My featured book here for the event is a favorite gay romance of mine, published some time back by Amber Quill and then reissued by JMS Books. It features a hero employed in law enforcement, a group near and dear to me having had several officers in the family, and teams him up with a very unlikely man, a recently released convict! Of course there is a dog, actually two of them, and a lot of ‘local color’ about the setting which is familiar and special to me. My fictitious town in southwestern New Mexico borrows from several real places where I have lived or visited over the years as well as similar locales in Arizona. Mining towns have a special character and the people who live and work in them do too. I can almost smell the strange sulfurous scent that hangs around most copper camps and hear the muted rumble of heavy equipment working in the pit or underground. From Jerome, AZ as a small child to Silver City/Bayard, NM more recently, I know them well.
Anyway, here is the cover–which I really like although the ‘cop’ would probably be wearing a western hat or possibly a bill cap instead of the typical police hat to totally fit my vision but the Latino man is very close to right on. Then there is a link to the book on the JMS site and a blurb about the story. I’ll do a “story behind the story” post in a day or two and then share some excerpts.
Blurb: When a cop and a newly released convict cross paths, few cons can expect anything positive. Struggling toward a home he knows no longer exists, Ike Hernandez meets a cop who seems different. He isn’t sure he can believe the kindness, but he wants to learn to trust again and regain his lost self-respect.
Perry Parker became a law enforcement officer to help people. He learned there wasn’t much he could do, but now and then he found someone he could help. Would the lost man with the little dog that he picked up one stormy night be one of them?
Pursuing tales about a new drug dealer, Perry starts to doubt the man he’s befriended, but something inside him still feels Ike is a decent person. When the real dealers take advantage of the convict’s past, Perry, his unofficial canine partner, and the little stray Ike adopted save the day. Can a cop, a con, and two dogs make an unorthodox family?
A final note, if you wait a few days you can get a special bargain on this book!! More on that coming!