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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Crossed Hearts Blog Tour With K. Vale


The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author K. Vale today, on the Crossed Hearts blog tour. For her visit with us, I asked K to chat a bit about the difference between this book and the books in her Shooting Stars series, more specifically, how she came up with the idea for such a weighty plot and why she decided to dig a little deeper, emotionally, with this book, and how it differed for her in the writing of this book in comparison to the others. (*And P.S. – I’ve also paid her off for the lovely compliment* ::g::)

Enjoy K’s answer, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

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Can I just start out by saying that you, Lisa, are an absolute doll? Thank you so much for hosting me and for the fantastic post prompt. I’ve already scrapped one attempt to do it justice. Let me try again.

Okay. Deep breath.

I have a new book out. Yay! And, yes, it does differ somewhat from my Shooting Stars books in theme and tone. I can honestly say that I panicked a few times while writing it, wondering what the hell I was thinking. Some spots were tough to push through, and it took me longer to complete than any of my other books. I worried I was writing something that was too dark to be a good romance…

But here’s the thing: Are there heavier themes in this book? Yes. But there are also lighthearted moments and honest to goodness romance. Did I worry I hadn’t balanced them well enough? Yeah, I did. I was nervous sending Crossed Hearts out to beta readers. I was afraid they’d say it was depressing, or morbid. But they didn’t. They said it wasn’t either of those things. People I trust to tell me the truth said it was a fast, engaging read, and that they loved Kory and Will’s love. They told me they absolutely loathed my bad guy. They told me they cried, and laughed, and chewed their nails. I have reason to believe they approved of the sexy times. Best of all, they still had my characters walking around with them long after they’d finished reading.

I counted it as a win.

As to my initial inspiration? It’s hard to nail down what came first. I had the idea for someone with a heart transplant to have a love story because I’d once read something about people having alterations in their personality and tastes following organ transplant—cellular memory it’s called. I was drawn to the idea of a transplant changing the person who got the secondhand organ. Of course, any changes in Kory came from his own guilt, but that was the first spark.

I love hanging out in cemeteries, and liked the idea of writing a funeral director just for the challenge of making him sexy and appealing. My dad worked as a mortician long ago, soI got to pick his brain. I even wrote a scene while sitting in the cemetery across from my library (the ants made it a one-time deal, unfortunately).

Early on, I felt like Will needed more meat to him, and my sounding board buddy suggested he either be obsessed with Parkour, or be a paramedic. I went with paramedic, much to her disappointment. It ended up being a perfect way to tie a number of plot threads together, and a chance for me to dust off my nursing skills and put them to paper. I happened to take a BLS course while writing Crossed Hearts, and even asked the instructor specific questions for my book (disguised as professional interest, of course).

Anyway, yes, Crossed Hearts is different from my Shooting Stars books in some ways, but I think readers who enjoyed those will like this one, too. I really hope they’ll give it a chance. Hey, when in doubt, download the sample on Amazon and see if I can rope you in. ;-)


Young manBlurb: One heart’s been broken. The other is secondhand.

Kory Vansant doesn’t deserve to be alive.

As time sucks him dry of energy, sapping the final ounces of strength from his congenitally enlarged heart, he’s forced to end his career as Kory Kent, porn star. Staring down death, he questions his life choices and prays for a miracle. For another chance at life, he vows to change who he is at his core.

His prayers are answered. A perfect heart now beats in his chest, but it comes at a heavy price. The donor is an innocent young man cut down far too prematurely.

Kory’s blemished history and his donor’s spotless past are far from ideal matches.

As his debts skyrocket, Kory can’t help but think his resolve to walk the high road is being tested. After he meets the adorable Will Squire at the gravesite they both visit, he’s doubly damned because there’s no way he can keep up his end of the bargain. What happens when a man breaks a deal with a higher power?

Will often prefers the company of the dead to that of the living. Following a bad breakup, he pours himself into his two jobs—funeral director at his uncle’s mortuary and part-time paramedic. He’s drawn ever closer to Kory, as if fate sticks her fickle hand in and pushes them together like two unlikely puzzle pieces. But sometimes history can’t be buried, and maybe divine intervention isn’t always right. Will discovers everyone is imperfect, no matter how pretty the outer package, and opening one’s heart is never easy, but can be oh, so worth the pain.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU


Kimber ValeAbout the Author: K. Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her MF work published under Kimber Vale. Come for the sex. Stay for the story. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter @KimberVale, and check her site for updates, new releases, and freebies at

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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 many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you here at The Novel Approach in the coming week. There’s lots coming up to be excited about–great guests, interesting content, a few giveaways, and, of course, we’ll be sharing more reviews with you as well.

Here’s what’s on tap!


MondayK. Vale is here to kick off our week on her Crossed Hearts blog tour

Michele Michael Rakes also joins us today with a guest stop in the Fourth and Long blog tour

TuesdayCharlie Cochet makes us a stop today on the Healing Hunter’s Heart tour

We’ll also have Morticia Knight with us on the Justice Prevails blog tour

WednesdayJordan Castillo Price drops by today with an interview and giveaway for her newest audiobook release Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

And we’ll also be hosting author Tina Blenke on her Shifting Cargo blog tour

ThursdayLexi Ander is our guest today on her Dreams of the Forgotten blog tour

Brita Addams to chat a bit up her upcoming Dreamspinner Press release Beloved Unmasked

FridayJacob Z. Flores drops by with a video chat on his Spellbound blog tour

Sam Standish is also our guest to discuss his newest novel Making Men

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, author K. Lynn will join us on the Coffee Date blog tour


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

4 Stars, Genre Romance, K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books, Reviewed by Jackie

Two Men Come To Terms With The Truth In K. Vale’s “Hard Act to Follow”

Title: Hard Act to Follow (Shooting Stars: Book Three)

Author: K. Vale

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Pages/Word Count: 171 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Kyrie is an actor with a physical aversion to telling lies, a one-eyed cat, and horrible taste in men. His ex-brother-in-law and best friend, Greg, harbors a secret crush he can’t shake. After denying his feelings for Kyrie for too long, Greg finally gives in to desire one drunken night. Come the morning, the facts get twisted. Kyrie pretends he doesn’t remember a thing—a lie that eats him alive—and Greg can’t stop thinking about how he screwed up the best thing in his life. Continue reading

K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: K. Vale’s “Hard Act to Follow (Shooting Stars: Book Three)”


First of all, thank you so much for hosting me on this, the momentous one-month countdown day to my upcoming release, Hard Act to Follow!

I’m super excited to be here. I absolutely adored writing these characters and I can’t wait to share them with…well, anyone who will take them in and throw them a scrap of bread. Do it. You didn’t want that crust, anyway. It was dry and had all those yucky seeds on it. Maybe even mold if your bread drawer is like mine. I promise you won’t regret it.
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Alex Whitehall, Alina Ray, K. Vale, Storm Moon Press, Suzanne van Rooyen

Body Art Tells The Story In “Written in Flesh”

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” ― Jack London

Title: Written in Flesh

Authors: Alex Whitehall, Alina Ray, K. Vale, Suzanne van Rooyen

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Pages/Word Count: 117 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: For many people, there’s nothing hotter than a man with tattoos. He might get them to commemorate a lost loved one, celebrate an event, or just to look bad-ass, but there’s no doubt the man enjoys showing off his ink. Tribal, classic black and white, or elaborate colored artwork spanning the entire back, each mark has a story, an indelible reminder of the past etched onto the human canvas with care and precision. We’re showcasing four of those stories in Written in Flesh.
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K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books

How Happy Is Your Ending? By K. Vale

1238845_505387326219878_1309695949_nHow loose is your goose? Just kidding. What does that even mean?

I love reading reviews (both of my own books and of others). I know some people subscribe to the old adage that authors shouldn’t look at reviews, but I see them as a way to find out what works for people and what doesn’t—what readers are looking for in a book and what they absolutely hate.

Now, will I tailor my writing to a reader’s preference, regardless of my own instincts or desires? Probably not, but if enough reviewers make a similar comment about a book, it can certainly make me think when composing the next one.

For my free M/M story Sticking It, I adopted a HFN (happy for now) ending. It’s a short story, and my college boys began a tentative relationship by the end of my 13000 words. Had they been a couple already in an established relationship at the beginning of the story, of course they would have gotten the complete package—happily ever after (HEA)—by the end. But a short isn’t long enough to create a believable long-lasting relationship, in my opinion. Flowers and promises and long-term commitments aren’t realistic to me in so few words—heck, it’s hard to pull that off in a full-length novel.

Some people really want that, though, short story or no. I’ve seen comments, both on my own story and other people’s, to that affect. Of course, maybe what they really wanted was another 30,000 words, which I suppose is a compliment in a way, but I personally didn’t have time to pull a novel out of my hat in six weeks and still get my other projects done.

My latest release, Forever is Now, is a novel, complete with happily ever after. It took 51, 000 words to get my guys there, and I gave a flash-forward epilogue to make it realistic. They also had an established relationship nine years before the meat and potatoes of the tale take place. I’m writing the second book in my Shooting Stars series right now, and Chance and Alex of Forever have a walk-on part in the next book. So, people who want to check in on their HEA and make sure the flame is still burning can pick up Gio’s book, Double Takes, in a few months.

At the end of the day, everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to reading (and every aspect of life, of course). Good thing there are so many books to choose from, so we’re all guaranteed our own personal happy ending. You want fries with that?


Blurb for Forever is Now:

If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of yours, hunt him down and make him sorry.

Alex Bremen is over Chance Ralan. Ever since his high school boyfriend ditched him nine years ago, Alex has barely thought of Chance at all. Sure, Alex attended a concert or two when his ex’s band, Armageddon Showdown, was in the area, but that was more curiosity than anything else. Who wouldn’t want to see firsthand how his once clean-cut boyfriend transformed into a pierced and tattooed heavy metal god?

But when Chance has the nerve to record a love song Alex wrote for him years ago, Alex crosses the country to confront him. Revenge becomes a dish best served sizzling hot. The two men lock horns, but find the chemistry between them has only intensified with time, and occasionally love needs to do some growing up before it can be done right.


“I bet you never got over that first boyfriend, huh?” Delia must have been a scab-picker as a kid. She just did not quit.

“Him? I gave up on him a long time ago.”

“Well, he sounds like a real asshole, letting you go.” Delia shrugged.

“Yeah, his loss, right?”

Chance picked up his beer glass and chugged the remainder before he slammed it down on the table. He nudged the startled groupie, who scooted out of the booth with him right behind her. Like a pent-up and poked lion, he stalked to the bar. Judging by the two fingers Chance held up, he ordered a double of something clear. He threw back the shooter and stomped off toward the men’s room.

“What’s his deal?” Delia asked no one in particular.

Alex’s glass was low, and he used the opportunity to excuse himself. Jools grabbed his computer and slid it over to pick up where he left off without a skipped beat. Miles racked pool balls across the room, while Jimmy laughed loudly and chalked his cue. Alex breathed a sigh of relief to see his assistant occupied.

He was so stupid for sticking his dick in that guy. He’d have to look for another position for him—one where they wouldn’t work closely together. Obviously, Miles hadn’t gotten past it.

When Alex entered the men’s room, he initially thought Chance wasn’t in there after all. A toilet flushed, and the door on the end stall flew open hard enough to crash against the tiled wall behind it. Chance squinted at him as they both stood before the row of sinks, the rocker washing his hands and Alex giving him a dull stare.

“What the fuck are you playing at, Alex? Why are you here?”

“What am I playing at? You’ve got to be kidding, right?”

“You come here just to screw with my head?” Chance stared accusingly into the mirror, moss-green eyes skewering Alex.

“Like you need any help with that, Chance. I think your head is fucked well and good, and it’s got nothing to do with me. Besides, you sent me a goddamn bat signal on the airwaves when you used my song!”

“So, you didn’t just show up ’cause you missed this, huh?” He grinned maliciously into the glass while he grabbed his crotch in a mocking gesture. In the harsh lighting, even with his dark makeup ringing his eyes from the concert, and the ebony spiral of a dragon’s body curling around his neck and disappearing into the ripped collar of his shirt, Alex could still see flashes of the boy he once knew. The row of stainless steel rings that marched up his left earlobe, and the skinny black leather pants, the anti-social hair and full sleeves of ink—even the cold and cynical glint in his eyes couldn’t completely mask the Chance Alex used to adore.

“How could you sing that song? I know I lost the competition. You needed to be a rock star more than you need me. I’m over it. But here you fuckin’ are, Chance—you made it to the big time without me, and without that song. The least you could do is show an ounce of fucking respect for what we had.”

“I do… I didn’t…” He tripped over his words, and Alex shook his head, about to walk out. Distance was the best thing to have between them. Why did he think confronting Chance would bring some sort of resolution, some kind of healing to the wound that never closed no matter how much time passed? He should have known being so near Chance would tear him apart all over again.

“Wait. Alex?” Chance exhaled a deep breath as if trying to decide if he really wanted to say whatever he was about to.

“I was drunk one night. I couldn’t get you … that song out of my head. I just thought if I sang it, I could sleep, ya know? Cliff heard me. Said we had to cut it.” Chance shook his head as if to negate his words. “He had the rest of the band pressure me.”

“So, once again, I lose to the band, huh? It’s classic Chance. You fucked me over for your career already! Years later, with an entire country between us, you do it again? I let you go, Chance. You should do the same.”

“Did you really?” Chance turned toward him, closing the distance between their bodies. Alex smelled sweat and leather, and Chance’s breath held the essence of liquor as he spoke. “You want to tell me you didn’t think about me at all this whole time? Is that why you never tried to find me? Never called?”

“Are you fucking serious? Is that what I was supposed to do?” Alex clenched his fists, torn between wanting to hit him, and dying to know if his lips, his tongue, tasted like vodka, or beer, or both.

“It woulda shown you cared.”

“I see the world still revolves around you. Nice to know some things never change.”

“Yeah, some things don’t. Your eyes are still that same amazing blue.” Chance leaned closer and the tip of his tongue flicked out to smooth his lips. “I still feel like I could just … dive into them and drown.”

Fuck. A shiver of excitement rumbled through Alex’s body. He had come here to yell at him, to make him realize what a self-centered prick he was. Hopefully shame him, at least a little. After that he was going to leave.

Instead, he leaned in, and his lips were on Chance’s. And, good lord, he tasted and smelled just the way Alex remembered underneath the burn of booze. Chance’s face was rougher against his chin and cheeks, not like the smooth-faced boy Alex used to steal kisses from. Damn, if the man wasn’t so much hotter. He licked the seam of Chance’s closed lips and the guy groaned beneath Alex’s onslaught while his mouth opened in response. Their tongues met, and Chance molded his warm body against Alex’s.

Christ, he feels almost too good.

Alex’s hand wrapped around the back of Chance’s neck. He loved the thatch of hair at Chance’s nape. Different color, but still reassuringly soft. Threading his fingers through the silky mass, he pulled Chance’s mouth closer, his tongue deeper into his own moist heat.

Alex smiled against Chance’s mouth as the rocker ground his hips upward into Alex’s throbbing groin. The guy’s cock was hot and hard, wrapped in buttery leather. It surged against Alex’s hard-on.

Not everything changed.

The squeak of the outer door being tugged open broke the love buzz, and Chance wrenched guiltily out of his arms.

Alex turned on the tap in a liquid-lightning move and started splashing water around as nonchalantly as he could manage. The sink was the right height to cover most of the bulge in his pants, and he prayed it would be enough.

When Dave wobbled in with a shit-faced grin and a “Heyahh!” Alex knew they were safe. Chance was safe, actually, because Alex had quit giving a donkey’s dick what anyone thought about his sexuality a long time ago.

He ran wet fingers through his dark-brown hair and spared Chance a last look. He wouldn’t even make eye contact. The guy was obviously freaked out of his mind.

Alex laughed out loud at the look of abject terror twisting Chance’s face, and gave Dave a nod as he walked out. His balls burned with disappointment, but his heart was lighter than it had been in a long time.


Find Forever is Now from Liquid Silver Books:


All Romance: and other major e-book retailers beginning 9/9/13.

And stop by My Blog to help me name the puppy in book two of my Shooting Stars series. The winner will get a shout-out in my acknowledgments, an e-copy of book two (Double Takes) when it releases, and a $20 Amazon gift card. You have until 10/6 to get your name suggestions in, so get to work on something totally rocking! And thanks for playing!

-Kimber Vale

K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books

In Which The Past And The Future Discover “Forever Is Now”

“Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.” ― Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

In high school Alex and Chance were young lovers. Chance always wanted to be a rock star but he didn’t feel he could do that and be gay. Alex loved Chance and he believed they could be whatever they wanted to be no matter their sexuality. The young lovers snuck around together until the one fateful night when Alex’s father catches the boys together. When Chance is threatened to be outed, he does the only thing he thinks he can—he runs. Alex is devastated when he realizes that being a rock star means more to Chance than loving Alex.

Nine years later, Alex has moved on. Sure he went to see Chance perform with his new band, but he also saw Chance playing it straight. As much as his heart still pulls at the sight of Chance, he knows he could never compete with Chance’s career. Alex had made peace with that fact until Chance’s band releases their new single, and it is a song Alex wrote for Chance back in high school. Alex is furious to say the least. He devises a plan to finally get some revenge on Chance for walking away nine years earlier. He volunteers his crew to do a documentary for the band, and he plans to use the opportunity to confront Chance and get some answers.

The only problem with his plan is that when his eyes meet Chance’s, the heat and attraction are still there and they are still as strong as they were in high school. The two men trade some barbs back and forth, each trying to hurt the other, and Alex is afraid that seeing Chance again was a mistake. Eventually they realize the animosity is desire in disguise, and the men come together again. The sex is off the charts, and they both know that they still love one another. Unfortunately, it can never be that easy. Chance is still deeply in the closet, and he is worried that coming out could ruin his career, and that would affect more people than just Chance.

Alex doesn’t know if his heart can take it if Chance walks away again, so he is guarding his heart as best he can. He tells Chance they can keep quiet for a while but with as high profile as Chance is, the secrecy won’t last forever. The two men are trying to figure out how to handle the potential fallout when the decision is taken out of their hands. This causes a rift between them, and both men walk away angry. It will take some apologies on both of their parts to work this out.

Kimber Vale wrote a great story of young love in this book. Sometimes when we are young, we believe we are in love and that love will conquer all. Once we grow up and get some life experience, we realize that real life is much harder than our parents ever let on. I think Chance and Alex needed their time apart so they could live their individual dreams before they tried to merge them together. As much as it hurt them both to be apart all those years, it also made them realize that they didn’t want to be apart like that again.

The loved this story and I will be watching out for the next book in the series. The secondary characters weren’t very deeply explored, so I don’t have any clue who the next book will be about, but sometimes I like surprises!!!

Reviewed by: Jackie

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