Hey everyone! I’m M.A. Church and I’m here to talk about my latest release, Wrapped in Leather. It’s the first in the Wrapped Up series. I thought it would be neat to focus on Toshi in this post. Toshi is a high school history teacher who tries to work out when he has time, drinks waaaay too much coffee, and he’s well liked by his students. He’s not a morning person, which he’ll tell you up front. He has a love of leather and an unmet need.
Release date: January 3rd
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
~What’s your favorite horror movie?
Hmm, that’s a hard one. I love horror movies, but I like the older ones better. I guess I’d say my favorite is Alien. *laugh* Yeah, it’s been around for a while. I think the first movie was the best. The chestbuster scene in that was still the greatest thing ever, lol. Gods, I about jumped out of my seat!
~What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Not to leave the house until I’ve had plenty of coffee, lol. I’m not a morning person. Fact is, I hate mornings. Trying to get my brain in gear takes lots of effort, and I’ll speak without thinking. Especially without caffeine in my system.
~What’s your guilty pleasure?
Any type of dessert! Oh gods, I have a sweet tooth. I especially like anything that has chocolate, whipped cream, and ice cream. Jase certainly found that out that night at the restaurant. Yeah, lol, I’m a big fan of dessert.
~What do you do to relax?
I like to exercise; that’s my stress relief. I belong to a gym and Jase and I go there often. I don’t like working out alone.
I also like to read. Murder mysteries are my favorite. I’ve also found riding with Jase on his bike relaxes me too. *laugh* Or maybe I should say after riding the bike, Jase nails me then I’m relaxed, lol. That bike is something. And Jase in his biker leathers? Drives me right out of my mind.
~What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
An evening at home, lol. The perfect evening would be a nice dinner, maybe a drink, something chocolaty for dessert, and then spending the rest of the evening in my favorite leather cuffs, bound.
~What’s so special about leather?
Wow, how to explain this? I’ve always loved leather. It’s not just the smell, which is very nice. It’s not just the feel, which, again, is very nice, lol. It’s both… together. I have furniture made of leather, clothes made of leather, even a key fob. Good leather has a deep and rich scent, it’s sexy. It’s not just a fetish. Leather is part of my everyday life along with my sexual life.
But, there’s no doubt good strong leather wrapped around my wrists or ankles leaves me feeling submissive and wanting to please.
~What is your favorite meal?
I guess I’d have to say fried catfish, loaded bake potato, crab salad, shrimp, and hushpuppies. *grin* Okay, maybe I ought to stay away from shrimp after what happened with Ian. *blush* That was one time I certainly let my temper get the better of me.
But honestly, I’ll pretty much eat anything.
Many thanks to the model, Ben. J
To celebrate his decision to take the next step with his boyfriend Ian, Toshi Baylor plans a romantic evening at their favorite steak house. Toshi starts the special weekend with a bang by surprising Ian at home with lunch. There’s a bang all right, but it’s between Ian and another guy.
Jase Taylor’s auto repair shop and the BDSM club, Wrapped Up, keep him busy while he waits for Mr. Right, instead of Mr. Right Now. He’s a Dom, but playing with the club’s submissives isn’t providing the usual stress release. After a day from hell, he deserves a good meal at his favorite steak house.
Toshi and Jase find a mix-up with their reservations: a table for Baylor, not Taylor. When Toshi invites Jase to dine with him, they discover a mutual affection for leather and a shared belief that trust must be earned.
Before they can explore their common interests, Toshi suffers a series of attacks by vandals. Jase’s protective instincts kick in, but both wonder if it can lead to anything permanent.
TOSHI PULLED in the parking lot and found a place up front. Yanking the collar of his coat up, he hurried to the front door of the restaurant. Being a Friday evening, the place was already packed. Good thing he’d made a reservation. Just as he reached for the door handle, he heard the low, sexy growl of a motorcycle behind him. Damn, what a sound. Stopping to look, he noticed a well-built man on a Harley hunting for a parking place. He had a blacked-out face-shield helmet and wore a black leather jacket.
Toshi watched as the guy parked and swung a leg off the bike, jeans tightening across what looked like a fine ass. Toshi gulped. Now that was some fantasy material. The guy stood next to the bike—oooh, he was tall too. The helmet, along with the leather jacket, gloves, and boots gave him a mysterious, dangerous look, with a strong side of kinky thrown into the mix.
“Damn,” Toshi muttered, his dick twitching with interest.
The stranger removed his helmet and leather gloves. Nice, short dark-brown hair and a sexy goatee—Toshi swallowed hard. His dick was doing more than twitching. Gods, everything about this guy screamed smoking hot, kinky sex. The leather alone was enough to rev his imagination. Which was unfortunate, since the man he was drooling over was probably straight. But hey, he could dream.
He entered the restaurant before his interest was noticed, just to be safe. Wow, the biker guy really flipped his switches. He was more than a little surprised at how he’d responded—no one had stirred his interest like that since he’d started dating again. Not even Ian had gotten him this hot. Toshi sidelined his thoughts when he was greeted by the hostess.
“Good evening, sir. One for dinner tonight?” Angie, the hostess, flipped her long hair over her shoulder, a smile on her face.
“Yeah, I had a reservation under the name Baylor for eight.” A breeze swirled around Toshi as the biker guy walked inside the restaurant.
“Great! We’re really slammed tonight. Dan will be here in a moment to show you to your table.”
Toshi heard the hostess Angie start her spiel again. She didn’t get far.
“Oh no, oh sir, I’m so sorry! We don’t have a Mr. Taylor listed.”
“Look, I spoke to you, remember? I called and made a reservation at eight tonight for one. It was a little loud in here when I called.”
Toshi shivered and slowed at the deep voice behind him. That sound reached right down to his balls.
“I-I… I’m so sorry, sir. There seems to be a mix-up with the last names of you and the customer who was just here. But we should have a table coming up in about an hour.”
“An hour? You’re kidding, right? You made a mistake, not me, but I have to wait? Jesus, can this day get any worse? Look, I’ll just sit at the bar until something comes available.”
“I’m sorry, sir, but the bar is full. I’m so sorry for the mix-up, but there simply isn’t a table open. And there isn’t any room at the bar right now.”
“I want to speak to the manager.”
“Now would be good.”
Toshi damn near panted at that commanding tone. Without thinking, he turned around and walked back to the scowling man. “Um, sorry, but I couldn’t help overhearing. If you’re okay with it, you can share a table with me. I’m by myself anyway.”
“If you don’t mind, I’d appreciate that. It’s been a helluva day.” The stranger held out his hand. “Jase Taylor.”
M.A. Church lives in the southern United States and spent many years in the elementary education sector. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children. Her hobbies are gardening, walking, attending flea markets, watching professional football, racing, and spending time with her family on the lake.
But her most beloved hobby is reading. From an early age, she can remember hunting for books at the library. Later nonhuman and science fiction genres captured her attention and drew her into the worlds the authors had created. But always at the back of her mind was the thought that one day, when the kids were older and she had more time, she would write a book.
By sheer chance she stumbled across a gay male romance story on the web and was hooked. A new world opened up and she fell in love. Thus the journey started. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading the latest erotic and mainstream romance novels.