Night Kiss by E.T. Malinowski

A big welcome to E.T. Malinowski as part of her blog tour with Other Worlds Ink for Night Kiss from DSP Publications.

As an American novelist, what made you delve in to the subject of Kpop?
E.T.; This story came about from a picture and a song by Smashing pumpkins. I was just puttering around on google and just typed in “Kai” and “vampire” and found this awesome fanart of Kai as a vampire. The artist and I actually follow each other on Instagram now. Anyway, the picture is mostly done in black with the word “beware” repeated down the right side, on the left is half of Kai making the shush motion, the right side of his face hidden in shadow, and he has one tiny fang, blood spattered at the corner of his mouth, and gold eyes. I thought “Wow, Kai as a vampire is pretty damn hot.” That started the idea percolating in my brain when suddenly the words ‘my stan is a vampire’ popped into my head. See the Smashing Pumpkins reference? Granted, in this story the ‘stan’ isn’t the vampire, but that was the working title while I was writing.

What was your first experience with Kpop?
E.T. : My first Kpop experience was hearing “Gangdam Style” by Psy. It cracked me up because I love Anime and all I could think of was Mobile Suite Gundam. As far as which band/solo artist that hooked me on Kpop, that was Big Bang with “Fantastic Baby”. I started watching as many Big Bang videos as I could and that led me to my current favorites, EXO, BTS, and SHINee. Big Bang are still my first loves, though! I continue to find new-to-me bands, like TVXQ! who have been around for quite some time and I wish it was easier to purchase their CDs or Digital music, but I’m expanding my Kpop library, including Cpop (love ZTao) as much as I feasibly can!

In doing some research I see you like to take on the supernatural and LGBTQ romance, what drew you to such a niche subgenre?
E.T. : Well, that’s a fun one. I’ve been writing romance since I was 12 and I did fanfiction a lot. My friend, Bonnie, introduced me to Sherilyn Kenyon’s DarkHunter series and I discovered she had a Yahoo group where her fans could write their own original characters and create stories using her characters. It was awesome for a time. I got involved in this one group posting and created a character who just did not want to be straight and he wasn’t going to be quiet about it because he wanted to play with the big Russian guy. So, I reached out to the person who wrote the big Russian guy and asked if he’d mind and he said no, he didn’t. At first, I found writing a gay character a bit odd. I kept thinking “How is this different from writing a male/female relationship” because I didn’t want to misrepresent and then it hit me. It really wasn’t all that different. Sure, there are little nuances here and there. On the average, men are a little more aggressive in their passion and more visually stimulated whereas women, again on average, are more emotionally stimulated and slower to arouse, a little gentler in their love-making, but the underlying emotions are the same. I was fortunate enough to have a friend way down in Texas who flat-out told me I was better at writing male/male than male/female and I realized I was more comfortable writing gay characters so I just kept at it. As for the supernatural, that gives me a lot of freedom to play. I don’t have to stick to cut-and-dried rules and ideas. I do have some contemporary pieces and while I enjoy writing them, I have more fun writing paranormal romances. This series is letting me explore a whole new mythology and culture that I’ve always been fascinated with but only dipped into and I’m having a blast learning!

Ok, you have a lot of characters but let’s pick two of your minor characters, what would they say about living with you and what 2 things would they want your audience to know about themselves.
E.T.: Minor characters, LOL, define minor!

Let’s pick to of your supporting characters

E.T.: Okay, Shin-bai, he’s the head of Security for BL Entertainment. I think he would say I can be very focused at times and thus forgetful. I’ve been known to forget to eat when I’m writing. Shin-bai would want people to know that even though he doesn’t speak much, he is always watching over those he cares about. He would want them to know that he is not as scary as he seems unless provoked and he adores his wife.

Kim Kyu-won is an instructor at Jeonjin University. He’s also mentor to Jin-woo, Min-su and Jong-in. He’d want people to know I do my research! He would want people to know he is open to new things and new ideas, and has become a Bam Kiseu fan! He would also want people to know he supports and encourages everyone to love who they are and to accept themselves as they are.

Using your characters let’s play a quick game of word association with a sentence on why… unassuming, misunderstood, fearless, underrated, strong, empathetic, regretful, happy.

E.T.: Unassuming – Rhim Hyun-jo, he is quiet and soft-spoken, almost demur in the way he carries himself. He portrays an aura of delicateness that leads many people to underestimate him… and that’s just the way he wants it.

Misunderstood – Jung Cheongul, he’s a man of few words and doesn’t like to burden others with his worries. He may come off as domineering or even overly aggressive but there is more going on inside his head than most people realize. The reader will learn more about Cheongul as the series progresses and maybe even understand why he is the way he is.

Fearless – Yi Min-su, she is often the leader of the group. She presents herself in a confident manner and very rarely allows her own insecurities to show to any but those closest to her.

Underrated – Cheong Jin-woo, he looks so sweet and innocent that people don’t think he has much of a spine. They don’t think he can handle things but Jin-woo is stronger than he appears and he has a good heart.

Strong – Park Soon-joon, he is always there, giving support and direction when it is needed.

Empathetic – Liang ChenBao, this quality is never more apparent than when she is dealing with HanYin. She understands him, her many years of existence have given her such a range of experience that she is, perhaps, the most adaptable to new ideas and thoughts. This allows her to have a better understanding of the feelings of others.

Regretful – Jung Ki-tae, he regrets so many things and that colors how he perceives the world around him. This word not only suits him, but it also suits Cheongul, and even HanYin. All three are very hard on themselves when they think they’ve made a mistake or hurt someone they care about.

Happy – Jung HanYin, he is always smiling and he is always making sure everyone he cares about is fed and happy. In truth, he needs his family to be happy for his own sense of well-being.

I know that your time is short with us so a final question. We hear there’s a part two in the works… can you confirm this? If this is so is there anything you can share?

E.T. : There is definitely a part two on the way… and a three, four, and five! We’ll be hearing more from our fabulous LeiChen and meeting a bevy of new characters to love and hate… maybe. As far as excerpts, well, I haven’t decided if I want to tease you guys like that! If I do, they will be available on my website and also on my
Facebook page
.

Night Kiss

E.T. Malinowski has a new queer paranormal book out: Night Kiss.

What could be frightening enough to freeze the blood of a centuries-old Vampire turned K-pop idol?

Being bound to someone.

University student Cheong Jin-woo dreams of working in the arts, especially for BL Entertainment and his favorite band, Bam Kiseu. After seeing the band perform, Jin-woo separates from his friends to explore. What he discovers backstage will change his life.

Does he embrace it or run?

Jung Ki-tae has kept his secret for centuries—until a young fan interrupts his feeding. Even more disturbing is the instant bond Ki-tae feels with Jin-woo—a complication he refuses to allow. Yet resisting becomes increasingly difficult as Jin-woo and a group of students win the chance to make a video for the band, working closely with them for weeks. The obsession Ki-tae felt toward Jin-woo—even before tasting his blood—deepens into genuine feelings, feelings that terrify Ki-tae. But when he finds a way to break the bond, he’s torn between severing the connection and protecting Jin-woo….

Especially with a mysterious killer getting closer.

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Excerpt

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Jin-woo was late and Min-su was going to kill him, but if he hadn’t gone back to the studio, they wouldn’t have their visuals, and then she would have killed him slowly. He’d had to scramble to find someone with the keys, too, forcing him to miss all the other presentations. He never realized how hard it was to find maintenance personnel on a campus this size. When he finally reached Min-su, she looked scared as hell.

“What?” he asked. “What is it? What’s wrong?”

“Um, I… I can’t breathe. I really… can’t.” Min-su puffed out her cheeks and fanned her face. “I didn’t…. If I had known, I would have chosen a different outfit. I would have done my hair, and my makeup is just…. Dammit. Why didn’t anyone tell me they were going to be here?”

“What the heck is she talking about, Jong-in-a?” Jin-woo demanded.

“We’re not just presenting to Park Soon-joon hyung,” Jong-in said quietly.

“Of course we aren’t. Seonsaengnim is there as well,” Jin-woo said. “This isn’t new.”

“It’s…. We’re…. Jin-woo-ya, Bam Kiseu is in that room!” Min-su said, grabbing him by his vest and shaking him back and forth. “HanYin oppa is in that room! Ki-tae oppa is in that room! Cheongul oppa is in that room!”

Jin-woo did the only thing he could think of. He slapped her.

Min-su stumbled back a few steps and just stared at him. Then she narrowed her eyes and came at him.

Jin-woo threw up his hands in defense of the punch coming his way.

“I’m sorry!” But it never landed. He peeked with one eye. Min-su looked completely calm.

“Thank you,” she said with a sigh. “I was losing my shit, and that’s not acceptable.”

“You’re good?” Jin-woo said.

“I’m good.”

“Good,” Jin-woo said as he began to shake. “I’m going to pass out now.”

And he did just that.

Jin-woo didn’t remember hitting the floor, but he figured that must have happened, as he was staring up at the ceiling with Min-su slapping his face and Jong-in looking terribly concerned. He caught Min-su’s wrist and held her hand to his face for a few moments, closing his eyes once more.

“No, you cannot pass out on us again. We’re up next, Jin-woo-ya!” Min-su said, an edge of desperation in her voice.

“I’m not going to pass out again. I just wanted you to stop slapping me and calm down,” he said. Then he slowly sat up, rubbing the back of his head. He looked at Jong-in and teased, “You couldn’t have caught me?”

“Nope, Min-su-ya was in the way.”

“Hey, this is not my fault,” she said, putting her hands on her hips.

“Well, you were shaking Jin-woo-ya pretty hard,” Jong-in pointed out. “There’s no need to panic. They’re people, just like us.”

No, not just like us, Jin-woo thought but wisely kept the words to himself.


Author Bio

An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip. E.T. Malinowski is the youngest of seven girls. It was her love of reading that eventually led her to attempt writing. From there, a passion was born.

She began writing romance in her early teens and, at that time, never dreamed of sharing her work with anyone. With the help of several dear friends, not to mention her ex-husband, she found the courage to take that last step towards publication. As the single mother of three rambunctious boys, finding time to write is a bit difficult. Yet E.T. manages to do it, even if it’s on break or lunch at a regular day job.

She has found her place in homoerotic romance. To her, love doesn’t recognize gender rel=”noopener”boundaries and is always special. An avid reader, E.T. finds inspiration in all her favorite genres, from mainstream romance by her favorite authors to Japanese manga and anime. To her, even the classic fairytales hold that spark of motivation and if there is one thing she has learned from her many years of writing solely for herself, it’s this: never deny the Muse, she gets cranky and pulls out the bullwhip.

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Book Review – Defensive Play by Jamie Deacon

A Boys on the Brink novella
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Pages: 73
Characters: Davey/Adam
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, YA

Blurb:
One glance is all it takes to bring his defences crashing down…

Seventeen-year-old Davey has never made friends easily. Shy, geeky, crippled with social anxiety, he feels isolated from his peers, and only his position as defender for the school football team fills the void of loneliness. On the pitch, his deft footwork has earned him the respect and acceptance of his squad, though at a price. Desperate to hold onto this camaraderie, Davey conceals the truth from everyone, even his own family.

Then, during the annual Brookshire football tournament, his eyes meet those of a rival player across the field and a spark flares between them, one neither boy can deny. Adam is everything Davey longs to be—confident, popular, comfortable with his sexuality. Davey aches to explore their connection, to discover where it might lead, but how can he follow his heart and risk rejection by his teammates, the closest thing to friends he has ever known?

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I was pulled into this story immediately and sat up late reading it in one sitting. I thought the author did a great job in showing Davey’s inner struggle to be true to himself while feeling like a social outcast, and managing his panic attacks. At several times through I story I wanted to be able to tell him that his football skills weren’t the only reason his team valued and respected him. I thought telling the story in 1st person from Davey’s point of view reflected his nervousness, with the way he rambled and constantly second guessed himself. I loved the way he took solace in chemistry as it remains constant.

Davey and Adam’s growing friendship and relationship made me a very happy reader. I was on the edge of my seat hoping that although Davey couldn’t find the courage to come out, he’d do it in order to stand up for Adam.

Adam is such a sweet guy, and him and Davey geeking together was very sweet. I could feel their connection and totally bought into the fact they were soul mates. An added bonus for me reading this story was the British setting, and the fact both of them are Whovians.

I loved the supporting cast. Davey’s family are supportive, and friendly and it’s obvious they care and love him. His interactions with his sister are very typical of siblings. I liked the contrast between them and Adam’s dad with the family vibe, although I liked him too.

I’d recommend Defensive Play to readers who enjoy a sweet, feel good, romance with likeable characters who need to find the courage to be true to themselves in order to get their happy ending. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Audiobook Release Blitz – Road of No Return by K.A. Merikan

A big welcome to K.A. Merikan as part of her release blitz with Signal Boost Promotions for the audiobook of Road of No Return.


Length: 11hrs 30mins

Narrated by: Wyatt Baker

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Blurb

Don’t talk to strangers.


Zak: Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.


Stitch: Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.


On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.


Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.


As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.


Warning: Contains adult content – a gritty storyline, explicit language, violence, and torture

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.


They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.


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Book Review – Spells, Salt & Steel Season One by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin

Spells, Salt & Steel #1-4
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Pages: 350
Characters: Mark, Chiara, Blair, Fr Leo, Sara, and others
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Urban Fantasy

Blurb:
“When all else fails, the ass end of a carp makes a damn fine weapon.”

Your new favorite monster hunter has arrived! Bubba the Monster Hunter has some competition in this horror comedy collection from best-selling author duo Gail Z. & Larry N. Martin!

By day, Mark Wojcik can be found elbow-deep in engine grease, making cars and trucks safe for the highway. By night, he can be found traipsing through the wilds of Pennsylvania, making the world safe for humans. He’s more than just a mechanic, he’s a New Templar Knight. He travels the backroads and byways fighting weresquonks, ningen, selkies, ghosts, and…gnomes? Is that gnome…naked? (sigh).

Season One collects the first four novellas in the Spells, Salt, & Steel series –
Spells, Salt, & Steel
Open Season
Deep Trouble
Close Encounters

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This collection is the first four novellas in the series. Each novella read like short stories over a few chapters—or different cases Mark investigates—which tie together with a common theme or magical artifact. I loved reading that way, as I could read one or more of his cases, or a novella, in one sitting.

I loved Mark as a character, and the tone of these. Written in first person, his personality came across very well. He feels very much like an everyman with his reactions. The interior monologue/narrative feels very down to earth, and is fun to read, yet not at the expense of the action and tension. The banter is wonderful, and an added bonus for me is that he’s a bit of a geek and his knowledge of Japanese comes from watching anime so there is a fair bit of pop culture and anime references!

I really felt for Mark and his survivors’ guilt after his family are killed. I thought that came across very realistically. I liked that it never really went away, as it’s something you wouldn’t ever really get over, and that he lives with the consequences every day. It’s sad that he views having to socialize with those outside his immediate ‘family’ as more scary than the monsters he hunts.

The supporting cast aka his friends and family are wonderful. I loved Chiara and Blair, and their relationship, and how Mark has built himself a new extended family and support network. Chiara’s family are interesting, and I wouldn’t want to cross them! Fr Leo definitely isn’t your typical priest and it was interesting seeing the Occulatum from the flip side of other books I’ve read by this author. As an aside I liked that he and Mark are on the older side of your typical action hero as Mark is in his mid 30s, and Leo is 40. It brought a realistic sense of experience to the story, both life and their history of hunting. Donny, the nerdy werewolf is a wonderful addition to the cast. Sara rocks, and I hope she and Mark continue their relationship.

I also liked that this series is set in his home town and the history that comes with that as he’s grown up with many of the people he interacts with. The small town feel comes across well, and is a nice contrast with the monster hunting. The settings—both town and back woods—come across almost like characters in their own right, and I got the feeling of rich history. I love that the authors draw on the mythology of the area—it adds to the layers and texture of the stories, and left me wanting to learn more.

One of the strength of these is that Mark and his friends don’t just go in blindly, but do their research first, even if they end up improvising—and blowing stuff up—when things don’t go according to plan. I love how this series hooks into the other series I’ve read by these authors, and I was especially happy when Simon from Badlands helped Mark out with his research. I also liked that Mark can’t just waltz in anywhere and take down the monsters, but has to make sure he has a license for his visible weapon and provide a feasible explanation for the police.

One of my favourite monsters in this collection has to be the weresquonk. I had to look it up as I hadn’t heard of it before, and the squonk is a ‘real’ mythical creature from the Pennsylvania area as are the other monsters Mark goes up against. A lot of thought has gone into this series, and it shows.

The descriptions of the various monsters are wonderful, and vivid. I love the history of this universe, and there is a real sense of history within the world building with the Occulatum, and the Feral Fey Accords of 2011, which come in handy when a gnome needs relocating! Like many seasons of a TV show, this ends with the introduction of something not boding well for the future. I hope we don’t have too long to wait.

I’d recommend Spells, Salt & Steel Season One to readers who enjoy urban fantasy based on mythology, a down to earth realistic hero, fantastic banter, and a crew who feel like family. 5 out of 5 stars.

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January Love Bytes Post – Alpha Reading

Photo credit: Pete O’Shea on Flickr.

I recently started alpha reading with fellow Kiwi author Gillian St. Kevern, and have posted about my very positive experience over at Love Bytes Reviews. You can read the post here.

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Galactic Mandate: The Scream by M.R. Richardson

A big welcome to M.R. Richardson as part of his blog tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours for Galactic Mandate: The Scream.

Galactic Mandate: The Scream
by M.R. Richardson
Genre: SciFi, Space Opera
A young clone starts a journey that will take him to the far reaches of
the galaxy. He must choose between what is best for his oppressed
clone brethren and the greater good while he meets dangerous villains
and reluctant heroes along the way.
And who are the elusive Scream?
What do they want and how far will they go to get it?
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Galactic Mandate: A Radical Cause
by M.R. Richardson
Genre: SciFi, Space Opera
The galaxy is in turmoil. The two main powers, the Acolyte Empire and the
Clone Defense Force, vie for supremacy.
Caught in between are the weaker Galactic Planetary League and independent
planets, pawns to be used and discarded in the greater game. The
peace of the galaxy rests on a powder keg…and the fuse is about to be lit.
As the son of the Acolyte Emperor God-Reign, Devante lives a life of
power and luxury that few can fathom.
Since childhood, he has devoted his life to one thing: freeing the clone
slaves of the CDF and banning the practice of cloning throughout the
galaxy. But he is about to uncover a secret that goes to the heart of
the empire he loves and serves, one that will set him on a course of
vengeance and destruction that will shake the galaxy to its core.
Against this backdrop of war, treachery, and intrigue, Galactic Mandate tells
an epic saga of god-emperors and assassins, spies and queens,
princesses and slaves.
The lives of all will be irrevocably changed as Devante embraces his
destiny—for when empires collide, no one is safe, and there is no
place in the galaxy to hide.

Excerpt
Mato was a strapping young man. He didn’t remember much more than the reservation he and his brothers had grown up on. He sat in a wooden boat watching the ocean around them. Nothing stood out, not much to see besides more water. He hated it, he hated it for its beauty and boredom. It didn’t forgive, it didn’t do anything but move in endless waves of nothingness.

Handling his spear, he stood up now with the other young men his age. They looked around at each other in their makeshift goggles and snorkels, wearing random scraps of leather and any waterproof material they could find. The sun shone in his eyes, interfering with his ability to see over the side of the boat. The other men, the clones, for they all looked exactly like him, started to dive. This was the task created for his model. This was the way they contributed to the community waiting for them on the shore. Mato listened for the signal, a long whistle, and yelp that would tell them when to dive with their spears in hand. They would capture a whale that day, enough food to last for weeks, which would be nice. There wasn’t always enough food to go around. The reservation was sparsely populated and located on an artificial island. Not much grew on the shore, it was just sand and rocky caves that they took to hiding in when the rains came.

It was time. Eyota blew the whistle, and they were off. Eyota stood out like a sore thumb. He looked nothing like the ragged boys he called brothers. Eyota tried to dress down and wear tattered clothes that came in natural tones, but everyone could tell the difference. The materials were not the same. They were too new for any clone to afford, the wear patterns were fake and stylized, Mato didn’t think Eyota knew any better. The clothes made him believe that this is what he would look like if he were rich and tried to look poor. I would look silly, that’s what I would I look like.

I shouldn’t think such ill will towards Eyota. He is one of the only reasons the reservation existed. His money personally flowed through the reservation like a river giving it life. Eyota stayed on the boat steering and driving it as the young men jumped off.

The light shinned reflecting off the water blinding Mato for a split second just enough to offset his dive. He stumbled and knocked his head on the side of the boat, sending a quick stream of blood down his face. The other boys who were after him were concerned, and they started to sound a simple alarm. His brothers leaped to his aide.

The others dove down looking deep into the sea. The ones who had makeshift scuba gear dove down deeper than the rest. They reported back with their hands, making signals up as they went, moving their hands in basic patterns while they swam. The whale they thought they were fishing for started to swim towards them in a strange, illogical way. Panic spread like a shock wave and grabbed them harder than the cold ocean. The unprepared young men speared underneath the waves and in between the fear. They stabbed at the darkness. The large harsh eyes that stared back at them was no whale. It was something new, a monster that they had never encountered before.

The panicked clones tried to swim for the surface, tried anything to get themselves above the water and away from this beast of the sea. It seemed to laugh at their flailing and inept attempts to swim away. The young had taken the wrong bait today. What looked like one known giant monster of the sea not that at all. Soon the singular set of eyes that they saw became many. What they were looking at was a school of great chameleon sharks. They swarmed the spear fishermen and ate at their bodies. Blood filled the water around them. The ocean turned from deep blue to a maroon of blood, and severed clone body parts floated without their owners.

Mato had been unconscious as his rescuers swum with him away from the massacre. His rescuers looked back in horror as their friends jumped in, not knowing the full scale of the danger that lurked below. More and more clones abandoned the boat to try and save their friends. This only fed the sharks more. Mato started to wake, he stirred his hands and feet suddenly, and his rescuers let him take more control of his own swimming. He awoke to a sight he had trouble comprehending. Blood in the water, and some kind of danger below that he couldn’t see. The rescuers panicked, and Eyota, the sole benefactor of one of the last clone reservations was left the sole occupant of their boat. No longer a fishing expedition. Mato swam towards the danger.

“Don’t go that way you fool!” his clone brothers shouted.

Mato pointed at the terrified man. “If Eyota dies, we all starve.”

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compelling wild, cutthroat novels. Balancing vivid action, with
personal reflection, existential dilemmas, and richly detailed
worlds, his space operas are far more complex than first meets the
eye. Combining war, politics, and intrigue, his first novel Galactic
Mandate: A Radical Cause is an epic debut.
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Release Blitz – The Summoner’s Path by Jessamyn Kingley

A big welcome to Jessamyn Kingley as part of her release blitz with Gay Book Promotions for The Summoner’s Path.

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Book Title: The Summoner’s Path (D’Vaire, Book 10)

Author: Jessamyn Kingley

Cover Artist: LJ Anderson, Mayhem Cover Creations

Genre/s: M/M Urban Fantasy Romance

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Release Date: January 17, 2019

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Some paths we choose. Others are chosen for us.

Blurb

Grand Summoner Dre’Kariston D’Vaire understands firsthand the brutal reality of war. Barely surviving a gruesome battle, he is one of the few remaining warlocks. After recovering from his wounds, he returns to the castle of his birth only to find his entire race annihilated. For centuries he disguises his power and appearance, refusing to be another victim. When he reunites with his twin, his life changes from barren to beautiful. For years he follows his brother’s example of scrying for his mate, but it is not until they join their power that Fate answers, leading him to Court Ethelin.

Prince Somerly Ethelindraconis is stunned as he races to an appointment and runs into a crowned sorcerer standing on his father’s land. His only parent hates magickind and keeps them far from home, but Somerly cannot deny the attractive man his name and number. King Ethelin has his son’s life planned out for him, and Somerly is willing to sacrifice his freedom to help his court—until he falls for Dre’Kariston. He is soon caught between the promises he’s made and what his heart desires. There’s no way to please everyone, and Somerly finds himself teetering on a precipice that forces him to decide where his future lies.

With infinite paths twisting ahead, Dre’Kariston and Somerly must follow the truth in their hearts to make the right choices if they wish to forge an enduring love. Fate brought them together, but will they run out of chances before it’s too late to save their matebond?

Excerpt

“I’m going to guess you haven’t teleported before?” Dre’Kariston asked.

“No, the Consilium outlawed it,” Somerly said.

Dre’Kariston lifted a dark brow but made no comment about his statement. “Just close your eyes so you don’t get dizzy, and you should be fine. Ready?”

Somerly did as he was told and squeezed them as tight as he could.

Dre’Kariston chuckled. “They aren’t going to roll out of your head or anything.”

“I know, I just don’t want to throw up or shit my pants.”

“Let’s go.”

Magic danced over Somerly’s skin and a weightlessness registered; then the ground was firmly under his feet again.

“You can open your eyes now,” Dre’Kariston invited softly.

Lifting his lashes, Somerly found himself in a giant living room with ceilings a full two stories high. There was furniture everywhere, and all of it looked comfortable and welcoming. It was a far cry from the staid decor of his own house. “This is nice.”

Before Dre’Kariston could respond, two blond men ran into the room. The slightly taller one thrust out his hand. “I’m Dra’Kaedan.”

Somerly shook it dutifully. “Nice to meet you.”

“I’m his familiar, Renny,” the smaller one said in greeting.

“I don’t really understand what a familiar is, but it’s nice to meet you too.”

“Easiest way to explain it is that I’m just like a warlock, but I was born of Dra’Kaedan’s magic and I rely on him to supply mine.”

“So, you’re like his kid?”

Renny laughed. “He and Brogan certainly act like it sometimes but technically, no. I’m his familiar.”

That cleared it up not at all Somerly decided. He turned to Dre’Kariston. “Do you have a familiar?”

“Yes.”

“And here he comes now,” Dra’Kaedan said.

A man who resembled Dre’Kariston walked into the living area. He was wearing a frown and didn’t offer his hand to shake when he got close to their group.

“This is the mate?”

“Grand Summoner Familiar Derwin D’Vaire, this is Somerly,” Dre’Kariston replied. “And yes, he’s my mate.”

“It’s nice to meet you,” Somerly repeated for the third time. He suspected he was going to be saying it a lot as he was introduced to all the warlocks and familiars.

“Are you prepared to move into D’Vaire?” Derwin asked.

“Derwin, I just met Somerly today. It’s rather early to begin discussing living arrangements.”

“I’m sure he already knows if he wants to join the Council,” Derwin retorted.

Deciding he didn’t care for Derwin’s hostile attitude, Somerly spoke. “It’s as Dre’Kariston said. It’s too early to discuss any of that. We’ll have to see how things work out, but I appreciate your concern regarding our matebond.”

“You should know Dre’Kariston has zero interest in being flexible about the subject. His intention is to stay here in this big mausoleum until the end of time,” Derwin stated. His eyes had none of the warmth of Dre’Kariston’s and appeared empty to Somerly.

Before anyone could offer any further insight on a conversation Somerly was barely able to understand, two tall dragons walked into the room. One was undeniably the ruler of Court D’Vaire, and next to him was a mated navy dragon Somerly assumed was Dra’Kaedan’s other half. His hunch was proved correct when the man in question ran a hand over Dra’Kaedan’s plethora of golden curls and leaned down to kiss the warlock.

“King Aleksander and Duke Brogan, allow me to introduce Somerly,” Dre’Kariston said.

“Thanks for allowing me to travel to your home, Your Highness.”

The D’Vaire king smiled. “We don’t use titles around here—call me Aleksander. And we’re happy to have you here. As Dre’Kariston’s mate, you’re always welcome.”

Dra’Kaedan rolled his eyes. “Council rules, Aleksander. As long as your mate lives somewhere, you can’t be denied entry. Everyone knows that, skyscraper.”

“Squirt, you’re forgetting he lives in the Consilium. They may not have the same law.”

“We don’t have that rule. Not everyone meets their mate, so there’s no need to protect something Fate only doles out to certain individuals,” Somerly offered. The room went quiet, and Somerly didn’t fully comprehend the tension.

“I guess you’re lucky to be one of the chosen few,” Brogan finally said.

“I’m feeling pretty lucky.”

About the Author

Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada where she begs the men in her head to tell her their amazing stories which she dutifully writes it all down in what has become a small mountain of notebooks. She falls in love with each couple and swears whatever book she wrote last is her absolute favorite.

Jessamyn is married and working toward remembering to start the dishwasher without being distracted by the scent of the magical detergent. For personal enjoyment, she aids in cat rescue while slashing and gashing her way through mobs in various MMORPGs. Caffeine is her very best friend and is only cast aside briefly for the sin better known as BBQ potato chips.

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Dreamspinner Press is having a wonderfully titled sale called Appreciate a Dragon. Selected dragon books – including my A Knight to Remember are on sale from 16th – 21st January for $1.50.

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Release Blitz – Valor by Karrie Roman

A big welcome to Karrie Roman as part of her release blitz with IndiGo Marketing and Design for Valor from NineStar Press.

Title: Valor

Series: Until You, Book 4

Author: Karrie Roman

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: January 14, 2019

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 85800

Genre: Contemporary, law enforcement, shark photographer, kidnapping, attempted murder, older MC

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Synopsis

Years ago Asher Winsome almost lost his life in the jaws of a great white shark. It was the scariest moment of his life—until his four-year-old nephew is kidnapped. Called home to be with his family, who see him as the black sheep, Asher must rely on every bit of his courage if he’s going to help get his nephew back. But this is not an ordinary kidnapping. And the outcome will leave Asher running for his life.

Former FBI agent Alec Banner buries himself in his work to forget everything that’s missing in his life. His job, at a private company run by an old friend, locating missing children can be tough and brutal, but Alec is no stranger to working with the worst of humanity. From the minute he’s called to help on the Winsome kidnapping he knows something is different.

Thrown together under such difficult circumstances Asher and Alec are drawn to each other’s unrelenting courage even in the face of their fears. But a relationship begun under such impossible stress can’t survive. When his job is finished Alec runs from Asher and his growing feelings, but the danger hasn’t passed, in fact it has only just begun. And both men will need to be brave if they are to survive.

Excerpt

Valor
Karrie Roman © 2019
All Rights Reserved

Prologue
Jesus Christ, he couldn’t get out of that happy, fucking home quick enough. The fact he’d put a bullet between the eyes of an abusive monster less than twenty-four hours ago wasn’t what had Alec Banner’s heart aching, his breath stuttering, and his legs itching to run. No, he’d had little trouble doing that.

What had him fleeing from the company of a man he considered his best friend, and three other men who’d become very important to him, had been all the fucking love wafting around the room—infecting everyone but him.

Alec had been friends with Ben Cronin for well over a decade. Though they’d lost contact for a few years, they’d reconnected close to a year ago. These days, he spent plenty of time with Ben. They’d been working together for several months now, locating missing and abducted children. Working at Chasing Hope was grueling, but very rewarding. Alec didn’t regret leaving the FBI to join Ben’s company at all.

It wasn’t Ben he was fleeing, though. Nor was it Ben’s partner. Ethan was a fucking dreamboat, but Ben was the lucky asshole who’d snagged his heart. Alec had no problem admitting he had a tiny crush on Ethan. Would it ever cause trouble between him and Ben? Fuck no, because no matter what, there was no way Alec would ever do anything about it. Alec Banner had a lot of faults, but disloyalty wasn’t one of them. He’d pine away for Ethan like a miserable bastard until he—hopefully—found a dreamboat of his own to love.

No, despite his messy feelings, the reason Alec was fleeing Ben’s brother’s house before he completely fucking lost it was because he couldn’t stand to see how happy the two couples there were. He’d witnessed the love between Ben and Ethan for months, and despite them going through a really rough time, they’d been going through it together. Alec had seen firsthand what it should be like to have a real partner. Someone to love, to care about. Someone who’d have your back no matter what.

Instead, he was expected to fucking sit back and watch how happy Ben’s brother, Cameron, and his lover, Zach, were? He couldn’t do it. Selfish maybe, but he was nearly forty years old and he’d had one boyfriend who’d lasted six months and a nine-month relationship with a woman, which had been explosive but ultimately fizzled out because she wouldn’t walk down the aisle with him. Her refusal had hurt like hell at the time, but looking back on it, years later, he was so glad Heather had rejected him. He was pretty sure he’d be a divorced father of three by now if she hadn’t.

Here was Zach, who was twenty-fucking-two and had found the love of his life in Cameron, and try as he might, Alec couldn’t shake the jealousy. He wanted that; he wanted what those men had.

There was only one thing Alec knew of to help when life went to shit, and that was work. He never turned to the bottle or eating his feelings when he was miserable, like some people did. Alec’s choice of pick-me-up was to tuck his head down and his ass up and get stuck into as much work as possible.

He pulled out his phone and thumbed through his contacts. Ryan Lowe was near the top of his list. Ryan was the brains and bank behind Chasing Hope, the company Alec worked for locating missing kids. Ryan had told Alec earlier he may have a job for him, and as he hit the call button he hoped to god Ryan did. Alec desperately needed something to keep him busy.

“Alec, how’d it go?” Ryan answered without preamble.

Alec knew Ryan would have heard from Ben or Ethan that they’d rescued Zach from Cameron’s crazy ex, but he wasn’t exactly sure if they’d have told him how far they’d gone, so he offered only a concise answer. “Good. All done. What else have you got for me?”

“Well, I’m sure we’ve got a case, but I’m waiting to hear back. I’ve already got Jacey putting a file together for you. Little boy, four, was taken this morning from his local park. The family is affluent and well-known in their community. The mother is certain there’ll be a ransom demand. She wants the cops called, but she’s getting pushback from her husband and the in-laws. I think you should head out to them ASAP, see what you think and be ready to act.”

His phone beeped as Ryan spoke, likely to signal the arrival of the file from Jacey. She was an absolute genius with technology, and he expected she’d have provided him with information, not only about the immediate family but the extended one, including friends, staff, and coworkers. Knowing Jacey, he’d even get information on the people the parents went to kindergarten with. She’d have dug up whatever dirt there was to find in a short amount of time, and no doubt she’d already be digging through old data to find even more.

“Got it. Where am I headed?”

“Del Mar. Get a flight to San Diego. I’ll get a hotel booked for you in Del Mar and text the details.”

“On my way.”

“Hey…you okay, Alec?”

Ryan was a sweetheart, tender and caring and far too innocent for this line of work. And yet he’d dragged himself into the misery of missing kids because he wanted to help—and found himself in a position where he could. He was one of the good guys, but Alec worried how it would all affect him. Alec had been dealing with scum for years; he knew the horror stories, and he’d hardened his heart to them, but Ryan? Alec worried about him.

“Tired, that’s all. I’m fine, Ryan, but thanks for caring.”

They exchanged a few niceties regarding Ryan and his partner, Lucas. Alec repeated several more times that he was, in fact, all right, despite the events of the past twenty-four hours, when Ryan asked before hanging up.

Alec made his way to the airport and settled in to wait for his flight. Getting in and out of Cody, Wyoming, wasn’t always easy. He didn’t mind curling up on one of the uncomfortable chairs common to most airports while he waited, though. He pulled out his tablet and opened the file Jacey had sent him.

The Winsome family of Del Mar wasn’t simply affluent, they were filthy fucking rich. The patriarch was one Edmund Winsome, who was a founding partner of one of the biggest law firms in Southern California. Matriarch Phyllis Winsome had brought her family’s considerable wealth to the marriage and together they had built a formidable empire for their two sons. From the images Jacey sent, they were an austere-looking couple who screamed wealth from every perfectly coiffed hair on their heads.

Oldest son—and father of the missing boy—Kane Winsome worked for his father’s firm. He hadn’t quite made partner yet, but from what Alec read, he was well on his way. Alec found the photo Jacey had sent and studied the image of Kane Winsome. He was a younger version of his father. Light-brown hair was cut to within an inch of its life and was gelled into what was probably the latest style, steel-gray eyes glared at the lens, and thin lips pursed to show their impatience with whomever had taken the photo. Alec tried not to judge a book by its cover, but if he had to, then the title would be Pride and Prejudice. A more modern day Fitzwilliam Darcy he couldn’t imagine finding.

Kane’s wife, Madeline, came from a wealthy family herself, though not on the scale of the Winsome’s wealth. She worked as a florist and could not look more opposite to her husband if she tried. She had a mane of flowing, dark, almost black hair that perfectly matched her dark skin. Her eyes were a deep brown but were lit by what Alec suspected was her natural joie de vivre. It was hard to tell from a photo, but she looked petite. Alec had no doubt she would be a lioness, though, when it came to her loved ones. While her husband glared and pouted at the camera, Madeline Winsome laughed and flirted with it.

He scrolled to another image—this one of Kane and Madeline together each holding hands with a toddling child he assumed to be the missing Jack. The photo must be at least a year old given that Jack was now four. The family looked—happy. Gone was Kane’s stern face, replaced with a beaming smile, his gaze fixed on his son. Madeline looked the same as in the solo photo as she, too, stared at her son. The little boy was adorable. His smile matched his parents’ as he seemed to be frozen in an attempt to take an ungainly step. The photo captured more than a simple image of family—it portrayed love, purely and simply.

Alec would read the file more thoroughly on the plane and over the days to come, but for now, he only wanted to get a feel for this family. He couldn’t even begin to imagine the hell they must be going through.

Movement around him alerted him to the fact that his flight was boarding. Alec took his place in line, greeting the staff politely as always. He was a firm believer in catching more flies with honey than vinegar, and a pleasant exchange with airline staff had him either sitting in an exit row or with an extra beverage more times than he cared to remember.

He made his way to his seat, delighted to see an almost empty flight. With luck, the two seats beside him would remain vacant so he might be able to get a couple of hours sleep. He settled in and took another look at the files while he waited for takeoff.

Next in the file was the second son, Kane’s brother. As Alec skimmed his bio, he realized instantly that Asher Winsome was the black sheep of the family. He too had studied law, as his father and brother had, but Asher’s most recent job was listed as marine photographer, location—varied. Interesting.

Alec scrolled to the attached photograph, his eyes popping like some kind of cartoon character. Jesus Christ, he’d never seen anyone more gorgeous. Asher Winsome was drop-dead stunning. The photo wasn’t even a good one, so he could only imagine how devastating the man would be in real life. His hair was a few shades darker than his brother’s, and he wore it long, just scraping his shoulders. His gray eyes were lighter than Kane’s. Alec couldn’t wait to see them in person to find out if they were as silver as they appeared in the photo. His smile was crooked and shy; his entire demeanor coy. Alec was insanely jealous of whoever had taken the photo and coaxed that look out of the man.

He knew he’d sat there staring too long when the flight attendant had to actually tap his arm to get him to prepare for takeoff. He shut down his tablet and fastened his seat belt. He leaned his head against the fuselage, letting his eyes drift shut. Glimmering gray eyes and a crooked smile followed him into sleep.

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Meet the Author

Karrie lives in Australia’s sunshine state with her husband and two sons, though she hates the sun with a passion. She dreams of one day living in the wettest and coldest habitable place she can find. She has been writing stories in her head for years but has finally managed to pull the words out of her head and share them with others. She spends her days trying to type her stories on the computer without disturbing her beloved cat Lu curled up on the keyboard. She probably reads far too much.

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Review Tour – One-On-One by V.L. Locey

A big welcome to V.L. Locey as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for One-On-One.

Review

I loved this story for so many reasons. Lancaster is such a sweet guy, and I liked reading about someone older finding his first real love. I also liked that although he and his wife have parted company they still love each other like good friends do, and their relationship isn’t brushed aside as though it never happened. Things in his day to day life still remind him of her, which is the way it should be. I loved the support and encouragement she, and their children, give him in regard to his relationship with Town. It felt very realistic. His ex mother in law, Marigold, is a total hoot! As with the other hockey romances I’ve read, there is a strong sense of the team also being family which is something that I enjoy about the genre.

The characters and descriptions are the other strengths of this story. I loved the visuals of Cayuga, and those and the characters that populate it pulled me into the story immediately. Although the story is low on angst, and a gentle read in a way, it didn’t stop me from turning pages as I got invested in Lancaster and Town very quickly. I could feel their attraction as I read. I liked the way they took their relationship slowly, and how Town was patient with Lancaster’s experience about being an out gay man still new to him. This is very much a story about connection, growth, friendship, and falling in love.

I’m not a hockey fan and don’t know much about the game, yet that didn’t stop me from enjoying the exciting description of the games either, or hoping some of the horrible bigots on the opposing team got thoroughly thrashed in the final match. I enjoyed meeting the other characters, although I’d ‘met’ some in a short Christmas story in the Hockey Holidays Anthology, which I’d also recommend. I particularly liked Mario who loves the game but ‘loves his woman more.’

I love stories that feature characters who are musicians, and Town is a great match for Lancaster. Both men have personality quirks, and realistic reactions to the situations they find themselves in. I enjoyed the descriptions of the music—it felt very real.

I’d recommend One-on-One to readers who enjoy a gentle romance with realistic characters, family, and a feel-good story that stays with you after you’ve smiled at the very satisfactory conclusion. 5 out of 5 stars.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 57,000 words approx.


Cayuga Cougars Series

Book #1 – Snap Shot – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Open Net – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Coach’s Challenge – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 – Overtime – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

The past few years have been a bit chaotic for Cougars new associate coach, Lancaster Hart. After an amiable divorce he began living his life as the gay man he’d kept closeted for far too long. With the recent move to Cayuga, he’s away from his support system and properly made sweet tea. Despite a roster filled with new friends and associates, he’s spending his nights alone.

As his team gears up to make a run at the Calder Cup, Lancaster discovers that not everything in upstate New York is wine, woodlands, and chilly conservative ideals. At a summer music festival, he first lays eyes on Townsend Harris, folksy/blues singer by night and mayoral office assistant by day. Lancaster is enraptured with the man’s powerful sultry voice. Also, Town just might be the most beautiful man he has seen in all his forty-one years.

The two hit it off at an informal meet and greet after the show, where they spend the night talking and sipping wine. One evening of conversation and an incendiary goodbye kiss leads them into a scorching love affair that might be exactly what Lancaster has been searching for his whole life. Can his team pull off professionally what he’s hoping to do privately as well? Or will capturing their dream evade both the Cougars and Lancaster?




V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


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