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Title: Connection Error
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 09/05/2016
It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?
Book Three of the #gaymers series
Thanks so much for having me! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of CONNECTION ERROR which stars a computer game programmer and an injured Navy SEAL. In this book, Josiah and Ryan, my heroes, meet on a cross-country flight which is diverted due to bad weather. I thought it would be fun to share an exclusive ex meet on a cross-country flight which is diverted due to bad weather. I thought it would be fun to share an exclusive excerpt of a turning point in their fledgling friendship when Ryan offers to share his hotel room. I’m so excited for readers to meet Josiah and Ryan, and I hope you enjoy their story!
“You got a room?” Josiah’s face went slack with envy. Damn. Forget Space Villager. Ryan wanted to play poker with the guy. He could make a killing.
“Yeah. I made a reservation just in case while we were still in the air. I had a feeling the snow would ground everything until tomorrow at the earliest.”
“Damn, you’re smart. My office manager and I both tried to find something for me, but everything seems booked.”
“Well, it helps that I know the city pretty well. My ex is from St. Louis, so we visited his family here a number of times. And I remembered that last time we stayed at this local place by the airport, they had a wheelchair-accessible van doing the airport run, so I snagged a room with them. Got an accessible one and everything.”
“I’m good with details. Kind of have to be.” Ryan shrugged. It wasn’t a point of pride as much as something that kept him and his men alive. He noticed everything because it was the difference between spotting a sniper rifle in time or ending up full of bullets.
“Well, if they have a business center with a computer at the hotel, just log on, maybe we could play awhile. Sorry that we don’t have a smart phone option yet.”
“Oops. That’s in the works, but pretend I didn’t tell you. Marketing would have a fit.” Josiah blushed. “Anyway, good luck. If you like the freebies, maybe email me, tell me what you think?”
Oh kid, the eager, it kills me. Ryan sighed because he’d pretty much known what he was going to do as soon as he pulled over. “Come on. Grab your gear. You can come share my room with me, but you better not be lying about that second laptop. Killing aliens sounds like exactly what this shitty afternoon needs.”
“I’m not.” Josiah was on his feet alarmingly fast, all loose limbs and uncoordinated grappling with his luggage. “And it’s a great machine. Super fast. You won’t be sorry. And…thank you.”
Ryan didn’t really know what to do with such profuse thanks, so he shrugged again. “And you’re buying me dinner.”
“You’re on.” Josiah bounded alongside Ryan as they made their way out of the terminal, following signs to baggage claim and the hotel shuttles.
The Ratcliffe had a sleek maroon van with a wheelchair lift—it was a pricier hotel, popular with older business travelers. Chad liked to stay at nice places when they traveled for leave, said it made the flying more bearable. Ryan was much more of a “does it have a bed?” guy without a lot of requirements, but he wasn’t going to complain about having a nice place to crash for a few hours.
The wheelchair lift gave an ominous creak as it levered Ryan up. Like the narrow aisle chair, these things weren’t built for a six foot five, 240 pound guy. Wait. Not 240. He made a mental note to ask his PT what his current weight was. And not six foot five either, but he tried not to think about that. No point on dwelling on it. Besides, he’d have the X2s soon enough.
The hotel was an older horseshoe-shaped building not far from the airport, close to the university where Chad’s father was a chancellor. Stop thinking of Chad. Think about—
Cute ass? Yes, indeed, there was Josiah’s ass bent over getting his bags as they got off the van. Considering how slim Josiah was, his ass was surprisingly meaty and plump, exactly how Ryan liked. Don’t think about that either.
Josiah deftly tipped the driver while Ryan was still coming down the ramp, but hung back while Ryan did the check in. That was nice. He liked how Josiah didn’t automatically take over or assume that Ryan needed assistance handling his shit.
“Here, I got two keys.” He handed one card to Josiah while they waited for the elevator.
“You’re rather trusting.” Josiah laughed nervously.
“I know a half dozen ways to take you out, even from this chair.”
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
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