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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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Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders

Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders
A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series
Released: 1 March 2016
Published: LLS Books
Pages: 165 Pages

Blurb:

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

Author website: http://leslieleesanders.com

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Our Thoughts:

Darkness Eternal is a dystopian, science fiction story about a group of people living underground in a sphere. A big event forced them into this pod of life with its multiple levels.

Unfortunately, their leader started to feel the need to be the ultimate decision maker in everything. Anyone who disagreed with him would be sent on missions sure to result in death. He was selective in his choices for who entered the sphere from the beginning. No couples could conceive and the young were raised in the manner that Dr. Randolph felt best served his purpose.

It isn’t until two cadets, Vince and Connor, that Dr. Randolph’s  perfect society begins to falter. One fated mission put them on the path of truth. Randolph, Vince’s dad, has been manipulating everyone and left hundreds to die. Now the two cadets and the people left behind must do what they can to stop the course Randolph has set into motion. All before he collapses the whole sphere that provides their safety and every need.

The suspenseful element was written really well. We don’t know how things will proceed or turn out. It’s like we’re stepping through everything right alongside Connor. His descriptions are vivid and his thoughts are clear. Connor is a bit naïve because of the way he was raised and manipulated. I felt this brought a lot of interest to the story. It’s like we’re all experiencing what is happening at the same time as Connor. Only a few really know the truth and they’ve been exiled. Now, transparency is real.

Vince was a strong man. His feelings for Connor had been suppressed by his father and their societies silly rules against same-sex relationships. Seeing these two fight their urges and then eventually give in was sweet and a nice side to the main action. Tamara, their friend and fellow cadet, brought a great attitude and a sharp tongue. She was the perfect relief at the right moment. Whether it was words or wisdom, sass or concern she was always there with perfect timing and her loyalty was strong.

Overall, the world building was just right for this story. Just enough to know what was going on, but not an information dump. I found this to be an interesting story of survival, hope, and potential for a better world.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

COVER REVEAL: 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

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.

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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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Tour Dates & Stops:

January 15, 2016

Parker Williams, Divine Magazine, Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook, Bayou Book Junkie, Full Moon Dreaming, A.M. Leibowitz, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Man2ManTastic, BFD Book Blog, V’s Reads, The Blogger Girls, Molly Lolly, 3 Chicks After Dark, Louise Lyons, Mikky’s World of Books, MM Good Book Reviews, Alpha Book Club, Bonkers About Books, Bending the Bookshelf, Nephy Hart, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Velvet Panic, The Hat Party

 

 

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BOOK BLAST: The Planet Whisperer by EE Montgomery

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The Planet Whisperer by E.E. Montgomery
Release Date: December 4, 2015
Pages or Words: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Science Fiction

Blurb:

Jonah Starovski, a Planet Whisperer, harnesses the energy surrounding dead planets and redirects it into new growth. Abandoned by the man who bought him from a brothel sixteen years ago, Jonah flounders in a world he’s ill equipped to deal with. He must accept the help of a stranger in order to rebuild his life.

First Lieutenant Marcus Davis volunteers as Jonah’s assistant without realizing the terraforming process requires Jonah’s sexual release. Balanced on the knife-edge of fear and ambition, Marcus is faced with his mother’s machinations and threats to his career. Marcus’s parents bring their illegal scientific experiments to the planets Jonah is terraforming just as Marcus learns to accept himself and his feelings for Jonah. At the same time, Jonah’s past catches up to him, putting them both in danger.

Jonah and Marcus must trust in each other to put a stop to the illegal activities, rescue an endangered animal, and create the future they both want—a future they can share.

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“You’re offering to help?” Jonah whispered harshly, his throat raw from the tension still riding his body. “Are you sure you want to know what I need to finish this?”

Jonah almost smiled at the wariness that crept into the lieutenant’s gaze, but the amusement that relaxed his features died when Davis nodded.

“I’ve orders to assist you in any way you need.”

Anger flooded him then. The stupid man was so focused on carrying out his orders he didn’t know what he was offering. What he was risking. “Are you volunteering to help me, Lieutenant?” The roughness in Jonah’s voice smoothed to a silken purr, and the lieutenant’s expression finally showed the uncertainty it should have all along.

Jonah felt guilty at the pleasure he felt in bringing that expression to Davis’s face. But only a little. He decided the lieutenant was a smart man when he stepped away.

“Tell me what I have to do, and I’ll tell you if I can help.”

Jonah forced a grin. He hadn’t tried to take control like this since Wes—better not to go there. Not while he was standing with power still tight in his body. The fallout would be beyond his control. Instead he reached out and grabbed the lieutenant’s hand and pushed it roughly against the aching length of his dick.

“This is what you have to do, Lieutenant. The power is stored there and needs to be released. My dick, your mouth. Get the picture?”

Davis snatched back his hand and fumbled a few steps back from the momentum. But he didn’t leave. Jonah frowned. He’d been sure he’d scare him off with that. “What’s your name, Lieutenant? If you’re going to suck me off, it seems a little ridiculous that I don’t know your name.”

“I didn’t say I was going to suck you off,” Davis exclaimed.

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Meet the author:

E E Montgomery wants the world to be a better place, with equality and acceptance for all. Her philosophy is: We can’t change the world but we can change our small part of it and, in that way, influence the whole. Writing stories that show people finding their own ‘better place’ is part of E E Montgomery’s own small contribution.

Thankfully, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for stories that show people growing in their acceptance and love of themselves and others. A dedicated people-watcher, E E finds stories everywhere. In a cafe, a cemetery, a book on space exploration or on the news, there’ll be a story of personal growth, love, and unconditional acceptance there somewhere.

Where to find the author:

Web, blog and free short stories: www.eemontgomery.com
Email: eemontgomery11@gmail.com
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Tour Dates & Stops:

4 December 2015

Parker Williams, MM Good Book Reviews, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, BFD Book Blog, Jessie G. Books, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming, Inked Rainbow Reads, Havan Fellows, The Hat Party, Bayou Book Junkie, Velvet Panic, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, Mikky’s World of Books, Up All Night, Read All Day, Decadent Delights, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Emotion in Motion, Ogitchida Book Blog, Carly’s Book Reviews, Butterfly-O-Meter, Iyana Jenna

 

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