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Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Happiness Pact by Liz Flaherty

Thank you for having me today!

If you’ve read Every Time We Say Goodbye, you’ve already met Tucker and Libby. They are two of the survivors of the horrific accident that happened on prom night seventeen years ago. They’re also best friends who, on the night of their joint thirty-fourth birthday party, start finding their way to being more. Their story is The Happiness Pact.

I loved writing this book. Tucker is gorgeous—he’s also a klutz. Libby is so ordinary that she fears wearing brown will make her disappear altogether. They made my heart ache, but even before they started down the path of “more,” I loved their relationship.

And I think more is the wrong word. Because there is nothing more or better than friendship. And there’s nothing deeper than the friendship between two people who love each other. While it’s wonderful and desirable to have friends who aren’t lovers, who would want a lover who wasn’t also a friend? I think that’s why, when writers talk about tropes and which ones are our favorites, I jump right onto the friends-to-lovers train.

I hope it’s one of your favorites, too, and while we’re talking about them, what others do you like? I have a serious love for reunion and redemption stories, too. And then there’s the geeky girl in love with the musician. Oh, right, that one was me. I still love him, too, and he’s still my best friend.

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Title: The Happiness Pact by Liz Flaherty
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages

Summary:

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…

Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more.

So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But the electricity Libby feels when they shake on it should be a warning sign. Soon the matchmaking mishaps pile up, and a personal crisis tests Libby’s limits. Will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?

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Author Bio

Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go…” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

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December 4th:

Launch

Hearts & Scribbles

Rockin’ Book Reviews

Paulette’s Papers

Book Lover in Florida

December 5th:

Book Reviews & More by Kathy

Deal Sharing Aunt

Heidi Reads…

Remembrancy

December 6th:

The Bookworm Chronicles 

Reading Is My SuperPower

I Am A Reader

Teatime and Books

December 7th:

Nicole’s Book Musings

Christian Chick’s Thoughts

It’s All About the Romance

Getting Your Read On

December 8th:

underneath the covers

Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader

Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!

December 9th: Grand Finale

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Friday Feature & Giveaway: High Test by Elizabeth Noble

May/December romance

Hello, I’m Elizabeth Noble and thank you for stopping by and to Kathy for hosting me today!

The May/December romance is one of my favorite tropes. I use an age gap of eight to ten or more years in most of my books.

You have the older man who, like fine wine, just gets better with age. Combine that man with a younger man who brings a new perspective to a relationship and what’s not to love?

The greatest thing about this trope, to me anyway, is its versatility. I love that I can include an age difference in just about any plot. Giving my characters that age gap automatically adds so many obstacles and conflicts, some significant, some minor, but all give a little more spice and interest to the main story-line.

Did I mention May/December is a personal favorite of mine?

Characters are able to connect with each other and the reader through their age-related insecurities. Their romance blooms under the safety and knowledge that no matter what others might think, the characters can support each other. They learn about themselves and their love interest and develop a commitment to their new-found relationship.

While the main theme of High Test isn’t a May/December romance, it is a significant aspect of the story. Each man must deal with how society sees him, as a gay man and as someone dating an older/younger man. A bit of a double whammy. Neal, the older of the two, has the maturity that comes with age to be very forgiving when the need arises. Hayden, the younger of the couple, reaches within himself to find the courage to ignore how others might judge him for dating a man twenty years older than himself.


Title: High Test by Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Imprint: Dreamspin Desire
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance
Length: 202 pages/Word Count: 52,776

Summary:

The coffee is rich. Hayden isn’t. But Neal doesn’t need to know that—yet.

Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.

The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.

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Excerpt

They strolled down the sidewalk. Despite his earlier feelings of inadequacy, Hayden felt comfortable with Neal. The walk gave him a chance to get some clean, fresh air into his lungs and clear his head. His insides were more settled, and the tense feeling in his chest dissipated.

When they reached the bistro door, Hayden’s panic ratcheted back up. The people inside were sharply dressed, even the ones in casual attire and jeans. They had designer bags and expensive, tasteful jewelry. Hayden might not have been able to afford such things, but he saw enough at work to know many of the labels.

What the hell was he doing here trying to blend in wearing a simple Henley, Chucks, and off-the-rack department-store jeans?

Neal must have sensed Hayden’s hesitation because he picked then to put one arm around Hayden’s back, squeezing his shoulder for a few seconds. He moved his hand lower and rested it between his shoulder blades. “Would you like to try the patio or eat inside?”

“Patio. It’s so nice out tonight, and I’ve been cooped up in the coffeehouse since one.”

Neal stepped up to the hostess desk and said, “Two. A table on the patio, please.”

Hayden saw Neal put one hand on the desk and the woman there smiled and asked, “Will fifteen minutes be all right?”

He couldn’t see the denomination, but Neal had very discreetly given the young woman a folded bill that obviously made her very happy.

Neal smiled warmly, slipped his hand into his pocket, and said, “That would be perfect.”

“If you gentlemen would like to wait at the bar, there’s plenty of room.” The hostess nodded toward a large wooden bar with brass trim. She handed Neal one of those disks that would light up when their table was ready.

“Thank you.” Neal turned to Hayden. “Shall we?”

Hayden smiled and ducked his head as they walked to the bar. He’d never been in a place like this. A few people were very obvious when they looked at him and Neal with raised eyebrows. He could practically read their thoughts: He was interested in nothing but the man’s money and was probably a hired escort, and a few other judgments that became less polite as Hayden mentally scrolled down the list. A young woman with a man easily twice her age caught his eye, winked, and offered him a thumbs-up.

Turning tail and running crossed Hayden’s mind. The problem was he really liked Neal and had the impression Neal was genuinely interested in him. He kept asking himself over and over if he would find Neal so appealing if he were a factory worker or worked in retail or tended bar. Hayden kept coming up with the answer yes.

Neal moved a tall chair out from the bar and swung it around for Hayden before taking a seat in the next one over. “Do you like wine?”

“Um… I-I guess. I haven’t had much and don’t really know about many kinds. My family isn’t much for wine.” Hayden laughed nervously and ran one finger over the edge of the bar. He could simply go to the bathroom and slip out the back door. A quick glance around the restaurant convinced him that might not be possible since the men’s room was in plain sight of the bar.

Neal smiled, and the corners of his eyes crinkled. He chuckled softly, reached over and stroked the back of Hayden’s hand a few times. “Would you try one of my favorites if they have it here?”

Hayden kept his ass firmly on the seat and nodded. He realized Neal would be deeply hurt if Hayden snuck out. Memories of the emotions he’d experienced when he thought Neal had stood him up flashed across his mind. Not following through with dinner would be just as bad, if not worse. He took a deep breath. “I’d love that, thank you.”


Author Bio

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Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children, two grandchildren, and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed-breed canine princess and her sidekick tabby cat. Elizabeth lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

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Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: Lace-Covered Compromise by Silvia Violet

Hello! I’m Silvia Violet and I’m here today to share my sexy contemporary romance, Lace-Covered Compromise. I can’t wait for you to meet Adam, a sharp-minded businessman with control-issues and Nate, an easy-going environmental scientist who likes panties and lipstick. They are going to take you on a wild ride.

Follow along through the week and don’t forget to check out my giveaway of a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.


I love HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) and that’s why I love the romance genre. I get lots of tension, maybe some suspense, possibly fall into an imaginative world where shapeshfiters and vampires roam, but I know at the end, all will be well for my characters—hopefully after a heart-string tugging, climactic moment of romantic confession.

I don’t just love HEAs in books, though. I love them in movies too. Here are my Top 5…or actually 6…HEA romantic movies (in no particular order). I’d love to hear about yours in the comments.

1) You’ve Got Mail – The crunch of leaves on the sidewalk and fresh school supplies always makes me think of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and falling in love online in the days before dating apps.

2) Pretty Woman – I hadn’t rewatched this in years until I rented it a few months ago. I was worried it might feel too dated and have lost it’s luster for me. Nope. It was just as magical as the first time.

3) Dirty Dancing – “Nobody Puts Baby in Corner” may be my favorite movie line of all time. I had the pleasure of sharing this one with my daughters recently and they loved it as much as I did as a tween.

4) Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC miniseries) – Just thinking of Colin Firth in his wet shirt can make me swoon. I’ve watched this one countless times and now watch it with my daughters several times a year.

5) Bridget Jones Diary – I love Colin Firth as a modern Mr. Darcy almost as much as I love him in Regency dress. This is the movie I turn to when I really need a laugh.

6) Deadpool – Yes, you read that right. While it might not typically be billed as a romantic movie, Wade and Vanessa’s relationship is one of the healthiest I’ve ever seen portrayed on screen.


Title:Lace-Covered Compromise by Silvia Violet
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic, Romance
Length: 194 pages/Word Count: 46,600

Summary:

Adam Kingston expects to inherit his father’s multinational conglomerate. When he finds out half of it went to Nate Thomas—an annoying man whose dreams for Kingston Corp.’s future clash with Adam’s need to stave off financial disaster—Adam is furious. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to wrest control of Kingston Corp. from Nate.

Nate may be soft-spoken, but he refuses to be swayed by Adam’s arrogant demands. When Nate accidentally drops a pair of his lacy panties in front of Adam, there’s no mistaking Adam’s interest. Nate hadn’t realized Adam was bisexual, but now that his secret is out, Nate is willing to use Adam’s lust against him if it means protecting the welfare of the company he loves.

For Adam and Nate, hatred and desire are closely linked. Their inability to compromise threatens the company and could expose their tightly held secrets. But as they work together to develop a plan to save Kingston Corp., they begin to realize there might be more to their relationship than anger and lust.

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Author Bio

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop.

Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like, “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

Author Links: Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Tumblr * Instagram * Goodreads


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Lace-Covered Compromise, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 11, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: One Word by Anne Barwell

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Thanks for hosting me today as part of my blog tour for One Word, the 3rd book in my Hidden Places series from Dreamspinner Press.

I have a Rafflecopter running as part of the tour so be sure to enter.  Dreamspinner Press also have the ebooks for Cat’s Quill (book 1) and Magic’s Muse (book 2) on sale for 75% off on 6th November as part of their daily deals newsletter.

Although One Word is book 3 of the series, it’s a side story to book 1, Cat’s Quill, and takes place during the six weeks that Tomas and Cathal are in a world parallel to our own called Naearu.   Donovan and Ethan will play a big part in the revolution that is coming to that world, so I wanted to tell their story first.

Writing a book that takes place before the events of books already written and published was a challenge.  Ethan and Donovan couldn’t find out the truth about where Ethan’s missing friend, Tomas, is, but readers of the series already know.  Continuity was essential so it didn’t negate what I’d already written so before I started One Word I went through the first two books—Cat’s Quill and Magic’s Muse—and wrote a long list of what I could and couldn’t refer to.  I also needed to tread a thin line between having a story that both new readers of the series could follow, and existing readers would enjoy.

Then there was the problem of Tomas’s disappearance.  That one couldn’t be answered or I’d have a huge continuity mess, and although it is what brings Ethan to Oakwood and drives that part of the plot, I needed to find another mystery to add suspense and help bring my characters together.  Neither Donovan nor Ethan are looking for a relationship, and Ethan in particular tends to be a little…. literal…in places, so I figured introducing a dangerous situation which makes both of them realise what or rather who they really want, was the way to go.

One of the other perks of writing One Word was being able to revisit Oakwood, and let some of the minor characters in the first two books shine.  I love reading and writing stories set in small villages, and although Dragon’s Price—the final book in the series—will start in our world, it will very quickly move into Naearu.

The story of  Donovan’s and Ethan’s first meeting and their friendship which grows into more was the fun, easy part of write. I also enjoyed the opportunity to explore both men’s history and previous relationships.  The first two books in the series are told from Cathal and Tomas’s perspective so I was limited in what they’d know.  Although Ethan and Donovan are already a couple by Magic’s Muse, that book wasn’t the right place to tell their story and do it justice.

The first draft of One Word included a few scenes which I deleted before submitting as I was concerned they might bog down the story. However, when I received the first edit, the editor asked questions about what I’d taken out, and putting most of it back in solved the problem, and made for a smoother read.

In the finish I ended up with a book very close to the original with a few extra bits and pieces. There is one scene set in a library I am still very fond of, which sadly didn’t end up in the finish so I’ll be sharing that on another stop in the blog tour.

I also got around the time frame in which One Word is set, as opposed to it being the third book in the series,  by having a prologue and epilogue that is set two years after Magic’s Muse, so the mystery of Tomas and Cathal is answered for new readers, with a glimpse of familiar characters for existing readers.  Also… with Ethan and Donovan already an established couple, an important question needed to be asked. Readers will have to wait to read the epilogue for the answer, and in the meantime join both men as they remember how they first met, and nearly lost any chance for a relationship before it had truly begun.

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Title: One Word by Anne Barwell
Hidden Places Series Book Three
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 200 pages/Word Count: 64,365

Summary:

A Hidden Places story

Ethan Leavitt arrives in the idyllic village of Oakwood to search for a missing friend. Having always prided himself on his ability to find rational explanations, Ethan’s trust in concrete evidence and logic is tested by the mystery of Oakwood and Tomas’s disappearance.

Donovan Campbell’s happy, sometimes flippant, exterior hides a past he’d rather forget. As he struggles with his memories and to hold on to the inn he owns with his best friend, the last thing Donovan needs is for some guy he’s only just met to start getting under his skin. When a bank robbery escalates into a dangerous situation, Donovan must embrace a part of himself he can no longer ignore in order to save a future that might never have the chance to exist.

Ethan learns that often the person you’re looking for is not the one you find. But have he and Donovan both realized that too late…?

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Excerpt

“If you want to talk anytime, I don’t mind listening.” Donovan glanced at the screen, then back to Ethan. Everyone else in the room was focused on the movie, and he’d kept his voice low so they wouldn’t be overheard. “Not now of course, but later.”

“I’m fine,” Ethan repeated. He edged toward the other end of the sofa, away from Donovan. “Thanks, though,” he added quickly. He did appreciate the offer, but it wasn’t a good idea.

“Time for a break,” Heidi announced, grabbing the remote and hitting Pause. “Doug and Mikey, come help me make drinks and bring in supper.”

“I don’t—” Mikey started to stay.

Doug cut him off. “I don’t know about you, Mikey, but one of the first things I learned about Heidi is that she means she really needs help but doesn’t want to admit it.” He winked at Mikey. “I’m sure Indy wouldn’t leave a lady in need to fend for herself.”

“Well, if you put it that way, I suppose.” Mikey got to his feet and followed Heidi out of the room. “Heidi, do you think Dad would mind if I texted him to see how Granddad is?”

“I’m sure he wouldn’t,” Heidi replied. “I think it’s a great idea.”

“Nice psychology there, Doug,” Ethan said. He didn’t think for a moment that Heidi needed the help, considering how organized she was.

“About as subtle as Heidi,” Donovan murmured. “The two of you are a match made in heaven, I swear.”

“There’s nothing wrong with my hearing either,” Doug said, although he didn’t sound offended by Donovan’s comment. “I’m going to help out in the kitchen.” He collected the empty popcorn bowl. “We’ll be at least five minutes.”

“Yeah, real subtle,” Donovan said.

“Huh?” Ethan wasn’t sure what Donovan was on about. “I think it’s sweet that Doug likes helping Heidi in the kitchen. A lot of guys don’t, and one person in the relationship gets to do all the work.”

Another mark against Duncan.

Perhaps the long walk Ethan had taken that morning hadn’t been such a great idea. It had given him too much time to think, and reflection wasn’t something he did well, especially of late.

“Yeah, he looks after her. I’d be having words with him if he didn’t.” Donovan cleared his throat. “You seem real distracted this evening, Ethan. Did something happen?”

“I’m not distracted,” Ethan said. “I’m enjoying the movie.”

The last part of what he’d said was true, at least. It appeared there was something to the genre Tomas had spent years trying to get him to read and watch after all.

“Uh-huh.” Donovan put his hands behind his head and leaned back on the sofa, keeping his tone casual. “That’s what all the stuff about helping out in the kitchen was about. Doug and Heidi are both good at reading people. You’ve gotten more and more distracted and agitated over the past twenty minutes or so. I bet if I asked you what was happening in the movie before Heidi hit Pause, you wouldn’t be able to tell me.”

“I know exactly what’s going on,” Ethan said indignantly. “And weren’t you supposed to be watching the movie instead of me? Can you tell me what happened in the last five minutes?”

“I’ve seen it before. I can quote this movie in my sleep, so answering that question isn’t going to prove anything.”

“So you admit you were watching me?”

Donovan blushed bright red. For a moment, he seemed flustered as hell. “Umm… I mean…. You’re changing the focus of this conversation onto me.”

“So?” Ethan brushed imaginary crumbs from his jeans. He sighed. As much as he thought Donovan looked hot—

No, not going there.

“Look, I’m sorry,” Ethan tried again. “I appreciate your concern, but it’s not something I want to talk about. With anyone.” He attempted an olive branch, not because he wanted to, but because…. The last thing he wanted was to upset anyone, and especially not Donovan.

“Don’t worry, it’s not about Tomas. If I’d heard something, I would have told you, okay? I know you’re concerned about him too.”

“Okay.” Donovan raised his arms in mock surrender. “I won’t ask about your crap if you don’t ask about mine.”

“I was only being concerned last night,” Ethan protested. Surely Donovan wasn’t going to bring that up now, after pretending it hadn’t existed all day?

“That’s all I’m doing now,” Donovan said softly. “Deal?”

“Oh.” Ethan ignored the way his cheeks flamed. Donovan had neatly turned Ethan’s indignation back on himself. “Point taken.” He took a deep breath, knowing he didn’t have any option but to agree. “Deal.”


Author Bio

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning.

In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra.

She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes.

Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical.

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Tour Stop, Guest Post & Giveaway: Changing Colors by Elyse Springer

Hi! Welcome to the blog tour stop for Changing Colors, the fourth and final book in the Season of Love universe. I can’t wait to introduce you to Tony and Gee– who is, by the way, one of my favorite characters ever! This book is a stand-alone, but readers of previous SoL books will definitely see some familiar faces. Follow the blog tour to learn more about the book, the series, and the romance… and don’t forget to check the tour each day, for your chance to win an Amazon gift card!

I say this with every book I put out, but I struggle to write without having a visualization to base my story on. Not necessarily to use as a description, but rather as an inspiration. With Changing Colors, I spent far too much time looking up pretty pictures of autumn leaves changing colors (it’s research, okay??) and watching make-up tutorials (not research, admittedly, but still addicting). Here are a few of the images that helped to inspire me while I was writing Changing Colors!


Title: Changing Colors by Elyse Springer
Seasons of Love Universe Book Four
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Gay, Romance
Length: 245 pages/Word Count: 65,000

Summary:

Tony Quinn has a knack for figuring people out. He likes labels, likes to be able to put everyone and everything in tidy boxes. As a theater director, it allows him to run a production without too much drama. But when he meets Gentry—“call me Gee”—in a bar one night, he discovers that some people aren’t so easily defined.

Gee Parnell is unlike anyone Tony has ever met before. He refuses to conform—to Tony’s expectations, or to society’s gender roles. He’s sexy and flirtatious, unapologetic and unashamed. And Tony isn’t sure he’s okay with that. So he breaks things off and escapes back into his well-ordered life.

But then an attack leaves Gee bloody and bruised, and Tony realizes that he isn’t ready to lose him. Not only is the passion between them off the charts, but Gee shows him a different way of understanding people. However, an exciting new job opportunity means that Tony has to decide between hiding his sexuality and his relationship with Gee, and his newfound appreciation for the color and beauty Gee brings to his life.

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About the Season of Love Universe

New York is the city that never sleeps: where everything can change in the blink of an eye, and where anything is possible—especially romance. In the bitter cold of winter or the impossible humidity of mid-summer, your own happily ever after might be right around the corner.

The people of New York come from all walks of life, and the relationships are just as diverse. So whether you’re a waiter or an aspiring actor, a banker or a model, falling in love can happen quicker than the seasons change.

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Author Bio

Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.

She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Changing Colors, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 28, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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Tour Stop, Guest Blog & Giveaway: Covet by Yolande Kleinn

Hi everybody! I’m Yolande Kleinn, and I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Covet blog tour. I’m giddy to be here myself, and I hope you’re looking forward to my kinky contemporary M/M/M love story. I had a terrific time writing this book—getting to know Jack and Colin and Peter—and I can’t wait for you to meet them too. Follow along for the chance to win a $30 Riptide Publishing gift card!


The best thing about the start of a relationship—even one as casual as the understanding between Jack and Colin—is the endless realm of possibilities. Obviously the characters can only take one path forward, but that doesn’t mean we have to ignore the rest. Read on for a glimpse into Jack Mason’s fantasies, as he considers the different ways his first time with Colin Sloan might go.

Be warned, there is explicit sexual content ahead.

JACK’S FANTASY #5

Maybe it would be sweet.

There was a certain look Colin got in his eyes sometimes, a distance that had nothing to do with Jack. Moments where his attention drifted elsewhere, to some private corner of his mind, and his expression shifted to something almost wistful. It always happened without warning, always passed quickly.

Jack didn’t mind. There was something inexpressibly charming in that look. Every time he caught a glimpse he wanted to ask what Colin was thinking about.

That look made Colin look strangely innocent, though Jack suspected he was anything but.

He let himself imagine it when he was alone, not caring at all whether the fantasy was realistic. He pictured this, one among so many possibilities, as he took himself in hand.

Colin would kiss him, eager but shy. There would be the barest hint of hesitation in his touch. A question which Jack would be happy to answer by tucking him close.

“Can I?” Colin would ask when the kiss ended, and he would sound so breathless and lost. So hopeful.

“Anything. Anything you want.”

And Colin would drop smoothly to his knees. There would be mischief in his face as he met Jack’s eyes. A glint of heat that should have clashed with the warm blush staining cheeks and throat, but somehow it perfectly complemented the hint of bashfulness.

There would be no hesitation in the moment, of course. Colin’s hands would be perfectly steady as they opened Jack’s fly—touch warm as he pulled Jack’s cock into the open air—and then he would pause. Perfect stillness to savor the moment. And Jack would have to bite his own lower lip in order to stay patient through the wild burst of desire.

Then Colin would take him in, and the wet, perfect heat of his mouth would be Jack’s undoing.

Jack would hold out as long as he could. He would thread his fingers through Colin’s hair. Keep his touch gentle despite the rush of arousal building beneath his skin, despite the frantic speed of his own pulse, despite the hum of desperation mounting in his blood.

And fuck, Colin would be a sight. Mouth stretched wide, eyes bright with feeling. Fingers circling the base of Jack’s cock, stroking in rhythm with the slide of his mouth. Perfect counterpoint to that deliberate suction and clever tongue.

So much sensation—too much to resist for long—and Jack would warn Colin when he was close. A tug where his fingers were still curled in Colin’s hair. A moment of eye contact as Colin looked up at him, expression bright with arousal.

But Colin wouldn’t pull off. Hell no, he would duck forward instead, taking Jack in as far as he could. His eyes would close as he hollowed his cheeks, as he sucked hard, and the maneuver would drag Jack over the edge of orgasm.

There would be no hint of shyness in Colin’s face when Jack returned to earth. Only satisfied smugness and shivering heat, and Jack wouldn’t make him wait. He would drop quickly to the floor himself, and tug Colin close—practically into his lap—frantic now to return the favor.

Colin would cling to his shoulders as Jack opened his jeans and curled his fingers around Colin’s cock. God, it would feel so good in his hand, and he wouldn’t waste any time. He’d get right to work, savoring every gasp and moan and shudder of the man in his arms.

He wouldn’t make it quick, though. No, once he had Colin beneath his hands, he would make this last. Tease and torment, stroke him right to the edge only to retreat at the last instant. Just to hear him sob. Just to feel him shake in Jack’s hold. Just to enjoy the breathless pleading for more.

And when Colin finally spilled across his fingers it would be glorious. A cry muffled against Jack’s throat, a tightening of the arms around his shoulders, a fractured stillness. Enough to take any man’s breath away.

Then in the moments after, Colin would look at him—winded and sated—and smile.


Title: Covet by Yolande Kleinn
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Erotic, Romance, Menage
Length: 268 pages/Word Count: 71,000

Summary:

Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn’t looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack’s offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn’t part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one’s pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack’s identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he’s falling for his brother’s newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter’s relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn’t told even Colin that he’s fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn’t want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they’ll tear each other apart.

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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing


Author Bio

Yolande Kleinn may be a shameless dreamer and a stubborn optimist, but she is also a proud purveyor of erotic romance. Excitable, fastidious, and a little eclectic, she spends every spare moment as far away from reality as possible.

A Minnesotan by both heart and geography, Yolande has plenty of experience weathering tough winters. Her favorite method: distracting herself with warm beverages and even warmer stories. A night spent with a good book is heaven. A morning free to write, with a hot cup of coffee close at hand, is even better.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Covet, one lucky winner will receive a $30 Riptide gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

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