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Title: The Brick Yard
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.
On the south side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.
Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn’t expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky’s abusive and drug addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.
Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice, if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won’t be accepted.
Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.
With Dray so close, Lucky’s old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky finds that his past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.
Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he’s ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?
I Dedicate This Book to Myself:
I’ve never been good at book dedications. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I find them incredibly intimidating. How do you thank hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in a few sentences? I can say with all honesty that there’s rarely a book that is written for a single person, and in my opinion, a dedication is a thank you to the person or persons who inspired you to write that particular book. I have a number of people that I hold dear that I usually dedicate books to, but I do it more to acknowledge how much they mean to me personally. I could dedicate every single book to my girls, Delaney and Riley, but they aren’t the ones who inspired me to write the book in the first place.
So, the big question is, what does inspire me? What drives me want to sit in a chair for hours and weeks to write a story that may or may not appeal to the various people who read it? Me. It might sound incredibly selfish, but the only one who can inspire me to pour my heart onto a keyboard is myself. I’ve overcome quite a lot in my lifetime to get to where I am now. I’ve learned the hard way that the only person who can make me happy is myself and the only one who can make positive changes in my life is…me.
I often write stories about characters who most would find unlovable. Do you ever wonder why I write the characters that I do? Yep, you guessed it. I seem to have a theme going here. I’ve always had a low opinion of myself. When I was younger, I believed I would find myself once I got older. I believed I would fall in love with a wonderful man and together we would conquer the world. Sadly, I’ve learned that my love isn’t enough for the men I give my heart to. I’m damaged. I admit it. I’ve been lied to, cheated on, beaten and told that I’m unlovable. So, what comes next? Well, I started writing.
I put all the love and hurt into stories of happily-ever-after. I do this because I’m willing to share my own pain with all of you. You may not realize it when you’re reading one of my stories, but I can’t think of a single book I’ve written that didn’t have my own heartache somewhere between the covers. I am the only person who can write my words and put in a story the pain that I’ve felt over the years. Other authors write their own pain, their own happiness. It’s what we do. We share pieces of ourselves with every written word.
Selfish or not, my pain inspires me to write because even if it’s only for the time it takes to write a particular book, I can live a happily-ever-after through my characters.
About the Author:
An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.
Author Bio for Carol Lynne on Totally Bound.
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