5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Marie Sexton, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Kathie

Audio Review: Shotgun by Marie Sexton – Narrated by Paul Morey

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Title: Shotgun (Coda Series: Book Seven)

Author: Marie Sexton

Narrator:: Paul Morey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours and 31 Minutes

At a Glance: Paul Morey and the audiobook of Shotgun are like peas and carrots, state fairs and corn dogs, or, my favorite, baseball and peanuts—they are just meant to be together.

Reviewed By: Kathie

Blurb: As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he’ll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.

Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar’s ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.

Since he was 17, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.

It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.

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Review: I love a good mystery! I love a HEA Male/Male romance! I love coming out stories! And, most of all, I love Marie Sexton and the stories she writes! What a surprise to learn that this was book seven in the Coda series. Not that I mean to be greedy, but can we please have a book eight and nine and ten? Why stop at seven?

Marie Sexton was able to tie in so many sub-plots and characters: Lamar and Jonas, Dominic and Elena, Dominic and his family, Dominic and his daughter, Naomi, and, I think the best one—Lamar, Dominic, Legos and happiness. It’s a great journey.

Paul Morey and the audiobook of Shotgun are like peas and carrots, state fairs and corn dogs, or, my favorite, baseball and peanuts—they are just meant to be together. Morey has such a smooth voice that just draws you in. He is able to capture all the voices and emotions of the characters. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to sound like a thirteen-year-old girl who’s rolling her eyes over how dumb her dad is acting. He does a great job. Shotgun is five star great, and the narrator, Paul Morey, is five star great too Don’t miss this audiobook from two of the best in the business.

Oh, and “Clothes stay on, no matter what”… Don’t believe it. This is a happily-ever-after story, if you know what I mean. ;)

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GRL 2015 Featured Blogger Tour, Marie Sexton

Guest Post and Free Download: The Countdown to GayRomLit with Marie Sexton

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We’re so please to welcome author Marie Sexton today on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 blog tour. Marie’s here to chat books and to tell you all about how you can get a FREE book this week only at Amazon.

Enjoy!

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Darkness and Light

Hello, everybody! I’m Marie Sexton, and I’m thrilled to be here on The Novel Approach as part of the GRL blog tour.

Today is kind of a big day for me, being the culmination of over three years of work. See, back in early 2012, I became obsessed with a new story idea. It was a dystopian fantasy set in a universe that looked a lot like Dickens’s London, but with a bit of cyberpunk thrown in. It centered around a pickpocket-turned-whore named Misha who fell in love with an abused sex slave. I spent the next two years beating my head against that book, trying to make it take shape. It was by far the darkest story I’d ever tried to write, and I swear it almost killed me, especially when I realized the story was too big for one book. After all, if I couldn’t finish one story in this bleak universe, how would I ever manage to finish two?

I gave up on it many times, but I kept going back, partly because there were pieces of the story I loved too much to let go, and partly because certain friends cheered me on, telling me it was too good to give up on. Finally, in June of 2014, I published the first part of that story, Release. (You can pick it up for free on Amazon, this week only!) And today, the last part of the story, Return, is available too.

I mentioned before that the Davlova series was the darkest story I’d ever tried to write, and that wasn’t an exaggeration. It was so dark and disturbing that one of my beta readers flat-out said, “Your readers aren’t ready for this, Marie,” and so I decided to publish these books under a slightly different pen name, A.M. Sexton. I wanted it to be absolutely clear that this series is very different from Coda or Tucker Springs. It’s different even from Blind Space or Oestend. Davlova is a brutal and violent slum of a city (although I promise, the second book is significantly lighter than the first). But those who are willing to venture into this seedy world will also find a rather sweet, gentle love story buried under all the filth.

And man, after three years of struggling with these books, it feels amazing to finally have them finished!

But if you prefer your reading a bit lighter, don’t worry! I have something for you, too. You see, the world of Davlova was too dark to live in for three years straight. I put the story on hold several times in order to write sweeter, fluffier things like Lost Along the Way, Shotgun, Apartment 14 and the Devil Next Door, and (the one I’m dying to tell you about!) a fun, whimsical little Christmas novel for Riptide called Winter Oranges.

Winter Oranges is about a frustrated actor named Jason who tries to escape Hollywood by moving to Idaho. He hopes for a bit of peace and quiet (and a break from the paparazzi!), but instead finds a mysterious man nobody else can see living in his guesthouse. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this: I haven’t been this excited about a story in a long time. Of course, I’m always more excited about the story I have coming up than the one that just came out, but this book truly holds a special place in my heart. Winter Oranges won’t be available until November 30, but it’s available for pre-order now.

So, there you have it! One day, but two very different worlds to choose from – the dark, dangerous alleys of Davlova, or the bright streets of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, all decked out with holiday lights. (Of course, you could always try them both!)

Release (Davlova, part 1) (FREE this week only!)

Return (Davlova, part 2)

Winter Oranges (pre-order)

Thanks very much to The Novel Approach for having me today, and for everybody headed to GRL, I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego!

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Release-400x600Release Blurb: Davlova: a poverty-ridden city-state ruled by the tyrannical upper class. Resources are scarce and technology is illegal. But in the slums, revolution is brewing.

Misha is a common pickpocket until his boss gives him a new job. Disguised as a whore, Misha is sent to work for one of the most powerful men in the city. But his real task is far more dangerous: get close to Miguel Donato, and find something – anything – that will help topple Davlova’s corrupt government.

Misha is plunged into the decadent world of the upper class, where slaves are common and even the most perverse pleasure can be found. Although he’s sure Davlova’s elite is involved in something horrific, proof is hard to come by, and Misha begins to fall in love with the man he’s supposed to betray. Then Misha meets Ayo – a sex slave forced by the neural implant in his brain to take pleasure from pain – and everything changes. As the lower class pushes toward a bloody revolution, Misha will find himself caught between his surprising feelings for Donato, his obligations to his clan, and his determination to save Ayo.

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Return-400x600Return Blurb: The exciting conclusion to Release.

Fire rages through Davlova in the wake of a bloody revolution. The tyrannical upper class has been overthrown. In the midst of the chaos, Misha and Ayo escape on Miguel Donato’s boat and flee across the sea to the distant city of Deliphine.

All his life, Misha has dreamed of leaving Davlova behind, but now the only thing he wants to do is go home. He has no idea if the city still stands or how many of his friends have survived. But before he can return to Davlova and find his place in the wrecked landscape of the trenches, he’ll have to face a new threat in Deliphine – the Dollhouse.

Even in Deliphine, most people think the Dollhouse is a myth, but Misha knows the truth. The Dollhouse is real. It’s ruthless. It has an agenda.

And now, it wants Ayo back.

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WinterOranges_400x600Winter Oranges Blurb: Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of L.A., and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

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Marie Sexton December 5 2009 - 07webAbout the Author: Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Marie also writes dark dystopian erotic fantasy under the name A.M. Sexton. You can find her at http://mariesexton.net/, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Welcome, friends, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead!

We’ve got such a fun-filled and busy week in store for you that I’ve had to open up my calendar on Saturday and Sunday just to bring it all to you, and I’m happy to do it too.

Here’s what we have on tap:

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we have Marie Sexton as our guest today to help us celebrate the countdown to GayRomLit 2015

Joining Marie will be author Hayden Thorne, doing a little bit of her own celebrating of the release of her YA Historical Fantasy novel Desmond and Garrick (Book Two)

Tuesday – We have another two fabulous authors with us today. First up is Mickie B. Ashling to chat a bit about her new novel Forged in Trust

Next up is L.A. Witt, who’s joining us to talk about Running with Scissors (the book, not the “don’t run with…”) :-)

Wednesday – Today we have author and editor Denise Wyant with us today to share an excerpt from the just recently released anthology Apple Bites, a blend of M/M and M/F shorts, ranging from sweet to spicy

We also have another edition of “Genre Talk” with Carole Cummings coming up today, featuring Luchia Dertien in the spotlight

Thursday – We’re kicking off today with a cover reveal from Riptide Publishing for the next new book in their popular Bluewater Bay collection

We’ll also have author Joe Cosentino with us to talk about his new book Shooting Star

Friday – And starting a busy day today, we’ll have author Rhys Ford with us to do a little celebrating of her own, for the release of Sloe Ride, Quinn Morgan and Rafe Andrade’s story in the Sinner’s Gin series

We’ll also welcome author Morticia Knight as our second guest of the week in the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015

And Rayna Vause will also be here to chat about her new novel Demon of Mine

Saturday – Today we have author Sandrine Gasq-Dion joining us on the blog tour for her new book Fret

Sunday – Author T.M. Smith closes out our week on the tour for her new book Fame and Fortune

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Lost Along the Way by Marie Sexton

Title: Lost Along the Way (A Tale of the Curious Cookbook)

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 126 Pages

At a Glance: All in all, I would recommend Lost Along the Way. It’s an excellent read.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Three months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess. Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe – and Granny B – may have other plans.

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Review: Dang it, Marie Sexton! This is the toughest review I have ever done. In fact, it took me more than a couple of days to think about how I was going to write it.

Daniel has been in a relationship for over fifteen years. Even though Daniel and Chase never married, because it was illegal, they still called each other husband. Estranged from his parents because Daniel chose Chase rather than living a lie, Daniel learns they’ve been killed in an automobile accident just as they are about to meet again after all those years apart. It’s a sad tale when there are regrets on both sides, between parents and son, and that things happened the way they did.

As Daniel makes the weekend trips to his parents’ home, without Chase, to clean out their house, he gets to know the neighbor, Landon, as a pretty good guy who knew his parents well. It’s not long before a copy of a cookbook shows up in the mail addressed to Landon, with Daniel’s parents’ address on it. And this is where things start to get interesting, as Landon makes the banana bread recipe that he had no intention of sharing with Daniel. After a shower scene that sends Daniel racing home to his significant other, Daniel makes a meatloaf from the Granny B cookbook that did more than open his eyes about his relationship with Chase.

God! At this point, I was badly triggered, as Daniel began to wake up to the dawning horror that his significant other is a total stranger to him. I found myself crying at that remembered pain, which is why it was so hard to write this review. I’m not all that fond of reading about infidelity, but I do read it to desensitize myself to my own experience with it. In a way, it’s helped me let go of the anger it’d caused. I did have a bit of a problem with Daniel’s way of dealing with it. But, I’m giving Lost Along the Way some slack because it’s part of an anthology and is made to be short.

All in all, I would recommend Lost Along the Way. It’s an excellent read. It may have some magical qualities about it, but it also has a very human touch. I got something out of this story, even though the subject matter broke my heart.

Meatloaf anyone?

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Cover Reveal: Shotgun by Marie Sexton

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Title: Shotgun
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 260 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Pre-Order Link: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Blurb: As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he’ll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.

Fifteen years later, Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar’s ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.

Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenaged daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.

It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.

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Shotgun FAQ:

Q: OMG! It’s set in Coda? Really?!?

A: Yes, really. :-)

Q: Does it still work as a stand-alone?

A: Yes! You can read Shotgun all by itself, even if you’ve never read any of the other Coda books.

Q: Will I get to see all of my favorite characters from previous Coda books?

A: Some of them. Matt, Jared, Zach, and Angelo all make appearances, but I’m afraid Jon and Cole were unable to fly to Colorado for the occasion.

Q: I want to read the other Coda books. Where do I start?

A: A long-winded explanation of the order they can be read in can be found HERE

Q: There will be other Coda books after this, right?

A: Only time will tell.

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Marie SextonAuthor Bio/Social Media Links: Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

You can find Marie at http://mariesexton.net/, and on Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr (NSFW!!!!) and Pinterest.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Giveaways

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome! I’m so excited to share who and what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. We’ve got a fantastic lineup of authors and giveaways, a couple of cover reveals, and, of course, lots of reviews to share.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayMarie Sexton kicks off our week with a cover reveal of her novel Shotgun, the latest addition to her Coda series

Also joining us today is author Kate Fierro on the tour for her new novel Love Starved

Tuesday – Our second cover reveal of the week comes to us courtesy of Susan Mac Nicol and her latest novel in the Men of London series, Suit Yourself

A.F. Henley also stops by today with a guest post on the Baby’s on Fire blog tour

Wednesday – Today we have author Rick R. Reed joining us on his Dinner at Fiorello’s blog tour

Author Karen Stivali will also be here with the Moments of Clarity blog tour

ThursdayDebbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney drop by on their Leaving Flowers blog tour

Riptide Publishing and author Heidi Belleau will also be with us today to share the newly remade covers for the Rear Entrance Video series, and the story behind them

Friday – We have Amy Lane with us today to chat about fairy tales and her new novel Immortal

Joining her is Kate Sherwood with a guest post on the Sacrati blog tour

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’re hosting the blog tour for Wilde City Press’s new anthology Butt Riders on the Range

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

 

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4.5 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Jules

Review: Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton

“The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.” – Oscar Wilde


Title: Between Sinners and Saints

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 282 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.

Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi. Continue reading

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Marie (A.M.) Sexton Is With Us Today On The “Release” Blog Tour And Giveaway



TNA: Hi, Marie, 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, things that readers may not know about you? Say, for instance, the fact you have an amazing shoe collection that I envy beyond all reason.

Marie: Hmm. Well, I’m not sure there’s anything people don’t already know. I’m a soccer mom. I love shoes, wine, coffee, and football. I like monster movies and old-school slasher-style horror. I love my home state of Colorado, and I really dig a good antihero. (Boyd Crowder is the bomb.) (Do people still say ‘bomb’?)
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Amelia C. Gormley And Marie Sexton Are Our Guests Today On The “Saugatuck Summer” Blog Tour


Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! First off, I want to thank Lisa and The Novel Approach for inviting me, and Marie Sexton for sitting down and chatting with me for this post.

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.
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4 Stars, Amber Allure, L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton, Reviewed by Lisa

L.A. Witt And Marie Sexton’s “Roped In” Puts The Sexy In Cowboys And Causes


“Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do.” ― Paulo Coelho


Title: Roped In

Author: L.A. Witt & Marie Sexton

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 39000 Words (Novella)

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Graham and his roping partner Jackson have ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. And then there’s Jackson.
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L.A. Witt And Marie Sexton Are All Tied Up And Roped In, And We’ve Got Them Here With A Giveaway


Hello! Lori and Marie here, talking today about our newest release, Roped In. A couple of days ago, Marie made me (Lori) answer a few questions, so today, I’m turning the tables and putting her on the spot…

Lori: Tell us a little about the secondary characters of Roped In, and whether or not we might see them again.

Marie: I seem to have a fondness for gruff, grumpy, bad boys, and this story is no exception. This time around, I fell in love with Jackson, Graham’s roping partner and unrequited love interest. Jackson started out as a bit of an asshole, but as we wrote, I developed a soft spot for him. And yes, we will definitely see him again. In fact, I spent a nice chunk of my morning outlining bits of his story. 

Lori: Out of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Marie: Angelo, of course, because he’s so impetuous and irrational and snarky. But I also really loved Dante. He’s just so angry and confused and apologizes for nothing. (In fact, he’s an awful lot like Jackson.)

Lori: What’s one time or place you’d like to write about, but haven’t yet?

Marie: Hmm… I’m not sure. And honestly, whatever I chose, I’d probably end up warping it. For a while, I wanted to write a western, and I ended up with Oestend (which is sort of like the old west, but with a few obvious changes). Then, I wanted to write something akin to Dickens’ London, and I did. But I went and added cyber implants. So while I could say I’d like to write a medieval story, I’d probably end up adding space ships or some damn thing.

Lori: Since you made me cop to it … name one irrational phobia you have.

Marie: Earwigs!!! *shudder* Wiggly, nasty little things.

Lori: What are you working on now?

Marie: I’m still trying to finish up the second book in my dark, kinky, semi-cyberpunk story. The first book, Release, will be available in June. The second book, Return, will be available in October. (Assuming writing the damn thing doesn’t kill me dead.) Release and Return will be published under the name A.M. Sexton. (You can find an explanation of why I chose to use a different pen name HERE)

And, of course, I’m plotting the follow-up to Roped In, where Jackson will get his HEA.

BLURB: Graham and his roping partner Jackson have ruled the rodeo scene for ten years running, but lately, Graham’s heart isn’t in the game. He’s tired of the bruises, the cowboy mentality, and the animal rights activists who picket every event. And then there’s Jackson.

Graham and Jackson have been friends since they were boys. But ever since their drunken sexual encounter the year before, things have been awkward. Graham’s accepted that he might be gay, but no matter how attracted he is to other men, he always panics and runs when the clothes start to come off.

Then Graham has a run-in with one of the rodeo protesters, and everything changes. Kaz is young, idealistic, and sexy as hell. And Kaz has an idea for getting Graham past his nerves and into bed.
All they need is a bit of rope.

Genres: Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Western (Modern Day) / BDSM (Light)
Heat Level: 3
Length: Extended Novella (39k words)

THE GIVEAWAY: There is a giveaway that will be available throughout all blog tour stops. The prize is a $20 Amazon Giftcard and 1 ebook from EACH of the authors’ backlists (2 books total)!

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Brita Addams, Christa Tomlinson, F.E. Feeley Jr., J.K. Hogan, Jacob Z. Flores, Kade Boehme, L.A. Witt, LE Franks, Libby Drew, M.J. O'Shea, Marie Sexton, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison, Rafe Haze, Riley Hart, Saloni Quinby

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week. It was a busy and fun-filled weekend at RainbowCon, having the opportunity to meet some new-to-me authors and participating on some great panels, where the conversation was always interesting and informative. Next stop: GayRomLit in Chicago!

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

MondaySaloni Quinby kicks off the week on her Weapons of Redemption Blog Tour with a giveaway

Jacob Flores drops in as well, with a GRL Countdown Celebration for his newest release, When Love Comes to Town, and there’s a giveaway

TuesdayRiley Hart is our guest today on the Stay (Blackcreek: Book Two) Blog Tour. She sat down to answer a few questions for us, so make sure to stay tuned

Libby Drew is also with us to do a Cover Reveal of her new novella The Lost Year, included in the anthology Secrets of Neverwood

Brita Addams visits today with a guest article about misused idioms/clichés

WednesdayPiper Vaughn and Kade Boehme stop in on their Wood, Screws & Nails Blog Tour, and they’ve also got a giveaway for you

Rafe Haze is also with us to talk a little bit about his new book The Next, and he’ll be giving an e-copy away to one lucky reader

ThursdayPoppy Dennison is dropping by to do a little Mind Magic for us, and there’s a giveaway

L.A. Witt and Marie Sexton are also here on their Roped In Blog Tour, with a giveaway

FridayLE Franks is our guest on the Can This Be Real Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

M.J. O’Shea also drops in on the Rising Sun Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway

SaturdayChrista Tomlinson is our guest on The Sergeant Blog Tour and giveaway

F.E. Feeley Jr. will also be here on the Objects in the Rearview Mirror Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SundayJ.K. Hogan is here with a Countdown To GRL Celebration Guest Post and Giveaway

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

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Amber Allure, Marie Sexton

Normal Is Relative In Marie Sexton’s “Normal Enough”


“Let’s just say, I think you’re abnormal in the best possible way.” – Marie Sexton


Title: Normal Enough

Author: Marie Sexton

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 24000 Words

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. Between what Kasey considers a shameful fetish and his long estrangement from his family, Kasey finds it easiest to be alone, even distancing himself from his coworkers. But Brandon doesn’t think Kasey’s fetish is weird. In fact, he likes it.

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What Made Marie Sexton Write A Book About A Car Fetish? Read On To Find Out, Then Enter The Giveaway



The question that’s been asked the most in relation to Normal Enough is, “What in the world made you write about a car fetish?” Admittedly, it’s an odd choice, but it was an idea that intrigued me.

When I signed up to write a story for Amber Allure’s Grease Monkeys Pax, I didn’t have any idea what I was going to write. I asked my BIL, who’s a mechanic, if there were any juicy stories from his garage. He basically laughed and said, “Garages aren’t really very sexy.” But somehow, from that discussion, the idea of a car fetish was born.

Many years ago, I read a book on human sexuality. I’m old and have a terrible memory, so I can’t tell you the title or the author. But this author posited that much of what turns us on as adults is rooted in our childhood, usually in the years between ages two and four, when we’re first discovering that touching ourselves between our legs feels a little funny. As Americans (I can’t speak for other cultures), we really want to deny this. We want to believe that our sweet little cherubs have no sexual feelings until adolescence. In the world of small press romance publishing, we go even further. We pretend our kids never, ever feel any kind of sexual desire until that magical day when they turn eighteen. But we all know this isn’t true. Most of us discover sexual pleasure at a much younger age. Of course, many of us are told, “don’t do that,” and so we quickly learn to hide it, but the fact remains that the first feelings of sexual pleasure usually happen in these very early formative years. And, according to this particular book, this is very often where sexual fetishes come into play.

Now, “fetish” is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot these days, and I’m sure there are several different definitions, but in this particular book, a fetish was defined as something that was either required in order to achieve sexual desire, or as something that triggered an uncontrollable sexual response. So, if you like to jack off while watching Three’s Company, it would not (by this definition) be a fetish. If, however, just hearing the Three’s Company theme song causes you to pop wood, regardless of the fact that your grandma’s sitting on the couch next to you, or if you can achieve sexual gratification only while watching Three’s Company, that would be a fetish.

Again, I’m not claiming this is the ONLY definition. I’m talking about one particular book’s definition. Anyway…

The author’s premise was that this kind of fetish is almost always rooted in our early formative years. Maybe your parents put you in the bath every night at seven p.m., and you’d lie there happily soaping certain parts of your body while listening to Chrissy, Jack, and Janet argue to the tune of canned laughter. Given those particular circumstances, it’s completely feasible that you could come to link Three’s Company with sexual arousal. The point of this particular chapter was that in most cases, people who grow up with these types of specific fetishes don’t remember what started them, and because they don’t understand them, they’re often needlessly ashamed.

In the case of my character Kasey Ralston, he experiences uncontrollable arousal when inside certain types of old muscle cars. My first question of course was, where would this come from? In reality, it probably would have been rooted in his very early years, but it occurred to me that for the sake of this story, rooting it in his adolescence just might work.

Imagine a young boy with three older brothers. They live in a small house. This boy is just starting down the painful, icky path we call puberty. He has to share his bedroom, and there’s only one bathroom in the entire house. Privacy is hard to come by. However, this boy’s father has a collection of rusty old cars in the backyard, rotting away on cinder blocks. Those cars become Kasey’s haven. And, more than that, they become the place he stashes his porn, and the place he goes when he wants to look at his magazines and masturbate. With the bulk of his adolescent sexual discovery tied to cars in such a visceral way, he develops a bit of a fetish. He tells Brandon, ” I guess at some point, the porn and the cars and the feeling of getting off all got mixed up in my mind.”

Kasey’s embarrassed by his fetish until he meets Brandon, a man who not only happens to have a whole collection of classic muscle cars, but who thinks Kasey’s fetish is hot.

“Meeting you is like fate. You get off on classic muscle cars. And here I am, with a collection of them. Your fetish dovetails with my interests so perfectly.” He leaned a little closer. “It’s like we were meant to be.”

Kasey swallowed, his thoughts a jumble. Brandon’s last sentence had been said with a hint of humor. But there was note of earnestness there as well.

“So, in other words, I may be a freak, but you like it?”

“Let’s just say, I think you’re abnormal in the best possible way.”

As Kasey explores his new relationship with Brandon, he begins to realize that maybe he’s not abnormal after all. Maybe he just needs to change his definition of “normal.” After all, who among us can claim normality?

Not me.

Now, as a side note, this story isn’t exactly a stand-alone. As it turned out, L.A. Witt was also writing a story for the Grease Monkeys, Inc Pax, and at some point we decided to set our books in the same garage. Her novella is called Wrenches, Regrets and Reality Checks, and her protagonist is my main character’s boss. The stories aren’t really connected, but our characters have cameos in each other’s novels, much like in our Tucker Springs stories. Wrenches, Regrets and Reality Checks takes place about a year after Normal Enough, but that doesn’t mean you have to read mine first. (Yes, it does.) (Except not really.)

Check out Normal Enough, (and Wrenches, Regrets and Reality Checks) available now from Amber Allure.

Blurb: When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. Between what Kasey considers a shameful fetish and his long estrangement from his family, Kasey finds it easiest to be alone, even distancing himself from his coworkers. But Brandon doesn’t think Kasey’s fetish is weird. In fact, he likes it.

Kasey doesn’t know how to resist a man as charming as Brandon, and he’s more than willing to be seduced. But what are Brandon’s long-term intentions? Kasey is afraid of hoping for too much, but equally afraid that when all is said and done, Brandon will leave, and Kasey will be left alone once again.

Length: 24k words
Publisher: Ambur Allure
Release Date: March 16, 2014
Buy Link: Normal Enough

About the Author: Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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A.J. Corza, Brita Addams, Chris T. Kat, Eleanor Bruce, GotYouCovrd, HL Holston, J.P. Barnaby, John Goode, Jordan L. Hawk, Kerry Adrienne, Marie Sexton, Silvia Violet, Sneak Peek, Sue Brown

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week!



Hi, everyone, we’ve got another busy and fun-filled week coming up at The Novel Approach. The lineup is stellar, the guest posts pretty phenomenal, and the giveaways are not to be missed.

Here’s what we’ve got in store for you in the week ahead!

MondaySue Brown is our guest today as we continue the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s bringing along a giveaway

TuesdayChris T. Kat stops in on The Wolf and His Diva Blog Tour, and there’ll be a giveaway

Brita Addams is also with us to share an article about Confusing Pairs of Words

WednesdayKerry Adrienne drops by on her Artist’s Touch Blog Tour and she’s bringing a giveaway

John Goode’s 151 Days comes out on March 20, 2014, and we’ve got him and the Foster High boys, Kyle Stilleno and Brad Graymark, here with an exclusive interview

A.J. Corza’s also back today with another installment of Got You Covered

ThursdayJP Barnaby kicks off her Spencer Blog Tour right here at The Novel Approach. We’ll have an exclusive interview with Aaron and Spencer, and Zach and David from Rowan Speedwell’s Finding Zach, and there’s also a giveaway

FridayHL Holston and Eleanor Bruce will be here for the second visit of the week in the RainbowCon Celebration Countdown, and there’ll be a giveaway

Silvia Violet joins us on her Pressure Points Blog Tour, and she’ll be bring a giveaway

Saturday – Today, we’ll have the honor of debuting the cover art for Jordan L. Hawk’s Necropolis, Book Four in the Whyborne & Griffin Series

SundayMarie Sexton closes out our week on her Normal Enough Blog Tour, and she’s offering a giveaway

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

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Dreamspinner Press, Marie Sexton

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding Is The Recipe For Something Really, Really Good

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. ― Sophocles

Goose bumps and tears. That’s what this book gave me, goose bumps and tears. Pretty nifty, that, I think, because it means an author has not only written a story that has provoked an emotional response but a physical one as well, and to do that, to keep me so invested in the lives of her characters that a single name causes me to shiver and tear up at the same time, I’m thinking that’s what’s called…voodoo witchcraft. No, not that, but it’s something really, really good.

If you fell in love with Cole Fenton and Jonathan Kechter in Strawberries for Dessert and couldn’t get enough of them in Paris A-Z, then fear not, because Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding will likely send you into fits of the giddies for the sheer love of these two men and the turn their lives are taking. There is pain and promise and expectation tempered by fear but founded in hope in this installment of the lives and love of these two men, who are setting out on a journey from which there is no turning back, one in which each step forward will be marked with a discord of emotions and a revisiting of the past that holds promise for the future.

Jon and his father, George, tell this story, but there is never a moment’s doubt that this chapter in their lives belongs entirely to Cole, as he alternately advances and retreats, both emotionally and physically, as is his way. But there comes a point in a man’s life when forward is the only direction left to travel, regardless of how terrifying that may be, and sometimes that means exhuming the things you’ve buried because dredging them up and examining them and admitting aloud that they hurt you is the only way to exorcise them, and to put paid to that hurt, and to give someone a second chance to be a part of your life rather than living with the regret of never having tried at all.

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding is both an opening and a closure, a beginning of the most humbling and terrifying journey a person can set out on, and a closure of the most painful and bitter journey a person may travel. Marie Sexton doesn’t pull any punches in this book. This one was meant to go straight for the emotional jugular and her aim is true. There is so much joy to be found at the end of this story, though, that it was almost easy to forget my heart was in a vice grip the entire way through. And it was so worth it.

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding can be purchased here:

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Marie Sexton, Total-E-Bound Publishing

Saviours of Oestend (Oestend #2) by Marie Sexton

“The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love someone else.” – Unknown

For Dante Pane, the torture of watching Deacon live with and love Aren Montrell was too much to bear. It caused him nothing but anger and resentment, and it compelled him to do something so destructive that the man Dante loves, the man who loves someone else, sends Dante away in humiliation.

That Dante is incapable of loving women and has learned to be ashamed of his attraction to men—a lesson that was beaten into him when he was just fourteen-years-old—is a misery that leaves him destined to live a lifetime alone. But if you believe the romantics, then you believe there’s someone for everyone in the world, even in a landscape as harsh and unforgiving as Oestend, even for a man for whom both women and men are unattainable; until he finds a woman who is the best of everything Dante needs to be whole and to be healed of the taint and the limitations of his desires.

Cami is that woman, the woman that Aren sends to Dante and the woman who eventually becomes a friend, but who isn’t able to trust in Dante enough to reveal the secret she hides. It seems shame is something both Cami and Dante have in common, and it isn’t until they finally have nothing left to hide that they discover there’s nothing shameful about who they are and how they feel about each other. It doesn’t matter whether or not there’s a label for that person or that love, whether or not she’s different; all that matters is you’ve found someone who gives you everything you thought you’d never have, and you realize the thought of life without that person underscores how very much you love and need the life you’re building with them.

Saviours of Oestend picks up where book one leaves off—with the wraiths still terrorizing most of this remote country in the dead of night and where plagues, the likes of which have only been seen in Ancient Egypt, wreak havoc on the land. Everywhere but the BarChi Ranch, that is, because it and its people have been claimed by Deacon, and that magick now protects the BarChi from the spirits of the dead. But there’s more to be done if the wraiths are to be sent on to their final resting place, more songs to be sung to the ancestors, stories to be spun to honor those who’d come before, and rituals to be performed, rituals where sex and magick and six become one.

There’s a certain fluidity to the relationships in this book, and if I’m being honest, I’d have to say that the dynamics of those relationships played a bigger role for me in this story than the paranormal mysteries of Oestend did. As always, whether that’s a positive or negative will depend upon the reader’s expectations.

Deacon and Aren have always had an open relationship with Frances, who is in love with Simon, who is straight and can’t feel romantic love for Frances but can love him in the only way he’s capable of, and whether that’s good or bad for Frances is up to the boy himself.

There’s Dante and Cami, the woman for whom there was no definition until she learned there was, and she found friendship and acceptance where she never believed there would be. And there’s Dante, the man who loved and lost Deacon, who finds that relationship ultimately healed because they’ve each found love, just not with the other.

These six people whose lives are intertwined become the saviours of the world in which they live. This is not six degrees of separation; this is six degrees of unity—not romance but ritual—and it might not work for those who’re expecting something else.

Saviours of Oestend is the catalyst for change, but I’m not sure if this is the end or the beginning of something else in this world. It feels done in some aspects, undone in others. I can’t say I loved this installment in the series as much as I loved Song of Oestend, but change is sometimes hard to accept until you see where it’s going to take you.

Buy Saviours of Oestend HERE.

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Marie Sexton, Silver Publishing

Cinder by Marie Sexton


Fans of re-imagined fairy tales will find plenty of new spins and twists to love on the old story of the peasant who meets the prince, falls in love, and lives happily ever after, with the help of a little bit of magic and a whole lot of faith.

Cinder is the young man who serves in his aunt’s household after being orphaned when his parents’ own fairy tale romance ended tragically.

Xavier is the prince who has no choice but to abide by the law of the kingdom and find a bride before his next birthday in order to inherit the throne.

Cinder is the unconventional story of how the two men bend the laws, rather than break them, in order to fulfill their own fairy tale romance, with the help of a witch, a shoe, and a dog named Milton that knows true love even when his master has a difficult time recognizing love in its true form.

This is a fairy tale, so you already know how the story ends, but what Marie Sexton does so successfully is deliver a few surprises, tug a few heartstrings, and make the reader believe that love can and will always find a way.

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