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Guest Post and Giveaway: Zombies Ahead by Z. Allora

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Greetings Pretty Ones of The Novel Approach!

I’ve recently re-written and added 20,000 words to Club Zombie 1: Zombies Ahead. It has a new cover by PL Nunn and I just HAD to do the official cover reveal here at The Novel Approach!

Just so you know my zombies are not rotting corpses searching for brains. NO! That’s prejudice encouraged by the movies and TV shows!!!! Z. Allora zombies are sexy men who at nineteen begin their transition, which means they require male essence (come) to survive. At twenty-three, their transition is complete if they’re found their mate awesome… if not they lose the ability to orgasm, but continue to need ingest ejaculate until they find their mate. Club Zombie is a safe haven for zombies to get what they need in creatively sexy ways (a room with bj shoe shine stations, bj alley, a BDSM room where chastity a way to hide their inability to orgasm, a glory hole room, etc). The patrons who go to Club Zombie have no idea why all these sexy men are so orally inclined or why so many of them forego reciprocation.

If you know anything about me… you know I yaoify everything… meaning I constantly put two (or more) guys together in sexy situations. So really it was only a matter of time for me to exchange a zombie’s craving for brains to a craving for male ejaculate… and each other.

Keep in mind I didn’t want to write a zombie story let alone a series, but Ally Blue and, oddly enough, my love encouraged me. Ally gave me a plot bunny that refused to be dismissed. (You’ll see the scene that started it all in book 3) Anyway, I complained to my husband about my deep desire NOT to write about the zombies. He watered the seed Ally planted by telling me the Center for Disease Control actually encourages emergency preparedness by telling people to prep for the zombie apocalypse. I explained that was just prejudice and nonsense! He asked if I’d find it amusing if one of the zombies hacked road signs:

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Sigh! I begin to outline Zombies Ahead that day. And yes, one of my zombies thinks it’s rather hysterical to hack road signs.

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clubzombiecovZombies Ahead Blurb: Zombies suck, but they’re not after brains! Forget mindless rotting corpses shuffling along. These zombies are young, hot, and looking for action. One day Kai Bauer is tending vineyards in Germany, the next he’s on a plane heading for… well, he doesn’t really know. Wait a minute! He’s a what? And they have to drink what to live forever? The transition begins on his nineteenth birthday. He must find a mate in four years or he’ll have a long, un-fun life.

That’s Jasper’s problem too. After decades, the ex-priest has given up on finding a mate. He’s willing to be Kai’s mentor and friend. Gorgeous, distant, and off-limits, meet young, virile, and gay.

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Author Links: E-mail || Facebook: ZAllora Allora || Twitter: @ZAllora || Pinterest: ZAllora Allora || Blog || Website

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THE GIVEAWAY

Z. Allora is offering the chance for THREE lucky readers to win an e-copy of Zombies Ahead!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Transgender* Romance Writers Blog Tour With Z. Allora

Trans_ blog hop badgeI want to thank The Novel Approach for letting us stop by on our Transgender* Romance Writers Blog Hop.

I know many readers in this community have never read a transgender* romance. Remember that dark time long ago when you didn’t read m/m romance? (Hugs. I know you’d rather forget about it.) The same way you fell in love with gay characters and now fight intolerance & promote equality, we want you to adore our transgender* characters. We want you to witness their strengths, their struggles, their flaws and root for their victories in love because in doing so, you’re going to understand a little bit more about their lives. And we hope you will fight transphobia just as hard as you fight homophobia.

Transgender romance has a unique energy and a different flavor than the traditional romances you’ve shied away from… To quote a reviewer referring to a transgender* romance: “This is unlike anything that I have read or reviewed before… I read MM romance exclusively, so if you are like me on that point, don’t let that put you off picking this up. There are no weak and whiny females in this book that need rescuing.” Prism Alliance Book Reviews By Caroline.

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Why did you write a trans* romance?

Ethan Stone>>> Simple question. It’s needed. There should be more trans* romance out there. Not just for trans* men and women but also so everyone can see people are people regardless.

Vicktor Alexander>>> Well, I’m transgender and when I first started reading M/M romance there wasn’t much trans* romance out there. There still isn’t. I can remember reading Hawk’s Landing by Carol Lynne and Static by L.A. Witt. Both books had me in such an emotional state because I could identify with the characters, but I knew we needed more books out there. Not just for other trans* people like myself but to help make it to where it wasn’t such an issue with non-trans* people. I wanted young trans* adults to feel represented when they started reading the genre in a way I didn’t at the time and a way I still don’t.

Theo Fenraven>>> I started this story a few years ago and put it aside. Looking at old pieces of writing one day, I came across it and decided it would make an interesting book.

Sara York>>> Ethan and I wanted to write a book together and though we discussed other ideas, we both had been thinking about writing a transgender character. Writing the unknown didn’t seem so scary since we were doing it together.

Kimberly Gardner>>> I didn’t sit down at my laptop one day and say, “Hmm, I haven’t written a trans* character yet so …” Nothing like that. All my stories originate with the characters and their journey, whatever that entail.

CorvusAlyse>>> I didn’t actually start out to write a story about a trans* relationship. My muse is a strange creature and sometimes wakes me up at night and strong-arms me to the computer. The Day-After readings can be, well, interesting. I don’t think I started out to write a trans* romance. I started out to write an epic tale that included a love story. I’m genderqueer/genderfluid, so there is very obvious transference happening.

Z. Allora>>> Three reasons: 1) The performers and the people I met in Bangkok deserve happily ever afters… even if it were only in a book. My hope is I did them justice. 2) People who are transgender* need characters to identity with… It’s burned into my mind the trans* kid at PFLAG who was thrilled that there were books about “people like him” with happy endings. How can I not add to genre? 3) I want people to understand what it means to be transgender*. Understanding is the first step to acceptance and passing that tolerance on to others.

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Illusions&DreamsBlurb – Illusions & Dreams by Z. Allora: Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true! Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism.

Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.

Available from the following e-tailers: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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Excerpt: Chapter One

A HIGH-PITCHED shriek of pure frustration hurt Randy’s ears.

“I know you dress up to play a girl on stage! But I dress as a woman because that’s who I am!”

The scream ripped through the nearly empty club. Service staff scattered, leaving Randy and Jake standing alone at the entrance to the empty Illusions & Dreams club.

Randy peeked farther into the hallway. The air conditioning cooled his face while the heat of Bangkok still heated his back. Jake glanced over at him with a questioning look. Maybe this wasn’t a first-rate idea.

Jake opened his mouth and shut it before any words came out. The red curtains covering one of the doorframes fluttered open.

A man dressed in a colorful skirt swirled around the bar area. His muscular chest was bare except for a coconut bikini top he was tying with a pink ribbon.

He froze when he saw them in the doorway and adjusted the two coconut halves into the proper location on his chest. “Oh, my.”

The guy in front of them appeared to be in his late twenties or early thirties. His age was difficult to tell. Like most Thai men they’d met thus far, he was quite attractive and ageless. His large brown eyes were made up and his silky black hair twisted up with flowers. He had to be part of the show.

He turned toward where the shouting had come from and frowned. Sighing, he pasted on a forced smile and seemed to pretend nothing was wrong. “Hello, my dears.”

Randy and Jake were early, but Randy hoped the guy would let them wait until the restaurant opened. He promised himself it was the last time he’d let Jake talk him into a cheaper fare. Changing planes once sucked, but three times over the last two days had left him dazed and confused.

After they’d finally landed in Bangkok, when Jake suggested a quick shower before heading straight to Illusions & Dreams for a show, he didn’t argue. He wasn’t in the mood to fight the traffic in a cab or climb the stairs to the Sky Train just to go back to their hotel to wait for the show, so he hoped the guy would have mercy on them.

Jake greeted the flowered man as they stepped fully into the cooled room. “Hey. Everything all right in here?”

The man appeared out of sorts. He glanced behind him at the curtain again, his false smile fading. He must have realized they’d heard at least part of the argument.

“So sorry you had to hear that.” He gave them a shrug and a sad smile. “Finding one’s soul mate is no guarantee of life and love being easy.”

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GiveawaysWe want to encourage your participation in this hop so please comment or ask us questions for a chance to win:

1 of 2 $20 Amazon gift cards
1 of 1 $20 online retailers B&N, ARE, or Amazon
1 of 1 $15 gift card
1 e-book copy of Groom of Convenience
1 e-book copy of Illusions & Dreams
1 e-book copy of Transgression

The winners will be picked after our last stop March 5th. We will notify you by e-mail.

Trans_ Romance Writer Blog Hop Dates

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, J.A. Rock, J.E. Birk, Jess Buffet, Keira Andrews, Liam Livings, Lisa Henry, Rhys Ford, RJ Scott, Sue Brown, Z. Allora, Z.A. Maxfield

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak PeekHappy Sunday, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the coming week. We’re starting off February in a great way, with more guest authors, great posts, outstanding giveaways, and, of course, more reviews to share with all of you.

Now here’s a look at what’s up in the week ahead.

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MondaySue Brown is first up, helping us kick off the week on the The Next Call blog tour

Liam Livings is also helping us start the week off right on the Escaping from Him blog tour

TuesdayRhys Ford’s Black Dog Blues blog tour makes us a stop today, and I hear there be dragons

WednesdayKeira Andrews joins us today on the A Clean Break blog tour

J.E. Birk is also with us to do a little release day celebrating of the new Dreamspinner Press novella Depending on You

Thursday RJ Scott drops in today for a visit on The Bucket List blog tour

Z. Allora also joins us today with a guest post and giveaway on the Transgender Romance blog tour

FridayJess Buffet makes TNA a stop on the Always Been You blog tour

The writing team of Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock also stop by on their Merchant of Death blog tour

Saturday – And finally, Z.A. Maxfield closes out the week on the Deep Desire blog tour

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That does it for this week, folks. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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4 Stars, Erotica, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Lisa, Rocky Ridge Books, Z. Allora

Review: Happy Holidays by Z. Allora

Title: Happy Holidays (The Dark Angels: Book Four)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 125 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: What do erotic sex toys and Hanukkah have to do with each other?

Absolutely nothing unless you’re a member of the famous rock band The Dark Angels and the shy but kinky Robin gives gifts that guarantee to spice up the holidays!

Each couple makes the most of these unique gifts blending love and orgasmic fun to REALLY celebrate the holidays.

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Review: The holiday season is about family and friends, about building traditions and then sharing them with the people we love. For The Dark Angels boys, it’s also about having fun and sex and about having fun having sex. The eight days of Hanukkah means not only learning about why the holiday is celebrated in the Jewish faith but also gives Robin and Josh the chance to make the other guys’ observance of the Festival of Lights a bit more lighthearted, and without a doubt, a lot hotter.

As with the previous three books in this series, Z. Allora tempers the erotic elements with deeper issues about life, love and family. Dare is facing some doubts and asking some internal questions about his relationship with Angel, where it stands and how sturdy the foundation is upon which he’s planning a life with the man.

Guardian angel and patriarch of this band of brothers, Uncle Leo, and his prodigal son Sean, also figure into the storyline. Jack is another of the lost sheep Uncle Leo has shepherded, helping Jack find his way back to sobriety after years of drug addiction. The prodigal and the found sons have underlying issues that are brought to the fore in this installment of the series, issues which, of course, includes a heaping dose of sexual tension between them, and I hope means Jack and Sean will get their own book somewhere along the way. Or, if not, at least a deeper story treatment in another couple’s book.

All of the couples are visited briefly in this short novel, each given their own private moments to steam up our e-readers as virtual voyeurs. One of the storylines I’m looking forward to, that of Dusty’s and Justin’s brothers, Zack and Andrew, was again teased at in Happy Holidays, but only just enough to promise that when Z. Allora gets around to them, it’s going to be angsty and sexual tension will run high.

This series explores sexuality, challenges labels, and is a fast and flirty and, as always, erotic treat to get lost in for awhile. If you’re looking for a way to spice up the season, The Dark Angels deliver Happy Holidays with a lot of smiles, a few laughs, and a couple of tugs at the heartstrings just for good measure.








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Review: Finally Fallen by Z. Allora

Title: Finally Fallen (The Dark Angels: Book Three)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 267 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: What’s the use of being a rock legend if you have no one to share the fame and fortune with? Not that Dusty Davis is looking. He’s content taking care of himself, his bandmates, and his rambunctious younger brothers. Continue reading

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Review: Tied Together by Z. Allora

Title: Tied Together (The Dark Angels: Book Two)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 257 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Josh has loved Robin since the day they met, although he never dared to follow his heart. After the two are kicked out of their house, a night of despair turns into a night of discovery, forever changing them both. One taste of his dream leaves Josh hungry for more, but Robin’s fear of abandonment forces him to pull back, denying them both. Continue reading

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Happy Holidays by Z. Allora

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Title: Happy Holidays
Series: The Dark Angels
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Category: Holiday Romance/Erotica
Cover Artist: PL Nunn

Blurb: What do erotic sex toys and Hanukkah have to do with each other? Continue reading

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

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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

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

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Official Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Finally Fallen by Z. Allora

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Title: Finally Fallen
Series: The Dark Angels
Author: Z.Allora
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Publication Date: Dec. 8, 2014
Word Count: 81,000
Cover Artist: PL Nunn

Blurb: What’s the use of being a rock legend if you have no one to share the fame and fortune with? Not that Dusty Davis is looking. He’s content taking care of himself, his bandmates, and his rambunctious younger brothers. Continue reading

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Official Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Tied Together by Z. Allora

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Title: Tied Together
Series: The Dark Angels
Author: Z.Allora
Cover Artist: PL Nunn
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance Light BDSM
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Publication Date: Nov. 26, 2014
Word Count: 82,000

Blurb: Josh has loved Robin since the day they met, although he never dared to follow his heart. After the two are kicked out of their house, a night of despair turns into a night of discovery, forever changing them both. One taste of his dream leaves Josh hungry for more, but Robin’s fear of abandonment forces him to pull back, denying them both. Continue reading

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Review: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One) by Z. Allora

Title: With Wings (The Dark Angels: Book One)

Author: Z. Allora

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Pages/Word Count: 251 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: The lights go down and stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination. Continue reading

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Excerpt and Giveaway: “With Wings” by Z. Allora

darkanglescoverlogo copyTitle: With Wings
Series:The Dark Angels #1
Author: Z. Allora
Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books
Publication Date: Sept 5, 2014
Word Count: 79,000

Blurb: The lights go down and stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination. Continue reading

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Z. Allora Brings An Asian Flair To The GayRomLit Countdown, With A Giveaway Of “Made in China: The Great Wall”!

Ni Hao Ma, my Pretties? My name is Z. Allora. I LOVED the GRL last year and can’t wait until this year. The only description that fits the GRL is it is like returning to one’s tribe. No one asks you why you read or write gay romance. The question is, when is your next book coming out, or have you read this book? The acceptance from this fabulous community gave me an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy I’d never felt. I look forward to meeting everyone but because October’s still a ways off, here’s a little about me.

Last year, I moved back to the USA from living six years in China. My husband’s work brings us all over the world and I follow my soulmate to the ends of the earth… quite literally at times. I’ve traveled to twenty-nine countries, lived in four of them, moved thirteen times in twenty-three years and some months I live out of a suitcase. But that’s fine with me because it allows me the opportunity to write. I love sharing the gorgeous men who run around in my head flashing me wicked bouts of sex along with their angst and yearning desire. I write in a more Yaoi-style because sometimes when life is kicking your butt you deserve a bit of sweet sexy braincandy to let you relax. But my real intention is to promote love, equality and romance for all.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

How to reach me:
Z.Allora@yahoo.com
Facebook: Z.Allora Allora (thank you China for freezing Z. Allora when you censored Facebook off the Internet in Chinese)
http://zallora.blogspot.com
http://zallorabooks.com

There’s no gay in China so what’s the drummer of Made in China supposed to do about loving his male best friend when his family thinks he’s engaged to the girl next door?

Jun “Styx” Wong’s heart and mind battle to determine his destiny. His mind tells him to be a good Chinese son and marry the girl his parents chose, but his heart longs for his best friend, Jin, and life with their new band. “Jun” means honesty, but he’s not even honest with himself. A quest to eradicate his feelings for Jin nearly ends his life. Styx’s near death serves as a wake-up call for Jin, whose blond hair–legacy of his German father–marks him as different. Jin harbors secrets of his own. His experiences prepare him to take the drastic measures needed to help Jun overcome the walls surrounding them.

Because there is no gay in China…

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