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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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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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Release Blitz: Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed

Love comes along when you least expect it.

That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants―a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life―and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.

Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curveball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: A Family Affair by Rob Loveless + Excerpt & Giveaway!

A Family Affair by Rob Loveless

It’s been said that if you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. But what does it mean when they come back into your life—as your sibling’s significant other?

At twenty-five years old, Cal Adams has only ever truly loved one man, the one who broke his heart three years earlier—Andrew Hall. Since then, he has searched for meaningful relationships but cannot smolder the flames of the past his family remains unaware of.

As the holiday season approaches, Cal’s younger sister, Claire, brings her boyfriend home to meet the family. When she arrives, Cal is shocked to meet her boyfriend, who is none other than Andrew. In a darkly humorous tale, Cal decides to show his ex what he missed out on.

Available at: Amazon

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Book Blast: Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza? by Andy V. Roamer + Excerpt!

Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza? by Andy V. Roamer

RV is a good kid, starting his freshman year at the demanding Boston Latin School. Though his genes didn’t give him a lot of good things, they did give him a decent brain. So he’s doing his best to keep up in high school, despite all the additional pressures he’s facing: His immigrant parents, who don’t want him to forget his roots and insist on other rules. Some tough kids at school who bully teachers as well as students. His puny muscles. His mean gym teacher. The Guy Upstairs who doesn’t answer his prayers. And the most confusing fact of all—that he might be gay.

Luckily, RV develops a friendship with Mr. Aniso, his Latin teacher, who is gay and always there to talk to. RV thinks his problems are solved when he starts going out with Carole. But things only get more complicated when RV develops a crush on Bobby, the football player in his class. And to RV’s surprise, Bobby admits he may have gay feelings, too.

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza? by Andy V. Roamer + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Why Can’t Life Be Like Pizza? by Andy V. Roamer

RV is a good kid, starting his freshman year at the demanding Boston Latin School. Though his genes didn’t give him a lot of good things, they did give him a decent brain. So he’s doing his best to keep up in high school, despite all the additional pressures he’s facing: His immigrant parents, who don’t want him to forget his roots and insist on other rules. Some tough kids at school who bully teachers as well as students. His puny muscles. His mean gym teacher. The Guy Upstairs who doesn’t answer his prayers. And the most confusing fact of all—that he might be gay.

Luckily, RV develops a friendship with Mr. Aniso, his Latin teacher, who is gay and always there to talk to. RV thinks his problems are solved when he starts going out with Carole. But things only get more complicated when RV develops a crush on Bobby, the football player in his class. And to RV’s surprise, Bobby admits he may have gay feelings, too.

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: Playing House by Suzanne Clay+ Excerpt & Giveaway!

Playing House by Suzanne Clay

After six months deeply in love with each other, childhood best friends Logan and Christian are excited for their first summer away from home. With one year of college under their belts, they’re ready to grow up and see what the rest of their lives will be like together by strengthening their relationship over the next few months. But fate has never followed their neat plans.

Christian receives an opportunity to pursue one of his greatest unfulfilled passions: acting. It’s a chance to explore a talent his parents crushed before he could dream of spending his life studying it—but is he up to the challenge? Is it worth taking the risk, knowing his family won’t support him?

Logan struggles with his attachment to Christian and his fears of being left behind. If Christian’s career on the stage takes off, will he abandon Logan and replace him with far better lovers? And how can Logan be so hypocritical when another man has caught his eye? Or has that man perhaps captured Christian’s attention as well?

Their relationship will be tested far beyond their imagination—but love always has room to grow, even in the face of fear.

Available at: Amazon

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Release Blitz: The Ball Boy by Lucas Guard + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Ball Boy by Lucas Guard

Devastated by the death of his father, Gage, an artist with a secret life, struggles to find his way back to “normal”. When rising baseball star Caleb arrives at his door, an unlikely romance simmers between them, but a cowboy coach, with major league ambitions of his own, will stop at nothing to keep them apart. Tempers flare as their deepest secrets are unearthed and the two must choose between chasing their dreams or embracing their newfound love.

Available at: Amazon

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Honorary Blogger Jacqueline Grey: Tricks and Bids + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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What Do You Write?

by Jacqueline Grey

“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”

I have always been proud to declare that my dream was to become a published author, but once I became one, I found it difficult to answer the question “What do you write?”  I know there are people out there who look down on the romance genre (usually people who’ve never read it), and if I couldn’t gauge what a person’s reaction would be I became hesitant to admit that that was what I wrote.

As time has gone on, I have worked hard to break this habit.  I love romance. I have found some amazingly talented authors by reading romance, and I am proud of what I have accomplished within the genre so there is no reason why I should be shy about it.  I have also come to realize that there are times when it is my duty to spread the love of romance, gay romance in particular.

Last year I was interviewed about my book Ghost House.  During the interview, the interviewer told me she was surprised when she heard my name.  Jacqueline is very feminine. Having written a gay romance book, she hadn’t expected me to be so open about being a woman.  I suppose she’d been wondering if my being a woman would lessen the appeal of my book to gay men. I told her that many of the authors I knew who wrote in the gay romance genre were women.  So were many of the readers.

In fact, for years I have been reading shounen-ai and yaoi manga from Japan, my friends and I are currently devouring danmei novels from China, and I am exploring BL TV shows from Thailand and their related novels.  These things are all stories about male-male relationships and romance, and they are written by women and geared toward a female audience.

I truly believe we need #ownvoices stories and representation, but I also believe, especially in the current time period, that the world needs more happiness in general.  Romance, gay or not, should be read by everyone. It is the only place in the world where you are guaranteed a happy ending. Isn’t that something we all need in our lives?  I think that happiness is worth more than gold, and as romance authors, we are the suppliers of happiness. If that’s the case, then the next time someone asks me what I write I am going to tell them loud and proud.

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Release Blitz: The Empires of Luxor City by Sasha Hope + Excerpt & Giveaway!

The Empires of Luxor City by Sasha Hope

In the aftermath of his father’s funeral, Dom Wesa, the new Alpha of Luxor City’s Central Empire, stumbles upon an Omega in desperate need of help. The Omega, Lin Vasiliev, wakes to find he’s been taken into Dom’s home to be rehabilitated. Dom thinks the young addict may have information about the illicit drug trade going on in his Empire. He gets Lin sober to question him only to discover that Lin is new in town and ignorant of Luxor’s laws.

Dom and Lin are both suspicious of each other at first for their own reasons, but as that wariness wears away a deep attraction develops between them. Dom dotes on Lin, leaving the once stone-broke Omega bathed in finery he never could have imagined. They start planning for Lin’s upcoming heat, when they will be driven together by their kindling bond and strong compatibility as an Alpha and Omega pair. However, in the midst of their swelling romance, Luxor’s most notorious Alpha reappears sparking a gang war that threatens to turn the entire city into a battleground.

Available at: Amazon

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