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Blog tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! Hard to be Good by Laura Kaye

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We are so, so excited to bring you guy the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO BE GOOD!! HARD TO BE GOOD is a novella in Laura’s Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. We absolutely love Laura’s Hard Ink men and are so excited to see Jeremy and Charlie get their HEA!!

 

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About HARD TO BE GOOD:

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.

Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.

With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good…

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EXCERPT:

“You should be inside celebrating,” Jeremy said, his voice a raw scrape. “You and Marz did an amazing thing this morning.” An hour ago, Marz and Charlie had cracked open a heavily encrypted microchip that contained a wealth of information that not only seemed likely to help the team clear its name, but proved that Charlie’s father hadn’t been dirty, like they’d all thought. “And I’m so happy for you about your dad.”

A wounded darkness passed through Charlie’s gaze, but he finally nodded. “Didn’t feel right without you there.” Pink filtered into his cheeks, and damn if that wasn’t as cute as it was sexy. Jeremy wasn’t sure anything had ever made him blush.

“I’m just not—” Jeremy shrugged and looked down at Charlie’s chest again. Having seen the guy dress more than once, he knew that shirt covered lean muscle that ran from strong shoulders down to his narrow hips. Jeremy fisted his hands against the urge to burrow them under the hem of the tee. After weeks of looking, and wanting, he was dying to touch. Jeremy found Charlie hard to read though, and hadn’t wanted to do anything to scare him off. “—very good company right now. I’m sorry if that—”

Charlie nudged Jeremy’s chin up with his hand, his fingers just barely touching Jer’s stubble-covered skin. But then his thumb landed softly against his lips.

Jeremy’s heartbeat kicked up and his lips fell open. Slowly, oh so tentatively, Charlie stroked the soft pad of his thumb back and forth across them.

“Charlie,” Jeremy whispered as arousal surged through his body, spiking his pulse, tensing his muscles, hardening his dick.

Uncertainty poured off Charlie as the man’s hand trembled where it touched him, but those blue eyes absolutely blazed desire. No way was Jeremy imagining that.

“You’re always good company, to me,” Charlie said in a low voice, his gaze dropping to Jeremy’s lips. Charlie leaned in closer, and closer still, and Jeremy could hardly believe the other man was the one to initiate this. But he was fucking thrilled.

Jeremy swallowed, his lips anticipating that first soft brush. Charlie was so close his shaky breath caressed Jeremy’s lips. His pace was maddening but so damn sexy Jer could barely breathe. And then Charlie’s eyelids fluttered closed and he was right there…

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard as It gets

Hard As It Gets

 

Hard as You Can

Hard As You Can

 

Hard To Hold On To

Hard to Hold On To

 

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Praise for the HARD INK SERIES:

“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

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Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveaway! Twice Upon a Blue Moon by Helena Maeve

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Twice Upon a Blue Moon

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Helena Maeve

Publisher: Totally Bound

Categories: Contemporary, MMF, BDSM

Twice Upon a Blue Moon is the first instalment of the Surface Tension trilogy, a contemporary, BDSM ménage from Totally Bound.

Blurb:

Some affairs are like playing with fire, but knowing you’ll get burned is no reason to throw the game.

When her best friend doesn’t show up after a no-strings date with a man she met in a fetish club, Hazel is duty-bound to fetch her from what could be a sticky situation. She doesn’t expect to find her friend’s date so attractive—or so unflappably cool. Not that it matters. Hazel has been burned before and she knows to stay away from handsome men who are patently out of her league, especially when they’re involved with her one and only friend.

Tesla-driving, suit-wearing Dylan more than fits the bill. But every barb Hazel throws him makes him rise to the challenge, and he doesn’t want her to find a way to say no. But not only does Dylan have his own playroom and a sound grip on the S&M lifestyle, he’s also a man of many secrets. Dylan sees a place for Hazel in his bed, but what he wants is more than a one-night stand.

As she acclimates to the idea that Dylan may not be entirely straight or entirely single, Hazel soon finds herself caught between two dominant men whose bond seems to balance on a knife’s point.

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Excerpt:

“I’m sorry he’s so difficult,” Dylan whispered in her ear as he pulled her close. “If you want to leave…”

Hazel wrapped an arm around his shoulders and let Dylan fold his hand around her wrist. “Already? But I’m having such fun.” It wasn’t a complete lie. Ward had ‘life of the party’ practically stamped on his forehead. He wasn’t likable, but he was entertaining. Hazel had no desire to capitulate just because he’d annoyed her a bit. “You’ve known him for a long time, haven’t you?”

Dylan hummed a note of acquiescence, the sound bubbling out from deep within his chest.

“We met in freshman year. That’s… God, is that really twelve years ago?” He shook his head, brushing her temple with his lips. “He’s a good guy. A little standoffish, but a good guy.”

If you say so. It wasn’t Dylan’s past that Ward had gone digging into.

“And will he be a good guy at the loft tonight, or… Is he going back to San Diego, by any chance?”

She felt Dylan’s smile more than saw it. “I think he’s headed back.”

“Excellent.”

“Yeah?” Dylan spun her under his arm. “You have designs on my virtue, do you?”

Hazel shook her head. “It’ll all be very spontaneous. Not like I spent all day thinking about it—or you.”

“Oh, really?” Dylan tipped forward, close enough to press a delicate, chaste kiss to the hinge of her jaw. “That makes two of us.”

“How narcissistic.”

His chuckle gusted against her cheek, rippling like a caress across her skin. She wanted nothing more than to kiss him as he pulled back, but Dylan didn’t stop at a few inches. When he turned, Hazel glimpsed Ward over his shoulder.

“May I cut in?”

Dylan hesitated, wary puzzlement on his handsome face.

“Sure,” said Hazel. There was no other polite answer she could give. Ward would be offended if she refused and, hands down, he’d win Dylan in the custody battle. He’d known him longer.

Appropriately, the house band transitioned into the eponymous Habanera as Ward offered his hand. She took it. “I don’t tango.”

“Neither do I,” Ward replied. “But if I were to learn with someone, I could do worse.”

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About Helena Maeve:

Helena Maeve has always been globe trotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. When she isn’t writing erotic romance novels, she can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning in her trusty little notebook.

 

Why not both? Polyamory in the romance genre

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Back when I was a wee Maeve peeking at Harlequin titles on the sly, the recipe for romances seemed simple: one man, preferably shirtless and hunky, and one woman, preferably sporting long, flowing locks, the two of them entwined in a passionate embrace on some windswept peak, balcony or boat. Sometimes the hero was blond or wore a cowboy hat. Most often, he was dark and brooding. And though they say never judge a book by its cover, I’d take one look at those and think, eh, not for me.

If it sounds like I’m being too harsh on Harlequin, that’s because I am. Harlequin and the romance genre more broadly were only repeating a message already prevalent in the wider culture. The recipe is familiar because it’s been the bedrock of some of our greatest classics. Even action movies, theoretically geared toward a male audience, use the shorthand of ‘sexy girl as prize’ to reinforce a cultural narrative about desirable men or desirable women.

More recently, the oh-so-common love triangle has become a staple across genres and mediums in a similar way. Multiple love interests pursuing a (usually female) protagonist sketches out a roadmap for and transforms the famous ‘will they or won’t they’ gimmick into ‘will she pick this guy or that other guy’. And yet just as the Harlequin covers I used to peek at offered a narrow view of romance, so does the reflex assumption that three is a crowd.

Depending on where you’ve planted your flag in this vast and perilous Internet, polyamory can seem perfectly acceptable or a slippery slope stretching down from the frightful peak of gay marriage. It can be an evo-psych explanation for male adultery (and, for some reason, only male adultery) or a means of coercion. It can be proof that a potential partner is incapable of fidelity.

A few days ago I came across an exchange about the latest instalment in one of my favourite romance series. Readers were perplexed that the hero could be so eager to share his girlfriend with other lovers and that she’d enjoy watching him with other women. If they truly love each other, the thought of their partner with someone else should send them into apoplectic fits of jealousy, right?

As a society, we love our mixed messages. Monogamy is supposed to be simple because only two people are involved, the roles are often culturally prescribed, and there is broad understanding about how such a relationship is meant to evolve. On the other hand, polyamory is presumed to be unstable (too many people!) and a ripe terrain for distrust. But in this exchange, it was monogamous contributors who defaulted to the assumption that a relationship must be possessive in order to be real—surely the unhealthier option.

I’m always wary of singing the praises of non-mainstream lifestyles, because no way of life is faultless—including monogamy. But I do think polyamory gets a bum rap. Compromise, communication and respect are values that any relationship should aim for regardless of the gender or number of participants.

When it comes to polyamory, there are few cultural narratives in place to serve as the basis for how, practically, such a relationship unfolds. And sometimes that’s challenging, as charting new courses usually is, and sometimes that can be freeing. For instance, if time has to be divided between three or four partners, that forces a degree of planning and forethought that might be absent in a relationship where it’s simply assumed one partner will make time for the other because that’s the way it is.

Coming to romance, and erotic romance in particular, as a queer reader and author has been an interesting experience. It took me time to realize that there was an appetite for all kinds of pairings and subgenres among the readership, and to shatter my own preconceptions. I suppose it’s no surprise that my first novel with Totally Bound was an MFM ménage-à-trois. Since then, I’ve dabbled in MF contemporary romances and MM sci-fi, gay vampires and bisexual fighters.

And now with Surface Tension, my first trilogy, I’ve come full circle.

In Twice Upon a Blue Moon, Hazel catches the eye of dark, enigmatic Dylan when she comes to retrieve her friend from a D/s booty call. Wary but flattered by his interest, Hazel soon discovers that there’s more to Dylan than good looks and a firm hand. Specifically, that Dylan is already involved in an unconventional friends-with-benefits situation—with another man. At first suspicious of this added complication, Hazel doesn’t expect to find herself attracted to Dylan’s sometimes-lover, much less wind up in bed with him… But must she choose or can she have both?

The romance genre changes and evolves constantly, and it can be a mirror for broader social acceptance. I’m still waiting, though, for that action hero to get the sexy boy after he defeats the bad guys…

 

 

 

 

 



 

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway! A Good Family Man by Thianna Durston

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A Good Family Man

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Thianna Durston

Publisher: Blushing Books

Cover Artist: Anthony Walsh

Series: Corbin’s Bend

Book: Season Three, Book 8 (This is the first M/M book of the series)

Release Date: August 6, 2015

Categories: BDSM, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Blurb:

Jack Carmichael’s natural instinct is to take care of people. In his job as a U.S. Marshal, he has done that for 25 years. Unfortunately, being married to his job has left his love life in tatters. Now classified unfit for duty, he retires and comes home to Colorado to figure things out. Dominant and used to taking control like his brother Brent, he has never been interested in spanking. Until a cute Nurse Practitioner catches his attention.

Josh Martin feels lucky. He’s not only accepted into Corbin’s Bend, but he’ll be working at the brand new Corbin’s Bend Medical Clinic as its only Nurse Practitioner. At thirty-two, he figures this is his last-ditch attempt at finding a dominant partner who isn’t abusive. He finds more than his share of dominant men in Corbin’s Bend, not the least of which are the Carmichael brothers. Brent’s dominance is both comforting and unnerving, Jack’s turns him on.

Josh is unlike any submissive male Jack has encountered and when the younger man asks him out, he decides to give it a go. One day of fun turns into two, three…until Jack, with more failed relationships than he can count in his past and unsure he can be the head of house Josh needs, leaves, burying himself once again in work. Forced to see the error of his decision, he puts aside the worries that have plagued him for months and returns to Corbin’s Bend. To become the good family man he wants to be, he has to earn back Josh’s trust and truly take on a role he’s never considered before: head of a loving discipline household.

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Leaping from his current spot, he landed on one of the pads down below, reveling in feeling alive for the first time in months. After chalking up his hands, he turned toward the man next to him who was stretching out his arms and gazing up at a particularly evil looking angle. “When do you have to go home?”

Looking over at him, for a moment Josh looked unsure of himself and finally he smiled, a cute dimple showing in his left cheek. “When I’m done. I didn’t actually forget anything. I just wanted to see you and, well, see if there was anything there.”

Grinning, Jack nodded as he looked at his watch. “Well, then. What do you think about dinner and possibly dancing later on at Tracks?”

Josh’s eyes practically popped out of his head. “I love Tracks! There’s a great bistro nearby. What do you say we meet there in…” He looked at his wristwatch. “Two hours? Then hit the club after?” The grin on his face would have been impossible to resist even if Jack had wanted to.

 

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Author Bio:

Thianna likes to say she’s eclectic, fun, and just a bit naughty. She can also add, subtract, multiply, and divide in her head, but if people ask her to do it at parties, she isn’t impressed. While she would love to say there wasn’t a genre she had read that she didn’t enjoy, it would be a lie. For some reason, she keeps skipping to the ends of mystery books to find out who done it.

The creator and acquisition editor for the Corbin’s Bend Romance series, she wants to know: Who else wants to be safe, secure, and spanked in Colorado?

Under the name Thianna Durston, she writes M/M romance. Under Thianna D., she writes M/F romance.

Author Contact:

Thianna’s Websitehttp://mm.thiannad.com/

Thianna’s Bloghttp://blog.thiannad.com/

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