Thursday, May 25, 2017

Back Home by RJ Scott - Release Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway





Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 52,147 words

Blurb

Falling for his brother's boyfriend broke his heart. Now he's back home and falls in love all over again.

One birthday kiss and Kieran realizes he is in danger of falling for his brother's boyfriend, Jordan. Leaving for college, then moving to another country is the only way to ease the ache in his heart.

But, when his father becomes ill and his sister begs him to come home, Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business nearly bankrupt and Jordan, the man he ran from, beaten down by despair and guilt.

Friendship is what they promise each other as they work to repair the business, but it could never be enough for Kieran. When secrets spill, and there are vital decisions to be made, Kieran realizes two things; he's back home, and he wants to stay with Jordan for good.

Now he just needs to convince Jordan.


Excerpt

"Where's Hayley?" he asked.

"She slept out last night," Anna said as she spooned eggs onto a plate for him.

"Where did she say she was going?" Jordan asked again. He slipped into the familiar big brother role as easily as pulling on his jeans in the morning. After all, he damn was like a big brother to her, especially with Brad gone and Kieran on another continent. He had a right and a reason to be worried. As soon as Anna told him that Hayley hadn't been home, he started fretting even though he knew he had to accept that the girl he thought of as five with pigtails had actually reached adulthood and had even had sex. He didn't want to think about that in too much detail.

"She's twenty-two, sweetie. If she wants to stay out, that's her choice. Maybe she was with that nice young man Alex."

Anna sounded so accommodating; as if it didn't worry her that her youngest child was out God knows where with God knows whom. Alex might seem like a good guy, and Jordan had even grudgingly admitted he appeared to be a solid stable influence on the normally flighty Hayley, but still, he knew exactly what was in a twenty-five-year-old man's head. After all, he was only twenty-nine himself, and he had a good memory. Resentment built inside him, sudden and bitter; after Brad, they should have been more careful knowing where their kids were and what they were doing.

Shit. Where had that thought come from? Brad had been a grown man. What had happened to him had nothing to do with Anna and Phil. They were good parents, and they had made a good family. It also wasn't their fault Kieran was gone. He ruthlessly pushed down the irrational imaginings to where they belonged, way down where he stored his own guilt.

"Should've told us," Jordan snapped in return, anger fighting with fear in his gut. She was so little, even at twenty-two, slim and petite and so blindly trusting of everything and everyone around her.

"Jordan," Anna turned from the skillet, wiping her hands on a kitchen towel and looking at him with that patented mother expression that she did so well. It never failed to calm him down. "She texted to say she was okay. That is as much as we're going to get. We know she's okay, she said so."

Jordan grimaced. Recently all he seemed able to do was focusing on the shit that was happening, or on the worst that could happen. It was so easy to let a million thoughts race through his mind, every one colored with death and blood and fear. He could imagine a kidnapper taking the phone and texting as her, or her being coerced. Jesus, it didn't bear thinking about.

"I'm going to be having words with her," he grumped, concentrating on the plate of food that Anna placed in front of him. He wasn't even hungry, anxiety nibbling away at him until his stomach was one big knotted mess. Patiently, and acutely aware that Anna was watching him as she had done ever since his accident, he forked eggs and bacon into his mouth, the taste of them like ashes.

Eating didn't stop him from brooding, and being watched didn't stop his mood from spiraling lower. If anything, the combination of the two made everything worse. The appointment at the bank was still looming, and he was worried about what they would say.

Jordan had to go on his own; Phil wasn't well enough to be there with him, but he was determined to be involved in dealing with the company's finances. He wanted to be hands-on, it was his company and on and on. Whenever Phil started talking that way, Jordan listened as patiently as he could, trying not to feel too hurt Phil was determined to hold on so tightly. After all, hadn't he been running the company just fine for the last two years?

When the kitchen door opened, and Hayley took a step into the battleground, Jordan was on her like a ton of bricks, launching to his feet with temper running through him like fire.

"Where the hell have you been? We've been damn scared you were in a ditch or something. For Gods sake, your momma was worried." Jordan's voice was loud and quick and his temper on a rare high. He saw Hayley look at her mom with raised eyebrows, receiving a small smile and a shrug of delicate shoulders in return. She wasn't taking him seriously. God damn it, she needed to take him seriously.

"Jordan." Hayley started quickly, but he interrupted before she could get any words out. He took a step towards her, his free hand gripping her arm.

"You should have let us know where you were."

"I..."

"Just so I don't go ripping up the area looking for you." He realized he was shaking her, unaware of anything else, his temper making his actions sharp, until a hand rested on his arm.

"She was with me." A low voice was in his ear, lost in the sound of a gasp from Anna, then complete and utter silence for a second as a tableau of shocked, frozen people engraved itself on Jordan's mind.

It was Anna who broke the awkward silence, launching herself at the son she hadn't seen in too long. Jordan's softly spoken "Kieran" was drowned out by Anna's squeal, the rush of hugs and welcomes and the refrains of why didn't you tell me? Everyone talked over each other with laughter and jokes.

Typical. After all this time, Kieran freaking Addison walks through the door, and suddenly everyone conveniently forgets how he ran out and left them all.

Jordan stared at the man who had shaken his world to the roots. He struggled to see the boy who had left only days after that rainy Tuesday when they had buried Brad. This was a different Kieran, not a boy, but a man. Gone were the uncoordinated lankiness of youth and the floppy blond bangs that were forever determined to cover his gray eyes. Instead here was a man in control, tall, strong, with styled, shorter hair, and a gaze that wouldn't meet Jordan's. When it came down to it, Jordan felt the shock driving into him that Kieran Addison had deigned to return to the Addison fold at all. He waited, watching Anna welcome home the prodigal son, allowing the moments of reconnection. Then he said the first thing that came to his mind as he looked at Kieran and cursed his arrival for so many reasons he couldn't begin to list.

"What the hell are you doing here?"

Author Bio

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

The last time she had a weekís break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldnít defeat.

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Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart - Release Blitz with Excerpt

Banner Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart

Synopsis

Unexpected, Book Four

Ash’s life hasn’t been the best so far. Mated to a man he hates, he resigns himself to his fate of being abused. When his mate kidnaps the highly pregnant Alex, they become friends, and to Ash’s surprise, Alex’s rescuer saves him as well. Now he can start a new life, but it’s going to be a lonely one, due to his visible and invisible scars.

D didn’t seek out a man, but one look at Ash and he’s head over heels in love. But Ash needs to work through his issues before he can see D’s love for him. Slowly, Ash learns to trust D, but with their growing feelings, other strange phenomena appear. What’s up with lights turning on without Ash touching the switch and doors opening on their own? Is something dangerous happening and threatening their blossoming love? Or is it something else altogether?

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711P432H/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0711P432H/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0711P432H/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0711P432H/

Excerpt

D returned to Ash’s bed every day, sitting there as long as the nurses allowed him to. By now, Ash should’ve woken up, although no one knew how long it would take. They initially put him in a coma so he wouldn’t feel the pain, but by now he should’ve regained consciousness. Should have, but so far, there weren’t any signs. 
D signed deeply and ran a hand through his hair and over his face. He needed to shave soon, although he preferred to not get a clean cut these days but just to crop his beard short. As long as he didn’t look like a bum, he liked to maintain the facial hair. 
He stopped his mind from wandering. Tonight, he was going to leave again on a mission. Everything in him screamed to stay, not move from Ash’s bed, but he couldn’t. Firstly, it was his job. Secondly, he’d never actually spoken to Ash, except a couple of whispered words. Sitting by his bed every day, waiting for him to wake up bordered on stalking him. To stay home from an assignment to do so would cross that line. Definitely. 
Damn. He’d been here for three days in a row, without any changes in Ash’s condition. He needed to get his life back under control, so he could move on.

Now, if only that’d be so easy.


Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart

Unexpected Series

Alex’s Surprise

Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.
Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/


Saving Alex

Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.
Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.

When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/


Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? And can love blossom where only hate exists?

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DY0104M/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DY0104M/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01DY0104M/


Author Chris McHart

About the Author

Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

Visit her blog or friend her on Facebook, where you can join her author group.

Website: https://chrismchart.com/
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Equality by Helena Stone - Release Blitz with Giveaway



Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words

Dublin Virtues Series

Patience (Book #1) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Renewal (Book #3) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?


Author Bio

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena can be found in the following places:

Website
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Goodreads
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Email: helenastoneauthor@gmail.com



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Road To The Sun by Keira Andrews - Release Blitz with Giveaway



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 70,000 words

Blurb

A desperate father. A lonely ranger. Unexpected love that can’t be denied.

Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.

Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana's big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Road to the Sun is a May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring adventure, angst, coming out, sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Wrong Woman by Cass Lennox - Blog Tour with Book Playlist and Giveaway




About The Wrong Woman

As an independent filmmaker, Katie Cherry is used to difficult shoots—but a band’s music video in a tiny lesbian bar is proving worse than most. Stress-busting, expectation-free sex with Zay, the calm, gorgeous bartender, seems just the ticket. But then she and Zay discover the band’s lead singer beaten into a coma in the bar bathroom. They need an alibi, but playing girlfriends is a role Katie’s never excelled at, so she can't see this ending well.

Zay Fayed-Smith is finally getting her life back together after her junkie ex broke it apart. She’s working part-time while pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, and definitely keeping things chill on the girls front. Of course, that’s when a crime happens in her bar and her ex shows up wanting to try again. “Dating” Katie seems like the best way for Zay to keep her head down and teach her ex a lesson.

Except pretty soon, the charade begins to feel less and less like acting. And when the attacker turns his attentions toward Katie, they have to cut through the lies to discover what’s real.

Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/the-wrong-woman




Music for The Wrong Woman

I had a lot of fun compiling this playlist. The Wrong Woman features a punk rock band, a bad attempt at a music video, and a lot of queer women, so that’s what guided my choices for this. There are a lot of recent songs openly about women loving other women, songs by queer women, songs I felt fit in, songs with excellent videos, and solid rock hits with awesome videos (like Seven Nation Army). It also spiralled me into a dedicated Tegan and Sara fan. I have no doubt I could’ve added about thirty or forty additional songs, and I’m always open for suggestions to add to this!


No time to listen to the full thing? Don’t blame you. Here’s a taster:

You Really Got Me, The Kinks

This makes a fun appearance in the very first chapter.

Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman is an incredible musician, and everything she’s ever produced belongs on this list. This is an obvious choice, but oh my god, it gets me in my heart every time I listen to it.

Tous Les Mêmes, Stromae

Catchy tune and great video.

She’s so Lovely, The Butchies

This was a new song to me, and it’s so damn good! Such a shame this band is no longer performing.

If It Isn’t Her, Ani DiFranco

This kind of list wouldn’t be complete without Ani on it.

Boyfriend, Tegan and Sara

Not gonna lie, the video for this also inspired a certain something in the book. Read it to find out what!

About the Toronto Connections Universe


The winters might be cold, but hearts are warm in Toronto. Canada’s largest city is home to a big lake, a big tower, and a big queer community. People here are trying to get by like everyone else: pay the bills, deal with life in the city, and maybe find some happiness along the way with someone who’s sweeter than maple candy and more constant than a Canadian’s love for Timmie’s coffee.

For some, falling in love is a real challenge. For others, falling is the easy part—it’s the happy ever after that proves a little more difficult. But in the end, love is worth every complication, misunderstanding, and occasional swear word.


About Cass Lennox

Cass Lennox is a permanent expat who has lived in more countries than she cares to admit to and suffers from a chronic case of wanderlust as a result. She started writing stories at the tender age of eleven, but would be the first to say that the early years are best left forgotten and unread. A great believer in happy endings, she arrived at queer romance via fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, and manga, and she can’t believe it took her that long. Her specialties are diverse characters, gooey happy ever afters, and brownies. She’s currently sequestered in a valley in southeast England.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Wrong Woman, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 27, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!









Something Like The Real Thing by Hanna Dare - Cover Reveal




Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Pre-order: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Sing Out Series

Life In A Nowhere Town (Book #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK
California Schemin' (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Man Who Told The World (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb

He always has a plan…

Jesse Preston is exactly where he always wanted to be: in LA, recording an album. So why does he feel like he’s about to lose everything? One thing he’s sure of is that he needs to keep his bisexuality hidden… but he never planned on falling for someone. Not just anyone—a TV star who’s one half of a famous, and straight, celebrity couple.

One kiss can change everything…

Grayson Adler is used to pretending. He’s an actor after all. So when he’s asked to keep his break-up with his troubled co-star a secret he has no problem playing along. He also has no problem showing Jesse around LA. Grayson likes spending time with him, likes making him laugh, likes him more than he’d ever expected. But they’re just friends, right?

In a town where everybody’s got secrets, how can they be sure of what’s real?

This novel can be read as a standalone. It’s complete at 60,000 words, with no cliffhanger and no cheating. It does feature ping-pong, hats, dance breaks, and explicit scenes between adult men.




Author Bio

A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes.




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Monday, May 22, 2017

Their Life As They Live It by A.M. Arthur - Review with Giveaway


Synopsis

Bernard “Bear” Henson is a blessed man. He is happily married to the love of his life, he co-owns a successful business, and his grown son is desperately in love with a wonderful partner. But Bear knows all too well how precarious that happiness is, so he lives every day with love in his heart and gratitude for everything he has—especially his husband Richard Brightman. Richard has been HIV-positive for thirty years and every new day is a gift. 

When Richard becomes unexpectedly ill and is rushed to the hospital, Bear braces for his beautifully constructed life to come crashing down. A hard-won life full of ups and downs, illnesses and setbacks, love and anger, and a lot of regret for how certain things went down. Certain things involving Bear’s alcoholic ex-wife Debbie and the start of Bear’s relationship with Richard. But the past can’t be changed, only remembered and studied. 

As Richard fights for his life, Bear reflects on the last thirty years of their entwined lives. College days, his shotgun wedding to Debbie, his unexpected feelings for Richard, and the proudest moment of Bear’s life: the birth of his son Gabriel. Bear’s life with Richard is woven with love, heartache, regret, joy, and everything else in between. They’ve overcome every obstacle that’s come their way, and they’ll overcome this new illness, too. Period. Bear simply isn’t ready to live his life without Richard in it. 

Buy Link:

Amazon: 
http://amzn.to/2rGZl9Y



5 out of 5 stars 

Their Life As They Live It is the 4th book in the Perspectives series by A.M Arthur. While this book could be read as a standalone in the series, I'd highly recommend reading the other books first. If nothing else I'd recommend reading Gabe and Tristan's book, The World As He Sees It, as this story includes Bear and Richard.


Well I did not see this book coming, in fact the author teased this book as her 'Secret Project' since early this year and I did not expect it to be Bear and Richard. I absolutely adored them from The World As He Sees It. Two gay dads, together for 20+ years, and such disparate personalities, but together they were perfect. So getting a 'surprise' book featuring their story...well that made me an exceedingly happy reader. 

Told in both flashbacks and current time, Their Life As They Live it covers 30+ years of relationship between Bear and Richard. Starting back when they met in college as awkward roommates all the way up to current day with Richard dangerously ill and hospitalized. The time Bear spends by Richard's side in the hospital leads him to reflect over their life and how they'd got to this point. They've had a lot of ups and downs, and roadblocks tossed at them along the way. Including Bear's previous relationship with Gabe's mother, Debbie and the issues that she caused. 

There is a lot of story in this book, both in the relationship between Bear and Richard, but the relationship with them and their son, Gabe, along with Richard's health, and the bar. This is one of those books you'll have a book hangover from and may even want to turn right around and re-read it. It's just that good and that strong of a love story that makes you want to dive again and again into their lives. Obviously the story worked for me in all sorts of ways. There are strong, well written characters, a storyline that flows seamlessly from present to past and back to the present, and an overall depth to the story due to the characters longevity with each other. Their Life As They Live It is truly a character driven story that doesn't lose either the story or the character development along the way. 

I highly, highly recommend this book both for fans of this author but also for readers who like depth to their stories along with more mature characters. This is definitely one to grab and devour in one sitting.