Blurb(s): It’s been three years since David broke up with Michael. He’s ready to find his mate. Only the only man he’s attracted to at all is a hookup from a bar. After hours of passion they separate and David only discovers the next morning the man was his mate. Where can he find him again? And what is his name?
David woke late Sunday afternoon with a headache, which didn’t seem fair because he hadn’t drunk very much the night before. Damn head cold! He still remembered every minute of the night before. Part of him wished he’d broken his own rule and let the handsome hunk stay over. He got what he wanted, he would have blown me off when he saw me in the light of day. Getting out of bed he stumbled to the bathroom sneezing. He decided to take a hot shower, the steam would clear up his sinuses, for a while. He wanted a clear head so he could convince himself it was time to settle down and find a forever love. No more casual sex!
Setting the temp as hot as he could stand, he stepped into the oversized stall. The room quickly filled with steam and his nose started running. He gave a fleeting thought to the scents he was washing down the drain before he remembered his sheets. His cougar wasn’t very happy with him for kicking HH, the handsome hunk, out of their bed and was pouting by being silent. Of course his cougar was generally subdued when he was showering.
After twenty minutes in the steam his muscles were loose and he could breathe again, for now. Stepping out of the shower onto the bathmat he grabbed a clean towel off the shelf and after a quick rub down, wrapped it around his waist. Taking a look in the mirror he decided to take some cold medicine and spend the day being lazy. He was already envisioning a long afternoon on the couch snuggled in a blanket with a pitcher of lemon water and some chicken soup within easy reach. I’m wallowing, because I already miss him.
First though, he needed to strip the bed and put the sheets in the wash. Later, he knew he’d want cool fresh sheets to sleep in. And right now he was as awake, alert, and as energetic as he was going to be for the rest of the day. Walking through the door to the bedroom the scents from his sheets hit him all at once. His inner cat roared and David was so surprised he didn’t stop the shift.
Leaping onto the bed in his puma form, he rolled around in the sheets before sneezing. Sitting up in the bed he had a sheet wrapped around him, the end flopping over his head. He could see his reflection in the mirror on the opposite wall. Big tough cat, not! Mate! We found our mate!
Shifting back into his human form allowed him to say what he was thinking. “Shit! Shit, shit, shit!” Untangling himself from the bedding he began to pace around the room. I don’t even know his name!
Author Bio: Rae Brewer is new to writing romance and has found a niche in the M/M paranormal genre. After growing up in San Francisco, Rae now calls Chicago home.
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Fabulous Five Blog Hop
I was tagged twice, and this is for my first tag. My second post will go up next week and I’ll be focusing on two different books for each post.
This go around I was tagged by Anne Barwell, my co-conspirator in The Sleepless City series. Anne also has a fantasy series, and a World War Two series, as well as a great dragon shifter book. You can find them all on her website, Drops of Ink.
What am I working on?
I have two books I’m currently working to have completed, the first is Jewel Cave (book #3) of Circles. The second is Checkmate (book #4) and is part of The Sleepless City series written with Anne Barwell. I should be receiving edits shortly for book #5 of Sentries, Tethered Pair and book #2 of Circles, A Barlow Lens.
Circles is a contemporary, mystery series that features different couples in each book with one of the men in each couple working in various branches of law enforcement. In each book we briefly meet one or two of the characters from the next book. This gives the series its title: Circles. Since every life is a circle.
The first in the Circles was Run for the Roses, released this past May by Dreamspinner Press. It revolved around the Kentucky Derby, murder and a gambling scheme. A Barlow Lens finishes the story started in Run for the Roses and intertwines it with the story of another couple involving a cold case murder that occurred in 1927. This book is told in two timelines and takes place in my neighborhood of West Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
Book three, one of my two WIPs is Jewel Cave. This book features US Marshall Griff Diamond and his partner, Clint Bishop. Much of the book takes place in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My first literary love was scifi, which emphasizes science. I’m a huge astronomy buff and in one way or another work that into just about everything I write. I didn’t set out to do that, it just sort of happened. I’m also a veterinary nurse and most of my books feature at least one four-legged supporting character.
In Electric Candle (book #2 of The Sleepless City) I tried to give some evolutionary and scientific reasoning behind the vampire mythos Anne and I used. I’ve often said it’s probably a good thing she’s in New Zealand and I’m in the United States or she’d bop me over the head for constantly asking her, “But why is it like that?”
The title of A Barlow Lens (book #2 of Circles) comes directly from a special lens used on a telescope to enhance magnification. When we look up at the stars we are looking back in time and this type of lens lets us look back even farther.
It’s been said there are only seven basic plots in the world, but I do try my best to take those plots and give them a good, healthy twist or three.
The beauty of romance is it goes so well with so many other genres. I love stories with a lot of action and suspense. Blending those aspects into a nice romance is fun, challenging and I think makes for a very interesting story.
Why do I write what I do?
I think that answer is simple, and probably the same as everyone else’s. I write what I’d like to read. I write what sparks my imagination and takes me to another place/time even if only for a little while. Most importantly I write because I must write. The stories are in my head and believe me when I say, they need out!
How does my writing process work?
My books are plot driven stories. I enjoy reading books that have a great plot incorporating romance, a mystery or a good monster hunt and I strive to write such books (some days that works out better than others).
The method that seems to work the best for me and the one I’m most comfortable with is developing the plot first. From there I develop the characters, or fit existing characters in then I find a good place for my novel to take place since location, location, location is very important.
I use a few programs to help me keep track of all my research and ideas for each book and each series as a whole. OneNote is my overall information base. I use Google Drives to store random scenes and any outline/overview as they are developed. I have both Scrivener and Liquid Story Binder to use for cataloging and rearranging scene notes, but those aren’t used as heavily as OneNote and Drive. I like using these programs because they are portable. They’re on my desktop, laptop, phone and table. When an idea strikes I can jot it down on my phone and pull it up a week later for development in a story on my laptop.
Once I get a chapter completed I send it out to my beta readers. They read and complete the first editorial remarks. When I have a few chapters beta read I go back and begin editing earlier chapters. That does a few things for me. It refreshes my memory about what happened earlier in the book, lets me know if I have to make adjustments to the early plot and additions to later chapters.
By the time the final chapters are beta read, the earlier chapters are polished and edited and when I’m done with the book, I’m done. I don’t generally look at the manuscript until the production process begins.
Who is next on my hit list?
This round I am tagging, Andrew Grey, Sue Brown, Will Parkinson, Alex Dundass and Andrea Speed. If you’ve done this already, or don’t want to participate, I’m sure the meme police will not come get you. However, if they come to me looking for you I’m giving out contact information….bwwwaahahahhaa
May I help you?”
When Cameron turned, he forgot to speak. Standing there was a man--a beautiful creature, whispered a voice in Cameron’s head. He didn’t quite look of this world. He was tall with dark hair swept off his face, its highlights of turquoise and green reminding Cameron of the peacock feathers he’d been looking at earlier. Dressed all in black, he was adorned with silver earrings, necklace, and rings, and his eyes were lined with purple. And what amazing eyes they were: sea green, ocean gray, ancient, wise, and warmly regarding Cameron as if the man knew him well. His generous mouth curved in a small smile. He looked to Cameron like some fantastic nobleman from the eighteenth century.
After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn't looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.
In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
Tour Dates: August 20, 2014
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Love is a dangerous emotion that EMT Jared won’t risk. But it looks as though a sweet and sexy National Guardsman is about to make him wish for that—and much more.
EMT Jared Li loves his job, his friends and clubbing. There’s nothing like a night of fun getting glammed up, throwing on some heels and shaking his ass to the latest Britney tune. Life is all about having a good time with as many hot guys as possible.
Dan Harrison has been in the National Guard for about six months and out for not much longer than that. At twenty-two, he’s somewhat innocent, a little shy and not interested in meaningless hook-ups. One night at a karaoke bar changes everything for him when his fellow Guardsman Joseph introduces him to his friend Jared. Dan’s never met anyone like the luscious twink who’s filled with so much life and laughter.
A night of passion shakes them to their very cores. Jared really likes Dan, but doesn’t want to get caught up in any type of exclusive thing. Dan wishes there could be more between them, but is willing just to be friends in order to remain near the androgynous stunner.
Hanging out strictly as friends proves to be almost impossible for them both. Not only does Jared continuously lust after the muscular soldier, but he’s also falling for the caring and compassionate man. Dan’s every sex fantasy stars Jared in one of his daring club outfits, but his heart is what really matters and it’s already been lost to Jared.
A traumatic event breaks down the barriers between them and gives them the chance to be together the way they both want. But after Dan is called up by the Guard to assist at a natural disaster, the same bravery that Jared admires in Dan might be the final thing that separates them forever.
They ground into one another, the rough fabric of their jeans a frustrating obstacle to what he sought. Jared broke their kiss, gulping in air. Dan missed the candy of his mouth immediately. He yanked Jared’s head back, baring his throat, nipping and sucking at his skin. He licked his way up to the sensitive spot behind Jared’s ear then suckled that lobe of flesh into his mouth, scraping it with his teeth then soothing it with his tongue. His angel moaned—made noises Dan had never heard before but only wanted to hear from then on.
Everything about Jared sounded, felt, tasted and smelled right. It was exactly what he’d fantasized about once he’d let himself wish for a man of his own. The heat building between their bodies had Dan sweating, wanting his clothes off, needing Jared’s off. He reluctantly disentangled himself from Jared’s hair to push at the man’s blazer, trying to get it off his shoulders. Jared grabbed his arm, bringing Dan’s wrist to his mouth, kissing the inside of it and peering at him through his long lashes.
“We’re going to need what I have in my pocket.” He paused as if waiting for Dan’s reaction. “Unless you have supplies?”
It hit him what Jared meant and served as a reminder as to how inexperienced he was. Thankfully, his tremendous longing seemed to be guiding him well otherwise.
“Uh, no. I mean, that’s great. You, uh…”
Jared took Dan’s face between his hands and kissed him deeply again. There was less desperation, but the hunger between them was still sharp. When he pulled away, his hand dropped to Dan’s, and he clasped their fingers together. An expression of unconcealed lust radiated from Jared’s eyes and for the first time Dan felt wanted. Desired.
“Is that your bedroom through there?”
Pssttt scavenger hunt hint:
Fact #2 - Even though EMT Jared Li is in his late twenties, he’d rather go to the club than settle down with one guy.
Book Name: Dangerous Wish (Uniform Encounters 6)
Although part of a series, all installments can be read as standalones. For more information, visit Morticia Knight’s author page at Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/author/morticia-knight#books
Set Ablaze (Uniform Encounters 1)
Hunky fire chief Eric is out of the closet after twenty years of marriage. Can he find true love, or will a spate of arson fires destroy his chances with Tom, the sexy young firefighter?
Arresting Behaviour (Uniform Encounters 2)
Native American Quinn and Detective Jake come from two opposing worlds. But when opposites attract, the result is explosive.
Lust Emergency (Uniform Encounters 3)
The new ER doctor is smoking hot, and the exotic African American paramedic can't keep his eyes off of him. Tricky relationships and subterfuge at a Phoenix sex club almost drive a permanent wedge between the two, but a bombing at City Hall changes the endgame.
Guarded Desires (Uniform Encounters 4)
A sexy young National Guardsman, a snarky bear of a DEA Agent and a vicious Mexican drug cartel. Someone’s going to be sorry.
Secret Fire (Uniform Encounters 5)
Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.
M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. 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 now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on a new series about men in uniform entitled Sin City Uniforms and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club.
August 8: Kimi-Chan, Rainbow Gold Reviews
August 11: Hearts on Fire, MM Good Book Reviews
August 12: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Love Bytes
August 13: The Hat Party
August 14: Prism Book Alliance
August 15: Tara Lain
August 18: Parker Williams, The Blogger Girls
August 19: Emotion in Motion
August 20: My Fiction Nook
August 21: Decadent Delights, Lee Brazil
August 22: Smoocher’s Voice
August 25: Amanda C. Stone
August 26: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
August 27: LeAnn’s Book Reviews
August 28: Reviews and Ramblings
August 29: Nephylim
I’m enjoying my blog tour so far, and have gotten a fair number of responses for my give away. If you haven’t seen any of my other stops on this tour, here’s how the giveaway will work. Comment below, and go to as many sites listed in the blog schedule as you’d like and comment there as well. Each blog you comment on will earn you one entry for my giveaway. Three prizes will be given. One signed paperback copy, and two electronic copies of Living Again.
Now to talk about other things.
One of the interview questions that often pop up is “Who is your favorite author?” So, I thought I’d answer that here, just in case anyone wanted to know.
I don’t have just one. Really. I know favorite means one, but I have two that tie for first place and about a million and three who tie for second. The first place winners are Isaac Asimov and Anne McCaffrey. I love anything these two writers ever wrote. I was reading I Robot when my friends were reading. Winnie the Pooh. So many wonderful things came out of his writing. He coined the term ‘robotics’ and came up with the ‘three laws’ which numerous other people writing about robots have borrowed.
I didn’t just read his robot stories though. Foundation Trilogy is among my favorites of his stories. So much so that I had one of my characters reading that to his catatonic brother in an upcoming story, For Mac, which is due out in March.
Asimov also wrote about writing, a little anyway. He often put tips, etc or stories about people asking him for advice in the forwards of his books. I cut my teeth on those tidbits. He probably is a big reason why I always wanted to write. I never in a million years thought I was good enough to actually be a writer, but I wanted to write just like Asimov. Of course, even now that I am writing, I don’t write like Asimov. But he was certainly an influence.
If Asimov was the serious writer, the one who taught me about technique and the importance of research, Anne McCaffrey was the one who showed me that writing must be fun, because her books were fun. Asimov’s was fun to read too, of course, or I wouldn’t have read them. But, McCaffrey seemed to be a little more light-hearted to me. Her worlds were fun to lose myself in. I dreamed about finding fire lizards or impressing a dragon. I wished and hoped I’d develop psionic talents like her wonderful characters in a non-Pern series she wrote. I have even written a story about a child with empathic abilities. It’s nothing like her series and obviously nowhere near as expertly written, but it exists.
As you can probably see, I usually read science fiction when I was younger. Now I read anything that stands still long enough, but science fiction was my first love. That makes an appearance in most of my stories. If it’s not actually about science fictiony things, there are characters who like science fiction movies or read science fiction books. In For Mac, one of the things my main characters have in common is that they’re both Trekkies. (And don’t get me started on the influence Star Trek had in my life. That would be another whole article length discussion).
What about you? If you’re a writer, who influenced you the most? If you’re a reader, who is the one (or two) authors you would choose if you were going to be stranded with only their books for the rest of your life?
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Blurb of Living Again:
Daniel Larson has walled himself off from any possibility of romance since his lover died violently five years ago in Afghanistan. The same bomb that ended his partner’s life took the lower part of Daniel’s left leg. The only support Daniel has, his Uncle Lawrence, is dead-set against anything homosexual, including Daniel.
Now, a popular language teacher at the local university, Daniel's suffering from a car accident that broke his one good leg. His uncle, who is much better at throwing money at things than offering emotional support, provides a rented power chair and a private in-home nurse. Unbeknownst to his uncle, the nurse comes in the form of a man named Jonah Thacker.
Instantly attracted, Daniel and Jonah fight their mutual feelings in favor of professionalism. They become friends anyway, and Jonah shares his life with Daniel, including his handicapped son, Ethan. As Jonah and Daniel grow closer, Daniel becomes more involved in Jonah and his son’s lives, even being there for Ethan when his medical conditions worsen. But when Daniel’s uncle finds out the nurse he's hired is male, he uses all of his resources to keep Jonah and Daniel apart.
Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres—everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural—she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered “slash,” male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.
Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:
Cover Reveal! Wet Paint
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.
High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.
When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.
Benny cast a glance at Addy, noticing how his eyes kept darting to him and then to the floor. He seemed troubled, unsure.
“Addy? Is there something wrong?”
Addy heaved a deep sigh, then was quiet for a moment. “Do I embarrass you?” he finally asked.
“What? No, of course not. Why would you even think that?” Benny was genuinely perplexed.
“Jackson and Taylor don’t seem to have any problem touching each other, but you act like I’ve got germs or something and won’t come anywhere near me when there’s other people around. I have to wonder if you’re ashamed to be seen with someone like... me.”
“Oh God, no,” Benny replied sharply. “Please don’t ever think that. You know what? C’mere.”
He grabbed Addy’s arm and dragged him into the lounge.
“Listen to me, little man. I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will I ever be ashamed of you. If anything, you should be ashamed of me.”
Addy looked puzzled. “Why?”
Benny slid his fingers through his stubbly hair, then rubbed the back of his neck before he spoke. “I’m not really comfortable with being... like this. I really do care for you, but I’ve never felt this way about a guy— well, about anyone—before, and I don’t know how to handle it. So no, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed of you at all. I’m just not sure how to deal with everything.”
Addy took Benny by the hand and peered into his eyes. “That’s all I needed to know. I don’t want to rush you. If you need time, you’ve got to know I’ll give it to you. I just wanted to be sure that you wanted me.”
Benny regarded his boyfriend. Yeah, his boyfriend. Benny had never been afraid to stand up for anyone in his life. Why should he be ashamed to stand up for himself now?
“C’mere, little man,” he growled, putting his hand on Addy’s neck, pulling him in close.
Addy’s eyes went wide, excitement dancing in them. Benny licked his lips and then pressed them to Addy’s in a deep, thrilling kiss. Someone whimpered. Benny wasn’t really sure which one of them it had been. He felt his synapses fry. It was the most incredible thing he’d ever experienced. A voice called out, startling them both.
“Benny? Is there something you’d like to tell me?”
Benny looked up and stared for a moment at Taylor, who had a wide smile across his face. Benny could feel his cheeks heat up. This wasn’t the way he wanted this to go, but damn, right now he needed Addy in the worst way.
“No, Taylor, not right now,” he replied quietly. Then he went back in for another one of those amazing kisses.
Tour Dates: 8/18/14
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WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.
None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.
He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.
Oh Those Fangs!
Let’s take a minute to consider them.
They come in all shapes and sizes and can do interesting things. Some are soulless undead, others sparkle. Vampires are featured in folklore spanning virtually every culture in every form imaginable. Their written concept dates back to the beginning of literature. Their origins vary according to the legend, and the list of their capabilities is as many and varied as the cultures in which they abound in an ever shifting world of changes depending on the decade they exist in.
Makes one wonder.
They’re sexy. Some are sex crazed.
They all have one thing in common, however: those delectable, utterly delicious fangs. Fangs have become synonymous with vampires. Technically, fangs are incisors and commonly referred to as ‘eye teeth’ or ‘canine teeth’. Let’s not sully the sexy with too much fact, though.
A vampire’s fangs can be used for so much more than simply biting holes in their victims. Lift a lip, snarl a little, let those pointy teeth show and you’ve got people shaking in their shoes or shivering for more. They can be used to lightly, or not so lightly, scrap along a lover’s skin, delivering a delicious tease or a playful nip when needed.
Jonas Forge is a small town homicide detective. He describes himself as the brawn, not the brains, of his group of friends. A description absolutely no one believes.
He is also a 240 year-old vampire and one of the stars of my novel, Electric Candle (book #2 of The Sleepless City, a series written with Anne Barwell). He’s had a lot of practice with this vampire business and uses his fangs for a variety of reasons ranging from comical, to everyday to just plain sexy.
Aggravate him and he’ll show a bit of fangs for just long enough to get his point across and make a person wonder, what did they see? He likes to pretend he’s a hard-ass, something else those who know him don’t believe. In reality the guy is a big sweetheart. One of his human friends, Ben, does nothing but roll his eyes when Forge attempts being scary.
It’s hard to believe a guy is frightening when you’ve seen him open beer bottles with those fangs.
Where Forge excels at using his fangs—he’s had lots of practice don’t forget—is in the seduction department. In Electric Candle when the fangs come out during sex no one dies; well maybe the other guy does just a little from the sheer hotness of it all and the desire to have more!
Forge isn’t a subtle man, a fact everyone who knows him absolutely believes. When he discovered the power of those fangs against skin, how they made his lover shiver and beg for more… well let’s just say he’s perfected his technique.
Fangs are powerful weapons when used to draw blood or skilled tools used to make love’s first kiss skyrocket to new heights of desire.
Vampires in our series have soul mates, and when they meet, the biological drive to bond is irresistible. Failing to do so could make a vampire insane. That doesn’t mean it’s love at first sight, bite, or anything else. For Forge, it’s a bit of a surprise. His soul mate turns out to be a brand new, shy, confused vampire who has no real clue as to what he is or what he is capable of.
What does this have to do with fangs? In The Sleepless City series, our vampires’ fangs are a part of their emotional expression. Both Forge, and his new found soul mate show their fangs to varying degrees when they are frustrated, angry, trying to prove a point or aroused.
In Forge it becomes an interesting mix of sweet and sexy.
Originally posted on Guys Like Romance Too
Denver was-- wow.
Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.
He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.
Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.
The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.
He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.
The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?
Meet the Authors!
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has answered the call of the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.
To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.
Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com
These lovely authors were kind enough to answer a question for me! I asked How did it work out writing an anthology with three authors?
Have a look at what they said, it's pure awesome! Thank you for sharing.
I think it was easy as pie. We came up with the idea last year at Authors After Dark in Savannah. BA came up with the premise, and we pitched it to Kiernan. After that, we just had to put up a few details of the world in a shared file. Name of the rodeo, name of the owners, who was writing who.
I wanted to write the clown as an homage to my very favorite BA Tortuga character of all time. Coke Pharris is a bullfighter in her books, and he’s dating the clown, whose name is Dillon Walsh. I didn’t model Ozzie, my bear clown, after Dillon. I made him far more like her Coke, I think.
Then all we had to do was read each others’ stories and correct the weird details, say if one of us described a demon with big horns and another had the same demon with tiny little nubbins.
I love working with BA and Kiernan, because they’re pros, and quick like bunnies.
Kiernan: Usually, writing in an anthology is easy. The call for submissions gives you a general idea of the subject matter (stories about shifters in outer space, or stories about vampires who've won the lottery, for example). The author gets an idea that fits in with the general subject (Gary is a werewolf who recently graduated from the Interstellar Academy, and lands a job as a navigator on the Starship Ejaculator for the first-ever discount interplanetary junket), and off they go.
However, writing in a shared universe anthology is another story, and more difficult to do. All the authors involved need to make sure they get the details right, or the thread holding the stories together disintegrates, and may throw the reader out of a story. Alternately, if the details are the same, they can give the readers a sense of cohesion, and enhance the reading experience. Character crossovers are especially fun to come across when reading an anthology of this sort.
We started with an IM chat to iron out the broad details, then kept track of shared names and places in an online folder we could all access. Finally, our editor was able to tidy up any inconsistencies between the three stories.
I love the universe we created together, and look forward to writing more stories within it!
BA: You know, the neatest thing about collaborative writing is the brainstorming. The “OMG can we have a Dragon?” moment. We chatted and spoke in person both, and that was a true joy. The original concept was mine for about 7 seconds before it became ours. We started a shared document where we added characters as they came to life, and man, did they ever come to life? Dragons, demons, hellhounds, werewolves, psychics…
It was magic and I can’t wait to play again.
Tour Dates/Stops: 7/28 – 8/22
7/28: Prism Book Alliance
7/29: Parker Williams
7/30: Up All Night, Read All Day
7/31: Amanda C. Stone
8/1: LeAnn’s Book Reviews
8/4: Love Bytes
8/5: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Jade Crystal
8/6: The Hat Party
8/7: Night Owl Reviews, Because Two Men Are Better Than One
8/8: The Novel Approach
8/11: Decadent Delights
8/12: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8/13: Tara Lain
8/14: MM Good Book Reviews, Emotion in Motion
8/15: Iyana Jenna, Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/18: Fallen Angel Reviews, Velvet Panic
8/19: Hearts on Fire
8/20: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Dawn’s Reading Nook
8/21: Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Kimi-Chan
8/22: My Fiction Nook, Smoocher’s Voice
Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.
But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.
He must have slept for a little while, because he was awoken by a warm hand on his shoulder and the brush of lips on his forehead. “Hey, sleeping beauty. I’m done. Want to see?”
“Please.” Noah opened his eyes and moved over so that Sol could sit beside him. Sol handed him the sketch pad so Noah could admire his handiwork.
Noah traced the lines of the drawing with his fingertip while he tried to find the words. His body was lean and slender where he lay sprawled on the rumpled sheets. Sol had shaded every dip and shadow to show the curve of muscle and the angle of his bones under the skin.
“You made me look beautiful.” He heard the surprise in his own voice. Noah had never seen himself like this before. It was so different from a photo or looking in the mirror.
“You are beautiful.” Sol’s voice was matter of fact, as though stating that the sky was blue or grass was green.
“I’m not,” Noah protested. “I’m nothing special. I’m just… ordinary.”
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.
She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.
Author Bio: Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot-pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.
Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Regular Guys, Hot Romance, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, MM Good Book Reviews, SA McAuley, My Fiction Nook, Love Bytes, Kimi-Chan, Prism Book Alliance, Havan Fellows, Hearts on Fire, The Hat Party, Amanda C. Stone, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Fallen Angel Reviews, It’s Raining Men, Michael Mandrake, Iyana Jenna, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Emotion in Motion, Tara Lain, Velvet Panic
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