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GUEST POST: Sunshine, Sex and Sunflowers by Carol Lynne

 

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I fell in love with the m/m romance genre in 2006 when I wrote my first ménage. Since then, most of my readers would agree that I never shy away from writing all-male ménages. While I realize that stories about more than one love interest aren’t as popular, they feed my soul, so I continue to write them. I’ve never understood reader aversion to them, so I ignore it.

I’ve always thought it would be easier to split household and bedroom activities between three people. I know that in romance, characters should always be ready and willing to have sex-on-demand, but is that at all realistic? As much fun as it is, there are those occasions when one or the other isn’t in the mood. In that case, think of how awesome it would be to have someone else there to give the one wanting what they need.

In Harvest Heat, I introduced readers to Lochie and Jamie. In Sunshine, Sex & Sunflowers, I bring Jacko, Lochie’s lifelong friend and former crush, into their relationship. I didn’t plan to add a third to the original couple, but that’s what happens when you get so involved with your characters. Jacko was a sexy secondary character who was supposed to have his own story where he’d fall in love with someone I’d yet to introduce, but while writing Harvest Heat, I couldn’t shrug off the feeling that Jacko belonged with Lochie and Jamie.

Jamie’s heart is the size of Australia, so I could easily see him opening his home when Jacko lost his family’s farm. Lochie loved Jacko as a friend, but he’d also had a crush on him since they’d both hit puberty. I honestly don’t believe Lochie and Jacko would have ever opened themselves enough to discover their mutual love and attraction had it not been for Jamie. For me, that’s the beauty of a ménage. It can bring characters together that would otherwise never find each other.

I just realize that I wrote the above paragraph as if these were real men instead of three characters. I guess it’s a good thing that I get so involved with my stories that by the time I’m finished, I think of them as real. I even find myself wondering what they are doing months or years after I’ve finished the book. For me, my characters continue to live the happy lives they’ve built long after I finish the last written word of their story.

Blurb

Will Jacko find love among the sunflowers?

After losing his family’s station in Australia to the bank, Jacko Hennesy moves in with his best mate, Lochie McBride. Trouble is, Lochie already has a roommate—his new lover, Jamie. Trying to settle into everyday life with two men isn’t as easy as Jacko had hoped. Although he’s been in love with his best friend for years, Jacko also finds himself attracted to Jamie. Watching the constant flirting and touching every day is enough to reduce the tough bushman to a puddle of need. What’s a bloke to do when he falls for two sexy men?

Buy Link

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About the author

An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of romance. While writing her first novel, Branded by Gold, Carol fell in love with the M/M genre. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. With close to 150 releases, one thing is certain, Carol loves to keep busy writing sexy cowboys, shifters, bodyguards, vampires and everything in between. Although series books are her passion, Carol enjoys penning the occasional stand-alone title.

As founder and President of GRL Retreat, Inc., Carol helps organize the annual GayRomLit Retreat. Now in its seventh year, GayRomLit is an annual retreat that brings together the people who create and celebrate LGBT romance for a one-of-a-kind, must-attend gathering of dynamic, informal, and diverse fun.

Carol loves to hear from her readers. You can email her at carol@carol-lynne.net. She also has two websites www.Carol-Lynne.net and www.CattleValley.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blast & Giveaway! RUSTIC MOMENT by Nic Starr

Title: Rustic Moment
Series: Rustic #3
Author: Nic Starr
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2016

Betrayal, heartbreak, and financial ruin are only the beginning.
The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.


“I said no.”
 
Grant’s voice was loud enough to travel down the hall. Dave immediately tensed at the tone. He couldn’t tell if Grant was angry or just being firm, but his words were clear. “This is the last time I want to have this conversation. You aren’t welcome here anymore.”
 
“I just want to know what you said to Douglas.” The answering voice was menacing, and Dave’s hackles rose.
 
Who on earth is that?
 
Dave placed the milk bottle on the benchtop and edged closer to the doorway. Grant could no doubt take care of himself, but Dave wanted to be close at hand. Just in case.
 
In case of what?
 
It didn’t matter what, it only mattered that Dave make sure Grant was okay, and the stranger’s voice didn’t sound anywhere near okay.
 
“What are you talking about? I haven’t spoken to Doug in weeks. In fact, if you know how to contact him, maybe you can tell him to call, and that I need to speak to him and sort out some crap.”
 
“I know you’ve said something. He told me you were trying to shaft him and get rid of him from the business. Then he went overseas, and now he’s come back and doesn’t want to see me.”
 
“So he’s back, then?”
 
“Don’t pretend you don’t already know.”
 
“I’m not pretending anything. How many times do I have to tell you I haven’t seen or spoken to Doug? We haven’t exchanged so much as an email. Okay, well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve sent him emails and letters, but he hasn’t replied. If he doesn’t want to see you, John, that’s between you and him. It has nothing to do with me. I’ve told you before—you’re welcome to each other.”
 
“Don’t you dare—”
 
“Get your hands off me.”
 
Dave didn’t wait to hear any more. Before he was even conscious of moving, he was striding down the hallway, and was bloody glad he’d done it. Grant was shoved up against the wall. A guy—John, the ex-boyfriend?—gripped him by the upper arms and yelled in his face.
 
“Hold it right there. Get your fucking hands off him,” Dave growled.
 
Shocked eyes met his as John looked his way and instinctively dropped his hands. “I… ah….”
 
“Step away. Now.”
 
John hesitated for a moment, looking between Grant and Dave.
 
Dave didn’t take his eyes off John, watching the man’s every move. “I said now.”
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
 
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
 
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters, and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
 
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.

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COVER REVEAL: Rustic Moment by Nic Starr

The third book in my Rustic Series will be released next month, and I’m excited to share the beautiful cover and blurb for Rustic Moment with you all. 🙂

Rustic Moment? This story is a little different to the first two books in the Rustic series, which predominantly take place in rural areas of New South Wales. The first book had a short visit to Sydney, and the second book had a short visit to Melbourne, but the stories mainly took place in Armidale. This time, we get a peek at the country, but the story mainly takes place in Melbourne. So the cover, instead of an idyllic rural scene, shows a city.

So here’s the beautiful cover, by the very talented Kellie Dennis at Book Cover By Design.

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Betrayal, heartbreak, and financial ruin are only the beginning.

The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.

The book will be available on 15th April 2016.

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Happy reading,

Nic xx

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UNIQUE EXCERPT: Red Dirt Christmas by N.R. Walker

 

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Blurb

Travis had been here for just over a year. We were technically engaged, not that we’d told anyone. He was happy just knowin’ I’d said yes, and I had some head-clearin’ stuff to work through. Knowing I was good enough for Trav was one thing, but knowing if I was good enough to be a husband and father was somethin’ else entirely.

Life at Sutton Station had never been better. Business was strong, Trudy and Bacon’s little baby, Gracie, was a few weeks old now and as cute as a button, Ma’s health was good, and my relationship with Laura and Sam was in a pretty good place. And Travis? Well, life with him was still all kinds of perfect.

But, to Travis’s dismay, Christmas at the Station was just another day. Another day of getting up before the sun, feeding animals, fixin’ what needed fixin’, and checking water troughs all while tryin’ to keep out of the blistering heat.

And this year weren’t much different. Only that it was Travis’s first Sutton Station Christmas. The fact we didn’t go all out with decorations and celebrations baffled him, and if I was bein’ truthful, it disappointed him too.

Which was why I had to make it a special kind of Christmas…

Excerpt

The next day, the day before Christmas Eve, Trav was to head out with Billy into the Western paddock, checkin’ cattle, fences, and water troughs. They left long before sunup to beat the heat of the day, and it gave me plenty of time to make last-minute emails and phone calls to make sure everything was going to plan.

It was weird to be excited about Christmas.

Part of me wished real hard that it wasn’t a surprise. I wanted to share this part with Travis. This excitement, the build-up. But part of me couldn’t wait to see his face on Christmas morning.

So I set about gettin’ some office work done until Ma called us for lunch. Travis and Billy weren’t back yet—that weren’t too surprising—and they radioed in to say they were two hours away. So we kept some lunch aside for them and kept on about our day. The general rule of the Outback summer was to work early and late, taking the hottest few hours of the day off. Usually stayin’ indoors outta the sun was the best way to spend it, though I normally found myself in the office getting paperwork done.

I smiled to myself when I heard the old Cruiser come into the yard. It was always a relief to know when people were back, but knowin’ Trav was somewhere close was a comfort I couldn’t explain.

The screen door banged and there was a sound of boots on the floorboards. Ma responded with, “Lunch is on the table.”

Though I was a little disappointed Trav didn’t stick his head around the door, I heard the quiet murmur of voices and the clanging of cutlery in the dining room, and figurin’ they’d be starving hungry, I didn’t want to bother them while they ate. But when they were done, it wasn’t Travis who came to see me. It was Billy.

“Hey, boss,” he said, looking a little unsure. “He didn’t want me to say nothin’, but Mr Travis ain’t feelin’ too good.”

I got to my feet. “Where is he?”

“Don’t think he’s moved from the dining table, boss.”

That was exactly where I found him. He had his head in his hands, his plate of half-eaten lunch still in front of him. He looked up at me and I could see then he weren’t his usual colour. He frowned. “Billy told ya, didn’t he?”

“Yes, thankfully,” I said walking over to him. “Trav, you look like shit.”

“Gee, thanks.”

I put my hand on his shoulder and he was hot to the touch. Too hot. I put my hand on his chest, then on his forehead and on the top of his head. He was cooked. “Ma!”

It must have been my tone, because not a moment later, Ma appeared in the doorway. “What’s wrong?”

Just then, Trav’s head kind of lolled back and he almost fell of the chair before I grabbed him. “I think Trav’s heat-struck.”

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Buy Links

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N.R. Walker’s Bio

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…

N.R. Walker’s Internet Links:

nrwalker2103@gmail.com

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Twitter: @NR_Walker

 

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Red Dirt Christmas

HERE IT IS!!!!!!

I’ve kept this secret for so long, it’s almost killed me!  But it’s finally here. My 2015 Christmas story cover for the world to see!!  (I’m so excited it’s ridiculous)

That’s right, folks. We’re off to the Outback for Christmas this year!!  I can’t tell you how much I loved visiting these boys again.  I found the cover images and sent them to the fabulous Sara York and almost cried when I saw how gorgeous the cover turned out. It suits the series PERFECTLY.

Now you know why every part of the cover had to be a secret! If I showed one corner, or gave any hints, ya’ll would have guessed it straight away!

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Publication date: 11 December 2015

Blurb:

Travis had been here for just over a year. We were technically engaged, not that we’d told anyone. He was happy just knowin’ I’d said yes, and I had some head-clearin’ stuff to work through. Knowing I was good enough for Trav was one thing, but knowing if I was good enough to be a husband and father was somethin’ else entirely.

Life at Sutton Station had never been better. Business was strong, Trudy and Bacon’s little baby, Gracie, was a few weeks old now and as cute as a button, Ma’s health was good, and my relationship with Laura and Sam was in a pretty good place. And Travis? Well, life with him was still all kinds of perfect.

But, to Travis’s dismay, Christmas at the Station was just another day. Another day of getting up before the sun, feeding animals, fixin’ what needed fixin’, and checking water troughs all while tryin’ to keep out of the blistering heat.

And this year weren’t much different. Only that it was Travis’s first Sutton Station Christmas. The fact we didn’t go all out with decorations and celebrations baffled him, and if I was bein’ truthful, it disappointed him too.

Which was why I had to make it a special kind of Christmas…

Christmas backgrounds. Christmas decor on the white wooden background.

Buy links to follow:

N.R. Walker’s Bio: 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…

N.R. Walker’s Internet Links:

nrwalker2103@gmail.com

Facebook timeline

Facebook Page

Twitter: @NR_Walker

Giveaway: Hop over to my blog here and tell me your best Christmas memory to enter the draw to win a copy of Red Dirt Christmas. Draw closes 11th December at 9am EST.

Teaser:

Travis chuckled and nodded toward the lounge room. “I finished the tree,” he said and disappeared through the open doorway. I followed him to find the pine tree he’d brought in earlier now covered in tinsel, ornaments, and baubles. “I know you think the whole Christmas thing is kinda silly, but—”

“I love it,” I said. “The tree. I mean, I love what you’ve done to it.”

“I didn’t have much to work with,” he said. The corner of his mouth pulled down in a frown. “And it was all pretty old. I hung up all the things you made as a kid. I just wanted to do something.” He shrugged again. “I mean, it’s Christmas.”

“Trav.”

“And I know you guys aren’t big on the whole festive thing out here,” he said. “But I just thought it’d be nice, ya know? It’s Gracie’s first Christmas. Granted, she’s only four weeks old but that’s not the point.”

“Trav.”

“It’s about building memories, Charlie,” he said softly. “Family memories. Not just with everyone here, but our family. Ours start now. This is our first real Christmas too and I just thought it might be nice if you, you know, thought it was special too.”

 

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: You Are The Reason by Renae Kaye

Our good friend, Renae, has joined us to celebrate the upcoming release of her latest novel, You Are The Reason (releasing on 7th August). She’s shared some Character Bios so you can meet the main characters, David Pederson (Davo) and Lee Brennan. Nice to see we have a Sydney Swans supporter in there, Renae. 🙂

And there’s a giveaway too!

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Character Bios for You Are the Reason, by Renae Kaye

One thing that a lot of experienced authors rabbit on about, is marketing your brand when you wish to do something with your writing.  As a new writer, you look at the marketplace and freeze, completely lost in the maelstrom out there, wondering how you are ever going to compete with the more experienced brands.

Do I have a brand?  Hmm – I would like to say it is developing.  I don’t like to pigeon-hole myself, but when you pick up a Renae Kaye novel or story, I like to think that you have a certainty of what is inside.

#1 – Australian.  And more specifically, Western Australian.  It’s where I live, it’s where I love, it’s where I write.

#2 – Funny, or at least humorous.  I tried to not write it once, and it crept in regardless.  (Or irregardless, as Penelope would say).

#3 – Less-than-perfect men, and more than likely blue-collar workers.  It seems I have a type, and no, I don’t plan to change it any time soon.

#4 – I would like to flatter myself, and say “A well-written story.”

One thing you will probably find a lot of from me, is the opposites-attract type of story.  I’m a big fan of them, and believe that they work well in real life.  My own marriage is one of opposites, and it brings its share of problems as well as solutions.  You Are the Reason is a book of opposites.  Not only do my guys go for opposing football teams (which could be fatal to a relationship), but they are also opposite in how they view the expression of their homosexuality.

So below, I give you a summary about my guys, and you can see if you think they will fit together like two pieces of a jigsaw…

 

Name:  David Pederson.  Dave to family, women and in the workplace.  Male friends get to call him Davo.

Age:  Twenty-seven.

Gender:  Male.

Sexual Orientation:  Gay.

Hair:  Dark brown, cropped short.

Eyes:  Brown.

Physical Description:  Average.  Average height, average weight, average looking.  Clean cut.

Tattoos, piercings or other identifying marks:  None.

Clothing:  Jeans and a shirt.  Average.  Blacks, whites, blues.  Average.  No loud colours or style.  Average.  Blendability the aim.

Occupation:  Salesperson for a sheet metal fabricator.

Family:  Mother, Father, two brothers and one sister (all younger).

Lives:  By himself in a small townhouse in the suburbs.

Drives:  Usually the company van.

Hobbies, favourite activities:  Enjoys watching football (Melbourne Football Club), plays indoor cricket, hangs out at The Tav with his mate Jake on the weekend, or with his friend Thor.

Personality:  Honest, straight-shooter.  Can admit he’s a dick, but has little intention of changing his ways.  Enjoys masculine pursuits and stays away from anything that could be construed as girly.  Doesn’t do relationships.  Has a fear that hanging out with anyone who is obviously gay (one of those gays) will rub off on him.

Quirks: Owns a Magic 8 Ball and consults it for all major decisions in his life.

 

Name:  Lee Brennan.

Age:  Twenty-one.

Gender:  Male.

Sexual Orientation:  Gay.

Hair:  Bright cherry-red, rather long on top.

Eyes:  Brown.

Physical Description:  Slender.  Average height.  Bright hair.  Slightly femme.  Reminds Davo of a pixie.

Tattoos, piercings or other identifying marks:  None.

Clothing:  Bright colours.  Enjoys deep reds and bright greens.  Dresses stylishly and in the latest European styles.  Occasionally likes to slip into a dress and heels – and can pass as a woman.

Occupation:  Dental assistant.  Volunteer counsellor.

Family:  Mother, Father, an older brother and sister.  (His sister is world famous).  One nephew and niece.

Lives:  With his parents in a mansion by the river.

Drives:  WRX.

Hobbies, favourite activities:  Avid football fan (Sydney Swans), enjoys foreign films.  Volunteers at a youth centre for gay and trans kids.

Personality:  Sparkling and selfless giving.  Always attempts to help people in this world.  A great listener and encourager.  Completely at ease in his sexuality and expression.

Quirks: Is never on time.

About the book

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.

Giveaway

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Buy Links

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About the author

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.

How to contact Renae:

Email:  renaekaye@iinet.net.au

Website:  www.renaekaye.weebly.com

FB:  www.facebook.com/renae.kaye.9

Twitter:  @renaekkaye

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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?

Blurb

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.

Amazon link

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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.

Click here or on the image to enter the Rafflecopter

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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

You are the Reason

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.

Currently available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press: Click here


add-to-goodreads-buttonAbout Renae

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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REVIEW: Come By Chance by A. J. Llewllyn

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The blurb

When photographer’s assistant Gary Holland meets three Australian underpants models—all called Bruce—on what should be a routine shoot in LA, it turns out to be anything but. He falls for the geekiest, yet sexiest, Bruce of them all, but soon learns Bruce has not only never been with another man but is an anxious virgin.

Bruce lives in the whimsically named town of Come By Chance in northern New South Wales, population 178. After a torrid fling starts in California, Bruce wants Gary to visit him in the land down under. Shocks, laughter, love, a shy kangaroo named Phillip, a goose called Zeus and a tractor that thinks it’s a horse, soon welcome Gary to a life he never thought he’d want to live. Can two men who are such opposites make a life together? Does love like this really…come by chance?

What did I think?

This was a fun little story. I was interested to read it because of the Australian characters and the Australian setting for part of the book. The characters were likable, and the pace fast, making this an easy book to read in one sitting.

The first part of the story takes place in the US where Bruce (one of three Bruce’s) takes part in an underwear modelling shoot. He and Gary fall for each other and Gary ends up following Bruce back home to Australia.

Part of the story reads like a travel article, particularly the descriptions of the attractions of Sydney. As a Sydney-sider, I can attest that they are mostly spot on. Bruce happens to be an architect so there’s a lot of information given about the early convict architecture of the city.

Bruce seemed quite versatile and a touch unrealistic – underwear model, architect, building owner, resident of a small outback town (population 187).

On their travels, Bruce and Gary explore their sexual relationship and meet some interesting characters (I’m not completely sure about the relevance of the whole part about dinner with the kid wanting to be on Toddlers and Tiaras), and end up at Bruce’s home in the country town of Come By Chance (I had to look it up but it does exist!). There we meet the elderly aunt, the pet kangaroo and the boys have fun on a tractor.

So all in all, a bit of light-hearted fun, that provides a bit of Australian flavour.

About the author

A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the last ruling monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani as well as a non-erotic novel about the overthrow of her kingdom written in diary form from her maid’s point of view.A.J. never lacks inspiritation for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasion this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.

A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.

To find out more about A.j. Llewellyn and her books visit her website.

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