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Welcome A.L. Bates - Surfacing

A big welcome today to A.L. Bates as part of her blog tour with Eyes on Books for Surfacing from Wayward Ink Publishing.


Ariel is a deep sea mining ship, one of many making a living off the rich minerals on Titan. Titan itself is a small colony, built around an industrial harbour, populated by miners and fishermen working the ocean. Life here is rough and hard, and the people even rougher and harder. But the work is honest and the people are fair.

Captain Joel Riley has followed in his father’s footsteps, taking on his own ship and crew to pillage the ocean. With each passing season he scrapes together enough to make it to another, living hand to mouth and occasionally bartering and blagging to stay afloat. In a world where a loose screw, or rusty component could see a ship stranded in the depths for good, Joel’s next season could easily be his last, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The ship’s medic, Sean wasn’t born on Titan. He comes from a wealthy Earth-based family were careers are strictly intellectual and even his position as an emergency surgeon is considered “dirty work.” Life on Earth is all about society—being on display and advancing in status. But Sean, despite being a favourite amongst his family’s friends, despises the attention, the advances, and the seediness his family have thrust him into.

Sean flees his family’s estate, gives up his wealth and connections, and goes into hiding. He finds himself joining Ariel in desperation, replacing the glitz and glamour of Earth for the grime and grease of ship life. But it’s not just the location that’s different. Sean finds himself surrounded by men and women unaffected by social etiquette. He’s teased for his cleanliness, for his manners, his speech, his clothes. The worst offender being the captain, who often seems personally affronted by Sean’s superior background.

For two seasons Sean is as much an outcast on Titan as he now is on Earth, but this changes when his past starts leaking into the present. Old faces from Earth try exposing Sean, revealing secrets of the abuse he suffered at the hands of Earth’s elite to his crew. He expects the captain to hate him even more, but as he stands up and confronts his past, he finds that Joel is at his side. Much to his surprise, the rough, ill-educated mining folk who like to tug at his fine clothes, won’t stand for trouble and they won’t allow a man who looks after their welfare to come to harm.

Joel and Sean are worlds apart, but on Ariel they are the same.

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Title: Surfacing

Author: A.L. Bates

Series: The Ariel Series, Book Two

Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction

Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP, Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.

Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.

For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.

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THE GUARDS WERE banging on the cell bars. It was shower time. The man in the bunk above Sean started crying. Sean sat up, trying to avoid eye contact with the other inmates. He followed the other prisoners forming a queue, keeping his head down. The men shuffled forward, moving toward the open shower unit. They were forced to strip outside, then pushed into the tepid water in groups of twelve. Sean tried to keep his focus on the dirty tiles in front of him. He washed as quickly as he could, feeling too many eyes running over his body. The prisoner beside him gave him a shy smirk, but Sean wasn’t stupid enough to reciprocate.

“How’d you get your scar?” the guy asked, reaching out a hand toward Sean’s stomach.

Sean grabbed the man’s wrist before he could make contact. “Don’t touch me,” he growled. He could see the other man contemplating the challenge. Sean wasn’t going to surrender, not like this. The prisoner backed down, shrugging his shoulders like he wasn’t interested after all, but it was a small victory. As Sean turned, he saw that others had watched their altercation and they were interested, eyeing Sean’s body like he was a piece of meat.

When the whistle blew and the water cut off, Sean knew he wouldn’t get through more showers unharmed. He grabbed a threadbare towel, dried himself off as quickly as possible, and dressed in another stinking jumpsuit. A second whistle blew while he was getting ready.

An alarm sounded and guards were rushing to the shower block. Sean had been so preoccupied with his own safety that he hadn’t seen the murder take place. The dead man had slept above him—just another nameless casualty in the lockup.

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Deep AL Bates
Fleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.

Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.

But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.

With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?

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About the author

A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.

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Welcome April Kelley - Ashley

A big welcome to April Kelley today as part of her blog tour for Ashley from Extasy Books.

TITLE: Ashley
SERIES: Demon Elite Number in Series: 5
RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2016
AUTHOR(s): April Kelley
PUBLISHING: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
LENGTH: 32009 words
CATEGORY/TAG: M/M Contemporary Romance
HEAT LEVEL: 4 flames
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Saving Iain means finding a small bit of redemption, but what Ash gets instead is so much more.

Ashley Wilkins has done some bad things, torturing people until they give him the information he wants, but all that was in his past. Making amends for all those wrongdoings will never happen. He knows that, but that doesn’t stop him from trying, which is why he takes a break from interrogation to save Iain Liron’s life. Iain is a recovering drug addict who understands all too well what finding forgiveness means. Can he make Ash see that he’s more than just his past sins?

Author Bio:
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email authoraprilkelley@gmail.com. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com

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Cover Reveal - Good Boys by Keelan Ellis

A big welcome today to Keelan Ellis as part of her cover reveal with Eyes on Books for Good Boys from Wayward Ink Publishing.

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Good Boys, The Solomon Series, Book One

Paul Solomon is a homicide detective in Baltimore, a city with a high murder rate and a complicated relationship between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect.

He’s also a gay man who has been out on the job since he first joined. Being out on a tough police force hasn’t always been easy, but living with integrity is important to him.

Paul’s love life becomes as tumultuous as his job with the demise of his relationship of eight years. While dealing with the emotional and physical upheaval in his personal life, a case comes across his desk that hits a little too close to home—the murder of two gay teenagers.

Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, must solve the double homicide, and Paul has to find a way to move on from his failed relationship.

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BEFORE HE EVEN opened his eyes, Paul knew something was wrong. He could feel the heat of the morning sun on his face in a way that never happened in his west-facing bedroom, but for a few seconds he couldn’t figure out why it was wrong. The bed felt familiar enough, and smelled familiar too.

Oh, shit.

He sat up slowly, rubbing his face and pressing the heels of his hands into his forehead as if that might somehow hold back the monster headache he felt pushing its way into the backs of his eyes. His stomach lurched as he carefully swung his feet onto the floor, and he lowered his head into his hands until it passed. He made his way to the bathroom, at one point losing his balance slightly and bumping into the wall.

In the shower, he leaned up against the slick tiles and angled the showerhead so he could let it run over him. He tried closing his eyes, but little pinpricks of light blossomed behind his lids. He started to feel dizzy, so he opened them again. Bits and pieces of the night before began to creep into his consciousness, and he sincerely wished he could block them out for a little while longer. No such luck. The stack of flattened boxes in the entranceway when he’d gotten home the day before—and the look on Andy’s face as he told him he needed to move out—had started the whole thing. They’d fought. There were tears, followed by wine and then scotch. Paul was pretty sure that what happened next wouldn’t surprise a single goddamn person in the entire world. The worst part was that it wasn’t the first time it had happened, and he’d been no less regretful either of the other times. One would think he’d learn his lesson eventually.

Paul stayed in the shower until the hot water was gone, swallowed three Advil, and looked at himself in the mirror. At thirty-eight he still had his dark curls, but his beard was starting to come in gray where he used to have some copper strands. Today he felt like he could see the future in his face. He looked ten years older this morning, at a minimum. He picked up his razor and shaved carefully, still managing to nick himself on his jawline with his unsteady hand.

Oh well, maybe I’ll actually look like a real cop todayToo bad I don’t have any short-sleeved dress shirts.

About the author

KEELAN ELLIS is an east coast girl for life, a progressive, a lover of music and musicians, a mother of two very challenging girls, a loyal though sometimes thoughtless friend, a slacker, a dreamer and a bad influence. She likes true crime podcasts, great television and expensive craft cocktails made by hipsters in silly vests.

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Welcome Alina Popescu - Dawn to Dusk

A big welcome today to Alina Popescu as part of her blog tour with Eyes on Books for Dawn to Dusk.

Five Places in Dawn to Dusk That Are Replicas of Real Life Spots
Despite it being an emotional rollercoaster, I can’t seem to stop basing characters and places on those I’ve known at some point in my life. Or on myself! And I don’t create places that kind of look like those in real life, no, I describe them exactly as they are, tapping into my memories of them. I find it adds both the subjective details – looks, setting, location, age, etc – but it also allows me to explore the more emotional reactions associated with those places. So here are five spots that are almost perfect replicas of their real life counterparts. Just so you know, Dawn to Dusk is filled with such places, but I thought I’d focus on the five most important ones.

1. The Village Where Edi Met Robert
This village is inspired (or a copy of) the one where my mother grew up. Like Edi, I spent my summer there, with a group of kids from all over the country. We’d play all day and run around exploring everything. Or climb up in a tree to chat or read. For some reason, we couldn’t do that on the ground, we had to be high up, even when there were no more sour cherries for us to munch on!

I’ve used the exact setting of the village, where everything was, and how it evolved over the years. The closing of the village library, the emergence of more bars, and the way the creek looked or how we followed it all the way to the railway bridge, those are all exactly as it happened. Even the Indian movies Edi was taken to as a young child happened! There wasn’t much variety in what we could watch under the Communist regime, you see.

2. Edi’s Primary School
That’s not only real, I also live two minutes away from it. And that’s where I started going to school. Unlike Edi, I did not spend four years in that building, only the first two. Because this was a gymnasium as well as a primary school, there wasn’t enough room, so grades 3 and 4 were moved into an annex building. Just so you get a better picture, Romanian gymnasiums are a lot like grammar schools or preparatory high schools in the US from what I can gather.

3. Edi’s High School
Yup, totally my high school. Well, the high school I went to for gymnasium (years 5 to 8 of my education). Sebastian will do the same, attend gymnasium there. Not all high schools have gymnasium classes. A lot of them started adding them (two or four per year), because they thought they’d help educate better pupils for high school. In my case, when it was time to take the high school exam, I wasn’t very pleased with the choices I had, so I bailed on them and went to the competing high school. I never felt like that was my high school though, and I missed the one I’d dreamed of ever since fourth grade.

Edi’s classroom is exactly where real life Edi’s classroom was. And it’s the exact same type of class – with a strong focus on math and information technology. Sebastian’s classroom (which you will get to see more of in Dusk to Dawn) is the classroom I spent 7th grade in. It’s a gorgeous building, by the way!

4. Edi’s Campus Dorm
Yup, totally a real place. It’s not one of the buildings I lived in, mine was further down the street, but it was the same as Edi’s. They weren’t segregated, boys and girls lived in the same building, but there were no mixed rooms. Well, not officially anyway. The campuses in Bucharest aren’t in a separate area on a university campus. They are mixed with residential areas, shopping centers, and there are a lot of bars, clubs, and restaurants around them. It’s fun, but it can get very, very loud!

5. The Restaurant Where Edi, Evelina, and Robert Have Lunch
That moment is an important one, the first time Robert is part of Edi’s other life. Until then, they meet in a separate place (the village), and Robert has never met any of Edi’s friends from back home. Given Evelina’s university location, and there needing to be a possibility for Edi to run into Robert, I chose something near the University Plaza. The real life restaurant is called Colosseum, they do have (or used to have) amazing pizza, and the walls are indeed turned into an art gallery. You can come for lunch and buy some art to decorate your home at the same time!

This used to be one of my favorite places to go out. They used to have great variety of food and drinks and the atmosphere was super relaxed. I even had a birthday party there at one time 

I hope you enjoyed these revelations, and I do hope you enjoy reading the book as well!

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Title: Dawn to Dusk

Series: Lover’s Journey, Book One

Author: Alina Popescu

Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novel (over 50000 words)


That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.

No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.

Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?

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I remembered a time where I couldn’t wait to get to Grandma’s. Time would crawl and it seemed like an eternity before we made it there. Not today, though. We made it to the station in no time, and before I knew it, we got off in Râmnicu Sărat. We would still have a bit of a wait, right?

“Edi! Mrs. Dinu!” someone yelled. No, not someone. I knew who it was, but I refused to acknowledge it.

“Robert, what are you doing here, hon?” Mom asked and gave him a hug.

“Grandma said you were coming today. Thought you’d like a ride home.” He grinned at her and she responded in kind. Not me though, I was frowning and glaring. So much for my plan to avoid him at all costs.

We shook hands. I kept a blank face despite the zing of electricity that raced through me at the simple touch.

“You sit in front, Edi.”

I rolled my eyes and nodded to Mom. She had to do that, didn’t she? Why couldn’t she just sit next to Robert and leave me be? Who cared I loved to ride shotgun?

The moment I sat next to him, I realized what a huge mistake I’d made. I should have insisted Mom ride up here. His scent hit me so hard, my stomach fell and I found it hard to breathe. He was wearing some expensive cologne, but even underneath that strong scent, I could smell him. His very own, unforgettable aroma. It brought back memories of my face buried in the crook of his neck as I was jerking both of us off, him pressed to the ground, me on top of him….

Fuck, I can’t get hard now! Oh, but I could. I was wearing a tight pair of jean shorts, and although it was painful, it wasn’t that visible that I was sporting a huge boner.

We rode in almost complete silence. Apart from a few exchanges between him and Mom, it was quiet. That didn’t make it easier. Not when Robert used every chance he got to touch me. Shifting gears meant a chance to graze my thigh. Maybe it was intentional. If by ‘maybe’ I meant ‘not a chance in hell’. His smirk and subtle winks told me as much.


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About the authorAlina Popescu

Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.

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Welcome Ned Ericsson - Jeremy's Story

A big welcome today to Ned Ericsson as part of his blog tour with Eyes on Books for Jeremy's Story from Wayward Ink Publishing.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I'm a gay male in my forties, married to a wonderful man. We have a cat named Oscar Wild, we affectionately nicknamed Dufus. I started writing fan fiction and was encouraged to write my own stuff. The first story I finished turned out more adult than I expected. I published Love Cubed under the pseudonym Eddy LeFey and have written several stories under that name.
Jeremy's Story was started around the same time but took longer to finish. Since I mean for a younger reader to be able to read this story, I chose a different name: Ned Ericsson. I want Ned's writing to be more socially aware, gentler, yet still direct.

Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Jeremy's Story is about a teenage boy with HIV who has already surmounted quite a few
problems. The story begins with his going back to school and having to deal with meeting
new people, some of whom aren’t nice. He also has to finally accept his feelings for other

As a young boy, I had to deal a lot with bullies and people trying to dictate who I was and
how I should present myself. I wanted to show a strong willed individual who could face these issues, but I also wanted to deal with it lightly. Not everyone’s story turns out as nice as Jeremy’s, but I wanted to show that it can be a happy ending.

Also, HIV is still an issue. There is still a stigma and misunderstandings still exist around the disease. I wished to showcase that as well.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Reliving my past experiences and trying to fit them into a more reader friendly package was the hardest part. I tried not to put too many personal details into the story. The first draft was filled with them, but it did help me embellish details in order to come up with a better story.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
My biggest advice is to not be afraid to put yourself out there and find a publisher or self-publish. Also, it's a good idea to find like-minded people, join blogs or Facebook groups, ask for advice. Take the advice, but also judge what is best for you. Ask questions. Learn.

Why M/M?
I'm a gay man and I believe my perspective needs to be present in this genre. Also, there's a limited amount of material out there featuring LGBT+ characters. There needs to be more. Besides, I write what I know.

Are there any characters that you write, that are based on you, or people you know?
Every single main character has something of me or someone I know in it. I can't help it.

Do you have a favourite character and/or book you've written? Who, what and why?
This is a tough one. I'm proud of Jeremy's Story. As for a favorite character, other than Jeremy, who has a lot of me in him, my favorite character is Arnold. He's a nerd, but he's proud of it and he's not afraid to show his intellect or his emotional intelligence.

Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I try to write every day. Sometimes ideas get stuck in my head, so I read.

What are your writing and personal goals for 2016 and beyond?
I'm planning to write a few short stories under Eddy LeFey, as well as another novel in the
same line as Love Cubed. For Ned, well he’s started a fantasy romance novel which will
eventually have magic and elves and all that good stuff.

What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
I'm currently working on a fantasy romance which hasn't a title yet. It's about a boy who discovers things about himself. He's gay, a mage and possibly half-elf. Here's a snippet:

I turn to leave and run smack into a large human mass. I’m tall, but I’m still looking into very broad shoulders, so the guy must be at least six foot seven inches tall. I realize I’m pinned. I look up into the eyes of my ex-best friend Gregory Jackson.

“So, Geek. You left the exam right quick. Didn’t you? Trying to avoid something, are you?”

I sigh as I breathe him in. I’ve had a crush on Greg for several years now. When I’m around him, he affects me in very uncomfortable ways. I sweat. I can’t breathe. I get distracted easily. He’s affected me like that for years now, even before I came to terms with the fact that I like boys way more than I do girls.

“Greg. Why can’t you just leave me alone? You say you want me to stop staring at you and I have. You’ve made it clear you don’t want to be friends with me anymore, but you keep crowding me.”

“I’ll stop crowding you when you admit you like it.”

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Jeremy is a teenager with a terrible past.

He has to live with its consequences for the rest of his life.

There is hope.

He’s found a new family, a new life, and a new school.

Will he be able to find friends? Love?

Or will he let those who would judge him prevail?

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Jeremy presented his hand, and Julia smiled. The wound was deep, but not serious. She rubbed disinfectant on it and put the plaster on his finger. Jeremy then tried to push her gently out of the way so that he could clean up.

Julia shook her head. “Jeremy, I understand why you’re upset, but you don’t have to be this cautious anymore. You know that, don’t you, sweetheart?”

Jeremy frowned. “I just don’t want to be responsible for anyone getting sick… especially you, Dad, or the boys. I don’t know what I’d do if….”

I’d be a mess; that’s what I’d be. I’d be alone. Again.

He saw Julia frown. When Jeremy first came to live with them, she had been the one who insisted on the stringent measures. She wanted to keep her boys safe. Jeremy could understand that. He wanted that too. She hadn’t known Jeremy that well back then. Things had changed. Jeremy thought of himself as responsible.

Julia had echoed that sentiment many times. She’d called him a great big brother. She’d voiced that she knew he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize his brothers’ health, but his disease was now under control. Jeremy had trouble believing that.

He suspected Julia would continue to express her opinion until he understood. “Jeremy. The doctor told you “just last week that your viral count was undetectable. These accidents are always going to happen. It’s good that you’re cautious, sweetheart, but you can’t start being compulsive about it. The chances are slim that anyone would catch HIV from you, even if there were blood-to-blood contact. We still need to be a little cautious, but I have no open sores or cuts. I’ll be fine.”

Jeremy frowned and started cleaning the blood with paper towels. He poured some disinfectant into a cup and placed the knife in it. “I still can’t take that risk, Julia. I just can’t.”

Looking down at his hand, Jeremy could see the bloodstain pooling beneath the bandage. “Maybe I should stay home.”

“You are going to school, young man. Now hurry up and get yourself something to eat or you’ll be late.”

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After publishing several adult stories under a different name, NED ERICSSON decided to reach deep down inside himself and write a story for which a younger generation, as well as the older ones, might relate. He hopes he succeeded in making people think.

Ned looks forward to writing many more stories to entertain and he hopes provoke some minds into thinking about today’s issues through their telling.

Ned lives in Canada with his husband Ken and their cat, Oscar Wild.

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Email: nedericssonauthor@gmail.com

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A big welcome to Trevann Rogers today as part of her book blast with Embrace the Rainbow Book Promotions.


Title: House of the Rising Son
Author: Trevann Rogers
Series: Living After Midnight #1
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance, Paranormal



Sex. Rebellion. Rock and roll.

Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.

Alexander's future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who'd be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He's barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.

As Cheyenne's musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can't let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who's not sure if he's falling for the incubus or the rocker.

Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.

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While waiting for their drinks, Alexander studied the deep grooves carved into the table, trying to ignore the friction of Cheyenne’s thigh rubbing against his as the musician tapped a heel to the thump of the DJ’s music. Once the drinks arrived, Alexander downed half the bottle before he realized Cheyenne’s large green eyes were staring at him.

“So where’s your girl, Prudhomme? I mean, Prune Danish. No, wait...”

“Prudish. Shit, Prudence,” Alexander sputtered.

Cheyenne’s eyes sparkled. “No, you got it right the first time. Where is she?”

He shrugged. “Home, I guess.”

Cheyenne cocked his head. “Oh, really?” He put his hand on Alexander’s leg. “What’s up? You can tell me.”

“It’s not working out.” Alexander dragged his teeth over his lower lip. “It’s my fault.” He couldn’t keep his attraction to Cheyenne out of his voice. “I don’t know what’s happening to me.”

Cheyenne put his thumb to his lip and paused. “It’s like the drink.”

Alexander tilted his head, not sure he heard correctly. “The drink?”

“Yeah, that nasty ass bourbon. I bet your father drinks it. Your uncles. All your friends. Everybody, right?”

He didn’t answer, but waited for Cheyenne to continue.

“It was just expected that you’d drink it too. So you did.” His hand moved up Alexander’s thigh. “But now, maybe it’s okay to drink what you like. A different brand, a better vintage. Because you want it. Because it tastes better.” Cheyenne licked his lips. “Because it feels right.”

Alexander cleared his throat and brushed his lap, pushing Cheyenne’s hand away. “I can’t.”

“If you change your mind, let me know.”

“You don’t understand. It’s not that easy. My whole life will change.”

“It already has.”

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About the Author

Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her stories incorporate an unquenchable addition to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.

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Book Review - Whither Thou Goest by Tinnean

Finding Home: Book Two
Johnny Smith meets Church Chetwood during the dark days of the Great Depression. He knows Mr. Chetwood can’t be his forever. Why would the handsome and charming director want to stay with a young man who has nothing but his body and skills in bed to offer? His Mr. Chetwood can have any woman—or man—he wants, but Johnny is going to keep him as long as he can.

When they have to leave suddenly on the SS August Moon to evade the process servers trying to find Church, Johnny is glad they’ll have more time together. But the crew rises up against the good Captain Johansen, urged on by a stowaway who wants the August Moon for himself. Johnny and Church, together with the captain, the cook, a wireless operator, and the little girl Johnny saved from prostitution, are cast off into a small lifeboat—and doomed to the open sea. Their other option is to try to land on the island where Church once discovered a saber-toothed tiger. The problem is, the last time Church was on this island, twelve men paid the price with their lives. Will Johnny, Church, and their friends make it out alive this time?

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Whither Thou Goest by Tinnean is set in the 1930s, and I thought captured the time period well. It’s written in first person, but is told from the perspective of several different characters. Although the first few chapters are from Johnny’s POV, it then switches to Church’s and then others of the ‘cast’. Although I haven’t read a book that switches POVs and does it in first person for more than two people before I thought it worked well and it fleshed out the characters nicely.

I also haven’t read the first book in this series—Call Me Church—but that didn’t take away the enjoyment of this one. Enough backstory is given to fill in the gaps without bogging down the storyline, which I appreciated.

This story is more of an ensemble with the focus not only on Johnny and Church’s romance but also the relationship between Charley aka Chow Chi and Captain ‘Jo’ Johansen. Hildy, the eight-year old girl they find on the island, is an interesting character, and I’d like to read more of her as an older woman—she had a lot of spunk and insight for a little girl, but without coming across as precocious or a Mary Sue type character. I would like to read more about Nick—the ship’s wireless operator—too.

There’s a lot of story going on, and I found Charley’s particularly interesting. I’d love to read more of his and Jo’s story. The villain of the piece is a nasty piece of work, and I thought the author did a good job with him, painting a picture of a motivated man without crossing the line into caricature.

The story, although taking the time to flesh out characters is still full of action, with the trip to the island etc a nice homage to the 1933 King Kong movie. Although Whither Thou Goest is an historical, what they find on the island also adds a dash of fantasy so it’s one of those stories which is a mix of genres.

I’d recommend Whither Thou Goest to readers who enjoy an old fashioned adventure with a touch of fantasy story in the style of King Kong with interesting characters and an ensemble cast. 4 out of 5 stars.
A big welcome today to Mann Ramblings as part of his blog tour with Eyes on Books for Priest and Pariahs from Wayward Ink Publishing.

Arbor is a dwarf

I've always had a curiosity about people who suffer from dwarfism. I'm not even sure what I find so fascinating, but I've always tried to rein it in so as not to fetishize a group of people. (I really hope I'm not fetishizing them.) I have a total crush on Peter Dinklage and his prominence on Game of Thrones. His character's story is significant and his condition is part of who he is, but isn't the driving force behind him. I love that he has such a strong storyline and that he's survived six seasons to date. (I realize that can change in the future, because I fully believe all the major players will be dead except one by the end. But I digress...)

I enjoy writing flawed characters, or people who are forced to overcome obstacles. A man with dwarfism could fit that bill surely. How could I make that work in the technologically advanced universe the Santa Claus roams in? First, I needed more information.

You have no idea how surprised I was to find out how many variations of dwarfism exist. All are a birth defect causing deformities and shortening of limbs. Each has its own set of limitations and potential health hazards, some of which are truly horrifying. I chose achondroplasia as the most plausible. While I hate to keep using Peter Dinklage as my example, he was the inspiration for Arbor Kittering. Achondroplasia had the fewest health risks compared to others and would allow Arbor's mother's principles for not correcting the birth defect en vitro to be upheld. Arbor would be able to function in their world, but would do so with great difficulty.

In our current timeline it might be out of place to explore, but Arbor's achondroplasia allowed for a fresh dose of bigotry in a world whose medical advances had all but wiped out the vast majority of birth defects and physical disabilities. As such, all considerations for the disabled would likely evaporate. They wouldn't be needed anymore. His condition is a page in the medical history books at this point and makes him an unintentional outcast. As much as by the people around him as his bitterness surrounding his mother's choices. In the process, he has to learn how to exist in a world that was never made for a man his size.

The real trick was making Arbor's physical limitations a part of the story but not the main plot. It's important to who he is and who he may become, but not all that he is. The unique situation in the planetary cluster was too much fun to delve into.

I hope I do it justice. Let me know how I do.

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Synopsis – Priest and Pariahs

Ship Logs of the Santa Claus, Book Three

Costa McQuillen is a Pariah, a para-human with tech empathic abilities who has escaped from Earth, where being para-human is illegal—and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone, but is willing to risk everyone’s safety to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution: gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.

Arbor Kittering, the crew’s newest coding tech, is a medical oddity. With the technologies available to prevent birth defects, Arbor’s status as a dwarf brings the kind of attention he could happily do without. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files doesn’t help. The Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start, if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.

Priest, the Santa Claus’ Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa for his exotic looks, and to Arbor for his unique qualities. In truth, he’d like to have both, but it’s clear such a thing isn’t in the cards. Now Priest needs to make a choice, before it’s too late.

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The drink in his hand was already half empty when he spotted the man at the bar. He was lithe and pretty with rich, dark hair. It fell in a gentle wave, barely brushing past his shoulder line. The decorative tattoo running along his right cheek did nothing to stall his youthful appearance, but his confident gestures told the story of someone much older.

The bar was crowded, but he sat alone, biding his time and enjoying his drink. He paid no attention to the people around him. Aloof and uninterested, he presented an irresistible challenge.

With luck on his side this evening, Priest could be patient and wait for the blond sitting next to the beautiful man to vacate his position. Winning the poker game and collecting his drink without incident left him feeling invulnerable. The nameless blond paid his tab, and before anyone else could close the gap, he swooped in.

“Is anyone sitting here?”

The pretty man turned to Priest, giving off the slightest hint of a smile before shaking his head. As Priest mounted the stool, he noticed how the young-looking man’s gaze roamed over him, and he turned back to his near-empty glass.

“Are you traveling or arriving?” Priest asked.

“I suppose that in a space station this size it would have to be one or the other, wouldn’t it?”

“Pretty much.”

“A bit of both, really. Just arrived, but I’m heading out again soon.”

Priest flagged the bartender, ordering another round for both of them. “Where ya hoping to land?”

“I’m booked to leave tomorrow to settle on Omoikane.”

“Really? We end up in port there, but have a stop on Gamma Centauri first.”

“Who’s we?”

“I’m the head pilot for the cargo vessel, the Santa Claus. We have contracts with about half the planets in the cluster, but Omoikane is a new one. What’s so special about it?”

“Oh, they have the most amazing technology. Light years ahead of everybody else, they have the first prototypes for anything worthwhile. The data coding techniques they use there are nothing short of revolutionary. They’re building new memory caches that make the current ones look obsolete as soon as they’re perfected. I even read about the first life-like android, complete with synth-flesh and artificial intelligence capacity that rivals human beings.” The pretty man paused, his posture suddenly awkward. “Sorry, the subject excites me, but I know that it can be painfully dull to others.”

It was adorable how his cheeks colored as he averted his eyes. With a nervous hand, he ran a lock of his hair behind his ear. Priest couldn’t help but notice how he turned in his seat, opening his body a little more towards him.

“No worries. I’m Priest, by the way.”

“Priest? I’m willing to guess that’s a nickname. Why would you be called Priest? You’re hardly dressed like one.”

He leaned in closer, taking in the smaller man’s fresh scent. “It’s like a big guy named Tiny. He’s nothing of the sort.”

A graceful snort turned his smile up a notch. “Well, that I can believe. My name is Costa. It’s nice to meet you, Priest. I wanted to thank you for the drink.”

Oh yes. All the signs were there and Priest was feeling good. This was a guaranteed bet. Why stand on ceremony when you can get the party started and make it last longer?

“Tell you what, Costa. We’re both on borrowed time here, so let’s just skip forward and find a place to smash your back doors in.”

Costa’s drink was in Priest’s face almost as fast as his expression flashed its outrage. The alcohol stung his eyes almost as much as the slap to his face, nearly knocking him off his stool.

“What the fuck’d you do that for?”

“You pompous ass! I knew you were gearing up for some arsehole move.”

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The Luxorian Fugitive

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Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

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A Cook’s Tale

A Cooks Tale - Mann Ramblings
The trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.

After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.

As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.

But there’s something about Gamin…

Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?

Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?

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About the Author

Like many gay men, when Mann Ramblings grew up, there weren’t any heroes he could relate to. The world held him back while he tried futilely to hide the real person inside. So much has changed since those hollow days. He finally found his voice, the voice that says it’s all right to revel in the so-called inappropriate joys, laughs, and loves that storm inside a man’s head. It took a long time to find that courage and now that it’s here, he plans to use it well.

While spending years more focused on visual arts, he never let go of his innate passion for storytelling—he wanted to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened with new possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled within him the need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge from Night Tempest, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. That experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, Mann Ramblings continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use a noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if only to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

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A big welcome today to Christopher Hawthorne Moss. His new YA novel A Fine Bromance is out today from Harmony Ink Press.

Why and How I Became a Man
Christopher Hawthorne Moss, author of A FINE BROMANCE
I have been a writer pretty much all my life, so more recently when I started to uncover my inner guy it was inevitable that I would write about the experience from the point of view of characters in my novels. I have written a few very short pieces, but most significantly I gave my novel BELOVED PILGRIM, about a lesbian Crusader knight, a sex change and made her transgender and now have my young adult novel A FINE BROMANCE being released on August 11. Now I am putting together several biographies of transgender people of the past for a book I will self-publish as TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN HISTORY.

It was in fact all this reading I have been doing of MM romance that resulted in my figuring out I am transgender! The beginning was that all the sad events in the gay lovers’ lives was doing a number on my joie de vivre… I was getting more and more depressed. I would find something in my immediate surroundings that affected me so profoundly I couldn’t move. I had no real idea why I was so down. My neighbor expressed some horrible points of view about gay people and it got worse. I joined a PFLAG group to feel less isolated, and slowly it started to come to me. I saw transgender people who came to the group and heard what they said, and then one day in July 2012 I knew what was “wrong” with me. I knew I was really male.

The first thing I had to do about this is tell my husband. At first it seemed to come out of left field for him, but he has told me that my misery for months before that and my apparent contentment now must mean I was right. I mean, I could think of all the clues from my childhood, my love for swashbuckling characters in movies and books, my feeling of not fitting in as a girl, and many more moments when, if a transition to be a man had seemed possible, I would have gone for it. And I knew I was a gay man, which explained all the reasons those books with elemental tragedy or at least sadness got to me.

To make a long story short, I have since been living as a man, with my beloved’s support, but with the disadvantages of transitioning at sixty—a stroke caused by taking testosterone complicating, but not negating, my decision. So while I have no personal experience of transitioning at any other stage of life than “old,” I do know several younger transgender people, and as a novelist can imagine and describe how the experience at other ages can affect a person.

So how did I manage this? It has mostly been psychological. The basic act of choosing a masculine name and representing myself as that person, Christopher, to others has been the one action that has had the most success. The fact that I work online helped with this immensely. Like the cartoon implies that shows two dogs at a computer, “You know that on the Internet, no one knows we are dogs.” No one knows I am not in fact a man. I have been open online so pretty much everyone knows I am transgender, but it is very comfortable to rest in my identity as a man.

I did start taking testosterone to reshape my face and body to a man’s and to cause me to grow facial hair. After a short time on the hormone, however, I sustained a hemorrhagic stroke that some indications may be exacerbated by taking them, so in order to avoid another stroke and another month in the hospital I went off the hormone. As a result, I get to keep my lower voice but will never grow a beard.

I did the paperwork. I saw a gender transition counselor who has helped me not only deal with the confusing emotions but got me officially designated male. I changed my name legally. I am now working on changing my birth certificate. I simply started identifying myself with my new name and gender everywhere where my old status was registered.
For the most part people take me at my word, the time in Evergreen Hospital showing me for four weeks just how respectful people can be. I wear only men’s clothes now and have found that men give away their clothing far more readily than fat women do, to my benefit. I am using the men’s room in public and discovered that men don’t examine other men in the bathroom—also fortunate for me.

One of the most profound tools I have discovered is Gender Odyssey, a conference held in Seattle every August where I can meet and talk to other transmen, and some transwomen, which affirms my choice more than any other single thing. The workshops and meetings at this event are sources of information and support beyond my expectations.

I still don’t dream myself as a man, but then never dreamed myself as a woman. My psyche apparently was wiser than my conscious brain. I am happy with my gender, and as great as that is, my heterosexual male husband—now that men can marry each other—is content as well. That is as important as any other single truth.

You, as a reader, will understand, then, why I created Elias von Winterkirche and Andy Kahn from my books BELOVED PILGRIM and A FINE BROMANCE respectively. Through these characters I can be myself, a boy or man, and try out the situations that either challenge or affirm me. I try to create characters I can model myself after. Whether as a contemporary teenager or a young man in Byzantium, and all the other times and people I write about in the future, I hope I am giving myself and others models of the joys and frustrations of a nonbinary experience of gender.

When Robby starts his senior year in high school, he meets the new boy, Andy. Although Robby has never been physically attracted to anyone, he instinctively feels comfortable around Andy. As they get to know each other better, Robby realizes Andy is an outsider just like him, and harassment at the hands of the school’s bad boys makes it clear that Andy is a transboy.

When Robby’s eccentric Aunt Ivy finds some of her sentimental treasures missing, the boys put on their sleuthing hats to solve the mystery.

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Cover Reveal - Surfacing by A.L. Bates

A big welcome today to A.L. Bates as part of her cover reveal with Eyes on Books for Surfacing from Wayward Ink Publishing.

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Synopsis – Surfacing, The Ariel Series, Book Two

A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP, Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.

Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.

For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.


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THE ALARM WAS ringing. Joel slammed it off before it could do any damage. Normally a captain’s work was never done and he would have a list of things he needed to check before he made it to the mess for breakfast. But the mining season was coming to a close. Quality minerals filled his cargo hold, and he wasn’t even going to need to haggle for a good price this time. The ship was running, the crew were optimistic, and the man asleep beside him had done things last night Joel wouldn’t have thought were possible.

Sean had been a regular feature in Joel’s quarters since the young doctor had gotten shot. Joel ran his fingers over Sean’s bare, milk-white torso, allowing the tips to skate around the fresh scarring on his stomach. The memories surrounding the injury were troubling, but from those dark days came something Joel had never expected. Him and Sean. It was still new; barely two weeks if he didn’t count the long period of sexual tension before they got together.

Never in all his years sailing Ariel did he think he would end up sharing his bed with one of his crew, and certainly not a male crew member. But the past weeks had been some of the most enjoyable he’d ever had. Sean was different from the other folks on the ship and back home. His gentle, compassionate nature was a contrast to Joel’s brash, hard-line approach, but both men cared passionately about the same things: the ship and the crew.

“Hey,” Sean said, glancing down at Joel’s wandering fingers.

“Morning.” Joel ran his thumb over Sean’s lips. The guy was so handsome it made Joel’s knees go weak. “Did I wake you?”

Sean shook his head, a sleepy smile on his face. “No. Or at least not in any way I object to.”

“You sleep deep in my room.”

“Your bed is a lot comfier than mine,” Sean said. He rolled over and draped an arm across Joel’s chest.

“And there I was thinking I had worn you out.”

“Oh, yeah, that too. What are you doing awake so early? You should be as tired as me.”

Joel smirked. “Stamina,” he said, planting a wet kiss on Sean’s face. “And I like to watch you sleep.”

“That’s not creepy.” Sean laughed and snuggled closer, awakening all kinds of sensations in Joel’s body.

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Synopsis – Deep

Deep AL BatesFleeing from a troubled past that left him feeling tarnished and used, Sean finds work as a medic aboard the deep sea mining ship Ariel, on a distant planet.

Under the leader ship of the infuriating, yet charismatic, Captain Joel Riley, Sean settles into his simple, but dangerous, new life. It’s a life he soon comes to love; albeit one in which he conceals his sexuality and avoids intimacy.

But Sean’s new world is turned on its head when an old face threatens to expose him for the man he used to be.

With Joel’s help, will Sean learn to come to terms with his past and become a man he can be proud of?

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About the author

A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.

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