Thursday, January 21, 2021

Half a Cowboy by Andrew Grey - Book Tour + Giveaway

Title: Half a Cowboy
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Currently a Standalone
Genre:  M/M /Western Romance/Gay Romance/LGTBQ
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: Jan 12, 2021
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Ever since his discharge from the military, injured veteran Ashton Covert has been running his family ranch—and running himself into the ground to prove he still can.
Ben Malton knows about running too. When he takes refuge in Ashton’s barn after an accident in a Wyoming blizzard, he’s thinking only of survival and escaping his abusive criminal ex, Dallas.
Ashton has never met a responsibility he wouldn’t try to shoulder. When he finds Ben half-frozen, he takes it upon himself to help. But deadly trouble follows Ben wherever he goes. He needs to continue on, except it may already be too late.
Working together brings Ben and Ashton close, kindling fires not even the Wyoming winter can douse. Something about Ben makes Ashton feel whole again. But before they can ride into the sunset together, they need to put an end to Dallas’s threats. Ben can make a stand, with Ashton’s help—only it turns out the real danger could be much closer to home.

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There was something about Ashton that Ben couldn’t quite understand. He had a physical weakness, but the guy was most definitely strong. Ben felt so lost and continually wondered what was going on. Ashton’s kind of confidence was attractive. Not that Ashton wasn’t handsome in his own right.

Ben thought he was kind of yummy, in a slightly older, weathered, hard-driven cowboy kind of way. It was pretty clear from Ashton’s face that he hadn’t had a very easy life—and had spent a lot of time outdoors. Though maybe not as much lately, given the state of his leg. “You know, if you wanted, I could massage your leg for you again.”

Ashton put down his book. “Thanks. What you did earlier really helped. I’m hoping some rest and maybe a lack of drama will let me ease up on it for a little while.” He sat back and picked up his book once more. “Would you mind feeding the fire?”

“No problem.” Ben got up and added another log. The dogs shifted and then moved back into place once he sat down again, jostling for position so Ben could pet them. A few moved closer to the fire, lying down on their blanket. “Where did you get the dogs?”

“This one, Poochie, showed up one day as a pup. I found him in the barn, so I fed him and took him in. Dad had those two, and the others I adopted through a friend in town. She rescues dogs and she knows that I have a really soft spot. They’re great dogs. Those two black Labs, Bonnie and Clyde, are the oldest of the bunch—they’re getting to the point where it’s hard for them to get around the way the others do. Daddy loved those old guys. I took care of my dad, and he passed away in the house with those two guarding his bed. They slept on the floor near him and stayed there. Both of them howled when he passed. It was so sad.” Ashton turned away, watching out the window at the whiteout conditions. The snow was falling heavier. “At least the temperature is rising a little.”

“How do you know?” Ben asked.

“When it’s as cold as it was last night, it doesn’t snow. Super-cold air is dry air. For it to snow like it is, the temperature has to have risen. It will help keep the barns warm.” He set his book aside and rubbed his eyes. “The light is going to fade in a few hours.” He sighed and sat up. “I have some emergency lights in the kitchen.”

Ashton got up, leaning heavily on his cane, and went into the other room, opening up one of the lower cupboards at the end of the counter and pulling out a few lanterns. He handed one to Ben, who took it into the living room and set it next to the sofa. Ashton brought one for himself and left the room once more. He moved slowly, returning to the living room with more blankets, which he set on the arm of the sofa before taking his seat once more.

“I have some soup in the kitchen that we can heat up by the fire for dinner. At times like this, we tend to get a little rustic out here.”

“Have you ever thought about getting a generator for the house?” Ben asked.

“I have one on order, and it’s supposed to be installed in a few weeks. Looks like my timing sucks on that.” At least he had a sense of humor about it. “Isn’t the first time I’ve done this.” Ashton brought up the footrest of the recliner and covered his legs with a blanket. “I remember one night when I was a kid, sitting where you are now, with a blanket and Mom’s hot chocolate, watching a storm like this through that window.” His eyes became a little glassy. “We were watching for my dad because he was out at the barns, making sure they were secure. And then when he got back, the three of us, along with some of the hands, built a fire, then brought the table in here and played cards for hours. There wasn’t anything else we could do.

“Dad worked all the time because that’s life on a ranch. There are always things that need to be done, but with a storm, we could only hole up and wait, so he spent the whole day with me and Mom.” He humphed as a dog jumped on his lap and settled down for attention. “It’s one of the best memories I have of them. That evening I slept on the floor, with Mom on the sofa and Dad in his chair, the dogs all around me. I felt so safe and warm, and….” Ashton’s voice became scratchy, and he turned away, peering out the window once again.

 Author Bio

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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