July 27, 2015

Release Day for "Breeding Stations"



Today is release day for Breeding Stations! Yay! I'm currently on vacation but I still hope you'll like Berit and his crew. Pride Promotions is helping me promote the book and of course there are giveaways. :)


Blurb:
Spunky commander Berit Turner is known for two things: his huge libido and his lack of a filter—he says what he thinks. Berit sets his mind on being part of a mission to Ligador to make sure the planet is habitable for humans. He’s ecstatic when his team is assigned to the task force. A delegation of Nadisc, a humanoid alien race, accompanies them, and passion ignites between Berit and their commanding officer, Tom. But Berit is determined that Tom is just another notch on his bedpost, as he doesn’t do relationships.

The excursion to Ligador goes wrong from the beginning, when they discover Ligador has been established as a breeding station by their worst enemy: the Tash’Ba. Dinosaur-like creatures become the team’s worst nightmare, and staying alive is going to take everything they’ve got… and then some.


Buy links:
Dreamspinner Press:

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-breedingstations-1846792-343.html

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Breeding-Stations-Alliances-Book-1-ebook/dp/B012BKIGKW/

July 22, 2015

Wednesday Briefs: At Full Speed, #19



Welcome to Wednesday Briefs, where authors post free fiction of 1000 words or less each week. I used this prompt: You must be confusing me with someone else.”

At Full Speed, #19

Jake did his best to stifle the sobs that accompanied his tears, but to no avail. He made one attempt at sliding off Bruce’s chest, which Bruce prevented by tightening his hold. “You’re safe here, Jake. Let go.”
Jake’s body reacted of its own accord. His muscles went limp as he gave in to his misery. He didn’t know how long it took him to calm down to occasional hiccups, but when he did his throat was raw and his face felt swollen. Bruce’s shirt underneath his face was drenched. “Oh, my God. I’m sorry, so sorry. You must think I’m pathetic—”
“Stop right there, sunshine.” Bruce spoke in his usual gentle manner, but there was a firmness in it Jake responded to. “You’re not pathetic. You’re the bravest man I’ve ever known.”
Jake blinked against the veil of tears. “You must be confusing me with someone else.”
“I assure you that I’m not confusing you with anyone. I know exactly who it is resting on me.”
Bitterness swept through Jake, and he replied, “Right. The most pathetic loser and—”
Jake yelped when Bruce’s hand landed a solid swat on his butt. He pushed his upper body off to get a better look at Bruce. To his surprise, his anxiety level didn’t spike. He didn’t even breathe faster. Shouldn’t he be afraid of Bruce?
Wide-eyed, he stared at Bruce, but no words came to mind.
Bruce patted his butt “You’re done with putting yourself down. Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes.” At least for the moment, Jake could do as Bruce wished.
“You can stop that, too.”
“Stop what?” What the ever-loving fuck was Bruce talking about?
“Do you really think I can’t see that you’re willing to humor me? But that you still believe yourself to be pathetic? That’s not going to cut it, Jake. You will change your perception of yourself. I’ll make sure of that.”
Jake wiggled off Bruce and knelt next to him. Part of him wanted to do a victory dance because he’d managed to free himself, while another part wailed that Bruce was already giving up on him. “It’s not a perception thing, it’s a reality-check. Maybe you should think about your screwed-up perception.”
Jake scrambled away from Bruce, away from the kindness and safety Bruce provided. On the edge of the bed, he stalled. A glance back over his shoulder showed him that Bruce had sat up and scrutinized him.
“Are you done with your little tantrum?”
Jake blanched. “Tantrum? I’m throwing a tantrum? Oh, thank you very much. First you’re telling me I’m not pathetic, which we all know I am since I allowed people to beat me half to death, and now I’m acting like a brat? Can’t decide how to view me?”
“Come back into my arms, Jake.” Bruce held out his right arm, a soft smile playing around his lips.
“No!”
“Jake, now.” Bruce’s voice remained calm and soft, but Jake stood no chance against the commanding tone.
Shivering, he slowly crept back, keeping his eyes downcast. Bruce pulled him against his warm body as soon as he was within reach, and although Jake had expected himself to tense up, he yielded against Bruce.
“That’s better,” Bruce whispered before dropping several light kisses on Jake’s forehead and hair. “I’ve got you, okay? You are a very brave and strong young man. I hope one day you’ll trust me enough to believe me. However, I understand that this is something we’ll have to work on.”
Jake snorted but didn’t argue. Instead he said, “I wasn’t throwing a tantrum. I hate that word.”
Bruce reclined into a lying position and took Jake with him. Jake rested his head on Bruce’s shoulder, and slung his right arm and leg over Bruce, clutching him tightly. “I’m sorry, I’m a bit… confused, I think.”
“It’s okay. You won’t be able to chase me away.”
“Wanna bet?” Jake slapped a hand over his mouth as soon as the words left his mouth. Where had his sudden bout of defiance come from? He didn’t want to lose Bruce, so why was he baiting him?
“I’m not into betting, but thank you for the offer.”
“Thank you for the offer?” Jake sputtered.
“It’s all part of your little non-tantrum, and that’s because you’re scared. It’s fine, Jake, we’ll deal with everything. Together.” Bruce smacked another kiss on the top of his head.
“That doesn’t change the fact I’m pathetic. After all, there were people who offered to help me. One of the times I was hospitalized, there was an officer who practically begged me to press charges,” Jake spat.
“But you didn’t.”
“No, I didn’t. See how screwed-up your perception is? If I’d been brave, I’d opened my mouth then.” Jake swallowed against the lump in his throat. Why the hell hadn’t he?
“You had your reasons, Jake.”
Sure. He’d had his reasons. Not the best or most logical reasons but they’d been there. “You’re not going to change sides on the matter, huh?”
Bruce turned onto his side so they faced each other. “I can be as stubborn as you are.”
“I’m not stubborn. You’re delusional.”
Bruce raised an eyebrow and rubbed his large hand over Jake’s butt, causing Jake to squirm closer to Bruce and away from the hand. Chuckling, he amended, “Fine. I’ll think about what you said. How about that?”
“That would be a great start, thank you.”


TBC

July 20, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: The Minder by Catherine L Byrne



Author Name: Catherine L Byrne

Book Name: The Minder

Release Date: July 15, 2015



Blurb:
When down-on-his-luck minder Chase takes on a job for a fading gangster, the job and his charge both turn out to be very different to what he expected. Someone is trying to sabotage the mobster’s business and doesn’t care who they hurt in the process. Soon Chase finds himself on the run with his charge, trying to carry out a friend’s last wishes before their pursuers catch up with them.

Pages or Words: 92 pages

Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Excerpt:
They sneaked down the stairs and along the corridor like ghosts, the voices of the killers shouting in the distance. Chase went first and they reached the long, white kitchen. The spare sets of car keys were in a box by the back door so people could take or return them on the way out. He had just grabbed one when Jody clutched his arm.
“I have to go back for my phone,” he hissed.
“Really? You little—” But Jody had a point. They needed phones to communicate. “I’ll come with you. Just a sec.” He pointed the key through the window blinds at the parked cars lining the driveway by the garage and the red Ferrari 458 flashed its lights. “Nice.”
“Come on.” Jody pulled his arm again and they crept out of the kitchen towards the stairs and Jody’s bedroom.
They reached Jody’s room and it only took him a few minutes to locate the phone and shove it in his pocket. Then Chase remembered something.
“Quick, come with me.” He steered Jody into Tony’s office, unlocked the safe, took out stacks of notes and put them in his rucksack.
“What are you doing?” Jody glared at him. “Stealing?”
Chase pushed him against the wall—no time for pleasantries. “Listen, we’ve got to go or they’ll kill us too,” he snarled in Jody’s face. “Understand? Come with me or I’ll leave you to them.”
Jody gulped and nodded, his brown eyes wide.
“Good.” Chase let him go and dragged him out of the office and down the stairs.

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About the author:
Catherine L Byrne writes stories about relationships which push buttons and provoke reactions from readers. She writes about both gay and straight relationships, depending on which characters in her books shout the loudest to have their stories told. 
An inquisitive author, she prefers writing about different situations in each book rather than writing a series about the same one—her stories range from 10th century Viking Britain, to modern educational settings and from mystery to romance. 
As she was born and bred in England and lives there with her family, this infuses her books with a distinctly English tone. She has been writing since as long as she can remember and Extasy Books have published her novels since 2014.



·        Tell us a little bit about yourself
·         I live in a village in the south of England with my husband, daughter and new hamster.  I’ve lived all over Britain really—Wales, London, the south, the midlands. I’ve done lots of different jobs too—bank clerk, librarian, charity worker, receptionist, advice line advisor, photocopying assistant, teacher, learning support assistant!



·         What do you need someone to invent right away?
·         A computer program which sees my story ideas in my mind and writes them down in a document for me.


·         What high school class do you wish you had paid more attention in?
·         History—at school they focused on World War 2 which seemed incredibly boring to me at that time but now it would be interesting. I love history and study it all the time now even though I never took any qualifications in the subject. I took Geography instead and that has never been any use to me. Although I do know what a truncated spur is! Lol.






Where to find the author:
Publisher: Extasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters

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Rafflecopter Prize: E-copy of ‘The Minder’