Gay Contemporary and Paranormal Romance

Friday, July 3, 2015

Jerricho's Freedom Available now on Amazon!



Jerricho never expected to fall in love with Rex, the sexy, construction foreman but he did. Too bad tradition forbids Jerry from marrying for love. Prince of the clandestine Anzuni demon clan, a Baelso (bearer of children), and a virgin at twenty-four, tradition dictates that Jerry marry a man chosen for him. Despite his soul deep love for Rex, Jerry has no choice but to follow through with his obligation as prince and marry someone he doesn’t love.

But Jerry isn’t prepared for his dominant, aggressive fiancĂ© who is only interested in marrying him for the future title of king. Facing the reality that he will lose his virginity to the cold man, Jerry flees to Rex for one night of passion. When Jerry finds himself pregnant with Rex’s baby, the actions of his enraged fiancĂ© release Jerry from his marriage obligation.

Just when Jerry believes he will marry for love, he and Rex are ripped from away life as they know it. Betrayals, kidnappings, cruel experiments, pregnant men, and the reappearance of the Anzuni’s greatest enemy force Jerry and Rex to fight for their lives… their love… and their unborn child.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Welcome Violet Joicey-Cowen with her new release Captive Mates!

Hi, everyone.
Thank you to JC Wallace for hosting me here today! This is the first stop on my blog tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Captive Mates, Whithowe Forest Pack #5, so I am excited to be here and get things going. Captive Mates will be released on the 6th July from Bookstrand, but is up on pre-order right now!

So, the questions below were some of the ones on a massive list I found on the internet. I asked on my Facebook page for random numbers and (after a huge amount of people gave me way more numbers than I was expecting) these were the corresponding questions from that list. 

Not forgetting the giveaway! Find the word of the day in this post and then head over to my blog (Wordpress link below). On the Captive Mates Blog Tour post, where all the sites I will be visiting are listed, there is a Rafflecopter link in blue right at the end of the post. Click on that and do as it says. There are several ways to enter (some of which can be done daily) and great prizes, including Amazon gift cards and e-books.

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What’s been the worst decision you’ve made in your life so far?
Probably to let a friend set me up with one particular ex of mine. I fell for him hook, line, and sinker and he ripped me apart. Do I regret it? Kind of a lot. Would I change it? No. Because everything I have been through has lead me to where I am now.

What’s your favourite fast food chain?
McDonalds… I have a bit of a thing for their breakfast wraps at the moment.

What’s your favourite job beginning with the letter T?
*goes to google jobs that start with a T* *is slightly startled to see ‘terrorist’ as a possible option* Ohh, tattooist! Definitely.

Have you ever been admitted to hospital?
Yes. The last time was when I had my son and he is now thirteen. There have been a couple of other occasions, but not for a long time.

What’s your favourite tv program?
There are way too many to choose from. Can I pick a genre instead? I love sci-fi and/or paranormal based shows like Supernatural, Grimm, and Teen Wolf. It has NOTHING to do with the level of attractiveness of the actors, I swear. Nothing. At. All.

 If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything. Because if I could change one thing, how could I choose? There are so many things I would want to change and that could make my life (which I am happy with) something completely different. What I would like to do is go back and meet some people, or have a last conversation with them, before they died.

What’s the word of the day?
Transform.
  

You can find me through any of the links below. If friending me on Facebook and we do not have many friends or visible interests in common, please send me a private message referencing this blog tour.

you for having me!
Violet. X




Blurb:
When lion-shifter Isaac Anderson goes to help panther-shifters Ari Jones and Keiron Haller, not only does he get captured and imprisoned alongside them, but he also finds out something he never expected—he’s their third mate.

Keiron’s under pressure to mate elsewhere, Ari’s being beaten to force Keiron’s hand, and Isaac feels like he is floundering. The three unclaimed mates need to hold on long enough for rescue, in the form of Isaac’s pack, to arrive.

Even after they escape, danger follows and they have to fight to hold onto each other through that, memories of past trauma, and the effects of Keiron’s mysterious origins.
The three long to be free so they can settle down and live their lives together but will they get the chance, or will they always be captives? Will there always be something around the corner for them to fear?

Excerpt
Ari was woken by the sounds of a fight in the corridor. He recognised by now the sounds of fists hitting flesh with too much ease. Whoever was under attack sounded like he was giving back as good as he was getting. Ari turned a little and leaned up on his right elbow. He could hear more than a couple of people were involved in the scuffle, and grunts from several as they fought. Scents began to filter through the cracks around the door to him.

Mate! No, that’s not possible. Keiron is my mate and that isn’t him. The scent of whoever was out in the corridor was making his cat growling and lashing its tail inside him, urging him to go to them, to bite, to claim, and to defend. Someone was thrown against the door of his room and Ari jerked upright, ignoring the pains in his shoulder and the rest of his body. Then the fight stopped. Or at least whoever it was stopped fighting back, suddenly passive. A few more dull thuds and grunts sounded, and then a key slid into the door lock and turned. The three bolts were shot back and the door flung open. A man stumbled through, helped on his way by a hefty shove from one of the men now crowding into the doorway.

“Hey look, Ari, you have company!” They all laughed uproariously.

What’s funny about that? Ari thought, staring at the blond man who had fallen in a heap on the floor, trying not to look too interested in case they decided to put them in separate rooms. He couldn’t hold back a growl when Aaron swung his foot back and booted the man in the ribs. He silenced himself quickly and kept his gaze away from Aaron so the beta would not see the rage simmering there.

The blond on the floor stiffened and his head snapped up toward Ari, eyes wide and nostrils dilated. Ari felt a moment of panic that the guy would give something away to Aaron or one of the others. He realised this must have been the way Keiron felt all those months ago when he had laid eyes on Ari from his vantage point atop the building, a burning desire to go to him, but fear and worry about the consequences. The man lowered his head again and Ari breathed out slowly.

Aaron and his cronies left, closing the door and locking it behind them. The blond opened his mouth to speak, but Ari quickly held up a hand to keep him quiet for a few more moments. As soon as he could no longer hear footsteps moving away, he relaxed.

“Are you hurt badly?” he asked.

“Only my pride,” the man replied, with a rather pained grin. He winced, holding an arm to his ribs as he clambered to his feet. “I’m Isaac. You’re Ari?” At Ari’s nod, Isaac gave a dark laugh. “Of course you are. Well, I was supposed to be here to rescue you.” Isaac had an accent.

“Huh? How did you even know I was here? Are you English?”

“Yes, I am. It was Keiron. He got a message out to a member of my pack.” Ari had no idea how Keiron had managed that, but he hoped his mate was safe and hadn’t gotten caught doing something stupid.   Isaac was sniffing the air with a frown.

“Um, don’t take this the wrong way, but…are you my mate? Keiron said you were his mate in his message, but the way you smell… God, my lion is going nuts.”

“My panther, too. Keiron is my mate. I… He must be our mate. I can’t see fate making him and I mates, and you and I mates, without all three of us being mated to each other.” Ari felt weird discussing it like this. It all felt so clinical and rational.

“No wonder my lion has been so restless. He must have been picking up something from you both since I got here. I caught your scent properly when they had me outside in the corridor, stopped fighting back because I wanted in here where they were trying to put me.”

“And now we’re both screwed.” Ari gave him a wry grin. “You might as well come sit down.” He sat up properly and moved over making it obvious he wanted Isaac on the bed with him, not on the one across the room.

“Oh, don’t worry. As long as they don’t do us in in the next few days, my pack’ll come looking. Rescuing people is kind of what they do. I was an idiot to come on my own.” Isaac limped over and lowered himself gingerly to the bed. He sat close, and Ari could feel the warmth his body gave off. He could feel his blood heading toward his groin. Hmmm… maybe getting him to sit next to me was a bad idea. I mean, God knows he smells amazing, but we can’t do anything. Not without Keiron knowing. That would feel like betraying him. But, hell! I don’t know if I can stop myself from touching this guy.

“So why did you?” Focus. Must focus on the conversation.

Isaac shifted, next to him, then again. Ari looked down at where their arms were barely touching, his own brown skin against the pale, creaminess of Isaac’s. Looks good. Smells good. I’m so fucked. Then Isaac rose to his feet again and moved away from the bed. He hobbled over to the other cot and sat back down, looking at Ari dryly. “Sorry, no way I can concentrate if I sit next to you. All I want to do is push you back, rip your clothes off, and lick you from one end to the other." 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Welcome Michael Mandrake with Reconnection!



Why I Love Writing M/M
Michael Mandrake aka Sharita Lira

Greetings readers! My post is a bit of an update from the first few posts I’d made about the same subject. Since I’ve been around the past four years, I’ve learned a lot and I wanted to restate the reasons why I love it.

In the beginning, it was about it being taboo, it made me hot, etc, but now, it’s more about my enjoyment for writing romance. I discover with every story I write, I’m putting a little bit of myself in every character, whether it’s my snarky side, my long winded, my love for the overdramatic. Notice I said, overdramatic. That doesn’t make me a drama queen! *snicker* I do love the tension, but occasionally, I love a story without all the heartache. I like the fluff as my favorite fellow writer put it.

Ever since I was a teen, I loved reading stories about two people falling for one another. It started with the cutesy Harlequins or my grandma’s Barbara Cortland novels and then I wanted to know more about the steamy with Fern Michaels and Jackie Collins. In many people’s eyes, those authors put out smut, but hey, it had a romantic element, or tried to. *grins* The bottom line is, it opened the door for what we know now as erotic romance.

Then I started getting into Anne Rice and much later, Zane, who also writes erotica. The common thread? In those stories there was something about two people connecting, finding a common ground, and maybe love somewhere along the way. Perhaps it wasn’t clearly stated, but reading between the lines, you saw something in those characters that made you enjoy that book.

And so, that spurred me into wanting to write my own, but it wasn’t until I gained the confidence through encouragement from friends and the fanfic community did I get the courage to publish. It took me a while, but here I am. Now, just like the authors before me, I enjoy writing about two people connecting. Most of the time, I just like them to be two men. Other than the genitalia, what’s the big difference? Men have feelings, desires; they have their ultimate partner just like women do. They have hang-ups, fears, some express their feelings openly, some do not. Why should writing m/m be singled out?

Sure, a lot of men might fit what society calls a “real man” but in Shar’s world, the characters may not always fit that mold. They’re unique, most of the time imperfect, not always what America considers as everyday males. They debunk stereotypes, cross over boundaries, they’re human to me and they connect. I love that the most and as much as I am a feminist, I love writing about the opposite sex.

So my ideas are better defined. Yeah, it still makes me hot, I love the taboo, but most important, I just love writing romance and the fact that it’s between two men, shouldn’t be a big deal. It is after all about human interaction. I enjoy it, and God willing, I’ll continue to do to for years to come.


Thanks for listening.


Blurb: Every once in a while, the average looking guy scores!

Robert McIntyre is a closeted, average looking sports columnist for the Daily Read. Unfortunately, his desire to stay in has cost him the chance at love more than once. However, now it seems his luck will change since his editor has asked him to interview, Jake Valenta. Jake and Robert knew one another in college and when he heard from a mutual friend that Jake might be bisexual, Robert didn’t believe him.

Before Robert’s trip, they discover a mutual affection for one another. Jake shares his desire to stay behind closed doors because he can’t stand being called a fag, but desperately wants Robert to be his man.

Robert and Jake want a chance to reconnect on a more personal level, but will this budding relationship ruin their careers?

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Excerpt 

During my junior year in 2009, I recall when my bestie, a female named Alex let me know the deal on Jake. She was fully aware I was gay and had no issue keeping my secret safe. Back then, it wasn’t a good idea to let anyone know you were homosexual. Oklahoma was part of the Bible belt meaning you’d suffer either at the hands of nagging kids who wanted to taunt you or overzealous bible thumpers who’d pray for you to be saved and or converted. 


Either way, I’d learned staying in the closet throughout high school, college, and adulthood was the best option not only for my well-being, but also my sanity. Sad, but I figured why put myself through unnecessary trouble?


As per usual, Alex and I found a table in the corner away from the so-called cool kids. Many people thought we dated which was cool because it kept everyone from jumping in my business. 


“Robert.” Alex placed her tuna salad sandwich on the table and dropped her book-bag on the floor. “Have I got some exciting news for you.”


Although hungry, I pushed the fork through the cafeteria’s version of authentic Mexican because it looked really unappetizing. It really sucked being a poor college student who could only afford to eat in the college cafeteria. 


“What might that be?” I shoved the tray away and took the other half of her tuna sandwich.


She glared at me and shrugged, “Jake’s into guys.”


The moment she’d finished her sentence, I stopped chewing. “You’re kidding, right?” I put the rest down on the table and quickly swallowed it before I choked.


Alex smiled, “Nope, I’m not. My friend Lori Tate used to fool around with Jake. She says he confessed it while talking about sex.” She took back her lunch.


“Really?” My mind started to consider the possibilities. We were two years apart and seemingly since he wanted to stay on the down low, we could make this work, right?
Prizes


3 Ebook copies of Reconnection
1 $5 Amazon GC 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


About the Muse and Author 


Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Thorough these, he builds worlds not centered on erotica but rather the mainstream plots we might encounter in everyday life through personal experiences or the media.



To find out more please visit Michael Mandrake at Wordpress


Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses.  She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.



Monday, June 15, 2015

Welcome Renee Stevens with her novel No More Hiding!

Renee is here today with an excerpt from No More Hiding! Welcome her.


***Available Now***





Blurb

Phillip Jorgensen tried to live the straight life and ended up divorced. But he wouldn’t trade his two kids, Jacob and Samantha, for the world. His ex-wife has kidnapped them and he's been searching for them for six long years. But he’s not giving up—never, not for anything. His twin brother has encouraged him to start living again, but how is he going to find romance with all his baggage?
When he meets Vance Pierce at the new gym, Phillip sees a chance to find some happiness.

Phillip has to explain the whole sordid mess to Vance and pray that he understands that he’ll never stop looking for his children. That’s easier said than done. Telling Vance might be risky. Is their connection strong enough to convince Vance to stay? Or will he think that Phillip is too damaged to love? This is Phillip's chance at the life he never thought he could have. But is it possible?

Excerpt

“Get a good look at your kids, Phillip, because this is the last time you’ll ever see them.” Janice didn’t wait for a reply. She strode toward the back door. Phillip watched as she stormed out, only to come back a few seconds later with Samantha’s wriggling body clutched in one arm and dragging Jacob with the other.

“Wanna stay at Daddy’s,” Jacob screamed as he pulled against his mother’s harsh grip.

“You’re not staying in this house one minute longer.” Janice dragged Phillip’s son out the front door.

“Daddy,” Jacob screamed. He jerked his hand as hard as his little body could. He managed to tear himself away from his mother, and Phillip crouched down just as his son flung himself into his arms.

“It’s okay, Jacob.” Phillip tried to soothe him as he rubbed his back. He could see Janice storming back toward him and whispered reassurances to his son. “Go with 
Mommy, and I’ll see you really soon. Okay?”

“Wanna stay,” Jacob cried. Huge tears rolled down his son’s face.

“I know you do,” Phillip whispered, “but I need you to be a good boy and go with your mommy. I love you, Jacob.” Phillip was struggling to hold back his own tears as Janice reached out and pulled Jacob from his arms. He stood helplessly as she dragged a struggling Jacob to the car and buckled him in. His son was still screaming for him.
He just needed to give Janice time to cool off, and then he could talk to her. Once she calmed down, he was sure they could work through this and figure out a way for them both to be there for their kids.

Author Bio
Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties.  Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal.  When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can usually be found working on GayAuthors.org in her capacity of admin and Anthology Coordinator.

Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters.  Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works. When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts.

When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors.  She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby.  Once back at home, it’s back to writing.