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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.

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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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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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Tour Stop, Excerpt & Giveaway: Double Trouble by Adriana Kraft

Double Trouble from Adriana Kraft

One of my favorite recent memes from FaceBook reads as follows: When I get old, they’re never going to say “what a sweet old lady.” They’re gonna say “what on EARTH is she up to now?!”

If that sounds like trouble, hold on to your hat—we’ve got a double dose heading your way. Our two recent erotic romance ménage releases feature leading characters at mid-life.

Baby boomers ourselves, we often write characters in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s and beyond. If that’s not what trips your trigger, these two books aren’t for you – but, with any luck, all of us will reach these ages eventually, and we hope our readers do so with vim, vigor, and yes, a vibrant and active sex life. We like to think some of our characters can light the way.

Hot to the Touch takes the mid-fifties couple who star in our Swinging Games series to a clothing optional RV resort for some summer fun. In A Woman for Zachary, the early twenties heroine who starred in Seducing Cat hooks up with a mid-forties woman and an early-fifties man to ignite the spark that’s been smoldering between them.


Title: A Woman for Zachary by Adriana Kraft
Megan’s Playhouse Book Two
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, M/F, F/F, Ménage, F/F/M, F/M/F
Length: Novella/Word Count: 28,000

Summary:

Zachary Cullen has ignored Josette Patrice’s overtures for years, but she agrees to take on his latest protégé-slash-arm-candy Meghan Keenan in her off-Broadway workshop theater. Though the girl has incredible talent, Josie would stake her reputation on that little thing being a switch-hitter, like herself, and she doesn’t want Zach to be duped. Josie sets out to seduce Meg and expose her for what she is, but all bets are off when Meg turns the tables on Josie to hook her up with Zach.

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A Woman for Zachary Excerpt

Josie was shaking her head back and forth before Zach finished speaking. “That’s not enough.”

Zach closed the distance between the two of them.

She pressed her back against the wall, and he placed his palms against it, framing her head. She licked her lips.

What was he doing? She’d imagined him being this close countless times, but not in this way. Not in anger. Not struggling with his sense of fairness over sharing another woman. She kept her arms locked at her sides.

“That’s exactly what Meg said. What is enough? Do we draw lots for her?”

Josie shook her head.

“Maybe I can have her even days of the month and you odd days.”

“That might work.” Josie could hardly breathe. Zach’s male scent was overpowering. She’d agree to almost anything, if he just stayed where he was. She should be afraid of him, but she wasn’t. This was a man she’d known for a decade. He might be very angry, even deeply pained, but he wouldn’t hurt her—at least not physically.

“It works for parking cars in the winter. It’s a beginning, I guess.” His eyes darkened with a passion she couldn’t decipher. She watched his eyes shut and re-open.

And then his mouth was crushing against hers. She tried to breathe through her nostrils. His muffled groans filled her mouth. Tentatively, she lifted her hands to his shoulders. It was as if he was in a trance. She sighed and pulled him closer. Maybe she was, too.


Title: Hot to the Touch by Adriana Kraft
Swinging Games Book 16
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, M/F, F/F, Ménage, M/F/M/F
Length: Short Story/Word Count: 7,000

Summary:

Can the summer get any hotter? Escaping Southern Indiana summer heat, swingers Brett and Jen check out a Minnesota clothing optional RV resort, where the rules are very different from the swing lifestyle venues they’re used to. When they spot a hot looking couple in the swimming pool, they’re definitely interested, but they know better than to make the first move. Will Paul and Kim turn out to be players, or will Brett and Jen get a cold shoulder?

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Hot to the Touch Excerpt

“Hi guys,” Kim said, giving Jen a hug. “We ran into traffic, but we’re here at last. I love your outfit, Jen. That short skirt is just right for your long legs. You guys are fine dancers.”

“And you look fantastic,” Jen managed to say. “That top is so sexy. As you said, just a touch of mystery. And I love those dangling earrings. They sparkle nearly as much as you do. Absolutely stunning.”

“Thank you,” Kim murmured, turning to hug Brett.

“As stunning as you look,” Paul said, gathering Jen into his arms for a long hug. “You both look scrumptious. Good enough to eat. Right, Brett?”

Brett nodded.

Jen noticed Kim made no move to break away from Brett’s arms. She watched the olive-skinned woman drag her lips across Brett’s wrist before lifting it up and sliding onto the curved bench. Jen slid in from the other side, with the guys sitting on either end. A bare leg brushed against her left leg, a trousered one against her right. If those legs were meant to only tease, she’d be very, very upset before the night was over


Author Bio

Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More.

One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspense line for gutsy characters, hot sex, and breathtaking intimacy as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.

A man, a woman (or two), or another man, threesomes, foursomes—what’s your fantasy? We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination. Here you’ll find multiple partners, three-way, four-way and more, swing lifestyle, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

Together we have published over thirty-five romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. We love hearing from readers at adrianakraft99@yahoo.com, and here is our website:

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Friday Feature, Guest Post & Giveaway: On Point by Annabeth Albert


How to Extend Your Summer and Embrace the Fall
Guest Post by author Annabeth Albert

Greetings! I hope you’ve been enjoying the amazing authors and books that were a part of this summer blog tour! As the final stop of the tour, I thought it would be fun to talk about why I LOVE the end of summer and the back-to-school season. First, I’m a parent, and this week will mark the return of my kids to school, but more than just the typical “I can’t wait to get my routine back” parental anticipation, I love this time of year, have ever since I was a student myself. I think I love September for the same reason I love January—it symbolizes fresh starts and fresh potential and it’s a chance to recommit to goals, start new plans, and try new things.

If you’re feeling down about the end of summer, thinking about Fall in this way can really help. It’s not the end of everything fun. It’s the beginning of a new season in your life, one that will bring fresh opportunities for you. Celebrate this! As you pack away the swimsuits and sunscreen, allow yourself to indulge in the best parts of this new season.

To that end, whether your budget is tiny or indulgent, treat yourself to something new. There’s a reason kids love back-to-school—all the new school supplies, backpacks, and clothes are very exciting. As an adult, you can recapture some of that same excitement. I like to start September with some bargain office supplies—even a few new pens and a fancy new notebook can lift my spirits. I love watching for planner sales around this time too, and sitting down with the academic calendar and transferring it to my new planner has become a ritual for me.

Kids get new backpacks and shoes to get them off on the right foot, and you can follow this example as well. Clean out that purse or bag, maybe treat yourself to a new-to-you one. No budget for new bags and clothes? Organize a clothing and accessory swap with friends! Everyone brings a snack to share and a bag of clothes, purses, or accessories to swap. Everyone goes home with something new and new friendships are often born this way. Even on your own, cleaning out your closet and doing a donation run can do wonders for your spirits even when you can’t shop!

With your shiny new office supplies and perhaps a new accessory or two, you’re ready for my favorite part of this season: making new goals and plans! Take that blank notebook and let yourself visualize where you’d like to be by the holidays. Make realistic goals that you can meet in small increments—i.e. a daily habit of 500 words written, 15 minutes of walking, 2 extra vegetable servings, etc.  Mark the day after Labor Day as your personal start date for your new plan and embrace the clean slate.

This is a time to let go of goals you didn’t meet, guilt you feel over how past plans have went, and negative self-talk. Instead, embrace the fresh start you have been given! Leave behind negativity. This is a shiny new month, and you can seize it and all its potential.  What is your favorite part of the back-to-school season? Do you have any personal rituals like new pens or new goals? Want to set some fall goals? Talk to us in the comments! And if you’d like to read about two best friends who have been given a second chance to work out their complicated feelings for each other, please check out my “summer read,” ON POINT, which is a m/m contemporary military romance.


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Title: On Point by Annabeth Albert
Out of Uniform Series Book Three
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance
Word Count: 78,000

Summary:

Never fall for your best friend… 

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.

Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.

This is book three in the Out of Uniform series. Don’t miss the first two books:  

Book 1: Off Base
Book 2: At Attention

This book is approximately 78,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

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Author Bio

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.

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