Spoilers Ahoy with BA Tortuga

December 20, 2016

 

Spoilers Ahoy with BA Tortuga

 

Hey y’all. I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all sort of cowboys.

First and foremost, if you dislike spoilers and you’re intending to read the third in the Release series, Catch and Release, run.

Run now.

I am fixin’ to tell y’all a secret.

Waits patiently.

Okay, y’all. Everyone that’s left is okay with spoilers? No one is going to write my happy ass screaming about how I spoiled everything? Good.

Because I have to tell y’all. I did it.

I wrote a novel without sex.

It’s okay, y’all get the utter shock out of your system, I’ll wait.

I can hear it now – how can the woman that wrote Rain and Whiskey, the book that has the distinction of having a Dreamspinner proofreader say, “I’ve never seen a book with more sex in it” (let me tell you, my immediate response was, have they read Sean Michael? I’m an amateur in comparison), write a novel with NO SEX?

It’s true. I did.

Dakota Landry is a con, straight out of federal prison. Now, this isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve written other former inmates, most notably Sage Redding from the first Release book. I had no problem writing Sage and Win’s love scenes on screen, but Dakota?

Every time I thought about writing a sex scene with him, something inside me said, no. No. This character, this story, this tale – it isn’t ready.

When I typed the end, it wasn’t ready.

I told my betas, “tell me if I need to add a sex scene.”

They said no.

I told my editors, “tell me if I need to add a sex scene.”

They said no.

I have to tell y’all, that was my instinct too.

Dakota didn’t want his sexual details on screen and, I’ll be honest, I think I made the right decision in respecting that. I hope y’all do to.

Much love,

BA

 

Check out Catch and Release today!

 

Catch and Release by BA Tortuga

Blurb:

The Release Series: Book Three

Dakota Landry just got out of prison after twelve years. If anyone can understand how that feels, it’s his new friend, Sage, who is determined to help him get used to life on the outside—and believes Dakota didn’t commit the crime he was in for.

Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor who agrees to look into the case at the request of Sage’s lover, Adam. He sets out to prove Dakota is just another “innocent” ex-con, but once they meet, Jayden is more and more convinced Dakota just didn’t do what everyone thinks he did.

Trouble follows Dakota, and nothing is easy as he struggles to figure out how to live, now that he has choices. And Jayden isn’t sure how Dakota, or any lover for that matter, fits into his life. Their path from friendship to romance is a slow one, but Dakota begins to believe he deserves a chance at life, and Jayden falls a little more for Dakota every day. Now they just need to tell each other how they feel.

 

BA Tortuga bio:

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.

You can find BA at:

Website: http:www.batortuga.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/batortuga
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/batortuga
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/batortuga/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/batortuga
Blogger: http://batortuga.blogspot.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/batortuga/
Tumblr: http://batortuga.tumblr.com/

 

Dance Music in Holiday Weekend w/ Charley Descoteaux + Giveaway

December 16, 2016

Dance Music in Holiday Weekend

 

Charley Descoteaux here, thanks for visiting me on my Holiday Weekend tour! I’m thrilled to be visiting the Dreamspinner blog to talk about the playlist for my holiday story, Book Five in the Buchanan House series.

Holiday Weekend is a Christmas story but it begins a couple of weeks before Halloween. In fact, Ryan and Glenn have their first date on Halloween. Their date starts at Portland’s Pioneer Square where they join a crowd in zombie costumes, gathered to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” before a Zombie Walk through the streets of Portland.

As always, music played a big part in the writing of this book. I love music and it always inspires me. Here is the playlist for Holiday Weekend and an excerpt.

 

Thriller”, Michael Jackson: Of course I had to listen to this song to get in the mood for writing the zombie dance scene! It’s a classic.

 

Let’s Dance” by David Bowie is the song playing when the guys make it to the all-ages club where they dance on their first date.

 

What I Like About You” by The Romantics is playing when Ryan almost makes his move on Glenn. ;) It’s a fun song to dance to—anyone remember the Pogo?

 

Ryan and Glenn both love to dance and most of their dates include at least a little dancing. For some reason I’ve always pictured them dancing to 80s music—Bowie, Oasis, NXS, Depeche Mode.

 

Do you have a song from the 80s you like to dance to?

 

Answer in the comments for a chance at the Rafflecopter prizes!

 

To find out about the Christmas music in Holiday Weekend, check out yesterday’s post at Aisling Mancy’s blog!

 

The Buchanan House series is best read in order, so if you need to catch up to enjoy Holiday Weekend, I’ve got you covered. I’ve arranged to have books 1, 3 & 4 priced at .99 during release weekend! Buchanan House, Tiny House, and Safe House are this week’s Weekend Reads! Book #2 is always free at the Dreamspinner store, so that means you can grab the whole series for only $7.96 on release weekend!

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Tour Dates and Stops:

Dec. 15: Aisling Mancy

Dec. 16: Dreamspinner Blog

Dec. 19: All Romance eBooks Featured Author, The Novel Approach

Dec. 20: Hearts on Fire

Dec. 21: Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

Dec. 23: Joyfully Jay

Dec. 27: MM Good Book Reviews

Dec. 29: Love Bytes

 

Check out Holiday Weekend today!

 

Holiday Weekend by Charley Descoteaux

 

Blurb:

Ryan Orchard moved from small-town Idaho to Portland almost two years ago and still feels like a hick. When Paulie Nesbitt dumped him, he wasn’t even surprised. Despite losing twenty-five pounds since then, Ryan’s confidence is nonexistent and his life has stalled. Not only is he convinced the career he wants is beyond his reach, he’s given up on relationships. A new job at a familiar restaurant—and his gorgeous coworker—could be just what Ryan needs to believe in himself again.

Glenn Hernandez might be the only nineteen-year-old in Portland who dreads his days off. Between his horrible housing situation and the ever-present temptation to crawl back into the bottle, Glenn prefers to keep busy. He volunteers at the Elliott Foundation House, a homeless shelter helping LGBTQ sex workers. As an alum of the shelter, Glenn finds it hard to leave his past behind. But when the new server at the trendy restaurant where he works catches Glenn’s eye and works his way into his heart, Glenn finally has a reason to start a new life.

 

Excerpt:

Two days before Halloween, Glenn cornered me in the alley at the end of our shift. I had taken out the trash, and when I turned to go inside, Glenn was leaning in the doorway.

“What are you doing for Halloween?”

Damn, even that sounded naughty. “Nothing.”

“You feel like changing those plans?” Glenn pushed off from the doorjamb and stepped out into the alley. “How do you feel about zombies?”

“What?” I laughed, and finally the tension I’d been holding onto since that night at Kel’s place broke. “Zombies?”

“Yeah. There’s a Zombie Walk, but first they’re going to dance in Pioneer Square.”

Oh, yeah. Glenn dancing is something I’m up for. Literally, it would seem.

“Do you have a costume?” I took a few steps toward the door, and by the look on Glenn’s face, he’d noticed the way my body was reacting to the conversation.

Glenn snickered. “Not really. I figure they won’t care too much if some of the zombies are fresher than others.”

“I’m game.”

“Good.” Glenn walked right up and into my personal space. He looked up, and his heavy-lidded eyes said maybe he was feeling something too. “I know an all-ages dance party after. If it rains, we can still dance.”

“Yeah. That sounds good.”

Glenn held my gaze for another long moment, and the charge in the air between us had goose bumps rising on my arms. I wanted to touch Glenn (way more than just touch, although that would be a good start), but we were standing in the alley behind the restaurant. It would be even worse to only get a taste and then struggle through the rest of the day, so I stepped back. Just a half step, not enough so it would look like I didn’t want to be near Glenn.

“Then it’s a date.” Glenn winked and went inside.

I watched him go for a few steps and then followed.

 

Buy Holiday Weekend:

 

Dreamspinner Press (ebook)

Dreamspinner Press, Buchanan House series page

 

Charley Descoteaux

About the Author:

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

Rattle Charley’s cages:

Blog:  http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/charley.descoteaux.3
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charleydescote/
Rainbow Snippets Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/
@QueerBlogWed on Twitter: #QueerBlogWed or https://twitter.com/QueerBlogWed

 

Series: Buchanan House
Book Number: 5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  December 16, 2016
Pages:  125
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

 

Grilling Up a Story with Ari McKay + Giveaway

December 15, 2016

 

Grilling Up a Story with Ari McKay

 

Hello everyone! I’m Ari, half of the symbiotic relationship known as Ari McKay. We are so happy to have our latest novel, Striking Sparks, being released today by Dreamspinner, and we’re very grateful for you taking some time out of your busy day to join us here!

Do you like barbecue? McKay and I both do. We aren’t Texans like Beau and Jake in Striking Sparks, but every area of the U.S. has their own special take on the cuisine, and they all have something going for them. Rich sauces, smoky flavors, and moist, tender meat, combined together to render a taste that almost every American can recognize and enjoy. And no matter how different they might seem on the surface, deep down they’re fundamentally the same.

That basic commonality is something shared by Beau Walker and Jake Parnell, even though neither of them realize it at first. Growing up as rivals both on the football field and in their family businesses, neither realizes that they share a difficult secret and a mutual attraction. Beau sees Jake as being too smart and ambitious for their small hometown, and Jake is certain that Beau sensed his attraction and hates Jake for it. Even when they each learn that the other is gay, it’s not enough to bridge the gap that seems to yawn between them.

We liked the idea of using a competition to bring the two men together, and we both have watched a rather alarming number of cooking shows, so it seemed a perfect vehicle to get them communicating. And in Texas, what could be better than bragging rights to having the very best barbecue? Enter a celebrity chef, a TV crew, and the excitement of the local rodeo, and sparks are bound to fly!

Of course, we couldn’t make it easy on them. Jake is dealing with grief over the death of his fraternal twin brother and the pressure of helping his pregnant sister-in-law and her children, as well as trying to run the family restaurant. Beau is anxious to have the competition happen so he can afford to hire someone to manage the business aspects of his restaurant and focus on cooking, which is what he really loves. Beau also thinks that Jake considers him no more than an ignorant bully who never aspired to do anything with his life. It’s when Beau sees Jake basically falling apart before his eyes that he reaches out to Jake, and they start to see that they’re not as different as they’d always thought. When their misconceptions are wiped away, the chemistry between them finally has a chance to work its magic and show them what they’ve been missing out on.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I have to admit, part of the fun of writing this story was researching the food. McKay and I have our favorites, of course. I asked McKay what hers was, if she could only pick one, and she said that was trying to name a single favorite kind of cake. But she finally settled on a wood-smoked pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw. Now, I can totally get behind that (my favorite is from Red Hot & Blue), but I also love beef brisket where the meat is so tender it practically melts in your mouth. We enjoyed trying and swapping recipes for the competition, and even researching the grills — believe it or not, the high end ones are really, really complicated! It always delights me to learn something new when writing a story.

We hope you will give Striking Sparks a try, and as a thank you, we’d like to give you a chance to win a prize!  All you have to do to enter is comment to this post and tell us your favorite type of barbecue! On December 18we’ll pick someone at random to receive their choice of one of our stories with Dreamspinner!

We also love hearing from our readers, so feel free to ask us anything you’d like here, or on our facebook page, or at our blog. We look forward to hearing how you like Striking Sparks — and if you end up enjoying it, we have another story about a Walker chef coming out in 2017, so stay tuned for Breaking Bonds!

Website: http://arimckay.wordpress.com
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mckay/266185570179748
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ari.mckay.7
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriMcKay1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6153630.Ari_McKay

 

Check out Striking Sparks today!

 

Striking Sparks by Ari McKay

Blurb: 

The stakes are high and the heat is on.

Beau Walker, owner of the Barbecue Shack, needs the help of Jake Parnell, his one-time rival and secret crush, in a televised barbecue competition. Beau is a proud man, but the stakes are high, and smart, sexy Jake is his only hope, even if being around Jake reawakens the attraction he’s fought for years.

Jake left his hometown, determined to build a life somewhere his sexuality wouldn’t hurt his family’s restaurant business—and far away from hunky, obstinate Beau Walker. Then his twin, Josh, is killed, and Jake returns to support his brother’s wife and children. Despite his reservations, he agrees to go head-to-head against Beau on national television. Between stress and grief, as well as pride and determination, only one thing is certain—the heat between Beau and Jake extends well beyond the kitchen.

What Lies Beneath w/ P.D. Singer + Giveaway

December 14, 2016

What Lies Beneath with P.D. Singer

 

Hi, I’m P.D. Singer, and thanks to my lovely hosts for having me. My latest book, Diving Deep, is a story of second chances between a wreck diver and his dive boat captain. Bobby and Lee have a mystery wreck to help bring them back together.

My own experiences diving led me to reading more books about diving. And being P.D. Singer, that meant I started telling stories about diving with guys in love. I will never have the skills for wreck diving, but I know enough to appreciate what these divers do.

More than five thousand vessels lie sunken along the Outer Banks of North Carolina alone. Bad luck, bad weather, or enemy action can put a ship on the bottom. Thousands more have gone down elsewhere on the East Coast in the 400 or so years since records have been kept. Many of them aren’t marked. Here’s a partial chart of the coast of Delaware, where Lee and Bobby are based.

While those triangles marked “not charted” perplex me (a triangle on a map isn’t charted?) it’s clear that not everything down there is known to us. There’s plenty of scope for mystery.

If there isn’t a concerted mapping effort going on, how do we know there might be something down there? For that matter, how did those wrecks get on the map before geomapping satellites if there was no eye-witness or reliable report?

Fish.

Fishermen find a lot of previously lost ships, just by following the fish. Certain fish like certain habitats. People like to eat the big fish that eat the smaller fish that eat the little fish that eat the little critters that like to live on a reef. Reefs don’t have to be tropical, and they certainly don’t have to be natural.

A sunken ship makes a dandy artificial reef, at least in the opinions of the anemones, barnacles, and corals that will grow anywhere in the ocean they can attach. Even wrecks in cold water will grow a scruffy coat of invertebrates in a fairly short time.  This is the Lana Carol, sunk off the shore of New Jersey in 1976.

Sunken Ship

So if your favorite fisherman is reporting catching the big ‘uns in a certain area, it just might be worth taking a look.

That’s what Johnny Ray Slidell thought, when he passed the map coordinates to Lee Preston.

Join Lee and Bobby aboard the Bottom Hunter. Because Lee’s going to take Bobby out to investigate an untouched dive site. Bobby’s going to put on his fleece longjohns and drysuit, and topple into the water to find out what’s 140 feet down.  He’s prepared to find a nasty old garbage scow—but that’s not what lies below.

Who here has gone scuba diving? Where did you dive? If you haven’t gone diving, is this something you’d like to try? Tell me about it in the comments for a chance to win a title from my backlist.

 

Check out Diving Deep today!

 

Diving Deep by P.D. Singer

 

Blurb

Adventure, danger, passion. A heady mix that only a select few can breathe—and live.

Standing by while his lover tempted fate deep under the Atlantic drove Lee Preston into the bottle. The pain of watching his captain drown in a sea of booze sent elite wreck diver Bobby MacArthur running.

Lee chases whiskey the way Bobby chases adrenaline. The farther apart they stay, the better off they’ll both be. And if Bobby repeats those words often enough, he might start believing them. Now his former partner is calling to his diver soul with the promise of the find of a lifetime. Every crazy chance he takes underwater is safe compared to coming back, but if Lee’s turning his life around, Bobby will haul his gear back aboard the Bottom Hunter.

But not as lovers—yet—and no booze, no wild gambles two hundred feet below. Not even to identify a missing piece of history sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic. Fate has given them a chance to redeem what was lost, if they survive.

But the sea is jealous of her secrets, and the price of her treasures is high.

Available at:

Dreamspinner
Amazon
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Apple
and your other favorite booksellers.

About P.D. Singer:

P.D. Singer lives in Colorado with her slightly bemused husband, one proto-adult, and thirty pounds of cats. She’s a big believer in research, first-hand if possible, so the reader can be quite certain Pam has skied down a mountain face-first, been stepped on by rodeo horses, acquired a potato burn or two, and will never, ever, write a novel that includes sky-diving.

When not writing, playing her fiddle, or skiing, she can be found with a Kindle in hand.

Find P.D. Singer

Website: https://pdsinger.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pd.singer.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PD_Singer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3432323.P_D_Singer

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His Needs: What’s in a Name? W/ Kris T. Bethke

December 13, 2016

 

His Needs: What's in a Name? with Kris T. Bethke

 

Hi everyone! I’m Kris T. Bethke, and I’m here to talk about my newest release, His Needs. This is Travis and Noah’s love story, and I loved writing it.

I’m just not entirely sure of what started it.

It’s been almost a year now since I began penning the tale. I knew I wanted to write another holiday book, so that was definitely a given. And I knew I wanted to hit on a few of my favorite tropes. Friends to lovers, with a bit of a twist, and hurt/comfort. My sister had surgery and was hopped up on painkillers for a week, and since I was her primary caregiver during that time, I got to see the brain-to-mouth filter dissolve, the aches as she moved, and help her not fall over in the shower. I was knitting a lot as a way to decompress in my spare time. So I had all these bits floating around, but that’s pretty much my every day. I don’t quite remember exactly what made them coalesce into a story.

I have a fairly good feeling it was Travis’s name.

I’m a linear writer. I start at the beginning, with the very first word, and write through to the end. But I can’t get started at all until I know what my characters are called. Travis is my narrator, so it was especially important I know who he was. And until I did, I wouldn’t be able to pull all those pieces together and weave a tale.

In my evil day job, I see a lot of names. A lot. And I’m always taking note of an interesting one, or one that catches my eye. I’ve long been a name collector, a good twenty years now, so it’s impossible for me to shut this habit off. These days it comes in handy quite frequently.

I’m also rather…picky about the names I choose. It needs to fit the character, and has to be one I actually like. This is harder for me than most people, and I will admit that I’m kind of ridiculous when it comes to characters’ names. But it’s important to me to put the time in, to figure out the best one for each character. Even the secondary and tertiary for that matter. Every single one gets thought.

So how did I arrive at Travis Kinslow for my MC?

Last name first, of course. I saw it on the page, and I instantly liked the way it sounded. I knew it was one I needed to keep. But as I thought about it more, I started seeing the character in my brain. An officer of some sort. Officer Kinslow sounded great to my ear. A little bit of research, and I quickly chose State Troopers. And once I knew Officer Kinslow was a trooper, the beginning scene unfolded in my brain. He’d been hurt, and he had the concern of a family that was not his by blood.

Okay. Good start.

But I couldn’t call him Officer Kinslow throughout the whole book. My blond, blue-eyed trooper needed a first name. I know I tried my name app, checked my running list, and even searched through the names at work. I can’t remember if I found it and ran it by the BFF, or if he suggested it in the first place, but I know he was involved. In the end, it doesn’t matter, because I had a name.

Travis Kinslow.

And with that name I had a personality, a backstory, a complete unfolding of the character’s life. Who he was. What he wanted. How he felt and reacted. He was my narrator, the guy who would tell me how he fell in love with his best friend’s little brother, and how he wanted nothing more than to be Noah’s forever. I found it easy to slip into Travis’s head and tell his story. Once I had his name, the rest of it fell into place.

And Noah? Well I know for a fact the BFF chose his name, offering it up as a suggestion when I described the character, and it fit so perfectly there was no going back. I didn’t want to. It was exactly the right name for the guy.

And in the end, Travis and Noah are perfect for each other.

What about you? Are names in the stories you read important? Can a name make or break a story for you? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Check out His Needs today!

 

His Needs by Kris T. Bethke

Blurb: 

When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.

As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.

When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?

Author Bio:

Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long.  An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head.  She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project.  Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time.  A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and naps on the weekend are one of her greatest guilty pleasures.  She lives in a converted attic with a way too fluffy cat and the voices in her head.  She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated.

Find me on my site https://kristbethke.com or on Twitter: twitter.com/kristbethke

 

Because Love Always Wins w/ Nicole Dennis

December 9, 2016

 

 Because Love Always Wins with Nicole Dennis

 

When this horrible and tragic late evening/early morning event happened, I didn’t know anything about it until I turned on my television. Thanks to my cable company, it always starts on their 24-hour news/weather channel. This event was the lead.

A mass shooting. A nightclub in Orlando. A popular LGBT nightclub created by a woman who lost her gay brother and wanted to create a safe place for all LGBT people and supporters to let loose, dance and have fun. Pulse. Riddled with bullets. Walls broken and torn by rescuers. Floors covered with blood of the dead, the dying, and the hurt. Mobile phones ringing while loved ones try to call and locate their family member, who might have been dancing only an hour earlier. A lone shooter on a rampage because of his hatred.

I dropped to my sofa, forgot everything else, and stared at the television. At the scene unfolding in front of me. Kind of like what happened with 9/11, but this felt different. This was happening in my city, my town and my people. Some say you never truly know how a horrific event feels like until it happens to you, or your city. Unfortunately, now, Orlando is on the list of mass shootings, at the top due to amount of victims. The one list you never ever want to be on and we’re there. At the top.

Orlando should be a safe city. A place where families come to revel in the attractions, the beaches, and all this beautiful city has to offer. It’s always been that way. We’re the city with Disney, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. Everything within an hour of each other. You’re an hour, a little more, from our beaches – either side. You go to one side and catch one of those massive floating cities and the ship cruises around the blue waters of the Caribbean and multiple islands. This is the true picture of Orlando. The gift Orlando gives to everyone else.

This gift and picture shattered that fateful night in June. Our Orlando community changed forever. Then came the shower of outpouring of support and love. Strangers helping others to save lives. Holding one another on the street in front of the vast memorials while they grieve and struggle to stand on their feet. Lost in the pain and grief, support and love shone bright. Orlando came together in a way I never saw before while living here. There was an outpouring of donations and support for everyone involved, to make sure they didn’t have to worry about medical bills and living expenses while they healed. Even how Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen added a very special stop for their show, AC2, to Orlando with all proceeds from tickets, parking, venue, and food/drinks going straight to the fund. There’s an anthem we continue to use – always – #OrlandoStrong! We’ll never forget. The victims, their families and Pulse will always remain in the memories and fabric of Orlando life.

When I found the submission calls from Dreamspinner supporting the Pulse victims and fund, there was no doubt I would write something. Only when I tried, I couldn’t. Those images of that night flooded me. Stopped my hands on the keyboard. The first submission date passed. The second one loomed over me. I couldn’t let this one pass. I had to support my city.

Then I remembered a couple, background characters, in my book, Treasure Trail. While set in St. Augustine and not Orlando, I knew I could work with this couple. Their story needed telling. There’s a bit of drama, some laughter, and love. Always love. I couldn’t add any of the horror from those images. This story needed to be about love, coming together, and struggling against the odds to figure out a way to hold onto love.

With this in mind, I tapped out a story, Changing Things. Seth Eldridge and his partner, Ryan Dermott, came to life on screen. A pair of pesky felines, Fili and Kili, are at the center of it, causing kitteh mischief, cuddles, and, unfortunately, severe allergies for Ryan. Of course, some of the other characters from Treasure Trail needed to poke their noses into the story, to help Seth and Ryan find their way.

Thank you so much for purchasing and reading Love Wins: An Anthology for Pulse and other LGBT organizations within central Florida. I hope you love all of these stories including my story, Changing Things, a little visit back with the cast of Treasure Trail.

On behalf of Orlando, thank you.

~Nicole

Check out Love Wins today!

Love Wins Anthology

Blurb: 

With time comes healing, but Orlando and the LGBT community are still recovering from last June’s tragedy. To show our ongoing support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this second benefit anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we reaffirm that no matter the obstacle, love always wins.

Changing Things Blurb:

Owning a pair of cats shouldn’t cause so many problems. Seth Eldridge loves and adores his furballs, but he loves his boyfriend, Ryan Dermott, even more. If it’s even possible to compare the two loves. Unfortunately, Ryan is severely allergic to cat fur and dander, among other things. While Ryan takes medication and handles the issues, things are getting worse. When a cat sneaks into their bedroom, a vicious allergic reaction with an asthma attack sends Ryan to Emergency Care. Watching Ryan struggle to breathe, Seth kicks himself, putting all the blame on his shoulders, and decides something has to change.

 

About Nicole Dennis:

Nicole Dennis
Dreamy…Sensual…Forever Love

A quiet one, Nicole Dennis curled up with the latest book of a favorite author. Since the beginning, characters were in her head, worlds building themselves, and stories written. She began writing during class and continues to this day. Now she can let others into her imagination and worlds that always celebrate the love between two or more people within LGBT, paranormal, and fantasy.

During the day, she works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her imagination. She is owned by a semi-demonic tortie calico, affectionately known as Fat Cat.

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Julia Talbot’s Interview w/ Cullen and Matt

December 8, 2016
Julia Talbot's Interview with Cullen and Matt

 

Hey, y’all! I’m Julia Talbot, and I couldn’t be more tickled than to be here talking about my newest release, Catching Heir. It’s a Dreamspun Desire, which is a fantastic line to show off gay romance because it’s such a familiar format for readers. I just love it.

I was going to write some stuffy blog post about writing and blah blah blah, and then the guys took over my brain. They wanted to talk about the old hotel they both wanted to inherit, the Treeline Estates, just outside Aspen, Colorado.

Question: Hey, guys! Today’s question. Is the Treeline Estates haunted?

Matt: That’s a great question. I think so, yes. I mean, we’re not the Stanley, but we’ve got some history.

Cullen: Dude. Are you serious?

Matt: Sure. We have the older gentleman in the bowler hat who broke his neck on the ice in 1922.

Cullen: *wide eyed* Are you serious? That is the suckiest way to go. And is he like, a Beetlejuice ghost? Is his neck all bent and and his body all blue and frosty.

Matt: *rolls his eyes* No, honey. He just looks like an older gent wearing a bowler hat

Cullen: *chews his lip* Huh

Matt: What?

Cullen: You think Grandpa Ben is a ghost now and is haunting us?

Matt: No (very firmly) I think Ben was ready to move on by the time he did. I wouldn’t want him to devote his afterlife to the hotel like he did his life.

Cullen: *brightens* oh good

Matt: I did think you were Ben’s ghost once early on. You look a lot like him.

Cullen: I saw pictures. It’s weird since I never met him.

Matt: Trust me. It’s weirder for those of us who knew him

Cullen: *tilts his head* not too weird though, right? We’re together

Matt: *chuckles* not weird that way, no

Cullen: Oh good. Wanna go snowboarding?

Matt: I have work to do honey

Cullen: (grabs Matt’s hand to drag him off) Nope. Now we play

Well, that seems to be that folks. Cullen has focus issues. I hope y’all will check out Catching Heir and give the boys a little love!

Check out Catching Heir today!

 

Catching Heir by Julia Talbot

 

Blurb: 

Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time?

Bio:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Samhain Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

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Seeing in Color with Ashavan Doyon + Giveaway

December 7, 2016

 

Seeing in Color with Ashavan Doyon

 

This is Ashavan Doyon here at the Dreamspinner Press blog for the release of… oh. It’s a lot. *takes a deep breath* The Rodeo Knight, The King’s Mate second edition and the print only anthology The Chess Master Chronicles.

This is the last stop on my blog tour, coming home to my publisher. Just yesterday I was at Tammy’s Two Cents giving way more information than anyone wanted to know about how I started writing The King’s Mate, down to the mini blurbs for the three other stories I almost wrote instead. A few days before that, I was at My Fiction Nook, with Sylvester Thomas of The Rodeo Knight who shared his favorite superheroes. On release day, I stopped by Love Bytes Same Sex Reviews and sat down at Sam’s Café for a talk with Sam. MM Good Book Reviews hosted us twice! There have been a lot of stops and hopefully, if I’ve gotten my act together between when I wrote this and when it appears on the Dreamspinner Press blog, you can find links to all of them on my website ashavandoyon.com in the News and Events section.

The blog tour has been eleven stops, every one of them unique content, and I’m in awe of authors who manage more than that. Some of you have followed along as I’ve been going from stop to stop, and if you’re one of them, thank you so much! This is the one with the prize… stay tuned!

By now I’ve talked a ton about how this set of stories came to be. I don’t want to repeat that for folks who may have been following the tour, so check out those links on my site and get the whole story. I’m fresh from talking about The King’s Mate, and I love that story, but the “new” release is The Rodeo Knight and I want to give it the attention it deserves today.

The first two Sam’s Café Romances focused on Russ, the chess master for Sam’s tournament. This story closes out that story line with the story of the love he lost, Brian. I had an experience I’d not had before with this book. I had a reviewer that had loved the earlier stories in the series read the blurb and message me on Facebook with, essentially “Brian’s alive? Tell me how?” It was one of the things that told me I’d made the right choice with the story.

Because I’d pitched the story, I had a lot sketched out. I knew we had our amnesiac chess grandmaster Brian. I knew his family had hidden his past from him and created a fake life, a heterosexual life for him to live. I knew that he had missed his chance to make things right with Russ, and I struggled with that, because I knew I had readers who wanted to see that work. But Russ had a happy ending already.

In writing this story I had one advantage most people don’t. I wasn’t writing about amnesia from soap operas or books. I had a friend in college who had a similar accident and suffered from the genuine complete memory loss, down to not remembering his own name. Thankfully, his parents weren’t the total crazies Brian has. I remember something that my friend said to me about amnesia and what it was like when he finally felt something again (for him also, this was over a romantic relationship). He said it was like suddenly turning on color TV, when all you’d been able to watch was black and white. He also said that was a totally inadequate description, but I knew what he meant and I’m sure you do too.

When Brian finally “sees in color” it is in his feelings for a cowboy. That makes Brian’s acceptance of his feelings fast. He has proof, something tangible, for what he’s feeling and he wants it bad, because while he can’t feel what he’s lost, as he says a few times in the story, he “knows it was good.”

*Okay, so it was fast. But I’m a little mystified. I get it, I guess, and sure you set it up, but a comic book store? Were you a Queer as Folk fan or something?*

I haven’t gotten this question yet, and honestly, I’m a little surprised. QAF is the obvious place for a gay man to pull starting a comic book store from. But that totally is not it! I love this story and having the comic book store is a little homage to my own love. I met my husband in college. He owned the comic book store halfway between my mom’s house and the university. It was also a gay boy magnet. Somehow every gay comic geek in a fifty-mile radius seemed to mysteriously frequent his comic store. Anyway, I have strong romantic feelings attached to comic book stores as a result of our summer romance.

Then I broke up with him and crushed his heart into little bits. (oh, totally for real. Yes, there were reasons)

Thankfully Brian doesn’t have such a tarnished happy ending. I hope you’ll have a chance to experience it and all the Sam’s Café Romances. For the record, five years after that summer I decided regrets were for the birds, wrote my husband a letter “you probably hate me but…” and met him for dinner a few weeks later. We’ve been together for sixteen years.

Thinking about Sylvester’s impossible second chance dream for a comic book store — tell me about your crazy dream job or aspiration in the comments — why didn’t you do it? or how did it turn out if you did?

*a-hem* you said something about a prize?

YAY! Prizes. Just one, sadly. Starving author! But I’m offering a book from my Dreamspinner backlist (e-book only, sorry folks, that means The Chess Master Chronicles and the print edition of Gerry’s Lion aren’t eligible) to one person who answers that call to comment on their crazy dream job. E-book prizes are awarded through the Dreamspinner Press bookshelf, so you must have a Dreamspinner Press store account to win. My current new releases (that is The King’s Mate and The Rodeo Knight) are not eligible. You CAN win A Wounded Promise though, even though it’s part of the series. It’s book 2 and it’s fantastic and super angsty. You have 72 hours to enter!

Author Bio:

For fifteen years, Ashavan Doyon worked with students in the student affairs office of a liberal arts college. He recently decided to shake things up a little, and is now working in the publications and communications office at the college. During lunch, evenings, and when he can escape the grasp of his husband on weekends, he writes, pounding out words day after day in hopes that his ancient typewriter-trained fingers won’t break the glass on his tablet computer. Ashavan is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan and prefers to write while listening to music that fits the mood of his current story. He has no children, but lavishes attention on his sole remaining fur child, a very elderly pug. A Texan by birth, he currently lives in New England, and frequently complains of the weather.

Ashavan went to school at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, getting his degree in Russian and East European Studies, with a focus in language and literature. He has two incomplete manuscripts from college that he goes back compulsively to fiddle with every so often, but is still not happy with either of them. He still loves fantasy and science fiction and reads constantly in the moments between writing stories.

You can find me online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashavandoyon.writer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashavandoyon
Web: www.ashavandoyon.com

Check out The Rodeo Knight today!

 

The Rodeo Knight by Ashavan Doyon

 

The Rodeo Knight
Sam’s Café Romances: Book Three

Struck by amnesia after a car crash, Brian Stouten has been living a life laid out by his family, a heterosexual life that just doesn’t fit. When he learns it was all a lie, he returns to the small college town that’s his only clue to his past. But the town is still unfamiliar, and the man he’d hoped would make all his memories return is on a honeymoon with another man. To add insult to injury, everyone thinks Brian died in the crash. It’s only when an out-of-place cowboy asks to bum a smoke that Brian realizes this trip was meant to be.

Sylvester Thomas has always fought a secret desire, and done it successfully. But when geeky Brian offers him a smoke and a light, a simple brush of hands has Sylvester’s hidden passions burning deep. Did he make a mistake letting Brian walk away?

Buy links:

The Rodeo Knight (Dreamspinner)

The Rodeo Knight (Amazon)

Sam’s Cafe Romances books 1-3, print only
The Chess Master Chronicles (Dreamspinner)

Lex Chase’s Top 5 Mainer Quirks

December 7, 2016

 

Lex Chase's Top 5 Mainer Quirks

 

Hello, Internet! I’m Lex Chase here at the lovely DSP Blog to talk about my brand-spankin-new release (and very first contemporary) The Unlikely Prospect!

It’s part of Dreampinner’s States of Love line, featuring stand-alone stories taking place in each of the 50 states of the USA. The Unlikely Prospect features my beloved homestate of Maine. It’s the story of loner lobsterman Harper Cook who loves the sea and people not so much. When he’s “voluntold” for a nude calendar destiny slaps him upside the head when he crosses paths with Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn.

Now, ask anyone how much I burst with Yankee Pride. And I live in the Deep South where us Northerners are called Damned Yankees because we stayed behind. And here I’m presenting a list of my top five personal Mainer quirks:

5: I’m a Red Sox fan since before the womb. Like my granddad, my uncles, and then me. Red Sox Nation is in my blood. Boston Strong!

4: I actually don’t like lobster or seafood in general. I have to leave the kitchen when my family is cooking the poor bastards. They thrash and squeak as the steam goes through their shells. It just freaks me out. Also, not kidding, lobsters are actually the cockroaches of the sea.

3: I don’t have the Downeast accent. I grew up as a Navy brat and my dad got stationed in Japan, followed by California and I learned the San Fran Valley accent. And it just stuck. Forever. But yes. I can say “Pah’k tha kah ‘n Hah’vah’d Yah’d” (Translation: “Park the car in Harvard Yard.”) Also it’s not “Bar Harbor” it’s “Bah-Hah-Bah.”

2: I have a relative who is an astrophotographer. His work has even appeared on the first edition cover of my DSP Publications title Chasing Sunrise. On a clear night and you wait for your eyes to adjust, you can see the Rift in the Milky Way with the naked eye.

1: The Goldsboro community of Maine, which includes Prospect Harbor, also appears in my urban fantasy series Fairy Tales of the Open Road. In the second book Bayou Fairy Tale, Taylor and Corentin move to the village of Sullivan and actually live on my Aunt’s property but with a fictional house. In The Unlikely Prospect, Sean lives on my Aunt’s property but the house is a fictional Queen Anne with the same floorplan. In Fairy Tales, Taylor volunteers at the Jesup Memorial Library, a place Harper in The Unlikely Prospect passes every single day.

 

Check out The Unlikely Prospect today!

 

The Unlikely Prospect by Lex Chase

 

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Blurb:

In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.

When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.

Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though   the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.

 

Lex Chase

Author Bio:

Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal’s Hannigram, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.

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Frugal Coffee Snob with SJD Peterson + Giveaway

December 6, 2016

Frugal Coffee Snob with SJD Peterson

 

I like many others, love coffee!  I mean seriously love coffee. I drink it from morning to night and am an unapologetic coffee snob. I write hours upon hours and it’s a rare occasion that there isn’t a pot of coffee available. I need it to keep myself focused and warm (I’m always cold). The bonus is, it’s always available to anyone who comes to visit.  Nine times out of ten it will be a rich brew of Colombian. However, on occasion I like to add a little flavor to the Joe.

Flavored coffees can be expensive, especially when buying it by the cup. I found a way to satisfy my taste buds without going broke. I make my own at a fraction of the cost.

The simplest way is to check your spice rack. Try adding about ¼ of a teaspoon of your favorite flavor to your coffee grounds before you brew your morning Joe. I recommend cinnamon, apple or pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg

Mocha coffee your flare? Add ½-1 teaspoon of cocoa to your coffee grounds, mix well and pour into your brewing basket. For those of you, who like me, drink a lot of coffee, or want to give it as a gift, add ¼ to 1/3 cup of cocoa to a pound of ground coffee and mix well. I like to dish out enough for a single pot into fancy plastic baggies, tied with a pretty bow and give as gifts.

Finally, my favorite way is to flavor with oils.  Many online companies sell a variety of coffee bean flavors. (My favorites are caramel and hazelnut.) Buy fresh roasted coffee beans (Do not grind first) I add about 1oz of flavor to each pound of coffee beans. Store your flavored beans in a plastic bag or container for a couple of days to give the beans time to absorb the flavors and viola – flavored coffee at your fingertips.

With the holidays upon us, coffee is always a great gift to give. Even if you don’t drink coffee (shudders) the scent of it brewing is one that reminds me of a cozy home. Instead of giving coffee to brew, place the flavored beans in a decorative bowl or around the base of a candle and give the gift of yummy scents.

Happy Brewing

Jo

What are your favorite flavors or scents of coffee. Leave a comment and be entered for a chance to win an ebook copy of both Override and Limitless.  Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

 

Check out Limitless today!

 

Limitless by SJD Peterson

 

 

An Underground Club Tale

Even within the context of the Underground BDSM Club, Joshua’s desires are dark and extreme. Hopelessly addicted to pain and the high it gives him, he has no limits. Joshua would quite literally rather die than use a safeword, and he accepts that might be his fate. As much as he depends on others, he has yet to find a man who can gain his trust, and he has little hope that he ever will.

For Nash, acquiring Joshua from another Dom at the club is only the first step in what will be a long and arduous road to lure the young man back from the brink of self-destruction. He must do the impossible and win Joshua’s trust, and he must be the one to set limits in their exploration—something he’s unaccustomed to as a Dom. But Nash knows dominance doesn’t always mean pushing a submissive’s boundaries. It’s about establishing a bond and fulfilling another man’s needs. In Joshua’s case, he’ll have to strike a balance between meeting the young man’s expectations and drawing firm lines that will save Joshua from himself.

 

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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