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Monday, March 13, 2017

Release Blitz & Giveaway - Rick R. Reed - Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Length: 67,000 words

Cover: Aaron Anderson


A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, 
from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working 
in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on 
Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, 
why do Sam's unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific 
revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


From the moment Thad stepped through the front door of the Blue Moon Café, 
the décor cleared up any mystery about what kind of food they served. The little café,
 with its mahogany bar along one wall, its grouping of maybe a dozen tables, and its
 faux-tin ceiling, could have been straight out of central casting for “Italian joint.” Thad 
saw the requisite checkered tablecloths, the oil paintings of Italian landmarks like the 
canals of Venice, the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and St. Peter’s Square. 
And yes, each table sported a candle plugged into the opening of an empty 
green-glass Chianti bottle. A TV sat above the bar, thankfully turned off.

“Buona Sera” by Louis Prima played from the overhead speaker system. Thad was 
certain the rest of the evening would be peppered with the likes of Dean Martin, 
Jerry Vale, Rosemary Clooney, and of course, Sinatra. Underneath the music was 
the usual restaurant orchestra: conversation, laughter, the clink of glassware and
 the tinkle of silverware.

The scents of garlic, oregano, basil, and tomatoes perfumed the air. Over a counter
 at the rear of the restaurant, Thad could see into the kitchen: a wood-burning oven,
 chefs busy at their stations, the occasional upsurge of flame as one of them poured 
alcohol into a pan and ignited it by tipping the pan. Thad’s mouth began to water.

He already liked this place.

And he liked it even more when he saw the bartender, who was busy drying
 wineglasses and reaching up to hang them upside down on a rack above the bar.
 He was a compact little guy, olive skin and shaved head. His muscles tested the 
endurance of the black T-shirt he wore, and even from his vantage near the hostess 
stand, Thad could make out the thick black five o’clock shadow that covered his jaw. 
He was just the kind of guy Thad fantasized about. One who would take him roughly 
and be in charge.

Stop it, now! I’m in Green Lake, not Capitol Hill. This guy probably has a wife and 
two kids at home and would not appreciate how I’m imagining how he would look
 should the seams of that tight T-shirt burst and reveal a defined and hairy chest.
 He wouldn’t cotton at all to my thoughts of wondering how his asshole would taste, 
for cryin’ out loud.

Or maybe he would….

Thad grinned and bounced up and down a couple of times on his heels, feeling
 strangely energized and definitely a little smitten.

Shut up, horndog. Behave yourself.

Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe - Rick R. Reed

Author Bio 

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and
 the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love.

He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a 
three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda
 Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint."

Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is 

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