Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LGBT Halloween Blog Hop Winners #giveaway


We have winners!





Thank you to everyone who hopped along with us and congratulations to:


Prize  Winner
Any book on Tara Lain's backlist Serena S
Duce by Kai Tyler Michelle Willms
Cruise Control by Kerry Adrienne Danielle Tinsley
Safety in Numbers by Jessie G Morningstar Ashley
Trouble Comes in Threes by MA Church Lee Todd
Discovery by Thianna Durston Angel Jackson
Rescuing Kyle by Eva Lefoy Lisa Givens
Gay for Pay by TM Smith Flutterfli Carol Reads
Spooky Tales One by Stephen del Mar Denise Dechene
Moonlit Wolves Series by Bronwyn Heeley Elin Helmersson
Coming Back Home by April Kelley bn100
Any ebook in Draven St. James’s backlist Shorty Chelle
The Russian Boy by Neil Plakcy Angie
Any book in Annabeth Albert’s backlist Heather Datta
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell Emily Smith
Any book in Amanda Young’s backlist Amber A
Any book in Lynley Wayne’s backlist Julie Small
Electric Candle or Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble Maea
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna Jen CW
When All Else Fails by J.M. Dabney Luciano
More Than What They See by J.M. Dabney Brittney Sterling
On the Run by Michael Mandrake Terry
Ivan vs Ivan by Princess S.O. Melissa
Blue by DP Denman James Bagg
Blue by DP Denman Samiyyah Hinton
$50 Amazon Gift Card Dawn Grimes Honeycutt










"...don't miss this one!"

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ebooks, Gift Cards, and Lambda Legal #BlogHop #giveaway #free #LGBT #GC



Happy Halloween
All Hallows Eve
Samhain
Everyone!




For some, Halloween is a time to celebrate the discovery of chocolate. For some, it’s a time to honor the dead. For some, it’s a chance to live their dream and spend a night showing the world who they really are...cleverly disguised as a costume. Still others use those same costumes to hide their identity so they can dare to be the person they desperately want to be without revealing too much of themselves.

In the morning light, those bits of truth go back in the box. My hope is that one day there will be no need for the box.

As most of you know, I’m a sarcastic, opinionated, unashamed supporter of the fight for LGBTQIA equality. I swing the mace of support from a part of the world fortunate enough to have it already. The Pacific Northwest is packed with former hippies and flower children of the 1960’s. We protest anything even remotely unfair. Then we protest the unfairness of the unfairness. That’s probably why we legalized pot. Something has to counteract the coffee and crusading.

 A large portion of my support takes the form of donations to LGBT charities. That’s why 25% of the royalties from every book I publish go to organizations that are at the head of this battle. Raising awareness on sites like Facebook and Twitter ultimately does little good. People need to know what’s happening, but bitching about the state of things is worthless until someone rolls up their sleeves and starts doing the work to change it.

That’s why my newest series, BLUE, will be supporting Lambda Legal. The recent federal rulings have moved this fight to the courts. That’s where we will win or lose our right to be who we are without the costumes. 2016 is expected to be the year where anti-LGBT politicians try to force their twisted version of morality onto everyone else.

It’s nothing new. The same thing happened when rock-n-roll began taking root, when blacks wanted equality, when mixed-race couples wanted to marry. Cities, counties, and even states tossed up laws making it illegal to broadcast certain kinds of music, treat blacks in white hospitals, marry someone with a different color skin. It’s the same old hysteria from people so terrified of change they would rather turn the country into a police state than grant others the right to live in peace.

I understand their fear and I can see the bits of validity in their stance. Thankfully, it’s not up to me to decide what violates the constitution and what doesn’t. Federal courts all over the country will decide how many of these ‘religious freedom’ laws stand and how many are blatantly unconstitutional. It’s in the hands of the lawyers now.

That’s why I’m supporting Lamba Legal. They’ve been fighting on our behalf for years, often in pro bono cases. I want them to keep fighting, so I don’t have to work so hard to make sure people do more than pay lip service to the cause. It’s a win-win-win. They do what needs to be done to turn awareness into equality. I get to keep my sanity. People who buy my books can help support the cause without digging too far into the budget. Everybody is happy.



Now on to the presents!






We have 23 prizes to give away, donated by some talented, generous people.

Any book in Tara Lain’s backlist
Duce by Kai Tyler
Cruise Control by Kerry Adrienne
Safety in Numbers by Jessie G (Sizzling Miami Series)
Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Discovery by Thianna Durston
Rescuing Kyle by Eva Lefoy
Gay for Pay by TM Smith (All Cocks Series)
Spooky Tales One by Stephen del Mar (Short story collection)
The entire Moonlit Wolves Series by Bronwyn Heeley (7 books)
Coming Back Home by April Kelley (Pickleville Series)
Any ebook in Draven St. James’s backlist
The Russian Boy by Neil Plakcy
Any book in Annabeth Albert’s backlist
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell
Any book in Amanda Young’s backlist
Any book in Lynley Wayne’s backlist
Electric Candle or Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna
When All Else Fails by J.M. Dabney (Sappho's Kiss Series)
More Than What They See by J.M. Dabney (Sappho’s Kiss Series)
On the Run by Michael Mandrake
Ivan vs Ivan by Princess S.O. (Teddy Bear Collection)

I’m also giving away 2 copies of my newest release Blue (Blue Series)

The grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card










Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Guest Post: Spanish Bay by Hans M. Hirschi #GayRomance #NewRelease #Giveaway



Introducing the latest release from Hans M. Hirschi!




Spanish Bay
by Hans M. Hirschi
Published by Beaten Track Publishing
Genres: Romance, LGBT 
196 pages
Release Date: October 10, 2015




Blurb

Spanish Bay is a feel-good novel about two young men who, despite having the odds stacked against them, never give up, always see the silver lining, work hard, and are committed to their families, come what may. 

Chris, a Texan native who recently moved to Carmel, rescues wheelchair-bound Neil from bullies. Neither question the love that develops between them, although their life together is not without challenges. When Chris’s parents die in a car accident, their young love faces the ultimate test. Will they be able to cope with the additional responsibility of raising Chris’s baby brother Frank, who is also confined to a wheelchair? 

Spanish Bay is about love, overcoming obstacles, and finding happiness, wherever you are.









Mini Excerpt


Jack was still munching on his food and he quickly swallowed so he could speak. “Sorry to disillusion you, Sarah, but there’s no way my sister will ever look after Frank, no matter what. She’d pay people to take the kids she has off her back, if she had any money.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” Sarah said. She lowered her gaze, realizing that maybe Chris’s fear of losing his brother to an institution was not completely unfounded.

“Do you have any aunts or uncles who could look after him?” Joe offered, clutching at straws.

“I’ll look after Frank. No one else will. He’s my brother, he’s my responsibility.”

Everyone stopped eating and stared.

“You can’t be serious, Chris!” Sarah beseeched.












Hans M Hirschi has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years. A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.   The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.   A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”   Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.






The giveaway for Spanish Bay will have 11 randomly chosen winners. 
1 will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. 10 will receive a $10 gift code to the author’s shop




Monday, September 21, 2015

Pre-Release Giveaway! Win a copy of BLUE. #MM #GayRom #giveaway


Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor.






If you're a fan of the Saving Liam series you already know about the guy with the icy glare and mysterious past. One he's decided to reveal. BLUE is the story of the scar, the sadist, and the past that fuels Blue's attitude.


This week six lucky readers will win a free copy of the ebook!










Blurb:

Blue is a survivor, an escapee from a program designed to cure him. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, he needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.

Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to quiet the storm in a man he doubts he can tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past.

With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue must work to rebuild his life with the help of a man who proves sometimes trust is worth the risk.




Excerpt:

Blue folded his arms across his chest, shoulder-length, dark hair framing his face, dangling in his eyes. The scowl returned with a distinct brooding quality.

“We're talking about me being insane, and you waiting another few years while I get my head together,” Blue said. “You're going to explode...or find someone else.”

“You're too hot when you're pouting for me to consider anyone else,” Brady said.

“I'm not pouting.”

“Sulking?”

“I'm trying to be serious, and you're being an ass.”

“No, you're trying to create a problem where there isn't one.” Brady got up from his chair. “I don't mind waiting, though I doubt it will take years. Dr. Geist is too good at her job.”

“And what happens when you get tired of waiting anyway?”

He stepped to the edge of Blue's exaggerated personal space. “I won't.”

“Yes, you will.”

He saw the pain of imagined betrayal fluttering in Blue's annoyance and stepped closer.

“I won't get tired because this isn't a game.” He caressed Blue's cheek. “I love you, cub. Unlike certain people in your past, that means something to me.”

The words slid out before he realized what he was saying and he gave himself a mental slap. He hadn't wanted to tell Blue yet.

Blue blinked away the shimmer of tears. “Don't say things you don't mean.”

“I didn't.”

“How can you say you love me? You barely know me,” Blue said.

“Why would you say that? We’ve spent close to eight months under the same roof. That’s plenty of time to get to know you.”

“You don’t know everything,” Blue said.

He smiled and took one of Blue’s hands. “Probably not, but I know more of your secrets than they ever did...and I'm still here, Jeremy.”

He'd never called Blue by his real name before and didn't intend to do it again. Jeremy was dead, murdered by a sadist, but he was making a point. Blue was a new persona with a new life. He was happy to let him grow into it. That didn't mean he no longer remembered the kid he used to be and what that kid had been through.

“Don't call me that,” Blue said and pulled the hand from his grasp.

“My point is I know you as well as anyone and I still want you. If we take longer than some people to get to the part where you don't sleep down the hall anymore, I guess that's what happens.”

Blue swiped at his nose.

“Would it be too mushy to say I'm positive you'll be worth the wait?” Brady asked.

“God, yes.” Blue rolled his eyes and marched toward the door. “I'm going to find a Kleenex.”

Brady smiled after him.




Enter now to win your free copy!


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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sweet Spot Giveaway - win a copy of Blue! #giveaway #GayRom


Saturday is Reader Appreciation Day over at Sweet Spot. Drop by and enter to win!






The Sweet Spot M/M Reader Appreciation Day

When: Saturday, September 19th from 8 am - 8 pm Eastern Time
Where: The Sweet Spot Yahoo Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheSweetSpotMM)

The following authors have generously donated these books:

If a book is listed more than once, the author has donated multiple copies and there will be more than one winner selected.


  • Karenna Colcroft - PDF copy of SALAD ON THE SIDE
  • Megan Linden - ebook copy of SERVE & PROTECT (1st winner)
  • Megan Linden - ebook copy of SERVE & PROTECT (2nd winner)
  • DP Denman - ebook copy of BLUE (due out 9/25/15)
  • Marie Sexton - ebook copy of winner's choice from backlist
  • Chris McHart - ebook copy of SMALL STEPS
  • Leigh Ellwood - ebook copy of winner's choice from backlist
  • ARe Books - one ebook copy of winner's choice from their OUT FOR YOU collection. Authors include Daisy Harris, Sean Michael, B.A. Tortuga, Shannon West, Amber Kell, Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, Sara York, and Lexxie Couper. Anastasia Vitsky and Leigh Ellwood have FF books in this collection. (1st winner)
  • ARe Books - one ebook copy of winner's choice from their OUT FOR YOU collection. (2nd winner)
  • ARe Books - one ebook copy of winner's choice from their OUT FOR YOU collection. (3rd winner)
  • VS Morgan - ebook copy of HUNTER'S MARK
  • L.M. Brown - ebook copy of TEMPESTUOUS TIDES
  • Cherie Noel - ebook copy of STORMING LOVE: FLOOD--SAM & PATRIC
  • BLMorticia - ebook copy of UNDER THE GUN
  • Evelise Archer - ebook copy of THE LEGEND OF THE DIAMOND GLOBE
  • Sloan Parker - ebook copy of winner's choice from backlist
  • Jambrea Jo Jones - ebook copy of winner's choice from backlist
  • S.J. Frost - ebook copy of winner's choice from backlist





Coming September 25th!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

QUILTBAG Halloween Blog Hop! #LGBT #AllGenre


Who wants to do a blog hop?





Sign up now for the QUILTBAG Halloween blog hop! It's open to all authors of LGBTQIA fiction with at least one ebook title available as of October 30, 2015. HTML will be provided before the hop for easy posts and links.

Grand prize: $50 Amazon gift card
Secondary prizes: as many free ebooks as you guys want to donate.

Blog hop dates: October 30 - November 2
Sign up deadline: October 25th














Long before he was a black-belt badass he was a survivor.
Coming September 25th

Thursday, August 20, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Blue


Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor.


One of the most popular characters from the Saving Liam saga is ready to tell his story! Destined for greatness, Blue reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy we love.


Cover by LC Chase



One ultimatum cost him everything.

It was supposed to bring a new beginning, a new life. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.

Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to calm the storm in a man he doubts he can tame. One drowning in the wreckage of his past.

With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue must work to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes trust is worth the risk.











Excerpt:

Blue shuffled into the room rumpled and silent, several minutes before the clock reached four a.m. He collapsed on the couch, gazed pinned to the television as if it held something more interesting than stock values. Brady pushed back from his desk and walked across the room to drag the afghan from the back of the couch and drape it over Blue. He'd stopped asking if he was alright months ago. It was a pointless question. If Blue was awake at that hour, he wasn't okay, and the reason was obvious.

He crouched beside the couch and swept the hair from Blue’s eyes.

"Need anything, cub?"

Blue shook his head.

"Okay."

He kissed Blue's forehead and stood to retrace his steps. Blue reached out and grabbed a handful of denim at his shin to keep him from getting very far.

"You'd tell me if I was getting to be a pain in the ass, right?" Blue's voice was quiet and rough.

Brady sank back to the floor. "Yes and you're not."

"You're not lying to me because you think that's what I want to hear?"

"Is that what the dream was about?" he asked.

"Don't change the subject."

He smiled. "I'm not lying." He stroked Blue's hair because he couldn't have that conversation and keep his hands to himself. "If you're still worried about last night, don't. I doubt anyone, but the three of us even noticed your mood. No harm done."

The television whispered in the silence, and Blue's expression gained a few degrees of intensity.

"Do you know how easy it would be for me to lose everything?" Blue asked.

"Harder than you think."

"One bad mood too many. One careless comment..."

"You're not a treadmill with a glitch. I'm not going to throw you out because you get on my nerves once too often."

"It happens, Poppy."

"I know, but not with me."

He leaned close to make his point with another kiss to Blue's forehead. Blue had other ideas. He grabbed Brady by the shirt, raised his chin to intercept the offered bit of affection, and kissed him. It wasn't wild or demanding. More determined and full of need. Blue kept him close by the shirt crumpled in his fist, pulling Brady to his knees. He sank fingers into Blue’s hair, encouraged by the lack of objection.

It was hotter this time, emotion that surpassed flirtation weeks ago lit by the sparks, like a paper lantern too close to the fire. He wanted to pull Blue off the couch and into his arms to see how far they could take things before Blue's self-loathing called a penalty. He didn't get the chance.

Blue broke the kiss, Brady's shirt still held in his fist. He dropped his forehead to Brady's shoulder and lay panting against his neck, keeping him close.

"Since we're being honest, I'm not going to say I'm sorry I did that," Blue said.

"That makes two of us."

"I want you, Poppy. Really, really want you and I don't know how to get around the shit in my head to make that happen."

"Dr. Geist would probably say we should do this one step at a time."

"No. She'd tell me I'm moving too fast and need to stop taunting both of us with something we can't have right now."

Blue brought his head up, released Brady's shirt and flopped back on the couch.




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Monday, August 10, 2015

One-Dollar Challenge for Homeless Kids. #LGBT #homeless #charity


Hello, bookworms!



As most of you know, I'm doing a charity drive this month to benefit Seattle's homeless kids. If you don't, you can read about it here.

These kids are my passion. I've seen how they live. They have nothing. Their parents have failed them. Child Services has failed them. Society has failed them. They survive among predators living on dumpster food and the kindness of strangers. 

Strangers like you and me.





I know money is tight for everyone these days. Budgets are stretched and books are expensive! I feel it, too. That's why I'm making this challenge easy.


It's the $1 Challenge!


I firmly believe little acts of kindness change the world. One word. One smile. One dollar. One dollar is the lowest amount YouthCare's website will accept as a donation. That's the amount I'm asking you to give. One dollar.

Please, help me help them. Donate now and know you’re making the difference in the life of a teen who has nowhere else to turn.



Please Give!




If you want to give to the fund to improve YouthCare's lending library, enter 
2015 LIBRARY
in the comment box on the donation form.










Saturday, August 1, 2015

Calling All Bookworms: Seattle's homeless kids need your help! #homeless #teens #giveaway



Hello, fellow bookworms!

I’m launching an exciting new project this summer, and you guys get to join me! In fact, I can’t do it without you.

How many times have you read a book to escape stress, quiet the chaos in your head, or calm your nerves? Personally, I’ve lost track. It’s one of many things readers have in common. Regardless of the genre, we get something vital out of losing ourselves in a story. A life without books is a horror few of us would survive with our sanity intact!




Imagine having nothing to do but contemplate the mess your life has become? Day after day, stretching into months. Maybe even years. That’s the reality homeless kids face every day. In the Seattle area, up to 10,000 of them a year end up on the street, surviving on handouts, dumpster food, and prostitution with little hope of anything better.

They are kids someone labeled worthless and threw away. For most it’s a life sentence they won’t survive. Not without the help of strangers.

That's where YouthCare comes in. They have one of the largest programs for homeless kids in Western Washington. Their mission is to get teens off the street and back into life regardless of their race, religion, history, sexuality, or gender identity. They have shelters, an outreach network, and one of the only programs dedicated to LGBTQIA kids, a population that makes up 22% of our homeless teens.

I want to help YouthCare do their job, so for the month of August, I’ll be running a campaign to do something unusual. Something we bookworms will understand. YouthCare has a lending library for kids both inside the shelter and still sleeping on the street. I want to build them a better one.

Why books? Because these kids need hope and what better way to find it than in the pages of a story about survivors, heroes, and champions fighting impossible odds and winning despite them. They will also need basic skills to compete in the job market. Books help improve their reading ability and comprehension. A library won’t solve their problems, but it will help support YouthCare in their mission to rescue our kids.



Please. Help us help them.



All the money goes directly to YouthCare. I’m not getting a cut of it, and neither is anyone else. 100% of every dollar goes to the library project. To prove it, all donations will be made on the YouthCare website. While you’re there, feel free to check them out and learn more about the group you’re supporting.

Please, donate now and know you’re making the difference in the life of a teen who has nowhere else to turn.



Please Give!




A few notes about donating:


Please enter "2015 Library" in the comment box so YouthCare will know your contribution goes toward the library.

Minimum donation amount: $1 

Anonymous donations: mark the anonymous box on the donation form. Your information will not be shared, but you still have to provide your address so they can charge your credit card.

Tax deductible: All donations are tax deductible, and YouthCare will mail a receipt to your billing address.







Now for some fun!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


No donation or purchase is necessary to enter. Contest is open to international entrants. Contest closes at 11:59 pm (US Pacific time) August 31, 2015. A winner will be chosen September 1, 2015.