A Tribute To Category Romance w/ Louisa Masters + Giveaway

September 28, 2017

Tribute to Category Romance

 

I’ve been reading category romance for a long time. For those of you not familiar with the term, I’m referring to Harlequin-style romances.

My first was actually my first ever “adult” romance novel. When I was eleven, spending the day at my grandparents’ house during the school holidays, I snuck it off the bookshelf. I’d been eyeing that book for months. I knew what it was, and I’d been dying to read it, but circumstances never played in my favor. For one thing, there was my brother. My grandmother, who couldn’t read English very well, might not have known exactly what that book was (it had been left behind by my mum when she moved out many years before), but my brother would have if he saw me reading it.

Finally, the day came. My brother was at a friend’s house, and I knew if I was careful, I could read the “grown-up love story.”

Mind you, this was a Mills&Boon from the seventies. It actually had nothing in it that was inappropriate for an eleven-year-old to read—certainly some of the other books I’d been reading, like Little Women, explored themes that were just as adult. The prose was so flowery that to this day, even having reread it as an adult, I’m not entirely certain if there was a kiss or not. But oh, the tension! I was too young and naïve to recognize it as sexual, but I knew it was something!

From then, I was hooked. Within the year I had expanded my contraband reading beyond the category romances I sneaked from Mum’s collection when she wasn’t paying attention, and was reading a wide range of romances, from pretty much every subgenre. But I’ve always had a soft spot for category romances. They do say you never forget your first!

So what was it that appealed so much? Many people deride category romance. Formulaic, they say. Completely predictable. In no way realistic.

They’re not wrong. But that’s what’s so wonderful about them! When you pick up a category romance, you have a guaranteed comfort read. There will be no sharp plot twists. There is no chance of a main character dying. And you are guaranteed a happy ending. There might be lots of dramatic angst along the way, soap opera style, but in the end, you know it will all be okay. For a little while, you can take a step out of your life to be swept away to a foreign land with a hot billionaire, or a sheikh. You can immerse yourself in a world where the nanny does end up with the hot dad, and there’s no harassment suit involved. Or the assistant with the boss… or the housekeeper with the lord of the manor. Or maybe just two ordinary people, but in an unfamiliar situation. Category romance removes the boundaries of reality while still presenting a familiar world.

If you’ve never read a category romance, you should give it a go. Just once, and see what you think. If you read for escapism, there’s nothing better—and now that Dreamspinner have launched Dreamspun Desires, there’s no reason for m/m readers to miss out!

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Louisa is giving away five swag packs to mark the release of The Bunny and The Billionaire.
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Blurb:

Spending their fortunes and losing their hearts.

Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.

As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance and they’re not ready to say goodbye.

 

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Author Bio:

Louisa Masters started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels.

Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.

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Pyresnakes Extra Scenes w/ Tray Ellis

September 27, 2017

 

Not too long ago, there was a very misty day here and it made me think I should have written in more scenes of a foggy nature into Pyrensakes. I’m not going back to change that story, but I can press on with a few snippets of follow-on adventures as the whim strikes me! So, indulge me, and I hope you enjoy a moment of Wysta and Ruth having a foggy, misty day of their own.

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“Where are we?” Ruth tried to peer out the window but a thick fog banked against the glass.  A lichen covered rock jutted up through the dense grayness but the world clouded away beyond that to a space where depth had no meaning.

“You said you wanted a view so I took us to the top of the nearest mountain.”  Wysta filled the kettle with cold water and set it on the burner. “There should be a lovely vista.”

“Stop making tea for one minute and come over here.” Ruth moved from the window.  She flung open the door.  An unsettling mist pervaded the world, cloaking anything more than a few feet away.  ”We’re socked in!”

Wysta joined Ruth at the door. “Do you think it’ll burn off later on?”

Ruth waved her hand through the pea-soup air.  She could feel the air move, but the blanket of light gray didn’t shift at all. “I think this is cloud cover. Without a breeze, this is going to sit here all day.”

“Not much of a view.” Wysta made a face. “I’ll move us again.”

Ruth shut the door and turned back to face the kitchen. While the fog pressed gray and gloomy against the window, the kitchen glowed with warmth and comfort. She could hear the beginning pop-pop sound from the bottom of the kettle signaling that the water would boil very soon and she smelled the barest hint of the cream scones baking in the oven. Tea and scones against the press of a shroud of gray-white.

“Maybe later,” Ruth said. “Let’s have breakfast first.  You know, it does give us the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with our books. We have been so busy sightseeing that I can’t remember the last time we spent a day relaxing.”

“Ah,” said Wysta with an indulgent smile. “A view of a different sort. Not a bad plan. Let’s do it.”

 

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And for more snippets, check out Tray’s blog!

 

The UC Peckers World w/ Jacques N. Hoff

September 21, 2017

 

 

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Welcome to the world of Undercover Peckers. Where love is instant the moment you find your mate. Where there’s only one true pecker for every man. Where the sex is so hot it will singe your tailfeathers. Where bird watching is both a recreation and a preoccupation—that usually leads to feathers flying. Let Simon and his avian shifter mate Jay lead you through this world of sinful and ridiculous exploration.

 

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Then pain radiated across his shin, erasing every ounce of pleasure Scott had just given him.

“Ow!” He glared across the table. “What the fuck, Irwin? Did you just kick me?”

Mickey smirked. “No, monsieur, I did. May I remind you, we are in public, and you two are drawing unwelcome attention with your inappropriate display.”

Atty reached down and rubbed at his aching shin. Then he lifted a double-barreled fuck-off in hand signal form as he grinned. “Inappropriate this.”

“Challenge accepted,” Mickey sniffed, but he was smirking. Apparently both of them liked this game too much to let it go even though they were on better terms now.

“Would you two knock it off,” Irwin demanded. He gave them both disapproving looks.

“Yes, do knock it off.” Mickey tipped his head toward Scott. “I thought you were opposed to breeding.”

Atty caught movement behind the sarcastic booby and spotted the suspicious man sipping from his glass as he stared at Atty. Mickey’s approach had stung—literally—but Atty had to admit he was right about one thing. The last thing they needed was unwanted attention.

He wasn’t about to let Mickey have the last word, though. Atty leaned over as far as the table would allow. “I’m not completely against it as long as I’m the one being bred, you cocky tit.”

Mickey’s face lit up with mischievousness. “I assure you my cock—”

“I think we should get the check and take this somewhere more private,” Irwin suggested, cutting Mickey off. “I’m glad you two seem to have found a way to communicate with each other, but it’s probably not best for us to linger anywhere for long. Just in case.” He glanced over his shoulder at the man outright watching them.

He agreed with Mickey that the man likely wasn’t a threat, but now wasn’t the time to take any risks.

“Okay, I agree with the Winnie,” Scott said. He waved his hand, gesturing for the waitress to come over. “The bad mojo vibe all of you are giving off right now is stressing me out. I don’t know if I can hang out with you dudes anymore.”

“Fuck,” Atty ground out. He couldn’t let Scott go. “I’ll try to be less… umm… bad mojoed. Winnie and the tit can go.”

Scott tilted his head and looked at Atty with a blank stare. His eyes glazed over for a second. But just as quickly as the strange expression had crossed his features, it disappeared and Scott smiled. “Hey, hottie. Would you like to go out with me sometime?”

Atty shot a confused look at Irwin, who shrugged in reply. Okay, what the fuck is my mate on? He had to be dropping some serious drugs to keep forgetting who they were. He’d do whatever it took to help Scott, give him whatever he needed, but Scott had to give up the drugs if this was going to work. “Yeah, babe. How about tonight?”

 

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Freed from the Australian zoo where he was the subject of forced breeding experiments, Atticus makes his way to the tufted puffin grounds in California, only to find he may not be free after all. Atty is a loner, but he doesn’t want to fight the pull of a flighty surfer who gives his inked skin a pleasant, uncontrollable itch.

Scott has the sun on his face, the waves beneath him, and gratitude for every second of life he gets to embrace. Then Atty appears, and it’s like the universe has tuned his meditation bell to the perfect frequency.

The Tiki Pro surfing competition in Florida is calling to Scott, and Atty agrees to make sure Scott gets there safely. A cross-country road trip in the Hunny Wagon seems like a perfect way to live in the present and get tantric all at the same time.

But they aren’t making this trek alone.

 

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ABOUT JACQUES N. HOFF

My father told me all about the birds and the bees. The liar. I went steady with a woodpecker until I was twenty-one. I now travel the world in search of the hottest pecker—in tandem with my best friend Simon Spoonwell and his blue jay partner Jay Azure. What you read here is all true. Well, at least in the world of UCPeckers it is. Wherever you see peckers, you may just find me there.

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Jacques N. Hoff is the brainchild of SJD Peterson and SA McAuley. Two authors who shouldn’t be allowed to interact with each other (at least in public). It was either co-write hot pecker porn or plot world domination. It’s not clear which outcome will take the forefront on any given day.

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All About Balance by Jodi Payne

September 20, 2017

all about balance

 

Hey everyone!

My name is Jodi Payne, I’m a proud Jersey Girl, I love Broadway musicals, the beach, tequila, and I’m almost always caffeinated like whoa.

I am so excited to be joining the Dreamspinner family with my new novel, Creative Process. I was asked to blog here about it, but I have to tell you, blogging isn’t really my strong suit. I do much better with making up stories than I do with presenting real ones in a way that’s entertaining. But since I’m new here, I thought a little background about me and my inspiration for Creative Process might be in order and with this book, I can do both at once.

I started this book eight years ago. No really, I did. My writing time back then was spotty at best because I had a young daughter, and then I got pregnant with my son and was trying to work full time, parent his big sister, be pregnant and write all at the same time.

Nope.

Something had to give, and unfortunately, it ended up being my writing. It wasn’t a choice, it’s just what happened. Writing, for me, requires focus, and I had none to spare.

Fast forward to more recently, my kids grew up a little and became more independent, and I found myself with some quiet time now and then. I went searching through my ancient archives and found Reese (but not Owen – originally Benjamin, another character in the book, was intended as his love interest). I read it and figured out why I got stuck on it way back then, reworked the story in my head and BOOM. I was off to the races.

Art of any kind requires focus. It demands the artist keep hold of their train of thought or thread of emotion for a sustained period of time. It’s unpredictable, too: sometimes it’s demanding at inconvenient times, and sometimes inspiration just isn’t there when you need it. It requires practice, research and sometimes just plain hard work.

It’s not for everyone. And as many of you probably know, it’s not for everyone’s partner either.

Creative Process is entirely fictional, but holds a thread of truth from my own experience. My wife is not an author, she’s a crafter and a musician. We have little moments all the time where she’ll be quilting and want to be chatty and I’ll be writing and need to be in the zone. Or I want to run something by her but she’s in the middle of practicing a piece on her harp and can’t be interrupted. Balance is essential. Indulgence, patience and sometimes forgiveness are also essential. Priorities are essential. These are some of the things Reese (an author) and Owen (a cellist) navigate together in Creative Process, as together they veer way off the beaten path to find their HEA.

Also, for those of you that love a fairly developed cast of supporting characters like I do, you’ll find all kinds New York artists back up this story, as well as Reese’s publicist and Owen’s best friend, all of whom are pretty crucial to the story. Reese and Owen might not have made it without them.

Thank you to DSP for the warm welcome!

Jodi

 

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Blurb: 

Best-selling thriller author Reese Kelsey knows his career isn’t conducive to romance. He doesn’t work the normal nine-to-five, and sometimes his characters take hold and demand all his attention, causing him to neglect important appointments… and lovers. Rather than go through another heartbreak, Reese contents himself with his small circle of friends—fellow gay New York City artists—and his dedicated publicist, Chad.

Until he sees Owen Mercado lugging his cello toward the subway and impulsively offers him a ride.

Owen has worked long and hard for a career in the symphony, and success comes with a demanding schedule—something Reese understands. Their desires and lifestyles are surprisingly compatible, and Reese and Owen certainly set the bedroom on fire. They’re both carrying baggage, but they fit, and it’s hard not to hope for a future that once seemed impossible.

But when Reese’s work inevitably pulls him into its dark world and refuses to let go, Owen draws a hard line, and Reese discovers he can’t rely on good intentions alone. He will have to control the obsession that drove his other lovers away or risk losing Owen as well.

 

Author Bio: 

Jodi Payne spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She therefore is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likeable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila however you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music.

Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.

Website: www.jodipayne.net
Email: jodipaynewrites@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/payne.jodi
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Twitter: @JodiPayne
Instagram: @jodipayne1800
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Recipe for a Dreamspun w/ Shira Anthony + Giveaway

September 15, 2017

Recipe for a Dreamspun

 

Today is release day for Finder’s Keeper! I’m so excited to share this romantic paranormal story with you dreamers. For this special post, I’m offering up reader’s choice of one of my Dreamspinner books—any except Finder’s Keeper. The winner from this special contest can choose whatever ebook format they like, or choose an audiobook instead. To enter, just comment on the blog post!

Finder’s Keeper is my first novel in the brand new Dreamspun Beyond line of contemporary paranormal stories that are romance-forward in the tradition of the old category romances from Harlequin and Mills & Boon. Finder’s Keeper is the sweet story of a half-human, half-fox spirit named Kit who guards a gate between the human and spirit worlds and Zane Mayer, an engineer who inherits the old gothic brownstone where the Gate is hidden.

Kit is a hybrid, human and fox spirit, and the Dreamspun Beyond line is a hybrid as well. It’s one part romance and one part paranormal. Of course, romance is front and center with the Beyond line, but there’s also enough worldbuilding and paranormal fantasy to satisfy those of us (me included!) who love a bit of otherworldly mystery with their romance. Not a huge paranormal or fantasy reader? I think you’ll still enjoy the Beyond line, and, who knows? Maybe you’ll grow to love this wonderful genre.

Now you’ve got the recipe for a Dreamspun Desire, I hope you’ll join Zane and Kit as they explore their deepening feelings for each other, as well as the spirit world both men are bound to by destiny. Will they figure out a way to bridge the chasm between them and build on the ties that draw them to each other? It’s a Dreamspun. You can count on a sweet HEA. You’ll just have to read the story, though, to see how it all works out! -Shira

 

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Blurb:

The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half–red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds—a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn’t.

Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane’s help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane’s dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit’s true nature, and his own, he’ll have to make a choice—fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.

 

About Shira:

Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, i Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle. You can hear Shira singing “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s Tosca by clicking here: Shira’s Singing

Shira loves a great happily-ever-after and never writes a story without one. She’s happy to write what her muse tells her, whether it’s fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, or contemporary romance. She particularly loves writing series, because she thinks of her characters as old friends and she wants to visit them even after their stories are told.

In real life, Shira sang professionally for 14 years, and she currently works as a public sector attorney advocating for children. She’s happy to have made writing her second full-time job, even if it means she rarely has time to watch TV or go to the movies. Shira writes about the things she knows and loves, whether it’s music and musicians, the ocean, or the places she’s lived or traveled to. She spent her middle school years living in France, and tries to visit as often as she can.

Shira and her husband spend as many weekends as they can aboard their 35′ catamaran sailboat, Land’s Zen, at the Carolina Coast. Not only has sailing inspired her to write about pirates and mermen, her sailboat is her favorite place to write. And although the only mermen she’s found to date are in her own imagination, she keeps a sharp lookout for them when she’s on the water.

Passing the Time w/ Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga

September 14, 2017

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Hey y’all!

BA is supposed to be doing a blog about Finding Mr. Wright, her amazing new Dreamspun Desire. It’s the second Leanin’ N book, and it’s about a Texas millionaire cowboy and a Colorado wedding planner.

Sadly, BA has been in the hospital on and off for about a week, so she asked me to send y’all her week in pictures, just to make y’all smile.

Hugs, and as BA says, much love,

Julia (BA’s wife)

 

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BA’s many pokes at the ER

 

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ER room # many?

 

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In the cardiac care unit with rainbow narwhal

 

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Sonny, begging me to bring his mom home.

 

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Hospital as of today…

 

Send all the good thoughts, y’all! She needs them!

XXOO

Julia

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Blurb: 

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including weddings. And misunderstandings. Colorado wedding planner Mason O’Reilly lands a major contract: a two-hundred-guest wedding at the Leanin’ N Ranch, where his friends Ford and Stoney are working to provide a safe space for GLBT events. The Wright/Preston ceremony is a destination wedding, and as the grooms are from Texas, everything is done over the phone and email. There’s no way that could lead to trouble, right? Oops. Oil tycoon Noah Wright isn’t happy about the impending disaster, but he admires Mason’s quick thinking and grace under pressure. And that’s not all he likes about the out-and-proud wedding planner. Even though Mason’s interested in Noah, his Mr. Right can’t possibly be a rancher from Dallas. Can he?

 

 

Earning His Trust Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway

September 11, 2017

Earning His Trust

 

What do you do when the pure emotion of a picture grabs you, and you can’t do anything but write the story you get when you see it? Well, that’s what happened to me when I saw the image that spurred me to write the following scene below in this exclusive excerpt. There’s happiness and joy in the picture, but to me, I knew there was more beneath the surface going on… and that is just what happened when it came time to write this chapter.

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“Why don’t we go out to eat? The three of us? And before we go to the restaurant, we could stop at the park. Micah would love the swings.”

“Why don’t we stay in?” Evin was on the floor next to Micah, who was sitting in just a diaper, his blocks and a ring stack in front of him. “He’s happy playing with his rings right now, and if we take him to the park, I’ll have to bundle him up, which he hates. And I thought I’d make stew.”

“Well, I need to head over to my house and get some clean clothes for tomorrow. You could come with me.”

“It would be faster if we stayed here. You’re coming back, right?”

“Yeah.” Ben hated the anxiety in Evin’s voice as he walked out the door. He was distracted the whole drive over to his house. He didn’t like the way this was going. He’d seen more and more signs of Evin’s unwillingness to leave the house. The last time he needed groceries, he did an online order. He said it was because Micah was running a low-grade fever and it was too wet and cold to take him out.

He might be primarily an emergency room physician, but Ben knew the signs of post-traumatic stress. Evin was restless but didn’t want to leave the house. Anytime it was brought up, his anxiety level went through the roof.

He was allowing his house to become a barrier between him and the big, bad world. Worse, he refused to admit to his fear or his coping mechanism of avoiding life. Maybe it was easy for him to slip into because he’d done it before when Micah was born, but Ben thought he’d made progress, that he’d decided to rejoin the world.

Now he was locked away from it again. Ben didn’t know what to do, what to say, to make this fear better. Sure, they lived in a liberal area. Nine times out of ten, hell, ninety-nine times out of one hundred, openly gay couples were safe. Violence wasn’t the norm, but Evin had been the victim of too much of it, and worse, he was afraid of it spilling over onto the people he loved.

So he was holding on tight to where he was comfortable, to his safe zone.

And Ben had no idea how to fix it.

 

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Blurb:

Evin lost the only two men he ever loved. But he might get a second chance with one of them—if he’s willing to take the risk.

Following the death of his husband, Evin is living in Portland and raising the infant son they had through a surrogate. Six-month-old Micah is his life, and if it means no time for activities or friendships beyond his minuscule support network, that’s a sacrifice Evin is willing to make. When he suffers a burn baking teething biscuits, the last person Evin expects to encounter in the ER is Ben, his lover from college—and the man who left him without a word of explanation.

Ben knows it won’t be easy to earn Evin’s trust and prove he’s not the same man Evin once knew, but he can’t bear to watch Evin struggle to care for Micah, hurting and alone. He wants back in Evin’s life, as a friend and hopefully more, but Evin’s heart is fragile, and the years have changed him too.

 

Author Bio:

The number one question folks ask Alicia when she shares she’s a MM romance author: “Why gay fiction? Why write men when you’re a woman?” and her answer is: “Why the hell not!” Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find an interesting story one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started… Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out. Fortunately, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing.

Now you can find her stories both free and e-published. When she’s not on the computer typing away, she’s a wife and a mom of two in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course! She can also be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

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j. leigh bailey’s Sundried Tomato and Basil Scones + Giveaway

September 2, 2017

sundried tomato and basil scones

 

I’m so excited to celebrate the release of STALKING BUFFALO BILL, the first in my Shifter U series, which is part of the new Dreamspun Beyond category line. I had so much fun writing this book and I can’t wait to introduce the world to Donnie—a hyperactive, highly distractible coyote shifter—and William—a placid-until-pissed buffalo shifter with a mysterious past.

Donnie isn’t like the rest of his family; he has no desire to work in the oil fields and raise the next generation of coyote shifters. In fact, what he really likes to do is bake, a very un-coyote-shifter occupation. Which is why, when he finally gets the nerve to approach the super-sexy William, he comes bearing baked goods. More specifically, he comes with his savory scone concoction.

Everyone has that thing that they are asked to bring to family events, right? For me, it’s my scones. I once found a “base” scone recipe that everyone loved. I then challenged myself to be creative with it, trying all sorts of ingredients and flavor combinations. One of the scone versions I came up with was the very sundried tomato scone recipe Donnie uses to approach William.

Sadly, I don’t have a picture of one of the Sundried Tomato and Basil Scones I’ve made, but I’ve included an image of another of my family favorites—a super sweet, decadent Butter Pecan Scone.

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Below is the actual recipe for the Sundried Tomato and Basil Scones. I modified a Simple Scone recipe I found at AllRecipes.com several years ago to create this savory treat. I’m not convinced that this would make a good breakfast pastry, but I can assure you that it goes wonderfully as a carb option with dinner or as a savory brunch treat.


 

Ingredients:

2 cups All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, frozen
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
½ cup Sour Cream
1 Large Egg
1 oz Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
½ cup Fresh Basil Leaves (rinsed and patted dry)
2 cloves Fresh Garlic
1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda. Grate the butter into the flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in half of the shredded parmesan cheese.

2. In small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

3.  Using a small food processor/small blender (seriously, it needs to be SMALL), blend basil, garlic, and tomatoes into a course meal; add basil/tomato mix to sour cream and egg mix.

4.  Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. The dough will be sticky in places and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.

5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-to-8inch circle about ¾-inch thick. Brush melted butter across the top and sprinkle on the remaining parmesan cheese. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden (about 15-17 minutes). Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Bon Appetit!

 

**GIVEAWAY**  Are there any recipes or treats you’re know for? Something you are asked to bring to every family dinner or picnic? I’d love to know. A commenter will be randomly selected to win an autographed copy of either of my Young Adult Dreamspinner Press books GUYLINER or DO-GOODER (Winner’s choice).

 

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Blurb:

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

 

 

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Author Bio:

j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult and New 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. For upcoming releases and appearances information, sign up for her newsletter at https://t.co/FfL9gFVJLQ.

About the Shifter U Series

A fun, male/male take on shapeshifter romance, the Shifter U stories include characters who shapeshift into more than the average apex predator. Sure, there are wolves, tigers, and bear shifters, but there are also coyotes, owls, beavers, bison, and more.

All books in the series center around Cody College, located on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, where the occasionally furry have a safe place to further their education. Affectionately known as Shifter U, the school offers shapeshifting students a “special track” which gives them the chance to learn important subjects like mathematics, philosophy, and, most importantly, how to hide their secret identity from local humans.

Maintaining secret identities is tough. Dark secrets, old enemies, mythical heritage, and a mysterious illness challenge the stealth skills of even the sneakiest students and staff. While these shifters struggle to handle their type of “normal,” thorny complications of attraction pop up—always at the worst possible times.

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Website (www.jleighbailey.net )

 

 

 

Remember When? with SJD Peterson + Giveaway

August 24, 2017

 

 

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So, I’m trying to come up with a blog post and I look over at my mom and ask;

Me: What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say, remember when?”

Mom: Remember that time when I didn’t have indoor plumbing.

Me: Um, no. I wasn’t born. But seriously, that’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Mom: Yes, you don’t know how horrible it is to go out there and go in a slop pot?

Me: Nope! Nope! Nope! This conversation is over. *Sigh*

 

This wasn’t what I had in mind when I was thinking of romantic or cute memories. I guess I should have been more specific. Especially when talking to Linda Faye. She is after all my mother and where my evilness comes from lol.

 

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I shall be more careful this time. You and your significant other are having a romantic candle lit dinner. She/he looks into your eyes and says;  “Remember When…..”

Finish the sentence and one person will win any ebook copy from my back list.

“Good Luck”

 

Check out Remember When today!

 

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BLURB:

Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly, fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.

 

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Meet Jo Peterson

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

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Pirate Dreams

August 23, 2017

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Hey, everyone!

First of all, thank you so much for hosting me today. It’s wonderful to end my blog tour with DSP. The last months have been a blast and much was due to you guys. Writing Changing Tides was a dream come true, but everything that came after — the editing process, the art cover design, the blog tour — was absolutely amazing. As the saying goes, I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with my clothes on. <grin>

Anyway, about Changing Tides.  I was such a huge fan of Errol Flynn and his movies when I was growing up that I think this book was meant to be. For years I toyed with the idea of writing a pirate story, until one day I couldn’t take it anymore and just decided to try it.

I found an awesome soundtrack on youtube, spent hours poring over books and the internet to find everything I could about those amazing battleships, the weaponry and clothing for the time period, and about the Caribbean Sea and islands. And along the way I lost myself in the story and fell in love with Brett and Devon, the main characters.

I was a little nervous putting it out there since this is my first book in years, but it was well worth it. I loved the end result and I’m blown away by the reviews so far. I hope you guys enjoy sailing across the Caribbean Sea with my crew as much as I did.

Take care.

 

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Blurb:

While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.

When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.

When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.

All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.

Author Bio:

Alex Standish lives in Lisbon, Portugal, a beautiful and sunny country in Europe. She loves to read, travel, listen to good music, rock the vacuum cleaner like Freddie Mercury, and hang out with her friends. When she’s not at her day job or trying to win the lottery, she’s typing away at her laptop, Probie, writing homoerotic romance. She’s a multigenre author, striving to create engaging plotlines and characters that could stand on their own and hopefully tug at one’s heartstrings. In the last eight years, Alex has written one short story and four novellas.

Social media info: http://www.facebook.com/xanderstandish