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RELEASE DAY SPOTLIGHT: The Rascal by Eric Arvin

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The Rascal by Eric Arvin
Release Date: October 7, 2015
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Genre: Gay Mainstream / Paranormal / Horror / Thriller
Length: Full-length Novel (61,500 words)

Today we are shining the spotlight on author Eric Arvin’s newest release with Wilde CIty Press, The Rascal. This is a prefect pre-Halloween read. Just enough thrills, horror and ghost action to start the festivities off this time of year.

Blurb:

Lana is a faded movie star who lives alone in a big house on a hill that overlooks the sea. She has lived this way since the death of her daughter and the disappearance of her husband.

Jeff and Chloe are a couple who live in a cabin below the big house. It was Chloe’s idea to strengthen their marriage; but she see’s now that it isn’t working. Jeff has become obsessed with the cabin and the old water well. Chloe only sees strangeness around her.

One night while talking on the computer with Ethan, Jeff’s brother, a feeling of dread comes to the fore. When Ethan sees a figure behind Chloe, he leaves his boyfriend and baby and sets out to save Jeff.

Chloe, Ethan and Lana come together to fight an evil that would destroy Jeff. Will they succeed or will all of them fall to the taste of a young cannibalistic ghost?

Buy the book: Wilde City Press

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Meet the author:

Some of [Arvin’s] work is as direct as Hemingway with the sensitivity of O’Connor or Shields, and yet others nuanced as if Maupin wrote a letter to Penthouse.” – Thom Fitzgerald, director THE HANGING GARDEN

Eric Arvin resides in the same sleepy Indiana river town where he grew up. He graduated from Hanover College with a Bachelors in History. He has lived, for brief periods, in Italy and Australia. He has survived brain surgery and his own loud-mouthed personal demons. Eric is the author of WOKE UP IN A STRANGE PLACE, THE MINGLED DESTINIES OF CROCODILES & MEN, SUBSURDITY, SIMPLE MEN, and various other sundry and not-so-sundry writings. He intends to live the rest of his days with tongue in cheek and eyes set to roam.

You can find Eric Arvin’s books at Amazon, Wilde City Press and All Romance eBooks.

Book Blast: Third Eye by Rick R. Reed

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Third Eye by Rick R. Reed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Horror, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Buy link: Amazon

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Excerpt:

Cayce was just about to put the paper aside when another article—and a familiar name in the byline—caught his eye. “Teenager Reported Missing,” by Dave Newton. It wasn’t so much the headline that got his attention but the picture of the young girl beneath it. Pretty. Long blonde hair. And disturbingly familiar.

Even though Fawcettville was a small town, the girl’s name, Lucy Plant, didn’t ring any bells. Perhaps Cayce had waited on her at the Elite, the diner where he worked. But still, no specific recollection came back. Cayce couldn’t visualize the girl sitting at the counter, nor at one of the booths.

And yet she looked so familiar, as if she were someone Cayce was friends with, or even a relative.

Cayce scanned the story. The girl had been reported missing by her mother yesterday afternoon, just before the storm that had caused such a turn in Cayce’s own life.

There were no clues. The girl, at least according to her mother, could not possibly have been a runaway. “Lucy’s a good girl,” Amy Plant had told Fawcettville police detective JT Simmons. “She wouldn’t even go down the block to visit a friend without telling us first.”

The last time anyone had seen Lucy Plant was when her mother looked outside the living room window. Lucy had been playing with her Barbie dolls on the front lawn.

Cayce closed his eyes. He remembered, suddenly, the storm coming, and not knowing where Luke was. He sympathized with the girl’s mother and the panic she must have felt when she couldn’t locate her daughter.

A ceiling fan. Beneath his closed lids, Cayce saw a ceiling fan. He didn’t know why. He didn’t own one himself, and the one in his parents’ living room was an entirely different model from this one, which was white, with a plain globe. His parents’ fan had four frosted-glass light fixtures and faux wood blades.

Cayce kept his eyes closed, watching the ceiling fan whirl, its blades blurring and becoming singular. There was something wrong with the fan. It didn’t work quite right.

Cayce felt nauseated and opened his eyes. His face was glazed with sweat. His stomach churned, and he was afraid he would vomit. Why was seeing a ceiling fan so disturbing? Or was this some sort of aftershock, an effect of his accident?

Cayce didn’t think so.

He glanced down at the face of Lucy Plant and sucked in some air. “Oh my God,” he whispered, “she’s dead.”

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Meet the author:

Rick R. ReedRick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Raining Men and Caregiver have both won the Rainbow Award for gay fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

Connect with the author:

Website • Blog • Facebook • Twitter • E-mail: jimmyfels@gmail.com

Giveaway:  E-book of Rick R. Reed’s thriller novella, How I Met My Man!
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BLOG TOUR: Bliss by Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau

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Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau, authors of Bliss.  We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our writing process, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our book, and even a sneak peek or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? We’re giving away a copy of the first novel we wrote together: King of Dublin!

Contest: 

Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a copy of our first joint release — King of Dublin. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise!

On September 1, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!

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About Bliss:

They’re always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.

So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.

If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

You can read an excerpt and purchase Bliss at Riptide Publishing.

About the Authors:

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape. She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly. She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Connect with Lisa:
Website • Goodreads • Facebook • Twitter

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. Her writing reflects everything she loves: diverse casts of characters, a sense of history and place, equal parts witty and filthy dialogue, the occasional mythological twist, and most of all, love—in all its weird and wonderful forms. When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her daughter or sipping a drink at her favourite coffee shop. She also writes queer-flavoured  M/F as Heloise Belleau.

Chat with her on Twitter using the handle @HeidiBelleau. Browse her website at  HeidiBelleau.com or HeloiseBelleau.com. Check out her books on Goodreads. Follow her Facebook and Tumblr accounts. Or contact her using good old-fashioned email: heidi.heloise.belleau@gmail.com

Review:

Once again I’m left a little speechless after reading a Heidi Belleau book. :) This book is cowritten with Lisa Henry, of When All the World Sleeps fame. Bringing these two authors together was a perfect union. The results were an extremely messed-up dystopian society where rehabilitation through restitution isn’t as easy as it sounds but an actual nightmare.

Bliss has the perfect villain.  Someone we can pin most of  the problems of Beulah’s justice system on. Lowell understands, knows and exploits the fault in the chips implanted in criminals enrolled in the rehabilitation through restitution program. The chip my suppress the urge for violence, but it also leaves the criminal helpless. They cannot say no, or tap into right and wrong. A wall is basically built-in their brain to keep them away from their prior memories.  All they want to do is serve. Service makes them happy.  Not real happy but the after effects of service due to the chips programming.

Unfortunately, Lowell, the guards and the doctor inserting the chips all know how the chip works and an exploitable side effect that service makes the inductees sexually turned on. That factor in the hands of an evil, immoral man sets off a chain of events that will impact many people forever.

Rory is an immigrant from Tophet to Beulah. He’s happy to be out of crime addled Tophet and in the clean, happy, crime free Beulah. In Beulah he can have a house, nice job, garden, walk in the park, basically live a nice normal, low-key existence. It’s an opportunity he is looking forward. His job, working for Lowell, is full of potential. Too bad he is assaulted by Tate in the train station on his first day.

Tate is from Tophet, like Rory. He has reduced himself to petty crimes to help provide for his daughter.  He just wants to get enough cash to move Emmy from Tophet and have food to fill her belly. He’s in Beulah to steal enough to cash in. He didn’t anticipate the cops opening his bags at the train station so a diversion in the form of punching Rory was his escape plan.

Rory and Tate could never imagine how that one event.  That split second choice would change their lives forever. Tate is forced to be chipped and pay restitution to Rory, his sponsor. All is well, Rory wants to be a kind sponsor but he noticed Tate crying and he isn’t happy like all the other Rezzies are. Lowell begins to work Rory over, telling him Tate is happiest serving in any and all capacities. Still unsure, Rory is hesitant until Tate initiates more. Then it all goes to hell very quickly.

Lowell’s perversions do not settle well with Rory. When someone Rory knows is charged with a crime against Lowell, Rory  just cannot believe it and questions everything he’s been told and has done. That is when the impact of Rory’s actions make him stand up and fight for what is right. Can anyone win in a situation controlled but the head of justice, cops and doctors all involved in the corrupt treatment of criminals?

It’s going to take a lot more than just Rory speaking out. It’s going to take Tate fighting through the pain and suffering his chip causes him to hold onto right and wrong. It’s going to take a group dedicated to exposing the failures the public doesn’t know about the chips. It’s going to take a villain falling, and hard for changes to happen. When it’s all said and done, can such inhumane treatment ever be forgiven. Can the recompense ever be enough? Will Rory and Tate ever know normal, can they ever forgive themselves and move forward or will they fall prey to being the victim the rest of their lives. Both victims, both is different ways.

Beulah and its dystopian society will really make you think about the underbelly of any society and its powerful people. Although it is a dark book to read, I think it was done well. Rory is harder on himself than anyone else is toward him, to include Tate. When someone truly knows right from wrong, they can be just as much a victim of circumstances as the actual victim.

Rory was Lowell’s puppet and he will live with that guilt for a long time. Luckily, Tate was able to find happiness with Rory in the easy times. When it was just them, relaxing and sharing. Take out the peer pressure and the controlling chips, those feeling were still real. That is the foundation they must now work off. A long road yet to forge.

Bliss is not a light read.  It’s a very dark, rough book. There’s situational violence, slavery and non consensual sex. This book will not be for everyone so please read the disclosures on the publisher’s site (Riptide Publishing) explaining what to expect and possible triggers.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS (because only Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry can write a book like this and still leave us with hope and goodness.)

 

Queens of the Apocalypse by Rob Rosen

Queens of the ApocalypsePublished on 29 January 2014
Published by Wilde City Press
Copy obtained from author.

Don your best wig, high heels and paint those dreadful nails because the drag queens of the apocalypse will not be seen with you looking all drab and unglamorous! Buckle-up for a comedic take on a zombie apocalypse. Yes, you heard me correctly! Rob Rosen managed to take a horror/thriller, added in a large dose of comedy and a dash of romance. Who knew?!

Three drag queens, Destiny, Kit Kat and Blondella are in a fight for survival when a solar flare knocks out most of the unprotected population. A radiation blast that followed reanimated those who were killed by the flare. The result, ZOMBIES! Slow moving, stinky, green and not really resourceful zombies. This is good because if you can outrun them, you’re golden! Down side is that the zombies totally outnumber the living and desire human flesh. Another down side is that the solar flare left the temperatures scorching hot. This is Vegas heat with a shot of Phoenix hot boost! So basically to recap, we have queens in caked makeup and full on glam trying to maneuver through stinky, flesh-eating zombies in hotter than hell temperatures.

In this dire situation I would want to be paired with these ladies. They were from the same performing club and had known each other for years. They knew each others ticks and quirks but they also knew how to push each others buttons. The banter back and forth had me laughing more times than I could count. The fat one, the diva, the dumb one. The cuts and jabs were slung around and were extremely entertaining. It kept the seriousness of the zombie apocalypse to a minimum and propelled my love for the girls.

The story is about making it from California to New York. Blondella’s love, Johnny, is safe there and they are determined to get the couple back together. Along the way they meet MANY obstacles and add a few people and… zombies to their rag-tag team. Yes, zombies. How could this mission not succeed?!

I recommend Queens of the Apocalypse if you want a lighter take on the zombie theme, to laugh A LOT and experience some queens cat fighting. :) The book comes with a foreward by Sister Roma that is a delightful bonus read as well.

RATING: BAD ASS (QUEENS IN) BOOTS!