Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blog Tour: Wolfkin Saga #exclusive #excerpt #giveaway

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Welcome SJ Himes to the blog for the tour of her new release, Wolf of the Northern Star. We have an exclusive excerpt and an awesome giveaway so make to scroll down and have a look!

Title: Wolf of the Northern Star
Author: SJ Himes
Series: The Wolfkin Saga, #2
Release Date: June 15th 2017
Genre: Gay Paranormal Shifter Romance





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Ghost, once known as the cub Luca, is finally home. Back among his kind and learning what it means to be both a man and a shaman, Ghost battles the expectations of his people, his family, and the pressures of a society that is both foreign and familiar. His power is greater than any seen before, dwarfing that of even the legendary Shaman Gray Shadow—and his union with Kane places him in the center of a controversy that rattles wolfkin society around the world.


Kane, greater alpha and Heir to Black Pine Clan, has finally defeated the traitor and murderer that destroyed the heart of Black Pine years before. Freed at last from guilt and pain, Kane has a new enemy to face: his own people. Placed on trial for violation of Law and blasphemy, Kane will have to fight to the death to preserve his bond with Ghost and keep his mate and people safe.


The soulbond between Ghost and Kane is forged by the creator and Goddess of the wolfkin. Usually, a sacred and treasured union that honors the pair and their clans, this soulbond is seen not as a gift, but a threat to eons of tradition and Clan Law.


The union of a Shaman and Alpha is anathema—but how to reconcile that belief when it is the wolfkin Goddess who forged it? Can Ghost and Kane save themselves, preserve their bond, and find a new future when the laws of the ancient past threaten to tear them apart?


*This book is part of a series and should not be read as a standalone. Prior books should be read to understand content. 104,000 words*


Purchase: Amazon Universal

Find The Wolfkin Saga on Goodreads


Exclusive Excerpt!

“Threesomes are common in casual arrangements. As something more formal like a mating, usually it’s an alpha with two beta females, each serving as alpha mate. Such arrangements are rare, and in some places, are frowned upon, but since Royrick is a clan leader, any blowback he might get will be minimal. Red Wraith is one of the more progressive clans in the Northeast,” Kane explained. “Things might be tense, especially since Gerald is male and Sophia has a well-known history with Royrick, but Royrick and Sophia are both strong enough to mitigate any issues. I think they’ll be happy after a brief adjustment period.”

“But so fast?” Cat asked, head tilting to the side.

“Not fast for us, not really. Our people tend to know whether we’re going to be compatible quickly—and the older we are when we mate, the better the matches. Sophia and Royrick have known each other for a long time, and Gerald fits them both. All three are a few hundred years or older. It’s a good match.”

Cat’s hands twitched, like she wanted to take notes. Glen frowned at Kane, and looked at Ghost. He could almost read his human alpha’s mind. “Kane and I are soulbonded—there will never be a need or room for a third. Their triad is a matter of choice—they have chosen to be together in such a way. Our pairing is Goddess-forged, and entirely different.”

“You didn’t have a choice? I thought wolfkin just moved fast compared to humans.” Glen frowned even harder, narrowing his eyes at Kane. His human alpha was no match for Kane, and seeing Glen get worked up made Ghost feel better about his choices. Glen would always be family. No matter where they were.

“I would have chosen this mating with Kane,” Ghost said, leaning forward, meeting Glen’s concerned gaze and holding it. “I love him. I’ve always loved him. Even when I forgot who I was, the impression Kane had made on me remained from our brief meeting when I was a cub. A soulbond is a blessing, not a trap.”

“Is that how you feel?” Glen demanded of Kane. “Would you have chosen Ghost if given the choice?”

“Yes,” Kane answered, without hesitation and with enough force Glen sat back in his seat, blinking. “I never could let go of the belief that Ghost was alive. He may have been a cub when last we met, but he left a lasting and permanent impression on my heart. Finding him now, a grown wolf, has been the greatest joy and gift I could ever receive, and I will be thankful forever that our Goddess joined us. I love him. She can bind us together, but She cannot create love. We came to love each other on our own.”

“Why would your Goddess join you?” Cat asked, confused. “If you were going to fall in love anyway, why do the soulbond thing?”

“I don’t know.” Kane answered. Ghost looked up at his mate. “She has a plan. She never does anything without purpose. Maybe She knew we would need the protection of the soulbond to see us through. I am grateful for it—I don’t know if I would have the courage to claim Ghost as mine without it. Not if it meant his life would be in danger.”

“You would have,” Ghost murmured. “No one is braver than you. I might have needed to nudge you along if we didn’t have the soulbond, but us loving each other is as inevitable as the sunrise.”



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EXCERPT


“Where have you been? With your mate?” Glen asked, and Ghost grumbled.

“Been running around the mountain all night long, thinking. Being a man is hard. How do you do it?”

Glen snorted out a laugh. “Practice.” He nodded at the blanket, and Ghost sighed loudly.

Ghost sat up, wrapping the quilt about his hips. He threw himself back down almost immediately, and Glen found himself unable to resist the plaintive whine that came from his pretty lips. Glen was as straight as they came, but even he could acknowledge the sheer beauty of the human form of his wayward wolf. Ghost was beautiful, inside and out, and yet he had a shade of sadness hovering about his expressive silver eyes. He walked around the couch and paused as Ghost scrambled out of the way long enough for him to sit down. A bare second later he had an armful of lean youth and wiggling limbs.

Ghost curled up in his lap like he used to as a pup, though it was different now, as Ghost was not a wolf anymore. Glen heaved out a groan in complaint, but let Ghost hide under his chin and snuggle. He hugged the boy to his chest, and they both relaxed, adjusting easily enough to the new dynamic.

“What’s wrong?” Glen asked, and Ghost responded in a tiny voice.

“They put Kane in a cell in the woods yesterday. And they want to destroy our mate bond.”

Glen could recall only two times in his entire life he ever got angry enough to kill. Once was back in college when he tore a drunk frat boy off a cussing and furious redhead who then proceeded to wallop her attacker. The other time was when he rescued a malnourished wolf-hybrid from a careless and ignorant suburban family in the outskirts of Toronto, the poor thing starved near to death and skeletal thin. As he did then, he ran his hands over the back of a young wolf’s head, and said, “Everything is going to be okay.”

Glen managed to hold onto his temper, but it was a battle. The youngling needed a shoulder to cry on, a place to relax his guarded emotions, and Glen would be that safe place for him.

“I wanted to come home more than anything,” Ghost whispered, pressing his face into Glen’s chest. “But nothing good has come of it. They think me damaged, weak. Vulnerable.”

“We both know you are not damaged or weak. I don’t think I would have survived fifteen years locked away in the body of a wolf, deprived of any sense of self or family. You’re strong. And what do you mean nothing good has come from returning to your people? You have your man now, Kane. He’s your mate, no matter what those fools may say or think.”

“He’s in a cage, Glen. In the woods, alone, surrounded by alphas who wouldn’t hesitate to hurt him. I can feel him through our bond. He’s frustrated, and misses me. I haven’t seen him since they took him away yesterday We can’t talk because the alphas might be able to overhear us, but I can still feel him. It hurts not being with him.”


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The Wolfkin Saga #1 
Title: Wolves of Black Pine 
Release Date: June 30th 2015 
Genre: Paranormal, Shifters, MM Romance

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An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war.

Peaceful for thousands of years, the wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes. Among the dead is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans, but he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Heir to the wolfkin clan Black Pine, Kane is charged with hunting down the traitors who them to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining, though the reunion does not come without cost...

150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.

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About the Author

I'm a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I'm at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that's perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on.... I'm a nomad, and I've yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Release Blitz: The Wolfkin Saga




Title: Wolf of the Northern Star 
Author: SJ Himes 
Series: The Wolfkin Saga, #2 
Release Date: June 15th 2017 
Genre: Gay Paranormal Shifter Romance



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Ghost, once known as the cub Luca, is finally home. Back among his kind and learning what it means to be both a man and a shaman, Ghost battles the expectations of his people, his family, and the pressures of a society that is both foreign and familiar. His power is greater than any seen before, dwarfing that of even the legendary Shaman Gray Shadow—and his union with Kane places him in the center of a controversy that rattles wolfkin society around the world.

Kane, greater alpha and Heir to Black Pine Clan, has finally defeated the traitor and murderer that destroyed the heart of Black Pine years before. Freed at last from guilt and pain, Kane has a new enemy to face: his own people. Placed on trial for violation of Law and blasphemy, Kane will have to fight to the death to preserve his bond with Ghost and keep his mate and people safe.

The soulbond between Ghost and Kane is forged by the creator and Goddess of the wolfkin. Usually, a sacred and treasured union that honors the pair and their clans, this soulbond is seen not as a gift, but a threat to eons of tradition and Clan Law.

The union of a Shaman and Alpha is anathema—but how to reconcile that belief when it is the wolfkin Goddess who forged it? Can Ghost and Kane save themselves, preserve their bond, and find a new future when the laws of the ancient past threaten to tear them apart?

*This book is part of a series and should not be read as a standalone. Prior books should be read to understand content. 104,000 words*

Purchase Wolf of the Northern Star: Amazon


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EXCERPT

“Decisions need to be made,” Caius began, fingers of his right hand idly scratching the table top. “About many things. Some are more urgent than others, but we are out of time, so choices must be made now.”

“Out of time?” Ghost asked, tilting his head to one side, eyes locked on his grandfather. He paused, seeing the minute tension around Caius’ eyes, the way he held his shoulders. A faint whisper threaded through the air in the silence between them, and Ghost listened. Wordless, yet still conveying a sense of urgency. Kane reacted, though he hid it well, and Caius showed no sign of having heard the whisperer. “Someone is coming. Someone or something is coming, and you wish to act before you can’t anymore.”

“Damn shamans,” Caius grumbled, exasperated, but without malice. Caius gave him a narrow-eyed glare, and Ghost grinned in response. He was not intimidated in the least by his grandfather, though everyone else treated him with caution.

“Who is coming, Sir?” Kane asked, maintaining his respectful composure. Caius gave Ghost one more glance, then returned his attention to his heir.

“The first members of the Tribunal are arriving soon. I just got word that Greater Clan Leaders from Dread Claw, Birch Grove, and Red Wraith Clans are arriving, as early as tomorrow. They will be bringing honor guards and some of their advisors.” Caius’ words were calm, but the tension around his frame was telling.

“You mean they’re bringing in greater alphas,” Kane said, mouth in a grim line. “An honor guard is easily six greater alphas, and that’s per Clan Leader.”

“Yes.”

“Why not the Clan Leaders alone? Why honor guards? What were they told when notified of Heromindes’ request for a Tribunal?” Kane was angry, each word layered in frustration. “These clans are our allies, and they’ve never traveled across borders in such numbers outside of a gathering!”

“If they are allies, why are you angry?” Ghost asked, interrupting before Caius could speak. He paced forward, yet skirted around the table, eyes locked on Caius. His grandfather, for all their blood connection, was still an alpha. Ghost respected his power, yet was not afraid of it—but he would also stay out of reach. Older wolves in the wild would snarl and snap at younger, impetuous younglings. Not that he expected such from Caius, but caution was wise.

Kane made a noise in his throat, half-strangled snort and half a sigh. Ghost gave his mate a quick grin, but went back to watching Caius. “Why are you angry at those you would call friend?”

“Luca—,” Caius began, Ghost quirked a brow at his grandfather, who shook his head and corrected himself when he spoke again. “Ghost, they are bringing honor guards. Almost twenty greater alphas who do not answer to me, in the company of my peers. In a gathering, there are many greater alphas, but also a hundred times more betas to temper the imbalance of power that results when greater alphas congregate in too large of a group.”

“What he means, little wolf, is that there is potential for aggression, fighting, frayed tempers, and extreme violence. Red Fern is all betas, but they are not enough to even out the rough nature of so many dominant personalities in one space, especially if the situation is tense already,” Kane said, reaching out for Ghost, taking his hand. “I don’t think the clan leaders would bring wolfkin guards with control issues, but we see problems like this during gatherings, too. Better to be prepared.”

“Andromeda reigns in Baxter,” Ghost stated, squeezing Kane’s hand but still watching Caius. “She will allow no violence to spill out amongst her clan.” Of that, Ghost was certain. She would never allow her people, her family, to be in danger. Andromeda was power and authority personified—she was the White Wolf, clan leader to the core. For a female, unheard of—for a beta, even more so. Though Ghost had his doubts about her beta status. “And why tense—because Kane is charged with blasphemy?”

Caius blanched at the word, and Kane’s hand tightened on his, almost painfully. Andromeda came to them the day before, warning Kane of the pending charges of blasphemy. Apparently, the clan leaders, Heromindes leading the way, discussed the bond between Ghost and Kane and decided Kane was guilty of two violations of Law in one occurrence—using the Voice to force a mating bond on a shaman.

“Yes, because of the charge of blasphemy,” Caius said, a subtle growl in his voice. “It is almost unheard of for that charge to be levied against any wolfkin, much less an heir to a clan. We have so few religious Laws.”

“I don’t understand,” Ghost said, brows lowered, biting his lip. He sent Kane a searching glance, then looked back to Caius. “Kane’s thoughts give me the meaning of the word, but the…concept? The concept is hard for me to understand. We are soulbonded, and She made it so. That has always been a sacred gift. Always.”

“They doubt that we share a soulbond, my love,” Kane told him, tugging on his hand and making him look down. Kane gave him a half-smile, a twist to his full lips that spoke of anger and some odd pain. “Heromindes, whether through bruised pride and fear, or ignorance, believes I have forced my gift upon you. I used the Voice against him in Worcester, and he cannot fathom how an untrained whelp of nineteen could withstand me. He leads the others in their mindset—there cannot be a soulbond between us, because I am alpha and you are shaman.”

“I see our bond with every glance of my Spiritsight,” Ghost replied, leaning on Kane’s shoulder, speaking now to his mate, his grandfather forgotten for the moment. “Every touch we share, every time we have sex, it grows stronger. We’re almost one soul now. How can they not see it?”

Ghost knew other wolfkin could sense the bond between them. They may not be able to see it, as he could, but their mental abilities gave them the ability to recognize a mated wolfkin. Some were better at it than others, and surely a clan leader would have the experience and skills to understand the bond between he and Kane.

“A soulbond is incredibly rare, Ghost,” Caius said, leaning back in his seat, the chair creaking. “Last count, there was only a dozen soulbonds scattered between the clans. There’s just over two hundred clans across the whole world. Hundreds of thousands of wolfkin, and only twelve pairs. Well, thirteen, now. There is only one other wholly male pairing, but those two wolfkin are a beta and an alpha, not alpha and shaman.”

“So, because our Great Mother has only gifted twelve pairs before us, that rarity makes our bond less likely?” Ghost was fed up. He growled, a soft rumble in his chest. This was not the welcome home he’d dreamed of when he was trapped in his wolf-form lost in the North. Though then, he’d been worried his people wouldn’t want him because he was defective and Gray Shadow died saving his life, but now it seemed they did want him, just not bonded to Kane.

How was their pairing wrong?

“Ghost, it’ll be alright,” Kane said, his free hand rubbing over Ghost’s stomach in soothing circles. Ghost rarely felt his temper slip free from his usual calm, but it was escaping his control now. Last time he got this vexed he tore apart an ugly couch back at the sanctuary, but he was a man now, he didn’t think his mate or the White Wolf would appreciate him destroying furniture.

“Then we prove we are bonded,” Ghost said decisively. “Show them the truth, and they must leave us be.”

Caius sighed and shook his head, and Kane hugged him even as he frowned. Ghost could see the doubt and the underlying worry that weighed down both alphas’ shoulders, but he had an unshakeable faith in his soulbond with Kane and the support of the deity who created it. They would be fine.


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About the Author

I'm a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I'm at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that's perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on.... I'm a nomad, and I've yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.

Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Facebook Fan Group | Twitter | Amazon

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Sex in C Major By Matthew J. Metzger #interview #giveawy


Welcome all!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Matthew J. Metzger, author of
Sex in C Major.

Hi Matt, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?


Hi, and thanks for having me!

I'm British, first and foremost, and I mostly write books set in the same British working-class background that I come from. Pie and peas, terraced houses, yer bird's well fit, and all that. I'm not the kind of guy you'd want living next door to look at me, I'm all tattoos and piercings and a permanent scowl. But that's just my face! I'm generally a bit friendlier than I look. A bit.

I was dragged up as a not-very-good-at-it girl but it turns out I'm trans. I've had girlfriends and boyfriends, but it turns out I'm aroace, too! I'm mad as a box of frogs, both in the fun way and in the not-so-fun way. I'm currently living near Leeds, crunching numbers by day and writing books by night.

And most importantly, I'm owned by my enormous fluffy cat!

So, what have you written?

I started out in queer YA, where I have gay (The Suicidal Peanut, Private, The Italian Word for Kisses), bi (Vivaldi in the Dark and its sequels, The Devil's Trill Sonata and Rhapsody on a Theme) and trans (Spy Stuff) young adult novels. I have another trans one, a sweet romance in a muay Thai club, out in September this year as well.

I moved over into adult romance somewhere along the line, and now I flit between the two. I currently have gay (Thicker Than Bone) and trans (What It Looks Like) adult romances available, with my latest release (Sex in C Major) fitting into the asexual, aromantic and trans categories.

And I just signed a contract for a fantasy novel that retells The Little Mermaid through a trans lens, so I'm even beginning to stray out of my contemporary box!

All my books focus on relationships, and I don't see that changing any time soon. That's where my fascination lies, in how people tick and how they make each other tick. So with Private, I was looking primarily at familial relationships and how they influence who we are and can be vital to our sense of self. In Thicker Than Bone, I was exploring how two brothers with the same basic emotional functions and triggers could turn out so incredibly differently based on their beliefs. With Sex in C Major, I'm poking how sexual relationships overlap with both platonic and romantic relationships, and how aromantic or asexual people can operate within relationships that appear to be romantic or sexual.

Where can we buy or see them?

All my available books are on my website, broken down by identity or category (adult or young adult). I also have a Goodreads page, which links out to the Amazon pages. So far, all of my books are available in both ebook and paperback, something I love because I love a physical book.

(Also for those insane-slash-kind enough, I run a Patreon to raise funds for my final transition surgery, and Patrons of all levels get exclusive sneak peeks at what I'm working on, so if you want to see things waaaay in advance, it's over here.)

I'm mainly stalkable on Twitter, though I exist on Facebook occasionally as well!

What genre are your books?

They're always queer fiction, so at least one (and usually both or more) of the main characters is either not straight or not cisgender. And until Sex in C Major, they were always romance of some description. And until the last contract I signed on 13th May, they were always contemporary. Now I'm edging out of my boxes a little bit, but generally? Generally, I'm a queer contemporary romance writer.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I'm hoping to branch out, essentially, both in terms of business and creativity. So, business-wise, I'd like to expand into different publishing houses and put more eggs in more baskets, so to speak. I love the guys I publish with currently, JMS Books have always looked after me and they really work with you rather than you having to battle through them to get your book published like you do with some houses! But I'm always aware that I run a big business risk by sitting in one place so much, so I've started to branch out again. My next two releases are with Finch Books, the Totally Bound young adult imprint, and Ninestar Press.

Creativity-wise, I'm looking at maybe edging out of my contemporary box. I have a fantasy novel  coming out with Ninestar Press soon, Walking on Water. It's a transgender retelling of The Little Mermaid and I decided to stick with the historical-style fantasy setting for it to flex my fingers a little on the keys. It was a lot of fun, and so far everyone who's seen it has liked it, so maybe I'll dust off my old steampunk and sci-fi drafts and creep into the SFF world a little more.

What are you working on at the minute?

I'm currently writing a pair of romance novels, Tea and Coffee. They're very much sweet romance, quite the opposite to Sex in C Major. They tell the evolving relationship of John, a behemoth of a man with a soft spot as wide as he is, and his definitely-in-charge boyfriend, Chris, and it's essentially about the difference between what other people see and what you really are. Sneak peeks and deleted scenes are currently all over my
Patreon.

After that, who knows! 2017 sees me expanding back outwards into other publishing houses so I'm feeling the pressure a little bit to follow up with them and keep writing. I've also strayed into fantasy, so we'll see if that ends up going anywhere in the long term too.

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Title: Sex in C Major
Author: Matthew J. Metzger
Release Date: May 27th 2017
Genre: GLBT, BDSM, Interracial Romance

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Stefan has ... fantasies.

He knows chasing those fantasies is only going to end in disaster, but he can't seem to stop his self-destructive spiral. He’s a transgender man struggling to come to terms with the intersection of his identity and his sexual fantasies as a submissive. He needs someone to take control before he loses it completely.

Daz can take control. He can teach Stefan everything there is to know about sex and submission, but for some reason, he can't get inside Stefan's head. Daz can stop Stefan’s self-destruction but not the fear that fuels it.

Stefan needs to know who he is before he can accept what he is. And it's Yannis -- Daz's aromantic, asexual, stern, and sarcastic partner -- who has the answer.

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EXCERPT


Other people wanted vanilla sex and dating out of a hookup in a gay bar. But Stefan wanted— this. He wanted to jump from nothing to Daz bending him over the end of the bed and fucking him like he was nothing but a sex doll.

What was he doing?

And yet he kept walking, step by step by step towards the house. A jogger had to go around him; a car hooted angrily as he walked out in front of it. He didn’t care. The house was calling. The man inside was calling. The promise of his fantasies becoming real was calling.

And it was terrifying and stupid and utterly crazy… but Stefan just couldn’t say no.

At exactly eight fifteen, the terror enough to make him throw up and the arousal so intense he could barely walk, Stefan knocked on the door.

Footsteps.

A key in a lock.

Then the door was jerked open, and a hand fisted in Stefan’s coat and hauled him inside.

“Upstairs,” Daz said, slamming the door. “Now. Nobody sees you.”

Stefan scrambled to obey, almost running up the stairs, still in his coat and shoes. He was shoved back into the small bedroom from the night before, and the door slammed behind them.

“Strip,” Daz said.




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About the Author

Matthew J. Metzger is a twenty-something British author of queer novels, primarily focusing on relationships, be they familial, platonic, sexual or romantic. He was dragged up in London, but currently lives in West Yorkshire, where he carves out a living in an office crunching numbers before going home to write books at night. Matthew particularly writes working-class queer life, and queer people who exist outside of the standard M/M romance fare written by and for well-educated, middle-class sensibilities. There be nasty words ahead, children. Better buckle up.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

What am I doing? Family stuff. LOL! I set this up ahead of time (go me!) because I knew that I would be super busy. Y'all have a good weekend! And if you have any recommendations, send them my way!


Title: Cold Shadow
Series: (Cold Country Book 2)
Author(s): Mercy Celeste
Length: 412 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Erotic / Contemporary / Poly / MMM / Angsty / Mystery / Gore? /

Notes: The author warns of triggers for some readers.

Blurb: There’s no such thing as a Happily Ever After.

Special Agent Drew Walker thought he'd never return to Tennessee after that horrific Christmas.


Two and a half years later, a serial killer with a strange fascination with mutilation drags him into Nathan Truman’s jurisdiction once again.

For Nathan Truman having the ‘Feeb’ around dredges up a past, he would prefer to forget. For nearly three years, he’s been able to put it all behind him and focus on his career, family, and Quinn.

The past few years have done Quinn Anders a world of good. He’s happy, healthy, sober, and raising his daughter with the love of his life.

As the days pass and tensions flare it becomes obvious that the events of that night, all those years ago, never truly ended for one of them.

The secrets and lies that bind the three may just destroy them all.

Sequel to In from the Cold: Must be read in order.

This is not a romance. It is a MMM menage. Contains graphic violence and scenes readers may find triggering.



Title: Feral
Series: Shelter, 1
Author(s): Kate Sherwood
Length: 177 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal? / New Adult / 

Notes: I cannot tell if this is a paranormal story or strictly contemporary. I selected it because I thought it was about shifters...

Blurb: Noah Reed has his life planned out. There was that one glitch, years ago, but he's back on track now and determined to reach his goal of becoming a veterinarian and building his own practice.

Shane Black's hard life has taught him there's no point in looking forward and even less in looking back. He takes life as it comes, and his only real need is medical care for his young pup, Dodger.

When Shane stumbles into the clinic where Noah volunteers, Noah’s instincts tell him to run away from the dangerous, unpredictable ruffian. But the puppy needs help, and maybe Shane does, too.

The young men soon discover that Dodger was poisoned, and so were several street people Shane knows. As they search for the source of the poison, Noah learns about the dark underside of the city where he’s spent his whole life, and Shane learns that there is light in the world, even when he’s stuck in the shadows.

But when their relationship begins to grow from a partnership to a romance, new challenges appear. Their worlds are so different—can they ever make sense together? Is there any room in Noah’s carefully planned life for someone as unpredictable as Shane?



Title: Crimson Love
Series: (The Crimson Coven, 1)
Author(s): B.A. Stetke
Length: 69 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / 

Notes: I'm considering this series because I want to read The Dragon King but it's book 10 in the series...

Blurb: Cullen Volakis is the second and head of security for the Crimson Vampire Coven. He’s a bastard on a good day and your worst nightmare if you dare cross him. Nothing can crack the calm, steely composure of this lethal Vampire until he cuts through the kitchen of the Coven owned club, The Crimson Clover, and finds his Chosen, the love of his life, bent over a sink washing glasses. He has to formulate a plan, meet on equal terms, but he will not stop until he has his chosen. A Crimson Vampire hasn’t found their chosen in over eighty years and Cullen isn’t going to let the stunningly beautiful kitchen help get away.

Ethan Turner has never had it easy. He has a bastard of a father and very little money, but he’s making due, thanks to the Crimson Clover and every little bit he saves. A friend convinces him to go to the “co-workers, owners, and special guests only” after hours party at the club. It’s not really his scene, but he will help a friend whenever he can. He is stunned by a tall, dark, and gorgeous man staring at him from across the dance floor. He wants to move, get away, but he is held to the spot by the man’s magnetic stare. Can he trust this man Cullen? He screams danger, but he always screams love and safety. Sometimes your head needs to get out of the way and let your heart take the wheel.



Title: Deadly Silence
Series: (Blood Brothers Book 1)
Author(s): Rebecca Zanetti
Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Forever (October 4, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Action & Adventure / Suspense / Military Men / 

Notes: 

Blurb: DON'T LOOK BACK

Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...

Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.



Title: Nightforged
Series: (Shattering of the Nocturnai Book 1)
Author(s): Carrie Summers
Length: 315 pages
Publisher: Lonely Crag Press (January 9, 2017)
Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Notes: 

Blurb: Ancient magic. An island's deepest secrets. Legends awake.

Lilik is gutterborn and sick of it. She’s ready to be a hero. And finally, her chance has arrived. Lilik’s nation is under siege by brutal sea tribes, but there is hope: on a distant volcanic island, a months-long night has fallen. Powerful magic gathers in the island’s dark. It may be enough to save them.

Despite taboos, Lilik bluffs her way onto an expedition bound for the island. But shortly after landfall, disaster strikes, sinking the ship. Marooned in the oppressive dark, Lilik’s shipmates succumb to primal fears, turning on each other. To survive, Lilik must evade the savages, unravel the island’s ancient secrets, and master her own, innate magic before it drives her mad.

Anything else will lead to her execution…and a cataclysm unseen since the last millennium.


Title: Shiver
Series: (Unbreakable Bonds Series Book 1)
Author(s): Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Length: 330 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Lucas Vallois is always in control. He’s building an empire in the glittering city of Cincinnati and created his own family from his three close friends. The self-made millionaire has everything he wants within his tight grasp. But his world starts to crumble after he’s jumped by a trio of thugs late one night after leaving a club. The warning is clear—give up his new property venture or end up dead.

Caving to the demands of his friends, Lucas accepts the help of bodyguard, Andrei Hadeon, as he hunts for the source of this new threat. But as Lucas gets closer to uncovering the danger, he realizes the sexy Romanian bodyguard poses an even bigger risk to his carefully constructed world. Trapped by a need he never expected, Lucas must find a way to deny the shiver of longing he cannot control.

His brother. His warrior. His heart. Four friends. Unbreakable bonds.


Title: Barbed Wire Cowboy
Series:
Author(s): Renee Stevens
Length: 362 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Cowboys / Gay / 

Notes: I can't remember if I posted this or not. 

Blurb: After having been kicked off the family ranch by his father, Marc Poulson has made a new home for himself as the foreman of the Double R Ranch. His fellow ranch hands are his family, but he’s still not complete without Casey Morgan, his counterpart at the neighboring Del Rio Ranch. In the middle of a feud with his one-time best friend, Marc struggles to understand why Casey would rather take a swing at him than talk to him. He wants to put the past behind them and rebuild what they once had and make their relationship stronger than ever, but Casey is having none of it.

Casey has his own demons to deal with, and Marc serves as a reminder to things he’d rather forget. Casey can’t see beyond the past and continues to make mistakes that put both him and Marc in harms way. After one close call too many, Casey must decide whether his past is more important than his future, or if he can live with Marc walking out of his life—possibly forever.



Title: A Wanton Woman
Series: (Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs Book 1)
Author(s): Vanessa Vale
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Historical / Old West / Suspense / Brothers / MFM / 

Notes: Seriously, they had me at Western menage. Just saying. There needs to be more menages in the old west. Do you know how many more men than women there was at that time?

Blurb: Celia Lawrence can’t show her face in her conservative, small town. First, she discovered her husband in bed with another man’s wife, and then she witnessed both their murders. While she didn’t pull the trigger, small town gossip is not forgiving and everywhere she goes she is chastised for not being woman enough to keep her straying husband at home. Eager to flee her old life, Celia heads to Colorado as a mail-order bride.

As mayor of Slate Springs, Colorado, Luke Tate is expected to set the example. Their small town is hidden away in a remote mountainous region where few women have the courage or desire to tread. As mayor, it falls to him to test out their newly passed law and share a wife with his brother. The truth is, Luke has no interest in a woman of his own, and agrees to a mail-order bride out of duty, not anticipation.

His brother, Walker, is jaded and hard after the death of his first wife. For Walker, loving again is out of the question. But a man has needs, and he’ll eagerly take his pleasure from their new bride while expecting Luke to provide the tenderness and caring a woman expects.

A marriage based on everything but love should be doomed. But Celia, Luke and Walker discover one thing they have in common: desire. Will that be strong enough to survive the danger that follows Celia from Texas? Will desire be strong enough to teach the three that sometimes you have to risk everything for love?




Title: Fenrir
Series: Galactic Mates
Author(s): Luna Hunter
Length: 
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Dragon / Sci-Fi / Resisting to be Mates / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Can a fiery dragon shifter and a curvy human linguist save the universe?

When Abigail Snow discovers her college boyfriend has been cheating on her, she uses her degree in alien languages to get as far away from Earth -- and men -- as possible. On planet Audur, she meets Fenrir Dagursson, heir to the throne of Clan Dagur. Abigail’s instant attraction to the enormous, red-skinned dragon shifter is the last thing she’s looking for … but try as she might, she can’t stop thinking about him.

Fenrir has sworn an oath to protect his homeland from outsiders, so he's furious about the human interlopers ... until he sees Abigail. One glimpse is enough to be certain she's his fated mate. A human? Outrageous! He’s determined to resist, but that way lies madness … and his dragon is going crazy wanting to claim Abigail.

His efforts to court his reluctant mate are disrupted when she uncovers a sinister plot that threatens the welfare of the entire universe. Can Fenrir persuade Abigail that his intentions are serious while they race against the clock to stop the unspeakable from happening?




Title: The Faintest Spark
Series: (Roadmap to Your Heart Book 1.5)
Author(s): Christina Lee
Length: 124 pg
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Bisexual / Contemporary / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Malachi O’Rourke spends his years as president of the Disciples of the Road cleaning up his father’s mess, grieving a broken heart, and protecting the men under his charge. Sawyer Malone hasn’t had it easy either since joining the Scorpions. While paying back a personal debt for his club seems gratifying on the surface, he ends up sacrificing way more than he bargained for. 

When Mal recognizes that Sawyer is struggling, he offers him needed support. Something about the man’s quiet strength stirs deeply inside him. Sawyer knows he shouldn’t rely on the solace Mal provides, but he’s been the only ray of light in an otherwise bleak few months. So after a tender moment passes between the men, they simply chalk it up to their newfound friendship.

Besides, no one will ever measure up to Mal’s former old lady and Sawyer’s just been through his own tragic ordeal. But when they’re thrust together for a weekend event involving both of their clubs, they can no longer deny their attraction. Except time-honored loyalties and hard-fought tradition will not only force them to risk their standing—but also gamble with their hearts.



Title: The Hollow Boy
Series: Shadow Avenue, 2
Author(s): ViVi Dubois
Length: 402 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal / Vampires / Werewolves / Romance on the Side / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Lionel Hartley is no longer alone. Over the past few months, through bitter trials and turmoil, he has surrounded himself with people he cares about, and who care about him in return. But this elation is short-lived; just as things seem to be settling down on Shadow Avenue, new troubles begin cropping up right at his doorstep. 

Forced to face what’s left of his family for the first time in years, Lionel uncovers a disturbing secret about his own origins. Meanwhile, his roommate Rik Tyler is grappling with his new life as a lycanthrope, and all of the pain and risks that come par for the course. The Noir family isn’t doing much better, as the siblings are still suffering the consequences of an attack on one of Lionel’s classmates. The victim keeps digging for the truth, and is attracting the attention of a dangerous new threat.

As the stakes grow, the distinction between friend and foe become blurred and loyalties are tested. Lionel is torn between doing what’s morally right and what his heart compels him to. Can Lionel walk the line and somehow bring both sides together? Or will his neutral stance drive a friend to do the unforgivable?

With so many factors weighing in against them, Lionel is faced with a terrible choice; to ensure the safety of others by ending a life, or to jeopardize everything to save it.

A sequel to “Shadow Avenue: The Hidden House”, this story takes place where the previous instalment left off, and is meant to be read as a second act in the series. It may be difficult to follow if the previous book has not been read.

Disclaimer: this is a YA horror-fantasy with a male/male romance subplot.




Title: Eater of Dreams
Series: (Sacred Guardian Book 2)
Author(s): JA Jaken
Length: 344 pages
Publisher: White Owl Publishing (April 23, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery / Royalty / Political Intrigue / 

Notes: I loved the first book in the series, 
Through the Last Door (Sacred Guardian Book 1)
Blurb: Kaori Sansa has uncovered the truth about Shinja, the Sacred Guardian of Kazure, but the country he is sworn to protect is far from secure. War presses hard from the east, and unrest from within Kazure's borders threatens to undermine what little control he has managed to gain over his subjects. Furthermore, there are those who question his choice in pursuing a relationship with Hunter--quite possibly even those who are closest to him, and whom he has most come to depend upon. Will he find a way to sort through the miasma of lies, violence, and political entanglements that surround him in order to save the country he loves, yet somehow remain true to his own heart?


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Friday, June 9, 2017

I.O.N. News: Spanish Edition

Hey guys! I have some great news. I received notification yesterday that the Spanish edition of Ruby Red was on the market! This is the first book that has been translated and so flipping I'm ecstatic! I'm the process of acqyiring more links but this is what I have so far. :D 




Título: Lencería rojo caramelo y un Louisville Slugger  (Spanish Edition)
Serie: (I.O.N. nº 1)
Autor: Lexi Ander
Traducido por: Rocío Pérez
Artista de Portada: Aisha Akeju

Categorías: Español / Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy /

Blurb:

Ansioso por escapar de las sombras de una trágica pérdida, Diego construye una vida nueva junto a su mejor amigo, Beck. Cuando al fin decide admitir que está enamorado de él, dicha nueva vida da un giro feliz y excitante. Pero la paz puede romperse con facilidad, tal y como Diego sabe demasiado bien, y esta vez se ve arruinada por la llegada de un misterioso paquete y un hombre peligroso con inclinación hacia la violencia.

Los recuerdos de un hermano muerto y de un señor de la droga intocable se alzan sin remedio hasta la superficie, y Diego teme que el hombre al que ama se vea atrapado en el mundo del que él intentó escapar. Pero los secretos de Beck no son tan simples, al igual que tampoco lo es el mundo en el que Diego ha estado viviendo.

Enlaces de compra: Publisher | Amazon US | Amazon Spain

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Release Blitz: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick #giveaway


Welcome Mia Kerick to the blog with her new release, It Could Happen, a New Adult MMM Romance!

Title: It Could Happen
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: June 5th 2017
Genre: New Adult, MMM Romance

BLURB

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | DSP (ebook) | DSP (paperback)

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EXCERPT

That was when Henry forgot all about keeping quiet, jerked at the door handle like a madman, and yelled, “Let us in! Let us in!”

It was like a miracle when the door slowly swung open. Danny stood in front of us wearing this strange, old-fashioned, white-nightgown thing he must have found at a thrift shop, because they sure don’t sell them at the outlet mall where I shop. If he were clutching a candleholder, he would have looked like an orphan in a Dickens’ novel. Danny’s fine black hair was rumpled and stuck to his head, and, like Henry said, his eyes were both blackened and swollen. His bottom lip was puffy too.

“What the fuck?” Henry didn’t shout it. He just asked. Then he rushed to Danny and hugged him. I couldn’t see Danny at all because he was swallowed up in Henry’s embrace, so I used the time to collect myself. I’m the one who’s supposed to keep my act together. I swallowed over and over until the lump in my throat went away, and when Henry finally let Danny go, I closed the door and told them to sit down on the bed.

Danny was oddly obedient. He took Henry’s arm and led him to the bed. While they pushed back the rumpled sheet and blankets and sat down, I stood in front of them and asked, “What happened to you, Danny?”

He said, “Nothing,” flopped back on the bed, and pulled a pillow over his head.

So I asked again, “What happened to your face?”

The pillow muffled Danny’s voice, but it sounded like he said, “It’s not just my face.” Henry reached down and pulled the nightgown up to Danny’s knees. His legs were covered in cuts and bruises, as though he’d been kicked in the shins too many times to count.

“I’m gonna fuckin’ kill him.” I think Henry was the one to say this, but it could as easily have been me.

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About the Author

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.

Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.

Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com. Visit her website for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.

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