Author Q&A

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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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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Author Q&A with J.K. Hogan + Giveaway!

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Fun facts about ME! Since I never repost these when I get tagged for them on Facebook, I figured I’d do a giant one because I know everyone needs the answers to these burning questions. (I deleted a few stupid ones, like what’s my favorite letter and number, and how tall I am.)

  1. What’s your name? J.K. Hogan (Friends call me Kristen)
  2. What’s your favorite sport? No
  3. Have a crush?     Yeah, Stucky
  4. What’s your eye color?     blue
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?     Get rid of the baby weight
  6. Are you allergic to anything?     Stupidity
  7. Have you ever broken a bone?     Possibly toes along the way, but nothing I ever got checked out.
  8. What’s your favorite movie?     That’s completely impossible to say, but in this moment right now, its Captain America: Civil War.
  9. Books, or movies?     Yes
  10. Favorite book?     HAHAHAHAHA!!!! You’re kidding, right?
  11. Do you know all of the words to the National Anthem?     Sure do
  12. What’s your favorite holiday?     Halloween
  13. Who’s your favorite band/artist?     Again, there’s really no answering that, but right in this moment I’m on a Panic! at the Disco kick.
  14. What’s your relationship status?     Married with children
  15. Do you exercise?    Yep, I lift weights. One weighs about 30 lbs and the other about 15 lbs. They’re both pretty squirmy.
  16. What’s your nickname?     Kris… Or when someone pisses me off, the Beast.
  17. What’s your favorite quote?     Do or do not. There is no try.
  18. What food do you hate the most?     Bananas
  19. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what is the name(s)?     Two dogs, Harley and Slo-Mo, one cat named Shai.
  20. Who’s your favorite superhero?     Any of the Avengers really, but I’m on a Cap kick right now.
  21. What is your natural hair color?     Blonde
  22. Do you look more like your mom or your dad?     Pretty decent mix of both.
  23. What’s your favorite type of food?     Pizza or sushi
  24. What are 3 things you cannot live without?     My hubby and my 2 boys
  25. Who do you miss right now?     My Granny and my Granddaddy (different sides of the family). We lost them both in the same year.
  26. When something drops from the bed, you stay on the bed and stretch to get it, right?     Of course. What do other people do? Get up?
  27. How would you describe your personality?    Cantankerous
  28. What’s your favorite kind of cheese?     The kind that comes from cows.
  29. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?     Green tea or birthday cake

So that was kind of a weird one to end it on, but I just got this thing off of Google. I hope you enjoyed this completely unsolicited and unnecessary list of useful information about me. I hope you enjoy Strong Medicine. Thanks for reading!

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About Strong Medicine

unnamedTwo men who meet in a psychiatric institution couldn’t possibly find happiness together—could they?

The world seemed to be telling disgraced former child star and singer Cameron Fox that he would never be happy again. A drunken car accident gets him sentenced to a work-release at Riverbend Behavioral Health Facility.

Reclusive, traumatized writer Jonah Radley has an entire graveyard of skeletons in his closet. Jonah regularly hospitalizes himself for psychotic episodes caused by a horrific childhood trauma, his biggest secret—one he refuses to speak about in therapy.

Jonah and Cameron form a bond inside the hospital, forged in mutual pain and hope for a better life. Once they leave the hospital, they must decide if they are brave enough to explore the intricacies of living with mental illness—and find a new normal together.

Available at: Wilde City & Amazon

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About  J.K. Hogan

unnamed-1J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?

J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and two sons, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit .

WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads Author Page | Amazon | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest

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As part of this blog tour, J.K. is giving away an eBook copy of Strong Medicine! To enter, just click the link below!

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

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Author Q&A with Victoria Sue + Giveaway!

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How do you pick which story to write next? Is it the character that is yelling at you the loudest, the quiet one over in the corner with the devilish grin, or is it the storyline itself that is dragging you into it’s path?

I am lucky (or unlucky) enough to have four series on the go – so I’m trying to discipline myself and write in order. It NEVER works like that though! You have to go with whichever is giving you the most ideas. Continue reading

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Author Q&A: Chris T. Kat + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book. What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?

Hmm, that question stumped me for a bit, I admit. I found an answer, though. The nicest thing anyone has ever said about my writing is probably that I have the ability to bring out the emotions in my character, so readers really feel with and for them.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?

I’m only a part-time writer—a very part-time writer at the moment. For a long time I wrote every weekend (though only in the mornings), and whenever I had free time. Now… well, I can’t remember the last weekend I used for writing. The last time I wrote was in August, during our vacation, but before that there were months without writing. I came to the decision that while I love writing, I’m not cut out for the publishing business, so after Mending the Rift there will only be one more contemporary novella, called Stained, from me and then I’m retiring.

What interested you about the theme of this book?

When I started writing, I started as a fan fiction writer. One of my first stories, which became a whole alternate universe, was an m-preg story as well. I can’t explain why the idea of male pregnancies always appealed to me, it just did. After writing pretty much anything, I had the desire to go back to my roots, so to speak, and write another m-preg story. Thus Mending the Rift was born.

What is the most difficult part of writing for you?

This will sound odd, but the hardest part about writing is finding time to write. I can only write on the weekends, so my time is very limited. The weekends are also for our family, to play with the kids, or make trips, or spend time in our garden. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks—especially in the summer months—because there’s so much other stuff I like to do.

When I have time to write, the hardest thing is to stop on Sunday and then re-start the next Saturday. I always have to find my way back into the story and the flow of things. Once I’m back into everything, I have to stop again already!

Name your four most important food groups.

Hmm, now that’s difficult. Since I got diagnosed with diabetes, my eating habits have changed, so my most important food groups include vegetables, meat (even though I’m not really a meat-lover) and eggs, bread, and most importantly—cake! Yes, I know that cake isn’t a food group, but I love it, so there. 😉blogger_bee_trans

About Mending the Rift

MendingTheRiftIn a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

 

Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon

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An Excerpt from Mending the Rift

Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”

Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”

He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”

Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”

Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”

Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.

Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”

“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”

“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.

Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”

Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.

For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.

Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”

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About Chris T. Kat

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

Find out more about Chris on her BlogTwitterGoodreadsFacebook or Amazon Author Page.

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As part of this blog tour, Chris is giving away a book from Chris’s backlist or an audiobook copy of ‘Despite the Odds’!! 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 Nikyta’s review of Mending the Rift to see what she thought of it!

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Author Q&A: Victoria Sue + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Please welcome Victoria Sue author of The Promise. Tell us a little bit about what started you writing, and your current book.

Hi, I’ve always been a voracious reader – anything from romance to high fantasy – Lord of the Rings type stuff. I got bought a kindle for my birthday in 2013 and that introduced me to hundreds of books you don’t tend to find in your local store. I remember complaining bitterly to my husband about the ending of one book – it wasn’t a happy ever after! I seem to remember saying I could have done a better job myself (I was drinking red wine and should have known better.)

He got sick of me complaining and dared me to do it. If you asked him today, he would probably say it was a big mistake. After my last self-imposed deadline he said he’d forgotten what I looked like…or at least I think he would say it was a mistake.

The Promise is the fourth book in the Sirius Wolves series. This is the first book that features a human, a bilateral amputee combat veteran, as one of the main characters.

The Promise is ménage. M/M/M/M. What’s the hardest thing about writing ménage?

Eight legs, eight arms, and four dicks! The trick is so the reader knows where everyone is and what they’re doing, without it becoming either a biology or a geography lesson.

You’ve also got plenty of POV’s to choose from. Because the characters will continue into other books, I never choose all four POV’s for the first one. I like to be able to get into my characters heads and introduce more when the first or second is established.

What’s your next project?

I’m currently working on book five of the series – the Dilemma. I’m also writing my next historical mm love story – The Innocent Betrayal.

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About The Promise

28487054The time of Anubis is at hand. Working together against him, the goddess Sirius and the god Orion have helped mankind prepare by uniting Blaze, Conner, Darric, and Aden to fight the evil in the world. But in the war to come, the werewolves will need more allies, and this will extend beyond werewolf kind.

Marcus, an ex-Marine who’d lost both his legs in a landmine accident, is now Human Liaison Officer for Blaze’s pack. Having lost his lover too when the man couldn’t bear to live with “a cripple”, Marcus never expected that he’d fall in love again, let alone with the werewolf Kellan who seemed to be universally hated by the pack.

The Winter Circle is moving, and a psychopathic pastor has abducted Nate, one of the wolves from Hunter’s pack. For once the wolves cannot rescue him — it has to be a human — and now Marcus must save the wolves from their biggest threat: one of their own.

If Marcus succeeds, he will bring in a new era in mankind’s battle against the power of evil, starting with a simple promise and ultimately mending four broken hearts.

Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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An Excerpt from The Promise

Marcus inhaled appreciatively as he eventually made it to the top of the steps. He loved Aden’s pack house. The upstairs floor was Aden’s and his mates’ living quarters. He was incredibly lucky to be here, and one of the only humans who had been trusted to live with werewolves. Not just any werewolves, thought Marcus with a grin at his own joke. Blaze, Conner, and Darric were the Supreme Alpha triad who had been blessed by the goddess Sirius when they were born over seven hundred years ago. Marcus grinned to himself — didn’t that just roll off the tongue! It was one of those things that even when he’d seen it with his own eyes — first with his buddy in the army, and then here — it was still a truly fucking incredible thing. Werewolves. Thinking of every film in the movies, none of them came even close to how amazing it was, and how goddam lucky he was to be here.

It had only been because of his dad’s friend, Bud Mason, that he’d gotten this gig in the first place. Marcus was a newly washed up Marine with two bum legs. Career finished. Then Bud — Senator Mason — had called him. He knew Marcus was aware of werewolves. Marcus and his unit had been out on patrol, eyes on a swivel as always, but it had been quiet for days. Craig was scouting up front where he liked to be and a sniper had taken him out first.

Marcus had thought he was done for, until the most incredible thing Marcus had ever seen happened in front of his eyes. Craig shifted into a wolf as he lay on the ground.

Marcus had kept his cool, and even though the firefight grew up in earnest, and had pulled Craig to safety. Craig had later explained everything — how werewolves were known about by the government, but not in the main by the general public; that he had shifted because when injured it’s a natural thing for wolf shifters to heal themselves. Marcus had been enthralled. Unfortunately, Craig had been sent home by panicked generals who didn’t realize it wasn’t Craig’s training so much as his incredibly strong shifter sense of smell that was locating the landmines and keeping their asses safe.

The next day after Craig had gone, their Humvee rolled straight over one. Three Marines lost their lives and Marcus lost his legs. The left one above the knee and the right below.

A few of the wolves glanced up smiling as Marcus limped into the café area at the front of the pack house. Friendly guys, and girls. Lilly greeted him. “Morning, Alpha.”

Marcus had wanted to die of embarrassment when she’d first called him that. Apart from the obvious fact he was a human, he was pretty sure it was against some wolf protocol or something. In fact, Ricoh was standing with Aden one of the first times last year when Lilly had called him that, and he’d seen the shock on Ricoh’s face.

Aden though had explained Lilly meant it as a mark of respect as Marcus had ended up being one of their biggest supporters, and Blaze certainly didn’t mind. Marcus supposed if it didn’t offend their Supreme Alpha, he didn’t need to get all bent out of shape about it.

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About Victoria Sue

Has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.

She’s still in love with them. Any size, any shape, any creature – love is love, no matter what it says on the box.

In fact if they don’t fit very neatly into any box she loves them even more!

She has a very patient husband and three wonderful children. In 2010 in search of adventure they all moved from the UK to the US and are happily settled in Florida. Finally, after reading love stories for so long, she decided to write her own.

Find out more about Victoria on her WebsiteTwitter.

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Author Q&A: Parker Williams + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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My name is Parker Williams (or Will Parkinson if you prefer). I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband, our four dogs, and three cats.

Haven’s Creed is a huge departure from anything I’ve ever done in the past. Haven is not a nice man. He’s an assassin whose job it is to protect the innocent when he can, and avenge them when he can’t.

When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?

I was 14 years old. I wrote the story of Grant and Rusty, two gay high school students who were coming out in the 80s. In my story, they didn’t even hesitate. They did it because they were in love. It’s the only story I have that survived the purge after my father told me I shouldn’t waste my time with writing, because it was never going to amount to anything.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I’m a pantser. I tried plotting, but the characters always seem to know better, and I figure I might just as well go with the flow.

BUT! When I work with K.C. Wells, we tend to work out a timeline at the very least. We think it helps us to stick to a plan….until the characters tell us we’re not doing it right, then they want something different.

Men. Can’t live with them, can’t sell them for parts.

What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?

In Haven’s Creed there are a few things that are different from a lot of books. Haven isn’t a nice man. He does things that would turn most people’s stomachs, but he does it for a good reason. The thing is, after so many years of doing it, cracks are beginning to show in his armor, and he’s afraid the only way out for him is by swallowing his gun.

Then into his life comes Samuel, who is going to show Haven the good he’s done, and why he needs to keep fighting the good fight.

How do you find or make time to write?

That’s tough lately. I own Pride Promotions, and we’re busy at this time of the year, so I squeeze in writing when I can. K.C. Wells and I are working on ‘Endings and Beginnings’, the final book of the Collars & Cuffs series, and in order to do anything, I write scenes that we try to slot into the book. I love watching K.C. work. She takes what I’ve given her, and turns it into this lush, amazing story that flows so beautifully.

What do you like to read in your free time?

What is this ‘free time’ you speak of?

I love shifter stories. Silvia Violet does some of the most amazing ones, and she’s also got one of my favorite characters in Wes from the Wild R Farms series. He’s a pure human, but he’s so damned alpha that you can’t help but shiver when he’s on page. He’s paired perfectly with Tristan, a horse shifter, who longs for Wes to break him, but isn’t going to make it easy for him.

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About Haven’s Creed

HavensCreed-400x600An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.

After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.

Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.

When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.

Available at: Amazon

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An Excerpt from Haven’s Creed

When I was fifteen, I killed my first man. Every time Arnie, the guy my mother was shacking up with at the time, drank, he got it into his head she was cheating on him. He’d start slapping her, and that turned into full-fledged beating within a few months. When he was done, he’d start on my sister.

There were nights she’d crawl into bed with me, sobbing. For the longest of times, she wouldn’t tell me what happened, but when I found blood on her pajamas, I knew. I’d tried to stand up to him, but he beat me badly enough that I couldn’t go to school for two weeks until the bruises faded. But I got off lucky. The things he did to Chrissy gave me nightmares. I’d hear her cry out and knew there was nothing I could do but hide in my bed, my pillow covering my head. He was bigger, meaner, and stronger than me, and he reminded me of that fact constantly.

The old lady never said boo about it. She always forgave him and tried to justify what he did by telling me how much stress he was under. How he was a good man and didn’t mean it. It was just the drinking, she swore. It was more like he was a bastard and she was his meal ticket.

I came home one night and found him whaling on her, my sister’s body crumpled in a heap, her head smashed in. The son of a bitch had a gun in his hand, slick with blood, and he threatened to kill them both, screaming he wouldn’t let her leave. She slapped him. It wasn’t hard, but it shocked him enough that he dropped the gun. I picked it up. He sneered at me and called me a weak-willed fag.

I looked at the gun I held in my hand. The instrument of my revenge. The means to saving my sister.

“Give me the gun, you fuck. It’s not a dick, you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”

The bullet I put in his forehead showed him how wrong he was. He lay on the floor, blood bubbling from the wound, and his eyes locked on mine as he took his last breath. I wanted that fucker to know it was the weak-willed fag who had done this to him.

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About Parker Williams

Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.

Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.

Find out more about Parker on Twitter, Facebook or his Website.

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Author Q&A with Becca Burton + Giveaway!

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Hi Becca, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you for having me. Something Like a Love Song is my first novel, a story about two long time boyfriends who find themselves facing a life changing tragedy and have to find the courage and love for each other to fight through.

While this is my first novel, I have posted many stories online, and have been writing ever since I learned how. I currently work as a nurse in a Neonatal ICU, and medicine has been a big interest in my life, and always seems to find a way into my writing. I am passionate about diverse, LGBTQ fiction, and am very excited to contribute to this genre.

Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?

I think Dylan and Landon are unique because of their love for each other. They don’t have super powers or super skills, but they love each other with their whole hearts and they stick by each other when things are at their most difficult. They are victims of a hate crime, and Landon suffers a traumatic brain injury, and despite how much their lives change, they still continue to fight for their love and their life together.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?

I think I was surprised by how support I had. Not that I ever thought I would be alone in it, but every step of the way I had the support of the amazing Interlude team, and from fellow writers who gave me advice and commiserated and celebrated with me, and from readers of the original story who expressed how excited they were for me. The whole experience has been wonderful, and while it was definitely very difficult at times, the support always made me feel like I could actually do it.

Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?

I’ve gone to several conventions, including Comic Con, Leaky Con twice, Ascendio (a Harry Potter convention), and a few smaller, local conventions. I love going to them – there is something amazing about being in a place with other people who are so passionate about the same things that you are. I love finding others to talk to and fan about things over, and there are always so many talented artists and vendors selling their art and apparel and jewelry that I always spend too much money. But it’s completely worth it, and I really hope to go to more conventions in the future!

Would you like to be a full-time writer?

I would to be a full-time writer, but I also really do enjoy my nursing job in the Neonatal ICU. I think someday I would love to be able to balance both and do both equally. Maybe someday I’ll find enough hours in a week to be able to spend as much time as I need on both!

Design the ultimate pizza.

I would start with a thin crust because I love the crunch, and layer it with a garlicky white sauce, because tomato sauce is my least favorite part of pizza. Then topped with lots of cheese, lots of olives – both green and black – and maybe some mashed potatoes (if you’ve never had mashed potato pizza you must do so immediately), some spinach because vegetables make it healthy, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. Perfect!blogger_bee_trans

About Something Like a Love Song

27859947One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?

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About Becca Burton

Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna. Something Like a Love Song is her first novel.

Find out more about Becca on Facebook or Twitter.

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As part of this blog tour, the Grand Prize is a $25.00 Interlude Press Gift Card and First Prizes are 5 e-copies of ‘Something Like a Love Song’!! To enter, just click the link below!

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A Blogger Girl Interview with Sean Crisden!

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Morgan chats with Sean Crisden about Forging the Future!

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Morgan: I know you said you pre-plan passages that look difficult.  This whole book looks difficult!  What was your process for making sure all the words are pronounced correctly, giving each of the many characters a distinct voice and making sure it also fit with the previous narrations? (There are so many characters and strange names!)

SC:  Mary’s books are steeped in Egyptian mythology and lore, so I have a few resources that I use to at least steer me in the right direction with pronunciations, including those that Mary herself has provided. I’ll leave it at saying definitively that there’s possibly a good chance that most of them are probably correct sometimes, on occasion…maybe. No, no, no, no need to double check that, just take my word for it. The characters are always so rich and diverse that after reading and prepping the book I supply them with the voice that I heard in my head. I am fortunate enough to have a very wild and fanciful imagination so often these things just flow rather copiously from my brain. It’s a cluttered and terrifying mess in there though, I advise against vacationing there – at the very least wear a fine pair of galoshes. I have a spreadsheet for practically every book I have narrated with plot info, character notes and assorted miscellany, sometimes linked to a sample sound file. This helps to keep me organized and on track most of the time.

Morgan: I know that you do your own sound mixing.  Do you record the different dialog (accents) one at a time or as a conversation?  (Do you switch back and forth or do that with editing?)

SC:  I am an audio engineer as well as a voice talent. I spent many years as a musician and in studios learning how to make my terrible audio sound marginally less so prior to becoming a narrator and voice talent. When I track a book, I track and narrate as it is written, correcting mistakes that I make as they happen with a method known as punch/roll. I don’t like going back after the fact and trying to reclaim the same mood, pace and intensity afterwards. Of course, after the initial narration is proofed by the publisher a number of corrections come back anyway with things that I unknowingly mumbled, garbled, burped or just plain misread. I like to keep those as minimal as possible, however. So, in terms of conversations, with the character voices, textures and colors already in my wacky brain, I simply read through and switch characters as I go. It’s much more fun that way…sort of like a one person performance with a cast of dozens. Oh wait…it is.

Morgan: I know you said you are a fan of this series – how did you feel by the end of the narration?

SC:  I always joke and say that my favorite part of any narration is “This concludes [book title] by [author]. Thanks for listening, now go play outside.” Of course at the end of Forging the Future there is a sense of relief felt by the lazy-want-to-be-in-my-pajamas-again me, and a sense of eager anticipation for the next book and for the story to continue for the Mary Calmes-lover me. Ah, who am I kidding? I’m pretty much always in my pajamas.

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About Sean Crisden

I have been a professional voice artist since 2006 (wait, people pay me for this?) but my history extends further than that. As a child, I was known as “Radio Man” for the articulate, listenable qualities within my voice. I don’t know any other kid who took quite so much pleasure in standing up and reading out loud “Tikki Tikki Tembo” or “Bunnicula” for their class.

This lead to an early pursuit of performing and I performed for nearly a decade with the prog rock band Divided Sky as vocalist and guitar player. I have expanded my abilities into on-camera acting, appearing in numerous commercials and films including M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender”. I was even fortunate enough to act in and choreograph the combat sequences in “Le Meduse Rouge”.

I continue to grow, develop and refine my talents in an ongoing effort to find fulfillment by drinking of my creative well. I also train in several martial arts and do my best despite the lure of my bed and apple pie to stay in excellent physical shape.

Find out more about Sean at his Website, Twitter or Facebook.

And be sure to check out Morgan’s review of Forging the Future!

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