We’re so pleased to welcome author TM Smith today, on the tour for her new novel, Dare to Hope. Enjoy TM’s guest post, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below where you can enter for the chance to win a $25 gift card at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Hi, everyone, and thank you for following the Dare to Hope blog tour. This is the 4th book in the All Cocks series, and it’s another MMM Menage story. I had entirely too much fun writing Victor, Andrew and Mattie’s story so I had to do another threesome pairing. Writing a working threesome is definitely a challenge, you have to make sure that they are all cohesive. With this story there is the added edge of Micah’s PTSD and Gabe’s still broken heart over losing his lover in a senseless act of violence.
I had a reader ask me recently if I decided to make the dominate in this throuple a psychiatrist on purpose, the answer is no. Before I ever decide to write the death of Gio I had already written out Tristan’s profession. When he made his appearance out at the house in Mamaroneck to talk to Gabe after the shooting is when I first gave serious thought to putting Gabe, Micah and Tristan together.
Alone, none of them are whole. Micah is this beautifully broken soul with his PTSD, blade leg prosthetic and body full of ink to hide all his scars. A hole was left in Gabe’s heart when his lover was killed, he swore he would never fall in love again, never feel the pain of loss that was so consuming he didn’t even want to get out of bed. Then there is the larger than life presence of Tristan. He’s smart, sexy and sensible. But he is alone and ready to do something about it.
The three of them circle each other like ships passing in the night. Woven together through fate and circumstance, but none certain how to proceed. I thought about approaching this book by putting them all together as a throuple from the start, but that didn’t fit the characters. The only way I could push them together was to do it in pairs. Showing the first sparks of interest, friends wanting more from each other, then the confusion over having those feelings for not one but two men, at the same time. There is a bit more angst in this book than I normally write, but it was necessary for the storyline.
I think I had more fun writing the buildup to the three of them deciding to become lovers than the part after they become lovers. Building the bonds of friendship and trust so that when they did take the relationship all the way, it was believable and didn’t feel rushed or forced.
Thanks again to the crew of TNA for hosting me today! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a $25 giftcard.
About the Book
Series: All Cocks Stories: Book Four
Length: 228 Pages/62k Words
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Categories: M/M/M Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance
Blurb: Tristan is the second oldest of the Brennan brothers and the odd man out. Most of the Brennan men have careers in law enforcement, but as a psychiatrist, Tristan chooses to help people in a different way. Quiet and restrained, he is content to hover in the background of his more gregarious brothers. Then he meets two men, each broken and damaged from losses beyond their control.
Gabriel Simenson is mourning his lover’s death. The random act of violence that took Gio’s life has left everyone at All Cocks reeling. The only thing keeping Gabe from drowning in misery is the friendship he’s forged with Micah, the newest model at All Cocks. He continues to struggle, and at the urging of his All Cocks family Gabe agrees to counseling with Tristan under one condition: Micah must go with him.
Micah Solo can relate to unbearable loss, having lost his leg and so much more in Iraq. The past two years he has been alone, adrift and vulnerable — the memories of war haunting his dreams, spilling over into his daily life. At All Cocks, Micah has found the acceptance he craves and the family he lost, but still he yearns for happiness and peace within.
The friendship between the three is instant, the mutual attraction evident. They circle each other, wanting more, yet unsure if it is truly possible. Is life the mundane reality they’ve each come to accept for themselves or do they dare to hope?
The All Cocks Stories is a series set within the world of online gay porn.
*Warning* Micah’s PTSD is told in detail, including flashbacks to his time in Iraq.
About the Series
Gay for Pay: An All Cocks story: book one
Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?
Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.
Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.
What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.
Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.
Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.
Fame and Fortune: An All Cocks story: book two
Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man. But it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught a teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.
Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.
They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they are perfectly happy, they don’t even realize something was missing, until they meet a broken young man that needs a family.
Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. He’d been on his own since he was sixteen when he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several other young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?
Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t usually visible on the outside. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew see them, they also see him. Can three men that didn’t even realize they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?
Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.
How to Deal: An All Cocks story: book three
Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy that can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD Detective.
Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a mirage, a façade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next ten years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks’ cockiest model.
These two strong willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.
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About the Author
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!