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New Holiday Read! Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Winter Oranges
by Marie Sexton

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 30th 2015

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Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/

 

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Excerpt

They ended their tour, by some unspoken agreement, in the master bedroom. It was the one room Jason’d had refurnished before his arrival. He’d chosen the furniture himself—online, of course—and Sydney had made sure everything would be ready when he arrived. His new room held a large oak dresser, a chest of drawers, and a love seat, which he knew would end up a depository for not-quite-dirty laundry. A king-sized bed covered with a thick down comforter sat against the wall, between two nightstands.

Dylan pointed to the glass-paned door in the corner of the room. “This goes to that patio we could see from the front yard?”

“It does.”

The two front bedrooms shared a covered porch that sat dead center of the front of the house, directly below the attic window. It was a strange setup, a throwback to when husbands and wives had separate quarters. The porch would have allowed them to cross to each other’s room without alerting the children, except this house had been built at the end of the twentieth century, making the floor plan an anachronism.

Dylan opened the door, and Jason followed him outside. They still wore their jackets, but now the sun had set and the November evening felt cooler than before.

“There’s a room over the garage too?” Dylan asked.

“Yep, bed and bath.” They stood surveying the building in question from their vantage point on the porch. It was eerily silent.

“Well, is it everything you dreamed?”

Yes. Standing there with Dylan, out of sight of everybody else in the world was exactly what he dreamed about, nearly every night.

Not that he’d ever admit it out loud.

Instead, Jason nodded, then asked, as casually as he could, “You’re staying the night, right?”

Dylan grinned and stepped closer to slide his arm around Jason’s waist. “I didn’t come all this way to see your house.”

Jason’s relief felt almost tangible, so sudden and strong he wondered if Dylan sensed it. He hoped not. He hoped the darkness hid his pathetic happiness at knowing Dylan was staying. They’d been friends for more than ten years. They’d shared a bed more times than Jason could count. Dylan may have suspected Jason’s true feelings, but Jason did his best to never confirm them, especially since Dylan avoided genuine emotions and commitment the way Jason avoided anybody with a press badge hanging around their neck.

Still, Jason rejoiced as Dylan pulled him close. He sank gratefully into the warmth of Dylan’s kiss, comfortable in his friend’s arms. He grew breathless as Dylan began fighting with the buttons of Jason’s jeans.

“Let’s do it here,” Dylan whispered.

Jason glanced around in alarm, searching for the telltale wink of light reflecting off a camera lens. “Somebody will see.”

“There’s nobody around. That’s why we’re in the wilds of Idaho, remember?”

Jason’s protests dwindled as Dylan sank to his knees, pulling Jason’s pants halfway down his hips as he did. He traced his tongue up Jason’s erection. “God, Jase. It’s been too long.”

“I know.” Way too long since he’d had Dylan to himself. Too many lonely nights since he’d felt Dylan’s touch. He’d been in love with his friend for longer than he cared to admit, but this was the first time in months they’d been alone together. Still, he was hesitant to do anything out in the open. “Dylan, wait. I—” His words died as Dylan wrapped his lips around Jason’s glans. “Oh God.”

Dylan sucked him in deep, stalling for moment with his nose pressed against Jason’s pubic bone. Then, finally, he began to move, sliding his warm mouth up and down Jason’s length. Jason gripped the cold porch railing with one hand, tangled the fingers of the other into Dylan’s heavily moussed hair, and tried to lose himself to the pleasure of being sucked by the man he loved. He breathed deep, willing the tension away. Doing his best to banish the pressure of trying to make it in Hollywood and failing, of never living up to what was expected. He tried to forget it all. To simply revel in the pure joy of being with Dylan here and now, knowing they had one full night together, just the two of them. No other struggling actors or desperate starlets. No two-bit directors or double-crossing producers. And above all, no media waiting to catch them with their pants down.

Literally.

But as good as it was being with Dylan, the real world always intruded. His house was set back half an acre from the road, but anybody who came up the drive would be able to see them. The No Trespassing signs wouldn’t mean a thing to a photographer hoping for a scoop.

Jason moaned—part pleasure, part disappointment that even now he couldn’t relax—and opened his eyes. He kept his hand on Dylan’s head as he surveyed the tree line, his chest tight with anxiety at what he might find.

But the grounds around the house—his house, he had to remind himself—were dark and still and silent. Nobody lingered there.

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About the Author

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along.

Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Winter Oranges, Marie Sexton is giving away two titles from her backlist and a $50 Amazon gift card! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 5, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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New Release! Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4) by Tempeste O’Riley *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Signs of Desire (Desires Entwined #4)
by Tempeste O’Riley

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Dreamspinner Press
Released November 30th 2015

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When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme, they thought communication would be their biggest challenge to their happily ever after…

Simon Tyler knows his job as a gay romance author makes his lack of faith in love more than a little ironic, but he’s tired of being used for his wallet. When a night out turns into a matchmaking scheme orchestrated by his best friends—though he’s not the target—Simon’s not thrilled, but since he’s sworn off happily-ever-after anyway, he goes along with it… until he meets the object of their efforts, Adrian, and finds perhaps he hasn’t given up on love after all.

Professor Adrian Keys has tried to date hearing men before, but being deaf himself, he’s never had any success at making a connection. After his friends con him into going out and Adrian realizes it’s all an elaborate plan to set him up, he braces for yet another failure, only to discover there is a spark—except it’s not with the man his friends had in mind, but with Simon Tyler instead.

Not all their friends have found a way past their romantic failures, but Simon and Adrian might be on the path to happily-ever-after.

 

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Review

4 stars
Simon Tyler has been used, discarded and cheated on. A romance author who has given up finding love himself, Simon hasn’t dated in over a year, but when he meets Adrian Keys he can’t help but be drawn to the man. Although he acknowledges that the interest is mutual with Adrian, Simon still has his doubts and lives with the fear of having his heart broken once again.

Adrian Keys is an IT professor who has made a great life for himself in a world where people often see him lacking. Being deaf hasn’t stopped him from living a full life, but although he has tried his hand at relationships love keeps eluding him every time. But he has a great supporting father and a wonderful group of friends at the ready. And that is how he finds himself meeting Simon.

Simon and Adrian are both friends with Chase and although they’ve heard about the other, they had yet to meet. But once they locked eyes on one another, neither could stand to look away.

What I enjoyed the most about this story was how Simon and Adrian’s relationship evolved as the story progressed. I enjoyed watching them start a tentative friendship while their attraction hovered in the background. It was great to see them getting to know each other because it allowed me the chance to see that their connection was more than an attraction to one another. With flirty banter, stolen kisses and honest exchanges about their doubts, Tempeste O’Riley reaffirmed that Simon and Adrian’s connection was worth exploring. So when the time came for them to come together fully, I was ecstatic for them and cheering them on.

Of course, it helped tremendously that I found both characters intriguing and perfect for one another. It was great to see how understanding and patient Adrian was in regards to Simon’s past experiences and his desire to take things slow. His reassurances and support, in turn, boosted Simon’s confidence in himself and what was developing with Adrian.

But as much as I enjoyed this story, I can’t help but feel like there was something missing from it. After spending a couple of days reading the previous books in the series, I found that Signs of Desire lacked that touch of intrigue and conflict the James and Chase’s books had. Although the author brought about the start of a conflict in the form of Simon’s family, I thought it was glossed over and wrapped too quickly for it to make any kind of impact. Nevertheless, Adrian and Simon’s story was an enjoyable read for me.

All in all, a sweet romantic read with a fantastic side of sizzling heat.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
 

Excerpt

A tap to his shoulder pulled Adrian out of his musings. He turned and realized the server was back with their dinners and blushed at how entranced he’d been. He didn’t usually stare, hating when others did that to him. “Sorry.”

“No sorrys.” Chase hugged Adrian, then dug into his bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Simon waved to get Adrian’s attention and smiled when he looked up from his country-fried steak and mashed potatoes with white gravy. “Chase said you were his teacher before and are now a friend.” Adrian nodded. “How’d he convince you to go out with his skinny butt?”

Heat infused Adrian’s face as he laughed. “Chase was very sweet and asked nicely.”

“I love your laugh, by the way. It’s deep like your voice, kind of carefree.” Simon looked slightly sad. Adrian knew he’d had a hard time lately. Chase said he’d been cheated on a year ago and had refused to date since. Adrian knew the feeling, though he pushed the thought away, hoping not to dwell on why he was alone.

He ducked his head slightly. “Thanks? I don’t know how anyone sounds, even myself, so it’s always weird to get comments like that.”

“I said the same when we went out,” Chase commented. “But don’t let him fool you. He’s an excellent teacher and speaks in all his classes. He knows his voice is good.”

“No, I know it’s clear enough for you to understand. That’s something I work hard to make true, but I have never heard my voice, so I have no idea how I sound. And well…. Chase was the first person to ever say something like that.”

He worked regularly with various computer programs to improve and maintain his speech, knowing if he didn’t it could cost him his position at the college. He had always struggled to make sure he spoke well for Hearing people, considering his family’s opinion of his Deafness. His dad knew sign language, but his mom refused to learn, insisting he learn to be “normal.” Adrian had always thought that was extremely unfair, especially as a child. Considering his hatred of being dependent on others for his communication, he was thankful he could read lips and speak as well as he did.

“Then you know the wrong people, ’cause he’s right.” Simon nodded to emphasize his point, confusing Adrian more. Why would he be so determined with his compliments?

Shrugging off his curiosity, Adrian tried to push past the topic. “What do you do?”

Simon’s eyes tightened at the edges slightly, his shoulders drooping a little more. “I’m a writer.”

“He’s a romance author, and a damn good one,” Jamie, or James as he knew the guy’s actual name was, said. Chase talked about his best friend often, though this was the first they’d met. “Don’t let him talk down about what he does.”

“James, hush. He’s not interested in what kind of writing I do.”

“Yes, I am. I love to read. Would I know any of your work?” Adrian didn’t have a large collection of romances, but he had read some. He couldn’t think of any authors named Simon, though.

“You’re an author?” Grayson asked, turning to join their conversation.

The nod seemed reluctant, but the smile on Simon’s face, while small, looked genuine. “Yeah, I write under the name Tyler Jacobs, a pseudonym, but I have a few books out. But, um, I thought we were trying to get to know Adrian and Grayson, not more about boring ol’ me.”

Adrian looked to Grayson and back, then shrugged. “I thought it was so we could all get to know each other.”

“Actually, I think Chase was trying to play matchmaker,” Rhys said, shoving Chase playfully.

“Matchmaker?” Adrian asked. Whom was he trying to set up with whom? And why?

Chase scowled and swatted Rhys. “I was hoping to introduce a few new friends and hoped everyone got on well, brat.” Chase reached out and patted Adrian’s hand, confusing him further. “I swear, I’m not trying to push you if you don’t want to date anyone right now.”

“Just who were you hoping to match up?” Dale asked, smirking as he stared at Chase.

Honestly, Adrian wanted to know that as well. It was obvious Chase meant to fix him up with one of his other friends, but he couldn’t imagine which one. James was married, Chase was happily with Rhys, and he didn’t know Simon, Dale, or Grayson beyond what he’d learned of them since he’d arrived, really.

Only two of the people at the table even interested him, truth be told, but he couldn’t figure out why anyone would try to set him up with either man. In Adrian’s experience, most Hearing people didn’t overly like dealing with having a Deaf partner. His few exes certainly hadn’t, no matter what he did to seem more “normal.”

Chase shook his head, clamping his lips closed as he glared at Rhys.

“Chase?” Adrian said and signed. “Who were you hoping to set me up with and why?”

Their eyes locked for a few moments before Chase looked away, his shoulders drooping. After a moment, Chase turned back to face Adrian and replied, “Grayson. He’s in IT, like you and I are, he’s super loyal and really cute in that quiet reserved-guy kind of way.”

“Grayson?” Well, he was handsome and seemed nice, if a little stoic. Adrian didn’t know how to feel about Chase trying to set him up with one of his friends, though. “I can get my own dates, Chase.”

“I know that. It…. Grayson is really nice, and I’d love to see Rhys’s buddy happy. And I like you, but we’re not right for each other, either. I thought of you two, though. You’d make a beautiful couple. His Native American features and your slightly Asian ones….”

He couldn’t help it, Adrian chuckled, amused at Chase’s logic. The man was sweet and a total flirt, but it seemed he was a bit of a ditz when it came to understanding his friends. Chase frowned, folding his arms across his chest as he stared at Adrian—more a glare really. “Sorry, sorry.”

 

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Designs of Desire (Desires Entwined, #1)
Bound by Desire (Desires Entwined #1.75)
Desires’ Guardian (Desires Entwined, #2)
Desires’ Pride (Desires Entwined, #2.5)
Temptations of Desire (Desires Entwined, #3)
Truth in Lace (Desires Entwined #3.5)

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About the Author

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Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, they has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit http://tempesteoriley.com.

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New Release! Stranded by HelenKay Dimon *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Stranded
by HelenKay Dimon

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 21st 2015

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Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

Stranded is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles.

 Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/

 

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Excerpt

“You’re getting old or sloppy. Not sure which.” The deep voice rang out in the late quiet afternoon.

It can’t be. It absolutely can’t be.

The owner of that voice was very dead. He’d been taken out. One shot execution style, or that’s what the briefing Cabe had stolen said. He remembered the day, the very minute, he’d read the news. He’d wanted to celebrate and shout about how karma was a nasty fucking bitch, but he’d ended up looking into the bottom of more than one empty vodka bottle and not feeling anything but numb.

But that voice haunted him. Husky and so tempting as it licked against his balls. It had played in his head for months until his hatred finally squashed it out and forced his brain to forget. Or so he’d thought.

Certain he’d finally lost what little was left of his mind, Cabe turned around for a better view just as his attacker pulled up the ski mask covering every inch of his head. Cabe couldn’t deny the face in front of him after that. Same dirty-blond hair, cut military short. Those intense blue eyes, so bright and clear, telegraphed a certain genuineness that Cabe believed in. He’d never suspected he’d been set up a year ago until the shots had rung out and he’d dropped to the ground in a pool of blood. Even now Cabe had to fight the urge to rub the puckered scar on his chest, though for once he appreciated the reminder of his idiocy. Now he could prevent a repeat of that mistake.

“Braxton Hughes.” Cabe hated the kick to his chest that came with saying the guy’s name. “You’re supposed to be dead.”

Brax grinned. “Good to see you too, Kyle.”

 

About the Author

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author.  She has sold over thirty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Carina Press and Riptide Publishing. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. You can find more about the author on her website.

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Stranded, HelenKay is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift certificate (winners choice)! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 28, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries.

Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

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Favorite Holiday Read! Minnesota Christmas Series by Heidi Cullinan *Series Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Minnesota Christmas
by Heidi Cullinan

An M/M Contemporary Romance Series
From Samhain Publishing

 

The Minnesota Christmas series is a light-hearted escape into an idyllic Minnesota Northwoods small town. In Logan, Minnesota, you can expect shenanigans, snow, plenty of sex, and always a happily ever after.

Book one, Let It Snow, features Marcus and Frankie. Marcus is a lawyer-turned lumberjack determined to scrub the Cities from his mind…until a freak snowstorm lands Minneapolis hairstylist Frankie in the cozy cabin Marcus shares with his best friends. Book two, Sleigh Ride, is about the jolly, brash Arthur and the fussy town librarian Gabriel, who hate each other more than they hate anyone else, right up until the point when those sparks ignite a fire they had no intention of starting. Book three, Winter Wonderland, is the story of Paul, the member of the “three bears” who’s pined for love the longest and has found it in the most unlikely of places, the swishy care center nurse Kyle, who once in the bedroom isn’t swishy in the slightest.

The series is known for its highly-drawn secondary characters, idyllic small-town setting, serious subjects smoothed out with heartwarming holiday moments, and spicy (but not too spicy) romantic moments.

Minnesota Christmas concludes with Winter Wonderland, but once they get that Christmas village scheme established, you never know what Logan will get up to.

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The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota Northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

 

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The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.

It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.

As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.

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Finding Mr. Right can be a snowlot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

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Review

4 stars
What’s not to love about Let It Snow? Not only was it a sweet romance with a feel-good vibe, it also brought together two individuals that truly wanted to find that special someone who would love them unconditionally.

When we meet Frankie he’s driving through the backwoods of Minnesota, lost during a winter storm. His voice instantly pulled me. I loved his sarcastic wit and his self-deprecating humor. I knew I was going to end up loving him!

I was not, however, ready for Marcus nor did I expect to be won over by the surly bear of a man. But I was. I loved him from the moment he grunted at Frankie and covered him with a blanket. He was frustrating and adorable in his reluctance to give into Frankie, but I enjoyed his journey a hell of a lot.

Of course, I also enjoyed the chemistry between them and the sparks ignited once they gave into their attraction, but ultimately it was the quiet, tender moments they shared that sold me on them getting together.

As the first of the series, I think Let It Snow did a wonderful job of introducing the main players and setting up the stage for the other books to come.

All in all, a fun heartwarming romance with heat, emotions and lots of snowy weather!

Since I loved Let It Snow so much, I was excited to read Sleigh Ride, Arthur’s story.

My impression of Arthur wasn’t much to write about, at least not when I finished Let It Snow. He was gruff, a little rude and not at all receptive to relationships, so of course I was curious to see how Heidi was going to unravel the man. 😉

And unravel him she did! Wow, who knew Arthur had all that in him. Although it took him a while to warm up to the fact that he felt something for Gabriel, once he realized it he went full steam ahead in his pursuit of him. Yes, theirs was a case of pent-up sexual frustration, but ultimately through each and every sexual encounter they became closer with their emotions getting tangled with their desire for one another.

As expected Heidi did a brilliant job in bringing these two unlikely individuals together. Of course, the chemistry between these two was never lacking but it was the fact that their connection was solid that had me cheering them on. I wanted to throttle Gabriel for putting up a fight, but I also loved seeing how Arthur’s persistence slowly but surely won Gabriel over. I enjoyed their bickering just as much and I enjoyed their ‘play time’. I loved that Gabriel felt so at ease with Arthur when he was most vulnerable and that Arthur valued that trust. It showed me that Arthur had another side to him that I had not bothered to consider.

Having Arthur–who was adamant that he DID NOT do relationships–settled down only made me more eager to read Paul’s story since he was the only one of the men actively looking for a relationship. Winter Wonderland, *sigh* what a story!

What I enjoyed the most about this last book was the fact that Heidi still brought all the elements present in the previous books but took it up a notch. By bringing even more of a sense of family in the form of Kyle’s family, Heidi gave us the chance to see a side of Kyle that most people did not see.

On the surface Kyle appears as the flirty, overly swishy gay jailbait. It frustrates him to no end that he’s not taken seriously, especially when he finally decides to make his move on Paul. Kyle has loved Paul from afar, but now that Arthur and Paul are done for good he figures his time has come. I loved Kyle’s determination to win Paul over and admired his loyalty to his family. I think those were his most endearing traits, that paired with his toppy side gave him an intriguing edge. I was all kinds of curious to see how he would win Paul over.

But who knew Paul would be such a picky man when it came to finding the perfect candidate to date?! If it wasn’t one thing, it was something else so of course I enjoyed it immensely when Kyle would tear down each and every obstacle Paul tried to put in his path. I loved seeing him fall in deeper and deeper even if he took a while to acknowledge it.

This time around I admit I enjoyed the intimate moments just as much as the candid ones simply because it revealed so much about both men. I got to see a pliant, softer Paul lowering his walls so that Kyle could exert his toppy side to the full extent of his capacity. This served to showcase how well Kyle and Paul complemented each other and of course it made for a fantastic, steamy read too! WIN-WIN!!!

Although I was sad to learn that Winter Wonderland was the the last of the Minnesota Christmas series I can say that I was happy to see these men find their happily ever after. That’s not to say that I’m not curious to learn more about the plans Heidi put in place for the town of Logan or the developer of such plans. Can a new series be in the works? We shall wait and see!

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Winter Wonderland Excerpt

With the cupcakes finished and the reason they’d gotten together in the first place punted to Sunday, Paul should offer to drive Kyle to his car and let him go home. Instead, he stared at Kyle again, and once more, he was caught.

Kyle touched the side of his hair self-consciously. “Why do you keep looking at me that way? You make me feel like I’ve grown a unicorn horn.”

Paul fumbled with what excuse to give, which somehow led him to confessing the truth. “You’re different tonight.”

Kyle frowned. “Different than what?”

“Than you usually are. Though, I guess we haven’t spoken much before.”

Except for the mostly one-sided sexting.

Paul cleared his throat. “So, uh. Stencils and snow…stuff. I didn’t realize you were so into art.”

Kyle nodded, relaxing somewhat. “I’ve always been creative. I did more sculpture than painting in school.”

“You’re good. The snow dicks were…lifelike.”

Kyle gave Paul another sideways look, as if to ask, Why are you bringing this up? “I enjoy making snow sculptures. Linda gets one every fresh snowfall. At the rate this winter is going, we’ll have to branch into a field to house them.”

“How did you make them so fast? The ones on my porch?”

“Oh, I’m pretty clever when it comes to cock.”

The quip came with Kyle’s affected voice, except instead of simpering affectation, it was a whip crack. It startled Paul, inspired him to sit a little straighter. Kyle didn’t blush, simply stared Paul down.

Paul tried to regain his ground, but between Kyle’s sharp gaze and the mental image of Kyle being good with cock, it disarmed him. He reached for a familiar wall. “I— Sorry. I didn’t mean to start anything again.”

Kyle’s lips pursed as he stood up. He reached for his coat. “I should be heading back.”

Paul rose too. “Kyle, I didn’t mean it like that.”

Kyle waved a hand at Paul, a gentle flick of a slight wrist. “Enough. Message received. I won’t flirt with you anymore, even for fun.”

Paul hurried after him, eventually cutting him off. “Look. You’re a great guy.”

“But you’re not interested, I know. I was making a damn joke.”

“It’s not that I’m not interested. But you’re too—”

Kyle’s gaze flashed a half-second warning before he whipped out a hand and covered Paul’s mouth. When Paul stumbled away, Kyle came with him, until Paul’s back went flat against the door.

“Don’t say another word.” Kyle stared angrily down at him—down, yes, because he was a little bit taller than Paul, though decidedly less than half his width. It didn’t seem to matter in that moment.

“Don’t say I’m young. Don’t say you’re old. Don’t fucking say a word because I don’t want to hear it. It’s demeaning to us both. I’ve already figured out you’re not interested. I’m a big boy—all grown up—and I’ve moved on. Personally, I think it’s your loss because I have it on several authorities I’m absolutely wicked in bed. Not quite as intense as Arthur, maybe, but then that didn’t exactly work for you, did it?”

When Paul startled, Kyle grinned a grin that made Paul’s guts churn with want.

“Go ahead and think I’m some infant twink wiggling my ass at you, hoping to get plowed by a sweet teddy bear.” The grin faded, leaving only feral heat. Kyle didn’t stroke Paul’s face, but he could swear he tingled simply from the focused gaze of the man before him. “I’m not an infant, I can’t help my body type, and if I got you in the same room as a bed, it wouldn’t be my ass sore in the morning.”

Paul couldn’t speak, his breath coming in erratic staccato bursts. When his shock bled away, it left him still paralyzed, but with want, not fear. That can’t be right, his brain kept telling him, except as he stared at Kyle, really looked at him, he was pretty sure his brain was wrong.

Paul also suspected, with the way Kyle kept leaning closer, a fiery warrior closing in on his prey, he was about to get kissed. To his surprise, he was ready to be kissed. By Kyle Parks. Against the back of the shop door. An angry, I’ll show you kiss that already had Paul melting inside.

At the last second, however, Kyle stopped. He drew away, averted his gaze. Then he zipped up his coat and pulled his hat and mittens from his pockets with shaking hands. “I—I should go.”

Don’t go. That was insane, so Paul swallowed it. “I’ll drive you.”

Kyle jammed the hat over his hair. “It’s fine. I’ll walk.”

No, that was insane. “It’s a mile plus to the café, and it’s ten degrees outside.”

“Sounds perfect.” Kyle wrapped his scarf around his face and saluted Paul with a fat mitten. “Text me about Sunday.”

He pushed Paul aside and opened the door, and Paul watched him trudge through the falling snow into the dark night.

 

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About the Author

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Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.

 

 

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Holiday-themed New Release! What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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What Happens at Christmas
by Jay Northcote

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Jaybird Press
Released November 19th 2015

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When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?

Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretense and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

 

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Justin’s phone chimed with a text, interrupting Sean’s train of thought.

Justin picked up his phone to read the message. “Ugh.” He put the phone back down without typing a reply and ran his hands through his hair.

“What’s up?”

Justin sighed. “It’s our work Christmas party next weekend. I’ve already got a ticket, and nearly everyone in the office goes, but it’s for partners as well. One of my co-workers, Jess, is bugging me to come, but I can’t face it. I bet Andy’s going to bring his new boyfriend. I know he’s a shit and I shouldn’t let him get to me, but the thought of him parading around with my replacement, and me being there on my own, isn’t very appealing.”

“Is it too late to find someone to take?”

“No, they don’t need final numbers till Monday.”

“Well, then. Take someone else and flirt like crazy in front of him. Show him you can do better and that you’ve already moved on.”

“But I’m not ready to date. It’s only been two weeks, and I’m still at the feeling-sorry-for-myself stage.”

“I’ll go with you,” Sean offered. “I could be your date. We could pretend we’ve got together and are a couple now.”

“Yeah?” Justin looked thoughtful. “Are you sure?”

Duh. It would hardly be much of a sacrifice to flirt with Justin all night. It would actually be a relief not to have to hide the way he felt for a change.

“Sure,” Sean replied. “I think I can manage to fake that I’m arse-over-tit infatuated with you. As long as it’s only for a few hours.”

“Gee, thanks.” Justin rolled his eyes. “You really know how to make an already-wounded ego feel better. But if you’re up for it, we should totally do it. Andy was always jealous of you before you went away. He saw you as competition because we lived together and were so close. I’d love to see his face when I walk in with you on my arm. I think he’ll hate it even if he’s moved on.”

“Okay.” Sean rubbed his hands together, excited at the prospect of getting to piss off Andy. “Let’s do it! Text your friend Jess back and tell her you’re in—with a hot date.”

 

About the Author

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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Tour: Rebound Remedy by Christine d’Abo *Giveaway*

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Hello, my name is Christine d’Abo! Thank you so much for having me here on the blog today. I’m very honored to have been asked to participate in the 2015 Riptide Holiday charity anthology. The holidays are the perfect time to not only give back to our community, but to raise awareness of the struggles that some of our youth endure.

When these teens should be enjoying candy, presents, movies and fun, they’re struggling with their families, friends and their self-images. No one should feel anything but love and support this time of year.

This is my small way of helping out, of paying it forward. I want to challenge each of you to do something this holiday season to pay it forward. Volunteer at a local food bank, soup kitchen or other community support organization. Buy a stranger a coffee. Pay for the meal of a young family. Give someone a hug.

Every small act of kindness makes the world a better place.

I wish you all the best this holiday season.

 

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Rebound Remedy
by Christine d’Abo

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 9th 2015

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The last thing Cole expects to get for the holidays is dumped.  But there he is, in the airport on his way to Banff for a romantic getaway, helplessly watching as his boyfriend’s ex declares undying love, proposes—and is accepted. With a few weeks to go until Christmas, Cole’s mood dives from jolly to jaded. But instead of sitting at home alone and feeling sorry for himself, he goes to his favorite bar, McGregor’s, for a pint and some company.

The moment Owen McGregor sets eyes on Cole, he knows there’s something wrong. So he takes it upon himself to ensure that Cole has a happy holiday: twelve outings for the twelve days before Christmas. Even if he can’t quite think up twelve activities that don’t involve getting the forlorn hunk into his bed.

With each outing they take together, Cole realizes that the love he thought he’d shared with his ex was less than perfect. And that Owen might prove to be more than just his rebound remedy.

 

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Rebound Remedy is one of Riptide’s 2015 charity titles.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/

 

About Christine

A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.

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To celebrate the release of Rebound Remedy, Christine is giving away a tin of tea from David’s Teas! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 14, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

 

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New Release! A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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A Fortunate Blizzard
by L.C. Chase

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released November 2nd 2015

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There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard.

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever.

 

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5-stars

*sigh* Nothing like a sweet holiday story to get you in the spirit of the season!

Trevor’s illness is worsening and with Christmas approaching he is determined to enjoy every single day afforded to him. So when his plans are thwarted by a blizzard that prevents him from getting to his family, he is disappointed. That coupled with not securing a hotel to stay in for the night has Trevor’s mood plummeting. But maybe not all is lost as Trevor locks gazes with a handsome man across the room.

Marcus Roberts is a workaholic with not much of a social life. He’s not happy to have to leave his car on the turnpike to seek shelter from the blizzard. But his mood is suddenly improved when he spots the man who just walked through the hotel doors. Making the best out of the situation, Marcus invites Trevor to share his table and soon enough his hotel room too.

What I enjoyed the most about this story where the characters and how the author went about bringing them together. At a glance, these two were complete opposites, so it was great to see how LC Chase worked their stories to show how well they complemented each other. I appreciated the first couple of chapters since they gave me the opportunity to get to know Marcus and Trevor as individuals. I came to understand where they were coming from, so when the moment came for them to meet I was already invested in them finding each other.

From their first meeting, it was obvious that these two shared a physical attraction and awesome chemistry. But it was the unguarded moments Marcus and Trevor shared as the story moved along that made this story such an enjoyable read. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy these two together. Hell, that first kiss alone was worth all the anticipation. That first encounter was explosive with them not holding back from their attraction. However, as they moved from a one-night hook up to spending more time together I came to see how these two could be perfect together.

Trevor’s illness and Marcus issues with his mother and his need to please her play a starring role in how their relationship unfolds. LC Chase made sure these issues and the emotions they brought about made it to the page. I loved seeing how Trevor helped Marcus re-discover a part of himself he thought he had lost. And I loved it even more watching Trevor experience the kind of connection he never allowed himself to share with another man since his diagnosis.

Heartwarming and with plenty of heat to keep things interesting, A Fortunate Blizzard is must read this season. It certainly won a place in ‘My Favorites’ shelf–I loved the characters and I enjoyed their story thoroughly.

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Trevor ended the call, dropping the hand holding it to his knee and bringing his chin to his chest. He would be okay, he knew that, but the prospect of spending the holidays by himself cast a dark pall over his mind. All his friends had either left town already or had their own families in the area. Even if the blizzard let up in time, he didn’t want to intrude on anyone else’s holidays. Missing his own family, coupled with the reality of his future, such as it was, deepened the emptiness that was trying to consume him. The last thing he wanted was for his mood to bring down anyone else.

A heavy sigh pushed past his lips as he shoved the phone back in his pocket, grabbed his bag, and made his way into the lounge.

The place was quickly approaching standing room only, and Trevor had to shoulder his way up to the bar, where he ordered a tea with lemon—because the Irish coffee he really wanted wasn’t worth the damage it would do to his kidneys—and a plain buffalo burger with a small side salad. The bartender slid a steaming cup in his direction and the first sip made Trevor’s eyes water, sending a rush of heat cascading outward from his stomach. He closed his eyes, and he might have moaned but couldn’t be sure over the chatter of voices surrounding him.

“Perfection,” he said under his breath.

The barkeep smiled and shook his head. “Be ’bout fifteen minutes for your burger.”

“Thanks.”

Trevor dug a pill pack out of his bag, popped the two binders he was to take before every meal, and then turned his sleep-weary eyes on the lounge at large, scanning for an empty table. Through the crowd, he caught sight of a vacant seat at a table in the far corner. He leaned to the side for a better look and froze when his gaze locked with one of the most attractive men he’d seen in a long time. He had classic good looks: strong jawline, dark hair trimmed neatly, eyes that somehow seem brighter than they should in such dim lighting, no matter their color.

The back of Trevor’s neck and his face began to heat as the man held his stare. Whether it was from the tea or the intensity of those eyes boring into him, he couldn’t say. And he couldn’t look away. The handsome stranger managed to hold him captive without word or touch. That kind of instant attraction was rare for him, and of course it had to happen now, when he had nothing left to give anyone.

Though . . . a little temporary comfort was still allowed, wasn’t it?

Someone moving through the packed lounge jostled Trevor, spilling his drink and breaking his heated connection with the man across the room. He turned away, skin sizzling from head to toe and hand burning from the hot tea.

“Order’s up, buddy.” The bartender slid Trevor’s dinner across the bar top.

Trevor jerked his head up. “Already?”

The barkeep just did that smiling and shaking his head thing again as he grabbed a towel and wrapped it around a handful of ice cubes. He set the faux ice pack beside the burger.

Trevor had to shake his head, too—mentally anyway. Had he and Mr. Handsome really been locked in a staring contest for fifteen minutes?

“Thank you.”

The barkeep nodded and went back to mixing drinks. Trevor rubbed the soothing ice pack over his burned skin until the sting eased, and then turned around, his gaze instantly reconnecting with Mr. Handsome across the room.

Without breaking eye contact, Handsome reached over and angled the empty chair away from the table in silent invitation.

You’d be a fool to ignore that, Trev.

He shouldered his bag, picked up his plate and what was left of his tea, and made his way across the lounge. “Mind if I join you?”

A sensual smile stretched Mr. Handsome’s lips, his forest-green eyes sparkling. “Please.”

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About L.C. Chase

Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. After a decade of traveling three continents, she now calls the Canadian west coast home. When not writing sensual tales of beautiful men falling in love, she can be found designing book covers with said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged roommate.

L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Pickup Men and Pulling Leather; an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men; an EPIC eBook Awards finalist for Let It Ride and Long Tall Drink; Bisexual Book Awards finalist for Let It Ride; and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards winner. She also received an honorable mention in the 2015 Rainbow Awards for Pulling Leather, and the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.

You can find out more about L.C., story extras, works in progress, and cover designs at her website, on her blog, or on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

 

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Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing for a $50 Esty gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 7. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so we can reach you if you win, and follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway!

 

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Riptide’s 4th Anniversary Celebration! Anne Tenino and her Theta Alpha Gamma Series *Giveaway*

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Thank you for joining Riptide on our 4th Anniversary blog tour!

We are excited to bring you new guest posts from our authors and behind the scenes insights from Riptide. The full tour schedule can be found here! Don’t miss the limited time discounts and Free Books for a Year giveaway at the end of this post!

Please welcome Anne Tenino to the tour!

When I think of my past works, I get a mental image of paperbacks following along as I sally forth (to wherever). A little like students obediently lined up behind the nun who’s leading them to lunch. Except that makes me the nun, which isn’t an option, plus it implies my books are all well-behaved and maintain their place in line. Yeah . . . no.

Also, it suggests I taught each of my books, when the reverse is true—instead I learned something from each of them.

Regardless, I’ll continue with my flawed “students and teacher” analogy. Normally when I release a book, it demands my special attention while it settles in with the other stories. It has to make friends and sometimes it acts out, but eventually it finds its place in line and the status quo is reestablished. I continue my authorial wanderings, and the stories follow along behind me like ducklings (oh that would have been a better analogy wouldn’t it? Eh, too late now).

Some books keep demanding attention though, long after they’ve found their place in the line. The pupil that most often demands my attention is Frat Boy and Toppy. In 2013, it was all excited when it took second place in the Erotic Romance category of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction awards. When a grad student wanted to dissect it in his master’s thesis, the book was pretty full of itself for a while. When Riptide gave it a new cover and had it printed and given out in RT Bookconvention bags, it lorded it over the other guys in line. Recently, there’ve been incidents that require me to take special notice of the book all over again.

First, Riptide has hired Jason Frazier to be the voice of the FB&T audiobook. (Jason rocks, based on my limited contact with him. According to his plethora of fans, he gives great audio.) Having a novel translated to audio is kind of a mile marker for authors. Well, by “authors” I mean “me.”

There’s a whole other reason Brad and Sebastian keep tapping on my shoulder demanding attention, though—I’m teaching a “Not Your Mama’s Romance” class on October 17th at the Sellwood branch of Portland’s library, and as I’m planning it out, I keep needing to come up with examples. More often than not, those examples come from Frat Boy and Toppy.

Self-promotion alert: What’s that? You live within spitting distance of Portland and you want to come to my class? You totally should! It’s free, and relatively short. Be warned, though, it’s for total newbies to the genre, and it’s not aimed at only gay romance writers.

Okay, back to the subject at hand, which would be the way Frat Boy and Toppy has been pestering me. Those of you who’ve read it (and happen to be reading this) will probably be aware I wrote a whole series of books based on that frat, Theta Alpha Gamma. Last spring, the fifth and final book in the series, Poster Boy, was released. I claimed to be done.

But lately . . . Well, there’s not anything more I have to say about Brad and Sebastian’s relationship (I pretty well sewed it up in the fourth Theta Alpha Gamma release, Good Boy), but Brad seems to think I have more stories to write in that world, or a related one. He’s so demanding.

Still, in my personal bookshelf, Frat Boy and Toppy has a special place in my heart. I wouldn’t call it a teacher’s pet (it wouldn’t be fair to the other stories), but I will go so far as to say that when FB&T raises its hand and yells “Me, me, me!” I will listen to what it wants to say to me. *

*Please note, this is in no way a promise of future works in the Theta Alpha Gamma universe. It’s just a maybe. 😉

 

About Theta Alpha Gamma

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It’s been said that frat boys are “living the last of the staunchly heterosexual lifestyles,” but it appears the Theta Alpha Gamma members didn’t get the memo—brothers keep coming out of the closet. What’s a frat to do?

First, be accepting; understanding, even—or at least fake it ’til you make it. Second, declare your frat house a Greek Love Zone. Third, institute Sensitivity Training. Led enthusiastically by the new president, Kyle—founding member of the Theta Alpha Gay Straight Alliance—TAG is coming out to the world as the safest fraternity for gay boys to let it all hang out.

The hallowed, traditional frat kegger will never be the same again.

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With the exception of Good Boy, which should be read after Frat Boy and Toppy, Theta Alpha Gamma stories do not need to be read in order, though many readers prefer to do so. The release order is:

  1. Frat Boy and Toppy
  2. Love, Hypothetically
  3. Sweet Young Thang
  4. Good Boy
  5. Poster Boy

 

About Anne Tenino

Catalyzed by her discovery of LGBTQ romance, Anne Tenino left the lucrative fields of art history, non-profit fundraising, and domestic engineering to follow her dream of become a starving romance author. For good or ill, her snarky, silly, quasi-British sense of humor came along for the ride.

Anne applies her particular blend of romance, comedy and gay protagonists to contemporary, scifi and paranormal tales. Her works have won awards, she’s been featured in RT Book Reviews, and has achieved bestseller status on Amazon’s gay romance list.

Born and raised in Oregon, Anne lives in Portland with her husband and two kids, who have all taken a sacred oath to never read her books. She can usually be found at her computer, procrastinating.

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Anniversary Sale!

The Theta Alpha Gamma collection is being sold in a special discounted bundle by Riptide this week only.
Check out the sale on this series and other bundles at http://www.riptidepublishing.com/anniversary-sale

 

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To celebrate our anniversary, Riptide Publishing is giving away free books for a year! Your first comment at each blog stop on the Anniversary Tour will count as an entry and give you a chance to win this great prize. Giveaway ends at midnight, October 31, 2015, and is not restricted to US entries.

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Tour: Triple Play (Homeruns, #3) by Sloan Johnson *Review and Giveaway*

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Triple Play (Homeruns, #3)
by Sloan Johnson

An M/M Contemporary Romance
Released September 29, 2015

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Drew Jackson seemed to have it all. He has a family who loves and supports him, a tight circle of friends, and is a rising star with the Milwaukee Mavericks. Then, it all begins to unravel. Cam, the only man he’s ever loved, falls head over heels for Drew’s teammate. He makes a critical mistake in the playoffs that he’s not sure he’ll be able to recover from. And then, his world really crashes around him…

Eric Sapp may no longer play for the Mavericks, but he’s still one of the guys. No one could have imagined how much his life would change when he agreed to help his former teammates mourn the end of their run for the pennant. After stopping a brutal attack, Eric is forced to face the feelings that’ve been growing for his roommate, Drew. That’d be much easier if Drew wasn’t hell-bent on pushing everyone away as he recovers.

Neither of them were counting on Bryce Shaw. He and Drew enjoyed the one night they spent together, but knew it was unlikely they’d be anything more since they lived in different parts of the country. After Bryce is relocated to help a failing LGBT homeless outreach, he wants to explore something more with the Mavericks’ short stop.

As much as Eric wishes he could be the one to help his friend, he knows Bryce holds the key to Drew’s recovery. Will pushing the two back together be the biggest mistake of his life or will they all learn there is strength in numbers?

 

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4 stars

Drew and Eric have been sharing a house ever since Drew joined the Mavericks. Although most of their time was spent on the road with their respective teams, their free-time was spent hanging out at the house and training together. So when the Maverick’s decided to mourn a loss over a few drinks and provide a little support for Drew who blamed himself for that loss, he was more than willing to join his ex-team members. What he was not expecting, however, was to find Drew beaten at the back of an alley.

Bryce had kept in touch with Drew ever since they met and now that he’s been transferred to Drew’s neck of the woods he intends to spend more time with him. But meeting again after Drew’s accident proves to be awkward for both men. Drew is not himself and Bryce doesn’t know how to reach him since he doesn’t know him that well.

After his attack, Drew is moody, distant and confused. He doesn’t know what his future holds–in the field or for his heart. He’s come to rely on Eric to keep his demons at bay and on Bryce to keep his head on straight. He’s attracted to both men, but doesn’t want to hurt either one.

Drew and Eric were characters I was curious to know more about so when I saw that they shared a book I was thrilled, even more so when I noticed that Bryce (who made a brief cameo on the previous book) was thrown into the mix.

It was the characters and how the author went about bringing them together that made this story such an enjoyable read for me.

Drew, as the younger of the two men, showed a lot more maturity than I had anticipated. Even when at times he seemed to be a little lost, Drew continued to surprise me. He was stubborn, strong-headed yet considerate of both men feelings. The author pulled no punches in bringing all of his moods and emotions to the page in a way that made it easy for the reader to understand what he was going through and how he was dealing with it all. I couldn’t help but like him a little bit more as the story progressed.

Eric was a great character to know as well, especially since he had caught my attention in the previous books. In the beginning of this story, I felt bad for him because he was caught in the middle of Drew and Bryce and I didn’t like it one bit. Thankfully, once all three made the decision to come together I could see how he became an intricate part of both Drew and Bryce’s lives. He was not as serious as Bryce but not as laid back as Drew, which came in handy a few times in their relationship.

When Bryce came into the picture, I was apprehensive about how it would come to affect Eric and Drew’s ‘relationship’. Thankfully, the author presented him as the perfect balancing presence for Drew and Eric. Bryce was the older, more matured of the three men and served as the voice of reason in the group. Which came in handy when Drew was struggling with his issues and especially when they first decided to see where their triad relationship could lead.

For me it helped a lot that the author used Drew, Eric and Bryce’s POV’s in the story. This way I got to see what each man was struggling with, how they felt about the others and about the relationship they were starting. I enjoyed the candid moments they shared and the honest interactions they exchanged about their hesitations, doubts and plans for the future. I think Sloan Johnson did a fantastic job in that regard, since it granted me the opportunity to get to know each man thoroughly and not only through one set of eyes.

Of course, it also helped my enjoyment of this story tremendously that the chemistry between the three was off the charts hot. There was a lot of sex in this book, but for me each encounter served its own purpose. Whether it was to showcase the connection between them, provide comfort or show the dynamic of fumbling around in uncharted territory, every one of those encounters revealed something more about Drew, Eric and Bryce’s relationship. And of course, I loved it all!

Although this is the third installment in the Homeruns series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. I loved visiting with the previous couples and getting to know some new characters that were introduced, but it was Drew, Eric and Bryce’s story that kept me engaged throughout. These guys complemented each other very well and their friends-to-lovers story worked out to my satisfaction. All in all, a romantic hot little read!

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

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About the Author

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Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

 

 

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Tour: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt *Review and Giveaway*

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Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10)
by L.A. Witt

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released October 19th 2015

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Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

 

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Review

4 stars

I loved Jeremy and Scott! I’ve always loved reading about older men finding love and this time was no different. With her trademark mix of humor, heat and emotions, LA Witt delivered a fantastic story.

What I enjoyed the most about this tenth installment in the Bluewater Bay series, was the growth the characters did as the story progressed.

With Jeremy having come out later in life, it was a treat to see him give in to his desires and enjoying that side of himself freely. Of course, his constant denial that there was something more between him and Scott added to my enjoyment. He was adorably clueless and it warmed my heart when he finally (finally!) recognized that he had fallen in love with Scott.

I admit, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to experience Scott’s point of view first hand. However, LA Witt did allow me to understand his hesitancy in becoming involved with Jeremy and his struggle with coming to terms with Jeremy’s reluctance to seek help for his family’s problems. He was a smart, caring man and his patience and easy manner helped Jeremy a great deal. I just wished I could have gotten the chance to know more about his feelings as he and Jeremy got closer. I think it would have added a lot more to the story.

Of course, it helped that Jeremy and Scott had great chemistry. Those two were setting sparks here and there whenever they got together. And like any other time, I devoured it all. But it was the candid moments afterwards, when they let their guard down and shared some about their lives, that ultimately sold me on their relationship. They shared a great amount of unguarded moments that showcased their connection and added to their potential as a couple.

As I’ve come to expect from this author, emotions played an intricate part of the story too. There were Jeremy’s conflicted emotions in regards to his family’s problems plus his reluctance to admit his feelings about Scott and the stress all this brought to his job. Those emotions, coupled with Scott’s doubts about Jeremy and intense feelings of lust from both men, brought about the perfect balance to the heat and humor the author is known for.

For me, all elements complemented each other bringing forth a sweet, hot and heartwarming story about new-found love. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these two.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

 

Excerpt

Once everyone was situated, the blond guy stood in front of us with his clipboard in one hand and the bus’s microphone in the other. “All right, welcome aboard, everybody!” he chirped. “Are we all ready to go see some eagles?”

A halfhearted, “Yeah,” went through the group.

He sighed dramatically. “Oh, come on. I know you all didn’t get up at this hour unless you wanted to. Are we ready to see some eagles or not?”

That prompted a slightly more enthusiastic response.

“That’s what I thought. Now we’re looking at about three and a half hours on the bus, which will get us there in time to catch our boat on the river. Everybody bring their cameras?”

A few people held up phones, and three hoisted giant SLRs with foot-long lenses.

“Good!” The blond guy grinned. “Well, I’ve been out there every day this week, and there’s been eagles as far as the eye can see. So expect lots of opportunities to get pictures.”

“Can we stop for coffee?” someone called out from the back.

“You can get coffee on the ferry out of Port Townsend. And we’ll stop again in Sedro-Woolley.”

A few people muttered, “Thank God.”

Our guide smiled like he didn’t need any coffee now or ever—jerk—and went on, “Okay, so let me give you a bit of background. Every winter, bald eagles congregate along a stretch of the Skagit River. Anybody know why?”

“To eat the dead salmon,” came a response near the front.

“Good! See, bald eagles are scavengers, so . . .”

While he went on and on, the driver put her giant coffee cup aside and the bus started moving, the diesel engine groaning like it agreed that this was too early and too cold. I suspected the group would perk up as the morning wore on, but for now, the collective fuuuuuck radiating from everyone was bordering on comical. Especially with Mr. Morning Person damn near bouncing as he told us about the eagles.

From across the aisle from me, someone grumbled, “No one should be that chipper before 9 a.m.”

I laughed and turned my head, ready to reply, “No shit, right?”

But I just stopped.

And stared.

Maybe it was because he’d picked that exact moment to sip his coffee, and the movement of his unshaven jaw made both his cheekbones and his stubble stand out like holy fuck, but . . . holy fuck. He had a few lines alongside his mouth and eyes that intrigued the hell out of me, and the way his lips moved slightly when he swallowed his coffee did crazy, crazy things to my brain. He looked oddly familiar, but I couldn’t place where—or if—I’d seen him before.

Beneath a gray Mariners baseball cap, his blue eyes flicked toward me, and he lifted his eyebrows.

“Um.” I cleared my throat. “Good point. About . . .” What had he commented on again? I glanced at the front of the bus, and our fearless leader was still being entirely too cheerful as he briefed everyone who was listening. To the guy beside me, I said, “About him. Being chipper.”

The guy chuckled and raised his cup. “Thank God for coffee for the rest of us, am I right?”

“Yeah.” I shook mine, which was nearly empty. “I should’ve gotten a bigger one.”

“Good thing there’s a Starbucks on the route. And probably one at the ferry dock.”

I was about to praise a few deities, but he picked that moment to casually take off his baseball cap, scratch the back of his head, and put the cap back on.

God help me—he was almost entirely gray. Salt and very black pepper, but definitely more salt. And there went my ability to speak.

Maybe I was just tired of younger guys. Except silver foxes had always turned me inside out, even back when I was still in denial. Anna sometimes met with Hunter Easton, the author of the Wolf’s Landing series, and he was just . . . distraction on wheels. But this guy? Fuck.

And I was staring.

 

About the Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Rain Shadow) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 24th, and winners will be announced on October 26th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

 

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