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Spotlight: Storming Love: Flood by NJ Nielsen, Jenn Dease, Jambrea Jo Jones, AC Katt, Pelaam, Cherie Noel #MM

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Title: Storming Love: Flood
Author Name: NJ Nielsen, Jenn Dease, Jambrea Jo Jones, AC Katt, Pelaam, Cerie Noel

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Release Date: April 3

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Adrian & Lockie by N.J. Nielsen: 30,270 words

Adrian Clarke knows his life is a hot mess. This is only one of the reasons he boards a plane and flies halfway around the world—so he can escape everything that’s determined to see him break. Lockie Rivers has worked his whole life on Tenderfoot Downs. After his boss died, Lockie remained as caretaker for the new owner—a man who’d never even set foot on the place. When circumstances bring them face to face, a flash flood comes along to threaten their very existence. Can virtual strangers work together to save their home, their hearts, and find their own slice of heaven?

Release Date: April 10

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Bridge & Doug by Jenn Dease: 22,400 words

Fourth generation lawman, Bridge Bridgerton, has never seen Copper Creek, Texas, flood before. Doug Jones is a lifeguard stopping in Copper Creek to look after his grandfather’s house. Together, they help rescue some of the residents trapped in the rising water. And together, they feel an attraction for each other that gets stronger day by day. But, will they be able to stay together once the water goes down?

Release Date: April 17

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Pete & McKenzie by Jambrea Jo Jones: 10,300 words

McKenzie Hallowell was born and bred in Copper Creek. He knew what could happen during flash flood season, but that didn’t stop him from driving through water during a storm. Almost dying might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

Pete Compton moved to town five years ago to take over a feed store. He’d been crushing on McKenzie Hallowell almost from the start. A flash flood brings them together, but will it also bring them love?

Release Date: April 24

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Steven & Derrick by A.C. Katt: 13,102 words

When a flash flood strikes, Steven stays behind at school to find a little girl who hid from the storm. His lover, Derrick, comes to rescue them both but can only get Josie out. Will Derrick be able to get back to the elementary school in time to get Steven or will he lose him to the raging flood waters?

Release Date: May 1

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Euan & Gregg by Pelaam: 21,527 words

Euan looks forward to spending time with his best friend, and unrequited love, Gregg. But Gregg has a confession himself, he isn’t the straight jock Euan thinks. When the truth emerges, Euan learns of a side to his friend’s life he never imagined.

Just as they find out the truth Mother Nature unleashes her fury and they’re trapped on a mountain during the flood.

Even if they weather nature’s storm, there is still a more personal fury to be faced.

Release Date: May 8

STORMING LOVE: FLOOD – Patric & Sam by Cherie Noel: 17,515 words 

Patric Carselowey stole Samuel Touchet-Smith’s heart six years ago in an incendiary act of passion. Then he disappeared, joining the Army without a word. When he returned, treating Sam like stranger, he broke Sam’s heart. Now Sam’s meddling Maman and sister have booked him a hiking tour with Patric as the guide. Caught in the unexpected storm, will Sam’s wounded heart be healed during their race to safety or crushed once and for all by lingering misunderstandings and lost memories?

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NJ Nielsen: NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ arguing with Vlad, her muse or writing about the wonderful men in her stories, you’ll find her reading work by other authors she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

Jenn Dease: Jenn Dease is a Chef with a reading and writing addiction. The six bookcases in her bedroom are proof of this. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh with one of those families that have four generations in a four block radius. The Redheads, or her sisters, are the best things in her life. When they want to be.

Jambrea Jo Jones: Jambrea wanted to be the youngest romance author published, but life impeded the dreams. She put her writing aside and went to college briefly, then enlisted in the Air Force. After serving in the military, she returned home to Indiana to start her family. A few years later, she discovered yahoo groups and book reviews. There was no turning back. She was bit by the writing bug.

She enjoys spending time with her son when not writing and loves to receive reader feedback. She’s addicted to the internet so feel free to email her anytime.

AC Katt: She lives in New Mexico with her husband and new cat who, just as she does loves paper and words. She got a late start to her writing career but is now in a writing frenzy. Go figure!

Pelaam: Living in clean, green New Zealand Pelaam is a multi-published author of m/m romance and erotica. She’s loved writing since childhood and to become an author is a cherished dream come true. She grew up reading fairy tales and watching science fiction, horror and fantasy. When not writing she can be found indulging in her other passions of cookery and wine appreciation.

Cherie Noel: Cherie’s been in love with words since before she drew breath, and doesn’t see that ever changing. She write stories, full stop. Sometimes there’s music with them, sometimes they’re poems, and lately, to her great delight, a plethora of M/M fiction and erotic romance. Yum. Smexy man to the second…or third power…now that’s the kinda math Cherie can get behind!!

The hair curls or frizzes as it will, the eyes are green and tend to look in two different directions—no, really—and the rest is subject to change. You know the guy who didn’t know if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man or a man dreaming he was a butterfly? Yeah, that’s Cherie, but substitute drag queen for butterfly and wacky, wild ex- Army chick for man.

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Cooking Up an Anthology

Okay. This is how my getting involved in the Storming Love: Flood Anthology went down. I can break it down into a few easy steps for you. No, seriously. It’s like a recipe for great hush-puppies or *pardon me while I moan in wanton delight* my dad’s old fashioned potato salad with a hint of jalapeño.

Kris Jacen came up with an abso-freaking-lutely brilliant premise (better buckle in as that flare up of genius happens quite often around her). One storm. And all the things that could and would and (maybe) should happen between as couples who are stranded together. Mother Nature raging and that good ole oh-la-la attraction burning bright between two (or more) hot fellas…now there’s a recipe for success. Because nothing strips folks down to their elemental nature, to the bare bones of who and what they are faster than disaster…especially natural disasters.

Writing with Jambrea Jo Jones is one of my favorite things. Full stop. So when I heard Jambie was on board I was in. I’ve written in an Anthology with Ms. Jo Jones before. Another opportunity to write in Anthology alongside her? No brainer. I threw my hand in the air and begged for a spot. As an author I highly recommend writing with her. Fun, funny, helpful and super chill? Yes, yes, yes, and heck yeah.

In addition to Jambie, there were a slew of other talented authors who jumped on board. A.C. Katt, N.j. Nielsen, Jenn Dease, and Pelaam all tossed their hats into the ring as well. Our merry band of mischief makers was ready to stir up a heap of stuff and nonsense. Hee hee.

I admit to being a cuddler in Anthology writing as well as in other areas of life. So I wanted our stories to be a little tighter than some Anthologies are. I wanted our characters to know one another, deal with the same terrain, and even shop in the same stores. They didn’t need to all be bosom buddies, but I wanted there to be at least a nodding acquaintance. I’ve lived in enough small towns to know that Mr. Jones knows that Ms. Slidell’s dog Rusty likes to chase the postmaster’s cat and that the

hardware store is having a sale next week on 3 ¼ inch whatsits. That in a pinch you can buy lube and condoms from behind the counter of Touchet’s Gas and Grocery instead of having to drive all the way into the next town that’s big enough to have a Walmart. So we brainstormed and built our little town of Copper Creek. And it was fun. Deciding who worked where and if so and so knew so and so… yeah. Good times.

Then we all took the basic town, tossed our two (or more) men into the teeth of the storm and watched the stories unfold. I pulled out an old trick Jambrea taught me a few years ago, that of having my characters have prior history with one another, and before I knew it they were blabbing a mile a minute in my ear. I thought my story was going to be 10k but… nope. Over 17k. Heh.

Writing like this for me is like being given an old family recipe where the measurements are laid out in pinches, dashes, and goodly portions, and the type of cobbler is described as being, “a succulent local fruit” in a region that has at least five or six types grown locally. Every single cobbler is going to come out a little different. And that is exactly what makes the stories so much fun to write, and to read. I hope you’ll all take the time to peek at the wonderful stories we’ve woven together for you, and please don’t forget to enter the contest. There’s a free copy of any book in my backlist (ebook version) for one lucky commenter on this blog, and all the other blogs have opportunities to win as well. Oh! Also, please remember to enter our grand prize drawing… there’s a big ole Gift Card waiting for one lucky winner.

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TWO 5 Stars for Love Starved by Kate Fierro #MM @kate_Fierro

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Title: Love Starved

Author: Kate Fierro

Publication date and length: April 21,2015 304 pages

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Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much. But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing: Show me what it’s like to feel loved.

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This was a beautiful story.  Micah takes a chance on a escort service to fulfill his fantasy of feeling loved.  You would think that you would wonder is the escort giving you what you paid for or is it for real.  This is Micah and Angel’s story.  A very well put together story that has you hoping for the HEA.

Micah was a lonely and scared man, but I thought that he didn’t let himself go to enjoy himself.  Angel had tons of secrets, but treated Micah with respect and love.  The relationship that develops between the two is beautiful.  I felt Aiden taught Micah so much about relationships and love, and brought out the best in him.

There was one secondary character I thought added so much to the book.  Daphne, Micah’s friend, she was loud, bubbly and very nosey.  She was always there for Micah.

I enjoyed reading this book very much.  It is a perfect book if your looking for HEA.

Sherry

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This is a sweet, romantic story that made me laugh, cry, and believe in true love all over again. I couldn’t put it down.

At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt. I liked Micah right away, but I didn’t care at all for Daphne. However, her obnoxious behavior set the stage for one of the most fun, heartbreaking, wonderful love stories I’ve read in ages. The whole thing felt a lot like some of my favorite date movies—neither a tragic, overwrought drama nor an over-the-top comedy, this had a nice blend of emotions, action, and humor.

I absolutely fell in love with Angel right along with Micah. Even though being an escort wasn’t his dream in life, he was not ashamed of who he was. I liked the dynamic with Micah, too. He was worried his family would think less of him, but he himself was also never ashamed of Angel. No wonder, because even though we never see inside Angel’s head, I think he’s one of the most complex and interesting characters I’ve read in a long time. Plus, I always love when bisexual men are well-represented, and Ms. Fierro does an excellent job.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I think it was a chapter too long. There was nothing in the last chapter that really added to the story, and it kind of cheapened the resolution of Micah and Angel’s relationship for me.

Other than that, this was fantastic. Anyone who needs a dose of optimism is sure to feel all warm and fuzzy inside after reading.

5 stars

Amy

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Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulsive decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since.

Kate is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one. She lives in Europe.

With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s first original novel.

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4 stars for Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst #MM #YoungAdult #mystery #comingofage @johannawriteson

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Title: Every Inferno
Author Name: Johanna Parkhurst
Publication Date & Length: July 24, 2014 – 180 pgs

Synopsis

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

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This story has some triggers – alcoholism, death, suicide, mental health issues and arson.
JJ is such a wonderfully written character. Because Parkhurst wrote about JJ’s past, you really come to understand his mindset – his struggles and his achievements.
Dr. Ben was someone who JJ needed and I loved how despite having a similar tragedy, Dr. Ben’s perspective was mature and helped guide JJ rather than feed the fire within. I think this book would have seriously been lacking if Dr. Ben was not a part of the story. Dr. Ben was able to provide perspective to JJ in a way that no other person had.
Then there is the lovable McKinley. JJ and him have a somewhat complicated relationship at first. But, because they are both young and are working through their relationship, I can understand why some of the childish tantrums that McKinley throws are necessary.
The friend who adopted Penny – I do not even want to use her name – what a b**ch! I could throttle her and I really wish we would have seen what she would have to say for herself when she learned what her precious Patrick had said to 6 year old JJ.  I wanted more from that aspect – but was glad that JJ was maturing enough to say what he had to say, but not harp on it.
The mystery of this story was both tragic and redeeming all in one. It helped tie the story lines together and show that while sometimes the past is harmful and hurtful – you can overcome with support and love.
Great story.
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A SMELL that wasn’t there before filled the bathroom.

JJ drew in a deep breath, trying to match the scent to anything that might already exist in his short memory. It was a difficult scent to describe: like pine trees, but not the real ones in his backyard. More like the smell of the stuff his father used to clean the kitchen floor.

He tried to push off the sudden sense of apprehension that filled him; who cared if someone else had also come into the restroom? This was his town, the tiny world he had spent his entire five years in, and there was a good chance he knew whoever else had just joined him.

Even if he didn’t know anyone who went around smelling like pine trees.

JJ took a few breaths and flushed the toilet, eager to get back to the movie and his parents.

As he shoved the door of the stall open, though, the scent grew stronger. The person who had brought the scent in with him—a man—was facing the wall across the room. He was wearing a backpack and hugging his arms to his chest.

“I did it… I did it,” the man whispered. “I finally did it.”

JJ moved to the sinks, more eager than ever to return to the comforting gaze of his mother. But the noise of his sneakers against the tile alerted the man to JJ’s presence, and now the stranger was turning around to face him.

It was the oddest sensation to only be able to see certain details of a person: blue jeans, a red long-sleeve shirt. And then a detail so clear it almost seemed to be the only thing JJ could see: the outline of a long and winding paintbrush, tattooed on the man’s hand, snaking down from just below his thumb to where it disappeared beneath the cuff of his shirt.

But nothing else. No other details were there. The man was faceless. The color of hair was… what was it? It was as if it had never been there.

Then JJ could see nothing, and all he could hear was the man shouting. Something about how JJ shouldn’t be there, and he couldn’t know, and it wasn’t time yet….

The pain began then. Horrible, burning, pain, and JJ knew he was screaming, but he couldn’t hear himself over the roaring in his ears. He needed to find the door, the door, where was the door—

JACOB JASPER Jones woke up sweating, twisted into a trap of sheets and blankets. He frantically cast his eyes around the walls of his bedroom, looking for anything that would remind him he was not in that restroom again. There was the Modest Mouse poster, his bookshelf, the old dresser that had once belonged to his aunt—yes, he was safe.

Safe from what? Or who?

JJ quietly wrestled with the covers, thankful that he wasn’t a screamer and didn’t seem to have woken Aunt Maggie up. If it was up to JJ, Maggie would never know that JJ was having dreams about that day again.

They’d started about a month ago. Before then JJ had never dreamed anything specific about the fire. The nightmares were always vague and mushy, filled with flames and noise and not much else.

Not like this dream. This dream was clear and specific and so real it was as though JJ was reenacting every detail from that day. Right up until the end, when the faceless man turned and everything went black.

It was so vivid that JJ was starting to think it might be more than just a dream. That it might be a memory.

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  • Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

 

I love writing in a comfortable chair in my office or outdoors on my patio in the sunshine. Wherever I feel relaxed and at peace—that’s where I’m likely to do my best writing.

 

  • Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

 

I relate strongly to Jack from Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. His desire to help others (whether they want to be helped or not) is something that resonates greatly with me. I don’t think I have half the patience that Jack does, though!

 

  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

I definitely need a creative outlet of some kind, so if I had to give up writing, I’d need to replace it with something else creative. Maybe sculpture or pottery? I’m always thought it would be fun to play with clay.

 

  • Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

Beta readers make life infinitely better! I used to write in a vacuum, not showing anyone a draft until I was so deep into it that I couldn’t see the forest through the trees. Now I have a circle of fantastic beta readers who tell it to me straight when I’ve got a story line that just isn’t working AND who keep my confidence up when I’m ready to give up on writing. It’s a much happier writing life all around.

 

  • Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

The ending of Every Inferno sometimes garners criticism because the book plays with elements of the mystery genre and doesn’t follow all the traditions of the genre…which frustrates some readers. So sometimes I imagine a world where I’d written the end of the book differently. But I also write the ending the way I did for a reason, and I like the way it turned out. So I don’t think I’ll ever want to change it.

 

  • How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

They come from all over! Often I get ideas from watching my students (I’m a teacher) or news stories I read about. I once saw YA author Gordan Korman speak, and he said the best way to imagine a new story idea is to ask yourself a “what if” question. (I.e. what if a boy started having dreams about the person who killed his parents?) So I spend a lot of time asking myself “what if” questions. Often in random places, where people then give me funny looks and wonder why I’m talking to myself.

 

  • What’s next for you as a writer?

I just finished drafting the sequel to my first book, Here’s to You, Zeb Pike. That project’s taken me forever to finish, so I’m excited to be one step closer to a finished product.

 

  • Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

 

I live in Colorado and I grew up in Vermont, so most of my books are set in one place or the other. Both are places I know well and love, so it’s natural for me to put my characters in these settings. I do want to branch out soon and start writing into some different settings.

 

  • What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

I love stories, so I’ll read in almost any genre. I just finished a spectacular fantasy novel and immediately followed it up with a romance. Next on the list is a YA sci-fi book.

 

  • Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

Travel is, in some ways my worst vice. I love to travel and I’ll spend far too much money on trips…on the other hand, travel makes me happy, and I think it makes me a better person and a better writer. So I’m not completely convinced it’s a vice. J

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Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

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COVER REVEAL: Secret by Kindle Alexander #MM #CoverReveal #Romance

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Title: Secret
Author Name: Kindle Alexander
Publication Date & Length: Summer 2015

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Tristan Wilder, self-made millionaire and devastatingly handsome CEO of Wilder-Nation is on the verge of a very lucrative buyout. With tough negotiations ahead, he’s armed with his acquisition pitch, ready to launch the deal of a lifetime. There’s just one glitch. The last thing he expects is to fall for the hot business owner he’s trying to sway.

 

Dylan Reeves, computer science engineer and founder of the very successful social media site, Secret, is faced with a life-altering decision. A devoted family man with three kids and a wife, Dylan has been living a secret for years. Fiercely loyal to his convictions, his boundaries blur after meeting the striking owner of the corporation interested in acquiring his company. For the first time in his life, reckless desire consumes him when the gorgeous computer mogul makes an offer he can’t refuse.

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After a few minutes of staring at Dylan, who hadn’t looked his way since he entered the conference room, Tristan cleared his throat, stopping the flow of the presentation. “Can you all give me a few minutes alone with Mr. Reeves?”

He could feel every eye turned his way. Dylan was slower to respond. He’d been reading from the contract and lifted his head, business clearly on his mind. But the minute their gazes met, Tristan got why Dylan had avoided eye contact. His gaze held a mixture of both heat and need. Sparks flew between the two of them and Tristan smiled.

“You heard him,” Landry said and began shooing everyone out. As the last person left, Landry came to the center of the table, standing between the two of them. He clearly thought Tristan’s request hadn’t included him.

“Landry, I need a private discussion with Mr. Reeves,” Tristan said, rising from his seat at the end of the table. Landry came immediately to him, standing in front of him, blocking Dylan from seeing or hearing anything he said.

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Landry whispered so quietly Tristan barely heard him. “We almost have them, I can see it.”

Tristan cut his eyes over to Landry’s and motioned with his head for him to move along out the door with everyone else. Landry’s brow furrowed and he started to shake his head. Tristan stared at him with intense attitude until he finally left the room. Tristan had no doubt he’d stand right outside that door. There wasn’t too much of Wilder, Inc. that Landry wasn’t included in, and he certainly wouldn’t like being put out of a meeting he’d orchestrated. Tristan moved to a chair directly beside Dylan who hadn’t uttered a single word since his request for privacy.

“You look nice today,” Tristan said quietly, smiling as Dylan’s cheeks grew red.

“Is that why you made everyone leave?”

“No, of course not. I could have just told you later, but that whole look’s perfect on you. The hair’s hot. Pinstripes fit your frame remarkably well. You look taller, more intimidating. Great look for negotiations or the cover of GQ. You could do both.” Tristan scooted closer. “Did you get my flowers?” he asked even quieter.

“I did. Thank you, but that was a risky move,” Dylan said, clearly ignoring the compliment.

“I wrote and sealed the card myself. What did you do with the flowers?” Tristan leaned forward, then moved in a little more, smelling Dylan’s cologne. That had Dylan pushing back in his chair.

“I gave them to the concierge that helped me this morning,” Dylan answered and then backtracked. “I didn’t think I’d be in my room very much and didn’t want them to go to waste.”

“I figured you’d do something like that. It’s why I picked those colors. So that means you’re coming with me tonight?” Tristan asked, his eyes still focused directly on Dylan’s.

“We’ll see how things go today. I’m not sure about all this. You lowballed me and I was just reading about the staffing…” Dylan started, but Tristan lifted a hand to Dylan’s lips to stop his words. He let his fingers linger as he spoke.

“I don’t want to talk business yet. I honestly was only informed of the changes to personnel when I walked in today. From this point forward, you and I will decide how this sale goes, no one else, but before we do, I want to put personal before business because they are two separate entities between us. Will you please go with me tonight? I need to cancel some things if you’re not coming,” Tristan added at Dylan’s skeptical look.

 

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Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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5 Stars for Down On The Other Street (Volume Two) by Jennifer Cie (Author Interview) #Bisexual #NewAdult @JenniferCie1

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Title: Down On The Other Street (Volume Two)
Author Name: Jennifer Cie
Publication Date & Length: April 13, 2015 – 152pgs

Synopsis

Scars dripping over broken skin and whispers silenced, there can be no point of return. Wrapped in the ripples of warm waters, staring down at unkempt mountains, Stefanie can feel the thrum of the old world’s song. The first conversation, stained into ceramic cups and shadows in the night, gave birth to the last confession. Before metal bars clanged shut or chanting grew quiet, there was the woman with the violet smile. Somewhere in the gaggle of exposed bodies, worn cassettes and children’s fairy tales, he is waiting for the red coat. Woven together through trials of sexuality, political dissonance, and self-discovery, this heady collection of six short stories examines who we become after finding love

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FiveStars

This second collection is every bit as good as the first—maybe even better. These are so well-written, intelligent, and witty. I’m just in awe of the way the author uses language to paint such vivid pictures.

It would be hard to pick a favorite from this set. Every time I thought I’d found the one I liked best, Ms. Cie delivered another one that knocked me over.

It’s safe to say the author has earned a new fan. These collections should be required reading for anyone in literature or women’s studies courses. They’re so rich and beautiful, and I wish I had ten more people to discuss them with.

~Amy

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Sofia Aguilar changed that.

I literally fell into her at a restaurant in East Memphis. I was there with a friend who swore that little shack had the best hot wings in the city. I don’t recall if that was true. I just remember tasting her.

I tripped over a chair while coming out of the bathroom and landed in her lap, with my lips drilled into her shoulder. It was a sweet kind of salty, like brown sugar thrown on top of salted nuts. I tried apologizing. She grinned at me and rubbed my back.

The warmth returned.

Each glance at her grin-turned-smirk, dark brown eyes, or touch of her hand swirling electric heat into my skin brought on even stronger flushes than before. She knew it too. The way she cooed, “Amor? Está bien,” as if her lap was my rightful place, as if we were lovers, could only have been an effort to make me combust.

When I finally lifted myself off of her, hoping there were no signs of what I was feeling, she held my hand. She pulled me close, whispered that she was happy about my fall, and slipped a napkin with her number written on it into my hands.

AuthorInterview

Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?

Honestly, normally its one two things: a) the back corner of a coffee shop, with my headphones in–so no one realizes I’m people watching in between breaks, sitting at the smallest table available with three or four books scattered across the table that have nothing to do with what I’m writing;  or b) on my living room floor using the coffee table to scribble out dialogue.

Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?

All of them! Haha. No, seriously, I think that I relate the most to Alexis, the protagonist in the book’s first short story: The Drive. Having to navigate who you are and want you want in relationship is something universal, but with Alexis at the heart of that puzzle is the struggle to define gender and sexuality. It’s something that I can definitely empathize with.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?

Research. I love working with social science research, especially studies geared towards education and community development.

Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?

Don’t be afraid to change direction.

I think I got so comfortable with following following draft outlines to the letter–like in school when they teach you the three bullet points for a five paragraph essay style–that I would forget to let stories breathe. When the time came for a piece to change directions I would hesitate. I absolutely wish I hadn’t spent so much time doubting myself, because the best things I’ve written have come from straying directions.

Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?

The name. I didn’t really think through the idea of writing a series of standalone short stories very well haha.

How do you come up with new ideas for your story?

You know, with this Volume, I just sat down and asked what stories my younger self should’ve read. I think that talk with myself brought some pretty good ideas to life.

What’s next for you as a writer?

Next? Hopefully, finishing Vol 3 of Down On The Other Street, and creating some really high-five kinds of great fiction.

Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?

I live in the Midwest, Ohio actually. It’s kind of funny you ask about influences, because I moved here partially to write. I’d forgotten what its like to be in an area that doesn’t shut down when it snows, and needed that experience to write the characters I was developing in an honest way.

What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?

Hmm. I will read just about any type fiction, but lately historical fiction has a hold on me.

Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?

If I’m being honest: eggrolls, spirits, and cranberry juice. They are my kryptonite.

 

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Scars dripping over broken skin and whispers silenced, there can be no point of return. Wrapped in the ripples of warm waters, staring down at unkempt mountains, Stefanie can feel the thrum of the old world’s song. The first conversation, stained into ceramic cups and shadows in the night, gave birth to the last confession. Before metal bars clanged shut or chanting grew quiet, there was the woman with the violet smile. Somewhere in the gaggle of exposed bodies, worn cassettes and children’s fairy tales, he is waiting for the red coat. Woven together through trials of sexuality, political dissonance, and self-discovery, this heady collection of six short stories examines who we become after finding love.

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4 for Along Came Merrie by Beth D. Carter – #Menage #Cowboy @BethDCarter @Totally_Bound

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Title: Along Came Merrie
Author Name: Beth D. Carter
Publication Date & Length: January 2, 2015 – 153pgs

Synopsis

Merrie stumbles into a bad situation, forcing an outlaw motorcycle gang to ‘deal’ with her, but her escape leads her into the arms of two incredible men who change her life forever.

Merrie Walden is in the wrong place at the wrong time. When she sees something she shouldn’t, she’s attacked by a vicious outlaw biker bent on shutting her up—permanently. She escapes him by jumping out of a moving car. Luckily, horse rancher Braden McClintock finds her and takes her for medical attention to his adopted brother, Leo Cloud Dancer.

As she heals in the men’s home, Merrie realizes that she’s falling for both men. Braden is taciturn, while Leo is outgoing—both reaching a deep-seated need in Merrie that she never knew she had.
However, the outlaw biker has discovered her hideout and even if she doesn’t know what she witnessed, he sure as hell does—and he wants her silenced. Will Merrie have a chance to have a happily ever after with Braden and Leo?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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FourStars

I’ve read a lot of biker books, but I have to say I was really happy with this book. It’s very unique and the characters were very well written. I loved the way Merrie was taken in by the brothers and taken care of.
I will say that it wasn’t really a motorcycle book because none of the main characters were in a motorcycle club, but they did play a part in it so I still thought it worked.
The prologue was oddly placed as I didn’t feel it had anything to do with the novel at all. There was no other mention of ‘merchandise’ at all.
I also felt like the sex scenes were….awkward. They were missing the sensuality that normally comes from such intimate moments. And the language was off as well. There’d be such ‘hinting’ type language and then BAM the C word (think female) and it just added to the awkwardness of the scene.
I look forward to reading more about the secondary characters in the next book though since some of them were really intriguing.
Renee

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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I live in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and family. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. Writing my bio is difficult because I never know what to say so I hope you like this one. My favorite color is red but I look best in black (it’s slimming). I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places, people who don’t use turn signals, and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my ereader, whom I’ve named Ruby.

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TWO 4 Stars for Past Hurts (Sizzling Miami #1) by Jessie G. #MM #BDSM

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Title: Past Hurts (Sizzling Miami #1)
Author Name: Jessie G.
Publication Date & Length: May 22, 2014 – 296pgs

Synopsis

Abandoned by his mother and raised by a judgmental, homophobic father on the unforgiving streets of Overtown, Davin Monroe knows a lot about survival and little about love. As heir to the family business, Alaric Bennett’s innate strength makes him the pillar upon which the family problems fall but leaves him emotionally abandoned by those that need him.

One chance meeting and five beautiful years together do not prepare them for the dark, depraved jealousy threatening their hard earned happiness. Now a killer has forced Detective Monroe to face the past and the only man his heart has ever wanted. With only one shot at redemption, Alaric is determined to uncover to truth and bring his lover home.

When discovering the one secret that has kept them apart for eight years unravels an entire hidden life can Alaric and Davin survive the revelations that follow?

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FourStars
Davin is a wonderful character. He was deep, caring, compassionate (almost to a fault) and despite his past, did not hold a grudge against his adopted family.  While his demons of the past haunt him, drive him, he does not let what happened to him color his ideas of his job (even a job that he was not all too keen on exploring).
Then you have Alaric.  Wealthy, good looking, confident.  His past has driven him to work harder and try to leave behind how hurt he was when Davin left.
This was a great mystery story.  It had hope, romance, love and a great theme or lesson behind it.  The characters were well developed and it really left the reader feeling good about the story.
I would definitely read more of Jessie G.
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FourStars
I was extremely surprised with how much I ended up loving this book. I haven’t read this author before and I’m so glad I now have!! There is so much hurt in this book between characters, in the past and from Davin being a cop.
I could relate to how a long term relationship was ended abruptly only to come back together and all those feelings still being there once the reason for the break was mended (especially the way this one did).
While there was a lot of talking between the men, I respected it because it showed there was more than sex between them, especially when they are coming off such a long term break that was so painful.
I absolutely loved the way the story played out as I never knew which angle or direction we were going to be lead down. I thought for sure the book was over at 20%… oh but it wasn’t!
The only real complaint I have about this book is that it is termed as BDSM and it really wasn’t. There was talk about it, but there wasn’t much action in that area so I was a bit let down there. Also, during many of the conversations, there wasn’t dialogue tags and it became hard to figure out who was talking especially when they go back and forth numerous times.
Renee

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Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: To be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With two published books and counting, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.

I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters and series filled with families, biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.

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4.5 Star Review for In From The Cold (Coyote’s Call #2) by Bailey Bradford – #MM #Wereshifters @BaileyBFun4Me @Totally_Bound

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Title: In From The Cold (Coyote’s Call #2)
Author Name: Bailey Bradford
Publication Date: May 8, 2015

Synopsis

Running away twenty years ago didn’t mean Gael could ever escape his past.

Gael Martinez fled the small Texas town of Del Rey the minute he turned sixteen. Legal or not, he had to leave or end up dead. Life’s been hard, and everything Gael ever hoped for has been stripped from him. He’s close to giving up, so worn down from fighting to live every day. When incredible information reaches him that gives him a reason to hang in there, at least a little longer, Gael is afraid to hope for a better life.

An accidental encounter leads to him being told things have changed with the coyote den that had been floundering in Del Rey years ago. Miller Hudson, the coyote shifter alpha, had found his mate, and the den was now flourishing—and the biggest miracle of all, some of the shifters could now actually shift.

As tempted as that makes him to return, it could all be a bunch of lies and Gael is still hesitant, even though he yearns to go home. There’s no point if he’s only likely to be killed. Dying at another’s hands isn’t the way Gael ever intends to die.

It’s only upon discovering the changes regarding some of the humans in Del Rey that allow Gael to truly consider going home.

What he finds in the small town is more than just a home. He finds himself, and the man he’s always meant to be.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM, BDSM-related genital torture and spanking, as well as references to fisting and to the sexual abuse of a secondary character.

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FourandHalfStars

I was so happy to find this book came back to the den and the men we met in Off Course!
These characters had a completely new dynamic than the previous book so it was nice to watch as their relationship developed even through past trauma and nasty people out for blood.
We felt just how hard it is to be homeless and what it is like to be taken in by people who want to help. It’s not as easy as it would seem.
While Ms. Bradford once again wowed my shorts off with the fluidity and believably in her characters and the plot, I did have issues with some of the consistencies from book one to book two. In book one, they were clean from disease and healed quickly and it didn’t seem like that held true in this one even though one of the men wasn’t a shifter I would think with his enhanced senses some of that would have. Also, at the end when everyone is shifting to their animals and back to human to animal, it was confusing as to which state they were in and there was no mention of the fact that they normally would shred their clothing when shifting and they never redressed before meeting humans again.
Even so I can’t wait for the next part of the story!
Renee

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I am a married mom of four who spends most of the day writing, either on stories or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick and irritate me.

And it’s really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I’ll just let y’all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there’s something specific you’d like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio 😀

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New Release: A Second Past Midnight by Rae Gee #MM #Dystopian @VeetuIndustries

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Title: A Second Past Midnight
Author Name: Rae Gee
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 – 87,900 Words

Synopsis

It had come like a thief in the night, an invisible force that had wiped out life as they had known it, sending them from 1981 back to 1881. The cause of The Pulse had remained a mystery and become the cause of speculation of fear. In a heartbeat, stock markets had crashed, power plants had shut down, and the land became poisoned by sewage, chemicals and, in some areas, radiation. If it had microchips in it, it was dead, finished beyond all repair. The anomaly which had wiped out their life had become known as The Pulse and the events following it had become known as The Crash.

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1985

With the rifle slung over one shoulder, James made his way through the drifts of fall leaves. Miles from home, and in the depths of the Minnesota forests, he knew he was far from alone. Spread across one of the state’s many forested areas were others like himself, getting ready for open season to begin. Dressed in army surplus fatigues, and with his long brunette hair pulled through a baseball cap, he was ready. Rules drawn up by the county required hunters to wear fatigues rather than their usual orange so as not to clash with the inmate’s uniforms.

James looked at his watch. 2.40pm. Twenty minutes left. Finding a thicket of bushes, he crouched within the prickly branches and quietly prepped the gun. Peering down the scope, the brunette man aimed at a nearby tree. Perfect. Clipped to one side of the scope was a small flashlight, perfect for when the sun began to set.

All around him, the smell of fall hung in the air. Musty, and a little damp, it spoke of a long, hard winter, and evenings sat before the fire. In January of 1981, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists had moved the symbolic Doomsday Clock to 11:56pm, four minutes to the “midnight” of global catastrophe the clock represented. On October 31st, 1981, at 1:13am, the Doomsday Clock had struck midnight.

It had come like a thief in the night, an invisible force that had wiped out life as they had known it, sending them from 1981 back to 1881. The cause of The Pulse had remained a mystery and become the cause of speculation of fear.  In a heartbeat stock markets had crashed, power plants had shut down, and the land became poisoned by sewage, chemicals and, in some areas, radiation. If it had microchips in it, it was dead, finished beyond all repair.

The  anomaly which had wiped out their life had become known as The Pulse and the events following it had become known as The Crash,.

Within days, anarchy broke out and the cities became no-go areas. The small communities furthest from the carnage were the best places to be. Diseases long thought dead flared back to life. Money was still being used but prices were sky high. No one could afford the meager crops that were produced and for those who owned farms, like James’ family, keeping animals was dangerous. While the tiny communities protected one another, there was nothing, bar the gun in his lap, to stop a stranger from stealing their animals. They still kept a few; a couple of cows and a few chickens, but that was it. Everything else, including any wild animals, were long gone, were so badly affected that they were in danger of extinction.

It had been several months before they’d truly found out what had happened on the night of The Crash. An airdrop of flyers, created between the British and Canadians, had scattered over the state. They told of the electromagnetic pulse that had wiped out their lives, retaliation from the Russians for the boycotts imposed by the United States. The Pulse, having traveled along anything metal, had destroyed the American military, leaving them helpless and unable to return fire.

The government had recognized the lack of supplies and, in ’83, had signed the “Shoot to Kill” executive order. Twice a year, a number of convicts from prisons across the country were released into wooded areas to be hunted, with a promise of freedom if they survived the seven day open season. All were felons; with DUIs, drug dealers, and thieves.

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Born and raised in the heart of England, Rae spent her formative years bouncing around the globe with her missionary family. When she wasn’t on a plane, she was often found with her head in a book. These days she racks up air miles by learning to fly.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys making documentaries, roaming the South Downs, teasing the cat and her dad (normally at the same time!), taking photos and naming her electronics. She believes that she’s trapped in the wrong era and should be roaming the streets of 19th Century London.

She also has a tattoo of a Boeing 747 and is only too happy to tell the tale behind it. Feel free to ask; she promises not to bite too hard!

Rae made her vocal début on Spawn of Psychosis’s 2013 EP Mind Over Mania. All profits from the EP go to mental health charity Mind.

She currently lives just outside of Leicester and is partly owned by Bertie the cat.

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4.5 Stars for In Memory of Us by Ana J. Phoenix #MM #NewAdult @anajphoenix

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Title: In Memory of Us
Author Name: Ana J. Phoenix
Publication Date & Length: March 31, 2015 – 100 pgs

Synopsis

Kite’s had a crush on Shin since middle school, but never acted on it until the eve of his yearly trip to the States, when he slipped up and kissed his best friend. Shortly after, a tsunami wrecked the country and his hometown, and put all his plans on hold. Now, two years later, he’s back in Japan and he wants to set things right.

When he finds Shin, though, his former best friend isn’t who he used to be. Losing his parents changed Shin and now, instead of following his heart, he’s dedicated his life to studying for university entrance exams and ignoring everything else. He won’t let Kite get close, denying his obvious attraction and all their good memories.

Kite doesn’t want to give up on Shin, but he can’t shake the feeling that there’s something his friend isn’t telling him. Something else that happened two years ago on the day of the tsunami. He doesn’t know what it is, just that it’s destroying his friend—and possibly their shot at love.

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 FourandHalfStars
Ana J Phoenix’ Japan is a beautiful, beguiling place. I absolutely love the tiny details the author offers up to create a vivid sense of place. Using the tsunami to split the story into before and after adds a bittersweet poignancy to the book.Kaito and Shin are beautifully crafted characters. World-weary, adventurous Kite is perfectly balanced by the duty bound, reserved Shin. I love the way Phoenix carefully unravels the men’s shared history until the sweet, complicated men are fully revealed.

This is ultimately a simple story of childhood best friends reunited. What makes it special is Phoenix’ infusion of perfectly observed details that make Kaito, Shin and a freshly reconstructed Japan spring to life.

Sarah

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“You know I watched you all through high school.”

“Watched me do what?”

“Fuck around.”

Kite grimaced but didn’t know what to say. He had been promiscuous, no denying that.

“I didn’t have a crush on you in third grade,” Shin went on. “Not consciously.”

“When did it become conscious?”

Shin leaned back a little, as if he needed the distance to be able to think. “Middle school,” he said then. “We were having ice cream and suddenly you told me you’d kissed Kaoru.”

Kite furrowed his brow. He didn’t remember much about Kaoru, but he did remember coming out to his best friend over ice cream. Ice cream made him think of a time in California when his sister would take him out for a treat to get away from their parents’ fighting and she’d tell him that she would definitely never get married. He figured since he was kissing boys, he probably wouldn’t get married either.

“Kaoru was a test run,” he told Shin.

“Yeah? Was everyone after him a test run too?”

“No.” Kite lifted his hand and ran his fingers through the soft hair at the nape of Shin’s neck. “Everyone after him was to take my mind off you.”

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Ana is a writer of m/m romance and erotica. Her interest in hot guy-on-guy action was first sparked by reading scandalous Japanese mangas. A dirty secret she couldn’t resist. In a long bout of insanity – also known as her life — she decided to learn the language and escape to the land of sushi, sumo, and yaoi.

She’s since moved back to Europe to be with the love of her life – delicious European chocolate. Now she resides in the sunny part of Germany where she fills her days chasing her dreams and writing about men in complicated relationships. Her family believes she’s writing “erotic manga stories.” She’s pleased they got the erotic part right, at least.

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