Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway for Brick By Brick


Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post in order to be in the drawing for a chance to win an e-copy of Brick by Brick. Book Spotlight tour is sponsored by Pride Promotions.

Now onto Brick by Brick...


Author Name: Cate Ashwood & L.J. LaBarthe
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer


They say that time heals all wounds, but losing Parley, his one true love, left Zach with a hole in his heart that no one else can fill. After forty-eight blissful hours alone together as teens in an abandoned house, Parley disappeared. Parley is what he is, and the pray-away-the-gay camp his parents ship him to won’t change that. However, finding the balance between accepting his true nature and not losing his family means tough sacrifices.
Sixteen years later, Zach is thunderstruck when Parley stands on the front doorstep of his house—the house that had been their refuge, which Zach restored. But Parley isn’t alone, and Zach wonders if he’s found Parley only to lose him a second time. If they can overcome the terrors of the past and the situation of the present, maybe they can build a new relationship just as Zach rebuilt the house—brick by brick.

Pages or Words: 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay fiction, M/M Romance

Excerpt:
ZACH FELT as if he was floating. He’d been planning this escape for weeks, but now that it was actually happening, it didn’t seem real. He chanced a quick look at Parley as they merged onto the highway. What could possibly be better than running away with his best friend?
He’d had his doubts that Parley would actually come with him. After being turned down the first time, Zach had prepared himself for disappointment, but now they were leaving together and Zach couldn’t have been happier.

“Where should we go?” Zach asked. He had some vague ideas in mind, but he wanted his friend’s input more than anything.

“I don’t know. Somewhere we can’t be found?” Zach was right on board with that.

“That’s a good idea. We’ll go for a bit on this highway, then we’ll exit and take some back roads, maybe head toward the interior.”

Parley dropped his head back against the seat. “Perfect.” After a time, he said, “I still can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“I still can’t believe you came with me,” Zach countered.

“I can’t either. I must be insane.”

“Or brilliant. It’s usually a fine line,” Zach teased.

“My parents are going to have an absolute meltdown once they’ve found out what I’ve done. They’re going to be so upset.”

Parley’s voice was quiet, barely above a whisper. Zach had seen him like this once before when he’d thought he’d lost his weird CTR ring with the spinner chain in the band.

“It’ll all be okay.” Zach tried to soothe him, to bring him back to the present, and rested a gentle hand on Parley’s knee. “Everyone flies from the nest sooner or later. We just did it in an unconventional way. I really do think this is what’s best, though, for both of us.”

Zach’s reassurance seemed to work. Parley blinked slowly a few times and then a somewhat disheartened smile crept onto his face. “I know, but my family is just… different.” 

Sales Links:


Tour Dates & Stops:



About L.J. LaBarthe:
L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won a Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

L.J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.


Where to find L.J LaBarthe:

Twitter: @brbsiberia


About Cate Ashwood:

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, her little boy, and their two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Where to find Cate Ashwood:
Twitter: @cateashwood



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Excerpt Tour for Make Me Soar & a Giveaway


Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win All six books of the Collars & Cuffs series, or three books from KC’s backlist. The tour is sponsored by Pride Publishing.

Now take a peek into Make Me Soar


Series: Collars & Cuffs
Book #: 6
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Cover by Paul Richmond, Picture by Terry Cyr


Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.

Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.

Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend Leo set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.

They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.


Pages or Words:  290 pages (print book). 100,000 words (approximately)

Categories: BDSM, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Hurt/Comfort



Now for the exclusive excerpt....

Dorian opened his eyes and regarded the Dom seated next to him. Alan was gazing at him with obvious concern, but it was tempered with quiet assurance. There was a strength about him. To his surprise, Dorian found himself reacting to that strength. He still bristled at the idea of Alan making decisions about him, but then he thought about it.
Do I really want to be on my own?
He couldn’t deny that having Alan close to him the previous night had been a comfort. In fact, it had been to the only thing to stand between him and a night of unceasing nightmares. And the idea of sitting looking at his four walls, trying to blot out the persistent memories that had tormented him throughout the night, filled him with horror.
Just how long could I go on like that? It’s not as if I could go home, is it?
He didn’t want to even contemplate that last thought. The mere prospect of it wearied him.
At least Alan cared enough about him to do this. Dorian couldn’t deny that.
“Okay,” he said at last.
Alan’s eyes glowed with pride. “Good lad.”
Once again, warmth spread through him, pushing back the cold.
Alan sat back and withdrew his hand. Dorian felt the loss immediately. He closed his eyes as the plane banked, beginning its descent into the clouds.
He’s right, of course. I just want to leave this whole fucked-up mess behind me.
Then it occurred to him that Alan’s quiet confidence might be exactly what he needed.
He really believes he can help me through this.
It was something to hold on to.

 Tour Dates & Stops:

22-Jun

23-Jun

24-Jun

25-Jun

26-Jun

29-Jun

30-Jun

1-Jul

2-Jul

3-Jul

About the author and where to find her:

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes. 

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

K.C. loves to hear from readers.

Twitter: @K_C_Wells



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Spotlight~ Seven Dirty Words

Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte Howard (@shy_tiger) #erotica #romance

Blurb:
Paige Holmes hides herself in a masculine world in a desperate attempt to remain safe.

Just as she is ready to face her fears and her past, she finds herself torn between Matt Jackson and Vance Ellery: handsome, rich, and safe – or handsome, rich, and dangerous?

Which will she choose?

The one who appears to be the most perfect, or the one who makes her use all Seven Dirty Words?

Buy links:








Excerpt:

I died for a short while the first time we met. There was no fluttering in my chest, no somersault of my stomach, no burning in my loins; my heart literally stopped. He was tall, at least six foot four, and dressed in a pair of worn indigo jeans that perfectly matched his intense stare. A silk black shirt covered what I imagined to be a ripple of hard muscle, and opened at the top showing a dusting of tight dark curls. His thick neck led towards a razor-sharp, square jaw line, a straight nose that had clearly never seen the ill-effects of rough play, and deep hooded eyes. His hair had been styled with a slight wave. I was sure it was dark brown, but it could have easily been black, and had shots of silver-grey streaking through it.
My face was lined up with his toes, or more precisely, his pristinely polished black patent Chukka boots. Palms down in the thick mud beneath me, I pushed up and sneaked a glance at the man in front of me. He looked none-too-pleased to see his clothes spattered with flecks of dirt from where I had landed and splashed him.
 About the Author and links
British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.
Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.
During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.
Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers Group.

Links:




Book Tour Stop for 24 Karat Conspiracy by EM Lynley & Giveaway


Don't forget to enter the contest at the end of the post for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card


Book Name: 24-Karat Conspiracy
Series: Precious Gems
Book: Four
Series is recommended to be read in order
 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: June 12, 2015

Blurb:

Love is the only gold

Former Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up.

This time, Trent’s part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects’ wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head.

Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond—until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family.

Pages or Words: 240 pages, 72k words

Categories: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance'

Excerpt

In Istanbul, a chauffeur-driven car dropped them in front of the Hotel Sultania, and a bellman brought their luggage inside to the registration desk.
“Richard Applegate. I have a booking for seven nights.” Reed identified himself with his undercover persona. Then he slid their passports and a credit card across the counter, and the clerk opened both passports, then started typing away at the computer.
“Welcome, Mr. Applegate and Mr. Carpenter. We are very glad for you to be staying here.” He squinted at the screen, then turned his gaze back to Reed. “There’s a package waiting for your arrival. Would you like me to send it up with your baggage, or will you take it now?”
“I’ll take it now.”
“Certainly.” The clerk finished the registration process, made three keys, which he handed to Reed, then proceeded to explain some of the hotel’s amenities. “Now, let me fetch that package for you.”
Reed collected a brown-paper-wrapped package the size of a shoebox from the clerk, and they headed for the elevator. In the spacious room, Trent discovered their luggage had already been brought up, and both suitcases were set up on luggage racks.
“Wow, check this place out!”
Reed sat on the bed and examined the package. Without looking up, he replied, “Trent, you read every single thing about this hotel online already and showed me four thousand photos. How can you still be so excited?”
Trent shrugged and pressed his lips together before answering. “It’s different in person. And why don’t you ever get excited about hotels and exotic destinations?”
“Because I’m working. This isn’t my vacation.”
Trent’s mood plummeted, and he sat next to Reed on the burgundy-and-gold brocade bedspread. “I forgot. Don’t you at least have today off?”
Reed looked up from unwrapping the package. “Not really. I need to identify and attempt to make contact with the dealers who worked with Matthews and Granby. If they sell their inventory to someone else, we may never catch them.”
“I get it. So what’s in that package?” Trent had watched Reed examine it from all sides before untaping one end and carefully peeling back the brown paper. “Who’s it from?”
“A friend at the tourist office.”
“Oh.” Trent’s eyebrows rose of their own accord. “Tourist office” was their code word for the US consulate here in Istanbul. Reed was worried any room could be bugged, so he’d schooled Trent on a whole list of code words. Trent had added a few of his own, including “It’s hot in here” for “I love you” in case whoever was listening might be offended.
“Trent, if someone bugs our room, I doubt our relationship is going to make any difference to them or whatever they’re planning.”

Sales Links:

About the author:
EM Lynley writes sizzling gay romance with a hint of mystery. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.


Where to find the author:


Tour Dates & Stops:
12-Jun

15-Jun

16-Jun

17-Jun

18-Jun

19-Jun

22-Jun

23-Jun

24-Jun

25-Jun

26-Jun

29-Jun

30-Jun

1-Jul

2-Jul




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pre-Order Blitz~ Before the Rain by JoAnne Kenrick

Before the Rain By JoAnne Kenrick

Before the Rain is book five in Fated Desires’ multiple author series of stand-alone stories. In JoAnne’s addition to this series, a sworn-off-love Southerner escapes her failing life in Georgia and flees to the UK for a three month ‘no men allowed’ sabbatical where she unwittingly falls for the rustic charm of Rose Farm and its Welsh owner. 

Blurb

Three fiancés in three years makes Zoe Chantilly’s relationship column for the Georgia Times her only semblance of commitment…that is until her dating advice takes a dive down the Suwannee and she’s fired.

Unemployed and single, she leaves the sweltering heat of the south and heads to the UKfor a man-free break from life. The plan? Get with nature, write a novel, and be alone. Be very much alone. But nature has other plans for Zoe.

Navigating the backcountry roads of Wales seems just as complicated as her love life. A near-collision hones her desires in on Dylan Mostyn, a Leo seething with a raw prowess and macho magnetism the Aquarius in her can’t resist.

This Welshman is as arrogant as he is gorgeous. He’s also her landlord. The undeniable and thunderous attraction between them pinnacles during a karaoke duet at the village fete, but what starts as a no-strings fling quickly spirals toward dangerous ground.

Publisher: Fated Desires.
Flame Rating: Three
Setting: North Wales, UK
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Vacation romance, Opposites Attract
Release date: July 21st 2015

Pre Order available for 1-click now!
#Kindle International http://authl.it/B00XWQT6TU
#Kindle 
http://amzn.to/1AdLF8M
#Nook 
http://bit.ly/1PUOzkb
#Kobo 
http://bit.ly/1FyigIh

Available to add to your Goodreads TBR list
More on the multi-author Tempting Signs Series with Fated Desires: http://fateddesires.com/2015/01/01/coming-soon-tempting-signs-series/



Excerpt:

Present Day, August 1, 2015
Dwi’n caru ti,” he rasped in Welsh, rounding out his vowels and sharpening his Rs.
Uh-oh. Dylan Mostyn only slipped into his native language around Zoe when he was horny.
He entwined his fingers with hers, his gray stare fierce yet his touch gentle.
“Did you hear me, Chantilly?” he prodded, his voice low and gruff with his own brand of rustic charm and raw macho energy. “Dwi’n caru ti…I love you.”
Ah, heck, how was she supposed to resist him now?
Like a teenager about to get her first-ever kiss, she quivered, her knees knocking together.
Damn him for being so…so…so British. With his sexy accent and his Hugh Grant hair flop and Gerald Butler’s down and dirty swoon factor. And his dimples. Gah. If she wasn’t so weak-willed, she’d squeeze in one last wham-bam before heading back to the States.
Who was she kidding? A quickie wouldn’t sate her needs. Not anymore. What had Wales—what had Dylan—done to her? Love, a four-letter word she dreaded. In all her thirty-one years, she hadn’t truly loved anyone. Had she inadvertently fallen for him? Truly fallen for him? Like head-over-ass and giddy-in-love fallen for him?
Impossible.
“You can’t leave.” He edged her against the wall of the farm-style kitchen in the stone cottage, his chest pressing against hers. “Not yet.”
“Umm.” Between his hard body and a stone wall, Zoe dodged his lips by leaning to the left and pointing to the whistling kettle atop the gas stovetop. His masculine scent with subtle hints of amber and musk enveloped her and melted her a little more.
“Do you love me?”

About JoAnne Kenrick

JoAnne Kenrick is a multi-published author who writes both contemporaries and paranormals. She was born and raised in a wee seaside town in North Wales, and has traveled far and wide. In true Brit form, she is a teaholic.
She now lives in North Carolina with her very own British hero, where she creates ever afters with a backdrop of those wonderful places she's visited. Come across the pond and faraway...with JoAnne Kenrick.
For more about JoAnne and her books, please visit her website: http://www.joannekenrick.com

Stay update with JoAnne’s new and upcoming releases with her quarterly newsletter. Easy sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Ox0Mga
Updates about Coming Soon and New Releases
News about contests and exclusive subscriber giveaways
Behind the scenes information about her books and author life