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Honorary Blogger Mellanie Rourke: Random Facts + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Random Facts

by Mellanie Rourke

Some random facts about me and my writing:

  • I wrote my first novel at the age of ten. On a typewriter.  It disappeared, and the world is probably a better place for it!
  • I published my first novel at the age of fifty.
  • My first paid publication was at the age of 12 in a contest for a story in the Akron Beacon Journal. I won $3 for the contest. Years later, the editor who had selected my story turned out to be the teacher for my last class for a degree in Communications.
  • I began reading M/M romances in 2017.
  • I wrote my first M/M romance in 2018. It took me about eight months to complete it. 
  • My second novel took 4 months to complete.
  • The Devereaux family kids are all named after characters in “Aliens” due to Mama K and Mama D’s obsession with the movie. 
    • Ripley “Lee” 
    • Weaver
    • Kaine
    • Bishop
    • Hudson “Sonny”
    • Hicks
  • I currently have two novels in the Twin Peeks Bookstore Romance series, Mason’s Run, and Nicki’s Fight. I have three more planned, Bishop’s Gambit, and two more unnamed novels.

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Release Blitz: Saving Sean by Con Riley + Giveaway!

Saving Sean by Con Riley

No more running from love…

Nearly a year after being rejected for another man, Seattle paramedic Peter Morse is still pining, so when the one that got away asks him for a favor, he agrees. His mission: track down Sean Reid, the runaway brother of a mutual friend. Peter isn’t thrilled about it—until he finds Sean injured by the side of the road. 

Everything about Sean stirs Peter’s protective instincts—saving people is what he lives for—but he never anticipated falling for someone so hell-bent on running from him. On top of his physical wounds, Sean struggles with grief and guilt, and the mess his estranged father left when he died threatens to overwhelm him. 

Saving Sean means Peter must let go of his pride and turn to friends and family. Asking for help is a bitter pill for Peter to swallow, but if he can’t, how can he expect Sean to accept his help—and his love—in turn?

Available at: Amazon

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Honorary Blogger Rob Browatzke: A Fluid State + Excerpt!

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A Fluid State

by Rob Browatzke

Hey Friends and Family!

Thanks for having me here to talk about “A Fluid State”. I’m particularly pleased with this one, and this guest post tells you why.

The idea for this book started off somewhere in SocialMediaLand. Someone was asking about books featuring gender-fluid kids with straight dads. That’s where this started. It was Patrick’s relationship with his son, Peter, that really inspired this book.  I looked around my own life and saw the huge number of drag queens in it, saw the huge influence of Drag Race in so much of what’s currently pop culture, and I did the math. If Peter was exploring his gender identity, even just as far as dress, he probably would discover Drag Race, and that would lead him to drag queens in his own town.

Enter Andrew, aka Ann Moore. 

What would happen when Peter’s dad met that drag queen, I wondered. I’m sure you’ve all seen about Drag Queen StoryTimes at local libraries and the confusion, anger, and hate that they can breed online. I knew that wasn’t going to be Patrick, aside from the confusion. Of course he’d be a little confused. To find his eleven-year-old son suddenly dressing in skirts and blouses, not to mention having long-flowing hair? What if Patrick found that drag queen attractive before realizing she was a drag queen? What if that attraction didn’t fade when he learned the truth?

Like that, the story of a boy and his dad became this gay-for-you happy-ever-after slow-burn.

I’m not normally much of a plotter, and this wasn’t an exception. I knew it was becoming a romance so I knew that meant at least a happy for now ending, but it’s also my instinct to toss in a lot of grief and anguish and pain to get there. This book was having none of that. Every place I wanted to insert some agony, maybe homophobic comrades-in-arms or an ex-wife freaking out, every single place I tried to up the drama, Patrick and Andrew simply told me, nope. Not in this book, not in this world. We’re here to fall in love, and that’s scary enough without random tragedy intervening.

That’s not to say everything is easy for Patrick and Andrew. Love isn’t easy, at the best of times, and when you factor in a changing relationship between father and son, as well as this first ever same-sex attraction? That road is going to have bumps in it no matter what I do. I mean heck, I’m just the writer. At some point in every story, I lose whatever control I had; it just so happens in this one, I never really had much to begin with. 

As for heat level? This is the sexiest story I’ve written yet. Oh sure, pick up almost any of my other books and there will be sex, and loads of it, but this one? Patrick and Andrew sizzle together, and I hope you feel their chemistry as strongly as I do!

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Honorary Blogger Katey Hawthorne: The Soundtrack of Their Lives + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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The Soundtrack of Their Lives

by Katey Hawthorne

Thanks for having me, Blogger Girls! So glad to be here!

My latest novel, The Rise of Virginie, is about small town Appalachian folk with rock star dreams. They call their new band Virginie, partly in honor of their (and my!) home state, West Virginia, partly because Han, who comes up with the name, is a virgin and he thinks he’s being funny. I’ve written about musicians before—rock musicians in particular—in Riot Boy, the second Superpowered Love book, and part of the reason I love it is that music is such a big part of my life.

I don’t know if this is a fun fact or not, but both of my parents were music teachers before retirement, my mom taught me how to play the guitar, and my brother is an incredible singer. Family gatherings tended to have a lot of music involved, and my summers were spent doing community theater musicals. We’re those nerds, yes! Nowadays I mostly listen, but oh man, do I love to listen. And make playlists for every book I write, hell, sometimes every character I write, because that’s just how I roll. Here’s the one for The Rise of Virginie, and some exclusive liner notes! (Recommended listening: put it on shuffle!)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPi8HvdSnGd9jmUk7ForMztAgmdIq_KD0&fbclid=IwAR0M7qv4KDaI_jIW0g_z-i359TU_lS9owzoeDPUoAUJ-EwDDfOpn2gPz0YE

+BRMC “Spread Your Love” – I always imagine this kind of sexy groove is exactly what Virginie gets going. Neither of the singers from this band sounds at all like I imagine Han, but musically, vintage BRMC or Bust.

+The Cure “Friday I’m in Love” – A tiny excerpt from one of Virginie’s early shows:

We’d debated how the crowd at the Paradise would do with the Cure, but ultimately decided fuck it, it was us, and we were doing it. Plus, Han could rock some Robert Smith-sans-accent. We were in the middle of a rollicking rendition of “Friday, I’m in Love” when I started to really feel the band’s chemistry that night. There was something in the way Han moved to it, the sway of his hips and the bounce of his head, that mesmerized me. My fingers moved like magic, and I fucking love that riff, man, so I was in the zone. The girls were flawless, really on their game, and for just a second, shit was golden.

And then, of course, everything goes to shit. But they had a moment!

+Arctic Monkeys “Perhaps Vampires is a Bit Strong But…” – This is the quintessential “we’re forming a band and we’re awesome, fuck your patronizing naysaying bullshit” song. One of the main characters, Stefan, definitely has that attitude, and so does their drummer, Megan. Han, the other MC … bless him, he tries.

+Lou Reed “Vicious” – Lou Reed gets flack in this book as not being the best to listen to when you’re going through some shit. But in his favor, he could also rock it out, and this song pretty much works on multiple levels for various characters in the book. Also its origin story…

Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. “He said, ‘Why don’t you write a song called ‘Vicious,'” Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. “And I said, ‘What kind of vicious?’ ‘Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.’ And I wrote it down literally. -Rolling Stone https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/vicious-78880/

+Blondie “One Way or Another” – I mean, who doesn’t love Blondie? This song is actually about stalking, which doesn’t happen in the book, but there’s plenty of creepy-ass betrayal. Plus, well, Debbie Harry was my spiritual inspiration for the character of Megan in some ways. Another tiny excerpt:

By the time I got off from the Watering Hole, Megan had margaritas ready. We drank most of a bottle of tequila, listened to a lot of Blondie, traded oral sex, and smoked two packs of cigarettes—the usual revelry.

Around four a.m., when we were chilling naked on her couch with half-dead margaritas and full ashtrays, I was relaxed enough to admit, “I really want to be in a band again.”

Megan made a face that seemed appropriate, since it transformed her into a wistful Debbie Harry. “I miss it so fucking much, Stef.”

Of course, Han and Stef write their own tunes almost from the moment they meet, so there’s plenty of that too. But music, like a story, isn’t created in a void. Inspiration from the best!

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Release Blitz: The Hunt by Sarah Elkins + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Hunt by Sarah Elkins

The Facility is undergoing repairs after a chaotic failed escape attempt by several psychic test subjects some months ago. Neila and Henry’s mission is to locate potential psychics for the scientists at the Facility to study, but they have other ideas.

Neila can’t shake the idea of Nikola Tesla from her mind, and it’s getting worse as bizarre things start happening to herself and Henry. As they hunt for more about Neila’s possible past life, they aren’t sure if they will find answers or if they will become the hunted.

Things are not peaceful back at the Facility as troubling secrets come to light, and the Psychic Underground may never be the same.

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: The Express of Xytae by Effie Calvin + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Express of Xytae by Effie Calvin

Crown Princess Ioanna of Xytae has kept her truthsayer blessing a secret for twenty years. In any other nation, her powerful magic would be cause for celebration. But Xytae’s patron is the war goddess Reygmadra, and the future empress is expected to be a brutal warrior.

Reserved and peaceful by nature, Ioanna knows the court sees her as a disappointment. She does her best to assuage their worries every day, working quietly beside her mother to keep the empire running while her father is away at war. But when news of the emperor’s untimely death reaches the capital, Ioanna finds herself ousted by her younger sister Netheia, who has the war magic Ioanna lacks.

Princess Vitaliya of Vesolda has come to Xytae to avoid her father’s upcoming wedding, which she sees as an affront to her mother’s memory. Vitaliya has absolutely no interest in politics or power struggles and intends to spend her time attending parties and embarrassing her family. But when she saves Ioanna’s life during Netheia’s coup, the two are forced to flee the capital together.

Despite their circumstances, Vitaliya enjoys travelling with Ioanna and realizes that the future empress’s shy and secretive nature is the result of her unhappy childhood. Ioanna is equally unaccustomed to being in the company of one as earnest and straightforward as Vitaliya, for she has spent her life surrounded by ambitious and cutthroat nobles.

Ioanna cannot allow her sister to continue their father’s legacy, and plots to rally supporters to her side so she can interrupt Netheia’s coronation. Vitaliya knows she ought to leave Xytae before the nation is ripped apart by civil war but finds she is unwilling to abandon Ioanna. But Ioanna’s enemies are always watching…and they’ve realized that Vitaliya is a weakness to be exploited.

Available at: Amazon

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Book Review: A Distant Drum by Amy Rae Durreson

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Title: A Distant Drum
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Heroes: Alex & Nik
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 89 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Christmas is coming… but Alex is running away.

Panicked by the prospect of spending Christmas with his boyfriend’s disapproving parents, Alex flees to the old houseboat in the Norfolk Broads his uncle left him. But when a freak snowstorm traps him there, Alex soon realises he’s not the only heartbroken lover haunting the shores of Halsham Broad.

Two hundred years ago, drummer boy Jack Sadler drowned skating over thin ice to meet his lover. Now, whenever the Broad freezes over, he returns and brings a curse with him.

And every night Alex spends trapped in the icebound boat, he hears the beat of a distant drum draw closer…
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Release Blitz: Testament by Jose Nateras + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Testament by Jose Nateras

Gabe Espinosa, is trying to dig himself out of the darkness. Struggling with the emotional fallout of a breakup with his ex-boyfriend, Gabe returns to his job at The Rosebriar Room; the fine dining restaurant at the historic Sentinel Club Chicago Hotel. Already haunted by the ghosts of his severed relationship, he’s drastically unprepared for the ghosts of The Sentinel Club to focus their attentions on him as well.

When a hotel guest violently attacks Gabe, he finds himself the target of a dark entity’s rage; a rage built upon ages of racial tension and toxic masculinity. Desperate to escape the dark spiral he’s found himself in, Gabe flees across the city of Chicago and dives into the history of the hotel itself. Now, Gabe must push himself to confront the sort of evil that transcends relationships and time, the sort of evil that causes damage that ripples across lives for generations.

Gabe must fight to break free from the dark legacy of the past; both his own and that of the hotel he works in.

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Served with a Twist by Jet Lupin: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Jet Lupin

“You thought it was a date?” Samson’s smile was tight, not quite reaching his eyes. 

“It wasn’t on the schedule. And you were so vague… What was I supposed to think?”

Samson chuckled, but it didn’t inspire humor. “You don’t have to worry about that. I remember our agreement about hook ups. But if you meant a real date, you don’t have to concern yourself about that either. I haven’t done anything like that in years.”

“Why not?” Yes, forget what Cut had said. Focus on that.

“I’ve got no free time for that really. For another, being like this,” he gestured to himself. “I don’t even know who’d want to be with me.” 

Cut scoffed. “You must really be tired. You’re saying stupid things.” 

“I am tired, but that’s not why I said that.” Samson grew more agitated as he went on, his jaw clenched. “I can make you a list of things that are wrong with me if you need one, but I can’t see why you would. You’ve got sight, you’ve met me.” 

“Yeah, OK.” Cut tried not to roll his eyes. This was the stress talking. If this was as bad as Samson got, Cut had this handled, but this particular quirk… It would be better if they worked on getting rid of it right now. 

Cut walked past him and sat on the edge of the conference table. He looked above the door. Since he’d arrived here, he’d been clocking Deyaa Group’s security measures, more out of habit than necessity. He noticed that the common areas, like the entrance to the reception area and the cubicle sea had cameras positioned to scan over them, more for the safety of the employees than any true surveillance. They observed who came into the areas, rather than what went on in them. It seemed the meeting rooms and offices were afforded more privacy. He hadn’t spotted a single camera hidden in any of the usual spots. But to be on the safe side, he’d confirm his suspicions. “Are there any cameras in here?” 

“What?” Samson looked around agitatedly, his brow furrowed. “No. I don’t think so.” 

That was exactly what Cut wanted to hear. “Then how about we have a session?” Surely he’d agree that the month had been rough and there was tension to work through? 

Samson sputtered, and Cut thought he’d protest. “I…When?”

“Now.”

“Here? Right now?”

Cut shrugged. “I don’t see why not. There’s no one else around. Seems like the perfect time to me.”

“The cleaners will be around soon, and everyone was just here and—”

“I’m hearing a lot of excuses. Doors have locks for a reason. And the cleaner droids won’t come into a locked room. Now if you don’t want to, that’s fine. Tell me so, and I’ll back off.” Cut stretched his legs out in front of him and crossed them at the ankles. “But I don’t think that’s the case, is it?”

Samson looked away. Several tense seconds beat past, and he said nothing. He raised his gaze and skimmed over Cut’s face.

“Is that the case? Do you not want it?”

“I want it…” Samson grabbed the cloth of his pants, twisting them along the sharp crease. “I just… I had trouble saying it.”

Cut thought he knew why. “Because you think it’s irresponsible?” 

Samson nodded. 

“Then I’ll take responsibility for this. If we get caught, I’ll say I seduced you. But for now, show me you want it and close the door. Otherwise I’ll help you pack up, and we can both go home.”

Samson turned away. Cut bit his lip. Would duty win over of Samson’s baser needs? 

Cut held his breath as Samson went straight for the door. His hand hovered over the panel, as if weighing his options one last time. 

There was a loud click as the locked slid into place. 

He came back to Cut, hands clasped in front of him, head slightly bowed. Something about that excited Cut in a way that frightened him. This wasn’t like him. In his romantic endeavors, such as they were, there’d always been some sort of equity. They were partners, had the same wants, weren’t shy about vocalizing it. Samson did not bring those things to the table. He brought submission, obedience, all things Cut, when he thought on them abstractly, he’d determined he had no use for. He’d gotten into this to help Samson, but it felt like every time they got together, he learned something new about himself. 

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Honorary Blogger TA Moore: Five Things About Tag Hayes + Giveaway!

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Five Things About Tag Hayes

by TA Moore 

First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with my new contemporary novel SWIPE by TA Moore. I had a lot of fun writing the books, so I hope you guys enjoy reading it!

When we meet Tag Hayes at the start of SWIPE he’s a hot shot trauma surgeon, after an easy romantic win to help him get over being dumped by his ex for a younger nurse. Of course, there’s more to him than that. So here’s five things about Tag Hayes going into the book.

1: Tag drives a fire engine red Mustang. Well, that’s a recent development. For years he kept a red Mustang in a garage under a tarp and periodically thought about selling it. Mostly when his boyfriend, now ex, complained about the space it took up. Tag never quite around to it, though. Since his ex got their Range Rover in the break-up, Tag has got the Mustang back on the road. It’s a beautiful car and it’s fun to drive, when it starts and doesn’t make weird noises, but at least 25% of the satisfaction in getting behind the wheel comes from how annoyed his ex would have been. Kier always said the car looked like a mid-life crisis that Tag had scheduled early.

2: When Tag broke up with Kieran, no one was happier than his sister. Ten years older than her little brother, enough to have a solid claim on older and wiser, Bobbie Hayes had been biting her tongue for yeeeeeears. It wasn’t that she hated Kieran, it was just that he was unbearable. And he always had to be right, which Bobbie recognised since she is usually right. However, she’d not exactly covered herself in glory when Tag first came out–and it’s one reason they aren’t as close as she’d like–so she never said a word.

Which she regretted, because once Kieran cheated on Tag her little brother was too down for ‘I could have told you so’ to be satisfying.

3: Tag is an orphan, but he came to it too late for it to be tragic. Twenty four and twenty five respectively, for his mom and his dad. He wasn’t there for either of them, they just quietly got sick and efficiently died before he could get home. It was very like them, but Tag’s always felt vaguely adrift when he thinks about it. As if he never exactly came to terms with it. It’s one reason he never sold his Mustang. His Dad never had a lot of passions in his life, but he’d always loved Mustangs.

4: In addition to the Range Rover, the house, and more of their friends than Tag had expected, Kier also got their cat in the break-up. Mostly because Tag had never wanted or felt particularly close to the cat. It was a blue-grey Burmese called Khloe after the Kardashian that they’d rescued instead of a Jack Russell. The reason for that, of course, was because a cat doesn’t mind erratic shift patterns and late nights. Or, as it turned out, when the boyfriend moves out. Tag would not be surprised if it threw a kitty rave once he collected the last of his clothes, all of which was covered in cat hair even though Khloe hadn’t sat on his knee in the two years they’d owned her.

5: If he hadn’t swiped right on trouble, Tag would have moved out of Plenty by the end of the year. He’d not made any conscious decision to do so, but he’d gotten in touch with some of his old friends and mentors and casually floated the idea. He’s a good enough trauma surgeon that he wouldn’t have had to wait long for a job offer. Oddly enough, if he’d gone back to New York he might still have run into trouble, although it might have been less trouble.

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