Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

A big welcome today to Joanna Chambers as part of her blog tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Merry & Bright.


Length: 59,000 words approx. 

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Blurb

Humbug


Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.


Mr Perfect’s Christmas


Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?


Rest and Be Thankful


Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart and following his very public argument with café owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast. Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow, he can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.



December 1 – Valerie Ullmer, Inglorious Bitches, Gay Book Reviews
December 4 – Drops Of Ink, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, OMG Reads, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews
December 6 – Lelyana’s Book Blog
December 8 – Unquietly Me, Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings, Bayou Book Junkie, Padme’s Library, Hearts On Fire Reviews, Au Boudoir Ecarlate

Author Bio

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.


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Deep Edge by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey

A big welcome to RJ Scott and V.L. Locey as part of their release blitz with Signal Boost Promotions for Deep Edge.


Length: 52,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Harrisburg Railers Series

Book #1 – Changing Lines – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – First Season – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?


Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport – and his own family – have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.


Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL and he realizes that a place on the Railers roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?


Excerpt

Ah, agents. They were so lovely – when they weren’t embezzling all your money and spending it on whores, vodka gimlets, and a particularly bad run over a week in Atlantic City. Note to the young and innocent – never let your stepfather manage your money, especially when he’s open about how much he dislikes your gay little ass. That way you won’t end up broke, shamed, and trying to figure out how to keep your mother and grandmother from being booted out of their house while your rink teeters on the edge of financial ruin. Where the fuck had all my happy gone? I wanted it back, dammit!


I moved past the windows that looked down on Philadelphia, my hometown. I’d been born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love. I adored this city, and it loved me in return. Or had. Now I was just the mincing and well-dressed queer who didn’t even have two pennies to rub together. How quickly love and adoration turned to titters and cold shoulders. Drawing my coat around me, I sat down in a plush beige chair and crossed one leg over the other, making sure my coat draped properly over my thighs. I hate wrinkles. And beige. Why were straights so afraid of a little color?


Gayle sat down behind her desk, smiled at me yet again, and folded her hands in front of her. I raised a freshly plucked eyebrow. She was still trying to get a handle on me. Tobey & Troy was the largest athletic representation firm in Philly. They handled most of the Eagles, Sixers and Flyers, as well as several tennis players. And now they had me. Trent Lawrence Hanson. Famed gay figure skater and next in line to be a Dickens character in real life. Please, sir, I want some more. Ugh. As if I’d eat gruel. What if I had to? The thought was too much to bear.


“I think that now that the legal issues with your father—”


“Stepfather,” I quickly reminded her.


“Yes, sorry, stepfather. Well, now that he’s been convicted and is serving time, I think this is the moment to start working on marketing you in a positive light.” She smiled again, nervously, and leveled light blue eyes at me. “Where are you in terms of returning to competitive skating?”


I glanced out the window at Ben Franklin standing atop City Hall. I began running my hands over the thin cotton flaps lying over my thighs.


“I have no money, my professional reputation is shot, and both my rink and my mother’s house are two months away from foreclosure. Do you honestly think I could find the mental clarity and focus to skate again?” As soon as I heard how bitchy I sounded, I placed a hand over my mouth. “I’m so sorry,” I mumbled into my fingers.


“It’s quite understandable,” she replied. She was far too nice to be saddled with a miserable cow-bag like me. I wanted to cry, but didn’t. I’d do that later when I visited Mom and my Lola. “Would you like something to drink?”


“Water would be lovely,” I coughed into my fingers. She rang her receptionist. “I’m better now. See.” I lowered my hand and smiled brilliantly at her.


Gayle nodded, but melancholy lingered in her gaze. A tiny blonde hurried in with a bottle of water and handed it to me. I was about to ask if she could possibly find a cold one, but I bit my tongue. Bitchy Trent had already escaped once today.


“Thank you.”


She nodded and scurried out, closing the door behind her slim backside. Her shoes were terrible. Who wears black flats with a peach dress in late June? Honestly, women, learn how to dress. I took tiny sips of the tepid water. Gayle waited. I capped the bottle and balanced it in my left hand so my coat didn’t get watermarked. I was a beggar now. I had to keep my wardrobe in good shape. Tears threatened again.


Gayle broke into the building weep-fest. “I understand that you’re not mentally ready to return to figure skating. To that end, we need to find you something to do that will bring in good money so you can get your assets back in sound fiscal shape.”


“You mean pull my rink and my mother’s house out of the snapping jaws of foreclosure?”


“Well, I wouldn’t have been quite that dramatic…”


“Few are.” I sighed as I returned to working out the crinkles in my duster.


“Right, well, I’ve been approached by GLBTQtv about a reality show with you as the star.”


My chin dropped to my chest. “Get. Out.”


“I’m very serious,” Gayle said, her smile spreading into a grin. “They’re waving a nice fat contract at us.”


“I’ll do it! Wait. Are there lots of zeros mentioned in the contract?” I was so excited I grabbed my duster and wadded it up in my right hand.


“There are several zeros,” she whispered as her grin grew even wider.


“I’ll do it!” My gods, I was such a whore. Wave a ten in front of me and down to my knees I went. But zeros meant money. Money that would keep my family safely housed and my rink operational. Rainbow Skate was my rink. I’d bought it and refurbished it. It was where I practiced. And it was where little gay and straight children who wanted a safe place to skate and express themselves and their art could come. No hateful slurs or brutes were allowed at Rainbow Skate. That was my rule. I hated bullies. I’d dealt with them from the time I was eight and discovered how fabulous I was on skates and how amazing my sewing skills were. By the time I was fourteen and came out officially, not one person was shocked. My stepfather was disgusted, but then again, he was a thieving twat.


“Wonderful! I’ve read over the contract and it’s pretty straightforward.” I bounced in my seat as Gayle talked. “They’re asking for six to eight weeks with exclusive access to you and the Railers as you work with them.”


The bouncing slowed. “I’m sorry…” I tapped my right ear. “Did you say Railers? What are Railers?”


“They’re the hockey team that’s expressed a pointed interest in working with you on this show.”


I couldn’t control the laugh that burst out of me. I roared so long and so heartily that I was close to hyperventilating when the laughter began to die down. Gayle sat behind her desk, staring at me as if I’d gone around the bend.


Phew. Oh, my gods and garters,” I panted several minutes later. Dabbing gently under my eyes, I saw a blur of black on my fingertip. “And I thought this was waterproof eyeliner. Do you have tissues?”


She got up , grabbed a box from the edge of her desk, and handed it to me.


“Thank you.” I wiped my finger on a Kleenex, then gingerly pulled a tiny corner under my right and then left eye. “I hate this cheap stuff. I’m going to throw it out when I get home. Why did I even buy anything other than waterproof?”


“Is there a problem with you working with hockey players?” Gayle asked after she sat back down.


I tittered. “How much time do you have?” I asked.


She gawked at me.


“I do not do jocks.”


“But you’re a jock.”


“Uh, no, no, I am not. I’m an artist. I don’t go skating around hitting people in the face with sticks. No, sorry, this sweet thing,” I motioned to myself, “does not do hockey players, footballers, baseballers, basketballers, or those men who run around with nets to catch balls in. Lacrosse! I don’t do them either. I will do tennis players or an occasional fellow skater, but they can’t be on my team. Cat fights amongst team members are so ugly. I rather like Russian skaters. It’s the accent. I once did a Russian skater. He was delicious. I called it my Boris Godunov phase.”


I giggled at the witty, but Gayle simply continued to gape. I was so happy now – why was she being a prude?


“What?” I asked when she didn’t speak.


“Trent, this contract is contingent on you working with the Railers.”


“No, sorry. I don’t do hockey players. Didn’t we just cover that? They’re rude bullies who have never passed up an opportunity to shove me into lockers, dunk my head into toilets, or taunt me in front of everyone at the rink. Nope. Tell them I don’t do hockey players.”

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.


The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.


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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, 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, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.


When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.


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A Final Post At Authors Speak

We’re shutting up shop at Authors Speak, but planning to come back in a different way. You can read Lou’s post about our future here and my post here

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Review Tour – Jingle Spell by Chris Ethan

A big welcome today to Chris Ethan as part of his review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Jingle Spell from Dream Trek Imprint.

Review

Jingle Spell is a sweet Christmas story. At first Davey comes across as shallow but as the story progressed and I got to know him I changed my mind. I love when that happens. Christmas can be a lonely time of year, especially for those not in relationships, and I thought the author captured the feelings of bitterness that often accompany that aloneness perfectly. Avery’s a nice guy, and I enjoyed seeing the two men’s relationship grow, although realistically they were both second guessing themselves. After failed relationships on both sides, it was understandable that they would, which I appreciated. I liked the way they took the time to become friends instead of just jumping into bed first.

The supporting cast were more stereotypical, but given the length of the story, and the fact that they were seen through Davey’s perspective, I think that was a reflection of his mood rather than a true representation of who they were.

One highlight for me, followed by an ‘aww’ moment was Davey’s description of the picture frames he makes as “keepers of memories.” I hope these guys have a long happy future together making memories to fill Davey’s frames.

I’d recommend Jingle Spell to readers who enjoy a sweet Christmas romance story, and men who take the time to become friends before they become lovers. 4 out of 5 stars.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 119 pages

Cover Design: Ethereal Ealain

Blurb

It’s the most horrible time of the year.


Smooches under mistletoes and tacky reindeer decorations. 

Newly single, Davey has had enough of wasting his love and having his heart broken. Better to be single, he decides. No more dates. No more falling in love. No more dreaming of happy ever afters. 

Those are for movies.

He’s resolute.

And then Avery steps into his life, bringing care, compassion, and tenderness in his path.
Davey’s so tempted to hope again. But can an online date and a brief encounter turn into anything other than an ephemeral sexual encounter?

Is there a future for them? Will Avery stay? And most importantly, can Davey bear to offer up his heart to the season’s love—just one more time?

A sweet romance by Chris Ethan, author of The Guy With The Suitcase.
November 22 – RAM PA Group, Valerie Ullmer
Author Bio



Chris Ethan is a book whore. He enjoys selling his feelings for money and other pleasures and is blatantly unashamed to do so for as long as he breathes. Chris Ethan is also a persona for Rhys Ethan, author of fantasy and sci-fi. He uses Chris Ethan to share stories of adult queer romance with those who need it. Before you delve into his books however, be warned. He likes putting his characters through shitstorms and hates anything conventional. But then there’s that darned happy-ever-after. Also, he likes swearing. Deal with it!


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Western Song by Leigh Podgorski

A big welcome today to Leigh Podgorski as part of her blog tour with Book Unleashed for Western Song from Solstice Publishing.

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WESTERN SONG
Leigh Podgorski
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Western Song
As she discovers the true meaning of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
Western Song is a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride; as she discovers the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart.
A moving, thought-provoking read…beautifully written … Highly recommend for fans of literary Western/romantic fiction…
– Claire Middleton–Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; IndieBook Reviewers
“Western Song” grabbed me from the opening pages and didn’t let go until the very end. … this book could cross genres, not just for fans of the western romance and interracial drama…but for anyone who just likes a moving, beautifully-written, and powerful read!
– Steph Coleman –Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

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Ongoing from November 28 – December 11, 2017.
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Leigh Podgorski

Leigh Podgorski is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Among her favorite projects are a play and documentary on Cahuilla elder Katherine Siva Saubel entitled We Are Still Here and the one-act play Windstorm for which she interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Leigh’s novels include The Women Debrowska that is loosely based on her own Polish ancestry, Ouray’s Peak which follows the story of one matriarchal Ute Indian lineage, and the metaphysical mystery series Stone Quest that includes Desert Chimera, Gallows Ascending, and Neuri Shape-Shifter. Several of her theatrical monologues have been published by Meriwether Publishing, Gerald Lee Ratliff, editor. Her newest novel is Western Song published by Solstice Publishing.
Western Song is a timeless love story filled with rich unique characters played out beneath the wide Wyoming sky about a bull riding rancher and his recently deceased best buddy’s Thai immigrant mail order bride; as she learns the true power of freedom, he discovers he’s lost his heart. In addition, Solstice has also published Leigh’s short story The Season of the Neuri Knight, a short story that will be released as a standalone and is currently available in the Anthology Realms of Fantastic Stories Vol2; and the novella My Soul to Take, which will be released on October 31st in the Anthology Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Vol 6 and also as a standalone.
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The Force Between Us by Ashlinn Craven

A big welcome today to Ashlinn Craven as part of her release blitz with Enticing Journey Book Promotions for The Force Between Us.

Title: The Force Between Us
Author: Ashlinn Craven
Genre: RomCom
Release Date: November 26, 2017

Geek girl meets hunky farmer… is there an app for that?

Avery hadn’t flown to Ireland to kiss the locals. Her goal was to get to the famous sci-fi movie location, Skellig Michael, and gather data for her next killer app—the only thing standing between her and bankruptcy. Except that first kiss with Cathal—a huge Viking of an Irish farmer with a smoldering gaze and wicked touch—has made her forget what planet she’s currently on.

Clueless on matters sci-fi, Cathal enthralls her with stories of ancient monks and warriors while confessing his real-life mission—to spread his father’s ashes off the wild Atlantic island before his vacation runs out. As boat after boat gets cancelled, Avery and Cathal find ingenious ways to ride out the stormy weather.

United with him in purpose—and in panty-melting lust—Avery knows she’ll never feel so cherished, so mesmerized, so utterly connected to another human being again. But on leaving Irish shores, she needs to know how much of Cathal is real and how much made up, because he seems too good to be true.

And how’s she supposed to sext a man on a farm far, far away who doesn’t seem to own a flip phone?

This is a 55k STANDALONE with HEA of cosmic proportions that sci-fi geeks, farmers, and Ireland fans will particularly enjoy.


Ashlinn Craven is the author of geeky romantic comedies featuring smart heroines who work in STEM fields and are capable of looking after themselves–and the hot heroes who love them.

A lifelong fan of sci-fi and geek culture, Ashlinn lives in Sweden with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, doing the mom routine, or “researching” on YouTube.

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Hunter by HJ Perry

A big welcome today to HJ Perry as part of her release blitz with Gay Book Promotions for Hunter from LoveLight Press.

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Title: Hunter
Author: HJ Perry
Publisher: LoveLight Press
Length: approx. 45k
Genre/s: erotic gay romance, fantasy
Release Date: November 23, 2017

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Blurb:

Some are born as prey.

Small-town orphan Pip is stuck in a rut. Life just turns in circles. He can’t even escape his old school bullies, it seems… Until a hunk of a guy with magic fingers steps in and saves him.

Others are born to hunt.

The stranger who seduces Pip is an immortal god, sworn to him for all of Pip’s lives. God in the forest and between the sheets, Hunter will have his prize. Again and again.

Destiny lies with Hunter.

After experiencing his first kiss, Pip discovers their fates are bound together for all eternity. Hunter has access to a world of magic and wonder, and the changes in Pip’s life are almost too much to take. Now he’s faced with an impossible choice…

Hunter is a hot and steamy gay fantasy with a guaranteed Happy Ever After and no cheating.

It is book one in the new Elsewhere series featuring powerful men who are not of this world.

 

Excerpt:

Chapter Four

A warm fire crackled close to Pip’s head, and he woke with a start. He rolled back as his eyes focused. A fire burned in a carefully dug pit in the center of the room. Hearthstones surrounded it. Pip lay on what appeared to be a bed, much larger than any back home. A framework of wood, the center piled high with soft fur pelts, the bed dominated the room. Next to him, a dozing wolf-dog lifted its head lazily, looked at him with amber eyes, then dropped its head back onto the furs. A second lay curled at the end of the bed and didn’t wake when Pip stirred.

What the hell was going on?

The animal at Pip’s side rolled over, exposing his belly and pressing up against him. Pip decided they must be dogs, and exceptionally well-trained ones at that, as he recalled their behavior when they’d found him bound to a tree. He ran his hands through the animal’s coarse, thick fur. Its tongue lolled from the side of his mouth, and it panted happily as Pip scratched his stomach.

Wherever this place was, it wasn’t home. Nothing like.

A pelt hung over the entrance to the room in place of a door, and the walls were a rustic makeshift combination of exposed logs and a type of plaster. The room contained very little furniture, apart from the bed. A rickety shelf held some used copper cookware and a few ancient-looking dishes. It was as if this were a temporary camp with no evidence of commodities, no overhead lighting, no electricity, no… no nothing.

Despite how very strange and basic it appeared, it felt warm and cozy, with a homey familiar scent about it.

Pip settled back onto the bed and nestled against the wolf-like dog, finding strange comfort in being so close to such a strong animal.

Where did the rest of you go?” Pip asked as he stroked its belly. “There were so many of you before.”

They came with me.” The voice from the doorway made Pip’s heart skip a beat.

He lifted his head. The man who rescued him came through the doorway carrying a bag over his shoulder, his antlers gone and skin free of anything that resembled bark. Free of anything at all, actually.

He stood near the fire pit completely naked.

The rest of the dogs trailed in after him; some of them climbed into bed with Pip, others settled across the room, creating a comfortable-looking pile of warm animal fur. The temperature in the room rose by many degrees, quickly. It must’ve surely been from the warmth of all those bodies.

Not only was the man naked, but gorgeous, too. Pip pulled one of the fur pelts over his lap, hoping to conceal his reaction to the man’s presence.

 

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About the Author

HJ Perry is a 49 years old mother of three school aged children. They live by the English seaside and from her hometown she can see France. Helen loves reading. If it were possible, she’d do nothing else. She reads science fiction, fantasy, young adult, all types of LGBT fiction, and, of course, gay romance. Aside from reading she likes walking and watching films, most often science fiction or thrillers.

HJP has written many books about men falling in love in England where, for the most part, LGBT people are treated with the same respect as anyone else. Having worked in the construction industry for years in real life, she has written many fictional characters working in similar macho, male dominated environments.

Despite reading American books and watching American shows, writing American characters has been a huge challenge for her. With a lot of help, Rescued from Paradise is her first novel featuring Americans and set in the US.

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Make The Yuletide Gay Seasonal Anthology

A big welcome to the authors of Make The Yuletide Gay Seasonal Anthology as part of their release blitz with Signal Boost Promotions.

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Sleigh bells ring—are you listening?


It’s that time of year again, and we have the perfect way to get you in the mood: A free anthology! Five holiday stories that are guaranteed to warm your heart, heat up your cold nights, and most importantly: Make your yuletide gay.

A Christmas Party to Remember by Nicky Spencer

Last Christmas, Cory and Wes made a connection that left them both thanking Santa. But when Cory doesn’t show up for their first date, Wes swears he won’t make that mistake again. This year, can Santa’s magic find a way to bring them back together?

Let’s Not Go Crazy by Stephen Hoppa

The holidays are stressful enough without Ethan’s boyfriend Nate trying to kill him with Christmas cheer. But Nate’s found a whole new way to torture Ethan when he reveals that he wants kids. Will their conflicting desires tear their relationship apart,or will they find a way to ring in the new year stronger than ever?

Captain Jack and the Snack Attack by Addison Albright

Two men determined to win the same treasure at a charity silent auction, a wayward kitten, grumbling tummies, and a dilemma: what’s the correct gift-giving etiquette for a first date that’s mere days before Christmas, and what could possibly go awry with this merry combination?

The Christmas Day Date by Nell Iris

One rainbow Christmas tree in harm’s way and an afternoon spent eating far too many cookies, equals two men with changed holiday plans. But how does that translate into a date?

The Year of the Monkey by Amy Tasukada

The last thing Aoi wants to do for New Year’s is spend it with his boyfriend’s parents. They were far from thrilled when their son came out. Can Aoi warm their hearts making traditional mochi or will they end up in an even stickier situation?



Author Bios

Addison Albright is a writer living in the middle of the USA. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance in contemporary settings. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

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Stephen Hoppa is an author of gay romance who sometimes doubts his own existence. He writes sexy stories about boys kissing and more, because he thinks sex and love are magic. He writes flawed, broken characters who go beyond shades of grey into completely technicoloured morality, because rainbows are the sh*t. (He also writes gratuitous smut…)

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Amy Tasukada
lives in North Texas with a calico cat called O’Hara. As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. She can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her Youtube channel.

Want more of Aoi and Sato every month? Subscribe to Amy Tasukada’s email and get a free short story of this adorable couple. Sign up today at www.amytasukada.com

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Nicky Spencer is a romance writer of all pairings. Nicky is a firm believer that love conquers all– that’s why her favorite theme is forbidden love. If two (or three!) people shouldn’t be together, Nicky will find a way to get them there. When you love someone, nothing else matters.

Nicky lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with no husband, no kids and a part-time dog. She loves to read, write, listen to podcasts, watch baseball and waste time on the internet. She is firmly anti- oxford comma.

Web: https://nickyspencer.com/
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Contest Winners!

I have two contest winners to announce today.

AHPG is the winner of the rafflecopter for One Word, and Lee Todd is the winner of the cover reveal contest for Prelude to Love.

Big thanks to everyone who entered. I’ve sent emails to the winners so I can arrange for them to receive their prizes.

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Book Reviews – Lover’s Journey series by Alina Popescu


Lover’s Journey #1
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 132
Characters: Edi/Robert
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Series

Blurb:
Edi’s life is made up of precious moments.

That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.

No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.

Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?

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Review

I love reading stories set in different countries, and Alina Popescu’s descriptive writing makes Romania come alive. Her prose has a lovely flow to it, and I found it easy to visualise the scenes she painted with her words. I also thought the way she split the different ‘chapters’ into different parts of the day eg Late Morning, Noon, was really cool. Those times of day don’t just provide ‘chapter’ headings but progress the story from Dawn to Dusk. I thought the title was very apt for this story, considering Edi’s journey from childhood to adulthood and his realisation that he is in not interested in girls, and in love with Robert.

His love and need for Robert felt very tangible and real, and I really felt for him, even when I wanted to yell at him and ask him what the hell he was thinking. The author does a great job in capturing his emotions and making him a sympathetic character. On the other hand, Robert is one of those characters you want to hate, especially with how he behaves, and his priorities and excuses, yet at one point I almost felt sorry for him. Kudos to the author for that one. Each time Edi and Robert broke up, and got together again I wondered how long it would last this time.

I loved the supporting cast especially Evelina and Sebastian. I love strong female characters in MM romance, and Evelina is a very good friend to Edi. I was happy to learn that book 2 in this series is Sebastian’s story, as I really felt for him, and the situation he is in, obviously in love with Edi, and having to watch his best friend self-destruct because of his love for another.

Dawn to Dusk is not always an easy read in places, and I got frustrated with Edi continuously being hurt by Robert, yet I could relate to why he kept taking it back, and understand it too. Edi’s story is a very realistic.

I’d recommend Dawn to Dusk to readers who enjoy a contemporary romance that doesn’t necessary have a HEA, interesting flawed characters, and stories set in different countries. 4 out of 5 stars.


Lover’s Journey #2
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 139
Characters: Edi/Sebastian, Edi/Robert
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Series

Blurb:
Since he was thirteen, Sebastian’s every precious moment was connected to his first crush, Edi. His protector through his toughest school years, Edi has always guided Sebastian’s choices. Love, lust, the realization he was gay, his passion for sports and karate, his studies and career of choice, everything in Seba’s life is somehow linked to Edi.

Sebastian’s love never faltered over the years, not as he challenged himself to catch up to Edi. Nor when Edi’s on and off boyfriend, Robert, showed up to wreak havoc in their lives.

Sebastian has shaped his life to revolve around Edi—his friend, roommate, and occasional lover. But is that the right path for him, or should he start a new journey, one that takes him away from Edi all the way to another country? And will running away solve anything in the end?

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Review

Dusk to Dawn is not only a companion story to book one in the series—Dawn to Dusk—but continues where that left off, after telling what has already happened from a different perspective.

Starting this story, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d read some of it was a retelling of events I’d already read, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Although some of the scenes are replayed from Sebastian’s perspective there are others that are new. I found Sebastian’s ‘take’ on events refreshing, and the author does a great job in showing how a point of view shades the lens through which we as readers view a situation and/or character.

As with book one, the descriptions are fabulous, and it was very easy to visualise what and who I was reading about. One that stood out for me in particular was the description of a bus ride as “like being out at sea on restless waters.” I also liked the contrasts shown between the UK and Romania, especially with the freedom—or not—to be obviously with another man in public.

I’d already liked Evelina from Dawn to Dusk, but this story provided more insight into her and Sebastian sees a slightly different side to her than Edi does. Elena—Sebastian’s friend—is also a strong female character, and I loved her, and both women’s roles in this.

The times of day play their part as chapter headings in this story too, but as the title suggests they lead toward a more hopefully happy ending. Dawn, after all, is the start of a new day, while dusk brings with it other connotations.

I really felt for Sebastian as he loves Edi “quietly and in secret.” I thought Edi’s response when he discovers Sebastian’s true feelings towards him was realistic, and I had to keep reading to find out whether they do finally get together.

Although Dusk To Dawn could be read alone, I think it’s a far more satisfying read if you start with Dawn to Dusk so I’d recommend reading them together if you can.

I’d recommend Dusk to Dawn to readers who like contemporary romance with interesting flawed characters who need to work for their HEA, a strong supporting cast, and stories set in other countries. 5 out of 5 stars.

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