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Memories of Forgotten Love by Cheryl Headford

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Memories of Forgotten Love

By Cheryl Headford

Publisher: Featherweight Press

Genre: Young Adult, Gay Romance, Mystery

Length: Novella (135 pages)

Blurb

After waking from a coma, Noah discovers that memories are tricky things and sometimes blissful ignorance isn’t such a bad thing.

Noah wakes from a coma with no memory of who he is. As his memories return they become stranger and more sinister at every turn. He begins to suspect the accident in which he was injured wasn’t an accident at all, and refuses to accept what everyone is saying that he threw himself off his balcony in a suicide attempt. It just doesn’t feel like something he would do. Struggling to come to terms with the shocking story he gradually uncovers, he’s helped by his friends. Yet, his best friend, Luke is acting strangely, leaving Noah to wonder just what exactly he isn’t telling him.

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Excerpt

By the time I was allowed visitors I could sit up in a chair and even manage a few simple sentences, more if I was writing. I was so proud of myself, my achievements, my pathetic stammering and feeble attempts to gain back control over my own body. My mother cried even more, my father was grim and somehow angry, and my sister wouldn’t look at me. After that, they didn’t come every day, and I was glad.

It was then that my ‘friends’ started coming. New people, all around my own age, bright and full of forced cheer and encouragement. They confused the hell out of me, talking about people I didn’t know, things I had no concept of…like ‘school’ and ‘sports’ and ‘boyfriends/ girlfriends’.

At first there were a lot of them. Some came only once or twice, and others for a couple of weeks, but there were three who kept on coming back. It was one of them who finally opened my mind to the biggest leap in understanding I’d yet undertaken.

We were sitting in the conservatory, the four of us… Beth, Aiden, Siona, and I. It was beautiful in there, very relaxed and calming, filled with pastel colours and cane furniture. The view overlooking the valley was stunning.

Beth and Siona were perched on the window seat, gazing out over the trees at the summer-blue sky beyond, chattering away about something or other, their heads close together.

Aiden was sprawled in an armchair, one leg draped over the arm, and we were talking about football. Well, to be exact, he was talking and I was listening. He was on the school football team, and you would swear he was David Beckham the way he talked about himself. At least that’s what Beth said. I had no idea who David Beckham was, and I had only the vaguest concept of what football was all about and only because Aiden had explained it to me about a hundred times.

“God, you should have seen us, Noah, we had them by the short and curlies. It was awesome. They didn’t have a chance. That’s the first time we’ve won the cup for years. Coach was made up. He took us all out for burgers, and you’ll never guess who we bumped into.”

“No.”

“Erm, of course not…yeah…Well, anyhoo, it was Luke Farrell. You remember him, he…What?” He stopped, looking over my shoulder, and I turned my head to see Beth glaring at him, making a strange face. Her eyes flickered to me and turned soft, concerned.

“What’s wrong?”

“Nothing…nothing, Noah. Don’t worry; it’s just the idiot getting carried away as usual.”

“What did I say? I was just testing. I just thought Noah might remember Luke, what with them having been so close.” Aiden turned back to me, grinning, and I had to smile, I always did when Aiden smiled at me. I’d heard someone say once his smile was contagious. “You know what was weird? He didn’t know about you, I mean, about you getting better. No one told him. I thought that was weird. He was your best friend so I thought someone might have told him. Mind you, he says he’s been away. I haven’t seen him for ages. He dropped out of school after…well…you know.”

“Aiden,” Beth hissed. “Shut up.”

“What? Why?”

“You’re just…you’re so…Just shut up.”

“What’s the big problem? It’s not as if you two haven’t been talking to him incessantly about stuff that he doesn’t remember.” Aiden paused a moment. “It’s not as if there is anything he does remember.”

“Aiden!” Siona appeared shocked, and Beth was completely irate, her face flushed and her eyes burning.

I remember seeing her, almost as if it was the first time. She was outlined against the window, the sun lighting her red hair to flame, and I thought, in a completely dispassionate way, that she really was quite beautiful. I wondered if she was my girlfriend. Maybe that was why she was so upset…upset that…that… Something went ‘click’ inside my head and everything became very, very clear.

“I…don’t remember. I…don’t…don’t remember… anything. I…don’t know who you are. I don’t know… who I…who I am.”

“Fuck, Aiden. Now look what you’ve done.”

I don’t know what Aiden said then; I don’t know what any of them said because I was flooded with a sense of absolute panic that blotted out everything but a single, overwhelming truth. I didn’t remember…anything.
I have a brief recollection of there being people around, lots of them. People talking, people touching me…I have no idea what they said, what they did. I was lost in the panic, in the sea of horrified understanding. I didn’t know my own mother and father, I didn’t know my friends, I didn’t know myself. For me there was no life before I woke in the hospital, no existence other than the one I was experiencing right then and there. I was lost, completely lost.

Buy links

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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PAX6FYW/

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About the Author

Cheryl was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, hamster and two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art

Social Links

Blog: http://cherylheadford.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SevenPointStar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nephylim.author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7376318.Cheryl_Headford

 

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Guest Post: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

One of the problems with writing contemporary romance nominally set in our world, in this year, is that sometimes, events in real life happen in a direction different than we thought when we first wrote the story.

Other times — and even more awkwardly — events in real life happen in exactly the same direction as in our story.

To a large extent, Racheline and I try not to predict the future when we write Love in Los Angeles. A lot of times, that can be hard. Love in Los Angeles is ultimately going to be a six-book series that spans multiple generations of Paul and Alex’s family. That requires reaching into the future and, occasionally, back into the past. And writing lgbtq romance, when the American political landscape on the issue is changing so rapidly, makes that kind of tricky. Racheline and I need to keep a map around of which states have marriage equality this week, because it keeps changing. And when Indiana — the state Alex is from — passed marriage equality last year, we had to stop and reconsider what that event, which we hadn’t planned on happening, would mean for Alex at this point in his life. Trying to predict what’s going to happen when, whether it’s six months or six years down the line, usually brings us more grief than it’s worth, so mostly we just try not to.

And sometimes, we try really, really hard to not predict the future. Like when we were working on Doves, and brainstorming for the series-climax conflict on The Fourth Estate, the hit TV show Alex stars on. We knew that Alex’s character, Zach, would be sneaking into Iran to report on a political situation unfolding there. I’m a political scientist by training, with more than a passing familiarity with Iran’s history and politics. And while I wanted the situation in The Fourth Estate to not contradict any current realities, I didn’t want the conflict Zach got himself tangled up in to be something that would ever actually happen. We also very much did not want to exploit any sort of real-world tragedy for the sake of our story drama. So we brought in a fictional group of Chechans, to be Zach’s antagonists. To us, that seemed like a thing that technically could, but definitely wouldn’t, happen in Iran.

Except then this summer ISIS happened, and while that situation didn’t directly involve Iran the way it did in our story, it did involve Western journalists in ways that looked a lot like our fictional Fourth plot. And, to our immense shock, it also involved Chechans.

It was — and is — uncomfortable for us. We wrote Doves half a year before most people in the US had ever heard of ISIS, but still, the fictional scenario we dreamed up for the sake of drama was now unfolding on our TV screens.

Which is a condemnation of us, in a way, for thinking we could play with big questions of war and conflict, even in a romance novel, and not have the real world touch it in some way. It’s certainly also a reminder that we really, really, really can’t predict the future.

As we write forward in the series — Book Three, Phoenix, is with our editor, and we’re currently writing Book Four — and farther into the future in the Love in Los Angeles universe, we’re going to diverge — and accidentally converge — more and more from the real world as it exists than we might like. But that’s part of the magic of storytelling: to explore many outcomes and possibilities, not just the one that’s happening around us.

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Blurb

Two years after the events of Starling, Cinderella story and star of The Fourth Estate J. Alex Cook is living happily ever after with his boyfriend, television writer Paul Marion Keane. But when Paul’s pilot, Winsome, AZ, gets picked up, the competing demands of their high-profile careers make them question their future together.

As Paul becomes increasingly absent from their relationship, Alex tries to regain control of his private life and establish a career path independent of Fourth’s enigmatic, and at times malevolent, showrunner Victor. But the delicate web of relationships that connects Alex, Paul, and their friends — including Alex’s excitable ex-lover Liam and his no-nonsense fiancée Carly — threatens to unravel.

With the business of Hollywood making it hard to remember who he is when the whole world isn’t watching, Alex is forced to confront major changes in the fairytale life he never wanted as he discovers that love in Los Angeles often looks nothing like the movies.

About the authors

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry (Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015)), all from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer, Book One of the Love’s Labour series, about a summerstock Shakespeare company, is from Dreamspinner Press (Summer 2015). Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Social media links:

Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com

Joint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Erin.and.Racheline

Erin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/erincmcrae

Racheline’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m

Erin’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8323893.Erin_McRae

Racheline’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1015335.Racheline_Maltese

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Doves-Love-Los-Angeles-Book-ebook/dp/B00S2FUNJS

Torquere bookstore:  http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4344

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INTERVIEW: Artistic Endeavor by Whitley Gray

Today we are delighted to be joined by Whitley Gray to talk about Artistic Endeavor. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Author Interview

Thanks for joining us today, Whitley. We are excited to have you here as you celebrate the upcoming release of your new book, Artistic Endeavor.

I love the sound of the characters in this book, particularly Michael. Can you tell us exactly what being a ‘one-night stand connoisseur’ means and why Michael lives a life of lust over a life of love?

Whitley: Michael believes in single encounters—that way there’s virtually no chance of any emotional attachments forming. As far as living a life of lust…Michael has loved and lost—lost big—before. Being left at the altar does that to a guy.

Can you tell us a little about Cobey and his past problems meeting men?

Whitley: Cobey was raised in a strict Catholic family. He was dependent on his family to help pay for his education—which had to be at a conservative Catholic university. Cobey finished a Master’s degree, and finally got away from that influence. He wants to embrace being gay, but at age twenty-five is not having any luck. The patrons of the local gay bars seem like wolves—aggressive and carnivorous. He wants—needs—a gentler approach.

Can you share any secrets about Michael and Cobey? Anything you’d like to tease your readers with? :)

Whitley: Michael and Cobey are planning a summer vacation. It’ll involve a beach, with hot days spent in the sun and hot nights beneath cool sheets. Could there be “I do?” Tune in… :)

What inspired the story and the characters?

Whitley: The story started as part of an anthology—nine stories revolving around the fictional Cathia University. I wanted to explore a character whose circumstances had caused him to miss the usual adolescent introduction to intimacy. Pairing him with a character who was opposite—promiscuous—made for a nice contrast.

The fine art aspect allowed me to have some fun. There is this scene with a parrot in the art room… :)

When I got the story back from the anthology, I added bonus scenes before self-publishing it. This is my first go at self-publishing.

We’ve just started a new year and I’ve seen lots of posts about new years’ resolutions. Do you have anything special that you’ll be focusing on this year?

Whitley: Exercise. Finishing writing projects.

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Blurb

When friends ask one-night stand connoisseur Michael Esteban to introduce college professor and virgin Cobey Miller to the joys of sex, Michael balks. Lust is his thing, not leading a twenty-five year old novice. But shy Cobey has problems meeting men, and their introduction fuels Michael’s decision to help Cobey become a gay-sex-loving guy. It’ll all be fun and games—unless someone falls in love.

Excerpt

In the dimly lit bar, Michael drummed his fingers on the table. “Maybe you should have let me meet him somewhere without you two along as chaperones.”

Eli chuckled. “It took me a week to convince him to meet you. He’d never go for the blind date thing.”

“Well, he’s late. Sure he’ll show?”

“Relax.” Burke massaged Eli’s neck. “He’ll be here.”

Ordinarily Michael looked forward to sizing up a new man. In fact, he’d already taken stock of every guy in the room. If Cobey didn’t show, the bartender looked like a good prospect. Prolonged eye contact, a big grin, and a wink when serving Michael’s beer. Yep, good prospect. Someone new.

Of course, Cobey would be new. Too new. Michael sighed. How was he supposed to introduce himself? Hello. I’m the guy our mutual friends have asked to be your sex instructor. How’s it hangin’?  Yippee.

“There.” Eli nodded at the entrance. “Just coming in.”

For a moment it was too crowded to see much, but the herd of patrons parted. Michael licked his lips. Well, well, well. The picture hadn’t done Cobey justice. Nicely wide shoulders, narrow hips, hair a man could get a grip on. Dark eyes. A perfect mouth—full but not too full. How was it possible this gorgeous male specimen had never been intimate with another guy? And Michael had the opportunity to be the first one.

I can certainly sacrifice myself for the greater good by teaching him.

What did I think?

I enjoyed this book. What I liked most about this story was the pairing of Cobey and Michael. I had preconceived ideas of what the characters would be like, based on reading the blurb but they surprised me. I loved the journey both men took, the slow sexual exploration and of course, the emotional entanglement that followed.

I actually read the whole anthology – Campus Cravings – but didn’t read Artistic Endeavor until the end (I waited and read this version with the additional scene). Obviously Artistic Endeavor can be read very much stand-alone but it was sort of nice to read the story in the context of the familiar setting of Cathia University.

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About the Author

Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. At some point, real life intervened, bringing with it responsibilities and a career in the medical field. After years of technical writing, Whitley became enamored of romance and took on the challenge of giving it a try. Inventing characters and putting them through paces in interesting ways turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered having two heroes is twice as nice. A pot of coffee, quiet, and a storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day.

Author Links

Website: Stop by www.whitleygray.com and feed your fix for heat between the sheets with erotica and M/M romance.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whitley.gray

Blog: www.whitleygray.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whitleygray

Buy Links

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ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-artisticendeavor-1718070-149.html

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new-artistic-endeavor-whitley-gray-bonus-added-whitley-gray/1121024072?ean=2940150179554

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Godsend by Sloan Johnson

Isn’t this cover totally gorgeous?

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Blurb

You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Despite knowing from a young age that he was gay, Scott Murphy couldn’t imagine life without Shelly. He threw away the labels and had eleven amazing years with her, but now, he feels even more lost trying to figure out how to move on after Shelly’s death. After nearly a year of watching Scott fade away, Shelly’s father forces him to start living again.

As much as Chris loathes the idea of attending a bereavement group week after week, it’s one of the only places he can go in this town, other than the bar, to not feel so alone. When there’s nothing to distract him or dull his senses, he spends too much time obsessing over how he should have been able to help his sister. When Scott shows up at his group session, Chris decides that maybe some good can come out of his sister’s death.

There’s no denying that Chris is the first man to catch Scott’s attention in a long time, but how can he move on when just thinking of Shelly sends him to his dark place?

The road to recovery won’t be an easy one, but Chris is determined to help Scott see that life is still worth living. But before Scott can allow himself to admit what he feels for Chris, he knows he has to reveal the full truth about Shelly’s death. 

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Expected release date: 9th February 2015.

Sloan will be visiting us during February to share more about her new release, Godsend.

 

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Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! No Denying Sin by BL Morticia/Michael Mandrake

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No Denying Sin

Book 3 of the N’awlins Exotica Series     

(Can be read as standalone)

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BL Morticia/Michael Mandrake

Publisher: Triad Literary

Cover Artist: Sara York

Blurb:

Living in the Big Easy is downright deadly especially if you’re a stripper. When another exotic dancer is found dead in her apartment, the heat mounts on Frankie and his fellow detectives to find the killer. Due to the magnitude of this unsolved mystery along with the LaBoy murders, tension runs high at nineteen making it hard for all to breathe around the police station and sending everyone into a frenzy.

There’s no denying Frankie’s love for Kajika but in the back of his mind, hot thoughts of the mutual jerk off with Orrin Daugherty loom over his head. Though the feelings are mutual, Orrin wants nothing to do with this and pushes Frankie away. Add in to the mix his fascination with partner Vance Morain along with his severe case of blue balls and you got one hell of a predicament for these for complex and volatile men.

The men at nineteen are burning with desire for one another and pleasure is beginning to be almost as important as business.
Will the sinful disruptions stop them from finding the killer roaming the streets of the Big Easy?
This is book 3 of N’awlins Exotica Series. Doesn’t necessarily need to be read in order.
WARNING: Lots of lewd dialogue and smoldering sex between males.

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Romance, Thriller

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“Good morning, Officer Daugherty.” A young male clerk behind the desk in the fitness center called out to him.

“Mornin.” Orrin nodded and kept going. He wondered if the glow from getting some was still on his face from the night prior or if he’d really caught the man’s eye as he hoped.

Either way, he had to admit he hadn’t felt this good in days—no, make that weeks. He’d slept, had sex, and a good breakfast when he finally rolled out of bed at two p.m. With all that going on, he felt he could get through just about anything, including work. Despite this, he was grateful to have the full day off until his next shift at four a.m. tomorrow.

 

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Author Bio:

In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses.   She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

 

Author Contact:

Website http://www.thelitriad.com

Mail: mailto:msrlmort71@gmail.com

Michael’s Blog: http://michaelmandrake.wordpress.com

BL’s Blog: http://blmorticia.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/rawiyamikembl

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

Authorgraph: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/rawiyamikembl

 

Tour Date and Stops:

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Parker Williams, BFD Book Blog, Inked Rainbow Reads, Bayou Book Junkie, Amanda C. Stone, Molly Lolly, Cate Ashwood, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Wake Up Your Wild Side, MM Good Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Rainbow Gold Reviews, My Fiction Nook, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Love Bytes, It’s Raining Men, Decadent Delights, Tara Lain, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Nephylim, Andrew Q. Gordon, Queer Town Abbey, Because Two Men Are Better Than One

 

 

 

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25 – Harry Potter or Twilight? 

SL: Harry Potter.

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Happy Australia Day!

It’s the 26th January which means it’s Australia Day here in the land down under. We wish all our Aussie friends, far and wide, a very special day.

We arranged for some of our friends – Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Keith Urban, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman – to sing you a special song. ;)

Have a great day!

Nic and Robyn xx

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Just Jack by Meredith Russell

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When the line between fairy tales and magic, and the real world become blurred, can love really conquer anything?

Leo Marsh is having a bad day. He just caught his boyfriend cheating on him, and not for the first time, then he falls, quite literally, for a man who has to be too good to be true….

When Leo slips and falls on some ice in front of Jack, Jack sees something all too familiar in Leo’s eyes. For over fifty years, Jack has existed in a solitary life of ice and bitterness. Just like Leo, he was betrayed by a man he loved, and swore no one would ever break his heart again: he gave up on love, and it seemed love had given up on him.

But if by fate or magic, Jack and Leo find their paths crossing for a second time, and with a little guidance from friends, dare to take a chance on each other. The problem is, Jack isn’t the charming and uncomplicated guy Leo thinks he is. When Jack gave away his ability to love, he became something else, someone cold and unloving. He became Jack Frost.

As Jack and Leo get closer, Jack is left torn and confused. Jack yearns for anything that reminds him of his humanity, but the truth is, he feels nothing, not warmth, not love, and he knows he might never be able to love Leo the way he deserves to be loved.

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He glanced up and down the sidewalk and settled his gaze on a man walking toward him. The man stood out from the other people on the street. He didn’t rush like the people around him, who looked as if they were running from the cold in search of a hiding place. In fact, he seemed to enjoy it. He wore a short coat open over a pale blue shirt and dark jeans. His skin was fair, even more so set against his dark hair, and softened by the trimmed growth across his jaw. Something familiar leapt in Leo’s chest, but he was sure he had never seen the man before. He watched as blue spirals seemed to dance around the man, then their eyes met ever so briefly.

Clearly, Leo was imagining things, because the icy cold that had gripped his heart since leaving Mac’s apartment made way for sparks of heat. This didn’t happen to him, not like this. Sure he’d ogled plenty of handsome men, some had been downright fuckable, but never had a reaction been so strong to a simple stranger on the street. He was well and truly in lust.

A smile curled the man’s full mouth, and he looked over his shoulder. Leo’s attention was drawn beyond the man as someone seemingly slipped in the snow. The man’s smile widened as a second person fell on their ass behind him, then a third. Others stopped to help the fallen people, but all the man did was simply glance at Leo as he passed him. Intrigued, Leo stepped out. What happened next was a blur as his feet slipped from under him and he fell forward. His head hit the ground and all he remembered thinking was how shitty his day was turning out.

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 About the Author

Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.

Email: meredithrussell666@gmail.com

Webpage: http://www.meredithrussell.co.uk

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

 

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Get Dirty and Win! Dirty Dining by EM Lynley New Release & Giveaway

 

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Photo: Ronaldo Gutierrez

 

The premise for Dirty Dining, about a PhD student who takes a job in an exclusive almost-anything-goes men’s club, is a bit out of my normal range of story ideas. It started out as a free serial on my website where I could play around with some unabashed smut. Who wouldn’t like to have a sexy young man serving dinner and taking off a piece of clothing with each course?

Six courses, six pieces of clothing and… well you get the idea and the attraction of this fictional dinner club. It was such fun to invent the themes and costumes the serving “boys” would wear, however briefly.

Of course Jeremy Linden, my financially challenged student doesn’t exactly jump at the chance when he’s first offered the job. Just how broke does he have to be to do something like this? But he soon finds his bank account even more anemic than usual, and he gives the job a shot.

It was fun to explore Jeremy’s principles and how far he would go for some easy money. He hits a point where if he doesn’t keep working at the club, he’ll have to change his research project. He’s working on an HIV vaccine, and the tradeoff is an easy one for him: stay on the HIV research project even when his fellowship gets reduced.

The Dinner Club isn’t just fun and dirty games. On Jeremy’s first night he meets Brice Martin, who’s hot and as shy as Jeremy is with the sexually charged atmosphere at the Club. They really click, and it’s the prospect of meeting Brice again that makes the job a pleasure—in every sense of the word. These two have chemistry that had me overheating just writing it. There are quite a few obstacles to their relationship, but you know right away they belong together.

Another theme I wanted to explore is the role of venture capital companies in the decision of what firms and products get financed. Living in the San Francisco Bay area and having worked for Silicon Valley start-ups, I’ve certainly seen some strange decisions and even stranger bedfellows when it comes to venture capital and the health sector. Jeremy and his research are at the mercy of these market forces. And because of the Dinner Club rules about anonymity, neither Jeremy nor Brice realize that they are connected to each other in their real lives, as well as their fantasy world at the Club.

Whether you enjoy some good, clean smut or a romance or a story that delves into layers far below the surface, Dirty Dining is sure to leave you more than a little breathless.

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Blurb…

Jeremy Linden’s a PhD student researching an HIV vaccine. He’s always short of money, and when biotech startup PharmaTek reduces funding for his fellowship, he’s tempted to take a job at a men’s dining club as a serving boy. The uniforms are skimpy, and he’s expected to remove an item of clothing after each course. He can handle that, but he soon discovers there’s more on the menu here than fine cuisine. How far will he go to pay his tuition, and will money get in the way when he realizes he’s interested in more from one of his gentlemen?

Brice Martin is an attorney for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. When he’s asked to take a client to the infamous Dinner Club, he finds himself unexpectedly turned on by the atmosphere and especially by his server, Remy. He senses there’s more to the sexy young man than meets the eye. The paradox fascinates him, and he can’t get enough of Remy.

Their relationship quickly extends beyond the club and sex. But the trust and affection they’ve worked to achieve may crumble when Jeremy discovers Brice’s VC firm is the one that pulled the plug on PharmaTek—and Jeremy’s research grant.

 

Excerpt…

Jeremy had to set out earlier to get to the city Wednesday night. Without a bike he was forced to use the campus shuttle to BART and arrived at the club’s staff dressing room with barely enough time for a quick shower. Three guys from his previous shift were here: Kit, Rand, and a slim Asian guy named Law—short for Lawrence.

“Hiya, my tasty macaron, nice to see you back again.” Kit gave Jeremy a European-style double kiss, though the second one landed on his mouth and not on his cheek. “Have fun last time?” He asked with innuendo dripping from each word.

“Fun enough.” Jeremy grinned and gave the other boys a wave. “What’s with Kit and the bakery talk?”

“Oh, he’s on a diet and can’t eat any of that. It’s the only way he can handle the deprivation.” Rand shook his head. “Anyway, glad you’re back,” Rand said and introduced Jeremy to the two boys he didn’t already know.

“Tonight’s costume theme is sailor boys.” Thomas handed out costumes. They were all variations of blue and white, with caps and blue or white shorts. He had a handful of sailor scarves in different colors, but he held onto those. “Need to get the assignments first. You’ll get a scarf to match your gentleman.”

Jeremy went to one of the stations and slipped into his: tiny white shorts, a sleeveless white shirt with buttons down the front, and a little white cloth cap. He practiced sitting in the tight white shorts so he could find the most comfortable way and not risk pain and damage to his balls. Kit noticed and came over.

He cupped Jeremy’s dick through the tight, thin fabric, then gave Jeremy another wholly unnecessary squeeze. “To get you started.” He winked and went back to fixing his own costume.

Thomas came in and took the scarves from Rand. “We had to switch a few boys around. Here’s your assignment.” He handed out the first four scarves, still holding a sky blue one and the green one as he approached Jeremy. He gave Jeremy the blue scarf.

“Hang on. I thought I’d be getting Mr. Green again.”

Thomas looked at Jeremy head-on. “Sorry, Mr. Green asked for someone else tonight. I double-checked because I thought you two worked out well last time.” He spoke softly, but the others could see which scarf he had been given. It was obvious what had happened. Kit looked away.

Jeremy’s stomach felt like it sank through the floor and kept going. “Didn’t he like me?” He whispered the question, ashamed to have his rejection so public, despite Thomas’s obvious attempt to spare his feelings.

“Yes, he did. But he wanted variety. We can discuss this in private later if you want.”

Jeremy blinked. Why did he take this so personally? This was supposed to just be a job for quick easy cash, not a matchmaking service.

 

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About EM Lynley

EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press, and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.

 

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Totally Bound Submission Call

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Glamor, high society and exotic locales. We are actively acquiring submissions for our exciting new imprint, Totally Five Star. Here you have the whole world at your feet to explore and can choose from a vast array of different famous tourist destinations to be your location. Take a look at the submission picture and let your imagination run away with you. Each story should be a standalone, contemporary story about hotel staff, clientele or service providers. Head to our submissions page to find out more information about the characters we’ve already created in this world. Any pairing is possible for this imprint (MF, MM, MFM, MMF), and we’re looking for a Burning/Melting heat rating to really get those heartbeats racing. Please send a synopsis in the first instance tosubmissions@totallybound.com

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Aussie Author Showcase – A reminder…

Remember January is Aussie Author Showcase with Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

 

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Although the tour is half over, there’s still plenty going on. Check out the participants below:

1/1/2015      Christian Baines
1/2/2015      Nicki J. Markus
1/3/2014      Anne Barwell
1/5/2015      N.J. Nielson
1/6/2015      L.J. LaBarthe
1/7/2015      Michelle Rae
1/8/2015     Renae Kaye
1/9/2015      John Wiltshire
1/10/2015    N. R. Walker
1/12/2015    John Terry Moore
1/13/2015    Beany Sparks
1/14/2015    A.B. Gayle
1/15/2015     Lisa Henry

1/16/2015    Meredith Shayne
1/17/2015    Pelaam
1/18/2015    Penny Brandon
1/19/2015    Toni Griffin
1/20/2015    Lisa Harris
1/21/2015     Isabelle Rowan
1/22/2015    Maggie Nash
1/24/2015    Lily Veldon
1/25/2015    Bette Browne
1/26/2015    Nic Starr
1/27/2015    Barry Lowe
1/28/2015   Cecil Wilde
1/29/2015   Lisa Henry
1/30/2015   Jack Burnes
1/31/2015    RJ Jones

Plus Down Under publishers:

Wayward Ink Press and BDPublications