Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hi guys! We have Alicia Nordwell popping in today with her upcoming release Earning His Trust, we have a short guest post from Alicia, a great excerpt and a fabulous giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Earning His Trust


Alicia Nordwell

Evin lost the only two men he ever loved. But he might get a second chance with one of them—if he’s willing to take the risk.  

Following the death of his husband, Evin is living in Portland and raising the infant son they had through a surrogate. Six-month-old Micah is his life, and if it means no time for activities or friendships beyond his minuscule support network, that’s a sacrifice Evin is willing to make. When he suffers a burn baking teething biscuits, the last person Evin expects to encounter in the ER is Ben, his lover from college—and the man who left him without a word of explanation.  

Ben knows it won’t be easy to earn Evin’s trust and prove he’s not the same man Evin once knew, but he can’t bear to watch Evin struggle to care for Micah, hurting and alone. He wants back in Evin’s life, as a friend and hopefully more, but Evin’s heart is fragile, and the years have changed him too.

Release date: 6th September 2017
 Dreamspinner Press | Universal Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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Alicia Nordwell!

Cover or Characters?

Which comes first? The cover or the characters? Well, a lot of the time, I write a story based off an idea and then the true challenge begins to find just the right models or images that fit. But in this case, the characters on the cover came before the idea for the story. It wasn’t the same picture, but the handsome blond man and his adorable son caught my eye on a stock website. Within seconds I knew I had to write their story, and my fingers were flying over the keyboard.

I mean, look at them!

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The curtain slid on the overhead rails, and Evin held in his urge to snap about how long it took to get to him when the nurse said the ER was slow, but he froze with his mouth open.

“Hello, I’m Dr. Perez. I see you burn—” The doctor snapped his jaw shut and stopped before he reached the head of the bed. Micah was oblivious, sitting between his legs and playing with his fake keys, chewing away on the rubber tips and drooling. He clutched the soggy remains of a biscuit in his other hand.

Evin had to swallow hard himself. Of all the hospitals, in all the cities, his old boyfriend had to be in this one.

He looked… good. Older, some wrinkles at the corners of his eyes. It had been… how long since he’d seen him? Not since Ben was graduating medical school the same year Evin was graduating with a business degree. Evin certainly never expected to see him here, and by the shocked look on Ben’s face, he hadn’t known Evin lived in Portland either. Evin waited for Ben to say something else, but he just kept staring. Evin took a deep breath. He could be an adult. He was a dad now.

“Burned my hand,” he finished the sentence Ben never did. “I did it about an hour ago, and it really hurts.” Maybe he could move this along. Plus, Micah was on his third biscuit and getting fussy again. He probably needed to be changed, have some lunch, and then would fall asleep for the afternoon, just so he could keep Evin up all night again.

Ben dropped his gaze to Micah and then looked up to stare at Evin again. “What happened to you?”

Did he mean how Evin probably looked like he’d aged at least ten years since Ben bailed right before graduation, the last night they’d spoken? Well, spoken wasn’t a very good description for the fight they’d had after weeks of Ben ducking Evin’s questions about what he was planning. Maybe their relationship had run its course; maybe it was better for them not to be together.

But he’d never expected Ben to just up and leave. It’d been hard, but Evin had a job offer in Portland and he’d taken it. Fortunately, his best friend, Gianna, came with him, and they got an apartment together in a not-so-great area of Happy Valley. It’d been nice to have a friend he knew would stick by him, but then she met Carl, and they fell in love. Not long after that he met someone, but that had gone wrong too.

Gone was the bright, glittery guy who lit up the room in a flash, and this version of himself was all Evin knew how to be anymore. It was probably a disappointment. His hair was cut short instead of hanging down to his shoulders, and he was in a blue T-shirt and a pair of gray sweats instead of skintight everything. Nothing at all like how Ben would remember him.

Was he wondering how in the hell Evin had a kid, since he’d never even kissed a girl—at least before when Ben knew him? Probably.

Or had he brushed off their history, leaving Evin as the only one thinking about how the years had changed them—Ben definitely for the better. Most likely, he meant how Evin got the burn. He was a professional after all, and Evin was probably just another patient to him.

In the end, it didn’t really matter. His appearance, how he got hurt, it all came down to just one thing.


About Alicia!

The number one question folks ask Alicia when she shares she’s a MM romance author: “Why gay fiction? Why write men when you’re a woman?” and her answer is: “Why the hell not!” Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started… Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she’s a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.   

Find her at: 

Cia’s Stories (Blog) | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Check out the other blogs on the tour!

August 30 – MMGood Book Reviews
August 31 – S.J. Himes Blog
September 1 – Full Moon Dreaming
September 2 – All in One Place
September 5 – My Fiction Nook
September 6 – Two Chicks Obsessed
September 7 – Hearts onFire
September 8 – Happily Ever Chapter
September 8 – The Novel Approach
September 9 – Love Bytes
September 10 – Decadent Delights
September 11 – Dreamspinner Press Blog

Post Author: pixiemmgoodbookreviews

8 thoughts on “Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

    Cia Nordwell

    (August 30, 2017 - 3:40 pm)

    Thank you so much for having me!

    Lee Todd

    (August 31, 2017 - 10:25 am)

    my fave stories are paranormal, military/uniform, fantasy & some contemporary

      Cia Nordwell

      (September 1, 2017 - 4:37 am)

      Mmm… military! It has to be done right though since I have military members in my family. Otherwise it’s just annoying. 🙂

    James Escol

    (August 31, 2017 - 6:10 pm)

    Yep. I totally agree with you, Alicia! The father & son are really adorable. It is something that you could totally get inspired of. <3

      Cia Nordwell

      (September 1, 2017 - 4:37 am)

      Right?! So freaking cute… when you don’t have to change the diaper. 😉

    Paul Wilgus

    (September 1, 2017 - 2:44 am)

    I love the cover! This book sounds so good. I love stories involving babies, they tend to scare the heck out of people but then bring them together.

      Cia Nordwell

      (September 1, 2017 - 4:38 am)

      Thank you, Paul! If you read it, I hope you like it!! I agree, babies can be huge ‘break up’ factors, but it’s hard to not love the little buggers so much it spills over to their parent(s). LOL

    Serena S.

    (September 5, 2017 - 2:55 am)

    I don’t like when, let’s say, the book has a black character and a blonde one… and the cover has two blonde guys (!). Either choose something with no people or one that more or less describes both MCs. I found this kind of books with misleading covers and it drives me crazy.

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