The visa's have been secured, all the internal flights and accommodation have been paid for (my poor credit card) and the stash of Redskins and Tim Tams have been purchased ready for my trip to Chicago and my visit with Freddy MacKay. (Can't Wait)
This will be the first time my child and I have gone away on holiday together, without other members of my family being there, since my divorce three years ago. To say I'm a little excited is an understatement.
The problem with being 6'2 and traveling with a child under 15 is they aren't able to sit in exit rows - Which means no extra leg room for me. I'm gonna die!!!
I have to say I'm a little excited and nervous about driving in the US, considering you all drive on the WRONG side of the road and the car! Plus, everything is in MPH... Seriously come over to the metric system people. It makes sense, I promise!!! So, if you see reports about an erratic driver cruising down the highway on the wrong side between Orlando FL and Atlanta GA in November, just ignore them, it'll probably be me, the crazy Aussie.
I found out today that Darwin, is about to be hit by a heat wave. I have to say I'm a little happy we're disappearing, even if Chicago decides to snow for me. (I'm not build to handle snow, I'm from the tropics!!)
A little over a week to go, I can't wait. I know it'll be all over before I know it, but the waiting is killing me!
As some of you know, the individual releases from Cabin for Two have been getting some anniversary updates (cosmetic stuff - covers). The last two on the docket are Freddy's Dirty Little Secret and Toni's A Bear in the Woods: Smokey Mountain Bears 1.
Freddy's story is still up, but we have pulled Toni's story down while undergoing renovations ;). No worries, A Bear in the Woods will be back shortly, with a couple surprises planned as an anniversary gift to fans. We are certainly looking forward to it, so we hope you will too.
The MCB Crew
Toni's brother, Jonathan, had joined her for her cross country USA trip for moral support. When he showed up in the cabin, we stared at him (and her too). They were HUGE! Also, was this straight, Aussie brother of a gay mm romance writer going to fit in with a bunch of other MM writers?
It was a stupid question really. Jonathan was a blast. Perfectly fitting in with the rest of us. Laughs, good times, and fun were to be had. No one could ask for a better straight ally.
We also discovered he had a beautiful speaking voice. One day we woke up one of our roommates with him reading a book through the door to her. We died. It was awesome.
Toni recently visited Jonathan. On this trip, she finished up her latest Holland Brother book (A Very Holland Valentine), but she also managed to get him to read for her. As in, read an excerpt from her books so all of you can hear her wolves in an authentic Aussie accent.
(He really is a nice brother).
So, without further ado, Jonathan reading from the new, bigger, better version of Forbidden Mate: Holland Brothers 4.
You can find Forbidden Mate here on MCB and other third party outlets like Amazon, ARe, and B&N. (And, if you weren't aware of Toni's re-edited, expanded version of her Holland Brothers, here is the updated blurb for FM.)
Finding his mate should have been Patrick Holland's greatest day, instead it turned into a nightmare with one phone call. His mate didn't want him. His heart broke, but at sixteen he was too young to do anything. The next ten years—ten long years— of Patrick's life are spent at odds with his mate. Split by forces he can't comprehend and a long line of misunderstandings, Patrick doubts he'll ever get the man he's both loved and hated.
Jake Richmond never expected to come home from Uni to find the youngest Holland brother was his mate. Knowing the news might uplift his still grieving father, Jake shares the news only to have his young mate threatened. Jake does the only thing he can think of, protect Patrick. The next ten years are nothing but torture for Jake as he watches his mate grow into a remarkable young man.
They say time heals all wounds, but how much time?
Please note: FM has been reedited, and expanded by about 50,000 words.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I can’t say they were unique, I have read lots of shifter/werewolf stories, but these were very well done. I loved the world Toni created, the family connection was great, and having four gay werewolf brothers was original. I liked that each book featured one couple but they were all so tied in together that we see what is happening with the other couples. The couples were each well connected physically and emotionally, the sex was plentiful but not overwhelming, and the endings were all satisfying. There were clearly defined bad guys and good guys, enough drama and action to keep me interested, but lots of sweet cuddling as well. I am very glad I read them, and hope the story of the Holland Brothers continues!"
You can find the full review HERE.
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