A little bit dirty…a lot romantic!
One Night by Christie Ridgway is LIVE!
By Liv Rancourt
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Contact: Liv Rancourt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks so much for having me back on It’s About the Book! I’m excited to be talking about my newest release, Aqua Follies.
One thing that sets Aqua Follies apart is the time period in which the story takes place. I picked 1955, not only because the real Aqua Follies were a regular summer event in 1950s Seattle, but also because the ‘50s were such a tough time to be a gay man. Continue reading Guest Post & Giveaway: Aqua Follies by Liv Rancourt
Title: The Takedown
Series: Superpowered Love #8
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Blurb: Jody Aguirre’s family was kidnapped and tortured by witch hunters, and after a few days of captivity, he’s all that’s left. Using his frosty awakened superpowers, Jody manages to escape—and is rescued from the side of the road by Bren Faulkner’s stretch Town Car. Bren, a hot-thermal awakened with government connections, promises to help find the witch hunters who destroyed Jody’s life.
While navigating his trauma and pain, Jody comes to rely on Bren for more than just food, his house, and his superpowered connections. Brendan is all that reminds Jody what’s left to live for, and a strong advocate for justice vs. vengeance, like the proverbial knight in shining armor he is. As their affection for one another deepens and their attraction becomes impossible to deny, Bren wonders if acting on their feelings would be taking advantage. Jody, meanwhile, struggles to claw his way back to something like normality, knowing that Bren’s part of the solution, not the problem.
But none of it matters if they don’t take down those witch hunters. Continue reading Guest Post & Giveaway: The Takedown by Katey Hawthorne
Now a little bit about Dim Sum Asylum the novel. It was originally a short story in Charmed and Dangerous, a fantastic anthology created by JCP. When I was invited to contribute, I couldn’t type yes fast enough and so, the original short Dim Sum Asylum was created. Other authors have taken their contributions and expanded on them, delivering full length pieces but I hadn’t planned on doing that… mostly because of time.
Then Lynn West, the Editor in Chief of Dreamspinner Press, said to me; I want that story. One does not simply turn down Lynn and to be honest, I really enjoyed writing Roku. There was a lot about the world and his life I couldn’t fit into the short story and expanding Dim Sum Asylum would give me that chance.
So I folded it into the queue and after a few months of unstitching the short story and weaving in the pieces I’d always longed to put in, Dim Sum Asylum the novel was born. This is my first urban fantasy romance and I had a blast writing it. A lot of romantic tension, a bit of suspense and murder plus a whole lot of magical creatures and fantastical people. Oh…and there’s Bob the Cat.
It is available on June 9, 2017 at Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I loved writing it.
This tour is a serialized story featuring Roku MacCormick, the lead in Dim Sum Asylum and will be told over the blog tour stops. AND there is a separate giveaway on each stop so be sure to follow the short story, enter to win and grab a copy of Dim Sum for your ereader or bookshelf!
Wok This Way (A Dim Sum Asylum Short)
I was running on fumes.
There was a hint of a nap at the station, a restless hour where I’d fallen asleep on one of the bullpen’s uncomfortable, ancient couches only to be woken up by the day shift rattling about the main room with hot coffee, loud chatter and then regrets for waking me when I sat up, probably looking like one of the risen dead. A lukewarm shower in the Inspectors’ lounge followed by a few shots of sweet espresso and I was on my way, grateful for the spare clothes I kept in my locker.
And still no fucking sign of Arnett.
I left a note for Gaines with his assistant, a hastily scribbled fuck this partner you gave me, Uncle kind of note and headed out. I got a call from Yamada telling me he was hitting the latest crime scene one last time to see if there was anything else he could find out and thanking me for taking the judge on by myself so he could get some sleep.
It was a win-win for me. Yamada, for all his easy-going nature, pretty much is the world’s largest dick if he hasn’t gotten enough sleep or food. I already lacked charm. I didn’t need a bad-cop worse-cop shtick going on when questioning a hedge witch with a casting addiction.
After telling Yamada to meet up with me when he was done, I did a quick stop at Nobu’s for a bento then headed down to the Embarcadero and threw myself into the craziness that was the Yoshinaki Market.
Sitting at the edge of the piers and half a block from the ferry landing, the Market is an odd mixture of swap meet, farmers’ market and prepared food stalls where someone could pretty much get anything they needed if they were willing to pay enough for it. Housed in a series of connected old warehouses, the Market was a throwback from the days of people shopped for their dinner every evening before heading up the hills to their homes, it became a haven for hedge witches about the time I was born after restrictions were lifted on homeopathic spellcraft.
Making Yoshinaki Market the perfect place for a rogue hedge witch like Murgatroid.
“Okay, Stall 431.” I consulted the directory at one of the Market’s many openings. “Okay, over to the left and down to the back.”
I’d have thought at midday the Market would be less crowded but the rain drove people indoors so I was fighting for walking space with mostly tourists and a few staunch locals intent on finding a bargain or maybe something to get their warts to fall off. I didn’t judge. Mostly. I don’t think anyone could blame me for side-eyeing a pink-winged male fae in a yellow Hawaiian shirt, Kelly green cargo shorts and recycled-from-tires chanclas. It wasn’t the outfit so much as the loud cooing noises he made when following a woman I could only assume was his wife based on her dress matching his loud shirt.
I gave them a wide berth and pushed my way down the main walk, counting out the stall rows as I went by. From what I’d seen on the map the stall was essential the first one on row 43, the last walkway in the Market and up against the wall overlooking the Bay. Stall 431 was a prime location, a corner booth with a window, probably a legacy spot inherited by generations of squid taco makers and the first stall everyone who walked down from the Market’s far left door would encounter but there was a hell of a lot of competition. Even though I’d wolfed down a huge bento an hour earlier, my stomach growled at the aromatic steam trails wafting up from the Market’s food row.
“Focus, MacCormick. Find the witch and figure out what the hell she did to those charms. Then you can grab some chow fun.” The guy handing the wok at the noodle place gave me a wink and it was one I readily returned with a grin. He was hot, handsome in a tumble once in the back of a store room kind of way and it was a pity I was on the clock because I was pretty sure we could find someplace large enough to fit both of us. Shrugging ruefully, I called out to him, hoping he wasn’t offended when I continued on to 431. “I’ll be back for some…noodles later.”
I didn’t get a reply so I wasn’t going to hold my breath about that store room.
I’d come down the second walkway so I could get a good look at the stall before I moved in. I heard Murgatroid before I saw her. There was no mistaking her air-raid siren pitched shrill or the cloud of Easter-Egg streaked frizzy blonde hair framing her skinny face. There was nothing of the judge in her features and little rational thought in her wide, dark brown eyes, her vacant stare nearly hidden behind a pair of enormous, rhinestone frames. Dressed in what could only be called early hippie, she worked the front of the stall, attempting to coax customers in to try their tako tacos and from the streams of people going past her, Murgatroid wasn’t having much luck.
“Wait…” I studied the stall’s sign. “Tako? They’re supposed to be serving rainbow-swirl squid. What’s with the octopus? What happened to the—”
“Cop! Randy! It’s the cops!” She screamed at the man working behind the metal stall’s counter. Swirling back around, her skirts flung out in waves around her pale, stick-thin legs and she screeched louder, her voice rising above the Market’s noisy clamor. “I’m not going back to jail! I’ll kill you and everyone else first!”
Then Anges Murgatroid raised her arms over her head, chanting as her hands twisted into an origami fold of fingers and rings, and let loose a curse wild and strong enough to throw the Market into chaos.
Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series, including Murder and Mayhem, a 2016 LAMBDA finalist. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.
She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.
Rhys’ Blog: http://www.rhysford.com
Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores.
Title: Liar, Liar
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Release Date: 12 May 2017
Blurb: Just another day at the office.
For some people that means spreadsheets, and for others it’s stitching endless hems. For Jacob Archer a day at the office is stealing proprietary information from a bioengineering firm for a paranoid software billionaire. He’s a liar and a thief, parlaying a glib tongue and a facile conscience into a lucrative career. He just has one rule—never get involved with a mark.
Well, had one rule. To be fair, though, Simon Ramsey is dark, dangerous, and has shoulders like a Greek statue. Besides, it’s not as though Jacob’s even really stealing from Simon… just his boss and his brother-in-law. Simon didn’t buy that excuse either after he caught Jacob breaking into the company’s computer network.
That would have been that—one messy breakup, one ticket to Bali booked—but it turns out that the stolen information is worth more than Jacob thought. With his life—and his ribs—threatened, Jacob needs Simon to help him out. Or maybe he just needs Simon.
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Book in Series
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: The first book in a breathtaking new romantic suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.
**THE PRINT EDITION CONTAINS EXTRA BONUS SCENES NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!
DON’T LOOK BACK
Under siege. That’s how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can’t outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he’s been trying to keep at arm’s length is in danger…and he’ll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.
Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She’s making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There’s a lot Ryker isn’t telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn’t catch up to them first…
Full of twists and turns you won’t see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best.
A Blood Brothers Novel Continue reading Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers #1)
Katy Regnery is back on Blueberry Lane and the first standalone in the Story Sisters series is NOW LIVE and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! ONLY 99c for a limited time!
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Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.
Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.
In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after. Continue reading The Bohemian and the Businessman (Story Sisters #1, Blueberry Lane)
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Welcome to the For a Good Time, Call Blog Tour! We’re delighted to have you stop by, so please, make yourself comfortable. Can we offer you a virtual beverage?
As part of this blog tour, Anne and E.J. are giving away a $50 Riptide Publishing Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! *confetti* To enter the giveaway, please comment on any official tour post with your name and contact info before midnight (EDT), April 15th. Good luck, and enjoy the tour!
One of the big things we cut when revising For a Good Time, Call was a whole crabbing montage, beginning with a scene where Seth goes in to see his father at the bank to borrow the boat. Up until this point it has seemed as if Seth’s father, Phillip, is totally on board with Uncle Kirk’s (Phillip’s brother’s) adamant refusal to let Grandma (their mother) sell Sentinel House. In this scene, though, Seth begins to wonder just how true that is. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: For A Good Time, Call… by Anne Tenino & EJ Russell
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner | KOBO | B&N
Length: 41,600 words
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Blurb: Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each others strengths and weaknesses. They have each others backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.
When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss whats closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.
Faced with bombs, assassins, and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why theyre targets, who is coming after them, andmost of allhow each would feel if he lost the other. Should they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?
Review: Kieran’s personal crisis gets blown out of the water when his partner Joel is seriously injured while rescuing a child hostage (Yeah, I went for that cheap joke.). Joel survives his injury, but both men become targets and end up in hiding. Joel may have survived the injury, but he’s still wounded and Kieran still has problems of his own and neither guy wants to deal with the fact they’ve been in love with each other for years. While Joel and Kieran are in hiding it becomes more and more obvious events from Kieran’s past are coming to haunt his future. Joel and Kieran decide they’re done wasting time being in love from afar. This complicates their lives in ways they didn’t expect at a time when the complications are coming fast and hard.
I both liked this book and felt it had some issues. I like Joel and Kieran, I enjoy the suspense premise, but found myself frustrated at what felt like a lack of explanation in many situations. I think some of this may have been explained by the fact this is a novella and possibly the beginning of a series. At the very least I think there will be a sequel. I’m hoping a lot of things are explained. As is I was left wondering about what was happening in too many situations to feel comfortable. I enjoyed the romance between Joel and Kieran, and like the set up of the crimes and conspiracy if I’m reading them right. It’s the reading them right part that has me most frustrated. The crimes and conspiracy is a little convoluted. If I’m not reading it right I really don’t have any clue what’s up or down or sideways. This made for a read that was good, but a little perplexing.
Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.
Jackie loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.
And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.
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