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Honorary Blogger Jacqueline Grey: Old Movie Nights + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Old Movie Nights

by Jacqueline Grey

Thank you so much for having me here today and letting me share the re-release of Shoot the Moon, the second book in the Suit of Harte’s series.  I’d like to talk about something a little more serious today.

In Shoot the Moon, the main character Adam and his friend Ash have a classic movie night. I realize the definition of “classic” can change depending on someone’s age, so let me clarify that I am referring to films released before 1970. Adam and Ash start the evening with Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe.

When I first set out to write this post, I wanted to talk about my favorite classic films. I wanted to share with you which actors I like and ask you what your favorite movie night themes are, but as I contemplated which movies and actors I wanted to talk about, I inevitably came across James Stewart and his film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Thinking of that film made me examine what I wanted to say with this post.

As I write this we are surrounded by news of riots and racism. We are fighting a fight that has been going on for over four hundred years and the emotions are overwhelming. Granted, we are fighting for something much bigger than Mr. Smith’s campsite, but the topics of standing up against corruption in government and against the injustice of people who would make innocents out to be criminals to suit their own ends are still valid.

These thoughts made me take a second look at the classic films I love and brought to my attention one of my favorites: 12 Angry Men. This is a film about a jury who must decide the fate of a teenager accused of murdering his father. The teenager is a minority and the “12 angry men” are mostly white. Eleven of the jurors are quick to decide the kid is guilty. Only one man, Juror #8, thinks differently. He clearly states that he hasn’t decided if the accused is innocent or not, but he believes they should look at the evidence and discuss the case before making a momentous decision that will affect a person’s life.

Over the course of the film, the other jurors’ motivations for their guilty verdict come to light. These reasons range from racism and personal grudges to just plain indifference. When thinking of this film, it was the last that struck me the most and it is best shown in Juror #7. Throughout the film he tries to hurry things along because he has tickets to a baseball game and does not want to miss it. As the movie continues and the tides change, he even switches his vote, not because he thinks it’s the right choice, but because he thinks it will get him home faster. His entertainment is more important than the life of a young man.

I’m not the only one offended when he does this. Even one of the other jurors around the table point out that this is not a good motivation to change one’s vote.  He should pick a side because he believes in it. Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” It’s easy to see the fight that’s in front of you when you look at the news and social media, but we also need to engage the people we don’t see, the ones who are doing nothing and staying silent on the sidelines.

It’s one thing to clamor for change, but as I learn more about systemic racism, I feel not only rage but despair. Systemic racism is deeply entrenched in every facet of our society, but even though it’s a daunting task, we must plan a course of action to eradicate this problem systematically. We need all the help we can get. If we could change indifference to action, imagine all the things we could accomplish.

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Extraordinary Things by Beth Bolden: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Beth Bolden

A week later, Caleb and Leo sat in their living room, watching the last bits of sun fall over the ocean. “Did Benji say why we needed to clear our schedule for the weekend?” Caleb asked. They’d already been out to dinner, grabbing sushi at one of their favorite places.

Yesterday, Benji had called, claiming that he and Leo needed to be “totally available” for the next two days, starting at eight PM on Friday. That was still an hour away, and Caleb could tell how antsy Leo was about not knowing every single detail about what was going on.

“I don’t know. It doesn’t make sense. They weren’t even supposed to be here,” Leo said, drumming his fingers on the arm of the sofa. “They were supposed to be gone for at least another month in South America, and now they’re back, and making demands.” He sounded put out. “I had to call in like fifty favors with Felix, who understandably wants to spend time with his new boyfriend, and here I am, begging off for an entire weekend.”

It wasn’t great timing for Caleb either. Steve and Mario had flown in last week, and they’d worked on the songs he’d initially started with Brad, as well as a few others. Caleb had made enough progress that he actually felt like he might want to pull in another producer soon, just to help polish up some of the tracks—and to work on the one, final song that he still hadn’t really touched. His heart wanted it, no matter what made logical sense, to be Leo, but he still hadn’t figured out a way to ask. He’d been working up to the question, when Benji had called with his request for two free days.

“Laurel will be fine. She’s settling in great with Felix,” Caleb soothed. He reached out and captured Leo’s hand with his own, stopping the relentless, nervous tapping of his fingers. “She’ll be fine for two days. She even told you to go.”

“Yeah, it’s not her I’m worried about,” Leo retorted.

“Felix will be fine, too.” But Caleb was sure Felix would figure out a way to extract his own unique pound of flesh. After all, that was kind of Felix’s signature. Caleb wasn’t even sure, two years into his new relationship with Leo, that he had truly forgiven him for the way the first one had ended.

Nobody was more loyal than Felix Humphries; but nobody else could quite hold a grudge like him either.

“I hope so,” Leo said, then paused. “I’m sure this wasn’t great timing for you, either. You’ve been at the studio every single day for a week. It must be going really well.”

Leo had asked so many leading questions just like this one. He’d even asked several at dinner, only an hour or so earlier. But Caleb didn’t know how to talk about the album—at least not until he could figure out a way to pull Leo in, to play it for him, and ask him what he should be tweaking.

“I’m happy with it,” Caleb said. “We’ve made progress.”

“And you like these guys you met in Fiji? Even though they’re Brad Maxwell’s people?”

“They’re musicians. Brad doesn’t own them,” Caleb said. “And yeah, they’re cool. They like my stuff, and maybe I’m egotistical enough to surround myself with yes men.”

Leo rolled his eyes fondly. “If that was true, I’d have convinced you to play it for me before now.”

“Soon,” Caleb said. Why didn’t he just ask? He didn’t know. The problem was that all the ways he kept planning started with, this whole album is about you, and even though Caleb was madly in love—still, always, forever—it didn’t feel like a very productive start to a conversation about producing an album.

“So you don’t really have a clue what Benji and Diego want?” Leo said, changing the subject. “No theories, even?”

Caleb had one theory; it was just crazy enough that they might’ve done it. “Do you think they’re eloping?” he asked.

“What,” Leo screeched.

“I mean . . . it’s not the most outlandish theory,” Caleb defended.

“Like they would ever dare to get married before us,” Leo said, his eyes suddenly growing huge, like he hadn’t realized he’d actually said that out loud.

Caleb laughed and gripped Leo’s hand tightly. “Do you really want to elope?” he asked. He’d tried for a casual tone, but there was nothing casual about asking the love of your life how he felt about getting married.

But Leo only shrugged. “I never worried about it, not ever, but if they beat us down the aisle? I’ll be happy for them, I guess, but . . .”

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Wild and Precious by CJane Elliot: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by CJane Elliot

Sunday was another hot and muggy day, but Brent and Graham stayed cool hanging out in the Hirshhorn. Brent didn’t know much about modern art, and Graham proved a fascinating guide, making Brent see things in the paintings that he never would have on his own.

After they were done with the exhibits, they went outside to stroll through the sculpture garden. As they gazed at an Alexander Calder sculpture, Brent asked, “Are you an artist too?”

“Sort of. Not anywhere in the league of these guys. My mother is the true artist in our family. I paint and sketch some, and I love interior decorating. Shut up—I know it’s a stereotype.” Graham waved his hands around. “My God, dear, those curtains will never do!” 

“No, you shut up. I wasn’t thinking that at all. You have an eye for stuff. I mean, the way you dress, even how your office looks, so I’m not surprised about the interior decorating.”

“You like my office?” Graham looked pleased.

Brent raised a playful eyebrow. “Well, yeah. It’s much classier than those cubicles you stuck the staff in.”

“Ouch. Sorry.”

“Naw, I could have made my cubicle more colorful by now. But I don’t have your eye. Like those paintings. I saw a crap ton more in them with you showing me than I would’ve by myself.”

“A crap ton?” Graham laughed. “That’s eloquent.” He bumped Brent lightly on the shoulder. “But thanks. I liked showing you.”

Before they left the gallery, Graham stopped in the store and bought a striking Miró print, then presented it to Brent with a flourish. “For you. To decorate your cubicle.”

That evening, Brent let himself back into his apartment, setting the Miró print and his keys on the table. His laptop beckoned, but he had no desire to work on his writing. Instead, he flung himself on the couch and closed his eyes as pictures of the day floated in front of him: Graham, laughing, handsome in his casual jacket and tight jeans; Graham, pointing out something in a picture on the wall; Graham, smiling at him, gray eyes alight; Graham…. Crap.

Brent jumped up and started pacing. After two laps around the living room, he came to a halt, nodded decisively, and grabbed his wallet, pulling out a folded paper napkin. Opening up his laptop, he navigated to Match.com, and started typing.

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Back to You by Kiska Gray: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Kiska Gray

Holy hell. 

He climbed on top of me, kissing his way up my body. His hands framed my face and he thrust his tongue into my mouth. I moaned and wrapped my arms around his neck, panting for breath between demanding, passionate kisses. When he pulled back, his eyes were as black as an inky sea, his pupils blown out with desire.

“Want you,” he mumbled against my lips, our noses rubbing together. “I want you so damn bad.” 

“Yeah?” I breathed.

He grabbed my hand and drew it down to his own erection. “Yeah. I’ve only been dreaming of fucking you since the day you left. Now that I found you…” His lips curled up at the corners. “I’m not letting you get away, not until I’ve left my mark.” He nipped my lip and tugged it into his mouth, his eyes going half-lidded. “If you want to wait…”

“No.” I pushed at his shoulder. “Bedroom?”

“Yes.” He jumped to his feet and grabbed my hand, and we ran down the hall. Dane dragged me into his room and kicked the door shut behind him. “Strip,” he barked. He reached back and tugged his t-shirt off, tossing it to the floor. 

“Bossy.” 

“You know it. Lose the shirt and the socks. I wanna see you naked, on your back, on my bed with your legs spread.” His face flushed, but the intensity in his eyes only brightened. My heart kicked in my chest. He toed off his shoes, and then his pants and those damnable silk boxers hit the floor. I stood there, in awe of his beauty, still wearing my shirt and socks. 

“Hollister Bay, if you don’t get naked, I’m gonna kick your ass—right after I’m done plowing it.”

I laughed and started stripping. “Someone’s horny.” 

“It’s your fault,” he replied. “Waltzing back into my life, too damn sexy to resist. Bed. Now.” 

With a snort, I walked past him—slowly—and slapped him on the ass. He yelped, then tackled me the moment I climbed into bed. The heat of his hard body rubbing shamelessly against mine was such a turn on that it made my head spin. I grasped at his shoulders and neck as he began to kiss me fervently once more. 

I reached between us and tugged on his erection, loving the feel of him in my hand. He was bigger than I remembered. Heat sizzled over my skin. Breathless, we parted. Dane rolled across the bed and dug around in his bedside table. He returned with a half-used bottle of lube and a condom pinched between two fingers. 

“Only if you’re sure,” he told me. 

“Dane, I’ve been waiting for this for what seems like a hundred years. Please. I want this, maybe even more than you do.” 

“I don’t know about that,” he murmured. 

“I do.” 

“Turn over. Hands and knees, ass in the air.” 

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The One Night Plan by Riley Long: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Riley Long

It sucked that Nick had fucked and run, and Lucas hated that he’d hadn’t had the forethought to at least get his number. He shifted in his seat a little and the ache in his ass reminded him it had been real.

Memories of Nick floated to Lucas’s consciousness. God, giving over felt so good. The way he manhandled me … Lucas shivered, despite the warmth of the arena. Pushing his knee between my legs and throwing me against the door like that …

The crowd screamed, hysterical, snapping Lucas back to the moment. A guy wearing a black suit ran on stage and launched into a song immediately.

“These guys aren’t bad,” Lucas said. He leaned forward to get a better look and the video projected to the massive screens bracketing the stage cut to the drummer’s face. Lucas’s stomach lurched and roiled, blood draining from his face. “Who’s that?”

Shane pointed. “That’s Nicky, their drummer. The other guy is Ryan, lead singer and a host of other things.”

Ari laughed. “What other things?”

Shane shrugged. “Ryan’s known for sleeping around with fans. A lot.”

Lucas didn’t care about that. He scowled. Why didn’t they see how important this was? “Nicky?”

“Yeah, Nicky Vaughn. He and Ryan formed the band, God, I don’t know, like ten years ago or something. I don’t know the whole story. He seems like a cool guy though. Keeps Ryan in check, from what I hear. We’re going to meet them after the show. Why?”

The camera had long since cut away from Nicky’s face, but the image haunted Lucas. He couldn’t possibly be mistaken. Nicky was definitely Nick, the guy he’d just slept with. Holy shit. I cannot believe I just fucked the drummer for Boyfriend of the Loveless. No wonder he had to run. For the rest of the show, Lucas leaned forward, staring at Nick—Nicky. God, no wonder his fucking arms were so strong. The way he held me down as he plowed me into the mattress … it makes sense.

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A Boy Made of Sunshine by Colette Davison: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Colette Davison

 “Are you up for playing a game?” Felix asked, barging into the house.

“No.”

Felix turned on his best puppy dog eyes. Liam was starting to hate that look on Felix’s face because it was too damned hard to resist.

“What game?” Liam asked, even though he was sure he’d regret it.

“Twenty-one questions.” Felix tipped his head as he looked at the bowl. “There are loads more than twenty-one in here, so I guess it’s more a game of as many as we can get through before we finish the wine.” He winked at Liam.

“Isn’t that a game teenagers play?” Liam muttered.

“I want to get to know you better, and I thought this would be a fun way to do it.” Felix marched off towards the lounge.

Liam glanced up at the ceiling, wondering despairingly what sort of evening he was in for.

“Or we could just talk,” he said as he followed Felix. “Like adults.”

“Where would be the fun in that?” Felix asked as he put the bowl, wine, and glasses down on the coffee table. “Do you have a corkscrew?”

“Kitchen.”

Felix stared at him, smiling.

“I’m not your slave,” Liam growled. “Get it yourself.”

“But you promised to take care of me, Daddy,” Felix teased. “I carried the heavy bottle of wine over here. Surely the least you could do is get the corkscrew?”

“You’re annoying.”

“So you keep telling me.” Felix’s eyes sparkled. “But you still can’t keep away from me.”

You came here.”

“Nope. I haven’t come here yet. Maybe you can remedy that by the end of the night.” He grinned broadly.

Liam let out an exasperated sigh before trudging to the kitchen to retrieve a corkscrew. Felix really was ridiculous at times. Well, most of the time. And yet that ridiculousness kept Liam on his toes and made him smile despite himself. He’d never met anyone quite like Felix.

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Book Review: The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Devil of Downtown
Author: Joanna Shupe
Series: Uptown Girls #3
Hero/Heroine: Justine & Jack
Genre: M/F Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The final novel in Joanna Shupe’s critically acclaimed Uptown Girl series about a beautiful do-gooder who must decide if she can team up with one of New York’s brashest criminals without losing something irreplaceable: her heart.

Manhattan kingpin.
Brilliant mastermind.
Gentleman gangster.

He’s built a wall around his heart…

Orphaned and abandoned on the Bowery’s mean streets, Jack Mulligan survived on strength, cunning, and ambition. Now he rules his territory better than any politician or copper ever could. He didn’t get here by being soft. But in uptown do-gooder Justine Greene―the very definition of an iron fist in a velvet glove―Jack may have met his match.

She wears hers on her sleeve…

Justine is devoted to tracking down deadbeat husbands and fighting for fair working conditions. When her mission brings her face-to-face with Jack, she’s shocked to find the man behind the criminal empire is considerably more charming and honorable than many “gentlemen” she knows.

Forming an unlikely alliance, they discover an unexpected desire. And when Justine’s past catches up with them, Jack may be her only hope of survival. Is she ready to make a deal with the devil…?
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Freedom by E. Davies: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by E. Davies

“Give it to me now.”

Henry stumbled as he locked up the mini-bus and pocketed the keys. “What?”

“The dirt. There’s no way you don’t have dirt. You haven’t said a word about your Grand Canyon trip.”

Trip leaned on the side of the bus next to him, scratching his short beard. His warm brown eyes were fixed on Henry, not letting him get away. They were just getting ready to take out a crowd of guys on a bachelor party.

God, it was hard to explain why this date had been so significant. It hadn’t seemed like Jaden was just experimenting, curious about trying it with a trans guy. And for Henry… feeling confident enough to disclose his past, face-to-face, for the first time in a year? Being treated just as himself in return? Then having the most unbelievably awesome sex of his life? It was like a dream come true.

“Ah, I dunno,” Henry said with a shrug and a smile, trying to deflect.

“Did you like him? Did you hate him? Who was it? What was he like?”

This, at least, Henry could say. “He was… amazing. Sweet, kind, gentle. A little bit quiet. Playful sense of humor. Really anxious, but I know how to help with that.”

“Is he your type?” Trip grinned. “Did you fuck?” Heat rose in Henry’s cheeks, and Trip gasped. “He is! You did!”

Trip knew more about Henry than some of his gay friends. It was hard to admit to them how little sex he had. But he and Trip told each other almost everything—usually much more on Trip’s side, given that distinctly lacking sex life.

“Okay, fine,” Henry grumbled and elbowed Trip on the way by. “If you’re gonna be a nosy bastard, yes, we did.”

“Whoa. That’s not like you.”

Henry bit his lip. There was no way he could explain how right it had felt. What a relief-filled high he’d been on, even to contemplate it. And how well it had turned out, coming so hard he just about saw stars—and at another man’s hand, rather than his own.

It was the stuff of years of fantasies for Henry. But it was too embarrassing to admit that a plain old handjob had left him floating on cloud nine.

“No, it’s not. But you only live once, right?” Henry finally met Trip’s gaze again and smiled at him. “And we have great chemistry. I’m going to see him as soon as we get back from this trip tomorrow.”

“Whoa!” Trip exclaimed. He beamed at Henry. “Look at you. Next up will be your U-Haul moment.”

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Book Review: A Good Duke is Hard to Find by Christina Britton

Reviewed by Ami

Title: A Good Duke is Hard to Find
Author: Christina Britton
Series: Isle of Synne #1
Hero/Heroine: Peter & Lenora
Genre: M/F Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she’s cursed. One thing’s for certain: she needs to escape London and her father’s tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain’s northern coast, is blessedly far from society’s gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible — until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.

Next in line for a dukedom he doesn’t want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother’s death. Once he’s completed the task, he’ll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?
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Lost & Found by F.R. D’Angelo: Exclusive Excerpt!

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by F.R. D’Angelo

“Coffee?” Scotty called as he walked into their bedroom, carrying a tray.

“Thank you, sweetheart,” Thando replied. “Just what I was getting up to do. Are the cubs awake?”

“Nope, though how they slept through the night last night, I have no idea.” Scotty winked.

“I couldn’t help it. Sorry, Scotty, Thando said.

“Do you know what he did with his finger?” Abe laughed.

“No, but judging by your angle and mine, and where Thando was, I can only guess.” Scotty laughed.

“Yes, you would be right. Let me show you, Scott, babe,” Abe said smiling.

“No, please don’t,” Scotty groaned. “We can’t get into that again. I heard movement on the stairs.”

Abe flat out laughed at Scotty’s insistence of not being shown. Abe was getting good at projecting pictures to Scotty; they had been practicing a lot.

“And is that because of the movement on the stairs, or you just don’t want to sweetheart?” Thando asked with a firm face, trying not to smile.

“I want to, trust me. Maybe you will do that later to me,” Scotty joked, though he smiled the same cheeky smile he reserved only for his mates.

“I will,” Thando promised, then winked. “Now, I think we had best get up. We have another long day today. ’What are your plans?”

Abe moved closer to Thando, pulling him down for a kiss. He pushed his tongue inside. Thando moaned.

Scotty put the tray on the bedside table and crawled up the bed between them both, joining them. Thando wrapped his arms around him, hauling him closer. Three tongues, three sets of lips, all now dueling together, all panting.

Scotty gasped. “I love you I’m down with training the omegas. We are doing protector training with them,” Scotty explained as he came up between them both for air. “It’s bringing the quiet ones along really well. Berry is making progress. He can now stand in front of the Alphas without crying.”

“What? How?” Thando whispered, still holding Scotty to him.

“We turned his fright into anger, and now he has a wicked left hook,” laughed Abe. While gauging Thando’s face, Abe and Scotty had decided to tell him, hoping he would help them if they needed it.

“Do you also train, Abe?” Thando asked, his head titled to the side.

“Yeah, I’m learning high kicks.”

“Even now?” Thando asked, incredulously.

“Yes, even now. We use the bags, so we don’t hurt each other, especially being pregnant. No one is at risk, Thando. ’Don’t worry. With Todd, Scotty, and I pregnant, Jace is training us all. We have some great plans,” Abe explained, though Thando’s face was one of shock.

“I didn’t know. Wow. I’m really proud of you both,” Thando gasped.

“I’m a protector, Thando. I felt it was time. Jace and Todd. Too. Our omegas are not like other omegas; we want a whole unit of protector omegas. It’s a surprise, Thando. This is a secret. Don’t you tell on us, not yet, please,” Scotty whispered, though Abe nodded his head in agreement.

“I won’t. I promise,” Thando said. The look of pride on his face warmed both Scotty and Abe’s hearts.

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