Sunday, December 29, 2013

In Discretion by Reesa Herberth - Book Tour and Contest




Hi everyone, help me welcome a new author to the blog, Reesa Herbert. I was able to preview In Discretion and it is fantastic. My review is here. Good luck with the contest!
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Hello out there, humanoid creatures of above-average intelligence and taste.  I'm Reesa Herberth, and this fine establishment has seen fit to let me mingle with you on my release day!  I brought a party hat, a trivia contest, a silly interview, and a special, exclusive excerpt, just to thank you all.  I'm on tour all week, and you can check out my schedule here.


I'm running a trivia contest throughout the tour, with a winner to be drawn from the entries on Friday, January 10, 2014.  I'll be giving away the winner's choice of any e-book in my backlist, plus a reading gift pack featuring books and treats!  The contest is open to U.S. and International entrants.  In the event that a winner outside the U.S. is chosen, a gift certificate to Riptide Publishing or Amazon will be substituted for the physical prize.  To enter, email me the answers to the following trivia questions (answers to all questions can be found in In Discretion):

1.      What is the name of Thanson Nez's father?
2.      Who is Tynna?
3.      What item did Thanson steal from Kazra the last time they saw one another?

About In Discretion:

Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.
Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to  try to save everyone.
The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.

About the Author:
Reesa Herberth is the co-author (with Michelle Moore) of the Ylendrian Empire series.  She can often be found tweeting, blogging, and messing around on Facebook when she should be writing.  Likewise, she is easily distracted by the sound of new email, and encourages you to contact her at ylendrianempire@gmail.com
All you need to do email me the answers to be entered to win.  I can't promise I'll be wearing the party hat when I reply, but if it makes you feel special, I can be talked into it.




Available for purchase at:
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Review: In Discretion by Reesa Herberth 4 Stars




IN DISCRETION by Reesa Herberth

4 Stars

Available for purchase at:
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Amazon


eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-094-9
eBook release: Dec 30, 2013
eBook Formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 29,800
Page count: 114
Type: Standalone
Cover by: Simoné

This title is part of the Ylendrian Empire universe.


My Review

Banter – check!
Incremental Tension – check!
Believable Characters – check!
Really Great Writing – check check check!


"They couldn’t borrow enough time to fix the past now."

I’m probably supposed to tell you about the suspense, tension and pending doom and gory horror, but I’ll leave that to someone else, because what stood out for me was a moment in this book that was a shock to my romanticalistic system! I had been completely wrapped up in the action when suddenly the concern for everything these two were going through, and had gone through, just flat out punched me in the heart. I felt them. I was reading, engaged, caught up in the intensity of the danger when, BAM, the love and care totally hit me. This is like the best of sci-fi with a heart of romance!

THE CHARACTERS

Thanson Nez - The Discretionary, he has to keep secrets. Refined, graceful and carrying the weight of the world in his head.

"I'm a glorified message-taker exiled to the ass-end of nowhere, and you left Corve to fuck half the 'verse for blackmail material. Big wins, right there."
"A sixteenth." Thanson's smirk held all the mirth he'd abandoned, his negligent hand wave almost dismissive. "An eighth, at most. I have to sleep sometime, you know." 

Kazra Ferdow - A fighter, a scrapper, a survivor. "Kazra needed to die trying..."

THE STORY

Kazra and Thanson have a past, but it’s the immediate future that’s out to get them. At every turn a new obstacle tries to cut them off from their one chance at rescue. Between being chased by not!zombies and an impending

The Blurb:

Thanson Nez thought his career as a Discretionary would take him to the stars, not strand him on a space station at the ass-end of the Empire. Thanks to his last client, he’s carrying a secret he can’t get rid of fast enough, but his oath to the guild means a swift, painful death if he shares it. Already desperate for help, he runs into yet more trouble: his ex, and an explosion that paralyzes the station moments after their uncomfortable reunion.

Kazra Ferdow, Station 43’s communications officer, is almost as blindsided by the return of his first love as he is by the sudden loss of power and life support. The station is a floating graveyard in the making, and something is turning its inhabitants into savage killers. Fighting human monsters and damaged tech, Kazra and Thanson must put aside their past long enough to try to save everyone.

The more light they shine into dark corners, the more Thanson realizes how many people might die for the secrets locked in his head—and what he’s willing to sacrifice to make sure Kazra isn’t one of them.

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support system failure on an outlying space station these two show us glimpses of their difficult teenage relationship. Through their banter and recollections there is no doubt that these two have a lot to work through, and they do, all while being chased and running out of time.

You find out that escaping is what these two do best, unfortunately, the last time, they lost each other along the way. Now that they’ve caught up again their long hidden emotions rise to the surface for better or worse. It’s shocking, tender, heart-wrenching and all the while I was being pulled deeper into their relationship.

It ends with a HFN and I really, really hope this series will give me future glimpses of these guys.

THE WRITING

This is my first Reesa Herberth book, but it will not be my last. I found the writing to be very special. In fact, I thought, there were moments of writing brilliance. Not fluffy or drippy (how wrong would that be in sci-fi?), but emotional and tender in a way that fit the story-line, perfectly.

If I have one issue with the story it’s about my failure to understand how it’s going to connect into the rest of the series. I think I’m missing something here. It didn’t detract from the story though and there will be more explanation in future books, so I can be patient. I am most certainly not done with this series, or this ‘verse. I really feel like this is going to be one to sink my teeth into.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Inch by Inch Virtual Tour - Author Interview & Giveaway with Heidi Belleau and Amelia Gormley

Welcome everyone to the Inch by Inch Virtual Book Tour. I have a special holiday gift to all of you who want to know more about Professor Sexy Silver Fox...and the Professor's Rule series ;) Please help me welcome Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley who are co-writing this very, very enjoyable series. I've pestered them with all sorts of questions that I hope will be a treat for you all, and not too much of a chore for Heidi and Amelia.

Lisa: Hello and welcome to both of you. Thanks for letting me pick your minds a little bit.


Heidi: Thanks so much for having us! We’re stoked to be here. :D

Amelia: Absolutely! I’m thrilled to get a chance to talk with you! Bring it on!

You have both written several books delving into the bdsm realm. What was your motivation for this particular series? Come on, you just wanted to write about Professor Sexy Silver Fox, didn’t you?

Heidi: This is going to be embarrassing, but my inspiration came from . . . my husband? Cough. Okay. Before you get all “Oh God TMI!!!” on me, let me explain. He was out clothes shopping, and because he has NO fashion sense, he was texting me pictures for my approval. And I thought . . . man, wouldn’t that make a great D/s story, where the submissive is sending pictures of himself to his Dom, and things take a turn for the sexy when the Dom starts texting sexual commands along with the fashion sense? That was the initial seed of the story, at least. Amelia was the one who really made it what it became!

Amelia: I did? *blink blink* Wow. Okay.

Heidi came at me out of the blue with the idea to co-write the series. I was sort of groaning on Twitter about that hangover and letdown you get when you’ve just completed a project (the BDSM practitioner in me likes to call it “author drop”) because I’d just published Velocity, the last installment of my novel-in-three-parts, Impulse. I’m not sure if someone recommended me to her or why she did it, but I was really thrilled to get to work with her. And she had me sold on the idea pretty quickly. I mean, yeah, sexy professor, sexting, changing-room quasi-exhibitionism—what wasn’t to like?

I worry that at times maybe I steered Heidi away from her original intent, because I don’t think the series (especially the parts still to come) ended up being anything like that she had conceptualized. It was supposed to be a smutty, light-hearted romp but even in Giving an Inch, the first book, James was starting to go places emotionally and psychologically that I don’t think either of us counted on, and I sort of kept pushing in that direction.

Heidi: Author drop! I love it! And it’s SO TRUE, too! I asked you, honestly, because I felt like we must be soulmates because of your M/M Highlander romance The Laird’s Forbidden Lover! I’m a huge lover of Highlanders and figured we were destined to be together, so I jumped in with both feet, and I’m so happy I did!


How did you divvy up the work on this series? Did you each take a character?

Heidi: I’ve actually never written “roleplay style” where each person takes a character. Amelia and I shared all scenes and all characters, although I’ve gotta say, Amelia really did wind up doing the lion’s share of the writing at times! This story definitely wouldn’t be what it is without her, to the point where I think maybe she ought to have been listed first, alphabetizing be damned!

Amelia: The closest I’ve ever come to writing roleplay style was when a roleplay partner and I wrote a fic about our characters together, and even then we both had to sometimes take the wheel for the other to set something up in a certain direction. I really felt Heidi’s way of working on it—where we’re both there in a Google document at the same time watching one another write and one person is writing and then the other person jumping in when they know who needs to say what or where things need to go next, and then we both go through and tweak—was a really great method, because the story feels so seamless. I challenge anyone to go through these stories and determine where one person wrote one particular thing (I’ve seen people try and it amuses me because they get it wrong; one person recently thought that Heidi was the voice of Professor Carson and I actually wrote a big chunk of his dialogue.)

Lisa: I know I couldn't have say where one of you left off and the other started. Seamless is a very good word for it.

Amelia - cont: As for the division of the writing, it was more a matter of time and opportunity. Heidi was having a lot of health problems when I began spinning ideas for Inch by Inch, and so it made sense for me to go ahead with it because we wanted to have it done and ready to go. #4 and #5 happened at a time when, again, I had more availability than Heidi, and I also had a very clear idea of how things were going to shape up based on the conversations we had, so since time was of the essence and we needed to get them done, I just dove in and kept momentum going until Heidi had the time to join me.

Did the plot take a turn or have you known all along where this whole series was going to go?

Heidi: It definitely took a turn. I’d originally conceived of the series as an erotic series of “edge play” stories featuring the same sub and dom, with Satish as a one-off character . . . but then Amelia and I wound up loving him WAY too much to let him go!

Lisa: Amelia is brilliant then, because Satish is just too special ;)

Amelia: Satish. *le sigh* I’m not sure exactly what changed, but somewhere in the course of writing Giving an Inch, James decided Satish was not going to be a one-off, that it felt like that would be using Satish. (Yes, I blame the characters. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) And I think James swayed Heidi and me to his way of thinking. Suddenly, it felt crass and wrong to just blow Satish and walk away, and we also really didn’t like the subtext of two Caucasian men using a man of color for their sex games and then dropping him. And also, Satish was just the perfect foil for Carson. So at that point, we knew we had to make Satish a major player. He had to have agency and the dynamic couldn’t just be about James and Carson.

Has anything surprised you about these guys?

Heidi: Although there was subtext of James having issues with addiction/boundaries in the first story, we didn’t really settle on him actually being a former addict until it was time to write the second story.

Amelia: God, that just came out of nowhere. It was like, we didn’t know why James was a fuckup with bad grades and trying to seduce his instructor and then all of a sudden he was ranting at Carson and he announced he’d been a junkie and we were like, “*blink blink* Ooookay *backspace backspace backspace* Time to revise!” But looking at the direction things have gone in the rest of the series, particularly the last two books (coming in March) it was a rather serendipitous development. It’s James’s history of addiction that plays into the way his relationship with Carson developed and fell apart in the past, and forms the basis of the question about whether or not he can make a relationship with Carson or Satish work from this point forward.

I’ve looked into the psychology of sadism a bit and it looks like the “reasons” behind it vary and aren’t really agreed upon. Do you research these subjects? In other words do you know why James needs Professor Carson’s very special tutelage?

Heidi: Honestly? I’ve never researched it. I do a lot of research for books, but when it comes to psychology/motivations I don’t think I’ve ever gone there. As for James’s reasoning, there are a couple reasons. One is chemical: as a former adrenaline junkie, the endorphin high you get from pain really appeals to him. I think the discipline of having a Dom, having set limits and rules and responsibilities and clear boundaries, really centres him.

Amelia: What she said. I know a lot of BDSM-fic armchair quarterbacks are on this kick of complaining that BDSM isn’t therapy, and to a degree that’s quite true. BUT. Those of us who practice BDSM also do not come into it without our own unique life experiences and the issues they leave us with. And sometimes those experiences and issues do play into a certain need. Not all the time. A lot of people—I daresay most—just play because that’s the way they’re wired and they find it fun. But that doesn’t mean those who come into it with a specific set of circumstance-driven needs can’t find fulfillment of those needs as well.

How much interaction between Professor Carson and Satish will we be seeing?

Heidi: I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say, they aren’t attracted to one another, but they both love and care about James, and want to give him what he needs.

Amelia: Well, I think Carson is rather attracted to Satish, but there are definitely issues the two of them have to hammer out, and the focus of those issues is making sure they don’t make James the object of a tug-o-war.

Lisa: Oh boy, I had this wrong. I would have thought Satish would have been the rope in the tug-o-war. Hm.

You left us on a bit of a cliffy with Carson’s involvement. Anything you can add to this?

Heidi: Carson’s keeping some secrets.

Amelia: Carson definitely has an agenda and it’s not what James or Satish thinks it is.

I just have to know, is Satish as perfect as he seems? Both James and Carson have sides they don’t show in RL. Does Satish?

Heidi: Satish is a really wonderful, patient guy. But he definitely has a possessive streak, and as for his sexual side? He’s not necessarily the sex god he thinks James needs.

Amelia: He has some insecurities. He’s very stable, but he’s been thrown into the deep end of the pool and so he’s going to flounder for a while.

Okay, how about a "Get to Know the Author" speed round?

Sunrise or sunset?

Heidi: Sunset, no question. I am NOT a morning person.

Amelia: Absolutely sunset. If I’m seeing the sunrise, it’s because I’ve stayed up too late. Total night owl.

Negligee or pj’s?

Heidi: Naked. I hate wearing anything to bed. I get all tangled and overheated and uck.

Amelia: Tank top and underwear, maybe boxers. I need to wear a top because I’ve been woken up a couple times by my husband bracing his elbow on the bed to roll over, only he actually has braced it on my boob. Ow. But I hate having pajama bottoms or long sleeves twisted around my arms and legs. If it’s really cold and I’m tired enough to sleep anyway, I can maybe manage to sleep in tight leggings.

Lisa: Oh dear, my boobs are aching. I wish I didn't know what you're talking about Amelia.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Heidi: If we’re talking real vanilla bean, then yeah. If not, chocolate all the way!

Amelia: Only time I prefer vanilla is on cake or pie.

Sci-fi or Film Noir?

Heidi: Everything I’ve seen of Film Noir, I’ve loved, so I’ll say that!

Amelia: … You know, I don’t think I’ve ever actually watched a Film Noir. I know what it is in theory; I’ve just never seen one.

What can we expect in book 4 in The Professor’s Rule series? And when?

Heidi: Book 4 is when things really come to a head between James and Carson, and we also find out a little more about Satish: what he wants, what he needs, what he’s willing to put up with, and what he’s not.

Amelia: Book 4 is where things start to come a little unraveled. Carson’s agenda makes things very complex, and James is very susceptible to misunderstanding Carson’s intent. The way Carson has handled things with Satish hasn’t helped, so there is tension all around. And if we left #4 hanging where it ends, we’d have people screaming for our blood because the cliffie at the end of Inch by Inch is nothing to the one at the end of Every Inch of the Way (TPR#4). Fortunately, though, #4 and #5 will be released together, and both will be discounted, so no one will be left hanging.

Finally, I just want to mention how perfect I found the usage of sensory deprivation in this particular book. With James returning to Carson after so long it seemed James really needed to regain the trust he had with the Professor. I think Adara O’Hare, who suggested this idea, gave you the perfect kink to use.

Heidi: OMG wasn’t it? I mean, the runner-up was voyeurism, which we could have worked with as well, but oh, that sensory deprivation really worked for the crucial first meeting between James and Carson.

Amelia: Absolutely. Trust between James and Carson is going to be a recurring issue from here on out, and really it has been ever since Giving an Inch, and I think the sensory deprivation really helped further that theme.

Thank you both so much for spending time with me. I hope you know how much I’m enjoying this series. Once again you have forced me to stretch my comfort zone, and in turn allowed me to find new limits. So, of course, I can’t wait for the next book.

Heidi: Thank you so much for having us and for asking such great questions! I’m so glad you say that about the series, because my initial intention was edgeplay, and while the story has changed a LOT from what I originally came up with, it’s great that that spirit of boundary-pushing sex and story remains :)

Amelia: It’s been a lot of fun chatting with you, and these were some great questions. It’s wonderful that the series has led you someplace you didn’t expect to go, because it’s done the same for us. :D 

Lisa's Reviews of the Professor's Rule series:
Inch by Inch - book 3
Inch at a Time  - book 2
Giving an Inch - book 1

Contest Info:
If you haven’t fallen in lust with the Professor, yet, now’s your chance! We’ve got two ebooks to give away to two lucky commenters: one copy of Giving an Inch, and one of An Inch at a Time. That’s two chances to win! Let us know your thoughts and hopes for the relationships between Satish, James, and Professor Carson! Be sure to include your contact info (email, Twitter, or Facebook!) on this or any of the other of the posts on this tour for a chance to win. More comments=more entries, so to increase your odds of winning, be sure to follow the entire tour! We’ll pick a winner New Year’s Eve, so you can start 2014 right!


Inch by Inch (The Professor's Rule #3)
After two long, kink-free years apart, James Sheridan has reunited with his Professor: the sexy, dominant Evander Carson. But this time, things will be different. James is older, more sure of himself, and confident that he can draw the line between Carson’s demands and his own principles.
One of those lines is gorgeous menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. After their steamy dressing room encounter, James feels an unexpected connection to Satish, and he wants to explore it further. But Carson’s involvement—in James’s life, and in James and Satish’s budding relationship—complicates things.
Carson’s penchant for using other men in their sex games has always troubled James, and he’s adamant that Satish not be just another notch in their whipping post. But when Satish learns what prompted James to pursue him in the first place, will James’s new ability to draw the line even matter?

About Amelia:
Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else
Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), and her upcoming post-apocalyptic romance, Strain
You can contact Amelia on TwitterFacebookGoodreadsBookLikesTumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/

About Heidi:
Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in history from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centered on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. She also writes queer-flavoured M/F as Heloise Belleau.
Chat with her on twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau.
Browse her website at HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com.
Check out her books on Goodreads.
Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
Or contact her using good ole-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau @ gmail.com

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Contest Winner Announced - The Boy Who Belonged Giveaway


Winner Announced!!!


Congratulations to Maarja. You've won the drawing from Lisa Henry and JA Rock for The Boy Who Belonged. You will be contacted by email.

Thanks to everyone who entered. See you next time :)


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Boy Who Belonged by Lisa Henry and JA Rock Guest Post and Giveaway!!!

Hello Everyone, 

Please help me welcome Lisa Henry and  JA Rock who've come bearing gifts and updating us about their characters and latest release The Boy Who Belonged available now at Loose Id. Make sure to leave a comment below to be entered to win an e-copy.



When Loose Id put out a call for Christmas-themed sequels, both J.A. Rock and I said, “We can do that!” Because apparently that’s our mantra. We don’t let little things like a complete lack of organis/zational skills slow us down any. And it was fun writing The Boy Who Belonged. I’d never written a sequel before -- J.A. has -- and it was really interesting to sit down and think about how our characters might be doing six months down the track.


Here are some things we never considered. At least not for more than a moment or two:


J.A.: Let’s be honest, we thought about some of them for more than a moment.


Lane: Becomes so shy that he literally turns invisible. Uses that to his advantage to become a superhero. Is gunned down by the Russian mob, but resurrects as a zombie. For some reason.


Derek: Takes a photograph of Belleview’s first ever Sharknado that becomes iconic. The world’s all like, “Guy Who Took the Picture of the Flag on Iwo Jima Who?”


Ferg: Gets his own reality TV show “Cookin’ With Ferg”. Beats Gordon Ramsay to death with a whisk. It takes eleven hours. Fox calls it “Must See TV”. Ferg wins an Emmy.


Brin: Discovers Mormonism and falls in love with the white shirt and black tie combo, as well as the opportunity to talk to strangers and ride his bike everywhere.



Doesn’t really talk to people about Jesus so much as gossip about the Kardashians and discuss the latest episode of The Walking Dead--which Brin has the weirdest feeling he saw Lane on, though that can’t possibly be...


But of course, we did none of those things. No, we packed our crazy away in a nice little box and tied it up with a ribbon that says “Enter at own risk”. Then we put it away for a while. We’re going to shake it up and take a peek in a few months, and see what’s happened to the contents. It will probably make the chaos of Dante’s Inferno look like a day at the beach.


J.A.: I actually just peeked at it. It has a weird growth.


So with our crazy packed neatly away, we had to be reasonable about the whole thing. Where would six months find Lane and Derek, apart from close to Christmas?


Has Lane gotten better? Maybe. He’s gained confidence in some things -- in his job at Taco Hub, in his studies at community college, and in his relationship with Derek. But it’s a precarious balancing act for Lane. It always has been, and with his first Christmas with Derek approaching and an unexpected summons from his mother in jail, Lane’s going to take a few steps backward before he can move forward again.


Derek has his own problems. He’s bringing in extra cash by taking Santa photos at the local mall, and -- I once worked in retail and I hated Christmas. The carols. God. They never stopped! So Derek has some Christmas stress going on, and he’s also becoming touchy as to how outsiders view his relationship with Lane. He’s Lane’s Dom, not his daddy.


And what about the unflappable Ferg and the incredibly flappable Brin? Well, lucky Ferg’s unflappable, because Brin is in good form.


In the meantime, a little bit of crazy did creep into The Boy Who Belonged. It’s called Mr. Zimmerman. He’s baaacck!



Twenty-one-year-old Lane Moredock finally has a normal life. Six months after he was wrongly made a suspect in his parents' ponzi scheme, he's settled down with his older boyfriend, Derek, and is working and attending school. But his happiness is threatened when his mother launches a Christmastime PR campaign to help appeal her prison sentence, and asks introverted Lane to be part of it.


Derek Fields has his hands full taking Santa photos, bird-sitting his sister's foul-mouthed macaw, and helping Lane prepare for a television interview neither of them wants him to do. As he eases Lane through his anxiety, he worries that Lane sees him as a caretaker rather than a boyfriend, and that their age difference really does matter. He and Lane compensate for the stress in their lives by taking their D/s relationship to new levels--a relationship that Lane's mother insists he should be ashamed of.


As Christmas draws nearer, the pressure builds. Pushy elves. Snarky subs. A bad fight. A parrot in peril. How the hell is Derek going to give Lane a perfect Christmas when the Moredock legacy threatens to pull them apart before the new year?



The Boy Who Belonged is out now from Loose Id.


Leave a comment here, and you can win a copy! We"ll choose a winner by random drawing late on Sunday the 22nd. Be sure to leave your @email dot com so we can contact you.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Heart of Frost Blog Tour and ::Giveaway:: with Charlie Cochet


Happy Holidays everyone. 

Thanks for joining The Heart of Frost Blog Tour stop on Attention Is Arbitrary. Please welcome back Charlie Cochet. She has written an absolutely delightful sequel to everyone's MM holiday favorite Mending Noel. My review of of this latest release can be found here: The Heart of Frost Review my review of last years Mending Noel is here. Charlie has gifted us some new insights into Jack and Rudy's story and also provided us an excerpt. Be sure to enter the contest below, and good luck :)

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Hello all! Welcome to the sixth stop on The Heart of Frost blog tour! Today I'm going to chat a little about The Heart of Frost. Along with the romance in the story, there's a bit of mystery and suspense. Someone sabotages Rudy's plane during a test run mere weeks before the "Big Flight", and without Rudy, the rest of the Rein Dears can't fly, as they're all magically linked to each other through Mayor Kringle. Of course, Jack is less concerned about Christmas, and more concerned about finding who's behind the attempt on his beloved's life. Rudy is immortal, but he's not indestructible. He's also--being a Christmas elf, not as powerful as Jack.

But finding out who hurt Rudy isn't the only challenge Jack faces, as we learn about his past, we discover where the true danger lies. Concerned for Jack, Rudy enlists the help of Tim and Noel to help Jack get to the bottom of this mess before Rudy loses his love for good. We meet Jack's twin cousins, Vale and Hollis, along with another pilot from the Rein Dear Squadron, Vixen. Has the Mouse King finally made good on his threats to hurt Jack by hurting what he loves most? Or is someone else behind the sabotage? While Jack falls back to his icy ways, it's up to Rudy to return the warmth in his heart.

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Genre: M/M Fantasy, Christmas, Holiday Romance
Series: North Pole City Tales, Book #2
Length: Novella 30,511
Published: Dec 18, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781627983938

Blurb:
At the North Pole, no one is more powerful and feared than the Prince of Frost. As general of the toy soldier army, Jack Frost has been working extra hard to put away the villainous Mouse King once and for all. If that isn’t taxing enough, Jack has to deal with the scandal and gossip brought on by news of his relationship with Rudy Rein Dear, captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, which hit headlines last holiday season. Lucky for Jack, his reputation has managed to deter any foolish attempts to stir up trouble. At least until now.

When someone sabotages Rudy’s plane during a test run a few weeks before Christmas, Jack is determined to find the culprit by any means necessary. The closer he gets to finding answers, the more difficulty he has not falling back to his icy ways. Has the Mouse King stepped up his game in order to throw Jack off his, or is someone a little closer to home behind the attempt on Rudy’s life? Either way, Jack has every intention of delivering a Christmas they won’t soon forget, even if it means losing the newfound warmth in his heart.
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Excerpts are serialized and from Chapter 2.

Read Chapter 1 here.
[Excerpt 6]
Rudy gazed up at him lovingly. “You know I’d follow you anywhere.” The orchestra broke off into a beautiful rendition of “Waltz of the Flowers,” Rudy’s favorite. “Jack, you didn’t.”
“I may have mentioned it was your favorite. If the wind decided to carry it off to the conductor, who am I to stop it?” He kissed Rudy’s cheek before sweeping him into a magnificent dance, turning and twirling Rudy as the music picked up.
Rudy couldn’t remember the last time he’d had so much fun at the Silver Bells Christmas Ball. He’d forgotten how good a dancer Jack was, how carefree he had been in his youth. Once upon a time, delivering winter to the world had been a joy for his lover, a work of art rather than the dreary task it had become as of late. Rudy wished he could return that joy to him, to see the wonder reflected in his gaze when the first snowflake fell. For now, he would cherish this moment when his Jack was so wonderfully happy, here with him under the blanket of twinkling white lights.
“Jack!” Rudy threw his head back and laughed after Jack sped up in time to the music.
“Come on. Let’s show them how it’s done.” Jack unbuttoned the stiff collar of his uniform and ran his fingers through his hair, sending it into an unruly state.
“You rogue,” Rudy teased, and he held on tightly as he moved to keep up with Jack’s pace, the waltz reaching its crescendo and sending the two of them in a series of breakneck turns. At the final beat of drums, Jack dipped Rudy and crushed their mouths together in a breathless kiss. There was a roar of applause and catcalls as Jack kissed him. When they surfaced for air, and Jack pulled Rudy back up, they were both blushing from head to toe.
“Got carried away, did we?” Noel asked, appearing beside them with a wicked grin.
“A little,” Jack replied, clearing his throat and putting a hand up to the crowd in acknowledgment of his boldness. Everyone returned to their dancing until a toy soldier nervously approached Jack.
“Forgive me, your Highness, but his majesty wishes an audience with you.”
“Record time as usual,” Jack muttered before turning to Rudy and delivering a sweet kiss. “I’m afraid this one will take a while. I’ll see you at home.”
Rudy nodded, grabbing Jack’s face before he could walk away and kissing him with all the love and passion he possessed. The flash from a photographer’s camera told him it was time to part, and he reluctantly pulled back, though he still held on to his lover’s face. Rudy’s voice was quiet when he spoke. “I’ll be waiting for you.”
With a sweet smile, Jack turned and walked away, his head held high and shoulders square, every inch the imposing prince. Rudy hoped Jack wasn’t in too much trouble with his father after that display.
No longer feeling much like celebrating, Rudy said his good-byes to his friends and went home to wait for Jack.
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About the Author:


CCochet100Charlie 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 Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! 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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1 winners will receive an eBook copy The Heart of Frost & Mending Noel
2 winners will receive an eBook copy of Mending Noel
Drawing is open to US and International readers.
[Facebook chat & Release Party will have it's own prizes]

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To Enter
Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. **If you would still like to enter the contest but don't wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailing charlie@charliecochet.com.
Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Charlie’s blog at http://www.charliecochet.com/blog on Saturday, December 21st, and on Charlie's Facebook page. Winners will then be notified via email.

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Contest ends
Friday, December 20th at midnight, Eastern Time.


Tour stops: 

11/11 - The Novel Approach [Excerpt 1] 
11/12 - Joyfully Jay [Excerpt 2] 
11/13 Lex Chase [Excerpt 3] 
11/14 - Dreamspinner Facebook Chat [Bonus prizes] 
11/15 Charlie Cochet's blog [Excerpt 4] 
11/16 - Michael Rupured [Excerpt 5] 
11/17 - Attention is Arbitrary [Excerpt 6] 
11/18 - Release Party Dreamspinner Blog [Bonus excerpts + Prizes] 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Review - Inch by Inch by Belleau, Gormley 4 Stars


Inch by Inch (The Professor's Rule series) - Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley
4 Stars

Available for purchase at: 
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Author: Heidi Belleau Amelia C. Gormley
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-095-6
eBook release: Dec 16, 2013
eBook Formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 13,450
Page count: ~50
Type: Part of a Series
Cover by: L.C. Chase
This title is #3 of the The Professor's Rule series.
- See more at: Riptide

My reviews for The Professor's Rule series books:
Giving an Inch - Book 1
An Inch at a Time - Book 2

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Well this book is just full of revelations and questions. I love that. If questions were answered, and they were, then new layers to these relationships are revealed.

I could feel myself in James’ place throughout this book. I want him to have what he needs, but it’s no more clear to me what that is than it is to him. Needs, wants and desires, oh yeah, desires are all over in this book.

THE CHARACTERS

James Sheridan - Confession is good for the soul James. Or is it?

Professor Evander Carson (aka Prof. Sexy Silver Fox) - Is the perfect professor shaken?

Satish Malhotra - Satish, if these two don’t work for you, you can just come home with me honey.

THE STORY

After two years, were they starting over, or picking up where they had left off?

So we’re back in real time and James is making a conscience decision to reengage with his professor, but he’s also taking a bit of control back. Or is he? When he tells Carson that his

The Blurb:

After two long, kink-free years apart, James Sheridan has reunited with his Professor: the sexy, dominant Evander Carson. But this time, things will be different. James is older, more sure of himself, and confident that he can draw the line between Carson’s demands and his own principles.

One of those lines is gorgeous menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. After their steamy dressing room encounter, James feels an unexpected connection to Satish, and he wants to explore it further. But Carson’s involvement—in James’s life, and in James and Satish’s budding relationship—complicates things.

Carson’s penchant for using other men in their sex games has always troubled James, and he’s adamant that Satish not be just another notch in their whipping post. But when Satish learns what prompted James to pursue him in the first place, will James’s new ability to draw the line even matter?

- See more at: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/inch-by-inch#sthash.YrNUCOEN.dpuf

relationship with Satish is different from what he’s had before, the Professor has some interesting reactions.

Side note: The authors held a contest to determine which form of bdsm they would focus on in this book. The winning suggestion was sensory deprivation. I don’t think a better form could have been chosen for this book. James is reentering the professors domain after being out of contact for 2 years. What better way to rebuild that trust than through complete and total dependency? Perfect. Kudos to: Adara O’Hare for the suggestion.

James and Satish go out on their first date and I have to tell you the honesty that James offers to Satish is great. How many books/series have I read where I have to wait forever for the M/C’s to come clean, to lay it all out on the table? It gets frustrating. Here we have that right off and it’s a great jumping off point. Putting the ball into Satish’s court is an interesting development that begs for more exploration and I bet we’re going to get a lot more study time soon.

THE WRITING

With trust came rewards. But that didn’t make it any less scary.

The writing between Belleau and Gormely is seemless. I have no idea if they divvied up the characters or took another method, but however they divided the workload it works.

The heat levels off a bit in this book, but it’s replaced with a tender gentleness mixed with anxiety that kept me riveted. As I said earlier there is much more here than I expected.

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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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