Pages

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren



Title: Diamond in the Rough
Author: Skye Warren
Series: The Diamond Trilogy Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 7 2020
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ Audio, eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare. Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous....

Book Links

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Prey for Love by:Dirk Greyson w/Creative Post & Giveaway



Title: Prey for Love
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, LGTBQ, M/M
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: July 7 2020
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition/ Audio, Digital, Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
The last three guys Phillip dated are dead. Is he next?
When successful businessman Phillip Barone attends a lover’s funeral and discovers he was just the latest of Phillip’s partners to die, Phillip knows he’s in trouble.
He also knows just the man he needs.
Former Marine Barry Malone would love a second chance with Phillip—he just wishes the romance could be rekindled under better circumstances. But Phillip’s stalker is escalating, and if Barry cannot solve the mystery of who wants Phillip dead and why, he might lose him for good. Barry’s determined, but the investigation struggles against the wit of a crafty killer—one who is closer to Phillip than they could have realized.
Luckily Barry is even closer, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the man he’s falling in love with all over again.


“Everyone hides things in the bottom drawers toward the back. They think it’s a safe place, but it’s always the first place you should look if you want to find out people’s work secrets.” Heston half smiled, and Phillip knew he was joking, at least to a degree. “This man is a supervisor, here all the time and during off hours. He could easily have planted the cameras without anyone seeing. He has an office with plenty of privacy, but when I walked in here, I got this strange vibe, and then I saw that.” He pointed to a picture of Phillip and Manny. “Everyone else has pictures of their family in their offices, but he has a picture of the two of you.” He shrugged. “I saw that, and when I looked further, I found those.”

“Really.” Phillip put his hands on his sides and immediately wished he hadn’t when the muscles pulled. He’d been in here many times and never paid any attention to the picture.
“Now, this doesn’t prove anything in itself, but it’s damned suspicious,” Heston added.
Phillip nodded and felt cold. He wanted to get out of the office right the hell now. “Have you been through the rest of the work areas?”
“Yeah. And I didn’t find anything else. Oh, there are some things that people probably don’t want the entire office to know.”
Phillip held up his hands. “Don’t tell me unless it’s illegal. Then I’ll have to take action. But otherwise, I don’t want to go prying into their privacy.” This entire process seemed like a huge invasion, and he didn’t want it to get out of hand.
“You’re a good boss,” Barry said softly.
“What do we do next?” Phillip asked.







Barnes and Noble

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren Release Boost




Title: Diamond in the Rough
Author: Skye Warren
Series: The Diamond Trilogy Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 7 2020
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ Audio, eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare. Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous....

Book Links

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hard Road Back by Andrew Grey




Title: Hard Road Back
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Currently a Standalone Title
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: May 5 2020
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Rancher Martin Jamuson has a deep understanding of horses. He just wishes his instincts extended to his best friend, Scarborough Croughton, and the changes in their feelings toward each other. Martin may be the only friend Scarborough has in their small town, but Scarborough is a man of secrets, an outsider who’s made his own way and believes he can only rely on himself when the chips are down. Still, when he needs help with a horse, he naturally comes to Martin.
As they work together, Martin becomes more determined than ever to show Scarborough he’s someone he can trust… maybe someone he can love. Even if it risks their friendship, both men know the possibility for more between them deserves to be explored. But when Scarborough’s past reemerges, it threatens his home, horses, career, and even their lives. If they hope to survive the road before them, they’ll have to walk it together… and maybe make the leap from cautious friends to lovers along the way.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Catch of a Lifetime by:Andrew Grey w/ Creative Post & Giveaway



Title: Catch of a Lifetime
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Currently a Standalone Title
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: April 7 2020
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Some moments happen once in a lifetime, and you have to catch them and hold on tight.
Arty Reynolds chased his dream to Broadway, but after his father is injured, he must return to the small fishing community where he grew up, at least until his dad is back on his feet.

Jamie Wilson fled his family farm but failed to achieve real independence. Arty is hiring for a trip on the gulf, and it’ll get Jamie one step closer to his goal.
Neither man plans to stay in Florida long-term, neither is looking for love, and they’re both blown away by the passion that sparks between them. But on a fishing boat, there’s little privacy to see where their feelings might lead. Passion builds like a storm until they reach land, where they also learn they share a common dream. The lives they both long for could line up perfectly, as long as they can weather the strain on their new romance when only one of them may get a chance at their dream.





“What are we looking for?” Jamie asked.
Arty snickered. “I think the meaning of life is supposed to be out there somewhere. But I never found it.” Not on the sea, or land, as far as that went. He turned to Jamie. “Maybe you will.”
Reginald stood, and Beck did the same. “We’ll be ready to shove off on time,” Reginald said.
“Good. We can meet tomorrow to go over the route plan.”
Reginald shook his head. “That isn’t my expertise. Your father was always the one who had the gift for finding the fish. That was his real talent. You get whatever you can from him, and then we’ll go from there.” Reginald and Beck extended their hands, and Arty shook them. Then they left the restaurant, and Arty sat back down.
“You really want to do this?” he asked Jamie, and for the first time, saw doubt flash in his eyes.
“They seem like good people, and I asked around about you after I saw the flyer.” The corners of his lips turned upward. “They said you were doing this to help your dad. That this wasn’t your life. Everyone talked about you as though you were a saint or something.”
Arty scoffed. “Nope. God knows I’m no saint.”
“Me either,” Jamie said. “But I’d never do for my dad what you’re doing for yours.” His gaze shifted slightly, looking out over Arty’s shoulder. “I need to make some money, and I want to see what it’s like out there.”
A notion occurred to Arty. “Have you ever been on a boat?” God, he should have asked that before. What if Jamie got seasick? Good Lord, just what he needed—a landlubber who spent the entire trip puking over the side.
“Yes. On Lake Michigan with my uncle a few times. But that’s not the same as it is down here. I like being outdoors. I tried working in a restaurant for a while, but got stir-crazy always being inside. Hot or cold, even when it rains, it’s best to be outside where you can see it coming.” There was something so serious in Jamie’s voice that it made Arty wonder just what he was saying. It was as if Jamie didn’t have anyone to watch his back, and that maybe the threat was coming from close to home.
“Okay, then,” Arty said, watching Jamie’s faraway expression. There was more to this man than muscles and a baby face. There was pain behind those eyes, tinged with desperation, both of which Arty was well acquainted with.
“Is there anything else?” Jamie asked, and Arty shook his head. Jamie thanked him and stood to leave the covered seating area of the restaurant. Arty found he couldn’t look away as Jamie strode across the parking area before disappearing behind a stand of palm trees.
Arty realized his heart beat faster and he was sweating under his T-shirt, though it wasn’t that warm. Good God, those eyes were nearly as blue as the clear sky. He had a type, Arty knew that, and Jamie ticked every single one of the boxes. Of course, he had no idea if Jamie was gay or even interested, but that banana joke had sure as hell been suggestive. Arty finished his coffee. He needed to get his mind away from that subject and keep it on what was important. He was here to help his dad, not get involved with guys or form any ties. His life was back in New York, and once this little adventure was over, he was returning back to his life and career… such as they were.
“Something… or someone interesting?” Milton asked as he began clearing the table. When Arty lifted his gaze, Milton winked. “I’ve seen him around a few times, and he’s a real nice guy. I think you did a good thing. And who knows? Sometimes nice guys do get rewarded.”










Saturday, April 11, 2020

Power Divided by S. Behr w/ Interview



Title: Power Divided
Author: S. Behr
Series: The Evolutionaries (Book 1)
Genre: YA, Coming of Age, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Behr Ink
Release Date: Jan 21, 2020
Edition/Formats: Digital & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Violet is the princess of Neyr, the third of the Nine Realms of Amera. At least, she was until the day came when Violet was to demonstrate her abilities to the people and solidify her place in Ameran Society. The citizens of Amera have extraordinary abilities, from living on the ocean floor to flying in the air. But no one can turn back time. When the unthinkable happens, tearing her heart and her family in two, Violet flees and is unable to escape a tidal wave of events that brings her face to face with forgotten truths buried for millennia. Only the discovery of a thousand lifetimes may provide the key to her return home. When old enemies arrive on the shores of Neyr, distrust and prejudice resurface. Secrets begin to explode all around Violet, setting her world on fire, and those she loves fall victim to a terrorists' plan to eradicate their enemies. But Amera stands in their way, and with no mercy, the enemy is willing to go through the innocent to get what they want. Violet turns to her best friend Lily, and a few unexpected new friends, who band together to save what they can of her realm, and the rest of Amera. But in the storm that has turned her world upside down, will Violet be able to overcome the nightmare of her past in order to save the future of everyone in Amera, and perhaps the world?


“This first volume in the Evolutionaries series skillfully balances intriguing worldbuilding, whose details are slowly revealed, with well-paced action sequences. It also ably handles Violet’s character development along the way while also offering a diverse, lovable supporting cast whose members become the protagonist’s close friends and allies. The novel effectively addresses themes of cooperation and isolationism as well as autonomy, consent, and moving on with one’s life after learning of long-held secrets.”
“A notable and thoughtful addition to the crowded shelf of post-apocalyptic YA novels.”  Kirkus Review













How long have you been writing?
So if we take it literally, since I was about three. Ha-ha! Ok, seriously probably about four years. I really have been writing longer than that, but it was by no means anything I would ever want to share which probably means I should light a fire tonight.

Have you always wanted to write or was that something that come later in life?
So that’s a really tough question. I have had a really strange life, I took my first college course at the age of sixteen because I dropped out at fourteen got my GED and went on with my life. I was completely independent by then. I had always imagined I would be in music, so writing was more of a lyrical endeavor in my mind. Then life happens, and you end up where you never expected to.
It took a few years to decide I needed something other than photography to keep my creativity going. I was mentally burning out and writing was therapy.  

Do you plot your stories before writing or does it just flow when you sit down to write?
I do have a general idea of what I am doing before I start, but I usually let myself have free days to just go nuts, then I do a readback every morning before I continue. I have two jobs, so my time is very structured. I only get so much time to write so I try to make it as efficient as possible.

Do you use a Story Board (Notebooks) to keep everything organized for when you write series?
I do, but not in a traditional sense I suppose. I have a murder board for the big rules, and when I feel like I can’t write for the book that day, I go into character bios and make background histories for all the characters no matter how minor.
This actually helps me know them, and how they would react in situations while I am writing, and makes it feel more organic when I am in the thick of things.

What is the hardest part of writing for you character growth or world building?
The hardest part, of The Evolutionaries series, is that there is just too much. I could tell you everything I imagine the world to look like, smell like, down to the food they are eating. So finding the balance between world building and info dumping has been the biggest challenge.


I love a good story, in all artforms. I have been a professional photographer for nearly 20 years and I had to learn to tell a story with a click of a button and capture the layers of emotion in a single image. Little did I know it was boot camp for writing.
Being an author was a childhood dream and as I got older it seemed to be a dream that grew further out of reach with each passing year. But with encouragement from a lot of friends, new and old, my husband being my biggest cheerleader, The Evolutionaries series has begun with Power Divided.
To keep me company during my writing bubbles are my husband and our fur babies. They love whatever I write, even if they can't read it but they don't always love the music I write to. We all have to make sacrifices! And I am still pinching myself ever since I found out, that, recently I became a Featured Author. Power Divided will be in the Feb 15th Issue of Kirkus Magazine.
"This first volume in the Evolutionaries series skillfully balances intriguing world building, whose details are slowly revealed, with well-paced action sequences. It also ably handles Violet’s character development along the way, while also offering a diverse, lovable supporting cast whose members become the protagonist’s close friends and allies. The novel effectively addresses themes of cooperation and isolationism, as well as autonomy, consent, and moving on with one’s life after learning of long-held secrets." excerpt from Kirkus Review about Power Divided.

Extended Bio from Sbehr.com

STEPHANIE BEHR
It took a long time to realize that being half Chinese and half Filipino, (the country I was born in), then growing up in Texas from the time I was less than a year old, made me a child of many faces, traditions, and ideologies. Needless to say, it was confusing. But it was also amazing, and I am the person I am because of all the places my life has taken me so far, and the people I have met along the way.
When I met my husband, he was a rock star, and I was his biggest fan. His first gift to me was a camera, and without the support of Pushmonkey (his band), I might not have learned how much I love photography and made a career full of priceless moments. Now, Howie is my biggest fan. With photography, we got to work together, and it has taken us around the world. Who would have thought that would happen when I opened that gift, my very first camera?
Photography is the study of light. To capture a story in a moment and freeze emotions with a single click. To commemorate memories for future generations. I learned how to tell a story with a single image. Little did I know it would also be what started me down the path of wanting to tell stories with the written word.
       SEE YOU IN THE NEXT BOOK!





Twitter @sbehr_author




Saturday, March 21, 2020

Above and Beyond by: Andrew Grey w/Giveaway



Title: Above and Beyond
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Bronco Boys Book 6
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: April 10 2020
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
When Salvatore Adruccio finished his time in the military, he moved on to a life of good friends, cold drinks, and hot men. His job as a bouncer at Broncos is fun and drama-free, at least until sexy but secretive server Elliot Hastings catches his eye.
On the run and in possession of evidence that could expose his stepfather for the dangerous and powerful criminal he is, Elliot doesn’t want to draw anyone else into his troubles. But when a thug catches up to him and Salvatore fends him off, he decides Elliot needs his help, even if he won’t admit it. Attraction quickly heats into passion, but Elliot is wary of commitment when he might have to drop everything and run at any moment. The only way they can be together in all the ways they want is to take out the threat posed by Elliot’s stepfather and his underworld ties.
And Salvatore intends to do just that.


“Roderick Young,” Elliott said. “He works for my father. Does the kind of jobs that my father will only trust to him.” He sounded small and frightened, his voice quivering a little. “He isn’t going to tell you anything, and I suspect that there will be a lawyer at your station within the hour.” Elliott sighed. “I thought I had managed to get away from him.”

“Your father?” Salvatore asked.
“Yes.” The others all turned to him. Elliott seemed to respond to his questions. “Well, my stepfather, anyway.” Elliott shivered.
“Why does he want you to come home so badly that he’d send an armed man to get you?”
Elliott sighed and didn’t answer. Instead, he looked at each person around him. “I don’t want to put all of you in the line of fire, okay? This is a fight between the two of us, and I moved here to get away from him. I didn’t tell anyone, and I don’t use anything electronic. My phone is one of those you can get at Walmart  and have to load minutes on. I do it in cash. I don’t have credit cards or even a bank account. Everything is cash.”
“But your name? You used your name.”
Elliott blushed a little. “I had to use a fake last name. When I decided to try to disappear, I got a new identity. My father isn’t the only one who knows people who will do just about anything for a little money. And then I disappeared and came here to try to start over. I needed a chance to have a life of my own.” Elliott swallowed. “For all your sakes, just let me go and I’ll disappear once again.”
“How?” Salvatore asked quietly.
“You think I only got one identity? Why get one when you can get two for the same price?” So Elliott had a sense of humor under all that fear. He turned to Grant. “You all have been nice to me and gave me a chance. I’m sorry I’ve been as jumpy as a cat and all, but it’s best if you all just go on with your lives, let me go, don’t ask too many questions, and forget you ever saw or knew me. You can tell Roderick that I did a rabbit, and he’ll go back to my stepfather and they can try to find me again.” He sighed. “At least all of you will be safe.”
Bull stepped forward, stopping Elliott with a glare. “I think it’s time you quit your running and told us all what’s going on. This isn’t helping you or anyone.”
“Who is your stepfather?” Officer Tom asked.
Elliott sighed loudly. “Antonio Losquaro.”
The name meant nothing to Salvatore, and it didn’t seem to register with Bull either. Officer Tom seemed confused. “Should we know him?”
“No. That’s the issue. My stepfather controls a lot of things in Pittsburgh, including trucking and garbage collection, stuff like that. He also has his hands in real estate, ladies of the evening, drug distribution, and God knows that else. But no one knows about it. He hides behind a number of associates and entities. Like a modern-day gangster, but with corporate shells and holding companies that make following his path nearly impossible.” Elliott stood.