Author Brynn Stein is on a blog tour with her latest release Waiting for Patrick and I’d love to extend a very cheerful welcome!
Check out the book, read an excerpt and leave a comment here or at one of Brynn’s other tour stops for the chance to win a signed copy, one electronic copy, and a choice of one title from Brynn’s backlist. Waiting for Patrick will be available at a discounted price throughout the tour (September 1 through 15). Winners of the raffle will be announced on September 16th.
Waiting for Patrick
Architect Elliot Graham has bought and restored dozens of historic homes to their original splendor. As in his personal life, he loves them and leaves them, selling them off without looking back. But there’s something about the old plantation house he finds in South Carolina—a connection he can’t explain. He feels as though he recognizes the house, as if within its crumbling walls he might find something he doesn’t even realize he’s lost.
Ben Myers had promised his lover and soul mate, Patrick, that he would wait for his return. Ben has kept his word ever since Patrick left him to wait at the plantation house—during the Civil War. For the first time in many long years, Ben is no longer alone, and he reaches out to Elliot in dreams. Elliot tries to convince Ben that Patrick isn’t coming back, but Ben’s devotion is about to change not only his lonely existence, but Elliot’s life as well.
Excerpt from Waiting for Patrick by Brynn Stein
Ben is a ghost from the Civil War who talks to Elliot in this dreams. At the time of this excerpt, Elliot doesn’t really know what’s going on when he starts to get vivid dreams of two men in the Civil War (Ben and his soulmate, Patrick) from Ben’s POV.
Elliot eventually made it back to his house, worked some more on designs and plans, and called a few more contractors. Sheri called at some point, and Elliot talked to her for almost an hour. Finally he simply couldn’t hold his eyes open anymore, so he dragged himself upstairs and fell into bed.
We’ve just finished a tight scratch with a group of Rebels. For a while there, I wouldn’t have warranted being able to get out alive. But our reinforcements got there first, and we sent those graybacks running as if Sam Hill himself was chasing them. Then we fell back to find some diggings for the night. We’re relatively safe now. We’ve found a covert in a thicket of trees. Patrick and I are sitting on our bedrolls, playing cards like we often do when there’s not a battle. We get along well with the other recruits, but we prefer to be with each other. It’s always been that way. When we were in high school, we’d often spend time alone in the tree fort we had in the woods behind my house. A big old oak tree that must have been hundreds of years old. It was there that I had my first kiss.
I had never wanted to kiss a girl like all the other boys in my class did, like Samuel did. But I had wanted to kiss Patrick for a long time.
We were in the tree fort one afternoon, and I had stolen the journal he always wrote in and threatened to read it. He got upset and tackled me to the floor. We rolled around for a while with me holding the journal out and him trying to get it. Finally I offered it up to him as I lay on my back on the floor, with him lying on top of me trying to reach it.
“Why is it so important that I not read it?” I was truly puzzled. “We tell each other everything.” His face turned red in that way that only a redhead’s can. Freckles standing out so bad they looked like they were going to jump off his face. Even his ears turned red. He finally looked away. “Don’t we?” I asked, now almost positive that apparently we didn’t.
“Not everything.” He forced himself to look back at me.
I could tell he didn’t want to face me. “What aren’t you telling me?” I was confused and a little hurt. I told him everything. Well, almost everything. Okay, there was one thing I hadn’t told him.
He met my eyes and slowly moved his face closer to mine. “This,” he said, a moment before our lips touched. It was a chaste kiss, dry, quick… wonderful.
I smiled. “I was keeping the same secret.”
His eyes danced with happiness, and he brought his mouth to mine again. This time it wasn’t chaste. It wasn’t dry. But it was still wonderful. He licked my lips, asking for permission to come inside. I had never kissed anyone before but it felt so good, I opened them a little and he slipped his tongue in. He licked and teased the inside of my mouth. His tongue tasted the roof of my mouth, brushing against my teeth, licking my lips, tangling with my own tongue. He finally started sucking a little and I thought my head was going to explode, it felt so good. I couldn’t catch my breath, but I couldn’t get enough of him. I never wanted to stop doing what we were doing right then. Before long though, he pulled back and looked down into my eyes. “I was so afraid you didn’t feel the same way,” he admitted.
“I do,” I told him unnecessarily. “I feel exactly the same way.”
About Brynn Stein
Brynn has always loved to write about strong male characters and their close friendships. When she found the world of m/m fiction, she fell in love. Finally, a way to bring those strong male characters together and let those emotional connections spill over into deeper relationships. Sometimes her characters go through the emotional wringer, but they always have each other.
Brynn lives in Virginia near her two grown daughters who support her writing and sometimes act as proof readers. Both of her daughters are also aspiring writers and hopefully it’ll just be a matter of time before they have their own author’s biography.
Brynn was a teacher by profession for thirty years. She worked in special education with children with emotional disabilities. She has recently changed careers and is now working as a mental health counselor to this same population and their families. When she is not working or writing, she loves to draw and paint. She also gets outside as often as she can, reads anything that doesn’t move out of the way, and is always looking for her next story.
Where you can find Brynn:
Brynn’s Blog Tour Stops:
September 1st – Bike Book Reviews
September 2nd – Drops of Ink | Snow’s Untangled Threads and Musings
September 3rd – Antonia Aquilante | The Story Struggle and Beyond
September 4th – Thianna Durston | Unconventional Love Stories | Misadventures of the Heart
September 5th – Sandra Bard | Tempeste O’Riley
September 6th – Jackie Keswick
September 7th – Chaos in the Moonlight
September 8th – Grace R. Duncan | Brita Addams | Cryselle’s Bookshelf
September 9th – Emotion in Motion | MM Good Books Review
September 10th – Jacob Z Flores
September 11th – Andrew’s Blog
September 12th – Nicki J Marcus | Rainbow Gold Reviews
September 13th – PD Singer
September 14th – Our Story LGBTQ Historical Fiction
September 15th – Renee Stevens | Purple Rose Tea House | Open Skye Book Reviews | The Novel Approach Reviews
Throughout the Tour, there’s also a Book Trailer on YouTube