Erica Pike, MLR Press

Backlist Blog Tour and Giveaway: Black Hurricane by Erica Pike

Q: Erica, which characters do you find more enjoyable to write, the good boys or the bad boys? What makes one more fun to write than the other?

A: My characters are never black or white, so they’re never either good or bad. The good boys have their flaws, and the bad boys have their redeeming qualities. However, when it comes to attitude, I enjoy writing the bad boys more. Or I should say the cocky boys. When you’re writing a story, you need to make the characters interesting, and I think most would agree that the cocky boys are more interesting than the reserved guys. At least, they grab the attention quicker. Pairing the two types together is always a classic. I think such pairings must have been born out of the fantasy of women wondering about how it would be with if they’d choose a bad boy, when in reality they’d always go with the good boy. When writing a “bad boy” I like the dismissive attitude, the cool comebacks, and the overall style of a bad boy. But, like the women who undoubtedly came up with the pairing, I’d always choose a good guy in real life. Continue reading

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A.M. Arthur, Anne Tenino, Brandon Witt, Brita Addams, Chris Quinton, Erica Pike, Erin McRae, Lee Brazil, Racheline Maltese, RJ Scott, Sean Michael, Sneak Peek, Suki Fleet, Tere Michaels

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to see what we have in store for you in the coming week here at The Novel Approach.

It was a whirlwind weekend at GRL—lots of fun, lots of friends, and very little sleep—and I hope to see many of you next year in San Diego for GayRomLit 2015! A big congratulations also goes to Jilly Reads, who was the lucky winner of the Grand Prize giveaway of a Kindle Fire HD.

One of the highlights of the weekend, apart from spending time with authors and readers, was the chance to spend time with so many of my peers—Joyfully Jay, Susan Lee (Boys in our Books), Brandilyn Carpenter (Prism Book Alliance), Dani Elle Maas (Love Bytes), Heather and Nikyta from The Blogger Girls—everyone is just so lovely and so much fun. Not to mention I also got to hang out with my very own Jackie, Jules, and Kathie, which was a huge treat. And now it’s time to begin the countdown to the next GRL (it’s never too soon). Continue reading

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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

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Erica Pike, GayRomLit, MLR Press, Uncategorized

It’s A GRL Countdown and Giveaway With Featured Author Erica Pike

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Black Hurricane: Genres: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New Adult, (Rock Stars!)

Blurb:

Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.

After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.

In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Charity Parkerson, Charlie Cochrane, EM Lynley, Erica Pike, GayRomLit, Jeff Adams, Johanna Parkhurst, LM Somerton, Lou Sylvre

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for coming by to see what we have on tap in the week ahead. As always, we’ve got great guests, awesome giveaways, and, of course, a lot of reviews coming up for you.

Have a lovely week!




Monday – Our lead off guest of the week is Jeff Adams and the Hat Trick Blog Tour, with a giveaway

And joining him today is our second guest, Charity Parkerson and the Unequaled Blog Tour and Giveaway

TuesdayCharlie Cochrane joins us today on the Second Helpings Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Wednesday – Today, EM Lynley is our guest on the Bound for Trouble Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

ThursdayJohanna Parkhurst drops by today on the Every Inferno Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayLou Sylvre brings the Vasquez & James series Blog Tour to TNA today, with a giveaway

Saturday – Totally Bound presents the “What’s His Passion?” Blog Tour featuring LM Somerton’s Picturing Lysander

Sunday – Finally, Erica Pike closes out the week with a Countdown to GRL giveaway of her book Black Hurricane

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Backlist Book Bump, Erica Pike, MLR Press

Erica Pike Is Here With A Backlist Book Bump Of “A Life Without You”, And A Giveaway!



Thank you so much for having me. The third book in the Boston Boys series, Black Hurricane, came out recently and I’m thrilled to be able to introduce the series to people who haven’t heard of it yet. Even though it’s a series, the books don’t have to be read in a specific order. However, reading them in order will give more insight into the characters and there are cameos throughout the series since it features a tight group of friends living in Boston. They’re more like a family – flaws and everything.

Now, here’s a little bit about the book. You’ll find details for the giveaway at the end. :)

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Blurb:

Jesse’s like a bar of soap: the tighter Adam holds on, the faster Jesse slips away. Or that’s how it feels to Adam. It doesn’t help that Jesse has a girlfriend back home and claims to be straight, but there’s no way with all the sparks and physical intimacy flying between the two roommates.

When Adam believes he has reached his ultimate happiness, the walls come crashing down with a visit from Jesse’s girlfriend.

Now Jesse has to decide if he can come to terms with his sexuality, while Adam has to learn to accept that Jesse might never be able to crawl out of the closet.

Excerpt:

“Mmmh,” Jesse groans on my pillow and stirs in his sleep.

My thigh was pressed against his when I woke up an hour ago, and it’s still there, skin against warm skin. I’m afraid that if I move I’ll spoil the beauty of having his naked body in my bed. So for now I lie on my side and watch him sleep.

The skin over his muscles relaxes and tightens as he breathes. I’ve admired his athletic build since I first saw him. It helped that I got to see him naked on the very first night he moved in.

I’d decided that morning to tell him early and give him a chance to move out if he wasn’t cool with my sexuality. After the last guy left, I was sure whoever moved in would just move right back out after learning the truth about me.

As soon as I opened the door that morning and saw Jesse holding out his hand, my irritation evaporated in a flash. I shook his firm grip and gawked in fascination as with a smile, he introduced himself as Jesse Jefferson.

Now why I didn’t tell him about my sexuality until a full twelve hours later is still a mystery.

“I hope you don’t mind,” he’d said after dropping his dusty blue jeans with a wry smile playing on his sensuous lips. “I always sleep naked, so if you see my admiral saluting in the morning, don’t take it the wrong way, ‘kay?”

His frankness caught me off guard and he flashed me white teeth as he laughed. I didn’t know whether to look at his too-touchable sun streaked hair or his beautifully exposed privates. He seemed so natural standing naked in front of another man that I didn’t know what to think of it. I think I may have blushed.

When he finally ducked under his white sheet, I swallowed down my drool and undressed under my own sheet. My penis throbbed hard against my boxer briefs.

He turned off the lights. The throb kept time for at least half an hour as I stared at the ceiling. His breathing told me he was still awake.

I cleared my throat. “So, why are you moving in now? It’s already been two weeks since school started.”

“My roommate kicked me out because I sleep in the nude.”

“That’s tough,” I said, willing my dick to relax.

“Why didn’t you have a roommate?” he asked.

“Because I’m gay,” I answered.

It was never a secret. I always answered truthfully whenever people asked.

Jesse, snuggled in his sheet, was quiet for a full second before his back convulsed in a rising laughter. “That’s a good one,” he said in between laughs. “I suppose I laid that one out for you. I like your humor, Adam. I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.”

Maybe I should’ve pursued it. It would have been easier for him to really know it and have his freak-out, before I grew to like him too much.

But a perverse part of me was curious to know when he would figure it out and how he would react. Mostly, I really didn’t want him to leave. I thought if we became buddies first he might react more positively.

A month later and he still doesn’t have a clue.

I watch his pure face on my pillow as he draws in slow breaths, so peacefully oblivious of my wild fantasies. The heat from his thigh is almost overbearing.

It’s like I’m lying to him every day. He innocently says and does things that I snatch up and twist into something sexual in my dirty mind. We’ve become great buddies and I’d feel crushed if he left, but it’s time to tell him how things are.

I wonder what he’ll do when he wakes up. Jump out of bed with a scream? Tear the sheet off my body to cover himself and thereby reveal my hard-on? Shove his clothes on and move out? Or slide his arm around my body and kiss me, like I secretly dream about every single day? It’s hard to guess.

Jesse groans again and shifts his body to lie on his back. His cock slides fully erect against my sheet as he moves. What I wouldn’t give to be the object of his dreams right now.

I want to run my hands down his chest, feel the heat of his relaxed body, and let my palm rest on his slow breathing stomach. I want to tuck the other around his neck, push his head upwards, and then slowly lower myself into a kiss. How would he react to that? I could turn it into a joke if he’d get angry. He’s very liberal as it is, so maybe it would be okay. He even smacks me on the butt and winks sometimes when he passes by. Can’t I make homo jokes as well, or do such jokes only work between straight guys?

Maybe I should just pretend to be asleep when he wakes up.

Author bio:

Erica lives in Iceland with her adorable little twin boys. She often says that her real name sounds like Klingon to foreigners. Seriously, if “Eyjafjallajokull” looks like a random strings of characters, it’s nothing in comparison to Erica’s name.

She’s been writing for several years, or ever since reading became an obsession. Aside from a business degree, Erica has taken English courses at the University of Iceland and gulped down anything that might help her in her career as an author. She takes great interest in English, but will break every single grammar rule for the sake of The Voice.

Erica loves hearing from her readers. She’s a friendly, easy-going (if a bit silly) person who doesn’t mind talking about herself in third person.

You can find her at http://www.ericapike.com

Buy Links:

MLR Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks

Social Media:

Webpage/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

The Giveaway:

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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Backlist Book Bump, Cate Ashwood, Charlie Cochet, Erica Pike, Ethan Stone, John Goode, Liam Livings, Lori Toland, Mary Calmes, Sara York, Sneak Peek

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


Happy Sunday, and welcome to another look at what we’ve got on tap for you in the coming week. We’ll have more reviews, including stories in the Dreamspinner Advent Calendar anthology Heartwarming, as well as some other Christmas themed stories. We’ve also got interviews, guest articles, a Backlist Book Bump, and plenty of giveaways in store.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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MondayLiam Livings is our guest today on his Christmas Serendipity Blog Tour and he’ll also have a giveaway of the book

TuesdayMary Calmes will be here with Quade and Roman from Old Loyalty, New Love. They’re doing an interview and offering a giveaway of the book

WednesdayCharlie Cochet kicks off The Heart of Frost Blog Tour right here and, and she’ll also be offering a giveaway at the end of the tour

ThursdaySara York and Ethan Stone will be here on their Transparency Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway to one lucky reader

FridayCate Ashwood stops by on her Wholehearted (Hope Cove, Book 2) Blog Tour, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

John Goode – Will be here today with “Where Are We Now?” – Part 4 in his guest writing series

SaturdayLori Toland stops in on her Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with an Interview and giveaway

SundayErica Pike is doing a little Backlist Book Bump of A Life Without You and is offering a giveaway of the book

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And that does it for the upcoming week. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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Erica Pike, The Joyful Approach

How About A Little Erica Pike? How About A Little Erica Pike And A Giveaway?



Erica PikeGreetings GRL-goers!

Is this your first GayRomLit? Are you munching on your fingernails, going over every detail the organizers have disclosed, and picturing yourself standing alone in a corner once you’re there? Or have you gone before? Did you realize that the fingernail-gnawing was a total waste of good nails; the plans didn’t really matter as you just went with the flow of people, events and your own mood at any given moment; and that you barely had time to stand alone in a corner? In fact, you were barely allowed to stand in a corner, because people you’ve chatted with online somehow managed to find you and you hit it off like you never did with other people in your life? Did you find it pleasantly odd how much you had in common, how freely you could discuss the function of a penis without anyone batting an eye, and how you suddenly found yourself up on stage singing karaoke after a couple of drinks?

Last year was my first GRL. To sum up the experience into one sentence it would have to be: I had a blast. I had such a blast that I decided to go again this year, even if it meant another long, expensive trip from Iceland and a way to figure out how to get from Washington to Atlanta. I’m doing it anyway, because I know it’ll be worth it.

I was extremely nervous about last year. Like many of you, I’m a shy, reserved person. My cousin and best friend, Thora, came with me. It felt good knowing I wasn’t going to be alone the whole time. I wouldn’t have to stand in a corner and my nails would make it through intact. However, upon arrival, I was approached by one person after another. I was meeting them for the first time, but it was like greeting old friends. My inhibitions fell away and suddenly I was talking to everyone, introducing myself, and generally mingling with the crowd. I may not have taken part in the karaoke, but I did dance up on a stage with a cowboy-stripper (man, he was hot!), dress up in a costume, join Edmond Manning’s impromptu party in one of the conference rooms, and walk around with a basket of Icelandic chocolates to offer people. I rarely saw people on their own. If I did, I talked to them, like so many others did, out of pure joy of being around like-minded people who shared my love of gay romances.

I’m bringing my cousin again this year. I know I won’t need her there, but I managed to twist her arm because I want her there. It didn’t take a lot of twisting; she also had a blast. She had no idea who any of the authors were before last trip. Now she’s hooked on M/M, has read tons of titles, and is all amped to go. Me? Last year was like a whirlwind of new experiences and I have since wished I’d done this or that. Well, I’m putting more emphasis on “this or that” this year and hope to get to talk to people I didn’t manage to sit down with (I only realized Cole was there on the last day!).

So, if you’re new, relax! If you’ve been before, you know it’ll be a blast.

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Black Hurricane OfficialBlack Hurricane (Boston Boys #3)

Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.

After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.

In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.

Erica Pike online:

Webpage/Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Goodreads Group

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Erica Pike, MLR Press

Let Yourself Get Swept Away By A “Black Hurricane”



“Forgiving is not about forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.” ― Mary McLeod Bethune



This is the third book in the Boston Boys series. It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the first two books, A Life Without You and Absolutely Eric.

This story shows how the past can shape how you live your life in the future. Jazz was hurt so badly by his high school crush that he only has non-committed relationships and numerous one night stands, all because he wants to protect his heart. What would a person do if they came face to face with the one true love who broke their heart to pieces? That’s exactly what happens to Jazz when Dean, his former lover and now lead singer of the band Black Hurricane, come to town for their last concert date.

The story is told through Jazz’s point of view so, when we first meet Dean and find out he’s the one who broke Jazz’s heart all those years ago, I didn’t really like him. He came across as being very full of himself, especially when he hasn’t figured out who Jazz is yet and puts the moves on him. It seemed to me he was that stereotypical spoiled rock star who got whatever he wanted. My heart really went out to Jazz, when he realized Dean didn’t remember him. It was like having his heart stomped on again. He is a very likable character, down to earth, hard working, a great friend. I really wanted him to have happiness in his life that I felt he deserved.

Dean does have a chance to redeem himself as a likable character when we find out what really happened to him and why he treated Jazz so bad back in high school. Sometimes I wanted to smack Jazz in the head for not listening to Dean and letting him explain things. There was a whole lot of misunderstanding and stubbornness, but you really felt these two belonged together. Instead of the story being cliched or being drawn out, I thought the author did a great job in showing the walls Jazz had built up around him, being chipped away slowly. I loved the angst, it was needed, these walls weren’t coming down quickly. After many years they still loved each other fiercely and it was great to go on the journey with them rediscovering each other.

Overall, this was a very sweet story. It was all about second chances and forgiveness. I think the author did a great job making Jazz and Dean work for their relationship instead of giving them an easy fix. It was also a pleasure to see how the characters from the two previous books in this series were doing.

Read this series by Erica Pike; you will not be disappointed!

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Black Hurricane (Boston Boys #3) here:

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