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Jan
20

Author Guest Post: J. Johanis + Giveaway

Author Guest Post: J. Johanis + Giveaway M/M Reading Life Hacks My journey into reading m/m started with Anne Rice, but now that I’ve discovered the massive body of m/m books available, I naturally want to read them all. Of course there are limitations to reading everything, both in terms of time and money. Since I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s run into such roadblocks, I’ve decided to share some life hacks that can help you read more with fewer constraints. First of all, with respect to time, eBooks have opened up plenty of opportunities, but there are two big time savers that are quite significant. One is audio books, which are limited and costly, and the other is text-to-speech, which works with almost every book. Both allow readers to digest more books without having to dedicate exclusive time to sitting down to read the old fashion way. Personally, I listen to books while I do housework, while driving, and while shopping. I’ve met others who work on crafts and art projects while listening to their favorite authors. I’m not sure about other devices, but Amazon has a text-to-speech option on all Kindle Fires, and the only way it won’t work is if an author has opted out. If you’re not sure how to turn on text-to-speech on your device, the best thing is to call Amazon and they are really good about helping you locate it. Now that you’ve discovered a few tricks to having time to read, here are some ways to have unlimited m/m without severely damaging your pocket book. First of all there are many freebies available online. You just need to know where to find them. A good place to start is Goodreads. The M/M Romance Group has writing events and publishes large volumes of m/m novellas and stories that are absolutely free. There is so much to read that I haven’t even made a dent in it. Additionally, there are lists on Goodreads that have unpublished books along with the links to the download. Another great way to find freebies is to set up an alert on eReader IQ. This tool notifies you about price drops on Amazon for authors and books you are looking for. If you’re like me and you’ve identified some favorite authors, you might want to read everything new they put out. The good news is that there are several ways to read new releases without investing a fortune. The first thing you should...
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Jan
19

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: The Sutherlands Anthology

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: The Sutherlands Anthology Pre-Order The Sutherlands For Only 99¢ & Help The Reach Out & Read Charity Looking for a way to do good and read hot? Check out The Sutherlands, a sexy contemporary romance anthology that tells the story of one family with 11 brand-new, full-length novels and novellas for only 99¢. Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each sale will go to the Reach Out & Read charity, which incorporates early childhood reading into well child doctors’ visits. About the Book: Inside The Sutherlands you’ll find: Shadow Ranch by USA Today best selling author Robin Covington – Passion and secrets thrive in the dark… Wrecked by Wall Street Journal best selling author Terri Osburn – Revenge is always personal… Bound To Do Damage by Avril Ashton – When protecting you heart is no longer an option…protect your neck. Foolish Expectations by Alison Bliss – Forever is the last thing they expected… Under the Evening Star by Shyla Colt – They must choose between the past that hunts and a love that can heal… Brazen by Avery Flynn – This bad boy boxer just met his match… Screwed by Kelly Jamieson – The only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation… Stripped by Abby Niles – She’s going to strip him bare… Not the Marrying Kind by Julie Particka – Faking it never felt so good… Lust and Loathing by Joya Ryan – Sometimes loathing your boss turns into the best kind of lust… Sweet Surrender by Naima Simone – The price of surrender is passion… Twenty percent of the royalties earned from each copy of The Sutherlands sold will go to help Reach Out and Read, a non-profit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. About Reach Out and Read This year, over one million children in the U.S. will enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn and succeed. As these children progress through school, they are more likely to fall behind, and stay behind. When families read aloud to their young children, they can give them a better start to life. With unparalleled access to families with young children, Reach Out and Read medical providers give books to children at more than 10 well-child visits from infancy until they start school. More importantly, they encourage families to read aloud and engage with their infants, toddlers and preschoolers...
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Dec
23

Review + Blog Tour: Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux

Review + Blog Tour: Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux Part & Parcel Author: Abigail Roux Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: After months of concern over so many beloved characters, and successfully avoiding all of the spoilers I possibly could, I was very pleased to discover that Part & Parcel ended up being even more wonderful than I had anticipated. Nick O’Flaherty and Kelly Abbott have been favorites of mine for ages, and the introduction of the Sidewinder stories helped ease the distress that accompanied the ending of the Cut & Run series, which I have always loved tremendously. Kelly and Nick are absolutely perfect for each other, and, while I’ve always wanted them to be happy, there was never any doubt that their path would be a difficult one. Though it is told primarily from Nick and Kelly’s perspectives, Part & Parcel is inarguably an ensemble effort. All of the surviving members of Sidewinder (and Zane) share a good amount of screen time once their (literal) journey begins—a facet of the novel that was welcome after having just said goodbye to them after Crash & Burn earlier this year. Zane, in particular, even shares narrating duties, which proved to be a very effective way of making me feel like a participant in the narrative, not merely an observer. One of the things that makes Part & Parcel unique is the combination of flashbacks and shifting narrators, along with the humor and answering sweetness and melancholy inspired by Elias Sanchez’s missives, that make up the entirety of the story. The team’s memories and Eli’s own words comfortably fade back and forth from one to the other, effectively transforming the ghost of a man who’s haunted these characters since Cut & Run into a real person within Part & Parcel’s pages. The result is that the audience is able to get to know Elias Sanchez over the course of the team’s journey, just as Zane, who is the “outsider” of the group, does. Ms. Roux is notorious for torturing her characters, and she does an especially thorough job of it in Part & Parcel. Nick and Kelly have been together long enough at this point that the issues they haven’t dealt with yet become a serious problem over the course of the story. Every single one of these men have a lot of lingering darkness from their time in service, as well as many events that followed, but poor Nick is positively drowning in it. On the...
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Dec
18

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Katie Reus

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Katie Reus Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Katie Reus Book: All He Wants for Christmas Release Date: December 1, 2015 Series: Multi-Author Anthology Thanks so much to Jen for having me here today! I’m a teeny bit obsessed with Christmas time and listen to Christmas music all year. My little one is now old enough that he realizes that’s not normal and likes to tell me “you’re so weird mommy” even as he sings along to Jingle Bells in July. I definitely don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas decorations and we have… usually 4-5 trees. Maybe more this year. So when the anthology group I’m part of started talking about doing a Christmas anthology I was in heaven. All He Wants for Christmas is 6 all new stories, all set in the fictional town of Holly, NC, where it’s Christmas 365 days a year. Today my heroine Nora is taking over to let you know one of her favorite recipes (it’s easy!). From Nora (Merry Christmas, Baby) When my sister and I moved to Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year round I wasn’t sure what to expect. Because when we were growing up, our mom hated the holidays. It made the season a little depressing. Now that I own a bookstore/coffee shop right off Main Street in the most festive town in the country, it’s hard not to get into the spirit. But my knowledge of Christmas movies was sorely lacking until I met and fell for sexy, former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. He’s assured me that the best Christmas movies are: A Christmas Story Elf Die Hard Turns out he’s right, though his obsession with Die Hard is a little frightening. Since movie time isn’t complete without snacks I introduced him to candy cane cocoa. He was more interested in getting creative with the whipped cream—and I didn’t...
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Dec
16

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Jessica Jarman

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Jessica Jarman Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Jessica Jarman Book: Safeword Protected Release Date: December 2015 Series: Bound #6 A Note From Clara Merry Christmas! Now, me? I don’t do holidays. Haven’t since my parents died. That sounds pretty sad and pathetic, doesn’t it? But it’s really not. I’m not sitting around crying into my cocoa come Christmas or anything. No, I’m usually at a fabulous resort, sipping a fruity drink poolside, and I have no problems with that. I make sure to call the family I have left—my cousins, aunts and uncles in Ireland—and always send my gifts so they have them Christmas morning. And that has been enough for me. But the coming Christmas, I don’t have a choice. I’ll be doing holidays with the family. My cousin, Maire, is having a baby, and I’ve promised to take some time off and be there for the birth and, since she’s due in November, for the baby’s first Christmas. How do you say no to a pregnant woman, especially when you love her more than life and she turns on the tears? You can’t. Or at least I can’t. While I’m sort of excited—reconnecting with Maire alone makes any promise worth it—knowing what’s coming is making me think back to Christmases with Mum and Dad. Even though it had just been the three of us, there’d been so much laughter and love. Messing around in the kitchen, helping Mum make plum pudding. I could still hear her tinkling laugh that always came when I asked, every single year, why it was called plum pudding when not a single plum was in the thing. I could see Dad’s grinning face as he lit the brandy and poured it over the pudding. I wonder if Maire’s mum uses the same recipe, or if they even have the same tradition of making it every Christmas. If...
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Dec
12

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Sorcha Mowbray

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Sorcha Mowbray Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Sorcha Mowbray Book: A Cowboy’s Christmas Wish Release Date: November 2015 Series: One Night With A Cowboy #3 Girl Talk with Mel Hi everyone! I’m Mel, short for Melissa. I have to tell you I used to hate the holidays. See, my mom died around the holidays. So, even though she wasn’t much of a mom, I still felt extra lonely. At least, I did until Ford came back into my life. Ford Grayson was the boy I fell in love with when I was in high school. But, as boys are won’t to do, he took off for college. Me? I had big plans, but of course they all collapsed when I realized I had to stay in Tuckerville, TX and make sure my mom didn’t kill herself or worse, someone else. So it was no surprise when the boy I loved dumped me after he discovered all the fun he could have at college. I hated Ford for ten long years. And it seemed every Christmas was a real poke in the eye to remind me of all that had gone wrong in my life. But then all that changed. See, I was working at The Silo a few days before Christmas, when a ghost of Christmas’ past strolled into the bar. Ford. An older, taller, and much, much sexier, Ford. Holy crap! Needless to say, I was all set to teach him a lesson and hopefully get some closure. But, that man had more up his sleeve than I ever expected. I won’t bore you with all the details. (Read the book!) But, he blew into my world and turned everything upside down. Now, we’re about to get married…a Christmas wedding. Well, that is if I don’t kill the bossy, obstinate man.  Since I get to plan the ultimate Christmas Wedding I need a...
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Dec
11

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Cat Johnson

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Cat Johnson Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Cat Johnson Book: Tempted by a SEAL Release Date: January 12, 2016 Series: Hot SEALs #6 The 3 Rules of Christmas According Navy SEAL hero Mack So you want to land a SEAL? Or maybe you already are in a relationship with one and you’d like to know what to do for him for the holidays. Why you’d want to be with one of us long term is beyond me, but if you do, here are a few Christmas dos and don’ts. No Sugar Cookies – No. Just no. Never ever make a SEAL sugar cookies. Why not? I’ll tell you. In BUD/S training the instructors made us do what is called sugar cookies. Basically rolling around in our wet uniforms in the sand at Coronado. The words sugar cookie will always remind me of being wet and cold and exhausted for hours, with no end in sight.  If you want to make me cookies for Christmas, make them Rum Balls and we’ll both be a lot happier. No Bells – The same goes for bells as for sugar cookies. Yeah, yeah, I know… every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. Well, that’s Jimmy Stewart’s world in It’s a Wonderful Life. In a SEALs world, during BUD/S every time a bell rings it means another guy dropped out of the course. Wanna see a SEAL twitch? Ring a damn bell and watch closely. Lingerie Works – As far as gifts go, we probably want something you’ll never ever think to buy for us. A new scope for our rifle. Night vision goggles (the four tube NVGs, not those crappy two tube ones). Don’t bother trying to get me anything like that. You’ll never get it right. Just get me lingerie. No, not for me to wear, silly. For you to wear for me. It’s...
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Dec
7

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Alexandra Ivy

Mistletoe Madness 2015: Alexandra Ivy Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. This year’s event is hosted by Blogging by Liza, Books Make Me Happy, and That’s What I’m Talking About. It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). For a line up of all of the authors featured at all three blogs, please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post from December 1, 2015. Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is… Alexandra Ivy Book: Kill Without Mercy Release Date: December 29, 2015 Series: ARES Security #1 Letter To Santa To Santa: Joyeux Noël !   This is your favorite gargoyle, Levet. I know you must be aware that I have been a very good boy this year.  Well, except for “borrowing” Viper’s crate of champagne he’d been saving for two hundred years.  If he didn’t want me to drink it, then he should have hidden it better.  And I did reveal the location of my new bestie Tayla to the dragon who’d been hunting for her.  I was only trying to help her find her true mate.  And there was that very small incident of setting the National Christmas tree on fire when I tried to light it with my magic. But, even the annoying vampires must admit that I have been spreading love and peace around the world.   Just like Cupid, only with far greater style.  Who wants to be shot with an arrow by a chubby naked baby?  C’est stupide.  So I should have some reward, should I not? To assist you, I have a list of presents I believe will be suitable. 1 Tickle Me Elmo.  (the classics never go out of fashion) 1 bottle of nectar 2 harpies (preferably in heat) And 1 very large wooden stake in case Viper forgets that ‘tis the season for good-cheer. Levet About the Book: From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security. Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new...
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Nov
19

Sneak Peek: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

Sneak Peek: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake Today we are celebrating the upcoming release of Extreme Honor, the first book in the new True Heroes Series by Piper J. Drake, with an excerpt from the book, a sneak peek at the cover for book two, Ultimate Courage, AND a giveaway! Keep reading… EXTREME HONOR (January 26, 2016; Forever Mass Market; True Heroes Series #1) David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing kennel can break through the animal’s grief. That is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility…and into Atlas’s heart. David hates to admit that the curvy blonde’s mesmerizing effect isn’t limited to canines. But when Lyn’s work with Atlas puts her in danger, David will do anything to protect her. Lyn realizes that David’s own battle scars make him uniquely qualified for his job as a trainer. Tough as nails yet gentle when it counts, he’s gotten closer to Atlas than anyone else—and he’s willing to put his hard-wired suspicion aside to let her do the same. But someone desperate enough to kill doesn’t want Lyn working with Atlas. Now only teamwork, trust, and courage can save two troubled hearts and the dog who loves them both… Pre-order the book! Amazon B&N iBooks GooglePlay Kobo BAM Excerpt: They entered the cabin and he flipped on the light, then nudged her toward the kitchen. Once he had her there, he turned on the brighter kitchen lighting and turned to her. “Let me get a look at your wrist.” She held both hands out to him, palms up. “Don’t strain your shoulder.” He tucked her left arm back in its sling. As gently as he could, he touched the angry red abrasion around her right wrist. “He didn’t mean to do it.” “He had other things on his mind.” Cruz agreed. She must’ve tried to hold Atlas when the dog had lunged after the intruder. Atlas had literally ripped the leash off her wrist. “Any sharp pain when I do this?” He bent her hand at the wrist, carefully testing the range of motion. She shook her head. “I don’t think anything is broken. Only lost a couple of layers of skin is all.” “Well, let’s make sure it heals up quickly.” He put a hand on either side of her waist and hoisted her up—hiding a grin as she squeaked—and sat her...
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Nov
2

Review + #Giveaway: Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper

Review + #Giveaway: Fangs for the Memories by Molly Harper Fangs for the Memories Author: Molly Harper Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: Fangs for the Memories is a delightful novella set in the always hilarious Jane Jameson/Half-Moon Hollow world. The story spans the time of the second Jane Jameson book, Nice Girl’s Don’t Date Dead Men. This time around, the events are shared via the first person POV of Jane Jameson’s best friend, Andrea, who has always been in the background and very important to the plot and stories, but never front and center. The book shares the story of how Andrea and vampire Dick Cheney fall in love. As a long time fan of Ms. Harper’s Half-Moon Hollow, I loved seeing the more gentle, caring side of Dick that we don’t witness often, especially in the first couple of Jane books. He’s one of my favorite characters because he’s goofy, yet extremely caring and loyal to his friends. He’s the kind of guy who would do anything for those he cares about. As always, Ms. Harper’s wit and laugh-out-loud humor makes the stories light and enjoyable, even at the more dire of times. Here is just one example: I couldn’t talk to Jane about this. She tended to do jazz hands when she did her little “I told you do” dance. No one deserved smug jazz hands. Of all the weapons in a vampire’s arsenal, they were the most demoralizing. The story is an excellent companion piece for fans of Ms. Harper’s works and those who’ve read Jane Jameson. Although it is listed as a part of the Half-Moon Hollow series, I believe it is best enjoyed if you’ve read the first two Jane Jameson books. There are spoilers, all referenced offhandedly but present, from those first two books, which allowed me to recall all of the events and emotions tied to them. This helped fill in the emotional ties to the characters, making Fangs for the Memories a more fulfilling read. Fangs for the Memories is short and sweet; a one-sitting read. It’s best enjoyed by fans who have read the earlier books in the series. As always, Ms. Harper brings to life a group of genuine characters who overcome outrageous obstacles with humor and friendship. I completely enjoyed reading more about Dick Cheney: one of the best characters in Half-Moon Hollow. My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot Giveaway: Pocket Star is generously donating a digital copy of Fangs for the Memories and...
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