A Mika Review: We Found Love by Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

We Found Love coverIt’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back. Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury. 

Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield. 

Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the most dire circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second.

Kade Boehme & Allison Cassatta are one of my new favorite writing duos, oh man, the potential that comes out of their stories are so exciting. Best description for this story is Rihanna’s song “We found Love”.  How could two people survive love in this situation? They survived and came out on top. My emotions were all over the place with this one. For the life of me I couldn’t see an outcome for these two with the situation that was presented. Riley and Hunter were such sweet guys who met at their worst but made it until the best of them was okay. I loved how the authors presented each guy with different reasons of being institutionalized. I really enjoyed the concept, damaged guys are my weakness. These two hit all the marks for me.

Riley had such an angry disposition about himself but it’s totally understandable seeing as what he went through. I hated that he basically had given up on life because of his past until Hunter came along. I’m glad he did who knows what would Riley have done if not. I wanted Riley to get better for himself instead of his love for Hunter, but he did what he needed to do. I do think it was harder for him because of the letdown his life has been up to this point. One of the most emotional parts of the book was when Hunter told the story of Cory which started his self destruction. I cried super hard through it, it was so sad to see a young person go through that. That event shaped his life into something he wasn’t happy with. I was extremely happy to see the outcome of these two, and wanted more from them as far as their future plans. I know they both had to work on themselves but I would have appreciated a longer ending.

Cover Artist Allison Cassatta’s cover was amazing! Both guys definitely portrayed the guys to a T. I love this description of these two it made them more human on cover, the scars, tattoos and gruffness was accurately portrayed.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press     All Romance (ARe)      Amazon       buy it here

Book Details:

ebook, 214 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781632166777
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On Tour with Kari Gregg and Tame a Wild Human (tour and contest)

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Hi, everyone, thanks for having me on this tour for Tame a Wild Human! Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit.

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Drugged, bound, and left as bait on the cusp of the lunar cycle, Wyatt Redding is faced with a terrifying set of no-win scenarios. Best case: he survives the coming days as a werewolf pack’s plaything and returns to the city as a second-class citizen with the mark—and protection—of the pack. Worst case: the wolves sate their lusts with Wyatt’s body, then send him home without their protection, condemning him to live out the rest of his short life as a slave to the worst of humanity’s scorn and abuse.

Wyatt’s only chance is to swallow every ounce of pride, bury his fear, and meekly comply with every wicked desire and carnal demand the wolf pack makes of him. He expects three days of sex and humiliation. What he doesn’t expect is to start enjoying it. Or to grow attached to his captor and pack Alpha, Cole.

As the lunar cycle ends, Wyatt begins to realize that the only thing to fear more than being sent home without the pack’s protection is being sent home at all.

About Kari Gregg

Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children.
When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!

Connect with Kari:
Website: KariGregg.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Kari.M.Gregg
Twitter: @karigregg
Goodreads: goodreads.com/KariGregg

Giveaway

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 25th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Down Under Author: Maggie Mitchell aka Maggie Nash!

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Meet Maggie Mitchell aka Maggie Nash!

 

Maggie Mitchell is the author of  Muses Across Time series, Illuminations (Maggie Nash) and other books listed below.

To get to know Maggie Mitchell a little better, the author agreed to an interview. Look for the interview below and the Down Under Scavenger Hunt word found somewhere within.

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Maggie Mitchell lives in her dream place by the sea. Of course, sometimes she even gets the dreams written down in a story. Lucky for her she has a musician for a husband who understands the creative spirit. In her other life she’s a nurse educator who manages Learning & Development for a large private hospital. When she’s not working, you’ll find her out on her balcony enjoying a glass of Moscato or a cappuccino made on her beloved espresso machine.

Author Contacts

Contacts/Follow at :

Twitter @mmitchellwrites
Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4996618.Maggie_Mitchell
Website: www.maggiemitchell.net
Blog: www.maggiemitchell.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maggie.mitchell.129

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Books:

Muses Across Time Series:
Chasing Terpsichore : https://www.totallybound.com/chasing-terpsichore
Calling Calliope: https://www.totallybound.com/calling-calliope

Sun Man Meets Moon Woman (in Moonlit Encounters) : Amazon

Genre(s):

Maggie Mitchell – Contemporary/Fantasy/Greek Mythology
(I also write as Maggie Nash – Erotic Romance/Contemporary BDSM/Victorian BDSM/Romantic Suspense)

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Contests and Giveaways:

1. Today’s Giveaway (thank you, Maggie Mitchell) is the Winners choice of:
eBook (any format) of Chasing Terpsichore OR Calling Calliope . Enter using this Rafflecopter link here. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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2. Down Under Scavenger Hunt – find the Hunt “word or phrase” in bold green . Collect all the words from each author and submit the list in writing no later than midnight on February 1st. Make sure you include an email address where you can be reached. Prizes will be given to 5 people selected, from 1st place to 5th! Happy Hunting.

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Author Qand A

How do you think books written from authors in Australia or New Zealand differ in style, language, and culture?

I think Aussie authors like to break rules, so if there is a genre or literary rule to break, the Aussies will give it a try! We’re also very irreverent, and I think that comes through in our voices. I always get a laugh when I read an Aussie book.

My first impression of AUS/NZ was from stories and novels like Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice as well as from movies like The Man from Snowy River, The Dish, Rabbit Proof Fence, Strictly Ballroom, and yes, Crocodile Dundee!  There are so many out there.  What is your favorite AUS/NZ stories and favorite Australian/New Zealand movies?

 

One of my all time favourite Aussie movies would have to be Muriel’s Wedding. It encompasses so much of what it was like growing up in Australia – and the difficulties of trying to fit in to what society wants us to.  The good thing is that it didn’t take itself too seriously.  Who can forget those ABBA costumes!

 

If you were a tour guide, what would you like a visitor to see and what impression would you want them to take away with them when they leave?

 

I think Australia is the best country in the world, but of course I’m biased  If there was one thing I would want people to remember when they leave, it’s the beauty of the wide open spaces, the freedom to do as you please, and the way we all pull together and support each other.

 

What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

At the moment I can’t go past the place where I live on the South Coast of New South Wales.  It’s a small city with friendly people, and the coastline is awe inspiring. I grew up by the beach, so many years later I feel like I’ve come home.

What are your current projects?

I’m working on more stories in my Muses Across Time series. The next one is about Thalia, and she finds herself stranded on a large sheep station in the Kimberly region in the Top End of Australia. Needless to say, her lack of knowledge of all things farming leads to much hilarity.

 

Down Under Day 22 – Welcome, Maggie Mitchell ( aka Maggie Nash) and AUS/NZ Facts of the Day

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Welcome, Maggie Mitchell!

Today is February 22 and our featured Down Under writer is Australian Maggie Mitchell who also writes under the name Maggie Nash.  Books under both names are listed on her author page so be sure to check them all out.  Find the Scavenger Hunt word of the day and make sure to enter Maggie’s contest/giveaway.

Today it’s a tale of 2 Blue Lakes, one in Australia and one in New Zealand!

 

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Blue Lake is located on Mount Gambier in Southern Australia.  The Blue Lake in Mount Gambier, South Australia is a large deep lake located in an extinct volcanic maar associated with the Mount Gambier. It is one of four crater lakes on Mount Gambier. Of the four lakes, only two remain, as the other two (Leg of Mutton and Brown) have dried up over the past 30 to 40 years as the water table has dropped. Last eruption was over 4,500 years ago.

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New Zealand Facts of the Day:

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Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world.blue_lake_underwater_2

New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

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More people die in New Zealand each year playing lawn bowls than scuba diving. (Imagine the commitment!)

In the Author Spotlight: An Interview with Amanda C. Stone on The Adventures of Cole and Perry (contest included)

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Book Name: The Adventures of Cole and Perry
Release Date: Mid-January
Author Name: Amanda C. Stone

An Interview with Amanda C. Stone…

1.  I love the concept behind the Adventures of Cole and Perry?  What was your inspiration or muse?

The entire project came from what happens in The Anniversary. That little nugget had been in my head forever before I had to write it down. After it was done, the rest of the shorts became obvious.

2.  Biggest thrill/chill outside of seeing your book published, was it the cover?  The thrill of anticipation? Seeing a book release from the other side?

Finally seeing it published. There were a bunch of hurdles that I wasn’t expecting, and most of them were out of my control. So getting to the point that it was published was the best feeling in the world.

3.  How long did it take you to write The Adventures of Cole and Perry?

I wrote The Anniversary in a less than a week. Once I had the core idea of each of the stories it took maybe a week for each one, give or take a day or two. So overall, roughly 6 to 7 weeks of actual writing time with breaks between each one for real life.

4.  How do you choose the names for your characters?

It’s actually really hard for me to pick names. I sit there and look at the meaning behind the name on baby name websites. As a former teacher I take into account kids I’ve had in my classes with those names. There are times when whole chapters are written with GUY 1 and GUY 2 in place while I’m still deciding on names.

5.  Do you want to write in genres other than contemporary romance?

Oh yes. I’ve got ideas for some high fantasy stories and paranormal. I’m sure as I go along this journey I’ll add more genres. It’ll depend on where the characters take me.

6.  Have you always wanted to write?

As far as I can remember.

7.  Biggest influence on you as a writer?

Stress. HA! Just kidding, sort of. I’m one of those writers that lets the characters lead the way. I know mostly where I’m going and some of the stops along the way. But I’m along for the ride as well.

8.  What’s next for Amanda C. Stone?

I’ve got two projects I’m working on next. One I hope to have finished by my birthday. The other if I can finish by the end of the year I’ll be happy.

 

Author Bio:

Armed with her Batman notebook, fourth grade Amanda C. Stone was ready to start writing stories about unicorns, family members, and her imaginary friends Pink Amanda and Blue Amanda. Today, Amanda is armed with a new notebook, along with a laptop, and a never ending supply of caffeine. Her stories are about all kinds of things, but the most important aspect is people falling in love.

Where to find the author:

Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Amanda C. Stone

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Blurb:

It all started when Cole met Perry in a bar. Over three years they had some exciting adventures, and misadventures. The six stories included in this book are all about their journey from bar to wedding.

The Anniversary
Another cancellation of plans by his boyfriend forces Cole out to the neighborhood bar. Not long after arriving he meets Perry. Even as exciting as Perry is, he’s unsure how the night will end.

The Fight
Cole and Perry are struggling to make time for each other and constantly at each other’s throats. A fight to the death will decide who is right or wrong in their arguments. But Cole really doesn’t want to shoot Perry.

The Threesome
Deciding they want to spice up things in the bedroom, Perry wants to have a one-time threesome. Cole’s nervous and doesn’t want to ask any of their friends to join them. Perry finds the perfect solution.

The House
After two and a half years together, Cole and Perry want to buy a house. Once they find the perfect house, they get to spend their first morning together in their new space. Perry will have to help Cole decide which room is his favorite.

The Baby
Both Cole and Perry are exhausted. Taking care of a three month old is hard when she’s up all night and is always hungry. If only they could find where they put the bottle warmer.

The Wedding
Cole is ready to make his commitment to Perry life-long. After careful planning, they created the perfect event. What could possibly go wrong? If only Cole didn’t ask the same question.

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance

Excerpt:

“Cole. I have a surprise for you. I want you to close your eyes and keep them closed until I tell you to open them.”

Cole looked up from his magazine at the doorway Perry’s voice drifted in from. He put the magazine on his nightstand and closed his eyes.

“They’re closed,” he called out. He wasn’t sure where Perry was in their apartment, but he sounded close.

Rustling and a strange squeaking noise reached his ears. Cole furrowed his brows trying to figure out what Perry was up to and what he was hearing.

“Okay. Go ahead and open your eyes.”

Cole popped his eyes open. He closed them and then re-opened them again. Nope, he still was seeing what was in front of him.

“Perry. Why is there–?”

Perry cut him off before Cole could finish his thought.

“So, we had talked about fantasies and things like that. I told you this was mine. So I’d like to introduce you to Freddy. Freddy, I’d like to introduce you to my boyfriend, Cole.”

Cole smiled at how nervous Perry was. His boyfriend was adorable trying to be brave with his ideas.

“Nice to meet you, um, Freddy. Perry, where did you meet Freddy?”

Perry had a small smile on his face that showed Cole he appreciated he was alright with what was happening.

“Online. I found Freddy on some website. Can’t remember the name now.”

Cole was stunned. His boyfriend didn’t go to those types of websites for any reason. Just meant Perry wanted to have the threesome and was willing to do it without asking one of their friends. Cole was so happy Perry had found a way to have his fantasy.

Pages or Words: Around 17,000 words

Tour Dates/Tour Stops:1CPBadge

19-Jan

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20-Jan

My Fiction Nook

Prism Book Alliance

21-Jan

Velvet Panic

Love Bytes

22-Jan

Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

Lee Brazil

23-Jan

Havan Fellows

26-Jan

Full Moon Dreaming

27-Jan

The Novel Approach

28-Jan

Parker Williams

29-Jan

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30-Jan

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