Published in 2019

International Banker, Beach Boy by Mia Terry: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Mia Terry

They walked up to where they had dumped their towels near the sand dunes and almost simultaneously pulled off their confining rash shirts.

With the ease of long practice, Rhys gathered his towel and shook out the sand without putting down his board, and Ollie mimicked his actions.

They were lucky enough to have a cold-water shower at this beach so getting the salt off both themselves, and their boards, wasn’t a hard task. Rhys knew he wasn’t supposed to concentrate on the way the water ran down Ollie’s very-well-formed chest and abdomen, but when the man closed his eyes against the flow of water, Rhys could no more look away in that moment than he could fly. Fine wet bodies were surely a gift from the universe, and only the ungrateful would refuse to enjoy this particular offering.

Ten minutes later, with the boards stowed in his truck and their shorts half-dry, they were standing outside the very successful coffee truck, drinking a flat white which wouldn’t be out of place in a cool inner-city cafe.

“Was it being in the water that made it more delicious or was that just a really fabulous cup of coffee?” asked Ollie, appreciatively.

“I should say being in the water made in better, but I’ve had enough shitty coffees after a surf to know that’s probably false. Nah, it’s a good cup,”

Coffees in hand, they went and leant on the fence that had been erected to protect the delicate eco-system of the bushes clinging to the dunes.

“It’s a pretty good morning routine,” Ollie observed. “Do you do it on the regular with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or just your clients?”

Yeah, the boy was too confident to bother trying for subtlety. Rhys respected his approach enough to go for a straightforward answer. “No boyfriend since I got back to Byron. So mainly just me and my clients, unless I can convince my dad or one of my mates to join me down here for a surf.”

Ollie had started smiling at his answer. “In that case we’re here for the week. Do you want to have dinner with me?”

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Unexpected by K.M. Neuhold: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by K.M. Neuhold

Maverick looks at Kyle, relief shining in his eyes. “Okay, yeah, let’s go home.”

I move my arm so it’s around Mav’s shoulder, and to my surprise, he holds his hand out toward Kyle. Kyle stares at the outstretched hand for several seconds before he finally grabs onto it. I watch with my heart in my throat as they lace their fingers together. A careful smile tilts the corners of Kyle’s lips, making him look even more beautiful.

Maverick tugs on his hand, pulling him closer, and I’m sure all three of us are holding our breath as he drags Kyle into his arms. With Maverick still tucked against me, I can see the surprise and excitement shining in Kyle’s eyes as he tilts his face up to meet Maverick’s eyes. His pink tongue darts out to wet his full, gorgeous lips. I could swear they’re moving in slow motion as Maverick angles his head, both of their eyes drifting closed, still not a single breath being drawn between the three of us, the moment heavy with the weight of anticipation. Even without my lips involved, it feels like I’m having my own first kiss.

Their mouths finally meet, and a muffled sound escapes Kyle’s throat; it sounds like it’s halfway between a moan and a whimper, going straight to my cock and making me hard as steel. Maverick leans into me, finding a way to include me in the moment they’re sharing. I appreciate it, but it’s unnecessary. This is their moment, and I’m more than happy to let them have it.

The kiss is chaste, their lips gently exploring each other, moving together in a dance they seem to be learning as they go. Kyle’s body sways closer to Maverick, his free hand landing on Mav’s chest.

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Rules to Obey by Susan Hawke: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by Susan Hawke

Jeffy smiled shyly. “Okay… Daddy.”

After that, I pretty much floated into the kitchen. I took my time making a simple lunch of sandwiches. I cut his into four diagonal pieces and removed the crusts before putting them on the divided toddler plate I’d bought for today. I hadn’t been able to find Transformers, so I’d settled for robots. The other compartments got filled with orange segments and sliced, peeled cucumbers covered in a light vinaigrette. My own sandwich was paired with an almost boring side salad. I filled a matching robot sippy cup with apple juice and got the table set before calling him in.

“Jeffy, it’s time to wash your hands for lunch. You can finish coloring after we eat.”

He hesitated for a moment, chewing his lip as if he were deciding whether or not to obey. I never doubted him but still smiled proudly when he set his crayon down and dutifully came into the kitchen.

“Good boy. Come join me at the sink, please.” His cheeks flushed bright red as he came and stood beside me. I matter-of-factly took foaming hand soap and made a game out of washing his hands. When Jeffy leaned forward and blew a puff of suds off the back of his hand with a quiet giggle, I knew we were on the right path. I made quick work of rinsing and drying his hands before nodding toward the table. “Good job. Now let’s have some lunch. I forgot to ask what you like, so I hope this will work.”

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Audio Review: Promises Part 1 by A.E. Via

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Promises Part 1
Author: A.E. Via
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Series: Bounty Hunters #1
Heroes: Duke & Vaughan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: December 19, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman “Quick” Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years-from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend…Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.

It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke. Continue reading

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Release Blitz: Kiss Me at Midnight by Gwen Martin + Excerpt!

Kiss Me at Midnight by Gwen Martin

Aiden is sick and tired of being bombarded by love everywhere he looks. He begrudgingly attends a New Year’s Eve party and is most definitely ready to leave the glitz and glam of Instagram Influencer propaganda behind.

When a chance meeting leaves him covered in champagne by a handsome stranger named Blake, his night starts to brighten up. Blake’s warm smile, smooth talking and killer dance moves loosens Aiden’s bitterness to love and opens his heart to help Aiden ring his bell into the new year.

Kiss Me at Midnight is a steamy New Year’s Eve MM romance featuring midnight kisses, the spirit of the season, and a meet-ugly that turns into a sexy countdown to love. This 7,000-word stand-alone short story contains explicit sex and strong language intended for 18+ readers and is set within the same verse as What Happened in Vegas, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: Saving Sean by Con Riley + Giveaway!

Saving Sean by Con Riley

No more running from love…

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

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

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

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

The Hunt by Sarah Elkins

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

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

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

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

The Express of Xytae by Effie Calvin

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Review: A Distant Drum by Amy Rae Durreson

Reviewed by Ami

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

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

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

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

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

Testament by Jose Nateras

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

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

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

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