Gone Away by Elizabeth Noble Book Blast, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps, we have Elizabeth Noble popping in today with her brand new release Gone Away, the fourth book in her Circles series, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and my review so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Gone Away

(Circles 04)
by

Elizabeth Noble

Mason Arquette isn’t one for mincing words. In fact, he often rubs people the wrong way—with the exception of Riece Burrell. Riece came with his own set of social issues, but he saw right through Mason’s tough exterior, and they made a perfect couple. Or so Mason thought… until Riece abruptly ended their relationship without much explanation.

Years later, Mason and Riece are thrown back together. As a US Forestry Service photographer, Riece is sent on assignment to the Black Hills, where Mason works. When Mason is tasked with guiding Riece around the territory, old feelings quickly are rekindled.

But nothing is ever easy. Just as Mason and Riece begin to work things out, they’re targeted by people with motives so vile and twisted they defy imagination. In a desperate race for their lives, they must depend on one another and take a big step out of their personal comfort zones to find their way back to safety—and back to love.

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Excerpt

“Hungry?” Mason poked at the campfire he’d started. This spot was a popular one. There was already a fire pit rimmed with rock and stone, set against an outcrop and facing a small stand of trees. Whoever constructed it had clearly thought out the location well. The trees were far enough away to be of minimal danger from the fire, yet close enough to be convenient for hanging food from. Their fire was protected by the outcrop and the shallow pit.

Riece turned and studied Mason and their camp. He grinned and raised his camera to take a few more pictures. “You photograph very well.” Riece walked over and sat beside Mason. “Want to see?”

“Sure. If I don’t like them, do they get deleted?”

“No,” Riece said and rolled his eyes. He settled on the ground beside Mason and leaned against him while going through the photos he’d taken that day.

Without thinking, Mason lifted one arm and put it around Riece, tucking him close to his side. “Those are pretty good. Even the ones with me in them.” Both of their actions seemed natural and easy.

Riece snorted and pulled the micro-memory chip out. “Of course they are. I have excellent technique.”

Mason laughed and handed Riece his bag. Riece extracted a plastic case, slipped the chip into one of the slots, and put a new one in the camera. “What’s on the menu?”

“Chicken burritos—well, my version. I threw some potatoes on to bake too, and the all-time campfire favorite of s’mores.”

“Oh, nice. I haven’t had those since I was a kid. My mom used to make them for me over the stove.”

“You haven’t had s’mores until you’ve had them made over an open fire,” Mason said.

Riece tucked his camera away, and they set about assembling and eating their dinner. Mason squeezed shredded chicken from foil pouches onto tortilla wraps. They added shredded cheese, some salami, and dried fruits and spices to the mix. Mason rolled them in foil and set them on the hot embers from the fire to warm up. Dried power-drink mix to add to their water completed the meal. It was completely dark by the time Mason loaded skewers with marshmallows for roasting.

“That was pretty good.” Riece leaned against his pack and gazed up at the sky.

Mason laughed. “What were you expecting, squirrel meat?”

“I was worried about what we were going to eat. I’ll admit I had visions of freeze-dried food packets. I didn’t really pay attention when you were packing. I was afraid to look too closely,” Riece confessed.

“Tomorrow we’ll be near a river, and we can score some fresh fish and use our water filters to refill our bottles. I’ll show you how to spear fish.” Mason stood and stretched. When he began collecting their food stocks and garbage, Riece immediately joined in, helping him. “Anything like toothpaste or mouthwash we’ll store in our sack as well. That stuff smells good to wildlife too.”

“We can keep the lube with us, right?”

That made Mason laugh. “I wouldn’t dream of having it any other way. It’s nice enough out tonight. I can set the tent up, or we can sleep without it.”

“If you don’t mind, and if the wildlife will cover their eyes, I’d like to be able to see the open sky.” Riece sat cross-legged near the fire and pushed his hands against the ground. “Sort of hard and lumpy.”

“You’re such a city boy,” Mason said with a chuckle. “That’s what I brought a sleeping pad for.”

“Now who’s being a city boy? I was thinking more along the lines of how comfortable you are to sleep on.”

Mason smiled, rolled his eyes, and shook his head before he went about completing the task of getting their sleeping area readied. Riece packed their food in the bear bag they would use to secure it high enough off the ground it would be safe. Using a rock and some utility cord, Mason showed Riece how to rig it between two trees.

“We’ll use this as a base camp, hike farther out tomorrow, and come back here to sleep before heading to the next area you need to go to,” Mason explained. He’d spread the map out and traced their path with one finger.

Riece looked over his shoulder. Mason could feel his warm breath on the back of his neck and how he nodded every few seconds. Eventually Mason spread the sleeping pad out, and Riece inflated it before arranging their bedrolls over it.

The temperature dropped fast after the sun went down. Riece was lying on his back, arms bent under his head, looking up at the sky. They’d hiked quite a way that day, and Mason was getting tired. He spent a few minutes watching Riece. He’d folded his clothes and neatly placed them in his backpack, which made Mason smile. Even in the wilderness, there were some things Riece would do to follow his routine, and there was no stopping him. Mason had learned long ago trying to make Riece give up too many of his habits too quickly would cause him to close off and withdraw. Something Mason wanted to avoid at all cost.

Mason stripped off his clothes before he slid into the bedroll with Riece and wrapped one arm around his waist. Despite the cool night air, he was warm in seconds with Riece’s body against his.

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.

Where to find the author:

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Review

Elizabeth Noble - Gone Away CoverTitle: Gone Away

Series: Circles 04

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novella (130pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63476-771-2

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6th January 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ – 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Mason Arquette isn’t one for mincing words. In fact, he often rubs people the wrong way—with the exception of Riece Burrell. Riece came with his own set of social issues, but he saw right through Mason’s tough exterior, and they made a perfect couple. Or so Mason thought… until Riece abruptly ended their relationship without much explanation.

Years later, Mason and Riece are thrown back together. As a US Forestry Service photographer, Riece is sent on assignment to the Black Hills, where Mason works. When Mason is tasked with guiding Riece around the territory, old feelings are quickly rekindled.

But nothing is ever easy. Just as Mason and Riece begin to work things out, they’re targeted by people with motives so vile and twisted they defy imagination. In a desperate race for their lives, they must depend on one another and take a big step out of their personal comfort zones to find their way back to safety—and back to love.

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7113

Review: This story is part of a series and while it can be read as a standalone it is best read as part of the series.

This is a fantastic addition to the Circles series; we briefly met one of the main characters, Mason, in Jewel Cave and even though there is no direct connection to that story I’d recommend reading it first as there are mentions of some of the events from Jewel Cave.

Mason and Riece haven’t seen each other since Riece broke up with Mason with no warning, now they have to work together as Riece is sent on assignment as a US Forestry Service photographer to the Black Hills where Mason is a Park Ranger. The attraction between them never died and flares to life, and neither man tries to fight it; as they rekindle their love on the Black Hills trust is hard won as they face a danger they could never have envisaged.

Mason is a brilliant character, he can be a bit abrasive with his straightforward straight talking attitude but he’s not a shallow character, he’s got depth and a bit of a soft centre. Riece is fantastic, he’s a bit of an odd duck with the way he thinks and reacts to situations but he’s a pretty clear cut type with no hidden agenda. Together they are a perfect match, Riece isn’t bothered in the least by Mason’s tough exterior and Mason can handle Riece’s quirks with patience and understanding.

Seeing them meet for the first time since they split up you’d expect recriminations or hard feelings, but we get none of that from either of the men and as you get to know both men you understand why, even though Riece initiated the break-up he never stopped loving Mason he just thought he was doing the best thing for Mason. Mason knowing Riece so well had him knowing that Riece would have thought he had a logical reason for leaving Mason, so although he was deeply hurt he wasn’t bitter. It was so lovely to see the men reunite and just click.

Now the exciting part of the story… well it was one that I never saw coming, I was thinking of several scenarios as to what danger they could face in the Black Hills and the one that did happen never crossed my mind. It was beautifully executed so the truth of the situation didn’t smack me in the face until the same time that it smacked Mason and Riece in the face… just perfect. And yes that’s all I’m saying on that matter, but you will adore it when you discover it for yourself.

Elizabeth Noble has written another wonderful story of two men in love and in danger; she shows us a relationship being repaired and trust being rebuilt, a love that never faded being rekindled and the flames of lust fanning high. I loved this story and was gripped by the situation that Mason and Riece fell into, it was exciting, had action and danger, and had me waiting with baited breath as I raced to finish the story to see if they’d both make it out in one piece.

I recommend this to those who adore rekindled love stories, who love main characters with real character, who long for action and danger and who can’t resist a story that will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat!

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