Hello! And welcome to the Release Tour for the rewritten and rereleased All They Ever Needed trilogy. If you haven’t read Logan & Christian’s tale, this is a perfect opportunity to do so.
A long time ago, in a galax—oops, wrong post 😉
Five years ago, I penned a novel that I loved – it was also my first full-length novel to be picked up by a publisher. As happens to authors, once it was published, I reread it and winced at the mistakes that were apparent in the manuscript. I’ve ached to tweak Logan & Christian’s novels since. Gotta love it when the chance comes up to do so.
Have you read any of my m/m works? I write over several genres: contemporary, BDSM, domestic (loving) discipline, paranormal, vampire cowboys, and a few other odds and ends. (I wrote an inspirational romance novel as well last year – I love to delve into different concepts.) All They Ever Needed was written back when I was a pantser – by that I mean I started a story with no idea where it was going or how it would get there. Considering, I did pretty well at hitting key points in the right places. (Go, me!) As I’ve written more and am delving more into epic novels with multiple subplots, I knew I needed a more structured way of writing. Last year, I went through three different ways to plot/outline before I created my way of plotting and outlining a novel to where I know where I’m going, but can still feel like I’m reading the story for the first time as I’m writing it. (That’s one of my favorite things about writing—being the first person to read the story.)
When I received the rights back to the All They Ever Needed series, I had to decide: Tear the books apart, replot them, and create something brand new? Or rewrite the stories, tweaking sections, removing extraneous points of view, and leaving the charm that was the original trilogy.
I chose the latter route – after all, Logan & Christian do have a loving fanbase. I removed all points of view that were not Logan’s or Christian’s, changed the chapters in all three books to fit time changes, and, I believe, came out with a much better editions of the original works.
However, that said, these books are not perfect – some of that might be things I, my betas, and my editors missed. But also, I believe in the maxim that there is no such thing as perfection. So in each book, there is at least one purposeful mistake I left behind, making it more perfect in my eyes. As a hint, one of the ‘mistakes’ I left in the Breathe Each Other In paperback edition is that the upper left tip of the word “Breathe” somehow turned white when I created the PDF from my Photoshop file. I rather loved that piece of imperfection, so I let it be.
Here’s to imperfectly perfect characters and the novels they inhabit 🙂
These novels deal with coming out, hateful and supporting relatives, snobby relatives, worrying about the future, a spanking fetish, overcoming obstacles, and domestic discipline. Above all, they tell the tale of the love story between Logan Mannette and Christian Darringer.
The series is available as separate novels and as a boxed set. The books should be read in order.
(Christian isn’t sure where he sits on being gay. He’s made it clear to Logan he has no intention of coming out when he’s not sure of himself. This scene takes place on New Year’s Eve. Logan and his parents arrived at the Darringer’s party and Christian is basically ignoring him. A sleezy guy Logan can’t stand has been hitting on him.)
Logan crashed into the closest chair. He should go home but didn’t want to. As soon as Kelli came back with a huge glass of water, his dad left. “Trevor really annoys you, doesn’t he?”
“Yeah,” he mumbled, sipping the water. His eyes darted over to the corner where Christian stood talking with his mother and Mrs. Brune. Damn but he was good-looking. He should be with him. Christian either was still unsure or he wanted nothing to do with him and the more Logan thought about it, the sadder he became. Of course, that was the problem with him and alcohol. One beer and he was fine. Hard alcohol tended to make him melancholy.
“Why do relationships have to be so hard?”
She laughed softly. “Hell if I know. Some people seem to find them easy. I don’t know how they do it.”
Nodding, he leaned his head on her shoulder and watched. Every once in a while Christian would glance over at him, turn pink, and quickly turn away. “Not fair,” he mumbled, taking another drink of water.
The night passed as dully as one could. Kelli ended up bringing him three huge glasses of water. When combined with the non-alcoholic foods, he lost the fuzzy head feeling and began to feel more himself, albeit a himself who was still disappointed.
Midnight was fast approaching.
The Brunes’ younger son Cory had made friends with Kelli, and, by her flirting, he figured they would be kissing as the clock struck twelve. Which left him, Christian, and the snake with nobody to kiss. Damn.
When Mr. and Mrs. Darringer passed out pointy hats and plastic blowers, he knew the time was near. Maybe he would go sit out in his parents’ car. That would be better than being in here as everyone around him kissed.
“All right, everyone.” Mr. Darringer’s voice carried above the babble. “Midnight is in two minutes. Find your favorite person and prepare to celebrate the beginning of a new year.”
Cory moved Kelli off to a corner and from the look on her face, she looked forward to kissing him too. His parents joined hands and stared into each other’s eyes, as did Mr. and Mrs. Darringer. Mr. and Mrs. Brune and Kelli’s parents acted as though they hadn’t heard.
“Thirty… twenty-nine… twenty-eight…” The chanting of the couples in the room made him feel worse. His eyes darted to Christian who stared out a window into the darkness and he knew he had to get out of there. If not, he might do something stupid like walk over there and kiss him.
“Eighteen… seventeen… sixteen…”
He stood up and turned toward the doorway, disturbed to see Trevor standing in front of it, staring at him as though he were a piece of meat.
“Ten… nine… eight…”
Now or never. Logan took a step forward and everything happened in slow motion. Trevor took a step forward at the same time Christian whirled around and strode toward him.
He looked so determined. Another step.
What the hell was he doing? His parents would notice.
Was he coming to tell him that he wanted nothing more to do with him?
Trevor reached out to grasp hold of his arm. At the same time, Christian stretched forward and yanked Logan toward him. Their eyes met and Logan gasped at the passion that smoldered within the brown depths.
“Christian,” he whispered.
Christian wrapped his arms around him and their lips touched. As if someone lit a raging fire, Logan grasped hold of him and kissed him back passionately. Their lips moved, tongues slid against one another, and Christian’s hands wrapped themselves into Logan’s hair. He held Logan to him as if afraid that if he let him go he would disappear.
Logan’s leg slid in between Christian’s and the feeling of his hard cock rubbing against a hard thigh made him hornier. He rubbed against him as their kiss continued. Christian took the initiative and pushed his tongue back, entering Logan’s mouth. For the first time in his life, another man took over and Logan found himself understanding what weak in the knees meant.
If Christian wasn’t holding onto him so strongly, he might have dropped.
The kiss lasted for an unknown moment in time as nothing else existed but the two of them.
Until Kelli’s giggles came through the fog and Logan remembered he was kissing Christian in the front room of the Darringers’ home. Oh, no. What had he done?
He pulled back, gasping for breath and thrilled to see the passion in Christian’s eyes, but afraid it would turn to terror when he realized what happened. “Christian?” he whispered softly, trailing his fingers down Christian’s face. “Do you know where we are?”
Christian leaned his forehead against Logan’s. “Yeah, I know where we are, and that I leaped out of the fucking closet. I hope you’re okay with that.”
Heat Rating: High
Age range: 18+ only
As Natural as Breathing – Book One
For Christian Darringer, life isn’t worth living. Just back from the Middle East—scarred and with permanent damage to one leg—he doesn’t think anyone will want him for anything. He didn’t plan on meeting someone he can’t stop thinking about. Pulled toward the startling younger man, he begins to question a lot of things—especially his sexuality. Not one to hide from a challenge, he plunges ahead only to find himself more than just attracted to Logan.
Logan Mannette has almost everything he ever wanted: loving parents, happiness, friends, and security. The only thing missing is the love of his life, a love just like his parents have. When he meets Christian at a party, everything changes. Instantly attracted, he does his best to help the sad man and quickly finds himself feeling more than he has ever felt before. Raised in a domestic discipline household, he holds that ideal as what he wants. His interest in spanking has become a fetish and when Christian admits he wants to be spanked, Logan believes he might have found the perfect man.
Just as everything begins for them, Christian’s past intercedes and one of his brothers makes waves about him dating a man. When it lands Christian in the hospital, he is forced to reevaluate their budding romance. Being with Logan might feel as natural as breathing, but if it costs Christian everything he cares about, is this new relationship worth it?
Took My Breath Away – Book Two
While unhappy to be missing four weeks of Christian’s company, Logan is thrilled to spend a month with his father’s relatives in New York. A naturally gregarious individual, he’s used to winning people over and getting things right. Unfortunately the Mannettes are not what he expects and for the first time in his life, he doubts who he is.
Christian has regained some of his old self-esteem and is taking on new challenges. Besides growing in the relationship he has with Logan, he takes the time his boyfriend is away to learn more about domestic discipline. He learns a little online but it is Gregory, Logan’s father, where he gains most of his information. Including the fact that his natural strength puts him in a position he doesn’t expect.
Logan hits rock bottom and Christian runs to the rescue. He saves Logan from New York, but puts their relationship in a new sort of peril. When the dust settles, who will be left on top?
Breathe Each Other In – Book Three
Christian takes to heart everything he learns from Logan’s father. As he and Logan go forward in their DD relationship, he finds that he’s willing to not just take on the mantle of head of house, but to embrace it. With Logan graduating from college, Christian takes the next logical step and asks his boyfriend to move in.
Even with the stress of student teaching and trying to figure out what to do after graduation, Logan leaps at the chance to live with the man he loves. The pressure of graduation begins to get to him and the only thing keeping him grounded is the amazing man at his side.
Those closest to them make huge changes in their own lives and when an unexpected job offer lands in Logan’s lap, they have to make a life-altering decision. No matter which way they go, they need to give something up. Play it safe and stay home or accept the job and move away from their families? When it comes to decision time, there is one thing they are not willing to part with. That one thing makes all the difference in the world.
All They Ever Needed Boxed Set: This boxed set contains the first three books (As Natural as Breathing, Took My Breath Away, & Breathe Each Other In) in the All They Ever Needed M/M Domestic Discipline Romance series.
About the Author
Thianna Durston is a writer by day and supernova by night. Or at least that’s what the faeries tell her. And who is she to deny those pesky *cough* lovely little creatures?
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, though her heart belongs elsewhere. In the meantime, until she can return to the place she calls home, she happily lives in a city that still thinks it’s a small town. Thankfully, it has given her muse lots of amusing places to start a story.
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