J.D. Walker on Hot Dogs and Kisses

Filed under: Guest Posts May 17, 2016

Today J.D. Walker is here to tell us about Hot Dogs and Kisses, another Men at Work story by JMS Books!

About Hot Dogs and Kisses:

The title for my Men at Work story went through a change or two. At first I thought the tale would be about a guy obsessed with crossword puzzles and mad at the world because people thought he was of below-average intelligence — what with working in a food truck and all. Ergo, Puzzle Me, Stupid.

But as I kept on writing, the idea changed a bit. It started to be more about a man griping at the world because he had high standards that no one would ever meet, even potential boyfriends. And he sells hot dogs. And meets someone unexpected, and gets kisses. Thus Hot Dogs and Kisses was born!

I enjoyed working with these characters. They were at once lovable and snarky. The story has a little bit of everything: a smidgen of angst and onions, a touch of ketchup and smiles, and a dollop of mustard, with luscious kisses and playing with, er, sausages, near the end. There’s a really hot and spicy dance scene that nearly set the bar on fire, too. The patrons, that is — with each other.

I hope you enjoy reading Dare and Abel’s journey to HFN, as I did helping them get there.


Darwin “Dare” Mancuso owns a string of food trucks across the city. His friends often tell him he works too hard and has too little fun. Dare knows it’s true, but he has high standards for both his business and his love life, and isn’t about to fall into bed with just any man he meets, no matter how hot he is.

Then Abel Messler comes into his life, and Dare takes notice. Unlike the entitled business types to whom he serves every day, Abel has an innocence that’s hard to ignore and draws Dare in. When Abel loses his job, it’s all Dare can do not to hug him and kiss all his troubles away.

Instead he invites Abel out for a good time with friends, and the end result gives both men more than they ever expected.

Read an excerpt or buy a copy of the book today!

About J.D. Walker:

J.D. Walker likes to keep her stories short and sweet, with the occasional novel or novella. A multi-published author, she is also a musician, artist, language enthusiast (German and Spanish), and lover of all things knit and crochet.

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