Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Free Falling by SE Jakes - Tour and Contest





Thanks so much for having me here today, so I can shout about the fact that Free Falling’s getting a re-release with Riptide!  I’m so excited about this, you have no idea. For me, this is the book that started the Hell or High Water series (see below for more on that).

Free Falling originally came out in December of 2012—it was the first book I self-published, and I worked with Sarah Frantz as my editor (and she’s now my Riptide editor as well) and the entire experience was simply awesome. 

This would also be the second book Prophet inserted himself into (the first was Bound For Keeps).  It was then I realized that the man needed his own series or else he would show up in every single book I wrote.  But for Free Falling, it certainly cemented the bond between Blue and Prophet.  I’ve brought Blue and Mick back in Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water 2) and yes, I’m totally planning a Free Falling sequel, which would happen sometime post Dirty Love (Dirty Deeds 3).  Because I can’t get enough of Blue, my favorite thief, and Mick, the man who’ll chase him every single time. 

The great thing about moving this book to Riptide is that now all my EE, Ltd. books are in one place AND Free Falling will now be available everywhere in eFormat AND in print!!! The cover looks gorgeous in person.

Contest:
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of three SIGNED copies of Hell or High Water series: Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 24th, and winners will be announced on March 25th.  Contest is valid worldwide.
About Free Falling:
Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all.
Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging, and Blue vows never again.
A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.
Once Blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible—and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.

This is a revised second edition of the originally self-published title. No substantive changes have been made to the story.
About SE Jakes:
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life.
She lives in New York with her family, and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

To the Very Last Inch - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway!




Welcome to my spotlight of the Every Inch of the Way Virtual Book Tour. Below you'll find a great intro to The Professor's Rule series and Contest info. I've also added links to my reviews of the books in the series. Enjoy and Good Luck!

>>> My Review Links here
Giving an Inch
An Inch at a Time
Inch by Inch Review
Every Inch of the Way
To the Very Last Inch



Hi! We’re Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley, and we’re here to let you know that our kinky series The Professor’s Rule is coming to an end. The last two novelettes--Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch--are out now from Riptide Publishing, and to celebrate, we’re touring the web with a contest and a free bonus short. You’ll have to follow the whole tour to read the short in its entirety, but since every comment you make along the tour gets you an entry in our contest, there’s plenty of reasons to tag along.
If you haven’t yet heard of The Professor’s Rule, here’s a quick crash course (see what we did there?)

School is back in session.

When undergrad student James Sheridan set out to seduce his way into a better grade, he had no idea what he was signing on for. Professor Evander Carson wasn’t about to trade a good grade for sexual favors, but he was definitely willing to tutor his wayward pupil in far more than history.
By the end of their tumultuous relationship, James not only excelled academically, his sexual horizons had expanded to include pleasures—and agonies—the likes of which he’d never dreamed. But enough was more than enough, and James fled from his Professor, unsure of where his limits lay or if he had the wherewithal to set boundaries.
Two years later, a chance misdial puts James back in contact with his former instructor and brings all his old cravings back in force, leaving him yearning to kneel once again at his Professor’s feet. But James has a new life now, with new sexual and romantic prospects—most notably the charming menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. Still, the pull to return to Professor Carson is a powerful thing. Can James give in to it without giving up his newfound confidence and budding romance?

The complete collection is on sale now for 40% off, and if you’d like to try before you buy, Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) is free wherever ebooks are sold!

About Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch

In Every Inch of the Way, Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.
Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.
Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

In To the Very Last Inch . . . Just days after their scorching reunion, Professor Evander Carson has kicked his one-time pupil James Sheridan to the curb—and tried to sabotage James’s new relationship with Satish Malhotra. Something isn’t right here, but James isn’t sure he should bother trying to figure out what. Carson isn’t good for him and will never change. He needs to accept that and move on.
Satish knows something is up, too, but he thinks the relationship between Carson and James is worth saving. To do the right thing, Satish will have to make James and Carson confront the secrets they’ve hidden for years and help them to overcome the pain and mistrust they’ve caused.
But if Satish succeeds, where will that leave him and his intensifying romance with James? Will the three of them be able to find the right balance, or will James be forced to choose between the pain and submission he craves with Carson, and the sweet, vanilla stability he’s found with Satish?

About the Authors

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), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available for pre-order now.
You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/

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

Contest

Win an ebook copy of An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2) in your choice of formats! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you (email address--posted in comment field, twitter handle, goodreads or facebook account), and you’ll be entered to win! Every comment counts for another entry, so be sure to follow the whole tour.



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Friday, March 14, 2014

4 Star Review: To the Very Last Inch by Belleau, Gormley


To the Very Last Inch (The Professor's Rule #5) by 
Heidi Belleau. Amelia Gormley



Available at Riptide Publishing


eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-128-1
eBook release: Mar 3, 2014
eBook Formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 14,300
Page count: 57
Cover by: L.C. Chase


This title is #5 of the The Professor's Rule series.
Please see the publisher's website for warnings and triggers.

Links to my reviews for books 1 - 4:
Giving an Inch
An Inch at a Time
Inch by Inch Review
Every Inch of the Way

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My review:

From inches to miles. After Every Inch of the Way’s (book #4) shattering cliffy I couldn’t wait to read on to see how this all worked out. Let me just say that I ended up enjoying each character even more as the series went along and I found the ending completely satisfying. That’s not to say that a girl couldn’t wish for another scene sometime in the future. You know maybe as a holiday surprise or something? Authors, are you listening? 

THE CHARACTERS 

Professor Evander Carson - Defeated? No, no we can’t have that!

James Sheridan - Yes James, you are missing entire chapters in your relationship with Carson, but this book is gonna fix that. 

Satish Malhotra - Sweet and vanilla and the glue that brings this all together. He’s my favorite. I was cheering for Satish all the way! 

THE STORY

     Evander smiled ruefully. “Are you trying to hand him off to me? You young men. The martyrdom is charming, and the whole first-claim business has a touch of Old World Chivalry, but the way you act as if you own one another…’  
   “Oh, that’s rich. Says the guy handing James off without ever asking him if he wanted to be…”
Ah, here we get to see behind the curtain and get a full understanding of what brought James to the professor. And also, how Satish recognizes how much they need each other…even if they don’t. The hot and beautiful end scene is not to be missed. 

THE WRITING 

The Blurb:

Just days after their scorching reunion, Professor Evander Carson has kicked his one-time pupil James Sheridan to the curb—and tried to sabotage James’s new relationship with Satish Malhotra. Something isn’t right here, but James isn’t sure he should bother trying to figure out what. Carson isn’t good for him and will never change. He needs to accept that and move on.

Satish knows something is up, too, but he thinks the relationship between Carson and James is worth saving. To do the right thing, Satish will have to make James and Carson confront the secrets they’ve hidden for years and help them to overcome the pain and mistrust they’ve caused.

But if Satish succeeds, where will that leave him and his intensifying romance with James? Will the three of them be able to find the right balance, or will James be forced to choose between the pain and submission he craves with Carson, and the sweet, vanilla stability he’s found with Satish?


I don’t really have anything to argue with here. At one point I thought James and Satish’s relationship wasn’t developed enough, but the authors don’t push it. They make it clear that they have time to develop. 

This series works precisely because the authors show you why the relationship works. It can’t be easy to prove that a threesome can work, but they do. They have also created a story with a very special mix of tenderness and sexiness. 

Strong HFN 


Please stop by my spotlight post for the Virtual Book Tour and enter to WIN!!!
Click here:
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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest review. 

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Every Inch of the Way - Book Tour and #Contest Spotlight




Welcome to my spotlight of the Every Inch of the Way Virtual Book Tour. Below you'll find a great intro to The Professor's Rule series and Contest info. I've also added links to my reviews of the books in the series. Enjoy and Good Luck!

My Reviews are here:
Giving an Inch
An Inch at a Time
Inch by Inch Review
Every Inch of the Way
To the Very Last Inch 


Hi! We’re Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley, and we’re here to let you know that our kinky series The Professor’s Rule is coming to an end. The last two novelettes--Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch--are out now from Riptide Publishing, and to celebrate, we’re touring the web with a contest and a free bonus short. You’ll have to follow the whole tour to read the short in its entirety, but since every comment you make along the tour gets you an entry in our contest, there’s plenty of reasons to tag along.
If you haven’t yet heard of The Professor’s Rule, here’s a quick crash course (see what we did there?)

School is back in session.

When undergrad student James Sheridan set out to seduce his way into a better grade, he had no idea what he was signing on for. Professor Evander Carson wasn’t about to trade a good grade for sexual favors, but he was definitely willing to tutor his wayward pupil in far more than history.
By the end of their tumultuous relationship, James not only excelled academically, his sexual horizons had expanded to include pleasures—and agonies—the likes of which he’d never dreamed. But enough was more than enough, and James fled from his Professor, unsure of where his limits lay or if he had the wherewithal to set boundaries.
Two years later, a chance misdial puts James back in contact with his former instructor and brings all his old cravings back in force, leaving him yearning to kneel once again at his Professor’s feet. But James has a new life now, with new sexual and romantic prospects—most notably the charming menswear salesman Satish Malhotra. Still, the pull to return to Professor Carson is a powerful thing. Can James give in to it without giving up his newfound confidence and budding romance?

The complete collection is on sale now for 40% off, and if you’d like to try before you buy, Giving an Inch (The Professor’s Rule #1) is free wherever ebooks are sold!

About Every Inch of the Way and To the Very Last Inch

In Every Inch of the Way, Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.
Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.
Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

In To the Very Last Inch . . . Just days after their scorching reunion, Professor Evander Carson has kicked his one-time pupil James Sheridan to the curb—and tried to sabotage James’s new relationship with Satish Malhotra. Something isn’t right here, but James isn’t sure he should bother trying to figure out what. Carson isn’t good for him and will never change. He needs to accept that and move on.
Satish knows something is up, too, but he thinks the relationship between Carson and James is worth saving. To do the right thing, Satish will have to make James and Carson confront the secrets they’ve hidden for years and help them to overcome the pain and mistrust they’ve caused.
But if Satish succeeds, where will that leave him and his intensifying romance with James? Will the three of them be able to find the right balance, or will James be forced to choose between the pain and submission he craves with Carson, and the sweet, vanilla stability he’s found with Satish?

About the Authors

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), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available for pre-order now.
You can contact Amelia on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, BookLikes, Tumblr, or contact her by email using the form at http://ameliacgormley.com/

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

Contest

Win an ebook copy of An Inch at a Time (The Professor’s Rule #2) in your choice of formats! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you (email address--posted in comment field, twitter handle, goodreads or facebook account), and you’ll be entered to win! Every comment counts for another entry, so be sure to follow the whole tour


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: 4 Stars - Every Inch of the Way (The Professor's Rule #4) Belleau, Gormley




Every Inch of the Way - The Professor's Rule #4 

4 Stars


eBook ISBN: 978-1-62649-127-4
eBook release: Mar 3, 2014
eBook Formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: 11,200
Page count: 45

Type: Part of a Series
Cover by: L.C. Chase
This title is #4 of the The Professor's Rule series.

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Belleau and Gormley really kept me off balance here, purposely. Each time I thought I could settle into relationship bliss, or figuring out a character’s ulterior motives, *swoop, there went the rug again. It’s all good though, the pace was great and the character interaction, perfect.

  THE CHARACTERS
Wasn’t he supposed to be angry about that entire encounter? Scratch that, he was angry. Pissed off, more like. Pissed off for being used, for being toyed with, for being pulled into a dynamic he hadn’t consented to. But here he was, still fantasizing about James. What the fuck was that about?
 “Excuse me?” A cultured voice intruded on his mental flailings.
Satish Malhotra He feels pretty dammed off balance too. He knows he’s supposed to be angry at James but he keeps fantasizing about him. And then the Professor throws down a gauntlet. 

James Sheridan - He knows he has to play it cool with Satish, but he also knows he needs Carson. Satish isn’t Carson. Carson comforts. Satish snuggles. 

Professor Evander Carson - Love him. Hate him. Love him. Oh Professor, my Professor……my heart breaks for you. 

THE STORY 

 There’s this perfect (for me) scene in this book where they’re ready, willing and able and yet the sex just isn’t right. I love that the authors did that. They found a way to make the relationship stronger

The Blurb:

Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.

Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.

Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

* This title contains the following sensitive themes: dubious consent, explicit violence and non-consent.

and more believable because of it’s flaws. Don’t worry though, they eventually get it all just right. 

I had a little trouble justifying Satish’s thinking at one point. It was honestly just me though. He struggles with James’ marked skin, knows he doesn’t want to put marks there himself, but he admires them anyway. I could see Satish thinking that way, I just couldn’t put myself there. It’s hard to explain, it’s not a problem with the story or the writing, it’s just a me thing. 

There is a bit of hinting at a potential threesome (or some version of that), that would totally work for me. I would happily sit in a corner with Satish and watch the Professor help James. (Don’t worry Satish, you can hold my hand.) 

THE WRITING 

Look, a series about an older professor and his student and their bdsm relationship is just fraught with problems, right? Well that’s where the professionals stand out from the amateurs. Belleau and Gormley don’t hide from any of those issues, the tackle them head on and then throw in a few twists and turns, e.g. manipulations, just to make it more challenging. These ladies can write! 

The final book in the series is next and I cannot wait to see how everything is resolved. 

Stop back by Attention Is Arbitrary on March 8th to enter to win a copy of book #2 An Inch at a Time:



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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest review. 

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

RainbowCon 2014 - My Panels - #RainbowCon





Well, I'm getting pretty excited...and nervous. I've signed up for next month's...


RainbowCon  April 17 - 20th
RainbowCon is a four day QUILTBAG-centric cerebral conference held in Tampa, Florida geared toward readers, writers, artists, and small publishers. 

... in Tampa, Florida, which is fantastic because there are going to be so many great authors, bloggers and friends attending. It's also going to be crazy, simply because they've asked me to be on some panels. (I've never done this before folks,  so I'm equal parts nervous and excited.)

If you're attending I hope you'll say "hi". If you're on a panel with me, drop me a line, so that we get the awkward intros out of the way ;) If you haven't signed up yet, you can find out more and register here:

RainbowCon Website
RainbowCon Registration

My Panels:

(Thu 3pm)-Cheers and Jeers: Best & Worst Books of 2013 
(Salon B) 
Our guest reviewers discuss their best and worst picks for 2013 while discussing what about those books made them great or forgettable.
Kassa, Lexi Ander, Lisa T (l@@k, that's me)
HOST: SusanLee 

(Fri 4pm)-Talking Shop: Reviews 
(Salon C) 
Reviews are a great way for readers to connect and discuss books. This panel will share ways to keep your reviews professional and informative so even negative reviews won't become bad reviews.
Kassa, Lisa T., Michele L Montgomery, WS Long
HOST: Lisa H.

(Sun 11am)-Blog Tours: Love 'Em or Hate 'Em? 
(Salon C) 
As readers, do you like seeing more of an author when they're promoting their latest book? Or do you feel like you're being bludgeoned over the head by people screaming "Buy my book"? Share your likes and dislikes when it comes to the promotion publishers and authors put together to entice you.

CR Guiliano, Lisa T., Michele L Montgomery, Sharita Lira, Susan Lee 
HOST: Beau Schemery 

RainbowCon Website
RainbowCon Registration

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