at length about their children during his last visit, detailing educations and careers, and expressing affection for Olivia’s children and pride in Will’s accomplishments. They hadn’t mentioned their son being gay or bi, though, nor had anyone in the Senator’s social circles.

David dropped Will’s hand. “All right if I come in?” He gestured at the briefcase slung over his shoulder and tried another smile. “I need to unpack the docs and organize them a bit—shouldn’t take me more than a minute,” he added, keeping his tone even in the face of Will’s wide-eyed stare. “I have a card from the Senator’s staff and a few others signed by his colleagues, too.”

The tips of Will’s ears turned pink and he immediately backed away from the door, gesturing for David to follow. “Of course, yes, come in. I expected a delivery man or one of the neighbors and not…well, not someone like you.”

David quirked a brow and stepped into the foyer. “Someone like me?”

“Someone from my father’s office.” Will shrugged and shut the door. His features were pinched when he turned back to David. “I suppose it’s too much to expect him to wait a few days after major surgery before he starts back at it again, but how can he when you people enable him?”

Well, shit. David wanted to escort himself right back out of the door. Of course, Bill’s family would be feeling protective of him right now—he was fortunate to be alive. In the meantime, his son had definitely regained his composure and decided to focus his irritation on David.

“He’s barely been home twenty-four hours—how did you even know he’d come home?”

David didn’t bother correcting Will’s mistaking him for a member of Bill’s staff. “Agnes messaged me yesterday evening,” he replied gently and licked his lips at the surprise streaking across Will’s face. “I asked her to keep me updated on your father’s surgery, and we’ve been swapping messages since your parents drove to Philly.”

“You text message with my mother?”

“Just about Bill,” David assured. “Your parents have no idea I planned to come by today. Bill didn’t ask for these files. I used them and the cards as an excuse to stop by to see how he’s doing in person.” He watched the tension in Will’s face ease. “So, how is he? Doing, I mean.”

“He’s fine.”

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‘With a Twist’ is available to pre-order

Love, served with a twist.

“With a Twist”, the first book in “The Speakeasy” series is now available for pre-order. Order now and get it first when it goes live on September 25!

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The Speakeasy Series

Media mogul Jesse Murtagh and bartender Kyle McKee decide to go into business together and open Under Lock & Key, a speakeasy on the upper West Side of Manhattan. The bar, with its secret passphrases and craft liquor cocktails, becomes a sanctuary for Jesse and Kyle’s circle of friends, who gather once a month to catch up with each other and share their experiences.

Under is both hang out and haven for the men who spend time within its walls and their friendships build family ties that are sometimes missing from their own lives.

Each book in The Speakeasy series is a standalone novel.

With a Twist

Blurb:

Nursing a broken heart when his ex-boyfriend, Riley, leaves him for the love of his life, Carter, Will Martin throws himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

Pre-order here: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/with-a-twist

Excerpt:

David did his best not to stare at William Jr. as they shook hands, but he nearly flinched away from the odd tingling sensation he felt where their skins met.

He’d seen photos of William Jr.—no, Will—around the Martin’s home, but they depicted a sweet-faced boy growing from toddlerhood into his late teens. Fully adult Will was, as David’s sister would say, stupidly attractive. He’d inherited both parents’ good looks, including Bill’s athletic physique and Agnes’ regal bone structure.

Tall and rangy, Will appeared lean beneath his gray Henley and dark jeans. He had a square jaw and the artfully styled brown hair his mother had spoken of so fondly. His large blue-grey eyes were almost dazed. He was checking David out—ogling him, really—and to say this surprised David was an almost comic understatement.

Where the hell is this coming from?

Bill and Agnes had talked at length about their children during his last visit, detailing educations and careers, and expressing affection for Olivia’s children and pride in Will’s accomplishments. They hadn’t mentioned their son being gay or bi, though, nor had anyone in the Senator’s social circles.

David dropped Will’s hand. “All right if I come in?” He gestured at the briefcase slung over his shoulder and tried another smile. “I need to unpack the docs and organize them a bit—shouldn’t take me more than a minute,” he added, keeping his tone even in the face of Will’s wide-eyed stare. “I have a card from the Senator’s staff and a few others signed by his colleagues, too.”

The tips of Will’s ears turned pink and he immediately backed away from the door, gesturing for David to follow. “Of course, yes, come in. I expected a delivery man or one of the neighbors and not…well, not someone like you.”

David quirked a brow and stepped into the foyer. “Someone like me?”

“Someone from my father’s office.” Will shrugged and shut the door. His features were pinched when he turned back to David. “I suppose it’s too much to expect him to wait a few days after major surgery before he starts back at it again, but how can he when you people enable him?”

Well, shit. David wanted to escort himself right back out of the door. Of course, Bill’s family would be feeling protective of him right now—he was fortunate to be alive. In the meantime, his son had definitely regained his composure and decided to focus his irritation on David.

“He’s barely been home twenty-four hours—how did you even know he’d come home?”

David didn’t bother correcting Will’s mistaking him for a member of Bill’s staff. “Agnes messaged me yesterday evening,” he replied gently and licked his lips at the surprise streaking across Will’s face. “I asked her to keep me updated on your father’s surgery, and we’ve been swapping messages since your parents drove to Philly.”

“You text message with my mother?”

“Just about Bill,” David assured. “Your parents have no idea I planned to come by today. Bill didn’t ask for these files. I used them and the cards as an excuse to stop by to see how he’s doing in person.” He watched the tension in Will’s face ease. “So, how is he? Doing, I mean.”

“He’s fine.”

Coles & Vaughn Halloween Derby

Halloween is my favorite holiday and it ranks high on my co-writer Brigham Vaughn’s faves as well. We’ve talked on and off about writing a Halloween tale and decided to host a Halloween Derby and invite everyone. We’re super excited!

We’re calling LGBTQA+ authors, poets, artists, podcasters–whatever you like to create–to share your Halloween-themed works with us. Creators may submit as many pieces as they’d like. The possibilities are endless!

Use our sign-up form or email us directly for information at: coles.and.vaughn@gmail.com.

Sign Up:
https://goo.gl/forms/kVo2lKZ6euIALbn13

Works may be shared by creators with the public from October 26 through 30, as blog posts or downloadable files. Like trick or treat candy, all content must be provided free of charge until after the derby ends.

Questions? Contact us at coles.and.vaughn@gmail.com. Happy creating!

Release dates for two Speakeasy books!

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As previously posted, after wrapping up “Wake” and “Calm,” Brigham Vaughn and I decided to write stories featuring characters from the “Tidal” series: Will Martin, Jesse Murtagh, Kyle McKee, and Malcolm Elliott. And so “The Speakeasy” books were born.

Media mogul Jesse Murtagh and bartender Kyle McKee decide to go into business together and open Under, a speakeasy on the upper West Side of Manhattan. The bar, with its secret passphrases and craft liquor cocktails, becomes a sanctuary for Jesse and Kyle’s circle of friends, who gather once a month to catch up with each other and share their experiences.

Under is both hang out and haven for the men who spend time within its walls and their friendships build family ties that are sometimes missing from their own lives.

Each book in The Speakeasy series can be read as a standalone novel.

We are delighted to announce that the first two books in “The Speakeasy” series have been accepted by Totally Entwined Group/Pride Publishing!

Book 1, “With a Twist”, follows Will Martin and David Mori.

Blurb:
Getting dumped is never easy. Even though Will Martin Will knows that Carter is the love of Riley’s life, Will is left nursing a broken heart when his relationship with Riley ends. In an attempt to distract himself, Will throws in himself into teaching at NYU and writing. An invite from Riley to a speakeasy called Under helps Will begin to heal, and he finds himself enjoying both the drinks and the company.

Soon after, he’s shaken by news of his father’s cancer diagnosis and Will reluctantly returns to Long Island to see the man who disowned him after he was outed.

Sparks fly when Will meets his father’s mentee, Republican Senator David Mori, who is both mixed race and openly gay. Will is looking for a no-strings-attached fling and David is leery of getting involved with his mentor’s son, so they keep their affair a secret.

As his father’s health worsens, Will elects to remain in Garden City and his relationship with David grows beyond casual sex. Now, both men must decide how to bridge the divide between them.

Book 2, “Extra Dirty”, features Jesse Murtagh and Cam Lewis.

Blurb:
Jesse Murtagh loves his life as a wealthy, bisexual businessman dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure. With a circle of friends he trusts implicitly, he enjoys a successful career in his family’s business and as co-owner of Under, an uptown speakeasy with his friend with benefits, Kyle McKee.

Music teacher and part-time DJ Cameron Lewis lives modestly in a DUMBO loft, and isn’t interested in serious relationships. However, he’s always up for some casual fun.

Doing a favor for his friend, Carter Hamilton, Jesse meets Cam, and is immediately charmed. When Jesse discovers Cam’s other life as a DJ, he is further intrigued.

Cam is hesitant to become involved with Jesse but despite his efforts to remain aloof, he’s drawn to Jesse.

Viewing Cam as a challenge, Jesse pulls out all the stops, but his usual methods to avoid serious relationships fail. Though Cam has no intention of becoming attached, he begins to fall for Jesse, unaware Jesse’s feelings are changing.

Both are eager to explore a threesome with Kyle, but after, Cam doubts his place in Jesse’s life. Afraid of heartbreak, Cam pulls away, leaving Jesse bewildered and hurt. They remain friends until a series of misunderstandings widens the rift to a breaking point.

When Cam steps in to help Jesse through a family crisis, they realize they care for each other more than they’ve been willing to admit. While Jesse and Cam don’t want a traditional relationship, they build a future that makes them both happy.

“Extra Dirty” was originally titled “On the Rocks” by the way, but was too similar to an existing title in the TEG catalog. After throwing around some ideas, we settled on “Extra Dirty”, the perfect title for a book about Jesse Murtagh. We’re quite excited about the change!

“With a Twist” will be available for pre-order on August 14, 2018, and general release on September 25, 2018.

“Extra Dirty” will be available for pre-order on February 12, 2019, and general release on March 26, 2019.

At this time, two additional books are planned in the series. “Behind the Stick” will feature Kyle McKee and Luka Clark, and “Straight Up” will follow Malcolm Elliott and Stuart Morgan. We look forward to sharing more about these books with you soon.

Speakeasy Series Collaboration with Brigham Vaughn

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Brigham Vaughn and I have been making great progress on a new series of books we’ve dubbed the “Speakeasy” series. 

This series explores some of the secondary characters we created in Wake and Calm. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

The first book is off to Pride Publishing for their consideration. The second is in the hands of our wonderful beta team. And we will begin writing the third this week.

All titles are subject to change of course, but you can visit my Upcoming Projects page for more details (scroll down about halfway to where it says “Speakeasy Series Collaboration with Brigham Vaughn”)

http://kevancoles.tumblr.com/upcomingprojects

We’re really excited about this series and we think you will be too!
-K & B

Third Time’s the Charm

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In between co-written projects with Brigham Vaughn, I’ve been working on some solo pieces as well. I’m looking forward to finishing “Third Time’s the Charm,” a contemporary romance, this spring.

“Third Time’s the Charm”

Summary

Luke Ryan’s life is too chaotic for romance. When he’s not running a software development firm, his time is devoted to Ella, his nine-year-old niece. With Ella’s father overseas, Luke acts as her guardian, a responsibility that makes his dating life impossible. Luke has mostly come to terms with being single, despite his friends’ assertions that the right man for him is out there.

Finn Thomason is a trauma surgeon who has recently relocated to Boston. He has wonderful friends and loves his job, but his intense focus on med school and post-graduate work have left him feeling disconnected from his personal life. As Finn gets to know his new city, he makes the decision to find a better work-life balance in hopes he’ll also find a relationship that sticks.

On his way to a restaurant one summer evening, Luke is caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella. He seeks shelter under a sidewalk awning, and is pleasantly surprised when a handsome stranger named Finn strikes up a conversation. Finn offers to walk Luke to the restaurant under the cover of his oversized umbrella, and during the course of the journey, the two agree to meet for coffee.

Their first date turns into a second, then a third, and the two men quickly grow close. But as the summer comes to an end, Luke and Finn’s fragile relationship falters under the weight of Luke’s responsibilities to Ella. While Luke struggles to keep his connection with Finn strong, Finn finds himself falling for a man who can’t devote his full attention to the relationship. As both men scramble to find the right balance between responsibility and personal happiness, each is unaware there is more than enough room in their hearts for both.