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.


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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.


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?


      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.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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

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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.

Share the Love

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.
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.

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