Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: FOREVER by Kindle Alexander



Forever
by Kindle Alexander

Genre: M/M Romance
Cover Design: Reese Dante Book Cover Art & Design
Release: April 6, 2020


Blurb

Dr. Robert Adams grew up with more advantages than most—the son of a former vice president, he had two loving fathers, a twin sister he adores and wonderfully doting grandparents. Life is good until one afternoon when his dreams flat-line. And no scalpel can repair the guilt and grief he carries with him for the first time in his life.

For Tech Sergeant Landon Russo, determination isn’t just a word, it’s a way of life. Joining the US Air Force allows him to prove his worth, and he takes the values of integrity, service and excellence to heart in every decision he makes. Until on one fateful night, in celebration of a much-deserved promotion, a simple misstep sends his life flying into a tailspin.

As both men fight to regain control of their lives, they’ll soon discover fate rules. Will they ignore the signs and risk everything or will they take a chance and trust they're destined to be together...forever?  

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Excerpt

“You think you know me?” The words and tone said something different than the playfulness dancing in Dr. Adams’s eyes as he lifted a single brow.
Yeah, in another place and time, that look would have been sexy as hell. Now though, wasn’t that time. “No, I don’t know you, not at all. I don’t even know people like you, so I don’t know how to guess. It’s why I have to ask.” 
“What does ‘people like me’ mean?” Dr. Adams asked, the fun tone vanished as his eyes narrowed and his brow dropped into a hard V. The intensity coming off the man kind of impressed Landon who lifted his good hand in a peace offering. 
“Don’t get defensive. I meant sophisticated, if that’s the right word?” 
Dr. Adams did another one of his sudden visual mood shifts and started laughing. Sh*t, this wasn’t working out well for Landon at all. The man had a wonderful laugh, even if it was directed at him, and his d*ck took notice, plumping underneath his hospital gown. 
“You mean stuffy,” Dr. Adams corrected, his face filled with amusement as he gave Landon a racy teasing look. 
“You’re messing with me on purpose, and I can’t really tell if you’re joking, so let me tell you something I haven’t said because I didn’t know if I should. When you’re contemplating your signs and their meaning to your life and whether you should open yourself to understanding this world is bigger than you thought, you need to know I stood as the honor guard on duty the night you stayed with your father while he sat by your dad’s casket.”
The air stood completely still. The confession caused Landon’s heart to drum steadily in his chest as he stared at the utter shock filling Dr. Adams’s face. He waited through the range of emotion until disbelief hit, and he narrowed his eyes, shifting toward Landon for a closer look. “That was you?”
He clearly didn’t believe him. 
“I volunteered to stay all night with you both.” Landon scrunched his face into his serious I’m-a-badass-sergeant expression then put a hand to his brow partially covering his face like the brim of his wheel cap would do. Recognition instantly filled those blue eyes. 
“I tried to find you to thank you. Did you get my email?” Dr. Adams asked, sitting back in astonishment, like Landon had given the best possible gift. He seemed sincerely appreciative, not in the least bit angry that Landon hadn’t mentioned this before now. 
“I did. The email was forwarded to me by my CO, but I didn’t do it for a thank-you. I’m not kidding when I say your father was a great man. I moved heaven and earth to get there. I owed Vice President Adams my respect to watch over him as an honor guard, but when I watched his husband, in person with my own eyes, grieve like he did, I realized true love was possible for guys like me.” Landon didn’t waver in speaking his truth, damn the consequences of confessing his belief in something so filled with romance and lacking in any solid reason.


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About the Author

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.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New Release-Review & Excerpt: YOU OR NO ONE by Olivier Bosman (Doggerland Trilogy #1)



You Or No One
by Olivier Bosman

Publisher: Rocket Man Press
Cover Artist: A Pradipta
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Tropes: Royalty/ Fairytale
Themes: Opposites Attract/Fish Out of Water/Cinderella Story
Heat Rating: 2 flames
Length: 42 000 words
It is the first part of the Doggerland trilogy



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Is the world ready for an openly gay king and his prince consort?

Blurb

Joel is happy, confident and working class.

Eric is shy, insecure and a member of one of the oldest aristocratic families in Europe.

When they meet in university sparks fly.

They say opposites attract, but when Joel discovers that Eric is the crown prince and future king of Doggerland, he starts having doubts.

They want to get married. They think their greatest battle will be convincing the King and the Prime Minister to give their consent. But estranged relatives coming out of the woodwork, intrusive tabloid press, and the traditional, stifling lifestyle of the aristocracy conspire against them.

Are Joel and Eric secure enough in themselves and each other to overcome a world which is not as tolerant as they thought?


Excerpt

I got up early that morning. I entered the breakfast room five minutes after it opened. I wanted to beat Eric to it. I wanted to be the one to tell him to f*ck off when he pulled up a chair at my table. I sat at my table at five past, sipping coffee and nibbling on a croissant. I was engrossed by that croissant. How did they make them so delicious? I was busy dissecting the different pastry layers when a voice suddenly spoke to me.

"Mother never taught you not to play with your food?"

It was Eric, towering over me. His rosy face looked freshly scrubbed, his hair tightly combed, his white silk shirt freshly ironed, his beige chinos pressed. Before I could do anything to prevent it, he pulled up a chair and sat down before me.

"Where is Petra?" I asked.

"She’s gone to her friend’s hen do. Probably won’t see her again till Christmas."

He lifted his arm and clicked his fingers at the waiter. "Coffee, please. Black. And... um... eggs. Scrambled." Then he shooed the waiter away with his hand.

How rude, I thought. This was a side of Eric I hadn’t seen before.

"How was your little drive yesterday?" I made no attempt at hiding the bitterness in my voice.

"It was good. We drove along the coast and had a long good chat."

"What about?"

"About you, as it happens."

"Me?"

He sat up and cleared his throat. "I... um... I want to ask you a question. I wanted to ask you last night in your room. But you were sleeping."

"What do you want to ask?"

He hesitated for a few beats. Then he blurted it out. "Would you like to marry me?"

Well! I don’t need to tell you that I was shocked. I gaped at him silently. Perplexed.

"This isn’t a proposal, you understand,” he added hurriedly. “I’m not asking you to marry me. Not yet. I can’t without the permission of my father and my government. But I’m asking you whether marrying me is something you would consider."

"Are you serious?"

"Yes. I had a long chat about it with Petra. She said she talked to you last night. She likes you. She said you’d make a good partner for me."

"But we only talked for about ten minutes."

"Well, she’s a good judge of character. She saw the same good qualities in you as I did."

"What good qualities?"

"Your confidence. Your self-assuredness."

"But I have no confidence."

"Of course you do. I mean, look at you. You’re poor, you’re Welsh, you’re not particularly good looking, and yet you’re sitting here in the smartest hotel in Brighton as if you had every right to do so."

"Wow! You really know how to sweep a boy off his feet!"

"No, you don’t understand. These are things that I like about you."

"That I’m not particularly good looking?"

"What I meant was..." He shook his head. "This conversation isn’t going at all the way I planned it. What I mean was that you’re grounded. You’re down to earth. You don’t care what people think of you. Otherwise you wouldn’t be wearing that."

"What?"

"That hoodie. This is the Pavillion Hotel, not a hip-hop bar in Brooklyn."

"Do you want me take it off?"

"No. You don’t understand. I like that about you. I like that you snubbed the nice clothes I bought for you and chose to wear your council estate gear instead. I like that you come down for breakfast without even bothering to comb your hair. I like your ordinariness. Your earthiness. You’re a working class kid with the balls and intelligence to break out of your environment and compete with us rich kids. And you outshine us. Not with your clothes, or your wit, or your family name, but by being yourself. That’s what I like about you. And that’s what I want standing beside me when I’m king. Petra thinks so too, and she’s an excellent judge of character."

I was flabbergasted. Never had I felt so insulted and complimented at the same time! I’d read Petra wrong.

"Well?" Eric asked.

"What?" I’d long forgotten what the original question was. I was still reeling from his speech. You outshine us. That was the nicest thing anyone had ever said to me.

"Would you consider marrying me?" he said. "Or rather, what I’m asking is whether you’d be willing to be my right hand man. We’d be the first gay royal couple in history. We’d do all those things that you talked about in the car. Be ambassadors to gay rights and so forth. But it won’t be easy. We’ll be hated by many. There’ll be insults, ridicule, maybe even death threats. And that’s only if our marriage is approved by King and parliament, which will be a whole battle in itself. But one I’m willing to fight if you are by my side. So what do you think? Will you consider it? Will you be the next Prince Consort of Doggerland? Will you be my husband?"

Carra's Review

I’m a sucker for romances involving members of royalty, so I naturally gravitated to this title.  You should know going in that as the first book of a trilogy, much is left open-ended and the main characters of Joel and Eric do not reach their HEA in this installment.  The story ends on a cliffhanger, and you’ll need to wait for the next book (or two) before you’ll find resolution.

I found Joel and Eric to be likable enough, though some of Eric’s quirks when he deals with other people (particularly those in service roles) are a little irritating—something Joel notes as well.  I thought that the progression of their relationship was not a natural one; there wasn’t enough relationship development, and they seemed to jump from a few hookups (because I wouldn’t really count them as true dates) to wanting to say “I do” without knowing hardly anything about each other.  It seems unlikely that Joel would be so willing to commit to a life as the consort of a prince—and eventually a king—without truly getting to know one another.

The writing didn’t flow as smoothly as I would have liked, having a bit of a choppy feel to it.  I also felt like we only got to know the characters on their surface; we didn’t really get an in-depth look at them which made it harder for me to connect and become invested in them as people.  They felt more hard-edged and some of the things they would say or do seemed out of character for them, even given as little as we get to know about them.

For all that though, I do wonder where things will go from the point the author leaves us hanging, since the situation Joel and Eric find themselves in is a sudden predicament and their future is even more uncertain than Eric had made it when he and Joel had their own confrontation.

You really won’t find a lot of physical intimacy detailed in this story, it’s more of a tell-after-the-fact then an in-the-moment thing, but the subject matter and adult language would still make this book one for readers 18+.  Also remember that being the first book of a trilogy with no resolution yet, you’ll want to commit to all three books before you start.

*this review is based on an advanced copy and only focuses on the story itself, not the technical aspects of the book*


About the Author 


Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, I am a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. I've spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan and Bulgaria, but I have every confidence that I will now finally be able to settle down among the olive groves of Andalucia. 

I am an avid reader and film fan (in fact, my study is overflowing with my various dvd collections!) 

I did an MA in creative writing for film and television at the University of Sheffield. After a failed attempt at making a career as a screenwriter, I turned to the theater and wrote and produced a play called ´Death Takes a Lover´ (which has since been turned into the first D.S.Billings Victorian Mystery). The play was performed on the London Fringe to great critical acclaim.

I am currently living in Spain where I make ends meet by teaching English.









Monday, April 6, 2020

New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: A VIGIL IN THE MOURNING by Hailey Turner (Soulbound IV)



A Vigil in the Mourning 
by Hailey Turner

Series:  Soulbound IV
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date (Print & Ebook): April 6, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 102,951
Subgenre: LGBTQ Urban Fantasy
Warnings: None

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Synopsis

The devil you know is never the one you should trust.

Special Agent Patrick Collins is dispatched to Chicago, chasing a lead on the MorrĂ­gan’s staff for the joint task force. Needing a cover for his presence in the Windy City, Patrick is ordered to investigate a politician running for mayor. In the lead up to election day, not everything is what it seems in a city where playing to win means appeasing the gods first and the electorate second.

But Chicago brings its own set of problems outside the case: a stand-offish local god pack, a missing immortal, and Patrick’s twin sister. Fighting Hannah and the Dominion Sect provides Patrick with a sinister reminder that some blood ties can never be cut.

Left behind in New York City, Jonothon de Vere finds himself targeted by hunters who will go through anyone to kill him—including the packs under his protection. With a bounty on his head, Jono is forced to make a choice that Patrick would never approve of. Doing so risks breaking the trust he’s built with the man he loves, but not acting will give the rival New York City god pack leverage Jono can’t afford to give up.

When Patrick and Jono reunite in Chicago, Patrick must confront the fraying of a relationship he’s come to rely on for his own sanity. But fixing their personal problems will have to wait—because Niflheim is clawing at the shores of Lake Michigan and the dead are hungry.

A Vigil in the Mourning is a 102k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Crown of Iron & Silver. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

Praise for A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound #4)

Patrick and Jono fight for their lives, tangling with Norse gods and monsters, while their relationship is strained by secrets and separation, in another exciting, deliciously angsty ride from Turner's Soulbound series. — Layla Reyne, author of the Fog City Trilogy

VIGIL IN MOURNING takes the Soulbound series a step further into stellar story crafting. A change in scenery for Patrick and a separation from his soulmate raises the stakes, and cliches are deftly avoided and expectations shattered as the central love story becomes fraught with tension. Each plot twist leaves the reader gasping and clinging to the pages, and I was not expecting that ending. Jono and Patrick lead an ensemble cast of characters that includes a snack obsessed dragon, a seer with a sarcasm problem, and gods that can't help but meddle. Patrick's snarktastic attitude leaves me laughing and terrified at the trouble he calls down.  — SJ Himes, bestselling author


Teaser

Jono shoved the mobile into his back pocket before opening the front door. He ducked his head against the cold wind and jogged to where everyone was gathered on the sidewalk. Slowing to a stop, he turned around and stared at the building.

“Is this really necessary?” Jono asked after a moment.

“Yes,” Sage replied flatly.

“Did you talk to our landlord?”

“Gargoyles are allowed to choose what building they want to live on and the owners have to let them. Most people consider their presence an asset to the property value,” TiarnĂ¡n said.
Jono eyed the trio of gargoyles sniffing about the front of the building, their stone bodies moving with a surprising smoothness as they searched for the best perches. “They eat pigeons and leave feathers everywhere.”

“They also eat vermin.”

“Does that include trespassing werecreatures?” Marek wanted to know.



About the Author

Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She's been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story.

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Celebrate this exciting new installment in the SOULBOUND series with a giveaway! Two winners will receive any e-copy of a Hailey Turner book. Must be 18 to enter and win. Open Internationally. 





Sunday, April 5, 2020

Book Review: FOUR LETTER WORD by K.M. Neuhold (Love Logic #2)


Four Letter Word
Love Logic Series, Book 2
KM Neuhold
M/M/M/M Romance, Menage
Release Date: 03.20.20

Blurb

Relationships are hard enough between two people...can the four of us make it work? Or is love nothing more than a four letter word?

Polyamory...the first time Riot says the word, it feels like everything slots into place. Maybe I’m not greedy for loving both of my best friends at once…

For most of my life, I didn’t think I could ever have the kind of love I’ve been dreaming of, but somehow a sexy bartender with a major sweet tooth is making it all seem possible.

Maybe Riot is right: our capacity for love is bigger than most people let themselves feel. But will Leo and Hudson feel the same? Will they be willing to try to build this beautiful, complicated life with me?

If I can keep them from ripping each other’s heads off that is...

*** This is book two in the Love Logic series and can be read as a stand-alone. This is a MMMM story full of love and heat.

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Carra's Review

Polyamorous relationships written well in a story can make for very satisfying reading, particularly for those who enjoy reading about the intricacies of relationships and relationship development.  Four Letter Word is one of those ones that is written well, and it’s those characters who are driving the story.

The four men that wind up coming together here have a head start with three of them (Bishop, Leo, and Hudson) being long-time best friends—though with Leo and Hudson estranged from each other at the start of the book—since middle school.  That estrangement is one of the hurdles in the way of that final puzzle piece clicking into place for the foursome.  Bishop is the anchor that holds everyone together; Leo, Hudson, and Riot are all drawn to him, and it’s like he’s the catalyst for their eventual…quartet? tetrad?  Pick your own term ;-)

Watching these relationships evolve was like seeing essential elements snap into place one by one.  Bishop and Riot.  Bishop and Hudson.  Bishop and Leo.  Riot and Hudson.  Riot and Leo.  And that final, elusive Leo and Hudson piece.  As each one locks into place, the connections grow stronger and deeper…and one that final piece clicks, as a reader you feel like everything is complete.  

Not only that, but the author achieves this in a realistic manner—though granted with all these moving parts and the issues they face this does take longer, so I couldn’t make this a single-sitting read.  There was nothing too angsty, and my only tiny frustration was Leo’s stubbornness when it came to hearing Hudson out regarding what caused their estrangement in the first place.

Four Letter Word is falling somewhere between 4-4.5 stars for me; readers looking for a believable, character-driven multi-M story will absolutely enjoy this book, and I would definitely recommend it.  The story is told from the point of view of all four men, something that contributes to the longer feel of the book but that also gives you a better understanding of each character.  You will find plenty of physically intimate scenes since all permutations of the foursome get a chance to shine…and those scenes plus the adult language make this book one for readers 18+.


About the Author

Author K.M.Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together. She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series. When she's not writing she's a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero...just kidding, she's likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.