Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Matchmaking Beyond the Veil by Mara Townsend
Emery Belmont is a snarky realist who likes his life ordinary. Like any skeptic, he’s content using mundane explanations to write off signs of paranormal activity. That’s no longer an option when the spirit haunting his house wrecks his new kitchen, forcing Emery to face the supernatural truth. Desperate for a new handyman, he unknowingly hires his hot ex-rival from high school to fix it. Paxton Santos, Emery’s former lacrosse team captain, followed in his father’s footsteps to take over the family business. Annoyingly, Emery requires his talented hands more than he needs to keep Paxton out of his life. However, getting Paxton to leave after the repairs may prove difficult with the meddlesome ghost taking a shine to him, which Paxton seems to take in his grating, good-natured stride, remaining irritatingly unruffled by numerous weird occurrences.
Emery is bombarded by paranormal hijinks, keeping Paxton at arm’s length, and solving an inescapable mystery. There’s nothing Emery hates more than an unfinished puzzle. In his determination to solve this one, Emery reluctantly opens himself up to new possibilities all while trying to remain firmly rooted in life the way he prefers it—orderly, logically explainable, and, above all else, ghost-free.
Join Emery and Paxton as they face off with a spirit that has no limits to how far it will go to push them together, enduring locked doors, faulty plumbing, and sharing a bed. Together they are determined to navigate their way out of this mess using any means necessary to send the ghost packing. Will they make it out of the traps awaiting them before their pesky tormenter gets any other ideas to make things worse and further blur the line between them?
Matchmaking Beyond the Veil is a 100k slow burn MM romance tale of rivals to friends to lovers. Featuring a meddling ghost playing at matchmaker, forced proximity, bed sharing, ghost tours that totally aren’t dates, and tongue-in-cheek humor. This story ends on a HFN ending with a soft cliffhanger. Emery and Paxton’s story will continue in Telltale Ghosts Book 2. This book contains denial, two men experimenting with sex magic, fighting what the heart wants, and steamy explicit sexual scenes and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.
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Release Date: May 28, 2019
“With any luck we’ve landed on what that pesky bugger wants this time.” Emery shifted and positioned himself, aware of the exact distance separating himself from Paxton and careful not to close it. “I hope you don’t snore.”
“I’ve never had that complaint before. Goodnight,” Paxton said after curling onto his side. Curiosity shone in his eyes while he watched Emery for a moment.
“Are you going to watch me sleep the rest of the night?” Emery asked, incredulity creeping into his tone. “I will kick you out of this bed if you try it.”
Paxton smiled and tucked his face against the pillow. One of his hands slid beneath it. “No, that would make me a creepy asshole.”
“Too right.” Emery huffed and rolled away to face the wall. He still felt Paxton’s eyes boring into the back of his head. “Goodnight.”
“Night,” Paxton answered around a yawn.
Emery laid there for a while to contemplate how he had reached that point in his life, sharing his bed with Paxton Santos at the whims of a ghost determined to annoy him into an early grave. Paxton drifted off rather quickly and when Emery peeked over at him he found Paxton’s face smushed into the pillow, mostly hidden. His full lips parted on a breath and Emery held still to keep from reaching over to run his fingers through Paxton’s hair, spread on the pillow.
The ghost would make another racket if he got up, so Emery resigned himself to making it through the night. He wrapped the sheet around his shoulders and hunkered down, ignoring the warmth Paxton exuded like he was made to be a personal space heater. Emery’s feet, which were always cold, were comfortable for once and not long after he faded into sleep.
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Mara Townsend is a bisexual indie author of LGBTQ+ romances. She loves to explore intimate relationship development of the feels-inducing variety to invoke the eternal just kiss plea from the reader, as well as crafting strong platonic friendships with heaps of heart and soul. Her stories showcase diverse representation, love stories with realistic emotions—never mindless fluff, a healthy dose of humor, and a side helping of her favorite tropes.
She hangs out in fan communities online and learned how to write the kind of stories that she’s passionate about through experimental character-driven fiction based in her favorite worlds. When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, traveling the world to fill in her passport, perpetually collecting plants, and reading as many fake-dating romance books as she can find.
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Genre: Paranormal Orientation: Bisexual Pairing: M/M Self Published Tag: Forced Proximity Tag: Friends to Lovers Tag: Guest Post Tag: Magic Tag: Only One Bed Tag: Part of a series Tag: Rivals to Lovers Tag: Second Chances Tag: Slow Burn Mara Townsend Matchmaking Beyond the Veil Telltake Ghosts series
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