Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spread the Love Giveaway

Happy Valentine's Day! Yeah, its a Hallmark Holiday. But it's a time to show love. Spread the Love started last year for authors to say thank you to their readers. It's a massive giveaway from authors to readers. Their way of saying they really appreciate you and simply want to spread the love to you. Check out the awesome authors this year! Great giveaways too!

So, this Valentine's Day FEEL the love....

S.C. Wynne started writing m/m in 2013 and did look back once. She wanted to say that because it seems everyone's bio says they never looked back and, well S.C. Wynne is all about the joke. She loves writing m/m and her characters are usually a little jaded, funny and ultimately redeemed through love.
S.C loves red wine, margaritas and Seven and Seven's. Yes, apparently S.C. Wynne is incredibly thirsty. S.C. Wynne loves the rain and should really live in Seattle but instead has landed in sunny, sunny, unbelievably sunny California. Writing is the best profession she could have chosen because S.C. is a little bit of a control freak. To sit in her pajamas all day and pound the keys of her laptop controlling the every thought and emotion of the characters she invents is a dream come true.
If you'd like to contact S.C. Wynne she is amusing herself on Facebook at all hours of the day or you can contact her at

Giveaway: 2 winners. Reader's Choice Back list ebooks!

Born in Liverpool, Kate Aaron is a bestselling author of the #1 LGBT romances What He Wants, Ace, The Slave, and other  works. Kate swapped the North West for the Midwest in October 2015 and married award-winning author AJ Rose. Together they plan to take over the world.

Giveaway: 1 ebook, reader’s choice, excluding boxsets

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Giveaway: Ebook of Sutphin Boulevard and Sunset Park

Shell Taylor is a full-time mother of three exuberant and loving kiddos and one fur baby, a tiny but fierce Yorkie-poo named Rocco. As a Christian who practices love and grace and humility rather than hatred and judgement, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She just recently learned how to crochet to start bombarding new mothers with matching hats and booties. She is a huge Marvel fan and because of the superhero-plastered tees paired with jeans and Chucks has been told when helping out in her son’s classroom that she looks more like the students than a parent. Her favorite way to procrastinate is to binge watch entire seasons on Netflix. Best of all, she’s been married ten years to a man who’s turned out to be everything she never knew she needed.
Twitter: @shelltaylorpens

Giveaway: Reader’s choice of eBook copy of Redeeming Hope or Resurrecting Hope!

Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.

Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. 

When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at, at his website dedicated to the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge at or become a part of his social media network by visiting or!/JacobZFlores.

Giveaway: Backlist ebook reader’s choice

Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
Connect with Amy:
·        Website:
·        Blog:
·        Twitter: @amymaclane
·        Facebook group: Amy Lane Anonymous

Giveaway: Full e-book set of the Candy Man books or reader's choice of one book 

    I have been writing fiction since I was a kid growing up on a small farm in Indiana, but it wasn’t until after I retired from working as a hair stylist for 35 years in my adopted hometown of San Diego, California, that I really set my mind to fulfilling my dream of being a published writer. 
     Dreamspinner Press made that dream a reality for me by signing me up with my first novel, A HARD WINTER RAIN, which reached the Bestseller List for the Dreamspinner publishing house within three days of its release.  I couldn’t sit still for a week I was so excited.
     I hope you enjoy my website.  Remember, it’s a work in progress.  I’ll be adding to it continually as time goes by. 
     For all of you who have bought my books, thank you.  For those of you who haven’t, but perhaps enjoy a good male-on-male romance now and then, try one of the hundreds of other Dreamspinner Press books just waiting for you at the Dreamspinner Press website.
     Trust me.  You’ll be glad you did.
     Dreamspinner Press really is the place where dreams come true. 

Here's the link for my DSP author's page:

Giveaway: Scrudge & Barley Inc ebook

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Giveaway: ebook copy of the first in the series of Sin City Uniforms, The Hampton Road Club and Kiss of Leather.

It began with a Halloween themed short story assignment from a second grade teacher, and from then on, AJ Rose fell head over heels in love with writing. Time has seen the beginning and end of many things, college and graduation, a finance career, and a marriage, and through it all, writing has been her first love. Now, AJ is also head over heels for her wife, fellow author Kate Aaron, who gets it, the twitchy fingers when word counts are low too many consecutive days, the thousand-yard stare when an idea turns AJ's vision inward, and the jitters when the word-babies go out to meet the world. Nothing could stop the tall tales about imaginary people that refused to be ignored. With a life full of this much passion, it's no wonder AJ chose romance. The voices in her head are mostly of the male persuasion, so m/m romance was about the only option. But don't be surprised if the occasional ghost still pops up.

AJ's work can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks. AJ tweets as @_AJRose and blogs at, where there is more information about future titles.

Giveaway: Reader's Choice

When not staying up all night writing, J.R Gray can be found at the gym where it's half assumed he is a permanent resident to fulfill his self-inflicted masochism. A dominant and a pilot, Gray finds it hard to be in the passenger seat of any car. He frequently interrupts real life, including normal sleep patterns and conversations, to jot down notes or plot bunnies. Commas are the bane of his existence even though it's been fully acknowledged they are necessary, they continue to baffle and bewilder. If Gray wasn't writing…well, that's not possible. The buildup of untold stories would haunt Gray into an early grave, insanity or both. The idea of haunting has always appealed to him. J.R. Gray is genderqueer and prefers he/him pronouns.

Giveaway:  Two winners Two ebooks reader’s choice

Brigham Vaughn is starting the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time writer. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga.  She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
Social Media Links:
Facebook Fan Group (Brigham’s Book Nerds):

Giveaway: A backlist title of the reader's choice (excluding the "Dr. Feelgood" anthology)

AUTHOR BIO: J. Johanis writes m/m dark erotica and enjoys plots that are historical or myth-based.

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Giveaway: $5 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of Claimed by the Order.

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His Raining Men won the Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel."

Giveaway: ebook Legally Wed ebook

Author Bio: Award-winning author Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything—even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters.

To contact Sloan, find out about her books that are available for purchase, and read free stories, visit: If you'd like to be notified of new releases and get exclusive sneak peeks, be sure to sign up to receive Sloan Parker's newsletter via her website. 

Social Media: You can follow Sloan on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  

Giveaway: $10 All Romance eBooks gift card and winner's choice of e-book from Sloan's backlist.

Mia Kerick Adult is an award-winning author of stories involving the type of life events that are riveting to read about, but you probably wouldn’t want to experience first hand. Into her fictional disasters, she sprinkles a sufficient quantity of touching and spicy adult LGBTQ romance to keep her readers coming back for more.

Having relocated from Boston, Massachusetts to rural New Hampshire, Mia lives with her doting husband, four brilliant and accomplished young adult children who will one day likely contribute to the establishment of world peace (Mia believes in self-fulfilling prophecies), and at least three too many cats. She suffers with a severe case of mall-withdrawal, which leads to frequent online shopping, and an overly personal relationship with the UPS driver.

Giveaway will be ebooks (mobi, pdf, epub) of Clean, Love Spell, and A Hard Day’s Night by Mia Kerick

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 and 2015 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband and the coolest yellow Lab ever in an almost empty nest.

Twitter:   @LaneHayes3
Facebook: LaneHayesauthor

Giveaway: Reader's Choice

LE Franks lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, one teenager, and two cats bent on world domination while she writes about gay men in pursuit of love. Her stories are a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast paced stories filled with emotion and passion, and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated and sometimes a little bit dark. LE is a best selling author and finalist for 2013 & 2014 Rainbow Awards, and contributing author to Semper Fidelis, 3rd place winner for Best LGBT Anthology 2015 from both Divine Magazine Awards and Goodreads MM Romance Group Members Choice Awards. Her books are available through her publishers at MLR Press, Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, and Pride Publishing, and through online booksellers everywhere.
                    Check out LE’s books at:
                    Contact LE: email:
                    Social Media:
                    twitter: @boxtersushi
                    FB Author Page: LEFranksAuthor
                    Instagram/Tumblr: boxtersushi

Eileen Griffin lives in the southwest, but loves to travel and has spent many summers backpacking across Europe. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for unicorns of all shapes and sizes. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M romance. Her past collaborative works include: Chasing Matt, Stripped Bare, and the In The Kitchen series (all co-authored with Nikka Michaels), as well as several solo works.

Author Links:
Twitter  /  Facebook  /  Author Facebook  /  Blog  /  Amazon  /  Goodreads  /  Carina  /  Evernight  /  ARe

e-copy of In The Raw and In The Fire 

R. Paone started on this writing journey in June, 2014. From events that were beyond his control, he decided to start this new path in his life before my 30th birthday. It has been quite the journey mapping out this story arc. He has learned so much writing a novel in that it has been therapeutic and also eye opening as it evolves. He hopes everyone will enjoy what is to come from the "ONLY IF" series as I want this to be something anyone could reach for and say "that could happen to me." Stay tuned! Three fun facts about him is: he live in NYC, has a vast horror movie collection and has a great appreciation for Enya.


Giveaway: 3 ebook release bundle

Bio: Ben Monopoli lives in Boston with his husband, Chris.


Kindle copy of The Youth & Young Loves of Oliver Wade

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena can be found in the following places:

Author website          GoodReads   Facebook      Twitter Pinterest

Giveaway: Signed paperback copy of Scenes from Adelaide Road

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My character have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and a wardrobe of way too much black. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

FB Author Page:
Instagram FeliceStevens

 Giveaway: Reader’s Choice

Bio: Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiance and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you're living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.


Giveaway: Kindle copy of Shelter and an audible copy of the audiobook

Alexa Land is an independent author of gay fiction and romance. Her character-driven books include the best-selling Firsts and Forever Series, set in present-day San Francisco, which is currently at ten volumes and counting. She was born in Southern California and has been on a gradual northern migration ever since, having lived in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and now Oregon.

Alexa’s most recent book in the Firsts and Forever Series, All I Believe, is available on Amazon:
You can find Alexa Land:
On twitter: @AlexaLandWrites

the10-volume ebook set of my Firsts and Forever series

The giveaway will run until February 21st!
Winners will be selected at random. You'll be contacted via email
Your information will be collected and sent to the authors where they will 
gift you your winnings!

Thank you, good luck, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  1. Wow! What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you to all the generous authors and to Diverse Reader for hosting and organizing it! We're having a low key Valentine's Day. We celebrated last night with a nice dinner, but we'll share cards and small presents today.

  2. Thank you so much for organizing this, Meredith, you are a treasure! As tempting as all the offerings are I'll refrain from entering and leave it to the readers to claim those treasures. :)

  3. What a great group of authors, thank you! My daughter and I will spend the day watching Harry Potter movies, continuing our weekend marathon! I'm fixing a crockpot veggie lasagna for dinner and may make some almond milk ice cream to finish our day!

  4. What a massive collection of some of my fave authors.

  5. What a crazy cool giveaway :) I spent Valentine's with my lovely little girl and had a blast. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone :)

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  7. What a fantastic group of authors!! My husband and I are going to spend time with our cats and Netflix!!! LOL

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  9. Great giveaway! Thanks. Doing nothing but reading today.

  10. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Great giveaway and wonderful list of authors! I will spend the day with some friends, we will go to the beach and eat something in a near restaurant.

  11. Thanks for doing this, Mere! Good luck, everyone. :-)

  12. Thank you to all the wonderful authors for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!! We cooked a dinner in last night and today we will spend time together and finish up the 2nd season of Peaky Blinders.

  13. Happy Valentines Day everyone I'm spending my day on the internet it seems with all the celebrations, sales and blogs to visit.

  14. Greatest of days! Good luck readers! xx

  15. Happy Valentine's Day. This is a wonderful collection of authors.

  16. Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

  17. What a great giveaway!

    I'm a happy singleton, so I'm doing a few chores, relaxing, and reading today. I am thinking I'll have steak and shrimp for dinner! Just because. :-)

  18. Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you to all the authors for this amazing chance.

  19. Great group of authors! Thanks for the chance.

  20. What an amazing giveaway, thank you authors!!! My Valentine's day is looking to be a pretty quiet one which I'm good with. Maybe a movie, getting my nails done and a bit of shopping. I hope everyone has a fantastic day of love today!! <3

  21. Wonderful giveaway from great authors. Thanks so much for the chance. Spending Valentine's finishing Beta reading and staying warm. It's 1 degrees here in Delaware with the wind chill today. HOpe everyone's Valentines is great

  22. My brother and sister in law are coming over for supper tonight. We're cooking up lots of deliciousness and topping it off with cheesecake and wine!

  23. Amazing giveaway, thanks Diverse Reader and all the authors involved! I went away for a night - kid free for the first time in forever :)

  24. I'm spending Valentines Day with a book! This is a great giveaway! Thanks to the blog and all the authors!!!!!

  25. What a great group of authors in one place! It's snowing here in WI on Valentine's Day. We are expecting 4 inches. Think we'll just be cuddling, drinking hot cocoa and catching up on our favorite shows.

  26. Such a great giveaway with so many awesome authors! Thanks Diverse Reader! I'll be spending the day with family and doing some shopping.

  27. An awesome giveaway by awesome authors! Thanks to the authors and Diverse Reader. It's so generous of you all. We don't really celebrate Valentine's Day...we are spending the day indoors cuz baby it's cold outside!

  28. Relaxing and watching The Golden Girls. I know really exciting stuff.

  29. Had a nice brunch and now enjoying a lazy day catching up on TV. Thanks for this great contest!

  30. We're having lunch at home. :) And having a hopefully relaxing time reading. Happy Valentine's Day!

  31. Amaaaaaaazing giveaway, Mere! I'm honored to be part of it!

  32. This is a phenomenal giveaway. I had a quiet Valentines as my husband was travelling interstate. I watched About A Boy, 10 Things I Hate About You and Kingsmen instead whilst snuggled up with the animals :)

  33. Absolutely the best Giveaway! Diversereader and the authors are simply wonderful. Just snuggling on the couch watching reading,some nice hot tea maybe a nice movie:)

  34. Staying warm on this very cold day.

  35. Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! <3. I hope your Cupids were good to you. WOW, you guys have certainly put together one tremendous giveaway! I'm spending my day curled up with your books and am enjoying every moment. Thank you for a chance in the giveaway. May the rest of your day be as romantic as the words you bring us.

  36. Wow, what a line-up of fabulous and generous authors! ❤️

  37. Happy Valentine's Day! I'm doing typical Sunday stuff (cleaning, laundry) getting ready for another work week. Just had dental surgery on Friday so I can't eat much yet. The candy will have to wait. :-)

  38. Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'll be sleeping in and reading all day. :D

  39. This Valentines I'm spending with a four year old spit fire... then I'm reading with a hint of writing :)

    Happy Valentines Day!

  40. Stayed in, it was too cold to go out :) We moved Valentine's plans to go out until Wednesday night....

  41. You are all so awesome! Thanks for entering. I wish you ALL tons of luck and all the love!

  42. I reattached the handle to my refrigerator! Sadly, that is not a metaphor of any kind...


  43. Small party. Thanks for the contest

  44. What an awesome giveaway list! We will be having dinner at home this year, cooked by yours truly! Which I am not looking forward to. Take out pizza would have been better for me. LOL!

  45. Enjoying the day with my family and barbecuing.

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  47. I spent Valentine's Day with my wife! We've been married for almost 8 months and still can't live together while we're working on immigration, so we have to squeeze in as many weekend visits as we can manage until my application is approved!

  48. Wow, this is a nice bunch of authors and prizes! Thanks for the chance. :)

  49. great giveaway!
    I did nothing interesting or special

  50. I spent my day reading. Thank you for the chance.

  51. I was lucky enough to spend Valentine's Day buying a washer/dryer and dinner with my hubby and kids! What a great group of authors!