K.A. Merikan

Guest Post and Excerpt: One Step Too Close by KA Merikan

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We are proud to present our newest book, One Step Too Close. It is the #6 in our biker-themed series, Sex & Mayhem, and for the first time, both of the main characters will be actively involved in the outlaw lifestyle. Members of the same club, big, strong, and yet very lost in what they feel for one another. The fact that they had been raised as brothers, despite not being at all related, doesn’t make things any easier.

We came up with the two MCs while writing our previous release, Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood, where they fill in the roles of secondary characters. One Step Too Close, is going to be all about them. Jed and Ryder will have to face long-held secrets, fierce jealousy, a love that shouldn’t have happened, and a threat that could cost them both their lives. Loyalty to their motorcycle club will clash with a forbidden love affair. Jed’s daredevil, self-destructive attitude will clash with Ryder’s ambition, and controlling nature. They will both have to learn how to compromise instead of butting heads. Oh, but the compromises will be most delicious!

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One Step too Close— One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —

Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.

Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.

Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.

For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find out about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.

Ryder is climbing up in the ranks. Recently promoted to Sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.

But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives forever.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, stepbrothers, blackmail, homophobia

Genre: M/M erotic romance, suspense, drama

Length: ~135,000 words standalone novel

WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, violence. Reader discretion advised.

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Excerpt: If Jed believed in God, he’d consider Ryder the most tempting mortal sin, just waiting to be committed. It was for the better that Ryder was straight, because Jed could safely ogle him without feeling like it was a gateway drug to fucking. Even waking up from wet dreams about Ryder had guilt choking Jed and sent him straight for a cold shower. They could be stepbrothers and best friends, but if Ryder knew just how depraved Jed was, even their platonic closeness could end. Still, Jed’s gaze trailed over the firm thighs and tight butt in the dark gray jeans, then followed the sway of the chain hanging off Ryder’s belt. And higher, to the broad shoulders.

Jed sat on a grimy bench outside the Coffin Nails MC clubhouse, beer in one hand, cigarette in the other. His stepbrother was celebrating the sergeant-at-arms patch that had been newly added to his cut, and now swayed to the music with his girlfriend, Jess. Jealousy was making its way down Jed’s throat, but it was hard to look away from Ryder’s thick, tan arms covered in dark hairs, or the smile amidst dark stubble. If only that grin were for Jed… He would do anything to get more of Ryder’s attention.

When Ryder started kissing Jess though, Jed had to look away. She was so small that she only made Ryder seem bigger, like he wasn’t already a six foot three hunk of pure tattooed muscle. Why couldn’t Jed like girls too? They could go on double dates with Ryder, talk about straight shit without Jed making stuff up. At least with the way Ryder made him feel, Jed was sure he’d never fall for any other guy. Ryder was safe. Jed could fantasize about pulling the hairband off Ryder’s barely-there black ponytail, feeling the scratch of his stubble, seeing an intensity in his eyes that would speak of bottomless lust. Nothing would come of it, and no one needed to know who Jed thought about late at night when he couldn’t sleep.

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KA MerikanAbout the Author: K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises. E-mail: kamerikan@gmail.com

More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:

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3 Stars, Genre Romance, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: Red Hot by K.A. Merikan

Title: Red Hot (Sex & Mayhem: Book Five)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 312 Pages

At a Glance: An atypical story of a psychologically dysfunctional couple makes Red Hot an interesting, if not perfect, read.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: — Live fast. Die young. Fuck hard.—

Red Jack. Rude. Crude. Horny ginger mess. In love with… himself.
Loki. Deadbeat. Volatile. Stalker. Terminally ill. Fatally in love.

When it comes to men, Red Jack has three rules. The guy has to be hot, out of town, and not up for repeats. It’s a good way to keep the gay flings far away from the eyes of his brothers in the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club, and he will make damn sure it stays that way. When a hookup takes an ominous turn, and the sexy stranger turns up at his house, the heat is on. Loki invades his life and just won’t leave, wreaking havoc wherever he follows Jack, but getting rid of him becomes harder with every kiss.

The world crumbles around Loki when he finds out he has cancer. As if his life wasn’t shit enough already. With only a few months left, he decides to live to the fullest and get every last wish on his bucket list fulfilled. One of those is fucking the hot bearded biker he meets the same night he got the bad news. Big, confident, and dangerous, Red Jack is all Loki ever wanted in a man. After all, he deserves one last shot at love. Who cares if Red Jack is a stubborn, closeted asshole? Loki knows what he wants, and he won’t settle for anything less. Even if it kills him.

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Review: There’s a saying that goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. I think there’s a certain level of the fun sort of insanity involved in my continuing to read the Sex & Mayhem series, but the good part is that I go into each book expecting different results, and K.A. Merikan have, up to this point, delivered—for better or not. Truth be told, I haven’t always loved all the books in this series, it seems my feelings have swung from one end of the spectrum to the other (without much in between), but one thing I can say is that this writing team doesn’t pander to what many readers demand in this genre—standard-fare-romance—and I respect the hell out of them for that, for staying true to their style and writing what they want to write rather than what the romance genre will bear.

In Red Hot, we’re introduced to the California chapter of the Coffin Nails MC, though I believe they were first introduced in Book Three (that book is M/F, and I haven’t read it). In any case, it’s not necessary to read it in order to follow the goings-on in this installment of Sex & Mayhem, but I did sense there were characters I’d have known better if I’d read that book, specifically Sam and Candy. From what we get to see of them here, I liked them, especially Sam, and if anyone ever needed a friend like Sam, it’s Red Jack.

Of all the characters who’ve been introduced thus far, I have to say I think Red Jack and Loki are two of the most psychotic, which, oddly enough, kind of works for them. Red Jack is a sexist freaking pig who treats women like walking meat sacs meant for nothing more than playing hide-the-sausage, while Loki is Red Jack’s creepy stalker—but in more a sad and pathetic than scary way. Jack and Loki’s relationship is kind of jaw-dropping, to be honest; at least, I found myself reading with my mouth hanging open a lot, wanting to nut-punch Red Jack and, at the same time, throttle Loki for letting Jack treat him like crap. There is a bit of sweet irony, however, when Jack looks at Loki’s behavior and realizes all his own dickish creepo moves are being mirrored right back at him.

As the very straight Red Jack begins to realize maybe he objectifies women because he isn’t quite as straight as he thought he was and uses them to shore up his manhood, we witness the building of one of the most dysfunctional romances I believe I’ve ever read. Funny thing, though—Red Jack and Loki work together in all their dysfunction because they’re equally atypical. Loki’s backstory isn’t a happy one (a common theme in the series)—he has his share of nasty exes who’ve left their fair share of scars, both physical and emotional. What eventually brings Jack and Loki together, then, is the fact their relationship is predicated on shared negative life experiences (another common theme), not to mention a big fat lie that allows Jack to explore his little used empathy, and makes Loki a sympathetic character.

There’s a definite formula to this series—the biker who finally admits he’s not straight and finds the one man he’s willing to risk his life for, the socially aberrant behavior they participate in, and a couple of guys who are far from the typical gorgeous buff studs we often see in the genre–nor do they always (read: ever) act like sane and rational adults. Though this book presents some of the same issues for me that I’ve noted all along in the series, I was able to enjoy Red Hot to a much greater degree than No Matter What, but nowhere near as much as I liked The Devil’s Ride. I honestly don’t think enough redemption could have been written for Red Jack to get the foul taste of him out of my brain, but at least he learned a few things about himself before story’s end. I haven’t always loved this series, but it is different, and that’s something I can get behind.

And P.S.: all the covers are kinda purty.

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2.5 Stars, Genre Romance, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: No Matter What by K.A. Merikan

Title: No Matter What (Sex & Mayhem: Book Four)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 307 Pages

At a Glance: As the square peg in the round hole of this series, No Matter What didn’t work for me for a number of reasons.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Ghost. Not a member of the Coffin Nails MC. Not a doctor anymore. Not gay.

Luca. Bent, not broken. Will not let go of Ghost. No matter what.

Ghost finds out the hard way that people you meet online aren’t always who they seem to be. When he met ‘Zara’ five years ago, they became inseparable. She’s been with him through the rough and the smooth. He’s been there for her when her abusive boyfriend had her in tears.

She is The One, and despite all his friends considering him crazy, Ghost is about to propose.

But ‘Zara’ turns out to be Luca, and Luca is most definitely a guy. Yet Luca is the same person with big dark eyes, so desperate to be saved that Ghost can’t help but fall head first.

Luca’s so-called boyfriend is not just abusive. He is a Sicilian drug lord, a man dangerous and ruthless. If Ghost is to ever save the person who wreaked havoc on his heart, he has to make a deal with the Coffin Nails MC. But being a member is a destiny he’s always tried to avoid. And when a life of violence becomes too much to bear, he might be the one needing Luca to catch him when he falls.

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Review: I’ve now read three of the four novels in K.A. Merikan’s Sex & Mayhem series (book three is M/F), and I have to say my thoughts on this series are all over the place. Although none of these books are without their flaws, I liked Stitch and Zak well enough in Road of No Return, I absolutely loved Tooth and Luci in The Devil’s Ride, and now I’m on the backswing to feeling just south of lukewarm toward Ghost and Luca in No Matter What.

This installment of the series revisits the Coffin Nails MC’s Detroit chapter, where we were first, and briefly, introduced to Ghost, the fair haired and pale (though not albino) doctor who lost his license to practice medicine after a hospital incident where he’d helped Tooth rescue Luci. From his introduction in The Devil’s Ride, Ghost is described as “confident and calm”, but his confidence has gone AWOL in No Matter What.

By the time “Ride” ends, Ghost has withdrawn socially and spends most of his time online, which is where this novel picks up, though the virtual relationship he’s developed with a woman he knows only as Zara began some two and a half years before the end of “Ride”, according to the timeline, when Zara was just sixteen years old. Over the course of those five years, Ghost has fallen in love with Zara while playing the game Age of Endless, to the point he’s arranged a surprise siege at a restaurant, armed with a ring and a marriage proposal, and is prepared to rescue her from her abusive boyfriend. At which point, Ghost quickly realizes Zara isn’t who he thought she was, and he’s been the victim of catfishing.

This is where the story’s conflict is introduced, when Ghost discovers Zara is actually Luca, very much not the woman Ghost had dreamed of marrying. Conflict, however, ends up being too strong a word to describe the way the events that follow play out. Ghost doesn’t really seem to have all that much trouble adapting to the idea of Luca being a man, or accepting his attraction to the man when it came right down to it, nor did he seem to have that much trouble coming to terms with the realization he’s bisexual (or, at least, Luca-sexual). This was all more a subtextual conflict as opposed to providing any real friction in the story or in the relationship Ghost was building with Luca, which made it difficult for me to buy into as a dramatic element of the plot, and therefore felt a bit forced, all for the sake of creating a storyline for this side character who has no real defined role in the MC and seems out of place within the framework of the series. What does work, though, is that we end up seeing how much Luca needed and deserved someone like Ghost in his life, someone patient and kind.

The angst in this relationship, that of the external variety, lies with Luca’s ex-lover, Frederico Villani (a name you may or may not recognize from Guns n’ Boys), and his henchman Antonio, both of whom abuse and violate Luca and seem resigned to making his life hell until he’s either shattered or dead. This leads Luca to the ultimate sacrifice a man can make in the name of love, and finally allows Ghost the chance to reclaim some of the backbone he lacked for the majority of this book. K.A. Merikan never shy away from pushing the envelope when it comes to writing their deviant characters, nor do they pull any punches when it comes to torture and revenge, though I do believe the theme of “the big rescue from his abuser” was written to much better effect in The Devil’s Ride

One of the things I feel continues to plague this series is the lack of a strong editorial presence, leading to repetitive content and awkward narrative passages/dialogue that often come across as stilted and sometimes even overly florid, which leaves those passages feeling ill-suited to the characters and the setting; though, of the three books to date, Ghost is admittedly the most educated and by far the least intimidating of any of the men introduced so far. He was so meek in instances where he truly just needed to step up and be his own hero, never mind being Luca’s that it was frustrating to witness. The disappearance of the “confident and calm” Ghost made him a rather weak protagonist within the context of this series, and leaves No Matter What the square peg to the round hole in terms of its overall fit. It was difficult at times to find much reason to root for Ghost or for his and Luca’s relationship because of this dichotomy.

Apart from the Guns n’ Boys crossover, there wasn’t much new or original dealt with here. The issue of being gay, or in this case, bisexual within the context of a motorcycle club, and the inherent problems this creates, are conflicts that’ve already been addressed in the first two books, so if you’re interested in checking out the MC setting, I would recommend reading The Devil’s Ride to get the best overall feel for this world, as it covers the tropes the series is built on with two characters it was almost impossible not to love.

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Guest Post – No Matter What by KA Merikan

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We finished The Devil’s Ride with so many new book ideas. Some secondary characters simply have stories that need to be told, and it’s something almost impossible to plan. We knew we wanted to come up with a book about Ghost before we even finished TDR, but the idea for the story only came after we wrote the last few chapters. Ghost does mingle with bikers, he loves bikes, but he’s not a ruthless hardass like the others. He’s a good guy, who wants to do the right thing but keeps getting pulled into morally grey situations because of his friendships and family connections. Even more so when he gets to fight for his and Luca’s love in No Matter What. Will he be able to stay true to what he believes in among all the mayhem?

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As much as people sometimes complain about dating sites and apps, there’s no denying that the Internet is a lifesaver for people who are awkward, or have obscure interests – both sexual and not. People who used to be rejected because of the stuff they were into can now easily find like-minded friends, who sometimes become something more. And as difficult as it can be, with virtual lovers sometimes living miles apart, relationships that survive such odds can be very intense and long-lasting.

For one, they’re mostly based on personality rather than physical attraction. Sure, people do send one another pictures, but virtual interactions rely mostly on conversation. In No Matter What, Ghost falls in love with ‘Zara’, even though he only sees one picture of her throughout the years, there’s little hope for a meetup, and as a handsome guy, he could be dating someone that’s physically available. He and Zara/Luca establish a strong emotional and intellectual bond, and so despite being hurt by the realization that Luca lied to him about certain things, Ghost is not ready to let go, even at the cost of finally facing his sexuality.

The relationship started a few years prior to the plot of No Matter What, just two strangers meeting at what was a very bad time for one of them. The anonymity of the Internet makes it easier for adults to quickly open up to strangers and talk about things they wouldn’t be comfortable discussing with real-life acquaintances. This can quickly create a sense of intimacy, and in time turn into love. For Ghost and Luca, two people from completely different backgrounds, who would have never met otherwise, meeting in a MMORPG game was a life changing event. But meeting in real life and having to face unknown aspects of the person you know so well would be tough even without the mafia breathing down your neck.

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Excerpt: A photo came through. It was a red square plate of some vegetable rolls with a brown sauce. Ghost raised his head to have an even better look around. He frowned at the plate in front of the guy, and had a discreet look at him. He was close enough to see it was a very similar dish, but that could be a coinciden― Ghost’s heart stopped beating completely when an onyx bracelet slid lower down the guy’s forearm.

And then it hit him that the guy actually had a similar coloring to Zara in the picture: dark olive skin, wavy black hair that reached past his shoulders, and dark eyes. Only other than that, he was nothing like Zara. No softness in him, just firm jawlines and broad shoulders hidden in a coffee-colored shirt with rolled-up sleeves. As striking as he was, he was most definitely not the girl from the picture.

Ghost got up even though his legs were like made out of Jell-O. Five years. Five fucking years. This meant he’d had webcam sex with a guy. Many times. He couldn’t breathe, the ring in his pocket somehow burning like acid. How could he have been so stupid? He made his way toward the table as if it were a lucid dream. A nightmare he was about to wake up from.

With the young guy busy with his cell phone, one of the middle-aged businessmen noticed Ghost first. He straightened up and narrowed his eyes, tapping the chopsticks against his plate.

“Can we help you?” he asked in a heavily accented voice.

‘Zara’, or whatever his name was, raised his eyes, and the small smile he was sporting fell from his lips like slush on a sunny day. God, he was even prettier up close, with thick eyebrows and a straight, shapely nose. His mouth dropped open, but he made no sound as he stared at Ghost, wide-eyed.

Ghost ignored the older man, and looked straight into the eyes of someone whom he knew so well, yet didn’t know at all. “How could you do this to me?” was all he managed to choke out.

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NoMatterWhat-400— A gentle heart has no place in an outlaw’s chest —

Ghost. Not a member of the Coffin Nails MC. Not a doctor anymore. Not gay.

Luca. Bent, not broken. Will not let go of Ghost. No matter what.

Ghost finds out the hard way that people you meet online aren’t always who they seem to be. When he met ‘Zara’ five years ago, they became inseparable. She’s been with him through the rough and the smooth. He’s been there for her when her abusive boyfriend had her in tears.

She is The One, and despite all his friends considering him crazy, Ghost is about to propose.

But ‘Zara’ turns out to be Luca, and Luca is most definitely a guy. Yet Luca is the same person with big dark eyes, so desperate to be saved that Ghost can’t help but fall head first.

Luca’s so-called boyfriend is not just abusive. He is a Sicilian drug lord, a man dangerous and ruthless. If Ghost is to ever save the person who wreaked havoc on his heart, he has to make a deal with the Coffin Nails MC. But being a member is a destiny he’s always tried to avoid. And when a life of violence becomes too much to bear, he might be the one needing Luca to catch him when he falls.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, hurt/comfort, abuse, catfishing, independence, sexual orientation issues, mafia, PTSD

Genre: M/M erotic romance, suspense, drama

Length: ~100,000 words standalone novel

WARNING: Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, violence, potentially triggering sexual abuse scenes. Reader discretion advised.

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About the authors

K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.

Email KA Merikan

More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: The Devil’s Ride by K.A. Merikan

Title: The Devil’s Ride

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 370 Pages

At a Glance: Fast paced, a couple I loved, and drama of the escapist variety

Blurb: — You don’t fuck with the club president’s son. —

Tooth. Vice President of the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club. On a neverending quest for vengeance. The last thing he needs is becoming a permanent babysitter for a male hooker. Continue reading

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Guest Post: Guns n’ Boys by K.A. Merikan

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Don’t we all enjoy tales of forbidden love? While tragic endings are also appreciated, I think most readers want the couple to have a happy ending. In their own life, people usually seek stress-free relationships, but the struggle to overcome all odds in order to be together is generally seen as very romantic. Secret meetings. Whispered promises. The danger of being caught.

I enjoy both reading and writing about those scenarios. In “Guns n’ Boys”, the characters are in a situation that doesn’t allow them to express their feelings freely. Not only because of a difference in status but also because the mafia isn’t a gay-friendly environment. In the second part of book one, Domenico and Seth are forced to face the feelings that they previously denied. Upon their return to the Villani estate, the atmosphere of secrecy starts to slowly take its toll on them. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend. We’re gearing up for a great week ahead here at The Novel Approach.

In case you’ve missed them, we still have two outstanding giveaways open to close out our Countdown to GRL Celebrations: Sherrie Henry, Gift Basket Seven, and our Grand Prize giveaway, so be sure to check those out before they expire.

Now, here’s what we have coming up in the week ahead.


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Monday – Kicking off the week, we’ll be hosting Aleksandr Voinov on the A Taste for Poison Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Wilde City Press author Kevin Klehr joins us today to talk a bit about his books Drama Queens With Love Scenes and Drama Queens and Adult Themes

TuesdayJL Merrow drops in to visit today on the Raising the Rent Blog Tour, with a giveaway

A.J. Truman also joins us today with a giveaway on his Out in the Open Blog Tour

WednesdayTere Michaels is here today to answer a few questions on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Convention Blog Tour

We’ll also have CJane Elliott with us on the Aidan’s Journey Blog Tour, with a giveaway

ThursdayDH Starr joins us today on the Meant for Him Blog Tour, with a giveaway

K.A. Merikan also stops by on the Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

FridayMorticia Knight is our guest today on the All Fired Up Blog Tour, with a giveaway

Bey Deckard also drops in on his Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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2 Stars, Drama, Erotica, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: Guns n’ Boys by K.A. Merikan

Title: Guns n’ Boys

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 323 Pages

Rating: 2 Stars

Blurb: — Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —

The Family is always right.
The Family doesn’t forget.
The Family pays for blood in blood.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Lisa_avatar_twitter Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

We have an outstanding week ahead for you here at The Novel Approach, including the kickoff of our GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways–Gift Cards and E-books Galore. We’ll have three baskets to give away this week, and four next week, so be sure to stay tuned for that and so much more from our guest authors. And, of course, we’ll be bringing you many more reviews.

Here’s whats on tap!

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Monday – Kicking of the week, this week, is Will Parkinson on his Wet Paint Blog Tour and Giveaway

And joining us today as a first-time visitor, Lexi Ander stops by with a Guest Post and Giveaway on her Twin Flames Blog Tour

Tuesday – We’re winding down these final weeks of the Countdown to GRL Celebration with Sophie Bonaste today, on her Death Gets a Boyfriend Blog Tour and Giveaway

We’ll also be hosting the authors from the Authors Gone Wild Anthology

And, watch for the first of our seven Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways to go live today, which will include not only a $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, but eight e-book titles from some of our participating authors

WednesdaySherrie Henry stops by with another Countdown to GRL Celebration visit

We’ll also be hosting the blog tour for the Historical Anthology Another Place in Time, featuring authors Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, KJ Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksandr Voinov, and Alex Beecroft

Round Two of the Gift Basket Giveaways happens today, with another $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice, as well as eight more e-books up for grabs

ThursdayLisa Henry stops in today on her Sweetwater Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting author T.A. Chase today, on her Walking in the Rain Blog Tour

FridayLynley Wayne is here with an interview and giveaway on her Facing Demons Blog Tour

K.A. Merikan also drop in on their Guns n’ Boys Blog Tour

We also have another Virtual Gift Basket to give away today, featuring a $10 Gift Card to Are or Amazon, a $15 Gift Card to Dreamspinner Press, and seven more e-book titles

SaturdayJayson James is our guest today on his Pieces of Us Blog Tour

And we’ll also be hosting Tere Michaels on her Faith & Fidelity Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Sunday – To bring a close to a fantastic week, today we’re hosting author Carol Lynne on The Brick Yard Blog Tour

We’ll also be hosting Cleis Press on their Men on the Make Anthology Blog Tour

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Guns N’ Boys by K.A. Merikan

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Religion and violence can go hand in hand. Some of the fiercest wars have been fought over differences in faith, even though most major religions claim their doctrine is one of peace. At the end of the day, religious texts are interpreted by people from all walks of life, and even criminals don’t have to be technically godless.

Some of the ceremonies performed as new members are accepted into Italian mafia organizations are rooted in Catholicism. In one of the rituals, the new mafioso stains a picture of a saint with a drop of his blood and then sets it on fire. He then proceeds to vow his allegiance to the Family as the burning picture is passed around. This symbolizes that the new member accepts the organization as an authority higher than God. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Ashe Barker, Ashlyn Kane, Bey Deckard, Cardeno C., Charlie Cochet, Cover Reveal, D.H. Starr, GayRomLit, Hayden Thorne, JC Wallace, K.A. Merikan, Keira Andrews, Morgan James, Rebecca Cohen, Rhys Ford, T.M. Smith, T.T. Kove

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome back to anyone who’s popped in today to see what we’ve got in store for the week ahead!

If you missed my announcement on RJ Scott’s blog about the Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways we’ve got coming up at the end of the month and into the first week of October, I’ll repeat the news here because, well, it bears repeating. We’ll be doing a giveaway of SIX baskets, courtesy of Team TNA’s GayRomLit featured and supporting authors. Each basket will include $25 in E-Gift Cards to various retailers, as well as E-books from the following participating authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Erica Pike, Zathyn Priest, DH Starr, Rhys Ford, Sophie Bonaste, Ethan Day, JK Hogan, Rafe Haze, LE Franks, Edmond Manning, Jacob Z. Flores, Jamie Lynn Miller, Lex Chase, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry, Katey Hawthorne, Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, and a late but very welcome addition to the giveaway, Z.A. Maxfield.

That’s a lot of titles and a lot of gift cards to give away, and I’m so excited to get the party started in just a few weeks’ time!

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3 Stars, Drama, Erotica, K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

There’s Sex & Mayhem, Indeed, In K.A. Merikan’s “Road of No Return”

“Stitch had never felt such desperate love for anyone but Zak.” — K.A. Merikan


Title: Road of No Return (Sex & Mayhem #1)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 238 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: — Don’t talk to strangers. —

Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.

On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard. Continue reading

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Taking A Tour On The “Road of No Return” With K.A. Merikan

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Road of No Return is the first in a series of outlaw biker books. The series is called Sex & Mayhem and will include both longer and shorter stories. Most will focus on gay relationships, but we do have a straight book planned in the series that will be published under our future M/F pen name. The books in the Sex & Mayhem series will generally be standalones, tied only loosely by cameos and mentions of clubs.

We already have plans for future books which include an amputee fetishist, a male prostitute, and a biker called ‘Tooth Fairy’ for his gruesome technique of ripping out people’s teeth. Continue reading

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B. Snow, Brigham Vaughn, Cover Reveal, Hayden Thorne, K. Vale, K.A. Merikan, L.A. Witt, Liz Borino, M.J. O'Shea, Nikka Michaels, Sean Michael, Sneak Peek

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great weekend!

Here’s a look at all the great authors, blog tours and giveaways we’re hosting here at The Novel Approach in the week ahead, and, of course, we’ll have lots of new reviews as well.


MondayBrigham Vaughn kicks off the week on the Equals Blog Tour

We’ll also have B. Snow with us today, one of the contributing authors in the Project Fierce Chicago Anthology, to talk a bit about Project Fierce and its mission to provide housing and support services for homeless LGBTQ youth in Chicago

TuesdayHayden Thorne stops in today on the Masks: Evolution Blog Tour

Nikka Michaels will also be a return guest today to talk a bit about her new short story from Cobblestone Press

WednesdayLiz Borino will be here today on the Secrets in the Air Blog Tour

Thursday – Today, L.A. Witt stops in on the Noble Metals Blog Tour

FridaySean Michael drops by on the Size Matters Blog Tour

And Kimber Vale will be here to do a Cover Reveal for her upcoming book Hard Act to Follow

SaturdayMJ O’Shea is our guest on the Impractical Magic Blog Tour

SundayK.A. Merikan closes out the week on the Road of No Return Blog Tour

And that sums up what’s in store for the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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K.A. Merikan, Reviewed by Lynn, Storm Moon Press

Lynn Reviews K.A. Merikan’s “Fear (The Copper Horse #1)”


“You are the evil scientist of your desires.” ― Tristan Taormino


Title: Fear (The Copper Horse #1)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Pages/Word Count: 258 Pages

Rating: 3 Stars

Blurb: London

1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague
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A K.A. Merikan Two-fer Review – “House Warmer” And “An Onanist’s Journey to Reclaiming His Seed”


“Writing is seduction.” – Stephen King


Title: House Warm’d (XXX’d #4)

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 11,000 Words

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: — How to make a house a home —
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Reuben, The Poor Baker Who Became A Stallion – By Agnes Merikan


Ah, Reuben, the poor bugger. The main character of our alternate history, Victorian, pony play novel, The Copper Horse: Fear, and he’s been through so much. Zombies, as well as the malnourishment and overpopulation of London that followed, crushed the world he knew. The chaos took his mother, brothers, and sisters, leaving him with a dominant father. But on the upside, Reuben’s father had a trade that was necessary for the proper functioning of the city. As a baker, he was able to establish himself in the East End.

This seems like a turn for the better, but a baker’s work was far from easy in Victorian Britain. Much more so in an alternate history world like ours, where access to food had been drastically limited. The city is enclosed within high walls, and even with some of the farmland won back from the undead, grain and other produce are scarce.

The work itself was very demanding historically. All the mixing was done by hand. Just imagine the young man in our book who was to become a proud stallion in the future. He was spending most nights bent in half over a trough, kneading all the ingredients and inhaling flour… along with all the potentially hurtful solid substitutes. No wonder the life expectancy of a baker was just forty years. And after a whole night of making the loaves and minding the fire in a time without thermostats and timers, he can only sleep so much before his father wakes him up, angry at his slacking son.

Bakers in the Victorian period worked on very tight profit margins. Bread made up a large proportion of the daily diet, especially among the lower classes, so it needed to be available and affordable. And what does the Victorian baker do when flour gets even more expensive than it used to be (or when he wants to earn more money for that matter)? He substitutes for a third of the flour with something else. And it can be anything as long as it doesn’t kill the customer on the spot. Ingredients of choice included chalk, clay, sawdust, or even iron sulfate and plaster of Paris. Ugh, horrible!

But the king of treacherous additives was alum. It’s now frequently used in modern detergents, so the thing that we now use to clean our bathrooms was used to adulterate food back in the day. It used to be extremely popular because of the Victorian obsession with white bread. Wholegrain artisan breads that we now see as healthy were considered inferior back then. In addition to being a whitener, alum retained water, making the loaf feel more substantial. The worst consequence of those actions was that bread, this staple of the urban pauper’s meal plan, was not nutritious enough to keep the consumer healthy. People would eat enough to fill their stomach but still become anemic and sickly. And obviously, in his situation, poor Reuben was eating the same adulterated bread as his customers. And adulterated it was at every stage of the food chain.

Along with animal fat, which was used for the dough, there are scarier things to be expected in the loaves baked by Reuben and his father:

Quality ingredients were too expensive for their neighborhood, so they had to subsidize for at least part of them with cheaper replacements, compromising on taste. Of course, that didn’t stop his father’s ingenuity one bit. If a customer tried to complain about finding some lice in the bread, the old man would say it was cumin. Cumin! They hadn’t seen proper cumin for a few months now.

A man working so hard needs his protein. But milk was frequently consumed after it had gone sour, with the acidic taste neutralized by chemicals – and I’m not even joking. No wonder that many people, especially children, were getting ill back in the Victorian period. And while meat was expensive in the nineteenth century, in the world of our Zombie Gentlemen series, it becomes even more scarce. For the sake of his own health, and in order to offer a broader variety of foods at the bakery, Reuben risks his life roaming the sewers and hunting for rats.

Over the years, he’d gotten proficient at finding good places for hunting, and he always returned home with at least a dozen of the rodents that made up a substantial part of his and his father’s diet. He actually liked their meat, which was good, because he wouldn’t be able to afford anything else, anyway. Reuben’s father also used it to make pies, their most expensive product. Officially it was ‘pork’, or ‘duck’, or even ‘pheasant’ when his father felt very fancy. But it was what it was and always tasted the same. Nonetheless, it was meat, and no one liked to be hungry, so customers would come and eagerly order suspiciously cheap ‘pork’ pies. After twenty years in locked up London, they probably didn’t remember what proper pork tasted like anyway.

And on top of that, Reuben’s social life isn’t too great, either. His relationship with his only remaining family member is virtually nonexistent and based on survival. Mocked because of his freckled skin and fiery hair, trapped in mindset that doesn’t allow him to get close enough to anyone to reveal his true self, he is lonely and miserable. With the life he’s been leading, even the prospect of becoming a human horse isn’t all that daunting. After all, what could be worse than a lice-infested life spent sleeping in the same bed with cockroaches and eating rat pies? Surely not becoming a prized stallion and getting all the sugar cubes he wants.

But that’s the path that awaits him in The Copper Horse: Fear, which my co-author and I hope you will pick up from Storm Moon Press. It’s available now in both ebook and print formats, and we hope the unique combination of an alternate Victorian setting, a backdrop of zombies, and a hearty dose of pony play will entice you to give it a try! Perhaps, like Reuben, you might find the change in scenery thrilling.

The Copper Horse: Fear – by K.A. Merikan – NOW AVAILABLE!
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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Amelia C. Gormley, Grace R. Duncan, Hayden Thorne, Heidi Belleau, Jackie Nacht, K.A. Merikan, Liz Borino, Mia Kerick, RainbowCon, Riley Hart, Sara York, SE Jakes

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week and are looking forward to a great week ahead. We’ve got a busy one coming up here at The Novel Approach, so check out who we’ve got on tap to bring all the fun right to you!

MondayGrace R. Duncan kicks the week off with a RainbowCon Celebration, and she’s offering a giveaway

Riptide Publishing will also be bringing Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley on the To the Very Last Inch Blog Tour

TuesdayMia Kerick is our guest on The Red Sheet Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Riley Hart is also elevating the anticipation of her next release, Stay, book two in the Blackcreek series, with a purty smexy cover reveal!

WednesdayJackie Nacht will be here with us on the Full Moon Blog Tour, answering a few questions , and there’s a Rafflecopter Giveaway

A.J. Corza’s also back today with another fabulous installment of “Got You Covered”

ThursdayK.A. Merikan drops by today on the Copper Horse Blog Tour

FridaySara York has us covered on the Pray the Gay Away Blog Tour

Riptide Publishing is back today to bring SE Jakes to us, on the Free Falling Blog Tour

Saturday – You’ve already seen a sneak peek of Liz Borino’s Angel’s Hero this morning, so be sure to stay tuned for more from her “Angel” Blog Tour

SundayHayden Thorne is our guest, talking about your YA Historical Fantasy Renfred’s Masquerade, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book

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

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K.A. Merikan Serve Up Some Heat In “Stung: Winter Special”


“Life, at best, is bittersweet.” – Jack Kirby



Title: Stung: Winter Special

Author: K.A. Merikan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 9000

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: It’s been a few months since Crunch and his comrades liberated the mob-run prison camp HoneyHill. But content as he is, Crunch can’t forget Victor, the beautiful prisoner with whom he shared a brief affair. Taking a leap of faith, he shows up at Victor’s door, but will it turn out he really was missed?

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“Special Needs 2” Let’s The Cat Out Of The Bag



“I guess sometimes you have to lie to find the truth.” ― Scott Westerfeld


Wow, this book is all that I expected, and more. Having read the first book, Special Needs, I was left hanging by a cleverly done cliffhanger. To say I was excited to finally get to finish Liam and Ryan’s story is an understatement. I was curious to see where their relationship was going, especially after Ryan’s little secret was out of the bag.

If you haven’t read the first half of this story, this review will most definitely contain spoilers, it can’t be helped. So, do yourself a favor and go read the first book. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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And Now, Here’s A “Special Needs” Christmas Coda From K.A. Merikan


For our spot at The Novel Approach, we decided to write a little Christmas snippet with Liam and Ryan, the main characters of Special Needs. These guys are crazy, kinky and head over heels about each other. :-)

They overcome so many problems in the books to be together that we thought it was only fair for them to get a bit of extra fun.

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Ryan wrapped his arms around Liam’s elbow and kissed his bicep as they sat on the bed. “Just think about it, Liam. Our Christmas Dinner at the hotel would be so unique and different if we had a cool theme for it. Like, a ‘White Christmas’, and there would be only white food, on white plates and stuff. We could have fish with an almond crust, or something…”

Liam gave a nervous laugh, already feeling guilty when those wide blue eyes looked at him with so much excitement and hope. He hated to steal the wave from his little merman. “Yeah… but no. It needs to be appetizing.”

Ryan rolled his eyes. “You always say I should eat more fish. And people want unique things. It’s gonna be exciting.” He traced the nautical tattoos on Liam’s skin with his fingertips. “Like shark. I’d try shark.”

Liam couldn’t stop his gaze from traveling south. “You’re always welcome to try some shark, sweet fish boy,” he eventually said with a grin and buried his fingers in Ryan’s blue hair, gently caressing his scalp.

Ryan groaned and looked up at him with pleading puppy-dog eyes. “That’s not what I meant. I’m saying that during the Holiday season people want all sorts of weird Christmassy things. Like reindeer socks or candy cane condoms.”

“Where did that come from?” Liam blinked. “Were you searching my pockets?”

Ryan frowned. “Why? Do you have candy cane condoms?”

“Duh! Don’t you want to suck on a stripey, mint-flavored dick?” Liam grinned and leaned back on the mattress, letting his gaze glide down Ryan’s back. It was so smooth, slightly toned, with a prominent spine. He wanted to lap all the way down that column and bite the pert ass waiting at the finish line.

Ryan winked at him and pulled his wheelchair to the edge of the bed. “I’ve got something better.”

It was as if his words pulled Liam forward. “Yeah?”

“It’s in my secret Christmas stash.” Ryan wiggled his eyebrows and carefully transferred to the wheelchair. Liam swallowed, watching the flames tattooed all over Ryan’s arms move as his muscles tensed under the skin. The skinny jeans did nothing to hide how thin his legs were, but they looked hot nonetheless. Liam had always loved twinky guys.

“Please, don’t tell me you spent money on novelty stuff again.” Liam was watching him with a frown. Ryan was even more careless with money than him, and that had to mean something.

“Noo!” Ryan moaned his denial as he wheeled to his wardrobe “I got this a few years back. I had this idea that if I bought all those things, it would be like a charm. I would find a hot boyfriend over Christmas, one who’d be willing to try out all those items with me.” He sighed. “That obviously didn’t happen.” Ryan bowed down and pulled out a red box out of the wardrobe.

Liam frowned, crawling across the bed for a chance to look him over the shoulder. “So… is that a Rudolph bondage set? Because I would be all over that.”

Ryan put the box in his lap and grinned at him. “Oh, my God! How did you know?” He wheeled over to the bed and opened the box. Inside was a tangle of red leather straps, bells and plushie antlers on a hairband. “I even have these briefs with a tail.” Ryan held them up with pride. They had ‘Ride with Rudolf’ written on the back, over the plush tail.

Heat spread all over Liam’s body. He grunted in disbelief. “No…”

“‘No’?” Ryan made a sad face and hugged the briefs to his chest. “Whatever, you don’t have to be my Santa then.”

“I so want to be a Rudolph-riding Santa.” Liam gave him a slow nod and exhaled, unable to look away. “I can’t believe I guessed what you have in there.”

Ryan’s lips instantly widened into a grin, and he pulled out a whole mess of leather straps, jingling like a herd of reindeer. “Oh, oh! So cool. I actually forgot all about this box. They’re gonna chime when you ride Rudolf.”

Liam stared at him, unable to say a thing. Ryan was perfect in every way. “Let them all know how much Christmas spirit we have in our hearts.”

Ryan clapped with glee. “Jingle bells, jingle bells! Jingle all the way.” He leaned over to give Liam a kiss.

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Merry Christmas!

Kat&Agnes Merikan AKA K.A. Merikan

P.S. This is an accurate representation of the novel (and a teaser for our upcoming contest)

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Caretaking. You’re doing it wrong. —

Liam slept with his boss. Again. And lost his job because of it. Again. Set on changing his ways and tired of sleeping in his car, he applies for a job as a live-in caretaker, even though he has no experience in it whatsoever. He has a lot of practice in lying his way out of any situation though. Only problem is, his new boss – wheelchair bound owner of a sex hotel – is gay, cute, funny and oh, so fuckable! There is only one logical solution to Liam’s dilemma – pretending he’s straight. Brilliant!

When Ryan inherited his aunt’s B&B, he thought he’d hit the jackpot by changing it into a fetish sex hotel. Things didn’t go as planned though, all of his marketing efforts seem to fail, and the debt is mounting up. Being a wheelchair user doesn’t help in actively promoting his hotel, but his luck starts to change when he hires a new caretaker. Liam is open-minded, helpful and caring. All that Ryan needs from a caretaker to kickstart his business, but things would all be a lot simpler if he didn’t start crushing on his new employee. And even if, in some other dimension, Liam did return his feelings, how long can Ryan keep his fetish a secret?

The web of lies they weave around each other is more bondage than any of them enjoy.

Special Needs is book one of a two part series.

Genre: contemporary erotic m/m romance, dramedy

Length: ~113,000 words

***SPOILERS AHEAD!***

Themes: disability, deception, alternative lifestyles, stalking, fetishism, tattoos, self-image issues, financial trouble, boss/employee

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes (including fetishism and medical role play)

Author Links:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER @KA_Merikan | TWITTER @AgnesMerikan

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If You’re Going To Get “Stung”, This Is The Best Way To Do It



“The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.” ― Marguerite de Valois


Do you find that you judge a book by its cover? The old adage says we’re not supposed to, but if you ask me, the cover of a book is like the curb appeal of a home—if the cover doesn’t make you want to stop and look to see what’s inside, you’re most likely going to move on to the next one. Well, let me tell you, whether you love the cover of this book (which I do), or find it only mildly intriguing, or you find it downright disturbing, what’s inside, I think, is well worth stopping in to take a peek.

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Eep! “Mind the Zombies at the Gates of London” by Agnes Merikan – Oh, And There’s Also A Giveaway!


I love zombies. They represent things most of us dread: the slow, ugly process of decomposition of our bodies; a rapidly spreading infectious disease public services can’t stop; and the collapse of society as we know it. But while I love zombies, the typical survival/slasher stories populated by the rotters have never been my cup of tea. I eventually became a huge fan of shows such as The Walking Dead and In the Flesh because they focus on relationships and the way people cope with the new situation. It’s just so much more interesting if the zombies are only used as a background, as an excuse to tell something new about the characters.

At some point, me and my co-writer started fantasizing about writing a story set in an alternative Victorian London. We are both fascinated by this period yet writing a regular historical novel wasn’t what we wanted to do at that point, and in came the zombies. In the universe of Zombie Gentlemen, history starts going off course in 1887 when the undead start appearing all over Europe. The genesis of the illness is unknown, as is the cure, so there are numerous theories and useless ‘treatments’ offered to desperate victims.

Many countries collapse, small communities form self-sustainable enclaves that later develop without any contact with the outside world, and some of the bigger cities that managed to survive formed their own governments. The London of the Zombie Gentlemen universe is a place even less pleasant than its historical counterpart. Citizens were forcibly put to work on huge city walls that helped keep the infected out, but twenty years later, the space inside is running out. In fact, population density is so high, new immigrants are often refused access into the city, which led to the establishment of Bylondon, a group of parasitic districts that formed spontaneously outside the city walls. This situation, of course, starts new trends in architecture, technology, agriculture, and so on, which gives us lots of space for imagining alternative scenarios.

Stung, our newest novel, is set in a forced labour camp somewhere in the forest. It’s not a state-owned penal colony though, but a lucrative business ran by the powerful Dal family. With the drastic shortage of food, slave-driven farms are the source of great wealth. The Dals are one of the most prominent organizations in Bylondon but their influence stretches into the city as well. The mob runs its district with an iron fist and nobody dares to protest in fear of repercussions on them or their families. This way, people like Victor, the main character of Stung, are forced into lifelong servitude for minor offences, or no reason at all. But there is change in the air, a change so powerful it has even reached the labour camp Honeyhill.

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— If you want honey, prepare to get stung. —

October 1907, Honeyhill

Twenty years into the zombie Plague

Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor with a pair of tight leather trousers and a ruggedly handsome face.

But from day one, Victor knows he won’t last long with the hard physical work assigned to him and the torment he suffers at the hands of a sadistic guard. He needs to run, and his new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.

If Crunch wants Honeyhill liberated, he needs to focus on his job, not on protecting Victor, one of many new arrivals on the farm. Distraction is the last thing he needs after months of undercover work. But it’s hard not to get seduced by Victor’s big brown eyes and fingertips that don’t know work. Hundreds of people depend on Crunch keeping his identity a secret, revealing it could be fatal for both him and Victor, and a failure of his mission.

Thankfully, Victor would never be dumb enough to try and escape through a forest that’s swarming with zombies. Would he?

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Stung is a standalone book and a part of the “Zombie Gentlemen” universe.

Themes (may contain SPOILERS): zombies, prisoner/guard, beekeeping, gore, deception, undercover agent, captivity, romance, brutality, forced labour camp, murder, farm, torment, forbidden romance, Victorian

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes (including dubious consent)

Genre: dystopian homoerotic thriller

Length: ~50,000words

Available now at:

Amazon
All Romance eBooks
Smashwords

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BIO

K.A. Merikan is a joint project of Kat and Agnes Merikan, who jokingly claim to share one mind. They finish each other’s sentences and simultaneously come up with the same ideas. Kat and Agnes enjoy writing various kinds of stories, from light-hearted romance to thrillers. They love creating characters that are not easy to classify as good or evil, and firmly believe that even some villains deserve their happy endings. It is easiest to find them in galleries, good restaurants and historical sites, always with a computer or notebook, because for Kat and Agnes, every day is writing day. Future plans include lots of travel and a villa on the coast of Italy or a flat in Paris where they could retire after yet another crazy venture, only to write more hot homoerotic stories.

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Mail to: kamerikan@gmail.com
K.A. Merikan’s author page:http://kamerikan.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KAMerikan
Twitter:https://twitter.com/KA_Merikan
Agnes Merikan’s Twitter:https://twitter.com/AgnesMerikan
Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6150530.K_A_Merikan

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THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED

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Everyone’s Needs Are Met In “Special Needs”

“When a fantasy turns you on, you’re obligated to God and nature to start doing it—right away.” – Stuart Brand



This was a book of firsts for me. I’ve never read anything from the author, and I’ve never read about a main character being wheelchair bound. I was interested to see how the author would develop a character with special needs; would it be about the person or the chair? I’m so glad I did.

Liam has a history of sleeping with his bosses and then getting fired. He’s out of a job and living in his car, so he’s pretty desperate to find a job. He interviews for a job as a caretaker for a young B&B owner who is in a wheelchair. He gets the job and is determined to keep it, so it’s hands off his employer, who just happens to be the cutest thing Liam has ever seen.

Ryan, Liam’s employer, inherited his B&B from his late aunt. It’s not just any B&B, Ryan turned it into a kinky sex fetish B&B, where there are many themed rooms for people to come and live out their fantasies. I fell in love with Ryan’s character immediately. He’s funny, he has a cute way of just blurting out whatever he wants sexually at the most inappropriate times, he made me laugh out loud quite often. He’s very self conscience of his legs and is so shy, he’s never really had a boyfriend before. He has a website that caters to people who have a fetish for disabled people, and is happy to do his part to contribute whatever he can to make them happy.

The story itself tells the day to day running of the B&B. We meet Ryan’s two employees who work there, Rodney and Fay who add their own sauciness to the mix. We get a look at what Liam’s duties are as well, cooking meals, taking Ryan shopping and carrying up and down the stairs to his bedroom. Liam hasn’t told Ryan he’s gay. In his head its better to have Ryan think he’s straight, so he’s not tempted to have sex with yet another one of his bosses. It kinda back fires on Liam as he tries to find Ryan a boyfriend, all the while lusting after him himself. And what he doesn’t know is that Ryan is feeling the same for him.

I actually loved the slow pace of this book. We really get to know Liam and Ryan and their daily interactions with one another. Their easy going rapport with each other was very sweet and you see them evolve into more than just employee and employer. You see a very emotional bond form between them that eventually goes beyond friendship.

There are many scenes in this book that are so sweet and heartwarming. The role playing, bondage scenes Ryan wants, Liam is happy to oblige. There are some scenes that are a little disturbing too. Especially, the ones with Ryan’s boyfriend/stalker. This book has a little bit of everything and I found it to be very entertaining to read. And yes, it has a major cliffhanger at the end that I didn’t see coming, but you know, I didn’t care.

I loved this book and wouldn’t let an abrupt ending keep me from reading it. You’ll be missing out on a great, unique story if you do.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Special Needs (Special Needs #1) here:

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