August 31, 2015

Pride Promotions presents: Reckless Hope (Letting Go #2) by J. Leigh Bailey

Author Name: j. leigh bailey

Book Name: Reckless Hope
Part of a series? If yes, can this book be read as a standalone? Yes, but can be read as a standalone

If a series, what is the series title? Letting Go

If series, what number is this book? Book2

Release Date: August 24, 2015

What's life without a little risk?
Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.  
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes. 
Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself. 
A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him. 
Book two of Letting Go

Pages or Words: 67,000

Categories: M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

“I thought I knew what kind of person you were.”
“Yeah, you made that pretty clear.”
Micah cringed, but kept going. “You take for granted everything I work my ass off to achieve. It’s easy for you. And now I know there’s more to you than that. I don’t understand your choices, or the need for an adrenaline rush you seem to have.” He held up a hand to keep Sebastian from saying anything. He scooted up, resting his back against the handlebars. “I don’t have to understand. It’s part of who you are.”
“Somehow I don’t think this discussion is heading in a direction I’m going to like.” Sebastian drew his knees to his chest and wrapped his arms around them.
“The thing is, you’re a bad influence on me.”
“I don’t—”
“You don’t even have to do anything. Take tonight, for instance.”
“I have a midterm tomorrow. I should be studying. Or even sleeping. Instead I’m here. I never have trouble doing what I’m supposed to do. Setting aside my ‘want tos’ to do my ‘have tos.’ Except around you.”
“I’m not trying to make your life harder. I’m just trying to be part of it.”
“That’s what I don’t get. You could have almost anyone. You could find someone a hell of a lot less complicated than me.”
“You may not believe it, but I don’t mind complications.”

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About the author:
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character's name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes New Adult and Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

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Publisher: Carina Press
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing j. leigh bailey, author of Reckless Hope.

Hi, j. leigh, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you so much for having me! I’m an office drone by day in the Chicagoland area, and by night I’m the author of New Adult and Young Adult LGBTQ romance. RECKLESS HOPE is the second book in my Letting Go series, and is an opposites attract story centered around two characters who have to overcome the stresses and disappointments of their past to build a happy relationship together. And, while doing this, they have to figure out who they are and, ultimately, what they want for their future.

1)      What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?

RECKLESS HOPE is a contemporary New Adult gay romance. Basically, I love romance. I’ve been reading the genre since I was ten-years-old. And I go through genre phases. For a while I read any kind of historical. Then it was westerns. Then suspense. Then contemporary. Then paranormal. It didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with Male/Male romance when I discovered it existed. Gay romance has all of the same conflicts and trope found in traditional romance, and even a couple of tropes that are intrinsically same-sex, such as Gay for You or Out for You. I love that the characters still have to overcome obstacles to achieve their HEA, and in a same-sex pairing, there are additional conflict or considerations they can face. Social pressures and attitudes, legal/equality aspects, defining the relationship, etc. I find the extra complications compelling.

2)     How many days a week do you write?

I try to write at least four days a week, though it probably should be more. I work full time at the day job, so writing has to be squeezed in where I can. Also, I’m not a particularly fast writer, so I can’t bang out a few thousand words every time I sit at my computer. Really, though, I give myself a weekly word count goal (5,000), so the number of days a week I write is really determined by how much I manage to write on a given day. Sometimes it’s seven days a week, sometimes it’s three.

3)     On average, how long does it take to write a book?

As I mentioned above, I’m not particularly fast, but things move along the way they should, I can write a book in 4 to 6 months. Sometimes life gets in the way and it takes longer, but that’s my average rate.

4)     Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?

I don’t have a book trailer for any of my books, but I kind of wish I did. I don’t have the technical expertise to create one myself, and I’ve been busy with other things (like writing!) that I haven’t researched how to do it. I think book trailers are a lot of fun and a great alternative to some of the other traditional marketing avenues, but I haven’t tried it myself. Maybe if I had the right technology (I understand there are some great programs out there that make it fairly simple) and the know-how, I’d try it one of these days.

5)     If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?

Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I love her spirit, her loyalty, and her determination throughout the series. Growing up with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, Diana Barry, and let’s not forget Gilbert Blythe, would have been so much fun. Even the setting is great. Because of these books, I have a deep desire to explore Prince Edward Island. I haven’t read the books in a long time, but they still stick with me. They renew my faith in the existence of kindred spirits and bosom buddies.


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Rafflecopter Prize: An eBook copy of Nobody’s Hero (Letting Go book 1) and an eBook copy of Reckless Hope

August 28, 2015

Creative Minds presents: Fret by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title: Fret

Author: Sandrine Gasq Dion

Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis

Length: 48,000 words

Release Date: September 01, 2015

Blurb: Former Navy SEAL Axel Blaze lives a solitary life. He doesn't do emotions, and he doesn't do babysitting. Used to being on his own, his job consists of Wetwork (a charming term coined by the KGB) for his former Master Chief, Mac. When an out-of-the-ordinary job lands on his doorstep, Axel heads down a path that includes a famous heavy metal rock band and one quiet, vulnerable, guitar-shredding virtuoso named Gareth Wolf.

Gareth Wolf's life changed in an instant when a car he was a passenger in crashed, hurting his brother's best friend and the band's lead guitarist. They created the band, Skull Blasters, as kids. Gareth had always been happy in the background, playing roadie. With the lead guitarist's injury, Gareth is suddenly thrust into the limelight and into a frenzied life he never imagined for himself. Finally fed up with living a lie, Gareth comes out as gay in a newspaper interview and finds himself in the bulls-eye of a crazed stalker. Somebody wants Gareth hurt - or worse - and Mac has been hired to be sure that doesn't happen. Babysitting duty is NOT Axel's strong suit, but Mac won't be budged.

Enter Axel Blaze. Against his better judgment, the big man takes the job to protect the shy musician. The more time he spends with Gareth Wolf, the more he admires the man. Where's a simple assassination when you need one? The situation becomes more volatile for each man as the attempts on Gareth escalate just as Axel finds himself falling for the quiet lead guitarist.

Strong, funny, smart-ass -- and kinda sweet Axel is everything Gareth has ever wanted in a man. Too bad he's off limits. As the stalker grows bolder, Gareth and Axel move closer emotionally - but is it too late? All Axel knows is that they don't stand a chance if he can't find the maniac trying to kill the man he's come to care about. A  lot.

Everyone knows that relationships that begin in pressured or volatile situations eventually fizzle out.

Or do they?

“Hey, Axel!”
I glanced over to see one of the guys smiling at me. I searched his features and then put a name to the face.
“Jinx, right?”
“Yep. Just wanted to say thanks, you know? For watching out for Munchkin.”
“Yeah, we all called him that when he was younger.”
 Oh, I couldn’t wait to use that endearment.

Best-selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by "Old School" French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn't until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research. She's been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She's traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.

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