Book Blitz – Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins

A big welcome today to Suzanne Jenkins as part of her book blitz with LoveBound Promotions.

Title: Pam of Babylon

Series: Pam of Babylon: Book 1

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: CreateSpace Cover Services

Release Date: July 11, 2011

Romance Genre(s): Contemporary

Pages: 296

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About the Book

Blurb

PamOfBabylon

If you like romance series with twists and turns, then you’ll love Pam of Babylon.

When Jack has a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, Pam and Jack’s two lovers discover secrets and lies, and each other in this contemporary romance with a touch of noir.

Excerpt

Jack Smith was thinking, I am the luckiest man alive. Sitting at a white-linen-covered table on the sidewalk outside of his favorite restaurant, he gazed at the perfect face of his mistress of nine months. This place was their place. They’d spent a rare night together, and in the early morning they were having a leisurely breakfast, enjoying the perfect weather of late May in New York.

“What do you have to do this weekend?” Jack asked, knowing this could be a dangerous topic. Sandra was sipping her coffee, head bowed but eyes on him. She slowly put her cup down and straightened up. He really wanted to know, interested in her life outside of where it meshed with his.

“After you leave, I’ll start getting ready for the week, and then I can relax tonight and tomorrow. Monday I’m having lunch at my sister’s in New Jersey. My schedule next week is fairly packed, so the more I can get done now, the easier it will be.”

She thought of her messy apartment, the empty refrigerator, the pile of laundry, but didn’t mention it. Jack’s solution would be to say, pay someone to do those things for you so you can do what you want. Your time is worth more than what it would cost.

“One thing I would really like to do is get back to that gallery on Houston and see if there isn’t a deal I can work out for the piece we saw last night.” She smiled at Jack, and they nodded their heads, remembering the vibrant painting of the Riverside Gardens. It was so colorful, the yellows and reds and blues exaggerated, the flowers oversized. They loved it.

“You should have said something while we were there!” he said, smiling at her.

He would have bought it then and there for her, but she really wanted to buy it for herself, knowing it was wise to keep things like community property out of their relationship.

They ate the rest of breakfast in silence. Soon, Jack would start fidgeting, pushing his chair back slightly, looking around and fighting the urge to look at his watch. Their time together would be over for now. Sandra would try to beat him to the punch; it was easier for her to be in control of this aspect of their life. His schedule would dictate when they could see each other, but she could be in charge of when it would end. Hating those last minutes while they waited for the check to come, she felt like she was sitting in a vacuum. Today was a little different, maybe because of the night before. It was so special having the evening together and then spending the night with him. The hotel was the same one they always used. It was clean and comfortable and—impersonal. But she didn’t allow herself to think of it.

He would not have argued if he knew what she was thinking. On one hand, he was wondering what was taking so long for the check to come as he had a lot to do at home, but on the other, he would miss her terribly. It took all the strength he had not to pout like a child when he was away from her. Thinking of his home close to the sea, the smell of salt air, he imagined the two of them sitting on the veranda overlooking the dunes and beach grass. But the face of his wife kept popping up on Sandra’s body, not allowing anyone to take her place, even in his thoughts.

She walked him to the subway, refusing to have him walk her home first. Rather than taking a cab, he often preferred the subway. She would shop on the way home, and he had a long commute, over an hour to his home on Long Island. They walked arm in arm, a striking couple to look at, he mature, greying at the temples and in good shape for his age; she young, model thin and beautiful, heads turned to look. Were they famous? The attention they got when they were out in public together pleased them, and they became even more animated, laughing, standing up straighter, happiness radiating from them both.

On Broadway, another observer took note of the radiant couple. Jack’s sister-in-law, Marie waited in the Saturday-morning bagel line at H&H.

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About Suzanne Jenkins

Author Bio

SuzanneJenkins

My books are all creations of a rich and sometimes devilish dream life. Don’t worry—you won’t see yourself in any of my books, but if you do, it’s just a coincidence…

In a former life, I was a registered nurse who worked in the Operating Room for many years. Prior to nursing school, I was an OR technician, and after working in the OR for over thirty-three years, I can’t stand the sight of blood!

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for forty-eight years. We have two children and seven grandchildren and are down to one dog, Oscar. We live in the isolated mountains of north San Diego county, rarely leaving the sanctuary. It’s a wonderful place to hide out and write. I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and the RWA San Diego Chapter.

Connect with Suzanne

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Giveaway

Enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win one of the following:

  • First prize: Pam of Babylon bracelet and eBook box set of novels 1-5 in the series
  • Second prize: eBook box set of novels 1-5 in the series
  • Third prize: e-copy of Pam of Babylon

The contest closes at midnight EST on June 30 and is open to entrants worldwide.

Good luck!

Enter here.

Tour Stops

June 19

Happy Ever After
Lori’s Reading Corner
Sassy Book Lovers
Pam of Babylon

June 20

Loves Great Reads
Drops of Ink
Book Lovers 4Ever
My Fiction Nook

June 21

Underneath the Covers
CelticLady’s Reviews
Always Love Me Some Books
All Things Bookaholic

June 22

Books, Dreams, Life
The Bookworm Lodge
Dandelions Inspired
Outrageous Heroes of Romance
NerdGirl Official

June 23

EskieMama Reads
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews
Reads and Treats
Liz’s Reading Life

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Sunset at Pencarrow Blog Tour – Aisling Mancy

Lou is over at Aisling Mancy’s at the final stop at our Sunset at Pencarrow blog tour taking a quick journey following the tyre tracks and footprints of our reluctant lovers, Rusty and Nate.

Read the post here and don’t forget to enter our giveaway! Thanks again to Aisling for hosting us.

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Love Bytes Reviews – Monthly Author Post – Here Be Dragons

I’m over at Love Bytes Reviews for my regular monthly post. This month’s topic is fantasy. I’d love to know your favourites and what draws you to the genre.

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Book Review – Gryfalcon by Anna Butler


Taking Shield #1
Publisher: Glass Hat Press
Pages: 281
Characters: Bennet/Flynn, Bennet/Joss
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Series, SF

Blurb:
Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield serial, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence. A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down.

He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war.

What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

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Review:
I’d heard good things about Taking Shield by Anna Butler and as a long time SF reader, wondered if the hype was well founded. It is! A couple of pages into this story, and I was hooked. The world building is wonderful, and I felt like I was walking into a world with a rich history, and yet I had no problems in jumping in at the point this story takes place within it. The story starts with a fast pace action scene which grabbed my attention immediately. The technical aspect of the series is obviously well researched, but didn’t bog down the story either. I loved the way the author approached the aliens in this story—the reader learns about them alongside the characters, and I reacted in the same way Bennet did when he discovers—sorry, spoiler—which reflects how engrossed I was in the story.

Bennet and Flynn are very different characters, but they complement each other so well. There is a lot standing between them and their HEA, which makes a lot of sense considering everything else going on. I would have been disappointed if their relationship had gone smoothly, even though their romance is not the focus of the story. Although this story includes a romance, it is so much more than that, and I felt the romance was secondary to the plot. This is a SF story in which the characters are gay, rather than vice versa, and it works perfectly.

The supporting cast are well fleshed out too, and have their own motivations. I did find though, that as soon as I’d read the final words in this story, I had to keep going and read the next one…and the next one… so expect a few reviews while I play catch up.

Gyrfalcon reminds me of why I love SF, and I’d highly recommend the book—and the series—to readers who enjoy military SF with fabulous world building, complex characters, and a story that leaves you wanting more. Gyrfalcon is up there with one of the best books I’ve read this year. I don’t buy many hardcopy books because of the cost of postage etc to NZ, but there are a few I have on my wish list. This series definitely is. 5 out of 5 stars.

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Welcome Matthew J. Metzger – Sex in C Major

A big welcome today to Matthew J Metzger as part of his blog tour with Embrace The Rainbow Book Promotions for Sex in C Major from JMS Books.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m a Brit, I’m working class, I have a collection of piercings and tattoos, I’m owned by this enormous fluffy cat that is currently giving me the excuse me, why are your hands on that device instead of brushing me face…fairly standard!

As an author, I write mainly contemporary queer romance, both young adult and definitely-not-young, NSFW adult. I typically write in the working class British environment, where I grew up and still live now. I’m aro-ace and trans, my first relationship was with a lesbian, my second with a straight guy, and my two closest friends in the world are both bisexual, and yet I never found them or me reflected in queer fiction or media because we’re not middle-class enough and we don’t talk right. So I try to plug the gap a little in what I do now!

(You can totally stalk me if you like. I live on Twitter and Facebook, I have a website with all the books, and I have a Patreon to fundraise for my surgery, so there’s exclusive sneak peeks on whatever I’m working on all over that.)

Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Sex in C Major is a very intense, quite dark, and very sexual story about sex, gender and submission. The protagonist, Stefan, has a bit of a clusterfudge—pardon my French—of a life going on, and can’t reconcile his desperate need to transition with his intense desire to submit.

There’s this thing that happens when you’re trans where you don’t get to play by the cisgender rules. So a cis guy can like pink and flowers and he’s still a guy. But if a trans guy likes pink and flowers, whoa, no. No, that’s evidence he’s mistaken and he’s really a woman after all. It’s crap, but it does get inside your head. A lot of trans guys—me included—do this thing when we come out and start to transition where we become quite hypermasculine for a while, like there’s something to prove.

Now Stefan’s mostly not transitioned because of his life, but he’s fallen prey to that mentality. And he can’t reconcile this need to be masculine and a ‘real man’ with his sexual side, which wants to submit, and submit heavily. Stefan has pretty intense fantasies of consensual non-consent play and servitude, and ‘real men’ don’t want that. In his eyes.

The inspiration is a lot of things merged together. Firstly, having a trans man being sexually active without having transitioned—we don’t get that much in fiction. And then, exploring being a trans man and being kinky: trans women get hypersexualised and turned into sex objects; trans men get the opposite and written out of sexual life entirely, like we become invisible sexless creatures. On top of that, how does this work if you aren’t making smart, sensible choices? Stefan goes about this entirely the wrong way—he’s desperate, he’s making wildly emotional and inadvisable choices, and he screws up pretty frequently. So much of fiction insists we can’t have our characters make truly bad life choices, but why not? People do, all the time. So…Stefan does. All the time!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Submitting it. Writing it was easy—if anything, Sex in C Major is one of the easiest I’ve ever done—but actually submitting it to a publisher was difficult. LGBT fiction has a lot of pearl-clutching going on, where if your characters or your plot isn’t palatable to middle-class, well-educated white women, then you’re going to run into trouble. And I had a big bust-up with another publisher about this, who effectively tried to bully the working class out of me, so when it came to submitting this book, this book about a guy doing pretty much every single thing he could possibly do wrong and in a very screwed-up way, I hesitated. A lot.

But I write for people like me, from the wrong side of the tracks and who do stupid things, self-destructive things. I don’t write queer people who are lovely and perfect. And I had to tell myself, why stop now? I had a young adult book where they figured the best way to deal with a bully was to punch his teeth down his throat. I had an adult book where the love interest decks the protagonist’s father over dinner. Why change?

Do you have a favourite character and/or book you’ve written? Who, what and why?
My favourite character isn’t from my favourite book, so I’m going to cheat slightly…

My favourite book is oddly one of my quieter, smaller ones, Private. It’s a young adult novel about a teenage boy, Shane, coming out as gay in his very conservative, military family. There is a romance—Shane has a steady boyfriend and they’re planning secretly to go to university together in a few years—but the focus is very much on Shane’s father and brother, and his relationship with them. It’s no groundbreaker, it’s not a hugely important or original novel, and yet it’s my favourite because it explores this military, mannish world—one I grew up in—where Shane is comfortable and doesn’t want to leave because he’s gay. It’s the kind of book I wanted when I was a kid, something that didn’t say because I was queer I had to be into the arts and my old dad didn’t have to hate me for being a bender. So, yeah, that one has a special place in my heart.

But my favourite character is hands-down Danny Hawkes, from What It Looks Like. He’s the brother of the love interest, Rob, and where Rob is big and broody, Danny is just this absolutely mad live wire. He bounces around the whole time, doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself and his big brother—and by extension, his brother’s new-ish boyfriend—and yet when that tiny family unit is threatened, Danny’s switch from pleasant to downright psychopathic is scary. He’s very, very dangerous, and I love his unpredictability and his impervious sense of self. Danny knows who and what he is and who and what he wants, and to hell with whether other people like that. He’s great, and if I ever did a follow-up to What It Looks Like, Danny would be stealing the show all over again.

Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
I don’t tend to have subplot romances so not the former because…it’s romance, of course the main couple get together! But I do get people asking if I’m going to write sequels pretty frequently. What It Looks Like and Spy Stuff especially got this treatment, and it’s really flattering, I love hearing that people were that invested in the characters. I’ve never written a sequel I didn’t plan from the first word of the original, though, so typically if there’s not already a 75% finished sequel in the works, there won’t ever be one. By the time a book is published, I’ve long since moved on to writing another one—usually two!—so I don’t remember the original clearly enough to pull off a good sequel. And nobody likes bad sequels.

If you were able to quit your day job and write full time, would you, and why/why not?
No. Firstly because weirdly, I actually enjoy my day job. It’s completely unrelated to writing—in fact, the opposite, as I’m a number-cruncher by day—so I like getting the break from the industry and switching gears into something totally different. A change is as good as a rest, and all that. And secondly, I don’t believe writers should just be writing all day. It cuts us off from the world, we get too embroiled in fictional portrayals of people and the echo chambers of social media, and it honestly starts to show. I can think of authors right now where I read their works and I’m thinking, “Have you ever met a human being? Much less one with the background this guy supposedly has?” I even had an editor once try and insist my character couldn’t use a slur, and I was like, “This guy is a drug dealer, from the roughest part of the city, and was brought up in care only to leave and go straight to prison. Trust me. He says these words.” So no, even if I could, I think at most I’d drop down to part-time at the day job. But I wouldn’t leave.

Are there big events in your life that affect your writing?
Not usually big events, but my upbringing and my experiences have very much coloured it. I write working-class and northern British because that’s what I am. I write families where they call their teenagers clumsy berks and clip them round the ear because that’s how I grew up. And I write heavy topics—domestic abuse, alcoholism, mental illness—because I grew up in their shadow. So there’s no big plane crash or duelling with pistols or whatever, but a lot of the emotional undercurrent and the backstories for the characters is leaking out from my own experiences.

Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
I usually get a ‘pop!’ moment with a very brief, short idea, and then build the rest of the book around it. So Sex in C Major was literally ‘submissive with two dominants’ married up to a personal frustration that people assume I hate vaginal sex or having my chest touched because I’m a trans man. And the first scene, of Stefan in the bus station, popped into my head just as clearly.

Everything else got built around those three elements. Stefan’s demeanour in that scene said loud and clear he hadn’t come to terms with the intersection of submissive, trans and male, so the story itself homed in on him doing just that.

I wouldn’t say any of it is taking time, though—pop or not, I go from no idea at all to a fully fledged plot and outline in an hour!

What are your writing and personal goals for 2017 and beyond?
Keep going!

I’m saving up for my final transition surgery, so I guess my personal goal is get a whole lot closer. Unfortunately I have zero money, and it costs a fortune, so getting closer is definitely relative. (I’m fundraising here if you want to help out, or here if you want sneak peeks and rewards.)

Writing wise, I recently redesigned my website to show books by identity (using the QUILTBAG model) and discovered that while my works in progress nearly tick everything off, my published work is a totally different story. So I’d like to get some QUIL books finished and out there, and make a real rainbow out of my collection.

Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
I don’t tend to have subplot romances so not the former because…it’s romance, of course the main couple get together! But I do get people asking if I’m going to write sequels pretty frequently. What It Looks Like and Spy Stuff especially got this treatment, and it’s really flattering, I love hearing that people were that invested in the characters. I’ve never written a sequel I didn’t plan from the first word of the original, though, so typically if there’s not already a 75% finished sequel in the works, there won’t ever be one. By the time a book is published, I’ve long since moved on to writing another one—usually two!—so I don’t remember the original clearly enough to pull off a good sequel. And nobody likes bad sequels.

What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I’m currently working on the total opposite to Sex in C Major, and writing a pair of books featuring a super sweet, romantic relationship forming between gentle giant John Halliday, and definitely-in-charge-here Chris Bannerman. John is this absolutely massive (six foot eight and associated back problems) monstrosity of a man, but he’s completely sappy and totally under Chris’ thumb. They’re very sweet, very sarky, and it’s a feel-good from start to finish.

Here’s the end of their second date, if you’re interested!
“There’s this guy.”

It was like listening to a story.

“He’s got a voice like whiskey, burning a trail down your throat. He’s enormous, and can crush you into the side of a parked car when he kisses you. Your feet leave the floor when he does that, and you’re helpless. It’s like being branded, when he touches you. You can feel his hands forever, and you don’t want them to go. And that’s before you even get your clothes off. He’s huge, and you’re out of your depth.”

John swallowed thickly.

“And yet, he fumbles over his words. He touches your hands between coffee mugs like they’re something incredible, and he’s scared they’re not real. You can’t see him staring, but you know he is. And there’s something desperate to please, but when you manage to sweep that away and he relaxes for a moment, he’s got the most beautiful laugh you’ve ever heard.”

John’s breath caught.

“And you make him laugh.”

John licked his lips.

“And–”

Chris’ mouth touched the very edge of his own. So soft, it were barely there at all. The merest whisper of sensation.
And John felt the words, more than he heard them.

“–for the very first time, you feel beautiful.”

John sealed his mouth over the words, and drank them away. Slid his hands up a long, slim back, to anchor between jacket-clad shoulder blades and press all that brilliance as close as he possibly could.

He could taste coffee. There was snow down the back of his collar. Someone else’s hair was tickling his forehead.

And none of it mattered.

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Title: Sex in C Major
Author: Matthew J. Metzger
Release Date: May 27th 2017
Genre: GLBT, BDSM, Interracial Romance

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Stefan has … fantasies.

He knows chasing those fantasies is only going to end in disaster, but he can’t seem to stop his self-destructive spiral. He’s a transgender man struggling to come to terms with the intersection of his identity and his sexual fantasies as a submissive. He needs someone to take control before he loses it completely.

Daz can take control. He can teach Stefan everything there is to know about sex and submission, but for some reason, he can’t get inside Stefan’s head. Daz can stop Stefan’s self-destruction but not the fear that fuels it.

Stefan needs to know who he is before he can accept what he is. And it’s Yannis — Daz’s aromantic, asexual, stern, and sarcastic partner — who has the answer.

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EXCERPT

Other people wanted vanilla sex and dating out of a hookup in a gay bar. But Stefan wanted— this. He wanted to jump from nothing to Daz bending him over the end of the bed and fucking him like he was nothing but a sex doll.

What was he doing?

And yet he kept walking, step by step by step towards the house. A jogger had to go around him; a car hooted angrily as he walked out in front of it. He didn’t care. The house was calling. The man inside was calling. The promise of his fantasies becoming real was calling.

And it was terrifying and stupid and utterly crazy… but Stefan just couldn’t say no.

At exactly eight fifteen, the terror enough to make him throw up and the arousal so intense he could barely walk, Stefan knocked on the door.

Footsteps.

A key in a lock.

Then the door was jerked open, and a hand fisted in Stefan’s coat and hauled him inside.

“Upstairs,” Daz said, slamming the door. “Now. Nobody sees you.”

Stefan scrambled to obey, almost running up the stairs, still in his coat and shoes. He was shoved back into the small bedroom from the night before, and the door slammed behind them.

“Strip,” Daz said.

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About the Author

Matthew

Matthew J. Metzger is a twenty-something British author of queer novels, primarily focusing on relationships, be they familial, platonic, sexual or romantic. He was dragged up in London, but currently lives in West Yorkshire, where he carves out a living in an office crunching numbers before going home to write books at night. Matthew particularly writes working-class queer life, and queer people who exist outside of the standard M/M romance fare written by and for well-educated, middle-class sensibilities. There be nasty words ahead, children. Better buckle up.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Patreon

BLOG SCHEDULE:

May 27th: Alpha Book Club | My Fiction Nook | Hearts on Fire Reviews

May 28th: Nerd Girl Official | Boy Meets Boy Reviews

May 29th: The Novel Approach | A L Boyd

May 3oth: A M Leibowitz

May 31st: Happily Ever Chapter

June 1st: MJs Book Blog and Reviews

June 2nd: Bonkers about Books | Joyfully Jay

June 5th: Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter

June 6th: Making It Happen | Outrageous Heroes

June 7th: BFD Book Blog

June 8th: Triple A

June 9th: Love Bytes Reviews

June 12th: Stories That Make You Smile | Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

June 13th: Loving Without Limits | L M Brown

June 14th: All in One Place | Dawn’s Reading Nook

June 15th: Bayou Book Junkie

June 16th: Drops of Ink | Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

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Sunset at Pencarrow Blog Tour Stop – Rhys Ford

Lou Sylvre is over at Rhys Ford’s today making Afghan Biscuits. Hmmm, love those. Check out the post – with a link to the recipe – and an excerpt from Sunset at Pencarrow here and don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

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Release Day Blitz – Surviving Elite High – The Next Generation – Senior Year by John H. Ames

A big welcome to John H. Ames as part of his release day blitz for Surviving Elite High – The Next Generation – Senior Year with Eyes on Books.

Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation Senior Year

Book Blurb

Hit YA LGBT author, John H. Ames continues the series that has garnered adoring fans from every corner of the world!

The Fifth Book in the Surviving Elite High Saga! In Book 4, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation years into the future after the first Surviving Elite High saga, Robbie Carroll, a teen with a mysterious past he still hasn’t remembered, was adopted by John and Nick, the now wildly successful loving couple from Books One, Two and Three, are the perfect parents, giving Robbie an amazing life: a cool and handsome brother, a beautiful sister, incredible friends and the perfect boyfriend. What more could he want? His life was perfect. Until Senior Year…

…When ghosts of the past come out to haunt Robbie and Tim, the man he loves, endangering them. Life plummets from its sunny highs to a shadowy realm where danger lurks around every corner, ready to spring at any moment. Four years at Elite High are about to culminate amidst shockwaves.

Senior Year promises to answer the questions that left readers hanging at the end of Surviving Elite High Who is this dangerous stalker and what does he want with Robbie? Was this man a shadow of his past? Will this man take away from him the happiness that took him years to find? Or will someone else rise to threaten Robbie’s life and the life of the man he loves? Find out now!

Buy Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0723B9Q4D/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0723B9Q4D/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0723B9Q4D/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0723B9Q4D/
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/surviving-elite-high-3

Surviving Eleite High The Next Generation Senior Year

Excerpt

Robbie sat at the edge of his bed, staring at his bedroom door. His curtains were closed and his windows were locked, even though a shiny sun hung in the sky outside, illuminating everything in sight. It was another beautiful day, yet he couldn’t bring himself to go out and enjoy it. As much as he tried, he couldn’t face the fact that Vince was out there and wanted him dead.

Taking a deep breath, he closed his eyes, going through the last few days in his mind. Everyone had been there for him, comforting him and making him feel special and most importantly, loved. They all had been so nice by putting up with his neurotic behavior. But for how much longer? He wanted to be the guy he was before learning the truth about his past. He wanted to feel safe again. He wanted to feel free. The only two places that he felt safe and free were at home and at school. Everywhere else, he felt unprotected and extremely vulnerable. He needed to be strong though. If John was able to fight Matthew Ward twice, he definitely had what it takes to fight Vince at least once.

The knob on his door turned slightly. His blood froze. Who was that and what did he want? Clearly, it wasn’t Nick or John since they were out shopping for Thanksgiving, and Nicky decided to spend some quality time with Abby at her house. The door then crept open, making Robbie’s breathing come to a sudden stop. His head spun while his heart violently pounded. Who was it? Was that Vince? Was this it? Was he about to die?

Surviving Elite High Series

Book One: Surviving Elite High

Book Two: Surviving Elite High: Senior Year

Book Three: Surviving Elite High: Loving James

Book Four: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072LWL7NY/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072LWL7NY/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B072LWL7NY/

About the author

John H. Ames real name is Juan H. Alvarado and he was born in El Salvador C.A. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2009. He posted some of his work on an internet website, and after receiving positive feedback, he completed several full-length novels under his pen name, John Henry Ames. His first completed series is the Surviving Elite High Series which chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. John H. Ames´ passions include reading, writing and spending time with the ones he loves.

Official Website: https://johnhenryamesbooks.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJohnHAmes

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Book Blitz – Hunter by Angela Fristoe

A big welcome today to Angela Fristoe as part of her book blitz with LoveBound Promotions for Hunter.

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Title: Hunter

Series: Isa Fae Collection

Author: Angela Fristoe

Publisher: Fallen Sorcery

Cover Artist: K. De Long

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Romance Genre(s): Paranormal

Pages: 230

About the Book

Blurb

Duty was all that mattered. Until he met her.

Thora has known only life on one side of the fence, sheltered in a village of half-breeds, free of the magic the witches and Fae crave. Yet, past the fence, the woods tempt her to discover what lies beyond the village. Nothing prepared her for what she’d find on the other side.

As a descendant to the Fae Queen Tatiana, Garrett has devoted his life to protecting the breeds. When he finds Thora in the woods, he promises her a new life in the Council run Sanctuary, safe from those who would abuse her.

But the Sanctuary holds dark secrets, and the haven Garrett promised is far more dangerous than the woods. As they work to unravel the deception of the Council, passion and duty collide, threatening the very lives Garrett swore to protect.

Garrett knew sacrifices would need to be made, he just never realized it could be the woman he’s claimed as his.

Excerpt

She thought going to the Sanctuary was what she wanted, what would make her happy, but in the woods she had Garrett. Once she left…she didn’t know what was out there for her.

The trees rustled, their leaves tickling the sides of the shield. Were they closing in? Did they know how badly she just wanted to stay here?

The touch of Garrett’s fingers against her arm caused her to jump, and she turned to him. He knew. His hand slid into the hair at her nape, cupping her head, and he lowered his eyes until they were level with hers. The intensity burning in them caused a delicious shiver to run through her.

“We need to do this, Thora,” he said, his voice low and calm. “The woods wait for no one.”

She didn’t think she could explain this to him. He was all she knew. All she had left. Would he even understand the fear that coursed through her at the thought of him leaving her?

“I don’t -”

The sudden press of his lips ended her hesitant words. He consumed her senses, and every thought she had evaporated as her eyes drifted shut and she pressed into him. His tongue slipped into her mouth and caressed hers, teasing her with the taste of him.

He pulled back, and she groaned in frustration as yet again she was left wanting more of him. Desire had been such a remote concept for her. She’d seen it shared between the couples in the village, even between her parents, but she’d never experienced passion until Garrett. Now that she had, she was reluctant to dismiss it so easily.

He untangled his hand from her hair and then locked his fingers with hers. Her eyes fluttered open, and she stared up at him.

“We go now,” he said and pulled her along with him through the barrier.

Still reeling from his kiss, Thora followed him. The trees had shifted since she woke. Tightening ever so slightly, like her hesitation to leave had stirred them again. An unsettled feeling of suspicion dispelled the excitement Garrett’s kiss roused in her.

“Garrett? Why did you kiss me?”

He didn’t answer, just wove her through the trees and bushes toward the edge. They were only a few yards away, yet each step they took brought them no closer. Finally, Garrett stopped, and she rammed into his back. He twisted around to look down at her, and she gave him a nervous smile.

“I kissed you because I wanted to. Because I don’t want you to worry about the future. I won’t let anything happen to you, Thora.” He stroked his thumb in soothing circles along the back of her hand. “There is no place safer for you than the Sanctuary.”

“Promise?”

The corners of his lips tipped up. “I promise.”

Buy Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

About Angela Fristoe

Author Bio

Angela Fristoe grew up in Alberta, Canada. She dreamed of becoming the next Dian Fossey or Jane Goodall until she realized she wasn’t all that keen on the outdoors or animals. Instead, she went into education and focused on helping struggling readers. Angela lives on Vancouver Island with her family, where she is pursuing her writing career while continuing her work in the education field.

Connect with Angela

Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter | Bookbub

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Hunter, Angela is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card. For your chance to win, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on June 24, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide.

Good luck!

Enter here.

Tour Stops

June 12

Belles, Books & Scandals
EskieMama Reads
Up ‘Til Dawn
Paranormal Palace of Pleasures

June 13

The Bookworm Lodge
Loves Great Reads
Happy Ever After
Book Lovers 4Ever
Smokin’ Hot Reads

June 14

Drops of Ink
BB’s Book Reviews
Shh, I Am Reading
All Things Bookaholic

June 15

I Heart Reading
Behind Closed Doors
Fictional Rendezvous

June 16

CelticLady’s Reviews
Sassy Book Lovers
Always Love Me Some Books
Liz’s Reading Life
Abibliophobia Anonymous

Tour Hosted by LoveBound Promotions

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Book Review & Blog Tour – Detour by Sid Love

A big welcome today to Sid Love, as part of his blog tour for Detour. And also thank you for a copy of the book so I could read and review!

ABOUT THE BOOK


TITLE: Detour
AUTHOR: Sid Love
PUBLISHER: Cool Dudes Publishing
LENGTH: 226 Pages
GENRE: M/M Romance Thriller
COVER ARTIST: Corneles Bronkhorst
BLURB: Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.

Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.

Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.

Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?

Trigger Warning: Content includes a rape scene.

Review

I enjoy reading books with flawed heroes and the characters in Detour make plenty of mistakes. I found the writing style very easy to read, and the story flowed well. The settings and characters were easy to visualize, and I really liked the secondary characters especially Amy and Liana. I enjoyed the fact that they had their own HEA to pursue. The bad guy was really horrible—but then he’s meant to be. Detour brings to home the importance of family and their influence in a person’s life, which I think is one of its strengths.

I did find the plot a little predictable in places although that didn’t stop me from continuing to read to find out what happened next. I also had some reservations about the decisions some of the characters made considering what they’d just been through, and found myself thinking “seriously, why would you do this?” in places, but I figure people make mistakes and that is part of what makes these characters come across as human. Although I felt the story was more of a HFN with a hint of HEA in the future, as the characters still have a way to go on their journey to work through their experiences, I felt satisfied with that, and it worked well for the story.

I’d recommend Detour to readers who enjoy contemporary romance with flawed characters, well developed secondary characters, and a strong sense of family. 3.5 out of 5.

EXCERPT

My apartment building had seen better days. It was ancient and looked like it would fall apart any time. The color had worn out over the years and there were cracks here and there, but it was dearest to me anyway. It had been my home for as long as I could remember; well, it wasn’t exactly owned by us — we rented, to be specific — but I speak from the sense of belonging. The owner of the building — Mr. Marshall — had promised to repair it soon. It was a one-story building with four small apartments, two on each floor that faced each other. Our apartment was on the first floor, so, at three in the morning, I took the flight of stairs and walked up to my door soundlessly. I knew better than to wake up our neighbor. I slowly put the key into the lock and opened the door.

Hesitating for some time, I considered again whether to tell my mother about what had happened. I couldn’t hide anything from her, but the explanations would have to wait until morning. I was too tired and sad right now.
I closed the door silently behind me.

The house lights were dim but I could see the light in her bedroom. As always, she was waiting for me to return. She would be curled up in her bed, reading her favorite Nora Roberts novel. She did the same every night before going to sleep.

I headed for her room. Thankfully, I had stopped limping as the pain dissipated; she wouldn’t know anything was wrong right away.

The door was ajar.

I stepped into the room.

…And suddenly it was hard to breathe.

“Mom! Oh, dear God!”

Her lifeless body hung from the ceiling fan.

I rushed to support her feet. Although I knew the worst had happened, I hoped she was alive.

She didn’t move.

Her bare feet were cold.

Her skin, pale like never before.

I couldn’t understand why she would take such an extreme step. She was fine when I had left for work that evening.

My tears flowed freely this time.

That was when I noticed it. The letter on the nightstand.

BUY LINKS

Cool Dudes Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sid Love grew up in one of busiest cities in the world, Mumbai, listening to the excerpts of Indian epics as told by his father every night. While it served as an inspiration back, he has always had an ambitious mind.

In 2007, when he had just turned sixteen, he decided that he would make his lifelong dream come true—to become a well-known, respected author someday.

Ask him and he would refuse to accept that he is obsessed with books. Or movies. Or TV shows. Addicted may even be the right word.

He is a die-hard fan of Jane Austen’s romance novels and loves to reread them time and again.

Find him on –
Blog: https://sidlovewrites.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sid.love.16
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsidlove/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FatefulMercy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AuthorSidLove/
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7793040.Sid_Love

GIVEAWAY

Winner gets a paperback copy of DETOUR!
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Sunset at Pencarrow Blog Tour Stop at Gillian St. Kevern’s.

I’m over at fellow Kiwi Gillian St. Kevern’s today blogging about why I wanted to set a story in New Zealand and why I jumped at the opportunity to write one with Lou Sylvre.

Read the post here and don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway.

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