Tour Stop, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Scratch Track by Eli Lang

Hello, I’m Eli Lang. Welcome to the blog tour for my contemporary m/m romance with rock stars, Scratch Track. Join in on the discussion in the comments and have fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Title: Scratch Track by Eli Lang
Escaping Indigo Series Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay, Romance
Length: 226 pages/Word Count: 68,900


Being a roadie isn’t everyone’s idea of a dream job, but it’s all Quinn wants. He loves touring, loves getting to hear amazing music every night and, more than anything, loves being someone the band members of Escaping Indigo can lean on.

When Quinn joins the band in the recording studio, it’s supposed to be fun, but it only seems to remind him of doubts he thought he’d left behind—doubts about his brother’s death, his place with the band, and his ability to care for and support his friends. So when his ex, Nicky, tumbles back into his life, Quinn’s completely unprepared.

The failure of his past romance with Nicky is yet another strike against Quinn’s confidence. But Nicky’s unassuming kindness makes it hard for Quinn to resist a new entanglement. Quinn isn’t sure they won’t make the same mistakes again, but he wants a second chance, even if that means facing the past, learning to let his friends support him, and proving to Nicky that, this time, he’ll be someone Nicky can rely on.

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Everything, somehow, had gotten wrapped up in the twelve songs on the album we were listening to. Hearing them made me remember. Or not remember, but they made me feel for a few minutes like I was in both places, both times. Scared and secure. Young and not so young. Confused and sure. Just starting out, and comfortably settled into my life.

Beside me, Nick was quiet, listening. He was holding the album cover between his hands, like he’d held the record itself, the edges balanced against his palms. He’d been reading the lyrics printed on the inside. But I didn’t think he was anymore. He’d gone still in the way that meant tension or deep thought or emotion.

I turned to him, just enough so I could see him. He glanced up at me and smiled, but the smile was tight and lopsided.

“It’s weird, isn’t it?” I asked. “Hearing it. Like . . . you’re in two places at once.”

He nodded, and ran his fingers up over the edge of the album cover. “I didn’t think my life would be like this.”

“Is that a good thing or a bad thing?” I asked, so soft I wasn’t sure if he’d hear my voice over the music.

His smile went slightly wider, and it lost that tightness. “Good. I think. Yeah.”

He set the cover down on the floor in front of him and twisted around to face me. “I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad . . . I got to see you again. I know you maybe aren’t. Maybe you wanted whatever happened between us to stay in the past. But I wasn’t . . . I wanted to see you again. Talk to you. And I’m happy this worked out like this.”

I took a deep breath. “I didn’t want it to stay in the past. I didn’t . . . want it to be over. It just . . . was.”

He didn’t move, but something about the way he was focused on me felt like he had turned to face me more, like he had opened himself up to me. “And now?”

I shook my head. “I don’t . . . I don’t know how anymore.”

“Oh. That’s simple.” He leaned forward, resting his weight on his hands, braced against the thick carpet, and kissed me. It was soft and easy, undemanding, but he didn’t pull away quickly, either. He kept going, let his lips move slowly and gently against mine. And I kissed him back.

I’d thought about kissing Nicky. I hadn’t actually imagined it would happen again, but I’d daydreamed about it. I’d tried to remember the way he’d tasted, how his hair had slipped through my fingers. This wasn’t the same. And it wasn’t the same as the last time I’d kissed him, either. This was all new, like we were different people now, and everything we’d learned about each other before had to be relearned. There was a hint of awkwardness in the kiss, and uncertainty, a holding back, like we were both trying to figure out what the other wanted. But mostly, after the hesitancy, under the caution, the kiss was just good.

Nick pulled back after a minute. The kiss had gone on longer than I’d expected. We weren’t quite out of breath, but Nick’s lips were plump and red, and I was probably flushed. I could feel the heat rising up in my face. I’d tucked my hands around Nick’s jaw, my fingers behind his ears, so his hair fell over them, and I couldn’t quite make myself let go.

He smiled at me, lazy and sweet. “See? It’s simple.”

About the Escaping Indigo Series

Escaping Indigo is a busy band, whether they’re playing edgy rock music in a darkened theater, touring the country together, or meeting up with other musicians at a summer festival. And they’re always writing new melodies, new riffs, and new lyrics to tell their stories.

Micah, a drummer, is hoping to leave the memories of his old band behind by going on tour with Escaping Indigo as a stagehand. But there he meets Bellamy, the lead singer, and he finds himself tangled in a romance that makes him face everything he’s lost.

Ava, drummer for Escaping Indigo, is hoping that time away from the band will give her a chance to sort through her complicated feelings for her best friend, who’s in love with someone else. But a chance meeting with a beautiful woman leads to an unexpected romance that makes Ava rethink her plans for her future.

From unrequited love to finding your way, old friendships to lost dreams, surprising secrets to unexpected encounters, Escaping Indigo has a song to suit.

Check out Escaping Indigo now!

Author Bio

Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.

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To celebrate the release of Scratch Track, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Escaping Indigo and Skin Hunger! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 3, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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7 Responses to Tour Stop, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: Scratch Track by Eli Lang

  1. susana

    Thank you for the excerpt, and congratulations on the release!

  2. Angie Malone

    Congrats on your new release! I look forward to reading this book!
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  3. H.B.

    Thank you for the post. Good luck with the release!
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  4. Eli Lang

    Thanks for having me! 🙂

  5. Timitra

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt

  6. Paul Wilgus

    Congrats on the book and thank you for the excerpt.
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