Author Archives: thebloggergirls

Book Review: Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Safe and Sound
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Heroes: Mason/Oliver
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 84 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.
Continue reading

Advertisements
Categories: 2 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Character Interview with Anthony & Walter from In Over Our Heads by CJane Elliott + Giveaway!

Blogger_Character_Interview copy

Character Interview with Anthony & Walter from In Over Our Heads

Hi, everyone! I’m thrilled to be here at The Blogger Girls celebrating In Over Our Heads, my new release. In Over Our Heads is a second chance romance for Anthony and Walter—two guys who seem total opposites but truly complete each other.

I thought it would be fun to ask the guys some questions today.

What is your biggest fear?

Anthony: Besides a bad hair day? Okay, I’ll get serious. Total destruction of the world because of the baby-man currently in the White House. That was too serious – I really can’t go there without screaming. So, here’s one: I do fear anything bad happening to Walter. Now that we’re finally together I intend to be with him until we’re ol and toothless and dozing off in our twin Barcaloungers.

Walter: Not being who I want to be for Anthony.

Anthony: I thought we talked about that and you were giving that up!

Walter: It’s still there, though. But now it motivates me. Nothing bad’s going to happen to me and I’m going to spend my life making sure you don’t regret being with me.

Anthony: Aww. You’re the sweetest.

What is your most prized possession?

Anthony: That’s easy! The conch shell that Walter found when he first moved to Key West. He kept it as a sign that he was doing the right thing in totally reinventing his life—his Life 2.0, as he calls it. And then, when we were apart again, he sent it to me with a note that he was working on Life 3.0—his new life with me. Soooo romantic!

Walter: I’d have to say the sketch Anthony made of me and Melissa, a little girl we know. It was in the Daily Grind, our local coffee shop, during the time Anthony was here for his vacation and we’d run into each other again after 12 years. I’ve always loved Anthony’s talent as an artist.

Anthony: Now you’re making me blush.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?

Anthony: Now that I’m a fulltime artist living in Key West, I feel like every day is a day off! On a typical day I paint, go for a walk or a bike ride with Walter, and then we take out the boat for snorkeling and watching the sunset. I have the best life ever.

Walter: What Anthony said. Only instead of painting I check in at the bar and the dive shop I own to make sure things are running smoothly. I also enjoy cooking so I usually go to the market to see what’s fresh. And Anthony didn’t mention Boston—we spend quite a bit of time there with Anthony’s foundation for disadvantaged and LGBT kids.

Anthony: That’s right! We basically have two lives—here and Boston. Boston is usually pretty busy and sometimes intense, with the work we’re doing for the kids, so I’m always glad to get back to Key West. I love chilling on our deck and watching the stars. You’ll have to let Walter tell you about the stars some day.

Walter: Like I told Anthony, it’s something most people learned in 7th grade—

Anthony: —but the way you tell it is so poetic! It makes me want to swoon and jump your bones at the same time!

Walter: Um. I guess we’re done with this interview, right? Anthony and I have… things to do.

Anthony: Very naughty things! See you all later!

blogger_bee_trans

About In Over Our Heads

Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires.

Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon

blogger_bee_trans

An Excerpt from In Over Our Heads

The door burst open, and Sophia sailed in with my morning cappuccino. She was humming under her breath and had that telltale postsex glow about her. I tried not to hate her too much.

“What’re you doing in here with me, doll? Don’t you have a sexy dive instructor to entertain?”

“She had to leave early.” Sophia handed me the mug. “She’s taking her group out on the ocean dive too, and she had to go to Back Bay to get the boat ready.”

I took a restorative sip of cappuccino. “Ahh. Well, I hope you didn’t tire her out too much last night. Or vice versa.” I winked at her, even though I didn’t feel very winky.

“Guilty on both our parts, I’m afraid.” Sophia smirked, then perched on the side of my bed. “Can we talk more about what’s going on with you and Walter?”

“Going on?” I blinked and buried my nose in the cup. “I mean, I told you guys last night. What more do you need to know?”

“Whatever it’ll take to help you and him figure yourselves out, because second chances like this don’t come around often.”

“God, not you too. You and Jonny need to start a group for incurable romantics.”

She straightened, her dark eyes snapping with intensity. “Caro! You’re the one who talks about destiny. This is your destiny!” Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Character Interviews, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Release Day Blitz: Angels and Man-Beasts by T.L. West + Exclusive Excerpts & Giveaway!

Angels and Man-Beasts

by T.L. West

Zachary is an ordinary young gay man. He works for his father, has a crush on his straight roommate, and likes to procrastinate.

While visiting his aunt’s old cabin, he finds a wounded man, and the door to safety is forever closed. At first, Zachary doesn’t know what to make of the handsome stranger dressed as a knight, but he feels a connection with him.

Zachary’s life is turned upside down as his eyes are opened to the supernatural world. Not only must he survive dangerous man-beasts, but he is also forced to make sense of what it means to fall for an angel, and involve himself in a war between the Gods.

Available at: NineStar Press & Amazon

blogger_bee_trans

Exclusive Excerpt from Angels and Man-Beasts

Monday morning

Zachary tried to finish his assignment on his laptop as he sat on his bed. He was just not in the mood, even though he knew it was an important part of the project his dad was working on.

It had been his mother’s idea for him to work in the family business after his graduation. According to his parents, it would give Zachary much-needed experience before he was ready to start applying for a job in other companies. At first Zachary had declined, but due to his parent’s constant nagging, he’d had no choice but to accept.

He had been working for his dad for a few months now. It wasn’t a bad job. He could check for errors in software from the comfort of his apartment.

Zachary’s mind immediately went to his roommate, Christopher. He’d already been living in the two-bedroom apartment when Zachary had moved in. Christopher was six feet tall, had piercing blue eyes, wavy brown hair, and loved to work out. He was also very smart. He worked at a nearby laboratory as a chemist. He was also perfect boyfriend material as far as Zachary was concerned.

“But he’s straight,” sighed Zachary as he looked at the lines of code on his laptop screen.

He brushed his black hair away from his forehead. Zachary had never been one of those gay men who would try to hit on a straight man. It just wasn’t his style, or perhaps he didn’t have enough confidence to initiate such an interaction. He wasn’t sure. He had a nice friendship with Christopher, and he didn’t want to risk losing that over some weird fantasy. He wouldn’t be able to look at himself if Christopher rejected his advances. Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Book Review, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Fireman’s Pole
Author: Sue Brown
Series: Dreamspun Desires #44
Heroes: Dale Maloney/Benedict Raleigh
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The flames of passion rise for the lord of the manor.

It’s springtime in Calminster village, but things are already heating up. Sexy firefighter Dale Maloney is new to the local station. When Dale backs the company fire engine into the village maypole, he attracts the ire—and attention—of Benedict Raleigh, the Baron Calminster.

Soon after meeting Dale, Ben breaks off his relationship with his girlfriend, and the sparks between Ben and Dale are quickly fanned into flames.

Unfortunately the passion between the two men isn’t the only blaze in the village. An arsonist’s crimes are escalating, and it’s up to Dale and his crew to stop them. Meanwhile, as they investigate, an unscrupulous business partner attempts to coerce Ben into marrying his daughter. The May Day parade is around the corner, but they have plenty of fires to put out before Ben can finally slide down the fireman’s pole.
Continue reading

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Cowboy for Caleb by L.C. Davis: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

The temptation you wish you could resist?
Overthinking. I overthink pretty much everything. I could do better at resisting chocolate.
The film you can watch time and time again?
The Exorcist. I’m a horror junkie, so any of the classics, really.
The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity?
I’m kind of obsessed with religious studies. From the mainstream to the archaic, what people believe about the supernatural has always interested me.
The poem that touches your soul?
I have yet to read a poem by Rumi I didn’t love. “I am not this hair. I am not this skin. I am the soul that lives within,” is probably my favorite.
The song that means the most to you?
It’s hard to pick just one, but “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis has always been the song I associate with how I feel about my partner, so I’d go with that!
The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you?
I have always wanted to be fluent in another language. Particularly Spanish. I’m working on it, actually, but I’m nowhere near as proficient as I’d like to be!
Your early recollections of writing fiction?
Bad fanfiction. That’s all I’m gonna say!
The way you would spend your fantasy twenty-four hours, with no travel restrictions?
I’d like to say something romantic, like visiting the Grecian ruins or ancient temples, but honestly, I would probably just try every famous food in as many countries as I could get to.
The pet hate that makes your hackles rise?
The sound of someone chewing with their mouth open. I can’t handle it.
The figure from history you would most like to buy a pie and a pint?
St. Joan of Arc. Doesn’t get more badass than her!
The piece of wisdom you would pass onto a child?
Do not listen to me, small human, I have no clue what I’m doing.
The philosophy that underpins your life?
Hustle hard, set boundaries and be kind to people.
The character you enjoyed writing the most?
From my latest release, Dustin was really fun to write for! He’s such a dude. Literally. I mean, he works on a ranch. Everything is pretty straightforward for him, and he’d do anything for his omega and his pack. He’s hard not to love.
The character you found difficult to write?
Dustin’s mom. I still have a hangover from her evilness.

blogger_bee_trans

About A Cowboy for Caleb

Falling for his deceased twin brother’s mate was never part of Dustin’s plan.

This midwestern Alpha might be a little rough around the edges, but he lives by a few simple principles and honor is chief among them.

Nonetheless, when tragedy strikes the Meadowlands Pack, Dustin feels he has no choice but to bring his twin’s mate home to take care of him. The only problem is, Caleb isn’t anything like Dustin expected of the city omega who stole his brother’s heart and divided their family.

What starts out as trying to do the right thing soon becomes a blurry series of complicated decisions that lead Dustin further away from the path he’s always followed—and further into the arms of the one omega he was never supposed to want.

Caleb has been through the worst a mated omega could fear. He’s lost his mate and their unborn child, and now he finds himself at the mercy of an Alpha who has every reason to hate him.

Despite being twins, Dustin and Caleb’s former mate, Alec, are nothing alike. Caleb wants nothing more than to please his new Alpha and secure his position in the pack, but Dustin seems to take everything he says the wrong way.

As forbidden tensions mount between Alpha and omega, Caleb begins to fear that Dustin will start taking his developing interest the right way.

Available at: Amazon

blogger_bee_trans

About L.C. Davis

L.C. Davis is an M/M romance author with a passion for representation. Series include The Mountain Shifters, Great Plains Shifters, Kingdom of Night and Queer Magick.

Want updates when there’s a new book available or occasional deals and promotions?

Go to  https://www.instafreebie.com/free/LyGjh to sign up for the L.C. Davis MM Romance Newsletter (Adults Only).

Find out more about L.C. on Website, Facebook or Twitter.

Blog_Tour_Giveaway

As part of this blog tour, L.C. is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card!! To enter, just click the link below!

Rafflecopter Giveaway

Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.Good luck!

Categories: Author Q&A, Book Promo, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Release Day Blitz: Love by Number by DJ Jamison + Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

Love by Number by DJ Jamison

Aidan doesn’t have the best record with relationships, but he’s had a lifelong love affair with baseball. Player stats and computer simulations make sense. People don’t. But when he needs a ride to the World Series, he must rely on another person: a sexy artist who is as spontaneous as Aidan is predictable.

Jesse doesn’t care about baseball. As an artist, he’d rather paint a player than watch him at bat. But his grandpa loves the Kansas City Royals, so he takes him to every home game. He has no idea a fender bender in the parking lot is about to deliver new inspiration in the shape of a man with a whole bag of quirks.

Despite their differences, Jesse and Aidan hit it off, and their sexual chemistry is fantastic. But when Aidan’s numbers betray him, Jesse isn’t prepared for the fall-out. If Aidan continues to put his passion for baseball stats above everything else, he could miss out on the most important numbers in life: the number of smiles, kisses and laughs they could share in a lifelong journey together.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.

blogger_bee_trans

Exclusive Excerpt from Love by Number

Jesse pulled in at the next gas station and went inside to buy a few snacks, while Aidan stretched his legs. He didn’t eat much and felt no desire to get dragged into another Jesse road-trip tradition of eating sugary crap.

When he returned, Jesse poured the contents of a pixie stick down his throat and turned to Aidan. “We’re nearly to Marshall now. Ready to pop your roadside attraction cherry?”

“My what?”

“You know, you’ve never done this before, right? Ready to see your first one?”

“I guess. I still say this is a waste of time.”

“You need to live a little.”

“I’m breathing, therefore I’m living more than a little. Though how long that will continue with you behind the wheel is anyone’s guess.”

Jesse laughed. “I bet you drive like a grandma, huh?” Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Book Review, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Author Q&A: Lane Hayes+ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Interview Banner

Thank you so much for having me here today. Leaning Into Touch was just released last week! Woohoo! This is book 4 in my newest series set in San Francisco, which also happens to be one of my favorite places in the US. There is endless inspiration in the city by the Bay from its dramatic hills and seascape to its rich diversity, great food and friendly people.

But inspiration is everywhere. So why not do a quick Q&A about it for fun?

If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why?  

My husband. He’s easy. He can be chatty and funny but he also likes his solitude. After thirty years, we’ve learned how to just “be” together. And that’s a very nice thing.

Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Why?

Hmm. This is an interesting question. I’ll say sunrise because I’m up before sunrise almost every day. It’s become part of my writing ritual, which is kind of fitting since I’m writing love stories about new beginnings with a sense of hope.

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?  

The first movie that springs to mind is Pride and Prejudice. I love that book! I could portray Elizabeth Bennett easily. In fact, I might already know most of my lines! lol

If you were a city, which city would you choose to be and why?

New York City. It’s my absolute favorite place. I love its unapologetic diversity, sophistication and its gritty realness. Those are qualities I’d be extraordinarily pleased to possess myself!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

Books, music and earl grey tea. Or more accurately, my Kindle and iPod with some form of solar energy battery so I never had to worry about charging because one or two books or records would never be enough!

Happy Reading!
Lane Hayes xo Continue reading

Categories: Author Q&A, Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Breakfast at Midnight by Kim Dias

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Breakfast at Midnight
Author: Kim Dias
Heroes: Fred/Callum
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 66 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Hope can be found in unexpected places.

Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.

Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.
Continue reading

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Blitz: The Past Comes Home by Silvia Violet + Giveaway!

The Past Comes Home by Silvia Violet

Twenty years ago, Paxton Marshall realized he liked boys, in particular his brother’s best friend, Brad. Pax now runs a successful art gallery, but he’s never found anyone who stirs his heart the way Brad did.

Brad Watson is back in town for his twentieth high school reunion. However, the celebration of long-ago days is the last thing on his mind. He’s there for one reason: to finally tell Pax how he feels.

Pax is shocked to learn Brad is not only gay but also interested in him. Dating a man in Ames Bridge isn’t as simple as it sound, though. In order to make a relationship work, both men will have to bolster their courage and alter their expectations.

*This book is an expansion of a previously published short story titled Open to the Past. Over 35,000 words have been added.*

Available at: Amazon

blogger_bee_trans

Excerpt from The Past Comes Home

A knock on the shop door drew Pax’s his attention; probably his assistant, Cindy. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d forgotten her key, and no one else would be dropping by this early. Microfiber duster in hand, he twirled his way past the worktables and unpainted pottery pieces.

He sang along with Madonna as he reached for the doorknob, and froze—Brad was grinning at him through the front window.

Heat rushed to Pax’s face. For a moment he contemplated racing over to turn the music off, then walking calmly back to the door as if the last few seconds had never happened. Could he convince Brad his earlier appearance was a hallucination?

Brad placed his hand against the window and peered in. “Is this a bad time? I know I’m really early.” Continue reading

Categories: Book Promo, Book Review, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Audio Review: Played! by JL Merrow

Reviewed by Morgan

Title: Played!
Author: JL Merrow
Narrator: Mark Steadman
Series: The Shamwell Tales #2
Heroes: Tristan & Con
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: All the world’s a stage…but life doesn’t come with a script.

Posh boy Tristan Goldsmith has one last summer of freedom before he joins the family firm in New York – no more farting around on stage, as his father puts it. But the classically trained actor can’t resist when the Shamwell Amateur Dramatics Society begs him to take a leading role in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As an added incentive, he’ll be giving private acting lessons to a gorgeous local handyman who’s been curiously resistant to Tristan’s advances.

As a late-diagnosed dyslexic still struggling with literacy, Con Izzard’s never dared to act before. With arrogant yet charming Tristan helping him with his lines, he finally has his chance to shine. But Con’s determined not to start a romance with a man he’s convinced only wants a casual fling.

Tristan’s never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when he realizes his attraction to the tall, muscular handyman isn’t just physical. Just as he thinks he’s finally won Con’s heart – and given his own in return – disaster strikes with a slip of the tongue that shatters Con’s trust and sends him running for cover. This show may be over before the curtains even opened.
Continue reading

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment