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COVER REVEAL, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: The Pinch of the Game by Charley Descoteaux

 

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Author Name: Charley Descoteaux 

Book Name: The Pinch of the Game

Release Date: June 24, 2015

Blurb

Being a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.

Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.

Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.

Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.

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Excerpt

If Sal had sent someone after me, a short trip up to Seattle might be a good idea, maybe even BC. That called for some new clothes, so I grabbed my battered gym bag—my quick escape kit—and was almost home free when the kitchen door burst open. It would’ve been dumb to turn off the light when the goomba first went to work on the lock—I can’t see any better in the dark than your average Daisy, not when I’m blocked. Once that massive body filled the doorway, I wished I had. Wished I’d done something.

He hesitated, barely a moment, and I bolted for the front door. He grabbed me before I made it out of the kitchen and pinned both of my arms to my sides. It wouldn’t work, I knew that, but I still tried to burn his hands. All I needed was enough time to—fuck, is he laughing?

“Give it up, pretty boy. You’re blocked.”

The big man pushed me against the wall face-first and pulled both hands behind my back.

“Hey, wait a sec, big guy. Let’s talk about this. I can—”

He pushed me flat against the wall, and the rest of that sentence disappeared in the rush of air he squeezed from my lungs. I couldn’t help being turned on, even though pain and domination usually aren’t my thing. Neither are bears, but underneath the padding he felt nice and solid, leaning full against me. He tightened a plastic zip tie around my wrists with shaking hands. And then he held me there.

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Giveaway

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Buy Link

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6421

About the author

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charley.descoteaux.3

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/CharleyDescoteauxAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charleydescote/

Blog: http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/blog/

Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/aqe7g7r

Email: c.descoteauxwrites@gmail.com

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

 

Tour Dates & Stops: May 22, 2015

Parker Williams, Cate Ashwood, Emotion in Motion, Amanda C. Stone, Tara Lain, Kimi-Chan, BFD Book Blog, Molly Lolly, Bayou Book Junkie, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Louise Lyons, Divine Magazine, Andrew Q. Gordon, Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, Lee Brazil, Rebecca Cohen Writes, Iyana Jenna, Mikky’s World of Books, Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Love Bytes, Prism Book Alliance, Wake Up Your Wild Side, My Fiction Nook, Chris McHart, MM Good Book Reviews, Elin Gregory, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, All I Want and More Books, Inked Rainbow Reads, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Carly’s Book Reviews, Kimber Vale, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Hearts on Fire, Full Moon Dreaming, Velvet Panic, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, TTC Books and More, Up All Night, Read All Day, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Bike Book Reviews, Havan Fellows, The Hat Party, Nephylim, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Andrew Q. Gordon

 

 

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COVER REVEAL and Guest Post! The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds by Charley Descoteaux

 

Today we are pleased to  welcome Charley Descoteaux, to share with us about her new book, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post plus Charley is donating money to a good cause for every book pre-ordered so make sure to hit those Buy Links.

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The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

by Charley Descoteaux

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: D.W. Skinner (photographer), Paul Richmond (designer)

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First I’d like to thank Pride Promotions for arranging this tour, Because Two Men are Better Than One for inviting me to visit their lovely space, and D.W. Skinner and Paul Richmond for my gorgeous cover!

I’ve been writing for a long time, but The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds is the first full-length novel I get to share with the world. During all the years I spent writing, and dreaming of the day when I could say I am a novelist, I also made plans.

I don’t set out to write political or message novels, but after growing up in the Bay Area in the 70s and spending my share of time in the trenches, it’s hard to separate the activist from the author. Like many other writers, I have trunk novels that will probably never see the light of day (you’re welcome ;)). Each of those trunk novels included a plan for giving a portion of any earnings to a relevant charity.

The two main characters in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds, Phil and Lee, have both been touched by depression and suicide—and since The Trevor Project is one of my favorite national charities, it seemed like a good fit.

I’ll donate $1 for every pre-order of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds to The Trevor Foundation, in support of their efforts to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

Visit my blog for a running tally of pre-orders. I’ll update the tally every few days, and post the final total on August 11.

Thank you all for helping me raise awareness, and a little cash, for this very worthwhile cause!

 

The Blurb…

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

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“Your pictures, they’re amazing.” Lee said, his voice calm and steady and filled with sincere awe. “What’s this in her beak?”

Lee carefully scrolled forward, and Phil realized Lee had thumbed through all the pictures from that morning and some from last evening as well. He’d been out of it longer than he thought.

“It’s a spiderweb. Hummingbirds use them to build their nests.”

Two sentences. Phil couldn’t remember when he’d last gotten two sentences out just the way he’d intended. He smiled and raised his eyes to Lee’s. They seemed to mirror what he was feeling. Relief; happiness; desire. The next thing he knew, Lee’s lips brushed his lightly. Phil trembled but didn’t pull away.  Pride in his perfect speech along with the giddy feeling inspired by Lee’s smile allowed Phil to give in to desire, just for a moment, to take a chance it would end well. Lee leaned toward him, but not so their shoulders touched, and kissed him just a few seconds longer. He kept his mouth almost completely closed, but Phil tasted a hint of hot chocolate. Or maybe the heat came from Lee.

“Whoa,” Lee sighed as much as said.

 Giveaway!

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Rafflecopter Prize: E-Copy of the book when it comes out

 

Tour Dates:  July 11th

 

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Tour Stops:

Parker Williams, Hearts on Fire, Emotion in Motion, Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Jade Crystal, Smoocher’s Voice, Full Moon Dreaming, Lee Brazil, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Iyana Jenna, Amanda C. Stone, Tara Lain, Redz World, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Fallen Angel Reviews, Romance the Night, Velvet Panic, Kimi-Chan, The Hat Party, MM Good Book Reviews, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Lee Brazil, Decadent Delights, Havan Fellows, Kimber Vale, EE Montgomery, Michael Mandrake, Cate Ashwood, Dawn’s Reading Nook

 

 

 About the author

 

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough.  In exchange, they let her sleep once in a while. Home is Portland, Oregon, where the weather is like your favorite hard-case writing buddy who won’t let you get away with taking too many days off, and in some places you can be as weird as you are without fear.  As an out and proud bisexual and life-long weird-o, she thinks that last part is pretty cool.

Rattle my cages, I’d love to hear from you!

 Blog:  http://cdescoteauxwrites.com/blog/

 Facebook Author Page:  http://www.facebook.com/CharleyDescoteauxAuthor

 Dreamspinner Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=879

 Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CharleyDescote

 Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/aqe7g7r

 Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charleydescote/

 e-mail: c.descoteauxwrites@gmail.com

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