Jack Gets His Man
by D. E. Haggerty
Everything seems to be going well in Jack’s life. His store is busy making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. The new bookkeeper at the store discovers things aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the store accounts. Jack’s bestie and his knitting group fancy themselves detectives and jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from Mission: Impossible, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.
“Look,” Tommy said as he looked anywhere but at Jack. “I appreciate you coming out here and all, but I’m not interested.”
Jack bristled. Not interested? How could the man not be interested in him? He was good-looking, owned a successful business, and was tons of fun to boot.
“Sorry, sorry. I’m saying this all wrong.” Tommy took a deep breath and leaned forward. “I’m not gay,” he whispered.
Okay, now Jack was confused. Normally men whispered that they were gay. Not the other way around. He leaned back in the booth and crossed his arms across his chest. “Okay. What’s going on?”
“Betty and her gals have been trying to set me up with every woman within a thirty mile radius. It’s driving me absolutely batty. Do you know what it’s like to be the only single man at church and have every old biddy there trying to set you up with their daughter, niece, granddaughter, second cousin. Everyone!” He threw his hands up in surrender. “It’s fucking exhausting.”
Jack chuckled. “I can only imagine darling.”
“Exactly. I thought if I told them I’m gay, I’d be off the hook. Because, let’s face it, you don’t want to be on their bad side.” Tommy leaned forward and whispered. “You know some poor woman pissed them off and they put ex-lax in a special batch of brownies just for her. I don’t touch the cookies anymore.”
Jack let his gaze slide up and down Tommy’s body. “No, I don’t imagine that you do,” he drawled.
“Thanks.” Tommy might not be gay but he had absolutely no problems with Jack checking him out. What a shame he didn’t play for Jack’s team. “Anyway, I’m really sorry about this but I didn’t want to say this on the phone. Plus,” Tommy’s eyes pleaded with Jack. “I would really appreciate it if you didn’t tell them I’m straight.”
Jack chuckled. This was new. He was, unfortunately, used to hiding people’s secrets but usually it wasn’t because they were straight. “What do I get out of it?”
Jack waved his hands. “It’s fine. I totally understand. The ladies can get a bit pushy.” Tommy snorted. “Yeah, yeah, more than a bit. But I love them.”
“I don’t know whether I love them or want to strangle them. When they’re attention is on someone else I want to worship at their conniving little feet. But when they sink their claws into me, I want to scream like a little girl and go hide.”
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In what situation is your self-esteem most at risk?
Not like this has ever happened or anything, but if my skinny jeans were too tight – I mean they’re supposed to be tight – but if they were too tight that would definitely be a blow to my self-esteem.
What are you keeping a secret?
Oh darling, I don’t keep secrets. *winks*
What are you lying to yourself about? To others?
Well, don’t tell anyone, but I totally hired my new bookkeeper because he’s hot. I have no idea what he said during his interview. But I’m not going to date him. Nope. Not going to happen.
Is there anyone in your life that you are attracted to?
*Sigh* My new bookkeeper, Damien, is smoking hot and yes, I want to date him and lots of other things with him.
What scares you about this person?
I think he may be the ‘one’ which is scary in and of itself don’t you think.
What do you think he can do for you that no one else can?
Besides making my manly parts extremely happy, you mean? I think he may just be the one that ‘gets’ me.
What does this person know about you that no one else does?
We don’t know each other very well yet but I’m hoping that will change.
How do you decide if you can trust someone?
I don’t think it’s a conscious decision. I go with my gut. Metaphorically that is because I don’t have a gut. Six-pack only.
How do you know you love someone?
When you want them to be happy more than you want to be happy yourself, that’s love.
What parts of loving come easy to you ? Hard?
I’m a man so obviously the physical aspects of loving come easy to me. Sharing feelings, making yourself vulnerable, that’s the tough stuff.
When you walk into a room what do you notice first? Second?
My eyes are always immediately drawn to attractive people. After that I’ll have a perusal to see if there are any fashion disasters happening.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
Being handcuffed and hauled off to the police station is right up there. Although the officer was delicious so it wasn’t a total waste of time.
How would you change the world? The things around you? The people around you?
Oh goody another easy question. I’d get rid of all the prejudices people have. You wouldn’t believe the assumptions made about me just because I’m a gay man who happens to own a cross-dressing store.
How do you learn best?
Practice, practice, practice! Especially if I’m trying to learn anything that makes my man parts happy.
What are your goals in life?
I need to get Fabulous, Darling back up and running to make up for our recent losses.
What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
The most unusual hobby I have is that I am not a cross-dresser. Confused? So are all the folks that know I own a cross-dressing shop but I am completely, totally not into cross-dressing.
What are you most afraid of?
Getting old is pretty scary. I don’t want gray hair or *gasp* to go bald. And things starting to sag is not attractive.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
Oooh, could I reverse time because I should have never spent the night with that man? #Fail
What do you like best about yourself?
My ass is pretty fabulous. Oh you mean seriously? I’m very supportive of my friends. My new employee and granddaughter of one of the gray-haired crew is in big trouble, but we’ll be there to help her out of her mess. The fact that it’s going to be another fabulous adventure doesn’t have anything to do with my helping her out, nothing at all.
What do you like least about yourself?
This is going to sound weird and I’m not really sure about it yet but it appears I’m too trusting. Betrayal will make you think that.
What do you like best about your best friend?
Oh Izzy is just absolutely fabulous. I don’t know if I could pick out just one thing but I’ll try. Izzy has always stood by me. Always. Always.
What do you like least about your best friend?
That she stayed married to her first husband even though they were both unhappy. She sold herself short. And I had to put up with that heathen.
What do you think other people think of you?
Teachers: They probably found me annoying because I never paid attention in class. Okay, so maybe I should not have pointed out the fashion faux pas of my English teacher but sometimes I can’t help myself.
Other kids: I was totally one of the cool kids at school. Even after I came out of the closet, no one seemed to mind too much. Playing sports helps. Boys and their toys. *Sigh*
Best friends: Izzy loves me and would do anything for me. I think she wishes I would give her more details of my sexual exploits but I’m not one for sexual gossip. Other types of gossip? Well, yes, darling, of course.
Parents: Oh that’s easy. I’m an abomination.
Siblings: Don’t have any. Considering my parent’s less than stellar parenting skills, it’s probably a blessing in disguise.
Other family members: Besides my parents who refuse to have contact with me, I don’t have any family I’m in touch with. Sounds sad when I write it like that but I’ve got Izzy. She’s my family. And of course the gray-haired knitting crew are family now as well. We’ll see about Damien.
What’s your greatest source of frustration?
Ugh. My business partner Wyatt refusing to give up on a romantic relationship with me. It’s very tedious.
What’s your greatest source of joy?
It’s a big secret but just let me say that the family is getting bigger. I didn’t give it away, did I?
What are you especially proud of in your life?
I’m super duper proud of my store, Fabulous, Darling. Who would have thunk it that a cross-dressing store in an itty bitty town in Oklahoma could be so popular.
If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
I most definitely would have handled Wyatt’s (that’s my business partner and ex-lover) feelings for me sooner.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.
Other books by D.E. Haggerty:
Unforeseen Consequences: http://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Consequences-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00EC6T4GY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407568454&sr=8-1&keywords=unforeseen+consequences
Buried Appearances: http://www.amazon.com/Buried-Appearances-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00GVW7S2O/ref=la_B00ECQBURU_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407568476&sr=1-2
Begraven in het Verleden: http://www.amazon.com/Begraven-Verleden-Dutch-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00VIEYPNA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428305860&sr=8-1&keywords=begraven+in+het+verleden
Life Discarded: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Discarded-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00MQK8L2G/ref=la_B00ECQBURU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420453041&sr=1-1
Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mystery-Dating-Mayhem-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B00TB1TEEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423730982&sr=8-1&keywords=murder%2C+mystery+%26+dating+mayhem