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Friday, September 23, 2016

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell



About Bitterwood

Outrunning a winter storm in the north, Captain Faran of the King's Guard leads his men and a young mage named Meric to shelter at Bitterwood Manor, the ancestral home of the Daenes. Faran and his troops have been searching for weeks for a mysterious, lion-like beast that reportedly haunts the uncharted northern woods. For Meric, finding that prophesied cat is a matter of life and death.

Though Faran is deeply focused on their mission, the enigmatic Joss Daene, Lord of Bitterwood, fascinates him. Strong and proud, Joss is everything Faran wants in a lover. More, if he were honest. But Joss belongs to Bitterwood, and Faran to his duty.

Together they will need to brave the oldest, darkest part of the Bitterwood in the coldest, deepest snows of winter to find the legendary cat. But time is running out—for Meric, for the kingdom, and for Faran and Joss’s fledgling love.



Purchase at Riptide: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/bitterwood


About Rowan Speedwell

An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . .  Hmm.  Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math.  She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

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Giveaway


To celebrate the release of Bitterwood, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Blog Tour & Review ~ That Darn Muse, Vol. 2 by Dan Skinner



Blurb

He's a middle-aged, newly single, gay photographer starting life over. Along comes a freshly out nineteen-year-old, irreverent free spirit who wants to be his apprentice. Mismatched by more than a generation, what could possibly go wrong? Everything! And it's AWESOME!
A "Muse" ing: Most authors struggle with the voices or "muses" in their head when writing. Tuning that voice out becomes a little more challenging when your muse is a real-life nineteen-year-old who inhales espresso and turns out ideas at light speed. Danger Will Robinson!

Daddy and The Rent Boy: In selling something, advertising is half the battle. That can become hazardous when you're in the company of an irreverent walking billboard.

Review:


These little episodes make me so happy that someone like Dirk really exists and can inspire such stories. He sounds like a real handful at times and good on Doc for being able to, what it seems like, take it all in stride. I like that Doc is such a great mentor/teacher and that Dirk is able to give back by his random thoughts. These two make a great team, it seems and I enjoy getting to read about it. 


Doc Savage!!! That is so funny!!!! And those shirts! I wouldn't be embarrassed by them, though I can see how a mother would be. Grandmama seems like my kinda lady too, with her "the largest large glass" haha 

The beginning of the story is a recap of episode 1, which kind of reminds me when you watch a show, mainly superhero ones, how they recap you on the previous episode. I'm just sad that they're this short. Once you get going you wanna keep going, but it's also kind of fun waiting for the next one and what Dirk will do or say next and what next project will unfold from Doc from these musings :)
4.5*




I am so torn about these episodes! I truly love the story, but I want more as soon as I finish!!!!
Dirk and his family are amazing! I think that I could really learn a lot as a mother from his Mom and Grandma..lol
I love how patient Doc is with Dirk and all his quirks, like no bath time privacy or no shame of just knocking one out when the mood hits Dirk and don’t even get me started on his amazing t-shirt designs. I also would give anything to watch the video that Dirk and his college buddy shot on their road trip, I bet Dirk gives the best commentary EVER!!!
I again sit here and wait for Episode 3 so I can get more Doc and Dirk amazingness. Please hurry!!!

I give this Episode 4.5 stars



ABOUT DAN SKINNER

I’m a single gay man living in the Midwest. I write because I consider myself to be an old-fashioned storyteller. I’ve been a photographer for half my life, specializing in male romance cover art. My dream is to one day live on the beach with my dog and continue to tell tales that inspire and entertain.

Contact Dan on Facebook, Twitter, DeviantArt, and Tumblr (NSFW)



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Gambling on Love by Jane Davitt



About Gambling on Love

When Gary and Abe came out to each other in their final year of high school, a longstanding friendship turned into a new love. Keeping their feelings a secret was easy until a coach caught them together in the locker room, and their fragile relationship shattered around them. Panicked, angry, and rejected by his mother, Gary fled town, breaking Abe’s eighteen-year-old heart.

Eleven years later Gary returns just as unexpectedly, crashing into Abe's truck during a blizzard. He’s as arrogant and stubborn as ever—and just as irresistible. Time has changed them both in ways they never imagined, but the heat that flares between them is enough to thaw any ice.

While Abe discovers what Gary did to survive in the city, Gary realizes that Abe has grown into a man with needs to match his own, and they fall in love all over again. But Gary’s determination to carry out one final order from the rich, older man he lived with—and obeyed—for years means that a dead man's plans might split them apart again . . . this time for keeps.



Purchase at Riptide: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/gambling-on-love


About Jane Davitt

Jane Davitt is English, and has been living in Canada with her husband, two children, and two cats, since 1997. Writing and reading are her main occupations but if she ever had any spare time she might spend it gardening, walking, or doing cross stitch. She's recently taken up yoga and loves discovering her ability to bend.

Jane has been writing since 2002 and wishes she'd started earlier. She is a huge fan of SF, fantasy, erotica, and mystery novels and has a tendency to get addicted to TV shows that get cancelled all too soon.

She owns over 4,000 books, rarely gives any away, but is happy to loan them, and is of the firm opinion that there is no such thing as "too many books."

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Giveaway


To celebrate the release of Gambling on Love, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and four individuals will also receive their choice of one ebook from Jane’s backlist. That’s FIVE winners total! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Series Recap Tour & Giveaway ~ Guns N' Boys Series by KA Merikan


Series Recap Tour & Giveaway

Guns n' Boys Series 

K.A. Merikan 


Author: KA Merikan

Series Links

Guns n' Boys: He is Poison (Book #1) Amazon US  Amazon UK

Book 1 Review

Guns n' Boys: He is Mine (Book #2) Amazon US  Amazon UK

Book 2 Review

Guns n' Boys: Paris (Book #2.1) Amazon US  Amazon UK 

Guns n' Boys: Homicidal Instinct (Book #3) Amazon US  Amazon UK 

Book 3 Review

Guns n' Boys: Swamp Blood (Book #4) Amazon US  Amazon UK 

Book 4 Review

Guns n' Boys: Chokehold (Book #5) Amazon US Amazon UK 

Book 5 Review

Blurb

‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a twisted, dark erotic romance mixed with a crime thriller. It’s a long, turbulent journey of one couple deeply entrenched in the dealings of their mafia family. Behind the morbid humor and extreme violence hides the intense love affair of Domenico Acerbi, the mafia’s best hitman, and Seth Villani, the Don’s son.

Together, they have to deal with their blooming affection for each other, their family’s homophobia, their own prejudice, lust, jealousy, and violence. In true anti-hero fashion, they do so in most morally ambiguous ways. 


Author Bio

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.

Website: http://kamerikan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KA_Merikan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KAMerikan/
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/KAMerikan/



Friday, September 16, 2016

Virtual Tour & Giveaway ~ Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne


About Counterbalance

John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John's got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.

When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.

John doesn't know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.





About Aidan Wayne

Aidan Wayne is a big believer in character-driven stories with happy endings. This is not to say that stories can’t contain a little (or a lot) of grief, just that at the end of it all expect there to be bandages and hugs. They particularly like to write about minority characters because damn it, they deserve happy endings too.

When not writing, Aidan enjoys practicing aerial, martial arts, and ASL, and watching reality cooking shows. They are probably in the middle of twelve projects as you read this.




Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Counterbalance, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Virtual Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh



About Rented Heart

Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There’s no room in his broken heart for anything else.

Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to make a living. When he spots Liam in a club one night, it seems he’s found his mark. But Liam proves nicer—and their connection far deeper—than he’d bargained for.

Their arrangement quickly becomes too complicated for Zac, who has other things on his mind: namely his BFF and wayward flatmate, Jamie. Zac owes Jamie the world, and even as Jamie’s drug addiction destroys all they have, Zac won’t leave him behind.

Besides, Liam knows nothing of Zac’s home life, too caught up in his own head to think much beyond the crazy heat he and Zac share. But when trouble comes to Zac’s door, putting his life in danger, Liam must set his grief and anger aside to pick up the pieces of Zac’s shattered heart and his own.









Oh what a heartwarming book. This is about Liam, a man who lost his husband and businesses partner in an accident, and Zac, a young man that has been a rent boy since he was a teen. They both live two totally different lives, but in the end they are both looking for the same thing. 


Zac “markes” a drunken Liam one night at gay club in the area. He takes him to his flat, which is a first for him, and Liam gets what he paid for. After that night each man can’t seem to get the other out of their minds. There is more of a need of companionship for Liam and Zac isn't that trusting that that's all that Liam wants. 



Zac’s roommate, best friend and fellow rent boy, Jamie is not as clean and sober as Zac. He actually has quite a bad problem. He brings his problem home and Zac is not to keen on it and he and Jamie have a horrible fight and well, things just kinda go south from there, not only for Zac and Jamie, but also Zac and Liam. 



In the end Jamie helps to bring Zac and Liam back together, and also finds himself in a place to get his life together. 



All in all this was a really sweet read, with a pretty high heat factor. And as far as the angst factor, for me it was pretty low. 



I give this book 4 Sweet, Shining Stars. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Release Day Blitz ~ Into You by Jay Northcote


Jay Northcote - Into You

Author: Jay Northcote

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

Length: 57,000 words

Release Date: September 9 2016

Buy Links: Amazon US Amazon UK

Blurb

What do you do when the body you wake up in isnít yours?

Olly and Scott promised to be best friends forever. They grew up on the same street, went to the same school, and did everything together. But one hot summer night, teenage experimentation caused hurt feelings and confusion, and their friendship was destroyed.

Four years later theyíre both eighteen years old and in their final term at school. Scott is a football star and Ollyís preparing for a main role in the school play. After a heated argument in the streetówitnessed by their mysterious, elderly neighbouróthey wake up the next morning stuck in each otherís bodies.


With no idea how to get back to normal, they have to co-operate in order to hide their secret. Spending time together rekindles their friendship, yet feelings run deeper for both of them. With the end of school fast approaching, the clock is ticking. Unless they discover how to change back, they could be stuck in the wrong bodies forever.


Excerpt

The sound of music playing pulled Scott from a thick blanket of sleep into

wakefulness. He lay curled on his side; his room was darker than usual, as though someone had come in and closed the blinds while he slept. His bed felt weird, softer than it should be, and it smelled different.
He sat up, blinking in confusion as he looked around. He took in the room, the details unclear in the half-light that crept around the edges of the blind, but it was enough for him to realise where he was.
The posters on the wall were new, but the layout hadnít changed in four years.
What the fuck?
It wasnít possible. Logic told Scott there was no way this could be happening.
Heíd gone to sleep in his own bedóhe hadnít been drunk or high. So why the hell was he waking up in Ollyís room with no recollection of how he got there? And where the hell was Olly? The music that had woken him was coming from a phone on a docking station by the bed. He picked it up and pressed some buttons until it stopped. His brain was fogged with sleep and he couldnít think clearly.
Scott got out of bed on shaky legs. His hip ached as though it was bruised.
Actually, his whole body felt weird. Perhaps he was sick? Maybe this was all some bizarre hallucination?
Pulling the cord to raise the blind, Scott flooded the room with light. He looked down at himself, onlyÖ.
He closed his eyes and shook his head. When he opened them again, he still didnít see himself. His body was too thin, his skin too pale, the hair on his legs darker than usual, and he definitely didnít own any snug purple briefs like the ones he was currently wearing.
Stomach roiling with disbelief and terror, Scott turned to the full-length mirror on the wall and blinked.
Ollyís reflection stared back looking as horrified as Scott felt. Scott raised his hands to his face, and so did Olly in the mirror.
ìThis isnít happening,î he said.
The voice was Ollyís too, softer and a little higher-pitched than Scottís own.
It was the weirdest, most vivid dream Scott had ever had.
He pinched himself hard. ìOuch!î
Why wasnít he waking up?

Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep!

Olly shot up, heart pounding at the shrill sound. He opened his eyes and blinked in the sunlight.
Ugh. Too bright.
He looked around wildly and closed his eyes again, refusing to believe what he saw. Obviously he wasnít awake yet because he couldnít be in Scottís room. He hadnít set foot in Scottís house in years.
Olly cracked his eyes open again but still saw the white walls, the posters of Scottís football heroes that Olly remembered from years ago, and the freakishly tidy desk that definitely wasnít his.
The alarm clock by the bed was still making an awful racket, so he found the button to silence it.
ìScott?î he said hesitantly, then coughed.
What the fuck was wrong with his throat? His voice was deep and rough sounding. Oh God, no, please donít let him be getting a cold. He couldnít afford to lose his voice with all the play rehearsals coming up.
He pushed the duvet off and swung his legs around to get out of bed. Heíd find
Scott and work out what the hell was going on. Maybe he had some weird amnesia after his accident yesterday, although he hadnít hit his head. There had to be some explanation for why he was apparently in Scottís bed rather than his own.
Then Olly looked down at his legsóand froze.
They were thicker and more muscular than they should be. Olly only dreamed of having legs like that. The hairs on them were light brown instead of dark, the skin more tanned. He looked at his hands, they were all wrong too, thicker and sturdier than they should be. He lifted one to run it through his hair, the way he often did in times of crisis.
ìWhat the fuck?î No long floppy fringe falling in his eyes. Instead he found short-cropped hair and his ear piercings were gone.
Now convinced he was dreaming, because that was the only possible explanation, Olly got up to look in the mirror. Scottís handsome face stared back at him, the mouth slack with surprise and the blue eyes wide.
Olly shook his head in disbelief. No way could this be happening. No way. This was the stuff of Hollywood movies, not reality. But cold, creeping panic rose in his gut, because apart from the fact that he appeared to be in the wrong body, everything else felt normal. Way too normal for it to be a dream.
ìNo,î he said loudly, putting his hands up and touching Scottís nose, Scottís
cheekbones, Scottís lips. He felt every brush of his fingertips. ìOh, Jesus Christ on a bike, this is not happening. No.î

Reviews:


















This is like Freaky Friday, but soooo much better.  Olly and Scott were the best of friends until one night in a tent things got a little confusing for Olly and he pulled away from Scott. Years passed and an unexpected run in brought them back together in a way neither of them could have ever dreamed of.

I liked how each of them gave it all they had to make the switch believable. Olly playing football for Scott, and Scott taking on the roll as Romeo in the school play, and both dealing with each others families.  They both learned a lot about each other while trapped in the others body and became closer than they ever were.  Of course none of this would have happened if it wasn't for Olly’s neighbor, Miss Wychwood, doing a little supernatural meddling. She knew all along that these two were destined to be together.

If you're looking for hot and steamy, it's not in this book, but what you do get is sooo super sweet and heartwarming it totally makes up for it.

****I give this book 4 super sweet stars.****



















What a cute story, I love a good body swap. My favourites so far are Freaky Friday and Memnoch the Devil, now this will be added to the list.

I liked how Jay went into detail of each boy being in each other's bodies. It was funny and embarrassing and not a thought went through their heads that wouldn't have went through mine had it been me. The fact they each stepped up to play the parts, Olly playing footy for Scott and Scott learning the role of Romeo, it showed they still cared for each other, even after years apart. There were times I got a little confused though, as it's kind of a confusing situation, being someone else.

I loved the element of magic and the old neighbor, Miss Wychwood and her cat Rowan. The slightly creepy yet enchanting garden which they run into her in. Jay really painted a great picture and overall story.
I loved the characters, the plot, the drama. Even with some of the drama, it was all still very light and very fun to read.

I had a laugh to myself around 63% as I forgot that in the UK football is soccer, so I was thinking he was an American style football player, so when they talked about kicking the ball and nets I had a "light bulb" moment lol!! *smdh*

Anyways, I loved Olly and Scott, and this was really just a nice read. I recommend it if you're looking for something on the lighter side and not overly dramatic.

4.5*


Author Bio:

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short storyÒjust to see if she couldÒand found it rather addictive. She hasnÌt stopped writing since.