Love a Mystery Thriller Combined with Romance? Check out Brad Vance’s ‘Strength In Numbers’ (excerpt and giveway)



Strength In Numbers (The Game Players #2) by Brad Vance
Release Date: February 10, 2016

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Publisher: Brad Vance
Cover Artist: Brad Vance

Author Brad Vance has brought along his characters, Marc and Jess of Strength in Numbers in The Game Players series to share some of their favorite songs with our readers today.  Welcome, everyone, to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words. So what are some of your favorite songs?

Marc: “Well, after our recent escapade, The Smiths song ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out.’ That has some special meaning for us after we had a, um narrow escape on our last adventure.”

Jesse: “I love The War on Drugs’ song, ‘Under the Pressure.’ The title along pretty much sums up the last year or so.”

Marc: “Definitely. When I’m coding, I really like to listen to the Walkmen. Their song ‘Heaven’ just lifts me up.”

Jesse: “When we’re out on Marc’s yacht, I really love hearing that Boy and Bear song, ‘Southern Sun.’ That’s another happy tune.”

Marc: “That Hozier song, ‘Take Me to Church.’ That breaks me every time, since I saw the video.”


They’re back! In their first adventure, Marc Julian, software billionaire, and Jesse Winchester, hacker extraordinaire, survived the evil plans of the Krom Brothers and Jesse’s first lover, Chip. But Jesse has old debts to pay to Russian gangster Leonid Ivanov. Now Leonid is calling in those debts, demanding that Jesse find a great treasure for him, and a new game is set in motion…

The mysterious “Satoshi,” creator of the cybercurrency Bitcoin, has been hiding $400 million worth of the currency for years. But now, he has chosen to start a quest for the keys to the Hoard, and he who controls the keys controls the fortune. And this will be a quest that will test the strength, the will, and the character of those who pursue it.

But Marc and Jesse aren’t the only ones on the hunt, as old enemies resurface to try and beat them to the treasure… And even if they reach it first, they must ask themselves – do they really want to give a Russian gangster $400 million to pursue his deadly enterprises? And what would be the consequences if they don’t?

The pursuit will take them through the museums of Tokyo, the streets of Buenos Aires, and the coast of Mexico, in a desperate and dangerous race to keep the fortune in digital gold from the hands of all their enemies…


Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Series should be read in order.
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance, Thriller


Marc smiled as he made clinking sounds in the galley of his private jet. He already had the black slacks on, so it was the work of a moment to take off his polo shirt and slip into the white epauletted button-down short-sleeve shirt of a steward. The wings were already attached to the lapels, and he’d even had a name tag made.

“Here you go, sir,” he said as he handed Jesse his drink on a tray. Jesse was already involved in something on his phone, and he absentmindedly reached for it.

Then he paused, sensing that something had changed. He looked up to see Marc dressed as an airline steward, his eyes dancing with heat.

Marc didn’t smile as he said, “Is there anything else I can get you, sir?”

Jesse swallowed. “Maybe a warm blanket.”

Marc took the drink from his hand. He pressed a button on the side of Jesse’s chair.

“The seat fully reclines into a bed, sir. Let me make you comfortable.”

As the seat back flattened and the base lifted Jesse’s feet up, Marc pushed another button, and the chair’s arms lowered out of the way, which gave him room to straddle Jesse’s hips.

He put his hands on Jesse’s chest, and Jesse reached up to finger his collar. “How did you earn those wings, steward?”

Marc idly stroked Jesse’s hand where it lingered on the wings. “Oh, those, sir? For achieving membership in the Mile High Club. Are you a member?” Marc began to grind his ass against Jesse’s crotch, feeling the transformation below his slacks.

“You know, I am not. I’ve never been invited to join.”

Marc leaned in to whisper in his ear. “Let me be the first to welcome you, then.”

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Meet the author:

Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits “A Little Too Broken” and “Given the Circumstances.” Keep up with Brad at, email him at, and friend him on Facebook at

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Back from GRL and Chicago Today and The Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts



airplane-flying-through-cloudsSo I am still in the air, coming back from Chicago!  So it will be short and sweet today.  I will bring you all up to speed next week as I expect to be busy apologizing to the pups for being away later on and catching up on my zzzzz’s and  home stuff.

Winner Announcement:  From Rachel Haimowitz: Congrats to vitajex, the winner of the signed paperbacks!

Without further ado, here is the week ahead at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words…

Monday, October 20:

  • Riptide Publishing’s Billionaire with Benefits Tour and Contest
  • N.R. Walker’s Red Dirt Heart Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Merry Christmas, Josh by Andrea Speed

Tuesday, October 21:

  • Jude Dunn’s One Thing Leads Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  DMZ by Andrea Speed

Wednesday,  October 22:

  • Piper Vaughn’s “Hook, Line and Sinker” Cover Reveal (contest)
  • Double book blast: Jackie Nacht ‘A Bittersweet Haunting’ and ‘Zombie Run’‏ (contest)
  • “Stand by You” and “Foundation of Trust” Author: AM Arthur Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Stand by You by A.M. Arthur

Thursday, October 23:

  • Sean Michael’s “Bruised” Tour
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Review:  Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz
  • A MelanieM Review:  Say Something by BA Tortuga

Friday, October 24:

  • Heat – RJ Scott & Chris Quinton’s Book Tour and Contest
  • Author Spotlight:  Zee Kensington on Finally Home (contest)
  • CjElliot’s “Aidan’s Journey” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Brothers in Arms (Broken Road Cafe #2) by TA Webb

Saturday, October 25:

  • In Our Author Spotlight:  Ashley Ladd
  • A MelanieM Review:  Spaghetti Western by E.M. Lynley


So, there’s this conference I’m Going to…and the Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts…



GRL 2014, Here I Come!!!

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So, here it is Sunday and my departure for Chicago and this year’s GRL is only days away.  Am I excited?  You betcha!  All my favorite authors (well, most of them) will be there, new authors to meet, new bloggers and readers to meet up with, and talk all things books and romance, and of course, friends I haven’t seen since last year to party with.  Book signings, author readings, so much going on. It’s going to be wonderful!  I will tell you all about it when I return.

But until then…argh!!!!!  Packing, unpacking, repacking, chargers, cords, stuff!!!!!!!  Costumes? Check! Party duds? Check! Spanx?  Where are the f*@#$king spanx?  And shoes.  Need shoes but do I need boots?  Over thinking things here clearly! Kindle?  Last minute check..along with a few other items.  I ordered new Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words long sleeved t-shirts, my nod to the Chicago location in October.  People may not recognize my face but they certainly know Kirby from my logo!

Here is the first look.  Long sleeves, black cotton unisex t-shirt.  I am also going to make them in short sleeves as well. Kirby on the front, the rainbow book on the back.  What do you all think?  Anyone else want one?  I’m thinking of making them available on the website, along with a tote.  See?  Busy, busy, busy!


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Last minute musings.  I stayed up late last night (and into this morning) finishing up Red Dirt Heart 3 by N. R. Walker.  I love this series and characters and this book was amazing!  And before that?  RJ Scott’s Last Marine Standing, the first in her new Heroes series.  Wonderful too.  So many new books to tell you all about….but not just yet!

This week?  Several great book from Aleksandr Voinov that you shouldn’t miss.  Barb, our Zany,Old, Lady, reviews Counterpunch.  And I review the third (perhaps final) story in the Memory of Scorpions series, A Taste of Poison!  Love that series too.  So I’m heading off to the suitcase room and mayhem.  See you in a week’s time!  Happy Reading all!

 Winner Announcement:

  • Congratulations to Kestral, winner of Jamie Lynn Miller’s Amazon gift card.
  • Congratulations to the following winners of Beany Spark’s ebook contest:  Ilona F.,Emily W., and Lisa G

So here is our upcoming week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, October 13:

  • Susan McNicol’s “Love You Senseless” Book Tour and Contest
  • Sarah Madison’s “Walk A Mile “Book Tour and Contest
  • A PaulB Review:  Death Gets A Boyfriend by Sophie Bonaste

Tuesday, October 14:

  • Talia Carmichael’s Wicked Defense Book Tour from Totally Bound
  • Varian Krylov Book Tour and Contest
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady, Book Review:  Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

Wednesday, October 15 (and I’m flying!):

  • Riptide Publishing Book tour for A Taste of Poison by Aleksandr Voinov
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Taste of Poison by Aleksandr Voinov
  • A MelanieM Review:  Fire and Light by Berengaria Brown

Thursday, October 16:

  • On Tour with BA Tortuga and her release, Say Something (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Changing Tide by D. P. Denman

Friday, October 17:

  • Book Tour:  Raine O’Tierney’s Most Beautiful Words (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review: Burning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster

Saturday, October 18:

  • A MelanieM Review:  Acting Out by Sharon Maria Bidwell



Glorious October and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


fall-clip-art-fall-clip-art-11This year our fall has been glorious!  The weather is perfect, holding off those cold temperatures while still giving us a taste of the clear, crisp air and blue skies that I think of when fall arrives in Maryland.  The Farmers markets and stores are full of Crisps, Cortlands, Stayman’s and Winesaps!  Am I thinking of homemade apple pies?  You betcha!

The leaves are just starting to turn here so I hope there will be plenty of color  around when I return from Chicago and GRL.   As we approach the dates for GRL, we are starting to lighten our schedule in anticipation.  It’s just temporary and we will be back up and reading away upon our return.  So many things to prepare for, think to pack, and get excited about.  So many great authors will be there and I can’t wait to hear about all the new books, events, and author readings that will be taking place.

This week, our young YA reviewer, Aurora, has her first review on Saturday.  I can’t wait for more of her reviews and fresh perspective from someone with much younger eyes and mind than mine! lol  PaulB, Barb, the Zany, Old, Lady and Sammy are well accounted for too.  How much fun is this?  But if you want to review for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, we have plenty of room for more reviewers.  Drop me a note and let’s talk!

Quick Cool Announcement:  Riptide Publishing has a new Josh of the Damned story, Merry Christmas, Josh from  Andrea Speed, free at Riptide right now.  Go here to download!  If you love the Josh of the Damned warped universe as much as I do, this is a great gift to get for yourelf!  Do it now!

Now onto to our schedule for this upcoming week.

 The Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts And Rogue Words

Monday, October 6:

  • Cover Reveal for Unicorns and Rainbow Poop by Sam Kadence
  • Morticia Knight’s All Fired Up Tour (contest)
  • A PaulB Review: A Heart for Robbie by J.P. Barnaby
  • A MelanieM Review:  Midsummer Baker by Megan Derr

Tuesday, October 7:

  • Skylar Wood’s Jade Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Hidden Gem by Lissa  Kasey
  • A SammyL Review:  All Star Virgin by Ben Raphael

Wednesday, October 8:

  • Riptide’s Bump in the Night Book tour and contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Red Dirt Heart 2 by N. R. Walker

Thursday, October 9:

  • RJ Scott’s GRL Guest Blog and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur

Friday, October 10:

  • Andrew Q. Gordon’s A Closed Door Book Tour and Contest
  • Garrett Leigh’s “Slide” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations by Neil Plakcy

Saturday, October 11:

  • An Aurora YA Review: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman