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BLOG TOUR, EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY! Operation Better Tomorrow by Brandi Evans

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Title: Operation Better Tomorrow
Author: Brandi Evans
Release Date: November 29th 2016
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: MM Romance

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The interview of a lifetime.

When Aaron Strickland’s assigned to write a feature article on Caleb Douglas, the first openly gay soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, he’s over-the-moon. Meet a sexy, real-life hero? Yes, please. And in the weeks leading up to their interview, the former soldier becomes a recurring player in Aaron’s fantasies.

A man Caleb can’t forget.

Years earlier, lost in the throes of depression and PTSD after an ambush left his body and soul scarred, Caleb was on the brink of giving up when a magazine article changed his life forever—an article written by Aaron. Emerging from the depths of his pain, Operation Better Tomorrow—part homestead, part halfway house for those down on their luck—was born.

Tragedy lurking on the horizon.

As the days pass, Caleb and Aaron’s tragic pasts bind them in ways they aren’t prepared for, but it also leaves them vulnerable. Pushing forward means breaking down walls they’ve built to protect themselves, and just as they’re poised on the precipice of happiness, a darkness descends on the homestead, a hatred that will leave one man clinging to life and the other willing to risk everything to save him.

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“Have you ever given head in a public place?” Aaron asked as he relaxed back into Caleb’s arms.

After the party had wrapped up, Aaron had invited Tyler and Dean back to the cabin, and Caleb had graciously agreed to the impromptu visit. Aaron should’ve asked his lover first. This wasn’t his cabin, after all, no matter how at-home he felt, but he’d thought having an old friend here would be good for Caleb, especially after the emotional bombshell Brian and Bethany had dropped on him. A night of emotional oblivion with good friends and good wine was exactly what his lover needed. Besides, Dean and Tyler were a hoot.

Tyler reminded Aaron a bit of Leo. Insanely handsome and suave. Not that he compared to Caleb. No one did.

Aaron waited for Dean to answer. They’d started their evening inside, but after Dean and Tyler had put their daughter to bed, the quartet had ventured to God’s Ice Cream Scoop and a civil conversation about adopting their daughter had somehow devolved into a sexually-charged game of “Have You Ever…?”

Dean glanced at his husband, a baby monitor blinking red between them, and his lips trembled as if trying to fight a smile. “No, never given head.”

Caleb chuckled, shaking Aaron as he did. “I guess we know what Tyler’s answer will be.”

“Guilty as charged,” Tyler said, lips curling upward. “But in my defense, Dean had just returned home from his first deployment—well, his first deployment since we’d gotten back together—and I’d missed the holy fuck outta him. When he got off that plane dressed in his ACUs, I lost my mind. I hadn’t seen him in a year, at least in the flesh, and I had to have him right then, right there.”

“Luckily,” Dean said, “we found an unlocked janitorial closet and—”

“And I had my way with him.”

Dean draped an arm around his husband. “He was an animal. To this day, I still get hard every time I smell any pine-scented cleaner.”

“Why do you think I keep the house so clean, babe?”

Oh yeah, Aaron liked the hell out of these guys. Seeing them together gave him hope that happily-ever-afters actually existed.

He laced his fingers with Caleb’s and tugged his lover’s arms in a manner that tightened his embrace. Aaron wanted what Dean and Tyler had. Since Stephen had died, he’d never considered himself a forever kind of guy. He was thirty-one years old, and he’d never had anything even remotely resembling a long-term relationship. Even with Leo. But with Caleb, he’d never wanted forever more.

“Okay, okay, it’s my turn,” Dean said. They’d taken turns asking questions, each round getting increasingly more inappropriate, which made the game so damn fun. “Have you ever—”

The walkie at Caleb’s hip squeaked, and Mama’s frantic voice boomed through the speaker. “Caleb, get up here now. The House’s on fire.”

What!

All four men jumped to their feet, Caleb grabbing the walkie, and they ran toward the cabin. “What happened?” Caleb snapped.

“Someone threw a fucking Molotov cocktail through the goddamn window.” Aubrey was usually so laid-back, so hearing the fear in her voice underscored just how bad this was.

Caleb and Aaron exchanged glances. “Gary,” they said in unison.

 

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About the Author

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Brandi Evans was raised by a caravan of traveling Gypsies. She spent her days learning the ways of her people and her nights lost in legends as old as time. Okay, not really, but that’s way more interesting than the truth!

In reality, Brandi grew up the oldest child of an ordinary family. Grade school, middle school, high school. Nothing extraordinary happened until she left the nest. She joined the military, went to college, got married, and became a mom. And somewhere along the way, she discovered she liked to read—and write!—stories hot enough to melt eReaders.

These days, she calls The Natural State home where she lives with her hubby, two beautiful daughters, two dogs and a cat who has yet to realize she doesn’t own the place. Soldier. Wife. Mom. Multi-published smut writer. Brandi’s life might not be “traveling Gypsy” interesting, but she’s had fun. And in the end, isn’t that all that really matters?

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BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY! Two Ruined Christmas Eves by Christ McHart

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Title: Two Ruined Christmas Eves
Author: Chris McHart
Release Date: November 30th 2015
Genre: Holiday, mm romance, short story

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It’s Christmas Eve, and folk music star Jonas is on his way to the most important gig of his career, the Volksmusik Stadl. Well, he would be if heavy snowfall hadn’t stopped him on the highway.

Fritz has to accompany his grandparents to the biggest folk music event in southern Germany, the worst punishment for a metal fan, especially on Christmas Eve.

When these two men meet at the concert after-party, sparks fly. Will this Christmas Eve be something special after all?

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“I guess it’s not your usual style of music?” Jonas asked. He just had to know if he was right.

“What gives me away?” The man grinned sheepishly, averting his eyes.

Such a shame. He had beautiful eyes. “The wristbands. I don’t see them here much.” He wasn’t going to comment on the clothing. Yet.

The man ran a finger over the collection on his wrist, all of them entrance bands to festivals. Rock and metal, if Jonas wasn’t mistaken.

“Yeah, I’m more of a hard music kind of guy,”

“I figured. Don’t worry, nobody cares about this here. They are all pretty easygoing. I’m Jonas, by the way.” He extended his hand. The other man shook it.

“I’m Fritz, nice to meet you.”

“The pleasure is all mine.” Jonas smiled and held Fritz’s hand a second longer than necessary. Fritz had great hands, strong, not too soft. Jonas trailed his thumb over Fritz’s, a mostly innocent gesture. Fritz looked up, his eyes wide, but not appalled. Score. His gaydar rarely failed him, and this was no exception. He had some sort of reputation, and it was not the shy, heterosexual He was out–outer than out. And astonishingly, nobody cared.

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I’m a writer of M/M romance and M/M erotic romance from Germany.

I’ve always had stories in my head, but a while ago I allowed them to get out and on paper. Looks like it has been a good decision, although the more stories I write, the more I have in my head. Maybe I’ll have all of them out someday, and there’ll be nothing more to write, but for the next years, I don’t see that coming.

When I’m not writing, I spend time with my family (I have the best husband EVER) and try to keep all my animals happy. I also enjoy gardening and cooking, although I’m still looking for someone to clean up afterwards. And, of course, I love reading, whenever I have a quiet moment.

Writing and reading is my break from everyday stress and I hope you join me!

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EXCERPT: Truly A Miracle by Derrick Knight

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trulyamiracle_fsTITLE: Truly A Miracle

SERIES: The Innkeeper Series

AUTHOR: Derrick Knight

COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante

LENGTH: 251 Pages

RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2016

BLURB: Dustin Hurst and Nathaniel Schmitt were happy when Nathaniel’s sister Natalie agreed to be their surrogate. Both men were elated finding out that she was pregnant with twins. Their dreams of becoming parents finally coming true, until one day, Natalie goes into preterm labor.

Diana and Niles Hurst-Schmitt enter the world over two months premature. Immediately they’re transported to a nearby children’s hospital where doctors soon discover both twins have life threatening complications requiring surgical intervention.

During their children’s hospitalization, Dustin and Nathaniel grow fond of the many talented healthcare professionals working to heal their newborns, including the attractive dietitian Matt Bachmeier. They think it’s only a matter of time before their babies are well enough to come home. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for the tiny infants resulting in Dustin and Nathaniel unexpectedly embarking on a terrifying journey witnessing their children fighting for their lives.

As their medical crisis continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so desperately needs.
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“I don’t have a baker for tomorrow morning.” Nathaniel reached inside his coat pocket for his cellphone. “I’m going to ask Mama if she could help.”

Dustin glanced at Nathaniel.

“It’s 1:30 in the morning. I’m sure Marie is asleep.”

Nathaniel shook his head, his trembling hands making it difficult for him to punch the speed dial button.

“Who else can I ask?” Nathaniel put the receiver to his ear. “My other staff is just part-time assistants, not trained professionals. They couldn’t decipher the recipes or handle the volume of pastries needed for the morning rush. Mama is the only person who could step into Natalie’s shoes without any problems.” After several rings, his mother answered. “Mama, it’s Nathaniel.” Nathaniel fidgeted. “I’m sorry for calling so late, but I have a dilemma. Natalie was admitted to the hospital earlier and gave birth to the twins. Don’t worry, she’s fine, but they were transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Oakhill. Dustin and I are heading there now.” Nathaniel felt a sharp pain in his stomach. His hands were shaking. “Mama, I’m sorry I woke you up, but I’m in such a predicament. You’re the first person I—”

“Breathe, Nathaniel. Everything is going to be fine.” Marie sounded so clear and coherent, not at all sleepy. Nathaniel wondered if his mama had been up waiting for his call. She continued. “Ray called Papa and me after he got her to the Emergency Room. I thought you might be calling me asking for my help. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of the bakery. Remember, I taught Natalie Marie everything she knows. I come from a long line of accomplished bakers. When I go in tomorrow, customers and staff will think it’s just another routine morning at Aunt Millie’s Bakery, I promise.”

Nathaniel sighed, collapsing back in his seat. “Thank you, Mama. You’ve really helped me out of a horrible predicament.”

“This is what mothers do for their children.” She paused. “I’d do anything for you. Just like I would for any of your brothers and sisters. You kids are my greatest contributions to this world.” Then her tone changed to one containing a hint of humor. “I’m going to let you go. After all, I’ve got to get up in a couple hours to get to my new job. And don’t worry, Mama Schmitt is coming out of retirement.”

Nathaniel laughed, surprising himself.

“Thank you, Mama. You’re the best!”

“No problem. Tell Dustin to drive carefully. I don’t want to visit your whole family in the hospital.”

Nathaniel chuckled.

“Papa and my prayers are with all of you. I love you, son. Take care.” Then Marie ended their call.

Nathaniel turned to Dustin.

“Please hurry. Our babies need us.”

“I’m already driving ten miles over the speed limit.” Dustin placed one hand on Nathaniel’s thigh. “We want to get to the hospital in one piece.

Five Fun Facts about Truly a Miracle

  1. The character Matt is basically my alter ego in the book.  Except, Matt isn’t as Type A as I am.

  2. Nora Guthrie was inspired by a fellow co-worker, except Nora is a much more subdued version of the real person.

  3. Matt’s infant formula idea was created by me and is actually used at hospitals throughout the United States.

  4. Nathaniel is a composite of two men that I know.  He’s one of my favorite characters to write about.

  5. The editing process of Truly a Miracle took longer than the writing the original story.

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Derrick Knight was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. His grandmother got him hooked on reading mystery novels. It was in December 2011 that he purchased his first M/M romance novel. Instantly, he became hooked on the genre. After reading his first gay romance novel, he knew what type of books he wanted to write.

Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin- Stout, and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked in the healthcare field as a dietitian for over twenty-three years. For the past nineteen years, he has functioned as a neonatal nutritionist for a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Central Illinois. Currently, he lives in Peoria, Illinois.

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