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2

Blog Tour: Edged Blade by J.C. Daniels

Blog Tour: Edged Blade by J.C. Daniels Edged Blade Amazon | BN | iBooks About the Book: In the year since her life was torn apart, Kit Colbana has slowly rebuilt herself. There’s a promise of hope in the relationship with the alpha of the local shapeshifters and she no longer comes screaming into wakefulness. Life’s not perfect but then again, when was it ever? When her best friend Justin comes to her for help, there’s little question as to what her answer will be. Witches are disappearing and Justin won’t rest until he has answers. Soon, they learn that it’s not just witches who’ve gone missing, but vampires and shifters, too. Unlikely alliances are forged as Kit and Justin found themselves drawn into a twisted web of lies and betrayal. As the clock counts down and the culprit behind recent disappearances is revealed, those Kit loves the most become the target of somebody who will kill to protect an ugly secret. Read on for a chance to win either a Kindle Fire or a tea set and some of the loose leaf tea that Kit would drink…if she was real. 😉 About the Author: J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of author Shiloh Walker and was created basically because Shiloh writes like a hyperactive bunny and an intervention was necessary.  J.C. is the intervention.  The name… J.C. Daniels is a play off of the three people who pretty much run Shiloh’s life. Professional Bio J.C./Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.  She writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance, among other things.  You can learn more and connect with JC here website|  Facebook | twitter  and Goodreads  Excerpt: It had been almost two weeks since the Halloween party and I hadn’t had a good night’s sleep since then. Now, a dark pool of oblivion awaited me, beckoned to me. I stumbled toward my bed, water still dripping off me from my shower, more exhausted than I could recall feeling in a very long time. All I wanted was my bed. Okay, Damon lounging in my bed—naked—would be better, but as long as I had my bed and silence for the next...
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Dec
4

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield Hell On Wheels Author: Z. A. Maxfield Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Living in Bluewater Bay always suited Nash Holly just fine, for the most part. Taking on a lot of the responsibility for his family at a young age never made his path an easy one, but he gladly accepted his role with unshakeable devotion. The idea that there might be more for him wasn’t anything he allowed himself to think about, at least until a close call on a rainy night turns out to be much more than it seems. Spencer Kepler-Constantine knows all about the pitfalls of fame, but recent heartbreak has made his entire existence a misery. Unable to escape the spotlight, he’s determined to hide his pain from everyone, including himself, if he can possibly manage it. But, when an unexpectedly erotic interlude with a stranger who doesn’t play by the rules shakes Spencer up in lovely and terrifying ways, he begins to wonder if the best thing to ever happen to him isn’t right in front of him after all. Hell on Wheels is an appealingly simple, romantic tale of two men who aren’t exactly looking for anything, but end up finding it anyway. Nash and Spencer are opposites in just about every way possible. Nash is a high-octane, small-town mechanic whose commitment to his family doesn’t leave him any room for romance. Spencer is a famous celebrity on a popular TV show who is in the middle of a very public divorce and would prefer to avoid another relationship at all costs. A “no-strings” arrangement would be preferable to both men, if only they weren’t so perfect for each other. While it is neither action-packed nor suspenseful, Hell on Wheels is a sweet story about expectations and honesty, and the dangers of making assumptions, no matter how badly our hearts want something. Though their respective worlds seem to clash spectacularly, Spencer and Nash are more complimentary than either is willing to admit, except sexually—an element of their relationship they both (thankfully) embrace. Z.A. Maxfield has, once again, written two complicated, deserving characters who have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be happy, yet who can’t seem to let go of their own fears long enough to reach for it until it’s almost too late. With one exception, each of the Bluewater Bay stories is written by different authors and is meant to be read as a standalone. However, I thoroughly enjoyed...
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Dec
1

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft Three the Hard Way Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared. Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process.   With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all. Share the Love Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the  Share the Love collection  will be donated to the  It Gets Better Project. This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories: Three of Hearts  by Kelly Jamieson (releasing November 17) Lucky Strike  by Jane Davitt (releasing November 24) Three the Hard Way  by Sydney Croft (releasing December 1) About Sydney Croft Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two  New York Times  bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as “Erotica meets the X-Men,” and is unique in its own “erotic super hero romance” niche. Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings. Giveaway Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 7.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. This contest is sponsored by the publisher. This contest is open...
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Nov
21

Blog Tour Spotlight: Gabriel’s City by Laylah Hunter

Blog Tour Spotlight: Gabriel’s City by Laylah Hunter Hi, everyone, thanks for having me on this tour for Gabriel’s City! Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of this post to win a chance at the ZOMG Smells giveaway! Spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood has always enjoyed flirting with danger, but he’s always been able to retreat to safety—until bad decisions and a chance encounter plunge him into a world far more savage than his own. Gabriel is an urban legend, famous in the underworld for his unpredictability and violence. He’s also a believer fairy tales, and quick to decide to the handsome stranger who came to his aid must be good luck. With few other options remaining, Colin will need to keep his wits about him to learn to survive in Gabriel’s City. Full blurb For spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home. Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile is touched by a strange combination of faith and madness, driven by fairytale logic and a capacity for love that he often must suppress to survive. He’s always worked alone, but when a dashing dragon who calls himself Colin saves him in a bar fight, he pulls Colin into his world. Gabriel’s city is nothing like the refined, socialite existence that bored Colin senseless. Colin finds adventure and excitement there—and maybe even love. But with his layers of finery stripped away, nothing remains to protect him from poverty or danger—except Gabriel. So he must choose: go back to the civilized young man he once was, or fly free as Gabriel’s dragon. About Laylah Hunter Laylah Hunter is a third-gendered butch queer who writes true stories about imaginary people in worlds that never were. Most of her work deals with queer characters, erotic themes, and the search for happy endings in unfavorable circumstances. Hir mild-mannered alter ego lives in Seattle, at the mercy of the requisite cats and cultivating the requisite caffeine habit, and dreams of a day when telling stories will pay all the bills. Connect with Laylah: Website:  laylahhunter.com Twitter:  @LaylahHunter Goodreads:  goodreads.com/Laylah_Hunter Laylah is Riptide’s Featured Author for November:  http://riptidepublishing.com/authors/laylah-hunter Giveaway! I have the good fortune to be friends with the charming people...
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Oct
30

Author Interview + Book Tour: LA Witt

Author Interview + Book Tour: LA Witt Authors L.A. Witt, Alexis Hall, and Cornelia Grey come together on a Steampunk book tour to celebrate the releases of Precious Metals, Prosperity, and Circus of the Damned. Join us on adventures through the lawless, untamed, kraken-infested skies! Trek the snowy wilds of the Klondike in the company of a Mountie! Visit a soul-stealing circus where entertainment is at your own risk! Riptide’s Gaslamp Fortnight will tempt you with the steampunk and gaslamp worlds of Cornelia Grey, Alexis Hall, and L.A. Witt. And Gaslamp Fortnight is featuring a fabulous giveaway! Comment on the tour stops for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Harlots and Angels Steampunk Corsetry and get your own custom corset or personalized steampunk gear. To celebrate, That’s What I’m Talking About has as its special guest, author L.A. Witt here today. Please help me welcome Ms. Witt to TWITA! TWITA: What drew you to Steampunk to begin with, and what’s your favorite thing about it? Will there be more stories in the Metals series? Any chance for a Steampunk m/m anthology? Steampunk was something I’d never written before, so I wanted to give it a go, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. My favorite thing is creating cool technology, and using it to make the characters’ lives even harder. (Author = sadist)  I don’t have any steampunk stories in the work at the moment, but more Metals series or an anthology are definitely possible in the future. TWITA: Most authors like to torture their characters to varying degrees. Which of your characters have you particularly enjoyed torturing, and why? Pretty much all of them. LOL It’s just fun to take a person, throw them into an awful situation, and see if they have what it takes to get through that situation. And of course, make them fall in love with the worst possible person (their boss, their enemy, etc). It’s fun. As far as my favorites? I’m probably always going to be partial to whichever characters I’m working on at the moment. In this case, I’m rather enjoying tormenting my small town homophobic preacher (Lead Me Not), as well as some particular characters on loan to me from Aleksandr Voinov (Dark Soul 6). TWITA: It seems like you’ve worked on a lot of collaborative projects in the last couple of years. Do you have to alternate working on the collaborations with your other (individually written) stories? Or, are you able to slip...
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Oct
27

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall From the Author: Hello, and welcome to the Prosperity Blog Tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of Prosperity. Thank you so much to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by. I’m trying something a little different with this blog tour. I would very much like to invite you to join me over on Facebook at the Steampunk Flashgroup. A flashgroup is sort of a Facebook pop up shop. It’s a short-term group that will be active for the length of the Prosperity blog tour. I’ll be over there all week, and a little bit after, talking about the book, giving away many, many things, posting exclusive excerpts of Prosperity and the upcoming sequels, answering any questions, and generally having a ball. I do hope you will pop along and be part of the conversation. I also have postcards showcasing the absolutely stunning Prosperity artwork. If you would like one, please join the group and drop me a message, and I will be delighted to send one winging your way. About Prosperity A breathtaking tale of passion and adventure in the untamed skies! Prosperity, 1863: a lawless skytown where varlets, chancers, and ne’er-do-wells risk everything to chase a fortune in the clouds, and where a Gaslight guttersnipe named Piccadilly is about to cheat the wrong man. This mistake will endanger his life . . . and his heart. Thrill! As our hero battles dreadful kraken above Prosperity. Gasp! As the miracles of clockwork engineering allow a dead man to wreak his vengeance upon the living. Marvel! At the aerial escapades of the aethership, Shadowlesss. Beware! The licentious and unchristian example set by the opium-addled navigates, Miss Grey. Disapprove Strongly! Of the utter moral iniquity of the dastardly crime prince, Milord. Swoon! At the dashing skycaptain, Byron Kae. Swoon Again! At the tormented clergyman, Ruben Crowe. This volume (available in print, and for the first time on mechanical book-reading devices) contains the complete original text of Piccadilly’s memoirs as first serialised in All the Year Round. Some passages may prove unsettling to unmarried gentlemen of a sensitive disposition. About Alexis Hall Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret. He...
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Oct
24

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Review + Giveaway: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me Author: Ilona Andrews Reviewer: Jen Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Burn for Me kicks off a brand new series from the husband-wife writing team of Ilona Andrews. Their modern-day world has an alternate history, one that saw the development of magical powers in humans. Not everyone has these powers, such as telekinetics and pyrokinetic, and modern society equates the strength of one’s abilities with power and social rank. The authors do a great job laying out this history in the prologue. It is unique, yet familiar enough that it comes together easily. Several characters are introduced almost immediately, and the reader needs to pay attention because they all come back before the end of the book. Burn for Me focuses on and is told from the first person perspective of Nevada Baylor. She manages and is the primary detective for her family’s investigative agency, which is a subsidiary of the powerful Montgomery House. When Montgomery instructs Nevada to find and detain the well-known pyrokinetic Adam Pierce, she realizes he’s setting her family up for failure, but there is little she can do. Unfortunately, the risks are elevated when Nevada realizes that Connor “Mad” Rogan is also interested in locating Adam. Mad Rogan is the most powerful and destructive magic user in modern times, and he is determined to use Nevada to find his mark. Although I found myself interested in the story of Burn for Me, it took a long time for me to be completely enamored with the book. I did appreciate the slow world-building; it created a smoldering impression that, in retrospect, was the ideal way to introduce the world and characters. However, for about 75 to 80% of the book, I was interested in reading it, but not completely captivated. But then, suddenly… BAM! I was so utterly engrossed in both the story and the relationship between Rogan and Nevada that I couldn’t put down the book. I really enjoyed the heroine, Nevada. She’s smart. I love that she is willing to play the games necessary to survive, but remains focused on what is truly important to her: family. Her tight-knit group adds depth and feeling to the story, and Grandma provides some wonderful comic relief. Her humor had me laughing out loud at times. I appreciated the back-and-forth nature and banter between Adam and Nevada, as well as Rogan and Nevada. Each interaction adds value to the overall story and helps...
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Sep
30

Review + Giveaway: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

Review + Giveaway: Broken Soul by Faith Hunter Broken Soul Author: Faith Hunter Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Continuing her employment with Leo Pellissier, Master of the City of New Orleans and most of the southeast, Jane Yellowrock has been through more, and lost more, than she ever imagined she would. Unfortunately, the challenges aren’t going to end anytime soon. With a delegation from the European vampires with conquest on their minds due to visit in the near future, Jane will have to work harder than ever before to maintain stability for her boss and his clan, as well as for the humans who will be affected, whether they’re party to the coming events, or not. Finally learning to coexist with her Beast, Jane is better, smarter, and stronger than in previous novels, but even that might not be enough to save her and those she’s come to care about when the fighting starts. Unlike some series where there are only one or two standout characters, the Jane Yellowrock novels have a lot. Each and every character has a unique voice, even the more minor ones having carved out a distinct place for themselves by this point. Ms. Hunter has created a beautifully imperfect hero with Jane, who has only gotten better as her defenses have crumbled and been rebuilt, her previously impenetrable walls now being reinforced with her chosen family and allies. Leo Pellissier, on the other hand, is one of my favorite characters to hate. I absolutely loathe him right now, in fact, yet I can’t wait to see him again in the next book. As Jane’s “adopted brothers,” The Youngers have increasingly important roles to play in the series, for which I’m delighted. The list of notable characters continues to increase as this series goes on, and in Broken Soul, there really wasn’t a weak link that I could find. Absolutely one of the best things about this story was the ongoing evolution of Jane’s love life. As in, she sort of actually has one again. While I don’t expect much in the way of romance with urban fantasy titles, I’ve been hoping that Jane would find some happiness in that department for a long time—and now, she’s finally found a little. Thanks to Leo, it was interrupted and temporarily spoiled, but still, it’s a wonderful start for a most deserving character. Jane has grown tremendously in so many ways since the beginning of the series, and it’s perhaps most evident...
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Aug
1

Book Tour + Giveaway: Z.A. Maxfield

Book Tour + Giveaway: Z.A. Maxfield Hello and thanks to That’s What I’m Talking About for letting me be here today! I’m Z.A. Maxfield, coming at you from lovely sunny southern California where I’m blogging about my latest release, Home The Hard Way. *** I’m doing a giveaway and there are a couple different ways to win! At each tour stop, one lucky winner will get to choose any book from my backlist, so if you’re new to Z.A. Maxfield, this is a great way to find out if you want to dive in! At the end of the tour, I’ll be giving away a Riptide gift certificate, so you’re going to want to follow along the whole blog tour HERE for your best chance at a prize! About the book: Here’s the blurb for Home the Hard Way: Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide. Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer. In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way. Read more about Home The Hard Way HERE Giveaway: There’s two ways to win today! Comment below for a chance to win an ebook from my backlist AND you can also… Enter the Giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open internationally where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest,...
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Jul
18

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Noble Metals by L.A. Witt Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt blog tour for Noble Metals! Thank you to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. About the Book: Ever since Robert Belton gambled away the money to stake his claim in the Klondike gold fields, he’s been stranded in Seattle working as a prostitute. When an attractive customer needs help hauling provisions to the frozen north, Robert eagerly volunteers. Dr. John Fauth is only searching for one thing, and it isn’t gold. He needs platinum for the prototypes of his revolutionary inventions, and if he doesn’t find it in the Klondike, his university career—and his research—is over. Getting to the Klondike is a grueling, dangerous journey, and just hours after leaving Seattle, John and Robert find themselves in over their heads. John is carrying an invaluable device that his competitors will do anything to get their hands on. And as the cold nights and mutual desire pull John and Robert closer together, they discover that they have much more to lose than gold or platinum. (Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published by a different press; it has since been edited extensively and expanded by over 10,000 words.) Noble Metals is available July 7th from Riptide Publishing. Precious Metals, a novel set in the same steampunk/Klondike Gold Rush world, comes out this fall. About the Author: L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha. L.A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt). Giveaway: Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off L.A. Witt’s backlist (excluding Noble Metals) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on July 19th, and winners will be announced on July 20th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S....
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