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Excerpts and Giveaway: Hot Off the Press – A New Anthology From Dreamspinner Press

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Pages: 324

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Blurb: Words hold the power to hurt as well as heal, and choosing them is a complicated and delicate process. No one knows this better than the men who work with them every day. Authors, reporters, reviewers, and publishers struggle to balance truth, art, long hours, and stressful jobs. Whether they’re trying to write a novel or advance a career, it can leave little time for love. The men in this anthology are seeking romance on and off the job, in print and online, against backdrops of fact, fiction, and even fantasy. Their tales are different but have one thing in common—there’s a happy ending waiting on the last page. Continue reading

Carole Cummings, Charlie Cochet, Cornelia Grey, Eileen Griffin, Jack Byrne, L.A. Witt, Liz Borino, Mia Kerick, Mickie B. Ashling, Nikka Michaels, Rain Carrington, Sneak Peek, Sue Brown, Whitley Gray

A Giveaway and A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to another look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead.

First, though, in case you missed it, The Novel Approach is hosting a giveaway over at Mary Calmes’s Blog for our Book of the Month picks in October. There’s a chance to win TWO of the dozen e-books we each selected as October’s best, so be sure to head on over there before Midnight Pacific time on November 4 to enter for a chance to win.

Good luck!

And now, here’s who we have in store for you in the coming week, more great guests, interviews, blog tours, giveaways, and, of course, reviews.



MondayNikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin stop in on their In the Fire blog tour

Cornelia Grey is also our guest on the Circus of the Damned blog tour

TuesdayMickie B. Ashling is here on the Cutting Out blog tour

Whitley Gray drops by with an interview on the Crash Pad blog tour

WednesdayL.A. Witt is our guest on the Starstruck blog tour

Rain Carrington comes calling to do a little promo for her two upcoming releases, Crazy Little Man Called Love and Road Runner

ThursdayCarole Cummings is our guest today to talk a little bit about the launch of Dreamspinner Publications

Charlie Cochet is also here today on the Rack & Ruin blog tour

FridayMia Kerick drops in on the Random Acts blog tour

RJ Scott joins us on her Darach (Fire: Book Two) blog tour

SaturdayLiz Borino makes TNA a stop on the No Time for Secrets blog tour

And finally, Jack Byrne is back to talk about the new anthology Hot Off the Press


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

Dreamspinner Press, Jack Byrne

Guest Post and Giveaway: Dingo Run Blog Tour With Jack Byrne

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Have you experienced bullying and how did you cope?

Hello, and thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I appreciate it!

I was a cute, slightly built child growing up in Australia.  Seriously, you have to ask?

The short answer to that is that when I was younger, I fought back.  I fought hard and sometimes I got bloody and beaten, and other times the other person quit fighting so I left them alone.  The only thing I can say is I never started a fight.  I’ve stepped in on way too many battles that weren’t mine and gotten a range of responses from ‘thank you’ to ‘go fuck yourself.’ Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Alex Beecroft, Alexis Hall, Belinda McBride, Eva Lefoy, Garrett Leigh, Jack Byrne, KJ Charles, L.A. Witt, M.A. Church, Margie Church, Nico Jaye, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, Taylor V. Donovan

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hello from Disney World! Yes, it’s been a fun-filled week with Mickey and Minnie, and after a week of GRL just before, I’m so ready for my couch and my Kindle and little else.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, filled with lots of good books. Here’s what we’ve got scheduled in the week ahead.


Monday – Kicking off the week, we welcome Eva Lefoy on the Darkest Flowers blog tour, with a giveaway

KJ Charles also joins us today on the Flight of Magpies blog tour

Tuesday – Author M.A. Church joins us today on her Be My Human Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Taylor V. Donovan is also here today on her Heavy Hitters Blog Tour

WednesdayAlexis Hall stops by today on his Prosperity Blog Tour

Alex Beecroft also joins us with an interview on The Reluctant Berserker Blog Tour, with a giveaway

ThursdayL.A. Witt is our guest today on the Precious Metals Blog Tour

We’ll also welcome Belinda McBride on the Prince of Faith Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayGarrett Leigh stops by today on the Slide Blog Tour, with a giveaway

We’ll also host Nico Jaye with a Book Blast and Giveaway of her short story A Time for Loving

And be sure to watch for the second installment of “Dinner and a Book with Piper and Poppy”

SaturdayJack Byrne joins us today on the Dingo Run Blog Tour

Eden Winters will also be here with an exclusive excerpt from Manipulation, featuring more Lucky and Bo, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – And closing out the week, Margie Church drops by to chat a bit about her new book Coming Back for Drew, the sequel to The Camera Never Lies


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

Dreamspinner Press, Jack Byrne

Guest Post and Giveaway: Going On A Walkabout With Jack Byrne

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G’day everyone! First of all I’d like to thank Lisa Horan for giving me this spot on ‘The Novel Approach’ to talk to you all! (Waves to Lisa!) Thank you!

So, first a short bio as requested:

I’m an Australian writer and most of my life has been experienced from the saddle or out in the paddock, because I’ve ridden and worked with horses all my life. So I guess the first thing you will notice when you read my stories is that my characters tend to spend a lot of time on horseback or out on the farm. For the same reason, you’ll also get a look at some very dangerous (and some very cute) Australian wildlife in my stories. So if you’re used to reading stories set in city clubs and bars, prepare to take a walk on the (other) wild side! My characters are a little bit dustier and harder to catch on foot! Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Ashavan Doyon, Charley Descoteaux, Cover Reveal, Eileen Griffin, GayRomLit, Geoffrey Knight, Jack Byrne, K. Vale, Kol Anderson, LC Chase, M.J. O'Shea, Nikka Michaels, Sue Brown, Zathyn Priest, Zee Kensington

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another great week ahead.

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to pop on over to RJ Scott’s Blog for a little teaser of some great giveaways I have in store for you as we continue the countdown to GayRomLit 2014. And, your comment on my blog post at RJ’s place will put you in the running for one of TWO $25 Amazon Gift Cards, so be sure to check it out.

In the meantime, here’s what’s coming up for you to enjoy right here at The Novel Approach


Monday – To kick things off, today we’re pleased to be hosting the Authors Gone Wild Anthology Cover Reveal

A bit later in the day, we’ve got author L.C. Chase with us on the Pulling Leather Blog Tour

Kol Anderson will be here as well with a giveaway of the latest book in his Prisoner series, The Devil You Know

TuesdayEileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels lead off our day with an exclusive cover reveal for their collaboration In the Fire

We also have author Zee Kensington with us on the Finally Home Blog Tour and Giveaway

Geoffrey Knight also drops by with an interview to tell us about a special new series set in the heart of Wilde City and begins with Buck Baxter: Love Detective

WednesdayM.J. O’Shea is our guest today on the Coconut Cove Blog Tour

ThursdayKimber Vale starts out our day on the Hard Act to Follow Blog Tour and Giveaway

Charley Descoteaux also joins us on the First Time for Everything Blog Tour

Friday – Our special guest today is author and artist Zathyn Priest, as he shares a bit about his creative process and joins in the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour Celebration

Saturday – Author Jack Byrne joins us to talk about his new book Walkabout, the sequel to Billabong and there’s a giveaway

Sue Brown also joins us on The Last Wolf Blog Tour and Giveaway

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, Ashavan Doyon will be here on the Stephen’s Heart Blog Tour, with a giveaway


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

Dreamspinner Press, Jack Byrne

Please Welcome All The Way From Oz, Jack Byrne! And He’s Offering A Giveaway Of “The Billabong”

About Jack Byrne:

I am an Australian who lives and works in the Australian outback training horses, doing farm work, and trying to stay out of trouble. I write from experience (sometimes unfortunate experience!) and have been shot at (“a case of mistaken identity”) and bitten by a snake before. I write on a laptop with a satellite connection and like to ride or drive out to locations I am writing about to get a real feel for the surroundings.

I am happy to hear from readers on my e-mail Jackaroo_Byrne@hotmail.com. I can’t promise an instant reply as I go out working sometimes for a week or so, but I will get back to readers as soon as I can.

Writing The Billabong:

Usually I am a very structured writer. I set up my main characters, plot out the storyline, do summaries of each chapter in the story, then fill in the text. I know what I am going to write for every chapter.

With these stories about Jim and Mark, it is a totally different writing experience. It feels like I sit down to write and a door opens into the past. I step through and there they are going about their daily lives. I struggle to keep up with the story line at times, as my typing’s not really that fast. I don’t have time to wonder about this process while I’m writing, but afterwards I often sit down and ponder. It’s almost as though these guys existed in obscurity and wanted their story told.

Other works:

There are three sequels to The Billabong. The first two are novellas (eBooks) and are with Dreamspinner Press being edited. The third is a novel, of which I have written about 20,000 words so far. I decided to move to the novel format for the sake of making printed copies available.

Blurb: The Billabong

Having long ago lost his wife and children, cattleman Jim Kelly works the family farm in the harsh 1800s Australian outback, most days wondering why he bothers. That question is foremost in his mind when a venomous snake takes him by surprise. Another surprise comes when a skilled doctor is in the vicinity to save his life. But the third, and biggest, surprise for Jim is falling hard and fast for that man.

Life on the lam is tough, and bushranger Mark Turner simply wants to maintain his freedom as long as he’s able. Unfortunately, being a doctor, his conscience won’t let him leave a snakebite victim to die. Before he thinks about the consequences of his humanitarian actions, he’s both saved Jim and become smitten with him. But considering how Mark’s past could negatively impact any possibility of a future, maybe falling in love wasn’t such a great idea after all.


Jim jumped and stammered, “I’m sorry. I hadn’t expected…. I was thirsty.”

The man turned to him, and for the first time Jim got a good look at the handsome, tanned face with deep-brown eyes, rough-cut black hair, and an amused look. “Then maybe you should give me that water can and let me fill it for you.”

He held out a hand. Jim swallowed, then stepped forward and almost tripped in the slippery mud at the side of the billabong. “I… thanks. The snake and all that.”

Jim looked up at the trees as the man emerged from the water and reached for the water can. To Jim’s surprise, a wet hand grasped his and shook it. “Mark. Mark Turner. And you would be?”

Jim almost fell over as their joined hands moved up and down perilously close to Mark’s nether regions. He stuttered, “Jim, Jim Kelly.”

He released Mark’s hand but then stared at it blankly when the man kept it held out in front of him. Jim finally managed to meet Mark’s piercing brown eyes, and Mark quirked an eyebrow at him. “You going to give me that?”

“What?” said Jim, stupidly.

“Your water can.”

“Oh. Yes. If you’ve finished with the billy, you could fill it too and I could boil it up for a cup of tea.”

“Sure,” replied Mark, not moving. Then he took the can and stood in front of Jim, about two feet from him, both hands at his sides. “So, how are you feeling?”

“I… I… I… what?”

“You a bit slow, mate?” Mark asked sympathetically.

“No! No! I read!”

Mark smiled at him and looked quizzical, prompting Jim to go on defiantly, “And I write. And I play the piano.”

Mark said, “You must be feeling a bit wonked-out still after that snake bite, then.”

“I suppose so. Thanks for that.”

“You said that. You’re welcome. Seem worth saving. It’s nice when you save someone and they’re alright. Sucks if they’re a right bastard, you end up wishing you never… you know.”

Jim tried to keep his eyes up front and center, but he caught a slight movement at the periphery of his vision, just below Mark’s waist, and he couldn’t help but look down, then turn away, feeling his face warm up.

Mark laughed. “I’ll get the water. What’s the matter, never seen a bloke naked before?”


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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week!

Welcome back, everyone, and happy polar vortex! Ugh. Not really. But at least it’s a great excuse to curl up with a good book. We’ve got an outstanding week ahead, filled with reviews, interviews, and giveaways, so here’s what’s coming up in the week ahead.

Monday – Hayden Thorne returns on her Icarus in Flight Blog Tour, with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway.

Tuesday – We’ll have a whole pack of authors with us today — Kendall McKenna, Jambrea Jo Jones, and Cheri Noel — as they tour the internet on the Big Bone Lick Pack Blog Tour, and they’ve got a special little giveaway in store.

Wednesday – Christian Baines is our guest today on The Beast Without Blog Tour, and he’s giving away an E-copy of the book

Thursday – Storm Moon Press is back today with another feature on their 4th Anniversary Blog Tour. They’re offering someone the chance to win a year’s worth of free books from SMP.

Friday – Eileen Griffin is our guest today, on the Alpha’s Claim: Manlove Edition Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway too.

Saturday – Jack Byrne will be here today all the way from down under to introduce himself and his new book The Billabong.

Sunday – Haley B. James stops in on the Polyester Prince Blog Tour. We’ll have an interview with Hayley as well as details on all the goodies she’s giving readers the chance to win.

Until next week, happy reading!

Dreamspinner Press, Jack Byrne

Go On A Walkabout With Jack Byrne’s “The Billabong”

“Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” ― Samuel Johnson

Title: The Billabong

Author: Jack Byrne

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 70

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Having long ago lost his wife and children, cattleman Jim Kelly works the family farm in the harsh 1800s Australian outback, most days wondering why he bothers. That question is foremost in his mind when a venomous snake takes him by surprise. Another surprise comes when a skilled doctor is in the vicinity to save his life. But the third, and biggest, surprise for Jim is falling hard and fast for that man.
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