Because of Jade release party: A Welcome, A History, and a Raffle!

May 24, 2014

Hello! I’m Lou Sylvre, author of the Vasquez and James books, and I’m having a party! I’m celebrating the release (yesterday) of Because of Jade. Although in some places you’ll find the book billed as #5, it truthfully caps the whole series, including (possible especially) the novella Yes, which is definitely romance, but a bit apart from the suspense theme of the other books. Yes has previously only been available as an ebook, but it’s included in the paperback version of the new release.

Before I do the usual post of the blurb, first let me tell you about the current rafflecopter. I can’t post javascript on this blog (it’s WordPress) so here’s a link to enter. 4 ways to enter including commenting on these party posts. 2 great prizes: 1st, $15 Dreamspinner book money and an ebook of Because of Jade> and 2nd, $10 DSP dollars and an ebook of any earlier Vasquez and James book.

Let’s go for a wild ride through Sonny and Luki’s history.

In previous episodes…

In the early pages of Loving Luki Vasquez</strong, Luki Vasquez and Sonny Bly James spotted each other on the streets of Port Clifton, and met for coffee at Margie’s Cup O’ Gold Café the next day. Luki had his I’m-a-chilly-badass black coffee with sugar, while Sonny had an oh-my-God-did-I-just-say-that raspberry latte, which got the whole romance off to a limping start. Their lips finally meet in kiss on the beach a few days later, but almost immediately the bad guy shows up. Luki is sure Sonny is the target but, seasoned detective that he is, he can’t put a finger on who is behind the string of ugly crimes. Luki’s badassery and Sonny’s calm common sense and courage pull them through and they seem also to have fallen in love by the time it’s over. 

But is it ever really over? In Delsyn’s Blues,, Sonny’s nephew Delsyn, whom he raised, dies as a result of horrible things that happened in book one. Sonny grieves and blames himself for Delsyn’s death, and has sent Luki packing back to Chicago. Delsyn’s murder, it’s later discovered was really an early result of a new and nasty crime.. Things go from bad to worse, but Luki refuses to let Sonny deal with threats on his own. He knows fighting crime requires a badass, and he’s certain he’s well qualified. Once Sonny is back in Luki’s arms and his head begins to clear, he know he doesn’t want to be alone,—so he proposes marriage. While bleeding out from a “flesh wound,” Luki accepts. In the end they must beat impossible odds to survive and hope to see their wedding day.

In book three, Finding Jackie , Chapter One opens with a sunny Hawaiian wedding on a breezy hilltop. The honeymoon starts sweet, but it can’t last, and soon a strange message is delivered to Luki by an informant. It’s cryptic, but it’s a threat—from a Mob hit man. When Luki’s sixteen-year-old nephew, Jackie, is tricked into delivering himself into the hands of a sadistic killer, finding Jackie and rescuing him takes Luki and Sonny on a hunt through leather bars, homeless meal lines, and dusty desert back roads that lead to terror.

Then there’s Saving Sonny James. The first part of this book is about how a couple decades of being a badass can come back to slap a man in the face—and about how a really strong man and his equally strong husband deal with that. The second part of the book is what Luki does to save Sonny’s life when things go all wrong in Paris, France. 

Next post in a few minutes: about Yes, and the blurb and essentials on the new release.

Wrapped Up in Chains Release Party!

March 14, 2014

Hi! I’m Cindy Sutherland and I’m here with you today celebrating the release of my latest book and first full length novel, Wrapped Up in Chains. I’m so glad to be here, and I’m really excited because I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m going to be hanging out throughout the day, chatting and answering any questions you might have. I’m actually have the day off because the flu has been running rampant through my house and it’s finally my turn. At least it waited until everyone else was over it!

I’m going to be giving away a copy of the ebook version of the novel and you can win by commenting below and answering this question:

Would you rather spend an hour as a sub or as a Dom…no judgements, just for fun! I’ll tell you my answer at the end of the day.

I’m going to start by sharing the blurb with you.

Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and had never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.

Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.

When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed with Devon. He’s convinced Devon would be his perfect sub and Devon only thinks he’s a Dom because he needs proper discipline. Losing Chase to Devon is like rubbing salt in the wound, and he’s determined to get them both under thumb. This time, Chase may need to rescue Devon.

You can get Wrapped Up in Chains here. It’s also available here in paperback and the first twenty copies of that are autographed by me!

I look forward to spending the day with you all and lets have a little fun! I’d love to answer any questions you might have.

 

Broken by Raine Norman Launch Party Giveaway time!

February 19, 2014

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Hi guys!

In the early part of the novella, Oliver is upset when Joel says they should take a break. He vents his despair at the cost of some damage.

Have you ever broken something in a fit of temper, frustration or despair? Give your reply in comments and I will randomly select one lucky person to receive a free copy of Broken.

I will give you an instance when I broke something. I used to have a silly ornament called Egg Whip which was in the shape of an egg with a scrawny chicken’s head sticking out of it which was dressed to represent a jockey. I bought it as a joke as my now ex-husband had been a professional  racehorse jockey in the past. Well, I was dusting one day and I noticed the peak of the cap was broken. My ex was really clumsy and I was cross he’d broken it without telling me that he had. When I asked him about it, he denied that he had done the deed. Pretty weak defense really as there was only the two of us in the house!  Long story short, I got so cross at his denial that I snapped the head of the ornament and yelled that it was really broken now! LOL!

So, were you as daft as me by making a slightly damaged ornament only fit for the dustbin? Or have you got even funnier stories to tell? Tell your tales of destruction below for a chance to win a free copy of Broken! The winner will be chosen later tonight.

Edited to add – this giveaway is now closed but check out my blog as there may well be another chance to win when I guest blog at the weekend – full details will be put up there on Saturday! 

Broken – buy at Dreamspinner Press.

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Gingerbread Palace Release Day Author Q&A with @emlynley

December 11, 2013

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I  probably should have posted this a lot sooner!

Since I need to take a break for an evening class for a few hours, here’s your chance to ask me any questions about me, my books at Dreamspinner or anything about writing.

A comment here will also get you an entry for my second giveaway. I’ll be back later to answer questions.

 

Since I also did not do a proper self-introduction before, here’s a bit about me and my writing.

I’m EM Lynley, and everyone calls me “Em,” which is easier to say than “E M,” right?

I write only m/m erotic romance, and have been with Dreamspinner since 2009. Most of my work is contemporary, and just about all of it has a mystery/suspense element, since that’s my favorite genre to read.

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I am trying some new things and expect to be writing some paranormal/fantasy in the future!  I recently finished a BDSM mystery/suspense novel for Dreamspinner. I can tell you the research for that was fun!

I am a former economist, so many of my books have a financial element too. Now I’m living near San Francisco, and I’ve worked in London, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.

Some of my guilty pleasures: 80′s music, the TV show White Collar, and just about anything that has coconut or watermelon in it.

What are some of your guilty pleasures? Got a question you want to ask about or any of my series or characters? If you’ve read any of my stories, I’d love to know what you thought of them.

 

Gingerbread Palace: It’s all about the firefighters! #gayromance #giveaway @emlynley

December 11, 2013

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So, why firemen?

The real question is why not?

I’ve enjoyed reading stories about firefighters for years (Chris Owen, Damon Suede, Andrew Grey, among others) and I realized there were plenty of great storylines to use between a chef and a firefighter. Once I decided to set the story at Christmas, it was so easy to find just the right story.

Firefighters are well-known in the United States for doing charity work, fundraising, almost anything that helps kids. If my chef is also big on working with a kids’ charity, it was the perfect place for them to find their interests overlapping.

I didn’t think much about the research before I started writing. I admit I don’t know much about firefighters, but I definitely wanted to understand what these men and women think and feel when they are doing their jobs.

A couple of years ago there was a terrible fire here in San Francisco and two firefighters were killed. It may not seem like much, but losing two men the same day greatly affected the entire area—the whole state. A huge funeral was held with 5,000 people in attendance. Friends, family and fellow firefighters spoke about the two men for hours.

What struck me most about the funeral—which was shown on live TV because it was a huge event for the city—was the kind of stories told about the men. Little anecdotes about how they helped people at a fire, or what they said while rescuing someone, or examples of how dedicated they were to their jobs. I realized I had a special glimpse into their world through the eulogies and stories.

 

When working on Gingerbread Palace, I watched firefighter training videos, read first-hand accounts of fires and injuries, and had a firefighter beta the story. I still don’t think I got enough into the mind of Kevin Flint to know how he thinks, but I do feel an even greater sense of respect for the dedication and sacrifice that firefighters make to help keep others safe.

I enjoyed the research and it affected me so much, I intend to write another story with firefighters. It may be more about Kevin and Alex, or another completely different set of characters, but firefighters are in my brain and I want to explore their world in much more detail.

Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway

Do you enjoy firefighter stories in general? What are your favorite books about firefighters?

Did you want to be a firefighter when you were a kid?

Medieval Tales release party: an extract from Tale 2: “Battlefront”

November 17, 2013

I wanted to pour into this scene all the unfairness of war. Lovers that think the other dead or deathly injured, and that realize that their death would bring nothing to a supposedly great cause. Here you have the complete scene:


“Wyon!”

Wyon turned his head with care, having recognized Omar’s voice as the caliph rushed toward him. The caliph’s clothes were covered in blood, and the thought that Omar might be hurt made Wyon’s blood—or what was left of it—run cold with worry.

A tall man, dressed in black, stepped in the caliph’s path and took him by the arms, stopping him. Omar glared at his captor with such hatred it confused Wyon. But the man did not move or release Omar’s arms or his gaze.

The man in black yelled an order in Arabic, and the two or three in the room left immediately, bowing low, except for Duncan and Adam. Omar breathed unsteadily, straining against the tight grip, and Wyon noticed a silent plea in the caliph’s dark eyes to be set free.

The man holding Omar released him with a bow of his head. “Wyon!” Omar cried again, and he knelt on the floor at the edge of the bed, taking Wyon’s hand in his and squeezing tight. Wyon could see the worry clouding the caliph’s eyes.

The man who had stopped the caliph looked like a councilor, and he spoke in broken English with a prideful voice. “Amīr al-Mu’minīn shall not be seen by any Arab kneeling before another man”.

“Out!” Omar barked, turning his head toward the man in black. “Now!”

The man bowed low and left, clearly not disturbed by the caliph’s outburst. However, none of the four men remaining in the room gave him any attention.

“My love,” Omar whispered against Wyon’s cheek, rubbing his forehead tenderly against Wyon’s and tightening the grip of their joined hands.

Duncan lowered Wyon slowly back to the bed as Omar moved his head closer to his lover’s, and then Duncan signaled to Adam, who nodded. They moved quietly but before they reached the door, the caliph spoke.

“Duncan. Please send for Ahmed, the palace healer,” Omar asked without turning. “If he was able to make me walk again, he should be able to save Wyon.”

“It was he who treated Wyon’s wounds, my friend,” Duncan informed him quietly from the door, “but I will ask him to return.” Omar smiled in thanks without taking his eyes from Wyon.

“You.” Wyon struggled to breathe in, but the sword wound burned when he inhaled. “Are you….”

“Hush, my love.” Omar put trembling lips over Wyon’s own. “Do not talk. Rest.”

“Hurt! Are you. Hurt?” Wyon insisted, breathing deeply in pain.

Omar looked down at his blood-covered clothes, then back to him.

“How can you think of me first, when you are so obviously in much pain? No. I am not hurt. The battle has ended and I came running to you. Now please, rest. I will be here the next time you open your eyes, I swear.”

“Who won?” Wyon swallowed around the lump in his throat at the assurance Omar was unhurt. Omar looked at his lover with intense sadness.

“None won, Wyon,” Omar answered quietly. “As usual, both of us lose.”


Do you think Wyon realized the deep meaning of those words?

And of course. Our winner of a free copy of the “Medieval Tales” goes to the person that got closer to the real answer: Carolyn!! (Please write me to sauraunderscore @ gmail dot com to let you know how to pick up your copy). Congratulations! And thank you all for participating!! There’s still another (easier) chance to get a free copy of the “Medieval Tales

Medieval Tales release party: GIVEAWAY!

November 17, 2013

It’s time for a GIVE AWAY!!

The Medieval Tales scratches the cause of the Crusades (religious differences and the need to conquer the holy places to possess the soul of men) but centers more in the fact that there’s a war going: that men fight and die for reasons they are told to be honorable and sacred, but eventually forgetting why they are fighting, and obeying orders just to get another breath, to stay alive for just a little longer. Those who dreamed with a great world, full of noble feelings and thinking themselves the good ones against evil, suddenly discover they are killing fellow humans for nothing but a piece of land.

Omar the Caliph knows this truth, but Wyon Eastman asks him in a concrete moment of the story “Who won the battle?”

What do you think the Caliph answers? I’ll give away a free copy of the Medieval Tales to one person among those that get close enough to the answer (or that writes it right!).

In like an hour I’ll present you with the complete scene!

Win a Kindle or a Nook every Sunday during May!

May 3, 2013

Every Sunday during the anniversary month, we will give away two eBook readers of the winner’s choice! One will go to a customer who purchased books from us during that week. The other will go to one of the authors spotlighted that week.

Readers – Every Sunday we will draw one order from the orders placed that week, contact that customer, and they may choose a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi or a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. (a $119 value)

Authors – Every Sunday we will draw the name of one of our authors featured during the previous week and they may choose a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi or a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. (a $119 value)

May is the Dreamspinner Press anniversary month. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads to take part of events, giveaways, and discounts.

Author Annoucements: April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

Some of the events our authors are doing this week.

Mickie B. Ashling has been interviewed at Long and Short Reviews.  There’s a free book involved if anyone stops by to comment.

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/interviews/interview-and-giveaway-mickie-b-ashling/

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Random Acts of Promotional Kindness by Brita Addams

Something occurred to me when I shared the link to Jacob Flores recent chat on Dreamspinner’s Facebook page. What if more people shared links to chats, reviews, blog posts, the buy page for an author’s book? Readers, bloggers, publishers, and authors alike, sharing that which is important.

From this thought, I launched Random Acts of Promotional Kindness. The concept is simple – just share, like, retweet, add, follow, comment on blog posts, and otherwise help out your fellow authors. Encourage your readers toward other authors they might enjoy. Share a sale the publisher is having or a giveaway that a fellow author is sponsoring. Send readers to the stops on a fellow author’s blog tour. Readers, send your friends.

How can you help? Offer up guest blog spots on your blog, then promo the appearances. If you read a good book, let your readers know. Readers, follow your favorite authors, talk about their work, spread the word about their reviews and new releases. Even their old releases!

RAPK has a Facebook page, where anyone can post promotional goodies, with the hope that others will pick it up and pass it on. But that’s only a start. Carry the kindness over to your own pages as well.

Writing is a solitary pursuit, but promotion doesn’t need to be. We all know how difficult it is. I hope that we can help each other out, and make it a little more pleasant.

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with us!

March 16, 2013

Find free downloads & bonus discounts by chasing the pot of gold and finding the special tokens in our scavenger hunt. Look for clues on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Find any of the following images hidden our site for novel and novella length free downloads from Rebecca Cohen, James Erich, Andrew GreyMia Kerick, L.J. LaBarthe, Isabelle Rowan, Claire RussettMeredith Shayne, and Tinnean.