Friday, September 9, 2016

Shatterproof by Xen Sanders - Blog Tour with Giveaway


Hey there. I'm Xen Sanders, and thank you for joining me for the release of Shatterproof! (I will have you know that exclamation point was under duress. Grr. I am grrr and dour and deadpan man-thing. Really.)
I'm immensely grateful that some of my favorite blogs have opened their doors and given me an opportunity to talk about a book that means so much to me, and that comes from so much personal experience. Stick around to chat, ask questions, and join in the discussion for a chance to win a $30 Riptide gift card and a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card! (@*$%!#ing exclamation points...)

About Shatterproof

Saint’s afraid to die. Grey can’t stand to live.

Grey Jean-Marcelin wants to die. He thought painting his passion—vivid portrayals of Haitian life and vodou faith—would be enough to anchor him to this world. But it isn’t. And when the mysterious man known only as Saint saves Grey from a suicide attempt, it’s more curse than blessing—until Grey discovers that Saint isn’t just an EMT. He’s a banished fae, and can only survive by draining the lives of those he loves.

All Saint needed was a simple bargain: one life willingly given for another. But as Saint’s feelings for Grey grow deeper, centuries of guilt leave him desperate to save a man who doesn’t want salvation, even if Grey’s life means Saint’s death.

When Grey’s depression consumes him, only he can decide if living is worth the struggle. Yet his choice may come too late to save his life . . . or Saint’s soul. And whatever choice he makes, it may shatter them both. 

About Xen Sanders

Xen Sanders is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing genre-bending science fiction and fantasy tinged with a touch of horror and flavored by the influences of his multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual background—when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats. He wavers between calling himself bisexual and calling himself queer, but no matter what word he uses, he’s a staunch advocate of LGBTQIA representation and visibility in genre fiction.

He also writes contemporary romance and erotica as Cole McCade. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts:

Email: blackmagic@blackmagicbl
Twitter: @thisblackmagic
Facebook: https://www.facebook .com/xen.cole
Facebook Fan Page: ColeMcCadeBooks
Website & Blog: http://www.blackmagicblu

He’s recently launched the Speak Project, an online open-access platform where anyone can anonymously or openly share or read stories of abuse—a way for survivors to overcome the silencing tactics of abusers to speak out against what was done to them, and let other survivors know they’re not alone.

He also runs an advice column called Dammit, Cole, where he occasionally answers questions about everything from romance and dating to the culture of hypermasculinity, from the perspective of a male romance author:

Looking for more? You can get early access to cover reveals, blurbs, contests, and other exclusives by joining the McCade’s Marauders street team at:

What is your social media poison of choice?
Twitter, most definitely. I’m terrible about it; the constant real-time conversation is hypnotic, and I can lose myself for ages just interacting and watching the flow around me. Plus it seems to have become the repository for my random thoughts, and it helps clear the clutter from my head so I can focus on writing and on work – even if sometimes it replaces the clutter with distractions, drama, and god only knows what else. The thing with Twitter, though, is that it makes me feel in the now. I see news on Twitter as it happens, and feel able to reach out and connect with people affected by events around the world. When a means to help people afflicted by tragedy is available, the first place to find it is on Twitter. When voices are raised to be heard, they’re the loudest on Twitter, and their message spreads the fastest. There’s community and solidarity for people who are normally silenced, and I learn so much just from following the feeds of Black women, POC, LGBTQIA+, the disabled and the neurodiverse and all their intersections. It’s an encyclopedia of social information, social evolution, and culture interspersed with snark, wit, and the warmth of human conversation.
…it’s also usually why I’m not writing, so I really need to learn how to turn it off.


To celebrate the release of Shatterproof, one lucky winner will receive $30 Riptide Credit and a $25 gift card to B&N or Amazon. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 10, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. It's been a great tour!


  2. I've had to mostly stop looking at Twitter. It is so easy to lose tons of time to it. And, the flip side of the solidarity is all the crazy hatred that is also out there.


  3. I totally think that Twitter doesn't really help me improve my productivity. But at the same time, it also helps me being updated with information *lol*


  4. I don't usually check twitter but when I do it just gets out of hand. I think I've only been reading through tweets for 20mins when actually it's been like two hours.
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  5. Thanks for a great tour. I really look forward to reading this book.

  6. I have thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Thank you so much.

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