Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Release Giveaway - Lavender in Bloom by @itslilyvelez #MMRomance #guestpost #authorinterview

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LAVENDER IN BLOOM BY LILY VELEZ
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Lavender in Bloom by: Lily Velez
Publication Date: July 25th, 2016
Genre: Historical, Coming-of-Age Romance






It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France 

Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogether disrupted when a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault begins an unremitting quest to befriend him.
Jeremie is everything Noah is not. Charismatic and gregarious, he leaves a trail of charmed admirers in his wake wherever he goes. Expressive and idealistic, he talks without end about his deep love for old books and his spirited dream to one day travel the world on a literary pilgrimage.
Over the course of a single summer, the two form an unlikely friendship, but just as quickly as it develops, it soon entirely dissolves as they’re forced to face the truth of what has unexpectedly emerged between them.
Lavender in Bloom is a tender and tragic coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery, and a poignant reminder that time is fleeting and always takes with it the choices we’re too afraid to make.

Hi Lily, welcome to Attention Is Arbitrary, so glad you are here.

Can you tell us more about the cover for Lavender in Bloom?

I’d be happy to! To start off, you can see the full-jacket cover design for Lavender in Bloom here: 
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The cover was designed by Stephanie Hobbs over at Steph’s Cover Design.

Lavender in Bloom is a historical, coming-of-age romance set in the 1800s in southern France. It follows the friendship that develops between a quiet and reserved boy named Noah, and a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault who’s his opposite in almost every possible way.

I knew from the start that I wanted the cover to focus on three elements that are central to Noah and Jeremie’s story: lavender, books, and horseshoes.

The lavender is obvious enough, of course. It would tie in with the title. But lavender fields (which flower in the summer in southern France) play a central role in the evolution of Noah and Jeremie’s relationship, too. There are key moments between them that involve lavender in some way, and about midway into the story, a character tells a fable about how lavender first came into bloom in France, and it really drives home the meaning of the title and what the novel as a whole represents. So, yes--lavender had to be on the cover by all means, and I’m so happy with the images that were used. They’re absolutely beautiful!

I must say, though, that the back cover is my favorite part of the full jacket. It’s a perfect representation of Noah and Jeremie. On the back cover, you’ll see a pair of horseshoes and a bouquet of lavender at rest upon an old, weathered book.

The horseshoes are for Noah. Noah is a farrier (someone who takes care of horse hooves and who nails on horseshoes). Since he apprenticed with a blacksmith, he makes his own horseshoes as well. A gentle and quiet soul, Noah is the type of person who’s most comfortable in the company of animals. As such, he puts all of himself into his work as a farrier. It’s his very own art in a way. He’s happiest when he’s at his anvil, crafting new horseshoes. But the biggest reason I wanted a horseshoe on the back cover was because it ends up signifying something special between Noah and Jeremie and is really where their friendship begins. You’ll see what I mean if/when you read the book. ;)

The picture of the old book on the back cover is representative of Jeremie, who is absolutely in love with rare and antique books. It’s the reason he’s come to Avignon, France in the first place: to open up a bookshop and surround himself with books, which to him are the world’s greatest treasures. He’s especially taken by the trade of bookbinding. Long before we had New York publishing houses, professional binders were the ones who put books together, and back in the day, it was practically an art. Many books would have beautiful leather covers with gold tooling, jeweled onlays--they’d basically look like mosaics sometimes!

So all in all, the cover so perfectly encapsulates the soul of Lavender in Bloom. An aspect of Noah and an aspect of Jeremie unite in perfect harmony on the back cover, and the front cover shows off a beautiful flower that becomes symbolic to their relationship.

Interview 

What were your goals and intentions in this book? What do you hope people will take away?
I hope people will take away the fact that you can’t live your life to please other people. This is something I think we all face at some point in our lives. We either do what’s expected of us to make mom and dad (or whoever it might be) happy and proud (but it comes at the expense of our own joy)...or we forge a path for ourselves, break the mold, and live the fulfilling life of our dreams.

It can be scary to do the thing that lights you up on the inside--especially if it’s met with the disapproval of others. No one wants to be an outcast. We want to be accepted and loved. We want to feel like we belong.

But this life you have is your life and yours only. It’s a gift. You’ve been given a unique opportunity to explore the world, to grow, to learn about what you like and don’t like, to develop meaningful and beautiful relationships with others, and to have an overall fulfilling and positive experience until your last day. So why spend a single minute of your life in a job/role/position/relationship/etc. that doesn’t make you excited to be alive?

Your dreams are special, and I hope this book encourages people to go after that thing that’s been tugging at their heart for a while now, to say yes to that opportunity no matter how scary it might be, and to not let amazing and beautiful things slip through their fingers because of fear. 

Can you share some surprising things you learned while researching this book?

At one point in Lavender in Bloom, Jeremie shares an anecdote about a book in his collection. What’s so unique about it? It’s bound in someone’s skin! As it turns out, this sort of thing happened back in the day. People would have books bound with their own skin upon their death so that the book would serve as a memorialization for their families. I don’t know if those family members ever ended up keeping those books, though! I don’t think I’d want to! ;)

If you could spend a day with a character from your book, who would it be and what would you do?
I’d probably most enjoy spending a day with Jeremie. I would want to join him on one of his literary pilgrimages--probably the one where he visits all the breathtaking libraries in the world. That would be so much fun, and it’s actually a goal of mine as well! 

Thank you for being here :)
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Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

#BookTour #GiveAway - Complexity by @authorharpmill #MMrom #erotica @GoIndiMarketing

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Title: Complexity
Author: Harper Miller
Series Title and Number: The Kinky Connect Chronicles Book 4.
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Taria Reed Digital Artist
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Heat Level: 5
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: Novella
Genre/Tags: Kink, Erotic Romance, Bisexual Romance, Multi-Cultural, M/M Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Fairy tale endings weren’t made for people like me. Happy for now usually ain’t in the cards, either.

The dents on my wall from where my headboard kept knockin’ against the same spot was the first clue that I nervy ded to calm my ass down. At the rate I was racking up notches and plowing through hookups, I wasn’t ever gonna find nothing real. Guess I kinda jinxed myself. I created my circumstances. You can’t get what you want if you keep falling back into the same pattern of bad habits. But then things changed. I stumbled onto somethin’ I never in a million years expected to happen. You gotta understand, I’m never the guy who wins. It was supposed to be just sex, but that shifty, rhyming and scheming bastard, Cupid, pulled a fast one.

I may have changed some stuff to protect a couple of people. But before you go believing the tabloids, make sure you understand that you’re gettin’ the lowdown straight from the source.

I needed to get this off my chest and it’s only fair that you at least get my side of it all. At some point, I might regret telling you any of this, but for now, you need to know.

*Disclaimer* This is a novella. Not a short story, novelette, or novel. This tale features an M/M pairing. If gay erotica/erotic romance is not your cup of tea and you are offended by same-sex relationships or crass language, you should bypass this story. Content is intended for a mature audience, 18+.

Complexity is the fourth installment in The Kinky Connect Chronicles. The Kinky Connect Chronicles are short erotic stories/novelettes all wrapped up in neat little bows. These stories are standalones. No cliffhangers in the lot!

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“Ain’t no easy way to say this, so I’m just gonna say it. You can ask me whatever you want after. Cool?”

Marisol looks up from the phone, and Juan shifts her on his lap, asking, “What’s up, Emmanuel?”

I take a deep breath and let ’er rip.

“I wasn’t seeing a girl, a woman. I was um . . . dating a guy. His name is Chris. I’m bisexual, and we were involved for a bit before things got too serious and I . . . we . . . called it off.”

Both Marisol and Juan stare at me, stunned. Juan’s mouth is parted in an O, but he quickly closes it.

He scratches the back of his head with this goofy-ass look on his face, and Marisol looks down at the tablecloth, her cheeks flushing. Moms and Lucia are quiet.

“Now’s the time to speak up if you got some shit to say, Juan. Let it out.”

Moms frowns at me. She hates when I curse.

“I-I had no idea you were gay, um, bi.”

“Not something I go around shouting since who I fu . . . uh, have sex with is nobody’s business.”

“Moms, you and Titi Lucia are quiet. Too quiet. You knew?” he asks.

Moms nods at Juan. “Sí.”

My mother grabs my brother’s hand and gives it a little squeeze. “Juan, I love you both no matter what. Manny is an adult and he’s living his life. He knows I care about him protecting himself and being safe more than anything. Doesn’t matter if he’s with a woman or a man. A mi no me corresponde, ni es mi derecho, juzgar a alguien a base de su orientación sexual.”

Moms is saying that judging me, or anybody, on the grounds of their sexual orientation isn’t her business nor her right. I’ve never loved my mother more than I do in this moment. She let everyone in the room know that her job is to love me, and never judge. Moms displayed exactly what unconditional love is.

Titi Lucia chimes in, “He’s your brother. Nothing about him has changed. He’s the same guy you grew up with. The one who made you breakfast, helped you with your homework when your mother was working, washed your pissy sheets when you wet the bed, taught you how to fight and how to shoot a basketball. He was the father you should’ve had if yours wasn’t a deadbeat loser. Manny loves you no matter what, and you’d better feel the same, Juan.” Lucia’s voice is threatening as she wags a finger at my brother.

“Okay, okay, let’s chill out and let Juan process this for a sec. We cool or what?” I ask, staring at him. Marisol lifts off his lap and excuses herself. Lucia follows her and Moms takes a seat at the table.

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Harper Miller is a thirty-something native New Yorker. She's traveled the world and lived in a variety of places but always finds her way back to the Big Apple. A lackluster love life leaves time to explore new interests, for Harper it is writing. The Sweetest Taboo: An Unconventional Romance is her debut novel. In her mind, the perfect Alpha male possesses intellect, humor, and a kinky streak that rivals the size of California.

When she isn't writing, Harper utilizes her graduate degree in the field of medical research. She enjoys fitness-related activities, drinking copious amounts of wine and going on bad dates.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Alpha's Redemption by @dcjuris @torquere @GoIndiMarketing #gayrom #SciFi #excerpt

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Author: DC Juris
Title: Alpha's Redemption
Series Title and Number: Alpha/omega Verse #3
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: Kristin Norris
Release Date: July 27 2016
Heat Level: 5
Pairing: male/male alien
Length: 17,651
Genre:Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Alternate Universe, Aliens

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Synopsis

Tondreau has spent the last four years helping raise Cadajen's terminally ill daughter, Linea. Though not mates, they've carved out a happy life with each other. It all comes crashing down when Linea's health takes a turn for the worst. Together, they must face the hardest decision of their lives. Will it tear them apart? And can Tondreau put aside his fears and be the Alpha Cadajen needs him to be? .

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Tondreau faced him, shaking his head. "You love her, and you show her that love every day, every chance you get." He frowned, his brow furrowed. "Do you know how many of us walk through life without love? How many of us would give almost anything for four years of love?"

Cadajen had expected the first half of the statement. But the second half… "You're not without love."

Tondreau's frown deepened and he shrugged. "I didn't mean me, specifically."

"But you're not. You have to know that. Linea and I both love you. You must be able to smell it on us, at least."

The Malorcian shuffled his papers, shoved them into his bag. "Should I bring home something for dinner, or did you have a plan?"

Cadajen couldn't help but sigh and shake his head. "It never fails to amaze me."

"What?"

"You Alphas. You're supposed to be so strong and brave, but the simple things throw you."

"Love isn't simple," Tondreau countered.

"It's the simplest thing in the universe. It's all the mating and linking that complicates it, but that’s on us. We scramble it up. You shouldn't be afraid of love."

"I'm not," he refuted. "The scrambling it up part concerns me, though."

"I don't think we'd scramble it up."

"There are things you don't know about me."

"Nothing that would change how I feel."

Red shimmered faintly at the edges of Tondreau's irises, his Alpha instincts responding to the words.

Cadajen reached out but stopped short, frowning at the material of Tondreau's long sleeved coat. Wasn't that just so metaphorical? There was always a barrier between them, wasn't there? Not physical, like the clothing -- they'd been naked with each other hundreds of times. He knew Tondreau's body as well as he knew his own. But they'd never been bare together, had they? Well, Tondreau hadn't. There was always something. Some deep dark secret Tondreau feared to reveal and it kept him just out of Cadajen's reach.

He looked back up. The red was receding now. Cadajen wanted nothing more than to rip his glove off and press his hand to Tondreau's skin, chase that fleeting emotion, catch it to him and hold it close. Prove himself worthy to Tondreau. Without truly thinking it through, he stepped forward into Tondreau's space. They were close; close enough to feel the warmth of each other's breath, the heat of each other's bodies, and their lips… Cadajen leaned in a tiny bit closer and stopped when Tondreau tensed. He looked up then and his heart shuddered. “Am… am I wrong?”

Seconds ticked between them, the question hung in the air, and just when Cadajen was certain he’d made a mistake, Tondreau sighed softly. “You're not wrong.”

Cadajen reached for him.

Tondreau stepped back. "We can't."

"Why?" Cadajen barely recognized the voice as his own as the word forced its way out his throat. He knew he sounded like a petulant child, but he couldn't help it. His omega instincts screamed at him to make Tondreau understand, to beg if he had to. "You said I wasn't wrong."

"Daj…" Tondreau sighed again, heavy this time, and raked his fingers through his hair. "You're not…"

"Don’t you dare say I'm not worthy." Not that. Anything but that.

Tondreau's eyes widened and the red threatened again. "I'd never say that. That's not… It's me who isn't worthy. You don't understand."

"Then explain it to me," he pleaded. "We've known each other for seven years. You've helped me raise my child. We practically live together. I love you. I'm in love with you. Don't tell me you didn't know. And don't tell me you don't feel the same. Don't lie to me like that."

"I'd never lie to you." He opened his mouth to continue, but the alarm on his pager interrupted him. He glanced down at it.

Cadajen recognized the alert as the 'if you don't leave now, you're really, really going to be late' tone. They'd set it up years ago, after Tondreau had lingered too long with Linea a few mornings in a row, and the Academy had slapped his wrists for it. He laid his gloved hand on Tondreau's arm. "Go. It's all right. But we're going to finish this conversation. Promise me. You owe me an explanation."

Tondreau nodded. He stepped close quickly, pressed a chaste kiss to Cadajen's cheek, and fled, no doubt grateful for the reprieve.

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Romance author, sci-fi fan club Captain, cosplayer, reigning Queen of Monkeyland, and random menace. Yep, we're talking about DC Juris. She’s a cupcake-making, football-watching, rubber-duck-collecting, drag-show loving, full-of-fabulous-with-a-capital-F kinda gal. She's also an ordained minister and an amateur photographer. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband, three dogs, and three cats. When she's not writing, you can find her in her favorite chair watching Star Trek and Supernatural repeats on Netflix, or surfing the web for porn. Er…research. Surfing the web for research. She may speak softly but she lives and loves loudly. Just ask the neighbors. ::wink::

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

GayGuy StraightGirl #BookReview - Home by Donna McIntosh #CoReview #MMRomance #SciFi


Home
By Donna McIntosh

OJ's Rating - 3.0 Stars
Lisa's Rating - 2.5 Stars

OJ's Blog Review - OJHeSay




About Our Gay Guy/StraightGirl (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 Questions 

We’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.
INITIAL THOUGHTS 

OJ 


This book really called out to me. I mean, what’s not to like. Cops. Badass men. Space stations. Possessive exes. Hell, it’s a gay geek’s wet dream come true, right? The short answer: Yes. The longer answer: keep reading.

OJ's Tags: Tags: Science Fiction, Police Detective, LAPD, Aliens, Stalking Exes, Donna McIntosh, Wayward Ink Publishing

Lisa Arbitrary

I loved the cover.
I loved the premise.
I loved the first chapter.
But...

THE CHARACTERS
OJ

Mitchell ‘Yana’ Yates - Never in his forty-three years had he met someone who unsettled him so, and he hated himself for letting Yates get to him. He didn’t rattle easily, but there was something about this Mitchell Yates, with his six-foot figure, perfect teeth, emerald green eyes framed with long, thick eyelashes, and dark hair that tried to curl no matter how much he slicked it back.

Detective Sean Hennessey - Hot, hunky, blond, furry Sean Hennessey has lived the life of a lonely cop, not wanting to come out and experience life, living a lonely existence, until he meets up with Mitchell Yates. He suspects Yates is deeply involved in nefarious activities, and yet there’s something more that calls to Sean, something he doesn’t begin to realize until he’s embroiled in the fantastical happenings after Yates saves his life.

LA


Detective Sean Hennessey - Rugged, determined police detective, Sean Hennessey is about to discover a whole new world and have his life turned upside down. Sean's looks aren't described until the last fifteen percent of the book, so I had a very hard time creating a mental image of him.

Mitchell Yates (Yana) - Cool, calm, collected, Yana, is nothing that Sean thinks he is.

THE STORY

OJ

This is a good, solid science fiction premise: the LAPD detective following a strange character that seems to be present at various crime scenes, always with a perfect alibi that he feels deep down is BS. The sexy, alluring character that calls to the lonely detective and the truth behind it all. Yate/Yana is part of the Peace Keepers, a secret space faring, peace keeping people that have parked their space stations, at least some of them, around Earth – trying to keep Earth from making a mess of itself. Yates/Yana is drawn to the hot Earth detective and yet Yana has a former fling, Jimmy, that refuses to acknowledge that his and Yana’s moment what just that, a fling, and instead insists on stalking Yana and generally making nuisance of himself. Add in the standard space travel and medical wonders of the future/alien civilizations and you have the ingredients for a solid science fiction MM book.

LA

This is where I was thrown for a loop. I was expecting a story that I didn't get. I was so excited to read about a good guy chasing a bad guy around the galaxy and ultimately falling in love. Instead what this book was about was an earth guy discovering a super-secret protection agency stationed in near space. Much of the book is about Sean settling into life on the space station and coming to terms with leaving Earth permanently. Eventually the two mc's do get to seek adventure in the stars, but it's all very cordial and too perfect with rather cliche sci-fi adventure tropes. I was left feeling disappointed.

The first 40 percent of the book is all relationship development and world building. Then a few missions ensue, but everything is too convenient, too perfect. 

At one point Sean has been training for a year for his first mission, he's ready to go, but he isn't briefed. Unlikely. He steps aboard the transport ship to take himself and Yana on their mission and it's all brand new to Sean. Really? After a year of training? It's just too unbelievable. 

The story ends with Sean writing in a previously unforeseen diary to sum things up in a profound way. Even that just didn't fit for me. Sean isn't really a profound, diary writing kind of guy. Yana maybe, but not Sean. 

THE WRITING
 
OJ

The writing is good. It flows well, no hiccups, with good editing and follow through, it just doesn’t deliver solidly in the science fiction genre. I’m left asking who are the Peace Keepers? Where did they come from? What is the end game here? What happens to Jimmy? Where do they go from here?
The MM Romance angle is good, not bad, and the sex scenes are also good, not bad, there’s just a certain science fiction spark that’s missing – and I’m a huge science fiction guy. It’s all here, it just needs to be connected and lit up so it goes *kaboom*. Give me more background, give me more geekiness, give me more.
Don’t get me wrong, please. It’s enjoyable, it’s well written, I just want some more delivery.
Is there a sequel?

LA

I found the writing sophomoric and amateurish. I believe (and I may be mistaken) that this was written as a series of shorts and brought together to create a novel. If that is true it may explain the disjointed feel to the book. 

Ultimately there was a lack of connection with plot, writing, and characters throughout the story.


THREE QUESTIONS


For OJ

1) Book two???
2) How did you feel about the godzilla-like reptile adventure?
3) Did you, like me, enjoy the concept of Home? The facility.


For Lisa

1) What did you think of the sex scenes?
2) Was it too idyllic?
3) Is there someone you’d like to hear more about?



BOOK DETAILS

  • File Size: 2983 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (March 25, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D2CSRN4

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LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he's repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.

Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.

But one night all of that changes.

Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.

Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.

DONNA McINTOSH can be found at her website: http://donnamcintosh.weebly.com

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We would like to thank Wayward Ink Publishing and Donna McIntosh for providing us with a review copy in exchange for our honest reviews.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

#Excerpt #Giveaway - The Runaway Millions by @ParkerAvrile #MMRomance

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Title: The Runaway Millions
Author: Parker Avrile
Series Title and Number: The Runaway Model Book 2
Publisher: Paris April Press
Cover Artist: Paris April Press Designs
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Heat Level: 3
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 261 pages (78,000 words)
Genre/Tags: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance


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Synopsis

They're the perfect couple until the money runs out...

Kyle, a rising model, is the toast of Manhattan. Bryce, a wildcatter who got rich in the Bakken gas fields, is an inch away from becoming America's newest billionaire.

But their world is turned upside-down when a competing oil company wrests away Bryce's business, his personal jet, and even his condo. Bryce has no choice but to scramble to save his career-- even though a famous rock star is sniffing around in hopes of claiming Kyle for his own.

When Kyle steps forward to defend another model accused of a terrible crime, he's deported. The tabloids follow him, happy to spread rumors about his alleged affairs with the beautiful and the famous of Europe.

Can love survive when one man is on his way up while the other is on his way down? When an ocean divides the lovers? When the gossip columns can't help stirring the pot? The Runaway Millions is Book 2 in The Runaway Model trilogy. This 78,000 word full-length novel complete with a HEA can be read as a stand-alone but if you prefer to read the series in order, please start with The Runaway Model.

Excerpt

Kyle cleared customs in minutes. Checked into the lounge. Ordered not champagne but a tall glass of cranberry juice over ice.

He was early. Sinking into a deep brown leather seat acres away from any other visible human, he plugged in his phone to make sure the battery was topped off.

In an hour the lounge would be packed arse-to-elbow with screaming, giggling, new-to-business-class tourists. But it was empty and silent now.

A voice call then.

While he still had the chance.

"Bryce," he said. "Pick up. Please pick up, love. I'm about to board a flight to London. I've been deported."

"Kyle." The line was clear. Crisp. It was like Bryce had suddenly appeared out of nowhere to speak into his ear.

"I've been kicked out of America, love."

"I'm sorry," Bryce said. "But I have to admit I'm not entirely surprised. You were taking some crazy chances." He sounded tired.

Kyle could imagine Bryce pushing his sandy hair out of his blue-gray eyes. A pang of loneliness shot through his heart. Why did fate always find a way to keep them apart?

"My agent lined up some jobs for me in London. If you're not too busy--"

"You know that I'm very busy." The words were hard, but the tone was soft. Weariness could do that. Bryce needed a break. He really did.

"Then next week it's on to Paris," Kyle said. "Ever been to Paris?"

There was a pause. "I have to save what's left of my business, Kyle. I can't drop everything to take a romantic jaunt to Paris."

"Please, baby. Just two nights."

A longer silence.

"Please. I've missed you. It's a bad time for us to be apart, Bryce. It's too new, love. You know that."

"I know. I do know that. I'll come. Paris. Next week."

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Spotlight - What Remains by @Garrett_Leigh #Giveaway $25 @riptidebooks



Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.


About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com.



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Saturday, July 2, 2016

#BlogTour #GuestPost - Temper (Status Quo Series) by @raissaphoenix $25 #Rafflecopter #Giveaway


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Not Your Typical Vocabulary Lesson
(AKA Why R. Phoenix is a Geek)

It’s true. I have an addiction. To grammar. To spelling. To punctuation. I have an ongoing love affair with the ellipse, and I flirt constantly with dashes. Commas and I have a bit of a rocky relationship. 

I have a word fetish.

I love big words and small words, long words and short words; I love synonyms and antonyms and contronyms. But most of all, I love words with multiple meetings. There’s just something about words. 

Either you feel the same, or you’re feeling particularly masochistic, because I plan on giving you the rundown on why I named my books what I did. Yes, this is a vocabulary lesson. No, I’m not trying to bore you to tears. (I’d rather save the tears for when you read my books. Just saying.)

Bought. Ravel. Recoil. Owned. Temper. Five or six letters each, but jam packed with meaning. Bear with me, folks. This should at least be marginally entertaining. (Of course, I might be lying. Authors are known to spin tales, after all.) 

In Bought, Elias buys Jace. Jace has been bought. Simple, right? But wait, there’s more! The Enforcers bought Jace’s story about being in the Rebellion. Jace was trying to buy time for his lover. Elias thinks he got quite the buy, but who did he have to buy to get a werewolf? Surely there were others who wanted to buy him…

Okay, you get the point. 

Ravel is a contronym, which is a word with contradictory meanings. It literally means to tangle and to separate. (Don’t even get me started on how unravel fits into the equation. It about made my poor little head explode). It also can mean a broken thread or a tangle, to complicate or to resolve. When Reese and Ashton meet, their lives ravel--but will it continue to ravel, or will it start to ravel? Okay, I couldn’t help it. 

I might curse myself for naming Ravel and Recoil such similar names, but they’re both so perfect. Recoil is one of those words that’s just beautiful. You can recoil from someone--you can flinch away, jerk back, pull away. Or someone’s plan can recoil upon them. So let’s recap: you can recoil from someone, or your plan can come back on you. Which one is it going to be in Recoil? (More importantly, are you recoiling from my geekiness yet?)

All right, all right. I’ll try to behave. We’re almost done. 

In Owned, Elias owns Jace. Can Jace hold his own against Elias? Does Khaz own up to what he’s done? Does Noah come into his own? I could have named each title after a definition, I swear. Check out this list. It means all of these things: to acknowledge, confess, control, defeat utterly, possess, take over, take responsibility for… You can come into your own, you can hold your own, you can have something of your own, you can be on your own, or you can own up to something. Oh, own, how I love thee.

And then we come to my most recent book, Temper. Temper is probably my favorite. Reese is usually even-tempered, but will he lose his temper? Oh, I said I wouldn’t do that, didn’t I? It also means a state of mind, the heat of passion...rage, or composure. It means to soften or harden, to moderate or strengthen through hardship. What sort of events temper Reese and Ashton in Temper? (*cue ominous music*)

Okay, so this has been a vocabulary lesson by R. Phoenix. If you’ve read this far, you have my condolences. 


About the Book

Title: Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story [Book 5]
Author: R. Phoenix
Cover Artist: Brandyjo Newton
Release Date: 7/1/16
Length: 40,000 words without front/back matter. (Exactly. 41,929 words with front/back matter.)
Price: $3.99. [Discounted 7/1 & 7/2 only.] Temper is also available on Kindle Unlimited.
Blurb: Only love can set off the ripples that could change this depraved world for the better. 

Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover—but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference. 

But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor... and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way. 

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(This dark erotica work caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their goals...no matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things. 

Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button. 

Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica, and it does contain elements of depravity and cruelty that will be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.) 


About the Author

R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it's terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers. 

If she had it her way, she would describe the books in her "Ripples in the Status Quo" world as: "Supernatural creatures take over the world and turn humans into pets and food. There's some sex between guys. And... um... effed up things happen." It's probably a good thing she has people around her to remind her that she actually wants people to read her books. (They should really be more diligent, especially when they know she's writing her author bio.)

She's an author, stay-at-home mother, housewife, second time college student, and duck herder extraordinaire. She's learning how to cook without burning the house down, her garden is somehow neither drowning nor drying up, and one day she might remember what that mythical thing called "free time" is. She's starting to wonder who thought it was a good idea to write bios in third person.

She also tries entirely too hard to be funny, and she mercilessly inflicts her terrible sense of humor upon anyone who speaks to her. Really, it's not you. It's her. All the same, she'd love it if you'd say hello, because it makes her day to hear that someone read something she wrote. If they enjoyed it, there's usually an awkward happy dance and embarrassing sounds of joy to accompany it (no, not that kind of sound, you perv). If all of that hasn't scared you away, please visit her website at http://rphoenix.theupsideis.com/.

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