December 31, 2014

To a wonderful 2015!

Wishing all my readers a wonderful 2015! A big thank you for giving my books a try in 2014 and I appreciate your kind words and reviews about my books.

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I'm attempting to make my blog more interesting, which is why I'm now a tour partner for Will's Pride Promotions. Of course this blog isn't going to convert into an advertisement blog but I'm struggling to find good content. I'll be posting news about upcoming releases and you can find all my books with covers, sales and review links on this page. But... that's not enough, is it?

Thing is, I'm a private person and don't intend to share much about my family or friends. I don't have a cat or dog, so posting cute animal pictures is a no-go as well. Oh, then there's the thing with posting pictures anyway--you can't just post any picture you find on the web (as much as I want to), so starting a regular schedule with pictures of naked men like many other m/m authors do, is out of the question as well.

I could come up with posts about writing, promotion or something else related to publishing but frankly, there are tons of these posts already available and I'm no expert on the subjects. The only decision I made so far is to write more reviews. I'm aiming for one review per month (aiming for more would put too much pressure on me) and the first one will be posted on January 20th, for Cooper Davis' book A King Undone.

What would you like to see on this blog, dear readers? More infos on other authors and their books? Snippets from my upcoming works? How about more free fiction? Or maybe shorts with characters from some of my published works?

How about I reward any comment here with the chance to win an e-book from me? Your choice, of course. Just leave me a comment with your mail-addy. I'll leave this contest open till January 10th. Best of luck!


December 28, 2014

Favorite books in 2014

Since everyone is doing it and I've read quite a few books this year that have stayed with me, I'd like to share them with you. The books listed below made an impression on me and some of them I've read a couple of times. Maybe you'd like to give some of them a go. :)

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Raoul Marchand is the crown prince of Charisma, the infamous night club in Crescent Bay, renowned
for its supernatural clientele. He has the pick of any and all men, but he cares for none. He uses them and throws them away again, and has done so for some twenty years, in the aftermath of a tragedy that robbed him of what he loved most in the world.

Alexx Jameson is an idealistic would-be reporter with the Crescent Bay Chronicle. Presented with an opportunity to write a story on the Marchands, he eagerly grasps the chance to be a real reporter. His friend, Chronicle receptionist Miller Fenwick, suggests they go to Charisma to do a little research. Alexx isn’t sure that’s such a great idea. After all, he’s still under age, being only twenty. No problem, Miller can fix that! Added bonus, there’s a full moon tonight.

When Alexx first encounters Raoul, it isn’t exactly in the way he dreamed of, and he’s sure he made a terrible first impression. But Fate throws them together under unforeseen circumstances, and the attraction between them can’t be denied.

Can Raoul let go of the past long enough to find his future with Alexx, or is he doomed to repeat past mistakes?

Buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/When-Will-See-You-Again-ebook/dp/B00IA6Q77Q/

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This is book one in the Investigating Love series.


What if the last thing you felt was the kiss of a knife?


Rasputin’s kiss is lethal. He’s a ghost—killing and disappearing into the night. With few leads and

four bodies on his conscience, Detective Inspector Alex Courtney and his team are running on empty and it’s only a matter of time before Rasputin strikes again.

When Alex recruits a young detective to play the part of his boyfriend and provide a tempting target for a killer, he knows he is taking a huge risk. He doesn’t expect Conor Trethuan to be a perfect potential submissive. When their mutual attraction becomes more, Alex has to face the conflict between his possessive instincts and the need to push his young lover into danger.

Investigating their feelings has to come second to investigating the case. There’s no time to decide if what they feel for each other is real. With Rasputin closing in, they may not live to find out.

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Rasputins-Kiss-Investigating-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B00IUPFY0S

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 Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunners series to a close—at least for now—with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.
 
The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts . . . and things worse than ghosts.

Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death.


Buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/Shards-Time-Nightrunner-Book-7-ebook/dp/B00FO5YFUM/

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In a kingdom ravaged by the beasts and terrors of an ancient war, the only hope against them is the
army of mixed-blood beings known as the King's Legion: dragoons, shadowmarch, sorcerers, titans … and the Princes of the Blood, nigh-invincible warriors of fearsome magic and strength, their only weakness a need for pure human blood.

When his brother runs away, Raffé agrees to undergo the Blooding, but he is a pale imitation of his strong, capable brother. No one expects him to survive and become a Prince, merely to die to save the rest of his family and preserve honor.

But runaways and weaklings are the least of the kingdom’s concerns when an ancient evil returns with new tricks, and their only hope lies with knowledge long lost and a fierce bond forged in darkness …


Buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/Last-Resort-Princes-Blood-Book-ebook/dp/B00IJ10AYI


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Stealing from a dragon's hoard is never a bright idea, but stealing from a baby dragon's hoard can lead to tears, sniffles, and smoke in the middle of a busy marketplace.

Jerney, a witch who does work for a well-known thieves' guild, knows exactly who's to blame for the brazen theft. With no other choice in the matter, he quickly becomes entangled in trying to help the baby dragon. What he doesn't expect is that his own heart might get stolen in the process.


Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Dragon-Dragons-Hoard-Book-ebook/dp/B00BBWTI36





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Outcast werewolf Alun Blaney is jaded, fearful of what could happen if even one human were to
discover monsters are real. Police Constable James Heron is an idealistic young man convinced that love can overcome any differences. When they meet over the body of a woman murdered in the streets of 19th century London, they form an uneasy friendship.

As the murder investigation progresses, the attraction between them grows, but before they can see the case or their relationship through, there are obstacles to overcome. A sadistic pack leader is out to get Alun, a daemon has fallen in love with James, and James’s immediate supervisor is determined to pin the recent murders—and last year’s rash of Whitechapel homicides—on Alun.

Buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Home-H-B-Pattskyn-ebook/dp/B006MWF4D8


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Even years after Rizzo Berg’s lover and Dom died in combat, the memories torment him. Following a particularly disappointing date, Rizzo goes to sleep in his apartment only to wake up on a spaceship with tall, gorgeous, alien Captain Conrad D’Ollet of Heracia, a man so deliciously dominant Rizzo’s knees turn to jelly.

Apparently the Heracians need help, and Rizzo is a humanitarian through and through. Spending more time around Conrad is totally not one of the reasons he wants to lend a hand.

Soon Rizzo finds himself completely conquered and blissfully owned. But neither he nor Conrad is willing to risk his heart, let go of the past, and dare to believe in a future that won’t end in catastrophe.


Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Heracian-Affair-Liv-Olteano-ebook/dp/B00BX853GY


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For Killian Marsden, werewolf romance is overrated. After all, he should know, since he’s a
half-werewolf and an editor for a romance-publishing house. He’s tired of reading mate bond fairytales, because real life doesn’t work that way. In the real world, Alphas abandon their half-breed children. Not that Killian’s jaded or anything. Simply realistic. So when werewolf Alpha Brett comes knocking, demanding explanations on a rejected manuscript, Killian reels away, or at least tries to.

Brett is a walking, talking Alpha cliché: big, possessive, and growly. His last name is Wolfe, for crying out loud. But Brett is also trustworthy, devoted to his pack, and a little silly when in love. Soon, Killian discovers that maybe, just maybe, he might love Brett in return.

Unfortunately, Killian is not the only one who wants to claim Brett. He will have to set aside his beliefs about mate bonds and deadbeats if he wants his own happily ever after werewolf romance.

Buy link:  http://www.amazon.com/Alls-Fair-Mate-Bonds-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00PN0GZ2Y

December 23, 2014

Pride Promotions presents: Shifting Gears by Tina Blenke





Book Name: Shifting Gears – Shifting Paradigm Book Two
Author Name: Tina Blenke

Author Bio:
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.

Where to find the author:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Blenke-Author/487878157926041?ref=hl
LinkedIn: Tina Blenke
Instagram: tinablenke
Tumblr: tinablenke

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters


Blurb:
Justin has graduated high school and feels the pull to find his destined mate away from the sanctuary of his Shifter family. He makes the decision to leave the sacred Pack Lands to enter the world of the Changeless humans. Only one other Shifter has ever left the sacred homelands searching for his mate and Justin is hopeful that he’ll be just as successful but the threat of violence against Shifters is ever threatening as conflict escalates.
Connor has worked hard to make a name for himself. He is an influential member of society with contacts with the business and political leaders of Whitewater. He owns and manages a successful nightclub that is soon branching off into additional prospects that will open even more red carpet opportunities for him. Everything is falling into place for him financially but he has no one with whom to share his accomplishments.
Justin makes the decision to move to the city and meets his mate when Connor hits him with his car. Connor’s initial reaction is to push Justin away because of his young age but the draw to the young Shifter is too much for Connor to resist. Justin struggles with finding his own way and fights for the chance to prove himself to Connor.
Justin is faced with making the right decisions so he doesn’t push Connor away while fighting with his own wolf to maintain control of his mind and his body. He fights with his own self-doubt in the hopes of proving to Connor that he doesn’t need the man’s success he only needs the man.

Categories: Alternate Universe, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Paranormal

Excerpt:
The hospital room was easy enough to find once Jason let the central desk know who he was looking for. At the end of the long white hall was a bay of rooms, set in a circular pattern around the nurses’ station and Justin’s room was on the far right. Glass doors allowed Jason to see into the room and see his cousin’s smiling face talking to a doctor in a long white lab coat. The room was filled with a half dozen vases filled with colorful flowers ranging from wild flowers to orchids and even roses. Odd considering Justin only knew Jason and Eric in the city and Justin’s family hadn’t been contacted about the accident.
Justin beamed when Jason entered the room holding his own bouquet of daisies and a get well card purchased from the downstairs gift shop. Justin lay propped upright with his left leg in a cast and elevated on a stack of pillows. An IV was hooked to his arm and a few scratches covered his forearms and left cheek but other than that he looked good. The benefits of youth had been on his side when the accident occurred.

Pages or Words: 93 pages, 19,009 words

Tour Dates: December 23, 2014

Tour Stops:


Sales Links: http://www.extasybooks.com/tina-blenke/Shifting-Gears/


Rafflecopter Prize:  E-copy of ‘Shifting Gears’

December 21, 2014

Swordplay blog tour!

Hello all!

Swordplay, the third and last book in my Jeff Woods Mystery series, will release tomorrow, December 22. Yay! :)





Blurb:

After leaving his dream job as an Atlantic City detective, Jeff Woods has moved to Washington DC with his life partner Alex Fisher and Alex's disabled little brother Sean. Parker Trenkins, Jeff’s ex-partner on the force, has made the move as well, along with his significant other David. Jeff and Parker partner up once again, but in a new way, as owners of their own detective agency. 

Life is difficult at the best of times. Sean loses sight in one of his eyes, a direct result of being pushed into the Atlantic by a homicidal maniac a year ago. In his struggle to deal with everything, a restless Alex enrolls in Tai Chi classes at a nearby school.

As it happens, a murder case Jeff and Parker take involves the head of that very Tai Chi School, Charles Cooper. Cooper is a suspect in the murder of a financial corporation official. He appears to have motive. Jeff and Parker's investigation arouses the real killer’s interest, and if they don't uncover his identity soon, it may be too late for them.



Buy links:

Blog tour dates:

Tomorrow (December 22, release day) I'll be taking over Dreamspinner's Twitter account (2PM - 4pm EST). I'd be happy to talk to you about pretty much anything and of course I'll be giving away some prizes. https://twitter.com/dreamspinners 

I'm also doing a small blog tour and here are the dates:

December 23: The Novel Approach
December 27: Love Bytes Reviews
December 30: The Blogger Girls
December 31: Joyfully Jay

During that tour I'll be giving away a set of all 3 books in the series in paperback. :)


December 19, 2014

Pride Promotions presents: A Paranormal Chipmunk Christmas by Jackie Nacht





Book Name: A Paranormal Chipmunk Christmas

Author Name: Jackie Nacht
Author Bio:
Short, sexy and sweet— where a little love goes a long way.
That’s the best way to describe Jackie Nacht’s stories. She was introduced to M/M Romance through her sister, Stephani, and read it for years. Then, she thought it was time to put her own stories on paper. Jackie began writing short and sweet stories that ended with a happily ever after.
Thinking back to her own book addiction, where there were many nights Jackie stayed up way too late so she could read just one more chapter— yeah, right— Jackie decided to write short romances for young adults as well as adults. Hopefully, they will give high school and college students, or working men and women something they can read during their lunch hour, in between classes or just when they want to briefly get away from the daily stresses of everyday life.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Zathyn Priest



Blurb:
It's time for the chipmunk brothers to take their bear and wolf home to meet the family for the holidays.
A vicious horde of chipmunks? Dallas and Gunner knew that meeting their mate's family wasn't going to be a walk in the park. How could it be when they had eighteen brothers and sisters? This bear and wolf are about to be put to the test, surviving this family holiday. Will they be able to escape just the four of them or will they be taking some of the siblings back to White Pine...involuntarily?


Categories: Holiday, Paranormal, Contemporary

Excerpt:
Chapter One
Gunner gripped the armrest, stale air brushing over his face from the tiny fan above. He fucking hated to fly, he really did, but the destination was well worth it in the end. His mate, Phillip, sat next to him, smiling out the window as they flew toward Atlanta. Phillip and Nikko had grown up there and their mother had invited him and Dallas to spend the holidays with them. Gunner was all too excited to meet the family of his mate. Phillip talked about them often and Skyped with them frequently. Gunner had talked to a few of them, but he had a feeling that he was ill prepared for meeting eighteen of Phillip’s brothers and sisters.
The plane tilted, and Gunner blew out a breath, feeling his stomach churn, his eyes frantically searching for the tiny bag in the pouch in front of him but coming up empty. The seats had seen better days, and he focused on the tear in the corner of the seat in front of him until the plane leveled off, praying he didn’t throw up in his mate’s lap.
A hand touched Gunner’s sweaty one, and he glanced over at Phillip, who eyed him with concern. “Didn’t you take the Dramamine?
Gunner swallowed thickly. “I took three.”
Three!” Phillip shouted in alarm, turning toward him. “You’re supposed to take one, no more than two.”
I thought…” I was going to crash and die. “Being a bigger guy, it wouldn’t work, and it hasn’t.”
When did you take it?” Phillip placed his soft hands to his forehead. Silly chipmunk, Gunner wasn’t running a fever, just feeling the effects of motion sickness and fear take hold of him. He might be a bit clammy, but hot he was not.
Right before we took off, and I’m a big guy. It goes by weight.” Gunner blew out a quivering breath.
Phillip was staring at him, shaking his head as if he’d lost his damn mind. “You’re a doctor…”
Dentist,” Gunner interrupted.
You know better. This is going to knock you on your ass,” Phillip hissed at him. Gunner wasn’t sure what Phillip was worried about. His mate should be reading the damn emergency brochure because they were starting to have turbulence.
Oh shit! We’re gonna die!
Nikko stared at them from across the aisle. “What the hell is your problem? It’s not that bad.”
Not that bad.
He was going launch himself out of the seat and choke his brother-in-law. That is if he could unglue his hands from the armrest. Like the pieces of plastic would save him if they plummeted to their death, but the grips were a damn security blanket for him right now, so screw it.
Dallas shook his head from next to Nikko. “He hates to fly.”
Well, it’s all fun and games until we’re dragging his ass all over Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. You know how big that airport is. Did you hear how much motion sickness medicine he took?” Nikko tattled on him to Dallas.
They have a train,” Phillip defended him.
Nikko gave his brother an incredulous stare. “Then you carry him to the train yourself. By the time you’re through, you’ll look like fucking road kill.”

Tour Dates: December 19
th, 2014




Rafflecopter Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card





December 18, 2014

Pride Promotions presents: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church





Book Name: Trouble Comes in Threes
Author Name: M.A. Church

Author Bio:
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.

Author Contact:
Drop by her blog at http://machurch00.blogspot.com/

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond





Blurb:
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather, and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.



Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Menage/Poly, Paranormal, Romance

Excerpt:
Dolf picked out the saw he wanted, then followed Tal to another aisle. His mate pointed out the different kinds, but Tal’s words had rapidly faded into a meaningless buzz. There, on the air currents in the store, was the sweetest scent. It was light and flowery, reminding him of honeysuckle. He breathed deeply, taking the scent into himself. His cock hardened immediately and his head spun. A yowl threatened to escape.
That scent… that scent was seductive and alluring. It spoke to him, whispering things that made him need. His cat paced frantically in his mind, tail slashing madly. The need to pounce, to sink his canines in and drink that sweet, life-giving blood of his…. His gums tingled and saliva flooded his mouth.
He swallowed, then swallowed again as his head pounded, his heart rate spiking as one thought screamed through his mind: Mate! Another mate! Where was that scent coming from? Or who? And by the goddess, why? He already had a mate. What was their goddess thinking, giving him another? But he couldn’t ignore the reaction. It had been the same when he met Tal.

Pages: 234







Guest Post:
Trouble first started as a flash last New Year’s Eve. The idea I had was this disgruntled guy sitting at home for the holiday. He was *supposed* to be this crotchety older man with a sharp tongue and bad attitude.
Well, what I got was Kirk, lol. It was also soon apparent I had something much longer than a flash. Kirk is forty, which isn’t old by any means, but lately life has kicked him around some. Last Christmas his partner left, claiming Kirk didn’t spend enough time with him. Imagine that. Kirk had started his own mechanic’s business from his home, and was spending every spare second trying to make it work. Then every appliance decided to break, all at the same time.
Of course.
So, there Kirk is, grumbling at me, and wanting to know what else I planned to throw at him because, you know, trouble comes in threes. Ever hear the saying ‘don’t tempt Fate’? *Snort* Ask and ye shall receive. Suddenly I had the title, and a twist I wasn’t expecting: cats. But not just any kind of cats.

Now, I’ve written multiple partners before, but not much. I mainly write paranormal and scifi and read just as much. While I have absolutely nothing against wolves and other big, cool, shifters… I’d noticed there wasn’t that much out there about smaller, regular shifters. Don’t they deserve love too?
This is where I mention I love cats. *Grin*
Well, that led to the creation of Dolf and Tal, lol. Now I had a sharp-tongued human and two house cat shifters nattering in my ear about their relationship. Can you say threesome, lol? But Kirk let me know right quick he wasn’t going to be the ‘third’ in a relationship. No siree! I found out he was right. Kirk brings a balance to their relationship that was lacking before.





If that wasn’t enough, Kirk finds out that not only do paranormals
exist, but the clowder Dolf and Tal are from isn’t exactly fond of humans. And, um, Kirk is human. Let the fun begin, lol! On top of that, someone really, really isn’t happy that Dolf and Tal mated Kirk… unhappy enough to do something about it.           
~art work done by August (Gus) Li









Tour Dates/Stops:
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Rafflecopter Prize: E-Book Copy of ‘Trouble Comes in Threes’