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Honorary Blogger Davidson King: Advice For New Writers + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Advice For New Writers

by Davidson King

While I still sort of consider myself new, I also feel sometimes I’ve been doing this for ages. In the almost two years of publishing I’ve learned more than I have in many lessons at school. So I do have some advice for new authors who are just started out.

READ. I think this is my biggest recommendation. I wouldn’t have wanted to write so much if I didn’t read so much. I also wouldn’t have learned as much either.

NEVER SKIMP ON EDITING. Grammarly isn’t your editor. I see this a lot on social media and from new writers. They say they use Grammarly and use a proofreader. Please don’t do that. I know editing isn’t cheap but remember for so many people out there, they don’t know who you are and will only judge you by your writing. Make sure what they are reading is the best you can be.

RESEARCH. A great way to alienate yourself from people is to not research. Give something, someone, a group of someone’s, or anything really, the respect of understanding them and knowing the facts. I promise you someone will call you out on it if you’re wrong. There are so many resources and people out there to help there’s no excuse not to research.

WRITE YOUR STORY. You can get swayed by what other people tell you to write or how to turn your story arc their way. Don’t. You don’t plant a sunflower seed and decide halfway you want it to be a tulip and change it do you? Because you really can’t. Your story is in there and it won’t ever feel like your own if you don’t follow through with what you wanted.

PROMOTE. Be visible. Your readers matter so much and they are SO COOL! Seriously, I’ve met so many amazing people just my interacting with them. Do tours, events, whatever you can. Sometimes they will be a success and sometimes they will flop but they are necessary. More new writers are born every day and we are flooded with new books. Be bold and get out there.

Okay, I think that’s enough advice from me. Good luck out there.

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Book Review: Triple Threat by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Triple Threat
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Heart #6
Heroes: Lee, Jones & Ginger
Genre: M/M/M Contemporary
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Lee, Jones, and Ginger deal with dangerous situations and mounting stress daily working for the most powerful assassin organization in the world. All of those things seem like a walk in the park compared to the friction that sparks between them. When all three are assigned to the same job, ignoring the heat from the inferno of desire becomes impossible.

Lee is a master at deciphering codes, skilled in hacking complicated systems, and never misses a target, even from over fifty miles away. His feelings for Jones and Ginger, however, may be the first code he’s unable to crack.

Jones deals in absolutes, but the road to his past is paved with bodies and regrets. Getting Lee to acknowledge the pull they both feel toward Ginger may be the hardest mission he’s ever had to face.

Ginger struggles to cope with the overwhelming guilt that accompanies this new job. Falling for these hired killers will be a risk—one that could wind up with him losing in the end or gaining everything he’s ever wanted.

As the three work together to take down a human trafficking ring—and save a desperate soul—time is of the essence. Their lives are on the line as mysteries unfold and unexpected encounters throw them off course. Will Lee, Jones, and Ginger let doubts come between them, distracting them from their mission and blocking any hope of love? Or can they face the toughest challenge of their lives and become…a triple threat?
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Snow Storm by Davidson King: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Davidson King

Snow

“May I ask why you’re making a huge scene in the front of Mr. Manos’ house?” He wasn’t being kind to her, but she didn’t seem to care. She batted her eyes.

“Well, Billy, you see, I need to speak with one of the Manos men. My lovely Pixie is in quite a state and it’s all that Buck’s fault.”

Oh lord above, that dog was going to be the death of me.

“Well, I’ll be glad to help you if you can explain the situation.”

She nodded, clearly pleased she had his attention. “Yes, I asked Donald here if I could enter, but he said no, and that’s very rude.” She gave an unaffected Donny the stink eye.

“You have to understand why, Mrs. Markle. You’re hollering at the gate.”

“Yes, well, my Pixie just got back from the vet and she’s pregnant!” she screeched, and that was it. I couldn’t sit there.

“Now, you hold on a second, Mrs. Markle,” I said as I stepped out of the car. Ignoring Bill’s goddammit or Donny’s oh god, I got right up in her face. “Your French poodle is a little slut! She’s been shaking her fluffy ass all over the street. I saw her last week getting her ass tackled by Mr. Ryder’s bulldog, so don’t come here and blame Buck.”

“Why you little…” Yeah, Mrs. Markle went for my neck.

“No!” Bill shouted and stepped between us. “Mrs. Markle, there’s no way of knowing if Buck is the daddy.” That comment earned him a chuckle from Donny. “After the birth, we can all sit down and figure it out.”

“And what about her bills until she delivers?”

“If Buck is the father, then we’ll pay fifty percent after she delivers. But do yourself a favor and get your hussy of a dog fixed,” I snapped, and she began screaming again. “Open the gate, Donny, I’m done with the Poodle Madam.”

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Book Review: Snow Storm by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Snow Storm
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Hart Universe #5
Heroes: Snow & Chris
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 185 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 20, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The city of Haven Hart rests under the heel of Christopher Manos. He reigns over the most dangerous and deadliest citizens as the most powerful crime boss the city has seen in generations. Yet, for the last five years, the harshest edges of his nature have been tempered by the loving devotion of his husband, Snow, and the nephew Christopher adores like a son. His life is a balance of darkness and light until a birthday trip for his nephew, Simon, is interrupted by a hail of bullets and explosions, threatening to destroy it all.

Snow has found a home, a family, and the love of one of Haven Hart’s most powerful men. When Christopher and Simon are kidnapped, Snow risks everything to find his family. Utilizing specialized skills he learned on the streets and the finer points of running a city from his crime boss husband, Snow takes on roles he never dreamed he would–protector, leader, and avenger. No one threatens his family and lives. Experienced enough to know he can’t do this alone, Snow calls in every favor he is owed, risking his life promising favors in return, all to save his family and the man he loves.

The sins of the Manos crime family are escaping the dark recesses of the past and threatening the bright future of everything Snow and Christopher have built. Yet, even with the help of some unlikely and uniquely dangerous people, Snow finds himself wondering if their efforts will be enough to save the two most important people in his life. Will the loving family Snow has finally found be taken from him forever?
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Honorary Blogger Davidson King: Going From Writer to Author + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Going From Writer to Author

by Davidson King

I know, it’s such an odd subject. Aren’t writers already authors? For years I struggled with this. Of course, I was always writing from a young age. Little stories forever hidden away in composition notebooks away from prying eyes. They were safe in my bookshelf and for me only. I called myself a writer and a dreamer.

As I got older, I was asked what I liked to do in my spare time. I said I like to write, and the rebuttal was, “Oh, you’re an author?” And I always said no. Because nothing of mine was ever published and I felt the titles deserved their own respects. It wasn’t until I published, and I realized how much more went into getting a book out there than just the writing that authors deserved that title.

I don’t frown on people who say they are authors but have never published. Not at all. This is of course my own opinion. Each book goes through grueling situations. First, we surround ourselves with the passion of the written word, building our worlds, embracing our plot. Then comes the other fifty steps after you write The End.

The right cover, the blurb, the formatter, the choice of self-publishing or submitting to a publisher, wondering do you go Amazon exclusive or not, the editor, the betas, the proofreader, the funds to support it all.

Yeah, there’s a lot. And once you’ve driven that road you understand the difference between a writer and an author. I didn’t always but I do now.

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Book Review: From These Ashes by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: From These Ashes
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Hart Universe #4
Heroes: Black & Quill
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 28, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A product of his past, Black spends half his time saving lives and the other half taking them. Every day, a hard choice must be made and he’s the man to make it. Long ago, he vowed to never love again; one-night stands with a willing body was all he ever needed. But along came Quill, and Black’s life is irrevocably changed. He never expects something as simple as Quill’s persistence to alter the way he not only sees the world, but how he lives it.

Quill has bad taste in men and equally horrible luck. Growing up wasn’t easy, surviving is even harder. When his past and present collide, he’s convinced he’ll finally witness his own destruction. But when an unlikely antihero steps in to protect him, his life is turned on its head. He’s spent months flirting with the man of his dreams and hoping he’d take notice. But it turns out, being on Black’s radar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and his idea of protection varies greatly from Quill’s.

Unknowingly sharing the same goal—burying their own pasts deeper than the fires of hell can reach—they’re both unaware that jumping into that fire will do more than ignite their feelings, it could lead to their own demise. Will Black and Quill be consumed by the flames, or from these ashes, will they find their own happily ever after?
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The Hunt by J.M. Dabney & Davidson King: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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After Ray left I found myself in desperate need to keep myself busy. My mind was my own worst enemy. Why would I think Ray would want to have sex with me? Kissing was one thing, but to see me naked? I couldn’t blame him for backing off.

Growing up kids at school called me In-The-Way-Shay because I was always so knobby and knocked things over. My mom told me I often reminded her of a giraffe. While that may not seem like an insult, it was.

Under Ray’s kitchen sink I was surprised not only to actually find cleaning supplies, but they were unopened. He was either the laziest, slobbiest person ever or he really was never here.

There weren’t any dishes in the sink, so I went about spraying down the counters, sink, all the appliances. When I was happy that the sheen of dust was gone, I went to working on the floors. While I cleaned, my mind raced to scenarios. Ray was nice, he didn’t outright say I wasn’t his type or that he thought I was weird. But I knew. Guys who fucked me did it in the back of clubs and with the lights off. Men like Ray never even looked at me twice. I wasn’t as beautiful as Francis was, but I wasn’t so ugly no one touched me. There was just that moment right after orgasm the other guy looked disgusted.

I don’t know why I flirted. Ugh! The more upset I got with myself the cleaner Ray’s house got. The musty, stagnant odor that once filled the air was replaced with lemon and lavender.

I meant it when I said I trusted Ray, I did. There was an honesty to him, a gritty, raw honesty. He kept people safe. It didn’t matter he said his past was shady. Who he was now was a good person. I was so conflicted.

I was in the room Ray assigned me tucking in the clean sheets when I heard the front door.

“Andy?” Ray shouted.

I didn’t answer, just went toward him. As I got closer, I heard him mumbling.

“Did he polish the legs of the couch, too? Jesus, I didn’t know that was a black entertainment system, I thought it was brown.”

“I was just as shocked,” I said smiling, when he jumped at the sound of my voice.

He turned and the expression on his face had me laughing. He just stared at me, but after a few seconds he chuckled.

“You didn’t have to do this, Andy.” He walked past me and placed a couple bags on the clean table. “Wow, in here, too?”

“I really did have to, Ray. It’s healthier this way and it smells good.” I sniffed dramatically earning another chuckle.

“I just have a couple more bags in the car, I’ll be right back.”

I began unpacking the bags while Ray brought the others in. He had a lot of pasta, two steaks, hot dogs, burger patties, basically bachelor food. If it wasn’t for Augustine’s, I would never have learned how to cook. There were a few things missing from some recipes I knew, but maybe I could make this work.

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Book Review: The Hunt by J.M. Dabney & Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Hunt
Author: J.M. Dabney & Davidson King
Heroes: Ray & Andy
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Hostile Whispers Press
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Disgraced detective turned private investigator, Ray Clancy, left the force with a case unsolved. Finding the killer was no longer his problem, but it still haunted him. How long would he survive the frustration of not knowing before he gave into the compulsion of his nature to solve the crime?

Server, Andrew Shay, existed where he didn’t feel he belonged, living behind the guise of a costume. Yet it paid the bills, and he refused to complain about the little things in life. One night he returned home from work to find his roommate dead and the killer still there. Afraid and alone, his life spiraled and he didn’t know what to do. Could a detective at his core and a scared young man join forces to bring down the killer in their midst?
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Honorary Blogger Davidson King: Why I Wrote… Why I Still Do + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Why I Wrote… Why I Still Do

by Davidson King

I wrote Snow Falling because I dreamed I could. I was told I couldn’t, I was told I wasn’t smart enough, educated enough, I wasn’t capable. So, I wrote it. When I finished and published it, it felt like I was slapping down all the negative people who told me I couldn’t.

Then something happened. I realized I could do it. I was good enough. I had more to say. So, Hug It Out came to be. I loved introducing people to the characters in my head. When that released I held my breath. Was I fooling myself? I wasn’t. People actually liked reading my words. I admit to crying several times out of pure joy and relief. I felt like Sally Field saying, “You like me, you really like me.”

AND THEN something more happened. It became a need. I HAD to write. I had to tell the world about my universe. My characters started screaming, “ME. DO ME NEXT. MY TURN.” When I don’t write it feels like a pressure in my veins. When my fingers move over the keyboard it relieves it.

Writing was a dream I achieved and now I need it. Sometimes I sit and think, “How was I literally living half a life all this time?” At 38 almost 39 I am fulfilling my dream. I am all lit up and living it.

That is why I will write until the voices silence.

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Book Review: A Dangerous Dance by Davidson King

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: A Dangerous Dance
Author: Davidson King
Series: Haven Hart Universe #3
Heroes: Bill & Mace
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 15, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Finally working for a man he can trust has given Bill a new purpose. His boss, Christopher Manos, commands respect and absolute loyalty, and Bill has proven himself worthy of a seat at Christopher’s table. Becoming best friends with Christopher’s husband, Snow, has further proven his allegiance and cements a place for him in the Manos family. When Snow’s life is in danger, Christopher places his full trust in Bill to destroy anything and anyone that poses a threat to his husband. But hunting and wiping out the enemy for the safety of everyone Bill cares about means partnering with the one person he has vowed to never see again.

Mace wears a mask of vain cockiness and uses his model good looks to his full advantage. Known to many as Without a Trace Mace, he’s a deadly assassin well known for wiping out whole families and getting away without a trace. With a dangerous past and an unknown future, Mace uses his veil of conceit to keep others at a distance, rarely trusting anyone. When his boss, Black–the one man he trusts above all others—gives him his next assignment, he learns his newest partner is none other than Bill, the man he’d do anything to avoid.

With the safety of the Manos family on the line at the hands of a brilliant maniac, Bill and Mace begrudgingly put their differences aside to ensure Snow, and his loved ones, are protected from harm. With their lives in grave danger and the clock ticking towards zero hour, they navigate deathly perilous situations and uncertain outcomes, hoping they survive long enough to keep the Manos family safe.

Bill and Mace’s traitorous hearts draw them closer together no matter how hard they fight the inevitable. With the lives of their loved ones hanging in the balance, they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous dance. But when the music stops, will they both be left standing?
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