Author Spotlight – Dale Cameron Lowry

A warm welcome to today’s Spotlight Author,

Dale Cameron Lowry, editor of Myths, Moons, and Mayhem.

Thank you for joining us and sharing more about yourself.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in western Europe and the eastern United States. I learned Spanish along with English and, for the longest time, thought the first line of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was “José, can you see?” and that this José was an angel—the same one referred to in all those Christmas hymns as “José Josana!”

I learned the actual words to “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” by listening to Yankee Doodle Mickey over and over again during the summer before my first year of school in the United States. By the time fall rolled around, I knew most of the songs better than my classmates. Guess I didn’t have to cram so hard!

Today I’m a writer and migraneur in the American Midwest, in a state that used to govern by the motto “Forward!” but now governs by the motto “Backward!” Besides moving somewhere else, my top goals in life are getting my cat to stop eating the dish towels and writing things that make people feel like they’re not alone in the world.

Oh, and also getting married, like, pronto. Last month, our legislature removed most legal recognitions for my domestic partnership (and everyone else’s) effective at the end of the calendar year. Because apparently if we all have the right to marry now, we must marry at shotgun speed. At least according to Wisconsin.

As stressful as all that is, an emergency wedding sounds like it would make a good basis for a romance novel! Maybe I’ll write one on that theme after the dust settles …

Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book.

My latest book isn’t just mine. It’s the work of nine different authors who each wrote paranormal short stories featuring gay/MMM ménages a trois. I gathered and edited these erotic tales into an anthology called Myths, Moons & Mayhem.

I had so much fun putting this collection together. It has the paranormal creatures you’d typically expect—werewolves, vampires, ghosts—but it’s also got aliens, Bigfoot, and even a fae lord or two. A couple stories don’t have any supernatural beings at all, just ordinary humans interacting with the world of magic. For the reader, it’s like going out on Halloween night and coming back with a basketful of all different kinds of treats—each story is unique, and each is delectable.

What genre does it fall in?

The stories in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem are all paranormal gay ménage and falls somewhere between erotica and erotic romance. They’re all incredibly sexy, most have a romantic aspect to the three-man relationship, and all have happy endings. Since they’re short stories, you don’t get the complete romantic arc of a 60,000-word erotic romance novel, but there’s still a lot of love between these pages.

To be honest, a lot of these stories got me in the feels as much as any romance novel!

Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?

I do write other genres, but I like writing about queer people because I’m queer myself and want to read more stories about people who share that in common with me. I end up writing romance a lot because I especially want to read happy stories—most of the ones I had access to growing up ended up sadly, or at least with a lot of tragedy between the pages.

Two exceptions I can think of are Maurice by E.M. Forster, which I loved and still do, and Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, which a lot of people love but wasn’t for me, because at the time it hurt to read about queer teenagers finding their happily ever after when I didn’t even know where to meet any! (I’m a child of the 1980s.) I mostly wanted to read about adults falling in love, because I could envision that as my future. It would be interesting to go back and read Annie on My Mind to see if I enjoyed it more now.

How do you relax?

Taking pictures of animals, from insects to fish to birds and beyond. I don’t like to take pictures of people; unless you’re dealing with actors, it can become an awkward because the usual rules of social interaction don’t apply. But animals don’t pose and don’t pay much attention to me beyond eyeing me up as potential predator or prey.

The other reason I like photographing animals is that it requires a lot of focus. The animal isn’t posing for me, so I need to be in the moment, ready to take a shot at the exact instant the animal does something interesting.

It doesn’t matter how long my to-do list is or how stressed out I am. If I leave the house/home office with my camera and find something to take pictures of, I will forget about my human obligations for a while.

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About Myths Moons and Mayhem

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Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Editor Dale Cameron Lowry brings you tales by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre. The paranormal lust and polymythic beings of Myths, Moons & Mayhem will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

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About Dale Cameron Lowry

Dale Cameron Lowry had a jagged forehead scar before Harry Potter made it cool. When not busy fighting evil, Dale writes and edits queer romance and speculative fiction. Come to think of it, maybe those are ways of fighting evil too.

You can find the most up-to-date list of Dale’s books and anthologies at www.dalecameronlowry.com.

 

Thank you for telling us more about yourself and good luck with the new anthology.

Release Blitz – Holographic Havoc by LM Brown

 

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Book Title: Holographic Havoc

Author: L.M. Brown

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: studioenp – the amazing Emmy Ellis 

Genre/s: Romantic Comedy, Futuristic (Near future)

Length: approx.18,300 words/49 pages

Release date: October 27, 2017

Blurb

Hayden Knight’s job is simple. All he has to do is sell his father’s latest invention to Tate South, the Acquisitions Manager of the biggest supplier of the best in cutting-edge technology. The virtual assistant is designed to help the user in all aspects of their life, but Hayden views the holographic helper as nothing but a nuisance. Keeping his annoyance to himself is relatively easy until a major technical glitch causes Tate to see and hear Hayden’s assistant.

Hayden and Tate are thrown together while they try to figure out what has happened, and the chemistry between them is electric. Hayden soon finds that convincing Tate that he needs a Holo-Assistant isn’t as important to him as persuading him he needs Hayden in his life.
The attraction is mutual and the sparks fly. If only they could get rid of their holographic third wheel.

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Excerpt

Hayden finally gave up on sleep at half past six, got out of bed and stumbled to the bathroom. His assistant followed him.
Unfortunately, there was no way for Hayden to turn off the assistant for a little privacy. The first time it had hovered beside him while he took a piss he had tried to shut it down. That was the moment he discovered the assistant was a permanent fixture in his life. The only way to remove it would be to undergo surgery to remove the neural implant, something his father wouldn’t allow until he had thoroughly tested it.
The Holo-Assistant, a highly advanced piece of technology was the brainchild of his father and Hayden was one of the guinea-pigs testing it for him. A program designed to manage all aspects of a person’s life, from scheduling appointments at work to ensuring a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. It was every app a person could ever want, all rolled into one holographic assistant. If Hayden had known what he was letting himself in for, he would have thought twice about it. Not that his father had given him much choice. As head of the marketing department for Knight Inventions, it was Hayden’s job to sell the product and his father believed that the only way for Hayden to truly believe his sales pitch was for him to have experienced the wonders of the invention for himself.
Hayden tried to ignore the holographic nuisance as he stepped into the shower and closed his eyes.
A loud groan coming from outside the cubicle caused Hayden to jump and bang his elbow on the tiles. “What the hell?”
He rubbed his eyes and eased open the shower door. Hovering in front of him was a holo-screen playing porn. The actors were giving it their all, moaning and groaning loud enough to wake the dead. His assistant stood beside the screen with a stupid smile on its face.
“Shut down film,” Hayden snapped. There was a time and a place for porn and this unholy hour of the morning wasn’t it.
“Would you like an alternative?” the assistant asked, bringing up a long list of titles and stills from what appeared to be every porn film Hayden had ever watched and more besides.
“No, I bloody don’t,” Hayden replied.
“I believe you’ll find it will assist you in maintaining your schedule.”
“Excuse me? What schedule are you talking about now?”
“As part of maintaining your well-being I have allotted you time to masturbate.”
Hayden goggled at the assistant. “What did you say?”
“I have allocated you time to masturbate,” it obligingly confirmed. “With the assistance of a film of your liking it is estimated that you will require two minutes for this task.”
“Oh for crying out loud.” Hayden slammed the door, shaking the glass, and shut out the frustrating hologram. He wasn’t sure what annoyed him the most, the fact that the wretched program had allocated him time to wank, or that it had only allowed him two minutes for the job.

About the Author

L.M. Brown is an English writer of gay romances. She believes that there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.
When L.M. Brown isn’t bribing her fur babies for control of the laptop, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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Release Blitz ~ BERNIE by A E Ryecart

 

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Book Title: Bernie 

Author: A E Ryecart

Publisher: A E Ryecart

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Length:  60,600 words

#4 in the Barista Boys series, but it can be read as a standalone

Blurb

“You fix the lives of others. The waifs and strays, the lost and broken, you fix them all, Bernie. But the life that needs fixing most of all is your own.”

Bernie Porter is a haunted man. He holds tight to the guilt that he was responsible for the death of the only one he’s ever loved, a man he vowed to protect and keep safe.  

Every frightened and damaged kid who washes up at Barista Boys door, Bernie rescues each and every one – all because of the man he failed to save so many years before.

Emotionally and physically scarred, Jared Hastings survived a night of violence and madness that almost left him dead. As he emerges from the nightmare that threatened to destroy him, Jared’s determined to plunge head-first into a future that’s free from the horrors of his past.

A night-time street robbery, and Bernie and Jared are thrown into each other’s worlds. But as fast as Jared comes into Bernie’s life, he’s gone, leaving Bernie with the gnawing conviction he’s let something precious slip through his fingers.

Their paths cross again in a way neither could have foreseen. From their first tentative steps, the slow burn of their relationship gathers pace. But as dark histories are revealed, and souls and hearts bared, each man finally comes to understand they can fix not just themselves, but each other.

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Excerpt

A faint aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa floated on the air, underscored by a subtle spice. Bernie breathed in deep, the scent an intoxicating mix of expensive cologne and the warmth of Jared’s skin.  Bernie licked his lips as unaccustomed nerves overtook him. In the sunny garden, the timing was different, the situation was different. He opened his mouth, ready to ask if he could see Jared again. He’d seen, he was sure he’d seen, a glimmer of interest in those big blue eyes. There was only one way to find out. Before he could speak Jared asked a question which stopped him dead.

“You know,” Jared said as tilted his head towards the wicker chairs for them to sit down, “I never for one moment expected to run into my Good Samaritan again, and especially not here. Lindy said you’re an old friend of Mikey’s. How long have you known him?”

Bernie sipped his drink, buying himself time. This wasn’t a conversation he wanted, but it was inevitable the question would come up. How he’d met Michalis was tangled and screwed up, and a nightmare that haunted him still. The innocent question had a far from innocent answer. He needed to pick his words carefully as he had no idea how much, if anything, Jared knew about his brother-in-law’s business activities.

“I’ve known Mikey for years. We met when he had business interests in nightclubs.” The answer was bland, but it was true, every single word of it.

Jared had been about to take a swig of beer, but he paused and tapped the rim of the neck against his lower lip. Bernie watched him, seeing the questions swimming in his eyes.

“Do you still work with him?”

Bernie stared into eyes that didn’t flinch or waiver. He’d never said he’d worked with or for Michalis. He’d deliberately omitted that part, but Jared was smart and had seen through his carefully constructed answer. What Jared thought of that, Bernie had no way of knowing. But this was a question he could answer in all honesty, and with no ambiguity.

“No, I don’t. I worked with him in the early days, and not for long. We parted company and took very different paths in life but we’ve remained good friends and I hope we always will.”

“Good.”

Neither spoke, nor moved, as they looked deep into each other’s eyes. Bernie exhaled a long breath, and Jared’s lips curled up into a big smile that held more than a hint of relief. Whatever Jared meant by his one word answer, Bernie wasn’t going to delve, not when Jared was smiling at him and making his heart beat faster.

About the Author

A E Ryecart writes mm romance/gay fiction. Filled with angst, high drama and emotional tension, she writes the books she likes to read. An avid people watcher, most of her writing takes place in a local café amidst the background hum of hissing coffee machines, where she can check out the other customers for character and story inspiration! 

A born and bred Londoner, she may have moved to someplace more leafy but the city is still very much part of her DNA, which is why her books are set in and around present-day London, providing a thrilling, metropolitan backdrop to the main action. 

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Blog Tour ~ Rescued from Paradise by H.J. Perry

 

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Book Title: Rescued From Paradise

Author: H J Perry

Publisher: LoveLight Press

Cover Artist: Resplendent Media

Genre/s: M/M Gay Contemporary Romance

Length: 58,000 words

Release Date: October 22

Blurb

Two hot men. One deserted tropical island.

Carefree Adam Bennet comes from a long line of earthy people— gardeners, herbalists, hippies, and farmers. His grandmother taught him and his brothers to live off the land, to heal themselves, and above all, to trust their intuition about a person or situation.
Mr. Don’t-Touch-Me Wade O’Rourke wouldn’t dream of something so pedestrian as living off the land. His family is monied, and formal. Taking his place in his uncle’s company is the thing to do— never mind that he hates his life, and he has reasons to hate his uncle, too.

When Wade and Adam meet on an airplane they don’t quite hit it off. But they’re the only two survivors of a crash landing on an island paradise, they have to join forces to survive.

Will Adam take a chance on love with the seemingly straight man? Underneath Wade’s business suit, which he once wore like armor against intimacy, is a hard body and a tender heart.

When love blossoms, can it survive the rescue and return to their American small town?

This full-length, standalone novel contains:
Tropical fruit too juicy to just eat.
A man damaged by his homophobic upbringing.
Steamy man on man love action and a happy ending.

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Excerpt

The first thing Adam noticed upon waking was Wade wrapped around him again. He wouldn’t argue with an ideal and efficient way to keep warm, considering they hadn’t had a fire all of yesterday. It was comfortable and comforting.

The second thing he noted was that it had stopped raining.

A fact for which he was so very grateful. It rained so much the night before, they were both soaked, even though he’d managed to rearrange their roof leaves so that the rain didn’t leak through as much.

Adam didn’t move, staying huddled against Wade. Both arms pulled in as the other man covered him protectively. Wade’s breathing was deep and soft. As he watched Wade sleep, he took that time to really study Wade’s face. How the lines of concern that seemed so permanently etched on his face when he was awake vanished while he slept.

At first, Adam estimated Wade’s age at around thirty. Watching him sleep, Adam realized he could possibly be younger than that. It was hard to put an age on him. Judging from when Wade said he graduated, he was most likely only a few years older than Adam.

What worries weighed Wade down while he was awake?

It intrigued Adam, and he wanted to know.

Adam found a way to dislodge Wade’s arm without waking him and crawled out of their lean-to. After a full day hunched up and under shelter, he needed to stretch.

And what was yesterday’s almost-kiss about? It was obvious that Wade had wanted to. Adam wasn’t sure what stopped him. He remembered their conversation, of course. He didn’t spell it out, but Wade’s family sounded like a bunch of old-fashioned, homophobic bigots. Perhaps that was part of the problem.

Ugh. No. Absolutely not. The last thing Adam needed were tangled, messy feelings for a straight man. And Wade had made it absolutely clear he was straight. Adam wasn’t excited about going there.

He had to believe it was for the best. Keep as much distance emotionally as he could so things between them didn’t get complicated.

A small voice in Adam told him it might be too late, already.

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About the Author

HJ Perry is a 49 years old mother of three school aged children. They live by the English seaside and from her hometown she can see France. Helen loves reading. If it were possible, she’d do nothing else. She reads science fiction, fantasy, young adult, all types of LGBT fiction, and, of course, gay romance. Aside from reading she likes walking and watching films, most often science fiction or thrillers.

HJP has written many books about men falling in love in England where, for the most part, LGBT people are treated with the same respect as anyone else. Having worked in the construction industry for years in real life, she has written many fictional characters working in similar macho, male dominated environments.

Despite reading American books and watching American shows, writing American characters has been a huge challenge for her. With a lot of help, Rescued from Paradise is her first novel featuring Americans and set in the US.

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Book Blast ~ Blackbird Fly Home by Kendel Duncan

 

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Title: Blackbird Fly Home

(Doyle Global Securities #1)

Author: Kendel Duncan

Genre: M/M Romance

Release Date: September 19 2017

Cover Design: Dare Press Editing

Photographer: Dan Skinner

Blurb

Sometimes life will surprise you

Sometimes it will disappoint you

Sometimes it will kick you in the balls

Sometimes it will make you so happy you feel like you can fly

And sometimes, just sometimes, it will do all of those things.

The kick in the balls, both literally and figuratively, happened to Noah Pierce a long time ago.  Ten years to be exact, when, to cap off a brutal and horrendous four-year relationship with the man who claimed to love him, that man buried a butcher knife in his side.  It was the final wound in a seemingly endless cycle of bruises, cuts, breaks, sprains and other things that sent him to the hospital.  He thought he was going to die.  But when he opened his eyes in that ER room and saw a stranger with kind yet determined eyes looking back at him and with his boyfriend nowhere in sight, Noah knew that life was going to change for him.  And it did.

For ten years he was stronger, he was better, he was……hollow.

He didn’t realize that last part until he saw one man.  One pair of haunting blue eyes beside the very man who had ruined Noah all those years ago.  One pair of frightened eyes.  One pair of hollow, hopeless eyes that Noah couldn’t have walked away from if he tried…..because someone else hadn’t walked away from him all those years ago.

Noah didn’t realize it at the time, but by saving Jesse Miller from the clutches of his ex, he was going to learn to fly….

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Excerpt

“Fuck,” Noah whispered as he tucked back farther into the shadows and rubbed his hand over his face, as if he could scrub those memories away with a swipe of his hand.  Like that was ever going to happen.

He should walk away.  He should just fucking walk away.  Walk out of this club and leave Jacob Knight behind, like he’d done ten years ago.

But he couldn’t.

Because Morgan hadn’t.

And because he knew this kid, with those blue eyes that were so striking you could see them even in the dim lights of the club, would haunt him for the rest of his life.

He pulled out his phone and dialed.

“Hey there.  How are you doing?  I heard the Op you did was a little intense,” Morgan said when he answered the call.

Fucking Caleb.

Noah squeezed his eyes shut and took a deep breath.  Yeah that Op had been intense.  He hadn’t been expecting that.  It was supposed to be easy: pose as an escort, get fucked by the mark – Cole Gillette and place the listening device.  Easy in, get laid, easy out.  No problem, right?  But then he’d felt Cole’s turmoil, his pain, his….the way he was so haunted by the man that he’d stared at on his TV screen while he’d fucked Noah, the man whose name Cole had called when he came in the condom in Noah’s ass: Kelly.  Yeah, it’d been intense.

He chose to ignore Morgan’s comments, even though he knew the man would want to revisit them later.  Time was of the essence here.

“I need your help,” he said, getting straight to the point.

He heard Morgan suck in a breath, “Anything Noah, tell me what you need.”

“I’m at Brubakers right now.”

“Brubakers, the club?  Yeah, I know it.  Are you drunk?  Did something happen?”

“He’s here, Morgan.”

Dead silence answered him for at least half a minute.  Noah had no doubt that Morgan would know exactly who Noah was talking about without saying the man’s name.

After a mumbled curse, “Has he seen you?”

“No.”

“Get out, Noah.  Leave by the back door if you have to but get the fuck out.”

“I can’t.”

“What?  Why not?”

“He’s got someone with him, Morgan and he looks, fuck, he looks just like me,” he said, the last word coming out like a choked sob.

“You mean like a twin?”

“No, I mean like a shell, like a robot, like a dead man walking.  He can’t be more than twenty-five, Morg.  I can’t leave him here with him.  I have to help him.”

There was a quietly growled curse from Morgan and then, “Okay, I’m on my way.  But do not do anything until I get there is that understood?”

“Yes, Sir.”

“If he sees you, do not confront him.  Just run.  Am I clear?”

“Yes, Sir.”

“Do not engage in any way, do you hear me?”

“Yes, Morgan, I’ve got it,” Noah said with an eyeroll.  Like he’d ever disobey any order or request from Morgan.  He and Morgan both knew that.   The idea of it almost made him snort out a laugh.

“I’ll call you when I’m in my car.  I should be there in about fifteen.”

“Okay, and Morgan?”

“Yeah?”

“Hurry.”

The call ended and Noah continued to watch the young man for a few minutes.

When someone tapped him on the shoulder, he gasped and jumped in his seat.

“Relax, I’m a friend of Morgan’s.  I’m Jake Brubaker, this is my place.  He just called me.  When he asks for my help, I don’t question, I just say yes.  What do you need?” he said as he gave Noah’s shoulder a reassuring squeeze.

Noah opened his mouth to say nothing but then he noticed that some of the servers were walking around with Brubakers ball caps on.

“Do you have any more of those hats?”

“Absolutely,” he said as he turned towards the bar, “Hey Amy, can you hand me a hat, please?”

The young woman ducked down behind the bar and then stuck her arm out to Jake, who grabbed the hat and handed it over to Noah.

“Anything else?”

“I don’t know yet.  I might need a place to hide out for a bit.”

“My office is yours.  It’s got an electronic lock on it,” he said then he told Noah the code to open it.  He looked back at Noah with a raised eyebrow as he waited.

“Can you up the alcohol content on the drinks you send to that table?” Noah said as he lifted his chin towards Jacob’s table.

Jake looked over his shoulder, “Done.”

“He’s a lawyer.  This could get….messy.”

Jake snorted a laugh, “Please, I was a prosecutor for ten years.  I used to eat assholes like him for breakfast.  Don’t worry about me or my place.”

Noah nodded to him as he pulled the hat down low over his head, “Thanks.”

“If you need anything else, just holler.  I’m always around.”

Noah nodded to him again and then watched as Jake leaned over the bar to say something to the bartender and then she added more booze to the tray of drinks on the bar in front of her.  One of the servers picked it up and brought it over to Jacob’s table.  As they were handed out, he saw the young man next to Jacob lean in and whisper something into his ear.  He watched as Jacob started to stand with him but then the other men at the table laughed and said something to Jacob that made him frown and Noah knew that they were giving him shit about not letting his boyfriend go to the bathroom by himself.  He knew it because Jacob had done the same thing to him.

After listening to the other men teasing him, Jacob turned to his young man and placed his hand on his cheek.  He leaned forward and pressed his lips to the young man’s ear and Noah knew that he was giving him explicit instructions to not make eye contact with anyone, not speak to anyone, to go in and piss, wash his hands and return to the table without haste.  Hell, even though it had been a decade, he could almost hear Jacob’s deep voice in his own ear whispering those same commands to him and a sick feeling shivered through his body like a snake.

Fuck.

This was his chance, this was going to be his only chance.  It was now or fucking never.

He didn’t turn his head, just let his eyes track the young man as he made his way through the crowd and to the darkened hall that led to the restrooms.  Then Noah’s eyes swung back to find that Jacob was doing the same thing, his eyes glued to that dark hall like a hawk.

Fucking hell.  He couldn’t slip down there now or Jacob would see him for sure.  How the fuck was he going to do this?  He was beginning to worry that he’d have to come up with another plan.

Until….

Luther stepped in front of Jacob and blocked his view.

“I brought backup.  Go,” Morgan said as he stepped up to Noah’s table and turned to watch his husband engaging Jacob and the other men at the table in conversation.

Noah knew that Luther would keep those men occupied for a while because even though Luther Santiago was no longer in his old line of work as a mob boss, he was still a highly respected, and feared, man who could command the attention of any room that he stepped into.  And he currently held the rapt attention of those six men in that booth.

Noah slid out of his corner and ducked around the wall into the dark hallway and down into the men’s restroom.

He still wasn’t sure what he was going to say when he pushed the door open and saw the young man at the urinal but he knew he had to choose the right words or the young man would be lost. Forever.

He silently closed the door behind him and took a deep breath, “I used to be you,” he said quietly.

The man’s head whipped around and the terror in his eyes broke Noah’s heart.  “What?” he whispered.

“I used to be you and he nearly killed me.”

The man’s eyes went wide and Noah could see not only the fear in them but also a thousand questions.  But he knew the man wouldn’t ask him a single one of them, though, because that was how Jacob had trained him.  Noah knew this because Jacob had trained him the same way.

“I, I’m not supposed to talk to anyone,” he mumbled as he quickly zipped up and moved over to the sink.

“What’s your name?” Noah said as he stepped closer to the man who was mumbling to himself as he washed his hands.  As Noah got closer he realized that the man was counting how many times he rubbed the soap over his hands, like Jacob had burned it into his brain that if he didn’t wash long enough he wasn’t clean.  Fucking bastard.

“J-J-J-Jesse,” the kid mumbled as he resumed his counting.

Noah stepped up to Jesse’s back and reached over to close his hands over Jesse’s, causing Jesse to hiss in a breath, “Broken ribs, three broken wrists, five concussions, two broken arms, two broken ankles, and a punctured lung from when he stabbed me with a butcher knife.”

“He, he doesn’t really hit me,” he whispered.

That surprised Noah for a brief second but then he realized…. “No, but he does other things that make you feel hopeless, helpless, humiliated.”

“I, I, I m-m-make him angry.  I’m bad.”

“No, Jesse.  I never did anything wrong and neither did you.  You don’t have to live like this.  I can help you.  Let me help you, please.”

Jesse’s tear-filled eyes looked at Noah in the mirror, “How?”

“Come with me, right now.  I’ll take you someplace safe where he’ll never find you, I promise.”

Tears spilled over onto Jesse’s cheeks as he looked down and ran his fingers over his forearm, “Yes he will, he’ll always find me.”

As Noah’s eyes darted down to Jesse’s arm, realization hit him like a freight train, “Fucking hell, Jesse, did he put a tracking device in your arm?”

Jesse silently nodded his head.

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About the Author

Kendel Duncan is the pen name for author Dara Nelson. Both her Healing Hearts series (Dara Nelson) and The Black Ops Heroes series (Kendel Duncan) garner such praise as: “Ah-mazing!”, “It’s a keeper!” and “One of the best books I’ve read”

A long-time reader of the romance genre, Dara (Kendel) writes tear-jerking, sigh-inducing romance and heart-pounding, exciting erotic fiction and lives with her husband on a small farm near Tacoma, WA. You can reach her on Facebook at either of her author pages listed below

Some of her favorite authors include Riley Hart, Ella Frank, Devon McCormack, Aimee Nicole Walker, Sloane Kennedy, Dan Skinner and too many more to name.

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Release Blitz ~ Rescued from Paradise by H.J. Perry

 

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Book Title: Rescued From Paradise

Author: H J Perry

Publisher: LoveLight Press

Cover Artist: Resplendent Media

Genre/s: M/M Gay Contemporary Romance

Length: 58,000 words

Release Date: October 24

Blurb

Two hot men. One deserted tropical island.

Carefree Adam Bennet comes from a long line of earthy people— gardeners, herbalists, hippies, and farmers. His grandmother taught him and his brothers to live off the land, to heal themselves, and above all, to trust their intuition about a person or situation.

Mr. Don’t-Touch-Me Wade O’Rourke wouldn’t dream of something so pedestrian as living off the land. His family is monied, and formal. Taking his place in his uncle’s company is the thing to do— never mind that he hates his life, and he has reasons to hate his uncle, too.

When Wade and Adam meet on an airplane they don’t quite hit it off. But they’re the only two survivors of a crash landing on an island paradise, they have to join forces to survive.

Will Adam take a chance on love with the seemingly straight man? Underneath Wade’s business suit, which he once wore like armor against intimacy, is a hard body and a tender heart.

When love blossoms, can it survive the rescue and return to their American small town?

This full-length, standalone novel contains:

Tropical fruit too juicy to just eat.

A man damaged by his homophobic upbringing.

Steamy man on man love action and a happy ending.

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Excerpt – Prologue

A squawk in the distance jolted Adam out of his daydream and he moved back through the pool, out of the direct path of the waterfall. A bird, no doubt, yet Adam still glanced over his shoulder.

A familiar dark, handsome figure stood on the bank beside the pool. Was he watching? No, staring at Adam in the water. That lack of respect for privacy was unusual. Adam glanced down. The water was deep enough here and the waterfall contributed to a foaming, bubbling surface. There was no way the man could see Adam’s erection or read Adam’s mind, full of impure thoughts.

“Want to join me?” Adam shouted out over the sound of cascading water.

“Would you mind the company?”

“I wouldn’t mind at all. Good thing about our tub: Plenty of room for two, although it is a little cool today.”

Maybe if Adam concentrated on something neutral, the cold water in the pool would also help to dampen his ardor.

Watching the man on the bank strip out of his few clothes was not advisable. Adam couldn’t help himself, though. He couldn’t be a model of strong willed self-discipline all the time. And anyway, he couldn’t see anything.

The man slipped into the water in his clothes, and then began removing them. He was always exceptionally modest, which was a great shame because Wade had a gorgeous body. He ducked beneath the surface, swimming closer to Adam. Emerging with his hair drenched, the water droplets glistened on his shoulders, clinging to the hairs on his chest and running down his arms.

Have mercy on my beating heart.

“Why are you standing underneath the waterfall? Taking a shower?” the man asked.

But Adam could barely concentrate on the conversation that followed while also willing his erection to subside and his heartbeat to normalize.

After a few difficult minutes, Adam thought he might be able to exit the pool with some dignity and discretion. “I’ll leave you to a tranquil bath.”

But before Adam could move, Wade closed a hand over his wrist. “Adam. Wait. I wanted to ask you something.” There was an urgency in his tone.

“Sure.” Adam bent his knees to sink into the pool again so they were at the same level in the water. “What’s on your mind?”

He opened and closed his mouth; looked at Adam and then the water.

Silence.

Wade obviously had difficulty vocalizing whatever it was he wanted to say. He didn’t release Adam’s wrist, nor did Adam pull away from him.

Wade shifted his hold to lace his fingers together with Adam’s.

Okay. That was strange. Nice. But strange.

Adam floated closer. “Is everything okay, Wade? You’re kind of quiet on me now.”

“Yeah, I just… I need to…” Wade frowned. “Talk. It’s weird. I don’t know how to say it.”

A hundred things went through Adam’s mind. He smiled. “Say what you’re comfortable saying, at a pace you’re comfortable saying it. There’s no rush. I think we’ve got all day.”

All day and forever to talk about anything on their lonely tropical island, whatever it was. There was no urgency.

Wade stood and pulled Adam flush against him.

Of all the things on Wade’s mind, Adam never expected this.

Or Wade’s erection pressing against Adam’s stomach under the water.

Both were surprising, and more than welcome.

And then Wade’s mouth was joining his in a heart-stopping passionate kiss, which prevented Adam’s mind from wondering too much about anything.

Adam melted against him, his arms circling Wade’s neck, their bodies pressing together.

Reaching between them, below the water, Adam’s hand wrapped for the first time around Wade’s thick, long cock.

Wade gasped. “Adam, wait. I just need to go slow.”

About the Author

HJ Perry is a 49 years old mother of three school aged children. They live by the English seaside and from her hometown she can see France. Helen loves reading. If it were possible, she’d do nothing else. She reads science fiction, fantasy, young adult, all types of LGBT fiction, and, of course, gay romance. Aside from reading she likes walking and watching films, most often science fiction or thrillers.

HJP has written many books about men falling in love in England where, for the most part, LGBT people are treated with the same respect as anyone else. Having worked in the construction industry for years in real life, she has written many fictional characters working in similar macho, male dominated environments.

Despite reading American books and watching American shows, writing American characters has been a huge challenge for her. With a lot of help, Rescued from Paradise is her first novel featuring Americans and set in the US.

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Author Spotlight ~ Lucy Felthouse

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A warm welcome to today’s Spotlight Author, Lucy Felthouse.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 32, and from Derbyshire, England. I work from home with my scruffy dog, Scamp, for company. I fit my writing in between all my other work tasks, and somehow it all works out! I see one of the later questions is about hobbies, so I’ll tell more then…

What would people be most surprised to know about you?
That I enjoy knitting and jigsaws

How do you relax?
Watching TV, reading, going out walking, spending time with my other half.

How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I was a child, and I think what made me fall in love with writing was my love of reading. Ever since I was old enough, I’ve been an avid reader, and I loved getting lost in those worlds of adventure, and that seemed to transfer across to wanting to create those worlds, too.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, ever since I was a child. I’d be constantly making up stories and scribbling away in notebooks, proclaiming I was going to be a writer when I grew up. When I grew up, of course, I also became aware that it’s not quite as simple as that—but I’m grateful that at least part of what I do as my job is write stories.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I actually completed quite a few of my smaller ambitions a few years ago (i.e. getting stories published in certain anthologies, publishing a full-length novel by the time I was 30), so I’m doing okay! But now, it’d be great to maybe hit the USA Today bestseller list, and start earning more regular money from my writing, so I can drop some of my other work and dedicate more time to my writing. I’m lucky that I have some great readers who enjoy what I do, so I hope that along the way I’ll continue writing stories that they continue to like!

Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
It’s not all I write—it’s just part of it. I started out writing mainly straight stories, but then I saw a call for submissions for a lesbian anthology, so I decided to give it a go. I was lucky enough to have a story accepted for publication, so I continued writing lesbian stories alongside my straight stuff. Eventually I branched out into writing gay stuff, too, and now I tend to write whatever takes my fancy. It means I never get bored because I write such a huge variety. I am conscious I might alienate some people since I write it all under one name, but there’s already so much to do as a writer that I decided not to split it all out into different pen names. I just make sure it’s clear what pairings books are before people pick them up.

Do you write any other genre?
I’d probably say more subgenres. Everything I write has some kind of romance or sex in it, but I’ve penned paranormals, contemporaries, pure erotica, thrillers, spy thrillers, and so on. It’s great that romance/erotica allows for such variety, really. There’s absolutely no need to write books in the same vein if you don’t want to.

Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
Hmm… I can’t say too much without giving away a huge plot point, but there was a revealing scene in The Persecution of the Wolves (M/M and M/F werewolf thriller/mystery) which made me cry as I wrote it.

Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book.
My latest book is actually a re-release. I’ve been getting rights back to various books, so I’ve been working on getting them back out there. The Sweetest Revenge is a sexy lesbian tale with a gorgeous biker chick and some spanking!

Blurb
Abigail’s had a crush on Mackenzie the motorcycle courier for months, but Mackenzie doesn’t even know she exists. Nothing exists for Mackenzie, though, except for her pride and joy—her Ducati Monster.

After an unpleasant encounter, Abigail decides to get her own back on Mackenzie—in the worst possible way. Despite the pleas of her colleagues, Abigail plans to hide Mackenzie’s precious motorbike, and take the haughty so and so down a peg or two.
Naturally, when Mackenzie discovers her bike is gone, there are fireworks. It’s April 1st, so she suspects trickery rather than criminal activity, but that doesn’t mean the person responsible will be getting off lightly…
http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/the-sweetest-revenge/

Share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb.
This is a Sapphic short story featuring pride, trickery, revenge and an interesting use for leather motorcycle gloves…

What does your writing process look like?
It varies hugely. I have to prioritise my paid work, so I fit my writing in around that, depending on what deadlines I’m dealing with at the time. I’m very organized, so somehow it all works out, but I can occasionally be found pounding away on my laptop keyboard mere hours before deadlines, eager to get things finished and sent off!

When/where is your favourite time/place to write?
As I said above, I fit my writing in around my other work, so I don’t often get a choice about what time to write. It just happens when it happens. Though it’s generally after lunch. I deal with other things from when I start work up until lunchtime, then carve out some writing time after I’ve eaten, and I’m a bit more awake. The place I get the vast majority of my writing done is in my home office, at my laptop. I might occasionally take a notebook into the garden in the summer, or into my bedroom if I need to get away from the screen, but not often, and only a few words get written that way.

What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?
Pretty much anything, really. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi, but other than that, anything with an interesting premise is enough to get me turning the pages.

What was the last book you read? What did you like about it?
Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills (Vince Flynn). It was an absorbing, fast-paced thriller which drew me in but wasn’t so complex that I had to think about it too much, or go back and re-read bits. I’m not a fan of overcomplicated books since I do most of my reading before bed, so if it gets complicated and I’m sleepy, my brain can’t handle it.

What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
Reading, watching TV, going to the cinema, spending time in the countryside with my other half and my dog, travelling.

Author Bio
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves and Hiding in Plain Sight. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter

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