Thursday, November 23, 2017

Author Of The Month - Marshall Thornton - Grand Finale


Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the amazing






In today's post, we'll talk about Femme, Aunt Belle's Time Travel And Collectibles, and The Perils Of Praline. We also have our author interview, and all the way at the bottom is one more chance to win!



First up, Femme


Blurb:

Queeny cocktail waiter, Lionel, wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.










Excerpt:


Dog’s eyes popped open. He twisted his head around and took in my bedroom. I’d done an excellent job on the room. The walls were an amazing eggplant and the ceiling a delicate sky blue. I’d gotten this gilt- and cream-colored French provincial bedroom set on Craigslist that was so tacky it was chic. For whimsy, I had a collection of mirrors on one wall and throw rugs shaped like various fruits on the floor. My bedding had a zillion thread count and there was so much down in my comforter, my pillows and my feather bed that it was like I’d just shot, slaughtered and plucked a gaggle of geese.

I was waiting for a compliment. Instead, Dog said, “I don’t live here.”

“What a relief! I hate it when people move in uninvited.”

Actually, I might not have minded so much if he had moved in uninvited. He was cute in a lumbering, jockish sort of way. His hair was dark and clipped close, his eyes a soft, puppy dog brown. (Hmmmm, maybe that’s where he got the nickname.) There was a swoon-inducing dimple in his chin and, though he had muscles and very broad shoulders, he also had a sexy, hairy, little belly going on. That was an interesting thought. Since he was currently covered by my comforter the only way I’d know anything about his belly was—

I reached under the blanket and ran my hand across his modest paunch. Yup, it was there. And it was still sexy as hell. And we’d definitely had sex the night before. I was about to move my hand lower and start something new—I mean, after all, if the sex was half as good as I half-remembered we should definitely do it again—but he pushed my hand away and said, “Hey. Don’t do that.”

“Sweetheart, don’t get all excited and scream rape. We’re in bed together naked. That implies a certain intimacy.”

“You’re that waiter from The Bird.”

“Lionel. My name is Lionel.”

“That’s a funky name.”

“Your name is Dog. Do you really think you have room to talk?”

“I don’t remember last night.”

“Pity. I only remember parts of it. Maybe if we try a reenactment it will come back to us?” He looked seriously worried. That offended me a little. Well, more than a little. “Don’t look like that. Trust me, you had the time of your life.

“I don’t, um, I don’t do things like this.”

“You don’t have sex? That’s sad.”

“I don’t have sex with strangers.”

“Yes, it’s so much better to have cheap meaningless sex with people after you’ve cultivated a relationship with them.”





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Second in today's line-up, Aunt Belle's Time Travel And Collectibles



Blurb:

Where would you go if you could travel to any part of your past? That’s the question Terrance faces on his 45th birthday—and right away, he knows. He wants to go back to 1992 and not meet Mr. Wrong. But what begins as a journey to change the past becomes a trip to find the future. From the writer of Femme comes a story of best friends, time travel and going backward to move forward.











Excerpt:


I found myself dry heaving in the men’s room at Badlands. Well, one of the men’s rooms. Both of the toilets there were men’s rooms. They let women into the bar but if they needed to use the facilities someone had to guard the door. Luckily, I wasn’t actually puking. That would have put a damper on the whole thing but my stomach had tied itself into a nauseated knot. I kept standing in front the toilet just in case, taking long deep breaths and trying to ignore the smell of urine all around me. As my stomach settled, I realized that I was twenty-some pounds lighter and wearing clothes I’d long ago donated to charity: a white pair of 501s, a black pair of Western demi-boots and a black T-shirt with a big yellow Batman logo on it. The shirt was far too small for me and I’d rolled up the sleeves to show off my biceps—they weren’t that impressive but everyone else was showing theirs. All at once I realized something, this was the outfit I wore when I went out to pickup guys.

Oh my God, I thought, I’m on the prowl.

As soon my stomach settled, I walked out into the bar. Badlands had a country feel to it back then, barn wood tacked up on the walls, a pick axe hung over the cigarette machine, some big flat metal pans that could have been used to pan for gold. There were two pool tables, a jukebox, a bar shaped like a horseshoe and a dartboard tucked into a corner. The place was packed. I’d barely walked ten feet before I passed six black motorcycle jackets though I was fairly certain there were no motorcycles parked out front.

Despite the jukebox, a DJ played endless techno. It all had the same beat and it was hard to figure out where one song ended and another began. Worse than the droning music though was the smoke. In 1992, people could still smoke inside so the bar was nothing but a cube of smoke. It was disgusting. I was wondering why we ever let people do that when I heard someone calling out my name over the noise.

I turned to see Sean standing nearby. He wore a simple, white, oxford and a pressed pair of jeans with black loafers. It wasn’t too far off from the outfit he’d worn to my forty-fifth birthday brunch. Or rather, the outfit he would someday wear to my forty-fifth birthday brunch. I remembered when I was younger thinking that he was always kind of boring but now I looked at him again, he was kind of elegant. And much better looking than I’d ever given him credit for.

“Are you feeling any better?” He yelled into my ear as he rested a hand sympathetically on my arm. “You turned green and ran away. I told you a sex-on-the-beach is not as fun as it sounds.”



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And 3rd today, The Perils Of Praline, Or The Amorous Adventures Of A Southern Gentleman in Hollywood



Blurb:

When he falls in love with a contestant on a reality TV show, Peter "Praline" Palmetier decides to leave his home in rural Georgia and, failing to realize this might be considered stalking, travels to Hollywood to find his soul mate, Dave G. Once in tinsel-town he meets a collection of startling, and often horny, characters in his quest. They include a studly steward, a conservative talk show host, the Godfather of the Gay Mafia, and casting assistant Jason Friedman, who always manages to be there in time to save Praline from total disaster. Will Praline find love with the illusive Dave G., or will he recognize the charms of appealing but untelegenic Jason?






Excerpt:

Praline Palmetier decided to move to Hollywood while watching an all-day marathon of the reality TV show House-Bound, Season Six. It wasn’t that he fell in love with the stately palm trees and sandy beaches shown during the opening credits, or the trendy bars where contestants drank too much, or even the ever-present possibility of seeing a movie star around every corner. No, Praline fell in love with contestant number 5, Dave G.

Had he been asked to describe the ultimate human specimen, Praline would have described Dave G. The young man was tall—or at least appeared so on television—with velvet brown hair and smoky gray eyes. He was not overly muscled, though clearly athletic—in one episode he’d worn a thong that had shown off a delicious stream of dark hair running from just above his belly button downward. In short, Dave G. was absolute perfection.

It’s not that Praline decided to move to California without angst. He’d been angsting most of the summer. Having graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Communications from Laccacoochee Technical College, he had no further plans—no career goals, no special calling, and definitely no aspirations for additional schooling, as he had attained a less than stellar 2.2 GPA. Somewhat anxiously, he spent his nights making Mocha Latte’s at a sci-fi coffee shop called Java the Hut, and his days loitering on his mother’s sofa, which is where he sat—well, slouched actually—watching the special House-Bound, Season Six reunion episode, when on came a commercial for the bestselling book, The Key.

The commercial claimed that all you had to do to succeed in love was imagine down to the tiniest detail exactly what and exactly who you wanted to love you and it would come true, stunningly and amazingly true—especially if you bought the book.

But there wasn’t any need to buy the book, thought Praline. He had just spent most of his summer imagining down to the minutest detail what life would be like with Dave G. In fact, he’d concentrated so hard, so many times, that Praline was sure if he ever happened to meet Dave G. they’d fall instantly and irrevocably in love. And that’s when he realized he had to go to Hollywood, as soon as possible.

When he told his mother about his plan, she nearly burst a vocal cord screaming, “Criminy Jickets!” As an upstanding Christian woman, Robin Palmetier refused to take the Lord’s name in vain. “Praline, you cannot move to California! It is the most sinful, most dangerous, most seductive place on this entire planet!”

And then, in order to avoid a full-on conniption fit, she lit a joint.




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Audio Review: You Never Know by Mary Calmes

From The Blurb:
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head. 
Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since. 
If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

Karen's rating:




You never know...but I probably should have... 

I probably should have skipped this one on audio...but it's Mary Calmes, and the narrator was Greg Tremblay, and well...willpower, I has none.

I have to admit this one isn't my favorite Mary Calmes book...not even in the top 5 but that's life, right? We can't love everything, every time, and this, it seems, is no exception.

While I once again loved Greg Tremblay's narration of this story and definitely had no issues there and if I'm rating just the narration I'd probably be giving this 4 stars at the very least...nope, once again my issues were the story itself and at the end of the audio book I found that when it came down to it my feelings haven't changed I still really like Hagen. He's an easy guy to like...kind, friendly, loyal and way, way more forgiving than most people deserve...as a matter of fact if there's one thing about Hagen that bothered me it was how forgiving he was but I'm always saying that everyone deserves a second chance so I guess I really can't fault him now, can I?

Audio Review: Out of the Ashes by Ari McKay

From The Blurb:
Asheville Arcana In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love. 
Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away. 
Except for one man. 
As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life. 
Listening Length: 5 hours and 47 minute



Karen's rating:




Have you ever wondered what would happen if an elf, a vampire, a wizard and a werewolf met... 

 ...while I can't honestly say that I have...I can say that it was hella' good fun finding out.

The last thing alpha werewolf expected to find when he returned home was 5 dead pack members and the rest of the pack missing. In need of help to find his missing pack Eli heads to the pack in Asheville and the supernatural community located there. When the supernatural council turns down Eli's plea for help...all except for one person...half-elf, Arden Gilmarin.

As soon as they shake hands Eli knows he's met his mate...something he neither wants nor believes he needs. As Arden and his friends, the vampire Julian and a wizard named Whimsey work with Eli to figure out what's happened to Eli's pack, Eli begins to find it harder and harder to ignore his inner wolf's demands to be with it's mate.

While Arden knows that he wants Eli as soon as they meet what he doesn't realize is that they're mates. I really enjoyed this story. It held my interest from start to finish. Both the storyline and the characters. The pace was fast but not excessively and the mystery and romance were woven together seamlessly. But even more than the story I loved these characters. Arden with his sweet caregiver ways, Eli with his gruff, alpha behavior and determination to keep Arden at arms length, Julian the mysterious vampire who keeps his past a secret and while he's not as open about his feelings as Arden or Whimsy it's still abundantly clear how much he cares about his two friends and the wizard, Whimsy. Whimsy is absolutely adorable and totally a spitfire...seriously don't mess with his friends because he will curse your sorry behind.

Blogtour: Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Katie Porter




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Came Upon A Midnight Clear 






Blurb:

Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a tempestuous teenage affair with Nathan Carnes. But when Nathan proved himself hell-bent on self-destruction and wound up in prison, Kyle closed off his heart.

Almost a decade later, Kyle’s production partner hires Nathan’s stunt company, Second Chances, to work on a big-budget action film in London. Nate is floored by his explosive reunion with Kyle. But he sure as hell isn’t surprised that Kyle still treats their mutual needs—and Nate—like dirty little secrets.

As the London holiday season casts its dazzling spell, the two men find themselves falling in love again. Kyle is one breathless kiss away from declaring himself to Nate—and to the world—but they cannot ignore secrets borne of youthful mistakes. To protect their bright new future, Kyle and Nathan will need all their passion and trust . . . and a little Christmas magic.


Publisher's note: This is a lightly edited reprint of a previously published novel.




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About the 2017 Holiday Charity Collection

20% of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.





Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this year’s collection will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.


The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.


To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: https://lgbtnet.org/en.


This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:



Pre-ordering this collection will allow you to download each story two days prior to its official release date, as well as save 20% off the list price of the individual books.


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