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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Destined Prey Blog Tour with Bailey Bradford

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Bailey Bradford today on the tour for her new novel Destined Prey. This novel was written to benefit a special young man, whom you’ll meet below. Enjoy Bailey’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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And now, here are Bailey and Peyton Hollingsworth.

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Peyton is a funny, loving, 11-year old boy who loves playing outside, riding go-carts, and Batman. In April, we found out he had cancer. Peyton has asthma, and often had to have nebulizer treatments, so when he was having trouble breathing, his doctor thought it was asthma. But nothing worked to ease his breathing, and the doctor sent Peyton to the hospital for a suspected collapsed lung.

From one day to the next, it went from us thinking he had a severe bout of asthma to finding out that he had a tumor pressing his lung up until it was almost completely obscured, and he couldn’t get much, if any, air into it.

Peyton was sent to St. Jude’s and diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. The mass was attached to one rib, and was spreading. He has undergone radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy, several transfusions and MRI’s, numerous tests and received numerous shots. It’s been a rough, rough time for the Hollingsworth family, and we are hoping to help them out.

While St. Jude’s doesn’t charge for treatment, the Hollingsworth family has accumulated medical bills from Peyton’s doctor and hospitalization before he was sent to St. Jude’s. Cherri, his mother, has been unable to work during this time, and the financial constraints are something they could really use help overcoming.

We are currently awaiting another MRI to be scheduled and done to see if all the cancer has been eradicated. We are hopeful and have faith that Peyton will be in remission and the cancer will not have spread or reoccur.

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Yep, you guessed it! We were in the hospital in isolation right up till the day of Halloween, but he was still a trooper and St.Jude is awesome at making Halloween a big event for all the kids. All the nurses and doctors dress up and decorate every floor of the hospital in different themes. Solid Tumor which is our floor did Mario Cart and Peyton went as Sub Zero. Pictured with Pdog is Sommer, one of our favorite nurses.

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Q&A With Bailey

Q: Bailey, is there a character in your books that you can’t stand? (Antagonist for example) And what makes them someone you don’t like?

A: I have a list of them. Most of the characters I can’t stand are hateful, greedy, and have delusions of grandeur.

Q: Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?

A: I can’t speak for anyone else; people will think what that will. I can say that there are many wonderful people in this genre, readers, authors, publishers, beta readers, editors, publicity people, and more. I have never met such a great group of people. I focus on that, rather than anything negative.

Q: Is there message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?

A: Most of my stories contain a redemption theme, that’s a big one for me. In this one, it’s not about redemption, however, it’s about healing, and finding your strength.

Q: How has your writing evolved since your first book?

A: Oh, goodness, it’s evolved in many ways. I like to think it’s improved :D

Q: One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.

A: Again, I have a list, lol. I’m a picky eater, and I don’t eat beef, chicken, pork…I’ll eat fish, sometimes. But I will never, ever eat wasabi again. Ick. Give me the hottest hot sauce available and okay. Wasabi? No.

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Destined PreyBlurb – Destined Prey: All Jack Tucker wanted was to come home for a little while and try to figure out where his life had gone wrong. Moving from Wyoming to New York hadn’t turned out the way he’d thought it would, and a bad breakup leaves him bruised in more than just the emotional sense.

He doesn’t expect to be glad he’s back on the Double T Ranch with his brother, Rhett, and he sure doesn’t expect to find the place crawling with coywolves, wolves, and coyotes. There seems to be some kind of animal-warfare going on, and he and Rhett are caught in the middle of it.

Coywolves—the hybrid of wolves and coyotes, hated by both, and more predatory than either. Add in the fact that all the battling species are shifters, and there’s bound to be trouble.

Ben Akers is part of his brother’s pack. The only coywolf shifters in existence, they find themselves under constant attack from wolf and coyote packs determined to make the Akers pack extinct. But coywolves don’t die out so easy, and when Ben’s life takes a surprising turn in the form of one sexy human named Jack Tucker, they’re both in for surprises, danger, and, if Destiny rules, an abiding love that most people—and shifters—only dream of.

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Excerpt: Jack Tucker watched his brother retrieve the rifle from the gun cabinet in the office. “Um. Rhett? What’re you doing?”

Rhett didn’t even glance back at him as he loaded the gun. “What does it look like I’m doing? You been living in the city so long you forgot how a Wyoming rancher lives?” Then he did look over his shoulder at Jack, and Jack kind of wished he hadn’t.

He hated seeing that judgment in his brother’s eyes, and knowing he’d never be good enough for Rhett, never be the man his brother was. “No,” Jack mumbled, “I didn’t forget.”

Rhett sighed and turned until he faced Jack. “Look, that was uncalled for. I’m… I’m sorry, okay?”

Jack was so startled by the apology that he gulped and couldn’t think of a word to say.

Rhett grimaced. “Yeah. Well, okay. Gotta check on some tracks Eddie said he found leading from his property to ours. I’ll be back in a few hours.” He left, striding from the room without seeming to hesitate.

Jack groaned and closed his eyes. Of course Rhett didn’t hesitate—he never had. Rhett always knew what to do, and how to do it, and who he was, and that he was right… Except, he apologized to me, and it screwed my head right up.

“Worse than it already is,” he muttered. Jack couldn’t stop himself from touching his left side, where his bruised ribs throbbed as the pain meds wore off. He was lucky, very lucky, that Rhett hadn’t pushed him on the accident that had sent Jack running home from New York, and possibly into the unemployment line. His boss hadn’t been happy with Jack taking off, even with a medical note as an excuse. Jack hadn’t told Rhett much about any of that. As far as Rhett knew, Jack had fallen down some icy steps, and that was all he was going to ever know about the incident.

Jack replayed his brother’s apology in his head and somehow it mingled in with Alex’s. Cold fear trickled down Jack’s spine and his gut cramped hard enough to make him worry about the dinner he’d just eaten.

After several minutes of trying to calm himself down, Jack stood and left. He’d wanted to sit and talk with Rhett about finances and try to decide if he should offer to let Rhett buy him out. Jack wasn’t made to be a rancher. He wasn’t made to be a New Yorker, either.

Jack didn’t know what he was supposed to do in life, and at the age of twenty-seven, he kind of thought he should have an inkling.

His cell phone was ringing when he stepped into his bedroom. Without looking, he knew it was Alex calling. “Who else would it be?” he huffed. It wasn’t like he had any friends left.

Rather than check to see how many times Alex had called and how many texts he’d sent, Jack turned the phone off, then stuck it in the nightstand. He eased himself onto the bed, then took a couple of prescription pain meds and washed them down with the rest of the water he’d brought in earlier.

The glass was old and familiar, and he felt a pang of regret as he looked it over after he set it down. Green glass, nothing special about it, yet he remembered so much as he stared.

He could see his mom in the kitchen, fixing a pitcher of tea, talking to him, and listening as he told her about his day at school or the chores he’d had to do around the ranch. She’d always been so kind and understanding, Jack had to believe she’d have been okay with him being gay. He’d spent many afternoons in the kitchen, helping her prepare meals or just basking in her presence. Losing her had almost broken him.

For a few more minutes, he let his mind go back to happy childhood days. His dad wasn’t in nearly as many of those good memories, but Chauncey Tucker hadn’t been a bad man. His dad had been more like Rhett—stoic, focused on the ranch and less on the people around him.

Jack ran one finger around the rim of the glass. He was surprised, really, that there were any of the old things left.

The sound of gunshot startled him so badly he jerked and nearly sent the glass flying.

“Shit!” He winced as he pushed it back, then stood as quickly as he could manage.

Another shot rang out, then a third, and fear quickly overtook every other sensation he’d felt until then.

Rhett had always been an ace shot. If he’d had to use three bullets, then there was something bad outside—a bear or a whole pack of wolves.

Jack didn’t like guns, but he went and got one from the gun cabinet anyway. He loaded it as he walked to the front door, and hoped like hell Rhett wasn’t hurt.

As soon as he stepped outside, the fine hairs at his nape seemed to stand up and vibrate, like some kind of primitive survival instinct warning alert system. Jack froze, his back to the door as his heart slammed hard against his ribs.

Another shot sounded, and it jolted Jack into action. “Rhett! Rhett!” He rushed down the steps and toward the direction the shots had come from. “Rhett! Are you okay?”

When Rhett didn’t immediately answer, Jack ran, careless with the gun, aware of that but unable to make himself do anything other than find his brother as soon as possible.

“Rhett!” He stumbled over something on the ground and almost fell before he managed to flail enough to keep himself upright.

Pain tore down his injured side, but he ignored it as he called out for his brother yet again. He cursed himself for not thinking to grab a flashlight. The sky was overcast and there was no moonlight to assist him in his search, and once he was past the barns there was no light coming from the house or other structures, either.

Jack realized that the cattle in the closest field were making enough noise to drown out his voice or Rhett’s, making it impossible for them to hear each other.

The sounds of the gunshots must have scared the cattle. Jack worried about a stampede, but he’d never seen any of the critters take out a fence, so he dismissed the idea.

“Rhett!” His throat burned as he hollered again.

Lightning streaked across the sky, blinding Jack for a moment, then thunder followed and he couldn’t contain his startled yelp as his ears rang from the sound.

Or his shriek when six pairs of glowing yellow eyes appeared between him and the fence line.

“Shit!” Jack skidded to a halt and hoped he could steady his hands, and force himself to do what he had to do.

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Author BioAbout the Author: A few things about me…

I am a married mom of four who spends most of the day writing, either on stories or at the blog. I love to write as much as I love to read. I am generally quiet and laid back, choosing to let things slide off me rather than stick and irritate me.

And it’s really hard trying to think of descriptives for myself, so I’ll just let y’all e-mail me or comment at the blog if there’s something specific you’d like to know, and spare you from reading a boring bio.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow book addicts, and welcome back to a look at what we have coming up for you in the week ahead at The Novel Approach–lots of guests, giveaways, and reviews–so, pretty much some good fun. :)

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off a great week, it’s going to be an RJ kind of day. First we’ll be bringing author RJ Scott to you on the blog tour for her new book Love’s Design

Then, we’ll have author RJ Jones stopping by on the tour for her latest release, Indigo Road

Tuesday – We have a busy day planned for you today, starting with author N.R. Walker and the Red Dirt Christmas blog tour

Next up is author Wade Kelly, who’s stopping by to chat about her new novel No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys

And finally, author Nicholas Kinsley joins us with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway of his new novel Driven

Wednesday – Today we’ll be bringing you a little holiday joy, when author A.V. Sanders stops by to celebrate the release of her new book Wet, Hot, Australian Christmas

We’ll also have author Kenzie Cade popping in to tell us all about her new book Reindeer Games

Thursday – The day kicks off with author Charlie Cochet on the tour for the latest novella in her North Pole City Tales, Loving Blitz

We’ll also have author Rhys Ford with us today to give you the latest rundown on news, books and events to look forward to in 2016

Friday – Closing out the week, we’ll be joined by author Bailey Bradford on the tour for her new novel, Destined Prey

We’ll also have author Phetra K. Novak with us on the Finding Home blog tour

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

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3 Stars, Bailey Bradford, Paranormal Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Retrograde by Bailey Bradford

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TitleRetrograde (Southwestern Shifters: Book Eleven)

Author:  Bailey Bradford

Publisher:  Pride Publishing

Page/Word Count:  242 Pages

At a Glance:  I found myself skimming through some of the pages of Retrograde, and just couldn’t get into it for most of the story.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Letting go of the past to embrace the future…

Things are changing for Marcus and Nathan, in more ways than one. Nathan is still trying to deal with the action he took in order to save Marcus’ life. It isn’t easy to do, and sometimes he fears he’ll give in to all the doubts and fears plaguing him.

What they need is some time alone, without guards shadowing their every move, no one to interrupt. Because soon, they’ll be busier than ever.

A short vacation before the annual gathering of Alpha Anaxes at the compound, that’s what they decide to do. But their vacation isn’t so private when they discover a wild pack of young shifters barely surviving.

Changes are coming.

A strange young shifter with abilities neither Marcus nor Nathan have ever seen before. Alpha Anaxes and attitudes. An intruder in their midst. And with the help of Shania, the pack doctor, the most important event of Marcus and Nathan’s shared life is about to happen.

Changes are coming, and they’re coming fast.

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Review:  When I first found the Southwestern Shifters series (not that long ago), I read all eleven books back to back. I couldn’t get enough and was looking so forward to this one, but was somewhat disappointed. I love Marcus and Nathan, but as I was reading, I actually kept hoping for a little less of them. Retrograde isn’t my favorite book in this series. Actually, it’s probably my least favorite.

Things seemed so repetitive in this story, with a lot of details included from the previous book, and I found myself skimming through some of the pages and had a hard time getting into it.  Once we meet Asher and the other younger shifters, though, it got more interesting. But, then I found myself wishing they had been more of the focus instead of Marcus and Nathan.

Now, let me say that I enjoy sex in the books I read, and I have no issues, the majority of the time, if there is an abundance of sex, but as good as Bailey Bradford is at writing those scenes (each was awesome), there was a lot of Marcus and Nathan going at it. It was hot but there were just so many and I found myself wanting to skip them.

With it being close to the end of the series, there were some loose ends being tied up to set things up for what is coming in the final book, which I’m anxiously awaiting, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

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4 Stars, Bailey Bradford, Paranormal Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Angel

Release Day Review: Sunshine Is Overrated by Bailey Bradford

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Title: Sunshine is Overrated (The Vamp for Me Series #3)

Author: Bailey Bradford

PublisherPride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 112 Pages

At a GlanceAn excellent addition to a fun and sweet series.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Life with vamps is never easy.

Abernathy Meyers is already mated to a vamp, Zebulon. It’s just too bad that Zebulon doesn’t give a darn about him. Abbie’s stuck with the man for eternity—or until they die. Some days, Abbie thinks that can’t happen soon enough. He’s tired of being treated badly, yet he doesn’t really want to make his earthly exit yet.

Because he’s longed for another man—another vampire—for years. Forbidden love—is anything more compelling, or more heart-breaking?

There’s a twisted past, a hidden story linking Abbie, Zebulon and the coven leader, Claude.

Claude lives with a fear of turning to dust at any moment. It isn’t reasonable, but he can’t shake it. He’s let his own fears impede his potential happiness, and instead he puts the needs of his coven first, ignoring his own. But if he’s deliberately blind to one particular human’s needs because that human is a mate to another vampire, then is Claude truly leading to the best of his ability?

It’s a tough question for him to answer and soon, he’ll have to make a choice that will affect him and Abbie, forever.

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Review:  Bailey Bradford is a comfort author for me. I love reading her always happy, everyone is gay, and sometimes silly stories. The Vamp for Me series is classic Bradford, and I have loved seeing it evolve. I feel a bit guilty jumping on one particular author’s books when they come up for review on the site, and I try to give others a chance to try them first, but it’s like a guilty pleasure compulsion I can’t resist.

Sunshine Is Overrated is Abernathy Meyer’s and Claude’s story, and the blurb tells you everything you need to know without spoiling it for the reader. I was thoroughly intrigued by Abernathy from the beginning book, My Life Without Garlic, when he warned the protagonist about being mated to a vampire. I read and enjoyed the sequel, despite there being very little to do with Abernathy. Still, I waited, albeit a bit impatiently, for Abernathy’s tale, and finally it arrived. Can I just say I love being able to review books like this before they are out to the public and opinions and spoilers hit the internet?

Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. I loved Abernathy and Claude’s story when I finally was able to get my greedy little hands on it. Oh, the pining and the drama! I live for Bradford’s version of it because it’s fun, and sometimes you just need that in a story. Not real fond of the nicknames used, but meh, it’s a minor thing for me, and it adds realism, I think, because almost everyone has a nickname they use with a loved one, whether they want to admit to it or not. And, Bradford’s vampires are real, to an extent, in this verse—not undead nightmare savages, but also they aren’t overly brooding, sparkling antiheroes either. Just regular ‘people’ who happen to need to drink blood to survive.

The backstory of these two men is riddled with longing, desire and miscommunication, and like typical men, these vampires know how to mess up a relationship good. Bradford is known for her happy endings, and I love how she winds up a tale. In Sunshine Is Overrated, she takes the typical tropes of men in romance and adds her own supernatural flair to them. I have mentioned before that Bradford twists the normal genre staples for her verses, and I really enjoyed that. She also has real consequences for her characters that normally aren’t hand-waved or brushed off to get their happily-ever-after, and I adore her all the more for this particular brand of writing.

Sunshine Is Overrated also expands the world Bradford has created by introducing other supernatural creatures to this verse. Vampires and their mates are a given in Bradford’s world, but demons, and zombies are added in this tale, both with Bradford’s individual spin on each. This book is a complete tale, with an explosive conclusion, and I highly recommend you read the other two books before starting this one just to get the full-on experience of the series. Bradford also leaves an opening for herself to continue this series, and I hope there will be more to come.

Thank you for sharing another sweet and fun tale!

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3.5 Stars, Bailey Bradford, Paranormal Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Karen

Review: A Subtle Breeze by Bailey Bradford

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Title:  A Subtle Breeze

Author:  Bailey Bradford

Publisher:  Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count:  94 Pages

At a Glance: For me, there just wasn’t a whole lot that stood out one way or the other in this book.

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Ezekiel Matthers and Brendon Shanahan are about to find out that sometimes all it takes is a subtle breeze to shift the winds of fate.

Ezekiel Matthers is a reclusive man, forcing himself into the exile of his ranch after a violent assault left him wounded. While the scars on the outside have faded, the damage inside is much harder to conquer. Zeke resigns himself to a solitary existence, aside from his sister Enessa and, of course, his mama’s occasional visits.

Brendon Shanahan has a very meddling cousin, Gloria, who is best buds with Enessa Matthers. When the two women convince Brendon that he should hook-up with the reclusive Zeke, a plan is hatched that sets a series of events into motion – with potentially deadly consequences.

Can Ezekiel conquer his fears and accept what Brendon is offering? Or will Brendon walk away, giving up on the love he has waited for? And will the visits from Zeke’s mama – deceased for four years now – help the two men find their way to each other?

Only time will tell, and that may be the one thing the lovers don’t have, because someone is out to destroy everything Zeke and Brendon hold dear – and this time, the bad guy just might succeed.

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Review:  Alright…so, this book wasn’t great for me. It was good, it was alright, I was entertained, and now, this is me struggling a little with the review because for me, there just wasn’t a whole lot that stood out one way or the other in this book. I finished it and was just kind of like, “Eh, okay, it was alright.”

If you don’t like the whole insta-love thing (that doesn’t really bother me much, so no issue there for me), then this book will definitely not be for you.  There is a lot of sex, like from two-and-a-half minutes after they meet, through the rest of the book…again not really an issue for me. Sometimes that’s exactly what I am looking for, and the sex was good.  The issue was that I don’t think we got enough background on the characters, especially Brendon, so I never really felt like I got to know him.

There were also a couple of things that came up that we don’t get answers for – like Zeke’s sister. She’s married to the preacher and is crazy. Okay, that works for me, but then her harassing the other sister her whole life, to the point she had to leave town…but harassing her about what? Was this to just point out that the sister has always been crazy and evil? It just left me confused.  And then there is the spirit, I thought it was done well, it isn’t crazy and over the top, but I guess I just expected that to be a bigger part of the story than it was.

With all that said, will I continue reading the series? I’ll probably give the second book a shot and see if it does a little more for me, but, unfortunately, I am just not as excited about it as I was before going into A Subtle Breeze.

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4.5 Stars, Bailey Bradford, Paranormal Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Angel

Release Day Review: Don’t Stake My Life on It by Bailey Bradford

Title: Don’t Stake My Life on It (Vamp for Me: Book Two)

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 113 Pages

At a Glance: A sweet and funny follow-up to My Life Without Garlic.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Stakes, kilts and holy water—Andrew Meyer is in for the time of his life!

Radney’s tired of being the coven oddball. He had his reasons for being the way he was, and he let those reasons rule his life for centuries. Another mistake—almost harming a human he’d been sent to keep an eye on—has sent Radney on a mission of self-improvement. He’s going to conquer his issues and be the best damned vamp ever!

Maybe.

Andrew Meyers has the term paper from hell to write. It needs to be original and intriguing. What could be more so than people with a vampire fetish?

But when that fetish turns out to be one he has, for a very sexy, kilt-wearing, neurotic vampire, the tables are turned. Andrew isn’t prepared to find out that vampires are real, but he learns it anyway. With help from his twin brother, Erin, he just might be able to find a happy ending—or an ecstatic beginning—for him and his hot as hell red-headed vamp. If he’s careful, and patient, he might even find the vamp for him.

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Review: This sequel, which takes place at the same time as Bradford’s novel My Life Without Garlic, is a sweet and funny addition to the Vamp for Me series. I enjoyed this tale, but was slightly disappointed that Bradford chose Radney to continue the series instead of one of the other vampires who had been more involved in the last book.

Stake begins with Claude, the coven leader, confronting Radney about his actions in the previous book, and reprimanding him. It is said that Radney is a bigot and not quite the brightest bulb in the bunch, and I think that rather does the vampire, who is supposed to be centuries old, an injustice. He is a bit immature and uncouth, but I wouldn’t say he is stupid. Radney changes greatly over the course of the book, especially after he meets Andrew, and it’s all for the better.

Andrew is a studious young man who, along with his hyper-sexual twin, Erin, manages to discover the common theme of this series: a vampire dating website and that vampires are real. Add in vampire hunters, some school boy humor and a bit of danger, and you have one entertaining and fun story.

I remember Radney from the first book, and while his story is cute and fun, his backstory isn’t. The book has touched on some issues about abuse and learning to let go, which are dealt with delicately in spite of the humor throughout this novel. Bradford also continues the quirkiness of twisting the vampire mythos with reality to an interesting degree, and I really like her take on the genre.

I am looking forward to more of her verse, hopefully with many more tales, especially Claude and Abernathy’s story. Thank you, Ms. Bradford, for an enjoyable read!

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4.5 Stars, Bailey Bradford, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel, Totally Bound

Review: My Life Without Garlic by Bailey Bradford

Title: My Life Without Garlic

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 134 Pages

At a Glance: A funny and cute take on the vampire mythos.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Some things in life just might be worth giving up garlic for.

It was simple curiosity that led Augustin to the vampire dating site—he thought it must be a joke started up by a bunch of weirdos. Man, was he right—but it just so happens that those weirdos really are vampires, and when one shows up at his place, Augustin’s world is turned upside down.

First he’s got a psychotic vampire to deal with. Then he’s got one who is much more fun hanging around.

Except now that Augustin knows that vampires exist, he can’t be left alive. Or can he? When an alternative is offered up, Augustin doesn’t care for it, either. After all, he doesn’t want to be whisked off to some disgusting vampire den.

Tony’s the vampire next in line to lead the coven. He wants to be a fair man, and that means arguing against killing Augustin. If he’s also attracted to the sarcastic, adorable man, where’s the harm in that?

The attraction between Augustin and Tony is undeniable, but deny it is what they both try to do. Someone is going to have to bend or break.

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Review: Bailey Bradford is an author I have read and enjoyed before, and the blurb for My Life Without Garlic just spoke to me. I am always looking for new takes on the paranormal genre, and this was a fun one. My Life Without Garlic is cute, funny, and an insta-love story that I really enjoyed. There was snark and bad vampire puns and jokes, some even told by the vampires themselves, which made this short story all the more enjoyable as the characters poked fun at both the genre and themselves.

I liked how Bradford used some of the vampire tropes: the allergy to sun, sleeping in a coffin (ventilated ’cause you’d suffocate otherwise LOL!), and turning into bats. She also had the vampires laugh off some of the other well known things that were offensive, such as garlic and holy water. Though, Augustin’s idea of this might have just been a bit skewed since he ‘blessed’ the water himself. It is often said belief is the strongest defense against such things, and it was fun to see the vampire he tried to use this against find it humorous. It made the vampires seem all the more ‘human’ to see that living eternally wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, but there were some good things.

I would have liked more on Bradford’s version of vampires, especially in one instance where Augustin is speaking with another vampire’s companion, and he warns him to make certain he is fully prepared to be happy with his mate, Tony. I liked Augustin’s moxie, even if it was defensive, and he did eventually admit his feelings for Tony. I also enjoyed the fact that Augustin wasn’t the perfect male form. He’s overweight and sensitive about it, but the thing I liked most was that Tony didn’t care one bit about that. Tony defended Augustin against a fellow vampire many times, often to the other character’s misfortune.

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Review: Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots by Bailey Bradford

Title: Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 208 Pages

At a Glance: I loved Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots and can’t wait to see what’s next from Ms. Bradford.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Colby thought he’d never let anyone close again after being betrayed by everyone he loved, but one closeted, stubborn oilfield worker with a penchant for dressing like a cowboy seems determined to out himself and win Colby’s heart. It’s as if Hunter Talamentez walked right out of Colby’s fantasies and into the convenience store where Colby works.

But Hunter is closeted, and he’s never considered changing that. He’s got his homophobic cousin with him, a family that he knows won’t support him if they know the truth about who he is and a job where being out could get him hurt. He resigned himself to spending his life alone until he gets to know Colby. Then he embarks on a journey with Colby that will change their lives if only they both find the strength to take a few chances.

Nothing comes easily, and learning to give from the heart when that heart has been shattered twice before might be more than Colby is capable of. He isn’t sure about having more than a fling with Hunter, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the man, either. What was meant to be one night together turns into more, and Colby loses his ability to keep Hunter at the safe distance he’d wanted.

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Review: Bailey Bradford is a go-to author for me when I need a good shifter story. I love her writing style, and her imagination is a thing of beauty. It turns out that she is pretty damned amazing when it comes to writing contemporary romance as well.

Colby has lived a lonely life since coming out to his family. Not only was he thrown away like yesterday’s garbage, but he can count his friends on one hand. Living a solitary life has never bothered Colby in the past, but recently he’s been thinking that there has to be more to life than what he is living right now.

Enter Hunter Talamentez. Hunter is an oilfield worker with a religious mother who would never accept his homosexuality. With those two strikes against him, he believes he is destined to have only furtive hookups and no chance of a real relationship. When he and his homophobic cousin stop at the local convenience store, he meets Colby. Even though he knows it isn’t a good idea, he just can’t walk away. Hunter and Colby begin a “friends-with-benefits” arrangement that quickly becomes more for the both of them. Over the course of their courtship, they both learn some long overdue lessons and realize what is most important.

Colby has more love and support in his small town than he ever realized, and Hunter also finds out he may have more support than he believed. The two men definitely have some hurdles to overcome to get to a HEA, but they are dedicated to getting there, and the trip was fantastic.

Getting through their story was rough at times, but I loved Colby’s strength. Hunter may have been bigger and stronger, but Colby was definitely the backbone of their relationship. Hunter fed off Colby’s strength and in the end, it gave him the fortitude to live his life as he wanted to, and that made them even stronger as a couple.

I loved Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots and can’t wait to see what’s next from Ms. Bradford. I will be reading it for sure.






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Guest Post and Totally Bound Giveaway: The Run With the Moon Blog Tour with Bailey Bradford

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Hi there! I’m Bailey Bradford and I’m here to chat about something new I’ve got starting up at Totallybound.com! It’s called Valen’s Pack, which is a gay erotic romance, a post-apocalyptic shifter series, and the first book is titled Run With the Moon.

Valen’s Pack: Run With the Moon brings Valen to life, and in it, he has some challenges to face. The first is being required to leave his pack and find a place to start up his own. There can’t be two mature alphas in a pack, it just isn’t done. Too much fighting. Even so, Valen doesn’t want to leave, and he wishes he hadn’t been born an alpha.

What he finds when he leaves his pack lands surprises him. He’s never seen a human before—they managed to almost wipe themselves out entirely. When he runs into a man trying to steal his pack, Valen gets up close and personal with the sexy Aaron as soon as Aaron will allow it.

Aaron’s got his own set of problems. He doesn’t fit in with the human village he was raised in, and he’s not sure just why. It isn’t until he meets one stunning alpha male that he learns all about the differences between him and the other people he knows, and just why he’ll never be able to live up to his parents’ expectations.

Being alone in the world is a scary thing, and sometimes, we’re alone even when we’re around other people. Aaron knows that. He’s lived it. It’s something I can identify with, and I wanted to bring it out in a story.

There is loss, and pain, and very hot loving in Run With the Moon. Loss is a tricky thing to write about. It’s such a personal experience for each individual, and what may touch one might not work at all for another.

Thinking about a post-apocalyptic world, I had to wonder, what would it really be like? Can you imagine not having any electricity? No phones or TV’s, no radios or computers? Nothing but the bare bones of a civilization to build up from? If there was even time to build. Surviving would require a lot of available time, and nowadays, how many people would know how to make it if everything modern was gone in the blink of an eye?

This was a fun story to write, and I was eager to get onto the second one, which is already turned in. I’d love to be able to just write out the whole series, but I’ve got lots of things going on. The next Leopard’s Spots book, for instance, and a tenth and final Love in XXchange book. There’s a standalone, Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots, that’s coming out soon and I can’t tell you how much I love that story. But, I love all of them. The characters stay with me, and the ideas for more stories keep coming. That’s why I have so many series going. It’s really hard for me to let go :D

I hope y’all will give Valen’s Pack a chance, and come play with the wolves!

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runwiththemoon_800Blurb for Run with the Moon:

This is book one in the Valen’s Pack series, see the full series listing here

Two species that have always kept themselves separated are about to collide and create a new world.

Humanity almost managed to do itself in. Ravaged by wars and plagues, the human population on earth has been bordering on extinction, although pockets of people have been forging on over the past few hundred years. It’s a hard life, and one Aaron Olsen fears he doesn’t fit into. As a son of a village leader, there are pressures on him he can’t manage, and things he keeps hidden, desires he doesn’t know how to express that keep him up many nights as he worries over them.

Valen is an alpha, born with the crescent moon mark on his chest. It means he’ll have to leave the pack he was born and raised in. It is the way of the wolf, and the only way to prevent it is to fight his father. Valen has no intention of doing such a dishonorable thing. He leaves as he’s supposed to, only to find himself the victim of thievery. When he hunts down the party responsible for stealing his belongings, Valen finds himself attracted to the human Aaron Olsen.

Now, if they can only survive their own pride and insecurities, and an attack that threatens everything they love, they just might have a chance at happiness in Valen’s Pack.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.

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Author BioAbout Bailey Bradford: A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn’t happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey’s brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey’s office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey’s presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for another sneak peek at what we have in store for you in the week ahead–great guests, awesome giveaways, and lots more reviews.

As always, many thanks for stopping by!

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MondayLane Hayes kicks off our week on The Wrong Man blog tour

Also joining us today is author Bailey Bradford on the Run With the Moon blog tour

Tuesday – In the first of two awesome cover reveals this week, and the first of two Jordans, we have Jordan L. Hawk here today unveiling the cover for Hoarfrost, book six in the Whyborne & Griffin series

Heidi Cullinan also joins us on The Devil Will Do blog tour

WednesdayIn our second cover reveal this week, we welcome Jordan Castillo Price and the unveiling of Life Is Awesome, the third and final book in the Mnevermind trilogy

We’ll also welcome Alex Beecroft today on the Trowchester blog tour

And to cap off a great day, we’ll also have Carole Cummings and Andrea Speed joining us with a Paranormal installment in DSPP’s “Genre Talk”

Thursday Pat Henshaw  drops by today on the What’s in a Name blog tour

Friday – Today we host Riptide Publishing’s Bluewater Bay Anthology blog tour

Saturday – And to close out our week, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive interview with author Charlie Cochet on the Rise & Fall blog tour

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We’re looking so forward to sharing all of this great stuff with you. Until next time, happy reading!

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Review: Off Course by Bailey Bradford

Title: Off Course (Coyote’s Call: Book One)

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

At a Glance: Some serious info dumping, but a great start to a new series

Blurb: Gideon’s worst night ever starts out with a bang that will change his whole life.

Gideon Wells has been cast out of his bear shifter clan for being a curse, and he’s inclined to believe they’re right. After all, everything from fertility rates to shifting abilities have gone down the tube since he was born. Then when his car catches fire and mutant scorpions—he thinks they’re mutants, anyway—almost get him, he’s more certain than ever that he’s bad news.

Not that he’s just going to roll over and die.

Ignoring a prophecy might not be wise, but coyote shifter Miller Hudson has seen and heard too many false prophecies to put any faith in the one proclaiming him to be the alpha and, along with a mystery bear mate, the saviour of the now-defunct coyote den he grew up in. Besides, there’s no need for the den to be brought back together. None of them can shift, so what’s the point?

Then the buzzards circling overhead on the far edge of his property lead him to the very last thing he ever expected to find.

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Review: Gideon Wells is having a very, very bad day. Not only has he been cast out, but his car blew up, and he was attacked by scorpions. Definitely not his best day by far. Lucky for him his day really could only get better from there, right?

When Gideon runs out of steam, he is rescued by Miller Hudson. Miller isn’t the stereotypical Alpha-type, but he is most definitely powerful. When Gideon begins to recover, he and Miller discover that the cause of Gideon’s being cast out is also affecting the local coyote pack. After doing some research, they find out that maybe Miller discovering Gideon in his time of need may have been more fate than chance.

Not only do Miller and Gideon find themselves solely responsible for saving Miller’s coyote pack, but they have the small problem of a homophobic local police officer who won’t rest until he takes care of all the gay men in town.

As is usual in the first book of a series, there is some serious info dumping going on, but I feel Bailey Bradford did a great job of filling us in on all the pertinent information, added in the right amount of heat and humor to balance the story, as well as set us up for the next books in the series. I have always enjoyed reading Ms. Bradford’s work and this is no exception. There are some racy scenes in the book that might push some people’s envelope, but overall I think this is a great start to a new series and I would highly recommend it.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: Unexpected Moments by Bailey Bradford

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Hello there. My name is Bailey Bradford. I write gay erotic romances, and I’d like to borrow you for a few minutes. Will you do me a favor and read these paragraphs below and check for typos?

Boy, that’s asking for it! It’s a good thing I’m just joking about the typo search. Although, I’m sure some will get by me. They always do despite my best intentions. Continue reading

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A Man Acts Out His Fantasies In Bailey Bradford’s “Unexpected Places”

Title: Unexpected Places

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 28 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Love finds you in the most unexpected places.

Carter Hausemann loves his adventures in the great outdoors. He never feels as free and happy as he does when he’s hiking up a mountain or over a desert trail. After a childhood spent locked indoors, he craves the sunlight on his face and the blanket of moonlight.
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Bailey Bradford Celebrates The Launch Of Totally Bound’s New Imprint With A Giveaway


WHP_Bailey Bradford_Social Media_finalTotally Bound has a brand new Imprint out, What’s his Passion? and I am thrilled to be a part of it! My contribution is Unexpected Places, a story featuring Carter Hausemann, a man who is passionate about hiking.

To celebrate the launch of What’s his Passion? Totally Bound are giving away a bundle of prizes. Enter HERE for your chance to win:
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week



Halloo, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! We’ve got more great guests, lots of great giveaways, and reviews coming up in the week ahead, so here’s a wee peek at what we’ve got on tap.

MondayLibby Drew kicks off the week on the Secrets of Neverwood Blog Tour

TuesdayBailey Bradford is our guest today on the Unexpected Places Blog Tour

WednesdayJena Wade stops in on the Technically Waiting Blog Tour

A.M. Sexton (aka Marie Sexton) is also with us to talk a little bit about her new book Release

ThursdayRhys Ford is dropping by on the Tequila Mockingbird Blog Tour, with a little Hair of the Dog

FridayBrandon Witt joins us on the Countdown to GRL Celebration Blog Tour

SaturdayRain Carrington comes back for a visit on the Penny’s Lane Blog Tour

SundayClare London is here on the “No Angel” Blog Tour

And that wraps things up nicely. Until next week, happy reading!

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