Saturday, December 29, 2012

REVIEW: Hammer It Home by Jayne Rylon

Recap:

Morgan struggles with being happy for Kate expecting a little member of the crew, but it’s a glaring reminder that she can’t conceive herself, and Joe struggles with knowing it’s his fault. The gang gets together to right the problem and set on a mission to give Morgan the baby she so desperately desires. Soon after though, tragedy strikes as one of the crew winds up in a horrible accident. True to form, the crew comes together to support each other no matter what.

Title:  Hammer It Home
Series:  Powertools
Book #: 6
Author:  Jayne Rylon
Approximate Book Length:  128 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

First of all, let me just say that the author is mean, and here is what I mean by that: I’m a big sap, so I spent a LARGE portion of this book in tears!! I love, love, love this series and all its characters, so to see Morgan and Joe in such emotional turmoil tore me up. Then later to see the victim of the accident and everybody around him so distraught tore me up again. Seriously, have tissues handy.

That being said, there’s also some very sensual scenes as well, naturally. The night Morgan gets pregnant is a little awkward, but mostly hot, fun, and tender. Everybody coping with the accident and its repercussions was sweet and hot as well. Perhaps one of my favorite parts though, is the introduction to two NEW characters that will lead us into the author’s new spin off series, the Hot Rods. That scene where they get to learn about the crew and their arrangement is both funny and sizzling.

In Conclusion:

Ultimately, it’s a great finale to the series, and a fantastic lead in to the spin off. As with any ending, it’s bittersweet, but oh so satisfying and I couldn’t get enough! Hammer It Home just goes to show how close all the characters really are and how tightly knit they are as a unit. I’m sad to see the crew go, but maybe they’ll have the occasional cameo in the Hot Rods series. Bring it on!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Bound by Jennifer Dean


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. Enjoy an excerpt from Jennifer Dean's Bound.

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17-year-old Emma Morgan believes she finally has the chance at happiness again when she relocates back to her hometown of Washington, North Carolina and reunites with her older brother, Sean.

But after three years apart, their unique bond is tested when Sean protests her meeting of the oddly charming and bright-eyed, Liam Alexander. A boy who holds a very deep secret from the rest of the residents in Washington.

A secret that will change Emma’s life forever and lead her to discovering the beginning of something she never believed could exist...true love.


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~EXCERPT~

Once I shut the door behind me, I felt as if the imaginary director had yelled “cut”, letting me finally involuntarily collapse to my knees. I closed my eyes, sitting on my heels with my hands resting on my thighs, slowly filtering in a shaky breath. What the hell just happened? I wanted to hear Sean’s voice to soothe me, but I didn’t have the strength to grab my phone from inside my purse, which I had thrown to the bed a moment before my collapse.

Suddenly I heard a knock at my door. Damn. I opened my eyes before my hands helped lift me back to my feet. I knew my mom would definitely question me if she found me on the floor like that. I breathed out two deep sighs in order to calm my expression before I was ready. Action, I thought.

“Come in,” I said.

The door opened, but it wasn’t my mother. It was Sean that peeked his head through the frame gap, before stepping inside my room and shutting the door behind him. I didn’t waste the time to rush him. I wrapped my arms underneath his as I laid my head to his chest. The instant warmth of his presence lifted me to a better place.

“I thought you had to work late,” I said.

“I just got back and felt like I should stop by and see you.” I felt him gently pat the back of my hair comfortingly. “Is everything all right?”

“I don’t know how you do it,” I said.

“Do what?”

“Make yourself appear right when I need you. But I’m glad that you do.”

“It’s a gift. Now are you going to tell me what’s wrong?”

I finally stepped back to look up at him. But now in the moment of truth, I knew that I couldn’t say anything. I couldn’t be the reason that Sean lost his friends. But I also knew that was what Ross and Nick were hoping on, and I wasn’t keeping quiet for their sake. I have to tell him. I opened my mouth, but still nothing came out. I curled my fingers into fists, looking for the courage to speak.

“I got . . . ” This was my chance as my tongue lingered with the words. Say it. “Freaked out earlier.”

Sean narrowed his gaze with a prepared anger. “Freaked out by what?”

I gulped, not quite sure why this was so hard to say. I hadn’t even begun to wrap my head around Liam Alexander. “I forgot my purse, and when I went back for it the janitor was really creepy.” I rolled my eyes for dramatics with a small shrug. “But you know how my imagination can be.”

I sighed with the guilt weighing me down like lead. I’ll admit the janitor wasn’t going to be my friend but he didn’t deserve the persona I was building of him. I expected a lecture of any kind for being stupid enough to not bring a friend with me. I even welcomed it in order to serve as punishment for lying.

Instead Sean merely pulled his neck back to gaze at me with his brow lifted. “Are you sure that’s all?”

I nodded, maybe a little too much. It wasn’t as if he knew I was lying but more that I wasn’t telling the truth. Luckily he was choosing to ignore it, and I was grateful.

My eyes shifted to the floor with guilt.

“I know it sounds a bit childish, but would you stay until I fall asleep?”

“Sure,” he said.

I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to fall asleep, but I was glad Sean had stayed to do what he had always done best, protect me. Lucky for him, I would have no problem staying away from Liam Alexander now. I wasn’t even sure where to begin with Liam. My mind could barely decipher the idea of what I had seen, let alone how to articulate it into words.

There must be an explanation for it all, but for now I laid under the covers, moving to curl into Sean, with my head rested on the warmth of his chest. It was like sunshine that radiated around my body. The warmth on my skin was like that sensation of hot water from the shower on a cold day. Just being near him made me feel better.

“Sean,” I said.

“Yeah, Em?”

“I’ll stay away from Liam.”

There was a few seconds of silence where I felt like I could almost see his eyes shift away with a smile of accomplishment.

“Why now? Did something happen with him tonight?”

I shook my head, while my mind knew the opposite. “No, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I believe you. There is something strange about him.” I paused to exhale at the memory of tonight. “So, you don’t have to worry about him anymore.”

I thought of how different things would be if Sean had seen what I did. He would surely be even more protective of me. But if he had known, then it would be something he would have already told me. Even if I knew how hypocritical I seemed by withholding what I had seen tonight.

I felt Sean’s light, comforting kiss on my scalp before he laid his head on top of my own. “Promise?”

I sighed into the warm silence crawling around the two of us.

“I promise.”

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Jennifer lives in Dallas, Texas with her family. When not immersed in her writing, she is either engaged in a book or one of her favorite television shows.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

BLOG TOUR: The Chief of All Time by SR Howen


Thanks to Book Trailer Showcase for hosting this blog tour. I got a chance to read SR Howen's first book in the Medicine Man series, The Chief of All Time. Find my review for it below.

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Recap:

Dr. Running Deer is an American Indian doctor who has forsaken the ways of his people for modern medicine. His world unravels when he meets a woman and the past collides with present. Can he defeat the evil that haunts him?






Title:  The Chief of All Time
Series:  Medicine Man
Book #: 1
Author:  SR Howen
Approximate Book Length:  300 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This was a unique story for me. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did it was weird, creepy, interesting, and compelling. It was confusing at times, but only because the main character was confused too as to what was real and what wasn’t.

Morning Dove presented a great complexity as you waver between thinking she’s a source of danger and a romantic potential. The character development was great, particularly with Shane, as I really appreciated his struggle with modern medicine versus the beliefs of his people.

In Conclusion:

Truly a creative work, Medicine Man I: The Chief of All Time is a carefully woven tale full of mystery, the mystical, and suspense. While it ultimately wasn’t my cup of tea, it’s a well written and intriguing book.

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I currently work as an editor at Wild Child Publishing (since 1998) and also mentor several beginning writers. My publications include, THE FORGE: DISCOVERIES (Erotica with four star and above reviews)(Freya's Bower) under the pen name Shaunna Wolf, and upcoming from WCP; TALES OF THE ZINGARI:THE WIZARD’S HEART (Romance), and MEDICINE MAN: THE CHIEF OF ALL TIME (Supernatural suspense) as S.R.Howen.

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Shannon Running Deer is American Indian by blood, he has forsaken his people's ancient ways to embrace the "modern" world as a wealthy, highly successful trauma surgeon.

His comfortable existence begins to unravel when, seemingly by chance, Shannon finds himself gradually drawn into the past. Pursued by an ancient evil, he knows he can change the future, if he can survive the past.

In the tradition of Diana Gabaldon, S.R. Howen's MEDICINE MAN is a distinctive and atmospheric novel full of spirituality, mystical time travel, romance, passion, and suspense.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BOOK PROPO: Master Class by Cassandra Carr

HAPPY LATEST RELEASE!
My buddy Cassandra Carr recently released her latest book called Master Class! It looks to be a sizzling one, so learn more about it below! WARNING: R-Rated excerpt below! Happy reading!




Ryan Tomasi feels like a failure. His marriage is officially over; the ink dried on the divorce decree. His friend Jack introduces him to BDSM and he agrees to attend a Halloween party at a club. A submissive approaches him, offering herself, and how can he refuse the kneeling beauty? They do a whirlwind scene and Ryan is addicted—both to dominance and to her.

Lisette Rinaldo is returning to the BDSM club for the first time since ending a bad relationship with her former master. She spots Ryan and is taken by the combination of self-assurance and nervousness the man displays as he takes in his surroundings. And after he gives her an incredible re-introduction to the lifestyle, she knows she needs to see the man again.

Ryan and Lisette explore each other and the lifestyle, but what started out as playtime quickly evolves into something more. The problem? Ryan isn’t ready to get serious again and Lisette doesn’t want to fall in love with a guy who can’t give all of himself to her. Both of them are going to have to break out of the bonds holding them back from happiness.


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~EXCERPT~

“What the fuck is an acceptable costume to wear to a Halloween party at a BDSM club?” Ryan Tomasi muttered aloud to himself. He did that a lot these days, since he lived alone after his recent divorce. “Sheesh.”

From his Internet research, he knew people who practiced BDSM—the term “practice” cracked him up every time—already dressed in some pretty outrageous outfits. Between the leather daddies and the pony play, as well as the other strange getups he’d seen online, Ryan wasn’t sure what to think. Full-body latex encasement? He shuddered.

But one thing was clear. He couldn’t keep fucking random women and feel good about it or himself. The whole mess had started after Ryan’s now ex-wife had blindsided him with divorce papers about a year ago, saying she didn’t love him anymore. The fact he’d loved her and had wanted to work on the marriage apparently wasn’t good enough, and Ryan found himself living in a rented house with nothing but his recliner and a futon to sleep on. Over the past year, he’d done what he could to rebuild his life, and now it was time to take the next step.

Ryan needed to find someone for more than a one-night stand and, it seemed, someone who wanted to submit to him, since he’d found he really liked some of this BDSM stuff, especially the dominating side. He felt like a fool on the bar scene, and he really wasn’t a one-night-stand kind of guy, though that had been his MO lately. He’d never even known there was a whole formal “thing” like BDSM until his friend Jack, a fellow professor at the college where Ryan taught English literature, had asked one day, while Ryan was lamenting his pathetic sex life, if he’d ever engaged in any BDSM activities. Ryan had been taken aback, to say the least. He’d thought that kind of thing was limited to porn. Real people didn’t get kinky like that, did they? Hell, he’d gotten married at twenty-two and had been with his ex-wife for almost fifteen years. It appeared he didn’t know shit about sex—kinky sex scene in particular.

Ryan had been shocked when Jack offered to let Ryan see what his submissive, Callie, and Jack did in some of their “scenes” so that Ryan could get a feel for what domination was all about. Jack didn’t allow any actual intercourse or other sexual contact between him and Callie when they got together, which Ryan totally understood, so there was a little bit missing from what he wanted to experience after reading how great the sex could be.


But just watching the way Jack dealt with Callie, and then having the opportunity to try a bunch of things out himself during subsequent play sessions with the two of them, had given Ryan a light at the end of what had been a very dark tunnel since the ex had walked out on him. He believed he’d finally found what he was looking for; what he’d been missing his entire life. The high from a woman submitting to him was the most natural, yet most powerful thing he’d ever felt, and Callie wasn’t even his submissive. What would that feel like?

Shaking out of his reverie, Ryan decided reinforcements were in order and called Jack. “Hey, man.”

“What’s up?”

“Am I interrupting anything?” He was almost afraid to ask.

Jack laughed. “If you’re asking me if Callie is tied up somewhere waiting for me to fuck her six ways to Sunday, no, you’re not interrupting anything. That’s later.”

“TMI, dude, TMI. Anyway, I need help.”

“You need a lot more than help.”

“Yeah, yeah. Seriously, I need to know what a Dom should wear to this Halloween party.”

“Uh, clothes? Usually only the submissives are naked.”

“Are you going to help or not? You’re the one who said I should go to this.” Ryan knew Jack was just messing with him, but as this Halloween party was his “coming out” of sorts as a Dom, he didn’t want to make a fool of himself.

“All right. I’ll take pity on you. What types of costumes are you looking at? What will make you feel comfortable?”

Ryan snorted. “Not sure anything can do that. I’m nervous as hell.”

“Remember, a Dom needs to portray an air of confidence. If you don’t, no sub is going to trust you enough to play with you.”

“I know. And by the time I get there, I’m sure I’ll be a lot calmer. I’ve been pretty good when I’ve played with Callie, haven’t I?”

Ryan could practically see the smirk on Jack’s face.

“Yeah, but I was there too. She knows better than to disobey me and that I would keep the play safe. Goes back to that trust issue. Plus, you didn’t have any sexual contact or anything that might’ve freaked you out. Speaking of that, you got your medical test results, right?”

“Yeah. Sent them to the club the other day.”

“Good. They won’t let you in unless you can prove you’re clean. Now, back to the costume. How about something easy like a police officer or a soldier? Some take-charge type of thing would be fitting.”

“Oh, I like the idea of a soldier.” Soldiers were powerful, respected—everything Ryan thought a Dom should project. It was the perfect costume to convey the image he wanted during his first public play. Ryan quickly typed that into the search engine of the costume store. “Awesome. They have a pretty cool one.”

“See how simple it is, once you’re not freaking out? I know this is all new and a little scary for you, but remember, kinksters are people too.”

“Yeah, yeah. You guys are going to be there, right?”

“Of course. I wouldn’t let you go into the big, bad world of BDSM all by yourself. Also, I’m your sponsor, so you can’t get in without me anyway this first time.”

“Okay, cool. See you then. And thanks for talking me off the ledge.”

“Anytime.”

Jack hung up, and Ryan looked over the costume specs. It had a camouflage shirt and pants, along with a set of dog tags. He had black boots already for when he did stuff around the house. Though he wasn’t imposing by any means at five-nine and one-eighty, he wasn’t tiny either. Hopefully the costume would make him look like a bit of a badass. He flexed his bicep. Maybe allow him to show off the muscles he was just starting to develop with regular workouts at the gym over the past several months.

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On Halloween night Ryan dressed in his costume and drove to the club. Jack and Callie were waiting just inside the doors, and when Jack saw him approach, he spoke to the bouncer, who waved Ryan through without a word. Jack was clad as Zorro, and Callie’s dress, if you could call it that, was liberally scored with slashes. It looked more like a bunch of black bandages than anything else, and Ryan wondered how long Jack would allow her to remain clothed. If he knew Jack—and he felt he did after playing with him several times and spending hours talking to him about BDSM and a whole host of other topics—not long.

He wasn’t sure what was appropriate to say to Callie, so he forced his gaze away from her and greeted Jack, who grinned.

“You can tell her she looks hot. It’s not like you’ve never seen her naked.”

Ryan smiled, relaxing. He pivoted back to her. “You look hot, Callie.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“Shall we?”

Jack gestured toward the door at the end of the short hall, and Ryan could hear a bass beat pounding from the other side. He nodded, swallowing thickly. Ryan needn’t have worried, though. As soon as he stepped into the room and looked around, his nerves settled.

I’m home.

The people around him were engaged in all manner of things, but even a cursory glance at the various scenes playing out before him made him finally feel like he was normal. He wasn’t a freak for wanting sex and control like this, despite what his ex-wife had said when he’d suggested some pretty mild stuff to spice up their sex life.

“What do you think?” his friend shouted over the music.

“It’s fucking perfect.” Ryan couldn’t have kept that note of awe out of his voice even if he’d tried.

Jack laughed. “I figured you’d say that. I’ll give you a tour, but we need to do one thing first.”

“What’s that?”

“Lose the shirt. You’ll look way more Dom-ish without it.”

“Dom-ish?” Callie repeated with a chuckle.

“You behave before I decide to leash you,” Jack threatened. “Or maybe we can give Ryan here some more practice with that paddle you hate so much.”

She looked down. “Whatever would please you, Master.”

“Seeing your beautiful ass bright red and ready to be fucked would please me greatly, but we need to babysit Ryan for a bit longer before we can play.”

Ryan pulled off his shirt and stuffed it into his brand-new toy bag. Who would’ve thought a duffel bag he got at an academic conference would come in handy to hold the instruments of pain and pleasure he’d spent a small fortune on? He followed Jack through the club as the other man pointed out the public play area, the theme rooms, and the staircase to the private rooms upstairs. Then they all went to the bar, which served no alcohol so as to keep the clubgoers sober for play, as Jack explained in answer to Ryan’s puzzled question. They procured soft drinks—drinks were included in the price of the membership—and found a comfy couch that was close enough to the public play area that Ryan had a good view of several scenes taking place. Jack and Ryan sat, and Callie settled on a cushion in front of her Dom.

“That girl,” Jack said, pointing to a submissive tied to a St. Andrew’s cross as a man whipped her from thighs to shoulders, “is a hard-core masochist. As you can see, she’s not wearing a collar, so she’s not owned, but stay away from her. Until you get more comfortable with impact play, all you’ll do is frustrate both of you.”

Ryan nodded, forcing himself not to wince as the man laid another welt on her ass.

“That one,” his friend continued with a jerk of his head at another submissive, “is a horrible topper-from-the-bottom. She’s definitely not a good fit for you as a beginner. I’m not really sure why any Dom would play with her. It would drive me batty to have a sub questioning my every order.”

Jack dismissed a few more for one reason or another as they sipped their beverages. There weren’t a ton of subs running around without collars, and Ryan was beginning to believe none of them would pass Jack’s muster.

“She’s a pretty one,” Jack remarked, and Ryan followed his gaze. He nearly swallowed his can of soda pop whole.

Pretty didn’t begin to describe the woman. She was a few inches shorter than him, from what he could tell in his current position, and had enough meat on her bones to be curvy. If he was going to be tying a woman up and fucking the hell out of her, he wanted to be sure her ribs wouldn’t crack at the slightest provocation.

Her long brown hair was piled on top of her head, leaving the slim column of her neck exposed. Ryan loved to nibble on women’s necks, and if he had this one restrained, he’d happily spend hours torturing her in that spot. She was wearing what looked like a harem girl outfit, with a jeweled bra and flouncy, gauzy pants. From the looks of things, Ryan was pretty sure she was naked underneath them.

Jack had been speaking with Callie but straightened up. “Callie said her name is Lisette, and she’s an experienced submissive who hasn’t been to the club as far as Callie knows since her split with her Dom a while back. She’s not owned, as you can see from the fact she’s not collared. The lack of a collar doesn’t always mean a sub is not owned, but at open parties like this, all owned submissives must be collared. As you know,” he continued with a grin in Callie’s direction, “some of us can be possessive bastards, and it cuts down on potential problems.”

“Makes sense,” Ryan murmured. His friend’s eyes suddenly widened a little in anticipation, and Ryan turned in the direction of his gaze.

“Hey, do you mind if we go take advantage of that spanking bench? At these parties, equipment doesn’t stay empty long.”

“No, go ahead.”

Jack helped Callie up and landed a hard swat on her ass. “Go get it for us, pet. I’ll be right over.” He turned to Ryan. “Feel free to watch us or anyone else. We should be back within a half hour or so. Callie’s been naughty lately and needs a good dose of the belt.”

Winking, he walked away, and Ryan laughed. Before Jack had agreed to bring Ryan here for public play, he’d insisted on several private sessions at the house he and Callie shared, so Ryan knew Callie’s favorite implement was the belt. He doubted she would be too upset if Jack used it tonight.

A completely naked woman, save for a collar, came by and took their empty soda cans. Ryan gave her a small smile but kept his attention focused on the scenes unfolding around him. Jack was busy tying Callie to the spanking bench, and the masochistic woman was still being whipped—Ryan couldn’t hold back his wince this time at a particularly hard strike—and a male submissive was going to town on his Mistress’s pussy like he was mining for gold. Turning away from them, he saw a female submissive strapped to what Jack had called a bondage table with cane marks decorating her ass in perfectly spaced lines and her Dom’s dick in her mouth. He’d never tried caning, but it looked interesting, if a little scary. Hell, almost everything looked interesting right now.

Ryan continued to watch as Jack bared Callie’s ass and started out lightly flicking the belt across it. He’d explained to Ryan how important it was to warm the bottom up by bringing the blood to the surface to prevent bruising, and Ryan had spent long hours in the past couple of weeks practicing with a pillow and the strap he’d ordered along with the other stuff Jack had said he’d need to be able to play. The club had a nice selection of implements lined up on the walls of the public play area, but Jack had recommended he get used to his own so he didn’t make a mistake and hurt a submissive.

He was just about to rise and make his way back to the bar when he caught movement out of the corner of his eye. The submissive Callie had called Lisette knelt directly in front of him, a bottle of water laid on her upturned palms. Ryan raised an eyebrow.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

REVIEW: Nailed to the Wall by Jayne Rylon

Recap:

Mike and his crew have formed a bond based on love and lust, leading them to work hard, and play harder together. They’ve all since found women that complete their lives in every way, but desires to start families threaten the way of life they’ve built. Will the passion they’ve all shared just fade away? The women decide it’s time to band together and prove to their men that they’re up for anything. They conspire to take their men as horny hostages using boudoir photos, a pillow fight, and a calculated experiment into partner swapping. But can they go through with it, even with everything on the line?

Title:  Nailed to the Wall
Series:  Powertools
Book #: 5
Author:  Jayne Rylon
Approximate Book Length:  119 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

With everyone having found their “mate” so to speak, now we get to the fun stuff, the actual relationships between everyone and how they’ve all progressed. The women really get the spotlight as a group now as they conspire to both spoil and torment their men. They all get to experiment with each other’s men, and Devon and Kayla get to explore what was hinted at and began in the last book. Really exciting in the heat department.

The other element to these stories has always been the emotion. Some stories have had more than others, and in different ways, but this one has a LOT of emotion as everybody steps just a little out of their comfort zone to strengthen their bond as a group. There’s also individual touches such as one or two couples wanting to start a family. That’s where the emotional investment gets the strongest for me, and all I can say is wow.

In Conclusion:

Bringing together the first four stories and outdoing them entirely, Nailed to the Wall is an emotional rollercoaster ride. I laughed, I cried, and of course got all hot and bothered too. Best yet in the series, it’s an awesome addition to anyone’s TBR list!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wake Trilogy Giveaway!

I really enjoyed the Wake trilogy and have posted reviews for each book.  Now I want to give someone else the chance to enjoy them too!  I'm giving away my gently used copies of all three books to one lucky winner.  If you want them, just enter the Rafflecopter below.  Sorry to my INT readers, but this giveaway is only open to US entries (shipping is kinda pricey :-\).

   


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BLOG TOUR: Dancing in Circles by Victoria Adams

Thanks to Victoria Adams for being here today!. For your entertainment, please enjoy an interview with her and learn more about her and her book, Dancing in Cirlces.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Victoria Adams. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband. Our daughter has grown up (overnight) and is out in the adult world.

I write contemporary romance and new adult (17 to 22).

How did you decide to enter the world of writing?
Several years ago, two former students of mine said there was nothing for them to read. Pre-Twilight. So I wrote a book for them, which turned into a trilogy.

What does your family think of your writing?
Some like it – some think it's pretty cool – some don't know and some have scolded me because the F word is used. (I just couldn't see a gang member saying, "Golly gee, I'm angry.")

Where do you get your ideas?
I don't know – somewhere deep in my brain where my creativity lives.

Can you tell us a little about your book?
The blurb pretty much says it all - Dancing in Circles (Book 1 – Circles Trilogy) is the story of two prep school students, one from privilege, the other from poverty and how fate threw them together while society tried to rip them apart.

What is your writing process?
I get out of bed. Since I'm lazy and love my bed, this is a major step. After breakfast, I turn on my laptop, deal with emails and visit people's blogs, thank my new followers on Twitter, approve posts on Triberr, then go to a critique group, and see if crits are waiting or if I have some critiques to do. Unless there are chapters waiting from my cps and betas – both with first initials M. They have top priority.

After all that – I settle down and write until something distracts me – like the cat wants out, in, out, in, out….I'm not very focused. I distract easily.

What was the hardest part for you when working on your book?
Critiques. Everybody says writers are supposed to have a thick skin. I use too much moisturizer – my skin's too soft.

What influenced or inspired you to write?
I did. I've always written. Wrote my first full length book in gr 10 (sophomore yr). I can sit anywhere, look at the people around me and write a scene about them. How they got to that location. How they are interacting. If you ever meet me and I zone out – I'm just plotting something out. (I try not to do it when I'm driving!)

Do you have a favorite character from you're book?
Robert. He's had to win a lot of personal and societal battles to get where he is. He's my perfect male hero.

Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us?
Yes. Book two of the Circles Trilogy is done and being prepped for publication. Next will probably be Hunter's story. It's complete and on hard drive. After that it's be a revision for Shea's story. After that, it'll be a surprise – mostly to me to see what bubbles up out of my imagination.

Where can we find more information about you and your books?
Both of my books are on KDP.
Dancing in Circles (Book 1)
Circles Interlocked (Book 3)

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Dancing in Circles ~Excerpt - Julie and Robert are going Horseback Riding~

After a few moments, Julie relaxed. Look at me, on a horse. Doing the cowgirl thing. She giggled. "I feel like a kid who's discovered ice cream." She glanced over at Robert. Ice cream with hot chocolate sauce. Very hot sauce.

Robert led them to a path, which opened into a meadow. "How come if your friends learned to ride, you didn't?"

"I was usually at class."

He slowed his horse to match hers. "What kind of class?"

"Dance. Ballet. You know, ballerinas in tutus, dancing on their toes." Julie swayed with the rocking rhythm of the horse's movements.

"Ya any good?"

"I can hold my own in class."

He raised his eyebrows. "Never known a ballerina before."

"When I was little, mom and dad took me to The Nutcracker and there's this great pas de deux...."

Robert tilted his head as his brow crinkled.

She scratched her nose. "Oh, uh...pas de deux when two people dance. This one's between the Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. I wanted to be the fairy. I thought she was the most wonderful thing I'd ever seen. She had on a purple tutu, stuck straight out at the sides, and she danced on her toes. I told mom that's what I wanted to do, and I've been taking class ever since."

"I hope ya get to dance her someday."

"Oh, I'm not good enough. It's just a dream." She held back a sad sigh.

"How do ya know? Maybe ya are good enough. Ya gotta believe in yourself and in your dreams. Dreams is what keeps us alive. People trapped in a hopeless situation survive by their dreams. Their dreams of freedom, of a better life, whatever."

What are your dreams? Can I ask you? Or is it too soon to get that personal? Julie picked at the leather-covered saddle horn.

"I gotta question." Robert shifted around in his saddle to face her. "Doesn't it hurt to stand on your toes? It hurts like hell when I stub mine. I can't imagine jumpin' up and down on'em."

Julie laughed. "When I first got my pointe shoes I thought my toes were going to break. Imagine trying to walk around with your foot stuck in a glass."

"Why do it if it hurts?"

"Good question." She released the hair tie, shook her head and let her long, brown hair drape around her shoulders. "Dancers are driven by a passion. An obsession. I've heard of ballerinas dancing with pulled muscles, sprained ankles, cracked bones in their feet. I'd love to spend nine or ten hours a day in a dance studio. I could deal with any of the physical discomforts if given a chance. Am I smiling all stupid like?" She looked at the saddle, the reins and the field to the left of her.

Robert, who was on her right, tapped her arm. "Ya have to look at me so I can see. And why the weird question?"

The heat rose in Julie's cheeks. "Mom says whenever I talk about dance I get this big grin on my face and I light up. Whatever that means."

"If ya love dancin' so much, go be a dancer? Go join a company or somethin'."

Julie paused as she looked at the trees starting to change to their fall colours. "It's not that easy. You have to audition. There are a million dancers for one job. Besides, my parents want me to go to college."

"It's not your parent's life. It's yours. Ya gotta do what's right for you. If ya don't try you'll never know if ya coulda been the fairy thing. If ya audition and don't get the job then you'll know ya ain't good enough, and ya can get on with your life."

She bit her lip. "That's the problem."

"What is?"

"What if I audition and fail?" Julie stared at her saddle.

"Ya go home and cry then swear at them, for being stupid. Your friends're way more concerned with their lives than yours. They'll forget about your failure long before ya do."

"You're so right. I've known them since we were babies and I swear, I've talked to you more about my dancing in ten minutes than I ever have with them." Ever.


Monday, December 17, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Stroke the Fire by M Christian


Thanks to Book Trailer Showcase for hosting this blog tour. Have a peek into the mind of M. Christian, author of Stroke the Fire. Here's here today to share a little bit about what it's like for him as a gay romance author. Happy Reading!

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Queerer Than You Can Imagine

Wanna hear a funny ... well, if not funny then at least odd ... story? In a previous installment you heard of my journey from amateur to professional writer. Pornographic (mostly), but a professional writer nonetheless.

Since I published by first story in 1993 I've been – to put it mildly – writing up a storm. I'm not going to inflict my entire bio on you (that's at the bottom of this piece as well as on my site at www.mchristian.com) but let's just say that I've written quite a few stories – that have been collected into quite a few collections – as well as more than a few novels.

Onto the funny: quite a few of those stories, more than a few of the collections, and most of those novels – plus a serious number of anthologies where I've been an editor – feature gay or lesbian characters. In fact I've had stories in the celebrated Best Gay Erotica, Best of the Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Transgendered Erotica, and I was even a finalist for the gay literature award, the Lambda's...

Anyway, I think you get the build-up, so here's the punchline:

I'm straight.

Not even bisexual. Oh, sure, I've gotten more than a few offers (very flattering) but, as I like to say, Mr. Happy only responds to women. Now I also like to say I'm politically gay in that I vote a very purple ticket and consider gay rights to be the litmus test for any politician, nation, city, and so forth; socially bi in that I have no problem kissing and telling my male friends that I love them; and sexually ... like I said: straight.

Now I want to be very clear that my reason for being a non-queer author in a queer world did not spring from any kind of deception: I am very out about being a straight guy (though a few of my gay friends don't believe me), and when I teach classes in smut writing I tell my students – with great emphasis – never to lie about who they really are to sell a story.

How I got to where I am is actually a simple – but important – story, especially for writers. It started very simply: a friend of mine suggested writing a gay story for a special anthology. Now, I had never thought about anything like that – hell, I'd only just selling stories so I hadn't considered much of anything – so I gave it a shot. Surprise: it was bought. This put me on the gaydar, so to speak. Soon I was not just writing gay (and lesbian) stories but editors and publishers were actively seeking me out to write for them. No dummy, I wrote what people wanted to buy ... which puts me close to where I am now.

While I may, at worst, be a literary opportunist – one of my taglines is, after all, is that I'm A Literary Streetwalker With A Heart of Gold – I truly feel honored to be not just accepted but in many ways honored by the gay and lesbian community. I've been brought to the verge of tears more than once by a gay, lesbian, bi, or transgendered person telling me that anything I wrote has touched them, or when a member of the community asks me to write for them.

In this, I feel, is a lesson for any writer: I did not know – at all – that I could write queer stories until I tried. Who knows what you could be good at until you try? I tell my students all the time to try, experiment, with everything and anything – even if it’s something you may not even like. The worst that happens is that you find out that a certain genre is not for you, but then you could be wonderfully surprised that you not only enjoy, but are quite good at, writing for that genre.

Stretch, play, have fun, try, experiment ... in writing but also in life, to get a bit philosophical.

Before I close, I want to touch on one final thing. Often I get asked is how I can write about characters that don't share my sexual orientation. Now, writing beyond yourself is what fiction is all about: horror writers don't really kill people, science fiction authors don't – mostly – come from other worlds ... you get the idea. Fiction is fiction, and good fiction suspends our disbelief to the point where we forget that what we are reading isn't exactly true.

But I do have one bit of advice that's come from being a straight guy in queer clothing: I don't write about queer characters ... I write about people.

While I may not know what being a gay man is actually like, and I'm not equipped to know a lesbian one, I do know about hope, fear, delight, wonder, the giddy thrill of arousal, the nervousness that comes with the first few moments of sex, the lightheaded joy that comes when lust turns into love ... I may not know a few (ahem) details but I know what it means to be a human being, and no matter what anyone says we are all, down deep where it matters, more alike than not.

Yes, I write about gay characters, but – following my own advice – I am also constantly trying to expand my repertoire: challenging myself as much as possible. I've tried my hand at romance, horror, science fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, historical ... sometimes I succeed, sometimes I feel I need a lot more work ... but no matter what I write, and where my life goes from here, I will always hold in the depths of my heart a love for all the gay men and women who have been so kind and supportive of me and my work.

I may not know everything about what it means to be queer – but I certainly, absolutely, totally know what love feels like.

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About the Author
M.Christian has become an acknowledged master of erotica, with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best Gay Erotica, Best Best Bisexual Erotica, Best American Erotica, and Best Fetish Erotica. He has had three collections of stories about men who love men published, Body Work, Filthy Boys, and Dirty Words, which was a Lambda Award finalist. And he is the author of two man-love novels, the vampire classic, and Me2, a gay thriller. M. Christian is also a veteran anthologist, and with more than 25 to his credit, including the Best S/M Erotica series; Pirate Booty; My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica; The Burning Pen; Garden of Perverse, and others. Sizzler Editions/Attraction, a glbt imprint, recently issued his personal selection of his best gay erotica in the ebook, Stroke the Fire. A genre-busting author, M. Christian has also written non-fiction (Welcome to Weirdsville, How To Write and Sell Erotica), as well as lesbian, straight, futuristic, fantasy and horror erotica. All three of his gay male collections, both novels, and Stroke the Fire have all recently been released as M. Christian's The ManLove Collection .

Find out more about M. Christian on his Website or find him on FaceBook.


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The Best ManLove Stories of M. Christian

Sizzling tales of bad boys, bruised hearts, and sweaty encounters. Lambda Award finalist M. Christian’s stories of men-who-love-men have been selected for Best Gay Erotica, Best American Erotica, and Best of the Best Gay Erotica. Eavesdrop on what hot men who are doing hot things with other hot men say to each other between the sheets ... and up against the wall. Start reading the fiery ManLove fiction of M. Christian with this personally selected collection of his best. "A wonderful book … just the thing if you are in the mood for an enjoyable quickie (or twenty)." -Mathilde Madden, author Reflection's Edge. [Don't miss the other books in "M. Christian's ManLove Collection from Sizzler Editions.] And don't miss his Lambda Finalist book, Dirty Words. "Fairy tales whispered to one another by dark angels whose hearts and mouths are brimming with lust." -Michael Thomas Ford, Lambda Award winning author Looking for It.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Hunger Embraced by Jennifer James


Welcome back to my good friend Jennifer James. We're celebrating the release of her muchc anticipated release of Hunger Embraced, the first in an Urban Fantasy series! She's here today to talk about what it's like being a writer and offering up some tips and advice she's learned so far!

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So you want to be a writer. Are you crazy?

Thanks so much to Buffy for having me on her blog today. I’ve been her guest a few times, and I’m always honored to be here. She’s a great gal and an aspiring author herself. So I thought I’d talk a little about what it takes to be a writer. I’m new to the biz myself, I haven’t been at this for even a year. But I can share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned with anyone out there who wants to take the publishing world by storm.

1) Stock up on alcohol and coffee. Not only are you going to go through crazy lows and highs—“ZOMG I got a contract!” and “They hate my book, it’s never going to sell. *cry*” and “Wow, this reviewer really got my work and wrote me the nicest review.” and “I’m never reading another review ever again! This person is so mean!”

You’re also going to spend nights where you’re editing or writing into the wee hours and continually falling asleep on your desk or keyboard, only to wake up to see a huge series of stuff that looks like this:
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Then you have to get up in the morning and run around on three hours of sleep….

2) FB and Twitter and all that other social media stuff will suck your life away. No, seriously. It will. You will get on the internet with the best of intentions to simply do some research, or post very quickly about some promo, and then its three hours later. You made some new friends, you chatted with authors you admire after you realized that they’re really nice and helpful, you looked at videos of cats, downloaded free Kindle books, mucked around with your website because “oh man, it’s such a mess right now!”…and all your writing time is gone. *POOF!*

3) You have to write, constantly. If it’s not a book, it’s a blog post, or a guest post, or an email….You’ll miss the days before you were published, because then all you had to do was write books. After you get a contract, you have to promote the books. And that takes tons of time.

4) Your manuscript is a boomerang. Even after you write your book and then polish it up as best you can, you can count on going through it at least five more times. Let’s just say that you send your book to your crit partners, and they think it’s perfect. (snicker...yeah right) So you send it out and it gets picked up by a publisher. (Or you self-pub, whichever. Let’s just assume you’re going to work with an editor.)

So, the content editor will go through your book and you’ll work together. Now, as a beginning author, you’ll probably have more revising to do than a more established author. So, you and the content editor will probably go through the book three times. Then, it goes to the copy editor who checks it for mistakes in grammar and whatnot. If it passes muster there, and there are no issues (HA!), it goes to the proofreader. And you’ll get it back again for final read throughs. And then it goes to a senior editor and if she’s not happy, back it comes. Again.

5) Publication dates, editing deadlines, cover art…none of that is decided by you. That’s all up to the publisher and their schedule. How much do you love that book? Cause you’re going to be busting your butt on it, on someone else’s schedule. Now, you work with the publisher on all of this because they’re going to lend you their expertise with markets, formatting, and editing. But essentially you’ve sold your art work to someone who sees the art as a commodity, as a product. And that can be hard to swallow, because your ideas about how the books should be represented might differ from the publisher’s. So make sure you do your homework and research, research, research or you’ll be stuck in a contract with buyer’s remorse.

Got your alcohol stocked up yet? *grin*

In the end, you’ll have a gorgeous book you're proud of and can’t wait to see making its way into the world. But the road there is a tough one. Put on your big girl panties.

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About the Author
Jennifer James never thought she would be a multi-published author of erotica and erotic romance. What she likes best are happy endings – whatever that might mean for the characters. Wife, mother of two Tiny Divas, and college student, when not writing Jenn enjoys the outdoors, adventures of all sorts, horror movies, and the occasional comic book.

Find her in the following places:
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Hunger Embraced Now Available!

She’s fed up with being fed on.

All Miranda Thibodeaux really wants to do is survive corporate hell and be left alone. But as the daughter of the Incubi king, being left along isn’t on her schedule. And as an avatar to a goddess with multiple personality issues, taking things in stride isn’t either.

Daniel looks like an ordinary surfer boy--T. T. B.--Tall, Tanned, and Blonde. Hot he may be, but ordinary he’s not. Beneath the pretty packaging lies a ruthless warrior, a servant to the Vampire Council. His mission is to find Miranda and present her to the council, then get the hell out of Dodge before he loses his focus. The last thing he needs is the distraction of the testy female.

When circumstances force Miranda to turn to T.T.B. for help, they both end up with more than they bargained for. And that normal human life she wanted? Not really doable when everyone wants a piece of her...

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REVIEW: Devon's Pair by Jayne Rylon

Recap:

James has watched, and participated, as each member of the crew has found love until only he and his life partner, Neil, remain. When he sees his lover ogling the crew’s new apprentice, he’s certain he’s doomed to lose him. He wants the love of his life to be happy, so he’s resigned to walking away if and when he has to, but sparks fly between all three of them unexpectedly. Is it possible that he won’t have to surrender? Just maybe they can build a life together, along with the rest of the crew.

Title:  Devon's Pair
Series:  Powertools
Book #: 4
Author:  Jayne Rylon
Approximate Book Length:  85 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

Here we have a ménage within a ménage story. Yeah there’s the group fun, but there are also three focal characters as opposed to two. Neil and James have always been the only two of the crew who were a couple already, but when the tomboy, Devon, enters the picture, they’re a little thrown. James is so understanding about Neil and Devon that it hurts. When they work it out at the end, it’s such a warm and fuzzy feeling.

This is also the first book where we get everybody together again, and I mean everybody. I love the creativity that Jayne shows through her characters and how comfortable everybody is through the whole thing. So, so sexy, and a lot of fun. I use both of those terms a lot when I refer to these books, fun and sexy. That’s because the whole series really is both of those! Getting everybody together and introducing a new element besides a simple ménage session really brings back the essence the first one had that made it so great.

In Conclusion:

Devon’s Pair brings back the magic from book 1 and takes you on an emotional trip. There are some heartbreaking moments, but they’re balanced out with heartwarming resolutions, and there’s times you’ll laugh, and times you’ll blush. Excellent sequel that hints to more excitement to come in book 5!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Symbol of Hope Series by Marisette Burgess


Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. Have a peek into the mind of Marisette Burgess, author of Men of the Cave and Jar of Pandora.

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If you could change places with any of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?

I had a hard time with this question. I read it and had to walk away for a few days. Truthfully, I wouldn’t want to switch places with any of them. I don’t like complications and their lives are full of danger, scary moments, and events that really try everything they believe in. But that wasn’t the question, so I forced myself to pick.

If I could switch places with one of my characters, it would be James Kleon, simply because I would love to have telekinesis. Just think how much I could get done without ever lifting a finger. I would sit at my computer and type with my mind, oh what a dream come true that would be.

To be able to clean the house while sitting on my couch watching a movie or lift myself up when I can’t reach something on the top shelf would be nice. I can just picture it now if I feel like some popcorn while I’m busy at work all I have to do is will that bag from the cupboard into the microwave and turn the microwave on. I wouldn’t even have to be in the room.

Telekinesis would be even better than having a robot assistant!

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About the Author
MARISETTE BURGESS is a mother, wife, and teacher. She was born in Los Angeles, California to immigrant Cuban parents. She grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing. She’s an extreme Florida girl who’s never seen snow. Marisette lives in Florida with her husband and son. She has enjoyed the art of storytelling since she was ten. Her first book, Men of the Cave, débuted May 2012.

Find out more about Keira on her Website or Blog, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or friend her on GoodReads.


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Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her - a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.


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Kasey Reese ran from a life of responsibility to study abroad in Deia, Spain. She hoped for an adventure, but what unfolded in Spain was beyond the imaginable. In that remote little village she met the love of her life, Dion - a twenty-year-old immortal saint.

Kasey and Dion return to America only to realize their love is challenged by their opposite virtues and Kasey’s dysfunctional family.

Unique and action-packed, in this book Kasey learns that Pandora is her immortal grandmother. Determined to find her and to uncover many truths, Kasey sets out with Dion on a deadly journey. But answers come with a great cost - a three thousand year old prophecy, a feud of the gods and death.


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TGIF SWAG Giveaway!

Happy Friday! Can you believe it's almost Christmas already, holy crap!

Today I'm offering up some things that I only have one of. That means that for me, this is a one time offer because I won't have any of these things to give out again. There's some random things in there too, like a couple temp tattoos, a Sara Humphreys nail file, some stickers, and some normal stuff like bookmarks and trading cards from various authors. There's even a some signed goodies in there. Some authors might be familiar, and some might be new. I hope that one lucky winner will enjoy it all!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BLOG TOUR: A Purrfect Match by Chris T Kat


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. What's in a name? Referencing A Purrfect Match, here's Chris T Kat's take on how important names are for characters in a story.

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Names—Important or Not?

One question I've seen a lot in interviews goes along the lines of “how important are character names for you, and how do you go about naming them?”

I'm always struggling with an answer to this question. I know a lot of people research names, so the meaning of the name fits the character, etc., and I admire these writers for it.

My approach is much simpler. I have a list with names that I like. First, this list only existed in my head, but lately it made its way onto paper. Sometimes a character pops up and I immediately know his name. Other times, I can only “see” the character, but no name seems to be fitting. When that happens I consult my favorite list. If that still doesn't work, I browse through various sites with baby names. Depending on what time period the story is set, I make sure the name was popular when the character was born.

Usually I go for common names instead of unusual ones. Often I chose names, which allow for abbreviations. In A Purrfect Match, Andrew's parents introduce Jim to Andrew's nickname—Drew. Andrew's son is called Tony, even though his full name is Anthony. (Side-note: Tony's original name was Danny, short for Daniel, but the visual similarity to “Daddy” was too distracting, so he got a completely new name.)

I also have a very soft spot for nicknames. Interestingly enough, only Andrew and Tony received nicknames. Jim is just Jim, except when he's Mr. Frosty. ;-)

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About the Author
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of almost 15 years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or crafts.

Find out more about her on her Blog or LiveJournal, follow her on Twitter, or friend her on GoodReads.


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When a bad day at work culminates in losing out on a promotion, Jim Sanders shifts into his animal form to let off steam. Then his bad day turns into a bad night—while prowling his Atlantic City neighborhood as a large gray house cat, he’s caught in a torrential downpour. What little luck he has washes down the gutter when his new boss, Andrew Wright, catches him taking shelter on his porch, brings him inside, and starts calling him Mr. Frosty.

As a feline, Jim becomes the inadvertent confessor for his boss’s lonely son, Tony, a victim of schoolyard bullying. As a human, he feels drawn to Andrew, a man he wanted to resent. Finding love was never part of Jim’s plan for the future—not with his bizarre secret—yet suddenly he finds himself navigating that minefield anyway. But not everything is easy, especially for an interracial gay couple dealing with prejudice in the workplace, at Tony’s school, and even within their own families.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Fate's Wish by Milly Taiden


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. Hear what Milly Taiden has to say about titles. Happy reading!

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What’s in a Title?

Believe it or not, I’m one of those weird authors that cannot write until I have the absolute perfect title for my book. I mean I get stuck and it’s just like a big wall has been erected (lol) in front of me. So I can spend days thinking up the right title. For Fate’s Wish it was easy. The book kind of gave it away. I kept thinking how their getting back together was fate. No matter what they tried, they would always be pushed back together by love. Titles can make a person give a book a second look and capture reader attention from the get go. I like to make sure my titles have something to do with the story. I hate picking up a book that’s called Angel’s Demise and there’s nothing in there with angel, references to angels or even a town called angel. LOL. Titles can be very important and so I am very particular about choosing a good one and making sure it fits the story.

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About the Author
Milly Taiden was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She began writing when she learned to put words together and her first book consisted of two homeless dogs living in a park for her second grade English class. She didn’t win a prize, but she acquired a love for writing that never went away.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop. She’s addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

A major reader when she can get her hands on a good book, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Cynthia Sax among others.

Find out more about Milly Taiden on her Website, follow her on Twitter, or like her on Facebook.


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The man she loves left her, but he’s the only one that can protect her.

Sharmila is a witch with a problem. Her magic is waning. And her lack of sex may have something to do with it. Her mother’s solution? Easy. Sharmila needs to get laid. Easier said than done, though, because Shar is still in love with the only man to make her melt, Zahir Darkwrath. Her missing husband. Her demon.

Zahir knows he’s a danger to Shar, so he’s done his best to stay far away. Darkness flows through his being, and when emotions run wild, destruction rages around him. And sex with Shar is definitely wild. Staying away from the woman he loves is the hardest thing he’s ever done, but hurting her would be far worse. So he’s astounded when Shar’s mother hires his company to watch over her.

Evil is heading Shar’s way, and Zahir is the only one who can stop it. To save her, Zahir will need more than control; he’ll need the power of his own darkness–which might be his undoing.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Wishes Blog Hop



Big thanks to Book & Trailer Showcase, Coffee Beans & Love Scenes, and Full Moon Bites for hosting this giveaway hop!

What are you wishing for this Christmas? I'm pretty simple, and simply want both more money for books, and more time to read them all! But that's a wish I have every day, not just for Christmas so...

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BLOG TOUR: Baptism of Fire by Stephanie Constante


Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. Today I'm spotlighting Baptism of Fire by Stephanie Constante. The author has provided a letter between characters from the book for us. Happy reading!

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Aidan,

I do not know where you have been. This is my third visit to your miserable little cave, and I have yet to find you. I do not blame you being away all the time; I would hate to spend my days here as well. It is just as dreary as Incendio. I write to you in hopes that I can change your mind about what you are about to do. My father and sister are the last dragons you should be heeding advice from. As despondent as you were, I could never dream that you would be as vile as they. I’d rather not see you go down this path. It really does pain me to see you ignore my counsel; then again, you have never listened to me, so why would you begin now?

I really wish you would think it through before you abduct that slayer’s offspring. You will be destroying the life of an innocent being. It will not be some inconsequential farmer shooting arrows. It will be a child; helpless, untouched by the cruelty of men. I try not to care, I really do. I would much rather not worry about such things, but you and I both know this is not right. If you wanted to kill the dragon slayer, by all means, have at it! The child, on the other hand, is going a bit far.

The last time we spoke, you asked that I mind my own business. You said it was none of my concern. You are right; I should mind my own business, which is why I have not bothered to track you down and urge you to change your mind. To be frank, you are behaving like a right bastard! I know my father is the one that put these horrid ideas in your head, and I am positively sure that my sister just cheered him on. It sears me to my marrow that you would take their words to heart before my own. I, who you once considered like a brother, am now like an enemy simply because I tried to veer you towards a different option. If I am to be your foe, then so be it, but mark my words: this path you are going down does not lead anywhere beneficial. I hate to say that you are becoming just like my father. I always thought you pandered to him because of his position; I never really believed you shared his way of thinking until now. Do what you must, but if you go through with this, I suppose our line in the sand will be drawn.

Cillian

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About the Author
Stephanie Constante was born and raised in Miami where she currently works as a mental health counselor. While growing up, she loved to write poetry and fiction, hoping to one day become an author. It was only recently that she began to see an opportunity to live her dream through self publishing. In her spare time she loves to read, write, spend time with loved ones, travel, and watch her favorite UK television shows.

Find out more about Stephanie on her Blog, like her on Facebook, find her on GoodReads, or find her on Amazon.


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Being the daughter of a dragon slayer was never easy, especially when Leito discovers a dragon child injured in her father’s fields. Knowing the fate that will befall this child, she helps the boy escape before the hunt is upon him.

Leito realizes years later that no good deed goes unpunished and after the village offers her up as a sacrifice for her father’s actions against dragons, Leito must utilize all her knowledge and strength to outwit the dragon who aims to kill her.

In this mythical tale, Leito is challenged mind, body, and soul as she learns more about the dragon world and the one creature who makes her question her fears and her heart.


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Monday, December 3, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Glow in the Dark by Keira Kroft


Thanks to Juniper Grove Book Solutions for hosting this blog tour. Have a peek into the writing process of Keira Kroft, author of Glow in the Dark.

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Do you have a writing pattern (place, time, etc.) that you follow each day or does the writing decide what type of day it will be?

The answer to your question is not exactly simple. My reply is...yes and no. I find that I write best first thing in the morning. However...

I found that I could bottle that concept, by simply taking a nap and then having a cup of coffee. My brain works best when it is still a bit foggy but rested and caffeinated. Does that make sense?

Side note: I have also learned that I don’t want to get drunk while writing. Making jokes about becoming Hemmingway is not so cute when you read your drivel the next day and have to erase hours of work, because it is drunken babble that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Now that we know all my quirks, let me tell you how I went from someone that was just scribbling, to a “writer”. I became an author the day I realized that I really did have time to write. One beautiful day, I expressed to my husband that becoming a full time writer was the career I had chosen for myself, if only I had the time to write. My hubby of course, because he is wonderful, offered to watch our daughter during the day on weekends and do all our running around and other things we did on Saturdays and Sundays, so that I could write. So I was getting 16 hours of work completed on the weekends. But, then we opened our Comic Book store and there went my weekends.

I still did in-home child care at the time for a living during the week 5am to 7pm, sometimes longer. So no hope of getting writing done then, right? Wrong. The kids took a nap every day from 2pm to 3pm. I would take advantage of the quiet and eat lunch and watch my favorite Soap opera, General Hospital. One day I was wishing that I could get back to writing again. Then it hit me like a smack in the head! If I got to work right after the first kids arrived in the morning, because they went right back to bed anyway and if I didn’t watch a soap opera every day, I actually did have time to write! Obviously that was an hour a day, three hundred-sixty five hours a year that I could have been writing. So I shut off the TV and moved my piece of pie to the desk and got to work and I have done that every day since. I never went back to my soap opera and I have forty pieces of work in progress, two published stories and two due out very, very soon.

So the answer is... I write whenever and wherever I can but I work best if I get up at 5am and plunk away, while it’s completely quiet and I am in my best state of mind. But so far knock on wood; I do not have a problem with writing, at all.

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About the Author
Keira carries a vet assistance degree. Her love for animals is as great as her love of people. She gives a percentage of her personal book sale profits to the animal welfare league. Residing in a quiet suburb in the outskirts Chicago with her husband and daughter she spends any spare time she has working with her cats Scamper and Sawyer, to achieve total world domination, one shared Twinkie at a time. Her passions include Reading, Writing, Football, Comic Books and Family.

Find out more about Keira on her Blog, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or friend her on GoodReads.


Glow in the Dark Available Now!

Determined to be out from under her mother’s ruling and away from a no-good soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Corey Nolan exercises her independence. With a place to call her own and a job that doesn’t pay well but makes her happy, her life is full and her young daughter is content. There is no room for distractions, until she meets a local firefighter—who stirs an immediate forbidden attraction. In need of control, she tries to ignore Jake Gilroy, but circumstances bring her closer to him when someone is hell-bent on destroying her.

Dutiful playboy Jake is known as the smoking hot fireman. The first time he sets eyes on Corey, he knows he wants her. But when threats and strange occurrences start to happen, he finds the need to protect her and give more than he’s ever given any other woman.

Being together becomes more than they bargained for when their desire for each other becomes a matter of life and death….


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