Monday, July 24, 2017

Contemporary Romance Week at the TBR Pile by Cardeno C.


Happy Monday! I'm taking part in Contemporary Romance Week at the TBR Pile and today they're sharing an excerpt from Smitty's Sheriff. Hop over there if you want to read it and take the chance to enter their giveaways - a book bundle or a gift card!


Have a terrific week!

CC
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Author Behavior by S.C. Wynne


I read a post recently asking about what sort of things turns you off about author behavior. It was
interesting but not surprising to see certain gripes.

Readers hated seeing authors bitch about other authors. You would think authors would know better than to do this in public, but I see it all the time. It seems like that time would be better spent promoting their own works, which wasn't something that bothered readers, or spreading some positivity in the world. And it's even more mystifying why anyone would do this publicly, considering you can bitch to your friends privately all you want all day long on private channels. (I certainly do this)

Readers also hated when authors bitched about low sales or posted too much depressing stuff like dying pets and family members. It's a fine line between sharing monumental events in your life, and talking about nothing but negative stuff.

As authors we need to be real people, that's kind of the point of social media, but we need  to always be aware that we are selling ourselves as well as our books. This is why bitching about low sales is so odd. Why would we want to come off like we can't sell our books? That makes no sense to me. You don't see big name restaurants complaining no one will buy their burgers? If I did see that, it would make me think there must be something wrong with their burgers and I would avoid that restaurant. It seems like a pretty horrible way to gain new readers.

What I took away from that survey was readers gravitate to positive people. They're drawn to authors who are confident and passionate about what they do. In other words, they're attracted to professionals, and I will strive to always be that.

S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thank you by Riley Hart


As you guys know, last week was the release for DEPTH OF FIELD. It's been a crazy, exciting, stressful week!

I've dealt with some tough stuff--like one of my books being illegally sold on iBooks--THE iBooks. It still blows my mind. As of this time, I'm still waiting for it to get pulled. There's a long process and lots of negatives for me involved with this but I don't want to get into that right now...what this post is about is how, despite the troublesome things that have happened this week, I'm grateful. I couldn't be more thankful for the support with DEPTH OF FIELD. As I'm writing this blog on Wednesday night, it's sitting at number 53 on Amazon... Fifty-three in the Amazon store! That blows my mind.

Obviously, I couldn't do that without the readers. Without you guys taking a chance on my men. For buying and reading. Reviewing and spreading the word. There aren't enough thank yous in the world.

Every day I sit down at my computer and think about how lucky I am. Writing is my safe place. My solace. There are times I honestly feel like it keeps me sane. People often ask how I write so much, or how I manage it with some of the things I'm dealing with in my personal life, and the answer is, I do it because I NEED it. I need writing like I need air and there is no way I would survive without it.

Thank you for taking this journey with me!



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Top Ten TV shows with Sean, BA, Julia and Kiernan


Sean Michael

Oh man, another top ten favorite list - as always, it's hard for me to narrow things down. But I will do my bests. These are in no particular order

Criminal Minds - barring the last season for sure, but it used to be one of my total favorites

Killjoys - I love the humor that goes with the action, and I love the way the three mains care for each other. 4 if you count Lucy.

Wynonna Earp - again wonderful humor with the action

The Night Shift - I love the whole ensemble of this medical drama

The Great British Baking Show - love this one so very much, especially how much the contestants support each other

The Big Bang Theory - funny, geeks as heroes, what's not to love.

Masterchef Australia - After seeing the Australian one, I can hardly watch the US one - the mentors are so mean on the US one

Lucifer - again, humor along with the action. And I adore Lucifer, and all the supporting cast. If I had to pick one favorite only, it would be this one.

Lethal Weapon - more humor mixed with your regular cop show and a man who is haunted by his wife's death - this one is so much better than I was expecting when I found out they were making a series based off the movies.

Castle - it's over now, but I loved it - especially the first few seasons. Once again there is humor, along with cleverness and Rick's utter joy at the improbable - the more improbable the more he liked it.

There we go - ten shows I really like!

BA and Julia

We're married, so we watch together. The agreement in our house is we both have to give enough shits to watch the show, and to keep watching it.

Basically this boils us down to a few tried and true shows that keep on keeping on.

Project Runway

Top Chef

Face Off

First 48

So You Think You Can Dance

CSI - I know, but we still watch

Sherlock

Great British Baking Show until everyone leaves and then no

Whitechapel

X Files

Honorable mentions: Julia- Spartacus, Dr Who BA- Criminal Minds, Ghost Asylum, Haunted Collector

Coming soon, Kiernan's answers

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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Release: Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.


It's release day! My newest book is a contemporary May-December, second chance novella called Smitty's Sheriff.

Here's what Gabbi at Top2Bottom Reviews had to say about it: "Both heroes are not perfect *far from it*, BUT they seem to be perfect for each other. Richard likes order and to be in control. Todd is a little flighty and needs to be guided through day to day life. Together, Richard’s dominance is just what Todd needs. In some ways, they have D/s relationship without the BDSM aspect to it and I admit, I liked it."


Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.

Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.

It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation. 

When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?


Happy reading!

CC

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Do all people who like summer have pools? By S.C. Wynne


I have a theory.

You see, I hate summer. With a passion. Granted I live where it's very hellishly hot during the summer, so that might be one reason. But I literally detest when June rolls around.

I really love rain. I think that's genetic because I'm Scottish and Irish and Italian and French.
But back to my hatred of summer. I've noticed a trend; people who say they love summer almost always have a pool! I do not have a pool, hence my dislike of summer.

Do you have a pool? Do you love summer? Maybe I'm wrong. Feel free to comment and put me in my place. :) I'll just be over here loathing summer.

S.C.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Up and Coming by Felice Stevens


This week I received my new cover for my next book coming out later this summer. Under the Boardwalk started out as a light book about falling in love under a famous landmark. Hence, the Landmarks series.

But Alexi and Cam became real to me and before I knew it, I was immersed in their story and in love with them. They have so much sweetness and love between them, they made it almost easy to write their book. And when it was over, I didn't want it to end. I think they might be my sweetest couple since Alex and Rafe from One Step Further. Of course there are some hot and sexy times; Alexi might look innocent but don't let him fool you.
You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35671284-under-the-boardwalk

 Here is the blurb:

Beneath the famous Brooklyn landmark, love is hidden but not denied:

All his life, Alexi Kharpov has dreamed of traveling to unknown exciting places instead of working at his family’s frozen custard stand on the famous Coney Island boardwalk. Every year is the same until a gorgeous man picks a spot in front of his stand to sing, captivating him with his beautiful voice. After two summers of listening, it might finally be time for him to cross that boardwalk and take a chance.

Opera singer Cameron Maxwell has traveled the world, but the sight of the beautiful man serving custard to tourists touches his heart like nothing ever has before. A summer fling might be exactly what he needs to put his problems out of his mind, but the last thing Cam expects is to want the summer to last forever.

It’s a season of discovery for both men who learn to dig deep within their heads and hearts to decide whether secrets old and new should remain buried, or if love is too important to keep hidden under the boardwalk.



In other news, I have a new audiobook release. After the Fire, the second book in the Through Hell and Back series is now available in audiobook, and Kale Williams is back to narrate. I think he does an amazing job; there's so much tension and unresolved angst between Jordan and Drew and Luke and Ash. Kale portrayed the reunion scene perfectly.
Here is the link:
http://amzn.to/2vj2lu5

Happy Reading AND Listening!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Depth of Field by Riley Hart


Book release days always stress me out. But the more I connect to a book, the harder it is. And I loved this book, you guys. I did. Of course, I have to love every book I write but...Every once in a while the perfect idea hits at the perfect time. A book that takes me over. A book I live and breathe and fall incredibly hard for. A book that I know I was supposed to write. As an author, I live for those moments. I never know when they will hit.

It happened with Collide. I had traditional publishing contracts to fill, and deadlines to make but Noah and Cooper needed their story. I needed their story.

It happened with Crossroads. My original plan had been to jump straight into Rock Solid book two (which I hope will eventually come one day!). I struggled with it, as you know. I still struggle with it...but then there was Bryce and Nick. These men who didn't know what was happening to them, but the one thing they did know was they loved each other. Their story consumed me.

And it happened with Depth of Field. Again, my plan was to jump right into Wild Side three (Chance is screaming for his story so it is coming!). But as loud as Chance is...Van and Shane were louder. They needed their happily ever after first because they'd been through so much. DEPTH OF FIELD took on a life of it's own. Van's career took on a life of its own. And yes, the book is hot but it feels like so much more than that to me. It's about second chances. It's about redemption. It's about family. It's about mental illness. It's about love and acceptance and being true to yourself.

I hope you guys love Shane and Van's book as much as I do.

This one is Amazon exclusive for now, and available to read FREE with KU!

You can purchase it HERE.



Shane Wallace has made a decent life for himself in Last Chance. He built his own home on his mom’s property to take care of her, owns an automotive repair shop, and when he wants to get laid, Portland isn’t too far away. Not too shabby for the boy who spent his childhood getting bullied and feeling alone. Shane’s content to leave his past behind him...until one of his childhood tormentors comes back to town.

Maxwell Sullivan never planned to step foot in Last Chance again. Here, he was Maxwell, a teen who suffered in silence while everyone thought he had the perfect life. Now, he’s “Van,” the erotic artist and photographer. He’s only here to help his mom tie up some loose ends after his father’s death and to apologize to Shane. After that, he’s heading back to LA for good.

Shane never thought he’d have anything in common with Maxwell, but there’s a depth to Van that surprises him. Van knows what it feels like to be alone. He sees Shane in ways no one else does. There’s a shared connection neither can deny. Somehow, despite their rocky history, they get each other.

It’s not long before the two are so drawn to each other that they tumble into bed—sometimes with Van’s camera involved. Their chemistry in and out of the bedroom is undeniable. Except nothing is ever black and white. Shane can’t leave his mom and Van’s life is in LA. With two different lives pulling them in opposite directions, their picture-perfect ending might not be in the cards.



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ask Andrew - Characters


Dear Andrew

Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?

Hugs
Dawn

Dear Dawn

Sometimes early on I used some of my own experiences and people I met in my characters.  One prime example is Eli from Love Means... No Shame.  He came out of a visit to an Amish Bakery that I made when I was in high school.  Now I have to say that a lot of Len's back story from Love Means... Courage comes form my own High School experience and I used some of my friends at the time as models for some of the other characters.  

I will tell you that the characters I based my closely on myself ate probably Tom from Master of the Revels, my first story ever, and Geoff from Love Means... No Shame.  However I did include some of my early interests in my books including antiques, hence Tyler from The Best Revenge.  As an author I put some of myself in every book.  Its just that in some cases, I add more.  

Hugs and Love
Andrew

 
Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

So if you have a question, please send it to andrewgreybooks@comcast.net.  This is different from my usual email so your questions don't get lost.  I will answer one question a week.

Please remember this is meant to be all in fun.  (I was going to say good, clean fun, but who wants that.)    So send me your questions and let's see what mischief we can get into.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Favorite Fantasy Films with BA, Kiernan, Julia and Sean


Hey y'all!

Today we take on our fave fantasy films!

BA Tortuga- Sharktopus is a fantasy movie, right?

Julia

Conan the Barbarian, the old one. Mary Poppins. Alice in Wonderland. Disney, please. I love most of the ones Kiernan and Sean mention, too, so I can be lazy...

Kiernan Kelly

Fantasy is my second favorite genre of movie, right after horror, so narrowing my list down to ten was difficult to say the least. There were SO many films I would’ve liked to include, but had to leave on the cutting room floor. Here’s my list though:

Labyrinth – David Bowie, stuffed codpieces, puppets and music. Doesn’t get much better than this.

Wizard of Oz. “A heart will never be made practical until it can be made unbreakable.” Sigh.

The Princess Bride. “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!” Snort.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Especially if you fast forward past the hobbits and all the walking and get right to the elves and the battle scenes.

The Harry Potter Octo…Oct…er…eight films. Some more than others. My personal favorite is Goblet of Fire.

The Neverending Story. Fluffy dragons for everyone!

Jason and the Argonauts. Ray Harryhausen at his very best.

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. “Be excellent to each other.”

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). “She was a bad egg.”

Edward Scissorhands. Come on…a guy with knives for hands being sold Avon products. Classic.

Sean Michael

I love fantasy films! Choosing my faves is not easy, but I've given it a go.to share my top ten.

Labyrinth - I have always loved David Bowie. I would have liked this movie anyway, but he put it on top of the list for me. You remind me of the babe.

Willow - might be tied for my favorite with Labyrinth

Legend - I know it's a terrible movie, but I love it.

A Knight's Tale - some might argue this is a historical, but I argue that the anacrosticness of it makes it a fantasy. This is one that I will sit and watch, commercials and all, no matter where in the movie I come in if I happen to find it on TV.

Edward Scissorhands - I always cry at the end.

Star Wars - all of them. I've been a fan since I saw the first one (that was released) in the theatre when I was eleven

Pirates of the Caribbean - I can watch the first one in the series whenever it's on.

Transformers - I think you can argue this one is fantasy as much as sci-fi. I love the first movie in this series

The Princess Bride - how can I not include a movie that has ROUS's in it?

The Lord of the Rings trilogy - I had to include this set.

What are your favorites? What did we miss?

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Do you read Mpreg? By S.C. Wynne


Hello all,

I recently released my first Mpreg story. It's doing really well and I'll admit I wasn't sure what my usual readers would think of this book. I was super nervous and even considered releasing it under another pen name. But in the end I trusted my readers, and I'm glad I did. So far, everyone has been
very receptive. I've even converted a few Mpreg virgins!

I've always written lots of different kinds of stories. I don't like only writing the same formula over and over and over. I know that all romance stories have a similar theme, but I like to mix it up a little. I love writing mysteries, new adult, Mpreg and even psychic elements.

I like to think my readers know that they will always have variety when it comes to S.C. Wynne. :D

If you're interested in Mpreg, you can check out my new release at these following links:

Amazon

Other Vendors

See you next week!
S.C.
www.sc-wynne.com


Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Mpreg Release! By S.C. Wynne




Hello, all. Hope you're enjoying your July 4th weekend. :)

I decided to try writing something a little different. I wrote my first Mpreg story and I loved it. So far the feedback has been wonderful. I decided to write a non-shifter version, setting it instead in a
contemporary world.

AMAZON
Other Vendors


Excerpt:
His voice was stiff as he spoke. “Since this is your first night here, I’m going to cook us dinner. I think it’s safer than ordering in or going out.”
“Agreed.” Ordering takeout could sometimes give things away. If you normally placed small deliveries and all of a sudden you were ordering a lot more food, anyone watching could catch on you had company. Neither of us had really had time to figure this situation out yet, and we needed a night to get a game plan in place.
He stood in front of me, his hands on his narrow hips. “Any food allergies I should know about?”
“No.”
“Anything you hate?” His gaze flickered. “Besides me.”
“Nope. Just you.”
He clenched his jaw and moved into the kitchen, muttering under his breath.
“Did you say something?” I needled.
He didn’t respond. He opened cupboards and banged pots and pans as he moved around the small kitchen. I found a perverse pleasure in annoying him, and so I stood and followed him. I leaned against the counter near the stove and watched him searching for utensils.
“Have you ever done this before?” I asked with a smirk.
“Yes.” He scowled at me and continued riffling through his storage.
“You don’t have to cook. We can just eat cereal.”
He shot me an impatient glance. “I’m cooking dinner so shut the fuck up.”
“Calm down. I’m just trying to be a considerate guest.”
He snorted. “Yeah. Right.”
When he bent down and his shirt rode up, my gut clenched at the sight of his bare flesh, and that same intense desire to see his body came over me. Something seemed to stir deep inside at the sight of his smooth skin, and I looked away, feeling startled. The sensations that gripped me were similar to lust. My body buzzed with excitement, and my cock warmed. I’d never felt anything remotely like that toward another man before, and I was shocked to the core.
My pulse was elevated, and the wolf inside me seemed aroused, as if I was hunting something. I felt weird and light-headed as I struggled with the bizarre impulses rolling through me. I moved away from him and went into the bathroom to splash water on my face. I leaned on the counter and stared at my wet features. My eyes seemed unusually bright, and my face was flushed.
I thought about our fight earlier in the day. Maybe that little spat had awoken my wolf. Sometimes an argument, the scent of blood, or a physical altercation could stir up instinctual feelings that were hovering in the subconscious. I sucked in a long, calming breath and tried to push down the uncomfortable feelings. I absolutely wasn’t into guys, and even if I had been, if there was anyone in this world I had no interest in fucking, it was Blade Carr. I couldn’t stand him.
I knew hiding in the bathroom all night wasn’t an option, so I went to sit on the couch. As time passed, I began to feel a little calmer and my pulse returned to normal. I was still vaguely disconcerted by what I’d experienced. I checked my phone, noticing it was a full moon. Perhaps that was the explanation for my odd feelings.
I jumped when Blade appeared in front of me. He held a chilled beer out to me. “Thirsty?”
“Thanks.” I took the beer, feeling self-conscious.
He sat across from me, sipping a bottled water. He set the water on the coffee table and studied me with a serious expression.
“We need to find a way to get along.” His voice was soft but guarded.
From the way his pulse beat swiftly at the base of his throat, I could see he was as uncomfortable with me as I was him. “What do you suggest?”
He lifted one shoulder. “Maybe we can talk our differences out.”
I chuffed. “You mean like therapy?”
His cheeks tinged pink. “I mean communication.”
“I didn’t have a shitty childhood, so I’m not sure what you’re hoping to discover about me.”
His mouth hardened. “I’m not trying to find out about you. I’m trying to figure out how we can spend two weeks stuck together where neither of us kills the other.”
I took a long swig off my beer, and I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand. “It’s not really a mystery. We don’t like each other.”
“Yeah. But why?”
“Because you’re a dick?” I arched one brow.
He narrowed his eyes. “And you’re a colossal asshole.”
Irritation nipped at me. “Sometimes people just don’t like each other.”
He shifted his position, and because of the way his shorts folded, I got a view of his briefs. It was just a glimpse of white cotton, but something washed through me at the thought of his cock nestled behind that thin layer of material. A wave of lusty hunger hit me, and my cock pressed my zipper as I pulled my gaze away.
What the fuck is wrong with me?
“We’re both intelligent men. We should be able to work through our differences.” He spoke earnestly, completely unaware of the internal struggle I was having.
I finished off my beer and kept my eyes pinned over his head on a little cat clock over the sink in the kitchen. I was confused and freaked-out by what was happening to my body. I’d never had any interest in men, and now I couldn’t look at my least favorite person without getting a hard-on. Was it something I’d eaten? Was I having a nervous breakdown?
“Did you hear me?” he asked, sounding irritated.
“Yes.”
He exhaled. “You’d rather just hate each other forever?”
“I don’t think talking will work.”
“Well, of course you know best,” he grumbled.
I licked my lips and took a chance on glancing at him. His eyes were glittery and his face flushed. My gaze fell to his full lips, and that startling hunger nipped at me again. What would he taste like? I was consumed with the desire to know how soft his lips were and if he would use tongue when he kissed.
In a desperate attempt to get my mind off his mouth, I blurted, “I’m put off by your arrogance. You think you know more than us alphas.”
“Maybe if you guys showed us a little more respect we wouldn’t feel the need to prove ourselves constantly.”
The husky sound of his voice sent tingles through my body. Something was horribly wrong with me. My wolf was trying to push to the surface. The need to hunt and take what I wanted was overpowering. I was breathless with desire, and shockingly, Blade was the object of my desire. Sweat prickled my brow as I struggled to fight back the wolf inside. I grunted and clutched the arm of the couch, closing my eyes and clamping down on the aching instincts inside of me. When I opened my eyes, he stared at me with a puzzled expression.
“Are you okay?” He wrinkled his brow.
I bit the inside of my cheek and tasted blood, but at least it distracted me enough that I could get control of my bizarre urges. “I have a headache.” I actually did have a pounding headache.
“Oh.” He stood and went into his bathroom. When he returned, he held out two pills. “Ibuprofen.”
“Sure it’s not poison?”
He rolled his eyes and dropped the caplets into my palm. “These take pain away. If I was going to murder you I’d do the opposite.”
I glanced at my empty beer bottle.
He grabbed his water and offered it to me. “I don’t have any diseases.”
“Oh, did they find a cure for asshole-itis?” I took the water and washed down my pills.
His mouth hardened. “Careful you don’t choke now.” He turned and headed back into the kitchen.

Have a safe and wonderful July 4th to all the Americans out there! :)

S.C.

www.sc-wynne