Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Flash Review: The Love of Wicked Men Ep 2 by @thebrandonshire



The Love of Wicked Men - Part 2
By Brandon Shire
5 Stars



  • File Size: 1238 KB
  • Print Length: 71 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TPG Books (December 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R298GKI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled

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Flash Review

In this episode Sid really gets his wicked on!

Not much of a review here, but just enough to tell you to GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS! Okay, so maybe we're only in episode two, but if you were only able to read the last two scenes in this book you'd have a thrill worthy of any purchase.

Add to that a developing spy intrigue/complex legal/steamy plot line and the writing prowess of Brandon Shire and, well, damn it's good. This is a page turner with a lascivious scene towards the end that's worthy of a couple of revisits...or more.

And be sure to join us in the Brandon Shire Fan Group on Goodreads. The discussion and input have been amazing. So much fun.

Enjoy!

The Love of Wicked Men - Episode 2  (The Love of Wicked Men, Part 2)

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Character Interview, Giveaway & Excerpt: Meet Miko from Nicole Castle's The Consequence of High Caliber


The Consequence of High Caliber (The Mako Shark Book 1)

Character Interview, Giveaway and Excerpt for:

The Consequence of High Caliber
by Nicole Castle

Available at Amazon - December 13, 2014





Excerpt and Giveaway following the interview.

The Blurb:

Miko is a devoted son. An irresponsible brother. A protective friend. An anonymous lover. An assassin, nicknamed the Mako Shark after the sheer violence of his hits. Miko is deadly. And damaged.
Miko is in love.


CHARACTER INTERVIEW:

I’m preparing to interview Miko, the lead character in Nicole Castle’s newest release, The Consequence of High Caliber, a spinoff of Chance Assassin. It’s not every day that I interview an assassin, so I’m a bit nervous.

He’s just come in, and honestly he looks perfectly normal. Well, there is the lively red…is that lipstick? And that hair, oh! The gloves, I can understand the gloves, you know, fingerprints and all. Was that nervous laughter from me? Maybe I’d better just get this started.

Lisa T: Miko, welcome. Please make yourself at home. I’ve put out some refreshments, I was told you have a fondness for candy. Red candy, as I understand it.

Miko just glares at me at this point and probably won’t stop throughout this interrogation, uh, interview process. I expect to be dead by the end of our little chat. 

Lisa T: Please relax. There’s no need to keep your coat and gloves on. We’re all friends here. Now, where to begin…  Miko, that’s an unusual name. Is it short for something?

Miko: It is Mikolaj.

Lisa T: I understand you also have a nickname. Do you care to reveal it and let us know how it came about?

Miko: I am called the Mako Shark because I lost my knife and I bit a man in his throat.

Lisa T: Uh, okay then. It seems that you have a connection to a certain group of, shall we say, hired professionals in a well-guarded Eastern European residence. Have we met you there before? Are you just another one of the good ’ol boys in the employ of Angelo Silva, or are you family?

Miko: I only go there when I am in trouble but I do not get into too much trouble because of Hector. There are...circumstances.

Lisa T: Do you get to speak with Frank often?

Miko: I have seen Frank but he has not seen me.

Lisa T: Well, you are a man of few words, aren't you? Your accent is quite charming. German?

Miko: It is Polish but I was raised by a German man after my father went away. My accent is “bastardized” as Hector would say.

Lisa T: You seem like a really sweet guy. Is there someone special in your life? Do you have close family? A girlfriend? A lover?

Miko: His name is Toby. He cooked for me waffles.

Maybe I’m asking too many questions; Miko seems a bit agitated. I notice his suit coat slip aside and his gun is revealed. 

Lisa T: Oh, that is a beautiful weapon. It looks handmade. Was it a gift?

Miko: I made it with Nasir at the factory. He taught me how to use the guns. Maybe if you ask him nicely he will make you a gun too. If you do not ask nicely maybe you will see how fast the Mako Shark can be.

There's that nervous laughter again.

Lisa T: All of that is just…fascinating, but getting back to your profession...it seems that you are quite capable in completing your assignments. But I keep hearing that you go a little too far and are a little too brutal. Do you enjoy the bloodshed that much?

Miko: Sometimes people try to run before you can shoot them and you have to crash into their car. Sometimes people's chins fall off when their throats are slit. But I do not like the blood. I am squeamish.

A squeamish assassin?

Lisa T: I want to thank you for agreeing to this interview, Miko. You did agree to be here, right? You weren't...sent by anyone, I hope. Ahem. Let's just go ahead and share a little excerpt shall we?

I notice Miko grabs a handful of those candies on his way out. I wonder what that means?

THE EXCERPT:


      Miko's cell phone rang right as he was about to slit his mark's throat from behind, and he ended up slicing the man's prominent chin clean off when he turned his head at the noise. Miko should've had the phone on silent, or off, but he'd been trying to make more of an effort to stay in touch with Toby.
     There was blood everywhere. The mound of stubbly flesh had landed on the man's desk with a sickening plop, and there it sat like a grotesque paperweight. The mark was not a handsome man even before his spontaneous cosmetic surgery, and the casket would not likely have been open to begin with. But mangling the man's face wasn't part of the client's request, and it would once again prove Miko's nickname to be an appropriate one.
      He pondered for a moment, then slowly lowered the man's body so his face rested back on the severed chin. “There. Much better. Do widzenia.” Wiping his hands on his pants, he quickly left the room and removed his gloves as he walked away from the house.



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Nicole Castle was raised in New Mexico. She now lives in Oregon. Chance Assassin: A Story of Love, Luck, and Murder is her first book.

You can reach her on Goodreads, as well as view Frank and Vincent's continued adventures at:
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Spotlight and #GiveAway: Three The Hard Way by Sydney Croft

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Dec 1, 2014
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This title is part of the ACRO universe.
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Three the Hard Way

Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.

Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process. 
With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.

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Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the Share the Love collection will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:
·Three of Hearts by Kelly Jamieson (releasing November 17)
·Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt (releasing November 24)
·Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft (releasing December 1)

About Sydney Croft

Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two New York Times bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as "Erotica meets the X-Men," and is unique in its own "erotic super hero romance" niche.

Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings.
Giveaway
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 7.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Help us choose a charity!

Every year, Riptide Publishing releases a Holiday charity bundle with themed stories by bestselling authors. Twenty percent of the net proceeds of each bundle goes to a charity that serves the LGBTQ population.

Royalties from Riptide's 2013 Home for the Holidays charity collection have raised over $14,000 in nine months for the Ali Forney Center, and continue to yield several hundred dollars per month in royalties donations. Our 2014 Share the Love charity collection will be raising money for the It Gets Better Project, and we hope to report even better results than in 2013.

For 2015, the theme will be Holiday Surprises, and we'll have stories by HelenKay Dimon, Christine d'Abo, and Marie Sexton. But we don't have a charity yet.

We need YOUR help to choose the 2015 charity. Nominate your favorite LGBTQ charity below and Riptide might choose it as the 2015 Holiday bundle charity!

The chosen charity for 2015 will immediately receive a $5,000 advance against royalties (paid in 2015 on announcement of the award recipient). The charity will continue to receive 20% of all lifetime net sales income from the 2015 holiday charity collection, in the form of a monthly royalty check.

Three honorable mention charities will each receive a $250 donation.

Click here to nominate a charity. Both supporters and representatives of a charity can submit a nomination.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rack & Ruin with Charlie Cochet


I'm delighted to be participating in the Rack & Ruin Blog Tour. Charlie has sent super sexy, super cheeky Austen Payne over to give you some insight into what he's all about...or not. You'll see what I mean. Just sit back, enjoy Austendefinitely one of my favorites from R&Rand don't forget to enter the giveaway.

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Hey there, Sexy. I’m Austen Payne, Squadron Specialist Agent for Destructive Delta. What exactly does an SSA do? Well, that’s for me to know and you to find out. Which you won’t. Because no one knows. Unless you’re an SSA. We do a little bit of everything. What I can say is we also function as informants for our squads. Depending on how good you are, Sparks might loan you out to different parts of the THIRDS. Boss has been keeping me busy lately. Though I gotta say, Destructive Delta has been keeping me even busier. Do I like my team? Have you seen them? All those sexy six-packs in one place. Hot damn! It’s enough to drive a cheetah Therian to distraction.

Who’s my favorite? That’s a tough one. They’re all mighty fine. I like’ em big, and in more ways than one. Though it’s tough when you’re a Therian my size. We cheetah Therians don’t trust easily either. Finding the right partner to pounce on isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. Usually I have my fun and bolt. I can’t afford to be tied down. Besides, there’s a whole buffet of tantalizing treats out there, why settle for one dish? Zach? What about him? Yeah, I guess he’s kinda fine in an I-can-crush-you-with-my-bear-hands, kind of way. Pun totally intended. I ain’t never done the dirty with a bear Therian. Why? Are you kidding me? Take Zach for example. Dude is freakin’ ginormous. I mean, I like them big, but I’d like to survive the encounter as well.

Sloane Brodie? You heard about that huh? Look, I won’t lie. I’ve had a thing for him since I was a kid. It’s different with him though. He’s… well, I guess if I ever settled down—and that’s a mighty big if—then it would be with someone like him. He’s not just a genuinely good guy, but he’s pretty fearless. He’s strong, determined, and will always have your back. There’s no one I trust with my life more than Sloane. When everyone else just saw this scruffy delinquent Therian kid without a future, Sloane saw something else. He gave me a new life. A better one. I guess I’ve got a little bit of hero worship going on where he’s concerned. I know nothing can ever happen. He doesn’t see me that way, and that’s cool. Plus he’s got a guy he’s crazy over. It just wasn’t meant to be. I’m not the settling type anyway.

Do I know what’s going on in the team? Baby, I know everything about everything. Just one of the many perks of being an SSA. Sorry, that information is classified. Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go see a man about a bear Therian. Spying? Who said anything about spying? I’m just gonna see what Zach is up to. For no particular reason. See ya later, sexy-gator!

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About the Book

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Rack & Ruin, THIRDS Book 3 
Genre: M/M Romance, Shifter, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction, Humor
Length: Novel
Published: Nov 7th, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781632164209
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781632164193

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

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About the Author

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Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From 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.

Website | THIRDS HQ | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram 

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Itinerary (Tour Stops)

4th Nov – Hearts on Fire Reviews (Invitation from Lieutenant Sparks)
5th Nov – Carly’s Book Reviews (Sergeant Maddock)
6th Nov – The Novel Approach Reviews (Team Leader Sloane Brodie)
7th Nov – Bookwinked (Agent Dexter J. Daley "Dex")
10th Nov – It’s About the Book (Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn)
11th Nov – MM Good Books Reviews (Agent Rosa Santiago)
12th Nov – Joyfully Jay (Exclusive Excerpt)
13th Nov – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews (Agent Cael Maddock)
14th Nov – TTC Books and More (Agent Ash Keeler)
15th Nov – The Blogger Girls (Agents Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs)
17th Nov – Love Bytes (Agent Julietta "Letty" Guerrera)
18th Nov – Attention is Arbitrary (SSA Austen Payne)
19th Nov – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Team Members Interview)
20th Nov – Books Make Me Happy Reviews (Author Interview)
21st Nov – Prism Book Alliance (Farewell from Destructive Delta)


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Turning the Tables: Jamie Lake Interviews Me


Hey, check this out. I'm the one being interviewed this time. The lovely author, Jamie Lake has turned the tables and asked me a few questions about my blog and my wisdom. Ha!

Take a peek here



About Jamie Lake

I’m the author of The Trainer as well as Boyfriend for Rent. What can I say? I love writing about hot guys and real love and pulse-racing, sweaty, passionate sex. Yes, honey, I said, “Sex!”


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: The Love of Wicked Men by Brandon Shire - 4 Stars


The Love of Wicked Men 
By Brandon Shire
4 Stars

Episode 1 available for free at:
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ebook, 75 pages
Published October 30th 2014 by TPG Books
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Edition Language English 

Hot!
Corrupt! Cunning!
Smart!
...a plan of revenge that has been 
smoldering within him for years.
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In typical Brandon Shire form the writing is superb. In typical Brandon Shire form the dudes are very steamy. Not so typical is the gritty edge this story has. These guys are bad, maybe even deplorable, but that's what this is all about—loving to hate the wickedness.

Before I had even settled in, my head was whipped around with an out-of-nowhere plot twist. I did not see that coming and I think it's just a precursor of what to expect.

The Blurb:

THIS IS SERIALIZED FICTION

Sid Rivers and Jack Brown are two sides of the same coin. One is a lawyer with his own firm and dreams of money and power; the other is a criminal with a lengthy record and a quest for vengeance. When they meet, sparks fly. But was their meeting an accident? Or, was it planned by the billionaires who want to control their destiny?

The Love of Wicked Men is 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.




THE CHARACTERS

 Sid  - If you don't despise him right off I'd be surprised. Still...

 Jack - He's still something of a mystery, but there's no doubt he's savvy and sexy.

THE STORY

This serialized erotic fiction focuses on Sid's law practice and his questionable methods. He also scratches a few itches that will probably make your skin crawl. For me though, I couldn't look away.

THE WRITING

As I said earlier, the writing is spot on. Shire's no fluff delivery is perfect for the nature of this story and I can almost guarantee a gasp, a grrrr and a unnnnhh or two.

Remember though, this is about corruption, bad boys and every man for himself. If you're looking for fluff, sweetness or tenderness look elsewhere.

As both a beta reader for this book and a moderator for Mr. Shire's Goodreads Fan Group I have become intimate with Sid and Jack—although there is still much to learn about Jack. On the Goodreads group we're hoping for your input for this story while each episode is being developed. Join in the fun here: Goodreads Group

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Author Bio

BRANDON SHIRE is writer of contemporary LGBT fiction. Some of his writing touches upon serious subjects, but most is seriously smexy. (Choose carefully.) Mr. Shire was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnered several Honorable Mentions and a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.
10% of the proceeds from the sale of any of Brandon’s books are donated to LGBT Youth charities combating homelessness.

Connect with Brandon Twitter | Google Plus | Goodreads Group


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole by S. Hart - 5 Stars!

by S. K. Hart
5 Stars

Available for purchase at:
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  • Print Length: 777 pages
    Published May 30th 2014
    ASIN B00KOR46U4
    Edition language English



Sneaky   Snarky   Steamy   Sexy   and   Shameless!

I have to be careful here. This is a book where I could remark on every single line. I'll try to refrain.
I savored every moment with Mister Duncan Cole. It's like he moved in next door and I went over to visit him each day and each day he did something ridiculous or horrible or sexual... Well, maybe I shouldn't have been visiting at those times. Heh, but who am I kidding, that's exactly why I went to visit.  But I stayed for the shrewd skills of this author. Be sure to bring your wicked sense of humor, be prepared for inappropriate humor and and don't expect cliche, formulaic tropes because they're not here.

I spent weeks with Duncan and Sam and Dan and somewhere along the way Calvin popped in and I don't think he'll ever be leaving. I have a special room all fixed up for him. Room is a bit of a stretch, cage is more like it. Love him, hate him, worship himwho the hell knows but I think he'll just keep coming back, over and over. At least I sincerely hope so.

THE CHARACTERS
Apparently, my five-year impersonation of an angry psychopath made everyone assume that I was also a lush.
 Duncan Cole - Eccentric. Bizarre. Awkward. A madman really. And yet . . .
A slight flush found his cheekbones as his lips slid into a lazy grin that looked to be composed of trouble and plans to inflict it. He actually started to bother me.
 Sam Carson - Honestly? I loved him from the beginning. Was so angry with him somewhere in the middle. By the end? He was my hero.

Dan Cartwright - Pull your ginger head out of that...  Oh sorry, you can't. Roller skates, carpetbags and whores? Dan, Dan, Dan you do surprise me.

Calvin Cartwright - Oh Calvin, you really are the backbone of this story, aren't you. Or, er, maybe not. I'm not really sure what makes you tick, but without question, you are the most destable-loveable dead guy and I am besotted.

THE STORY

Duncan Cole is haunted by a murderous steam engine. It's clockwork whistle never lets him forget. It's coming for him, he knows it. He deserves it. The very contraption he should be most proud of is his tormentor.

Blurb:

In which we meet Duncan: professional nobody who presents himself to the public as a scowling, smoking pile of contempt. Against his will, he meets Sam: a less than professional coal miner who inspires the worst in men. Together they take on one malicious train and a most insidious re-animator, and along the way Duncan remembers a few things that he’d previously forgotten.


To survive he becomes reclusive. He is determined to never leave his home again, even if that home and, in fact, all the structures built above it are determined to collapse upon his head.

Ah, such is life in Crush, the whimsically-perverse town that only the writer, S. K. Hart could create.
The smell of freshly brewed coffee confused the hell out of me. I had refused to fill the machine because I didn't want to hear any comments from my coffee pot, the little bitch.
Luckily, or not, for Duncan, Sam comes along with some coffee, some curiosity and some undeniable sex appeal. Sam also has some off page non-con in his background. The first half of Duncan Cole is dedicated to this relationship, their backgrounds and why the teacups keep moving. Oh yeah, and Duncan builds Sam a bed. Swoon!

All of that should be enough to entertain the most ambiguous of readers, but just you wait! You haven't really met Dan or his shockingly delightful brother, Calvin yet. Dan is something of, ahem, carpetbagger and Calvin is . . . unlike anything. Ever. Heh, and you thought Duncan was cranky. Yes, yes, yes, just you wait. Or better yet, don't.
THE WRITING
That book had his undivided attention, and that made me flush because that book also happened to be one of the few things in the house that proved I was more than an angry hobo who chewed his coffee and fixed clocks.
If you crave, no, if you beg for, lust after, have an aching need for snark, wit, off-beat humor and wise-assed sarcasm then this is your book. In fact, it's nearly two books in length. And, like I said, I could've quoted a myriad of lines. It's that good. Just one after the next.

I do have to say that this author uses and indulgent amount of words this is not news to herand I have to say that that is usually something that frustrates me, but not here. I tried to figure why that is early in the book and all I can figure is that it must have something to do with the ridiculous, constant smile on my face.

I'm glad I took my time with this, because I got to spend so much time in Duncan's/Calvin's world and if I have any luck at all I'll get invited back in at some point.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

GayRomLit by Proxy? #Cockwalk

Lisa T, Erectile Funktion-Two Blue on Pink, 2014, acrylic on canvas, copper, natural beads, Florida, USA

Well, I guess I could just mope because I can't be at GRL with all my favorite people--believe me, I have been moping. Or I could paint something weird and send it along with the fabulous Lirtle, a.k.a. Irish SmurfĂ©ttĂ© on Goodreads, who will be there. *I'm not jealous 'cus that's bad. 

For those who don't know, or those who do, GRL has an event called the Cockwalk--an auction of penis art. This year's auction will benefit Chicago's Broadway Youth Center--BYC. I hope my contribution by proxy will spur a bidding war of wildly inappropriate proportions--or a buck or two--to help raise funds for this wonderfully worthy center. Not only does the center offer health assistance, they also provide several other necessary services. Here's a brief sample adapted from their site.

Offers a safe space for LGBTQA and youth experiencing homelessness to access:
  • A place to hang out with your friends, dance and listen to music, make some phone calls, pick up some supplies, and get something to eat 
  • Clothing Vouchers
  • Laundry 
  • Youth Food Bank
  • RAWR
    Amazing space for sharing and developing poetry and writing skills. 
  • Peer Advocate Project Project for and by youth of color that builds youth leadership through harm reduction, anti-violence, and anti-oppression frameworks. 
  • Community Meetings and Youth-Led Workshops 
So, this little 8x10 acrylic painting, with it's springy spunk and romantical hearts, will arrive via Florida, Ohio and finally Chicago, just in time. This is just my way of being there in spirit. Plus, I've painted eyes under the paint so I can see what everyone's up to. Have a blast, have a drink for me and mostly enjoy each other's company.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Rack & Ruin by Charlie Cochet - #GiveAway #excerpt


Yay, Charlie's back and sharing the very intriguing Rack & Ruin cover, plus a thrilling excerpt. Take a look and don't miss the giveaway!

My previous THIRDS book reviews can be found here:

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Hello all! Welcome to the Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3) cover reveal & giveaway! I'm super excited to share with you the cover to for the latest THIRDS book by the fabulous L.C. Chase! There's also a giveaway, and Rack & Ruin is now available for preorder!


When the walls come tumblin' down....



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Blurb



New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

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Dex had never been so eager to start his daily training session. Down in Sparta, he changed in the male locker room, swapping his uniform for his black Led Zeppelin T-shirt, loose jogging pants, and sneakers. He grabbed his boxing gloves from his locker and slammed it shut.

The bays were pretty busy at this time of day, but there was plenty of free boxing equipment in the boxing bays. He chose one of the emptier ones, and as he got ready, all he could think about was Sloane. The moment Dex had seen his face, he’d known. Sloane was going to run. I’m so stupid. He finished wrapping his hands and made straight for the punching bag.

After some quick stretches and warm ups, he started pummeling the red leather bag, hoping to release some of his frustration, but the more he punched the bag, the angrier he became. He’d told himself not to get so close. His head had known far longer than his heart what would happen, tried to warn him. But Dex hadn’t listened. He’d been a lovesick idiot, trailing after Sloane, getting on his knees, content to let Sloane bleed him. Maybe a part of Dex enjoyed it. Enjoyed being stripped, his vulnerability exposed. Why else would he continue to put himself through this? Why did he keep waiting? Because he’d promised Sloane he would. And what had Sloane promised in return? Dex remembered the words as if they’d been said yesterday. I can’t make any promises. Sloane had made it clear. Dex had no one to blame for his heartache but himself.

“Well isn’t that cute.”

Dex froze. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Someone up there was conspiring against him. Was this a test to see how much he could take before he lost his shit? Any other day, Dex would have walked away. But not today. He turned and faced Ash who was dressed similarly in a T-shirt and loose jogging pants. Letty was beside him looking worried.

“Come on. You and me,” Dex said through his teeth.

Ash let out a laugh. “Are you fucking kidding?”

“Does it look like I’m kidding?”

“Sloane wouldn’t be happy about that.”

“Well Sloane’s not fucking here, is he?” Dex snapped. He expected a smart-ass remark, but instead Ash seemed to be thinking it over so he pushed on. “You’ve wanted this since I joined. Now’s your chance. No one here’s going to stop you. You want to beat the shit out of me, now’s your fucking chance.”

“Okay.”

Dex nodded and swiped his boxing gloves off the side of the mat. He held them out to Letty. “Help me out here.”

Letty took one glove from him and helped secure the strap before taking the next one. “Dex, are you sure you want to do this? You know he won’t hold back.”

“I’m counting on it.”

Letty cursed under her breath, saying something in Spanish Dex didn’t understand. He tapped his hip where his pocket was, and Letty reached in. She pulled out the small box containing his mouth guard and opened it, looking as if she was going to try again to convince him not to do this, but instead, she held the mouth guard up to him. He leaned over and closed his mouth around the rubbery piece. He could tell she wasn’t happy, but he needed this.

He hopped on his toes, rolled his shoulders, and waited while Letty helped Ash with his gloves and mouth guard. As soon as Ash was ready, they both stepped onto one of the larger empty blue mats. Looking at Ash, all the anger came flooding back, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t stop thinking about Sloane.

You really thought he wouldn’t run? He’ll always run. From you.

“Come on,” Dex said around his mouthpiece.

Ash shook his head, but there was no way Dex was letting him back out now.

Come on!”

Ash gave him exactly what he asked for. The first punch landed across Dex’s jaw and sent him reeling. He fell hard against the mat, his face in a world of pain and stars in his eyes. How the hell Dex hadn’t been knocked out by that one hit was beyond him. Fuck. That hurt. Okay, maybe this wasn’t your brightest idea.

“That all you got, Daley? One hit? That’s pretty fucking pathetic.”

Bastard. Dex pushed himself to his feet and shook himself off. Would Sloane come back this time? He had to. They worked together. What if that’s all he came back for? You fucked up. The first guy you could see yourself spending your life with, and you fuck it up within months. A new record. Ash grinned at him, and Dex lost it.

He came at Ash with everything he had, mindful of Ash’s fierce hooks. He maneuvered around him, ducking under hooks and jumping out of the way when Ash swiped at him. Ash threw both arms out to grab him, and Dex dropped down to the mat and rolled. He popped back up and took a swing, catching Ash on his shoulder. Then Dex remembered what Ash’s proficiency was. Close Quarter Combat. The guy had been toying with him. Letting him land blows, waiting for Dex to realize the mistake he’d made.

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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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blog Tour: Another Place In Time Anthology - Benefits AllOut.org


“Another Place in Time” by Various
Blog Tour Information


Monday, September 29 –   Sinfully Sexy (Guest Post – Aleksandr Voinov)
                                                Rainbow Gold Reviews (Spotlight)
Tuesday, September 30 –   Elisa Reviews (Guest Post – Jordan L. Hawk)
                                                Cup O’Porn (Spotlight)
Wednesday, October 1 -     Boys in our Books (Guest Post - KJ Charles)
                                                The Blogger Girls (Spotlight)
                                                The Novel Approach (Spotlight)
                                                Book Pushers (Spotlight)
Thursday, October 2 -         Love Bytes (Guest Post – Tamara Allen)
                                                Attention is Arbitrary (Spotlight)
                                                Smoocher’s Voice (Spotlight)
Friday, October 3 -               Prism Book Alliance (Guest Post – Kaje Harper)
                                                Boy Meets Boy Reviews (Spotlight)
Saturday, October 4 -          Joyfully Jay (Guest Post – Joanna Chambers)
                                                MM Good Book Reviews (Spotlight)


GIVEAWAY:

There is a giveaway that will be available throughout all blog tour stops.

§  A backlist ebook from ALL of the authors participating in the anthology (one each from Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft)…7 books in total!
§  A $50 Amazon giftcard
§  A $50 donation in the winner’s name to AllOut.org (all proceeds from the sale of this anthology will also be donated to this charity)

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BOOK BLURB:

Welcome to another place in time...where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten. 

Included in this anthology:

"Office Romance" by Tamara Allen
The post-war economy is at a standstill, much like Foster Wetherly’s life until he’s forced to do battle with irritatingly confident—and competent—fellow ex-doughboy Casey Gladwin for a position in their shrinking department at Manhattan Security Mutual.

"Introducing Mr. Winterbourne" by Joanna Chambers
Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.
A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.
Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?

"The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh" by KJ Charles
 Lord Gabriel Ashleigh is a ruined man. Last night he lost everything at the card tables to his brother’s worst enemy, notorious gambler Francis Webster. Tonight, he’s going back for one more game. Ash thinks he has nothing left to lose. But Francis sets the stakes, and they’re higher than Ash could have imagined…

Two Regency bucks. One game of cards. Everything to play for.

"Unfair in Love and War" by Kaje Harper
Many men lost brothers overseas in the summer of 1944. Warren Burch was one of them. For months he still clung to his big city life in Philadelphia, but finally he's made the difficult choice to return to his home town. Warren's polio-stricken leg won't let him serve, so the least he can do is be there for his mother, when brother Charlie never again will. Arriving home means a whole new life, constrained by the rhythms and prejudices of a small town. Fortunately, it's made more interesting by the mysterious and attractive young man next door.

"Carousel" by Jordan L. Hawk
When a child goes missing, is it a simple case of a young runaway, or are more sinister forces at work?

“Carousel” is part of the Whyborne & Griffin series and takes place between the events of Stormhaven and Necropolis. It can be read as a standalone.

"Deliverance" by Aleksandr Voinov
This is a re-vamped, re-edited, improved version of "Deliverance". It's about William Raven, a templar, who thought he'd escaped his past. (Same character as in The Lion of Kent.)


Along with a foreword written by Alex Beecroft, enjoy these original short stories that make up "Another Place in Time".

All proceeds from the purchase of this anthology will be donated to AllOut.org in celebration of LGBT History Month, October 2014.


BOOK INFO:


Publisher:                Self-published
Release Date:         October 1, 2014
Purchase Links:      Amazon, Smashwords


THE AUTHORS:

Tamara Allen

Joanna Chambers

KJ Charles

Kaje Harper

Jordan L. Hawk

Aleksandr Voinov

Foreword by Alex Beecroft



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