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Honorary Bloggers Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott: He Was Never Supposed to Stick… & Excerpt + Giveaway!

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He Was Never Supposed to Stick…

by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

There are your plans…

And then there are your characters’ plans.

Sometimes it’s best to let your characters win.

Rinda Elliott and I are plotters. We have to be with two people working on the same book. No plot outline means lots of chaos. We are both writing at the same time, and we must have a solid idea of what the other is planning, where she is going.

Of course, it’s not planned to death. There’s room for improvising, changes, or going completely off the rails if a really good idea strikes.

In short, you leave room for the magic that you can’t plan for.

And Geoffrey Ralse was pure magic.

His first appearance was in a scene in Shiver, book one of the Unbreakable Bonds series. We first see him drunk and crawling all over the gruff and grumpy Dr. Ashton “Snow” Frost. He was supposed to be one of those one-off, adorable and funny characters that enhances a scene but is ultimately forgotten.

But Geoffrey was never forgotten.

When readers took a chance on Shiver, they asked if they’d seen more of Geoffrey. Rinda and I were also asking if we’d see more of Geoffrey. He was flirty and sassy and so much fun to write. We could feel his hidden depths and wanted to explore them.

So…we gave Geoffrey a bigger, more important scene in Shatter, book 2 of the Unbreakable Bonds series. That particular book also included Sven Larsen, who would also find a home in Psycho Romeo with Geoffrey.

As before, Geoffrey shined.

He appeared again in Torch, book 3, and had some touching words to add in Devour, book 4, when we closed out the series.   

Of course, by the end of Torch, Rinda and I had started to scheme a new future for Geoffrey, where he would get his own book, his own adventure, and his own happily ever after. He’s a great, dynamic character. He’s not at all what we expected when we first introduced this sexy club kid in Shiver, but we fell in love.

Psycho Romeo with Geoffrey and Sven was amazing fun to write. It was like watching one of your children grow up over the years and finally achieve the happiness that you always hoped they would find.

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Book Review: Psycho Romeo by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Psycho Romeo
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Ward Security #1
Heroes: Geoffrey Rales/Sven Larsen
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 232 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye. He certainly isn’t going to stop living his life just because some would-be stalker starts sending him threats.

But it all changes when Geoffrey is drugged and wakes up half naked in his own home with a new message from his stalker.

He needs help and there’s only one person he trusts…

Protective Agent Sven Larsen has been fighting Geoffrey’s flirtatious advances for months, even though he’s impossibly drawn to the man. There’s no way he can be around him twenty-four/seven and not finally crack. But one look at Geoffrey’s haunted eyes, and he knows there’s no way he’s letting Geoffrey walk out of Ward Security without him.

Even if it means breaking his own rules, he will keep Geoffrey safe.

Trigger warning: There is a very short section with sexual assault that some could find upsetting.
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Ian by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stories: Ian
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4.5
Heroes: Ian/Hollis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 2, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Unbreakable Stories: Ian is a collection of short stories following the ups and downs of Ian Pierce and Hollis Banner has they navigate their new relationship and the unique complications of dating with a brunch of overprotective “brothers” determined to guard Ian’s heart.

This collection is more than 38,000 words and contains short stories such as:
Midnight Perp
No Boyfriends Allowed
A Night Off
Taking It Slow
This is Us
And a very special bonus.
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #3.5
Heroes: Rowe/Noah
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 64 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Unbreakable Stories: Rowe is a collection of short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of former Army Rangers turned security experts Rowe Ward and Noah Keegan following the events of Torch, book 3 of the Unbreakable Bonds series.

This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contain stories such as:
Piece of Pie
Mistletoe
Haunted
Gotcha
And many more…
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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Snow by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stories: Snow
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #2.5
Heroes: Ashton”Snow” Frost/Jude Torres
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 29, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:

Unbreakable Stories: Snow is a collection of short stories and a novelette set after the events of Shatter, book 2 of the Unbreakable Bonds series and before Torch, book 3. Follow the continuing, passionate and heartfelt romance between Dr. Ashton “Snow” Frost and Jude Torres as they merge their lives together as a couple.

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Book Review: Unbreakable Stories: Lucas by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Unbreakable Stores: Lucas
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #1.5
Heroes: Lucas Vallois/Andrei Hadeon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 152 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A collection of six short stories following the romantic adventures and misadventures of millionaire Lucas Vallois and Romanian bodyguard Andrei Hadeon.

This collection is more than 30,000 words long and contains stories such as:

The Meeting
Perfect
Te Iubesc
I Want More
Homecoming
Thanksgiving

***Note: These short stories take place after Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds #1) and should be read after the first book.***
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Book Review: Devour by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Devour
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #4
Heroes: Ian/Hollis
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 249 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.
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Book Review: Torch by Joselynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

30169169Title: Torch
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #3
Heroes: Rowan/Noah
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 287 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he’s fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man’s soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe’s friends and clients, he’s thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other’s minds.

Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe’s doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn’t a mistake.

Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn’t prepared to accept. One that could break Noah
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Book Review: Shatter by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

28801469Title: Shatter
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #2
Heroes: Ashton “Snow” Frost/Jude Torres
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 330 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Maverick trauma surgeon Ashton “Snow” Frost keeps the world at a distance, relying only on his three closest friends to keep him connected. But when a ghost from their past returns to Cincinnati, Snow stands to lose everyone he loves. Framed for murder and reeling from attacks on his friends, Snow is pushed to his breaking point.

Jude Torres won’t let the doc shatter. The paramedic has been attracted to the doctor since he first laid eyes on him at the hospital, even if the arrogant, solitary man doesn’t fit into any of his plans. One hot, reckless kiss shows that Snow isn’t who he appears to be. And one night together will never be enough. Jude will fight for the doc.

Fight to keep him whole. Fight to keep him safe. Fight to simply keep him.
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Book Review: Shiver by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott

Reviewed by Susan65

26695561Title: Shiver
Authors: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott
Series: Unbreakable Bonds #1
Heroes: Lucas Vallois/Andrei Hadeon
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 301 Pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Lucas Vallois is always in control. He’s building an empire in the glittering city of Cincinnati and created his own family from his three close friends. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. But his world starts to crumble after he’s jumped by a trio of thugs late one night after leaving a club. The warning is clear—give up his new property venture or end up dead.

Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard, Andrei Hadeon, as he hunts for the source of this new threat. But as Lucas gets closer to uncovering the danger, he realizes the sexy Romanian bodyguard poses an even bigger risk to his carefully constructed world. Trapped by a need he never expected, Lucas must find a way to deny the shiver of longing he cannot control.

His brother. His warrior. His heart. Four friends. Unbreakable bonds.
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