First class petty officer Eric Randall is less than thrilled about taking orders to Okinawa. Three long, lonely years on a crappy island that’s thousands of miles from his daughter? Oh. Yeah. Sign him up. But as long as he’s stuck here, he might as well make the best of it, so he discreetly checks out the local gay scene, where he meets Shane Connelly. What starts as a one night stand leaves both of them wanting more, but then Eric finds out Shane doesn’t just outrank him, he’s an officer. DADT may be repealed, but an enlisted man getting involved with an officer falls under conduct unbecoming a gentleman and could cost both men their careers. They both have kids to take care of, future civilian careers to consider, and retirements on the line.Still, they can’t resist each other. They discreetly spend nights together, and their mutual desire to explore the beautiful island of Okinawa is a perfect excuse to spend days together. As long as no one asks and they don’t tell, there’s no reason anyone has to find out.But secrets like this tend to make themselves known…This 95,000 word novel was previously published.
Two men, shaped by the demons of their past, find their lives inexplicably intertwined.Nicolas Michaud, the prodigy composer and pianist, grew up apart from the world. Consumed by his desire to find the perfect musician for his Magnum Opus, he rejects human relationships, and it turns him cold.Until, he meets Cedric Blum, a young chemical engineering student with a secret talent for music like Nicolas has never seen. But Cedric has his own past to overcome. With the help of an old friend and new relationships, the pair begin their journey toward love, life, and their personal Magnum Opus.
When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path. Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.Editorial Reviews: “Melissa Collins delivered a stirring, thought provoking story that left us breathless and completely fulfilled . Such an emotive and beautiful story that encapsulated everything we love about reading.” Jenny & Gitte of Totally Booked”I loved this book. Loved. It. Why? Because there was so much to love about it, that’s why. Dax and Beck were lovable, likable, and desirable. And together, they burned up the pages. Their connection was intense and real.” Missy of Give Me Books “On Solid Ground genuinely opened my eyes to things that I had never come across in other books. It had: conviction, it had feelings, AND, it had heart.”Kawehi of Kawehi’s Book Blog”Experiencing these two men building a friendship and bringing each other comfort made me try to read slower to savor the journey even more.”Denise of Shh Mom’s Reading”These two characters were just screaming at me to read their story. So, I took a chance and I have to say this book is one of my favorites of the year. Loved. It. Hard. Loved it so much that when I was done reading it, I started it over again. I’m having a hard time letting go of these men and this incredible story.”Kara of Two Book Pushers”On Solid Ground is more than a story, it has a great message behind every sentence, every paragraph, and every chapter. “Shayna of Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads