June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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June is LGBTQIA Pride Month!

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is celebrating Pride Month! 

Its no surprise that Trump broke with Obama’s tradition of designating June as ‘LGBT Pride Month! But the majority of organizations, groups and government agencies recognize it as such!

Writer Peter LaBarbera in his article on Pride Month writes ” As LifeSiteNews reported last week, the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the Army Medical Command, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, issued an “LGBT Pride Month” statement.

Earlier, the State Department posted a pro-homosexual “pride” essay on its website, and U.S. Embassy in Macedonia flew the homosexual-activist “rainbow flag” beneath Old Glory to celebrate an annual LGBTQ activist day. (Under Obama, American Embassies from Spain to Israel repeatedly flew the homosexuality-celebrating flag abroad in this manner.)”

Our support for the LGBTQIA community has never been needed more.  Get involved, march, show support! There’s so many ways in which to do this!

From Equality Now to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, to all the wonderful Pride Parades soon to come, let’s celebrate the right to love who you want, be who you want with equal rights and respect you are due.  Happy Pride Month!

Pride Month Giveaway #1 – Coming Out Stories

To start off our Pride Month Celebration, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is having a Coming Out Giveaway.  Enter to win a $10 gift certificate from Dreamspinner Press by naming your favorite coming out story!  Author and title please.  A winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, June 17th (that’s 2 weeks). You need to leave your email address where you can be reached if chosen.  Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, June 4:

  • Blog Tour – Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart
  • An Alisa Audiobook Review: Wake Me Up Inside by Cardeno C and Charlie David (Narrator)
  • A Free Dreamer Review Seidman by James Erich
  • June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, June 5:

  • Blog Tour Waiting for You by Megan Derr
  • Release Blitz IT COULD HAPPEN by Mia Kerick
  • Release Day Blitz Painting Class by Suzanne Clay
  • Review Tour Request & Giveaway: RJ Scott’s Back Home
  • A Kai Release Day Review: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick
  • A Melanie M Review: Back Home by RJ Scott
  • A Stella Review: Tradeoff by Susan Laine
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford

Tuesday, June 6:

  • Katey Hawthorne Release Day Blog for THE TAKEDOWN (Superpowered Love #8)
  • Release Blitz – Something Like The Real Thing (Sing Out #4) by Hanna Dare
  • RIPTIDE TOUR & Giveaway: Broke Deep by Charlie Cochrane
  • A MelanieM Review: Junk (Bristol Collection #1) by Josephine Myles
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: THE TAKEDOWN (Superpowered Love #8) by Katey Hawthorne
  • An Ali Audiobook Review: A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3) by Lane Hayes and Seth Clayton (Narrator)

Wednesday, June 7:

  • Cover & Blurb Reveal – Changing Lines by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey
  • DSP GUEST POST Julia Talbot
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: Action by Quinn Anderson
  • A Lila Audiobook Review: Perfect Alignment (Thorne and Dash #3) by Silvia Violet
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Sunset at Pencarrow (World of Love) by Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell
  • An Ali Review: Action (Murmur Inc. #2) by Quinn Anderson
  • An Alisa Review: Human Instincts (Roguefalls #1) by April Kelley

Thursday, June 8:

  • DSP GUEST POST Jamie Samms
  • Release Blitz – Accepting The Fall by Meg Harding
  • DSP GUEST POST Lou Sylvre and Anne Barwell on Sunset at Pencarrow
  • A Caryn Review: To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow
  • A Kai Review: Conning Colin: A Gay Romantic Comedy by Elsa Winters & Brad Vance
  • A MelanieM Recent Release Review: The Wounded Warrior (Rocking W #1) by B.A. Tortuga
  • An Alisa Review: My Highland Cowboy by Alexa Milne

Friday, June 9:

  • DSP GUEST POST Susan Laine on Tradeoff
  • INTERLUDE PRESS TOUR Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack
  • Release Blitz for Spring Break by Elle Keaton
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Road To The Sun by Keira Andrews
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Growing His Dream by Andrew Grey
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) by Jordan L. Hawk
  • An Alessandro Audiobook Review: As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #1) by Isobel Starling and Gary Furlong (Narrator)

Saturday, June 10:

  • Release Blitz for Stuff (The Bristol Collection #2) Josephine Myles
  • Release Blitz for  Summer Heat by Jay Northcote
  • A MelanieM Review: Stuff (The Bristol Collection #2) by Josephine Myles
  • A MelanieM Recent Release Review: Dragon Adventure (Supernatural Consultant #5.1) by Mell Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Alisa Audiobook Review: Wake Me Up Inside (Mates #1) by Cardeno C. and Charlie David (Narrator)

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions ingrained over generations and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates.

 

Regarded as the strongest wolf shifter in generations, Alpha Zev Hassick is surprised and confused by his attraction to his best friend. His very human, very male best friend. A male shifter has to mate with a female shifter to keep his humanity, so shifters can’t be gay. Yet, everything inside Zev tells him Jonah is his true mate.

 

Maintaining a relationship with the man he has loved since childhood isn’t easy for Jonah Marvel, but he won’t let distance or Zev’s odd family get in their way. When unexplained ailments begin to plague Jonah, he needs to save his own life and sanity in order to have a future with Zev.

 

Zev and Jonah know they’re destined for each other, but they must overcome traditions ingrained over generations and long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny.

 

I loved this story just as much as when I read it the first time.  Zev and Jonah have been friends forever, even longer than Jonah knows.  When Zev realizes that Jonah is his mate he does everything he can to keep their new relationship going and to keep Jonah happy until they are able to fully mate, he is determined to let his mate finish getting his degree and become a doctor before he ties him down.

 

This story is told from both of the characters’ points of view so we can see both of their internal struggles.  Zev does everything he can to keep Jonah happy even when they can’t be together all the time.  While Jonah struggles with their separation and his need to Zev when they are together Zev works very hard for them to communicate as clearly as possible so that they are both satisfied.  Zev and Jonah’s relationship was instinctual from the beginning and their bond only got stronger the longer they were together.

 

Charlie David did a great job narrating this story.  I could connect with the characters through the voices and emotions he portrayed.  He did a good job of separating the characters using different voices and inflections.  The one thing this book have over the other audios is it did not have the music between chapters which I found a bit distracting before.

 

Cover art is wonderful and gives a great visual of these two characters together.

 

Sales Links: Audible | Amazon

 

Audiobook Details:

Audiobook, 7 hrs 55 min
Published: May 24, 2017 (ebook, 2nd edition, published July, 15 2015)
Edition Language: English

Series: Mates Collection

Blog Tour for Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart (exclusive excerpt and giveaway)

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Synopsis

Unexpected, Book Four

Ash’s life hasn’t been the best so far. Mated to a man he hates, he resigns himself to his fate of being abused. When his mate kidnaps the highly pregnant Alex, they become friends, and to Ash’s surprise, Alex’s rescuer saves him as well. Now he can start a new life, but it’s going to be a lonely one, due to his visible and invisible scars.

D didn’t seek out a man, but one look at Ash and he’s head over heels in love. But Ash needs to work through his issues before he can see D’s love for him. Slowly, Ash learns to trust D, but with their growing feelings, other strange phenomena appear. What’s up with lights turning on without Ash touching the switch and doors opening on their own? Is something dangerous happening and threatening their blossoming love? Or is it something else altogether?

Excerpt III Unexpected Powers

“But you just met me. You risked everything to get me out.”

“Like I told you, I couldn’t let you suffer.” D smiled, even though it was weak.

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re better.”

“Yeah, me too.”

“Okay, then I’ll leave you now. Here’s my cell phone number. If you need anything, let me know.” D handed Ash a card.

“Thank you.”

“It was nice talking to you. I hope to see you again.”

“Yeah, me too.”

D stood and left the room. Ash didn’t look good at all. He seemed to have broken now that he was in safety.

Before he left, D looked for Josh, who was in the kitchen, reading something on his computer. He looked up when D cleared his throat.

“Did he talk to you?”

“Yeah, he did. He’s not dealing well with all this, right?”

“I don’t know. He’s shutting me out. I don’t know why, but he refuses to talk about anything related to his mating, and he spends his days in his room sleeping, brooding, whatever. I don’t know. He barely eats; he barely talks. I’m not sure if I should leave him alone or drag him out, force him to see other people.”

“I don’t know either. I think he needs to go out once in a while before he goes crazy. Maybe I could come over once in a while and take him for a walk? Or simply have a coffee with you two, if that’s okay?”

“Oh, yes. I’d like that, and I think it would be good for Ash. Maybe he’d feel better with you by his side when he has to leave the apartment since you’ve already proven that you can protect him.”

“Maybe. I’ll call you and let you know, then we can set something up. I gave my number to Ash as well, but I somehow doubt he has any intention of connecting.”

Josh chuckled. “I think you’re right. We’ll just force him out of his hole once in a while, okay?”

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0711P432H/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B0711P432H/
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Unexpected Powers by Chris McHart

Unexpected Series

Alex’s Surprise

Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.

Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ZCYUT3C/

Saving Alex

Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.

Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.

When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00ZI4GPRA/

Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? And can love blossom where only hate exists?

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01DY0104M/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01DY0104M/

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Prize: Signed paperback copy of Unexpected Powers

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Author Chris McHart

A bout the Author

Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

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