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#DualReveiw #ReleaseDay – Boiling Point, Feverish 1.5 by Jade C. Jamison @JadeCJamison

Boiling Point (Feverish, #1.5)

synopsis

Pathetic.
Needy.
Untrusting.

Emily Brinkman hears all these descriptions in her head, all the things she knows others are thinking when she joins her boyfriend, Clay “Jet” Smith, on tour with his band. It doesn’t matter that she’s going as his PA as well; she knows she’s being judged…but she also knows that the people watching are half right.

Hot.
Tight.
Fine.

Clay can hear what all the men around him think of his sweet girlfriend and he loves having Emily join him on tour. To this woman, he’s not just a one-dimensional axe-slinging guitar god. She loves him and wants the best for him, and she won’t tell him something just because it’s what he wants to hear. But Clay didn’t stop to realize that all the guys on tour–from the roadies to security and even their frontman–would appreciate that Emily is a nice piece of ass. He will need to learn to trust her if their relationship is going to survive.

Will Clay and Emily survive the bumps on the road or will their time on tour drive them apart?

Praise

“I loved Emily realizing that Jet’s attitude isn’t so bad when you need to get stuff done.  I also loved how Clay felt real pride in his woman when he realized she was much respected in her line of work.” ~ Angie J, Twinsie Talk Book Blog

“I enjoyed getting to see the various different dynamics between of all the players (crew/band, Emily/crew, Debbie/Emily) and especially Emily/Jet/Clay…the dual personas of Clay the man and Jet the rockstar and how it affects Emily. It was an insightful look at behind the scenes and what fans see vs what really happens.” ~ Sue Banner

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Series Info

1 Feverish

1.5 Boiling Point

The Feverish series is a spinoff of the Bullet series:

1 Bullet

2 Rock Bottom

3 Feverish

4 Fully Automatic

4.5 Christmas Stalkings

5 Slash and Burn

6 Locked and Loaded

excerpt

“I just want to prepare you. You’re dating a rock star. It’s an experience unlike anything you’ve ever known before, and talks with your mama couldn’t prepare you for the shit that will go down.”

Yeah…that was another thing Emily wouldn’t tell Debbie about. She’d lost her mother years ago in a horrible car accident. It had been just her and her dad forever—and her dad hadn’t had a clue about how to prepare Emily for anything having to do with being a woman…not that he hadn’t tried. She’d also had an awesome PE teacher in middle school who’d helped her navigate the seas of adolescence. But God bless her dad—he really had tried…and he’d done the best he could.

As for “dating a rock star,” Debbie had no fucking clue about Clay. Rock star or not, inside he was the sweetest, most genuine man Emily had ever known. They’d been through a lot of emotional ups and downs in the short time they’d known each other, and she felt as though they’d grown together, so even though she’d been feeling a little insecure, it wasn’t because of any stupid ass thing Debbie had hinted at.

She was going to keep her mouth shut so as not to encourage any more asinine comments from the woman, but she could see that wasn’t going to happen. Best to just spit it out. “Clay’s not anything like you think, Debbie.”

The frontman’s girlfriend lifted her perfectly sculpted thin eyebrows as her mouth froze. After several seemingly eternal seconds, she let out a long breath of air. “Look, Emmy, I know you’re knee deep in new love. I get that. I know how that works. I was there with Sam once, too. But wake up, girl. Yeah, I know you think you know Clay…but I’ve known him a lot longer than you have.” She brought her cup up to her pink lips and sipped before repeating, “A lot longer.”

That was true…but she had to believe that Clay had been honest with her about his past—his entire past. Debbie had been looking at him not as a friend or as a lover but as the girlfriend of one of his coworkers. Of course, anything she felt about Clay would be jaded. So Emily brought her cup to her lips, trying to think of a comeback.

Debbie began talking again, though, allowing Emily to keep her mouth shut. “Sure…it starts out pretty innocently at first. You don’t even know what’s happening until it’s too late to stop it, and it’s a slippery slope. You’ll lose your guy if you don’t keep going…”

Buy Links

Feverish Book 1 – Amazon

Boiling Point Book 1.5 – Amazon

Link to Bullet Box Set 1 (books 1-3, including Feverish) HERE

Link to bullet Box Set 2 (books 4-5) HERE

Link to Locked and Loaded (Bullet #6) HERE

angies review

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Oh Clay…Sigh…but HELLO Jet!!  It’s been a looong time since we hooked up. *wiggles eyebrows and whispers* Don’t tell Melinda or Daddy Brad…M’Kay???

So our party boy/Wild Man has settled down with sweet little PA, Emily.  All is good in their little world but now the REAL World comes crashing down on them. Jet has to go on tour.  Emily is a wreck because she is listening to one of the band members girlfriends spew trash about the life of dating a rocker.  Clay is acting more and more like Jet to Emily’s liking plus the roadies treat her like crap.  Jet can’t handle his own insecurities about Emily’s love.  Is it because he is a rocker with bundles of money or does she really love Clay and his sweet sensitive heart??

This book our couple goes through it all.  They are so excited to be together and keep their little “love cloud” a rolling that they start to let other people’s views and perceptions get in the way of their happiness.

I loved Emily realizing that Jet’s attitude isn’t so bad when you need to get stuff done.  I also loved how Clay felt real pride in his woman when he realized she was much respected in her line of work.  If only the two can talk and not just sweep things under the carpet until the bomb goes off……

Melinda's Review

I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.

You have no idea how excited I was to get more of Jet/Clay. You see I have loved him the most out of all the Bullet series guys since jump. I wasn’t sure how Boiling Point could top Feverish with Clay and Emily but she did it and I fell more in love with Clay/Jet and Emily.

The time has come for the band to go on tour and Emily is going because she is Clay’s P.A. She has her insecurities tested while on the road. Between the treatment from the road crew, being on the bus with all the guys, seeing all the girls come and go, and then there is Debbie that keeps talking about all the horrible tour life things sure doesn’t help with all her insecurities.

Clay has been burned before by a love and now he is caught in his head thinking maybe Emily is like his ex.  Both feel the disconnect but because of their pasts are having difficult time overcoming it and talking to each other instead of keeping it bottled up waiting for the top to explode. Jet is able to toss that brick wall up and move on but sweet Clay struggles with what he thinks is going on. Can Clay and Emily survive life on the road or will what they have fizzle out before it really gets started?

This is a great quick read and continuation of Feverish being able to see into life on the road and to see the tribulations they go through. I enjoyed Emily and her way of dealing with what is going on during the tour. I loved seeing Clay’s sweet insecure side and then seeing Clay’s alter ego side Jet come out to play. I’m so excited for this series to get to know the other band members and of course to see more of my Clay/Jet. *swoon* Clay/Jet I still love them equally from the sweet caring Clay to the down and dirty Jet I cannot get enough of them.

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*taps foot* Angie I just read your review and not cool Daddy Brad will soooo be informed. KISSES.

about the author

Jade bio pic

Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado and has decided she likes it enough to stay forever. Jade’s day job is teaching Creative Writing, but teaching doesn’t stop her from doing a little writing herself.

Unfortunately, there’s no one genre that quite fits her writing. Her work has been labeled romance, erotica, suspense, and women’s fiction, and the latter is probably the safest and closest description. But you’ll see that her writing doesn’t quite fit any of those genres.

You’ll have to discover Jade’s writing for yourself to decide if you like it.

 

MM March Madness – March 29 – Anya Breton

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 29

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Anya Breton

author bio

Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. Her genres include erotic romance, urban fantasy, and young adult–all with a little quirk. She lives in the Midwest where land is cheap and corn is cheaper.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

In high school I moonlit as a clown.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I do like writing series, both featuring one main character or featuring a different set of characters per book. In some ways they’re easier because I’m not starting from scratch with each book. But keeping track of all of the moving pieces from one book to another makes it harder than stand alone.

Where do you do most of your writing?

That changes every few months. Right now I do most of my writing in a super comfy recliner in my living room.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

I’m reading Little Women for a book club, listening to Kresley Cole’s The Master, and reading Jillian Jacobs’ Rachel’s Guard. They’re all great in their own ways. Favorite books besides my own, I love reading historical romance most. Anything by Tessa Dare or Courtney Milan are favorites of mine.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I do feel diverse genres like MM, FF, MMF, etc are growing. I contribute by reading and a(under an alter ego).

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

That the writing part of it is the easiest part.

What are you working on now?

I’m submitting my MFM “Northern Heat” for publishing very soon. This is a fun book featuring a shy lady in her 40’s who is saddled with two hunky, demanding new bosses.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Relax with a good book.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

I don’t know that I’ve had either extreme. My career has been even keel. I know I change a little bit each time I go through the editing process. There’s always something I can improve.

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MM March Madness – March 28 – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 28

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Sandrine Gasq-Dion

author bio

Best selling author, Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in High School. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research.She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but has finally returned to Arizona.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

I have been married to the military since I was nineteen. I still go to all my guys for info on military procedures and whether would and wouldn’t do in certain situations. 😉

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I love series. I’m not a big fan of sequels because I feel that they never measure up to the first book. Writing a series gives you the freedom to incorporate the characters from previous books so readers can see what they’ve been up to! I think it’s much easier.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I have an office in my house that’s filled with my characters. I surround myself with pictures of hot naked men. 😀

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

I’m reading INET form Brenda Cothern and Behind the Music by Ann Lister. My all time favorite has to be KA Mitchell’s Collision Course. It was my first MM read! Right behind that is Evangeline Anderson’s “The Assignment”

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I believe it is growing. I’m trying to diversify what I write and how I write it. I’ve tackled attempted suicide and I have a book coming out later on that deals with another issue. I’ve always had my guys in the Assassin Shifters creating youth shelters for displaced and runaway gay teens. I hope to bring more awareness to the problem.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

It’s not just one character that speaks to me anymore, it’s a slew of them and they’re all fighting for time. I wrote four books back-to-back when I moved back to Arizona and now I’m exhausted. I’ve learned I need to take a break and shush those voices for a bit. 😉

What are you working on now?

I’m working on; Ransom’s book from the rock series, Jordy and Wraith from the 12 Olympians, Loki and Cezar from the Assassin Shifters, Ryan and Michael from the Men of Manhattan and a new M/F book.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Sleep and or read, catch up on shows I’m SO far behind in (Supernatural)

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

Highest was when the first book (Dirty Ross) Hit below 100 in books bought in the kindle store! Lowest low was the first one star review. Now I’m older and wiser and know that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone thinks the same so while one person will LOVE the book, someone else will hate it. It is what it is!

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Sandrine Gasq-Dion has donated Signed book from the rock series and code for either on audible (Fret or Jinxed) Some other swag, T shirt, bracelets and such.

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#releaseboost #WOTR – I never Dreamed by Ashley Hampton

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Title: I Never Dreamed
Series: Southern Rock Lyrics #2
Author: Ashley Hampton
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Interracial Romance
 Release Date: March 22, 2016
Blurb
Dr. Nate RomanHeartbroken.

Once was enough. I’ll never give my heart to another again. One night with a woman is enough for me now. As a psychologist, I deal with emotions all day long. Life gets messy when emotions are involved, and I like my life uncomplicated.

Dr. Lynsey Henderson intrigues me. Her smile makes my heart skip a beat. I want her in my bed, but she isn’t proving to be an easy conquest.

Dr. Lynsey Henderson

I finally have everything I dreamed about since I was a kid. Well, almost. I have the best job as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and I live in a beautiful historic home in a quaint small town. I’m missing someone special to share my life with. Someone special to love. The last time I tried was a colossal disaster.

My path has crossed Dr. Nate Roman’s multiple times at work. He is beyond gorgeous and just the kind of guy I swore I’d stay away from…. he has a different girl every night, and I’m not going to be one of the many.

He is so damn sweet when he tries to convince me to go out with him, and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to resist.

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Author Bio

Ashley Hampton works as a Licensed Psychologist in private practice during the day. When she leaves work, she puts on her writer and photographer hats and enjoys living in the worlds created in her mind. She lives near her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama with her cat, Gemma. Ashley wanted to find a creative way to meld her love for music and psychology with writing, and the Southern Rock Lyrics series was born. With other series planned, Ashley wants to write in the romance, erotica, and psychological thriller genres.

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#SeriesPromo – In My Heart Series by Joe Cosentino

An Infatuation (In My Heart #1)

Release Date: March 21, 2016

Contemporary Romance

ISBN-13: 978-1634771030

Pages: 209

Cover Artists: Christy Caughie & L.C. Chase

synopsis

AN INFATUATION: With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

Praise for AN INFATUATION (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2015: 2nd Place Best MM Romance Novel, 1st Place Best Cover Design):

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”  Diverse Reader

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!” Bike Book Reviews

“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.” MM Good Book Reviews

“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.” The Novel Approach

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”. Nautical Star Books

“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.” LoveBytes Reviews

“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers. I would really recommend them. This is a Bittersweet novel, but it has laughs-a-plenty despite the sad and ugly lurking beneath the veneer. A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“The story kept me turning the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.” “I love that Harold found what he was looking for in life and in a partner and love that he has his HEA. Great read.” Up All Night, Sleep All Day

“just the right dose of humor, honesty, and of course, sweet romance” Readers’ Favorite

A Shooting Star (In My Heart, #2)

synopsis

A SHOOTING STAR: On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

 

Praise for A SHOOTING STAR:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“heart-wrenchingly beautiful, that no words I possess in my vocabulary would do it justice” “Again Joe Cosentino drew me into his wonderful world of part fact/part fiction/loosely based on his own experiences world – a world as a reader I love to enter, time and time again.” Three Books over the Rainbow

A Shooting Star could easily function as a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“This is a bittersweet love story, so don’t be surprised if you find tears running down your face when a shining and burning star is extinguished too soon. But, as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“Cosentino has another winning heartbreaker with A Shooting Star.” Prism Book Alliance.

“Yes, it is a bittersweet story but it is one that still has hope and love.” Hearts on Fire Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” “If you like something different from time to time, a bittersweet story, actors, college men, and a very sweet romance I highly recommend this.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“a sophisticated, enthralling and suspenseful tale with a gothic vibe and a multi-layered execution that will have you sitting up and taking notice. This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre make A Shooting Star one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

“a beautifully written story, full of life, love, heartbreak, tragedy, and maybe most importantly, triumph.” Readers’ Favorite

Buy Links

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7552myBook.to/InMyHeart

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about the author

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming releases are Satin Doll & China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

social-links

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

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Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

 

MM March Madness – March 27 – Heather Ranier

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MM MARCH MADNESS!!

March 27

Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.

Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3

Today is devoted to Heather Ranier

author bio

I live in South Central Texas, writing the type of novel I love to read: more erotic and edgy than the mainstream, with plenty of sweet romance mixed in. My love of romantic fiction began as a teenager when my mom gave me copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “The Flame and the Flower” and Bertrice Small’s “Skye O’Malley.” To this day I’m pretty sure that was her idea of the “birds and the bees” talk. My husband and I met in a scenario very much like the ones I’ve written about. He was the alpha hero who stepped in when this “damsel in distress” needed rescuing from a nefarious pervert. It’s no wonder I went on to write erotic romance when I had him to inspire me. I love to chat with readers on Facebook and talk about my books and whatever else comes to mind on my blog, The Divine Tease. When not pounding on my keyboard, I’m usually busy corralling my kids or loving on my smokin’ hot husband, who thankfully loves to cook.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

An old friend from high school recently asked me what I “do” now that my kids are teenagers. My response: “I’m still a stay at home mom.” She nodded with a slightly mystified look in her eyes when I didn’t elaborate further. Living in a small town in Texas, and having children enrolled in a private school, my privacy and anonymity are of primary importance to me…at least until the youngest graduates. For the last five years I’ve balanced maintaining that anonymity for my pen name and my personal privacy while building a following for Heather Rainier that rivals any pre-published dreams I might’ve had.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

As a reader, I prefer series, and will follow along with the rest of fandom…if the stories and characters are interwoven and well-written. I tend to bond to well-formed characters and storylines and am never quite ready to let go when the book ends and always want more stories set in that world. As a writer, I’ve devoted my time to writing a long running series because I believe I share that sentiment with the majority of readers. Writing a series can be challenging, what with keeping world-building facts straight and not “painting” myself into too many corners. After 23 books, I know my characters pretty well, but I still have to refer back to my cheat sheets when it comes to basic facts. Even with all that, it’s worth it.

Where do you do most of your writing?

In my office at the desk my husband built for me. Prior to our move in 2015, I wrote at a small desk set up in our living room with chaos all around me. It’s a wonder I accomplished as much as I did.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

In preparation for the release of “The Beast” in April, I’m enjoying a re-read of the entire Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. I love to read paranormal and urban fantasy and I’ve always enjoyed her characters and very unique author’s voice. I’m also a big fan of anything written by Cherise Sinclair, Laurann Dohner, and Diana Gabaldon, the author of the ultimate book boyfriend, Jamie Fraser.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I’ll preface my answer by stating that I’m not an expert in the industry, but I do listen to the experts. I think the growth has slowed a bit perhaps, due to the overabundance of cheap and poorly-edited/formatted/covered e-books, whether self-published or otherwise, combined with a growing sub-culture that demands more and more content cheaper…or for free. Writers who work fulltime jobs and then come home and write fulltime are on a collision course with burn-out. If what they produce is of value, they should expect to be paid a fair price. I think the genre will recover and continue to grow, provided authors stay consistent, avoid getting caught up in hype, continue nurturing their skills, and write to the best of their abilities. The bottom line is that romance readers will always want to read happily-ever-afters.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

The idea that the world I created in my head is a place readers of my series would gladly move to or visit, given the chance. Knowing this strengthens my resolve to continue creating a world in the small town of Divine, Texas that is so vivid none of my readers will ever feel let down by subsequent books.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up “How Cassie Got Her Grind Back,” the 23rd book in the Divine Creek Ranch Collection (Releases May 2016). Readers have gotten to know Cassie, the owner of Divine Drip over the last several books, and met one of her heroes, Samson Cutter, in “Bunny and the Beast.” While Samson’s twin, Ivan, may be his mirror image, he and Samson are worlds apart in their approach to women, especially Cassie. Blurb for “How Cassie Got Her Grind Back” Cassie, Samson, and Ivan made promises on the day they graduated from high school and then life took them in unexpected directions. Raised in a traditional home, Cassie was expected to work hard and obey her elders and because of her nature she complies, until life throws her so many curve balls she has no choice but to begin standing up for herself. Aspiring to join the military, identical twins Samson and Ivan Cutter find themselves pulled in opposite directions on life paths that couldn’t be more different, but through the years, they’ve unknowingly had one thing in common. Cassie Villalobos. Or more to the point—love for Cassie Villalobos. Samson’s successful career in the military and then in law enforcement was interrupted when he was injured in the line of duty. With a well-earned reputation for level-headedness, Samson enjoys his job as an emergency dispatch operator but there’s always been something missing. Not even his private lifestyle as a Dominant, and role as Joseph Hazelle’s right hand man at Hazelle House, brings him much satisfaction these days. Good-humored and affectionate, it’s probably a good thing Ivan didn’t make the cut in the military due to an injury because he’s found his passion and his purpose in his kitchen. An award-winning chef with a major following, he satisfies his sensual nature with culinary prowess while always feeling the inner emptiness that long hours at his Viking stove can’t fulfill. Thirty years have passed since they made those broken promises to each other, and when presented with a second chance, Samson and Ivan are determined to not let Cassie slip through their fingers again.

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Go out to eat for Mexican food (there are an abundance of authentic Mexican restaurants in my neck of the woods), and watch movies with my husband and family. We watched “The Martian” recently and loved it.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

The highest HIGH would be the first phone call I ever received from Siren Publishing in 2010, letting me know they wanted to publish my first book, Divine Grace, and they were excited to hear that it was the first in a series and wanted me to submit more. I think any writer out there will say that the lowest LOW comes in moments of creative self-doubt, writer’s block, and writer’s anxiety—that insidious belief that we’re not very good at what we do and it’s just a matter of time before others figure it out.

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#WOTR #Review – Savior (Tattered Social Club #1) by Pauline Allan

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Savior (Tattered Social Club, #1)

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With a violent past, Niko Malikov knows revealing any weakness could be a death sentence. Growing up on the rough city streets was a lesson steeped in violence. He has always been the go-to guy and, now, his successful career at The Tattered Social Club as one of their premier artists has proven anything is possible. Anything but revealing his secret. A secret that would destroy the man he’s become. That unshakeable strength is wounded when a young man walks into the shop wearing a pair of skinny jeans.

Ethan Cohen sold his soul for a bed. With the scars of his past still visible, he’s ready to move on. Nervous and determined, he enters the Tattered Social Club to get a tattoo from the hottest artist in the state. All he wants is a phoenix tattoo, but the gruff bulky guy sitting in the studio has no plan of letting that happen. Ethan knows from the moment they steal that first kiss, the man with the painted skin isn’t ready. Maybe he isn’t either. Against everything his broken heart is whispering he wants. God, he wants to be wrapped in those strong arms, but he’s fighting for freedom with a man unwilling to be free.
So different. Falling into each other’s shadows. The undeniable need. The savior.

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I purchased this book.

I saw this book was about MM hotties covered in ink…Yes Please.  I saw the price…YES Please.  I mean 99 pennies…how do you turn it down.

This book is about Niko, the in the closet, tattoo artist and Ethan the broken, good looking, openly gay, college student.

Ethan has sold his soul to the devil to keep from the streets.  When he saves up enough money, he goes to Niko for a tattoo.  Niko is a very popular and well respected artist.  The minute they meet you can feel the tension.  One problem, Niko is straight or so he likes to think.  He experimented with guys and thinks about guys but he is totally not gay.  Situations between the two become crossed when an aggressive kiss blurred the lines.  Ethan is then conflicted because he likes Niko but he doesn’t want him to know his shame.

When Ethan finally breaks free from his shame, Niko is there to help him out…why you ask?  He has no clue either but he can’t not be with Ethan.  The two start a “friends with benefits” type relationship all while Niko is denying he is gay.  However, we can SEE his possessive streak show when Ethan’s past comes to haunt him.

I liked Ethan’s character but I really enjoyed Niko.  He was so closed off from the things he was told by his father at a young age.  When we can SEE him breaking through his “anti-gay” thoughts to expressing his wants and desires to Ethan it made me really happy.

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Oh my, where to start. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I’m a women’s health nurse by day and an erotic romance writer by night. I love poetry and believe romance is the secret to a fulfilling life. I feel that all women, irregardless of how she looks, is beautiful and desirable because she is seductive by nature. We are females and therefore sensual! I love to laugh and sometimes…love to cry. I love to travel. Let me clarify that. I love to travel home. I’m a native of the midwest, but my heart dwells in the dark corridors and courtyards of New Orleans. So, home is ‘Nawlins. It’s a part of my blood. I enjoy a cold glass of rum and Diet Coke while chilling on the front porch and a nice glass of red while I’m reading in a bubble bath. I can debate anything…even if I’m wrong! I love a strong alpha male and the starving artist. I am a firm advocate for love and all the physical aspects that accompany the emotion. I began writing when I was nine years old. I started with the horror and paranormal genre. I still enjoy reading an old Stephen King novel now and again. My favorite authors are many. Historical, Lisa Kleypas and Charlotte Featherstone. Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe. Erotica, too many to name here. I listen to music constantly and attribute the bulk of my ideas to the tunes playing in my car. So, that’s me in a nutshell. A writer chained to the computer with a cup of coffee feeding my veins. Friend me on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

MM March Madness – March 26 – Jack Pyke

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March 26

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Today is devoted to Jack Pyke

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Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys in a D/s relationship, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

I have four kids. My eldest lad is 22, my youngest, 4, and I also have a granddaughter who’s 1.

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I love series writing! But it can get complex as you delve deeper into 3rd, 4th, and 5th novels. There’s a lot of details to crossover novel to novel, not to mention introducing new characters etc. But you get to really investigate your characters. There’s always something new that crops up.

Where do you do most of your writing?

In my living room. I have a little corner for me, with my stereo close by as I write to music. It keeps me close to the kids and hubby, and is probably where I’m most happy.

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

*Sighs* I get so little time to read for pleasure. If I’m not editing, I’m writing, or running promo. Favourite books, oh lord, I could be on this all day! Anything by Joseph Lance Tonlet, Lynn Kelling, Nicole Colville, and Adrienne Wilder.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

I think it’s very much growing. The readership keeps getting wider, with readers always anxious to pass and share favourite reads; reviewing blogs are really coming into their own, but also there’s just so much variety out there with how to digest M/M novels. Audio, podcast snippets, foreign language translations, not to mention more and more distribution sites coming in. The drawback is that some of those always take their cull of royalties and fight their own battles to dominate the likes of distribution. Authors get caught up in the battle and royalties seem to get lower and lower.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

How intimate it is! I love being alone with a script and settling in to see where the characters go, what they do. Then there’s the sharing aspect when it goes live and how readers react: whether they fall in love with certain things or loathe others.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually working on a tie-in into the Don’t series. It’s introducing two new characters who’ll come at Gray and Jan from a new perspective. It’s working with a theme I’ve been thinking of for a few years: someone who is more comfortable walking the streets during the night and taking a look into other people’s lives. I don’t have a blurb, but I do have an extract, if that’s okay? The extract itself introduces Ash, my late-teen lad who’s just been pulled away from my street walker by his best friend Rease. —— “Fucking flirt.” Rease offered a chuckle as Ash slumped on the bar stool. “Me?” Ash fought the heat on his cheeks. “I do “Snog Me” wish-lists, you… you’ve got this whole—” His hand went everywhere. “—IPA Fuck-Buddy Tour Guide.” Rease leaned closer. “What’s an IPA?” “International Phonetic Alphabet.” “Oh.” He couldn’t connect the dots. “And that differs from the usual ABCs, how exactly?” “Because the IPA doesn’t only show the normal alphabet but highlights how letters go two, three, and foursome to make sound. And you—” “That foursome was just a rumour.” “Started by you, to me on the phone, when you were begging a lift from Karl and Elaine’s.” “See—” He even counted on his fingers. “Three.” “The postman was there.” “Delivering letters.” “Naked?” “It was hot.” “With whip marks on his arse.” “Annnd obviously displaying public disappointment over failure to deliver the goods in the right letterbox when prompted.” Although Rease fought a blush. “That was a few years back and something I don’t do often.” Ash got a pat to his shoulder. “Forget getting laid, you need a life, mate.” ——–

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Movie night! We always take time out with the kids to watch a movie on Saturday nights. The recliners go up, quilts come out, popcorn, Coke… it’s pure heaven!

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

The Highest? Hands down the day at the Ritz, I got to meet so many people (authors, bloggers, fans) I’d been talking to over the net, and it made such a difference meeting them face to face. Low: you’re not just an author, but everything else thrown into the mix too, and it weighs you down. to breaking at times. Many a time I’ve thought of stepping away permanently because I miss just being able to write and share stories. I’m getting better with time management, and that’s what it comes down to, just allowing yourself time to say, okay, you’re an author, you’re supposed to actually write at some stage.

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#WOTR #ReReleased #PNR- Soul Journey by Miranda Shanklin

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It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls’ journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.

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Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.

 

 

MM March Madness – March 25 – Ella Frank

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March 25

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Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!” A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.

Something you don’t know about me…hmmm, I co-author with a wonderful woman by the name Brooke Blaine. I love writing as the other half of a duo. It’s so much fun brainstorming and coming up with characters to share with the world. We can’t wait to work on our next project together!

There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?

I love writing series! They’re fun for me. Getting to carry over characters from previous books to the next. But at the same time I feel you really need to know how far you want to take those characters and set a book number for yourself.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I do it at my desk in my bedroom right now. I live in a beautiful apartment but it is rather small, so I can’t wait for the day I actually can put my desk in an office!

What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?

I am currently reading HOOKER by Brooke Blaine which is a romantic comedy, and it is hilarious. I absolutely love and recommend the L.A. Liaisons Series. As for a new favorite books and series I love, I recently read a brilliant series last year by Cassandra Clare – The Infernal Devices. It is literally one of the best series I have ever read.

Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?

This genre has exploded. When I first came out with Try, the m/m genre was barely talked about on the mainstream blogs in the indie world and it took a lot of convincing on my part to get people to give my book a look. Since then, some amazing authors have broken through and really helped this genre thrive and rise to be one of the most talked about out there. I also think that the recent Equality Act which passed gave way to an influx of authors adding characters with more diverse sexual preferences, and from there it has just continued to grow. I am proud to be a part of this writing community and to see how far it has come.

What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?

That you always have the opportunity to change, grow, and learn something new about yourself. With each book I like to think I challenge myself and make it just a little better in my eyes than my last. Whether it be the writing itself, the plot, the dialogue, I am always hoping to improve upon the last and give readers something they can really sit down and enjoy. After all, that’s why you pick up a book, right? To get lost inside the world of the author. I just hope I continue to build new and fascinating ones for people.

What are you working on now?

I just finished up Finley, and I’m in the process of writing the second book to follow. You can find more information on Finley at – www.ellafrank.com

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Probably go out to dinner and see a movie. It’s low key, relaxing, and I can turn my brain off for a few hours and forget about the world I am writing about.

Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?

Hmmm…I feel a certain HIGH each time I finish writing a book. It’s such a sense of accomplishment to know that the characters on the page came out of my head. I haven’t had any lows as far as I feel. Every day brings new challenges and I consider myself one of the luckiest people on the planet to be able to wake up and do what I love every day.

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