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Excerpt: Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

Series: Scoring Chances Book #5

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 26, 2017

Length: Ebook: ~70K (181 pages)

Subgenre: Sports romance, LGBTQ+ romance

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Book Blurb:  It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. Continue reading Excerpt: Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

Guest Post & Giveaway: Aqua Follies by Liv Rancourt

Aqua Follies

By Liv Rancourt

Release Date: June 15, 2017

Contact: Liv Rancourt (livrancourt@yahoo.com)

ISBN: 0-9985822-2-0

 

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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

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Takedown by Katey Hawthorne

Author: Katey Hawthorne

Title: The Takedown

Series: Superpowered Love #8

Publisher: Loose Id

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Buy Links: Katey Hawthorne  & Amazon

 

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

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Fangs of Scavo (Stoker & Bash #1) Selina Kray

 

 
Length: 100,000 words
 
 
Blurb
 

At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Stoker is no better than a ghost. A master of arcane documents and niggling details who, unlike his celebrity-chasing colleagues, prefers hard work to headlines. But an invisible man is needed to unmask the city’s newest amateur detective, Hieronymus Bash. A bon vivant long on flash and style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery.


When the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo—trophies that protect the hunters who killed the two vicious beasts—disappear one by one, Stoker’s forced to team with the very man he was sent to investigate to maintain his cover. He finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, spiritualist societies, man-eating lions, and a consulting detective with more ambition than sense. Will this case be the end of his career, or the start of an unexpected liaison? Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them both?


And just who is Hieronymus Bash? Continue reading Guest Post & Giveaway: The Fangs of Scavo (Stoker & Bash #1) Selina Kray

Guest Post & Giveaway: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford “Wok This Way”

Thank you for joining me on the Dim Sum Asylum tour! And a huge thank you to the blogs who are letting me rent their space for the day!

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.

Did I mention this blog stop’s giveaway? Because there is one. Comment and enter to win a $20 gift certificate to the online store of your choice!

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)
Part 5

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.

Follow the whole story on the Dim Sum Asylum Tour:

June 1 Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 2 Sinfully Gay Reviews
June 5 MM Goodbook Reviews
June 6 Joyfully Jay
June 7 It’s About the Book
June 8 Love Bytes
June 9 The Novel Approach

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Available on June 9 at Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores

 

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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford
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.

Guest Post and Giveaway: Three Hearts by Grace R Duncan

Thanks so much to It’s About the Book for hosting me today! I’ve brought along an excerpt, and I hope you enjoy!

 

 

I was convinced Mason was trying to embarrass me to death. We walked together back to my office, hand in hand. Most of the desks were empty, though a few folks were still working and raised eyebrows when we passed. Mason made a point of kissing my hand—still clasped in his—when we passed someone. It was a little embarrassing, since I was sure everyone thought I was single up until that point, but at the same time, it felt good that he was so open about us. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Three Hearts by Grace R Duncan

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes

Title:  Leaning Into Love

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #1

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: February 10th

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: Approximately 24K words

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Friends to lovers, surfer, white collar, San Francisco, bisexual

Buy Link: Amazon

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Synopsis

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Release Blitz: Watching and Wanting by Jay Northcote

 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh
Length: 52,000 words
 
Housemates Series – though a series, each book can be read as a standalone. 
Helping Hand (Book #1)  Amazon US | Amazon UK
Like A Lover (Book #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK
Practice Makes Perfect (Book #3) Amazon US | Amazon UK 
Blurb

Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction.

Keen to explore his bicurious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

 
Excerpt

Back in the living room, he threw himself into his armchair again. The TV was on, showing an old episode of Prison Break, but Shawn wasn’t paying attention to it. Sunk in a black hole of despondency, he gazed surreptitiously around the room at his housemates instead.

Jude, one of the new guys who’d moved in last month, sat in a corner of one of the sofas doing something on his phone, his dark curly head bending low and the glow of the screen lighting up his angular features. Shawn wondered what he was doing—probably hooking up on Grindr or something.

That twist of discomfort flared in his gut again. He knew he shouldn’t care. It was none of his business, but the idea that Jude might be planning some hook-up with some random guy lodged in his consciousness like a stone in a shoe. Maybe it was just because Shawn was single again and would have to get back to hooking up if he wanted any action. The idea of being back on Tinder wasn’t as appealing as it should be.

Shawn turned his attention to the other sickeningly happy couple in the room. Ewan wasn’t technically one of Shawn’s housemates. He lived next door, but he might as well have moved in for the amount of time he spent there with Dev. Ewan had his arm around Dev, and as Shawn watched, he turned his ginger head and murmured something in Dev’s ear. Dev turned to look at him and they exchanged a soft smile. Then Dev pressed a kiss to Ewan’s lips, which lingered long enough to make Shawn uncomfortable.

Irrational anger bubbled up, spilling out of his mouth before he could hold the words back. “For fuck’s sake. Can’t you save that for your room?”

Dev pulled away quickly, his cheeks flaming. “Sorry,” he muttered.

Ewan glared at Shawn. “What’s your problem?”

Shawn shrugged and glared back. “I just don’t need to see it, that’s all.”

“Well, the television’s over there, so stop fucking looking at us if you don’t like it. It was just a kiss. It’s not like we’re blowing each other on the sofa or anything. Jesus.”

“Ugh. And thank you for that mental image.” Shawn did a mock shudder.

“Whoa, Shawn. What the hell’s wrong with you tonight?”

Jez’s voice cut through Shawn’s drunken, angry haze, and he realised that all eyes in the room were on him. He caught Jude’s gaze, curious and assessing, and flushed at the unwanted attention.

“You should be used to it by now,” Jez continued. “You’ve lived with me and Mac long enough. And I’ve totally caught you groping Beth on the sofa before. You don’t get a free pass for living room shenanigans just because you’re the only straight couple in the house since Dani moved out.”

That was the spark that ignited Shawn’s anger past the point of no return. “Yeah? Well, maybe I’m just tired of being surrounded by all the gay in here. I never signed up for this when we moved in together.” He stood, sloshing beer out of his nearly full bottle and onto the carpet. “I don’t have to like it.”

“Feel free to find somewhere else to live, then.”

Even Jez, who was rarely moved to anger, sounded pissed now.

“Yeah. Maybe I will.” Shawn stormed to the door, careful not to ruin his exit by walking into the coffee table again. “Oh, and for your information? Me and Beth split up today, so we won’t be the token straight couple any more.”

He slammed the door behind him and stomped up the stairs to his room on the first floor. He slammed that door too, but it didn’t make him feel any better. After throwing himself down on the bed, he clutched his pillow and let harsh sobs of fury burst out of him until the red mist receded and shame and guilt crept in to fill the place where his anger had been.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

www.jaynorthcote.com
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