Character Interviews

Character Interview with Simon & Alex from Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp by Jeff Adams + Giveaway!

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I’m thrilled to be here at Blogger Girls today! I hope everyone takes a moment to say hello in the comments. I’ll stop back over periodically during the next couple days to answer any questions that may come up (you may even want to play along with today’s post and ask a question of Simon or Alex). One lucky commenter will get a free ebook: you’ll have the choice of either Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp or, in case you’re new to Hat Trick, you can opt to receive the original Hat Trick novel to start at the beginning.

I liked the idea of doing a character interview for this stop on the tour. In the original Hat Trick, each of the chapters opened with a brief article detailing how the Central High Falcons hockey team was doing week-to-week. In that book, Simon and Alex also worked with a reporter from the school paper, Mike, as their coming out became news throughout the school.

So, for this post, Mike, who is going to school at Penn State, interviews Simon and Alex for a profile in their hometown newspaper. This interview takes place shortly after the events in Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp and glimpses just a touch at Hat Trick 3, which comes out this summer and focuses on Simon and Alex’s senior year at University of Michigan. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up any major spoilers here but there is reference to a number of events across the entire Hat Trick series.

Senior year is getting ready to start for you guys and another big season of Wolverines hockey, except this time you’re coming into the season as co-captains. How does that change things for you?

Simon: It was a great honor to be put into the position, especially both of us together. It’s not unheard of to have co-captains, but it hasn’t happened in a while and not while we’ve been on the team. It means we have to work harder, not only to put our best game on the ice, but to help motivate and support the team.

Alex: Like Simon said it’s an honor that our contributions are being recognized this way. Alex and I agreed when the captain talk started during the spring semester that we’d be fine if either of us got it. That we both get to wear “C” is pretty cool.

Did you expect to be at this point when you got your scholarships during your senior year at Central High?

Simon: No way. Simply to get the scholarship was the pinnacle then. It meant I’d go to a good college, and that I’d get to go with Alex. Plus there was a lot of other stuff going on senior year, too. It made freshman year almost seem like a break since I got to leave that behind. Looking back from here though, the past three years have been incredible on so many levels that I could’ve never conceived of when I left high school.

Alex: I wanted to come to Michigan to play and contribute to a great team. The three seasons have been great. And if I were to be honest, getting to play in the Great Lakes Invitational outdoors during our freshman year has been the highlight for me so far. Being named co-captain is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but there was something about that game that was magical, much like the County High game our senior year at Central.

You’ve both heavily involved in work-study and internship programs, how do you manage to keep the balance between schoolwork, the team and leaving time for your relationship?

Simon: It’s been a learning curve. When I started working at Ann Arbor’s LGBT Community Center as a sophomore it was part time, shadowing a mentor and interacting with some youth. By that summer I was working in an expanded capacity and learning so much that related to my social work studies. My duties there have steadily grown, but they are flexible with my team commitments. Alex and I feel this is all preparation for graduation next summer. Meanwhile, we do make the time to for each other, too, even if it’s just catching up at the end of the day before we crash.

Alex: No doubt we’re both busy, but it should lead to great opportunities when we graduate. We both love what we’re doing. I’m very lucky that EdgeTech allows me to maintain my school and hockey time and learn while learning some incredible things as part of the team there. And, Simon’s right, we always find the time for each other. We’re just as important as the other things we’re doing. I think we’ve learned well from having the demands on our time grow gradually over the years so we could adapt.

And this summer you managed to go and coach hockey at a summer camp. What was that like?

Simon: It was great. We’ve coached youth previously and enjoyed it, which is why we were excited for this opportunity. To go away to a camp like that where it’s really a mix of hockey and camping was great. Our Falcons’ teammate Leo got to come along, too, which made the whole trip even better. We were lucky that our regular jobs let us off to take make the trip. The trip also solidified even more for me that I’ve made the right career choice. Working with young people is difficult at times, but so rewarding when you know you’ve made a difference.

Alex: As much as I love engineering, those four weeks made me wish that I’d considered perusing a major where I’d be able to make coaching a career. It was very fulfilling. It definitely makes me want to coach a kids hockey team, just an after school team or something, after graduation once I figure out what regular working life has in store.

What would happen if you guys coached opposing teams?

Simon: So far we’ve always coached together. But it a head-to-head, my team would certainly crush his.

Alex: No way. Mine would come out on top.

Maybe it’s better we forget that I asked that question, or perhaps you guys should always coach together. Now that you’re back form camp, what’s in store for the rest of your summer?

Simon: Mostly work for the both of us. With the time away at camp, we both have to focus on that for the remained of summer. I know we’ll play some pickup hockey, too, with some of our teammates who are in the area for summer. Hockey practices will start up again in virtually no time, so we’ve got to stay in shape for that. It wouldn’t look good for the co-captains to come back out of shape.

Alex: Simon pretty much nailed it there. It’s primarily work for the next couple months with training camp starting up towards the end of that time. It doesn’t sound like much, but since Simon and I like what we do, it’ll be great.

Any messages for the Flacons as they prepare for a new season?

Simon: We’re expecting great things as always. Just missing out on another state championship last season was rough, but we’re sure the team is going to come back strong. Derek Stone rising up as captain is awesome. The Falcons that were seniors at the same time we were won’t be surprised about that. I haven’t seen Derek play in a couple years, but I expect he’s gotten stronger and for Coach Archer to put him in the captain’s position means he’s ready to go.

Alex: I wholeheartedly agree with what Simon said, so I’ll just give a loud and proud “GO FALCONS!”

Simon and Alex start up their fourth and final season with the University of Michigan Wolverines in October.

And if you want to find out how that fourth and final season goes, you’ll have to pick up Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot when it comes out this summer. In the meantime, I hope you’ll either pick up Hat Trick if this series is new to you, or if you’ve been reading along pick up the latest Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp. Given the cold, wintry way it’s been so far this month, this could be a perfect summertime blast for you.


About Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp

HT_SummerCamp_400x600Simon and Alex, now between their junior and senior years at The University of Michigan, decide to put their jobs on hold for a month and take the opportunity to coach hockey at a summer camp for teenagers.

They’ve got a cabin full of good players to work with and the focus is to get them ready to win the camp championship. One camper, sixteen-year-old Dylan, requests extra help because he needs to get a scholarship and the guys make it their mission to help him succeed.

With their best friend Leo along for the trip, Simon and Alex are setup for a great time at camp, until another coach tries to seduce them. How they respond to the unwanted advances, while  balancing commitments to their campers, will test them both.

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An Excerpt from Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp

“Simon, as many great summer trips as we’ve had, I think this might be the best one yet and it’s only just started,” Alex said right after he let go a contented sigh.

Alex and I went camping every summer. We’d spend at least a week at a campsite, as far into the woods and secluded as possible. Just us, a tent, and basic provisions. It was a blast. For our fourth summer trip, we mixed it up big time and so far I loved it. Neither of us went to summer camp as kids, but this year we decided to spend a month working at camp.

It was the end of the first day, and we were sitting on the steps leading up to our cabin. We were tucked in the woods near Muskegon, Michigan. The cool evening breeze, mixed with the wood smell of the cabins was perfect. It smelled like summer. Adding to the idyllic scene was sitting between Alex’s legs with my head resting against his chest. We looked out across the campground. Other counselors were hanging out in front of their cabins while the campers were in bed since it was past light’s out.

“You’re right,” I said, craning my head up to look at Alex. “Meeting the campers today was great. It’s gonna be awesome coaching for the next month.”

Back in March, we’d been approached by Carson Stilson, a wealthy Michigan alum, to coach at a new hockey camp he was starting. He transformed an abandoned arts camp into a hockey retreat with four half-sized rinks and one regulation one. Stilson invited college players to coach for camp’s inaugural year. It sounded like a great way to spend part of our summer, playing hockey and getting some sun. We jumped at the chance to do it.

While Alex and I had jobs, I was still at the Ann Arbor LGBT community center and Alex was at EdgeTech in Detroit, we managed to negotiate time away to come up here.

I gave a contented sigh as I snuggled in closer to Alex. It was early June, so it wasn’t super hot and there was a nice breeze blowing from the lake across the grounds. It made it very comfortable. The grounds were cool. There central area had six cabins for the campers and coaches arranged around a courtyard. Outside of that there were bathroom facilities and an administration building. There was also a boathouse, which I hadn’t been to you, down by the lake. The new buildings on the grounds were the rinks. I can’t imagine the investment to build the three buildings that housed the ice facilities. There were basic necessities in terms of locker rooms, but the ice was well kept. I’d played on much worse at private rinks over the years.

“Hey guys,” Leo said, coming towards us from the cabin next door. Recommending Leo as a coach had been easy for us. It was awesome we were going to hang out with him for a month. We hadn’t done that since we’d all gone away to college. “I forgot how much I hated going to sleep when I was a teenager. I thought we’d never get everyone settled down.”

I nodded. “We had slightly better luck. Maybe we just wore our guys out more.”

Leo stepped over me and sat down on the step above Alex so we could easily see each other while we talked.

“How are your guys?” Leo asked.

“We’ve got an interesting assortment of players,” Alex said. “We saw some that are really good, but others who need a lot of work. I like that it’s mixed though. It’ll make the concept of working as a team that much more important so the stronger players support the weaker ones.”

“I think it’ll challenge our coaching, too,” I said. “We’ve only worked with people of like skills before. Advancing players starting at different levels is going to be interesting. I’m glad we’ve got the daily coach’s check-in so we can all learn from each other.”

“I’m paired up with a guy who’s going to coach college hockey,” Leo said. “Kieran graduated a few weeks ago and got a gig as an assistant at Boston. I’m hoping to learn a lot from him.”

Alex kissed the top of my head as I absently ran my hand over his leg. I considered shifting positions, but then decided not too. Everyone knew we were a couple, and there was nothing even PG-13 in what we were doing.

“I was worried about using up our vacation for this,” Alex said, “but I’m already sure it was the right choice.”

“Me, too,” I said. “We’re out in the woods, and for longer than we would’ve been if we were on actual vacation. Plus you got to come along, too.” I held up my fist for Leo and he bumped it.

“It’s good for me too since Matt’s working in California for most of the month,” Leo said. “He’ll be back just before we head home.”

The cabin screen door opened slowly and out stepped Dylan, holding a hockey stick in one hand and his skates in the other looking like a deer caught in the headlights. Dylan was fifteen and a good skater, but he needed to work on his aim.

“What’s up, Dylan,” Alex asked. With Leo, Alex and me blocking the stairs, he couldn’t go easily around us.

“Uh,” he paused, obviously trying to decide what to tell us.

“Looks like you’re trying to break curfew,” I said matter-of-factly. “Since I doubt you’re going to the bathroom with skates and a stick.”

He opened his mouth to say something, but closed it without speaking. He stared at us and we stared back, waiting for whatever he was going to say.


About Jeff Adams

Jeff Adams caught the writing bug in middle school and finally became a novelist with the Hat Trick series. He’s currently working on the final novel in the series, Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot, which is due out this summer. He’s also written a number of m/m romance shorts, including the recent re-release of Rivals. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the peaceful, coastal beauty of Humboldt County, California. He also covers the Detroit Red Wings, as well reviews books that feature LGBT hockey players, for To learn more about Jeff, visit and follow him on Twitter at @hockeyguynyc. You can also sign up to receive email updates from Jeff (no more than two per month).

You can also find out more about Jeff at his Website, Twitter, Amazon or Goodreads.


As Jeff mentioned, one lucky commenter will win a free ebook: you’ll have the choice of either Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp or, in case you’re new to Hat Trick, you can opt to receive the original Hat Trick novel to start at the beginning.

To enter, just leave a comment! Don’t forget to include your email address so the author can contact the winner. The giveaway starts now and ends February 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

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Character Interview with Marcus “Grif” Griffin from Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet & Giveaway!

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Hi Grif, thanks so much for joining us today. I’ve read your story, but thought it would be fun to give others a taste of what they might expect from reading it.

2Grif’s Toy has a few significant meanings in this book. I’ll go easy and ask about how you came up with that name for the boat.

Yeah, umm…it does have several meanings—and the boat is probably the least embarrassing to talk about. *blush*

Tate’s father, Juan, had christened the boat Cielo De Maria – or Maria’s Heaven. Maria was Tate’s mother’s name. I was relatively young when I inherited it, along with the Diaz estate, and saw everything through rather immature eyes. *chuckles* The sheer size of the legacy was mind-boggling. So initially, I occupied myself with rather mundane tasks—like renaming many of Mr. Diaz’s toys. You probably don’t want to know what I renamed his classic Bentley S1. *wink*

How did you keep yourself from being overwhelmed with all of the Estate duties? Does Matthew handle most of it or are you more involved with that now?

Overwhelmed is an understatement. I was completely lost—and terrified. And, at least in the beginning, the more I learned, the more frightened I became. I didn’t know the first thing about running a multi-million dollar estate. Hell, it’s been almost five years now and I’m still learning—daily—from Matthew.

Matthew is a pretty awesome guy. He seems pretty open about relationships. Have you talked to him about your relationship with Wes at all?

Matthew is…completely amazing. As people learned in Grif’s Toy, he’s had relationships with both men and women, so Wes and I being a male couple isn’t an issue with him at all. However, if you you’re asking if he knows the more intimate details of our relationship…. Well, if I were to take a guess, I’d say he has a pretty good idea.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to share this, but I know Wes is working on his own book—and although I don’t know exactly what will be included—I can’t imagine he won’t talk about this. Wes frequently has me wear a chastity device—a cock cage. Initially, it took a bit of getting used to. One evening he’d removed it, to give me a break, and set it on the coffee table while we watched a movie. Unexpectedly, Matthew dropped by to have me sign some papers, and there it sat in all its shiny chrome glory. A slightly awkward moment was shared when all of our eyes settled on it before Wes discretely slipped it into a nearby sideboard. Soooo, *embarrassed chuckle* yeah, I think he has a pretty good idea.

Speaking of Wes, did it take you guys very long to balance your roles in both Vanilla and Chocolate, or did things just naturally fall into place?

Overall it’s been pretty smooth. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found my soulmate in Wes. That’s not to say that we haven’t had a few bumps along the way, we have.

However, that’s why we have agreed upon guidelines—what we refer to as our ‘rules’. One might think they only apply to me, being the more submissive one in our relationship, but they don’t. They apply to both of us equally. They ensure we both know what’s expected of us, and hopefully, prevent misunderstandings. I’ll share something else with you.  I occasionally, and very intentionally, break the rules—punishment can be a beautiful thing. *mischievous grin*

You never thought you were talented enough to make anything with your own artistic career. Have you given up on this completely?

As a career? Yeah. Toward the end of college I finally accepted that I didn’t have that kind of talent. I still draw—quite a lot actually—mostly with charcoal and acrylic, but when I was young I had dreams of making a living as an artist. Even after I realized I’d spent my entire college career focusing on something I wouldn’t be ale to use to feed myself, Tate’s support of my ‘talent’ never waivered. When he passed and left me the estate, I wanted to do something philanthropic to both honor him and also something that tied into my love of art. The end result was Tate’s Place.

I love the idea of Tate’s Place. I’ve no doubt he would be proud of what you’ve accomplished. What do you think Tate would say about it?

Tate was an awesome guy. One of the kindest people I’ve had the chance to know and have in my life. But, despite his chosen career path of psychology, he wasn’t incredibly revealing when it came to his feelings or emotions. So he’d probably say something casual like, “This place rocks, Big Guy.” But, he’d likely feel a whole lot more. He was an amazingly generous person and helping people achieve their artistic ambitions—their dreams—yeah, he would’ve really got off on Tate’s Place.

I fell in love with sweet Lance, who obviously cares deeply for you. Does he save his “outfits” for when you’re around? Did it take him long to warm up to Wes or was there a bit of a getting used to the idea period?

Ahh, Lance. He’s one of the sweetest people I know—and perhaps one of the most mischievous as well. He and Wes get along now. Their relationship is…complicated. Wes knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that I belong to him—he’s confidant in that. However, the more secure Wes becomes in our relationship, the more provocative Lance is with me whenever Wes is around. Wes doesn’t hide his possessive nature very well—I’m not sure he even tries to—and Lance finds it endlessly entertaining to flirt with me just to get a rise out of Wes. Hell, the last time we took the boat out he wore this pair of lime green swimming trunks that left nothing at all to the imagination. Lance is fully aware of my underwear and swimwear fetish, so he knew parading around—in what I later found out were a pair of underwear—was far sexier than if he’d simply been naked. Needless to say, Wes was not amused…which was Lance’s goal, I’m sure. *laughs*

Does Lance generally spend all of his time on Grif’s Toy? What does he do when you’re not on board? Do you think he will be strong enough to tell his story some day?

I’ll admit I find it a bit difficult to talk too much about Lance’s personal life—he’s a very private guy and I want to respect that. But, I don’t think he’d mind me sharing that he’s an avid rock climber and hiker. He also spends a fair amount of his off time at a local animal shelter.

I’m so proud of the progress he’s made…but again, he’s a very shy and private person. Telling his story? I honestly don’t know if he’d ever do that.

2Now for some fun stuff. You have quite the jock collection. What are your favorite colors? Do you have a favorite brand?

I think I probably have at least one from every line. My last two additions were a pair of Rotica by Good Devil and the Boho Natural by Modus Vivendi. Oh, and Wes recently bought me the Streak by Go Software. It has a transparent pouch, which he thought was cute. I mean, it’s a very nice jock, but it sorta defeats the whole point of why I wear them in the first place. *laughs*



2How are the piercings? Do they make it harder to deal with the denial, or do they add to the deliciousness of the struggle? Do you have any desire for other piercings on either you or Wes? Did Wes ever get his PA?

The piercings are awesome. I’d read up on the procedure and the aftercare before getting them, so I knew what I could expect. Surprisingly, they healed very quickly and I didn’t have any of the discomfort I’d read so much about.

Without a doubt, they add an entirely different—amazing—element to tease and denial. Aside from the milestone of finally being able to be nude in front of Wes, the piercings are the single most agonizingly addition to our sex life. I never would have guessed how much pleasure—and pain—they could provide.

I don’t have any plans on getting any additional piercings. As for Wes, he sill occasionally mentions getting a PA, but sadly, he hasn’t done it yet. I’d love to see him get one though. I find them incredibly sexy.

2Does Wes always wear his bracelet? Is that always brought into play as part of making the transition into Chocolate?

I’ve never seen Wes without his leather bracelet. Although he often takes it off to use on me, he doesn’t always. In fact, I find it hard to believe there’s a more creative lover out there than Wes. He is always surprising me with his inventiveness; I never know what’s coming next—which is thrilling to say the least!

Your bathroom sounds amazing. Is that a fairly regular playroom? Are you able to go in there without memories taking over?

Thanks! It’s probably one of my favorite rooms in the house. I find there’s something very sensual about water. The softness of it flowing over skin, the sounds it makes…that people are usually scantly dressed or naked around it. Yeah, water is a big thing for me. When I redid the bathroom, my goal was to create a room—particularly a shower—where I could spend hours, not minutes. However, it is the single most challenging place when it comes to abiding by our no touching rule. To my supreme delight, Wes keeps me in a near perpetual state of arousal. However, combine that hyper-aroused state with my inability to provide myself any sort of physical pleasure and the shower room can be a dangerous place to spend time alone in.

I’m very excited for the next book, being told by Wes. Are you worried about that or are you excited given the positive response to your story?

Well, there are certainly things I’d prefer he kept between us, but knowing Wes, that’s not likely to happen. I am excited for people to get to know him better though. I find his past intriguing; his time in the Marines, his experiences with the BDSM world before we met, and just how he looks at things so much differently than most people do. Yeah, I think he’s a very interesting guy.

Thanks again for stopping by. It has been great getting to know you and your story. I’m looking forward to learning more in Wes’ book, and I’m sure others are excited as well.

The pleasure was all mine, Jen. And happy holidays!


About Grif’s Toy

Muscular bodyGrif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?

What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving, roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.

Both men lead Grif through a twisted mesh of pleasure, pain, and denial, as they force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.

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About Joseph Lance Tonlet

Joseph is a born and raised Southern Californian—with a twenty-year stint of living in the Midwest. He loves the laid-back lifestyle of San Diego and considers himself lucky to live where people dream of vacationing.

A lifelong reader of m/m fiction, he began his writing career one night sitting at his MacBook and has never looked back. He writes to bring the characters he dreams about to life.

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Character Interview with Javi & Taz from Creature Feature 2 by Poppy Dennison & Rhys Ford + Giveaway!

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Julian Childes here with Hunter’s Quarterly. We’re honored today to interview two extraordinary hunters who have experienced vampyres first hand! Let’s find out more about how these hunter’s work: 

Julian: Taz and Javi, glad to see you lived to tell the tale of the vampyre attack on Detroit. Can you tell us what is the most effective weapon against these legendary creatures? 

Javi: The most effective weapon? A blood mage. Seriously. Screw the shotgun and crossbows, a blood mage who’s willing to sling up a few rounds of magic. ‘Course most of them are evil so a good one is about as rare as a vampyre but if you can’t have one of those, I’d say a machete. 

Taz: Definitely a machete. Gotta sever the sons of bitches spinal cord to kill ‘em. Also, I’d highly recommend some of that Vick’s stuff to rub under your nose. You really can’t understand the stench until you’re up close and personal with one of these things. 

Javi: God, the splatter. Shit gets on your skin and that’s all she wrote. Right? 

Julian: How did you get into hunting? What led you down that very dangerous path? 

Taz: It’s the family business. And if you make one joke about those brothers on TV I will do some damage. Seriously, if I had to spend all my time in the same car with my brother, I’d probably hurt him. Almost all of us are hunters, and my sister can kick anybody’s ass east of the Mississippi. Although, I do have a cousin who’s an accountant. We’re still trying to figure out how that happened. 

Javi: Shit, it’s a family business too. Pretty much cut my teeth on hunting knives. Most of us can kick ass. Yeah, we’ve got a damn librarian in our family. No idea what what happened to her. Probably dropped on her head or something. 

Julian: As we all know, vampyres are extremely rare and most of us won’t see one in our lifetime. Werewolves on the other hand. Pestilence. What do you find is the most effective tool against werewolves? 

Javi: Werewolves? Lighter fluid, hairspray and a Zippo. Silver knives are good but they don’t hold an edge. I also don’t know if it does any good to kill them because they’re like those Bozo clown things you hit and get back up. You know, those smelly vinyl things with weights on the bottom. 

Taz: Hey Javi, did he really just say pestilence? Why are we doing this again? I don’t know anybody who actually reads Hunter’s Quarterly. You think Ciarnan and Darren will meet us at the Checkerboard for pancakes? 

Javi: Mmmmm pancakes. Ciarnan makes this french toast thing with cream cheese and some fruity stuff. Pancakes sound great. We definitely should do some food thing soon. I’ve got to get him out of the house and meet some actual people. Shaddock does not count as people. 

Julian: If you had to choose the most difficult beast to fight, what would you choose? 

Javi: A human. When it’s all said and done. I think a human is the most difficult beast to fight. Sometimes I answer a call and there’s a person on the other end of the horror. Other than that, there is some crazy ass shit in the swamps of Florida. I don’t know if they’ve got were-crocs down there or something but I’ve chased down some scaly white thing with teeth while slogging through the mud and insects. Wily shit. Never caught up with it. Ate its way through a chicken ranch my aunt owns. 

Taz: No kidding? Were-crocs. Shit. Remind me to tell Darren we’re never vacationing in Florida. I don’t trust my luck. Gotta tell you though, these vamps? Scary fuckers. I didn’t think something like that was real until I saw it with my own two eyes. You hear all these legends and hell, most of it is complete bullshit. Until it’s not. Yeah, I won’t be forgetting these vamps for a long time. 


About Creature Feature 2

1Two Men. One Apocalypse.

Rise of the Revenants by Poppy Dennison
Vampyres are on the loose in Detroit, and novice hunter Taz Cohen is on the job. The mission seems simple: stop the vamps. But Taz knows nothing about the mythical creatures, so he’s in for the fight of his life. Then he meets insanely attractive construction worker Darren Foster, who jumps into the battle with both feet. Sparks and bullets fly as they struggle against the vampyre horde and their attraction to each other. Avoiding gruesome death from the undead might be easier than shielding their hearts from each other.

Legacy of Blood and Death by Rhys Ford
For Javi Navarro, Detroit will become another blood-splattered city in his rearview mirror after he puts its dead back into the ground. Expecting an easy hunting job, Javi instead finds a kiss of ancient vampyres on the hunt for a descendent of their long-dead creator.

Reclusive Ciarnan Mac Gerailt abandoned his family legacy of blood and death magic after it nearly destroyed him. Unfortunately, the Motor City can only be saved if Ciarnan resumes his dark arts and joins forces with Javi Navarro, the hunter who brought the vampyre apocalypse—and hope for the future—straight to Ciarnan’s front door.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon


About Poppy Dennison

A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

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


About Rhys Ford

Rhys  admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker. And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

Connect with Rhys on her Blog, Facebook or Twitter.


Rhys and Poppy are kindly offering up an eBook copy of Creature Feature by Poppy Dennison and Mary Calmes to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends October 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm. To enter, just click the link below!

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Character Interview with Dal & Alex from Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Good morning and a wonderful Saturday to you! I’d like to first thank the lovely Blogger Girls for hosting me today. ☺ Today I’m letting you get a crack at the MC’s of Temptations of Desire. I’ll ask them five (5) questions and we all get to see what their answers are. Sound funs, right?

So, let’s fist introduce our lovelies! Today we have Dal Sayer and Alex Noble with us.

TO: Hey. Thanks so much for coming with me to The Blogger Girls site.

Dal: Not a problem. Lexie and I talked and we’ll answer most any question you have. Well, as long as it’s not too personal *wink*

*Alex blushes but nods*

TO: Great! So, Let me make sure everyone knows who’s who. Lexie is Alex, right?

Dal: Yeah, I call Alex Lexie most of the time.

TO: Cool. Now, on to the questions…

TO: What got you in the crosshairs for me, your author?

Dal: Well, for me, I think it was being in Desires’ Guardian more than anything. Appearing in my brother Rhys’s story was fine, but in one of the scenes, you just had to show me with Lexie and in another one you showed me telling Chase, Rhys’s partner, that I’d met a guy I really liked but was nervous over. Seems you just had to share our journey like you did James and Seth’s, and Rhys and Chase’s.

Alex: For me, I’m not sure other that when I was at the hospital in Desires’ Guardian with Dal. *shrug* I guess you must have liked us enough to want to share our story. I’m kinda glad you did, and I hope my past and now finding love helps encourage others.

TO: Thanks and that was sweet Alex. I hope others are encouraged as well. Now, what’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Alex: My friends and lover. Things aren’t what I value in life so a “what” doesn’t work for me. *smirk* Though if you want a non people answer… probably my career as a chef. I’ve wanted to be one since I was little, and even losing my family and home didn’t change that. But still, I value Dal more than my cooking *wink*

Dal: Aw, Lexie, I love you too.

TO: Dal and Alex, at the beginning of the story (Temptations of Desire) what was your greatest fear?

Dal: Hmm… Probably never finding someone to love that could love me back. All my life I’ve wanted that, but none of my relationships ever seemed to work. I stayed friends with most of my exes, but that’s just it. We all made better friends than lovers, or they weren’t truly interested in a relationship, just sex. Thankfully, I met my Lexie!

Alex: Mine was similar to Dal’s though I had two main fears. Never finding love and being hurt. My life turned upside down when I was a teen and it wasn’t until I met and fell for Dal here that things finally leveled out, really. It’s hard to feel safe when just being yourself can get you beat or worse.

TO: That’s a great lead to my next question: What gender and orientation are each of you? I know the answer, but it’s important for the story and you as characters so I want to share with the readers ☺

Dal: I’m male and bi. For me, being bi has caused many, many issues in dating. You’d think it meant I had more choices, but so many either believe, wrongly, that bi means gay but not wanting to admit it or that you’re a slut and incapable of commitment. It makes finding a lover hard when the person you want shuns you.

TO: Yes, and that’s a common misconception, sadly. I’m so glad you found someone that loves you as you are.

Alex: I’m genderfluid and am only drawn to males. I word it that way because saying gay implies I’m male, and while physically true, being genderfluid means my gender isn’t always one way. Some days I’m fem, some butch, and some a blending or a bit androgynous.

TO: And lastly, what was one of the most embarrassing things I did to you in Temptations of Desire?

Dal: How you had me meet Lexie’s sister! That was just plain cruel.

Alex: *giggles* But it was so fun.

Dal: No, it was not.

Alex: Agree to disagree, baby. As for me? Um, even though I liked the outcome, I’d have to go with how Dal found out I’m genderfluid. I didn’t tell him, hadn’t honestly figured out how to—afraid he’d leave like others have. That event was mortifying, but I won’t spoil it for the readers by telling them what happened 😉 They’ll just have to grab our book and find out *laughs*

TO: Thanks so much for coming along. I hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Dal and Alex!


About Temptations of Desire


Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.

At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.

From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.

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An Excerpt from Temptations of Desire

“DAMMIT, DAL, what’s up with you today?” Rhys snapped at him. “You’ve lost count. Again.”

They were at the gym, and he knew he was supposed to be counting his reps while his big brother spotted him, but the most beautiful amber—flecked with small chips of gold and green— eyes he’d ever seen kept floating in front of him. Dal had always liked guys that were shorter, though he didn’t usually go for the more waif-like twinks like his brother. But then, he liked the delicate curves of a woman too—something his brother had never been interested in. Still, he needed to concentrate!

“Sorry. Maybe we should move on. I’m just not feeling it today.”

Rhys stared at him for a long moment. Dal knew he was being examined, but there was no way, he hoped, Rhys could know who had his mind and libido so distracted.

“How ’bout we call it a day and go grab a couple a beers?”

“Sure.” He flashed a grin as he sat up, grabbed his towel, and began wiping down the bench before standing and heading to clean up and change.

“Then you can tell me who’s got you all in a twist,” Rhys added once they were in the shower area, smirking as he dodged the towel Dal snapped at him.

“You know, you’re worse than mom with the gossip and busybody routine.” Dal grabbed his shower kit and walked off before Rhys could retaliate, as he was apt to do.

Once both men were clean and dressed, they headed to where their bikes were parked.

Rhys’s black and chrome Harley Softail and his red Ducati Diavel stood out in a sea of generic cars and trucks in the parking lot.

“Meet me at Flanagan’s?”

Dal knew this was going to be unpleasant, but nodded and dutifully straddled his bike before heading out to their favorite pub on this side of town—probably in the entire metro area if he were honest.

By the time he arrived and got up the courage to go inside, Rhys had already grabbed two mugs of beer—Guinness for himself and a Murphy’s Stout for Dal—and snagged a corner booth.

The grin he flashed told Dal just how serious his brother was about him spilling what was on his mind. He rolled his eyes, making sure Rhys saw him, and huffed as he flopped down on the other side of the booth.

“So dignified, Dal,” Rhys grumbled but smiled. “Now, take a couple a good pulls on your beer and tell me what’s got you so out of sorts. I haven’t seen you like this since….” Rhys bit the cuticle of his right thumb, seemingly lost in thought.

Taking a hearty gulp of his stout, Dal tried to think of a way to distract Rhys. “Ha, you just want to play yenta since your love life is so wonky right now. How is Chase, anyhow?”

Rhys’s green slit-eyed stare landed on him with a near-physical push. “I have no idea how Chase is. He works for me. Period.” Flexing his left hand repeatedly, Rhys stared down at his drink with what Dal knew was confusion and hurt.

He shouldn’t have asked that. He knew better. “Sorry, Rhys. That was low, even for me.”

Rhys looked up. His eyes seemed to clear as a small smile tugged at his lips. “It’s okay. But seriously. What’s really going on with you? Who is she? Or is it a he?” The last question came out so softly Dal barely heard it over the noise of the other patrons.

Dal looked his brother over a moment but decided that fighting with him over it wasn’t worth the headache, and well, he could use some advice. Maybe.

Dal lowered his gaze to the tabletop and breathed a deep sigh before he met Rhys’s eyes again. “His name is Alex. We’ve had roughly five minutes worth of conversation, most of which was about the upcoming dance you and I offered to bounce for. He’s, well, I don’t know what he is to the center. He was cooking when I was there, so I guess a cook or chef of some kind.”

“And by the soft tone of your voice and the glassy eyes, I’d say you’re smitten with him.”

Rhys waited until Dal gave one tight nod to continue. “So, do you know anything about him? What’s he like? Do you want me to check him out?”

Dal’s head snapped up, glowering, or he hoped it was a death glare anyway. “You have enough man trouble, don’t you dare go hitting on Alex.” Dal could hear the growl in his voice but couldn’t care less. “He’s sweet and shy and has the most captivating amber eyes I’ve ever seen. His skin is so smooth it begs to be touched and is the most beautiful creamy cappuccino-like color.”

One side of Rhys’s lips turned up into a smirk. “So, he’s a pretty boy?”

“Yes. No. Ugh! Yes, he’s pretty, almost feminine in a way, yet all man at the same time.

He’s the kind of person who would be beautiful and sexy either way, but he’s not like the kind of guys you usually go for and, just, you leave him alone.”

At that, Rhys let out a belly laugh the likes of which Dal hadn’t heard from his brother in a while. Not in a year or more, probably. “Don’t worry, I would never try to poach. You know better than that, little brother. But, what are you going to do about this Alex of yours?”

Dal couldn’t tell whether Rhys’s tone or the Cheshire cat grin plastered across his face annoyed him more, but he had no freakin’ clue what to do, so he settled for scowling at his brother. Not that it seemed to have any effect. Criminals, troubled teens, guys sitting in interrogation…. Sure, his “look” worked fine on them, but his brother? Nope! Besides, he hated the self-righteous look he was getting right then.

Finally, Rhys stopped grinning at him. “Fine, Dal, but I haven’t seen you interested in much of anyone in a long time. Not girl or guy, so yeah, if this guy is able to bring out your protective side like this after only five minutes, I’m going to say ‘hell yeah,’ go for it!”

“Rhys, I know nothing about him. I don’t think he likes cops much, considering he was initially hostile. I think that was more fear than anything, though, really, but no—” he grabbed Rhys’s free hand “—I do notwant you to investigate him. Promise me, Rhys.”

Rhys waited a moment before grumbling but nodded his agreement.


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About Tempeste O’Riley

TO-logo-250-white_zpsfd9ed5d1Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. You can find Tempe at these sites:

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As part of Tempe’s blog tour for Temptations of Desire, she’s doing a tour-wide giveaway with three prizes! Two of which are winner’s choice from her backlist and the third is a $10 gift certificate to Dreamspinner Press! To enter, just click the link below!

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Character Interview with Harlan & Nathan from Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet + Giveaway!


Hello all! A big thank you to The Blogger Girls for having me and the fellas over today, and thank you to everyone who’s followed along on the blog tour celebrating the release of a A Rose by Any Other Name, my new M/M roaring twenties romance.

Today I’m here with Bureau agents Harlan Mackay and Nathan Reilly, the heroes of Roses in the Devil’s Garden. The fellas have been kind enough to pop in for a chat regarding Julius, Edward, and their latest appearance in A Rose by Any Other Name.


Charlie: Hi fellas. Thank you so much for being here.

Nathan’s looking like his cheerful self while Harlan is…. Well, it’s tough to know whether he’s actually displeased to be here or if he’s just being his naturally grumpy self.

Harlan: You didn’t really give us a choice. What with Julius and College-boy sipping champagne aboard the Majestic on their way to Europe. They get to take a trip on a luxury ocean liner and we get stuck rounding up a bunch of no good thugs. Thanks for that.

Charlie: That’s kind of your job. You know, being tough-guy bureau agents and all.

Harlan glares at me. Not a good sign. Luckily, Nathan is here to sooth his grumpy-bear lover.

Nathan: Easy there, Mackay. What would you do on one of them fancy boats anyway? You hate that sort of thing. Plus, boats make you seasick.

Harlan goes pale just at the mention of it. Nathan gives his knee a pat and smiles lovingly at him. The color returns to Harlan’s face and he even returns his partner’s smile before he remembers where he is. It’s back to grumpy-bear mode.

Charlie: addressing Harlan. When you first met Julius, he was trying to work you over for money, yet you warned him about the raid and let him and his friends leave the speakeasy before you raided it. You went to him after your troubles with Nate. He helped you through that, and you two have been close since. When he needs help, you come through for him. You have a soft spot for Julius. Why is that?

Nathan: arches an eyebrow at Harlan, though there’s amusement in his eyes. Yes, Harley. Why is that?

Harlan: shifts uncomfortably and looks embarrassed. I don’t know. He’s a swell fella with a good heart. He’s had it rough. What he’s been through? A lot of mugs I know wouldn’t have survived that kind of life, much less kept pushing on like he has, always striving for something better. The world’s dealt him a crummy hand. There’s just something about him that makes you wanna see him happy.

Nathan: smiles warmly at Harlan. You’re such a big softie.

Harlan: grumbles, his cheeks slightly flushed. Shut up.

Nathan: Harley ain’t wrong. The kid’s got this way about him. Can wrap these fellas around his dainty little finger like no one’s business. But he’s a good kid. I’m glad he’s found himself a man who loves him for who he is, despite his past. Nathan’s hand discreetly goes to Harlan’s on the couch and he gives it a squeeze. All of Harlan’s tension seems to melt away. Edward’s a real swell fella.

Harlan lets out a snort.

Charlie: You and Edward don’t exactly see eye to eye.

Harlan: The mug’s a jackass.

Charlie: smiles sweetly. Julius doesn’t seem to think so.

Harlan: Yeah, well, that’s what happens when you go all goofy over some high society dope. You lose your marbles. Even is name is pompous. Edward Joseph Clarence Jr.

Nathan: rolls his eyes. Those two are like a couple of school boys. Don’t know why they can’t get along. Edward might have lots of bank, but he ain’t like all those other flat tires who only wanted one thing from Julius. Edward’s done right by him. He’s also got his own demons like the rest of us, and for all his fancy ways, Edward’s fought tooth and nail to come through the other side. He ain’t one to let another man fight his fights for him. I respect that. Gives me a wicked grin. Plus he drives Harley off his nut which is always a hoot to watch.

Harlan: Thanks.

Nathan: Anytime, baby.

Charlie: Thank you both for popping by. What are you up to next?

Harlan: stands up, looming and imposing. A lawman’s job is never-ending. Someone’s gotta show Hoover’s college boys how it’s done.

Nathan: pats Harlan’s bicep. Yeah, all right there, cowboy. Maybe after you finish mending the broken shelf in the kitchen.

Harlan: whines Damn it, Nate. Again? I just fixed the damned thing last week.

Nathan: talking as they walk out. I told you it’s got be able to hold that breadbox.

Harlan: A breadbox that holds bread, Nate. You gotta stop hiding guns all over the damn place. One of these days I’m gonna go looking for a pair of socks and shoot my toes off.

Nathan: That’s what safeties are for, sweetheart.


About A Rose By Any Other Name


Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

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About Charlie Cochet

CCochet100Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Character Interview with Julian Capeletti from The Men of Halfway House Series by Jaime Reese + Giveaway!

TBG: Reese Dante saved our ass!!  For the past few months, Friday’s have been reserved for our GRL Blog Tour posts.  Well, we had a cancellation at the last minute and Reese and her alter ego Jaime Reese was soooooo kind enough to help us out.  Here is a wonderful interview with Julian!!!

Interview with Julian Capeletti from The Men of Halfway House Series

When you wake up in the morning what’s the first thing you do?

Thank God for putting Matt in my life.

If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

*smiles* I’d kick everyone out of the house and spend the day with Matt in bed.

What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

I survived. Then again, that might freak out a few people if they read it on a tombstone.

Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?

I’d like to think I’m working toward being the man my mom knew I could someday be.

What have you never done and don’t see yourself ever doing. Why?

Skydiving. I don’t understand why you would jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Besides, I’m not a fan of tempting fate.

What is the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?

Are you kidding me? I don’t think we have enough time here. I’ve learned to deal with things day by day and I try not to dwell too much on the negative. Everything happens for a reason even if we can’t see it at the time.

What is your greatest fear?

Aside from losing Matt, I’d say I’m terrified of becoming a man like my father.

Julian-headshotWhat is the most important thing in your life?

It seems I’m going to repeat myself a few times in this interview. *smile*

Matt. He’s made such a difference in my life I don’t want to remember what it was like without him.

When you’re driving down the road, what music do you listen to?

Classical music. It calms me.

What do you like best about yourself?

My eyes. They’re the same color as my mom’s.

How do you feel about your life right now?

I’m incredibly thankful. I still have things I need to work through but Matt has the patience of a saint.

How do you express your anger?

I’m told I growl and glare. I don’t know. Why don’t you piss me off so we can find out?

What is your favorite breakfast?

*smiles* I’ll eat anything. I have many favorites.

What do you want to avoid?


What flaw must you overcome?

The list is long, but I’m working on it. I’m stubborn, extremely jealous—the list goes on and on.

What do others have that you want/need/lack?

I’ve got Matt. Everything else will work itself out.

What is your most treasured possession?

Matt. He’s mine and I’d do anything for him.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

I do hate repeating myself.

Tell me something about you most people don’t know?

I play acoustic guitar.

Where would you like to live?

Anywhere with Matt would feel like home.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their desire to help others.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Matt. Heroes are supposed to come to the rescue. He saved me.

Which living person do you most admire?

Matt. And if you have to ask me why, then you obviously don’t know me and haven’t been listening.

On what occasions do you lie?

I don’t lie. It’s too exhausting trying to remember all the crap and keeping it straight. It ends up biting you in the ass later.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Seriously?  No, really. That’s the word.

How would you like to die?

That’s a morbid question.

What is your motto?

Everything happens for a reason.

What does the halfway house mean to you?

To me, HH personifies Matt and offers love, acceptance, and help – even if you’re too pigheaded to realize it. HH is my home. It’s where I’m happy and where I now find solace. It gave me a second chance at a point in my life when I just kept sinking and didn’t see a way of escape. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and can truly say I’m happy. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I believe it, and Matt, have made me a better man.

How does it feel to share a house with ex-cons you barely know?

The guys appreciate the value of personal space. So they see it as their home, even if only temporary, and they respect boundaries. Well, all of them so far except for Cole but we’re working on it.

People fuck up. It’s in our nature. But I don’t think it’s right to judge people by what you see or by what you read. So I hate that label of ‘ex-con’. I’m willing to hold off on my opinion of them until I get to know them firsthand. Cam, for example, on paper, has a long list of charges that would make anyone cringe. In person, he’s a stubborn guy who just couldn’t catch a break in life. He’s strong and just needed a few people to have a little faith in him. It was great being a part of seeing him grow into his own, to experience that moment when he took control of his life and started making changes. I can’t explain how it felt to be a part of that. I guess it’s probably what a parent or older brother feels.

Do you see yourself as a married man someday?

I’m by Matt’s side and have no plans to be elsewhere regardless of whether our state recognizes it or not. But once our state changes their law, feel free to ask me again. *smile*


About A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1)

A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House, #1)Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.

Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.

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About A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2)

A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House, #2)After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.

Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.

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blogger_bee_transAbout Jaime Reese

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist (you may know her as Reese Dante) who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

You can find Jaime on her Website, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter or Amazon.


Jaime has graciously offered up Kindle copies of A Better Man and A Hunted Man to TWO lucky winners!! Please be aware, these prizes will be gifted by the author through Amazon (no other formats are available). The giveaway starts now and ends August 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Character Interview Featuring Kane and Sionn from The Sinners Series by Rhys Ford + Giveaway!

TBG: In honor of Rhys Ford’s newest release, The Devil’s Brew, she’s given us a little surprise in the form of a unique type of character interview with Kane and Sionn where Kane’s asked about Miki’s Valentine’s Gift…

Kane & Sionn

“An interview, huh?” Sionn slung himself down next to his cousin Kane, reading over the cop’s shoulder as he opened his email. “What shite wants to hear what ye have to say?”

“Amazing you ever lost your virginity with that mouth of yours,” Kane shot back, nudging his cousin in the ribs.

“This mouth of mine is why I lost me virginity long before ye even thought to look at a tight ass when it walked past ye.”

“There’s a reason that front tooth of yours is fake, Sionn. Now shut up and let me read—”

“Valentine’s Day? Hell, that was months ago.” The Irishman snorted and rested his head on his cousin’s shoulder, ignoring Kane’s protests. “Why do they want to know about this now? Because of yer Miki? Famous or infamous?”

“Probably a little bit of both. He’d prefer neither but…”

“Yeah, funny how he and D are different on that. Nothing like standing under the lights and listening to the crowd for Damien.” Sionn pulled away, angling himself into one of the sectional’s corners. “Where your boy would sooner just sing and dance for his supper at some place small.”

“Pretty much,” Kane agreed. “They want to know if I liked Miki’s gift.”

“Hell, stupid question. Boy could vomit in a bag and ye’d think it was liquid gold.”

“Okay maybe not that far but pretty much, yeah.” Kane agreed with a nod. “Not sure how to answer this. I never thought I’d get one of these. Kind of odd having people I don’t know finding out everything we do sometimes. Hell, they ask Miki what his favourite food is.”

“Anything that isn’t moving,” Sionn laughed. “And sometimes even just moving slowly is okay. Man, that one can eat and he’s not picky.”

“Too many years of living on the street.” Kane reminded his cousin. “I think Dude’s more picky about what he eats. One time I caught him eating uncooked ramen noodles. Three in the morning and he’s in the kitchen, sitting on the counter, munching down on the brick like it’s nothing.”

“What? He didn’t want to wait for it to cook?”

“Nope. Found out he’d gotten so used to eating it like that when he was a kid because you know—no where to cook stuff when you’re locked in a room or on the run. So, that’s what he did. Now? Doesn’t even phase him.”

“Jesus.” Sionn added a curse of Gaelic as well. “Boy’s fucked up.”

“A little bit but…couldn’t imagine living without him.” Kane frowned, reading through his email once more. “Now shut up so I can answer this and not just tell them he went to bed very happy and satisfied. And he liked the gift too.”


About The Devil’s Brew

The Devils Brew Rhys Ford Cover

Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.  His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan, now share Miki’s converted warehouse.

For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.

Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?  Again.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press


About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

I’m Rhys Ford. I am an author and also a reader. You can find me at the following places: Blog, Facebook & Twitter

And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.


In honor of Rhys’ newest release, The Devil’s Brew, she’s offering up a $20 gift card to Amazon (or other e-tailer)! Yay!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!

Make sure to follow the blog for the winners’ announcement post or check back next Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, to see if you’ve won.

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

Good luck!

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A Blogger Girl Q&A with K.A. Mitchell, Character Interview + Giveaway

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Susan: Where do you find your inspiration for your plots and characters? Are any of them based on real life experiences and people?

K.A: Hi. Thanks for having me on your blog. Almost all my stories come from characters. Sometimes I see a picture or a person or hear a song and a character pops into my head and starts telling me about himself and what he wants. Sometimes I have a situation that I want to write about, something I hear about that deserves a happy ending. The idea for Peter and Quinn’s relationship ummm issues came out of a situation–though in that case, the Peter-inspiration said he was straight after twenty years with the same guy. Last I heard, the Quinnspiration was very happy.

I like creating stuff out of my brain’s squishy bits. It’s fun when I’m working without any kind of map, just letting the characters drive.

Susan: You have three series; two based on the states of Ohio and Florida, and one on the city of Baltimore. Did you visit each location for research or are these areas that you have personal knowledge?

K.A.: I have been to every one of those places, and live in person research gives you a feel you can’t get off google maps, even with street view. But I wouldn’t refuse to set a book somewhere I hadn’t been–hello my characters from the nineteenth century, I’ll be back to visit soon! I find it more fun to set a book where I have some knowledge but that isn’t completely familiar. After all, I write to escape, and I don’t want a staycation in my fiction.

Susan: Is the series Bad in Baltimore coming to an end, or are there more books planned?Any plans for updates on the Florida or Ohio series? I must admit that Sean and Aaron are two of my all time favorite characters and I would not mind seeing what my bad boys have been up to.

K.A.: Bad Behavior, which features Gavin’s bridge-jumping friend Beach and a new character, will be in my editor’s hands soon. I do have other interesting characters in Baltimore which I would like to see more of, but I don’t have firm plans for that. In fact, I have never started any of my series intending them to be series. The secondary characters just think they deserve their own stories all the time. Sometimes I set them up with their worst nightmare just to get them to shut up. (Beach, Joey: I’m talking to you.)

Right now, I don’t have a plan to revisit Sean, though I do think he and Kyle might be considering adoption. I do have a plan to take me back to Florida, and it would be something that would definitely affect Joey and Aaron.

Susan: Speaking of bad boys, it is common knowledge that at least one of your guys in most of your books is known to be (how do I say this nicely?)a little difficult. For example: Nate, Aaron, Sean, Jack, Jamie. Is this just your personal style, or is it intentional to create drama and strife in the guys’ lives? I personally love the bad boys, so I say keep them coming!

My character’s are all like “Dude, she just called us assholes.” I’m saying “If the shoe fits…” Except Sean. He’s saying “Check that out. She thinks I’m alpha.” Kyle is rolling his eyes.

Well, in the case of Aaron, Joey was driving me crazy in my head demanding a book of his own. I told him he’d have to have a hero who hated social workers and his whole instant love program. He said he could handle it. I am very fond of seeing how opposites attract. Since I don’t write much external conflict, the guys have to have issues to work on. I try to have people who are both the best and worst for each other match up so they deserve a happy ending. If it’s too easy, there’s no book. And as Kyle and Sean could tell you, sometimes falling in love is the easy part. It’s making it work when bad stuff happens that makes a relationship.

Susan: For a little something different, we would like to ask a couple questions to the guys?

Silver, what first drew you to Zeb? He appears to be very similar in many ways to Quinn, and we all know that you don’t understand what Eli sees in Quinn.

Silver: Finally. I didn’t think K.A. would ever shut up. You know, Eli was just ragging on me about this the other day. and I don’t see it. First, Zeb is not old enough to be my father, thank you very much. Yeah, they are both kind of quiet if you don’t know them, but that’s about it. No way would Zeb ever try any of that telling-me-what-to-do shit.

When I first saw him, I was mostly just thinking please let there be another gay guy around here, but when I saw him smile I started thinking with my dick. Hello. Sixteen. But when he made me laugh, when I saw that this guy was decent for real instead of just pretending in church like my parents, then I started to fall in love. Plus, God, the way he kisses, like he’s dying and you’re the only thing that can save him. Damn.

Zeb, we know that religion is a very important part of your life. Have you been able to reconcile your past, your beliefs, and your guilt?

Zeb: God is about love and forgiveness. I believe He forgives me, and Jor–Silver did. I’m working on forgiving myself. It’s a work in progress, but that is key to my beliefs too. That you should work for things, not expect them. God has a plan and a path for you, but it’s up to you to stay on it, even when it’s hard work. I don’t believe God would have made me gay just to make me be alone. He wants us to love each other and treat each other well.

Quinn, you’ve led a relatively quiet life until you met, fell in love with, and forged a life with Eli? How do you handle all the energy and snark that comes with that little firecracker? Do you ever wish he would calm down?

Quinn: Hell no. That’s the worst thing I could imagine. I have to have it all. The whole crazy package from shaggy bangs to painted toenails. And every bit of my tough-vulnerable boy in between. I never want to go back to the half-life I was living before I met him. I’m glad to be out of that monochromatic world. I can handle him coloring outside the lines. I love being his anchor.

Silver, for someone so young, who has the traveled a very difficult road with very little support, did you ever expect to have so many friends stand up for you when you needed them most? What role did that play in deciding to help homeless youths?

Silver: I still don’t get Gavin. I mean, it’s great and I guess if you got money, you get to do what you want with it. But no, I never expected anyone, not even Eli, to put this much effort into helping my ass stay out of jail. I mean, I knew Eli was solid, like I could trust him with stuff, but for him to pull a fairy godmother out of his ass like that? Never saw that coming. I guess maybe helping out is just something I think I’d be good at. I get where they’re coming from, you know? And hell, Gavin actually listens to my ideas which is more than I can say for any other kind of work out there.

Hey, bloggergirls, this is Aaron Chase. I heard you guys asking K.A. about coming back to mess with shit in Jacksonville, and I want you to know, I got a full plate. Things are just settling down and I don’t need her throwing a monkey wrench in my life. If she thinks I’m raising another kid or taking in rent boys like those idiots up in Baltimore she’s nuts. Don’t let her near me. The only plans I want to hear about from her involve my dick up Joey’s ass, got it?


About K.A. Mitchell

K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.

You can find K.A. at her Website, Facebook or Twitter.


About Bad Influence

To remake their future, they’ll have to use pieces of their broken past.

The young man the world knew as Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need, as by his ultra-conservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years learning to become untouchable…unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege. He shies away from anything that might hold him down long enough for betrayal to find him again.

Zebediah Harris spent time overseas, trying to outrun the guilt of turning his back on the young man he loved. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail.

Trapped together in a cell, Silver sits on his mountain of secrets and plans a seductive form of revenge, but finds that using a heart as a stepping stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget.

Available for pre-order at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon & Barnes and Noble


To spice up this Q&A, K.A. has kindly offered to give away an eBook copy of Bad Influence to one winner!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Saturday, April 19th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!

Make sure to follow the blog for the winners’ announcement post or check back next Sunday, April 20th, 2014, to see if you’ve won.

You can still purchase Bad Influence from Samhain Publishing and don’t forget to check out Susan65 and JustJen′s joint review to see what they thought of it!

Good luck!

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Character Interview with Jace from One Night Ride by Jennah Scott!

One Night Ride by Jennah Scott

Blurb: Brett Colson’s ready to get back into the dating game. Competing in rodeos across the country kept him out of the game, so when he hears about the 1Night Stand service from a friend, he takes a chance.

Bull rider Jace Peterson lost his first love over a year before to another man. Hitting his thirtieth birthday, Jace listens to his friends’ concerns;  he needs to end his self-imposed dry spell and enlist the help of Madame Eve.

Brett and Jace expect nothing more than a satisfying one-night ride. But they’re wrong.

Contemporary Western Erotic Romance, 28 pages

One Night Ride releases today, February 11th, 2014 from Decadent Publishing.

Also available at: Amazon & All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelves: Goodreads




Jace’s balls tightened at the command. He began to unbutton his shirt then froze. Am I really doing this?

Releasing the clutch on his buttons, he opened his mouth to protest, but Brett shoved him against the wall before he uttered a word. The man’s muscular arms were braced on either side of him and he rained kisses along his jaw and down his neck. A sharp nip at the base of Jace’s shoulder had his cock tingling and hardened.

“Top, bottom, I don’t care where you want me. But I need you. However you’re willing,” he said.


An Interview with Jace

Jennah: Hello! I managed to snag Jace away from work for a quick interview.

Jace: Hey. Gotta make this quick. Ranching never stops.

Jennah: Right. Okay. First question.  Tell everyone about yourself.

Jace: That’s the best you could come up with? *sighs* Okay. Well, I’m a ranch hand. Wake up at sunrise and get to work right away—sometimes before the suns up.  Work my ass off then head to bed.

Jennah: And in your free time? What do you like to do?

Jace:  Love to ride bulls. Try to get to rodeos as often as I can.

Jennah: Sounds dangerous.

Jace: It is. But that’s part of the fun. The adrenaline rush. Eight seconds on a bull can be the longest or best eight seconds of your life.

Jennah: Really? The best?

Jace: Okay maybe not the best eight seconds of my life.

Jennah: Speaking of, your friends got you a one-night stand for your birthday. Best or worst gift ever?

Jace: Best and worst. Best night of my life. Stressful afterward though.

Jennah: But no regrets?

Jace: Hell no.

Jennah: *smiles* I bet you thanked them eventually.

Jace: Kind of had to. They wouldn’t leave me alone the next morning.

Jennah: Good friends! So, what is the quality you most like in a man?

Jace: That’s an easy one.  A hardworker. Someone who goes after what they want. A man who knows how to love and have fun.

Jennah: Have you found that man?

Jace: *grins* Yeah. I have.

Jennah: I know you need to get back to work, but I’ve got one more question. Boxers or briefs?

Jace: Should have known. I’m a boxer brief kind of guy.

Jennah: Of course you are.  *laughs* Well, I guess I should let you go now.  Thanks for answering some questions for us.

Jace: *leans over and kisses me on the cheek* You’re welcome. Have a good one.

Jennah: Thanks for letting Jace and I stop by! I hope you’ll check out his story, One Night Ride. Jace was looking to break his year-long dry spell, but ended up finding much more than that!


Author Bio

Born and raised in Texas, Jennah is a transplant to Missouri long enough ago she should probably consider that her hometown. But she will forever be a Texan. She loves to write any story that will make a reader smile, laugh, and maybe even cry (although you won’t ever hear her admit that she cries). Whether the next story she writes is contemporary, urban fantasy, LGBT, or whatever other crazy idea she comes up with, there will always be love and romance in the midst of trials and turmoil.

When she’s not writing you can find her on Twitter, with her family, or buried in a book trying to escape reality for just a minute.

Stay in Touch: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Goodreads

And don’t forget to check out Susan65’s review of One Night Ride to see what she thought of it!

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