Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway from Meredith Allard, author of That You Are Here

Blog Post from Meredith Allard: 

It’s no surprise that my latest novel, That You Are Here, is a love story. All of my novels are love stories in one way or another. My most popular novels, The Loving Husband Trilogy, is a paranormal story about eternal love. The surprise might be that That You Are Here is a completely present-day story set in one of my favorite places, Portland, Oregon, when I’m most known for historical fiction. Or, the surprise for That You Are Here might be that the romantic leads are both men. Andrew Whittaker and Mark Bryce have quite a journey to travel together, and I hope they are a couple readers cheer for.
That You Are Here is a present-day story when I’m most known for historical fiction, but everything I write is about people who are outsiders or different from the general society somehow. James Wentworth in the Loving Husband Trilogy struggles as a supernatural being (a vampire) in a human world. In Victory Garden, Rose Scofield struggles as a woman who wants to live on her own terms during a time (1917-1922) when women were fighting for their rights. In That You Are Here, Andrew Whittaker and Mark Bryce must make sense of what it means to be a gay man in the 21st century. Great progress has been made, certainly, but there is still prejudice to overcome. It’s a story about learning to feel comfortable in your own skin, which is something nearly everyone has to deal with in one way or another. I’m not gay so I haven’t had to hide a secret the way Andrew does in the story, but I understand Andrew’s struggle to make sense of his place in the world. I feel very lucky that That You Are Here is my highest rated novel on both Amazon and Goodreads, and I’m glad that readers have been able to relate to the universal aspect of the story. I didn’t want to write a gay story exactly. I wanted to write something that readers could relate to on a human level, and I hope I’ve done that.
As for that abstract red cover for That You Are Here: the cover for That You Are Here is definitely different from my other book covers, which I like because That You Are Here is such a different type of book for me. I love the bold red color, a strong suggestion for the love Andrew and Mark feel for each other. I love the abstract design, which almost looks like a line map I saw of Portland, Oregon, which is where the story takes place, so I thought that was kind of cool. And I love that the two figures could stand for Andrew and Mark. Really, I love that the abstract design allows readers to make meanings for themselves about what the cover (and the story) means.


Giveaway: One randomly chosen Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 Amazon or BN GC and a runner up will receive a digital copy of the novel.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit by Lou Harper

Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit is FREE on Amazon! Go to Purchase Link

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Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit (Dead Man, #1.5) Title: Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit by Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #1.5
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published January 24th 2014 by Harper Books
Length: 30 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

Denton is a necromancer and his boyfriend Bran is a witch. It's not as exciting as it sounds. They don't even get to dress the part, unless it's New Year's Eve and they've been invited to a costume party. Denton is happy to let his hair down, but coaxing the reclusive Bran out of his shell is hard enough without a demonic spirit crashing the party.

Convincing the spirit to return whence it came from will call on Denton's special skills, but not in necromancy.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Man-Lustful-Spirit-Harper-ebook/dp/B00I1HVTZO
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Review:  

3.5 stars rounded to 4

This is a short story taking place in between Dead Man and the Restless Spirits (Book #1) and Dead Man and the Army of Frogs (Book #2). Fans of the first book will enjoy having Denton and Bran back and working on a short and unintended case. Denton and Bran goes to a costume party and discovered a man possessed by a demonic spirit. They have to use heavy persuasion (of a lustful nature from Denton) to get the demon to leave.

Friday, July 25, 2014

ARC Review: The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford

The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate
Title: The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Expected publication: July 30th 2014 by Less Than Three Press
Length: Novel 67,000 words

Rating: 4 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Raef, a lonely merman, spends his days watching the dashing Lord Haverford from afar and dreaming of love. When Haverford is robbed by a pirate, Raef vows to reclaim the stolen goods, hoping his victory will buy him the happiness he yearns for with Haverford.

But Jon Kemp does not match what Raef knows about pirates, and the simple quest Raef anticipated turns out to be an epic journey. For while Jon might be a nobler man than Raef believed, he’s still a pirate. Love and loyalty are not on Jon’s agenda, and he certainly has no plans to love someone not entirely human …

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=636
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Review:  

Raef wants his own happily ever after by rescuing the prince from the pirate like in the Little Mermaid story (different from the classic version). However, the pirate isn't the bad guy in this story. When Raef transforms into his human form and stalks Lord Haverford, he witnesses the pirate, Jon, stealing from Haverford. He's determined to steal back Haverford's items from Jon, and in the process, learns about the reality of human nature.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Giveaway Tour: Ravenous by Annie Nicholas


Giveaway: Annie will be awarding a $25 GC for either Kindle or Nook to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 GC for Amazon or Nook to a randomly drawn host.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Congrats! Winner of Secrets of Neverwood

Secrets of Neverwood
Congratulations to... 

Ashley E!!!

on winning Secrets of Neverwood. I will be in touch with you soon.