Thursday, July 31, 2014

Giveaway and Guest Post: Platonic by Kate Paddington

Today we have Kate Paddington on the blog to talk about Platonic and its cover art. Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to share this new story with us today and providing a giveaway! 



Let me begin by saying thank you very much for the opportunity to talk about Platonic here today. I’m super excited now that it’s out there in the world and am always keen to talk about it.

As far as the book cover goes, let me begin by stating, for the record, that I am the least visually minded person I know of. I don’t picture things or even really look at things. People that have read my erotica before always doubt me when I say this because I tend to write sex with a ton of detail but then I get them to go back through a scene and see how much of the description is visual and how much is described by the other sensations. They’re always shocked.

The first time I drove over to a particular friend’s house, having been given a lift there in her car a dozen times before, I had to call her from the street because I couldn’t recognize her house. That’s how not a visual person I am. So when I was asked to think about cover designs for Platonic, I was completely lost. There was a conference call scheduled with the graphic artist in charge of the cover, the publishers, and myself while I was driving around Arizona and Colorado writing Platonic. I got stuck with very little reception staring out across the Grand Canyon and trying to get the call to work. It was a mess and it dropped out several times, I rambled while no one was connected and they discussed things not realizing I wasn’t listening.

What came out of that meeting were my vague idea of the color blue and our designer RJ’s brilliant idea of bed sheets. She knew they summed up the story perfectly and had already worked out that a fractured set of rumpled bed covers would work for me. I’m kind of happy the conference call was the disaster it was because it got me the cover I got and I couldn’t be happier. Those sheets work on so many levels: they immediately signify both the growth and the daily grind that this book deals with, while also alluding pretty clearly to the sex and the sleep-ins. The story deals with all sorts of sex: romantic sex that can be scorching or sensual, sex that is intense and rough or simply convenient and there to be had. There’s awkward coming back together sex and perfect sex when they’re apart (You’ll see what I mean!). Mark falls in love through sex and then discovers it can be about pleasure without love, and Daniel has a one-night stand that makes him start to question everything even though the one-night stand itself was fine. All of that is there on the cover in the rumpled sheets–and I love that.

RJ didn’t know it at the time, but there ended up being two conversations between Mark and Daniel about unmade sheets. They were ten years apart, both teasing and playful but so different. Both these men have a togetherness to their lives that is somewhat façade but considered necessary and there’s a sort of vulnerability in seeing someone’s unmade bed. The first time, they are high school sweethearts, slowly falling apart because Daniel is in New York at college and Mark is still a high school student in Illinois. Daniel comes back for Thanksgiving and they shouldn’t end up in his childhood bedroom–they should talk instead–but then they kiss and they’re there, beside the unmade bed and Daniel’s stuttering out excuses because he’s always so neat. The second time, they’re ten years older and doing their very best to be just friends. Yet, once again, they end up beside a bed that’s rumpled from the night before. Love and sex, when it comes for these men, is ill-timed, I guess.

I could talk for days about this cover and all the ways I feel it resonates with the story and I am so thankful that so much thought and talent was put into it. I know I’m not meant to say this but absolutely judge my book by its cover!

Thank you again for the chance to chat today! 


Giveaway: Kate will be awarding a $25 Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes & Noble GC and a print edition of Bleeding Heart (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn host. A free download of an Interlude Press eBook title or an author/book swag pack (US ONLY) will be awarded to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter at each stop during the tour.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Unequaled by Charity Parkerson

Unequaled
Title: Unequaled by Charity Parkerson
Series: No Rival #3
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotica
Published July 2nd 2014 by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Length: 287 pages

Rating: 2 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Kerry has hated Rhys from the moment she set eyes on him. They’ve never had an encounter that didn’t end with them both enraged. Paired up at his brother’s wedding, their clashing personalities come to a head and a daring wager is made. Rhys agrees to submit to Kerry for a single evening if she will do the same. Considering the sexual flavors Rhys has enjoyed in his past, it’s one bet Rhys is sure he can’t lose. But Kerry has a few secrets of her own and her plans for him land Rhys in a place he never expected, the arms of sexy Italian solicitor, Asher D’Ettore.

Asher becomes an obsession Rhys can’t shake. His alpha ways and confident mannerisms render all of Rhys’ usual charm useless. With his hard-earned reputation in the media spotlight, Rhys is forced to make a choice between his public persona and true love.

Inside Scoop: This sexy tale includes graphic sexual male on male encounters and fetish club references which could have you searching for one in your area.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Unequaled-No-Rival-Charity-Parkerson-ebook/dp/B00L91B0SA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405201511&sr=8-1&keywords=unequaled+charity+parkerson
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Review:  

Ever though this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Rhys is the new middleweight champion in the boxing ring. He wants Kerry, but she sets him up with Asher, a sexy, Italian solicitor.

The first meeting between Rhys and Asher is intriguing and takes place in a fetish club. Asher is in the submissive position, but he's an Alpha male like Rhys. Asher knows his own worth and seems emotionally stronger than Rhys. The juxtaposition and their honeymoon period is interesting.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The River Leith by Leta Blake

The River Leith
Title: The River Leith by Leta Blake
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published May 15th 2014
Length: 215 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Memory is everything.

After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.

For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him.

Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-River-Leith-Leta-Blake-ebook/dp/B00KCR6LXQ
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Review:  

Leith loses his recent three years of memory, including his sexuality, boyfriend, father's death, and family scandals. His boyfriend, Zach, and his brother decides to hide many truths from him to shield him from the pain. However, their plan backfires when Leith discovers them anyways.

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. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Giveaway and Excerpt: Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance

Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic RomanceTitle: Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance by Neil S. Plakcy
Genre: Fiction, Anthology, Erotica, M/M
Published June 17th 2014 by Cleis Press
Length: 224 pages

Blurb:

These fierce stories of love on the front lines grab and hold readers’ attention as they travel the world with these soldier on Active Duty. In the wake of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act getting repealed, Neil Plakcy brings the two issues together into heart-pounding vignettes of men in action who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement knowing that this tryst might be the last. These heroic hunks fight for love and honor and will have readers begging for their next debriefing!

Purchase Link: http://www.cleispress.com/book_page.php?book_id=606
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Exclusive Excerpt: 

From ‘A Voice In The Dark’ by Neil Plakcy

Once he stood, I had a better sense of him. At least six-four, broad shouldered and deep chested, with a narrow waist. His camouflage T-shirt hung loosely, indicating that he’d lost weight in his captivity. I handed him the file, and when our hands touched I felt that electricity again.

The last time I’d gotten laid was on R&R six months before. After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was wiped out, I came out to my commander, and eventually the rest of my team. I was the only gay soldier I knew and even if I’d known another, I was smart enough to keep my dick in my pants when it came to the  military.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What's happening next week

On Monday, July 14th, the featured book is Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, an anthology edited by Neil Plakcy. A giveaway of a printed copy and an exclusive excerpt will be featured.

Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance

The reviews I have planned for next week are:

The River Leith by Leta Blake 
The Merman and the Barbarian Pirate by Kay Berrisford. This title will be released on July 30th by Less Than Three Press.
The River LeithThe Merman and the Barbarian Pirate

Don't forget to leave a comment and enter the contest for a copy of Secrets of Neverwood. Contest closes midnight July 14th.
Secrets of Neverwood

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Giveaway Tour: Four-Leaf Clover by Charmaine Ross


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Charmaine will be awarding a copy of the book to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A sexy, sugar-laden David vs Goliath story about a local bakery, a national chain, and what really matters.

Clover Loveday has worked hard to get her café Four-Leaf Clover up and running, her ticket out of an increasingly alarming financial situation and her dream come true. When she literally falls off her ladder into the arms of national bakery chain Upper Crust owner, sexy-as-sin Liam Sinclair, who owns the new bakery being built just across the road, she decides that no matter how nauseated she is about the idea, it is best keep your enemy close, rather than leave things to fate.

Liam has never put too much thought into the competition when he opens a new outlet, other than taking their customers and strengthening the Upper Crust brand. But here in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, Clover Loveday’s cafe is a little too close for comfort, and Clover Loveday a little too good-looking. So Liam asks his PA to put together a Fact Sheet about his new competition. He has a business to run, a father to please, and hundreds of people to keep in jobs. Surely information can keep an unwanted strong sexual pull at bay…

A sexy, caffeinated, satisfying story about unexpected temptations, forgiveness, and putting love before money.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Clover was tired. More tired than usual. Lack of sleep often did that to her, compounding the effects of a physical day. She’d been unable to go to sleep because of a kiss she hadn’t wanted or asked for and still couldn’t seem to push from her mind. Clover checked the bread in the covered bowl she’d set aside that morning. She always liked the smell of raising bread in the morning. Made it more earthy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Shakespeare With a Side of Naughty!

Shakespeare With a Side of Naughty! 
by Esmae Browder 



Greetings all you faithful followers of Silver Wings! I’m delighted to be blogging at this site today and talking about my latest book, Ophelia’s Lessons. This is Book 1 in my Naughty Shakespeare series which is based on the idea of “What made this character the way they were?”
Now I know it’s been ages since you were forced to read all that Shakespeare stuff in high school, so I’m going to give you a refresher on the basics of the Bard’s writing. Don’t worry. It will be relatively painless. Unless, of course, you’re into pain….Anyway, many of William Shakespeare’s plays are considered tragedies--everyone you give a damn about is typically dead by the end of the tale. The men are the strong silent types and the women are weird, repressed caricatures. Sort of like Game of Thrones only without the nudity. And the head explosions. And no white walkers.

Which brings me to why I chose to revamp a few of Shakespeare’s more well known stories. I never could figure out why the women in his plays weren’t as well developed as the men. Now, I don’t know if it’s because young boys were required to play these parts and Will didn’t feel they had the acting chops to pull off a full fledged woman, or if he just never understood chicks in general, but I always thought there wasn’t a whole lot of depth in his ladies of the stage. I decided that I wanted to know the backstory of some of the heroines starting with the innocent and broken hearted Ophelia of Hamlet fame. 

Poor Ophelia. Her brother and father bossed her around, made her break up with Hamlet who has been telling her how much he wants to be with her but he can’t because she’s not of royal blood. He goes back and forth on his feelings, says one thing, does another, and then kills her father. True. It was an accident, but still...it’s enough to make anyone a little crazy and drown themselves in a river.

It’s obvious that her love for Hamlet is epic--at least from her end. So I wondered, why? How did it get started? And what if she wasn’t as damn innocent and doe eyed as she seemed. 

Welcome to Ophelia’s Lessons where our young heroine has been pining for Hamlet since grade school and will do anything with anyone to get him. This story is a prequel to the events of Hamlet  and shows us how a sexually repressed Ophelia is taught by Hamlet’s best friend the art of sex, love, and deceit. Check it out today and then read the next two books in the Naughty Shakespeare series: Ravishing Rosaline (a prequel to Romeo and Juliet) and The Taming of the Prude (a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew). 


Giveaway: Esmae will be awarding the first three ebooks in the series: Ophelia's Lessons, Ravishing Rosaline, and The Taming of the Prude to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Exclusive Excerpt from Secrets of Neverwood and a Giveaway!

Today we have Libby Drew on the blog to talk about Secrets of Neverwood. Her name is familiar to me since I've reviewed Paradox Lost and Bending the Iron and hosted her on the blog previously. I would like to thank Libby for taking the time to share her new story with us today and gifting a copy of this anthology to a lucky commenter! 


Thanks so much for having me! Please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from The Lost Year, book three in the Secrets of Neverwood trilogy. As the oldest foster brother to return to Neverwood, Devon had a difficult time finding his place in his new family. Things have since settled with Cal and Danny, but a new mystery is unfolding...


Secrets of NeverwoodTwo hours later they crossed the Third Lake Washington bridge and entered Seattle proper. Devon swung into the first decent-looking hotel he found and pulled in between a trailer and a minivan. The place had better not be full. He’d had his fill of driving, even if it hadn’t been a terribly long stretch. Irregular sleep patterns and the emotional ups and downs of the past day had wrung him dry.
Nicholas slept on, oblivious, and with no witnesses to call him out, Devon let himself look. Lamps on the hotel’s postage-stamp balconies provided just enough light to make out Nicholas’s relaxed features. Curled onto his side, arms wrapped around himself, he seemed much younger than he was—a bit like a runaway himself. Worn down by the past year, more cynical than when he started, but still so filled with purpose that it made Devon’s chest ache.
Devon touched his arm. “Nicholas.”
Not even a change in the cadence of his breathing. Holding his own breath, Devon placed two tentative fingers against his cheek. “Nicholas?” he whispered.
The touch wakened him. His eyes fluttered open, fixing on Devon, and he made a low, contented sound. Devon’s breath left him in a rush. His whole body pulsed in time with his heartbeat. He smoothed his fingers upward, cupping Nicholas’s face in his palm. The gesture was unmistakably sexual, and when Nicholas’s eyes widened in surprise, Devon jerked away. “We’re here,” he said gruffly.
It took Nicholas several seconds to ask, “Where?”

Sunday, July 6, 2014

ARC Review: In Despair by Megan Derr

In Despair (Princes of the Blood #3) Title: In Despair by Megan Derr
Series: Princes of the Blood #3
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Publication: July 9th 2014 by Less Than Three Press
Length: Novel 70,000 words

Rating: 5 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Prince Telmé Guldbrandsen has been groomed since childhood to become a Prince of the Blood and Commander of the Legion. He will be the youngest person to ever take the Blooding—if he can behave long enough to prove he can be trusted with the responsibility. But behaving is difficult when he is constantly forced to endure Korin: heir to the Reach of the House and the Temple of the Sacred Three, and the snotty brat Telmé is expected to someday marry.

Then the unthinkable happens, leaving Castle Guldbrandsen—and the Legion—in pieces. Overwhelmed by fear and grief, Telmé convinces Korin to help him attempt the impossible. But rather than relief, Telmé's triumph is met with anger and rejection...

Purchase Link: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=631
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Review: 

Torin is engaged to Telme but they don't get along and always fight. Telme is meant to be a Prince of the Blood and Torin, the High Priest. When a neighboring country's princess comes to visit and catches Telme's fancy, the majority of the League dies of poison. Torin and Telme need to work together to rebuild the League, catch the culprit, and figure out their relationship.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What's happening next week

Next week will be another blog tour week. Here's the list of authors and tours I'll be hosting on the site.

July 7th:
Secrets of NeverwoodGuest Post by Libby Drew
The featured book is Secrets of Neverwood. This M/M contemporary romance anthology includes:

One Door Closes by G.B. Lindsey
The Growing Season by Diana Copland
The Lost Year by Libby Drew




July 9th:
Guest Post: Shakespeare With a Side of Naughty! by Esmae Browder, author of The Naughty Shakespeare Series: Ophelia’s Lessons
A giveaway will also be available!


July 10th:
Four-Leaf Clover by Charmaine Ross is a contemporary romance available now from Escape Publishing. A giveaway will be available for this tour.