GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Finding Aaron by Gigi Kern



by Gigi Kern

Book 1 in Finding Home Series 


At 23, Aaron has aged out of the foster-care system and is now a struggling college student. Between his severe Learning Disabilities, ADHD and past trauma, every day is a struggle.

Three years ago, Aaron’s world got a whole lot brighter thanks to his new best friend, Ryan Foster and his family. The Fosters have taken him into the fold. That is, everyone except for Ryan’s Uncle TJ.

When Aaron and TJ meet, sparks fly.

TJ, 31, can’t stand his nephew’s flamboyant, in your face, blue-haired, rainbow loving, best friend. He knows he shouldn’t be so judgmental but after spending five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, his patience is buried under a mountain of guilt and loss.

TJ’s animosity toward Aaron always stresses Aaron out going home to the Foster’s for the holidays but they are the only family he has. He just needs to put up with TJ. He can do that, right?

When something happens that neither one wants to acknowledge, it may just be the catalyst needed for the sparks to explode.

What happens when TJ lets himself see the real Aaron? And, can Aaron let TJ past his defenses, when he’s barely holding on.

Finding Love, the 2nd Book in the Finding Home series will be available in 2016. 


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Guest Post- My Publishing Journey

I’ve been trying to write a novel for years now.  I went overseas to Afghanistan in 2005 for a couple of months, and when I came back I tried to write a novel.  But life got in the way.  See I have computer files of novels that are waiting for me to finish.  I plan to eventually go back and write at least four of them.

I think there is a theme somewhere among my writing.  See I spent 22 months in Iraq, and well I had way too much time on my hands and I couldn’t really go anywhere.  So, I finally wrote and finished my first novel.  I thought, yes!  Everyone will read it and love it just like me.  So my awesome friend typed the finished novel written in long hand in 10 different notebooks.  I edited and re-edited, and thought, yes I’m ready.  I went to a writer conference, pitched my novel, got some interest, sent it and nothing.  I spent a year querying 106 literary agents and 10 publishers.   That included 3 rounds of revision and I learned a great lesson.  At the end of the day, I have to love my own book and some things I just won’t change.  See, during one of the revisions to make my first book more what they wanted, I stripped “me” out of it.  I hated that draft.  I won’t ever do that again.  I had interest, but it was always “I didn’t fall in love with your characters”, or “I like your concept but not sure about your writing”.  That was another lesson learned, I have a unique writing voice and style.  And I’m okay with not everyone liking it.  Many will hate it.  But if I am content with my story, I’ve pleased the reader that matters the most, me.

See, I’m an avid reader.  I read about 10 books a week.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  And, I’m a child of the 80s and 90s.  I noticed a certain trend at the end of the 90s and 2000s where the books out there were in a word lacking.  So, now when I write, I write with a specific reader in mind, me.  I write books that I want to read.  I break rules left and right.  See, I love Robert Ludlum, Joan D. Vinge, David Hagberg, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Potter, Lindsey Mckenna and more who have shaped not only what I read but now how I write.

Anyway, I really did want to be traditionally published.  It sadly was not in the cards.  And now almost a year and a half later, I’m okay with that.  Several of my friends thought I should self-publish my novel.  I resisted but after I received the 106th rejection letter and another seven from publishers that say thanks but no thanks. Or the silence of rejection, where no word is a no.  I said, okay then.

I’m a researcher by nature and I researched what I needed to do to publish my novel.  It probably took another three months of finding the right cover, formatting, tearing my hair out.  And cause I’m a glutton for punishment, I needed to get everything ready prior to Comic Con (San Diego).  Yes I am a nerd!  I published on amazon in Kindle and then in Print.  And nothing.  Yes, I sold some copies but now, a year and a half later, my first novel is lost in the void where books go to die a slow death.

So, last year I discovered m/m romance.  I read m/m romance (though I’m still confused, the difference between gay romance vs m/m romance?).  Coming up with ideas has never been an issue for me.  I have over 100 ideas in several different genres waiting to be written.  So, a new idea for a four book series came to me.

Finding Aaron is actually my second m/m romance book idea I have.  I will go back soon and write the first m/m romance novel, that one is a lot darker than my current series.  Anyway, I have never written a novel in five months in sequential order and half long hand/half computer in my life.  But, the shocking part was when I sent it to my one friend Lee (who I admit now wrote the one sex scene for me – he is a gay man and I am not), actually liked it and wanted to read more.  Several people liked it actually.  Not that people didn’t like my first novel, but this felt different.  I finished the novel in record time and when I finally read it from beginning to end, I actually forgot I wrote it.

Lightning in a bottle, that has been my experience with Finding Aaron.  I found a proofreader who I could afford (working for Uncle Sam, there isn’t a lot of extra funds floating around).  I contacted a couple of book cover designers, and I found the right one.  I love the cover for Finding Aaron.  One of my co-workers helped me with formatting one of the ebooks.  For the second book in the Finding Home series, Finding Love, I am so hiring someone to format the book in ebook and print formats.  I do not have a computer programing mind.  I chose a date to release Finding Aaron and though it went live a little sooner than expected, there it was.

And the strange thing, people are not only reading it, but they seem to love it.  It is a surreal experience.  There really is no rhyme or reason as to why this book found an audience and my first one didn’t.  But, I will take it.  Not everyone loves it, but I’m fine with that.  Cause the people who do love it, are keeping me going.  Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that even though not a lot of people have read my first novel, doesn’t mean I’m not going to finish writing and publishing the other books in that series.  I still want to read those books, so I need to write them.  And, if after a month, Finding Aaron’s sales dry up, don’t be concerned.  I love that series too, so I will finish writing those books also.

Self-publishing has given me the opportunity to tell my story the way I needed to tell it.  Succeed or fail, it is on me.  I chose the book cover, the title, the series title, wrote the novel the way I needed to and I will be fine with the outcome either way.


TJ was putting the last Christmas decoration in its place when he received Ryan’s mysterious text – Wait for us outside.  BE NICE!

“What the hell does that even mean?” TJ thought as he stepped outside and sat down on the front porch steps.

A minute later Rick’s SUV pulled into the driveway.  Still wondering about Ryan’s cryptic text, he patiently waited for everyone to exit the vehicle.

As Rick and Ryan exited the SUV they both gave a look of “Be nice or else.”  Which was confusing as all shit considering where he and Aaron’s “relationship” was heading.

Aaron opened the passenger side backseat door and a second later TJ forgot how to breathe or think.  He had always thought Aaron was cute in an artistic twink sort of way.  He was just Aaron.

But the young man who stepped out of Rick’s vehicle was FUCKING HOT!  His blue-tipped bangs were just long enough to make his green eyes pop.  And the subtle makeup…  Aaron was drop-dead gorgeous and strikingly beautiful at the same time.

Stuck in a trance, TJ could only stare as Aaron approached.

“Kid cleans up well, doesn’t he?” Rick said as he passed a still stunned TJ, frozen in place sitting on the stoop steps.

Chuckling with a smirk, Ryan said, passing TJ, “Who knew the mighty Tyler Jacob could be struck speechless by a haircut?”  Ryan and Rick laughed as Miranda joined them as they entered the house.

In his shy manner, playing with his hair, Aaron approached TJ.  He paused in front and with a nervousness asked, “Is it too much?”

Silence was his only answer until TJ noticed Aaron’s face start to close up and he realized he was quiet too long.

“What?” TJ said as he got up.  He leaned in, touching Aaron’s bangs, moving the blue/black hair from his eyes.  “I LOVE IT!”

A small smile appeared on Aaron’s face.

“Really,” TJ said as he kissed Aaron on the lips.

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14594523Gigi Kern is currently writing the second book, Finding Love in the Finding Home series, her first gay contemporary romance series. A huge fan, she along with thousands wait with baited breath for the next new release from her favourite gay romance authors.

Gigi first discovered her passion for reading out of desperation. During her month long hiatus for her seventh grade summer break, spending quality time with the grandparents in sunny Florida in August, the hottest time of year, she became desperate. See, awesome grandparents had no cable. Travesty though it was, Gigi discovered the retirement community’s library and there it was in all its glory, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. And she’s been hooked ever since.

Though her day job is monotonous, she has been able to work in three continents, travel and see the world.

Her menagerie of wooden animals from her world travels have major competition from her two cats, Marco-Pollo and Squertie. And, cause what would a menagerie be without animals, her two 65+ pound dogs, Leo the Lug and Blink the destroyer of toys.

She is currently writing her life away on the shores of North Carolina.

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Shifter Born by A.T. Weaver

Shifter Born

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They say that to be a writer, you must first be a reader. I agree. I’ve always been a reader. When I was a teenager, you’d find me one of two places, either with my horse, or on my bed reading. Nancy Drew, Ginny Gordon, The Little Cornel, Tarzan. Almost anything I could get my hands on. As I grew older, my tastes were similarly eclectic. Nora Roberts, Agatha Christie, Anne McCaffery, Phyllis Whitney. Although I like some supernatural, especially Nora Roberts’ supernatural, I’ve always avoided horror. I’ve also never liked stories with werewolves and zombies, as I generally associated them with horror. Most werewolves were evil beings bent on killing.

Then a few years ago, I started doing beta reads for a young man in Colorado. Several of his books dealt with werecreatures. Not just werewolves, but also werecougars, werecoyotes, werebears, and even a two-thousand creature that is half dragon/half druid. His creatures were not the usual evil beings, but the good guys.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at a werewolf story and asked him what kind of rules I had to follow. His response was, “It’s you world, your rules.” So I borrowed some rules from his world, some rules from the old Highlander movies, and made some of my own. That’s how I came up with an immortal shape-shifter who could be any animal he chose.

As to a geographical world, I drew on history. Since my shifters could only be killed by beheading, I thought about the French Revolution and the guillotine.

Although there was no immortal shifter at any of the historical events mentioned, they are all actual events: the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans (which was the last battle of that war), the Government movement of the Osage to the west, the smallpox epidemic, the 1843 wagon train to Oregon, the formation of the National Parks.

One reviewer questioned how Marrok survived without a job or money. She apparently missed the fact that for the most part, he lived off the land and the gold he discovered in the nineteenth century. He was pretty much a loner who avoided populated areas.

One thing I did take liberties with was the grandfathering in of his homesteads when the National Parks were formed.



After seeing his family betrayed and executed during the French Revolution, Marrock De Clarency, an immortal, natural-born shifter, makes his way to the New World. As he moves from place to place across the American wilderness, he finds not only the means to his revenge, but also love. Even as the world progresses around him, he prefers the quiet life in remote areas, away from cities and homesteads.

He gives his heart again and again, each time hoping that this time, he’s found his mate. A chance encounter in the woods leaves him wondering, has Fate at last led him to his eternal love?


The man from the café stopped at the entrance to the alley. “Are you following me?” Marrok asked. The man smiled suggestively. “I thought you looked like you’d enjoy some company. Judging from the tightness of your trousers, I was right.”

Marrok studied him. Billy had been gone for over two years and they hadn’t been intimate for three years before that. Just because Marrok wasn’t ready for another relationship with a mortal didn’t mean he’d given up sex. “What’d you have in mind?”

“That’s up to you,” the man said. “We can do something here or somewhere else. I don’t care.”

“I prefer somewhere more private. I’m in room 504 at the hotel. Give me five minutes before you follow.” Marrok headed for the hotel. In his room, he removed his boots and shirt. A knock sounded on the door. Marrok opened it and the stranger stepped inside.

Marrok stepped closer and started to kiss him.

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A.T. Weaver is the pen name of a grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of one. She lives with her cat, Cleopatra, in downtown Kansas City, MO.

When she was growing up, the word gay meant happy and carefree and homosexuals were called queer or ‘one-of-those’. However, she never heard those terms until she was married and a mother.

In 2003, through a TV show called Boy Meets Boy, A.T ‘met’ over 3,000 gay men in a Yahoo group. These men educated her as to the inequalities suffered by the LGBT community and she became a staunch ally. She visited one of the men in San Francisco who lived just up the street from the Castro. As he showed her around, they stopped in front of what was once Harvey Milk’s camera store. Her question, “Who was Harvey Milk?” started her education into Gay history.

A.T.’s aim is to move you in some way. Whether you laugh or cry, love it or hate it, she welcomes all comments, whether good or bad.

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GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: Legal Briefs by Kyan Christopher

Legal Briefs

Legal Briefs

by Kyan Christopher

Series: Bathhouse Stories (Book #3)

Book three can be read as a standalone, though characters from the first two do show up.

Read books one and two for more information on them.

Release Date: November 28, 2015


Josh works hard. Between school and an internship at an investment firm, he has little time and even less funds for an adventurous lifestyle. When a friend buys him a membership to a bathhouse, he encounters his knight in shining armor. But when his regular hookup seems to be too good to be true, suspicions and lies may end the relationship before it even starts.

Kimball’s law firm sends him to New Orleans to expand their Dallas law firm into the Crescent City. Deciding to have a little pleasure while in town for business, Kimball falls for a younger guy that he wants to spend time with. But living his life with secrets may prove to be his undoing, and moving to New Orleans to live out his happily-ever-after may become a distant dream.

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GUEST POST: Blow by Blow by Kate Hill


Would You Change Anything About Your Book?

As an author, I’ve often been asked if there is anything I would change about my published books, if given the chance.

I would have to say yes regarding every book or every piece of writing I’ve ever done. It seems no matter how many times I read one of my stories, I always find something I’d like to change. There is always a section I would like to rework, a description I would like to add or sentences I would delete.

My latest release, Blow by Blow, went through countless changes between the first draft and final publication. The basic plot and characters remained the same, but the story went through name changes, additions and many rewrites before I finally submitted it to Siren. The editor assigned to me there improved the manuscript while understanding and respecting the story I wanted to tell about Valentin and Theo.

Would I change anything about Blow by Blow now? I’m sure I’d find something because that’s how I’ll always feel about anything I write, but I am pleased with the story and through all the changes I got to know Valentin and Theo well. I lived with them for quite a while and it was so much fun having them reveal themselves to me as I worked on the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing Blow by Blow and I hope readers enjoy the book as well!


Blow by Blow

by Kate Hill


A hunky former heavyweight champ and an ass-kicking beauty fight for their lives and their love in a futuristic world of MMA.

Theo “Little Raven” Fisker, is a bantamweight with attitude who plans to make a name for himself in the Radical Warrior Tournament, a prestigious mixed martial arts event. The problem is no team will sign a male fighter who walks out in silver and pink with nail polish to match, until he meets Master Jesse.

Impressed by Theo’s talent, Jesse welcomes him onto his up and coming team. Fists and sparks fly when Theo meets gorgeous Valentin Merrickson. Theo draws Valentin out of his protective armor and sparks hope for a life the tough heavyweight never imagined possible. Their love grows, but threats from extremists and an injury that ends Valentin’s career in the cage might tear them apart.


“I spilled an entire tray,” Theo said, raising his eyes to the heavens. Waiting tables wasn’t exactly the cake walk he’d expected.

“Nobody’s perfect,” Valentin said.

Theo turned to him, his gaze sweeping him from head to toe, and said, “I’m not so sure about that, Sunshine.”

Valentin’s expression turned stony. “Why do you keep calling me that?”

“Because just looking at you is enough to brighten anyone’s day.” The words left Theo’s mouth before he could stop them. That had always been one of his biggest problems. A thought popped into his head and he had to say it. He rarely considered the consequences.

“Ohhh.” Liz smiled and glanced at Valentin. “Now that’s a line I need to remember.”

Valentin glowered and finished his drink quickly.

“Should you be drinking while you’re training?” Theo asked. “We have a tournament coming up at the end of the month.”

“It’s water with lemon in it, not that it’s any of your business,” Valentin said, but his faint smile belied his rude tone.

“Just thinking about the team,” Theo said, deliberately using a flirty look. He removed his apron with the words Panoramic View embroidered across it in silver and embellished with a black skull.

“Nice belt.” Valentin nodded toward Theo’s waist. “Looks almost like a chain whip.”

Theo glanced toward Liz, who stood at the other end of the bar. He wasn’t sure how his new boss would feel if she knew the dual uses of his attire. He probably shouldn’t even admit this to Valentin, but he said softly, “It is. My father was an artist–a martial artist–and he made jewelry as a hobby. He liked finding ways of making weapons fashionable.” Theo gestured toward his belt.

“What else does he make?”

“He’s dead,” Theo said quietly. Though his father had been dead for years, thinking about his loss still hurt.

“I’m sorry,” Valentin said. “That belt must be pretty special to you.”

“It is.” Theo sighed. “I really need to catch the bus and get to sleep.”

“No car?”

“Not yet, but I’m working on it. I used a rental to drive here, but I returned it yesterday.”

“Want a ride?”

“Didn’t you just get here?”

Valentin shrugged. “I’m done with my drink and I’m in training, too. Ready to go?”

Narrowing his eyes, Theo considered the offer. Just sitting next to Valentin in a car, smelling his cologne, would be enough to make him horny all night. This guy would not be good for his training. Why did he have to join a team that had the most gorgeous man in the universe as its heavyweight champion?

“I’m ready. Just let me get my bag.”

“Right here.” Liz, who had approached, picked up his black bag from behind the counter and handed it to him.

Theo took it from her.

From the corner of his eye, he noticed a news headline on the widescreen TV above the bar.

“Hey, Liz,” said one of the waitresses, stepping behind the bar to turn up the volume.

“The Spellman Hill Vigilante strikes again.”

Theo listened to a brief report about two guys who had been knocked unconscious by a helmeted figure while attempting to mug a woman on her way home from work the previous night.

“Spellman Hill Vigilante?” Theo asked.

“Yeah. Over the past year or so a guy in a black helmet has been on the streets stopping crime in and around Spellman Hill. He seems to focus on crimes against the gay community, but not always,” said the waitress. “A few of his victims claim he attacked them at random, but I’m not so sure. Cops don’t like him for obvious reasons, but I feel a little safer knowing he’s around.”

“I wish the news would stop sensationalizing this guy,” Liz said, shaking her head.

“Hey, in a way he’s a hero,” Valentin said.

Liz raised her eyes to heaven. “Just as long as he doesn’t try to be a ‘hero’ near my club. If you ask me he’s just a wacko.”

After saying good night, Theo and Valentin walked out of the club together. Valentin was more than a head taller than Theo, so even with his high-heeled black boots Theo needed to look up to him. He kind of liked it. Hell, he loved it.

Outside they climbed into Valentin’s sleek black sports car. It probably cost more than Theo had made fighting over the past couple of years. Still Valentin could probably afford it with little stress. He’d done well in his career and Theo had read several articles in sports magazines that mentioned Valentin’s wise business investments.

Smiling, Theo stretched his long legs and leaned back in the leather seat. “I could get used to this.”

“I know what you mean,” Valentin said under his breath. His blue gaze lingered on Theo’s legs and crotch.

“Are you flirting with me, Sunshine?”

“Why not? You’ve been doing it all day.”

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Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. Kate also writes under the pen name Saloni Quinby. She enjoys hearing from readers and she can be contacted at

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EXCERPT AND REVIEW! Kage Unmasked by Maris Black




The final installation in the KAGE TRILOGY.

Kage and Jamie have finally come to terms with their feelings for each other, but there is still plenty of drama to work through. Friends and family don’t want to let them be, and now that Kage has his UFC contract, his uncle is worried that the public will find out about his nephew’s boyfriend. Will the drama be too much to handle? Will the stakes be to high?

Discover just how far Kage and Jamie will go for love



Trey started laughing. “Jeez, Jamie. Make up your mind. Do you want all of the eggs, or none?”
I looked down and discovered that I’d scraped every bit of egg back into the serving bowl. “Oh, forget it.” I slammed my empty plate down on the table and folded my arms across my chest. “Y’all just eat. I’m not hungry anymore.”
“You don’t need bacon anyway,” Kage pointed out. “And definitely not those biscuits. You still need to watch what you eat, even when I can’t be around to help.”
“Yes, daddy,” I said, bitterness making my voice tight. “Do you know how ridiculous you look trying to be all bossy while wearing my clothes that are too small for you? That shirt is practically a cutoff.”
“Yeah?” Suddenly the edge was gone from his demeanor, and his tone was playful. “You don’t think I look authoritative enough in your shirt? How about this?” He pulled it up over his head, balled it up, and threw it at me. I caught it without thinking, because all I was conscious of was his bare chest and abdomen, and the fact that we were standing in the kitchen with my friends looking on. I wanted to cover him with a dish towel or something.
He stalked toward me with a cocky swagger that had my knees melting, backing me into a corner formed by the edge of the refrigerator and the wall. “Can I be your daddy now?” he asked, resting his hand on the wall behind my head and leaning in.
I stared at him, swallowing around the dry piece of wood that was my tongue, feeling it catch in my throat. His dick was within inches of mine, and I could smell the soap on his skin and feel his breath against my cheek. I tried not to make eye contact with him, but I couldn’t ignore the proximity of his body. He knew it, too; the lecherous grin on his face was proof of that. He was purposely goading me, and I wasn’t sure what to do about it. My head was a swirl of confusion, and my cock was hard. I was within seconds of saying fuck it and wrapping my legs around his waist. I wanted to feel his steely length pressing against me through the fabric of those dangerously revealing sweat pants.

REVIEW:  3.5 stars.

I absolutely loved the first two books in the series so I had high hopes for the final instalment. The first two were full of angst and blow-your-socks-off smexy times. If you’re like me and love a good angsty read then this series is for you.

However, the third instalment let me down some. Jamie’s internal dialogue was overwhelming. For every spoken line, there was about an entire page of him thinking about it. It dragged for me and took me away from the story. Kage’s uncle was a miss as well. We knew he wasn’t a nice guy but I didn’t buy into him. It was too OTT. The pantry sex had me eye-rolling and not in a good way. The ending finished way too fast and everything seemed to be wrapped up just that bit too well.

All that being said, I still enjoyed it. Kage and Jamie were good characters but Jamie’s internal thoughts were too much for me.

Hey, It’s Nic here. I thought I’d jump in and add my thoughts on this series. I LOVED IT! I enjoyed it from beginning to end, but was particularly taken with book 1 which totally sucked me into the series. I didn’t have the same issues as RJ in regards to Jamie’s internal dialogue in this one, so I’d give Kage Unmasked 4 stars. Overall the Kage Trilogy is a definite 4-5 star read. Highly recommended.

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INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Something Like a Love Song by Becca Burton

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One tragic night left Landon and Dylan’s dreams of happily ever after in apparent ruin. Forced to overcome physical and emotional trauma, the young lovers turn to a network of family and friends as they attempt to rebuild their lives. But can their one constant—their love—survive the changes both undergo on the road to recovery?


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Becca Burton, author of Something Like a Love Song. Hi Becca, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thank you for having me. Something Like a Love Song is my first novel, a story about two long time boyfriends who find themselves facing a life changing tragedy and have to find the courage and love for each other to fight through.

While this is my first novel, I have posted many stories online, and have been writing ever since I learned how. I currently work as a nurse in a Neonatal ICU, and medicine has been a big interest in my life, and always seems to find a way into my writing. I am passionate about diverse, LGBTQ fiction, and am very excited to contribute to this genre.

What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?

This probably sounds cheesy, but I think the most satisfying thing about being a writer is getting to do something that I really love doing. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was very young, and the fact that I’m able to do it and share it with people who can enjoy it and maybe gain something from it is incredibly satisfying. And slightly hard to believe I’m actually doing it!

Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?

Oh, all the time! Sometimes I’ll have the best intentions for a scene, or have written down an outline for how something is going to go and then a character decides “nope, we’re not doing it that way,” and the scene completely derails. It happens more times then I’d like to admit! Usually for the better, though sometimes I’ll have to reign them back in for plot purposes.

How did you celebrate the release of your book?

As I’m writing this, it hasn’t come out yet, but I plan on celebrating with lots of wine and maybe some expensive chocolate. Mostly, the fact that I’m publishing my first novel is a reward enough as it is!

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

As you may know, the book started as a story I posted online over the course of a few years. The general idea was something I’d been interested in writing for awhile – I’d worked with individuals with brain injuries, and was in nursing school at the time, so it was something that was on my mind. I was fascinated by the subject, and I realized that so many stories that deal with hate crimes and brain injuries, the event happened at the end of the story, as the climax. I wanted to explore what happens after – the road to recovery and how a couple would come back from something so traumatic. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, and so this story came of that.

Have you ever written naked?

Ha! I honestly can’t say that I ever have. On hot summer days I’ve written in nearly-naked summer clothes, but that’s probably as close as I’ve gotten. Maybe it’s something to add to my t0-do list?

Thanks for joining us and for sharing some of your writing experience. Best of luck with the release! :)


Landon’s bed is in the center of the room, and Dylan’s heart begins to pound in his chest as he takes a step forward, hesitates. Landon looks so small, tucked into the middle of the bed, and everything about the scene is unnatural and wrong. His head is wrapped with thick bandages, for which Dylan is grateful—he isn’t sure he could handle that. Just the thought of what’s happening to Landon, to his fiancé, is enough to make his throat constrict, his chest tighten.

A ventilator tube parts Landon’s lips, and his chest rises and falls in equal, rhythmic whirrs. IVs line his arms; the wires snake from under his hospital gown. His freckles stand out starkly against the unnatural pale hue of his skin, except where the deep purple of a bruise creeps from under the bandages and swells down to his left cheekbone. It seems impossible that only hours ago they were laughing in the park, holding hands and eating ice cream from the small corner stand; it’s like some distant memory, a fading dream. But the ache deep in Dylan’s chest, the way his stomach is knotting itself, the too-clean smell of the hospital burning his nose, Landon’s face, battered and bruised—Dylan can’t look away—all this is too real to be a dream, no matter how badly Dylan wants to just wake up, wants all this to go away and everything to be okay.

“You can touch him, if you want,” Brittany says, her voice soft. “We need to make sure to reduce extra stimulation, to allow his brain time to recover, but it’s okay to hold his hand.”

Dylan looks up at her. Her smile is kind and understanding. Then he turns back to Landon and takes a small step forward. Landon’s hand is right there, resting above the covers, and Dylan doesn’t know why he’s so nervous; he’s held Landon’s hand more times than he could begin to count. But, surrounded by machines and tubes, Landon has never looked so utterly fragile, as if he could shatter at the lightest touch.

“It’s okay,” Brittany says from behind him, and Dylan squeezes his eyes shut, tears pricking behind his eyelids. “You won’t hurt him.”

Landon’s skin is cold; his hand is unnaturally still. Even in sleep Landon’s hand would always find Dylan’s, their fingers would curl together like a reflex.

Not now.

“I’m so sorry,” Dylan whispers, holding on a little tighter. “I’m so…”

His voice catches, the words bottling up in his throat, unable to escape. Landon’s chest rises, falls, in, out.

In, out.

“You’re so hurt, and it’s my fault,” Dylan manages, his voice barely audible above the machines keeping Landon alive. “It’s all my fault and I’m…” He exhales slowly. “I’m so sorry.”

He swipes his thumb across Landon’s knuckles, over the dips and grooves, and vaguely notes that Brittany has left them alone. He sinks down into the small chair beside the bed, not letting go of Landon’s hand.

“You need to fight, okay? I need you here, with me, and I can’t…” There’s nothing left inside him except an empty, hollow feeling and the knowledge that Landon can’t hear him. Landon’s engagement ring is in a dish on a table beside the bed, along with his watch, and Dylan fishes them out and tucks them into his pocket.

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Becca Burton penned her first Nancy Drew fan fiction at the age of nine and has been an avid writer ever since. Currently working as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse, Becca is a recent Oregon transplant from the Midwest. Becca has a weakness for coffee, the smell of old books, rainy days and her cat, Luna. Something Like a Love Song is her first novel.

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COVER REVEAL: Indigo Road by RJ Jones

Our very own RJ Jones has a new book coming out and the cover is GORGEOUS!

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Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.

Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.

Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?

While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.

From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.

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RJones-AvatarR.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.

It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…

R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work.  And still, they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.

Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Exchange of Hearts by N.R. Walker

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Exchange of Hearts

In Exchange of Hearts, Harrison and Levi venture out of their dorm room and travel to the Blue Mountains. Harrison’s family have a weekender there, and by some stroke of luck after Harrison’s parents must return to the city, the boys are left alone for an entire weekend.

I can picture the house, the farm, and the undulating hills, because I used to spend weekends there myself.

A lifetime ago, when I lived in Sydney, I dated a guy whose family had a weekender on a farm in Little Hartley, a small town in the Blue Mountains. We spent a few weekends there, and it was this place I imagined Harrison and Levi spent their memorable weekend together. The farm was a few hundred acres, there were horses and motorbikes, and it reminded me a great deal of the house I grew up in.

It had been years since I’d thought about that place and the memories there, and it was so nice to revisit. I love it when reading a book can snag an old memory, but I love it even more when writing a book does.

The Blue Mountains are a remarkable part of Australia. Not that the boys see much of it ;) But the area, about two hours from Sydney, is a landmark of natural and cultural significance, and is one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.


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Eighteen-year-old Harrison Haddon has grown up alone. Surrounded by wealth, nannies, and material things, all he craves is the approval of his father. Sent away to the boarding school his father and grandfather attended, it’s assumed he will follow in their footsteps from Sydney’s prestigious Ivy League school straight into medical school.

But Harrison doesn’t want to be a doctor.

He dreams of music and classical piano. His only true happiness, his escape from the world expected of him, is dismissed by his intolerant and emotionally detached parents.

Levi Aston arrives from London for a three-month student exchange program. Free-spirited and confident in who he is and what he wants to do with his life, Levi convinces Harrison not give up on his dreams.

But convincing Harrison not to give up on his family might not be so easy.

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I walked side by side with the blonde, well-dressed woman and ignored the looks and laughter from the other guys.

Along with our student advisor, Miss Goff, I’d been relegated as the welcoming committee to the new kid. As part of a student exchange program, a kid from England was joining the ever-so-prestigious St. Michael’s Boarding School for three months.

So, why me? Why did I get picked to go?

Because he was going to be my roommate. That was why.

As we got to the car, Miss Goff stopped. “Oh, I just remembered I left the file in my office. I’ll be right back, Harrison,” she told me. “Wait here. I won’t be a minute.”

As she turned and walked briskly back toward the building, I leaned against the car, knowing the other kids would soon start with the slurs and teasing. I looked up, and of course it was him I saw.

“Have fun with Miss Goff,” Carson taunted me suggestively. The other boys laughed. His personal entourage, of course they laughed. They were all rugby players, and I was the music nerd. Tall and thin, my dark hair made my skin look paler than it really was, with long piano-playing fingers, and I was usually alone—I was the opposite to their athletic builds and jock-pack mentality. Carson laughed the loudest. “No making out with the teacher at the airport, Haddon.”

I didn’t even bother with a comeback. Why fucking bother?

He knew damn well she wasn’t my type.

She. No, shes were not my type at all.

He knew this. He knew it damn fucking well. Because he and I had fooled around together. On the quiet, of course. In the darkened privacy of his room, only when he was certain there was no one else around, when it suited him.

Just kissing mostly, rubbing, dry humping—whatever the fuck you wanted to call it.

Making out. First base. Whatever.

It was after our last encounter that things changed.

It was about two in the morning and we’d been making out in his bed. We were both so hard, and he was whining and moaning as we writhed against one another. So I slipped my hand under the waistband of his boxers, and I gave him a hand job.

Skin on skin.

I wrapped my hand around his dick, pumped and squeezed him, and not a moment later he came.

It was the fucking hottest thing. Ever.

But afterwards, when his mind had cleared of his jizz-high, he was… different. He pulled away from me and suggested coldly I go back to my room.

It was too real for him.

I figured he just needed a day or two and then things would go back to normal.

But they didn’t. They got worse.

The jokes, the taunting. It had been over three months now, and he still made fun of me. Although I could see it in his eyes, as he was saying hurtful things, his eyes were saying sorry.

And I couldn’t bring myself to say anything back. I just… couldn’t.

“You ready, Harrison?” Miss Goff’s voice startled me. She had a manila folder in her hand. “We’d better go if we’re going to be there when the plane arrives. We don’t want to be late.”

After we got into the car, she handed me the folder and then pulled out onto Ryde Road traffic, heading toward the city. I held the folder in my hands, not even bothering to open it. I couldn’t care fucking less about some foreign exchange student. If I had to put up with a roommate, I didn’t want to look at his face for any longer than necessary.

Miss Goff sensed my mood. “Don’t worry about those boys,” she told me. “People like Carson Sinclair aren’t worth your time.”

I snorted. If only she knew.

We drove for a few minutes in silence. Then she asked, “How’s the music coming along?”

We discussed my music for the rest of the drive. It was an easy subject for me, my love of piano, even though she knew I couldn’t make a career out of it. But thankfully before too much longer, we were walking into Sydney Airport’s International terminal.

I figured this kid would take a while to get through customs and there’d be some kind of paperwork to fill out—I was also guessing you couldn’t just walk into the airport and take some random kid. So presuming it was gonna take a while, I told Miss Goff, “I’m just going to grab a Coke. Can I get you anything?”

She was distracted enough, double-checking the board of flight numbers and arrival gates, and without looking at me, she shook her head. “No, thank you,” she said, before reminding me, like I was five years old and not eighteen, not to wander off, not to go too far, and to come straight back.

I grabbed a drink, and keeping an eye on Miss Goff every now and then, I browsed through magazine racks. There was nothing really worth looking at—a nice one with Hugh Jackman on the cover, but I noticed two guys near the wall looking at a map. Obviously backpackers or hikers or something. They were dressed in cargos and T-shirts, hiking shoes; young, fit, healthy.


I picked up a magazine and pretended to read it, but really I was just checking the two guys out. I didn’t often get the opportunity to perv on guys, so I took my time.

Only they caught me staring, smiled politely and moved on. They walked past some other guy who seemed to have been watching me watching them, because he was trying not to laugh.

He was cute too; tall as me, blond-brown messy hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and his pink lips gave him a nice smile. He looked fit but not like the football meatheads back at school.

I wasn’t embarrassed to have been caught looking—even in full school uniform, no one here knew me, and Miss Goff was nowhere in sight. So I decided to play it up. I looked him up and down, shrugged one shoulder, gave him one raised eyebrow and half a smirk.

He grinned, then turned his head quickly like someone called his name.

Exactly like someone called his name.

Like Miss Goff.


Oh, you have got to be fucking kidding me!

That was him?

My roommate for the next three months was the guy I just checked out?

I watched—like a slow motion car crash—as Miss Goff greeted him and offered to take his suitcase. She looked up, saw me, and called me over. His eyes followed hers, and when he saw it was me, his eyes widened, and he grinned like the Cheshire fucking cat.

I stuffed the magazine back in the rack and walked over, wishing the world would end in the next two seconds.

No such luck.

“Levi Aston?” Miss Goff said.

“Yes, Miss,” he said with a posh British accent and a smile.

She grinned. “We’d like to welcome you to Sydney, Australia. St. Michael’s is proud to have you,” she said. Then she looked at me, “This is Harrison Haddon. He’s a boarder. He’ll be your roommate and can show you around the school.”

Levi extended his hand and looked at me with a knowing smirk. “Hello, Harrison.”

Fuck. My. Life.

“Hello,” I said, shaking his hand for as long as was considered polite, then let it drop.

I was in such deep shit.


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About the Author

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

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You Make Me Die in Pieces by N.J. Nielsen

What would you do if the past changes everything you ever thought you were?

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You Make Me Die in Pieces

by N.J. Nielson

The Lines of Marsden #3


Everything Michael Marsden has ever believed about himself is about to come crashing down around his ears. The life he’d never wanted, is never going to let him go.

When Doyle’s memories come back they find a past isn’t always about what you remember. Sometime, some people life the same life over.

With the help from the family and friends Michael and Doyle are faced with an uncertain future in the fight to regain a sense of self. With each new revelation of what was Venetia and her followers are knocking on the door and threatening war.

The question is will what happened in the past be enough to save them?

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B - ME 1NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ arguing with Vlad, her muse, or writing about the wonderful men in her stories, you’ll find her reading work by other authors she greatly admires. NJ lives on five acres situated in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career (even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names), and her variety of pets. NJ thinks anyone who takes the time to read her stuff is totally awesome, and wants to thank you all.


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Guest post and excerpt! Don’t Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford

Don’t Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford



This series, The Vamp for Me, started on my blog, as some of my other series have done. I’ve been writing stories there for years, and have a great group of people that make every day special.

When one story ends, everyone votes on what the next will be. Majority rules. That’s a lot of fun, but sometimes they pick something I’m not sure about. These vamps were like that.

Decades ago, I loved vamp stories. There was a certain musically-inclined vamp I was fascinated with until something went wrong for me in the series and I stopped reading them. From time to time, I picked up another vamp book here and there, but for the most part, they were relegated to my past.

Then suddenly, the bloggees wanted a vamp story, and I had a real, ‘Oh shit!’ moment. I wasn’t sure I could pull one off. But they had faith in me, and that gave me courage when I needed it.

I dove into the first book, My Life Without Garlic (truly a tough row to hoe, in my opinion. I love garlic) and took on every vampire cliché I could remember. I didn’t snub them, but dragged them right on it and let the snark and good times roll.

And oh my gosh! It was so much fun! More fun than I’d had in a while, and I’m a pretty fun-embracing person. Suddenly, I wasn’t nervous, I was sailing on that smooth-writing, no-blocks skyway that makes it hard to stop writing for the day. Or night. Or middle of the night. You get the idea J

That’s how this series began, and I’ve added one all-new story to it, with the intentions to add at least two more. We’re on book four, Don’t Drink the Holy Water, and it was as much fun to write as all the prior stories have been.

I hope y’all will come along for that wild ride. And stop by the blog, if you get the chance. There’s a new story starting up there, voted on by the fabulous people who’ve encouraged me in so many writing adventures.

Meanwhile, y’all take care, and have a wonderful day!


Excerpt from Don’t Drink the Holy Water:

Copyright 2015

Bailey Bradford

“Aw, come on, Axel! You got a head start! Let’s go again!”

Roger ‘Axel’ Majors rolled his eyes at his ex-boyfriend Jukie. It’d been that kind of competitiveness, along with the whining, that had put an end to their romantic relationship. Luckily, their friendship had survived, though with the way Jukie was pouting, it might not make it for much longer.

Jukie tossed back his glossy brown hair, pushing it out of his sweaty face. He swiped at his brow and continued arguing. “You didn’t really win, you know. You got an early start—”

“No, I didn’t,” Axel snapped, his patience worn thin. Sandboarding in the desert heat was enough to make anyone cranky especially if it entailed listening to hours of complaining too. “Yolanda was clocking us, and she’ll tell you the same thing.”

“Yup,” Yolanda agreed. “Jukie’s a sore loser, nothing new there.”

“Fuck you,” Jukie muttered, flipping Yolanda off as well.
Yolanda threw the clipboard at Jukie in a movement so fast, Jukie didn’t have time to duck.
“Fuck!” he yelped as the impromptu weapon made contact with his chest. “Ow!”

“Learn some manners, asshole,” Yolanda snarked, turning away from them. “I’m done here. We’ve been practicing for hours and I’m ready for a long, cool bath and some good food and booze. See y’all at Concho’s.”

“You cheated,” Jukie muttered, kicking the clipboard.

Axel wanted to tear his hair out. “I did. Not. You’re slower, that’s it. Maybe you need a better board.” Or more patience and practice. “We’ve got three months before the next competition—”

“Fuck that. You’ll cheat there too.” Jukie narrowed his eyes at Axel. “Maybe someone should make sure the judges know what to watch for.”

A chill washed over Axel. “Jukie, what’s going on, man? You know I don’t cheat and I couldn’t in a competition anyway. I’d be DQ’d for jumping the start. You know that. Are you…” Axel hated to bring it up because it was just going to piss Jukie off more but they needed this shit worked out. “Is this about us breaking up?”

Jukie snorted. “Us breaking up? Nah, not at all.”

Axel sagged a little in relief.

Jukie whacked him with the clipboard, catching Axel on the jaw with the flat back of it.

“Hey!” Axel threw his hands up to try to avoid another blow to the face.

“This is about you dumping me, you fucking fuck!” Jukie caught him on the side twice.

Axel wasn’t a violent man. He hated blood and boxing and anything remotely involving violence.
And now he knew he really hated being on the receiving end of it. It was just too bad he didn’t know jack shit about defending himself.

“You don’t get to ditch me, asshole,” Jukie snarled.
There was an insane light to his eyes, and spittle flew as he shouted.

Axel had known Jukie had a temper, but not like this.
“Jukie, stop. Stop—” Axel grunted as the edge of the clipboard was slammed into his belly. “Fu…”

“You were lucky to be with someone as hot as me.” Jukie hit him again then backed away when Axel fell onto his butt. “You’ll never get another guy as attractive as me. You can’t beat this.” He slapped himself on the ass.

Jukie had been a lazy and selfish lover. Axel doubted now was the time to point that out.

“Have fun finding your way back.” Jukie looked at the clipboard, then at Axel, before turning on his heels and leaving.

Axel didn’t even have the breath to plead with Jukie, and even if he had, he wouldn’t have bothered. Hopefully, now that Jukie had thrown his hissy fit, he’d get over it. That was the way the idiot had always acted in the two years that Axel had known him. Tomorrow Jukie would be full of regret and sweet as sugar.

And Axel would let whatever this was go, because that would be easier than arguing. He sighed and watched Jukie ride off on his ATV. Axel was fairly certain he knew his way back. They weren’t too far off the main road. He could also follow the tire tracks Yolanda and Jukie left behind.

That was the theory, anyway, but he yelped when he tried to stand, his ribs aching like a mother. Well, he would call Yolanda. She’d had plenty of experience with Jukie and his fits, since they’d been friends before Axel had come along. Maybe she wouldn’t mind coming back to help him get up.

Axel dug his cell phone out of his pocket and cursed when he saw the shattered screen. Of course he couldn’t have just cracked it. The screen was a mess of fractures and spiderweb- like lines. He also noticed it didn’t light up when he pressed the buttons on the side.

“Oh, come on!” Axel shook the phone. Pieces of the screen went flying. “Crap!”

It took him a while, but he finally got to his feet. “I gotta have better taste in men,” he mumbled as he slowly made his way to his ATV.

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About Bailey Bradford:

I never know what to write in these bios. I’ve been happily married for over twenty years to my soul mate, have three daughters and four grandkids, lots of cats, dogs, and tarantulas—those are all outside. I hope. I spend my days writing, reading, and doing things with family, including homeschooling my youngest daughter. I love road trips and hiking, and days at the beach, and laughing with those I love.