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?

 

Check out Checking It Twice today!

 

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

A Visit to the Soldati Realm w/ Charlie Cochet

November 24, 2016

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Hello, all! Thank you for joining me here at the Dreamspinner Press blog as we continue to celebrate the release of The Soldati Prince, the first book in the Soldati Hearts series. The Soldati Prince was originally a short story published last year in the fabulous Charmed & Dangerous Anthology from JCP Books. Since then I had planned to return to the Soldati world, expand on the story, and continue the series. The second edition is more than twice as long with even more story, plot, romance, and action! I had so much fun delving back in, and the second book in the series is already with my publisher, and I can’t wait to get started on the third book. This world has been so much fun to write.

Although we start out in the human world, the majority of our story takes place in the Soldati Realm, a kingdom inhabited by different types of magical shifters, but ruled by the Soldati. Just who are the Soldati? They’re a powerful race of tiger shifter warriors who wield great magic. They possess what’s called “the Soldati soul” which manifests itself as a blinding white light when released from within. This white light has the power to vanquish dark magic, and kill demons. The Soldati have been hunting and destroying demons since the beginning. It’s what they have always done, and what they always do: protect the world, and humans from the demons out to harvest souls. It’s not a pretty job, but the Soldati take pride in what they do, and what they do is crucial to continuation of the human race, even if the human race has no idea the Soldati exist. With the help of the Soldati Eye, a mysterious orb that sees all and knows all, the Soldati use portals to enter the human world, going wherever the Eye sends them to stop the vile creatures.

The Soldati prince is more than a prince or intended mate for the Soldati king. It’s a position of power, honor, and privilege, meant to bring the king and his kingdom greatness. Which is why Khalon King is a little miffed when he discovers his prince is a human. Riley may not have been born a Soldati, but he’s about to prove that what’s in his heart is just as great.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Gay Romance, Shifters, Demons
Series: Soldati Hearts
Length: Novella, 97 pages
Published: Nov 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634775809

One moment, Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next, he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger-shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world, where he belongs. On their journey, they might discover why the goddess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

First Edition short story published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015. Second Edition has been re-edited and extended to novella length with new content.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlie Cochet by Madison Parker

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

Finding Hope in Sci-Fi and Romance w/ Thursday Euclid

November 17, 2016

 Finding Hope in Sci-Fi and Romance with Thursday Euclid

What is it about the science fiction-romance hybrid that I just can’t get enough of? I’m a queer trans guy, and romance gives me hope, just as science fiction gives me hope. For the first time, with my new novel Built for Pleasure, I’m combining those passions and sharing them with an audience.

Science fiction has always been a special love of mine. It teaches us to think critically about the world around us, to embrace possibility, and to look toward a future of limitless outcomes. Whether we envision a dystopia, a utopia, or a world much like our own—gray and complicated—we see a reflection of our own reality in the pages of the best scifi, a mirror that shows us our human frailties and ingenuity in intriguing ways.

Romance, too, compels me. I crave a happy ending to my stories. I covet true love I’ve never found for myself. Sometimes stories are all we have, the way we connect with and relate to a world that can be overwhelming, coldly impersonal, or full of hate. We can find our friends—our tribe—in books. Fall in love. Inhabit a world we never want to leave.

Despite the fact my hero, Wolf, is a cyborg, his journey is deeply personal to me. His fight for personal identity, basic rights, and real love is one I relate to, and one I hope readers—queer or not—will see themselves in as well. As for my other MC, Mal, his journey is that of a reluctant ally, a man who’s always been so certain of himself, learning that he’ll need to make himself vulnerable and open his mind to leave behind the loneliness that haunts him.

To Wolf, love isn’t real until someone will stand with him on his darkest day and fight for him. For Mal, surrendering to a love that complete is terrifying—almost unthinkable.

In life, happy endings aren’t easily come by… But maybe they mean that much more when we’ve had to fight for them.

Check out Built for Pleasure today!

 

Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid

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Blurb:

Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

Author Bio:

The Thursday Euclid is a strange and elusive creature dwelling in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Frequently mistaken for Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the monster of the week, he is, in fact, a 30-something black sheep with a penchant for K-pop, geekery, and hot and sour soup. When he’s not playing Dragon Age or SWTOR, he’s probably watching B-movies or talking to his best friend and frequent collaborator Clancy Nacht.

Website: http://www.thursdayeuclid.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thursdayeuclid
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thursdayeuclid
Email: thursdayeuclid at gmail dot com

 

Sho’s Hidden Talent with Sedonia Guillone

November 14, 2016
Sho's Hidden Talent with Sedonia Guillone

Hi everyone! I’m so excited about the release of the second book in my Sword and Silk samurai yaoi-inspired series! In this volume, we meet Sho and Hirata, childhood friends who are forcibly separated when Sho is blinded by small pox. In feudal Japan where Sho is not a samurai, his prospects are limited. So he is apprenticed to a blind masseur name Ichi, a senior member of the Blind Men’s Guild who takes him away from home to train him. Hirata swears to Sho that he will find him one day, but when his chance comes to search for Sho, Sho seems to have disappeared with Ichi. Will he ever find him again? Hint: There wouldn’t be a story if they didn’t cross paths again, but Sho is quite a different person from the shy, quiet boy Hirata knew.

It may seem like a spoiler to tell you about the character who inspired me to create the romantic hero, Sho, but let’s face it, a story about samurai is going to have larger than life characters with hidden talents.

Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Suffice it to say that there is a touch of fanfic in my story, a respectful reference to a film/TV character who is one of my favorites, a protector of the defenseless with a noble heart yet who is humble and self-effacing because he doesn’t believe himself to be good. Suffice it also to say that the story is full of epic love that cannot be destroyed by any separation no matter how long or what tries to come between two soulmates. Oh, and there are two really hot, wonderful men who protect the weak, heal the sick and will, as Shakespeare once said, “bear it out, even to the edge of doom” because their love is a bond that may have been stretched, but not broken…

I hope I have tantalized you enough to give the Sword and Silk stories a try and if you’ve read the first one, to continue with the series.

Check out Blind Love today!

 

Blind Love by Sedonia Guillone

 

Blurb:

After a harrowing seventeen-year separation, Hirata Morimasa leaves his home and secure future to search for his childhood friend, Sho. Blinded by illness when they were children, Sho was sent away, apprenticed to a blind masseur (an anma) to learn his trade, and then disappeared.

Desperate to find the other half of his heart and soul, Hirata willingly sacrifices the prestige and security of his father’s dojo to find him. When an anma who looks exactly like Sho crosses his path in front of a gambling parlor one day, the man flatly denies he is Sho. Hirata knows better and is determined to get the truth… and to get back the friend he’d lost. However, even though Hirata knows in his bones this man is his soul mate, Sho has changed in ways Hirata could not have prepared for in his wildest imaginings, changes that could continue to keep them apart… forever.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

 

About Sedonia Guillone:

Multipublished, award-nominated author, Sedonia Guillone lives in Florida in winter and on a river in Maine in summers with a Renaissance man who paints, writes poetry, and tells her she’s the sweetest nymph he’s ever met. When she’s not writing toe-curling romances, she loves watching spaghetti westerns, Jet Li, and samurai flicks, cuddling with her cat, Molly, and eating chocolate.

She loves to hear from readers so please keep in touch.
Website: http://www.sedoniaguillone.com
Blog: http://www.sedoniaguillone.com/blog

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

 

The Wonderful World of Mpreg with EAB

November 10, 2016

The Wonderful World of MPreg with EAB

 

Hi everyone!!! EAB here! I’d like to thank Dreamspinner Press for publishing Black Snow and for the opportunity to share this story with you! Thank you!

I’m super excited that my new novel Black Snow is finally debuting. I remember freaking out 8 months ago wondering whether Dreamspinner would accept the novel, and now I get to share it with eager readers! Gratitude doesn’t quite do this feeling justice!

Anyway, on to Black Snow! You know what it’s about since you’ve read the blurb, but I’d like to tell you why I decided to write it. I’ve been a fan of male pregnancy  (m-preg) for a LONG time. I’m not into the werewolf/shifter scene, but I’ve even read a few of those from time to time. For me, the genre tends to lack romance, and developed plots. I always finish the story feeling like I want something more. I wasn’t getting it from the novels I’d read, so I decided to write it myself.

This wasn’t an easy decision. Both my previous novels are contemporary fiction, with not even an allusion to fantasy, but I had my mind set, and I decided I wasn’t going to put myself in a box. (My muse does what it wants anyway. I’m the one who signs the contracts.)  This novel is dedicated to Gabriel, my wonderful partner, and to all m-preg fans who inspired me to write what I wanted to read! And to all those just dipping your feet into the genre, I hope that you’ll read Black Snow with an open heart, and an open mind.

Thank you,
EAB

For veterans, what is your favorite m-preg story? For the newbies, what is it that intrigues you, or scares you most about the genre?

 

Check out Black Snow today!

 

Black Snow by EAB

 
Blurb:

Prince Brier Snow has lived in the shadow of King Snow’s exalted memory. However, his fate changes when he nears his majority and Lirend’s steward queen attempts to dethrone him by exploiting an obscure requirement in the late king’s will: a yearlong sabbatical.

Brier travels to the desolate land of Aire to train under the Ceve guild, scorned refugees of war, including their guarded leader, Roland. Brier’s skillful master unlocks hidden potential, and what begins as a dutiful bond turns into ill-fated affection. When Brier returns to the capital, he’s carrying proof of his indiscretions with Roland—and his condition grows more apparent with each passing day. An affair with the huntsman is a scandal Brier’s enemies can use against him, but the birth of an heir is a burden even Brier is not sure he can bear.

Roland Archer, a man with a murky past, is skeptical of the contract to train the prince but willing to do anything for the guild’s freedom. Despite his best intentions, he is smitten by Lirend’s future king. Roland has resigned himself to solitude, but fate has other plans—for him, for Brier, and for Lirend’s oppressed subjects. Can Roland help Brier face a power-hungry queen and a country torn asunder? Either they will bring equality to a land that desperately needs it, or they’ll be thwarted by cunning enemies and an illusory curse.

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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.

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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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