Only Forever: Lifetimes to Love with Scotty Cade

December 5, 2016

 

 

 

Master Captain Theodore Gourdin has always loved the ocean. But his devotion to maritime life left little possibility for a long-term relationship. After two failed marriages and numerous unsuccessful relationships, Theo gave up on finding the person who completed him and decided the sea was his soul mate. When offered the opportunity to captain the newly launched megayacht Eternity, Theo jumped at the chance. With Eternity’s maiden voyage looming, Theo focused all his energies on hiring his crew and readying his ship. The last thing he expected was to finally lose his heart in the process.

After twelve years at sea, First Officer Heath Rawlins was restless and in need of a change. A gay seaman’s life could be a lonely one, but to Heath the positives far outweighed the negatives. With excellent recommendations and an impressive résumé, he was quickly offered a position on the private megayacht Eternity. Heath’s heart skipped several beats when he finally met the ship’s captain. He was handsome and charming. And… familiar? Had they met somewhere before? Highly unlikely. But as smitten as Heath was with the gorgeous captain, everything inside him screamed, Abandon ship! Rough seas ahead!

 

Scotty Cade

Hi Kids,

Scotty Cade here again. First off I’d like to thank my wonderful publisher Dreamspinner Press for their never ending support and guidance over the last seven years and for always giving me the opportunity to hijack their blog allowing me to spend a little time with you. Their support along with yours means the world to me so thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

With all that said, today I’m here to chat about my latest novel which released about a week ago. It’s called “Only Forever” and focuses on the unexpected, unexplainable, but deeply strong connection between two men when they meet for the first time. Theo and Heath have been drawn to the sea for as long as they could remember, but neither really knew why. They have both spent their lives feeling like they’ve been looking for something that was always just out of reach. But when they are brought together their connection is to powerful and overwhelming to ignore. Although they fight it all the way, for many reasons, the pull is undeniable.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not pushing any agenda and I’m not sure I’m a complete believer in reincarnation, but I do believe that our time on earth is just a minute of our spiritual journey. I think along the way we meet people, connect with them, befriend them, love them and let them go, until our paths cross again. So that is the premise of the book, accepting and embracing something you can never really prove but know deep inside your heart, without a doubt, it’s your truth.

When I got the brainstorm for this book I sat down and started writing. No research, no outline, just me, Theo and Heath. But halfway through the book, it took on a life of its own, as my books usually do, and ventured off in a direction I had no idea was coming. That’s when I decided I needed to research the stuff Theo and Heath were experiencing. So I stopped writing just long enough to verify a few of my thoughts, but I got so involved in the subject matter I ended up spending countless hours perusing the internet about déjà vu, reincarnation and all sorts of similar topics.

Six hours in, I stumbled upon a site called “Whisper’s from the Soul” by Esther Bartkiw. Trust me when I tell you this site intrigued the hell out of me. Esther is a strong believe in reincarnation. On her sight she talks about what’s going on when you meet someone, have an instant connection and feel like you’ve know that person forever. She believes they are part of your “Soul Group” or “Soul Family.” According to Esther, these are people or groups of spirits or beings who reincarnate with us in various lifetimes and perhaps even in different realms to help us move forward in life, grow in consciousness and learn life lessons.

She goes on to say that she believes that while we are in the heavens waiting for our next incarnation into the physical, we make plans on what we want to experience and accomplish in our lifetime. We look to members of our Soul Group or Soul Family to help us achieve those goals. These members of your Soul Group may have popped up in your past lives as a lover, friend, sister or parent cherishing and caring for you. These spirits may have made an appearance as a nemesis, enemy or someone who deeply wounded you. This does not mean that the spirit does not like you or is bad. On the contrary, this spirit most likely loves you so much that they were willing to come to the planet and be a part of your life that causes you grief and anguish so that you can grow and accomplish what you plan.

Anyway, I could go on and on about this topic, but you get the drift. So when you read this book all I ask is that you keep an open mind and just allow the possibilities to resonate with you. And please don’t call it “instalove.” It may appear as such, but Heath and Theo have known each for many lifetimes. It a mere reconnection of lovers.

Oh. One more thing before I let you get to the excerpt. Let me ask you one question. Have you ever met someone for the first time, had a feeling that maybe you’ve met them before, or even felt like you’ve known them forever? If you’ve had an experience like I’ve mentioned above, tell me about in the form of a comment. If you do, you will be entered into a drawing to win any book from my backlist.

Enjoy!

Scotty

 

Only Forever by Scotty Cade

 

Excerpt:

Theo propped his elbows on the table and rested his chin in his hands. He stared at Heath quizzically. “Excuse me for asking, but have we met somewhere before? You seem so very familiar to me.”

“Oddly enough, I thought the same thing when I walked into the dining room and saw you sitting here. But I don’t see how. I think I would have remembered.”

“I guess so,” Theo said. “You probably just remind me of someone.”

“Same here,” Heath agreed.

The two men held each other’s gaze until Heath felt uncomfortable, cleared his throat, and turned away. When he turned back, the captain was still eyeing him closely.

“So tell me,” Heath said. “In your e-mail you mentioned you’d hired a first officer but alluded to the fact that he wasn’t a good fit. Can I ask what happened?”

“Certainly,” Theo said. “As I mentioned in my original email, it’s nothing I can put my finger on exactly. I’ve interviewed about a half dozen potential first officers, and they were all very qualified, but they were young, stiff, and eager to please. I don’t want someone blowing smoke up my ass. I want someone who has my back and will shoot straight with me. And I just didn’t feel he was the one.”

Oh my God! How many gay innuendos can a person make in one sentence? Young and stiff? Eager to please? Blowing smoke up your ass? Having your back? Shooting straight! This is gonna kill me. Look at the bright side, Heath. You might not get the job.

Heath folded his napkin and placed it in front of him. He rested both elbows on the table, linked his fingers, and leaned forward. “Well, sir—I mean, Theo. The way I see it—if you offer me the position, our relationship can go one of two ways. I can do everything you just mentioned and more”—and enjoy the hell out of it—“or I can be 100 percent honest with you and give you my opinion regarding any particular situation when it is solicited. It’s really up to you.”

A smile crept across Theo’s face. “I like you, Heath. You’re straightforward and to the point. I think we’ll get along just fine. By the way, what does the G stand for in your name, G. Heath Rawlins?”

Heat slowly crept up Heath’s face. “Are you sure you won’t laugh?”

“No promises,” Theo said, looking over the edge of his glass before he took a sip of water.

“Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

Theo eyed him warily.

“My first name is Gilligan.”

Theo choked on his water, and Heath thought he might spit a mouthful across the table. The captain wiped the water from his chin with his napkin, smiled, and locked eyes with Heath. “You’re shitting me, right? A sailor named Gilligan?”

“It’s a family name on my mother’s side,” Heath explained. “And while we’re on the subject, if I remember right, your middle initial is G.”

This time Theo squirmed. “It is.”

“And?” Heath asked.

Theo looked from side to side and then leaned in with mischief in his eyes. “Gil-li-ard,” he said softly.

“Your middle name is Gil-li-ard?” Heath asked rather loudly. “How do you spell that?”

Theo laughed and spelled out his middle name. “G-a-i-l-l-a-r-d.”

“When you spell it, it sounds like it should be pronounced Gail-lard. Guy-lard. Or maybe Gay-lard?”

“Welcome to the South, Gilligan,” Theo said. “My family’s originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and it was my mother’s maiden name.”

“Well, at least we have that much in common,” Heath said, now feeling even more comfortable teasing Theo.

“You’re from Charleston?” Theo asked.

“No. But both of our parents apparently blessed us with sucky names.”

Theo frowned. “Really? I happen to like mine.”

Heath’s smile faded. Oh shit. As usual I went too far.

But before Heath could backtrack, Theo burst into laughter. “Oh, who am I kidding? I despise it.”

“Oh thank God,” Heath said. “I thought I’d just ruined my chance at a new job before I even got it.”

“Nope. And for future reference, I don’t take myself that seriously.” Theo looked around for a waiter. “Hey! How about a drink?”

“To that I’ll say, ‘Yes, sir!’”

Once they had their drinks and ordered their dinner, the conversation flowed again.

“So I’ve already told you I’m originally from Charleston,” Theo said. “How about you?”

“Austin, Texas,” Heath replied.

“I’ve been there a couple of times, and I like Austin. A lot. Your family still there?”

“Unfortunately not.” Heath felt the usual tightening of his chest and tugging at his heart each time he had to tell the story about how he’d lost his family, but he pushed through it, as he always did, and explained his situation.

“I’m really sorry,” Theo said. “That couldn’t have been easy for you.”

Heath stared at a ship’s wheel hanging on the wall over Theo’s shoulder and mentally stepped back in time. “It sucked,” he finally said. “In the beginning I had horrible survivor’s guilt, you know? Like I wished the hell I had been home with them. I mean, I kept asking myself why I was spared.”

As the words left Heath’s mouth, they surprised the hell out of him. He hadn’t spoken to anyone, with the exception of a grief counselor at the maritime academy, about how he’d felt after losing his family. Not anyone in over twelve years. But here he was telling Theo all about it.

Theo seemed to hang on his words and appeared to be waiting for more when Heath decided enough was enough. He needed to wrap this up, and quick. “But it got easier, I guess.”

Maybe sensing that Heath was uncomfortable talking about his family, Theo reached over and laid his hand on top of Heath’s—a move that surprised the hell out of him. As soon as their flesh connected, Heath felt the same instant warmth running through his body he’d felt when they’d shaken hands earlier. This time the warmth was accompanied by a fleeting image that flashed through his mind’s eye. But before Heath could lock onto it, it was gone.

Theo’s thoughtful tone and sensitive demeanor told Heath the captain was not only good-looking, he was easy to talk to and seemed genuine and caring. He liked the man more and more with each passing minute.

“I guess we play the hand we’re dealt,” Heath said, trying to stay in the moment.

“You’re right,” Theo agreed, slowly withdrawing his hand.

As soon as Theo’s touch was gone, Heath instantly wanted it back. What was the draw? He sure as hell didn’t know, but he was quickly realizing he was playing with fire. He needed to get a grip on this infatuation or he was going to ruin his chances of getting this job.

“Well,” Heath continued, “if there was anything positive that came from losing my family, it’s the fact that their deaths made me throw myself into my education and career full force. And twelve years later, here I am.”

Theo nodded. “If my calculations are correct, you joined your first ship right after you graduated.”

“Just days,” Heath admitted. “I needed the distraction, or I probably would have lost my mind. Or even worse, killed myself.”

Theo gave him a knowing glance.

“Hey, look,” Heath said. “I’m sorry, man. I have no idea why I went into all this detail. I don’t talk about this stuff.”

“Maybe you needed to,” Theo said. “And I’m glad you felt comfortable enough with me to share a little of your story.”

Theo hesitated and then spoke. “I know this sounds lame, but the more we talk, I just can’t shake the feeling that we’ve met somewhere before.”

 

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Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication.  When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side.  Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there.  He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

Here’s where you can find me:

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The Heat is On with Tory Temple + Giveaway

November 30, 2016

 

The Heat is On with Tory Temple

Hi readers! I’m Tory Temple, and I’m here today to let you know about my re-released novel with two of my favorite characters! FIRELINE – THE OCEANSIDE FIRE SERIES will be available for purchase on Friday, December 2. This anthology is composed of two full-length novels and a novella, all starring Chance and Tucker. All of these have been previously published, but trust me when I say they’ve been cleaned up (a lot) and re-edited very well.

Chance and Tucker were my first boys, written way back in 2005, but they continue to lead rich, full lives in my head. As a matter of fact, they recently hooked up with Jake and Tor from Chris Owen’s Bareback, in the Never Too Early series. (Not currently available, but soon.) These two have a very special place in my heart and I love it when readers tell me that they also have fond feelings for them!

Their world-building happened when my husband and I got engaged fifteen years ago. He’d been involved with the fire department since he was eighteen, but it was only when we started living together that I realized what it meant to be a fireman’s wife. As I learned more and more details of the fire service, Chance and Tucker came to life. I’ve been inside many fire stations and met a lot of different firemen over the years. When you see the close quarters in which they have to live, it’s only natural to wonder if any hooking up is happening. ;)

The hubs has been an excellent resource for me while writing. I tend to get bogged down in details and I find research to be tedious for this reason. I like everything to be as close to reality as possible, so research can take me hours and hours. Having a walking firefighting encyclopedia living with me is very handy. However, what’s true for Chance and Tucker may not be true for a fireman living on the east coast. Different departments, different states: different rules. Chance and Tucker are west coast firefighter/paramedics for the simple reason that I know their schedule and their department bylaws.

I’m giving away one ebook copy of Fireline! To enter, just comment here and tell me if you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit a local firehouse. School field trip, fire department open house day, or did you just drop by to bring the firefighters cookies? (They never turn down sweets.) And if you’ve never been to one, have you had any encounters with firemen? Hopefully nothing traumatic happened, but if it was an emergency situation, how did they treat you? I’d love to know. Comment below with your experiences!

Tory

 

Check out Fireline – The Oceanside Fire Series today!

 

Fireline by Tory Temple

 

Blurb:

Sparks fly when Chance meets Tucker, and the flames aren’t far behind.

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Chance has a job he loves as a fireman, an ocean view, and a great bunch of friends. There’s no reason to change until he meets Tucker, a paramedic who works his shift. Tucker might even be worth coming out for. But when Chance is injured, it takes a toll that could shatter everything they’re working to build. Can they get through the first test of their new relationship and come back better than ever?

Flashover

Chance and Tucker return when a family tragedy forces Tucker back to Kentucky to wait out the probate on the old homestead—but they can’t be together for long, because Chance can’t leave work. Their few stolen moments are plagued by adversity from the locals, problems in their personal lives, and even the weather as they try to settle the farm enough to leave it behind. Can they keep it together when the fire burns high enough to flash over their heads?

Flesh and Blood

After they endure those hardships, they still face the daily dangers of their jobs and the uphill battle to prove their love is as legitimate as anyone else’s.

Journaling Opens the Heart and Mind w/ CJane Elliott + Giveaway

November 29, 2016

Journaling Opens the Heart and Mind with CJane Elliott

Hello, all! I’m CJane Elliott and it’s my privilege to be on the Dreamspinner Blog today to talk about my new release, All the Way to Shore. One of the elements in the story I most enjoyed writing is the journal that Marco keeps.

I’ve kept a journal for most of my life. I still have my first diary, started in the 4th grade, in which I talk mostly about food, a preoccupation that continues to this day! Journaling has always been a form of therapy for me—a way to pour out whatever’s bothering me, muse about the previous day’s events, and center myself for the day ahead. It clears my mind and gets me in touch with my heart. I often work out story ideas too! If you’ve never tried journaling, I recommend giving it a try.

In All the Way to Shore, Marco’s journal entries are included throughout the story and show a side of Marco that most of the world never sees, because on the surface he’s a hard-charging CEO. No one would suspect he loves his cat and his Mama and his little sister, and actually has a tender heart. I’ve never written journal entries into a story before, but I think it worked really well. It was a way to get a first-person point of view of Marco without having to write the whole story that way. We’re able to see right into Marco’s mind as he talks to himself about everything that’s happening. I include an example below. By this time in the story, Marco has met “Jonah” (the name Jonathan is going by) on the cruise and things are already going way beyond expectations:

 

EXCERPT

MARCO’S JOURNAL

A fling, I said. A hot shipboard affair. Blowing off some steam was my plan. Not falling for some sweetheart of a guy. But why not? What am I protecting myself from? The days of strategic relationships are over. I torpedoed that game when I broke it off with Ashley. But having a serious relationship—like something real—wasn’t on the table. Was it?

All I can say is I’ve never talked to anyone but Sophia as much or as freely as I talked to Jonah today. He feels so comfortable—like a comfy pair of slippers or my ratty red sweater I wear at home. Home. That’s the word. He feels like home.

But how can that be? I don’t know the guy. I’ve talked to him for a sum total of six hours. I think—no, I know—he was disappointed when I didn’t pursue something physical tonight. But damn. It’s already gone beyond a quick fuck. I don’t need that kind of action, no matter what I was thinking before I got on the ship. I’ve got Hank, the masseur with the happy endings, for that. And I don’t want to hurt the guy. Jonah. I don’t want to hurt Jonah. There’s something kind of naïve, almost innocent, about him, despite how hot he is. He doesn’t seem very experienced, in sex or relationships. I have to step carefully or this could end up being an unholy mess.

Enough whining, Pellegrini. What’s the game plan? 1. Spend more time with Jonah and get to know him better. 2. ???

Hmm. I’m rarely at such a loss. But maybe that’s what this trip is really about—venturing into unknown territory in more ways than one. Tomorrow we reach the first port of call. I want to take Jonah onto the island and wander the streets. Maybe find a little church. Spending time with him has me wanting to reconnect to my spirituality.

Gratitude: Being in the middle of the ocean. Jonah’s blue eyes. Sophia the magical sister having so much fun. Rest. Renewal. A sweet man to spend time with. It’s enough.

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All the Way to Shore by CJane Elliott

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Jonathan Vallen has never felt good enough. A gentle musician who loves to garden, he’s woefully unsuited to running Vallen Industries, the family business. When his father hires a hotshot executive, Marco Pellegrini, to save the company, Jonathan moves away and leaves his humiliation behind. A year later and forty pounds lighter, Jonathan runs into Marco on an LGBT cruise. Marco doesn’t recognize him, the sparks fly, and Jonathan pretends to be someone else for the week—Jonah Rutledge—someone good enough to be loved.

Marco Pellegrini has always been driven. He rose from poverty to the pinnacle of business success, and he’ll do anything to protect his reputation—including hiding his bisexuality. Having saved Vallen Industries, he’s weary of the rat race and ready for a more meaningful life. When Marco meets his soul mate for that new life—Jonah Rutledge—on an LGBT cruise, he prepares to stop hiding and start living.

Back on land, the romance crashes when Marco discovers his perfect man is not only a lie but the son of his boss, Frederick Vallen. Jonathan resolves to win Marco back, but Frederick takes vengeful action. Jonathan and Marco must battle their own fears as well as Frederick’s challenge to get to the future that awaits them on the horizon.

 

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For a chance to win an ebook of your choice from my backlist, please comment. Here’s a question or two for you: Have you ever kept a journal? If so, did it help you? If not, do you think you might try?

Thanks, everyone! I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you all enjoy reading All the Way to Shore as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

ABOUT CJANE

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.

E-mail: cjaneelliott@gmail.com
Website: www.cjaneelliott.com
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Old-Fashioned Romance with C.B. Lewis

November 28, 2016

Old-Fashioned Romance with C.B. Lewis

Well, it’s that time again. I’m C.B. Lewis and on December 2nd, my third novel - Private Truths - is being released.

The story centres on Jack McCall, a veteran working for a veterans’ charity in London, and Edward Marsden, the Viscount of Routhsley, an aristocratic philanthropist. The two men cross paths through Jack’s charity work and are drawn to one another, but due to Edward’s position and the media circus that follows him, things become a lot more complicated than either of them expected.

I have to admit it’s a first for me, doing a old-fashioned romance, but it definitely was fun to develop. I got the idea for Private Truths after one too many TV shows planted ideas for the characters. Originally, it was meant to be a short story for an anthology, but I have this tiny problem with verbosity.

The biggest challenge of the story was writing about a combat veteran who is still dealing with the aftermath of his discharge years on. With family members who have been discharged from the military and who have worked with veterans’ charities, I wanted to be sure to treat the topic with as much sensitivity as I could. Sometimes, it was very intense to write, but I hope I have done it justice.

With my toe-dip into the romance pool completed for now, I’m now back to working on the Out of Time series. The third, fourth and fifth books are all currently in progress. Unfortunately yes, at the same time out of necessity, because writing time-travel is like trying to do a mixed-up mess of jigsaws at the same time in the dark. It’s far too tricky and if anyone ever sees me writing time-travel again after this, you have my permission to bop me with a rolled-up newspaper.

Of course, this means I’m open to suggestions of what to do next, once the time-travel is well and truly out of the way. So what do you think, lovely readers? Historical? Fantasy? Noir? Feel free to plant a seed, because goodness knows, I collect them :D

If you’re curious about what I’m up to, you can find me here:
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Check out Private Truths today!

 

Private Truths by C.B. Lewis

Blurb: 

For two role models with their reputations on the line, privacy might be a luxury they can’t afford, and love might be impossible.

After returning from service, Army veteran Jack McCall fought his way back from addiction and joined a charity supporting homeless veterans in London, where he became an inspiration to others. He approaches Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, a known playboy and philanthropist, about sponsorship for his charity. To his surprise, Edward isn’t the shallow pleasure-seeker everyone assumes, and he and Edward share many interests. Little by little, they are drawn together in spite of the different worlds they come from.

But for two men in the public eye, happiness won’t be so easily achieved. Edward fears coming out as gay will shift attention from his charity work, and Jack worries his relationship with the aristocrat will undermine the integrity of his foundation. They come under intense scrutiny, leading to an inevitable clash between Jack and the press who won’t stop harassing them. As what they’ve built comes crashing down, Jack and Edward must make a choice: continue presenting the facade the public expects, or expose the private truths in their hearts so they can be together.

 

About C.B. Lewis:

C.B. Lewis is small and Scottish and can often be spotted perched around historical monuments with her notepad and pen. She loves to travel and just has one continent left to complete her travel bingo card. There are no cats, no puppies, no significant others, only a lot of ideas and an awful lot of typing. And occasionally, cake. Never forget the cake.

Meg Harding’s Happy Place

November 28, 2016
Meg Harding's Happy Place

 

Hi all! I’m Meg Harding, and for those who don’t know me, I’m in love with hockey. I was never really into sports before—I’ll casually watch tennis and that’s about it—but when I found hockey, well… it spiraled. So much spiraling. Not only did it provide me with a pastime, but it provided me with endless amusement (seriously, go watch some of the videos these teams post), a community of fellow sports writers and sports fans—a few of which I’m quite close to now, and it’s led to a lot of my recent traveling ventures. I’ve been to Pittsburgh for the World Cup, I went to Canada to watch a preseason game, I moved to Chicago in part so I could see the Blackhawks, and I’ll be heading to St. Louis today, actually, to watch the Dallas Stars!

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The sport, and the teams I love, have become a happy place for me. I wasn’t in the best mind frame when I first got into it, not really happy and just overall ugh about everything, and it became something that made me feel better. I’d watch it, I’d read books about it, to get away from reality. Honestly, I read more hockey fanfic than I do anything else. So, naturally, it felt right for me to start incorporating hockey into my books. It’s a subject I know well and one that I get a great deal of pleasure writing about.

Checking it Twice, the third in my Carlisles series, is about a model and a hockey player. At the moment, the NHL has no out players, but they do have things like You Can Play and pride tape. Both of which are mentioned/explained in my novel. I wanted Checking it Twice to feature both sides of the coin, so to speak. The hesitance of being the first, but the support structure that is in place to help those who eventually take the step. It’s not a perfect world, and progress is something that’s still, well, a work in progress. But slowly actions are being taken, and one day… one day they’ll get there. Checking it Twice is just moving that one day to today.

Running with the hockey theme, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of To Arizona. Want to enter? Share what your “happy place” is. Is it a specific book or author? An actual place? A TV show or sport? What do you turn to for comfort?

 

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Checking It Twice by Meg Harding

 

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Blurb:

Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.

Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.

 

About Meg Harding:

Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and is completing a master’s program for publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life, she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
Blog: megharding.wordpress.com
Twitter: @Cumberstone61
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MegHardingWrites

Visual Inspiration w/ Laura Lascarso + Giveaway

November 22, 2016

 Andre in Flight: Visual Inspiration with Laura Lascarso

I’m a visual person. Perhaps part of the reason I wrote my main character, Martin, as a fine artist was to compose all those masterpieces I wish I could paint in real life. Instead, I get to paint with words.

And for the visuals, I’ll have to rely on the artists at Unsplash.com and their amazing photographs to help tell the story of Martin and his youthful muse, Andre. I’ve put together an inspiration board that’s a combination of their characters, talents and the setting–sunny, Miami, Florida. The colors are vibrant and the men are hot, just like Andre and Martin and their blossoming love affair. Take a look and I hope you enjoy reading ANDRE as much as I enjoyed writing it!

 

Collage for Andre in Flight by Laura Lascarso

 

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Andre in Flight by Laura Lascarso

 

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Blurb:

When up-and-coming Miami painter Martin Fonseca encounters youthful pretty boy Andre Bellamy washing dishes in the kitchen of La Candela, he swears he’s known him before, intimately. But Andre only arrived in Miami weeks ago, after running away from small-town Alabama and his abusive father. When Martin discovers Andre trading sexual favors for a place to stay, he offers him a room in his studio apartment. As roommates only.

What starts as a playful friendship turns into something more as Andre begins posing for Martin, whose true passion is painting fantastical portraits. Martin’s obsession with Andre grows until they are sharing more than just flirtatious conversation. But when an eccentric art collector buys one of Martin’s paintings, Martin’s past jealousies resurface and threaten to destroy what he and Andre have so lovingly built.

 

Laura Lascarso

About Laura Lascarso:

Laura Lascarso lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. Her debut novel, Counting Backwards (Simon & Schuster 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for young adult literature. She aims to inspire more questions than answers in her fiction and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform a society.

For social critiques, writer puns, and Parks and Rec gifs, follow her on Twitter @lauralascarso

 

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Animated Love with T.A. Chase + Giveaway

November 18, 2016

 

Animated Love

 

Hi everyone. My name is T.A. Chase and I’m here to promote my new release, Why I Love Geeks. Well, it’s actually a re-release with added material, so I hope you will check it out.

I know I’m supposed to talk about something from my book, but I have to say while I writing this, I’m watching the new re-boot of Voltron on Netflix. As Amy Lane says…mad Kermit flail. I loved the old one so much. I used to watch it when I got home from school and before I went to work at the library.

This one is pretty cool as well. It’s funny because in a way I can see my two main characters in two of the Voltron characters. I say in a way because the one that reminds me of Herb is a girl…lol.

Pidge is the paladin for the Green Lion. She’s a bit of a geek, always finding new ways to upgrade her lion. So she’s not a scientist like Herb is, but they both have a great deal of knowledge. They’re both young, though I’ll admit that Pidge is far younger than Herb. She likes to ramble like he does, which is cute. ☺

Shiro, the leader of the paladins and the pilot of the Black Lion, reminds me of Chuck. Older and more sensible, he keeps all the other paladins in line. He’s the one with more common sense and experience in how things work.

Chuck is that way in Why I Love Geeks. He doesn’t stop Herb from doing his experiments or all his other stuff, but he watches to make sure he doesn’t end up hurt in some way. Admittedly, Herb makes it difficult and drives Chuck to distraction, yet their relationship works.

Not that five mechanical and magical lions and the pilots who fly them are quite the same as my contemporary gay romance, yet as I’ve shown there are some similarities. Humor and a little suspense mashed together. Good fighting evil. Isn’t that what every good story has. Well, maybe not the good fighting evil. Lol

Voltron was one of my favorite cartoons when I was younger. Along with Thunder Cats and She-Ra. I would spend my afternoons after school watching the different shows. They seemed to be all fantasy or sci-fi based as well. Definitely had a theme going.

To be honest, I don’t think Herb would watch cartoons. The science in the sci-fi ones would drive him mad, simply because a lot of it isn’t possible or real for that matter. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t get why people would want to watch cartoons anyway. He’s a very literal guy. Though maybe animated movies could get him interested…like Disney or Pixar.

Chuck would’ve loved cartoons, not only the more serious ones, but Tom & Jerry and Wily E. Coyote as well. He strikes me as the kind of guy who likes to laugh, even though he takes his job very seriously now. I can see him hang out with his siblings on a Saturday morning, arguing over what cartoons they were going to watch. Of course, he’d always give in and watch whatever the others wanted.

Actually, I can see Herb and Chuck curled up on the couch while Chuck explains what’s going on in the Scooby-Doo show. Herb would end up finding the whole thing fascinating as a way to discover what ‘normal’ people watch and think.

Herb lives in a rather isolated bubble or he did until he meets Chuck. Cartoons are just one of the joys of life Chuck introduces him to along with Twinkies and Oreos. Oh and sex. So many things Herb missed out on while growing up.

I’m sure some of you have read the first edition of Why I Love Geeks, but I hope you’d like to give the second edition a glance at least. I loved re-visiting them and some of the things Herb said made even me laugh out loud at times. It was nice to write a humorous story instead of the serious ones I tend to do. I have two other books coming out in the Why I Love series and those will be added to as well.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I’d love to hear what your favorite cartoons were as a kid. One lucky person who leaves a comment will receive an ecopy of Why I Love Geeks.

I also want to thank Dreamspinner for allowing me to take over their blog for the day.  I’m excited to have Why I Love Geeks coming out with them. ☺ Thank you and have a great day. (Maybe go watch a cartoon or two)

Stop by my website, www.tachase.com to find out my other books or Twitter:  @TaChase or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001595721283

 

Check out Why I Love Geeks today!

 

Why I Love Geeks by T.A. Chase

 

Blurb:

New York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.

Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.

Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.

No Matter Where You Meet, Love is Love w/ Remmy Duchene

November 11, 2016

No Matter Where You Meet, Love is Love with Remmy Duchene

Hello Dreamers! I know I don’t come by here much and I don’t mean to be antisocial but lately, things seemed to have implode in more work and less sleep and even less time to play! But I am here now to talk to you about meeting people.

In Trust and Control (coming November 14th to Dreamspinner Press) the lovers meet at a Masquerade party being thrown by an LGBT club, then again online. There is something alluring about flirting with a stranger. It makes the blood pump faster as your heart race. But how do you take it from a mutual flirtation to something else. When the masks come off will you both be attracted? Will one want the other but the feelings aren’t being returned?

In older times, our parents met each other through friends, through family, at a local dance or dinner or simply by walking down the street. My parents met when my mom was a teenager, going to the store for her older sister. My father’s dad owned the store and he took one look at her and knew. He walked beside her all the way home, not saying a word and since my mom was super shy, it made things a little weird lol. But, after he did that a few times she finally got up enough courage to speak to him and that totally made his day. Eight years later, they were married, and almost thirty years later, they are still together.

These days, technology has taken over everything including the way we meet people. Before, there was the romance of our eyes met across the room and there was this electricity that took my breath away… Today it’s more of I saw his pic. Liked what I saw so I sent him a flirt. It can be a little bit of a sterile way to meet someone because you don’t have that instant personal connection. But, if you work on it and the both of you are willing and open minded, it can work out.

I know a lot of people who’ve met their significant other online and it’s not a bad way to go, especially if you’re shy and can’t really walk up to that hottie with the fantastic hair and nice lips. There is no shame in it. If you meet someone you’re truly meant to be with who cares where you met them? It could be in a bathroom where you have to knock on the stall to get the person on the other side to spare a piece of toilet paper because you ran out or walking down the street or a forum online where you’re obsessed with some tv show or book etc.

I guess what it all boils down to is this – No matter where you meet love is love.

 

Check out Trust and Control today!

 

Trust and Control by Remmy Duchene

 

Blurb:

Wealthy real estate mogul Christophe Lafavre has everything—except any love life to speak of. Though he has a brilliant head for business, when it comes to relationships, he’s often left fumbling in the dark.

To put a stop to the whispers about his pitiful social life, Christophe takes a suggestion from a friend and goes to a club on masquerade night. There, he meets an elusive hottie who calls himself Raj, and though Christophe cannot see Raj’s face, there’s definitely a connection. Over the phone and online, Christophe and Raj get to know each other. Their conversation is easy and arousing. It’s hard for Christophe to believe the strength of the feelings he’s developing toward a man who is still essentially a stranger, but he can’t get Raj out of his head. They eventually give in to their physical longing—but still Raj refuses to show his face or divulge his identity.

When it comes, the revelation will rock Christophe’s world and redefine more than one relationship in his life.

 

Author Bio:

Multi-published Remmy Duchene was born in St. Anns, Jamaica and moved to Canada at a young age. When not working or writing, Remmy loves dabbling in photography, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Website: https://remmyduchene.wix.com/remmyduchene
Twitter: https://twitter.com/remmduchene

 

More Than Friends? with J.R. Loveless – Giveaway + Excerpt

November 9, 2016

More Than Friends with J.R. Loveless

Release day is always exciting! Today is November 9th and the release of my newest novella You Belong With Me. There are some of you who may know me from my first novel from Dreamspinner Press, Touch Me Gently, but for those who don’t, I’m J.R. Loveless, and I have been writing gay romance for a little over ten years now. Dreamspinner gave me a chance in 2010 and I have been publishing with them ever since. My long term dream is to be able to spend my days writing, but until then, I work in an office as a manager of a System Support department while dreaming up countless stories I hope to bring to you all someday.

Many of us have experienced, or are experiencing right now, the most painful of all type of loves – unrequited. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching from afar as the person we want to be with showers their affection and attention on someone else. Except when they’re your best friend and they don’t even realize you’re in love with them. Because then it’s an up close and personal view that you wish you never had to witness.

In You Belong With Me, Scott is in love with his best friend Craig and has been for some time. He’s been there to experience the heartache of Craig falling for someone for the first time and then having to listen as Craig tells him everything about the relationship, including the night Craig lost his virginity. The story is told from the POVs of Scott, Craig, and Scott’s twin sister Karen, giving you the perspective of an outsider who cares very deeply for Scott and would love nothing more than to knock some sense into Craig. Maybe some will be able to relate with Scott and some may even be able to relate with Craig, but hopefully by the end of the story you’ll be cheering for them both. Just don’t hate on either too much because without communication misunderstandings happen and yes, Craig does do something which some may find unforgivable, but you’ll have to read the story to find out!

Keep reading for an excerpt to whet your taste buds and give you a glimpse of what is to come in You Belong With Me.

Want to win a free e-book copy of You Belong With Me or have your choice of one of my backlog if you’ve already pre-ordered or purchased YBWM? Then post a comment answering this question: What is the one thing you’ve wanted more than anything in the world and did you get it? A random winner will be chosen from the commentators! Please include your email address so I know how to contact you. :)

Check out You Belong With Me today!

You Belong With Me by J.R. Loveless

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Blurb:

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.

Excerpt:

Scott

Anger and hurt simmered beneath the surface as Scott slammed the door behind him. He was glad the house was empty, because he didn’t want to talk to anyone. The fact that for the first time in four years Craig wasn’t there at lunch and didn’t even text him made him so angry, but the anger paled in comparison to the pain he felt. As the lunch hour had ticked by and he came to the realization Craig wasn’t coming, it had felt like a sharp knife in his stomach. A hollow feeling had swamped him on his way home. His best friend had forgotten him.

Scott’s eyes stung but he gritted his teeth and refused to let the tears fall. He wouldn’t allow Derek to do this to him. He wouldn’t cry. He tossed himself across his bed and buried his face in the pillow. Somehow Derek had guessed his feelings toward Craig and, whenever he could, went out of his way to make Craig hurt Scott without realizing it. The bastard was so coldhearted he made the devil seem nice.

Scott had gotten each and every one of Craig’s texts, but he knew if he responded, Craig would get the brunt of his pain and anger. Before he spoke to him, he needed to get control of his emotions. If he didn’t, he’d wind up blurting out something he shouldn’t. More than likely it would be about Derek being an asshole, and it might cause a rift between them too wide to repair. He’d lose Craig for sure.

Scott allowed his mind to drift as he lay there. The internship to France being offered by Emerson was starting to look better and better every day. Maybe some time away would be a good thing. If he could get over the way he felt about Craig, his emotions could even out and he wouldn’t constantly have to worry about destroying their friendship. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on breathing in and out slowly. Eventually he started to fall asleep. Only there was no peace, even in his dreams. Immediately he started dreaming of Craig.

Craig kissed his way down Scott’s spine, lips traveling over each vertebrae slowly. He smoothed his calloused hands over Scott’s arms and shoulders with calculating accuracy. Scott moaned when he felt Craig’s hot breath on his lower back, just above his pale rear end. The moan grew louder as Craig slid the tip of his wet tongue along the beginning of the crease leading to Scott’s tight entrance. Sweat built along his skin in a fine sheen at the roar of pleasure that rushed through him. Craig tenderly spread Scott’s cheeks open with his strong hands, baring the puckered channel dying to feel him inside. A small cry rattled in Scott’s throat when his tongue came into contact with Scott’s hole. Quick lapping motions against him made Scott’s cock throb painfully against the sheets. But when Craig probed into his body, Scott heard himself shamelessly begging, “Please.”

He felt Craig smile. “Please what?” Craig asked huskily.

“Craig,” Scott whimpered.

“Tell me.”

“I want you inside of me,” he growled in frustration.

Craig laughed softly and rose up to press the full length of his body over Scott’s. Scott could feel Craig’s hard prick rubbing into the crease of his ass. “Do you, Scott?”

“God yes,” he hissed.

The blunt tip of Craig’s dick nudged the entrance to his hole. Scott reached back with one hand to grip at his hip to try to pull him inside. He shuddered when he felt Craig drop a kiss on the nape of his neck. His firm lips grazed Scott’s ear as he whispered, “I love you, Scott.”

Just when he started to enter him, Scott heard his name again from a distance. Then someone was shaking him. “Scott, wake up.”

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Speaking Italian, or Trying To with BA Tortuga

November 8, 2016

 Speaking Italian or Trying To with BA Tortuga

Hey y’all. I’m BA Tortuga and I write a lot of cowboys. It’s a thing. It’s my thing. :D

Apparently I also write a ton of Italians.

Grins

So, let me tell y’all a story.

When I was a teenager, I wanted desperately to learn French. I took French class for four years, I was in French club, I was totally into it. I was going to go to college, take more French classes and join the Peace Corps and change the world!

Then life and an unexpected pregnancy at 17 intervened. What can I say, guys. BIRTH CONTROL AND ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT MIX!

Long story short, la la la, many years pass, I go to college. It’s a wee commuter college and taking Spanish was my best (and wisest since, hello! Texas!) choice. Four semesters of college Spanish later and I’m recruited by UT.

Who doesn’t accept my Spanish credits.

Great.

But! They have French! The University of Texas is vast. French classes! I take them. I have As! Life is good.

Then I discover that the last French class I need? Is only available during my work hours. You know, that full time management job at IBM that I have to have to support my kiddo?

No problem, I say. I’ll take Italian!

I love pizza and Benigni films!

Stares

Let me explain how utterly screwed up it is, having three romance languages floating in your brain. To this day I get along fine, comprehension-wise, with all three.

Speaking?

HA!

I cannot speak a SINGLE word of any of them. They have become some insane pidgin language in my brain. It amuses my wife to no end, to know that we can be in Italy together and I open my mouth and Spanfrenlian falls out.

She just tells them I’m a Texan.

Apparently that explains everything.

Much love, y’all.

BA Tortuga

Check out Private Dances today!

Private Dances by BA Tortuga

Blurb:

Dale is working his way through college as an exotic dancer. While he prefers to keep his performances public, it’s tough to say no to the private dances, even though they’re risky. Three songs, just dancing, no touching—Dale can do this and be handsomely compensated.

For Italian businessman Adriano “Gen” Genovese, the handsome cowboy tempts him into wanting more than one dance. Gen convinces Dale to indulge in another dance and a night in his decadent hotel room. He introduces Dale to a glittering world of wealth on a scale Dale has never even imagined.

As the romance between the down-home Texas student and the millionaire playboy heats up, they come to realize the only risk they face is losing their hearts.

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.

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