Reed and Taz are still adjusting to their new lives together when a medical emergency sends them flying down to Florida on short notice. Not quite the way Reed pictured introducing Taz to his family. Reed’s sister, Rene, welcomes the outgoing Taz with open arms, and the kittenish alien charms Reed’s parents.
But someone isn’t quite so enamored of Reed’s boyfriend—his homophobic older brother Jacob seems determined to be as unpleasant as possible, and he’s making their visit very uncomfortable. The sudden appearance of Reed’s controlling ex releases a flood of insecurity and bad memories.
Reed begins to doubt himself, and his ability to love and be loved in return. When strange items begin appearing as if out of nowhere, he wonders if he’s being stalked, or is he just paranoid? What can Taz do to prove to Reed that he’s more than enough man for this alien?
Guest Post: Home Alone-Alien Style
by Julie Lynn Hayes & M.A. Church
Okay, leaving an alien home alone is a bad idea, if any of you are wondering. *snicker* Bad idea, lol. Ask Reed! He’s the human from my and Julie Hayes’ book called Be My Human. It’s book #2 in the Moonlit Skies series.
Our alien, Taz, is from the planet Trygos. And while they’re more advanced than we are, remember, Earth isn’t Taz’s home. Our technology isn’t what he’s used to dealing with. It’s much more primitive, sure. But… well, let me tell you about our boy Taz. You see, when Taz is aroused, he develops stripes and a tail. Yup, a tail, lol.
Taz has some feline characteristics, such as he’s long and lanky. He’s cute too. Reed’s nickname for Taz is kitten for a reason. Taz likes to cuddle, and he’s always touching Reed. *laugh* Even if Reed might prefer Taz cool it at times. 😉 Then, like a cat, there’s that never-ending curiosity. And that’s the key here. Curiosity. And we all know what they say about curiosity and cats, lol.
In the excerpt, Reed has gone to work and left Taz at the apartment… alone.
When Reed arrived home, he’d been greeted with a nightmare of a mess. Even before he got to his apartment, he could hear the TV blasting in the living room. Which was bad enough, but Taz had somehow figured out how to turn the surround sound on. When Reed opened the door, the noise nearly blew him out of his shoes. It was like sitting in the front row at a movie theater. That, it turned out, was the easiest problem to rectify. Reed had shut the TV off, then looked around the apartment, stunned and slightly horrified.
He’d forgotten about Taz’s natural curiosity. What a mistake that was, and the proof of his error in judgment was spread out all over the kitchen. Flour had been strewn across the floor, a few eggs lay broken on the counter, every covered container in the refrigerator had been taken out and opened… then tasted. Taz had found the blender, dumped some sort of liquid in and turned it on, without putting the top on the machine. There was unrecognizable goo all over the counters, the cabinets, the floors. Plus, Taz had found the sugar. From the looks of it, he’d eaten half the bag.
And that was just the kitchen.
The bathroom had been thoroughly explored as well, as evidenced by the streams of shredded toilet paper spread throughout the place, toothpaste smeared all over the counters in minty globules, and so on.
What was that old saying about curiosity killed the cat?
Taz cried as Reed stood there, stunned, taking in the wanton destruction. Taz hadn’t meant to make such a mess; he was just bored and curious. Reed automatically excused him. Taz had tried to clean up the apartment, but that only made things worse. He didn’t know what bottles of liquids were meant to be used for cleaning. Finally he’d broken down and called Reed.
Reed had closed his eyes, taken a deep breath, then pulled a gummy Taz into his arms and calmed him down with his words and with his lips, gingerly stroking his slimy back. Reed had every intention of making Taz help with the clean up… but Taz had turned green as Reed lectured him, and grabbed his stomach—which was making some of the most god-awful sounds Reed had ever heard. He spent the next thirty minutes holding Taz’s hair out of the way as he threw up everything he’d tasted earlier. Once he got Taz settled in bed, he spent several hours cleaning up. Then he spent another hour logged on his laptop searching cat behavior. Granted, Taz was a man, but he did share some characteristics with his feline buddies. Except rather than sleeping most of the day away, Taz tended toward hyperactivity.
That was the last time Reed left Taz alone at the apartment.
About the Author & Links:
Julie Lynn Hayes was reading at the age of two and writing by the age of nine and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Two marriages, five children, and more than forty years later, that is still her dream. She blames her younger daughters for introducing her to yaoi and the world of M/M love, a world which has captured her imagination and her heart and fueled her writing in ways she’d never dreamed of before. She especially loves stories of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses, loves books and movies, and hopes to be a world traveler some day. She enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, knitting and needlepoint, and loves to cook. While working a temporary day job, she continues to write her books and stories and reviews, which she posts in various places on the internet. Her family thinks she is a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Publishing Amber Quill Press, MuseitUp Publishing, Torquere Press, and eXtasy Books. She has also begun to self-publish and is an editor at Wayward Ink and MuseitUp.
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.