Cover Reveal, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword by Lexi Ander

Lexi Ander reveals the beautiful cover art of her next book titled WEREWOLF’S TALE AND A DRUID’S SWORD coming out from Less Than Three Press.
It releases on August 31, 2016.
After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.
Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn’t even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.
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Jude walked toward the car while Beck and Diego locked up the house. The morning air was crisp and cool. The scent of sage and pine floated on the wind, the aroma wonderful as it tickled his senses. Jude turned into the breeze and searched for the source of the scent. Fresh pine wasn’t something he’d smelled since leaving the east. 

“Jude, what are you doing?” Diego’s concerned voice cut into his thoughts. 

He blinked. 

Beck and Diego waited by the car, watching him curiously. He stood at the curb between the condos. He didn’t recall crossing the lawn. The wind brushed against him, playfully lifting his hair. He inhaled, taking the air deep into his lungs and holding it there. He searched the street, not sure what he was looking for, something… 

A hand firmly clasped his upper arm, while two more cupped his face. Diego gave him a probing look. “What is it?”

Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Pinkerton Man Series by C.J. Baty

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Title: The Pinkerton Man Series
Author:  C.J. Baty
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical/Western
Length: Short story + Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Stiles Langberry leaves England under the dark cloud of blackmail.

He resettles in America with a new name, becoming a Pinkerton Agent.

His new employer sends him undercover to a brothel that serves homosexual men, where prostitutes are being murdered. In the course of his investigation, he becomes involved with Paul, one of the prostitutes. Complicating matters, one of the suspects draws Stiles like no man before him. Stiles knows he must stop the killer before he strikes again.


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Pinkerton Agent Stiles Long is sent to the Circle W Ranch to uncover who is killing the ranch’s cattle. In order to discover the truth about the goings on at the ranch, Stiles has to prove to the ranchers he’s more than a good-looking city slicker.

Savage Beare, the head ranch foreman, is far from happy that Stiles is there to check things out. He has secrets of his own.

Stiles finds Savage incredibly good-looking, but cold and aloof.

He’s also a suspect. One of many.

When Stiles’ best friend and partner, Lizzie Ferguson, is kidnapped things begin to shake apart.

Stiles doesn’t trust anyone and he needs to find Lizzie before it’s too late.


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It’s a small world.

Most of you know I got my start writing Twilight M/M fan fiction. But what you may not know is that from that, I discovered a whole world of authors who wrote these amazing stories about men and love and life and angst and mystery and well, it became my main source of reading. Charlie Cochrane, the amazing author of the Cambridge Fellows Mysteries and lots of other wonderful stories became one of my favorite.

I was such a fan girl I had to write to Ms. Cochrane and we found we had many things in common besides our love of beautiful men in love. During this time, several of my fan fiction stories had become very popular and I wanted to try something new. So I decided to take characters that I loved from two totally different worlds and sort of mix them up. One of those worlds belonged to Charlie. I wrote to her and asked her permission to write my own mystery. It became one of my most beloved fan fiction stories.

Later on, after Charlie and I had become closer she let me know that original the characters in her Cambridge Fellows Mysteries, Jonty and Orlando, actually started out in a fan fiction of hers. To say I was blown away was putting it lightly. I couldn’t believe it. We laughed endlessly that what had started as a fan fiction had become published and back to a fan fiction again. We agreed it was a very small world.

In my experience since I have become a published author, the community of authors is a wonderful community of people who care and support one another. It’s a wonderful place to be.

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CJ BATY lives in southwest Ohio with her very patient husband and two encouraging children. Her heart however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is, “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

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Beauregard Boudreaux is a native of New Orleans Louisiana, born and raised there, he never thought he would ever stray far from home. The untimely death of his first love left Beau lost, adrift, looking for a place as far away from the pain as possible. Initially, he came to New York to visit a friend, the city growing on him, so he decided to stay. His law degree comes in handy at the LGBT Center he runs, but his bar is his baby.

William Richards grew up in Chicago, his family oddly normal and very accepting of his sexuality. Modeling paid the bills, gigs across the country as a model, male entertainer and a personal trainer giving him the opportunity to see the world. He hasn’t experienced loss or pain as Beau has, the common denominator between them is the loneliness. As All Cocks big, brooding bottom Connor, William has found friendship, family and an outlet for his craving to be more submissive than men of his size and stature usually are.

The two men are perfect for each other, their tastes and lives align and the writing seems to be on the wall. But Beau has a secret he shares with a choice few, a secret that not only threatens to keep them apart, it’s deadly. Determined to keep a wall between himself and William, Beau fights the attraction, pushes William away every time he steps closer. Can one man’s determination and strength be enough to tear down a wall that holds back decades of pain and darkness? And if he can, will either of them survive the flood?

Disclaimer: This book is the fictional story of a man living with HIV. I have put a lot of time and effort into presenting this story as true to fact as possible, without going into gory or gruesome detail. If this subject is a trigger for you, you may want to skip this read. But my hope is that you give Beau a chance to capture your heart as he has mine, and William’s.


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Blog Tour and Interview – A More Perfect Union Anthology


Please welcome fabulous authors B.G. Thomas, J. Scott  Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, and Michael Murphy as they answer a couple of questions about the anthology A More Perfect Union from Dreamspinner Press. 

What was it like working with other authors on this anthology?

Scott Coatsworth:

B.G. Thomas came to me personally early in 2015, pitching the idea for the anthology. At the time, we didn’t know how the Supreme Court was going to rule in June. But he wanted to tell the stories of gay men and marriage, by authors who were all gay men, and married.

I jumped at the chance. I penned Flames, drawing on my own personal history and my old hometown of Tucson, Arizona (we’re in Sacramento now).

When the stories were all finished, we each had the chance to read the other stories, and I was thrilled with the variety in the collection. But they all had a common theme. Love. But I hadn’t met the other three authors until this past March, when all of us were at the Dreamspinner Retreat in Orlando. We had a chance to spend a little time together, and got some great pics of us as a group and of our four hands together with our wedding rings.

I totally should have worn a dress shirt. But I wanted to show off my support for marriage equality instead. *sigh* Anyhow, it’s a great group of guys, and I am proud to be a part of it.


B.G. Thomas:

I knew Jamie and Michael already and love them—two very different but wonderful guys who wrote very different and wonderful stories. And when I did the anthology “A Taste of Honey,” I fell madly in love with J Scott’s story and when I presented the idea for “A More Perfect Union” to my publisher, I knew instantly I wanted him to be a part of it. Working with them was as wonderful and I would do it over and over again!


Jamie Fessenden:

I’d been friends with all of them before Ben proposed the anthology, and I knew they were all good writers, so I was happy to jump on board.


Michael Murphy:

While there are four authors represented in this anthology, the editor did all of the work with the authors, so it was not until all of the stories were completed that I knew what the other authors had written.  The Editor was wonderful at coordinating, guiding, and nudging us along when necessary. From that point of view, I could not have asked for a better collaborator than Ben Thomas.


Were there any challenges writing to this theme?

 Scott Coatsworth: 

As far as challenges? Not really. It’s a theme I am intimately famliar with from my decade plus fighting for it, and it felt natural to write about it. I hope you love the stories!


B.G. Thomas:

To me it was a dream come true. First, of course, the anthology was my idea. And I was the one who approached the authors and asked them to join me. And it really was a dream. While the stories had some similarities, they were all very different and my heart just zinged as I read them.


Jamie Fessenden:

For a long time, I’d been wanting to tell the story of how Erich and I met and eventually married. To me, it was very romantic (of course), and I thought I could make it romantic for readers. But real life is complex, and condensing all the events that took place over a decade into a novella was very challenging.

Obviously, I had to leave some things out. I also took several of our female friends and distilled them down into one character — Adrastia. My husband refused to read the story. He was too self-conscious about it. But he helped me recall several details, and gave his blessing to the project. His only directive was, “Just make me handsome.”

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Authors: B.G. Thomas, Scott Coatsworth, Jamie Fessenden, Michael Murphy
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Length: 104K / 350 Pages
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 6/26/16
Pairing: MM
Price: 6.99, 17.99


On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made a monumental decision, and at long last, marriage equality became the law of the land. That ruling made history, and now gay and lesbian Americans will grow up in a country where they will never be denied the right to marry the person they love.

But what about the gay men who waited and wondered all of their lives if the day would ever come when they could stand beside the person they love and say “I do”?

Here, four accomplished authors—married gay men—offer their take on that question as they explore same-sex relationships, love, and matrimony. Men who thought legal marriage was a right they would never have. Men who, unbelievably, now stand legally joined with the men they love. With this book, they share the magic and excitement of dreams that came true—in tales of fantasy and romance with a dose of their personal experiences in the mix.

To commemorate the anniversary of full marriage equality in the US, this anthology celebrates the idea of marriage itself—and the universal truth of it that applies to us all, gay or straight.

Someday, by B.G. Thomas

Lucas Arrowood is walking to school on his first day of kindergarten when he meets Dalton Churchill—a boy who stops and helps him tie his shoe. He knows from that moment he is going to marry that boy one day.  “Boys can’t marry other boys,” his mother explains, but that doesn’t stop Lucas. He knows what he wants.

He and Dalton become best friends—and then, no matter how much he resists, Dalton falls in love with Lucas. Dalton’s very conservative family can’t accept that their boy loves another boy, but finally Dalton stands up for love and for Lucas. Still, he declares he won’t marry Lucas until it is legal everywhere. He hates the “Commitment Ceremonies” gay men have. They aren’t the real thing. Why bother?

So Lucas waits for his day. The day same-sex marriage finally becomes legal and he can be joined forever with the love of his life.

Flames, by J. Scott Coatsworth

Alex and Gio had a big fight, and Alex ran away. Then a fire at home destroyed the life they had built together, and threatened to take Gio away from him.

Alex had always thought love was enough to keep them together. Why did they need wedding rings or legal certificates? But now, with Gio lost in a coma, his mother has banished Alex from his side.

What if Alex’s voice is the only thing that can bring Gio back from the brink? Their memories are all Gio has left, and the urge to just let go is getting stronger.

Still, nothing can keep Alex from Gio’s side. If it’s against the rules, he’ll break them. In stolen moments alone together, Alex fights to bring him back, one memory at a time.

Destined, by Jamie Fessenden

When Jay and Wallace first meet at an LGBTQ group, they have no idea they’ll be dating six years later. In fact, they quickly forget each other’s names. But although fate continues to throw them together, the timing is never quite right. Finally they’re both single and  realize they want to be together… but now they can’t find each other! With determination and the help of mutual friends, Jay and Wallace can finally pursue the relationship they’ve both wanted for so long.

It’s only the beginning of the battles they’ll face to build a life together.

From disapproving family members all the way to the state legislature, Jay and Wallace’s road to happily ever after is littered with obstacles. But they’ve come too far to give up the fight.

Jeordi and Tom, by Michael Murphy

Living as an open, loving gay couple in the rural South isn’t easy—even today.

When Jeordi and Tom move in together and come out to their families, Jeordi’s family does not take the news especially well. When yelling doesn’t work, they send in one sibling after another to try to separate the couple. When that fails, they call out their pastor to help Jeordi see the error of his ways. But Jeordi’s love for Tom is greater than anything they throw at them.

When an accident sends Jeordi to the hospital, his family goes too far when they try to keep Tom from visiting his partner. Jeordi and Tom are determined to do everything in their power to gain legal protection so this can never happen again. But when a bigoted county clerk refuses to issue them a marriage license, Jeordi decides a big, bold effort is called for, which is precisely what he sets in moVon so no one can ever separate him from Tom again.


Jeordi and Tom, by Michael Murphy

“When the front door of the trailer slammed shut with a loud bang, followed immediately by an animalistic howl of rage and frustration, Tom knew Jeordi was home. He snickered and shook his head.

“Hey, babe,” Tom called out. “I forgot this was the day you were going to visit your parents. It went that well, huh?”

One glance at his boyfriend told Tom all he needed to know. Despite the scowl and look of anger and frustration on Jeordi’s face, it only took one glance at the man to ignite the most sensitive parts of his nervous system (and everything connected to it).

He couldn’t help but smile at the sight of Jeordi. He wasn’t handsome in the New York runway model sense, but was handsome in the real man sense. Jeordi turned heads every time he walked down the street, although he consistently missed the many glances people cast his way.

All Jeordi saw when he looked at himself was that he wasn’t tall, and he felt his ears were too big. Tom daily told Jeordi that he was the most studly man he’d ever known—and he quietly gave thanks that the man was all his.

Tom felt two strong hands wrap around his waist as he stood at the sink in their kitchen. Carefully setting down the dish he’d been washing, he leaned his head back against his boyfriend’s solid shoulder, brushing his smooth cheek against Jeordi’s fuzzy cheek—fuzzy not from a beard but from a strong five o’clock shadow the man dependably had every day by late afternoon. Jeordi hated it, but Tom loved it and loved rubbing one part or another of his body over the stubble.

“Love you, babe,” Tom whispered. “I’m glad you’re home.”

“Why?” Jeordi whispered into Tom’s ear.”

“Why? Why? Why do I keep subjecting myself to the same crap?”

“So, they didn’t throw their arms open and tell you they’ve joined PFLAG and ask for your advice on what to wear in the next Pride Day parade?”

Jeordi snorted. “Um, that would be a great big no.”

“What did they do this time?” Tom asked.

“Prayed—and then some. They tried to have some kind of healing service to rid me of the evil that had ‘grabbed hold’ of me, to quote my mother. They said they needed to cast the devil out of my body.”

“Oh, isn’t that special,” Tom joked.

“Not so much,” Jeordi disagreed.

“Was it just your parents?”

“Oh, no. That’s what made this one more frustrating. They had their minister there. He brought a backup minister—poor kid looked freaked out just being in the same room with a known homosexual. Don’t know what he thought was going to happen.”

“They upped the ante, I see,” Tom said.

“Oh, there’s more,” Jeordi said.


“Hell, yes. They had some of my more uptight brothers there with them this time.”

“They succeeded in getting any of your brothers to be in the same room at the same time? How the hell did they swing that one?”

“Don’t know. Must have been one hell of a bribe. They, of course, brought their wives, I guess to show me how a good strong Christian heterosexual marriage works. They pissed me off so much I slipped and asked Beau how he could take part in something like that when he’d been off screwing half the women in the county. He didn’t appreciate it. I guess his wife didn’t know he was a hound dog she needed to keep on a tighter leash.”

Tom stopped what he was doing and dropped his head back, deep in thought. “Hmm, your brother Beau would look damned good in a collar—and naked,” he said. “Now, if you maybe added a blindfold, put him on his knees with his hands cuffed behind his back—now that’s just freaking hot. Maybe I should call his wife and give her a few suggestions. How do you think she’d take that? I’d be doing it strictly to help her out since I doubt she’d ever come up with an idea like that on her own. And of course I’d need to be there to help her, you know, to consult.”

“Don’t go there,” Jeordi warned with a chuckle. Beau was beautiful, but unfortunately he knew it and wasn’t at all opposed to spreading his beauty around to any and all women who’d have him. “At least that got the two of them out of the whole ritualistic crap my mother had planned for the weekly visit.”

“Two down, ten to go,” Tom said.

Tom turned around and wrapped his arms around Jeordi, kissing his neck. “I love you, babe,” he whispered into Jeordi’s ear as he held tightly to his man.

“I’m so glad you do. My family certainly doesn’t.”

“Oh, they love you. They just don’t understand it because the playing field has changed since you came out,” Tom said.


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B.G. Thomas

B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade. They’ve been married twice. First in 2005—although it wasn’t legal. They jumped the broom (as well as the sword) and were married in heart in front of their friends and loved ones. Then in 2014, they flew to Baltimore and made it legal (and couldn’t have without the help of B.G.’s fans who practically funded the entire weekend!).  He can’t get enough of seeing that gold wedding band on his hand, even two years later.

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. He has gone to conventions his entire adult life where he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers. He has made up stories since he was a child; it is where he finds his joy.

Excited about the growing male/male romance market, he submitted a story and was thrilled when it was accepted in four days. Since then the stories have poured out of him. “It’s like I’m somehow making up for a lifetime’s worth of stories!”

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!”




Scott Coatsworth:

Scott has been writing since elementary school. After leaving writing for twenty years, Mark, his husband, told him “the only one stopping you from writing is you.”

Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way, finishing more than a dozen short stories – some new, some that he had started years before – and seeing his first sale. He’s embarking on a new trilogy, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi site, a support group for writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and supernatural fiction.

Mark and Scott have been together for twenty four years. They met at the Pacific Center, an LGBT center in Berkeley, California, in 1992. They dated for two weeks, and then Scott moved in with Mark, and the rest is history. They run their own business together, study Italian, and are almost never found apart.




Jamie Fessenden

Jamie Fessenden set out to be a writer in junior high school. He published a couple of short pieces in his high school’s literary magazine, but it wasn’t until he met his partner, Erich, almost twenty years later, that he began writing again in earnest. With Erich alternately inspiring and goading him, Jamie published his first novella in 2010, and has since published over twenty other novels and novellas.

After legally marrying in 2010, buying a house together, and getting a dog, Jamie and Erich have settled down to life in the country, surrounded by wild turkeys, deer, and the occasional coyote. A few years ago, Jamie was able to quit the tech support job that gave him insanely high blood pressure. He now writes full-time… and feels much better.




Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy met his husband Dan thirty-four years ago during a Sunday service at MCC in Washington, DC when a hot, smart man sat down beside him. Due to a shortage of hymnals they had to share.  The touch of one hand on the other in that moment was electric. Sparks flew that day. Though neither had planned it, they spent the day together followed by the night.  From that day, for more than three decades they’ve rarely been separated, each finding in the other their soul mate.

In the District of Columbia, where they lived, marriage became possible in early March 2010.  The minute it happened they were in line to get a marriage license, only to be stumped because the license required the name of the person who was going to marry them. There was such a sudden rush of same sex couples wanting to get married that the office already had a two-month backlog before an appointment could be secured.  Since they weren’t at all convinced that the Congress wasn’t going to step in and do something stupid to take away this right, they started calling everywhere to find someone who would marry them. It might be legal, but finding someone to marry them was proving to be a challenge.

When an article appeared in the newspaper telling of a small, local United Methodist Church that had decided to go against general church policy because marriage equality mattered deeply to them, a conversation started.  After a series of emails and phone calls, suddenly they were seated with two retired UMC ministers who were willing to risk it all to do the right thing.  A few days later, license in hand, surrounded by a handful of friends and their best dog, Shadow, they were finally legally married.





Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Collars ‘N’ Cuffs Anthology by Wayward Ink Publishing

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Title: Collars ‘N’ Cuffs
Authors: Layla Dorine, Aimee Brissay, Lily Velden, Alina Popescu, Kassandra Lea, Carol Pedroso, Eddy LeFey, Asta Idonea
Genre: Gay Romance, BDSM
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


How about a little bondage?

Does D/s get your motor running?

Do you enjoy a serving of pain to go with your pleasure?

Does your mouth water at the thought of clamps and cuffs and other naughty stuffs?

Then look no further!

The authors of Collars ‘N’ Cuffs have dripped wax on their keyboards, flogged their erotic bones, and whipped up their creative juices to bring you a collection of stories certain to enflame your imagination.

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Taharial quit Hell as fast as feet and feathers would carry him and made his way topside. He couldn’t return to Heaven—not yet—so he used magic to conceal his wings from mortal view and paced one of the humans’ city parks. It was almost nighttime, and the cool evening air soothed his heated skin, helped steady his breathing, and calmed his mind.

He rubbed his wrists where the chains had held him in place; he could feel them even now. And it wasn’t only the bite of cold metal that stayed with him. He could still feel Asmodeus’ touch, too. All over his skin. Deep inside him. If he went home before he regained control of his thoughts, his brothers would see something was wrong.

They would know what he’d done.

He collapsed onto a bench and buried his head in his hands. What had he done? What had come over him? In the past, he’d experienced the odd spark of curiosity when he watched mortals copulate and saw the look of ecstasy on their faces. He’d pondered their joy and wondered if he was capable of feeling the same. But his interest had been purely academic. He was an angel of purity, and a poor one he would be were he to allow such imaginings to take hold.

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Layla Dorine

The last thing Flint expected upon discovering a homeless young man rummaging through the dumpster behind his shop was a kindred spirit.

The last thing Trace expected to find in that dumpster was a home.



Aimee Brissay

To safe or not to safe?

That is the question.



Lily Velden

Jack wanted to dabble in some light BDSM, looking for a little role play. A little role-reversal.

Rhys took to their games like a duck to water.



Alina Popescu

A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.

Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.

But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?

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Kassandra Lea

Samuel wants to play with his favorite toy and Flynn is only too willing to oblige.

But first, he has a little treat for his delectable angel.



Carol Pedroso

Exiled and lonely, Sorl longs for home.

Kidnapped, blind, and scared, Unjarf seeks help of any kind.

When they meet can love bring rescue, hope, and most importantly new sight?



Eddy LeFey

Robert is floundering, trying to get his life back together.

Daniel offers to help, to teach Robert what it means to truly let go of control, in order to be able to seize it again.

Life truly is a…. switch.



Asta Idonea

When Taharial, angel of purity, descends to Hell to reprimand him, lust demon Asmodeus cannot resist having a little fun with his unwanted guest.

However, when he chains Taharial to his bed, events take a turn he didn’t expect.


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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Blood Lines by A.L. Bates

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Title: Blood Lines
Author: A.L. Bates
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller
Length: Novella
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Mark Thomas owns his own “New York”-themed bar on an off-world colony.

Nate Fox is an ex-con gone straight.

He’s also Mark’s best friend and brother-in-law.

Mark has feelings for Nate. Nate has feelings for Mark.

But neither man is prepared to compromise their friendship or Mark’s relationship with Danny.

Blood Lines is a story about fidelity, trust, and respect. It’s a story about honesty and learning from mistakes.

And it’s a story about second chances.

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Nate flung opened the door and passed Mark a bag. “Change of clothes,” he said.

It took Mark a moment, but he realized Nate had changed too. He was still wearing jeans and a black shirt, but they were new and clean. Mark opened the bag, feeling a sudden wave of joy to be able to change into something less sordid. He pulled out a pair of regular chinos and a red and white jersey. Then his face fell.

“What’s this?” he said, holding up the jersey. “You bought me a Red Sox jersey.”

Nate started the car, his smirk clearly visible on his smug face. “It’s all they had, I swear.”

“We’re in the middle of nowhere and you’re seriously telling me this is all they had?”

Nate gave him a sly grin.

“You seriously expect me to wear this. You’re an asshole, Nate Fox. I’m dying and you want me to spend my last days in this.”

Nate chuckled. “Dude, you don’t have to wear it. Stick to the cum-stained shirt instead; it’s a good look for you.”

Mark hesitated. Wear an enemy jersey or look like a hooker—it was a hard call. He pulled off his stained top and tossed it into the backseat. When he was dressed, Nate flashed him a satisfied, smug smile.

“You look good in that,” he teased.

“I hate you.”

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Collateral Damage by J.T. Cheyanne

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Fleeing the questions and horrific memories in Miami-Dade, Trevor Garrett accepts a deputy position in the small town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Plagued by anxiety attacks and an abhorrence to being touched, Trevor rebuffs his best friend’s attempts to set him up. He has no desire for any type of relationship; until the local golden boy strolls into his line of sight at the neighborhood dive…

Logan Andrews just wants to take care of his mama. After years of serving his country in the Army Special Forces, Logan resigns when he learns his mother is suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. A night out with old friends turns heated when the newest deputy in town catches his attention…

When a sexually deviant killer sets his sights on the gay men in the area, Trevor is assigned the case. In a wicked twist, all evidence points to Logan. Can Trevor’s past be repeating itself? In a race against a killer, Trevor struggles to overcome his own insecurities and clear the man whose touch sets him on fire. Will he succeed or will their budding relationship become Collateral Damage?

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Staggering to the bathroom, Trevor used one hand on the wall to guide him. Bleary eyes refused to focus. Jim Beam played Hell with his balance. A category four hurricane roared between his ears. Fur coated his tongue and teeth and his bladder felt like the entire Atlantic Ocean had taken up residence. Hangovers fucking sucked.

He skipped the light in favor of his too sensitive eyes and fumbled with the toilet seat. How the fuck did it always end up down when two guys lived in the damn house? No waistband met his searching fingers and he realized he was buck ass naked. Noah wasn’t going to like that, especially not if Ashton had stayed over for the night. His palm found his cock and he aimed on instinct. The release of pressure dragged a groan out of him.

Why the fuck had he gotten drunk? He hadn’t done that since…nope, still not wasted enough to go there. But, he’d been stone fucking cold sober when he’d told Logan every minute detail. Another groan preceded a curse. That was why he was hating on Jimmy B so early in the morning; he had been trying to drown the whining ass who’d spilled his guts like some female on Oprah steroids.

He shook, flushed and shuffled to the sink. Water poured out of the faucet. A quick soap job and he grabbed his toothbrush and toothpaste. His teeth needed a serious haircut. The minty flavor turned his stomach, but he persisted. Fur on teeth was just unnatural. A few rinse and spits and he stumbled back down the hallway to his room.

The dead soldier laughed at him from beside the bed. Not a drop of liquid remained in the bottle. “I hate you, Mr. Beam, just so ya know. You and me, we ain’t friends anymore. I’m thinking Mr. Cuervo won’t be so hateful the next morning.” And, he was talking to a whiskey bottle. Definitely time for coffee.

He expected the familiar scent to draw the men out of the bedroom. He popped two pain relievers while he waited for the brew. Thinking he heard shuffling down the hall, he set three mugs on the counter. When the final drip fell, Noah still hadn’t appeared. Odd, it was a weekday.

Trevor checked his watch. Shit! Ten a.m. Thank God, he was on afternoon to evening shift or the Sheriff would be chewing his ass. Noah was long gone; the office opened at eight every morning. He checked the window and sure enough, his friend’s car wasn’t in the drive.

Carrying his coffee into the living room, he dropped into the recliner. He blanked his mind, refusing to think about what he’d told Logan yesterday and the way he’d sent the man away. He didn’t want to think; didn’t want to feel. He considered a gym visit, but wasn’t sure his stomach would appreciate his efforts. And, what if Logan was there? He settled deeper into the recliner. Nope. He was good right where he was.

An hour later, he felt almost human again. His stomach still rebelled at the thought of food, but the storm inside of his head had lulled. He carried his coffee cup to the kitchen and rinsed it out, leaving it to dry in the sink. After a punishing cold shower, he dressed in khakis and a black polo pullover with the department’s name sewn onto the space over his heart. He strapped on his belt and holstered his gun before clipping his badge and handcuffs to the leather.

Trevor stared at himself in the mirror. The uniform was different, but the image was one he’d seen most of his adult life. He was a cop, had always wanted to be a cop. He had a job to do and he wasn’t going to let Braeden Gustinvil take that away from him. With a final glare at the man in the mirror, he spun on his booted heel and strode down the hall.

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#1 Best Selling Author of Grand Slam, J.T. Cheyanne is a genre crosser who writes romance and paranormal in the m/m and m/f genres. J.T. Cheyanne resides in the beautiful state of Alabama. J.T. lives with her two sons and daughter. An avid reader since fourth grade, she has only just started writing her own stories. She also has several works published with her co-author, V.L. Moon.

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Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, and Giveaway – Rockin’ It Forever by Morticia Knight


Bryan and Aubrey’s story continues in Rockin’ it Forever

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Music journalist Bryan Gallagher’s life has completely changed in an unexpected way. Not only has he snagged a dream assignment as the memoirist to alternative music’s rock superstar Aubrey King, but he’s also promised to give the beautiful and enigmatic musician a chance for them to forge a relationship. It’s all very overwhelming for Bryan since, up until he spent a sexually charged day and night with Aubrey, Bryan has never even dreamed of being with a man.
Aubrey is completely smitten with the boyishly handsome, young rock writer, Bryan. After their instant spark grows into something more, Aubrey is desperate to keep Bryan by his side for always. He’s promised Bryan that their love is for real, that Bryan isn’t simply one of his rock star conquests.
Their road isn’t an easy one, though. Despite their deepening bond and growing need for each other, other factors intrude. Neither Aubrey nor Bryan is ready to come out, and their relationship needs to remain a carefully guarded secret. In addition, Aubrey has to answer to the demands of his profession and Bryan has to traverse the shifting waters between his personal and business relationship with his famous lover.
Then a secret is revealed and everything in their joint world implodes. When a love is so strong that two men can barely take a breath without thinking of the other, will that be enough to bridge the loss of trust? The only way they can rock their love forever is if Aubrey can reach Bryan before it’s too late.
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“I’m going to be awkward sometimes, Aubrey. I was next to hopeless with women and I haven’t the slightest clue what just happened between us the other night other than I want it to keep going. I love how you can express yourself so freely.” Bryan sighed and Aubrey wanted to reach through the phone and crush him to his chest. “I don’t know if I can give you that. You’re the poet, the priest. I’m merely the one who receives your grace.”

Aubrey inhaled sharply. “Damn. You just gave it.” The words had come out on a whisper. Aubrey let the hand not holding his phone slide down his body until he’d cupped his balls. He was completely nude the way he typically was when alone or with someone he wanted to be naked with. “Don’t overthink, Bry. You don’t think you have beautiful words as a writer? Jesus, you just brought tears to my eyes. You don’t think there’s a reason why everyone wants you to interview them, why you’re the one who they trust with their thoughts and feelings?”


I can fucking feel him blushing from here. I want his cock in my mouth right now. Dammit.


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M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms and The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative.



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Chaos&HypeTITLE: Chaos & Hype

SERIES: The Dancer’s Series

AUTHOR: Grein Murray

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LENGTH: 166 Pages

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016

BLURB: Hip hop dancer, Skylar, is excited about a new job he’s gotten for the summer at a theme park near his home. This is his chance to show his family that he can make money doing what he loves. Skylar wasn’t counting on falling for Ryan, the hot, Australian dancer that he is paired up with, but the pull is too strong for him to fight.

Ryan is set to go back home to Australia after the park closes at the end of the summer. He didn’t plan on falling in love with his gorgeous dancing partner, but his heart had other ideas. As he and Skylar get closer, their impending separation starts to affect the both of them. Will they do what it takes to be together?

“So, does this count as our first date?” Ryan’s face flushes slightly.

His question takes me off guard. His expression looks like he’s uncertain if he should have said what he did.

Instead of answering him, I lean forward, put my hand gently on the back of his neck, and kiss his soft lips. It was probably a stupid thing to do, but my heart seems to be doing the thinking for me.


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When I’m not writing I like going to concerts. Music is a big part of my life, I’ve played bass guitar since I was a teen. I love nature and enjoy hiking and working with causes that help protect our planet and wild animals.

I have loved books all of my life and have always enjoyed escaping the ordinary world by getting lost in a good book. I read a lot of different genres of books but have fallen in love with MM. I support the gay community and hope one day people will see that love is love and that it is a beautiful thing no matter your gender, race or religion.

I am an avid animal lover and have quite a collection of pets in my home. I love ancient history and have studied Alexander the Great as well as Egypt and it’s pharaohs. I also am very interested in angels and have researched them and will put that to use in future books.

I hope that my readers continue to fall in love with my characters and that my stories touch their lives and bring them happiness.

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Spotlight and Exclusive Excerpt – The Second Half: A Gay American Football Story by Scott D. Pomfret

The Second Half

From the author of Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir and co-author of the Romentics™ series of gay romance novels comes a sexy new story of values, family, love, big hits, big choices, big plays, and big men.


Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with both feet.

For each, the stakes are high: bowls, limelight, press, and the NFL.  But Peyton and Brady find time during the season to carve out their own private and sexy refuge.  Only jealous whispers force the head coach to see what he didn’t want to see and he tears the two apart.  It’s only when Brady’s war injuries threaten his health that Peyton reluctantly returns to the team — under cover!  The two concoct a plan to pass off Peyton as Brady at the bowl game, thereby preserving Brady’s health and perhaps earning a national championship.  Will anyone notice the difference?  Does anyone really want to?  Most of all, can the pair’s sense of honor outlast the deception?

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After loading the Silverado with marinated chicken, beer, wine, chips, and chocolate, Peyton drove out of Manchester with the distinct feeling that he and Brady had looted from the town everything worth taking.

Brady dozed in the passenger seat. Every few minutes, Peyton stole a glance at Brady’s face. Each time he felt the thrill of the forbidden. As if, finally, he was seeing Brady unmasked. The real human being behind the tinted Plexiglas shield he wore during the game. Peyton picked out all the places he would kiss later: the chin, the dimples, the forehead, and the eyes. He could scarcely wait.

After ninety minutes’ drive, Peyton pulled off the highway on to a rutted dirt track that led across a fallow field.

Brady finally woke and asked in a groggy tone, “You kidnapping me? Gonna keep me in the cellar, like the gimp?”

“You complaining?”

Star quarterback gone missing,” Brady said, using his television announcer voice. “Quarterbacks coach is a person of interest.”

“I’d do it,” Peyton said. I’d do anything to keep you.

After a few hundred yards, the field gave way to forest. They passed an outhouse before they reached Peyton’s refuge: a back cabin he rented from a very nice straight woman. She wasn’t much of a football fan, but she was glad for the extra income since her husband died.

The little cabin had a secondary fuel stove and kerosene lights alongside the electric, in case the power went out. The stone hearth was big enough to walk into. A long sleeping loft was perched over a kitchen, where the cast-iron wood-burning stove that looked like some medieval torture device took up much of the floor space. There was no cell phone service; they had to go up on the hill to get a signal. No TV. No radio. No internet. Just an old guitar, a fishing rod, a scatter of books, and a handful of board games.

“It’s not much of a dungeon,” Peyton apologized. “Coach’s salary only goes so far.”

“I love it,” said Brady.

While Peyton unloaded the Silverado (cheap wine, chicken, marshmallows for the fire), Brady explored the property. Peyton found him on the riverbank behind the house. Brady grinned, stripped naked, and jumped in. He shrieked at the top of his lungs.

Peyton just smiled. The nearest neighbor—his landlord—was miles away. They were in their own world.

“I’ll get you a towel,” Peyton said, but when he brought it back, Brady pulled him into the river, clothes and all.

Afterward, stark naked, Peyton chopped wood and Brady collected kindling from the surrounding woods. It was only then that Peyton discovered he had no matches. “Dammit,” he cried. “Dammit. I could have sworn… This ruins everything.”

“What’s wrong?”

“I forgot the damn matches.”

“We could run out to the store…”

“It’s like twenty-five minutes away. Last thing I want is to get behind the wheel again. I don’t even want to get dressed. I want to be here with you.”

Wearing nothing but his dog tags, Brady emerged from the woods. He was carrying an armload of kindling and had smudged mud on his face like warpaint. He dumped the wood at Peyton’s feet like an obedient dog. “Never fear,” he said. “Your hero is here.”

Dousing the kindling with a cup of kerosene, Brady chipped a spark from the rocks around the fire pit. The fire caught and they fed its relentless appetite until the blaze was big enough to dry the river’s damp out of their bones. They made love by the fire pit on an old blanket.

Peyton grilled chicken over the hot coals and afterward melted marshmallows on sticks. They fed each other s’mores until Brady’s lips tasted of chicken grease and his breath was sugar and chocolate. Brady picked up the guitar and sang a deep, unpolished rendition of Wild Horses and a rocking version of Jolene.

The win over the Swarm? Peyton hardly remembered it.

The final score? No idea.

The game seemed like something from a history class that happened a thousand years ago but was of no consequence in the present time.



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Scott D. Pomfret is author of the forthcoming novels The Second Half (Lethe Press June 2016), Only Say the Word (Ninestar Press May 16, 2016), The Hunger Man (Ninestar Press June 2016), and the recently released collection of short stories You Are the One (Ninestar Press April 4, 2016).  Past published works include Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir (Arcade 2008), the Romentics-brand gay romance novels (LooseID Press), the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and dozens of short stories published in, among other venues, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills.  Scott is lucky to be able to write from his tiny Boston apartment and even tinier Provincetown beach shack, which he shares with his partner of fifteen years, Scott Whittier.