The Vampire’s Angel by Damian Serbu: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Damian Serbu

16 May 1789

It was too dark. Xavier felt like a fool in the garden as he weeded at a time of night when most people went to bed. He came out after dinner with Catherine, hoping that Thomas might return. But it was too late to count on a visit.

What had Xavier expected, anyway? His weakness angered him. Why did he hope for a forbidden dream and delude himself?

All day, he went over their conversations again and again. They talked about so much, the American revolution, monarchies, French politics, even religion. Thomas at first resisted revealing his atheism, but Xavier guessed and pulled it out of him, then had the hardest time convincing him that it didn’t matter. Xavier divulged little of his own opinions, however, because he still struggled to share personal feelings.

Most of all, Thomas’s bold presence intoxicated Xavier. He ordered himself to stop those thoughts, however, because of his duty to God. He must repress these unnatural yearnings.

Xavier picked himself off the ground and smelled the flowers in the soft breeze that blew through Paris, overpowering the other less attractive smells in the air. He collected himself and started toward the church. For the second night, his neighborhood was quiet except for the sounds of a few children and revelers, typical for a spring evening, and not indicative of a riot.

He sauntered toward the church and admired its simple, small beauty. The diocese tried to close it a number of times, but the political clout Catherine exerted with their family name kept it open. She thought she’d kept her protection of her youngest brother from Xavier, but the bishop had told him about it, rather bitterly. Regardless, Xavier loved serving there, amidst the common people, helping them through their daily struggles.

The sound of footsteps broke his contemplation.

“Abbé, I hoped to find you here. I’m sorry about the late hour. I was doing business.”

Xavier’s heart pounded at the long black hair, broad smile, and Thomas Lord’s confident voice.

“I thought you didn’t come to Paris on business?”

“I didn’t,” Thomas answered and looked away. “But I still have matters to attend to. I promised not to lie to you anymore. I’ve kept my word.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to imply anything.”

“No offense taken.” Thomas smiled again.

“What can I do for you?” Xavier struggled for words, but, too nervous, instead sounded like the authoritative priests he despised.

Thomas’s smile turned to a frown. “I didn’t come here to be insulted.”

“No, no. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it that way,” Xavier backpedaled. “I enjoy your company. I just had some things on my mind. Please—”

“Perhaps we need to stop being so nervous with one another. Can we be friends? Pardon my forward behavior, but last night, I felt an attraction to you and wanted your company. I confess my ignorance of French custom, so I don’t know if I’m crossing some boundary. But can we become friends without all of the pretense and nervousness?”

Xavier listened, exhilarated and terrified all at once.

“Excuse my boldness,” Thomas continued, “but I want companionship beyond the casual acquaintances I’ve met thus far. I love spending time with you. My friends say that my biggest fault is telling people how I feel, but now you know.”

They stared at each other before Xavier glanced at the ground. Thomas’s proposition came with innuendo. The mere idea of a personal friendship made Xavier nervous, but was Thomas suggesting something else? He was lost. His entire life he’d fought his sexual attraction to men. He had entered seminary, hoping for a magical cure within the priesthood’s celibate world but instead found only more admonitions to control oneself and no solutions.

Xavier’s heart almost pounded out of his chest. “I’m sorry. I don’t know how to respond.”

“For one thing, you have to stop apologizing. Every other sentence out of your mouth requests forgiveness. The Catholic Church’s teaching on guilt means too much to you.”

“I’m sorry, I only mean—”

“See? There you go again,” Thomas said. The gentleness in his tone caused Xavier’s breath to catch in his throat.

Xavier smiled when he almost apologized yet again.

“Is something funny?” Thomas asked.

“If you want this friendship, then I have a confession, one I think you already know. I don’t have friends.” He raised his hand to ward off any response from Thomas just yet. “I know. It sounds preposterous, but I have colleagues and parishioners, and I have an intimate relationship with my family. But no other personal relationships.”

“I guessed as much. But you should revel in life from time to time. You’ll find that I take things to the opposite extreme. I’ll teach you all you wish and more. May we sit?”

“Of course.”

Xavier ushered him toward a bench, with only a faint lantern for illumination. Thomas sat next to him and looked into his eyes. The proximity aroused Xavier, sending panic through his body as his stimulation increased. Before either of them said anything, Thomas laughed.

“Abbé, you astound me. Why are you petrified? Your face is bright red.”

“Please, it’s Xavier.” He never said that to anyone outside his family. The church forbade such intimacy, and Xavier was not close to any of his colleagues except one nun.

“Xavier it is, then. Do you always look so distressed?”

“No, really—not usually. I just don’t know what to do with this…friendship.” He drew out the word, savoring it, uncertain what it meant.

“Well, what can I do to help?”

“I’m not sure. What do we do?”

“I see I have my work cut out for me,” Thomas said dryly. “We just do what we did last night. We talk and learn from each other. And there will be times we need to help each other. I’ll never need a priest, but I may need companionship.” Thomas patted Xavier on the back, sending that thrill down Xavier’s spine that he both loved and feared. “It’s difficult to explain how friendship works. Make this agreement with me. We’ll just enjoy the company, and when you need clarification or feel the urge to apologize, tell me and we’ll address those concerns as they come.”

“I’ll do my best, but tell me when I fail.”

“You’ll never have to guess about my feelings. In fact, I already have a concern.”


“I hear a lot of anticlerical sentiment in Paris. What keeps you safe?”

Xavier shrugged. “They lash out at the establishment. My parish never threatens me. Worship attendance has suffered, but I don’t fear the people.”

“Will the militia assist you?”

“There’s no need for extreme measures. They attack that which threatens them, and this small church in no way endangers anyone.”

Thomas seemed assuaged, and for the next hour, they chatted as they had the night before, about the riots, government, and Paris. The more they talked, the more Xavier relaxed. But his initial hesitance embarrassed him. He found Thomas’s familiarity liberating and fun, with no inhibitions or threat of condemnation. Perhaps friendship was simple, and as they talked behind the church, Xavier lost track of time. He was jolted out of their leisure when he heard steps echoing up the catacomb’s entrance behind the church.

How could he forget Maria? All this talk of friendship and he forgot his one friend in the Catholic Church. Maria and he arranged a visit in the late evening to ensure the secrecy of their plans without the watchful eye of church authorities, but in his infatuation with Thomas, he forgot.

Xavier jumped off the bench and away from Thomas too late. Thomas looked befuddled and then saw the approaching figure. The plump nun, dressed in black, stood off by herself.

“Is this a bad time, Abbé?”

“Sister, good evening. No, not at all. Please come,” Xavier said. As he floundered around, Thomas rose and headed toward the gate. He nodded and smiled, as if to say he understood, though Xavier worried that he had offended him.

“Good night, Abbé. Thank you for your counsel. It brought me comfort.” Thomas walked away into the night and Xavier stared after him, then caught himself and turned to Maria.

“Did you forget our plans?”

“Of course not. The gentleman sought comfort about a…a business and personal matter.”

“Is there anything wrong?”

Xavier wiped his brow with his shaking hand. “No.”

Maria raised her eyebrow, but he ushered her into the sanctuary and closed the door. She walked forward in silence. Did she suspect? Did she somehow know?

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Book Review: Alphas Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Alphas Like Us
Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #3
Heroes: Maximoff and Farrow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 489 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: His Bodyguard. His Love.

Maverick, know-it-all bodyguard Farrow Keene knows publicly dating American royalty comes with a great cost. Everyone wants a piece of their relationship. And as a protective boyfriend, he’s not here for the malicious hands that grab at their love life and seek to rip them apart.

But Farrow is confident — he’s confident that he could’ve never prepared for the storm to come.

Keep him safe.

Maximoff Hale isn’t a big fan of change. And to regain the charity CEO position he lost, he agrees to a task that he’s always rejected. One that could uproot his unconventional world.

But Maximoff is afraid — he’s afraid of the consequences that could destroy his boyfriend and his family.

Keep him safe.

Changes are on the horizon.

Maximoff & Farrow will fight for their forever. And with every breath, they promise that their love story won’t end here.
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Release Blitz: Dusk (Expedition 63, #1) by T.A Creech + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Dusk (Expedition 63, #1) by T.A Creech

When contact is lost with Mission Control, Commander John Dennington isn’t overly concerned. Such hiccups in communication are common. The first inkling of the larger problem occurs when he sees the very shape of the world change before his eyes.

John must ease his crew into a new mission and keep the Station together by any means necessary. The crew jeopardizes their chances by fighting his orders, but Jason Weiss, his mission specialist and the light of his life, makes John’s situation more bearable.

The smallest malfunction to Station or crew would spell the end for six astronauts trapped high above a ruined Earth. It’s their mission to carry on. Random chance of the universe hasn’t operated in their favor so far, but John is determined to see them all safely home.

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Book Review: Fake Out by Eden Finley

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Fake Out
Author: Eden Finley
Series: Fake Boyfriend #1
Heroes: Maddox/Damon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Not available
Publisher: Eden Finley
Release Date: March 5, 2018
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Maddox:

The reason I rarely go home is three simple words: I’m a liar.

When the pressure to marry my childhood sweetheart became too much, I told her I was gay and then fled to New York like my ass was on fire.

Now, five years later and after a drunken encounter, I find myself invited to her wedding. And I have to bring my boyfriend—the boyfriend who doesn’t exist because I’m straight.

At least, I think I am. Meeting the guy I’m bribing to be my boyfriend for the weekend makes me question everything about myself.


When my sister asks me to pretend to be some straight guy’s boyfriend, my automatic response is to say no. It’s because of guys like him people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m gay.

But Maddox has something I need.

After an injury that cost me my baseball career, I’m trying to leave my playing days behind and focus on being the best sports agent I can be. Forty-eight hours with my sister’s best friend in exchange for a meeting with a possible client. I can do this.

I just wish he wasn’t so hot. Or that he didn’t kiss like he means it.

Wait … why is the straight guy kissing me?
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Honorary Blogger J.M. Dabney: Why I Write the Characters I Do + Excerpt


Why I Write the Characters I Do

by J.M. Dabney

Let me begin by thanking The Blogger Girls for allowing me to have a guest post today.

I agonized over what to write in my post. Guest posts aren’t my forte. I can write thousands of words as if it’s nothing, but posts like this leave my mind blank. So, I thought I’d talk about why I write the characters I do.

My single motivation is to give readers under represented characters who they can read about—experience—and feel as if they are the star of their own romance. No matter shade, size, or shape, sexual identity or lack thereof.

BBW (big beautiful woman) and BHM (big handsome men) are the characters I love writing the most. The books are out there, but not in the numbers they should be.

We live in a society very much overrun with media that makes individuals young and old insecure. They’re assaulted with expectations of what is considered acceptable. I worship those characters with rolls, bellies, wrinkles, dimples, and I make sure my characters are comfortable with and appreciated for those imperfections. Imperfections isn’t the right word, our stories are told in those little details. The crinkle at the corners of a person’s eyes that tells of happier times. Years of smiles and laughter.

Scars, remembrances of times past. C-section scars that tell the story of children’s births. The pale scars on wrists, forearms, or thighs that remind us of pain. Marks that retell our folly of youthful beliefs of our invincibility.  

Livingston is one of those characters. Traumatized by abuse. Wearing constant reminders of an unconscionable hate. He wears the twisted and marred skin as a knight of old would wear armor. Never letting anyone close. Those superficial scars are nothing like the emotional/mental damage done. But his lack of prettiness or physical conventionality makes him no less worthy of finding his peace and the love he deserves.

I won’t claim that love conquers all, but it helps. We’re humans created by experiences, some good, bad, and in cases horrific. When we’re open to the possibilities we embrace our freedom to attain what we need without expectations or the what-ifs that mire us down in what we’re supposed to be or who we love.

We’re all imperfectly perfect.

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David – Beginnings by B.J Smyth: Exclusive Excerpt

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by B.J Smyth

Bradley follows me down the stairs. The room is just as I remember it; a soft ambient glow from the light in the corner, the slow erotic music playing in the room. Bradley grabs my hand and leads me to stand in front of the bed, turning me to face him.

‘Stand here.’ He says, then walks to the corner where the sex sling is hanging on a frame. He pulls open one drawer in a cabinet near the swing. I cannot see what he takes out of the drawer but he walks back over to where I am standing. He has a red silk scarf in his hands, which he folds to create a blindfold and ties over my eyes.

‘This will heighten your senses.’ He whispers into my ear. I can feel his breath on my skin, not knowing if he is in front or behind me. I felt his hand brush tenderly along my jawline, then trace down my neck, his fingers stopping within the open neckline of my shirt, pressing against my chest.

He begins to slowly unbutton my shirt. Shivers run down my spine as I feel his wet tongue circle my right nipple, making it stiffen. His tongue then moves to my left nipple, making that one stiffen. He then removes my shirt from my shoulders and pulls it off my arms. I’m now standing, blindfolded, in just my jeans. He runs his fingers up my spine with soft, gentle touches. My mouth is now watering, my cock hard in my jock. I want him to just rip off my clothes and fuck me, but he doesn’t. I feel a tug at my belt as he releases it, then unbuttons my jeans and pulls them to the floor.

His hands slide up the inside of my legs to the top of my inner thighs, then slide around the back and over my arse. I feel his mouth kiss my cock through the material of my jock, making it throb. I’m already leaking pre-cum.

Then his hands vanish. I can’t feel him near me or hear him moving around in the room. I seem to stand for ages.

‘Bradley, are you still here?’

‘Don’t speak.’ He growls loudly at me, sounding annoyed.

I say nothing else. Minutes later, I feel the hair of his chest against my back, his cock pushing against my arse as his fingers grip my nipples tight. He kisses and bites my neck.

My body is tingling all over as he kisses down my spine. His hands grab my arse cheeks and pull them apart as his tongue, wet and juicy, licks between them, searching out my hole. I try to move my legs further apart but they are restricted by my jeans around my ankles.

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Book Review: American Road Trip by Sarah Black

Reviewed by Ami

Title: American Road Trip
Author: Sarah Black
Heroes: James Lee Hooker/Easy Jacobs
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 86 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: A single moment—or a single mistake—can change everything.

When Captain James Lee Hooker and his lover, Sergeant Easy Jacobs, were in the Army, they made a mistake that got a young soldier hurt. Three years later, they’re civilians again, living far apart, haunted by what they lost. Now that young soldier needs their help.

With his grandmother’s one-eyed Chihuahua riding shotgun, James Lee climbs into Easy’s pickup for a trip across the American Southwest. They set out to rescue a friend, but their journey transforms them with the power of forgiveness.
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Release Blitz: The Ballerino and The Biker by Rebecca James + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Ballerino and The Biker by Rebecca James

Most of his young life, Morgan Wentworth has dreamed of becoming a principal dancer in a prestigious corps de ballet. After years studying the art in Milan, Morgan comes home to New York City to apprentice with the Manhattan Ballet Company only to be hit by the unexpected death of his older brother, Jake. The grieving dancer learns his life is threatened by a dangerous rival motorcycle gang and that pierced, tattooed, HOT biker Zeke Ivers has been assigned by Jake’s MC to guard him. Saddled with the constant presence of the infuriating man, Morgan juggles the demands of an exhausting dance schedule as well as his new responsibilities as CEO of his family’s multi-million-dollar company. He never expects to develop an attraction for the straight, obnoxious biker, but that’s exactly what happens.

Estranged from an abusive family, Zeke Ivers has lived at the Sentinel’s club house and worked on cars since he was a teen. When fellow club member Jake Wentworth and a rival club president’s girl are killed on Jake’s bike, the Sentinel’s president delegates the protection of Jake’s little brother, Morgan, to Zeke. Zeke would do anything for the club that pulled him off the streets, but Morgan’s a ballet dancer, for Christ’s sake, as well as annoying as hell. Still, Zeke finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young man. The more attracted Zeke becomes to Morgan, the more the biker is forced to examine his sexuality and decide whether two people from opposite sides of the tracks could possibly have a future together, or if Zeke should do what is fast becoming too painful to consider: let Morgan go.

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Audio Review: Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Permanent Ink
Authors: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Series: Art & Soul #1
Heroes: Poe & Jericho
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent. 
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Release Blitz: Would It Be Okay to Love You? Box Set by Amy Tasukada + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Would It Be Okay to Love You? Box Set by Amy Tasukada

A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. Will their secrets overwhelm their love?

Sato doesn’t get out much. The anime company accountant spends his days at a desk and his nights working on his own small-scale robots. His geeky life is like a dream, but it has just one piece missing…

The world only knows outgoing playboy Aoi for his moans. The budding voice actor has sworn off relationships since they’ll only distract him from his budding voice acting career. That was until he met Sato.

As Aoi’s popularity rises and secrets about his past begin to reveal themselves, can the accountant and the voice actor rise above their problems to create something real?

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