Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Unexpected by E.T. Malinowski

Title: Unexpected by E.T. Malinowski
Series: Mended 2014 Daily Dose Anthology
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Published June 1st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 26 pages

Rating: 1 Stars
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Unseelie are vicious, heartless, and cruel, or so Merin believes. Then Tarel, an Unseelie warrior, comes to his rescue, and turns his view of the world upside down.

To escape the effects of his curse, Tarel exiled himself to the forest. He has enough issues with his own people, but he never thought he’d share his bed with a Seelie either, even if only by medical necessity. If Merin and Tarel can overcome their prejudices, they might see what a gift fate has given them.

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Marin is chased into Tarel's woods by a pack of goblins. Just before the goblins kill him, Tarel saves Marin and obliterates the pack of goblins. Marin is a Seelie Sidhe and Tarel is Unseelie. They are sworn enemies but are instantly attracted to each other. Tarel feels compelled to heal Marin and takes him home.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ARC Review and Interview: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd

Today I'm hosting Ashley Ladd on the blog for an interview and to talk about Business or Pleasure. Check it out at the end of the post!

Business or Pleasure
Title: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Expected publication: August 22nd 2014 by Totally Bound
Length: 121 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy provided by author

Tommy Boudreaux is extremely attracted to Guy Rogers even though he’s a passionate vegetarian and animal rights activist and Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue joint in town.

Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Boudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he’s ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. He could never be with a carnivore. Unfortunately, Tommy isn’t really a vegetarian or an animal activist. He never said he was, either, he just didn’t eat meat when he was with Guy. And maybe he emptied his house of all meat and dairy products before inviting Guy over. In fact, Tommy’s family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and, if his family has their way, he’ll manage the new location.

When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that’s a monument to eating meat, he’s livid and doesn’t know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.

But then Guy’s life gets crazy—his dad’s paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he’s been too militant and narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

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2.5 stars rounded up

Guy is an animal rights activist with an extreme pro-animal rights attitude and cannot tolerate eating meat at all. He wants to move out of his dad's place and meets real estate agent, Tom. They are attracted to each other, but Tom isn't a vegetarian and his family runs a barbecue restaurant that Guy would be totally against. Tom tries to hide those facts from Guy but when Guy finds out, he feels betrayed. Guy's dad is also causing trouble for him. Guy has too much going on in his life to try to make a relationship with Tom work out. Trouble escalates when Guy decides to picket Tom's family barbecue restaurant.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Guest Post, Review, Giveaway: Designs on You by Carrie Pack

Today we have Carrie Pack on the blog to talk about Designs on You and its inspiration. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

Designs on You was largely inspired by my experience working as a production artist and graphic designer right out of college. I worked for a national retailer creating print ads, designing signage, and scanning photos. That was in the dark days before digital, folks—we didn’t even have email for the first six months that I worked there.

It was interesting work, but it could also be tedious. Some days I would be doing nothing but scanning photos all day or stuffing signs into mailboxes to go to stores. Other days, I might get to work on a catalogue or poster for the stores. And sometimes I would get crazy requests for retouching that meant zooming in on model’s crotches or putting one man’s head on another man’s body.

When I got the idea for a story about a graphic designer falling for a model, I really started to think about what it would be like for someone to be stuck in a rut professionally, doing a job very similar to mine, while also being stuck in a rut romantically. How would that play out? Who would that person be?

Enter my protagonist, Scott Parker. He’s just about to turn 30, still recovering from a nasty breakup and trying to get his career going. That’s when he gets asked to retouch photos of a gorgeous new model Jamie Donovan and the sparks fly.

Of course, the crush that Scott develops on Jamie is also a bit of commentary on our society’s obsession with celebrity and image. It has become very easy, especially with social media, to think we know a celebrity personally. We may even go so far as to create an idea in our heads as to who that person is and start to fantasize about meeting them or being in a romantic relationship with them. Scott falls into that trap. He creates a fantasy version of Jamie in his head that doesn’t quite fit with what he sees in real life.

Ultimately, Scott is faced with his own conflicting desires and what it means to balance fantasy with a budding, real-life friendship.

Giveaway: Carrie will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Designs on You (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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne

Today we have Lilah Suzanne on the blog to talk about Pivot and Slip and its cover art. Check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

I remember being so nervous about the conference call we had for the book cover, and that afterwards I immediately felt like I hadn’t contributed anything helpful at all! As much as I wish that I had visual art skills, I just really don’t. So I didn’t have a particular image in mind at all.

I can describe things, sure, I do plenty of that. But an actual visual? Not really. So I have to give all the credit for the cover to Interlude Press’ art director, RJ Shepherd and the cover artist, CB Messer. I don’t know how they did it, but it’s as if they reached into my brain and took out an image I didn’t even know was there!

That cover is Felix. It captures him so well. It captures the essence of his story and the overall feel of the book perfectly. The first time I saw it, I was stunned beyond belief. You can see him there—that moment of feeling broken, of “Now what?” There’s a sense of this man who is trying to put the pieces back together and doesn’t know it yet, but soon will meet the person who helps him.

It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I am so lucky to have this cover on my debut book.

Giveaway: Lilah will be awarding a $25 Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Barnes and Noble GC and a print edition of Pivot and Slip (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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway Tour: A Bite in Time by Viki Lyn & Vina Grey

Giveaway: Viki & Vina will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Incubus Saga: Changeling and Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen

Today we have Amanda Meuwissen on the blog to talk about The Incubus Saga. Thank you, Amanda, for taking the time to share this new story with us today and providing a giveaway! 

The Incubus Saga—from Serial to Finished Book Series

The Incubus Saga is actually a trilogy, with book 3 planned for next year. I’ve been running the story serialized on the episodic literary network (BWN) since 2012, which is also the indie publisher who created the final books.

It’s been an interesting and very rewarding experience, publishing chapters weekly over the months, and then seeing the finished product come to life as each book is complete.

As a fanfiction writer for many years, I love the immediate gratification of posting something and getting feedback from readers. The exchange honestly affects the final product, and I take comments, suggestions, and concerns very seriously. Many times a remark that a scene dragged, or didn’t make sense, or that something was missing will affect how I edit things from online to the final book, and I am so grateful for having fans willing to engage in dialogue.  BWN makes that possible, and I still get to hold a book in my hands at the end.

I actually first worked on a slightly different version of the same story from 2007-2009, and decided to pursue publishing it a few years later when I discovered BWN. I brought a few fans with me from that initial incarnation, and have made many more. There are characters in the story that were inspired by fans who first read it during those early years, who amazingly ended up being some of the most influential characters because they lived and breathed the story as it was told. I mention them in my dedications, and I know that the final story I am creating now is better for having first shared my ideas online, where it really did take a village to raise my baby.

I believe serial writing is the future, much as fanfiction grabs so many readers’ attention, because it’s a community experience. Of course I’d still always want that final eBook, paperback, and audiobook to own, and I know my readers love the opportunity to have that final version as well.

I encourage readers here to check out, a free site with every genre and rating to choose from, in written and audio, with currently running stories and ‘rerun series’ to enjoy, and many finished books to own in the store.

And if you enjoy Incubus and Changeling, you can either continue reading the story at each week as I post new chapters, or wait for the final, polished and re-edited third book in 2015—Sidhe.

Giveaway: Amanda will be awarding a digital copy of both Incubus and Changeling to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: Dead Man and the Army of Frogs by Lou Harper

Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit (Dead Man, #1.5)Title: Dead Man and the Army of Frogs by Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #2
Genre: M/M Romance, Fantasy
Publication: August 4th 2014
Length: 166 pages

Rating: 5 Stars
Review copy provided by Author


All Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.

Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran's obsession.

Bran Maurell is a witch, who in a youthful outburst, accidentally turned his then-lover, Peter, into a croaker. Bran has been trying ever since to reverse the spell. A fresh amphibian encounter only spurs him to double his efforts.

As if Peter's ghost coming between them weren't enough, Denton and Bran are forced to deal with several errant spirits stalking the citizens of Chicago. Between a French chef who refuses to admit he's dead, and malevolent creatures bent on causing mayhem, jealousy may be the least of Denton's problems.

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4.5 Stars rounded up to 5

It would be good to read Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit before this because Lenny revisits and sets up the mystery with the appearance of a frog linked to demonic spirits.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review, Interview, Giveaway: Breakfall by Kate Pavelle

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  Breakfall by Kate Pavelle
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, LGBT, Romance  
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Synopsis: Fall Trilogy: Book One

Sexual assault doesn't discriminate. Aikido instructor Sean Gallaway learns that when he falls prey to a violent stalker. Asbjorn Lund, a karate sensei on campus and a Navy vet, yearns to teach Sean how to survive. How to overcome. How to recover. Sean feels hunted and alone as the stalker escalates, testing his boundaries. With the entire dojo at his back, Sean resolves to play bait. He will catch the predator stalking him and reclaim his sense of self if it's the last thing he does. Yet Sean's hunger for justice clashes with Asbjorn's protective streak, and their budding romance might not survive their war of wills.
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4 Stars

Asbjorn is still grieving Tiger's death when he meets the aikido instrutor, Sean. He pretends to be a martial arts beginner when he himself is a karate instructor in order to get into the aikido club and build connections. Sean is super confident in his martial arts and uses it to beat up a group of men ganging up on a kid in an alley. However, one of the men got away and comes back for revenge on him.