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BLOG TOUR: All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) by Ann Gallagher

AllTheWrongPlaces_TourBannerWelcome to the Riptide Publishing/Ann Gallagher blog tour for All the Wrong Places, the latest installment in the Bluewater Bay series!
ABOUT THE BOOK:

AllTheWrongPlaces_600x900Three cheating girlfriends in a row have given skateboarder Brennan Cross the same excuse: he wasn’t meeting their needs. Desperate and humiliated, he goes to the professionals at the local sex shop for advice.

Zafir Hamady, a sales clerk at Red Hot Bluewater, has an unusual theory: he doesn’t think Brennan is a bad lover. In fact, he doesn’t think Brennan is heterosexual. Or sexual at all, for that matter. He also can’t stop thinking about Brennan. But even if he’s right and Brennan really is asexual, that doesn’t mean Zafir has a chance. Brennan’s never dated a man, and Zafir’s never met anyone who’s game for a Muslim single father with a smart mouth and a GED.

Brennan’s always thought of himself as straight. But when sex is explicitly out of the mix, he finds himself drawn to Zafir for the qualities and interests they share. And Zafir can’t help enjoying Brennan’s company and the growing bond between Brennan and his son. They work well together, but with so many issues between them, doubts creep in, and Brennan’s struggle with his identity could push away the one person he didn’t know he could love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann Gallagher is the slightly more civilized alter ego of L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher, and Lori A. Witt. So she tells herself, anyway. When she isn’t wreaking havoc on Spain with her husband and trusty two-headed Brahma bull, she writes romances just like her wilder counterparts, but without all the heat. She is also far too mature to get involved in the petty battle between L.A. and Lauren, but she’s seriously going to get even with Lori for a certain incident that shall not be discussed publicly.

 

GIVEAWAY:

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist

(excluding All The Wrong Places, but including books written as L.A. Witt or Lauren Gallagher) and a $10
Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 20 th , and winners will be
announced on June 21 st . Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

Blog Tour and Review: 24/7 (The Subs Club #4) by J.A. Rock

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Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release, 24/7—Book 4 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $15 Riptide Publishing gift card!

About 24/7

We started the Subs Club to make the kink community safer for subs. Except now the others are so busy chasing their happy endings, it’s like they’ve forgotten what Bill did to Hal and the fact that he got away with it. They used to think I was betraying Hal’s memory by hooking up with the owners of the club where he died. Now they don’t seem to care about any of it anymore.

Maybe I am sometimes angry with GK and Kel for giving Bill a second chance, but they’ve been mentoring me for a year now, and whatever else they’ve done, they make me feel incredibly safe. So I want to try something: I want to offer them my complete submission, 24/7. To serve the people who forgave Bill. That’s the way I want to hurt.

Except I’m starting to care about them in a way I never meant to—and I think they feel the same way. But after Hal, I don’t know if I want to be in love again. Because what I really need, more than anything, is to see Bill brought to justice. Even if I have to do it myself. Even if it means losing GK and Kel.

—Gould

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About the Subs Club series

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

About the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including By His Rules, Take the Long Way Home, and, with Lisa Henry, The Good Boy and When All The World Sleeps. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website: www.jarockauthor.com

Blog: http://jarockauthor.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jarockauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ja.rock.39

Giveaway

J.A. Rock is giving away $15 in Riptide Publishing credit. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 11, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Our Thoughts

From the beginning of the series, Gould is the one friend we know the least about. What we do knows is that he was Hal’s best friend since childhood and they became involved in a relationship that didn’t quite work out. Hal is taken from Gould in the most unfortunate way, during a BDSM scene at club Riddle. The whole situation was tragic and handled in such a way that no one really knew what really happened and who was to blame. Gould feels it is 100 percent obvious. Bill, the Dom Hal was playing with, was responsible and he got off. He didn’t pay. He is alive living his life (not in jail, not paying for his crime) and Hal is dead.

Gould was the quiet one of the bunch. When they wanted him to take part in their group conversations, they could always count on him to be there and respond in the affirmative. It’s like Gould was just part of the furniture. This is why we don’t know him well going into his story. What we quickly discover is that Gould is a mess. Thank goodness for the internal dialogue JA Rock writes for Gould. Without it, we’d have nothing on him. He just doesn’t speak his mind. Ever. It’s actually frustrating at times and impacts his relationships and potential play partners. He never really says what he wants or needs in a scene let alone when with friends. He just goes along with whatever is done, suggested, or planned.

Gould starts to play with Greg and Kel, the owners of Riddle. I truly wondered if he was doing this to get revenge for them forgiving Bill and mentoring him after the trial. Soon, it is apparent that he actually is attracted to Kel and has a growing fondness for Greg as well. The whole Bill and Hal situation just muddies up everything for Gould. He’s still grieving but does it silently and internally. No one can help him because he just won’t talk! Gould asks Kel to be his Master so he can be her slave, thinking the degradation and humiliation will help break him and remove all the pain. That might have worked if he wasn’t holding onto so much pain and guilt. He thinks so lowly of himself but he’s also seriously missing Hal. He’s not whole and trying to become whole through humiliation isn’t the answer.

Needless to say, it becomes a total shit storm (sorry for the language but it is) for everyone, Gould, Greg, Kel, Dave, Miles, and Kamen. Even as the story finishes I felt Gould was still unstable. Finally healing, yes. Better, yes. Still unstable, yes. He was just so all over the place emotionally and he had no outlet. no communication skills to work through everything and heal. Instead, he deflects and thinks that giving up who he is through being a slave will make everything better. The pain from losing Hal would disappear. Thing is, Gould was holding onto Hal so tightly that he would never be able to let go of the pain. He sought memories of Hal out, trying so hard to hold on to every memory that he was self-sabotaging.

If I had to choose one word to describe Gould and his story, it would be complex. I still don’t feel I fully know him or understand his wants or needs. I do believe that’s because he doesn’t either. Gould will continue to be an enigma in chaos until he fully heals and that’s totally okay. He has amazing friends and they are there for him in good and bad times.

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

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Released: May 23, 2016

Publisher/link: Riptide Publishing

Page count: 93 pages

Blurb:

Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.

When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn’t think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.

If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.

Our Thoughts:

Loud and Clear is the perfect retreat from life for a few hours. Those hours devoted to two men and their brief, yet impressionable, moments together.

Jaxon is a cabbie who happens to pick up Caleb from an upscale bar on a Tuesday night. From the start, Caleb is quiet, yet polite. Jaxon prefers quiet drunks to those who are loud and destructive. Caleb likes that Jaxon didn’t try to keep conversing with him. Jaxon respects Caleb’s space and that’s why he request him again the next week, and the week after that.

Every time, Caleb is the same towards Jaxon. Quiet and polite. Caleb takes a chance and leaves a note on his receipt. Jaxon is surprised but doesn’t acknowledge it.  How can he? His dyslexia is so severe that he can’t read easily. Of course he won’t disclose that to Caleb.

Caleb has a secret of his own and it become clear one night when Jaxon picks Caleb up and he notices he’s super intoxicated. Jaxon basically saves Caleb from a dangerous situation and that’s the first time Jaxon hears Caleb speak and it’s with a severe stutter. A dyslexic man who thinks he’s stupid because he can’t read and a  man with a bad stutter who tries to break that same stereotype somehow find each other in a big city.

Neither one is inclined to judge the other. It seems that they will have to either make each other comfortable despite their differences and accept them or lose the opportunity to get to know each other. Jaxon is pretty amazing. He goes above and beyond to make Caleb comfortable by learning sign language. So thoughtful and sweet. It’s just a few works and key phrases, but it’s enough to show he cares and no other man has ever made the effort for Caleb before, so it speaks volumes.

It’s the little things like this that were endearing and had me smiling through this story. I’m always partial to characters with dyslexia or other learning disabilities. Maybe that’s why I liked Loud and Clear. Or maybe because it’s a well written short story, unique in content and made he smile…. a lot!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Blog Tour and Review: Risk Aware by Amelia C. Gormley

We’re pleased to be on Amelia C. Gormley’s blog tour for Risk Aware! Welcome, Amelia!

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Hi, and welcome to the RISK AWARE blog tour!

RISK AWARE is probably the longest single writing project I’ve ever undertaken. I started working on the concept in the spring of 2013, not long after I finished writing SAUGATUCK SUMMER. Geoff and Robin first appeared as minor characters—already in an established relationship—in SAUGATUCK SUMMER and I wanted to pursue their backstory.

Disabled people aren’t generally featured in BDSM fiction, and the sorts of BDSM usually portrayed is largely focused on activities that could be injurious—if not actually fatal—to something with Geoff’s condition. The story concept gave me an opportunity to examine several things we don’t often see in erotic romance. But it also meant I had to step far outside my own personal sphere of knowledge and experience on multiple levels. Which meant research was required.

Lots and lots of research.

The upshot is that the book took me over two years to write. If you’ve followed my posts on other blog tours in the past, you’ll know that’s highly unusual for me. I wrote SAUGATUCK SUMMER—a longer book—in about fifteen days. A lot of this is because I kept setting the manuscript aside to work on other projects and then taking a while to get back into things. But most of it is that getting it right required so much effort. So it’s particularly gratifying to finally get to share it with everyone who has been waiting for Geoff and Robin’s story, and also with people who may just be coming into the Saugatuck universe.

So thank you for being here!

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About Risk Aware

Tattoo artist Geoff Gilchrest is convinced his life is some sort of cosmic joke. Why else would a hemophiliac also be a masochist? He’s given himself more than one elbow bleed since puberty just doing what guys do when alone and bored, so forget about whips and chains. How many partners would contemplate playing with someone even a mild flogging could kill?

Gallery owner Robin Brady knows he can deliver what Geoff needs: to be taken to the edge of danger but never beyond. But Robin came to Saugatuck to get away from the leather scene and heal from a betrayal by his former sub, so he’s not sure he should get involved with Geoff. His ambivalence isn’t helped by the fact that Geoff’s unwillingness to communicate about his well-being hits Robin in some very raw places.

Geoff’s hemophilia isn’t the obstacle he thinks it is. Instead, a lack of trust—on both their parts—is what could end them before they have a chance to begin.

Check out an excerpt of Risk Aware at Riptide.

About Amelia C. Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4th grade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men. When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas—they really should know better by now.) She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun everywhere.

Wesbite: ameliacgormley.com

Tumbr: ameliacgormley.tumblr.com

Twitter: @ACGormley

Goodreads: goodreads.com/ameliacgormley

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Risk Aware, Amelia is giving away an ebook copy of the Strain series. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 14, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Our Thoughts:

Blown away! Yes, I was blown away by how intense this book was with the BDSM play, knowing it was about two men with huge issues. Usually that keeps the play a bit more toned down but this was edge play all the way! Those who like to read intense, gritty BDSM play will not be disappointed. Add to that the sincere respect and eventual love between Robin and Geoff, Risk Aware is a five-star novel.

Robin is trying to remove himself from the BDSM scene, but the draw is just too much. He’s still spinning from the lawsuit his ex slapped him with and the fact he will always have to fear people not understanding his lifestyle. He’s a serious Dom, taking every risk into consideration, never playing dangerously. That’s why he’s surprised to find himself looking for a submissive one night is Saugatuck.

Geoff carries a huge burden. He’s a hemophiliac with an intense desire to scene in some heavy BDSM play. The type of play to leave welts, bruises, and broken skin. He knows it could be dangerous, that’s the appeal. He’s also too conscientious to even consider doing the act. Now he feel unfulfilled and sad with his life. So much guilt from his overprotective mother through he years has really messed with Geoff’s mind. Now that both his parents are gone, his sister is pushing him to take a few risks and enjoy life. Would she say that if she knew what Geoff truly desired?

When these two men meet up, it’s flames and fireworks! They’re hot for each other from the start but Geoff withholds the fact he’s a hemophiliac. When Robin finds out, he’s shocked that Geoff would be so careless. Robin is willing to research and do what is necessary to keep Geoff safe while they play but communication is key. If Geoff isn’t willing to disclose everything and let Robin in, they don’t stand a chance.

We see quite a bit of growth in Geoff as the months pass by. He starts to trust Robin and see himself in a different light. He hates feeling different and treated like an invalid. Robin helps him see that being cared for and feeling the need to withhold becauseof his hang-ups are two separate things. Geoff has to break past the wall built around him by his mother and trust himself, his knowledge of his body, and Robin. Robin also has to work through his issues with his past. Being forced into dominating past what he’s comfortable giving will not happen again. It’s all about trust, full disclosure, and risk awareness.

Together they fly and it’s absolutely beautiful. The BDSM play is intense and carefully executed. Geoff is always so blissed out and Robin is the ultimate caregiver. Both truly get what they need within their relationship. No big black moments in this novel…. Yay! Just a story of two men navigating their issues to trust and love completely for the first time. The gradual slide into a complete and satisfying relationship that is sometimes mundane and sweet, other times bold, daring and severe. Always, it is lovely. Loved this story, loved Geoff and Robin from start to finish.

RATING:  STILETTOS!!