On Tour with Jay Northcoate and Nothing Special Book Tour/Contest

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 Jay Northcote is here with her latest release, Nothing Special.  She has brought along a contest to enter and an excerpt or two to read.  For all the contest details, scroll down to the bottom of the post, Rafflecopter link included.

 

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Author Name: Jay Northcote
Author Bio:

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Nothing Special-cover-finalTitle:  Northing Special
Author:  Jay Northcoate
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Buy Link:  Amazon

Blurb:

Noah thinks he’s nothing special. Average height, a bit on the skinny side, and cute but rather geeky, he’s relentlessly ordinary. He certainly doesn’t expect to be noticed by Sol, the gorgeous dark-haired stranger Noah sees on his commute home most days. But when Noah’s friend, Dom, persuades Noah to take a huge risk in a bid to get Sol’s attention, things turn out better than Noah dared to hope. Noah and Sol start dating, and much to Noah’s surprise, his feelings seem to be reciprocated.
But Noah’s insecurities make him doubt Sol. He doesn’t believe he’s interesting enough or sexy enough to hold Sol’s attention, and as Sol tries to get closer, Noah’s instinct is to pull away to protect himself. If their relationship is going to survive, Sol needs to convince Noah that he sees Noah very differently to how Noah sees himself. Because to Sol, Noah is something very special indeed.

Excerpt:

He must have slept for a little while, because he was awoken by a warm hand on his shoulder and the brush of lips on his forehead. “Hey, sleeping beauty. I’m done. Want to see?”

“Please.” Noah opened his eyes and moved over so that Sol could sit beside him. Sol handed him the sketch pad so Noah could admire his handiwork.
“Wow… that’s….”

Noah traced the lines of the drawing with his fingertip while he tried to find the words. His body was lean and slender where he lay sprawled on the rumpled sheets. Sol had shaded every dip and shadow to show the curve of muscle and the angle of his bones under the skin.

“You made me look beautiful.” He heard the surprise in his own voice. Noah had never seen himself like this before. It was so different from a photo or looking in the mirror.

“You are beautiful.” Sol’s voice was matter of fact, as though stating that the sky was blue or grass was green.

“I’m not,” Noah protested. “I’m nothing special. I’m just… ordinary.”

Special Excerpt!

Noah stopped by the door, waiting for Sol to open it. His heart was thudding fast now. He was nervous. It had been a while since he’d hooked up with anyone, but he was impatient too. He badly wanted to kiss Sol again. But Sol paused, looking at Noah. “Fuck, sorry. I just realized I completely forgot to offer you a drink. I know you don’t want coffee, but do you want anything else?”

Noah shook his head. “No,” he said. Then with a surge of frustration, he took control of the situation, grabbing Sol by the belt loops and hauling him in. He buried his nose in the crook of Sol’s neck and breathed him in before sucking a biting kiss that made Sol gasp and clutch at Noah’s shoulders. “No. I don’t want anything to drink… or eat… or smoke,” Noah muttered against Sol’s neck and cheek, punctuating his words with wet kisses. He pulled back and looked at Sol’s upturned face. “Can we just…?”

“Skip the pleasantries and get off?” Sol suggested. “Sounds good to me.”

NorthcoteBadgeBlueTour Dates: 8/11 – 8/22 & stopsWillPride
8/11 – My Fiction Nook
8/12 – Emotion in Motion
8/13 – Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Love Bytes
8/14 – Velvet Panic
8/15 – The Novel Approach
8/18 – Prism Book Alliance, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
8/19 – MM Good Book Reviews, Smoocher’s Voice
8/20 – Parker Williams
8/21 – The Blogger Girls
8/22 – Amanda C. Stone, Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Contest:  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Use the Rafflecopter link provided for the entry form and further contest details. Winner gets the Rafflecopter Prize: Winner’s choice – An e-copy of ‘Nothing Serious’, ‘The Little Things’ or ‘Not Just Friends’

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In The Author Spotlight: Susan Laine of The Wheel Mysteries Series! (contest)

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The Wheel Mysteries by Susan Laine

Susan Laine is in the Author Spotlight today and she has brought along a contest to enter.  The winner can choose from either the first or second book in the series.  If the winner has read both, then they can choose a book from Susan Laine’s back shelf.  Just leave a comment and an email address where you can be reached.   Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Contest ends 8/27~

Wiccan Wheel & Murder Mysteries by Susan Laine

My name is Susan Laine. Iím the author of The Wheel Mysteries series which revolves around two men and their developing relationship as they get entangled in murder mysteries. Gus Goodwin is a laidback wiccan shopkeeper and Niall Valentine is a hardboiled private detective. Valentine is usually the reason he and Gus get involved in murder mysteries with occult themes. Where Valentine is a quiet, reserved ex-military man turned PI, Gus is a jovial, social entrepreneur and wiccan practitioner with a serious green thumb. Itís a case of opposites attract.

Wicca is a modern pagan religion, focusing on a balance between a mother goddess and a horned god. Their practices also center on magic and nature worship, notions of karma, morality and equality, ecological responsibilities and life-affirming rituals in moonlight (nudity is optional). Wicca is a pacifist faith with loose or non-existent priesthoods, as people can initiate and practice alone by themselves or become a member of a coven.

In Finland, wicca is not a registered religious community and has no official religion status, which makes it impossible for the practitioners to go to court when their rights are violated. I studied new religious movements at Helsinki University, so when I became a writer, I wanted to write something about wicca.

There are eight wiccan festivals, or sabbats, in a year that coincide with similar festivals in other religious and secular calendars: Samhain or Halloween, Yule or Christmas, Imbolc or Candlemas, Ostara or Easter, Beltane or May Day, Litha or Midsummer Festival, Lughnasadh or Lammas, and lastly Mabon which has no historical or modern equivalent. The cycle of these eight seasonal celebrations together forms the Wheel of the Year.

Each story in the series happens against the backdrop of one of these festivals. As such, this series will consist of eight stories in total. Two are out now Sparks & Drops, and Devilís Own and more are in the works. In Sparks & Drops, Gus and Valentine meet as Valentine gathers information from Gus about wicca due to a case involving a missing girl. In Devilís own, Niall investigates an attack on a classy married socialite by her husband, and things get complicated when the husband is found murdered inside a locked bedroom.

Thatís about it this time. Thank you all for accompanying me, and thank you kindly, Melanie, for having me here today 🙂

You can find Susan Laine on the internet:

 

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Thanks, Susan, for stopping by today and for the great contest prizes!  Don’t forget to leave a comment and your email address where you can be reached.

Book Blasting Away with Silvia Violet’s “Say Yes” Book Tour/Contest

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Contest:   Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Rafflecopter Prize: $10 ARe gift card.  Enter here or use the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post for the entry form and additional contest details.

 

Book Name: Say Yes
Author Name: Silvia Violet

Author Bio: Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, sci fi, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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Title:  Say Yes by Silvia Violet
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Publisher: Silvia Violet Books

Buy Links:  Silvia Violet Books    All Romance (ARe)   Smashwords

Blurb:

Rex Aiken recently started his own business, Grass Fed Texas, supplying organic beef to restaurants and catering companies. When he hosts an event for potential clients at a prestigious hotel in Asheville, the event coordinator, J, impresses him with more than his professional expertise. They indulge in a delicious one night stand, but Rex’s taste of J leaves him wanting more. Rex intends to savor J, and he refuses to see the distance between them as an obstacle. He’ll do whatever is necessary to convince J to say yes.

Excerpt:

“So…um…you’re going to do some sightseeing tomorrow?” Jordan asked.

“I am. I haven’t been to this area since I was a kid, and it’s so beautiful this time of year.”

Jordan nodded. He’d picked up a pen and was rubbing the end of it over his full bottom lip. Rex wanted to replace it with his tongue. Jordan put the pen down and flipped through papers in a folder. When he licked the tip of his finger to help him unstick a few pages, Rex had to cover a groan by turning it into a cough.

Jordan glanced at him quickly before closing the file and slipping it into a drawer. “If there’s anything in particular you’d like to do, I could help you find the best—”

“I’d like to kiss you.” Rex hadn’t meant to be so bold, but he’d never been particularly good at restraining himself. His bluntness had served him well in business and almost as well in his attempts to pick up men.

Jordan made a strangled noise and looked up. “Mr. Aiken, I’m not sure that would…um…”

He looked terrified. Rex realized he was doing the same thing to Jordan that Lucy had done to him—putting him in a position where he could easily believe saying no would affect his job.

“I’m sorry. That was out of line. You did me a favor, and you deserve more respect from me.”

Jordan’s cheeks were now bright red. “I’m not offended, sir. I’m just surprised.”

SayYesBadgeTour Dates: 8/18/14

Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Angel Martinez, Wake Up Your Wild Side, Reviews and Ramblings, MM Good Book Reviews, Amanda C. Stone, Prism Book Alliance, Hearts on Fire, Redz World, Cate Ashwood, Love Bytes, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Kimi-Chan, Iyana Jenna, Smoocher’s Voice, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Dawn’s Reading Nook, Fallen Angel Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Romance the Night, Rainbow Gold Reviews, 3 Chicks After Dark, It’s Raining Men, Michael Mandrake, Jade Crystal.

 

 

Contest:  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter,

Rafflecopter Prize: $10 ARe gift card

 

 

 

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It’s Cover Reveal Time for Will Parkinson’s Wet Paint!

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Author Name: Will Parkinson

Author Bio:

WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.

None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.

He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.

Author Contact:

Wet Paint 400x600Title:  Wet Paint by Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Buy Links:     Dreamspinner Press eBook      Paperback


Blurb:
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.

 

 

 

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Wet Paint Excerpt:

Benny cast a glance at Addy, noticing how his eyes kept darting to him and then to the floor. He seemed troubled, unsure.

“Addy? Is there something wrong?”

Addy heaved a deep sigh, then was quiet for a moment. “Do I embarrass you?” he finally asked.

“What? No, of course not. Why would you even think that?” Benny was genuinely perplexed.

“Jackson and Taylor don’t seem to have any problem touching each other, but you act like I’ve got germs or something and won’t come anywhere near me when there’s other people around. I have to wonder if you’re ashamed to be seen with someone like… me.”

“Oh God, no,” Benny replied sharply. “Please don’t ever think that. You know what? C’mere.”

He grabbed Addy’s arm and dragged him into the lounge.

“Listen to me, little man. I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will I ever be ashamed of you. If anything, you should be ashamed of me.”
Addy looked puzzled. “Why?”

Benny slid his fingers through his stubbly hair, then rubbed the back of his neck before he spoke. “I’m not really comfortable with being… like this. I really do care for you, but I’ve never felt this way about a guy— well, about anyone—before, and I don’t know how to handle it. So no, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed of you at all. I’m just not sure how to deal with everything.”

Addy took Benny by the hand and peered into his eyes. “That’s all I needed to know. I don’t want to rush you. If you need time, you’ve got to know I’ll give it to you. I just wanted to be sure that you wanted me.”

Benny regarded his boyfriend. Yeah, his boyfriend. Benny had never been afraid to stand up for anyone in his life. Why should he be ashamed to stand up for himself now?

“C’mere, little man,” he growled, putting his hand on Addy’s neck, pulling him in close.

Addy’s eyes went wide, excitement dancing in them. Benny licked his lips and then pressed them to Addy’s in a deep, thrilling kiss. Someone whimpered. Benny wasn’t really sure which one of them it had been. He felt his synapses fry. It was the most incredible thing he’d ever experienced. A voice called out, startling them both.

“Benny? Is there something you’d like to tell me?”

Benny looked up and stared for a moment at Taylor, who had a wide smile across his face. Benny could feel his cheeks heat up. This wasn’t the way he wanted this to go, but damn, right now he needed Addy in the worst way.

“No, Taylor, not right now,” he replied quietly.
Then he went back in for another one of those amazing kisses.

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Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Angel Martinez, Hearts on Fire, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Cate Ashwood, Amanda C. Stone, SA McAuley, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Love Bytes, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance, Havan Fellows, Emotion in Motion, My Fiction Nook, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Charli Green, Jade Crystal, Lee Brazil, Trisha Harrington’s Blog, Will Parkinson, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Wake Up Your Wild Side, EE Montgomery, Inked Rainbow Reads, Full Moon Dreaming, Top2Bottom, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Fallen Angel Reviews, Sinfully Sexy, Iyana Jenna, Andrew Q. Gordon

Contest:  One of two $10 gift cards to Amazon or ARe. Suitable for YA.  Please use the Rafflecopter link below for the entry form and for additional contest details.

 

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