Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Full Circle by Victoria Sue



fullcircle_fsTITLE: Full Circle

SERIES: Sirius Wolves #7

AUTHOR: Victoria Sue

PUBLISHER: Dark Hollow Press

COVER ARTIST: Dark Hollow Press

LENGTH: 50,000 words

RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2016

BLURB: “Win the love of the wolf with the hardest heart.”

Faced with eternal banishment to hell, Anubis, god of the underworld, has found a loophole in one of the oldest laws which will allow him to unleash his evil on an unsuspecting human world. Orion’s only hope to stop him is to accept his challenge: send a champion to win the love of the wolf with the hardest heart. It will take someone with a pure heart to soften a closed one, so faced with the threat of losing not only the werewolves, but the destruction of the human race, the gods can only do one thing — send Adam, one of their own.

Adam quickly realizes that the werewolf whose love he must win is Jed. Wounded after the loss of his wife and son, Jed promised he would never love again or be responsible for someone else’s happiness. Adam has been given a near impossible task.

Anubis is eager to see Adam fail, and unbeknown to everyone takes matters into his own hands to make sure of it. Everything happening now is part of his master plan, and finally it has come full circle.

Even if Adam succeeds and wins Jed’s heart, will that love survive when Jed discovers the whole thing was nothing more than a bet? Or when Adam does the one thing he mustn’t and falls in love himself, will he not only break Jed’s heart but completely destroy his own?

Jed stopped in awe. He’d never been one for fancy words, or expressing himself eloquently. He had used the word beautiful maybe six times in his entire life, but that was the only one that fit at that moment. Adam’s blue eyes were lit with humor and pleasure, a wide smile of recognition aimed at Jed. His slim, toned body was stronger than a woman’s, much stronger. Jed’s fingers hummed as they remembered the feel of its smooth, soft skin.

He’d experimented a little when he was younger. Never cared really whether it was a girl or a guy, as most wolves weren’t bothered, but then he’d met his wife and all bets were off. He’d never expected to look at someone in half the way he used to look at her. Like she was his whole world.

Adam extended his arm cautiously and tilted his palm upwards. Jed never remembered putting the tray down, but all of a sudden Adam was clasped tightly in his arms, crushed to Jed’s chest, and his heart that had been so battered yesterday seemed to take another direct hit.

He couldn’t speak, and he didn’t want to move. He had no name for the desperate need to have Adam as close as he could be. Adam seemed to sigh in pure contentment and for the first time in more years than he could count, Jed had to close his eyes before a tear escaped them.



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Has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her Mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.

She’s still in love with them. Any size, any shape, any creature – love is love, no matter what it says on the box.

In fact if they don’t fit very neatly into any box she loves them even more!

She has a very patient husband and three wonderful children. In 2010 in search of adventure they all moved from the UK to the US and are happily settled in Florida.

In 2013 after reading love stories for so long she decided to write her own.

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Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Two Giveaways – Winter Heart by B.G. Thomas


Hello, all! Please give a warm welcome to the fabulous B.G. Thomas who’s very kindly agreed to answering a few questions about his new release Winter Heart, book 4 in the Seasons of Love series!

Charlie: Hi, B.G.! Thank you so much for joining us here today, and for taking the time to answer a few questions. Before we get started, why don’t you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what you write?

B.G.: Well, I live in Kansas City, and it is truly a very nice place to live. When I moved here a little over thirty years ago it was a bit of a Cowtown. You couldn’t even get a glass of wine with dinner without a special club card for each and every restaurant you went to. Blue laws big time. But over that thirty years, Kansas City has changed. It appears on list after list after list now as one of the most desirable places to live in the country, as well as one of the most cultured. I have come to like it so much that it is a very real character in almost everything I write.

And what do I write? I write romance of course! Because romance is at the heart of every great tale from the Epic of Gilgamesh to this century’s best loved stories. What book is complete without some romantic element? And while I am not comparing my books to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind or Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay, I am saying that is why I write what I write. It could be a story about a young man evicted from his apartment into a blizzard or a man running away from his rich, controlling family to hide away in a tiny studio apartment in Hawaii for the holidays or a reporter who gets caught up in series of murders involving vodou Lwa spirits. But what rings true in all my stories is romance and finding true love. The wonder of that first glance across a crowded room, the hoping—Could this be who I’ve been waiting for all my life?—that first meeting, that first electric touch, that first sweet kiss, the shiver of goosebumps and the pounding of a heart filling with love. I’m a romantic at heart, Charlie. That’s what I write.

Charlie: In your Seasons of Love series, each book tells the story of a different couple coming together, but their lives are intertwined with the lives and loves of the men in the other books, which I imagine makes writing the series even more challenging. Did you have the series and relationships planned out from the beginning, or is that something that happened as you went along?

B.G.: Well, when it comes to that eternal question, “are you a plotter or a pantser,” I have to say that I am definitely an pantser. If I plot out a story from beginning to end, I’ll never write it. I know the story, so I am very quickly bored. When I write a story, I know how it is going to begin (usually) and I know two or three things that are going to happen, and I mostly know how it’s going to end, but otherwise I am as surprised by what happens as the reader. To my excitement, it somehow always comes together. But in the case of this series, I had to do some plotting. At least it was plotting for me. For instance, I knew before I even knew Wyatt’s name that he was going to be the one of the four friends who has a lover as the story begins… but he’s going to lose him. But by then the readers would hopefully be thrilled that the lover was gone—he’s a putz of the highest order—and be wishing and hoping that Wyatt would get his happily ever after. And I knew who he was going to wind up with and I wanted him to show up in a previous book and hopefully have the readers saying, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.” But even with what I did figure out ahead of time, I still got plenty of surprises. I hope my readers do too!

Charlie: What was the most challenging part of writing the Seasons of Love series?

B.G.: Believe it or not, it was remembering to pay attention to the changing of the year. That this whole “saga” was taking place over a year and through the seasons wasn’t just a gimmick to me. So, for instance, in Spring Affair the flowers in Sloan’s garden are very important to him. They represent his recently deceased mother. The garden is also patterned after my own. So I made sure that the proper flowers were growing at the proper time in the novel. And I had to remember that there were holidays within the year. It’s easy to remember favorites like Halloween and Christmas, but it was surprisingly easy to space off Yom Kippur or the Winter Solstice, which are significant to Asher and Wyatt. And there were little details that I had to go back and look for—what color were Sloan’s eyes for instance? He’s the star of the first book and then takes a back seat through the next four. I embarrassingly forget what color they were in the importance of everything else that was going on.

Charlie: Is there any one character in the series you relate to the most?

B.G.: Well, I have to admit it is Wyatt, the star of Winter Heart. He’s not me exactly, but there is a lot of me in him. I had an “evil” ex for instance. And something that is life threatening for Wyatt in the story also happened to me. But more than that, it’s his zeal for life, even in the face of the terrible things that happened to him. Telling jokes and loving music. Camping it up. Collecting pictures of…no, I’ll skip that one. *blush* Oh! But it is very important that I say that my parents were wonderful. No evil father for me. My dad was the best!

Charlie: I’m a big fan of Art Nouveau and the stunning work of Alfonse Mucha, so the style of covers used for your Seasons of Love series grabbed my attention. They’re gorgeous! Was that something you decided on or was it the artist? Do you have a favorite cover of the four?

B.G.: I have been a fan of Alfonse Mucha since I was around eighteen, when my good friend Joanne introduced me to his work. What made me a little sad as a gay man was that Mucha rarely did any paintings of men. I remember a Native American on a horse, maybe a couple others, and that was it. Then when we were trying to figure out what kind of covers the series should have, Paul Richmond asked me if I had heard of Mucha. Yes, I had! And he mentioned how sad it made him that Mucha painted so few men and he had been wanting to do a series of pieces of men in the Mucha style. Would I mind if he did that for my books? Did I mind? I was ecstatic. And as each one was coming in—and I was given a lot of input—I just got happier and happier. Now if I had to pick a favorite, that would be hard. In some ways it is probably Winter Heart. But I also have a special love for Summer Lover as the poses of the two men are from photographs that I took of a friend out at a lake. So my very artistic side is on that cover!

Charlie: Which of the four books did you enjoy writing most? Which was the most challenging?

B.G.: I probably enjoyed writing Summer Lover the most, although it was challenging in itself. It is based on a very important event that I attend each year—a gay men’s spiritual retreat. For some years I had wanted to do a story about the retreat, but I wanted to make sure that the men who attend wouldn’t mind. After quite a few years of asking, I was convinced I had the go-ahead. In fact, mixed up in the fictional characters are cameo appearances by some of my friends. That was fun. The most challenging of the four was Winter Heart. I loved writing it, but it was also like being drug behind a truck on a gravel road. I had to face a lot of my demons to write it. But it was healing as well. So it’s an important book for me.

Charlie: What was your favorite part about writing Winter Heart?

B.G.: I think the falling in love. I think Wyatt meeting his knight in shining armor, just like I met mine. It was watching Wyatt finally begin to believe in himself and that he was worth something. That he was special. Seeing him accept that he unique and wonderful. And I hope it transmits to readers that we are all special and unique and wonderful. We only have to believe.

Charlie: What can we expect next from you? Will we see you at any upcoming events?

B.G.: Well, I am going to be at GayRomLit the very week Winter Heart is released. After that I’m not sure. I am really open to the idea of attending some events I’ve never been to before. As for what else is coming out, there is my alien abduction story—yes, you heard me right—in the amazing anthology Gothika. I am so proud to be a part of that series. There are some amazing authors there including Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding, Sue Brown and just recently added, F.E. Feeley Jr.

Then will be my very first co-authored piece which is called Mele Kalikimaka, which is part of this year’s Dreamspinner Advent Calendar stories. I wrote this with an amazing young man named Noah Willoughby. He is smart and sweet and very talented and will be someone to look out for. He’s adorable as well! LOL!

After that—drum roll please—we should be seeing Blue, a novel about a character who has popped up multiple places in my books, including Summer Lover. A lot of readers have written me asking for his story, and at last they’re going to get it. I think this is the first places I’ve mentioned this…so you’re the first to know! Also I have turned my novella, Trust Me, into a full-fledged novel, now renamed as Do You Trust Me? I am really happy with what I did with that story. The additional 20 to 30K words aren’t just filler. They make the book what I originally intended it to be, and I think it give the book even more heart.

Charlie: Thank you so much, B.G., for joining us! Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers before you go?

B.G.: I want to once more leave people with my message. I entered the field of writing pretty “late” in life, despite having wanted to be a professional writer for at least forty years. I was always too afraid. What if I wrote stories and submitted them and no one liked them? My dream would be crushed. It was easier not to try rather than get told I couldn’t write. But finally a series of fortunate events occurred that made me give it a try and to leap out in faith. My very first submission was bought in four days!

So what I want to say is this. Don’t listen to the inner voices that tell you that you can’t live your dream. You have dreams for a reason! They are your spiritual compass. They are pointing to what you should be doing, what you were created to do. It is never too late! Pursue those dreams. Leap! The net will appear!




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For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.

Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.

When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magickal things begin to happen.


We have two fabulous giveaways! One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of any of the first three books in the Seasons of Love series. Just leave a comment below to enter.

AND as a special GRL giveaway, the first person who finds B.G. Thomas and asks for their picture taken with the author and posts it will get a free paperback autographed copy of Winter Heart!

*** Giveaway ends October 23rd at 11:59 pm Eastern US time. ***


bg-thomasB.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and half, and that marriage has been legal since 2014! They share their home with their fabulous dogs, Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is lucky enough to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends.

B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. Since he’s gone conventions since he was fourteen years old, he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers, many of whom inspired him to pursue his own writing dreams.

Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he decided to begin writing for the first time in years. Gay men are what he knows best, after all. He submitted his first story in years and was thrilled when it was accepted in only four days, and since then has had over thirty short stories, novellas and novels published.

“Leap, and the net will appear” is his personal philosophy and his message to all. “It is never too late,” he states. “Pursue your dreams. They will come true!”

Visit his website and blog at You can contact him there and he is always happy to hear from his readers.

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Release Day Blitz, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Sunchaser by Beryll & Osiris Brackhaus

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Smilodon Pride, Book Two
Genre: Paranormal, Adventure
Length: Novel


Roan has pretended to be a human for long enough. He needs to get out of town and roam the land, as any proper werecat should.

The last thing he wants is his conscience insisting he should save an abused werewolf from a traveling circus first. The very last thing he expects is the local sheriff’s daughter having the exact same idea – and beating him to the punch.

Their rescue goes spectacularly wrong, and suddenly Roan, Betsy and their crippled wolf find themselves fleeing across the US for the Mexican border, chased by the police and vengeful circus fey alike.

Sunchaser is a non-romance, road-movie-ish urban fantasy adventure novel about a werecat drifter, a wide-eyed human girl and a defective werewolf learning that sometimes, family really is the ones you didn’t pick.

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Leaning back so his head came to rest against Betsy’s thigh seemed like the most natural thing in the world, but her fingers suddenly froze.

“Just for the record, we are not flirting or anything, are we?” she asked, sounding uncertain.

“Nope.” Roan nudged her fingers with his head demandingly.

She obediently took up her scratching again. “Good.” For a while she methodically worked her fingers over his head from his brow to his neck. “Cause I still haven’t given up hope that once Martin remembers how to change back, he’ll turn out to be a totally attractive studmuffin.” Now she sounded like her usual, confident self again.

Roan snorted derisively and leaned his head to the left so she could better reach that side of his neck.

“Come on, he could be so hot you just can’t resist. Despite the whole dog thing.”

“Not into guys.”

“Oh.” Again a longer silence filled with vigorous scratching followed. “Well, there won’t be anything happening between us,” she stated. “I hate those stories where the ordinary human girl turns out to be the heroine who gets all the super hot supernatural guys. And I am so not having a stupid love triangle with you and Martin fighting over me!”

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Connor’s life used to be the dream of any cultured werecat. He spent his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. Now, a feral vampire preys on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true natures becomes a problem for both when their initial attraction becomes much more than they ever thought possible. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to take the first, critical leap…

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Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.
Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

An artist by heart, Beryll wrote stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word and the driving creative force of the duo.


An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of the team. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.


Blog Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway – Settling the Score by Eden Winters

Settling the Score Tour BannerTitle: Settling the Score

Author: Eden Winters

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Release Date: 10/6/2016

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 86,000 words

Genre: Romance, Humor, Age Difference, Movie Star, Author, Small Town, Mechanic, Getting Even

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A few years ago, as a relatively new writer, I had a lot to learn, and was fortunate to have found mentors to help me on my journey. One bit of advice I nearly didn’t take was to enter my novel, Settling the Score, in the annual Lambda Literary Awards.

I checked the entries for the Gay Romance category. Wow! Well-known names there, entering books I adored.

I entered, thought I didn’t stand a chance of winning, and committed myself to cheering on my faves. On March 3, 2012, I went out to my car as I so often do on my lunch break from the EDJ, to read the news on my phone and take a mini vacation from my job.

Up popped an e-mail from Lambda, to announce the finalists chosen for each category! I opened the message immediately, already drafting the congratulations I’d send to the lucky authors.

Instead of the expected listing, I read, “Dear Lambda Finalist.” I read it again. The words were the same. Next action? Running to the Lambda site to look up the list and make sure there was no error. There it was: Settling the Score by Eden Winters.

I cried, worrying some well-meaning co-worker would stop by my car to ask what was wrong. Then I did what I believe many would do in such a momet—I called my mom.

Over the next few weeks I kept checking the site, breathing a sigh of relief to find the title hadn’t disappeared.

I received another letter, inviting to the awards ceremony in New York. Oh my God! New York? Little country me in New York? Ahhhhh! My good friend (and date to the awards) P.D. Singer, talked me down off the ceiling and got me through the weeks leading up to the event.

Nervous doesn’t even begin to cover how I felt walking into the 24th Annual Lambda Awards. A mutual friend had introduced me online to Barry Brennessel, another finalist in my category. Five minutes after walking into the venue, I met Jay Bell, then found Barry. Three out of five finalists. And we’re all talking and hanging out.

We located the fourth finalist, Jim Provenzano. The fifth, Mel Bossa, did not attend. A bit later I ran into Marshall Thornton, who I knew through my publisher. We hung out together, wished each other luck, cheered each other on, and even sat together for the awards. What a great group of people.

Jim won, for his novel Every Time I Think of You. 

Settling the Score didn’t win, but just seeing the cover projected on the scene, and hearing the announcer calling out the title, was one of the high points of my writing career.

But you know what was even better? Meeting this group of really great people.


Outed and dumped on national television by his rising star boyfriend, Joey Nichols must face the bigotry of the locals in his small Southern town alone. His dreams of a happy ever after lie crushed at his feet.

Novelist Troy Steele has an axe to grind against Hollywood heartbreaker types. Transforming Joey into a gorgeous, unobtainable hunk would be payback worthy of Troy’s poison pen. It’s a brilliant way to get back at Joey’s image-obsessed ex-boyfriend and the movie producer who’s mutilating Troy’s novels.

What begins as simple revenge may tangle them together in something far more complicated. Living well may be the best revenge, but Troy and Joey could rewrite that to loving well.


The Nichols’ dining room table could easily seat six people if it weren’t covered with business records, homework, and car parts. Instead of clearing it off, the family assembled in the living room, parents on the couch, Joey and his sisters on the floor. Overloaded plates balanced on each lap.

“Hush, it’s starting,” Joey’s mom warned, mostly to thirteen-year-old Stacey.

“Oops! Gotta go!” Stacey disconnected her call and dropped her phone onto the floor.

Joey and Jackie were quiet already, Joey afraid he’d miss something important if he so much as blinked.

Ten years separated him and his twin from Stacey. Mom often joked that it had taken her that long to forget the horrors of giving birth enough to try again.

Dad blamed his cousin’s homebrew.

“Good evening, I’m Evelyn Hugh. Welcome to Hollywood Seen. Tonight’s hottie, err, I mean, hot story”—the show’s hostess began, grin unapologetic—“is a young man who’s got all of Hollywood talking. Riker Sanderson has what it takes to survive in this town: looks, talent, and a legion of screaming fans.”

On cue, the camera focused on the audience, where the legion, mostly young and female, chanted, “Riker! Riker!”

“Sorry to disappoint you girls. Rumor has it that Mr. Sanderson is taken.” Evelyn pouted for the camera. “Or is he? Joining me tonight is none other than Riker Sanderson, star of the action thriller, Something to Die For.”

Taken? Joey swallowed hard. Surely she couldn’t mean…

The camera zoomed out, showing the beautiful man who’d stolen his heart and who’d shared his apartment up until a few months ago. Riker, more muscled thanks to a heavy training routine for the movie, sported gold highlights in his now much shorter hair. He looked downright sinful in tight-fitting T-shirt and jeans.

Joey idly toyed with the silver band on his middle finger, a nervous habit, before noticing its mate missing from Riker’s hand. Maybe he’d taken it off for the movie. It didn’t mean anything. No, nothing at all.

All worries disappeared when Riker slowly raised a simmering gaze to the camera. Something clenched deep in Joey’s insides. Those dark eyes hypnotized him, even if they were on a TV screen and not actually in the room. Bedroom eyes intense enough to cause instant paralysis. How many times had Joey lost himself in them, lying in a sweaty, satisfied tangle with Riker?

“Thank you for joining us,” the bleached-blonde hostess gushed, a woman Big Joe said gave him gout.

“Why does she do that to her hair?” Mom asked. “She’s ruined it.” She added the tried and true statement guaranteed to grant forgiveness for any unkindness spoken by a Southerner: “Bless her heart.”

With her whiney voice and constant fawning, Evelyn Hugh reminded Joey of one of the teenaged fans. “I can call you Riker, can’t I?”

“Sure, if I can call you Evelyn.” Her ordinary name sounded exotic when spoken in Riker’s deep tones. That was his gift. He could make anyone feel like the most important person on the planet just by talking to them. Joey had warmed himself by Riker’s fire on many a cold winter’s night.

“I loved you in the romantic comedy, Trying the Knot, filmed in your home state of Georgia. Although only a minor supporting role, your portrayal of the obnoxious cousin at the wedding turned out to be a real scene-stealer and resulted in your big break, didn’t it?”

Riker hadn’t really wanted the cousin role that required him to wear a fat suit and play a backwoods redneck, even if he’d had to beat out a lot of other hopefuls for the part.

“Well, Evelyn,”—Riker turned puppy dog eyes on the hostess—“I’d originally auditioned for the role of Chuck.”

“The pain-in-the-ass playboy who seduced several bridesmaids? Oh, you’re too sweet to play such a cad.”

“You’re too kind.”

A better-known actor had won the honors of playing asshole Chuck. Riker had stormed around the apartment for days.

Riker smiled like he’d hit the jackpot by missing the role. “Actually, I found the cousin part more intriguing. I mean, it stretched my acting skills to play someone so unlike myself.”

“Oh, please, I’m trying to eat here,” Jackie spat.

Joey flashed her a quick evil eye and went back to watching TV.

What a tantrum Riker had thrown about “playing a hick nobody.” In the end he took the money, and assurances from his agent of appearing with a few big stars being a good career move and a way to get noticed.

But he’d done the part enough justice to bring Hollywood knocking.

“What an amazing experience,” the man of Joey’s dreams replied, though that’s not what he’d called it to friends. “It really helped me grow as an actor.” He’d privately referred to the part as beneath someone of his talent and his own personal hell.

“What’s it like working with powerhouse actress Clair Clancy?”

Joey lost the battle to keep a straight face. He’d gotten more earfuls about “Clair, the air-headed bitch.” She’d only spoken to Riker twice during filming when their roles overlapped.

Onscreen, Riker described her as, “An amazing actress. A true professional.” He waved at the camera. “Congrats on the birth of your little girl, Clair. You’ll be an amazing mother.” This from the man who’d wanted to pass a law making it illegal for the woman to breed. Wow, what a good actor. For a moment even Joey believed him.

“In a real-life Cinderella story, a relatively unknown actor is chosen for the lead role of Mitchell Keller in the biggest film of the year. How’s that working out for you?” Evelyn leaned her head on Riker’s shoulder, eyeing him through batting lashes. How dare she? She needed to back off.

A punch to the shoulder brought Joey back to reality, breathing hard and fingernails digging into the palms of his clenched fists.

“She does that with everybody,” Jackie murmured. “What’s your problem, anyway?”

Joey took a deep breath and let it out slowly, a flush creeping up his cheeks.

After what could have been two years, or more probably, two seconds, Riker answered, “It’s really amazing.”

“Doesn’t he know any adjectives besides amazing?” Stacey cut in. “I mean, really! He’s an actor, he’s supposed to be good with words.” Oops, the last holdout in the family swayed to the “We don’t like Riker” side.

Joey ignored her. He’d show them. Soon he’d be living the good life, basking in the California sun. He and Riker had even talked about getting married.

“…and my producer, Ian Hagan, is amazing,” Riker was saying.

Stacey made an “I told you so” face.

Their mother swatted her arm, nipping in the bud whatever sarcastic remark she’d been about to sling.

Riker plowed on. “He took a huge chance in hiring an unknown for such a major role, and I’m grateful he believes in me. I’ve done everything I can to make sure he doesn’t regret taking a risk. We’ve wrapped up the final scenes. Now it’s in post-production, where they’ll add the Hollywood magic.”

What? Riker said a few hours ago that they were still shooting. Well, maybe they had to reshoot some parts.

“Oh, that’s fabulous.” Evelyn’s fake smile lost its battle to look sincere.

Joey knew how she felt. The standing local rule: Never mention acting around Riker unless you had a least an hour and didn’t mind listening. Folks in town phrased their words very carefully.

“Now, Riker, I know you’ve heard the rumors and seen the pictures posted on the Internet of yourself with someone who is apparently very close to you.”

Joey’s heart pounded and his ears rang. Rumors? Pictures? He peeped over at Jackie, who sat up straighter and put her plate down on the floor.

The smile fled Riker’s face, and he wore the same pleading expression he’d used to get out of cooking. “Yes, I have. For the record, I’d like to state that my personal life isn’t anyone else’s business.”

Oh, shit! What had they found out?

“Breathe, Joey,” Jackie urged.

No matter how he tried, Joey couldn’t, because Evelyn dropped a bomb. “Are you gay?”

Oh, my God! They’d been careful since Riker signed the movie deal. How had anyone suspected? Sure, in a few months maybe, when they were ready. Not now!

Jackie stiffened and Joey held his breath.

“Yes, Evelyn, I am.” Riker sighed, his anguished eyes filling with tears. Joey had never seen anyone who could cry on demand quite so convincingly, not even Stacey. “I’m not ashamed of being a gay American, and I don’t see how my orientation has any bearing on my acting ability.”

“I knew it!” Stacey shrieked. Jackie shushed her. Joey ignored her again.

Evelyn scented blood and went for the throat—her trademark. “The man shown with you in the pictures, is he your boyfriend?”

Man in the pictures? Boyfriend? Surely it couldn’t be… Who the hell were they talking about? If it wouldn’t have given too much away, Joey would have made a mad dash to his parent’s aging computer to find out. Evelyn Hugh moved much too slowly. Stomach too queasy to eat, Joey plopped his uneaten meal down on the coffee table.

Riker sat quietly gazing into the camera and Joey almost heard the wheels turning under that mop of highlighted hair. Finally, his lover became his ex-lover with the casually spoken, “I guess you could say we were in a relationship at the time. Nothing serious. We’ve decided to cool things down while I focus on my career.”

What!? Nothing really serious?! Joey gaped at the screen, a flash fire creeping up his cheeks all the way to his ears. Did Riker mean him? A boulder formed in his throat.

They’d talked about forever. He gasped for breath, unable to turn away from the train wreck of his life unfolding on national television.

“Yes, it’s true.” Riker used the same sorrowful tone the hick cousin had during a big scene in Trying the Knot. “I mean, he’s back home, I’m here. It wouldn’t work out.”

Jackie might have snapped, “Oh, cry me a river!” Joey was too caught up in his own personal drama to know for sure.

He knows I’m watching! He knows I’m seeing this! Why is he coming out now? Why couldn’t he tell the nosy woman it’s none of her damned business?

Riker focused directly on the camera, as if seeking Joey out. “Yeah, we kind of grew out of each other. It’s time to move on.”

“I certainly appreciate your candor, and I’m sure there’s plenty of people around town willing to keep you company.” Evelyn sat up, patting at her hair. “We all look forward to your upcoming movie. It’s sure to be a blockbuster. Thank you for joining us.”

Joey dared not dart out of the room like he wanted to and give too much away. At the moment the family only knew that he’d had a gay roommate. Should he act surprised?

The camera left Riker and zoomed in on the hostess. Joey saw her through a glaze of tears and fears. “Remember that you heard it first on Hollywood Seen.” Her goofy grin dimmed a few watts. “Now, here’s another Hollywood Seen exclusive, the photographs that started it all. Last month they began circling the Internet. Until tonight, spokesmen for Mr. Sanderson firmly denied their authenticity. A pity, really. They made such a handsome couple, don’t you agree?”

Joey’s reality crumbled, replaced by a nightmare. The TV screen filled completely with an image of Riker and himself dancing at the club in Atlanta, Riker’s leg wedged between Joey’s, Joey’s mouth locked to his lover’s neck and his crotch pressed against Riker’s denim-covered thigh.

Oh dear God! He looked like a humping vampire!

The image lasted forever. Enough already, take it down! He’d been stripped naked. Laid bare, all his deepest, darkest secrets exposed.

Calm down, no one can tell it’s you. Maybe they’ll think it’s someone out in Hollywood. That hope dashed to pieces with another picture, probably taken shortly after the first. In it, Joey and Riker both faced the camera. The hostess delivered the killing blow. “Our sources tell us that the man in the picture with Riker Sanderson is Joseph Nichols, Jr., with whom Riker lived in Georgia before moving to California.”

Joey fumbled his cell phone out of his pocket and barely managed to hit the right number. Instead of one of the ever-changing heavy-metal ringtones Riker used, a recorded message stated flatly, “The number you have dialed has been disconnected…”


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Meet the Author

Author AvatarYou will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!

Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.

She’s trudged down hallways with police detectives, learned to disarm knife-wielding bad guys, and witnessed the correct way to blow doors off buildings. Her e-mail contains various snippets of forensic wisdom, such as “What would a dead body left in a Mexican drug tunnel look like after six months?” In the process of her adventures she has written sixteen m/m romance novels, has won several Rainbow Awards, was a Lambda Awards Finalist, and lives in terror of authorities showing up at her door to question her Internet searches.

When not putting characters in dangerous situations she’s a mild-mannered business executive, mother, grandmother, vegetarian, and PFLAG activist.

Her natural habitats are airports, coffee shops, and on the backs of motorcycles.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Soaring Hearts by A.L. Boyd


Title: Soaring Hearts
Author: A. L. Boyd
Release Date: September 25th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance




Will hearts soar when pigs fly?

Alex’s job working for his family-owned radio station once took him all over the city reporting on major events—until the accident. His scars, both physical and emotional, cause him to withdraw into a self-imposed, semi-reclusive lifestyle. When his dad requests that he go to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival, he has to find the courage to break his isolation. Now he needs to find the courage to trust and love again.

Jeff had already been planning a move to Albuquerque when he lost his home, parents, and dog to a wildfire in California. To begin his new life, he agrees to help his sister and brother-in-law with their balloon at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Now he’s seen pigs fly and bees kissing, but will he find the love he’s been searching for?


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“The Fiesta has grown so much since it first started. Now it’s like the second coming of the State Fair.” He chattered on about all the events and activities available.

He relaxed as they moved around the cars talking about their own favorites. The smiles and looks Jeff gave him as they talked warmed his heart. No one had looked at him like that in such a long time. They stopped in front of a shiny red Corvette, and Alex took a moment to ogle Jeff in the reflection from the windows. When Jeff tugged at his sleeve, he realized that Jeff had switched sides and was now walking on his left side, where the scarring was visible. Alex wanted to run away, but Jeff’s hand brushed his own, and a sense of calm filled Alex. Occasionally when they had to pass through narrower spaces, Jeff would let him go first and gently touch his back. Those little touches filled Alex with hope.

“Are you interested in seeing any of the sales tents?” Jeff asked when they finished looking at the cars. “I need to find something for Cindy’s birthday.”

“Sure. They always have unique vendors here. I’m sure you’ll find something interesting.”

They walked around until they found a tent filled with scarves, shawls and assorted hand crafted sweaters. Jeff sorted through a stack of scarves until he found one. It had a hand-woven blue and gold pattern.

“I think she’ll like this one.” Jeff looked at him. “I’m almost tempted to keep if for myself though.”


“Because it reminds me of you.” Jeff stroked the soft shawl. “Golden hair and deep blue eyes. Maybe I should keep it.”

Alex’s heart fluttered at the soft tone in Jeff’s voice. Then Jeff nodded and slung the scarf over his shoulder before turning back to the pile on display.

“What’s your favorite color?” Jeff asked.

“Green.” Though the honey-brown of Jeff’s eyes was fast becoming his second favorite.

Jeff shuffled through the pile until he found what he was looking for. He held out the green scarf for Alex to see. “What do you think?”

“About what?”

Jeff wound the scarf around Alex’s neck. “Is it the right color green?”

“It’s beautiful.” Alex normally didn’t wear scarves because the fabric irritated the scars on his neck, but this fabric was soft and silky against his skin. The emerald color was wonderful. Alex stroked the material and smiled. “I love it.”


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About the Author

A cartographer by day, A.L. Boyd spends most of her free time with her horses, gardening, or reading. She never intended to be a writer, but stories like this one sometimes just pop into her head. The writing came about as a way to get the stories out. Her first story for the Goodreads M/M Romance DRitC event Crest Ridge Vacation was expanded to the novella titled Crest Ridge.

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Crest Ridge (Novella): Amazon

The Dawn of Darkness (Free Short Story): Amazon

And a short story included in the Anthology Kickass: Amazon

(written and donated to help fellow author Eric Arvin with his medical bills).


Release Day Tour and Exclusive Excerpt – Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation by John H. Ames



1400x2100TITLE: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation

AUTHOR: John H. Ames

COVER ARTIST: Louca Matheo

LENGTH: 74,908 words

RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2016

BLURB: Surviving Elite High fans, the wait is over! More romance, drama and mystery are unfolding at Elite High before the back-to-school bell has even rung!

Seventeen year old, blond-hair, blue-eyed and adorable Robbie Carroll, orphaned at a young age and mysteriously never adopted, has finally found his dream family. Nick Hawking and John Ames, now married, wealthy, and powerful, make Robbie their son, defying the young man’s past- one that Robbie himself has no memory of- that has scared all other prospective parents away. Now, Robbie has great parents and a hot brother, Nicky and beautiful sister, Lily, who take him into their midst and make him part of their tight circle of friends who all go to Elite High.

One of those friends is Tim Mercer, a gorgeous football player at Elite High. Tim’s dark looks and simmering eyes capture Robbie’s heart at first sight. But Robbie can’t be sure that Tim feels the same way, or even if he’s gay too. Moreover, even if Tim is available, there are some people around him who don’t want Robbie to get close to him, and will go to ANY lengths to keep him away. Why? What do they want with Tim? What is the secret that Tim is harboring? And who is that strange man in Robbie’s visions, who haunts his life and his dreams? Find out here!


Robbie’s heart got stuck inside his throat. “Wha…Tim…” he tried to utter, but the words got stuck. His vision blurred and his heart pounded violently. This couldn’t be happening to him. Tim wasn’t breaking up with him. Everything was just a horrible nightmare that he was bound to wake up sooner or later. As Tim walked to the door, Robbie stood, running after him. “Tim!” he yelled. “Please don’t do this!”

Tim opened the white door in front of him and stepped outside, disappearing from sight. Robbie dashed across the threshold, but bumped into Nick and fell to the ground, landing on his ass. He sat up, his salty tears covering every inch of his face, drowning his heart in sorrow and pain. Tim had broken up with him and it was all his fault. He had been too quick to cast judgment on him and now he was gone. His chest felt heavy while his head spun. Without Tim, he was nothing. Without Tim, he was going to die.


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Juan H. Alvarado was born in El Salvador C.A. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2008. 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 novel is Surviving Elite High. The story 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. His passions are writing, reading and spending time with the ones he loves.

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Release Day Spotlight – Untouchable Beauty (The Cubi Book 1) by Meraki P. Lyhne



Business school is not for Daniel. Not after making the cover of Teen Model. The only problem is that his parents don’t agree, and Daniel skips school to set his plans for fortune and fame in motion. Meeting the award-winning photographer Heimli will change his life, but not in the ways the nineteen-year-old young man expects.

At the age of four hundred thirty-six, Seldon has fed on more beautiful men than he can remember. Living in seclusion from the human world, humans are brought to the Incubi and Succubi as slaves to feed on. Amongst these slaves are the rare Untouchables. When Seldon is entrusted with the safekeeping of one, he has his work cut out for him—especially since this Untouchable gets on his nerves. And under his skin.



[…]My House has first dibs on the Untouchables, and I want you to take one in.”

Oh, shit no! The shock at this almost had Seldon stopping short, but he caught himself. “Yes, my Lord. Thank you for the honor.”

“Oh, come on, Seldon, I’ve known you far too long for you to be able to bullshit me. You hate the idea.”

Seldon smiled, looking at his Lord. Other than being fucking gorgeous with a strong purple glow to his eyes, the man’s features and body made Seldon have to fight drooling. Especially when the Lord took off his clothes. Seldon looked away, trying to not undress his Lord with his eyes as he pulled his shirt on. The smug grin on Caledon’s face said it all. He knew perfectly well what Seldon did.

“You’re right, I do hate the idea.”

“You have the room, and I’m sure your training of the red-eyes means you’ll have time on your hands to train an Untouchable, too. Even with a fighter. You and Chris are the next green-eyed up for the task, but you’re also a full-blooded Cubi, so I choose you.”

“Some would call that favoritism,” Seldon said, eying his lord.

“I don’t care. And before you come up with the next excuse, I didn’t choose you for this task because I’m your regular doser, either. Chris is my fifth sire, you’re my fourth. That’s the math of the hierarchy.”

“Okay, okay, I was joking. I’m honored to serve the House of my Lord Caledon.”

“No, you weren’t joking.” Amusement danced in the lord’s eyes. “You were trying to slither your way out of this daunting and time-consuming responsibility. Your loyalty warms my old heart, though. Now come on.”

“Yes, My Lord,” Seldon said, running his hand through his short hair. Old heart? Yeah, Caledon neared eight hundred years, but he looked to be in his late twenties with jet-black hair, and he had an ass Seldon had fantasized about slipping his cock into on more than three hundred occasions. At least.





Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a new love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal.


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A Donation Anthology Spotlight – Turn the Page


That was only the end of the chapter, not your whole story….


Turn The Page…. a donation anthology

by Tempeste O’Riley, Dianne Hartsock, Nikki Prince, Grace R. Duncan, Sue Brown, Aine P Massie, Carole Cummings, Hope Ryan, Mark Zubro, Antonia Aquilante, D. Zander Crane


M/M F/F Transgender Genderfluid

Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal BDSM Romance

(Each story is unique and special, so the genre varies wildly. All are LGBTQ)

Publisher: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters
Cover Artist: Jess Small

Release Date: October 7th, 2016 (ebook/print)

Length: Novel / 270 pages



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Turn The Page…. began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page is born!

The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page…. is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.


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Happy Birthday to Me by Tempeste O’Riley

When Dave’s best friend drags him out for his birthday—nearly kicking and screaming, he finds more than he expected at Sovereign, the BDSM club he half owned but had refused to step foot in for two years other than for administrative things while it was closed. He didn’t go to clubs. He didn’t sub anymore. Period.

Well… until he sees Master Nicky. Then his plans for his birthday change and he decides that maybe giving himself a present, might not be quite such a bad idea after all.

Robin’s Confession by Dianne Hartsock

How can Robin find true love without accepting himself first?

Purr by Nikki Prince

Sasha’s love was in imminent danger. All she wanted was to keep Tori safe. Stay at the cabin wait for the verdict from the council. That’s all they had to do. One little dip in the lake couldn’t hurt could it?

Lockdown by Grace R. Duncan

Gylam’s never been that great at communication and this time he’s gone too far. His penchant for keeping his mouth shut resulted in a disastrous trip to the local dungeon. Jackson, his partner—both cop and at home—and Dom, is well familiar with Gylam’s tendencies. The punishment he gives Gylam is just shy of his limits, but Gylam knows he’s earned it. It remains to be seen if it teaches him anything, though.

Ducks in a Row by Sue Brown

David spends his afternoons feeding the ducks, a peaceful activity until the day Jeff and his Labrador dog burst into his life. David and Jeff get to know one another, punctuated by Bozo’s mishaps, but David is unwilling to share all his secrets. Will Jeff give him the time he needs?

Butterflies by Aine P Massie

Kyndra visits Jaiden’s shop for a little birthday shopping but is there for more than the pretty blown glass designs she makes—lovely though they are. What she really wants is a date with the beautiful craftswoman. But can she push her fears aside and ask, or will her past get in the way? With Jaiden’s help, can who Kyndra is inside finally shine?

Once Step Back by Carole Cummings

When Sahir is busy running for his life, it never occurs to him that the being in wrong place at the wrong time might turn into the right place at the right time. Not until he literally collides with Nicholas and salvation comes by way of magical intervention. But when Nicholas ends up being the one who really needs help, Sahir has to decide the best way to give it—and how to offer it to someone who can’t even figure out if he wants it.

Superheroes by Hope Ryan

Many people reach a point where they think life can’t get any worse. Rock bottom, where the future is so bleak, they begin to ask, “why bother?”

When homeless gay man Wayne Kent reaches that point, standing on a Pittsburgh bridge on a cold Tuesday in April, the last thing he expects is to get stopped—especially by a man named Bruce Clark.

But Bruce has been there, he’s seen that, he’s thought and felt the things Wayne is now and he refuses to see the beautiful, hurting man become another statistic. Coffee and a sandwich is a first step and Bruce hopes it’ll lead to a permanent step up for Wayne. And maybe even a step toward more together.

Unworthy by Mark Zubro

A love lost over half a century ago. Is there really redemption for all of our regrets, or at least perhaps for one regret? A chance to change the decision you made over half a century ago, or at least a chance to say what was unsaid, to say what could be said now? The love you missed so long ago, and if you could have one moment again, once last chance.

Love and Hope and Magic by Antonia Aquilante

Once each century, a ritual is performed, the magic of which sustains the land and protects it and its people for the century to come. But the person who performs the ritual never survives. This time Ailill is chosen. He is honored and content with his fate, but his best friend Lorcan is not. Lorcan can’t accept the loss of Ailill and can’t see a life without the man he thinks of as his other half. But Ailill knew Lorcan perhaps better than Lorcan knows himself, and he knew a life of love and magic is waiting for Lorcan after Ailill is gone, if only Lorcan can find the courage to reach for it.

Façade by D. Zander Crane

David struggles with his gender identity as he searches his city for a woman-murdering madman in his female alter-ego, Façade. Can he overcome his depression and confusion long enough to stop the Grinning Reaper?


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Tempeste O’Riley

Homo-Erotic Romance Author, Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since. Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They count their friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life.

Tempe is also a PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.


Dianne Hartsock

Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.


Nikki Prince

Nikki Prince is a mother of two, who’s always had a dream to be a published author in the romance genre. Her passion lies in raising her children as readers, gaming, cooking, reading and her writing. Her mother can now breathe easy about the child who used to get in trouble because she was hiding books everywhere and reading when it wasn’t appropriate.

Nikki’s a multi-published author with several epublishing houses. She loves to write Interracial romances in all genres, but wants to let everyone know to not box her in, because there is always room for growth.

Nikki’s also a member of Romance Writers of America National chapter and is president of the OCC/RWA local chapter. She is also a member of the online chapter Passionate Ink RWA, The Beaumonde RWA, and the Rainbow Romance Writers (RRW).


Grace R. Duncan

Real, erotic, forever… Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.


Sue Brown

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact, she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.


Áine P Massie

Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters, the Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys… oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. However, she has been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.


Carole Cummings

Carole lives with her husband and family in Pennsylvania, USA, where she spends her time trying to find time to write. Recipient of various amateur and professional writing awards, she is the author of nine published speculative fiction novels, two series, and… more short stories than she can keep track of.


Hope Ryan

Young adult/new adult author who loves to write the tough stuff…but always with a happy ending.

Hope Ryan is an out and proud bigender, bisexual, wife of a loving guy and mother to three, including an amazingly brave genderfluid son. She loves to write about the tough stuff, but also wants to see her characters happy in the end. She feels strongly about showing there is hope for everyone, no matter where you come from, how you identify your gender or who you love. Hope likes to play board and card games and can often be found playing God with her Sims or running around, fighting monsters in a virtual version of Middle Earth. Her TV and movie preferences lean towards anime, sci-fi and fantasy, though she’ll never turn down a good happily ever after love story, either. As long as there are explosions or action, she’s happy. She loves to read books of all kinds, though prefers stories about love in its many forms.


Mark Zubro

Mark Zubro is the author of thirty-four novels and five short stories. His book A Simple Suburban Murder won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s mystery. His latest young adult mystery, Gentle, is just out. His science fiction trilogy, Alien Danger, continues to outperform expectations. He spends his time reading, writing, napping, and eating chocolate.


Antonia Aquilante

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers.


D. Zander Crane

D. Zander Crane is an aspiring, if occasional author, computer troubleshooter, and semi-professional putt-putt golf commentator. He resides in West Chester, Ohio, with the ghost of his mother, a Manx named Hae Yu, and a dozen unfinished manuscripts. His inspiration is long-time friend Tempe.



Audiobook Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Opposites by T.M. Smith

Opposites is now available on Audiobook 
Written by T.M. Smith
Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

In the year 2081, our planet survived global
warming on an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded,
Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society
anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge
role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he
worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene: the gene has
the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born
gay, and all female children be born lesbians. 

A new society was born

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are
ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the
government that still rules society. Twins, Aiya and Aiyan, are preparing to
meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House.
But not everything is as it seems. 

Nature vs Nurture 

Love is Love… it knows no gender and doesn’t
conform to restrictions or boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden,
the prince of House Devi, that he is matched with and eventually marries. But
when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after
GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another
will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two
hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites. 

*WARNING* Opposites is an Adult Dystopian
majorly M/M novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships
between gay, lesbian and straight couples. There are brief scenes of violence. 

Opposites: Audible | Amazon Audio | iTunes

Meet the Narrator of the Opposites series; Greg Boudreaux
The spicier side of the oh so amazing narrator, Greg Tremblay, Boudreaux brings the more erotic LGBT titles to life like the Opposites series by TM Smith – the Fitting In series by Silvia Violet and the Assassin/Shifter series by Sandrine Gasq Dion, just to name a few! 

You can find Boudreaux on Facebook, Twitter or Audible.

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Aiyan was certain that this was Maeve, his sister’s match, that thought confirmed when her eyes landed on Aiya. Her movements were graceful and confident as she made her way across the room to stand in front of Aiya. Maeve was almost stoic as she fisted her arm across her chest, bowed slightly and then straightened, making eye contact with Aiya. Her dominating brown eyes met Maeve’s sparkling hazel and she returned the gesture as the introductions ensued.

“Aiya, this is Maeve, and these are her parents.” Maya motioned to Ariadne and Theresa, introducing them first and then Taryn and Thanos.

Maeve’s mothers were extremely beautiful. Ariadne was a bit taller than Theresa with blue eyes and curly brown hair. Theresa had deep, dark brown eyes, almost black, just like her long wavy hair. Both women were dressed in floor length white silk dresses, each with an Orion pendant gathering the material at the shoulder. The color only added to their beauty as it seemed to make their perfect, bronze skin glow. Aiya noticed they had matching tattoos on their collarbone, a symbol she recognized but couldn’t name at the moment.

Aiya glanced over at Maeve’s fathers, taking note of their formidable presence. While neither seemed much taller than her own fathers, Aiya couldn’t help but see Taryn and Thanos as giants in comparison.

Thanos had chin-length wavy black hair and deep blue eyes to go with his tall muscular frame. Taryn almost frightened her with his extremely muscular build, short black hair and eyes so deeply brown they were almost black, just like Theresa’s. Where Thanos had a rounder face with high cheek bones, Taryn’s face was more defined with a squared off jaw line.

“Theresa and Taryn are brother and sister. And no, they are not twins,” Maya said with a warm smile, as if she could read her thoughts.

The families all mingled for a short time, but Aiya and Aiyan stayed together close to the fire engaged in meaningless conversation. Aiya could tell Aiyan was utterly mesmerized with Kaden. She could feel someone’s eyes on her, and looking over her shoulder she met the glaring stare of Maeve’s father, Taryn. His dark eyes seemed to pierce her skin and she shivered. Maeve turned to face her as well, her eyes much kinder. Aiya smiled shyly then returned her attention to her brother.

Maya cleared her throat, drawing everyone’s attention. “I’m so sorry to interrupt everyone, but dinner will be served in an hour. If you’d like to get settled in, unpack, or take a tour of the grounds, please do so and Amelia and I will see you soon.” Everyone started shuffling out of the library and Aiya took the opportunity to drag her brother’s attention away from Kaden so she could talk to him about Maeve. Tanis and Taryn stood looking on, matching frowns on their faces when they saw the disappointment on Maeve’s when Aiya walked right past her without saying a word.

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The Library 
An Opposites novella {book 1.5} 


The Opposites series, book 2 


The Cellar 
An Opposites novella {book 2.5} 
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A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!
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Blog Tour, Guest Post, And Excerpt – Strokes on a Canvas by H. Lewis-Foster


It’s great to be here at the Purple Rose Tea House to tell you a little bit about my new novella Strokes on a Canvas. It’s set in the 1920s, one of my favourite time periods, and in London, one of my favourite cities in the world, so it’s been a real treat to write.

One of the main characters, Milo, is an artist, and it was lovely to explore such an exciting time in the world of art, as well as fashion and literature. I’ve always been intrigued by the Bloomsbury group in particular, with their radical attitudes to both art and life. The complex relationships between artists and writers such as Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Lytton Strachey were extremely daring in those days, and would probably raise a few eyebrows today! In such artistic and literary circles, being gay was more acceptable than it was in the rest of society, and in Strokes on a Canvas, bank clerk Evan is constantly anxious that his secret will be exposed.

Evan’s life is turned upside down when he meets Milo, who has led a privileged life in which he can be relatively open about his sexuality. Their friendship opens up a host of new possibilities for both Evan and Milo, and I hope you’ll enjoy following their journey together in such a fascinating decade.

Strokes on a Canvas is now available at Amazon.



London, 1924. Bank clerk Evan Calver is enjoying a quiet pint and notices a man smiling at him across the bar. While the Rose and Crown isn’t that kind of pub, Evan thinks his luck might be in, and he narrowly escapes humiliation when he realises the man is smiling at a friend. Eavesdropping on their conversation, Evan discovers the man is named Milo Halstead and served as an army captain during the war.

The next day Evan goes to the British Museum, where he bumps into Milo again. This time Milo introduces himself, explaining he’s an art teacher and would like to paint Evan’s portrait for a competition. Evan can’t believe an upper-class artist would want to paint the son of a miner, but he agrees to sit for Milo. Their acquaintance blossoms into friendship, and Evan hopes it might become more, but when a dense smog descends over the city, their future is as unclear as the London sky.



On the opposite side of the cabinet a man was gazing intently at Evan’s favourite amphora. Evan doubted he was having the same thoughts as himself as he scrutinized the naked athletes, but he seemed transfixed by its sporting design. The dark-haired man was wearing a brown pinstripe suit, the kind seen in newspaper photographs of famous actors and royalty, and which Evan could never hope to afford. The stranger looked born to wear his stylish attire, his confident posture showing the suit’s fine cut to full advantage. Then he raised his eyes, and Evan saw the man was not a total stranger. His hair was smooth with brilliantine, and he wasn’t wearing his gold-rimmed glasses, but he was unmistakably Captain Milo Halstead.

Evan was about to make a hasty exit, when he realised the former soldier was smiling at him through the glass. He may have looked smarter than he had last night, but his smile was still as warm and kind as one of Miss Nightingale’s nurses. Evan didn’t imagine the captain remembered him, but he smiled back, thinking it would be impolite not to, then turned to walk away. To his surprise, Evan’s action was mirrored on the other side of the cabinet as Captain Halstead moved in the same direction. He was still looking at Evan, still smiling, and as they both reached the end of the cabinet, Evan wondered what would happen next. Would words be exchanged? And what would those words be? If Milo remembered him from last night and wasn’t the genial man he seemed, they might hint at blackmail or violence.

Evan was tempted to put his head down and make a run for it, but he didn’t want to attract the attention of the museum guards. He took a breath and steadily stepped forward, only to find Milo standing in his way.

“Excuse me. Could I get past?”

“Of course, but…” Milo’s smile was uncertain now, but he didn’t move from Evan’s path. “It was you I saw in the Rose and Crown last night, wasn’t it?”

Evan lowered his eyes and weighed up his options. He could admit he was at the pub and ask to know what business of Milo’s it was. Or he could deny being anywhere near the place, or even knowing of its existence. The latter seemed the most sensible choice, avoiding all confrontation, but when Evan looked up and saw Milo’s blue eyes sparkling cheerfully back at him, he was overwhelmed by a longing to spend a few seconds more in his company.

With no idea of Milo’s intentions, Evan answered, “That’s right. I saw you there too.”


H. Lewis-Foster lives in the north of England and has always worked with books in one form or another. As a keen reader of gay fiction, she decided to try writing herself and is now the proud author of several short stories and a debut novel ‘Burning Ashes’.

H. creates characters that are talented, funny and quite often gorgeous, but who all have their faults and vulnerable sides, and she hopes you’ll enjoy reading their stories as much as she loves writing them. H. has also ventured into playwriting and was thrilled to see her first play performed at the Southend Playwriting Festival.