Another month has come and gone and it's time to introduce you all to September's Author of the month. This month I'm spotlighting Thianna Durston, MM Romance Author with a side of spice!
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
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This week the Spotlight is on A Good Family Man
Jack’s whole life was the job…until he lost it.
Now he wants the one thing that’s always eluded him.
To find love is one thing, becoming a good family man is something else entirely.
A Good Family Man
Corbin’s Bend, Season Three, Book Eight
Buy Link: Amazon
Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.
Josh Martin feels lucky. He's not only accepted into Corbin's Bend, but he'll be working at the brand new Corbin's Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn't abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin's Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent's dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack's turns him on.
Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three...until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.
“Have anyone to help you move in?” Jonathon asked after handing him his envelope full of paperwork.
“No, just me. But I’ve got a dolly. I’ll be fine.”
“Not in Corbin’s Bend you won’t,” Jonathon said with a laugh, picking up his phone. He dialed a number and while Josh wondered if they were done and he should walk away, Jonathon spoke. “Ben? Josh is about to go over to his house. He needs help moving in… Perfect… Thanks.” He put the phone down and winked. “You’ll have plenty of help.”
“Thanks.” Josh chuckled somewhat discomfited, hoping to get used to the friendliness he had kind of forgotten in the last few months. The people he’d met from here all were genuinely welcoming.
A loud burst of laughter from somewhere else in the dome made him jump as he stood up.
“Never mind them,” Jonathon said, waving his hand in a dismissive gesture. “Brent’s brother came up to visit today and, well, let’s just say they’re a lot alike.”
“Yes, we are,” Brent said, walking in with a huge grin on his face. His gray eyes lit up as he spotted Josh. “Josh Martin,” he said in a pleased voice, stepping forward with his hand outstretched.
“Welcome to Corbin’s Bend. Glad you moved in this week. The new doctors and nurses are all arriving next Monday. It’ll be bedlam. Have you got someone to help you move in?”
Chuckling at the question that had now been asked twice, Josh nodded as he shook Brent’s hand. A man just as imposing… no, even more imposing than Brent stood in the doorway and he had a hard time not staring. Whereas Brent was gorgeous, the man behind him was spectacular in a wonderfully rugged way. Strong shoulders and a wide, tight chest made him take notice. Dark blonde hair, gray-blue eyes, and a chin full of stubble made his heart speed up. Tight abs added to the picture and Josh almost licked his lips, stopping before he did so. He didn’t want Brent to think he was perving on his brother. That would be embarrassing. After all, the guy was probably straight.
“Just called Ben,” Jonathon explained as Josh realized he hadn’t said anything. “Josh, I’ll call and let Marcus know you arrived. I don’t think he expects to see you until Monday, though. Spend the next few days enjoying yourself.”
“All right,” Josh said, turning toward the door and realizing he was going to have to walk by this guy who could be a model for dominance – it practically shone from his face.
“Need help?” The voice startled him, though it shouldn’t have. The man had a deep baritone and Josh gulped, shrugging.
“I’ll be fine.” After all, he’d packed the van by himself. Surely he could unpack it.
He shrugged. “I’m here, might as well make use of me. Brent’s leaving me high and dry to take his wife to the doctor’s office.” The grin he shot at his brother made Josh’s heart leap. Fuck. He hoped most of the men in Corbin’s Bend weren’t this good looking or he’d cream his pants like a high schooler in no time.
Food for thought, with Thianna Durston...
I love chocolate. I mean, really. What’s better than chocolate? Okay, so sex can be better than chocolate if you both know what you’re doing, but I thought I would share with you a recipe I created over *cough* years ago that is still one of my faves. Who wants a Self-Frosted Chocolate Cupcake?
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 c sugar
1/8 t salt
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ c Flour
1 c sugar
¼ c baking cocoa
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
1 c water
½ c cooking oil
1 T vinegar (Rice vinegar is preferable, it isn’t as intense as white vinegar)
1 t vanilla
2 T Sugar + ½ c Pecans chopped
Cream Cheese Mix: Using a mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add egg, sugar, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
Cocoa Mixture: In separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, & salt – Set aside. In a small bowl, beat oil, water, vinegar, & vanilla. Add in Flour mixture and beat until well blended.
Fill cupcake holders 1/3 full with cocoa mixture. Top with heaping teaspoon of cream cheese mixture.
Combine sugar and pecans. Sprinkle ½ t over each cupcake.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Okay, so now that you have your gooey cupcakes in hand, grab your copy of A Good Family Man and munch and read. Mmmmmmmm.
Tams: I believe I have all these ingredients in the kitchen, time to make some tasty cupcakes!
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Thanks for joining us Thianna, and for that yummy cupcake recipe, I'm going to go whip up a batch right now! Be sure to stop back by next week as we send Thianna off with her upcoming schedule.