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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Passion by Molly McAdams

Hope it was a great weekend! We are excited to share the release of Passion by Molly McAdams! This really sounds like a great read! Make sure to check out the great giveaway too!

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PASSION

The first stand-alone in the Secrets in L.A. Series

There are moments in our lives that can change the course we’re on. I believe when faced with those moments, we should take the unknown path. The risk. The excitement, the opportunity, the love . . .

 

The night I stumbled into a burlesque club in downtown Los Angeles, I took one of those paths and changed my life. I found a home I’d never had with my own parents. I found a confidence I’d never known as a prima ballerina. I found my passion.

 

And it inadvertently led me back to the one moment I’d let slip away—to him. To a love so pure and whole and carnal, I thought it could withstand anything.

 

But I’m not the only one with secrets. And now, all those chosen paths are crumbling around me.

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach . . . which roughly translates to being a homebody and dishing out movie quotes with her hubby. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and loves curling up in a fluffy blanket during a thunderstorm . . . or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Matched By My Rival by DJ Jamison

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Book Title: Matched By My Rival

Author: DJ Jamison

Publisher: DJ Jamison

Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood

Release Date: July 8, 2021

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Tropes: Enemies to lovers, college jocks, online love match, secret/forbidden love

Themes: Building a new dream, following your heart, forgiveness

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 75 000 words

It is part of a series (Thrust Into Love) but can be read as a stand alone.

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Simon Prentiss: Ex-football star, bitter rival, and…falling for the enemy?

  Blurb

I hate my teammate, Parker Reed.

I hate that he makes me work so hard for my position on the field.

Hate how he always smiles. How easily he shows me up when I’m injured.

Most of all, I hate that he made me lose my temper.

Next thing I know, football is gone. My scholarship is gone. I’m nearly gone, too.

With help, I manage to stay in school for my final semester. At least without football, I can explore a new side to myself. See where my attraction to guys takes me without fear of it affecting my future.

I didn’t see it coming. The cosmic joke. The sweet, patient guy on the hookup app? The one who makes me burn with the desire to have him?

Yeah, it’s Parker.

Our chemistry is off the charts, no matter how much I resent him. Holding a grudge against him is impossible. But when he wants to walk away from everything I lost, can I accept it?

If I don’t, I’ll lose him too–and that can’t happen. Because I don’t hate Parker Reed. I think I love him.

Matched By My Rival is an enemies-to-lovers, jock rivals romance. It’s Book 2 of the Thrust Into Love series but can be read as a standalone.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

This was a fun, feel good story that features college/sports/enemies to lovers friends and it’s a great combination and Simon and Parker are so fantastic together. There’s a great push and pull between these two that really builds into something special despite the initial rivalry. And, given how these two find their romantic connection, well it’s just meet-cute fun.

Both Simon and Parker are talented football players with a good amount of rivalry between them, and then one hotheaded moment changes everything for both men. Simon loses his chance at the football career he always dreamed of, despite the many injuries he’s suffered, and Parker, well he’s now in a position to live out those dreams, even though they may really not be his dreams. After that mess these two connect on a dating app, not knowing who they are actually connecting with, but once they finally meet, you can just feel the real connection they share.

I really enjoy how this story progressed and how their relationship developed. Neither Parker or Simon are out and it’s not supposed to get serious but neither man can deny the reals feels they have. One of things I really enjoyed about their story is how they overcame the challenges, especially when it comes to the big decisions that need to be made. There is a lot of talk of dreams and opportunities and both men have to consider what they want and what it means to them. It was very heartfelt and made me really fall for these guys. Overall, a fun, sweet read that I enjoyed from start to finish!

Excerpt

The following excerpt is from Simon’s POV, when he realizes that his app hookup is actually
his rival, Parker Reed.
This couldn’t be happening. Parker Reed? Parker Reed was my Thrust match? No, I refused
to believe it.
“There must be some mistake,” I growled.
He didn’t back down. Parker wasn’t the type. But for once, his obnoxious grin was absent.
“No mistake. A surprise, for sure.”
I turned to Rhett, who was watching us with the fascination of a driver gawking at an
accident scene. “I’ll close up if you let me take care of this.”
“Yeah, sure. Bar’s done serving. Knock yourself out, just…clean up the blood before you
leave.” He cut his eyes toward Parker. “Whoever you are, I wish you the best.”
He exited the bar through a little section of counter that raised up, creating a gap. I held it
open for Parker, jerking my chin toward the back room. “Let’s go.”

Parker chuckled nervously as he passed through the bar entrance, brushing against my
chest. I could feel his body warmth, smell his aftershave, an earthy natural scent that suited
him.
Heart pounding, I led him into the back room. Surrounded by boxes of liquor and kegs of
beer, I whirled on him. “Did you know?”
“Wh-what?”
Parker appeared off-balance. Usually he was a smooth fucker.
“Were you playing me?” I demanded, crowding him against a stack of boxes. We were close
to the same size, but I didn’t let it stop me from putting every ounce of threat I could into
my voice.
“No!” The word burst from him, sounding incredulous. “How would I know it was you? We
never shared personal stuff.”
“So it’s a coincidence?” I said skeptically.
“Yes. It’s a really awkward coincidence that the guy I—” His voice cracked, and he looked
away. “I didn’t know.”
“Look me in the eye when you say it.”
Parker reluctantly looked at me, frustration blazing. “You’re such an asshole sometimes,
Prentiss.”
A shocked laugh burst out. “Really?”
“Yeah, I know I screwed up, okay? I never should have gone to that party with Kristin. And
obviously we wouldn’t be here if you knew it was me on that app. But you don’t have to
interrogate me like a fucking criminal.”
A whole series of memories hit me. All those flirty chats. Those sexts that Parker had so
patiently walked me through. I’d thought he was the nicest guy on the planet.
“Fuck me,” I muttered, looking away.
“Please stop saying that,” Parker said in a strangled voice.
I  jerked my eyes back to his face in time to see a look of such lust it shot heat through my
entire body. “What?”
“Fucking you is all I’ve thought about for weeks.” He laughed weakly. “Joke’s on me, huh?”
I couldn’t stop my eyes from making a slow perusal of his body. It was dark, but I could
make out the shape of him. I knew how fit he was. Knew because we had practically the

same body, the way we’d pushed ourselves in training. He was of a slightly leaner build than
me, more flexible. I knew his body intimately too. A series of pics from his profile, and even
more illicit ones he’d sent me directly, had filled in any blanks I might have had.
His chest rose and fell faster. When I raised my gaze to his face, he dragged the tip of his
tongue over his dry lips.
And I lost it.
There was no thought, no reasoning. I’d spent weeks dipping my toe in the water, testing,
evaluating. But now I was in the deep end.
I was ready to swim. Or maybe I’d drown. But if I did, I was taking us both down.
I crushed my mouth to his, shoving him harder into the boxes, and he grasped at my waist
for balance, gripping hard enough to hurt. The pain only fueled my need. I grabbed his hair,
short on the sides but longer on top, and yanked his head back to better devour his mouth.
Weeks of buildup, of flirting with my bisexuality and tempting myself to no end, exploded in
a fiery inferno of need.
I didn’t care if it was Parker. I didn’t care that he was a man I’d blamed and detested. In
some ways, it made it easier.
This wasn’t the love connection I thought it might be. It was unbridled lust, and I was just
getting started.

About the Author

DJ Jamison writes romances about everyday life and extraordinary love featuring a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, one snake, and a sadistic cat named Birdie.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: SOMETHING LIKE HATE by Harloe Rae

We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Something Like Hate by Harloe Rae! This is a passionate, fiery read and I’m sharing my review, plus there’s a great giveaway you don’t want to miss!

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SOMETHING LIKE HATE by Harloe Rae

Release date: June 10th

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-lovers/Billionaire Romance/Office Romance

A sizzling all-new enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

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Blurb:

A sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Harloe Rae where a billionaire CEO battles against a snarky redhead who has her own agenda.

“I’d say it’s nice to meet you, but I’ve never been a good liar.”

That’s his initial offense against me.

Don’t worry—there’s plenty more where that came from.

Landon Winters is colder than his last name suggests.

Cruel and callous too.

I’m certain he finds pleasure in making others miserable.

He’s a billionaire by his own making—not satisfied with simply inheriting a white collar and silver spoon.

Landon’s arrogance is so thick I could choke on the stench alone.

He’s also responsible for gouging a jaded chip into my shoulder.

The only saving grace is never having to see him again.

Wishful thinking is a fickle beast.

My boss just announced that Landon is my latest client.

I’ll need to impress him or kiss my promotion goodbye.

Either way, this is my chance to get even.

Revenge is all I see.

The price for redemption is steep.

Landon will pay a small fortune in humiliation.

And I’ll walk away filthy rich in vindication.

Jenn Review

4 Stars

Harloe Rae delivers a seriously strong enemies to lovers read with Something Like Hate! My oh my, Landon and Vannah have a rough start followed by a lot of snark between them, but ultimately it ends in a wonderful love story. This book has strong characters that just don’t back down, whether it’s their hate, their lust or even their love.

Landon and Vannah meet at a wedding and it’s definitely not a meet cute, by any means, but it’s their second meeting that really sets the enemies tone. These two are face to face again, now in a professional setting. Landon is the coldhearted businessman in town to acquire property for a new investment and Vannah is the realtor he is working with. Her promotion depends on this going well, but there’s a lot of rage and snark in this deal too. To say these two are not professional together is an understatement but, that seems to be what fuels their lust that eventually leads to more between them.

There is a unique connection between these two, as much as they seem to hate each other, it’s also what builds their real bond. They bring out that something special in each other together, although they never really lost their edges. It’s definitely it’s own alpha story that leads to true love and happiness for these two. It’s an enjoyable read with a ton of sexual tension, passion and finally sweet love.

About the Author:

Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 best-selling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.

She’s a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. There’s nothing quite like an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.

Harloe’s books include the Reclusive series,

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Deliverance by Garrett Leigh

 
 
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
 
Darkest Skies Series
 
Book #1 – Redemption – Currently only 99c
Book #3 – Salvation – Pre-Order Out September 20
 
Blurb


Banished gangster Benito Martell is living on the edge. An explosive hook-up in a club gifts him the relief he craves, but nothing about his life is ever so simple. Complications abound, and before long, he’s falling for the only man who can save his family from eviction.

Recovering addict Mickey Larwood has worked hard to leave his past behind. He can’t look back, not even for the beautiful Benito, the last soul on earth he expected to steal his heart—a soul who’s knee-deep in the underworld Mickey has run hundreds of miles to escape.

Benito can deny it all he wants, but Mickey can smell trouble a mile off.

And Benito is trouble with a capital T. As his desperate lies unravel, so does the fledgling love that’s grown between them. If Benito wants deliverance from his old life and a future with Mickey, old ghosts need to die.

If they don’t kill him first.

Deliverance is an angsty standalone MM romance novel, with second chances, found family, friends-to-lovers, and buckets of hurt/comfort themed loveliness. Trigger warnings for addiction and childhood trauma.

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: On a Roll (Food Truck Warriors #3) by Beth Bolden

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Book Title:  On a Roll (Food Truck Warriors #3)

Author: Beth Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden Books

Cover Artist: AngstyG Book Cover and Media Design

Release Date: May 6, 2021

Genre/s: Contemporary gay romance

Trope/s:  Enemies to lovers, found family

Themes: Building trust, finding love again

Length:  84 000 words

Heat Rating:  4 flames       

It is a standalone story.

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If they could stop arguing for a hot second . . . they just might fall in love.

Blurb

Gabriel Moretti and Sean Cooper should be friends. They’re both passionate about serving delicious food to their customers. They both love to kick back with the other food truck owners at the collective they’ve joined. But maybe it’s possible to have too much in common . . .

Especially when they’ve chosen the exact same name for their food trucks.

Gabriel and Sean know that one of them will have to change the name. The only question is, who’s willing to give in first?

It’s inevitable that with such a difficult decision, their tempers flare. But to their shock, their deeply-buried chemistry ignites too. Could it be that for them fighting is actually flirting, and what they really crave is each other? 

4 Stars

This has been a very fun series and this On a Roll is a great addition! I will admit that given the initial interactions with Gabe and Sean I wasn’t really sure how I’d end up loving these two, but I really did! Two stubborn and determined men, two food trucks and they have the same name, what could possibly happen there?!

Sean moved to LA to follow his dreams and open his food truck, On a Roll. Gabe wants to be independent of his overbearing family and have his own business selling his meatball sandwiches. He’s proud of his food and his truck, On a Roll. These two are good at making yummy food and fighting with each other. The time comes when someone has to change the truck name, but with both men holding strong it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. As Gabe and Sean start spending more time together trying to work something out their attraction starts to really burn. It’s supposed to be just sex, Sean isn’t ready to love again, but how long does that really last?

I ended up really loving Sean and Gabe! They pick and pick at each other, but there’s always something burning right under the surface between them. Most of the time their fights just left me feeling amused. And in the middle of that is a lot of strong emotion. These two end up falling deeper and harder than either man expected, but Sean has some painful secrets and those have to be dealt with if he’s ever really going to be able to move on. My heart hurt for his what he was going through, what he was feeling. And Gabe, oh I ended up loving him and his heart more than I ever expected. It was heartwarming and sweet, two men finding a real love they truly deserve.

Excerpt 

“Someone’s name needs to change by September first,” Tony said. “That’s the first home game at the Coliseum,” he added, referring to the home football stadium of the University of Southern California—the lot was situated only a few blocks away from the stadium entrance, and they already knew on game days, they’d be overwhelmed.

“Alright,” Sean said. “We’ll figure something out.” That gave them a little over a month to either make a decision—or kill each other. Whichever came first.

Tony stood. “Good luck,” he said. “I’ll be around if you decide you need a referee.” And then he was gone, leaving the two of them alone.

Sean couldn’t remember a time they’d ever been alone. Their friends had probably gone out of their way to make sure of that. Not sure if anything would still be left standing if it was just the two of them.

“Not for this,” Gabriel said, and the underlying intensity—the intimacy—in his voice made Sean’s hand freeze on his beer bottle.

He glanced up, and Gabriel was staring at him, those dark eyes reflecting his tone. More than once during the last two years, Sean had been reminded of his very first reaction to Gabriel.

Tall. Big. Broad. Beautiful.

It had been the first time since Milo that he’d seen a guy and felt that instantaneous moment of attraction. Then Gabriel had opened his mouth, and the moment was gone, but it had existed.

Sean often remembered it at the worst possible times. Like right now.

“So,” Sean said, clearing his throat. Trying not to think of how dark the corner of the bar was, how the flickering candle on the table was reflected in Gabriel’s eyes. How the light turned his face into a Renaissance masterpiece. “How are we going to do this?”

“All business,” Gabriel teased, but the edge of his voice was almost . . . sweet. Like he thought Sean’s attempt to be professional wasn’t annoying, but cute.

Something that Sean never expected from Gabriel was sweetness.

“Did we have something else we needed to talk about that isn’t business?” Sean wondered.

“No, but we have time. Over a month,” Gabriel said, taking a sip of his beer. “What’s the rush? Maybe we’ll negotiate better if we get to know each other first.”

“You mean that you want to charm me first so that you’ll get the upper hand.” He didn’t really think that was true—Gabriel could be difficult and frustrating and slippery, but Sean wasn’t sure that he’d do something so underhanded. He wasn’t a bad guy. Sean had learned that much by watching his friendship with Tony and Lucas and Ash and Tate blossom.

Even their own relationship, while still combative, had lost the sharper edges in the last few months.

Gabriel shrugged. “The best negotiation is one where we both get what we want.”

“I’m not sure how we can do that,” Sean admitted. “We both want the same thing.”

“Do we?”

Sean made a frustrated noise. “You know we do. We’ve wanted the same goddamn thing for the last two years, and you even threw a meatball at my chest to try to get me to cave. So don’t start, okay? I’m not stupid. I know exactly what you’re after.”

“Do you?” Gabriel’s mouth curved into something dangerous. Or maybe that was the unwanted attraction to him blooming inside Sean.

“You want to win,” Sean said.

“Maybe we can figure out a way we can both win,” Gabriel suggested.

“Based on what I know we want, I find that hard to believe,” Sean said. Then hesitated. This was exactly why Tony hadn’t wanted to leave them alone. Had wanted to play referee. He hadn’t thought they could do this on their own. Maybe he was right. But then, they’d never actually tried either.

Gabriel drained the rest of his beer and set it on the table with a decisive click. “I need more alcohol for this,” he muttered, standing up. “You want something?”

About the Author 

A lifelong Pacific Northwester, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published twenty-three novels and seven novellas.

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Blog Tour, 5 Star Review & Giveaway: The Harder We Fall by Rebecca Raine

We are so excited to be a part of the Blog Your for The Harder We Fall by Rebecca Raine today! I loved this emotional story and am sharing my 5 Star Review, plus we’ve got a great interview with the author, an excerpt and there’s a giveaway! So much awesomeness!

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Book Title: The Harder We Fall

Author: Rebecca Raine

Cover Artist: Bec Rivers

Release Date:  March 29,  2021

Genre: MM Romance

Trope: Hurt/Comfort

Themes: Grief, Penance, Personal Growth

Heat Rating: 4 flames

 Length: 70,000 words

It is a standalone book.

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For years, I’ve been bound by sleeplessness and sorrow. His voice threatens to set me free.

Blurb 

 

Insomnia. It’s part of the penance I pay for my greatest mistake. But when an ill-timed doze behind the wheel of my car nearly introduces me to a pole, I know something has to change.

 

Sleep with Me, a locally-made meditation app, promises a cure. I don’t expect it to work. Nor do I expect to become enthralled by the voice of its creator, Sam Stephenson. His ability to coax forth my nightly surrender is unnerving. I have to meet this man and learn the secret behind his techniques, so I can evict him from my head—and still get a good night’s sleep.

 

In person, the quiet and reclusive Sam is his own kind of complicated. He needs my business skills as much as I need his meditation skills and we forge an unlikely partnership. But the attraction between us soon flares into passion and, as we grow closer, I start to long for more than my guilty conscience will allow.

 

I have no right to love, not after the damage I’ve done. How can I give Sam all he deserves, when our chance at a happy ending was ruined before we even met?

Jenn Review

5 Stars

I always love it when a blurb catches my attention and then to book not only delivers but surpasses my expectations and that’s exactly what The Harder We Fall did for me! I absolutely loved this book, it is incredibly emotional and there is an underlying sadness that made my heart ache but the journey that Sam and Tristan go on is so worth it! This is definitely a book you will feel!

 After the tragic death of his younger sister eight years ago, Tristan has not been able to move on. He blames himself and believes he needs to spend this life paying for it, not deserving happiness or love or even friends. He suffers from horrible insomnia and it takes it’s toll on him. Only a near accident has him trying to find a solution and when a co-worker suggests a new meditation app he decides to give it a try. He’s stunned when it actually works and is determined to meet the creator, maybe he’ll be able to help Tristan long term. Sam, the Sleep With Me creator, doesn’t people well, his anxiety takes over and he shuts down. But meeting Tristan, with the promise of help with his business is an offer he can’t turn down. What happens between these two is unexpected and will challenge both men in ways they never imagined. 

These two are something so very special! They bring out the best in each other, they heal each other and ultimately find love, but it’s not an easy journey for either of them. In order to heal and open up, they have to overcome a lot of challenges. The really beautiful part though is finding they can do it together. I loved both Sam and Tristan, my heart hurt for everything they dealt with, especially Tristan and the pain he carries, but my heart soared as they sort through the pain and emotions and truly love. I also loved seeing Tristan with his parents and the healing that happens there. There are very raw, emotional conversations that happen, old wounds ripped open but it’s all part of the healing process for both Sam and Tristan and in the end, just breathtakingly beautiful. This wasn’t always the easiest read but it’s wonderful and one that will stay with me. 

Interview with Rebecca Raine

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing goals.

I live in Brisbane, Australia, which is where my recent books have all been set. The non-writing part of my life is mostly taken up with living out my own happily ever after with my husband and two quirky kids who both fascinate and surprise me daily. When I’m not working, I love reading, listening to music, and visiting with family and friends. More recently, I’ve become curious about gardening. I’ve even managed to keep a few things alive.

Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it. What’s your favorite aspect or part of the story? Do you have a favorite character? Who/Why?

            The Harder We Fall is the story of a man, Tristan, who suffers from chronic insomnia due to guilt associated with an event that happened when he was a teenager. When a friend recommends an app to help him sleep, Tristan becomes enthralled with the voice of the app’s creator, Sam Stephenson. He decides he has to meet this man and learn the secrets behind his techniques. But Sam has problems of his own and, although they quickly realise they can help each other, they both know it will take time and trust to make that happen.

When I started writing the book I used to joke that I asked my muse for a character and she brought me the saddest person she could find and said, “Here you go. Hang out in this guy’s head for a while.” But my favourite aspect of the story is that it is ultimately a book about rediscovering hope for the future. The two heroes, Tristan and Sam, both enter the story feeling irrevocably bound by their circumstances. Tristan is stuck in a time. Sam is stuck in a place. It’s only with each other’s support that they begin to find a way forward in their lives. The Harder We Fall is a reminder that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we hit the ground, a single new idea, a new way of looking at the world, a new hand to hold, can give us the strength to get back up and try again.

Are you a planner or a pantser? How much do you know about your story before you start writing? How often does your plan change? Why does this work best for you?

I love to outline. The more detailed the outline the better. Unfortunately, I only get to know the characters better as I write the scenes. So, for me, writing is a little bit of both. I write as much of the outline as I can. Then I start to write scenes. Then I fill in more of the outline. Write some more scenes. Re-work the outline. Re-write the scenes. On and on it goes, until I reach The End.

Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?

I’m hopeless at deadlines. Because I self-publish, the only person I have to answer to is me and I’m something of a perfectionist. I can tell myself that I’ll write this many words today or this week. But if the scene I’m writing isn’t working yet, I’ll happily ignore the deadline and spend three days getting the scene exactly the way I want it. This is why I’m so slow at publishing! But I’m working on getting faster.

Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can? Would you like to change this, or does your current method work well for you?

Writing is my day job so I’m lucky enough to get to structure my days. I’ll generally write in the mornings, usually for 4-5 hours. Then in the afternoons I tackle the business side of being a writer, such as marketing, publishing tasks, and admin. That’s also when I get to hang out on social media for a while and chat with readers and other writers.

How do you develop a story idea? Do you always use the same method? Specifically, which do you develop first in your story building, the characters or the plot?

First, I spend some time fleshing out whatever sparked the idea for the book in the first place. It could be an image, a line of dialogue, a problem that needs a solution, anything really. Then I’ll think about what ideas or themes I want to explore with the book. What is the point of the story? After that, I’ll dive straight into the characters. Who are they, what do they believe, what do they want, what do they fear? All of the whats have to be backed up by whys.  I’m generally looking for ways to link the characters back to the theme. With any luck, the plot emerges from the character work. The characters know what they want. The plot tries to stop them from getting it. How do they react? That’s the story.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

            For me, writing is really hard work. The best writing comes when I’m completely focused, and the rest of the world falls away. Getting to that point is challenging and staying there is precarious. If I’ve had a great writing day, I’m happy but exhausted by the end of it.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Worry less. Write more.

What is the best money you ever spent as an author?

            Getting promotional companies to manage Advance Reader Copies for me. I used to really struggle to get my books into the hands of readers and getting reviews felt impossible. Handing that problem over to people who know what they’re doing was a total game-changer for me.

How do you select the names of your characters?

I’ve got all sorts of weird stories when it comes to how my characters got their names. Jeremy walked into my head and introduced himself (Everything We Need and All the Broken Pieces).  Logan yelled at Patrick to get his attention, giving me his name in the process (The Experiment). Sometimes, I’ll lift names from whatever TV Show I happen to be watching at the time (Logan ended up with his name because I was re-watching Veronica Mars when I started the book and I adored Veronica and Logan).

Tristan’s name was different. I picked it because it meant ‘full of sorrow.’ Everything about Tristan’s character initially came from a place of sadness and I wanted his name to reflect that.

What were your goals for this book? Did you achieve them?

It sounds weird, but from the moment my muse brought me Tristan, all I wanted was to find a way for him to forgive himself for what had happened in his past and be happy again – and to be okay with being happy. I knew that work would have to be done on the inside, even though Sam would be helping him from the outside. Figuring out how to lead Tristan to a place of forgiveness helped me say everything I wanted to say with this book.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

This is terrible but, for me, being alone in my car equals work time. If I’m driving, I’m listening to my book soundtrack and thinking about my characters. If I’m parked and waiting for my kids, I’m either engaging on social media or scrawling story ideas in dodgy notebooks.

What were you like in high school?

I was a total bookworm. My mum introduced me to romance novels when I was 16 and from then on, I read every chance I got. It didn’t occur to me to write anything until much later.

The only other thing I was truly interested in when I was in high school was singing. I was in every choir and sang constantly. I still love to sing, but I don’t do it as often as I would like.

Excerpt

“We’re running out of time.”

“So, we are,” I say with a false show of surprise. “It’s my fault, of course.” I pause, trying to figure out how to word the next part without making it obvious this was part of my plan all along. “I could always email you the questions. Then you can take as long as you like to answer them. After you send them back, I’ll write up a plan and we can meet again to discuss it.”

He looks aghast at the idea. “That’s a lot of work. I don’t want to take up too much of your time.”

“Actually, Sam, I’m the one asking for more of your time.” I brandish my most charming smile. It’s worked on men in the past, though I’m not usually trying this hard for the win. Desperation may have knocked the polish off.

Sam’s mouth drops open and somehow he manages to look panicked and thrilled at the same time. “You want to see me again?” he asks. “For the quid pro quo, I mean.”

“If you don’t mind.” I try to look calm, but my pulse is roaring like an express train. If he says no, I’m screwed. “I know this is all a bit odd, me coming to you the way I have. I suppose I hoped, once we met, you might be willing to give this whole process some more time.”

He shifts in his chair again, his gaze dropping. There’s no sign of his earlier trepidation, though, only a subtle wariness. “This was never going to be one hour, was it?”

“Not really, no,” I say, surprised at my honesty. “Not if we’re both going to get what we want from this.”

I can feel his attention all over me, even with his gaze glued to the table. “What exactly do you want from me, Tristan?”

It’s the voice. Right there in front of me. Coming from his mouth. Holy fuck.

Hearing that voice say my name, after all the ways I’ve used and abused his—in curses and moans and whispered pleas—is a goddamned fantasy come to life. Lust surges through my veins and I want to growl in frustration. This infatuation has to end. “I need to stop sleeping with you.”

His head snaps upright and we both gasp.

My right hand slaps over my mouth. “Fuck, I didn’t mean it like that.”

Looking away again, he releases a shaky breath. “It’s all right.” He runs absent hands along his arms, soothing a severe case of goosebumps. Sam is responding to my voice, my words, the same way I inevitably respond to his.

How would we respond to each other’s touch? Stifling a groan, I shift clenched fists into my lap. That’s not what this is about. I’m obsessed enough without learning the texture of his skin and the taste of his—

Sam starts to laugh, really laugh. “That stupid name,” he manages to say between breaths. “Sleep with Me. It wasn’t even my idea, but it certainly does get a reaction.” There’s another peel of laughter, as if he’s releasing all the tension from his body, and I find myself joining in. Every time we look at each other it gets worse and before I know it my stomach is sore from laughing. It feels good to laugh at myself. Weird, but good.

“Let me rephrase,” I say as we start to regain our composure. “What I mean is, now you’ve succeeded in getting me to sleep, I want to figure out how to do it on my own.”

“Should be easy enough. It’s probably something in the phrasing.”

Reality seeps back in, killing off the last of my amusement. “No, it’s something else.” Sam isn’t the first person to tell me to let go of my guilt. My mother used to say it constantly. It wasn’t your fault, Tristan. You shouldn’t blame yourself.She didn’t believe her words any more than I did, but she tried. “I don’t know what it is about you that’s different. I don’t think it’s necessarily something you can teach me, but whatever it is, I need to figure it out.”

“So, what’s the plan?” he asks with a baffled expression. “Are you going to hang around me until you get your answer through osmosis or something?”

“Maybe? I don’t know.” I drop my head into my hands. “Honestly, I’m making this up as I go along.”

“You and me both,” he says with a snort. “I don’t know if I can give you the answer you’re looking for, Tristan. But I’ll try.”

Slumping back in my chair, I release a sigh. “Thank you, Sam.”

He smiles that tiny smile and I try not to drool when his cheeks turn pink. “It’s my pleasure.”

About the Author 

Rebecca is a long-time lover of all things romance. Whether it’s a book, movie, or real life, she will always have more fun if there’s a love interest thrown into the mix. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her very own hero husband, two quirky kids and one big, black dog. Other than reading and writing books, her favourite things include loud music, enjoying a glass of wine on the patio, organising everything in existence, and spending too much time on the Internet.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Bad To Be Worthy by Andrew Grey

We are excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Bad To Be Worthy by Andrew Grey! I am loving this series, it’s fun and exciting and I just can’t read fast enough! I’m sharing my 5 Star review, plus there’s a great giveaway too!

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Title: Bad To Be Worthy
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Bad To Be Good (Book 2)
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: Mar 9, 2021
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
When a former mobster’s past catches up with him, will it End the quiet life he’s been struggling with, or transform it into something he Couldn’t have imagined?

Sometimes Gerome Meadows longs for the excitement of the life He left behind for Witness Protection. But when he stands up to a bully in a Bar to protect a homeless man, his past comes very close to home—and it’s no Longer what he wants.
Tucker Wells has been living in a tent, surviving with the Aid of his friend Cheryl and helping her watch over her son. When he winds up On the wrong side of an argument with some dangerous people, his already Difficult life is thrown into turmoil. Gerome steps in to find them a temporary Apartment, and Tucker is grateful and relieved.
Gerome never meant to open the door to trouble. His life and Tucker’s depend on keeping his past a mystery. But as his desire to protect Develops into something deeper, he and Tucker will have to evaluate what family Means—and hope that their growing feelings pass unimaginable tests.

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Jenn Review
5 Stars
This is a fantastic series, I love these former mobsters with amazing hearts! Gerome is such a great character and I loved his story as he steps in to help sweet Tucker and his friend Cheryl and her adorable little boy Joshie. This story has action, romance, sweetness and some wonderful bad guys turned good.
Richard, Gerome and Terrance are like brothers, growing up rough and now the three men are in the witness protection program and living in Florida. They are supposed to be living quiet lives, not drawing attention to themselves, although they aren’t all that good at that. This is Gerome’s story, he’s working in a small gift shop and missing the action of his former life. One night while at the beach he witnesses what is supposed to be some kind of drop but it goes a little wrong. Instead of the intended man finding a washed up package, Gerome finds it. He also finds homeless Tucker, the man who was supposed to find the package being followed and possibly in danger. Gerome steps in to protect Tucker and offers him, along with his friend Cheryl and little Joshie a place to stay.
Tucker has had some rough luck and in a desperate move offers to deliver a package for some money. When that goes sideways, he finds himself thankful to the big, rough Gerome, unsure of what he stepped into and what will happen next. As their story goes on, Gerome and Tucker get to know each other, there’s an immediate and undeniable connection between the two men, but there are also a lot of secrets and unanswered questions. For Gerome and his friends, this could be opening up a line to exactly what they are trying to stay away from.
There was a lot going on in this story and I loved every minute of it, I couldn’t put the book down. Gerome and Tucker are so great together, Gerome’s protectiveness towards Tucker and Tucker’s ability to soften Gerome and get him to open up, well, that’s just a perfect combination. Things happen pretty quick in this story, but it all worked for me. There’s a lot of the ‘what is going to happen next’ feel, whether it was about the drama with that package and the drug cartel connections, the relationship developing between Gerome and Tucker or even little Joshie, I loved it and it kept me reading. A fun, sweet read, I really love this group and am really hoping that we get Terrance’s story, I’m so curious about him! I highly recommend this series!

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell Stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout The country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large Corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and Leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when Writing)  He considers himself blessed With an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive And loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Harder We Fall by Rebecca Raine

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Book Title: The Harder We Fall

 

Author: Rebecca Raine

 

Cover Artist: Bec Rivers

 

Release Date:  March 29,  2021

 

Genre: MM Romance

 

Trope: Hurt/Comfort

 

Themes: Grief, Penance, Personal Growth

 

Heat Rating: 4 flames

 

 Length: 70,000 words

 

It is a standalone book.

 

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For years, I’ve been bound by sleeplessness and sorrow. His voice threatens to set me free.

 

 

Blurb 

 

Insomnia. It’s part of the penance I pay for my greatest mistake. But when an ill-timed doze behind the wheel of my car nearly introduces me to a pole, I know something has to change.

 

Sleep with Me, a locally-made meditation app, promises a cure. I don’t expect it to work. Nor do I expect to become enthralled by the voice of its creator, Sam Stephenson. His ability to coax forth my nightly surrender is unnerving. I have to meet this man and learn the secret behind his techniques, so I can evict him from my head—and still get a good night’s sleep.

 

In person, the quiet and reclusive Sam is his own kind of complicated. He needs my business skills as much as I need his meditation skills and we forge an unlikely partnership. But the attraction between us soon flares into passion and, as we grow closer, I start to long for more than my guilty conscience will allow.

 

I have no right to love, not after the damage I’ve done. How can I give Sam all he deserves, when our chance at a happy ending was ruined before we even met?

 

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

“You know, openly gay men don’t usually spend so much time in a closet.”

 

He grins, glancing at the walls surrounding us. “It never occurred to me to spend time in the metaphorical closet. Mum accepted me, I assumed others would, too. Which hasn’t always been the case, but I have no regrets there.” His eyebrows lift in question. “What about you?”

 

“For a while,” I say with a shrug. “Then I got caught kissing a boy while drunk at a high school party. There wasn’t much point denying it after that?”

 

“Did the other students give you a hard time?”

 

A bitter laugh bubbles up through my chest but I tamp it down. “Sometimes. But they had better reasons to hate me. I was used to people talking behind my back, staring when I walked past. Being out didn’t change my life overly much.”

 

Sam frowns as he puts a hand over mine on my knee. The questions are there in his eyes. Why did people hate you? What happened? What did you do?

 

His mouth opens, but I beat him to the punch. “You use this place for more than recording now?”

 

He stops, and then a barely perceptible nod acknowledges my right to keep my past to myself. “I do,” he says, looking around the room. “There’s so much I struggle to do. Talking to new people, going out, doing stuff. It’s tiring, always having to work so hard to do things other people do without thought. When I’m in here, I can just be.” He smiles, and there’s an ease to it I’ve never seen before.

 

“When you’re leading your class, you make it seem so easy. Sitting there, being you. Like nothing can touch you.”

 

He watches me for a long moment. “Your thoughts can’t hurt you, Tristan. Not by themselves.” He’s said those words to me before, but apparently I need reminding.

 

“My thoughts could,” I whisper. “If I let them. I’m not brave like you.”

 

Both our hands are joined now, our fingers threaded together over my knees. This time, the tremor isn’t coming from his side. Why am I saying these things? He brought me here to show me his sanctuary, and I’m treating it like a confessional.

 

“You are brave,” he says with quiet insistence. “I know you’re scared. But you’re here, asking for help when you need it. That’s brave.” A new depth has crept into his tone as we’ve talked. A commanding gentleness I recognise.

 

“Your voice…” I take a shaky breath, my mouth twitching at the corners. “My siren has arrived.”

 

His expression turns bashful as he ducks his head. “I didn’t mean to.”

 

“No, don’t stop.” My grip on him tightens. “Please.”

 

Meeting my gaze, he nods. “It doesn’t usually happen spontaneously. Only when I’m recording or teaching a class. It’s this place, I suppose. I feel safe here.” As he speaks, his thumbs stroke my palms and I shiver.

 

“Having me here doesn’t spoil the feeling?”

 

“No.” A touch of awe glints in the blue. “I think, maybe, I feel safe with you, too.”

 

I don’t move when he lets go of my hands and raises up off the cushion so he can scoot closer. I don’t move when he extends his legs over my still folded ones, so his calves bracket my hips and his feet touch down behind me. He’s not actually in my lap, his arse is still on the floor in front of me, but it’s a close thing.

 

I don’t move as he reaches out to touch my cheeks, stroking his thumbs over them. My own hands remain on my knees, my fingers digging in there. I don’t move, but my heart is a wild thing in my chest and my breathing is laboured. Shudders rack my body as he brushes his nose against mine. When his breath fans across my lips, I still don’t move. But I close my eyes, and I wait.

 

His closed lips touch mine. They’re soft and tentative. Barely pressing against me. They’re hopeful lips, in search of a response.

 

I move to give him one.

 

 

About the Author 

 

 

Rebecca is a long-time lover of all things romance. Whether it’s a book, movie, or real life, she will always have more fun if there’s a love interest thrown into the mix. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her very own hero husband, two quirky kids and one big, black dog. Other than reading and writing books, her favourite things include loud music, enjoying a glass of wine on the patio, organising everything in existence, and spending too much time on the Internet.

 

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Audiobook Tour, Review & Giveaway: Hide and Seek: Stories from the Sound (All Cocks Stories) book 6 by TM Smith

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Book Title: Hide and Seek: Stories from the Sound (All Cocks Stories) book 6

 

Author: TM Smith

Publisher: TTC Publishing

Narrator: Mackenzie Brennan

Release Date: February 12, 2021

Genre:  M/M Romance

Trope/s: Strangers to lovers

Themes:  Hurt/comfort

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length:  7 hours and 7 minutes

It is book 6 in the series.

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Truths come out and trust is put to the test. Can the All Cocks family find the happiness they deserve?

 

 

Blurb

 

Dusty Anderson left his hometown in Justin, Texas, for the Big Apple not long after graduating high school with dreams of becoming an actor. A year later, no closer to realizing his dream but pretty damn close to being broke, he comes across a flyer in a local gay bar that provides a solution to his dilemma.

 

Six years later, Dusty has all but forgotten his dream to be an actor. The family he gained when he went to work at All Cocks and the job itself are enough for him – for now, at least.

 

David Thompson is barely 21, high on life and starting his second year at NYU as an art student. Now that he is old enough to enjoy the city’s nightlife, David finds his first crush at a local hot spot in the village, The Monster Bar. Young love is laid to rest, though, when David comes out to his mother and older brother…with disastrous results.

 

A tragic incident at the hands of David’s brother changes the course of all of their lives and brings the two together, but is it coincidence or fate? Regardless of unlikely circumstance, Dusty is inexplicably drawn to David, who suddenly finds himself alone in the world. Protective of David from the start, Dusty realizes his extended family at All Cocks and his best friend Kory will not understand this new relationship. Fearing the worst, Dusty plays a dangerous game of hide-and-seek, risking everything to keep David safe and sheltered.

 

But hiding can only last for so long, and David and Dusty aren’t the only ones dealing with uncertainties. The Dimir men find that the one thing they’ve longed for might be within reach and Dusty’s father, Dean, arrives in town unexpectedly with secrets of his own.

 

Note: This book was previously released in the All Cocks Stories series. This book is intended for mature listeners due to adult content.

4 Stars

I was definitely intrigued by the premise of this story, but was totally sucked into it once it started. It was very special and definitely delivered for me. I also really enjoyed the narration of this book, I felt that Mackenzie Brennan did a really good job of bringing these characters to life and bringing emotion to their story. I typically listen to audio books while in the car and this one made me not want to turn the car off! 

For me, one of the most special parts of this book is the very beginning, when we have Dusty visiting his friends in the hospital when he comes across David’s room. David is the younger brother of the man responsible for the damage done to Dusty’s friends, but David was also severely injured by his older brother too, and now lies in a hospital bed unconscious and alone. Dusty doesn’t know David but feels drawn to him, sits with him and protects him. When Dusty realizes David has been abandoned by his family for being gay, he steps up and even while David remains unconscious, he visits and stays by his side. 

What continues is an emotional and intense story, it’s hard at times, my heart hurt for everything David had to go through, but it’s also about healing and finding love. David and Dusty share a great connection and chemistry that I just loved. It was a good mix of sweet story while dealing with some very real and serious issues. Definitely highly recommended read and listen! 

About the Author  

 

A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader that just happens to write sweet & sexy gay romance. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.

 

Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!

 

 

 

 

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