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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

J.R. Gray / Veil of Scars





I'm thrilled J.R. Gray is visiting my blog today and bringing Veil of Scars!

I started following Gray on Twitter several years ago (if you don't follow Gray on social media, you really should... just sayin') and it tickles me to no end that we're now fellow Evernight family members!

Veil of Scars is J.R. Gray's fourth book and was just released yesterday.
It sounds phenomenal!

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A little bit about Veil of Scars:

Steven is tall, dark and damaged. He doesn't let anyone close, comfortable on the outside of normal life where he can hide his scars behind a wall so high that nothing gets throughexcept them. Despite a childhood marred with black and blue, he's survived and moved in with his two best friends, Sam and Charlie.

Life should get better, but it was Sam who held him when the dark threatened to swallow him whole, Sam who gave him a place that felt like home, and Sam who knew every scar and every broken place.

And it's all been taken away with Charlie sharing Sam's bed.

Without his former comfort, Steven realizes what's been hiding in the deep corners of his heart, and the truth sinks him like a weight. Hes in love with one or maybe both of his roommates. Navigating unrequited love tears Steven apart and brings him to the precipice, and he has to choose: his feelings or Samsand Charlies?



Here is a sneak peek from Veil of Scars: 

     "Charlie coming home from the party, too?" I didn't dare to hope.

     “She didn’t go. She’s pulling an all-nighter in the library with a group for a project or something or other." He shrugged.

     Maybe I would get a stolen night. One like old times.

     We sat there for a while in silence, not quite wrapped up in one another but taking comfort from the other's body heat. I closed my eyes. Even on the sofa a night in his arms was bliss.

     "Want to go to bed?" Sam asked, rousing me from the light sleep I had slipped into.

     “Yeah, sorry." I got to my feet, cheeks flushing a bit, realizing I’d just fallen into something that wasn’t a reality anymore. In seven months there had been a few stolen nights with my best friend, but living with Charlie had put a stop to how we once were.

     His brows fell, and he looked up at me before getting to his feet. I was turning to head to my room when he grabbed me by the hand, lacing his fingers through mine. I stopped, looking up to search his face.

     He didn't say a word as he led me to the bed he shared with her. I couldn't help the smile that spread over my lips. The dark gave me the cover I needed to watch him pull the polo off his broad shoulders and cast it aside. I kicked out of my jeans and added my shirt to his on the floor, before crawling into bed. 

     The assured way he scooted in after me, coming up from behind to wrap his arms around my body, gave me a pain in the middle of my chest I couldn’t explain. I leaned back into his bare skin, and a calm washed over me. Within moments, it was like the nervous bundle of energy that had been wound inside me for months started to dissolve. 

     He tucked his head in next to my shoulder and whispered, “Goodnight," against my skin.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Guest Post: Donina Lynn - Lose Control




Thank you for having me here today! I'm so excited to be sharing my new release Lose Control with you!

Myles and Cassie's story isn't about wine and romance. Their journey is about finding love with someone who you not only click with personally, but physically as well.

Let's be honest, when it comes to sex, we all have our likes and dislikes, right? We have our preferences and what we're willing to do. On the flipside, we also have that list in our heads of dealbreakers that when mentioned make you want to run in the other direction because there's NO WAY you're giving that a try. Kink-meter has officially been pegged, thank you very much.

Lose Control is about finding that person you're compatible and comfortable with. The one who has the same wants and desires, and is perfect for you both in and out of the bedroom. It's about falling for someone who can love every part of who you are ... even if some of those parts can be a bit naughty. ;-)

BLURB:

Myles Oliver Dayton likes control in every aspect of his life. He desire it, demands it, demands it in the board room and his bedroom. But when his teenage crush walks into his office to be his temporary assistant, the tight restraint he kept on his emotions starts to come undone. Something he couldn't allow. His idea of love is demanding and possessive, and in the end there would only be pain - for both of them.

Cassie Sorrelson grabs onto opportunities when they come along and assisting Myles with all his demands is an opportunity she isn't about to pass up. Sexy and controlling, he has her breathing hard and soon yearning for more than a few days together at the corporate retreat. When he suddenly pulls back, though, and refuses the desire she knows is running hot within him, Cassie is going to have to work at getting what she wants ... making Myles lose control.

EXERPT:

Myles closed his eyes and took a long, steadying breath. Cassie begging him, pleading with him to take her was playing havoc with the restraint he prided himself in. He never lost control. In fact, he did what was necessary to make sure he never even came close. This sudden willingness to loosen the tight hold he held himself in check with was a temptation he shouldn’t even be considering. Taking another breath, he buried the feeling as quickly as it surfaced and leaned back to face her. “I haven’t begun to punish you. Turn around.”
When she turned, he placed his hand between her shoulder blades and gently pushed. “Bend over, hold on to the handles of the chair, and spread your legs.”

Myles clenched and unclenched his fists while he watched Cassie’s long hair cascade across her shoulders and fall around her face as the line of her back drifted lower and her firm ass rose. The picture she created before him—vulnerable, exposed, and so unbelievably fucking sexy—had him strung tight and ready to break. But when his eyes finally registered the thin piece of material that didn’t even come close to covering where the globes of her ass met, he felt himself snap.

She wore that to the beach? That wasn’t a bathing suit. The damn thing was barely a step above a thong, exposing every inch of soft, white skin on her perfectly rounded backside. Myles didn’t have to think hard to imagine the effect it would have on every man she sashayed past. Possessive jealousy rippled through him at the thought of other men drooling over her and being able to get a glimpse of what he was seeing right now. Mine. The word shouted in his head as a fierce need to stake his claim overtook him. It wasn’t about staying in control anymore. It was about him showing her she fucking belonged to him. And by the time he was done, she was going to know just that.

Myles hooked his finger under the flimsy piece of material and ripped it in two.

Cassie’s head flew around. “Hey. What the hell do you—”

A warning rumbled low in his chest, cutting off her words. “What am I doing, Cassie? Is that what you want to know? You disobeyed me. What do you think is going to happen next?” Myles placed himself at an angle, wrapping one arm around her abdomen to support and keep her still as his other hand came to rest on her ass. “You’re going to remember who commands this body. I’m going to fucking make sure of it.”

Wide, shocked eyes looked back at him. “You wouldn’t.”

“I would and will.”





BUY LINKS:
Evernight | Amazon.com | Bookstrand | All Romance eBooks 

ABOUT DONINA:
Donina Lynn lives in a small rural Pennsylvania town with her daughter and German Shepherd. Coincidentally, it's the same town where she grew up. There was a time, however, when she ventured away from her home and moved around a bit, crossed a few state lines, and got a degree or two. But, eventually she found her way back to where it all began.
When she's not at her day job, hanging with her family, curled up with her Kindle, or typing away at the computer, you can find her infront of the TV watching anything paranormal, sci-

fi, or a good action flick. Respect and admiration go to any show or movie that can incorporate explosions, big guns, some ass-kicking, and gratuitous butt shots.
Her addiction to romance novels started as soon as she could turn a page and has carried with her until she decided it was time to fulfill a promise she made to herself and give writing one a whirl. Her goal is to create stories and characters that the reader can relate to, laugh with and have them routing for that happily-ever-after. If there happens to be a few steamy scenes, well...that's just an added bonus.


FIND DONINA ON THE WEB:
Website | Facebook profile | Facebook author page | Twitter | Goodreads 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Push-Back Charity Event Kick Off



I am proud to be one of 224 authors/bloggers participating in this event.



Click on the picture above to go to Diverse Reader and find out how you can enter!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thar Be Dragons!

Dragons release day is here!

Pick up your copy and join the official book tour!







Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dragons / Book Tour & Giveaway


Come with me as I make the rounds with Dragons!

 (I'll also be giving away an Evernight gift certificate, so be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at each stop!)




A chance encounter in a hospital waiting room between twenty-two year old Will Messina and sixteen year old Josiah Pinkerton ends with a gift of a stuffed dragon off the hospital gift cart and a memory neither of them can shake.

Five years later, when a lonely, buttoned-up Will ventures into a gay club, he spots a pale, leather-clad specter with violet eyes tracking his every move. Will realizes he’s being watched by the grown version of the boy who’s haunted his thoughts for years.


Joey recognizes Will, but he’s no longer the sweet, brown-eyed boy worthy of Will’s attention. He’s damaged and defective and lives in a different world than Will now. When his childhood crush makes his way across the bar, Joey doesn’t have time to decide whether to be enchanted or dismayed because, unless he turns and runs, those worlds are about to collide.

Available for pre-sale now.
Release date April 15.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Guest Post: Cody Kennedy / Slaying Isidore's Dragons


Hi, Everyone ~ Happy Easter!

Before you go pigging out on chocolate... you'll regret it later - you know you will... I have a special no-calorie treat for you!
Cody Kennedy is letting me give you all an exclusive look at a never-before-scene (scene..get it?) excerpt from
SLAYING ISIDORE'S DRAGONS!


Cover and Artwork by Reese Dante


In this short excerpt from Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, Declan wants to know if Isidore will consciously commit to being his boyfriend. Isidore is hesitant because he doesn’t believe he is worthy of Declan’s love. Alternatively, when Isidore does commit, Declan mulls the responsibility he has taken on.

Declan whispered against Isidore’s lips. “Will you let me love you, Isidore? Hmm?”
“I am not worthy of your love,” Isidore whispered back.
Isidore’s words tore at Declan’s heart. He looked into the eyes that he’d come to regard as his own personal chartreuse diamonds. “You are. Please say you’ll be mine,” he whispered.
“This is....” Isidore cleared his throat softly. “A dream.... One I do not wish to end.”
“Say yes, and I’ll make sure it doesn’t.” Declan kissed Isidore’s lips again. Isidore cleared his throat again. “Oui, yes.”
Declan kissed his lips one last time before straightening up and smiling down at

him. “Are you always so stubborn?”
Isidore’s brows shot up. “I am no more stubborn than you.”
“Think again. I had to ask you five times. You got me beat, hands down.” Declan

pecked his lips again.
Isidore looked away with a shy smile. “Perhaps a little, then.”
Declan grinned. “Come on. Bed.”
Isidore climbed into bed first. “May I be the big spoon?”
Declan laughed softly as he climbed into bed. “Why do you want to spoon me?” “It will be better for the stitches, and I wish to hold you.”
“Okay.”
Isidore cuddled behind him and snaked an arm around his waist. Declan yawned. “Mmm, you’re always so warm.”
“This is unusual for me. I am more often chilled when I sleep.”
“See? We’re good for each other.”
“I am beginning to believe we are.”
Declan listened to Isidore’s breathing even out as he fell asleep. He hugged

Isidore’s elegant hand to his chest and prayed he’d made the right decision. His repertoire of caring for living creatures consisted of one goldfish won at a school fair when he was five, one stray cat who preferred to remain stray, part-time pet sitting of their groundskeeper’s blue heeler in Ireland, and sprinkling food flakes for his mum’s giant angelfish every morning. The goldfish had died after a mere three weeks in his care. Bleak. Now, he had Isidore. Isidore, who had suffered monumental horrors, came with a mountain of serious problems, and could hardly hold himself together on a good day. Are you nuts, de Quirke? Has to be love. It has to be.



Awesome, right? And, there's only 4 more days to wait, but keep scrolling because Cody has been kind enough to give us a link to Chapter One (the whole chapter) right now!

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
&
Nowhere to run

Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.

5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
&
A love that won’t be denied

Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

5 New family members
4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother
&
A new beginning for two young men in love


Read Chapter One of Slaying Isidore's Dragons




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About Cody Kennedy


Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. 

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