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Guest Post and Giveaway: A Winter in Rome by Francis Gideon

A Winter in Rome

Please join us in welcoming author Francis Gideon today, on the tour for his upcoming release A Winter in Rome, and also be sure to check out the giveaway details below for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Hi everyone! I’m Francis Gideon and I’m here talking about my recent release with Less Than Three Press, A Winter In Rome. This work is part of their Intertwined Collection call, which, if you’re into poly romances at all, you should definitely check it out.

A Winter In Rome also contains a trans character called Sybil, who identifies as genderqueer. She realizes this over the course of the narrative; there are several discussions and her partners, Alan and Craig, work through their very minor issues and everything is squared away. I never wanted Sybil’s genderqueerness to be the “issue” of the text, and what minor quibbles the characters have during the “coming out” discussion are mostly about language. Sybil doesn’t like to be thought of or referred to as a woman, but she doesn’t mind she/her pronouns. She also doesn’t transition medically, and decides to keep her birth name.

I thought about these changes a lot, sometimes to the point where it kept me up at night, because I was very aware that Sybil didn’t fall in line with a typical trans narrative. We’re really used to seeing trans stories about the sudden discovery of a true gender, followed by gender transition. We have shows like I am Cait and Transparent that feed into this standard narrative as well. While these stories do have value–some trans people find it immensely relieving to shed everything that they once disliked and adopt something new that better fits them–it’s not the only transgender story out there. To measure all trans people by a single narrative is completely unfair, because with any kind of life transition, people all process it in different ways.

There are also lots of articles and essays written by very persuasive and savvy people about how the medical transition narrative seeks to fit all trans people into normative bodies that are often judged via European ablest standards of beauty. Transition is really expensive, too, and since most of these characters (save for Alan, an art professor) are working minimum wage jobs, medically overhauling something like this isn’t feasible. Also: Sybil doesn’t want to. So why should she have to medically transition?

I know Sybil is a character and characters don’t have any motivator other than what I tell them to do. So perhaps it’s unfair of me to say these things, when I’m really trying to justify my authorial intent. In that case, I want to tell you about my friend Amy. She insists on keeping her birth name because she likes it, and she doesn’t really care about pronouns, but knows she’s not a woman. She’s not cisgender. She was the model for Sybil’s character–though it’s pretty safe to say I’ve deviated a little bit with other attributes. Like how Sybil really enjoys poetry readings, whereas Amy would never be caught dead in one of those.

So that’s it! Sybil is trans, and while that was fun to write, it was also really stressful because I’m very aware of how little trans representation there is in media in general–let alone LGBT romance. As a publisher, LT3 has been working hard to change this fact, and I’m delighted to see that my story isn’t the only one in the polyamory collection Intertwined involving a trans MC! Sometimes diversity seems like an uphill battle, but the joy I have from checking LT3’s coming soon page each time they update, and seeing more and more trans stories appear, will never get old.

Dividersawinterinrome400Blurb: Craig is a man adrift, never quite feeling like he belongs or like he’s as successful and settled as those around him—especially his lovers, Alan, an art professor he met while in college, and Sybil, who tutored him throughout his Italian class. When Alan goes to Rome life becomes even shakier and the only grounding point becomes the corkboard of memories Craig creates for the three of them.

By the time Alan returns, Craig isn’t certain how his relationships will change—especially when Alan starts to fall for Sybil, bringing two pieces of his world completely together and leaving Craig worried it will create a world that has no place for him.

Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Pre-order Link: LT3 Press

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Excerpt: Alan pulled back the sheet and gave us a crooked smile. Sybil made some hums of approval, but I was stuck silent. I knew this painting; the canvas was black, stretched out and filled with dotted gold stars. It was the same one Alan had been working on when he and Sybil decided to be together, the same one that, according to Sybil, had been inspired by Sagan’s notion that we’re all star-stuff. The canvas was built up now more than before. The constellations had depth, and so did the black space around them. I felt as if I could fall into the painting and disappear before I was found.

“It’s beautiful,” I said. “What’s it called?”

Ad Astra,” Alan said. “I was going to call it something more dynamic like Alone in the Universe or Seeking Orion. But I liked the simplicity of Latin. It allows some of the meaning to be obscured.”

I nodded, still somewhat speechless. It was so odd to see all the conversations we had had with one another displayed without an origin point. I had been so sure that Sybil was asleep when I had mused about the stars and the phrase ad astra. And Alan—he hadn’t been around when I told Sybil about Carl Sagan. But here he was, in front of me, with his canvas full of impeccable, intimate details. He had created a universe of us. For Sybil especially, it must have felt like a self-portrait.

“I’ve never done space paintings before,” Alan confessed. “I was up online studying nebulas for the past week, and now I’m pretty sure aliens exist. Also, did you know you can make your own galaxy online through a program? Kind of like Microsoft Paint in space. Really cool. But I’m getting ahead of myself. What do you think?”

“I love it,” Sybil said. She stood up from the couch and walked over to Alan with a hug. “Thank you so much.”

“You’re welcome, dear.” Alan rubbed his hands up and down her back, and then waved me over too. I wrapped my arms around both of them, eyeing the painting behind us on the easel long after the embrace was over.

“Don’t get too attached, though,” Alan stated. “Because I think Rebecca wants me to sell it. Knowing her, anyway. She hates it when I keep any painting project for myself because I’m not ‘networking’ that way, or something.”

I was about to argue for the painting to stay when a knock echoed through the apartment. I heard Rebecca’s laugh right after the knock and Alan’s demeanour shifted. He pushed his shoulders back and straightened his jacket, before giving Sybil and I a quick kiss.

“Be right there, Becca. Just be patient.”

More laughter from the other side. Alan moved across the apartment, but I wasn’t ready to let him leave.

“Surely you can’t sell it.” I grabbed Alan’s shoulder before he got to the door. “It’s too important.”

“Why not? It would give me an excuse to paint more. To paint both of you again.” When I was still unconvinced, he added, taking my face in his hands. “We have our corkboard, Craig. We can add to that. We have control over that. Paintings are never really the artist’s alone. That’s why I can let it go—because I have to.”

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Author BioAuthor Bio: Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He has appeared in Gay Flash Fiction, Chelsea Station Poetry, and the Martinus Press anthology To Hell With Dante.  He lives in Canada with his partner, reads too many comics books, and drinks too much coffee. Feel free to contact him, especially if you want to talk about horror movies, LGBT poetry, or NBC’s Hannibal. Find him at francisgideon.wordpress.com.

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, M/M/M and More, N.R. Walker, Pride Publishing, Reviewed By Carrie

Review: Three’s Company by N.R. Walker

Title: Three’s Company (2nd Edition)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

At a Glance: Three’s Company is a successful re-release of what was already great book.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: When he started looking for someone to help heal his broken heart, Wilson Curtis never dreamed he’d find two someones. Love isn’t always conventional.

After being publicly outed leaves his restaurant business in tatters, and being dumped by his closeted boyfriend, Wilson Curtis goes to Key West alone where he meets Simon and Adam. Fascinated by this couple, he strikes up conversation and is soon invited into their bed for some holiday fun.

But once isn’t enough, and the offer is extended for the remainder of his stay. As they get to know each other, in and out of the bedroom, sparks fly and ten days is all it takes to change their lives.

When it comes time for Wil to leave, with outside tensions closing in and time running out, tempers flare and emotions fray. Beneath the misunderstandings and lack of communication is the realization these three men aren’t ready to say goodbye.

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Review: Simon and Adam like to play. Alike as night and day, personality wise, they both do have unconventional ideas about their relationship, and they occasionally like to bring a third into their tightly knit cocoon. But, you only get the invite once; they may like to play, but they are committed to one another and their relationship stays first and solid.

Simon is the serious one, the manager of a hotel in Key West. Adam is the laughing half of the relationship, but he’s the fragile one too, with an abusive past. Adam needs Simon to be the one in charge, and it is a roll Simon loves. Simon is fiercely protective of Adam. Then Wilson Curtis comes to stay at the hotel, and for the first time, a one night deal becomes two, then ten. Wil is from a small town in Alabama, and he has never been open about his sexuality for a reason. Meeting Simon and Adam is just as overwhelming for him as walking down the street holding the hand of man for the first time.

These characters are so well written, they come off the page as real men with real interactions: the way Wil must come to terms with coming out, and not just that but accepting a polyamorous relationship; the way Simon has to relinquish a little control and lean on the two strong men around him; the way Adam becomes the glue that holds all three men together. It will tug at your heart as it gets you hot and bothered because the sex scenes are VERY well written.

“I bucked at the sensation. So powerful, so perfect. Underneath me, on top of me, inside me, inside him. It was a pleasure like I’d never known. So….. complete. There was no other word for it. Complete. Always.”

Be aware this is a rework of a book that came out originally about three years ago. It’s been revised, given it a new cover, and the story has been expanded somewhat from the original. I really liked the expanded parts of the story, as we get to see into the lives of these men a little more clearly, and it makes the book into more of a romance HEA than just a ménage storyline. I would recommend getting the expanded version. This is just one of those books that once you start reading you become invested in these characters and don’t want to put it down until the very end. That N.R. Walker has gone back and given us more of these men and their lives – BONUS!

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2 Stars, Elaine White, Encompass Ink, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lisa

Review: The Cellist by Elaine White

Title: The Cellist

Author: Elaine White

Publisher: Encompass Ink

Pages/Word Count: 260 Pages

At a Glance: The Cellist is a loosely plotted novel, lacking a clear objective and offering pat resolutions.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: After six years, cellist Roman returns home with boyfriend Ben, in search of more than just international fame. There’s one complication he didn’t count on. His high school crush, the straight, untouchable, Jaxton is there when he arrives.

One performance at local club Crimson 8, stirs emotions that were better left forgotten.

With prior warning that the club is a gay man’s fantasy come true, where anything and everything can happen, Jaxton is dragged along with a group of his friends, to see Roman play.

What happens next, will change the course of all their lives forever.

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Review: The review business is a game of chance—the author takes a chance on the unknown reviewer as much as the reviewer takes a chance on the unknown author. Sometimes it pays off, while at other times book and reader don’t click. Sadly, Elaine White’s The Cellist is a book I didn’t click with in spite of the fact the blurb intrigued me enough to give it a go.

The cellist in question is Roman, a young man who has made a successful career of his music. He’s introduced as having been a nerd in high school, but it isn’t long before we discover that he has transformed into a sexually provocative swan since those ugly duckling days, his transformation owed in whole to a group of men he meets online in a chat room for the club Crimson 8.

The club in question, which I anticipated would be more a focal point of the story, isn’t delineated much beyond the fact that it’s something like a show/voyeur club where men can go to have public sex without consequence. When Roman meets this group of men at the age of sixteen, he has just experienced the blow of unrequited first love and is suffering the woes of a broken heart. As we learn more about Roman, we see he’s bearing the burden of poor parenting as well, through what we are able to perceive as an emotionally abusive and controlling father, though we’re only offered enough detail about their relationship to allow for this to become a device used to remove Roman from his home and throw him into the arms of Ben, a man five years Roman’s senior, who becomes Roman’s lover.

The club Crimson 8 itself is also an ill-used device within the storyline, which really serves no greater purpose than to highlight how comfortably Roman has grown into his sexuality. There are a few scenes set there, but only one that proves significant to the storyline, when Jaxton witnesses Roman’s sexualized cello performance and subsequent interlude with Ben, which is a catalyst to Jaxton’s own transformation.

The Cellist is a loosely plotted novel, lacking a clear objective for a good portion of it, and offering pat resolutions at times, which, with a melodramatic build up to Roman’s relationship waffling, finally exposes its true aim as a ménage story. The narrative itself is riddled with editing issues, both in the content and copy department, and while I can often overlook those things, there were so many in this novel that they soon became burdensome, to the point where I had a hard time finishing this book. I also had difficulty suspending belief some of the time, while at others laboring to get beyond head hopping, unclear pronouns that made it hard to keep track of which he/him was being referred to, and the somewhat erratic behavior of the characters, particularly, as I’ve mentioned, with respect to Roman and his relationship with Ben.

We are reminded, quite frequently, theirs is a happy six year relationship, which made all the sudden conflict with Roman’s still-overwhelming feelings for Jaxton difficult to buy into when they hadn’t seen or spoken to each other at all in that six year time span. I feel a healthy portion of my disinterest in their relationship originated in the fact that we’re told how in love these two men are rather than shown what, in six years, should be a connection based on more than the fact they still like having sex with each other. Their meeting, and Ben’s help in gaining Roman his emancipation, did include some sweet and tender moments, but overall, they lacked that all important chemistry that might have drawn me into investing in them and their story.

When Jaxton and Roman’s storyline is introduced, we’re led to believe he and Roman had known each other since high school, where Jaxton was Roman’s closeted sometimes love interest, while at the same time being Roman’s public tormentor; though much later we discover they’ve actually known each other much longer, leading to another of my issues with the content and continuity problems which cropped up on several occasions—facts and tidbits are thrown into the plot at random times without prior support for their inclusion, down to even the smallest but no less niggling discovery at the 82% mark that Jaxton smokes. Things of this nature are thrown in, in a deliberate way though with seemingly no forethought, with this scenario becoming little more than an afterthought for the purpose of allowing Roman to further explore an oral fixation for the reader. On a number of occasions, I found myself asking, how, why? because the narrative had lacked a solid foundation for those additions to the story.

Pared down to its barest bones, The Cellist is somewhat of an overwrought ménage story that I had difficulty engaging with. Jaxton’s eventual acknowledgment of his bisexuality came at the expense of another character being asked to settle for what amounted to an insulting consolation-boyfriend status, while Ben’s invitation for Jaxton to enter into his and Roman’s relationship as a third partner again was not introduced in a way I felt was organic or realistic; certainly not in such a way that one would assume something of this magnitude would be handled. Again, Ben and Roman’s relationship has been pointedly established as a loving, committed and happy one, after all, with no prior hint that either man had been considering veering into the realms of a threesome. One would presume a relationship changer such as this would be precluded by at least a little deliberation and the weighing out of potential pros and cons through conversation rather than it coming out of what felt like left field as a convenient means to introduce the polyamory storyline.

Once a happy throuple, The Cellist doesn’t then delve into an exploration of the dynamics of the relationship between Ben, Roman, and now, Jaxton; seemingly there are no life-altering adjustments or obstacles one might assume would be inherent to their new partnership. Rather, the story becomes a sexploration of who gets to top and/or bottom at any given point, and little else happens of consequence beyond that. There is a certain lack of finesse to this narrative, nor does it appear there was much foresight given to certain tangents that bogged down the flow and pace of the reading and failed to further build upon or layer the plot or characters with depth and substance. In the end, I felt the cast were all rather flat in their portrayals, which led to a lack of emotional investment in them and their story on my part.

As much as I wanted and expected to enjoy The Cellist more than I did, I simply couldn’t get past all the things that stood out as glaring issues for me. I don’t believe this is all due to the author’s lack of talent or storytelling ability, though. Some of it does owe a great deal to the lack of solid editorial support on the part of the publisher.

As the job of a review is to give you, the reader, the information you need to help you decide whether or not you might decide to spend your book-buying dollars on any given novel, I’ll leave you with the wish that if you decide to take a chance on The Cellist, it works better for you than it did for me.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Surrounded by Crimson Blog Tour with Lexi Ander

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Lexi Ander back today, on the Surrounded by Crimson blog tour.

Since the color red is referenced in the title of the book, I asked Lexi if she’d like to chat about symbolism, what the color represents in the story, and if the symbolism was intentional or synchronstic.

Enjoy what she has to say on the subject, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win one of the following prizes:

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Lexi: Do I include different symbolic elements into the story? Ah… yes and no. I don’t usually use symbolism on purpose. Most of the time it’s accidental and I have a moment where I think, “Hey, that would fit like a beaut!” Sometimes I insert symbols of the culture that I’m writing about. But… when I sat down to pen Surrounded by Crimson, I did intend to us the some symbolism for the color red.

Red is powerful and invokes a wide range of emotional responses in people that goes from the sexy side of passion, seduction, and love to the negative reactions of violence and anger. With prehistoric people, the color was associated with the primal forces of fire and blood.

When I was writing Dreams of the Forgotten, I was also reading The Rise and Fall of Babylon. There was a description of a burial site that predated Babylonia. At the excavation of Uruk, there was a list of items found along with an explanation of red being the color of mourning for the area. There were other tidbits about the length of time they mourned along with habits and rituals, which fascinated me—and some pieces made it into the ending of Dreams of the Forgotten. Tristan wears red as he mourns for the loss of Brian.

Tristan’s red robes were carried forward into Surrounded by Crimson, but had nothing to do with the title, at the beginning. No, I had meant for the symbolism to be about sacrifice because this was supposed to be the book in which some died. The idea was nixed when I was in the middle of book three, but I kept the title based on the replacement scene which would be pivotal to the storyline. When my writing finally dropped my off at that point, I had a thought went something like this. “Well, hell, how is Tristan going to show people what this looks like when he can’t step outside of himself to show everyone that?” Briefly, I considered changing the title.

All wasn’t lost, though. When I finished, I noticed I had woven in the mourning element, along with the love, the rage, and well, I won’t give away spoilers, but there was another element, and it all fit. The title came to represent several things instead of that one snippet of a scene. In no way was the symbolism intentional, but I happen to think that since I had the title picked out long before I began writing helped to bring everything together than if I had planned it. ^_^

Fun Facts About Red

Red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people.

Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world. Approximately 77% of all flags include red.

Red is the international color for stop.

Red districts sell sex and pornography in every European culture.

The history of languages reveals that red is the first color after black and white. (All languages have words for black and white. If a third hue exists, it is red.)

Cultural Meanings

Red is the color of good luck in Asia and is the most popular color in China.

Most Japanese children draw the sun as a big red circle.

In East Asian stock markets, red is used to denote a rise in stock prices. (Note: In North American stock markets, red is used to denote a drop in stock prices.)

Red is an auspicious color for marriage. Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris; in Japan, a red kimono symbolizes happiness and good luck.

In Russia, the word for “red” means beautiful.

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Cover Surrounded by CrimsonBlurb: Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.

Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the tie to his Flame has more repercussions than Tristan knew and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries old lover may not be enough to save him.

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

Where to find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | E-mail | Goodreads

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4 Stars, Lori A. Witt, Reviewed by Sammy, Riptide Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

Title: The Tide of War

Author: Lori A. Witt

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 371 Pages

At a Glance: The Tide of War is straight up sci-fi at its best.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.

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Review: Kyle lives in a society under attack. While there are constant small skirmishes between nations over petty things like border disputes, the real threat comes from the sky and a remote world inhabited by huge lizard-like creatures that need the earth for its resources after nearly destroying the atmosphere on its own. The Menarians are a race cloaked in mysteries that run constant bombing raids on the earth, resulting in devastating losses structurally, but thankfully minimal loss of lives. But, how can one count the cost of living in fear of being captured and destroyed by a menacing alien race?

Kyle is also gay and hiding it. Faced with a military that frowns upon anything but heterosexuality and, in fact, encourages its soldiers to marry, Kyle’s best kept secret are his lover and young son. On the surface it appears he is happily married to his elite gunner, Emily, herself a closeted lesbian. This amazing pilot/gunner team is continually sought after to join up with the elite fighting squadron who is space bound, fighting the Menarians on their own turf.

In the sky are another well-known fighting duo, Andrei and his wife Ogrufina. These two are the stars of the elite forces, and also hide secrets, namely that Andrei is bisexual and that his wife encourages him to pursue men that interest him. Don’t be fooled, theirs is a healthy and sexual love, but Ogrufina definitely allows what one might view as cheating on the side while understanding her husband’s needs for male companionship. This was a plot point I found a bit confusing, and also uncomfortable, because it was difficult to understand how the concept of what I believe was a touch of polyamory seemed to make this couple love each other more deeply. However, given what was about to happen in the story to both Kyle (who will lose his family in a bombing raid) and Andrei—this was a minor glitch in an otherwise disturbingly real and evolving story.

I say disturbing because what happens in this story could not only be plausible in today’s technological age but also even understandable, given the reasons that are discovered to be the motivation behind the horrible deception that is played out in the novel. I cannot go into further detail without giving away major plot points, but suffice it to say that all is not as it appears in this war, and when our dynamic and talented foursome finds out what is actually going on, it has devastating and lasting effects.

What I can describe to you is the amazing ability of this author to create a futuristic earth and the idea of alien forces that is so involved and convincing I could almost feel the force of exploding missiles and feel the taste of victory the pilots and gunners experienced when forcing back the enemy. This was an action packed novel that relentlessly pushed toward a mind-boggling conclusion that left one with their heart pounding and an uneasy feeling that Andrei and Kyle were not far from a new danger intent on destroying them.

The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt is straight up sci-fi at its best, and while there is a smattering of romance, this one is all about establishing a world in which real life heroes take risks that may endanger their lives. Fans of the military sci-fi genre will be delighted with this latest offering.

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Interview and Giveaway: The Dreams of the Forgotten Blog Tour With Lexi Ander

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Lexi Ander today on the Dreams of the Forgotten (Sumeria’s Sons: Book Three) blog tour. I’ve asked Lexi a few questions about which of her series she’d love to see hit the big screen, and she’s also offering the chance at some great giveaway items, including:

1. $20 Amazon Gift card, $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Dreams of the Forgotten, swag (pens, bookmarks, and such)
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4. An e-book copy of Dreams of the Forgotten to two winners

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TNA: Hi, Lexi! Just when you thought you were done with blog posts… :)

Lexi: LOL! I know! I thought all the hard work was done. Thank you for having me on the blog today.

TNA: You’re very welcome. It’s great to have you back with us!

Let’s pretend one of your book series has been optioned for the big screen. Which series would you wish it to be, and why do you think it would translate so well to film?

Lexi: What a great set of questions! I think The Valespian Pact would translate better to the big screen than Sumeria’s Sons. The first couple of Books of Sumeria’s Sons has a good deal of internal thoughts and growth that won’t do well in a movie. (At least I think so.) Although there were definitely a couple of scenes that would be awesome to see. Like Ushna fighting in the ring against Enki or the battle against Craig Stoiler. The Valespian Pact is more active. As I thought about it, I could defiantly see it play out movie style.

TNA: Who would you choose to star in the movies?

Lexi: Oh… Hard question. I think Jason Momoa would make a great Dargon. I can envision him moving like the lion Dargon is. Oh, I’m getting the hang of this.Shaneva: Lena Headly. Ashari: Gina Torres. Azaes and Mestor: Samuel L. Jackson (that would completely rock) I have combed the IMB website and I couldn’t find any one I would cast as Zeus. How he is and what he looks like in my head is all… Zeus. I mean, his identity didn’t derive from photo inspiration. I took his hair and eyes from other places, but he was basically already there when I picked up the pen, so trying to pick someone who I thought could portray him was hard. If Sumeria’s Sons actually made it to the big screen… you’re going to laugh. Jason Momoa as Ushna. Yes, it seems the love interests all have a type, even if they differ on the outside. Jason has that intensity that Ushna exudes. For Tristan, I think Kit Harrington would be a good choice.

TNA: What scene(s) do you think would be the most fun to see up on the big screen, and why?

Lexi: I love action movies and so I’d pick the scene with Zeus and the Monticore protecting the mountain pass to Haven. That was such a huge scene with so much happening at one time. I’d love to hear Canry’s siren songs and to see Zeus slay the Hunter, and watch the Feteine pop in the battle out of thin air.

TNA: What are you working on now/have coming up next?

Lexi: The release schedule is pretty busy the next couple of months. April’s release was Dreams of the Forgotten. In May, The Aurora Conspiracy in the Keeping the Stars Running anthology releases. Starting Fires and Surrounded by Crimson is coming this summer. For writing, I’m working on the last book of Sumeria’s Sons then I’m diving into the Valespian Pact.

Again, thank you for having me. I have a great time envisioning my books as movies was fun. Thanks everybody for stopping by and reading. Good luck with the giveaway!

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PrintBlurb: For Tristan and Ushna, nothing comes easy and with each passing day the challenges grow and the dangers multiply. The safe home they are building for their family and tribe is threatened from all sides, and the peace they seek is being torn apart by enemies and internal strife. Tristan dares not reveal his condition to any but those closest to him, all the while he’s plagued by dreams he cannot remember upon waking…

And over all of it hangs the knowledge that his time with Ushna is running out. Because Ushna already has a Flame awaiting rebirth, and though Tristan would die to protect that bond, he constantly struggles against his beast who demands they bind Ushna to their side.

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

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