Hello everyone. Thank you so much for letting me stop by. I’m T.A. Chase and I write gay romance. My newest release is actually a re-release, but with new material. Why I Love Geeks is the first in my Why I Love series. A romantic comedy with a little suspense thrown in.
I thought I’d share an excerpt from it and hopefully whet your appetite to check it out (or to re-read it if you’ve already got a copy). Lol I do hope you enjoy my geeky scientist and the gorgeous detective he falls in love with.
Thanks for having me here and again, I hope you enjoyed the excerpt.
Why I Love Geeks
“Oh my God.” Herb groaned as he bit into the spongy yellow cake. He licked the cream from his lips.
The stranger had been right. Twinkies were proof there was a God and he loved humans. Why had no one ever told him about these wonderful little yellow cakes filled with delicious cream? Or those black–and–white cookies—yummy on their own—but when dunked in milk, they became otherworldly.
He moaned again as he unwrapped and ate another Twinkie.
“Herb, what’s going on in here?”
Looking up, he grinned as Jessie, one of the other researchers at the pharmaceutical company where Herb worked, walked in. She eyed the half-devoured snack in his hand.
“Are you eating a Twinkie?”
He nodded joyously. “These are marvelous. Have you had one before?”
She sat down across the table from him. “Of course I have. My brothers, sisters, and I used to beg our parents to get these as our treats. Though my oldest brother always wanted Oreos instead.”
Jessie shook her head, obviously confused about what would possess anyone to choose a cookie over a Twinkie.
“Oreos are amazing. I stopped by the grocery store on my way home last night and bought a bunch of them, along with some milk. I never knew how wonderful these could be. All I ever thought about, really, were all the things in it that are bad for you.” He bit his bottom lip and paused. “I’m doing it again.”
“Doing what?” Jessie braced her elbow on the table and rested her chin on her hand to study him.
“I’m babbling. I have a bad habit of talking a lot without letting anyone else talk. But, God, I can’t believe my cook at home never gave me one of these. You know, the guy I met yesterday afternoon was the one who told me about them. I thought, hell, he’s so incredibly gorgeous, these treats can’t be all that bad. Of course, he ate two hot dogs from a vendor on the corner.” He wrinkled his nose.
“Wow, he must like to live dangerously. I wouldn’t eat one of those if my life depended on it. I’ve heard all the horror stories about what’s in those things. Two of my siblings are doctors and they’ve given the rest of us a list of all the foods that are really bad for us.”
Herb held out one of his Twinkies to her. She took it with a smile. He liked her, even though he hadn’t had as much time to talk to her as he would’ve like so far. His research section had needed more manpower, and Jessie had been highly recommended by her college professors. She was young, but then again so was he. Maybe I should start culivating some friendships instead of burying myself in my work. I’m no longer that geeky awkward teenager fumbling through college. Well, I’m no longer a teenager in college anyway.
“Hmmm…,” Jessie hummed as she bit into the cake, as enthralled with the Twinkie as he was.
“I know. Aren’t they marvelous?” He tossed his empty wrapper onto a pile of transparent plastic.
Poking the pile, she glanced at him. “How many of these things have you had, Herb?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I bought two boxes last night. I must’ve eaten one whole box last night, then I brought the other box for lunch today. Plus I have Oreos as well. Would you like some of those?” He pushed over the lunch box he’d brought with him. “Jessie, have you ever been kissed?”
“Maybe I shouldn’t be asking you these things. I mean, we just met the other day, but you’re the only person close to my age, though you are older than me. If I’m making you uncomfortable, please tell me. I don’t have any idea how to talk to people. I was an only child and went to a private school where the other kids laughed at me. I’m way smarter than most people, which makes them jealous, so they tend to make fun of me.”
“Herb.” Jessie placed her hand on Herb’s. “Take a deep breath. I’m thinking so much sugar might not be a good thing for you.”
New York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.
Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.
Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.
T.A. Chase lives in the Midwest with her neurotic but still wonderful senior cat. She believes there is beauty in every kind of love, so why not live a life without boundaries? Experiencing everything the world offers fascinates T.A., and writing about the things that make each of us unique is how she shares those insights. When not writing, she’s watching movies and reading. She’s also a part of a line-dancing group that takes over a bar on Tuesday nights and entertains at assisted living homes. It’s all about living life to the fullest.
She loves hearing from fans. But don’t be too upset if she doesn’t get back to you right away. Life has a way of making her lose track of days and hours. Don’t worry, though. You will hear back at some point.