Ride Into the Wind with the Hard Riders Anthology (book tour)

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The Authors of the Hard Riders Anthology talk about

Why I Like Bikers…

Jenna:

There’s a theory about bikers that 99% of them are law abiding citizens and the other 1% are ‘outlaws’. The one-percenters are often visible at charity events such as delivering toys to children during holiday seasons or blocking protesters at funerals. When I began writing my story for the Hard Riders Anthology, I thought about that. The bad boy with a heart of gold is a favorite of mine. What if I took that guy to the next level? He’d be just bad enough, into illegal gun running and drug activity, but he’d also be sexy as hell. The type of guy who could kill someone if he had to, but he’d only do it to protect his MC brothers or his family. The love interest for my story was born. The hero had to be just as hunky, but not quite as seasoned or tough. For them it was lust at first sight. For me, it was the perfect match.

LM:

“…You’ve got to see an outlaw straddle his hog and start jumping on the starter pedal to fully appreciate what it means. It is like seeing a thirsty man find water.  His face changes, his whole bearing radiates confidence and authority. He sits there for a moment with the big machine rumbling between his legs, and then he blasts off…” – Hunter S. Thompson, Hell’s Angels: The Strange And Terrible Saga of The Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

It’s a fantasy, but bikers are road warriors, mounted on powerful steeds. Flawed anti-heroes guided by a strict code that brings with it honour of a sort. They represent freedom and lawlessness, rebels that deep down we can empathise with. Myths wrapped in leather, labelled by hard-earned patches, they belong to a closed world – and peeking in feels illicit and exciting. Riding proud and free they present romantic figures and from the safety of our comfortable lives, it’s strangely satisfying to know that they still exist at the limits of the law.

Morticia:

Ink and Leather. That about sums it up! Of course, a guy can have tattoos and wear leather, but never have been near a Harley or any other bike in his life. I think the overall attraction for me is the ‘bad boy’ image. Ever since my first boyfriend when I was fifteen years old, I’ve been drawn to the hot guy who’s the one most likely to get into trouble. That love interest was a drummer and smoked questionable substances – I was a goner!

Another added element to the bad boy image of a biker is – you guessed it – the bike. There’s a crazy sense of freedom and a rollercoaster thrill ride when you’re on the back of a bike. I don’t ride, but I love being wrapped around a big, muscled guy who does. Plus, when you’re straddling that machine, it’s hard to ignore the strong vibrations. *ahem*

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Blurbs for Hard Riders:

 Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Respect all, fear none is the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club’s motto. Will the Riders step up when the Demon Outlaws go after one of their own?

Sky Warren doesn’t let the screen door smack him on the way out of Kansas. When his former abusive partner Duke is arrested for selling drugs, Sky takes off. He’s ready for a clean start and a change of scenery. Moving to Lakewood, Colorado, with his cousin and accepting a job in Billy’s bike shop seems like just what he needs to start over. In Billy’s riding club he meets Task Rivers, a handsome, sexy biker, and they hit it off immediately. Task is edgy, yet he shows Sky how a respectful and considerate man treats his partner. The two fall into a lusty, passionate relationship.

 Mantrap by L.M. Somerton:

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favorite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.

 Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar, he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.

The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.

Working his first big case involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realises?

Like the sound of Hard Riders? Buy it here.

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ISBN: 9781784303099
FORMAT: eBook
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About  Jenna Byrnes:

Jenna Byrnes could use more cabinet space and more hours in a day. She’d fill the kitchen with gadgets her husband purchases off TV and let him cook for her to his heart’s content. She’d breeze through the days adding hours of sleep, and more time for writing the hot, erotic romance she loves to read.

About LM Somerton:

Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

About Morticia Knight:

M/M and M/M/F Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

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

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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

 

 

On Tour with Bailey Bradford’s Broncs and Bullies! (contest)

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Welcome, Bailey Bradford to ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords.  Bailey is here with her latest release, Broncs & Bullies.  She brought along a contest to enter, her top five favorite country songs and a blurb to check out.

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Blog Tour_Broncs and Bullies_Bailey Bradford_Social Media_finalGood morning to y’all 😀 It’s blog-tour fun time! Since I’ve got a new book out in the Mossy Glenn series, Broncs and Bullies, I’m doing some Top 5’s relating to cowboys and such. Y’all just ignore the fact that my last Top 5 had 7 items. We’re going to let that go 😀

To celebrate the release of Broncs and Bullies, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of Broncs and Bullies via Totallybound to a randomly drawn commenter to this post. A winner announced on my blog at http://www.baileysplayroom.blogspot.com on Sept. 13th.

Now, on to that Top 5 list! How about my Top 5 C& W songs—which, they’re all going to be old ones because I don’t listen to C&W now, and the old ones shaped a lot of my cowboy ideals, along with all the Louis L’Amour books. Man, I loved those books! But anyway. On to the music! Y’all chime in with y’all’s favorites in the comments below for a chance to win!

In no particular order, my Top 5 C&W songs:

El Paso, Marty Robbins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRL_iu3eQM

I was such an emo kid before emo was a term. 😀 And I cried like a baby when Marty Robbins died. Not as hard as I cried when—

Anything by Waylon Jennings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKjT6RsIFjA

Anyone who reads my blog or sees my FB posts might have caught onto the fact that I like bear-ish men. Waylon was big, hairy, growly, and also, sweet. He was, to me, a stud and I grew up listening to his music and crushing on him. And I was really mad that I wasn’t named Amanda!

Till the Rivers All Run Dry, Don Williams (who also sang… Amanda). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdZuodp3ZZM

The Hubs and I saw him in concert several years ago, and he still had that smooth, beautiful voice. And he’s a big guy, like tall big, too. And hairy. Okay yeah, back to that bear-ish look for me, heh ^.^

Grandma’s Song, Gail Davies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqCXKOxYIQ0

All of my kids know this song. I’ve sang it to them so many times… We hit that chorus at the top of our lungs, though, and speed it up until it’s more like a tongue twister most of the time. We do this out in public often, and never understand people look at us like we’re unhinged 😀 Sing like you mean it!

I Will Always Love You, Dolly Parton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j4U66RYzQo

Anyone else see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?
This song and the way Dolly puts her heart into it wrecked me. However, Dolly is an incredible entertainer, and I lurves her madly.

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Frankie never let anyone close, until Duke refused to give up on him.

Frankie Freemont knows everyone at the Mossy Glenn thinks he’s a jerk for breaking things off with Jody. Letting people get close to him just isn’t something Frankie does. And older men? No way. Frankie doesn’t do that daddy thing so many younger guys seem to like.

Which is why he can’t understand his reaction to Duke Edmonds. Duke has always made him nervous for no reason Frankie can figure out.

Duke suffers a concussion, and Frankie suffers the consequences of a bad choice he makes. With his family wanting him for only one thing—money—and Duke slowly breaking down his defenses, Frankie doesn’t know which way is up.

Duke is determined to prove to Frankie that he’s a good man—they both are. Duke’s worked hard to overcome his youthful past. He’s still ashamed of being a bully years ago, and does everything he can to make sure he never makes mistakes like that again. Being a better man is hard at times, but Duke’s spent his whole adult life doing so.

Now he and Frankie have to decide what they want, and how to go about getting it. That means making some changes that can break each man’s heart.

Like the sound of Broncs and Bullies? Buy it here at Totally Bound!

About Bailey Bradford:

A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

Author Contacts:

Mountains To Climb by T.A. Chase Book Tour and Contest (A What’s His Passion? Imprint novel from Totally Bound)

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Contest:  To celebrate the release of Mountains to Climb as part of the new What’s his Passion? Imprint, Totally Bound are giving you the chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Enter here for contest prizes, book details and more!

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Sometimes the past can be the biggest mountain to climb.

Toby Schwartzel has never forgotten Jensen Brockhoff, the man he loved and the one who disappeared six years ago. He thinks he’s moved on, but when Jensen appears again and wants to explain what happened, Toby realises he hasn’t gotten over Jensen. He’d only built up walls to keep from being hurt again.

Jensen Brockhoff left New York City and Toby Schwartzel for several reasons. All of them had to do with drugs and alcohol. He’s clean now and the only thing he’s addicted to is mountain climbing. His passion for the sport has got him through the last six years. But after a particularly harrowing fall on Denali, Jensen knows he has to go back to tell Toby the truth.

Will Toby and Jensen discover they’d never moved past the love they had for each other all those years ago? Or are the mountains between them too high to climb?

 

 

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Mountains to Climb Excerpt:

Jensen’s phone rang and he checked the ID screen to see it was his friend Cat. She was probably calling to check on him. He moved out of the flow of sidewalk traffic to lean against the building.

“Hey, honey, how are you and Jigger doing?”

“I’m doing fine so far. Jigger might not survive another day if he doesn’t quit hovering over me.”

Her strong Boston accent always made him smile.

“Cut him some slack. This is his first baby too, you know. He’s still a little freaked out by the fact that you could’ve been climbing somewhere while pregnant and not even know it. He doesn’t want you or the baby hurt.” Jensen understood where Jigger was coming from. Cat wasn’t his girlfriend, yet he felt very protective of the unborn child she carried. Like he had time invested in the baby already by virtue of all the hours he’d spent with his—or her—parents scaling mountains.

“Yeah whatever.” She dismissed both of their over protectiveness. “So have you talked to him yet?”

He didn’t pretend he didn’t know what she was talking about. “He told me I looked like shit then slapped me on the shoulder like I was an acquaintance and walked out.”

“Harsh. But you knew it wasn’t going to be easy after six years of no contact, Jensen. I’m pretty sure Toby has got a lot of anger and probably built up some walls to keep from being hurt again.”

“Why? Simpson said he had to pour Toby into his bed for an entire week after I left. I guess I just didn’t think he liked me that much. I thought I was the only one into the relationship.” Jensen reached up to rub his chin and almost punched himself in the face with the brace on his wrist. “That’s one of the reasons why I never tried to get a hold of him. At least not very hard. I didn’t think he would miss me.”

Cat sniffed her disgust with him. “You both put time into your friendship and sex life. Why would you think you were more in love than he was? Toby just might not show his emotions. Hell, you never did until you went through rehab. What made you think he was different from you?”

You can read more about Mountains to Climb here!

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It’s the “Vegas Hustle” by Ethan Stone – What’s His Passion? Book Tour (contest)

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ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords is happy to host Ethan Stone’s and Totally Bound’s Vegas Hustle Book Tour today.  As part of the new What’s His Passion? imprint at Totally Bound, they have brought a great contest along with them.  See contest details below as well as a blurb and excerpt from Ethan Stone’s Vegas Hustle

♦Contest:  To celebrate the launch of What’s his Passion? Totally Bound is giving away a bundle of prizes. Enter here for your chance to win! Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

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A business trip to Las Vegas becomes a life or death situation for a comic book fan.
Comic book geek Adam Brand is young, good-looking and wealthy. He’s also a virgin because he’s not skilled at picking up guys. While in Vegas with his friend Dean to finalize a real estate deal, he throws caution to the wind and hires a professional. Hustler Javier Campos is just Adam’s type and his first time is perfect.

♦Excerpt from Vegas Hustle:

“Yes, I’m looking forward to our other plans, too.” I smirked.

He leaned forward and eyed me. “Dude, we’re talking about you having sex for the first time and you sound like it’s just another day.” Dean had a fake ID and had gotten one for me as well. He’d been going out to bars and clubs and having sex with men since he was sixteen. He’d promised me we would party until we found the right guy for me to sleep with.

“I’m nervous about it,” I admitted.

“Adam, it’s going to be awesome.” He sat back in the chair and closed his eyes.

“Did you see that Hispanic stud in the hallway earlier?” I’d only gotten a quick glance at him but it was enough. He was a few inches shorter than me, had a goatee, light-brown hair and beautiful brown eyes.

Dean nodded.

“Damn, he was hot.”

Dean lowered his sunglasses. “You know he was a hustler, right?”

“A what?”

“A hustler,” he repeated. “Hooker. Prostitute. Whore.”

I forced my jaw closed, trying not to let my naiveté be quite so obvious. “How do you know?”

“There’s no way a dude like him could ever afford to stay at the Bellagio. He’d probably just finished with a customer.”

I knew hustlers existed, but the ones I’d seen and imagined were dirtier and skankier than the hottie in the hallway. “You ever hired one?”

He shook his head. “I don’t see anything wrong with it but I’ve never needed to pay for sex when it’s so readily available.”

I wondered what the man charged. He had the body type I craved as well as a rough edge that made my body tremble. Being kissed and touched by him had to be a thrilling experience. A man who got paid for sex was no doubt good at what he did.

Want to find out more about the characters from Vegas Hustle?

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