A warm welcome to K-Lee Klein who is here today talking about the difference in the second edition of Unbroken Hearts.
Unbroken Hearts is set for release on October 11th from Dreamspinner Press. It’s the second installment in the Unbreak My Heart universe, and Brett and JT are still front and center, along with Millie, Ray, and Whizzy.
If you’re familiar with the first editions of the series, you might recognize the title, Unbroken Hearts, since it was originally a novella. When the series was published by Amber Quill it included four subsequent stories on top of the main novel, Unbreak My Heart—2 novellas and 2 short stories. But this time they’ll be published in a different way.
Unbroken Hearts now contains not only the original novella but also Unwrapped Hearts, the short story that follows it in the series. BUT that’s not all. I’ve re-edited and pumped-up both stories AND added about 30,000 words of completely new content.
So instead of just Valentine’s Day and Christmas, there are two more special occasions to enjoy with Brett and JT—Halloween and New Year’s Eve. I had a great time writing Halloween fun for the guys with a little Millie and Ray added to the mix. What would any holiday be without Millie tuning Brett up anyway?
Now that that’s out of the way, here’s an exclusive excerpt from Unbroken Hearts. Enjoy and make sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.
Title: Unbroken Hearts (Unbreak My Heart #2)
Author: K-lee Klein
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Page Count: 187
Reviewed by: Gigi
Country singer turned rancher Brett Taylor fought his way out of the bottle so he could have JT Campbell in his life. JT’s patience, intelligence, and humor broke through Brett’s walls of depression, and now the once-isolated rancher and his young California guy in search of himself are together on Brett’s Texas ranch.
While Brett and JT are more in love than ever, they’re still dealing with past baggage and learning how to move forward. Brett’s former lover casts a long shadow over their lives—one JT tries to pretend doesn’t bother him. Can Brett soothe his fears with the sort of sappy, sentimental Valentine’s Day JT was taught to shun growing up—but secretly always wanted?
When Halloween rolls around, a costumed night out at the local bar might lead to another romantic first. And on Christmas morning, JT awakes to some sweet loving and the most meaningful gift he could ever imagine. The New Year truly brings a new beginning—ushered in by some silly, sparkly, and sexy fun.
One year. Four important holidays. Two men who have worked hard for the love and trust they share and the bright future that’s finally within their grasp.
First Edition published as Unbroken Hearts and Unwrapped Hearts by Amber Quill Press, 2014.
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“Can’t you just shut off the lights and put some kind of big bowl on the step?” Brett sighed with lingering exaggeration.
Millie tilted her head, a warning glare narrowing her eyes. “That’s not very hospitable, is it, son? I never knew you were so set against Halloween and trick-or-treaters.”
“Don’t kids get enough candy nowadays?”
“You sound as grumpy as old Ray,” JT teased.
“Shut it, you.”
And he wasn’t—against Halloween anyhow; grumpy was up to interpretation though. Brett liked Halloween a lot, so much so that he’d even done a little decorating around the ranch. It might’ve been mostly because of JT, but it still counted. Plus, he did help his mama drape pumpkin and ghost lights over the trees in her front yard every year.
But this year it looked like Halloween had thrown up all over Millie’s yard—with JT’s exceptional assistance, of course. Brett’s boyfriend and his mama could be a darn bad combo.
“I think it’ll be fun,” JT spoke up behind Brett, despite not being spoken to. “You like kids, don’t you? Little ones in cute costumes?”
“’Course I like ’em. I like you all dolled-up, don’t I?” Brett ducked the pathetic smack JT aimed at his head. “Little kids are third on my list of cute, right under puppies and those adorable baby animal videos you keep making me watch.”
Brett smirked at him. “But answering the door all night giving out candy? You think that’s fun, kid?”
“You got other big plans, cowboy?”
“Just a lot of kissing you.” He leaned in to do just that, wiping the snarl right off JT’s lips. “Can’t subject little ones to all that sexiness, now can we?”
“Brett Samuel Weston Taylor!” Brett groaned at the full name deal, and Millie cuffed him on the side of the head just out of spite. He flinched but chuckled deep in his throat. Her voice suddenly softened, and she batted long lashes at him. “I’m asking you as a favor. But, there’s another option if you’d prefer,” she said. “I mean if you’re too much of a scaredy-cat for Halloween trick-or-treaters.”
“I ain’t scared of nothin’. Don’t say a word, kid.” Brett shook his head, clearing the cobwebs his mama always seemed to leave in her wake. He eyed her with as much stark intent as he could manage without breaking into a smile. She always thought she played him like a damn fiddle, but he wasn’t a gullible teenager anymore. “Do I even want to know what you got planned?”
“Well, Ray could stay here and help the young’uns have a happy holiday, and you can be my date for the charity fundraiser.”
“What?” Brett looked from her to JT, then back. “You gotta be kidding me? Been there, done that. Got the irritating T-shirt to prove it.”
“I think that’s a great idea.” JT breathed excitedly—a little too enthusiastically for Brett’s liking. “We can find you the coolest costume. Just sexy enough that Millie’s friends can follow you around without thinking you’re indecent.” JT tapped his bottom lip in feigned thought. “But something sweet and charming might be better.”
“You’re totally setting me up.”
JT ignored him with some fancy flip of his head. It might have been effective had his hair been as long as Brett’s, but it just looked ridiculous otherwise. “What do you think, Millie? Dress him up like you did when he was little?”
“No,” Brett said, then louder. “No. No. No. I’m not being strutted around like a prize bull again.”
Millie snuffled a laugh. “Cowboy.”
JT piped up. “A cowboy, really? Didn’t you have any imagination when you were a kid?”
“She’s exaggerating. I wasn’t always a cow—”
“Every year but one.”
“Well, that’s a relief. Did he think of something awesome then at least?” JT directed the question at Millie, blatantly ignoring Brett like he wasn’t there at all.
“JT. You’re not helping things.” Brett tried to interrupt, but his mama and boyfriend together were a force to be reckoned with, and he could barely get a word in edgewise. “Stop encouraging her,” he hissed.
“Cowboy with a guitar,” Millie said with a devilish grin.
“Well, shit. I don’t like either of you right now.”
JT didn’t hold back his annoying cackle. “Country singer? That’s adorable.”
“I was not adorable.”
“You’re still adorable, son.”
Brett jumped forward. “Jesus, Ray. Don’t sneak up on a guy. And this ain’t none of your business anyhow.”
“I’ve seen photos,” Ray continued, also paying Brett no mind. “Cute as a newborn pup.”
K-lee Klein loves guys with long hair and tattoos, and you’ll often find her front and center at her favorite rock concerts. She has bounced around Western Canada all her life, but will always consider the solitude and beauty of the British Columbian mountains home. Her life is blessed as the proud mother of three now-grown but still spoiled kids, the servant of two bossy felines, and the wife of a truly patient husband.
Her writing muse is terribly temperamental, so to keep him close by and in check, she had him inked on her left calf. The gorgeous, long-haired, mostly naked, kneeling angel that resulted is truly a work of art, although he’s still a handful and hopelessly uncontrollable. She writes on his schedule and inspiration.
K-lee tends to fall easily into obsessions. When something grabs her attention, she jumps into it headfirst with complete abandon. Actors, musicians, superheroes, fictional characters, and brainwashed assassins all hold spots on her cannot-get-enough list. She once followed Thirty Seconds to Mars around the United States and Canada and saw them perform fourteen times that year. Obsession sometimes leads to ideas for her kneeling angel to turn into stories.
Although an introvert in person, she’s extroverted online and has met many wonderful friends there, sometimes with the added fun of meeting them in person at gay romance conferences. She’s grateful for all the people in her life who accept her as she is and support her through her ups and downs as mom, wife, and joyfully obsessed writer.