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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY! Man Love box set by C.J. Sneere and Leigh Foxlee

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Book Title: Man Love Box Set
Authors: C.J. Sneere & Leigh Foxlee
Genre: M/M Romance
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Book Blurb

Love and passion know no boundaries. The heart wants what the heart wants.

This box set from international bestselling authors C.J. Sneere and Leigh Foxlee brings together the best of their gay erotic romance stories. Tales of protective alpha werewolves and shifters, of mysterious Russian occultists, and star-crossed lovers.

Escape inside the pages of these wild, hot reads and lose yourself!

On sale for only 99 cents, and it’s free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member!

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Meet the Author

C.J. Sneere writes gay erotic romance from his home amidst concrete giants. That’s his fancy way of saying he’s an urban jungle dweller. He doesn’t do Twitter or Facebook. He’s too busy doing bears and pretty boys instead. Pay him a visit at: http://wildlawlesswriters.blogspot.ca/p/cjs-titles.html

Leigh Foxlee lives in rural Canada with her husband and a parade of animals. She is a frumpy editor / copy writer type by day, a sexy Jackie Collins writer type by night, or so she likes to think. She has a soft spot for alpha gentlemen who sweep ladies off their feet. Her erotic romance ranges from sweet to hot and spicy. Pay her a visit at: http://wildlawlesswriters.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page.html

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The Layered Mask by Sue Brown

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Threatened by his father with disinheritance, Lord Edwin Nash arrives in London with a sole purpose: to find a wife. A more than eligible bachelor and titled to boot, the society matrons are determined to shackle him to one of the girls by the end of the season.
During a masquerade ball, Nash hides from the ladies vying for his attention. He is discovered by Lord Thomas Downe, the Duke of Lynwood. Nash is horrified when Downe calmly tells him that he knows the secret Nash has hidden for years and sees through the mask Edwin presents to the rest of the world.
And then he offers him an alternative.

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About the Author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
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GIVEAWAY & EXCERPT: The Dusty Hat Bar by L.J. Hamlin


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The Dusty Hat Bar

by L.J. Hamlin

Release Date: July 22 2015

Blurb

Noah Kimberly walks into his usual bar, same as he does most Friday nights. It’s surprisingly busy for this time of night, even for a Friday.

Tonight things are different. Tonight Noah will meet Lennie Boyce, the son of Earl Boyce the biggest ranch owner in the area and Noah’s ex boss. His friend and bar owner Dusty might warn him away from the other man, but Noah’s just not sure he can resist this cowboy.

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Dusty is behind the bar, and Noah signals him for a beer, trying to shake off his thoughts about the Boyce family. He hasn’t been keeping track of them since he got fired. He sees them around, sure. It’s not that big of a town, and he hears the odd thing. But he hadn’t heard much about Earl’s youngest, Lennie, other than that he was his father’s pride and joy. If Noah was a violent man, he’d punch Lennie in the face just to see what his Daddy would do, but he’s not a violent man and prefers to avoid using his fists unless he has to.

“That’s quite a frown you’ve got going,” Dusty says as he passes him a cold bottle of beer.

“When did Boyce’s boy turn twenty-one?” Noah asks, ignoring the comment about his frown.

“Just today. That’s why him and all his friends are here. Mainly college kids, but if they’re drinking, I’m not complaining.” Dusty shrugs.

“Huh,” Noah says thoughtfully, taking a quick glance at the now seated Lennie.

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About the author

My name is L.J. Hamlin. I’m twenty-four and writing has been a passion of mine my entire life. I have a deep love of M/M fiction and at the moment that is the only genre I write in. You can check out another short of mine, Nurse Levi, in the Men in Uniform anthology.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008189472526

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/L.j.hamlin91

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GUEST POST! The Tutor by Bonnie Dee

Today we welcome Bonnie Dee to Two Men Are Better Than One!

I’m Bonnie Dee and I love gay historical romance. If you only read contemporaries or paranormals, I hope to convince you historical doesn’t equal stuffy or boring. Historical novels have automatic built-in high stakes for gay lovers since sodomy was considered a crime punishable by hanging and in more recent years by fines and jail time. Add in the great divide of the upper and lower classes and the story seethes with angst.

As with any romance, the reader desires a happy ending, or at least happy for now. In historicals, the writer must figure out how the couple can manage to remain as close as possible without drawing attention to their relationship.

Some historical writers to check out: Ava March and her intensely erotic gay Regencies, Eli Easton’s The Lion and the Crow, Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows mysteries, Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin series, KJ Charles’ Charm of Magpies series, the list of sexy historicals to explore goes on and on.

Then there is my own backlist, mostly co-written with Summer Devon, but also some solo works. You can read blurbs and excerpts on my web site: http://www.bonniedee.com/genre/gay-romance/

Here’s a graphic of covers from our many books about lords and commoners, wealthy and workingmen, closeted and fully out—or as fully as a man dared be in the past, all the characters we’ve created over a nearly ten year collaboration.

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My latest solo release is The Tutor. I had a really fun time taking the standard elements of gothic romance and giving them a unique spin. Graham, the hero and narrator, amused me with the dry comments that seemed to pop out all on their own as I wrote. Not to mention, his forbidden relationship with the master of the house is searing.

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Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
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I appreciate this opportunity to spread the word about historicals at Two Men Are Better Than One. Thanks for hosting me.

 

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CRAFT’s Disease and a helpful little product.

If you’re like me and Can’t Remember A F*&king Thing, then I may just have the product for you.

I usually have my “brilliant” ideas when I’m stuck somewhere and can’t get to a pen and paper.

Like the shower.

I have many “fantastic” scene ideas while washing and by the time I get dressed I’ve completely forgotten them. Hence I suffer from CRAFT’s disease. I saw a Facebook post for this little piece of magic and placed my order immediately.

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I hear you ask, “Does it work?” Yep, it sure does.

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(Yes, that’s my shower wall.)

It comes with the handy suction pencil and the eraser works too. Now I only need to remember to use it when I’m having a brainwave. Hopefully no more great ideas down the drain. If you come across any other products to help with this debilitating disease, please send me the link.

You can buy this little gem from Amazon here.

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I’ll be back this time next month with something else completely random.

Till then, take care and keep reading.

RJ

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Pride Publishing: Featured Authors

We are excited about the launch of Pride Publishing and to help celebrate their launch, will be introducing you to some of their fabulous authors each week. 

This week we feature best selling M/M authors Sean Michael, Morticia Knight, and LM Somerton.

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Who we are:

Pride Publishing delivers empowering, enchanting and endearing storylines that are sure to capture readers’ imaginations from start to finish. We are proud to be flying the flag for the GLBTQI community and providing a platform for readers and authors who are passionate about characters who identify as GLBTQI.

The Pride Team believe that quality is of utmost importance. We discover, cultivate and refine charismatic stories with fascinating plots and compelling characters from inspiring authors. The result is a truly enjoyable and captivating reading experience – the very best stimulation for the imagination.

 

Sean Michael

Bio: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago”.

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

Social Media Links:

http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com/

https://twitter.com/seanmichael09

https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites

Check out this great book by Sean Michael

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This is book three in the Beer and Clay series.

Life is good for Toby and Damon—maybe too good. What happens when someone seems intent on destroying their happiness?

Toby and Damon are growing closer every day, with Toby recovering from the shot to his shoulder and Damon trying to keep him from pushing too hard too fast. Things are good between them.

They’re even better in the bedroom, where Toby is learning all sorts of new things and Damon is happily pushing his limits.

They’ve almost forgotten that someone doesn’t seem as happy with their closeness as they are, when Toby walks into his studio to find it trashed and his little apartment ransacked. Are the authorities going to be able to apprehend the culprit before Toby decides the best course of action is to remove himself from the equation?

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Morticia Knight

Bio: M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys hot stories of men loving men forever after. They can be men in uniform, Doms and subs, rock stars or bikers – but they’re all searching for the one (or two!) who was meant only for them.

When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on more installments of Sin City Uniforms, The Hampton Road Club, as well as the follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story from Rockin’ the Alternative and Dylan and Zero from Biking Bad.

Social Media Links: http://www.morticiaknight.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight

Check out this great book from Morticia Knight

Building Bonds:

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Kyle’s a natural sub who builds dungeon furniture, yet has no interest in BDSM. It takes a hunky Dom to show him just what he’s been missing.

After Kyle’s partner of five years leaves him for another man on the night of their housewarming party, the shy, early-thirties carpenter needs to do a major reassessment of his life in addition to raising some serious cash. With no one to help him pay the lease on his Los Angeles condo, he worries how he’ll survive. His best friend sets up a meeting with one of the Doms and partners at Kiss of Leather, a gay BDSM club being built as a premier destination for those who want the best of the best.

Master Gavin not only wants the best—he demands it. When he meets Kyle, he assumes that part of the builder’s reticence to share anything personal with him must be due to his experiences with an abusive former Master. Not one to back down from a challenge, Gavin determines to break through the walls surrounding the beautiful man he can’t get out of his mind. He’s hopeful that once he convinces Kyle to sign an initial contract, Kyle might be the first sub to open up his heart.

Misunderstandings and accusations almost destroy everything between them before they have a real chance to begin. However, the true obstacle becomes not only whether Kyle will embrace BDSM as a lifestyle, but also whether he can handle a full-time D/s relationship with a big, bad, scary Dom who’s as sexy as hell.

https://www.totallybound.com/building-bonds

 

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LM Somerton

Bio: Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

Social Media Links: www.lmsomerton.com

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https://www.facebook.com/lmsomerton

Check out this great book from LM Somerton

Deathtrap:

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A man without scars never had to fight for something he believed in.

A new relationship takes time and effort. A new relationship with Orlando de la Pena takes a whole lot more. As a Dom, Rogue knows what he wants, but Orlando refuses to fit neatly into the box labeled ‘submissive’. He’s feisty, demanding and far too pretty for his own good.

Orlando loves Rogue and he’s learning to love The Wyverns, but he hates being stuck out in the desert. Finding a niche in the world of bikes and fierce warriors is difficult, and Orlando’s impatience gets the better of him. He walks out into the desert and runs in to an antisocial diamondback.

Rogue has more than one problem to deal with. The Longhorns MC issues a challenge for territory. The Bellazi cartel is out for Wyvern blood. The Wyverns are under siege, and Rogue has to work out how to save not just Orlando, but all of them.

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes of mild BDSM.
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CHARACTER INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Right Time by Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes joins us today to celebrate the release of book #3 in the Right & Wrong series. See below to find out more about The Right Time. Plus Alex, one of her characters, answers some questions and there’s a giveaway.

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Book #3 in the series but can be read as a standalone.

Workaholic Nate Erickson is a successful real estate developer who thrives on long hours and stress. When a Los Angeles project prompts him to relocate to Santa Monica, he welcomes the change of scenery. Nate has always considered romantic entanglements trouble, but his sexy next-door neighbor isn’t easy to ignore. Which makes no sense, because Nate is straight… or so he’s always thought.

Alex Reyes is a retired professional soccer player turned West Hollywood business owner with an insatiable lust for life. He loves his family, friends, and work. But there’s one life challenge left to accomplish: coming out publically. Respect for traditional Latino values has kept him in the closet, but Alex begins to think he and his new neighbor might help one another combat their fears. As Alex and Nate forge a strong friendship, they soon realize facing their personal demons will take more courage than either man bargained. The reward is immeasurable… if the timing is right.

Character Interview

Hi there, this is Alex here.  You may have heard or even read some of my story from Lane’s new release, The Right Time.  If not, check it out!

I’m ready to answer a few questions. I’m not sure how this going to go over, but I’m already changing the first one!  Don’t hate me.  I have a good reason. 🙂

  1. What is the best gift you ever gave? What is the best gift you ever received?

The best gift I ever received was my mother’s piano. She passed away when I was twenty.  Losing her was the hardest thing my family has gone through by far.  Her cancer diagnosis was unexpected and we were all in denial about how quickly she would go.  There was no way to know how to properly say goodbye.  She was very weak at the end and when she’d talk about her belongings and what she wanted my sister and I to have, it was too much.  We didn’t want to talk about.  Maybe we thought pushing off that conversation would keep her with us for a little while longer. My dad pulled me aside after the funeral and told me she wanted me to have her piano.  It was the one she’d taught her students and my sister and me to play.  It’s a beautiful black baby grand, a little worn but very well loved.  I will treasure it always.

  1. What was your favorite subject in school?

Believe it or not, Biology. I loved any Science classes.  I was good at Math too but Science was my favorite.

  1. What is the last thing you tell your partner before bed?

This one is easy.  Te amo.

  1. What is your motto?

Never give up! –  In my family, there is nothing worse than giving in to failure.  If you fall, because we all do at some point, you have to dust yourself off and try again.

  1. What is your biggest strength?

I’m going to say it’s my sense of humor.  There will always be tough times in life but they’re easier to weather with humor!  (Ask Nate.  He’ll agree! 🙂 )

It’s over? I was just getting warmed up!  Thank you for inviting Lane to include me in your interview.  This was fun!

Alex Reyes (from Lane Hayes’s The Right Time)

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I hadn’t worked out with a professional in years, and it felt foreign to wait for someone else’s direction.

“Any issues with your shoulders or arms? Any injuries I should know about?” he asked, handing me the weights.

“No, I’m good.”

“Great. Start with your palms facing your thighs, lift them both over your chest, then lower the left. Good. And now the right.”

He stood over me diligently, making slight corrections when needed. My supine position gave me an interesting perspective. When I looked up, I noted how his strong brow offset his twinkling eyes. I swallowed uncomfortably and turned my head, only to find myself staring at his crotch. His dark shorts seemed to hint they were covering a generous package.

Holy fuck.

“You doing okay?”

“Uh yeah. Hey, weren’t you going to tell me about your Friday night?” I needed him to talk. I didn’t trust my thoughts anymore, and I was stuck in my current position crazily aware of a man in a way I hadn’t been in over fifteen fucking years. Diversion in any form was welcome.

Alex snorted. “I already told you. I went dancing, and oh yeah, I did get lucky.”

He added the last part with a hearty chuckle, no doubt catching my wide-eyed expression. I hadn’t expected that.

“Oh.”

“You asked.”

“Right.” I did? The strong flash of jealousy took me by surprise, but I pressed on. “Did you go back to the beach to get those girls’ numbers last weekend?”

He looked confused for a second, but a slow cocky grin soon spread across his handsome features as he crouched so his face was close to mine.

“No, I told you they weren’t my type.”

I gulped and watched his eyes lower to my throat. He licked his top lip and reached out to adjust my wrist.

“Lift ’em both at the same time, Nate. That’s it. Push it. Harder.”

I sent up a quick prayer I wasn’t sporting a tent in my shorts. Alex’s voice, touch, and yeah, the unintentional innuendos were making me nuts. And horny. I felt terribly out of my element. I wasn’t sure what we were talking about anymore, but the potent silence made me more uncomfortable than speech. Keep talking, I thought.

“So a dance partner?”

“What? Oh. Yeah, I think so. I can’t remember. It was just one of those things, you know? Sit up. Let’s give your arms a break.”

“Just one of those things?”

“Yeah. One night. No numbers exchanged. No hassle, no fuss.”

I had no words. Literally.

Alex chuckled gleefully as he led the way to a leg machine. He gave instructions and stood back to observe me for a moment.

“It’s not necessarily my favorite kind of sex, but hey….” He shrugged his shoulders with his hands outstretched as if to say “what’s a guy to do?”

I recognized this cue. It was my opportunity to commiserate about the trials and tribulations of being a single man with a healthy sexual appetite. Now was my chance to admit it was nice every once in a while to have sex of the nonsolo variety with someone who knew the score. But I was tongue-tied and equally aware of a completely different undercurrent. One I wasn’t brave enough to explore.

“You can stop having fun at my expense any time.”

Alex squeezed my shoulder and smirked playfully. “You’re easily rattled.”

“How so?”

“You seem like someone who has a place for everything and likes everything in its place. You have a routine, and you don’t appreciate any deviation. I should be flattered you came to the gym with me at the spur of the moment.” He paused, running his tongue over his plump bottom lip. “If you’re not careful, I’m gonna think you like me.”

The air between us crackled. Alex leaned forward so his handsome face was mere inches from mine. His proximity alone seemed to issue a challenge. Daring me to confess I was more than I appeared to be. I doubt he expected any revelations, but his intent was certainly to… how had he put it, rattle me. And damn, it was working.

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About the author

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and their very old dog in an almost empty nest.

Where to find the author:

Facebook:  Lane Hayes https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008562883399&fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: LaneHayesauthor

Twitter: LaneHayes3  https://twitter.com/LaneHayes3

 

Tour Dates & Stops: May 26, 2015

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Prism Book Alliance

Love Bytes

Carly’s Book Reviews

2-Jul

Bike Book Reviews

Hearts on Fire

Joyfully Jay

BFD Book Blog

7-Jul

Cathy Brockman Romances

Mikky’s World of Books

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

Wake Up Your Wild Side

9-Jul

Bayou Book Junkie

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

3 Chicks After Dark

14-Jul

My Fiction Nook

Molly Lolly

16-Jul

Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My

Because Two Men Are Better Than One

Inked Rainbow Reads

Emotion in Motion

21-Jul

Cate Ashwood

Divine Magazine

Amanda C. Stone

23-Jul

Rainbow Gold Reviews

Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

MM Good Book Reviews

24-Jul

Velvet Panic

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Multitasking Mommas

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GUEST POST WITH GIVEAWAY: Out of the Rain by Renae Kaye

Today Renae Kaye stopped by my blog (www.nicstarr.com) to talk about two of her new releases. She also has a fabulous giveaway of 5 ebook copies of Out of the Rain. So I thought I’d share the post here too, because who doesn’t want to hear about the latest Renae Kaye and have a change of winning one? 🙂

 

Out of the Rain

There are times in your life that you hesitate to walk a certain path.  Fear holds you back.  Sometimes it’s the fear of failing (my personal nightmare).  Sometimes it’s the fear of moving out of your comfort zone.  A new path is full of risks – physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc.  This story is a new path for me.  I wrote this short story for an anthology, but decided after it was finished that it didn’t suit what they were looking for.  So I’ve decided to self-publish the book.  A new venture.  A new pathway.

The two MCs in the book are venturing onto their own new pathways.

For Elijah, it is life out of the closet and no longer in the safety of his parents’ home.  After being forcibly outed, Elijah’s father kicked him out of the house.  He was lost.  He was also drunk and trespassing in an old lady’s backyard.

For Mitch, Elijah is a new pathway too.  Mitch is uncertain – Elijah is a lot younger than he is, and perhaps just using Mitch for a place to sleep.  Mitch is unsure whether he wishes to give his heart, as it will surely be broken.  Surely Elijah wouldn’t be interested in something more than what they have?

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Mitch never knew what awaited him when he answered his elderly neighbour’s calls. Finding a stranger crying in her backyard was a new one. Little did he know that rescuing Elijah out of the rain was going to change his life.

Elijah is too young, too good looking, and too bruised for Mitch to consider falling in love with. But Elijah is soon in his house, in his bed, and in his heart.

At thirty-eight, Mitch has a lot of experience with life. Elijah is only twenty-three and just starting out. Mitch’s bedroom skills enrapture Elijah. Mitch just hopes it will be enough to make Elijah want to stay.

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GIVEAWAY

As part of Renae’s promotion and birthday celebration, she is offering FIVE copies of Out of the Rain in eBook format.

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Promotion ends midnight on the 19th July (central time)

Also be watching for Renae’s new release:

You Are the Reason
Published by Dreamspinner Press
7 August 2015

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Blurb

Davo’s a pretty average guy. He has a decent job, owns his own home, and spends his weekends at the pub. He fully accepts that he’s gay, but doesn’t want to be one of those gays, who are femme and girly. He likes football and other masculine pursuits, and firmly avoids anything that could be seen as femme—including relationships that last beyond fifteen minutes.

Then Davo’s friend and gay idol not only gets a boyfriend, but also adopts a baby girl. Davo is seriously spooked and scuttles down to the pub in fright. That’s where he meets Lee, who is cute from her cherry-red hair, to her pretty little dress and pointy red shoes. Davo is charmed—but how is that possible? He’s gay. Isn’t he? Then Lee tells him he’s actually a guy—he just likes to wear women’s dresses occasionally. Thoroughly confused about an attraction that’s out of character for him, Davo begins the long journey to where he can accept himself without caring what everyone else thinks.

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Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple – and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then she is stuck with quirky, snarky and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

You can contact her at renaekaye@iinet.net.au.

 

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Nic Starr: Character Profiles

Cars Complete the Character

I have a lot of fun coming up with my character profiles. I love to imagine how my characters look, how they behave, and how others perceive them. I give them physical characteristics and personality traits. They get hobbies and talents. I give my characters pasts, families, educations, and occupations. And one of the things I always give them is something to drive.

CarIt’s amazing what a vehicle can say about a character. It can be an indication of their personality and lead readers to make assumptions about the type of people they are. Many people judge others on the car they drive and I’m sure this flows over to the heroes in our books.

In Charlie’s Hero, Charlie drives a zippy Audi. He’s a schoolteacher and a very community minded person. His life has focused on finishing college, despite his parent’s rejection, and making a future for himself. Charlie’s a solid man who’s ready to settle down. His love of fast driving and his sporty car is his little departure from his otherwise sensible life. Josh sees the Audi as hint to Charlie’s wilder side which he finds a turn on.

Josh on the other hand, is a paramedic with a dangerous occupation. Cars aren’t really his thing. His brother, Andrew, is a mechanic and has a passion for doing up an old Mustang, but Josh didn’t inherit the family love of cars. Josh drives a practical truck when he’s not at work. His key ring says “My Other Car Is An Ambulance”. 🙂

So what about me? I drive a silver SUV. It’s a Hyundai that I just bought to replace my old Toyota. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind what you think that says about me. 😉

Have a great day,

Nic xx

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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

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GUEST POST: Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun Series by AB Gayle

Today we have a Guest Post from AB Gayle who talks about humour.

Make sure you also check out the book trailer!
Tyler Knoll's Just For Fun Tour

Tyler Knoll’s Just For Fun Series (Books 1-4)

By A.B Gayle

Synopsis

Tyler Knoll was born one wild, stormy night in April 2013.

Of course, Tyler might tell you he was born twenty years earlier, but should we believe anything he says? That’s for you to decide.

In Tyler’s first adventure—like many a gay man before him—he was SNARED by gay porn, wallowing in tales of bigger, stronger, harder….

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Then his fickle mind was seduced and SHREDDED by the prospect of BDSM and slavery.

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When a Big Misunderstanding SLASHED at Tyler’s sanity, almost costing him his life, he turned to another genre for his salvation. But even this encounter proved potentially hazardous—not from freezing temperatures, but at the hands of irate fans.

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Finally, tired and SCREWED by his all his trials and tribulations, he discovers—like many storybook heroes before him—that sometimes Mr. Right is closer than we think.

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GUEST POST

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write a blog to accompany the release of “Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun.”

This book nearly didn’t see the light of day. I was told by one publisher that humor doesn’t sell. That it didn’t match their readership. They said it would do better with a publisher better known for a more off-beat library.

For a while, I despaired at being able to find someone who would love Tyler Knoll as much as I did. Then I submitted “Just for Fun” to Wayward Ink Publishing and was overjoyed when it was accepted. Their name certainly suggests they aren’t tied to the traditional. And that’s a good thing. Reading would get very boring if there was no variety.

In fact, how often have you heard people wish there were more books that made them laugh or at least provided a welcome break from non stop angst or depressing reality?

That’s the audience this book is aimed at.

The problem is that humor is very personal. One person may love slapstick with ridiculous characters doing ridiculous things, whereas this style of humor can make other readers squirm. They may be attracted to the more self-deprecating form where the laugh flicks back to settle on the shoulders of the viewpoint protagonist.

Sometimes they fall flat, especially with people for whom English is not their first language who might miss subtle word plays. Humor also varies from country to country. Heck the word itself even varies from the British humour to the US humor.

You’d think comedy would be easy to write. Boy, I soon learned how wrong that is. Books that make you laugh all the way through are bloody difficult to write. Sustaining the same level of hilarity may not even suit the topic.

Few books are pure comedies. They may have romantic elements or be combined with action or even science fiction. Check out this list of Best Humorous Gay Romances on Goodreads. The majority may have a couple of funny scenes or characters who have snappy dialogue, but very few of them were written as comedies.

There is even a lot of variety within the comedy genre. There is a huge difference between parody and satire where the reader may find their sacred taboos being mocked and simple dialogue based jokes.

Some comedies revolve around the whacky secondary character. The ditzy best friend. The loud-mouthed drag queen. The crazy pet.

Some are like Funniest Home Videos where we giggle (sometimes with a guilty conscience) at the expression on the kid’s face when he falls off the swing and ends up in the wading pool.

Much tougher to write is the comedy that revolves around the main character. If he starts out being a klutzy clown and ends up unchanged, still as ditzy as he started, the story can feel shallow.

So the humor in “Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun” changes much like Tyler changes because of all he has experienced.

Hopefully, you’ll still be smiling at the end but for a different reason. It will be a rueful smile. You’ll miss Tyler’s refreshing, candid innocence, but you’ll appreciate he couldn’t stay like that for the rest of his life.

Now I’d like to throw the ball into your reader’s court. What are your favourite comedies? Why did you like them? Which bits of “Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun” made you laugh loudest?

Buy links

Everyone who bought  SNARED gets a 20% discount at buying the Just for Fun composite from the WIP website! Check the website for details.

WIP: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/?p=1278

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Knolls-Just-Fun-Books-ebook/dp/B00ZW6552U/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tyler-Knolls-Just-Fun-Books-ebook/dp/B00ZW6552U/

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Tyler-Knolls-Just-Fun-Books-ebook/dp/B00ZW6552U/

Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/Tyler-Knolls-Just-Fun-Books-ebook/dp/B00ZW6552U/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-tylerknoll039sjustforfuncompositebooks14-1839904-149.html

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tyler-knolls-just-for-fun-ab-gayle/1122175760?ean=9781925222548

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Giveaway

Prize: $20 WIP Gift Card and 1 ebook copy of Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun

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About the author

Unlike many authors, A.B. Gayle hasn’t been writing stories all her life. Instead she’s been living life.

Her travels have taken her from the fjords of Norway to the southern tip of New Zealand. In between, she’s worked in so many different towns she’s lost count. A.B. has shoveled shit in cow yards, mustered sheep, been polite to customers, traded insults with politicians. Sometimes she needs to be forgiven as she get confused as to who needs what where. 

Now living in Sydney, Australia, A.B. finally has time to allow her real life experiences to morph with her fertile imagination in order to create fiction that she hopes her readers will enjoy. 

A.B. values feedback on her writing, both negative and positive.

A.B. Gayle can be found at:

Website: https://abgayle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abgayle.writer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/abgaylewriter

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