Series: Coffee Cake
Author: Michaela Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Length: 200 Pages
Release Date: October 9, 2015
Blurb: Malachi Warren barely survived a series of assaults on his life. But survive he did, though not without baggage. Now, Malachi must pick up the pieces of his shattered life—the most important piece being his boyfriend, Bran Kendrick, who is dealing with problems of his own.
Stagnating at his job at a small-town café, Bran’s pride keeps him from asking Malachi—or anyone—for help. Desperate to do something, Malachi secretly pays a celebrity chef with a bakery in New Orleans to take on Bran as his apprentice.
As Malachi and Bran begin to make a new life in New Orleans, the specter of Malachi’s PTSD and the growing stress over the secret he hides from Bran threaten their relationship. Before it’s too late, Malachi must confront his past and face his fears about the future, all without losing himself—and Bran—in the process.
“Pretty sure anyone would switch teams for Bran,” Seth said thoughtfully. “Those hands… can you imagine?”
“I don’t have to,” Malachi said, his tone dry, and Seth jumped, flushing.
“Sorry,” he mumbled.
Malachi waved him off. “I get it. He’s more than just eye-candy, though.”
“I’d switch teams for him,” Dave mused.
Everyone at the table fell silent and stared at him. Dave was about as straight as it was possible to be. He hunched his shoulders and went bright red.
“What, I’m not allowed to have a gay exception? Bran is…. Bran is special, okay? Stop staring at me, dammit!”
Michaela Grey told stories to put herself to sleep since she was old enough to hold a conversation in her head. When she learned to write, she began putting those stories down on paper. She and her family reside in the Texas hill country with their cats, and she is perpetually on the hunt for peaceful writing time, which her four children make difficult to find.
Michaela started her career with Dreamspinner Press. Her first book is called Coffee Cake, published in May of 2015, and its sequel is Beignets, coming in October of 2015. She is represented by Saritza Hernandez, of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Queer romance is her happy place, and she delights in pushing her limits, testing her abilities and forcing herself to write scenarios she’s not familiar with. Angst is her lifeblood, and she wants you to know that your tears are delicious. (But don’t worry, she’ll always give you a happy ending.)
When she’s not writing, she’s knitting while watching TV or avoiding responsibilities on Tumblr, where she shamelessly ogles pretty people and tries to keep her cat off the keyboard.
Winner’s Prize: Signed Paperback of BEIGNETS
Runner-up Prize: E-copy of BEIGNETS