Thursday, September 6, 2018

Exclusive Excerpt: Counterpoint

Today I've got Anna Zabo on the blog, celebrating her upcoming M/M release, COUNTERPOINT (out September 24th). Find out more about the book below and enjoy an excerpt, too. :)

Counterpoint by Anna Zabo
Publisher: Carina Press (September 24th, 2018)
Series: Twisted Wishes, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance -- Queer, M/M

Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley is an animal onstage. But behind his tight leather pants and skull-crusher boots lies a different man entirely, one who needs his stage persona not only to perform, but to have the anonymity he craves. A self-imposed exile makes it impossible to get close to anyone outside the band, so he’s forced to get his sexual fix through a few hot nights with a stranger.

When computer programmer Adrian Doran meets Dominic, he’s drawn to the other man’s quiet voice and shy smile. But after a few dirty, demanding nights exploring Dominic’s need to be dominated, Adrian wants more than a casual distraction. He has no idea he’s fallen for Domino Grinder—the outlandish, larger-than-life rock god.

Dominic is reluctant to trust Adrian with his true identity. But when the truth is revealed prematurely, Dominic is forced to reevaluate both his need for Adrian and everything he believes about himself.

Quirks and Warnings: Contains D/s and bondage. Also discusses anxiety and depicts a panic attack. 

Tropes and Themes: Secret identity. Geeks in love. hurt/comfort. Finding yourself behind the mask you wear for others.

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Counterpoint by Anna Zabo


“You never did answer my question. What do you do for fun?” 
Men like you. Except—that wasn’t entirely true. Dominic did pique his interest sexually, yes. But also in other ways. Maybe it was the book, or perhaps the bowtie. Or the fact that a musician was living in a neighborhood few could afford now. Even he’d be hard-pressed to buy into this market. 
The server saved him from having to answer right away by swooping in to take his plate. “Dessert?” 
“Yes, please.” In more ways than one.  
Next to him, Dominic practically squirmed. 
As she picked up the debris from dinner, she gave them the lowdown on dessert. “We have cheesecake that can be topped with either fresh strawberries or chocolate syrup or both, a lemon meringue pie, and a flourless chocolate cake with raspberries.” 
Adrian eyed Dominic. What would a young man with such discerning taste in literature prefer? 
Those dark eyes stared back at Adrian. 
“Lemon meringue, I think,” Adrian murmured. 
Shock colored Dominic’s face. “How did you—” 
“Two forks?” the waitress asked. 
“No,” Adrian said. “One will be enough.” 
And maybe he was laying it on a little thick, because even she blushed. When she left, he studied Dominic again. He took a breath, as if to steady himself. “Lemon meringue’s my favorite. Like—absolute favorite.” 
“I’d make some joke about being a little tart—but that’s not why you like it, right?” Because Dominic had layers. Adrian wanted to peel them all off and find out what lay beneath. How did those lips feel against his? What would his moans taste like? Just the thought made him ache. 
“It’s— I love lemon. And yes, because they’re tart. But no, that’s not all. They’re— They taste like summer and sun and freedom.” Dominic’s gaze drifted to the doorway again—to look outside, Adrian realized. “They’re happiness in fruit form.” 
Yes, layers. And no, not a one-night stand. Not this one.

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.
Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania. As a child they were heartily disappointed to discover that they couldn’t grow up to be what they wanted (a boy, a cat, a dragon), so they settled on being themself whenever possible, which may be a combination of a boy, a cat, and a dragon. Or perhaps a girl, a knight, and a writer. Depends on whom you ask. They do have a penchant for colorful ties and may be hording a small collection of cufflinks.They can be easily plied with coffee.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where they fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. They also have a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Anna uses they/them pronouns and prefers Mx. Zabo as an honorific.

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Are you excited for Dominic and Adrian's story? Pre-order it now and get it September 24th!

In the mean time, you can catch up with book 1, Ray and Zavier's story, which I loved. Go get it!


Until Next Time,

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