If you’re a long-time follower of this blog, you might recall a while back (in 2008, if you’ll believe it) I posted an excerpt from a then work-in-progress I was calling Soiled. It was a scene about a ranch hand named Tommy who had a fierce crush on his boss Hal, and oversaw Hal and the ranch owner’s daughter Sarah frolicking in the bunkhouse.
Well, it’s taken me an extraordinary amount of time to get back to that story, but last month I finally wrapped it up. Now titled A Cowboy’s Heart, it is available only on the Kindle until May, when it will be released through JMS Books LLC.
Better yet, if you own a Kindle and have a Prime membership, you can borrow the book for free!
This story’s a bit different for me — though it’s definitely gay erotic romance, there’s a transgender twist. Read on …
Ranch hand Tommy Prout thinks he’s in love … with his boss, Hal Bolstrum. Problem is, Hal’s engaged to be married to the ranch owner’s daughter and, though he knows of Tommy’s crush, he sees it as nothing more than harmless affection. When payday rolls around and the other cowboys want to ride into town to check out the girls at the Wildhorse saloon, Tommy tags along to throw off any suspicion anyone might have about his feelings for his boss. He sure as hell doesn’t want to spend his money on any of the soiled doves the town has to offer.
At the bar he meets Lila, an enterprising young working girl who takes a liking to him. When Tommy says he wants to be left alone, Lila suggests he rest in her room — with the promise they don’t have to actually do anything. But Lila isn’t like the others, and when she discovers Tommy is more scared of her than attracted to her feminine charms, she lets him in on a little secret.
Lila’s real name is Stephen Marsh. He lives as a woman, moving from saloon to saloon, pleasing men for money. He loves men and enjoys his work, and what others don’t know about what’s under his skirt doesn’t bother him. In all his years on the prairie, he’s never met someone quite like Tommy. When he discovers Tommy is sweet on Hal, he suggests teaching the cowboy just how to please a man.
He doesn’t mean to lose his heart to Tommy in the process.
With “Lila” in his life, Tommy begins to dream of someone softer than Hal, someone pretty when dolled up but still man enough where it counts. Someone like Lila. As his feelings deepen, can he use Lila’s own teachings to win the heart he really loves?