Dreamspinner Press, HAHAT Blog Tour, Kade Boehme

HAHAT 2014 Continues With A Guest Post By Kade Boehme And A Giveaway


Please welcome our second contributor to The Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Kade Boehme. Kade shares a very personal story about his own coming out with us today, and there’s also another chance to win a $20 Gift Card for Dreamspinner Press (the first can be found HERE – Deadline Midnight PT 5/21/14).

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

And now, here’s Kade:
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Doubleday, E. Lynn Harris, Guest Contributor, Kingett Reads

Kingett Reads “Basketball Jones” Chapter 14



In chapter 14 of Basketball Jones, I don’t understand how AJ can like a man who is, literally, a little stupid on every inch of his brain mass. Intrigued? It’s time for Kingett to read Basketball Jones.

It’s a common stereotype that athletes are about as smart as sand. Everyone knows that stereotypes are just massive tropes that people sometimes portray in real life, and usually, I don’t like to call judgment on a character until I know him or her. Usually, I study characters in a book just as I would people because I want to know what their dimensions are, and I want to know what’s inside of their head, and I want to know what their dreams, and hopes, and feelings are.
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Authors, Guest Contributor

Underground Anthology – Decisions, Decisions – By Sue Laybourne.


Having been a member of Absolute Write for several years, and having learned so much from being there, it was a bit of a no-brainer to volunteer my services as an editor for the Underground Erotica Anthology as a way of paying the community back. After a call for submissions was put out, the editing team received twenty or so submissions to choose from—all different interpretations of the ‘Underground’ theme.

Now, I have to confess, it’s been a while, and I’m getting on in years, so my memory isn’t what it should be, but here’s what I liked about each story:

Late Train, Karenna Colcroft: I loved the dark vibe to this one. It’s a great story for Halloween (not one you’d read to your kids, mind). And the ending was very clever and very unexpected.

Cigarettes and Chocolate, Maryn Blackburn: I’m a history geek, especially when it comes to World War II. I adore this story. It’s intense and haunting, and it really appealed to me on an emotional level. It had a lovely, poignant hint of romance that I love. Again, I didn’t see that end coming.

Moonshine for Three, Lauren Gallagher: What caught my attention about this one was the great ‘noir’ feel. It was like settling down on a rainy Sunday afternoon to watch it all unfold on the screen in black and white. The sex is definitely not old movie material, it is scorching!

Love Underground, Kate Lowell: This is a more literal interpretation of the underground theme. I love the two main characters, and it’s a romantic tale as well as being erotic. And the author did a fantastic job of putting the reader in that cave with the protagonists.

Original Sin, Jack L. Pike: I’m going to use a movie analogy again. This story reminds me of some of the edgier films made in Britain during the early 1970s. But what really caught my attention was the protagonists and their flaws. The setting is a clever take on the anthology’s theme.

Lord Lucien’s Lessons, C.P. Foster: Another historical, but this one set in the 19th century. Extremely hot sex and another ‘different’ interpretation of the underground theme, and as I told the author during edits, it has a lot of potential as the start to a longer story.

Dark Roast, Cleo Peitsche: This has a cheeky vibe, and is very, very naughty. It left me wanting more.

Resurface, Erin Lark: This definitely has a more romantic feel to it, and there is also some great sex. I love the slice of life vibe this one has and the wistful atmosphere.

It was a great collaborative effort and I was blown away by the talent of the authors and the many ways the ‘Underground’ theme was handled. It was fun to work on, and I think the end result is a really solid anthology, the naughty literary equivalent of a box of decadent chocolates.

NOTE: Sue writes as author S.A. Meade. You can find more information about her at Totally Bound and her Website.

BLURB:

Welcome to the Underground!

The erotica authors of the Absolute Write are taking you underground—sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. Karenna Colcroft’s haunting story gives sex in public an unexpected twist, and Erin Lark makes waiting out a storm into something special—and hot!— before Kate Lowell draws you deep into a cave for a steamy encounter. Lauren Gallagher sends you back to the 1930s for some gambling, bootlegging, and a little forbidden ménage, while Maryn Blackburn brings two enemies together in the wintery depths of World War II.

If you’re in the mood for something extra spicy, you’ll love how C.P. Foster opens up a very new world for a curious barmaid. And stick around because Cleo Peitsche and Jack L. Pyke keep the kink coming.

Come join us—but fair warning. Once you go underground, you may never want to come back…

All proceeds from this anthology benefit the Absolute Write online community.

We’re giving away an ebook copy of Underground Erotica with each stop on the tour.

Next Stop: Jack L Pyke talks about her story, Original Sin, at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews on March 3.

Links:

Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

Rafflecopter for Blog Tour Prize Packs:

To win the M/M stories:

Bite Me Tender by Kate Lowell
Choice of backlist by Lori Witt
Choice of backlist by Karenna Colcroft
A Good Feeling by S.A Meade
For The Long Haul by Azalea Moone
Make Mine to Go by Dilo Keith
Forgotten Menagerie Anthology from Storm Moon Press
Tease by Mina Kelly












For the M/F stories:

Stray by Erin Lark
Choice of backlist by Lauren Gallagher
Two books by Cleo Peitsche
Amazon Gift Certificate from Jack L. Pyke (10 pounds or American equivalent)
Immortally Theirs and Reaper’s Redemption (MFM) by Scarlet Day
Five Haunting Nights by CP Foster












Or leave a comment right here to win!

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A.J. Corza, GotYouCovrd

She’s Baa-aack – A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered



If It’s Pretty…Pick It Up!

You know what I’ve noticed? *pauses for a moment, waves to everyone* Um yes, hi guys, it’s me again. *resumes speaking as if it’s only been minutes* I’ve noticed that there are a lot of covers out there that are visually stunning, and I’m sure have something to do with the story under said cover, but honestly if you were just looking at the picture and didn’t read the blurb, would you have any clue what the story was?

Did that make any sense? I’m thinking it might just be me. Admit it you missed my random babbling didn’t you?

Maybe it’s always been this way and I just now noticed but take for example the covers I chose for my return foray into ogling pretty pictures for your pleasure.

My first reaction? I love all of these covers and yet I have no idea what the story is inside.

None. Zip. Nada. I got nothin’.

However, that being said, I WANT to pick these books up and see what the hell is going on in them because THE COVERS ROCK!!!

Yeah, ok, we could make the argument that Paradox Lost by Libby Drew cover art done by Tad Aronowicz is maybe about genetics? I’m just going with the mathematics superimposed over the top and paradox lost makes me think that maybe they’ve figured out how to make clones? But you see what I’m getting at? I really don’t have a clue. However, it’s interesting enough to make me want to find out.

Filth written by and cover art made by M.King. The guy is half naked with a great body, the title hints at titillation, but yet the muted tones of the mudlike color overlay makes me think this is going to be a heart tugging, possibly gut wrenching fic. Yep, I’m sold. Hell, it could be about mud wrestling in the illegal farmland underground for all I know, but I want to investigate further!

And seriously someone has got to write a book about the dark seedy underbelly of illegal farmland mud wrestling. Any takers?

And we’re moving on.

Flare and Fusion by Posy Roberts with cover art by Anne Cain, are clearly from the same Trilogy. This is what you want your trilogies to look like, guys and gals.You’re clearly able to see that they belong to the same series even without reading the tagline that states it. And that’s what you want. Notice it doesn’t have to be the same pic on the covers. By using the same style of pic, in this case a large interesting photo, and then keeping the same fonts and placement of the entire format, both books are treated to their own unique feel without any worry of one obscuring the other. Again, at a loss as to what the stories are about, but I know that the covers would catch my eye long enough for me to think, hmmm, I wonder.

Rare by Garrett Leigh cover art by G.D. Leigh (who I’m guessing is also the author?), I’m thinking is not about a steak. Maybe a shapeshifter novel? Alien abductee? (I’ve been re-watching the X-files, sue me.) Maybe the man on the cover is ill? The picture is provocative. The coloring is sad and lonely yet like the picture, the slight splash of red hints at pain. The cracked font bold yet raw feeling. Combine all of that, and I’m gonna guess this is going to be a bare bones, hard to tear your eyes away, but keep the Kleenex handy, page turner. Again, it could be about a modern day Beauty and the Beast, but I’m guessing probably not. But don’t quote me.

And lastly, Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote cover art by Anna Siroska . I like this cover. It’s so simple, it’s not a deep thoughtful cover, and yet there’s something about the picture of the model that was chosen. Is he guilty? Is he trepidatious? Anxious? Thoughtful? He reminds me of a guy who works in the back of a restaurant, or maybe is a struggling artist? I dunno, but he’s interesting. The font is outstanding, the colors blend beautifully, and it’s just so understated and yet cool looking. This one would be a cool movie poster for some rom-com or LGBT based movie. Maybe coming-of-age. Funny how I said it’s not a deep, thoughtful cover and yet here I am, thinking.

My point is that with all these wonderful covers, even if you have no clue at all what the story is about, the covers make you want to buy them to find out. So go ahead, pick it up, or click the links, you know you want to read the blurb. At the very worst, maybe it won’t be what you were looking for but at the very best, maybe it will be a gem you didn’t expect.

This is me signing out, have a great day and may all the good books be with you!

All thoughts and comments are the reviewers only and not the viewpoints of others. If I’ve made you angry, stepped on any toes, or otherwise ruffled any feathers, I do apologize. This is just for fun, and written in the hopes that it will help fledgling book authors and artists to grow and learn.

**On a side note I want to say that I and Lisa (the owner of TNA Reviews) try very hard to find the information for the artists connected to the covers, but sometimes they don’t have sites, or their publishing house doesn’t give them credit for some reason. I and Lisa even go so far as to email the authors/publishers in order to find out the artists who are involved so we can give them credit. I just wanted to clarify that when there are links missing such as the one for Tad Aronowicz on Paradox Lost, this is why. Not because we don’t fully support the artists. Cause we do!

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

How About A Sneaky Peeky At The Coming Week…y?



Well, the Joyful Approach Countdown to GayRomLit 2013 has officially come to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over, not by any means! There are still a few remaining contests open both here and at Joyfully Jay’s place, so click HERE if you’d like to see the full roster of goodies, with links to each author’s Guest Post.

We’ve got a great week ahead, filled with reviews and some outstanding giveaways, so be on the lookout for your chance to win many books and such.

Here’s a sneak peek at what to watch for:

>> Monday: It’s all baseball, all the time, when Marguerite Labbe, Shae Connor, Kate McMurray, and Kerry Freeman stop by with a chance to win a few great prizes.

>> Tuesday: Authors Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin are bringing Chase and Matt for a visit, a little chat, and the chance to win an E-copy of their book Chasing Matt.

>> Wednesday: Michael Chulsky will be here promoting his debut Young Adult novel The Descending Darkness, and will talk a bit about his vision for the story, as well as offer the chance for one lucky reader to win an E-copy of the book.

And, of course, we’ll also have the ever insightful A.J. Corza from GotYouCovered here with her weekly Top Cover Art choice.

>> Thursday: Hayden Thorne will join us on the tour to promote her latest Historical YA Fantasy novella, Benedict, and will offer the chance to win an E-copy of the book.

>> Friday: A.F. Henley will be our guest, promoting Thicker Than Water and offering one reader the chance to win a one month serial subscription to Less Than Three Press.

>> Saturday: Simone Anderson will be here to promote her newest release Changing Tides and will offer one lucky reader a chance to win an E-copy of the book.

Today, we’ll also be welcoming author John Goode, who joins Brita Addams as a regular guest contributor to The Novel Approach. John’s first article is one that will strike a chord with both authors and reviewers alike. Then in November, he begins a bi-weekly writing series, so be sure to watch for it.

>> Sunday: Finally, to cap off the week in a big way, we’ll have Max Vos here as our guest, answering a few questions about himself and his writing, as well as offering the chance for FOUR lucky readers the chance to win his books!
1st Prize: P.O.W.
2nd Prize: My Hero
3rd Prize: Hawk and Harley
4th Prize: Sasquatch

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Have a great week, everyone, and happy reading!

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