Book Title: Blink: MM Supernatural Suspense
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Release Date: September 2, 2021
Genres: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy M/M Romance, action/adventure, romantic suspense
Tropes: Second chance love, hurt/comfort, true soulmates, psychic, medium, witches, ghosts, haunted theater, Mafia, mobsters, ex-cop, ex-Interpol, resort town, starting over
Themes: Learning to trust, taking a chance, making a commitment, daring to dream, letting go of the past, being haunted by the past, established relationship, ex-cop/PI, former art fraud investigator, mobsters, medium with a ghostly lover, haunted theater, awesome and heroic food truck, mystery, cold case
Heat Rating: 5 flames
Length: 65 000 words/228 pages
It is part of series but could be read as a stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.
Ghosts always remember. Mobsters never forget.
Erik Mitchell helped Interpol bust cartels, oligarchs, and spoiled billionaires for art fraud. As an undercover cop, Ben Nolan helped bring down a Newark crime family. Now Erik and Ben have started over in Cape May, leaving their danger-filled jobs behind them, excited about a fresh start and their new relationship.
Plans to renovate a historic old theater stir up dangerous ghosts and revive interest in unsolved Mob hits. The curse of a murdered witch strikes a close friend, old movie props reveal clues to long-ago crimes, and a shakedown scheme sends Ben’s cousin running for cover.
Time is running out to lift the curse. The Russian Mob wants revenge on Erik, and the Newark Mob is gunning for Ben. A grieving ghost seeks justice. Secrets, lies, and deception unravel in the blink of an eye.
Erik and Ben were planning for happily ever after. But unless they can outwit witches, wraiths, and wise guys, they could go down in a hail of gunfire and a blast of dark magic—and see their plans go up in smoke.
Blink is a suspenseful MM paranormal romance mystery-adventure filled with second chance love, hurt/comfort, true soulmates, awesome food trucks, dangerous secrets, restless ghosts, psychic visions, powerful witches, angry mobsters, and a very haunted theater.
“Hi everyone. Are we going in?” A dark-haired woman in her early forties with olive skin and black hair sauntered up, dark eyes sparkling with curiosity. Alessia Mason always seemed calm and controlled, but now she clearly radiated excitement at the possibility of glimpsing the old theater.
Alessia owned the Spirit of the Sea gift shop and had married into one of the old Cape May families, but right now what mattered most was her role as the head of the local coven and the powerful magic she had inherited from her Sicilian mother.
“Right this way,” Jaxon said, brandishing the key. “The Arts Council officially owns the building, so we don’t even have to sneak in.”
He unlocked the door to the convenience store, which was a shell of its past self. All of the fixtures had been sold off, but the faded signage around the top of the walls remained, directing customers toward soft drinks, sundries, and restrooms.
They followed him inside, and Jaxon locked the door behind them. Then they headed toward the back, past the break room and offices to an unmarked door.
“The store was here for over twenty years, and most people never knew that the Regent Theater lay behind it,” Jaxon said. He gestured toward the area they had just navigated.
“Imagine coming through the big glass doors, past the ticket booth,” Jaxon said, pointing back the way they had come. “You’d enter a high-ceiling lobby with a bar, concession stand, and seating for patrons who came early to see and be seen. Then you’d move farther inside, and there would be double doors leading into the actual theater.”
Erik looked behind them, struggling to imagine the way it had once been. A grid of acoustic panels hid the original molded plaster ceiling several feet higher that he had seen in photographs. The plain walls and stained tile floor made it difficult to picture lush red carpet, velvet rope swags, cocktail servers, and a concession stand that not only had popcorn but according to the stories Jaxon shared on the drive over, also served foie gras.
Jaxon opened the door and reached inside to flip on a light. Erik hesitated to get a psychic read on the space ahead.
“Definitely haunted,” Alessia said, staring into the distance with a glazed look that told Erik her attention lay elsewhere.
His own touch magic worked differently. To get a strong reaction, Erik usually had to be in physical contact with an object. He had avoided touching anything since they had arrived, but even so, the theater itself gave off unmistakable vibes. Both he and Alessia had extra perception which included seeing ghosts, although neither was a full medium able to summon or speak with the dead.
“Bad things happened here.” Erik found himself speaking before he realized it. “Dark magic. Death. Cursed.”
Q & A With Morgan Brice
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but I’ve been published since 2007 as Gail and 2018 as Morgan.
What made you decide you wanted to put yourself out there to be published?
I discovered that I could entertain people with my writing, and I like to provide a way for folks to escape their worries.
Before you started, had you written any fan fiction? If so, what fandom?
Waaaaaaay back before the internet, I wrote Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction and stories in a few other fandoms. It was fun, and it allowed me to explore storylines that didn’t happen in the show.
Are you in agreement that writing fan fiction is a great way to hone ones’ craft – why or why not?
While there are obviously differences between borrowing fully fleshed-out characters and settings and creating your own, I do think that fan fiction is a great way to learn how to tell an entertaining story and gain confidence. What I see is that many fan fiction authors start to build their own original ‘AU’ stories that end up bearing little resemblance to the original fandom on their way to writing their own worlds. And if people just want to write fan fiction without aspiring to publish original work, that’s great, too!
What was your first published book?
Witchbane, as Morgan Brice. The Summoner as Gail Z. Martin
What is your favorite sub-genre to write?
I love all things paranormal!
Is there one genre you haven’t tried but you see yourself writing in the future?
Cozy mystery. They’re my popcorn read!
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a Fox Hollow story for a multi-author project in 2022, and I’m really excited about the story and the project!
If you write gay romance or erotica, just how descriptive are you in their sex scenes?
4 out of 5. if you didn’t know how things worked before you read the book, you’ll have a pretty good grasp (ha!) of the basics afterwards.
Do you believe it’s important for you to know the gender of the author?
No. I want solid storytelling and emotionally-engaging characters from authors who have done their homework in all things to provide an aware, respectfully written tale that speaks to my heart. It’s the skill, not the gender, of the author that matters to me.
Name two male celebs that you’d like to see in a hot make out session?
Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans
Your favorite gay celeb?
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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