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Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: He’s Behind You by Rebecca Cohen

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Rebecca Cohen today on the tour for her new novel He’s Behind You, the third installment in the Treading the Boards series.

Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book just for you, and when you’ve finished that, head on over to  UK Gay Romance for a giveaway of He’s Behind You..

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HesBehindYouFSBlurbA Treading the Boards Novella

It’s panto season for the Sarky Players, an amateur dramatics society based in Greenwich, South London. With the traditional Christmas play around the corner, it’s time to get ready for more larger than life performances—on and off stage.

While Craig Rosen is happy with his quiet life playing Warhammer and working in a university lab, a new colleague thinks he needs more excitement and drags Craig along to an audition for the Christmas pantomime, Aladdin.

Corporate lawyer Jason Carter accepted he’s gay a little later in life than most, but now divorced and in his late thirties, he’s ready to embrace who he really is. He can’t believe his luck when he runs into Craig at the audition and the cute younger man agrees to help him navigate his new life. There’s no doubting the attraction between Craig and Jason, but with Craig’s insecurities and Jason still finding his way, they’ll need to make sure they don’t veer off script.

Treading the Boards SeriesOverly Dramatic || Summer Season

Buylink: Dreamspinner | All Romance | Amazon

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Excerpt: Craig cocked his head to one side. “I wouldn’t say that, but I guess what really intrigues me is why now for your gay enlightenment, and how do I fit into it?”

“It’s not happened overnight, and it has taken me this long to be comfortable enough in my own skin to explore it. Let’s face it—I need a boyfriend to explore it with. The only naked men I’ve seen are in porn or the odd flash of arse in the gym.”

Craig dropped his gaze and chased the condensation down the side of his glass with a finger. “If you’re expecting someone built like a porn star, you’re going to be sorely disappointed in me. Maybe you should consider the club scene if you want to experiment a bit rather than having a boyfriend.”

“I think you’re being very harsh on yourself. The man sitting in front of me looks like a fine specimen.”

Craig’s little smile was cute, and Jason really wanted Craig to be the first man he ever kissed. Something about his self-effacing manner and kind eyes made Jason think he’d be fine in Craig’s hands.

“Still, if you want to explore your sexuality, there’d be plenty of willing bodies if you know where to go.”

Craig’s uncertainty surprised him a little, but maybe he’d underestimated him, judging Craig on what he thought a young gay man would be like—free, maybe a bit easy. He’d fallen guilty of believing a stereotype. God, he didn’t want Craig to say thanks, but no thanks. “So you wouldn’t be willing?”

“I’m not saying that. But I would want to be your boyfriend, not a casual shag. I’m not overly experienced myself. I’ve had a handful of partners and might be a bit boring.”

“I don’t believe that for a minute.” Jason hesitated for a moment, wanting to reach out and take Craig’s hand but not knowing if he should. “I know the club scene’s not for me. I tried going to a couple of nights, but… I can’t do it. I doubt I’d have been able to cope twenty years ago. I felt like a lamb to a slaughter. A bloody old lamb at that.”

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Rebecca CohenAbout the Author: Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Blog || Twitter || Facebook || DSP author page || Amazon author page

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The Fine Print:

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*Some residency restrictions may apply
*All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt to be eligible (when applicable)
*The Novel Approach will not be held liable for prize delivery unless otherwise specified
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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Happy Sunday, fellow book addicts, and welcome back to another sneak peek of what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s going to be packed to the hilt with guests, giveaways, and reviews, so without further delay, here’s what’s coming up!

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’ll be welcoming author Rebecca Cohen on the tour for her new novel He’s Behind You

We’ll also have author Rick R. Reed with us today on the tour for his new romantic thriller The Couple Next Door

Tuesday – Today we’ve got a big day planned, starting with a cover reveal for Lane Hayes’s new novel A Kind of Truth

Then following that, we’ll have author Kate Hill with us to chat about her new novel Blow by Blow

Finally, we’ll be hosting the Home for the Holidays Anthology blog tour with SJ Himes, Jenna Kendrick, Heather C. Leigh, Liv Rancourt, and Felice Stevens

Wednesday – Sticking with the “Big Day” theme, today we kick things off with author Cardeno C. on the audiobook tour for Just What the Truth Is, book five in the Home series

Next, author Silvia Violet joins us on the tour for her new novel Professional Distance

Followed by author JA Rock on The Subs Club blog Tour

And finally, we’ll have another installment in DSP Publications’ “Genre Talk” with Carole Cummings and Lex Chase to look forward to

Thursday – Today kicks off with author Joe Cosentino on the tour for his new Christmas novella A Home for the Holidays

And next up we’ll welcome author LB Gregg on the tour for With This Bling, book three in one of my all-time favorites, the Romano and Albright series

Friday – We have a couple of great guests today; first comes author Cate Ashwood on the tour for her new novel A Forced Silence

Then, author Santino Hassell stops back by on the tour for the second novel in his Five Boroughs series, Sunset Park

Saturday – To close out the week, we’re pleased to be taking part in a very special tour for Pride Publishing’s Racing Hearts Anthology, with contributing author Ethan Stone. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Cancer Research UK and Prospect Hospice in memory of Peter Laybourn, the late husband of Pride editor Sue Laybourn

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, fellow book-a-holics, and welcome back to a sneak peek at who and what we have in store for you in the next five days. We have a busy week lined up, so I hope you’ll all join us in the fun.

Here’s what’s coming up:

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Monday – Kicking off our week this week, we’ll be hosting authors Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths and their tour for Episode Two of Woke Up Married, Meet the Family

Tuesday – We’ll welcome author Bru Baker today on the tour for her new novel King of the Kitchen

And we’ll also have author Cecilia Tan dropping by on the tour for the next installment in her web-serial-turned-novels, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles

WednesdaySandrine Gasq-Dion stops in today on the tour for her newest release, Jinxed

We’ll also be bringing you another installment in DSP Publications Genre Talk with Carole Cummings and T.A. Venedicktov

Thursday – Author Jessie Gin stops by today on the tour for her new novel Strength in Numbers

We’ll also be bringing you a look at the cover art Paul Richmond worked up for author Rebecca Cohen‘s new book, He’s Behind You

Friday – And to close out the week, we have a busy day today. First up is author Charlie Cochet with a cover reveal of her new holiday novella Loving Blitz

We’ll also have author Christine d’Abo joining us on the Rebound Remedy blog tour

Cardeno C. is on tour for the audiobook of her novel Until Forever Comes, which will be stopping by today

And finally, we’ll be bringing you another Flashback Friday. This week’s edition will highlight the Bad Boys of Romance—the rule breakers and risk takers and heartbreakers

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Summer Season Blog Tour with Rebecca Cohen

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We’re pleased to have author Rebecca Cohen with us today on the Summer Season Blog Tour. Enjoy the character interview with Stuart, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a $20 gift card for Amazon or ARe or 2 ebooks from Rebecca’s back catalogue (excluding Summer Season). Giveaway closes 21st October 2015.

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CHARACTER INTERVEW: STUART

  • You’re back home from studying in London. How are you coping with leaving the big city behind?
  • What can I say? It’s nice to come home for a visit, and my mum’s great, but I’ve always planned to head back to London. The opportunities are broader in London, and I want to use the PhD I spent so long working on. Being back in Cornwall, and being by the sea is giving me time to recharge and stop my bank account bleeding completely dry. Hanging out at the Minack Theatre is always fun, and there are other incentives since there’s usually a few friendly members of the amateur dramatics groups who travel down to put on a play.
  • What did you really feel when you first set eyes on Ryan?
  • Ryan is seriously gorgeous, with his blond curls and cheek bones that scream to be licked. I must admit he struck me as being a bit shallow, but I jumped to a conclusion I had no right to. I might have called him a stuck up London ponce.
  • Favourite childhood memory?
  • Mum used to take me to the Minack several times during the summer, but my first vivid memory of the place was when I was about seven. I don’t remember the play, but I remember a pod of dolphins stealing the show as the sun set.
  • Ideal date?
  • No such things as an ideal date – it really depends on who you’re with. No point taking someone who’s really uncomfortable eating at posh restaurants to the Ivy and likewise, if you’ve got someone who hates heights, then it’s best to avoid the London Eye – I learnt that one the hard way!
  • One thing from your back story the reader won’t know from reading the book?
  • I played trumpet at school. My mum always said I was full of hot air. Mind you, none of my partners have ever complained about my blowing technique *grin*

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SummerSeasonFSBlurb: A Treading Boards Novella

A trip down to Cornwall is just what Ryan Penniford needs to recover from the daily grind of London life. Ryan and his amateur dramatics society, the Sarky Players, are traveling to Porthcurno to perform at the stunning Minack Theatre.

Stuart Box has returned to Cornwall after earning his PhD, and is killing time as he looks for a job back in London. Spending time with Ryan from the Sarky Players is a great way to take his mind off things.

During their first meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and they must work to get past their initial hostilities to discover they have great off-stage chemistry. Stuart soon learns Ryan is not the superficial man people assume he is, and Stuart likes what he sees. The feeling is entirely mutual.

Pity Ryan is only visiting for two weeks, but both men want to see where this holiday romance might take them.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner | Amazon | All Romance | Barnes & Noble | Chapter One Excerpt

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Rebecca CohenRebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | DSP author page | Amazon author page

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THE GIVEAWAY

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Tour Dates & Stops October:

7th: Dawn’s Reading Nook – unique excerpt

8th: Hearts on Fire – guest post

9th: Love Bytes – guest post | MM good book reviews – unique excerpt

10th: Zipper Rippers – guest post

11th: UK Gay Romance – promo post

12th: Novel Approach – guest post

13th: Because Two Men – unique excerpt

14th: RJ Scott – promo post

15th: Bookwinked – unique excerpt

16th: Prism Alliance – guest post

17th: Creative Ink Romance – review

18th: Sue Brown – promo post

19th: Diverse Reader – unique excerpt

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The Fine Print:

*Entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify
*Some residency restrictions may apply
*All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt to be eligible (when applicable)
*The Novel Approach will not be held liable for prize delivery unless otherwise specified
*Void where prohibited by law

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, fellow book hoarders, and welcome to another sneak peek at what we have in store for you in the week ahead, as I’m feverishly preparing for the trip to San Diego and GayRomLit 2015. I hope to see so many of you there. And I hope you’ll stop me and say hello. We’ll have coffee and chat books. :-D

Here’s what awaits!

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we’re hosting author Rebecca Cohen on her Summer Season blog tour

We’ll also have author Hayden Thorne with us today to chat about the final book in the Masks series, The Porcelain Carnival

Tuesday – Today begins with Rick R. Reed when he stops by to talk a bit about the re-release of his book Tricks

We’ll also have author Charlie Cochrane with us on the tour for the latest book in the Cambridge Mysteries series, Lessons for Sleeping Dogs

Wednesday – Author Rachel Sparks joins us today on the tour for her new novel Giving Love a Chance

We’ll also be joined by J Tullos Hennig and Carole Cummings in another installment of DSPP’s Genre Talk

Thursday – Today we’ll be hosting author Jo Ramsey to chat about Work Boots and Tees, the latest installment in the Harmony Ink Young Adult series Deep Secrets and Hope

We’ll also be featuring a cover reveal today for Volume 8 of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles by author Cecilia Tan

Friday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Silvia Violet joining us on the tour for her newest novel Unexpected Engagement

And Perie Wolford will be joining us as well, on the tour for his new book Lights

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Overly Dramatic Blog Tour with Rebecca Cohen

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Rebecca Cohen today, on the tour for her new novel Overly Dramatic (Treading the Boards: Book One). Will Parkinson sat down and asked a few questions of Andy Marshall, the leading man in the story, so take a minute to enjoy their chat, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a $20 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card and the choice of an E-book from Rebecca’s backlist.

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WP: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Rebecca Cohen, author of Overly Dramatic.

Hi Rebecca, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

RC: I’m a Brit living in Switzerland, with my hubby and toddler son. I’ve been here nearly four years and I’m still trying to learn German! I’ve written for many years, mainly for stress relief due to my interesting, but sometimes intense, day job, and consider myself highly fortunate that in the last few years I’ve been published by Dreamspinner Press.

Character interview: Andy Marshall from Overly Dramatic

  • What do you find attractive in a man?
  • Someone who is not a self-obsessed, bed-hopping arsehole. Hmmm, I think my break up with the ex may have skewed my opinion. But, in all seriousness, someone who is loyal and sincere.
  • The first thing that went through your head when you saw Phil?
  • He’d just dropped a box of props, so I reckon I thought he was a clumsy butterfingers. But he has a kind baby face, and filled a pair of jeans very nicely.
  • Do you think you’ll insist the author visits you again?
  • I already have. Although Phil and I weren’t available for the second story, Summer Season, but I am in the final novella, He’s Behind You. You’ll get to meet Craig and Jason. They’re a lovely couple, I’m sure you’ll like them.
  • Before you met Phil, what was your ideal man?
  • I didn’t have one. Charlie, my ex, was enough to convince me there was no such thing.
  • You’re going out for dinner. What’s your favorite food?
  • I love food and have a real sweet tooth. A desert with salted caramel will always win for me.

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Cover ArtBlurb: Andy Marshall moves to London looking for a fresh start after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. To stave off boredom from his day job as an accountant and to meet new people, Andy joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players based in Greenwich, South London. Despite his best efforts to avoid it, Andy is cast as one of the leads in a truly dreadful play called Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.

The play might be bad, but the Sarky Players are a friendly bunch. Andy quickly makes new friends and finds himself attracted to Phil Cormack, a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script, so Andy and Phil will have to work hard to improvise their own happy ending.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press || Amazon || All Romance eBooks || Barnes & Noble

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Rebecca CohenAbout the author: Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Where to find the author: Facebook || Twitter || Blog

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THE GIVEAWAY

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Hi, everyone, welcome back for a look at what we have coming up in this busy week ahead! This may well be the most guests we’ve ever welcomed in a week’s time, and I can’t wait to share it all with you: the guest posts, the giveaways, and, of course, the reviews.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondaySara Alva kicks off our week with a Countdown to GayRomLit guest post to chat about her new audiobook release of Pura Vida

RJ Scott and Meredith Russell will also join us on their Forever in the Sun blog tour, book six in the Sapphire Cay series

And, as if that lineup wasn’t fantastic enough, we’ll also welcome Cardeno C. on the Strange Bedfellows audiobook tour

Tuesday – Today we welcome another trio of authors, starting off with Kate McMurray on The Long Slide Home blog tour, book three in the Rainbow League series

We’ll also welcome author Ravella Hawthorne on The King’s Command blog tour

And finally, Brita Addams will join us today to chat about the Newbie Blues

Wednesday – We’ll have our second GayRomLit attending author, Christina Pilz, joining us today to help celebrate the countdown and chat about how she fell in love with Oliver Twist

Also dropping by for a visit is Charlie Cochet on her Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts tour

ThursdayRebecca Cohen will join us today on her Overly Dramatic blog tour

Rhys Ford will also be here today to chat about her contribution in the Charmed and Dangerous anthology

FridayCharley Descoteaux pops in today on her Buchanan House blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Sarah Masters today to chat about her new book Outcast Cowboys

Saturday – Finally, closing things out for us today is author Alicia Cameron, with an excerpt and giveaway of her new book Sedition

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

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Under Glass Blog Tour With Rebecca Cohen

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The Novel Approach is happy to bring you Rebecca Cohen today on the Under Glass blog tour. I asked Rebecca to chat a bit about the world building in the novel, what she loves about creating new worlds, and what some of the creative challenges are of creating a new world.

Enjoy what she has to say, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for a chance to win a $25 Dreamspinner Press gift card and your choice of an e-book from her backlist (does not include Under Glass).

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Rebecca: I’ve always been fascinated by the formation of planets, so when I began writing my first science fiction novel, I really wanted to play with the ideas and concepts I’d studied a few years back when I did some geology courses for fun (well, I thought they were fun!). The idea of making planets, and specifically a race designing worlds to their specifications, was just too tempting not to write. But this caused lots of other questions, like how could they work on something so big and where would they store them? So that meant creating a background for the planetary science for the species and their planetarium. But then what do they do with the planets? And of course if they choose to have inhabited planets they have all those creatures to deal with. I allude to ethical protocols that were put in place but with a history of intervention which no longer fit their current sensibilities where they once allowed themselves to meddle with the evolution of a sentient species.

Talking of evolution, I wanted a race which had evolved differently as well, in this case certain members of Kai and Ollie’s species have an additional organ called the caerellon which gives them a different brain chemistry. Here an individual is linked to their perfect mate via something called psychogenetics. With psychogenetics the pair have a link beyond that of normal hormone rushes.When they make love their proteins bind to each other on a psychological level (not just physical) and then bind to receptors in the brain to cause heightened pleasure.

So, as you can imagine, there is a lot a lot of background to these ideas but I doubt any reader would want a molecular biology lecture or an in-depth discussion on the laws of physics in the middle of their romance so it was crucial to balance the information so there was enough to explain but not so much to be dull and cause plot bloating. To be honest, this is a similar quandary I had for my historical novels (The Crofton Chronicles), although the blessing with science fiction is this is my world and my rules.

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UG coverBlurb: Creating planets and guarding the stars leaves novice planet builder Kai Faewiva lonely. For members of Kai’s species who are born with an organ called a caerellon, their true love, their Sun or Moon, is identified at birth. But the novices are people who have lost their perfect love, and Kai’s Sun is long dead, killed in an accident when he was five years old. Or so everyone thought.

After recovering from another bout of the unidentified illness he has battled for years, Kai returns to work. But his quiet day at the planetarium is thrown into chaos when scans of Goka Prime, one of the planets in the Sol-Alpha2 system, picks up a life-form that shouldn’t be there. Kai’s Sun, Oliver Gyin, is alive and well, but how he got to be on Goka Prime, no one knows. Now he needs to be brought home.
Ollie has lived most of his life in the City of Harrea, never guessing he is from another planet. Surprised to find a stranger means the world to him, Ollie wrestles with his loyalties and the drive to return with Kai. To leave Goka Prime, he must give up everything and everyone he knows. But twenty years apart means Kai and Ollie face a fight to secure their destined future.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | All Romance eBook

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Rebecca CohenAbout the Author: Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads Link

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An Introduction And A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up in the week ahead. In addition to our guests and some great giveaways, we’ll also be bringing you lots more reviews, and I’d also like to introduce you to the newest member of The Novel Approach’s staff.

Meet Carrie!

TNA_Signature_CarrieHello, everyone, my name is Carrie!  I am a mom to three wonderful college boys – 2 already there and one beginning in the fall. We are a bicoastal family with 2 kids on the east coast and home central being in Seattle. Don’t get me wrong – I am a southern girl. I grew up with formal dinners every Sunday after church, and sweet tea. I learned good posture with Emily Post’s Book of Etiquette on my head, quite literally. So what am I doing in Seattle? No clue. I can say that I love books like my grandmother loved her gardening club. I read. A lot. I tend to have a voracious appetite for books, which can get expensive since I was taught to speed read in third grade and I have never looked back. As such, I love it when a book makes me pause – slaps me mid sentence, and says slow down and enjoy me – let me tell you a story…

 I want to start writing about and sharing those books with you. I will read just about anything but gravitate towards romance and mystery, with a little erotic sci-fi thrown in for good measure. If you come by my house, I will make you a mimosa and we can talk books – I can’t wait!

Welcome, Carrie! And now here’s what’s on tap:

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MondayAnnabelle Jacobs kicks off the week with a guest post about her new book The Altered

TuesdayRebecca Cohen joins us today on her Under Glass blog tour

Wednesday – Coming to you today are Alex Beecroft, on the Blue Eyed Stranger blog tour

And Andrew Q. Gordon, here with Carole Cummings for another edition of Genre Talk

ThursdayEthan Stone stops in today on the tour for the re-release of In the Flesh

FridayR.P. Andrews is our guest today on The Czar of Wilton Drive tour

Saturday – And to close out our week, author A.E. Via will be stopping by on the Defined by Deceit tour

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

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Saving Crofton Hall Blog Tour With Rebecca Cohen

11017_575069435956167_5033141537665985751_nTNA: Hi, Rebecca, welcome back to The Novel Approach. It’s a pleasure to have you here visiting again.

Many years ago I read a short story of yours, Captain Merric, which you wrote for the Cross Bones anthology. Since Historical Romance is obviously a genre in which you enjoy writing, would you ever consider writing more pirate tales? What is it about pirates that you feel makes for good romantic fiction?

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Idolatry by Rebecca Cohen

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Rebecca Cohen today on the Idolatry (Reagalos: Book Two) Blog Tour. Enjoy the exclusive excerpt from the book, then click on the Rafflecopter image below to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of both books in the series, Servitude and Idolatry.

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Hi, everyone, and welcome back to anyone who’s popped in today to see what we’ve got in store for the week ahead!

If you missed my announcement on RJ Scott’s blog about the Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways we’ve got coming up at the end of the month and into the first week of October, I’ll repeat the news here because, well, it bears repeating. We’ll be doing a giveaway of SIX baskets, courtesy of Team TNA’s GayRomLit featured and supporting authors. Each basket will include $25 in E-Gift Cards to various retailers, as well as E-books from the following participating authors: Jordan L. Hawk, Erica Pike, Zathyn Priest, DH Starr, Rhys Ford, Sophie Bonaste, Ethan Day, JK Hogan, Rafe Haze, LE Franks, Edmond Manning, Jacob Z. Flores, Jamie Lynn Miller, Lex Chase, RJ Scott, Sherrie Henry, Katey Hawthorne, Charlie Cochet, Deanna Wadsworth, and a late but very welcome addition to the giveaway, Z.A. Maxfield.

That’s a lot of titles and a lot of gift cards to give away, and I’m so excited to get the party started in just a few weeks’ time!

But for now, here’s what’s happening this week. Continue reading

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Rebecca Cohen Is Our Guest Today On The Crofton Chronicles Series Blog Tour, And There’s A Giveaway


ForeverHoldHisPeace (3)The release of Forever Hold His Peace marks the end of The Crofton Chronicles, my trilogy of historical novels set in Elizabethan England. Now, I’m going to be honest here, when I first started writing The Actor and the Earl, the story was meant to be a standalone novella, little did I think my fun romp with Sebastian and Anthony would turn into a three novel series. Writing about these two men, and the Elizabethan period of history has been strangely addictive, and making sure the series worked has been a real labour of love. I had just written the first draft of Actor when the plot to Duty to the Crown hit me, so they were pretty much written back-to-back, and I was delighted to be able to use some of things I’d researched for Actor which didn’t fit, in particular the duelling and dancing scenes. The plot of Forever Hold His Peace was a still a nebulous mass by the time Duty was submitted, and I had a few other things on my mind (like the birth of my son!), so there’s over a year between the publication of the first editions of the second and third books.
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hello, folks, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week. I had the great privilege of spending Saturday working a booth at Indy Pride with authors Jambrea Jo Jones and Lynley Wayne, where we spent the day sharing our love of the M/M Romance genre with the good people of Indianapolis. It was great day!

Now, here’s what’s on tap for the week ahead.

MondayLane Hayes kicks off the week with a giveaway on the Better Than Friends Blog Tour

TuesdayGrace R. Duncan drops by today with a giveaway on the No Sacrifice Blog Tour, with an article on bisexuality

Brita Addams is also here with a guest article on disembodied body parts in writing

WednesdayDaniel A. Kaine is our guest today, with an interview and giveaway on the Slasherazzi Blog Tour

A.F. Henley is also here today, with a giveaway and guest post on the Forty-two Stairs Blog Tour

ThursdayPoppy Dennison wants to share some memories and photos from the UK Meet with us today

Rick R. Reed is also with us today, as he kicks off what will be the first of his monthly visits as a new guest contributor to The Novel Approach—Rick R. Reed – True Confessions

FridayRebecca Cohen will be sharing a giveaway with you today on the Crofton Chronicles Blog Tour

SaturdayKenzie Cade stops in today with an interview and giveaway on the Son of a Fish Blog Tour

SundayDean Pace-Frech is making the rounds, and we’re happy to have him back as our guest today to close out the week

Until next week, happy reading!

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It’s A Backlist Book Bump Day With Rebecca Cohen and “Servitude” – And There’s A Giveaway



The Novel Approach welcomes Rebecca Cohen today for a Backlist Bump of her book Servitude to prepare all of you for Idolatry, the sequel coming this fall from Dreamspinner Press. We’ve got excerpts from both books below, and the chance for you to win an e-copy of Servitude.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Blurb for Servitude:

Lornyc Reagalos, future High Lord of the city of Katraman, enjoys his life as a student, even if he has to keep his relationship with Methian Hadral, heir to the throne of Xenetra, a secret. Unfortunately, Lornyc isn’t just any royal student—he’s also the grandson of an infamous magic user named Romanus Reagalos, and his grandfather’s wild youth is about to catch up with him. Unknown to anyone else, Romanus saw fit to sign his grandson into the life of a valet. Specifically, Methian’s valet.

The contract—and the strain it puts on his relationship with Methian—is just the start of Lornyc’s troubles. Though the Reagalos family was once famous for its magic, Lornyc’s father never showed any aptitude, and Lornyc hasn’t either—though that doesn’t make the next contract, the one that says Lornyc must learn to use his latent powers, any less binding. When Lornyc learns of a plot to remove his father from power, he finds himself racing against time. If he can’t master his magic and identify the leader of the plot, he stands to lose everything he knows and loves: his parents, his rank, and Methian.

The excerpt below is Lornyc and his mentor, Kat Warrenger. Lornyc is in training to try and reach the magic within him, and Kat wants Lornyc to investigate the magical tattoo that appeared on Lornyc’s arm as a result of the contract.

Except from Servitude:

Lornyc stood to leave, but Kat stopped him. “One last thing.”

“Yes?”

“Have you tried to investigate the crest since you connected?

Lornyc shook his head. “I have no idea what you even mean by that.”

“Take off your jacket and roll your shirtsleeve up far enough to expose the crest.”

Lornyc obeyed and rolled the soft fabric up his arm to reveal his marked bicep. “Good,” said Kat. “Now place your hand over it, take a deep breath, and just relax.”

“I really don’t think this’ll work, I’ve hardly—”

“I’ve not asked you to think. Just do it.”

Although Lornyc wasn’t convinced about Kat’s teaching technique and he was running out of time to get to College, he did as he was told. As his fingers brushed his flesh, a bolt of static shot through his body, creating a circuit of power racing up his arm, across his shoulders, and then back down into his fingertips. The sensation was electrifying, rampaging through his body, like something alive and untamed.

“See, they are willing to cooperate, Lornyc,” said Kat. “They just might take some coaxing to do as they’re told.”

“Cooperation” wasn’t the word Lornyc would have used to describe it. His powers darted wildly through his body, snaking and writhing, causing pleasure and exhilaration. They explored the alien marking on his arm, darting and diving in and out of the spell-weave.

The room was fading out of focus, and his mind’s eye began to picture the crest. The body of the crest was still in one piece, but woven through it were five intertwined ribbons, each of a different color. They moved, tangling and untangling themselves together to create a knot of strands, a convoluted ball of red, blue, purple, green, and yellow strings.

A strong hand closed around his wrist and pulled his hand violently away from the crest. The vision dissipated slowly, morphing into Kat’s face.

“Are you with me?”

“I…. It was….”

Kat grabbed his shoulders and shook him roughly. “Better?”

Lornyc fazed back into reality. “Yeah, thanks.”

“And?

“It was a jumble of five colors,” said Lornyc, still a little dazed.
“Five? Are you sure?”

“Of course I am.”

Kat leaned forward and placed his hand over the crest. “You’re right.”

Lornyc pulled his arm away. “What?”

“When I first examined you, I thought there were only three mages involved in the spell’s casting, but Liam Hadral was determined not to let the Reagalos get away with anything.”

Lornyc looked puzzled. “Kat, I still don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Each of those pretty colored strands is the signature of the mage whose magic left it there. It is a form of identification; no two mages have the same color, even if the difference is minor. I thought it was bad enough seeing the red, blue, and green, but the addition of the purple and yellow is even more of a problem.” Kat sounded irritated, his hands gesticulating wildly.

“Is it just because there are more, or is it the colors themselves that are the issue?” Lornyc tried his best to keep his voice calm, but Kat’s reactions unnerved more than the news of the complexity of the spell.

“Bit of both. How much do you know of magic theory?”

“Probably as much as you do about paradimensional analysis.”

Kat rubbed at his chin. “I’ll stick to the basics, then. Thousands of years ago, there were three main aspects of magic, and these were reflected by three colors of various shades. Those with a natural affinity for nature and the land had a yellow signature, and likewise those of significant strength and… er… potent fertility had a red one. The final branch, the blue lot, were healers and had the ability to ward off bad spirits. As the number of generations increased, the types of magic mingled to give the different colors. The problem is, to remove the crest, we’ll need to remove each of those signatures. And while I was confident we might remove three, five will take longer—especially since two of them were hidden well enough for me not to spot them in the first place.”

“I see,” said Lornyc stoically. “And because each is different, they’ll need a different method of removal?”

Kat shrugged. “Only a slight variation is required, but it is time-consuming nonetheless.”

“Fantastic,” said Lornyc, unimpressed. “Look, I have to go. I’ve got to get to College to see the Dean.”

“Take this.” Kat handed him a thin booklet that had been sitting on the table. “It’s just a meditation guide. I want you to read it and try some of the exercises to help you focus your powers.”

Servitude was published in June 2012, and I’m happy to announce that its sequel Idolatry is due to be published in the Fall by Dreamspinner press. In Idolatry, Lornyc is dealing with the fallout of his errant grandfather’s scheme to set up cult. Romanus also created a mysterious figure he called The One who would be the Cult’s future savor. In the below pre-publication extract, Lornyc attends the Sanctification Ceremony of the Cerulean Cult, and things do not go to plan.

Excerpt from Idolatry:

Halm stared around the congregation. “My spiritual siblings, I beseech you to hear and understand our Holy Profit’s words. From this day forth, the Cult will change for the better. The One is amongst us and he will be our guide on the long path ahead. Do not be fearful, there is no need to be scared. Our future is assured and—believe me—it is in safe hands.” Halm bowed his head respectfully toward Lornyc.

“Bring forth the holy implement, the Orb of Declaration and Renewal,” cried Halm.

From the back of the glass orb, two gold-robed figures approached, standing out against the sea of blue. Between them they carried a giant blue casket that was ornately carved with gold icons that Lornyc couldn’t make out from where he was sitting.

Halm gestured toward one of the bearers of the blue casket to open it. The blond-haired man dropped to his knees in front of the chest. He closed his eyes and allowed himself a few moments of reflection before reaching out and opening the lid.

The hair rose on the back of Lornyc’s neck and he had a terrible sense of foreboding as he watched the blond lift an orb aloft. The young man reverently stroked the smooth surface of what he obviously believed to be a sacred relic.

The other casket-bearer walked forward carrying a blue cushion. The blond bowed to him and placed the orb gently on the pillow. Halm too caressed the orb. “The final act is upon us.”

Lornyc’s unease grew as he watched the blond return to the casket and remove a hammer and chisel. Halm took them from his fellow cult member and placed the sharp edge of the chisel against the orb.

The hammer fell as Lornyc jumped to his feet. “No!” he cried, extending out his hand as if to reach out and stop the scene before him. There were rules for the orbs, rules these idiots didn’t know, and one of them was not to break open an orb without asking its permission.

A blinding white light erupted from the fissure in the orb created by the chisel. The cult member holding the cushion dropped it quickly. The impact of the orb hitting the plinth caused the crack to widen and the orb split in two.

Lornyc watched with awestruck horror as the particles of light seemed to coalesce, forming a tight white ball with tail following behind. The comet circled around the plinth weaving and darting in an irregular pattern.

The room was filled with cries of amazement and wonder as the light escaped the fragmented orb. All eyes followed the path of the light as it swam randomly around the plinth. Gasps of astonishment and delight came from all quarters and the light seemed to fly faster and toward the noise as the volume increased.

With no warning the comet dived toward the crowd. The throng scattered and the light rose back into the air only to hurtle downwards again. Time and time again the comet rose and dived, skirting past the cult members, eliciting shrieks and screams.

The congregation was now wild, pouring out of the exits and away from the light. Screams of panic and fear ripped through the air.

The comet stopped in midflight. It hung in the air then hurtled toward Lornyc.

Too late Lornyc realized the comet’s trajectory. The light hit him full in the chest. His head rolled back and his arms flailed outward. A hot stream rushed madly through his body. Delving and searching, looking for something that Lornyc couldn’t recognize. His body shook, his body convulsed, an unwelcome presence violating him, pulling and pushing, wrapping itself around him, demanding something from him Lornyc didn’t understand.

hel2Author bio and links:

Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had an outstanding week, and are gearing up for another.

We’ve been busy as can be around here these days, booking more great authors and reading more great books, and we’re looking forward to more great fun in the months to come. We’re building up the GayRomLit Countdown Celebration roster of authors, which Rhys Ford kicked off for us last month. I’m sure we’ll be adding more as the months move along, but here’s a list of confirmed authors you can watch for here at TNA between now and October:

Charlie Cochet | Daisy Harris | Edmond Manning | Ethan Day | Jaime Samms | LE Franks | Lex Chase | RJ Scott | Sophie Bonaste | Z.A. Maxfield | Jordan L. Hawk | Katey Hawthorne | Jamie Lynn Miller | Brandon Witt | Zathyn Priest | J.K. Hogan

How about that for a lineup? We’ll keep you posted on additions as the tour continues. But, for now, here’s what’s on tap for the coming week.

MondayAllison Cassatta is our lead-off guest today with a RainbowCon Celebration and Giveaway

Riptide Publishing presents a Spotlight Stop on Heidi Belleau’s Straight Shooter tour today, and there’s a Giveaway

Pride Promotions presents the Not in the Stars Anthology Blog Tour. We’ll have Angel Martinez here to represent, and there’ll be a tour-wide giveaway

TuesdayHayden Thorne comes back for a visit to talk about her newest release Banshee, and she’ll be giving away an e-copy of the book

Rebecca Cohen is also with us today, with a Backlist Book Bump and an e-copy giveaway of her book Servitude

WednesdayNicole Dennis stops by to join in the RainbowCon Celebration fun, and she’s offering a giveaway

A.E. Via is also with us today on her Nothing Special Blog Tour, and she’s got a giveaway too

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

ThursdayHeidi Cullinan makes TNA a stop on her Tough Love Blog Tour and she’s offering a giveaway

FridayCat Grant and L.A. Witt pair up and come calling on the Guarded Blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway

SaturdayCardeno C. and Mary Calmes are here on their Control Blog Tour. They let me interview Robert and Vy, and they’re giving away an e-copy of the book

SundayS.A. Meade is our guest today with a guest post about her newest release, Tournament of Shadows, and she’s giving away an e-copy of the book

And that brings another week to a close. Until next time, happy reading!

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