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Iblīs’ Affliction by Nero Seal: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Nero Seal

“I can smell your hatred in the air. Hate fucks are the best, aren’t they? Master was so good, so passionate.” Slater’s hand stepped forward. “Did Master feel good?”

“Stay where you are,” Talha warned, rubbing his temples with his fingers, thick veins pulsing under his tips.

I should kill him. His gaze shot up and fixed on the top drawer of his nightstand where he kept his gun; too far to get there fast.

“Huh? Master is looking for a gun…” Slater didn’t ask but stated, and Talha dragged his attention upon the ripper.

Slater’s forehead wrinkled as a serious expression crawled up his face. The demonic look of his right eye shot through Talha’s defense. The black hole of Slater’s dilated pupil sucked out his soul, and Talha realized—there was no point in lying. Slater already knew everything.

“What, did I say it out loud?”

“Master is funny. So honest.” Slater’s head snapped to the side as a wide grin settled over his face. “Slater made a decision. The trial period is over, Master.”

Slater’s hand followed the zigzag of his right leg and drew out the black throwing knife from the top of his boot. Talha’s vision focused on the light-absorbing, matte surface, then jumped to the twist of Slater’s raw lips.

Is this how I’m gonna die? Talha couldn’t tell if it was cannabis that shushed his fear, or if he was too exhausted to care, but his heart didn’t halt when the blade reached his chest and stopped at the notch of his throat.

Slapping Slater’s hand away with a careless gesture, Talha said, “If you intend to use it—do it, but don’t make empty threats or I’ll think you are pathetic.”

Slater’s single-visible eye blazed with curiosity. “What do I do? I really like Master, but Master wants to kill Slater. That won’t do…”

The smile dimmed, and his canine tooth sank into his puffy bottom lip.

“Here you go, Master. Let’s settle it.” Flipping the knife in his palm, Slater offered it to Talha haft forward. Talha didn’t take it, and Slater’s scorching fingers clasped around his hand, shoving the warm metal into his palm. Curling Talha’s fingers in a fist, Slater guided the knife up to his own throat. “Do it…”

The edge of the knife scratched Slater’s throat, as the reaper drew it up and outlined his chin, a red trail stretching behind. His lips parted, and his pink tongue, slipping out, flicked over the blade as it leveled with his lips. Body heat rising, Talha watched Slater’s tongue curl around the edge. Killing Slater now would be so easy. He just had to sink the knife into the willing mouth, and Slater would choke on blood. All his problems would be solved. There would be no murders in his house. No one would watch him sleep, get into his bed, or threaten Ejder. No one would get Iblīs either. His life would return to normal. Then why was he wavering? Slater couldn’t be controlled, couldn’t be reasoned with. He was a ticking time bomb with a broken timer, but even knowing it, Talha couldn’t drive the knife in Slater’s mouth. He wasn’t’ sure what drained his anger but scanning the transparent eye, that glowed with determination and hope, he felt no hatred only crushing weariness.

I don’t get him… He tried to kill me not long ago, now he offers me his life. He’s unstable and should be put down, then why can’t I kill him? That would solve my problem. That would solve Ejder’s problem. Maybe it would even solve Slater’s problem, but how can I kill him when he does something like this? 

Never dropping his focus from Talha, Slater licked the edge of the knife, and blood mixed with saliva. Talha cringed. 

“What the fuck are you doing? Stop!” He tried to release his fingers, but Slater’s hands clasped around his palm, guiding the blade deeper into his tongue.

Without thinking, Talha thrust his other thumb into Slater’s mouth, sliding it under the blade, over the tongue, and hissed as the knife bit into his knuckle.

The smile evaporated from Slater’s face, giving way to a weird, unreadable expression. His fingers released Talha’s armed hand, then clasped over the other, and rapacious lips closed around the thumb. The lacerated tongue lapped over Talha’s skin, mixing their blood. A heavy pink touched Slater’s cheeks, dropping the eyelid of his healthy eye closed, as he craned his neck lavishing Talha’s digit with his eager mouth.

“Huh? Isn’t that funny? Now we are blood-bound, Master.”

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Release Blitz: Calling Your Bluff by Saxon James + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Calling Your Bluff by Saxon James

Zane
Four years ago, I met Liam Holdsworthy.
Hot, snarky, and hiding behind a sadness I couldn’t place. I wanted him, even back then. There were only two problems.
One, I was deeply closeted.
And two, he was dating my best friend.
Now I’m retired from the NFL and openly out, there’s nothing to stop me from getting my gay on.
When Liam comes back into my life, and I find out he’s single, I’ll find any reason to spend time with him. That’s how I created a list of gay first experiences I coax him into helping me with.
But I don’t just want his help.
I still want him.

Liam
After leaving a long-term relationship with a closeted NFL player, I went through a string of guys trying to find the one. None of them were boyfriend material, let alone the forever type.
I’m looking for a guy to come home to. Someone serious and down to earth.
I’m definitely not looking for Cooper Zane.
Yet, I can’t shake him, and not only because I’m helping him with his big bi bucket list. Every time I see him is like a shot of adrenaline to my system, and I’m always left wanting more.
I need Mr. Serious, and Cooper’s the least serious person I’ve met.
He’s newly out.
He’s never had a relationship.
And most importantly, he may be retired, but he’s not done with football.
He’ll do anything to get it all back. And I’m not prepared to be relegated to the sidelines ever again.

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Book Review: Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Something to Talk About
Author: Meryl Wilsner
Heroines: Jo & Emma
Genre: F/F Contemporary
Length: 333 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?
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Author Q&A: Lee Colgin + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Please welcome Lee Colgin to The Blogger Girls!

How do you get inspired to write?

Usually there’s a particular scene that comes to me first and the rest of the story is built around that. I daydream about it until the ideas are flowing, then I usually start jotting stuff down. I like to think about ideas for my writing while I’m out walking. I have six dogs, so I’m out walking a lot!

Reading also helps. Reading a good book makes me want to write a good book!

Six dogs?

Haha, yes! They usually work with me and my husband, but we’re grounded now due to Covid 19. They’re all rescues, and we tour a circus show together. Right now all our events are cancelled through July, so we’re home trying to learn how to garden. I have never been at my own house this time of year, I’ve always been out touring. It’s fascinating seeing stuff bloom in my yard that I didn’t know was there. Apparently we have tiger lilies! This is the longest I’ve stayed in one place since 2002.

How is that affecting your writing?

It’s weird. You’d think I’d be more productive, because suddenly I have so much more time, but I’m finding it hard to focus. I’ve heard this from other writers as well. The constant anxiety over the state of the world write now sometimes makes it hard to sit down and write.

Though the longer this goes on, the more numb I feel. I have to remember, I have no control over when I can get back to my regular job, so it’s best to let that go. The more I let go, the easier it is to sit down and enjoy writing. I’m working on a round of edits at the moment, but I’m nearly done. After that I can get back to my WIP, a MM paranormal about a witch who saves the world and the vampires who saves him.

You’re a hybrid author, working with a publisher and also self-publishing, tell us about that.

I’m lucky to have found Ninestar Press. They are a great small press to work with and I’ve learned a lot about publishing from them. Ninestar gave me the confidence I needed to try and figure out self-publishing. There are lots of details involved in getting a manuscript ready for readers. The cool thing about working with Ninestar, is they handle so much of that for you, and as an author, you can focus on writing. I love that. But it’s also a slow process, and the nice thing about self-publishing is the speed. I actually published my fourth book, Slay My Love, as my debut novel because that’s just how the timing played out. I love both, and plan to continue pursuing both in the future.

Thank you for featuring my new release on your blog. I appreciate the opportunity!

Best,

Lee

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Release Blitz: The New Normal by L.J. Hayward + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The New Normal by L.J. Hayward

Brian Stagliano’s life should be pretty sweet right now. Two of his closest friends are getting married, and he’s taking a new, exciting step in his career as a doctor. Most amazing though, his best mate has been given the all-clear from cancer. But Brian’s normal has just been tipped A over T and the friendship he’s relied on for years is in danger. All because of five little words.

Andrew Fitzroy should be on top of the world. The cancer that’s haunted him is gone. He can finally get on with his life—except he doesn’t know what that life is anymore. Is he brave enough to come out as bisexual? Should he pursue architecture or stay in construction? Either way, Andrew knows happiness won’t be his until he has what his engaged friends have—love, joy, passion. So, he says those five little words to Brian—I’m in love with you.

Friends since childhood, Brian and Andrew have always been closer than brothers. Best mates. Nothing could ever tear them apart. Except for those five little words. Now, Brian’s not sure about so many things—their friendship, his own desires—and the foundation Andrew’s built his world on feels like its crumbling. But if they manage not to destroy everything they have together, Andrew and Brian might just find a new normal with each other.

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Book Review: Forbidden Love by Lee Colgin

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Forbidden Love
Author: Lee Colgin
Series: They Bite #2
Heroes: Nathan & Ben
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: May 18, 2020
Available at: NineStar Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When an esteemed vampire doctor treats an injured young werewolf, desire sparks between them.

Dr. Benjamin Arleth has devoted his life to finding a medical cure for his species’ most devastating weakness—sunlight. Finally, one of his pharmaceuticals shows promise, but sabotage looms large in the lab.

Wolf shifter Nathan Cramer is ready to finish grad school and begin his career when a trip to Center City’s Peace Conference goes awry. Weak and bleeding, Nathan knows his wounds could prove fatal. Dr. Arleth is his only hope.

Can love flourish between enemy species despite a society in turmoil? Could vampires walk in the daylight or will darkness reign? It’s a race to find answers, and Ben will have to put his trust in Nathan if they’re going to make it out alive.

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Love Means More by A.F. Zoelle: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by A.F. Zoelle

“You look fabulous, darlin’.” I cringed inwardly when I realized I had said the term of endearment out loud. It had been easy to slip up when he looked so good that I didn’t want to leave the hotel room.

The pink of his cheeks turned even rosier. “Trust me, nobody will look at me with you dressed like that.”

I walked over to him and stepped into his personal space. He studied me with wide eyes, the perfect picture of innocence. Everything in me wanted to lean down and capture his lush lips in a kiss, but I couldn’t. “You’re wrong.” I tried and failed to resist the urge to caress his cheek. “I won’t be able to take my eyes off you.”

Flustered, he put some distance between us. He sounded shaky when he told me, “Stop it. You don’t have to pretend when they’re not here to see.”

“Who said I was pretending?” I did my best to act casual as I walked to the door while my heart raced from being so daring. It took him a moment to follow me downstairs to meet the ladies.

As we waited for the elevator to come, he demanded, “Why are you so fine with this?”

“Because it’s you.”

My answer didn’t seem to satisfy him. “Shouldn’t you be uncomfortable with this farce?”

The doors opened and we entered the empty elevator to ride down to the lobby to meet Sara and Fiona. I skirted as close as I could to the truth without fully confessing how I felt about Augie. “Why? It’s not like I’m lying about you being one of the most important people in my life.” When he didn’t respond, my stupid gob kept going. “I mean, in some weird way, aren’t we basically platonic boyfriends who do everything together but fuck?”

He stared at me in stunned disbelief, unable to formulate a response of any kind. It was completely understandable, given that was a thought I really should have kept in my damn head. When would I ever learn?

Then again, if I was already in this deep, I may as well commit.

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The Longer You’ll Stay by Logan Grey: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Logan Grey

“Okaaay, fine,” Bailey grumbled, dragging the first word out into a whine.

Travis chuckled at his pout, but he didn’t put up a fight as Travis led the way out of the front door, the warm night air welcoming after the crowded party. Tugging out his phone, he scheduled an Uber and held onto Bailey.

“It feels so fucking good outside,” Bailey shouted with enthusiasm, glancing up at the sky. “The North is always cold as hell.”

“I can confirm that,” Travis agreed with a chuckle.

“I love the West Coast.”

“We’re not technically the coast here in Nevada. We’re land locked,” Travis teased.

Bailey squeezed his hand and glanced over with a droll expression. “I know, but we’re still out west. I love it here. What are we waiting on?” He rocked back onto his heels as he asked the last question, glancing around as if trying to figure it out for himself.

“The Uber, we need a ride back to the bus.”

He rocked forward onto the flat of his feet and stumbled, and Travis tightened his grip to catch him before he face-planted. A chuckle escaped and he couldn’t help but adore drunk Bailey.

“You’re goofy,” Travis remarked, and tugged him close. He stumbled into Travis’s side and he used it to his advantage, wrapping his arm around Bay’s waist and holding him to his side.

“You’re hot,” Bay retorted, smirking as he returned the embrace, sliding one of his hands into Travis’s back pocket and squeezing.

Travis coughed out a laugh and tried to slide away, but Bay only sidled closer and wrapped his other arm around Travis. They were pressed chest to chest, and even though Bay’s eyes were a little unfocused, he had a dumb grin on his face when he looked down at Travis, and it made his stomach flip in excitement.

“Glad you think so,” Travis teased and met his gaze.

His brows furrowed. “Think what?”

Lips twitching in amusement, Travis reminded him, “That I’m hot.”

“Oh, yeah. So hot,” Bailey replied and groped his ass again.

Travis slid one hand to Bailey’s wrist behind his back and gripped tight, trying to tug his hand away as headlights flashed over them. “We can explore that more on the bus. For now, our ride is here.”

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Sicarii Series by Adrienne Wilder: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Adrienne Wilder

Ben opened his eyes. A few inches away, Jacob slept, and every exhale brushed Ben’s cheek. The warmth from his skin pushed through Ben’s clothes. And Jacob’s scent mixed with vodka, creating a rich, sensual flavor.

Ben counted Jacob’s breath. Traced the lines of his face with his eyes and the column of his neck. His T-shirt hid the rest, but Ben had already seen Jacob without a shirt, so he knew what was there.

No wonder Marcel wanted to be with Jacob. He wasn’t just handsome, but exotic, like some endangered animal. Now that he slept, he was even more fantastical. 

There had been a few guys in Ben’s life he’d looked at twice. But he’d never considered himself attracted to them. He hadn’t even been sure why he’d looked. So the times it happened, he’d never dwelled on the feeling. Oh, he’d thought about what being with another man would be like, but it hadn’t needled his curiosity. Kicked up a desire.

Created a hunger. 

Not like Jacob did now. 

Was it because of what Marcel had done?

Which was what? Touch Ben but not touch him. Stare at him. Look him over. Grade him like a show animal?

Or was it because last night and well into the morning Jacob had listened to Ben. Listened to his losses, listened to his wants, listened to his failures. And not once did Jacob judge him. Not like Ben had Jacob. 

Ben had meant it when he apologized for calling Jacob a whore. Now Ben knew his apology was meaningless. 

Because the hurt he’d caused could not be undone. 

He wished it could. 

Ben ghosted his fingertips over Jacob’s arm, the hairs barely a whisper against his skin. Jacob wrinkled his brow for a moment. Ben moved his hand up to Jacob’s shoulder and made the small jump to his cheek. There Ben hesitated. But only for a moment, then he let himself make contact. 

Jacob sighed. 

Ben grazed Jacob’s bottom lip with his thumb. Jacob smiled a little and made a sleepy sound. 

What would it be like to kiss him? Ben swallowed against the rising need. The longer he stared at Jacob, the more Ben’s will crumbled. It was just a kiss. A press of lips. Then maybe Ben would know if this attraction was real, or born of desperation. 

Ben leaned closer. 

Jacob stretched, almost clocking Ben in the face with his hand. Ben moved back, and Jacob opened his eyes. “What time is it?”

With the curtains drawn, the only light in the room came from the pitiful lamp nailed to the wall across the room. 

Jacob stared at Ben for a moment, then sat up, giving Ben his back. “The clock is on your side.”

The time. Ben glanced back. “A little after four.”

“Damn it.”

Ben sat up. “What’s wrong?”

“I meant to set the alarm. I’m supposed to be at Marcel’s at six.”

“It’s only a thirty-minute walk.” 

Jacob went to the fridge and got out a bottle of water. “Yeah, but I have to eat before I go. If I don’t, he’ll know.” He took a sip of water. “And I need to get a shower and—” Jacob waved the water bottle. “Never mind, you don’t want the details.”

Ben stood. His pulse thumped in the back of his skull for a moment. He pressed his fingers to his temple.

“Here.” Jacob held out a bottle of water and two aspirin. “I’ve got a little experience with hangovers. Although I’m not sure this qualifies as one because I can stand up.”

Ben took both. “Thanks.” He popped the aspirin and washed them down.

“No problem.”

“I mean, thanks for everything. Last night. Listening.” Especially the listening. 

“Sure.”

Ben jabbed a thumb at the door. “I guess I better go then so you can…whatever.” He turned but couldn’t get himself to open the door. Leaving now meant he might not have the chance to know. Ben turned back around and walked over to Jacob.

“What’s—” 

Ben pressed his mouth to Jacob’s. The contact ate through Ben with an electric shock, and the hunger for more had Ben pressing closer. 

Jacob jumped back, eyes wide. He brought his fingers to his lips. The black of his pupils swallowed the blue of his irises. “What did you do that for?” A flush rose in Jacob’s cheeks. 

Ben shook his head. “In case I don’t get the chance again.”

“You need to leave.” Jacob backed up.

“I’m sorry, I just—”

Jacob shook his head. “Go. Please, just…go.”

Ben did.

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Jacob stared at the door of his motel room long after Ben left. Every so often, he’d touch his lips. The warmth of skin, Ben’s scent, it lingered. Worse, it made Jacob ache. 

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Book Review: Hard Road Back by Andrew Grey

Reviewed by Astros

Title: Hard Road Back
Author: Andrew Grey
Heroes: Martin & Scarborough
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 186 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Rancher Martin Jamuson has a deep understanding of horses. He just wishes his instincts extended to his best friend, Scarborough Croughton, and the changes in their feelings toward each other. Martin may be the only friend Scarborough has in their small town, but Scarborough is a man of secrets, an outsider who’s made his own way and believes he can only rely on himself when the chips are down. Still, when he needs help with a horse, he naturally comes to Martin.

As they work together, Martin becomes more determined than ever to show Scarborough he’s someone he can trust… maybe someone he can love. Even if it risks their friendship, both men know the possibility for more between them deserves to be explored. But when Scarborough’s past reemerges, it threatens his home, horses, career, and even their lives. If they hope to survive the road before them, they’ll have to walk it together… and maybe make the leap from cautious friends to lovers along the way. Continue reading

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