Saturday, February 16, 2019

Release Blitz: Snowed In: Nen and Anani by Nell Iris #Excerpt #Giveaway

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Length: 22,312 words

Publisher: JMS Books 


It is time to go to my son.

Nen waited to hear those words from the Vasilissa for fifteen rotations, since that time the snow wouldn’t stop falling. But now that he’s about to meet Anani, the love of his life, again, he’s afraid. What if Anani doesn’t feel the same anymore?

Anani, the guardian of the water element, was only seventeen when he was banished from his mother’s court. Heartbroken he couldn’t be with the one he loved, he lost control over his emotions and his power. No matter what he tried, the snow wouldn’t stop, and as a last resort, he was sent away.

When they finally meet again, Anani is hopeful but disillusioned. The law that kept them apart hasn’t changed. How will they be able to find their happily ever after?

And what happens when the snow starts falling again?


A third knock hushes the forest even more. Not a single insect can be heard. Is the wildlife waiting for me to leave? Is he? Would he answer if I call out to him? Or will the sound of my voice make him even more resolved to stay behind the closed door?

Before I have time to come to a decision, the door is yanked open and he appears in the opening.

The Vasilieu.

Oh, great Spirit, still my heart!

He is magnificent!

He is willowy tall and has grown so much these last fifteen rotations, reaching me to my nose, standing over a head taller than any other member of his family. He’s dressed like a commoner in a tunic and pants even plainer than my own -- where's his kaftan? The clothes hug his body and reveal every long sinewy muscle in his legs and arms.

Hair as white as newly fallen snow is parted in the middle and hangs straight to his waist. His nose, slightly upturned, gives him a mischievous look. His pale lips, imperceptibly darker than his skin color, are pillowy but set in a severe line.

But it's his eyes that draw my attention. Pale blue eyes staring at me as if he can't believe what he's seeing. After a few heartbeats, they widen, and he lets out a gasp.

A wave of emotions hit me square in the chest. What was muted just moments before grows into an avalanche as though he let them loose, or lost control of them. They overwhelm me; I physically feel them, poking and prodding my breast, invading my heart. I stagger a few steps backward and sink to my knees without hesitation. I don't avert my gaze. "Vasilieu."

He narrows his eyes. "Do not call me that. You know my name. Use it."

The barrage of his emotions intensifies, making it hard to breathe but easy for me to identify them. Disbelief. Uncertainty. Hope.

... Happiness?

Yes, definitely happiness.

"Anani," I whisper. Never before have I uttered his name, not even alone in the night. Saying it now is terrifying and freeing all at once. And it feels right, as though my lips are meant to say it. Whisper it in his ear as our limbs are entwined and sweaty.

He surges forward and throws himself on his knees before me. Cups my cheeks and lets his thumbs caress my beard. His gaze flits over my face as if though he's trying to take in all the changes that have happened since we saw each other last. The crow's feet by my eyes. The corners of my mouth that are downturned from the lack of smiling. The first gray at my temples in a sea of black, bristly hair.

I'm an older, more tired-looking version of the man who watched him walk away all those rotations ago, while he's more breathtaking than ever.

"Vasilieu. Don't kneel before me. It's not proper."

"Nen. Oh Nen. Is it really you?" he asks as if he didn't hear my plea. His hands explore my face; the fingertips linger in my wrinkles and lines, sending sparkles through my body. He tugs lightly on my beard and gazes into my eyes. I wonder what he sees.

"Vasilieu. Anani." The second time I use his name is even more momentous. "Stand, I beg you."

He sits back on his heels. "What are you doing here?" His disbelief melts away. Clearly, he trusts his own eyes and what he can see before him. Confusion takes its place. With grace, he rises to his feet, bends down to grab my hands, and pulls me to standing with little help from me. Spirit, he is strong!

He doesn't let go.

Nell Iris is a romantic at heart who believes everyone deserves a happy ending. She’s a bona fide bookworm (learned to read long before she started school), wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without something to read (not even the ladies’ room), loves music (and singing along but, let’s face it, she’s no Celine Dion), and is a real Star Trek nerd (“Make it so”). She loves words, poetry, wine, and Sudoku, and absolutely adores elephants!

Nell believes passionately in equality for all regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, and wants to make the world a better, less hateful, place.

Nell is a forty-something bisexual Swedish woman, married to the love of her life, and a proud mama of a grown daughter. She left the Scandinavian cold and darkness for warmer and sunnier Malaysia a few years ago, and now spends her days writing, surfing the Internet, enjoying the heat, and eating good food. One day she decided to chase her lifelong dream of being a writer, sat down in front of her laptop, and wrote a story about two men falling in love.

Nell Iris writes gay romance, prefers sweet over angst, and wants to write diverse and different characters.

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All About Me and What's To Come: EM Denning #Giveaway

Happy Saturday my good people! It's time for our feature: All About Me and What's To Come. Today we have the talented EM Denning. Is she new to you? Well, lucky you a new author is on the horizon. Read her before? Well, then wait until you see what's coming. There's a giveaway at the end so be sure to enter! Get comfy folks....

Greetings! I’m EM Denning, but you can call me Emo. I’m supposed to tell you a bit about myself but I truthfully never know what to say. I’m not that interesting. I’m Canadian. I write books. I eat poutine. I like to read books. Lots of books. About all different kinds of things. And sometimes I want to read a book that doesn’t exist yet, so I write it.

I wrote poetry for many years until I made the switch to books. At first, I was writing MF books, but found my niche when I stumbled into the world of MM romance. There’s a lot about the genre that I absolutely love, but that’s probably a different post.

Right before I found MM Romance, I found BDSM books, and when I finally stumbled into a plot bunny featuring both, I knew I had to write it. Writing What He Needs really changed my life. Not only do I feel that it helped me really stretch my wings as a writer, but it also led to one of the best friendships of my lifetime. Kate Hawthorne started out as a beta reader, then became my friend, then my coauthor.

The Desires series starts out with Alan and Craig in What He Needs. It’s got a bit of Daddy kink and is a lovely story about how our needs can change and evolve over time. What He Craves is about my sweet, lost boy, Matty, who sees the good in everyone, and Steve, the man who believes in Matt’s worth, even when Matty doesn’t. What He Hides is one of my favorite tropes. Xavier, a young dominant twink acts on his crush and goes after the person he’s always wanted, his older brother’s best friend, Everett. What He Fears is a menage featuring a dom, a switch, and a sweet guy who is still learning about who he is.

I mentioned above that Kate is my coauthor. If you like sweet boys, guilt cookies, and panty kink, you should check out Irreplaceable. But if fake relationships, bubbly wine, and errant street crabs are more your style, then Future Fake Husband is the book for you.

What’s to come?

Well you see, this year I’ve been stretching my wings and I’ve written a darker romance, one that will be the first of my Denning After Dark line of books. The release for it however, is on hold while I work on the sequel.

BUT, coming soon is my first Omegaverse novel. The current title is Best Laid Plans and it will come out some time early spring if it all goes according to plan. Best Laid Plans isn’t your standard omegaverse novel. I’ve sort of flipped the trope and turned Alphas into second class citizens.

After that, I do plan to return to the third book in the Upstate Education series.

Beyond that, probably some daddy kink, if I’m honest.

If you want to keep up to date on all my shenanigans, please feel free to join my Facebook group. I’m also on twitter, instagram, and bookbub.

All of my books are on Amazon and are free to read in KU.


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Random Review: Wayward Sons by N.D. Clark #Review #Giveaway

Title: Wayward Sons
Author: N.D. Clark
Self Published
Publication Date: January 10, 2019
Length: 135 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


An affluent family, steeped in generations of honorable service in the U.S. Navy, is led by a powerful patriarch, Admiral Guy Cato. As the second world war looms large on the horizon, the admiral has lost faith in his eldest son, Morgan, a womanizer with seemingly little aspirations. Therefore, the admiral decides to entrust the fate of the family’s future to his youngest son and prodigy, Edmond Cato, demanding he serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy. But the powerful patriarch doesn’t stop there. He insists that Edmond marry Cilla Mora, the beautiful debutante daughter of his close friend, Bill Mora, an influential senator from Virginia, uniting two powerful and wealthy families, thus assuring the preservation of the Cato name and its legacy. But Edmond has no desire to join the Navy or to marry Cilla Mora. His true passion lies in engineering and although he has been accepted into the College of Engineering at Princeton University, he eventually caves to the pressure of his overbearing and controlling father and agrees to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.
At the train station, where Edmond is in line to purchase a ticket to Annapolis, he meets a handsome, intriguing young man by the name of Richard Walters, who comes from a humble shrimping background in Gulfport, Mississippi. Sensing they might have more than just academics in common, Edmond must make a gut-wrenching decision to please his overbearing father or take his destiny into his own hands.

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I find myself having mixed emotions about this book, there were some things I enjoyed and some that made me rather uncomfortable. This is a historical romance that begins in 1938 and some of the behaviors were surprising to me especially considering the times.

 Edmond Cato and Richard Walters, the two main characters are very likable and they have an insta-love connection. On a train ride from Virginia to New Jersey, these two fall in love and make life altering decisions. I was surprised giving it’s 1938 and these two are so willing to jump right into a romantic/physical relationship so quickly. I understand that this is fiction, but it feels like in a time where a same sex love affair would not be at all acceptable...they would have been a little hesitant to be so bold so quickly.

They move into an all male boarding house with eight other residents, including a twelve year old boy. This was my biggest issue with the book, there is a matter of two boarder’s lifestyle that made me so uncomfortable with the twelve year old being present. This could very well be my own sense of modesty at play, but I was uncomfortable and felt this was a bit too much.

 As far as the rest, I loved the loyalty and unconditional friendships and support offered to these two young men. They make a powerful enemy in Edmond’s father and it’s nice to see them have shelter from his horribleness. There is also this tremendous amount of integrity displayed by Edmond when he is offered the answer to so many of his problems and it goes against his core beliefs. I love seeing an eighteen year old with such strong convictions. Edmond and Richard May have fallen for each other very suddenly, but show an incredible amount of love, affection, and a willingness to sacrifice for each other. They are committed to their fledgling romance and it’s very sweet to see such devotion.   


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Random Review: Familiar Demon by Amy Lane #Review #Giveaway

Author: Amy Lane
Title: Familiar Demon
Series: Familiar Love #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: February 12, 2019
Length: 241 Pages

Reviewed by Erin


Familiar Love: Book Two For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown. Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.  But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?

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Do you ever finish a book and go something like ... holy cow, I can't believe all of that just happened?! This was my exact reaction when I finished Amy Lane's Familiar Demon. I also took a deep breath and sighed happily but that's often the case with one of Amy's books.
Familiar Demon is the second book in her Familiar Love series and if you haven't read the first book, Familiar Angel, I HIGHLY recommend you read that first before diving into this one. There is some serious and important world building that takes place in the first book and you'll miss quite a lot of necessary back story if you start with book two. That being said, Familiar Demon was one wild ride! Funny and suspenseful and so much action that starts right away that you need to be ready to strap in and just hang on. 

I'll be honest, reading about magical beings and shape shifters is not my go to kind of book, but having read Familiar Angel, and loved it--I mean it's Amy so of course it was fabulous!--I knew I couldn't wait to get back to this world of Amy's. Edward Youngblood has been in love with Mullins for a very long time, too bad Mullins is a demon and lives in Hell. Literally, he lives in Hell. But, love knows no boundaries and Edward and his brothers come up with a way to save Mullins...even if they might die trying to do it. Let me tell you, Familiar Demon is one wild adventure after another as Edward and the boys race against time in order to save Mullins. I found myself gasping out loud more than a few times during the action packed sequences and due to Amy's magical (see what I did there?!) way with words, I felt I was right along side Edward, Harry, Francis and the rest of the gang. 

There are funny moments, many of them. And with any Amy Lane book you know you're going to get the romance too, and man, those parts hit me right in the feels. Like many of you, I'm such a sucker for a good do anything for love kind of romance! I found myself loving every minute I spent in this crazy world Amy has given us and I really couldn't turn the pages fast enough. There were so many twists and turns and I was on the edge of my seat. Full of danger and mayhem and laughs, Familiar Demon was everything I'd hoped it would be. The dual POV's added a lot because seeing things from both Mullins and Edward's side was such fun. I can't wait for the next book, I'm really hoping it's Francis and Beltrane! Really, y'all, do yourselves a huge favor and check out both books in the series. It might not be what you're used to in romance, but I can guarantee you'll be so happy you read them by the time you're done!


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Valentine's Month Celebration~ Week Two #Giveaways

It's week two of the Valentine's Month Celebration! Last week was AMAZING and we are super excited to do it again!!! This week we have another great group of authors with outstanding books up for grabs. Remember, what ever book you see here is what book the author is offering up. Let's get started!


Trevor loves his life. He has a great family, amazing friends, his art, and the warm and inviting café where his creativity can come to life. His hard work has paid off, but something is missing. Despite his success, he feels tired and lonely.

Then a sexy stranger walks into the café, and into Trevor’s life.

Jordan’s dream has always been to be a songwriter and singer. Disillusioned, he walks away from his band to pursue his dream on his own. In Trevor, Jordan finds everything he ever wanted in a friend and partner.

Then Jordan is offered the deal of a lifetime. Will he choose love or success? Or can he find a way to pursue his dream without losing Trevor?

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Shy and awkward Teo Wright, a brilliant young author, has met the man of his dreams in much older Michael, a widower, and father of three. The man has fired up his fantasies and refuses to let go. Discovering they are both single sets them on the road to forever.
“I want to wake up to this every morning.”
Dr. Michael Ashworth has been focused on his work for too many years and although now he is one of the best doctors in his field, it has been to the detriment of his family. But when Teo comes into his life, Michael knows the young man is his future. Teo has made him feel alive and whole again. However, Michael’s in-laws are not thrilled to find their ‘straight’ son-in-law, is in fact bisexual.
Dating a man is not the only issue threatening the life he and Teo are building together. Michael’s teenage son is also not a fan of his father having a boyfriend that is so much younger.
A rebellious teenager and bigoted relatives are hurdles Michael and Teo must overcome before they can find their forever, but nothing good ever comes easy… especially when there are kids to consider.

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Some hearts are made to be stolen.Mark Mannix doesn’t believe in love or romance, which is ironic given his birthday falls on Valentine’s Day. As he approaches forty, Mark is perfectly content with his life and nursing career in Boston, and—outside of his long-time friend-with-benefits, Alistair—prefers his hookups to be one-night stands.

When Mark’s plans for New Year’s Eve fall through, he attends his sister’s party and meets Owen Todd, a graphic designer of Caribbean descent. Owen is more than a decade younger than Mark and, at first glance the two men appear to have little in common. The chemistry between them is potent, however, and Mark breaks his no-strings pattern, seeing Owen week after week.

A connection forms between the two men, leaving Mark in uncharted territory and drawn to Owen in ways he’s never known before. Even so, Mark continues his hookups with Alistair but is startled when Owen withdraws out of a desire to protect himself. His foundations shaken, Mark must decide if he can watch Owen walk away or … if the time has come to follow his heart in a new direction.  

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After a busy and successful year at her bakery, divorcée Aimee Lucas decides to splurge on a bathroom renovation. The owner of Lucas’s Fine Cakes and Pastries is tired of lackluster Valentine’s Days, so she’s looking forward to a solo celebration this year. Why bother with a mediocre date when she can relax in a tub with a glass of wine?

Joshua Ward and Matt Mitchell co-own a construction company, but there’s a bit more to their partnership than they let on. Although both men have caught the eye of many a homeowner, they never mix business with pleasure.

When Aimee hires J&M Construction to remodel her bathroom, she never expects to find a date. Much less two.

As the project continues, Aimee, Matt, and Josh find themselves drawn to one another. Matt and Josh are happy together, but they’re looking for a woman to be their third, and it quickly becomes clear Aimee might just be whom they’ve been searching for.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, they all have decisions to make. Can Matt and Josh broach the subject without losing their customer? And will Aimee decide she just wants a fling with the hunky contractors, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith on something more?

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After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules of the streets.

His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
Trust nobody!
These are the rules he lives by.

When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own. A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow's life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher's best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

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Nobody says no to a Prescott.
Not even one of their own.

Living up to expectations had never been easy, but when I went after something, I got it. Success. Money. Acclaim. I was standing on the doorstep to having it all when my father handed me an impossible ultimatum: travel to middle-of-nowhere Alaska to convince Gage Emerson to return to work or don’t bother coming back.

Power and prosperity are overrated. Especially when they come at a price. When enough became enough, I walked away, forging a new, quieter life for myself in small-town Sawyer’s Ferry. That life was perfect, until one day Holden Prescott, son of my former business partner, showed up in my backyard. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.

Nothing had ever tempted me to look back, but now I’m not so sure I can walk away a second time.  

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She set out to explore the world and found love along the way.

Vivian Ng is as experienced as flight attendants come. Taking charge and getting stuff done has always been her MO. When her father pushes her to give up her Asian routes in favor of flights to Europe, she’s nervous about the change, but her skills have never failed her before.

Flight attendant Marco Chang is charming and he knows it. Growing up as an immigrant with absentee parents, he learned how to win people over with a smile and a sexy accent. But being popular never meant his heart was available.

When Vivian and Marco find themselves working the same flight to Rome, Marco is immediately smitten. Vivian is smart, competent, kicks ass and takes names. Vivian’s not as impressed. Marco’s cute, sure, but he’s helpful to a fault and she doesn’t need some guy telling her how to do her job.

As they hop back and forth across the Atlantic, the romance of European cities works its magic. But if there’s any hope of their budding attraction taking off, she’ll need to let go and he’ll need to let her in.

Content Warning: This book contains a scene of sexual harassment.

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*** Disclosure: Fly With Me IS an MF Romance with bisexual representation.


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