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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Velvet by Xavier Axelson

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Blurb: When an irresistible discovery unravels the forbidden secrets of a man’s heart, he finds the very fabric of his existence threatened.

In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.

Publisher: Seventh Window
Sub-Genres: Historical Romance, BDSM (light)
Length: 138 Pages
Buy Links: Amazon US | Seventh Window | All Romance eBooks

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Author Bio: Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. Xavier’s work has been featured in various erotic and horror anthologies. Longer written works include “The Incident”, “Velvet,” and “Lily.” Xavier covers Fringe Culture for the Los Angeles Examiner.

Author Contact Links: Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Songs of the Earth Blog Tour With Lexi Ander

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Pieces of the Past

I love world building because it feeds the geek in me. Taking a point of interest and researching all the hows and whys makes me a very happy girl. Sometimes it’s equal parts fun and frustrating, especially when looking into ancient history. The internet is great but the validity of the data can be questionable. Even so, some real gems can be found, especially if I get my hands on archeological data—lists of what was found at grave sites or in buried forgotten cities. Statues and earthenware, descriptions of motifs on vases and bowls, the layout of temples—all of it stirs my imagination and give me tidbits of details to add to my stories.

It is from these that I have drawn seem aspects of Sumeria’s Sons such as the use of copper, lapis lazuli, and the color red worn when mourning. There were some things that couldn’t be transferred over, such as clothing. Everyone wore wraps or robes with bare calves, sometime without sandals. This is a detail that someone couldn’t get away with in modern times without drawing attention and turning a few heads.

Being a prince, I wanted Tristan to have formal wear that set him apart and sorta screamed, “I’m your king!” and yet still be able to blend in with human society if needed. The clothing of ancient Sumeria wouldn’t do, so I looked around and pulled inspiration from other places. What tickled my fancy was the formal wedding dress from Pakistan and India. Absolutely gorgeous. I used the design as a basis for creating formal clothing that Tristan would eventually need.

Even though there are hints of the Lycan’s origins doesn’t mean everything has a Sumerian flare. I think the guys look best in their Levi button flies, broken in cowboy boots, and Stetson hats but around them pieces of that past are there to remind them of their origins. It’s no different than my great grandmother’s carnival glass sitting in my china cabinet or the wall sconces that came from my husband’s grandparent’s home. What has been handed down in your family?

Bonus: Just recently there was an article in Newsweek Tech & Science that featured four songs that were taken from ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets. The songs are being sung in a language 3000 years gone and is quite beautiful to listen to.

Thank you for stopping by and reading! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. ^_^

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PrintBook Title: Songs of the Earth
Series: Sumeria’s Son #2
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 49.000 words
Genre : Paranormal, Fantasy , Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 7 , 2015
Cover artist: LeBurden Design

Blurb: Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies—and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.

And then the worst comes to kill them…

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Lexi Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Through the Last Door by J.A. Jaken

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author J.A. Jaken on the Through the Last Door blog tour. Enjoy JA’s guest post, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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World-building

My favorite part of writing a fantasy story is world-building. Figuring out the world’s history, its geography, its physical and political laws, its economics, its religion, its science. Is it going to have magic in it? If so, how is it going to work? Who will be able to use it? What is the government like? The military? What kinds of cities and villages are there? What does their architecture and general layout look like? What are the people of this fictional universe like? Their language? Are there any limitations on what can or should be done within this world?

Writing Through the Last Door was no different. Before I ever sat down to start plotting out the story, I had to have a world to start writing in. The very first thing I did was pick up a pencil and start sketching out a map. I needed to have some idea physically of what the country of Kazure was going to look like. That was going to be a major plot point, after all: I knew from the start that Kaori wasn’t going to be the type of monarch to sit at home and wait for things to happen around him. He was going to go out into the world and make things happen. He was going to investigate, he was going to explore. It followed logically that he was going to need a world to go exploring in.

I initially came up with the idea to make him a High Lord instead of a king, and to put a collection of lesser lords underneath him, to create conflict within the story. Especially for a young, newly inaugurated ruler who had a serious lack of confidence in his ability to rule, that seemed like a good way to highlight different parts of his personality by giving him opportunities both to doubt himself and shine as a leader as he interacted with the various lords who served under him.

I didn’t want to focus too strongly on magic in this story, to the point where it would save the day at every opportunity, but it was definitely a major part of this particular universe. I decided to make the magic more elemental in nature, and its practitioners would tend to focus on one or two aspects of it in their mastery of the Art: life magic, earth magic, fire magic, water magic, etc. Then there were more complex combinations: for example, the field of nature magic is a combination of both earth magic and life magic, and tends to be a more specialized area of study. I had detailed rules mapped out for how the magic worked and what types of things it could accomplish, even though we see relatively little of it in this story. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the sequel if I decide to write it, because of a certain character who is currently residing with Kaori at the end of this current story.

I think my favorite part of the world-building process was coming up with the history and politics of the eight lands of Kazure. Each of the eight Council lords has their own history, as do the individual lands they preside over. I didn’t get to include near as much of their story in this current book as I would have liked to, which is what makes me want to write a sequel at some point. This first book was more about Kaori coming into his own and learning that he really can be the ruler that Kazure needs and also be the man he needs to be to remain true to himself. It’s largely about his inner journey, as much as there are huge, world-changing events going on outside of him. A sequel would give me more of an opportunity to focus on a lot of those world-building details that didn’t get a chance to surface in this current book.

Now it’s just a matter of sitting down to write it. ^_^

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TLD CoverAbout Through the Last Door:
Publisher: White Owl Publishing (December 16, 2014)
Book Length: 378 pages
Genre: Gay, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian, Adventure

Blurb: When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?

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JA Jaken ImageAbout the Author: J.A. Jaken has been writing m/m fiction for more than ten years. She got her start in the profession writing slash fanfiction, where she has published numerous stories under the pen-name Rushlight. Over the years she has written short stories and novels in genres ranging from science fiction/fantasy to gothic horror to modern detective mysteries. Outside of writing, her interests include studying foreign languages, riding horses, practicing martial arts, and collecting medieval weaponry.

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Gregory Jonathan Scott, Self-Published

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Take to the Sky by Gregory Jonathan Scott

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The Novel Approach is happy to welcome author Gregory Jonathan Scott today. Have a look at the excerpt from his new book, Take to the Sky, then check out the great giveaway you can enter via Rafflecopter! Continue reading

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4 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Susan Mac Nicol

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Love You Senseless by Susan Mac Nicol

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Title: Love You Senseless

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 160 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: THE MEN OF LONDON
From Soho to Norwich, there’s no escaping love.

A TASTE OF FOREVER
An award-winning chef with his own restaurant and an inexhaustible passion, Gideon Kent once had everything. Then came tragedy. It stole more than Gideon’s home. He hasn’t cooked since. Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Dingo Run Blog Tour With Jack Byrne

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Have you experienced bullying and how did you cope?

Hello, and thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I appreciate it!

I was a cute, slightly built child growing up in Australia.  Seriously, you have to ask?

The short answer to that is that when I was younger, I fought back.  I fought hard and sometimes I got bloody and beaten, and other times the other person quit fighting so I left them alone.  The only thing I can say is I never started a fight.  I’ve stepped in on way too many battles that weren’t mine and gotten a range of responses from ‘thank you’ to ‘go fuck yourself.’ Continue reading

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Jamie Lake, Self-Published

Guest Post and Giveaway: Bad Boy: Naughty at Night by Jamie Lake

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If You Could Pay To Be With Someone, Would You?

We fantasize about movie stars, athletes even our neighbors. We don’t do anything with them because maybe they’re unavailable or we don’t deem ourselves worthy but there was a price, and you could pay it to be with them for one evening, would you? There’s a part of us that say “no”. We’d want that person to want to be with us, not for the money we’d pay them but because they desire us. That’s one of the dilemmas my protagonist, Peter encounters when he decides to dabble into the dark side and become an erotic masseuse. Continue reading

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Character Interview and Giveaway: Meant for Him by DH Starr

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Between the Sheets: Interview with Andrew and Peter

Bella: Welcome to Interviews Between the Sheets. I’m Bella Rotundo, the host. I’ve got two hot beefcakes with me tonight. Andrew Jamieson and Peter Somers. Aren’t they lovely? (Audience applauds. There are some catcalls and whistles as well). Priceless! These two hot studs have joined us to talk about their remarkable journey together. Their story is told in the book Meant For Him by DH Starr. Welcome to the show. I hope you’ve been treated well since you’ve arrived.

Andrew: Yes ma’am. Everyone’s been really sweet.

Peter: The make-up artist was a bit too sweet with Andrew. I never realized applying make-up included a body massage. Continue reading

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Sara York, Self-Published

Guest Post and Giveaway: After the End by Sara York

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Sometimes life gets too tough and you want to give up. Last week I participated in my first ever CrossFit completion. It was freaking tough. Not only was it very difficult, it was almost physically impossible. I kept chipping away at the workout, moving when I didn’t want to and pushing when I only wanted to lie down on the floor.

Pushing ourselves doesn’t always come naturally. I’ve enjoyed learning how to go beyond what I thought I could do. Dedication to pushing beyond where I think I can go has bled over to writing. Thought After The End isn’t my normal type of book, the decision to write the story came easily. I wanted to push my writing to a place I hadn’t gone before. Taking the easy way and writing what the reader expects may make more money, but I never want to get lazy in writing. This book pushed me more and forced me to improve in ways I didn’t even know I needed to. Continue reading

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Interview and Giveaway: Pumping Iron by Nya Rawlyns

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Pumping Iron Nya PicTNA: Hi, Nya, thanks so much for being here with us today. Let’s start by having you tell us a little bit about yourself.

Nya: My main claim to infamy amounts to a case of possession—by two creatures who stole my heart: Little Miss Mayhem, a rescue kitty abandoned by the side of the road in a storm, and my mare Miss Winnie who crossed the rainbow bridge but is never far from my thoughts.

Other than that, I deal with a warren of characters subletting space in my head. Occasionally I knock on a door, to be greeted by a complete stranger, almost always male (*waggles eyebrows*, my headspace, my fantasy), who invites me in for coffee—or something stronger—and tells me a story. Continue reading

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