#SedStuds: Luca and Amelio

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Welcome to Seductive Studs!

Follow this link to more seductive studs:

http://ss.athiathing.com/2016/08/sedstuds-8-29-2.html

Before Ardent became Ardent, I wrote about 40,000 words for Nano that year of a prototype story, I guess. I didn’t stay the course with it, getting caught up in backstory and histories and writing myself into a big old corner–I couldn’t seem to get back to the original idea so I let it go. The first story influenced the second, but they don’t look alike anymore. The other day, I was looking for something else, the medieval mystery I’d written years ago that might become some type of AU/paranormal, stumbled across a very old YA fantasy then had a laugh–doesn’t everyone have a YA fantasy tucked in a drawer? In a folder I thought was medical terminology for my RL job, I found the first two chapters of the prototype, slightly revised.

So that’s the story behind the story–😀

More Art, Love, and Murder…

Amelio had painted Luca’s face and body on the murals and screens of palazzi and churches, ceilings and canvas, over and again, a muscular angel, golden curls, brown expressive eyes, a smooth and boyish face that eventually became a man’s. The wings were painted on, but oh, how they had flown.

He wanted to weep as he watched this older and harder version of his former lover. Luca ignored him outright, looked past him and through him with a slightly curled lip revealing his contempt.  Some devil had placed them across from each other at the table. The place overflowed with artists and artisans, filling the place with talk and more talk while Amelio sat in yearning quietude, for once, watching his former lover from beneath his lashes or the corner of his eye.  He wanted to speak to Luca, anything, even please pass the fish, but imagining that only led to imagining more.

 

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#rainbowsnippets: Last Dance

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“Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQIA authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

In this group you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQIA. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.”

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Welcome to another weekend filled with Rainbow Snippets!

The link below will take you to the public Facebook group where you find both new and established authors posting bits from their WIPs and new releases:

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A few years ago, our critique group hosted holiday flash fiction blog hops, about four a year. Last Dance was a 1200 word microfiction for Halloween, but I always thought there was more to Joey and Rocco….so this is the new opening for the revised version…

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Before the immediate onset of a seizure, many epileptics see auras or smell something terrible; for me that soft summer evening, my aura appeared as the ghost of Donna Summer.

Only a few moments before I unimpressed my sister’s new husband by falling down at her wedding and knocking into the other guests like the first domino, I’d been following the moves of the hot Italian guy dancing with one of the bridesmaids.

Rocco, whispered my heart. Friend of the groom. Tall and tanned with thick, curling black hair; a gold earring winked behind one of those curls. He danced with the tip of his tongue showing between his lips, intent and smiling.

MidLife Crisis by Rob Rosen Blog Tour

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Title: Midlife Crisis
Author: Rob Rosen
Release Date: August 20th 2016
Genre: Gay fiction, romance, comedy

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Jack is thirty-five and single once again. He is not, as he as quick to point out, going through a midlife crisis. Still, it would be nice to have a partner, and so he sets out on an adventure to find the one-time love of his life, Bing, a man he hasn’t seen in more than fifteen years, a man who has seemingly vanished off the face of the planet. With the help of his family and friends, not to mention the family dog and his high school bully, he goes searching for Bing, only to unearth an ages-old mystery that puts them all in grave danger. In this hysterically funny tale, the question remains right on up to the surprise ending: can we return to our past in order to better our future?

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30992218-midlife-crisis?ac=1&from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N

 

Reviews:

“If you’re looking for a humorous and intelligent book to read, Rob Rosen’s Midlife Crisis should be on the top of your list. A tale of going back to move forward, as told by Jack, the story’s main character, is full of youthful and gay witty repartee balanced with the poignancy that comes with adult life. It will make you laugh out loud one minute and get teary the next. Oh, and if you like a good murder mystery, there’s that too. Kudos to Rosen for creating some very memorable characters.” – Julian G, Simmons, Narrator,Widdershins audiobook series

“Rob Rosen does madcap gay humor better than anyone else writing today. Midlife Crisis is no exception.” – Neil Plakcy, author of The Mahu Investigations

“Can you go home again? Rob Rosen explores the perils and promises of renewing a steamy boyhood affair in this witty romance wrapped in a murder mystery, seasoned with a dash of mature but spicy sex. The answer for his hero Jack seems to be “Yes,” but watch out: there may be more “there” there than you think.” – Louis Flint Ceci, author of Comfort Me

 

EXCERPT

“Parsnips?” Greg asked me.

I looked over at him from the living room couch as he in turn poked his head out from the kitchen. “Um, huh?” I said, wondering if this was some new pet name he’d thought of for me, as he was forever coming up with new ones. Last I checked, I was being referred to as Professor.

FYI, I teach business at a local college. My students call me Jack or Mister Nelson. Professor makes me sound a.) old and b.) like a character in a television show. Also FYI, I am neither, though if he had to come up with anything from the latter category, I was rooting for Pepper, a la Angie Dickinson in Police Woman.

“Parsnips,” he repeated, already looking peeved with me, which was, sad to say, par for the course as of late. Par, bogie and eagle, in fact. Heck, let’s just toss in the entire golfing green and call it a day.

In any case, it wasn’t a question or a comment anyone had ever thrown my way. I squinted my eyes as I pondered this. In truth, I hadn’t a clue what a parsnip even was. Had I ever eaten one before? Would I still seem professorial if I asked what the hell one was? Did I even want to ask and risk his wrath, which consisted of him ignoring me the rest of the evening? Greg, you see, hated confrontation―though he loved being a world-class bitch.

“Just to be clear,” I asked, forcing a smile so as to divert the inevitable kerfuffle, “are you asking me if I want some with dinner?”

He matched my squint with a scowl. He started to say something, realized a fight of some kind would probably ensue, took his nine-iron and golf ball, and promptly left that aforementioned course. In other words, Professor zero, kerfuffle one. And yes, we had parsnips with our entirely silent dinner. Yuck.

 

About the Author

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Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, and Fate, winner of the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2.

Links: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Sideshow by Amy Stilgenbauer

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Author Name: Amy Stilgenbauer

Book Name: Sideshow

Release Date: August 25, 2016

Blurb:

Abby Amaro wants to sing at La Scala Opera House, but she’s a good girl, and in 1957 good girls get married. Still, when she receives her first marriage proposal, she freezes, knowing the way her suitor makes her feel bodes trouble. When he won’t take no for an answer, she flees, joining up with a traveling carnival.

Thanks to a burlesque trapeze artist and the world’s saddest clown, Abby bides her time and fits in until she can rejoin the world she knows. She doesn’t expect a sideshow strongwoman named Suprema, who captures her imagination. As the carnival makes its way across the Midwest, Abby learns much more than she had ever imagined—about herself, about her identity, and, most importantly, about love.

Pages or Words: 61,000 words

Categories: Fiction, Historical, Lesbian Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

Abby couldn’t remember falling asleep. She only remembered the dark night and how, outside the window of Della’s trailer, the rolling slopes of Eastern Ohio slowly flattened into the farmland of the western side of the state and faded into darkness. She didn’t say much during the trip, but her mind was spinning, unable to process what she had done.

Once, when she had been a little girl, barely older than Annette was now, her mother had taken her and Natale to visit their aunt in Chicago for a week. It had been a nice visit. They had embarked on the train with a great deal of ceremony, and Za Teresa had spoiled the pair rotten, loading them up with peach-shaped marzipan and pizzelle until they were both sick. She hadn’t left Cleveland for any extended period of time since. Oh, sure, she’d talked and dreamt about it. Nonna often wistfully mentioned taking a trip back to her girlhood home one more time now that the war was over and taking Abby along to look after her, and then, if her opera career took off as she had once hoped, she would be visiting all the great cities. In her scrapbook, clippings of Palais Garnier, La Scala, and The Met were decorated with carefully drawn hearts and hopeful stars and the scrawled word: someday. Still, she had never imagined that when she departed the Coventry neighborhood again, it would be in a burlesque dancer’s trailer.

Buy the book:

Interlude Press             http://store.interludepress.com/collections/sideshow

Amazon                        http://amzn.to/2b43njS

Barnes and Noble            http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sideshow-amy-stilgenbauer/1124079234?ean=9781945053016

Apple iBookstore            

Smashwords                        https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/648885

Kobo

All Romance eBooks            https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sideshow-2058755-367.html?referrer=55feb862851f8

Book Depository                        not yet available

Indiebound                        http://www.indiebound.org/book/978-1-945053-01-6&aff=interludepress

 

Meet the author:

Amy Stilgenbauer is a writer and aspiring archivist currently based in southeast Michigan. She is the author of the novelette series, Season of the Witch, as well as the Young Adult novel, The Legend of League Park. Her short story, The Fire-Eater’s Daughter, was included in Summer Love, an LGBTQ Young Adult collection published by Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press. When she isn’t writing, Amy enjoys all things bergamot and tries to keep her cats away from her knitting.

INTERVIEW WITH AMY STILGENBAUER

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Amy Stilgenbauer author of Sideshow.

Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thanks for having me! I am a history nerd writer who started writing stories before my parents even believed I could hold a crayon and just never stopped. I love finding stories in unexpected places. Sideshow is no exception. I found plenty of inspiration hiding in news articles and historical photos that led me to the story of the daughter of Sicilian-American immigrants in the late 1950s who joins a traveling carnival and the love she finds on the midway.

 

Tell us the ten moments that stayed with you from any book.

 

I read pretty widely and there are so many important moments that have stayed with me and taught me so much about literature and writing. These ten struck a particular chord with me.

  1. The end of A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. I can’t tell you anything more than that because it would ruin the book for you, but it changed the way I think about storytelling.
  2. The scene in Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery in which Emily at 12 years old makes her commitment to “climb the Alpine Path” and become a writer. I read this book when I was just a little bit younger than Emily and I did the same. Ever since then, I have very strongly believed in writing a letter of commitment to yourself when stepping out onto an endeavor.
  3. Just about every word said by Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Particularly when he’s talking about the songs and tales he used to hear as a child and how he never realized that the people in those tales weren’t there because they wanted to be; they were there because life happened to them and they figured out a way to deal with it. That part always spoke to me, especially when things got hard in life.
  4. One very important line from Small Gods by Terry Pratchett that basically sums up my life philosophy. It takes place in the midst of a religious battle and each combatant is said to receive a single message according to their own understanding. “I. This Is Not A Game. II. Here And Now, You Are Alive.”
  5. Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne in Persuasion by Jane Austen. This height of romance for me. It simply cannot be topped.
  6. Less positive perhaps than the others, but when in The Last Battle, last of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, we learn that Susan is no longer a “friend of Narnia.” I was saddened by this when I was younger and the older I got, the more it enraged me. This scene sticks with me because it reminds me of what I don’t want to be as a writer. I love the story of Narnia, but this continues to break my heart to this day.
  7. I’m going to catch a lot of flack for this one. It’s probably the most divisive “love triangle” in all of classic literature, but when Professor Bhaer and Jo decide to marry in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Their relationship means a lot to me. It’s quiet, egalitarian, and supportive. It shows me that not all love needs to be a sweeping passion to be beautiful.
  8. Lord of the Rings again and I’m not ashamed. The moment when Éowyn in the battle with the nazgul proclaims “I am no man” and defeats the witch king. As a little budding feminist, that made my heart glow.
  9. This may be due to my interfaith background coupled with my love of rare books, but there were a number of passages in People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks that so overcame me emotionally I needed to stop and put the book down so that I could breathe. One of the many lines that sticks with me, that I have written on a post-it by my desk is, “Of course, a book is more than the sum of its materials. It is an artifact of the human mind and hand.”
  10. The first “bisexual” (air quotes because I don’t believe the character was ever directly referred to in this way) character I ever encountered in literature was Liir in Son of a Witch by Gregory Maquire, second in the Wicked Series. It was the first time my younger self saw this part of her in a book, or well, anything to be honest. It made me feel a little less off-kilter, which was something I definitely needed at the time.

 

Where to find the author:

Webpage: amystilgenbauer.wordpress.com

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Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/amystilgenbauerwrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amystilgenbauer

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29557163-sideshow

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: C.B. Messer


Tour Dates & Stops:

25-Aug: The Novel Approach, Unquietly Me, Velvet Panic, Bayou Book Junkie

26-Aug: Oh My Shelves, Book Lovers 4Ever, Book Reviews and More by Kathy, A.M. Leibowitz

29-Aug: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Love Bytes

30-Aug: Butterfly-O-Meter, Kirsty Loves Books, MM Good Book Reviews

31-Aug: My Fiction Nook, BFD Book Blog

1-Sep: Prism Book Alliance, Open Skye Book Reviews, Happily Ever Chapter

2-Sep: Foxylutely Book Reviews, Bonkers About Books

5-Sep: Divine Magazine, Havan Fellows

6-Sep: Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly

7-Sep: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Charley Descoteaux
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Book Blast and Giveaway: Civil War and Broken Hearts by Julie Lynn Hayes

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Author Name: Julie Lynn Hayes

Book Name: Civil War and Broken Hearts

Series: Rose and Thorne

Book: Two

Release Date: August 24, 2016

Blurb:

Hollywood comes to Roanoke when a major film studio announces they’re shooting part of their Civil War film at a local plantation. Vinnie is dismayed to discover that the lead actress is none other than the beautiful and popular Caroline St. Clair. Ethan and Vinnie made her acquaintance in LA the previous Halloween, while undercover, and Vinnie still hates her for hitting on his man. Ethan reassures his partner that Roanoke is big enough for all of them to co-exist without running into one another.

But Fate has it in for Vinnie and Ethan, and they find themselves assigned to a new case involving the actress. Apparently she requested Ethan specifically, to Vinnie’s dismay. But he doesn’t have a choice, he has to play nice. It’s small consolation to Vinnie that his new undercover identity involves Hollywood heartthrob Troy McGarrett, who is very handsome and openly gay. Troy isn’t shy about letting Vinnie know he finds him attractive.

Jealousy abounds in the second book of the Rose and Thorne series, and time is not on Vinnie and Ethan’s side. If they don’t solve the case before the film shoot is done, there’s a good chance they’ll be separated for the first time since they were partnered. Assuming Vinnie doesn’t kill Caroline St. Clair himself.

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

Pages or Words: 50,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor

Excerpt:

“Hey, Vin, did you see who’s in town?”

I was slumped at the kitchen table, my head cradled on top of my arms. I was grumpy and sleepy—and maybe a few of the other Seven Dwarves—and I needed my first cup of morning coffee before I could even consider being slightly civil.

We’d spent most of last night sitting in our car, in the goddamn middle of nowhere, staring at nothing, assigned to a fruitless surveillance in a small town about an hour from Roanoke. As it turned out, all the real action was in a different small town in the complete opposite direction from where we waited, because our so-called informant couldn’t spell the name of the place correctly. What a difference one letter makes. So we’d ended up completely wasting our time, got lost trying to find the rest of the task force at the end of the night, almost got hit by a deer that came out of nowhere and took a sudden shine to our car, and then suffered the indignity on our return of being asked where the hell we’d been all night—and we still needed to do the paperwork. And now Ethan wanted to play Twenty Questions?

“Don’t know and don’t care,” I mumbled.

I heard him slap something down on the table. I forced one eye open, just in time to see him sashay toward the coffeemaker. Okay, for that ass, I’d open the other one too. I watched as he poured the blessed elixir into two mugs, added the appropriate amount of creamer and sugar to each, then returned to where I still watched him and set one in front of me.

Right next to the morning paper. Real subtle, Ethan.

Buy the book:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/civil-war-and-broken-hearts-by-julie-lynn-hayes-7371-b

Meet the author:

Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julie.l.hayes.7

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjulielhayes

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ShelleyRunyon

Blog: http://julielynnhayes.blogspot.com

Goodreads Link: : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3442231.Julie_Lynn_Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond


Tour Dates & Stops:

Parker Williams, Happily Ever Chapter, Bonkers About Books, Outrageous Heroes, MM Good Book Reviews, The Jena Wade, MM Book Escape, A.M. Leibowitz, Havan Fellows, Molly Lolly, BFD Book Blog, V’s Reads, Charley Descoteaux, Bayou Book Junkie, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Foxylutely Book Reviews, Open Skye Book Reviews, Nephy Hart, Unquietly Me, Alpha Book Club, Butterfly-O-Meter, My Fiction Nook, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Kirsty Loves Books, Velvet Panic, Divine Magazine, Louise Lyons, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Dawn’s Reading Nook
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Cover Reveal: Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon

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Author Name: Jamie Deacon

Book Name: Caught Inside

Series: Boys on the Brink

Book: One

Release Date: September 29, 2016

Blurb:

Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.

It should have been simple—a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.

Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.

Pages or Words: 83,000

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Young Adult

Excerpt:

I swallow against the dryness in my throat. “We need to talk.”

No response.

Slowly, as though wading through deep sand, I cross the room until I’m standing right behind him. He grips the edge of the worktop.

“Theo?”

Still nothing. Only the convulsive tightening of his fingers shows he even heard me.

“Theo,” my voice cracks, “don’t do this.”

Theo sucks in a breath. When he replies, his tone is even. “Do what?”

“This. Shutting me out.”

“I’m—”

“And don’t say you’re not, because we both know that isn’t true.” I’m aware of my voice rising, and lower it with an effort. “Just…don’t.”

Theo exhales in a long sigh. He turns to me, his expression distant but not unkind. I wish he’d glare at me, shout, whatever. Anything to show he gives a damn.

“Luke, I’m sorry about this morning. It was a mistake. If you got the wrong impression—”

“The wrong impression? You kissed me. What impression was that supposed to give me?”

He casts a nervous glance at the window.

“What’s wrong, Theo? Worried Giles might hear? I don’t blame you. He’d probably make you bathe in disinfectant for a year if he knew you’d kissed scum like me.” Theo starts to protest, but I shake my head. “You know what? Forget it. So sorry I embarrassed you.”

I need to get out of here. Humiliation, hot and clammy, coils like tar through my veins. Still, what did I expect? Theo’s made it perfectly clear how he sees me, that he thinks I’m beneath him. I grab for the nearest glass, intending to pour myself a liver full of whatever’s in that jug, but my hand shakes so much it slips through my fingers. Glass collides with oak in a minor explosion, glittering fragments flying.

“Shit.” I drop to my knees, begin picking up the larger pieces. I fumble, a jagged shard slicing my palm. “Shit.”

“Luke?” Theo crouches beside me.

“I’m fine.” I turn away from the phony concern in his eyes, fist clenched around the cut to hide it from view. Blood trickles through my fingers and onto my jeans. The pain is almost a relief.

“Let me see.” Theo holds out his hand, but I jerk away.

“I said I’m fine.”

He ignores me. With gentle firmness, he takes hold of my wrist, uncurling my fingers to examine the wound. My body stills. I scarcely breathe. Every nerve ending, every particle of my being is aware of him, the pressure of his fingers on my wrist, his warm palm supporting the back of my hand.

Buy the book:

Beaten Track Publishing

http://www.beatentrackpublishing.com/caughtinside

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caught-Inside-Jamie-Deacon/dp/1786450356/ref=sr_1_1

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Caught-Inside-Jamie-Deacon/dp/1786450356/ref=sr_1_1

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/caught-inside-jamie-deacon/1123565998?ean=9781786450357

Apple iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/caught-inside/id1094224851?mt=11

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/caught-inside-5

ARe:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-caughtinside-2001121-149.html

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/623264?ref=b10track

Meet the author:

Jamie lives in a tranquil spot close to the River Thames in Berkshire, England, and has always been just a little out of place—the only redhead in a family of brunettes; an introvert far more at ease with dogs than with people; a connoisseur of simple pleasures in a society intent on the quest for wealth and fame. Despite an outward cynicism, Jamie is a romantic at heart, and, when not immersed in a book, can mostly be found writing emotional stories where young men from all walks of life are thrust headlong into the breathless, euphoric, often painful whirlwind called love.

Where to find the author:

Website: http://www.jamiedeacon.com

Blog: http://www.boysonthebrink.com

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/jamiedeaconauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jamiedeacon82

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jamiedeacon/

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29540070-caught-inside

Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow


Tour Dates & Stops:

Parker Williams, Divine Magazine, Bayou Book Junkie, Making It Happen, Open Skye Book Reviews, Havan Fellows, Happily Ever Chapter, Dawn’s Reading Nook, The Jena Wade, A.M. Leibowitz, Nephy Hart, Boy Meets Boy Reviews, BFD Book Blog, Love Bytes, Up All Night, Read All Day, V’s Reads, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Molly Lolly, Louise Lyons, Alpha Book Club, MM Book Escape, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Unquietly Me, Charley Descoteaux, Kirsty Loves Books, Velvet Panic, MM Good Book Reviews

 

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Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Burning Tracks by Lilah Suzanne

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Author Name: Lilah Suzanne

Book Name: Burning Tracks

Spotlight Series

Book: Two

Can be read as a standalone

Release Date: August 11, 2016

Blurb:

In the sequel to Broken Records, Gwen Pasternak has it all: a job she loves as a celebrity stylist and a beautiful wife, Flora. But as her excitement in working with country music superstar Clementine Campbell grows, Gwen second-guesses her quiet domestic bliss. Meanwhile, her business partner, Nico Takahashi and his partner, reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson, face uncertainties of their own.

Pages or Words: 224 pages, 62,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Romance Rom-Com

Excerpt:

“There’s a reason you two aren’t allowed to hang out alone.” Arms crossed, one impeccable eyebrow raised, lips twisted, hair artfully tousled, and dressed to the nines: Alexander Wang black-on-black tropical-printed board shorts, a slim fit black-and-white chino and matching black lapel jacket, black boots, and a black and white scarf to tie it all together. “Nico,” Gwen says.

“Nico?” Grady is up in a flash. “You came?”

Nico’s face softens into his Grady look. “Of course I came. Did you really think you were getting rid of me that easily?” Grady comes closer, and Nico brushes a spiraled lock of hair from his face. “I’m sorry it took me so long. There were storms over Dallas, and I got stuck on the tarmac with a dead phone. I barely made my connection, and the clusterfuck of morons known as the United gate at JFK could not get its shit together, and I may be banned outright from Charlotte-Douglas International, can you believe they flag you as a security risk and hold you in a room with no phone signal or Wi-Fi just for threatening one person with shoving that goddam intercom up their—” He opens his arms for Grady; his look of annoyance slips away the moment they touch. “Anyway, I’m here.”

Grady sighs, crowds into Nico’s space, and tucks himself into Nico’s body. Much better, a perfect fit. “God, I love you.”

“I love you, too.” Nico sinks one hand into his hair, strokes the nape of his neck with other, breathes him in, and closes his eyes. “I’m so sorry. About the apartment and taking off and not being here yesterday, I tried to so hard to make it because I know how difficult it is for you. You shouldn’t have been alone.”

Grady sniffs and holds him tighter. “It’s okay. We’re okay. I’m sorry, too.”

Still ensnared in the sheets and duvet and barely awake, Gwen presses her hands to her cheeks and awws. “You guys,” she coos.

Grady lifts his head from Nico’s neck to smile at Gwen. “I wasn’t alone, though.”

“Mmm” Nico says. “And how much trouble did she get you into?”

None,” Gwen says, defensive. Here she kept Grady safe and sound, searched all over Nashville and Las Vegas while he was off burying himself in work and what thanks does she get? None.

But then Grady smirks and says, “Kind of a lot.”

“Grady.” Gwen throws a pillow at him. “You’re such a tattletale, gosh.”

He bends to whisper something in Nico’s ear, and Gwen doesn’t miss the way his lips drag and linger on the shell of it, or the way Nico’s breath catches and his eyes roll back. When Nico lifts Grady’s shirt and traces around the tattoos with reverent fingers, Gwen takes that as her cue to extricate herself from the bed, put on some pants and a bra, and go fetch her luggage.

“‘Kay you guys have fun and make sure to change the sheets when you’re finished.”

“Wait.” Nico tugs Grady’s shirt down. Then he goes to the case he always has nearby. “You have trouble of your own, Gwen. Thought you might want to know about this.”

Gwen catches the magazine and folded-up papers he tosses her way: screen grabs from a few entertainment websites printed out in black and white.

Is This Clementine Campbell’s Girlfriend? Our source says, “It wouldn’t surprise me.”

Clementine and Gal Pal Definitely More Than Pals Sunning On Vegas Pool Deck.

Our exclusive source and close confidant of both says: Clementine’s married girlfriend “would cheat for sure. She was always touching her. There’s been an energy between them from the very beginning.”

There are pictures: her rubbing sunscreen on Clementine’s bare back, which looks far steamier in a fuzzy long-range picture than it actually was; a picture of them from the back at the store in the Venetian with their hands clasped and Clementine curled in close and her lips on Gwen’s cheek; and most damning of all, grinding together at the VIP club at the Bellagio just last night.

“I don’t—” Frantic and confused, she flaps the magazine and printouts in the air. “What is this? This isn’t— Nico, I didn’t, I swear.

Nico holds both hands up. “Hey, I am well aware of the slander of tabloids. I get it.” He gives her a sympathetic look. “I’m just not sure Flora is going to.”

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INTERVIEW WITH LILAH SUZANNE

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lilah Suzanne author of Broken Records. Hi Lilah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

  • What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer? Wearing sweatpants and a ratty t-shirt to work? No, probably getting to tell the stories I’d like to read and giving voice to the matters of my heart.
  • Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned? Yes and no. I’m not a very detailed planner, my outline is more of a sketch initially, and I do that knowing that my characters will fill in the spaces as I go along and I get to know them. I like to give them room to go off track. That said, I do try to keep them within the general framework.
  • How did you celebrate the release of your book? Well, I tend to start working on another book. I’m beginning to think I should change it to a long, hot bath and a nap instead.
  • How did you come up with the idea for this book? I knew I wanted to set a story in the South, and explore a relationship that starts off rockier than the ones I’ve written so far. I think the country music star idea came after that, and then a stylist from California who is in the industry but has no desire to be in the spotlight. So how do they reconcile their differences in light of very strong feelings for each other? That was the seed of the book.
  • Have you ever written naked? I have not, no. My desk chair is too scratchy.

Meet the author:

Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she has also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the fan fiction community. She is also the author of the Interlude Press books Spice, Pivot and Slip, and Broken Records, which was named a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews Magazine.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lilahsuzanne

Twitter: www.twitter.com/lilahsuzanne

Other: www.lilahsuzanne.com

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29557148-burning-tracks

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: Victoria S.


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