June 08, 2016

Pride Promotions presents: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes



Sidenote: I've read the story before it went through editing and I totally loved it! Vinnie and Ethan are an adorable couple and there'll be more books to come with these two. :)



Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes

Book Name: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne
Book: One

Release Date: May 25, 2016



Blurb:

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.
Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?
Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.


Pages or Words: 50,000 words

Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance

Excerpt:
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.




How did I come up with the book and the title?

A friend of mine, Denise, told me about a group on FB which posted pictures to inspire a weekly 500 word flash. I thought it sounded like fun, and I gave it a try. So far, I’ve written three flashes, inspired by three different pictures. One picture was taken from the perspective of someone inside a trunk, looking up at someone standing outside, looking in. That clicked with me, and I wrote a 500 word flash entitled Roadside Assistance.
The flash was about two undercover cops who are partners, on and off the clock. I didn’t even give these guys names, because it was so short. But afterward, my friend Chris T. Kat told me she’d like to see more of those two guys. Before I knew it, they had names and backgrounds, and I was writing their first book.
The title didn’t come right away, but was inspired by a poem, Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Except I made it Bad Dogs and Drag Queens, to fit my story. The rest, as they say is history. I’m attaching the picture which inspired my story, and the flash story itself. I hope you enjoy it! Someday, this will become one of the actual books in the series.
Thanks for having me here today, Chris!



Roadside Assistance by Julie Lynn Hayes
“I said get in the fucking trunk!” Chip growled.
I shrank back against the car. The door handle jabbed my ass, painfully, and I winced. I hadn’t taken Chip seriously the first time he’d spoken the words. Now, I was starting to think he just might mean it.
“W-what the hell, dude, you need to chill out.” My words sounded braver than I felt, and stuttering wasn’t helping a damn thing. Chip was mad, and I knew it, but it was just so ridiculous. All because I’d happened to notice a stranger at the gas station. A cute guy in a white T-shirt and rumpled jeans. Probably a traveler, just like us.
So what?
So maybe Chip was just a tad on the sociopath side, and just maybe he intended to dump me somewhere on the side of the road. One thing I’d noticed, ever since we started driving through Florida, was the tons of water situated beside the highway. Lakes, ponds, swamps, even the ocean. A guy could go missing out here. Like permanently.
And suddenly I realized I didn’t know Chip very well at all. Guess that’ll teach me not to take up with the first good-looking guy who wants to take me for a drive.
“I’m not going to tell you again.” This time I saw the knife in his hand. The blade glinted wickedly in the bright sunlight.
I glanced desperately around me, but no one was there. We might as well have been standing in a ghost town. Even the cute stranger was nowhere to be seen. I gulped, forcing liquid into my too-dry mouth, looked between Chip and the open trunk, then crawled inside. He almost hit me when he slammed the lid, plunging me into darkness.
The ride was excruciating. It felt like he deliberately found every pothole and rut he could. All I could do was lie there, cramped and aching, waiting for him to stop… and then what?
I wondered if Chip had done this before. Did he have a usual spot where he took his victims? A dumping ground of sorts? He seemed the type that just might. In the short time I’d known him I’d noticed he was methodical that way. Not one for loose ends.
I was feeling more than a little claustrophobic by the time the car stopped, almost grateful for the lack of motion. I say almost because I knew what would come next. Wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. I braced myself for the worst.
When the lid lifted, I squinted up… into the handsome face of my partner.
“Comfy in there?” He grinned, deliberately flexing the muscles inside his form-fitting shirt.
I growled as he handed me out. I spied Chip, in cuffs, by a squad car.
“Took you long enough—“ His kiss stopped my rant.
“But I got here, and we just caught the Florida Mangler. You complaining?”
“Not I.” I sighed contentedly and snuggled against him.
Another good day’s work.



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Meet the author:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.
She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch,  needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Tour Dates & Stops:
9-Jun: Unquietly Me
10-Jun: BFD Book Blog
14-Jun: Molly Lolly
15-Jun: Love Bytes
16-Jun: Havan Fellows

Rafflecopter Prize: Win a gift card courtesy of Julie Lynn Hayes!

June 01, 2016

Today is release day for STAINED!

Stained released today. It's available on the DsP site (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7778)  amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Stained-Chris-T-Kat-ebook/dp/B01FKGHIC6 ) and All Romance Ebooks (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-stained-2037263-149.html).

I hope you'll enjoy my last book. Thank you all for supporting me. I appreciate it but now I'm looking forward to my writing retirement. :)




Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.
Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.
When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a way.

May 13, 2016

Stained is now available for pre-order on amazon and All Romance ebooks!

Stained is now available for pre-order on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Stained-Chris-T-Kat-ebook/dp/B01FKGHIC6 ) and All Romance Ebooks (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-stained-2037263-149.html). It's a bit weird to think that this is really going to be my last book but it is what it is!


Buy link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7778


Blair Clark has reached his breaking point. Forced to leave one job because of sexual harassment, he’s having difficulty finding another. Since no one believes what happened, Blair’s left with a stain on his employment record that he can’t get rid of. He’s had to move back home with his mother. As if that’s not bad enough, he realizes his crush, Travis, is simply using him. His romantic life looks as hopeless as his job search.
Jack Ross is sure he’ll never find anyone who’ll love him for who he is. All anyone sees is the port-wine stain on his left cheek—not the man behind it. Even his mother thinks he should get rid of it. But the procedure is difficult and painful.
When Blair applies for a secretarial position with Jack’s firm, both men learn that beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. It’ll take a lot of trust to chase away their insecurities, but if they take a chance on one another, love will find a way.

May 11, 2016

Pride Promotions presents: Victory Portrait by Tali Spencer




Author Name: Tali Spencer

Book Name: Victory Portrait
Series: Pride of Uttor
Book: Four

Release Date: April 6, 2016 



Blurb:

Imperial captive and former Sebboyan prince Peta Kordeun has one great wish: to meet Darius Arrento, conqueror of his country and a man he has idolized since childhood. That wish comes true the day the Uttoran emperor assigns Peta to assist the artist who will be painting the great general’s official portrait.

General Darius Arrento would rather take a crossbow bolt through his flesh than sit for a portrait, until his friend the emperor forces his hand. The notorious artist, Brazzi, uses semen and other sexual fluids to bind his colors—and Arrento is captivated by the artist’s pretty helper. Before long he is driven to possess the gorgeous young man who draws battle maps and whose na├»ve charm has won more hearts in Uttor than Arrento has won battles.

When Arrento learns that Peta, the slave he covets and wants for his own, is one of the despised Kordeun princes, he storms from Uttor toward a far corner of the empire—where he quickly finds himself embroiled in a plot to tear Uttor’s empire apart. His emotions and loyalties frayed, the great Arrento is in the battle of his life…and Peta may hold the key to his survival.


Pages or Words: 78,600 words

Categories: Alternate Universe, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:
“You want me to assist the painter. Only that?” Peta asked.
“Yes. I just want you to understand you will be naked and…Brazzi will want you to be sexually aroused.”
“What?”
“It’s what Brazzi does. Not for himself—not unless you’re a woman—but for his method. He was tried three years ago on charges of obscenity because he uses…sexual fluids for mixing his paint. He truly is a genius. His colors are astonishing.”
“And you want Arrento to see me like that? Naked and…being used?”
“No.” Gaspar was being firm. “I want a portrait of my general. And I happen to think that the sight of you will keep his ass firmly planted for whatever sittings the painter requires. You see, Darius has one weakness—only one. He cannot resist a thing of beauty—and you, my pretty slave, are the most breathtaking young man I have ever had the privilege to look upon.”
Peta flushed. Gaspar wasn’t smiling. The man was serious.
Could he do it? Did he want to do it? Peta knew he was pretty. His looks had blessed and cursed him all his life. His beauty had attracted Kesme as a fellow cadet and was what Kesme had praised that last night when they’d made love...and Peta’s face was what Lukacz, his own father, had sought to destroy, thinking that doing so would release him from predation and unnatural desires. And now Gaspar, too, wanted only one thing…
“Just sit there and look pretty,” he said, heart sinking as he grasped what Gaspar was asking him to do.
“Only if you’re willing. I’m not completely oblivious to what this sort of service might entail. It could be rather…awkward. On the other hand, it might not be for long. Darius can be stubborn. It’s possible he won’t show up.”
And just as possible that he would.
Peta wanted to say no but he could not get his mouth to form the word. He might never get another chance to see Arrento, perhaps hear his voice. Be in the same room with him.
He’d be silent…naked…terribly exposed even in his utter worship.
But he would at least be able to say he had seen the great man.
“I’ll do it,” he said.


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Interview

First, I want to thank Chris T. Kat for having me visit her blog. Chris is one of my favorite authors, so being here is especially fun.



1-Welcome Tali Spencer! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your release.

Oh, I’m your typical fun-loving writer who goes off on adventures through the writing of stories about things that happen only in my head. I live just outside of Philadelphia right now, though I grew up just about everywhere else. My unusual childhood shows up a lot in my stories, including Victory Portrait, which is about a former prince, a grumpy general, and an artist who uses semen in his paintings.


2-How long have you been writing?

I’m one of those people, you know the ones, who have been writing their whole lives. I wrote my first poem in the first grade, my first book when I was 13, and my first published book when I was 27—after my sister dared me to send in one of my many stories. I’ve been publishing ever since, under different names, mostly in the science fiction and fantasy genre, but also in unexpected places like medical journals and airport websites.


3-What compelled you to write this particular story?

Victory Portrait is a sensual book, a sexual story. As with all my stories, there’s more to it than sex, lots more, but at heart it’s a tale about sexual infatuation. I loved writing about Peta’s hero worship of Darius, and also about Darius’ passion for, first, this breath-taking boy. Later both main characters must come to grips with reality—that Peta is a prince and Darius does not feel worthy of him for that reason.

4-What gave you the courage to submit your story to a publisher?

Well, this story didn’t require courage because the publisher wanted it before it was written—but my first novel was an exercise in courage. Both my sister and I loved science fiction, and I had written a science fiction novel about a female-ruled planet and the Terran crash survivors they keep as sex slaves (it wasn’t quite as cheesy as that sounds). My sister liked it and dared me to send it to a publisher. I mean, I couldn’t let her win that dare…so I researched publishers and sent it out. In those days we had to submit the paper manuscript. So I put it in a box, carried it to the post office, and as soon as the postal employee put it in the bin to go out, I asked, “Can I change my mind?” She gave me such a withering look I slunk out of there under a cloud of certain disaster. But the publisher bought it! My first novel was a mass market paperback.

5-When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?

My character begin life as pure fiction. I might, along the way, find an inspiration photo that I love and which I incorporate into the character. I did that with Peta in Victory Portrait. I found the loveliest photo of a young man lying on his stomach and showing his glorious backside. Discreet, but also perfect. I do occasionally inflict personality traits on my characters that come from people I’ve met, but never entire personalities.

6-Why did you start writing m/m? Is there something special that draws you to this genre?

I have an epic high fantasy series—four long (really long) books—that has yet to be published, but I love writing in the world. One day I came across a young male character who had something secretive going with a rather mysterious male character in a pairing that should have been hostile…but wasn’t. The characters told me, “We’re together.” So I had to explore that. I wrote their story and it took a decidedly smutty turn because, well, the relationship had a very sexual beginning—and a complex, delicious, epic end that ran parallel to my main story. I was hooked. Hot men. Action. Adventure. I decided to write more stories but in original worlds created just for them.

7-What are you reading right now? Do you have a favorite author or genre?

I’m reading Games of Rome, by JP Kendall. It’s set in the Roman Empire and, well, I can’t resist a good story set in ancient Rome…or Greece, or Egypt, or just about anywhere ancient. (I’m also reading How to Grow Old, by Cicero.) I love mythic stories and those that create societies I can muck around in and learn something new. I have a few favorite genres. Science fiction and fantasy, of course. Historical romances. Fluffy contemporaries that leave me feeling all warm and cozy. As for authors, Chris T. Kat is one of my favorites. I love all of her books! Shira Anthony, who writes fantasy and contemporaries. MA Church and her delightful paranormals. Bernard Cornwell’s Viking series, starting with The Last Kingdom. So many more…

8-What are you working on now?

I’m writing a short novella for Dreamspinner. It’s set in Wisconsin, where I’m from originally and has ice-fishing and M/M romance. I just finished and will be editing “After the Wind,” a Weird Wild West story with elemental cowboys, post-apolcalyptic 1868 Texas, and Comanches, that will be coming out in November.

9-When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?

Just call me couch potato. I read, of course, and watch TV with my husband. We enjoy a fair number of shows and consider that our “together” time. On occasion I walk the dog. My standard poodle Cate is getting along in years, but she still loves a good walk! More than I do, to be honest. My idea of fun is to take a nice leisurely cruise.

10-What are your writing goals for 2016?

I’m way overdue on finishing the sequel to my sword and sorcery romp, Thick as Thieves, so I would like to get that done as soon as possible. I have two other novels I need to get in shape for submission also. And I think I promised someone a vampire novel. I can’t imagine why I did that. Most of the time I find vampires tedious.

11-Do you have personal goals for 2016?

I want to keep in better communication with my friends and, if at all possible, meet some of the people I talk to online—readers and writers. I’ve been staring knee replacement surgery in the eyes for a few years now and this might be the year I finally go cyborg.



Meet the author:

Tali Spencer delights in erotic fantasy and adventure, creating worlds where she can explore the heights and shadows of sexual passion. A hopeful romantic and lover of all things exotic, she also writes high fantasy and science fiction. If you would like to see inspiration pictures for her characters, or glimpse how she envisions her worlds, check out her Pinterest boards.

Thanks to a restless father, she grew up as a bit of a nomad and still loves to travel whenever she can. Her longest stint in one place was Milwaukee where she went to college, enjoyed a series of interesting careers, and raised three surprisingly well-adjusted sons. She later married her true love and put down new roots in Philadelphia, where she lives in an ongoing Italian American family sitcom. At least she’s learned how make good pasta. When not writing, Tali reads everything from sweet goofy romances to medical research, manages her fantasy football team—go Gekkos!—and takes long walks with her loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.

Tali’s other books include the three preceding Uttor books: Captive Heart, Dangerous Beauty, and Adored, all with Resplendence. Her gay male high fantasy stories, Thick as Thieves, Sorcerer’s Knot, and The Prince of Winds, are published by Dreamspinner Press. She often posts free stories and excerpts on her blog. 

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @tali_spencer

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29851588-victory-portrait
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Cover Artist: Melody Pond

Tour Dates & Stops:
26-Apr: BFD Book Blog
29-Apr: Oh My Shelves
6-May: Molly Lolly


Rafflecopter Prize: $10 gift card