It’s A Steal by Arden O’Keefe

A big welcome to Arden O’Keefe as part of the release of It’s A Steal.


TITLE: It’s a Steal
AUTHOR: Arden O’Keefe
COVER ARTIST: K.S.L. Designs
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 125 Pages

BLURB: Edric Wilcher has realized growing up that there are simply two things in this world he can never imagine his life without—music and coffee. This is the reason why he chooses the life of a famous rock star—at least, famous in his own small town, and then, goes ahead and opens up Rockstar’s Hideout Café. Every morning he serves his regulars and has a nice, long chat with them before they go back to their daily routine. His charms work wonders on them. Thanks to the good genes bestowed upon him, he doesn’t look half bad. So, it strikes him as odd that this new customer who walks in that morning carrying a heap of books doesn’t seem to even spare him a second glance.
“Coffee” is what he orders and Ed goes out of his way to make him feel special. But the redheaded nerd—okay, a cute nerd, probably cutest he’s seen in his life—just leaves with his books, leaving even the muffin-on-the-house completely untouched. The mystery surrounding this guy gets the best of Ed and when he finds a book left behind by this customer, he can’t help follow the trail to see him just one more time. Even if it is to get a name.
Dean Harrett has somehow misplaced the one thing that was supposed to help him out of his current problems—and that thing is not a cheesy, romance novel. What matters to him the most is what he’s kept in the book—the perfect plan that can make or break his future. And that book has gone now. Only if he can remember where he’s last seen that book…

Of course! The café, where that annoying barista just wouldn’t leave him alone so he had to leave.
But now Dean has to get back there and look for himself before anyone can lay their hands on it. He doesn’t even want to think about the worst-case scenario of someone finding out what he is up to. But this only means he will have to face the annoying, but handsome barista again. Ugh!

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EXCERPT:
Early mornings were usually the time for his frequent customers, who’d hop in, grab their usual coffees and hop out to rush to whatever daily chores or work duties were calling for them. As the good barista that he was, Ed knew the personal preferences of each one of his customers.

This visitor, however, was someone new.

Not that he could see the person’s face, but he knew every customer of his who frequented his café, Ed was just that good. This was not someone he had seen before, but he was curious to know as hell.

He first saw the huge pile of books being pushed in, before hearing someone’s tiny voice that asked, “Are you open?” All he could see were the arms, jean-clad legs and a mess of a ginger hair.

Dumbfounded by the scene, Ed simply nodded.

Realizing that the guy couldn’t see any of his g

How on Earth can he walk without seeing where he’s going estures from behind the books, he quickly said, “Uh… yeah, come on in.”? Ed mused to himself.

From what he was able to observe, the pile of books hid a short-looking guy in his early twenties. Honestly though, every other guy out there was shorter than Ed’s six foot four build. This guy was probably somewhere around five eleven. His scrawny fingers held onto those books for dear life, but the guy definitely had the strength to carry a pile of bricks, even with those muscles built on him. Ed had initially considered offering some help, but quickly dismissed the thought.

The guy looked around, or looked only so far he could travel his gaze around, and must have quickly realized he was first to the party. Ed heard him sigh before he headed toward the table in the nook furthest away from the door.
Of course, he’d choose that table.

Taking a quick look at all those books that served as a curtain right now, Ed perused these titles closely. It was a strange selection, to say the least, because the genres were all over. If one had to look at them in order to analyze the person’s taste and preferences, they’d be as stumped as Ed was at that moment. From cheesy, romantic novels to crime series, the collection had everything, and even an encyclopedia of the greatest money-heist crimes that had gone down in the history.

If nothing else, this mysterious stranger had already sparked interest in Ed. He was now intrigued to see who was hiding behind those old, dusty books.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arden O’Keefe has several passions and reading is one of them. It is through reading the works of several loved authors that O’Keefe was inspired to craft out some personal creations. The muse never stops to motivate and that’s how the story of Edric and Dean just developed by itself. This is where O’Keefe begins the journey hoping that it doesn’t end anytime soon.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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