Deanna Wadsworth, Dreamspinner Press, Giveaways

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Wrecked Blog Tour With Deanna Wadsworth


The Novel Approach welcomes Deanna Wadsworth today on her Wrecked blog tour. Enjoy the exclusive excerpt she’s sharing from the book, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win one of two e-copies of the book.

Good luck!


Thank you again for hosting me here at The Novel Approach. I am so excited to share with all of you my upcoming historical romance novel WRECKED. I’m just madly in love with the cover that artist Paul Richmond created, aren’t you? Seriously, I wish some bigot would nominate it for one of those Buzzfeed lists “20 tackiest romance novel covers” because I want the whole world to see it.

LOL, I know, I have a twisted mind.

One thing that isn’t twisted is how lonely my two heroes in WRECKEDare. I don’t know what has been up with my writing, but if it’s not angst, apparently I’m not writing it these days. Don’t worry, Santa’s elves will still have candy flavored cum this Christmas in my THE NAUGHTY NORTH POLE SERIES, but it seems my muse has been a tad darker of late. You can see what I mean in the blurb from WRECKED:


CopyBlurb: Off the Key West coast, Rief Lawson works as a wrecker, salvaging ships and their cargo. Exiled to the outskirts of society because of his mysterious gift of sight, Rief’s only respite from his loneliness is painting an unknown blond man. When a merchant ship wrecks during a violent storm, Rief rescues a drowning victim and comes face-to-face with his destiny.

It is the man from his art!

Heir to an English barony, Mathew Weston entered the merchant trade with his greedy father and soon-to-be father-in-law. Dominated by his father and smothered by the people around him—including his sweet but tiresome fianceé—Mathew is terrified to follow his true desires. Marriage and obedience seem safer than a life of secrecy and possible prison.

After the daring rescue, a fire ignites between the two men. Powerless to resist his desire, Mathew learns what it means to be a man in Rief’s arms. With this newfound confidence, Mathew teaches Rief through gentle touch that he deserves the affection he’s long been denied. Yet their affair is doomed from the start. Two desperate men, wrecked in heart and mind, must find a way to salvage the chance at love fate has given them.


I brought along an exclusive excerpt for you guys that showcases some of the emotion and angst of WRECKED. I hope you enjoy it and pick up your copy this Friday. And don’t forget to enter to win a one of two copies of WRECKEDin the rafflecopter widget after the excerpt.

Thanks for hosting me!



Excerpt: Reaching forward, Rief pointed at the canvas, his inner arm brushing Mathew’s shoulder. “This is how I see you,” he explained in a hushed voice. “Temptation, desire, and beauty all at once.”

A visceral bolt of arousal shot through him. What could he say to that?

Then Rief stepped away, placing his back to him, the lines of his shoulders suddenly rigid. “Why did you really come here?” he asked, void of all emotion. “And don’t say to bring me a book.”

Embarrassment and confusion at Rief’s change in mood made him stutter. “I-I think you know w-why I came here.”

Rief’s head tipped to the side, but he did not turn around. “Why?”

Did he expect him to say it aloud?

Taking a tremulous breath, Mathew struggled to find the words, but the emotions inside him were so new, too terrifying to give them voice. He glanced away, the erotic painting staring at him with accusation. Mocking him, because he could never be as bold as the doppelganger of color and oil.

What if Rief realized he was nothing like the man he’d painted?

Mathew was not powerful or alluring. He was weak with wanting, desperate with loneliness. Indecisive and scared.Living in fear for years. All alone, even in a crowded room.

He glanced back at Rief, and a whisper of light fought to escape the darkness. He might not be the man in the painting, but he had to try.

For both their sakes.

Latching on to hope, he boldly forged ahead, “You ask me why I am here? How could I not seek you out? Every day I wake up knowing that I am destined to be alone, yet with just a few words, you’ve shown me that life isn’t as hopeless as I once imagined. When we speak, it as if I am speaking to my own soul. How can a man turn his back on a connection such as that?”

Rief turned at his confession, coming toward him fast.

He instinctively withdrew from the dark hurt in his eyes, but Rief kept coming until Mathew’s back was against the wall. “You made it pretty clear you think I’m no better than a thief, Matt. So why pretty this up with talk of friendship and loneliness? The only thing lonely is your cock.”

“H-how dare y-you?” he sputtered, their bodies now less than a hairsbreadth apart. “You make it sound so… so dirty. I’m a gentleman. I came here to extend the hand of friendship.”

Rief looked sad and weary despite his dominant posturing. His entire being withered right before Mathew’s eyes. “Friends or lovers, Matt? State your intentions now. If you do not want both, you should leave, for I cannot survive anything less from you.”

Emboldened, Mathew met the gaze of the man who changed the very course of his life. A man he wanted so badly that he had risked discovery, betraying the vows of denial he’d placed upon himself. Releasing a shuddery breath, he let the words tumble out, allowing his heart full sway of his mouth and damning the consequences.

“I want to be your friend and your lover,” Mathew declared, staring deep into those pained eyes. “It has been my greatest wish since the beginning. I have long been afraid to go after what I want, but it is not that way when I am with you. I want you. I want this.” Before he lost what courage he’d gained, he placed a trembling hand on Rief’s chest, his voice wavering as he asked, “How can you not know that by now?”

With a muffled cry, Rief melted against him.

The instant he felt the heat of Rief’s body, Mathew kissed him, unable to hinder their desires a moment longer. Blood pounding, throbbing all the way to his groin, he poured all the passion and intensity that years of denial had left in their wake into the harmony of their mouths.

Rief groaned against his lips, pressing closer and wrapping arms around his waist. In a burst of fervor, their tongues battled, bodies rolled. A physical reflection of a bond of body and heart. Outside, the rain grew in tempo, pounding faster than Mathew’s pulse. Louder still were their ragged breaths filling the air along with the howl of the gale. The world fell away and it was only Rief in his arms, feeling better than anything he’d ever dreamed.

Fingers pulled at the waist of his trousers. “I need you,” Rief panted.

Overcome, his head lolled back. “Yes, please!”


Thank you for hosting my today. Don’t forget to enter to win one of the two copies of WRECKED.

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Author Bio: Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


You can also find her young adult alter ego, K.D. Worth FacebookTwitter

Buy Deanna’s books at Dreamspinner Press, Decadent Publishing or at any reputable eBook seller.

Deanna Wadsworth, Decadent Publishing

Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Everybody Hates Fruitcake Blog Tour With Deanna Wadsworth

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Does size really matter?

Get your mind out of the gutter, folks!

I’m talking about the length of your holiday stories not wieners!!


So back to the question, does the size of a holiday book effect whether or not you purchase or read it? Do you like short stories, novellas, or novels? All of the above? Or do you not care at all? Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Blaine D. Arden, Deanna Wadsworth, Joanna Chambers, Kol Anderson, Leta Blake, Meredith Russell, Rick R. Reed, Skylar M. Cates, Sydney Croft, T.A. Chase, Z. Allora, Z.A. Maxfield

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what’s coming up this week. We’ve got lots of great guests and giveaways, as well as reviews, interviews, and cover reveals in store for you.

Here’s what we’ve got on tap in the week ahead. Continue reading

B.G. Thomas, Deanna Wadsworth, GayRomLit, J.A. Rock, Jacob Z. Flores, Jordan L. Hawk, LE Franks, Lex Chase, Rhys Ford, Z.A. Maxfield

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Seven

1237Cheers, everyone! We’ve made it to the end, this is our final GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway, but that doesn’t mean the giving is quite done yet. We have a final Grand Prize giveaway coming up tomorrow for one lucky GayRomLit attending reader, so be sure to stay tuned. And in case you missed them, there’s still time to enter in the Baskets Four (exp. at Midnight PT tonight), Five, and Six giveaways.

In the meantime, here’s what’s up for grabs in Basket Seven:

The Novel Approach: A $25 Amazon Gift Card
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Deanna Wadsworth, Erica Pike, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Rafe Haze, Rhys Ford, Z.A. Maxfield, Zathyn Priest

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Six

1237Hi, folks, thanks for stopping by to check out what we have to offer today in Basket Six of our GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways. In case you’ve missed them, Basket Three (exp. at Midnight PT tonight), Basket Four, and Basket Five are still up for grabs, so be sure to check those out as well.

And now, here’s what’s in store for Basket Six:

Rhys Ford: A $25 Gift Card to the winner’s choice of e-tailers
Erica Pike: An e-copy of Black Hurricane
Zathyn Priest: An e-copy of Amara: The Rebirth Continue reading

Deanna Wadsworth, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Jamie Lynn Miller, LE Franks, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Z.A. Maxfield

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Five

1237Greetings, everyone, and welcome back for round five of our Countdown to GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways. In case you’ve missed the previous baskets still up for grabs, here are the links to Baskets Three and Four. We have another great basket on offer today, so without further ado, have a look at what’s up for grabs.

RJ Scott: A $10 Gift Card for Amazon or All Romance eBooks
The Novel Approach: A $15 Gift Card for Dreamspinner Press
Ethan Day: An e-copy of Sno Ho
Ethan Day: An e-copy of Life in Fusion Continue reading

Deanna Wadsworth, DH Starr, Edmond Manning, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Jamie Lynn Miller, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Z.A. Maxfield

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Four

1237Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome back to day four of the GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways! We have more great goodies on offer for you today, so have a look at what’s up for grabs:

Rhys Ford: A $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice
DH Starr: An e-copy of Meant for Each Other
RJ Scott: An e-book of choice from her backlist
Ethan Day: An e-copy of To Catch a Fox Continue reading

Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Z.A. Maxfield

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Three

1237Hi, Everyone! We took a day off yesterday, but we’re back again today with Round Three of our Countdown to GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways.

Just in case you missed them, you can enter for a chance to win Basket One HERE and Basket Two HERE .

Now, here’s what’s up for grabs in Basket Three! Continue reading

Deanna Wadsworth, DH Starr, Ethan Day, GayRomLit, Katey Hawthorne, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry

GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket One

1237It’s been in the planning for weeks, and the time is finally here! With less than three weeks until the official first day of GayRomLit 2014, The Novel Approach and our team of Featured and Supporting Authors have put together Seven Virtual Gift Baskets to give away.

Helping us kick things off with Basket One are:

Rhys Ford: $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice
Sherrie Henry: An e-copy of Last of the Summer Tomatoes
RJ Scott: An e-book of choice from her backlist Continue reading

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A Look Back At The 4th Of July – A GRL Guest Post And Giveaway From Deanna Wadsworth

2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200As we finish up our holiday weekend, it’s interesting to take a look back at one of our country’s biggest 4th of July celebrations, the Bicentennial in 1976.

My novel EASY RYDER takes place over that weekend, back in a time when a lot of changes were happening in the world, but a lot slower than they do nowadays, especially within the gay community. I bet Snake and Michael never thought same sex marriage would be legal in 18 states—well, maybe Michael would have. :) He is the optimist of the two of them. Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Blake Santerre, Charlie Cochet, Coastal Magic Convention, Cover Reveal, Deanna Wadsworth, Ethan Stone, J.P. Barnaby, Jordan Castillo Price, Neil Plakcy, RJ Scott, T.A. Chase, Vaughn R. Demont

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had another great week.

We’ve got some great blog tours, giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, and speaking of reviews, we’re welcoming a new reviewer to the TNA team this week (watch for more soon). Chris comes to us with lots of blogging and social media experience, and I’m looking forward to her first official review. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about Chris in her own words.
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Christopher Koehler, Deanna Wadsworth, Dreamspinner Press, EM Lynley, Ethan Stone, Jambrea Jo Jones, Jennifer Wright, Lynley Wayne, MLR Press, Rider Jacobs, Sloan Parker

Indy Pride 2014 – Thanks, Pics, And A Wrap Up Of Our Day

Pride Selfies: Me, Jambrea Jo Jones and Lynley Wayne

Pride Selfies: Me, Jambrea Jo Jones and Lynley Wayne

On Saturday, the 14th, I had the privilege of attending my first Pride event here in Indianapolis. It was such a positive and uplifting day, and I’m so glad Lynley Wayne and Jambrea Jo Jones let me tag along on their coattails as a reviewer representative of the genre we write, read and love. As days go, I’ll tell you it’s one I’m not likely ever to forget. Indiana is one of the remaining states in the union that’s not only stubbornly holding on to the man/woman/marriage definition but is a state that’s been working hard to make marriage unconstitutional for same gender couples. After attending Indy Pride and seeing the projected one-hundred-twenty-thousand men, women, and kids in attendance, Indiana is a state that seems poised to move forward and make equality a verb rather than a noun.

We have so many people to thank for their generosity, for without the donations we received, our booth wouldn’t have been such a huge success. The depth of our gratitude can’t be expressed in a few words, but suffice it to say it’s because of these donations that we helped to introduce and spread the word about the M/M romance community to Indianapolis.

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Many thanks go to:

Elizabeth North and Dreamspinner Press for your donation of books, pens, DSP discount coupons, and Chapstick.

MLR Press for your donation of Chapstick (Which, P.S. – people got a kick out of the fact we were giving away vanilla Chapstick in the booth next door to the Indianapolis Kink Society)

Ethan Stone for the donation of books and bookmarks

Jennifer Wright for your donation of books and discount coupons for the purchase of your books at Totally Bound

Sloan Parker for the donation of books

Rider Jacobs for the donation of magnets

Deanna Wadsworth for the donation of bookplates, bookmarks, stickers and discount coupons

EM Lynley for the donation of bookplates

Christopher Koehler for the donation of your books.

And finally, a special thank you to Lynley Wayne’s husband, Brian, for making the spinner wheel so we had a way for people to win all these great prizes.


It was gratifying for us to introduce people who love to read to a genre of books some didn’t know existed, and it was even more gratifying when I found people here and there who’d read some of the authors I love, but celebrating books is nothing when compared to meeting people who’ve been marginalized, who’ve been made to feel less than because of who they love, who’ve ever had to hide a part of themselves because of fear of rejection by the people who are supposed to accept and love them unconditionally. When a pagan woman tells you their community is so often forced into hiding because of the misunderstanding of their beliefs, I think it proclaims in big bold letters that Pride events are necessary for anyone who has to put on a public face in order to avoid being judged and condemned. Pride is the day when people can shed the uniform of conformity and celebrate without fear of being ridiculed and harassed for it, and I think I can safely speak for the three of us when I say it was that atmosphere that made it such an amazing day.

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Indy Pride was twelve hours of chatting and pimping and people watching. It was a day filled with more than a few laughs and a lot of celebrating. And of Steve Grand, who is so beautiful and talented and I’m sorry I sucked so badly at videotaping him! But here, here’s a .gif of him that I was able to salvage from the wreckage of my Amishness. Enjoy!

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A Sexy Paranormal Combo From Deanna Wadsworth – How About An Exclusive Excerpt And A Giveaway?

Thanks for hosting me again, Novel Approach!

Today I want to share with you the unique pairing of supernatural characters that I have in my latest Dreamspinner book, A CUPID’S WAGER, coming out THIS FRIDAY February 13th as part of the VALENTINE RAINBOW anthology.

As many writers probably do, I have a slew of old and unfinished manuscripts. Some are even completed but so terribly written they will never see the light of day. And oh the RESEARCH I did on some of them!!! What a waste of time!

Or was it?

I wrote a pirate story once which I did TONS of research into Aztec lore to create the perfect backdrop for a cursed pirate treasure. That book will never ever, ever see the light of day, lol. Like seriously, 200k of passive writing and way too much sex!

However, all of that mythology was still floating around in my head, so a few years ago I started a book about an Inner-Dimensional Associations of Cupids, where they had a Gay Division and a Straight Division.

While creating my sarcastic Roman cupid, Lio, I thought, what better lover for a cute little blond cupid than a big, pierced-up and tattooed Aztec god?

Talk about opposites!

A CUPID’S WAGER is a blending of two very different mythologies layered with lots of humor, sex and oh yeah, did I mention penis piercings?

Admittedly I used my knowledge of Aztec lore in a typical Deanna way and bastardized it to suit my purposes. Just take a look at the content warning on my book:

Dear reader,

I have seriously bastardized both Roman and Mesoamerican mythology to suit the purposes of this story and did so with total impudence. If you are a stickler for rules and obsessed with predictable and dull accuracies, proceed with caution.

However, if you enjoy stories full of inappropriate humor, penis piercings, and some hot man-on-man lovin’, please enjoy!


A CUPID’S WAGER is only the first part of Lio and Ethan’s love story—yeah, I know Ethan is not a very Aztec sounding name lol. Didn’t I say I bastardized things? Hopefully the rest of their journey will be available soon.

A CUPID’S WAGER will be released this Friday, but you can it pick up now in the VALENTINE RAINBOW SET. It’s a great collection of 14 Valentine themed stories sure to add romance to your weekend.

Here is a sneak peak of A CUPID’S WAGER just for The Novel Approach fans.

Blurb: The name’s Lio, and I’m a cupid working for the Gay Division of the Inter-Dimensional Association of Cupids. An Aztec god, whose modern name, Ethan, doesn’t make him any less scary, just busted me shooting a closeted human with a gay lust arrow. I might find him sexy with all those tattoos and piercings, if I didn’t have a rule against getting it on with other supernaturals—especially ones working for the Straight Division. Now, to save my butt I’ll have to strike a bargain with this tough god. But what I didn’t see coming was my little wager not only risks my career, but places my broken heart completely in Ethan’s hands.

Exclusive Excerpt:

“A gaydar?” Ethan said in shock, holding up a small black object. To the casual observer, it looked like a touch-screen cell phone. But to a trained cupid, the device was easily recognizable.

And highly illegal.

“Where did you get this?” Ethan waved around the offending device.

There was no way in the seven hells I was going to tell him about the Moroccan sheik I blew just to get the contraband scanner. Not only because it was none of Ethan’s business, but just remembering it made my asshole itch.

“I can explain,” I began, ruffling the curls on the back of my head.

Ethan’s temper exploded, and an angry pulse of magic fluttered my hair. “You have no right to ‘out’ people, Lio! These things are not even accurate!”

Laughter burst from my lips. “Oh, yes, they are! Lord knows, it goes off on like a siren when I set its sights on me.”

He looked just shy of murderous. “I should turn your ass in. They will have your quiver for this!”

“Touchy, touchy. Don’t you think you’re taking this a little personal? In the morning, Raymond will just blame it on the whiskey and gin. I can’t tell you how many times GD is sent to shoot some forty-year-old divorced dude who had a gay encounter in college. This is no different. I didn’t out him.”

Not really, anyway.

“You went against protocol,” Ethan said. “The IDAC decides where and when people get shot.”


Jeesh, Captain Badass is a real stickler for his rules.

“It is not up to us to decide the proper order of things.”

He leaned closer, the heat of his breath brushing my face. I flinched. Not because he had bad breath or anything. In fact, he’d been eating something with chocolate. Dark, unsweetened chocolate, if I wasn’t mistaken. Or maybe chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Whatever the source—yum-fuckin’-ummy!

“Raymond is supposed to marry that girl and have children,” he informed me. “You believe that you have the right to deny him a normal life, just to get your jollies?”
I didn’t care how sexy he might be, that pissed me off.

“A normal life, huh? What gives you the right to define what is and isn’t normal? All you straights are the same. You act like it’s some kinda sickness us queers have, and you don’t wanna catch it.”

Ethan pointed his finger in my face again, dark features contorted in fury. “Do not put words in my mouth and behave like a martyr in front of me. I am talking about rules. Protocol.”

“And I’m just talking about one night of fun. A college experience. You know the lust arrows only work if the person’s mind is open to it. I shot Raymond with a Class 4G. They only have a little more juice than a few tequila shooters. Those arrows can’t make a straight man gay.”

“But that is what you are trying to do,” he shot back.

“You know it doesn’t work that way.”

To prove my point, I materialized one of my long purple arrows.

Without warning, I stabbed Ethan in the heart with it.


The arrow exploded in a burst of light and glittering purple dust, the blast blowing our hair back.

When the magic cleared, the stunned expression on Ethan’s face cracked me up. “Now, do you spontaneously wanna suck my cock?”

He gaped at me like I’d lost my ever-lovin’ mind. “What did you do that for?”

“Don’t get your panties in a wad. Class 4G lusts can’t make someone gay. You’re born that way. There’s even a Lady Gaga song to prove it.”

His big hand rubbed where I’d hit him. “You should not have done that, Lio. You have no idea what you just did.”

“I already shot an unauthorized arrow tonight, what’s one more? Besides, unless you’re gay, it won’t affect you.” I waggled my brows. “So what are you so worried about? Got sumthin’ you wanna confess?”

About the Author: Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.


Buy Deanna’s books at Dreamspinner Press, Decadent Publishing or at any reputable eBook seller.


Ashlyn Forge, Charlie Cochrane, Deanna Wadsworth, Heidi Cullinan, Huston Piner, John Goode, Jon De'Lisle, Lane Hayes, Sneak Peek

Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and thanks for stopping in to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. We’ve got more guest articles, more exclusive interviews, more excerpts and giveaways galore, not to mention another week of reviews ahead, so we hope you’ll come around and take part in all the fun!

Here’s what’s coming up:

MondayLane Hayes will be here on her Better Than Chance Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway.

TuesdayCharlie Cochrane is our guest today on her Awfully Glad Blog Tour, and she’ll have a giveaway.

WednesdayAshlyn Forge drops in on her From Johann to Tannenbaum Blog Tour with an excerpt from the book.

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan has re-released her novel Special Delivery, and she’s stopping by TNA with an exclusive interview and a giveaway of the book.

FridayHuston Piner will be here to discuss his Young Adult novel My Life as a Myth, as well as his upcoming projects, and will be giving away an e-copy of “Myth” to one lucky reader.

John Goode will also be joining us with the next installment in his writing series.

SaturdayJohn De’Lisle, author of the The Dantone Project, is here with an exclusive interview and a giveaway of the book.

SundayDeanna Wadsworth is on tour to promote her novella A Cupid’s Wager, part of Dreamspinner’s Valentine’s anthology, and she’ll have a giveaway too.

And that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

Deanna Wadsworth, Decadent Publishing

Countdown To Christmas With Jack Frost – 23 Days And Counting – And There’s A Giveaway!

Hi, I’m Jack Frost. You may have heard of me, or cursed me when you had to scrape snow off your car in the morning, or maybe you read my story in A GIFT FOR SANTA, written by Deanna Wadsworth in THE NAUGHTY NORTH POLE series from Decadent Publishing.

I have no idea how Deanna and Jorge were able to talk me into writing this stupid blog, but I could be doing a million other things—like brewing up a nice blizzard to hit Sheboygan. Or sending a freak snow storm to southern Georgia. I really love fucking with those southerners who can’t drive in snow. Every time they get a sprinkle of the white stuff, entire cities shut down.

It’s hi-lar-i-ous!

That might make me sound like a jerk, but well? I am a jerk. Proud of it, too.

But seriously, this is a really busy time of year for me so I’m only writing this blog for Nicky. Yup, that’d be good ol’ St. Nick, Santa Claus, or Father Christmas to the rest of you folks. Nicky is my lover and we’ve been rusticating at his North Pole Workshop for a few months, and it’s going surprisingly great. Though I hate doing crap like this blog, Nicky has his ways of making it all worthwhile in the bedroom. I can’t tell you any more than that, because I gotta keep it clean. He wouldn’t appreciate me sharing any of his moves. But believe me he has deliciously evil ways to get me to do the things he wants. I’m getting a little hot just thinking about it!

Back to business….Jorge asked me to update folks on what’s going on here in Nicky’s Workshop, not talk about what a dynamo Santa is in the sack.

So here goes:

1. Nicky is out in the stables every day, all day so when he comes back to our room, he stinks like reindeer. Not sexy.

2. The elves are running around like a bunch of little lunatic’s, rushing to load the sleigh with toys and generally working like crazy. It’s highly entertaining to watch.

3. Frieda is prancing around secretively, trying to plan her big party. She still thinks Nicky has no idea about it. Damn, that girl is a dingdong.

4. The Christmas Cookie Baking School Nicky started has now perfected beer cookies. Weird, right? To my surprise, they’re actually pretty good.

5. Then there’s me. I don’t do last minute, so I planned out all my winter storms months ago so everybody out there in the world can have a white Christmas. If you don’t get one, don’t bitch to me, though. A winter sprite can only do so many snowfalls a year, and I gotta spread it around for proper climate control, ya know?

Now I just gotta sit back and watch over my storms, anxiously awaiting December 26, Boxing Day. Christmas will be over and I will have all of Nicky’s attention. At least for a little while. Come January, and it’s all Christmas all the time.

Yes, I’m man enough to admit I’m still jealous of Nicky’s holiday. But hey, I’m working on it. At least I haven’t frosted anybody to death since I’ve been with Nicky. That’s progress.

Anyways, that’s my report. You’re welcome, Jorge and Deanna. And thanks for hosting me, Novel Approach.

If you enjoy the Countdown to Christmas blog series, catch a list of all the dates HERE. This Wednesday there will be a new post by an elf named Pip at Hank Edwards‘ blog.

Before I sign off, make sure you enter to win the first three NAUGHTY NORTH POLE books and a $20 Amazon gift card in the Rafflecopter entry box below.

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Then check out this exclusive excerpt from the latest chapter about those horny elves in FUN & GAMES WITH RUDOLPH just for The Novel Approach readers, and featuring yours truly.


Naughty North Pole Book Four
By Deanna Wadsworth


Lars is the sarcastic elf who runs Santa’s Mail Department and he follows the dating rule of “no repeats”. But lately he’s been having a romantic textlationship with another elf, via the dating app Elf4Elf. When his cyber boyfriend goes AWOL after a misunderstanding, Lars realizes too late that there is more to life than sex, work, and cookies.

On Christmas Eve, Santa asks Lars to personally deliver a gift to Rudolph—a former reindeer handler who left the North Pole because of a misunderstanding. Rudolph lives on the secluded Sugar Plum Ridge and the only way to get there is by sleigh. Lars just can’t get a break!

When a sudden blizzard forces the two elves to hole up in Rudolph’s cabin, will they find a way to make their own fun and games or will one surprise ruin it all?

One thing is certain: after this night, they both will believe in the magic of the Naughty North Pole!


Holding my breath, I knocked on the big guy’s door, fabricating excuses for my behavior while I waited. Name-calling as a means of communication with one’s team members was not acceptable behavior in the North Pole, and I had the feeling I was about to get a stern talking-to.

“Who is it?” Santa called.

“It’s Lars, sir,” I said. “You sent for me?”

Sudden scurrying on the other side of the door gave me pause. Then the rumble of Jack Frost’s deep, accented voice met my ears.

Oh for fuck’s sake, Santa was getting farewell nookie before the launch!

Upon hearing the hasty sounds of interrupted coitus, a surge of jealousy swept through me. This was the last thing I needed. Since Mike disappeared, my jealousy of every happy couple had amplified exponentially. Too busy for a hook-up, I had a feeling sex wouldn’t fix anything, anyway. Didn’t mean I wouldn’t try my damndest to make sex work tonight at Ms. Claus’s party. I needed to get fucking laid, if just to improve my mood. If it didn’t happen soon, I might literally bite someone’s head off.

The office door opened, and Santa stood before me, white-blond hair disheveled and cheeks flushed. He looked a million shades of sexy—per his usual. “Hello, Lars. Won’t you come in?”

I had the decency not to mention his sweater was inside out.

Cool as the ice that froze up my conveyor belts every other day, Jack Frost sat on the couch beside Santa’s desk, as if nothing had occurred. One long leg was crossed over his knee, and his arms were draped lazily across the top of the couch. A streak of ice blue hair swept through his black waves, and he didn’t seem to be bothered by the way it fell in his matching blue eyes. As always, an accompanying coldness permeated the air around the sprite and I suppressed a shiver.

“Hello, Santa,” I said, trying to keep my voice light. I nodded at his partner. “Mr. Frost.”

“Mister” seemed to be the appropriate respect for the source of all things winter. He could be a sadistic son-of-a-bitch, and I didn’t relish the notion of waking up one morning buried under a pile of snow. He lived here at the North Pole now and I did my best to avoid crossing his path. No need to end up on his radar if I could help it.

“Lars, I need you to get this to Sugar Plum Ridge.” Santa held out a small Christmas present the size of a shoebox, wrapped in gold foil paper. A red velvet ribbon had been tied into a big bow on top and twirly green streamers completed the perfect gift.

“Okay, when do you need it there?” Though taken aback by the random request, I accepted the gift. Why hadn’t he sent it down to my department with an assistant?

Santa gave me a long look, his blue eyes boring into mine. “I need you to take it there tonight.”

“Tonight?” I blurted out.

He nodded. “Yes. You’ve heard of my old reindeer handler, Rudolph?”

“Yeah?” I drew out the word, suspicious of where he was going with this.

“Well, he needs that gift tonight.” Santa glanced at his gorgeous partner. “What time, Jack? Midnight?”

The winter sprite nodded. I could only conjecture the meaning of his cocky grin.

“It’s very important, Lars. I want you to get a sleigh and head up to Rudolph’s ASAP. I can think of no one else to trust with such a special assignment.”

While the compliment was whipped cream on a shit sundae, no matter how inconvenient the task, I would never tell Santa no. No one could.

“Of course. But if I have to be there by midnight, that means I have to leave, um…like now. What if something happens in the Mail Department while I’m gone?” I tried to contain my annoyance. Maybe he should have asked me to do this earlier instead of sitting around with Jack Frost’s fingers up his ass.

Oh, yeah, I definitely needed to get laid if I was getting perturbed with Santa Claus.

About the Author:

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

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A.E. Via, A.J. Corza, B. Snow, Backlist Book Bump, Deanna Wadsworth, Iyana Jenna, John Amory, Josh Lanyon, Lynley Wayne, M.A. Church, Sneak Peek

And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week, and for those of you celebrating Hanukkah that your holiday time with family and friends has been, and will continue to be, wonderful.

And don’t forget, today marks the start of deliveries for Dreamspinner Press’s 2013 daily Advent Anthology Heartwarming. We’ve got all thirty-one stories we’ll be featuring throughout the month of December, but be sure to check them out yourselves.

We’ve got another busy week ahead of reviews, interviews, blog tours, giveaways, and even a scavenger hunt, so don’t miss out on all the fun! Here’s what we’ve got on tap.




MondayDeanna Wadsworth arrives on her Naughty North Pole Blog Tour and she’s bringing a giveaway just in time for Christmas

TuesdayB. Snow will be here on the A Cunning Plan blog tour, with an interview and the chance for one luck reader to win the book

WednesdayA.E. Via stops by on her Blue Moon Blog Tour

ThursdayJohn Amory drops in to spread some holiday cheer on his A Christmas Caroler Blog Tour

FridayM.A. Church is doing the Backlist Book Bump with a new old book, The Harvest: Taken, and a giveaway

Josh Lanyon will also be here, as he makes The Novel Approach a stop on his A Dangerous Ground Blog Hop

SaturdayIyana Jenna will be our guest today with an article and giveaway of her latest book A Single Black Rose.

SundayLynley Wayne wraps up the week with an interview and giveaway of her latest release A Life Interrupted.



And that sees us through another week. Until next time, happy reading!

We’ll leave you today with a little note from the ever delightful A.J. Corza:


Hi guys *waves all around*,

Just a quick note this week to say that I am going to be going on hiatus until the New Year. I know, I know, I haven’t been here very long, but rest assured it’s not so much a vacation as just swamped with real life issues at the moment. School finals, work requests (keep those coming, though, please :D), and the reemergence of a father whom I’ve not spoken to in over 10 years has all pretty much culminated with head falling off.

Well, not yet, but that’s why the break—so my head actually does NOT fall off.

I just felt that right now I can’t do justice to my reviews or to the TNA site, and that is not fair to everyone else on the site or our lovely web mistress, Lisa.

Plus, being a bit blunt, I didn’t want the reviews to just suck balls, which I think they would have.

All that said however, PLEASE send me covers that you love if you see them, with the artist’s name if you can find it, or just covers you would like me to review. I’m going to stockpile some reviews for the New Year, and I’d love to include any faves or scary covers you ‘re especially fond of.

I promise I WILL be back!

In the meantime, I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season no matter where you are and that the New Year finds you looking forward to new and exciting ventures. Or reviews in my case!

Happy Holidays and may the good books be with you!


P.S. If you have a cover you want to send me, send it here:

Deanna Wadsworth, Decadent Publishing

This Is A Trio Of Holiday Sexy By Deanna Wadsworth


“It doesn’t matter if you’re 20, 40, 60, 80, or 100. Embrace your sexy-ass self and express it!” ― Steve Maraboli

Pip’s Boxing Day Wish


Having been sent to the North Pole with the Santa’s Little Helpers outreach programme as a child, Pip has always worried what the other inhabitants of Christmas’s homeland thought of him. But after spending a heated Christmas with two other elves, selected from Ms Claus’s super sexy list, Pip is even more worried. He didn’t mean for everyone to think he was just another guy trying to get his sugar-balls off. Pip wants love and a boyfriend, and that pretty much makes up his Christmas list.

When Santa employs the elf for a super important Christmas mission, Pip is over the moon. But his guide on that mission is to be someone he shared mind-blowing sex with for the randy Ms Claus at that fateful Christmas party. Judging by the looks he’s getting, Pip is sure that this elf thinks of him like all the rest do. Could he be wrong? Could this mission turn things around and grant Pip his Boxing Day Wish?


I will start this review by saying that this is the second instalment of Ms Wadsworth’s endearing Christmas tale from the Naughty North Pole (the first was a tale of Ms Claus and so I skipped it and went straight for the man-on-man section of the holiday romp). Naturally, coming in at a later stage in a tale is always tricky, as some parts of the fable are missed, but true to her style, Deanna Wadsworth has all bases covered and leads the reader by the hand and straight into the fantasy with all questions answered. Next, I will commend the author for taking a story that has been an institution for hundreds of years and giving it a fresh and original take. What Twilight did for vampire lore, Wadsworth has done for the candy coated tradition of the classic Christmas stories of yore. To summarise, the team at the North Pole are derived from Norse mythology, Santa and Ms Claus being descendants of a God and thus, their power inherited. The elves in this story are not the little people with curly toed booties; instead, they are light and dark elves who have been sworn to the cause from their distant lands. Think Legalos instead of Willow, and you are getting the right idea.

For me, this story was quite a delight to read, despite being an erotica story, which is something I don’t generally get involved with. But lucky enough, I’m a Christmas junkie, so I liked it anyway. Whilst still capturing the essence of the holiday, the author has delivered a great little tale of life at the top of the world, with characters that we can all relate to. The dark and brooding elf, Erik, seemed complex and stoic. Light elf Lars was cocky and arrogant. And then there is Pip. Pip for me was the epitome of the holiday, his playful nature and childlike ponderings slotting perfectly into a holiday tale of finding love where you least expect it. However, his innocence may or may not have made the sexual parts of this story a little hard to swallow (much like the candy-cane flavoured orgasms these little guys seem so fond of exchanging). But ultimately, I couldn’t help but love each of these characters, all so different yet all so familiar at the same time.

The stories progression was executed with precision and delivered gift wrapped in colourful words that truly embraced the reader. Each little event was planned and delivered down the chimney of my imagination and for the short time it took to ingest the tale, I was right there, knee deep in snow, playing games and riding reindeer with the fictional offerings. This story also served to be an introduction to the character of Nick (that’s Santa Claus to you and me) and give us just a little teaser of what’s to come when Old St Nick (who is more like an Abercrombie model) takes the reins.

This tale is not meant to be taken seriously; it was written in good humour with an erotic twist that had me finishing reading it in no time at all. Whilst it sated the dirtier side of my mind, it also made me excited for the impending holiday festivities. If you want some light-hearted Christmas cheer, then this series is right for you. Though the thought of peanut butter flavoured spunk repulses me, this addition to the prolific works of Ms Wadsworth left me hungry for more. Luckily, Santa hears all our wishes and is delivering me another story, his own story, from the Naughty North Pole.

While this wasn’t my favourite instalment from the series, it still did the trick for me. 3.5 glistening snowflakes for Pip and his sexy Boxing Day wish.


A Gift for Santa


As a young man, Nick watched as the party boomed, his eyes fixed on the handsome weather sprite as he painted images on the window in ice. The two men bonded, their attraction building into the perfect kiss. And then Jack walked away. Decades later and Nick is still smarting from the rejection, his heart still longing for Jack Frost the way it had when he was younger. So when Jack approaches him on the street, Nick cannot deny the attraction is still roaring between them. Almost on a dare, they retreat to a nearby hotel and indulge in the pent up sex they missed out on as young men. But Jack’s frosty outer layer has always been their biggest obstacle, and Nick is left out in the cold once again. How could Nick feel so strongly for a man who hates everything he stands for? What kind of man hates Christmas?


After reading the light-hearted prequel to this Christmas jaunt, I was not expecting what I read in this short novella. I was expecting scenes of sex and blazing lust with a twist of good humour. But as with most great writers, Deanna Wadsworth set to shading outside the lines in this beautifully romantic erotic tale that left me pining right there with Nick. Nick, for those of you who don’t realise, is actually Santa Claus, only much younger looking, with an athletic body and sans beard. Both Nick and Jack being God-like characters of mythology make a perfect match for each other, and their tale has so many levels that I was taken in and cosied up with the men within the first page. Wadsworth transcended the genre when she put this story together, and the best part about this was the romance that, I must admit, had me shed a tear or two throughout.

It might seem a little tacky to make jolly old Santa a hot and sexy guy, but with the twisting etymology of his roots, based in ancient mythology in this case, the character stood as a beacon for the old ways, whilst still embracing the traditional values of the holiday. It was like reading that same jolly giant but with much more sex appeal. And what made it better? Santa was holding out for the man he loved and had not made love to another in decades. Jack seemed to be the opposite of Nick; dark where Nick is light, smooth where Nick is hairy, bitter where Nick is optimistic. He literally had his frost sewn into the fabric of his character and together, the two men made a duo of unexpected yet completely natural antithesis. From very early on, it was clear that Jack’s dislike of the holiday was more than just his razor tongue and his ingrained cold veneer. There was more bubbling beneath the surface.

This book also saw the return of some of our previous beloved cast; Nick’s half sister, the optimistic elf Pip, the jaded elf Lars. This is what I love from a series. It takes great skill to interweave characters like this, but Wadsworth seemed to do it effortlessly and it flowed perfectly like a fresh glass of eggnog, right down my gullet and warming me all the way.

Now let’s talk sex. For an author known for her raunchy plot twists and tangles of heated flesh splaying out across the page, this addition actually saw a tenderness I was not expecting. The sex was slower, more calculated and appreciated as something more than just body contact. That’s not to say it wasn’t hot as hell (or cold as ice). Here’s a hint…Jack can make anything out of frost, including things shaped like a cock. I‘m still reeling from that little treat. I also found the fight for sexual dominance very intriguing, as both characters were rooted in typical views of masculinity, and having them fight for the upper hand was both increasingly erotic and so typically alpha male. A lot of time and thought clearly went into the creation of this power struggle, and it backed the story up magnificently.

Ultimately, what we have here is a Christmas tale that transcends the norm. It is a tale of want and desire and the complexities of a love that won’t diminish through time. It was effortlessly easy to get drawn in and impossible to escape the feelings between these two men. And to top it all off, it was a very original take on all our Christmas traditions. I strongly recommend this book. Read it by the fire with a cup of peppermint hot chocolate and the Christmas tree lights illuminating the room. A 4.5 snowflake addition to a cracking Christmas series. Deanna Wadsworth has truly outdone herself. And she isn’t stopping there. Keep your eyes peeled for the next installment.


Fun and Games with Rudolph


Ever since that fateful night where Lars was picked from Ms. Claus’s list, the light elf has had the niggling feeling that something big is missing from his life. After countless one-nighters and the ease of sex from the newly developed Elf4Elf app, Lars could have any ass he wanted. But his correspondence with an elf over the app has led him to break his cardinal rule; no repeats.

Something about Mike has him hooked. So when Mike abandons his daily messaging, Lars is back in his slump.

At Santa’s request, Lars sets out across the snow to Sugar Plum Ridge on a mission to deliver a Christmas gift to the shamed elf Rudolph, who has put himself into isolation after the embarrassing events of his failure to breed flying reindeer with glowing noses. A storm traps the two men together on the ridge, and what should have been a night of magical Christmas cheer, might just turn into something neither elf had ever dreamed.


Book four in the Naughty North Pole series, Fun and Games with Rudolph, is the story of Lars, a light elf who has popped into all the previous books. Lars has a reputation for being quite the cad, using and abusing his conquests before kicking them to the dirt. I liked the way this characters ambiguous thoughts on relationships were hinted at in the earlier stories, and when we meet Lars, the reader already feels they know a thing or two about the detached Lothario. Whilst we have been trained to dislike this character, being inside this elf’s mind gives the reader a view of the softer side of Lars and uses the exposure to Ms Claus’s powerful pheromones as the stimulus that opened his eyes to a new way of thinking.

I was quite fond of the introduction of Elf4Elf, a newly developed dating app created by Pip, one of our former protagonists who found love in book two. This not only modernized the story, but truly gave Lars the means to have all the loveless flings he wanted, which were what started him to questioning his motives for his detachment. On the app, Lars meets Mike, and the two strike up an inexplicable bond that suddenly breaks one night after Lars asks to see Mike’s face (after performing a particularly raunchy sex act on video).

It was just good fun. This whole book was a silly, sexy jaunt through the snow and I liked it a lot. It didn’t take a genius to figure out who Mike was and it didn’t take long for Lars to find him, but it was sweet and endearing and I liked it all the same. Rudolph was a very complex character, made almost stubbornly to accommodate Lars’s sexual thirst. I choose to think of it as a match made in heaven, when in actual fact it was just a way that Lars could stay true to himself and have all the sex he wanted since Rudolph didn’t think monogamy was such a big deal. I’m not a huge fan of open relationship stories in my romance. I mean, I don’t see the point. But for the sake of these characters, one insatiable sex fiend and one hermit with a kinky side, this arrangement was the best they were going to get.

I think this book stuttered after being released following the epic love story of Nick and Jack. It was never going to compare when its predecessor was a romantic tale of the fathers of winter, but it was good fun nonetheless. Wadsworth used Nick and Jack’s tale as a way to manipulate Lars and Rudolph into their version of an HEA and did so with good humor, excellent adventure and a whole lot of sex. These two characters seemed made for each other, two outcasts finding love against the odds. Not my favorite book in the series, but definitely a good, fun read. 3 stars for this unconventional holiday romance.

You can buy the Naughty North Pole series here:

Deanna Wadsworth, The Joyful Approach

Deanna Wadsworth Is LOOKING FORWARD TO GRL 2013 With A Giveaway!

I am very excited to be on The Novel Approach today! Thank you for having me!

With GRL less than a week and a half away, I cannot tell you how happy I am to be going. Last year was the first time I attended the event, in Albuquerque New Mexico, and it was the highlight of my autumn. This year I am excited because I have print books to sign at the Saturday Book Fair! Yay! EASY RYDER is not my first book. I have many other titles, including my popular THE NAUGHTY NORTH POLE series, where Santa’s elves have candy flavored come! LOL

Oh yeah, I’m getting well known for that!

EASY RYDER was a special story for me because it showcased a different style of my writing. My 1Night Stand books are sexy contemporaries with sweet endings, and my Christmas books are erotic comedies, much like my erotic fairy tales. So it was exciting for me to be able to fully develop two characters over a longer number of pages. With a dozen books for readers to enjoy, I plan to bring lots of goodies for everyone at GRL. So make sure you come find me because my favorite part about attending GRL is the camaraderie of being surrounded by friends.

I kept telling everyone it was like my Facebook came to life!

I met a lot of new people, and finally got to meet some people that I was already friends with online. Wednesday I will be teaching a class with Brita Addams at the RRW workshop helping writers overcome the dreaded passive voice, and I am going to be helping with the big Scrapbooking event during the Fun Faire on Friday so I should be easy to find. I adore being surrounded by my fellow authors and readers and can’t wait for all the fun!

What about you?

What are you looking forward to in Atlanta?

I would love to hear from you! One lucky commentor will win an e-book copy of my book ACCIDENTALLY BEAUTIFUL, the second in the three-part series of my 1Night Stand books from Decadent Publishing.



Martin Baird is perfectly content in his safe, predictable job as head concierge for Castillo Resorts, but when a handsome stranger whisks him away for a night of tropical escapades—first visiting an isolated gay bar then to a secluded beach where erotic delights await—Martin’s world is thrown upside down. He’s never met a man like Garret Fisher, but it seems he has been waiting for a night like this all his life.

Could something truly beautiful come out of this accidental meeting? Or was it really not an accident at all?

Author Bio:

Deanna Wadsworth might be a bestselling erotica author, but she leads a pretty vanilla life in Ohio with her wonderful husband and a couple adorable cocker spaniels. She has been spinning tales and penning stories since childhood, and her first erotic novella was published in 2010. When she isn’t writing books or brainstorming with friends, you can find her making people gorgeous in a beauty salon. She loves music and dancing, and can often be seen hanging out on the sandbar in the muddy Maumee River or chilling with her hubby and a cocktail in their basement bar. In between all that fun, Deanna cherishes the quiet times when she can let her wildly active imagination have the full run of her mind. Her fascination with people and the interworkings of their relationships have always inspired her to write romance with spice and love without boundaries.

Like Deanna on Facebook and find her online here: Twitter, Blog, Goodreads

Buy Deanna’s books at Dreamspinner Press, Decadent Publishing or at any reputable eBook seller

Deanna Wadsworth, Decadent Publishing

The Headless Horseman Rides Again In “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”

“He would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together.” – Washington Irving

I remember reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow when I was younger, but it wasn’t quite like this. I loved how the author took this classic and made it her own.

Ichabod Crane is a geeky schoolteacher trying to better his place in life by getting the hand of a the wealthy girl in town. He has no interest her, just the land and money he would gain. Now mind you, I wasn’t too happy with Ichabod wanting to marry someone only for their money and property. I felt he was shallow and self serving. But I guess you have to do what you have to do.
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Deanna Wadsworth, Dreamspinner Press

“Easy Ryder” Is A Lot Of Story To Love

“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating.” – Aragon, Louis

I’ve read several books by Deanna Wadsworth and enjoyed them all. When I read the blurb to Easy Ryder, I thought what is there not to love? A tattooed biker, a runaway hitch hiking across country, all taking place during America’s birthday in 1976. I was all over it.

Eighteen year old Michael Ryder is leaving his home in Pennsylvania. He’s been beaten by his dad and brother for being gay, and he’s had enough. He’s going to San Francisco, where he believes is the ultimate utopia for gay men, men like him.

I instantly fell in love with Ryder. I love how he was still optimistic despite everything that happened to him at home. He never once felt sorry for himself. Doing things he had to do for a ride left him ashamed and disgusted, but was there really any other way? When he’s dropped off at a gas station looking for another ride, he’s instantly drawn to a dangerous looking biker with a lot of tattoos. The biker is Ryder’s wet dream come to life and he just offered him a ride. He doesn’t know at the time, but this biker is about to rock his world.

Now Snake is the total opposite of Ryder. He’s twenty-five, a Vietnam vet with five tours under his belt. He’s given up on his dreams, he’s come to accept life as it is, no more no less. I wasn’t sure what to think of Snake in the beginning. He was so very quiet and had a lot of mystery about him, I didn’t trust him. He would prove me wrong in the end.

I loved how the author brought these two very different characters together and actually made it work. In any other circumstance, Ryder and Snake would never have met, ever. As I got to know Snake through Ryder’s eyes, I found him to be a troubled soul, with a lot of self doubt, a cynic. Being with Ryder helped Snake see the world differently. I loved seeing the changes in Snake as Ryder got under his skin. I loved seeing him realize that he can be who he is, have a life he once thought himself unworthy. Once the layers were peeled away, I saw Snake as he truly was, a very lonely person who wanted to love and be loved in return.

I usually don’t comment on the sex scenes, but I have to tell you, Deanna Wadsworth can write a sex scene like nobody’s business. I felt the passion between Ryder and Snake. I felt the raw need, the patience Snake had with Ryder really showed me he cared so much. I felt as though I was an intruder reading their love making scene; and yes, I even blushed a bit. And it takes a lot to make me blush.

I loved going back in time and seeing how very different the world was towards gay men. I think the author did a great job in transporting the reader back to that era. The mid-seventies weren’t gay friendly. And a scene in the story brings the fear and the need to hide who they were to the surface.

Overall, this story is heartbreaking with sad circumstances but also of hope, love and finding your forever in the place you least expect it.

A must read for everyone, highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Lynn

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