Hi guys, Dev Bentham stops by today with her new re-release Bread, Salt and Wine, we have an exclusive excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~
Bread, Salt and Wine
Some wounds never heal. George Zajac grew up in a religious family with a father who beat “the swish” out of him. At thirty-eight he’s a troubled man. Escaping his miserable life as a banker in New York, he moves across the country to start again in Los Angeles as the catering chef for a prestigious French Restaurant. Kenny Marks, a writer who’s currently waiting tables, is everything George cannot be—flamboyant, proud and sexually confident. Enthralled by Kenny, and against his own better judgment, George agrees to a date. Sparks fly. The sex is amazing. But even after the two get close, George is crippled by humiliating sexual hang-ups. Still haunted by his childhood, he lingers in the closet and can’t commit to a relationship with Kenny.
Love is the great healer, but is it enough? George’s emotional scars could drive Kenny away, and with him, George’s last chance at happiness.
**Bread, Salt and Wine was previously published by Loose ID in June 2013, but is being re-released with a fabulous new cover, designed by Jordan Castillo Price.**
I shrugged. “My past life kept catching up with me. I was ready for a change.”
He grinned. “In the witness protection program, are you? I can see you working for the mafia in New York. They’d call you the Blond Menace, the Plains Killer.” He looked over. “Although, to tell the truth, if I was casting you for a movie, I’d pick you as California born and bred. You’ve got that wholesome beach-boy look.”
I snorted. “Stephan told me you were a writer. Casting me in a movie would take some imagination.”
He glanced at me. “I don’t know about that. Tall, square jaw, blue eyes—you look like leading-man material to me.”
I frowned. “I’m too old and fat to be a lead.”
His let his gaze graze over me before going back to the road. “You’re not old. You’re what, thirty-five? And I think a man looks good with a little meat on his bones.”
The air felt thick in the van. I cleared my throat. “Thirty-eight. And, um, thanks. So what do you write?”
I write contemporary gay romance. My characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know they’re looking for true love, but when they meet their bershert, their true love, their lives are transformed. My stories are set in the real world where gay men have gay friends, families who do or don’t accept them, personal histories they’re not necessarily proud of and a myriad of experiences that have made them who they are.
I live in Northern Wisconsin with my Boston Terrier and Chicago spouse. I’ve published short stories, poetry, newspaper articles and academic papers and have worked in nearly every profession from restaurants to retail to open-water diving and now write m/m romance out of my fascination with love, courage and gender.