Author Spotlight: Fixing What's Bent by April Kelley, Excerpt, Giveaway

Pickleville 3

Andrew only ever gives one night, but with Kyler, one night isn’t enough.

Andrew Martinez has learned not to hold on to romance. As a former homicide detective, he understands death in ways most don’t. It’s clouded his personal life to the point he hasn’t bothered with more than one-night stands. When he moves to Pickleville and takes the job as the local police chief, he thinks small-town life might finally lift the clouds. But his old ways are hard to shake. Even when he meets Kyler, who makes him feel things he never has before, he makes sure their night together doesn’t extend to the morning after. What he discovers is one night isn’t enough, but by then, Pickleville becomes the scene of a series of crimes, and Kyler might just be the next target.

Release Date: 7/10/2020

Publisher: Hard Rose Publishing

Cover Artist: Studio ENP

Length: 50806 words

Representation: Gay

Paring: MM

Troupes: opposites attract,

Warnings: None


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Nothing was worth Andrew’s attention except for Kyler Huffington, jingling keys in his hand as he jogged across Main Street in gray coveralls. He walked toward a blue sedan that sat at the front of the lot.

He had his long dark hair pulled back at the nape of his neck. His brown eyes narrowed as he darted his gaze toward Andrew and Olivia, but otherwise, he ignored them. Or, more precisely, he ignored Andrew.

Kyler’s coveralls made him shapeless and boxy, but Andrew remembered what lay underneath. He remembered everything about Kyler, down to how smooth his skin had felt. The way he’d moaned, and his responsiveness. It all came back, haunting Andrew every time he caught a glimpse of Kyler around town.

“I’ll be right back.”

He didn’t bother waiting for her response as he jogged across the lot.

Kyler had the door open and had just sat in the driver’s seat by the time Andrew closed the distance. Kyler started the engine and stared straight ahead when Andrew made a gesture to roll down the window. He visibly sighed, and then the glass slid down. “What can I do for you, chief?”

Andrew leaned inside the open space until he was inches from Kyler. He smelled of motor oil, but underneath that was the scent Andrew associated with their one night together. Vanilla and coffee. He couldn’t have a cup of joe and a cookie without the memory flooding him.

“Is there a reason you’re taking Mr. Bivens’ car?”

“Yes.” Kyler turned his whiskey-colored eyes onto Andrew. The narrowing never changed, but Kyler’s patience level had. His attitude had soured since the last time they had spoken. That had everything to do with Andrew running away from his feelings. “Jack needs an alignment and an oil change.”

“You’re not stealing it, carino?” Andrew smiled, ignoring the icy response. He had meant it as a joke, but the way Kyler stiffened spoke better than words that the joke fell flat.

“If I told you to go fuck yourself, would you arrest me?”

“You in handcuffs.” Andrew grinned.

Kyler put the car in gear and stared straight ahead. “You don’t get to do that, asshole.”

Shit. “Do what?”

“Flirt. You lost that privilege when you fucked me, left in the middle of the night, and never called me afterward even one time.” Kyler’s pretty lips turned into a thin line, and his jaw muscles jumped. “I got the message loud and clear, Chief. Now you should too.”

The car rolled backward, forcing Andrew to step away or get run over. Andrew sighed and shook his head. He watched as Kyler pulled out of the parking lot and into one of the garage bays at the auto-mechanic’s shop across the street.

Pickleville series

Whispers of Home, the Sum of Everything, Fixing What’s Bent


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April Kelley is an author of LGBTQ+ Romance. Her works include The Journey of Jimini Renn, a Rainbow Awards finalist, Whispers of Home, the Saint Lakes series, and over thirty more. She’s a main contributor at Once and Books. April has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing, you can find her taking a long walk in the woods or going on her next adventure.

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