Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway: Clean Break by Erin McLellan
Connor’s To-Do List:
- Learn to accept my future on the family farm
- Be social, to a degree
- Make a secret bucket list
- Have a real conversation with Travis Bradford
Travis’s To-Do List:
- Get into my top law school
- Get the hell out of Elkville, Oklahoma
- Stay focused on my dreams and goals—no crushes, no distractions
- Get spanked by hot and perfectly fussy farm boy, Connor Blume
Travis and Connor do not like each other, but after being paired together in Entomology 101, their mutual hostility explodes into secret after-class hookups and unexpected feelings. With graduation looming near and their careers taking them in different directions, they’ll have to decide if a future together is worth adjusting their to-do lists and letting go of their carefully laid plans.
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Series: Farm College Series #2
Release Date (Print & Ebook): March 19, 2019
Warnings: explicit sex including mild kink; explicit language; instances and /or discussion of racism, homophobia, and transphobia; depiction of anxiety and OCD; consumption of alcohol; character with a deceased parent; lots of insects.
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Travis and His Dream Job at SAFE Asylum
Welcome to the blog tour for Clean Break, a m/m college romance between two men whose life plans are taking them in opposite directions. This story is sweet, slightly angsty, and a little kinky. I’m so excited to share a bit about my new release with you. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the post!
In Clean Break, one of the main characters, Travis, finds his calling by working as a summer intern at a legal aid charity for LGBTQIA asylum seekers called SAFE Asylum. Travis’s plan is to graduate from undergrad, attend law school, work for SAFE Asylum in the summers, and eventually get a job at there as a lawyer. This plan will take him far away from Connor, who is stuck at his family farm.
While SAFE Asylum isn’t a real charity—I made it up for the book—there are a lot of awesome charities doing similar work that deserve our advocacy, donations, and signal boosting. According to Immigration Equality, over eighty countries criminalize LGBTQIA people, and many more create difficult environments for them.
Immigration and asylum policy in the U.S. are really fraught topics right now. This makes LGBTQIA asylum seekers and immigrants particularly vulnerable. For example, trans women are sometimes held in all-male detention centers, and are often detained for more than twice the average length of cisgender immigrants, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Additionally, due to a new policy change at the southern border, President Trump is now forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their cases to be decided in the U.S., but Mexico is more dangerous for LGBTQIA individuals. On top of that, the Trump Administration has tried to limit asylum status for those that enter illegally.
This is a big issue not only in the U.S. but worldwide. It’s one that is close to my heart, and, therefore, is close to my characters’. Below I’ve included a few charities that are similar to SAFE Asylum for you to check out. They’re doing wonderful, important work.
Immigration Equality: a charity that provides legal aid for LGBTQIA and HIV-positive immigrants who are asylum seekers, separated families, detained individuals, and undocumented LGBTQIA people in the U.S.
RAICES: a very large legal aid charity based out of Texas that advocates for underserved immigrant children, refugees, and families. They’ve been at the forefront of helping separated families and detained children.
Transgender Law Center: a charity that provides legal resources and advocates for transgender individuals, including asylum seekers and immigrants.
AsylumConnect: a non-profit that gathers and distributes up-to-date and safe resources during the asylum process. Their catalog includes daily needs, like medicine, shelter, mental health, etc., as well as legal resources.
I was frozen, arms and legs heavy with desire or shock. I wasn’t sure which. I wanted Connor to keep kissing me, and I wanted him to stop right fucking now.
He must have sensed my unease because he pulled back and stared at me. My vision had adjusted to the dim light, so I could make out the muddy hazel of his eyes and the way his jaw ticked. He had faint acne scars on his cheeks that I’d never noticed, giving his face a rugged quality that was almost offset by all his adorable freckles.
“I’m sorry. I should have asked you first,” he said.
“It’s fine,” I whispered. My voice was shot.
“Can I kiss you again?”
This was the weirdest day. First, I’d discovered I was going to get a pet cockroach, and now the guy who I’d lost an entire semester pining after was asking permission to kiss me in a closet. There was a metaphor in there somewhere, but I was not in the right mind to analyze it.
I was curious. And he was sexy as all fuck. Maybe because he was so repressed and stoic? I wanted to be the one to unravel him.
“I suppose,” I said.
This time he sucked on my bottom lip, and my knees immediately went weak. He didn’t kiss like other guys. He kissed like he wasn’t totally sure of himself, and maybe it made me a jerk, but I wasn’t helping him out at all. I stood stock-still, and let him explore.
He kissed slowly around my mouth, his lips slipping against mine, almost reverently, and my head spun.
This was not a breath-stealing kiss. His tongue wasn’t stuffed so far in my mouth I couldn’t think. In fact, he hadn’t used his tongue at all. He captured my top lip, suckled lightly, then nibbled on it.
I couldn’t help it. I groaned and pulled him closer so our bodies touched. He pressed me into the door with an intensity that scared and excited me all at once. The back of my head ground into one of those plastic glowing stars.
“Shhh,” he mumbled, his mouth not leaving mine.
“Don’t shush me,” I snapped before gripping his face in both hands and biting his lip hard.
He grabbed my hands, ripped them off his cheeks, and pinned them above my head against the closet door.
We stared at each other, both breathing hard.
“I liked that,” he said. His voice was wary, as if he didn’t want to give too much away.
I wanted him to give everything away.
To celebrate the release of Clean Break, Erin McLellan is giving one lucky winner a choice of one of her back list titles (reader’s choice!) plus $5 Amazon gift card.
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To celebrate the upcoming release of Clean Break, the first book in the series, Controlled Burn, has been discounted to $0.99 (USD)!
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Erin McLellan is the author of several contemporary romances, all of which have characters who are complex, goodhearted, and a little quirky. She likes her stories to have a sexy spark and a happily ever after. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up love stories set in the Great Plains. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows. Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Alaska chapter.
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Genre: Contemporary Genre: New Adult Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Self Published Tag: d/s Tag: Part of a series Tag: PoC Clean Break Erin McLellan Farm College series
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