Friday, May 27, 2016

#Spotlight and #Giveaway - Sword and Star by Sunny Moraine #gayspaceopera #MM


Welcome to the SWORD AND STAR blog tour!

SWORD AND STAR is the conclusion of a trilogy I started (with my co-author for LINE AND ORBIT Lisa Soem) over a decade ago. It's been a long, strange journey and now it's over. It’s not the first book trilogy I've finished, but it's certainly the closest to my heart.

It's been amazing getting to know this world and these characters over the course of three books, and it's been even more amazing getting to share it all with readers. Adam Yuga and Lochlan d’Bideshi’s story is done, Eva Reyes and Kyle Waverly have found their own conclusion, Kae and Leila’s part in this tale is over (though you’ll see those two again in the forthcoming LINEAGE), and I've bid a fond farewell to the Bideshi seer Nkiruka. Goodbyes are never easy, but when you arrive at a good one, it's immensely satisfying.

I'm so grateful to everyone who's traveled with me, and just as grateful to the people coming to the story now. Whatever category you fall into, I hope you'll find this final volume a fitting end.

Thank you for being here!





Three months after a brutal battle at Peris, Adam Yuga, Lochlan D’Bideshi, and their rebel fleet are embroiled in a new conflict. But things aren’t going well. Even with Lock’s homeship, Ashwina, at the head of the fleet, the Protectorate forces are adapting to their tactics. Before long, two devastating blows send the ragtag rebels on the run. But the greatest threat may come from within.

Since the battle at Peris, Protectorate loyalist Isaac Sinder’s determination to eliminate the rebel fleet has only intensified—along with his ambition. The Protectorate is decaying, and it’s clear to Isaac that only he can save it, by any means necessary.

As the situation worsens for the rebels, the strain begins to tell on everyone. But more than exhaustion grows within Adam. Something alien has started to change him. Lochlan fights to hold on, but even he may not be able to follow Adam down the dark road ahead.

As Isaac’s obsession turns to insanity, it becomes evident that more sinister plans than his are at work. Bound together by threads of fate and chance, Adam and Lochlan turn their eyes toward a future that may tear them apart—if they’re lucky enough to survive it at all.

About Sunny Moraine

Sunny Moraine’s short fiction has appeared in ClarkesworldStrange HorizonsNightmareLightspeedLong Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, and multiple Year’s Best collections, among other places. They are also responsible for the novels Line and Orbit (cowritten with Lisa Soem), Labyrinthian, and the Casting the Bones trilogy, as well as A Brief History of the Future: collected essays. In addition to authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a sometimes college instructor; that last may or may not have been a good move on the part of their department. They unfortunately live just outside Washington DC in a creepy house with two cats and a very long-suffering husband.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Sword and Star, Sunny is giving away a signed copy of the book and a handmade necklace. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 28, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!



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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#GayGuyStraightGirl #BookReview - Ressurection by @SDavidsonauthor #MMRomance

Gay Guy/Straight Girl Co-Review
Resurrection
By S. Davidson
Lisa's Rating 3 stars  OJ's Rating 3.75 stars
OJ's full review

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Cover Artist: Rue Volley
Release date: 6/1/2016
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Genre: M/M Military Romance 18+

About Our Gay Guy/Straight Girl (GGSG) Reviews



~I’ll show you mine if you show me yours~


This isn’t a buddy read. Our co-reviews are done on a blind basis. We both choose the book we want to read, but from there on out we don’t discuss any of our thoughts before the review is live.  We think it’s more fun this way and we won’t influence each other.

Three QuestionsWe’ll form 3 questions for each other during our read to be answered in the comments below the review. Please feel free to join in our discussion, we’re always happy to know what you think.
CO-REVIEW

Triggers: Deals with PTSD, death, and injury.


OJ 

I read Ms. Davidson’s call for reviews of her upcoming book and the first thing that grabbed my attention was the blurb. Oh, yeah! Come to papa! This read as if it had all the ingredients I go for in a book: A strong alpha type, a strong second MC, a contemporary, factual story line… and then when I saw the cover? Oh, wow! The cover. I absolutely fell in love with the cover. My hat off to Rue Volley for a cover that’s so well themed to the book – and absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, Ms. Volley.



His war has just begun.


Lisa 


OJ, OJ, OJ what have you gotten me into here? This one's on you dude. Talk about a difficult book to review, whew! Solid storytelling and plot development here. It took me from deep depths of emotional despair, to soaring elation with second-chance relationships to incredible frustration with some of the writing aspects. I was adjusting my review score constantly. Bottom line - I'd say this was hit and miss, but with big hits and big misses.


THE CHARACTERS


OJ

James Massey - He had on a baseball cap, wore sunglasses even though they were inside, and he had a face covered in a full beard. His hair was too long, but it was pretty clear by the stretch of his
t-shirt across his chest that the guy was built like an armored truck. He was golden tan and his arms were covered in ink. He just sat there and stared toward the front door. … He slowly took off his sunglasses and for the first time, they could see his brilliant green eyes. …taking off his cap and running his hand through his dark brown locks.


Chris BakerIt didn’t hurt that he was handsome in a cowboy way, strong facial structure, easy smile and charm that wouldn’t quit. He was also built like a professional athlete, long and lean, with just enough muscle that no one messed with him. … never met another man who could reach a climax more than once during a fuck and it was as if Chris was just getting started, each one building in intensity for both partners until all that was left behind was satiated flesh and two tired cowboys.


Lisa

James  (Jamie) Massey - Dyed in the wool Special Forces soldier, Jamie has been on tour four times. He's seen too much, lost too much, but can he be resurrected?

Chris Baker - Freakin' sexy-ass cowboy bull rider, Chris is a dichotomy. He is a country boy drawn to the big city. He finds a lot there, including the love of his life.

THE STORY

OJ

The question: what happens to these men we train to protect and serve after they’ve given their all?

The answer: read on.

What an excellent, contemporary, up to date story this is. Ms. Davidson hit the nail right on the head with this one. We have two strong, muscular, masculine alpha types and the interplay of their different life stories coming together at a crucial point in their lives that makes for such a good, strong story arc.

Jamie, the strong alpha type, brought up by a strict, uncompromising father that always made Jamie strive for more and show no weakness, shutting down his emotional side.

It was apparent from what they had witnessed that the captain was extremely hard on his only son, always telling him he could be better, stronger, faster, even if he had been victorious.

Jamie’s life was shaped by the inevitability of his going into military service and his determination to be the best: Delta Force, and then his falling in love with his college roommate, Derrick, and their best friend, Shannon. These factors, and his multiple, gruesome deployments, all come into play to create the stoic, hardened man that’s yearning for love and understanding.

Chris is the sexy, muscular, lean, intelligent rodeo cowboy that grew up, and was shaped by, a totally accepting and supportive family. His story is that of a man that comes of age in the rough and tumble sport of bull riding, only to have that future dashed by an almost crippling injury. Going off to college and meeting his first love, Ben, and their story is what shapes him into Jamie’s perfect counterpart.


The life experiences, and tragedies (no spoilers!) these men undergo are part and parcel of what makes them the perfect fit and makes for such a good story. I found this book hard to put down and now I want more.

Lisa

This book was a struggle. Jamie struggled. Chris struggled. I struggled. 

Jamie never had a choice whether he would be a soldier or not. It's in his family's blood. He was groomed from a young age to do his best, be the best, and as he rises to each and every challenge. But he also loses bits of himself along the way.

Chris is one of the good guys. He's talented, intelligent and caring. Maybe too caring. I think the reader is supposed to fall for Jamie, but it was Chris for me all the way. 


Settle in for a very complete story about two men who have lived a lot of life and then come together at a point in their lives that find them both ruined.  Trying to survive the depths of despair and the horrors of war, there isn't much left for these guys to give. And yet, they find a way.


THE WRITING

OJ

The writing, timing, and delivery of the story is good for this POV. It has been a while since I read a book with a narrative style POV and while, I must admit, it’s not necessarily my favorite POV, it worked for me with this story although it’s hard to get used to at first. We are treated, almost in a movie script kind of way, to Jamie and Chris’ story.


Jamie’s hard, military brat upbringing. His coming of age in college and falling in love with Derrick and his struggling to let his emotions and feelings for Derrick come out, coupled with his enormous drive to attain his goal. The pace of the story during Jamie’s deployments is set just right, giving us the full background for what comes later.


Chris’ story follows a similar, well timed delivery. His bull riding youth, the tragic accident and then his falling in love with Ben are brought to us in a rich, full story-telling that works in this narrative POV. Chris’ love and devotion come to life in full, vibrant color. This is what hardens this man for his fated encounter with Jamie.


Lisa

Annd this is where I struggled. I realize backstory is important, but it felt like it was worked out after the main story had been written and that rarely works. Honestly I would have trimmed the heck out of it. It wasn't repetitive, but it was just too much. There was nearly no dialog for the first twenty percent and that really slowed down the read. At times I felt like I was reading a non-fiction, or even a mission report about Jamie's deployments.Top that off with fade-to-black scenes (not just the sex scenes) that were just getting somewhere enjoyable and...I struggled.

And then the very weak editing affected tempo and overall readability, unfortunately. 


However! There were some brilliant, shocking and emotional moments that made the book memorable. I'm still thinking about these guys; they've stuck with me. This author has solid storytelling abilities that a more ardent editor could resurrect. 
I won't hesitate to give her work another try.


THE EDITING

OJ

Here’s where I had some misgivings with this book, although not a deal breaker for me this time, even though I’m such a stickler for this, because the story itself and the heart and soul of the writing is pretty darn good. There are several typos, misspellings and incorrect sentence structures and tense usages that, quite frankly, shouldn’t be there in a story delivery such as this one. I had to go back and re-read a few passages, and that just shouldn’t be. I have to admit I couldn’t go to 4 stars because of this, but please, don’t let it deter you from enjoying this book. Deep in it’s a good story that had me in tears at some points, biting my nails at others, and grooving on some kinky sex scenes at others. Enjoy!

Ms. Davidson is a good, solid writer and I really look forward to her next endeavors.


THE THREE QUESTIONS

For Lisa

1) Standalone or sequel, and if so, what kind of sequel?
2) How did you feel about Chris’ steadfastness?
3) Did you think there were any unanswered questions/situations/occurrences?


For OJ

1) How believable did you find Jamie’s battle scenes?
2) This really drove home what we ask of our service members. That’s all. Not a question, but penny for your thoughts.
3) Who resurrected whom?
Click here for OJ's full review and his answers to my questions


Blurb:
Two men with painful, complicated pasts who have shut themselves down from ever loving again. Complete opposites of one another, one raised in a strict military household, who grew up with the sole purpose of becoming a soldier and defending his country, only to have that cut short by an IED; and the other raised in the rodeo, small town and ranch life his safe haven; and their chance meeting.How the two of them end up in some small town diner can only be credited to divine intervention. But are both men too damaged? They say God works in mysterious ways. Well, he certainly had his hands full when he chose these two for saving.Is it too late?
THE AUTHOR

Who is Shelly Davidson? Shelly is someone who has been writing literally her entire life (and that’s a LONG time) and has always written M/M. Her first story was back in high school and she hasn’t stopped since. Of course, Shelly never dreamed of getting published, so needless to say, she’s in heaven! Shelly loves her characters. Her writing focus is real people, flaws and all, who are hurting or damaged, but deserve a little joy in their lives. 

Shelly was born and raised in Arizona, but currently lives in California because that is where the money is! She is currently single, but has a grown daughter and an adorable grandson both of whom she loves dearly. While she usually stays pretty much to herself, she does have a Bachelor’s in Social Services and a diverse background that ranges from theater to health care and currently works in accounting, she swears it’s not as boring as it sounds. While this is her first publication, it is by far not the last! She plans on being around for quite some time! You’ve been warned!


THE DISCLAIMER

I would like to thank Shelly Davidson and Encompass Ink Publishing for providing OJ He Say with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I would like to thank the author, S. Davidson for providing Lisa Arbitrary with a review copy in exchange for my honest review.


Resurrection
Copyright © 2016 by Shelly Davidson
Cover Art by Rue Volley
Edited by EAL Editing Services
Published by Encompass Ink Publishing



OJ's Tags: War, Military, Special Ops, Bisexual; SFY; Hot Angst, Hot Sex, Kinky Role Play, Alpha Males, Violence, Cowboys, Cowboy Hats, Rodeo, Country Living, Second Chances, PTSD, College Love, Care Givers, Shelly Davidson

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#BookTour #GiveAway: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes #MMRomance



Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes

Book Name: Bad Dogs and Drag Queens
Series: Rose and Thorne
Book: One
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Categories: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, Romance
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Release Date: May 25, 2016
Blurb:

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?
Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

Excerpt:
“Remind me again whose stupid idea this lipstick was,” I huffed under my breath. Without thinking, I licked my lips. They felt greasy, and tasted even worse. I forced myself not to grimace, afraid it might crack the foundation I’d slathered on my face.
“Mine, you sexy beast,” came the smart-ass reply in my ear. “I think you got purty lips, mmhmmm.”
“Fuck you,” I growled. “You should be doing this, not me, and you know it. I did it last time.”
And the time before that. And the time before that. Wait, did I detect a pattern here?
“What I know is you look better in a skirt than I do. And you look damn good out of it too.”
My cheeks filled with heat at Ethan’s words. Luckily the darkness hid a multitude of sins, my embarrassment being the least of them. Hopefully, no one else was listening—I knew I’d never hear the end of it. Just what I needed—to be the object of ridicule of the Roanoke PD.

Meet the author:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch,  needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Tour Dates & Stops:
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15-Jun: Love Bytes


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Announcing Kindle Fire #Giveaway from @TibbyArmstrong #MMRomance



To get the ball rolling on her upcoming M/M pnr vampire release, Surrender the Dark, Tibby Armstrong is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!!! 
It's easy peasy, to enter. Just sign up to receive Tibby's quarterly newsletter.  You'll be in the know and get the scoop on all the excitement. 

Tibby will choose one random winner from the new subscribers. Thank you for helping me support one of my favorite - and very talented - authors. 

Good Luck!

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to be entered to WIN!
About Tibby

Romance author, Tibby Armstrong, has a lust for books and a love of travel.On the terrestrial plane, she dreams of springtime in Paris, and has journeyed across the pond to London, Oxford, and Bath. She travels more extensively, through worlds both strange and familiar, via science fiction, urban fantasy,  mystery, romance, biography, and travel memoirs.
Tibby’s favorite authors include Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Maria V. Snyder, and Jane Austen, to name a few. To see the rest, and read some reviews, find her extensive reading list on Goodreads.

Having completed her MLS, when she’s not writing, Tibby works toward defying librarian stereotypes; yet, she lives with her two cats, four laptops, and enough books to collapse a poorly engineered house. Most weekends you can find her in a local coffee shop with one of the laptops and a full-fat mocha. (She’s working on getting the cats to come along.)

Having completed her MLS, when she’s not writing, Tibby works toward defying librarian stereotypes; yet, she lives with her two cats, four laptops, and enough books to collapse a poorly engineered house. Most weekends you can find her in a local coffee shop with one of the laptops and a full-fat mocha. (She’s working on getting the cats to come along.)

You can find Tibby at

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Or, email her directly at tibbyarmstrong@gmail.com


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#FlashReview - The Love of Wicked Men #S2E1 by @theBrandonShire #CorporateSpies #LegalThriller #MMRomance


The Love of Wicked Men 
Season Two - Episode One
By Brandon Shire

5 Completely Biased Stars
Available at:
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Season One Complete Series at:
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Season 1 Episode 1 - Free Here
Blurb
THIS IS A WORK OF SERIALIZED FICTION Sid Rivers and Jack Brandt are back, but they’re still two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm intent on growing his power and prestige; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a need to set his world in order. When they met the first time, sparks flew. But circumstances pushed them apart. Now, circumstances are forcing them together again. But will it help them to find each other and meet their goals, or will it destroy them and everyone they care about? Season Two of The Love of Wicked Men is a continuation of their story. It is also an erotic journey into the underbelly of the legal profession, the corporate culture of profit-at-any-cost, and the secret world of industrial espionage. 
IN THIS EPISODE: Sid Rivers has reached the end of his rope. He’s waited sixteen long months for Jack to return, but he hasn’t heard a peep from the man. Not one. During that time, he’s reorganized the firm he took from his father and started looking for a way to make his name. But one morning the private line in his office rings and everything changes. He has a new case, new clients and a means to make himself utterly unforgettable in the legal world. 
Jack Brandt spots a man tailing him around the country. Just as he’s about to capture him and force details from his mouth, Shane shows up with a dire warning. Sid Rivers is in immediate danger and needs Jack’s help to survive. The Feds are sniffing around, but so is Jack’s old nemesis. And Mark Wessman will do anything to get Jack, including using Rivers’ dead body as bait.
FLASH REVIEW

After a too-long hiatus, Brandon Shire is back with the goods. Trust me when I say the wait was worth it. His Wicked Men do not disappoint.
I promised a review, but I have to admit it would be completely biased as I beta'd this and have already been determined to be Brandon Shire's sycophant (that's a nice word for boot-licker, kiss-ass, minion, slave, bitch - I looked it up ;) ).

So, forgive me for the non-review, but I'll just say if you've read season one and thought it was worthy of being right up there with the NYT big boys, like I did, then get ready to hold on to your socks. This season is even more, even deeper, even sexier, even grittier and definitely more INTENSE

And I love Sid even though he is completely unlovable. Or is he?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.
Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints – serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book which explores life’s darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.
Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don’t typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters which readers will either love or love to hate.
Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon’s fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.
BRANDON SHIRE was chosen as a Top Read in 2011Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and won a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.




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