Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate the release of Open Case, the final novel in the Open Series. I’m excited to share an exclusive excerpt and give you a chance to win a few giveaways. Those of you who haven’t read the first two books, Open Seating and Open House, will want to catch up before you start this one.
Since the status change from friends to lovers, Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland, have had more challenges than the average couple. Through it all, they’ve been united, communicating without reservation in their quest for a happy ending. Now that it’s within reach, Bryce’s ex-lover, sociopath Owen Lightfoot, is back, intent on destroying it all.
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Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Series: Open Trilogy #3
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Length: 200 pages
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland deal with the aftermath of Owen Lightfoot’s destructive rampage. Once again, the insurance company denies the life insurance benefit despite the compelling evidence regarding the underlying cause of Mark’s death. However, they acknowledge their former employee’s complicity in the multiple crimes that have blindsided Seth and Bryce. They settle to keep their names out of the news, offering the couple a million dollars apiece, which they accept.
Owen learns of the big payoff and is determined to get his cut. Just when Seth and Bryce think it is all over, Owen reappears, and what follows tests the very limit of their endurance. Through the help of friends and relatives, Seth and Bryce find the strength to keep their relationship intact while seeking out the best way to stop Owen once and for all.
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They got back to Chicago around seven in the evening, and Bryce met him at the front entrance of the building to help him carry Rusty’s paraphernalia upstairs. Thanking Adam profusely for accompanying Seth, he quickly bid him good night. Rusty leaped up to greet Bryce, placing big paws on his chest and wagging his tail jubilantly.
“Down, boy,” Bryce admonished, scrubbing behind the floppy ears to show him he was happy to see him even if he didn’t appreciate being used as a scratching post.
“Shall we walk him before we go up?” Seth asked. “He hasn’t peed since we left Indiana.”
“Sounds good. The doorman can watch his stuff while we go around the block.”
“How did it go with the house hunting?” Bryce asked as they strolled down the street, stopping at every lamppost as Rusty sniffed and marked his new territory.
“I found our dream home,” Seth gushed.
“Yes,” he said with certainty, proceeding to give all the details, making sure to point out features important to Bryce. “From what I could see, this couple took great pride in ownership. The house and surrounding land are well maintained. I didn’t see a speck of dust or decay anywhere, and certainly no mold. I made a point to look for it in the furnace room and basement to make sure we didn’t have that issue. Of course, we’ll want to inspect the roof and all that other stuff, but from what I’ve seen so far, I don’t think there will be anything to worry about.”
Seth told him and Bryce whistled. “It’s a little more than we intended to pay.”
“So worth it,” Seth assured him. “There’s going to be very little remodeling involved. Mainly window coverings and some new appliances if you don’t care for the current ones in the kitchen. Can you get away this Saturday?”
“I don’t see why not,” Bryce said. “We should probably act fast if what you say about this house is true.”
Before leaving the Murphys’ residence, Kate had shown Seth the little container in the form of a can hanging off Rusty’s leash. In it were rolled-up poop bags, and Seth reached for one after Rusty did his business, picking up the waste without complaining. He tossed the bag in the nearest garbage bin with a satisfied look on his face.
“You look like you’ve been doing this for a while,” Bryce said.
“I’m the one who wanted the dog, so the least I can do is be in charge of the daily chores, and that includes picking up his poop.”
“I’ll do it once a day. Which shift would you rather have?”
“I know I said afternoon when this first came up, but I think morning is more practical,” Seth remarked. “I don’t have to be anywhere on time and you do.”
“Thanks, babe. That’s helpful. Ready to go back upstairs?”
Seth nodded and they turned back toward home. “I don’t suppose there’s been any news on Owen?”
Bryce scowled. “Nothing so far.”
Seth rolled his eyes. “Unbelievable.”
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.
By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
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