Welcome RJ Jones – As The Sun Sets

I’m hosting RJ Jones today on my LJ as part of her blog tour for As The Sun Sets. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway.

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Welcome Jendi Reiter – Two Natures

I’m interviewing Jendi Reiter today on my LJ as part of her blog tour with Embrace the Rainbow Book Promotions for Two Natures from Saddle Road Press. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway.

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Welcome Asta Idonea – Wish You Were Here

I’m hosting Asta Idonea today on my LJ as part of her blog tour for Wish You Were Here from Dreamspinner Press. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway.

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Welcome J.R. Loveless – Champagne Kisses

I’m hosting J.R. Loveless on my LJ today as part of her blog tour for Champagne Kisses.

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Blogging at Love Bytes Reviews – An Introduction

I’m over at Love Bytes Reviews for the first of my monthly blog posts. Drop by and say hi. I’d love to hear from you.

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Rainbow Snippets – 19/2/17 – Comes a Horseman

Rainbow Snippets is a group who post 6 sentences each week from LTBTQ+ fiction or a book rec. Check out the FB page for more. #RainbowSnippets

This Rainbow Snippet from Comes a Horseman – which is being published by DSP Publications later this year – comes from the same scene as the one I posted last week. I struggled to find something that didn’t contain massive spoilers, so sorry if it doesn’t enlighten much more.

“It’s easier to run, isn’t it?” Kristopher grimaced. “I’m not sure how brave I am, Liang. The more I think about it, the more I come to one conclusion.”

“There’s only one way to make sure neither side gets your formulae.” Liang had a nasty feeling about where this conversation was going.

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Book Review & Release Day Blitz – You Had Me At Hero by Michael P. Thomas

I’m reviewing You Had Me At Hero by Michael P. Thomas from JMS Books as part of his release day blitz with Eyes on Books. For more information about the book and the rafflecopter giveaway, check out my LJ post.

When seventeen-year-old Mark Potts fell from a balcony, he lost both the use of his legs and any faith in heroes. Now twenty-nine, he’s long-since come to terms with his injury. His job provides more opportunities for eye-rolling than for riding to anybody’s rescue, but with two kids to bring up, he barely has time for his husband, much less for heroics. Besides, Starr Bradford is a policeman — how many heroes does one family need?

Mark and Starr love each other madly, but stress management is a load-bearing pillar of their happiness. When Mark’s coping skills fail him at exactly the wrong moment, he’s left hanging by a thread of words he should’ve kept in his mouth. He has the power to repair their relationship, but when Starr’s workday suddenly goes south, will he get to wield it? Keeping it together long enough to find out is a job worthy of any superhero!

I got sucked into this story on the first page and stayed up late devouring the book in one sitting. The story is narrated in third person from Mark’s perspective, and I really liked him as a character. Despite an accident in his teens putting him in a wheelchair, he has moved forward and made a life for himself. Although in a wheelchair, that is not what defines him and nor does it stop him from living his life to the fullest.

His relationship with his husband, Starr, is very sweet, and it’s obvious that the two men are very much in love. I enjoyed their interactions, and their family life with their two boys Jory and Jarrett. It felt very realistic, and made me smile. The supporting cast of friends and family added to the storyline and gave the impression of the story being a slice of a complete world.

However, as with life, this story is not all sweetness and light. I really liked the way in which Mark—who is married to an African American and is raising African American sons—realises that being black brings with it bigotry that he hasn’t experienced before, despite being in a wheelchair and being gay. With his job as a 911 call centre operative, he listens to a lot of people at the other end of his phone, not all of whom share his perspective of the world. Heroes don’t all fight crime out in the field wearing a cape.

Mark and Starr also do fight on occasion, and like with most couples, the reason behind it is not always totally rational. This also added realism to the story, and when Starr is involved in a callout which goes quickly south I was on the edge of my seat needing to know that he would be okay.

The author’s writing style makes for a very easy read, and I’d been reading for some time, needing to see what happens next, without realising how late it was. It’s not the first novella I’ve read of Michael P. Thomas’s and hopefully it won’t be the last.

I’d recommend You Had Me At Hero to readers who enjoy a contemporary romance with interesting likeable characters which tackles some big issues but without shoving it in the reader’s face. 5 out of 5 stars.

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LoveBound Promotions Launches With A Special Offer

A big welcome today to Jamie from LoveBound Promotions…

Special Promotion

I’m delighted to be stopping by today to introduce you all to LoveBound Promotions, an up and coming book marketing company for romance authors, and to tell you a little about the services we provide, not to mention a special introductory offer you won’t want to miss!

But first…who are we? My name is Jamie and I’m an author myself, writing LGBT themed romances for young and new adults. In partnership with Jon, a graphic designer and the love of my life, I set up LoveBound Promotions with the aim of providing a variety of book marketing packages to authors across the romance genre. Born from a shared love of literature and a heartfelt understanding of the struggles authors undergo in the effort to bring their work to the notice of potential readers, our company seeks to offer a friendly, professional service at a price to suit all budgets.

Our Services and Special Promotion

Book any of our other marketing packages before May 1st, 2017, and receive a complimentary Review Query worth £20!!!

Services We Offer

  • A Cover Reveal to show off your fabulous cover ahead of publication.
  • A Book Blitz to generate buzz about your new release
  • A Blog Tour which uses fun and original content to increase your exposure
  • A Forget Me Not Tour if you’re seeking longer term promotion
  • A Review Query to help obtain reviews for your book

To book any of our marketing packages and take advantage of the introductory offer, please see LoveBound Promotions’ services page for full details, before filling out our online order form.

Contact/Join Us

If you’re a blogger who is passionate about the romance genre and would like to become a tour host with LoveBound Promotions, all you have to do is complete our simple signup form.

Want to know more about our marketing packages? Questions about becoming a tour host with LoveBound? Whatever the reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website and we’ll do our best to help.

We look forward to working with you!


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Valentine Author Blog Hop

A big thanks to Nicki J Markus for organising this blog hop. Check out the other posts here

As Valentine’s Day comes around each year I always think about why a cynic like myself writes and reads romance.

A lot of that is down to why I love to read and write. I love pondering what ifs and find reading is a great way to escape into a world where people meet, fall in love, and find their happy ever afters. After a decent dose of reality, I want to read about characters who overcome obstacles, and find someone to love who loves them in return. And a bonus if those characters have an adventure on the way, whether it’s set on another world, a hidden part of our own, or at some point in the past.

That’s not to say that everyone who reads romance is reading to escape, and the genre is far more than just about people falling in love. Storytelling is a big part of our society, and our lives would be far less interesting without it. Listen to a child telling his or her mother what happened during their day—they don’t just rattle off a lot of bullet pointed facts, but instead string it together in a story.

I’ve heard people who don’t read romance dismiss the genre as just stories about relationships. It’s far more than that. If every book with a relationship in it was categorised as a romance, 99.9% of stories would be crammed into those library shelves, and the rest would be very sparse. Romance also includes many sub-genres, and there is romance in pretty much every genre. A detective finds love while solving a case, a knight meets a dragon on a quest and both soon find themselves more than just friends, or a vampire meets a photographer who can’t capture on film the one person he really wants to, to name just a few scenarios.

Valentine’s Day is more than just about falling in love with one person and a HEA, it’s about life and living and finding joy and meaning in the little things. This February 14th I’m going to enjoy writing about two men finding love over music and a car that won’t start, and then later, after a fun evening spent movie watching with friends, I’m going to snuggle up with my kitties, and read someone else’s story, and get caught up in their romance.

I’d love to hear from other readers and writers about why you enjoy romance and what Valentine’s Day means to you.

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Welcome Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus – The Relics of Thiala

Ana and Cat from The Relics of Thiala by Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus have dropped by for an interview on my LJ today. Check out the post and more information about the book here

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