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Audio Review: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church – Narrated by Ronald Ray Strickland

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Title: Trouble Comes in Threes

Author:  M.A. Church

Narrator: Ronald Ray Strickland

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Run Time:  8 hours and 26 minutes

At a Glance: If you’re thinking about getting Trouble Comes in Threes—and I think you should—buy the book and read it. I would bypass the audio on this one.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: A snowstorm in the South – on New Year’s Eve – is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay, even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters – and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

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Review: I absolutely loved Trouble Comes in Threes when I read the book.  It’s sweet, funny and sexy, and I was so excited for the audiobook. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t even come close to doing this story justice.

Throughout the narration there’s no real difference in the character voicing. There were actually a couple of points where, in the middle of a sentence, it sounded as if the audio had been edited and although the same character was speaking, the voice changed, so it was hard to follow. Parts of the narration really were not enunciated very well at all, and then others parts were the exact opposite–way over-enunciated. During a lot of the narration, there were awkward pauses, as if Mr. Strickland was reading individual words instead of reading a story that flows. I did listen to the entire audiobook because I really do like the story that much, but honestly, at that point it was actually more amusing to listen to the narration than enjoy the story.

So, if you are thinking about getting Trouble Comes in Threes—and I think you should—buy the book and read it. I would bypass the audio on this one.

For a review of the e-book, see Janet’s full review HERE

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Review: Behind the Eight Ball by M.A. Church

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Title: Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs & Felines: Book Two)

Author: M. A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 214 Pages

At a Glance: Behind the Eight Ball had much more depth to it than the first in this series, and was much richer in terms of character development and interpersonal conflict.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

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Review: Heller is a bigot. Admittedly, when it comes down to it, there is a hard reason he hates humans but nonetheless, he paints all of them with the same wide brush—including the one he has just discovered is fated to be his mate. Lawson is a unique human in that he is fully aware of the paranormal world, and that of shifters, for he is best friend and roommate to two of them. And, they are some scary shifters to boot.

However, nothing Lawson has gone through has prepared him for the extreme pull he feels towards Heller, who is more than likely to be running from his mate than embracing him. Then a mysterious threat appears on the horizon—seemingly aimed right at Lawson–and Heller not only changes his tune, he fervently hopes that it is not too late for Lawson to forgive him and consider being mated to him for good.

I must admit I was so pleasantly surprised when author M. A. Church opted to focus on the disgruntled and fairly nasty beta Heller Wirth for her second installment in the Fur, Fangs & Felines series. I was so certain that Remi would be her next choice, and by choosing Heller, I felt there was so much more to explore in terms of his background and obvious distrust of humans. I also felt it was quite a smooth move to introduce other shifters in the form of the snake duo, Marshell and Janelle. What I found most fascinating about this next chapter in the series was the depth to which we plumbed Heller’s character. I was so impressed by how all of his history was unpacked, and along with it, all his insecurities and fears that no one would ever really see him—beneath the beta exterior—the real him.

I felt there were such lovely poignant moments between Lawson and Heller—particularly when Heller really broke down and discussed his past experiences with humans and how deeply one in particular had hurt him. This may see an odd comment, but once you read the book you will understand. I was so relieved that the conflict that formed Heller’s mistrust and hate was not a physical one—a rape or torture driven memory. Instead, the additional characters from the past were sadly realistic, and how they affected and interacted with Heller was so very sad to read.

I was also quite taken with Marshell and Janelle and the idea that they survived off human blood and yet did not kill the host. Rather they paralyzed them, fed and released them. I look forward to book three in this series in hopes of reading more about this race of shifters. Perhaps the only drawback for me in this novel was some of the repetition of storyline from the first novel. I understood that the author was attempting to bring new readers up to speed, but I felt that the near verbatim explanations from book one were a bit annoying and could have possibly been addressed either in a forward or a more cleverly disguised format within the body of the novel. Quite a few times I found myself distracted by having to read about clowder events and rules that were nearly identical to the initial introductions to those same rites in book one.

However, in the end, Behind the Eight Ball had much more depth to it than the first in this series, and was much richer in terms of character development and interpersonal conflict. It’s a worthy and entertaining addition to the series.

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Q&A and Giveaway: To Touch the Sky by M.A. Church

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The Novel Approach welcomes author M.A. Church today on the To Touch the Sky blog tour. Enjoy our little question and answer session, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for the chance to win an e-copy of both books in the series.

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Q: M.A., what is it you find most romantic about the idea of “fated mates”?

MA: I love the idea that somewhere out there is the perfect person. *Shrug* But my pairings don’t get off the hook just because they’re fated. If anything, mine tend to *not* fall all over themselves for their mate, lol.

Q: When writing To Touch the Sky, what types of new twists did you want to breathe into your shifter world? And did you find you also followed some tried and true genre archetypes? What do you love most about your shifters?

MA: In this, my shifters are American Indian. The Great Spirit, called Wha-tay, created Mother Earth, an untouched land filled with beauty and life. Then her children, The People, were allowed to inhabit the land. The People settled at The Tree of Life—the soul of Mother Earth. The People believed the universe was bound together by the spirits within all natural life—from plants, animals, humans, water, and even the earth itself. When a child was born to The People, that child was joined with a spirit, a totem, which could be a land spirit, a water spirit, a plant spirit, or an animal spirit. And once bound, that person had the ability to use the gifts the spirit had.

I did follow the fated mate concept. And the human mated also can shift after the mating. One of the reasons I like this world is because my shifters share their body with the totem. So you have two totally different personalities in one body, lol. It makes for some interesting conversations between the shifter and the totem.

Q: As an author and a reader, what’s your idea of a great leading man? Do you have a “type” you find super sexy, and if so, what makes him get your motor running?

MA: I’d say someone not perfect is my ideal leading man, and boy, mine tend to be flawed, lol. They screw up, don’t always listen, and can be hardheaded. Perfecting is a concept I don’t follow with my men. Not long ago one of my betas, Jody, pointed out I have a lot of characters with long hair. I never noticed until he said something, lol! And while I am attracted to long hair on a man, I find bald men sexy too.

Q: There’s a showbiz adage that theorizes it’s easier to make people cry than laugh. A.) do you think that’s true, and B.) how would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

MA: Hmm, I’d have to say I don’t agree. For me, it’s easier to make folks laugh. My stories often have humor in them, and yeah, my characters are pretty good with the one-liners. *snickers* But then, that’s part of my personality too. My humor ends up more on the dry side.

I’m not really one to try for tearjerkers. Some writers really excel at that, but I’m not one of them, lol.

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ToTouchTheSkyBlurb: He can run, but he can’t hide…

Centuries ago, Hawk made a terrible mistake which has haunted him since. Fear of responsibility and feelings of unworthiness leads him to denying the mate Wha-tay showed him in a vision. So now Hawk runs his bar, has casual sex, and never, ever dates men with blond hair and brown eyes. But then Simon walks into his bar, and the future he’s feared is about to end up in a brawl if Hawk doesn’t do something—fast.

Simon Carter has a smart mouth and a bulldog temperament. So when Hawk runs, Simon pursues the sexy man, only to be rejected. Just as Simon decides to give up, someone—or something—visits him to change his mind… and scares him to death. Now Simon is backpedaling, and Hawk is in pursuit.

Desperate to reassure Simon, and keep him safe, Hawk is forced to reveal his secrets before he’s ready. Can Simon learn to accept things aren’t always as they seem? Is the connection between them strong enough to help Hawk overcome centuries of pain? The only way the two men will move beyond Hawk’s past is for both of them to take a leap of faith.

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11041799_829583447134231_159217408363555340_nAuthor Bio: M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.

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Review: The Harvest: Journey’s End by M.A. Church

Title: The Harvest: Journey’s End

Author: M.A. Church

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 277 pages

At a Glance: Thrilling sequel that cannot be read as a standalone 

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Adapting is a word Dale Michaels has become familiar with. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.
Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.

But life is never that simple.

Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.

Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.

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Review: In order to read this book, you really need to read the first one. Though many books in a series can work as a standalone, this one cannot. When I received this book to review, I had not read the first one (though another reviewer on this site did). Since the story seemed interesting to me, I did go out and purchase the first one to read in order to better understand this book.

I regret nothing.

I absolutely loved the first book. So much so, in fact, that I stayed up until six AM, after what had been a long few days, and then crashed with my Kindle on my face. I then woke up and continued, finished the first, and then immediately dove into this book.

Book two picks up literally seconds after the first book ends. In fact, I think the two books would be best packaged together as one epic novel. For those who haven’t read the first book, there is a TEENY bit of information, but it really doesn’t do the whole story justice. I mean, the entire world building of the first book is necessary in order to understand how Dale came to be where he is, and what happens to him at the start of the book.

So, like I said, book two starts where book one left off. Keyno, Dale, and the others are returning to Tah’Nar from Onfre because Jolak is going into labor. And once they’re on the ship, Dale’s estrus hits out of nowhere. I felt for both Dale and Keyno, I really did. But it was funny. So many times during this book I laughed out loud. Usually whenever Keyno yelled/screamed/sighed/muttered “Dammit, Dale!” I also had a huge grin on my face the entire time. Like when Keyno tells his uncle, after Dale’s estrus, that he gave it his best shot. Died laughing. And then when Gibor says the he also gave it his best shot, and Doc chimes in with the same.

The characters in this book are great. While Dale is the narrator and his relationship with Keyno does drive the story, it’s far more than that. There’s the friendly banter between Dale and Chad, the mutual respect between Dale and Cielo, the adorable John, and later, Kia. The characters clearly develop between the two books, and it was fascinating to see them all deal with the changes in their lives.

And then there’s the BABIES! Or rather, should I say young? I’ve only ever read one other book with mpreg before, and that was way back when I was in high school, and it has remained my favorite science fiction book since then. But while Aristoi, by Walter Jon Williams, has a male pregnancy in it, it is not the central focus of the novel. Dale’s pregnancy is a major focus of this novel and drives much of the character actions. I felt that it was done in a logical manner. And you better believe I had a huge grin on my face while the boys bemoaned throwing up in the morning and no longer fitting into their clothes. But hey, they get off easy. Three month pregnancy? Nice.

I do wish there had been more to the story, however. There are some scenes in the beginning that are ripe with conflict but end too quickly, and then there are scenes in the latter half of the book that drag on when they don’t need to, and some of the daily routines could have been cut.

Overall, though, I adored this book. I want more but at the same time I’m afraid of it. I mean, the first two books were just so good, how do you top it? Perhaps a book with everyone adjusting to life on Aploi? Going on a space mission and meeting some new race that starts another war with the Tah’Narians? Exploring how the new VOLUNTARY mates get on in Tah’Nar? Doc and John’s story? Malk and Kia’s story? What about more with Ti and Cielo? Or heck, even the young? I’m not really ready to let this world go. I might just have to go back and start again with Book One.

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Review: Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church

Title: Trouble Comes in Threes

Author: M.A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 234 Pages

At a Glance: I picked very well this time, I loved this book

Blurb: A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.

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Review: How do you pick a new book to read? There are a few things I do when trying out a new to me author to get a sense of what I can expect from the book. I love a title that creates questions: what trouble, where, with whom? The cover: Paul Richmond artwork, cute, with cats. Check the blurb: a paranormal m/m/m, okay, should be fun. I picked very well this time, I loved this book.

Dolf and Tal are an established werecat couple who happen across their mate in a hardware store. Their third mate, who is human. Dolf is the alpha’s son, next in line to lead their clowder, which is rampant with a dislike of humans. I enjoyed the way that the author dealt with establishing “realness” to the shifters. Layering their beliefs with the natural dislike of others, and showing the respect that mates garner and deserve, while showing the scope of the world we are now in. By the time we really meet Kirk, in chapter three, Dolf and Tal are well fleshed out characters, and I had a really good sense of who and what they are.

M.A.Church uses an alternating POV technique that is clearly identified and adds balance to the story and the characters. There is great humor in having Kirk deal with two strange cats during a snowstorm, and it is an effective tool to create sympathy for Kirk, to show his loneliness and need for acceptance.

I loved the fact there was no insta-love going on. The facts about mates, bonds and claiming are clearly laid out for Kirk, and the decision to go forward, to try, is discussed between the three men. When they decide to move in together, realistic problems are addressed.

Trouble Comes in Threes is a well plotted book, with credible characters that I became invested in. The subplots and underlying mystery were full of detail, secondary characters were strong and well balanced in relation to the MCs. It is a fast paced book, easy to read due to its smooth flow, but you never feel that you are missing anything along the way. The author builds the world and characters and lets them grow their romance at their own pace. I was delighted with the conclusion of the book, hints of future stories left to play in my imagination. There is nothing better for a reader than wanting more of an author. M.A. Church has a voice and a style that I appreciated and enjoyed. She has been added to my read again list, and I will look forward to reading more of her work.

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: The Harvest: Journey’s End by M.A. Church

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The Novel Approach welcomes author M.A. Church on The Harvest: Journey’s End blog tour today. Enjoy this exclusive excerpt, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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TheHarvest_JourneysEnd_200Blurb: To survive is to adapt…

Dale Michaels knows all about change. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain KeynoShou, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.
Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.

But life is never that simple.

Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.

Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.

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Excerpt (The excerpt is from the beginning of estrus (or heat) for Dale.):

Keyno took a deep breath as I crawled around in his arms, trying to find comfort from this insistent ache. “Hang in there.”

“There ought to be some damn type of warning this is coming,” I groused, still shifting around on his lap. “Fucking hell, getting ambushed like this is horrible. Horrible, dammit! Stupid double-dosing, DNA-mutating, blindsiding-you-when-you’re-not-looking, hormonal thingy estrus deal. Just… fuck.”

“There probably was. We just didn’t recognize it.” Keyno rested his head against my neck while I babbled about aliens and their fucking bright ideas. “Lately, you have seemed to be rather, uh—”

“Horny. I’ve been fucking horny a lot here lately. I can’t seem to keep my hands off you, and damn it to hell and back—my ass tingles!”

Keyno listened as I ranted on and on.

“Was that a smirk?” My temper flared as a haze of red covered my eyes. “I swear, Keyno, if that was a smirk, I’ll…” I trailed off. “Well, shit, I’m doing it again. You make a helluva target.”

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Author BioAuthor Bio: M.A. Church is a true Southern bellewho spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.

She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.

Social Media Links: M.A. Church’s Blog | Amazon | Goodreads | Facebook Author Page | Twitter | Fan Page for ‘The Harvest’

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A door opens and two men enter the room. One has inquisitive green eyes and calico hair, an unusual color on Earth, but common on his home planet of Trygos.

Taz: My, Reed, why have those two sent us out again? I do not understand.

Reed: Time for another book, that’s why. *looks at Julie and Michelle* Am I right?

Julie: Gosh, Michelle, guess we can’t pull the wool over these guys’ eyes, can we?

Taz: I don’t understand, why would you wish to do that? Then we could not see.

Michelle: *Groans. Gotta find a book that explains this stuff!* And here we go. Continue reading

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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.


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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

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M.A. Church Is Here With A Naughty Recipe, And To Giveaway A Book!



Wrapped in Leather

“D/s is about relationships–trust and communication. It is not always about love. It is not always about orgasms. But it should always include communication–frank, honest, potentially hurtful, potentially freeing and enlightening communication.”
~Screamer

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Release date: January 3rd
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

How to Make the Perfect BDSM Relationship:

Ingredients-
1. One slightly bored Dom
2. One untrained sub
3. Chemistry
4. The desire to learn about the lifestyle.
5. Leather

Place the couple in a sexual relationship, add leather, and stir together. Add some flogging, spanking, cuffs, and subspace then mix together to taste. Turn the heat up to high and bring couple to a boil. Immediately remove from heat before the couple combusts. Let sit, undisturbed, until the relationship starts to jell. Gently tease until the couple is combined and smooth. For added taste, whisk in whipped cream until the sub begs for mercy.

Allow the couple to work through problems then serve and enjoy.

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Blurb:

To celebrate his decision to take the next step with his boyfriend Ian, Toshi Baylor plans a romantic evening at their favorite steak house. Toshi starts the special weekend with a bang by surprising Ian at home with lunch. There’s a bang all right, but it’s between Ian and another guy.

Jase Taylor’s auto repair shop and the BDSM club, Wrapped Up, keep him busy while he waits for Mr. Right, instead of Mr. Right Now. He’s a Dom, but playing with the club’s submissives isn’t providing the usual stress release. After a day from hell, he deserves a good meal at his favorite steak house.

Toshi and Jase find a mix-up with their reservations: a table for Baylor, not Taylor. When Toshi invites Jase to dine with him, they discover a mutual affection for leather and a shared belief that trust must be earned.

Before they can explore their common interests, Toshi suffers a series of attacks by vandals. Jase’s protective instincts kick in, but both wonder if it can lead to anything permanent.

Excerpt:

There wasn’t anything that shouted gay, but Jase’s gaydar was pretty good and it had been screeching like a banshee when he first saw Toshi. His eyes lingered on the guy across from him: mixed Asian heritage, slightly on the small side, dark hair, and well built. Nice all the way around, and he definitely interested Jase, which was a shock. He usually preferred his men with blond hair. And Toshi looked cute with flushed cheeks. He wondered just how far down that flush…. Jase cut the thought off.

“So you want to talk about it?”

The pretty blush faded from Toshi’s cheeks. “I’d planned to ask my boyfriend to move in with me about a month ago. It didn’t happen. What did happen was I dropped by his apartment after my dentist appointment was canceled, and I caught him in bed with someone.”

Jase cringed. Of all the things he’d expected, this hadn’t made the list and shit, the guy was fresh out of a relationship to boot. Not a good thing. The perfectly cooked steak turned to ash in his mouth. They were about done with their meal; maybe he should just cut his losses and scoot. He looked back at the man across the table from him and canceled the thought. He wasn’t ready to leave.

“Man, Toshi, I’m really sorry. I should’ve kept my mouth shut.”

Toshi’s mouth was pinched into a tight line. “I knew something wasn’t right, but I ignored it. Ignored it for way too long. The signs were there, and I… I feel stupid, and my ego is bruised some. But you know, as upset as I was, I’m not that upset now.”

Jase caught the waiter’s eye and motioned him over. “Okay, we’re both driving, so no more drinking. But—”

“Is there something else, sir?” the waiter asked. “Dessert, maybe?”

“Yeah, bring us that big, gooey chocolate cake thing with the ice cream and the white stuff on the top,” Jase said. “Bring coffee with it. Add it, and his meal, to my bill.”

Toshi’s eyes followed the waiter as he walked away, a shy smile teasing his lips. “Jase, you didn’t have to do that, really. But thank you.”

Jase shifted in the booth, trying to find a comfortable position to accommodate the swelling in his jeans. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been this affected by a simple smile. But damn, Toshi had a nice smile. Jase noticed the button-up shirt Toshi wore was open at the throat, and what little of his chest he could see looked to be smooth.

Jase’s dick swelled more as he imagined that smooth chest lying bare before him, and that blush of his, dear God. When he blushed, it was all Jase could do not to pull Toshi up on the table, pull his jeans off, tie those slim legs open and have him for dessert. He’d look good covered in chocolate, some cream of Jase’s making, and Toshi could supply the… ah, nuts.

Jesus.


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Author bio:

M.A. Church lives in the southern United States and spent many years in the elementary education sector. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children. Her hobbies are gardening, walking, attending flea markets, watching professional football, racing, and spending time with her family on the lake.

But her most beloved hobby is reading. From an early age, she can remember hunting for books at the library. Later nonhuman and science fiction genres captured her attention and drew her into the worlds the authors had created. But always at the back of her mind was the thought that one day, when the kids were older and she had more time, she would write a book.

By sheer chance she stumbled across a gay male romance story on the web and was hooked. A new world opened up and she fell in love. Thus the journey started. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading the latest erotic and mainstream romance novels.

My links:

Blog
Twitter @nomoretears00
Facebook: M.A. Church
The Harvest FB fan page
Goodreads


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THE GIVEAWAY:

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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Backlist Book Bump, M.A. Church, Storm Moon Press

M.A. Church Is Doing The Backlist Book Bump – How About A Giveaway of “The Harvest: Taken”?



Blurb:

In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.

Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah’Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program… and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he’s safe since he’s under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He’s illegally harvested and claimed by Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.

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Hey everyone. I’m so pleased to drop by and talk about my novel The Harvest: Taken. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

This is the first of two books that cover Dale’s journey through one of the scariest times in human history. But it’s also a voyage of a young human male and alien who both grow, learn, find trust, and fall in love. And their path is not always easy.

You see, aliens come to Earth and yes, we have something they want: DNA, the building blocks of life. And that’s very important to my aliens, the Tah’Narians. They can’t reproduce anymore and they need DNA. They also are looking for mates to reproduce with.

Welcome to Earth, a lotto system, and young males that are harvested between ages twenty-three and twenty-eight. A scary concept, is it not? But it gets even scarier when a Tah’Narian starship captain is given permission to harvest a young male who is under the age limit.

Dale Michael thought he was safe since he was under the legal age limit. He was wrong

Buy links:

Storm Moon Press | ARe | Amazon

Excerpt:

It was in the year 2050 when humanity found out that it was, indeed, not alone in the universe.

They appeared without warning above the capitals of all major nations. The huge, menacing, and completely unresponsive space ships dominated the skies, sending the media into a complete tailspin. The governments of our world argued back and forth on what to do. But, in the end, they did nothing.

First contact came within hours of the sightings. The question of what these aliens wanted prompted emergency closed-door meetings in Norway, held by NATO. Meetings were held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Union of South American Nations, the African Union and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, among others. The media speculated endlessly. The talks lasted for two days, while the world waited and watched. Early on the morning of the third day, a news conference was held and details were finally released to the public.

The name of their planet was Tah’Nar—and it was dying. Originally, the Tah’Narians were an intersexed warrior race. Chemical warfare had essentially rendered them sterile. Many scientists, from all over the world, eagerly volunteered their assistance to aid the alien race. The benefits to our own world hovered foremost in the mind of every government official present at the meeting. The Tah’Narians required DNA for their harvesting program. Since we couldn’t duplicate their technology, those males who were to participate had to be transported to their world, which, of course, triggered all sorts of questions from people. If these aliens were so advanced, why couldn’t they extract the needed DNA? Why did humans have to be taken off-world? The story had more holes in it than Swiss cheese.

After about a week of this, a press release from our government stated that the two strands of DNA were too fragile to be frozen and transported through space. The release claimed that the nucleobases—the four molecules that form the genetic building blocks of DNA— would be damaged and might even disintegrate once the alien starships jumped to star drive, the method used to travel through time and space so quickly. People, however, could be protected in ways that extracted DNA couldn’t.

Agreements were reached with each government—and boy, didn’t that take a while—that these men would be returned to Earth once the program was completed. Here in the United States a lottery system was set up, and each young man between the ages of twenty-three and twenty-eight was assigned a number. Once a year, for the next five years, numbers would be drawn and a new set of one thousand men would be collected and escorted to holding centers. Medical and psychological tests would be run on the subjects, and, if they passed the tests, they’d be transported to waiting spaceships. Other industrialized nations followed our example and set up their own lottery systems. Word soon leaked that only gay men were being targeted, but our government vehemently denied this accusation.

The media coined the expression ‘The Harvest’ for the times when the Tah’Narians would return to collect these young men. I was seventeen when the aliens first appeared, so my parents assumed I was safe. The final collection would be done before I turned twenty-three. I didn’t fall within the guidelines the aliens had established, so I thought I had nothing to fear.

I was wrong.

Author bio:

M.A. Church lives in the southern United States and spent many years in the elementary education sector. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children. Her hobbies are gardening, walking, attending flea markets, watching professional football, racing, and spending time with her family on the lake.

But her most beloved hobby is reading. From an early age, she can remember hunting for books at the library. Later nonhuman and science fiction genres captured her attention and drew her into the worlds the authors had created. But always at the back of her mind was the thought that one day, when the kids were older and she had more time, she would write a book.

By sheer chance she stumbled across a gay male romance story on the web and was hooked. A new world opened up and she fell in love. Thus the journey started. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading the latest erotic and mainstream romance novels.

My links:

Blog | Twitter | Facebook: M.A. Church | The Harvest FB fan page | Goodreads

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“The Harvest: Taken” Is Sci-Fi Survival Of A Species



“It does seem as if the more one gets the more one wants.” ― Louisa May Alcott


BLURB: In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.

Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah’Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program… and so they turn to Earth.

Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he’s safe since he’s under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He’s illegally harvested and claimed by Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.
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And Now, Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Hi guys *waves all around*,

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

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

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

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

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

I promise I WILL be back!

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

Happy Holidays and may the good books be with you!

A.J.

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

coveredreviews@gmail.com

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Well, Would You Look Who’s Dropped By To Celebrate With A Giveaway? It’s M.A. Church!

Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins.
~Joyce Allston



Hey everyone! I’m M.A. Church and I’m here to talk about my latest book called Shadows in the Night from Dreamspinner, which was released July 12th. I’m also doing a Shadows eBook giveaway. Hehe, I’m very excited over this book. :) It’s one of the books I’m taking to GRL this October. (See Contest Details Below)

One of my main characters is Jason, a Native American shifter—a black cougar. Here are a few facts about cougars:

~The cougar (Puma concolor)—also known as the puma, mountain lion, panther, or catamount—is native to the Americas. Its range extends from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America and is the greatest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere.

~The cougar is an adaptable, generalist species and is found in most American habitat types.

~It’s also the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar.

~The cougar is solitary by nature and nocturnal; it’s closely related to smaller felines and is genetically closer to the domestic cat than true lions.

Now here’s the interesting part lol.

~There are no authenticated cases of truly melanistic (a development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or appendages and is the opposite of albinism) cougars. Melanistic cougars have never been photographed or shot in the wild and none has ever been bred. Unconfirmed sightings, known as the “North American black panther”, are currently attributed to errors in species identification by non-experts, and by the memetic (an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture) exaggeration of size.

In other words, according to the experts, there is no such thing as a black cougar. Huh. Guess someone should tell my black cougar shifter that, lol. ;) And someone may want to tell Jason he’s involved himself with a guy, Chip, who is a modern man with modern ideas. *grin* The fur is sure to fly when these two, from such different times, come together.

Oh, and let’s not forget there’s another shifter out there who has Chip in his sights and has murder on his mind. Time has brought with it an enemy that harbors a deep-seated hatred for Jason; an enemy who will use whatever means necessary to bring Jason to his knees… including Jason’s own mate.

As Chip is drawn farther and farther into a world he can’t escape, one thing becomes clear to him. He’s going to have to learn to trust the man he’s coming to care for and take a leap of faith.

Blurb:

When Chip Riley’s beloved granny passes away, she leaves him all her money, her land, and a house that needs some tender love and care. She never mentioned the legacy comes with a Native American shifter who intends to claim Chip as his mate.

Jason Sky has lived since buffalo roamed the land. When his totem spirit, a black cougar, saves a little girl, he doesn’t realize that generations later, her grandson will become his mate, leaving him to take on a modern man with modern ideas. But that’s the least of his problems.

Garon, another shifter with a long-held hatred for Jason, plots to kidnap Chip and lure Jason to his death. Soon Chip finds himself in an untenable position between a rock and a hard place. A leap of faith may be the only way to save himself and the man he’s learned to love.

Pages: 200
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
eBook: Shadows in the Night

Excerpt:

A DULL strand of coppery red hair worked loose from the haphazard bun at the back of her neck, and with a sigh, Eva brushed it back behind her ear. It was early morning, but the heaviness of the air promised another scorcher.

“’Ranny! ’Ranny!”

A delighted smile lit Eva’s face as the precocious three-year-old came running around the corner of the house. He couldn’t quite pronounce the “G” sound, so instead of Granny he called her Ranny. The bright morning sun hit the little boy, and his light auburn hair once again reminded her of a living flame. He had inherited her red tresses and moss-green eyes.

“Over here, Chipper.”

Her grandson was her pride and joy… and more special than anyone knew. It was a shame his mother and father couldn’t see that, but her daughter didn’t care for anyone but herself. Their relationship was stilted, at best. Chip’s father was more concerned with making money than having anything to do with his son. Eva hated to admit it, but she didn’t have much use for either of her grandson’s parents. As a result of both parents neglecting Chip, the older the little boy became, the more time he ended up spending with her. Which, secretly, relieved her. Fate had big plans for the little guy; she had seen that firsthand in one of her visions.

“Go fish now?”

She had promised him last night they’d fish in the pond close to her house. It was just the two of them now; her husband Ed had died of a heart attack a year ago. The man had been in his late fifties, active, didn’t drink or smoke—and one morning had dropped dead of a heart attack. Eva grieved that Chip would never remember his grandfather.

“Yes, sweetie, we’ll go to the pond and fish for a while.”

Eva had the poles, a small tackle box, and a picnic basket ready to go. With any luck, they’d be having catfish for dinner. Of course, that depended on how soon the little bundle of energy dancing around her tired out.

“Ride horsey?”

“Oh, sweetie, remember? I told you that Horsey may or may not show up today.” Eva glanced at the tree line as the animal Chip called “horsey” moved toward them. “Although something told me he’d be here.” The large, black cat moved nearer with a grace that belied the strength and deadliness he possessed. Keen, humanlike intelligence showed in his eyes. Eva was unsurprised. She knew full well this animal was more than what he appeared. “Horsey!” Chip squealed and raced in the direction of the animal.

“Had a feeling you wouldn’t miss this.” Eva, a smile on her lips, shook her head as a happy rumble sounded from deep within the animal’s chest. He lowered himself to the ground so Chip could climb on his back. “Okay, come along you two. Daylight’s a-wasting.”

Eva followed the huge cat, her grandson babbling merrily to the animal about whatever hit his fertile mind. The trip to the pond was a short one, and soon they arrived. But even with the small child riding on his back and talking nonstop, the creature never lowered his guard. His ears twitched as he listened to the woodland creatures, alert for any signs of danger. Eva trusted his instincts—in fact, trusted him with her and her grandson’s lives. Without him, she wouldn’t be alive. The beast had proven his loyalty to her and her parents a long time ago, and a friendship had been born.

Eva found a shady spot by the pond and laid out an old sheet she’d brought. There she laid the picnic basket, along with a few towels. After she cast out her line, she turned to watch as the animal and Chip played by the bank.

“Go get it!” Chip hollered as he threw a small ball she had brought.

The creature chased after the ball, and Chip ran after the beast. They pursued each other, the animal allowing the small child to catch him. He was always careful to keep his claws retracted as they played. Giggles and an occasional yip drifted to her.

Chip made his way to her side after he grew tired of the game. “Ranny, go swim?”

“Sure, sweetie.” Eva reeled in her line and helped the little boy take off his shoes, socks, and shirt. The beast waited patiently as she readied Chip, then followed the youngster to the water. “Have fun, boys.”

The water wasn’t deep where they splashed and frolicked. Anytime Chip wandered too deep, the cat herded him back to shallower water. Eva giggled like a young girl when the beast splashed Chip with his paw.

Chip wiped the water from his eyes. “No fair!”

“Oh, you’ve done it now.” Eva chuckled.

The beast turned his head to look at her and a sound rumbled from it that sounded amazingly like a laugh. When he turned back to the little boy, his greenish-yellow eyes widened. Chip floated on his back, kicking furiously. A tidal wave of water crashed down on the animal. Soft, playful growls and shrieks of laughter could be heard echoing through the woods as the beast and the small human child mock-fought. With a gentle nudge of his head, the animal ushered Chip from the water.

“Think it’s rest time, Chipper. You hungry?”

“Uh-huh.”

Chip rubbed his eyes with his fists as Eva dried him off. To the side, the beast licked his coat dry. Eva laid out the sandwiches and poured a cup of juice for Chip. A bowl filled with fresh water sat near her grandson’s plate. Chip and the creature settled down on the sheet to eat lunch. The animal took breaks from slurping water from his bowl to eat bits and pieces of the sandwich Chip fed him. Soon the little boy was curled up next to the creature.

“I’m going to try to get a little fishing done,” Eva whispered as her grandson slipped off to sleep. Purring softly, the beast nodded his head. “I won’t be far.”

When Eva returned a short time later with her catch, she stopped and watched the huge, black animal and the little boy sleeping next to each other.

“I’m back.” Eva sat down next to the beast. A long black tail rested across Chip’s legs, and greenish-yellow eyes focused on Eva. “You know this can’t go on much longer, my friend. He’s smart for a child his age, and soon he’s going to ask questions about you.”

The creature rumbled in agreement.

“I know it’ll be hard for you. But another year—maybe two—and you’ll have to disappear from his life. The time isn’t right yet for you to make yourself known.”

The creature rumbled again, sadness in his eyes.

Eva ran her hand over the thick black coat. “I know, dear. But the time will come. You and I both know that. It will come, and he’s going to need you. Take care of him for me, okay?”

The beast nodded his head again. His time would come, but not for many years yet. The little boy had to grow into a man first.

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Author bio: M.A. Church

M.A. Church lives in the southern United States and spent many years in the elementary education sector. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children. Her hobbies are gardening, walking, attending flea markets, watching professional football, racing, and spending time with her family on the lake.

But her most beloved hobby is reading. From an early age, she can remember hunting for books at the library. Later nonhuman and science fiction genres captured her attention and drew her into the worlds the authors had created. But always at the back of her mind was the thought that one day, when the kids were older and she had more time, she would write a book.

By sheer chance she stumbled across a gay male romance story on the web and was hooked. A new world opened up and she fell in love. Thus the journey started. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading the latest erotic and mainstream romance novels.

My links:
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

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A Sneak-Peek At The Coming Week!



The Joyful Approach Countdown To GayRomLit 2013 is in full swing, and so far the reception has been pretty spectacular. In case you missed it, I have the full schedule posted HERE, including links to the posts that have already gone live, both here and at Joyfully Jay’s place. Some of those giveaways are already closed, but you can still go check out what the authors had to say. I’ve also added another author to the celebration, so watch out for Carter Quinn’s visit on October 1st!

This Week’s GayRomLit Visitors include:

M.A. Church on August 26th, with a giveaway of her new book, Shadows in the Night
On August 27th, Lily Velden will be here with a giveaway of her latest release, The Race Is On: Book 2 How the Light Gets In
Wednesday, the 28th, we’ll be hosting Shannon West, and she’ll be offering one lucky reader the chance to win her new book, Bloodlust

But wait, there’s more! We also have a couple of great authors visiting with us apart from the Joyful Approach Celebration.

On Thursday, the 29th, Josephine Myles will be here on her Junk Blog Tour. She’s offering a couple of great items to a lucky winner, including a sexy book tote and a $5 E-book gift voucher. She’ll be giving you a link to all the details in her post.

Finally, on August 30th, we’ll be hosting Taylor V. Donovan on her Six Degrees of Separation (By Degrees Book 2) Blog Tour. Stay tuned for details on what Ms. Donovan will be up to during her visit.

And of course, as always, we’ll have plenty of reviews coming too. We hope to see you around for the fun!

Have a great week!

Lisa

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Want To Find Out What Sandrine Gasq-Dion’s Muse Looks Like? Read On, And Welcome Sandrine & Author M.A. Church To Wilde Week!


Author M.A. Church took the opportunity to sit down with Sandrine and ask her a few questions about her latest book A Betting Man, and we here at The Novel Approach are glad she did, because that means Sandrine gets to be part of our Wilde, Wilde week of fun with Wilde City Press!

And now, we give you…the interview.

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Hey guys! Pull up a chair and join me. Lovely day for an interview, huh? :) Today I have the fab Sandrine visiting. She’s going to talk a little about her latest M/M release A Betting Man from Wilde City Press. Plus, she’s going to reveal all, lol, in an interview. o.0

Hope y’all enjoy! :)

A BETTING MAN
By Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Blurb:

How bad could one harmless bet be? Kent Samson is about to find out. Raised in Alabama, Kent has hidden his past and now loves his life as a big time ad exec for a prestigious advertising company in New York. But when he makes a bet with his best friend, Blaine, Kent is thrown for a loop—for Kent has to make the next person to walk through the door fall in love with him.

Terry Barron is hiding out in New York. Raised in England in a wealthy family, Terry escapes to New York to avoid arranged marriages and the lifestyle he’s grown to hate. When he delivers a package to an advertising firm, he meets the unbelievably sexy Kent Samson. Suddenly, secrets and lies complicate everything and both men find themselves in uncharted waters. How will Terry feel when Kent is revealed as a betting man?

AUTHOR BIO & LINKS:

Sandrine (Sandy) was born in Inglewood, California. Raised by “Old School” French parents, she later moved to Tucson, AZ. It was there that writing became a hobby. Always told she had a great imagination, Sandy wrote short stories for her friends in high school. In college, she took more writing classes while working on her Criminal Justice degree, but it wasn’t until a soap opera caught her eye that she got involved in male on male romances. On the advice of a friend, Sandy dipped her toes into the world of M/M Romance. Sandy takes the writing seriously and has had countless conversations with gay men as well as hours of research. She’s been involved with the military in one way or another for over twenty years, and has a great deal of respect for our men in uniform. She’s traveled the world, but is currently enjoying the South.

And now for the interview…

~When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Middle school. My English teacher told us all to write an essay about where we saw ourselves in ten years. It was due by the end of the week and I wrote it in one day—all ten pages front and back. I got an ‘A’ and she told me I had one hell of an imagination.

~How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Almost all of it! There are places I’ve been, people I’ve met, situations I’ve been in that most people would say, “Well, that could never happen!” But it does! I think almost all writers pull from their own life, that’s what makes great storytelling! I’ve been involved in the military for over twenty years and the stories from that alone could make another ten books! My personality is most definitely in all my books. I think it comes out the most in my snarky characters.

~Have you ever doubted yourself as a writer and if so, how did you overcome it?

Oh God, all the time! I am so lucky to have friends that back me up and shout in my face when I become a babbling, crying idiot. I don’t think you ever really overcome it. I think you’ll always have that little voice in your head that pokes you and tells you that you’re just not good enough. I think for me, I write the best I can and when I look at a finished manuscript, I know at least ONE person is going to love it, and that’s all I need.

~How do you come up with a title?

It’s been interesting how many times I’ve bounced ideas off my friends who are close to me. Reflash was me talking to firefighter friends. Since the book revolved around Firefighters and Cops, Reflash became the only title I even considered. Mostly I’m looking at the storyline itself and what one word brings it all together. In the instance of The Nik of Time, I let my readers name it!

~When do you do your best writing… morning, afternoon, evening, night?

There really isn’t a set time of day. I TRY to write when the kids are at school, but half the time I’m up until about two in the morning typing like a mad woman. So I’d have to say I get more done in the early morning hours. My editor hates it because I do less punctuation at that time. lol

~Out of all the stories you’ve written which one are you most proud of?

I would have to say Second Time Around it was really my first try at first person and I realized I LOVE writing in the first person. I think in a lot of ways it’s easier and the words flow faster. I like putting myself into that character and bringing him to life.

~Do you plan your stories and, if so, to what extent?

I do and I don’t. I know with the Assassin-Shifter books, I have couples that I plan out way ahead of time (Wyatt and Preston, Devin &Andrei and Keegan and Vince) Then there are the ones that come to me as I’m driving down the road. I’m 16 books into the Assassin-Shifter series and I have so many more to write! Coming up with fresh storylines is where the planning starts. I don’t want to rehash the same story over and over so I’ve added a few characters to mix it up a bit! I’ve also got the books I’m writing for Wilde City Press and those will not be a series, but you’ll see past characters come in!

~How many stories do you work on at any one time?

Oh God, right now I’ve got five going at once. It’s like a never ending voice in my head. Usually it’s when I’m driving down the road I’ll get an idea for a book. Sometimes it’s in the middle of the night!

~What was your favorite character to write, and why?

I think Riley Flynn is my favorite. He’s just so much fun and he has innocence about him. He’s spontaneous and has an inner child that loves wreaking havoc. He’s also very loving and to an extent– naïve.

~Name three things that would surprise your fans to know about you?

I speak fluent French.

I actually hang out with tatted, bulging military men.

I have actually lived in every state I’ve written about. And not just for a few months, we’re talking YEARS.

~What’s your guilty pleasure?

ANGRY BIRDS! lol

~What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

In the beginning I couldn’t afford an editor. My friend and I tried our best, but I’ve never been one to care about where a comma goes and if that period needed to be there. So I think the flack we both took in the beginning hit us both hard. I changed editor’s right after Half Moon Rising but still keep anyone involved in this close to me. They were here from the beginning and shall remain here throughout.

The best compliment hands down are from my readers. When I get an email telling me how much a book lifted someone’s spirits, or just made their day, any five star review can’t beat that.

~What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

I had another author tell me never to read reviews below five stars. Normally, I try to adhere to that advice, but there’s still that part of me that wants to see if I could do better. I’m a glutton for punishment.

~If there was one piece of advice you could give a new author, what would it be?

Edit, edit, edit. Try not to take that one star review to heart. If there is one thing I learned over the last year and a half, it’s that you can’t please everyone!

~What was the hardest book for you to write, or the hardest scene in one of your books to write, and why did you struggle with it?

Second Time Around and Summer of Awakenings tie as the books hardest to write. With “Second”, I pulled a lot of emotion from my own loss. I lost my father and my grandmother in a plane crash and I think for me, losing someone so suddenly takes one hell of a toll on you. So the funeral scene in “Second” drained me emotionally. “Summer” was hard to write as well, especially for the character of William and the kids that had been abused. That book was mainly for all the teenage kids I have been blessed to meet, and some of the names in the books are actually theirs.

~When you sit down to write a book, do you go with the flow? Or do you outline and plot all the important details out first?

Both. Some books just write themselves and I’m going with the flow. Other’s I’ve had to actually sit down with a pad of paper and write down how I wanted it to go chapter by chapter. Sometimes I’m writing the ending of the book and then I fill in all the spaces in between. It’s crazy!

~Who are your favorite authors (in your same genre or not) and some of the best books you’ve ever read? What is your favorite book that you remember from childhood?

I fell in love with The Thorn Birds. I think that all-consuming-can’t-have-it love makes a story that’s much more compelling. And the movie was done beautifully! That book has remained my favorite all this time.

I love Stephen King; he’s just got this twisted mind that I love! Dolores Claiborne is my favorite, with Misery close behind!

I love M.A. Church (Hehe), GA Hauser, Mercy Celeste, Mary Calmes, Ethan Day and Geoff Knight, just to name a few!

Feeling inspired yet? I am.

~If your “Muse” were an actual flesh and blood person, what would he/she look like?

A seriously tall, tatted man with bulging muscles!!

~What part of the writing process do you dread?

Research. Although I’ve lived in every state I’ve written about, I still go back and make sure I’ve got that right street, or that building is where I said it is. Researching Russian Prey started with me trying to find a maximum security prison in Russia out in the middle of nowhere. FUN! lol

~Do you prefer hot or cold weather and why?

Now this is funny. I was born in California, but raised in Arizona, so I LOVE hot! BUT, on that same note, I was stationed in Fairbanks Alaska for two years and LOVED the cold. I think in Arizona, I loved the fact that I could just go dip in the pool and get a tan in five minutes. In Alaska, I loved the cold because I could bundle up and watch the Aurora Borealis from my front porch. I’m at an impasse…lol.

~Are you a romantic?

Oh God yes! I believe in love at first sight!

~Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

All the time. I also incorporate songs into the books so my readers know just what song I was listening to when I write that hot/sexy/steamy love scene.

~If we could see your writing space, what would we see?

I’m so organized it’s pathetic. You’d see a very clean desk with little to no clutter. I keep little knick knacks on it that the kids have made for me, or readers have sent me. Other than that, my coaster for my coffee cup and the cat bed.

~Do you own a pet? If so, tell us about him/her!

I own two cats, one dog, three fish and four rats. I’ve had the dog the longest though. She’s a Siberian Husky and fourteen. She set in her ways and loves to drive me up the wall. I had another Siberian, a male named Nikoli, my readers will know that name ;). I lost him last June and adopted my cat, Mateo. (My readers will know that name too). He sits on my desk and watches me work. Nikoli used to sit in my office all the time and I would talk to him about what I was writing. So in a way, Mateo has helped me heal just a bit!

~What are your favorite TV shows?

Supernatural, Castle and The Vampire Diaries. I’ve cut out so much TV in the last year I’ll have to watch all the shows I dumped on Netflix.

~Want to tell us about any projects you have in the works? Or any releases coming soon?

I’m actually writing a follow up to A Betting Man. I’ve also got The Littlest Assassin-Shifters as well as Lesson’s Learned in the works, and four more other books, some in the Assassin series and some off on their own. The Nik of Time Should be out soon. I’m going to be very busy this summer.

~Where can your readers find you on the web?

I have two facebook pages, a blog and a website.

https://www.facebook.com/authorsandrine.g.dion?ref=tn_tnmn

http://authorsandrinegasq-dion.blogspot.com/
http://www.sandrinegasqdion.com

~Is there any message you’d like to share with readers?

First off, thank you! If it wasn’t for all of you, I would not be where I am. So thank you, thank you, thank you!! Second, I look forward to bringing you many, many more books in the future!

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And that’s it, folks! A huge thank you to Sandrine and M.A. for visiting us today!

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