5 Stars, Caitlin Ricci, Cari Z., Dreamspinner Press, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Angel

Review: Worth the Wait by Caitlin Ricci and Cari Z

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Title: Worth the Wait (Sleigh Ride: Advent Calendar 2015)

Author: Caitlin Ricci and Cari Z

PublisherDreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 32 Pages

At a GlanceWorth the Wait is a sweet coming together story for the holidays.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: When Tate promises his niece Addie he’ll get a book signed by her favorite author, he never expects to end up in a line four blocks long with sleet coming down around him. It’s three days until Christmas and he’s cold and miserable, but Addie will be devastated if he gives up.

A cute guy who offers him an umbrella is just the encouragement Tate needs to stick it out, especially when Brandon brings him something hot to drink. But the signing ends before Tate can get to the front of the line, and Tate is sure he’s ruined Christmas for his niece. Luckily Brandon gets him in to see the author, who happens to be his mother.

A simple thank you isn’t enough for Tate, and neither he nor Brandon wants to end things there. For two men unused to such an instant mutual attraction, the Christmas season just got a little more merry.

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Review:  I’ve read Cari Z before and loved the stories, but Caitlin Ricci was a new-to-me author. I’ll be looking into more of Ricci’s work now too, because I absolutely enjoyed this gentle coming together story.

I think I have said before that I love holiday stories, and Worth the Wait is no exception. I will be adding this one to my permanent re-read holiday list. The writing on this was seamless, and I couldn’t tell where the authors had switched off, if they had done so. Fantastic job on a short story and not one word wasted.

Tate seems like a loving and cool uncle to his niece, and I loved the way he and Brandon hit it off. Brandon reading to Addie melted my heart. I also really liked the fact that they had this attraction between them, but there was no insta-love or jumping right into bed. It wasn’t rushed, just some sweet kisses, coffee and dinner—two guys figuring out a way to be together for one another, and for the holidays, without the introduction of immediate sex. In fact, I’d let my teenage daughter read this one with no qualms whatsoever.

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Review: Where There’s Fire by Cari Z.

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Title: Where There’s Fire (Panopolis: Book Two)

Author: Cari Z.

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 119 pages

At a Glance: Cari Z delivers another excellent, action packed adventure from Panopolis!

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Making a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he’s spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they’re also giving me migraines.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. My skills are improving every day, and Raul—aka the Mad Bombardier—and I have never been happier. That is, until my first solo job is interrupted by a mysterious woman who tells me that Raul has been kidnapped by a ruthless new Villain. The only way to free him is to do a job for Maggot, a man with scary ideas and an even scarier superpower.
I can’t go to the cops or a Hero for help. Odds are they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. If I fail, Raul will be killed. If I succeed, we’ll both be bound to a man who’ll stop at nothing to put Panopolis on the path to civil war.
It looks like the only way to win is to take out the competition.

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Review: Cari Z. delivers another excellent, action packed adventure from Panopolis! I will never look at Heroes and Villains the same way again, and neither will you. This is a most excellent thing, indeed.

When I saw this title go up as one of our choices, I jumped on it. I could not get enough of the first book in the series, and though it was only a little over a month ago that I read Where There’s Smoke, it felt like forever. It was so well done, I hadn’t forgotten a thing about the plot, and Fire picks up shortly after where Smoke ended. It is still the gritty, realistic fantasy that packs a well-placed punch to the gut when all is revealed in this installment.

Cari Z., Panopolis, Raul, and Edward do not disappoint. Like the first story, I couldn’t put this one down when I began reading, and I was ecstatic with the outcome even as I was saddened by it ending. I can’t wait for more of this verse by the author.

The storyline moves the characters along at a fast pace, but you are right there with them as the action happens. I found myself cheering Edward on as he struggled to find his place and rescue Raul. I hissed at the big, bad Villain each time he appeared, and fell for the newest characters introduced in this book.

Don’t get me wrong; I am still totally in love with Raul and Edward and their story, but I think I just might change my stance on Freight Train. I really didn’t like him in the first novel, but Cari Z. made me care just a bit about this Hero, even though I am a strict Villain-type woman. I want his story!

So much happens in such a short time, and I won’t spoil you here, but not one word was wasted. The economy made me savor the story, even though it seemed to just speed on by, and I craved more when it ended. I love that the author has turned this genre on its nose, and gives nothing but the best in continuity, character development and story in this book. If you haven’t read the first one, I highly recommend you do because while you are given the backstory in Fire, the experience is richer for having read Smoke first.

I am so on my toes to find out just what is happening in Panopolis, wondering who exactly SuperTruther is, waiting for Freight Train’s tale, and how Edward and Raul are going to survive this next stage of their lives that it just leaves me breathless with anticipation.

All I can say is read it and enjoy! Thank you, again, Cari Z., for such a fantastic and engaging tale in your excellently crafted world!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Where There’s Fire Blog Tour with Cari Z.

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Welcome to author Cari Z. and Riptide Publishing’s blog tour for Cari’s new book Where There’s Fire. Check out the great guest post we have for you, and then be sure to leave a comment right here to enter in the giveaway.

The winner of the Where There’s Fire blog tour will work with Cari to name a character in the next Panopolis novella! Comment on this blog tour to enter in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 18. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Please leave your email in your comment so we can contact you if you win!

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I set the world of Panopolis up to be one of grandeur, with larger-than-life Heroes and Villains doing battle in the name of Good versus Evil, tempered by the fact that nothing is ever that clear cut. It’s fun to write the kind of narcissism and self-righteousness that leads a person to believe they’re always perfect and right, but it’s nothing more than a jumping off point for the characters that populate this story. I’ve delved into the dark and complicated world of Villains, and I’m pleased with what I was able to bring into the light.

But Panopolis is more than just its Villains. What about the mayor, who’s welcomed new businesses with open arms and an offer of Hero representation and product branding, regardless of whether the Hero wants it or not? What about the shadowy presence of SuperTruther, who seems to know so much about what’s going on behind the scenes? What about the Heroes themselves, covered with fame and glory but never allowed to be anything but Heroic, even when they feel like crawling under a rock to hide for a while?

In Where There’s Smoke, I introduced a Hero named Craig, aka Freight Train, who radiates a force field that doesn’t let much through. He’s the ultimate tough guy: powerful, untouchable and a comforting shield against villainy for the people of Panopolis. He’s also sort of a dork, awkward and gullible and far from perfect, who can’t be touched. Literally, he has no human contact with anyone, and by Where There’s Fire that trait is wearing for him. What would he do for the chance to touch someone again? How far, or perhaps how low, would he go?

Well, I’m not sure yet. But I’m working on it. Stay tuned for more in the Panopolis universe, my fair readers, and I hope you enjoy Where There’s Fire in all its heroic and villainous fun.

PS, I hope you noticed the prize for this blog tour, because if you win you get to help me name a character.

~Cari Z.

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WhereTheresFire_600x900Blurb: Making a name for myself as a Villain in Panopolis is hard work. Six months ago, my boyfriend broke me out of jail. Now he’s spending most of his time defending our turf against other Villains he accidentally freed along with me. And my new psychic powers are not only impossible to control, but they’re also giving me migraines.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. My skills are improving every day, and Raul—aka the Mad Bombardier—and I have never been happier. That is, until my first solo job is interrupted by a mysterious woman who tells me that Raul has been kidnapped by a ruthless new Villain. The only way to free him is to do a job for Maggot, a man with scary ideas and an even scarier superpower.

I can’t go to the cops or a Hero for help. Odds are they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. If I fail, Raul will be killed. If I succeed, we’ll both be bound to a man who’ll stop at nothing to put Panopolis on the path to civil war.

It looks like the only way to win is to take out the competition.

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About the Author: Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.

Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.

Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.

Connect with Cari: Website | Blog | Twitter

Cari is Riptide’s author of the month! Read her interview on Riptide’s website

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to see who we have store for you in the week ahead. I hope you’ll stop back by to visit with our guest authors and take the opportunity to enter in some of the great giveaways we have in store. And, of course, we’ll have lots more reviews to share with you.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Kicking off our week this week, we’ll be bringing you authors L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov on their blog tour for On the Clock, the next installment in their Market Garden series

We’ll also have author A.E. Via with us today as she stops by on her Don’t Judge blog tour

Tuesday – Today marks the next of our guest visits on the GayRomLit Countdown Celebration, as we welcome author Cody Kennedy

Wednesday – Author J. Scott Coatsworth drops by today on the tour for his new novella Between the Lines

We’ll also welcome author Ingela Bohm on her Not Safe for Work blog tour

Thursday – Making a stop today is author Cari Z., on her Where There’s Fire blog tour, the sequel to Where There’s Smoke

Friday – Closing out our week for us, we’ll welcome author Perie Wolford on his Sam Dorsey and Gay Popcorn audiobook tour

We’ll also have a special Flashback Friday event for you today, when author J.C. Lillis stops by with an excerpt and giveaway of a book I fell in love with all the way back in November of 2012. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart is being released in print format, and we’ll be helping J.C. celebrate

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Review: Where There’s Smoke by Cari Z.

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Title: Where There’s Smoke

Author: Cari Z

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 88 Pages

At a Glance: Where There’s Smoke is The Incredibles on steroids, and I totally mean that as a compliment.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.

But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over heels in love with Raul.

Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn’t without its downsides, though. I’ve had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won’t take no for an answer, and a lover I’m not sure I can trust. It’s getting to the point where I know I’ll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.

Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.

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Review: Where There’s Smoke is a novella, but it is a fully complete story, and I wanted more. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel that’s coming out later this year. I think the author said it best in her forward dedication:

“For everyone who has always preferred the villain. I feel you, people.”

Yes, indeed! This is for all those who fell for Bucky Barnes (Captain America and the Winter Soldier), Brigadier General Francis X Hummel, as well as John Patrick Mason (The Rock), Gru (Despicable Me) and just to date myself, Darth Vader, from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Where There’s Smoke is an action/adventure tale with corruption, politics, heroes, villains, and romance, and I loved it. I normally don’t like the first person POV, but it works here. It works so well here, in fact, that you almost forget you’re being told a story. Cari Z throws you right into her world with some telling, but it’s mostly showing, which is explosive. Once I started this novella, I couldn’t put it down.

Edward is a wonderfully normal guy who puts himself in a new city to find his excitement, and find it he does. I could feel his wonder about the city of Panopolis, and how the fantasy didn’t quite live up to the expectation. Then, he meets a “villain”, and in one sense of the word The Mad Bombardier is the bad guys. But…I loved him, just as I did all those other villains previously mentioned. Raul, the life he led, the one that made him our villain, makes you wonder about how your own children will turn out, and if you are doing the right things with them. Or, at least it did me. This is just the beginning of their story, and it was a grand slam right out of the park.

The heroes, some mentioned only by name, made me want to know their stories, too. Freight Train, our “hero” of this story, seemed to have that same aspect—the fully justified arrogance about being a hero, with a bit of “Aww shucks, just doing my job” thrown in for good measure. This is what makes them our supposedly beloved heroes, and despite the fact, he made my skin crawl. Some of the other villains are over-the-top creepy, and it made me wonder about the speculation that, for all intents and purposes, it seems the city made both the heroes and the villains. Even the exposé writer SuperTruther is a viable presence, and I so wonder who it is.

I loved the world building Cari Z has done for this verse. The city of Panopolis is recognizable as both a regular city and one from a popular superhero series, be it Gotham or Metropolis. It has that adult, gritty and realistic feel to it. I’d say it was The Incredibles on steroids and totally mean that as a compliment. I am a first time reader of this author, but I will definitely be going back for more of her work. Thanks for a wonderful tale, Cari Z, I’m looking forward to reading more!

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Review: Rules to Live By – An Anthology From Riptide Publishing

Title: Rules to Live By

Author: Heidi Belleau, Anah Crow, Dianne Fox, Lisa Henry, Anna Zabo, and Cari Z.

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

At a Glance: Four very different tales of BDSM, each one well-crafted, with unique characters.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Four intimate tales of power exchange, discipline, risks taken, and pleasures earned.

A list of rules to live by.

In Cari Z’s House Rules, jealousy leads Jonathan to break the rules his lover has established. He can’t decide which he enjoys more: his punishment, or the reward afterward. Good thing he gets both.

A lesson in humility.

In The Harder They Fall by Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry, spoiled college boy Tad hires a prostitute, but “Daddy” couldn’t care less about what Tad wants. Instead, he’s going to give his spoiled little boy exactly what he deserves.

A cage that means freedom.

In Master Key by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox, Marquis offers Navin the key to the most intimate of locks, hoping it will help them to prioritize their relationship. And it does—until work and insecurities threaten to drive them apart again.

A spool of rope and a desire to be bound.

In CTRL Me by Anna Zabo, a night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove-box—and not the type for securing luggage.

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Review: This short anthology features four short stories featuring different couples experimenting with or engaging in BDSM. Seeing as there are only four stories, I decided to review each one on its own to give credit where credit is due.

In “Master Key,” Anah Crow and Dianne Fox have crafted a story about an interracial couple beginning to test the waters of BDSM. Marquis has had the desire to experiment before, but he’s never mentioned this to Navin. Navin, meanwhile, is growing frustrated because it seems that he is constantly being pushed aside in favor of work. And it’s true, because Marquis forgets a lot. I mean, his memory is worse than mine. Marquis thinks he finds a solution involving his secret desires, but as always, things don’t go as planned.

I enjoyed the dynamics between Marquis and Navin. They both come from different backgrounds, but they’re comfortable—for the most part—in who they are. More interesting is how they balance power. In his day job Marquis is important and responsible for a lot. He has a lot of power it seems, and he’s always working. He pretty much takes workaholic to another level. He’s just that dedicated. But he craves more, wanting to experience things as a submissive. Navin, on the other hand, has very little power in his family business. He’s pretty much described as his mother’s purse at the start of the story, and I felt for him. His older brother screws up a lot, and makes life difficult for Navin. But while he seems to be a pushover, once Marquis gives him the power, a Dominant side comes out that both men love.

This switch was great. It gave both characters depth, and I cheered for them the entire time. They have their bumps in the road, but what relationship doesn’t?

The second story is “House Rules” by Cari Z, which features two Hollywood stars: one an actor, the other a screenwriter. Shorter by far than the first story, this focuses on Jon at home the night of the Oscars, watching his partner, Alistair, on the red carpet. The description in the blurb makes it sound pretty lighthearted, but it has a lot of depth for such a short story. Jon not only has difficulty being in the spotlight, but a crazy lifestyle when he was younger has left him with HIV. Alistair helps ground him by setting rules for him to go by whenever he’s away from home, filming or doing publicity. After he’s been away for too long, Jon starts to neglect the rules and his health starts to suffer as a result. When Alistair comes home, he has to deal with Jon’s jealousy and the after effects.

This really tugged at my heart. Alistair is a strong, calm Dom who clearly cares for his partner and wants what is best for him. And Jon might be whiny at times, but he grows over the course of the story when he realizes Alistair really does want the best. Even though it did have its serious moments, I laughed hard when Jon received his first smack and he yelled “Jesus Christ!” and Alistair’s simple response was, “The Lord isn’t considered a unit of measurement, Jonathan. Try again.” Brilliant. I think for the next few days every time I utter that phrase, I’ll be thinking of that line.

Next up is “The Harder They Fall,” co-written by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau. This one may not be for everyone. To be honest, throughout I was torn between loving it and being so bothered by it that I didn’t want to love it. But I guess that’s good writing, right?

This one follows Tad, a rich, spoiled brat, as he returns to a brothel in order to get some release. He’s gone before, and in his last visit he got Conor, the newest guy there, and treated him terribly. Seems he has a thing for being in control and abusing people. This time he decides he wants the oldest man there so he can further exert his power and abuse. What he gets might be the oldest man there, but he’s in for a surprise. Instead of being in control, this man, who insists Tad call him Daddy, is in complete control, and Tad is torn between going with it, and leaving. He fights at first, but then he decides to see what happens. He struggles the entire time they’re together and doesn’t just fall for the man, but the ending had a pleasant twist that I didn’t see coming.

Tad is pretty much the stereotypical spoiled rich boy. He hasn’t a care in the world, knows his absent parents will bail him out and do whatever he wants just to save face, and so he lacks all control even though he thinks he has it all. Daddy is pretty straightforward for the most part. He’s a Dom, he treats Tad like a little boy (and girl, sometimes, which disturbed me a bit), and expects his commands followed. The push and pull of their meeting was what kept me reading, because I wanted to know what followed. Even though Tad was a complete jerk to Conor, I did feel for him. Sure he has money, but as he points out later in the story, once everyone—friends included—have their money, they leave because that’s all they expect from him. So, though he’s terrible and has no empathy whatsoever, he was still a mildly sympathetic character. I would actually like to read a full story between them to watch Tad’s progress.

Finally, last but not least, “CTRL Me” by Anna Zabo. Tom and Gabe work together coding and share a cubicle. After a breakup with his girlfriend, bisexual Tom is asked out for a drink by Gabe, who he’s had a crush on since he moved to Pennsylvania. In Gabe’s car, he finds rope. Of course, Tom is a sub, and this immediately turns him on, but Gabe isn’t gay. And this isn’t a date. Or is it? Turns out it is, and not only is Gabe also bisexual, but he’s a Dom, and he’s wanted Tom for just as long.

Gabe and Tom click really well together. Their time out—and in—just felt natural, and I didn’t really think I was reading a first date between them. There was a lot of chemistry between them. Gabe has a thing for shibari—rope work—and Tom is eager to participate. He loves being tied up. The two just complement each other really well. Both are strong in their roles, and both enjoy and dislike the same things when it comes to BDSM. I would have loved if the story continued on to the party on Saturday where Gabe is going to demonstrate rope work on Tom. Heck, I’d like to read beyond that to see how they deal with dating at work, pushing each other to the next level, and so on.

As a whole, this anthology is fantastic. It really has something for everyone, and because the stories are fairly short, you might be able to try something new. All of the authors crafted fantastic stories with characters I cared about.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rules to Live By With Cari Z.

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The Novel Approach welcomes Cari Z. and Riptide Publishing on the Rules to Live By anthology blog tour. Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $15 credit at Riptide Publishing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 22. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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Cari Z.: When I wrote the first draft of House Rules last year, it was during the awards show season…pretty much right now, basically. It’s that glorious time of year when beautiful and talented people dress up in ridiculous, amazing clothes and give themselves more specific adulation. These shows are one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t even own a television, but the Oscars always find a way into my life.

The Oscars are fun in part because they’re the stuff of pure fantasy for me. I could never imagine myself on a red carpet—I’d be the person who wears a suit you can move in and sensible shoes and hightails it down the red carpet before anyone has a chance to ask me anything. I get secondhand embarrassment just watching the interviews sometimes, and that sort of feeling was the genesis of House Rules.

Jonathan Jones is a guy who could be at the Oscars—he’s nominated for an award for Best Original Screenplay. He also loathes the show with a passion and refuses to go, even though his partner Alistair, who’s nominated for Best Actor, is there being charming and delightful. Jonathan has to watch the show even though he hates it, just to see what happens. I tried to put myself in his shoes, thinking about watching someone I love on the cusp of achieving one of the greatest accomplishments in his industry, me feeling lip-bitingly, nail-chewingly nervous, and when the winner is finally announced…

Well, you have to read it to find out! *cue evil laugh, Oscar selfie with Meryl Streep, breaking the internet*

~Cari Z.

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RulesToLiveBy_400x600Blurb: Rules to Live By – a BDSM Anthology featuring stories from Heidi Belleau, Anah Crow, Dianne Fox, Lisa Henry, Cari Z, and Anna Zabo

Four intimate tales of power exchange, discipline, risks taken, and pleasures earned.

A list of rules to live by.

In Cari Z’s House Rules, jealousy leads Jonathan to break the rules his lover has established. He can’t decide which he enjoys more: his punishment, or the reward afterward. Good thing he gets both.

A lesson in humility.

In The Harder They Fall by Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry, spoiled college boy Tad hires a prostitute, but “Daddy” couldn’t care less about what Tad wants. Instead, he’s going to give his spoiled little boy exactly what he deserves.

A cage that means freedom.

In Master Key by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox, Marquis offers Navin the key to the most intimate of locks, hoping it will help them to prioritize their relationship. And it does—until work and insecurities threaten to drive them apart again.

A spool of rope and a desire to be bound.

In CTRL Me by Anna Zabo, a night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove box—and not the type for securing luggage.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks for coming by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s shaped up to be another busy one–loads of guest authors, blog tours, giveaways just for you, and, of course, books. It wouldn’t be a week if we didn’t talk about books. 

Now, here’s what’s on tap.

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Monday – Author Felice Stevens is going to kick off our week for us on her blog tour for Memories of the Heart

We’ll also have Hayden Thorne joining us today to talk about her new book Sheridan Diggins and the Dead Horde

Tuesday – We’re helping Jaime Reese celebrate the release of the newest addition to the Men of Halfway House series, A Restored Man

We’ll also be helping to reveal the cover for Lou Sylvre’s A Shot of J&B, the next generation in the Vasquez and James series

Guest columnist and author Brita Addams also joins us today with her monthly article

Wednesday – Today we’ll be hosting author Con Riley on the True Brit blog tour

And joining her as our guest will be Sean Michael on the Love Matters tour

ThursdayJay Northcote drops in on the Passing Through blog tour

Jessie G. will also be with us today on The Protector blog tour

FridayMia Kerick is stopping by today on the Here Without You blog tour

We’ll also welcome Riptide Publishing and Cari Z., a contributing author in the Rules to Live By anthology

Saturday – Finally, to close out this busy week, we’ll have author Lillian Francis on the Theory Unproven blog tour

Louise Lyons also joins on the In Darkest Peru blog tour

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Small Gems – In All Your Ways by Cari Z.

Lucifer was cast out of Heaven for the sins of pride, jealousy, and avarice, and those who fought alongside him, against the Archangel Michael and the heavenly hosts, fell with him to Earth to live among the temptations of human want, or to the Underworld to exist for all eternity amongst the hellfire and brimstone as punishment for their sin of acting in selfishness rather than exalting God and acting through His divine grace. But angels are capable of transgressing in other ways too, if loving another and placing him before God in your heart can be considered a mortal sin.

In Cari Z’s In All Your Ways, the angel Renat is cast from Heaven for the sin of loving Emiel and placing him above both God and His Earthbound children. The profession of that love and the hope that Emiel would fall with Renat is shattered when Emiel chooses God above all else and Renat falls, to become the demon Renat, winning a place at Morning Star’s left hand and shepherding the souls over which God and Lucifer battle, ensuring the damned are tormented accordingly for their sins.

This free short story is a beautiful and romantic depiction of love overcoming and overwhelming all, in an act that one sees as an outrageous sacrifice while the other sees it as a righteous gift. It is a story of patience and the sharing of a grace that has nothing and everything to do with divinity and the yearning to give everything of yourself to the one you have claimed as your own. It’s a story of God’s benevolence and Lucifer’s timely remembrance of a similar love he’d once known, and is a journey of falling and loving, with the hope and the promise that a life lived honoring that gift is enough to win a soul’s ultimate reward.

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