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Wet Heat by R.D. Hero

Wet HeatWet Heat by R.D. Hero

Released June 20, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Page count: 107 pages

Blurb:

Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.

After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.

Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.

Book/sales link: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/wet-heat

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Our thoughts:

Lee is a 40-something year old Omega that loves to play the field. He refused to settle down and mate with an Alpha or Beta in his prime. Now, the pheromones that attract potential hook-ups to him have stopped being produced, forcing Lee to use the synthetically produced Wet Heat.

Always one to party and becoming more addicted to the game, Lee loses his job and now moves about in an effort to score Wet Heat for free. He steals samples from perfume counters, stalks the free samples at grocery stores, and even entered a trial for free Wet Heat vials. The trial was for married Omegas, so Lee just makes up a story and continues it for two years.

Cain is the person Lee has to tell his fake stories to. Lee is sure that Cain is an Alpha, but he can never get him to break his stoic demeanor in all the time they’ve been doing this song and dance. That soon changes when Cain finally has a chance to meet Lee in a private setting. His nature is so different from most Alphas that Lee is thrown, causing Lee’s natural Omega tendencies to emerge.

The cat and mouse game Cain and Lee play was fascinating and entertaining. How does a calm Alpha who’s never played the field catch an Omega that doesn’t want to be tamed? By playing the game just enough to keep the Omega playing the game and feeling like he’s winning.

Throw in an interesting plot twist with a potential poisoning and another Alpha doing some seriously devious business with Wet Heat and we have a story that piques all interests. If you like Alpha, Beta and Omega stories, this one is a must read. Its uniqueness sets it apart, the wolves break the rules of most Alpha/Beta/Omega novels. Very refreshing.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Wolf, WY by AF Henley

3 Chicks After Dark couldn’t be more thrilled to host author A.F. Henley for the Wolf, WY  Tiny Teaser Tour. Henley’s blog tours are always well thought out and packed full of information. We’re honored to host A.F. Henley and hope you enjoy the character teaser. Thanks for joining us A.F!

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Welcome back to the Wolf, WY Tiny Teasers Blog Tour and Giveaway, and to give those who might be joining us a little background on the tour, I’ve been using “tiny teasers” from the novel to introduce the cast that lives between Wolf, WY’s beautiful cover. (Seriously, have I mentioned how much I love this cover? Oh, a few times already? Sorry about that…)

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I’ve been using the “bit parts” in this novel—the side characters, if you prefer the term—to not only introduce the people that will wander through the series with us, but also to identify the traits and personalities of my main characters. One of the best way to find out what somebody is made from is a good close look at their parental figures. Not in every case, of course, but in a lot of them and in many ways it’s more nature than nurture: I have my father’s eyes, but my mother’s hair; I have my father’s skin tone; but my mother’s smile. I know of someone that every time he answers the phone, the person on the other ends think his mother is in town and has answered instead. The people that we become, at least in part, is imprinted in our DNA before anything else. Sometimes even temperament…

But before I get to the teaser, I want to remind you that these posts aren’t just about the excerpts from the novel. There’s also a giveaway – a single grand prize that includes a signed copy of Wolf, WY, a $20 LT3 gift certificate, and a Wind & Fire paw print bangle that not only looks cool, is not only manufactured with some very cool concepts, but that also supports a good cause. Be sure to read through to the end to find out more details on the prizes and how to participate.

And, for now, please allow me to introduce Randy Connor’s father, Henry:

Tiny Teaser: Introducing – Henry Connor

When Randy’s father looked up, he looked as if he wanted to frown and smile at the same time. “Who is he?”

“Vaughn.” Randy nodded down the street. “Vaughn O’Connell, to be exact. His son saw me having trouble with the car, so he got his dad to come have a look at it for me.”

“And?”

“And I told you, the rad was frozen.”

“No, I mean this O’Connell. He a nice guy?”

Randy shrugged and had to retrain the light back on the tire. “He’s a local. They have their own way.”

His father stood, rubbing palms to dislodge dirt, and retrieved the tire iron. “And this son of his?”

“Lyle.”

“Uh-huh. Lyle. He a nice guy?”

A rush of heat began to bloom up Randy’s neck. “Dad! He’s only eighteen.”

“So it is the old man.”

“The old man that what?”

His dad walked to the other side of the truck and gave Randy a quick smile before he bent down and started tightening bolts again. “That you like.”

“Bah!” The sound echoed louder than Randy had intended it to. He lowered his voice and frowned. “I most certainly do not. The guy can be an overbearing jerk.”

His father didn’t say anything. He just stood, dropped the tire iron back in the bed of the truck, tucked his hands into his pockets, and started walking toward the house.

Randy shivered against a gust of wind, snapped off the flashlight and dropped it on the seat. “Besides,” he added, slamming the truck door, “he’s not that old.”

He pretended not to notice the smirk on his father’s face when they met up with each other at the porch. “Up for a drink?” his dad asked.

“Always.” Randy waited while his dad opened the front door, and eyed his father as he stepped past. “And I wasn’t kidding. The guy can be a self-important ass. All ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ and ‘don’t talk to me unless I speak to you’ kind of guy. Trust me, there is nothing there.”

“Mm hm,” his father nodded, toeing off his shoes. “Make mine a brandy, will you?” He was still grinning as he headed down the hallway. “I’ll let your mother know we’re back in.”

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Wolf, WY by A.F. Henley
Published by Less Than Three Press
Released on 20 October 2015
Word Count: 70,000
Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content
Book 1 in the Wolf series
Purchasing Link: Less Than Three Press

Blurb:

There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.

Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.

But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…

The Giveaway

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I’d like to take a minute to offer my thanks to 3 Chicks After Dark for hosting me today. I’ve said it many times so far in this tour but I’ll continue to say it: authors like me couldn’t do what we do without sites like these and I am very grateful for the opportunity. And a huge thanks to you, as well, for reading and joining me on the tour. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

AF Henley <3

Meet the Author:

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Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.

For more information please stop by for a visit at www.afhenley.com.

Our Thoughts:

After reading a few of AF Henley’s novels, I can honestly say Henley’s a literary marvel. As words fill the pages and those pages turn, one after another, a story is woven. A delightful journey that captures the reader’s interest and holds you captive until the last punctuation mark.

Wolf, WY is another beautifully told story by AF Henley. In Wolf, WY we get a dabble of paranormal but it really isn’t up front and isn’t at all the norm for the genre. Randy moves to sleepy Wolf, WY from DC. He was a successful lawyer but unsuccessful in love. He did what he always does and ran away from his problems instead of facing them. He ran as far away as he could that’s how he came to live next door to the O’Connell family.

Everyone is Wolf keeps to themselves, the O’Connell family included. Outsiders are not warmly welcomed, just tolerated. Vaughn O’Connell takes it upon himself to let Randy know how foolish he is to even think he could survive a harsh winter in Wolf with his ‘city’ skills. Randy is resentful but soon discovers that Vaughn is right. He’s in over his head.

A few strange events place Randy in the path of something different, something abnormal. He has the option to understand or run. What do you think he decides? :)

There’s no destined mate, no mating rituals, no packs that don’t accept. None of the things one normally finds in a paranormal or shifter novel appear in Wolf, WY. I will not say what does appear, but it’s an experience that was gradual and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed how AF Henley told Randy and Vaughn’s story and I hope you do as well.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

Spotlight: Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Charmed adn Dangerous AnthologyCharmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Contributors: Astrid Amara, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan Castillo Price and Andrea Speed

Released 25 August 2015

Published by JCP Books LLC

Sales link: Amazon

Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.

Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.

Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.

KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?

Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.

Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.

Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?

Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?

Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.

Teasers:

We were just kids,” Jack muttered.

Shafts of afternoon light speared through the blinds, illuminating the hard angles of his lean face. He exhaled a cloud of pale blue smoke and ignored the glare of the well-dressed diners seated at other tables. In a moment a maitre’d would appear and smoothly suggest that he remove himself from the building.

Then, inevitably, David would intervene, flashing his ministry badge and pronouncing Jack’s full name a little too loudly, a little too officiously. A halting apology would be offered and followed by requests for autographs and photos. Behind it all Jack would hear the whispers.

That’s Jack Swift?

God, did you see his hand?

He looks like some ragman from the Bone Ledges.

I’ve heard he’s a queer.

Lifting his scarred hand, Jack drew the smoke down to ring his fingers. Let the surrounding diners see that the ragman in their midst was a wizard. They didn’t need to know which one. Any wizard was too much trouble for most decent folk.

-Swift and the Black Dog by Ginn Hale

 

From his square jaw and beefy build down to his dirty blond fade haircut, everything about the guy screamed ex-hardcore military. He moved as if expecting a riot to break out on the upper loft, icy blue eyes scanning each of us, stopping only long enough to mark our presence before moving on to the next cop.

He found me first and then again, last. His gaze pierced through me, assessing and judging in a way that did not say cop. I wasn’t sure what was found wanting, my shaggy mane or my odd ommatidia-faceted pupils, but something made his nostrils flare. I definitely spotted the moment he saw my pupils’ copper-green sheen. His head jerked back a few millimeters and his chin jutted out.

If my new partner had a thing against fae or fae-bred, we were assuredly going to have a problem.

-Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford

 

“Mr. Kopecky?”

“Yes, that’s….” Dominic began as he lifted his gaze from the paper. Then his tongue tangled, and he forgot how to speak.

The man standing in front of his desk was…well, he’d never thought of a man as beautiful before, but it was the only word that came to mind now. The white of his shirt collar contrasted with rich, brown skin. Silky black locks brushed his shoulders, and wide lips shaped into a rather cheeky grin.

“…You?” the man prompted, when Dominic only stared.

God! He dropped his eyes quickly, willing his reaction under control. He couldn’t forget himself at work, in full view of everyone. As he glanced down, his eye snagged on the badge pinned to the man’s vest.

A familiar? Here?

-The Thirteenth Hex by Jordan L Hawk

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BOOK BLAST: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

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My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Released April 15, 2015

Published by Torquere Press

Cover Art by B. S. Clay

myzombieboyfriendBlurb:

Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he accidentally creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.

Categories: Humor, Romance, Horror, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal

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Excerpt:

Kit took one look at the concoction and raised his eyebrows in disbelief and disgust.

“What is that supposed to be?”

“It’s your food. Mmm! Delicious, brains! Zombies love brains!” I could see right away that I had gone too far.

“I am not a dog or a child, Edward. And I don’t appreciate your stereotyping.”

Oh, great. I had offended a zombie. What a schmuck. “I’m sorry, Kit. Won’t you at least try it?”

“Is that a slice of brain?”

“…yes. Technically. It’s not human!”

“Oh, it’s a brain, but it’s not human. That makes it all better. What’s in the rest of it?”

“The rest of the cow?” No, this was not going at all well. I pleaded. I cajoled. I begged.
He poured it down the sink.

Sales Links: Torquere Press

About the author:

My Zombie Boyfriend is T. Strange’s first full-length novel, though she has published several shorter works with Torquere Press. When not writing, T. enjoys gardening, spending time with her horse, and, of course, reading. T. lives in Canada with her wife, surrounded by pets.

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