Theron

December 8, 2014

Next up is Theron. He is an elite Spartan warrior trainee known as a kryptes. Kryptes were sent out into the countryside with only a cloak and a knife. They were expected to become scouts and learn how to live off the land while on campaign, stealing anything else they might need to survive.

But they also had a darker purpose.

Every autumn the rulers of Sparta declared war on the helots, allowing any Spartan to slay any helot for any reason without bloodguilt. Thus any helot that appeared too strong, too well respected or who was found outside after dark was slain.

Kryptes spearheaded this autumn cull.

In this brutal fashion, Sparta kept her slaves from revolting. Most of the time.

Faced with this kind of warrior, how was Andreas supposed to survive?

A Spartan Love

Theron

Andreas

December 8, 2014

Now I would like to introduce you to Andreas. He’s a helot.

What’s a helot, you ask? That is a very good question. A helot is a special kind of slave unique in the ancient world. Helots can only be found in the city-state of Sparta. Unlike other slaves, they are not chattel—possessions instead of people. They cannot be bought or sold. They belong to the land, like medieval serfs.

The helots vastly outnumbered their Spartan masters, leading to some rather drastic measures to keep them subjugated. But more on that later.

I know that my cover model for Andreas is becoming popular, but I think he looks so much sexier with longer hair. Don’t you?

A Spartan Love

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A Spartan Love Release Day Blast

December 8, 2014

Hello everyone! I’m Kayla Jameth and I’m here on release day to chat with you about my latest novel A Spartan Love.

A Spartan Love is the second story arc in the Apollo’s Men series and takes place in ancient Sparta during the 5th century BC. I’ve followed in Homer’s footsteps and created a world that is exactly as Andreas and Theron believe it to be, ie the gods and goddesses are real.

Which of the Greek gods/goddesses is your favorite?

A Spartan Love

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JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: WINNER!

December 7, 2014

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The winners of the free e-book are JJ and Angela. Please e-mail me at jdruskin1184@gmail.com. I will need to the email address you use in the DSP store and whether you want a copy of Finding Matt or When One Door Opens. I will request that the title be added to your bookshelf.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful and interesting comments. I really appreciated the opportunity to talk with you today.

How to Contact JD Ruskin

E-mail | Website | Facebook | Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Goodreads

#5: JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: Thanks!

December 7, 2014

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Thank you for joining me today as I fumbled through my first blog release party. I hope I’ve piqued your interest in Finding Matt. Once last time, here’s the cover and blurb.

Finding Matt

 

Blurb: When six-year-old Matt Wilson and his Shih Tzu, Pixie, step out of the Stanton Community Hospital and disappear, his desperate parents convince Jaron Greenberg, a local pet psychic, to aid the police in the search. Jaron specializes in finding lost kitties and fixing problem pooches. He isn’t prepared for a case with so much at stake. And as soon as he starts, the abilities he’s had since childhood begin changing and growing in unexpected ways.

Paulo Silva is a veteran detective new to the small town of Stanton. As the low man on the totem pole at Stanton PD, he isn’t happy when the chief assigns him to babysit the pet psychic instead of actively working the missing child case. As Jaron uncovers clues, Paulo starts to wonder if he might be the real thing. Or maybe it’s just his testosterone reacting to what he’s sure is mutual attraction.

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense

Dreamspinner: Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback |Amazon |All Romance E-books

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For those of you that have read When One Door Opens, be sure to visit my website next weekend. I will be posting a free Christmas short story featuring Caleb and Logan. It will not be work safe!

*****E-BOOK CONTEST*****

I will be giving away two e-books today. To enter, you need to ANSWER the question given on at least ONE of the five blog posts in order to get an entry. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

Each post has a question, just comment on the blog entries before 7:00 P.M. CST, and you could win a copy of When One Door Opens or my new release Finding Matt. Your choice of which one. If you’re the winner, Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf. You will need to e-mail me the email address you use in the DSP store.

Post #5 Question: Did I forget anything? Is there anything else you want to know about me or my novels?

Check back at 7:00 P.M. CST to see the winners of the giveaway. 

How to Contact JD Ruskin

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#4: JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: Ripped From the Headlines

December 7, 2014

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I’m an avid reader of newspaper and magazine articles. Both of my novels, When One Door Opens, and Finding Matt, were originally conceived after reading newspaper articles.

When One Door Opens focuses on Caleb Klass, a housebound agoraphobic. I read an article about a woman who died in a fire in Chicago because she refused to leave the building. The woman was agoraphobic. I remember being so shocked and saddened by this article. Imagine a fear so great that it can override your instinct for self-preservation. I’d never considered agoraphobia could be life threatening. The article also made me think about my own experiences with panic attacks. I’ve been fortunate enough to have only two in my life, but they left a strong impression. There is actually a reference to the original article hidden in the novel.

The inspiration for Finding Matt is based on a real life kidnapping case that happened in my small town. The details for the case are completely different, but reading the articles helped me to understand how a small town handles these types of cases. Unfortunately, the case that compelled Paulo to leave the ISP is actually based on a real case. Reality can sometimes be far more horrifying than fiction.

On a happier note, Jaron’s Newfoundland dog, Bear, is based on a very sweet Newfie that meet.

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In this excerpt from chapter 4, Paulo takes Jaron to the site of the kidnapping, a small park.

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[Jaron] walked in a slanted line toward the road that separated the park from the hospital parking lot. After a couple of minutes, he stopped. Paulo didn’t need to look around to know they were at the edge of the hospital parking lot’s surveillance video. The very spot Matt disappeared. How the hell had Jaron found the location? His department hadn’t sent the video to the media, opting to send screenshots of Matt exiting the hospital instead since his visibility was better. Jaron must have connections in the hospital. Could someone in security have talked to him? It was doubtful Jaron had seen the footage. Officers had arrived at the hospital thirty minutes after Matt left his father’s side, and secured the footage immediately.

Paulo’s line of thinking derailed when Jaron stumbled. Arms flailing, Jaron would have fallen if Paulo hadn’t grabbed him.

“Are you all right?”

Jaron didn’t answer right away. His eyes were focused on something in the distance. Up close, Paulo could see a ring of gold around Jaron’s irises. The morning sun made his long, thick lashes look like white feathers.

Jaron blinked rapidly. “I’m okay… thanks.”

Paulo unhooked his arms from around Jaron’s waist and took a step back.

Jaron stepped on the road, causing Paulo to grab him again and yank him backward. A station wagon came within inches of clipping Jaron. “Jesus, watch where you’re going!”

Jaron looked chagrined. “Sorry, I don’t normally do this without Bear.”

Paulo stared at him. “The dog is in charge of making sure you don’t end up roadkill?”

Jaron patted him on the arm. “I’m sure you’ll do just as good a job.”

Paulo wasn’t sure whether to be offended by the comparison or not. Since Jaron seemed to take better care of his dog than himself, Paulo settled on feeling flattered that Jaron was trusting him.

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 Finding Matt

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense

Dreamspinner: Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback |Amazon |All Romance E-books

 

*****E-BOOK CONTEST*****

I will be giving away two e-books today. To enter, you need to ANSWER the question given on at least ONE of the five blog posts in order to get an entry. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

Each post has a question, just comment on the blog entries before 7:00 P.M. CST, and you could win a copy of When One Door Opens or my new release Finding Matt. Your choice of which one. If you’re the winner, Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf. You will need to e-mail me the email address you use in the DSP store.

Post #4 Question: What inspires you? 

How to Contact JD Ruskin

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#2: JD Ruskin’s Finding Matt Blog Party: Do You Believe In Psychics?

December 7, 2014

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Finding Matt features a pet psychic named Jaron Greenberg. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of horoscopes and psychics. When I looked at the sign characteristics for my sign, Pisces, I realized that I had all of the weaknesses and very few of the strengths. The Pisces is also known as having more an intuitive and psychic ability than any other sign. I haven’t bought a lotto ticket yet, but I expect to win when I get around to doing it. Eventually. Did I mention Pisces can be really lazy?

I went to see a psychic once when I was in college for a tarot card reading. The part I remember most about the reading was when she asked about what I was studying to be for my day job. After I told her, she was silent for over a minute, staring at the cards and avoiding all eye contact. Then she said, “Um…that…might be…okay for you.” Weakness attempt at reassurance ever. I did, in fact, go on to graduate and get a job. I sometimes wonder what she would’ve said if I told her I planned to write gay romance novels. What would the cards have told her?

Jaron Greenberg

My pet psychic, Jaron Greenburg, operates his business out of a walk in closet of his best friend’s pet salon. He charges barely over minimum wage, because he’d rather be seen as a freak than a fraud. He’s had this ability since childhood, but the Matt Wilson missing child case will force him to push his abilities beyond what he thinks he’s capable. Jaron desperately wants to find Matt, but first he needs to convince skeptical Detective Paulo Silva that he can help.

In this scene from chapter 2, Paulo Silva learns about Jaron’s history from Chief Tucker, who believes in Jaron’s abilities.

“I’ve known Jaron his whole life. He was the first major case I caught as a detective. When he was four years old, his parents took him out to the forest preserve to experience the fall colors.” Chief Tucker put finger quotes around the words “fall colors.” With a shake of his head, he continued, “Jaron had been missing for two hours before they sobered up enough to contact the police.”

Paulo had tracked down a group of liquored up teens in those woods his first week on the job. Miles of choking trees, sharp brambles, and snake holes. It was hard for an adult to navigate the twisting paths of thick foliage and tree roots, let alone a young child.

“We didn’t have a K9 unit back then, so I called Nathan Jefferson and asked if we could use his hunting dogs. He tells me they’ve run off and his son is out looking for them. I head out to the parking lot where volunteers are being mobilized, and I see two hounds that look like Nate’s dogs, a poodle, and a chocolate lab running by. I wondered about it, but with only an hour of daylight left and weather expected to drop into the 20s, I needed to get moving and find that boy before he froze to death.

“I drove the five miles to the forest preserve quick as I could. The chief started handing out search assignments. Then I see those dogs again, standing together and looking anxious. The lab stepped forward and started barking, going quiet as I approached it. I swear to God that dog stared at me like he was Lassie and I was the dumb shit who hadn’t figured out Timmy was in the well. So I trotted after the dogs, and just about the time I’d decided I’d lost my mind, the dogs raced ahead, barking their heads off. I caught up to them and found them circled around this white-haired child covered in dirt and scratches. He put his little hand on the lab’s head and said, ‘Thanks for coming.’”

Paulo felt a chill race down his spine.

“I found that boy three miles away in the opposite direction of where his parents said they had last seen him. We would’ve never found Jaron in time without those dogs. I think God gave that boy a gift, probably as compensation for his good-for-nothing parents.” The chief shrugged. “There are plenty of other stories.” He pulled out his wallet, slid out a business card, and handed it to Paulo. “If there is even a chance Jaron can help, it would be wrong not to act on it.”

The business card featured a close up picture of a man in his midtwenties and an enormous dog that looked like an all-black Saint Bernard. Jaron Greenberg had a mop of white blond hair that many boys have, but few retain as they age. Greenberg must have Photoshop skills, because no one had eyes that blue. Looking at the man’s face, Paulo could understand the impulse to believe in him. The thought of someone so beautiful swindling people out of their hard-earned money was unthinkable. But bad guys came in all shapes and sizes, and from the sound of things, Greenberg’s parents were likely excellent teachers.

Finding Matt

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense

Dreamspinner: Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback |Amazon |All Romance E-books

****E-BOOK CONTEST****

I will be giving away two e-books today. To enter, you need to ANSWER the question given on at least ONE of the five blog posts in order to get an entry. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

Each post has a question, just comment on the blog entries before 7:00 P.M. CST, and you could win a copy of When One Door Opens or my new release Finding Matt. Your choice of which one. If you’re the winner, Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf. You will need to tell me the email address you use in the DSP store.

Post #2 Question: Do you read your horoscope? If so, how well do you match your sign characteristics? 

How to Contact JD Ruskin

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#1: Welcome to JD Ruskin’s Blog Party for Finding Matt

December 7, 2014

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Hello! I’m JD Ruskin. Today is the release party for my new paranormal romance Finding Matt, which was released 12/5/14. I will be posting five blogs throughout the day, giving away prizes, talking about the making of the book, and sharing excerpts.

Finding Matt

 

Blurb: When six-year-old Matt Wilson and his Shih Tzu, Pixie, step out of the Stanton Community Hospital and disappear, his desperate parents convince Jaron Greenberg, a local pet psychic, to aid the police in the search. Jaron specializes in finding lost kitties and fixing problem pooches. He isn’t prepared for a case with so much at stake. And as soon as he starts, the abilities he’s had since childhood begin changing and growing in unexpected ways.

Paulo Silva is a veteran detective new to the small town of Stanton. As the low man on the totem pole at Stanton PD, he isn’t happy when the chief assigns him to babysit the pet psychic instead of actively working the missing child case. As Jaron uncovers clues, Paulo starts to wonder if he might be the real thing. Or maybe it’s just his testosterone reacting to what he’s sure is mutual attraction.

Length: Novel (230p.) | Genre: Other Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Dreamspinner: Buy as eBook | Buy as Paperback |Amazon |All Romance E-books

 

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the book trailer I made on YouTube.

Book Trailer for Finding Matt by JD Ruskin

 

****E-BOOK CONTEST****

I will be giving away two e-books today. To enter, you need to ANSWER the question given on at least ONE of the five blog posts in order to get an entry. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

Each post has a question, just comment on the blog entries before 7:00 P.M. CST, and you could win a copy of When One Door Opens or my new release Finding Matt. Your choice of which one. If you’re the winner, Dreamspinner Press will have your book placed on your bookshelf. You will need to tell me the email address you use in the DSP store.

Post #1 Question: Do you have a pet? If so, tell me about your furry friend.  

How to Contact JD Ruskin

E-mail | Website | Facebook | Fan Page | Twitter | Google + | Goodreads

 

Bowl Full of Cherries: Upcoming!

December 5, 2014

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All good parties must come to an end…even Christmas extravaganzas! Thank you SO MUCH to Dreamspinner Press for hosting me and to everyone else for spending a little time playing with me. Remember, if you haven’t already–visit THIS post for your chance to win a copy of Bowl Full of Cherries and THIS post for your chance to win something from my backlist! Winners will be drawn at 6:00 p.m. CST.

If you’re curious what’s next Raine O’Tierney, here are my contracted works through 2015:

Alchemy Ever After (Dreamspinner Press, Jan 2015)
I’ll Always Miss You (Harmony Ink, Mar 2015)
All That Shimmers (Dreamspinner Press, Summer 2015)

A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-n-d… I’m working on the sequel to Bowl Full of Cherries right now. It’s flowing well and I’m really enjoying it!

Remember to keep on readin’ the sweetness and if you want to talk some more, please feel free to contact me in any of these ways:
Website: http://raineotierney.com/
LGBT Author Interviews: http://raineotierneyhatparty.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/RaineOTierneyAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaineOTierney
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7770350.Raine_O_Tierney

Bowl Full of Cherries: Beautiful Covers #Giveaway!

December 5, 2014

Paul Richmond, the Art Director for Dreamspinner Press, is a personal art hero of mine. I’d been drooling over his covers long before I became a DSP author and now, every time I receive a new cover spec sheet asking me about my cover preferences, I write down his name as dream artist on the off-chance that *the busiest man on the planet* might have some down time that I could selfishly monopolize for my own cover.

And then my dreams came true in the form of an early Christmas present… my very own Paul Richmond cover for Bowl Full of Cherries! And it is *so* *STINKING* *INSANELY* ~*~*GORGEOUS*~*~

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I showed it to my friends–people who have seen a cover or two or a million (oh, you silly librarians!)–and each said the same thing after gasping in delight. “It’s so charming!” 

In the spirit of GORGEOUS COVERS… let’s have another…

*~*~Giveaway!~*~*

What is one of your favorite book covers? One random commenter will win an ecopy of a book from the Raine O’Tierney Dreamspinner Press backlist. Winner will be drawn at 6:00 p.m. CST.