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Lavender in Bloom by: Lily Velez
Publication Date: July 25th, 2016
Genre: Historical, Coming-of-Age Romance

It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France

Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogether disrupted when a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault begins an unremitting quest to befriend him.

Jeremie is everything Noah is not. Charismatic and gregarious, he leaves a trail of charmed admirers in his wake wherever he goes. Expressive and idealistic, he talks without end about his deep love for old books and his spirited dream to one day travel the world on a literary pilgrimage.

Over the course of a single summer, the two form an unlikely friendship, but just as quickly as it develops, it soon entirely dissolves as they’re forced to face the truth of what has unexpectedly emerged between them.

Lavender in Bloom is a tender and tragic coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery, and a poignant reminder that time is fleeting and always takes with it the choices we’re too afraid to make.

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The Lavender in Bloom Playlist

I absolutely love music and its power to stir the heart and so deeply move us. Creating a playlist for my books is one of my go-to strategies in my writer’s toolbox because listening to that playlist is the easiest way for me to get into the mood of a scene or the headspace of a particular character. Below, check out the tracks that made it onto the playlist for Lavender in Bloom, along with commentary on why each song’s so perfect for the story.

You can listen to the entire playlist for Lavender in Bloom here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2GrUHSQ_FVEgy8rJdNnbqRBE_c0GZT_l

Frail Love by Cloves — This song was an absolute Godsend and I’m so glad I found it, as it ended up becoming the ‘theme song’ for Lavender in Bloom. Every last lyric was just perfect for Noah and Jeremie’s story. Especially these particular lines: I can’t live it like I’m living, I can’t live a lie, I’m giving up more than I should, forgive me for my frail love.

All I Want by Kodaline — For the longest time, this track was the theme song for Lavender in Bloom. I honestly couldn’t listen to it without getting teary-eyed, as it so perfectly captures the tragedy of Noah and Jeremie’s story. Favorite lines: When you said your last goodbye, I died a little bit inside and If you loved me, then why’d you leave me?

The Beautiful Ones by The Battle of Land and Sea — I love this song because, for one, it’s a break from the sad songs, but also because I feel it sets the mood for Noah’s life in the countryside. It has a very rural feel to it that makes me think of a simple and tranquil living.

Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera — Another perfect song for Noah and Jeremie’s story. In fact, there’s a point in Lavender in Bloom where Jeremie outright tells Noah to just say the word, and he’ll be his. There’s also a point where they’re sort of at odds, waiting for the other to make the first move (or speak the first word, as it were), and this song really captures that. Favorite lines: Anywhere I would’ve followed you and I will swallow my pride: you’re the one that I love and I’m saying goodbye.  

The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin — I included this song because it really captured the mood for a fable that’s featured in Lavender in Bloom. In fact, it’s a fable that describes how lavender first came into bloom in France. It’s based on an ‘alternate universe’ story featuring Noah and Jeremie, and it would be the perfect song for a montage of their love. Favorite line: The power of love, a force from above, cleaning my soul.

Make it Holy by The Staves — This is such a pretty song, and it’s perfect from Jeremie’s perspective. Favorite lines: I could make you want me, make you need me, make you mine. I could make it holy, make it special, make it right.

Forgetting by David Gray — Another sad song. From the very first chords, this song just sets the mood for a scene of heartbreak. It kind of has a nostalgic feel to it. Despite the title of the song, it’s the type of song that makes you remember times long past.

Ashes by Madi Diaz — This is another song I see as being from Jeremie’s perspective, especially toward the end of the book, when he asks Noah to make a certain decision. Favorite lines: Don’t you let me down and No, I won’t stand to keep watching you stay.

I Will Love You by Gin Wigmore — One of the few happy love song on the Lavender in Bloom playlist, and the only one with a more upbeat melody. As such, it’s very much treasured. This is a cute one, too. I love every single lyric, but my favorite lines are: If you die before I do, I know that heartache will kill me, too, so if I ever lived again, it would be to find you. It’s especially perfect because I can definitely see Noah and Jeremie as living many lives and finding each other in each one.

Tell Me How to Feel by Maggie Eckford — This song captures one of the main character’s thoughts in the wake of the book’s concluding actions, in which they just feel so blindsided, lost, and heartbroken.

Benediction by Luke Sital-Singh — This song has a sad vibe from the start, and it’s also one I picked because it instantly makes me think of the lavender fable and Noah and Jeremie’s ‘alternate universe’ story. Favorite lines: There’s a knock in the silence, I see death at the door, But I know we’ll be alright, ‘Cause your hands are still warm and I’m sorry we don’t have forever, but come die with me.

Hengilas by Jonsi — This song’s in another language (Icelandic!), but it has such an atmospheric quality to it that just draws you in. Favorite lines: We look into foreign eyes, yet we have always known each other. Perfect, because Jeremie has a line in Lavender in Bloom about Noah’s eyes feeling like home even from the moment he first looked into them.  

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Author Bio:

Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she’s not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books at www.lilyvelezbooks.com.

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Double Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Roadhouse Reds and Spider Webs & Cover Art by Layla Dorine

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Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.

Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.

Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.

As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..

Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.

Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.

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Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to conversation about suicide and mental illness.

Losing his brother leaves rocker Jace Christenson struggling to understand how it happened, and what he can do to open the door to a conversation about suicide and mental illness. A trip to visit an old friend who runs the tattoo parlor where he got his first tattoo soon nets him a conversation piece, in the form of a semi-colon tattoo, but the pain of grief is still overwhelming. Reconnecting with his band is an obstacle he’s not sure he can overcome. It takes some time away with best friend and fellow bandmate Troy Paulus to finally get him to open up and accept that the things he’s feeling are normal parts of the healing process. And if along the way, the two grow even closer, than that’s just a bonus right?

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“I’m glad we came out here,” Jace said in between a debate as to whether a particular cloud looked like the clown from a jack in the box or a slinky tumbling down the stairs.

“So am I, I’ve always wanted to go camping.”

“Why didn’t you? Before now I mean.”

Troy was silent for a minute or two, rolling onto his stomach, elbow beneath his chin as he stared down at Jace.

“Guess it’s ‘cause I never had anyone who was willing to come with me, until you.”

The sun made a halo around Troy’s hair, and before he could give it too much thought Jace hooked his hand behind Troy’s head and pulled him closer.

“I wanna kiss you,” Jace murmured.

Troy’s answer was to kiss him instead, rough, demanding, which Jace was happy to answer in kind. He tightened his fingers in Troy’s hair, gripping his shirt and drowning in the sensation of Troy’s body pressed flush against his. When they finally broke apart, they were breathless, fingers still clutching each other’s hair and clothes.

“I’ve wanted to do that for a while now,” Troy admitted.

“Why didn’t you?”

“Wasn’t sure if you wanted me to.”

“Coulda asked.”

Troy smirked, scooting even closer and running his fingertips along the side of Jace’s face. “So could you.”

Jace licked his lips and nodded, as Troy leaned in and kissed him again. This time the kiss was gentler, less desperate and more filled with passion. Jace groaned and wrapped his arms around Troy, pulling him close.

“I’ve wanted to do that for a long time, too,” Jace admitted after they’d broken apart again. Troy had rolled onto his back, pulling Jace with him so Jace’s head was on his chest, his body curled up against Troy’s side. The breeze carried with it a gentle spray from the falls, the rushing water providing a steady stream of background noise.

“Think the band will freak that we went away so I could clear my head and ended up coming home a couple?” Jace asked after several minutes of listening to the falls and Troy’s heartbeat.

“Naa, they’ll probably wonder what took us so long.”

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LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.

Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.

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LENGTH: 58,500 words

RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2016

BLURB: Campbell Fain has been rebelling against his father, refusing to grow up for so long, he’s not sure what his life really means anymore. When he meets the man that makes his heart melt, he lies to impress him. Unfortunately, facing the truth may turn out to be the least of his problems when he’s forced to come face to face with the sins of his father.

He was the quarterback in high school, all American sweetheart and solid guy, but Stone Medlock is just figuring out his life. When he meets Campbell Fain, it turns his world around and he just might be falling hard for the rebellious punk, but will he still be able to support and trust Campbell when the lies come out?

Will Campbell’s lies tear them apart before they even begin? Will they find the love behind the lies?
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I bit at his lip and he lurched up, taking my mouth and flipping me to my back in one move. “You learn that playing football, big guy?”

Stone’s chuckle made my heart pound. “Maybe,” he laughed.

“Okay.”

He touched my bottom lip with the tip of his finger, then rubbed it over my tongue. “I want you in my life, Campbell Fain. Every way I can have you. Don’t think I’ll ever get tired of exploring you.” I noticed his hips grinding into me as he spoke, and his cock was already hard again, poking into my upper thigh.

“I’m here. I’m yours.”

“Can I make love to you, Campbell? Are you ready for that?”

I nodded briskly. “Please,” I breathed out, proving my words with my own cock, grinding into his stomach.

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Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. Lynn is the newest addition to Rubicon Fiction, and she loves reading and writing about hot men in love. She writes paranormal and contemporary MM Romance

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Royal Surrender by Perci T. Brooks

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Title: Royal Surrender
Author: Perci T. Brooks
Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Synopsis

Prince Amory longs to find his true love.

Néstor Awada wants to be a servant no longer.

Both yearn to find the man with whom they could fall in love.

Each doubts their dream will come true.

When word reaches Amory that his father is mistreating a new servant, he goes to save him.

Prince and servant try to fight their growing feelings for each other to no avail.

But is their love strong enough to breach the chasm forced on them by society?

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Leaning back in bed, Néstor glanced down at the nearly empty tray from which he’d feasted. It was the first solid meal he’d eaten since the fever descended. Covyll removed the tray, tossing him a quick smile.

“W-when will Prince Amory be back?” Néstor asked.

“Soon, I’m sure.” Covyll chuckled. “He’s too worried about you to stay gone long.”

“Me? He’s worried about me? Why? I’m nothing to him. No one. A servant, easily replaceable.”

Covyll shook his head. “You’ve much to learn about Amory. He’s not like his father or brother. He’s far more compassionate. He can’t stand to see anyone abused the way you were.”

Néstor opened his mouth, then snapped it shut for a few moments before speaking again. “How bad was it?”

“Very. You remember nothing?”

Néstor blinked, trying to recall, and finally shook his head.

“You slept, mostly. During bubbles of lucidity, you and the prince would talk.

“Talk?”

Covyll shot him a long look. “You truly don’t remember?”

“No. I… had dreams. I dreamed he spoke to me and tended me.”

Covyll nodded. “They weren’t dreams, young one. As I said, you have much to learn about the prince. There is no one else like him.”

“Is this a dream too?” Néstor queried, rubbing his left temple. A headache was forming.

“No. It’s very real. And you can trust Amory, if you trust nothing else.”

Néstor frowned. “I trust no one. Every time I have, I’ve been taught the harshest of lessons. Altruism is a myth, a lie. Everyone wants something, no matter how they tell you they don’t.” He trailed off, then took a deep breath. “There is always a price to pay.”

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PERCI T. BROOKS is the author of Yaoi (m/m) and Yuri (f/f). She’s been writing since the age of ten and started off writing just little stories. As she got older, she was able to create her own characters and plots. She loves to write. Becoming an author has always been her dream.

Perci enjoys reading, writing, poetry, anime, manga, Japanese music, cats, cows, Japanese history, Japanese movies. She is a total cat lover and loves to inspire others.

Miss Brooks lives to inspire others. She was born with medical problems, is hearing impaired and has disabilities and thought she would never become an author.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Just a Week by Jena Wade

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Title: Just A Week
Author: Jena Wade
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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Just a week is not enough time to fall in love, but Fate doesn’t care. Seth’s carefully crafted plan for how his life will go doesn’t include falling in love with a guy in his horrible hometown. He wants to start a new life anywhere but at home. Until Maddox storms in with his multi-colored hair and carefree attitude.

Long distance relationships don’t work and Seth isn’t into gambling with his future. But the more time he spends with Maddox, the more he’s willing to throw caution to the wind. Now his plan for the rest of his life has been turned upside down and seems to include things Seth never thought possible, including a lifetime of happiness in his hometown.

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Just a week.

I stepped out of my car, pulling my duffel bag with me, and gazed at the place I’d called home for the past twenty-two years. We had painted the house a pale gray a few years ago, but already the paint had chipped and cracked. What could you expect from an old house? My parents wouldn’t trade it for the world though. They said it had character. The all-wood all-wood siding had seen better days, but the windows were large and the sky-blue trim work gave the house an inviting feel.

When I had moved to college, my first dorm had been cold and unfeeling, and my roommate at the time hadn’t been much better. I found a happy medium later with the apartment I shared with two other guys not too far off campus. That place had at least been built in this century. I didn’t have to wait for the water to heat up to take a shower, and we had a dishwasher. The house I stood in front of right now took forever to run the water heater and heaven forbid you try running a blow-dryer and the TV at the same time.

I sighed. I could survive a week back in my hometown, with my parents. It was only a week. Seven days. One-hundred-and-sixty-eight hours. Ten-thousand-eighty minutes. After that, the math was too hard. I didn’t have time for anything more complicated.

 

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Jena began writing in January of 2013 as a New Year’s Resolution–and so far she has stuck to it!

She lives in Michigan. By day she works as a web developer, and at night she writes. Born and raised on a farm, she spends most of her free time outdoors, playing in the garden, or riding her horses. She also helps run the family dairy farm.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Third Mate by Rebecca James

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Title: Third Mate

Author: Rebecca James

Series Title and Number: River Wolf Pack Series, 3

Publisher: JMS_Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Release Date: July 16th

Heat Level: 5

Pairing: Male/Male and Male/Male/Male

Length: 176 pages

Genre/Tags: poly, contemporary, paranormal (wolf-shifters), M/M and M/M/M romance, paranormal romance

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After the birth of River and Josiah’s twin girls, pack tensions increase. The presence of rogue wolves, females, and humans have many pack members uncomfortable. In exchange for Leo’s help, Stone offers Leo the position of second alpha should Stone succeed in usurping River. Leo’s conflicted between his desire to rise in the pack, his dislike for Stone, and his increasing feelings for both Sam and Foster. Sam and Foster are best friends, but as a coyote shifter, Foster yearns for his true mate and doesn’t believe he will find him if he stays with the werewolves. Jax knows he must make a difficult decision before he’s turned out of the compound. When David finds out Brooks is considering mating Stone, he determines to stop it. The Angel Hills pack offer a deal in exchange for omegas for their pack.

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Third Mate is told from four alternating points of view: Josiah, Jax, Sam, and Leo. Leo shows up in Second Alpha when River assigns the alpha to watch over Sam, the rogue wolf whose brother was killed by a human trap; and Foster, the coyote shifter found on their territory. Sam is a naïve, shy omega and Foster is a mischievous, trouble-prone beta. Unsocial and grouchy Leo is not eager to take charge of the two young men, but by the time Third Mate begins, it’s obvious that Leo’s become fond of them and perhaps even more.

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Leo had planned his future long ago. He would secure his place in the pack as a trusted alpha, mate with a couple of betas in order to assure he had at least one child, and perhaps one day, if the circumstances arose, he would climb in rank to second alpha or even pack alpha. Not that he wanted to usurp River, but there was always the chance that death would come to a pack’s leader in a different way, and Leo wasn’t so modest that he didn’t think he would be a natural choice to compete for River’s place.

Of course, with that would come stickier things, such as the fact that Leo would have to take on River’s mate and children. He sighed and began to walk through the compound. Everything had become so much more complicated since River had taken Josiah for a mate. The first omega was nice enough and certainly easy on the eye, but he had a stubborn streak a mile long, and he was half-human, for the gods’ sake. He’d borne two females into the pack, and the repercussions of that were only beginning. Still, for all intents and purposes, Josiah was one of them. Leo respected that. As for the twin girls, he didn’t know what to think. The pack was divided on the subject, and the pack alpha and his mate were dealing with the situation by not dealing with it. No one had lain eyes on the twin females since they were born unless they had intentionally gone to the pack alpha’s house to do so.

Leo might consider himself content if it weren’t for how he’d been saddled with the care of the two newest pack members, one an omega and the other a coyote beta. He’d asked himself a dozen times, why him? Until his best friend— make that only friend—Brooks had pointed out that River had chosen an alpha he trusted with the safety of the two. That made sense. It was a difficult job, but not one Leo was incapable of.

Or so he’d thought at first.

Guarding Foster and Sam was harder than it looked, and at this point, as the two newcomers had become more or less accepted and acclimated into the pack, Leo should be backing off. Only he wasn’t. Foster was always getting into something he shouldn’t, such as when he had raided Theo and Jon’s chickens. Sure, the kid hadn’t expected to find chickens in a wolf pack, but did he have to shift and eat two of them? Surely he realized they were for egg laying. The fallout for that hadn’t been pretty, but Leo had managed to calm Theo and Jon down, although it hadn’t helped that one of the consumed chickens had been a favorite pet of their son Ben. Gods, how Leo despised tears.

Then there had been the evening when Foster had somehow gotten himself lost on a foray to the river. Leo had panicked, thinking the Turned had come back and gotten the coyote, or that Foster had developed a cramp from all the food he was always eating and drowned. The surge of relief he’d felt when he’d found the young coyote shifter asleep in a field of wildflowers had been intense and more emotional than Leo was comfortable with. Seeing him lying there surrounded by color, blond lashes fanning flushed cheeks and pretty lips puckered in response to a dream, had done something to the alpha. Leo had long ago realized the little coyote held some kind of fascination for him, but until that moment, Leo hadn’t realized it was physical attraction that burned in his gut.

He’d spoken to Brooks about it later without too much embarrassment. After all, Leo had patiently listened to his friend’s longing diatribes about David many times in the past. Sure, he’d tuned most of it out, but he’d been there, nodding as Brooks bemoaned how the man he loved was in love with someone else. That had become worse after Brooks and David had been kidnapped, but Leo didn’t want to think about that just then. He had his own problems.

Brooks had been sympathetic and told Leo that just because he hadn’t planned on falling for an orphaned coyote didn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Leo refused to accept that. Anyway, he hadn’t fallen for the kid—he wanted to shove his cock in him. There was a huge difference. Still, although he’d had plenty of chances to initiate sex with Foster, who may or may not be receptive to the advances—it was hard to tell with him— Leo hadn’t done so. He blamed it on the responsibility the pack alpha had placed on him to watch out for the kid. How could Leo get his rocks off with that hanging over his head?

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logoRebecca James has written all her life, mostly to entertain herself and friends. An English major, she currently writes as a second job but would love to do it full-time. Her first book came out in October of 2015. Since then, she’s written both contemporary and paranormal and hopes to put out a sci-fi book soon.

She’s fortunate to have a husband who supports her in her writing career, three wonderful children, and a rat-terrier.

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Book Blast and Giveaway – Love is Love Anthology

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A collection of poems composed by over fifty authors in aid of the victims and survivors of the Orlando Pulse Attack.

On June 12, 2016, the most horrendous mass shooting in US history and an unfathomable act of hate was directed at the LGBT community in Orlando. The horror of this tragedy reverberated around the world, leaving millions shocked and appalled at the senseless violence that destroyed so many innocent lives.

In a display of solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, a group of LGBTQ+ and straight allies, from all across the globe, came together to produce a collection of poems in celebration of love and acceptance.

The resulting Love is Love Poetry Anthology is dedicated to the families and victims of the shooting and all proceeds of this work will be donated to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund.

In this small way, the authors, along with the readers who purchase this work, seek to contribute to the lives of those who still suffer from the consequences of the malice directed toward them, and offer some positivity and compassion in the face of such bigotry.

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Contributing Authors:

AC Benus, Aditus, Andrew Jericho, Ann Anderson, Ash Marie, Asta Idonea, Betti Gefecht, Cam Kennedy, Cynus Eldranai, Darren White, dughlas, Eddy LeFey, Eden Winters, EmiGS Em, F.E. Feeley Jr., Gelybi , Headstall, Jack L. Pyke, Jana Denardo, Jason Frazier, Jay Rookwood, J.L. Merrow, Karina Rye, Kathy Griffith, Kay Ellis, Kaye P. Hallows, Kit Loffstadt, Laura B. Damone, Layla Dorine, Lily G. Blunt, L.J. Harris, L.M. Somerton, Louis Stevens, L.S.K Harris, L.V. Lloyd, Lynn Michaels, Maggie Chatterton, Maria Siopis, Monika De Giorgi, Parker Owens, Patricia Nelson, Pelaam, Petra Howard, Ravyn Bryce, Rick R. Reed, Ruski, Valik and Addy, S.J. Davis, Skylar M. Cates, Star Brady, Steve Baldry, Susan Crane, Tamara Miles, Tash Hatzipetrou, Tim Landon, Tracy Gee, Vicki Tubridy, Victoria Kinnaird, and Wendy Rathbone.

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Sincere thanks go to everyone who contributed their time, energy, and skills in the making of this beautiful anthology.

Special thanks also go to Jay Aheer (Simply Defined Art) for the fabulous cover art, Kelly O’Brien for the ‘Love Wins’ artwork, and Petra Howard and Tash Hatzipetrou for proofreading the final document.

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Release Blitz, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Just a Week by Jena Wade

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Title: Just A Week
Author: Jena Wade
Release Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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Just a week is not enough time to fall in love, but Fate doesn’t care. Seth’s carefully crafted plan for how his life will go doesn’t include falling in love with a guy in his horrible hometown. He wants to start a new life anywhere but at home. Until Maddox storms in with his multi-colored hair and carefree attitude.

Long distance relationships don’t work and Seth isn’t into gambling with his future. But the more time he spends with Maddox, the more he’s willing to throw caution to the wind. Now his plan for the rest of his life has been turned upside down and seems to include things Seth never thought possible, including a lifetime of happiness in his hometown.

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Home? I didn’t really have a home yet. I mean, Milton was where I grew up, but now I lived in Michigan full time. “Well, I’ll see where I can get a job after graduation; that’ll decide where I will live.”

I looked over in time to see Maddox raise his eyebrows, but he quickly masked his expression. If I could have any superpower in the world it would be telepathy. I so badly wanted to know what he thought at this moment. At any moment.

After Maura took our orders and left, we sat in silence. The seconds ticked by until I couldn’t take it anymore.

“So… How’s life?”

Seemed like a perfectly good thing to say. It’s how I would break the silence with my roommates. Maddox just kind of looked at me like I was crazy.

To my surprise, he started talking. “Can’t complain. Got the job at your dad’s store right now; next week I am redoing Mr. Sanders’s landscaping. After that I should have enough money to buy my new computer.”

“That’s cool.” I wasn’t quite sure what to say next. Weren’t you supposed to talk about something the other person was interested in? That’s the advice I was given for going on dates, but did that apply to whatever this lunch meeting was? “How do you get your jobs, just word of mouth? Do you put out flyers?”

He shrugged. “You know how small towns are. People talk. Be a good person, work hard, and people will hire you for whatever you are willing to do.”

I would have to take his word for it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around his way of life. The whole free-spirit thing was way beyond my comprehension. “Are you going to go to college someday? What do you do for health insurance? What—what is your plan?”

I had to know. I was dying to know.

Maddox grinned. “No college plans at the moment. I’m still covered under my parents’ health insurance. My plan is to do the jobs I’m offered. Rinse. Repeat. It’s pretty simple.”

“But hardly sustainable.”

“Not everyone needs to have their life mapped out to the minute, ya know?” Maddox leaned back in the booth and crossed his arms. His white T-shirt stretched over his biceps. Hard labor certainly agreed with him.

“But how do you keep your days straight?”

“How do you tell your days apart?” he countered.

 

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Jena began writing in January of 2013 as a New Year’s Resolution–and so far she has stuck to it!
She lives in Michigan. By day she works as a web developer, and at night she writes. Born and raised on a farm, she spends most of her free time outdoors, playing in the garden, or riding her horses. She also helps run the family dairy farm.

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Release Day Blitz – Choosing Home by Alexa Milne

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Title: Choosing Home
Author: Alexa Milne
Series: The Call of Home #1
Release Day: July 12th 2016
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance

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You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.

For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.

Reader advisory: Dubious consent. Recollections of physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, torture and drug abuse. Profanity.

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So what did you do before coming here, then?” Seth drank the excellent coffee and stretched his knee again to stop it from stiffening.

“I played professional football.”

“Oh, should I know you? I’ve always been more of a rugby fan, I’m afraid.” He scrutinized his landlord’s face. His stepbrothers would have had football on the TV twenty-four-seven, so he’d been exposed to lots of games over the years.

“I retired six years ago with a back injury, but I was captain of Scotland and Glasgow Rovers. I guess I was well known at the time.”

Realization hit Seth between the eyes. “Hang on a minute—Magic McKenzie, that’s you, isn’t it? Didn’t you score the winning goal for Trentino when they beat Manchester United in the Champions’ League?”

Zac’s cheeks flushed red and he grinned. “Yeah, that was me—stupid nickname.” Seth noticed the way the skin around Zac’s eyes crinkled when he smiled and, oh my, his smile lit up a room.

Zac rose from the sofa and picked up the plates. “I’d better be on my way before Mina sends out a search party. No doubt she has a few jobs for me to do before tonight’s service. We’re nearly full, but can fit you in if you want to eat with us, or I’ll get someone to bring something over for you until you get organized.”

“Is Mina your wife?” Fuck. Idiot, where did that question come from?

There was the smile again. “Mina, good God, no. She’d eat me alive and spit me out. No, her husband plays in goal for Inverness Cally Thistle. We met when we both played in Italy. No, me… I’m not the marrying kind, not anymore.”

Seth watched Zac close the door then leaned back in his chair. So much for coming to the back of beyond to escape his problems. It looked like he might simply have found a whole lot more.

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Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions.

Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing.

She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Damaged Goods by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Damaged Goods
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Series: Men of London #7
Release Date: April 28th 2016
Genre: New Adult MM Contemporary Romance

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Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.

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Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.

Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.

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Jax watched with a dry mouth as Dare moved towards the glass doors at the front of the sitting room. Oh God, it was now or never. He might not get another chance like this one.

“Dare, wait.”

Dare stopped and turned back, one eyebrow quirked in question.

“I, uhm, I think I might like guys too.” Jax stammered.

A second eyebrow shot up to meet the other one. “You think?”

Jax scowled at the incredulity in Dare’s tone. “Well, yeah I do, I mean, it seems to be my thing, but I’ve never really—” He was damned if he was going to admit to another man he was a virgin. He flapped a hand vaguely. “You know?”

Dare nodded, looking hesitant. “I guess.”

Jax closed his eyes, feeling mortified. That hadn’t quite gone the way he’d planned it in his head. He sounded like a gormless idiot. Dare’s next words took all his reservations and blew them into the water like a submarine torpedo.

“Are you seeing anyone?” Dare shifted awkwardly, his eyes looking down at the floor.

“Seeing anyone?”

Dare’s lips curved sinfully. “Yes, you know, like have you got a significant other, male or female if you’re, you know, not sure.”

Jax pulled a face. “No, girls aren’t my thing.”

Dare grinned, his face alight with suppressed mischief. Jax was enchanted. “And you only think you’re attracted to guys? That’s a pretty telling statement right there.”

Jax swallowed. He’d have to level with Dare and risk being laughed at. “I’ve never, you know, had the chance to test any face-to-face theories about liking guys. I only know what happens to me when I watch stuff online. You know, guy stuff.”

His face burned and he closed his aching eyes, not wanting to see any derision reflected on Dare’s face at the fact that he watched gay porn and got turned on. Instead, he got a waft of mint-scented breath on his face, and when he opened his eyes, Dare was right there, gaze searching.

Jax tilted his chin to see better. A soft exhale of air and a sudden hitch in Dare’s breathing signalled Dare had probably taken the gesture as an invitation to kiss him.

“Yes,” Jax whispered, and then warm, soft lips touched his.

He moaned softly and closed his eyes. His fingers unclenched and the poker dropped to the carpet with a plop.

“God,” Dare murmured against his lips. “You’re killing me here.” The kiss grew fiercer and for a moment, Jax thought he might get his first French kiss.

He groaned in disappointment when those lips left his and all he was left with was a dick in his pants that throbbed incessantly and needed release.

“You are worth waiting for,” Dare whispered raggedly as he stepped away.

 

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About the Author

Susan Mac Nicol is a self- confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, geek, nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self-righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

Sue is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK.

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