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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cover Love includes a cover,
blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured
book is Tarnished Gold by Brita Addams.

About the Book

Title Tarnished Gold
Genre Historical gay romance
Author Brita Addams
Book heat level R
In 1915,
starstruck Jack Abadie strikes out for the gilded streets of the most sinful
town in the country—Hollywood. With him, he takes a secret that his country hometown
would never understand. 
After years of
hard work and a chance invitation to a gay gentlemen’s club, Jack is
discovered. Soon, his talent, matinee idol good looks, and affable personality
propel him to the height of stardom. But fame breeds distrust. 
Meeting Wyatt
Maitland turns Jack’s life upside down. He wants to be worthy of his good
fortune, but old demons haunt him. Only through Wyatt’s strength can Jack face
that which keeps him from being the man he wants to be. Love without trust is
empty. 
As the 1920s
roar, scandals rock the movie industry. Public tolerance of Hollywood’s
decadence has reached its limit. Under pressure to clean up its act, Jack’s
studio issues an ultimatum. Either forsake the man he loves and remain a box
office darling, or follow his heart and let his shining star fade to tarnished
gold.

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About the Author

Born in a small
town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south
for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with
her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children
are grown.
Given her love of
history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her
historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online
retailers.
Tarnished Gold,
the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a
winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also
received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers
of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
A bit of
trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous
water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her
husband’s middle name, with an additional d and s.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media
contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Secret Harbor by Andrea K.
Stein.
About the Book
Title Secret Harbor
Genre Historical Romance
Author Andrea K. Stein
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
A French Caribbean
widow who has given up on love risks everything to save a charismatic smuggler
and his crew. Marie Galante has to bring in her sugar cane harvest with the few
workers left after her husband died so that she can pay off the gambling debt
he secured with her plantation. Smuggler Jean Blanchard needs to convince
healer Marie to come back to his island to cure his men of a strange ailment
killing them one by one. The secret Marie uncovers on Jean’s island threatens
to tear apart their worlds and leave both with dangerous choices. Can Marie let
go and trust the trickster and thief? Will Jean let the healer force him to
chose love over vengeance?
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Publisher Muirgen™ Publishing, LLC
About the Author
Andrea K. Stein is a
native Ohioan, the daughter of a trucker and an artist. She grew up a
scribbler. The stories just spilled out–the pony escaped, the window magically
shattered. Not her fault. Twenty-plus years as a journalist couldn’t stifle the
yarns. Yacht delivery up and down the Caribbean only increased the flow. Now
those tales celebrate romance and adventure on the high seas. 
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Rodd Clark shares the creation Gabriel Church from the book Rubble
and the Wreckage.

About the Book

Title Rubble and the Wreckage
Genre M/M Romantic Thriller
Author Rodd Clark
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding
just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder,
you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter
to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with
a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but
chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when
he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified
to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words.
It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding
between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer
did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence.
Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic.
When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question
remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

Introducing Gabriel Church

Name: Gabriel Church
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Kentucky
Profession: Drifter
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): White
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Toned, strong, big.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Christian Maxwell
Tell us about this character,
please.
Educated, attractive erudite man in mid-thirties; closeted gay
when the story begins but desperate to find someone he trusts who can break the
confines of his life.
How does your hero dress?
Gabriel Church is the anti-hero of the series and dresses rough
and casual. It is his body that attracts not the denims and flannel and tee-shirts
he is accustomed to wearing.
If you could only hear
this character’s voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
Church is a dichotomy because he appears red-neck illiterate
from the outside, but in truth has his deep profound thoughts and belief-structure.
His voice is masculine without being wordy, but his control is always sensed and
displayed by the few sentences he blurts out. His speech illustrates a subtle wisdom
with a serious knife-like edge, because after-all, he has seen and done it all during
his lifetime.
How educated is this character?
Gabe is street smart but even with his high school education
he shows he is envious of Christian’s brain and intellect. He considers the man
an enigma and struggles with the knowledge that his life could have turned out very
differently had he been given the same chances at a college education. One that
Christian has taken for granted.
Is the character book-smart,
self-taught, widely-experienced?
Christian as a protagonist is trained and educated with a background
that gives him the leg-up over his peers, where Church is self-taught and possesses
than skill of reading people and sizing up his competition.
Does he scrape by, live
comfortably, live extravagantly?
Gabriel survived only by his wits, and in a place where a bed
with clean sheets is considered a luxury.
What is your character’s
viewpoint on wealth?
Christian Maxwell was raised with financial comfort and due to
his degree always assumed his life would run according to plan. He is the exact
opposite of Gabriel Church who has never known wealth and comfort but sees the futility
in such pursuits, namely because he has seen the others he has killed die without
fanfare and without their protection of wealth or reputation. The rat-race of others,
as Church has called it, it something fragile and easily destroyed in his perception.
He holds no interest in obtaining any financial freedom, nor does he expect to ever
find it.
On what special skills
does your character rely?
Gabe relies on his ability to read others and spot their weaknesses;
it may be why he is so fascinated with Chris Maxwell, his polar opposite. Christian
doesn’t seem to possess that skill at all, and this creates a symbiotic relationship
of Gabe wanting to protect his lover from the dangers he sees so clearly.
Are any of his skills
a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
If you were to ask Church that question in private he would easily
say it was his ability to fuck, and fuck well. He would smile his twisted grin and
flash his pearly whites, but in truth the reality was that he considered himself
a survivor, regardless of the odds. He lives his life without assistance, makes
no apologies and is very much the man’s man, counts only on his own abilities to
get from point A to point B.
What kinds of things does your character always carry (in pockets
or purse)?
Church carries only a pocketknife and loose change, rarely more
than that.
What is your character’s
family like?
Church has a dismal past and walked away from his family long
ago. Whereas Christian loves his family but doesn’t seem to express pride in them
or their accomplishments. Both men have slipped from the confines of family, but
for very different reasons and with very different outcomes.
Is he close to family?
Christian is close to his family, but can go weeks without speaking
to them. Church has not spoken to anyone in his family since he left as a young
adult. But for him in particular, the ghosts of his childhood haunt him more regularly
than he would care to admit.
Does he have children?
No.
Is your character involved
in his community?
No.
How well does he know
the neighbors?
Not really an option for a man on the run from the law.
Does this character see
morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Church can only see in shades of gray. His beliefs seem rigid
and morally unyielding, but he is plagued by every decision he makes. Those decisions
become questionable only after meeting someone new that he forms a connection with,
though he can’t fully fathom that at the time.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
“I think he likes the bad boys more than he’s willing to
admit.”
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
“I wanted my story told, but he gave too much away, I don’t
like that others can see all the shit I’ve done, particularly fucking a man.”
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
“My sister, he didn’t spend much time on her story, but
then again I think he believed it might make me sad, but he’d be wrong.”
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
“I have a story, good as any others I suppose…”
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
“Yeah, time to back the fuck off me. Write about someone
else for a change!”

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Publisher: Driven Press / http://www.drivenpress.net/

Author Bio

Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks
of Oklahoma. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has
a varied interest in many good books. His books have a darkly distinctive voice
and deep characterizations. His latest work is the Erotic Romance Thriller “Rubble
and the Wreckage” and he is currently working on the sequel which he hopes
to have released in 2015.

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introduces the story.

About the Author

Craving something different? JB
writes gasping-hot erotic fiction for readers who hunger for extraordinary
passion every day. Sometimes humorous, sometimes dark, her creations are
passionate and earthy.
A survivor of the corporate world,
JB spent twenty years in the IT industry, from which she finally escaped,
allowing her to indulge her true passion…creating unusual erotic encounters
for her imaginary friends!
JB is an ex-South African and lives
with her extended family in Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state. She feels
privileged to coexist, in relative peace and harmony, with her husband,
daughter, parents, grandmother and two slightly crazy ex-racehorses. She loves
to write – anytime, anywhere – and could not survive without the techno-gadgets
which make this possible.
JB is a firm believer in lust at
first sight, and love ever after.

Interview with JB Brooks

Why did you write
this book?
I enjoy the challenge of taking a familiar literary trope
and reworking it from a new angle. If you’re a regular reader of romance or
erotic romance, you will have encountered the “heroine falls in love with
damaged-but-not-evil kidnapper” theme – probably many times. Think of the
greats – Johanna Lindsey, Stephanie Laurens, all the big names – they made it
famous. I cut my teeth on those books as a teenager, and I fell in love with
every duke, pirate, sheik, alien, shape-shifter and vampire who ever whisked an
innocent virgin away.
If you look at it objectively however, the kidnapping cliché
is as ridiculous as it is enjoyable. There’s nothing romantic about it in real
life. It’s a criminal act. The victims don’t fall in love, they get PTSD. And
yet…we still love the fantasy! So the challenge was to write the trope in an
original way and make it work.
As to whether or not my heroine actually has Stockholm syndrome – well, I’d love
to hear your opinions on that after you’ve read the book.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Everything, as long as it’s well-written. I learned to read
at a precociously early age and have been plowing through several books a week
ever since. I do find lately that I prefer to steer clear of anything too
tragic or hateful. I think the overwhelming amount of negativity and bad news
that bombards us in the media every day has predisposed me to seek out HEA’s
for a bit of escapism. I still have weeks of therapy ahead of me because Jon
Snow is dead.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
That’s like asking a mother which of her children she loves
the most – such an unfair question! If, under extreme duress, I’m obliged to
pick one, it would have to be Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. I’ve totally been
in love with him since I was twelve.
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I tend to hop around a bit, so I’m working on several erotic
romances. One of them is a paranormal, which is new for me. One of my WIPs will
suddenly get to a point where it takes on an unstoppable momentum of its own.
When that happens, I drop the others and focus only on that one until it’s
finished.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Psychology postgrad Evelyn Maier
eschews men and sex. Her joy’s in work and travel—like her upcoming trip to
Africa. But her vacation is cancelled when she inadvertently enters a
dangerous, illicit sex game. Without warning, she finds herself ensnared by a
smoldering Dominant who pulls orgasms from her nearly against her will.
Mason Brady has suppressed his
Dominant nature ever since a disastrous relationship that left him broken. But
when his brother convinces him to rejoin The Chase, the sprawling game of
domination and submission Mason founded years before, he relishes the role.
Until he captures Evelyn, an unwitting passerby.
Now Evelyn is crying rape, and
Mason is racked by guilt. He’s certain he’ll convince her it was a
misunderstanding, but he must hold her until she trusts him. Evelyn has her own
angle: she’ll play along with Mason’s kidnapping until she’s fooled him into
believing she’s forgiven him. Then she’ll seek her revenge once he releases
her.
In the ensuing game of cat and
mouse, they ride the lines between capture, consent, and love.

About the Book

Title Stockholm Syndrome
Genre Erotic Romance
Author JB Brooks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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About the Author
Known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotica Author, Desiree Holt
proves every day that she is more than the sum of her years. She is a winner of
the EPIC E-Book Award, an Authors after Dark Author oft he Year and winner of
the Holt Medallion. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The
Village Voice
, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The
London Daily Mail
and numerous other national and international
publications.
Interview with Desiree Holt
Why did you write this
book?
because I am addicted to football and romance and sexy guys, and in
Forward Pass I had a way to combine them both.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
romantic suspense
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lucy Kincaid from Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series
What are you working on at
the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
A story for Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Kindle World, a BDSM story for a
box set and a firefighter story for a box set. Coming up will be the launch of
an action/adventure series set in Alaska, another in my rock star series, and
two more in my Rawhide series.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Shay Beckham grew up
idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no
one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field.
Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded
woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s
grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her
shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.
It’s been fifteen
years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow
him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has
grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would
kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He
knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only
convince her he’s about more than just the game.
About the Book
Title Forward Pass
Genre erotic contemporary sports
Author Desiree Holt
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
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About the Author

     C.B. Williams is the author of several fantasy romance books
that span the subgenres of Young Adult, Space Opera, Science Fiction and
Romance. While each story is a grand adventure into time and dimension, her
stories are also reflections of contemporary issues such as social norms,
relationships, spirituality and environmentalism. She writes with keen
emotional depth, insightful observations on human nature, and a fabulously
quirky sense of humor.
     C.B. expresses her creativity across a variety of mediums,
including painting, blogging and vlogging. She enjoys candid and open
interactions with fans, readers and other authors, and shares her talent and
knowledge of the craft through her role as The Manuscript Midwife.
     C.B. recently moved to Washington State, in the shadow of
Mt. Rainier with her husband, three dogs, four cats and the wild things that
share their space with her.
When she’s not writing, you can find her painting,
adventuring, blogging or coaching other writers as the Manuscript Midwife.
Visit her online at www.cbwilliams.us.

Interview with CB Williams

Why did you write
this book?
Champion of Entean was born from a
photograph and a bottle of wine. No kidding. 
A friend of mine sent me a picture of this spectacularly handsome and
intense man she’d found on the internet. I printed it out and stared at it,
wondering what his story was. A friend came over for a girlfriends’ night. You
know the kind…it features wine, chocolate and discussions about each other’s’
significant other. She was dating an artist at the time. Makes for much
discussion. During a lull in the conversation. (How can this be, you say? It
must have been before and after the first bite of the triple chocolate brownie
fudge tort of decadence is all I can think.) Anyway, during said lull, I pull
out the picture and say “What do you think this guy’s story is?”
She says, “I think he’s a shaman.
He looks like he lives in the forest.”
Sound’s good,” I say, “But he’s on
a different planet with different rules.”
“Maybe he represents his planet? A
spokesman perhaps?” she says.
“Brilliant! Maybe he’s got all the
power of the planet he represents,” I say back.
“Cool,” she says.
“Yeah,” I say. “Good triple
chocolate brownie fudge tort of decadence, don’t you think?” (I say this with
my mouth filled with the stuff. I think I drooled a bit. Gross.) 
We’re silent for a while. Eating
and sipping .
“I wonder,” I say, licking my
spoon, “What would happen if this powerful guy is taken off his planet and,
away from his planet, his powers are no longer sourced and he becomes
ordinary?”
And there you have it. How Champion
of Entean got written
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I have
lots of favorites. I think what motivates me more is who’s writing the book. I
love an artistic author. A wordsmith. A storyteller. But I find many of these
artists reside in the fantasy genre. Think Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, Charles
de Lint, J.K. Rowling. I read romance, too, mind you. I love Science Fiction
Romance. I love Space Opera.  Chick Lit. Historicals. You name it.
 Currently, I’m rereading The Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne. She writes
historical romance. They are spectacular. 
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
It’s true. You do really love your
own characters. Glad you specified. I hate to pick a favorite! Note my answer
to the favorite genre. Right now I’m in love with Grey in The Spymaster’s Lady
because I’m reading about him. He’s love-worthy, believeyoume.  I have a
huge crush on Paul Atriedes from Dune by Frank Herbert. Okay, and now for a
female character. I really, REALLY like Jilly Coppercorn in Charles de Lint’s
urban fantasy novels. She crops up a lot in his books as a secondary character.
Her story was told in The Onion Girl. She’d be an awesome friend. 
What are you working
on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Currently, I’m working on Episode 2
of  The Entean Saga.  Brightness Calling. It’s scheduled to be
released this September.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
I’ve just launched a new series
that looks at over-population, planet’s resources and the need to protect Mother
Earth.  The fantasy touch with this
series is that all of the planets are sentient beings. The first book in the
series is Champion of Entean: Episode One of the Entean Saga. Here is the story
summary:
Champion! Something comes!
It is not mine.
I fear.
Hurry, Champion!
And so begins the Entean Saga.
Eloch, the Champion of Entean, is
asked by the planet who loves him to travel light-years from his home to Spur,
a technologically advanced planet whose citizens are determined to colonize
Entean.
And because Eloch loves his planet
Entean, he goes…only to discover that the vast power flowing through him, power
only a Champion can wield, vanishes the moment the spacecraft bound for Spur
enters its first wormhole.
Now powerless and alone, how can
Eloch stop the colonization, as he has sworn to do?
Meanwhile, on Spur, Sub-City
Kinlord Wren has her own problems. Sensing the imminent threat of a Culling, in
which the strongest of her Folk are taken to serve the UpperUppers who live
Above while the weak and old are killed, she must find a way to protect those
under her care. How can she give the Martials what they want while keeping
those they don’t alive?
Eloch and Wren—strangers from
different corners of the universe brought together by happenstance. When their
paths cross, it will change each’s mission to serve and protect, as well as the
course of their very lives.

About the Book

Title Champion of Entean: Episode One of the Entean Saga
Genre Science Fiction Romance
Author CB Williams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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Publisher First AlChemy Ranch Books

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