I want to thank Grace for allowing me to guest post on her blog today. I really appreciate it.

It’s Valentine’s Day soon and after spending years of celebrating “Anti-Valentine’s Day” with my friends the irony is not lost on me that my romance novel, “Illusions” is being released a mere twenty-four hours before the big red heart Hallmark day.

You see, the celebration of Valentine’s Day has always been a sore point for me. Not that I’m not all about some candy and presents, but I’ve always had the mindset that if someone loves me, then why not show it any of the other 364 days a year and not only on a day that Hallmark and peer pressure demands it. I mean September 4th sounds like a great day for roses and Godiva chocolate, don’t you agree?

I used to think I was alone in this feeling until one of my friends suggested an “anti-Valentine” day and I realized that maybe I wasn’t alone in this sentiment. However, regardless of my personal feelings about Valentines, love and all of that, I know deep down that to find love and be loved is what most people want in their life. And since I’m incapable of committing to anyone longer than a date or two, I find my love-release through writing someone else’s Happy Ever After.

Skylar, the main character, in Illusions, has a lot of me in him. While I may not be a hot television star, I’m all about not hanging pictures and not owning furniture. I have no time for romance longer than a night and the only thing I’m really committed to is my family. I wanted to show a character that had those traits and see if I could make him feel the love for someone. Hopefully, I did him justice.

I have included an excerpt of the first kiss after this blog and I hope you enjoy it. And if you are in love and are anticipating the big red heart day, I hope it’s fabulous and all kinds of wonderful. 🙂
If you want to leave a comment, I will choose one person to win a free copy of the book. Enjoy!

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*Disclaimer* The following excerpt contains adult language.

Illusions
By: S.A. Ozment

 

As Skylar neared the gazebo, he heard something behind him. Immediately thinking it was Emma following him, he said, “I swear to God, if that’s you, Emma, I may….”’

“May what?”

Skylar swung around at the sound of Aiden’s voice.

Smiling, he said, “May… nothing… never mind. There’s a fan who insists on following me around. I thought you were her.”

“Nope, not a fan. And definitely not a ‘her,’” Aiden teased.

“Hum… wonder if I could change that?” Skylar said with a smile.

“What? The fact that I’m not a fan or the fact I’m not a ‘her’?” Aiden asked.

“A fan,” laughed Skylar.

“Keep it up. You are definitely headed in the right direction,” Aiden said as he walked closer to Skylar.
Skylar, whose heart rate started skyrocketing, tried to make himself chill out as he asked, “Want to have a seat in the gazebo or do you have to get back?” He looked toward the house.

“No, I’m on break. I saw you walk off down the path and thought I’d take the chance to follow you.”

“I’m glad you did,” Skylar said with his heart in his throat. Okay, this crap needs to stop. Since when do I get nervous over a little flirting?

Aiden and Skylar walked over to the gazebo. They managed to stay a good distance from each other, as if they were afraid to touch in any way. Once inside the gazebo, Skylar went to stand against one of the beams, setting his drink down on the railing.

“It’s sure is beautiful out here tonight,” Skylar said as he looked up at the moon.

“It sure is,” Aiden whispered as he gazed at Skylar.

Noticing the tone change in Aiden’s voice, Skylar turned to see Aiden walking closer to him. Within a second Aiden was standing directly in front of him. The closeness was intoxicating as the ache inside him magnified and began settling in his groin. Skylar reached out to touch Aiden’s cheek. Very tenderly he began running his finger down the side of Aiden’s jawline. Both men held each other’s gazes and tried to steady their breathing.

Skylar continued to draw Aiden’s face with his fingers as if he wanted to memorize it forever. His finger reached Aiden’s lips and lingered there as the touch of his lips sent jolts through Skylar’s body. Aiden opened his mouth slightly to capture just the tip of his finger in his mouth.

Skylar gasped. He had a hard-on so rigid, he felt like it might burst out of his jeans. Groaning slightly, Skylar leaned down and replaced his finger with his mouth. Grabbing Aiden’s upper lip with his mouth, Skylar moved his lips around until he had completely covered Aiden’s mouth. Instantly, Aiden opened his mouth, and Skylar pushed his tongue inside.

Taking their time, the kiss was slow and deliberate. Skylar pulled Aiden closer to him as he worshipped his mouth with an intoxicating, slow movement that drove both of them crazy. Gasping and straining against each other, the kiss deepened. Aiden moaned as he pushed Skylar back against the pole, the kisses becoming more desperate.

IllusionsFS (5)

Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

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Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.

At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.

Author Bio:

S.A. Ozment was born and raised in North Carolina. From the time she was born she had stars in her eyes. Being shipped off to college rather than heading to Broadway (which was her dream) put a damper on her bright lights/big city dream.

However, she was still drawn to the world of entertainment. Over the years, when she wasn’t working as an accountant, S.A. was promoting different actors and singers via social media, (some officially, some not so officially).

Working with celebrities sometimes allowed her to see “behind the scenes” and after deciding to share some of her experiences, she wrote her first book, “Illusions”.

Most nights, you will find her curled up with her laptop writing or promoting someone. Unless “The Walking Dead” or “Outlander” is on and then you will find her in front of the television.