Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saturday Author Spotlight: Ashe Winters #Interview #Giveaway



Another fabulous Saturday is here and another amazing author is here to spend it with you. Ashe Winters has willingly agreed to this interrogation by the way. She's here to talk about her terrific books, answer some questions, and wrap it up with a giveaway for one lucky reader! So, have a seat and lets do this.






My heart throbbed a merciless, rhythmic beat as I accepted just how precious he was to me.

Nick tumbled hard for the waifish imp crying over a crushed pink donut. They were only little boys, but those big tears caused Nick's protective instincts to flare and he was forever captivated.

Though the future beckoned, Nick felt conflicted. He had fallen in love, and his aching desire for Cameron had grown deeper than he ever imagined possible. While Nick had always offered Cam his unwavering support, Cameron's downward spiral of self-doubt and battle for self-reliance nearly push Nick to the edge of letting go.

The thought of him with someone else, loving someone else, wrecked me.

Cam realized he was a little different. He was artistic, flamboyant, and adored sparkly, pretty things. Endlessly bullied for not being “masculine enough”, Cam strived to discover his place in the world. College was supposed to help, but things weren’t going as planned.

Cam gained strength in Nick’s friendship, his personal knight in shining armor. A lifetime of indecisions paired with a surprising hunger for the one man who’d always been his anchor, propels Cam to face reality. Change was happening, whether he was ready or not.

“I promise I won’t ever leave you again, Cam. We’ll never be apart.”

Two men battle their hearts amidst an uncertain future.

When he can no longer hide his feelings, will Nick break his sacred promise to never leave Cam’s side even though his heart and body desperately crave the only man he has ever loved?

Can Cameron find the strength to believe in himself enough to follow his own path, or will his stubbornness keep him from chasing his own dreams and risk losing the man who’s always stood by him?

50% of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Trevor Project.

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“You’re worth the risk, worth taking that leap.”

Single dad William “Will” Thomlett has adored the sweet, smiling leader of his twin daughters’ church youth group since the first moment he laid eyes on him. Aaron awakens a part of Will’s heart he believed lost forever the night his wife died. No one has noticed his attraction to the man, and Will plans to keep it that way. Or so he hoped. Unbeknownst to Will, his daughters had noticed, and they were ready for their dad to find his happily ever after again. Who better to fill the position than their favorite youth minister that Dad happened to secretly drool over?

“You make me want things I never felt I needed.”

Content with his life as a Youth Ministry Leader, Aaron Lochlan had never considered finding love on his to-do list. Well, it wasn’t until he agrees to chaperone a bunch of home-schooled teenagers on a trip to Boston. A complicated weave of emotions and desires he’d never experienced before pushes Aaron to examine everything he thought he knew about himself. The more time he spends with the handsome, magnetic father of two, the more he realizes Will brings out a side of himself he didn’t know he had.

Sometimes, you find that little something that becomes the answer to everything.

Meddling friends, scheming daughters, and a hotel room mix-up, force the two men into five days of awkward situations and the beginning of something neither expected to happen. There was only one problem—the trip can’t last forever. When life returns to normal, Will and Aaron find themselves questioning where they truly stand. Were the growing feelings between them only a byproduct of all the constant closeness, or were they maybe just a little something more?
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Love is in the air. And Dominic Ballard wants to gag. A hard break-up made Dominic disgusted with love and relationships. So, when that stupid holiday called Valentine’s Day rolls around, he’d rather do anything but join the masses celebrating. When a fellow co-worker dressed as Cupid delivers a Valentine from a secret admirer, Dominic announces to the entire office what he thinks about all that lovey-dovey stuff.

Casper Marello has a crush. On his boss. There is no way he’d ever act on it because dating your boss? That’s a big fat no-no in the employee handbook. But what harm could it be to invite Dominic out to dinner with Cas and his best friend on Valentine’s Day? Even if that boss just proclaimed his undying hatred for the emotion called love. It’s only a friend thing, right?

When dawn arrives, the two men wake-up, cuddled in the same bed. Naked. Swearing it was a one-time thing thanks to too much wine, they go their separate ways, with Dominic determined the relationship remain strictly friend zoned. Except, they can’t keep their hands off each other and the office heats up behind closed doors. Dominic finds himself unable to walk away from Casper as the walls around his heart melt. And Casper’s crush blooms into something much deeper than he ever expected.

Will Dominic and Casper fall to Cupid’s arrow or will they miss their chance to discover a love that can last for always?

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Interview

Thank you, Ashe, for being here today on Diverse Reader and talking with us. It’s so fabulous to be able to pick your brain and get to know you a little better. Let’s get started.

Thanks for having me!

As best you can, try and tell us what completing a book and getting it out into the world feels like?

I cannot remember a single point in my life that I didn’t want to be a writer. I’ve always had a big imagination, so storytelling came naturally to me. But, I never thought I’d get a book out there. When I released Never Apart, it was the most incredible moment of my life. I don’t have any kids, so that book was my first child. It means everything to me and I’m very happy with it.

The feeling of actually releasing a book runs such a wide spectrum. I was happy, elated, excited, and downright terrified. What if people hated it? Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, but it took a lot for me to talk myself down and just let it out there. As stressful as it was, I wouldn’t trade doing it for anything.

Growing up did you have any books you read over and over again vowing you would someday write a masterpiece like it?

All of V.C. Andrew’s books were like that for me. Those books are all about the angst, but there is also love. I’m a sucker for love and the way it overcomes so many obstacles. So, for me, these books were the epitome of what I wanted to write. So far, I haven’t hit that angst level yet, but I have plans!

There are two books in your Captivated in New England series. Can you tell us anything about what’s to come for that?

With the Captivated series, I had to make a really hard decision recently. Tatum is next, but he has been one of the most difficult characters to deal with. Many have probably heard writer’s say they have voices in their head. Well, Tatum is one of those and he is quite frankly a jerk. But I found that I was getting totally locked up way too much and losing interest when trying to work with him. A few weeks ago, when I had written very few words for months, I had to make the choice to put the Captivated series on the backburner. I know it’s not what readers want to hear, but if I want to put new books out, I have to do it. I will say, it was the correct decision because the words have been flowing like a raging river ever sense and I have a new series in the works that I’m completely in love with and so are my Alpha readers.

Name one of your books you’d love to see on the big screen?

I’d love to see Never Apart on the big screen. Cameron and Nick’s love story was just so strong. Plus, they are both young men, still in college and trying to find their way in the world. So many young people could relate to that.

But if I really had to choose, it would be a super secret Sci-Fi project I’m working on that if all goes well, will be out sometime early next year. It would make an awesome big screen movie.

Can you tell us what you’re currently working on or future projects?

I have so many works in progress right now, it’s almost overwhelming. But, the one I’m focused the most on is my new series titled With You. It’s a contemporary romance series that will feature six MM, one MMM, and one MMF couples/throuples within it. That is the plan for now. The first book, Dance With Him, is hopefully going to be out by the end of August.

I also have several collaborative projects in the works with other authors that I cannot wait to release, but we don’t have any timeframes yet nor are we releasing too many details.

My other big project is that I will be writing under a new pen name for a very specific subgenre known as Mpreg. Right now, the name is not released, but I will make it public the closer I get to releasing the first book in that series.

How can readers follow your work ie Facebook, Twitter, website etc…?

On FB, readers can find me on:

I also have a website that is currently under construction as I’m reworking it to include new author branding and logos that are in the works. They can find it at www.ashewinters.com

And on Twitter @ Ashe_Winters

Will you be attending any signings or conventions the rest of this year?

In October, I’ll be attending GRL in Portsmouth, VA. I’m going as a reader though, so I won’t be doing any kind of signing, but I’m really looking forward to meeting and hanging out with fellow readers and authors.

What is the one thing you hope a reader takes away from your books?

That love is one of the most important things in the world and that love is always love.

Fast Fire Questions:

Early bird or night owl? A mixture of both
Favorite color? Purple!
Cookies or cake? Cookies
Favorite flower? Lilies
Favorite time of day? Sunset
Cats or dogs? Both


Thank you so much for being here and talking with me.







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Friday, June 22, 2018

Release Day Review: Behind These Doors by Jude Lucens #Review #Giveaway



Author: Jude Lucens
Title: Behind These Doors
Series: Radical Proposals #1
Publisher: Greenwose Books
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Length: 105,000 words

Reviewed by Erin

Synopsis

Lucien Saxby is a journalist, writing for the society pages. The Honourable Aubrey Fanshawe, second son of an earl, is Society. They have nothing in common, until a casual encounter leads to a crisis.
Aubrey isn’t looking for love. He already has it, in his long-term clandestine relationship with Lord and Lady Hernedale. And Lucien is the last man Aubrey should want. He’s a commoner, raised in service, socially unacceptable. Worse, he writes for a disreputable, gossip-hungry newspaper. Aubrey can’t afford to trust him when arrest and disgrace are just a breath away.
Lucien doesn’t trust nobs. Painful experience has taught him that working people simply don’t count to them. Years ago, he turned his back on a life of luxury so his future wouldn’t depend on an aristocrat’s whim. Now, thanks to Aubrey, he’s becoming entangled in the risky affairs of the upper classes, antagonising people who could destroy him with a word.
Aubrey and Lucien have too much to hide—and too much between them to ignore. Rejecting the strict rules and closed doors of Edwardian society might lead them both to ruin… but happiness and integrity alike demand it. 






Review

I'm going to be honest here (not that I'm not always!), but historical romance is not something I normally read. It's completely a personal preference, not anything against the genre itself. I know many, many people who adore it and read it exclusively. That being said, when I saw the blurb and the cover for Behind These Doors by new to me author, Jude Lucens, I knew right away I'd be giving the book a try. New author and a book outside of my usual go to? Sign me the heck up. I'm always looking for new and different books to check out... it's fun to read something not in your comfort zone every now and then, right? So a book that has a poly relationship, class differences, and a bit of politics thrown in sounded like a book worth taking a look at. And boy was I right. 

Right away we're thrown into the upper crust of society and we're introduced to Aubrey Fanshawe, the lover of Lord Hernedale ... and his wife, Lady Hernedale. I'll admit, the beginning of the book took a little bit for me to get into. Not only are there lots of characters and names to keep track of, the verbiage and tone took some getting used to, but once I did, I was thoroughly engrossed. Through a chance encounter, Aubrey meets Lucien Saxby. A one night stand follows, and so do the recriminations and guilt for Aubrey. It's also easy to see that Aubrey won't be forgetting Lucien any time soon. The two come from different backgrounds, different classes, and even though they shouldn't work, they do. Spectacularly so. Their connection is so deep. As befits the time period and the tone of the story, these two are definitely more smoldering fire rather than sparks and flames. That's not to say that their intimate times aren't intense, they are, but it's a subdued kind of heat, the kind that builds and builds. 

I really enjoyed this book and the characters. Aubrey has this way of looking at the world around him that just got to me and as for Lucien, well, he's a bit jaded but it totally fits his character. I also really, really enjoyed the diversity throughout. The different relationships, both sexual and not, and they way they are portrayed. Behind These Doors is more than just a romance, and not a typical one at that. There are issues of class, of women's suffrage, and of the cause and effect of sensational journalism. I was thoroughly captivated by the characters and the story and and I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. I will for sure keep my eye out for the author's next book so make sure you check it out, too.





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Flashback Friday: Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet #Review #Giveaway





Author: Charlie Cochet
Title: Hell & High Water
Series: THIRDS #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Length: 296 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.




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This month  I chose Hell and High Water (Thirds Book 1) by Charlie Cochet as my Flashback Friday review. I have to admit to being reluctant at first to read a shifter book, but my best friend convinced me to give it a try and I’ve never looked back. This series is one of my very favorites and one I recommend to everyone. The way the author uses science to explain the shifters is just brilliant and it makes you think...this COULD happen.

Our main characters are Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie. Dex is a former  homicide detective and human, Sloane is a team leader for THIRDS and is a Jaguar Therian (shifter). Thirds stands for Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron and is a force made up equally of humans and Therians to keep things fair and to strive to always have equality. When Dex comes on board, Sloane’s team has been trying to recover from a huge loss and doesn’t want to accept a new member. Dex is used to making quite an impression on people and definitely does on his first day at Thirds. Quickly the team realizes that though they don’t want a new member, Dex may be just what they need. Sloane is not so sure, but he can’t deny how drawn he is to Dex. This is book 1 of a series that is 10 books long and one that gets better with each and every book.

I love these books and these characters so hard. Dex and Sloane may  lead the pack, but the rest of their team members often steal the show. Their team is a family and as with most families, they can drive each other crazy, but they always have each other’s backs. The comraderie, love, and support along with the practical jokes and pranks help make this book, this team feel like the family you wish you had. I am so crazy about each character, I am so glad I took this journey with Thirds. Charlie Cochet found a way to write a story that made us believe panthers, lions and cheetahs could run down our city streets along with their human partners...made us want to see it. The heart of these books is family and Dexter J.  Dayley. He was the right man at the right place, the right time and he helped heal a broken unit. He is an extremely charismatic, loving and kind man with a side of silly, plain crazy and a wild streak a mile wide. I wouldn’t change a hair on his head and seeing the power of Dex is action kind of feels like coming home to me. He’s a bit of a sanctuary, even while he’s driving everyone crazy. If you have never read this series, you are missing out on so much wonderful! The author is releasing the first book in a spin off series soon and now is the perfect time to catch up.





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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Random Review: The Music Of Love by Sandine Tomas #Review #Giveaway




Author: Sandine Tomas
Title: The Music Of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Length: 220 pages

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….

Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.

Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.

When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….



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Review

I loved it that both men had their specific peculiarities and habits and I loved it that this stayed strong throughout the whole journey.
It was a long and wide story. It had a lot of drama, really a lot! But... it had purpose because it made them grow.

Julian never reached longer than a year with relationships, on the date or near the date he just got dumped. Every time he falls deeply in love and every breakup hurts him and makes him flee... literally. So he made up his mind... no more getting involved with men, just work and make music.
Zachary is head over heels when he meets Julian. They will be working together for the same firm.
The spark is instant and Julian tries very hard to resist Zachary, he even let his best friend play around as his boyfriend....until Julian can’t anymore.

We follow their journey and goshhh what a journey it is!!

Be prepared for drama and strong feelings, stubborn friendship, emotional lyrics, the birth of a song, searching souls, a lot of hurt, tears and deep love. Julian and Zachary are lovable and irritating at the same time, but they were more lovable. The friends who surrounded them were all very involved.
This all is written in an engaging and steadfast way. I loved how the author put down their specific characters and how their journey went. Like I said before, you could love them and at the same time strangle them. All together a great job!






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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Random Review: The Medium by Bonnie Dee #Review #Giveaway






Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Self Published
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

To win a heart, he must risk his soul…

Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert, a man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.

Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.

After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.



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Review

I was sold from the very first line... When an author can make me, as a reader, fully aware of details and surroundings, like vision, smell, noise, body language, the tensions and very importantly the century it takes place in .... from the very first page.... It can’t go wrong in any way with the story. 

Picture ‘London 1895’ 

Albert Henderson bought a beautiful house, only it had a lost and angry young spirit in it.
Justin Crump is a psychic and thrown away as dirt by his family.
Albert’s mother asked for Mr. Crump to help with the lost spirit. When both men get involved there is an undeniable attraction. Albert has no experience at all how to deal or act with his feelings for Justin, he is, at first, a bit curt, Justin gently tries to open his heart.
Bit by bit the secrets of the lost spirit are revealed. While working together on the same case Justin and Albert are getting fonder of each other. 
Some ugly things had happened in this house... and both men are determined to help the spirit.

Sublime story and sublimely written. It had a focus on several important things, the injustice toward people, the restless spirits, family, friendship and the strong connection between two men in a century which didn’t allowed a love between two people from the same sex. The mysterious case that brought them together is beautifully woven into this story. The spiritual level were amazingly put down. Both men were gentle and considerate, their bond indestructible and that was what saved them on heavy occasions.
Their longing and yearning; so strong and so present... it made me emotional. 
This story and the beautiful way it’s written touched me on a deep level. I felt the emotional and psychic depth, I balked ugly tears. I was completely enchanted by this story!







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