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Blog Tour: Come What May (All Saints #1) by A.M. Arthur

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Come What May by A.M. Arthur
Series: All Saints Book One
Release Date: May 23, 2016
Pages or Words: 70,000 words, 320 pages (print edition)
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: Carina Press
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance

Today we’re thrilled to be interviewing A.M. Arthur, author of Come What May for her tour stop with us.
Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.

My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.

What genres do you enjoy writing in?

The bulk of my writing lately has been contemporary m/m romance. Sometimes I write New Adult, sometimes just plain adult. I’ve written paranormal and have a paranormal WIP (two, actually, come to think of it), so I like the freedom to play with ghosties and beasties. I’d like to write something historical one day, but my current list of projects is way too long.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

A very big part of this book is the issue of LBGT+ youth homelessness. Their numbers are disproportionately high, compared their cis-het counterparts. One of my heroes, Tate, is a co-director of a homeless shelter for LBGT teens. While Tate was never homeless, his best friend and co-director Marc was, so they both have a driving need to give these kids shelter—even if only for one night.

I think the hardest part about writing this particular book was striking a balance between being informative and lecturing. I don’t want the book to sound like a PSA, but I do want to show that there are very real teenagers out there living in awful circumstances, simply because they’re not straight. It’s heartbreaking. A parent’s greatest task in life to love their child, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. That any parent would turn their child out onto the streets for being themselves is appalling to me.

Sorry, rant mode off.

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

Jonas. I loved writing him. He’s one of those characters who is snippy and rude, keeping people at arm’s length, because inside he’s such a tangled mess of insecurities. I really enjoyed showing him opening up to Tate, first in friendship, and then in a sexual relationship. Tate helped him learn what true intimacy is, and he gave Jonas the confidence to finally embrace himself.

What cultural value do you see in writing?

Human beings have been storytellers since the spoken word came about. First in solely oral storytelling, and later, the written word. In terms of value, the period when a book was written often reflects the values and traditions of the time period. And often, it’s the popular fiction of the past that is still alive today (Charles Dickens, even Shakespeare, wrote popular fiction). While I can’t imagine what people will think of Twilight a hundred years from now, but hopefully they’ll find something of value in Harry Potter.

What is your favorite positive saying?

I’ve only recently stumbled across this one, but I love it: She believed she could, and so she did.

Thank you so much for your time and thoughtful answers. We hope to host you again soon!

 

Blurb:

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

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Excerpt:

“It’s small,” Jonas said.

“Better than a cardboard box or foster care.” The sharpness in Tate’s voice echoed in his frown.

Jonas had never known anyone before who’d been in foster care, and saying so would probably make him the biggest douche on the planet. It also took the edge off some of his irritation over the total mindfuck that was Tate Dawson. “It’s way better than both of those things. You worked hard for this place, Tate. I haven’t worked hard for anything in my life.”

“I disagree.”

He blinked. “You do?”

“Yes, I do. I think you work very, very hard to convince yourself and the world that you’re something you’re not. I think you work very, very hard to be perfect when no one is, and the only thing anyone should ever do is just be her or himself. Be true to you, not to what others want from you.”

Jonas’s throat squeezed tight. “I can’t.”

Tate took a step closer, bringing a gentle waft of sweat and something sweet. “Why not?”

He saw the barest reflection of himself in Tate’s glasses and he didn’t like it. He stepped back. Tate snagged his wrist and held him there. The touch sent awareness buzzing across his skin, down his spine and straight to his balls. H needed to pull away before this got out of control.

And then his rebel brain decided it was a good idea to glance at Tate’s pink lips. Lips that Tate, the asshole, licked with slow swipes of his tongue.

Jonas yanked away his hand away so hard Tate stumbled. “I’m not gay, so you can get that ‘fuck the frat boy’ fantasy out of your head right now.”

Instead of being cowed, Tate planted both hands on his hips and said, “Who are you trying to convince? Because it’s just you and me in this room, and I’m not the one who brought up your sexuality. You did.”

Damn him. “Why won’t you leave me alone?”

Tate’s gaze drifted over his face as he sought for words. “Because every time we’re together I can tell you’re struggling with something. You put up this lone wolf front to keep people at arm’s length so you don’t have to work so hard to pretend, but it’s exhausting you. Jonas, you can be yourself with me. Whoever that is.”

“I can’t.” Talking was getting harder around the lump in his throat. His heart was kicking too fast and his chest ached.

“Look me in the eye.” Tate closed the three strides between them, then curled a warm hand around the back of Jonas’s neck. “Look me in the eye and say you don’t want to kiss me right now.”

Meet the author:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and SMP Swerve.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/A.M.Arthur.M.A

Twitter: http://twitter.com/am_arthur

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur

Website: http://amarthur.blogspot.com/

Our thoughts:

It’s a guarantee that I will read every book AM Arthur publishes. There’s something about her writing style, protagonists, and plots that greatly appeal to me. I consider her a tried and true author. She has an authentic voice through her characters and I thoroughly enjoy every novel I’ve read from her. So, if you’re looking for a hard ass review where I rip the book up, just walk away! Pure gushing will now ensue!

What did I loved about Come What May? Where to start! First, I’d have to say I liked Jonas. At first he comes across a bit of a spoiled brat, out-of-place in his new surroundings, but still feeling it out. He was more open than I expected him to be. He was really repentant for the past issue that put him in his current situation.

Being away from his parents pressures and those of the college and frat he was attending allow for Jonas to start some self discovery. He was able to reflect and also just be. Never in his life had he ever been able to just be himself. How suffocating. That would be exhausting as well. The more we get to know Jonas, the more I liked him. Rich kid, yes. Spoiled kid, not really. A kid struggling and looking for love and self-respect? Definitely!

I felt for him and the lack of concern shown by his parents for all his life and especially when he discovers his learning disability and he’s belittled for it. Heartbreaking.

Through all the struggles and self-reflection Jonas is enduring, we have Tate on the sidelines trying to be the most supportive new friend to Jonas. Tate has his act together. He raises his two sisters, runs a homeless shelter, and somehow manages to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. He doesn’t really have time for a relationship, but Jonas is just the guy to make him change that line of thinking. Tate is ‘adulting’ for real. Jonas is just finding himself. They’d appear to be opposites, but the attraction is too great to ignore. Once they get started there’s no stopping the runaway train that is their lust and affinity for each other. Tate is good about being firm with what he won’t do, like go back into the closet for Jonas, without pressuring him. He’s there if and when Jonas wants to come out to his aunt and uncle, and his parents.

I liked how Tate was the responsible, compassionate, mature one of the relationship. He balanced Jonas well and he wasn’t condescending or boastful. He was extremely patient and fell so hard for Jonas—I liked that. He wasn’t infallible and was willing to do what he needs to right things.

There were some background issues going on that help propel the story and cause some drama for our two heroes. Through it all, this was more a story of self discovery and finding true love. It stays an honest romance without a messy breakup or black moment. Just love, understanding, and growth. My favorites!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!!

Tour Dates & Stops:

23-May:

The Novel Approach, Gay Media Reviews, Gay Book Reviews, Man2ManTastic, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Mikky’s World of Books, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

24-May:

Oh My Shelves, MM Good Book Reviews, Attention Is Arbitrary, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

25-May:

Unquietly Me, Havan Fellows, Prism Book Alliance

26-May:

Love Bytes, Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Sassygirl Books

27-May:

Hearts on Fire, 3 Chicks After Dark, Multitasking Mommas

30-May:

Happily Ever Chapter, Books A to Z, Joyfully Jay

31-May:

Dawn’s Reading Nook, Jessie G. Books, Book Lovers 4Ever

1-Jun: My Fiction Nook, Boys on the Brink Reviews, Making It Happen

2-Jun: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming

3-Jun: V’s Reads, As The Pages Turn

6-Jun: Outrageous Heroes, BFD Book Blog

7-Jun:

Cathy Brockman Romances, Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy

8-Jun:

Three Books Over The Rainbow, Bayou Book Junkie

9-Jun:

Kirsty Loves Books, Divine Magazine

10-Jun:

Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly

 

 
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Blog Tour with Review: The Artist and His Alpha (The Alpha and His Omega #3) Lisa Oliver

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The Artist and His Alpha by Lisa Oliver
The Alpha and Omega Series Book Three
(Each book is a self-contained story and can be read as a standalone.)
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Pages or Words: 65,900 words
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Wolf shifters, True Mates, Alpha and Omega

We’re thrilled to host a tour spot for Lisa Oliver’s newest release, The Artist and His Alpha. Lisa has graciously taken time away from her fabulous writing to answer a few questions for us. Enjoy the interview and the heart pumping excerpt!

Which of your characters gave you the hardest time about not following your initial plans?

Funnily enough, it was Caden in The Artist and His Alpha. When I saw the picture of Caden I thought he was this sassy mouthed little sneak who would really give his Alpha a run for his money. But it didn’t happen. When I sat down to write him, it turns out he was hiding from the world and was a virgin. I have learned not to go against what my characters tell me, and just write them the way they come across.

What is the strangest job you ever had and have you used it in a book?

I have had a lot of jobs, and I don’t consider any of them strange, but I do use the times I worked behind a bar quite often in my books. I was also a night shift taxi driver for two years and some of the stories and things I saw then leach out into my books sometimes.

How obsessive are you about small factual details in your stories? ie. do you research which side the gas tank is on in your hero’s car of choice, before you have him fill it up…?

Not quite that obsessive, no, but I do check details – bikes, cars, styles of houses. In a recent book I was writing about bear shifters and I went online to find a honey based soda drink, because he doesn’t drink alcohol.

What is the nicest thing ever said about your work in a review?

I often get readers who tell me that they were “just going to read a couple of chapters,” and then sat up until the early hours of the morning finishing a book. I also had one lady tell me her husband had to go out and get takeout for dinner for their kids, because she was reading my book and she couldn’t put it down. I know what that feeling is like from reading other people’s books, and it always makes my feet twitch when I know someone feels that way about mine.

If you had all the time and really informed beta readers to help you get it right, what characters or genre would you like to write that you haven’t quite tackled yet?

I think I would write an M/M paranormal historical romance. I have a personal fascination with British history, especially around the Victorian or Tudor times, but the amount of detail I would need to know would be staggering, and would probably interfere with the storyline if I tried to do it. It would be nice though, to give it a try.

Thanks for being with us Lisa! We enjoyed having you and loved your candid answers.

Blurb:

Caden Wolfe lives his life hiding from the world. As an Omega with a brute of an Alpha looking for him, he can’t afford to take any chances. He is happy enough with his art, his one good friend Felix and his agent who adores his paintings. It’s a far cry from life on the streets and Caden is determined to keep working hard, and stay out of the spotlight. Staying away from all things wolf is easy enough in the city, until he meets the one man with the potential to blow his cover and his way of life, out of the water.

Sean Black has it all – a brother for pack, a home pack that is still supportive but far enough away not to interfere with his daily life, a good business, and men who clamor for his attention every night of the week. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate, but after a brief meeting with a gorgeous artist, he realizes his life will change, and not necessarily in a good way.

A misunderstanding leads to danger for Caden and Sean has to make a choice. Can he give his Omega what he needs, or should he make sure he’s protected and then walk away? A rogue Alpha with an agenda of his own, a trap, and trouble from the council are just a few of the things this couple will have to contend with if they are ever to have their HEA.

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Excerpt:

“Holy shit, he has a gun. Caden, for fuck’s sake don’t shoot!”

Sean heard Felix yell and he damn near pushed Liam off the fire escape, leaping up the last of the stairs. He could understand how Felix would want to talk quickly, especially if a gun was involved, but he had to see Caden for himself. As he stood on a rickety ledge he was momentarily stunned by the vision in front of him. A huge lit space littered with canvases spoke of hard work, dedication, passion for art and an apparent disregard for mess. And in front of it all stood Caden – locked, loaded and ready for bear.

The young man looked even better than Sean remembered. His slim, pale torso gleamed under the light, his unruly mop of straight blond hair falling just over the top of one eye. All Caden appeared to be wearing was a pair of jeans that hung low on his hips – a truly sexy picture. But it was the confident way Caden held the gun in his hands, and the unflinching glare in his eyes, that touched Sean’s heart. Felix had been right about one thing. Caden was determined to defend his home, and he looked more than capable of doing it. Damn, if that idea didn’t slam Sean in the groin and hang on.

“What are you doing here, Felix?” Caden’s voice held traces of nervousness that wouldn’t be noticed by human ears, but Sean noticed that the hands holding the gun didn’t waver.

“I was worried about you,” Felix called out, stepping closer to the glass, his hands spread to show he was unarmed. “We all were. You wouldn’t answer your door; you weren’t taking my calls. I had to know you were all right. We’re friends, Caden, I thought you trusted me. Now please, let us in. This damn ledge is fucking unsafe and you know I’m scared of heights.”

Caden held his glare for a long minute, and Sean wasn’t sure the young man would ever move. But then he carefully raised his weapon, removed the magazine, which he tucked in his back pocket, and then walked over to rest the gun against the wall. Only then did he come towards the large panes of glass, releasing a latch, which Sean realized was actually a door latch. What he had mistaken for windows doubled as large sliding doors.

Once all three men were inside of what was a huge space, Caden seemed unsure of himself. “I know we’re friends,” he said to Felix hesitantly – scared, but apparently determined to defend his actions. “I’m not doing anything wrong.” His eyes seemed to catch Sean’s automatically and Sean was shocked to see they were full of fear again. “I’m an adult. This is my place, my territory. I’m not intruding on anyone’s space. I have a right to be here.”

Sean realized in that instant that Caden’s immediate fear had a name – the Black Brothers – and damn, if that didn’t make him feel sick. He and Liam were full-blown Alpha wolves, and his little Omega must have thought that they had a pack, or at least a right to the territory he lived in. No wonder the poor guy had locked himself in and refused to talk to anyone. He was terrified of losing his home and possibly his life.

Felix looked confused. “No one said you didn’t have any right to be here. This is your home, bought and paid for. No one can take it away from you so long as you pay your taxes, and your trust does that for you.”

“Then why did you bring them?” Caden hadn’t stopped looking at Sean, but clearly Liam was included in the ‘them’ comment as well. “They know what I’m talking about. Why are they here, if not to beat me, torture me, rape me and then kick me out of my home? That’s what men like them do. What are they doing here?”

Meet the author:

Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.

When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/lisaoliverauthor), catch up on what’s happening at her blog (http://www.supernaturalsmut.com) or email her directly at yoursintuitively@gmail.com.

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Our Thoughts:

Sigh. I love the Alpha and Omega dynamic in paranormal romance books. Lisa Oliver delivers a tasty morsel with this take on the relationship dynamic between and alpha and an Omega.Plus, we get fated mates, power struggles and a nervous, lone wolf Omega!

Sean goes to an art show with his brother, grudgingly. He’s rather be anywhere else, but Liam insists on trying to get this specific artist to do a mural for their club. Something about his wolf paintings being the most realistic he’s ever seen. When Sean sees the small, cute blond that is the artist, he’s instantly attracted to the man. One handshake, a sniff of the man’s scent and he is head over heel because that awkward in public blond man is his mate and an Omega wolf to boot!

Caden knows he’s in trouble and asks his friend Felix to take him away from the art show as fast as he can. The man he met is an Alpha and nothing good will come of this Alpha meeting Caden. All Alphas from his past have ever done is abuse, ridicule and take his possessions. Caden is literally fearing for his life after meeting Sean.

So begins the push for Sean to move into Caden’s life and make him his Fated mate for ever and always. Caden comes from a pack that never followed pack law. A rogue wolf that was evil and abusive. Caden has no idea what it is like to be in a true pack. One that values its members but also treasures Omega wolves. Sean has to win over a reclusive, abused wolf, and show him what it means to be loved, valued and treated as an equal.

Along the way Sean makes many mistakes. His bravado gets in the way multiple times. He’s not used to being the pursuer. Usually men fall over him and beg him for attention. Caden is so far from that. Once Caden comes out of his shell, he’s not going to stand by and let other men try to move in on his man. On the flip slide, he’s still not sure of himself and doubts how much Sean loves him and if he’ll be enough.

I enjoyed the ebb and flow between Sean and Caden. They were hot and cold throughout the story. Caden had so much to fear and tried hard to have faith in Sean, but with them being such a new couple, that was hard to do. When Caden’s past threatens their happiness, they flounder again. Sean flounders the most. He makes many mistakes, but his brother and dad are there to help him realize how much a fool he is each time.

I found this to be a sweet story! Sean isn’t too hardcore Alpha. He’s pretty likeable even if he was a manwhore before Caden! Caden is sweet and broken yet stronger than he realizes. Together they were sensual, caring and sassy.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Tour Dates & Stops:

4-Apr: My Fiction Nook

5-Apr: Molly Lolly

6-Apr: Full Moon Dreaming

7-Apr: Mikky’s World of Books, Outrageous Heroes, Unquietly Me

8-Apr: Open Skye Book Reviews

11-Apr: Jessie G. Books, Gay Media Reviews

12-Apr: Parker Williams

13-Apr: Bonkers About Books, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

14-Apr: MM Good Book Reviews

15-Apr: Hearts on Fire, Book Lovers 4Ever

18-Apr: A.M. Leibowitz

19-Apr: Inked Rainbow Reads

20-Apr: Velvet Panic, BFD Book Blog

21-Apr: Nephy Hart, The Dark Arts

22-Apr: Alpha Book Club

25-Apr: Happily Ever Chapter, Making It Happen

26-Apr: Oh My Shelves, Bayou Book Junkie

27-Apr: Dawn’s Reading Nook, Love Bytes

28-Apr: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

29-Apr: 3 Chicks After Dark, MM Book Escape

 
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Blog Tour: Talk Dirty to Me (Devil’s Pride #2) by Jessie G

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Talk Dirty to Me by Jessie G.
Series: Devils Pride MC #2
Series should be read in order
Release Date: Mid-March (around March 15, 2016)
Pages or Words: 78,000 words
Publisher: Jessie G. Books Inc.
Cover Artist: Andrew Reyna
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance (Please note: Snake’s bisexuality is only mentioned. It is not gone into.)

Hi Jessie! We’re excited to have you back at 3 Chicks After Dark! Thanks for the great Slice of Life we hosted on the 21st of March. Ty and Chase have always been a favorite couple, but I’d have to say Snake and Greg are a strong second for me. That said, there were a few things I wondered about Snake and Greg as I read their story. Why not make it part of our interview for our tour stop!?

Thanks for taking time to be with 3 Chicks After Dark!

First, could you elaborate a bit more on Greg’s body dysmorphia? He’s obviously concerned about his lack of abs and bigger thighs.  How would you describe Greg? Would he be a plus sized model or is he skewed in his own mind how he looks. Is he just not well-defined or muscular, but slimmer. I find I need a better picture of Greg so I can get a better handle on his level of body dysmorphia!

In my mind, I see Greg as someone who has spent his whole life fluctuating. He was an overweight child, picked on, and hiding out in his tech world where he felt safer. He’s someone who would subscribe to the latest diet fad, sometimes with drastic and unhealthy results, and then give up when his changed appearance still didn’t gain him the peer acceptance he thought he needed. The only time he was truly in optimal physical condition was in the DEA academy and he has since settled into what he considers his norm. When he looks in the mirror he sees a plus size man, though he’d never consider himself a model because he believes his features are plain at best. When Snake looks at him, he sees a soft, curvy body that fits perfectly against him and the face of the man he loves.

As I write that, I am even more intrigued with perceptions. How Greg sees himself vs how Snake sees him and how Snake’s feelings impact his perception of Greg? I don’t know the answer. Me and my mirror have a tenuous relationship, so you can be sure Greg will not be the last character I write with body issues.

Second, would Greg and Snake ever dabble is a bit of BDSM? Nothing like Ty and Chase, but maybe some bondage or spanking? Greg seemed turned on by being protected and cared for, but would it extend into something a bit more?

No, not in any real serious ways. I like variation in my reading and my writing, and I’m loving exploring all the ways love can manifest itself and how varying the expression of those feelings can be.

There is Red and Bull, for example, their intimacy is very sweet. Always tender, always filled with flowery words, and even though Red craves the safety of Bull’s larger frame, it’s the security of knowing it would never be used against him that allows him to trust.

Then you have Ty and Chase who live BDSM—from an established 24/7 D/s dynamic, to trying every kind of kink on the spectrum. They are fully cognizant of each other at all times and can comfortably communicate what works and what doesn’t. Mushy words aren’t a big part of their repertoire, but their bond and love is equally as strong as Red and Bull (some would say stronger).

Now we have Snake and Greg—they are all for the dirty talking and sex toys, and they’d be open to experiment with some bondage, maybe, in the heat of the moment, but can also be sweet with each other. I like to think of them as my spicy couple with a dash of this and a sprinkle of that to suit their craving of the moment.

My other couples fall somewhere in between sweet, spicy, and kinky, and I look forward to discovering yet another expression to explore.

Third, just how hard was it to build Greg and Snake’s connection so quickly and have it all be through long distance, phone connection? Were you concerned that it wouldn’t be believable, or whether their attraction would carry through once they met for the first time?

Yes and no. I had already posed the question of what they were in Tricking Chase and so many people responded. Was Snake gay? Bi? Were they together? Did Greg turn him down? Before I even said who the next book would be about, I was getting emails and comments in reviews about Snake and his Phone Sex Operator. So, no, I wasn’t too worried about making that connection believable.

For five years, these two men have communicated, have worked together, and have built a solid relationship despite the miles between them. I firmly believe that’s possible. We make connections every day on social media that never translate into real life encounters, yet we still consider those people our friends, don’t we? We cheer on their successes, mourn their losses, find kindred spirits and confidants.

Snake and Greg had found their kindred spirit, they were cheering each other on, keeping each other alive, and they were solid in their role as partners, and cognizant of their own feelings if not each other’s. Pushing them from the comfort of a long distance relationship to a real life encounter was the real hoop I had to jump through. There had to be bumps in the road. A real long distance relationship leaves a lot of room for autonomy and places to hide the things we think would make us less attractive.

The trick was allowing them to see all the things they weren’t privy to over the phone without diminishing their feelings for one another. Not just appearances, but those quirks and idiosyncrasies that could be cute or annoying depending on how you feel about the person doing them. I hope I did it justice.

Before we say goodbye, is there anything you’d like to share about Greg or Snake that us super fans would find amusing? A little morsel to gobble up?!

Since the book ends as Snake and Greg’s new adventure begins, I’ll be writing shorts that I’ll be putting up on my blog during the tour. After spending the majority of their relationship apart, sending them on a cross country journey together is bound to have some interesting (amusing, sexy) moments, and I can’t wait to write them. I also suggested something in the book that I never followed through on.

Carly at Carly’s Book Reviews asked me to write it and 2000 NSFW words later, it’s chock full of all the spice I’ve come to love from this couple. You can find that here http://carlysbookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/03/talk-dirty-to-me-by-jessie-g.html

Kudos for all the phone and long distance conversations and sexual moments. I think it would be hard enough to write a normal conversation let alone one based over a phone connection! Once again, you’ve delivered another fantastic novel in this world of men, who’ve become an addiction! Thanks for taking the time to join us and having us on your tour. :)

Thank you for hosting me and my boys. I know how much you love Ty and Chase, and I’m so glad Snake and Greg were able to find a place in your heart as well. – Jessie

 

Blurb:

As a secret agent for the DEA, Snake’s gone deep into Devils Pride MC with the hope of bringing down the head of Miami’s lucrative drug trade and finds himself saddled with the club’s volatile and secretive SA instead. Unfortunately, after years as partners doing shit neither of them wanted to do for reasons neither of them felt comfortable sharing, Snake considers Trick his best friend. Now he’ll do anything to repair the damage his own necessary lies did to their friendship because, while Trick may have walked away from the MC, Snake needs someone he trusts to have his back.

Meanwhile, Snake’s contact at the DEA has him tied up in knots. The sexy voice and inappropriate comments have him walking around with a permanent set of blue balls. Life undercover is lonely and he lives for every phone call, but his own personal Deep Throat is skittish about committing to a date once Snake returns to headquarters. As far as Snake’s concerned, they only have one shot to build something together and he’s not willing to waste it.

Greg knows he’s not Snake’s type, or anyone’s for that matter. Former love interests called him plain, chubby, and boring. More comfortable in his tech cave than with people, he’s a grade A nerd who isn’t exactly GQ material. Normally he would never be brave enough to flirt with anyone—much less the very hot and very dangerous ginger who’d been starring in his nightly fantasies—but Snake needed something to keep him from getting lost undercover. What started out as a helping hand quickly became an integral part of their relationship—if one could call a five year phone conversation a relationship—and Greg is terrified that once Snake’s sees the wizard behind the curtain, he’ll lose the only man he’s ever loved.

Now the DEA has called Snake home to plan the next stage of the mission, leaving Greg no more places to hide. When fantasy and reality collide, will it be everything Snake hopes for or everything Greg fears? The trick will be staying alive long enough to figure out the answer.

 

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“That sexy voice and those incredible brains are a potent combination.” There was a sigh and a muffled groan, reminding Greg why they were talking at close to three in the morning. “Lucky for you, my ego’s big enough to handle the challenge.”

“Your ego or your dick?” Just saying it made his mouth water and he’d give anything to see it, touch it, taste it…

“Damn, Sunshine, you gonna groan like that when I’m shoving my big ego down your throat?” The rough dirty talk was more like the Gene he knew and loved.

Yeah, as hopeless as it was, there was no other word for the feelings that ran deep and true inside him. And it was hopeless. While not conventionally handsome, Gene was everything he could ever want in a man—tall, strong, rugged, smart, and deadly—and damn him for being a ginger to boot. The type of man who had no trouble finding a willing body to fuck. The type of man who would never look twice at an out of shape, curly-haired, glasses-wearing geek. But that was his secret and as long as Gene didn’t know exactly what he looked like, he was able to hold on to the fantasy for a little while longer.

“You know I will.” He was groaning again just thinking about getting his lips anywhere near Gene’s body. “I can feel you fisting my hair, holding me still while you make me take every inch.”

“Fuck yeah, I’d grab two fistfuls and fuck that dirty mouth the way it deserves,” Gene promised. “You want that, don’t you, Sunshine? To be manhandled until your throat is raw and your lips are swollen.”

Greg fisted his own aching cock, dragging his palm from balls to tip. What he wouldn’t give for that just once. “More than anything.”

“My dirty little Valentine.” Gene’s voice was ragged and full of satisfaction. “Get your toy, dirty boy, I’m dying to pound that tight ass until you’re screaming my name.”

There was no embarrassment as he reached for the long, thick vibrating dildo he’d already prepared in anticipation of this phone call. He wanted Gene too much to allow embarrassment to stop him from experiencing whatever he could with the man. “Tell me…tell me how you want me. On my back? On my knees?”

“On your back so I can see your face,” Gene purred and Greg felt his heart skip another beat. His dirtiest fantasies had nothing on phone sex with Gene. The real thing would probably kill him.

Meet the author:

Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: to be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. The more you write, the easier it will be to write and the better you will be at writing. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With three series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.

I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters, and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.

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Our Thoughts:

Another Jessie G spectacular! In all seriousness, Jessie G seems to be an author I can rely on for consistently writing novels that deliver a strong story with depth of character, emotion and plot.

In Talk Dirty to Me, we have a chance to get to know Greg and Snake. Snake is the undercover agent (who’s not so undercover anymore) that was embedded with the Devils Pride MC. His contact and liaison with the agency was Greg. Snake’s lifeline and grasp at sanity at times was through Greg. Greg helped Snake stay focused and not lose who he was after five years with the MC.

When Snake finishes the job and Durango is gone, Snake should be able to come home. The first person he wants to see is Greg. His sunshine and light in the darkness. His voice of sanity, love and normalcy. Greg is excited yet fearful. After so many years, Snake and Greg have grown from handler and undercover agent to ‘dating’ over the phone. We’re talking full on relationship and phone sex. But, will Snake find Greg unattractive once they meet in person? Greg is worried he won’t be enough for Snake.

He is wrong. So very wrong. Snake couldn’t be more enamored with Greg and he can’t wait to actually touch and spend time with Greg. Unfortunately, all the problems in the MC and with Durango won’t go away. There’s always someone to pick-up the pieces and continue the illegal operations. Snake will have to build his own team to do this job and he goes with those he trusts the most.

Fans of the Sizzling Miami series will adore the cameos with Alaric and Davin. I personally loved the extra mileage with Ty and Chase. Especially Ty! He just has a snarkiness about him that pulls me in like a moth to a flame.  Greg gets to meet all these guys and learn to lean on them for support when he finds himself at the end of a phone yet again with Snake gone and a mole in the agency.

Snake and Greg are the perfect complement to each other as a couple. One is self-assured and confident in their skin, the other not so much. One is a computer whiz and hacker, the other not so much. It’s very much tough guy meets nerd and falls in love. Another interesting aspect to their relationship is that they never met in person for so long. This gave them the chance to get to know each other deeply without any physical attributes getting in the way. Since Greg is self-conscious about his body, this was a blessing for him. I think it was just awesome that they were able to know each other so deeply and fall in love over time. It made the moment they finally got together to sizzle and pop from the scorching heat. They’re fun, zealous and adventurous in the bedroom. Snake is completely in love with Greg and he just radiates warmth and protection when around him.

Another must-read installment in the Devils Pride MC Series. If you haven’t read any of Jessie G’s books, now is the time to take the leap and indulge!

RATIING: STILETTOS!!!

Tour Dates & Stops:

14-Mar: Sassygirl Books, Carly’s Book Reviews

16-Mar: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

18-Mar: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Foxylutely Book Reviews

21-Mar: Alpha Book Club

23-Mar: V’s Reads

25-Mar: The Dark Arts

28-Mar: Oh My Shelves

30-Mar: Happily Ever Chapter, The Hat Party

1-Apr: 3 Chicks After Dark, Velvet Panic, MM Good Book Reviews

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11-Apr: A.M. Leibowitz

13-Apr: Divine Magazine, Unquietly Me

15-Apr: Bonkers About Books

18-Apr: Kirsty Loves Books

20-Apr: Cathy Brockman Romances

22-Apr: Dawn’s Reading Nook, MM Book Escape

25-Apr: Molly Lolly, Books A to Z

27-Apr: Prism Book Alliance

29-Apr: Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook,

2-May: TTC Books and More, Bayou Book Junkie

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6-May: BFD Book Blog, Multitasking Mommas
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BLOG TOUR: Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat

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Mending the Rift by Chris T. Kat
Release Date: March 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 68,000 words
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Categories: M/M Romance, Science Fiction, MPREG

We couldn’t be happier to host Chris T. Kat today! Chris is touring for her new release, Mending the Rift. I fell head-over-heals in love with this novel! I’m excited to share it on our site today and have Chris here for a little Q & A.

Welcome! Let’s just jump right in.

Do you pay attention to literary criticism? If so, how do you handle it?

That depends on the person criticizing. There are some reviewers I’ve gotten to know and I value their opinion. These are usually people who write well-thought out reviews without personally attacking an author if the book isn’t what they expected. Most reviewers point out what they liked, and what didn’t work for them. If I read those reviews, I try to understand their POV, but this is my story and the criticism doesn’t change that particular book. One criticism that I’ve heard / read often about my books is that people didn’t like the narrator’s voice or didn’t like the way the story turned out. Guess, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine with me.

How do you come up with your titles?

Ah, titles, they’re a pain in the ass… Well, at least they are for me. Usually, I write the story, and for me to find it on the computer, it simply receives a letter, or it’s titled after the main character’s name. Awesome, huh? lol
While I write the story, I have some vague ideas for titles and scribble them down. That means the main point of the story has become crystal clear for me, so it’s easier to give the story a title. Sometimes, like in A Purrfect Match, it’s a bit of a word play. Mostly, though, I try to give my books a short title that shows the main obstacle / plot.

Mending the Rift came after I finished writing the story, and to me it’s the perfect title.

What new authors have grasped your interest?

The last book by a completely new author was Family of Lies by Sam Argent—I really, really loved that book!

I love Liv Olteano’s works and wish she’d write faster. ;-) I haven’t read a lot of books by new authors lately, though some authors are new to me. There are for example KJ Charles and Jordan L. Hawk.

What is the hardest part about writing?

This will sound odd, but the hardest part about writing is finding time to write. I can only write on the weekends, so my time is very limited. The weekends are also for our family, to play with the kids, or make trips, or spend time in our garden. Sometimes I don’t write for weeks—especially in the summer months—because there’s so much other stuff I like to do.

When I have time to write, the hardest thing is to stop on Sunday and then re-start the next Saturday. I always have to find my way back into the story and the flow of things. Once I’m back into everything, I have to stop again already!

Now for something light and fun. Name your four most important food groups.

Hmm, now that’s difficult. Since I got diagnosed with diabetes, my eating habits have changed, so my most important food groups include vegetables, meat (even though I’m not really a meat-lover) and eggs, bread, and most importantly—cake! Yes, I know that cake isn’t a food group, but I love it, so there. ;-)

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Blurb:

In a future where man’s ability to reproduce is severely compromised, humanity has adapted to survive. Breeders—male and female—have become precious commodities, and they are strictly guarded and subject to limitations.

Luca Walker is a breeder. Though he knows what’s expected of him as the youngest son of the Northern Confederacy’s Vice President, he’s held out against the pressures of an arranged marriage because he longs to marry for love, not duty. But he’s been promised to Colonel Liam Smith and there’s little he can do about it, no matter that Luca is secretly in love with his bodyguard, Marcus Gray.

When Luca finds himself pregnant with Marcus’s baby, Smith is furious and vows to take what is his—by force, if necessary. Now Luca must fight for his life and the life of his unborn child… as well as the love of Marcus and the happily ever after he’s always dreamed of.

Excerpt from Chapter Two:

Marcus rappelled off and stepped onto the ground with a crunch of his boots. Pointing at the opening with the askew ladder, he asked, “Don’t tell me you seriously considered climbing down this way.”

Luca shrugged. “I’d have preferred spontaneous levitation, but it didn’t happen.”

He yelped when Marcus put an arm around his torso and lifted him to his feet, as if he weighed nothing. “Hey!”

Marcus silenced him with a glare, and Luca gritted his teeth while Marcus thumped dust off his clothes. “Your father is livid.”

Luca swallowed. He’d expected worried, maybe a bit mad, but livid? His father never got furious at him. Not for long, anyway. Being the baby of the family had its perks. “Why?”

Why? Seriously, Luca, you have to ask why?” Marcus patted Luca’s behind more firmly than was strictly necessary.

Luca shifted, trying to get away from Marcus’s arm. When that didn’t help, he slapped Marcus’s hands away and stepped aside. He couldn’t think when he was so close to Marcus—when the man touched him, he sent shivers up and down his spine. He ignored the glower Marcus directed at him. “Yes, seriously. He knows I don’t want to marry Smith. I don’t want anything to do with all that shit. I want to decide what I’m going to do with my life.”

Marcus shook his head. “Smith is a good man. My brother Kyle worked for him. He said he always treated his people well. If you want I could try to get Kyle on the phone so you can talk to him. That is, if I can get a hold on him. Trust me, you’ll be in good hands.”

“You don’t get it! I don’t want to be in good hands!”

“No?” Marcus raised an eyebrow.

Luca huffed, a small smile forming on his lips. “Well, yes, of course I want to be in good hands. But I want someone to love me, and not just for my ability to become pregnant. I want… you.”

Luca’s heart thundered in his rib cage. There, he’d said it. The ball was in Marcus’s court. Sure, it had only been one night, and Marcus’s reaction afterward hadn’t been promising, but maybe he’d just been scared? Maybe he feared to lose his job? Nonetheless, there was more going on between them, and they both knew it. That one night had just been the last logical step. Luca regretted nothing.

For a moment Marcus seemed startled, and there was a softness in his eyes that was solely reserved for Luca. The softness vanished too quickly for Luca’s liking.

Instead, Luca was greeted with Marcus’s usual, scrutinizing gaze. “You don’t want me, and you better never mention this again. It was a mistake. Now get it out of your head and be a good boy.”

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 Meet the author:

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

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Our Thoughts:

Sometime I just can’t help myself, I fall all over a sweet story about men fighting for their partner and child. This is that one time. Mending the Rift captivated me from the opening scene. Luca is quite the handful for his parents. He’s a rare Breeder, capable of conceiving and bearing children. That makes him valuable and worth protecting.

After a third world war, biological warfare, and some seriously devastating effects, the world is trying to recover from all the harm it inflicted on the environment and it’s people. The population was almost decimated but with the help of Breeders, they’re recovering, or at least the Northern Confederacy is. The Southern Union is antiquated in its approach and it’s resulted in staggering losses.

Luca will be married off to a suitable spouse. Someone vetted and chosen for him. Luca wants Marcus, his bodyguard not someone chosen for him. This one desire, a meddling dad and some preemptive procedures set Luca and Marcus on a path of difficulty but also bliss.

What I loved about Luca was his resolve to take on his pregnancy with an open heart and mind (once he knew who the daddy truly was). He was sassy and challenging but always concerned for his baby. The epitome of a glowing parent to be, he was an emotional mess and that made him endearing. It’s the one time when excessive crying was attractive for a guy and not a turn off. Hormonal mess for the win!

While trying to navigate his first pregnancy, Luca is also trying to come to terms with his place in his world as a Breeder. He’s always had mixed feeling about his status and what it signifies.

Marcus is a rock. There for Luca, understanding and encouraging but also fiercely protective. Given the rare opportunity to love and marry a Breeder, he’s determined to protect Luca from harm and cherish what he brought to their relationship. Marcus knows the importance of being Luca’s husband and father to their children.

The turmoil of the world trickled down to Luca and Marcus. Their path isn’t easy and the threat is very real. In one pregnancy term, we witness how stressful it all is and how hard they have to fight to be together and have their child.

This book just gave me happy feels! The suspense was perfectly timed and balanced the emotional aspect in Mending the Rift. I could read several books all centered around Luca and his pregnancy follies. Or, even better, raising a head strong, spirited child. A great world to revisit, if ever in the authors plans.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

Tour Dates & Stops:

14-Mar

The Novel Approach, Alpha Book Club, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Book Lovers 4Ever, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Caraway Carter, Gay Media Reviews

15-Mar

Nephy Hart, Joyfully Jay, Carly’s Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, A.M. Leibowitz

16-Mar

Love Bytes, TTC Books and More, Havan Fellows, Jessie G. Books, Unquietly Me, MM Good Book Reviews

17-Mar

Prism Book Alliance, The Blogger Girls, V’s Reads, Divine Magazine

18-Mar

Molly Lolly, KathyMac Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, Man2ManTastic, My Fiction Nook, 3 Chicks After Dark, Bayou Book Junkie, Hearts on Fire, Inked Rainbow Reads

 

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