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BLOG TOUR: Excerpt & Giveaway – Seeing Double by Algenon Lusch

3 Chicks After Dark is thrilled to help celebrate the release of the newest 52 First Dates book from Algenon Lusch, Seeing Double. Check out our thoughts on the latest book then keep scrolling for a hot excerpt and awesome giveaway!

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About the book:
The man-hunt is under way, and David’s keen to a snag a husband without having to complete every date of his 52 First Dates challenge. With several successful meets behind him, there’s a growing feeling of confidence that his search could actually work. But now that the novelty’s worn off, finding the motivation to keep going is about to become harder.

David finds himself trying to juggle meeting new men and providing a shoulder to cry on his to battered and pregnant friends. And, with a plethora of hotties vying for his attention, things are about to get more complicated.

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52 First Dates (1-3)52 First Dates – Boxed Set
Need to catch up on the series? The boxed set contains all three books already released in the series: The Man PLAN, Friends and FRENCHMEN, and Seeing DOUBLE.  Pick it up here:
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Our Thoughts:
I’ve been pretty anxious for Seeing Double since the 2nd story, because, well… THE TWINS. When the case of mistaken identity is revealed to Dave, I about died. Could he really get so lucky? Or would it prove more trouble than it’s worth?

My anticipation proved slightly frustrating when this one opened to a hot, hot scene with Rav. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, I was just anxious. I guess it can’t be all business and dates for Dave, he needs a little sexy time to get him through. ;)

While reading this installment, I felt like the dating started to get real. 52 First Dates…you can’t expect them to all go off without a hitch. Dave encounters some typical dating pitfalls: guys who aren’t worth it, being stood up, and getting bored with inane getting-to-know-you chatter. Presumably he’s about a month into his challenge, and I can’t imagine putting yourself out there again and again never knowing what to expect.  The one glimmer of hope seemed to be Prana (date #4?). He was such  a refreshing guy compared to the other dates – witty, smart and engaging. Too bad he had to drop that bomb…ouch.

Ultimately my patience paid off and we’re rewarded with the twins. I’m going to leave it to you to find out whether that’s together or separately. All I’ll say is that I think these guys could get even more interesting than I originally imagined. They seem to be a study in contrasts and perhaps looking for different things out of life at the moment. Dave could be in trouble indeed.

One thing I want to add about this series is how much I like that it reads as a serial. Opening up the next “episode” is like turning on your television to catch your favorite show. It picks up pretty much where the last left off and it’s told in a way that gives you an inner connection to Dave, so his thoughts and emotions are always tangible. We see everything as he sees it, putting us right there with him.

RATING: SNEAKERS

Don’t take our word for it – check out this excerpt of Seeing Double. CAUTION: HOT

 

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About the author
A. Lusch lives in London and has been though much of the same path as David – in fact – this series is based around true events.

Of course, there is MUCH more to come in the tale, but, don’t worry, now the scene is set, there’ll be many more dates per book. Is there a happy ending in sight? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

A. Lusch fully believes in never settling, always striving for the perfect match, and never giving up on your man once you’ve found him – oh, and eating A LOT of donuts!

Social links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlgenonLusch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlgenonLusch
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191612.A_Lusch
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/A.-Lusch/e/B00EB6OWSU/
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ALusch

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SPOTLIGHT and GIVEAWAY: Opposites and The Library by T.M. Smith

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Shining the spotlight on two books today from T.M. Smith, her novel Opposites and a novella companion to the series, The Library. Both books are part of a fascinating dystopian world and truly have a little of something for everyone. Discover a beautiful world full of romance with Opposites and The Library.

OppositesTitle: Opposites
Series: Opposites
Release Date: June 1st 2013 (re-released Nov 23 2013)
Author: T.M. Smith
Genre: New Adult Dystopian (M/M F/F M/F)
Length: 199 pages
Publisher: TTC Publishing

In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty-first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born. 

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty-fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems. 

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.

Opposites can be purchased at the following sites:
Amazon
Amazon UK
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T.M. Smith has a lovely playlist to share for Opposites. Now I want to go back and re-read the book as the songs play! I especially love the David Garrett additions!

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The LibraryTitle: The Library
Series: Opposites
Release Date: Nov 30th 2013
Author: T.M. Smith
Genre: New Adult Dystopian M/M
Length: 45 pages
Publisher: TTC Publishing

Three gay couples run amuck in this short story where clothing, beds, even four walls are all optional! 

Want to know what happened that night in the library?
 Cirian and Rian had a fight in the library and Rian ends up naked on the desk, on his back, at Cirian’s mercy. 

Want to know how far things went with ice cream? 
A romantic evening by the fire feeding his husband ice cream leads to a lot more than heavy petting for Aiyan and Kaden.

Want to know what was going on when those birds fled?
 Travelling hundreds of miles, battling the rebels and then travelling back to House Gaeland will take it out of you. But when Tanis wants something, he takes it. Raven is about to be bent over a tree!

 A Note from the Author: I’ve taken three scenes from Opposites that were cut short and elaborated on the shenanigans that ensued. I also focused more in the beginning on the relationship between Cirian and Rian, to give readers a chance to know them and their inner workings better. I hope you enjoy this free read set in my world of Opposites! 

**Warning, The Library is a novella set in the same world as Opposites. It’s an adult dystopian majorly M/M novel that includes consenting and explicit sexual relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples**

The Library can be purchased at the following sites:
Smashwords
Amazon

The Library playlist that T.M. Smith has graciously compiled and shared with us is amazing! Listening to it, the songs are just perfectly aligned with the scenes in this novella. Plus, Adam Lambert’s beautiful voice and face grace this awesome playlist. :)

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Author T.M. SmithA military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee!

At 42 years young, she’s decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of “author” to her list of accomplishments that includes single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Smith is and outspoken advocate for Autism and equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

Her Opposites series is based outside the normal parameters of social acceptability, examining a ‘what if’… What If to be gay or lesbian were the norm? What if to be straight labeled you as an Opposite and made YOU the Outkast?

Connect with T.M. Smith:

Amazon page
Website
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads books
GoodReads author page

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BLOG TOUR: Boys In The Band

3 Chicks After Dark is the latest stop on the Boys in the Band blog tour, with authors Cecilia Tan, Paula Coots, Rowan Speedwell, and L.A. Witt. Each of these writers has brought a rock star to life in a recent romance release, so they got together to talk about music, musicians, love, and good old “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Today they answer the question: “What got you started writing about rock musicians? Why do they make good heroes/love interests?”

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WITH THE BAND by L.A. Witt
Hard rock band Schadenfreude is finally on the verge of the success that’s eluded them for the last several years. With Aaron McClure as their new lead singer, nothing’s going to stop them…except maybe a steamy, secret relationship between Aaron and bassist Bastian Koehler. Aaron knows all too well what can happen when band members get involved with each other. After all, his last band was a casualty of his last relationship, and Schadenfreude forbids band members from dating for that very reason. But Bastian is too hot to resist, and besides, it’s just sex, so what’s the harm? Their passion in the bedroom is rivaled only by their ambition as musicians, though, and pretty soon, it’s going to tear them, and Schadenfreude apart, if they can’t get back to playing with the band.

ANOTHER ROCK STAR by Paula Coots
Music is the driving force in Reed Lang’s life and he’s hit the jackpot when it comes to signing a major label deal and scoring a hit single or two. It’s never an easy task and certainly not for an out and proud gay man, even in this day and age. Now, it’s time to hire the backing band, shoot the videos, do all the promotion work and get out on the road. But what happens onstage is only half the show. When the wild energy onstage can’t be contained some become more than just hired hands. Friends. Mentors. Tormenters. Lovers. Surviving the circus of the music business, the rigors of the road, staying true to your art and discovering your heart show Reed that maybe there is more to life than being just another rock star.

DARON’S GUITAR CHRONICLES by Cecilia Tan
It’s the 1980s, the era of MTV, AIDS, and Just Say No. Daron Marks is trying to make it as a guitar player in an industry where the whole world is the closet. Keeping his sexuality a secret would be a lot easier if he hadn’t developed a huge crush on his band’s lead singer, Ziggy Ferias. In fact, everything would be a lot easier without his crush on Ziggy… except for fame itself. In the latest volume of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles (volume 5), Moondog 3 are on the road. Is the tour bus the pressure cooker that will meld them together or will the pressure blow them apart?

ILLUMINATION by Rowan Speedwell
Adam Craig is burned out. Lead singer of the hard rock band Black Varen, he’s tired of the empty life of groupies, paparazzi, and hotel rooms. Worse, a life in the closet. Miles Caldwell is a brilliant artist, tied by agoraphobia and social anxiety to his family’s lodge. Alone but for his parrot, he spends his days illuminating manuscripts and hiding from the complexities of life. Somehow, the man who’s never home and the man who never leaves it must find the strength to fight for a future together.

“What got you started writing about rock musicians? Why do they make good heroes/love interests?”

Cecilia Tan: Daron jumped into my head fully formed when I was a teenager. At the time I was going through my own issues with sexuality–was I bi? was it OK to have a silent crush on a straight girl? He came to me as an older character, mid-thirties, in the closet, in love with a much younger lead singer. It didn’t occur to me at all at the time that he was a coping mechanism for me figuring out myself. I was aware, though, that I was trying to figure out the puzzle that was the music business of the time. Why was it that the guys with the most makeup and the most harlot-hair were the supposedly most raging heterosexuals in the business, the metal bands and David Lee Roths of the world? Where had the sexually ambiguous figures of the seventies, like Bowie, gone? In the eighties even Elton John got married to a woman and absolutely no one was “out.” Pop music was my “culture” as a teenager and I felt that was desperately confusing. Daron was my way of trying to figure that all out, and rock and roll was a necessary part of the puzzle.

As for why rock musicians make good love interests for romance novels, well, they say you always should give your characters an interesting job or milieu–when “rock star” is your job, being sexy is a requirement. It’s a perfect match.

Paula Coots: I was warped when I saw David Bowie and Mick Ronson on TheMidnight Special when I was eleven years old. Their amazing onstage chemistry blew my little mind. Not only had I never seen anybody look like those two, I’d never heard anybody sound like them, either. Their “otherness” touched the alienation that was already making itself known inside of me.

Rock musicians make good heroes/love interests because good musicians are passionate about music. To learn your instrument well borders on obsessiveness. I think having your body in tune with an instrument, and therefore the creative energy that flows through it, connects the musician with pure sexual energy. And hey, they are usually messed up, conflicted and maybe just a little crazy.

Rowan Speedwell: I like to turn tropes on their heads. The idea of a rock star who doesn’t want to be one was irresistible. Plus, it’s such an artificial lifestyle, there are lots of opportunities for drama.

The thing is, playing music is for real musicians what writing is for real writers–not something you like to do so much as something you HAVE to do. The stars who have the longevity are the ones who realize this and are able to keep that in focus and avoid the superficiality of the lifestyle. Adam can’t do that because Adam’s first love isn’t rock music. He LIKES rock and roll, but doesn’t LOVE it, at least not enough to keep his head in the game. That’s where he becomes vulnerable. And it’s that vulnerability that not only leaves him open for bad influences, but also for love.

L.A. Witt: There’s something incredibly attractive about someone who can work a crowd of 50,000 people and play awesome music. As a somewhat failed musician, I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who can not only play, but play well enough to rock the house like that.

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About the Authors:

Paula Coots: After seeing David Bowie and his lead guitarist, Mick Ronson, when she was eleven, Paula knew what she wanted to do with her life. Her plan was to play lead guitar in a band and hopefully make it big, and then after that focus on writing. Well, she didn’t “make it big” as a rock star, but she has had her share of traveling band adventures as a lead guitarist over the past twenty five years. And now she writes!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PaulaCootsBooks | Twitter: @PaulaRCoots

Rowan Speedwell lives in a tarpaper shack in the North Woods, without so much as cable TV to keep her warm. She is allergic to publicity and loathes marketing, so her books only sell one or two copies. If you have one, she thanks you, as your purchase enables her to buy cat food for her diabetic feline companion, Kimball O’Hara.
Webite: www.rowanspeedwell.com | Twitter: @RowanSpeedwell

Cecilia Tan mostly writes erotica and science fiction/fantasy, but she started writing Daron’s Guitar Chronicles back in the eighties and is still writing it today. She is the author of Slow Surrender, The Prince’s Boy, the Magic University books, and many other novels and stories. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners GLBT Writers Hall of Fame in 2010 and is currently a nominee for the RT Magazine Career Achievement Award in erotic fiction. She lives in the fantasy utopia of Cambridge, Massachusetts with her three cats and her partner of 23 years.
Daron serial website: http://daron.ceciliatan.com | Blog: http://blog.ceciliatan.com | Twitter: @ceciliatan | Facebook: thececiliatan

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
Website: http://www.loriawitt.com | Blog: http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com | Twitter: @GallagherWitt

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Other stops on the Boys in the Band Tour: Dec 4 Sinfully Sexy Books | Dec 6 MM Good Book Reviews | Dec 10 Pants Off Reviews | Dec 11 Mrs. Condit Reads Books | Dec 12 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words | Dec 13 3 Chicks After Dark | Dec 14 Sid Love | Dec 16 Em Lynley’s Literary Love Shack | Dec 19 Joyfully Jay | Dec 18 Boys in Our Books | Dec 23 Elisa Rolle’s Reviews and Ramblings

Hot Holiday Hunk Hop: 12/10 – 12/20

HOlidayHunkHAPPY HOLIDAYS!

What better gift can you think of for the holidays than super hot hunks?

Get ready to meet two guys in January 2014 that will without a doubt heat things up. Ethan from Ruined by Tracy Wolfe and Evan from Wanted by J. Kenner are sure to keep the fires burning through the coldest months of the year. Be sure to check them out!

Which hunks are you hoping to find in your stocking to this holiday?

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