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Author Q&A: Matthew J. Metzger + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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What inspires you to write?

Nothing really. I just need to get the stories out of my head, and as I like to think I’m pretty good at writing, it’s the best way for me to do it. The stories can spring up out of literally anywhere. Sometimes a single line of dialogue in a film has spawned a whole book!

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

No. I know it’s not fashionable to say it, but no. Writing is a skill like any other, and some people don’t have it. And some people cannot learn certain skills no matter how much you try to teach them. Just ask my mate who’s been trying to teach me how to change my light fittings for the past year! I’m useless! Writing is no different. Some people can, some people can’t, and that’s all there is to it.

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then and there?

Yep! My desk is littered with notes on receipts, and my email account has a lot of three-line emails sent from my phone. The back of my hand has seen some ink abuse in meetings, too.

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?

The middle of the cafe is my specific place! I can’t write at home at all. I just end up playing with my cat, or doing endless rounds of Candy Crush Saga. But if I sit down in my local Costa, I can do a book in three weeks. My record word count was 14,000 in a single Saturday.

Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?

Several of my English teachers, yes. Pretty sure they didn’t envisage queer romance being the core of it, though!

Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?

Yep. Hell, a lot longer than a year! A pair of books I’m working on right now, Tea and Coffee, are five years old. They’ve been rewritten to death. I have a five-part series that’s been on the shelf for two years, and a steampunk story that was originally written in around 2015. I have so many ideas (242 in the folder, last I checked!) that I don’t waste time trying to force a book that isn’t working. I put it aside and do something else. And as Tea and Coffee prove, I’ll eventually get back to them! Continue reading

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Author Q&A: Christa Tomlinson + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Seven Questions with Christa

Hello! Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m thrilled to release my latest and last in the Cuffs, Collars and Love series: A Sniper’s Devotion. This story features Hector Castillo, our cocky sniper from Houston Police’s Department’s elite SWAT team and Miguel Delgado a childhood friend of Hector’s. A Sniper’s Devotion is a friends to lovers romance, but it’s also about growing and learning who you are.

Are there any types of scene you find hard to write?

Yes, sex scenes! I know lots of romance authors say this but it is so very true. I don’t want a sex scene to just be a mechanical description of body parts and thrusting. I want there to be emotions involved as well. Sometimes it’s love. Sometimes it’s anger. Sometimes it’s joy. To convey the physical parts and the emotion and the attraction and arousal takes a lot of work.

What do you do when you feel stuck with writer’s block?

Well, after I get over the frustrated cursing, I take a step back for a while. Then I sit down and figure things out. First, I re-read the scene to get a feel for it. Am I trying to force it to go where it doesn’t want to go? Do I not have enough information? Is it in the right point of view? Once I’ve answered those questions, I can usually figure out what I need to do to get back on track.

How do you handle a story that doesn’t go as you planned?

I used to try to brute force a story to go where I wanted. But after struggling with The Detective’s Pleasure to force it into a mold, I realized that wasn’t the way to go. Now, if I have a story that wants to do something different than what I planned, I let it. I save my original plans of course, then I let the story take me in the direction it wants. I am a plotter when it comes to writing, but I’ve learned that it’s okay to deviate from the original script when necessary. Sometimes the story and characters evolve in ways that call for a change. And I’m okay with that.

What else do you use to immerse yourself in the story (music, visuals, etc.)?

Music is a big help in my writing. I always choose a song that fits the mood of the song that I’m writing. I’ll often listen to it over and over again on repeat while I work on a scene or chapter. It really helps me to set the mood and to block out distractions. I also like visuals, although I don’t rely on them as much. I normally only have three or four photos of my main characters, their homes and general style of the story’s environment.

Who do you write for (your audience or who you hope to reach)?

I write for anyone who wants to read about two people falling in love, the struggles they endure to get to their happy endings, and the hot sex they’ll have along the way.

What do you wish people knew about your books or characters?

That they aren’t perfect. My characters are lovely, worthy book boyfriends. But they will mess things up. And that’s okay! They will learn from their mistakes and become better lovers, boyfriends and husbands. I promise.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on re-launching my Champions of Desire series. I initially decided to shelve it because book one didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. But after seeing so much love for Chance and Devin and wishes for Tre and Brandon’s story, I’ve decided to give it another go. Book one is currently being re-edited and will have a cool and sexy new cover. Book 2 is under way and I can’t wait to share it with you all next year.

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About A Sniper’s Devotion

 

Officer Hector Castillo, a sniper on Houston’s elite SWAT team, is content living alone as a perpetual bachelor. But when he opens up his small apartment to a friend in need, their close quarters awaken long suppressed desires Hector can’t help but acknowledge.

Miguel Delgado’s unfortunate detour down a road he never intended to travel ends in a big wake up call, but he vows to get himself back on track. Though he’s always looked up to Hector, Miguel isn’t a kid with hero-worship anymore, and his schoolyard protector has matured into a strong and caring man – who happens to look damn sexy in his SWAT uniform.

Though their physical attraction to each other is undeniable, Hector and Miguel try hard to resist and protect their friendship. Until one night changes everything…

A Sniper’s Devotion is a loving and sexy, friends to lovers erotic romance. Hector and Miguel’s story is part of the Cuffs, Collars and Love series, but it is a stand-alone novel.

Available at: Amazon

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An Excerpt from A Sniper’s Devotion

“Aaaagh!” Miguel squeaked again, ducking his head into Hector’s shoulder as a mass of zombies burst into the shop where the hero and his family were hiding. “How are you not dying at this?” he asked in an agonized voice.

Hector held back a grin at Miguel’s over-the-top reaction. After the things he’d seen on the police force, it would take more than a jump scare to freak him out. “I’m trembling on the inside,” he said.

“You are not,” Miguel answered with a dry laugh. He started to pull away. “Sorry about that.”

Hector stopped him. “You’re just going to jump back on me anyway. Might as well stay here where I can protect you from the zombies.”

Miguel snorted another laugh, but after a moment’s hesitation, he settled back against him. He rested against Hector’s chest, with his bent legs laying half over one of Hector’s. As the movie played on, the hero and his crew making a perilous escape from the zombie horde, Hector brought his hand up from the back of the couch, absently running it through Miguel’s hair. The curls were soft, sliding through his fingers.

Eventually the action on screen slowed, giving both the hero and the viewers a moment to breathe. Hector’s attention wandered from the screen, and he realized it was strange to have his hand in another man’s hair. He and Miguel were so close, and it was such a habit from watching movies with dates that he’d done it without even thinking. He abruptly stopped. Sitting there stiffly, his hand frozen in Miguel’s hair, he wondered if he should apologize. Before he could decide, Miguel turned his head slightly, his lips brushing Hector’s neck as he spoke.

“That felt nice,” he said in a soft whisper. “Keep going.”

His chest suddenly tight, Hector relaxed his fingers and slowly started playing them through Miguel’s hair again. His eyes were on the TV, but he wasn’t really watching the movie. Neither was Miguel. His face stayed turned into Hector’s neck, warm breath softly blowing over his skin. It was a surprise and yet not when Miguel pressed a kiss to his throat.

At that moment, Hector should have moved away from Miguel. Hell, he should have gotten off the couch altogether. But he didn’t. He sat there, letting Miguel brush more kisses up and down the side of his neck. A hand landed on his thigh. Hector swallowed hard, then turned to look down at his friend.

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About Christa Tomlinson

Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.

Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters’ romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.

Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a retired roller derby player

Find out more about Christa on her WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsInstagramNewsletter, BookBub or email her at contactchrista@christatomlinson.com.

 

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Author Q&A: Nicky Spencer + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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I’m so excited to be here to talk about my new novel, A Bolt of Blue. It’s an m/m/m contemporary romance, and it’s my very first book! I really hope readers end up loving these three boys as much as I did.

Today I’m doing an author Q&A! Since this is my first book, I don’t have a huge amount of experience to draw from for some of these questions, but I gave it my best shot.

Where did the desire to write LGBT romance come from?

LGBT romance is my favorite genre to read! So naturally it’s the genre I want to write. I’ve tried writing other genres, and I actually do have the seed of an m/f romance I plan to write eventually, but LGBT is what inspires me.

How much research do you do when writing a story?

The majority of research I’ve done so far is just about the setting. This book is set in the Chicagoland area, and I’ve only been to Chicago once for one day so I did a lot of research about the city. How long would it take to get from point A to point B using X method of transportation? Which hospital would this character go to? What is the weather like in January? February? March? I did fudge some of it a little bit, so if you live in Chicago please don’t judge me too harshly.

One of my MC’s is on the baseball team at University of Illinois Chicago, so I did a lot of research on their baseball program as well, figuring out what their playing schedule is like, which teams they play against, where they travel to. Mitch’s baseball schedule in this book is based on UIC’s actual 2016 schedule, though I fictionalized some scores, and I think I have them play on a day when in real life the game was canceled due to snow.

But aside from settings, I’ve mostly tried to write about things I have personal experience with so I don’t have to do too much research! I don’t know if that means I’m super authentic or just really lazy.

What are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?

I think the best source is just reality. I like to think that all my characters have distinct voices, but the truth is they all have a little bit of me in them. So I just channel that part of me, and then I see what comes out! Like the character of Ian, for example, is really just my snarky side with the filter removed completely. Mitch is the more conservative part of me, the part that wants to be a good person and do the right thing. The part that’s very family-centric. And Dusty…Dusty’s the least like me, actually, but he has bits of me. He’s no nonsense. He’s a realist. He has a very deep core. And he’s a closet musician.

What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?

Title, hands down. Naming characters is pretty easy. Most of the time I just sort of know what their name is, and in cases where it doesn’t come right away, I’ll figure out how old the character is, and then I’ll just look up popular baby names from the year they would have been born and go through the list until I find something that jumps out.

And cover art? Easy peasy. You just hire someone incredibly talented and let them take the reins! Although I admit it was a bit challenging to find stock photos that I felt accurately represented my characters. In the end I’m really happy with how that turned out.
No, the title is by far the hardest part. Although the blurb comes in at a close second.

Tell us about your current work in progress and what you’ve got planned for the future.

I am currently writing a YA novella about a romance between two boys who are seniors in high school. It’s very different from A Bolt of Blue—there’s no sex in it at all! My goal for that one is to explore just how romantic you can be with just kissing. It’s a bit tropey, but I hope the characters and their relationship can transcend the somewhat cliché premise.

And then when promo for A Bolt of Blue slows down and I have a little more time to breathe, I plan to really focus in on my f/f novel. It’s a romance between a bisexual woman who finally gets to explore the lady side of her sexuality for the first time, and a lesbian woman who’s been burned in the past by girls who were just “experimenting.”

Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?

Don’t quit! I actually started A Bolt of Blue probably…five years ago? Maybe more. Don’t give up—we live in a time where it’s easier than ever to get your book out there, so if you want to write, DO IT! For me, I really struggled to finish anything I started. I found that joining a critique group where I had people giving me constant feedback and looking forward to the next chapter really helped give me the motivation to finish. So find yourself a cheering section and keep plugging along!

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About A Bolt of Blue

Ian Golinski has been in love with his best friend since he was fourteen years old. When he finally decides to confess his feelings, he finds that his perpetually single friend isn’t so single anymore. What’s a boy to do when he has to share the love of his life with someone else? Especially someone so damn hot?

Dusty Smith has finally found The One. The only problem is The One clearly has feelings for someone else, even if he doesn’t realize it. Dusty has to convince his lover that they’re meant to be. But how does he do that when the other man turns out to be perfect for them both?

Mitch Becker likes things nice and simple. But as his relationship with his boyfriend heats up, he starts developing feelings for his best friend. Suddenly his life is one big complication. How can he choose between two soul mates?

Find out what happens when three men ask the question: What if we don’t have to choose?

A Bolt of Blue is an m/m/m contemporary romance with a happy ending and no cliff-hanger. It is approximately 90,000 words and is a stand-alone.

Available at: Amazon

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An Excerpt from A Bolt of Blue

I’m not sure I heard him right. Even if I did, I need to make sure I’m really clear on what he’s saying. “What do you mean?” I ask.

Ian sighs into my ear. “I mean, what if it was the three of us? Together?”

“All three of us?” I’m like a parrot.

“Yeah.”

“And how would that work?” I know how it would work sexually. I’ve seen plenty of porn, and there are a lot of really creative possibilities when you get three guys together. Just thinking about it is getting me hard.

But I don’t think that’s what Ian means. At least, that’s not all he means.

“Well, I don’t know exactly. It’s not like I’ve ever done it before. But I think…I mean, you have feelings for me, right?”

He sounds so timid asking, and I wish he was here so I could show him how much he doesn’t need to worry about that.

“You know I do.”

“And I think Mitch does too. I hope he does. And I know how you guys feel about each other. So if we all feel that way, then why can’t we be together? There wouldn’t be anything to be jealous of. We would all be in it together.”

I have to admit, it sounds appealing. Like really, really appealing.

But it won’t work.

“Mitch would never go for it. He’s way too traditional. He wants the white picket fence, the kids, the dog. The whole domestic bliss thing. He wants to get married. You can’t be married to two people.”

“Not legally, no. I know it’s crazy. I’m just thinking out loud, mostly. But I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s the only way we all get what we want. Why can’t we all have what we want?”

“Because that’s not how life works.”

“Well, it should.”

Yeah, it should.

“It would be nice,” I say.

“Can you picture it?” Ian asks. “Will you think about it with me for a minute?”

“Okay.”

“So imagine you and me. It’s a Sunday morning, and we sleep in late and then get up and make breakfast. Are you imagining it?”

I nod, and then remember he can’t see me. “Yeah,” I say.

“Imagine we spend the whole day just hanging out. Like we did that one day, remember? Only we don’t have to keep our distance. We can touch each other. I can brush your arm with my hand when I walk by you in the kitchen. You can kiss me in the bathroom when we’re brushing our teeth.” The picture makes me smile.

“And then imagine that Mitch comes home. He was on a road trip, and he’s tired. And you’ve made dinner for him, and we all eat together. And then we sit on the couch, and I rub Mitch’s feet and you play with his hair. We’re watching some dumb movie on Netflix. Can you see it?”

“Yes, I can see it.” I can, too. And it’s so sweet it makes my chest ache. I can practically smell Mitch’s hair, and hear him purr at Ian’s touch. He loves to have his feet rubbed.

“And then the movie ends, and we all go to bed. Together.”

I smile at that. “Who’s in the middle?” I ask.

“Me,” Ian says without hesitation.

I imagine myself spooned around him, my hands brushing along his stomach while he pushes his ass into my groin. And all the while I’m looking into Mitch’s eyes. He’s on his side facing us, reaching out to touch Ian’s face, but he’s looking at me. He’s so content and happy. He’s in love.

I see him kissing Ian. Softly at first, but then with more intensity. I see my own hand running up and down Mitch’s arm while he presses his body against Ian’s. I hear the soft, wet sounds of their mouths moving together, and I reach out with my own tongue to trace the shell of Ian’s ear.

“Dusty? Can you see it?” Ian asks, breaking into my reverie.

“Yes,” I breathe.

“Is it beautiful?”

“It’s perfect.”

“Tell me again why we can’t have that?” Ian asks.

I think about what Erik said to me the other night, about how I always play it safe. And where has it gotten me? He wasn’t just talking about my career. Maybe it’s time I took a risk for love. Honestly, at this point, I have nothing to lose.

“Maybe we can,” I say.

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About Nicky Spencer

Nicky Spencer is a romance writer of all pairings. Nicky is a firm believer that love conquers all–that’s why her favorite theme is forbidden love. If two (or three!) people shouldn’t be together, Nicky will find a way to get them there. When you love someone, nothing else matters.

Nicky live in Salt Lake City, Utah with no husband, no kids and a part-time dog. She loves to read, write, listen to podcasts, watch baseball and waste time on the internet. She is firmly anti-oxford comma.

Find out more about Nicky on her Website, Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or email her at nickyspencerauthor@gmail.com.

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Author Q&A: S.J. Foxx + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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How important is research to you when writing a book?

I suppose it depends on what it is I’m writing. I make sure to know my stuff before I attempt to write it. For ‘The Valet,’ I already had a base knowledge of the 1920s and the period before. I’m a complete history nerd and love classical civilisations, as well as the periods between 1800s – 1940s. When I wrote ‘The Valet,’ I already knew a lot about servants and the sort of lives they lived because that world fascinates me.

What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand?

I always handwrite my first drafts. There’s something so free about writing with a pen, it makes my writing flow so naturally. So, I always do this and then type up later.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I have a very haphazard schedule. I always keep one free day on the weekend to dedicate to writing. I also write on two or three evenings after work. I take my laptop to my local coffee shop and smash out as many words as I can. It doesn’t produce the fastest results but it’s an improvement from my once a week schedule I used when writing ‘The Valet.’ I’m getting better at writing more frequently, and a lot faster on the days I do write too. I think it’s important for writers starting out to not worry about how long it’s going to take. As long as you keep going, you will finish!

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I know I shouldn’t, but I actually hate outlining. Instead, I get a basic plot, have a very rough idea of something that might happen in the next two to three chapters and just write. I’ve tried to make outlines or even just bullet points of ideas but it really stumps my flow and produces less interesting writing for me. What’s been working for me lately is just to write and then fix later.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Finding faith in yourself and believing that this is a story worth writing. After that, I always find the first edit terribly difficult too.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

The initial write! I love getting the first draft down on paper and barfing out all of my ideas. It’s something I do really, really quickly. Continue reading

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Author Q&A with HJ Perry + Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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The temptation you wish you could resist?

The rest of my family love what we Brits call crisps and Americans call chips. When they are there in the house. I can’t help myself, I’ll eat them all. And yet, I don’t like them that much. They are not something I’d seek out to buy. My “bad” food snack of choice would be something more chocolate or cake based. Let’s call it chocolate cake.

Whilst on the subject, I also love chips. Real British chips that are thick cut chunks of potato double fried and served with ketchup, brown sauce, or something spicy like curry sauce.

The film you can watch time and time again?

Terminator 2. The Sarah Connor character is awesome and it was such a groundbreaking film in its time.

The person who influenced you the most?

Perhaps my father. We share a love of SF films. His big influence has been by example. Like him I rarely gossip about people. If I have negative thoughts about people, I try to keep them to myself, mostly. I’m not perfect. Over my life I learned consideration for others is a good things to aim for because there are often many sides to an argument and you can’t judge other people’s behaviour because you do not know the full reasons behind their action. I definitely put these values down to my father’s influence.

My mother exists in stark contrast. She is positively brimming with judgement an opinions that she wants to share.

The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity?

Mathematics.

The poem that touches your soul?

I pretty much avoid poetry. But sometimes it is thrust upon us.

The two epic poems by Homer have touched my life probably more than any other poetry. I have print editions of The Odyssey and The Iliad on my bookshelves and I’ve listened to audiobooks of them.

I’ve visited Greece to see the ancient sites and I have a massive tattoo featuring Greek Gods.  

The event that altered the course of your life?

Having children. Of course, I knew children would change my life, but I didn’t realise just how much.

The happiest moment you will cherish forever?

Various first moments with my first child.

I’ll never forget find out my second child was not one but two. I was expecting twins. I don’t know whether happy is quite the word I’d use, though. Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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Author Q&A: Jack L. Pyke + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jen and the guys for hosting my fourth day of my seventh-day tour with Shaded Chains. Yesterday I was at Sinfully Gay Book Reviews, looking at if I could write to order from one reader, and tomorrow I’m with Attention is Arbitrary going full kink in kilt, following the Scottish theme in Shaded Chains! So please check me out there too!

Today it’s a quick Q&A session. I asked readers to go as serious or as tongue-in-cheek as they’d like with questions, and, well, they never fail to knock me off my feet and tickle a few ribs….

Are you my Dom, because you sure love torturing me!

I’d need rope, sticky tape, and a whip or two to answer that, that’s after I’ve figured out how to get into the packaging, lol.   

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Run – you’re next.

With everything you put your characters through, what is your biggest fear?

Tornadoes. Every time I dream of tornadoes, something bad happens in my life. So I hate tornadoes, that and water and spiders. So water spiders carried by tornadoes would just about kill me.

Would you ever kill off an MC?

Oh yes. In fact, in Don’t 6…. Just kidding. (I like keeping my head!)

Would Gray ever allow Jack to have a scene where he dominates him – and not as Martin?

In fact, in Don’t 6 — spoilers!

What sparks your creative story lines?

To start off with? Usually just a word, like Don’t…. I see the look in my eldest lad’s eyes when I say don’t around him; there’s always that compulsion to… do!

Which character most resembles you?

I’m gonna blush heavily here and say Jan Richards, from the Don’t… series. He’s an accountant, and falls into dark psychological games with Jack and Gray, not to mention the BDSM and counter-terrorism plot lines etc. He feels just so out of his depth and left hiding or blushing at how normal his life is. Not to mention how he feels like a third wheel at times who’s lost in the background. I’m there most times, wishing I could say I was dark as Gray, as sexy and loveable as Jack Harrison, with his darker personality, but… nah. They’d both probably bypass me on the street, and I’m kind of happy with that! I like normal and bland.

As an author who writes dark reads, what do you want to accomplish with your writing?

In all honesty? Nothing. There’s no hidden message regard my politics to get any type of message out there; I don’t want to use M/M writing to break through into the mainstream market. I’m just happy writing.

Seeing as you write dark books… is there any books you can’t read cos they’re too dark?

My trigger zones are actually non-fiction, in particular reads that deal with real-life accounts of abuse and rape. I can’t read them. My non-fiction shelves consist of English Language/linguistic text books, nothing more.

Lastly, I really would really enjoy you answering the question you addressed. Is there anything you wouldn’t write about? What are YOUR triggers?

I’ll always look at portraying the harder side to life because that’s life in general: it gets no censorship and little allowance for trigger zones. But I do have hard and fast restrictions to the amount of on-page content I’ll consider. I won’t ever write a scene portraying narrative real-time paedophilia, not like I did with getting into Jan’s head when he witnessed the horrendous twist on the rape-to-straight scenes in Antidote. So, yes, the one thing that’s sure to make me stop writing and toss a novel across the room is anything on paedophilia.

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Thanks to all the readers for these awesome questions, and also to the Blogger Girls for hosting me! If you’d like a little darker read, please click on the giveaway link below. Leaving a comment on my publisher’s site will also get you extra entries, so please say hi!blogger_bee_trans

About Shaded Chains

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.

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About Jack L. Pyke

Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Find out more about Jack on his Website, Facebook and Goodreads.

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As part of this blog tour, Jack is giving away an eBook copy of Shaded Chains!! To enter, just click the link below!

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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.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Shaded Chains to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Author Q&A with Elizabeth Hoyt

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What do you hope readers will take away from reading Duke of Pleasure?

Hope. That’s the theme of the book—hope and redemption through love.

What can we expect from Duke of Pleasure?

Swashbuckling. There will be lots of swashing of swords due to the fact that Alf, the heroine of Duke of Pleasure is also the Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante who protects the poor and downtrodden in London’s stews. With two swords. She’s badass.

Was there any particular research that you did for the new book?

Well, according to my Pinterest page I researched constellations…mostly, as I remember, to see how they were depicted in Georgian times and earlier. Boy, was that a research black hole—I think I looked up from my computer three hours later.

When you start writing, do you already have an ending in mind, or do you just let the narrative go where it takes you?

Yes! I have an ending in mind. It’s the middle stuff that needs working on. 😉

What’s next for you?

Right now I’m writing Duke of Desire, the twelfth and final Maiden Lane book. It’ll be out August 2017.

By the way- this is a simply wonderful series that has several of my fav genres (romance, historical London, a hint of fairy tale magic, mystery/suspense & humor) mixed to create a spectacular story. I read oodles of series but this is one of only 4 or 5 that I read immediately upon release. Thank you for such entertaining stories and characters that never fail to keep me up all night reading just one more chapter.

Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you like Maiden Lane and that you’re continuing to like it! 😉

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About Duke of Pleasure

dukeofpleasure3_rgb300IN THE ARMS OF DANGER

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE

Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

Check out Heather C’s review of Duke of Pleasure to see what she thought of it!

Available at: Amazon | B&N | iBooksGoogleKoboIndieBound

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Find out more about Elizabeth on her Website, Twitter or Facebook.

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WICKED INTENTIONS is now FREE for a limited time!

The ebook edition of WICKED INTENTIONS, the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s bestselling Maiden Lane series will be FREE from November 28 through December 12!  This is a great opportunity to introduce friends to the series! On December 13 the price returns to $5.99.

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Honorary Blogger Nalini Singh: Future of the Psy-Changeling Series + Excerpt

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Future of the Psy-Changeling Series

Is Allegiance of Honor the end of the Psy-Changeling series?

No, it’s not. 🙂 I ADORE this world and the characters and I have so many Psy-Changeling stories yet to tell. (I’ve often joked that I’ll be writing this series until I’m ninety-eight!)

Where do you see the Psy-Changeling world going from here?  Who is the next book about?

(Slightly spoilery answer to follow if you’re just starting the series).

Allegiance of Honor sets up a lot of possibilities for the future. There are many avenues I could take. However, for me, this arc is all about what happens not just to the Psy, but to the world, now that Silence has fallen and all the rules have changed. 

We’ve had the immediate aftermath books, both of which focused on the Psy race (Shield of Winter & Shards of Hope), but what about the wider long-term future? Because Silence existed for a reason. The Psy still have these incredible abilities that have the potential to drive them murderously insane, and the world is still a fractured triumvirate. And there are players about whom we know very little, like the falcons and BlackSea.

As for who’s book is next, I’m not ready to announce it yet because I want to be certain this character is ready – but I think you’ll be pleased. 😉 

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About Allegiance of Honor

26089799A staggering transformation has put the Psy, humans, and changelings at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten, and it threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost and protect the vulnerable—and to save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Available at: Amazon

Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Allegiance of Honor to see what she thought of it!

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An Excerpt from Allegiance of Honor

Lucas had had to chase Naya around the aerie at bedtime last night—her walk might still be a little shaky, but she was a rocket when it came to crawling. Dressed only in a diaper, she’d laughed uproariously and said a loud, firm “No” each time Lucas caught her and put her in her crib.

After which she’d clamber out—she’d figured out how to escape a month earlier—and the game would begin again. Of course, since Lucas was a cat, he’d been having just as much fun as their daughter. Sascha, meanwhile, had sat in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate and just indulged in the sight of her mate playing with their cub.

She’d had to pretend to be stern when Naya ran over and pleaded her case with loud sounds and wild gesticulations of her hands. “No, Naya,” she’d said, biting her tongue in an effort not to laugh. “It’s time for bed. Go with Papa.”

At which point, Naya had growled at her, eyes sparkling with mischief.

And Sascha had cracked, laughing so hard she’d had to put down her hot chocolate before she spilled it. Lucas had shaken his head as Naya plopped down on her diaper-covered butt and joined in, clapping her hands at having made her mommy laugh. “No discipline.” Lucas had mock-growled at her before picking up their misbehaving baby. “And you”—a growly nuzzle that made Naya laugh harder and pat his stubbled cheek—“time for bed.”

He’d finally got her to sleep—by walking around with her pressed up against his bare chest.

Today, their cub was playing in the living area just outside the kitchen nook. Sascha had locked the aerie door to ensure Naya wouldn’t undo the latch and go out onto the balcony, and Lucas had childproofed the entire main area of the aerie, so Naya was free to roam as she liked. A lot of the time she practiced her walking skills. And no matter how often she fell down, she started back up again after a little break.

Stubborn, determined baby.

Peeking out from the kitchen, Sascha found her concentrating on stacking the colored alphabet blocks Faith and Vaughn had given her as a gift. Beside her sat a more than slightly ragged wolf plush toy, aka “The Toy That Shall Not Be Named.” Hawke had given that to Naya when she was a newborn, and it remained her favorite snuggle toy, much to her father’s despair.

Though Lucas did enjoy it when Naya went leopard on the toy, growling and “fighting” with the wolf. Then he’d smile and say, “That’s my girl.”

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About Nalini Singh

nalini bioNEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her websiteSlave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

Find Nalini online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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