GayRomLit, Jaime Reese

Guest Post: The Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 with Jaime Reese

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What I like most about GRL

Hi, everyone *waves*

I want to start by thanking The Novel Approach for hosting me today and for all of you who are taking the time to read my post!

GRL is in October, and I, like many others, am counting down the days and running around before that time. Some of you might know me as Reese Dante. This will be my fourth GRL—my third as an organizer. I’m anxious this year—more so than usual. I’m sure most people would have kicked the anxiety out the window by now considering the number of years in attendance thus far, but this will also be my first as a Featured Author.

What do I like most about GRL?

The people. This is the main reason I love GRL and why I spend months and endless hours helping to organize the retreat. It is, by far, the largest, most welcoming environment I’ve ever walked into. My face hurts by the end of the day from smiling so much. And I love that. I travel to GRL with my hubby, and for all the social butterfly elements I lack, he’s got tons. He will walk up to a newbie and recruit them to help out if needed or just randomly walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. He has no shame and I love that. But that’s a pretty good way to summarize many of the GRL veterans who attend. They have huge smiles and love being around others at the retreat. You can easily find them lounging around with their computer or hanging out on the couch talking to others about a book or the costume they’re going to be wearing at the party Saturday night.

I’m not a hugely social person. Yeah, I know, shocker. :) It’s easy for me to find comfort behind a computer. I’m somewhat of a loner and have no problem being in my quiet space for hours at a time, and that’s what I do on a daily basis. So when I’m in a social setting with hundreds of people, it can take a little adjustment. Thankfully, I keep busy with Organizer duties so I don’t stress too much about the social elements all the time. I’m usually running around for a better part of the day. But I do take the time to go up to that person I’ve been wanting to meet, especially if I know they will be attending or if I’ve recently worked with them on a project and haven’t met them.

All that being said, I’m excited for GRL. So if you see me and want to say “hi” please, don’t be shy. Come up to me. You might be surprised at how talkative I can be if you strike up a conversation. And by the way, I’m totally fine with hugs.

See you at GRL!

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A Restored Man-promo450x675Title: A Restored Man

Author: Jaime Reese

Series/#: The Men of Halfway House #3

** can be read as a stand-alone**

Word count: 117,600

Release date: February 17, 2015

Available at: Amazon (Amazon Link), BN, iTunes

Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary, hurt/comfort, second chances

Blurb: Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

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The Men of Halfway House series

Buy links for series (all vendors listed for each title):

http://jaimereese.com/men-of-hh-series/

Series buy link from Amazon (all 3 books thus far):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TS1TAGW/

NOTE: Books can each be read as a stand-alone

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Author BioAbout Jaime Reese: Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

http://www.jaimereese.com/

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, friends and fellow reading addicts, welcome back to another peek into the future at The Novel Approach, and a teaser of who we have visiting with us in the coming week.

We’ve got a great lineup of guest authors to share with you, along with giveaways, and, of course, many more reviews too.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Author BA Tortuga kicks off our week this week on the tour for The Articles of Release, book two in the Release Series

Tuesday – Today we’ll be welcoming author Lexi Ander to TNA on the tour for her latest novel Dragon’s Eye

We’ll also have author Ingela Bohm joining us today to chat a bit about her new novel Last Communion

Wednesday – We’ll have author KC Burn dropping by today as a featured author on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 Celebration

We also have Carole Cummings and Andrew Q. Gordon stopping in for a new edition of Genre Talk

Thursday – We’ll be starting October (!!!) off with author Skylar M. Cates and an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming Dreamspinner holiday story A Guy’s Thanksgiving

We’ll also have author AF Henley with us to chat about their new novel Wolf WY

Friday – Rounding out the second of our GayRomLit Blog Tour visits this week will be author Jaime Reese, filling us in on what she likes most about GRL

Mia Kerick will also join us today on the tour for her new book A Hard Day’s Night

And, we’ll have yet another edition of Flashback Friday for you today too

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Lex Chase here with us to chat about her new novel Bayou Fairy Tale

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And that, as they say, is that! Until next week, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Jaime Reese, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

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Title: A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House: Book Three)

Author: Jaime Reese

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 363 Pages

At a Glance: This book, as well as the others in the series, is just amazing.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

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Review: Oh man, when I saw A Restored Man on the “Coming Soon” page, I was so very excited. I have loved The Men of Halfway House series since the very beginning. When Cole made his first appearance in the series, he seemed like a total trouble maker. I was looking forward to reading this so I could find out more about this character. I just knew he had to have hidden depths, and boy was I right.

Cole Renzo has turned out to be one of my favorite characters of the year. On the surface he is just a car stealing, ADHD-having wild man. Once you scratch at the surface a little, though, you get a whole other view of the man. He is a whiz at just about anything that has to do with cars, he is completely devoted to his family, and he has a thing for beanies.

Ty Calloway has offered Cole a job in his shop during his stay in the halfway house. Ty is a premier auto restorer and mechanic who has had it pretty rough lately. An accident has left him scarred, both physically and mentally. Add in an opportunistic criminal, and Ty is on the edge of a breakdown. Little does he know that Cole could be the answer to questions he hasn’t even thought to ask himself.

Jaime Reese has once again put pen to paper and worked some major magic between two men who are somewhat cracked but not wholly broken. Cole is a man who grew up in a close knit family, but tragedy put him on a course of self-destruction that landed him in jail and eventually, in the Halfway House. Ty’s life was almost identical. He had great parents, a loving brother, and a killer career. The difference is when tragedy struck Ty, he just shut down. No acting out for him.

From the moment these two meet there are sparks, but they have a metric ton of baggage to sort through before they can even think of a HEA. Luckily for us, the author did a fantastic job of walking us through their journey. I loved getting to experience the highs and lows right alongside Ty and Cole. Cole’s family was a treat and Ty’s brother, well, he was…interesting. I am hoping he’ll be getting his very own story soon. I am sure it will be a page turner as well.

This book, as well as the others in the series, is just amazing. I am completely in love with all the characters, and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Reese will take us next.






You can buy A Restored Man here:

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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

Title: A Restored Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #3
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.
A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.
Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

He knocked on the door and waited for Ty’s response.

“Come in,” Ty grumbled.

Cole held back a smile and entered the office, carefully locking the door behind him.

Ty sat on the edge of his desk with the same scowl as a few moments before, staring at a file. “You were out there for a while with Aidan,” he said, not looking up from the pages in the folder. “You guys conspiring?”

Cole chuckled. “Is that what you think we were doing?”

Ty remained focused on the folder, flipping to the next page. “What else would it be? Seems you two were hell bent on getting me to a doctor and you both got your wish. Six fucking hours in the emergency room. I hope you’re happy.”

Cole bit his lip to hide the laugh that wanted to escape. Oh, his Ty had a temper.

“I wasn’t conspiring. I was hitting on Aidan,” Cole teased.

Ty immediately looked up, his scowl now focused on Cole.

Cole leaned back against the door. “I’m kidding. He’s not the Calloway I want. I just wanted you to focus on me and not that piece of paper.”

“That wasn’t funny.”

“Jealous?”

“No,” Ty said, his pointed glare steadily targeted at Cole.

Note to self, make sure Ty always gets more than just a few hours of sleep each night. “You’re a terrible liar. You should try a little harder if you actually expect to pull it off.”

Ty’s steady glare didn’t falter.

“You said fuck,” Cole teased.

“So? You say that a lot.”

“But you never do. You said it a few moments ago and twice yesterday.Personally, I like a good fuck,” Cole drawled, slowly walking toward Ty.

Ty looked away and dropped the file on his desk.

Cole reached out and grabbed Ty’s chin, turning his head to face Cole. He smiled when he saw the flush of embarrassmentthat always seemed to color Ty’s cheeks when he cursed. “It looks good on you.” He couldn’t help but wonder if Ty’s face would flush just as much during the act as it did when he said the word.

Ty looked at Cole, his gaze steady and his body stock-still other than the slight heave of his chest with each breath. A shiver passed through Cole at the unspoken challenge. Cole released Ty’s chin and stepped between his legs. He grabbed Ty by the waist and pulled him flush against his body, sending papers fluttering off the desk and onto the floor.

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Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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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, 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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And that does it for us for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Cover Reveal: A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

Title: A Restored Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #3
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.
A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.
Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

“Excuse me,” Ty said, before making his way to the kitchen. He poked his head inside and saw Cole bent over on the left hand side, searching for, then finding, a pan in the bottom drawer of the cabinet. He couldn’t help the smile that tugged at his lips when he saw Spider-Man peeking out from the top of Cole’s jeans.
“I told you to get out. You’re not fucking this up,” Cole said, his back still turned to Ty.
Ty smiled, leaned up against the doorframe and waited.
Cole looked over his shoulder, a huge smile immediately spreading across his face. “Hey, you,” he said, straightening.
Ty walked over to him and wrapped an arm around Cole’s waist. He reached out and brushed his thumb against Cole’s cheek, his hand finally steadying once he grazed Cole’s warm skin.
“That’s a big smile,” Cole said.
“I saw Spider-Man,” Ty said, chuckling.
Cole raised an eyebrow and wrapped his arms around Ty’s waist. “If I had known he turned you on that much, I would have worn a blue and red onesie to the shop under my work clothes.”
Ty bit back a smile. He tugged on Cole’s T-shirt. “You look good out of your shop clothes.”
Cole pulled Ty closer. “I look good out of these clothes too,” he said, waggling his eyebrows.
Ty reached up and ran his finger along the edge of Cole’s beanie. “Do you ever take this off?”
“When you sleep with me, you can take it off.”
Ty looked into the mismatched eyes that held a wealth of mischief. “I’m not sleeping with you.”
Cole pulled Ty into a kiss, gripping his hair, unmistakably guiding him exactly where he wanted Ty to be. Ty’s heart pounded relentlessly against his chest, his body betraying his last spoken words and demanding more contact. His fingers twisted the edge of Cole’s jeans, drawing him in, craving the closeness of Cole’s thick, hard body.
Cole withdrew, the desire unmistakably still burning in his eyes. “Yes, you will,” he said. “You won’t be able to resist this much awesomeness for long.”
Ty bit his lip, trying to hide a smile. He liked it when Cole got feisty.
Cole ran the tip of his finger down Ty’s neck, then tugged at the collar of Ty’s polo shirt. “Aww, you didn’t dress up for me,” he said with an exaggerated pout. “Will I ever see you in a suit?”
“Why do you want to see me in a suit?”
“Seriously? You’d look hot in a suit. I’d probably want to rip it off.”
“So what’s the point of wearing the suit?” Ty asked, tugging Cole closer.
“Foreplay.”
Ty burst into laughter and touched his forehead to Cole’s. “You’re impossible.”
“You should do that more often.”
“What’s that? Foreplay?”
“Laugh.” Cole smiled. “And wear suits. But I would totally be on board with foreplay, too,” he finished, waggling his eyebrows.

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Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Carole Cummings, EM Lynley, Ines Johnson, Jaime Reese, John Inman, Morticia Knight, Shae Connor, Sid Love

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Cheers, everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend filled with plenty of good reading. We have a great week in store for you: more reviews, guests, giveaways, and who knows what else? We’ve learned to expect the unexpected too. :)

Here’s what we have on tap in the week ahead:

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MondayShae Connor kicks off our week with a guest post and giveaway on the Unfortunate Son blog tour

TuesdayMorticia Knight drops in with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway today on the Copping an Attitude (Sin City: Book Two) tour

WednesdayCarole Cummings is back with more Genre Talk. Her guest today is DSPP author John Inman, who’ll be discussing the Horror genre

ThursdaySid Love joins us today with an interview on his Let it Go blog tour

Friday – We’ll be participating in the cover reveal for Jaime Reese’s new novel A Restored Man today

We’ll also be hosting EM Lynley on her Dirty Dining blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to end our week, author Ines Johnson is back with an exclusive excerpt and giveaway of her novel The Pleasure Hound (Book Three)

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And that does it for this time around, friends. Until next week, happy reading!

 

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5 Stars, Jaime Reese, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Jaime Reese’s “A Hunted Man” Is A Must-Read Experience – Reviewed by Jackie


“It was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.” ― Oscar Wilde


Title: A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House: Book Two)

Author: Jaime Reese

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 606 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.
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Jaime Reese Stops In Today With An Interview And Giveaway on the “A Hunted Man” Blog Tour

15712796TNA: Hi, Jaime, thanks so much for being here with us today. Why don’t we start out by having you tell us a little bit about yourself: hobbies, interests, things we might not know about you but should?

Jaime: Thanks for inviting me! :)

I love creative things…art, music, reading. I’m not much of an outdoorsy person but I love saltwater fishing.

Personality-wise, I’m quiet and reserved initially but will gladly talk your ear off once I’m comfortable in a situation.

I’m married to an amazing man who deserves a medal for putting up with me. We have a 120lb dog who thinks he’s our son and definitely knows how to work those puppy dog eyes of his.

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Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week! As you can see, we’ve got another busy seven days ahead, filled with more GRL Countdown visitors, giveaways, interviews, and, of course, more reviews from the team for you.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayKatey Hawthorne kicks the week right off with a GRL Celebration visit and giveaway

TuesdayCon Riley is our guest today on the Recovery Blog Tour, and there will also be a giveaway

We also have author D.T. Peterson visiting with an interview and the chance for TEN lucky readers to win a copy of his novel The Cove

WednesdayKimber Vale drops by on her Double Takes Blog Tour, and she’s also got a giveaway for you

Jaime Reese is with us today as well, to talk a little bit about her new book A Hunted Man, and she’ll be offering a giveaway

A.J. Corza also joins us today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdaySusan Mac Nicol pops in to work a little Double Alchemy for us, and there’s a giveaway

FridayKrissy Bells kicks off the day with a guest article about her book Fag, why she chose such a jarring and provocative title, and there’s a giveaway

Kol Anderson also drops in with a giveaway of his new novel The Perfect Place, and Lynn reviews the book

SaturdayJaime Samms is our guest today with another Countdown to GRL visit

Sunday – And finally, to round out the week, I had the opportunity to interview author Vaughn R. Demont, and he’s giving away all three books in the Broken Mirrors series to one lucky reader

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Cover Reveal: Jaime Reese’s “A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House: Book Two)”


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BOOK INFO:

Title: A Hunted Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Series: The Men of Halfway House
No. in Series: Book 2
Word count: Apprx. 111K
Target release date: April 29, 2014
Target distributors: Amazon (mobi), BN (ePub), iTunes (ePub) and ARe (ePub, PDF)

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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SOCIAL LINKS:

Website:

Home

Facebook:
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Twitter:

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/Jaime_Reese

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/author/jaimereese

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BLURB: After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.

Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.

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EXCERPT: Hunter stood in line and watched Cam tend to the few lingering post-lunchtime customers. Cam’s smile came a little easier and his stance less guarded.

His body, although still lean, was tighter and a little broader from the yard work at the halfway house. A slight tan colored his skin now, the faint golden tone further accentuating the blue in his eyes and the white of his smile. His hair had a sprinkling of highlights as if the sun had kissed his head. Sunrises gave him hope, but they also seemed to awaken a natural physical beauty that had been hidden for far too long.

“How can I help you? Sir,” Cam said when it was finally Hunter’s turn at the register.

Hunter leaned over the counter. “You know that drives me nuts.”

Cam smiled and grabbed Hunter’s tie to pull him closer. “I know.” After a quick peck, Cam released him.

Hunter reached over and rubbed Cam’s stubble. “Are you letting this grow out?”

Cam shrugged. He looked away and scratched his growing scruff. “It makes me look older.”

“Since when do you want to look older?”

Cam shrugged again and fidgeted with the receipts.

Realization finally hit Hunter. He grabbed Cam’s chin and forced him to make eye contact. “Are you doing that for me?”

Cam’s mouth narrowed and his brows lowered. “There’s not much I can do for you. So if growing some hair on my face will make you feel a little less self-conscious, then I’ll grow a full fucking beard if I have to.”

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Greetings, everyone, we hope you’ve had a quiet and relaxing weekend. We’ve got another great week ahead, filled with author visits, interviews, giveaways, and reviews, so go ahead and take a gander at what’s on tap!

MondayAbigail Roux is our guest today on the Ball & Chain Blog Tour. She’s answered a few interview questions about herself, Ty, Zane, and the gang, so be sure to check it out

TuesdayJL Merrow arrives on the Relief Valve Blog Tour, and she’s bringing along a giveaway

Jaime Reese also pops in with a Cover Reveal of, and excerpt from, her upcoming release A Hunted Man, Book Two in The Men of Halfway House series

Wednesday – Author Chris O’Guinn’s arrival is imminent on his Hybrids: Arrival Blog Tour. We’ve got an Interview and Giveaway for his visit

Anyta Sunday is also our guest today on her Liam Davis and the Raven Blog Tour and Giveaway

And, A.J. Corza’s back with another great installment of Got You Covered

ThursdayJoy Lynn Fielding is our guest on her Shifting Sands Blog Tour, and we’ve got a great interview lined up for you

FridayChris Cox drops by on the When Sean Loves Rusty Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

Therese Woodson will also be our guest on the Clockwork Horizon Blog Tour, which includes a giveaway of an e-copy of the book

SaturdayLE Franks is our guest as we continue on with the RainbowCon Celebration fun

Julie Lynn Hayes will also be along with a guest post on her Yes, He’s My Ex Blog Tour

Sunday – Finally, last but certainly not least, JC Wallace stops by on the Curiosity Killed Shaney Blog Tour

The Novel Approach is also participating in author RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness Blog Hop today, and we’ll have a giveaway to go along with it

And that does it for a very full week of fun. Until next week, happy reading!

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Jaime Reese, Self-Published

Come Meet The Men Of Halfway House And Find Yourself “A Better Man”


“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.” ― Nick Hornby


Title: A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1)

Author: Jaime Reese

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 211 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.
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Jaime Reese

Jaime Reese Is Here Today With “A Better Man”, An Exclusive Excerpt, And A Giveaway!



Hi, everyone! *waves* I want to start by thanking The Novel Approach for allowing me to post something about my book and the series. I’d also like to thank the readers for taking the time to read this :)

Reason for the series

We’re human. With that, comes the innate ability to make mistakes. Sometimes life presents you with a chance to make things right, to love again, to help others, or just to do things a little differently the second time around. The Men of Halfway House is a series about men who have been dealt a crappy hand in life, whether by their own doing or as a result of circumstance. Their experience while in the halfway house provides them with a rare second chance they crave, at life or love.

I hope to capture the journey they take to protect and cherish the rare chance they’ve been given to change the path in their life. In each story, the characters are partnered with men who offer love strong enough to mend a broken man and help them in their quest for a happily ever after.

A Better Man

A Better Man is book 1 in the series and tells the story of Matt and Julian and their slow building romance as they work together over a year to renovate the building that ultimately becomes the halfway house. They are two completely different men from very different backgrounds, yet they are alike in so many ways. They learn that, together, they are strong enough to overcome whatever obstacles are thrown their way.

The characters and their individual journeys

Matthew “Matt” Doner

Matt is the unexpected ex-con who serves five years in prison for a white collar crime as a result of circumstance. During that time, he finally comes to the realization that he’s been living a lie for far too long. The death of his aunt and her generous bequest cements his decision to change the path in his life and start a halfway house to offer second chances to others. In essence, a way to pay it forward. Unfortunately, this new direction in his life forces him to confront other changes he’s avoided for far too long.

Julian M. Capeletti

Julian is the contractor Matt hires to renovate the building that will ultimately become the halfway house. Julian’s harsh exterior is a well-groomed disguise he’s cultivated over the years to protect himself after a childhood full of pain. He’s a master at his façade. So much so that he’s been unsuccessful with prior relationships because he’s locked himself away so well he can’t seem to open up to others. His story is a discovery of emotions he’s never experienced when finally given a chance to love, and be loved by someone who is both patient and understanding.

For me, Julian was the driving force of the development of the story. I have a soft spot for men who are misunderstood or misjudged. I wanted the opportunity to give Julian his chance at love while allowing Matt to finally find his chosen path in life. Matt’s compassion and patience is exactly what Julian needs to get his happy ending – and Matt receives the same in return.

Other characters who shaped the story

If you’re curious about the other characters in this story, you can meet them here:

Meet the Characters of A Better Man

Book #2: A Hunted Man – anticipated release date: April 29, 2014

The next book in series is A Hunted Man, and it is the story of Cameron Pierce, Matt and Julian’s first guest in the halfway house. Cam has spent almost ten years in prison and wants nothing more than a chance to live life again…but it won’t be easy.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope you join the men in their journey as they fight like hell to take advantage of the second chance life has offered them.

~Jaime Reese

Title: A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House, #1)
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 69,034
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Publisher: Romandeavor, Inc.

Purchase Links:
Amazon
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Also available at iTunes

Available in Paperback:
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Blurb:

Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.

Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:

“Are you going to introduce me to your new contractor or are you going to keep him all to yourself?”

Sam really had no idea how tempting it was to do just that. Another crash echoed throughout the building.

“I’m going to go meet him so I can identify him in the rubble,” Sam commented before entering the house.

Matt grabbed a bottled water from the cooler before ushering Sam up the stairs. Once they arrived on the second level, Matt was surprised to see the amount of light flooding through the large open area. The walls were stripped to the support beams, exposing a network of wires and pipes throughout. The floors were stripped and the worn carpets were rolled in the corners of the space.

Matt looked up to see Julian standing on a ladder, shirtless, his slim waist and tight abs shifted as his wider upper body stretch into the ceiling area.

“I’m up here,” Matt said.

“Stand back,” Julian announced loudly before a section of the ceiling began to shake, then crashed to the floor from the force of Julian’s pull on the material. Julian climbed down the ladder as the plume of dust settled.

“Hey,” Julian said when he turned to Matt and Sam.

Matt didn’t think he had ever seen a more beautiful sight. Julian’s broad smile contrasted against his golden, sweat-slicked face. His broad, muscled, exposed chest glistened. Matt lowered his gaze, following a drop of sweat traveling down the dips and curves of Julian’s muscles and through the sprinkle of his treasure trail before it was absorbed into the waistband of his worn, low rise jeans. His mind flooded with visions of following that same path down Julian’s torso with his tongue. His semiarousal became painful as he admired the perfectly crafted physique that stood before him. He looked up and Julian’s crystal green eyes sparked with mischief.

Bio:

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

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A.F. Henley, Algenon Lusch, Brita Addams, Cate Ashwood, Indra Vaughn, Jaime Reese, Jess Faraday, Johnny Williams, Rhys Ford, Skylar M. Cates, Sneak Peek

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week, and are looking forward to good things in the week to come.

Speaking of great weeks, we’ve got one coming up here at TNA: guest authors, blog tours, giveaways, and, of course, lots of reviews. Here’s a look at who and what’s on tap for the week ahead:


MondayCate Ashwood and Skylar M. Cates make The Novel Approach a stop on their Five Ways a Boy Can Break Your Heart Blog Tour, with an article about and exclusive excerpt from the book, and there’ll be a giveway.

TuesdayAlgenon Lusch stops by on his Seeing DOUBLE Blog Tour, and he’ll be offering a giveaway of the book.

Brita Addams is also here for her monthly visit, with an article that’s near and dear to my heart.

WednesdayRhys Ford pops back in on the Clockwork Tangerine Blog Tour, and ::bad pun warning:: gears up for a great and totally unique giveaway.

ThursdayIndra Vaughn stops in today on The House on Hancock Hill Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway of the book.

FridayJaime Reese drops by on the A Better Man Blog Tour and will be offering a giveaway of the book.

Jess Faraday will also be our guest today on her Turnbull House Blog Tour, and she’ll be giving away the two book set of the series, The Affair of the Porcelain Dog and Turnbull House, either Print or E-book (reader’s choice), to one winner.

Saturday – Author Johnny Williams dances his way to TNA to introduce his new book, Klub Kids, and give away an e-copy.

Sunday – To round out the week, A.F. Henley flies by on the Second Star to the Right Blog Tour, with an interview and a chance for one lucky reader to win an e-copy of the book.

Have a great week, and happy reading!

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