Author: Megs Pritchard
Series: Crossing Desires #2
Release Date: September 21st 2016
Genre: MM Erotic Romance
This book contains explicit M/M sexual scenes and strong language. It is intended for mature, adult audiences only.
There is a trigger scene within this book. It includes a hostage scene and leads up to but doesn't include a rape.
The final episode in Tony and Will’s story.
After his encounter with Will, Tony was left more confused than ever. He’d never expected to experience the sensations, the pleasure that Will had brought out in him and it had excited, but confused him.
After every encounter, Tony was left more disturbed at the level of arousal that Will could create in his body. The emotional conflict Tony faced, wanting to continue and wanting to run away were tearing him apart.
Just when Tony thought he could handle and accept his attraction to a man and finally move their relationship forward, a man from his past threatens to destroy the fragile trust Tony is developing.
Will their burgeoning relationship survive and continue, or will the shadows of his past prove too much for Tony?
Will he fight for Tony or will he walk away?
Is Tony too much trouble or a man worth waiting for?
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Tony glanced around the restaurant, looking at the people seated around them, couples or groups like them. Everyone seemed to be laughing and having a great time. As Tony glanced around the restaurant again, he spotted someone he hadn't seen when he'd first looked. Will. And he wasn't alone.
It was obvious Will was on a date. Tony could tell by the way Will was smiling and touching the other man's hand. Tony's breath caught as his stomach tightened, and he swallowed hard as heat flooded his body. He stared at them, his eyes widening and his lips parting as he struggled to breathe.
"Are you alright, Tony?" Lisa asked. "What? Yeah, yeah," he told her as he faced her. "I'm fine thanks. Saw someone I thought I knew but I was mistaken." He attempted to smile but didn't think he pulled it off by the expression on
Lisa's face. But, she didn't comment further and eventually turned away and entered the conversation with everyone else.
Tony glanced back at Will and stopped breathing when their eyes met. He watched Will's eyes widen as his eyebrows arched up in surprise, and he leaned back in his chair appearing to ignore the man sitting with him. Tony looked away and tried to focus on the conversation occurring at the table.
What the fuck was Will doing here? And with another man. Tony rubbed his forehead and closed his eyes, feeling his stomach twist and turn. He wanted to be sick. He wanted to be anywhere but in the restaurant knowing Will was with someone else.
Series: Crossing Desires #1
Release Date: March 6th 2016
Genre: MM Erotic Romance
An erotic novella. Contains homosexual relations.
Tony likes women. Always has. Always will. So when he wakes up in a strange bed after a drunken night out, he isn’t too concerned.
Thinking he’d scored with a woman from the club he’d been in the night before, he was shocked and horrified when he realized he was in a man’s bed. Naked.
What the hell happened last night?
With that question in mind, Tony quickly leaves before seeing the man he spent the night with, but in his haste leaves something important behind.
When the man he spent the night with calls him, Tony realizes that he has to meet him in order to get back what he left and that maybe he might not be as straight as he once thought.
With his brother’s help, Tony begins to question what he thought he knew about his sexuality and where the answer to that question might lead him.
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About the Author
Megs Pritchard lives in England and is a mother to two small boys. When she isn’t working or being mummy, she is busy writing about complex characters that know the harsh realities of life but want a HEA.
A lover of M/M and M/F romances she believes everyone deserves to be happy, healthy and loved.
Growing up in a military family, Megs has traveled Europe and has a great deal of respect and gratitude for all the men and women who have and who still serve. Her dream job was to be a Bomb Disposal Expert and even had her own ‘kit’ when she was younger.
She is currently working on her first novella series called Crossing Desires and full length series called Second Chances.
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Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Hi – I go either by my author name Victoria Sue or real name Sue Kellett. I write both MM and MF. I prefer paranormal because I think it’s so much more fun, and I’m all about making stuff up!
How long have you been writing for, and what inspired you to start writing?
Two years – and it was a dare really. I complained about a book and my hubby got sick of hearing me. He dared me to write one. (Thinks he might regret it now)
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Full Circle is the last book and the seventh in the series Sirius Wolves. The first one is called Orion’s Circle. The werewolves featured are connected to Egyptian mythological legends and so the story in the last book comes Full Circle.
I write what I love to read. I read my first MM three years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Do you have any genres you prefer reading, and if so what are they?
Paranormal, but not heavy sci-fi. I like BDSM and historical.
Do you have a favourite character and/or book you've written? Who, what and why?
That’s got to be a guy called Finn at the moment in Five Minutes Longer. I’ll include the blurb so you’ll probably see why.
Talon Valdez knew that when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced are viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI since he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with fatal abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I’d love to be a plotter. It just never works out that way.
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
Daily and I prefer early mornings. It fits in better with my life.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2016 and beyond?
I have my first book with Dreamspinner Press released in December. It’s a paranormal (big surprise) about Superheroes existing on earth called Five Minutes Longer. That’s going to be a series. I have a new werewolf series starting hopefully in January called The Alpha King, and I am also going to publish my third MM historical The Innocent Proposal in January.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
Sure – this is a little excerpt from Five Minutes Longer. The main character is remembering something that happened thirteen years ago.
Finn and Adam had been best friends all through elementary school. They poured over the old car magazines Adam’s brother got. They played on the same soccer team. Finn found math easy and helped Adam, and Adam explained his English questions to Finn when the words never seemed to be in the right order on the page. He also read to Finn when Finn struggled to do it himself.
Then he went to Adam’s house one morning as he always did to catch the bus together, and heard the hysterical screaming before he was halfway up the path. Adam’s big sister opened the door, crying, and said Adam was sick and wouldn’t be going to school that day. Finn bit his lip in worry. It sounded like something awful was happening inside, and he wanted to make sure Adam was okay. But at eleven years old, there wasn’t much he could do, so he spent a miserable day at school and then rushed back to Adam’s as soon as he jumped off the school bus and his feet hit the pavement.
Finn arrived to find an ambulance and two black cars parked outside. His heart nearly bounced out of his chest, and he dropped his schoolbag and ran down the path just as the door opened.
Finn screeched to a halt and stared in horror as Adam was led outside with his hands tied. Special zip-ties, the sort Finn knew were used on the enhanced because some of them could do clever things with locks and metal. He knew that because Deke’s friend Des had just gotten a job at the sheriff’s office and told him how they were taught to use them on the vermin, which Deke had thought funny. Finn didn’t understand then who Deke meant by vermin, but everything was crystal clear now, and he spent the next thirteen years remembering that moment.
Adam was crying hysterically and pulling against the two cops leading him away. He was in such a state that he never even saw Finn, and after the cops unsuccessfully tried to make Adam walk, one of them just picked him up, and Finn saw his face and finally understood.
The small jagged mark under his left eye was livid on his skin. That was when Finn started crying as well because he knew Adam would never be back at school and he’d just lost his best friend.
TITLE: Full Circle
SERIES: Sirius Wolves #7
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dark Hollow Press
COVER ARTIST: Dark Hollow Press
LENGTH: 50,000 words
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2016
BLURB: “Win the love of the wolf with the hardest heart.”
Faced with eternal banishment to hell, Anubis, god of the underworld, has found a loophole in one of the oldest laws which will allow him to unleash his evil on an unsuspecting human world. Orion’s only hope to stop him is to accept his challenge: send a champion to win the love of the wolf with the hardest heart. It will take someone with a pure heart to soften a closed one, so faced with the threat of losing not only the werewolves, but the destruction of the human race, the gods can only do one thing — send Adam, one of their own.
Adam quickly realizes that the werewolf whose love he must win is Jed. Wounded after the loss of his wife and son, Jed promised he would never love again or be responsible for someone else’s happiness. Adam has been given a near impossible task.
Anubis is eager to see Adam fail, and unbeknown to everyone takes matters into his own hands to make sure of it. Everything happening now is part of his master plan, and finally it has come full circle.
Even if Adam succeeds and wins Jed's heart, will that love survive when Jed discovers the whole thing was nothing more than a bet? Or when Adam does the one thing he mustn’t and falls in love himself, will he not only break Jed’s heart but completely destroy his own?
Jed gentled his hand as Adam mewled in the back of his throat, both of Adam’s hands surrounding his neck and pressing tightly with an overwhelming urge to simply hang on.
They shared kisses. Shared air. Jed swallowed every reaction from Adam because it was precious. Finally, he wiped his hand and their bodies clean on the sheet and drew Adam in closer.
His heart beat loudly in his ears. Jed didn’t want to think about what they had just done, and let reality intrude on the bliss that seemed to wrap them both up. It wasn’t the whole fucking a guy thing, even though he was still in shock about that. It was the need inside of him, the nameless urge that transcended sex or narrow bigoted views of what made other people happy. In a lot of ways, it wasn’t even the fact that Adam was human and Jed was not.
It was his unshaking doubt that as soon as Jed trusted, as soon as Jed let in a little belief, as soon as Jed started thinking in terms of forever… That’s when it would happen. That’s when his forever would be ripped away. It had with his family. The day his father hadn’t returned from the hunt because of a human’s bullet. The day they’d fled their home because the forest was cleared to make a human town, and his family had no idea how to live in one. The day he was out scrounging for food to fill their empty bellies because it was winter and they should have been warm and safe in their homes, and his little sister had been attacked by a rogue. The rogue had been insane, half-mad with whatever injustice had caused him to attack a pup, and his mom had died trying to defend her.
And then he had trusted once more. Raye had waltzed into his life and danced his objections away. Then it had happened again, as surely as Jed feared it would.
He clutched Adam tighter, knowing his hold wouldn’t last, knowing Adam would be ripped from him like everyone else…
He no longer had any dreams that could be taken from him. He’d accepted long ago that the pack would be his life, but he would go home alone every day. He almost didn’t mind because he knew it wasn’t a matter if Adam would realize he was a pathetic old man and would leave.
It was simply a matter of when.
Has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids' adventure stories, she would go raid her Mom's. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She's still in love with them. Any size, any shape, any creature - love is love, no matter what it says on the box.
In fact if they don't fit very neatly into any box she loves them even more!
She has a very patient husband and three wonderful children. In 2010 in search of adventure they all moved from the UK to the US and are happily settled in Florida.
In 2013 after reading love stories for so long she decided to write her own.
You can also email Victoria at - email@example.com
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Hi, everyone! First, I want to thank Drop of Ink! I believe they’ve graciously allowed me space for each book in this series and I’m so grateful. Home for Hope, all of these characters, and their stories are so close to my heart for different reasons, so I’m excited to share a little bit about Reclaiming Hope with you guys!
Yesterday, I touched briefly on Adam’s and Elijah’s different parenting styles and how their upbringing may have affected their own decisions. Today, I thought I’d discuss how Adam’s and Elijah’s perspectives may have influenced Riley’s and Kollin’s relationship… without giving away too many spoilers. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
By this third book in the series, we already know that Kollin is a naturally forgiving and accepting individual. He’s well-adjusted, kind, and compassionate. It’s easy to forget that he’s been abandoned by his birth parents and at different points by Adam and Riley, two people he trusts most after losing his birth parents.
Kollin’s struggle to find the balance between forgiving Riley and still truly believing that Riley regrets how he treated Kollin is really the catalyst in most of their angst, and it’s something that Adam recognizes immediately. Adam, being Adam, wants allow Kollin the chance to figure this out on his own (or maybe even fail?) so he waits for Kollin to come to him. Each time Kollin does, Adam’s adamant about only giving Kollin guidance for Kollin to figure out what he needs on his own.
Eli on the other hand is much more of a fixer. His advice is more direct and much less hesitant to give his full, non-sugar coated opinion of the situation, but I think he still manages to surprise Kollin (and the reader, I hope) a couple of times.
It’s safe to say that without Eli’s constant encouragement of the relationship (even though he’s not Riley’s biggest fan, he can see Riley makes Kollin happy) and Adam’s guidance to be honest and take things slowly, Riley and Kollin might not have ended up where they did.
I actually think there’s something really honest about that. As nice as it is to think we will find our soul mate no matter what, in reality our actions and decisions have consequences that we may not realize. Who really knows what could happen if we fly off the handle one day or never truly open our hearts to someone or even just miss the bus one day.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don’t forget to enter to win the giveaway for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or a book from my backlist. Or… if you’d rather, I also have an audio copy of Redeeming Hope (Home for Hope book 1) to give away!
TITLE: Reclaiming Hope
SERIES: Home for Hope #3
AUTHOR: Shell Taylor
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
LENGTH: 210 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 14, 2016
BLURB: Sequel to Resurrecting Hope
Home for Hope: Book Three
Four years ago, Kollin Haverty’s best friend, Riley Meadows, dropped off the face of the earth. When he shows up out of the blue, armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male, Kollin wants to pick up where they left off. But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again. Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues, they quickly discover there’s something more than friendship between them.
When a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow, Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs. As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel, he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin, and Kollin must decide what’s more important—supporting his best friend or protecting himself.
Adam rolled his eyes to mimic her and then turned his attention toward Kollin. “Look who the cat dragged in.”
For some reason, Kollin’s heart fluttered. Waves of nervousness raced through his body as he tried to figure out why Adam thought he should know the stranger. He’d never told either of his parents about meeting the guy at the bookstore, and even if he had, Adam couldn’t have known he was the same person.
The man studied the ground, seemingly reluctant to look at Kollin, but Kollin knew he couldn’t identify him even if they were staring directly at one another.
Fortunately Adam saved him from further embarrassment. “I didn’t recognize Riley until he threatened to own me in Ping-Pong.”
Kollin sucked in a huge gulp of air. The nervous flutters, which had been nothing more than a curious enigma, ceased, and he suddenly felt as if a boulder had settled in the pit of his stomach.
He hadn’t spoken to Riley Meadows in over four years. When Kollin’s parents kicked him out, Riley had been the one who kept Kollin sane. He tethered him to reality when all he’d wanted was to escape inside himself. They’d kept in touch when Riley first went to college and somehow became even closer—until Riley seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. Phone calls, e-mails, texts… all unanswered. Kollin eventually took the hint and gave up.
Now Riley was back?
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, grace, and humility, she tries her best to instill these same virtues in her rowdy kids. She is a huge fan of Marvel comics and will never stop loving Harry Potter (Hufflepuff pride, baby!) When Shell isn’t writing, she can be found binge watching Netflix or volunteering at her church and childrens’ school. Shell considers herself blessed to have married a strong, supportive man who works hard to allow her to continue to follow her dreams.
You can also email Shell at - firstname.lastname@example.org
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What’s Next for RJ.
Blueprint completes 2016 for me, but 2017 will probably be just as busy.
I’ve been asked a few times if there is anymore for this series and at the moment I would have to say no. There are a couple of characters that may get their own story but if it happens it will be a spin off and none of the ‘blue’ characters will appear.
Sometime in the year I'll introduce you to Scott and Rob in As the Sun Sets, the third in the Love for the Seasons series. I don't have a release date for them yet, as I haven’t finished writing, but when I do you guys will be the first to know.
I have a couple of others that have been started but have been shelved for various reasons. One I've titled Solid Rock and is a story about an Australian tour guide working at Ayres Rock/Uluru. He meets a shy British boy who comes to the rock to scatter the ashes of a father he never really knew. The other is a series of BDSM novellas which I'm not sure will ever see the light of day, but we'll see. I don't like to see a project unfinished so it may surface one day.
I have a few other characters in the back of my mind, but they don’t have a story yet. I think they’re just biding their time, waiting their turn. We’ll wait and see. Inspiration can come from anywhere and in the blink of an eye I could have an entire new story vying for my attention. Lets see what 2017 brings. I’m far from finished.
Thanks for having me.
If only building the foundation for a lasting relationship was as easy as drafting the blueprint.
Jet Black doesn’t date. Even if he wanted a man beyond sex, his ever-watchful identical twin scares potential suitors away. Jet lives with his brother, but since Gray fell in love with Kris, Jet feels like a third wheel. Despite their bond, Jet knows he needs to move out and experience life for himself, whether Gray likes it or not.
After his father dies in a boating accident, Ethan Nichols is devastated. As the last survivor of his family, he realizes the need to put down roots. He leaves Australia and returns home to San Francisco and his old architectural firm. But there’s more to building a new life than simply moving house.
Jet and Ethan’s first encounter is brash and anonymous, but when Ethan moves across the hall, their lives become irrevocably linked. Jet is quirky and fun loving, while Ethan is rock steady and dependable. There’s no denying the passionate spark between them.
But Ethan is looking for a more solid foundation than Jet is ready to offer. Until Jet learns to spread his wings and trust Ethan with his darkest secrets, building a life together will be impossible.
**This can be read as a standalone, however it is best enjoyed reading the series in order as side characters play a major role.**
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About the Author
RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn't until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
RJ's initial thought was if she could write their scene then they'd shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn't shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn't sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn't keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too.
Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.
Where to find me:
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Thanks for having me today, Anne! Will You Be My Escort is the second novel in a series of four. It’s the sequel to Dinner for One, and focuses on James’s younger brother Jackson—a bisexual makeup artist—and Aaron, an escort.
This novel is a romantic comedy. I’ve never considered myself a funny person and I’ve been told by several people that I lack a sense of humor. Yet I’m often complimented for my humor in my books. Complete honesty here: Nine out of ten times, whatever you find funny when reading my books probably wasn’t intentional. At the same time, I can definitely see how I’d end up writing something along the lines of a rom-com. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and if I’m watching a movie that isn’t superhero related, it’s a good bet to assume it’s a rom-com. I live and breathe them, okay? I love the feel good, mushy stuff.
And I really, really like the idea that I might be making even one person have a slightly better day.
A Carlisles novel
Jackson Carlisle has rotten luck with men and women, and after an especially bad situation, he takes a step back from romance. But with a two-week family reunion in Hawaii looming, his mom is determined to set him up with one of the sweet singles she knows would be perfect for him. A normal person would tell her no and be done with it. Instead, Jackson tells her he has a boyfriend. The only problem? He doesn’t.
Aaron Wilkes is an escort. He’s a little surprised when a friend’s girlfriend hires him to date her brother, but he’s had stranger jobs. Jackson is cute, and he thinks a fling with Aaron might be just the kind of no-strings-attached fun he needs to get over his dry spell. As they explore the islands together, their carefully laid plans begin to get away from them. Feelings aren’t supposed to come into play, but that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, you can’t fall in love in two weeks….
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Part of being in a large family means everyone knows everything. And it’s never forgotten, because inevitably someone remembers it. So Jackson doesn’t know how he hasn’t heard about the family reunion until he’s staring at the ridiculous card on his dark-cream tiled counter. Someone has taken the time to make a collage of the entire family’s faces and merge them into lettering that reads “You’re invited to the Carlisle Family Reunion.” He’s not sure whether to be impressed or appalled.
His phone starts to trill. He picks it up without looking. “Are you seeing this?” asks James. “I think I’m hallucinating it.”
“No,” says Jackson. “I’ve got it in front of me. It’s painfully real.”
The last thing in the world he wants to do is attend a family reunion. It’s a two-week-long affair at a resort in Hawaii (which would be lovely if the family reunion aspect was removed), occurring in three weeks’ time, during which they’re going to be surrounded by obnoxious extended family. It’s like something from a horror film.
“I don’t know why you’re complaining,” he says to James. “You’ve got a boyfriend.” He thinks about it. “Can Bastien not come?” He runs two businesses and works a lot, but he’s got a partner who can probably take things over.
“Bastien can come,” grumbles James. “He’s annoyingly excited for it.”
“He’s in for a rude awakening,” mutters Jackson. Bastien hasn’t met anyone outside of their immediate close-knit group yet—he wasn’t around for the last reunion. He’s probably expecting everyone to be like their particular branch of Carlisles. The extended family isn’t like them. Well, in some ways they are, but in others… no. They’re an eclectic group of people who mostly only bother to get together and converse for a period longer than a two-word holiday or birthday card every five years.
There’s a reason for that.
His call waiting goes off. He pulls the phone from his ear. “Mom’s calling,” he says on a sigh. “I’ll call you back.”
“Don’t bother,” says James. “I’m coming over, and we’re going to drink till we forget we’ve been invited.”
Jackson rolls his eyes. “You’re a drama queen.” He drops the call in the middle of James’s indignant squawks. “Hello,” he says to his mom.
“Hello, sweetie,” she says. “Did you get the invitation?”
He glares at their obnoxious collaged faces. “I did.” He looks closer. Someone has photoshopped a curled mustache onto James’s face. He holds the phone away from him as he snickers. Their cousin Bobby must have made the card. He hates James. “James has a mustache in the picture,” he tells his mom. “Did you see that?”
Her sigh is long and pained. “I did. I’m calling to let you know you have to go. You can’t get out of this.” She goes silent, but there’s something about it that makes Jackson feel like there’s more coming. He has a feeling he’s not going to like it. “I know things have been rough, since you had to move and all….”
And he called that.
“But I have a friend, she has a delightful daughter, and I think you two would really get along. She might take some of the pressure off the reunion? And I think it’ll be good for you. I don’t mean to worry, but you haven’t dated anyone since Angel.” He winces at the name. “It’s time to try again, don’t you think? Move on? We’re all worried about you, dear. I have a friend with a son too, he’s a bit older than you, but he’s got a nice job.”
The last thing he wants is to be set up by his mother. A sane person would tell her to butt out and hang up. Politely of course; this is his mom after all. Jackson has a short supply of sanity, though, and he’s been running on very little sleep for the last month. What comes out of his mouth, instead of “no, thank you” or “I don’t need someone else to be happy,” is “I’m already seeing someone.”
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Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin University. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.
When I was offered a review copy of this book I jumped at it. I love good paranormal, have a weakness for shifters, and like to read a mix of genres, and so it not being a romance was part of the appeal.
The book didn’t disappoint—in fact, it’s on my list as one of the best books I’ve read this year. Some books I read and enjoy, others suck me in completely and I can’t put them down. This was one of the latter.
The characters were a big part of that. They’re interesting, fun, and the banter, and Roan’s narrative is great. Roan’s a werecat, werepanther to be precise, and his attitude is very catlike, right down to his nickname of Sunchaser. I also loved Betsy and her love for urban fantasy stories, which lead to her asking Roan all sorts of questions, adding to the fun. But it’s not all fun and games for these characters. Martin’s story is tragic—he’s far more than just a sick werewolf, but trying to avoid spoilers so won’t say anymore. Just that he’s an important part of this trio of characters, and I loved him as much as Roan and Betsy. I sat up late two nights running devouring this story as I had to find out what happened next—the plot had me on the edge of my seat, especially the last few chapters.
I need to mention the German tourists, and other side characters who appear in this story. They’re fully developed characters in their own right, and they really add to the story. I must admit I especially loved the tourists as I’ve just done a lot of research about Germany and got a kick out of recognising places they referred to etc.
The world building is subtle, but that’s the reason I think it works so well. It’s firmly set in our world but references the supernatural world that is a big part of it, but that most humans are unaware of. It feels natural, rather than forced and is very believable. There’s no romance but I liked that it was more about family and friendship.
Although this story is book 2 of a series, it stands alone well and has hints of the previous story which is Roan’s brother Connor’s. I’m looking forward to reading Softpaw which is book 1, and I was happy to find out there’s another book coming out soon.
I’d highly recommend Sunchaser to readers who love well written paranormal with great characterisation, a fast paced plot with a few twists and turns, and believable world building. 5 out of 5 stars.
Smilodon Pride, Book Two
Genre: Paranormal, Adventure
Roan has pretended to be a human for long enough. He needs to get out of town and roam the land, as any proper werecat should.
The last thing he wants is his conscience insisting he should save an abused werewolf from a traveling circus first. The very last thing he expects is the local sheriff’s daughter having the exact same idea – and beating him to the punch.
Their rescue goes spectacularly wrong, and suddenly Roan, Betsy and their crippled wolf find themselves fleeing across the US for the Mexican border, chased by the police and vengeful circus fey alike.
Sunchaser is a non-romance, road-movie-ish urban fantasy adventure novel about a werecat drifter, a wide-eyed human girl and a defective werewolf learning that sometimes, family really is the ones you didn’t pick.
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Connor’s life used to be the dream of any cultured werecat. He spent his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. Now, a feral vampire preys on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.
When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.
Hiding their true natures becomes a problem for both when their initial attraction becomes much more than they ever thought possible. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to take the first, critical leap…
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Roan glanced over to the wolf who was still sitting next to the car, panting happily, just like an ordinary dog. What wasn't so ordinary were the long strings of white slime hanging from his snout.
"What the fuck is wrong with him?" Of all the things he had considered the idea that the werewolf might be sick had never crossed his mind. Werecreatures didn't get sick. At least cats didn't.
Betsy quickly turned to worriedly look at the wolf as well, but then laughed. "Oh, that is nothing. I gave him some marshmallows."
Back in her presence for less than five minutes and already Roan regretted coming back. "Why on earth would you give a wolf marshmallows? He needs proper food. Just look at how sick he looks!"
"Well..." At least, Betsy looked a little embarrassed now. "He ate some of my chili tortilla chips and then he was panting so hard and his eyes were starting to water so I had to give him something to take off the sting. I mean, he wouldn't have eaten it if it was bad for him, right?
The wolf was still panting happily, munching up his own slimy drool again, now looking rather like a complete idiot than sick.
About the authors
Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat.
Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.
An artist by heart, Beryll wrote stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word and the driving creative force of the duo.
An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to-earth, practical part of the team. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Before I do, let me say thank you, Anne, for hosting my Wraith Queen’s Veil blog tour on Drops of Ink!
Well… let’s see. I guess the best way to approach telling you about myself is to revisit the things you’ll find in my bio, around the web. I love books, for starters, and have loved them all my life. If I had a really good memory, I could make a very long list of books I’ve read, but the list of books I’d like to read and haven’t would still be longer. Both lists would include nonfiction books—for instance about history, physics, astronomy, geology, archaeology, travel, philosophy, mysticism, metaphysics, and so on. Also, it would include classic fiction I’ve never yet read, but even more contemporary books. New fiction comes out every day that I’d love to read in just about every genre, with the possible exception of horror-erotica. More basic facts, I live in the Pacific Northwest corner of the U.S., and though I love the region, I still miss the sun, deserts, forests, palms, pines, rivers and beaches of my original home, Southern California. I love coffee. Chocolate is best if very dark. Wild roses are perfect flowers. Discounting laughter and tears, there is nothing more purely soul-born than music.
Other than being a grandmother, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, writing is my biggest accomplishment. I write for everybody—across the spectrums of age and gender—but when writing as Lou Hoffmann, I do my best to make sure the books are accessible to the teens who are my primary readership. I break the writing “rules” a lot, but only rarely regret it. I only have two novels out written by Lou Hoffmann, the first in The Sun Child Chronicles, Key of Behliseth, and the second—my latest release—Wraith Queen’s Veil.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
As far as inspiration, it is really science that inspired the entire series, which will eventually be five books. Although the books fall well within the parameters of fantasy, there is a sci-fi component present from the beginning, which will become much more prominent in book three, Ciarrah’s Light. It was talk of multiple dimensions that got me started on the idea—specifically books by Fred Wolfe and Michiu Kaku. A book called Breaking the Time Barrier by Jenny Randles played a part, as well as a TV documentary about string theory. Really, the original series title in my mind was Parallel: Lucky’s Worlds. I think The Sun Child Chronicles is a much better title, don’t you?
The star of the books is a fifteen-year-old-boy named Lucky, and in Wraith Queen’s Veil he’s newly returned, via magic and an interdimensional/interworld portal, to the home world he doesn’t remember—Behlis Ethra, usually shortened to just Ethra. He’s accomplished a lot of nearly impossible stuff in order to get there, but he’s not out of trouble. In fact, it’s only getting deeper. He’s a teenager, and he reacts to what he perceives to be neglect by the adults he’s recently come to trust by rebelling—as many teens would, perhaps understandably. But for him, rebellion is a more dangerous proposition than it would be for most. He stumbles into an adventure, a quest in truth, though he has no idea what he’s searching for. He has helpers, mostly personages far from ordinary, but his enemies are no less powerful.
How did you come up with the title?
Wraith Queen’s Veil is a phenomenon of the world of Ethra, something like the Aurora Borealis, but born of the magic that is at the heart of this other world. It is important in the story, as is the Wraith Queen herself.
Are there any characters that you write, that are based on you, or people you know?
All characters any author creates come from inside themselves, on some level. On a more direct level, no, I’ve never written myself into a story or written an autobiographical tale. My characters are not based on actual people or photographs, but apparently are born out of the mish-mosh of people I’ve known or seen in my life. A few partial exceptions, characters that have something in common with a real person, are in my work, and interestingly Lucky is one of those. His looks and a few aspects of his character are loosely based on a boy I knew in grade school—and yes, that’s a long time ago!
Do you have a favourite character and/or book you've written? Who, what and why?
Well, looking specifically at The Sun Child Chronicles, I’d say my favorite is probably Han. Admittedly it would likely be Lucky if I myself were a young person, but as an older adult, Han is pretty attractive. What’s not to love? He’s ultra-badass, protective, gentle, loves animals and his nephew, is sexy as hell, lots of muscles and long chestnut hair and brown eyes, dark, smooth skin… Oh, excuse me. I was starting to get distracted. One of the things I love most about him is he’s neither perfect nor invulnerable, but he always comes through, even at great cost to himself. He listens, and he thinks before he speaks, and he’s caring and careful in his actions. He’s utterly loyal and fully committed to meeting his responsibilities. All that and he still has a sweet sense of fun.
If you could have any superpower or magical ability, what would it be and why? What would you do with it? And yes world domination is an acceptable answer.
If I could have any superpower it would be to restore balance, and I would apply it freaking everywhere the world around to everything. Ecology, habitat and species, health, economy, political power, human rights, law, might, work, play, wealth. Everything on a scale larger than family is out of balance, and I would fix it all.
If you had access to a time machine just once, is there anything you'd go back and change? Either on a personal level or an historical event?
There are many things, but all of them really would cause untold trouble if they were to change. The one thing I would change despite that if I could is the development and mass-marketing of chemical pesticides and herbicides, which have been the scourge of species and earth herself since their inception.
If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go, who would you take with you, if anyone, and why?
Every day, I would answer this differently. Today, I would go to New Zealand, bringing nobody, but then I’d take my friend Anne Barwell on an extended vacation to see everything in New Zealand she’s always wanted to see and hasn’t. (Do Iget extra points for that?)
What are your writing and personal goals for 2016 and beyond?
As far as writing under the name Lou Hoffmann, I’m working on book three of The Sun Child Chronicles, Ciarrah’s Light, as I mentioned previously. I’ll be following that with book four, Triad of Kayne, and book five, Suth Chiell’s Conquest. However, I also have a few other series planned and some are underway. As the publishing window between each of the SCC books is pretty wide, due to the publisher’s schedule, I may work in something else.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
Ciarrah’s Light is the next book in The Sun Child Chronicles. Here’s a bit of the prologue, showing that sci-fi flavor I mentioned. It’s a bit more than a snippet, I confess.
Pahlanus, Ancient Mind of Terrathia
Pahlanus, Ancient Mind of Terrathia, sat uncomfortably in a chair made for Earthborns in the Valley City boardroom of an Earth enterprise known as Allied Biotech, Incorporated. The five Earthborns present, though touted as their world’s leaders in what they called “bio-development,” seemed to Pahlanus rather dull-witted. That suited his purposes, but he wondered, if these were Earth’s best minds, how had they managed to uncover the secrets of DNA and gene-splitting?
In many ways, even the Earthborns had advanced beyond the Ethrans, who, to a refined Terrathian Mind, seemed farmers to a man, capable of no thinking deeper than that required for ploughing or woodcraft. Yet Pahlanus knew this to be deceptive. In the sciences, Ethra clearly remained a backwater. Yet it had been Ethrans who’d best learned to manipulate energy with their minds, to channel that energy work—which they called magic—into charms and talismans for even greater strength. This excellence could be accounted for by Ethra’s sheer abundance of the particular energy they employed, which had become the life-force of that entire world. But it had also been they who’d first found the double-sided, hollow, interdimensional barrier they called Naught. And, astonishingly, they’d been the first to understand the permeable nature of that boundary and exploit its weakest sections, using them as portals to other dimensional realities, other worlds.
Pahlanus shifted the pillows stuffed between his narrow, Terrathian body and the arms of the chair. They provided not-quite-enough support, and the longer he sat, the more his long spine tended to curve in ways it shouldn’t, and his tall head, with only his own stiff collar to help his undeveloped muscles, seemed very heavy. Yes, he was physically uncomfortable, and alarmingly aware of it. This was another sign of Terrathian decline, which is what had brought him to this meeting.
Life-splitting, or gene-splicing as used in Earth, had been discovered there only forty or so years earlier, but in Terrathia time had moved differently, and many generations had passed since the appropriated science had been used in the laboratories of great Terrathian Minds. Pahlanus himself had made the key connection, adding Ethran life-force magic as a wedge to accomplish true life-splitting—used to perfect the Mind’s form as well as to mine needed energy. After many years of progress, Pahlanus was a prime example of the end result. He was a Mind, his brain capacious, attached physically to a minimal body able to handle objects and move him from place to place. His emotional “echo,” to use a translation of the Terrathian term, had been bundled into an ethereal, semi-visible form loosely bound to him by a cord of energy. For the hundreds of years he’d lived in this state, he’d been able to ignore the presence of the echo entirely, allowing it to feed silently from the life-force he consumed in lieu of material food.
Like other Minds, he found himself aware of both physical and emotional discomfort, for the separation from the echo had weakened. Terrathian life-force, even supplemented as it had been by the energies of Ethra and Earth, had become scarce, for in their exuberant pursuit of perfecting themselves, his kind had failed to realize the resource did not infinitely renew itself. As Terrathia died, they’d taken emergency measures and stock-piled life-force energy, enabling them to create a small, temporary, substitute world. It could not be sustained indefinitely, but it must be maintained until the Minds of Terrathia had regained sufficient strength and physicality to colonize elsewhere.
To do that, they would need a vast amount of pure life-force.
Pahlanus cleared his long, serpent-slender throat, preparing to speak aloud in the reedy remnant of his voice. He surveyed the five heavy-featured Earthborns present, and then locked eyes with the single Ethran presence—a woman functional though technically dead. When the Earthborns had ceased their prattle and looked toward him expectantly, he said.
“Gentleman, my Lady. We need your children.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
I really love both cats and dogs, and I’ve had dogs in my life who were very important and very much loved, but in the last ten years or so, I’ve only had cats living with me. Our house includes three, right now. Boudreau is “my” cat, a big male, gray—nearly the color of a Russian blue—moderately fluffy, with a snaggletooth, a deep-throated purr, and a relatively tiny meow. His full sister, George, is technically my daughter’s cat, but she doesn’t really go along with that program. In looks she’s a compact version of Boudreau. She’s got a big voice and doesn’t hesitate to use it in a commanding fashion. She obviously considers herself a lady, and also the primary breadwinner of the family as she reminds us at least a few times each week that she can hunt (cat-toy) ratty-bacon, and when she does she requires profuse admiration and thanks. They have a younger (half) brother, Nibbles (pronounced nib-blees) who looks nothing at all like them; he’s a tortoise-shell tabby. He’s a lean-mean machine in looks, and he’s smart, but you’d never know it because his mentation is slow, the result of an anoxic event in kittenhood. He appears timid because of that, but it’s really because he can’t quickly absorb and process stimuli. He is obsessed with food, and he’s very sweet.
Are you obsessed with stationery? And if so, what and why?
Um…. No. (?)
Thank you again, Anne. It’s been a delight!
When Lucky arrives in Ethra, the world of his birth and destiny, he expects a joyful reunion, but the first thing he notices when he reaches the Sisterhold—his home—is something false behind his mother’s smile. In a matter of weeks, the Sisterhold becomes agitated with worries and war plans. People he trusts—like the wizard Thurlock—frequently can’t be found. His mother seems angry, especially with Lucky. Even Han Shieth, the warrior uncle he has come to rely on and love above all others, maintains a sullen silence toward him.
When Lucky’s resentment builds to the breaking point, his bad decisions put him and his friends, L’Aria and Zhevi, in unthinkable danger. Han arrives to help, but he can’t claim invulnerability to the hazards and evils that threaten at every turn. Events launch Lucky, alone, on a quest for he knows not what, but every step brings him closer to his identity and full strength. Self-knowledge, trust, and strength lead to smarter choices, but even his best efforts might not render his world truly safe, now or for the future.
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Sebastian & Owen is book #3 in the Storming Love: Tsunami series from MLR Press. Three authors each contributed a story about a couple facing the same tsunami event.
This book can be read standalone.
Owen’s eagerness to win Sebastian back turns to desperation as a tsunami threatens to tear them apart.
The last twelve months have been hard on Owen Hewitt and even tougher on his relationship. For six years, Sebastian Carmichael has been the love of his life, but that love is put to the test as Owen sinks into injury-induced depression.
Living with chronic pain and unable to do the things he used to do makes him feel like a failure, and causes him to believe he’s holding the younger Sebastian back.
When Sebastian takes some time out and leaves to stay at their holiday house, it could spell the end of the relationship. But as a tsunami bears down on the Tasmanian coast, it could spell the end of everything.
Sebastian & Owen is part of the Storming Love: Tsunami series from MLR Press. I didn’t have any thoughts of writing a story about a tsunami but was immediately intrigued when the concept was proposed by the publisher. They asked if I wanted to take part and after some consideration, I agreed.
I was initially hesitant because I’d lost a friend and his wife in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and thought the topic might be a little too close to home to write about. My friend was on his honeymoon, celebrating what should have been the start of a wonderful life with his new wife, when it was all brought to an end. However, this (fictional) tsunami was set in a completely different area and gave me the chance to give a couple their happy ever after. I also chose to write about an existing couple who were battling other challenges in their relationship when the tsunami strikes.
Interestingly, this story started quite differently for me in that it involved a lot of research up front. I spent countless hours browsing the internet to find out all I could about tsunamis and the chances of one of them impacting both Australia and New Zealand. This research led to identifying an area where seismic activity could trigger such an event. On the good news front, I discovered that the south-east coast of Australia, where the wave would hit land, would be relatively safe in terms of impact.
Deciding on my location on the Australian south-east coast wasn’t difficult. I chose Tasmania; more specifically, Hobart and the beautiful Bruny Island as my locations. I’ve spent a number of weeks travelling around Tasmania so it was a joy to revisit through my story.
I do hope you enjoy reading Sebastian and Owen’s story, and getting a little glimpse into Tasmania. Do check out the other books in the series to, to meet other great couples who are facing the same tsunami. Each book is written by a different author, set in a different location.
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Cover Artist: Kris Jacen
Release Date: 7th October 2016
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About Nic Starr
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn't give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters-and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She'd love it if you stopped by to say hi.
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That was only the end of the chapter, not your whole story....
Turn The Page.... a donation anthology
by Tempeste O’Riley, Dianne Hartsock, Nikki Prince, Grace R. Duncan, Sue Brown, Aine P Massie, Carole Cummings, Hope Ryan, Mark Zubro, Antonia Aquilante, D. Zander Crane
M/M F/F Transgender Genderfluid
Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal BDSM Romance
(Each story is unique and special, so the genre varies wildly. All are LGBTQ)
Publisher: Abbey of the Brew City Sisters
Cover Artist: Jess Small
Release Date: October 7th, 2016 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel / 270 pages
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Turn The Page.... began as a simple idea and grew from there. No matter how bad things seem to be, just turn the page, there’s more—better—things to come. This is only one chapter in your life. It’s not the whole story. With this simple idea, Novice Sister Eroti-Quill—whom most know better as Tempeste O’Riley—began their quest to help Suicide Prevention and Awareness programs in their area. They managed to con (excuse me, convince) other authors to donate their time and stories to the project, and now, many months later, Turn The Page is born!
The authors in this anthology donated their talent as a way to support Eroti-Quill’s hope for others, to help bring strength to programs that so desperately need funding. It will allow them show those that need support but may not have it, or that may be afraid to reach out, just how much love and understanding surrounds them. Turn The Page.... is a diverse range of stories about the journey of love, hope, and acceptance.
Happy Birthday to Me by Tempeste O’Riley
When Dave’s best friend drags him out for his birthday—nearly kicking and screaming, he finds more than he expected at Sovereign, the BDSM club he half owned but had refused to step foot in for two years other than for administrative things while it was closed. He didn’t go to clubs. He didn’t sub anymore. Period.
Well... until he sees Master Nicky. Then his plans for his birthday change and he decides that maybe giving himself a present, might not be quite such a bad idea after all.
Robin’s Confession by Dianne Hartsock
How can Robin find true love without accepting himself first?
Purr by Nikki Prince
Sasha's love was in imminent danger. All she wanted was to keep Tori safe. Stay at the cabin wait for the verdict from the council. That’s all they had to do. One little dip in the lake couldn’t hurt could it?
Lockdown by Grace R. Duncan
Gylam’s never been that great at communication and this time he’s gone too far. His penchant for keeping his mouth shut resulted in a disastrous trip to the local dungeon. Jackson, his partner—both cop and at home—and Dom, is well familiar with Gylam’s tendencies. The punishment he gives Gylam is just shy of his limits, but Gylam knows he’s earned it. It remains to be seen if it teaches him anything, though.
Ducks in a Row by Sue Brown
David spends his afternoons feeding the ducks, a peaceful activity until the day Jeff and his Labrador dog burst into his life. David and Jeff get to know one another, punctuated by Bozo's mishaps, but David is unwilling to share all his secrets. Will Jeff give him the time he needs?
Butterflies by Aine P Massie
Kyndra visits Jaiden’s shop for a little birthday shopping but is there for more than the pretty blown glass designs she makes—lovely though they are. What she really wants is a date with the beautiful craftswoman. But can she push her fears aside and ask, or will her past get in the way? With Jaiden’s help, can who Kyndra is inside finally shine?
Once Step Back by Carole Cummings
When Sahir is busy running for his life, it never occurs to him that the being in wrong place at the wrong time might turn into the right place at the right time. Not until he literally collides with Nicholas and salvation comes by way of magical intervention. But when Nicholas ends up being the one who really needs help, Sahir has to decide the best way to give it—and how to offer it to someone who can’t even figure out if he wants it.
Superheroes by Hope Ryan
Many people reach a point where they think life can’t get any worse. Rock bottom, where the future is so bleak, they begin to ask, “why bother?”
When homeless gay man Wayne Kent reaches that point, standing on a Pittsburgh bridge on a cold Tuesday in April, the last thing he expects is to get stopped—especially by a man named Bruce Clark.
But Bruce has been there, he’s seen that, he’s thought and felt the things Wayne is now and he refuses to see the beautiful, hurting man become another statistic. Coffee and a sandwich is a first step and Bruce hopes it’ll lead to a permanent step up for Wayne. And maybe even a step toward more together.
Unworthy by Mark Zubro
A love lost over half a century ago. Is there really redemption for all of our regrets, or at least perhaps for one regret? A chance to change the decision you made over half a century ago, or at least a chance to say what was unsaid, to say what could be said now? The love you missed so long ago, and if you could have one moment again, once last chance.
Love and Hope and Magic by Antonia Aquilante
Once each century, a ritual is performed, the magic of which sustains the land and protects it and its people for the century to come. But the person who performs the ritual never survives. This time Ailill is chosen. He is honored and content with his fate, but his best friend Lorcan is not. Lorcan can’t accept the loss of Ailill and can’t see a life without the man he thinks of as his other half. But Ailill knew Lorcan perhaps better than Lorcan knows himself, and he knew a life of love and magic is waiting for Lorcan after Ailill is gone, if only Lorcan can find the courage to reach for it.
Façade by D. Zander Crane
David struggles with his gender identity as he searches his city for a woman-murdering madman in his female alter-ego, Façade. Can he overcome his depression and confusion long enough to stop the Grinning Reaper?
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About the Authors:
Homo-Erotic Romance Author, Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since. Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They count their friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life.
Tempe is also a PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA.
Dianne is the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy adventure, m/m romance, and anything else that comes to mind. She lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house with a fire crackling on the hearth and a cup of hot coffee warming her hands, which kindles her imagination.
Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.
Nikki Prince is a mother of two, who’s always had a dream to be a published author in the romance genre. Her passion lies in raising her children as readers, gaming, cooking, reading and her writing. Her mother can now breathe easy about the child who used to get in trouble because she was hiding books everywhere and reading when it wasn’t appropriate.
Nikki’s a multi-published author with several epublishing houses. She loves to write Interracial romances in all genres, but wants to let everyone know to not box her in, because there is always room for growth.
Nikki’s also a member of Romance Writers of America National chapter and is president of the OCC/RWA local chapter. She is also a member of the online chapter Passionate Ink RWA, The Beaumonde RWA, and the Rainbow Romance Writers (RRW).
Grace R. Duncan
Real, erotic, forever... Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact, she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Áine P Massie
Áine is a proud member of the Rom-Critters, the Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys... oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.
Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. However, she has been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction.
Carole lives with her husband and family in Pennsylvania, USA, where she spends her time trying to find time to write. Recipient of various amateur and professional writing awards, she is the author of nine published speculative fiction novels, two series, and… more short stories than she can keep track of.
Young adult/new adult author who loves to write the tough stuff...but always with a happy ending.
Hope Ryan is an out and proud bigender, bisexual, wife of a loving guy and mother to three, including an amazingly brave genderfluid son. She loves to write about the tough stuff, but also wants to see her characters happy in the end. She feels strongly about showing there is hope for everyone, no matter where you come from, how you identify your gender or who you love. Hope likes to play board and card games and can often be found playing God with her Sims or running around, fighting monsters in a virtual version of Middle Earth. Her TV and movie preferences lean towards anime, sci-fi and fantasy, though she’ll never turn down a good happily ever after love story, either. As long as there are explosions or action, she’s happy. She loves to read books of all kinds, though prefers stories about love in its many forms.
Mark Zubro is the author of thirty-four novels and five short stories. His book A Simple Suburban Murder won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s mystery. His latest young adult mystery, Gentle, is just out. His science fiction trilogy, Alien Danger, continues to outperform expectations. He spends his time reading, writing, napping, and eating chocolate.
Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent - they all end in happily ever after.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers.
D. Zander Crane
D. Zander Crane is an aspiring, if occasional author, computer troubleshooter, and semi-professional putt-putt golf commentator. He resides in West Chester, Ohio, with the ghost of his mother, a Manx named Hae Yu, and a dozen unfinished manuscripts. His inspiration is long-time friend Tempe.
The Main Characters of Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation
When I wrote the ending to Surviving Elite High: Senior Year, I never imagined that I would pen a continuation. To me, Nick and John had the perfect ending. They lived happily ever after, even though that only happens in fairytales, Hollywood movies and cheesy soap operas. Anyways, they were happy. So why disturb the happiness that they found? I didn’t want them to go through more heartache, sorrow and pain. So what could I do to stop the itching in my hands? The crazy story developing in my head? I set the timeline twenty years into the future and started fresh with brand new characters and some very old but loved ones. Thus, Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation was born, full of drama, suspense and love.
In Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation we meet Robbie Carroll. Now, Robbie is an orphan, who for some reason or the other, has never been adopted. Everyone keeps leaving except him. He never knew the reasons why, but after eavesdropping on Allison, his caseworker, he finds out that there is something involving the day he lost his memories that keeps pushing everyone away. Robbie stays optimistic until he finds his dream family, Nick Hawking and John Ames, who are now married, wealthy, and powerful. With them comes Nicky, John’s extremely hot, biological son, and Lily, Nick’s beautiful daughter. They take Robbie and introduce him to their family and friends.
One of those close friends is Tim Mercer who is Johnny Mercer’s son or Nick’s sports rival even though they never went to the same school. Tim immediately captivates Robbie’s heart and becomes a part of his soul. At first Robbie doesn’t know if Tim feels the same way since Tim has a girlfriend who is willing to do anything to keep him by her side. And Tim seems to be hiding secrets of his own. He has a past that keeps coming back for him and interrupting his future.
To me, Nicky is the bomb! Nicky is John’s biological son with a surrogate mother. The second Robbie appears on his radar, he takes him and makes him the little brother he never had. At first, Robbie develops a small crush on him, but he keeps his distance since Nicky is straight and has a girlfriend named, Taylor Rose. Taylor is absolutely amazing. She’s Tim’s cousin and Nicky’s two-year-old girlfriend. They seemed like the perfect couple, but things are not what they looked like. These two go through a lot as couple and I hope you love them like I do.
One of my favorite characters in this book is definitely Abby Lee. Now, Abby Lee is Madison’s daughter. Yes, Madison’s daughter. And yes, she’s as crazy as her mother and funny as well. Abby was meant to be a secondary character but as I wrote the novel, she became a lot more. The same thing happened with Josh Ashmore, Jacob’s adopted son. These two grew on me that I had to make them stand out more in Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation Senior Year. That’s the tentative title for book two featuring these guys. It might be out soon so keep an eye out.
And there you have it, guys! These are the main characters in Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation. I hope these guys are able to show you the real meaning of friendship, family, and love.
TITLE: Surviving Elite High: The Next Generation
AUTHOR: John H. Ames
COVER ARTIST: Louca Matheo
LENGTH: 74,908 words
RELEASE DATE: October 7, 2016
BLURB: Surviving Elite High fans, the wait is over! More romance, drama and mystery are unfolding at Elite High before the back-to-school bell has even rung!
Seventeen year old, blond-hair, blue-eyed and adorable Robbie Carroll, orphaned at a young age and mysteriously never adopted, has finally found his dream family. Nick Hawking and John Ames, now married, wealthy, and powerful, make Robbie their son, defying the young man’s past- one that Robbie himself has no memory of- that has scared all other prospective parents away. Now, Robbie has great parents and a hot brother, Nicky and beautiful sister, Lily, who take him into their midst and make him part of their tight circle of friends who all go to Elite High.
One of those friends is Tim Mercer, a gorgeous football player at Elite High. Tim’s dark looks and simmering eyes capture Robbie’s heart at first sight. But Robbie can’t be sure that Tim feels the same way, or even if he’s gay too. Moreover, even if Tim is available, there are some people around him who don’t want Robbie to get close to him, and will go to ANY lengths to keep him away. Why? What do they want with Tim? What is the secret that Tim is harboring? And who is that strange man in Robbie’s visions, who haunts his life and his dreams? Find out here!
Robbie looked away, no doubt his cheeks were bright red. The door swung open again and Allison stepped inside with two teens that appeared his age. The girl on Allison’s left was beautiful, too beautiful to even describe. Her long golden blonde hair hung over her shoulders and her eyes were like two crystal blue diamonds that shone brighter than the stars. She was the spitting image of her father, Nick, but what took his breath away was the guy standing on Allison’s right. He was a few inches taller than him and drop dead gorgeous. He had tanned skin that seemed to glow, the perfect body hidden behind his tight clothes, light brown hair that waved from side to side, and the purest hazel eyes that Robbie had ever seen. They were simply too mesmerizing to be real.
“There you are!” John approached them, placing an arm around them, and gently pushed them forward. “Robbie, this is Lily and Nicky.”
Juan H. Alvarado was born in El Salvador C.A. He currently lives in Belize and began writing in 2008. He posted some of his work on an internet website, and after receiving positive feedback, he completed several full-length novels under his pen name, John Henry Ames. His first completed novel is Surviving Elite High. The story chronicles the life of a gay sixteen-year-old boy as he makes his way through life as an outcast in the shadows of an elite high school where he is tormented by two psychopathic bullies. His passions are writing, reading and spending time with the ones he loves.