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

May 03, 2016

Stained is available for pre-order!

Stained, my last book, is available for pre-order on Dreamspinner's website.


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.

April 30, 2016

Pride Promotions presents: On The Outside by Louise Lyons




Author Name: Louise Lyons

Book Name: On The Outside

Release Date: April 30, 2016



Blurb:
When Craig Ferguson is released from prison after a year’s sentence for fighting, he returns home to his father and brother, and the family business. Throwing himself back into the life he left, with family, work, and women, Craig tries to forget his time on the inside, but there’s one thing he just can’t get out of his mind.
Cell mate, Rocky Kirk, still has six months of his sentence to go, and after a year together in a tiny cell, Craig misses him more than he cares to admit. He does his best to forget, but when Rocky is released, and arrives on Craig’s doorstep, homeless and hurt, everything that happened between them comes flooding back.
Craig’s family takes in Rocky, now known as Kirk, and gives him a home and a job, but he’s reluctant to join in with their partying, and never seems entirely comfortable in their home. A few months later Kirk announces he has to leave, and when Craig presses him for an explanation, Kirk blurts out that his unwanted feelings for his friend are hurting him too much to stay. His admission changes everything, but Craig’s uncertainty, and fears of his father discovering their secret, threatens to ruin anything that could develop between them.


Pages or Words: 34,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Excerpt:
I turned away from him, barged past Dad, and took the stairs two at a time. The bathroom door shook in its frame when I kicked it shut behind me. My temper rapidly subsided, and I risked a peek at myself in the mirror above the sink. The color in my face faded, leaving me pale and wild-eyed, breathing hard. What the hell just happened?

I replayed the scene in my head, starting with the almost-kiss between Stuart and Catherine. Was there something between them? Was it really nothing? Was I pissed off because she was supposed to be dating me, or was I actually hurt? I didn't feel hurt. It didn't seem that important anymore. She probably wouldn't want to see me again after my outburst and I wasn't convinced I minded all that much. What the fuck did that say about us? The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was only angry with myself, mostly because when I’d finally got what I wanted, I didn’t want it that much anymore.

"Craig?" A gentle tap came on the door. Kirk.

My rapid heartrate escalated, and I scowled at my reflection. "Leave me alone."

"Come on, that hand needs looking at."

Sighing, I sat on the edge of the bath. "Come in."

Kirk slipped into the room and closed the door behind him. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah, just fucking brilliant."

"I'm sorry."

"You didn't do anything."

"You know what I mean. Do you think there's anything going on with her and Stuart?"

"How the fuck should I know? It looked like it, didn't it?" I shrugged and blew my breath out hard. "I don't fucking care anyway."

"I thought you liked her."

"Yeah, well. Maybe I should have stuck with the one-nighters."

"You don't mean that. I thought you wanted a relationship."

"I don't wanna talk about it." I didn’t want to think about it anymore either. My hand stung like a bastard, and I noticed for the first time that blood was dripping all over the tiles under my feet. Before I could move, Kirk grabbed a folded towel, placed it on my knee and laid my hand on it, palm down.

"There's a lot of glass in there."

"You reckon you can get it out?"

"I'll try." He found tweezers and tissues in the bathroom cabinet, and dropped to his knees at my feet. Some of the droplets of blood soaked into his jeans and I grimaced.

"You're getting blood on you."

"It'll wash." He dabbed carefully at the back of my hand, and the tissues turned red. "This looks bad. You might need stitches."

"I'll be all right." I clenched my teeth as he plucked out the first glass splinter and looked around for somewhere to put it. I reached for Dad's can of shaving foam and flipped off the lid. "Put them in there."

Kirk dropped each tiny piece of glass into the lid, and I counted eighteen pieces before Dad spoke from outside the door.

"Do you need to go to the hospital?"

"No. Thanks. Kirk's fixing it."

"Right. Good." His feet thudded on the stairs as he returned to the football match.

"I'm missing the match."

Kirk looked up at me and grinned, his brown eyes twinkling. "You'd rather bleed to death than miss the football?"

"Yeah, probably."

"I think I got it all."

"What?"

"The glass. I think I got it all out." I dropped my gaze as he dabbed at the myriad tiny wounds with the wad of tissue. "Does it feel like there's anything still in there?"

"No."

"I think I saw some bandages in the cabinet." Kirk got up and rifled through the cupboard. I stayed where I was until he kneeled down again and placed a dressing on the back of my hand. "Hold that there a minute."

"Were you a paramedic in a previous life?"

"I did a first aid course a few years ago. I can remember most of it." He wrapped a bandage around my hand, binding the dressing in place and making a surprisingly neat job of it. When it was done he stayed where he was, and I realized he was holding my bandaged hand in both of his and stroking my palm with one thumb. A few strands of hair had escaped the knot on the back of his head, and I had a sudden urge to tuck them behind his ear. I held my breath, staring at the top of his bent head. The only sound in the room was his breathing, and the intermittent drip from the bath tap that had needed fixing for a while.

"Thanks." The word came out croaky, my mouth so dry I could barely speak at all.

"No problem." Kirk jerked away, dropping my hand as if it had burnt him. Snatching up the wad of tissues, he tossed them into the toilet, and used the bloody towel to mop the floor. I stayed where I was until he opened the door and left me alone. His bedroom door opened and closed, and I made my way downstairs. I felt less concerned about my likely imminent break-up with Catherine, than I was about the moment in the bathroom.

What the hell happened? Maybe nothing. Maybe something. Did he still think about what happened between us and try not to? Jerk off and try not to remember me fucking him? Did he feel anything when he held my hand and stroked my palm, then jumped away? Jesus Christ. My heart hammered, and this time when I told myself it didn’t mean anything, and that I just kept remembering the person I’d been close to on the inside, it didn’t work.


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Meet the author:
Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy. Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties.

Posting stories based on some of her favorite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races into the house afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and joy, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.


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Publisher: Louise Lyons
Cover Artist: Simon Searle

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Rafflecopter Prize: eBook from Louise’s backlist, plus a $5 Amazon gift card