The Paper Cycle by Ava Hayden

October 30, 2017

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Hi everyone!

I’m Ava Hayden. Thanks to Dreamspinner for letting me post a few thoughts here for the release of Highballer, #17 in the World of Love series, set in Alberta, Canada. Alberta happens to be where I live and write, so it was an obvious choice for me to pitch to Dreamspinner for a World of Love series entry.

Alberta is a many-faceted province. We’ve got the Calgary Stampede and lots of cows and cowboy culture, but also the Rockies with vast national parks. Plus we’ve got badlands and fossils, forests, oil sands, endless fields of wheat (barley, oats, lentils, canola, alfalfa, and more), and wild northern spaces where you can find herds of wood bison and the world’s largest beaver dam.

I’d already written one MM romance about an Alberta farmer on the prairies (His Fallow Heart). Other people have written MM romances about paleontologists and cowboys in Alberta, so I decided I was going to tackle tree planting, which I hadn’t seen in any MM romance to date. Every year thousands of Canadians, many of them twentysomethings, are out planting millions of seedlings. Tree planting is a huge industry. Why is tree planting a big deal? Because, bottom line, in Canada if you harvest a tree, you plant a tree (if you are a lumber company and you want to keep harvesting, that is). These businesses contract with tree planting companies.

I knew nothing about tree planting before I heard first-hand stories from family members who paid much of their university costs through planting. One of the best stories involves a brother-in-law who decided to visit his girlfriend on the way home after a summer of tree planting—ratty planting clothes, planter’s beard, and all. The girlfriend’s father answered the door only to find every dad’s worst nightmare standing on his front porch (or so he thought). Luckily the story has a happy ending! The girlfriend eventually became his wife, and they’ve been married over two decades now.

To refresh my memory, I “interviewed” one planter veteran in the family and looked through his old photo albums. For a moment (a really short one) I wondered if I could have cut it as a tree planter. Realistically? Like Remy, I love my piped-in running water and flush toilets, but unlike Remy, I don’t think I could have given them up for a summer. Throw in the constant aches and pains, injuries, bug bites, claw hand, and crazy Alberta weather, and you see why tree planting companies want you to say “I really want the money” when they ask why you want the job.

Besides the money, tree planting has a few other upsides too. You get up close and personal with nature. You see parts of Alberta that many lifelong residents never will. You make good friends. And you know you’re tough enough to do one of the hardest jobs in the world.

 

Check out Highballer today!

 

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Blurb

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money?

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends.

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man.

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last.

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

 

Author Bio

Ava Hayden lives and writes in Alberta, Canada. When not writing, she loves reading yaoi manga and gay romance, baking, seeing plays, hearing live music, and hiking (even though she once came face to face with two grizzlies on a trail). Most of the time her life isn’t that exciting, and that’s fine by her.

More about Ava

Ava Hayden Writes: https://avahayden.com/
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What Affects Me While Writing a Book by Xenia Melzer

October 27, 2017

 

What Affects Me

 

As I mentioned before, getting the idea for a book usually happens automatically when the plot bunny targets you. You have the idea, you write down some key points, if you’re really lucky and/or disciplined, you even have a plot outline and most of the characters covered. All you have to do now is start with the actual writing.

In the beginning, I’m usually excited and so full of determination, I’m convinced I can write the whole thing in less than a week.

Two weeks later, and not that far into chapter three, I wonder if the idea is really that good, if I shouldn’t rewrite everything, or drop the entire project. While I try to get my motivation back and my groove on, one of the children gets sick. Nothing bad, usually just a cold, but it ALWAYS happens when I need my flow and not somebody with a runny nose clinging to me, demanding to play memory and to read stories. The stories my younger daughter loves don’t have that many words in them yet and usually rhyme. Wonderful if you want to write a kinky scene with leather and whips in it and just can’t get “The Sports Day of the Imps” out of your head. Including the drawings.

After the child is better again, I go back to writing. The imps have vacated my brain, leaving more space for gorgeous men getting their dose of 18+ rated fun. I’m about one third into the book, satisfied with how much progress I’m making, and ready to get some more action (sexual and otherwise) in, when the cat decides to show me her prowess at hunting and brings in a living mouse. Which she then sets free, because otherwise it would be boring. For reasons I don’t understand, my husband doesn’t fancy mice running around the house and, of course, he’s not here to take care of the problem himself. It’s the cat and me and she’s now on her favorite spot on the couch, watching me with that satisfied look she always wears when she thinks she’s done me a favor. I get a dish towel, put on the light in the kitchen (unlike cockroaches, mice run toward the light), shoo the mouse into a corner (they tend to stay to the walls, so that’s fairly easy, you just have to prevent them from climbing), drop the towel on it, very carefully lift the towel to see where the tail is, grab it by the tail, and bring it back into the garden. Now that I have had my nightly exercise, I can go back to writing. Strangely enough, I suddenly decide a cat is just what the plot has been missing. So I spend the rest of the evening debating whether a feline would add that certain appeal or not. Then it’s time for bed and I’m still only one third into the novel.

A few days later, the cat conundrum is solved (I’m not saying if pro or con), when they play this song on the radio I haven’t heard in ages. After calculating how long ago it has been released, realizing how old I am when really, graduation was just last year, and feeling sorry for myself for a moment (Until I reach my stash of chocolate – one of the perks of getting older? You don’t give a damn what time of day it is to get your sweets!), I have another idea for the plot that forces me to rewrite a large part.

I could keep this list going forever, because everything that happens around me influences my writing. Sometimes this is good, because I get fresh ideas and my plots become more interesting. Sometimes, it’s bad. I get distracted, lose my red thread, or have to rewrite entire parts. I never know beforehand, which makes writing each book a unique and exciting process I wouldn’t want to miss for the world. Except when it’s painful. Or when I’m stuck. Or…

 

Check out A Dom and His Writer today!

 

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Blurb:

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright…. Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her? It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways.

 

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Author Bio:

Xenia Melzer is a mother of two who enjoys riding and running when she’s not writing stories. She doesn’t like beer but is easily tempted by a virgin Mojito. Or chocolate. Truffles are especially cherished, even though she doesn’t discriminate. A true chocoholic, she welcomes any kind of cocoa-based delight.

You can contact her through her website: http//www.xeniamelzer.com
Or befriend and follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xeniamelzer/

 

 

The Magic of Key West by CJane Elliott

October 17, 2017

 

The Magic of Key West

 

I was happy to set my novella In Over Our Heads in Key West. I’d been there once, briefly, many years ago. Briefly as in two hours on a stopover during a cruise. So I decided I needed a refresher on Key West and talked my sister into coming with me. We took off this past March from Orlando where I had just attended the Dreamspinner Author Conference. Road trip!

There’s a lot of blue in the Florida Keys. I took this picture out of our car window:

 

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Key West is a charming town where it’s hard to take a bad picture. Here’s one of my favorites, snapped on an evening walk:

 

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We made a pilgrimage to a local bookstore that’s owned by Judy Blume. She was there, y’all! I was too shy to approach her (or take her picture) and probably just as well, because I was sick as a dog and had a coughing attack in the store before I fled.

 

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Despite my ailments, I had a wonderful time in Key West and tried my best to capture its charm in the story. Here’s a Key West sunset for the end of this post—and yes, I took this picture with my iPhone. Key West is glorious!

 

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Check out In Over Our Heads today!

 

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Blurb:

Anthony Vallen is the life of any party. Full of energy and fun, Anthony adores romance and enjoys playing matchmaker for his friends while dancing the night away with a series of Mr. Right Nows. But he’s given up on his own happy ending. A bad breakup years ago made him a secret cynic about love… until he runs into Walter Elkins—the boy who broke his teenaged heart—on a scuba-diving vacation in Key West. Suddenly, Anthony’s reasons for shunning romance no longer hold much water. Being with Walter again forces Anthony to get serious—about himself, his worth, and his heart’s desires. Brilliant and self-contained, scientist Walter Elkins prefers deep thoughts to other people. He’s a good boss and a model citizen, but Walter doesn’t let anyone get close. After a tragedy drove him out of his science career, Walter landed in Key West and became owner of a dive shop and a bar. Things are fine until Anthony Vallen—the only person who ever penetrated his defenses—shows up, and Walter’s calm, controlled life capsizes. He and Anthony have a second chance for love, but Walter must confront the old fears that threaten to torpedo their happiness.

 

Author Bio:

After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.

CJane is an ardent supporter of LGBTQ equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories. In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.

CJane is the author of the award-winning Serpentine Series, New Adult contemporary novels set at the University of Virginia. Serpentine Walls was a 2014 Rainbow Awards finalist, Aidan’s Journey was a 2015 EPIC Awards finalist, and Sex, Love, and Videogames won first place in the New Adult category in the 2016 Swirl Awards and first place in Contemporary Fiction in the 2017 EPIC eBook Awards.

E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cjaneelliott.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CJaneElliott
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Horror Writers Fan Club w/ Sean Michael

October 15, 2017

Horror Writers Fan Club

 

 

Hi Dreamers!

I was very enthusiastic when Dreamspinner announced their Dreamspun Beyond line. I enjoy writing paranormal stories and all the tropes that come with that. However, when I sat down to write it, I found that instead of a shifter or vampire story, what I wanted to do was a ghost story. I had this team of gay ghost hunters pop up in my head, and they promised to bring the boo factor along with the love story.

I was nervous because while I enjoy reading horror, I didn’t know if I had the chops to write it. Luckily, as this was also a romance, I didn’t have to write heavy horror, just some boo and some gross and the characters gave that up to me fairly easily. In the end, I loved writing this book – it was a lot of fun.

My biggest influence in the horror genre is Stephen King. He is in fact one of my favorite authors, period. I like his stories because they aren’t just horror for horror’s sake. Plus I really appreciate that with Stephen King, in the end, no matter the premise, the horrific beast, the real horror in the book comes from the humans.

I also love and prescribe to King’s writing advice and it is always my number one piece of advice when asked. You wanna be a writer? Then you need to write. Every day.

Who is your favorite horror writer and why?

Sean Michael,
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Check out The Supers today!

 

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Blurb:

Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building together, an abandoned hospital. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.

 

 

Bio:

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

Sean Michael on the web:

WEBSITE: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
BLOG: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/
TWITTER: seanmichael09
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The Playlist for Living in Fast Forward by BA Tortuga

October 13, 2017

The Playlist (1)

 

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and playlist junkie.

There’s nothing quite like the playlist for a book about musicians, is there?

Nothing.

This one is country rocker heavy and, as always, starts with Tim McGraw.

Real Good Man Tim McGraw Country
Living in Fast Forward Kenny Chesney
Lets Make Love Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
Play Something Country Brooks & Dunn
The More I Drink Blake Shelton
Please Remember Me Tim McGraw
You’re My Better Half Keith Urban
Where I Come From Alan Jackson
Young Kenny Chesney
The World Brad Paisley
Back When Tim Mcgraw
You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This Toby Keith
Over and Over (with Nelly) 4:16 Tim McGraw & Nelly
Grown Men Dont Cry Tim McGraw
All About Tonight Blake Shelton
Country Boy’s World Jason Aldean
Never Wanted Nothing More Kenny Chesney
Raining on Sunday Keith Urban
The Cowboy in Me Tim Mcgraw
Little Bitty Alan Jackson
Over When It’s Over Eric Church
For a Little While Tim McGraw
Like We Never Loved At Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You Brooks & Dunn
How Forever Feels Kenny Chesney
Love Without End Amen George Strait
Better Life Keith Urban
In Color Jamey Johnson
I Got A Feelin’ Billy Currington
Days Like These Jason Aldean
Gone Country Alan Jackson
Unbroken Tim McGraw
Gettin’ You Home Chris Young
Keep On Eric Church
Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me (Live) Keith Urban
Brand New Man 3:00 Brooks & Dunn
She’ll Leave You With A Smile George Strait
Back Where I Come From (Live Version) Kenny Chesney
Been There, Done That Luke Bryan
Pickin’ Wildflowers Keith Anderson
I Ain’t Ready to Quit Jason Aldean
Where The Blacktop Ends (live WTC) Keith Urban
Everywhere Tim McGraw
My Front Porch Looking In Lonestar
Right Where I Need To Be Gary Allan
Keg In The Closet Kenny Chesney
Jack Daniels Eric Church
Rock My World (Little Country Girl) Brooks & Dunn
Ocean Front Property George Strait
Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets Luke Bryan

 

Much love, y’all.

BA

 

Check out Living in Fast Forward today!

 

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Blurb

Acclaimed musician Hollis Lee is a little bit rock, a little bit country, and a lot in need of some TLC to mend the years of hardcore partying that threatens to ruin his career. Hollis’s manager, Charlie, has the perfect solution in mind.

Personal trainer Jeremy is even-keeled and nothing if not professional—which means doing his job, getting Hollis back to his fighting weight, and ignoring his fierce attraction to the rock star.

Turns out Hollis has a harder time resisting Jeremy than giving up sausage biscuits and cheeseburgers, but succumbing to temptation could end both of their careers. While Hollis is on tour, no one questions Jeremy’s presence, and that means plenty of time to sneak away for some steamy fun on the tour bus. But when an accident separates them, how will they sustain the relationship that’s starting to mean so much?

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About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the  high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com

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.
Enter to win! https://tinyurl.com/yag5gasq

 

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Check out The Bunny and the Billionaire today!

 

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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.”

 

Check out Pyresnakes today!

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.

 

Exclusive Excerpt

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Blog – http://ucpeckers.blogspot.com
Tumblr – http://ucpeckers.tumblr.com
Twitter – @jacqueshoff
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ucpeckers
Email – sjdpeterson@gmail.com
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/jacquesnhoff

All About Balance by Jodi Payne

September 20, 2017

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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
FB Author Group: www.facebook.com/groups/jodisgents
Twitter: @JodiPayne
Instagram: @jodipayne1800
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/267617.Jodi_Payne

 

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.