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REVIEW: The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

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Release Date: February 14, 2016

Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing

Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris

Pages or Words: 212 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, LGBT

Blurb:

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Our Thoughts:

Mia Kerick packs an emotional punch with The Art of Hero Worship. Two victims of a theater shooting come together for each other and it’s more than anyone would have believed possible.

As Jase is lying in a puddle of blood on a cold theater floor, Liam swoops in. Pressing Jase under the seats and then shielding him, Liam saves Jase’s life that day. The day a fellow student, a guy from their dorm, snaps and kills multiple people. They manage to escape but the horror and fear they can’t run away from.

From the shooting to the escape to the aftermath, we’re gripped by the unfolding of events. Liam is a rock, someone to maneuver Jase through the motions of escaping and then surviving. A complete stranger becomes a guardian angel and a companion Jase can’t live without. Jase is in such a panic state that he is only settled when near Liam. In turn Liam needs to protect Jase and keep him safe.

As days pass, Jase and Liam become more attached and start to bond in a more personal and intimate way. It’s baffling because neither one has ever been attracted to another man before the shooting. Severe stress seems to be the catalyst for them to pursue more with each other. Jase is willing, no eager, to give Liam his heart and his body. With Liam he is safe. With Liam he is slowly getting his life back.

We soon discover that Liam has some demons from his past that could come between Jase and Liam. Jase cannot fathom loving Liam only to lose him and it’s at that point they have to determine what they can accept in their relationship. Liam has to be a hero but maybe what he really needs is a hero of his own to save him.

Many emotions swirl in this story. So much pain and loss. There’s also a lot of security through touch, understanding and shared experience. I enjoyed the dynamic of Liam and Jase’s relationship. They were together because it felt right. Their hearts loved each other and their minds just had to catch up with the fact that their true love was of the same sex. Liam needs to shelter, to protect, to save. Jase needs reassurance and submission. They find those things with each other. Jase truly hero worships Liam but over time they realize that they both needed a hero at different times, for different reasons.

The Art of Hero Worship is a beautiful story of strength, growth and recovery. Most of all, it show how beautiful love can be when we break away from social norms and titles.

RATING: STILETTOS!!

EXCERPT TOUR: Searching For Shelter (Sin CIty Uniforms #6) by Morticia Knight

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Searching For Shelter by Morticia Knight
Series: Sin City Uniforms book six
(Book may be read as a standalone)
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Pages or Words: 145 pages, 51,039 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller

Blurb:

Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.

After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded – how could there ever be space for love in his life?

Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue, at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.

Rich isn’t so sure about the rough looking Diego – even if he’s always thought he was hot – but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.

It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love – they want him dead.

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Excerpt:

“Whazzup, Rich.” Artie smacked him on the back. “Hey, you too.” Artie had turned his attention to Espinoza. “You’re here kinda early aren’t you? You know, I’ve been meaning to ask you all these months, are you like a biker or something? Those other guys that meet you here sometimes, are they like your gang? Ooh. Wait. Maybe you’re one of the stuntmen who do that show on the strip where the-“

“Here.” Rich shoved a clipboard at Artie that he’d retrieved from under the counter. “I need you to go in the back and do a cup and lid count.” He handed him the bent up, disheveled sleeves. “These too. Do a damage inventory and mark how many need to be replaced.”

Artie frowned at him. “Huh? We don’t usually do that till Monday. And besides, it’s morning. Don’t you need me to-“

“Please, Artie.” Rich placed a hand to his forehead. He thought he might be getting a headache. “I’d really like you to do this right now. I’ll call you out if I get too busy.”

“But what if I’m in the middle of counting and I get mixed up and-“

“Please!”

Rich took a deep breath. He wasn’t a yeller and his patience was something he treasured. However, he was pretty sure Artie had been sent to him by the universe as some sort of test. Maybe if he passed it, he could finally get a fucking boyfriend. He brought his voice down several notches.

“I apologize, Artie. I didn’t mean to snap at you like that. But it would really make me happy if you could please take care of that for me. Please?

Artie shrugged, taking the clipboard. “Sure, Rich. You don’t have to get your panties in a twist.”

After Artie had finally made his way to the stockroom, Rich angled his body around to face Espinoza. The expression radiating back at him was one of amusement. Espinoza’s gaze was still pinned on him. He arched an eyebrow.

“Alone at last.”

Rich reined in the urge to titter, giggle or otherwise sound like a goofball in response. He cleared his throat again instead, not sure what to say or where they’d left off in the conversation before the Artie tsunami had swept through.

“Jay?”

Rich blinked at him a few times, attempting to make the connection between Jay and the amazing brown eyes staring back at him. How could such a tough-looking guy have such beautiful long lashes? It wasn’t fair.

“Rich? You with me still?”

“Yeah, I…” Am definitely not thinking about your eyelashes. “Right. Jay.”

Rich shook his head in frustration. He hated unexpected moments. Planning his behavior and responses perfectly kept him from feeling out of control and stupid. When he’d finally worked up the nerve to ask Brett out to coffee, he’d practiced what he was going to say for a week in advance. He had no problem coming up with witty repartee under normal circumstances, was easily the social butterfly when necessary and the customers loved him, but a potential date? He’d turn into a tongue-tied hot mess.

“The whole Jay thing was a fail. In short, I’ll never be seeing or speaking to him again, so I wouldn’t let that be of concern.”

Espinoza remained close to the counter, leaning on one hip.

So fucking hot.

Buy the book:

Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/searching-for-shelter

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Searching-Shelter-City-Uniforms-Book-ebook/dp/B01957SCQC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452156664&sr=1-1&keywords=morticia+knight

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Searching-Shelter-City-Uniforms-Book-ebook/dp/B01957SCQC/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1452156703&sr=1-3

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/searching-for-shelter-morticia-knight/1123118056?ean=9781784309503

Meet the author:

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Where to find the author:

Pride Publishing Author Page: https://www.pride-publishing.com/index.php?route=product/author/info&author_id=229

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/authormorticiaknight?fref=nf

Website/blog: http://www.morticiaknight.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/morticiaknight/

Our thoughts:

I can’t get enough of stories with a sweet guy being protected by his big, bad cop boyfriend. That’s what eventually happens in Searching for Shelter after Diego and Alex start dating.

Watching each other from afar just isn’t cutting it for Diego so he takes the plunge and asks the cute barista, Alex, out. Alex had just endured another date from hell. He’s more than anxious to see what Diego has to offer.

From the beginning these two are a fun couple. They’re consumed with getting to know each other, being open and having fun. They take it slow and really get comfortable. Courting at its best.

They become invested in each others choices, careers, friends and most importantly, their happiness. Diego is impressed with Alex, he’s a hard worker and gives so much of his time and talent to the homeless shelter.

The Search and Rescue side of Diego really shines through. Diego is extremely calm, sweet, thoughtful and all about taking care of Alex. His protective side really shines through and is welcomed when they discover someone is out to kill Alex after he witnesses a murder.

This story had the prefect amount of love and support mixed with suspense and drama. Reading Morticia Knight is always a treat!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

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20-Jan

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21-Jan

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25-Jan

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Cover Reveal: The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

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The Art of Hero Worship by  Mia Kerick
Release Date: February 14, 2016
Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris
Pages or Words: 212 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, LGBT

We’re excited to share the cover for author Mia Kerick’s upcoming release, The Art of Hero Worship. The story is phenomenal and the cover is stunning. Be sure to read the excerpt and gawk over the amazing cover before entering the giveaway.  14 February cannot come fast enough!

Blurb:

Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.

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Excerpt:

Pop-pop-pop….

No, I’m not even remotely safe. But thankfully I play dead far better than my dog did when I taught him that trick at the age of seven.

The shots are earsplitting and getting louder because the shooter’s heading our way. I’m so fucking scared I’m trembling violently, but I promised the guy lying on top of me that I’d stay still. I concentrate on taking short shallow breaths, one after another, in my effort to stop trembling. To stay frozen—like I’ve been since I pulled Ginny to the floor and promptly let go of her hand so I could curl up into a tight fetal ball.

Somebody near me sits up, scrambles to his knees, and impulsively crawls toward the far aisle.

Pop-pop-pop…

“Bang, bang… you’re dead.” The voice comes from directly above me; it’s blank and monotone and controlled. The weird snicker that follows is chilling. I want nothing more than to throw the big guy off my back and run like hell toward the double doors, but I just keep on going with the short breaths and stay as still as I’ve ever been in my life. Even in my terrified state, I know that the guy on top of me is totally exposed and I can’t move because I’ll cheat him out of his life, for sure. Which is so not cool when he’s trying to save mine.

I smell blood. Never noticed the smell of blood before. It reminds me of Grandma’s penny collection… if it got spilled onto the sticky floor of the theater. The scent of old copper is everywhere… like wet pennies strewn all around me on the floor.

Pop-pop-pop…

Shooter’s right above us now. Don’t move… don’t move… don’t move….

“Dear God, help us!” This request seems to catch the shooter’s attention and he turns around and steps away from us. I curse myself for feeling as relieved, and maybe even glad, as I do.

Pop-pop-pop….

We wait and it seems like forever. We wait as voices beg and plead and pray and he shuts them up with bullets. We wait as the sound of shots moves to the front left near the exit, where I figure he’s shooting at anyone who tries to get out through the double doors.

And then, for a second, it’s quiet.

“Now….” The big guy’s voice is whispering but it seems to blast into my left ear. “We have to make our move now.” Before I agree, the heaviness of his body lifts and I feel cold and exposed. “This is our chance to get outta here….”

His hand is attached to the back of my wrist, clutching me so hard that I know I’ll have fingerprint bruises for a week… if I live so long.

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Meet the author:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mia.kerick

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Mia-KerickAuthor-231404220346244/

Twitter: @MiaKerick

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Website: www.miakerick.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6474518.Mia_Kerick

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Kerick/e/B009KSTG9E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1410298098&sr=8-2

Tour Date & Stops:

14 January 2016

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BOOK BLAST: Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by JP Kenwood

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Games of Rome by JP Kenwood
Series: Dominus book two
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: JPK Publishing
Pages or Words: 107,000 words, 339 pages
Cover Artist: Fiona Fu
Categories: Alternate Universe, Bisexual, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, Humor, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller

Blurb:

In this sequel to Dominus, Gaius Fabius Rufus, the victorious general of Rome’s brutal Dacian Wars, finds his loyalties and his affections pulled in different directions. Should he return to Rome and secure his claim to the imperial throne, or remain at his seaside villa and protect his pleasure slave, the fierce Dacian prince, Allerix? Retaliation for the murder of his beloved friend beckons him home, but his desire for justice could put both him and Allerix in mortal danger. As Gaius’s deceptions multiply, another tragedy strikes. Will the Lion of the Lucky IV Legion be forced to sacrifice his besotted heart to achieve his aspirations for supreme power?

Every moment since Allerix’s violent capture has tested the young prince’s fortitude and cunning. If he can kill the triumphant emperor who decimated his Dacian nation, revenge and immortality will be his glorious, everlasting rewards. But to realize his scheme for vengeance, he must deceive the Roman master whose body he lusts, the handsome, arrogant man whom he has grown to adore and admire. Can two former enemies—the conqueror and the conquered—find trust and true love, or are the consequences of war destined to tear them apart? Can Gaius and Allerix survive the perilous games of Rome?

Dominus is a plot-packed erotic m/m fantasy set in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Trajan (AD 98-117). Games of Rome is the second book in this alternative history saga—a tumultuous journey of forbidden love, humor, sex, friendship, political intrigue, deception, and murder

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Excerpt:

“On your knees, Allerix. There’s to be no screaming here at Domina’s estate, not with Avia sleeping down the hall from my guest room. Will you be able to stifle your cries?”

Alle looked up and swallowed. “You’d better gag me, sir.”

Gaius laughed. “Wise answer. I intend to spank your fit bum until your fucking toes tingle. And once I’ve slapped your arse scarlet hot, I’ll introduce you to a most wicked device I’ve brought from the playroom. Do you have any idea how much I love watching a boy squirm in ecstatic frustration, how much I enjoy denying him his exquisite release?”

Alle exhaled loudly but said nothing.

“That was a direct fucking question, Alle.”

“Yes, Dominus.”

“If I’m satisfied with your obedience, I’ll impale your tight heat until my thick, noble cream spills out of your arse and drips down your long, furry legs. And if you beg sweetly, I might suck your gorgeous cock until you come so hard those beautiful eyes of yours roll back in your fucking skull.”

Buy the book:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/571467

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Games-Rome-Dominus-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0187TP3NY

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/games-of-rome-jp-kenwood/1122573036?ean=2940152110036

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/games-of-rome/id1033316490

Meet the author:

When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a dusty history tome, JP Kenwood relishes reading and writing plot-packed erotic m/m fiction with strong romantic elements sprinkled with humor and angst. Her alternate history series, Dominus, features an ensemble of memorable characters—masters and slaves, senators and soldiers, lawyers and freedmen, wives and whores—who live, laugh, and lust during the Golden Age of imperial Rome. The second book of this series, Games of Rome, follows our auburn-haired protagonist, Gaius Fabius, and his Dacian captive turned pleasure slave, Allerix, as they struggle to overcome heartache and hatred while searching for justice, vengeance and love. Her fiction works to date include Dominus: Fragmentum 1 February (2013), Dominus (2014), “Bashir,” in the Kickass Anthology (2014), and now Games of Rome (2015). She adores offering readers free short stories tied to the Dominus universe; Dominus: Fragmentum 2 December will be available before the end of 2015. JP spends most days writing fiction and non-fiction, researching historical curiosities, traveling the world, cooking gourmet fare for her handsome husband, and relaxing with a good glass of wine, or two.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jp.kenwood

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JPKenwood

Main author blog at http://jpkenwood.com

Tour Date & Stops:

January 5, 2016

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